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· May, 2008

Stories about Religion from May, 2008

Burkina Faso: Level four culture shock

  31 May 2008

In The United Kingdom a bit more than a week ago, the Office of National Statistics reported that in the past ten years, nearly two million Britons have moved abroad, making up the second largest emigration in the country’s history. Presently, that means that 5.5 million Britons live in foreign countries. So, what does this have to do with Burkina Faso? It proves a point, a fundamental truth really, about foreigners: They eventually go home. Or at least most of them do. It just happens that in Burkina Faso, a number of foreign bloggers are getting ready to pack up their things and head elsewhere.

Bahrain: When sect determines your spouse

Coolred38 is an American Muslim living in Bahrain, and she often finds herself frustrated at examples of what she sees as bad and even harmful behaviour being justified by religion. She recently posted about a ‘scandal’ in the family of a friend of hers: Long story short…Sunni girl and Shiite...

Africa: The challenge of the cults in East Africa

  25 May 2008

Pea discusses “The Challenge of the Cults in East Africa,” a video series on YouTube: “I was on YouTube just now and came across a series of videos titled “The Challenge of the Cults in East Africa.” The videos are posted by ACFAR, which I believe stands for African Centre...

Vesak Day in Malaysia and Thailand

  24 May 2008

Vesak Day is the most holy time in the Buddhist Calendar. saengthai writes about Vesak Day activities in Thailand and Dhamma Delights blogs about Vesak Day in Malaysia

The Victimization of Egyptian Women and Children

Fantasia's World raises crucial issues that hold back the Egyptian society all together; namely women's rights, violence against women and children, and the general misconceptions of male-female relationships in the Egyptian society and in the Arab world. Marwa Rakha zooms into a new post which discusses how Egyptian women and children are being victimized by traditions, law, and the Muslim Brothers.

Uzbekistan: IMU Arrest in Europe

Nathan reports that police in the Netherlands, France, and Germany arrested 10 men suspected of financing the IMU, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, aimed at establishment of an Islamic theocracy in central Asia and the overthrow of the regime of Uzbek President Islom Karimov.

Uganda: Being gay in Uganda

  20 May 2008

Being gay in Uganda is like banging your head against the wall: “Can you imagine how hard it is realizing that you are gay, growing up and realizing that your sexual orientation is different in such a society, where ‘officially’ sex is a taboo subject, demonized. And on television and...

Egypt: A Taxi Driver's Words of Wisdom

Israeli-American blogger Daniel Lubetsky, traveling in Egypt, interviews his taxi driver on leading figures in the Middle East. “I asked him to rank people or countries, thumbs up or thumbs down. Here were his rankings on 24 questions from Bush to Ahmadinejad, from Olmert to Nasrallah, from Bin Laden to...

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