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· February, 2011

Stories about Religion from February, 2011

Iran: A Blogger Who Prayed to See Protesters Beaten

After widespread protests in Iran on February 14, Iranian cyber-activists flooded the internet with videos, photos and tweets from the demonstrations. Meanwhile, a different interpretation of events exists on the...

Côte d'Ivoire: Images of Vandalised Mosque in Yopougon

Ibrahim Diarra posted pictures of a mosque in Yopougon, Côte d'Ivoire which he says was vandalised on February 26 by President Laurent Gbagbo's Young Patriots. The photos appeared on the...

Malaysia: ‘Guidelines for Celebrating Religious Festivals of Non-Muslims’

The Malaysian Department of Islamic Development has posted on its website the ‘Guidelines for Muslims Celebrating Religious Festivals of Non-Muslims,’ issued by the National Fatwa Committee for Islamic Religious Affairs.

Lebanon: March Against Sectarianism #Feb27 #uniteLB

Lebanese activists are marching today, Feb27, at noon, to demand the end of the confessional system that rules Lebanon. The activists are using this Facebook group to organize. The Unite Lebanon hashtag #uniteLb is also used for...

Pakistan: Facebook And Fundamentalism

Feisal Naqvi at Monsoon Frog writes how Fundamentalism is faring at the age of Facebook.

Egypt: Flag Unites Mosque and Church

Wael Ghonim shared this video through Twitter:  “Thats the real face of Egypt. Young Egyptians connect a mosque and a church with the Egyptian flag.”

Liberia: Revive Liberia

Revive Liberia is a blog by Revive Liberia Missions, Inc., a wholly volunteer, non-denominational Christian group committed to improving the physical and spiritual lives of the people who live in...

Ghana: Action Chapel, turn your noise down

Christian “terrorism” in Ghana: “It’s Sunday morning and yet again the local church, Action Chapel, has turned its speakers up full blast and are terrorising the neighbourhood with its noise....

Cuba: Masses for Tamayo

Uncommon Sense reports that “State Security agents this week have been warning parishes in Havana to not celebrate Masses to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo.”

Indonesia: Accountability and religious violence

Blogger Unspun blames the lack of accountability for the rise of religious violence in Indonesia.

Indonesia: Solidarity for religious freedom

Indonesian citizens and netizens have formed a solidarity group to promote religious freedom in the country following the spate of attacks on religious minorities in the past weeks

Tunisia: Who’s to Blame for the Murder of the Polish Priest?

News of the murder of a Polish priest near the capital Tunis on February 18 was received with shock and grief by Tunisians. In Tunisian blogs and social media, many...

Indonesia: Attack on religious minorities

Ahmadiyah followers were attacked by a mob in Indonesia resulting in several deaths. Netizens are asking the government to protect religious minorities

Pakistan: Love Or Hate Valentine's Day

In Pakistan there is a growing opposition against Valentine's Day celebrations on religious and cultural grounds. But Pakistani blogger Adil Najam asks: “since when is mohabbat (love) not part of...

Bahrain: Fighting Sectarian Bigotry Head On

Discussions on recent political and recent developments in Bahrain took a sectarian tone on Twitter. In a series of tweets, Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa takes a...

Cuba: Church or State?

Uncommon Sense offers another example of why he thinks Havana's Cardinal Jaime Ortega “is on the wrong side” of the struggle.

Kyrgyzstan: Threat of radical islamists

Rahat informs his readers that police is on a patrol in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital city, after the shootings between police and armed terrorists, who were identified by the officials as...

Global: Thoughts on interfaith harmony and world peace

In this, the first, World Interfaith Harmony Week, people from all faiths have been getting together to forget about differences and promote religious tolerance and dialogue based on the mantras...

Caribbean: Looking at Cairo

Caribbean bloggers have their eyes on Cairo. From Bermuda, Wishful Thinking republishes an image that offers “hope for humanity”; Cuba's Yoani Sanchez says: “The insinuation is clear: five decades of...

Mexico: Día de la Candelaria and Tamales

Lesley Téllez in The Mija Chronicles writes about Día de la Candelaria, “a Catholic holiday that honors the purification of the Virgin Mary. It’s also an important day for eating...

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