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· October, 2011

Stories about Religion from October, 2011

Cuba: Members of “Las Damas” Detained

Uncommon Sense learns that “ten members of the Laura Pollan Damas De Blanco…were among severa dissidents arrested in Santiago de Cuba as they tried to gather for Mass” yesterday morning.

Nigeria: Documentary: Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers

MyWeku discusses a new documentary – Unreported World: Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers, which touches on the issues of fraud and exploitation: “he documentary makers reported on the case of Therese, a...

Bahrain: Muharraq United Against Sectarianism

Muharraq, Bahrain, witnessed some tension two nights ago when Sunnis faced off with Shia residents, who were commemorating a religious ritual. Here is some of the coverage on Twitter following...

Uzbekistan: Making some cash on pilgrims

Abulfazal writes that Uzbek black currency market has raised the USD per Uzbek soum exchange rate while Uzbek pilgrims are planning their trips to Saudi Arabia.

Trinidad & Tobago: Divali Delicacies

“The cross-section of families and individuals from all walks of life always brings a smile to my face and reminds me of the Divali celebrations of my childhood”: TriniGourmet.com posts...

Africa: Africa's Challenge to Western Homosexuality

Critical Point discusses Africa's challenge to Western homosexuality: “I feel disappointment when African leaders immediately submit to a foreign concept in order to be assimilated into an “International Community” whose...

Egypt: Man Jailed for Three Years for Insulting Islam on Facebook

Egyptian Ayman Youssef Mansur has been sentenced for three years with hard labour in Egypt for “insulting Islam” on Facebook, reports Brian Whitaker in Al Bab.

Arab World: Cheering on Tunisia's Elections

Tunisians are receiving positive vibes from netizens across the Arab world as they go to the polls today to elect a 218 member constituent assembly which will rewrite the country's...

China: Disease of indifference

Annie Lee from China Hush translated an article that examines the cause of moral deficiency in mainland Chinese society.

Pakistan: Release Of Mumtaz Qadri

Aftab Afridi writes about the inherent flaws in the religiously inspired laws of Pakistan. He warns that if Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, is released, it...

Cuba: Mourning the Loss of Laura Pollan

Cuban bloggers are in mourning over the death of Laura Pollan, the former leader of the opposition group Las Damas de Blanco. The sad news made its way across the...

China: A Poem About the Self-Immolations in Tibet

A series of self-immolations happened in Tibet since early October. Tibetan poet Sengdor wrote a poem, “Mourning” to commemorate his fellows. High Peaks Pure Earth translated the poem and some...

Egypt: Mourning the Heros of Maspero's Battle

Egyptians are pulling together after a bout of violence at the state television building Maspero, engineered to pit Muslim against Christian and vice versa. Nermeen Edrees sums up netizens' reactions.

Egypt: Horror at Maspero

Egyptian journalist Sarah Carr blogs her report on the horrors she witnessed at the Maspero state television building, where around 30 protesters were killed and 150 injured when the military...

Peru: 14 Shamans Murdered in Amazon Town

Peruvian bloggers Juan Arellano [es] and Paco Bardales [es] report on the murders of 14 shamans in the amazon town of Balsapuerto. The main suspect is the mayor of Balsapuerto,...

India: Nine Days, Nine Goddesses

Anu at A Wondering Mind post pictures of goddesses at the Chedda Nagar Murugan Temple decorated differently in each of the nine days of the Navaratri Festival.

Croatia: Court Forbids Homophobic Priest From Blogging

Serbia Insajd, a Hungarian blog about South-Eastern Europe, reports [hu] that the Rijeka Court has banned Franjo Jurčević, a Kastav-based Catholic priest, from writing homophobic blog posts [Jurčević's blog, hr:...

Pakistan: The Militant Heroes

Malik Siraj Akbar reports that the widely read Urdu newspapers in Pakistan are repeatedly glorifying Punjab governor Salman Taseer’s murder and are depicting the murderer, who has been sentenced to...

Nigeria: Role of the Internet in Spreading Humanism

Critical Point explains the role of the Internet in spreading humanism: “The internet provides a forum, missing in Nigeria and similar countries, to have on-going debate and develop ideas. With...

South Korea: Church's Embezzlement Case Draws Harsh Criticism

In South Korea, an embezzlement case involving the country's largest church has fuelled public debate online. Citizens have even suggested lifting the tax exemption granted to Korean churches.

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