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· January, 2012

Stories about Religion from January, 2012

30 January 2012

Pakistan: Moral Policing of Dating Couples Gets TV Show Axed

In a recent live Pakistani television show, a group of middle aged women were seen scouring the parks of Karachi to hold accountable the couples dating without their guardians' knowledge....

Cuba: Pope's Visit & Human Rights

24 January 2012

China: Tibet Burns, But Where Are the Chinese Public Intellectuals?

Since 2009, there have been at least 17 Tibetan self-immolation incidents in China. The public discussion about Tibetan protests is dominated by state controlled media, while those who usually speak...

19 January 2012

Uganda: Controversy Over King of Buganda's Child Out of Wedlock

On Tuesday January 17, 2012 the Buganda kingdom in Uganda announced the birth of a second son of their King (Kabaka), Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. The announcement has sparked controversy...

16 January 2012

Iran: Jailed Islamic Cleric and Blogger on Hunger Strike

Islamic cleric and blogger, Mohammad Sadegh (Arash) Honarvar Shojayi, is on hunger strike in prison in Iran to protest the four year prison sentence he received in October 2011 for...

Lebanon: Her Veil

13 January 2012

Kenya, Somalia: Twitter War – Kenyan Army Versus Al Shabaab

Kenya's military incursion into Somalia against the militant group Al Shabaab dubbed “Operation Linda Nchi” (Swahili for “Operation Defend the Country”) has found a new battleground: Twitter.

Pakistan: Khutba On A Plane

12 January 2012

Haiti: Two Years, Today

Greece: Criticism of Politicians During Theophany Celebrations

In Greece, January 6 is the national holiday of Theophany. Every year, government and civic officials attend the celebrations and make official statements. However, due to the economic, political and...

11 January 2012

Iran: Blogger May Face Death Penalty for Insulting Islam

A 50-year old Iranian blogger, Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari (aka Siamak Mehr), has been charged with “insulting the Prophet of Islam” and “enmity with God” or “waging war against God”,...

Brazil: “Industries on Christ” Gain Access to Funding from Taxes

Nigeria 2011: A Year of Small Victories and Great Challenges

2011 will go down in Nigeria's history as the year of the nation's third presidential election since independence. For the first half of the year, the blogosphere was abuzz with...