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· October, 2012

Stories about Religion from October, 2012

Arab World: Sandy Unleashes Wrath of God on Infidel America

As the world turned its eyes to New York and New Jersey to follow the news of hurricane Sandy, and the destruction it has caused, many across the Arab world...

Halloween an ‘Alien’ Holiday in Tajikistan

We should teach the younger generation that Halloween is alien to Tajiks and all Muslims. Proud Tajik boys and girls who love their nation should never celebrate alien holidays. Blogger...

Pakistan: Increase In Crime Affects Eid Celebrations

Omair Alavi reports that increase in crime rate in Karachi marred the recent Eid-ul-Azha celebrations.

Arab World: Salafi Awkward Moments

Recognised by their long beards, and short garbs (thobe), Salafists, who follow a strict interpretation of Islam, were the butt of jokes on Twitter under a new hash tag #SalafiAwkwardMoments....

Peru Holds Annual Processions for the Lord of the Miracles

Every year during October, Lima (Peru's capital city) shows its devotion to the Lord of the Miracles. Here's a brief summary of the history behind this huge Peruvian religious event,...

Pakistan: Developing Viewpoints on Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yosufzai, the female education activist who was shot by Taliban, has become a symbol for an enlightened and moderate Pakistan. Her name is being eulogized in prose and poetry...

Pakistan: Malala Yousufzai And The Drone Attacks

Ever since the young school going peace activist Malala Yousufzai was attacked by armed gunmen in Swat, Pakistan, numerous questions over the efficacy of the ongoing drone attacks in the...

Sri Lanka: Nava-ratri – Nine Divine Nights

Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of a Hindu deity and is celebrated with nine nights of dancing. More at DD's blog.

Pakistan: Who Are The Taliban?

Taimoor Mughal at Teeth Maestro provides a holistic view about the categories of Talibans in Pakistan.

Greece: Theater Critic Assaulted by Neo-Nazi and Religious Protesters

Religious groups and neo-nazis protested against gay-themed play Corpus Christi in Athens on 11 October, 2012. Deeming it blasphemous, they assaulted a theater critic and forced the cancellation of the...

Russia: Getting It Wrong on the Pussy Riot Prisoner's Dilemma

Reactions to the release of Yekaterina Samutsevich have generally been myopic and misleading. The popular "insight" is that the authorities are maneuvering to "divide and conquer" the punk rocker trio....

Russia: Democratic Public “Outraged” by Release of Pussy Riot Member

It now appears that Samutsevich’s gamble has paid off, as she was freed after today’s hearings, her two-year prison sentence reduced to two-years probation. The other two imprisoned Pussy Riot...

Pakistan: Religious Extremists Attack Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old girl, was shot and severely wounded by Taliban for her activism. She is famous for her ‘Diary of a Pakistani School girl‘ which reveals...

Pakistan: Riots Aftermath – Project Cleanup for Peace

On September 21, 2012 peaceful protests in Pakistan against the film insulting prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) turned violent and properties were burnt and people lost their lives. Contrary to the tide...

Iran: “Offensive” Cartoon of the Prophet Joseph

According to [fa] several bloggers and news sites,Keyhan,a conservative newspaper has published an “offensive” cartoon of the Prophet Joseph.Ardakan says [fa] there are double standards in Iran and it seems...

Bangladesh: Ramu Attacks – A National Shame

Recently religious extremists attacked Bangladesh Buddhist temples and households on charges of the desecration of the Quran. People have protested against these attacks all over the country and Facebook, blogs...

Kazakhstan Joins the Ban on Anti-Islam Film

Kazakhstan has joined a number of other countries in banning the controversial anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims." The ban has sparked debates in the country about the effectiveness of...

Russia: The Opposition Coordinating Council's Great Debates, Day 1.0

"What should the next Duma adopt as its first new law?" "Does Russia have any friends?" Just some of the questions thrown at the candidates for the upcoming elections of...

Bangladesh: The Value Of Co-existence

Fundamentally, we enrich each other in this life not by merely co-existing but by seeing the value in each other’s existence. And, by helping each other grow, thrive, and prosper,...

Russia: A Schism Between Pussy Riot Member and Defense Team?

One of the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot has decided to change her lawyers and defense strategy. Her lawyers have reacted by claiming she is being pressured.

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