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· May, 2011

Stories about Religion from May, 2011

15 May 2011

Africa: Reactions to The Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all around the world landed on Rome to participate in religious ceremonies for the beautification of Pope John Paul II, known as “JP2”, declared...

14 May 2011

Indonesia: Blog Reactions to Bin Laden's Death

Surprisingly, Osama Bin Laden's death wasn't received with much fanfare in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim majority country. There were hardliners who paid tribute to Bin Laden but they were...

Pakistan: If Your Mosque Had WiFi!

10 May 2011

Bangladesh: Protests Against Women Development Policy

Iran: Ahmadinejad's “Exorcist” Arrested

Twenty-five close collaborators and supporters of Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his influential chief staff, Esfandyar Rahim Mashai, have been arrested, allegedly including “exorcist” or “djinn catcher” Abbas Ghaffari. Many...

Iran: Dogs Arrested (Again)

Iranian security forces are back in the streets for a sequel to their infamous action of 2007: arresting dogs. Iran's government considers keeping pet dogs un-Islamic, but has mostly tolerated...

South Korea: Photos of Buddha's Day Celebratory Lanterns

9 May 2011

Bangladesh: The Complicated Issue Of Fatwa

China: Death of Bin Laden and the Clash of Civilizations

In the early 1990s, political scientist Samuel Huntington put forward the clash of civilizations theory that the fundamental source of conflict in the post-Cold War world will be cultural. Two...

8 May 2011

Brazil: Homophobia, Religion and Politics

In the second article in the series dedicated to LGBT issues in Brazil, Global Voices reports on polemical statements made by parliamentarians, extreme right groups and religious representatives that oppose...

2 May 2011

Iran: Bloggers React to the Death of Bin Laden

Several Iranian bloggers have reacted to the death of Osama Bin Laden. Some with serious remarks, a few with questions and some with irony.

Arab World: Where Some Are Mourning Osama Bin Laden

The end of Al Qaeda's Saudi leader Osama bin Laden was met with tributes and remembrance by many users on Twitter from across the Arab world. Here is a sample...

Haiti: The Church's Role

Africa: African Atheists and Freethinkers