Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

Leaked records expose China’s Xinjiang camps

east turkistanNewly leaked Chinese records have revealed for the first time the system by which hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs have been monitored and detained in heavily fortified internment centers across Xinjiang. According to the leak, Chinese citizens can be sent to the camps for reasons such as growing beards, owning passports, or having too many children and their release may depend on how well their family behaves. CNN’s Ivan Watson reports. 



France Schools to Replace ‘Mother and Father’ with ‘Parent 1 and 2’ and Putin

5c669a50dda4c84b0d8b45cdFrench schools are to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” under an amendment to a law passed this week.
Supporters of the change say it will stop discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue it “dehumanises” parenthood, is “ugly” and could lead to rows over who gets to be “parent 1”…more: Telegraph/ RT
and: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would not legalise gay marriage as long as he was in the Kremlin. He made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”. Read more: .todayonline.com

‘Admit Your Mistakes, Repent’: China Shifts Campaign to Control Xinjiang’s Muslims

KASHGAR, China—Hundreds of discarded metal bed frames lie jumbled in a grassy lot here behind a recently emptied re-education center for ethnic-minority Muslims in northwest China. Red stickers on them read: “Recognize your mistakes, admit your mistakes, repent.” Chinese authorities say everyone has completed their studies at such sites—which Beijing describes as vocational schools. Rights groups and Western governments say that about a million people, most of them Uighurs, have been detained in dozens of such centers across……more: READ THE FULL STORY

The Times view on Trump’s plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians: Middle Eastern Promises

Image result for The Times view on Trump’s plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians: Middle Eastern Promises… On both sides of the wall that politicians insist is not a wall, which marks a border which they also insist is not a border, faith in a future Palestinian state that might exist in harmony with an Israeli one has foundered. Now comes Donald Trump, claiming he can break the deadlock with “the deal of the century”. He is almost certainly wrong…more: thetimes

AS THE LEBANON UPRISING HITS 100-DAY MARK, PROTESTERS ALLEGE TORTURE BY SECURITY FORCES

Image result for AS THE LEBANON UPRISING HITS 100-DAY MARK, PROTESTERS ALLEGE TORTURE BY SECURITY FORCESALI BASAL AND Samer Mazeh had just left a protest on the Ring Bridge in central Beirut on the night of November 14. Suddenly, they were swarmed by a small group of unidentified men. Within earshot of the packed bars on the popular Gemmayzeh Street, one of the men tried to arrest Mazeh as Basal demanded to know who they were. Minutes later, an army vehicle arrived and a man claiming to be a military intelligence officer jumped out….MORE: theintercept.com

Rohingya crisis: The Gambian who took Aung San Suu Kyi to the world court

Abubacarr Marie Tambadou attends the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide Public hearingsIt was an unexpected detour that led Abubacarr Tambadou from his home in the tiny West African country of The Gambia to experience an epiphany on the edge of a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Listening to survivors’ stories he said the “stench of genocide” began drifting across the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar. “I realised how much more serious it was than the flashes we’d seen on television screens,” he told the BBC…MORE: BBC