British award-winning writer Karen Armstrong gave an interesting interview to discuss her views on Islam, the Quran, and religion-related topics. The interview, which appeared earlier this week in El Mundo, highlights how the writer-activist’s belief that Islam is subject to…
French 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
In a gray-walled, institutional hall usually reserved for prosaic debates over traffic and town budgets, Mohamoud Abdirahman rose from the audience last month and approached a panel of five town councilmen sitting in judgment.
Civil war had forced his family to flee their native Somalia in 1991, when he was a child…..MORE: NYTMES
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
… 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
ALI 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
It 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