The world along with people of all faiths and those with none reacted with shock and horror at the news that 49 people were killed in a terror attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
Religious leaders have joined top UN officials in tackling climate change, a phenomenon that threatens to annihilate humanity, at a conference in Nairobi in which is missing some key participants after a tragic air crash.
At least two bishops and three priests critical of the Philippine government have received death threats in the past month following President Rodrigo Duterte's denunciations of church leaders, including a call for the killing of bishops.
A global Lutheran leader has said the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet to biblical principles. The Lutheran World Federation General Secretary, Rev. Martin Junge urged faith-based organizations gathered at a Vatican conference to play a more incisive role in the implementation of the […]
A new study from Exponential by LifeWay Research found that 6 in 10 Protestant churches have flat or declining in attendance and more than half saw fewer than 10 people become new Christians in the past 12 months.
The world's nations must step up measures to protect freedom of religion or belief, a UN human rights expert says, citing concerns about the increasing use of anti-blasphemy laws and the imposition of draconian criminal penalties for expressing an opinion about religion.
The role of faith-based organizations is critical for fight HIV and AIDS the head of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé has told a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland highlighting a role often noted especially on the African continent.
Pope Francis opened a summit Feb. 21 on preventing clerical sexual abuse, saying Catholics were looking to church leaders not for "simple and predictable condemnations" but for "concrete and effective measures" to deal with the scourge.
Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France’s President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as “hate crimes”. Will this be a global precursor? Will the world uphold such a sweeping, broad legal definition that has the potential to embrace […]
“Sapiens. A brief history of humankind” by Jewish Israeli historian Dr Yuval Noah Harari from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Al Quds to Indigenous Arab Palestinians) is a well-written, interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking book that challenges and suggests many ideas. However for all its radical and progressive pretensions it involves a Eurocentric, Anglocentric, Zionocentric and […]
Shadow Wars – The Secret Struggle for the Middle East by Christopher Davidson. Oneworld Publishing, U.K., 2016. Written in response to the ‘Arab Spring’ initiated in Tunisia in 2011, Shadow Wars – The Secret Struggle for the Middle East, is a powerful indictment of the western neoliberal economic/political order. Christopher Davidson has gathered a huge […]
18 March 2019 marks two years of the violent atrocious judgment sentencing 13 workers of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union to Life Imprisonment by the Sessions Court, Gurgaon. The 13 workers, the entire Union body of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union – who spearheaded resistance against contractualization, brutal working conditions and for Union formation – continue […]
The shocking context of the white supremacist hateful terror attack that killed 50 Muslims and injured as many as 34 others offering prayers at the Al Noor mosque, in Christchurch, New Zealand,cannot be seen in isolation from the ideological strands that get woven into the anti-migrant, anti-Muslim narrative that was primarily triggered by the publication […]
Dictatorship Strange “dictatorship” in which the Parliament is controlled by the opposition. Strange “dictatorship” where elections are held all the time. Strange “dictatorship” in which “dictators” lose elections and respect the results. Strange “dictatorship” in which some can appeal, live on TV, to crimes against the president and the country, in total impunity. Strange “dictatorship” […]
Like Chris, a French writer and filmmaker, “What I’m passionate about is History; politics interests me only insofar as it is the cross-section of History in the present.” Looking, at the contemporary scenario at our own place, I was thinking how past three centuries have shaped our contemporary narrative, in this column I may not […]
The present RSS/BJP rulers are using every dirty trick to hide the fact that blood thirsty criminal, perpetrator of the Pulwama massacre, Azhar Masood is roaming free thanks to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government which was ruling India in 1999. Instead of discussing who gave new lease of life to this sadist criminal who was […]
The coming 2019 may prove to be a watershed in India’s political history, as were the 1977 elections forty-two years ago. In 1977, elections were held after a declared Emergency, during which the Constitution was suspended, political activity disallowed and opposition leaders and activists imprisoned. The success of non-Congress parties in those elections strengthened the […]
Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers We are completing what became more than a week-long peace delegation to Venezuela organized by the US Peace Council and the Committee for International Solidarity in Venezuela (COSI). The trip was complicated by American Airlines cancelling all flights in and out of the country, leaving us scrambling for […]
Mais de trinta participantes de diferentes países da América Latina irão se encontrar na cidade de Antigua, Guatemala para uma consulta regional sobre os temas da paz e da segurança humanitária na América Latina.
“A unidade cristã é uma dimensão intrínseca da graça de Deus conosco. Ela pertence a nossa fé, pois também a confessamos nos credos da igreja antiga. Pertencer a Cristo significa pertencer ao corpo de Cristo, a Igreja", afirmou o secretário geral do CMI, Olav Fykse Tveit, enquanto se referia ao processo de convênio que envolve […]
Líderes representantes de 90% dos 2 bilhões de cristãos do mundo emitiram uma apelo aos 194 governos que estão, atualmente, negociando o primeiro Tratado de Comércio de Armas que mantenham a questão da munição no texto do documento a ser aprovado.
O Patriarca Ecumênico Bartolomeu I de Constantinopla e o secretário geral do Conselho Mundial de Igrejas (CMI), Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, expressaram sua preocupação com a sustentabilidade futura da Terra e esperam compromissos mais significativos ligados à justiça climática na Rio +20.
Com a participação de pessoas vindas de várias regiões do mundo, o Conselho Mundial de Igrejas (CMI) realizou uma consulta sobre a auto-compreensão cristã no contexto das tradições espirituais indígenas. O encontro foi organizado pelo programa de diálogo e cooperação inter-religiosa do CMI em colaboração com o Conselho Latino-Americano de Igrejas (CLAI) e da Federação […]
Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage”, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Monday. Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that Israel “continues full-steam with settlement expansion” in the […]
UN war crimes investigators called on Israel to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters on the border with Gaza, as the anniversary approached of the start of demonstrations there last year in which 189 Palestinians were killed. The Commission of Inquiry said Israel should investigate the shooting of more than 6,000 people, far […]
Israel’s exploitation of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for its own use is in direct violation of its legal responsibilities as an occupying power, says UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk. “For nearly five million Palestinians living under occupation, the degradation of their water supply, the exploitation of their natural resources and the defacing […]
Why the media fails to cover Palestine with accuracy and empathy? A powerful Israeli lobby, reporting fatigue and the fear of being accused of anti-Semitism harms coverage, say experts. Read article in Al Jazeera
Al-Haq Human Rights organization launched an action alert urging the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Council and Member States to abide by their commitments and publish the UN Database on companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlements. The campaign mentions that, in 2016, the UN Human Rights Council voted in favor of […]
Palestine Update 225 Opinion Truth-telling creates justice – Normalization merely creates mirages Politicians seek narrative-alteration by imposing facts on-the-ground in the hope that reality will follow suit. This was the intent of Trump when he shifted the US Embassy to Jerusalem. In his grandiose designs, he thought the world would follow suit. Not to be. […]
Palestine Update Nr. 221 – Die Risiken für Frieden müssen die Kriegsdrohungen ersetzen – 4. März 2019 Meinung *Die Risiken für Frieden müssen drohende Kriege ersetzen* Die Annäherung zwischen Indien und Israel vollzieht sich in gigantischen Schritten auf einander zu. Die beiden Länder pflegen außerordentlich wirksame wirtschaftliche, militärische und strategische Beziehungen. Unter den vielen Bereichen […]
“About 150 Jewish settlers — backed by at least 30 policemen — have forced their way into the mosque compound since morning,” Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Religious Endowments Authority, told Anadolu Agency, also adding that some of the settlers tried to perform Talmudic rituals before exiting the site. The Talmud is the main […]
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated on Friday in the Gaza Strip for the second day in a row against the worsening economic situation in the coastal enclave that Hamas has been ruling since 2007. Palestinian factions and political groups also denounced the use of force by Hamas security forces against the peaceful protesters against the high […]
Israeli authorities reopened the al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshipers starting from dawn prayers on Wednesday, a day after police closed the entire site following clashes with Palestinians. The closure came after what Israel said was a Molotov cocktail thrown at a police station just inside the plaza that Arabs call Haram al-Sharif, and Jews the […]
Sudhir Adhikari, a prominent ecumenical leader in Bangladesh passed away this morning (21 September) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Born in Barisal, Bangladesh in a traditional Baptist Christian family, Sudhir Adhikari was a scientist by profession and worked with the government of Pakistan and Bangladesh for several years. As a devoted lay member of the Bangladesh Baptist […]