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.
A censorious and censoring attitude has engulfed responses to the mental airings of the Christchurch shooter. Material in connection with Brenton Tarrant, the alleged gunman behind the killing of 50 individuals at two mosques in New Zealand, is drying up; his manifesto, for one, is being disaggregated and spread through multiple forms, removed from their […]
We’re dead men walking. Last summer a group of eminent climate scientists published a warning that we were close to a threshold where human induced warming could set off a cascade of positive feedbacks which would increase temperatures to Hothouse Earth, a 5-7C rise in temperature, the end of civilization and maybe even humanity. They […]
Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh’s appointment as the new Palestinian Prime Minister. It is no surprise to witness this gush of support and enthusiasm, for Shtayyeh is a Fatah man, par excellence. Gone are […]
Co-Written by Amita Basu and Shilpi Bhardwaj One of the countless Holika pyres dotting the Allahabad cityscape before Holi Amid growing environmental awareness, government has recently targeted Diwali fireworks. Laws on manufacture, sale and hours of use have been passed, altered, flouted and forgotten. But public awareness is growing: pockets of concerned young […]
Very few journalists stood by peoples’rights and dared to expose atrocities committed by corporates and government. One such fine committed journalist was Darryl D’Monte who inspired younger generation. He passed away on March 16 in a Mumbai hospital. Pioneering work A prominent advocate of the advanced locality management (ALM) movement, which involved citizens in care […]
A Professor from Madras University was describing the background of Champaran Satyagrah of 1917, at an International Conference on India Vietnam Relations through the Prism of Gandhian and Ho Chi Minh Philosophies at Centre of Southeast Asia and Pacific Studies Sri Venkateshwara University Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh on March 18, 2019. As the learned Professor […]
Delhi is the ancient city of India. The city’s history bears testimony to settlements and also to ruins. This order of settling and deserting of the city has been going on since the Mahabharata period. In the medieval period, this city enjoyed eminence as a centre of power and this eminence endured for a long […]
UPHOLD THE RIGHT TO DISSENT OF THE STRUGGLING PEOPLE OF NIYAMGIRI!! BhubaneswarMarch 19, 2019: We the undersigned, with deep anger and profound sorrow, condemn the killing of the dalit activist Dani Batra at the gate of the Vedanta Alumina refinery plant at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district yesterday morning. Sujit Kumar Minj of the OISF has […]
The U.S. government, determined to extradite and try Julian Assange for espionage, must find a way to separate what Assange and WikiLeaks did in publishing classified material leaked to them by Chelsea Manning from what The New York Times and The Washington Post did in publishing the same material. There is no federal law that prohibits the press from publishing government […]
Over 1.5 million young students across all continents took to the streets on Friday March 15th for the first ever global climate strike. Messages in more than 40 languages were loud and clear: world leaders must act now to address the climate crisis and save our future. The school strike was the largest climate action […]
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 […]
Palestine Update 226 Opinion Israel’s political fault lines keep mounting Every single item of news in this edition of Palestine Updates calls out Israel’s inflexible ways. Despite the apparent injustice of every political decision it makes vis-à-vis the Palestinian people, international criticism and UN resolutions, Israel remains unfazed. Unfazed is not all Israel is. It […]
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 […]
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 […]