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Laws Discriminatory to Minorities to Be Repealed: Bangladesh

April 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/politics/laws-discriminatory-to-minorities-to-be-repealed-bangladesh_100186458.html

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that her government will repeal all laws and rules discriminatory to minority communities, including indigenous people.

“Our government believes in freedom...

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Trial Forces France to Confront Its Anti-Semitism Demons

April 30, 2009

Author: Susan Sachs

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090430.TRIAL30ART2237/TPStory/International

When a young Jew named Ilan Halimi was found dying on a railway siding three years ago, duct tape over his eyes and his body burned and slashed, the French police were reluctant at first to call it a hate crime.

Within a week, their caution gave way to a...

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FBI Meets With Arab American Leaders to Quell Spy Allegations

April 30, 2009

Author: Santiago Esparza

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009904300481

Federal law enforcement officers met with a group of Arab American leaders today to combat rumors the FBI is forcing people of Middle Eastern ties to work as informants.

Over the past six months, the rumors have intensified that FBI agents are coercing people across the country to spy for the agency at mosques and...

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UN: Secularism In Macedonia At Risk

April 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/18555/

The two largest religious communities in Macedonia are so powerful they could breach the state’s constitutional secularism, a UN official visiting Skopje said on Wednesday.

The Macedonian Orthodox Church, MPC, and the Islamic community have a substantial influence over Macedonian politics, the special reporter on freedom...

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Introducing Ajahn Joe

April 29, 2009

Author: Joshua Brockbank

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Westender

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,8066,0,0,1,0

On the edge of the hustle and bustle of a crowded cafe, one man distinctly stands out among the other patrons, looking a lot more relaxed than anyone else. It’s not just the orange-brown robes that set him apart, but the way he sits there drinking his tea as if he has all the time in the world.

He goes by...

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English Library Seeks Globalization Of Buddhism

April 29, 2009

Author: Han Sang-hee

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Korea Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=45,8071,0,0,1,0

People no longer have to visit temples hidden among serene mountaintops to learn about the Buddhist faith. Just across from the Jogye Temple, the headquarters of the biggest Jogye Order in Korea, there is a small, yet lively library called the Buddhist English Library of Seoul (BELS). Here, you can learn, read and talk...

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Pluralism Project's Kathryn Lohre Set for RCCongress 2010

April 29, 2009

Author: Kathryn Lohre

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2009/04/msg00197.html

Kathryn began her work with the Pluralism Project as a student researcher on the Women's Networks in 2000. As assistant director, she is now responsible for managing student research and the Religious Diversity News database, as well as Pluralism Project development, administration and outreach.

Kathryn received her B.A. in psychology, religion and women's studies...

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Synthesis Outside the Synagogue

April 29, 2009

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/28/AR2009042803584.html

Gathering in group homes and college dormitories, in rural woods and apartment buildings, a growing number of young Jews are spurning traditional synagogues and forming worship communities that blend ancient traditions with modern values in ways that religion scholars say could...

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