Religion News on the Web
Selected religion-related news from around the Web
May 08, 2013
- The Wall Street Journal
WSJ: Islamists rely on TV sheiks to woo the masses in Egypt
Secular youth used Facebook and Twitter two years ago to help topple President Hosni Mubarak from power, but now Salafi Islamists are gaining sway in Egypt because of TV sheiks like Khaled Abdullah.
May 06, 2013
- The New York Times
NYT: Iran warns Syrian rebels after report of shrine desecration
Iran’s Shiite leaders warned of regional sectarian conflict after reports that Syrian rebels raided a Shiite shrine in a suburb of Damascus last week, destroying the site and making off with the remains of the revered Shiite figure buried there.
April 11, 2013
- The Washington Post
Wash. Post: Women challenge Orthodox practice at Israel’s Western Wall
A long-running battle over worship at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest shrine , was rejoined Thursday as Israeli police arrested five Jewish women who wore prayer shawls at a morning service, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site.
April 09, 2013
- The Associated Press
AP: Al-Qaida Iraq branch announces merger with Syrian militant group
Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria’s extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers.
March 20, 2013
- The Los Angeles Times
LA Times: Obama message may not resonate with Israeli youth
By choosing to deliver his landmark speech to Israel in an auditorium filled with students and young people, President Obama is once again turning to a core audience that has always been responsive to his message of hope and change.
March 09, 2013
- The Economist
Economist: The Muslim Brotherhood: It’s hard being in charge
When a swarm of locusts recently engulfed Muqattam, a posh suburb of Egypt’s capital that houses the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters, humorists lay in wait. “Official spokesman: locusts retreat following President Morsi’s promise to fulfil all their demands,” quipped a popular Facebook commentator, hinting that after eight months in power, Egypt’s Brotherhood-run government is itself something of a plague. Soon after, a different kind of swarm menaced the Islamist group’s offices in Cairo. Scores of youths chose the spot to perform a taunting rendition of the Harlem Shake, a pelvis-thrusting dance that has gone globally viral.
March 07, 2013
- The Daily Star
Daily Star: The murky depths of the mysterious Nusra Front
As Islamists gain ground in the fight against Syrian President Bashar Assad, the radical Nusra Front has emerged at the forefront, yet little is known about the group aside from its power and its affiliation with Al-Qaeda.
March 03, 2013
- The Associated Press
AP: Catholics ponder future with new pope
Faithful attending Sunday Mass on five continents for the first
time since Pope Benedict XVI's retirement had different ideas about who
should next lead the Roman Catholic Church, with people suggesting
everything from a Latin American pope to one more like the conservative,
Polish-born John Paul II.