Religion News on the Web
Selected religion-related news from around the Web
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.
February 27, 2013
- The New York Times
NYT: Interest rises in Islamic bonds
Islamic bonds, or sukuk, have long been popular with investors in the Middle East. Now they are being discovered in Europe and the United States.
February 26, 2013
- The Christian Science Monitor
CS Monitor: Egypt opposition vows to boycott parliamentary elections
Egypt's main opposition coalition announced today it will boycott upcoming parliamentary elections, deepening the political crisis in Egypt and practically ensuring that Egypt's next legislative body will be dominated by Islamists.
February 25, 2013
Reuters: U.N. told atheists face discrimination around globe
Atheists, humanists and freethinkers face widespread discrimination around the world with expression of their views criminalized and subject in some countries to capital punishment, the United Nations was told on Monday.
February 11, 2013
- The Washington Times
Wash. Times: A Saudi-inspired all-faiths hub
The underappreciated power of prayer is a prime motivating force behind a new Saudi-inspired interfaith center in Austria that seeks to become the place for world religious leaders to meet, solve problems and melt the “mountain of fears” that exists between religious people, says the Saudi official who is championing the ambitious project.
February 06, 2013
- The Washington Post
Wash. Post: Tunisian opposition leader shot dead
An outspoken critic of Tunisia’s Islamist government was shot dead outside his home Wednesday, underscoring a deepening political rift between newly empowered Islamists and their secular opposition in states across North Africa since the Arab Spring.
February 05, 2013
- The Associated Press
AP: Interview: Morocco Islamists warn of unrest
Morocco likes to project itself as unique in the Middle East in finding a third way between revolution and repression amid the uprisings of the Arab Spring.