April 22, 2013
The word terrorism has grown so worn yet charged that its etymology is easily forgotten. Terror is the whole point, the means and the end. And, let's face it, there is plenty to go around. A major American city, several of its suburbs, and the nation's busiest passenger rail line came to a halt last week as authorities hunted the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. Panicky public and media speculation about their identity landed cruelly and mistakenly at the doorstep of a Main Line family already grieving for a missing young man. And earlier in the week, a New York commuter quoted by the Associated Press colorfully expressed a widespread desire for maximum security: "They can give me a cavity search right now, and I'd be perfectly happy.
March 31, 2013 |
ROME - Pope Francis reached out in friendship to "so many Muslim brothers and sisters" during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East. The new pontiff, who has rankled traditionalists by rejecting many trappings of his office, mostly stuck to the traditional script during the nighttime Way of the Cross procession at Rome's Colosseum, one of the most dramatic rituals of Holy Week With torches lighting the way, the faithful carried a cross to different stations, where meditations and prayers were read out recalling the final hours of Jesus' life and his crucifixion.
March 24, 2013 |
MEIKHTILA, Myanmar - The nation's president declared a state of emergency Friday in a central city shaken by sectarian bloodshed that has killed at least 20 people, as thousands of minority Muslims fled and overwhelmed riot police crisscrossed the still-burning town seizing machetes and hammers from enraged Buddhist mobs. Black smoke and flames poured from destroyed buildings in Meikhtila, where the unrest between local Buddhist and Muslim residents erupted Wednesday - the latest challenge to Myanmar's ever-precarious transition to democratic rule.
March 22, 2013 |
CAIRO - A panel of judges Wednesday recommended the dissolution of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which President Mohammed Morsi hails, arguing it has no legal status. The recommendation is not binding but is significant given accusations by the opposition that the Brotherhood's leadership is the real power behind Morsi. The president and the Brotherhood have repeatedly denied the accusations. The recommendation was made to a high administrative court that is expected to rule later this month on the Brotherhood's legitimacy.
March 11, 2013 |
LAHORE, Pakistan - Hundreds of Christians clashed with police across Pakistan on Sunday, a day after a Muslim mob burned dozens of homes owned by members of the minority religious group in retaliation for alleged insults against Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Christians are often the target of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, which rights activists say are frequently used to persecute religious minorities or settle personal disputes. Politicians have been reluctant to reform the laws for fear of being attacked by religious radicals, as has happened in the past.
March 5, 2013 |
MIAMI - A Muslim cleric was convicted Monday of funneling thousands of dollars to support the Pakistani Taliban terror organization, which is blamed for suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed both Americans and Pakistanis. The jury returned its verdict after the two-month trial of Hafiz Khan, the imam at a downtown Miami mosque. Khan, 77, was found guilty of all four charges: two conspiracy counts and two counts of providing material support to terrorists. "Despite being an imam, or spiritual leader, Hafiz Khan was by no means a man of peace," said U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, whose office prosecuted the case.
January 25, 2013 |
AS A PRACTICING Muslim woman, I observe the command of Allah (as revealed in the Holy Quran) to dress modestly, to not reveal to random men, or women, the "span of my hips . . . the ride of my breast . . . the arch of my back . . . the bend of my hair . . . ," as poet Maya Angelou so eloquently states in her well-known work "Phenomenal Woman. " And it is because Islam indeed views the Muslim woman as phenomenal, valuable, worthy of respect, protection and honor, that I am more than willing - in fact, I am proud - to cover my hair and my body, and admire my sisters in Islam who even go so far as to cover their faces in public.
November 29, 2012 |
IF "INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS" sweeps the Razzies next year, can we all stop talking about it like it's a serious cinematic event? Is every crackpot with access to YouTube now going to become a target of insecure political regimes? On Wednesday, an Egyptian court convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death - that's right, to death - on charges linked to the anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
November 10, 2012 |
CAIRO - The thousands of ultraconservative Muslims who poured into Tahrir Square on Friday were destined for disappointment. Dressed in the long traditional shirt-like gelabiya, some accompanied by wives shrouded in black except for their eyes, these men were demanding that Egypt's new constitution be based on the rulings of Islamic law, or sharia , including the criminal provisions that the hand of a thief be cut off or a woman be stoned to...
October 24, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told the Associated Press. Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bangladeshi descent who has now denounced his work as an informant, said police told him to embrace a strategy called "create and capture.