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Relationship Drama: Russia's Church-State Affairs

Relationship Drama: Russia’s Church-State Affairs

The Russian Orthodox Church is a privileged institution very much at the forefront of Russian life, with a well-developed infrastructure and considerable wealth, so why do it's leaders believe that Orthodoxy is under attack? Irina Papkova looks back over events in 2012 to explain why.
Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: Christians Come Under Attack in Lahore

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: Christians Come Under Attack in Lahore

By Saba Imtiaz A violent mob ransacked and burned the homes of more than a hundred Christian families in Lahore on Saturday in the wake of an alleged incident of blasphemy.
In The World

In The World

By Natasja Sheriff The latest news on religious freedom, at home and abroad, provides the focus of this week's In The World.
Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 2

Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 2

Protests in Ethiopia could have profound ramifications for Muslim-state relations in Ethiopia and beyond, writes Alex Thurston in the second of two posts on Ethiopia's Muslims.
Syria: Stronghold of Secularism?

Syria: Stronghold of Secularism?

Secularism has been a central part of dominant Syrian ideology since at least the 1960s, writes Irina Papkova, but is Assad's Syria truly the last secular state in the region?
Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 1

Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 1

In the first of two posts on the deterioration of religious freedom for Ethiopia's Muslims, Alex Thurston looks at Ethiopia's relationship with the U.S. and the "Global War on Terror"
Rewriting Indian Legends

Rewriting Indian Legends

Meera Subramanian The people on the streets of Delhi, are saying: We won’t disappear.
In The World

In The World

By Natasja Sheriff On breaking the deafening silence surrounding two international human rights and climate change events.
In The World

In The World

By Natasja Sheriff From Tibet, Burma and India, the first of a weekly round-up of religion-related news from around the world.
Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism, Part 2

Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism, Part 2

From Beirut, Irina Papkova describes in the second of two posts how former political opponents are maintaining Lebanon's fragile peace through a pluralistic, democratic system.
Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism

Lebanon: War, Peace and Pluralism

"The relationship between Lebanon and Syria is intricate and complicated, and the chaos in Syria presents serious challenges for its tiny neighbor to the west," writes Irina Papkova in the first of two posts from Beirut in the aftermath of the October 19 bomb blast.
To Hajj Without an Escort

To Hajj Without an Escort

By Alex Thurston During the week of September 24, Saudi Arabian authorities detained and subsequently deported over 1,000 Nigerian female pilgrims who were on the hajj to Mecca. The incident caused considerable tension between the two countries.