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In the World links, Unfinished Business edition

Nora Connor: In 2008 the Chinese government recognized the annual Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, as a national holiday.

Education as Battleground: Schooling Muslims in Northern Nigeria

by Alex Thurston This post is the first of a series on Muslim schooling in Northern Nigeria. Steady acts of violence carried out by Northern Nigeria’s rebel movement Boko Haram, whose name is often translated in the press as “Western education is forbidden,” has put issues of Muslim education in the region into the international news. Coverage...

In the World Links: Lost & Found in Translation Edition

Nora Connor: In Poland, the Bhagavad Gita is now available in translation directly from Sanskrit to Polish, thanks to a “late-blooming” student’s doctoral dissertation. In Russia, an appeals court declines to ban the Gita as “extremist” religious literature. In time for Passover, check out the New American Haggadah, translated by Nathan...

Progress and Rat Poison in Morocco

Some rights gains are never permanent. By Amy Levin As the climate warms and the new season approaches, one might notice a comparatively calmer “Arab spring” this year. Distracted by presidential politics and plans to “Occupy Spring,” the revolutionary wave that shifted our gaze eastward last year...

Be Mine

By Jeremy Walton   On February 14th, 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sent what surely must have been one of the blackest Valentine’s greetings of all time to novelist Salman Rushdie.  Invoking somewhat dubious legal and theological authority—as a Twelver Shi’a, Khomeini could hardly claim to speak for all of the world’s Muslims—he called for Rushdie’s death on...

Whose Revolution Is It Anyway?

Slate gives us a don't-miss slideshow of Mubarak's biggest U.S. fans.  Gawker tallies up the conspiracy theories they're spinning.

Happy Birthday, KJV!

Elissa Lerner: The King James Bible is celebrating its 400th birthday this year, and judging from the British press, it looks like the festivities will be around all year, although mostly in England. For all you King James enthusiasts out there (and really, who's into the ASV these days anyway?) here are some choice...

What’s in a name?

Elissa Lerner: Of all the exciting things the Pope could be talking about this week (the vote in Sudan, the ongoing agony in Coptic Egypt, even taking a stand on the misuse of the term 'blood libel'), here is Pope Benedict XVI's big cause of the moment: Christian names. Yes, it...

Draw Mohammad, Hide

Wendy Norris, the artist formerly known for getting facebook banned in Pakistan, has repeatedly and publicly denied starting "Everybody Draw Mohammad Day."  According to AOL (via the Seattle Weekly), Norris has been forced to go into hiding.

Stealing the Common from the Goose.

Mary Valle: George Monbiot at The Guardian examines Pontifigate in light of Dawkins' and Hitchens' efforts to get a warrant for Ratzinger's arrest, and notes that, since time immemorial, the greater the crime, the easier it is to get away with. Molest a few kids at one daycare? Jail and outrage. Worldwide institutional...

The “Pro-Israel” Facade.

Rachel Tabachnick, who’s lately been following Christian Militias, posts this today at Talk to Action:  ”On April 15-16 the Freedom Federation, a recent coalition of Religious Right organizations, will be holding a conference at Liberty University titled The Awakening 2010. The event could be described as Religious Right activists – White, Hispanic, Asian, and African American, coming...

The Union Forever

17 February 2006 “The haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor”: Idealists of different stripes will tell you that the similarities between religious and labor-rights language should come as no surprise, despite the many attempts over the past 50 years of staunch free-marketeers to paint organized labor as the vanguard...