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Sectarian Violence

UN Investigators Warn Of Wider Sectarian War Across Iraq, Syria

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | Posted 06.18.2014 | Home

GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents want...

How Pakistan's Organization of Religious Clergy Continues to Promote Religious Bigotry

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Pakistan's history is soaked in the blood of those who have -- and continue to -- suffer agonizing pains on the basis of their faith. Right in the start, a newborn Pakistan was gripped by sectarian violence when extremist clerics led nation-wide riots against the moderate Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

Pilgrimage to Gibran

Emily O'Dell | Posted 06.04.2014 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Tired of the toxicity of hate, and disturbed by the carnage of rockets and bombs, I decided to make a mini-pilgrimage of peace to the final resting place of Khalil Gibran.

Intra-Faith Muslim Violence Soars In Pakistan

Religion News Service | Naveed Ahmad | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (RNS) Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty home not far from the capital, Islamabad. On Nov. 1...

The Middle East and North Africa: Cauldron of Conflict

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2014 | Home
James Dorsey

It is becoming increasingly clear that the hopes in 2011 of a new dawn sparked by the toppling of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were little more than pie in the sky. Nevertheless, the genie of inevitable change has been let out of the bottle.

Global Religious Violence Reaches New High

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) – Violence and discrimination against religious groups by governments and rival faiths have reached new highs in all regions of the world ...

Resolving Myanmar's Sectarian Violence Issue

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

The latest international concern was visible when Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States who made a surprise visit to Myanmar, gave a speech at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon on November 14.

Iraqi Kurds: "No Friend but the Mountains"

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
David L. Phillips

The recent explosion shatters the myth that Iraqi Kurdistan can immunize itself from Iraq's violence between Sunnis and Shia.

Dalai Lama Urges Monks To Stop Attacks On Muslims

Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion

As the violence in Myanmar continues, the Dalai Lama urged monks to act according to the peaceful principles of their religion and told them to "remem...

Unintended Consequences of Striking Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.11.2013 | Home
David L. Phillips

Military action in Syria could embroil the United States in civil wars from the Tigris to the Levant; U.S interests could also come under direct attack. A steely-eyed view of regional dynamics and contingency planning are critical to optimizing U.S. objectives.

Pakistan's Islam: The Flaying of a Muslim Wife

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Today, the resurrection of violent punishments defines much of Muslim culture in both Diaspora and Muslim majority communities. This revivalist extremism is a deliberate, modern product of 20th century Islamists.

Killing in the Name of God

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.16.2013 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Despite myriad conflicts, religion at its core was created to foster peace. Considering the ever-present challenge for human survival in a hostile world, it is understandable that religions would occasionally remain silent on the verdict of war or fail in their missions to promote peace.

Sectarian Warfare Among Muslims to Continue in Egypt and Elsewhere

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.02.2013 | Home
Murtaza Haider

From Cairo to Peshawar, Shias are under attack by Sunni militants who have killed thousands of Shias in the sectarian warfare. While the world is focused on the intra-Sunni struggle between Muslim Brotherhood and the rest, the plight of Shias in Egypt and elsewhere remains largely ignored.

Syria's Sunni vs. Shia Myth

Khaled Diab | Posted 08.30.2013 | Home
Khaled Diab

The reality of the situation is that the civil war in Syria, though it has escalated tremendously, remains essentially a clash between an authoritarian, ruthless leadership and its associated elite (as well as those who feared instability) and the masses tired of bowing their heads.

Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.25.2013 | Home
Conn Hallinan

While the Syrian civil war started over the Assad regime's brutality, it has morphed into a proxy war between Syria, Iran, Russia, and Iraq on one side, and the U.S., France, Britain, Israel, Turkey and the monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council on the other.

Pakistan's Kafkaesque Politics

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 08.19.2013 | Home
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

Is Pakistan's incoming PM, Nawaz Shari, the pivot on which Pakistan's freedom from religious terror and his country's military revolves?

Stop the Madness

James Zogby | Posted 08.01.2013 | Home
James Zogby

When I hear Senator John McCain calling for more arms, air strikes, no-fly zones and the like; when I hear the dangerous pronouncements coming from apologists for the various sides, I want to ask "do you know where are you going, and where is this taking Syria, its people and the region?"

Sectarian Violence Comes Back To Life In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2013 | Home

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, May 25 (Reuters) - Saddled with Middle East problems ranging from Iran to Syria and beyond, President Ba...

Humanitarian Disaster and Political Illusion

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.21.2013 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Certainly, a practical solution to the crisis in Syria would require full cooperation between the U.S. and Russia, but considering the unfolding horror in Syria, neither the U.S. nor Russia can now piece together a political solution that will satisfy all players.

Policy Implications of Iran's Fall From Favor in Arab and Muslim Public Opinion

James Zogby | Posted 05.30.2013 | Home
James Zogby

Once viewed positively by sizable majorities in almost every country across the region, Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in its favorable ratings. The change, it appears from my findings, is largely due to concerns with Iran's policies in Iraq, Syria, and the Arab Gulf region.

The State's Role in Pakistan's Ethnic Violence

Aziz Nayani | Posted 05.05.2013 | Home
Aziz Nayani

The Pakistani state was instrumental in creating an environment that promoted religious and ethnic discrimination, and it is now guilty of inaction - allowing for persecution and violence to exist without putting up any resistance.

Pakistan's War Against Human Rights Watch

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.06.2013 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

Reports issued by H.R.W. and other human rights groups are professional analyses of different countries. It is absolutely irresponsible and unethical to respond to such criticism with personal attacks on individual professionals affiliated with these organizations.

America's Unfinished Story: Iraqi Refugees

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Andrew Lam

It's inevitable that each time he ventures abroad, Uncle Sam leaves an unfinished story, and nowhere is it most unfinished than in Iraq.

Explosions Kill 10 In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 03.01.2013 | Home

* Seven people from same family killed * Attacks underline sectarian, ethnic tensions * Thousands of Sunnis have protest...

Syria and the Dogs of War

Conn Hallinan | Posted 12.09.2012 | Home
Conn Hallinan

As intractable as the Syrian war looks, there is room for a political resolution, but only if the protagonists and their supporters stand down.