Published by Seth Oldmixon on July 28, 2015

“Blasphemy” Politics Threatens Bangladesh’s Democracy

Over the course of the past two decades, over 1,000 Pakistanis – mostly non-Muslims – have faced accusations of blasphemy – a capital crime in their country. So serious are these accusations that at least 50 people accused of blasphemy have been killed in vigilante acts before they ever saw trial. Last year, a mob…

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Published by Seth Oldmixon on July 22, 2015

Pakistani Terrorist Group Operating in Rohingya Camps

The name Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) may be unfamiliar to many, but it is only the most recent alias adopted by Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and it’s front group, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) believed to be responsible for the 2001 attack on India’s parliament and the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed over 160 innocent people. FIF…

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Published by Seth Oldmixon on July 16, 2015

The Gita is a religious book, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be taught

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma claimed on Wednesday that the Bhagavad Gita is “not a religious book.” His statement came in response to concerns about the “saffronization” of education in India. Saffronization, which refers to the color of the robes worn by Hindu monks, is a term that describes a nationalist political Hindu ideology,…

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Published by Liberty South Asia on July 2, 2015

Fears of Rising Islamic Radicalism in Bangladesh

The vicious murders of secular bloggers in Bangladesh raised attention to the growing threat of religious extremism in a country known for its culture that values religious tolerance. Earlier today, 12 alleged members of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) were arrested by Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in possession of explosives, bomb making…

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