Monthly Archives: November 2012

Why U.S., Israel should welcome Palestinian move at U.N.

Editor’s note: Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun: A Quarterly Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley, California. He welcomes feedback: rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com (CNN) — … Continue reading

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U.N. approves Palestinian ‘observer state’ bid

New York (CNN) — The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday endorsed an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority, despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel. The resolution elevates their status from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member … Continue reading

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Terrorized, starving and homeless: Myanmar’s Rohingya still forgotten

Sittwe, Myanmar (CNN) — It’s been three years since I reported on the plight of the Rohingya Muslim people of western Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh. We called our documentary “A Forgotten People,” and it looked at appalling incidents where boatloads … Continue reading

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Live, and for God’s sake, let others live

Lamps were put out. The Imam freed his followers of all their obligations and said: “You are free to go now.” This was a lesson in freewill. No one left. This was a tie of love. They all died with … Continue reading

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No action for spreading religious hatred on Facebook

The Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (SLCERT) said that no concrete action could be taken against those who spread religious and racial hatred on Facebook despite efforts being taken to liaise with Facebook and curb posts conveying religious and … Continue reading

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Israel limits Palestinian access to holy site

Israel has restricted Palestinian access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and arrested six Hamas members, a day after one Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza-Israel border. The shooting tested a tenious ceasefire agreement signed by Hamas-led Gaza … Continue reading

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Plan to attack Kandy Jumma Mosque

It has been publicised in a racist web site of a plan to instigate an attack on the Kandy Jumma Mosque. This is an attempt by communal forces to disrupt the unity and amity prevailing in this country. The authorities … Continue reading

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Call to boycott halal foods

(Mirror) – Bodu Bala Sena has urged the Sinhala society to boycott the around 4,000 foodstuffs branded as halal which had been imposed on them. Secretary of the organization Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera say they needed not make an additional … Continue reading

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MYANMAR: STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON

  Myanmar’s leaders continue to demonstrate that they have the political will and the vision to move the country decisively away from its authoritarian past, but the road to democracy is proving hard. President Thein Sein has declared the changes … Continue reading

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In Myanmar, ethnic party taps dangerous nationalist fervor

(Reuters) – In the 1970s, Oo Hla Saw organized street protests against Myanmarstrongman General Ne Win. Today, he faces a very different fight as defender of a political party that is dominated by ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and linked to bloody … Continue reading

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