Consultation on Strychnine and its Associated End-use Products

Consultation on Strychnine and Its Associated End-use Products (Ground Squirrel Use), Proposed Re-evaluation Decision PRVD2018-13 The Pest Management Regulatory Agency under Health Canada has given notice that it is planning to ban the use of Strychnine-based pesticides as a gopher control ... Read More

Modi speaks out against ‘menace’ of mob attacks for first time

By World Watch Monitor India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has for the first time condemned violence against minorities, saying that everyone has a duty to fight the “menace” of mob lynchings. But his critics say that, after four years in power at the head of a Hindu nationalist ... Read More

Chinese Muslims protest against plan to demolish mosque

By Michael Martina | Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) – Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new mosque, amid tightening curbs on Islam to pull its practice in line with the Chinese ... Read More

Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

By Stephen Wright | Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The battle lines for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election were drawn Friday as the incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo formally registered as a candidate after choosing a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate. Jokowi, ... Read More

Modi’s Party Weighs Expanding Contentious Indian Citizenship Rules

By Iain Marlow | Bloomberg Hardline members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party want to expand a controversial register that could strip millions of their citizenship, in a move aimed at attracting majority Hindu voters ahead of national elections. A draft national register of ... Read More

Blasphemy law: Another innocent student killed in Pakistan

By Shafique Khokhar | Herald Malaysia Pakistan’s blasphemy law has reaped another innocent victim. Qutab Rind, a young artist from Jacobabad who attended the National College of Arts in Lahore, was killed after he was accused of blasphemy. Three students broke his legs and arms and then threw ... Read More

Fighting intolerance, Ahmadi Muslims have won unlikely allies

Aysha Khan | Religion News Service ALTON, United Kingdom (RNS) — Johnnie Moore, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, stood before the Ahmadi caliph and tens of thousands of his Muslim followers on Saturday (Aug. 4) and celebrated the phrase “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is ... Read More

We’ll close one church every week, Indian Christians told

By World Watch Monitor Christian villagers in a rural district of India’s Maharashtra state have been told that one church will be closed down every week because they have been “destroying” local tradition and culture by “luring” others to convert to Christianity. Since June, over a ... Read More

Syrian Druze hostage killed

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide CSW is saddened by news that one of the hostages abducted by the Islamic State (IS, Daesh) during the attack on Suwayda in southern Syria on 25 July was executed on 2 August. CSW’s sources have confirmed that Muhannad Zouqan, 19, was executed on 2 August, ... Read More

When it comes to conflict, religion is part of the solution

By Sharon Rosen and Kimberly Hart | The Hill How often do you hear the expression “religious conflict”? Pretty often, we bet. Every day, headlines use this term to talk about violence and destruction in different parts of the world. But is it true that religion is an inciter of war, an ... Read More