Thursday 9 September 2010
September 09, 2010
Why Is It Legal To Burn A Holy Book In The United States?
A threat by a Christian pastor in Florida to burn copies of the Holy Koran on September 11 -- an act considered blasphemous across much of the Muslim world -- has kindled global debate about blasphemy and the limitations of free speech.
September 08, 2010
Tajiks Stopped From Traveling To Iran, Pakistan For Religious Courses
Dozens of Tajiks have been prevented by officials from traveling to Iran and Pakistan to obtain religious education. The move by Tajik authorities comes days after President Emomali Rahmon urged parents to recall their children from foreign madrasahs, saying otherwise they could be turned into terrorists and extremists.
September 08, 2010
'WSJ' Editor Takes The Wraps Off Tony Blair's Book
Iain Martin, deputy editor of "The Wall Street Journal Europe" and longtime observer of British politics, weighs in on the attention generated by the release of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's book, "A Journey." Protesters hurled eggs, bottles, and shoes at Blair at a promotional event at a Dublin bookstore over the weekend, and threatened protests prompted organizers to postpone a second Blair appearance, in central London. The interview was conducted by RFE/RL Executive Editor John O'Sullivan.
September 07, 2010
Tajiks Increasingly Turning To Shari'a To Resolve Disputes, Family Affairs
Even as the Tajik government maintains tight control on religion, the majority Muslim population is increasingly turning to Shari'a law -- the sacred law of Islam, which is not sanctioned by the state -- to resolve disputes, family affairs, and personal matters.
September 06, 2010
Belarusian Colleagues Remember Byabenin As Talented Journalist Who Was 'High On Life'
The remains of Belarusian opposition journalist Aleh Byabenin were laid to rest today, three days after his body was found in his family dacha outside the capital. Colleagues dismiss suggestions by investigators that the 36-year-old Byabenin committed suicide.
September 05, 2010
Western Withdrawal Date Brings Old Debate On Islamic Law Into Focus
As the Western military withdrawal date from Afghanistan nears, a Taliban push for imposing Shari'a law in the regions they control has rekindled a century-old debate about the role of Islamic law in the country. As RFE/RL correspondent Abubakar Siddique explains, the solution might lie in finding a broadly acceptable middle ground.
September 05, 2010
Interview: 'I Am Quite Hopeful That A Win-Win Solution Is Possible' On Kosovo
Dragan Stavljanin, a broadcaster with RFE/RL's Balkans Service, recently spoke about the latest developments regarding Kosovo with Stefan Wolff, a professor of international security at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and an expert in postconflict reconstruction.
September 04, 2010
Interview: International Poetry Festival Capitalizes On The 'Secret' Of Czernowitz
Historically a cultural and architectural center, Ukraine's Chernivtsi was even dubbed Little Vienna and Jerusalem-upon-the-Prut, after a Danube tributary that runs through the city. This multicultural city is currently hosting an international poetry festival, "Meridian Czernowitz." RFE/RL speaks to one of the festival's organizers, Igor Pomerantsev.
September 03, 2010
State Department Set To Increase Presence In Iraq
The capacity-building that thousands of U.S. civilians are charged with carrying out in Iraq presents a new and daunting set of security challenges, including protecting State Department employees working in a country that remains among the world's most dangerous.
September 02, 2010
Iran's Human Rights Lawyers Increasingly Facing Their Own Days In Court
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has defended a number of political and human rights activists in Iran, is now facing her own day in court. After security forces searched her home and office and took away some of her personal belongings, she was charged with crimes against the state and ordered to face questioning this week.