from Andrew Marshall:

Malaysian reforms: will rhetoric become reality?

By Thomson Reuters Helpdesk
September 14, 2010

Investor Jimmy Cheong monitors share market prices in Kuala Lumpur May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

David Chance, the Reuters bureau chief in Kuala Lumpur, has written a new analysis on the prospects for genuine economic reform in Malaysia. He is not optimistic. You can read the full analysis below:

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Real death threats?

September 13, 2010

US pastor backs off Koran-burning plan for now

USA-MUSLIMS/PASTORJones' adult son Luke, who wore a handgun on his hip because of death threats against church members, told   reporters his father would fly to New York later on Friday.     

from Global News Journal:

German banker bows out after stirring race, religion debate

September 10, 2010

A German central banker, Thilo Sarrazin, whose outspoken comments on race and religion sparked a fierce national debate unexpectedly quit the Bundesbank board on Thursday evening, sparing Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Christian Wulff and Bundesbank President Axel Weber a messy legal and political battle.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

No sideburns here…

September 9, 2010

Florida pastor not backing down on Koran-burning

USA-MUSLIMS/"We are not convinced that backing down is the right thing," Jones, a gray-haired, mustachioed preacher with mutton-chop sideburns and author of a book titled "Islam is of the Devil," told a crowd of reporters in a brief statement made in the grassy yard in front of his stone-and-metal church.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Style on the Koran…

September 9, 2010

Obama says planned Koran burning is boosting Qaeda

PAKISTAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned on Thursday that a Florida pastor's plan to burn copies of the Koran is being used as an al Qaeda recruitment tool and he urged the minister to reconsider the decision.

from Tales from the Trail:

State Dept: church Koran burning plan”un-American”

September 7, 2010

There have been lots of angry words over plans by an obscure Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

from FaithWorld:

Far-right anti-mosque video game triggers outrage in Austria

September 1, 2010

The picturesque Austrian province of Styria is overrun by huge mosques with minarets, if you are to believe an online video game designed for the far-right Freedom Party ahead of regional elections on September 26.

from Photographers' Blog:

Religious Imam, reality TV star and dream son-in-law?

August 31, 2010

When a friend told me about the "Young Imam" reality TV show, I thought it must be just another 'preaching and nagging' religious program.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Rabbi’s remarks…

August 30, 2010

Abbas, Palestinians should die: Israeli rabbi

rabbi 280JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An influential Israeli rabbi has said God should strike the Palestinians and their leader with a plague, calling for their death in a fiery sermon before Middle East peace talks set to begin next week.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Was religion relevant?

August 23, 2010

Jakarta introduces women-only trains to avoid groping

INDONESIA/JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) - Women-only train carriages were launched this week in Jakarta in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, in an attempt to avert groping and sexual harassment on packed commuter trains.