Muslim Americans fear demonization of Islam after mass shooting

December 4, 2015
File photo of Muslim students holding a prayer before a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, November 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker

(Muslim students holding a prayer before a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker)

Germany’s Merkel calls on refugees to reject anti-Semitism

December 4, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to media after a meeting with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (unseen) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks  at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

from The Great Debate:

Carson in Jordan: God bless and keep the Syrians – far away from us

December 2, 2015

Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screen shot

Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screenshot

On Saturday Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who had strongly opposed absorbing Syrian refugees in the United States, suddenly turned up in Jordan visiting the very refugees he wants to keep away from American soil. What explains the sudden interest in a group GOP presidential candidates have been competing to keep out? Carson’s move, a new poll suggests, could well save his lead among evangelical Christians.

World headed toward ‘suicide’ if no climate agreement: Pope Francis

December 1, 2015
Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool

(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro)

Iraq blames Iran after thousands of Shi’ite pilgrims storm border crossing

December 1, 2015
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(Shi’ite Muslims gather at the Hussain Mosque in Karbala after a pilgrimage on foot during the Arbaeen ritual,  30 March 2005 /Larry E. Johns)

Muslim killed on edge of Central African Republic enclave visited by Pope Francis

December 1, 2015
United Nations peacekeepers prepare to secure the grounds of the central mosque in the mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, for the visit of Pope Francis, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WGKF

(United Nations peacekeepers prepare to secure the grounds of the central mosque in the mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola)

from India Insight:

Glimpses of Indian Buddhist art

December 1, 2015

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E (north-west part of undivided India) Indian Museum, Kolkata

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E., Loriyan Tangai (north-west part of undivided India)

from The Great Debate:

The Vatican can’t seem to get out of the secrets business

December 1, 2015

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican November 24, 2015.     REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1VM7L

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros makes rare Jerusalem visit

November 30, 2015
Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II (C), head of the Coptic Orthodox church, arrives to  the funeral of Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Near East, in Jerusalem's Old City November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II (C), head of the Coptic Orthodox church, arrives to the funeral of Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Near East, in Jerusalem’s Old City November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Pope Francis ends Africa tour with mosque visit in besieged Muslim enclave

November 30, 2015
Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini - RTX1WGN8

(Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)