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Conflicts, Poverty Spur Migrations

Conflicts, Poverty Spur Migrations

| January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

3.4% of world’s people live outside the country of their birth; Since 2000, world’s migrant population has increased by 85 million people; 17 million Indians live outside India today. When a person lives outside the country of his birth, he is called an ‘international migrant’. There are now 258 million who are migrants, or living […]

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World Council of Churches Expresses Concern over Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

| January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a recent statement, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Olav FykseTveit expressed grave concern over President Trump’s announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “Such a step breaks with the longstanding international consensus, and almost seven decades of established American policy, that the status of Jerusalem remains […]

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Yemeni Woman Resolves Long Conflict Between Two Tribes

| December 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Yemeni activist succeeded in resolving a blood feud between two tribes that lasted 11 years that left more than 60 people dead and 130 injured, including women and children. The feud was ongoing despite the interference of the government, the locals, tribal and social contacts. “This ongoing bloodbath forced me to act even though […]

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London Newspaper Recognises Arab and Muslim ‘Heroes’

London Newspaper Recognises Arab and Muslim ‘Heroes’

| December 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

London’s Evening Standard newspaper included a list of 12 unsung heroes of the UK capital in its Progress 1000 report, with Arab and Muslim citizens making the list. The newspaper looked at events that shook London this year and with a panel of editors, critics and experts in various fields, they selected 12 individuals who […]

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Historic Peace-building Program Launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Historic Peace-building Program Launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina

| December 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The three-year Bosnian War some years ago killed around 100,000 people and displaced a million more. Although ethnic and religious violence tapered off after the peace treaty of 1995-96, deep cultural and religious divides remain. Now, a historic master’s program has been created in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina, that primarily focuses on Interreligious […]

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Ranks of World’s Refugees Swell as Asylum Space Shrinks: UN

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

More than 2 million people fleeing wars or persecution have joined the ranks of the world’s refugees this year, but often face more restrictive asylum policies, including in Europe and the United States, the top United Nations refugee official recently said. They include 650,000 from South Sudan and 500,000 Muslim Rohingyas who have escaped violence […]

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Philippines – Mindanao Province Fights Extremism through Schools

Philippines – Mindanao Province Fights Extremism through Schools

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

A province on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao has teamed up with madaris or Islamic schools to prevent violent extremism from making inroads among Filipino Muslim youth. Sarangani Governor Steve Solon said the provincial government’s “Madaris for Peace” programme will see 125 Asatidz (madrasa teachers) propagate peace and Islamic values among Muslim school children. Solon […]

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Bangladesh’s Buddhist Community Cuts Festival Expense to Aid Rohingya Refugees

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Buddhist community in Bangladesh has declared that they will forgo parts of their festivities for Probarona Purnima, their second biggest religious festival, and donate the cost of a major event for the Rohingya Muslim refugees who have recently arrived in Bangladesh. Community leaders announced this decision at a meeting with senior Awami League leaders […]

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Pope Calls on Christians to  Share Hope with Migrants

Pope Calls on Christians to Share Hope with Migrants

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, recently said. “Those who come to our land and we who go towards their heart […]

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to  Anti-Nuclear Weapons Campaigners

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Anti-Nuclear Weapons Campaigners

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The Norwegian Nobel Committee said ICAN was receiving the award for its “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of […]

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