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July, 2019
Volume 45, Number 2
  
27 April 2018
J.D. Conor Mauro




Palestinian emergency services carry a demonstrator on a stretcher suffering from tear gas exposure near the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis during mass demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel border on 27 April. (photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel must address excessive use of force and deaths in Gaza protests: U.N. rights chief (U.N. News) With more than 40 Palestinians killed and 5,500 injured during protests in Gaza over the past month — many by live ammunition — the top United Nations human rights official on Friday called on Israel to ensure that its security forces do not resort to use of excessive force amid the ongoing demonstrations…

Turkey’s Alevi minority threatened by dam-building plans (Christian Science Monitor) Turkey is ramping up its dam construction despite opposition from locals. Some dams are being built on sacred Alevi ground, jeopardizing their cultural heritage and damaging the natural environment. Making up about 15-20 percent of Turkey’s 79 million people, Alevis draw from Shiite, Sufi, and Anatolian folk traditions, practicing distinct rituals which can put them at odds with their Sunni Muslim counterparts, many of whom accuse them of heresy. “The government is trying to assimilate us into Sunni Islam. There’s a project to kill our culture and heritage,” said Baris Yildirim, an Alevi lawyer and activist…

Christians should not be second-class citizens, cardinal tells Saudi Arabia (AINA) French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s trip to Saudi Arabia, the first by such a senior Catholic figure, raised hopes of more openness in the kingdom, which is home to Islam’s holiest sites but bans the practice of other faiths. The trip included a meeting with King Salman, his first with a Catholic official. “During my meetings, I insisted very much on this point, that Christians and non-Muslims are spoken of well in schools and that they are never considered second-class citizens,” said the cardinal, who leads the Vatican’s Council for Interreligious Dialogue…

India’s indigenous people rally for religion (UCAN India) Indian church leaders support demand for recognition of the Sarna animist religions as 10,000 march through Jharkhand state. The 24 April rally aimed to put pressure on the eastern state’s government run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party, which considers indigenous people as Hindus and refuses to give official status to their traditional faith practices…



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