Society

Is Chinese Militarization Of Pakistan Beginning?

WordForPeace.com By Lawrence sellin According to a December 12, 2017 Urdu-language news site report, during a high-level meeting presumably between Chinese and Pakistani officials held on the last day of the November Chinese Economic Summit in Hong Kong, China offered to train Pakistani security forces to protect both the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Pakistan and the Chinese nationals …

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EU anti-terror chief: Gülen network not terrorist organization

WordForPeace.com Gilles de Kerchove said EU needs ‘substantive’ evidence to prove otherwise. By GINGER HERVEY The EU doesn’t believe Fethullah Gülen’s network is a terrorist organization and is not “likely to change its position soon,” the bloc’s counter-terrorism coordinator told Reuters in an interview published Thursday. Gilles de Kerchove said the EU would need “substantive” evidence to change its mind on the …

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THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN PROMOTING PEACE

WordForPeace.com By David Newton Every great information or communication advance in history has been seen in its time as furthering education a benefit that has certainly proved to be correct. These advances, such as printing, the telegraph, the telephone, the radio, television, the computer, and the internet, however, were in large part also touted as promoting understanding and even peace.  …

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Community & Faith Leaders’ Role in Countering Radicalization 

WordForPeace.com  The Institute for Islamic and Turkish Studies and the Rumi Forum held a panel to discuss the role of community and faith leaders in countering extremism. As radical movements have become increasingly destructive, it is crucial to recognize how and why religion is twisted into a radical tool of conflict and divisiveness–especially since extremism is broadcasted globally through media. …

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ISIS may be losing ground, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone

WordForPeace.com By Sarah Kolinovsky Just as the U.S. military and its coalition partners have seen success in the ground fight against ISIS in its so-called caliphate, ISIS has claimed responsibility for dozens of terrorist attacks abroad this year, killing hundreds of people. As ISIS fighters flee territory they have lost in Iraq and Syria, counter terrorism experts and officials say, …

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Prof Ebrahim Moosa speaks in India on “Shaping/Reviving Muslim Ethics in the Pluralistic Societies”

WordForPeace.com On October 30th, 2017 under Indialogue Lecture Series (ILS), Prof Ebrahim Moosa, a prominent academician and a journalist-turned-scholar, delivered a lecture on the topic “Shaping/Reviving Muslim Ethics in the Pluralistic Societies”. ILS is one of Indialogue Foundation’s initiatives to engage academically with research scholars studying in different universities in Delhi. Under ILS, one lecture is organised every month by …

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Pope Francis’ scheduled visit ‘a dialogue with Bangladesh’

WordForPeace.com Dialogue would center on culture and traditions as well as religions and poverty through encounters with others Pope Francis’ imminent apostolic visit to Bangladesh is intended to foster peace and harmony through dialogue, says Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka. “Pope Francis is coming to talk to the soul of Bangladesh,” the cardinal told senior Bangladeshi journalists on Nov. 21. …

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(Taiwan) Interfaith political party opens office in Taipei

WordForPeace.com It includes representatives of a wide range of religions, including Catholics, Protestants, Taoists and Buddhists Moves are afoot in Taiwan by an alliance of religious groups to contest seats in the national legislature. A new political party founded by various religious communities opened a central office in the capital, Taipei, in a Nov. 12 ceremony. An aim is to …

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Malaysia takes ‘cues and cash’ from Saudi Arabia to push the Southeast Asia in an Islamist direction

WordForPeace.com The deepening politicization of conservative Islam and concerns over the erosion of traditional religious practices and culture in Malaysia have brought the traditionally moderate multicultural nation’s ties to Saudi Arabia under new scrutiny. Karima Bennoune, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for cultural rights, noted during a September visit deepening involvement of religious authorities in policy decisions, developments she said were …

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