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Indonesia: Ahmadis, Shiites cast votes in hope for change

Source: thejakartapost.com In Sidoarjo, East Java, the Sampang Shiites also cast their votes near their displacement camp. A number of police and military personnel were deployed to the location for security…

Indonesia: Displaced Ahmadiyah in Mataram cast votes

Source: thejakartapost.com We hope the elected people’s representatives will embrace all people without differentiating them based on ethnic, religious or racial background. Seventy-one displaced Ahmadiyah at Wisma Transito in Mataram, West…

Indonesia’s Islamic parties surprise with strong showing in election

by kanupriya kapoor AND randy fabi Indonesia’s Islamic parties surprise with strong showing in election  il JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Islamic political parties are poised to grab a larger-than-expected share…

Global Religious Diversity

Half of the Most Religiously Diverse Countries are in Asia-Pacific Region Several years ago, the Pew Research Center produced estimates of the religious makeup of more than 200 countries and…

Malaysian Ahmadiyah community Interfaith Symposium

Politicians have failed so ordinary folks  must stand up Source:The Malaysian Insider Politicians, from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat, have failed to protect the freedom of worship for all religions…

Muslim History in the Southern Philippines

The Jakarta Post: 13th Century: Arab traders introduce Islam to the Sulu island group near the lower tip of a Southeast Asian archipelago, later to be called the Philippines. 1521:…

Election: Ahmadiyah refugees have high hopes for change

The Jakarta Post: Entering their eight year of displacement, at least 118 Ahmadiyah refugees at the Wisma Transito shelter in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), expressed hope that the 2014…

Indonesia: Minority groups have high hopes for elections

Source: thejakartapost.com After years of persecution and discrimination, the nation’s minorities have said they will go to the polls this year to support legislative and presidential candidates who uphold freedom of…

A letter to the Religious Minister of Indonesia

Humanity remains one.  kemanusiaan tunggal ika. The Jakarta Post: By Natalia Laskowska, Dear Minister Suryadharma Ali. I wish to share with you the feeling of restlessness that may be common…

Gardens of Prayer

The Tribune News, Indonesia: Presidential Candidate of “the Peoples Convention” in Indonesia have been completed yesterday. In a public debate held at the Sudirman Hall, no participant explicitly answered regarding…

Rollback of Women’s Rights: Not Just in Afghanistan

National Geographic Daily News: by Eve Conant —  An Afghan law that protects perpetrators of domestic violence, new sharia criminal laws in Brunei that allow stoning, sexual assaults in Arab…

Dialogue is solution to all sectarian divisions — King Abdullah of Jordan

  Delivering a speech at a conference in Jakarta, where he also held talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on bilateral ties and the latest regional developments, the King…

King calls for giving a stronger voice to traditional, moderate Islam

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim Asalam Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu “Tree makasee”. Thank you. It is an honour to support Nahdlatul Ulama in its work for dialogue. To all of you,…

Muslims Clean Buddhist Temple

CENTRAL JAVA – Dozens of Muslim students in Central Java’s Magelang have participated in cleaning the world’s largest Buddhist temple that had been distorted with volcanic ash earlier this month.…

NSA Australia allies ‘spied on US law firm’ in Indonesia row

Source: BBC Australian spies tapped a US law firm representing Indonesia in a trade dispute with the US, new leaks say. The 2013 document obtained by the New York Times does not…

Indonesia: New CSW report warns of growing religious intolerance

Source: indcatholicnews.com CSW’s new report on Indonesia, which will be launched on 25 February in the UK Parliament, warns that ‘Religious intolerance is no longer confined to areas such as West…

Mass evacuation in Indonesia as Java volcano erupts

Source: BBC Two people have been killed after their home collapsed from the weight of volcanic ash as Alice Budisatrijo reports. Continue reading the main story and watch a video…

Indonesia’s democracy is no guarantee to freedom of faith

Listening to Indonesian politicians campaigning for this year’s elections you could be forgiven for thinking that freedom of religion is not a problem in the country with the world’s largest…

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