United Arab Emirates
Zenit.org 12 March 2013
A sociologist representing a European security organization says that the number of Christians killed each year for their faith is so high that it calculates to one martyr's life being taken every five minutes
Massimo Introvigne of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported this data at a conference on Christian-Jewish-Muslim interfaith dialogue, which concluded today in Hungary.
Qatar Airways has been officially confirmed as the new shirt sponsor of FC Barcelona during a ceremony held at the club’s home stadium, the Camp Nou, on Monday
The three-year agreement begins on 1st July and will see Qatar Airways become the first ever for-profit commercial entity to adorn the front of Barcelona’s shirts from the beginning of the 2013/14 season. Speaking at Monday’s ceremony, FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell said the "sponsorship deal will bring great advantages, not just for the club, but also for our city and our country.”
The array of blades in the United Nations photo looks like a museum display of historical weapons: dirty and corroded, and none seem sharp
Canada Free Press 1 March 2013
By Joseph A. Klein
The United Nations "Alliance of Civilizations,” co-founded by Turkey and Spain, has an annual budget of approximately four million U.S. dollars. It just completed its Fifth Global Forum this past week in Vienna. The ostensible theme of the lavish two-day gathering was "Responsible Leadership in Dialogue and Diversity."
Alliance of Civilizations is yet another in a long string of United Nations forums wasting money with false hopes
According to its appropriately named "Vienna Declaration,” the forum was aimed, among other things, at an informed debate on how responsible leadership can make a difference in promoting and protecting full enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion and belief in "a context of religious pluralism” and "greater diversity.”
AINA (press release) 1 March 2013
By Deborah Weiss
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has long been on the forefront of the Islamist mission to establish the equivalent of Islamic blasphemy laws in the West. Now, during its 12th Islamic Summit held in Cairo February 7-8, 2013, the OIC set forth new and creative ways to silence, and ultimately criminalize criticism of Islam
The OIC is a 57-member state organization that claims to represent 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe. As the second largest international organization in the world, behind only the UN, and as the largest Islamic organization in the world, it is obviously quite powerful. Though it is arguably the largest voting block in the UN, most people have never heard of it.
National Secular Society 22 February 2013
Getting the go-ahead from the Cairo Islamic Summit, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been actively trying to get the "denigration of religions" recognized as a criminal offence, according to a top official
"Next session of the Istanbul Process on Islamophobia will be held in the first half of this year, and the session will squarely focus on the issue of criminalizing denigration of religions," said Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, director of cultural affairs at the OIC general secretariat and spokesman for the OIC secretary general.