Hannah Osborne 8 February 2013
It is estimated that 140 million women and girls are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM) and that at least 30 million are still vulnerable to the threat of being cut
A report by the United Nations Population Fund and UNICEF found that, while fewer girls and women at are risk, the practice is still rife in many countries. Released in conjunction with the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting on 6 February, the report looked at 29 countries where FGM takes place as a cultural practice.
If this report is anything to go by, FGM is practised by uneducated women in some ethnic groups. The United States ambassador in Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson, speaking at a conference, said 'female genital mutilation
In a surpise move, a commission of the Turkish Parliament last week accepted a petition from a Turkish citizen to reopen the Hagia Sophia as a place of worship for Muslims
The center of Orthodox worship in the Eastern Roman Empire for over a thousand years (360 – 1453), the Church of the Holy Wisdom, more commonly known by its Greek name Hagia Sophia, has been a museum since 1935 and draws millions of visitors every year. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453, it became the first imperial mosque of the Ottoman Empire, and the call to prayer sounded from its minarets for almost 500 years.
Saudi Preacher Fayhan Al Ghamdi Released after Rape, Torture, and Murder of Five-Year-Old Daughter Lama
"What do you think it will be like [for Christians], now that the Islamists are in power?" — Ibn Yemen
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette 28 January 2013
By Patrick Wade