Migration to Germany from countries including Turkey and Russia, where homosexuality is taboo, has led to a rise in crime against gays. Gay-bashing hip hop music isn't helping, either. So how should liberal-minded Germans deal with less-tolerant immigrants?
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the commemoration service today for the 37 people killed in Turkey's central province of Sivas on July 2, 1993, daily Hurriyet reports. Many of those killed were Alevi intellectuals.
Hanim Tosun last saw her husband Fehmi in 1995 as he was being dragged into a car outside their home by men in civilian clothes who she is convinced were government agents. His disappearance is among hundreds of old allegations of state-linked abductions and murders in a country that -- even as it seeks entry into Europe's club of democracies -- seems unable or unwilling to fully confront its history of authoritarianism.
For the 2nd time in less than a month, a Coptic church in Egypt has been destroyed by fire. A Coptic church in the town of Kafr el Sheij was burned last week. Dozens of firefighters were required to bring the blaze under control, the Al Ahram newspaper reports. Three weeks earlier another church had burned under suspicious circumstances.
The New York Times (June 26, 2008) has published a somber account of the recent murder of Iraqi Archbishop Rahho, and how the Iraqi Christian population has been subjected to the full recrudescence of dhimmitude, punctuated by the re-application of the jizya-the Koranic (Koran 9:29) poll tax on non-Muslims, whose etymology, as per the seminal Arabic lexicographer, E.W. Lane, belies its origins: "the tax paid in lieu of being slain."