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Mandaeans - A Threatened Religion

October 19, 2008

Author: Angus Crawford

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7678123.stm

Members of an ancient religious group living in the UK are warning their faith could soon disappear.

The Sabian Mandaeans have fled persecution in Iraq. Some have found safety in Britain, but now they claim they have nowhere to worship or teach their children about their faith.

Dr Layla Alroomi, who has lived in the UK for more than 30 years, fears...

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Beijing Pressures Taiwan to Restrict Falun Gong Activities

June 29, 2008

Author: Wu Cenxi

Source: The Epoch Times

http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-6-29/72658.html

Beijing has recently put pressure on Taiwan to remove displays about the persecution of Falun Gong and repression in Tibet from popular tourist attractions.

They hope to accommodate more than 3,000 mainland tourists starting in July, but lawmakers called on the government not to self-censor.

Since May the newly elected government of the Republic...

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Judges Press IRS on Church Tax Break

February 8, 2008

Author: JOSH GERSTEIN

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/70957

A Jewish couple's bid to take a tax deduction they say the Internal Revenue Service reserves only for members of the Church of Scientology is getting a friendly reception from a federal appeals court, increasing the possibility of a ruling that could create a tax break for taxpayers of many religions who pay tuition to religious schools.

Chinese Falun Gong Followers in South Korea Win Lawsuit, Paving Way for Refugee Status

January 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PR-inside

Wire Service: AP

http://www.pr-inside.com/chinese-falun-gong-followers-in-south-r392998.htm

A Seoul court ruled in favor of two Chinese followers of the spiritual movement Falun Gong, paving the way for them to receive refugee status in South Korea, a court official said Friday. The Seoul Administrative Court ruling Thursday rejected a Justice Ministry...

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Chinese Request to Ignore Celebrations Angers California Local Politician

January 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: AP

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200801040914.htm

A local politician said he was insulted by a Chinese government request urging him to ignore two Chinese New Year celebrations produced by a television company sympathetic to the Falun Gong.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Norby received a letter from China's consulate...

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Israeli Druse in Rare Clash With Police

October 31, 2007

Author: ISABEL KERSHNER

Source: New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/world/middleeast/31mideast.html

A normally quiet Galilee village turned into a battleground at dawn today as police officers clashed with rioters from the Druse community, police officials and community leaders said.

Among the injured were at least 16 police officers and a similar number of medics and residents. One resident was in serious...

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Yazidis Risk Persecution, Attacks to Follow Religion

August 22, 2007

Author: Julia Duin

Source: The Washintgon Times

http://washingtontimes.com/article/20070822/FOREIGN/108220034/1003

Travel anywhere in northern Iraq, and you will see them: small, white, conical shrines that sit alone in the fields, along with the sheep. Inside, the floors are greasy, covered with drippings from oil lamps. There are low-lying altars for the occasional animal sacrifice. The doorways are low, making one bow toward the...

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Church of Scientology of Moscow Wins Landmark Decision

April 4, 2007

Source: Scientology Today

http://www.scientologytoday.org/press/704042347361_scn-int.html

In a unanimous landmark decision today, the European Court of Human Rights (First Section) found in favor of the Scientology religion, upholding the religious freedom of Scientologists throughout the forty-six nations that comprise the Council of Europe, in a precedent-setting ruling that will help guarantee these rights for people of all faiths.

The court...

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"A New Progressive Alliance," a Commentary by Jeff Nall

March 2, 2007

Source: A New Progressive Alliance

http://www.newprogressivealliance.com/

Realizing that our shared commitment to human rights, religious freedom, and peace and social justice, significantly outweighs our differences; we the undersigned, comprised of both secular and religious progressives, declare an alliance between progressive, rational-minded people regardless of one’s spiritual, religious, or secular perspective.

While our beliefs about the existence of God may differ...

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Navy Chaplain Provides Diverse Array of Religious Services During Holiday Season

December 28, 2006

Source: Blackanthem Military News

http://www.blackanthem.com/News/military_2005122802.html

On December 28, 2006 Blackanthem Military News reported, "December is a month of celebration for multiple faiths, making the holiday season an extra busy time for chaplains in Iraq. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Islamic Hajj, Navy Capt. Vince Arnold, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) group chaplain, knows the importance of providing for all service members...

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Prachanda: Our Revolution Won

November 9, 2006

Author: Alessandro Gilioli

Source: L'espresso

http://espresso.repubblica.it/dettaglio/Prachanda:%20Our%20Revolution%20Won/1431107

President Prachanda, let's start with the current situation. The war is finally over, you entered Kathmandu and now the Maoist police are managing most things in the city, from the traffic through to street cleaning. Your posters are everywhere. It seems to me that you've already won the...

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