A Pakistani lawmaker who had worked to reform her nation’s harsh blasphemy law has abandoned that effort, at least for the moment. Sherry Rehman, a member of Pakistan’s parliament, had authored a bill for the National Assembly that would have removed the death sentence as a form of punishment for blasphemy against Mohammed.
The good news: The President has kept his promises to cut the number of government employees drastically and to reduce regulations so that new small businesses can open up, leading to an almost immediate 50 percent increase in the number of self-employed persons. The bad news: That’s President Raul Castro of communist Cuba, not President Barack Obama of ostensibly capitalist America.
While President Obama and his administration continue to celebrate Islam as the religion of peace and laud “the contribution of Muslims to the United States” as “interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country,” some European leaders appear to be prepared to resist the bland conventions of political correctness and actually identify the victims of the persecution which Islam is unleashing throughout the Muslim nations of the world.
Another pro-family public-interest group has joined the battle to free a Swedish boy seized by authorities in 2009 over homeschooling, lining up with a broad international coalition urging the European Court of Human Rights to speed up the case, which was filed more than seven months ago.
After days of violent clashes between pro- and anti-Mubarak forces in Egypt, today is relatively serene as Egypt’s defense minister met with some of the anti-government protesters, who are preparing for what they’ve dubbed the “Day of Departure,” a final push for the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak’s government.
Compared to other member nations of the European Union and many other nations with free elections, Great Britain is demonstrably less "democratic" — at least according to a study recently released by the University of Zurich and the Social Science Research Center in Berlin.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak knows exactly what caused his downfall after 30 years of autocratic rule: the Internet. This marvelous communication tool — perhaps the greatest since the invention of the printing press, which had similar effects — exposed Mubarak to the world as a corrupt, tyrannical lackey of the United States, the result of billions upon billions of dollars in unconstitutional American aid to his regime.
Raymond Davis, a member of the U.S. embassy's technical administrative staff in Lahore, Pakistan, has been remanded by Lahore's district court for six days on double murder charges stemming from a January 28 incident in which he shot and killed two alleged robbers in Mazang market in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city. A third citizen was crushed to death by a U.S. consulate car as officials came to rescue Davis from an angry mob.
The anger of protesters in Egypt, reportedly aimed at a number of issues including President Hosni Mubarak’s failure to indicate whether he plans to seek re-election, should have been assuaged to a degree by the President's announcement that he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his term in September. Unfortunately for Mubarak, it was not. Video footage of crowd reactions to Mubarak’s announcement reveal the people chanting "No!" "No!" "No!"
A referendum on independence for Southern Sudan — to determine whether the South should remain part of Sudan, or secede and become a separate country — has gone surprisingly smoothly, but tensions in Abyei are high, and violent battles have already begun that could cause another civil war to break out.
Russian natural gas corporation Gazprom was given the green light by the government of the north-central African nation Niger for the purpose of exploring the impoverished country for possible uranium mining opportunities. Gazprom subsidiary Gazprombank NGS, based in Moscow, was given a license to explore for uranium in the region of Agadez in northern Niger, reported Bloomberg World News.