Sudan Leader to Accept Secession of South – 98.83 percent of the almost 4 million registered voters in southern Sudan chose to separate from the north. “Today we received these results and we accept and welcome these results because they represent the will of the southern people,” said Sudan President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
Indonesian Muslims burns churches – to protest what they considered a lenient sentence for a Christian convicted of blaspheming Islam. (Arab News)
Aljazeera,In Cairo, Al-Jazeera finds itself in line of fire – Most Americans have little sense of how much of what they have viewed on U.S. television networks was video purchased from Al-Jazeera.
Islam and Democracy – Much Hard Work Needed – With anti-regime demonstrations raging in Egypt, and the possibility of a new government led by or involving the Muslim Brotherhood, many are asking whether Islam is compatible with democracy? The answer is yes, it potentially is, however at this time, they are the least democratic of peoples and the Islamist movement presents a huge obstacle to political participation. (Daniel Pipes)
Denmark: More Muslims convert to Christianity – Islamic Researcher Jørgen Bech Simonsen of the Copenhagen University Institute for Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, says, “The Muslims who take up residency in Denmark are challenged by another religious understanding and thus ask themselves questions about religion. The world is becoming much more globalised and will result in more people challenging what they come from.
Who will defend Mideast Christians? – About 10% of the Egyptian population (and declining, down more than half over the past century ), these people have suffered discrimination under 30 years of rule by the now-embattled president, Hosni Mubarak. And they’ve seen that discrimination ratcheted up into open persecution during the current unrest, which began with a car bomb in Alexandria killing 21 at a Coptic church on Jan. 1 and continued through the massacre of 11 Christians in the village of Sharona on Jan. 30….The single most dangerous thing in the world to be, right now, is a Christian in a Muslim country.” (USA Today)
A U.S. Diplomat Could Bring Down Pakistan’s Government – Pakastani authorities are not honoring diplomatic immunity with U.S. diplomat Raymond Davis.
US Embassy’s local workers ‘exploited’ – Inspectors found that cleaners at the embassy were being paid as little as $4.44/day and gardeners as little as $3.33/day. Gardeners at the embassy had been housed in unsafe and “unacceptable” conditions, according to the report. (Arab News)