Anthee Carassava - AOL News
ATHENS, Greece -- Demonstrators took to the streets of the capital today to protest international air strikes against military assets of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as Greece weighed its support of the allied offensive.
Toting anti-war banners and shouting slogans against the bombing raids, hundreds of leftist protesters -- mainly high school and university students -- gathered in central Athens, setting off on a protest march to the Parliament.
Similar protests also took place on the island of Crete, where hundreds marched to the U.S.-controlled Souda Bay naval base, which provides comman...
Hugh Collins - AOL News
(Oct. 7) -- Two explosions at a religious site in Karachi have killed at least eight people and injured dozens more.
The blasts in Pakistan's largest city occurred Thursday night at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, a Sufi Muslim saint. Thursday is typically the busiest time of the week at the shrine, the eve of Friday prayers and a time when many distribute food to the poor.
Media reported gruesome scenes at the shrine, with severed heads and body parts and blood-spattered streets.
Rizwan Tabassum, AFP / Getty Images
Pakistani security officials cordon off the blast site following two ...
Paul Wachter - AOL News
(Oct. 4) -- If there's one thing we've learned this year, it's that burning Islamic holy artifacts is not a good idea.
Who didn't get the memo? Israeli settlers, who set fire to a mosque in Beit Fajjar, a Palestinian town in the occupied West Bank, on Monday before morning prayers, reports Al-Jazeera.
The attack comes at a delicate time during Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, with reports surfacing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed in principle to a 60-day freeze on new settlement construction. (As Surge Desk earlier pointed out, illegal settlement construction often...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
(Sept. 24) -- The Texas State Board of Education approved a resolution today that requires publishers to correct a "pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias" in future world history textbooks.
The resolution, which narrowly passed 7-6, cites instances of an alleged emphasis on unfavorable events in Christian history as told in school textbooks, while claiming that the same textbooks gloss over similar events in Islamic history.
"What we're trying to do is prohibit and send a clear message to the publishers that [the bias] should not happen in the future," board member Terri Leo said.
The Lone Star S...
Carl Franzen - AOL News
(Sept. 9) -- For a few brief hours on Thursday, the peace-loving world thought it could breathe a sigh of relief: The proposed Sept. 11 Quran-burning stunt was seemingly called off by Dove World Outreach Center pastor Terry Jones.
At a hastily called press conference outside his tiny church in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday evening, Jones announced he was canceling the widely condemned plan to incinerate copies of the Muslim holy book, under the impression that the site of Park51, the proposed Islamic community center near ground zero in lower Manhattan, was being reconsidered.
But shortly afte...
Dana Chivvis - AOL News
(Sept. 8) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending the Rev. Terry Jones' right to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday, in what the controversial pastor has deemed "International Burn-a-Quran Day."
"In a strange way, I'm here to defend his right to do that. I happen to think that it is distasteful. I don't think he would like it if somebody burnt a book that in his religion he thinks is holy," Bloomberg said Tuesday at a news conference about the status of the World Trade Center site, according to The Wall Street Journal.
"But the First Amendment protects everybody," Bloomberg ...
Theunis Bates - AOL News
(July 6) -- Worried that Western ideas might be seeping into -- and onto -- the heads of their nation's young men, Iran's religious leaders have issued a catalog of acceptable "Islamic" male haircuts. Ponytails, spikes, mullets and Mohawks are now forbidden, but Elvis-style locks, floppy fringes and Simon Cowell-esque flattops get the ayatollahs' seal of approval.
The entire selection of state-sanctioned styles will be revealed later this month at Tehran's Modesty and Veil Festival, whose organizers -- with help from Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance -- designed the hair guide. ...
Bonnie Erbé - Politics Daily
Ban the burqa?
The French Parliament just completed six months of hearings promoted by a member of Parliament on the so-called burqa controversy. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has made no secret of his dislike for the Afghan-style garb and full-face veils, calling them "a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement."
At first, Sarkozy wanted burqas banned in all instances, but he has now stepped back to a more moderate position, seeking to have Parliament pass a law banning the full-body veil in public places and on public transportation. France, we should all remember, passed a law in 200...