Religious freedom is currently facing great danger in Bangladesh. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Bangladeshi government is giving in to pressures from Islamic fundamentalist groups and aligning itself with those perpetrating acts of discrimination and violence against minority communities. AsiaNews sources confirm that the situation is worrisome and that an entire new generation of young people is being weaned on fundamentalism without outside scrutiny.
“Instruction number one for obtaining full power has been completed," Putin announced to the generals.
In the past, some muta'a contracts have been struck when permanent, legal marriages were not possible.
Ayad Muhammed Ali fell in love eight years ago with a woman who walked into his Baghdad tailor shop. She was a widow with two young sons whose husband, a member of an underground group outlawed by Saddam, had been executed by Saddam's men. The woman also was richer than Ali, so her family would never have consented to a legal marriage.
The lovers agreed to a yearlong muta'a in 1993 and have renewed their contract every year since, he says. In the decade after their muta'a, the couple never dared meet in the open. In April 2003, the month U.S. forces swept into the capital, they began meeting in public places for the first time, he says.
"I was always so afraid someone would find out and I'd go to prison," says Ali, 29. "Now, I'm not afraid. My only fear is her family."
Hate groups, particularly Nazi-oriented skinheads, are mushrooming across New Jersey at the same time that anti-Semitic incidents in the state have shot to an all-time high.
Law enforcement officials and organizations that monitor such groups say New Jersey's increase is extraordinary.
Active hate groups in New Jersey totaled 31 last year, up from five in 1999, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups around the nation.