The Taliban is pushing Afghanistan towards religious authoritarianism. The new government supports a strict interpretation of Sharia law and has begun molding even the most mundane laws to this standard. Recently, one province banned barbers from shaving beards and playing music.
NEW DELHI, October 6, 2021 (Morning Star News) – Threatened with death even before the Taliban took power in mid-August, a young Christian woman who fled to India could be forced to return to Afghanistan when her visa expires in a few days, she said.
Saturday, Lebanon’s power grid shut down completely. The total blackout ended Sunday when the army supplied emergency fuel. The Energy Ministry says the central bank has loaned $100 million to import fuel and keep the grid up and running.
September 27, 2021 (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan have found a 14-year-old Christian girl who was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry and convert to Islam, but a court on Thursday (Sept. 23) rejected her family’s attempt to recover her, ruling that Islam […]
September 20, 2021 (Morning Star News) – In a rare case of Ahmadis colluding with Islamic extremists to accuse a Christian of blasphemy, a preacher in Pakistan has been jailed and her family is in hiding after she was charged with insulting Islam and its […]
The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Taliban in Afghanistan represent two very different branches of thought in Islam: Shi’ite and Sunni. As the Sunni Taliban has seized control of Afghanistan, many Shi’ite Muslims have fled the country.
The Taliban will allow women to learn in classrooms, but not alongside men. They have also told most women to stay home from their jobs, at least for the time being. The Taliban wants to create a society in line with a strict interpretation of Islam.
A jihadist attack killed 80 in Burkina Faso on August 18. Soldiers and militia were escorting a group of civilians between towns when the attack came. Burkina Faso’s president declared three days of national mourning in response.
Troubling trends emerge in South Sudan. A new report from CARE International says it’s one of the world’s deadliest places to be an aid worker. Religious workers aren’t safe either; two Catholic nuns were shot and killed this week near Juba when gunmen attacked their bus.
Evacuation flights are underway again after militants stormed the tarmac and shut down Kabul’s airport on Monday. Most embassies are closing amid ongoing turmoil, and diplomats search for the soonest chance to leave.