Religious Controversies

Shiites suffer as shadow cast on cultural diversity

A child rests at a temporary shelter in Sampang, where about 200 Muslim-minority Shiites have lived for months in a sports hall. Photo: AFP

Condemned as heretics, a community of around 200 Shiite Muslims has for months lived as pariahs in a sports hall, driven from their Indonesian village after a deadly clash with Sunnis.

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 1:49am

Public Eye

Merkel's talking nonsense on free speech

Public Eye will try to make some sense out of what German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel said about free speech last week. But we can't guarantee you we'll succeed. That's because what she said is senseless.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Common enemy

Indonesia's security forces are again celebrating a major coup against Islamist terrorism following their killing last week of Bali bomb mastermind and Islamist leader Dulmatin.

16 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Respect for different beliefs is way forward

The deadly suicide bomb attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad bears out dire intelligence warnings. It followed the republication in Danish newspapers of cartoon caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Something of the kind was to be expected after the destructive anti-western rioting in the Middle East sparked by the initial publication in European newspapers more than two years ago.

3 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

West attacks Islam from behind veil of ignorance

Once again, the CIA and MI6 are publishing dire warnings of the vitality of al-Qaeda. Once again, the Islamic world as a whole is being tarnished by association. US presidential contender John McCain is saying that America needs a leadership 'to confront the transcendent challenge of our time: the threat of radical Islamic terrorism'.

12 May 2008 - 12:00am

HK's Muslims protest over cartoons mocking the Prophet

Updated at 5.09pm: Thousands of Muslims in Hong Kong protested on Friday afternoon against a European newspaper which recently published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

An ethical responsibility

On entering a country, inquire about its customs and taboos. This Chinese proverb has equivalents in other languages, and is one that should serve as the basic rule of cultural interactions.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am