Media blind to 'real' religious life

The vast majority of Ukrainians say they trust the Orthodox Church more than all other national institutions, yet journalists fail to adequately capture the role of the Church in everyday life, according to Ukrainian television journalist Nataliya Lyubchenkova. Speaking to The Media Project’s conference on Defamation of Religion in Jakarta, Lyubchenkova described the "contradictions" of living in a very religious society.

Campbell's 'halal' line of soups draws criticism

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST. Andy Warhol found artistic inspiration in a can of Campbell's tomato soup. These days, some activists are finding sinister Muslim connections in the same can.

Campbell Soup Co., the Camden, N.J., food giant, has been fighting a grass-roots boycott of its products after its Canadian subsidiary rolled out a line of soups certified as halal, meaning they're prepared according to Islamic dietary laws.

AFTER SPENDING a gruelling week in Kandhamal district in Orissa where I saw hundreds of churches and Christian houses destroyed in the name of vendetta, I thought I deserved a break in the hills. And when my former colleague Lalit Mohan agreed to find an affordable accommodation for us and our friends John and Annie, we took the Dauladhar Express to reach Pathankot and a taxi to reach Dharamsala.

FPI shapes Indonesian society by force

On August 17, 2010, Indonesia celebrated 65 years of independence. Yet the phrase “the older, the wiser” is not entirely applicable in this case. Violence and brutality by radical groups, most notably the FPI (Front Pembela Islam or Islam Defender Front), cast a dark shadow over the most populous Muslim country in the world. In her 65 years of independence, numerous churches have been destroyed and religious symbols devastated without any significant response from the government.