Barak Axes Religious Affairs Ministry

Pushing a key element in its alternate agenda for survival, the shrunken cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud decided to close the Religious Affairs Ministry by the end of the month. The move is a key plank in Barak's "social revolution," a second option to rebuild a secular/left coalition in case peace talks with the Palestinians collapse.

Borno becomes seventh Nigerian state to adopt Sharia

Borno becomes seventh Nigerian state to adopt Sharia 23 August 2000 (Newsroom) -- Borno has become the seventh state in Nigeria's mostly Muslim north to formally adopt Islamic law, or Sharia. Police in the state capital of Maiduguri stood guard as the move became official Saturday, fearing a possible backlash from non-Muslims. Earlier this year more than 1,000 people died in clashes between Christians and Muslims after Kaduna state announced it would adopt Sharia. Many Nigerian leaders fear the moves by northern states to implement Sharia, which began last October, could lead to the disintegration of the country. Seeking to ... Read more

Putin shows mixed signals on religion policy

19 April 2000 (Newsroom) -- Russia's newly elected president is displaying mixed signals in his approach to church-state relations, according to the Keston Institute, a British-based monitor of religious liberty. Though Vladimir Putin has not publicly discussed his policy initiatives in the run-up to his May 7 inauguration, two steps he has taken during his term as acting president point in "entirely different directions," Keston says.