Belgian security officials reportedly raided a cell of extremists who had recently returned from Syria and were ready to stage attacks “on a grand scale.” Two suspects were killed and one was wounded in a shootout with police. Meanwhile, in France, President Francois Hollande appealed for religious tolerance, vowing to punish any acts against Muslims or Jews. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff report. Continue reading
Although #JeSuisCharlie, referring to the attack on political newspaper Charlie Hebdo, has gained traction well beyond France, another hashtag is trending: #JeSuisAhmed.
Shortly after Man Haron Monisa — a Muslim man — was identified as the suspect who held more than a dozen people hostage in a Sydney cafe Monday, the hashtag #illridewithyou started trending in Australia, and soon elsewhere, in solidarity with Muslims.
In charged acts of political symbolism, Pope Francis stopped at some of the holiest sites for Jews and Muslims during a trip to the Middle East. Pope Francis called for renewed peace talks, and became the first pontiff to refer to the “state of Palestine.” The visit came just weeks after U.S.-led talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar has taken major steps to turn from a military dictatorship to a fledgling democracy. But that transition has also seen the rise of harrowing, deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports from Myanmar. Continue reading
Narendra Modi, chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, is running for a fourth term, and many believe he will be India’s next prime minister. Kira Kay reports that although he is a political darling to some, Muslim residents of Gujarat are concerned that Modi has not stood up for the rights of religious minorities. Continue reading
After a car bomb exploded in the heart of Beirut, some Lebanese were quick to point the finger at Syria and blame President Assad for the deaths. Jeffrey Brown talks to Financial Times’ Abigail Fielding-Smith about how clashes on the Syrian-Lebanese border and the recent bombing have increased tensions between the two countries. Continue reading
The violent reaction to a low-budget American-made film mocking Muslims raised a lot of questions this week. What was going through the protesters’ minds? Are embassies secure? How could it have happened at all? Continue reading
Muslim protests and demonstrations continued in countries throughout the Middle East and Africa. Though some were peaceful, others have been violent assaults on U.S. embassies and American-owned businesses. Meanwhile, the bodies of the four Americans who died in the Benghazi attacks reached U.S. soil. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading