Read more of Kim Lawton's interview about Muslim charities with Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Counsel.
In reaction to the kidnapping of South Korean church members, Christian groups there are scaling back operations in dangerous parts of the world. It's a significant decision considering South Korean churches send out about 17,000 members on missions each year. As a result, there has been a phenomenal growth and political activism of Christianity in South Korea.
In Washington, the House approved a bill that would grant visas to about 500 Iraqi and Afghan translators who fear for their lives because they have helped the U.S. But there are nearly 4 million Iraqis who have fled their homes -- half still in Iraq, half in neighboring countries. The question of how to best help the Iraqi refugees has developed into the world's largest refugee crisis.
He is one of the few outsiders to be allowed into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the past 50 years, and he is deeply concerned about the situation.
In Germany, several of the concrete slabs at Berlin’s memorial to the Holocaust were defaced by vandals. In spite of anti-semitic incidents and other difficulties, the number of Jews moving to Germany has been going up dramatically. Also growing are the accompanying efforts to help them recover a sense of Jewish identity. More
In Darfur, in western Sudan, a perfect storm of religious, racial, political, military, and environmental conflicts produced warnings of a humanitarian disaster. But that has been averted for now by a massive relief effort. The situation is still dangerous, especially because of marauding fighters called the Janjaweed, but refugees are being cared for. More