Category Archives: Atrocities

Religious Violence against Students in Kenya

Al-Shabab gunmen carried out a brutal massacre of Christian students at a university in Kenya yesterday.  “Somali militants burst into a university in eastern Kenya on Thursday and killed nearly 150 students,” according to the New York Times. The New … Continue reading

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A French September 11?

The cover of Le Monde, the leading French newspaper, displayed a photo of the spontaneous rally at the place de la République on Wednesday evening, 7 January, following the horrific attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier in the … Continue reading

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Massacre of Journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical publication in Paris, was attacked by terrorists this morning. Two gunmen reportedly entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing ten people and wounding more. The gunmen then exited the building and opened … Continue reading

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How to Start a Religious War?

Militants of al-Shabab attacked passengers in a bus in Kenya this week, allegedly aiming to start a religious war. “At dawn on Saturday, al-Shabab gunmen attacked the bus in northern Kenya, shooting dead non-Muslim passengers,” according to the BBC. The … Continue reading

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On Massacres in Syria, Iraq, and France

Yesterday, 24 August, was the anniversary of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris in 1572. The recent news of massacres by ISIS in Syria and Iraq reminds us of the need to investigate seriously the dynamics of religious violence. … Continue reading

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Blasphemy Riots in Pakistan

Blasphemy continues to provoke crowd violence in Pakistan. A recent report of an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post prompted a crowd to burn down the home of a Pakistani minority family. According to the Washington Post, “Sometime on Sunday, an image … Continue reading

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Sikh Clash at the Golden Temple

Swords crossed at the Golden Temple in Amristar, India, as Sikh activists and guards clashed during a commemoration of the Indian Army assault on the site in the 1984. “The violence broke out after a group of ‘radical Sikh activists’ … Continue reading

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