Middle East

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released from prison

Originally published in Charisma News Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was back in court over the weekend. Many believed he was going to receive additional charges. But, Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton reports a dramtic turn in the persecuted pastor’s favor. “The court withdrew the guilty verdicts for apostasy and […]

Ruling Islamists in Tunisia introduce blasphemy bill

Originally published in barnabasaid The ruling Islamist party in Tunisia has introduced a bill that would outlaw insulting Islam, a move criticised by human rights’ advocates as threatening freedom of speech and religion. Ennahda introduced the draft law to criminalise offences against “sacred values” in the National Constituent Assembly on […]

Egypt’s Islamist president reneges on promise of inclusive government

Originally published in barnabasaid Church leaders in Egypt have criticised Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s new government, saying that is fails to fairly represent the country’s sizeable Christian minority. Following his election in June, Morsi had promised an inclusive administration, saying that his ministers would represent a cross-section of society. He […]

Israel blames Iran for deadly attack on Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria

Originally published in CNN A deadly explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside an airport in Bulgaria was “clearly a terrorist attack,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said yesterday (Wednesday). Key Israeli politicians pointed to Iran as the likely instigator, but Israel’s US ambassador acknowledged they had no proof. […]

What will Islamic Brotherhood election victory in Egypt mean for Israel, Christianity in region?

[notice]The election of Mohammed Morsi to the Egyptian presidency may usher in a new era for the Middle East, says INcontext Ministries in its latest World In Motion newsletter.[/notice] Early last week Israeli warplanes carried out three raids on the Gaza Strip following rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants. […]