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Russian Orthodox Activists Say Charlie Hebdo Shooting Was ‘Just Punishment’

Russian Orthodox activists rallied outside the French Embassy in Moscow with signs blaming this week’s massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on the newspaper’s own practice of lampooning various religions — and on the French government for tolerating its satire. While scores of Muscovites laid flowers outside the embassy to extend their condolences to the families of the 12 people killed in the attack and their grieving nation, a handful of Orthodox demonstrators […]

USCIRF Chair Comments on the State of International Religious Freedom

In an October 19, 2012 op-ed for Eurasia Review, Katrina Lantos Swett, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), discusses the main issues of concern facing religious freedom today: barriers to constructing and safely using places of worship and governmental limitations on religious rights. Complicated procedures exist for those wishing to obtain […]

France Honors Thousands of Jews Placed in Drancy Internment Camp; nearly all died in Holocaust

“France has inaugurated a memorial to tens of thousands of Jews forced into a World War II internment camp during World War II that was set up with cooperation from the Nazi collaborationist Vichy government.”   Source:

4 Injured After Package Explodes at Paris Kosher Grocery Store

“A small package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb Wednesday, according to an agency that tracks anti-Semitic attacks in France.” Source: