Fresh Impetus Required in Muslim-Western Relations

By Sara Reef The vast majority of individuals in both Muslim-majority and Western countries surveyed in a recent poll believe greater interaction between them would be a benefit rather than a threat. An average of 59 percent of people across 48 countries says it’s advantageous. These findings are part of a new report, Measuring the […]

Gay Film Festival Opens in Muslim Indonesia

JAKARTA A gay film festival hailed as the biggest in Asia and the only one in the Muslim world kicks off in Indonesia on Friday, hoping to draw 15,000 viewers to screenings and fringe events. In its ninth annual edition, the Q! Film Festival ( will showcase 150 films from more than 20 countries including […]

SBY Condemns Attack on Christians

JAKARTA President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has condemned an armed attack on Christian church leaders outside Jakarta and called on police to solve the case as quickly as possible. He said Sunday’s knife attack by unknown assailants, which left one church elder badly injured and a priest with head wounds, was a highly sensitive matter for […]

Police Probe Knife Assault on Christians

JAKARTA Police were questioning nine people on Monday in relation to an armed assault on Christian worshippers that left one man seriously wounded and a priest with head injuries. Members of the congregation said a group of men on motorcycles launched the unprovoked attack on church elders on Sunday as they were going to hold […]

SBY Urges Obama to Stop Koran Burning

JAKARTA President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged Barack Obama on Thursday to intervene and stop a Florida church carrying out a planned Koran burning. Presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said Yudhoyono, popularly known by his initials SBY, had written to the US president to express his concerns. “In the letter, President Yudhoyono wrote that Indonesia and the […]