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Cover for In the name of God (Issue 370)

August 2004's Issue

Spirituality and religion are a fact of life. They appear in virtually every culture known to humans in some shape or form. But recent times have seen an upsurge in religious extremism. The name of `God’ has been invoked to justify some of the most appalling acts - including the 9-11 bombings, communalist killings in Gujarat, the war on Iraq, and social violence especially against women and gay people. Can religion be a force for good and social change in the world today? Or is it, as some secularists believe, the most grave threat to democracy? At what point does wholesome spirituality become murderous fanaticism? And how are fundamentalist tendencies to be tackled-both within and outside faith systems?

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Suffer little children

Religions often target the young. Marilyn Mason counts the human cost.

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inside the oil industry

Sri Lanka's press merry-go-round

press manipulation in Sri Lanka

Paradise lost in the Maldives

repression cheek by jowl with tourism in the Maldives

Saving the secular

Sadanand Menon assesses the health of India’s secular tradition after the Hindu fundamentalists’ election defeat.

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Rose Revolution ripple effect

Ripples of resistance in Armenia

Torn in two

When a Peruvian woman's children were kidnapped by their Lebanese father, Reem Haddad was asked to intervene.

On the street

Why young Western Muslims are going abroad to fight for Islam by Shaista Aziz.

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Grey Goo-lash

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Jacques Le Blanc

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Psychoanalyst Robert M Young puts fanaticism on the couch.

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In the shadow of the torturer

Jeremy Seabrook draws an unholy line from the obscene imagery of Abu Ghraib to the growing repression in Bangladesh.

The white curse

Eduardo Galeano on the white curse that has afflicted the terrible history of Haiti.

Bablu Chowdhury

A floating hotel for the poor, photographed by Bablu Chowdhury from Bangladesh.

In the name of GOD

Vanessa Baird examines the special relationship between religion and violence.

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Maria Livanos Cattaui

Oiling the wheels of corporate domination – International Chamber of Commerce head Maria Livanos Cattaui.

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The Battle of Venezuela

The Battle of Venezuela by Michael McCaughan

Somalia: The Untold Story. The war through the eyes of Somali women

Somalia: The Untold Story edited by Judith Gardner and Judy El Bushra

Attac! Another World is Possible

Attac! Another World is Possible by Various

The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel directed by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni

My Architect

My Architect directed by Nathaniel Kahn

List of Lights and Buoys

List of Lights and Buoys by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra

Polyp's Big Bad World – August 2004

The world as a game of (American) football.

Justice vs Vatican

Brazil’s rebellious priests are still putting the poor first. Jan Rocha reports.

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Who needs religion?

David Boulton asks the big question.

Interview with David Hartsough

Few pacifists can put themselves in danger as much as David Hartsough, co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Mixing it

Novelists Ben Okri and Amy Tan talk to Bel Mooney about their eclectic spirituality.

Let's get literal

A faithful, though perplexed, listener asks for holy guidance from radio show host Dr Laura Schlesinger. Illustrated, with piety, by Brick.

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