Update on my 2018 predictions. Read all the original predictions Here:
BREAKING THE CONFESSIONAL
Pope Francis wowed the world but, five years on, is in troubled waters
He entered office on a wave of energy but, as discontent grows over his
attitude to abuse scandals, Francis faces opposition on all sides
CAPTURING INDIA/SPLITTING EURASIA
World Socialist Website:
France to sign basing deal with India, drawing Europe into drive to war in Asia
New British party inspired by Macron seeks to overturn Brexit
A new British party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron’s movement launched a campaign on Monday to thwart Brexit by convincing MPs to block any EU withdrawal deal Prime Minister Theresa May can strike.
UK mosques must make space for women – not turn us away
Mosques are opening their doors to the public, but too many keep them closed to practising women. The Open My Mosque campaign aims to change this
Homophobic video warns Russians of dangers of not voting. Video seeks to boost turnout at presidential election by playing on homophobia and xenophobia
3 stories from the Independent on the same day. All have the same theme; a modern progressive blend of Sunni Islam and German Protestant progressivism led by everybodies favourite Islamic dictatorship…
‘Fight like a girl’: Meet the female kickboxer empowering Saudi women
The Independent visits an underground exercise studio in Jeddah, where women are learning to assert themselves both physically and mentally
Saudi Arabians are ready to embrace social change – but fear it may come at a cost
In the first of a three-part series, The Independent finds long overdue social reforms being ushered into a kingdom also readying for economic hardship
Denmark poised to ban Islamic full-face veils
‘It is incompatible with the values of the Danish society’, says country’s justice minister
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Update: Breaking The Confessional
Anything to confess? Aussie Catholics will be branded foreign agents, bishops warn
Catholics in Australia could soon be forced to register as agents of the Vatican if a proposed foreign interference law come into place, bishops are warning.
Update:Year Of Revocation
House of Cards announces Kevin Spacey replacements for final season
Senior Ofsted official backs headteacher over hijab ban for under eights
Ofsted’s chief inspector has warned of the danger posed by people who use religion to “actively pervert” education as she made an unusual intervention in a dispute between parents and the headteacher of a primary school over banning the youngest Muslim girls from wearing the hijab.
In a speech to a Church of England schools conference on Thursday, Amanda Spielman is to publicly support the head, Neena Lall, who imposed the ban last month in the face of opposition from parents and community leaders at the predominantly Muslim state school in east London.