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Dr Shakman Hurd warns ‘religious freedom’ laws could produce ‘more harm than good’

by Sam Hailes - 15th November 2013

Dr Elizabeth Shakman HurdRELIGIOUS freedom laws could do 'more harm than good', Dr Beth Shakman Hurd warned students at London School of Economics.

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Pakistan: A land for Muslims and non-Muslims any more?

by Our Correspondent - 6th November 2013

DESPITE spiralling sectarianism, it was in the ambulances of an Islamist organisation that victims of Islamist violence were ferried to hospital six weeks ago.  On the eve of All Saints’ Day, Ejaz Gill tells Lapido about living through the Peshawar church bombing.

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The khat 'gold rush': UK dealers race to cash in before drug used in community rituals is made illegal

by Dominik Lemanski - 23rd October 2013

IN SOMALIA and countries where Islam bans alcohol, khat forms part of the rituals of life, like champagne at a wedding.  Yet in Britain, integrating the things we do for a high is proving tricky.

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