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Columbia River’s salmon are at the core of ancient religion

By Deepa Bharath — August 16, 2022
ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — For thousands of years, Native tribes in this area have relied on Nch’i-Wána, or 'the great river,' for its salmon and steelhead trout, and its surrounding areas for the fields bearing edible roots, medicinal herbs and berry bushes as well as the deer and elk whose meat and hides are used for food and ritual.
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New Zealand river’s personhood status offers hope to Māori

By Nick Perry — August 15, 2022
WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — Whanganui Māori have a saying: Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au: I am the river, and the river is me.

Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 15 children

By Samy Magdy — August 15, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Witnesses said there were many children inside the four-story building, which had two day care facilities.

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

By Jon Gambrell — August 15, 2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rushdie was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

The climate bill is our generation’s moonshot. Failure is not an option.

By Joshua Hammerman — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — As Ron Howard's new movie shows, our new adventure means digging deep, not going high.

75 years after India’s independence, a lost generation recovers its Hindu faith

By Murali Balaji — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — Indian Hindus who grew up after independence have never fully processed the trauma of colonialism.

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

By Associated Press — August 11, 2022
SYDNEY (AP) — The law allows for the swastika to be used in academic, historical or educational settings, thereby paving the way for its display by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for whom it holds religious significance.

Itching to get away this summer? Remember the six stages of transformative travel

By Jaco J. Hamman — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — The pandemic has intensified wanderlust – but also the need for mindful, ethical travel.

At 75, Pakistan has moved far from the secular and democratic vision of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah

By Farah N. Jan — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — Jinnah insisted on secular education, gender equality and equal rights for minorities – all of which remain unrealized dreams in Pakistan.

Russia’s threats to shut down Jewish Agency raise alarm bells for those who remember the past

By Shaul Kelner — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — During the Cold War, Russia’s refusal to allow Jews to leave the country reflected its political aims. The same is likely true today, a Jewish studies scholar explains.

Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

By Nicole Winfield — August 11, 2022
(AP) – Pope Francis welcomed another group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church on Wednesday, in a move that church leaders said "brought their guests hope."

Iraq Shiite cleric behind parliament sit-in steps up demands

By Samya Kullab — August 10, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Sadr's political rivals in the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-backed parties, said earlier that the parliament would have to convene to dissolve itself.

Preserving stories of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh friendships through India’s partition

By Richa Karmarkar — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — Descendants of those who experienced the Partition of Punjab in 1947 come together to share stories of interfaith collaboration after 75 years of religious animosity in India and Pakistan.
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