Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) — According to the Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria, in order to understand how traditionally secular Muslim countries became hubs of radicalization in recent years, you need just one example: Saudi Arabia. Zakaria explains:“In Southeast Asia, almost all observers whom I have spoken with believe that there is another crucial cause [behind the ‘cancer’ of Islamic extremism] – exported money and ideology from the Middle East, chiefly Saudi Arabia. A Singaporean official told me, ‘Travel around Asia and you will see so many new mosques and madrassas built in the last 30 years that have had funding from the Gulf. They are modern, clean, air-conditioned, well-equipped – and Wahhabi [Saudi Arabia’s puritanical version of Islam].’ Recently, it was reported that Saudi Arabia plans to contribute almost $1 billion to build 560 mosques in Bangladesh. The Saudi government has denied this, but sources in Bangladesh tell me there’s some truth to the report.”
Nazrul Islam was sentenced to life in prison by an Indian court Wednesday after being found guilty of rape and attempted murder, in an attack on a 71-year-old nun A Bangladeshi man who raped an elderly nun was sentenced to life in prison by an Indian court Wednesday, in a case that has fueled anger at high levels of sexual violence.
The 71-year-old nun needed surgery after the attack in March 2015 when a gang of robbers broke into the convent school where she lived in West Bengal state, eastern India.
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The children were kept in official custody for a week on complaints that they were being forcibly converted.