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My Turn: Competing religions at Christmas

...almost 40 years ago. Even as a non-believer, I trust the original meaning of the holiday more than the secular preaching of clerics with master's degrees in economics or business administration. Their church isn't a community of parishioners. It's...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-19/my-turn-competing-religions-christmas
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Iraqi prime minister's focus is to defend Baghdad

...Shiite militias responding to a call to arms by Iraq's top cleric are also focused on protecting the capital and Shiite shrines...and Karbala, a threat that prompted the nation's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to issue an urgent call...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-06-25/iraqi-prime-ministers-focus-defend-ba
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Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

...representation" of the laity at Thursday's press conference: a married couple celebrating their 25th anniversary joined the six clerics on the podium.The document itself, though, acknowledged that the church had a credibility problem."Responses from almost...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-06-27/vatican-many-catholics-ignore-teachin
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Defeating the violence and ideology of ISIS

...intolerant ideology of ISIS must be defeated as well. It is heartening to see that throughout the Muslim world, Sunni Muslim clerics and scholars have spoken out publicly to condemn unequivocally ISIS and its criminal and barbaric interpretation of Islam...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-09-14/defeating-violence-and-ideology-isis
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As US drone strikes rise in Yemen, so does anger

SANAA, Yemen - The cleric preached in his tiny Yemeni village about...retaliation from the militants, and even the cleric's father wanted him to stop.But in...him as protection, according to the cleric's brother-in-law, Faysal bin Ali...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2013-05-03/us-drone-strikes-rise-yemen-so-does-a
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Some good news from Iran

...overwhelming victory, Rouhani has not only vowed to ease tensions with Iran's many critics, he has dared to lecture the nation's clerics about what he considers their proper role in a democracy.Iran has serious economic problems due to the stiff economic sanctions...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-07-15/some-good-news-iran
Opinion
Five US soldiers killed in Baghdad

...militants backed by Iran and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr that they would violently resist...Baghdad that is the stronghold of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The Shiite cleric with ties to Iran has made opposition to the...

http://juneauempire.com/rebecca-santana/2011-06-06/five-us-soldiers-killed-baghd
Ahmadenijad entices Egypt into alliance

...played down a public admonishment by Egypt's most prominent cleric, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, who warned...relations after the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought rule by Shiite clerics in Iran and Egypt offered refuge to the deposed shah. Ahmadinejad's...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2013-02-08/ahmadenijad-entices-egypt-alliance
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Malala plotter chosen as Pakistani Taliban chief

...had outraged Pakistani officials. The government said the drone strike came a day before it planned to send a delegation of clerics to invite the Pakistani Taliban to hold peace talks, although many analysts doubted a deal was likely.Bhitani, the Taliban...

http://juneauempire.com/ishtiaq-mahsud/2013-11-08/malala-plotter-chosen-pakistan
Photo: Visiting Russian Orthodox clerics

Alaska Russian Orthodox Diocese Bishop Nikolai, right, leads visiting church dignitaries on a tour of St. Michael's Cathedral on Wednesday in Sitka.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080705/sta_20050807003.shtml
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