Christian C. Sahner

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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet for a video released on April 29. (AP)

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has just named its new leader. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qorashi takes the place of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the man who declared the so-called Islamic State “caliphate” in the Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014. The U.S. military killed Baghdadi on Oct. 26, ending a five-year manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist.

The new Islamic State leader faces a major challenge: how to make himself appear legitimate in the eyes of the group’s followers and the broader community of Muslim believers. Baghdadi’s appeal, of course, rested on his claim to be restoring the caliphate from the early centuries of Islam.…  Seguir leyendo »

This Christmas, like every Christmas, thousands of pilgrims and tourists will travel to the Middle East to celebrate the holiday in the land of the Bible.

In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem will lead a midnight mass, while in Syria — where some Christians still speak dialects of Aramaic, similar to the ancient language Jesus spoke — celebrations are likely to be subdued, curtailed by the dangers of a war that is tearing the country apart.

At a time when the Middle East is aflame with sectarian strife, the observance of the Christian holiday is a sad reminder that the region’s distinctive religious, ethnic and cultural diversity is rapidly disappearing.…  Seguir leyendo »

En estas Navidades, como en todas, miles de peregrinos y turistas viajarán a Oriente Medio para celebrar las fiestas en la tierra de la Biblia. En Belén, lugar de nacimiento de Jesús, el Patriarca Latino de Jerusalén celebrará la Misa del Gallo, mientras en Siria, donde algunos cristianos hablan todavía dialectos del arameo, similares a la antigua lengua que hablaba Jesús, es probable que las celebraciones estén amortiguadas, limitadas por los peligros de una guerra que está destrozando el país.

En un momento en el que Oriente Medio está en llamas con una guerra sectaria, la observancia de la fiesta cristiana es un triste recordatorio de que la diversidad religiosa, étnica y cultural distintiva está desapareciendo rápidamente.…  Seguir leyendo »