The Scan: PRI globalpost, 11 Mar 2019

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March 11, 2019

The largest Islamic organization on the planet has a request for all Muslims. Quit calling people kafir, an Arabic word for infidels or nonbelievers. This proclamation was issued by Nahdlatul Ulama or NU, an Indonesian collective claiming more than 90 million adherents — from clerics and politicians to shopkeepers and farmers.

Also, in the Syrian desert near the Jordanian border lies Rukban Camp — an unofficial tent city of over 40,000 displaced people who fled the country’s civil war. There’s no running water, regular food supplies or medical care. And a complex web of negotiations between leaders of Syria, Russia, Jordan, Iran, the United States and the United Nations have stalled aid for months at a time.

And on the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising, an activist who has long fought for a Free Tibet reflects on the movement.

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The timing of this anti-kafir push is hardly accidental. Indonesia’s conservative Muslim clerics are gaining influence through social media with hard-line messages. Nahdlatul Ulama, or NU, with more than 90 million followers, wants to disseminate the “message of Islam as a source of universal love.”

Abandoned refugees at the Rukban settlement on the Syrian-Jordanian border are desperate for aid, but a geopolitical standoff has made it nearly impossible — and conditions are only getting worse.

It’s been 60 years since the Tibetan uprising in Lhasa prompted the Dalai Lama to flee his palace.

Swedish student Greta Thunberg has energized students around the world, who are expected to skip classes on March 15 to demonstrate for climate change.

A champion of post-colonial countries and controversial figure, an ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika has stepped away from a bid for a fifth term as Algeria’s head of state.

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Russ Roberts

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