Syria flexing its secularism

Fri, September 17, 2010

In an interesting move, Syria is cracking down on its religious conservatives to stem threats from radicals.  The government is vetting the imams’ sermons, and has transferred 1000 teachers
who wear the face veil to administrative duty.  But hey, it’s still legal for men to marry 13 year-old-girls - so things aren’t changing that fast.

For lighter Syrian fare, take a look behind the scenes in on Holly’s recent shoot for Globe Trekker; airing on PBS now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/04/world/middleeast/04syria.html

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