Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, a raised Protestant and practicing Episcopalian, has said in a recent interview that it would have been "immoral" for the U.S. not to have used military intervention in Iraq following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense for both President Gerald Ford and President George W. Bush, believes that the controversial Iraq War, in which the U.S. moved troops into the Middle Eastern country in 2003, was a "just" decision.
"In an era where the lethality of weapons has grown and when you're dealing with a regime whose President is known as the 'Butcher of Baghdad' -- he had killed thousands of his own people, used chemical weapons against his neighbors, and had thumbed his nose at something like 17 United Nations resolutions -- a President doesn't have a large margin for error," Rumsfeld told RealClearReligion in a recent interview, referencing the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who was suspected of proliferating weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded in 2003. more >>
A Christian activist from the predominantly Christian area of Ankawa, Erbil, in the capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, has revealed that journalist Jinan Bolous, editor-in-chief of Beth Ankawa, a local newspaper, was recently threatened - setting a dangerous precedent in the volatile region.
"This threat came to the journalist in a text message sent by an unknown person via a mobile phone with a number of Asiacell Corporation about a month ago after she published an article in the newspaper," the activist, who preferred anonymity, told Mideast Christian News.
The source added that the police are still investigating the matter related to the circumstances of the threat. more >>
Dr. Yousef Francis Matta Eklimis, a member of the National Assembly of Unified Christians List, has spoke out against the discrimination and injustice that Christians in Iraq are suffering.
"Iraqi Christians have suffered much injustice and marginalization. Even their rights are being ignored in the new constitution," Eklimis told Mideast Christian News.
"We aim to get our rights by initiating article 125 of the constitution, which is based on self-management of Christian areas," Eklimis explained. more >>
Countries involved in the Arab Spring have not changed, according to Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako I.
"Where are democracy and freedom?" Sako asked. "Change does not come suddenly or by force."
The patriarch stressed that it was unfortunate to lose the citizenship program in which all citizens are involved in the formation of their nations. This phenomenon began in the beginning of the last century and resulted in the growth of political Islam. more >>
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako I denounced a recent series of car bombings and shootings in Iraq that left scores dead and many more injured.
The "morale of Christians in the area is down" Sako said, adding that "it seems a step aimed at the division of Iraq."
In recent months, violent attacks have increased across Iraqi cities with the worst occurring on May 20 in Baghdad. Nine explosions were detonated in mainly Shiite areas, leaving at least eight dead in one attack. more >>
Iraqi pastor Abdi Ali Hamzah, also known as Pastor Jamal, has finally been released from prison after 21 months and will get the medical attention that he needs following what one ministry leader is calling an unprecedented move.
"It is by God's grace that this has been done," said Dr. Terry Law, founder and president of World Compassion Terry Law Ministries, who had campaigned for the pastor's release. "I don't think there is precedent for a former Muslim, converted to Christianity and proselytizing other Muslims, now convicted of a crime in an Iraqi court, to be released by 'private amnesty.' The odds against it were huge!"
Hamzah was arrested in July 2011 and initially sentenced to five years in Iraqi prison, with authorities trying to portray him as a spy for Iran. World Compassion has argued, however, that the charges were false, and that his capture had more to do with his evangelism – the pastor has helped Dr. Law distribute $100,000-worth of food to people in Iraq, risking his life as he went undercover to refugee villages. more >>