President Barack Obama has condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of terror group ISIS, describing its ideology as "bankrupt" and stating that "no just God" would stand for its violent acts. He also pledged that despite the militants' threats, the U.S. will not be backing down from military operations against them.
"Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world. He was 40 years old – one of five siblings, the son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release. Earlier today, I spoke to the Foleys and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did," Obama said in his statement on Wednesday.
"So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior." more >>
A coalition of mostly right wing groups will soon host a "National Impeach Obama Week," which will include numerous protests across the United States.
Scheduled from Saturday until the last day of August, the "National Impeach Obama Week" boasts of having events scheduled in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
The website, http://impeachobamaweek.net/, does not credit a specific group as being behind their efforts, but rather boasts a diverse group of endorsements, including Tea Party and Occupy groups, Republicans, libertarians, anarchists, independents, and some Democrats. more >>
A field worker with persecution watchdog group Open Doors helping refugees in Iraq has spoken out about the "unbelievable" suffering going on in the country, which is under attack by the Islamic State terrorist group, which is better known as ISIS.
"The suffering we see is unbelievable and it makes me cry every time I see something, either by visiting families or by the horrible pictures we see," the field worker, who wasn't named, said in a news release Open Doors sent Tuesday.
The watchdog group reported that most of the displaced people who have found their way to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, have fled from Mosul, Qaraqosh and other towns and villages on the Nineveh plain. more >>
The terror group ISIS released a video Tuesday that seemingly shows the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley, which included the group demanding President Barack Obama end military operations in Iraq.
"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by (ISIS)," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said, according to CNN. "The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available."
Foley had disappeared in November 2012 in northwest Syria after he was reportedly forced into a vehicle by gunmen. He had been working for U.S.-based online news outlet GlobalPost. more >>
Police in Ferguson, MO arrested two journalists for covering the protests over their fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager six. Officers shoved Wesley Lowery, of The Washington Post, into a soda machine for taping them, before he was cuffed in plastic binds. A Ferguson officer rammed Ryan Grim's head against glass. The reporter for The Huffington Post wasn't packing up his reporting gear quickly enough. Both journalists' respective papers released statements condemning the Ferguson police, but the decline of free press reaches further than one town in Missouri.
Unfortunately state suppression of the press is hardly isolated to Ferguson. The problem goes all the way up to the White House, where the Obama Administration is preventing journalists from accurately reporting on policy.
According to The Society of Professional Journalists, the Obama Administration has engaged in "excessive message management and preventing journalists from getting information on behalf of citizens." The grievances were also supported by 37 other journalism and open government groups. The report details the use of "Public Information Officers," whose roles are to filter reports before they're available for mass consumption. Stories coming from the White House are trimmed and primed to perfection before the public can even get access to the latest information. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is too strong. PLO boss Mahmoud Abbas is too weak. That's why we can't get a peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict, says President Obama in an interview with the ever-serious Tom Friedman of The New York Times.
The president seems to be confusing Mideast politics with Goldilocks. The peace porridge is too hot (Netanyahu). It's too cold (Mahmoud Abbas). But with Mr. Obama's Goldilocks policy, it's just right.
Actually, his Mideast isn't just right. It's mostly wrong. Mr. Obama's thinking about the Mideast is fully on display in this disturbing interview. If we wonder why the Mideast has also been described as a Bloody Crescent, we have only to consider how Barack Obama views the world. more >>