The ambiguity of policy and strategy now wafting Western nations — including the United States — to a dangerous precipice is the outcome of the "long march" of secular left progressivism through the West's institutions.
At the very moment we need strength of vision and core values much of the West spiritually and intellectually is hollowed out at its very heart — its leadership. Many ask: Where is Winston Churchill?
William Murchison, in an American Spectator column, asks: "Is Vladimir Putin the new leader of the free world?" President Obama, writes Murchison, "can't come up with an emotion more honest than irritation" in the wake of horrific terrorist attacks. The Wall Street Journal headlines a Peggy Noonan article on Obama's policy and strategy vacillations, "Uncertain Leadership in Perilous Times." more >>
Pope Francis has warned that there will be "catastrophic" consequences for the planet unless global leaders agree on a plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels and tackle climate change.
"'Particular interests,' the pontiff insisted, should not be allowed to prevail over the common good in the fight against global warming and climate change," Crux reported on Francis' words at a U.N. campus in Nairobi, Kenya. "He also took an indirect shot at global warming skeptics, warning against 'manipulating information' to serve someone's 'plans and projects.'"
The Vatican leader's comments come just days ahead of the global climate change meeting that will take place Nov.30-Dec. 11 in Paris, where representatives from 194 countries will attend. more >>
President Barack Obama has warned state governors that he will take enforcement action against them if they turn away Syrian refugees.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement noted that the U.S. government plans to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism in the U.S. during 2016, but acknowledged that some state and local leaders have "expressed concerns" at the resettlement program.
"Accordingly, states may not categorically deny ORR-funded benefits and services to Syrian refugees," the letter from Wednesday read. "Any state with such a policy would not be in compliance with the State Plan requirements, applicable statutes, and their own assurances, and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension and termination." more >>
A spokesman for the Nigerian government has admitted that the Boko Haram Islamic terror group will not be defeated by the previously set December deadline, and warned citizens that suicide attacks may continue.
Although back in June President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his high hopes that the militants will be driven out of the country by the end of the year, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication has now said that the December deadline "may be unrealistic," The Associated Press reported.
"The timeline on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the front-line states, is therefore not tenable," Anas added, warning citizens that more suicide bombings are likely to come. more >>
A Syrian Catholic Church leader recently condemned both U.S. foreign policy and Western media for ignoring Christian persecution and worsening the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
"Innocent people, especially Christians, have no support. The West has betrayed us," Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told Egyptian Catholic magazine Le Messager last week.
"Western democracies have conspired against Syria and produced the destruction of the nation's infrastructure, the demolition of houses, towns, villages, monuments and archaeological sites," he added. more >>
An American investigation has concluded that the deadly October air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan ran by Doctors Without Borders that killed 30 people was a "tragic mistake" due to "human error."
The international relief group, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, has said that the U.S. violated the rules of war, and continued to call for an independent investigation into an incident.