A Kenyan lawyer is prepared to offer President Barack Obama a lucrative $90,000 assortment of livestock in exchange for Obama's 16-year-old daughter Malia's hand in marriage.
Felix Kiprono, an attorney in Nairobi whose age has not been revealed, is reportedly ready to offer the 44th U.S. president a dowry of 70 sheep, 50 cows and 30 goats in hopes it will convince Obama to give away his oldest daughter in an arranged marriage during his next visit to Kenya in July.
Speaking with The Nairobian newspaper, Kiprono said he first became interested in Malia in 2008, when she was 10 years old and Obama was just becoming a household name while campaigning in his first presidential election. Since Obama's grandmother is Kenyan and still lives in Kenya, Malia has Kenyan blood, the lawyer said. more >>
Conservatives should be among the strongest supporters of the social sciences and humanities, yet Republican politicians, as well as President Barack Obama, do not have a high view of those disciplines these days.
Higher education in general, and the liberal arts in particular, have become a new bogeyman in many Republican circles.
(Note: while math and science are also liberal arts, for the purposes of this discussion I am using liberal arts as shorthand for humanities and social sciences.) more >>
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told The Christian Post that a recent three judge panel decision against the Obama Administration's immigration policy executive action mean many immigrants will continue to suffer as political leaders struggle to resolve their differences on immigration reform.
A panel from an appeals court has denied the Obama Administration's request to lift an injunction barring the president's controversial immigration executive order from taking effect.
In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of the Appeals denied the Justice Department's request to lift an injunction given to Texas and 25 other states suing the Administration over the executive action. more >>
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has hit back against accusations by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter that his country has "no will" to fight terror group ISIS, which prompted Vice President Joe Biden to call al-Abadi and speak about the issue. The Iraqi army has meanwhile launched a major military offensive to liberate the captured Anbar and Salaheddin provinces.
Abadi responded to Carter's accusations over the weekend by stating through a spokesman that the U.S. defense secretary had been given "incorrect information," and said that it's not right to "judge the whole army based on one incident."
Iraqi forces lost the battle for the key city of Ramadi earlier this month, giving ISIS its most significant victory in the country since the U.S. and its international allies began airstrike operations against the terror group last year. more >>
Churches should stop spending so much time fighting against abortion and gay marriage and do more about poverty and suffering, some say. There are three important points to keep in mind when you hear this claim.
Hosted by the National Association of Evangelicals and Georgetown's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, the May 11-13 Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty brought together both Evangelicals and Catholics, liberals and conservatives, to discuss how churches can better address poverty. There were 17 sessions in all. Solutions offered dealt not only with what local churches can do, but the roles government, business and labor can play as well. more >>
Terror group ISIS has executed at least 400 people, mostly women and children, in the city of Palmyra since it was captured last week, Syrian state television has said. Hundreds of others have been captured and face a similar fate, according to a human rights agency.
"The terrorists have killed more than 400 people ... and mutilated their bodies, under the pretext that they cooperated with the government and did not follow orders," The Independent quoted the state news agency on Sunday, noting that most of the dead are women and children.
Residents have said that the hundreds of bodies that littered the streets of the ancient city are victims from groups loyal to the government, which is engaged in a civil war both against ISIS and other rebel groups trying to overthrow it. more >>