Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who is running largely unopposed, is expected to be re-elected as president after voting began this week. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called the elections a "farce."
CNN reported on Tuesday that the outcome of the elections is not in doubt, and Assad is expected to continue his Syrian regime. Assad first came to power 14 years ago.
The other candidates for the presidency, businessman and former government minister Hassan al-Nouri, and Maher Hajjar, a lawmaker, are largely unknown and not expected to mount a serious challenge. more >>
First Lady Michelle Obama recently appeared on the Web holding a sign: #BringBackOurGirls. She was presumably acting with the full approval of her husband.
President Barack Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of what was once respected as a Super Power. In London, Prime Minister David Cameron similarly resorted to the Internet to express the concern of a nation once known as Great Britain. These fatuous responses to the kidnapping of nearly three hundred Christian girls by the Islamist Boko Haram in Nigeria have met with widespread derision, as they should.
But these empty gestures by the White House and Number 10 Downing Street are worse than futile-they are dangerous. They reveal for the entire world to see the spinelessness of Western leaders "at the Summit." Could Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron really think such infantile gestures will move the hard-bitten jihadists who have displayed the poor abducted girls in burkas and chanting Islamic slogans? Will the girls be raped? Will they be genitally mutilated? It is terrible to contemplate their fate. more >>
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's former pastor says the Army sergeant, who was freed over the weekend after being held captive nearly five years in Afghanistan, has the mental and physical grit to overcome the harrowing experience.
"If there's anybody I can think of pulling through this, and doing well, it's Bowe. He has the mental and physical stamina not to be crushed by this experience," Philip Proctor told USA Today. Proctor was pastor of Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian church in Boise, Idaho, where Bergdahl attended as a teen.
Bergdahl, 28, was released on Saturday after being held by Taliban militants since June 30, 2009. The Idaho native, who was the last known remaining United States military hostage in Afghanistan, was freed in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees that were being held by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among the detainees released were top commanders and the former head of the Taliban's army, according to The Washington Post. The freed detainees were sent to Qatar, which helped to broker the deal. more >>
Since March 31, a United States Marine has been in custody in a Mexican prison. Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was detained after making a wrong turn near the Mexican border. He told the Mexican police that there was no way to make a U-turn on the road he was traveling, thus he entered Mexican territory by mistake.
At the time of his arrest, Tahmooressi was in possession of three legally registered guns. The guns were safely stored in his truck, so the Marine was no reckless lawbreaker trying to commit crimes in Mexico. Tahmooressi told the Mexican authorities about the guns and followed their instructions. His polite cooperation was ignored by a Mexican military official, who seemed intent on bringing the Marine to prison. According to Tahmooressi, the officer made a calculation that "three guns…equals prison."
A Marine entering Mexican territory by mistake should be allowed to immediately return to the United States, no questions asked. Sadly, he was arrested, subjected to regular beatings, verbally harassed and even chained to his bed. Eventually, he may be used as a bargaining chip by the Mexican government. more >>
Suprising (some would call it shocking) answers came from beachgoers in New York to the questions about why Americans celebrate Memorial Day when O'Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters visited Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y.
Watters asked revelers whether they knew why they had the opportunity to spend the day at the ocean-- and not at work or school, according to Fox Nation.
"Do you know why you're off today?" Watters asked. more >>
At least 30 Christians were shot dead by Muslim rebels in an attack on a church in the war-torn Central African Republic, a pastor said.
"We were in the church when were heard the shooting outside," the Rev. Freddy Mboula of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bangui told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "There were screams and after 30 minutes of gunfire there were bodies everywhere."
Christian and Muslim militias have had several clashes in the troubled African nation since the Seleka coalition left power in January. The fighting between Seleka rebels and anti-balaka fighters escalated following the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia earlier this year. more >>