Christian refugees who have managed to flee the Islamic State terror group in Syria have revealed in a testimony video that the jihadists are trafficking captured men and children to a so-called "school of death" where they carry out beheadings and sell young girls at a slave market.
"When we were in Syria they put us in a school, and it was called the school of death, they used it to behead all the men there. We all the knew that the men will be beheaded and the girls will be sold in the slave market," one girl says in a video captured by the media team of In Defense of Christians.
"There are whole families that lost all their children," adds one of the men. more >>
Tensions over the refugee crisis in Germany have been rising this week with major protests against Chancellor Angela Merkel's vow to take in at least 800,000 refugees from Syria and the Middle East. Close to 9,000 members of the anti-migrant PEGIDA movement marched in Dresden earlier this week, while Merkel was mocked by a German TV channel that depicted her wearing an Islamic headscarf.
"I am convinced that Mrs.Merkel's politics are against national interests. I'm very disturbed about that. It's almost treason. She has forgotten the oath she gave when she was sworn in," said PEGIDA supporter Max Haupt, according to EuroNews.
EarActiv Germany reported that the marches, organized by the "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident" group drew 9,000 participants, while Deutsche Welle added that a previous march last week gathered together another 7,500. more >>
Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan has warned that the vast refugee crisis in Iraq and Syria has reached "biblical proportions," and fleeing Christians are begging Western countries to step up and save them from persecution at the hands of extremists.
"We are begging the West to stand for the rights of all citizens in Iraq and Syria," the spiritual leader of the world's 158,000 Syriac Catholics declared in a speech during a visit to Detroit, according to Catholic San Francisco.
"The situation is very devastating and tragic. For Iraq, this has been happening for two generations. For Syria, the war has been taking place for the last three years, with no hope on the horizon for Christians in the area." more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has likened the influx of Syrian migrants into the U.S. to a coup, claiming that migrants "could be ISIS." However, in a recent open letter to Trump — who considers himself a Presbyterian — Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly, declared the church's compassion and support for displaced migrants.
"Presbyterians through decades of policy have demanded humane treatment of people of all nationalities and faiths who find themselves within our borders," wrote Parsons.
"We have challenged our government when it neglects to acknowledge the refugee status of those fleeing persecution. We have pushed for due process at the border and we continue to petition for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented persons." more >>
Jim Webb, a United States Naval Academy graduate and Marine Corps veteran, served in the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s. a recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star during Vietnam, he has served as the Secretary of the Navy and as a U.S. Senator from Virginia. He was a vocal opponent of the George W. Bush administration handling of the war in Iraq.
Webb has been married three times and is a novelist. He authored the story of the popular Hollywood film 'Rules of Engagement' starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. He won an Emmy award in 1983 for his reporting on the Lebanese Civil War.
Officially declaring his candidacy for the Democrat Party nominee for president in July, Webb is expected to be in the upcoming debates which will at least feature Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. more >>
A Yazidi woman who fled captivity at the hands of the Islamic State terror group has claimed that hundreds of others are taking their own lives rather than be subjected to sex slavery by the jihadists.
"We just want them to be rescued," Ameena Saeed Hasan said in a CNN report. "Hundreds of girls have committed suicide.
"I have some pictures of the girls who have committed suicide ... when they lose hope for rescue and when ISIS many times sell them and rape them ... I think there is maybe 100. We lost contact with most of them," she added. more >>