Egyptian judges have recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic organization behind ousted President Mohamed Morsi, as hundreds of its members have been arrested for leading the protests against the interim government, which has caused clashes resulting in hundreds of deaths.
The panel of judges accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law, The Associated Press reported, and recommended that its headquarters in Cairo be closed down – the same headquarters that were attacked by anti-Morsi protesters in early July.
Morsi has not been heard from since he was ousted by Egypt's military, but reports note that he is being held in detention at an undisclosed location. more >>
President Barack Obama is hoping to gain the support of former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he meets with him on Monday, as part of his effort to win Congressional approval for a military strike on Syria.
"Monday's meeting with McCain is meant to address concerns of those who feel Obama isn't doing enough to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad's government for an attack in the Damascus suburbs last month that the U.S. says included sarin gas and killed at least 1,429 civilians, more than 400 of whom were children," The Associated Press noted in a report on Monday. "On the other side of the spectrum, some Republican and Democratic lawmakers don't want to see military action at all."
McCain spent over five years as a prisoner of war in north Vietnam before becoming a U.S. Congressman and beginning his Senate career in 1987. He won the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and had faced off with Obama in the general election, but lost. more >>
After constant exposure to critically important news, it begins to lose all meaning and sense of urgency. Hearing the same warnings over and over again-especially when the status quo seems static-can cause a certain desensitization, a resigned apathy that ignores the warnings in the wishful hope that they won't materialize. This hope becomes more optimistic (and passive) with each passing day that the warnings do not materialize.
One of the most evident examples of this phenomenon is the threat of a nuclear Iran. For years, the international community has been hearing about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons; for years, the world has been hearing Iran make bold, genocidal threats-most notoriously, that it will wipe the state of Israel off the map. But so far, Iran reportedly still has no nukes, and no large attack has been launched on Israel. Thus, many have become desensitized to the situation-including those charged with ensuring that a nuclear Iran never becomes a reality.
But that reality has never been closer, as we are warned in Noah Beck's recent novel, The Last Israelis. It is our current proximity to apocalyptic war that makes Beck's doomsday warning about a nuclear Iran so compelling. If the worst comes to pass, this chilling attempt to rouse the West from its torpor could turn out to be that final, horribly prophetic alert that went unheeded. more >>
With President Barack Obama working tirelessly to garner congressional approval for attacking Syria for its use of chemical weapons, some Christians are debating if it could lead toward the fulfillment of end-time prophecies in the Bible.
"Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins," says Isaiah 17:1, which some Christians believe is now coming to pass. The last verses of Isaiah 17 are interpreted by some as envisioning Armageddon.
In Syria, a fierce civil war between President Bashar al-Assad's supporters and rebel forces seeking his ouster has taken the lives of more than 100,000 people over the last two years, and Christians have been speculating over the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 on their blogs and websites. more >>
President Barack Obama announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons against civilians.
After having made the decision to attack Syria, Obama said, he also decided to "seek authorization for the use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress."
The aftermath of an incendiary bomb strike in Syria was documented in an "extremely distressing" video, where victims, many of them children, were described as looking "like the walking dead."
"We feel like some sort of…not even a second-class citizen, like we just don't matter," British medic Dr. Rola, working in Syria with the charity Hand In Hand, said in the BBC video released on Thursday.
"Like all of these children, and all of these people who are being killed and massacred…we don't matter," she added, visibly distressed. "The whole world has failed our nation, and it's innocent civilians who are paying the price. more >>