A conservative group is calling on the House Armed Services Committee to support legislation that would allow members of the U.S. military to protect Afghan boys from being sexually abused and tortured at the hands of ally fighters.
The issue revolves around Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, an American serviceman who was initially punished for defending an Afghan boy from being sexually abused as part of a ritual practice carried out by an Afghan Commander and U.S. ally in the war on terror.
The American Center for Law and Justice petitioned on behalf of Martland, who has since been allowed to resume his service, but has warned that children continue being exploited in the "bacha bazi" or "boy play" practice in Afghanistan, in which grown men force young boys to dress up like women before raping and sexually abusing them. more >>
Although a ceasefire has been declared in South Sudan following days of devastating fighting, a humanitarian emergency has gripped the nation with untold numbers massacred, and thousands more seeking refuge inside churches.
"It was a massacre although the number of victims is still unknown," church sources in the area told Fides News Agency. "The humanitarian issue is the most urgent, starting from the lack of drinking water. Thousands of people have taken refuge in churches and much is being done to offer them assistance, despite a thousand difficulties. The International Red Cross has managed to send their teams in the two main hospitals."
President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar declared a ceasefire in Juba on Tuesday, The Guardian reported, following five days of heavy fighting marking the five year anniversary of the formation of the world's youngest nation. more >>
As the Islamic State will not be represented at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the terrorist organization has reportedly staged its own version of the international games, requiring hesitant residents and children to participate in a set of organized contests in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar.
Photographs posted on Twitter by TerrorMonitor.org show children and young adults participating in various party games on a turf soccer field in front of as many as 100 spectators.
One photo shows participants playing a game of tug-of-war, while another photo shows men playing a game of musical chairs. A third photo shows children, as young as 5 years old, participating in a balloon blowing contest. more >>
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria's capital of Abuja.
Olawale's husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home. more >>
A Muslim man in the Iraqi city of Balad sacrificed his own life by hugging an Islamic State terror group militant who was wearing a suicide vest, saving hundreds of lives in the process.
India Times reported that the man, Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, was at Balad's Sayyed Mohammad Shrine when he witnessed the IS jihadist making his way toward the crowd of people. Al-Baldawi stopped the jihadist from entering the shrine, and when he saw that the attacker was wearing an explosive-laden vest, he hugged him, and took the direct brunt of the explosion.
The suicide attack was still very deadly, leading to 37 deaths according to a Joint Operations spokesman in Iraq, but the man's actions potentially saved hundreds of others. more >>
As America stands at the precipice of deadly, coast-to-coast, race wars, this is not the time to mince words. I would rather speak the truth in love, even if it means offending some, than avoid confrontation out of fear of offense. In return, I expect others to be just as candid with me.
I also recognize that, if racial tensions escalate in our nation and more blood is shed, the ones who are likely to suffer the most (and perhaps the longest) are Black Americans. And so, I write this column because I do believe that Black Lives Matter.
Prof. George Yancey, himself an African American, has also urged for open, candid conversations, writing, "Maybe now with people on all sides of the political and racial arguments feeling such pain, we can begin taking the necessary steps to move towards real racial reconciliation." more >>