Metropolitan Jean-Clément Jeanbart, of the Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that the ongoing exodus of Christians from the Middle East — fleeing war and persecution — is an "apocalyptic and fatal" development.
Jeanbart said that the "exodus of Christians" is as "a form of deportation, condemning our faithful to a humiliating exile and our 2,000-year-old Church to a deadly drying up," according to The Irish Catholic.
He also criticized the lack of help from Western governments, claiming that they "appear to be either indifferent or unjust" to the plight of the refugees. more >>
An official of the Russian Orthodox Church believes Russia is fighting a "holy battle" in Syria.
The Kremlin launched a series of airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, reportedly against the brutal Islamic State terror goup, but U.S. officials have said the strikes were actually inflicted against CIA-backed Syrian rebels opposed to dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Church's public affairs department, was quoted by Interfax News Agency as saying that Russia's airstrikes in the embattled Middle Eastern country were a holy endeavor. more >>
Award-winning journalist Wallace Henley and the great-grandson of Winston Churchill have teamed-up to write a book about the famed World War II leader that focuses on his spiritual life.
TitledGod & Churchill: How the Great Leader's Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours, the work argues that Churchill rose to prominence as part of a divine destiny.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Henley explained that the idea for the book came from a meeting he had with Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Churchill, in Texas. more >>
Russia began its airstrike operations in war-torn Syria Wednesday, but has reportedly been targeting U.S.-backed rebels who are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, instead of focusing on the Islamic State terror group.
Reuters reported on Thursday that Russian officials have claimed that their airstrikes are targeting terrorists, but the U.S. is saying that Russia is going after anti-Assad rebels instead, some of whom have received support by the White House.
Sky News added that Russian jets have conducted at least 30 airstrikes in Syria so far, with TV reports showing that the operations have hit the rebel-held town of Jisr Al-Shughour in the northwest of the country. more >>
The Taliban has reportedly captured the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz, its first major victory against the U.S. and allied forces since 2001. Afghan forces, along with U.S. airstrikes, have immediately began a counter-operation aimed at taking back Kunduz.
"It is certainly the first major breach of a provincial capital since 2001," said Graeme Smith, senior analyst for International Crisis Group, according to Reuters. "They are choking the Afghan forces from all sides. It looks pretty grim."
The news agency noted that the 'stunning assault' comes just as President Ashraf Ghani marks his government's first year anniversary in power. more >>
Participation in the global community of nations has always required compromises, sometimes uncomfortable ones. How the United States confronts these issues generally depends on the current ideological temperament holding sway in the Oval Office and among the American people in general.
One thing any student of foreign affairs quickly learns is that when it comes to America's security and economic interests, things get very complicated, very quickly. This is why, for example, we do business with China despite their rather dismal human rights record. This is why we are a strategic regional partner with the nation of Saudi Arabia, despite their enforcement of strict religious laws that result in the severe social and political curtailment of women's rights.
Sometimes, however, the opportunity arises for the United States to stand unabashedly and unreservedly on the side of justice and civility, and we should always seize upon these opportunities without hesitation if we truly believe in the principles we espouse. Concerns about "cultural sensitivity" should not hold sway when egregious abuses of human rights are occurring. If we have leverage in this kind of situation, we should use it, which is why a recent story in the New York Times regarding child sex abuse in Afghanistan is so disturbing. more >>