A retired American professor and author has said that terror group ISIS cannot be defeated by airstrikes alone, and that Christians in Syria are facing genocide if Sunni groups take over. William Relf, who has a PhD in international relations, shared his views on a number of complex ethical, political and strategic dilemmas facing U.S. forces in the Middle East.
Relf, who has taught strategy, international management, and entrepreneurship at institutions such as California State University, the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, has led a business seminar in Iran, and authored novels such as The Iranian Connection.
Speaking with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday, Relf offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama's strategy of hitting ISIS targets throughout Iraq and Syria with airstrikes, but without committing any official ground troops. He said that an air strategy alone cannot be enough to stop the Islamic militants. more >>
Egypt, famed for millennia as the "breadbasket of the Mediterranean," now faces alarming food shortages. A startlingly candid report in Cairo's Al-Ahram newspaper by Gihan Shahine, entitled "Food for Stability" makes clear the extent of the crisis.
To begin, two anecdotes: Although compelled by her father to marry a cousin who could afford to house and feed her, Samar, 20, reports that they "have only had fried potatoes and aubergines for dinner most of the week." Her sisters, 10 and 13, who left school to take up work, are losing weight and suffer chronic anemia.
Manal, a nurse and single mother of four, cannot feed her children. "In the past we used to stuff cabbage with rice and eat that when we did not have any money. But now even this sometimes can be unaffordable because of rising prices. Our kids were always malnourished but it's getting even worse." more >>
FBI Director James Comey admitted that the "dozen or so" American citizens that are currently fighting with the Islamic State terror group in Syria have the ability and right, as Americans with passports, to return to the homeland.
Appearing in his first major television interview since taking the helm of the Bureau in September 2013, Comey said on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night that the FBI is closely tracking about a dozen American citizens whom they believe to be fighting in Syria alongside ISIS militants. He added that although they may be supporting terrorist agendas, they still have the freedom to re-enter the country at anytime by simply using their passport.
"Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport is revoked, is entitled to come back," Comey said. "So, someone who's fought with ISIL, with American passport wants to come back, we will track them very carefully." more >>
Over 35 humanitarian agencies have warned in a major report that close to two million people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity in the man-made crisis stemming from in-fighting, unless more aid is delivered to those who urgently need it.
"So far the soft approach of the international community in the peace negotiations has failed to secure a meaningful ceasefire," the report says.
A ceasefire was signed earlier this year between the government of President Salva Kiir and a rebel group linked to former Vice President Riek Machar, but the situation has not stabilized and fighting continues on a large scale throughout the country. more >>
Terrorists such as ISIS won't be stopped unless Christians help to save the lost boys of the world.
The Lost Boys of Sudan fled violent Islamists, communists and wild animals. Their exodus led them across Ethiopia and eventually to refugee camps in neighboring nations. From camps, the boys were taken to America or other industrialized nations.
Surprisingly, some of the most daunting challenges would lie at their final destinations, such as the USA. Imagine a teenaged orphan's complex transition from rural Sudan to the United States: learning to read and write; the culture shock of TV, the internet, shopping malls, bank accounts and getting a driver's license. more >>
After attending an event that promoted peace in Jerusalem last weekend, the Rev. Canon Andrew White, the "Vicar of Baghdad", is delaying his return to Baghdad after he was told that his life is in danger as Islamic State forces close in on Iraq's capital city.
Canon White, the vicar of St. George's Church in Baghdad, the only Anglican church in the country, explains in a Facebook post on Sunday that he was instructed by the leader of the Anglican church that it is best for him to stay out of Baghdad as he would be a marked target should ISIS breach the city. White, who is also the president of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, left Baghdad last weekend to attend the "Pray of the Peace of Jerusalem" event, a cross-religion event attended by Jews and Christians promoting peace in the region.
"Sadly things are not looking good for an immanent return to Baghdad. My dear friend the Archbishop of Canterbury has made clear that my profile is so high, I am British and very pro Israel which would place me at incredibly high risk should ISIL get near Baghdad," White wrote. "At the the moment they are not but who knows what could happen. This will mean that I will not be able to return to Baghdad yet." more >>