The world is a wonderful place. Our God is so good in giving it to us. But to a large extent, we have not taken good care of it, nor of each other.
We have polluted the water, fouled the air and are dangerously changing the climate.
The breakdown of the family, the redefining of traditional marriage, global poverty, hunger, homelessness, abortion, physician assisted suicide, the arms trade, nuclear weapons, astronomical military budgets, human trafficking, corporate greed, murder and the mass murder of war are also among the critical illnesses humanity has inflicted upon itself. more >>
Democratic presidential front runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton labeled the atrocities committed by the Islamic State terrorist organization against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as "genocide."
During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the 68-year-old Clinton explained that although she was reluctant to use the term "genocide" a few months ago to describe the IS atrocities, there is now "enough evidence" for her to use the word "genocide" to denounce the the murders of religious minorities by the jihadi group.
"What is happening is genocide, deliberately aimed at destroying not only the lives but wiping out the existence of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East in territory controlled by ISIS," Clinton said in response to a question during a town hall event. more >>
In an attempt to curtail "violations" in the treatment of female sex slaves, a religious ruling by so-called theologians of the Islamic State specifies when "owners" of enslaved women can have sex with their captives.
The ruling, or fatwa, was discovered among a collection of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations forces during a raid targeting a top official of the terror group in Syria back in May, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The document states that some IS militants have "committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves" and details an extensive list of bulleted items regarding the handling of female captives. more >>
Although the Islamic State has its eyes set on becoming a global caliphate that spreads into Europe, a journalist who spent 10 days with the terrorists says there's just one country the militants are afraid of — Israel.
German reporter Jürgen Todenhӧfer, a former member of the German parliament who spent 10 days last winter in IS-controlled Iraq and Syria interviewing a number of militants and made it out alive, told the British news site Jewish News that although IS militants are not afraid of the western military power of the United States or European countries, the group's fighters fear military capabilities of Israel.
"The only country ISIS fears is Israel," Todenhӧfer explained. "They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them." more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested a seven-point plan to safeguard America as it faces continued security challenges in the coming year, proposing a declaration of war against the Islamic State and putting soldiers on borders.
"We must act boldly and decisively to protect American citizens from terrorists at home and abroad. We can no longer dawdle while ISIS continues to persecute Christians, enslave young girls, oppress civil societies and perpetrate terrorist attacks against the free world," Carson said in his statement on Facebook on Monday.
"We must destroy their caliphate and prevent their terrorists from infiltrating our homeland. We must also secure our borders, identify radical Islamic extremism by name and root out its agents and collaborators in our own country," he added. more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has slaughtered at least 80 people in a series of attacks on cities and towns just one week after President Muhammadu Buhari suggested his army had "technically won the war."
The Associated Press reported that the Islamic radicals killed 30 people in Maiduguri in Borno state in blasts and shootouts, and on Monday killed another 20 people in a bombing outside a mosque. Yet another twin suicide bombing in the town of Madagali cost another 30 lives.