The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq has found yet another new and barbaric way to execute jihadi leaders who fail to meet the group's military expectations.
According to a Kurdish commander who spoke with the Iranian media outlet AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA), IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) recently executed a number of its own commanders for failing to "accomplish their chief duties."
Instead of just shooting the commanders in the back of the head or beheading them like the group has done with many others, IS employed another new and frightening method for execution designed to scare other militants. more >>
China Aid has reported in its 2015 Annual Report of Religious and Human Rights Persecution in China that as many as 20,000 people suffered religious persecution by the Communist Party throughout the year. Despite imcreasing persecution, however, the number of Christians in the country continues to grow.
"In 2015, China Aid documented 634 cases of persecution in which 19,426 religious practitioners were persecuted, representing an 8.62 percent increase from 2014's 17,884 religious practitioners persecuted," the report stated.
"A number of factors led to the increases, including a widespread, barbaric round up of China's human rights legal professionals, activists and family members in July 2015," it added. more >>
Pro-life advocates are warning that Senate Republicans have included a provision in the critically important National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could enable millions of dollars designated to fight sex trafficking to be used to promote or fund abortion.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced legislation last year called the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act (EMSI), which essentially would create a congressionally chartered non-profit, public-private entity that would receive funding from the United States government, foreign governments and businesses to give to organizations to help end human trafficking around the world.
Although such an intergovernmental private-public partnership may seem like a no-brainer, pro-life organizations are opposing the legislation because it does not include basic pro-life protections to guarantee that money will not be used to fund or promote abortion. more >>
On Thursday, Google celebrated the 95th birthday of Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American who was known around the world for her dedication to fight for human rights, injustice, and racism.
While Kochiyama passed away in 2014 due to natural causes according to her family, her legacy lives on and many activist groups across the globe continue to honor the work she has done in fighting against inequality. Below are some interesting things that some may not have known of the woman who befriended Malcolm X.
1. An advocate for prisoners Triggered by the memory of her father who was taken into custody shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks, Mary Yuriko Nakahara decided to become an advocate not only for racism and inequality but for prisoners as well. According to the Los Angeles Times, Kochiyama helped organize calls for the reconsideration of charges on prisoners which were considered to be motivated by political causes. more >>
Close to 80 Muslims at a refugee camp in Hamburg, Germany, have been baptized into Christianity despite the ongoing physical and sexual abuse that Christian converts face at such camps in the Western country.
"While Christian converts suffer in great measures at the hands of their Muslim neighbors in Germany, around 80 refugees were recently baptized into Christianity," International Christian Concern, a persecution watchdog group, noted on Tuesday.
Mohabat News reported that Pastor Albert Babajan conducted the mass baptism of refugees at the camp in Hamburg, revealing that one of the main motives for their conversion is disappointment with Islam. more >>
In an unprecedented move by the Communist Party of China, its official press has released statements about the controversial Cultural Revolution, a few days after the 50th anniversary of one of the most prominent events in Chinese history. According to The Guardian, the Communist Party and the Chinese government did not issue any official announcement to mark the event's 50 years last May 16. Come May 17, Tuesday, however, the party-run press published two short editorials that mentioned the Cultural Revolution.
The People's Daily published on page four of the newspaper one such editorial which claimed that party leaders had already given a "clear answer" about the responsibility of Mao Zedong for bringing on the Cultural Revolution. It also told readers that it is time to "move on from the decade of upheaval" and look to the future. It also acknowledged that the Cultural Revolution was "utterly wrong, in both theory and practice."
The second editorial published in the Global Times, another state-run newspaper, called the Cultural Revolution a "decade of calamity," which brought on damage and "permanent pain" for many of its citizens. The article titled "Society firmly rejects Cultural Revolution" also cited that it was this decade in history that taught the Chinese to fear turmoil and want stability more than anyone. more >>