The ongoing #WeAreN2016 Congress, an international gathering of high level experts and witnesses being held in New York City, is calling on world leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, particularly by Islamic State and other Islamist terror groups.
"Christians account for 80 percent of persecuted minorities. They are victims of the deliberate infliction of conditions of life that are calculated to bring about their physical destruction in whole or in part," say the organizers on the website of the congress, which began Thursday and will go on until Saturday at several locations in New York City.
"They are being murdered, beheaded, crucified, beaten, extorted, abducted, and tortured," they say. more >>
Islamist terrorists on the island of Jolo in southern Philippines beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel and threw his severed head in a plastic bag to be found by police. More than 20 other foreign hostages are still being held captive.
"We have received information that a headless body was found … of a Caucasian man in Jolo City, Jolo Island," Dick Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said, according to National Post. "It appears to have been decapitated."
Police identified the head as that of 68-year-old Ridsdel. There is no information about Ridsdel's companions — a Canadian, Robert Hall, his Filipino girlfriend, Marites Flor, and a Norwegian, Kjartan Sekkingstad — who had also been abducted by the militants belonging to the Abu Sayyaf Islamist group. more >>
Documents regarding salaries and bonuses paid to Islamic State fighters have revealed that radical militants are not only encouraged, but rewarded for keeping more sex slaves, as well as for having more children and wives, who are often forced into marriage.
Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a British scholar who obtained the documents and shared them with the media, revealed that the base salary for a single IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) fighter was only $50 a month, but the payment was doubled for each wife, or each "female captive," or sex slave, that a fighter would keep. Each child under the age of 15 also brought in an additional $35.
The Washington Post reported that the documents come directly from IS' self-declared Caliphate over Iraq and Syria, where the terror group continues to hold significant territory. Al-Tamimi offered in his analysis that the records suggest IS is struggling to compensate its members, and is being forced to ration electricity, fuel and other resources. more >>
Five Christian girls have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam just this month, according to a human rights group that monitors ongoing abuses of religious minorities in Pakistan.
"In April in the area of Kasur alone, five Christian girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam and forced to marry their captors. These girls are denied the legal protection of individual rights," said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer with Legal Evangelical Association Development in Pakistan.
Fides News Agency reported Monday that the latest victim was 23-year-old Laveeza Bibi from the Kasur district in Punjab, who earlier this month was kidnapped by two Muslims who stormed her house armed with guns, kidnapping the girl and threatening her parents. more >>
The nation is abuzz with the news that nineteenth century abolitionist Harriet Tubman will soon be placed on the $20.00 bill.
Nicknamed "Moses," Tubman led many slaves to freedom during the Antebellum Era and actively supported the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Yet there are many facts about Tubman's life that might not be well known to the American public, who will soon spend money printed with her countenance. more >>
A 16-year-old Yazidi girl has revealed in her testimony that Islamic State fighters raped every last girl older than age 8 in her community, including one 9-year-old girl who was raped by so many men she died from her injuries.
The girl's testimony was shared by British Conservative MP Fiona Bruce earlier this week, after members of Parliament voted unanimously to declare IS' treatment of Christians and Yazidis a genocide, and refer the issue to the United Nations Security Council.
Bruce did not reveal the name of the girl, but said that she witnessed her own father and brother killed in front of her when IS attacked her community. more >>