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 >>
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, the Indian priest kidnapped two months ago from a nursing home in Yemen where 16 people were killed, is still alive at the hands of Islamic State radicals, according to rumors, but his fate remains uncertain.
"The last words, which are quite reassuring, I received indirectly about 10 days ago. I was told that Father Tom is alive, and that his return to freedom could be imminent. But since then nothing has happened. We hope and pray for him," Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, told Agenzia Fides in an update on Tuesday.
The priest was initially feared to have been crucified by the extremists on Good Friday, but subsequent information from the Catholic Church denied the rumor, instead suggesting that he was still alive and that negotiations are being carried out with IS for his release. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization is employing yet another cruel and sick way to punish women who chose not to adhere to the militant group's strict dress code by locking them in cages with skeletons.
Last Friday, the militant group locked at least two women inside cages with skulls as punishment for not following the Shariah dress code in the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, The Independent reports.
According to the British news outlet, the incidents were uncovered by the media activist network Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), which reports on human rights abuses committed by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) from inside the group's caliphate in Syria. more >>
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 >>