Some 700 migrants, a number which could climb to 950, fleeing poverty and persecution to find "a better life" and "happiness" in Europe are now feared dead after the boat they were travelling in capsized in the Mediterranean some 112 miles south of Italy's Lampedusa shortly before midnight Saturday.
One survivor quoted by Italy's Ansa news agency says there were 950 migrants aboard the boat when it sank.
"They are literally trying to find people alive among the dead floating in the water," Joseph Muscat, the prime minister of Malta – the first port of call for many of the 35,000 migrants who arrived in southern Europe so far this year. "Children, men, and women have died." more >>
A report released Wednesday that includes interviews with 11 women and nine girls who were sexually enslaved by the Islamic State reveals horrifying details about how the terrorists beat, torture and pass around sexually abused Yazidi and religious minority women and girls.
The investigation, which was conducted by Human Rights Watch, explains that religious minority women and children as young as 8, were abducted by the terrorist group when it took over large swaths of northern Iraq last year. It has been widely reported that many of the abducted young women and girls have been sold in sex slave markets, forced to marry ISIS fighters, and are often sold and raped by multiple foreign ISIS fighters.
The report states that ISIS often holds abducted Yazidi girls in many different locations throughout northern Iraq, in places such as farm compounds, hotels, prisons, military bases, schools, and former government buildings. more >>
Whenever I read such things as "Why the Founding Fathers Wouldn't Have Been Anti-Vaxxers," I cringe a bit. Not only are these rather desperate speculations, but they are supercilious: We know the things the Founders were for and against, and to infer from their stated convictions and known actions their allegiance to or antipathy toward a contemporary political issue trivializes these remarkable men and the causes for which they fought and, in some cases, died.
So, on this 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, we should be loath to claim this greatest of all Americans for causes near and dear to our own hearts. Lincoln, the tax-cutter; Lincoln, the defense hawk; Lincoln, the champion of litigation reform – these and a hundred other tinny appellations clank against the edifice of historical integrity.
And yet: How can we not assume that someone whose life became a testament to the fight for human dignity and the liberty attendant to it would be an active opponent of the trafficking of persons in our time? The man who wrote in 1864, "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I cannot remember when I did not so think, and feel," surely would have been appalled by and actively opposed to the forcible commercialization of some human beings for the sexual and often perverse pleasure of others. more >>
WASHINGTON – A report released Tuesday by Amnesty International highlighting the brutality displayed by Boko Haram estimates that over 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by the Nigerian militant group since the start of 2014, and some have been trained to "kill and slaughter" infidels.
The report, which features nearly 200 witness interviews, including 28 with abducted women or girls who have escaped, detailed the jihadi group's systemic kidnappings of women and children and relentless killing of men.
The investigation estimates that Boko Haram is responsible for killing over 5,500 civilians during 2014 and the first part of this year, as it has raided or attacked over 300 villages and towns. more >>
A U.S. court has awarded $330 million to Shurat HaDin, or Israel Law Center, on behalf of the U.S.-based family of Rev. Kim Dong-Shik, a Christian missionary and activist who was abducted by North Korean agents inside China and later killed in North Korea.
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the family $330 million — which includes $15 million dollars each to Kim's son and brother, as well as $300 million in punitive damages — against the government of North Korea, known as DPRK, Israel Law Center said in a statement Monday.
"This is an important human rights decision that will be utilized in all political abduction cases going forward," Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the Israeli group's director, said. more >>
The U.S. Senate was criticized for blocking an anti-human trafficking bill on Tuesday because Senate Democrats objected to the inclusion of anti-abortion language.
"Stopping human trafficking is too important a priority to be held hostage by the abortion lobby's culture-warring," Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in a statement.
"I urge the Senate to think about vulnerable women and children in peril, rather than about the political maneuvers of the abortion-industrial complex." more >>