While much in the international news today is dominated by the utter barbarity and heinousness in how the Islamic State tortures and executes its victims, a look back in history shows that it's possible the jihadis have taken pages from the torturous playbook of the authoritarian North Korean government.
On Monday, the Iraqi News reported that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) killed six of its own members who fled the battlefield in Iraq by crushing them to death with a bulldozer in the group's largest Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
This is not the first time that the terrorist group has crushed its victims to death under the weight of heavy machinery. In a video released last October, a Syrian soldier is shown being crushed to death underneath a battle tank. more >>
A 16-year-old Christian boy from Pakistan is facing a prison sentence of up to 10 years for allegedly liking a Facebook post deemed offensive to Muslims, which has also put his family in danger of being attacked.
The boy was charged with blasphemy for "liking" a supposedly sacrilegious picture of the Kaaba, a black cube-shaped structure located at Islam's holiest mosque in Mecca. His actions are said to have offended some of his Muslim friends, who alleged that the boy "had done a great injustice to us by badly hurting our religious feelings."
The Organization for Legal Aid, which is the Pakistani office of the European Centre for Law and Justice, said last week that the Christian boy's family was encouraged by police to leave their home, or else face the possibility of violent retaliation by radicals, which has happened in the past with blasphemy accusations. more >>
A woman in the landlocked African nation of Uganda was beaten unconscious by her Muslim husband and hospitalized because she attended a church service and allegedly converted to Christianity.
Twenty-one-year-old Fatuma Baluka, who lives in Uganda's eastern Budaka District, recently told the Christian persecution watchdog website Morning Star News that she was knocked unconscious and ferociously beaten by her husband, Hussein Kasolo, last Sunday after she attended a nearby Christian church with her friend.
"When I arrived home, my husband shouted at me as an 'infidel,' and then and there started hitting me with a metallic object," Baluka said. "I fell down, only to find myself in a hospital bed." more >>
An atheist group celebrating the upcoming International Blasphemy Rights Day on Friday, has said that laws around the world that restrict or punish those who criticize religion take away the rights of atheists, Christians, and other people.
"In too many countries around the world, criticizing religion is illegal. We've seen the consequences of these laws too many times — when a tweet or a post on Facebook declaring one's atheism or questioning a tenet of religion leads to arrests, beatings, prison, and sometimes death sentences," the Center for Inquiry, which set up the first event in 2009, said in a statement on Monday.
"Sometimes religious militants make their own laws, deciding for themselves that expressions of dissent justify brutal killings, like the grisly murders of secularists in Bangladesh, or attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan," the group added. more >>
Iran, Russia, Syria and terrorist groups like Hamas are forming "unholy" alliances that are working to undermine the power of Western nations like the United States and spread Sharia law throughout the world, prominent Christian lawyer Jay Sekulow warns in his newest book.
Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, authored the new book Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World, which was released last Tuesday.
Having researched for over three years, Sekulow argues in the book that as a change in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has caused the U.S. to have less of a presence in the troubled region and a power vacuum to form that has left the door open for Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran to take bigger roles in the region. more >>
A Pakistani Christian boy who was arrested earlier this week could face the death penalty after he was accused of posting a picture on Facebook that Muslims consider to be blasphemous toward Islam.
According to the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association, 16-year-old Nabeel Masih, who lives in the town of Kasur in the Punjab province, was accused of posting a blasphemous picture on Facebook that reportedly showed the Kaaba (the building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque in Mecca) with a pig's head on top.
Masih's alleged post was reported to local police by a Muslim friend who found it offensive. Masih was arrested and is being held at the local police station in Kasur until his trial. more >>