U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was recently interviewed about Syria. While many of his assertions can be debated, one especially requires a response. Throughout the interview, he repeatedly insisted that, if Bashar Assad would only leave power, everything would go well - especially for all of Syria's minorities.
In his words: "I believe that a peace can protect all of the minorities: Druze, Christian, Isma'ilis, Alawites - all of them can be protected, and you can have a pluralistic Syria, in which minority rights of all people are protected."
Elsewhere in the interview, Kerry declared that "The world would protect the Alawites, Druze, Christians, and all minorities in Syria after the ousting of Assad." more >>
A church in Australia was taken by surprise when the building it was renting for worship services for the past 14 years was sold with little notice. The building has become the first mosque in Toowoomba, Queensland.
"It was a complete surprise," John Solomon, pastor of Westside Christian Church, told the Sunshine Coast Daily on Friday. His church had been renting a building from Lifeworks Uniting Church for 14 years. Lifeworks Uniting Church then proceeded to sell the building to the Islamic Society of Toowoomba.
"We continued operating in the good faith that we would be advised if we needed to relocate," Solomon explained. "Then the April settlement date was brought right forward and we had to find a new place, quick smart." more >>
A Central African Republic priest has opened his church as a shelter to Muslims fleeing the anti-balaka (anti-machete) Christian militias terrorizing his community.
"I am not going to let anyone hurt the people inside my church, it doesn't matter whether they are Christians or Muslims," Xavier Fagba, who leads a church in Boali, a city northwest of the capital Bangui, told FRANCE 24.
At the service on Sunday, Fagba told his congregation to make their Muslim counterparts feel comfortable and greet one another with a "kiss of peace." more >>
Prominent indicators confirm that the U.S. is the chief facilitator of the persecution of Christians around the world today.
According to the recently released 2014 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, Syria is the third worst nation in the world in which to be Christian, Iraq is fourth, Afghanistan fifth, and Libya 13th. All four countries receive the strongest designation, "extreme persecution" (other designations are "severe," "moderate," and "sparse" persecution).
Aside from being so closely and harshly ranked, these four nations have something else in common: heavy U.S. involvement. Three-Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya-were "liberated" thanks to U.S. forces, while in the fourth, Syria, the U.S. is actively sponsoring "freedom fighters" against the regime, many of whom would be better labeled "terrorists." more >>
WASHINGTON – A Sudanese human rights activist has called upon Christians in the United States to help the churches of the Republic of Sudan.
Nahmia Shaloka, a lawyer who had to flee his native Sudan due to persecution, told The Christian Post on Monday that Christians in the East African nation need help from American churches. "We also need to send a message for the Church in U.S. here," said Shaloka, who along with another Sudanese lawyer named Safwan Hegaze recently arrived in the United States.
Shaloka said that Sudanese Christians need the U.S. "to stand with them" and "help with many things" regarding the advancement of "religious freedom and other justice for all Sudanese." more >>
According to a sensational report by Awad Mustafa in Defense News, not only has Tehran signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates over three disputed islands in the Persian Gulf, near the Strait of Hormuz, but it has also reached a possibly even more important accord with the government of Oman. Both of these agreements have vast implications for the oil trade, the world economy, and Iranian influence.
According an unnamed "high level UAE source," secretive talks taking place over six months led to a deal on the islands, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs, finalized on December 24: "For now, two of the three islands are to return to the UAE while the final agreement for Abu Musa [the third island] is being ironed out. Iran will retain the sea bed rights around the three islands while the UAE will hold sovereignty over the land."
This is big news. But bigger potentially yet is the source's statement that "Oman will grant Iran a strategic location on Ras Musandam mountain, which is a very strategic point overlooking the whole gulf region. In return for Ras Musandam, Oman will receive free gas and oil from Iran once a pipeline is constructed within the coming two years." more >>