Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, said at a major peace conference that the teachings of Islam forbid extremism in all forms, making the wave of radical Islamic attacks worldwide a "tragic paradox."
"The tragic paradox of the global insurgency situation is that most of the atrocities committed by various insurgents all over the world today, are being carried out mainly by people who pretend to be Muslims, yet most of the victims and casualties are equally Muslims," Buhari said Thursday at the opening of the International Islamic Conference on Peace and Nation Building in Abuja, according to Nigeria's Daily Trust.
"To underscore their cruelty and godlessness, they particularly target the most vulnerable members of the society: children, women and the elderly." more >>
Sec. of State John Kerry's declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide may have been at odds with President Barack Obama.
Kerry surprised some on Thursday when he issued the declaration that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minority groups, despite the fact that the United States State Department said the night before that he would not meet the March 17 deadline.
Although State Department spokesman Mark Toner issued a statement late Wednesday saying that Kerry would not reach a genocide decision before the Thursday deadline set by Congress because more legal review was needed, news broke early in the morning on Thursday that Kerry was going to, in fact, declare that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious groups in areas under its control. more >>
Sec. of State John Kerry announced Thursday morning that the United States government will label the Islamic State's slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria a "genocide."
"My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that in my judgement, Daesh [Arabic acronym for IS] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims," Kerry said during a 9 a.m. press conference. "Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions — in what it says, what it believes and what it does."
Kerry's announcement comes as much scrutiny has been placed on the United States State Department in recent months over the fact that the agency has taken so long to make the genocide designation regarding IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL), while the European Union made the designation in early February. more >>
A Russian nanny who beheaded a four-year-old girl and afterwards marched in the street carrying her severed head while chanting "Allahu Akbar!" admits that she was inspired by the Islamic State's publicized execution videos.
In late February, The Daily Mail reported that online videos captured footage of a burka-wearing nanny in Moscow walking in the street while holding up a severed head of a little girl. As the woman approached a public transit station, she threatened to blow herself up. As she neared the station, she chanted "Allahu Akbar," a phrase shouted by many Islamic extremists that means "God is greater."
The deceased child was identified as Anastasia Meshcheryakova, who was believed to have learning disabilities and leaves behind her mother and father. The woman, who was identified as 38-year-old Gyulchehra Bobokulova and from Uzbekistan, also set the child's home on fire after killing her. more >>
Christian Hollywood actress and film producer Roma Downey has called out Sec. of State John Kerry on Twitter, telling him to listen to the national and international consensus and call the Islamic State's atrocities against Christians a "genocide."
Downey tweeted Monday night after the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling IS' persecution of Christians and other religious minorities a "genocide" and urged the U.S. State Department to do the same.
Although the European Union, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Pope Francis, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and others have found ample reason to call it genocide, the White House and State Department have so far declined to give the situation a "genocide" designation. more >>
Radical Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have killed close to 500 predominantly Christian farmers in Benue state in central Nigeria in a series of attacks over the last month, and are reportedly still hiding out among villagers, making survivors too afraid to return and bury the dead.
"In the last three weeks, Aku, Odugbeho, Aila, Okokolo and Ikobi have been utterly destroyed and over 300 people have been killed," Steven Enada, a development advocate campaigning against the killing of the Agatu people, told Morning Star News.
"We have corpses littered in the field like a war fought in the Roman Empire by Emperor Nero," he added, with survivors too afraid to return to bury the dead. more >>