A number of Hollywood stars, including Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno, are protesting the Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who recently introduced the first phase of Sharia law in the Islamic country.
"I'd like to think that all people are basically good and when they realize this is going on, hopefully they'll do something about it," Leno said at the protest in front of the hotel.
BBC News reported on Wednesday that the Beverly Hills city council unanimously voted to condemn Brunei because of its harsh Islamic penal code, which is set to establish laws punishing homosexuality and adultery by death by stoning in future phases. more >>
Gunmen with the terrorist group Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped 8 more girls this week near one of their strongholds in northeast Nigeria, police and local residents claim.
Lazarus Musa, a resident of Warabe, said that eight girls, ages 12 to 15, were kidnapped from his village in the northeast on Monday night. When describing the gunmen, Musa said: "They were many, and all of them carried guns. They came in two vehicles painted in army color. They started shooting in our village."
To the awe of its readership, a recent Daily Mail article reports that the "jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant [ISIL]," which is currently entrenched in Raqqa, Syria, "publicly crucified two Syrian rebels in northeastern Syria in revenge for a grenade attack on members of their group."
While the Daily Mail is to be commended for exposing these barbaric acts-along with posting photos of the crucified-it nonetheless minimized their significance, in two important ways: 1) by repeatedly saying things like "even al-Qaeda is distancing itself from ISIL," and so implying that the act of crucifixion is some wild aberration that even the poster-child of jihadi terror, al-Qaeda, wants nothing to do with it; and 2) ignoring the much "sexier" story that Christians in Syria are also being crucified simply for refusing to embrace Islam (as opposed to the rather mundane but politically more correct story of Islamic jihadis crucifying each other in the context of vendetta killings).
Consider the atrocities earlier committed in Ma'loula, Syria, an ancient Christian village where the inhabitants still spoke Aramaic, the language of Christ. more >>
The leader of terrorist group Boko Haram said in a video on Monday that he is responsible for the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, and revealed plans to sell them on the market because he says Allah told him to do so.
"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," the man, who identifies himself as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, said in a video obtained by Agence France-Presse.
Gory images posted to the social media site Twitter showed two men being publicly crucified in Raqqa, Syria, allegedly by members of an Islamic extremist group.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], a jihadist group, used its Twitter account to take responsibility for the public crucifixions of two men that allegedly took place Tuesday. The ISIL and other Twitter users shared photos of the crucified men, bloodied and hanging from crosses in what appears to be a main roundabout in Raqqa, with passerby walking nonchalantly passed the victims.
The two crucified men were reportedly among seven victims executed by the ISIL for allegedly trying to throw a grenade at ISIL members. The ISIL is a radical Islamic group that even al-Qaeda has distanced itself from, due to the group's extremism. Aaron Zelin, a jihadi-watcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Daily Beast that the ISIL had become a "liability to the al-Qaeda brand." more >>
Some of the approximately 200 school girls that remain missing as the result of a kidnapping by a militant group that took place in Nigeria's northeastern town of Chibok more than two weeks ago have been transferred to neighboring Cameroon and Chad, according to several news sources. Also, they are being forced to marry Islamic extremists, a civil society group said Wednesday.
While reports have indicated that some of the 234 girls initially kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14 escaped, villagers near the Nigeria-Cameroon border say they have seen girls on board buses heading to Cameroon, according to World Watch Monitor. BBC and other news agencies say a "bridegroom" of a girl was spotted. A bride price of $12.50 has been quoted. A local source in Cameroon told World Watch Monitor he confirms similar reports.
Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People's Forum told The Associated Press that parents say the girls are being sold to Boko Haram militants for 2,000 naira ($12). more >>