A University College of London professor who specializes in the study of history and culture of northern Nigeria claims Christians are joining Boko Haram for financial gain.
During a roundtable discussion with fellow researchers at the European Conference on African Studies in Paris earlier this month, professor Murray Last asserted the terrorist organization employs Christians looking to earn a living, according to a soundbite from the event obtained by Radio France International.
"It's quite profitable joining Boko Haram because you not only loot places, but you share the loot out at the end. I think is important to realize is that there are plenty of Christians who are part of Boko Haram because it's a job," Last said during the discussion on the topic titled: "Within and Around Boko Haram in Nigeria." more >>
Survivors and witnesses to Monday's terror attack by suspected ISIS militants on the Turkish border town of Suruc have shared stories of the horrors they witnessed following the bomb blast that killed at least 32 people and wounded 100 others.
"People's faces were blown off, arms scattered ... you could smell burned bodies," eyewitness Erhan Subasi told CNN.
"Kids were screaming, everyone was screaming and running," Subasi continued. "Everyone was in a panic but trying to help." more >>
Some evangelical Christians have condemned recent remarks made by Franklin Graham, president and CEO of relief organization Samaritan's Purse and of his father's Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, expressing concern that the minister is distorting the message of Christianity and promoting fear of those who follow Islam by saying the U.S. is "under attack by Muslims" and "all Muslims" should be banned from immigrating to the U.S.
"Yesterday Franklin Graham said really awful things about Muslims. If he knew the Muslim men and women I know, he would NEVER say such things," Lynne Hybels, of Willow Creek Community Church and a social justice activist, wrote July 18 on Twitter. more >>
Committed to a negotiated settlement over the real possibility of armed conflict, six world powers and Iran have decided to give peace a chance.
With much patience, persistence and hard work for over 20 months, the P5+1 Group (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany) have reached a nuclear agreement with Iran that is nothing short of historic.
According to the respected Arms Control Association, "The agreement – known as the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" – establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons and promptly detecting and deterring possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons in the future." more >>
President Barack Obama welcomed to the White House on Monday Nigeria's new leader Muhammadu Buhari, as the two presidents discussed ongoing plans to defeat Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The jihadists meanwhile carried out their latest deadly raid, this time invading a village in northern Cameroon, where they slaughtered 23 people, including multiple children.
Obama praised Buhari's integrity and claimed in prepared remarks.that he has "a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram extremists of all sorts inside his country."
The Obama administration has pledged $5 million in funding to Nigeria's military since Buhari's election earlier this year, and the two presidents discussed deepening those ties in their meeting on Monday. more >>
More than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who is Catholic, a woman, black, Hispanic or Jewish, and over 70 percent say they would accept a candidate who is Mormon, gay or lesbian, or an evangelical Christian. But acceptance of a candidate who is Muslim, an atheist, or a socialist ranks the lowest, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The Gallup poll inquired about the acceptability of presidential candidates from 11 backgrounds, including women, gays and lesbians, evangelical Christians, Muslims, atheists and socialists.
Ninety-three percent of Americans said if their party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be Catholic, they would vote for that person, says the nationwide poll conducted June 2-7 among 1,527 individuals aged 18 and older. more >>