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 >>
Arabic language websites reported earlier this week that the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-which, throughout the course of the war against the Assad government has committed any number of atrocities, from decapitating "infidels" to burning churches-has successfully "forced" two Armenian Christian families to convert to Islam.
A video accompanies some of these reports. In it, what appears to be an elderly Armenian man stands alongside an Islamic cleric who announces the Christian man's conversion to Islam-to thunderous cries of "Allahu Akbar!" In his exultation, the cleric makes exuberant statements like "You see, we have no honor without Islam-without proclaiming aloud that "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet!" (Without the religious jargon, this is simply another way of saying, "Only by joining our team can you ever escape dishonor," the lot of all non-Muslim, subhuman "infidels.")
The cleric also adds that, because the man is the head of his household, his Christian wife and children are all now Muslim as well-"all praise to Allah!" Naturally, if they reject their new Islamic identity, they become "apostates," a crime punishable by death. more >>
A detailed report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the events in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens at the U.S. consulate in Libya, confirmed that President Barack Obama's administration failed to do anything to stop the terrorist attack.
"The failures of Benghazi can be summed up this way: the Americans serving in Libya were vulnerable; the State Department knew they were vulnerable; and no one in the Administration really did anything about it," the 85-page report released on Wednesday stated in its conclusion.
The report, which stated that "the attacks were preventable," added that the role of the White House in the events must be explored, as the Senate remains "without a full understanding" of the talks held between President Obama, the secretary of defense and the secretary of state on the night of the attacks. more >>