The al-Qaeda terrorist organization and its affiliates still present an aggressive and real threat to the U.S. and its allies, read a recent U.S. State Department report.
The annual terrorism report, released Wednesday, says that the loss of power among al-Qaeda hubs in Pakistan and Afghanistan has resulted in the aggressive growth of splintered al-Qaeda affiliates scattered throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The report added that there has been more than a 40 percent increase in terrorist attacks around the world from 2012 to 2013.
The splintering of al-Qaeda affiliates has caused the terrorist organization's head, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and his central leadership group to lose control of several factions in the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, smaller factions are focusing on more localized attacks, such as the attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2013. more >>
NEW YORK – A U.S. baptist minister and ethics of nuclear weapons policy expert has warned that Christians who would respond to a nuclear attack on the U.S. by calling for the same kind of retaliation will turn away people from listening to them preach the Gospel.
"What religions can do is pull us back from a sense of absolute reciprocity," the Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday.
He said that if a nation such as North Korea were to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S., plenty of people will call for the same kind of attack in return, which would punish the people of an entire country. more >>
A coalition of religious groups have sent letters to the National Rifle Association and Sarah Palin in response to the former Alaska governor calling waterboarding the way she would "baptize terrorists."
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) sent letters to Palin and the NRA Wednesday calling Palin's words "unacceptable."
"Ms. Palin's words are an unacceptable conflation of church and state that represents the worst of what is possible when political conflicts are expressed in theological terms," reads the letter sent to the NRA. more >>
A blockbuster news event happened earlier this week - one that ought to have caused outrage in all political quarters. One that ought to have made us question not only the Obama administration's competence, but also their motives. How else should we explain $500 million in arms that the United States facilitated to al-Qaeda linked groups in Libya? How else to explain the sudden shift in a decade and a half-long War on Terror from waging merciless war against the terrorist group that felled the Twin Towers and killed 3,000 Americans to becoming their sugar daddy on the shores of Tripoli?
On April 22nd, a group of retired intelligence professionals, generals and admirals called the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi strode to the microphones in front of members of the press to announce the results of their interim report. They interviewed informants and witnesses. They collected hundreds of documents. And their results were unequivocal: America blundered itself into a war of choice by allying with al-Qaeda.
And yet if you had been watching CNN or your network nightly news, you wouldn't have the faintest idea. If you were waiting for feckless Republicans on Capitol Hill to comment, let alone do something, you'd still be waiting. more >>
Last week in Ukraine, leaflets were being disseminated saying Jews were required to register with the government or face being thrown out of the country and their possessions seized. More and more, they have been debunked as a hoax. Jews in America, and worldwide, should nonetheless take this seriously, and recognize that - when the time comes - if they don't fight back, they will die.
US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoff Pyatt, confirmed that the leaflets were real, according to Jake Tapper of CNN:
ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles," the leaflet goes on to note. more >>
If he were to die anytime soon and discover that God exists, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is confident that he will go to heaven.
"I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It's not even close," said Bloomberg with a grin in a recent New York Times interview on his plan to pump $50 million in a grassroots network to challenge the National Rifle Association.
While he may have been facetious about heaven, Bloomberg is taking his fight with the NRA seriously. more >>