Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed published late Wednesday in The New York Times where he strongly challenged President Barack Obama and the American public against a military strike against Syria, a longtime ally of Russia, warning of the likelihood of exacerbating the Mideast conflict to beyond the Syrian border and undermining the authority of the United Nations Security Council.
In his remarks, Putin called upon Americans to exercise "caution" when dealing with Syria, advocating for talks instead of military action.
"The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders," wrote Putin. "A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance." more >>
A former banker who turned to ministry and would serve as a pastor in Alabama for more than 20 years passed away last week at age 82.
The Rev. Richard Vigneulle, former head of the Shades Mountain Independent Church in Hoover, died last Thursday according to an announcement from his church. A visitation was held for Vigneulle last Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at Shades Mountain Independent Church, with the funeral taking place Sunday afternoon.
"The celebration service lasted for 2 1/2 hours and was a beautiful tribute to a man whose influence and legacy was felt throughout the community and into the world," Carol Wilkins, media director for Shades Mountain Independent, told The Christian Post. "Many gave testimony to changed lives through the ministry of Dr. Vigneulle. The service was well attended and Dr. Vigneulle's children gave a special tribute to their father with loving memories shared." more >>
The British parliament has voted against joining any military intervention in Syria in a narrow 285-272 vote on Thursday night.
The move will be a blow to President Barack Obama, as Britain was seen as the closest ally to the United States in any potential move for military action in Syria.
However, despite the clear set back, the Obama administration has indicated that the U.S. would still be willing to take action against Syria on its own, even without an international coalition. more >>
President Barack Obama focused on many social and civil rights issues, with a major focus on the economy, during his lengthy speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom event, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed "I have a dream" speech a half century ago.
Obama told the thousands gathered on the National Mall about the importance of economic opportunity in the road to equality.
After describing the historical event they were remembering and putting it in the context of the grand narrative of American history, President Obama argued that "pursuit of happiness requires the dignity of work." more >>
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has asked Pink Floyd performer Roger Waters to stop using her image after the superstar posted a letter asking fans to boycott Israel and listing several "breaches of international law." Waters has not yet responded to Refaeli's request.
Waters is a member of the Palestinian activist group Electronic Intifada, according to New York Daily News. He has been an outspoken critic of Israel, but his letter set off a new round of debates, and Refaeli's public request has brought new attention to the Israeli-Palestinian debates.
"Roger Waters, you better take my picture off of the video art at your shows," Refaeli tweeted in Hebrew. "If you're boycotting – go all the way." more >>
His Exc. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Seoul, has called upon the Virgin Mary for help and addressed the "urgency of reconciliation" between North and South Korea, as the two nations prepare to restart family reunions.
The Archbishop said that Mary is the "Mother of reconciliation" and that Catholics entrust her with the promotion of peace on the Korean peninsula, according to Fides News Agency.
North Korea recently agreed to restart reunions of families that were separated during the 1950-1953 war, which will take place at a tourist resort in the North in September. South Korean president Park Geun-hye had called last week for a resumption of the reunions, described as highly emotional affairs, which were last held in 2010. more >>