Although the birth of the Islamic state and the herald of the caliphate are often regarded as some of 2014's "big shockers," they were foretold in striking detail and with an accurate timeline by an al-Qaeda insider nearly one decade ago.
On August 12, 2005, Spiegel Online International published an article titled "The Future of Terrorism: What al-Qaeda Really Wants." Written by Yassin Musharbash, the article was essentially a review of a book written by Fouad Hussein, a Jordanian journalist with close access to al-Qaeda and its affiliates, including the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who pioneered the videotaping of beheadings "to strike terror into the hearts" of infidels (Koran 3:151).
As Hussein explained in the introduction of his book Al Zarqawi: Al Qaeda's Second Generation: "I interviewed a whole range of al-Qaeda members with different ideologies to get an idea of how the war between the terrorists and Washington would develop in the future." more >>
A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring state constitutional amendments banning gay marriage are not a violation of the U.S. Constitution is part of a trend in opposition to redefining marriage, Brian Brown and Tony Perkins argued.
The appeals court ruled in a two to one decision Thursday that the state bans of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee were constitutional.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement that the Sixth Circuit ruling was part of a changing trend in the marriage definition debate. more >>
The former bodyguard of Kim Jong Il has revealed that the late North Korean leader would execute people on a whim when he was in bad moods, and in one case sent a senior official to die at a concentration camp for using his private elevator and ashtray.
"When Kim Jong Il would arrive in his vehicle, 60- to 70-year-old advisors would run away and throw themselves onto the grass. They had dust on their clothes but they wanted to hide from him," Lee Young-guk told CNN in an interview posted on Friday.
"They're scared because even when he was happy he would be rude and could chop off their heads." more >>
A number of Evangelical groups who have called for immigration reform have urged President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress to work together on a plan that is fair to both immigrants and the rule of law. Obama and a number of top GOP leaders have clashed over the president's proposed executive action on immigration before the end of the year, however.
"With victories around the country this election and 2016 around the corner, Republicans now have a golden opportunity to present a clear vision on immigrants and immigration in America," said Galen Carey, vice president of government relations at the National Association of Evangelicals, in a statement to The Christian Post on Thursday.
"They should capitalize on the moment and propose legislation that would modernize an antiquated immigration system and offer a workable plan that respects both immigrants and the rule of law that keeps families together, and that grows our economy," Carey added. more >>
Some pundits have described the 2014 midterms as a base-turnout election, arguing that Republicans did a better job than Democrats turning out their base voters. The exit polls do not support this view, however.
The Republican base turned out at about the same rate as in 2012. Republicans won most their races on Tuesday by expanding its base with demographic groups that voted Democrat in 2012.
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A federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage by a 2-to-1 vote on Thursday. The ruling overturns lower-court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions unconstitutional.
Observers say the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling will most likely force the Supreme Court to make a decision on same-sex marriage for the nation.
"This circuit split means that the Supreme Court's ignoring of this issue will not be able to continue," said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. "The people of the states have the right to recognize marriage the way virtually every human culture has, as the union of a man and a woman. The Supreme Court should affirm this right, for all 50 states." more >>