Terror group ISIS has reportedly released a series of photographs on social media showing children around 10 years of age in soldier uniforms being trained to use assault rifles and kill people. The jihadist group has been using child soldiers in its battle for territories in Iraq and Syria.
The Daily Mail published a number of the photos, where several of the children are seen using weapons such as AK47s. The photos apparently were taken at a training school near the Syrian capital of Damascus, which ISIS has set its sights on.
The children are also seen performing military drills, and marching before ISIS' black flag. more >>
In what activists are claiming is a clear use of excessive police force and a violation of civil liberty, an eighth grader at a Texas middle school was arrested and slammed face-first in the ground by a police officer during a school football game after the student refused to remove his spiritually beloved rosary beads from his neck.
Jacob Herrera, an eighth grade student at Sam Houston Middle School in in Amarillo, Texas, was arrested and detained overnight by local police in late October after he argued with an officer over his right to wear rosary beads on school grounds. The rosary was given to him by his now-deceased brother and has religious and sentimental value to him.
While the Amarillo Police Department holds that rosary beads are symbolism for association with gang violence and asks that students in the Amarillo Independent School District not wear them on school property, Herrera had acquired prior approval from the school's principal that allowed him to wear rosary beads underneath his clothing while in school. more >>
Over 60 court cases reveal that girls as young as 10 were taken to Planned Parenthood facilities and other clinics for abortions and birth control by their sexual abusers, but because staff failed to report the crimes, the girls were subjected to years of ongoing sexual abuse.
Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, a national pro-life organization that has compiled these cases, said they reveal that Planned Parenthood is "operating a nationwide pedophile protection racket."
Some girls were even taken back to the same clinics by the pedophiles who were abusing them for repeat abortions, yet the staff still failed to ask questions or file a report with local law enforcement. more >>
In a precedential ruling, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that mothers who excessively drink while pregnant are not criminally responsible for causing life-long disabilities to their unborn babies and children born permanently harmed by their mother's alcohol abuse are not eligible to receive criminal injury compensation from the government.
Attorneys representing a 7-year-old girl, who is known only as CP and was born with severe brain damage because her mother consumed either half a bottle of vodka or eight cans of lager per day, petitioned the court to grant her compensation funds from Britain's Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
However, the three-judge panel ruled that a fetus cannot be considered a person under British law because they do not have a "legal personality" and are just an "organism" in the mother's womb. The court also deemed that since pregnant alcohol abuse has not been criminalized by Parliament, the mother had not committed a crime. more >>
A South African pastor and his teenage children were recently killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan after three extremists attacked the compound they were living in because they believed he was a "secret Christian missionary."
Forty-six-year-old Werner Groenewald, a former South African pastor who was working for the U.S.-based education group Partnership in Academics and Development (PAD) in Afghanistan for the last 12 years, was killed, along with his son and daughter (aged 17 and 15), in a coordinated three-hour Taliban gunfire and explosion operation on the PAD residential compound in the capital city of Kabul on Nov. 29.
Groenewald's wife, Hannelie, was working during the attack and not present at the guesthouse the family was staying at. With her husband and two kids gone, Hannelie Groenewald has lost her family and most of everything she owned. more >>
At this point, it's safe to say that the veracity of the horrifying rape story that begins Rolling Stone's report on the University of Virginia is in dispute. The reporter indisputably failed to follow best practices by not seeking comments from the accused, and now — as Rich notes in Politico — she is retreating to the position that "the real point of the story" isn't the alleged violent gang rape at all, but rather the larger culture of sexual assault.
But that's not true at all. Because the college's larger culture of sexual assault isn't about gang rape. It's about the toxic mix of alcohol, sex, and drugs.
There's a reason why reporters — especially agenda-driven reporters — begin with the most lurid stories possible. The horror story sets the stage, in this example creating the misimpression that when talking about sexual assault on campus, what we're talking about is "Jackie's story" — a horrific gang rape that until recently could have been punished by the death penalty. If the Rolling Stone story had begun differently, with the most typical kind of college sexual-assault report, the impressions would be quite different. more >>