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Six churches gutted after recovery of Christians teenagers from Muslim kidnappers.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Iran: Police Arrest 12 Christian Converts

Four still imprisoned in crackdown in Shiraz.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Not All Individuals are Respected Says Dr. Alveda King

The use of a racial slur by a Greenwood, Mississippi, city councilman not only reveals racism, but also brings to mind an attitude held by many today that some individuals are lesser beings said Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Christian Newswire - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Cause and Consequence: Deathblow in the Netherlands

Last week, the Dutch police raided the home of Gregorius Nekschot (a pseudonym meaning “Gregory Deathblow”). Mr. Nekschot makes rude and often sexually explicit cartoons that poke fun at the multicultural society and at religious people, especially Muslims. The police confiscated his computer and a number of drawings. The cartoonist was also arrested and jailed for 36 hours but has meanwhile been released until his court case is due.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

Bosnia: Al-Qaeda smuggling weapons into Croatia, paper claims

Banjaluka, 21 May (AKI) – Al-Qaeda and the Muslim fundamentalist Wahabi movement’s operatives have been smuggling weapons and explosives into neighbouring Croatia, Bosnian daily Nezavisne novine reported on Wednesday.

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Full Story

The Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: What was – and was not – Agreed On

Aluf Benn, INSS Insight No. 56,

At the Israeli Presidential Conference “Facing Tomorrow,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared that real progress has been made in Israel’s talks with the Palestinian Authority. According to Olmert, “understandings and agreements regarding highly important matters have been achieved, though some issues are still outstanding.”

‘Dead Gazan’ alive and kicking

Meital Yasur-Beit Or, Israel News

Rights group got it wrong: Gaza cancer patient who ‘died while waiting for permit’ still a

By Guest Column - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - Full Story

Iran sets off nuclear race in the Middle East

By David Blair, Diplomatic Editor, Telegraph

Iran’s neighbours began their nuclear programmes within months of Tehran’s decision to start enriching uranium, according to a new report.

By Guest Column - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - Full Story

False Accusations Harm Cause of Human Rights:  The Case of Mary Mandol

Mary MondolEditor’s Note: On April 29, Canada Free Press (CFP) picked up a story sent by Christian Newswire about a persecuted mother and her infant son in Bangladesh.  From the outset, people trying to help could not find Mary Mondol, the woman who was the subject of the story.  The Chicago-based Dr. Richard Benkin, who successfully fought for the release of Bangladeshi journalist, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, imprisoned after writing articles in the Weekly Blitz warning the outside world about the rise of Islamic radicals, urging Bangladesh to recognize Israel, and advocating for religious equality, contacted Choudhury to track down Mary Mondol, a Christian woman living in Dhaka.  Following are the results of their investigation.  Since 2006, Dr. Benkin has been investigating and exposing the emerging South Asian threat stemming from the cooperation of radical Communists and radical Islamists.  He has termed this the “Red-Green Alliance” and continues to speak about the atrocities and strategic advantages it already has carried out, as well as the very real threat it poses to us all.

By Dr. Richard Benkin - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - Full Story

Afghan Journalist Charged With Insulting Islam Appeals Death Sentence

“Prosecutor Ahmad Khan Ayar told the appeals court that the primary court sentence [of death] was “the right decision” according to Islamic law and the Afghan Constitution.”

Yes, Afghanistan, where the constitution stipulates that “no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam” (Chapter 1, Article 3). How many U.S. policymakers didn’t even see this one coming?

By Guest Column - Monday, May 19, 2008 - Full Story

EU Kosovo mission to face delay

By Elitsa Vucheva

The EU’s mission to Kosovo is unlikely to be fully operational by 15 June, as first planned, due to opposition by Serbia and Russia which are blocking the transfer of power from the UN to the EU and local authorities.

By Guest Column - Monday, May 19, 2008 - Full Story

He who plants the wind shall reap the storm

By: Colonel Charbel Barakat

“It was a forlorn day when the Lebanese agreed, albeit under duress, to the ‘Taef Accord”.  It necessitated dismantling and disarming the militias in 1990.

Syria, which at the time was occupying Lebanon, kept and retained Hezbollah, the one terrorizing Lebanon today, as the sole armed militia under the slogan of “fighting Israel”.

By Guest Column Colonel Charbel Barakat- Monday, May 19, 2008 - Full Story

Bridge linking Busayefi to Hawr Rajab opened

By Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, 2nd BCT, 3rd ID

FOB KALSU - Brightly painted flowers, hearts and polka-dots color the new bridge with cheery symbols.  Most
importantly, the bridge’s construction between the communities of Busayefi and Hawr Rajab paints a symbol of unity.

By Guest Column - Monday, May 19, 2008 - Full Story

Fuel prices ‘could cripple economy’


THE latest fuel hike could force major industries to cut back on production, granting no wage increases and possibly laying off workers because of shrinking profit margins.

By Guest Column - Monday, May 19, 2008 - Full Story

In Pakistan, a dark trade comes to light

BANGKOK - Prostitution in the Islamic nation of Pakistan, once relegated to dark alleys and small red-light districts, is now seeping into many neighborhoods of country’s urban centers. Reports indicate that since the period of civilian rule ended in 1977, times have changed and now the sex industry is bustling.

By Guest Column William Sparrow- Sunday, May 18, 2008 - Full Story

The end of the Labour Party?

THOUSANDS of Labour voters will desert Gordon Brown at the next general election if he refuses to hold a referendum on the EU constitution a poll reveales. Almost a quarter of the party’s life-long supporters—24 per cent- say they will kick the PM in the ballot box unless they get a vote.  A Sun survey has revealed that four out of five of all voters want a say on wheather Britain signs a treaty giving more power to Brussels.  And Half say they will switch to the Tories if Mr. Cameron pledges a referendum if he wins.

By Guest Column Gerd Treuhaft- Saturday, May 17, 2008 - Full Story

GFA Relief Shipment Received in Yangon

Gospel for Asia’s first shipment of cyclone relief supplies has arrived in Myanmar (Burma) and has been received by GFA/Believers Church officials.

By Christian Newswire - Saturday, May 17, 2008 - Full Story

Burmese Government Denies Cyclone Relief Aid to Karen Christians

As thousands of cyclone survivors cling to life in Burma, disturbing new reports about the military’s distribution of relief aid are surfacing from the devastated region.

By Christian Newswire - Friday, May 16, 2008 - Full Story

Is self-defense against peace?

by Richard H. Shulman

It is, according to the NY Times. It is, the paper suggests, when practiced by Israel . It’s 5/3 headline was, “ Israel ’s Tactics Thwart Attacks, With trade-Off At Odds With Peace Bid. Raids Reduce Suicide Bombs, But Undercut Palestinian (Arab) Forces.”

By Guest Column Richard H. Shulman- Friday, May 16, 2008 - Full Story

Ceasefire in Gaza

Shlomo Brom,  INSS Insight No. 55, May 15, 2008

Negotiations toward a ceasefire in Gaza, mediated by Egypt and other channels, have been ongoing for some time. Now, however, Egypt’s efforts to convince Hamas and the other armed groups in Gaza to agree to a ceasefire while relinquishing some of their demands have borne fruit.

By INSS Shlomo Brom- Thursday, May 15, 2008 - Full Story