More violence and looting against the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic. According to information sent to Fides Agency on Sunday, August 18 priests and nuns of the Sœurs de la Charité were forced to take refuge in Bouar from Bohong (80 km from Bouar, west of the Country) because of the violent reprisals of the rebel coalition Seleka.
Samantha Power, the newly appointed US ambassador to the UN, has spent her career urging international intervention in cases of genocide. The gassing of hundreds of Syrians should have been a perfect opportunity to speak out and force quick action. However, the Irish-born academic was nowhere to be seen and failed to attend an emergency UN Security Council meeting during the week. ´Ambassador Power is on a long planned personal trip,´ National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan confirmed. ´She has full communications and has been fully engaged on all national security issues.´ State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed in her
PARIS — For decades, Europeans have agonized over the power and role of Germany — the so-called German question — given its importance to European stability and prosperity. Today, however, Europe is talking about “the French question”: can the Socialist government of President François Hollande pull France out of its slow decline and prevent it from slipping permanently into Europe’s second tier? At stake is whether a social democratic system that for decades prided itself on being the model for providing a stable and high standard of living for its citizens can survive the combination of globalization, an aging population
In gender-equality Sweden, a grassroots movement defending women´s right to wear hijab has split the nation, backed by politicians and celebrities while critics say it supports a symbol of female "oppression". Hundreds of Swedish women have posted photographs of themselves wearing headscarves on social media sites to show solidarity with a heavily pregnant Muslim woman who says she was attacked outside Stockholm for wearing a veil. Police are searching for witnesses to the incident, which is being treated as a hate crime, and has sparked a wave of online protest. Leftist politicians and celebrities were among those who lent their
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendments does not apply to people who work for a living. The First Amendment says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Given that a person exercises his religion by living his life in harmony with his beliefs, any attempt by government to force people to commit sins is a clear and
Progressives are having conniption fits, sputtering with indignation over growing talk about impeachment as the constitutional remedy for President Obama´s flouting of the law, most prominently in declaring that he will not enforce certain aspects of Obamacare out of his own political convenience. The founders clearly understood the need for a political remedy when an executive behaved outside the bounds of the law.
Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday doubled down on his call to arms in “defunding Obamacare,” even if Senate Democrats are highly unlikely to approve any short-term spending deal this September that impugns President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said that if the GOP-controlled House could pass a continuing resolution that strips the Affordable Care Act of funding this September, a “grass-roots tsunami” of opposition to the health care law could force the Senate to relent.The GOP, he told CNN, has to do something it hasn’t done in a long time: “Stand up and win the argument.” Mr.
Upon the anniversary of the March on Washington, John Lewis spoke to Meet the Press’ David Gregory about the legacy of the civil rights movement Sunday morning, encouraging America to embrace, not fear, the shifting demographics of the electorate that would put minorities in a place of political power. “I think some forces want to create this sense of fear,” Lewis said. “They think that the country is moving too fast, or maybe becoming too progressive. The country’s not the same country. People are coming together. And in a short time, the minority will be the majority.” Lewis is the
WASHINGTON- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday said his state´s healthcare program is a good Republican alternative to President Barack Obama´s federal healthcare law. Pence´s comments came during the weekly Republican address, The Hill reported. "The Obama administration is creating confusion in the marketplace, from its suspension of the cap on out-of-pocket expenses, to providing subsidies without verifying income, to a one-year suspension of the employer mandate, this healthcare law is weighing down our economy," Pence said. "It´s costing jobs, discouraging investment and making the future bleak for too many families. Pence said his state´s program empowers patients over the
H.L. Mencken famously defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” He might have been describing contemporary anti-smoking activists, that dour band of fuss-budgets constantly on the prowl for new ways to make life slightly less bearable by limiting the choices available to grown adults. Incredibly, the latest push from tobacco eliminationists doesn’t involve actual smoking, which has already been driven out of polite society more thoroughly than Rev. Jeremiah Wright sermons, early David Allan Coe records, and Three’s Company-era gay jokes combined. But it does lay bare the prohibitionist mindset and its fixation on scrubbing the
Oh great. Last March the Quebec government adopted expensive new rules for seniors’ residences that are driving them out of business and leaving their elderly customers out of luck. And the clever politicians and bureaucrats never saw it coming. It recalls Chesterton’s 1922 lament, “The burden upon us is that we are not ruled by men of ordinary ignorance, but of extraordinary ignorance.”
Playing Skyler White on the television show “Breaking Bad” for the past five seasons has been one of the most rewarding creative journeys I’ve embarked on as an actor. But the role has also taken me on another kind of journey — one I never would have imagined. My character, to judge from the popularity of Web sites and Facebook pages devoted to hating her, has become a flash point for many people’s feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women. As the hatred of Skyler blurred into loathing for me as a person, I saw glimpses of an anger that, at
WASHINGTON — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there´s deep skepticism about Washington´s government surveillance programs. In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House´s control. But missteps by the president also are to blame, say foreign policy analysts, including some who worked for the Obama administration.
Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated yesterday, with fears that more tanks at the wrecked Fukushima plant are leaking contaminated water. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) plans to upgrade the severity of the release from a level 1 ‘anomaly’ to a level three ‘serious incident’. The tanks were hastily built to store water washed over melted reactors at the station to keep them cool in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), said on Tuesday that water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from one tank, but the NRA is worried about other
William Hague last night warned that the horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria was ‘not something that a humane and civilised world can ignore’. [Snip]And he laid the blame for the attack--which is reported to have killed up to 1,700 people--squarely at the door of tyrant Bashar al-Assad. Mr Hague said the possibility that rebel fighters could have unleashed the chemicals, as claimed by the Assad regime and its Russian allies, was ‘vanishingly small’. He said: ‘I know some people in the world would like to say this is some kind of conspiracy brought about by the opposition in Syria
A 26-year-old birthday party goer has been snatched by a 5-meter 16-foot crocodile while swimming in a notorious habitat of the dangerous reptiles, police said on Sunday. The man, whose name has not been released, was celebrating a friend´s 30th birthday on Saturday at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, an Outback tourist destination 70 miles southeast of the Northern Territory capital Darwin, the victim´s hometown, Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert said. The victim and another man had gone swimming across the river. The pair were swimming back when the crocodile attacked, he said. "Several of the group in the party witnessed
Multiple attacks by Islamists on St George’s has prompted the Iraqi government to set up three checkpoints to protect the church. The new security measures make it virtually impossible to attack the building and show “the government here cares about us,” Canon White--known as the “vicar of Baghdad”--says. [Snip] This weekend Lord Sacks, the outgoing Chief Rabbi in Britain, warns that the plight of Christians in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Egypt is a tragedy "going almost unremarked". In an interview with The Telegraph Lord Sacks described continuous attacks on Christian believers and churches as "the religious equivalent of
UN weapons inspectors are staying at a central Damascus hotel less than 10 miles from the site of the attacks, but until Sunday the regime was preventing them from having access to the site. Pressure from allies such as Russia and Iran appeared to have convinced President Bashar al-Assad, however. "An agreement was concluded on Sunday in Damascus between the Syrian government and the United Nations during the visit of the UN high representative for disarmament, Angela Kane, to allow the UN team lead by professor Aake Sellstroem to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus province," said a
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Fox News this morning said that the military was prepared for “all contingencies” relating to an attack on Syria. And British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging that the UN Security Council issue an ultimatum to President Assad telling him to disarm or suffer the consequences. We’re a lot closer to war today than we were a week ago. “President Obama has asked the Defense Department to prepare options for all contingencies. We have done that and we are prepared to exercise whatever option — if he decides to employ one of those options,” Hagel
On Saturday, Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights icon, used a rally that honored the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Doctor´s "I Have a Dream" to politicize and inject race into the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, asserting he was killed because of the color of his skin. "Sadly, the tears of Trayvon Martin´s mother and father remind us that far too frequently the color of one´s skin remains a license to profile, arrest, and to even murder with no regard to the content of one´s character," Martin Luther King III declared. "Regressive ´stand your ground´ laws must
Justice Ruth Ginsburg said she has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court and suggested she could continue her work after President Obama’s term. In an interview published Sunday by The New York Times, Ginsburg said she was in good health after surviving two bouts with cancer. She said she intended to keep working “as long as I can do the job full steam.” She also said she was hopeful the president after Obama “will be a fine president,” a statement that could indicate the end of Obama’s term is not a factor in her plans. Ginsburg, 80, is seen as the
The conservative base´s opposition to President Barack Obama and belief that government does more harm than good may embolden Republican Senators--like Ted Cruz (TX) and Rand Paul (KY)--to stake out more conservative positions as they think about potential 2016 presidential runs. Meanwhile, Republican governors like New Jersey´s Chris Christie, Louisiana´s Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin´s Scott Walker--and former governors like Florida´s Jeb Bush--may try to highlight their achievements while in office and potentially run as problem-solving executives who may not be as ideologically pure as conservatives who want to use the continuing resolution to defund Obamacare. Christie and Paul, for instance, have already