Want to see your tax dollars promoting Islam and giving Muslims at an Islamic school in New York an opportunity to complain that other people don’t understand them, don’t respect them and discriminate against them in restaurants? Oh, and you’ll also learn that Islam gave women rights in the 7th century that women in the West had to live without until the 19th and 20th centuries.
In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope´s recent statements to make it appear he´s the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 52 people and wounded over 100 Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country´s Christian minority in years. The bombing underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants. It occurred as worshipers were coming out of the church in Peshawar city after services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn, said a top government administrator, Sahibzada Anees.
At least 65 people were killed in a triple bombing that targeted a tent filled with mourners in Baghdad´s Shi´ite Muslim stronghold of Sadr City on Saturday, police and medical sources said. A car bomb went off near the tent where a funeral was being held, a suicide bomber driving a car then blew himself up, and a third explosion followed as police, ambulances and firefighter were gathering at the scene, police said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 120 others were wounded, medics said. "Crowds of people were visiting the tent to offer their condolences
Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from the upscale Kenyan mall where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles. Two wounded Kenyan security forces were carried out of the Westgate shopping mall after a sustained volley of gunfire that may have included grenade blasts. Kenyan authorities said the militants held an unknown number of hostages in the shopping center located in the Westlands area of Nairobi, after killing at least 59 on Saturday. The attack is believed to be orchestrated by extremists against non-Muslim Kenyans and Westerners
Gunfire erupted on Sunday at an upmarket shopping mall in Kenya´s capital Nairobi, where at least 59 people were killed and several more held hostage by gunmen from a Somali Islamist group that has declared allegiance to al Qaeda. The shooting, lasting about 30 seconds, came after a period of tense quiet in the standoff, a Reuters witness said, speaking from close to the shopping centre that has several Israeli-owned outlets and which is frequented by Westerners and Kenyans. Foreigners, including a Canadian diplomat, were killed in Saturday´s attack at Westgate mall, claimed by the Islamist group al Shabaab.
At least 59 people have died and 175 people have been injured after suspected members of an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group attacked an upscale shopping mall in Kenya´s capital, Nairobi, Saturday. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of the Interior Joseph Ole Lenku, announced the updated figures in a press briefing shortly after noon local time Sunday. Lenku said that the government believed that between 10 and 15 gunmen were still inside the Westgate shopping mall and described the situation as "delicate." When asked if hostages were still inside the building, Lenku initially would not say, but later, when answering another question, said that
DALLAS — About 30,000 works of art reflecting on love will be displayed throughout Dallas this fall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as his motorcade passed through downtown. On Saturday, volunteers with the nonprofit art organization 29 Pieces began displaying the works as part of its Dallas LOVE Project, intended to show that Dallas — branded the "City of Hate" after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination — is a place where love thrives. Several incidents before the assassination — including the distribution of fliers in the form of a "Wanted" poster with
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ruler of the murder capital of the United States, would often open his news conferences with a wisecrack: "Do you have questions for my answers?" But these days, with South and West siders afraid for their lives in the bloody gang wars, and a $1 billion deficit facing the underperforming Chicago Public Schools, questions are being asked about him. They come privately, quietly, from the business community and from alley guys who know how the city really works: Is he losing it? Can he run the city? Is Emanuel a better political operative in Washington than a manager in Chicago? And
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has placed an op-ed column in the Washington Post. Rouhani explains: “Why Iran seeks constructive engagement.” D Rouhani presents himself as the harbinger of a benign international order. He appears to be spending his spare time consuming columns and books by the New York Times’s Thomas Friedman. Drafting his Washington Post column, Rouhani may even have sought assistance help from the Friedman op-ed generator. The internal evidence suggests as much to me. Rouhani’s column makes an interesting contrast with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed column. Putin’s column was a calculated assertion of mastery over Barack
Most of the attention these days is on Syria, but there is also a growing problem in Egypt with global implications. Nine Egyptian policemen were wounded by a bomb in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Monday. The week before, suicide bombers killed nine soldiers in the peninsula. Shootings, kidnappings and bombings — roadside, car and suicide — have become routine occurrences in Sinai. And the burgeoning Islamist insurgency is spreading to other parts of Egypt. In early September, the interior minister narrowly survived a car-bomb attack in Cairo reportedly perpetrated by a Sinai-based jihadist group. Already reeling from more than two
President Barack Obama--now eight months into his second term--said today that the U.S. economy is "still trying to recover" from events that took place five years ago before he took office. At the same time, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which dates the beginning and ending of recessions in the U.S. economy, insists that the last recession ended more than four years ago. "It was five years ago this week that a financial crisis on Wall Street spread to Main Street, and very nearly turned a recession into a depression," Obama said in his weekly address.
For almost two decades, Winston Williams traipsed across the sandy hills of western Oklahoma, searching the vast, windswept dunes for a trace of his eldest son. Betty, his wife, baked Jimmy a birthday cake each year, in case their 16-year-old boy, who had vanished while out driving with two friends in 1970, should breeze back in through the front door. As the 1980s turned to 90s, however, their broken hearts surrendered. Gone at just 52 and 56, Winston and Betty never learned what became of Jimmy, Thomas Rios and Leah Johnson that November night. "Until she died, Betty always thought that some day
When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office last month, many international observers hailed him as a new leader that would move Iran past the nuclear issue it currently faces. Rouhani himself has stated, "The administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to put logical and constructive interaction with other countries and international bodies on top of its foreign policy agenda." While some experts openly discussed how Rouhani would be more amenable to negotiations with the West over its enrichment activities others wondered if President Rouhani even has the power to call the shots or if his conciliatory tone is a
The EU is all up on arms because a French diplomat supposedly was roughed up by Israeli soldiers. The background is that the Israeli Supreme Court — which often sides against the Israeli military — upheld the demolition of a Palestinian encampment built in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank without a permit. A group of Palestinian activists assisted by European activists, including some diplomats, then sent trucks with supplies to reestablish the encampment. The posse was accompanied by the usual phalanx of photographers and videographers, some wearing UN vests, because the purpose was to provoke a confrontation which would be a
WASHINGTON- President Obama used the podium at the Congressional Black Caucus´ annual dinner Saturday to again rip Republicans for trying to defund U.S. healthcare reform. Obama told those gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the caucus foundation´s Phoenix Awards dinner he wanted to speak "as clearly as I can -- it´s not going to happen." (Snip) "It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis" and focus on "what really matters," Obama said, reiterating that the federal debt ceiling is not up for negotiation because the country is obligated to pay its bills. While Obama spent
Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda´s brutal Somali affiliate, has claimed credit for the attack by multiple gunmen at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that has already killed at least 39 people. This should not be a surprise. For Al-Shabaab, the mall was an attractive target because Westerners, including Americans, frequented it. The mall is also in the capital of Kenya, a country that Al-Shabaab has good reason to dislike, as the Kenyan military played a major role in handing their forces a defeat last year when they liberated the key Somali port of Kismayo from their control. Al-Shabaab ("the Youth") tweeted Saturday that
BERLIN—The elections set to take place here in Germany Sunday are expected to turn largely on the country´s solid economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel´s handling of the European debt crisis and social issues like women´s role in the work force. But add to that plate one more thing: Germans don´t want the government telling them what to eat. In what could be a cautionary tale for First Lady Michelle Obama´s efforts to tweak Americans´ diets, Germans look set to punish the Green Party for urging that public cafeterias go meat-free on a designated "Veggie Day" each week in order to help the
There´s every reason to believe that ObamaCare will ruin America´s fine health care system; weaken our already shaky economy; cause more people to go without health insurance and is widely unpopular. Even though most citizens seem quite uncertain of all its provisions, surveys repeatedly show that it is unpopular and grows more unpopular as the time for implementation of more of its provisions nears. And the law opens the door for -- completely foreseeable -- widespread abuse, some of which is already starting.
When those like Senator John McCain say that Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and other conservatives have no chance at winning the battle to defund Obamacare, they are wrong. Cruz, Lee, and the others do indeed have a pathway to victory, though it is a long one and will require a lot of stars to align. Here is the path: First, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brings the House continuing resolution (CR) to the floor next week, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to deliver 41 Republican votes to filibuster it until Senator Reid agrees not to try and
A brazen terrorist attack in a Nairobi shopping mall Saturday has left at least 39 people dead and more than 150 wounded, CNN is reporting. Several British and American citizens are among the injured, but the majority of casualties are Kenyans, authorities told CNN. Some are children. From Reuters: The attack appeared designed to achieve maximum global impact by targeting a place frequented by Westerners as well as Kenyans. France said two of its citizens were dead, the U.S. State Department said it had reports that American citizens had been injured, and Britain said its nationals had undoubtedly been affected. The al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group
Among the possible beneficiaries of the immigration reform bill now working its way through Congress is a town most Americans have never heard of: Ajo, Arizona, pop. 4,400. The former copper-mining hub 40 miles north of the Mexican border has seen an influx in recent years of Border Patrol agents and other government workers tasked with monitoring an increasingly militarized line in the sand. These workers need places to live, and their employer—the United States government—has responded in part by building a development of 21 homes and renting them out at market rates. The total cost: $12.7 million. Now, some residents
Members of the second-most-exclusive club in Congress don’t reside in the poor house, but unlike the 50 richest members, the 10 “poorest” are seriously in debt. Eight Democrats and two Republicans ranked at the bottom of the list of the 535 lawmakers in the House and Senate in our annual calculations for the 50 Richest project. These dairy farmers, lawyers, business owners and lifetime public officials have significant assets and might actually be considered wealthy by some, but they have the smallest minimum net worths because they all hold massive debts and liabilities of at least $500,000, including obligations such
As the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, so does the merchandising onslaught — books, movies, commemorative magazines. But there is one aspect of this commercialism that remains surprising: The most shameless huckster of Kennedy mythology and memorabilia is Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Her public image is that of the classy, quiet keeper of the Kennedy legacy, the civic-minded former lawyer who publishes books on poetry while her cousins crash into trees and kick nurses. With the bar for Kennedy comportment set so low, it’s almost impossible for Caroline not to look good. Look closer, though, and it’s clear that Caroline’s image is
In a sneak preview of their first big “landmark” report on climate change since 2007, the big-government, progressive, eco-radical, globalist types on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the United Nations revealed in August that they are absotively, posilutely 95 percent super-duper certain that global warming is definitely happening to a dangerous degree and that human activity is the overwhelming cause behind it. The flaw in their master plan, however, is that Planet Earth has recently been presenting some counter-narrative quirks to their hotly anticipated findings (I’m not sure who is hotly anticipating them, but I read somewhere that people