Translating Words, Interpreting Events

World Leaders Lambast Obama’s “Failures” in the Middle East

World leaders are increasingly pointing to U.S. President Obama’s failures in the Middle East. Some are direct and blunt.  For example, during his recent visit to Brazil, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked by journalists about U.S. sanctions against Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis.  While naturally condemning such moves, part of his response was [...]

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Presbyterian Church USA Criticizes Israel, Ignores Christian Persecution

CBN News Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church USA withdrew $21 million worth in investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put it, the Israeli government’s actions “harm the Palestinian people.” Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was asked if he was [...]

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Islamic State Stones to Death Second ‘Adulteress’

French Less than 24 hours after the Islamic State stoned a woman to death on the charge of adultery in the town of Tabaqa, in Raqa province, news comes out again that the new “caliphate” has stoned to death yet another woman on the same charge in Raqa. A source said that the Islamic State [...]

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Islamic State Torches Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul

French According to a number of independent sources, the so-called “Islamic State” (formerly “of Iraq and Syria,” or “ISIS”), just recently burned down the Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul, destroying all its contents. This comes soon after the organization threatened all Christians under its authority either to pay jizya, or extortion money, convert to Islam, or [...]

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New Caliphate Stones Woman to Death for Adultery

Friday, July 18, the Islamic State, which recently proclaimed itself the new caliphate, stoned a woman to death on the accusation of adultery.   This occurred after evening prayers in the open market place of the northern province of Raqa, Syria.  The woman was “in her thirties and found guilty of adultery in a Sharia [...]

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New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

French The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly “ISIS”—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.” This came out in [...]

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Why Islam Permits Exactly Four Wives

Jihad Watch During a recent Arabic program devoted to how religions view marriage, Islamic clerics endeavored to answer the host’s question, “Why does Islam permit exactly four wives, as opposed to only one or more than four? One of these clerics responded by saying that, before Islam, there was no limit to how many wives an Arab man [...]

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Syria: Captive Women Herded and Sold in Slave Markets

Coptic Solidarity The above picture recently appeared on several Arabic social media and websites.   Its caption says: “First female slave market in Deir ez-Zur,” a Syrian region that is 20 percent Christian and is currently occupied by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Regardless of its origin or authenticity, it’s true significance is [...]

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Obama Administration Suppresses Talk of Muslim Persecution of Christians: March 2014

Gatestone Institute Along with an especially egregious list of atrocities committed against Christian minorities throughout the Islamic world, March also saw some callous indifference or worse from the U.S. government. President Barack Hussein Obama was criticized by human rights activists for not addressing the plight of Christians and other minorities during his talks with leaders in [...]

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The Watchman: Jihadists On The March

Recently I appeared on Erick Stakelbeck’s program, The Watchman. The description and video follow: On this week’s edition of The Watchman, we sit down with Middle East experts Raymond Ibrahim and Tawfik Hamid to discuss the latest developments with the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Iran and what can be done to counter the [...]

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