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Who Colonized Whom?

Editor’s note: The following account was written for by an anonymous American teacher in the Muslim world. Shortly before I left Tripoli a few weeks ago, a co-worker (Marco) took me to Algeria Square, where we sat at an outdoor coffee  shop to discuss the current issues facing the city since the Islamists took [...]

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Tripoli: Islamists Desecrate Christian Cemetery

Editor’s note: The following account was written for by an anonymous American teacher in the Muslim world. Following my visit to the damaged Bride of the Sea on Tripoli’s harbor, I decided to take a look at the city’s Christian Cemetery, which has been attacked and desecrated three times since the fall of Qaddafi [...]

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Tripoli: Islamists Punch Hole Though “Bride of the Sea”

VIE Following the late August take-over of the Tripoli International Airport by the Libya Dawn forces (Misrata-led Islamic militias), some of their core supporters tried once more to destroy the “Bride of the Sea”  by firing a rocket into her, VIE contacts on the ground said.  The missile badly damaged the statue by punching a [...]

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Tripoli: Salafis Ban Christian Crosses and Icons

French In Tripoli, roaming bands of armed Salafis—Muslims who seek to follow the example of Islam’s prophet as literally as possible—went door to door of the city’s jewelry stores, ordering the owners to stop selling any crosses or Christian icons. “Immediately thereafter,” report Arabic media, “the store owners collected all the crosses and Christian icons [...]

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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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Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

French A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region. Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context: Dubai: For the past decade, two successive [...]

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Why the Media Doesn’t Cover Jihadist Attacks on Middle East Christians

The Torch (Christians United for Israel’s Magazine, Winter 2014) “To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace”—Hebrews 6:6 The United Nations, Western governments, media, universities, and talking heads everywhere insist that Palestinians are suffering tremendous abuses from the state of Israel.  Conversely, the greatest human [...]

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Open Season on Christians in Libya

It’s open season on Coptic Christians in Libya. A few days after seven Copts were identified as Christians, pulled out of their homes by “unknown gunmen” and taken out and executed in Jarutha, some 20 miles west of Benghazi (see here for graphic pictures), Egyptian Copts are still being singled out and killed. This comes [...]

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Seven Christians Executed in Libya

Libyan authorities came across the slain bodies of seven Christian Copts in the region of Jarutha, less than 20 miles west of Benghazi, on Monday afternoon. According to Libyan authorities, “The slain were killed by gunshots all over their bodies.” Pictures (reproduced above and below) confirm that the men were killed “execution-style,” including one Copt [...]

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