Jeremy Courtney of the organization Preemptive Love Coalition posted a powerful video on Facebook this weekend, explaining how a Muslim man in Iraq built a cross for his Christian neighbors after their church was destroyed by ISIS.
The city of Mosul is being liberated from ISIS, who destroyed churches and persecuted the population while in control of the area. But, as Jeremy Courtney explains, these kinds of stories—of Muslims coming alongside of Christians—aren’t the kinds we’re used to hearing about, even though they happen all of the time in Iraq.
Marwan is a Muslim. But when Marwan came into this church, he couldn’t accept the fact that these other guys who claimed to be Muslims were rampaging through this place, destroying the signs and icons of his Christian friends, his Christian compatriots, his Christian neighbors. And so, our Muslim friend Marwan helps fashion this cross together.
A new report from Oxfam demonstrates just how large the global wealth gap has gotten. Currently, eight of the richest individuals in the world have as much combined wealth than half the world’s entire population. Their latest report found that 1 in 10 people living right now survive on less than $2 a day.
Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International explained to the AP, "Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy.”
The 8 include tech moguls Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, American business leaders Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett, Spanish entrepreneur Amancio Ortega and Mexican telecom owner Carlos Slim Helu.
The group will be presenting their latest findings to leaders gathered at The World Economic Forum. Discuss
The news camerawoman who caused an international outrage in 2015 when she was filmed tripping refugees near the Hungarian border has been sentenced. A judge in the case did not accept Petra Laszlo’s explanation that she was somehow reacting in self-defense. However, she was not charged with a hate crime associated with acts committed because of racial motivations. Another cameraperson even filmed her tripping a man carrying a small child.
Laszlo will not serve an jail time in the case. Last year she was fired from her job, apologizing for the incident, but then said she planned on suing Abdul Mohsen, the Syrian father who she tripped in the video.
Parts of the Mazzeh military airport compound were in flames early this morning.
According to the Syrian government, this was the third strike by Israel recently, leading the army to release a statement: "Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against [this] terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators," they said in part.
Israel has not commented on any of the previous strikes, though experts say that the strikes are to signal to Syria that they don't want Syria with such advanced weaponry.
Syria is still in the midst of its own civil war, thus experts say it would be unlikely for it to strike back at Israel. Israel has been clear that they will not be a part of the ongoing Syrian civil war.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry wrote to the U.N. Secretary-General and the president of the U.N. Security Council saying that the attacks would not have happened if it weren't for "direct support from the outgoing American administration and French and British leaderships." Discuss
Two years ago, Chilean military forces filmed something strange in the sky off the country’s coast—an unidentified flying object behaving in some unexplainable ways. Weirdly, the Chilean government actually has a government agency that looks into these types of things—they’re called the Committee of Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomenon—that’s made up of military officials, engineers, aircraft experts and academics. Now, after studying the footage for two years, they’ve decided to release it to the public.
But, no one in the Chilean government is quite sure what the helicopter pilots captured on video that afternoon. The video—which uses thermal imaging technology—shows the object moving strangely and ejecting some sort of gas, or something.
A Chilean military general told The Huffington Post, “We do not know what it was, but we do know what it was not.” Essentially, the determined that the “flat, elongated structure” with “two thermal spotlights like discharges that did not coincide with the axel of motion” was not any sort of weather balloon, drone or conventional aircraft.