#BringBackOurGirls May Be Doing More Harm than Good

How our outrage over Nigerian kidnappings may have backfired.
 

#BringBackOurGirls May Be Doing More Harm than Good

How our outrage over Nigerian kidnappings may have backfired. Read More
 

Explosions rocked a major hospital in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least seven children. The Israeli military quickly denied responsibility, instead blaming "Gaza terrorists" for the explosions. The military had spent the night calling and texting residents of three neighborhoods in Gaza, warning them to leave their homes and move to middle of the city. Israel also says that four people have been killed and four more injured by mortar shells that landed in an Israeli community in the Gaza Strip.

Hopes that Hamas and Israel would be able to reach a cease-fire agreement ahead of the three-day holiday crumbled after the two sides were unable to agree on the terms. Reportedly, Hamas won't settle for less than the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, and Israel wants to continue in their efforts to destroy Hamas' tunnels during the truce ... Discuss

 

What’s Really Going on in Israel?

A conversation with Telos Group founder Todd Deatherage about the current conflict, why it matters and what we can do about it. Read More
 

An American doctor and his colleague have joined the nearly 1,100 people who have become infected by the Ebola virus in an outbreak that has claimed 660 lives in West Africa. Health officials say it is the worst outbreak of the virus ever recorded. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were both working with the Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, are receiving treatment for the virus they contracted while treating patients in Liberia. The group says that both of the aid workers were taking extreme caution while working with Serving in Mission—a collaborative treatment project between Samaritan’s Purse and the local ELWA Hospital. Both are currently receiving treatment for the potentially deadly virus ... Discuss

 

In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today over the weekend, Rev. Andrew White, the vicar of Iraq’s only Anglican church, said that the situation caused by ISIS rebels is so bad that it could be the end of Christianity in the region. In the city of Mosul, which has been taken over by ISIS, Christians were given a July 19 ultimatum: convert to Islam or be executed. Rev. White, who is currently in London seeking help for the Christian community in Iraq said in the interview,

Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing. We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near.

The Independent is reporting that Human Rights Watch found that religious persecution in the region has become so bad that homes of Christians and Sunni families had been marked with letters painted on the outside of the homes so they can be easily identified ... Discuss

 

Shortly after news that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet had rejected Senator John Kerry's terms for a ceasefire, officials said Israel will observe a 12-hour unilateral ceasefire starting early Saturday morning. The terms of Kerry's truce deal were not immediately made clear, but Israel has said they will not agree to any terms for peace without significant modifications to the proposal. Hamas, in the meantime, has not responded to proposed ceasefire at all ... Discuss