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670 Shia killed at prison and another town laid siege by ISIS

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2014 — Sunday August 24, 2014 the United Nations confirmed that it obtained evidence supporting the claim that 670 Shia inmates in the Badush prison in Mosul on June 10, 2014 according to the Guardian. Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that along with these brutal murders, forced conversions, ...

Ebola fears, Ebola facts: No epidemic in America

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2014 – A Harvard School of Public Health poll taken between August 13 and 17 finds that 39 percent of Americans are concerned that there will be a major outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the U.S. within a year. Twenty-six percent fear that a member of their immediate family could get ...

Word of the week: Anti-Shi’ism

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2014 — Anti-Shi’ism (noun) – Prejudice against or hatred of Shia Muslims. Coined by Shia Rights Watch in 2011, this term describes the wave of discrimination and violence that has crashed against Shia Muslims in recent decades. Shia Muslims comprise between 10 and 20 percent of the world’s Muslim population. They have been the target ...

NATO spots Russian incursion, Ukraine attacks, stocks down

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 – According to a Reuters report, “NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday a ‘Russian incursion’ into Ukraine had occurred overnight, but stopped short of characterizing it as an invasion. Wall Street, which had started out in a positive mood Friday morning, quickly tanked—no pun intended—down roughly one percent ...

Hatred in Gaza, peace in an exploding world

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 — In the last year, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria’s civil war and by the Islamic State. Two thousand Palestinians have died in Gaza, and more thousands have died in Ukraine and North Africa. In an unguarded moment, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told an audience ...