Religion

How modern militant Islam got that way

By Mohamad Bazzi By Mohamad Bazzi Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut, Feb. 28, 2015. Militants in northeast Syria are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. The banner (R) reads, “We are not afraid of whom kills the flesh, we are not afraid of who destroys the stone. Assyrians and victorious.” REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir The past year was a particularly cruel one for minorities in the Middle East. Since Islamic State militants seized parts of Iraq and Syria, they have relentlessly persecuted the region’s religious minorities. In doing so, the militants are trying to eradicate ancient cultures and religions that date back to Mesopotamia. After Islamic State and its allies captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in June, they gave Christian residents an ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or be driven out of their homes. Many Christians fled to Turkey or the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq. The extremists drove out a Christian population that had lived in Mosul for two millennia. Other groups, such as the Yazidis, have been treated far worse. When …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Hot races, contentious issues draw voters to polls

By Anthony Man The personalities, issues and demographics were different, but the outcome was the same throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties: communities with hotly contested races and controversial issues attracted voters to the polls in this week’s elections. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Hot races, contentious issues draw voters to polls

By Anthony Man The personalities, issues and demographics were different, but the outcome was the same throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties: communities with hotly contested races and controversial issues attracted voters to the polls in this week’s elections. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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2 men in custody after tri-county chase

Two suspects are in custody following a tri-county police chase Wednesday afternoon. Boynton Beach spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the chase started in Miami Gardens following a robbery and ended in Boynton Beach. Miami Gardens police units were in the area of Northwest 167th Street at 17th Avenue when they heard what appeared to be gunshots. A short time later police saw a red car leaving the area at a high rate of speed, authorities said. The officers attempted to make a traffic stop, but that’s when the driver of the red car attempted to ram the police officers, Miami Gardens police said. The driver got on the Palmetto Expressway and went towards Interstate 95. On I-95, the driver went into Palm Beach County. Cellphone video showed both unmarked and marked police cars chasing a red Volkswagen Jetta northbound near the Sunrise Boulevard exit shortly before 5 p.m. A Local 10 News viewer said she saw about 30 police cars pursuing the vehicle. Miami Gardens police said the suspect crashed his car. One of the suspects bailed out of the car, jumping over the side of the highway near Hypoluxo Road. A police K-9 unit captured the suspect as he was hiding in the bushes in front of …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Management, board of alleged crime-ridden Kennedy House condo meet

The management and board of directors of the alleged crime-ridden Kennedy House condo met Wednesday for a closed-door meeting. Related: Residents: Our condo has gone criminal Condo manager Rachel Badilla has been arrested on forgery, grand theft and organized scheme to defraud charges after allegedly stealing from association funds and stripping a unit of its $25,000 kitchen. Badilla remains in her job and has sole control of the condo’s books despite the criminal charges. For the first time Local 10 News saw condo President Leonardo Falcon, who was charged Saturday with joining Badilla and her assistant, Alejandra Saucedo, in the theft of a Kennedy House unit next door to his own and tried to avoid our camera before realizing he was in the wrong elevator. “I have no comment, sir,” Falcon said. “You have no comment? You’re charged with a crime,” Local 10’s Bob Norman told Falcon. Actually state law demands that Falcon step down while facing the criminal charge after he allegedly took part in ripping off the unit, which was next door, but Falcon had nothing to say. The meeting wasn’t even held at the Kennedy House or in North Bay Village, but miles away in an attorney’s office in Coral Gables, leaving condo building residents …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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