Several pieces have been posted recently on the unabated persecution of Christians and other religious minorities like Yazidis and Mandeans in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East — and of the relative indifference of the State Department and the Obama administration to it. Last month, journalist Kirsten Powers wrote in USA Today that President Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.” Reporting on a joint press conference that Obama held with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she writes:
The Movement's Young Leaders Turn Revolutionary to Stay Relevant.. The Muslim Brotherhood’s “Office for Egyptians Abroad” is working to strengthen the organization’s relationships with other exiled oppositionists.
After seizing Palmyra on May 20, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is now said to control 50 percent of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“There are no forces to stop them [entering the ruins],” Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said. “But the important thing also is they now control 50 percent of Syria.”
True to the medieval teachings of Islam—in this case, that an “infidel” Christian’s testimony against a Muslim is null and void in (a Sharia) court—the following letter was recently published on Arabic media demonstrating that little has changed in Egypt: