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Hanging imminent for woman who acted in self-defence

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By Michael Carl/WND

A 26-year-old Iranian woman is facing death by hanging as early as the next day or so for killing a man in what she explains was self-defense, according to a human-rights organization.

Avaaz.org officials said Rayhaneh Jabbari has been sentenced to hang for the killing of physician Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi.

The group has set up a petition site asking people to sign in support of the woman.

The Gatestone Institute reports Jabbari has been moved to the notorious Rajai Shahr prison, the prison where American pastor Saeed Abedini is still incarcerated, for the pending execution.

Avaaz.org reports that Jabbari, who has been in prison for seven years after an Iranian court convicted her, is an interior decorator by trade. Jabbari was working at a coffee shop when she was approached by Sarbandi for advice on how to remodel his office.

According to Avaaz.org, the two spoke and arranged to meet to discuss the remodeling project.

The report said Sarbandi picked up Jabbari and drove to a pharmacy where he purchased an item. The two then went to what Jabbari later testified was a rough-looking building.

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/hanging-imminent-for-woman-who-killed-in-self-defense/

 

 

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September 29th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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White House prayer vigil marks American pastor’s two years in Iranian prison

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By Michael Carl/WND

Human rights leaders will join the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini at a White House prayer vigil Thursday night to mark the two-year anniversary of his jailing in Iran for his Christian faith.

The event in Washington will be followed by 500 prayer vigils worldwide Friday, the anniversary date.

In a statement for WND, Nagmeh Abedini, the pastor’s wife, said she and her children pray for nothing less than a miracle.

“The kids and I are longing to see Saeed returned home safely to us. The kids have been suffering for too long. Our family is ready. It is time,” she said. “We are praying for a miracle.”

She said her hope is that “as thousands gather together on September 26, our governments and leaders will be reminded of the importance of religious freedom for all and continue to pressure Iran to secure Saeed’s release.”

In a statement, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said Abedini faces new threats to his safety “as ISIS militants imprisoned in the same jail are threatening his life.”

WND reported in August that Rajai Shahr prison inmates who were affiliated with ISIS were making death threats against the American pastor.

Abedini has told his family members he fears for his life after he was told the ISIS prisoners plan to murder him because of his Christian faith, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.

ISIS is responsible for crucifixions, torture, executions, the burial of living victims and the beheading of children.

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/white-house-prayer-vigil-marks-pastors-2-years-in-jail/

 

 

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September 24th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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Metropolitan Opera accused of terrorist sympathies

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By Michael Carl/WND

The famed Metropolitan Opera is being accused of promoting propaganda and terrorism in its new production portraying the death of businessman Leon Klinghoffer, who was shot and killed by Palestinian Islamic terrorists aboard the Achille Lauro in 1985.

There already have been protests over the “The Death of Klinghoffer,” and the Boston Symphony Orchestra canceled a scheduled performance because of claims the opera was sympathetic to Islamic terror.

A statement by Metropolitan Opera Director Peter Gelb calls the show composer John Adams’ “greatest operatic composition.” In a statement for the press he said the opera is “high art.” WND calls requesting additional comment were not returned.

But Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says there’s no question about intent of the work.

“It’s absolutely insulting to have an opera promote propaganda and to use the arts to promote the terrorists’ cause. It’s even more insulting that this show would attempt to show a moral equivalence between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Cardoza-Moore said.

She calls it a “horrifying” production that glamorizes Palestinian terrorism.

“A group of terrorists took over the ship and openly shot and killed Leon Klinghoffer, a man who was paralyzed and in a wheelchair,” she said. “There is no reasonable comparison between terrorists and the Israelis. This is especially true when the terrorists’ victim was openly shot in the head. He was a handicapped Jewish American man.”

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, president of the Israel Independence Fund, has organized protests for the Coalition to Stop the Klinghoffer Opera.

“It’s a gross glorification of terrorism and a horrible attempt to bring about the moral equivalence between terrorists and all of Western civilization. We don’t just need all Jews to be outraged by this, we need Christians, too,” Wiesenfeld said.

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/metropolitan-opera-accused-of-promoting-terrorists/

 

 

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September 24th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

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Nigeria crisis: Christians fleeing north in record numbers

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By Michael Carl/WND

Boko Haram’s war on Nigeria’s north is creating a massive refugee problem for Nigeria’s major cities, according to reports.

Nigeria’s <a href=”http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=81532“> Sun newspaper reports</a> the refugees are escaping Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States and fleeing to Lagos, the nation’s largest city.

The report adds that the massive number of people is creating another humanitarian crisis. Lagos has not set up any refugee camps for the people fleeing to the city.

While there are no exact estimates on the number of people who have left the northern half of the country, a <a href=”https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/09/3380783/“> World Watch Monitor report says</a> that a majority of the refugees from the north are Christians fleeing the brutality of Boko Haram.

International Christian Concern Africa specialist Cameron Thomas told WND in an interview that according to reports compiled by ICC, the total number of refugees fleeing the north is over half a million people in the past four years.

“More than 650,000 Nigerians have been displaced from their homes, communities, places of worship, and livelihoods at the hands of Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency that has killed, enslaved, and forcefully converted people in its pursuit to establish a separate Islamic state,” Thomas said.

Thomas says he understands the concerns of the governments and aid agencies who are faced with handling the massive numbers of people. However, he adds that simply focusing on the various agencies’ ability to handle the people misses the point.

Thomas says the focus should be on the people who have left behind everything.

“While sharing deep concerns over the ability of governments, aid organizations, and international bodies to meet the basic needs of those displaced internally, as well as those forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries, it is the suffering of those that have lost everything they once held dear that concerns ICC most,” Thomas said.

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/crisis-in-nigeria-as-christians-flee-muslim-terrorists/?cat_orig=faith

 

 

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September 21st, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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Alliance from hell: Boko Haram and ISIS

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By Michael Carl/WND

The Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, known for its kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls, has deepened its connection to the Middle East terror army ISIS by forming an information and materiel-support alliance, according to sources.

A Nigeria staff member for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a non-profit foundation promoting democratic institutions, says leaders Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS and Abubakar Shakau of Boko Haram “have been sharing military strategy and other information back and forth.”

Kristina Baum says the alliance will empower Boko Haram.

“Boko Haram is hopeful that this will give them more financial support,” she said. “Before, Boko Haram has been getting their money from kidnapping, ransom and extortion from local governments.”

Maha Hamdan, an analyst for Consultancy Africa Intelligence and IntelligenceCommunity.com, confirms the link-up, calling it a dangerous development.

She believes the weakness of the Nigerian army in its war against Boko Haram is “one of the major reasons for the rise of the Boko Haram and ISIS alliance.”

“We are standing at the precipice of the birth of a new radical Islam,” she said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/new-allliance-from-hell-boko-haram-and-isis/

 

 

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September 17th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

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Judge Jeanine to Obama: ‘If they’re not Islamic radicals, what are they, Martians?’

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By Michael Carl/WND

WASHINGTON – Jeanine Pirro, host of the Fox News show “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” says Americans are beset with a president won’t tell them the truth.

“We have a commander in chief who is so incorrect that he says ISIS is not about Islam. Look, this is a religion of peace, Obama tells us. ‘What planet are you from?’” she asked “‘If they’re not Islamic fanatics, what are they, Martians?’”

Pirro, who previously has blasted Obama for not adequately preparing America for the attacks she believes are coming from jihadists, and even said his handling of various crises constitutes impeachable offenses, spoke Thursday night at the annual conference for the nonprofit activist group Act for America.

She hit Obama over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. special mission in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“I think about Benghazi. I wonder if the people in our government really want to protect us. When I went to law school, I went to learn about justice and equal rights,” she said. “In the law, you have people whose lives have changed because some dirtbag decided to do something to them. We should call it the criminal injustice system. The victim didn’t choose to be a victim.”

In Benghazi two years ago, there were four Americans who died who “didn’t choose to be victims of that attack. Then our president and secretary of state blamed the Benghazi attack on a video. Are you kidding me?”

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/judge-jeanine-to-obama-what-planet-you-from/

 

 

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September 12th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

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Congress actually waking up to persecution

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Anti-Christian persecution is on the increase, but finally being noticed by Capitol Hill. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

 

Boko Haram’s continuing campaign to capture northern Nigerian villages and eliminate the Christians, along with ISIS’s expansion in Iraq has finally gotten the attention of the U.S. Congress. Intense lobbying by Christian human rights and national security groups have drawn pledges from members of the House Foreign Relations and House Armed Services Committees to work to cut off supply and funding lines to both jihadist groups.

Michael Carl, SRN News, Washington.

 

 

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September 12th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

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Dallas pastor calls on U.S. to take lead in stopping ISIS

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A Dallas-area pastor says the U.S. needs to take a more active role in stopping ISIS in Iraq. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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Dallas Arabic Church pastor Jalil Dawood says the U.S. needs to take a stronger stand on ISIS advances in the Middle East. The Iraq-born pastor says that while military action may not be popular, it has to be considered…

 

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Dawood adds that ISIS is already in control of a major portion of the world’s oil supply.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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September 12th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

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Dallas-area Iraq-born pastor says ISIS is pure Islam

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A Dallas, Texas area pastor born in Iraq says that Americans need to know that ISIS is operating according to the Qur’an. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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Dallas Arabic Church pastor Jalil Dawood warns that ISIS is among the purest Islamic movements. He adds that what Americans don’t realise is that Islam is one sense, a missionary religion…

 

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Dawood emphasizes that the aggressive nature of Islam is the reason ISIS will not be content to stop at Iraq’s geographic boundaries.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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September 11th, 2014 at 11:39 pm

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Dallas pastor warns that ISIS is a threat to U.S.

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: The pastor of a Dallas, Texas area Arabic church says that ISIS is a threat to U.S. security and Americans need to be aware of the danger. SRN’s Michael Carl has the story…

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ISIS is one of America’s greatest security threats. So says Dallas-area pastor Jalil Dawood. He says while the first phase of Islam may be peaceful, there are the later phases that push expansion.

 

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Dawood says, ‘Today it’s them, tomorrow it’s us.’

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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September 11th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

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