Roots of civil war in Mali

Teaching: CROSSROADS OF CULTURES. Mali is the crossroads of West Africa. Its capital Timbuktu is both on the desert’s edge—conducting trans-Sahara trade from Algeria to Burkina Faso and coastal nations—and on the banks of the Niger River—which runs through the middle of Mali and Timbuktu connecting Guinea with Niger, Benin and Nigeria. The same access […] Continue reading →

French-backed Mali forces push towards rebel-held Gao

CHRISTIAN NEWS: SOURCE By Richard Valdmanis and Tiemoko Diallo SEGOU/BAMAKO, Mali | Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:17pm EST (Reuters) – French-backed government forces advanced into northern Mali towards the Islamist rebel stronghold of Gao on Friday, recapturing the town of Hombori and forcing al Qaeda-allied fighters to pull back under relentless French air strikes. France […] Continue reading →

Roots of civil war in Algeria

Teaching: THE GOSPEL SPREADS FROM JERUSALEM TOWARD ALGERIA. The recent hostage crisis that took at least 81 lives has deep roots in conflicts that broke out throughout North African history. Algeria—where militant Muslims clashed with moderate Muslims in the 1990s civil war that killed about 100,000—was once the center of Christian controversies at the end […] Continue reading →

Algeria: The land of no quarter

CHRISTIAN NEWS: SOURCE Posted: 01/24/2013 6:57 pm Dr. Charles G. Cogan Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School Algeria, it has often been noted, has escaped the Arab Spring. This is because it had its own, and extremely bloody, Arab Spring throughout the decade of the 1990s. An estimated 200,000 […] Continue reading →

Algeria vows to fight al Qaeda after 38 killed

CHRISTIAN  NEWS: SOURCE by Lamine Chikhi. ALGIERS Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:51pm EST (Reuters) – Algeria’s prime minister accused a Canadian of coordinating last week’s raid on a desert gas plant and, praising the storming of the complex where 38 mostly foreign hostages were killed, he pledged to resist the rise of al Qaeda Islamists […] Continue reading →

Algeria vows to fight Qaeda after 38 killed

CHRISTIAN NEWS: SOURCE By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS | Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:51pm EST (Reuters) – Algeria’s prime minister accused a Canadian of coordinating last week’s raid on a desert gas plant and, praising the storming of the complex where 38 mostly foreign hostages were killed, he pledged to resist the rise of Islamists in […] Continue reading →

Algerian hostage takers vow world war

NEWS UPDATE: On Jan. 16 Islamist terrorists seized a foreign-managed natural gas field in Algeria and took about 40 foreign hostages, including French, American, British, Norwegian and Japanese citizens. The terrorists said they were outraged that France had used Algerian airspace for airstrikes on Islamist insurgents in neighboring Mali. Those insurgents recently vowed to expand […] Continue reading →

Al-Qaeda aims takeover of all of Mali

NEWS UPDATE: France deployed troops in the North African nation of Mali on Friday, Jan. 11, and retook the key city of Konna that Al-Qaeda had recently seized from government troops. In April Al-Qaeda took control of a huge swath of northern Mali. Since then Al-Qaeda has captured two-thirds of the nation and are now […] Continue reading →

Taft school shooting teacher Ryan Heber

CHRISTIAN NEWS: SOURCE Taft School Shooting: Teen Gunman Told Teacher, Ryan Heber, ‘I Don’t Want to Shoot You’ ABC News By RUSSELL GOLDMAN (@GoldmanRussell) Jan. 11, 2013 A California teacher’s brave conversation with a 16-year-old gunman who had opened fire on his classmates allowed 28 other students to quickly escape what could have been a […] Continue reading →

US Pushes World to Steeper Fiscal Cliff

PRAYER ALERT: With the US government spending almost twice as much as it receives and approaching a “fiscal cliff”, Congress struck a 150-page deal. It allowed taxes to skyrocket for 77.1% of households. It discriminated against married couples who are joint filers, because they now receive less than twice the standard deduction that individuals get. […] Continue reading →

Articles on US fiscal policy crisis

CHRISTIAN NEWS: SOURCES–Obama and Republicans Gear Up for Next Fiscal Fight By ANNIE LOWREY NY TIMES Published: January 5, 2013 WASHINGTON — In dueling weekly addresses, the White House and Republicans drew lines in the sand for their next fiscal showdown, which could be as soon as next month, when a Congressional fight is expected on […] Continue reading →