July 29, 2014

AFRICA: The Killer Ebola Virus Is Spreading In West Africa: Now 1,093 Cases, 660 Deaths; 2nd American Infected With Ebola Amid Fears Of Outbreak Spread To African Megacity.

Business Insider, Australia
written by Sarah Kimmorley
Sunday July 27, 2014

Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are being hit with a rising number of Ebola virus cases.

As of July 20, The World Health Oganisation says the cumulative number of cases attributed to virus in the three West Africian countries stands at 1,093, of which there have been 660 deaths.

Between the July 18 and 20, there were 45 new cases and 28 deaths reported.

Sierra Leone has the highest number of cases at 454, more than that recorded in Guinea where the outbreak originated in February.

The ABC reports an Ebola patient, who fled from a Sierra Leone hospital with her family on Thursday after testing positive to EVD, has died after handing herself in health authorities.

The 32-year-old’s family has been taken to the east of the country to receive treatment.

An American doctor is also believed to have been infected by the disease.

Dr. Kent Brantly, who was working for a relief organisation in Liberia’s capital, recognised his own symptoms and confined himself to an isolation ward.

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FOX News
written by Staff and AP sources
Monday July 28, 2014

A second American aid worker stationed at a Liberian hospital tested positive for the Ebola virus on Sunday, a week after an infected man brought the disease by plane to Nigeria.

Nancy Writebol, a worker with allied aid group Serving in Mission (SIM), is in stable and serious condition, according to an official at Samaritan's Purse. She is the second American infected at the SIM-run hospital on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

The humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse has an Ebola care center at the same location. Dr. Ken Brantly, the 33-year-old medical director for the care center, was previously confirmed as infected with the virus.

"We are hopeful and prayerful," Ken Issacs, a vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, told The Associated Press by telephone from the group headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. He said the doctor quickly recognized the symptoms and sought speedy treatment.

According to Isaacs, Writebol, who had been working as a hygienist decontaminating those entering and leaving the Ebola care area at the hospital, was showing full symptoms of the virus.

Both Americans have been isolated and are under intensive treatment. On Monday, Samaritan's Purse released an update on the condition of the two Americans.

"Both are in serious condition today," said Melissa Strickland, spokesperson for Samaritan's Purse. "Our team is continuing to provide them with intensive medical support."

Isaacs, the Christian relief group's vice president of program and government relations, said the fact that health care workers have been infected underscores the severity of the West Africa outbreak that has killed hundreds in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

"It's been a shock to everyone on our team to have two of our players get pounded with the disease," said Isaacs, adding health ministries in those poor nations are challenged to respond. "Our team is frankly getting tired."

Health workers are at serious risk of contracting the disease, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids.

On July 20th, a Liberian man infected with Ebola collapsed upon arrival at the airport in Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian Ministry of Finance, reportedly did not show symptoms when he boarded the plane, but by the time he arrived in Nigeria, he was vomiting and had diarrhea. He was immediately detained by health authorities upon arrival and doctors from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital confirmed his death from Ebola on Friday.

The plane Sawyer arrived on was also stopped in Lome, Togo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Nearly 50 other passengers on the flight are being monitored for signs of Ebola, but are not being kept in isolation, said an employee at Nigeria's Ministry of Health, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola's symptoms are similar to other diseases.

Officials in the country of Togo, where the sick man's flight had a stopover, also went on high alert after learning that Ebola could possibly have spread to a fifth country.

Screening people as they enter the country may help slow the spread of the disease, but it is no guarantee Ebola won't travel by airplane, according to Dr. Lance Plyler, who heads Ebola medical efforts in Liberia for Samaritan's Purse.

"Unfortunately the initial signs of Ebola imitate other diseases, like malaria or typhoid," he said.

Doctors say health screens could be effective, but Ebola has a variable incubation period of between two and 21 days and cannot be diagnosed on the spot.

According to the WHO, Ebola has a death rate between 50 and 90 percent. There are no specific treatments for the disease— treatment is primarily supportive and includes balancing fluids and electrolytes to counter dehydration.

For those infected who survive, recovery could be quick and total, or prolonged with long-term problems including joint pain, muscle pain, skin peeling and hair loss.

INDIA: India Battles To Contain "Brain fever" As Deaths Reach Almost 570. :/

Reuters India
written by Nita Bhalla and Sujoy Dhar in KOLKATA
Friday July 25, 2014

NEW DELHI - Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever", health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk.

Outbreaks of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis are common every year in India, especially during the monsoon season, and claim hundreds of lives.

But this year, major outbreaks - usually most prevalent in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar - have spread to regions such as West Bengal and Assam - killing 568 people.

In West Bengal, where at least 111 people have died from both strains, a senior health official said authorities were taking emergency steps to contain the outbreak.

"We have sounded an alert in seven districts and cancelled the leave of all health department officials," West Bengal's Health Services Director B.R. Satpathy told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The health department has set up clinics across affected areas and is trying to prevent breeding of mosquitoes by fogging, especially around pig farms, where there is a high risk of contracting the virus.

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, caused by any one of a number of viruses, says the World Health Organisation. Symptoms include high fever, vomiting and, in severe cases, seizures, paralysis and coma. Infants and elderly people are particularly vulnerable.

It is most often caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, from mosquito or other insect bites, or through breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person.

Outbreaks of the virus tend to occur in poor, flood-hit areas, where monsoons have left pools of stagnant water, allowing mosquitoes to breed and infect villagers.

Floods also lead to the contamination of clean water sources such as wells, leaving many people with no option but to use the same dirty water for both drinking and sanitation.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said last month that he was distressed at the "runaway conquest of encephalitis" and ordered the vaccination of all children in vulnerable states and the provision of dedicated hospital beds.

In 2012, the government launched a national programme to prevent and control the virus, including expanded vaccinations, strengthened surveillance and improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

There were 1,273 deaths due to encephalitis in 2013 compared to 440 deaths from malaria and 193 from dengue, according to government statistics.

PAKISTAN: Girl’s Nose Chopped Off By Muslim Man For Refusing Proposal; Girl Is In Critical Condition.


I'm sharing this video above to give you an example of what girls and women are having to survive in Islam. The two articles I shared below were committed by regular Islamist schmoes. In other words, they were not even Taliban Islamist militants.

Dawn News, Pakistan
written by Staff
Saturday July 26, 2014

BAHAWALPUR - Two men allegedly chopped off the nose of a young girl on Thursday night in Yazman, about 30km from here.

According to police, Shahid Baloch wanted to marry the girl, but she refused. An infuriated Baloch along with his accomplice, Nazik, allegedly confronted the girl, chopped off her nose and fled from the scene.

She was rushed to Bahawal Victoria Hospital where her condition was stated to be serious.

Yazman police registered a case against the suspects and were conducting raids for their arrest.

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DNA India news
FLASHBACK to another recent "Religion of Peace" heinous crime against women.
written by Agency: IANS
Saturday March 22, 2014

A labourer's daughter's nose was chopped off by influential landlords in Pakistan's Punjab province as she refused a marriage proposal.

The Lahore High Court complaint cell took notice of the case Friday and asked the Bahawalnagar district and sessions judge to submit a detailed report within a week so that necessary action could be taken against the accused, the Dawn online reported.

The father of Fareeda Bibi, 20, worked for Jamshed and Nadeem at Basti Sherwali in the Punjab province.

Fareeda reportedly she refused the marriage proposal of Jamshed's son with her following which Jamshed and Nadeem, along with five others, barged into her house and tortured and chopped off her nose.

The family had also tried to abduct her earlier but failed.

A case has been registered against the seven accused.

CAMEROON: Boko Haram Islamist Militant Group Have Now Kidnapped The Wife Of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister

The New York Post
written by Reuters
Sunday July 27, 2014

The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said.

A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town’s mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home.

Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks as Cameroon has deployed troops to the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants.

“I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” Issa Tchiroma told Reuters by telephone.

“They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked the lamido’s residence and he was also kidnapped,” he said, and at least three people were killed in the attack.

A Cameroon military commander in the region told Reuters that the vice prime minister, who was at home to celebrate the Muslim feast of Ramadan with his family, was taken to a neighboring town by security officials.

“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you, the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” said Col. Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region, based in the regional headquarters, Maroua.

The Sunday attack is the third Boko Haram attack into Cameroon since Friday. At least four soldiers were killed in the previous attacks. Meanwhile, some 22 suspected Boko Haram militants, who have been held in Maroua since March, on Friday were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 to 20 years. It was unclear whether the events are related.

CAMEROON: Boko Haram Islamist Militant Group Sends Foreign Aids, Businesses Packing In Northern Cameroon

Nigerian Tribune
written by Stephen Gbadamosi with agency reports
Sunday July 27, 2014

AS activities of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, have crippled the economy of North-Eastern Nigeria, the Northern part of neighbouring Republic of Cameroon has come under acute shortage of foreign aid, on account of the same insurgents’ operations.

Cameroon is one of the countries that share borders with Nigeria in its Northern axis and it has been severally reported that the Boko Haram terrorists alternate their movements and attacks between both countries.

Investigations conducted by Sunday Tribune indicated that a part of Northern Cameroon has no fewer than three million victims who are losing most of their foreign aids and economic development projects.

It was also gathered that foreign aids workers in Northern Cameroon are leaving the country in droves, in some instances, taking along those they are caring for.

A website anchored by security experts and devoted to global security and military issues, Strategy Page, also painted the scenario of what the Boko Haram challenge has cost Northern Cameroon.

“Just across the border, the six million people of Northern Cameroon are also suffering an economic and foreign aid disaster because of Boko Haram. The Islamic terrorists operate in areas where three million people are losing most of their foreign aid and economic development projects.

“Aid workers, both locals and foreigners, are fleeing the area along with a lot of the people they are serving,” it noted.

It added that many projects had been suspended or damaged in Northern Cameroon on account of the development, adding that handlers of such projects had concluded that they might not return until security improved across borders of both countries.

“The Islamic terrorists have disrupted foreign aid projects there and economic activity in general. Investors are leaving and large scale projects are being suspended until security can be improved.

“Many projects are not just suspended, but heavily damaged by looters and neglect. Until the governments on both sides of the borders can get sufficient security forces into the area, coordinate their operations and deal with the Islamic terrorists, the situation will continue to get worse,” the security platform noted.

NIGERIA: Female Islamist Suicide Bomber Blows Up Catholic Church In Kano, Murdered 5 Innocent Souls. Muslim Woman Concealed Bomb Under Her Long Black Hijab

Nigerian Tribune
written by Kola Oyelere
Monday July 28, 2014

A female suicide bomber got herself blown up in an attempt to attack innocent people at the North West University, Kano, on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, five worshippers at Saint Charles Catholic Church, located on Zungeru Road, Sabongari were killed in an explosion, while eight others sustained varying degrees of injury.

Three suspects, including a cripple, were, however, arrested after the incident.

The incident occurred around 1.00 p.m, when worshippers of the church had just closed for service, as an unknown person allegedly threw an improvised explosive device (EID) on the church premises.

It was also gathered that in the suicide attack, which occurred at Kofar Nasarawa area of the city, a female bomber, in an attempt to lure some security men stationed by the North West University gate, ended up blowing herself up.

The suicide bomber, it was gathered, was blown up in an attempt to give sallah food to the security men, as they suspected foul play as a result of her desperation.

It was further gathered that the men took to their heels when they noticed that the female bomber was fast advancing towards them.

Shortly after, the bomb, which she concealed under hijab, suddenly exploded, leaving her dead in the process.

Outside the premises of St Charles Church, 16 persons were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury, while three suspects, including a cripple, were arrested by security agents.

According to an eyewitness, the suspected terrorists had laid siege at a primary school adjacent to the church, from where they hauled the explosive on the unsuspecting worshippers.

Sources hinted that four of the dead, a man, his wife, father and maid, had gone to the church for thanksgiving.

Speaking with journalists at the scene of the attack, the state Commissioner of Police, Adenrele Shinaba, said the incident left no fewer than five people dead, with eight injured, while three suspects were arrested.

In his reaction, the Catholic Bishop of Kano, Bishop John Namanza, described the attack as uncalled for.

He called on security agents and the state government to beef up security around the vicinity.

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Yahoo News
written by Cecile De Comarmond, AFP
Sunday July 27, 2014

Kano (Nigeria) - Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram.

At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of the city, the largest in Nigeria's north, police said.

The attack came shortly after the end of mass at the Saint Charles Catholic church, police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP.

"We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that was thrown from across the road" at the church in Kano's Sabon Gari district, which has previously been targeted by Boko Haram, he added.

Also in Kano on Sunday, a woman suicide bomber blew herself up outside a university after police prevented her from carrying out an attack, injuring five officers, Mba said.

"A female suicide bomber was isolated as she was walking towards the gate of the university," he said, adding that she had hidden the bomb under her "long black hijab".

"Police on duty isolated her" because she was behaving strangely, and were about to ask a female colleague to frisk the woman when she detonated the bomb, he added.

Police also said they had made safe a car bomb rigged to blow via remote control near a mosque and the home of a prominent Kano sheikh on Saturday.

"The police were alerted by some vigilant residents last night," said Kano police spokesman Musa Magaji Majia. "Our bomb disposal personnel succeeded in defusing the IED."

Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city, has been hit by two attacks blamed on Boko Haram in recent months, including a bomb blast at a public health college which killed at least eight last month.

On May 19, a suicide car bomb attack in Sabon Gari left at least four people dead, including a young girl, in the same area where 12 were killed by four strong explosions a year ago.

The worsening violence on Sunday prompted Kano's emir to cancel Eid festivities -- marking the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan -- which were due to begin next week.

"Given the critical situation we are in, the royal highness (of Kano state, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) has suspended all festivities associated with the eminence, including the Durbar and other traditional events that are held during the Eid festival," an aide to the emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, told AFP.

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Boko Haram has killed thousands of people, including more than 2,000 civilians this year, since the extremist group started a bloody insurgency to establish an Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria in 2009.

The Islamist group has also stepped up raids into northern Cameroon in recent weeks, murdering and stealing with impunity despite military efforts to clamp down on its insurgency.

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of a senior Cameroonian minister and a traditional leader in attacks in the far north of the country that left at least six dead on Sunday.

Cameroon responded by sending in warplanes and elite troops from its Rapid Intervention Battalion to stop the fighters after two attacks in Kolofata, close to the Nigerian border, said a regional police source.

Another source close to the local police force, who asked to remain anonymous, said Boko Haram had "kidnapped many people," adding: "There was the sultan, the wife of the deputy prime minster and several police officers".

Four civilians and two police officers were killed in the attacks on the residence of Amadou Ali, the deputy prime minster in charge of parliamentary relations, and the sultan of Kolofata, Seiny Boukar Lamine, said the source.

A source close to the sultan's family told AFP that "four people, including the younger brother of the sultan were killed, (while) he, his spouse and children were kidnapped".

Like other west African countries, Cameroon has beefed up its operations against Boko Haram since the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls over three months ago sparked an international outcry.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s Blasphemy Sharia Law Lead To Violations Of A Broad Range Of Human Rights And Many Freedoms

Cato Institute
written by Doug Bandow
Wednesday July 16, 2014

In a world aflame, religious minorities are among those who suffer most. Pakistan is notable for its failure to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

The State Department recently reported on Pakistan that “The constitution and other laws and policies officially restrict religious freedom and, in practice, the government enforced many of these restrictions. The government’s respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom continued to be poor.”

Minority faiths frequently face violent attack. Although Islamabad does not launch these assaults, it does little to prevent or redress them. This failure, the State Department explained, “allowed the climate of impunity to continue.”

The most common tool of persecution may be the charge of blasphemy which, explained the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, is used to “target members of religious minority communities and dissenting Muslims and frequently result in imprisonment.” The blasphemy laws are made for abuse: “The so-called crime carries the death penalty or life in prison, does not require proof of intent or evidence to be presented after allegations are made, and does not include penalties for false allegations.”

With evidence unnecessary, the charge is routinely used in personal and business disputes. Penalties are not limited to the law. Since 1990, at least 52 people charged with blasphemy have been killed before reaching trial.

Judges who acquitted defendants and politicians who talked of reforming the blasphemy laws also have been assassinated. In May, gunmen killed a human rights lawyer who was defending a professor accused of blasphemy.

Although Pakistan is not alone in punishing religious free speech, it has jailed more people for blasphemy than any other nation. The group Freedom House published a detailed report on the detrimental impact of blasphemy laws: these measures “impose undue restrictions on freedom of expression” and are “prone to arbitrary or overly broad application, particularly in settings where there are no checks and balances in place to prevent abuses.”

Pakistan originally respected religious liberty. Alas, the government of dictator Mohammed Zia ul-Haq not only criminalized blasphemy, but, as Freedom House noted, also imposed “harsh Shari’a punishments for extramarital sex, theft, and violations of the prohibition of alcohol.”

The impact of such laws fell most heavily on religious minorities and liberals. Again, Freedom House: “it is clear that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are used politically and applied disproportionately to non-Muslims. Although many other countries have laws against blasphemy, the situation in Pakistan is unique in its severity and its particular effects on religious minorities.”

Unfortunately, there are spillover impacts from abusive blasphemy prosecutions. Freedom House warned: “Pakistan’s blasphemy laws foster an environment of intolerance and impunity, and lead to violations of a broad range of human rights, including the obvious rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion, as well as freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention; the right to due process and a fair trial; freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; and the right to life and security of the person.”

Obviously, there is little the United States can do directly about policy in Pakistan. However, the International Religious Freedom Act empowers the State Department to designate countries as Countries of Particular Concern.

As I noted in my latest Forbes online column: “A state which fails to protect the right of individuals to respond to their belief (or unbelief) in God is more likely to leave other essential liberties unprotected. And a society in which life and dignity of the human person is not respected is more likely to become a hothouse to hostile ideas and beliefs, ” which we see in Pakistan today. Rising religious extremism, exemplified by abusive blasphemy prosecutions, threatens the integrity of the Pakistani state and thus the security of its nuclear program.

Although Americans cannot control policy in Pakistan, they can help highlight a problem that threatens people in that nation and ultimately others around the world.

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Islamist Militant Group Have Slaughtered 4,099 Innocent Souls, Mostly Christian First 6 Months Of 2014. UN Has Done Nothing!

Morning Star News
written by Editor
Sunday July 27, 2014

Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and others killed 1,631 Christians in Nigeria for their faith in the first six months of 2014 – a figure that is 91 percent of the total Christians killed in the country in all of last year, according to advocacy group Jubilee Campaign.

Last year 1,783 Nigerian Christians were killed for their faith, according to Jubilee Campaign. The increase in Christian deaths so far this year accompanies an increase in the total number of people killed during the period, mainly by Boko Haram – 4,099, which is 975 more than the total deaths from attacks by religious extremists for all of last year, 3,124, according to Jubilee.

Boko Haram, which seeks to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, has reportedly increased attacks with a large injection of funding from foreign terrorist groups. Emmanuel Ogebe, manager of Jubilee Campaign’s Justice for Jos Project, told Morning Star News that he has noted a trend this year of Boko Haram targeting some Muslims primarily because they cooperate with the Nigerian military.

“The pattern therefore is that if you do not do what they demand, even if you are Muslim, you become an ‘apostate’ deserving of death,” he said. “Therefore the difference between Boko Haram’s approach to Christian ‘infidels’ and Muslim apostates is you are killed as a Christian ‘just because’ your name is Christian – you go to church, etc. – whereas Muslims are generally killed ‘for cause,’ for example working for the government or refusing to pay extortion taxes to Boko Haram.”

Of the 4,099 people killed in the first six months of this year as result of attacks on a particular religious community, only 52 were Muslims, according to Jubilee Campaign. An unknown number of Christians and Muslims, however, would be included in the 1,751 “other civilians” killed in non-religiously motivated attacks so far this year. That figure also represents a large increase over last year’s total of 393.

Due to the increase in overall violence by Boko Haram, Christians attacked for their faith accounted for only 39.8 percent of the total of people killed in the first six months of this year; last year Christians accounted for 57 percent of the total, according to Jubilee Campaign.

In terms of the number of faith communities attacked, 75 Christian communities were assaulted in the first six months of this year, compared with eight attacks on Muslim communities, the group reported. Christian communities were defined as churches, pastors, predominantly Christian enclaves and other explicitly Christian targets.

Muslim communities were defined as imams or explicitly Muslim targets, though Jubilee noted that Boko Haram itself insists that it does not target mosques per se.

“Prior to 2014, all so-called mosque attacks were assassination attempts on prominent Muslims who disagreed with Boko Haram,” Jubilee reported. “The attacks took place when the targeted Muslims were entering or leaving a mosque, but there were no attacks on the mosque or Muslims as such.”

This year, however, witnessed the first targeting of Muslims in a mosque, Jubilee reported.

“It should be noted that this attack was reported to be retaliation for their cooperation with the authorities and not necessarily for their faith,” the group reported. “It is instructive that even in perceived random attacks on communities, there is still distinct religious cleansing going on in selection and separation of Christians for elimination.”

On Wednesday (July 23), Boko Haram was suspected in twin suicide bombings in Kaduna that killed at least 82 people; one blast targeted Shaykh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, a notable moderate Muslim scholar, and another aimed at former head of state Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Both were unharmed.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), acknowledging its figure is probably conservative, reported this month that Boko Haram has killed 2,053 people in the first six months of the year. HRW documented 95 Boko Haram attacks on 70 towns and villages, mostly in northeastern Nigeria.

HRW cited a “dramatic increase” this year in casualties from bomb blasts.

In November 2013 the United States designated Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization. At a June 11 hearing of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said, “There must be a robust use of this designation if we are to be successful in the battle against terrorism in Nigeria.”
In his opening remarks at the hearing, he dismissed the position of U.S. State Department officials, researchers and media that Boko Haram was born of the oppression and disadvantages of the poor.

“Poverty did not create Boko Haram, that would be an insult to the poor,” he said. “Religious fanaticism, I would underscore, is underlying and foundational.”

He noted that Boko Haram violence has been the major factor in the displacement of 3.3 million people in Nigeria.

Borno Attacks

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled launchers were among the weapons that suspected Boko Haram gunmen used in a July 14 attack on the predominantly Christian village of Dille in Borno state. The gunmen set three churches ablaze, including one belonging to the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), and reportedly killed dozens of people.

Among the dead was Taiwo Dokun, pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). The assailants burned down his house in the Askira-Uba Local Government Area in the southern part of the northeastern state, but the bodies of Dokun’s wife and three children were not found amid the debris; their whereabouts were reportedly unknown.

The following weekend, Boko Haram reportedly killed scores of people in a July 20 attack on Damboa, Borno state. The assailants hoisted the Boko Haram flag on the town they were said to have taken just 85 kilometers (52 miles) from the state capital, Maiduguri.

Boko Haram is reportedly laying siege to Chibok, Borno state, where the group kidnapped more than 300 high school girls in April, and seven fathers of the girls were among 51 people killed in an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, according to The Associated Press. Four other parents of the kidnapped girls died from heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses stemming from the kidnappings, community leader Pogu Bitrus told the AP.

Bitrus has told reporters that 57 of the kidnapped girls escaped, leaving an estimated 272 still held. A Nigerian military official has said that army leaders know where Boko Haram is keeping the girls, but that an attack would endanger the captives.

While Boko Haram (translated as “Western education is a sin”) is the moniker residents of Maiduguri, Borno state gave the insurgents, the group calls itself the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, translated as “The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad.” The group has links with Al Shabaab in Somalia and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria’s population of 158.2 million, while Muslims account for 45 percent and live mainly in the north.

EGYPT: Christian Convicted of ‘Blasphemy’ Under Islamic Sharia Law In Egypt For ‘Liking’ Facebook Page :o

Morning Star News
written by Middle East Correspondent
June 25, 2014

ISTANBUL, Turkey – A young Christian man in Upper Egypt accused of blaspheming Islam for “liking” a Facebook page was sentenced Tuesday (June 24) to six years in prison, shocking the Coptic community and other Facebook users.

Judge Hazim Hany of Armant Criminal Court found Kerolos Shouky Attallah, 29, of Al-Mahamid village near Luxor, guilty of violating two articles of the Egyptian Penal Code – Article 98F, defaming a divinely revealed religion, and Article 176, inciting sectarian violence.

Attallah was charged for “liking” an Arabic-language Facebook page administered by an anonymous group of Christian converts known as the Knights of the Cross. His attorney, Mohamed Ahmed Abd-Alaal, said Attallah did not make any comments on the site, share any of the postings or upload anything to it. Attallah promptly removed his name from the page once he realized the Facebook page offended some Muslims.

The guilty verdict and the severity of the sentence came as a surprise, said Safwat Samaan, chairman of Nation Without Borders, a human rights and development group headquartered in Luxor.

“The sentence today was a shock not just to Kerolos but to everyone who uses Facebook in Egypt,” Samaan said. “Any person who uses Facebook in Egypt and presses ‘Like’ on any page … can be put into prison for six years.”

Abd-Alaal told Morning Star News that the cause of Islamist anger in Al-Mahamid wasn’t a satirical cartoon about the Salafi movement but religious extremism and oversensitivity.

“Nobody could upset Christ or Muhammad by these comments; the accusation came out of nowhere,” said Abd-Alaal, a Sunni Muslim.
The Knights of the Cross Facebook page was designed to provide Arabic-speaking converts from Islam – many forced to live alone and in hiding – a cyber-place to encourage each other and safely discuss the Bible. Members also post essays about Christian apologetics and entries about perceived errors and conflicts in the Koran.

The number of years in prison Attallah received for each charge will be released within 30 days. An appeal is planned for next month.

It is unknown what day Attallah “liked” the Knights of the Cross Facebook page. Attallah obtained a cell phone sometime in May and started his own Facebook page soon thereafter. Days later, Muslims in his village became aware that he had “liked” the offending page, and by May 28, they printed and distributed leaflets demanding vengeance against him. One leaflet read, “You will not be men if you don’t kick him out of your village,” according to Samaan.

The Muslims tried to attack Attallah at his home the next day, but security authorities intervened by arresting Attallah.

Authorities did not arrest any of the Muslims involved in the attack or those who incited it with the leaflets. Up until the day before the sentencing, Muslims were intermittently attacking Christian-owned homes and businesses, using the Facebook site as an excuse.

Human rights activists regard courts in and around Luxor as predisposed against those accused of committing blasphemy, human rights activists have said. Area Christians are disproportionately accused of committing blasphemy, and sentences are severe and swift while evidence, testimony and legal procedure that would exonerate the accused are ignored.

“When Copts are accused of blasphemy, the courts have to act as fast as they can,” Samaan said. “But when Copts are kidnapped, Copts’ land is stolen, or Copts are being killed … the law is not used at all.”

Historically, Samaan said, judges in Luxor Province in Upper Egypt have been very aggressive in prosecuting blasphemy cases, handing down sentences well above statutory limits.

Exacerbating the problems Attallah has to endure is his family’s financial situation. The legal fees have been ruinous, Samaan said. Also, in most prison systems across the Middle East, families are expected to bring food to augment the rations prisoners receive. On a recent visit to the prison, Attallah’s father brought him three bottles of water and a bag of potato chips.

“When will they stop persecuting Christians?” Samaan said. “When will the Copts stop paying the price and being sacrificed for every revolution? When will the Copts stop being a scapegoat and a target for every extremist in the country?”

SUDAN: Nightmare For Christian Mother Sentenced To Death For ‘Apostasy’ Under Islamic Sharia Ends. Sudanese Authorities Finally Allow Meriam Ibrahim to Leave Country. Yay!

Morning Star News
written by Sudan Correspondent
Thursday July 24, 2014

JUBA, South Sudan – After blocking her departure on a spurious charge of forged travel documents, Sudan today allowed a Christian mother sentenced to die over a false allegation of leaving Islam to leave the country, her attorney said.

Having given birth to her second child while shackled to prison chains just two months ago, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim arrived in Italy today and met with Pope Francis after U.S. and Italian efforts to free her.

“The government decided to drop charges against her yesterday, July 23,” attorney Thabit al Zubair told Morning Star News. “They have left Sudan and they are now in Italy.”

Ibrahim and her husband, dual South Sudanese/U.S. citizen Daniel Wani, arrived in Rome on an Italian government jet today with plans to continue to the United States. A Vatican spokesman told The Associated Press that the pope “thanked her for her faith and courage, and she thanked him for his prayer and solidarity.”

The couple arrived to cheers, greeted by the Italian prime minister, with their infant daughter Maya, born May 27, and nearly 2-year-old son Martin, who had remained with his mother since her imprisonment without trial in February. Muslims claiming to be relatives had accused her of leaving Islam. Ibrahim says that she was raised a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother, and that her Muslim father disappeared when she was 6 years old.

She was released from prison in Sudan on June 23, less than two months after Morning Star News broke the story of false charges of apostasy against her that set off a firestorm of international protests, only to be detained at the Khartoum airport less than 24 hours later. More than 40 agents from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested her, and she was charged with “forging” travel documents, punishable by nearly seven years in prison.

Her attorney had told Morning Star News the charge had no legal base, saying, “We hope they will cancel the case to avoid embarrassment, and if the case is sent to the court, there will be no legal base for it.”

A man who claimed to be Ibrahim’s brother told local media that he would kill her and take revenge on other Christians in Sudan.

“She has spoiled our image as a family, and we know how to take revenge against Christians,” he reportedly said.

Ibrahim had received a sentence of death by hanging for allegedly leaving Islam after a Muslim claiming to be a relative accused her of marrying a Christian man – the crime of “adultery” under Islamic law for which she was also sentenced to 100 lashes.

Sudan revoked the death sentence on June 23 after defense lawyers presented their case. Witnesses for the defense had been prohibited from testifying during the trial. Islamists clamored for her death throughout the trial, and her attorneys have received death threats.

International media, Western embassies and human rights groups urged her release when Ibrahim’s death sentence was confirmed after she refused to recant her faith on May 15.

After being held for two days following her arrest at the airport, Ibrahim was released on June 26, and she and her family had taken refuge at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum.

AUSTRALIA: India's Adani Gets Australia's Approval to Build Coal Mine; Carmichael Project Proceeds Amid Global Supply Glut, Lower Prices

The Wall Street Journal
written by Rhiannon Hoyle and Saurabh Chaturvedi
Monday July 28, 2014

SYDNEY — India's Adani Group 512599.BY +1.34% has secured approval from Australia's government to build one of the world's largest coal mines, a move that comes amid investor concerns about a global supply glut of the commodity and a prolonged downturn in prices.

On Monday, Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the 16.5 billion Australian dollar (US$15.5 billion) Carmichael mine and rail project in the eastern state of Queensland, which could produce and transport enough coal to power homes for about 100 million people in India. Nearly 300 million people in India have limited or no access to electricity, according to the World Bank.

Earlier this month, Adani said the engineering unit of South Korean steel company Posco 005490.SE +0.15% would build railway tracks that would transport coal from the mine to East Coast ports, where it will be shipped to Asian buyers. Posco is the sole contractor and will help Adani raise funds for the project, though neither company has disclosed terms.

The mine was proposed in 2010, at the height of Australia's coal-mining boom, as investors from countries including India, Japan and China sought to lock up strategic supplies of the fuel that they could ship home to facilities such as power plants and steel kilns. Adani bought the deposit that year to secure supplies for export to Indian utilities, many of which it owns.

Adani plans to produce as much as 60 million metric tons of thermal coal a year from six open-cut pits and five underground mines. That amounts to nearly one-third of what India—the world's third-largest importer of coal, after China and Japan—currently ships in from major producers like Australia.

India relies primarily on coal to generate power, and the country's imports rose 16% to 168.5 million metric tons in the financial year ended in March. Imports could rise to 200 million tons in the current year, according to Indian government estimates.

Still, India has grappled with a domestic-coal shortfall in recent years as the state-run mining company Coal India Ltd. 533278.BY -3.14% failed to produce enough coal to keep pace with local demand. Strict environmental regulations and difficulty securing land for mining projects have dragged on India's coal production, Adani Chairman Gautam Adani said last year. Supply shortages have increased India's reliance on expensive coal imports from Indonesia and other countries.

Analysts expect Indian demand for thermal coal to help absorb supply and underpin prices. Still, mining executives see that trend as a long-term driver for prices, and don't expect oversupply to be mopped up until at least next year.

UBS estimates there is an extra 17 million tons of thermal coal in the seaborne market this year that demand can't absorb. Last year, supply and demand were balanced, it said.

The current drop in Australian thermal-coal prices to near five-year lows has made many new coal projects uneconomic and prompted mining companies including Rio Tinto RIO.LN +1.01% and Anglo American AAL.LN +0.67% PLC to cut jobs, mothball mines or sell producing assets to protect profits. Rising supply from countries including Australia, Indonesia and South Africa have coincided with a slackening in Chinese demand growth to weigh on prices.

If it goes ahead with building the Carmichael mine, Adani will need to invest heavily in new infrastructure as the coal is located in the largely untapped and remote Galilee Basin. It will also require a dedicated 117-mile rail line to connect with an existing network serving the Bowen Basin mining district, which produces much of Queensland's coal.

Adani aimed to start building the mine this year and targets output of 60 million tons a year by 2023. However, analysts anticipate delays after it took longer than expected to secure regulatory approval. Environmentalists also have raised concerns about the viability of the Carmichael project, noting that other proposed mines have been delayed because of opposition from groups including local farmers. A spokesman for Adani declined to comment.

"The Queensland government will continue to work with project proponents, the Adani Group, to ensure the project is given its best possible chance of proceeding," said the state's deputy premier, Jeff Seeney, whose portfolio also covers infrastructure and planning.

At its peak, the mine would generate almost A$3 billion for Queensland's coffers, he said.

Mr. Hunt, the federal environment minister, said building the mine and infrastructure would create about 2,500 jobs.

PAKISTAN: A 7-Year-Old Girl, Younger Sister And Their Grandmother Were Murdered In Cold Blood By Muslim Mob Over 'Blasphemy' Under Islamic Sharia Law Accusation On Facebook. Police Watched, Didn't Do A Thing. >:/

The Daily Star, Lebanon
written by Syed Raza Hassan, Reuters
Monday July 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.

The dead, including a 7-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammad. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.

Police said the late Sunday violence in the town of Gujranwala, 220 km southeast of the capital, Islamabad, started with an altercation between young men, one of whom was an Ahmadi accused of posting "objectionable material."

"Later, a crowd of 150 people came to the police station demanding the registration of a blasphemy case against the accused," said one police officer who declined to be identified.

"As police were negotiating with the crowd, another mob attacked and started burning the houses of Ahmadis."

The youth accused of making the Facebook post had not been injured, he said.

Under Pakistani law, Ahmadis are banned from using Muslim greetings, saying Muslim prayers or referring to their place of worship as a mosque.

Salim ud Din, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community, said it was the worst attack on the community since simultaneous attacks on Ahmadi places of worship killed 86 Ahmadis four years ago.

"Police were there but just watching the burning. They didn't do anything to stop the mob," he said. "First they looted their homes and shops and then they burned the homes."

The police officer said they had tried to stop the mob.

Accusations of blasphemy are rocketing in Pakistan, from one in 2011 to at least 68 last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. About 100 people have been accused of blasphemy this year.

Human rights workers say the accusations are increasingly used to settle personal vendettas or to grab the property of the accused.

USA: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Unanimously Rejects Atheists’ Challenge To ‘Ground Zero Cross’

The Washington Times
written by Kristen East
Monday July 28, 2014

One of the nation’s leading atheist groups has lost another round in its legal battle to remove steel beams found in the shape of a cross after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, now on display at New York’s new National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled on Monday in favor of the defendants, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arguing that the display of the “Ground Zero Cross” does not violate the separation of church and state or imply that the government has taken a position on Christianity.

The Ground Zero Cross, a 17-foot high column and crossbeam, was discovered among World Trade Center debris by construction worker Frank Silecchia two days after the Sept. 11 attacks. Moved by the artifact, he decided to show it to other workers, and the cross quickly became a symbol of hope for first-responders as well as families and friends of victims of the terrorist strike.

The group American Atheists argued that any display of the Ground Zero Cross would violate the Establishment and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution, as well as similar protections granted in New York and New Jersey state law.

Attorney Matthew Dowd represented one of the defendants, Franciscan priest Fr. Brian Jordan, who blessed the artifact in the weeks following the attacks and began to conduct services at the cross site for those of all faiths as the clean-up and rescue operation proceeded around him.

Mr. Dowd called Monday’s ruling a “resounding victory” for the museum and for all who found hope through the artifact.

“They’re allowed to display the cross without it being whitewashed in a way that the American Atheists wanted it to be,” Mr. Dowd said. “It’s a pretty straightforward opinion. It takes a common-sense approach that just because something has a religious connotation … it doesn’t require that the First Amendment says it should be excluded from a museum.”

American Atheists President David Silverman called the decision a disappointment, saying “the court relied on the words of religious persons, ignoring statements to the contrary from atheists, that a Christian cross is comforting to a non-religious population. The opposite is true.”

Organization officials said they haven’t decided whether or not to appeal Monday’s ruling.

The case initially came before the New York Supreme Court in July 2011, nearly three years before the museum opened. It was moved to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York a month later.

The district court ruled in favor of the Port Authority, and the atheist group subsequently appealed the decision in 2013. The appeals court heard the case in March.

In its appeal, Atheist Americans conceded that the Ground Zero Cross is a historic artifact worthy of being in the museum, but argued that a plaque should be on display commemorating the lives of atheists who lost their lives on 9/11. The court found that the museum had not violated the Constitution or discriminated against atheists by not funding a symbol or plaque for such victims.

The museum clearly defines its purpose for being on display, in that it’s used to “tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy,” Judge Renna Raggi wrote for the court.

An observer of the museum exhibit would not “think the primary effect of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to be conveying a message to atheists that they are somehow disfavored ‘outsiders,’ while religious believers are favored ‘insiders,’ in the political community,” the judge concluded.

The cross is currently part of an exhibit entitled “Finding Meaning at Ground Zero,” which includes nonreligious and religious artifacts alike. The museum opened to the public in May.

The American Center for Law and Justice heralded the decision as a victory, saying “we are thankful for this victory for the Constitution, our national heritage, and for common sense.” The center, which filed an amicus brief in the case, said it expected a likely appeal by American Atheists.

July 27, 2014

My Daily Prayer... ♥

I would like to share two of my daily prayer's with you. The first is one I received from Paula White Ministries 8 years ago. While the second is one that I personalized for myself. You are welcome to use these prayers. Soon your spirit will personalize one for you. You shall know the Truth when you seek God's face daily. I don't mean in the traditional sense. I mean spending time getting to know Him. You can start by talking with Him like you would a friend. He will guide you on your spiritual path as you grow closer and closer to Him. Allow God's LIGHT to permeate every fiber of your being and transform you from the inside out. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind." [Romans 12:2] This has nothing to do with religion. This is about God, your Heavenly Father wanting to have a "personal" relationship with you. ♥

God is God all by Himself. The same is true for Jesus (Yahshua), the living breathing WORD of God and the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. God doesn't need a religious group or organization to make Him so. God almighty is above all and sovereign. God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. God is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. God is INFINITE and ETERNAL.

The Power Of Prayer from Paula White Ministries

Dear Heavenly Father, I give You praise for my life and all that is in it. You are my Creator, my Provider, my Comforter and I worship You from the depths of my soul. My desire is to know You... to truly know You in an intimate way. Please grant me a mind filled with Spiritual wisdom and a heart that continues to long for You.

This is my prayer personalized...

Thank you God for loving me unconditionally. Thank you God for never giving up on me. Thank you God for always believing in me. Thank you God for taking care of all of my needs. I am an instrument of Your will LORD, use me for Your greater good. I am ready, willing and able to effect change on Your behalf. Awaken Your Spirit within me LORD. Lend me Your strength, Your courage and Your wisdom. I will continue to abide in Your WORD as your WORD continues to abide in me. You are my ROCK and my foundation! Your presence makes me feel unspeakable love and joy. Direct my steps LORD and connect me to the right people that are in line with Your will for my life. I will continue to Trust and Believe in You LORD. I love you. In Yahshua's precious name, AMEN!

I go on to pray, Jesus (Yahshua) please cleanse my spirit from all impurities, please purify me Lord, wash me in Your blood, cover me and protect me against all evil. Please fill my spirit with Your love, Your peace and Your joy. Lend me Your strength, courage and wisdom. AMEN!

God's Divine favor surrounds me like a shield! Amen. ♥

Psalm 23 (KJV) Memorize And Meditate (Verse by Verse) On This Prayer ♥

Pslam 23 (KJV)
[source: Biblegateway]

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever and ever. In Jesus mighty name. AMEN!

Scriptures to Strengthen Your Faith: Gems from God's Word ♥

Scriptures to Strengthen Your Faith
[source: Our Little Place]

Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. [1 Peter 5:7]

I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid. [John 14:27]

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ. [Philippians 4:6-7]

I waited patiently for God to help me; then He listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things He did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in Him. [Psalms 40:1-3]

Yes, the Lord hears the good man when he calls to Him for help, and saves him out of all his troubles. The Lord is close to those whose heart is breaking; He rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. The good man does not escape all troubles - he has them, too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. [Psalms 34:17-19]

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. [Isaiah 40:31]

Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in Me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so you can always be with Me where I am. If this weren't so, I would tell you plainly. [John 14:1-3]

Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you. [Deuteronomy 31:6]

Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand. [Isaiah 41:10]

Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God's constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes. [Psalms 112:6-8]

You are my hiding place from every storm of life; You even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory. I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress. Don't be like a senseless horse or mule that has to have a bit in its mouth to keep it in line! [Psalms 32:7-9]

Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently doing God's will if you want Him to do for you all that He has promised. His coming will not be delayed much longer. And those whose faith has made them good in God's sight must live by faith, trusting Him in everything. Otherwise, if they shrink back, God will have no pleasure in them. [Hebrews 10:35-38]

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord always, for in the Lord, Jehovah, is your everlasting strength. [Isaiah 26:3-4]

Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act. Don't be envious of evil men who prosper. [Psalms 37:7]

What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son for us but gave Him up for us all, won't He also surely give us everything else? [Romans 8:31-32]

I am holding you by your right hand - I, the Lord your God - and I say to you, don't be afraid; I am here to help you. Despised though you are, fear not, Oh Israel; for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer; I am the Holy One of Israel. [Isaiah 41:13-14]

Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never, never fail you nor forsake you." That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, "The Lord is my Helper and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me." Remember your leaders who have taught you the Word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and try to trust the Lord as they do. [Hebrews 13:5-7]

I will lie down in peace and sleep, for though I am alone, Oh Lord, you will keep me safe. [Psalms 4:8]

For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but My kindness shall not leave you. My promise of peace for you will never be broken, says the Lord Who has mercy upon you. [Isaiah 54:10]

No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm - I will come to you. [John 14:18]

Trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. [Proverbs 3:5-6]

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty, or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ Who gives me the strength and power. [Philippians 4:11-13]

Stop your anger! Turn off your wrath. Don't fret and worry - it only leads to harm. For the wicked shall be destroyed, but those who trust the Lord shall be given every blessing. Only a little while and the wicked shall disappear. You will look for them in vain. But all who humble themselves before the Lord shall be given every blessing, and shall have wonderful peace. [Psalms 37:8-11]

But you will not need to fight! Take your places; stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for you, Oh people of Judah and Jerusalem! Don't be afraid or discouraged! Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you! [2 Chronicles 20:17]

And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans. [Romans 8:28]

Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High

Psalm 91 (New International Version)
[source: Biblegateway]

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”