Key Quotes - Disasters/War

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Research reported in late February found that most of those who join jihadist groups are converts to Islam. In Germany, one in every 6,000 Muslims has travelled to join jihadist groups, but among converts to Islam it’s one in every 750. In the USA, 40% of arrests in 2015 for links with IS were converts to Islam.
Disasters/WarEvangelicals Now – April 2016
 
The European Parliament has declared the violent campaign by the so called Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities to be genocide. ‘Daesh commits genocide’, according to the resolution passed 4 February by a show of hands from representatives of the 28 nations.
Disasters/WarEvangelicals Now - March 2016
 
Campaign Against Arms Trade has welcomed the European Parliament's vote to support an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The amendment was passed by 359 votes to 212, with 31 abstentions.
Disasters/WarEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 29th February 2016
 
Unless the needs and rights of the more than eight million Syrian children are addressed, an entire generation will be lost, along with decades of development progress, UNICEF warns in a new report that calls on the international community to protect the youngest civilians amidst "a children's crisis."
Disasters/WarEkklesia Weekly Digest - 17th March 2016
 
In an historic resolution this week, the European Parliament has officially declared the atrocities committed by ISIS to be genocide. The resolution, drafted in response to the targeting of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, is hoped to accelerate UN action in intervening in the crisis.
Disasters/WarChristian Concern - 6th February 2016
 
The head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Mar Ignace Youssif III Youan, has said the West has betrayed Syrians and caused an endless conflict in the country. He said: ‘We Christians are not able to live in this chaos.’ He added that the West has ignored the advice of Syrians, assuming that Assad's regime could be destroyed in a few months, and now has too much faith in airstrikes as the answer.
Disasters/WarBible Society - 20th November 2015
 
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast area the size of Western Europe…and the war in the east of the country, triggered by the Rwandan genocide, has over the last 20 years claimed an estimated 5 million lives.
Disasters/WarEvangelicals Now - September 2014
 
Is religion the main cause of war as some critics claim? Not according to research by Bradford University: Only 10% of all wars in the 20th and 21st century have had a clear religious motivation. Even Arab-Israeli wars were judged to be primarily nationalistic, not religious. The report states that in the 20th century, ‘atheistic totalitarian states (Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China) have perpetrated more mass murder than any state dominated by a religious faith. The report noted the positive role of religion in pressing for non-violent resolution of conflicts and that ‘very few, if any, wars in the past 100 years have been purely religiously motivated wars’.
Disasters/WarChristianity Magazine - November 2014 and God & War: An Audit and an Explanation (2003)
 
British-born jihadists in Iraq and Syria could be temporarily banned from returning to the UK under plans being considered by the government. UK nationals suspected of being involved in terror acts could be allowed to keep their British citizenship. But they would be prevented from re-entering the UK for a period of time. David Cameron will set out plans to counter the threat posed by Islamic State militants to MPs today. At least 500 people from the UK are thought to have gone to fight in Syria.
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel, 1st September, 2014
 
David Cameron has vowed to examine licences for the sale of arms to Russia after claims they breached a ban. It comes after MPs warned export licences for the sale of arms, including components for anti-aircraft guns, remained in place despite fears Moscow was arming rebels in Ukraine. Downing Street said the UK had not sold arms to Russia’s armed forces since March. The Prime Minister, who has criticised other EU countries’ deals with Moscow, said he was confident that was still so but the claims would be examined in detail.
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel, July 24, 2014
 
Chemicals supplied by British firms to Syria in the early 1980s are likely to have been used to make nerve agent sarin, William Hague has said. The Foreign Secretary said records showed a number of companies exported substances to the country in the mid 1980s that had legitimate uses in producing plastics and pharmaceuticals, and were not restricted under international or UK law.
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel, July 10, 2014
 
Church leaders from various denominations in South Sudan have issued a letter expressing sadness and condemnation concerning the recent violence in the country and calling on the government to ‘take control of the situation and protect its citizens’. The letter expresses concern that the violence is being characterised as a conflict between the Dinka and Nuer tribes and asked the members of this groups not to accept the characterisation.
Disasters/WarLife and Work, March 2014.
 
Christians in Syria are accusing al-Qaeda-backed Islamists of having carried out one of the worst atrocities of the war so far and killed more than 40 members of the minority Christian community during their occupation of the town of Sadad, north of Damascus. The Syrian government announced last week that its forces had regained control of this strategic town.
Disasters/WarProtestant Truth, January-February 2014
 
An extra £100 million will be spent over the next year tackling the aftermath of the devastating floods that have hit Britain, David Cameron has announced. Some £75 million will fund repairs, £15 million will go on maintenance and £10 million has been earmarked for ‘urgent work’ in Somerset, the Prime Minister said. Stormy weather has left thousands of homes without power and transport networks in chaos amid battering winds and severe flood warnings.
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel, February 6, 2014
 
William Hague has dismissed a bid to prosecute British politicians and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Iraq. The Foreign Secretary said there was no need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations of UK forces abusing and killing detainees in their custody. There had been no “systematic” torture by troops, and individual cases had either already been dealt with or were the subject of probes, he said. The head of the army, General Sir Peter Wall, ex-defence secretary Geoff Hoon, and former defence minister Adam Ingram are among those named in a 250-page dossier sent to the ICC, according to the Independent on Sunday. Human rights lawyers have drawn on the cases of more than 400 Iraqis, arguing they represent “thousands of allegations”.
Disasters/WarThe Sentinel, January 13, 2014
 
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