Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
Showing page 10 of 23

1... 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ...23


Last update: Wednesday 16th October
 
President Barack Obama has unveiled sweeping gun control proposals, setting the stage for a showdown with firearms rights advocates. Mr Obama called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and wider background checks on gun buyers. My Obama said gun-control reforms could not wait and longer, after the massacre in Connecticut. He unveiled the new proposals at the White House on Wednesday, flanked by children who wrote him letters after December’s Newtown school shooting, which left 26 dead.
World IssuesThe Sentinel, January 17, 2013
 
The Obama administration has publicly expressed concern about the impact of a UK referendum on its future relationship with the EU. Philip Gordon, a senior official in the US State Department, said it was in America’s interests to see a ‘strong British voice within the EU’. “Referendums have often turned countries inwards,” he added.
World IssuesThe Sentinel, January 10, 2013
 
According to a law that came into effect on December 6, the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ have been removed from marriage and divorce certificates in Washington state, after same-sex marriage was approved in a recent referendum. The state began changing the legal document wording before the public vote even happened, according to a health department spokesman. Spaces once reserved for a ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ will become more gender-neutral. Over 30 states have voted against redefining marriage, with just three having voted in favour.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now, January 2013
 
A wave of anti-austerity anger is sweeping across Europe with general strikes in Spain and Portugal and walkouts in Greece and Italy – grounding flights, closing schools and shutting down transport. Millions of workers are taking part in the dozens of co-ordinated protests in a so-called European Day of Action and Solidarity against spending cuts and tax hikes. Italian media reported that six police officers were injured, including one seriously, as clashes broke out with protesters at demonstrations in Milan and Turin.
World IssuesThe Sentinel, November 15, 2012
 
For the first time in history, the US does not have a Protestant majority, according to a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life study released on October 9. The percentage of Protestant adults in the US has reached a low of 48%. There are no Protestants on the Supreme Court and, for the first time, none on the Republican presidential ticket.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now, November 2012
 
The growth of Christianity in Afghanistan is causing unrest among Muslim clerics, leading them to call for action against believers, it was reported in September. Recent turmoil began after a Kabul-based TV station reported the conversion of several Afghans to Christianity. The Afghan church is completely underground – the last church building was destroyed two years ago and the small number of known believers risk their lives each time they gather in small house meetings.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now, November 2012
 
A, a study warns today. The Independent Commission on Aid Impact says UK-funded education programmes are struggling to make any difference to Nigeria's chaotic education system. Britain has poured £102million into education in ten of Nigeria's 36 states during the last seven years, and is due to spend a further £126million by 2019. But the report raises serious questions about whether the Department for International Development is achieving value for money from the project. It found that around a third of the eligible children - an estimated 3.7million - were still not in school, while those that were received little by way of education. The study also found many rural schools were affected by a chronic lack of teachers, with staff frequently not turning up for work. A researcher visited one Dfid-funded school in rural Nigeria to find almost all the teachers were absent, leaving the pupils to play football outside.
World IssuesDaily Mail November 20 2012
 
Ikea has apologised for airbrushing all pictures of women out of its catalogues in Saudi Arabia. The Swedish furniture giant expressed 'regret' over its attempt to pander to cultural sensitivities in the ultra-conservative Middle Eastern kingdom, claiming it was 'in conflict’ with Ikea values. Some pictures from the Swedish catalogue featuring women have been removed entirely for the Saudi version, while others have had women airbrushed out. The move brought condemnation from Sweden's equality minister. Women appear only infrequently in Saudi-run advertising, with scarves covering their hair and long sleeves. In imported magazines, censors black out women's arms, legs and chests.
World IssuesDaily Mail October 2nd 2012
 
Brussels has warned of an 'economic and social disaster' if unemployment continues to rise among young Europeans. The European Union said there was a ‘lost generation' of 18 to 25-year-olds emerging, as figures showed the number out of work in the eurozone had reached a record 11.4 per cent - the 16th straight monthly rise. Some 18.2milllon people are unemployed in the eurozone, the highest level since the euro was introduced in 1999. Almost 23 per cent of those without a Job are aged between 18 and 25.
World IssuesDaily Mail October 2nd 2012
 
Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor sentenced to death for apostasy, was released in September and is at home with his family. During court proceedings that took place on September 8, Pastor Nadarkhani was acquitted of apostasy, but found guilty of evangelising Muslims. He was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for the latter charge, but released because he had already served this time. Pastor Nadarkhani was arrested in his home city of Rasht in 2009 soon after questioning the Muslim monopoly of religious instruction for children, which he felt was unconstitutional. He was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2010, a decision that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011. Although the Iranian penal code did not specify death for apostasy, a constitutional loophole allowed judges to refer to shari'a law and authoritative fatwas to justify such a sentence. At court on September 8, Pastor Nadarkhani had been expected to face new charges for unspecified crimes, but was instead released.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
World IssuesEvangelicals Now October 2012
 
A federal court in August upheld a law defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Hawaii passed a marriage amendment in 1998 with 69% of the vote, and the August 8 ruling affirms that amendment.
Religion Today
World IssuesEvangelicals Now October 2012
 
There are 2.3 million Christians in Syria, many of whom want to leave as conditions deteriorate and threats against them intensify, it was reported in September. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled to neighbouring Lebanon, but, as the conflict between supporters and opponents of President Assad spills over that border, alternative places of refuge are being sought. Hundreds of Christian families have gone to Greece, putting themselves into the hands of human traffickers and enduring treacherous journeys to get there via Turkey. All borders into Turkey are now controlled by the Free Syrian Army, which does not permit Christians to cross. The Syrians are ultimately trying to get to another European country, chiefly Sweden or Germany, where many have relatives. The traffickers are exploiting their desperation, demanding thousands of Euros - typically €4,000 for adults, €2,000 for children - for the onward journey.
Barnabas Fund
World IssuesEvangelicals Now October 2012
 
Christian Aid is working through organisations in Metro Manila to provide food, medicines and blankets to people fleeing from floods. Hundreds of thousands of inhabitants left their homes and are now staying with family and friends or at one of the evacuation centres that have been set up. Continuous heavy rains in the Philippines led to landslides and flash floods which killed at least 19 people and left half the city under water. Christian aid has become concerned about the prospect of worsening health problems among the people made homeless.
World IssuesThe War cry – 26th August 2012
 
A Messianic Jewish congregation leader, whose son in March 2008 was almost killed by a bomb planted by an ultra-right wing Jew, said he feels like the Israeli criminal justice system has abandoned him. On May 28, the Jerusalem District Court approved a plea agreement for Jack Teitel, the man accused of bombing pastor David Ortiz's home, without consulting Ortiz or his lawyers. The plea agreement is unique in that the court said Teitel committed the acts, but did not hold him responsible for committing them. Ortiz, leader of the Congregation of Ariel, said the prosecutor's office has consistently misled his lawyers about basic information on important court filings for the case. Teitel has multiple charges against him for several acts of violence, including two killings, but prosecutors in Ortiz's case have sidelined or deliberately avoided him. The Ortiz family opposes any plea bargain. The prosecutor supposed to be protecting Ortiz's interests is neglecting his duty, Ortiz said 'He doesn't want to be seen protecting Christians'.
World IssuesWayne King, Compass Direct Evangelicals Now July 2012
 
The International Committee of the Red Cross has said it now considers the conflict in Syria a civil war, meaning international humanitarian law applies throughout the country. The Geneva-based group’s assessment is an important reference that helps parties in a conflict determine how much and what type of force they can or cannot use. Spokesman for the group Hicham Hassan said yesterday that the humanitarian law now applies wherever hostilities are taking place in Syria, where fighting has spread beyond the hotspots of Idlib, Homs and Hama.
World IssuesThe Sentinel – 16th July 2012
 
Showing page 10 of 23

1... 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ...23


NAVIGATION
CONNECT WITH CROSS RHYTHMS
SIGNUP

Connect with Cross Rhythms by signing up to our email mailing list

It's All About Lives
Cross Rhythms Media Training Centre
ARTIST PROFILES
Artists & DJs A-Z
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z #
Or keyword search

 

PRAYER ROOMS
Watering Hole
Be heard in your pain and needs and cry out to your God in our Prayer Room