1. “It's not rape in Islam”: ISIS “wife” defends jihadis' sexual assault and murder of Yazidi women because it is “allowed in the Quran” as the last remaining fighters face being pushed from their final stronghold
An ISIS “wife” has said Yazidi women can be raped as sex slaves because it states prisoners of war are “property” in the Quran - before admitting she had not read the text.
The unidentified female was speaking to another woman who asked her about the treatment of Yazidis under the so-called caliphate.
Speaking to a mobile phone camera, she described her interpretation of the Quran as a justification for the rape and murder of Yazidi women taken prisoner as sex slaves, saying because the Muslim holy book defines prisoners of war as “property” they can be treated as objects.
But when pressed on if it does actually states in the Quran that prisoners can be treated this way, the woman replied she “did know much” about the Islamic text.
2. Turkey: Feminists and LGBT activists rally in Istanbul on International Women’s Day
Thousands of feminist and LGBT activists faced off with police in Istanbul on Friday. Police blocked roads and deployed pepper spray as protesters took part in a “Feminist Night March,” marking International Women's Day. More than 8,000 people responded to a Facebook event promoting the protest.
3. Christian Basilica in Paris no-go suburbs heavily vandalised
The over 800-year-old Basilica of Saint-Denis in France was heavily vandalised this week, with vandals smashing stained glass windows and severely damaging the nearly 200-year-old organ.
The destruction was discovered on Sunday morning by the basilica’s organist, who found that the engine of the organ had been damaged along with other parts of the massive instrument, designed between 1834 and 1841, Le Parisien reports.
Saadia Tamelikecht, head of the departmental unit of architecture and heritage of the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs, said the damage to the instrument, which has been recognised as a historic monument of significance in France, was major.
French Church Is Ninth in Eleven Days Vandalised Across the Country https://t.co/8s0i4B0iLh— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 12, 2019
4. From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group
A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 religious spaces in Canada will be lost in the next decade, roughly a third of all faith-owned buildings in the country.
National Trust for Canada regeneration project leader Robert Pajot says every community in the country is going to see old church buildings shuttered, sold off or demolished.
“Neighbourhoods are going to have multiple churches closing,” Pajot said. “Some people qualify this as a crisis, and I kind of agree. It is going to hit everybody.”
It's not just beautiful, historic buildings that will be lost, but also the sense of community provided by worship spaces. Churches have not just been for Sunday, but for Girl Guides and political meetings, weddings and funerals, piano lessons and programs for the homeless.
5. SNC-Lavalin “disappointed” after federal court rejects bid to avoid criminal prosecution
SNC-Lavalin’s attempt to revisit the chance of remediation — instead of a full prosecution — was struck down in Federal Court on Friday.
The Montreal-based engineering company is facing charges of corruption and bribery. SNC-Lavalin had sought a judicial review of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) October decision to proceed with charges, instead of using remediation.
But the court sided with the DPP on Friday, saying “prosecutorial discretion is not subject to judicial review,” unless there is an abuse of process.
SNC-Lavalin is facing allegations it paid millions in bribes to obtain business in Libya.
6. Delingpole: Ilhan Omar and the Corbynization of the American Left
When America’s racist-in-chief David Duke praises an up-and-coming Democrat representative as the “most important member of U.S. Congress” because of her outspoken and supposedly principled stance on the evils of Jews, you know there’s something seriously sick within the body politic.
This is America in 2019, not Germany in 1938.
Since when did it become acceptable — nay, on the political left actually fashionable — for elected politicians from mainstream parties like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to campaign on a ticket of flagrant Jew-hatred?
To most of us of a certain generation it may well seem a mystery almost beyond comprehension.
We all grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust. We all had it drilled into us by our teachers — and rightly so — “Never again.”
7. Argentina: Anti-Church protestors set fire outside Metropolitan Cathedral
A group of women managed to tear down the fences that protect the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires on Friday, to express their repudiation of the church.
Protesters threw stones and burning materials over the fence before they managed to get to the front door. They accused the church of being an accomplice to various abuses and violations.
Meanwhile, a group of anarchists set fire to an Argentine flag that carried the images of the ARA San Juan submarine and 44 crew members on-board who were found dead in November 2018.
The submarine and its crew went missing on November 15, 2017, shortly after reporting an electrical malfunction. It was 480 km (380 miles) off the coast of Argentina, en route from Ushuaia to its base in Mar del Plata.
8. Count Dankula performs stand-up comedy routine at Comedy Unleashed on “Why We Need Communism”
9. Video shows crash near President Trump’s motorcade
LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - An interstate guardrail kept a vehicle from slamming head-on into President Donald Trump’s motorcade Friday morning.
Residents hoping to get a glimpse of the vehicles passing by on Interstate 85 just inside the Opelika city limits got much more than they expected.
A WSFA 12 News viewer first trained his camera on the roadway, capturing video of an advance group of 10 motorcycle officers a short distance ahead of the president. As the presidential vehicles begin to come into focus, the sound of squealing tires turns the otherwise quiet event into a load spectacle.
10. Jussie Smollett is facing up to 48 YEARS behind bars after being hit with 16 charges over claims that he staged a homophobic and racist attack to help him get a pay rise.
Jussie Smollett has been hit with an additional 15 counts of filing a false police report by a grand jury and is now facing up to 48 years behind bars.
The Empire actor was initially charged with one Class 4 Felony charge of disorderly conduct last month but a grand jury has applied that charge 15 times over in an 36-page indictment that was returned on Thursday.
Now, he is facing a maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars and fines of up to $400,000.
He is expected to cut a plea deal with authorities, according to experts cited by ABC.