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Guatemala is a small country right in the middle of the American continent. Levels of poverty, crime and violence, as well as government corruption, are sky-high. These features are all part of a complex sociopolitical environment that involves social and economic inequality, very few opportunities for human development, an ineffective justice system, and an almost complete lack of education, housing, and health care for a very large part of the population.
All Guatemalans are very concerned and desperate to find a way out of this and we all strive to rebuild this country to leave a better place for our children. Since a large percentage of Guatemalans are religious believers (97%), many people turn to religion as a source of comfort in times of despair and associate all sorts of bad things with "turning away" from God. The Christian God, that is. Thus, the idea that the solution to everything is to be found in the Bible and its supposed "values" is a very popular one.
Over the course of the last 9 months, a congressman claiming he received "explicit instructions from God" during a "divine revelation," has been planning and writing a bill proposal gathering support from local Evangelical and Pentecostal churches and organizations. The proposed bill was presented to Congress last Wednesday (July 15th) in a religious act inside Congress.
According to Alalam, SOHR documented 94 cases of "crucifixion, detaining inside metal cage and whip" carried out by ISIS in Ramadan in several areas held by terror group inside Syria.5 children and 2 old men whipped in the public streets and square in the provinces of Aleppo, al- Raqqa and Deir Ezzor since in the holy Ramadan Month.
The "sharia punishment" of eating in Ramadan included detaining 20 citizens inside cage, including a child, where ISIS fastened 2 cages in the two cities of al- Mayadin east of Deir Ezzor and the city of al- Raqqa, they also wandered with the citizens detained inside the cages in the town of Deir Hafer east of Aleppo.
SOHR also documented that ISIS hanged signs of "crucified full day and whipped 70 lashes for eating in Ramadan" and "not fast in Ramadan" in the necks of the detainees and crucified citizens.
According to Yahoo News, at least four explosions rocked Gaza City early Sunday, targeting cars belonging to officials from Islamic factions, including the territory's Hamas rulers. There was no claim of responsibility, but speculation immediately centered on supporters of the Islamic State group who have been battling with Hamas and other Islamic groups in the small coastal strip.
Hamas recently launched a fierce crackdown on alleged IS supporters and witnesses said a freshly painted Islamic State group flag was seen at the site of the explosions.
According to BBC, Saudi security forces have arrested 431 suspected members of the Islamic State militant group, officials say.
They are accused of plotting suicide attacks on security forces and mosques in various parts of the country.
Most of the suspects are Saudi citizens, but they also include people from six nationalities, including Yemen and Syria, the interior ministry said.
Saudi Arabia is part of a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS militants in Syria and Iraq.
According to Hindustan Times, Kenya's Westgate shopping mall reopened for business on Saturday in the capital, nearly two years after Somali Islamists massacred 67 shoppers and staff in four days of carnage.
The complex, Nairobi's most upmarket shopping centre and a magnet for the east African nation's growing middle class and expatriates, was badly damaged in the assault by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels and has undergone months of renovation.
Around 50 shoppers queued to be the first to pass through newly-installed metal detectors at the main entrance, after Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and Atul Shah, owner of the main regional supermarket chain Nakumatt, declared the mall back in business in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to Premium Times, A bomb has just exploded at the Eid prayer ground in Damaturu, Yobe state capital in Nigeria.
The Eid ground hit by the blast is located at an area called phase-one along Maiduguri Road.
A resident, Abdul Malik, told PREMIUM TIMES that "It happened at about 8am. Now we are being asked to return back home. Those that had gotten close to the Eid ground said many people were affected".
The two female suicide bombers included a 10-year-old girl, said Nigerian army spokesman Col Sani Usman.
According to BBC, Britain is committed to working with the US to destroy the "caliphate" set up by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the prime minister has said.
David Cameron told US TV network NBC he wanted the UK to do more but said he needed to "take Parliament with him".
MPs voted against proposed military action in Syria two years ago.
Lord Richards, former chief of defence staff, called for a new strategy to defeat IS, saying he suspected ground troops would be deployed in the future.
By Pankaj Mishra
According to Bloomberg View, cultural revolutions are underway in two nation-states -- India and Israel -- founded by secular nationalists in the late 1940s. Right-wing demagogues, emerging in both countries from among previously unrepresented masses, seek to forge a new national identity by stigmatizing particular religious and secular groups.
There are eerie similarities between the Hindu thugs who assault Muslim males marrying Hindu women and followers of the far-right Israeli group Lehava (Flame), who try to break up weddings between Muslims and Jews.
More importantly, religious-political chauvinism is now amplified by figures in power as well. Last week, Israel's minister of religious services claimed that Reform Jews were not Jews. A minister in Narendra Modi's government has described Indian Muslims and Christians in India as "bastards."
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