Steven Joel Sotloff: Beheading video of James Wright Foley shocks as ISIS warns TIME journalist is nextBLOGGER NOTE: August 22, 2014 - Steven's mom, Shirley Sotloff has requested us to spread the petition far and wide. My heart goes out to her.
Please sign this petiton! And spread it far and wide. Let not this one EVIL triumph!
It calls on the President to "take immediate action to save Steven's life by any means necessary".
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A militant dressed in black threatens the death of Sotloff unless President Obama ends bombing operations in Iraq.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairman emeritus of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “I’ve talked to them via the phone while in Waashington.”
“We’ve contacted the State Department, the FBI, Reporters without Borders, any organization that’s had contact with him.”
The Sotloff family would like to see more than 100,000 people sign on to this petition by September 18.
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Please pray for Steven Sotloff - Missing since August 4, 2013 in Syria.
Journalist, son, brother and friend.
Islamic State says another U.S. journalist's fate(Steven Sotloff) depends on ObamaAugust 19, 2014 7:02 PM
Steven Joel Sotloff: Beheading video of James Wright Foley shocks as ISIS warns TIME journalist is next | Christian News on Christian Today:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and said his life depended on U.S. President Barack Obama's next move.
"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven Sotloff.
The video could not immediately be verified.
(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Chris Reese)
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The Muslim Brotherhood's Legitimate Grievances
When I told my Egyptian friend Ahmad Kamal that I wanted to go to the Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Nasser City, a pallid look gripped him. “Don’t go there!” he pleaded. “They are fanatics who hate foreigners. Americans like you are in danger there.” After an hour of fruitless conversation over endless glasses of sweet tea, I rose, shook Ahmad’s hand, and headed straight to the lair where he believed I would be devoured.
As my scout party headed off with waves and smiles, a short portly man with a British accent greeted me. “Welcome to our protest camp,” said Gehad Haddad, a Brotherhood spokesman.
Drawing on his vast knowledge of Western liberalism, Haddad explained how the military’s coup contravened the pillars of democracy. “President Morsi was elected by the people at the ballot box,” he noted, scratching his perfectly trimmed beard. “Only there can his legitimacy and position be removed. Not in the streets with tanks and machine gun toting soldiers.”
Haddad’s sentiments were echoed by those in the crowd albeit less articulately and more fragmented. “The people voted for Morsi,” 45-year-old teacher Sa’id Rashwan told me. “Why have a few now decided he cannot rule?’
Such frustrations were the main theme of the Nasser City protests. But others expressed puzzlement with the very fundamentals of electoral politics. “Is this how democracy functions?” asked a 38-year-old carpenter, Salim Moussa. “When people get mad at your president does he have to resign?”
Despite their indignation, Morsi supporters were adamant they would not resort to violence. “We have made our commitment to elections and democracy,” Haddad explained. “We believe violence neither serves our cause nor that of the Egyptian people.”
His avowals were not enough to assuage my friend Ahmad’s fears that the Brotherhood was a violent organization bent on reestablishing itself through force. “They are lying to you. Look at the weapons the police captured at their headquarters,” he said referring to the arsenal of small arms and birdshot the security services seized there.
Ahmad refuses to countenance that the Brotherhood and its supporters have legitimate grievances. Such stubbornness is blocking the path to reconciliation Egypt desperately needs to extricate itself from its security and economic woes. And until Egyptians like Ahmad extend an olive branch to those in Nasser City, Egypt will continue to be mired in a zone of uncertainty.
Steven Sotloff is a journalist reporting from Egypt. He is a contributor to TIME and has also written for The National Interest and Media Line.
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