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PowerLinks 02.25.15

Islamic State ‘abducts dozens of Christians in Syria’ BBC The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and children were seized in a series of dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.23.15

Families Armed With Books Repel The Effects Of Poverty Allison Kieselowsky, The Federalist Families that read together build strong bonds and ward off poverty. Here’s what you can do to encourage love for books in your community. Continue Reading...

A Week Of Hellish Religious Persecution

The scene in Copenhagen following a deadly shooting at a synagogue Last week was a nightmarish week. Each day brought forth new violence, visited upon men and women of faith. Attacks against Christians were carried out by both Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Continue Reading...

Chinese Government Tries To Stay Ahead Of Child Traffickers

Underground delivery rooms. Babies smuggled in designer handbags. Criminal gangs kidnapping pregnant women. It’s all part of a growing concern in China: child trafficking. According to CNN, Chinese authorities rescued 37 newborns and one toddler this week, arresting over 100 people in the process. Continue Reading...

WiFi and Other Inalienable Human Rights

When you think about basic human rights, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The right to life? The right to liberty? The right to WiFi? If that last one wasn’t on your list it may be a sign that you’re old. Continue Reading...

How Wal-Mart is Helping the Unbanked

An estimated 10 million American households — about 8 percent of all households — are “unbanked” and one in five households — 24 million households with 51 million adults — are “underbanked.” These are households which don’t have accounts at banks and other mainstream financial institutions and use cash for most of their transactions. Continue Reading...

Can A Text Message Save a Human Trafficking Victim?

The Redlight app to fight human trafficking The Polaris Project is one of the most highly-respected human trafficking organizations in the nation. Based in Washington, D.C., the Polaris Project (named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the 1800s) is home to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Continue Reading...

S. Truett Cathy on the Opportunity to Give

S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-Fil-A, died on Monday at the age of 93. He once said, “We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed.” Extremely profitable and popular, Chick-Fil-A has given $68 million to charity since its founding. Continue Reading...