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A view on the Main Factors in Christian Persecution

  • Increasing levels of Christian persecution during 2019.

  • Baylor Professor Paul Marshall comments on ‘secularization theory,’ ignorance among diplomats and journalists and the culture wars.

 Budapest, Dec.30.– Despite being the most persecuted religious minority in the world, Christians suffering persecution are often overlooked in the media and hardly given priority or special attention in government policy. This is particularly the case in Western countries whose foundations are, ironically, by and large Christian.

So why is there this dearth of coverage? In this interview in Budapest with the National Catholic Register at a conference on persecuted Christians, professor Paul Marshall, explains that various factors are in play.

Prof. Marshall holds the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University. The main factors in Christian persecution, he says, include “secularization theory,” which implies religion is “going to disappear,” ignorance among diplomats and journalists, and the culture wars, which have been projected onto non-Western persecuted Christians.

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U.S. Preparing to Respond to 2020 Russian Election Interference by Releasing Kremlin Officials’ Personal Info

U.S. Cyber Command is readying options to wage information warfare against Russian officials if the country tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections

Washington DC, Dec. 26.– The officials targeted would include senior members of Russia’s government as well as Russian oligarchs, stopping short of targeting Vladimir Putin himself. The operation is designed to halt election interference by threatening Kremlin officials with the release of their personal information.  Prof, Bobby ChesneyProf, Bobby Chesney

“When the Russians put implants into an electric grid, it means they’re making a credible showing that they have the ability to hurt you if things escalate,” Bobby Chesney, a professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin, told the Washington Post. “What may be contemplated here is an individualized version of that, not unlike individually targeted economic sanctions. It’s sending credible signals to key decision-makers that they are vulnerable if they take certain adversarial actions.”

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2019 in review: testing China’s bottom line

Unrest continues unabated in Hong KongUnrest continues unabated in Hong Kong The past year has been unusually stressful for Xi Jinping. The coming one will be no easier

Dec.24.– It was bound to be an anxious year for the Chinese Communist Party. Years ending in 9 have always been since the crushing of the Tiananmen Square protests on June 4th 1989. The party feared that anniversaries of the bloodshed might trigger unrest (though security is always so tight that they never have). In 2019 they were on heightened alert, jittery not only about the 30th anniversary, but about other round-number anniversaries of political upheavals, including a national one a century ago, another in Tibet, and the party’s own seizure of power in 1949.

But China’s leader, Xi Jinping, was right to sense that troubles in 2019 might come from unexpected quarters. In a speech in January he warned officials of “black swan” and “grey rhino” events, in other words, unforeseen crises or ones arising from obvious but neglected problems. What occurred was a combination of both types, with the colour black prevailing.

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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! – ¡Feliz Navidad! ¡Feliz Jánuka!

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Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!
¡Feliz Navidad! ¡Feliz Jánuka!

<See the message in Spanish in block letters>

Dear readers and friends,
Estimados amigos lectores:

Christmas celebrates the birth of a child who became the symbol of hope through the ages to billions of people who were faced –and still are faced– with economic, social and political oppression. Many Christians believe that this child, crucified as an adult by the Roman occupying army in Judea, is the son of God, the Messiah, and He would return and establish a new global reality of love and peace on Earth. That hope gets renewed for many in their fervent commemoration of Christmas.

Hanukkah celebrates the victory of a liberation struggle in Judea 165 B.C.E. when a tiny guerilla army of farmers and religious activists beat the powerful occupying army of the Hellenistic Syrian regime. All sophisticated “realists” said that such struggle was ridiculous and had no chance of winning. Like Passover, Hanukkah celebrates the rebirth of hope that the seemingly powerless can overthrow the oppressive forces and systems of the powerful. Keep hope alive that this can happen again in our own reality.

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