In China, where religious liberty has been under attack since the communist takeover in 1949, persecution of Christians has escalated over recent months. Communist Chinese authorities have destroyed churches and religious symbols and arrested Christian leaders and laity in recent crackdowns against those groups regarded by Beijing as “cults.”
U.S. military engagements in the decades since World War II have often been characterized by their expansive nature, a development commonly called "mission creep." But the already expanded role of the new mission in Afghanistan — the training and support mission that follows "the end of combat operations" in that country — might better be described as "mission morph" or "mission mutation."
ISIS, the throat-cutting, children-murdering Islamist terrorist organization that is taking over large segments of Iraq and Syria, owes its beginning to the U.S. government.
Under the guise of advancing what the United Nations refers to as “human rights,” the dictator-dominated global body is waging a full-blown assault on free-speech rights by pressuring governments to criminalize so-called “hate speech.” Indeed, working alongside radical government-funded activist groups and anti-liberty politicians around the world, the UN and other totalitarian-minded forces have now reached the point where they openly claim that what they call “international law” actually requires governments to ban speech and organizations they disapprove of.
Critics, though, are fighting back in an effort to protect freedom of speech — among the most fundamental of all real rights. While Americans’ God-given right to speak freely is firmly enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the UN and its hordes of “human rights” bureaucrats are currently haranguing the people of Japan — among others — to drastically curtail speech rights.
Despite portrayals of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being a rival to China's proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP), the TPP is meant as a step toward the FTAAP.