A Chinese court sentenced a husband-and-wife team of Christian pastors to significant jail time and heavy fines for opposing the removal of their church's cross by the government.
Further illustrating what would at least appear on the surface to be the incredible absurdity of what passes for U.S. government “foreign policy,” Sunni jihadist “rebels” in Syria backed by al-Qaeda and the Obama administration have been battling against Shia militias that have also been backed by Obama. Both sides are fighting with American weapons, according to news reports. How much money U.S. taxpayers forked over to arm the two warring Islamic factions was not immediately clear. But the enormous human tragedy on the ground is growing quickly.
Under the guise of fighting the Islamic State, or ISIS, the Obama administration has put American boots on the ground in Syria to work with local communist-linked militants on an air base in the war-ravaged nation's northeastern region, according to satellite images and Syrian military and security sources cited in media reports. The estimated 100 U.S. “experts” and Special Forces troops on the ground there, deployed unilaterally by Obama without a declaration of war or even congressional approval, have reportedly been building up and expanding the air base for several months. Before deploying U.S. forces to Syria in October, Obama had pledged repeatedly not to do so. Now American involvement is deepening.
Meanwhile, in apparent violation of federal terror laws, U.S. forces are reported by multiple sources to have been working with heavily armed militants affiliated with communist Kurdish forces officially designated as terrorists by the U.S. State Department — a major crime with serious consequences, even if perpetrated by government officials. According to French news agency AFP, citing a Syrian military source, the American personnel are widening and refurbishing an old agricultural air field “alongside forces from the anti-IS Kurdish People's Protection Units.” It is not the first time in recent memory that the Obama administration has ordered American troops to work with the proscribed organization.
Terrorists from the Islamic State — popularly known as ISIS — have destroyed St. Elijah’s Monastery in Mosul, Iraq, it was confirmed by means of pictures provided to the Associated Press by a Colorado satellite imagery firm.
Yesterday, North Korea — known for bluff and bluster — claimed to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb. The Hermit Kingdom said the test detonation of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb was conducted "in the most perfect manner" and will serve as a deterrent to the "ever-growing nuclear threat and blackmail by the U.S.-led hostile forces."
The Communist Chinese dictatorship approved a controversial “anti-terror” decree last month that, among other troubling provisions, purports to authorize foreign deployments of police, soldiers, and special forces to battle alleged “terrorists” and "extremists" — or perhaps dissidents so labeled by the regime — wherever they may be in the world.
Chinese Uyghurs who have gone abroad to escape persecution at home are subject to being tracked down and harassed by Chinese intelligence agents while overseas. Furthermore, relatives of Uyghurs who are in exile in the United States and Canada have been jailed back in Xinjiang.
In what may be one of the most Orwellian schemes ever concocted by the dictatorship, all 1.3 billion victims of Communist China's mass-murdering regime will soon be given a “score” apparently measuring, among other attributes, their level of loyalty to the nation's brutal overlords. The score will also showcase how “good” each “citizen” is so everyone can be punished or rewarded accordingly.
As Christmas approaches, Christians in China are still suffering persecution and harassment, as they have since 1949, when the communists gained control of all of China.
The nation of Brunei is again banning the celebration of Christmas, as its sultan has reissued an edict first put into effect last year that prohibits any public display of Christmas decorations and even the wearing of Santa hats.