A New Rise of Totalitarianism in China

China’s 20th National Congress of the Communist Party concluded on 22 October. They could have established a new leader to replace Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of what should have been his second and final term. Instead, they eliminated term limits, and he will now begin the [...]

The Curse of Drug Production in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a nation that has successfully forced the withdrawal of three world powers: The British Empire in 1842, the USSR in 1989, and the USA in 2021. The question is: What are they defending? This is a nation noted for shocking cruelty, grinding poverty, and a highly destructive [...]

Violence against women Has Deep Roots in China

In June, a group of unknown men beat a group of women and kicked them in the head in the city of Tangshan. The assailants used bottles and chairs in this unprovoked attack. In January, a woman was chained by her neck in a shack. These two incidents have [...]

A Painful Solution to Iran’s Ongoing Water Shortage

In 2021, January was Iran’s driest month on record since 1983. March and October were also very dry, though November was wet. In the 21st Century, Iran has lost over 200 cubic kilometers of its total water storage and there is no end in sight. Iran is a nation [...]

July Was a Month of Turmoil in Libya

Population: 6,412,000 Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam Christian: 3.2% Persecution Ranking: 4 July was a month of violent protests in Libya. Fed up with self-centered leadership, protesters took to the streets in the capital of Tripoli and other Libyan cities starting July 2. Protesters stormed the parliament’s headquarters and set [...]

Is China Having a Family Crisis?

China’s marriage rates have been on the decline for eight years while their divorce rates are climbing dramatically. 2021 saw the lowest birth rate since 1949 and the lowest population growth in 60 years, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics. Clearly, the world’s second-biggest nation will face major [...]

Summer Invades Spring in India

How many of you love springtime? Most likely, the people of India do too. Unfortunately, this spring has become an early extension of summer. Temperatures well over 100F started in March rather than May and June like they do in a normal year. India has seen unprecedented high temperatures [...]

Internet Pulls People to Japan’s Shinto Religion

Japan has much “soft” power, meaning the world loves aspects of their popular culture. All over the globe, people have gained a taste for anime, video games, and martial arts. More recently, the Japanese have added another cultural export: the Shinto religion. In this century, the Internet has provided [...]

What Should African Christians Do About the Epidemic of Coups?

Leaders of the United Nations describe Africa as having an “epidemic” of coups these past two years. During this time, there have been successful coups in Mali, Chad, Guinea, Sudan, and Burkina Faso. Unsuccessful coups happened in Niger, Central African Republic, and Madagascar. Freedom House pointed out that global [...]

India

Since her independence on August 15, 1947, the Indian government has usually had a good human rights record. For decades, they elected prime ministers from the democratically-minded Congress Party. Initially, there were bloody encounters between the Hindu majority and the large Muslim minority, but each prime minister strongly discouraged [...]

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