Christians in ‘China’s Jerusalem’ Are Fighting Church Demolitions

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Dramatic footage shows congregation battling riot police Dramatic footage obtained by CNN shows Christians in the southeastern Chinese city of Wenzhou barricading themselves into their church to keep hundreds of riot police at bay and save their church cross from confiscation. Since the beginning of the year, Communist Party officials have been demolishing churches in surrounding Zhejiang province, and removing ... Read More »

Unpacking the Propaganda: Why Australia is Sending Troops to the Middle East


On Sunday Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that 400 air personnel and 200 military personnel from Australia’s armed forces would be going to the Middle East to assist in the fight against ISIL in Iraq. The Labor opposition party supports the decision.  In his speech and the press conference that followed, Abbott tried to describe both the war he would ... Read More »

It’s Time for the Kurds to Set Up Their Own Nation


Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past. In 1991, after the Kuwait War had ended and as Saddam Hussein attacked Iraq’s 6 million Kurds, I made three arguments against American intervention on their behalf, arguments still commonly heard today: First, Kurdish independence would spell the end of ... Read More »

Mosques Of Greece


Towering over the city of Ioannina, crowning the Ic Kale, or citadel, looms the Fethiye Mosque. Constructed near the ruins of a 13th century church dedicated to the archangels Gabriel and Michael, it commemorates the surrender of  the city to the Ottomans in 1430. In front of it, an intricately woven metal cage marks the spot where the great despot ... Read More »

Yemen: A Failed State


Published on 10 Sep 2014 Subscribe to VICE News here: Since 2011, when Yemeni youths took to the streets and sparked the eventual demise of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, the country has fallen to pieces. The new embattled government is now struggling to cope with a bevy of issues, including sectarian rivalries, CIA drone strikes, and one ... Read More »

Hungary’s Navracsics to be Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship


European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled on Wednesday the next European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team will have to be approved by the European Parliament. As it turns out Hungary’s Tibor Navracsics will not be Commissioner for Trade or Commissioner for Customs, as suggested by previous press reports – Juncker surprisingly picked him to be Commissioner for Education, ... Read More »

Syria’s Cultural Artifacts Are Blood Diamonds for ISIS


The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage could have even more widespread ramifications than we realize, the Wall Street Journal reports. Christian C. Sahner takes a close look at the motivation behind the widely reported destruction of religious, historical, and cultural sites, arguing that “the nation’s heritage has been used as a weapon to finance bloodshed, to settle sectarian scores, and to erase ... Read More »