New controls Early this year the Chinese government implemented new laws and regulations to tighten its control over the nation. The government says it wants to stop religious extremism, unrest, disturbances and violence. However, the regime wants to control religion, curb challenges to its authority and muzzle criticism. All churches, sects and faith groups… Continue reading Chinese Government applies the blow torch
What’s on your Facebook today? Maybe a birthday notification? New friend recommendation? Event notification? Photo of what your friends did yesterday (which you should tag!)? Even more important, what buttons will you hit in response? Does Facebook need you more than you need Facebook? Can you do without Facebook? Can Facebook do without you? With… Continue reading Would you miss Facebook?
Sir Charles Dilke [1843-1911] commented once that false statements can be arranged according to their degree under three heads, fibs, lies, and statistics. Mark Twain used a stronger word, when he wrote his now famous quote, which I will not repeat here. What is clear in these statements is, that people can lie out of… Continue reading Lies and Statistics
Ever since Xi Jinping became president of the Chinese Communist Party, there have been increasing restrictions on religious activity. Initially there were some indications that the new government was simply trying to confirm and prove it authority in every area of life. The silent hope was that with time, like in the past, these kinds… Continue reading Increasing restraints to Religious Activity in China
The pope is doing a deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In March, the Roman Catholic Church will give the Communist Party the power to appoint bishops in China. Just what the pope’s hope is remains unclear but what is clear is that here we have the false church in league with communism, a… Continue reading Prophecy and the Pope’s Deal with China
Political correctness can reduce public debate to very limp and shallow discussion. Whilst many journalists in the West are often afraid to call a spade a spade, some in Asia are not such nervous Nellies. Take for example Surya Deva (an associate professor at the school of law of City University of Hong Kong) who… Continue reading Feminine beauty
Who has not heard of Billy Graham? He played a huge role in American Christianity. What to think of Billy Graham? He was, undeniably, an Arminian. But there is more that should be said about him. Rev. Wes Bredenhof wrote an article about him in his blog yinkahdinay, with the title: Billy Graham: Last of… Continue reading Evangelist Billy Graham died – 21 February 2018
Hungary has been in the news regularly in recent times because of defending Christian values, with Hungary’s Prime Minister as one of the vocal defenders of Hungary as a Christian country. He recently stated that Islam is advancing and Christianity is Europe’s last hope. This is not appreciated by the bureaucracy in the European Union.… Continue reading Too many smiling, dancing, white Christians
In The Diplomat magazine (December 15, 2017 issue) R G Almond writes that on October 18, 2017, at the 19th Party Congress, China’s president Mr Xi proclaimed that he will lead China into a “new era.” Fuelled by its remarkable economic successes and rapid military growth China sees a strategic opportunity to expand national power… Continue reading Push Back Against China
On Friday, 2 February, the House of Congress in the USA released a controversial memo about practices of the FBI, concerning surveillance / wiretapping one of candidate and later President Trump’s team members. The release of this memo was preceded by heated discussions in the committee and between members of the House, as well as… Continue reading US House Memo released: Crime or not?
In an article headed France: A Decomposing Civilization Italian journalist Giulio Meotti (1) describes what many consider is the gradual disintegration of France. Meotti’s summarises: “France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its… Continue reading France in Crisis. Why?
While more and more countries and other jurisdictions (individual states or provinces) are working to legalise marijuana, the police in many countries is warning drivers that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. There is quite some discussion about how dangerous and it is clear that the working of marijuana cannot be equaled with… Continue reading USA reverses Obama-policy on marijuana
It is almost trite to observe that any education system – its structure and curriculum – closely reflects the values of the society in which it is formed. Thus in a democratic nation such as Australia, educational institutions are valued as places of academic freedom, critical inquiry and the preservation of freedom enjoyed by the… Continue reading Education and ideology in China
Among the many Christmas messages of numerous heads of state, government leaders and other leaders, it seems hard to find a few good ones which are worth listening to or reading. Last week I mentioned an editorial of the Canadian National Post. If you haven’t read it, I certainly recommend that you do. Towards the… Continue reading Hungary: PM Viktor Orban’s Christmas Message: Worth reading!
Iran is one of the most totalitarian states, this one a Muslim state. It gives the appearance of being a democracy, with elections for president and for parliament, but whatever parliament or the president do, it all has to be approved by the highest persons in the country: the religious leaders. There is a strict… Continue reading Protests in Iran
At least 11 people were killed in an attack on a Coptic Orthodox church and a shop owned by a Christian, in Cairo, Egypt. At least 11 people are killed. This is not the first attack on Christians in Egypt this year. On Palm Sunday n April two bombs exploded in which Christian were targeted.… Continue reading Church attacked in Egypt
update: Two weeks ago I posted an article about the California wildfires. Today it was reported that the ‘Thomas Fire’ in California has become the largest wildfire in the state’s history. It has so far scorched more than one thousand square kilometers. This makes the comments I made about the situation in California, and broader… Continue reading California on Fire (2)
The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Tina Gibson and her husband Benjamin, living in East Tennessee (USA), adopted an embryo which had been frozen for 24 years. The child, Emma, was born on the 25th of November this year. Tina was not able to conceive naturally with Benjamin, because Benjamin is suffering from cystic fibrosis.… Continue reading Frozen embryo born after 24 years
The science on climate change is settled? 97 percent of all scientists agree? Apparently, it is all not so cut and dry as we thought. ‘The impact of changes in solar activity on Earth’s climate was up to seven times greater than climate models suggested according to new research published today in Nature Communications.’This is what… Continue reading Cosmic rays, solar activity have greater impact on climate models
Things aren’t going well in Washington DC. There is a lot of unrest. President Donald Trump is certainly shaking up things in Washington. It looks like he will be able to get his new tax bill through congress, achieving an enormous simplification of the tax code, which may create millions of new jobs and spur… Continue reading Uprising in the USA?