Saturday, August 8, 2020

Pakistan: Court Orders 14 YO Christian Girl to Be Returned to Her Muslim Abductor

I want to pass on this press release from International Christian Concern regarding a very disturbing news story coming out of Pakistan. A 14 year old Christian girl was abducted at gunpoint, forced to convert to Islam, and forced into a marriage to a Muslim man. She was initially rescued from her abductor, but a Pakistani court has now ruled the forced conversion and marriage is legal. She has been ordered by the court to return to her abductor. As you read this article, please be mindful that this is NOT some isolated case of some extremist living in a cave in the middle of nowhere. Rather, this is the Pakistani legal system, a branch of the Pakistani government, that is openly supporting forced conversions and forced child marriage. This is mainstream Islam. In today's hyper-politically correct world, we are not supposed to acknowledge that fact. Instead, we are supposed to pretend this is just some isolated case of extremism. It is not. An estimated 1,000 Pakistani women and girls are abducted and forced into conversions and marriage each year. Pakistan's Islamic government and legal system supports this situation. Please read the press release in full for more details. --Timothy Gamble

Pakistani Court Orders 14-Year-Old Christian Girl to Be Returned to Her Abductor

High Court Judge Uses Religion to Justify Abduction and Child Marriage

08/06/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern)International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Lahore High Court has ordered Maria Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl who was abducted and forcibly married to a Muslim man, to be returned to the custody of her abductor. This decision, made on August 4, overturned an earlier order by the Faisalabad District and Sessions Court placing Shahbaz in a women’s shelter.

On April 28, 2020, Shahbaz was abducted at gunpoint by Mohamad Nakash and two accomplices while walking home in Madina Town, near Faisalabad. According to witnesses, the abductors forced Shahbaz into a car and fired gunshots into the air as they fled the scene.

After the abduction, Shahbaz remained in Nakash’s custody. To justify his custody of Shahbaz, Nakash claims that he and Shahbaz are married and that she has converted to Islam. To support this claim, Nakash produced a marriage certificate stating that Shahbaz is 19 years old. However, the validity of this certificate has been brought into question as the Muslim cleric whose name is listed on the certificate has denied any involvement in the marriage.

Shahbaz’s parents have challenged the marriage’s validity in an attempt to regain custody of their daughter. As evidence, Shahbaz’s parents presented their daughter’s birth certificate to the Faisalabad District and Sessions Court. This document, supported by other school documents, proves that Shahbaz is a minor.

On July 30, Judge Rana Masood of the Faisalabad District and Sessions Court ordered that Shahbaz be allowed to leave Nakash’s custody and placed in a women’s shelter, known as Dar ul Aman, until the Lahore High Court heard her case. Following this order, police also registered a formal complaint against Nakash and his two accomplices for Shahbaz’s abduction in April.

On August 4, the ruling of the Faisalabad District and Sessions Court was overturned by Judge Raja Muhammad Shahid Abbasi of the Lahore High Court. Judge Abbasi reportedly ruled in favor of Nakash because the court found that Shahbaz had converted to Islam. Witnesses in the court claim that Shahbaz was in tears when the ruling was announced.

It is unbelievable,” advocate Khalil Tahir Sandu, the lawyer representing Shahbaz’s parents, told Aid to the Church in Need. “What we have seen today is an Islamic judgement. The arguments we put forward were very strong.

The Child Marriage Restraint Act has been toothless,” Suneel Malik, a Pakistani human rights activist, told ICC. “The legal age of marriage for girls is set at 16. However, this is not effectively enforced by the courts in Pakistan. Judges continue to declare marriages of minors valid on the pretext of puberty under an Islamic interpretation of law.

The order is unprecedented and will likely mean Maria will never return to her family,” Shazia George, another Pakistan human rights activist, told ICC. “The decision to make a child bride stay with her abductor will add more misery to the case. Courts must ensure that the victims of forced conversion and child marriage are able to have their statements recorded without any duress or threat so perpetrators are brought to justice.

According to a 2014 study by The Movement for Solidarity and Peace Pakistan, an estimated 1,000 women and girls from Pakistan’s Hindu and Christian community are abducted, forcibly married to their captor, and forcibly converted to Islam every year. The issue of religion is also often injected into cases of sexual assault to place religious minority victims at a disadvantage. Playing upon religious biases, perpetrators know they can cover up and justify their crimes by introducing an element of religion.

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “We here at International Christian Concern are deeply saddened by the court’s decision to return Maria to the custody of her abductor. This has placed Maria’s safety at risk and will likely mean any testimony she is able to give in court will be tainted by the threats she will be forced to endure in the custody of her abductor. Pakistan must do more to combat the issue of abductions, forced marriages, and forced conversions. For too long, perpetrators have used the issue of religion to justify their crimes against Pakistan’s religious minorities.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

The Coming War with China?

By Timothy Gamble

Is there a war brewing between China and America? Perhaps, but not because of the coronavirus. Rather, a hot war with China may be inevitable as a natural function of history - a concept called the Thucydides Trap.

The Thucydides Trap states that when a rising great power threatens to displace an existing great power, a war that will almost certainly lead to the destruction of one of the great powers is almost always inevitable. The concept is articulated by Harvard University professor Graham Allison, based on a quote from the ancient Greek historian (and military general) Thucydides.

Thucydides stated that the Peloponnesian war, between Athens (the rising power) and Sparta (the existing dominant power), had been inevitable because of the resulting structural stress on the established order. Dr. Allison's research, published through Harvard's Belfor Center for Science and International Affairs, has identified sixteen cases over the last 500 years in which a major new power arose as a rival to an already existing dominant ruling power. Twelve of these sixteen rivalries resulted in a major war in which one of the two powers was destroyed. Dr. Allison uses this research to speculate on the current rivalry between the United States and Communist China. (See Dr. Allison's book, Destined forWar: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?, for more information.)

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Although some criticism of this theory exists in academic circles, the case laid out by Dr. Allison is compelling. And it certainly has gotten the attention of politicians, diplomats, and military leaders in the US and China, even at the highest levels. China's President and Paramount Leader, Xi Jinping, has publically used the term, although typically in denials of China's ambitions for hegemony. In 2014, does example, Xi stated "the argument that strong countries are bound to seek hegemony does not apply to China... China fully understands that we need a peaceful and stable internal and external environment to develop ourselves. We all need to work together to avoid the Thucydides trap" (quote as reported in the South China Morning Post, Feb. 7, 2014).

Unfortunately, China's actions and policies seem to indicate otherwise.

Areas of Rivalry

There are many areas of intense disagreement between the United States and Communist China, many of which are potential flashpoints on the road to war.
  • Economic competition and trade deficits
  • The independence of Taiwan
  • The independence of Hong Kong
  • Ongoing disputes over the Korean Peninsula
  • The ongoing border dispute with India
  • China's claims over the South China Sea, particularly certain important trade routes
  • China's military build-up and its increased naval presence (and aggressiveness) throughout the Pacific
  • China's recent nuclear tests held in violation of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • China's ongoing human rights violations, especially in Xianjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong
  • China's lack of religious freedom, and its ongoing crackdown on Christianity
  • China's use of cyber-espionage
  • China's digital policing of the Internet, including its use of pressure on Western tech and social media companies
  • China's use of Confucius Institutes to influence Western academia, and to gain access to Western technology

Will the Coronavirus pandemic cause the war?  The coronavirus did originate in China, perhaps even in a Chinese biowarfare lab. The Chinese government did lie about, and cover-up, their coronavirus epidemic for weeks, even months, after they became aware of the problem. Most experts believe China is still lying about the true extent of their coronavirus outbreak. They have not cooperated with world authorities investigating the origins of Covid-19. And the pandemic has exposed America's, and the rest of the West's, supply-chain overdependence on China. Many Western, and even Asian, government officials are blaming China for the global pandemic and it's related chaos.

All this may further deteriate relations with China, but no one is calling for war over the pandemic. At most, we are likely to see some economic and diplomatic sanctions aimed at China, but no cruise missles. This is good news, as a hot war with China is not something to be eagarly anticipated.  However, it does not mean we are safe from the theThucydides Trap. In fact, many experts argue a state of war already exists between the two countries, albeit currently as a Cold War.

Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding (USAF Ret.) stated in a recent op-ed published by The Hill, "The United States is in the midst of a 21st century cold war with China."  He goes on to write "The very system of globalization has been used by the Chinese Communist Party to advance its agenda. By slowly taking over the world’s trading system and monopolizing manufacturing, they have turned global supply chains into a national security liability."

Please see his book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, in which Spalding exposes a decades long effort by China to successfully wage a six-front war on America's economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure, for more details on China's Cold War against America, and how they are winning.

What can we do about the coming war with China? Prayer. Beyond that, there is little most of us can do as individuals. Few people are truly in a position to influence policy on that high a level. Among those who are, few wish to take on China in any significant way. Unlike the first Cold War with the old Soviet Union, there is little desire to win this Cold War, or even to acknowledge it exists. Blame a combination of greed, fear, and political correctness.  Even General Spalding has expressed doubts about our willingness to win this Cold War, saying it is already almost too late, considering the current state of America's political and corporate leadership, academia, and news media.

As individuals, our best response may be to prepare ourselves and our families and communities for what promises to be a very difficult decade. The 2020s may see a hot war between China and the US. Or it may see the US lose a Cold War it doesn't even want to admit its fighting. Either way, expect major economic, political, and social upheaval for years to come.

(For more on preparedness, please visit my Dystopian Survival website. Those new to preparedness may wish to read my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End.)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Book Recommendation: Stealth War, by General Robert Spalding

China is one of the four major threats to the United States and Western Civilization. The threat is more than just an economic threat. China has been actively seeking to become the world's dominant superpower. To that end, China has been successfully waging an economic, political, and diplomatic war against America for decades, while preparing for what they consider to an inevitable "hot" war with America in the future. China is becoming more aggressive in their "cold war" tactics, and is using distractions caused by the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic (manufactured in China) as cover for their recent actions.

There are several books which I could recommend to help understand what is going on with China, and why they pose a true existential threat to America and the West. First on that list is Stealth War, by General Robert Spalding. The following is the book's description from the Amazon listing:

Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, by Brigadier General Robert Spalding (US Air Force, Retired), reveals the shocking success China has had infiltrating American institutions and compromising our national security.

Available on Amazon
The media often suggest that Russia poses the greatest threat to America's national security, but the real danger lies farther east. While those in power have been distracted and disorderly, China has waged a six-front war on America's economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure--and they're winning. It's almost too late to undo the shocking, though nearly invisible, victories of the Chinese.

In Stealth War, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding reveals China's motives and secret attacks on the West. Chronicling how our leaders have failed to protect us over recent decades, he provides shocking evidence of some of China's most brilliant ploys, including:

 • Placing Confucius Institutes in universities across the United States that serve to monitor and control Chinese students on campus and spread communist narratives to unsuspecting American students.

 • Offering enormous sums to American experts who create investment funds that funnel technology to China.

 • Signing a thirty-year agreement with the US that allows China to share peaceful nuclear technology, ensuring that they have access to American nuclear know-how.

Spalding's concern isn't merely that America could lose its position on the world stage. More urgently, the Chinese Communist Party has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights.

Despite all the damage done so far, Spalding shows how it's still possible for the U.S. and the rest of the free world to combat--and win--China's stealth war.

Stealth War is availble from Amazon in hardback, kindle, and audio editions.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Environmental Scanning and Threat Assessment

By Timothy Gamble

Today marks a new direction for this website, www.TimGamble.com. Our focus now be on news analysis and threat assessment, as we bear witness to an emerging dystopian future brought on by the decline and fall of the American Republic and end of traditional Western (Christian) Civilization.

In business, there is a concept called "Environmental Scanning." It has nothing to do with pollution or climate change. Instead, the environment the term refers to is the business environment, both external and internal, in which the organization operates, seeking to identify emerging threats and opportunities that must be addressed, if the organization is to survive.

Environmental scanning looks at a broad range of things which can impact the organization's future operations, including political and economic conditions, its supply chain and consumer base, emerging geopolitical threats, proposed legislation, sociological and demographic trends, customer satisfaction and expectations, technological changes, and its competitors.

"Identifying opportunities and threats is the very core of risk management. It enables companies to formulate important strategies and plans of actions while minimizing threats and taking advantage of opportunities that arise" (reference). Likewise, the principles of environmental scanning can be used to identify and assess the current events of our emerging dystopia.

For years now, I have been warning of four major threats to the American Republic and traditional Western civilization. These threats are:
  • The Internal Threat - Political and economic Elites who want to destroy America and Western Civilization to create their version of utopia. They believe Western Civilization is bad, that America in particular is evil, and that Judeo-Christian values and ethics are too restricting.
  • The Hijra (Conquest by Immigration) - The active invasion of Western Civilization by Muslims through "peaceful" immigration, along with (often violent) demands for various accommodations, special legal status, and the acceptance and even imposition of Sharia Law, is both intentional and well-organized.
  • China and The Thucydides Trap - China seeks to replace the US as the world's dominant superpower, and to that end has been waging an economic, political, and diplomatic war against America for decades, while preparing for an inevitable "hot" war with America. China is convinced this war must happen because of an historical concept known as The Thucydides Trap.
  • The Rise of High Tech and Artificial Intelligence - Massive advancements in science and technology are driving massive economic and sociological changes. These changes, both positive and negative, will be extremely disruptive, and can easily lead to dystopian civilization marked by authoritarian government and powerful corporations, with a huge divide between a privileged elite, and a disempowered underclass they rule over.
This website will focus on raising awareness of these existential threats, and providing detailed analysis of the threats and opportunities they create. Along with our sister website, www.DystopianSurvival.com, we will also be suggesting strategies and tactics for surviving, and even thriving, during our dystopian future.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

New Hong Kong Security Law to Be Enforced by China on July 1

6-30-2020 - China continues to use the cover of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, caused by China, to aggressively push their agenda, from border disputes with India to seizing even more control over Hong Kong despite International agreements. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is proving itself one of the true dangers in this world, at a time in which the world is distracted dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences.

The following is an unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC), regarding how this new law will impact Christians in Hong Kong. You can visit their website at https://www.persecution.org/ for more on Christian persecution around the world.

“One Country, Two Systems” Framework Dismantled by Beijing

06/30/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Beijing’s top legislative body unanimously passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong today. Chinese President Xi Jinping subsequently signed the measure into law.

The bill was approved by 2,878 votes to one, and six abstentions, on May 28 by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), and submitted for the first deliberation to the NPC’s Standing Committee. The new law, unanimously adopted by the Committee’s 162 members today, will be incorporated into Hong Kong’s Basic Law, and enforced on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain.

Any action seen as an act of subversion, secession, terrorism, or foreign interference can now be tried by a special agency set up by Beijing, along with a special police force established to investigate security cases and collect intelligence.

Beijing’s latest move has been widely criticized as a blow to the “One Country, Two Systems” framework agreed upon by China and the United Kingdom in 1997 during the handover of Hong Kong, allowing the city to enjoy distinct political, socioeconomic, and legal arrangements for the next 50 years.

Local Christian groups, including Christians for Hong Kong Society, Hong Kong Christian Fellowship of Social Concern, and The Peace and Justice Commission of Hong Kong Diocese, are among the 86 human rights and social justice organizations that penned an open letter on June 16 to Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, demanding that the law not be passed.

Many Christian clergy and activists could fall under the vague terminology of the law if their activities are seen as acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security.

Christian activist Joshua Wong, one of the founders of the pro-democracy group Demosisto, announced his withdrawal from the group, hours after the law’s passage, citing his concerns that under the newly-passed national security legislation, it was no longer “nonsense” for pro-democracy figures to worry about their lives and personal safety. The 10-year “political imprisonment,” as well as extradition to China, could cost them their freedom. He said, “No one could be sure [what would happen] tomorrow.”

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, said, “ICC condemns the Chinese government for imposing a sweeping security law that strips away the autonomy and freedoms of Hong Kong. Xi Jinping’s regime has done nothing but erode Hong Kong’s human rights and justice since he took office in 2012. Come tomorrow, Beijing will employ this security law, which bypassed Hong Kong’s own Legislative Council, to criminalize any Hong Kong citizen who is considered to be a troublemaker to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It is time now for the international community to stand in solidarity with Hong Kong and take necessary measures to punish the CCP.”

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