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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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A Christian View of the Violence and Chaos of Recent Weeks

Archbishop Peter (in the world, Paul A. Loukianoff), who leads the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)’s Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, recently released the following statement on the cuurent events facing the United States. In my opinion, it is the best statement on the riots and violence of the past few weeks. It is well-worth reading and reflecting on its insights. The dual dates at the start of the letter are the Julian and Gregorian calendar dates.
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May 22/June 4, 2020
Righteous Melchizedek, King of Salem

Dear in Christ Clergy, Brothers and Sisters of our God-loving Diocese of Mid-America,

I greet you all with the great feast of Pentecost — the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and establishment of the Holy New-Testament Church of Christ.

Since the day of Her foundation, the Holy Church always defended and cared for the oppressed, widows, orphans, and homeless. (Acts: III, 45; IV, 34-35; VI, 1-3) Besides, all charity was of free will and non-compulsory. (Acts: V, 4) And so it was throughout the ages.

State social services appeared rather recently.

The Holy Church was always against any kind of revolutions or forceful overturning of power. Instead, She supported civil evolution. For example, being persecuted, She peacefully, without any riots, changed the course of the pagan Roman Empire, having completely regenerated it.

The same was done by Orthodox Christian missionaries, who spread the Holy Gospel among different nations. Look at the history of Holy Russia and compare by what means the Bolsheviks planted “equality”.

Now we are experiencing great turmoil in our United States. Attempts are made to destroy all foundations of law and order. In the name of “justice” we see looting, destruction, and mayhem.

The Holy Church was always against such actions, and Orthodox Christians cannot participate or support them.

Apostle Paul writes that we should pray for the land we live in and its authorities. If there is peace in the land, so will the Church and Her children live in peace and prosperity.

Therefore, we should enforce our prayers for our American land and its peace and tranquility.

“O Lord Jesus Christ our God, do Thou calm the agitation and discord in our American land, banish from us slander and conflict, murder and drunkenness, bitter disputes and scandals, and burn out of our hearts every impurity, conflict and evil, that again we all may love one another and abide, as one, in Thee, O Lord, our God, as Thou has commanded and directed us. Grant peace to Thy Church and to Her children, that with one heart and one mouth we may glorify Thee, our Lord and Savior, unto the ages of ages. Amen.”

Peter, Archbishop of Chicago & Mid-America

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

President Trump's May 29, 2020 Speech on China

On May 29, 2020, President Donald Trump gave a sppech on US relations with China. This sppech was made in response to China's introducing a new national security law for Hong Kong, eroding Hong Kong's special status as autonymous from mainland China.

Full Text of President Trump's May 29, 2020 Speech on China

Thank you very much. Good afternoon. Thank you. I’m here today to talk about our relationship with China and several new measures to protect American security and prosperity.

China’s pattern of misconduct is well known. For decades, they have ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year were lost dealing with China, especially over the years during the prior administration. China raided our factories, offshored our jobs, gutted our industries, stole our intellectual property, and violated their commitments under the World Trade Organization. To make matters worse, they are considered a developing nation getting all sorts of benefits that others, including the United States, are not entitled to.

But I never solely blamed China for this. They were able to get away with a theft like no one was able to get away with before because of past politicians and, frankly, past presidents. But unlike those who came before, my administration negotiated and fought for what was right. It’s called: fair and reciprocal treatment.

China has also unlawfully claimed territory in the Pacific Ocean, threatening freedom of navigation and international trade. And they broke their word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong.

The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China, but achieving that relationship requires us to vigorously defend our national interests. The Chinese government has continually violated its promises to us and so many other nations.

These plain facts cannot be overlooked or swept aside. The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government. China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives and over a million lives worldwide.

Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities.

Countless lives have been taken, and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe. They strongly recommended against me doing the early ban from China, but I did it anyway and was proven to be 100 percent correct.

China has total control over the World Health Organization, despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year.

We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engage with them directly, but they have refused to act. Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving, urgent, global public health needs.

The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency. Why is it that China shut off infected people from Wuhan to all other parts of China? It went nowhere else. It didn’t go to Beijing; it went nowhere else. But allowed them to freely travel throughout the world, including Europe and the United States.

The death and destruction caused by this is incalculable. We must have answers not only for us but for the rest of the world.

This pandemic has underscored the crucial importance of building up America’s economic independence, reshoring our critical supply chains and protecting America’s scientific and technological advances.

For years, the government of China has conducted illicit espionage to steal our industrial secrets, of which there are many. Today, I will issue a proclamation to better secure our nation’s vital university research and to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals from China who we have identified as potential security risks.

I am also taking action to protect the integrity of America’s financial system — by far, the best in the world. I am instructing my Presidential Working Group on Financial Markets to study the differing practices of Chinese companies listed on the U.S. financial markets, with the goal of protecting American investors.

Investment firms should not be subjecting their clients to the hidden and undue risks associated with financing Chinese companies that do not play by the same rules. Americans are entitled to fairness and transparency.

Several of the most significant actions we’re taking pertain to the deeply troubling situations unfolding in Hong Kong.

This week, China unilaterally imposed control over Hong Kong security. This was a plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations with the United Kingdom in the Declaration of 1984 and explicit provisions of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. It has 27 years to go.

The Chinese government’s move against Hong Kong is the latest in a series of measures that are diminishing the city’s longstanding and very proud status.

This is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, the people of China, and indeed the people of the world. China claims it is protecting national security. But the truth is that Hong Kong was secure and prosperous as a free society. Beijing’s decision reverses all of that. It extends the reach of China’s invasive state security apparatus into what was formerly a bastion of liberty.

China’s latest incursion, along with other recent developments that degraded the territory’s freedoms, makes clear that Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous to warrant the special treatment that we have afforded the territory since the handover.

China has replaced its promised formula of “one country, two systems” with “one country, one system.”

Therefore, I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment.

My announcement today will affect the full range of agreements we have with Hong Kong, from our extradition treaty to our export controls on dual-use technologies and more, with few exceptions.

We will be revising the State Department’s travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus.

We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China.

The United States will also take necessary steps to sanction PRC and Hong Kong officials directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy and — just if you take a look, smothering — absolutely smothering Hong Kong’s freedom. Our actions will be strong. Our actions will be meaningful.

More than two decades ago, on a rainy night in 1997, British soldiers lowered the Union Flag, and Chinese soldiers raised the Chinese flag in Hong Kong. The people of Hong Kong felt simultaneously proud of their Chinese heritage and their unique Hong Kong identity. The people of Hong Kong hoped that in the years and decades to come, China would increasingly come to resemble its most radiant and dynamic city. The rest of the world was electrified by a sense of optimism that Hong Kong was a glimpse into China’s future — not that Hong Kong would grow into a reflection of China’s past.

In every decision, I will continue to proudly defend and protect the workers, families, and citizens of the United States of America.

Thank you very much. Thank you.
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Friday, June 5, 2020

Nigeria: Fulani Muslim Militants Kill Nine in Christian Village

The following is an unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC). You can visit their website at https://www.persecution.org/ for more on Christian persecution around the world.

06/05/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern)International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani militants again attacked the Adara natives in Kajuru LGA, Kaduna State, Nigeria. The attack on the Christian village took place while many were still mourning the loss of loved ones, property, and their means of livelihood following a series of coordinated attacks on at least five villages and 12 settlements over the past month.

The militants launched this most recent attack on Tudu-Doka Avong along Kaduna-Kachia road, killing nine people and injuring several others. Confirming the incident, a community representative, Usman Stingo, said, “It happened at about 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The gunmen arrived [at] the village and started shooting sporadically.  They entered into some homes and burnt household stuff. The situation is very, very pathetic.”

Those killed in the latest attack include Kefas Yusuf (30), Richard Yusuf (25), Fidelis Wada (40), Kachia Simon (30); Rose Soja (39), Genesis Soja (11), Rahap Soja (9), Victoria Gyata (50), and Lovette Akayi (10).

Further confirming the attack, the Kaduna State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Joseph Hayab, said, “Nine persons were killed, including women and children. The photos are not good to look at.  The mood in the entire Kajuru area is gloomy. People are living in fear.

The CAN chairman further disclosed that some pastors were also affected in the recent attacks and are suffering in silence.  He, however, acknowledged good-spirited individuals who are assisting with food distributions to help the displaced, but lamented that the need is very large.  He expressed concern with the attitude of the government, saying, “The government seems to be living in pretense and looking away from the colossal impact of the attacks on the population.

The recent attacks on the Adara communities spreading across Kajuru and Kachia local council areas in southern Kaduna impacted approximately 537 households with approximately 20,000 people displaced.

ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, stated, “Kajuru Local Government Area has now been attacked nearly a dozen times in the past month. Despite this, the government has not taken any clear or decisive steps to stop the violence. They have not caught any of the perpetrators, saved any lives, or assisted any of those who have suffered. This continued inaction is costing many people their lives, homes, and loved ones. It is time that the government in Nigeria is held accountable for the many lives that they have failed to defend. They are either completely incompetent and must be removed, or they are complicit and need to be thrown in jail.”

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

India: Covid-19 Food Aid Denied to Christians by Radical Hindu Groups


There have been multiple instances of Christians in Pakistan being denied food and other Covid-19 aid by Muslim officials during the current pandemic. Now, radical Hindu groups in India are doing the same thing. The following unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC) highlights this situation.

Food Aid Denied to Christians by Hindu Radical Groups in India

06/01/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has affected the income of the people across India, including Christians. They, according to Eternity News, went to collect food provided by the Indian government, however, they were denied access to the aid unless they renounced their faith.

Pastor James went to collect the food aid by the government, however, Hindu radical groups had organized the distribution. Because he is a Christian, his access to the food aid was denied unless he agreed to renounce his Christian faith. Pastor James walk away without the food aid as he would not deny his faith.

Another pastor and his congregation went to collect food aid, but the Hindu radical group and police violently attacked them and threw out the Christians. The radicals insisted that the aid was not meant for Christians.

Since many Christians in India earn their living through low-paid labor jobs, the lockdown has cut them off from their main source of income. This has forced these Christians to depend on the meager food stocks in their homes as they have been unable to collect aid from the government.

Poor urban communities are in extra danger of infection by the COVID-19 virus. Crowded spaces, inadequate water supplies, and lack of money to purchase masks or hand sanitizer are some of the challenges faced by these communities.

Many pastors in India depend on offerings from their congregations. The lockdown has forced these pastors to go without Sunday services and thus unable to collect any offerings. In any case, many of their church members now have little to give.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, ICC has distributed aid to over 650 families in India. Helping these Christians avoid starvation and pressure to renounce their Christian faith.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Laos: Christian Persecution Intense as Government Demands Christians Renounce Jesus Christ

The following is an unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC). Please check out their website at www.persecution.org for more on the persecution and genocide of Christians around the world.

Pastor’s Daughter in Laos Trapped with Dilemma

By ICC’s Intern for Southeast Asia R.R  

05/27/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Communist nations in South East Asian countries are persecuting Christians because they consider Christianity a threat to their countries. Laos, for instance, has made anyone who is a Christian, a government target. Recently, the Lao government has targeted Nang Tookta Phetsomphone, who is pending trial for the killing of her Chinese employer when he attempted to rape her. Her family is put in an impossible situation by the district of Khamkuet in Bolikhamxay Province, refusing to release her unless they renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.

Pastor Bountheung Phetsomphone, her father, is an influential pastor in Laos. He is currently the leader of the Nongpong village church and was arrested twice. On August 22, 2012, the village evicted his family; their community also refused 300 other Christian residents the right to continue their residence unless they renounce their faith. On September 2, 2015, five police officers broke into a Christian family’s home and detained him and another leader for “spreading the Christian faith.”

Their witnessing resulted in many people converting to Christianity.  The Geneva Human Rights Hearing against the Government of Laos mentioned Pastor Bountheung because of how the government has treated him for his evangelism. His resilience has stood sturdy for years, until now.

His daughter, Nang Tookta, was an employee for a Chinese national store owner in the Khamkuet District. Because her boss stopped paying her wages, she resigned. One month later, she was lured back by a phone call to negotiate the payments he owed her. Upon arrival, she was pushed into a restroom, overpowered, and threatened with a knife. Fighting for her life, she got a hold of the blade and killed him.

Tookta immediately called the neighbors and villagers and reported the incident. However, she was detained ever since that day, moving from the district jail to the provincial prison, in which the provincial jail did not file charges.

Be that as it may, the district where Tookta’s father experienced persecution refuses Tookta’s release or to drop the case. The district authorities are using her situation as leverage against the whole family, explicitly targeting Pastor Bountheung. Only when they renounce their faith and pay a fine of US$11,000, will they “consider” releasing her.

Their treatment is punishment for the pastor’s beliefs and ministry. The district is making an example of Pastor Bountheung, and in doing so, exploiting his daughter’s trauma.

ICC is publicizing her case to spread awareness and increase pressure on the district to release her or reduce the fine. Please pray for Nang Tookta’s pending trial, for her family, who are put in an impossible situation by the Laos district of Khamkuet.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Hollywood Film Producer Charged with $1.7 Million COVID-Relief Fraud

5-26-2020 - Hollywood producer and founder of Aviron Pictures, William Sadleir, was charged in a federal criminal complaint with wire fraud, bank fraud, false statements to a financial institution, and false statements to the SBA, in relation to a $1.7 million Covid-19 Relief fraud.

“This defendant allegedly used Paycheck Protection Program loans to pay off his personal credit card debts and other personal expenses, rather than using the funds for legitimate business needs,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “As the department has made clear, those who defraud the PPP to line their own pockets at the expense of the American people will be brought to justice.”

According to court documents unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Sadleir allegedly obtained over $1.7 million in forgivable loans guaranteed by the SBA by falsely representing that the funds would be used to support payroll expenses for three film production and distribution companies, when, in fact, Sadleir intended to use and did use a significant portion of the funds for personal and non-business-related expenses, including personal credit cards and a car loan.  Sadleir allegedly used three entities he controlled to obtain over $1.7 million in PPP loans guaranteed by the SBA for COVID-19 relief.  

The producer, William Sadleir, who was arrested, should not be confused with the actor by the same name.
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