As Christmas approaches, Christians in China are still suffering persecution and harassment, as they have since 1949, when the communists gained control of all of China.
The nation of Brunei is again banning the celebration of Christmas, as its sultan has reissued an edict first put into effect last year that prohibits any public display of Christmas decorations and even the wearing of Santa hats.
When al-Shabaab Islamic militants attacked a bus in Mandera County, northeastern Kenya on December 21, Muslim passengers on the bus refused to identify Christians to the gunmen, and some even lent their Muslim religious garb to Christians to help protect their identities from the terrorists.
In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union on December 20, presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voiced criticism of several of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, including current front-runner Donald Trump.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) strongly condemned a $1.1 trillion spending package before the Senate because it would fully fund President Obama’s resettlement of both refugees and illegal aliens, also fully fund sanctuary cities, and quadruple the number of H-2B foreign worker visas.
Though President Obama continues to lobby for more federal and state gun-control laws, at least half of Americans are opposed to such things as assault-weapons bans.
During the fifth “top-tier” Republican presidential candidates debate held in Las Vegas on December 15, much of the attention still seemed to focus around the front-runner in the polls, Donald Trump. However, the other candidates seemed to have honed their skills to the point of making respectable showings for themselves.
A liberal Hispanic group founded by Democrats and a labor activist who is an honorary chair of Democratic Socialists of America have launched campaigns to dissuade Hispanic voters from supporting either of the two Hispanic candidates for the Republican presidential nomination — Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
The Nigerian Boko Haram terrorist group was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, compared to 6,073 attributed to ISIS, making it the deadliest terrorist group in the world last year. Some claim that Boko Haram’s growing strength is a direct consequence of NATO’s war on Libya.
A report released by Amnesty International says that ISIS has accumulated a large arsenal that includes U.S.-made weapons that the terrorist force has obtained from both the Iraqi army and Syrian rebel groups fighting against Bashar al-Assad.