USA: New Taxes and/or Fines


The link below is to an article that takes a look at what it calls ‘the most interesting new taxes across the USA.’ There are some… interesting… ones among them, but perhaps bizarre may have been a better word.

For more visit:
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/the-most-interesting-new-taxes-across-the-usa.html

Australian Politics: 19 July 2013


Compassion seems to have been lost in the asylum seeker debate in Australia, with the Kevin Rudd led Labor government taking a massive shift to a hardline position in refugee policy. The links below are to articles reporting on the new stance.

For more visit:
- http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/rudd-surprises-with-hardline-boat-plan/story-fni0xqi4-1226682198196
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/19/christine-milne-day-of-shame

Leadership tensions developing in the Liberal Party perhaps?

Tanzania: Terrorism Spreads to Country


The links below are to articles reporting on a terrorist attack in Tanzania, which is becoming a new centre for islamic terrorism.

For more visit:
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tanzania/10039692/Saudis-arrested-over-Tanzania-church-bombing.html
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22425364
- http://www.persecution.org/2013/05/07/two-killed-and-over-50-wounded-in-tanzanian-church-bombing/

Middle East: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article that looks at the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

For more visit:
http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/the-crushing-middle-eastern-christianity-8457

Sudan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on Sudan’s intention to not allow any further churches in the country.

For more visit:
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2013/04/sudan-no-new-churches-licenses.html

Syria: New Massacre Near Damascus


The link below is to an article reporting on a new massacre near Damascus in Syria.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2013/apr/22/syria-crisis-damascus-suburb-massacre-live

Iraq: Latest Persecution News


The link below is to an article that looks at life for Christians in the new Iraq.

For more visit:
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/19/17357746-people-turned-on-christians-persecuted-iraqi-minority-reflects-on-life-after-saddam

USA: Preparing for War with North Korea?


The link below is to an article that reports on new defensive measures being adopted by the USA in response to the aggressive rhetoric of North Korea.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/15/us-strengthen-missile-defence-north-korea

Roman Catholicism – The New Pope & Evangelicalism


The link below is to an article that suggests that ‘most’ Evangelical leaders are excited about the new pope – Pope Francis. I would expect that this depend on your definition of ‘Evangelical,’ for most Evangelicals with a solid Biblical stance would still regard the Roman Catholic Church as an heretical cult and would not be closely associated with it.

To read the article visit:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/march-web-only/why-pope-francis-excites-most-evangelical-leaders-bergoglio.html