Australian Politics: 21 July 2013


The new hardline regime concerning asylum seekers has been implemented with the first boat arriving since the announcement of the changes by Kevin Rudd and Labor. The Coalition is supporting some of the changes, which for Labor should be an alarm bell, meaning it has gone too far to the right.

For more visit:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/first-asylum-boat-arrives-under-rudds-hardline-png-solution/story-fn59niix-1226682406568

The link below is to an article that looks at some of the divergent interest parties contesting this year’s federal election.

For more visit:
http://www.easternriverinachronicle.com.au/story/1650949/something-for-everyone-how-niche-parties-are-taking-over-australias-political-landscape/

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