Paranoia and Purges For Venezuela As Oil Misery Continues


Originally posted on TIME:

As the finances of Venezuela continue to deteriorate under the collapse of crude oil prices, the government of President Nicolas Maduro is becoming more paranoid and vindictive.

Venezuela derives the vast majority of its export earnings from sending oil overseas. With the largest endowment of crude oil reserves in the world, the oil-driven economy worked well for the late Hugo Chavez: he provided generous support for the poor, and built allies in the western hemisphere by dispensing cash and cheap oil in exchange for political allegiance.

But state-owned PDVSA has struggled to keep production up. Rather than using its earnings to develop more fields, much of its earnings have been diverted for political and social projects. Chavez also purged PDVSA of thousands of experienced workers, leaving the company short of well-trained staff.

Chavez could paper over the decay of PDVSA’s production base because oil prices were so high in his…

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Australian Politics: 18 July 2013


The asylum seeker debate continues in Australia, while the tragedy of asylum seekers continues unabated in the seas to the north of Australia.



Nigeria: Boko Haram Continue Its ‘Jihad’


The link below is to an article reporting on another atrocity by Boko Haram, while the government continues to consider granting them an amnesty.

For more visit:
http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/again-boko-haram-kills-5-teachers-6-others-in-borno/

Iraq: The Slaughter Continues


Article: Violence in Iraq Continues


The link below is to an article that reports on the current situation on the ground in Iraq. Violence continues on a daily basis and the country appears just as bad, if not worse, that it was under Saddam Hussein. 

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue16903.html

Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Killing Spree Continues


The link below is to an article reporting on Nigeria continuing problems with Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue16832.html

Latest Persecution News – 12 June 2012


Blast Wreaks Bloodshed on Two Churches in Bauchi, Nigeria

The following article reports on the latest news of persecution in Nigeria, where Boko Haram continues its attacks on Christian churches.

http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/nigeria/article_1574817.html

 

Uptick in Church Closures, Attacks in Indonesia

The following article reports on the latest news of persecution in Indonesia.

http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/indonesia/article_1590219.html

 

The articles linked to above are by Compass Direct News and  relate to persecution of Christians around the world. Please keep in mind that the definition of ‘Christian’ used by Compass Direct News is inclusive of some that would not be included in a definition of Christian that I would use or would be used by other Reformed Christians. The articles do however present an indication of persecution being faced by Christians around the world.