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The Rise of the Far East Introduction:


The original birth of civilization began in the Middle East and migrated westward - to Greece, to Rome, and then to the nations of northern Europe. As Henry Luce so aptly quipped in 1941, ''The twentieth century was the American Century.'' And indeed it was. But the centroid of power continues to migrate westward: it is widely anticipated that the 21st century will be the ''Asian Century.''

With recent shifts in the economic centers of the world, most notably the decline of the U.S., the Far East is quickly rising to fill the void.


China Looks South January 14, 2014

Treading Water December 23, 2013

China is Building a New Silk Road December 17, 2013

China Establishes “Air-Defense Zone” Over East China Sea December 03, 2013

The Beat Goes On September 24, 2013


Far-East Update The Kings of the East by Dr. Steve Elwart

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Chinese Hackers Reportedly Crashed Federal Election Commission Website - Chinese hackers crashed the Federal Election Commission’s website Oct. 1, the first day of the partial government shutdown, in “what may be the worst act of sabotage in [the FEC’s] 38-year history,” a non-partisan investigative journalism group reported. David Levinthal, senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, told Fox News the hackers’ motivation was not yet clear, but taking down a website of the U.S. federal government is a “big deal to them.”
Inside China: Nuclear Submarines Capable of Widespread Attack on U.S. - Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.
China Snooping Around Pentagon Computers - China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernization, the Pentagon said on Monday, for the first time accusing the Chinese of trying to break into U.S. defense computer networks and prompting a firm denial from Beijing. In its 83-page annual report to Congress on Chinese military developments, the Pentagon also cited progress in Beijing’s effort to develop advanced-technology stealth aircraft and build an aircraft carrier fleet to project power further offshore.
N. Korea Defiantly Conducts Nuke Tests - North Korea said Tuesday that it had conducted a new, more powerful underground nuclear test. Jerry Dykstra, a spokesman for Open Doors USA explains, "North Korea again defied world opinion and UN resolutions by conducting a third nuclear test. They threatened the United States directly, and they also are threatening to go even farther in the future." Throwing the sanctions back in the United Nations Security Council's face, North Korea not only refused to shut down nuclear development, but also ignored the warnings of its close ally China not to proceed with a nuclear test. Dykstra notes, "North Korea [Kim Jong-un] thinks that he is strong enough to go out on his own. I think maybe he's trying to consolidate power within his ranks. Unfortunately, how far does this go?" There's no longer the illusion that this is a Disney-loving, amusement park leader. "Kim Jong-un has been in power for just over a year. We thought perhaps he would be a little more flexible," Dykstra explains. However, "He's ratcheting up the dialogue. North Korea is a threat."
North Korea Declares Pro-Nuke Policy - The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution this week condemning North Korea for its rocket launch last month, widely viewed as a de facto ballistic missile test. The rogue state's Foreign Ministry issued a statement after the resolution passed condemning the US, reaffirming its military-first policy and declaring denuclearization off the table. "The present situation clearly proves that the DPRK should counter the US hostile policy with strength, not with words, and that the road of independence and Songun (military-first) chosen by the DPRK is entirely just," the statement said. "There can be talks for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region in the future, but no talks for the denuclearization of the peninsula."
North Korea Plans Rocket Launch - The United States is shifting warships into position to track and possibly defend against a planned North Korean rocket launch while urging Pyongyang to cancel its second such attempt this year, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command said on Thursday. Admiral Samuel Locklear, who commands U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region, said warships were being moved to the best locations to track the rocket during its launch and flight, which North Korea has set for sometime between December 10 and 22.








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Search continues for flight MH370

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
Ten military planes, three civil jets and 11 ships join Saturday's search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean west of Perth in Western Australia.
Underwater search for MH370 black box starts

Signal from Flight MH370's black box 'heard'

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
A Chinese patrol ship looking for signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean detected Saturday a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz, which was "basically confirmed" as the signal from the missing flight.
 Signal waveform to be compared with Boeing records
Full coverage: Malaysia plane missing

Ligation not forced after having second child

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
Citizens in south China's Guangdong Province will not be forced to sign a ligation promise if they want to have a second child, said provincial health authorities Friday.

China's nuclear power to hit 40 mln kw by 2015

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
China's nuclear power plants will have a total installed capacity of 40 million kw by 2015, Ye Qizhen, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, has said.

Xi'an allows 72-hr visa exemptions

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
A city in northwest China's Shaanxi Province will allow 72-hour transit visa exemptions for foreign nationals to make it more accessible to the outside world, local authorities said on Friday.

The Philippines' futile plea

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
The Philippines' arbitration plea over the South China Sea dispute is invalid and will not benefit the country at all.

Chinese, Myanmar artists present stunning gala

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
Artists from both China and Myanmar presented a stunning visual spectacle in Nay Pyi Daw, the capital city of Myanmar on Apr. 2, 2014, as part of the cultural event Experience China in Myanmar.

China ranks top for equipment manufacturing

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
The value of China's equipment manufacturing industry ranks highest in the world, with a value of 20 trillion yuan (US$ 3.22 billion) last year.

China, EU collaborate on environmental governance

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
The EU is collaborating with the Chinese government on environmental governance through strengthening public participation and corporate environmental responsibility.

China slams Japan's 'Diplomatic Bluebook for 2014'

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:59 PMGo to full article
China on Friday expressed deep concern and strong dissatisfaction over Japan's outrageous claim of the "China Threat" laid through its "Diplomatic Bluebook for 2014".

Verification underway after suspicious signals detected

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
Two ships were sent on Sunday to verify whether the pulse signal detected by Chinese vessel Haixun 01 were related to the black box of missing Flight MH370, the search chief said.
MH370 flew around Indonesian airspace
Second signal heard by Australian vessel  
Chinese ship detects pulse signal
Full coverage: Malaysia plane missing

Album on China-Myanmar friendship published

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
A delicately-designed photo album, Beautiful China and Myanmar and Their Baobo Friendship, was presented as gift for Myanmar officials and scholars during the cultural event – “Experience China” in Myanmar from March 6 to April 6.

Golf business affected by gov't frugality campaign

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
The government's frugality campaign to curb excess is striking exorbitantly priced clubs. Golf associations and their ilk are discovering a lack of card-carrying officials is par for the course, pushing them to swing toward the middle class.

26 injured in Yunnan quake

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
The number of people confirmed as injured in earthquake on Saturday in southwest China's Yunnan Province has risen to 26, as the rescue operation goes on.

Growth recovery seen in new data

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
China's economic data for March may show some improvement after dismal growth in the last two months, analysts said yesterday ahead of the release of economic figures next week.

Tiger smuggler jailed in China

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
A Siberian tiger smuggler has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for illegally purchasing an endangered species, by a court in east China.

Supervision of abandoned infants strengthened

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
China's health watchdog on Friday released a regulation on the safety of newborns, which orders placing new-borns without guardians under proper care.

3 injured after 5.3-magnitude quake jolts SW China

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
At least three people were slightly injured after a 5.3-magnitude quake jolted a town in southwest China early Saturday, provincial authorities said.

Obama hails Afghan presidential election

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed the elections in Afghanistan as "critical" to securing its democratic future and continued international support, while pledging to continue the U.S. partnership with the new Afghan government.
China hopes Afghan election marks new start for unity, stability
UN Security Council welcomes holding of Afghan elections

A sea change in burial services

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
More Chinese families are opting to bury their loved ones at sea because of the recent rise in local government subsidies and services for the practice.

1st phone call made to family of abducted tourist

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:22 AMGo to full article
A phone call had been made to the family of the Chinese tourist who was abducted along with a Filipino resort worker by a group of gunmen from a Semporna resort, a Malaysian local newspaper reported on Sunday.

China hopes Afghan election marks new start for unity, stability

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Saturday China hopes Afghanistan's presidential election will be a new start for the country's unity and stability.
Obama hails Afghan presidential election

Landslide kills 7 in Shanxi

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
7 people have been killed in a landslide from which one person has been rescued in north China's Shanxi Province early Sunday morning.

Experts urge Diaoyu Islands school textbooks

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
Chinese experts have suggested school textbooks include Qing-Dynasty (1644-1911) literary evidence on the discovery of the Diaoyu Islands by China, following Japanese approval for competing claims to be covered in school books in Japan.

Japan, US to enhance security ties

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Sunday held talks with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, centering on improving bilateral defense cooperation.

Beijing construction site cameras to monitor pollution

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
Beijing has required all its urban construction sites to install cameras by the end of June to assess how constructors' practices add to the capital's smog.

War victims, martyrs mourned on tomb-sweeping day

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
On the traditional Tomb-sweeping Day, which falls on Saturday this year, people across China gathered to mourn war victims and heroic martyrs.

Heavy rainfalls to hit south China

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
Heavy rainfall will hit south China over the coming two days with the provinces of Guangxi and Guangdong to see strong rainstorms, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said on Sunday.

Premier Li urges deepening medical reform

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for full efforts to overcome difficulties in the country's medical reform, underlining a special focus on public hospitals at the county level.

Foreigners' cemeteries undergo transformation in China

‎06 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:57:48 AMGo to full article
While expats are coming to China in ever-greater numbers for work, only a few plan and are able to spend eternity here.


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    Associated Press
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Kristine Opolais has made Metropolitan Opera history, becoming the first singer in its 131 years to debut in two major company roles within 24 hours.

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  • US to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan by 2017

    TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. will deploy two additional ballistic missile defense destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday.

    Associated Press
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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country's wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own.

    Associated Press
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  • Hagel, in Tokyo, moves to reassure Japan on security ties

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    Associated Press
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    Associated Press
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  • World stocks muted ahead of US jobs report

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were little changed Friday after the European Central Bank refrained from further easing of monetary policy and investors looked to the upcoming U.S. jobs report for a new trading cue.

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    HONOLULU (AP) — Southeast Asian defense leaders pointed to Russia's recent annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as one example of why the Pacific nations must be more unified in the face of territorial disputes, U.S. officials said Thursday at the close of a three-day meeting.

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    Associated Press
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    Associated Press
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    BEIJING (AP) — Police in a southern Chinese city detained 18 people after a protest against a planned chemical plant turned violent over the weekend, local authorities said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • 5 things to know about the Italian league

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  • World shares rise on China stimulus, US hiring

    TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets were mostly higher Thursday as investors took heart from new stimulus in China and evidence of stronger U.S. hiring.

    Associated Press
  • Asia shares rise on China stimulus, US hiring

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday, extending a global advance fueled by stimulus measures in China and evidence of stronger U.S. hiring.

    Associated Press
  • Indonesia military worries over Asia arms race, territorial tensions

    By Kanupriya Kapoor and Jonathan Thatcher JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's military is concerned that a rebalancing of power in the Asia-Pacific is driving an arms race in the region and that increasingly tetchy territorial disputes could trigger conflict, its armed forces chief said. In an…

  • A look at the power of the number 13 in the world

    PARIS (AP) — It's unlucky to stay inside on the 13th day of the Iranian New Year, but fear surrounding the number 13 has chilled people for centuries around the world. The fear of the number even has its own psychological term coined in 1910: "Triskaidekaphobia."

    Associated Press
  • Old bomb explodes in Bangkok scrap shop, killing 8

    BANGKOK (AP) — Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, police said.

    Associated Press
  • Asian stocks rise on China stimulus, US jobs data

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets advanced Thursday, buoyed by Wall Street's advance and stimulus measures in China.

    Associated Press
  • US calls on Europe to wean itself from Russian gas

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States on Wednesday called on Europe to wean itself from a dangerous dependency on Russian gas, saying it was time to stand together and bring an end to the Kremlin's use of energy supplies as political leverage.

    Associated Press
  • Chile copper mines weather quake; some ports shut

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  • NATO, Russia dispute over Crimea disrupts Afghan cooperation

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO's decision to suspend cooperation with Russia will affect their cooperation in countering the flow of Afghan opium and keeping Afghan military helicopters flying, a NATO official said on Wednesday. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on…

  • Afridi blames top order batsmen for T20 loss

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    Associated Press
  • Adultery site big in Japan where marriage reigns

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    Associated Press
  • Japan-Korea tussle over history spreads to US

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    Associated Press



Pakistan: Appeal Postponed Again

‎27 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎07:35:35 PMGo to full article
For the third time in two months, Asia Bibi, a Christian sentenced to death on a blasphemy conviction, had her March 26 appellate hearing postponed when her accuser failed to appear in court. Two earlier hearings set for Feb. 14 and March 17 were both rescheduled when one of two presiding judges was absent. Pakistani law requires that two judges be present for all court proceedings in death penalty cases. The defense told Fides News reporters...

Pakistan: Bibi Hearing Postponed

‎26 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎07:26:18 PMGo to full article
Asia Bibi, a Christian sentenced to death on a blasphemy conviction, learned that her March 17 appellate hearing was postponed because of the absence of one of two presiding judges. Pakistani law requires that two judges be present for all court proceedings in death penalty cases. Asia was arrested on June 19, 2009, after being accused of blasphemy by her Muslim co-workers. Seventeen months later, she was sentenced to death on a conviction of...

Nigeria: Girls Flee Boko Haram

‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎11:56:34 PMGo to full article
Many have been killed or kidnapped by Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, but six girls who managed to escape their brutality are now living in Christian centers, where they are putting the pieces of their lives back together. The girls—Anna, Hajja and four others—were kidnapped in separate attacks. Hajja was held for three months, while others were held for several days. On May 15, 2013, Anna boarded a bus in Maiduguri, Borno...

Kazakhstan: Kashkumbaev Released

‎05 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎04:54:28 PMGo to full article
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbaev, 67, the retired Presbyterian pastor of Grace Church in Atsana, Kazakhstan, was released on Feb. 17 after spending nine months in jail awaiting trial on a charge of “intentionally inflicting serious harm to health.” He was convicted of the charge and received a four-year suspended sentence. Although four other charges were dropped, Kashkumbaev is ordered to pay a large fine and could face new charges....

North Korea: Missionary Released

‎28 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎12:44:09 AMGo to full article
UPDATE #2 After being detained for two weeks for attempting to distribute gospel tracts in North Korea, John Short, 75, was released by North Korean authorities on March 2. The Australian missionary, who resides in Hong Kong with his wife, had traveled to Pyongyang as part of a regular tour group on Feb. 15. The following day, he was questioned about the gospel tracts and subsequently detained. Upon his release, he was flown to Beijing, where he...

Kenya: Pastor Murdered

‎19 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎06:35:32 PMGo to full article
Assistant Pastor Lawrence Kazungu Kadenge was murdered in the early morning hours of Feb. 2 while guarding the Glory of God Ministries Church in Mombasa. Although police are still investigating the murder, it is believed that radical Muslims may have killed the 59-year-old assistant pastor for alerting police about security threats and for preaching the gospel close to a mosque. Kadenge’s death has increased fears among pastors in the...

China: Three Prisoners Released

‎06 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎06:55:12 PMGo to full article
Three of the 12 Nanle County Christian Church members who have been imprisoned since mid-November 2013 have been released, but their pastor still faces a criminal trial on Feb. 12. The three women, Zhao Xiping, 47; Yang Miling, 40; and Sheyin Duanmu, 44, were released on Jan. 24 from Nanle County Detention Center. Pastor Zhang Shaojie, 49, was arrested on Nov. 16 after a meeting with local government officials. About 20 people who protested the...

Iran: Shahnaz Released

‎06 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎12:45:19 AMGo to full article
Shahnaz Jayzan, who was arrested along with her husband, Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh, and two others on Dec. 23, 2011, has been released from prison after serving more than 270 days. She was released on Jan. 28, 2014, after serving a prison sentence for “converting to Christianity, inviting Muslims to convert and acting against state security through evangelistic activities.” Iranian authorities raided the Assemblies of God church of...

Pakistan: Young Believers Killed

‎03 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎10:25:24 PMGo to full article
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:14b–15, NKJV). Sometimes children are able to see truth in unencumbered, refreshing ways. Jesus loved children, and even challenged his followers to “receive the kingdom of God as a little child.” At...

Kazakhstan: Trial Begins for Pastor

‎30 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:38 PMGo to full article
Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbaev, 67, the retired Presbyterian pastor of Grace Church in Atsana, Kazakhstan who has been in prison since May 7, 2013, appeared for his first court hearing on Jan. 22, 2014. Charges include harming health, inciting hatred and leading an organization that harms others, which include maximum penalties of eight, seven, and six year’s imprisonment respectively. Court adjourned and the trial has been rescheduled to...

Pakistan: For God's Glory

‎15 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:01 PMGo to full article
Khalid was one of the more than 87 Christians killed in the suicide bombings at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan on Sept. 22, 2013. A portion of Kahlid's story was included in VOM's January newsletter. More of his story is below, as recounted to VOM workers by Khalid's wife, Shakeela Bibi. Khalid Khalid had been sick and bedridden for several weeks. He was very weak and had lost a lot of weight. Khalid had strong faith in Jesus Christ,...

Prayer: Its Mighty Power

‎09 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎05:56:24 PMGo to full article
God has ordained certain aspects of his will to be accomplished through our prayers. In his sovereignty he does a lot of things without our participation being required, but in certain areas, our participation is vital. Our prayers create the potential for grace to be dispensed to those being persecuted or as light to the persecutors. E. Stanley Jones writes: “In prayer you align yourselves to the purpose and power of God. He is able to do...

Kenya: Church Burned

‎06 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎10:55:01 AMGo to full article
Church Burned on Christmas Day Unknown attackers threw Molotov cocktails at two Mombasa churches early on Christmas day. The Christ’s Outreach Church in Likoni, Mombasa, was destroyed by the resulting fire, while the second church, the Mombasa Voice of Salvation and Healing Church, located 200 meters away, was unscathed as the gasoline bomb failed to ignite properly. Both churches had concluded Christmas Eve services prior to the attacks,...

China: Mob Attacks Lawyers

‎27 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎05:25:26 PMGo to full article
A group of lawyers along with a British television crew were assaulted by government thugs earlier this month as the lawyers sought to advocate for an arrested pastor and 23 leaders of his church. Pastor Zhang Xiaojie, leader of the Nanle County Christian Church in Henan Province was arrested, around 9:30 in the morning on Nov. 16. During a meeting between the pastor and the Nanle County Public Security Bureau at the church, about a dozen police...

Iran: Evangelist, Bloggers Held

‎10 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎04:36:43 PMGo to full article
Three Christians were arrested this month because of Christian activities in Iran. On Dec. 2, Christian convert Rasoul Abdollahi was moved to Ward 350 of Evin Prison in Iran to serve a three-year sentence for “collusion against the government and evangelism.” Two days later, Christian bloggers Kiavosh Soutoudeh and Jamshid Jabbarri, were arrested on Dec. 4 just outside Kerman University and taken to an unknown location. They were...

Nigeria: Refugee Crisis in Gwoza

‎09 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎12:15:20 PMGo to full article
A VOM field worker recently visited Christian refugees from the Gwoza community in Nigeria, who have faced adversity from Muslim neighbors and insurgents for years. To date, more than 46 Christian villages in the area have been completely displaced, including 618 families. The Boko Haram Muslim militant group has burned and destroyed 55 churches and 541 homes of Christians in Gwoza. Located in Borno state , Gwoza is situated in the southern part...

Israel: Evangelist Released

‎04 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎05:07:24 PMGo to full article
A campaigner on staff with the Jews for Jesus organization was released on bail late in the evening night on Nov. 24 after being held for four days and nights because he was holding up an evangelistic sign. Barry Barnett, a British citizen, was part of a team serving on the “Behold Your God” Israel Campaign in the Beer Sheva region. He and other team members, who were all Israeli, were holding up the sign with an evangelistic message...

China: Making Wigs in Prison

‎04 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎10:59:23 AMGo to full article
“The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad." Psalm 126:3. The tea shop was dark, but that was okay with us. In fact, we intended to find a place where we could meet secretly. The rendezvous had been arranged in a city that was a two-hour train ride from our contact's home, but meeting at our hotel was still too risky. Our national worker decided an empty, quiet tea room would be ideal. We strategically selected an isolated...

Nigeria: Converts to Islam Bribed

‎25 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎04:13:57 PMGo to full article
On Nov. 15, government officials in Nigeria shelled out the equivalent of more than $81,000 USD to Christians who converted to Islam during a service held at the National Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The 19 converts all said they were drawn to Islam because it is a truthful, peaceful and charitable faith. The governors of the northern states of Sokoto and Bauchi each gave 5 million naira to the converts. Five million naira is...

Syria: Militants in Village

‎22 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎10:16:00 AMGo to full article
Militants Take Positions in Christian Villages Our November newsletter was a special update on the situation for Christians in Syria, in the midst of a horrific civil war. In the past months our office has put a special emphasis on how we can assist Syrian Christians both inside and outside the country. Those plans are being implemented now. In order to keep our workers and Syrian Christians safe, we can’t describe the exact nature of how...

Laos: Wrongfully Accused

‎18 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎12:39:47 PMGo to full article
“Those Christians have to renounce their faith! Otherwise, more people will die” said the witch doctor, blaming recent converts to Christianity for three unrelated deaths in a short period in the Lao village. In late March and early April 2013, two evangelists trekked into some of the most unreached areas of Laos. After taking a boat along the Mekong River, the men had to hike another three hours to reach the area. Although it was a...

China: Orphans: No Citizenship

‎12 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎05:33:03 PMGo to full article
The lives of six North Korean orphans living in China have been marred by difficult circumstances, but hope has not been lost for them. The boys, ranging in ages from ten years old to 15 years old, live in northern China. “Missionary Yoon,” who works with a VOM partner organization, has taken an active role in their lives as both a mentor and a father-figure. He urges the boys to remember the country of their mothers, North...

Eritrea: 185 Arrested for Praying

‎05 ‎November ‎2013, ‏‎05:03:27 PMGo to full article
Nearly 200 Christians were arrested at a prayer meeting in late October in Eritrea’s capital city, Asmara. As concerns increase about the refugee crisis in Eritrea, a group of 185 people had gathered for a prayer meeting in Maitemenay, a northern suburb of Asmara. While praying for their country, security forces raided the building and arrested everyone in the group, including around 80 women and children. According to VOM sources, at...

Uganda: Committing to Pray

‎30 ‎October ‎2013, ‏‎01:05:12 PMGo to full article
Committing to Pray, Around the World Christians will join together Nov. 3 in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) — including those living in Uganda — reports a VOM in-country worker. He says pastors and church members are excited about joining the prayer movement. After watching VOM’s short IDOP film “Victoria,” in which two young girls retell of an attack on their...

Iran: Confirming the Call

‎29 ‎October ‎2013, ‏‎06:15:58 PMGo to full article
Christ dramatically changed the life of “Hussein,” (name changed for security reasons) a former Muslim in Iran. Once he had been a drug addict planning his own death, but now he was an on-fire believer in Christ who quit his job to pursue full-time ministry in the underground church. He was assigned to “shadow” a Christian couple in their ministry work as he learned and grew in his calling. At one of the first houses they...

Egypt: Weddings to Four Funerals

‎23 ‎October ‎2013, ‏‎06:32:23 PMGo to full article
In a deadly shooting on Oct. 20, 2013, four Christians, including two young girls, were killed and another 18 people were wounded as they were attending one of three weddings held at the Virgin Mary Coptic Church in the Warraq district of Cairo, Egypt. Two masked gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on the crowd standing outside the church building. Fahmy Azer Aboud, 75, lost two granddaughters, ages 8 and 12, his son and his wife’s sister,...

Update: Weng Walking

‎11 ‎October ‎2013, ‏‎04:36:52 PMGo to full article
New video shows Weng walking Weng Goodluck Tshua was three weeks old in March 2010 when Fulani Muslims attacked his village of Dogo Nahawa and slaughtered 501 Christians. All nine members of his family, including his father and mother, were killed. He was rescued from his burning house, but not before the fire had consumed his feet. As Weng has grown over the past few years, he has been unable to run around or even walk. But a VOM...

Kazakhstan: Crazy or a Follower?

‎11 ‎October ‎2013, ‏‎12:17:57 PMGo to full article
In the latest move against Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbaev of Astana Kazakhstan, officials have arrested the Presbyterian pastor on terrorism charges. Officials have a long-running campaign against the 66-year-old pastor stemming from his work as leader of Grace Church, a registered protestant church. He spent time in prison for “intentional inflicting of serious harm to health,” accused of serving hallucinogens during church services,...

Update: Pakistan Church Bombing

‎04 ‎October ‎2013, ‏‎05:44:12 PMGo to full article
All Saints Church Continues to Worship; VOM Providing Help The Voice of the Martyrs is working to bring assistance to those who were injured and to those families whose loved ones died in the Sept. 22 suicide bombing at the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. That Sunday, over 500 worshippers were between services at the church, and some were gathered for a special meal together when two suicide bombers accessed the church grounds...



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A Mile Wide, An Inch Deep

‎31 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:33:52 AMGo to full article
"China used to be a society grounded in strong traditional values," says a prominent urban area pastor. "The Cultural Revolution destroyed those old belief systems. Nowadays, the biggest enemy of the

Colombia’s Election Results May Guarantee Support for Peace

‎31 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:30:50 AMGo to full article
Although the continuation of the peace process appears to be the real winner of the parliamentary elections held on March 9, the results could be negatively affected by the return of former President

Russian Believer Threatened by Own Family

‎31 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:27:58 AMGo to full article
Urgent plea for prayer from a brother in Russia.For many believers the cost of faith is incredibly high, and so it is with Mansoor (alias). When his father discovered Mansoor's new faith, he called a

Six Dead in Mombasa, Kenya Church Attack

‎31 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:23:48 AMGo to full article
On the morning of March 23, as the congregation gathered for worship at the Joy in Jesus Church, a hooded gunman burst into the church and fired indiscriminately at worshipers. Screams of pain and ter

03 27 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

‎28 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:45 AMGo to full article
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03 25 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

‎26 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:45 AMGo to full article
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03 24 2014 Quick Facts- Open Doors USA 2014 QUICK FACTS – OPEN DOORS USA

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03 24 Terrorists Kill Christians In Kenya

‎25 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:45 AMGo to full article
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Afghan Believers Find Fellowship through Radio Programs

‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:59:06 AMGo to full article
Penetrating Afghanistan with the gospel is a daunting and difficult task. Though a secret church does exist, very little information about its size can be found. Contacting and helping believers is ch

Pakistani University Refuses Prosperous Work to Christians

‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:55:17 AMGo to full article
A public university in Pakistan is defying court orders, and misleading government authorities to avoid giving federally approved jobs to non-Muslims, a Christian politician in the nation’s ruling par

Maaloula Nuns Released

‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:51:36 AMGo to full article
A group of nuns kidnapped over three months ago in Maaloula, Syria were released on Monday, March 10. Tired, but unharmed, the nuns were full of praise for those who had negotiated their release. A nu

Attacks in Nigeria Claim Over 150 Lives

‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎06:46:12 AMGo to full article
On Friday, March 14, gunmen raided three villages in Kaduna state in central Nigeria, killing at least 114 people. Around 35 additional people were gunned down in attacks on several villages Sunday af

03 20 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

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03 18 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:45 AMGo to full article
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03 18 Secret Church Hosting Simulcast

‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:45 AMGo to full article
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Leaders emphasize continuing CAR chaos is ‘not about religion’

‎18 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎11:03:33 PMGo to full article
The three top religious leaders of the Central African Republic have once again travelled to the United Nations in New York to urge the Security Council to act quickly on its recommendations for a UN

Pakistani university refuses prosperous work to Christians

‎17 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎11:14:10 PMGo to full article
A public university in Pakistan defies court orders and misleads government authorities to avoid giving federally approved jobs to non-Muslims, a Christian politician in the nation’s ruling party says

Nigeria attacks kill more than 150

‎17 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎11:10:42 PMGo to full article
More than 150 people have been killed since Friday in central and northern Nigeria in separate attacks on villages populated by a concentration of Christians. On Friday, March 14, gunmen raided three

Youth on Fire for the Lord

‎17 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:58:28 AMGo to full article
“Youth Aflame is like a key to a new life,” says, Mimi*, a 19-year-old student from Ho Chi Minh City, who was ‘forced’ to attend the Youth Aflame (YA) program. “Although I’ve been a Christian since I

Key Kenyan Leader Warned

‎17 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:55:33 AMGo to full article
An Open Doors partner, based in Kenya near the hostile northeastern border regions with Somalia, has requested prayer after receiving a sobering message. He shared that an elderly Muslim stopped him r


Pray With the Women of Laos

‎24 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:59 AMGo to full article
Women in Laos have always been considered inferior to men, striving to prove their worth on a daily basis. Struggling to complete outside work while fulfilling domestic demands, Laotian women often wo

Devastated Kenyan Widow Resolves to Keep Trusting God

‎24 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎02:18:22 AMGo to full article
Trusting God when her world had been shattered, believing He would make a way when there appeared to be none— Claris Mathole’s faith is an inspiration as this grieving widow from Mombasa, Kenya, comes

Glimmers of Hope in the Midst of War

‎24 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎02:00:21 AMGo to full article
The civil war in Syria rages on unchecked. Millions of Syrians have fled their homes as the fighting claims city after city. And yet, in the midst of all the violence, Open Doors provides glimmers of

Tunisian Constitution Finds No Place for Sharia Law

‎24 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎01:47:34 AMGo to full article
Three years after the “Arab Spring” began in Tunisia, the country’s National Constituent Assembly is close to passing a new constitution, which rejects Islam as the “main source of law” and establishe

01 22 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

‎22 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎12:03:12 PMGo to full article
Central African Republic: Life Interrupted for Pastor Since the arrival of the Seleka (Muslim rebel extremists) in Bangui, Central African Republic, Pastor Obona* has been maintaining a low profile

01 16 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

‎17 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎04:23:20 PMGo to full article
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The Impact of One Piece of Paper

‎09 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎06:12:04 PMGo to full article
At a Standing Strong in the Storm training in 2012, Yusuf (pseudonym), from Central Asia, shared his testimony of the miraculous power of God to transform a criminal into a follower of Christ. I was t

Islamic Authorities Raid Malaysian Bible Society

‎09 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎06:04:28 PMGo to full article
Near Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur in Selangor State, more than 330 Bibles in the Malay and Iban languages were confiscated on Jan 2nd from the offices of the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM). Mor

Christian Dies on New Year’s Eve after Hospital “Negligence”

‎09 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:23 PMGo to full article
A Coptic Christian man died on New Year’s Eve from a gunshot wound to the head after reportedly being turned away by three hospitals in Cairo.Ihab Ghattas, 23, was shot outside Mar Girgis (St George’s

Lebanese Library Torched After Blasphemy Accusation

‎09 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:43 PMGo to full article
A library of books collected by a 72-year-old Greek Orthodox priest—a library used by the whole community—was torched in Lebanon on Friday (Jan 3) after the priest was accused of insulting Islam. The

Persecution of Christians Increases in Countries Labelled as ‘Failed’

‎08 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎08:09:32 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 8, 2014) – For the 12th consecutive year the hermit communist country of North Korea remains the world’s most restrictive nation in which to practice Christianity, according to

Church Closures on the Rise in Indonesia

‎06 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎12:09:55 PMGo to full article
Indonesia is the most populated Muslim country in the world with approximately 240 million citizens; 86 percent which are Muslims. This island nation comprises of over than 17,000 islands, spreading

Baghdad Christmas bombings kill 37

‎30 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎02:40:40 PMGo to full article
Three Christmas Day bomb attacks, two at a market in a Christian sector of Baghdad and a third at a market near a church, killed at least 37 people and injured scores more. There is little solid infor

Open Doors USA President Calls for Prayers following Attacks on Iraqi Christians

‎26 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎01:35:22 PMGo to full article
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12 24 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

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Central African Republic Christians petition for President’s removal

‎24 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎02:53:57 PMGo to full article
One person has been killed and around 40 wounded after African Union (AU) troops reportedly fired at a group of Christian protestors in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR).The Ch

Christmas excitement marred by insecurity for Pakistani Christians after deadly year of attacks

‎23 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎02:59:15 PMGo to full article
The decorations have been put up, carol services have begun and small celebrations are being planned, but the festive spirit is marred by anxiousness and insecurity among Pakistan’s small Christian co

Chinese Christians’ lawyers attacked in presence of foreign TV crew

‎20 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎03:05:51 PMGo to full article
An attack on lawyers hired to defend 17 detained Christians in central China, shown around the world on Sky TV, has drawn attention to a case which may not be as clear-cut as it has been reported.The

Pakistani Christian Accused on Blasphemy Charge Speaks Out from Jail

‎19 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎12:54:35 PMGo to full article
*Representative photo used to protect identityAdnan Prince’s ordeal began on October 7 when he was filling-in for his brother at the Diamond Glass shop in Lahore. During his shift, Prince, who h

Urgent Prayer Requests from Central Asia

‎19 ‎December ‎2013, ‏‎12:54:14 PMGo to full article



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2.     Somalia  

3.     Syria  

4.     Iraq  

5.     Afghanistan  

6.     Saudi Arabia  

7.     Maldives  

8.     Pakistan  

9.     Iran  

10.  Yemen  

11.  Sudan  

12.  Eritrea  

13.  Libya  

14.  Nigeria  

15.  Uzbekistan  

16.  Central African Republic  

17.  Ethiopia  

18.  Vietnam  

19.  Qatar  

20.  Turkmenistan  

21.  Laos  

22.  Egypt  

23.  Myanmar (Burma)  

24.  Brunei  

25.  Colombia  

26.  Jordan  

27.  Oman  

28.  India  

29.  Sri Lanka  

30.  Tunisia  

31.  Bhutan  

32.  Algeria  

33.  Mali  

34.  Palestinian Territories  

35.  United Arab Emirates  

36.  Mauritania  

37.  China  

38.  Kuwait  

39.  Kazakhstan  

40.  Malaysia  

41.  Bahrain  

42.  Comoros  

43.  Kenya  

44.  Morocco  

45.  Tajikistan  

46.  Djibouti  

47.  Indonesia  

48.  Bangladesh  

49.  Tanzania  

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