Globe Trot: Obstacle in Iraq

International | Turkey stands in the way of Iraqi Christians returning home
by Mindy Belz
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016, at 12:42 pm

IRAQ: Nearly 1,000 ISIS fighters have been killed as coalition forces battle to retake Mosul. In the just-released issue of WORLD Magazine, I cover the ongoing battle, and in today’s Wall Street Journal, I highlight the obstacle NATO member Turkey presents for Iraqi Christians waiting to return home.

PHILIPPINES: On a plane ride to his hometown yesterday, the expletive-spewing President Rodrigo Duterte said he heard a word from God—and he won’t spew expletives again.

ICELAND: Riding the populist wave, Iceland’s Pirate Party—founded by a poet and sporting a black pirate flag in its parliamentary office—looks poised to win or come in second in Saturday’s elections.

NORTHERN IRELAND: A gay-rights campaigner is criticizing an appeals court ruling against a Christian baker—convicted of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan—calling the decision a “dangerous, authoritarian precedent” that “is a defeat for freedom of expression.”

UNITED STATES: The upcoming presidential election will have an unprecedented number of international monitors.

WORTH WATCHING: Russell Moore’s 2016 Erasmus lecture, “Can the Religious Right Be Saved?”

I’M READING: Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard.

Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

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