Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Paul Weyrich dies

Obituary | Despite chronic pain and disabilities, the prominent leader continued to fight for conservative principles until the end
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/18/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Conservative giant Paul Weyrich, 66, died Thursday around 1 a.m. Weyrich had suffered poor health for a number of years following a spinal injury in 1996 and the amputation of his legs in 2005. A champion of the fundamentals of conservatism, he watched the conservative movement ebb and flow and ebb again over his more than 40-year career in Washington.

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Ponzi pawns

Crime | The wealthy weren't the only supposed victims of Bernard Madoff-several foundations now face budget cuts and closure
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/17/08, 12:00 am

Christmas is coming. More and more people are facing unemployment in the United States and around the world. Nonprofits are reeling from a deepening global recession. And an alleged Ponzi scheme an investment broker hatched has apparently lost millions not just for the wealthy elite but also for charities around the world.

Carl Shapiro, 95, watched $145 million disappear from his family's $345 million foundation upon revelation of the fraud.

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Baghdad support for Mosul Christians (AP/Khalid Mohammed)

Condemning an ally?

Religion | Religious freedom commissioners slap Iraq, asking the State Department to condemn the country's "egregious" violations
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/16/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended Tuesday that the State Department declare Iraq a "country of particular concern," a label reserved for nations with "ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom."

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