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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A shortage of election observers

International | The United States will have viewer international visitors monitoring polls
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/22/20, 09:30 am

UNITED STATES: Few Americans realize the United States admits a team of international election observers to monitor polling. This year’s observation team, in place since September and headed by Polish diplomat Urszula Gacek, is far smaller than planned—down to 30 observers versus the 500 recommended.

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Weapons of mass distraction

Persecution | Bob Fu’s story shows the danger of disinformation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/22/20, 07:27 am

A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth. Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels gets attribution for that statement, which gave rise to the disinformation campaigns defining Nazi Germany and Communist Russia and China.

Spreading falsehoods to eliminate opponents is a strategy that’s alive and well around the globe. Ask Bob Fu. Over the past month, the underground church leader, who escaped China in the mid-1990s, has become the target of a disinformation campaign launched by a Chinese billionaire named Guo Wengui. 

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Azerbaijan pays for pro-war PR campaign

International | The country tries to win U.S. sympathy while targeting Armenian Christians
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/14/20, 07:49 pm

AZERBAIJAN: While ethnic Armenians living in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh face religious and ethnic cleansing, Azerbaijan has hired six K Street lobbying firms and spent more than $1 billion convincing U.S. media and policymakers its oil and gas reserves are at stake in the battle that reignited in late September.

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