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.

Associated Press

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.

Read more

Photo courtesy Bob Fu

Pressure campaign targets Chinese pastor in Texas

Persecution | A Chinese tycoon’s media blitz has forced leading Chinese Christian dissident Bob Fu into hiding
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/08/20, 08:46 pm

Oct. 14 update

Protesters remained outside the Midland, Texas, home of Bob Fu 10 days after law enforcement placed Fu and his family in protective custody due to threats. The protesters carry signs claiming the founder of ChinaAid and pastor who once was forced out of China by its Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government is “a CCP spy.” They have refused to tell local media where they are from or whether they are being paid.

Read more

AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas

A historic finish

Refugees | Trump administration sets refugee cap at new low
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/08/20, 04:16 pm

Few can boast of opening a new business during a pandemic, but Mohamad Hafez did just that. This summer he launched Pistachio, a French baroque, salon-styled coffee shop in West Haven, Conn., serving Turkish coffee, cold brew, and baklava. 

The architect-turned-artist-turned-barista could be your classic millennial—an overachiever with good taste, fitted suits, and bookish glasses. He designed a 48-story office tower in Houston’s central business district. When construction began in 2014, it was one of the largest spec projects in the world.

Read more