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The law of Chiapas

International | December paramilitary massacre breaks all the rules, overshadows persecution of evangelicals in the state
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/10/98, 12:00 am

Grieving is not new to Chiapas. The sight of women weeping over rows of coffins, as they did at a Christmas Day funeral in Acteal, is all too familiar. Poorest among Mexico's states, Chiapas has boiled over in violence since Zapatista rebels mounted an armed uprising in 1993. That one ended with 150 dead and an uneasy ceasefire four years ago. But now, even for Mexicans accustomed to bloody reports issuing from their most southern state, the new massacre grips attention.

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Turbulent globe

International | Terrorism, financial crisis, and attacks on the freedom of Christian worship make headlines around the world in 1997
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/27/97, 12:00 am

In November the U.S. State Department took the unusual step of issuing a statement of "Worldwide Caution" to American citizens traveling or living abroad. Normally confining public warnings to countries in turmoil, the department's concern about "the possibility of random acts of anti-American violence" in all parts of the globe reflects this dichotomy: The growth of the economy and peace at home are no bulwark against rumblings of trouble abroad.

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A reluctant warrior

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Posted 12/13/97, 12:00 am

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