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Brunson’s lawyer appeals to high court

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/03/18, 10:54 am

The lawyer for U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, who remains under house arrest in Turkey, filed a petition for his release with Turkey’s highest court on Wednesday.

Turkish authorities arrested Brunson in December 2016 following a failed coup attempt, accusing him of espionage and terror-related charges, which the U.S. government says have no merit and experts call “outrageous.” He faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. Authorities placed him under house arrest on July 25 due to health issues.

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Persecuted Henan

China | A province in China sees a big escalation in official moves against churches
by June Cheng
Posted 9/27/18, 12:23 pm

For the past 12 years, Frank Hu (name changed for security), a pastor in central Taiwan, has led short-term mission trips to the Chinese province of Henan where he organizes camps for up to 140 college students.

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Short stories of communism

Persecution | Two collections of short fiction depict communist absurdities in China and North Korea
by June Cheng
Posted 9/20/18, 05:49 pm

This summer, I’ve read two collections of short stories: The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution by Chen Jo-hsi and The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi. The two books were written in different places and times, but both tell what it’s like for ordinary people to live under a communist regime.

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