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Globe Trot: Europeans link evangelicals to Orlando shooting

International | Plus, persecution in Vietnam, understanding a third-culture child, Infidels update, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/15/16, 01:07 pm

EUROPE: In a sign of how the Orlando mass shooting is seen in Europe, one German news account concluded: “This act [of terrorism] could as well have been perpetrated by an evangelical Christian.”

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Many voices not heard

Foreign Policy | A narrow human rights agenda dominates the Obama era
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/27/16, 01:00 am

When President Barack Obama stepped to the podium in Hanoi in May to end a half-century arms embargo against Vietnam, more than opening the spigot to a cache of sophisticated American-made weapons was at stake.

The president showed, as he has in other parts of the world, his “pivot” to Asia is a pivot away from human rights. Far from a passive move—simply overlooking in favor of economic and other interests China’s gulags, Burma’s camps, or Vietnam’s disappeared dissidents—Obama overruled even allied human rights advocates.

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Globe Trot: U.S. lifts Vietnam's embargo despite human rights abuses

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/23/16, 03:35 pm

VIETNAM: President Barack Obama arrived in Hanoi to lift an embargo on weapons sales to the communist state and one-time U.S. foe. The move came ahead of Vietnam actually passing a law on belief and religion—and other reforms previously set by the U.S. and international community. 

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