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Everyone’s been using Russia for opposition research

International | New evidence reveals Russian lawyer also met with Clinton campaign consultant
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/08/17, 03:25 pm

RUSSIA: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, whose meetings with Donald Trump Jr. were dissected ad nauseum this summer, met before and after those meetings with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.

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Xi’s ‘new era’ promises human rights crackdown

International | China’s future not so bright for religious believers and dissidents
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/23/17, 11:39 am

CHINA: President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech to the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party last week—at three and a half hours long—left no doubt he will extend his rule well into the next decade. Xi called for a “new era” 36 times in the speech, making no mention of North Korea but signaling a continued hard line toward civil society.

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Globe Trot: Iraqi Christians await a right to return home

International | Many displaced Christians remain in Iraqi Kurdistan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/06/17, 11:16 am

IRAQ: Some Iraqis are less concerned about U.S. President Donald Trump’s order on immigration, which temporarily bars them from entry into the United States, than getting back to their homes. “Liberation has not liberated us from ISIS,” one church leader told me, adding that “the indicators are not good” Christians will be allowed to return to many of their villages in Nineveh Plain and perhaps to the city of Mosul itself.

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