Happy Spring Festival Hong Kong – Authorities Clash With People 1st Day Lunar New Year

White HouseFlashback: Remember When the Obama Administration
Naively Tweeted This
-or- When Obama Claimed:
“We Should Welcome China’s Peaceful Rise…”

FishBallRevolutionEvents Unfolding in Hong Kong While Much of the World
Isn’t Paying Attention –Courtesy: Fabian Eberhard@Twitter

Hong Kong FishBallRevolutionChina Regime Sends in the Storm Troopers Clashing with
Hong Kong Residents on Chinese New Year –Poppie@Twitter

China Authorities Fire ShotsChina Authorities Indiscriminately Fire Shots
Into the Crowd in Hong Kong –McSNSD@Twitter

Related: Lockdown Continues in Some Mong Kok Areas -RTHK

Islamic Fascist Iran a Tourist Destination? Rouhani Says So — Don’t Leave Home Without Your Hejab

Iran PresidentIran a Tourist Destination? @HassanRouhani  Thinks So…
Unless You’re Woman Of Course

Iran's Newst Criminals(IranWire) Meet Iran’s Newest Criminals: These Six Female Fashion Models Were Arrested by Iran’s Morals Police for Not Wearing a Hajib
on Their Instagram Pages

H/T: HollyDagres@Twitter

China Regime Arrests Christian Pastor After Opposing Removal of Crosses

China ChristiansFears of a Bid to ‘Silence’ Christians in China
After More Arrests –Premier

(China Change) Pastor Gu Yuese, leader minister of a Chinese govt approved sanctioned Church in Hangzhou, was arrested on the 27 January and placed in secret detention for opposing cross removal. Pastor Gu’s wife Zhou Lianmei was arrested with him but is believed to have been subsequently released. Their home was ransacked by Chinese authorities, an indication that criminal charges will be brought against him.

Last July, the Zhejiang Christian Council headed by Pastor Gu, published a strongly worded open letter opposing the campaign in the Province to tear down Church Crosses — Pastor Gu’s disappearance is believed to be in retaliation for his refusal to cooperate with the China regime.

In August, I posted a picture here of Chinese Christians Wenzhou, protesting the removal of Crosses and on the 30 December, 2014 I wrote here about other Crosses in Wenzhou, together with a Cross at a convalescent home in Hangzhou Zhejiang Province, ordered removed by China regime Marxist Thugs.

Where is the moral outrage by the Obama Administration, MSM and political candidates, of the ongoing Christian persecution in China?

An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

I'm Wonderfully MadeBlessed are You Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth–You have Hidden These Things (Mysteries of the Kingdom) from the Wise and Intelligent and have Revealed Them to Infants –Matthew 11:25 Image: Mercy Lives

  • IPrayToEndAbortion “A great prayer of life is urgently needed, a prayer that will rise up throughout the world.” Pope Saint John Paul II

Related: For Today’s Bible Readings and More Visit: -USCCB

Must See Video: Wake Up! Don’t Remain Silent About Christian Persecution by ISIS

Must See Video That is Quite Revealing

H/T: Franciscan Sisters

As China Threatens Taiwan, Hillary Clinton and Most Republican Presidential Hopefuls Are Silent

Hillary Clinton ChinaActivists Shocked That Hillary Clinton Vowed Not to Let Human Rights Concerns Hinder Cooperation with the China Regime –CDT 2009

(WSJ) Taiwan held an historic election this week, with voters giving a landslide victory to the opposition and making DPP Tsai Ing-wen its first female president. The result has major implications for China, the United States and Asia, the wealthiest and most populous region in the world but did America’s future leaders notice?

Hillary Clinton who hopes to be the first female president and boasts of engineering the U.S. pivot to Asia said nothing about Taiwan this week. Clinton highlighted the tainted water scandal in Michigan, published paeans to Obama’s leadership and Tweeted about the scourge of “mansplaining” but there was no press release congratulating Taiwan and Tsai Ing-wen and no statement from the campaign trail.

Some Republicans did better. “Taiwan’s latest election once again shows the island to be a thriving democracy,” Marco Rubio said in a statement, calling for expanded economic, political and security cooperation with “one of America’s oldest and most loyal friends in Asia.”

Ted Cruz said, Taiwanese citizens “tenacious witness to the promise of liberty is a beacon of light to their neighbors, yearning to be free. America honors our friend and ally today.”

Former Florida Gov Jeb Bush, NJ Gov Chris Christie and Ohio Gov John Kasich may share these sentiments but they didn’t say so. Donald Trump was similarly mute.

U.S. foreign policy isn’t determined solely by what candidates do or don’t say while campaigning and thank goodness for that but campaign rhetoric reflects popular priorities and the general failure to note Taiwan’s election isn’t an isolated event. It reflects a too common practice of misunderstanding Taiwan’s importance as a U.S. partner, Asian bellweather and target of China (regime) aggression.

The U.S. assesses that preparing to fight Taiwan remains the ‘primary mission’ of China’s military. Taiwan once enjoyed technological military superiority along with ‘the inherent geographic advantages of island defense’ a Pentagon report to Congress said last year but recent Chinese modernization has ‘eroded or negated many of these factors.’

China’s Communists consider Taiwan a renegade province and threaten war if the island won’t voluntarily unify with China. — China State TV last year showed a military drill in which PLA soldiers stormed a replica of Taiwan’s presidential office…the phrase ‘use force to unify Taiwan’ exploded on Chinese social-media after this weeks election of DPP Tsai Ing-wen, whose platform emphasized Taiwan’s right to democratic self-government.

The U.S. pivot to Asia sought to deter Chinese aggression but ignored Taiwan. William Stanton, the career diplomat who represented the United States in Taipei from 2009-2012 said that, ‘the biggest failure of the Obama Administration’s policy towards China has been its handling of Taiwan, including ‘the omission of any references to Taiwan in describing the U.S. policy of reorientation to Asia.’ The U.S. last month announced a modest arms sale to Taiwan but that followed an unprecedented four year hiatus.

Taiwan’s size and economy certainly don’t justify its being overlooked. It has 23 million people, as many as Australia and more than most countries in the world. Largely due to its electronic exports, its America’s 10th largest trading partner ahead of India.

It’s peaceful transition from authoritarianism to democracy starting in the 1980s should be a model for the world, Chinese leaders and their boosters in the West sometime speak of a ‘Beijing model’ challenging the liberal-democratic ‘Washington consensus’ but Taiwan’s election showed how poor China looks in comparison.

China imprisons female human rights activists, lawyers and journalists; Taiwan has a female president-elect. Chinese citizens go to jail for asking their leaders to disclose personal assets; Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen asset disclosure was barely even noticed. — The Chinese doctor who became a national hero for curbing the 2003 SARS outbreak Jiang Yanyong, was soon detained for discussing the Tiananmen Square Massacre; Taiwan’s SARS hero Dr. Chen Chien-jen is now vice president-elect.

Then there is Hong Kong, where Beijing ‘promised’ to respect civil liberties and thereby create a model for Taiwan to come under its sovereignty. With Beijing’s promise of democracy now broken and mainland China agents accused of abducting government critics off Hong Kong streets, its no wonder, Taiwanese back politicians who pledge to preserve their distance from Beijing.

Studying a map reveals other aspects of Taiwan’s importance. Taiwan sits at the center of the Western Pacific’s ‘first island chain’ which stretches from Indonesia in the south to Japan in the north, bounding China’s coast and limiting Beijing’s ability to threaten the open ocean militarily. China’s control of Taiwan would mean that Chinese submarines based on the island’s east coast, with free access up and down the Pacific.

U.S. allies such as Japan consider Taiwan essential to their own security. The erosion of U.S. attention to Taiwan–and certainly the abandonment of Taiwan that some American scholars propose, could shatter U.S. alliances in Asia, which grave regional security consequences such as Japan and South Korea going nuclear.

So the election of Tsai Ing-wen, would be a good moment for Taiwan to regain American’s attention. China’s attempts to bully Taipei’s new government economically, diplomatically or militarily may soon force the U.S. to pay great attention to some crisis but that only underscores the issue’s importance now. Something for presidential hopefuls to consider as they traverse Iowa and New Hampshire.

ISIS Destroys Oldest Catholic Monastery in Iraq — Obama Claimed ISIS is Contained

(SF Gate) The oldest Catholic Monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a pile of rubble yet another victim of ISIS relentless destruction of places that it considers heretical.

Flashback: On the 09 April, 2015 I posted pictures here of ISIS destruction of Churches in Iraq and Syria — On the 25 July, 2014 I posted pictures here of ISIS destruction of the Prophet Jonah’s Tomb.

Related: ISIS Tells Jihadists – Pretend to be Christians Before Killing

ISIS Holds About 3,500 Slaves in Iraq Mostly Women & Children

Iran’s Islamic Leader Khamenei: Obama Wrote Me Letter of Sweet Nothings, Spoke Well of Iran

Obama Loves IranWhat Could Obama Have to Say Positive About @Khamenei and Iran Which has the Blood of American Troops on Their Hands?

(Defense One) At least 500 American Troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan linked to Iran —  How many more Americans have to die before Obama condemns Islamic Fascist Iran?

More here from Military Times

Related: Message by Maryam Rajavi – Conference U.S. Senate

Timely Reminder of the Disaster — Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Obama Legacy: Negotiates With Islamic Fascist Iran to Return American Hostages – Islamic Jihadists in Iraq Kidnap Several Americans

ISIS Kidnappings(DailyMail) Negotiating with Hostage Takers Encourages More Hostage Taking — State Dept Now Confirms Several Americans Abducted in Iraq

Hillary Clinton Obama Legacy@HillaryClinton Pledges to “Protect” Obama’s Legacy of Failures

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