U.S. State Department

Chinese Journalist Goes on Trial for Tweets After Nine Months in Prison

Chinese journalist Zhang Jialong went on trial Wednesday for the “crime” of using Twitter to distribute “a great amount of false information that defamed the image” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This got him arrested on the CCP’s one-size-fits-all-dissidents charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble. As is customary in China’s repressive justice system, Zhang has been held without trial or formal charges since August, and has not been allowed to see his wife and child.

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Report: Bureaucrats Sabotage Aid Programs for Persecuted Christians and Yazidis

A report at RealClearPolitics (RCP) on Wednesday charged that bureaucrats in the U.S. State Department under the Obama administration deliberately thwarted aid programs for Christians and Yazidis subjected to genocidal attacks in Iraq by the Islamic State. The entrenched bureaucratic “resistance” to these programs has continued throughout the Trump administration.

Yazidis refugees carry their belongings on January 3, 2017 in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey as they change their refugee camp and move to Midyat, further south. The population of Yazidis reaches 700,000, the majority residing in northern Iraq where persecution from Islamic State jihadists led to as many as 40,000 Yazidis …