20 January 2018
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Tiananmen, 15 years later


04/06/2004
Doctor who urged rethink of "biggest mistake" disappears

Police arrest 13 people in Tiananmen Square


04/06/2004
A witness to the 1989 massacre speaks
"Democracy can become a reality with a strong civil society"

03/06/2004
Tiananmen: Beijing defends the massacre

Rights groups pressure China to prosecute the guilty


31/05/2004
Release of activist and preacher precede fifteenth anniversary of Tiananmen Square
Government continues tight control to prevent "unanticipated events" 



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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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