Here are The Christian Post's "Top 10" politics stories for 2013:
10. "Unstuck Movement" Highlights Broken International Adoption System
Problems have plagued the system of international adoption at least since 2009, after the U.S. State Department began encouraging developing nations to adopt the U.N.'s Hague Treaty. The problems became so acute that international adoption advocates and adoptive parents began fighting back. more >>
Hundreds of people are dead due to fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan, which has plagued the eastern part of the young country since Dec. 15.
As violence escalates between sides representing President Salva Kiir and recently deposed vice-president Riek Machar, who make up members of the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups respectively, there is increasing evidence of ethnically targeted killing, violence which has stoked fears that the aggression could descend into a genocide similar to the one that took the lives of 800,000 in Rwanda in 1994.
The U.N. has claimed that officials have uncovered 34 bodies in a mass grave in Bentiu. Another U.N. official documented two other mass graves filled with 14 and 20 bodies in the same region and expressed concern for 75 unaccounted for Dinka soldiers. more >>
What was the world like in 2013 for the planet's most marginalized and vulnerable communities?
1. Syria's Civil War more >>
Palestinian militant group Hamas has accused Israel of intentionally flooding the Gaza Strip during a massive storm last week. But Israel says that the dams it is accused of opening don't even exist.
"The allegation of [Israel] opening dams and flooding the Gaza Strip is baseless and false," Uri Schor, a spokesman for Israel's Water Authority, shared with The Times of Israel in response to the accusations, adding that no dams exist in the area.
"The opposite is true: due to the damage caused by the storm – which affected all neighboring countries and not only the Palestinian Authority – Israel responded to a special appeal conveyed through the UN, transferring four high-power pumps to the Gaza Strip intended to help residents remove water from flooded areas." more >>
The very public execution of Comrade Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un, reminds us of the brutal nature of dynastic power and what totalitarian Communist dictators do.
"Lil-Kim" Jung-un inherited his evil dictating business. Before he died in 2011 his dad, Kim Jung Il, bequeathed the job to his youngest son, passing over Un's older brothers Kim Jung Tito and Kim Jung Jermaine.
Per the state-controlled news agency (MS-North Korea), Kim Jung-un had his uncle killed for "unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping" when Kim Jung-Un was being honored. more >>
Why was Ronald Thomas Smith II, an American teaching at Benghazi's International School, shot to death last Thursday in Libya, even as he "was looking forward to his first Christmas in the United States with his wife and toddler son"?
Most Western media and analysts dismiss the killing as a random act of violence incited by a recent al-Qaeda video.
However, by connecting the dots and looking at precedence, it appears that Smith's Christianity, specifically his talking about it among Muslims, was the motive behind the slaying. more >>