Human rights groups have criticized the U.K. government for "selling out" to China on human rights issues by welcoming President Xi Jinping and clinching a $30 billion economic deal, without bringing up China's crackdown on ethnic and religions minorities, including Christians.
"If the U.K. is going to totally ignore the ever-worsening rights situation that we have at the moment in China, then that will cause a fundamental conflict with its principles as a democratic country," U.S.-based Chinese legal scholar Teng Biao said, according to Radio Free Asia.
Xi held public meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as with members of the royal family, during his visit to the U.K. this week. The Chinese president pushed through the multi-billion nuclear power investment deal, and praised economic relations between China and Western powers, such as the U.S. and U.K. more >>
PLANO, Texas — Six Republican presidential candidates vying for the Evangelical vote to become the party's nominee for the 2016 general election spoke about the challenges facing the nation and why they're the most qualified person to lead the country during the four-hour North Texas Presidential Forum on Sunday.
While candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties were invited to speak at the forum, which was hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Prestonwood Baptist Church, it was Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Govs. Mick Huckabee and Jeb Bush, and Dr. Ben Carson who accepted the challenge.
Religious freedom, Islamic State terrorism, abortion, education and the economy were among the top issues discussed by the candidates, who were given around 10 minutes for opening remarks followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with Prestonwood Baptist Church Pastor Jack Graham before an audience of 7,000 people. more >>
Poverty in the United States affects about 1 in 10 people despite them living in one of the richest countries in the world, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 annual poverty report released Wednesday.
According to data from the Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014 report, the nation's official poverty rate in 2014 was 14.8 percent, compared to 14.5 percent in 2013, meaning 46.7 million people were living in poverty last year compared to 45.3 in 2013. The U.S. government defines poverty based on annual household income and takes into account the household size. The median household income in the United States in 2014 fell slightly to $53,657 from $54,462 in 2013. The weighted average poverty threshold per individual during that same year was $12,071; $15,379 for two people; $18,850 for a family of three; and $24,230 for a family of four.
The Christian Post recently spoke with leading Christian non-profit organizations to find out how followers of Jesus Christ are working to eradicate poverty in America. more >>
As we witness the fall and likely deterioration of the small Mediterranean nation of Greece, it would be wise to understand that unless America makes radical corrections, Greece's fate will be ours. Like in Greece, our politicians are afraid to tell us the truth about soaring debt, out-of-control spending and healthcare costs accounting for 30% of the federal budget.
Instead, politicians tell us what we want to hear, but those with common sense understand we're miserably lost, and the only way to return to safety is to retrace our steps back to the principles we were founded on.
Conservatism as a political philosophy gets a bad rap because it's misunderstood. Many of today's younger generation equate conservatism with being old fashioned or rigid, when in actuality, the Progressive ideology they are brainwashed to embrace is regressive in nature, surely leading to the same fate as Greece. more >>
As Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject Europe's latest bailout offer with severe austerity as a condition, the country's atheist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called it a "victory of democracy." The Eurogroup chief, on the other hand, expressed concern, saying the result is "very regrettable for the future of Greece."
The final result for Sunday's referendum shows that 61.31 percent voted "no" and 38.69 percent voted "yes," local newspapers reported.
This sets Greece on an uncertain path, as the nation could now be headed for a worse economic disaster and even loss of its place in the euro. more >>
This Friday the Labor Department will release the Jobs Report for May. The monthly Jobs Report is based on data from a survey of 60,000 households and from a separate survey of business establishments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the data to estimate the unemployment rate and the number of jobs added to the economy in the just ended month. They also revise the estimates made for the prior two months to take into account more complete information.
Last month's report for April was an estimated gain of 233,000 jobs, but March was only 85,000 additional jobs. It takes over 150,000 additional jobs per month to absorb the growth in the labor force as young workers enter the work force and older workers retire. We can hope that the progress seen in April will continue in May and beyond.
When the jobs report is released on Friday morning, there will be instant analysis on Wall Street and again on the Sunday talk shows. Pundits will discuss the political and economic implications of whatever the outcome turns out to be. As a student of the economy, this is all interesting to me. But sometimes we need to step back from the instant moment to gain perspective. The graph below illustrates my point. more >>