The Global Security News: 1. World from Michael_Novakhov (24 sites): FOX News: Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers praise to Brett Kavanaugh for hiring all-female staff

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Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had kind words to her new conservative colleague, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, for his inclusivity of women in the highest court of the land.

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The Global Security News: 1. World from Michael_Novakhov (24 sites): FOX News: North Carolina man accused of Twitter threat to lynch Muslim lawyer

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A North Carolina man has been charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Virginia-based Muslim political candidate by posting an image of a man hanging from a rope.

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The Global Security News: Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): Eurasia Review: China: Crack Down On Religious Funerals, Weddings

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As the Communist Party of China continues to tighten its grip on the
regulation of religion and religious activity, a human rights group is
reporting that officials are disrupting religious rites and ceremonies
such as funerals and weddings that take place outside of church
buildings.

Bitter Winter, a magazine documenting human rights and religious
freedom abuses in China, reported that attendees of such ceremonies have
been threatened with investigation and jail, and in some cases have
been arrested and detained for more than two weeks at a time.

The crackdowns are part of the government’s campaign to “sinicize” religion,
bringing it into unity with Communist Chinese culture.  The report
comes just five days after Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chair of the Tom
Lantos Human Rights Commission, told a congressional hearing that the state of religious freedom in China has “never been worse than it is right now.”

On April 12 of this year, Chinese government officials broke up an
11-person Christian funeral in the province of Henan that was honoring a
deceased member of the congregation. Officials accused attendees of
“hiding” their actions in the countryside, and threatened them with jail
time, according to Bitter Winter reports.
The police registered the personal contact information of the attendees
and told them that they could be investigated at any time.

In February, in another city in the same province, officials
interrupted another Christian funeral for an elderly person. Local
authorities reportedly threatened attendees with arrest for holding a
religious service outside of a church building, and the attendees
dispersed.

Bitter Winter reports that interrupting religious funerals dates back
to at least 2017, when a pre-funeral Christian ceremony, also in Henan,
was interrupted by officials who declared the activities to be
“illegal.” All of the 20-some attendees were detained. Some were
released shortly thereafter due to old age or illness, while six
attendees were held for up to 15 days in custody.

Also in April of this year, in the province of Jilin, a Taoist temple
director was arrested at his temple after someone posted a video online
showing a prayer ceremony honoring martyrs. Tipped off by the video,
officials investigated the temple on April 17. While the director had
obtained the necessary permit to hold such an event, officials told him:
“Even if you have a certificate, it’s still unacceptable. You’re
deceiving the common people, and this is illegal,” Bitter Winter
reported.

Chinese officials also attempted to block a wedding at a church in
Henan by requiring attendees to write their names down in a registry,
and by disallowing any other festivities outside of the church and
banning attendees under the age of 18. A church director told Bitter
Winter that he thinks the regulations were put in place to dissuade
people from planning weddings in the church. The March wedding was
cancelled after the restrictions were put in place.

At another wedding, on May 1 in province of Shanxi, a Christian
couple was arrested by police for requesting a band to play Christian
songs at their son’s wedding, Bitter Winter reports. They were only
released from police after local village officials vouched for the
couple.

The crackdowns on religious ceremonies are just the latest in a long
list of reported abuses against religious freedom in the country.
Chinese government officials have also set up mass internment camps for Uyghur Muslims, and have destroyed churches, burned down crosses, restricted religious expression online, and have attempted to re-write the Bible so that its message is more in line with the Communist party, among other abuses, officials have reported.

Last week, the Vatican issued new guidelines on the government’s
requirement of registration for church clergy. The Vatican said it
respected the judgement of Chinese Catholic clergy in whether or not
they wanted to add their names to the registry. Registration allows
clerics to practice their ministry freely, but it also means that they
acknowledge the government’s efforts to “sinicize” religion.

The Vatican stated that clerics should register only if they specify
that they are doing so insofar as the document that they are signing is
“faithful to the principles of Catholic doctrine.”

The Catholic Church in China is divided between the underground
Church, which is loyal to the Vatican but operates without government
permission and whose ordinations are not approved by the government, and
the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), which is
government-sanctioned.

In September 2018 the Vatican and Beijing reached an agreement known
as the China Deal that attempted to bridge the divide between the
underground Catholic Church and the CPCA. The deal allows the CPCA to
choose a slate of nominees for bishop.

The controversial agreement, while seen by some as a step to a united Church in China, has been criticized
by other church leaders and human rights advocates as attempted to
compromise with the Communist party, which has not since let up in their
aggression towards Christians and other believers.

In April of this year, Chinese officials in the Guangdong province began offering cash incentives for information or tips on religious people and religious gatherings.

In its 20th annual report,
released in April 2019, the U.S. Commission on International Religious
Freedom highlighted China as being among the worst offenders against
religious freedom globally.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn NY” – Google News: Knicks’ Bobby Portis wears underdog mentality on sleeve – SNY.tv

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Knicks’ Bobby Portis wears underdog mentality on sleeve  SNY.tv

Just as they were last season, the New York Knicks will likely be an underdog in virtually every game they play. Their group is still a developing one, especially …

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Borough Park Brooklyn” – Google News: Formula E Racing Returns To Red Hook – Kings County Politics

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Formula E Racing Returns To Red Hook  Kings County Politics

The world’s first all-electric international single-seater auto championship is back in the heart of Brooklyn. Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced …

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