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How the State Is Co-Opting Religion in China

4 monthes ago   |   By Foreign Affairs

The message reached me in early December via Signal, an encrypted messaging service that many Chinese use to bypass the closely monitored social media app WeChat. The day that many of us had feared was upon us: China's best-known pastor, Wang Yi, and 100 of his followers had been detained. Their church of 500 members was closed-very likely forever.
In the two years since my last Foreign Affairs piece about religion in China (“ China's Great Awakening ,” March/April 2017), such stories have become common. Churches closed, crosses removed, mosques demolished, Muslims sent to internment...
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Morehouse College graduation speaker pledges to pay class of 2019 student debt

Morehouse College graduation speaker pledges to pay class of 2019 student debt

Robert F. Smith, a billionaire technology investor and philanthropist, says his family is providing grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire 2019 class. Read more ...

Morehouse College graduation speaker pledges to pay class of 2019 student debt

Morehouse College graduation speaker pledges to pay class of 2019 student debt

Robert F. Smith, a billionaire technology investor and philanthropist, says his family is providing grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire 2019 class. Read more ...

Former college football standout reportedly tackles gunman at Oregon high school

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Trajan Langdon latest to leave Nets, gets Pelicans promotion

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Katyusha rocket falls in Baghdad's Green zone where US embassy is located...

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Bomb hits tourist bus in Egypt near Giza Pyramids

Bomb hits tourist bus in Egypt near Giza Pyramids

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4 Americans Killed In Small Plane Crash Off The Coast Of Honduras

4 Americans Killed In Small Plane Crash Off The Coast Of Honduras

Four Americans were among those killed when a small plane they were traveling in crashed shortly after take off from an island off the coast of Honduras on Saturday, according... Read more ...