China’s Christians Face ‘Massive Wave of Persecution’ | Radio Free Asia (RFA)

China’s Christians Face ‘Massive Wave of Persecution’ | Radio Free Asia (RFA)

Underground Churches in China(No missionaries & Bible) – AIWA! NO!

This rubble is all that remains of what was once a flourishing church in central China’s Henan province. In January scores of police and officials from the state, armed with saws, smashed and torched it into smithereens.

Dozens of Churches like these have been attacked and destroyed as part of a crackdown on religion by Chinese authorities and The Communist Party.

It is was of the most systematic suppression of religion in China since religious freedom was enacted into law in 1982. Authorities also seize bibles and other religious literature; in one small town for example; Christians have been asked to replace portraits of Jesus with those of Chinese President Xi Jiping. Those who resist pay dearly.

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Salif Keita: ‘Democracy is not a good thing for Africa’

Salif Keita: ‘Democracy is not a good thing for Africa’

He is in Paris to promote his 14th album Un Autre Blanc (Another White), the title a reference to his struggles as a singer-songwriter with albinism. Keita says it is definitely his last. “I will do some concerts and perhaps some tours. Nothing major and not another album.” He shakes his head. “Too much work. I am going to rest.”

Going “back to the country” means returning to the village of Djoliba, 23 miles south of the Malian capital Bamako, which takes its name from the local Mandingue language for the river Niger on whose banks it sits. Keita grew up here, during the last years of French colonial rule – Mali became independent in 1960 – as one of 10 children in a family directly descended from the warrior king Sundiata Keita, the 13th-century founder of the Mali empire. They were aristocratic, but dirt poor.

The musician has said his father was shocked but not entirely surprised when he was born with albinism, a condition caused by the absence of melanin pigmentation in the skin. There had been others with the condition on his mother’s side of the family. “It is a problem in places where cousins marry, a problem of culture,” he explains.

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