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Politics and Persecution: The United States and Nigeria

December 20, 2021:

By Linda Burkle, PhD Recently, International Christian Concern (ICC) designated Nigeria as one of the worst countries in the world for persecution of Christians. On December […]


No Protest Allowed: A Profile of Nigeria’s Governor El-Rufai and How He Punishes Dissent in Kaduna State

December 02, 2021:

It was within a few minutes of sunset—slated for 6:14 that day—on Christmas Eve 2016 when Fulani militants stormed the village of Goska in central Nigeria’s Kaduna State. The assault didn’t last long, but before disappearing into…


Crisis in Mozambique

November 08, 2021:

By Linda Burkle, PhD Not long ago I heard a Heidi Baker speak at a worship event. She was visiting […]


Updated Report: The Voiceless Victims of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

October 06, 2021:

According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) 2018 Fact­sheet on Blasphemy, roughly one-third of the world’s nations maintain a law…


Afghanistan Under Taliban Rule

September 30, 2021:

By Linda Burkle. PhD I recently had lunch with Hanif, an Afghan scholar and green card holder who was caught […]


Secular Sharia?

September 16, 2021:

The notion that Nigeria is a well-intentioned but under-resourced country struggling to contain sectarian violence is woefully incomplete. The Nigerian government may be under-resourced, but…


Persecution Incident Report: China

September 15, 2021:

Summarizing ICC reporting on incidents of persecution in China in the year from Q3 2020 though Q2 2021, this report provides both the big-picture and the granular perspectives…


Turkey’s Overflowing Influence: Religious Freedom Impact

September 01, 2021:

The 2016 coup attempt in Turkey ushered the nation into a new chapter, one which includes a significant emphasis on foreign policy and military expansionism. Countries previously part…


Is Religious Freedom a Matter a National Security?

August 31, 2021:

By Arielle Del Turco As thousands of desperate Afghans hope to make their way onto airplanes headed anywhere outside the […]


Afghanistan in Crisis

August 25, 2021:

By Linda Burkle, PhD Prior to his departure from office, President Trump announced the withdrawal of most U.S. troops by […]