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  1. Isabella

    My Mother

    She taugth us Patience. When she wanted to use her belt and we ran away she didn't go after us. She patiently waited next to the door saying that at any moment we were going to pass by that door 😄
  2. "I like boys, I like girls, I like both," the actress explained. "I've always kind of gone my own little way, I'm the rogue girl in Hollywood who's just kind of made my own path and not really cared what people think too much." When she was asked what her parents thought about her sexuality, Rodriguez revealed she grew up in a house of Jehovah's Witnesses. In the past, she's said her mother's side of the family all practiced the faith, though she doesn't anymore. "Birthdays and celebrating Halloween are evil. I didn't get to watch Disney movies until I was in my teens because of all
  3. Followers of The Church of Almighty God, Falun Gong, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are kept in camps until they renounce their faith and betray fellow believers. by Chang Xin A transformation through education camp in Xinjiang’s Yining county. According to a document issued in 2018 by the government of a locality in Xinjiang, members of three banned religious groups—The Church of Almighty God (CAG), Falun Gong, and Jehovah’s Witnesses—must be sent to transformation through education camps and kept indefinitely until they have been “transformed,” i.e., become atheist. Their release dep
  4. Firefighters were called to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Burwood just after 3am. The building was well-ablaze. Meanwhile, other fire crews were called to a small fire in a back room at that Cardboard Cathedral. Firefighters attended just after 3.30am and the blaze was extinguished quickly. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson said it was unusual to have two church fires within half an hour of one another. A fire investigator will attend both scenes and police has been notified. In a statement, police told 1 NEWS they there was another fire at Bea
  5. An enormous and long-in-the-works block-long development in Dumbo keeps chugging along. Located at 85 Jay Street, and called Front & York, the 21-story, 728-unit building will be part rental, part condo and have two swimming pools, one set aside for owners and one for renters, filings show. It topped out in July, according to New York Yimby. The windows are going in and have reached floors two through eight all around the building, a recent visit to the site revealed. The ground floor, usually the last to finish, is not as far along, but the arches facing Jay Street
  6. A spate of suspicious fires within three hours in Christchurch overnight appear to be linked, police say. About 3am on Monday, firefighters received multiple calls about a large blaze at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, in Waitikiri Drive, Parklands. A spokesman said the building had not been used for congregations since March due to Covid-19, with meetings held online. “The building was well alight when we arrived. It’s a decent-sized building,” she said. “It has since been extinguished. It’s considered possibly suspicious and is being investigated.” Half an hour
  7. A court in Turkmenistan has sentenced a Jehovah's Witness to one year in prison for his objection to military service. A spokesman for the religious group, Jarrod Lopes, told RFE/RL on September 8 that the Vekilbazar District Court in the southeastern region of Mary on September 3 found 18-year-old Myrat Orazgeldyev guilty of avoiding mandatory military service. According to the group, Turkmen authorities have imprisoned 25 Jehovah’s Witnesses for their conscientious objection to military service, of whom 11 are currently in prison. "It is a shame that Turkmenistan continues to mistre
  8. A court in Mary Region jailed 18-year-old Myrat Orazgeldiyev for one year on 3 September, the 24th Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector to military service to be imprisoned since January 2018. Eleven – including Orazgeldiyev – are now jailed, eight of them at the harsh Seydi Labour Camp, where a former prisoner of conscience described conditions as "inhuman". All 24 young men offered to do an alternative civilian service, but none exists. A court in Mary Region of eastern Turkmenistan handed down a one-year jail term to 18-year-old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector to military
  9. His murderous crusade ended on July 21, 1985 when he blew up the Jehovah’s Witnesses hall at Casula in southern Sydney, killing Graham Wykes and seriously injuring 13 others. “He‘s had 35 years of life. That’s 35 years my husband didn’t have. Nothing makes up for that, but I’m pleased with the outcome,” Mr Wykes’ ex-wife Joy said outside court. Of the 71 parishioners who were hospitalised, 16 were children and five were babies. Warwick targeted the congregation because some of its members helped Ms Blanchard move out of Sydney to the NSW mid-north coast. “In a final act of
  10. The 73-year-old was found guilty in the NSW Supreme Court in July of 20 offences relating to six Sydney events between February 1980 and July 1985. They included the shooting murder of Justice David Opas and the bomb-related murders of Pearl Watson, wife of Justice Raymond Watson, and Graham Wykes, who died in an explosion at a Jehovah's Witnesses hall. Graham Wykes died and 13 people were seriously injured when a bomb ripped apart the Jehovah's Witnesses hall. Congregation members had offered support to Warwick's ex-wife. Full article:
  11. Dea Kulumbegashvili's debut follows a woman in a persecuted Jehovah's Witnesses community, facing a crisis in her marriage and in her faith. Georgia has selected Beginning, the debut feature from director Dea Kulumbegashvili, as its official entry for the 2021 Oscars in the International Feature category. The drama premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival this year, where it swept the top awards, winning best film, best director, best screenplay, and best actress for lead Ia Sukhitashvili. She plays Yana, a woman living in emotional isolation within a community of Jehovah's Wit
  12. A Russian judge on Friday imposed an eight-year suspended prison sentence for a 24-year-old Jehovah’s Witness and a seven-year suspended sentence for his 27-year-old wife, capping a week that marked some relief amid continued persecution for the faith in Russia. An international spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses expressed gratitude that “this young couple will not need to be separated by prison bars” after the judge’s decision in Kostroma, 200 miles northeast of Moscow. The conviction comes a day after another judge in Ulyanovsk, on the Volga River, convicted six members of the persecuted
  13. Cardinal Joseph Zen (陳日君) fled the communist takeover of China as a teenager and found sanctuary in Hong Kong, a bastion of religious freedom that he now fears could disappear under Beijing’s tightening grip. The 88-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong has spent his retirement looking on with increasing alarm at the Vatican’s embrace of Beijing — and the imposition of a sweeping security law has only heightened his fears. “As I can see in the whole world, where you take away the freedoms of the people, religious freedoms also disappear,” Zen said from Salesian Mission he joined as a n
  14. (RNS) — A day after a Jehovah’s Witness became the first to be acquitted in Russia since a 2017 ruling declared his faith group “extremist,” six Russian members received suspended sentences for gathering for worship. The developments come a week after dozens of scholars from across the globe called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The pacifist faith organization said six men and women were given suspended sentences ranging from 2 ½ to four years; in addition, they were given orders of “restricted freedom” from seven to 10 months in a cour
  15. When the knock came at the door at six in the morning, Sergei and Maria Silaev feared the worst. The couple first thought it was the Russian police, coming to arrest them for being Jehovah’s Witnesses. But it was the upstairs neighbour, telling them there was a water leak above their apartment. They were relieved, but after that had many anxious nights. "I couldn’t sleep," said Maria. From that moment on they knew they needed to leave Russia. The Silaevs life changed in 2017 when the Russian Supreme Court labelled their church an extremist organization and banned all Jehova
  16. AZERBAIJAN: 34 freedom of religion cases pending at ECtHR Pending at the European Court of Human Rights are 34 known cases relating to violations of freedom of religion or belief, involving 61 individuals and 5 communities. A decision is expected on 22 October in the case of Nina Gridneva, fined for offering religious literature on the street. Other cases cover punishments for leading mosque prayers and holding religious meetings, refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience and the state's religious censorship. In September, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR
  17. In nine cases concluded in September at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Azerbaijan admitted it violated freedom of religion or belief and the ECtHR has closed the cases. Yet, as lawyer Khalid Agaliyev noted, despite many ECtHR judgments against Azerbaijan, "we don't see any follow-up from these judgments. We want the general human rights situation to change under the influence of these judgments. Unfortunately, this is not happening". In nine cases concluded in September at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg, Azerbaijan admitted that it violated the right
  18. A day after the Russian FSB carried out armed searches in occupied Sevastopol, four Jehovah’s Witnesses have been arrested and remanded in custody for two months. Although Yevhen Zhukov; Volodymyr Maladyka; Volodymyr Sakada and Ihor Schmidt are accused of ‘organizing the work of an extremist organization’ (under Article 282.2 § 1 of Russia’s criminal code), the charges pertain solely to their peaceful practising of their faith, and all are undoubtedly political prisoners. Early on 1 October, the FSB and other enforcement officers burst into the homes of nine Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sevast
  19. “Thriller” remains one of Michael Jackson’s most popular songs and music videos — however, not everyone was a fan. After dealing with some backlash to the video, Jackson wanted to destroy it. Here’s why the “Thriller” video upset some people in Jackson’s life — and why he ultimately didn’t destroy it. How the King of Pop reacted to the backlash Jackson’s reaction to the backlash was pointed. He almost had the footage of “Thriller” destroyed. However, the director of the video — John Landis — hid the canister with the footage in it so Jackson could not find it. Ultimately, Jackson dec
  20. La libertad y la seguridad son derechos fundamentales para cualquier ser humano, pero en ciertos países como Rusia no es así. Personas, seres humanos, están siendo perseguidos, encarcelados y hasta torturados por su ideología. Algo impensable en pleno siglo XXI está ocurriendo en uno de los países más desarrollados del mundo. Hace dos años en Rusia se tachó de extremista a la religión de los Testigos de Jehová. El extremismo suele estar asociado a seguir las ideas de uno hasta la muerte, justificando el uso de la violencia si es necesario. Sin embargo, si nos paramos a analizar las enseña
  21. Jehovah’s Witnesses Resolve Copyright Dispute With FaithLeaks The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the owners of the religious whistleblower site FaithLeaks resolved their dispute over the site’s unauthorized posting of copyrighted materials, according to a filing in Manhattan federal court. FaithLeaks admitted to reproducing 74 Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Pennsylvania videos without permission and agreed to stop displaying them on its website, according to the consent judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said. FaithLeaks once collected d
  22. A group of 50 religion scholars from around the world is calling on President Vladimir Putin and his administration to end the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. The scholars' statement, released Thursday, follows the Center for Studies on New Religions’ one-day conference, “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Their Opponents: Russia, the West, and Beyond,” held online from Vilnius, Lithuania, in early September. “As institutions and individuals concerned with religious freedom, we have followed the events in Russia with increasing alarm,” the CESNUR statement reads. Among those
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