Monday, April 14, 2014

Acid attack on Jehovah's Witness

A man, Fabian Ibe from Awaoma in Oguta Local Council Area of Imo State has left his younger brother, Donatus Ibe in excruciating pains after bathing him in a substance suspected to be acid. Donatus, 66, is now writhing in pains in hospital following the acid attack allegedly over a lingering land dispute between the . . .

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Watchtower Presents Global View At Tuxedo Town Hall

Hundreds of brothers and sisters have come from all over the world on a sort of religious pilgrimage, joining together on a grand adventure to construct a new mother church headquarters in the woody surrounds of Orange County, NY. On Monday evening, the Watchtower organization will make its big reveal at the Tuxedo Town Hall related to the global scope of the Jehovah’s Witnesses grand facility on Long Meadow Road in Tuxedo and planned headquarters in Warwick.

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ECHR looks into Russia’s treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) communicated a vast collection of complaints this month to Russia in connection with the treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the country. Russia and the applicants were asked earlier this month to consider a plethora of questions related to treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their congregations in light of the European Convention on Human Rights’ (Convention) guarantees of religious freedom and free expression, as well as its prohibition of discrimination

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The New World Translation, is it accurate ?

The first part of the New World Translation was released in 1950. Since then, some people have commented on or questioned the accuracy of the New World Translation * because in places it differs from other translations of the Bible. The reasons for these differences usually fall into one of the following categories.

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Richard Rudolph, Concentration Camp Survivor, Dies in Germany at 102

Richard Rudolph, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who survived five Nazi concentration camps and endured imprisonment under Communist rule, died on January 31, 2014. He was 102 years old.

After the Nazis rose to power in 1933, the work of Jehovah’s Witnesses was outlawed in much of Germany. As a result, a total of 11,300 Witnesses were imprisoned by the Nazis, 4,200 of them in concentration camps, including Mr. Rudolph.

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Jehovah's Witnesses followers detained in Uzbekistan

Six Uzbek citizens, including two teachers, are accused of illegal missionary activities, a law enforcement source told Interfax on Friday. "The Uzbek law enforcement authorities detained in the Bukhara region members of the Jehovah's Witnesses group, participating in unofficial religious gatherings of experts," the source said.

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Russia, Federal list of extremist materials

Federal list of extremist materials formed on the basis of entering the Russian Ministry of Justice of copies entered into force court decisions on the recognition of informational materials as extremist.
Legislation of the Russian Federation establishes liability for mass dissemination of extremist materials included in the published federal list of extremist materials, as well as their production or storage for mass distribution. http://minjust.ru/ru/extremist-materials

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Removal of Jehovah's Witness texts from the Federal List of Extremist Materials

Two Jehovah's Witness brochures have at last been withdrawn from the Federal List of Extremist Materials, to which they were added in July 2011, Jehovah's Witnesses told Forum 18. After a drawn-out process of repeated expert analysis, Factory District Court in the city of Kemerovo decided on 25 November 2013 that "Is Religion a Force for Peace?" and "Be Zealous for True Worship" were not "extremist". However, they were not immediately removed from Nos. 914 and 915 on the List.

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FYI British Columbia Court Considers Conditional Donations

On October 17, 2013, the British Columbia Supreme Court in Norman Estate v. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada, 2013 BCSC 2099, held that a gift subject to a condition stipulating that the donors could request a refund of their donation at any time was still a gift inter vivos and that the charity was entitled to keep the gift on the death of the donors.

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A South Korean jail, the only option

Kim Ji-gwan has a succinct explanation for why he, his father, and two brothers all chose to go to jail rather than be drafted into the South Korean armed forces. “It is very simple,” says Mr. Kim, chatting in a coffee shop in the city’s posh Kangnam district. “Jesus commanded all his followers to love your neighbor.” In the past, the US and many other countries accepted religious beliefs as grounds for opting out of military service. Not so South Korea, where men still serve a minimum of 21 months in the military.

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Jehovah's Witnesses, tortured, harassed, fined and imprisoned in Uzbekistan

The history of Jehovah's Witnesses in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan all exercise of freedom of religion or belief with others without state permission is illegal, Forum 18 News Service’s religious freedom survey notes, including sharing any beliefs with anyone and meeting with others for worship or the study of sacred texts in private homes. State officials frequently violate freedom of thought, conscience and belief and interlinked rights such as the freedoms of expression and association – even though the state has made solemn binding commitments to uphold and protect the exercise of human rights.

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Is Improvement in Sight for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Uzbekistan?

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Uzbekistan are cautiously optimistic that the Uzbekistan authorities will allow them to practice their faith without interference. Igor Yurchenko, a local representative of Jehovah’s Witnesses involved in meetings with Uzbekistan officials in 2013, stated: “We have noticed a marked improvement in our discussions with Uzbekistan authorities, and they appear committed to making positive changes. We hope that these meetings will soon yield positive results.”

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Fewer blood transfusions reduce hospital infections

Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion strategies are a common treatment in the U.S., but infection rates dropped by 20 percent when hospitals performed them less often, information that could help save hospitals money on infection-related costs, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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UN , Kazakhstan urged to end mandatory registration of religious communities

The United Nations expert on religious freedom called today on the Kazakhstan Government to halt the mandatory registration of religious communities, which notably affects small groups. During a visit to Kazakhstan – mandated by the UN Human Rights Council – Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief found religious pluralism to be a hallmark of the society “traceable far back in history and perhaps even pre-history.”

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Uzbekistan, beat up by police ?

The Pleshakovs’ problems began on 6 August last year when six policemen beat up the mother and the daughter in their own house and then accused them of the illegal possession of books by Jehovah’s Witnesses, which are banned in Uzbekistan.

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Knife and machete attack on Jehovah's Witnesses

Napad w Chełmie: Z nożem i maczetą zaatakował Świadków Jehowy

48-year-old resident of Chelm on Tuesday attacked two Jehovah's Witnesses. Couple handed out leaflets in the city center when a man approached them, pulled out a knife and machete and began to threaten them.

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Swaziland, BUILDING THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD

MBABANE – Volunteers from the Jehovah’s Witnesses movement are building a 160-seat hall in Nkoyoyo, which will be able to resist mild earth tremors. Jehovah’s Witnesses refer to their congregating buildings as ‘Kingdom halls’.

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What’s New on JW.ORG?

“You Must Love Jehovah Your God”
“You Must Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”
“Smooth Out the Course of Your Feet” to Make Progress
Global Printing—Helping People to Learn About God

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Uproar over Chile army discrimination

A leaked army document suggesting the exclusion of homosexuals, poor people, Jehovah's Witnesses and other groups from their ranks has caused an uproar in Chile. On Friday, Chile Vice President Rodrigo Hinzpeter condemned the document, which surfaced on Thursday, as “very serious and completely unjustified.”

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RUSSIA: Familiar twist in anti-Jehovah's Witness campaign

In a variation of Russia's long-running campaign against Jehovah's Witnesses, Siberian prosecutors are seeking to punish them for reasons such as conscientious objection to military service instead of "extremism", Forum 18 News Service has learned.

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