On this day…in 1916 and 1922

Grigory Rasputin, a self-fashioned Russian holy man, is murdered by Russian nobles eager to end his sway over the Royal family. Rasputin won the favor of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra through his ability to stop the bleeding of their hemophiliac son, Alexei. Although the Siberian-born peasant was widely criticized for his lechery and … [Read the full story]

China tries to keep a lid on ‘end of earth’ mania

The police in China have detained 101 people,, among them members of a fringe Christian group, for spreading rumours of the world’s impending end. It was reported that police confiscated leaflets, DVDs and other apocalyptic propaganda in the recent arrests in eight provinces across China. The detentions come ahead of Friday, December 21 – a … [Read the full story]

Beijing switches allegiance

As rumours abound that the government’s authority has been challenged, Beijing is striving to maintain its grip on Hong Kong. Just days before the southern financial hub’s elite chooses the region’s next leader, there are signs that Beijing wants to dump its first choice for the winner as it tries to keep pace with public … [Read the full story]

The Great Firewall of China

For the people of China, the advent of the internet could have meant a new age of free expression, allowing them access to previously restricted and often sensitive information. Unsurprisingly, then, Beijing has been quick to tighten its grip on the web, stopping potentially subversive material from crossing its borders. Last year saw the birth … [Read the full story]

Beware of Russia

I have been looking with interest into the start of the 20th century. Their were three strange events which I found intriguing. At Fatima and at Lourdes, miracles were seen by young children. In 1917 a revolution changed the face of Mother Russia from Christian to Communist. What did these differing events have to link … [Read the full story]