Stream Splashes: November 11-17 in Review

By The Stream Published on November 18, 2018

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.


In 1989, he helped lead the Tiananmen Square demonstration against the Chinese state. Since then, Bob Fu has worked courageously to correct human rights abuses in his home nation. China is not a nation known for tolerating such dissent.

On Friday, the Chinese Christian leader and founder of ChinaAid addressed a Religious Freedom Institute conference in Washington, D.C. He shared how the Communist nation of China, with 1.4 billion people and the world’s second largest economy, is cracking down on religion.

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I’ve tried since the summer of 2014 — the centennial of World War I’s beginning —to get my mind around that war and what happened after. All Quiet on the Western Front. Hemingway’s novels The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. And the poetry. The poetry!

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In a recent video, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks argued that the Bible is actually pro-abortion. Uygur warned viewers that they have been lied to and mislead about the Bible and declared, “The Bible is actually pro-abortion. That’s a fact.” Is it?

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Recently my two-month-old noticed his mobile. Hanging above his crib, stuffed horses circle to the tune of Brahm’s lullaby when the dial is wound. I’d wound it for him several times ever since we started laying him in the crib, but his infant eyes hadn’t quite locked on.

But then they did. And it was magical. I’ve never seen joy so pure. So fresh.

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