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What I Learned in the Poverty War
Peter Cove, City Journal

Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor.

How Government Suffocates Charity
Joy Pullman, Values & Capitalism

The pending January 2 tax hike—what everyone is calling the “fiscal cliff”—will mean we cannot afford half our usual charitable contributions next year.

Russian Orthodox Church backs Vladimir Putin’s Ban on Americans Adopting Russian Children
Miriam Elder, The Guardian

The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin.

Syrian rebels ‘beheaded Christian and fed him to dogs’
Matthew Campell, The Australian Times

He had just got married and his wife was about to give birth but this did not save Andrei Arbashe, a young Christian, from a horrific fate at the hands of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime earlier this month.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).