US severs Iran's oil export lifeline. A hawkish new Revolutionary Guards chief prepares payback
Monday, April 22, before announcing the cancellation of waivers that allowed 8 countries to buy embargoed Iranian oil. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an unprecedentedly tough statement. "We are going to zero across the board. We'll continue to enforce sanctions and monitor compliance and any nation or entity interacting with Iran should do its diligence and err on the side of caution; the risks are simply not going to be worth the benefits." He went on to say: "How long we'll remain there at zero depends solely on the Islamic Republic of Iran's senior leaders."
Security council warns Israelis to leave Sinai
Tens of thousands of Israelis have ignored the National Security Council's (NSC) warnings and are currently vacationing in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Between 23,000 and 40,000 Israelis are currently vacationing in Sinai, up 20% from Pesach (Passover) last year.
Sri Lanka Bombings an 'Attack on Christianity,' Pence Says of Blasts that Killed 290
Vice President Mike Pence is calling Sunday's Sri Lankan terrorist attack that resulted in at least 290 deaths and 500 injuries an "attack on Christianity" and religious freedom. The coordinated attacks on Easter Sunday took place around 8:45 a.m. local time and involved eight bombings on churches and hotels. Among the dead were more than 102 worshipers at St. Sebastian's Church, a Catholic church in Negombo. Some 1,000 people were attending the Easter service.
Parental involvement detects, stops stealth indoctrination Parents in a Columbus, Ohio suburb fought back recently when they discovered their school was trying to slip a lesson about transgenderism past them. Earlier this month, Windermere Elementary in Upper Arlington sent out a notice less than 24 hours before first grade students were to be read a book about transgenderism because a classmate was supposedly transitioning. Linda Harvey of Mission America, who was alerted by parents, says the school's stealth did not work.
Facebook's new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act
Jennifer Newstead, a Trump appointee who served in the Justice Department under President Bush, will soon be taking over as general counsel of Facebook, the company announced in a press release Monday afternoon. Newstead will take over from Colin Stretch, who announced plans to retire last year.
But many are already troubled by Newstead's history lobbying and legislating for more powerful electronic surveillance. As The Hill points out, a 2002 Justice Department press release describes her as "helping craft" the legislation. Notorious Bush administration lawyer John Yoo described her as the "day-to-day manager of the Patriot Act in Congress" in his 2006 book.
Kamala Harris wants to use executive action for gun control if she is elected president Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that if she is elected president, she will give Congress 100 days to act on gun control. If they don't, she'll take matters into her own hands, she said during a CNN town hall Monday. Harris supports universal background checks and an assault weapons ban, and told the audience she will use her executive power to take action on gun control if Congress doesn't pass the laws she wants.
Iran Raises Stakes in U.S. Showdown With Threat to Close Hormuz Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway vital for global oil shipments, if the country is prevented from using it, a senior military official said on Monday in what appears to be a response to the U.S. plan to end waivers on Iranian oil exports. "If we are prevented from using it, we will close it," the state-run Fars news agency reported, citing Alireza Tangsiri, head of the RevolutionCorps navy force. "In the event of any threats, we will not have the slightest hesitation to protect and defend Iran's waterway."
Greenblatt: Peace plan doesn't include giving Sinai to Gaza Jason Greenblatt, the US Representative for International Negotiations, on Friday rejected reports that the Trump administration's peace plan will include giving a portion of the Sinai Peninsula to Gaza.
In a tweet, Greenblatt warned against believing unconfirmed reports about the peace plan.
Rocket fired from Gaza falls inside Palestinian territory
According to Adi Meiri, the spokeswoman of the Negev Regional Council, an Israel Defense Force assessment identified a rocket launched toward Israel that failed to reach its target. No sirens were sounded.
On Friday, an aircraft and a tank attacked two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, the military said. According to the statement, the attack was a response to shooting at Israeli soldiers stationed at the Gaza border. No injuries were reported.
Trump soured relations in Latin America. China and Russia have welcomed the chaos
With Venezuela in flames, China and Russia are seeking claims in the rubble. But the United States has been caught flat-footed, and the Pentagon is struggling to develop ways to blunt the countries' influence in Latin America since President Donald Trump has antagonized and distanced himself from nations in the Western Hemisphere.
Easter blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill at least 207
A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.
The apparently coordinated attacks were the deadliest to hit the country in the decade since the end of a bloody civil war that killed up to 100,000 people and evoked painful memories for many Sri Lankans.
Church Apologizes after Pastor Allows Youth Group to Spit on, Slap and Cut Him during Easter 'Lesson'
An Ohio church is apologizing to the community after an Easter lesson on the crucifixion of Christ led a youth pastor to invite his students to spit on, slap and cut him with a steak knife.
"In no way do we condone that students or anyone else should spit on someone, should slap them or use a weapon to harm anyone or harm themselves," lead Pastor Justin Ross, of Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, said in a video posted to the church's Facebook page after the April 15 incident.
AOC Calls Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu a 'Trump-like figure,' Says His Re-Election Is 'the Ascent of Authoritarianism Across the World'
Ocasio-Cortez was asked on a podcast about whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election should affect U.S. policy on Israel. She suggested aid cuts and said that Netanyahu is a "Trump-like figure," calling his re-election "the ascent of authoritarianism across the world."
Tobin wrote in his column that her comments signify a larger discussion that could come heading into the 2020 presidential race. He said that "divisive debate about Trump's pro-Israel policies... will fracture, perhaps fatally, what's left of the bipartisan consensus backing the Jewish state."
Mexican troops disarmed American soldiers on US side of the border
Armed Mexican troops disarmed two United States soldiers while they were on the American side of the border, U.S. defense officials have said.
U.S. Northern Command said in a statement that "five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations" this month. The U.S. soldiers were in an unmarked Customs and Border Protection [CBP] vehicle near the southwest border near Clint, Texas.
Friday 19, April 2019
What's So Good about Good Friday? What is Good Friday and why do we call Good Friday "good," when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus?
For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. Paul considered it to be "of first importance" that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).
Greenblatt on peace plan report: This is an accurate report
Jason Greenblatt, the US Representative for International Negotiations, on Wednesday confirmed a Reuters report saying that the Trump administration's peace plan will be unveiled after Israel forms a governing coalition and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in early June.
Greenblatt tweeted a link to the report, which was written by the news agency's Steve Holland, and wrote, "This is an accurate report".
Report: Senior Israeli, Lebanese officials meet in Moscow
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil recently met with a senior Israeli official in Moscow, the Saudi newspaper Elaph reported.
According to the report, which cited a Lebanese source, the two discussed the disputes between their respective countries regarding the maritime border, and the Assad regime in Syria.
Rouhani urges Mideast states to 'drive back Zionism'
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", saying Israel and its US ally were the root causes of the region's problems.
"The region's nations have lived alongside each other for centuries and never had a problem... If there is a problem, it is caused by others," Rouhani said in an Army Day address.
"Let us stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor's presence," he added in the speech shown live on state television.
U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades
As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.
NY Yankees ban Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' over 'history of potential racism'
The New York Yankees' anti-racism efforts have extended to pulling from their seventh-inning stretch a famous recording of the legendary Kate Smith (1907-1986) singing "God Bless America." Not because anyone has complained that the song is racist, but because Smith recorded other racially-insensitive standards from and during the Jim Crow era.
Big Tech Wants Centralized Censorship... IN THE IMMEDIATE aftermath of the horrific attacks at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, internet companies faced intense scrutiny over their efforts to control the proliferation of the shooter's propaganda. Responding to many questions about the speed of their reaction and the continued availability of the shooting video, several companies published posts or gave interviews that revealed new information about their content moderation efforts and capacity to respond to such a high-profile incident.
FBI's Facial Recognition Programs Under Fire Over Privacy, Accuracy Concerns
The FBI still has not assessed whether its facial recognition systems meet privacy and accuracy standards nearly three years after a congressional watchdog - the Government Accountability Office - raised multiple concerns about the bureau's use of the tech. Since 2015, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have used the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System, which uses facial recognition software to link potential suspects to crimes, pulling from a database of more than 30 million mugshots and other photos.
Wednesday 17, April 2019
New images show increased activity at North Korea nuclear site
Satellite images from last week show movement at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site, Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said.
The April 12 images show railcars near the uranium enrichment facility and radiochemistry laboratory, and may be associated with the transfer and reprocessing of radioactive material, CSIS added.
Taiwan President: Military Has 'Capacity' to Use Force Against Chinese Provocations
TAIPEI, Taiwan - President Tsai Ing-wen responded to Chinese military provocations Tuesday asserting that Taiwan's military stands ready to defend the island nation if necessary following Beijing's decision to fly military aircraft near Taiwan this week. Taiwan will not allow "coercion" to "dictate" Taiwan's future, Tsai asserted at the 2019 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue conference here in Taipei in an address focused on highlighting the strength of United States-Taiwan friendship on the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.
Just 46% of U.K. Christians believe Jesus died, resurrected A new poll reveals that less than half (46 percent) of the Christians in the United Kingdom believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the world's sins. Results from a BBC poll conducted last month on more than 2,000 British adults were announced by a BBC radio program Sunday, spurring the host to ask, "How much of the traditional Easter story is actually optional for Christians?"
Art prof equates Che the 'martyr' with Jesus the Messiah A former UCLA art history professor recently gave a presentation comparing the similarities between Jesus Christ and the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.
According to Campus Reform, the April 4 presentation by David Kunzle was mostly attended by faculty and staff. During the seminar, the professor emeritus described Guevara as a "quasi-divine cosmic force" while stating Jesus was "leader of an armed guerilla struggle" against Rome.
Google goes berserk over conservative in its midst Tech titan Google created an advisory panel to meet and discuss the future of artificial intelligence only to run into a problem: somebody let in a conservative. Approximately a week after the AI Ethics Board formed, word got around the Silicon Valley headquarters that Kay Coles James, who leads The Heritage Foundation, was among the members. More than 2,500 livid Googlers --- Google employees --- signed a petition to have her tossed, and other board members resented her presence, too.
Notre-Dame Treasures, Relics Saved After Firefighter-Priest Led Human Chain Inside Burning Cathedral
The chaplain to the Parisian fire brigade has been hailed as a hero after it was revealed he led efforts to save the priceless holy relics and art stored inside Notre-Dame Cathedral. The story of Father Jean-Marc Fournier was reported by Christian journalist of French Catholic Television station KTOTV, who revealed the chaplain went into the burning cathedral to retrieve relics and art before they could be damaged by fire and falling debris. Reports state the priest formed a human chain to carry the items away from danger.
Liberal, Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls Notre Dame Cathedral 'Art and Architecture'
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called the Notre Dame Cathedral "art and architecture" in a tweet Monday, without referencing its name or significance to the Catholic religion. "Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways. Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder," she tweeted.
Tuesday 16, April 2019
'Mind-Blowing' Evidence of Moses' Journey From Egypt to Saudi Arabia REVEALED Despite a majority of researchers questioning the accuracy of the Book of Exodus, some believe that Jews's flight from Egypt did indeed take place - and that new evidence of this is poised to "seriously shift" the frame of discussion.
Researchers from the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation (DTRF), which investigates the historicity and evidence of Biblical accounts, say they may have found the route to the Promised Land taken by the Israelites under Moses' leadership.
Filmmaker Ryan Mauro of the DTRF had made three trips to Saudi Arabia, which he says was part of Moses' route.
PA has plans to strengthen its hold on Jerusalem
Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet chief Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Saturday, after his cabinet was approved by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, that he intends to work to strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian residents over their land. In an interview with Palestine TV, Shtayyeh said that the presidency, the government, the security services, the justice system, the information system, the Fatah movement and the PLO member organizations are working to strengthen the legitimacy of the PLO and its leader Abbas.
US: 'Swift and vigorous response' for attempts to target Israelis
The Trump administration again named Israelis along with Americans as deserving immunity from International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecution. In a statement Friday, US President Donald Trump declared victory after the ICC rejected a request to investigate US personnel for actions in Afghanistan.
There are now as many Americans who claim no religion as there are evangelicals and Catholics, a survey finds
For the first time, "No Religion" has edged out Catholics and evangelicals for the top American religious identity, according to a new study by a political scientists at Eastern Illinois University. Ryan Burge, a Baptist pastor and political scientist, said he found that 23.1 percent of Americans now claim no religion. Catholics, meanwhile, came in at 23 percent, while evangelicals were at 22.5 percent. To be clear, the three groups still remain within the margin of error of each other. More than 2,000 people were interviewed in person as part of the survey, according to CNN.
One-third of Americans don't believe 6 million Jews murdered
Almost one-third of American adults believe that significantly less that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, according to a recent survey conducted ahead of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The survey, conducted by Schoen Consulting on behalf of The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, found that 70% of US adults say fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust than they used to. 58% believe something like the Holocaust could happen again.
'President' Pete Buttigieg - the biggest threat to religious liberty in history It's not just 'Mayor Pete's' sexual orientation we must worry about - it's his sexual politics. He embraces virtually every part of the extremist LGBT agenda. Don't let his boyish good looks and charm deceive you... he threatens everything we cherish. Pete Buttigieg is an open and defiant homosexual who wants to be our next president. Barack Obama himself included Buttigieg among the young "gifted Democratic politicians out there."
Germany fines parents for keeping son from mosque trip, lessons After not allowing their young son to attend a school field trip to a local mosque, parents were fined 50 euros for making him miss several lessons that day, losing their higher court appeal last week of a German district court's decision. The alleged offence took place back in June 2016, when the parents of the boy would not permit him attend school that day to avoid the visit to Rendsburg Mosque and subsequent lessons.
Sunday 14, April 2019
Russia Says 'New World Order' Being Formed
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared today that the Western, liberal model of society is dying, and a new world order is taking its place. Lavrov made the comments at his annual meeting with students and professors at the Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Academy, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
"The Western liberal model of development, which particularly stipulates a partial loss of national sovereignty - this is what our Western colleagues aimed at when they invented what they called globalization - is losing its attractiveness and is no more viewed as a perfect model for all. Moreover, many people in the very western countries are skeptical about it," Lavrov said.
With border cities overrun Trump considers busing asylum seekers to Democrat sanctuaries State and local officials say they would "welcome" the flood of illegal immigrant detainees that President Trump says he is thinking about releasing into sanctuary cities.
"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only," Trump tweeted. "The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy - so this should make them very happy!"
Protecting Omar: Rashida Tlaib leads attack on NY Post's 'painful imagery' of burning towers on 9/11 Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Thursday the New York Post is "evoking painful imagery to spread hate" following its cover using a photograph of the twin towers to criticize Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment that referred to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack as "some people did something." Ms. Omar said during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations Wednesday that the organization was founded to address Muslims being treated as "second-class" citizens post-9/11.
Friday 12, April 2019
Erdogan: S-400 could be delivered earlier than scheduled
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the delivery of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems could be earlier than initially planned, AFP reported.
"The S-400 missile defense system was to be delivered in July, maybe we will bring this forward," Erdogan was quoted as having told Turkish journalists on board his plane after a Russia visit, the local Hurriyet newspaper said.
David Horowitz: 'The Assault on Christianity Is an Assault on America'
Author David Horowitz said on Fox Nation's "Starnes Country" that the left-wing assault on Christianity in the public square is itself an assault on America. Horowitz, author of the new book "Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America", said that the U.S. is a "unique and... Christian country."
Kamala Harris, who supports abortion, slams ICE for immigrant women miscarrying while detained
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) acknowledged the value of the lives of unborn children Tuesday in a tweet criticizing Immigration and Customs Enforcement for detaining pregnant women. What did Harris say? "Detaining pregnant women is dangerous. As many as 28 women have miscarried while in ICE custody over the past two years. I've called on this Administration to end this practice now," Harris wrote.
Abortion clinic director mocks NC anti-infanticide bill, questions why newborns should be considered legal persons An abortion clinic director mocked a piece of state-level pro-life legislation being considered in North Carolina, and questioned why the survivors of botched abortions should be considered legal persons under state law. In the tweet published Wednesday afternoon, Calla Hayes mocked the pro-life bill, arguing that, because infants under 30 days old cannot be added to wills in North Carolina, they shouldn't qualify as legal persons under a proposed anti-infanticide law.
China selling high-tech tyranny to Latin America, stoking US concern
China is distributing intrusive tools of surveillance and social control throughout Latin America to "surround the United States" with potential threats, warns a top senator.
"China's goal is to displace the United States, and they can do that by wreaking havoc in the Western Hemisphere," Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner told the Washington Examiner.
The list of ways China keeps tabs on citizens is getting longer... China's ambitious plan to assign lifelong scores to citizens based on their behavior has stoked international concern, even as the project remains nascent and numerous hurdles must be overcome before the experiment can be implemented nationwide. In fact, the so-called social credit system is merely an extension of the myriad ways the government already rates its citizens. Here's a breakdown of the systems China has in place...
Breaking the internet: new regulations imperil global network
China for years has walled off some western services, and the fragmentation may be accelerating with regulations being imposed elsewhere, say analysts.
This is leading to a "splinternet," a term circulated for a decade or more but gaining more traction in recent months.
"The internet is already fragmented in material ways, but each regulator around the world thinks they know how to fix the internet," said Eric Goldman, director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University.
Democrat Buttigieg to Mike Pence: if you oppose my sexuality, 'your quarrel, sir, is with my creator' South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 presidential hopeful, took direct shots at Vice President Mike Pence Sunday regarding his sexuality, telling the vice president his marriage to a man has moved him "closer to God." "That's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator," the Indiana Democrat said during a speech at the LGBTQ Victory Fund's annual brunch.
EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detailing Google's 'News Blacklist' shows Manual Manipulation of Special Search Results
"The purpose of the blacklist will be to bar the sites from surfacing in any Search feature or news product. It will not cause a demotion in the organic search results or de-index them altogether," reads the policy document obtained by the Caller. What that means is that targeted sites will not be removed from the "ten blue links" portion of search results, but the blacklist applies to most of the other search features, like "top news," "videos" or the various sidebars that are returned as search results.
Tuesday 09, April 2019
US designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terror organization
US President Donald Trump officially designated the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization on Monday, in a move that Israel has long pushed for and that will ramp up the administration's pressure campaign against Tehran. It is the first time that an extension of a foreign government has been designated as a terrorist entity.
Fined $55K for calling a male a male A Canadian tribunal fines Bill Whatcott $55,000 for expressing Christian views on 'transgenderism.' In other words, Whatcott called a biological male (who identifies as a female) a "biological male." That was his crime.
Palmetto State latest to upset LGBT defender CA Carolina is the latest state to disappoint Democrats in California, this time over a law protecting faith-based adoption agencies.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 2 The Golden State will prohibit state-funded travel to The Palmetto State.
Turkish FM: S-400 purchase from Russia a 'done deal'
Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems is a "done deal" and cannot be canceled, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed on Thursday, according to Reuters. Ankara's push to buy the systems from Moscow has caused tensions with the US, its NATO ally.
Mormon Church: Now Okay to Baptize Kids of LGBT Parents, Gay Marriage No Longer 'Apostasy'
"At the direction of the First Presidency, President Oaks shared that effective immediately, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized without First Presidency approval if the custodial parents give permission for the baptism and understand both the doctrine that a baptized child will be taught and the covenants he or she will be expected to make," the Mormon General Conference Leadership Session stated on April 4.
Democrat Jerrold Nadler: Religious rights must bow to LGBT As Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.-Dist. 10) championed the so-called "Equality Act" in a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, he stressed that the bill would make sure religious beliefs cannot be used to "discriminate" against the LGBT community. As the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Nadler impressed that under the Equality Act, everyone must fall subject to the LGBT agenda - with churches and religious employers, organizations and colleges being afforded no exemptions whatsoever.
Gender Inclusive: Remove all male pronouns from Massachusetts Constitution
A freshman state representative wants to strike the word "he" entirely from the Massachusetts Constitution, substituting "they" in an effort to make the 239-year-old document gender-neutral - but critics say the Legislature has more important work to do. "This isn't a gimmick. For me, it's really about making sure that the Constitution is as an inclusive a document as we can make it," Rep. Mindy Domb said. "It says 'he,' it doesn't mean 'he,' it doesn't mean only men. There are lots of women who are in office. It means all of us. We need to make sure that the document says that so all of us and all of our kids can see themselves in this Constitution."
Pouncing to Save Kittens - But Not Babies Democrats might not lift a finger to help a newborn, but when it comes to kittens? They pounce. Just two weeks after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) party started crusading to end cat abuse, the USDA had good news. A policy of humane treatment is now in full effect - just not, unfortunately, for children.
Thursday 04, April 2019
Iran commits 'major cyber assault' on UK infrastructure
Sky News reports Iran committed a wave of cyber attacks targeting key parts of Britain's national infrastructure in a major assault last December.
The report says private sector companies, including banks, were also compromised in what they describe as an "ongoing" campaign.
'Israel's leaders lost the desire to defeat its enemies'
Josh Hasten interviews Col. (res) Maurice Hirsch who is the head of legal strategies for the Palestinian Media Watch organization. Hirsch is worried that Israel's response to rocket attacks, which includes giving prior warnings before attacking strategic targets thus allowing the terrorists to flee, shows that unfortunately "Israel's leaders, together with the IDF, have lost the desire to defend Israel's sovereignty and defeat its enemies." A sad state of affairs indeed.
Fetal heartbeat abortion ban advances to SC House floor after hours-long debate
State lawmakers on Tuesday passed to the House floor a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina, after hearing hours of competing pleas from pastors, women's rights advocates, pregnancy counselors, parents and doctors.
After about five hours of debate, the GOP-dominated House Judiciary Committee voted 15-7 largely along party lines Tuesday night to advance a fetal heartbeat abortion ban to the full House, where Democrats promised another fight.
Shattered statues and satanic symbols mark rise in attacks on French church
Sometimes it's a cross of human excrement smeared on a church wall, with stolen Communion hosts stuck at the four corners. Other times, a statue of the Virgin Mary lies shattered on the floor. Roman Catholic churches have increasingly come under attack in France, a country so long identified with Christianity that it used to be called "the eldest daughter of the church."
Snitches rewarded in China for exposing Christians hina continues its brutal crackdown on underground churches – even going as far as putting a bounty on the heads of church leaders.
The Guangzhou Department of Ethnic and Religious Affairs is offering about 10,000 yuan (approx. $1,500 U.S.) to anyone who has verified information about and can help with hunting down leaders of illegal house churches. That's about two months' salary for the average Chinese citizen. Lesser rewards are being offered for information about where believers meet and about behavior encouraging "religious extremism."
Virgin Mary Statue Beheaded At Chino Catholic Church
A vandal appears to be targeting Catholic churches in Pomona Valley, with the most recent attack on a beloved statue at a Chino church. "This is a place we come to feel safe, to feel God's presence, to worship with our community," said Marianne Hacker, pastoral administrator at Saint Margaret Mary's Church.
Venezuelans Storm Border as Colombia Warns Russia
Hundreds of Venezuelans desperate for food and services stormed the Colombian border on Tuesday, while Bogota indirectly warned Russia against a military deployment in support of Venezuela's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro.
Hamas leader: We want to bomb Tel Aviv
Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza, on Saturday praised the violent riots along the Gaza-Israel border.
"Our [Palestinian] people today stuck to the basic principles, the right of return and the breaking of the siege, and they support the resistance," said Sinwar, who came to encourage those who participated in the disturbances on the occasion of Land Day.
Saudi king 'absolutely rejects' undermining of Syrian sovereignty over Golan
Saudi Arabia's King Salman says his kingdom "absolutely rejects" any move that negates Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights, following US President Donald Trump's recognition of the area as Israeli. The Saudi monarch is speaking in Tunisia's capital of Tunis, where Arab leaders are meeting for the Arab League summit.
Macron's France: Average of Three Church Attacks Per Day
French churches are coming increasingly under attack with an average of nearly three churches per day targeted for vandalism alone over the past three years. A report from the Central Criminal Intelligence Service (SCRC) of the gendarmerie noted that from 2016 to 2018 there had been thousands of cases of church vandalism, peaking in 2017 with 1,045 cases, Le Figaro reports.
Facebook's Zuckerberg says he wants more government regulation of things like Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Saturday that he thinks the government should take a firmer hand in regulating the internet and protecting the privacy of users. Zuckerberg's own company has itself faced serious problems with privacy of data, and he's appeared before Congress to discuss many aspects of his business and the internet in general as it pertains to security, privacy, and even political bias and manipulation.
Another major city bans Chick-fil-A from opening restaurant in airport, lawmaker says CFA spreads 'hate'
Yet another airport has banned Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant due to the Christian company's alleged "anti-LGBTQ" views. The development comes just one week after San Antonio, Texas, made national headlines for a similar decision. The San Antonio City Council blocked Chick-fil-A from operating at its airport, claiming the city does "not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior."
Democrats Block Bill to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortion from Infanticide for 22nd Time
Republican Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas asked for unanimous consent Wednesday for the House to consider a vote on the Born-Alive legislation that would protect babies who survive abortion. For the 22nd time, House Democrats rejected a vote on H.R. 962, a bill that would require an infant who is born alive following an attempted abortion to receive the same form of prompt transfer to a hospital and medical attention any other child would be given.
Ocasio-Cortez peddles extreme fear over climate change, despite facts from scientists
For freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), it has become increasingly clear that fighting climate change is the legacy she wants to cement for herself.
During a town hall with MSNBC's Chris Hayes Friday, which centered around Ocasio-Cortez's controversial "Green New Deal," the New York Democrat centered her climate change narrative around fear, warning of what could happen if America doesn't act swiftly in response to alleged man-made climate change.
Parents livid over anti-Trump school assignment After assigning students an anti-Trump worksheet, a 7th-grade English teacher in Texas is receiving major backlash from parents, local politicians and others outraged by the indoctrinating classwork - including death threats.
Friday 29, March 2019
Syria: IDF air-missile attack on Iranian ammo stores at Aleppo darkens city
The Syrian news agency reports that shortly after midnight, Israeli air force missiles blasted Iranian military facilities at the Sheikh Najar industrial zone north of Aleppo, Jibrin and the town's international airport. SANA says 70pc of the town's power was knocked out and the town went dark, and the several Israel missiles were intercepted.
Syria, Iran, Turkey Vow to Fight Trump Proclamation on Golan Heights
Syria's state-run media published photos of citizens marching in the streets on Tuesday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The Syrian regime's patrons in Iran denounced the decision, while the increasingly Islamist government of Turkey vowed to fight the U.S. and Israel at the United Nations.
Apocalypse Now: Why Israel Would Start a Nuclear War
How might that happen? We can imagine a few scenarios, most of which involve an increase in hostility between Israel and its more tolerant neighbors. Another revolution in Egypt could easily rewrite the security equation on Israel's southern border; while the friendship of Saudi Arabia seems secure, political instability could change that; even Turkish policy might shift in a negative direction. Israel currently has overwhelming conventional military advantages, but these advantages depend to some extent on a favorable regional strategic environment.
Purging anti-Semitism from campuses and the House A bi-partisan measure aimed at rooting out anti-Semitism on college campuses has unanimously passed the United States Senate, and a similar problem is being dealt with in the House. The bi-partisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act was introduced by those on both sides of the political divide in the Senate - Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.).
Religions Use Robots to Connect With the Public Gabriele Trovato is worried about tomorrow. Or at least that's what he confesses to SanTO, one of his religion-inspired robots. Just shy of 17 inches tall, SanTO resembles those small figurines of saints often found in Catholic homes—except with a computer, microphone, sensors and a facial recognition-enabled camera. As Mr. Trovato touches and speaks to the machine, its deep, echoing voice responds with a Bible quote: "From the Gospel according to Matthew," it says, "do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
State rep threatened with censure over pre-session prayer A state representative in Pennsylvania is being condemned by fellow lawmakers and her governor for a Christ-centered invocation, but there are others coming to her defense. The prayer, which lasted approximately two minutes, has been criticized because the state rep delivered it moments before Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Muslim lawmaker, was being sworn into office.
U.S. Projected to Add 1.5M Illegal Aliens to Population this Year
This year, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Catch and Release policy - whereby border crossers and illegal aliens are readily released from federal custody into the interior of the U.S. - is on track to release roughly 434,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the country by the end of the year. This projection is based on current estimates that more than 36,000 border crossers and illegal aliens have been released from DHS custody every month since the beginning of the year.
Thursday 28, March 2019
Syria, Iran, Turkey Vow to Fight Trump Proclamation on Golan Heights
According to Syrian media, large demonstrations took place in several cities on Tuesday morning. The demonstrators waved Syrian and Palestinian flags and carried banners proclaiming, "Golan is Syrian."
An official with the Syrian Foreign Ministry described the American proclamation as "a blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and a disregard for all international reactions denouncing this decision."
'Life and death' decisions under rocket and missile attacks
What is it like to be a mother of seven children, who lives under red alert sirens and rocket fire, and only has 15 seconds to get all of her children to safety? Tamar Yonah speaks with a Jewish mother, Devorah Goodman Horev, who lives in the south of Israel. She describes the "life and death" decisions parents have to make, when under rocket and missile attacks from Gaza.
Trump orders agencies to prepare for potential EMP attacks President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday ordering federal agencies to take steps to protect the country from potential electromagnetic pulses. The order calls on federal agencies to coordinate in preparations to prevent and react to an electronic pulse, or EMP, which is a blast of electromagnetic energy that can damage the U.S. electric grid and other infrastructure.
Texas bill would shield religious rights from LGBTQ agenda Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Texas) is pressing forward with a new bill that would protect the religious rights of Texans when threatened by LGBTQ activists seeking privileges in the name of "civil rights," inclusion, and so-called "nondiscrimination." If passed, the SB-17 legislation promoted by the Republican lieutenant governor as championing "life, liberty and conservative Texas values," would allow Christians and Texans of other faiths to conduct their business and careers without compromising their religious beliefs.
Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown. Though the Republican governor said the measure signed late Monday strikes a balance, opponents said it is unconstitutional and promised to sue. The law is expected to take effect in May.
U.S. Must Put a Ban on Google Helping China Develop a Global Digital Dictatorship
General Joseph Dunford, America's top military officer, has announced he will be meeting with Google representatives this week to talk about the company's assistance to China's People's Liberation Army. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, first stoked the controversy over Google on March 14 during his appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military," he said.
EBOLA CRISIS: Outbreaks hit 1,000 cases as 600 killed - medical centers ATTACKED
Ebola spreads among people through contact with bodily fluids. It causes hemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding – more than half of cases are fatal. The current outbreak is the second-deadliest ever recorded, behind the 2013-2016 crisis in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Joe Biden blames 'white man's culture' for sexual assaults
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Tuesday blamed "white man's culture" for the persistence of sexual assaults against women in America. "It's an institution, a culture, a white man's culture. It's got to change," Mr. Biden said at an award ceremony for students working to end rape on college campuses. He took on the culture of men and white men in particular as he prepared to enter a crowded Democratic presidential race, which includes several women and black candidates.
Report: 400 Ill. Catholic clergy sexually abused children A law firm specializing in childhood sexual abuse has compiled a report on victims of Catholic clergy in Illinois and found nearly 400 clergy members were credibly accused or actually convicted over several decades. The Anderson Report - named after the law firm that compiled it – found 395 priests, deacons, seminarians and others connected to any of the six dioceses in Illinois accused of sexual misconduct of minors.
Tuesday 26, March 2019
US marks Israel sovereignty over Golan Heights President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump made formal a move he announced in a tweet last week. The president said it was time for the U.S. to take the step after 52 years of Israeli control of the strategic highlands on the border with Syria. Netanyahu had pressed for such recognition for months. Trump's action gives him a political boost weeks before what's expected to be a close Israeli election.
Trump Signs Proclamation: 'Golan Heights Are Part of the State of Israel'
President Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing "that the Golan Heights are part of the State of Israel," challenging decades of largely unquestioned convention that the strategic ridge is occupied Syrian territory, to be returned as part of a future peace deal between the warring neighbors.
Judge Rules Father Legal 'Representative' of Aborted Child in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
On Feb. 6, 2019, Frank Barger, a probate judge in Madison County, Ala., ruled that Ryan Magers could legally be recognized as the "personal representative" of "Baby Roe," a child aborted by his former girlfriend at the Alabama Women's Center in February 2017. By that very fact, the aborted child is recognized as a person in Judge Barger's courtroom.
2 of 3 pastors: Schools a 'negative influence' on spirituality A nationwide study shows that approximately two out of three Protestant pastors believe that schools are detrimentally affecting the spiritual development of students. Even though parents and the church are perceived as the primary sources from which youth build their faith, they are quite cognizant of the destructive influence school culture has on their faith - especially taking into account that the greatest proportion of children's waking hours are spent behind school gates - not at church with pastors or at home with parents.
US boosts forces in Iraq/Syria, backing recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan
The US has continued to buttress its military presence in E. Syria and W. Iraq in six bases, since the buildup was first reported by DEBKAfile on March 9. On March 20, President Donald Trump confirmed the decision to leave 400 US troops in Syria – 200 in the north and 200 at Al Tanf on the Jordanian border. (He did not speak about 200 on the Israeli border, as widely reported.) Two days earlier, Gen. Joseph Danford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied a Wall Street Journal report that the US planned to leave 1,000 soldiers in Syria, while unnamed US military sources spoke of 1,500 American troops that would remain in North Syria.
Israel mobilizes after Gaza rocket attack, escalation looms
An early morning rocket fired from the Gaza Strip demolished a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding seven people and prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. The military quickly mobilized troops and called up reserves, setting the stage for a potential major conflagration shortly before Israel's upcoming elections.
Russian planes 'carrying troops' arrive in Venezuela
Two Russian Air Force reportedly planes landed in Venezuela's main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defence official and around 100 troops.
One flight tracking website shows two aircraft left a Russian military base for the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Friday, with a further jet leaving on Sunday.
The arrival of the military jets was confirmed by Javier Mayorca, an independent journalist, who said an Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet touched down late on Saturday.
British Government Rules Christianity Is Not a Religion of Peace, Rejects Convert
The Home Office has rejected the asylum application of a Christian convert from Iran who said they had been drawn to the faith by its peaceful nature, due to a Government official ruling that Christianity is not peaceful. The applicant indicated that they had converted to Christianity from Islam because of its peaceful nature, stating that "In Islam there is violence, rage and revenge. In Christianity in the contrary it is talking about peace, forgiveness and kindness."
The end of school: AI 'Google brain' implants to REPLACE education and 'supercharge IQ' Top AI expert Nikolas Kairinos believes artificial intelligence will improve people's lives on a mass scale and dramatically transform the way we learn.
The CEO and Founder of Fountech.ai exclusively told Daily Star Online he is working on a revolutionary AI to "personalise education".
"The current area of focus is personalized education - trying to demarketise and de monetise learning so that anyone can learn almost anything using AI," he told Daily Star Online.
Proof at last: Women and men born to be different... In a scientific first, researchers claim to have found that differences between men's and women's brains start in the womb.
The conclusion is likely to be controversial, with some experts claiming social influences are more important.
But scientists who did brain scans of 118 foetuses in the second half of pregnancy to analyse the links between gender and the connectivity of a developing brain believe the differences are biological.
Ocasio-Cortez reveals how she plans to implement gun, immigration change without Congress
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) went viral this month for grilling Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan, who was testifying before the House Financial Services Committee in a hearing meant to hold "megabanks" accountable.
Ocasio-Cortez questioned Sloan why Wells Fargo was "involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children." The freshman lawmaker even later suggested Wells Fargo should be held partially liable for environmental clean-ups because the bank finances projects that counter the climate change agenda.
Israeli PM welcomes Trump's Golan Heights decision
Israel's Prime Minister has thanked President Donald Trump for recognizing Israel's control over the Golan Heights. Benjamin Netanyahu was speaking alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem, ahead of a visit to Washington.
EU says it will not follow Trump in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan
"The European Union, in accordance with international law, does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories it occupied since July 1967, including the Golan Heights, and does not consider them as part of Israeli territory," Maya Kosyanchich, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, said in a statement carried by several news outlets.
'Golan recognition will plunge Middle East into new crisis'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted President Donald Trump's decision Thursday to recognize Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, warning Friday that the move would destabilize the Middle East and lead to "a new crisis" in the region.
Single complaint sends school district scurrying A public school in northeast Mississippi has agreed to take down religious materials after receiving a letter from self-described "freethinkers" questioning the constitutionality of those items being displayed on school property.
OneNewsNow reported earlier this week that Azusa Pacific University will allow same-sex romances on campus, but forbid intimate sexual activity – the same policy it has for straight students. Executive vice president Dr. David Bixby insists APU is committed to a biblical sexual ethic, but at the same time says the school is an "open enrollment" campus.
Iran making progress in plan for Israel's annihilation Iran continues its efforts to turn Syria and Iraq into proxy states and is near completion of its land bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea and the Israeli border on the Golan Heights.
This became clear from several recent events, among them the three-day-long visit to Iraq of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who was even granted a rare meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most influential Shiite cleric in Iraq.
Iranian, Syrian, Iraqi army chiefs plot joint operation for opening Syrian-iraqi border
In the first meeting ever of the Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi armed forces chiefs on Monday, March 18 in Damascus, it was decided to launch a joint operation for reopening the border between Syria and Iraq. The meeting and its content are revealed exclusively here for the first time by DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources. Also determined was the volume of next year's Iranian military and economic assistance to the Assad regime.
Google VP Stepped in After Employees Offended by Christian Video on Traditional Marriage
Google banned a video explaining Christian teaching on same-sex marriage from advertising on YouTube after backlash from upset employees, according to internal Google communications reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The video was flagged in June 2018 in an internal listserv, "Yes at Google," which is run by Google's human resources department, according to those communications and other internal documents, which a source shared with TheDCNF on the condition of anonymity.
Va. Public School Indoctrinates 5-Year-Olds About Transgenderism Without Telling Parents In Arlington County, Virginia, not even kindergarteners are exempt from pro-transgender messaging. So reports The Washington Post, which, earlier this month, featured an article about Ashlawn Elementary School, which honored National "Read Across America Day" by hosting a transgender spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The spokesperson read a story about a transgender child for a room full of kindergarten children.
Guardian Writer Suggests White People Aren't Human in Bizarre Tweet n what was an apparent response to the terror attack on a mosque in New Zealand, Jamie Peck, a "regular Guardian contributor" who also writes for Rolling Stone and Broadly, tweeted, "We are in a war between those who choose to be human and those who choose to be white. In order to effectively stamp out fascism, we must take on all hierarchies at once. White supremacy cannot be disentangled from patriarchy and class oppression. Liberalism is not the answer."
In a tweet Monday, Friedman said that while Israel aggressively prosecutes its citizens who engage in nationalistically-motivated attacks, the Palestinian Authority celebrates Arab terrorists, and even provides them with funding after they've been captured.
PA: Israel has no authority on Temple Mount Adnan al-Husayni, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of Jerusalem affairs, on Sunday described the Israeli court's decision ordering the closure of the Golden Gate on the Temple Mount "void, invalid and worthless."
50 Iranian Drones Conduct Massive "Way to Jerusalem" Exercise Iran's Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that it had launched a massive exercise involving 50 drones that are based on a US Sentinel drone the Iranians captured in 2011. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it was the strongest exercise of its kind to date.
Growing suspicion: Iran to manufacture missiles in Syria
Suspicions that Iran is building a plant to manufacture precision missiles in Syria continue to grow.
ImageSat International has published satellite images showing the factory building in Syria, where a missile manufacturing plant is apparently being built.
Israel-Gaza fighting ebbs, Gaza rockets reportedly a misfire
Cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group appeared to be winding down Friday, amid reports of an Egyptian-brokered truce and Israeli media saying a misfire was believed to be responsible for the rare Gaza rocket attack on Tel Aviv that triggered the exchange.
Bennett: Time to defeat Hamas once and for all
Israeli New Right Chairman Naftali Bennett responded to the rocket attack on Tel Aviv Thursday evening.
"No matter who is behind the shooting tonight, Hamas bears responsibility," Bennett said.
Poll: Majority of evangelicals support LGBT privileges Nationwide poll results released Tuesday reveal that most white evangelicals in the United States favor laws granting the LGBT community special privileges in the workforce, housing and public accommodations – in the name of so-called "anti-discrimination."
Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged
At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand's darkest days."
One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. Police also defused explosive devices in a car.
Two other armed suspects were being held in custody. Police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved.
Harvard University uncovers DNA switch that controls genes for whole-body regeneration
Humans may one day have the ability to regrow limbs after scientists at Harvard University uncovered the DNA switch that controls genes for whole-body regeneration.
Some animals can achieve extraordinary feats of repair, such as salamanders which grow back legs, or geckos which can shed their tails to escape predators and then form new ones in just two months.
Joint Chiefs Chairman: Google 'Is Indirectly Benefiting The Chinese Military'
WASHINGTON (CBS SF / CNN) - America's top general said Thursday that Mountain View-based Google's work in China "is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military."
"The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military and I've been very public on this issue as well," Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.