28 Apr 2017

Obama’s War in Libya Has Devastated Christianity
….Obama’s hatred of Christianity is one of the defining attributes of his presidency. Domestically, he attacked the free speech of Christians through Obamacare, the IRS, other government force, and as the leader of the cultural War on Christianity. His intense hatred of God was also why he advocated so hard for the twin evils of infanticide and sodomy. So a war in a foreign land that devastated Christianity in the process isn’t surprising.

Israel-Syria Border Heating Up Leads to Tensions With Iran And Russia
In the early hours of Thursday morning, missiles hit a weapons depot reported to hold missiles destined to be transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

A False Sense of Security
Since the $40 billion program was prematurely declared operational in 2004, just three test intercepts have successfully killed a mock target in nine attempts, all highly scripted for success. If these tests were planned to fool U.S. defenses, as North Korea almost certainly would do, the success rate would be even lower.

World stocks pause near record highs
Concern about global trade and U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies kept appetite for risky assets in check on Friday, setting world stocks on the path to a sluggish end to what will still be their fifth straight month of gains.

President Trump’s Israel visit set for May 22
After much speculation surrounding the precise date, White House marks May 22 for President Trump’s first official visit to Israel, where he will stay for one night; Secretary of State Tillerson will accompany the president, along with UN Envoy Nikki Haley, a staunch Israel supporter, and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

US warns of possible conflict with North Korea
President Donald Trump says a major conflict with North Korea is possible though he would prefer a diplomatic solution; China warns of situation escalating or slipping out of control.

Netanyahu slams German FM for insulting victims of Holocaust
In unusually strong language, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel for lacking sensitivity toward the victims of the Holocaust and endangering the security of the Jewish state with his support of an anti-Israel NGO…”My basic principle is simple,” Netanyahu said, “I don’t welcome diplomats from other countries who visit Israel and at the same time meet with organizations that call our soldiers war criminals.”

US Senate unanimously signs letter asking UN to address anti-Israel bias
It’s not often that all 100 US senators agree on something, but the US Senate unanimously signed a letter on Thursday calling on United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to address the anti-Israel bias permeating the UN. The letter, which was released by the Washington Post, accuses the UN of using its “privileged platform to advance an anti-Israel agenda” and that the organization “is exploited as a vehicle for targeting Israel.”

Syrian opposition leader hails alleged Israeli strike on Hezbollah hub
The leader of a Syrian opposition faction on Thursday praised that day’s air strikes on a Hezbollah arms supply hub on the edge of Damascus International Airport as a “blessed” blow to Hezbollah by Israel. Fahad al-Masri, Paris-based head of the National Salvation Front in Syria, also called for stepped-up Israeli involvement in Syria in order to “crush” the presence of Hezbollah and other militias.

Russia slams alleged Israeli strike on Syria
The Kremlin condemned an alleged Israeli strike against Damascus International Airport on Thursday, urging Israel and other countries to avoid carrying out any action that could heighten tensions in the region. “We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this already restive region and call for respect of the sovereignty of Syria,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje
Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian was elected as speaker. A brawl broke out injuring at least 10 people, including the Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, who was left with blood pouring down his face. The protesters, supporters of ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO party, are demanding new elections.

House delays Obamacare vote, denying Trump 100-day win
House Republican leaders on Thursday delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill until next week at the earliest…Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants decided during a late-night huddle in the Capitol that they still do not have the votes to pass the stalled health-care legislation. At least 15 House Republicans remain solidly opposed to the bill, with another 20 leaning no or still undecided, according to GOP lawmakers and aides.

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam
Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt’s ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis spoke of his hope that his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialogue and reconciliation with the Islamic world.

Trump Calls Schumer’s Bluff: “If There’s A Shutdown, There’s A Shutdown… Democrats Would Be To Blame”
“We’ll see what happens. If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,”

Asylum Seekers Fleeing The U.S. For Canada May Find A Frigid Reception In Canadian Courts
“Abandoning a claim in the United States or coming to Canada after a negative decision in the United States, or failing to claim and remaining in the States for a long period of time – those are all big negatives. Big, big negatives.”

Sean Hannity Defends Fox News Co-President Bill Shine, Warns of ‘End of FNC as We Know It’
Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday to defend embattled Fox News co-president Bill Shine following a report that suggested Shine’s future with the network could be on unsteady ground.

Austrian Pres: All Women Must Wear Headscarves to Fight Islamophobia
Austria’s far-left president, Alexander Van der Bellen, has suggested that one day all women must wear headscarves to fight Islamophobia.

Obama administration dialed back counterproliferation efforts to secure Iran deal
The Obama administration prisoner exchange with Iran allegedly involved dropping prosecutions against more Iranian fugitives than previously known, including a top procurer of material with nuclear applications.

How Climate Evangelists Are Taking Over Your Local Weather Forecast
… that climate-focused scene, and hundreds of others like it playing out at local news stations across the country, marks a major shift in the way Americans hear about climate change. The safe and familiar on-air meteorologist, with little notice by viewers, has become a public diplomat for global warming.