27 Dec 2019

Trump Administration Names Ten Nations Most Guilty of Persecuting Christians
According to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued Friday, this year’s administration-designated CPCs are:

As Likud votes for leader, Netanyahu calls Putin to ask for backpacker’s release
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon an Israeli-American woman imprisoned in Moscow on drug charges, his office said Thursday. The two leaders also spoke about Iran and Syria, according to Netayahu’s office.

Space Force is go for launch, but ‘thousands’ of decisions remain
With President Trump’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act tonight, the U.S. Space Force has officially lifted off. Senior defense officials and military leaders said that the law allows the new service to begin to execute on months of planning. But “thousands” of decisions have yet to be made. It’s not yet settled what missions, equipment, and facilities the new branch will take over from the Army, Navy, Missile Defense Agency and other Defense Department agencies.

Virginia setting stage to jail gun owners
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is setting the stage to jail gun owners. However, a new statement from the Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, in the Daily Caller, bluntly warns that Northam “increases corrections budget in anticipation of jailing gun owners.”

Iraqi president threatens to quit in defiance of Iran’s allies in parliament
Iraqi President Barham Salih refused on Thursday to designate the nominee of an Iran-backed parliamentary bloc for prime minister, saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters.

UN women’s rights agency tweet depicts motherhood as a ‘penalty’ – at CHRISTMAS
Unless those in charge have lost their marbles, it seems the Christmas break at UN Women started a little early thanks to an entirely avoidable row about, of all things at this time of year, motherhood. As the 1.3 billiion Catholics all over the world reflect on the miracle a lowly young girl giving birth to the Savior just over 2,000 years ago, UN Women, ironically in charge of gender equality and female empowerment, tweet out a message detailing the disadvantages of motherhood as some sort of political point.

Trump warns Russia, Syria, Iran against killing civilians in Idlib
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday warned Russia, Syria and Iran against killing civilians in Syria’s Idlib province and said Turkey was working hard to stop the “carnage.” “Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or on their way to killing, thousands if inocent (sic) civilians in Idlib Province. Don’t do it!

Turkey to send troops to Libya at Tripoli’s request -Erdogan
Turkey will send troops to Libya at the request of Tripoli as soon as next month, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, putting the north African country’s conflict at the center of wider regional frictions.

Netanyahu on initial primaries results: Huge win!
“Huge win!” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter after initial election results started coming in. “Thank you to all members of the Likud for the trust, support and the love.” He continued, “I will lead the Likud to a big win in the upcoming elections and we will continue to lead the State of Israel to incredible achievements.”

Jordan: Temple Mount is Place of Worship for Muslims Only
Jordan’s Foreign Ministry condemned Jews making holy pilgrimages to the Temple Mount on Wednesday, calling their visits “ongoing Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque”, according to Jordan’s official news agency.

Israel’s Military Chief: We’re Going it Alone in War Against Iran
Head of the IDF, Aviv Kochavi leveled with the Israeli people on Wednesday explaining that Israel will be fighting against Iran implying his disappointment with both the US and Sunni Gulf states who are also at odd with Tehran saying: “It would be better if we weren’t the only ones responding to them [militarily]”

Upside-Down World: Kanye West Preaches The Gospel As Pope Francis Tells People Not To Evangelize
Pope Francis has certainly said a lot of controversial things over the years, but what he just told a group of Christian high school students is the most controversial of all. I know that may be hard to believe, because some of the statements that Pope Francis has made in recent years have definitely been extremely bizarre. For example, he has said that “Muslim terrorism does not exist”, he told a gay man that “God made you that way”, and he has referred to Christian fundamentalists as “a scourge”. But what he has just said tops all of those previous statements.

DeVos, DOJ Slam Campuses Behaving As “Mini Police States”
Mississippi community college is defending itself against allegations from the DOJ and Betsy DeVos that it positions itself as a “police state” and threatens the free speech rights of its students.

Netanyahu victorious, vows US recognition of Israeli settlement annexation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised in his victory speech after winning Thursday’s Likud primary that if re-elected prime minister, he will bring about American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over every Jewish community in Judea and Samaria. Speaking after defeating Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar, Netanyahu did not mention Sa’ar.

Israel shrugs at Hamas saying it will cancel Weekly Gaza riots – Analysis
Hamas announced Thursday that it was suspending its weekly rioting along the Gaza border fence for three months, and that when these “protests” resume in March, they will be monthly, not weekly occurrences. And the collective Israeli response was… a yawn. The announcement did not lead news broadcasts, which was dominated by weather news and Likud primaries.

Islamic State in Nigeria ‘beheads Christian hostages’
The Islamic State group has released a video claiming to show the killing of 11 Christians in Nigeria. IS said it was part of its recently declared campaign to “avenge” the October deaths of its leader and spokesman in Syria. No details were given about the victims, who were all male, but IS says they were “captured in the past weeks” in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State.

Japan to send warship, aircraft to Middle East to protect vessels
Japan will send a warship and patrol planes to protect Japanese ships in the Middle East as the situation in the region…remains volatile, a document approved by the cabinet showed on Friday. Under the plan, a helicopter-equipped destroyer and two P-3C patrol planes will be dispatched for information-gathering aimed at ensuring safe passage for Japanese vessels through the region.

More than 235,000 flee northwest Syria flare-up: UN
More than 235,000 people have fled the Idlib region over the past two weeks, the UN said Friday, amid heightened regime and Russian attacks on Syria’s last major opposition bastion. The mass displacement between 12 and 25 December has left the violence-plagued Maaret Al-Numan region in southern Idlib “almost empty,” the UN said in a statement.

Magnitude 5 quake strikes near Iran nuclear plant, no damage
A magnitude 5 earthquake struck southern Iran early on Friday near the Islamic Republic’s only nuclear power plant. Iranian state TV said it caused no damage or injuries. The quake hit Iran’s Bushehr province at 5:23 a.m., according to the US Geological Survey. It put the magnitude at 5.1 and the depth of the temblor at 38 kilometers (24 miles).

Egypt to reopen historic Jewish synagogue in January
Egypt is set to reopen a historic Jewish synagogue in Alexandria after a three-year process of restoration. The Ministry of Antiquities announced that the Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue will be reopened in January. It is one of the largest Jewish temples in the Middle East and has undergone a series of restorations since 2017.

Pro-life group delivers nearly 380,000 petitions in effort to ban dismemberment abortion in Michigan
A Michigan-based pro-life group delivered 379,418 petitions to the state capitol Monday in an effort to ban an abortion procedure known as the dilation and evacuation method, or dismemberment abortion, that’s performed during the second trimester.

Phanfone wreaks havoc across the central Philippines, leaves 16 people dead and tens of thousands affected
Typhoon “Phanfone,” known as Ursula in the Philippines, made its first landfall in Samar on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (74 mph) and gusts to 150 km/h (94 mph) — Category 1 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. In total, the typhoon made 7 landfalls before heading out to the South China Sea, killing at least 16 people and leaving at least 6 missing.

Creepy: Colleges are using cellphone data to track students and monitor attendance
Administrators tracking someone’s personal cellphone to monitor their location sounds like something the Communist Party might do in China. But it’s happening right here.

Teen Vogue Posts ‘Guide to Anal Sex’ on Christmas
Teen Vogue has, once again, published a “guide to anal sex” for their very young readers — this time, on Christmas

Greta, Boomers and Witchcraft: The Hidden Agendas of 2019
If you’ve read previous articles on this site, you probably noticed that the word “agenda” is used often. Very often. That is because this site analyzes mass media. And pushing agendas is (and always has been) the primary function of mass media..

Brunei makes celebrating Christmas a criminal offense
Imagine the outcry if any nation had made celebrating any Islamic festival a criminal offense. But no one will take any significant note of this.

Joe Biden calls for Christians to be added to terror watch list for opposing LGBT abuse of children
Former Vice President Joe Biden – who will never be elected president, by the way – has a message for American Christians: If you don’t defect from your faith and embrace leftism, then you’re going to be added to the government’s terror watch list.

Mexican Caravan Traveled In Opposite Direction Of US For Christmas Holiday
A caravan made up of Mexican nationals traveled south, leaving the United States, in order to safely enter Mexico and visit family for the Christmas holiday.

The Most Extreme Pro-Abortion Policies Of 2019
Pro-abortion lawmakers throughout the United States sought to instate policies in 2019 that expanded abortion access and removed safeguards on abortions. As Democratic lawmak

IG Report: Steele Used John McCain To Funnel Claims After FBI Dropped Him
Late Senator John McCain gave former disgraced FBI chief James Comey five different reports from Christopher Steele that the agency did not previously possess, which was also linked to the unsupported ‘Trump and Russia’ allegations, according to the Justice Department’s recent Inspector General report.