2 Jan 2020

US Embassy Siege in Baghdad Led by Obama Associate
One of the men leading the pro-Iranian rioters as they stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was disturbingly familiar, having been a guest of former President Obama at the White House.

Newspaper Associated with Erdogan: US is ‘Great Satan’ Occupying World with Bases
“There Is No Place Left That They Have Not Messed Up! The ‘Great Satan’ Is Occupying The World With Bases”

EU Will only Give Abbas Money if it Doesn’t Go to Terrorists: Abbas Rejects Offer
More than 130 Palestinian organizations have refused to sign a European Union grant request that stipulates among its criteria that recipients must refuse to transfer any E.U. assistance given to terrorist groups or entities.

‘Corner of God’s Altar in Shiloh’ takes 2nd place in 2019 top discoveries
A 2,600-year-old bulla (seal) from the Kingdom of Judah bearing the inscription “[belonging] to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King,” unearthed in Jerusalem’s City of David earlier this year, has topped the list of top ten discoveries in biblical archaeology in 2019, compiled by the Bible Archaeology Report. Both the title ‘Servant of the King’ and the name ‘Nathan-Melech’ appear in the Hebrew Bible, the latter in II Kings 23:11, where he is described as an official in King Josiah’s court.

Pompeo and Netanyahu reaffirm ‘unbreakable bonds’ between US and Israel
“Secretary Pompeo thanked Prime Minister Netanyahu for Israel’s unwavering commitment to countering Iran’s malign regional influence and its condemnation of the December 31 attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad,” said Ortagus. “The Secretary and Prime Minister reaffirmed the unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel,” she added.

4,000 trapped by raging wildfires on Australia beach
Wildfires burning across Australia’s two most-populous states Tuesday trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions, destroyed many properties and caused at least two fatalities.

Baltimore City Breaks Murder Record Of The Century
Baltimore City slid further into chaos and just broke its highest ever per-capita homicide rate after recording its 347th murder on Monday. With about 602,000 residents, Baltimore City’s homicide rate breached 57 per 100,000 residents after 13 people have been murdered since Dec. 21.

Giuliani Says Ukraine Corruption Came From ‘Highest Levels Of Obama Administration’; Wants To Testify, Try Case
Giuliani is not only willing to testify in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, he wants to “do demonstrations” in order to outline what he described as a “series of criminal acts” involving “the highest levels of the Obama administration,” adding that Democrats Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will go down in history like Joe McCarthy when people “calm down and watch this carefully.”

IDF unveils first-of-its-kind unit unifying pilots, tank drivers and more
The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday created a new type of combat unit bringing together infantry, tanks, combat engineering and air power to serve as a proving ground for new fighting techniques and tactics.

Kim Jong Un Ends Testing Moratorium And Threatens To Unveil New “Strategic Weapon” (Updated)
Kim Jong Un has decided to roll the clock back two years in his New Year’s address that caps off the Central Committee’s annual meeting. In it, he declared an end to the testing moratorium he placed on his nuclear and long-range ballistic missile programs during the period of detente with Washington D.C. and Seoul. He also warned that the world would see a new strategic weapon system from his country very soon.

Time to end churches as gun-free zones
Since 1950, 98% of all mass shootings have taken place in gun-free zones like schools, theaters, and yes, churches. It will surprise many Americans to learn that there was a time when you would have been breaking the law by NOT packing heat to church.

Quantum jitter lets heat travel across a vacuum
For the first time, scientists have measured the heat transferred by the quantum effervescence of empty space. Two tiny, vibrating membranes reached the same temperature despite being separated by a vacuum, physicists report in the Dec. 12 Nature. The result is the first experimental demonstration of a predicted but elusive type of heat transfer.

Experimental supply of Israeli natural gas reaches Jordan
An experimental supply of natural gas from the Leviathan gas field was pumped to Jordan from Israel by the Noble Energy Company on Wednesday, according to Jordan’s Petra national news agency. The experimental pumping will continue for three months and will test the infrastructure prior to the flow of the actual commercial supply, according to Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).

US embassy attack: Protesters withdraw after standoff in Iraq
Protesters who have been demonstrating outside the US embassy in Iraq for a second day have withdrawn from the area after a tense standoff. On Tuesday, the embassy was attacked by a crowd angered by US air strikes targeting an Iran-backed militia. Clashes continued on Wednesday as demonstrators hurled stones while US forces fired tear gas.

Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong in New Year’s Day protests: police
Hong Kong police arrested about 400 people in New Year’s Day protests after what started as a peaceful pro-democracy march of tens of thousands spiraled into chaotic scenes with police firing tear gas to disperse the crowds. The arrests take the total to about 7,000 since protests in the city escalated in June over a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China…

U.S. consulate warns employees as gun battles rock Mexican border city
The United States consulate in Mexico’s border city of Nuevo Laredo issued a security alert on Wednesday, warning against gun battles and urging government employees to take precautions. Gun battles have killed at least three people this week in the northern city bordering the Texas city of Laredo, media have said.

New IDF special ops unit to go deep in enemy territory
The IDF on Wednesday began work on its new special ops unit designed to go deep into enemy territory. The unit will be equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and be joined by teams from various other commando units. The first commando teams, alongside Air Force pilots, were mobilized to the new unit, which is still in its preliminary stages and is supposed to become operational within a year.

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits northeastern Iran: state TV
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook northeastern Iran on Thursday, state television reported, adding that there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit the town of Sangan at a shallow depth of 8 km (5 miles) it said. The town, which has a population of about 10,000, is located near the border with Afghanistan.

Ten insane, completely irrational things millions of Americans believe as we enter the 2020s
The 2020s may one day be called the “decade of insanity,” given all the insane things believed by a surprisingly large number of people.

After Joint War Games With Russia And China Conclude, Iran Tells The United States That Their Days Of Middle East Dominance Are Over
Iran is one of those nations that loves to brag about military capabilities they don’t actually possess, to convince themselves of how strong they are when the rest of the world knows it’s all a ruse. At least that’s how it’s always been since the Iranian Revolution took place in 1979. But just yesterday they concluded war games, Operation Marine Security Belt, with Russia and China who are very powerful nations, and who now seem to be in a partnership with Iran.

Media Yawn at the War on Christians
The secular media greet Christmas as a shopping season and not as a special time for Christianity. They can devote hours of December “news” to which hot toys or gadgets would make great gifts but not to segments on Christ and His birth.

Heterosexual couples form 1st civil partnerships in England
England and Wales have marked a new era in which heterosexual couples can choose to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

Nearly 30 people struck by outbreak of mystery illness in Chinese city
Health chiefs in China are investigating an outbreak of a respiratory illness that some people have likened to the 2003 Sars epidemic that killed nearly 800 people.

India cold wave: Delhi reels from coldest day in more than a century
India’s capital Delhi has recorded its chilliest day in more than a century amid a severe cold wave across the northern part of the country.

More than 4,000 people trapped on a beach are ordered to shelter in the ocean as bushfires close in and turn the sky red – after blaze destroys ‘multiple’ homes and leaves four people missing
Thousands of people who are trapped on the beach of a Victorian coastal holiday town are being told to go into the water as a devastating bushfire closes in.

Pope Francis Slaps A Woman On New Year’s Eve As She Was Attempting To Worship Him Then Preaches A Message Denouncing Violence Against Women
If you have paid any type of close attention to Pope Francis, one thing that pops up over and over is that he is a man with very deep-seated anger issues. Yes, the woman who grabbed his arm should not have done that, but, can you blame her for being a little too excited for finally touching the hand of the man the Vatican has told her is ‘Jesus Christ on this Earth’? That is the official teaching of what the ‘vicar of Christ‘ is. But for him to respond with violence and then have a look on his face like he wanted to kill her?

Massive floods hit Jakarta after exceptionally heavy rainfall, several million left without power, at least 14 killed
Massive floods hit Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 1, 2020, killing at least 14 people and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate. Several million were left without power and drinking water.