18 Jan 2020

Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa
The locust swarms hang like shimmering dark clouds on the horizon in some places. Roughly the length of a finger, the insects fly together by the millions and are devouring crops and forcing people in some areas to bodily wade through them.

Christians see ‘alarming’ trend worldwide as China builds ‘blueprint of persecution’
While the list’s top 10 countries were Muslim-majority nations, the focus on China highlighted three trends:
Governments using artificial intelligence systems to monitor citizens and keep them in line.
A rise in Islamic extremism including last year’s Easter bombing in Sri Lanka and the spike in violent attacks in Burkina Faso.
The increased pressure from dictators including Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

The Rise Of Gog? Putin Positions Himself To Influence Russia For Life
The entire Russian government led by former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on constitutional reform, Reuters reported. Medvedev said, this was “to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.” The move is intended according to many for Putin to retain power after the end of his presidency in 2024.

Methodists not the only ones deviating from Scripture
Even more alarmingly, he says the Southern Baptist Convention – the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. – is trending left as well, although not over sexuality. “The current leader of the SBC, JD Greear, a few months ago … said, ‘Unless we include social justice, we are not preaching the gospel,'”

Amir Peretz: With us Hamas will not get a single dollar from Israel
Labor and Meretz Chairman Amir Peretz went to a Shabbat event in Holon on Saturday, January 18. “We will steer the policies of the next government back to political negotiations for peace and away from a path of abandoning social investment. We will wave the flag of peace alongside the flag of social justice,” Peretz said, according to a press release.

Six wounded after car bomb hits Turkish contractors, police in Somalia
A car bomb targeting a group of Turkish contractors exploded on Saturday in Afgoye, northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, wounding at least six people, police said. It was not known who carried out the attack but residents and police said al Shabaab fighters had tried to attack Afgoye, about 30 km from Mogadishu, late on Friday and were repulsed.

New Chinese virus ‘will have infected hundreds’
The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been nearly 50 confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the figure is closer to 1,700. Two people are known to have died from the respiratory illness, which appeared in Wuhan city in December.

Australia fires: Heavy rains hit some blaze-hit regions
Heavy rains and thunderstorms have lashed parts of Australia’s east coast, dousing some of its fires but bringing a new threat of flooding to some areas. There have been downpours in the states of Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, which have all been badly hit by the bushfire crisis. Major roads were closed in Queensland and power cuts were reported in parts of NSW as a result of the weather.

Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends armed forces in rare address
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the country’s armed forces after it admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake. He said the Revolutionary Guard – the elite unit responsible for the disaster – “maintained the security” of Iran. Widespread protests and criticism from abroad have put growing pressure on Iran over its handling of the incident.

Antifa Group Plans To March Alongside Pro-Gun Protesters In Virginia
A diverse gathering of pro-gun protestors set to descend upon Virginia’s capital on Monday could include an unlikely ally, a local antifa group. In what Vice called a “bizarre meeting of the minds,” Richmond-based Antifa Seven Hills also strongly opposes the gun measures now likely to become law since Democrats won control of both Virginia houses last year, and they too want Democratic leaders in Richmond to know.

Catholic bishops call on West to recognize Palestine
A group of Catholic bishops from throughout Europe, North America and South Africa have called on their governments to insist on the application of international law in Israel and Palestine. The plea by 34 bishops of the Holy Land Coordination, followed their five-day visit to the region this week.

“We Need A Full Investigation”: Bannon Accuses Pelosi, Schiff And MSM Of Colluding On 11th Hour Impeachment Bombshells
We ought to have all the emails and all the text messages…

Powerful blizzard, epic snowfall rates hit Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s declares a state emergency
A rapidly intensifying winter storm brought intense blizzard conditions to parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on Friday, January 17, 2020, forcing St. John’s authorities to issue a state of emergency.

BREAKING: Military to jam GPS signals across East Coast through Jan. 24th; FBI asserting imminent domain to seize night vision devices from distributors
In case you didn’t fully realize that something big is about to take place in America, file these two facts in your brain:

The Failed Russian Attack Which Was Designed to Trigger a Cascadia Cataclysm
The Russians have attempted to unleash a devastating attack upon the United States by trying to trigger a mass volcanic event in Cascadia. This is the story….

Iran rocket attack on Iraqi military base injured 11 US service members, official reveals
Eleven U.S. service members were flown out of Al Assad Air Base in Iraq and treated for concussion symptoms after Iran’s rocket attack targeting two Iraqi military bases earlier this month, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command revealed Thursday night.

Updates: Political Crisis Continues in Venezuela – Armed Groups Beat Opposition with Stones and Sticks
There was a surge of aggression and violence in Venezuela, this week before a new attempt by Juan Guaido and the opposition majority to meet at the headquarters of the Parliament in Caracas.

Trump commemorates ‘National Religious Freedom Day’ with federal guidance protecting school prayer
President Trump is commemorating National Religious Freedom Day by reinforcing religious liberty and encouraging school prayer in the form of new federal guidance.

Human Rights Watch: China Is “Existential Threat” To Global Freedom
…warns of “a dystopian future in which no one is beyond the reach of Chinese censors”

In post-caliphate era, does ISIS still pose a risk to Israel?
It went from being a hybrid terror organization that controls its own territory to a classical decentralized terror network. Yet the ISIS branch in Sinai remains one of the most effective in the world.

“Make Iran Great Again” – Trump Says “Noble Iranian People” Should “Abandon Terror”
“The noble people of Iran – who love America – deserve a government that’s more interested in helping them achieve their dreams than killing them for demanding respect.”

Poll: Israeli, Palestinian millennials feel conflict ‘will never end’
The majority of Israeli and Palestinian youth believe that the bitter Israeli-Palestinian conflict “will never end,” a survey released Thursday by the International Committee of the Red Cross has found. According to the ICRC survey of people between the ages of 20 and 35 living in war-affected areas, 65% of Israeli and 52% of Palestinian respondents said that they expected the rivalry to last for years, if not for the decades to come.