News – 2/12/2018
Earthquake 6.0, 10 km deep strikes off Northern Mariana islands, no tsunami warning
An earthquake magnitude 6.0 has struck 10 kilometres deep off the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday. The has been no immediate tsunami warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre as yet.
Tonga declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Cyclone Gita
The storm was forecast to make landfall later on Monday and into Tuesday, with “very destructive hurricane force winds”, “very rough to high seas”, and “a heavy southeast damaging swell on coastal areas”. Gita was a lesser category 1 cyclone when it passed over Samoa on Saturday, causing widespread flooding and loss of electricity. Many models are predicting it would hit New Zealand, but not until the middle of next week.
The open war with Iran has begun
The “Shadow War” between Israel and Iran has been going on for years, bringing us closer and closer to today’s events and what is to come. What happened in northern Israel on Saturday is the beginning of the overt and direct war between Israel and Iran. The infiltration and interception of an Iranian drone over Israel, the downing of an Israeli F-16 and Israel’s retaliatory strikes against Syrian and Iranian targets that followed, are apparently just the opening scenes of a potentially wider conflict that could erupt if Iran continues trying to fortify its presence in the new Syria.
Trump: Obama was ‘absolutely terrible’ for Israel
“But I feel much better if we can actually make a deal in terms of peace. I mean you certainly weren’t very close with Obama, he gave you the Iran deal, which basically is a deal that says let’s ultimately do bad things to Israel. Obama was terrible. He was absolutely terrible for Israel. I think our relationships are very good. I think they are probably as good as they have ever been.”
Trump warns Israel that settlements ‘complicate’ peace hopes
US President Donald Trump has said Israeli settlements “complicate” the peace process with Palestinians and urged “care” over the issue. He also told an Israeli newspaper that he did not believe the Palestinians, and possibly Israel as well, were ready to make peace. President Trump angered Palestinians in December when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer at risk.
Explosion, fire at power plant cause blackout in northern Puerto Rico
An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history. The island’s Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power…but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day…
Is America having second thoughts about free speech?
The free speech wars are getting worse, but it seems that none of the warring factions quite grasp the character of the dispute — or precisely what’s at stake…On many college campuses, groups of left-leaning students insist that free speech should be conditional on speakers adhering to explicit standards of diversity and avoiding the infliction of emotional harm on the members of marginalized groups through the spreading of “hate.”
U.S. Secretary of State says Washington backs Egypt in fight against terrorism
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday the United States supports Egypt’s fight against Islamic State but reiterated that it advocated free and fair elections in the Arab country. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Tillerson also said that Washington remained committed to achieving a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Putin to host Abbas to settle peace deal with Israel in new peacemaker role
Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for talks on achieving a peace settlement with Israel, as Russia tries to promote itself increasingly as a peacemaker in international conflicts. Putin met Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu exactly two weeks ago in Moscow. Russia has managed to maintain robust relations with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority government, as well as Israeli rivals Syria and Iran.
Security Cabinet mulls action against Iran
The 12-member security cabinet met Sunday to discuss the volatile situation in the North, with some of the ministers already having advocated taking military action – not only against Iranian proxies for attacks on Israel, but against Iran itself. The ministers heard briefings from the security establishment, but no operative decisions were announced even as Israeli officials made clear throughout the day that Jerusalem was interested in de-escalating the situation.
Cruz: America stands with Israel in wake of Iran’s aggression
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday condemned Iran’s attack on Israel and urged the world “to take decisive action to stop Iran’s expanding terrorist activities.” “This weekend, Iran committed an unprecedented, blatant act of aggression against our close friend and ally, Israel. Previously, Iranian proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas have used Iranian-provided resources to target Israel, but this escalation was a direct operation by the Iranian military against Israeli territory. This is utterly unacceptable. America stands with Israel, and resolutely against Iran’s unprovoked act of war,” Cruz said in a statement.
Republicans moving forward with Trump’s immigration framework
a group of Republican senators on Sunday evening announced their intention to offer the president’s framework as legislation during the immigration debate. The proposal would offer a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million young immigrants eligible for the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in return for $25 billion in border security and wall money as well as cuts to family based-immigration.
Israel Dispatches Missile Defense Batteries in North After Operation in Syria
The Israel Defense Forces is reinforcing missile defense systems along the border with Syria following a major military confrontation between Israel, Syria and Iran which culminated in the first battle loss of an Israeli fighter jet in 35 years.
False Teacher Rob Bell Claims in New Documentary ‘The Heretic’: ‘Jesus Would Be Mortified Someone Started a Religion in His Name’
A new documentary called “The Heretic,” which centers on false teacher Rob Bell, is set to be released on March 1, and features a number of statements that are already raising concern, such as, “The Bible has caused so much damage” and “Jesus would be absolutely mortified that someone started a religion in His name.”
Hijabbed Muslim singer retools Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with Islamic proselytizing lyrics on THE VOICE
She seemed to be the embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of French multiculturalist Leftists: a hijab-wearing Muslima singing a song written by a famous Jewish poet. But, as seems always to be the case, there was a catch: she sang altered lyrics in Arabic that turned the song into one that proselytized for Islam:
Game Over – Judge Jeanine Interview With HPSCI Rep. Chris Stewart…
The game is over. The jig is up. Victory is certain… the trench was ignited… the enemy funneled themselves into the valley… all bait was taken… everything from here on out is simply mopping up the details. All suspicions confirmed.
Preparing for war in the north, Israel boosts air defenses – Arab-Israeli Conflict
Some 20 Syrian air defense missiles were fired towards Israeli jets during missions over Syria.
Israeli Ambassador to UN: 82,000 Syrian Fighters Under Iranian Control
Israel on Sunday said 82,000 fighters are “directly under Iranian authority in Syria,” and warned of Iran’s potential to “terrorize the entire free world,” CNN reports.
Legislators unveil legislation to protect babies with Down syndrome
House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Rep. Judy Ward, R-Blair, this week introduced House Bill 2050, which would prohibit the abortion of a child due solely to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome.
FINALLY: This State Considers Banning Schools From Teaching About Gender Identity
A South Dakota Republican lawmaker proposed a bill calling for a ban on teaching gender identity in public schools, drawing the ire of various gay and transgender organizations.
Jesus statue decapitated in church sword attack
Indonesian police shot and wounded a man wielding a one-meter-long sword who attacked a Catholic Church service Sunday, seriously injuring four, including a priest, and decapitating a statue of Jesus.
A WARDROBE TO DIE FOR: Macy’s to launch line geared toward Muslims, including hijabs
When is Macy’s launching its clothing line geared toward Jews? Christians? Hindus? Buddhists?
New York Times Accuses Jewish Billionaires of Dragging United States Into War With Iran
The New York Times op-ed page carries an article by Lawrence Wilkerson headlined “A Familiar Road to War.” It warns, with zero factual basis, that the Trump administration is about to invade Iran the same way the George W. Bush administration invaded Iraq.
Shock: CNN Literally Fawns Over Sister Of North Korean Dictator As Millions In Country Are Starving To Death, Tortured In Slave Labor Camps
CNN has sparked widespread backlash throughout the country after running what amounted to a direct propaganda piece for the North Korean dictatorship that literally fawned over the sister of dictator Kim Jong Un despite the fact that her and her family have been involved in the horrific abuse of their own people as well as directly threatening to destroy the United States.
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: February 12
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Headlines – 2/12/2018
Abbas heads to Moscow in bid to sideline US from peace process
Trump warns Israel that settlements ‘complicate’ peace hopes
Labor head: West Bank annexation would be a ‘diplomatic terror attack’
Lawmaker from Norway says nomination of BDS for Nobel Peace Prize is against Israel, not Jews
PM rebuffs ‘ridiculous’ report he paid purported crony to follow police
With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming’
By Light of a Blood Moon, Life Returns to a Bombed-Out Syrian Landscape
Caroline Glick: Syria – The War Everyone Must Fight and No One Can Win
Preparing for war in the north, Israel boosts air defenses
First public Israel-Iran clash was only a taste of the next war
Israeli official: We warned of Iran in Syria, but the situation escalated fast
Bennett: Israel must act systematically against Iranian ‘octopus’
Bennett: We’re in an all-out war against Iran’s presence in Syria
Defense officials: Next confrontation with Iran is inevitable
Israel Believes Syria Strikes Took Out Nearly Half of Assad’s Air Defenses
Former Qaeda leader in Syria ‘welcomes’ Israeli airstrikes
‘IDF performed 1000s of operations in Syria over past year’
Iranian UAV that entered Israeli airspace seems to be American stealth knock-off
Minister Katz: If Iran keeps attacking from Syria, we’ll teach it a lesson it won’t forget
Iranian officials say hacks on newspapers’ websites are from US, Britain
Iran’s Rohani: We prevented Israel and the U.S. from dividing Syria
Iranians show defiance of US, Israel in anniversary of Islamic Revolution
Iran’s Rouhani declares US-Israeli ‘plots’ to divide region were defeated
Lebanon to begin offshore energy search in block disputed by Israel
Gas and oil diplomacy in Eastern Mediterranean prelude to regional war
Egypt jails 17 for life over deadly 2014 unrest
Drone strike kills 6 al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen
Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow; 71 dead – Investigators said they were looking at all possible causes
Olympics officials confirm cyberattack during opening ceremony
Media outlet tries to link Olympic norovirus outbreak to North Korea bio-attack
Earthquake, wind and fire: extreme conditions hit Olympics
Media make Kim Jong Un’s sister a star at the Olympics
Investors brace for more swings as U.S. inflation specter rises
Bitcoin billionaires turn to millionaires as cryptocurrency world gets cold feet
Is America having second thoughts about free speech?
Puerto Rico hit with partial blackout after power plant explosion
World War II bomb discovered in London’s River Thames, airport shut down, reports say
The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows
6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rota, Northern Mariana Islands
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Angaur State, Palau
Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 15,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft
Tropical Cyclone Gita could be most powerful to ever hit Tonga
Tonga declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Cyclone Gita
Newly-formed tropical storm to threaten up to 300 mm of rain in the Philippines
Why so many medicines are in short supply months after Hurricane Maria
Scores of monkeys killed in Rio yellow fever panic
Pope Francis chooses pro-LGBT priest to guide Lent retreat who holds Jesus didn’t ‘establish rules’
White House: Trump ‘shocked’ by domestic abuse claims against ex-aides
Five people killed in ‘horrific’ Kentucky shooting spree
Greg Koukl – How I pray, even when it’s hard
Torben Søndergaard Teaches Only Full Immersion Baptism in Water Sets Free From Sin
Patricia King Claims She Ascended into Heaven and Killed Flu Demons With Sword, and 2018 Flu Season Over
Megachurch Pastor William Curtis Draws Criticism Over $230K Bentley Bentayga
Does This String of Incredible Coincidences Connect Dr. Michael Brown to the NAR?
Papists to Pray the Rosary on British Border, Vainly Repeating Prayer on Coasts
Glendale pastor sought in sexual assault of girl at Covina motel turns himself in
Homeless man saves life of pastor who took him in
Homosexual Advocates Protest Church for Offering Help to Youth Struggling With Homosexuality
16,000 Christians Dead in Less Than 3 Years: Report Reveals Extent of Violence in Nigeria
|Teacher Fired for Sharing Biblical Views; Loses Discrimination Lawsuit
Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:56 AM PST
An Employment Tribunal in the UK dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed by a Christian teacher in Bristol. Svetlana Powell was fired from her job at the T2 Apprenticeship Academy when she answered a student’s question about her views on homosexuality in 2016. Powell reportedly stated homosexuality was “against God’s will” but that He loves everyone.
According to Christian Concern, a student knew about Powell’s Christian faith and started asking probing questions in an attempt to trap the teacher. Other students joined the conversation which led to a question from a 17-year-old student about her views on homosexuality. The students then accused Powell of “brainwashing.” After an investigation, the school decided to let Powell go for “gross misconduct.” She filed a lawsuit for discrimination and loss of wages. READ MORE
|PROPHECY WATCH: Russia, Turkey And Iran Discuss Meeting On Syria In Kazakhstan
Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:44 AM PST
According to a new report from the Jerusalem Post, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had discussed a possible meeting of their foreign ministers
on Syria, which could be held in Kazakhstan’s Astana in March, the TASS news agency reported. Bogdanov also warned against escalation in the Middle East after Israeli strikes on Syria. READ MORE
|Megachurch pastor under fire for $230K Bentley Bentayga
Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:19 AM PST
Leader of the 10,000-member Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, William H. Curtis, has sparked a vigorous debate online after his $230,000 Bentley Bentayga, which costs nearly twice as much as the median home in the church’s Larimer neighborhood, was photographed outside the church. The photograph of the pastor’s Bentayga, which Bentley boasts is the fastest SUV in the world with a top speed of 187 mph, was posted to Facebook Monday by Jarrell Taylor who criticized the pastor’s opulent display.
“If ya pastor driving a Bentley truck … he’s sucking ur community dry with hope and tithes,” Taylor wrote. The Christian Post reached out to Curtis for comment about his choice of transportation Thursday and his assistant said she did not believe he would respond to questions about his car but promised to deliver our message to him. She also acknowledged that the church had been getting direct reactions to the vehicle as well but would not confirm the sources of the criticism. READ MORE
|Persecution in Nigeria has resulted in 16,000 Christians dead in less than 3 years
Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:13 AM PST
U.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, have been told that at least 16,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria since June 2015, many of them victims of radical Islamic violence. The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law submitted a petition to Buhari last week, where the civil society organization urged the president to “wake up from [his] slumber” and protect the millions of endangered Christians in Nigeria.
The “Christians at Crossroads in Nigeria” letter, shared online by Elombah.com, said that 16,000 people, mostly Christians, have been killed since Buhari took office in 2015, including the 5,800 victims of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, based on Intersociety’s investigation. Intersociety, which sent a copy of the letter to Trump and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres, said that the 30 million or so Christians in Northern Nigeria have for decades suffered discrimination and violent attacks at the hands of radical terror groups. READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: Israel appears to be preparing for major war, Gives strong warning to Iran
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 11:36 AM PST
Israel has boosted its air defense in the North following a significant confrontation between the Jewish State, Syria and Iran which led to the loss of an F-16 fighter jet. While the army refused to comment on the reports, witnesses reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.
Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km. to 300 km. Israel also has Patriot missile batteries stationed in the North and has used them to intercept drones infiltrating into Israeli airspace from Syria. READ MORE
MAKES STRONG THREAT TO IRAN: Israel issued stark warnings on Sunday over Iran’s presence in neighboring Syria after a confrontation threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in the country’s seven-year civil war. Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets — the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began. The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel’s first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982. “We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. READ MORE