U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t just propose a summit meeting to Vladimir Putin when he called the Russian leader last month. He invited him to the White House, according to the Kremlin.
Israel threatened to use greater force to quell violent Palestinian protests along the Gaza Strip border, rejecting allegations it used excessive firepower against demonstrations that left at least 16 Palestinians dead.
Costa Ricans elected a candidate from the ruling party to be their next president, confounding polls which had predicted a win for an evangelical preacher who’d campaigned on his opposition to gay marriage.
Internet companies need to be more transparent about the technology that runs their networks, especially with the emergence of systems fueled by artificial intelligence, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
President Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if Mexico doesn’t stop people and drugs from flowing into the U.S. from Central America. “They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. Need Wall!”
A U.S. trucking shortage that has pushed up freight costs for everything from cereal to toothbrushes is about to get worse. On Sunday, police nationwide began enforcing rules requiring most big rigs to use electronic logging devices to record driver hours.
China urged trade talks with the U.S. to prevent greater damage to relations while saying that previously announced retaliatory measures on American imports took effect Monday.
Walmart Inc. is in talks with health insurer Humana Inc. for a closer partnership to provide health care to consumers at home and prevent illness, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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China’s Tiangong-1 space station is officially no more. According to multiple agencies tracking the space station’s movements, 34-foot-long spacecraft re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at 8:16 p.m. ET above the southern Pacific Ocean.
Pakistan’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her hometown Saturday for the first time since receiving a gunshot wound to the head there in 2012 for her work as an advocate for young women’s education.
The Trump Administration’s proposal that adds a citizenship question to the 2020 Census has Democrats worried about how it will affect their voting demographics.
On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria” and extending to Israel, where 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border two days before Easter Sunday.
More than 100 North Korean ships have mysteriously washed up 650 miles from their home ports on Japan’s coast during the past year, often carrying bodies with them.
Bahrain on Sunday announced it has discovered the largest oil and gas field in the history of the small kingdom, which unlike its Gulf neighbors is not energy-rich.
In Washington, some of the 60 Russian diplomats being expelled from the United States in the poisoned spy dispute have been seen boarding a bus and leaving the Russian Embassy in the U.S. capital.
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit western Iran on Sunday, injuring at least 54 people, hours before a more moderate tremor shook an area near the capital Tehran, state media reported.
Indian security forces killed at least three civilians and wounded about 70 in restive Kashmir on Sunday when hundreds of people tried to prevent them from carrying out operations against suspected militants, police and residents said.
The United States and South Korea kicked off a low-key joint military drill Sunday as a diplomatic thaw over North Korea gathered pace.
Israel has cancelled plans to deport migrants en masse to Africa after reaching a deal with the United Nations refugee agency. More than 16,000 asylum seekers will instead be resettled in Western countries, including Canada, Italy and Germany,
Malnourished pupils with grey skin are “filling their pockets” with food from school canteens in poor areas due to poverty, head teachers said. The heads, from various parts of England and Wales, described differences in the appearance of some pupils.
The Syrian government appears poised to regain control of the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region close to the capital Damascus. State media said the first members of the Jaysh al-Islam rebel group had left Douma on buses and were due travel to the northern town of Jarablus.
There’s a fake form of marijuana going around Illinois – and it’s making people bleed from their eyes and ears. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning about synthetic “weed” known as “spice,” “K2” or “Mind Trip” on March 27.
“I am completely dismayed that 4-H would bow to a politically correct agenda like this,” says one 4-H volunteer in a small north Idaho town of fewer than 1,500 people, where several dedicated club leaders tell WND they are worried sick they will have to dissolve their recently formed 4-H chapter. Either that, they say, or support new LGBTQ guidelines instructing the century-old, largely rural, agricultural youth organization to embrace a radical sexual/gender diversity agenda – everything from being required to use special transgender pronouns, to allowing biological men to use women’s restrooms, locker rooms and overnight accommodations, and much more.
On March 15, John Franklin Stephens and Charlotte Fien, both of whom have Down syndrome, spoke before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Both Stephens and Fien gave powerful testimonies in response to the practices in nations like Iceland, Finland, France, and the U.K., who abort staggeringly high percentages of infants prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome.
The Briefing — Monday, April 2, 2018
1) On Good Friday, NPR report distorts definition of Easter, revealing extent of secularization
NPR (Vanessa Romo) –
Pope To World: Hell Does Exist
Washington Post (Callum Borchers) –
On Good Friday, an NPR report mangles the definition of Easter
New York Times (Elisabetta Povoledo) –
Pope Calls for ‘Peace in All the World’ in First Easter Message
2) Although the cultural conception of Christ may fascinate, only the biblical conception of Christ saves
Wall Street Journal (George Weigel) –
The Easter Effect and How It Changed the World
New York Times (Jon Meacham) –
Jesus Died Only to Rise Again. Where Did the Concept of the Resurrection Come From?
3) Can the Bible be meaningful, even if one doesn’t believe it to be true?
Washington Post (Christine Emba) –
You should read the Bible
4) Why abandoning a Scriptural understanding of ministry will inevitably lead to a very different rendering of God
New York Times (Nicholas Kristof) –
God and Her (Female) Clergy
So it is the Christians who should feel shame for the strife in the world, not anyone else. Certainly not Muslims.
News – 4/2/2018
A prominent Israeli rabbi believes the reason for this unprecedented (at least in modern times) shift is that Trump has a big role to play in the building of the Third Temple and the coming of Messiah.
Putin will make a two-day visit to Turkey from Tuesday where he will meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Kremlin said on Monday.
‘Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps’: Roseanne posts bizarre message seemingly linked to conspiracy theory alleging high-ranking Democrats are involved in satanic child sex abuse
Television star Roseanne Barr has posted an unusual message praising President Donald Trump for freeing ‘children held in bondage’, in an apparent reference to a conspiracy theory about satanic child sex abuse at the highest levels of government.
President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will no longer work with Democrats to hammer out a deal to provide legal status to hundreds of thousands of “dreamers,” illegal aliens who were brought to the U.S. as children. “NO MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump wrote, referring to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the immigration policy that provides legal status to dreamers.
Around 100,000 people took part in the Passover priestly blessing of the kohanim (members of the priestly line) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday morning. The blessing is recited by Jewish people who are said to be descendants of Aaron, the brother of Moses, and is one of the most ancient blessings in the Jewish faith.
Egypt and Jordan both condemned Israel’s use of force against Palestinians who were protesting along the Gaza border, in a joint press conference held in Cairo on Sunday. At least 15 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,400 injured in clashes with Israeli military forces, during protests to mark Land Day on Friday.
Former Mossad chiefs are in agreement in saying Israel must do more to actively resolve the conflict with the Palestinians, but they disagree about whether Israel has made a final offer on setting borders…Efraim Halevy (Mossad chief from 1998-2002) and Danny Yatom (agency leader from 1996-1998), said that…Yitzhak Rabin, Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert had been ready to finalize a borders compromise with the Palestinians, while…those offers were short on specifics.
More than a dozen people have been killed after getting caught in a clash between suspected Boko Haram militants and soldiers in northern Nigeria. Eighteen militants launched an attack using suicide bombers, mortars and gunmen on Sunday, a military officer told news agency AFP. They targeted two villages and a military base near the city of Maiduguri, in Borno State.
China has imposed tariffs of up to 25% on 128 US imports, including pork and wine, after US President Donald Trump raised duties on foreign steel and aluminium imports in March. The tariffs affecting some $3bn (£2.1bn) of imports kick in on Monday. Beijing said the move was to safeguard China’s interests and balance losses caused by new US tariffs.
China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say. It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said. Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments.
President Donald Trump on Sunday explicitly linked his proposal to build a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico to ongoing NAFTA negotiations, as he renewed a warning that the flow of illicit drugs and undocumented immigrants from the country “must stop.” Via Twitter, the president ripped the U.S.’s southern neighbor for doing “very little, if nothing” to stem illegal immigration and narcotics from flowing across the border.
…Americans have a history of loading up on debt in good times, then paying dearly when the bills come due. Adding to the pain: A booming economy is often accompanied by rising interest rates, which make mortgages, credit cards and other debt much more expensive. As the U.S. Federal Reserve raises rates, there are signs that consumers could be putting themselves in peril.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Sunday he believes Republicans will face a difficult midterm election this year, but thinks the party is well prepared. “I think there’s going to be a very challenging election environment. Nobody’s had a good off year election since 2002. So I think Republicans would be well advised to get ready,” Cole said…
Solomon Michalski loved going to his new school on a leafy Berlin street because it was vibrant and diverse, with most students from migrant families. But when the teenage grandson of Holocaust survivors let it slip that he was Jewish, former friends started hissing insults at him in class, he says. Last year some of them brandishing what looked like a gun took him aside and said they would execute him.
About 75 students at Rockledge High School in central Florida walked out of class in support of the Second Amendment on Friday. The students say they felt “silenced” last week when students walked out in support of gun control. “I’m pro-Second Amendment,” Rockledge junior and protest organizer Anna Delaney told the station. “I wouldn’t mind deeper background checks, of course, but the Second Amendment will not be infringed upon.”
Don’t Preach To Israel, Netanyahu Tells Erdogan After Gaza Condemnation
“The most moral army in the world will not be preached to by someone who, for years, has been bombing civilian population without distinction,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday in a Tweet, responding to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strong condemnation of Israel’s actions during Friday’s March of Return, which he called an “inhumane attack.” “I guess this is how they commemorate April Fool’s Day in Ankara,” Netanyahu added.
Kuwaiti media reported on Thursday that over the past month, Israeli Air Force (IAF) Adir F-35 stealth fighters penetrated Iranian airspace twice without being detected by the cutting-edge Russian anti-aircraft systems.
“To understand what is behind the current marches and riots in Gaza, “for the Right of Return by force of arms,” look no further than UNRWA operations in Gaza,” says David Bedein, Director of the Israel Resource News Agency and Center for Near East Policy Research, who has investigated and exposed the duplicity of UN-funded UNRWA for decades. “80% of Gazans live in UNRWA refugee facilities, constantly brainwashed by the UNRWA premise and promise of the ‘right’ to return to Arab villages which existed before 1948, although almost none of them ever lived there nor did their forebears,” Bedein explains.
US President Donald Trump at the weekend instructed his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, to block a Security Council statement blaming Israel for Palestinian deaths during Friday’s Hamas-led riots along the Gaza security fence. Israeli officials described the mass incident as extremely violent in nature, and video footage supported that claim.
Gwythian Prins has warned the elite trade bloc will crumble within a generation because it has become too big, sighting Brexit as proof of its decline. The Professor has described how anti-EU sentiment is rising across the continent as voters become increasingly frustrated with the actions of the supranational body. He said: “The EU ‘project’ is 61 years old this month. “Absence of cultural reproduction suggests that, like its older sibling (the Soviet Union), it should not expect to outlast a human lifespan.
Actor Jim Caviezel said he chooses to star in a film if he thinks it will “bring the most souls to Christ,” according to an interview with The Christian Post published on Good Friday.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services may appeal a court decision requiring the Trump administration to provide abortions for pregnant, illegal teens in federal custody, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
During Easter and Passover week, the U.S. and Israel faced border invasions from Mexico and Gaza, with a “caravan” of more than 1,000 Mexicans and Central Americans headed to the U.S. for “asylum” and tens of thousands of Hamas terrorists hurling rocks at Israeli soldiers.
…several dedicated club leaders tell WND they are worried sick they will have to dissolve their recently formed 4-H chapter. Either that, they say, or support new LGBTQ guidelines instructing the century-old, largely rural, agricultural youth organization to embrace a radical sexual/gender diversity agenda – everything from being required to use special transgender pronouns, to allowing biological men to use women’s restrooms, locker rooms and overnight accommodations, and much more.
It seems even the holiest day on the Christian calendar is not safe from the climate change zealots, including highlighting the harm it is causing rabbits, i.e., the secular Easter bunny.
Mexican officials have aided a “Holy Week” caravan of over 1,000 migrants headed to the U.S. border to demand Easter asylum, according to reports.
The British government last year gave £20 million to Palestinian schools teaching a curriculum that a watchdog group says embraces jihad, omits references to peace agreements with Israel, and encourages martyrdom, the Sunday Times reported.
In a 2017 Reddit post, ‘March For Our Lives’ gun control activist David Hogg celebrates the fact that mosquitoes kill “billions” of people as being “great for the environment”.
London overtook New York in murders for the first time in modern history in February as the capital endured a dramatic surge in knife crime.
Scientists have developed an astonishing mind-reading machine which can translate what you are thinking and instantly display it as text.
Syrian forces have liberated all militant-held settlements in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, the military command said in a televised statement. A major Syrian motorway has been unblocked for the first time in seven years.
Headlines – 4/2/2018
|Purge of Conservatives on Social Media Continues ..||Posted: 02 Apr 2018 05:51 AM PDT||
Conservatives are feeling the heavy hand of censorship in the United States and across Western Europe. Their social media accounts are being banned, blocked and canceled on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, often over criticism of Islam or immigration. Popular British anti-Islamization activist Tommy Robinson had his Twitter account suspended last week after he tweeted that Islam promotes killing. A German activist received a 6-month suspended jail sentence for calling Islam a fascist ideology.
A 65 -year old Swedish woman faced charges for saying immigration from the third world will lead to low IQs. She was cleared only because authorities couldn’t prove it was her. Two weeks ago three conservative activists were refused entry into Britain because British Border Police said, “likely to incite tensions between local communities in the United Kingdom.” One was interrogated as a terrorist and was asked if she were, a “Christian extremist.” READ MORE
|UNRAVELING: First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.||Posted: 02 Apr 2018 05:42 AM PDT||
Over the decades, this quiet coastal hamlet has earned a reputation as one of the most liberal places in the nation. Arcata was the first U.S. city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to tacitly allow marijuana farming before pot was legal. Now it’s on the verge of another first.
No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds. But Arcata is poised to do just that. The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad. “Put a rope around its neck and pull it down,” Chris Peters shouted at a recent rally held at the statue, which has adorned the central square for more than a century. READ MORE
|Firefighter loses both hands and feet from flu complications…||Posted: 02 Apr 2018 05:39 AM PDT||
Loved ones of Willy McCue, 19, have always thought of him as a hero. A fierce high school varsity athlete. A volunteer firefighter. “He joined the fire department just to give back to everybody,” New City Fire Assistant Chief Richard Willows said. “That’s the type of heart he has.” Willy’s strength and bravery are being tested to the limit. He has been in critical condition in the hospital for over a month.
He caught a severe case of the flu, which led to pneumonia and sepsis. “Both hands were amputated and both feet,” Willows said. “And they are working on his leg right now which is hopeful.” Willy’s uniform and helmet await his return at the New City Fire Department in Rockland County. The teen volunteered here as a probationary firefighter and was a 2016 graduate of Clarkstown High School North. His former football coach set up a GoFundMe page to help. READ MORE
|Famous rabbi sees Trump rebuilding Temple||Posted: 01 Apr 2018 06:39 PM PDT||
Donald Trump might not be the most popular person inside the beltway, in California, on U.S. college campuses or in the American media, but his support is growing in Israel, with one prominent rabbi saying he believes the president is destined to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple before the coming of the Messiah. Rabbi Yosef Berger, the son of a widely revered Hasidic leader in charge of King David’s
Tomb on Mount Zion, told Breaking Israel News Trump will play this “final historic reparation for his entire nation.” “No leader in history has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jews and Israel,” Berger said. “[Trump] has already created a great tikkun (reparation) for the Christians through his unprecedented relationship with Jerusalem. Trump is the representative of Edom that will perform that final historic reparation for his entire nation by building the Temple.” READ MORE
|Cell phone Radiation Causes Tumors To Grow In Rats…||Posted: 01 Apr 2018 06:32 PM PDT||
Can cell phones really cause cancer? It’s been a question that’s dogged researchers for years.However, a group of experts say the results of some tests are pretty surprising. Millions of people constantly call, text, click, take pictures and play on cell phones. Even the top cellular radiation researchers from around the world have a hard time untethering.But, they gathered recently in North Carolina to talk
about cellphone concerns and whether they really do increase the chances of developing cancer. The panel voted that the results from years of testing on mice and rats were more significant than originally thought. They say they found clear evidence that phone radiation caused tumors in the hearts of rats, which were similar to tumors in people. READ MORE
|China imposes 25% tariffs on more than 128 US imports…||Posted: 01 Apr 2018 06:29 PM PDT||
China says it’s rolling out new tariffs on U.S. meat, fruit and other products as retaliation against taxes approved by President Trump on imported steel and aluminum. The Chinese finance ministry says in a statement that the new tariffs begin Monday. The announcement follows through on warnings Chinese officials have made for several weeks in an escalating trade dispute with the United States.
China’s Customs Tariff Commission is increasing the tariff rate on eight imported U.S. products, including pork, by 25 percent. It’s also imposing a new 15 percent tariff on 120 imported U.S. commodities, including fruits.The tariffs mirror Mr. Trump’s 25 percent charge on imported steel and 15 percent hike on aluminum. Mr. Trump’s tariffs are partly a response to complaints that Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. READ MORE
|RUMORS OF WAR: Danger could be on the horizon after US withdrawal from Syria||Posted: 01 Apr 2018 06:24 PM PDT||
The United States is considering reducing or ending its presence in Syria, according to President Donald Trump. In Ohio last week Trump said, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like very soon.” according to CNN, he told advisers in February that America must achieve victory over Islamic State and then come home. The Wall Street Journal also reported that the White House put on hold $200 million
that was supposed to be directed toward rebuilding civilian infrastructure and stabilization in eastern Syria. The abrupt about-face in US policy comes after the administration spent 2017 indicating it was preparing for the long haul in Syria. It said it wanted President Bashar Assad gone and that the US would continue to work with its partners among the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that had been the main driving force behind defeating ISIS. READ MORE
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