December 28, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Trump threatened to close the U.S. southern border if Congress does not agree to provide $5 billion in taxpayer funds for his promised wall along the border with Mexico.

More Americans blame President Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the partial U.S. government shutdown, as the closure stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight.

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress convened for only a few minutes late on Thursday, but took no steps to end a partial federal government shutdown before adjourning until next week.

As a partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its sixth day, the agency that oversees the federal workforce offered advice on staving off creditors to the estimated 800,000 employees who could be affected by a lapse in pay.

The Trump administration has decided it cannot authorize new flood insurance policies, citing the partial shutdown of the federal government due to a budget impasse in Congress and potentially putting thousands of home sales in limbo.

As moves toward peace pick up in Afghanistan, the Taliban are trying to show they have changed since the brutal days of the 1990s when they banned music and girls’ education and carried out public executions in Kabul’s football stadium.

Islamist militants and Nigerian troops have been fighting around a fishing town on Lake Chad as the insurgents step up attacks in the run-up to a presidential election in which security is a campaign issue, the army and residents said.

Moscow and London have reached an agreement to return some staff to their respective embassies after they expelled dozens of diplomats early this year.

President Trump’s declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdogan that he was pulling U.S. troops from Syria has stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border.

Contracts to buy previously owned homes fell unexpectedly in November, the National Association of Realtors said on Friday, the latest sign of weakness in the U.S. housing market.

China has opened the door to imports of rice from the United States for the first time ever in what analysts took to signal a warming of relations between the world’s two biggest economies after a frosty year marked by tensions and tit-for-tat tariffs.

The personal information of nearly 1,000 North Koreans who defected to South Korea has been leaked after unknown hackers got access to a resettlement agency’s database, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Friday.

AP Top Stories

According to a new study, 10.7 million undocumented immigrants lived in the U.S. as of 2016. That’s a 13 percent drop from the peak in 2007. Of all undocumented immigrants, more than a million have temporary protection from deportation under two programs that may soon be rescinded. Nearly 700,000 are DACA recipients. And over 300,000 have Temporary Protected Status, given to visitors from countries where natural disaster or violence makes it difficult to return.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron demanded on Friday that Russia release Ukrainian sailors who were seized along with their ships last month.

The number of people evacuated after Indonesia’s deadly tsunami has nearly doubled to some 40,000 while more than 7,000 were injured in the disaster, officials said Friday, as they trimmed the official death toll. Authorities said 426 people had been killed — down from a previous tally of 430 — with double-counting by different districts blamed for the change. Two dozen people remain missing almost a week after the disaster.

Bosnian prosecutors on Friday charged 13 former fighters in two separate cases of war crimes against Serb civilians and prisoners during the country’s 1992-95 ethnic war.

The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus Thursday, the latest sign of efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold.

It is extremely likely that Iran and North Korea will acquire hypersonic missiles, according to a senior U.S. general.

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will keep open through early 2019 a tent city in Texas that now holds more than 2,000 migrant teenagers, and also will increase the number of beds at another temporary detention center for children in Florida.

BBC

Syrian pro-government forces have entered the key northern city of Manbij for the first time in six years, an army spokesman has said. A Kurdish militia controlling the area withdrew and invited Syrian forces to retake the city amid fears that Turkish troops would launch a new offensive.

The rarest bird in the world – a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard – has been given a new home in time for the New Year. An international team of researchers released 21 of the birds at a lake in the north of Madagascar.

Russia has finished building a high-tech security fence more than 37 miles long, along annexed Crimea’s border with mainland Ukraine.

WND

The Trump White House finds itself under scrutiny for the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who was taken into custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but 18 previous migrant deaths during the Obama years went nearly ignored by the administration’s critics in Congress.

A newly elected member of Congress, Rashida Tlaib of an urban district in Minnesota, reportedly has revealed that she has chosen to be sworn in as a member on an English translation of the Quran that once was owned by Thomas Jefferson, the third president.


News – 12/28/2018

NASA’s New Horizons probe seems to be approaching a surprisingly “dark” world
“It’s really a puzzle,” says Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator. “I call this Ultima’s first puzzle – why does it have such a tiny light curve that we can’t even detect it? I expect the detailed flyby images coming soon to give us many more mysteries, but I did not expect this, and so soon.”

Skeletal remains of larger-than-usual man found in Malacca cave
Based on the size of the skull and the length of the bones found in the cave, Mr Fuad believes the remains could measure between 3m and 5m long. The length of the skeletal remains match the tomb of Sultan Al Ariffin Syeikh Ismail and the graves of the seven warrior brothers in Pulau Besar.

Exposure to cannabis alters the genetic profile of sperm
Whether genetic changes can be reversed or are passed on to children is still unknown. Experiments in rats and a study with 24 men found that THC appears to target genes in two major cellular pathways and alters DNA methylation, a process essential to normal development.

Does Trump’s Border Wall Fulfill Ezekiel 22?
The issue of border security embodied in Trump’s seems to have struck a chord in the collective subconscious and Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-days author, thinks this reaction is “divinely inspired,” citing a verse in Psalms. “This is Hashem‘s doing; it is marvelous in our sight. Psalms 118:23” “I’m not saying that Ezekiel was speaking directly about Donald Trump and his wall, but I think that it is a useful thing to wonder about. Apparently, the prophet was expressing God’s sentiment that the lack of a wall, any wall, in a place where walls are needed, could be a moral and spiritual disaster.”

Outraged Iraq lawmakers say surprise Trump visit violated their country’s sovereignty, demand U.S. troop withdrawal
President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Mueller-target Corsi says special counsel harassing family members
Corsi reports he refused a plea bargain with Mueller because Mueller was demanding that he lie in it, and he has filed a $350 million lawsuit against Mueller and his team of mostly Democrat investigators over their attacks on him. He’s also told leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who demanded that he produce massive quantities of his records, to “take a hike.” Corsi contends Mueller set up a “perjury trap” to force him to testify against the president.

Trump Says Israel Can Take Care of Itself
Brushing off criticism that his sudden withdrawal of American forces from Syria had further endangered Israel, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that the Jewish state was perfectly capable of defending itself.

Iran Says U.S. Must Leave Middle East, ‘This Region Belongs to Us’
“In the east of the world, China, India, Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran will be the new powers of the new century,” he added, as cited by the semiofficial Tasnim News Agency. “A dramatic shift of the global center of power is taking place now from the West to the East.

Saudi foreign minister who confronted Iran is out in Riyadh shakeup
The well-known face of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy, Adel al-Jubeir, was moved to a new position in the Kingdom as part of a shakeup that saw former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf appointed as foreign minister. Jubeir was a passionate critic of Iran who believed the US should play an important role in the Middle East. In January 2016, after the Iran deal but before the election of Donald Trump, Jubeir warned about the “nefarious activities” of Iran.

Israeli-built wings for new F-35 will make jets invisible to radar
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has launched a production line for the outer wing set of the F-35 stealth fighter key component to make the advanced fighter jet invisible to radar, the company announced. “The construction of the new production line significantly upgrades IAI’s technological capabilities, automation and robotics, and will enable the company to establish itself as a major player in the military and civilian aerostructures,” read a statement by IAI.

Ukraine conflict: Russia completes Crimea security fence
Russia has finished building a high-tech security fence along annexed Crimea’s border with mainland Ukraine. The fence, more than 60km (37 miles) long, is topped with barbed wire and has hundreds of sensors. Russian forces annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March 2014 – a move condemned internationally. Crimea has a Russian-speaking majority.

China’s African debt-trap: Beijing prepares to seize Kenya’s port of Mombasa
China may be preparing to seize some major assets in the African nation of Kenya, as a result of debt-trap diplomacy. African media reports that Kenya may soon be forced to relinquish control of its largest and most lucrative port in Mombasa to Chinese control. Other assets related to the inland shipment of goods from the port, including the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi, and the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), may also be compromised…

Syrian army enters Manbij after Kurdish calls to deter Turkey
The Syrian army said it entered Manbij on Friday for the first time in years, after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town from the threat of Turkish attacks. It was unclear whether the government forces had spread out in the town, where U.S. forces operate and have a military base.

Bokhari: 2018 Is the Year Big Tech Censors Revealed Their True Colors
In virtually any given week in 2018, you could expect at least one of the following: the media would run a negative story about the president, a Democrat would complain about Russia, and a tech platform would censor a prominent conservative. All three are connected.

DISGRACEFUL: The UN is turning a blind eye to rampant child rape among its own members
The United Nations is raping children. The facilitation of these child rapes is in part funded by the UK taxpayer. You think this is “fake news”? Well let’s go right to the top and check the facts.

The Democrats Invoke the Name of Jesus to Further Their Satanic Goals
If I only had the courage of my Lord. The Democrats are falsely and hypocritically invoking the name of Jesus to further their political aims which are quite honestly, Satanic!

Rep. Jackson Lee: Christmas ‘Is a Holy Time’ When ‘We Must Ensure Our Government Is Provided For’
“It is a very honored time,” she said. “People of the Christian faith are engaged in the recognition and acknowledgment of the birth of baby Jesus. It is a holy time. It is a time when families need resources. Government workers need to ensure that their families are provided for, but also we must ensure that our government is provided for.

The globalist Pope yet again slams right-wing nationalism, says people should embrace diversity no matter what the risks
In his traditional Christmas speech, Pope Francis criticised nationalism and called cultural differences a “source of richness”.

Canadian church takes crosses off the wall so they can avoid offending Muslims
They took the cross off the church wall. That’s the detail that caught my attention when I heard about the Millbourne Community Life Centre, a church that reinvented itself as a neighbourhood meeting space, open to anyone, and a drop-in centre for youth in what is sometimes a rough neighbourhood.

Suspicious Iranian cargo plane left Damascus minutes before airstrike
Two suspicious Iranian planes left Damascus on Tuesday night just prior to reports of airstrikes. Details from flight monitoring sites show that a Fars Air Qeshm 747 cargo plane left Damascus International Airport at 9:28 p.m. on Tuesday, just half an hour before reports emerged of air strikes in Syria.

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy
Schools in southern China are forcing children to wear uniforms embedded with computer chips that track their movement and trigger an alarm if they skip class.

Australia Is Ending 2018 With a Record-Breaking Heat Wave
In what’s becoming an annual rite of passage, Australia is in the midst of another record-setting heat wave. It’s less the eye-popping temperatures (though it’s definitely going to be hot, with areas reaching 113 degrees Fahrenheit) and more the relentlessness of the heat and how much of the country is afflicted.

ALABAMA AG OPENS INVESTIGATION Into Dem Corruption During Roy Moore Election
The Alabama Attorney General has opened an investigation into the corruption by Democrats during the Roy Moore special election last year.

Reports warn of disabling attacks to U.S. power grid that could wipe out “democracy” and the “world order”
A pair of reports released in the past month from two separate federal entities both warn of dire, devastating consequences from the destruction or disabling of a substantial portion of the U.S. power grid.

“Palestinian” Muslims Warn Christians in Gaza: NO CHRISTMAS, “ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN”
This is who the left (Democrats, EU, UM et al)  supports while they shoot islamophobia bullets at anyone who stands for truth, freedom, decency and quality for all before the law.

World Hijab Day Encourages All Women to Wear Veil
The World Hijab Day (WHD) non-profit organization launched its 2019 campaign Wednesday, encouraging women and girls of all faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities to “voice their choice” of wearing the headscarf for 24 hours on February 1, in solidarity with Muslim women across the world.

World Hijab Day Hypocrisy
World Hijab Day is a stunning indictment of the hypocrisy of the evil left as much as choosing the sharia-promoting, forced marriage advocate Linda Sarsour for their leader. The real “feminists” are the women who are fighting for a fraction, a sliver of the freedoms their Western “sisters” enjoy.

New York Times runs puff piece HIZBALLAH on Christmas
The New York Times continues recklessly to careen down a dangerous slippery slope, shilling for the most radical and extreme ideology on the planet, and whitewashing the most bloodthirsty of Jew-hating jihadis. You can almost feel their orgiastic glee at having replaced their beloved Walter Duranty’s cause of traitorous stalinism with this year’s model, the global jihad. The Leftist media knows there is a war on, and it has taken sides — against America.

Expert: Mass Migration And A.I Will Replace Need for Population Growth
Plummeting fertility rates around the world should be cause for celebration, a leading expert has claimed, suggesting that ‘boosting populations’ is ‘outdated and likely bad for women.

Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
Despite the insidious attempts of the corporate-controlled U.S. media to censor the stories about the deadly side effects of vaccines, the truth keeps surfacing. The latest vaccine tragedy to strike has killed two babies in La Pimienta, Mexico and sent 37 more to the hospital with serious reactions to toxic vaccine additives.


Headlines – 12/28/2018

US confirms Pompeo and Netanyahu to meet in Brazil

Palestinian source: Arab ministers to visit Brazil to prevent embassy move

Ahead of Netanyahu visit, incoming Brazilian leader blasts Israel critics

Brazil’s President-elect praises Israel: ‘Israel is a technological superpower’

For first time since 2011, Palestine to apply for full UN membership

France, PA condemn Israel’s construction plans for over 2000 settlement homes

In escalating trade fight, PA halts Israeli produce and poultry imports

Israel warns Gazans to stay away from border Friday or risk getting shot

Suspected incendiary balloon lands near kindergarten in Gaza border community

Hezbollah races to save terror tunnels as IDF floods them

Iran building a drone force based on captured US, Israeli tech

Photos said to show Iranian warehouse flattened by Israeli strike in Syria

Syrian army takes control of flashpoint Kurdish town threatened by Turkey

Let down by US, Syrian Kurdish leaders look to Russia and Assad

US troop withdrawal from Syria could take several months

US troop withdrawals in Afghanistan are a major headache for India

German army ‘could recruit EU citizens’

Recent Explosions in Greece Spark Worries of Emerging Urban Violence

Venezuela murder rate dips, partly due to migration of criminals

Democrats order Homeland Security to preserve ‘evidence’ on migrant deaths

Pres. Trump weighs in after officials report suspect in officer’s death is in US illegally

Most Americans would rather spend the $5 billion Trump is demanding for the border wall on infrastructure, education, or healthcare

Trump points to Israeli wall as shutdown seen lasting into 2019

Partial government shutdown set to extend into next Congress

800,000 government workers may need financial assistance as shutdown continues

CNN slammed for trashing Trump’s visit to troops, criticizing soldiers for bringing MAGA hats

Wall Street Journal Shreds Washington Post Trump Coverage: ‘Undermines the Credibility of the Press’

Trump lawyer Giuliani wants Mueller investigated for destruction of evidence

Trump’s year of chaos in 2018 promises yet another

Americans’ confidence in the economy falls again and is at lowest level since summer

Dow closes more than 250 points higher in wild session, erases 600-point drop

Facebook moderators reportedly rely on inaccurate, outdated documents to determine forbidden content

Not aliens: New York skies turn bright blue after power plant explosion

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Satellite images show collapse of Indonesian island volcano

Brewing tropical storm to bring flood risk to Philippines in final days of 2018

Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

Ebola patients flee Congo treatment center after protesters ransack facility

9/11-related cancers killed 15 police officers in 2018

Transgender inmate who alleged abuse is transferred to female prison

Pope Francis’ early blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy


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