February 25, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Trump said he was nominating Kelly Craft, currently the U.S. ambassador to Canada, to replace Nikki Haley to the United Nations after a four-month search.

Russian state television has listed U.S. military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes.

Troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro violently drove back foreign aid convoys from Venezuela’s border on Saturday, killing two protesters and prompting opposition leader Juan Guaido to propose that Washington consider “all options” to oust him.

North Carolina’s elections board ordered a new election for a U.S. House seat after officials said corruption surrounding absentee ballots tainted the results of a 2018 vote.

Liberal Democratic presidential contenders’ rush to embrace the left’s most ambitious proposals has some Democrats worried there could be a price to pay when they try to defeat President Trump next year.

A North Carolina judge on Friday ruled that two amendments, one requiring identification to vote and another capping the state income tax, were unconstitutional because racial gerrymandering meant that the state’s legislature was “illegally constituted.”

Attackers set fire to an Ebola treatment center run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late on Sunday, forcing staff to evacuate patients, the charity said.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold no political fundraising events with pricey admission fees to collect cash to fuel her bid for the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first candidate to formally swear off the traditional means of campaign funding.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the United States and Russia on Monday to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and also said he hoped a U.S.-North Korean summit in Hanoi this week would agree real progress on removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.

A Salvadoran transgender woman who sought asylum in the United States was killed weeks after she was deported, a rights group said on Friday, underscoring the dangers of the Trump administration’s hardening policy on asylum seekers.

The top U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan met a senior Taliban leader in Qatar as the two sides resumed talks to end 17 years of war despite the insurgents’ continued refusal to deal with the Kabul government.

AP Top Stories

Bangladesh commandos stormed a passenger jet in the country’s southeast Sunday and shot dead an armed man who allegedly tried to hijack the Dubai-bound flight, an army official said.

Representative Alexandria Ocaio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) questioned the morality of bringing children into a world that is struggling to address man-made climate change in a video posted to social media over the weekend.

The Pentagon will increase, by 1,000, the number of active-duty troops along the US-Mexico border to about 6,000 by the start of next month, a senior US defense official has said.

When United Methodist delegates meet in St. Louis this coming weekend for a special session of the General Conference, they will hold a critical vote on whether to ordain openly gay clergy and allow individual churches to conduct same-sex marriages. The outcome will likely reshape the denomination, and could potentially tear it apart.

Saudi Arabia appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s full younger brother as deputy defense minister on Saturday and named a princess as the kingdom’s first woman ambassador to the United States.

At least two people were killed and trucks loaded with foreign aid were set ablaze after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro deployed troops and armored vehicles to turn back humanitarian assistance at border crossings with Colombia and Brazil.

Pope Francis wrapped up a landmark Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse on Sunday pledging to bring the “wrath of God” upon clergy who abuse children, and likening pedophilia to “human sacrifice”.

US-backed Syrian forces warned Sunday they were struggling to cope with an outpouring of foreigners from the Islamic State group’s imploding “caliphate”, urging governments to take responsibility for their citizens.

BBC

Many YouTube channels pushing anti-vaccination conspiracy theories will no longer get money from adverts.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said plans to relocate a US military base on the island of Okinawa will continue, despite a referendum rejecting the move.

At least 130 people have died and more than 200 are being treated in hospital after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in north-eastern India, officials said.

The UK Parliament is set to pass new rules classifying Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

WND

A Southern California man who was wrongly imprisoned for close to four decades in the killing of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son will receive $21 million in a settlement with the city of Simi Valley, officials said.

A federal judge in Texas has declared that the all-male military draft is unconstitutional, ruling that “the time has passed” for a debate on whether women belong in the military.

Soldiers from the Venezuelan National Guard have left their posts ahead of an opposition-led effort to bring aid into the country, Colombia’s migration agency said.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 25, 2019

The Foundation

“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” —James Madison (1792)

Venezuelan Dictator Maduro Blocks Humanitarian Aid

U.S. increases its support of Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaido as Maduro digs in.


SPLC’s Hate Hoax: A New Report on ‘Extremism’

There are many good reasons to treat SPLC’s work as nothing more than leftist pablum.


Chicago PD Superintendent’s Pivot From ‘Hate Crime’ to ‘Gun Violence’

If Eddie Johnson was sincere, he’d note that leftist policies are the problem with inner cities.


Most Americans Would Fail a Citizenship Test

When Americans don’t know what it means to be American, we will lose Liberty.


China Exposes Globalist Bankruptcy

Beijing is making a serious play to supplant the U.S. as the world’s foremost superpower.


Video: Bernie Sanders on Division Politics

“The federal government, with him running it, should have control over pretty much everything.”



Today’s Opinion

Guest Commentary
El Paso and Juarez: A Tale of Two Cities and a Border Wall
Tony Perkins
Normalizing Abortion: Not if, But Wen
Gary Bauer
Defending Innocent Life
Cornwall Alliance
The Uninhabited Mind of David Wallace-Wells
Kathryn Jean Lopez
A Love Story for All
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Monday Top Headline Summary

China tariffs, Dow gains, Venezuela bloodshed, more troops to border, all-male military draft unconstitutional, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

“If you’re trying, you’ve got all the power. You’re driving the agenda.” —Ocasio-Cortez telling critics of the Green New Deal “I’m the boss”



Today’s Meme

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News – 2/25/2019

Middle East Braces for Locust Plague Return
After a wave of strange phenomena Egypt and Saudi Arabia are currently struggling to cope with swarms of locusts; and the plague promises to only get worse. Unusually heavy rains this month are leading to the second generation born of a wave of locusts that first appeared in Sudan and Eritrea in December.

The Anti-Israel World Council of Churches
The World Council of Churches Program in Israel ostensibly sends delegates to “monitor” and “report human rights abuses”. It is all a sham. The organization works with fringe anti-Israel organizations such as B’eTselem and Breaking the Silence. It took years to finally expose the World Council of Churches Program for what it is-an Anti-Israel Group with an Anti-Israel agenda.

Post-Khashoggi, Saudis Make a Major Move
The kingdom names a female envoy to the US. The kingdom appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan to the post Saturday … The daughter of a major Saudi figure—her dad, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was ambassador to the US from 1983 to 2005 …

Pope Francis: Predator Priests Become ‘Tool of Satan
Francis closes out summit on sexual abuse with harsh words, but leaves survivors disappointed.

Violence Breaks Out On Temple Mount as Muslims Claim Gate Where Shechinah Dwells
Jerusalem Police on Sunday arrested two senior officials of the Waqf (Muslim authority): the Chairman of the Wakf Department in east Jerusalem, Shiekh Abdel Azim Salhab and Sheikh Najeh Bkeirat, deputy director of the Wakf. The Waqf is under Jordanian jurisdiction and earlier this month, the Jordanian government increased the Waqf council from 11 to 18 in a move that was seen to bolster the Palestinian Authority control over the Temple Mount. It is believed that this is an attempt to consolidate control over the site before the U.S. announces President Trump’s Middle-East Peace Plan.

Iran hints at major confrontation with Israel
You probably didn’t know this, but Judaism is at the basis of the radical Muslim ideology Wahhabism and is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State Jihadist group. This is what Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the division responsible for exporting the Islamic Revolution, claimed during a speech after the Friday prayers in the city of Babol, Iran.

Vietnam relishes role as peace maker as it seeks to balance ties
While the leaders of North Korea and the United States debate banishing nuclear bombs from the Korean peninsula, the host of their summit this week, Vietnam, long almost synonymous with war, is relishing its role as a promoter of peace.

NYC Muslim cleric: Don’t befriend Christians, Jews
A New York City Muslim cleric told his congregants in a sermon they must not befriend or engage in any alliances with Christians and Jews. The exhortation by Abul Baraa Muhammad Abdullah Amreeki was based directly on verses from the Quran, …

Pentagon sending 1,000 more troops to the Mexican border
The Pentagon will increase the number of troops along the U.S.-Mexico border to about 6,000 by the start of next month as the Trump administration turns its attention to securing remote areas between official ports of entry, a senior U.S. defense official said Friday. About 1,000 additional personnel will be deployed with orders to string more concertina wire and install detection systems, the official said.

Is Silicon Valley’s quest for immortality a fate worse than death?
A number of billionaires have pumped money into research that aims to keep people fighting fit as they age. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have pumped millions into Calico, a secretive health venture which aims to “solve death”. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the billionaire Peter Thiel are backers of Unity Biotechnology, which hopes to combat the effects of aging. The idea of never dying might sound like something from science fiction, but the experimental techniques are far removed from a brain in a jar, a body in a freezer or a heart wired up to a car battery.

Islamic Jihad claims new missiles can reach Netanya
The Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror said Sunday evening that with the help of Iran it has developed a new missile capable of striking cities beyond Netanya. In a documentary broadcast on Iran’s Al-Alam television, a spokesperson known as Abu Hamza claimed the group possesses “precision” rockets and missiles with destructive power that “only God knows.”

High court deciding fate of cross-shaped Maryland memorial
Steven C. Lowe says he has always thought that a 40-foot-tall, concrete cross that stands on a large, grassy highway median near his Maryland home was odd. For years, he says, he didn’t know that the cross is a war memorial. A plaque on the cross’ base lists the names of 49 area residents who died in World War I, but it isn’t easily read from the road and getting to the monument requires dashing across traffic.

Special ops to turn focus from war on terror to China, Russia
America’s elite special operations forces are getting new marching orders as the Pentagon…trains its eye on big-power rivals such as China and Russia. In a major shift of mission, officials at U.S. Special Operations Command are drafting new guidance to reorient its cadre of top-tier military units to fight the expanding armies and navies of what U.S. strategists call “near-peer” powers.

Israel arrests senior Muslim cleric after Jerusalem holy site unrest
Police in Jerusalem arrested…a senior Muslim cleric…two days after he re-opened a mosque sealed by Israel during a Palestinian uprising in 2003. Sheikh Abdel-Azeem Salhab…personally reopened the gate leading into the Bab al-Rahmeh mosque on Friday, and hundreds of Muslims went inside to pray for the first time in years.

China’s technology challenge is bigger than just Huawei, British spymaster says
The West needs to understand that the challenge of China’s technological revolution runs much deeper than Huawei’s row with the United States over intellectual property theft and state espionage, one of Britain’s top spies said. Huawei…is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use its technology because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spy operations.

High schools not prepared for coming ‘tsunami’ of children with autism: support group
High schools are not prepared for a “tsunami” of children with autism who need greater education options, an autism support group has warned.

Florida mom discovers suicide tips in video on YouTube Kids
Warning: This story mentions suicide and may be disturbing to some readers.  A mom is warning parents to better monitor their kids’ online activity after finding a disturbing video that appears to give children instructions to harm themselves.

Trump Administration cuts $60 million from radically liberal Planned Parenthood
The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule changing funding regulations under the Title X family planning program, a long-awaited action expected to reduce Planned Parenthood’s federal tax subsidies by almost $60 million.

Australian official: Climate change is a U.N.-led conspiracy to establish a new world order
Climate change controversy continues to grow, with an increasing number of skeptics coming forward to speak out. Now, a top adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has just declared that global warming is a conspiracy pushed by a power-hungry United Nations.

Can Facebook Monopolize Your Data, Even If You’re Not On Facebook?
Facebook spent years forging various partnership agreements with other digital media monsters to gobble up huge troves of users’ private data even when customers are not perusing the company’s platform, according to testing conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

Man Who Refuses to Pay Taxes Until Abortion Is Defunded Wins Huge Court Victory
A Christian man who refuses to pay his taxes until the government stops funding abortion has won an historic lawsuit against the IRS.

Pennsylvania Mayor to Issue ‘Inclusion Day’ Proclamation in Support of Recent ‘Drag Queen Story Fun Time’
The mayor of Lansdale, Pennsylvania has agreed to issue a proclamation marking every Feb. 2 as “Inclusion Day” in commemoration of a recent “Drag Queen Story Fun Time” featuring the drag queen “Annie Christ”—a play-on-words of “anti-Christ.” The event generated both support and protest.

Pope Francis Calls for ‘All Out Battle’ Against Sex Abuse But Disappoints Victims, Leaves Unanswered Questions
Pope Francis spoke Sunday at the conclusion of a four-day Vatican summit addressing the sexual abuse of minors in light of recent scandals in the Church.

NYC Muslim cleric: Don’t befriend Christians, Jews
A New York City Muslim cleric told his congregants in a sermon they must not befriend or engage in any alliances with Christians and Jews.

The 9 Elements of Genocide Are In Place and Are Awaiting the Right False Flag
If we take an objective look at today’s America, we can clearly see that all the elements of a genocide, all nine elements, are in place and the event is  simply awaiting the right catalyst.

Watch Deep-Sea Iranian Sub Carry Out First Cruise Missile Test-Launch
The drill was interpreted as a warning to the US following the return of US aircraft carriers to the region after a long absence…


Headlines – 2/25/2019

Trump and Netanyahu Will Establish Palestinian State After Election, Bennett Claims

Bennett claims Netanyahu, Trump will divide Jerusalem, Gantz and Lapid will help

Did Netanyahu just renounce his support for a Palestinian state?

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister stresses the Kingdom’s position on Israel-PA peace is based on the Arab Peace Initiative

Israeli report says Saudis won’t back Trump peace plan without concessions

The Arab World Just Trashed Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace’ Plan

Abbas urges Europeans to play greater role in peace process, recognize Palestine

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza call for PA president’s ouster

The Golden Gate: A new focus of tension on the Temple Mount

Border guards nab Palestinian smuggling 37 pistols from Jordan to Israel

Israel releases senior Palestinian cleric arrested after al-Aqsa unrest

Ex-AIPAC official: By backing extremists, Netanyahu ‘overstepped the line’

US Reform leader: Netanyahu’s deal with extremists is like ‘welcoming’ the KKK

Australian Jews join chorus of condemnation of deal with extremist Israeli party

Netanyahu accuses left of denying him the right to a legal defense

UK Newspaper Investigation Uncovers Links Between Top Corbyn Aide and Anti-Israel Terror Groups

UK Labour deputy flags tweets by party members accusing Jews of murdering kids

Islamic Jihad claims new missiles can reach Netanya

Iranian official: ‘End of his political life’ if Netanyahu attacks

Iran’s Rouhani faces calls to resign over economic crisis

Saudi King Salman calls for an international stance against Iranian interference

Leaders from EU, Arab League hold first-ever joint summit

EU, Arab leaders vow to boost security, migration ties

Fear for Civilian Lives Slows Effort to Recapture Last ISIS Stronghold in Syria

Spoils of War: Russia Shows Off Military Trophies Captured in Syria

Dubai flight forced to make emergency landing after attempted hijacking; suspect dies of injuries in shootout

UN: 2018 saw highest number of Afghan civilian deaths

India toughens Kashmir crackdown; more detained and movement curbed

Trump happy if North Korea doesn’t test weapons; peace deal a possibility

‘Chilling the atmosphere’: North Korea media condemns U.S. Democrats ahead of summit

White House vows to shed Obama-era policy of ‘cowering’ before North Korea ahead of second Trump-Kim summit

U.S. team lowers expectations for second summit with North Korea’s Kim

As Venezuela descends into chaos, Marco Rubio posts bloody tweet and highlights alleged poisoning of opposition lawmaker

Venezuela’s Maduro mocks Trump, opposition leader Guaido; vows to never surrender

Guaido Hints at More Radical Steps to Topple Maduro as Aid Burns

After Venezuela violence, Pence to meet with Guaido in Colombia

Venezuela crisis: Defectors fear for families under Maduro

NRA Runs Ad Headlined ‘Target Practice’ Next to Photo of Nancy Pelosi

Schiff: Dems willing to have Mueller testify, subpoena report if it’s not made public

58 former national security officials will issue a statement rebuking Trump’s national emergency declaration for the border

Gov. Jay Inslee: Democrats will play by new rules if Trump’s emergency declaration not stopped

Culture wars heat up at the Supreme Court as justices consider whether giant World War I memorial cross can stay

Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?

The US and China may be nearing a trade deal. That won’t stop the global economic slowdown

A new generation of flying cars is taking to the air. But without the cars

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tilamuta, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lata, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 13,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft

Severe Flooding cripples parts of Middle Tennessee

Tennessee flooding leaves 1 dead and prompts a state of emergency

Nashville, Middle Tennessee are drying out after record February rainfall and flooding

A tornado destroyed a Mississippi church. A baptism still took place there the next day

Toxic Black and Green Snow Is Falling In Russia Due to Pollution

NASA concerned as iceberg twice the size of New York City is about to break off from Antarctica

U.S. opioid overdose deaths quadruple, centered in 8 states

Toxic moonshine kills 154 people and leaves hundreds hospitalized in India

High syphilis rates linked to drug use, CDC report says

Another welcome blow against abortionists

United Methodists seek to resolve deep split over LGBTQ clergy and marriage

Pope Calls For ‘All-Out-Battle’ On Clergy Sex Abuse, With Few Specifics

Pope Francis compares child sex abuse to ‘human sacrifice’


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Christians’ sin problem and its mortification Part 1

N.T. Wright – Farewell to the Rapture

No Woman, You Are Not Called to Preach

Inside Jim Bakker’s Missouri town prepping for the nuclear Apocalypse

Modern Worship Steeped in Pagan Idolatry, Eastern Mysticism

Church of England churches no longer have to hold Sunday services

Robot ‘GOD’: AI version of Buddhist deity to preach in Japanese temple

Trump administration issues rule to strip millions from Planned Parenthood

Senator Pushes Back After Oklahoma Baptist Convention Opposes Bill to Abolish Abortion


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