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Why are Palestinian Refugees Different from All Others?
Dec 1st, 2016
Commentary
ARON WHITE/JNS.ORG
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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Over the past few years, the resettlement of refugees has been one of the key issues in international politics. 

The horrendous conflict in Syria has forced more than half the country's citizens to flee from their homes, with 4.8 million refugees rushing to neighboring countries, and one million having applied for asylum in Europe. 

The United Nations has taken the resettlement of refugees very seriously, trying to persuade countries around the world to make commitments to take in and resettle these people.

At the end of an international conference on the refugee crisis in March, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grani, said:

Today has been an important event... we have heard pledges that increase the number of resettlement and humanitarian places to 185,000......but this is only the start. 

We heard offers to significantly increase global resettlement programs in the coming few years. And we hope that there will be several opportunities to do so in the coming months.

With this in mind, the following fact may come as a surprise: forty years ago, on November 23, 1976,  the United Nations condemned a country for resettling refugees. The next fact may be less surprising: the country was Israel.

When Israel came to govern the West Bank and Gaza after the Six-Day War in 1967, it found Palestinian refugees still in the camps that they had been in since 1948. Israel developed a plan to begin moving the Palestinians out of the squalid and cramped refugee camps, and into permanent residences. 

The Israeli government gave participants in the program a plot of land to build on, and services such as water, electricity and sanitation. Approximately 10,000 families left the refugee camps to move to these newer, better accommodations.

But on November 23, 1976, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling on Israel to return the refugees to the refugee camps from which they had come. In fact, on the same day three years later, the General Assembly passed another similar resolution, in which it "called upon Israel to desist from the removal and resettlement of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip."

What could possibly explain this position? How could the United Nations possibly condemn a country for the crime of resettling refugees who had been abandoned in squalid camps for two decades?

The answer lies in the 1979 Resolution itself. The Resolution states that "measures to resettle Palestinian refugees away from their homes and property from which they were displaced constitute a violation of their inalienable right of return."

The "right of return" is the Palestinians' claim that they have the right to return to their pre-1948 abodes. It is a highly debatable "right" -- not least because it is based on a UN resolution that the Arabs rejected. 

And why did everyone criticize Israel 40 years ago? Because if the Palestinian refugees would settle in comfortable living quarters, then they may not want to return to their original villages. 

In the eyes of the "supporters" of the Palestinians at the UN, the Palestinians have the right of return to their original homes, but are forbidden to move anywhere else.

This absurd resolution cuts to the heart of how Palestinian refugees are different from all other refugees in the world. In the case of the latter, the focus of international organizations is humanitarian and social; the statute of the UNHCR, the UN body that deals with all refugees, explicitly states that its goals are not political. 

But with the Palestinians, the social and humanitarian needs of refugees and their children are of secondary importance, with the political goals being more important. If helping improve Palestinians' lives harms the claim of a "right of return" and weakens the Palestinians' claims against Israel -- then the political goals win, and Palestinians must stay in camps for decades.

It is their goal for there to be more and more Palestinian refugees each year. For other refugees, wealthy Arab countries can offer generous amounts of money to alleviate the situation.  

And because the Palestinians' refugee status has become politicized, there is no incentive for countries to do the very simple task of building permanent homes for them.

To this day, Western media will report on the squalid conditions of the Palestinian refugee camps -- and indeed the conditions that many Palestinians experience in these camps are terrible. 

But November 23 is the time to remember why their situation has not improved. 

Arab leaders have always treated Palestinian refugees as a political, rather than a humanitarian issue, and have placed political attacks against Israel above the welfare of the Palestinian people.

Unbelievable Scifi Military Weapons That Actually Exist
Dec 1st, 2016
Commentary
MAC SLAVO/ACTIVIST POST
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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It may sound like the kind of science fiction contraptions that would show up in a James Bond film or some other futuristic Hollywood spectacle ... but these weapons are now making their way to the battlefield.

The technology that is understood by the general public is seriously outdated. There has been a revolution of new advances in technology, and much of it draws heavily from the use of electromagnetic energy, lasers and A.I. robots.

The future is downright deadly - that is, if you wind up in the crosshairs.

Though many of these devices may seem outlandish, they are, in fact, ready to make the difference in the conflicts of the rest of the 21st Century.

These technologies (and more) are changing the world that we live in, and tilting the tables in favor of whoever can maintain dominance over the spectrum and the arena in which the battle is to take place:

Swarm bots: Using the collective power of slavish, hive insect behavior - in the air, underwater and on land. Healthcare, disaster rescue, mining operations, military operations and more. Could play a central role in many military strategies and scenarios, using command and communication without the need for human operators.

Plasma force fields: Currently developed, soon deployed ... protect vehicles from shock waves, explosive blasts, etc. It is a defensive projection device that can be created on-demand in response to an oncoming projectile, etc. The plasma field can deflect or significantly slow down the impact of any threat with which it is equipped to handle.

Advanced-precision, kill weapon system: It attaches active, laser guidance to missiles or other weapon systems, and can even be adapted via USB to any non-guided (i.e. non-smart) weapon system, transforming it into a precision-killing device. This is already in use on the battlefield.

Directed Energy Weapon: Rumored to exist long before the Pentagon admitted that it did, this weapon focuses a high-energy laser that can destroy practically anything in its path. A 10kw laser can take out incoming threats, enemy planes, satellites and more.

Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS): This pretty much makes deadly, killer drones out of any robot of just about any kind. Already they have been armed with automatic machine guns and grenade launchers.

Precision-guided firearms: This smart, long-range, superior tracking system won't fire the bullet until the gun is on target. Now, being a highly deadly sniper doesn't require rare skill and natural talent, but simply the ability to operate this smart gun.

Rail Guns: The major benefit is that they don't need gun powder or explosives. Instead, it is fired via electromagnetic forces - which can be extremely potent. Projectiles can be fired at speeds up to 4500 mph, or more than 1 mile per second. Though this requires tremendous amounts of electricity, they may replace missile defense systems as a cheap and cleaner weapons grid.

The Active Denial System: A leading example of non-lethal weapons, this one has already been in use on the battlefield in Iraq, and at home at protests both in the U.S. and other nations. Microwave beams can heat the skin and force a targeted population to leave the area immediately in order to avoid the skin-searing sensation - literally no one can stand to remain within an active denial perimeter ... to do so would be sheer torture. Nevertheless, it is considered ideal for crowd control and perimeter security.

Laser-weapon system: There are many variations of this, but the most utilized is becoming the laser shot system deployed by the military on boats and other craft with the intention of shooting down UAVs and other drone craft. It is precise and very low cost, and certainly something likely to be part of the future of warfare.

What else is coming down the pipeline from DARPA that we don't yet know about?

The answer is plenty, and there's much more in development. Technology is advancing more rapidly than ever before.

The Pre - Tribulation Rapture of the Church
Dec 1st, 2016
Prophecy
Art Sadlier
Categories: Exhortation

The scriptures clearly teach that the church, the body of Christ, will be caught up to meet Christ in the air and so be forever with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

The scriptures also teach that this catching up, this rapture, will take place prior to the tribulation period.

Paul teaches us about the pre-tribulation rapture in 1 Thessalonians chapter five. The context of this chapter is the coming Day of the Lord, or the tribulation period, and the wrath of God that will accompany it. We see this context in verses 2-3. “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Paul says that some will not escape this time of tribulation and wrath. In the succeeding verses (4-8) Paul gives an exhortation to believers to be alert and to be watching for this coming day of the Lord’s wrath. It is in that context that Paul immediately says in verse 9, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” That is unmistakeably teaching the pre-tribulation rapture of the church.

This is confirmed in the very next verse (10) where he says, “Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”  The phrase, “whether we wake or sleep,” is a clear reference to the preceding chapter (verses 13-17) where the topic is the rapture of believers, both those awake (alive) and those who sleep (dead). Paul could not have been clearer; he teaches the pre-tribulation rapture of the church.

In 1 Thessalonians 2 Paul continues to teach the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. The context in verse 1 is undeniably the rapture, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him.” Paul has established in 1 Thessalonians the concept of the rapture and the saints being gathered unto Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-16 is clearly referring to the rapture, verse 17 refers to our gathering unto Christ, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” So we are reminded again that the topic of 1 Thessalonians 5 is the rapture.

So then the topic of 1 Thessalonians 2:1 is the rapture. In verse 2 it seems that some had spread the word that the rapture had already taken place, they even went so far as to say that Paul himself had stated that. “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

In verse 3 Paul says that is not true, the rapture has not yet taken place. Then he proceeds to give a reason as to why the rapture could not have taken place at this point in time. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” Paul says that before the day of the Lord can come, something has to take place first. That something is, “Except there come a falling away first.” The words falling away can also be translated apostatize, the word means to depart from a present position or place. We relate this to the rapture because the context in verse 1 is the rapture, “Our gathering together unto him.” Therefore Paul is teaching that the day of the Lord cannot come until after the rapture has taken place.

There is a great falling away or apostasy that is to come. That great apostasy takes place after the coming of Antichrist. We see this in verses 9-11 of this chapter, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”

This great apostasy is brought on by the Antichrist himself with the help of God who gives deception to those who have turned away from the truth. The falling away in verse 3 is the rapture, the falling away in verses 9-11 is the great apostasy, departing from the truth.

This apostasy is detailed in verse 4, Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” The world is deceived into accepting the claims of Antichrist, that he is actually Christ (that is the great apostasy). That apostasy cannot take place until Antichrist appears on the scene.

This apostasy is not taking place at this time. What we are seeing is the preparation for this great apostasy. We are seeing a great departure from sound doctrine which is setting the stage for the coming of Antichrist. We tremble as we see those who formerly held to sound doctrine now departing from it. The words of 1Timothy 4:1 are now being fulfilled, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”

How tragic, to know the truth and to fall away from it. The warning is to those who are involved in churches where this process of neglecting doctrine is taking place. Come out of such places as fast as your feet can carry you.

In Revelation 3:10 John teaches the pre-tribulation rapture. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” John is definitely speaking about the tribulation period here. This is not referring to the great white throne judgment, the great white throne judgment is a place where individuals stand before God and are sentenced by God. This not referring to the sheep and the goat judgment, here again individuals stand before Christ and are sentenced.

This judgment is clearly a judgment that falls on men while they are living on the earth.Which shall come upon all the world,” this is a judgment like the past judgment of the flood, it is to come on all the world. To try them that dwell upon the earth,” this could be no other than the tribulation period. This is not the wrath of judgment that sends men into hell, though that may well happen when this judgment is over. This is a wrath that is poured out on men on the earth, with the intent to try or test their souls. The implication is that some may pass the test, for example the tribulation saints. A test always implies the possibility of passing the test.

This promise is given to the church of Philadelphia, which is the last-days church that is contemporary with the Laodicean church, also of the last days. It is given to the church which will be in the world when the rapture takes place.

We have another indication that the rapture will take place prior to the tribulation period, it is found in Luke 21:28. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

In Matthew 24 Jesus gave the signs that would precede the tribulation period and His second coming. He lists some signs which He calls the beginning of sorrows or the beginning signs (verse 8). After the beginning signs the events of the tribulation period unfold.

That sheds light on our Lord’s words in Luke 21:28, he says to believers, when you see the beginning signs you will be redeemed or rescued. Believers have already have had their souls redeemed. Christ is here talking about redemption from the tribulation judgment on the world. The tribulation is the context and topic of Luke 21. When you see the beginning signs, not all the signs completely fulfilled, just the first ones. The rapture will take place.

Today, as we see the foreshadowing of the events of the coming tribulation period, we know that the trumpet is soon to sound.

Further evidence for the pre-tribulation rapture of the church is found in the teaching of the scriptures concerning the fact that there yet remains two comings of Christ.

In the first of those two comings Christ will come to the clouds of the sky, where He will catch us up to meet Him in the sky, and return to heaven with Him. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1Thessalonians 4:16-17). We have the same promise in John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

We have also presented in scripture another coming of Christ to the earth which is separate and distinct from the rapture. This second coming is at a different time and in a different manner. Instead of coming to the clouds and returning to heaven with the believers, He will come to the earth and His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south” (Zechariah 14:4).

The second coming will be with a different purpose; in the second coming He will come to destroy the enemies of Israel. In the verse preceding verse 4, we see that different purpose, “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle” (Zechariah 14:3). (See also Revelation 19:11-21). Jude also tells us about the second coming, he describes the Lord coming to earth with the saints, and he reveals one of the purposes of that coming. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-15).

We find that in Old Testament, there was given no specific verse that directly spelled out the two yet comings of Christ. It was simply taught by implication. The two comings of Christ are indicated by the two different descriptions of His comings. In Isaiah 53 He is described as coming in meekness and humility to die. In Isaiah 9 He is seen coming in power and glory to rule and reign over the entire world. The Holy Spirit uses the same method in the New Testament in dealing with the two yet remaining comings of Christ.

The signs all around us indicate that the rapture is near at hand! Are you ready?  Are you saved?  Believer, are you living a life that pleases God or will you be ashamed at His coming?     

Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything is Israels Fault
Dec 1st, 2016
Daily News
The Jewish Press
Categories: The Nation Of Israel

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine. The good news is that Israel still has a smattering of friends at the UN: Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and the United States (and Israel, of course) voted against; Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tonga, and Vanuatu abstained. The rest, 153 world nations that include places where you plan to spend your vacation this summer or buy your car, condemned Israel as being responsible for most of the ills of the planet, especially the Middle East.

For instance, Haya al-Duraie, representing Kuwait which in 1991 expelled 400,000 Palestinians into the desert, expressed support for international efforts that were laying the foundation for security and stability in the region. “However,” the ambassador warned, “the faltering peace process continues to present a danger to the Middle East.”

There you have it.

The UN press release on the assembly votes, includes a section dealing with the “Situation in the Middle East.” One would expect this section to deal with the 500,000 Syrians who died and millions who were uprooted in the past six years; with the war between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq; with Iran’s nuclear threat and its region-wide terrorism; with Egypt’s paralyzing poverty; perhaps with the discriminatory policies of Saudi Arabia. Alas, one would be wrong. According to the UN General Assembly, there are two main issues threatening stability and peace in the Middle East: Israel’s “occupation” of Jerusalem and Israel’s refusal to hand over the Golan Heights to the Assad Regime.

On Jerusalem, the draft resolution called for “respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem,” and in the spirit of respect referred to the focal area of contention only by its Arabic name, “Haram al-Sharif.” The Assembly reiterated its determination that any actions taken by Israel, “the occupying Power,” to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem “were illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever” – note the double invalidation. It also called on Israel to “immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures” and stressed that “a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of the City of Jerusalem should take into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.”

At least they called it “Jerusalem” and not Al Quds. One point for the home team.

In its resolution on the “Syrian Golan” the Assembly, in the middle of a raging war between the murderous Assad regime that slaughters its own citizens and ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates who murder everyone else, demanded that “Israel withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process.” It should be noted that this example of raging idiocy received only 103 votes in favor, to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 56 abstentions.

Pheew…

The Permanent Observer of Palestine – who could become the Palestinian Authority’s UN Envoy, should the Obama Administration pull a fast one (so far so good, though) – said the adoption of the six resolutions by an overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States was “a reflection of the longstanding international consensus in favor of achieving a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the question of Palestine,” and “a clear reaffirmation of the international community’s consensus on the two-State solution.”

He then added that “the despair and hopelessness of the Palestinian people is increasing as the fiftieth year of the illegal Israeli occupation approached.”

See you in fifty years?

The representative of Israel said the resolutions had not only failed to promote dialogue or build trust, they had also created an organizational infrastructure that had abused funding to allow anti-Israel activities to take place under the auspices of the United Nations.

She argued that supporting the resolutions and the inherent bias against Israel would not advance the cause of peace, but instead make peace harder to achieve. The “Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine” offers a misleading narrative of the region and circulates prejudiced materials under the banner of the United Nations, undermining the organization’s integrity and impartiality. It was baffling how the United Nations, which continued to face a severe budgetary deficit, had spent approximately $6.5 million a year on bodies that were dedicated solely to promoting the Palestinian narrative.

Let the Headlines Speak
Dec 1st, 2016
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McAuliffe Says Clinton Is Finished With Politics
Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton, said Wednesday that he thinks Hillary is finished with politics, the Washington Post reported. McAuliffe said that Clinton’s loss to President-elect Donald Trump has been especially tough for the Clintons.  

Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything Is Israel’s Fault
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine.  

Russia Ready to Cooperate With Trump Administration, Join Anti-Terrorism Efforts Read more: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201612011048051235-coope
Russia is ready to cooperate with Donald Trump Administration, hopes to join efforts with the United States in the fight against international terrorism, in particular in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.  

BuzzFeed Is Trying To Destroy One Of TV’s Most Famous Christian Couples
BuzzFeed is trying to take down one of television’s most famous couples because they are Christians who attend a church that believes gay marriage is sinful.  

The revolution that gave us Brexit and Trump could be about to hit France
First Brexit, then Trump, and now it seems like the Western Revolt could sweep through the halls of power in Austria, Italy, France and Germany by this time next year. Yet the elites are still reloading and firing the same pistol, hoping that this bullet this time will stop the approaching threat.  

Erdogan backtracks on Syria goals after call with Putin, says terrorists are only target
Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria does not target any country or individual, and is aimed only at terrorist groups, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He had earlier stated that Turkey was in Syria to “end the rule of the cruel Assad.”  

The new law more than doubles the required number of a religion's followers for it to qualify for state subsidies and run its own schools. At leas
The new law more than doubles the required number of a religion's followers for it to qualify for state subsidies and run its own schools. At least 50,000 members, against the previous 20,000, has now been set as a threshold for gaining official status as a religion.  

Report: Obama won't force a peace plan before he leaves
Obama will almost certainly not pressure Israel to advance a peace process with the Palestinians during his final weeks in office, a new report claims. AP reported that it had obtained information from “US officials” that Obama had no intention of shaking Israel up with a new peace plan before he steps down.  

First case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the UK
A woman in the UK is thought to have been infected with the Zika virus through sexual transmission, health officials have said. Public Health England (PHE) said that one case of "likely sexual transmission" of Zika virus infection has been reported in the UK.  

EXCLUSIVE: Black Congressmen Refuse To Condemn Ellison’s Past Proposal For A ‘Black State’
Several Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus Tuesday refused to denounce Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s call for a black state. One congressman stated, “I don’t see anything really objectionable.”  

Prince Alwaleed says women driving ban hurts Saudi economy
An influential Saudi prince, the billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, has called on his country to lift its ban on women driving cars. He said it was a matter of economic necessity as well as women's rights to lift restrictions. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, and women's rights activists have been arrested for defying the ban.  

Martin Shkreli: Australian boys recreate life-saving drug
US executive Martin Shkreli became a symbol of greed when he raised the price of a tablet of Daraprim from $13.50 (£11) to $750. Now, Sydney school students have recreated the drug's key ingredient for just $20. Daraprim is an anti-parasitic drug used by malaria and Aids patients.  

Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship while calling on all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem. Erdogan made the call to Muslims on Tuesday during public remarks at the Symposium of Jerusalem Platform in Istanbul. A Turkish government document sent to JTA summarized his remarks.  

Israeli minister: More than Arafat, Abbas is Israel's 'number one' enemy
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is the leading enemy challenging Israel's existence, said Yuval Steinitz, the National Infrastructure, Energy and Water minister, on Thursday. In an interview with Israel Radio, Steinitz said that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority seek the destruction of Israel.  

Angry Mobs Lock Up Indian Bankers As Cash Chaos Soars: "We Are Fearing The Worst"
India's demonetization campaign is not going as expected. Overnight, banks played down expectations of a dramatic improvement in currency availability, raising the prospect of queues lengthening as salaries get paid and people look to withdraw money from their accounts the Economic Times reported.  

Europe's Trump moment: Countries see rise of populist leaders amid anger over economy, migrant crisis
Italians vote Sunday on a series of sweeping reforms, the outcome of which could determine the future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s rule - but also serve as a gauge for the rising populist movement throughout Europe.  

Death toll in storms sweeping South increases to 5
Possible tornadoes swept through parts of Alabama and Tennessee overnight, killing five people and injuring more than a dozen as heavy rains from storms moving across the South produced flooding in areas previously suffering from months of drought.  

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader
House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader. The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on Wednesday.  

Unclaimed Dead To Be Buried In Mass Grave
Los Angeles County will bury 1,430 individuals in a mass grave Wednesday. “This holiday season, many of us are reminded how fortunate we are to be surrounded by loved ones,” Supervisor Don Knabe said at a gathering at the downtown Hall of Administration on the eve of the burial. “Sadly, not everyone shares this blessing.”  

Record cold coming to ‘almost entire USA’ – Low temperature records set to be SHATTERED
Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. announced: 'I cannot recall last time I have seen such a cold anomaly forecast across almost entire USA.'  

Copts Under the Gun in Egypt: Meet the New Persecutor, Same As the Old One
Dec 1st, 2016
Commentary
JOHN STONESTREET/BREAKPOINT.ORG
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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Sadly, news about the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world is nothing new. In parts of Iraq and Syria the situation has gotten so bad that the Obama administration declared ISIS' actions to be "genocide."

But a recent story about the persecution of Christians in the region didn't come out of the Levant, but instead, out of Egypt.

Now if this story sounds familiar, that's because, sadly, it is. For years we've been talking on BreakPoint about the plight of Egypt's native Christians, known as the Copts.

As I said back in 2013, "Egypt is central to the birth of Christianity." It's right there in Scripture: it was to Egypt that the Holy Family fled from Herod. And Egypt produced some of Christianity's greatest minds such as Origen and the great defender of orthodoxy, Athanasius. 

The father of monasticism, Anthony, was also Egyptian, and for much of the Church's early history, Alexandria was the mind and soul of the faith.

"Egypt was Christian for six centuries before the coming of Islam," and the people we call "Copts" are the descendants of those who kept the faith in the face of enormous pressure to abandon it.

Those pressures continue to this day. Even under non-Islamist governments, Copts are, at best, second-class citizens. They're harassed at every turn. For instance, repairing their churches, never mind building a new one, requires overcoming huge obstacles.

And that's under relatively "friendly" regimes. When the Muslim Brotherhood took power following the "Arab Spring," they faced what Nina Shea called "jihad" in which it was "open season" on them and their institutions.

Many thought that the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood's government in 2013 might bring some relief. But as the Washington Post reported recently, any respite has proven to be short-lived.

The Post quotes a Coptic Bishop's assessment that a "'disturbing wave of radicalism' has emerged from the uprising and changes in government and as the economy has worsened."

In Minya, which is 150 miles south of Cairo, where "unemployment and illiteracy are high," and "government services are limited," radical Islamists "have filled the void, influencing people with anti-Christian rhetoric."

The result--a series of attacks on Christians and a failure or unwillingness to punish the perpetrators. Instead, according to Christian activists, "Local officials often pressure Christians into mediating disputes instead of going to court and coerce them into changing their testimony."

As the local Bishop told the Post, "These kinds of reconciliation sessions replace the rule of law." This, in turn, emboldens other would-be assailants since "the community knows they can get away with attacking Christians."

It's gratifying to see the Post's coverage of this important story. Would that the rest of the mainstream media did the same.



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