Germany—Preparing for Worldwide War

Germany—Preparing for Worldwide War

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In a reflection of German elites’ imperialist vision, a new command structure emerges in preparation for ‘worldwide war operations.’

A recent release from German-Foreign-Policy.com reveals the following: “The German Army has set in operation a new command structure for worldwide war operations. The ‘Multinational Commando Operative Command,’ based in Baden Württemberg’s Ulm, shall guide the organization of the EU Battlegroups. According to their own statement they are prepared for ‘every imaginable mission’ in an intervention area of up to 6,000 kilometers distance—including the use of ‘highly intensive’ force” (August 8; translation ours).

That should send shivers up the spine of old diehards who remember the last time that Germany prepared for the use of “highly-intensive force” in “worldwide war operations.”

The German-Foreign-Policy.com release continues, “The Battlegroups are being trained regularly within the framework of special forces maneuvers. Their agenda includes support of parties involved in civil war ….”

To the generations blinded to the historic reality of past German aspirations for imperial power by half a century of miseducation and revisionist history, such a startling revelation of this latest Bundeswehr restructuring will mean nothing. To students of Bible prophecy it has most profound meaning.

You need to read our booklet Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany to fully understand the impact of this latest imperialist move by German elites. It is a good primer for further study of this subject using our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

We will provide more detail on the significance of the Bundeswehr’s new command structure as further details come to light.

In the meantime, as the September German federal elections approach, we continue to declare, “Watch Germany!” That nation is prophesied to soon have a powerful effect on this planet through a third and final effort at gaining global power by “worldwide war operations.” The German-Foreign-Policy.com report indicates the recent restructure of the Bundeswehr brings that prospect one more significant step closer!

Mexican Drug Cartels Continue to Invade America

Mexican Drug Cartels Continue to Invade America

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Is the U.S. becoming the next Mexico?

Chicago: the windy city. As one of the landmark cities of America, it is known for its deep-dish pizza, iconic sports teams and unique accents. But there’s one other thing Chicago is quickly becoming known for: Mexican drug cartels.

In Chicago, cartels are becoming so prevalent that officials say it’s starting to look like Texas. Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago office, warned, “People think, ‘The border’s 1,700 miles away. This isn’t our problem.’ Well, it is. These days, we operate as if Chicago is on the border.” The city recently named one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords the city’s public enemy number one, even though the man has never set foot inside Chicago.

Chicago is just one of the many American cities plagued by the influx of the cartels. As many as 1,286 cities in America are reported to have some kind of cartel presence. In the past, Mexican cartels were content to make deals with American drug runners, saving them the danger of having to traffic the drugs themselves. But a study by the Associated Press found that cartels are starting to send their own agents into America to oversee drug operations because they’ve become so massive.

The drug market in America continues to be lucrative, drawing more drug cartels across the border. Last year, drug cartels made $64 billion from their sales in the United States. The National Football League, the most profitable sports league in America, only made $9.5 billion.

While the Republicans and Democrats wrangle over border security with the upcoming immigration bill, Mexico’s drug cartels are not waiting for a decision. Across America, more and more Mexican cartels are surfacing. According to the National Post, only 12 states haven’t reported the presence of one of the four Mexican cartels: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Even states that don’t typically see much drug activity are seeing an uptick. In May, law enforcement officials in Oregon foiled a drug operation run by a Mexican cartel. Twenty-three homes were raided and 38 people were arrested in what was the largest drug bust in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Justice Communications director, Jeff Manning, told reporters, “There is a clear connection to Mexican cartels, and this narcotics ring was an active dealing operation on a scale we have not seen previously in Oregon.”

With increased cartel presence comes increased violence. AP reported that in Chicago, “street-gang disputes over turf account for most of the city’s uptick in murders last year, when slayings topped 500 for the first time since 2008.” While the cartels aren’t the ones engaged in the territorial wars, their drugs are fueling a lot of them. Cartel hit men are also becoming a growing problem. A recently apprehended Mexican cartel member confessed to killing 30 individuals on U.S. soil.

But it isn’t just cartel members who are acting as hit men. Cartels are now working to recruit U.S. soldiers. Not only are the soldiers effective assassins, but cartels are also interested in soldiers sharing their skills with cartel members in Mexico. Ex-Lt. Kevin Corley, charged last September for conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire for the Los Zetas Cartel, admitted that he told his contact he could provide military training for members of the cartel and purchase or steal weapons for them. Also, an increasing number of U.S.-based gang members are entering the U.S. military. As of April 2011, the fbi National Gang Intelligence Center reported that at least 53 gangs have members who serve in or are affiliated with the U.S. military.

As more and more cartels infiltrate America, many fear that the U.S. will become the next Mexico. When the cartels first began to establish themselves, Mexican authorities failed to dislodge them from their country. They “didn’t nip the problem in the bud,” said Jack Killorin, head of an anti-trafficking program in Atlanta for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “And see where they are now.” If America too fails to “nip the problem in the bud,” it faces becoming the next Mexico.

The U.S. has tried desperately to stem the flow of drugs into the country through tougher laws and tighter security. But nothing has worked. Why? While America looks to limit the flow of drugs through tighter border control, it fails to realize that this is not the real issue.

The reality that America refuses to admit is that it is hooked. America loves its drugs. Society idolizes them. Time and time again you hear about a movie star or a politician being involved with some kind of drug. High schools and colleges are rife with them. Today it’s normal to use illegal drugs “socially.” As long as this problem persists, so will the cartels.

America’s addiction to drugs has already caused Mexico to fall to the cartels. Ignorant of what their habit costs, Americans continue to selfishly consume billions of dollars’ worth of drugs at the expense of thousands of individuals whose lives are wrecked serving drug lords or by getting caught in the crossfire of drug wars. Now those problems are starting to get closer to home. As cartels strengthen their presence in America, everyone will begin to feel the effects.

As Trumpet columnist Brad Macdonald wrote last year,

The government can throw trillions of dollars at the problem, but America’s desire for drugs will never be quenched as long as its culture considers drug use trendy and sophisticated!Most importantly, America’s cultural acceptance of illicit drugs is a function of its overall rejection of absolute law and morality. …For most Americans, recreational drug use simply isn’t morally or spiritually wrong.

As long as society’s “do what feels good” mentality remains, America will never truly solve the problem of cartel thugs invading the streets. And that mentality won’t be changed by implementing tougher drug laws.

Man has tried with thousands of laws to control human nature. But human nature is naturally selfish. That is what your Bible teaches. But that selfishness––the root of so many of the world’s problems––isn’t going to be around much longer. At Christ’s return, man’s innately selfish nature will begin to be changed. At that time, man will be taught the right way to live; the right way to bring peace to the streets. Man can’t have that now because he has rejected the one thing that will bring about this kind of peace: God’s law. It is only when that law is enforced that America’s, and the world’s, drug problem––and all problems for that matter––will be solved.

Be sure to read the article “Beheading Mexico” to understand the terrifying reality that will undoubtedly spread to America from the growing number of cartels reaching into the country. But also read The Wonderful World Tomorrow for the exciting, peace-filled reality that is about to come to this Earth.

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WorldWatch

From the September 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Middle East

Morsi’s gone. What now?

The course of a true revolution never did run smooth. In Russia, when the tsar was deposed in March 1917, the revolution had only begun. It wasn’t until November that the October Revolution saw the Bolsheviks, under Vladimir Lenin, take charge.

The French Revolution may have seemed over in October 1789 when revolutionaries captured the king and forced him back to Paris. Then it “ended” again three years later, when the king was executed. And again in 1793, when Maximilien Robespierre came to power. And then again the next year, when Robespierre was executed. And so on, until Napoleon steadied things for a while. Even in the American Revolution, the final Constitution wasn’t adopted until 1787, several years after the first one proved unsuitable.

So it should be no surprise that Egypt’s path isn’t entirely straightforward. President Mohamed Morsi was arrested on July 3, and the chief justice of Egypt’s constitutional court, Adly Mansour, was sworn in as interim president in the wake of protests larger than those that brought down Hosni Mubarak 2½ years before.

Mr. Mansour is expected to lead the country toward another election, in which the Muslim Brotherhood will be allowed to participate. Many in the West are hoping for a secular liberal democracy to result. But a sober look at the facts shows that isn’t where Egypt is heading.

In April, Pew published a report (including data from a 2011 poll) showing that there is no secular majority: 95 percent of Egypt’s inhabitants are Muslim, and 74 percent of them want to make sharia the state law. Roughly 86 percent say those who convert from Islam to another religion should face the death penalty.

In other words, Egypt’s recent protests weren’t against Islamism, they were against Morsi, and perhaps also the Muslim Brotherhood. The grievances revolved around Morsi’s failure to fix Egypt’s economy, not his religion.

This is the major feature the Egyptian revolution has in common with the French and Russian revolutions: bread. Poverty, high food prices and unemployment were instrumental in getting these revolutions going and prolonging them.

The upheaval lasted until either the food shortages were fixed, or a government came to power that was so brutal that none dared resist, no matter how hungry they were.

Egypt can’t solve its food problem without the help of an outside power. It currently imports around 40 percent of its food. It needs foreign cash to buy the food. But since the revolution, Egypt’s tourism industry has collapsed and its income has dried up. The nation has been burning through its foreign currency reserves quickly. In early 2011, the Central Bank of Egypt had $36 billion worth. By the end of March this year, it was down to $13.4 billion. At this rate, Egypt can’t last another year. It would have already run out without Qatar’s help. Qatar is helping it stay afloat, but even its funding isn’t assured after this latest revolution. How long Qatar’s help will last now that Morsi is gone is another big unknown.

Clearly, Egypt needs the help and money of an outside power. The International Monetary Fund has offered to step in, but its terms are so harsh that they would probably destroy any government that accepted them.

No matter who comes out on top in the latest coup, Egypt cannot stabilize until its finances and food supply are fixed (unless the army addresses the problem Communist-style and simply uses massive brute force to quell the protests—in spite of widespread starvation). Without that core problem addressed, the new government will be overthrown the same way the old one was.

These trends show that Egypt will continue as an Islamist state in turmoil and in desperate need of a foreign patron, a reasonably successful war to unify the country, or both. Biblical prophecy foretells its final destination more specifically: an alliance with Iran. Even now, Egypt is much closer to that destination than it was under Mubarak.

Egypt could take a number of paths to reach that point. If Iran found a way to bail out Egypt, it would be richly rewarded. Not only would doing so put Tehran right on the border with its archenemy Israel, but it would also give it control of the Suez Canal and smooth the way for it to influence radical Islam throughout Africa.

There may be other twists and turns as this journey unfolds. But you can be sure of the final outcome.

UN: Expect nuclear terrorism

At a conference on enhancing global nuclear security efforts on July 1, the director general of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (iaea), Yukiya Amano, warned of the possibility of terrorist attacks involving radioactive material. Amano’s chief concern was the potential use of a crude nuclear device—a “dirty bomb.” Such a bomb may be less a weapon of “mass destruction” and more one of “mass disruption.”

Experts believe dirty bombs are far likelier to be detonated than actual nuclear bombs because of the relative ease of obtaining radioactive materials. While there hasn’t yet been a terrorist attack involving nuclear bombs or dirty bombs, Amano cautioned that “this must not lull us into a false sense of security. If a ‘dirty bomb’ is detonated in a major city, or sabotage occurs at a nuclear facility, the consequences could be devastating.” Many experts say such an attack is only a matter of time; some are surprised it hasn’t already happened.

The world remains vulnerable to nuclear terrorism, and the United States, Britain and Israel face the greatest risk.

Afghanistan

The air force that can’t fly

The United States is outfitting the Afghan Air Force with a new, highly trained air wing to transport its special operations forces after nato goes home. But no matter how many aircraft are put at the Afghans’ disposal, the planes will stay grounded until airmen are taught how to fly them. Estimates are that the air wing needs 806 people to be effective. As of January, it had only 180 personnel. Candidates for the program must go through an 18-to-20-month vetting process, then complete a slow, laborious training process. U.S. contractors and military personnel have also admitted that “the Afghan government will not be able “to independently perform maintenance and logistics support functions for at least 10 years,” according to a report by the U.S. government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Still, the U.S. is determined to arm it with more aircraft. This shows just how desperate the U.S. is to get Afghanistan fighting on its own. Washington has been furiously selling the idea that Afghanistan is a “mission accomplished,” but with Afghan forces lacking the skill to operate advanced equipment, America’s impact in Afghanistan could be reversed quickly. The situation highlights how America has truly lost this war.

Saudi Arabia

Syria

Iran

What’s at stake

In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is one of the most outspoken and proactive supporters of Syrian opposition forces. The Saudis fear Iran, which has been increasingly aggressive in establishing its presence across the region and throughout North Africa since the “Arab Spring.” Were Saudi Arabia to allow Iran to have its way in Syria, it would risk facing a sweep of Iranian influence stretching all the way to the Mediterranean coast. To prevent the “Shia crescent” from forming a guillotine over their heads, the Saudis are trying to separate Syria from its neighboring Iranian proxies. The Saudis’ goal aligns with that of Europe, which is significant from a prophetic perspective. Europe voted in May to lift the ban on arming Syrian rebels, a clear sign that it intends to play a greater role in Syria and in the fight against Iranian influence. Watch as this goal draws Europe and Saudi Arabia together in an alliance to counter Iran and the spread of its version of Islam.

Will Vatican disregard mass exodus of Christians?

Across the Islamic world, an exodus of Christians is under way. Muslims have been driving Christians from the Middle East for centuries, and the fall of the region’s dictators in recent years has ignited a new wave of persecution and displacement. A century ago, Christians still made up 30 percent of the region’s population; now that number is around 3 percent and falling. But from the Vatican’s perspective, most alarming is the exodus of Christians from the Holy Land, which is due almost entirely to Muslim persecution. The history of the Crusades demonstrates that both Catholics and Muslims are savagely determined to control the Holy Land and surrounding regions. Bible prophecy informs us that Vatican-guided Europe will soon resurrect the specter of those gruesome Crusades once again.

Europe

Spain

Greece 

Youth unemployment—history repeating itself?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on July 3 that money was not the main obstacle to solving Europe’s high youth unemployment. Chancellor Merkel was addressing labor officials from EU member countries who had gathered in Berlin to discuss how to end the high youth joblessness across the Continent. EU leaders have allocated over €20 billion (us$26 billion) to tackle the problem, but Merkel said money alone could not fix it and that Europe’s economy must be reformed.

Youth in Spain and Greece suffer the highest unemployment, with rates over 50 percent. Germany’s rate is only 7.6 percent.

Merkel’s main political opposition, the Social Democratic Party, protested the conference in Berlin. Its chairman told German television that Europe’s politicians have failed its young people. He blamed the nation’s youth unemployment on Chancellor Merkel. Europe’s employment problems could affect Merkel’s chances for reelection in September. Her opponents are loudly blaming her austerity policies for the youth jobless crisis.

In the 1930s, German youth unemployment led to the rise of extremist parties before World War ii. Is history repeating itself?

Germany 

Court threatens euro again

Germany’s Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe began hearing a court case on June 11 that alleges the European Central Bank has exceeded its mandate. The ecb has taken significant steps to prevent the eurozone from collapsing. The German court is expected to rule on the issue after German elections in September.

In August 2012, when the euro crisis looked like it could worsen, the ecb announced a program to help prop up indebted countries. If an indebted country first submitted to conditions set down by the European Union (actually Germany), the ecb would lend an unlimited amount of money to minimize its borrowing costs. (Implementing the plan and getting around EU rules is a little more complicated: The ecb can’t buy debt directly from a national government, for example.) Many Germans are understandably concerned by the ecb’s promise to essentially print money for governments that can’t pay their bills. The Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, opposes the ecb in the court case. One court official told Spiegel Online that the “people at the ecb are really afraid” of the court’s decision.

Once again, the euro’s existence is threatened, and no one knows what its future will be. As the Trumpet has pointed out since the start of the crisis, the euro was designed to fail in order to force EU nations to unite. The deliberations in Karlsruhe are an important reminder that the drama in Europe is far from over.

Germany 

Croatia 

Balkans conquest continues

At midnight on July 1, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. It marked the first addition to the bloc since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007. Serbia has also received the European Council’s support as it seeks EU membership. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said “a new chapter is being opened in this region of Europe.” “I trust that all the Balkan countries will feel inspired by these momentous steps, leave aside divisions and concentrate on common interests, common values and common laws,” he said. Other Balkan candidates for membership include Montenegro and Macedonia. In late June, Kosovo also began its first steps toward EU membership. It was primarily U.S. military power that was used to break up Yugoslavia. In 1999, editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned that the German-led EU would be the ultimate victor of the Balkan wars.

Asia

China 

You call that a supercomputer?

China has surpassed the U.S. in the field of supercomputer technology, building the world’s fastest machine, according to the semiannual Top500 Supercomputers listing released on June 17. The Tianhe-2 was completed two years ahead of schedule and is about twice as fast as the American supercomputer that previously held the record. Supercomputers are instrumental in developing nuclear weapons, aerospace engines, vital chemicals and more. Beijing is leveraging speedy economic growth and sharp increases in research spending to join the global technology elite. Steady evidence of China’s burgeoning power will influence weaker Asian nations to rally behind Beijing.

Russia 

Why is the Kremlin using typewriters?

Russia’s Federal Guard Service (fso), charged with protecting Kremlin communications, said on July 11 that it is transitioning from computers back to typewriters to create its documents. “After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the exposés by Edward Snowden, reports about Dmitry Medvedev being listened in on during his visit to the G-20 summit in London, it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents,” an fso source said. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said the vulnerability of America’s computer systems may be the nation’s “Achilles heel.” The spate of leaks and cyberattacks the U.S. has suffered in recent years reveals that this is indeed among the country’s most vulnerable points. Russian leaders see the urgent need to take action on this front. The U.S. appears much less concerned.

Russia

Kyrgyzstan

Guess who’s in charge here

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted 91 to 5 on July 17 to kick the United States out of a key air force base in the city of Manas. The base has been a vital hub for the American and nato militaries since 2001, mostly for logistics transport to nearby Afghanistan. Russia initially welcomed America’s military actions in Afghanistan and encouraged Kyrgyzstan to host the Manas base. But as the U.S. withdraws its combat forces from Afghanistan, Russia is trying to prevent Western influence from remaining.

Also in July, Russia initiated a program to send $1 billion worth of weapons to Kyrgyzstan each year. A July 1 report by ponars Eurasia connected the dots: “Russia is now aggressively entering into a classical client-state relationship with Kyrgyzstan and, to a lesser extent, Tajikistan, the region’s smallest and poorest countries but also the ones where Russian influence has remained strong for 20 years. In exchange for supporting them materially and in their local rivalries, Moscow seeks closer ties and fealty to its foreign-policy directives.”

Kyrgyzstan’s decision to oust the U.S. from Manas shows that Moscow’s plan is working: Russian weapons have purchased Kyrgyz obedience to the Kremlin’s foreign-policy directives.

Japan 

Faith in U.S. fading fast

A Japanese Defense Ministry white paper from July says escalating tensions with China and North Korea could end in war. The paper also says the Japanese military is the ultimate guarantor against invasion. China’s increasing power and aggression is raising questions in Japan about the reliability of American security promises. North Korea’s nuclear missile capability and its unpunished threats to preemptively strike the U.S. and its allies has raised even more questions about U.S. reliability. The new defense white paper, which was accompanied by a substantial increase in Japan’s defense spending, shows that Tokyo’s confidence in America guaranteeing its safety is fading fast.

Russia 

Stocking up on warships

The Russian Navy will receive 36 warships in 2013, reports on July 8 said, marking the largest increase in the country’s history. Russian warships are undertaking missions in all oceans of the world; more than 60 combat ships are now at sea.

China

Russia 

Trade soars

China and Russia are on course to meet their goal of $100 billion in bilateral trade volume in 2014, a year faster than planned. Sergey Tsyplakov, trade representative of the Russian Federation in China, stated on June 14 this goal is “completely within reach” by 2015 “and is expected to be realized in 2014 despite the downturn in the first quarter.” With $88.16 billion trade volume between the two in 2012, China is Russia’s largest trading partner, and economic cooperation between the Asian giants is steadily growing.

Latin America

Nicaragua

Panama

Another Central American canal?

In what is either the biggest megaproject Latin America has seen in over a century, or a massive political ploy, Nicaragua signed a $40 billion deal on June 14 that allows a Chinese company to dig a canal through the country and connect the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic.

The United States built the famous Panama Canal in 1914, a transoceanic waterway that has operated for 99 years and services more than 13,000 vessels a year. In 1999, the U.S. gave up its rights to the canal, and a Chinese firm signed an exclusive 25-year lease with Panama allowing it to operate the canal’s entry and exit points with an option to renew for 25 more years. The first term ends in about a decade. The anticipated time of completion for the Nicaraguan canal is 11 years or less.

Could Panama be resisting Beijing, somehow preventing the renewal from going the way the Chinese want? Some in Beijing say Panama is still too heavily influenced by America. What better way, then, for Beijing to pressure the Panamanians than with a threat to build a bigger, better canal just to the north?

Legitimate or not, the canal news will have one consequence Beijing may not expect. As in China, geographic constraints prompt Europe to reach beyond its borders to obtain resources needed to fuel its rise. The religion and languages shared by Europe and Latin America bind the two together as sister continents. But China has become the fastest-growing investor in Latin America.

As China’s footprint in Latin America grows, Europe will strive to bolster its own presence there. At present, the lack of cohesion among European nations hampers this, but China’s deepening inroads into places like Nicaragua will act as a catalyst for EU unity.

Cuba 

Rogue states thick as thieves

A secret shipment of missile components from Cuba on a North Korean ship was discovered on July 15. The seizure is raising new worries that the two Communist nations are covertly engaged in a ballistic missile trade. The shipment violates UN Security Council resolutions banning transit of military goods to or from North Korea. Richard Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said the discovery should alarm Washington. “North Korea, a country soon to be in a position to export nuclear-warhead-armed ballistic missiles, now has a missile relationship with Cuba,” he said. “So in Latin America there is the prospect that North Korea, already a major missile technology partner for Iran, may become a competitor or partner for Iran in aiding the proliferation of missile and potentially nuclear weapons technology among the leftist, anti-American grouping of Latin states for which Cuba is a major leader.” The combination of Cuba’s proximity to the U.S. and North Korea’s threats to preemptively strike America with nuclear missiles makes the two nations’ cooperation potentially explosive.

Brazil 

How to stop a protest

In late June, Brazil saw its largest protests in a generation, with a total turnout estimated at 2 million people. The mass demonstrations saw Rio de Janeiro and dozens of other cities clouded with teargas and echoing with percussion grenades. The mayhem was ignited by public anger about a government decision to increase bus fares, but it spread rapidly to include an array of grievances. “Halt evictions,” “Stop corruption. Change Brazil,” protesters’ placards read. The demonstrations prompted President Dilma Rousseff to announce some modest political and public health systems reforms. However, tension remains high.

Then, with fortuitous timing, Pope Francis landed in Rio on July 22, where he began the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day. Of all institutions in Brazil, the church alone has the capacity to unite Brazil’s people. In its present discontent, Brazil is ripe for a revival of Catholicism. What adds to this prospect is that Francis is from neighboring Argentina.

Bible prophecy indicates that the Roman Catholic religion is the force that will bind regional kingships in Europe together in the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire (Revelation 13, 17). The Trumpet has long predicted that Latin America, sharing both language and religion with Europe, it will be attached to that empire. The empire needs Latin America’s raw materials to drive its economy forward. The pope’s tremendous popularity in Brazil, on display in this recent visit, portends the Vatican’s growing influence in Brazil.

SocietyWatch

From the September 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Dolls with fangs

Goth Barbie is now the best-selling doll in the world, after Barbie. The dolls of Monster High, made by Mattel, the world’s biggest toy company, are bone-thin “beauties” all related to famous monsters freaks. Two of the biggest hits are Snow White zombie and the Little Mermaid zombie. The dolls, designed for girls ages 6 to 12, celebrate our “freaky flaws,” says Cathy Cline, marketing director for Mattel’s girls’ brands. Monster High is one of the fastest-growing brands within the entire toy industry. Mattel says girls today are more into dark fashion—fishnets and fangs—than traditional Barbie.

Most British children born out of wedlock

Fifty-four percent of children born to British-born mothers in 2012 were born to unmarried parents, according to Britain’s Office of National Statistics. Overall, 47.5 percent of children born last year were born out of wedlock. The only reason a majority of children were born to married parents is that immigrant mothers are far likelier to be married. Britain’s families have declined to the point that Britain is a world leader in broken homes.

Homosexual foreign policy

Beyond supporting homosexuality in America, the Obama administration has worked to promote homosexuality around the world. In June 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan held its first-ever Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender “pride celebration.” Since then, the U.S. government has worked to promote homosexual rights elsewhere, making history in different nations, especially within Africa, which is largely against homosexual “marriage.” In June 2012, the first-ever “gay pride” event in Kenya was held at the U.S. Embassy. In June this year, a similar event took place at the U.S. Embassy in the Ivory Coast—also the first time a “gay pride” event had been held in that nation. During his trip to Africa the same month, President Barack Obama pushed for Senegal to loosen its restrictions on same-sex “marriage.”

Morning-after pills for all

The Obama administration announced June 10 it will allow the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step to be sold to girls and women of all ages without prescription or proof of identity. It was appealing a district court ruling that made the pill available to females age 15 and up without prescription, but then dropped the appeal. Women’s rights groups hail the move as “a huge breakthrough” in the fight for women’s health and equality. The decision, however, shows contempt for parental rights, limits parental influence in children’s lives, and makes a pill widely accessible that is a potential form of abortion—which is murder.

Sequester to shrink U.S. Army

On June 25, the Army announced it would cut the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33 by 2017 to meet budget-cutting goals. Army officials said one brigade would be cut from 10 bases across the U.S., along with two brigades in Germany. With this round of cuts, the Army is essentially trimming the fat of its forces: The 80,000 troops to be let go are largely from support or administrative units; Army combat units will be largely unaffected. However, if automatic budget reductions take effect next year, the Army warned that another 100,000 soldiers or more could be cut either from active duty, the National Guard or Army Reserve. This would cut deep into America’s military muscle.

Multiplying Mr. Moms

The number of American dads who remain home to care for children while mothers work full-time has doubled since 2001. Today, 3.5 percent of men stay home to care for the children. One reason is finances: Women are obtaining more college degrees than men, and about 28 percent of married mothers in the U.S. now make more money than their husbands. This represents an inversion of the biblically proscribed roles of man as provider and woman as homemaker.

Suspect your child is being bullied? Here’s what to do.

From the September 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

1. Don’t ignore the problem.

Talk with your child about your suspicions. (You should already be talking with your child regularly.) Make sure you get the whole picture. Ask your child if he or she has been bullying other children. Your child could be getting bullied out of retaliation.

2. Don’t encourage your child to fight back.

Becoming a bully doesn’t end bullying. Jesus Christ taught those who live violently will die violently (Matthew 26:52).

3. Do teach your child to stand up for himself or herself and others being bullied.

Although God expects all humanity to be humble peacemakers (Matthew 5:5, 9), He does not want us to be weak sissies. Personal confidence disarms bullying. The film Bully shows that in most cases the young people willing to stand up for themselves and others are no longer bullied. Bullies continue to menace others only when they remain successful at instilling fear that undermines personal confidence.

Do you know how to build confidence in your child? Strong personal confidence comes by contact with you. Your child needs to know that he or she has your full support.

It is critical that you teach your child to stand up for others who are bullied. This does not mean that your child should step into the middle of a fistfight. However, you should emphasize the importance of brave leadership—the ability to be courageous enough not to go along with a crowd that lives to bully (Proverbs 1:10-15). Also, instruct him or her to know when to seek help from school authorities.

4. Teach your child to resist threats and intimidation.

Be sure your child does not run from a bully. Your child’s best weapon is to remain emotionally calm and stand his or her ground. Bullies can only maintain power over your child when he or she exhibits fear, frustration or emotional upset over the experience. Running away only encourages and empowers the bully.

Some bullies will threaten harm if their requests are not met. “Give me your lunch or I’ll beat you up,” is a common tactic, for example. Your child should not give up his or her lunch. If he or she does, the bully is sure to do it again.

5. When a bully continues to harass your child, you must step in and do something.

Start with the bully’s parents. Don’t wait. Take the first step and set up a meeting. Calmly discuss what is happening between your children. Be sure to remain open-minded that your child may be contributing to the problem. Most parents will be thankful you came to them directly and will work to resolve the problem.

Sadly, some will not. If you cannot resolve the problem at the parental level, and the bullying persists, then get help from either law enforcement or school authorities. If your child is being bullied off school grounds, then legal and law enforcement should be contacted. If the bullying incidents take place on school grounds, take up the matter with school officials or authorities. If school authorities do not help you solve the problem, your best alternative may be to change schools. Some school districts are better at handling bullying problems than others. Some families have actually had the best success at solving a bullying problem by changing schools.