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Russia’s ground assault in Ukraine
Last weekend, Russian-backed forces unleashed a massive artillery attack in the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka.
The timing of the flare-up—coming so soon after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and just days after the new president’s first official phone call with Vladimir Putin—strongly suggests that Russia may be testing the new president to see how committed he is to Europe’s defense.
“The often intense violence between Ukrainian troops and Russian-supported forces has … been met with stony silence from a distracted political class in the United States. It would be a grave mistake to ignore this slowly boiling conflict.”
How Iranian belligerence will end
On Wednesday, the Trump administration put Iran “on notice,” following what national security adviser Mike Flynn described as “recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants.”
However the United States confronts Iran, Bible prophecy says that there will be a different superpower that will confront Iran once and for all.
President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting the immigration of refugees coming from seven Muslim countries known for exporting jihadists, lit verbal fires in the media and literal fires in the streets.
The overblown, hysterical backlash, the complete distortion by the media, and the grandstanding by politicians and celebrities alike expose the deep divisions within America’s society.
The Trump administration took another shot at Germany on Tuesday when Peter Navarro, the head of Mr. Trump’s newly created National Trade Council, criticized Berlin for using the euro “to exploit other countries.”
According to Mr. Navarro, “a big obstacle to viewing the [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership] as a bilateral deal is Germany, which continues to exploit other countries in the [European Union] as well as the U.S. with an ‘implicit deutsche mark’ that is grossly undervalued.”
“Germany is the planet’s ultimate currency manipulator.”
Russia’s military push into the Arctic
Russia’s military presence around the Arctic has grown to levels not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union, according a Reuters report from January 31.
Speculation is rife that Moscow will soon possess greater capability and control in the strategic and resource-rich region than the Soviets ever had.
In recent years, Russia has established four new Arctic brigade command units, 16 deepwater ports, a new Arctic command, and 14 operational airfields. It is either re-opening or constructing six military facilities.
On January 27, one of Hong Kong’s most powerful billionaires was abducted by Chinese security agents. The news affirms fears that Hong Kong is rapidly losing its autonomy to China’s strongman ruler, Xi Jinping.
“When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled ‘made in Germany’ … it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, ‘Americanism.’” That was the prediction of Halford Luccock in 1938.
When one watches the rioting, burning and smashing that occurred at the University of California, Berkeley—all in order to stop an alleged “racist” or “fascist” from giving a speech—one can see how prophetic Luccock’s prediction was.
On Wednesday night, a few thousand people descended onto the Berkeley campus with the intent to block Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos from giving a speech. The mainstream media described this group as the “peaceful protesters.” A few hours later, another group of 150 people arrived—dressed in black and wearing masks. The group started throwing rocks, then barricades, then lit a generator on fire, which produced massive, building-high flames. People were beat up, others were assaulted with pepper spray, and windows were smashed. Meanwhile, the “peaceful protesters” cheered and chanted, holding signs saying, “This is war” and “Become Ungovernable.”
We won this night. We will control the streets. We will liberate the land. We will fight fascists. We will dismantle the state. This is war. pic.twitter.com/JnlJMUtgCj
All this was done to fight against “fascism” and “hate-speech” that was “un-American.” All these words have become weapons of the war on language, part of the increasing vocabulary that George Orwell described as meaning nothing except “something not desirable.” Jim Geraghty wrote:
Let’s be clear: a significant number of Americans, both on and off America’s college campuses do not believe in other people’s right to give speeches with perspectives and ideas they oppose. The boss [Rich Lowry] noticed how frequently the term “un-American” is thrown around these days in the debates about immigration law. Physically attacking people because they have different beliefs is about as un-American as it gets.
Over $100,000 worth of damage was done to the campus. As is usual, only one person was arrested by police.
The mainstream media then hustled in to explain that the violence was only committed by a small minority. “The university blamed ‘150 masked agitators’ for the unrest, saying they had come to campus to disturb an otherwise peaceful protest,” cnn wrote. Of course. By this logic, the thousands of people standing by and cheering on the group of anarchists are beyond reproach.
“What you’ll notice (and what you’ll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the ‘peaceful’ protesters have a symbiotic relationship,” wrote David French for National Review:
The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. They’re typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob—almost like they’re the seal Team Six of left-wing protest.
All this happened at the University of California–Berkeley, a university ranked 10th in the world. It’s supposedly the cream of the academic crop, the height of educated sophistication. Over 50 years ago, students at Berkeley sparked the 1964 Free Speech Movement. Today it is vaulting itself into the vanguard of lawless protest whose only purpose is destruction. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:
Look at what is happening to higher education in America. Nasty, empty-headed children are taking over the universities. Some of what these students are learning borders on insanity and will prove to be dangerous to America.
It is proving itself dangerous. “The country is unraveling,” Frank Luntz told cbs in an interview. “I think we have 1968 all over again.”
It has come to the point where respected writers are commenting on what the Trumpet has been prophesying for years (see Gerald Flurry’s “America’s Coming Civil War”). In a column written at the beginning of the year, syndicated columnist Dennis Prager wrote:
In fact, with the obvious and enormous exception of attitudes toward slavery, Americans are more divided morally, ideologically and politically today than they were during the Civil War. For that reason, just as the Great War came to be known as World War i once there was World War ii, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War.
Jesus Christ’s timeless proverb needs to be taken more seriously: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The violence at the University of California–Berkeley is a picture of the future of America as a whole: divided and dangerous.
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United States President Donald Trump promises he will fix America’s problems. He said so during the annual Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. Can one man fix the once-great nation of America? The answer to that question lies in understanding how America became great in the first place. On a recent Key of David program, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said, “[W]e have to understand that men didn’t make America great in the first place. … God did that!” The citizens of the United States have all but forgotten this incredible history. On today’s radio show, Stephen Flurry explains how God made America great, and how only He will be able to fix its dire problems.
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One of Hong Kong’s most powerful billionaires was abducted from his residence by Chinese security agents on January 27. The news affirms fears that Hong Kong is rapidly losing its autonomy to China’s strongman ruler, Xi Jinping.
When the United Kingdom surrendered control of its former colony to China in 1997, Beijing promised that Hong Kong would have a “high degree of autonomy” for a period of 50 years. Beijing said that it would not meddle with the territory’s judicial system, free press or efficient bureaucracy for that period of time. And among the defining principles of that China-Hong Kong arrangement was that no law enforcement bodies from outside Hong Kong, including those from mainland China, would be permitted any jurisdiction in the city.
The January 27 abduction of billionaire Xiao Jianhua comes just two decades into the 50 years of promised “autonomy,” and represents a stark violation of the agreement. But it is not the first such violation, as the Financial Times notes:
Coming a little over a year after Chinese agents abducted five Hong Kong booksellers for publishing embarrassing books on the private lives of Chinese leaders, this latest breach of Hong Kong law is a terrible blow to the city’s credibility. Either the Hong Kong government and security services were complicit in the snatching of Mr. Xiao, or they were negligent in allowing it to happen right under their noses. …
These incidents add up to a major blow to Hong Kong’s status as a global financial center. As the Times wrote:
Until now, Hong Kong has been regarded as a haven from arbitrary police and judicial action, but global companies will have to reconsider this in the wake of Mr. Xiao’s disappearance. In mainland China itself, his abduction will send a chilling message to the super-wealthy, who already believe Mr. Xi has launched a war against them. It will also accelerate the pace of capital flight. …[T]his incident has sent the message that nobody is safe from the long arm of the Chinese state.
Some onlookers speculate that Mr. Xiao’s abduction is intended as a warning to a political entity in Hong Kong that he had dealings with. Others believe he may have known sensitive information about entrepreneurial activities of some high-ranking Chinese leaders. In either case, it is possible that the Communist Party could take his vast holdings in various financial institutions and nationalize them. The Times quoted one individual familiar with the abduction as saying: “Most Chinese billionaires are like geese—they get fat on their political connections and close ties to party leaders, but at some point, the emperor decides he wants to eat foie gras.”
Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry noted Xi Jinping’s alarming steps toward authoritarianism in his Jan. 4, 2014, Key of David television program. He said:
[C]hina now is developing a leader very much like Vladimir Putin. … So here you have a leader in China that’s really coming on the scene very much like Vladimir Putin. Do we realize where this is all leading? These are superpowers with all kinds of nuclear bombs! And all kinds of military power! Do we realize where this is all leading? Can we look at this and believe that there has to be a great world war clash? Nobody can stop it from happening—nobody!
To understand more about the significance of Xi Jinping’s march toward authoritarianism and how it coincides with a similar trend underway in Russia, watch the Key of David episode.
Rex Tillerson was confirmed as the 69th secretary of state on Wednesday afternoon, February 1. It proved to be one of the most controversial and contested nominations made by President Donald Trump. Tillerson was confirmed by the slimmest of margins, with the Senate voting 56 to 43. The New York Times in an article by Gardiner Harris wrote:
The many votes against Mr. Tillerson’s confirmation made his selection among the most contentious for a secretary of state in recent history, and he takes his post just as many traditional American allies are questioning the policies of President Trump. In the past 50 years, the most contentious confirmations for secretary of state were those of Condoleezza Rice in 2005, who passed by a vote of 85 to 13, and Henry Kissinger in 1973, who was confirmed 78 to 7.
Tillerson is the former ceo of Exxon Mobil, and has faced scrutiny over his business dealings with repressive governments and his history in working with government-owned Russian energy companies. Many lawmakers in Washington believe these former business ties will compromise the secretary of state and distort his judgment. With controversy surrounding President Trump’s relationship with Russia, Tillerson’s history caused an uproar from Democrats and Republicans.
The partisan opposition to the nomination is but a small prelude to the controversy of the issues facing Tillerson as he assumes responsibility of America’s diplomat corps. Tillerson has pledged to abide by the “America first” mantra of President Trump, and will lead the way in revolutionizing American foreign policy. Among the topics he and the state department will examine is the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. Embassy in Israel moving to Jerusalem, sanctions on Russia, and deteriorating relations with China. R. Nicholas Burns, a Harvard professor and career service officer, commented:
Rex Tillerson will have the most demanding and complex agenda to face a secretary of state in a very long time.
One of Secretary Tillerson’s greatest challenges will be to reconcile differences between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The New York Times piece continued:
The relationship with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, already tense from Mr. Trump’s repeated denunciations of the European Union for which she is a principal guardian, threatened to become toxic after Peter Navarro, the director of Mr. Trump’s new National Trade Council, denounced the relatively low value of the euro as an unfair currency advantage for Germany.Tillerson faces the most difficult task of any secretary of state in the postwar era in trying to reconcile President Trump’s intention to make a radical break from decades of bipartisan consensus U.S. foreign policy leadership with the reality that, if he succeeds, such a break could lead to global chaos,” said Ryan C. Crocker, who served as the United States ambassador to five Muslim countries.
The stakes are high and time is short for Tillerson to prove to skeptical Americans, and nervous world leaders, that the United States of America is still the leader of the liberal world order.