Silly Dove: As Britain Negotiates EU Exit, the SNP Calls for Scottish Independence

Silly Dove: As Britain Negotiates EU Exit, the SNP Calls for Scottish Independence

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While Britain sorts out its EU departure it also faces the question of its very existence, again. 

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The two-year procedure for Britain exiting the European Union commenced this week as the bill triggering Article 50 cleared its final hurdle in Parliament. Coinciding with this, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced legal proceedings for another independence referendum, which she says should be held before Britain finishes leaving the EU. Now Britain has to sort out its EU Brexit at the same time it again faces a challenge to its own existence as a United Kingdom. On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, we look at where Britain’s internal division will lead.

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Iran Plans to Take the Golan Heights

Iran Plans to Take the Golan Heights

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With the Syrian civil war in hand, Iran is setting its sights on a bigger goal.

The Iranian-backed Shiite militia Harakat al-Nujaba announced last week the formation of the Golan Liberation Brigade. The goal of this group is to reclaim territory taken by rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad, and to prepare to attack Israel.

“Should the Syrian government make the request, we are ready to participate in the liberation of occupied Golan with our allies,” said a spokesman for Harakat al-Nujaba. “We will not permit the soil of Arab countries to remain in the grasps of occupiers.”

While perhaps not a household name, Harakat al-Nujaba—translated Movement of the Noble—claims to have 10,000 fighters in Syria. The group played an important role reinforcing Hezbollah in the battle for Aleppo. The Golan Liberation Brigade’s first priority is to take Syrian territory in the border region from the anti-Assad rebels.

The formation of the Golan Liberation Brigade sheds light on perhaps the key reason for Iran’s involvement in Syria. Iran isn’t in Syria merely to support an ally; it’s in Syria to establish and maintain a position to attack the Jewish state.

Iran has been embedding itself on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights for some months. In July 2016, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (irgc) Basij paramilitary group publicized that it was inspecting the regions along the Syria-Israel border. A year before that, in the same area, irgc Brig. Gen. Mohammed Ali Allahdadi was killed in an Israeli air strike.

So far Israel has had to deal with only the occasional potshot from Syrian rebels. The area of Daraa, situated near the Israeli border, is considered by some to be the birthplace of the Syrian revolution. Meanwhile, Iran and the Syrian government say that the presence of anti-government rebels in the area provides justification for entrenching Iranian-backed, pro-Assad forces so close to Israel’s border.

Iran’s final objective in the Middle East is not to control Syria, but to destroy Israel. Together with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, the formation of the Golan Liberation Brigade increases Iran’s ability to achieve that goal.

The most precious jewel of Iran’s plan is to conquer Jerusalem,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in The King of the South. “This would then galvanize the Islamic world behind Iran!”

Israel is at the heart of Iran’s plans for the Middle East. In many respects, Iran’s involvement in Syria pivots on this issue. If Bashar Assad is defeated, Tehran risks losing one of its most important strategic footholds. For Iran, the ultimate goal is destroying the Jewish state. To this end, Iran backs Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and it is working to forge a new relationship with Egypt.

“I believe Jerusalem is more important to Iran than the oil is,” Mr. Flurry wrote in The King of the South. “The Islamic people have fought the Catholic Crusades for about 1,500 years over control of Jerusalem. Bible prophecy says one final crusade is about to erupt.”

The Trumpet has said for years that Iran will not retain control of Syria. But shifting its focus to Israel now that the rebels are on the back foot exposes Iran’s focus in the region—a focus that it will retain no matter what territories it controls. For more on Iran’s focus on taking Israel, read “The Precious Jewel of Iran’s Plan.”

Scotland to Hold Another Independence Referendum

Scotland to Hold Another Independence Referendum

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The survival of the United Kingdom is once again at risk.

When Scotland held its independence referendum in 2014, both sides agreed it would settle the question for a generation. But apparently a generation lasts about two and a half years. On Monday, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that next week she will begin legal proceedings necessary for another referendum, to be held by 2019.

Sturgeon said that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union means that Scotland needs a new referendum. The majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU, while the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave.

Last summer, Scottish National Party leaders gave two additional reasons for Scotland to hold a second referendum: 1) the UK Parliament’s decision to renew Britain’s nuclear deterrence and 2) if Boris Johnson became prime minister. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that after being defeated in 2014, they wanted another vote and were simply searching for a good excuse to hold one.

Despite the fact that, according to one poll, only 1 in 4 Scottish voters actually want a new referendum, it seems certain to happen. The only argument is when.

Ms. Sturgeon wants the vote to occur by spring 2019, before Britain is out of the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that she will insist that the vote be held after Britain has completed the process of exiting the EU.

Under Section 30 of the Scotland Act, the Scottish Parliament will first vote on whether or not to hold a referendum. Then the UK Parliament in Westminster must approve it. Westminster could block the decision, but Ms. May seems unwilling to do so.

With the process beginning next week, Britain will be consumed by a divisive debate over the next few years. After the last vote, nearly 40 percent of Scots said they believed the referendum had “caused harmful and lasting divisions in Scottish society.”

Britain is already struggling with one uncertainty that will affect the country for generations to come: its post-Brexit relationship with the EU. Britain has voted to leave the EU, but much still remains uncertain. What will the UK’s new relationship with the EU be like? What trade agreements will Britain have with the rest of the world? With another Scottish independence referendum on the line, the UK will once again be asking, Will we continue to exist?

Since the 2014 Scottish referendum, the UK has played a diminished role in the world—focusing on its internal issues. In many ways, there’s nothing wrong with this; Britain’s role in the EU needed to be addressed. But if Ms. May gets her way—which seems likely—Britain will spend the next few years focused on Brexit, then hold another Scottish independence referendum around 2021. That’s getting close to an entire decade lost on self-absorption in existential questions.

Furthermore, if Scotland leaves, Wales and Northern Ireland have said they want their own referenda too.

I remember the rancor and division of the last referendum all too well: The shock for those of us living south of the border, finding out that many to our north passionately hate us; the uncertainty as I watched the polls and wondered if my country would soon cease to exist.

We are going to go through all of that again, reopening old wounds and gouging new ones.

The leaders of the Brexit movement portrayed the vote as the solution to all of Britain’s problems. If we would only quit the EU, we could go out into the world, unencumbered by meddling from Brussels. Prosperity would return. Britain would once again be a respected, major power.

But today’s post-Brexit world looks too familiar—the same divisions, the same arguments, the same problems.

This is not to say that the EU was good for Britain—it wasn’t. But is there clearer proof that Brexit doesn’t solve everything? Our biggest problems come from within.

Britain is still a country lacking vision and purpose. As Brad Macdonald wrote:

No one has provided a rousing, positive vision of what it would mean to remain part of Britain. No one has reminded the Scots of their illustrious history with England. No one has reminded them of what England and Scotland have accomplished together—and provided a vision of what they could accomplish together in the future. There once was a dream called Britain. Being British meant something—changing the world, righting wrongs, civilizing distant lands. But now the world is not our problem. There are no rights and wrongs—just British neo-colonialist arrogance—and sadly, a prevailing sense of shame of its history.

Where is the hope-filled vision of Scotland’s destiny should it remain united with England? There isn’t one. Why? Because England doesn’t know what it means to be English—and consequently, it doesn’t have a clear vision of its own destiny.

We are here today because the very quality—the defining sense of identity—the clear and indomitable sense of what it means to be British—that for more than 300 years has bound Scotland to England, and England to Scotland, is gone. This sense of identity had been diminished for decades, chiseled away by revisionist historians abolishing the British Empire, by multiculturalists embracing other cultures and religions, and by politically correct politics undermining patriotism and loyalty to Britain.

Really, we shouldn’t be at all surprised by what we are witnessing today in Scotland. This moment has been brewing now for decades. It’s just as King Solomon stated 3,000 years ago: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Today there is no vision of being British, and Britain is perishing.

Because of this, we are consumed by these arguments both before and after Brexit. It’s clearer than ever that we are a country that has lost its way. It is this lack of vision that caused the first vote. Winning that vote didn’t fix our problems—and now we’re about to hold another.

For more on what these constant divisions say about the country, read Brad Macdonald’s article “Without Scotland, There Is No Great Britain.”

Russian Force Deployed to Libya-Egypt Border

Russian Force Deployed to Libya-Egypt Border

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Is Putin about to pull a Syria in Libya?

JERUSALEM—A small contingent of Russian special operations forces are currently stationed in Egypt near the Libyan border, Reuters reported on Monday. This marks the first time Russian soldiers have been spotted on the ground in North Africa since the fall of Muammar Qadhafi and indicates that Russia may be considering bolstering its support of Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan warlord currently vying for control of Libya.

The exclusive Reuters report cites unnamed Egyptian and United States officials claiming that the special operations force and drones were observed at Sidi Barrani, a town about 60 miles from the eastern Libyan border. According to the Egyptian source, weeks earlier Russian military aircraft flew an additional six military units to Marsa Matrouh, even closer to the Libyan border.

The troop movements come after additional reports surfaced that Russian security contractors were working alongside Haftar’s force, the Libyan National Army (lna), from late 2016 through February 2017. According to Oleg Krinitsyn, owner of the Russian firm rsb Group, about a dozen men were sent into eastern Libya to assist in demining certain areas. While this was a private business venture, Reuters noted that it was unlikely “to have been possible without Moscow’s approval.”

The Russian military presence along the Libyan-Egyptian border comes after months of collusion between Russian security officials and General Haftar.

Instead of siding with the United Nations-backed government in Western Libya, Russia has been overtly courting Haftar, jeopardizing Europe’s preferred method of stabilizing a fractured Libya. In January, Haftar was seen aboard Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov, docked off the Libyan coast. Then, on February 1, the Times of Malta reported that about 70 wounded soldiers from Haftar’s army had been sent to Russia for treatment.

It’s one thing to have a photo op aboard the Russian aircraft carrier and treat wounded soldiers; Russian troop movement is another.

Predictably, both Russian and Egyptian government officials have denied the reports of any Russian soldiers in North Africa. That is of little comfort, considering Russia’s military actions in both Ukraine and Syria began with isolated, unconfirmed reports that were at first denied by Moscow.

The presence of Russian troops on the ground greatly increases Moscow’s stake in Libya’s future. It also sends a stark warning to other foreign nations that Russia is going to have a say in Libya’s future government. As we wrote last month:

The fact that Russia is even in the discussion regarding securing Libya’s future is simply astounding. A year and a half ago, the world watched in shock as Russia sent its troops into Syria to support the regime. Some leaders predicted Russia would get stuck in the Syrian quagmire. That didn’t happen. Now, with its presence in Syria secure, Russia is beginning to also focus on Libya. Clearly, the balance of power in the Middle East and Mediterranean region is shifting in favor of Russia. “Russia is in the process of achieving day by day a role in determining the balance … in the Middle East and now in the Mediterranean—it’s a role that must be acknowledged,” said Leonardo Tricarico, a retired Italian general who presides over the Intelligence Culture and Strategic Analysis Foundation, a Rome-based think tank.

At the time of the report, it was unlikely that Russian President Vladimir Putin would intervene in Libya as he had done in Syria. However, recent setbacks by Haftar’s army may have inspired Russia’s increased support.

On March 3, a rival Libyan Islamic militia launched a substantial attack against Haftar’s forces controlling Libya’s oil terminals in the north of the country. Haftar tried to push back the militia but was completely overwhelmed and had to withdraw from the critical oil facilities. This failure to withstand the attack injured Haftar’s credibility as a strongman. Libya-analysis.com wrote on March 6, “Even if Haftar’s forces are eventually able to retake the oil crescent facilities, the lna’s failure to repel this attack represents a significant blow to Haftar’s image of political and military control in eastern Libya ….”

It’s possible that Haftar’s setback may have necessitated Russia’s increased support, which we are now witnessing. Whether this exclusive report of Russian soldiers in North Africa leads to a larger military presence, however, it’s unlikely Putin will need to intervene in Libya to the extent that he did in Syria.

Putin can simply point to Russia’s involvement in Syria as proof that he is willing to send large amounts of troops into a foreign theater to support his ally.

After Syria, who will be willing to call Putin’s bluff in Libya?

This speaks to the powerful position Putin now holds in determining the fate of Libya; a position that likely unnerves not just Libyans but also Europeans who have been on the receiving end of hundreds of thousands of migrants who use Libya’s ungoverned lands as a staging ground to migrate to Europe.

Putin’s moves in Libya are about more than just supporting one warlord over another. By simply supporting Haftar enough to keep him relevant and the nation fractured, Putin gives himself the power to destabilize or stabilize Libya. Put another way, Putin has the power to slow the migrants from coming into Europe or to send them north by the tens of thousands.

The Trumpet continued:

This gives Putin enormous leverage against Europe. Libya can now be added to his hand of cards, which already includes Syria, Ukraine, Cyprus and even Afghanistan. So far, Putin has not played his hand. Europe, however, recognizes that right now Putin has the upper hand.

This swift shift in the balance of power through the Middle East points to the key role that Vladimir Putin is now playing, a role that was forecast centuries ago in the Bible. Prophecy indicates that this crisis will soon result in a deal between Europe and Russia. To understand how this situation was prophesied in your Bible, please read “A New Strategic Partnership Emerges” and request Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s new booklet, The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’

Germany Rising

Germany Rising

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Germany has already established its economic empire and soon it will have a military to go with it.

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Germany has already established its economic empire and soon it will have a military to go with it. With America pulling back, Germany is left to deal with an emboldened Russia and a chaotic Middle East. These threats provide Germany the cover it needs to build the empire it has wanted since World War ii. To learn more about this topic and others, tune in to today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

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South Africa Mulls Forced Land Redistribution

South Africa Mulls Forced Land Redistribution

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President Jacob Zuma’s plan to redistribute white-owned land reveals a nation whose solutions are worse than its problems.

South African President Jacob Zuma has endorsed the prospect of forced confiscation of white-owned lands without compensation, breaking with two decades of post-apartheid precedent.

“We have identified the weaknesses in the land restitution and redistribution program,” he told the National House of Traditional Leaders on March 3. “The ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ principle did not work effectively.”

Since the end of the apartheid system in 1994, the South African government has sought to buy land from willing sellers and then redistribute it to black settlers. Now President Zuma is proposing that the government conduct a “pre-colonial audit of land ownership, use and occupation patterns”. Once the audit is completed, he is suggesting that the South African Constitution be amended to allow forced land confiscation without compensation.

The primary reason President Zuma is considering this redistribution scheme now is that popular support for his political party, the African National Congress (anc), has fallen to its lowest level since 1994. Many former anc members have left the party to join the Economic Freedom Fighters (eff)—a radical Marxist party founded in 2013 on a pledge to nationalize South African banks and redistribute South African land.

It is reported that President Zuma’s new populist tone on the issue of land confiscation is an attempt to win back anc voters who have defected to other parties.

Only three days before Zuma’s speech, the leader of the eff, Julius Malema, told South Africa’s Parliament that black South Africans must rally around the issue of land confiscation.

“So, we are saying, black people, all of us must unite so that we can change the Constitution so that we can expropriate land without compensation,” he said. “There is no white man that will understand it.”

The eff has attracted considerable publicity by sporting red berets, using Communist jargon and praising the state assets seizers of Zimbabwe and Venezuela. Julius Malema was tried by South Africa’s Equality Court in 2011 for publicly singing a militant hymn that calls for the shooting of white farmers with machine guns.

When Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe enacted legislation that allowed the government to forcibly seize white-owned land without compensation in 2000, some 4,000 white farming families were evicted from their homes. Dozens of farmers were murdered in a move that cost Zimbabwe billions of dollars in lost agricultural production.

For years, the South African government looked at Zimbabwe’s example as a cautionary tale. But now, President Zuma is looking to compromise with Julius Malema and the eff in a bid to “unite black people in South Africa” around the issue of land confiscation. This policy is stirring up racial hatred in a country already beset by racial violence. Approximately 10 percent of white farmers in South Africa—over 3,000 people—has been murdered in military-style raids since the end of apartheid in 1994.

As astonishing as it may seem, the Bible prophesies that the end-time descendants of the ancient Israelites would be plagued by racial violence if they turned away from God and His laws. Such violence is currently taking deep root in America, Britain and South Africa. To understand why this is happening, you need the vital truth contained in our e-booklet South Africa in Prophecy. God does not want people to have to suffer like this. He loves all races and nationalities and wants to teach them the way to peace, joy and racial harmony. But true peace and happiness only comes from following God’s law and commandments. Until mankind learns this lesson, human-imposed solutions like forcible land redistribution will only foster more hatred and violence.