The REAL Russia Scandal

Vladimir Putin is sowing division within the United States to keep America from becoming the next energy superpower.

For the last nine months, United States media sources have focused on a story about how the Trump administration colluded with the Russians to steal the 2016 presidential election. There has not been a shred of evidence produced to back up this claim. The argument over what really happened has now become so heated that it is almost impossible to get reliable information from the mainstream media. To get some clarification about the real Russia scandal, you have to look at history. From the 1930s until the 1990s, the Soviet Union funded the Communist Party usa in a bid to undermine the United States. Since Vladimir Putin came to power, the Russian Federation has funded environmental groups in the United States and Eastern Europe. The Kremlin is now using state-funded propaganda to sow division within the United States so that a strong America does not pull Eastern Europe out of Russia’s orbit by becoming a net energy exporter.

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America’s policy of sanctions and military restraint means someone else will have to confront Iran. Bible prophecy shows whom it will be.

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As North Korea Becomes More Dangerous, Russia Boosts Its Support

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As North Korea Becomes More Dangerous, Russia Boosts Its Support

What do the Russians gain from supporting their unstable neighbor?

Evidence shows that Russian support of North Korea is increasing, even as the threat Pyongyang poses to regional and global stability intensifies.

A new report from South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo shows that in the first five months of 2017, Russia’s exports to the North roughly doubled.

From January to May, Moscow’s exports to the North were worth $48 million, up from about $24 million during the same time frame last year. Adding to the concern is that more than 90 percent of the exports were related to energy, with mineral fuel and oil comprising the majority. This means trade between Moscow and Pyongyang now stands at an all-time high.

The Kremlin also supports the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by bringing some 50,000 North Korean laborers into Russia to work in such fields as construction and logging. These are essentially slave laborers, with the North Korean government seizing up to 80 percent of their wages to help fund the nation’s illegal nuclear and missile programs. Russia employs more of these laborers than China, the other main nation engaging in this abusive trade. The Data Base Center for North Korean Human Rights estimates that the Kim dynasty earns at least $120 million per year from North Korean laborers working in Russia.

In May, Russia and North Korea opened a new biweekly ferry service between Vladivostok and Rajin, North Korea. This is designed partly to transport North Korean laborers to and from Russia.

Meanwhile, Russia has also taken the lead in blocking attempts by the United Nations Security Council to place tighter sanctions on the North in response to its July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (icbm). Two days after the test, Russian officials released a statement disputing claims by the governments of the United States, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and China that the missile was an icbm, and insisting that it was merely a medium-range weapon. “We cannot confirm that the missile can be classified as an icbm,” Russia’s United Nations mission said to other council members. “There is no consensus on this issue.”

Russia’s increasing support for the North comes during a time when the threat posed by Pyongyang is dramatically intensifying.

A South Korean government official told the Chosun Ilbo that these moves suggest that, as China is curtailing its backing of North Korea, Russia could become the rogue nation’s main international ally. “In the past, Russia seemed to follow China’s lead on the North Korean issue,” he said. “But now Moscow seems to be taking the reins.”

Moscow and Pyongyang have a decades-long history of close relations dating back to the 1948 founding of North Korea, with the backing and guidance of the Kremlin.

Today, Moscow is eager to boost its support of North Korea partly because it does not want a security vacuum to appear on its border. The support also stems from Russia’s desire to be viewed both by its citizens and the international community as a great power, capable of influencing conflicts around the world. In this way, Moscow’s involvement with the North parallels its increased attention on Syria, Libya and Afghanistan. Russia also seeks to position itself as the lead player among the countries that are determined to challenge Western attempts at global leadership.

By ramping up its support for the rogue regime of Kim Jong-un, Moscow is able to make progress toward these goals.

To understand more about Russia’s geopolitical goals, watch Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s video presentation on this vital topic:

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America’s Demographic Crisis

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America’s Demographic Crisis

The United States is struggling with low fertility and falling birth rates.

If you want to save the planet, have fewer children. That has been the message of climate change alarmists and radical environmentalists for over 50 years. Since the publication of Prof. Paul Ehrich’s book The Population Bomb in 1968, environmental activists have been arguing that hundreds of millions of people will starve unless laws are passed to reduce population growth by making contraceptives more available and abortions more common.

Apparently, the spirit of this message has resonated with many Americans.

Almost 60 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe v. Wade court decision in 1973. Birth rates fell from 2.48 babies born per adult woman in 1970 to 1.84 babies born per adult woman in 2015. Since it takes at least two children to replace their parents, America’s birth rate is now too low to replenish its aging population base. This means America’s population will shrink unless migrants are brought in from other countries.

A shrinking workforce leads to a shrinking economy with fewer people paying into government programs like Social Security and Medicaid. This is a particular problem for the United States. The current U.S. Social Security system requires the payroll taxes of three full-time workers to support one retiree. Currently, there are only 2.8 workers per Social Security beneficiary. As the baby boomers retire, that ratio is projected to fall to 2.1 workers per Social Security beneficiary by 2040. According to the latest estimates, Social Security’s trust fund reserves will be depleted within two decades.

Raising payroll taxes or cutting Social Security benefits would buy the government a little more time, but eventually, the demographic decline will catch up with the United States.

To bring solvency to the current U.S. Social Security system, Bloomberg reporters Dave Merrill and Chloe Whiteaker estimate that birth rates need to increase to 4.2 children per woman. Otherwise, the U.S. immigration rate needs to quadruple to 4.4 million immigrants per year to fill the nation’s workforce deficit. Without a baby boom or an immigration boom, America’s workforce is projected to shrink by 7 million people over the next 20 years.

A United Nations report prepared in the year 2000 projects that plunging birth rates across Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States would cause major economic problems unless immigration to these countries increases. This document was titled “Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Declining and Aging Populations?” It argues that mass immigration from the developing world is necessary to stave off labor shortages and falling tax revenues.

“During the first half of the 21st century, the populations of most industrialized countries are projected to become smaller and older in response to below-replacement fertility as well as increased longevity,” the report states. “The consequences of significant population decline and population aging are not well understood as they are new demographic experiences for countries. … As such, international migration must be seen as part of the larger globalization process taking place throughout the world, influencing the economic, political and cultural character of both sending and receiving countries.”

Like the late Roman Empire, America is struggling with falling birth rates and rising immigration. Just as the Roman Empire eventually fell to Germanic refugees more loyal to their own chieftains than to Rome, so the United States is in danger of falling to foreign migrants more loyal to their own cultural ideals than to America’s constitutional principles.

“We cannot fix failed states by inviting millions of their people to move in with us,” conservative commentator Mark Steyn warned last year. “All that ensures is more failed states, more failure, and eventually, one by one, the nations of the West will join them. And then you’ll really be yearning to breathe free and there will be nowhere to do it.”

Rather than relying on immigration and multiculturalism to solve their economic problems, Americans need to turn to God, embrace biblical family values, and become an example to all nations, proving that only those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

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This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (August 6)

This Week: Five Events You Need to Know (August 6)

Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism in Jerusalem, acid attacks in Britain, and more

Here are five of the most important news stories this week, as well as relevant links to the full articles and videos here on theTrumpet.com.

Iran’s Fingerprints Are All Over the Temple Mount Turmoil

Palestinian authorities acknowledged Iran’s involvement in fomenting the Temple Mount crisis that followed the July 14 terrorist attack. One of them told Israel Hayom that it was “plainly obvious that the government in Tehran, by way of its long tentacles, was behind these efforts. This involves millions of shekels, and it appears that the Iranians have found a way to cash in on this and to make it clear to the Palestinians that Iran is taking care of them.”

Iran sponsors terrorism unlike any other country, and its continued meddling in Israel will lead to unprecedented regional and global crises.

What Happens When You Ban Guns and Knives

A government crackdown on guns and knives in the United Kingdom is apparently turning criminals to other alternative weapons: corrosive substances.

The number of acid attacks last year was almost double that of the previous year—and this year, that number might be higher. Attacks on delivery drivers have become so common that they held a protest outside Parliament on July 18 to ask authorities to do more to stop them. But what can members of Parliament do to stop acid attacks?

How Big Will Guttenberg’s Comeback Be?

Nine months after he resigned as German defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg wrote a book revealingly titled Vorerst Gescheitert (Temporary Failure or Failed at the First Attempt).

Is Germany’s most-wanted political superstar about to make a second attempt in German politics? Powerful political elites believe that Guttenberg could be Bavaria’s next premier or Germany’s next foreign minister. Or more.

America’s Expanding Warriors

According to the Department of Defense, about 13 percent of American soldiers are overweight. The war against obesity adds yet another front that might overwhelm an armed force that’s already bogged down in Syria and Afghanistan, and now has to contend with a more capable and belligerent North Korea.

The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21—A Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?

In two weeks, sky-watchers across America will see the face of the sun disappear behind the moon’s disk, turning daylight to darkness. Will that event fulfill Bible prophecies about heavenly signs, as many have said? What exactly does the Bible say about the so-called apocalypse?

“This Week” appears every Sunday. To get these same top stories in your inbox ahead of time every Friday afternoon (plus a letter from one of the Trumpet’s editors), subscribe to the Trumpet Brief daily e-mail. Sign up by clicking here or by visiting theTrumpet.com home page.

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Week in Review: Another N. Korean Missile, Iran in Yemen, EU the Mideast’s New Peace Broker? and Much More

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Week in Review: Another N. Korean Missile, Iran in Yemen, EU the Mideast’s New Peace Broker? and Much More

  • North Korea tested another missile—this one potentially able to reach Chicago or even Boston with a nuclear weapon.
  • A new report shows how Iran is evading international efforts to keep it out of Yemen, supplying forces opposed to the government and extending its reach on the Saudi Peninsula.
  • Concerned that violence in Jerusalem could explode into a more serious problem, the European Union is positioning itself to assume a more robust mediating role in the Middle East peace process.
  • Two people close to the pope accused American Catholics who support President Donald Trump as being “not too far apart” from Islamic jihadists.
  • We’ll also talk about a deadly terrorist attack by a Muslim migrant in Germany, the EU moving into Northern Africa in response to the migrant crisis, and the New York Times running a series of articles trying to show that communism isn’t all that bad.
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The Sweet Deception of Splenda

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The Sweet Deception of Splenda

How artificial sweeteners trick you, in more ways than one

Artificial sweeteners have played a major role in the modern diet ever since we discovered ortho-sulfobenzoic acid imide (saccharin) in 1879. This has been especially true in recent decades, as traditional sugar has gained a reputation for having devastating health consequences.

Currently, there are six artificial sweeteners approved in the United States: saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose, neotame and advantame. Of these, sucralose (sold as Splenda), is the biggest brand and is said to be good for everything from losing weight to helping diabetics stay healthy. If you love sugar but hate the side effects, these sweeteners look to be the perfect dietary additive.

But like all things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. The bitter truth is that artificial sweeteners may actually be more dangerous to human health than anticipated, and worse, we have been deceived about them from the beginning.

A Sporadic History

Like most sugar substitutes, Splenda is a synthetic chemical. It was discovered in 1976 by British scientists who were actually seeking to formulate a new pesticide. Manufacturers marketed it as the “safest” of the low-calorie sweetener lineup, a campaign that has helped to convince roughly 138 million Americans to consume this chemical.

Splenda is found in about 4,000 food products, and many people are unaware that they are consuming it. For those with a sweet tooth, the idea of eating anything in sight and not gaining weight sounded perfect. But we now know that the sweet taste of sucralose has devastating consequences for the body. Use of this chemical has led to questions of safety, cancer in lab animals, numerous illnesses and weight gain.

Lack of Study Oversight

The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Food, the World Health Organization and the United States Food and Drug Administration agree that over 110 safety studies over a 20-year period confirm the safety of sucralose (Sucralose, fda Final Rule).

Despite these approvals, consumer concern remains high about the safety of using this product over the long term. Other artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, cyclamates and aspartame were also previously granted fda approval, only to later be implicated as having carcinogenic, toxic or minor side effects.

The fda approved Splenda in 1998 even after some studies showed adverse effects ranging from liver and kidney damage, intense skin reactions, thymus gland issues and immune impairment. These studies were ignored, and with only six short human trials, Splenda was approved for human consumption (New Scientist, 1991).

Since then, an analysis of Medline revealed that many independent studies continue to report ongoing health problems with Splenda. The journal Nature revealed artificial sweeteners to be harmful to microbes that help with digestion, in turn creating autoimmune problems ranging from depression and arthritis to the regulation of the immune system.

The Canadian Society of Intestinal Research says scientists believe the cause of a global increase of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs), including both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, may be sucralose. Canada once had one of the lowest rates of ibs in the world; but after it became the first country in the world to approve sucralose in thousands of consumer products in 1991, its citizens now have the highest levels of this syndrome.

Sucralose is marketed as safe for diabetics, but a 2013 report in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health stated that ingested Splenda may even destabilize blood sugar and cause obesity. Further analysis shows decreases in red blood cell counts, enlarged or calcified kidneys, brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma and higher mortality rates. It appears that sucralose is not a biologically inert compound.

The fda is content to criticize current studies showing negative outcomes based on animal, rather than human, studies. But it is trying to have it both ways: Animal research leading up to fda approval was considered valid.

Why Is Sucralose So Dangerous?

“The country’s entire supply [of sucralose] is produced in one well-guarded and famously secretive facility in Alabama, where truckloads of common table sugar are shipped in weekly, to be modified via a complex chemical process involving chlorine and phosgene gas” (Discover Magazine). The finished product becomes a chlorocarbon, a chemical in the family as chlorodane, lindane and ddt, said James Bowen, M.D., a physician, biochemist and survivor of aspartame poisoning.

“It is logical to ask why table salt, which also contains chlorine, is safe while Splenda/sucralose is toxic?” he stated. “Because salt isn’t a chlorocarbon. When molecular chemistry binds sodium to chlorine to make salt, carbon isn’t included.

“Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. … Unlike sodium chloride, chlorocarbons are never nutritionally compatible with our metabolic processes and are wholly incompatible with normal human metabolic functioning.”

Since a chlorocarbon is toxic, it’s important to know how much of it is absorbed into the body. The fda’s Final Rule report states that only 11 to 27 percent of the substance is absorbed by the body, while experts at the Japanese Food Sanitation Council argue that as much as 40 percent of ingested sucralose is absorbed. This is an exceptionally large amount, especially when dealing with a potential human health risk.

Go Natural

Eight out of 10 Americans now consume some sort of artificial sweetener, with many believing it will help them lose weight. But epidemiologic data suggest that low-calorie sweeteners act as a trigger to activate the brain’s pleasure pathway, while lacking the mechanism to deactivate it, since the calories never arrive. This results in increased appetite and a variety of metabolic dysfunctions promoting fat storage and weight gain (2010 Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine).

Given the evidence, we should assume a “guilty until proven innocent” stance with these Franken-chemicals. Stick with modest amounts of nutritionally complex sweets such as fruits, dates, figs, raisins, coconut sugar or Grade B maple syrup to remain healthy.