Russia Tests Third Anti-Satellite Missile This Year

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Russia Tests Third Anti-Satellite Missile This Year

The Kremlin knows America’s technological systems are far from secure—and it’s meticulously preparing to cripple them.

Russia successfully tested its third anti-satellite missile of the year, the United States Space Command announced on December 16, in the latest sign of the vulnerability of the technologies America relies on.

In February, Russia tested a co-orbital anti-satellite missile, which receives remote orders to attack targets in its orbit. The U.S. Space Command noted two Russian satellites that “conducted maneuvers near a U.S. government satellite that would be interpreted as irresponsible and potentially threatening in any other domain.”

In the most recent test, as with Russia’s second in April, the nation tested a ground-launched, direct-ascent anti-satellite missile. These pose a risk mainly to low-earth orbit satellites. Such satellites are used in communications, military applications, spying and much more. The vast majority of satellites the U.S. and other nations have in space are in low-earth orbit, and governments and private companies such as SpaceX are multiplying their numbers.

The U.S. Space Command’s concern about Russia’s build-up of anti-satellite weaponry is justified. Such weaponry could imperil the United States in some significant ways. Internet and Global Positioning System coverage could be crippled, spying organizations could be blinded, and, most importantly, military communications, reconnaissance and targeting systems could be compromised.

Although currently the world’s only superpower, America is highly vulnerable. Its military relies heavily on its satellites, and its enemies are developing weapons to neutralize America’s power and cripple its military.

In 1992, Joseph de Courcy wrote for his Intelligence Digest, “For the moment, the public is only dimly aware of exactly how vulnerable a computer-run society is, while criminals, terrorists and would-be aggressors are only just beginning to understand the potential available to them. This will change.”

Almost 30 years later, it is clear that this has changed. America’s enemies are realizing the opportunity before them. As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has repeatedly warned, America’s reliance on technology and computer systems will significantly contribute to its downfall.

In 1995, Mr. Flurry wrote an article titled “America’s Achilles’ Heel,” referencing de Courcy’s warnings about America’s cyber vulnerability. Mr. Flurry said those warnings brought to mind a prophecy in Ezekiel 7. Verses 1 through 3 of this chapter show that this prophecy is about “the land of Israel” in the time of “the end.” This means mainly the modern-day United States and Britain, which you can prove by requesting and carefully reading our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

Ezekiel 7 is mainly about a time just ahead when God will punish these nations if they refuse to turn to Him. Verse 14 makes a remarkably specific statement about the condition the U.S. and Britain will find themselves in as a result of that punishment: “They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.”

Mr. Flurry explains how this connects to de Courcy’s warnings:

America is the greatest superpower this world has ever known. But we have a very vulnerable point in our military—our own Achilles’ heel. …

The trumpet of war is to be blown in Israel—mainly America and Britain. It seems everybody is expecting our people to go into battle, but the greatest tragedy imaginable occurs! Nobody goes to battle—even though the trumpet is blown! Will it be because of a computer terrorist?

A recent hack on the SolarWinds Orion software highlighted just how determined America’s enemies are to exploit its unsecure computer systems. U.S. government agencies, companies, hospitals and technology companies were infiltrated and exposed. Among the victims were Tech giant Cisco Systems, chip makers Intel and Nvidia, accounting firm Deloitte llp, cloud-computing software maker VMware and Belkin International, which sells home and office Wi-Fi routers under the LinkSys and Belkin brands.

A direct attack on American satellites could have a similar crippling affect. What will happen when Russia’s anti-satellite weapons are perfected and American technology can directly be rendered useless?

Russia isn’t the only country developing this weaponry. China has also demonstrated its ability to destroy satellites. Last year, India too demonstrated anti-satellite capabilities. It tested a direct-ascent “hit to kill” missile, which also poses a threat to other satellites and even the U.S.’s International Space Station through dangerous debris.

America’s rivals are working hard to develop the means to leave it blind. The Prophet Isaiah wrote a stunning prophecy about Israel: “[W]e wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night …” (Isaiah 59:9-10).

This is already apparent in a spiritual sense with the peoples of America and Britain. And it could soon come to pass in a way related to blindness resulting from destroyed satellites, as well.

As Mr. Flurry writes in his booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision, Russia and China will ally with a united Europe against the modern-day nations of Israel. He bases this forecast on prophecies in Isaiah 22 and 23, Revelation 18, Ezekiel 5 and 7 and elsewhere. This siege could very well include attacks on America’s space-based technology and computer systems. This is why it is important to keep a close eye on Russia’s patient and meticulous perfection of this giant-killing weaponry. To fully understand these prophecies and where they are leading, please request your free copy of Isaiah’s End-Time Vision.

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Russia and China Fly Joint Bomber Patrol Over Pacific

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Russia and China Fly Joint Bomber Patrol Over Pacific

‘Joint aerial patrols by strategic bombers used to be rare, but as they become more frequent in the future, the world will get used to it.’

Russia and China flew a provocative joint bomber patrol over the Sea of Japan and East China Sea on December 22 in the latest sign of a deepening military partnership between the two nations.

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement saying two of Russia’s Tu-95 strategic bombers and four Chinese H-6K bombers took part in the joint mission. The ministry said the move aimed to “develop and deepen the comprehensive Russia-China partnership, further increase the level of cooperation between the two militaries, expand their ability for joint action, and strengthen strategic stability.”

Russia said the patrol “wasn’t directed against any third countries” and only mentioned six bombers taking part. But South Korea reported that a total of 15 Russian and four Chinese aircraft were involved, and that all 19 entered its air defense identification zone. South Korea scrambled fighter jets in response and undertook tactical measures against the intruders. The Japanese Ministry of Defense also issued a statement saying Japan, too, scrambled jets to intercept the Russian and Chinese aircraft.

The Russia-China mission marks the second aerial strategic patrol the two have jointly flown over the Asia-Pacific, with the first occurring last July. China’s state-run Global Times quoted military experts as saying the completion of the second mission last week means “China-Russia joint aerial strategic patrols will become routine in the future.”

The Global Times reported: “As more joint patrols are set in the future, the scale of these patrols could increase, and more types of aircraft, including aerial tankers that could extend the range of other participating aircraft, [Chinese military aviation analyst Fu Qianshao] said. … Joint aerial patrols by strategic bombers used to be rare, but as they become more frequent in the future, the world will get used to it, Fu said.”

The world has already gotten used to other aspects of the deepening Russia-China military partnership. Since 2003, the two sides have held more than 30 joint military exercises, including the largest military exercises ever in history. In most all of these rehearsals for war, each military has been trusted with confidential, highly sensitive information and insight into the command and control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations of the other.

This speaks to a truly rare level of mutual trust Moscow and Beijing are developing.

Also significant is the high volume of direct technology transfers occurring between the two, the coordination of nuclear forces, and China becoming the largest and most reliable customer for the Russian weapons industry. Further, Russia and China maintain long-term strategic dialogue at the highest levels of government, including a close personal relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The December 22 bomber mission follows Putin’s declaration in October that Russia and China could form an official military alliance. “[O]ur relations have reached such a level of cooperation and trust that it is not necessary,” he said, “but it is certainly imaginable.” Putin added: “[W]e are not going to rule it out.”

Before that landmark statement, Russia and China had championed their “strategic partnership” but dismissed the possibility of establishing a formal military alliance.

Considering the rapid progress Russia and China have made since 2003 to boost all aspects of cooperation and the apparent eagerness of both sides to continue drawing nearer, developing a full military alliance would not be difficult to accomplish. In some ways, such an alliance would be the logical outcome of the trend.

The Trumpet has been monitoring and reporting on this watershed trend for decades because the Bible prophesies that a multinational Asian alliance will form in the end time.

Revelation 16:12 refers to this power as “the kings of the east.” Revelation 9:16 says it will field an army far larger than any mankind has ever before assembled—a force of 200 million soldiers. These prophecies, alongside passages in the books of Ezekiel, Daniel and Joel, make plain that this behemoth will play a major role in the third and final world war.

Russia and China are prophesied to join their forces and bring other Asian nations into the bloc under their leadership. With their increasing joint military drills, including last week’s bomber patrols, they are setting the stage for the fulfillment of these prophecies.

World events today date the Bible’s prophecies. Headlines we see each week provide a sobering indication of where we are in the overall time frame of end-time prophecies. A Russia-China axis is now on the scene, and you need to know where it is leading.

In 2014, just after China publicly backed Russia’s unlawful annexation of Ukrainian territory, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said the support was “a stunning fulfillment of a biblical prophecy!” In our May-June 2014 issue, he wrote: “[W]e have been proclaiming for over 50 years that Russia, China and other Asian nations would ally themselves in the end time.”

He wrote: “[W]e are in that end time now. … When these Asian nations—extremely powerful nuclear-armed countries—begin to show solidarity with each other regarding moves like that, what does that portend for the world? I tell you it is woe to the world. It will cause many serious problems.”

To understand the Bible passages showing what the “woe” and “serious problems” will be, and the passages revealing the radiant silver lining behind them, order your free copy of Russia and China in Prophecy.

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Europe vs. Donald Trump

European leaders are boldly attacking America and its president.

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ENOUGH—No More Jews in Belgium

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ENOUGH—No More Jews in Belgium

The EU’s highest court upholds Belgian bans on kosher and halal slaughter practices.

The European Court of Justice (ecj)—the European Union’s highest court—upheld Belgium’s ban on slaughtering animals without first stunning them. This December 17 ruling upholds the prohibition on kosher and halal slaughter in Belgium in the name of “animal welfare” and clears a path for additional bans across Europe.

In 2019, two of Belgium’s three states banned the slaughter of animals without first stunning them, despite objections from Jewish and Muslim community leaders. Several groups filed a petition arguing that the bans illegally limit religious freedom. However the ecj’s decision on Thursday declared that these bans do not violate the EU’s principles on freedom of worship

This is a major defeat for efforts to challenge bans against ritual slaughter in several EU countries, including Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Luxembourg. The ruling “gives member states a free pass on banning” ritual slaughter in Europe, according to Yohan Benizri, president of the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Organizations in Belgium. Europe, he said, “no longer protects religious minorities.” Jews and Muslims in Belgium and other countries now have to import kosher and halal meat from abroad, which has raised prices and caused shortages.

According to kashrut and halal requirements, which are aimed at preventing animal suffering, the animal’s throat must be slit quickly with a sharp knife while it is still conscious. Europe regulations require that animals be stunned before being killed. This has made ritual slaughter a major target in Europe from both liberals who cite animal welfare as their main concern and right-wing nationalists who view the custom as foreign to their countries’ cultures.

Jewish and Muslim leaders have argued that the bans violate the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, as they effectively deny Belgians the right to consume locally produced meat that conforms with methods mandated by their faith.

The Court of Justice, however, said that the ban “respects the essence” of the charter, “since it is limited to one aspect of the specific ritual act of slaughter, and that act of slaughter is not, by contrast, prohibited.” They are basically justifying their ruling by claiming that they left the door open for Jews and Muslims to adapt their ritual practices.

In other words, conform or leave.

A few Jewish and Muslim communities have begun certifying meat produced in a method known as “post-cut stunning” as kosher and halal. In this method, the animal is stunned immediately after its neck is cut.

Others, however, are unwilling to conform.

“Judaism will not change Halakhic requirements as per the demands of the EU Court of Justice,” said Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the head of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association.

Moshe Kanto, president of the European Jewish Congress, said that the ruling is a “heavy blow” to Jewish life in Europe. “The right to practice our faith and customs, on which we have been assured over many years was granted under European law, has been severely undermined by this decision,” he said. “Telling Jews that their ways are not welcome is just a short step from telling Jews that we are no longer welcome.”

This ruling is an ominous sign of trouble brewing—one we have been watching for years, and one we have seen before.

In his book The Last Lion, William Manchester wrote about history from the 1930s that sounds familiar. “[I]n the 1930s it was quite an ordinary thing to see restaurants, hotels, clubs, beaches and residential neighborhoods barred to people with what were delicately called ‘dietary requirements,’” wrote Manchester. “Contempt for [Jews] was not considered bad form. They were widely regarded as unlovable, alien, loud-mouthed, ‘flashy’ people who enriched themselves at the expense of Gentiles.”

This ban on kosher slaughtering is a step in the same direction. As the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, this ruling “signals to Jewish communities that they aren’t wanted in Europe.”

In “Anti-Semitism: Why You Should Be Alarmed,” theTrumpet.com managing editor Brad Macdonald wrote, “History’s warning is thunderous and undeniable: Pre-World War ii trends in Britain, America and Europe show that anti-Semitism is a barometer of crisis!”

Prior to World War ii there was a livid streak of anti-Semitism in Poland, routine persecution of Jews in Hungary thanks to anti-Semitic laws, and major protests in France, crying, “Death to the Jews, raid the Jews.”

The EU Court of Justice banning kosher and halal slaughter is not necessarily crying “death to the Jews,” but it is essentially saying the rights of an animal matter more than the rights of a Jew. It also paves the way for more bans to be imposed across Europe. We have been watching this anti-Semitic trend for years because of what the Bible says in Hosea 5 and Zechariah 14, warning that anti-Semitism will play a central role in end-time events.

There is a reason deep-seated hatred of the Jews exists in the Western world. If you would like to learn more, please read Mr. Macdonald’s article “Anti-Semitism: Why You Should Be Alarmed.”

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Rocket Attack Strikes U.S. Embassy

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Rocket Attack Strikes U.S. Embassy

Suleimani’s legacy lives on in Iraq.

Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (pmf) in Iraq launched eight rockets at the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday. Despite the activation of the embassy defenses, one housing area was damaged and at least one local civilian was killed.

These attacks in the fortified Green Zone are relatively rare due to the site’s heavy defenses and location in the capital. The fact that forces were able to successfully carry out the attack speaks of an inside job.

The ongoing hostility of pmfs in Iraq and the tacit approval of the Iraqi government are all part of the legacy established by late Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani.

Happy Anniversary

The attack has been interpreted in part as a “welcome” to United States presidential nominee Joe Biden and his assembling foreign-policy team. But more clearly, the attack is a sign of growing unrest in the lead-up to the anniversary of the assassination of Suleimani.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (irgc) Quds Force leader was killed in a U.S. air strike on January 3. In recent weeks some U.S. Embassy personnel were withdrawn as a security measure. Indications are that American forces were preparing for Iran to try some kind of anniversary retaliation. Since the death of the general, the looming threat of reprisals has been hanging over the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the most recent attack: “Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. … Guess where they were from: Iran. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq ….” He then added, “Some friendly advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.”

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Regarding Iran’s efforts to infiltrate and destabilize the Middle East, Suleimani was seen as the grand strategist. He was in Russia speaking at the Kremlin. Then he was in Syria hobnobbing with President Bashar Assad. Then he was inspecting troops in Lebanon. Then leading the pmf in the fight against the Islamic State. Despite heading up the international arm of a foreign terrorist organization, he seemed to traverse the region unchallenged. But when his convoy was vaporized near the Baghdad International Airport, so too was the brief era of Iranian impunity in the post-Islamic State world.

Suleimani’s death was extremely public and extremely embarrassing to Tehran. In a thunderous instant American firepower had struck at the highest levels of the Iranian regime. The world immediately began to consider what retaliation might come from such a high-profile killing. President Hassan Rouhani promised that Iran “will take revenge.” It launched rockets at a number of U.S. bases in Iraq, but with no casualties. On January 9, two Katyusha rockets were fired into the Green Zone. But again there were no casualties.

Iran’s limited response could be seen as the result of President Trump’s foreign policy toward the rogue regime. Unlike his predecessor, Mr. Trump has shown himself unafraid to threaten tougher punishments for Iran. But with the media talking about a Biden presidency, it is clear Iran is returning to a pushy pre-Trump footing.

During the Obama years, Iran actively targeted U.S. forces throughout the region—and often with Iraqi aid. There was no fear of U.S. reprisals. Instead, the Obama presidency bent over backward to appease the belligerent Iranians while their influence in Iraq and the broader Middle East continued to grow.

Biting the Hand That Feeds Baghdad

For the past four years it has been in Iraq’s best interest to contain its aggression toward America. Iraq has been in dire need of U.S. help through the years of the Islamic State crisis. At the height of the problem, when terrorists were knocking at the gates of Baghdad, America was called on to provide air cover—which led to working alongside Iran.

But as the years pass, the appreciation fades. Aggressive anti-Americanism is reemerging within Iraq’s political sphere—just as Suleimani demanded.

We are seeing a return of Iraq’s “old guard.” Many of these men owe their careers to the Iranians, Suleimani in particular.

Take Nouri al-Maliki for instance. Maliki served as Iraqi prime minister from May 2006 to September 2014. Of all the Central Intelligence Agency-approved candidates for prime minister, Maliki was Suleimani’s favorite. In fact, Suleimani brokered the deal between the Shiites and Kurds that led to Maliki’s election victory. Maliki’s subsequent eight years in office made him the longest-serving prime minister since the formation of the Republic of Iraq. In that time, he gained a reputation for turning a blind eye to Iran’s Shiite militias in the country.

Today, Maliki is leader of the Dawa Party and a key leader of the broader Bina’a bloc, bringing him extremely close to the levers of power in the nation. He did not land here by accident—nor was his arrival without kickbacks for Iran.

Notice the conditions Suleimani attached to the support of Maliki, as reported by the New Yorker in 2013:

Most remarkable, according to the Iraqi and Western officials, were the two conditions that Suleimani imposed on the Iraqis. The first was that Jalal Talabani, a longtime friend of the Iranian regime, become president. The second was that Maliki and his coalition partners insist that all American troops leave the country. “Suleimani said: No Americans,” the former Iraqi leader told me. “A 10-year relationship, down the drain.”

It worked. America was pushed out of Iraq by 2011. With just a few thousand troops remaining today, the U.S. is completely outnumbered by Iran-funded pmfs. Making matters worse, the pro-Iran politicians are coming back into power.

A Team Effort

Following Sunday’s attack on the Green Zone, former Intel Officer Michael P. Pregent tweeted out the “Anatomy of a Rocket Attack on the U.S. Embassy.” He explained how the Iraqi government is not only aware of an impending attack, but actively working to support it.

First, Pregent says, the irgc briefs the prime minister and Maliki on the impending attack. These attacks are directed by irgc Quds Force head Esmail Qa’ani, Suleimani’s replacement.

After the briefing, Prime Minster Mustafa al-Kadhimi stands down the International Security Forces in the area—paving the way for the attack. Quick Reaction Force is also told to keep away. To make sure the U.S. doesn’t see what is about to happen, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance are also grounded.

The operation is then led by Hadi al-Amiri, the pro-Iran leader of the Fatah Alliance, which includes the political branches of the pmf. This alliance is comprised exclusively of those groups that receive funding from Iran.

Then Abu Fadak, the leader of the pmf and former secretary general of Hezbollah, and Qais Khazali, head of the Asaib al-Haq terror group, direct their men to start lobbing missiles.

The result is an attack on the U.S. Embassy in the heart of Baghdad. And nobody can seem to find out exactly who shot the missiles. And they never will. To make sure, the Iraqi government has put Fadak in charge of investigating the irgc attack. “In other words,” Pregent wrote, “the puppet government in Baghdad is directed by Tehran to put Iran’s man in Iraq in charge of covering up the attack.”

From start to finish, this team effort paints a picture of Iraq-Iran cooperation to kill U.S. personnel in the Green Zone. And even if Pregent’s rundown is not completely accurate, the fact remains that Iran-backed pmf troops could not carry out these brazen attacks without Iraq’s support.

If Suleimani were alive, he would be pleased to see the Iran-Iraq relationship flourishing in exact accordance with his plans. The U.S. is out; Iran is in.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has forecast a full Iranian takeover of Iraq. Since 1992, he has pinpointed Iran as the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy in Daniel 11: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (verse 40).

In his booklet The King of the South (free upon request), Mr. Flurry shows how Iraq is prophesied to join this “king of the south,” or radical Islam led by Iran. For more information, read Mr. Flurry’s 1994 article “Is Iraq About to Fall to Iran?” (updated in 2003, when the U.S. ousted Iraq’s Saddam Hussein from power) and The King of the South.

The prophecies of the Old Testament are coming alive in Baghdad today. Suleimani’s dream is kept alive by those he helped put in place—those whom Iran finances today. A year on from the death of the Iranian general, the truth is plain to see. Iran has won the war for Iraq.

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Dominion Voting Systems Sues Trump Campaign for Defamation

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Dominion Voting Systems Sues Trump Campaign for Defamation

Libel lawyer Tom Clare’s demands that the White House preserve all records related to Dominion may backfire on him.

A top employee of Dominion Voting Systems is suing 14 defendants for defamation, claiming that they have falsely reported him as being “at the center of a national conspiracy to fraudulently elect the president of the United States.” The lawsuit, filed by Dominion’s Eric Coomer on December 22, accuses the Trump campaign, conservative blog Gateway Pundit, conservative media companies Newsmax and One America News Network, conservative activist Joseph Oltmann, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, and conservative lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.

Coomer is the director of product strategy and security for Dominion Voting Systems, a company that provides voting equipment and software to 28 U.S. states—including the six swing states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The spotlight turned to him several days after the presidential elections, when Joseph Oltmann claimed he heard Coomer tell a group of Antifa activists that he would make sure Donald Trump lost the election. Coomer said that the conversation never took place and that he has no association with left-wing groups.

Giuliani, who represents President Trump, has stated that Dominion Voting Systems is a front-group for Smartmatic International, a software company founded in 1997 by three Venezuelan engineers with ties to the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez. Powell, a former federal prosecutor, has alleged that Dominion uses software “created to produce altered voting results in Venezuela for Hugo Chávez and then shipped internationally to manipulate votes for purchase in other countries, including this one.” Powell also said that China has a role in the scandal, and the Epoch Times has confirmed that at least two Chinese nationals sat on the board of a Swiss bank that helped Staple Street Capital Group llc raise $400 million from anonymous investors a month before the election. (Staple Street acquired Dominion Voting Systems in 2018.)

Coomer’s defamation suit comes after judges dismissed numerous election challenges filed by Powell on the basis that they failed to produce sufficient evidence of wrongdoing by Dominion. Now Dominion has hired libel lawyer Tom Clare. Two days before Coomer filed suit, Clare told the New York Times that “we are moving forward on the basis that [Powell] will not retract those false statements and that it will be necessary for Dominion to take aggressive legal action, both against Ms. Powell and the many others who have enabled and amplified her campaign of defamation by spreading damaging falsehoods about Dominion.”

If Dominion Voting Systems is innocent, this lawsuit will give it a chance to prove that and, some claim, a chance to “sink right-wing media” by exposing their claims as false conspiracy theories. But if Dominion is guilty, it may come to regret having Powell, who has been trying to get her day in court for more than six weeks, finally summoned to a courthouse.

In the face of the defamation suit, some conservative outlets have published and broadcast statements designed to limit their legal liabilities and temper their guests’ claims of massive voter fraud. Yet both Sidney Powell and the Trump campaign seem undeterred. Is it because they are confident, even in the face of overwhelming pressure, in the actual evidence?

Powell has hired her colleague, Georgia lawyer Lin Wood, to represent her. Wood stated in a Twitter post that he takes Clare’s retraction demands as a sign that “we are definitely over the target.”

Dominion has also sent letters to Rudy Giuliani and White House counsel Pat Cipollone demanding that they save all records related to claims that Dominion Voting Systems helped Joe Biden steal America’s election. Over the next few weeks, we are going to witness some dramatic legal action.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s cover story for the January 2021 Trumpet issue is titled “Why Donald Trump Will Remain America’s President.” It boldly forecasts that President Trump will remain in office, relying upon Bible prophecies in 2 Kings 14 and Amos 7. Now that the Electoral College has voted for Joe Biden, some titanic frauds are going to have to be exposed. And President Trump’s legal team has announced a new strategy: Focus on voting machines used to rig the presidential elections!

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Europe Censors Islamist Terrorist Propaganda

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Europe Censors Islamist Terrorist Propaganda

A series of new regulations shows Europe’s war against terror is entering a new stage.

Following a series of terrorist attacks, Europe’s legislators gear up to fight radical Islamic propaganda more effectively. On December 10, the European Union passed a law designed to prevent “the dissemination of terrorist content online.” The EU also plans to punish perpetrators abroad. The recent laws are only a few of the many signs that Europe is entering a new stage in its war against terror.

Terrorist groups like the Islamic State use social media networks to spread their propaganda and recruit supporters. Even some German citizens have joined the radical group as a result. Yet now, online services such as Facebook and YouTube will have to delete content from their platforms within an hour of them being flagged by the responsible authority of the respective EU member state.

The new law comes in response to a series of terrorist attacks that have once again shocked Europe. On October 4, a Syrian perpetrator killed one man and wounded another in a knife attack in Dresden, Germany. In Vienna, Austria, a member of the Islamic State killed four and wounded 20 in a shooting.

In France, a teacher was beheaded by a radical Islamist for showing students a caricature of Mohammed. In response, France passed a law to weaken foreign influence, punish calls for hatred, and prohibit “religiously motivated practices,” Spiegel Online reported on December 9, writing that France has taken “massive action against Islamists.” A survey in France, revealed that 88 percent of the population are concerned about Islamism, 58 percent are “very concerned.”

French Prime Minister Jean Castex qualified the law, stating that the text was not “aimed against religions or against the Muslim religion, in particular.” But it was a law against extremist currents, “a law of protection” that would free Muslims from the grip of radicals.

“The law also bans ‘clandestine’ schools that promote Islamist ideology and tightens rules on homeschooling,” bbc reported. “It would also reinforce the ban on polygamy by refusing residency to polygamous applicants. Doctors could be fined or banned for performing virginity tests on girls. There are new rules on financial transparency for Muslim associations and a requirement that they sign up to France’s republican values in return for funding.”

An article in the new law calls, among other things, for up to three years in prison and a fine of $54,714 for anyone who “puts someone else’s life at risk by disseminating information about their private and family life or their job.”

There are also indications that Europe is looking to stop terrorist propaganda at its root, not just on the Continent, but abroad. At a December 7 meeting in Brussels, EU foreign ministers unanimously decided on a new global “human rights regime.” German-Foreign-Policy.com noted on December 8 in “The Global Judges (II)” that the EU adopted a new law to allegedly sanction human rights violators. The article noted: “With its new sanctions regime, the EU is posing as a global judge and avenger of factual or alleged human rights violations. A relevant sanctions law, largely modeled after the U.S. American ‘Global Magnitsky Act’ was passed yesterday by the foreign ministers of the EU. It entitles the Union to freeze the assets and block the visas of citizens of foreign countries accused of serious human rights violations.”

People can be sanctioned for “systematic and extensive violations” in cases of human smuggling, sexual violence and violations of the rights of assembly, freedom of expression and religion.

The law aims, primarily, to punish serious human rights violations, such as genocide, torture, slavery, state-sanctioned murders and arbitrary arrests. Various dictators and leaders in the Middle East who sponsor terrorism would certainly fall under this category.

Germany is leading the charge in pressing this law forward. “The German government has been particularly active in promoting the EU’s own sanctions law,” German-Foreign-Policy.com noted. In November 2019, State Secretary of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andreas Michaelis announced that during Germany’s term as EU Council president, Berlin would work toward the “implementation of a pan-EU mechanism for human rights sanctions.” The program for Germany’s EU Council presidency states that “the expansion of the EU’s capacity to impose and implement sanctions” will be promoted. Germany has now achieved its goal.

It has also made several preparations in its own courts that raises the question we asked in one of our recent articles, “Can Germany Arrest Bashar Assad?

The way Germany is pressing this law forward at the EU level indicates the nation is keen to punish not only the Syrian dictator but also his allies.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said that those responsible for torture or refusing to investigate human rights violations will “no longer be permitted to go shopping in Europe carefree.”

But sanctions and court appeals cannot stop radicals with an agenda. Even if they temporarily succeed, one military general will be replaced by the next, one dictator succeeded by another.

It won’t be long until Europe will take the fight against radial Islam to the Middle East. The Bible prophesies in Daniel 11:40 that a clash between Catholic Europe and radical Islam is coming: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” In his booklet The King of the South, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes: “The king of the north is comprised of several nations, led by one nation, Germany. It makes sense that the king of the south would have a similar composition. All indications point to Iran as the nation that produces the king of the south.” Iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism in the world and its leaders guilty of countless human rights violations. This verse indicates that this clash will be the result of a violent push from Iran and its allies. As Mr. Flurry explains in The King of the South, this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. One way or another Europe will confront the king of the south.

The Trumpet has repeatedly warned that liberal Europe will soon respond aggressively to radical Islam’s push. We are now seeing Europe marching toward the fulfillment of these prophecies. Request a free copy of The King of the South to learn more.