Amir gives an important Middle East current events update on Kurdish and Turkish developments, the Palestinians, Pence’s visit to Israel and much more.
Turkey INVADES Syria – tanks and soldiers cross the border
Forces entered the country’s Afrin province today just 24 hours after pounding the region with airstrikes.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reportedly said they are targeting US-backed Kurdish fighters.
Shocking pictures show dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles crossing over the border in a terrifying display of military might…. more
By Hal Lindsey
On Wednesday, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona made a much-hyped speech on the floor of the US Senate. He told the media what he would say, long before he actually said it. The speech’s rollout was orchestrated for maximum public impact. But, as these things go, the press showed far more interest in the hype than in the speech itself.
Days before he took to the Senate floor, Flake told the news media that he would defend them against Donald Trump’s attacks. He even announced, well before the speech, that he would compare Trump to Soviet dictator and mass murderer, Joseph Stalin. Remember that Stalin was directly responsible for the murders of 40 million people — even more than Adolf Hitler…. more
Beijing has long refrained from engaging militarily beyond its borders. However, as some recent reports suggest, this situation may soon change. Ferghana News reported that China will build a military base in the northern province of Afghanistan, and, according to the news agency, the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan is already expecting a Chinese expert delegation to discuss the location and further technicalities for the base. If these reports are true, China will fully fund the new military base in Badakhshan, covering all material and technical expenses, including both lethal and nonlethal weaponry and equipment…. more
US State Department confirms it will withhold more than half of funds for 2018; US calls on other countries to “burden share”; PLO: Act is Trump Administration complicity with the Israeli occupation.
The United States confirmed it is withholding $65 million in aid to the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) for 2018.
The US State Department confirmed it would withhold half of its designated $125 million for 2018, calling on other nations to contribute more to the organization.
Spokeswoman for the State Department, Heather Nauert, addressed the development during a press briefing on Tuesday, confirming “We committed a voluntary contribution of $60 million for 2018 so far. This will be divided into tranches. Sixty million is what we have indicated as the first available tranche.” She explained that the funds would be used “to sustain schools and health services to ensure that teachers and also health care providers can be paid their salaries,” as well as in order to assure programs would not be shut down given lack of funds…. more
US State Department reports Trump Administration considering use of consular building in Jerusalem to expedite embassy move; Netanyahu’s office: the prime minister believes that the US is considering interim measures that could result in an embassy opening much faster.
The Trump Administration intends to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2019.
According to a senior official at the State Department, the United States is considering using an existing consular building in West Jerusalem in order to expedite the move to 2019. The reports claim the building would be used as an interim embassy while a new embassy is built.
The consular building has been in use by the United States since 1948 and is located in Arnona, West Jerusalem…. more
Two house church pastors in China have been told they must pay a fine of over 7 million yuan (over 1 million USD) because they collected the same amount in offerings from their congregation.
Pastors Su Tianfu and Yang Hua of Huoshi Church in Guizhou province have been facing the fine since May 2017, China Aid reported, but it was only earlier this month that a provincial court delivered a final verdict and confirmed the punishment.
Su and Yang have been told that the money they collected from church offerings is “illegal income,” despite their argument that they have only used the money for the church itself…. more
Washington D.C. will be abuzz today with generations taking up the charge against abortion. Not only will thousands gather for the March for Life, the House will vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act.
For faith activist Janet Porter, the bill is not enough. She’s encouraging Congress to pass the heartbeat bill, as well.
“The time to end abortion is now because we have a bill before congress has more pro-life support than any other pro-life bill,” Porter tells Charisma News. The born alive bill does not prevent abortion, but would prohibit doctors from killing a baby who survived an abortion the first time.
On the other hand, Porter says the heartbeat bill has 170 cosponsors and a majority of congressional support. Seven out of 10 voters in America favor the bill, according to a 2017 George Barna Study… more
Amazon’s hunt for a second headquarters, after several months of publicity stunts and dangled perks from cities and regions vying to lure the e-commerce giant, has been narrowed to 20 options from 238 bids….
….. The company, which is based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in development and create up to 50,000 jobs wherever it builds its newest hub. Among its criteria: more than one million residents, proximity to an airport, manageable commutes, diverse demographics, connectivity and local schools churning out potential employees.
With the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for bids to host the Olympics, governors, mayors, business leaders and others have pulled together proposals promoting the potential of their cities and regions, sometimes going to outlandish lengths…. more