Monday, July 22, 2019

MixedTimes - Edwin Mora

Religious Freedom Scorecard: Marco Rubio Earns Highest Rating in Senate for 3rd Year

Religious Freedom Scorecard: Marco Rubio Earns Highest Rating in Senate for 3rd Year

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) earned the highest score in the Senate again this week, which was bestowed by the latest International Religious Freedom (IRF) Congressional Scorecard, a non-governmental organization (NGO) assessment that recognizes lawmakers’ devotion to advancing religious liberties via their voting record, caucus work, and sponsoring of bills, among other efforts.

'Hope is Back': Trump Helps Save Christians, Yazidis in Iraq from Extinction

'Hope is Back': Trump Helps Save Christians, Yazidis in Iraq from Extinction

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is helping bring Christians and Yazidis in Iraq back from the brink of extinction fomented by a genocidal campaign at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), religious minority representatives declared this week at thesecond Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom convened by the Department of State.

Report: U.S. Weighing Sanctions Against China for Buying Oil from Iran

Report: U.S. Weighing Sanctions Against China for Buying Oil from Iran

Some advisers within U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration are allegedly urging secondary economic restrictions on Beijing for continuing to import Iranian oil despite American sanctions against the purchase, Politico reported this week, citing anonymous U.S.

Iran Boasts: World Awe in U.S. Military 'Shattered' by Drone Downing

Iran Boasts: World Awe in U.S. Military 'Shattered' by Drone Downing

The downing of an American drone last month by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a United States-designated terrorist group, “shattered” U.S. military awe, commanders of the elite Iranian armed forces unit boasted on Tuesday, claiming that the Islamic Republic’s ground forces are invincible.

India: Ruling Party Fires Female Leader for Urging Hindus to 'Gang Rape' Muslim Women

India: Ruling Party Fires Female Leader for Urging Hindus to 'Gang Rape' Muslim Women

A female leader of the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, Sunita Singh Gaur, was recently fired from her position after calling on Hindu men via social media to publicly “gang rape” and lynch Muslim women, arguing that there is “no other way” to “protect” the country, local news outlets report this week.

Iranian Military Leaders Threaten ‘Stronger’ Response if U.S. Violates Its Borders

Iranian Military Leaders Threaten ‘Stronger’ Response if U.S. Violates Its Borders

Iran’s "growing" military might has frightened enemies and served as a deterrent for Tehran’s foes, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) indicated on Thursday amid skyrocketing tensions between the Iranian regime and the United States, the semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported.

Report: Smugglers Helping Iran Withstand Sanctions with Afghan Cash

Report: Smugglers Helping Iran Withstand Sanctions with Afghan Cash

Up to 5 billion U.S. dollars were smuggled last year alone into Iran from Afghanistan where an annual influx of American taxpayer funds is helping the Islamic Republic weather the storm from the historic wave of crippling United States sanctions, the Afghanistan Times (AT) reported Monday, echoing other local news outlets.

AP Praises Caliphate-Seeking ‘Islamists' in Indonesia for Charitable Work

AP Praises Caliphate-Seeking ‘Islamists' in Indonesia for Charitable Work

Some caliphate-seeking “Islamists” in the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, are the “first” to step up to the plate and provide assistance during natural disasters on the largest island nation in the world, the Associated Press (AP) celebrated this week.

Freed U.S. Taliban Hostage Says Abusive Husband Was 'Sympathetic' to Jihad

Freed U.S. Taliban Hostage Says Abusive Husband Was 'Sympathetic' to Jihad

American Caitlan Coleman, whom the Taliban took hostage while she was pregnant and held her captive in Afghanistan for five years, placed blame for the ordeal on her Canadian husband and fellow captive, Joshua Boyle, saying his sympathies towards the group led to their travel to the country and her having three children in captivity, ABC News reported Wednesday.

Democrat Lawmakers: Trump ‘Complicit’ with Russian Activities in Syria

Democrat Lawmakers: Trump ‘Complicit’ with Russian Activities in Syria

Some Democratic lawmakers, during a House panel hearing on Wednesday, accused U.S. President Donald Trump of cooperating with Moscow in Syria after members of the same party repudiated the American commander-in-chief for targeting assets belonging to dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime, a Russian ally.

Ramadan Rage 2019: Jihadis Massacre 364, Injure 404 in Two Weeks

Ramadan Rage 2019: Jihadis Massacre 364, Injure 404 in Two Weeks

Islamic terrorists have carried out an estimated 76 attacks in nearly 15 countries since the beginning Ramadan early this month, killing at least 364 people and injuring 404 others in the first two weeks of the holiest month for Muslims, a Breitbart News tally shows.

Uighurs Condemn China Forcing Muslims to Eat Pork During Ramadan

Uighurs Condemn China Forcing Muslims to Eat Pork During Ramadan

A Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official conceded this week that Beijing had imposed draconian restrictions on Ramadan practices in Muslim-majority Xinjiang, denying reports of a blanket ban on activities during the holy month.

Islamic State Gains Foothold in Ebola-Stricken Congo

Islamic State Gains Foothold in Ebola-Stricken Congo

Islamic State jihadis have made inroads with Islamic terrorists in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the central African country reels from a worsening Ebola virus outbreak, which has already infected and killed hundreds.

'Nobody Will Go Back': Christians Flee Middle East After Fall of Islamic State

'Nobody Will Go Back': Christians Flee Middle East After Fall of Islamic State

The number of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, the greater Middle East, continues to plummet months after the Islamic State, which waged a genocidal campaign against Christians, lost its "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, Breitbart News learned from various experts, including an archbishop.

U.N.: 'Indiscriminate Shelling' on Libyan Capital’s Residential District ‘War Crimes’

U.N.: 'Indiscriminate Shelling' on Libyan Capital’s Residential District ‘War Crimes’

The head of the United Nations mission in Libya on Wednesday blasted “in the strongest terms” warlord Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s ongoing offensive to take the capital of Tripoli from troops loyal to the internationally recognized administration, accusing his eastern forces of committing “war crimes” with “indiscriminate” shelling overnight that struck densely-populated area.

Taliban Corrects Reuters Report Claiming Women Jihadis Would Negotiate Peace Talks

Taliban Corrects Reuters Report Claiming Women Jihadis Would Negotiate Peace Talks

An Afghan Taliban spokesman on Tuesday repudiated a news report claiming the group is planning to include women in its delegation expected to continue negotiations with the United States this month to end the more than 17-year-old war, claiming that the media outlet “misconstrued” his remarks.

Report: DHS Warns Extremists Could Use Fentanyl as Weapon of Mass Destruction

Report: DHS Warns Extremists Could Use Fentanyl as Weapon of Mass Destruction

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is weighing designating fentanyl as a “weapon of mass destruction” (WMD). The deadly synthetic opioid mainly originates in China and is the top driver of the unprecedented number of fatal drug overdoses in the United States, an internal memo obtained by Task & Purpose revealed this week.

Seattle Imposes Ad Ban to Annul Pamela Geller’s Free Speech Lawsuit Victory 

Seattle Imposes Ad Ban to Annul Pamela Geller’s Free Speech Lawsuit Victory 

Officials who oversee Seattle’s transit system moved to ban political, religious, and other ads from its facilities and public transportation vehicles soon after Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) prevailed in a freedom of speech lawsuit against the city, earning the right to run FBI's Most Wanted terrorist posters, Breitbart News has learned.

India: Video Surfaces Claiming to Show Soldier 'Manhandling' Anti-Modi Voter

India: Video Surfaces Claiming to Show Soldier 'Manhandling' Anti-Modi Voter

A video disseminated this week by the former chief minister of the disputed New Delhi-administered Kashmir region purportedly shows an Indian Border Security Force (BSF) commander manhandling a local man for refusing to cast a vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Audit: Pentagon Failed to 'Assign Responsibilities' to Protect Defense Infrastructure

Audit: Pentagon Failed to 'Assign Responsibilities' to Protect Defense Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) did not assign anyone to provide counterintelligence (CI) support to protect against threats to America’s defense critical infrastructure such as “chemical facilities and nuclear power systems,” the Pentagon's office of the inspector general (OIG) recently reported.

U.S. Military Pulls Out of Libya as Russia- and France-Backed Warlord Invades Capital

U.S. Military Pulls Out of Libya as Russia- and France-Backed Warlord Invades Capital

The U.S. military over the weekend announced that it had “temporarily” withdrawn a small contingent of American troops from Libya “due to increased unrest” in Tripoli fueled by ongoing battles between pro-internationally recognized government forces and an army loyal to a renegade warlord backed by Russia, France, and neighboring Egypt, among other countries.

Saudi Arabia Detains Women's Rights Activists Including 2 U.S. Citizens

Saudi Arabia Detains Women's Rights Activists Including 2 U.S. Citizens

Authorities in Saudi Arabia launched a crackdown on supporters of two American, one of them pregnant, and nine other local women activists who drew the ire of the Sunni kingdom for fighting for their right to drive and to end the country's male guardianship system, several news outlets reported Friday.

India-Pakistan Tensions: Deadly Clashes in Kashmir, Warplane Confrontations

India-Pakistan Tensions: Deadly Clashes in Kashmir, Warplane Confrontations

Tensions between nuclear-armed regional foes New Delhi and Islamabad have intensified in recent days, triggering more deadly clashes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and prompting the Indian Air Force to scramble its warplanes to tackle four jets flown by Pakistan near their mutual border.

U.S. Delivers 6 Patrol Boats to Vietnam amid Thawing Relations

U.S. Delivers 6 Patrol Boats to Vietnam amid Thawing Relations

The Trump administration delivered six patrol boats worth $12 million to Vietnam’s Coast Guard, the American embassy in Hanoi announced on Monday, saying the move represents the “deepening cooperation” in law enforcement and humanitarian efforts between the former enemies.

Taliban ‘Wipes Out’ Scores of Afghan Forces in Opium-Rich Helmand Bastion

Taliban ‘Wipes Out’ Scores of Afghan Forces in Opium-Rich Helmand Bastion

Taliban narco-jihadis killed at least 68 members of the U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and injured 38 others in fierce clashes over the weekend in the terrorist group’s opium-rich stronghold of Helmand, Afghanistan's largest province located along the Pakistani border.

Russia Irked as Trump Deploys Nuclear-Capable B-52 Bombers to Europe

Russia Irked as Trump Deploys Nuclear-Capable B-52 Bombers to Europe

The U.S. Air Force, in a likely response to Russian aggression, announced that it deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe last weekfor “theater integration and flying training” exercises with NATO allies and partners, a move that has irked the Kremlin.

Amnesty Accuses Trump of ‘War Crimes’ in Somalia

Amnesty Accuses Trump of ‘War Crimes’ in Somalia

The United States military may have committed lethal “war crimes” against “numerous” civilians, including children, as it ramped up its airstrike campaign against the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab in Somalia under President Donald Trump’s watch, the human rights group Amnesty International claimed on Wednesday, echoing allegations by the terrorist group and some news outlets.

Trump Meets Nat Sec Team After Kabul Complains About Peace Talks

Trump Meets Nat Sec Team After Kabul Complains About Peace Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump held an hourlong classified meeting on Afghanistan with his national security team over the weekend in the wake of complaints by a top Afghan official that the American envoy charged with leading peace negotiations is “elevating” the Taliban at the expense of sidelining Kabul.

Islamic State on Caliphate Fall: 'What Is Our Crime? We Just Wanted to Apply Sharia'

Islamic State on Caliphate Fall: 'What Is Our Crime? We Just Wanted to Apply Sharia'

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), even as its so-called caliphate continues to crumble, disseminated a new propaganda film this week urging the jihadi remnants in the group’s last sliver of land in Syria not to worry about their possible demise because they will end up in “paradise” while their enemies will go to “hell.

U.S. Demands North Korea Give Up All Nuclear Weapons Before Sanctions Relief

U.S. Demands North Korea Give Up All Nuclear Weapons Before Sanctions Relief

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration this week expressed dismay over reports of new activity at North Korean long-range rocket site and research center allegedly used to build long-range missiles capable of targeting the United States mainland, demanding that dictator Kim Jong-Un destroy all its nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons before receiving any sanctions relief.

U.S.-Funded Afghanistan Gives $1 Million to U.N. Palestinian Program

U.S.-Funded Afghanistan Gives $1 Million to U.N. Palestinian Program

Afghanistan, which claims it would collapse without assistance from its top international donor the United States, on Sunday pledged $1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that provides assistance to Palestinian refugees while blasting President Donald Trump’s administration for suspending aid to the international body’s program.

Top Iranian Gen.: U.S. Is 'Defeated,' Israel 'Struggling to Survive,' Saudis Awaiting Death

Top Iranian Gen.: U.S. Is 'Defeated,' Israel 'Struggling to Survive,' Saudis Awaiting Death

A deputy commander of Iran’s terror-linked Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a recent speech boasted about waging jihad against its enemies, claiming that the United States "has been defeated," Israel is “struggling to survive,” and the Sunni Saudi Arabia regime will not last, a non-profit group that monitors Middle East media reported this week.

Chinese Stocks Rally After Trump’s Tariff Hike Delay: ‘Markets are Happy’

Chinese Stocks Rally After Trump’s Tariff Hike Delay: ‘Markets are Happy’

U.S. President Donald Trump sent stock markets soaring with his announcement Sunday that he would delay an American tariff hike on goods from China. Trump cited “substantial progress” in trade negotiations between the United States and China, the world’s top two largest economies.

Assad Makes His Pitch to the Kurds: 'The Americans Will Not Protect You'

Assad Makes His Pitch to the Kurds: 'The Americans Will Not Protect You'

Iranian- and Russian-backed dictator Bashar al-Assad over the weekend warned Syrian Kurds who helped the United States defeat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) that the U.S. would not protect them from a prospective offensive by America's NATO ally Turkey, who has vowed to push the Kurdish fighters out of northern Syria.

Top Pakistani Court Confirms Ban on Haram Valentine’s Day

Top Pakistani Court Confirms Ban on Haram Valentine’s Day

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Muslim-majority Pakistan on Tuesday sustained its decision to outlaw Valentine’s Day celebrations and the promotion of the February 14 Christian holiday across the country, ordering authorities to take action on revelers.

Top Commander: China 'Eroding' U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

Top Commander: China 'Eroding' U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

WASHINGTON, DC — China’s “massive effort to grow and modernize” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “eroding” the United States’ “relative competitive military advantage” in the Indo-Pacific region, the top American commander in the area warned on Tuesday, stressing that Beijing’s communist leaders are sensing “weaknesses.

Trump Admin Considers Sending Islamic State Jihadis from Syria to Gitmo

Trump Admin Considers Sending Islamic State Jihadis from Syria to Gitmo

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering transferring some of the hundreds of suspected Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists held in Syria to the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as an option of “last resort," the Department of State (DOS) confirmed Thursday.

Taliban Rejects U.S. 'Residual Force' in Afghanistan: All Foreign Troops Must Leave

Taliban Rejects U.S. 'Residual Force' in Afghanistan: All Foreign Troops Must Leave

Taliban jihadis on Wednesday repudiated U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal of leaving behind a residual American force in Afghanistan to carry out "counterterrorism" operations if the United States military withdraws from the country as a result of a potential peace pact with the terrorist group.

Cash-Strapped Pakistan Expects to Earn Millions by Exporting Donkeys to China

Cash-Strapped Pakistan Expects to Earn Millions by Exporting Donkeys to China

Pakistan expects to profit from its donkey population, the third highest in the world, by selling the animals to its ally China, a move that would generate millions of dollars annually in foreign exchange, the livestock department of the South Asian country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province reportedly announced on Thursday.

Maduro: Venezuela Will Deepen Military Relationship with Russia Amid Unrest

Maduro: Venezuela Will Deepen Military Relationship with Russia Amid Unrest

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro on Friday vowed that his country’s military relationship with Russia “will continue profoundly" in a speech delivered after he attempted to cut all diplomatic ties with the United States over America’s official support for the opposition.

Nigeria Tells Gay Citizens: ‘Leave the Country or Face Prosecution'  

Nigeria Tells Gay Citizens: ‘Leave the Country or Face Prosecution'  

A spokeswoman for the federal Nigeria Police Force (NPS) recently urged gay people in the country to flee or face prosecution under the Same-Sex Prohibition Act, warning that it will not condone any violation of that law “no matter how small," several Nigerian news outlets reported on Wednesday.

GOP Senators Urge Trump to Transfer 700-Plus 'Battle-Hardened Terrorists' to Gitmo

GOP Senators Urge Trump to Transfer 700-Plus 'Battle-Hardened Terrorists' to Gitmo

Four U.S. Republican senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump this week urging him to transfer more than 700 “battled-hardened” Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadis captured by the American-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the American military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).

China Launches Belt and Road 'Tourism' Project in Zimbabwe amid Deadly Chaos

China Launches Belt and Road 'Tourism' Project in Zimbabwe amid Deadly Chaos

Beijing reportedly launched a tourism project Tuesday as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) expected to bring at least 350 Chinese tourists each month into chaos-ridden Zimbabwe, a nation gripped by bloody unrest triggered by the government raising fuel prices to the highest in the world.

Christian Group: Boko Haram Razed at Least 1,125 Churches Since 2009

Christian Group: Boko Haram Razed at Least 1,125 Churches Since 2009

Boko Haram jihadis have set ablaze a total of 1,125 churches and other religious structures belonging to just one Christian denomination in Nigeria since the terrorist group launched an uprising for Islamist rule in the African country in 2009, Rev.

China Demands Taliban 'Play a Legitimate Role' in Afghan Politics

China Demands Taliban 'Play a Legitimate Role' in Afghan Politics

Beijing believes the Taliban is a “political force” that must be allowed to “play a legitimate role” in a negotiated “political settlement" to end the war plaguing Afghanistan for more than 17 years, the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad declared this week.

Islamic State Again Attacks U.S.-Kurdish Forces, Killing 5 Kurdish Coalition Fighters

Islamic State Again Attacks U.S.-Kurdish Forces, Killing 5 Kurdish Coalition Fighters

An Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. troops and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against American service members in a less than a week and underscoring the lingering menace posed by the jihadi group.

Turkey Vows to 'Drain Terror Swamp' in Kurdish Syria

Turkey Vows to 'Drain Terror Swamp' in Kurdish Syria

Turkey on Friday said it would not rest until it drains “the terrorist swamp” in neighboring northeastern Syria, a territory controlled by a Kurdish group helping the U.S.

Report: 245 Million Christians Facing 'Extreme' Persecution Worldwide

Report: 245 Million Christians Facing 'Extreme' Persecution Worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC — North Korea remains at the top of a list of 50 countries where at least 245 million Christians are facing “extreme”persecution” this year, up 14 percent from 215 million at the beginning of 2018, the World Wide Watch List (WWL) released on Wednesday by Open Doors, a group that monitors the mistreatment of Christ followers, revealed.

Pakistan Claims Arrest of Senior Taliban Jihadi

Pakistan Claims Arrest of Senior Taliban Jihadi

The arrest of a senior Taliban terrorist by authorities in Pakistan prompted the leader of the narco-jihadi group to warn members to “stay alert,” BBC reported on Tuesday.

Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq Vow to Push U.S. Troops Out

Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq Vow to Push U.S. Troops Out

Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq, angered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement during his recent visit to the country that United States troops will remain there, renewed threats against American service members in recent days.

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