Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pat Robertson:Trump Critics Revolt against God; Lord's Plan for America Is Put in Place by Trump

Televangelist and media mogul Pat Robertson says that those who are opposing President Donald Trump are indirectly opposing God as well, the Christian Today website reports today (February 19, 2017).

Robertson -- the Chairman of CBN and former Southern Baptist minister -- said on "The 700 Club" TV show on February 15: "I think, somehow, the Lord's plan is being put in place for America and those people are not only revolting against Trump, they're revolting against what God's plan is for America."

Robertson accused those who are opposing Trump -- the left-wingers and "so-called progressives" -- of trying to destroy the country and rip Americans of their freedoms one by one.

He added: "They want collectivism. They want socialism. What we're looking at is free markets and freedom from this terrible, overarching bureaucracy."

Turkish Cyprus Leader Sabotages Unity Talks; Greek Cyprus Pres.Calls for Cyprus Federation

The leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots says talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus can resume once the island's Greek Cypriot president moves to restore deeply shaken trust, the ABC News website reports today (February 19, 2017).

Mustafa Akinci says Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades needs to publicly admit that legislation making the annual commemoration of a 1950 vote to unite the island with Greece compulsory in Greek Cypriot schools was erroneous.

Anastasiades said yesterday the legislation was mistaken, but added that Turkish Cypriots should not "overreact" because there is no support for union with Greece and there is agreement that Cyprus should be reunified as a federation.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkish troops invaded the island and seized the northern third of Cyprus, which Turkey continues to illegally control today.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Iraqi Planes Drop Leaflets to W. Mosul Dwellers; Warn Them Iraqi Troops Are on Way to Battle IS

Iraqi planes today (February 18, 2017) dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul, warning residents that the battle to dislodge Islamic State (IS) terrorists is imminent as troops began moving in their direction, according to the Reuters website.

The militants are under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, after U.S.-backed forces surrounding the city forced them from the east in the first phase of an offensive that concluded last month.

"Your armed forces are advancing in the direction of the right side, relying on God," read one of the leaflets, referring to the western side of the northern Iraqi city.

"Get ready to welcome the sons of your armed forces and to cooperate with them, as your brothers on the left side have done, in order to reduce losses and speed up the conclusion" [of the battle], added the leaflet.

Car Bomb Attack in Southeast Turkey Kills Two; 17 People Injured in Attack, 26 People Detained

A car bomb exploded yesterday near a courthouse in southeast Turkey, and officials confirmed today (February 18, 2017) that 26 people have been detained, according to the Big News Network website.

The governor's office said in a press statement that the owner of the van, which was loaded with explosives and parked near the government housing, was among the detained individuals.

The car bomb exploded in the garden of a housing complex for judges and prosecutors in the mainly Kurdish town of Viransehir in Sanliurfa province. Kurdish militants are believed to be responsible for the attack.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said today that two people, the 11-year-old son of a court clerk and a 27-year-old neighborhood guard, were killed in the attack. Reports added that 17 people were injured in the attack.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Roman Polanski Plans Return to US after 39 Yrs.; Film Director's Lawyer Says Plea Deal Avoids Jail

Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski -- who fled the U.S. and went to France in 1978 to avoid prison for his statutory rape conviction -- plans to return to the U.S., and is seeking assurances that he will not do jail time, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (February 17, 2017).

The award-winning director of "The Pianaist" and "Chinatown," claims he reached a plea deal in the case that would keep him out of prison, his attorney Harland Braun told AFP.

The Paris-born director was convicted of drugging Samantha Gailey -- who was 13 at the time and now uses the surname Geimer -- before raping her at film star Jack Nicholson's house in Los Angeles in 1977. Geimer has called for the charges against Polanski to be dropped.

Born in Paris in 1933 to Polish Jewish parents -- who later brought the family back to their native country -- Polanski saw his parents arrested by Nazis in Krakow's Jewish ghetto and sent to concentration camps.

IS Bombing on Sufi Shrine in Pakistan Kills 88; Worst Attack in Pakistan in Yrs.,Dozens Nabbed

An attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan that killed 88 people yesterday has created fear and turmoil within the country, as dozens of suspects were arrested and nearly 40 killed in sweeping raids today (February 17, 2017), according to The Daily Beast website.

The attack -- claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terror group -- was reported to be the deadliest in the country in years.

Islamabad lashed out at Kabul, blaming the bombing on militant sanctuaries across the Afghan border.

Pakistan fired a round of artillery shells into Afghan territory, and shut down the Torkham border crossing as a result of the attack.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

IS Calls on Backers to Kill Anti-IS Islam Clerics; Begins Online Drive Accusing Them of Betrayal

Islamic State (IS) radicals have launched a coordinated online campaign accusing prominent Muslim clerics in the Arab world and the West of betrayal in an apparent bid to delegitimize them, especially in the eyes of younger Muslims, the VOA News website reports today (February 16, 2017).

In its campaign -- titled "Fight the Imams of Unbelief" -- the terror group says the clerics are collaborating with Arab regimes and the international coalition opposed to IS and is urging supporters as a top priority to kill "the evil scholars."

Some analysts believe the terror group is casting around looking for traitors to explain the collapse of IS's battlefield fortunes and to shape perceptions about the reasons for the fall of the terror group's self-styled caliphate.

Others see the new campaign as linked more immediately to the propaganda struggle being waged between IS and Iraqi government over the unfolding battle for Mosul, in which each side is questioning the religious and historical legitimacy of the other.