Monday, January 27, 2020

Abbas Rejects Trump Request to Speak by Phone; Mad Trump Accepted Jerusalem as Israel Capital

Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas has rejected a request from U.S. President Donald Trump to speak by phone on Trump's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, an official said today (January 27, 2020), according to the World Israel News website.

"Trump made the request a few days ago," said the official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

"Abbas has announced on several occasions his refusal to accept the U.S. plan, as it does not address the issues of Jerusalem, refugees, and borders," a PA report states, referring to the American peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

The PA announced in December 2017 that it was breaking diplomatic contacts with  Washington, after Trump announced the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Trump's "Deal of the Century" Occurs This Week; Reveals Peace Plan for Mideast, Arabs to Reject It

The Trump administration may present its "Deal of the Century" to the world as early as this week (January 26-February 1) in a ceremony at the White House to which both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and main political rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party have been invited, according to t he Worthy News website.

The plan gives Israel substantial control over what are now settlements in Judea and Samaria and is far more generous to the Jewish state in allowing it to reclaim some of its lost land than former proposals, while still making provision for a Palestinian state in its midst.

The economic portion of the plan was unveiled last summer by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner at the Bahrain Conference, which proposed a $50 billion investment plan for the Palestinian economy, although all signs point to the Palestinian leadership rejecting the proposal.

The Palestinians were enraged last year as a result of President Trump moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as the Palestinians expected at least part of Jerusalem to be their capital. These "Israel-favored" actions implemented by Trump have caused the Palestinians to vow never again to bargain with the U.S. for an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan or to accept any peace plan set up by the U.S.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Pope Vows to Combat Clergy Sex Abuse of Nuns; Says It's "Serious Grave Problem We Must Fight"

Pope Francis vowed yesterday to combat the sexual abuse of nuns and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as maids, the Crux website reports today (January 25, 2020).

Francis told 850 superiors of religious orders gathered for the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General -- the main umbrella group of nuns -- that theirs is a vocation of service, not servitude.

The union's president, Maltese Sister Carmen Sammut, told Francis that clergy abuse of sisters was "diffuse in  many parts of the world," and included sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, as well as taking of their property.

Francis said clergy sexual abuse of sisters was "a serious grave problem" of which he was well aware. "We have to fight this..."

Friday, January 24, 2020

Trump Becomes 1st Pres. to Attend March for Life; Defends Right of Every Child to a God-given Birth

Donald Trump today (January 24, 2020) became the first U.S. president to attend the annual March for Life, telling the crowd he believes "every person is worth protecting," according to the Daily Caller website.

Hundreds of thousands of people gather every year in Washington, D.C.for the march in opposition to abortion.

"It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life!" Trump told the crowd.

He added, "We're here for a very simple reason -- to defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential."

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Contamination Very High in US Drinking Water; Chemicals in Water Cause Cancers,Liver Damage

An environmental watchdog group said in a report released yesterday that contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made "forever chemicals" is far worse than previously estimated, the Reuters website reports today (January 23, 2020).

The chemicals -- resistant to breaking down in the environment -- are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Some have been linked to cancers, liver damage, low birth weight, and other health problems.

The chemicals are used in products like teflon and scotchguard and in firefighting foam.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Attacks on Europe Churches at All-time High; Report: Some 3K Acts of Vandalism Last Year

Attacks against Christians in Europe reached record highs in 2019, as hostility and vandalism against churches, Christian school and monuments continue to sweep the continent, the Christian Post website reports today (January 22, 2020).

The Gatestone Institute International Policy Council this month published its research of anti-Christian violence, and reported that about 3,000 acts of vandalism, looting, and defacement occurred last year.

"Violence against Christian sites is most widespread in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries, and monuments are being vandalized, desecrated, and burned at an average rate of three per day, according to government statistics. In Germany, attacks against Christian churches are occurring at an average rate of two per day," the report states.

Those committing the anti-Christian crimes are rarely apprehended, because many have mental disorders. Also, their crimes are not formally classified as "hate crimes."

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Northeastern Univ. Student from Iran Deported; Sen. Warren:Based on Trump's Xenophobic Bias

A third-year Northeastern University student majoring in economics was detained at Boston's Logan International Airport and removed from the U.S., the CNN website reports today (January 21, 2020).

Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein, 24, was refused entry into the U.S. on his student visa and was deported last night, his attorney, Kerry Doyle, said.

The deportation occurred despite an emergency stay granted by a Massachusetts district court judge, Doyle said.

Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted on the issue: "Shahab Dehghani is an Iranian student with a valid F1 visa, returning to finish his education. His deportation must be halted, and we must fight the Trump administration's xenophobic policies."