Monday, July 22, 2019

US Sends 500 Troops,Equipment to Saudi Arabia; Saudi King OKs Buildup to Counter Iran's Attacks

The U.S. is sending troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, as tensions flare with Iran, the Worthy News website reports today (July 22, 2019).

The U.S. Central Command said: "This movement of forces provides an additional deterrent, and ensures our ability to defend our forces and interests in the region from emergent, credible threats."

The U.S. will send 500 troops, Patriot missiles, and F-22 stealth fighters to the Prince Sultan Air Base near the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia's state press agency said King Salman "approved hosting U.S. Armed Forces in the Kingdom ... to preserve its peace."

Syrian Christians Ask US to End Turkey Buildup; Say Turkey Gathering Troops to Invade N. Syria

Syrian Christians are calling on the U.S. to help protect them after Turkish troops were seen gathering on the border between the two volatile nations, the Christian Headlines website reports today (July 22, 2019).

The Syrian Military Council, which is supported by the U.S. government, said, "Turkey has amassed its forces and its jihadist proxies at that point. It clearly aims to invade Northern Syria."

The U.S. has issued a firm warning to Turkey.

"Unilateral action into northeastern Syria by any party is of grave concern," said a Pentagon spokesperson. "We would find any such actions unacceptable."

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Polish Police Nab 25 for Attacks on LGBT March; Ruling Party Sees LGBT as Threat to Polish Values

Police arrested 25 People in eastern Poland yesterday after homophobic attacks on a city's first equality march, the Euro News website reports today (July 21, 20119).

Men attacked several males and one female LGBT activists taking part in the Pride march in the city of Bialystok.

Interior Minister Elzbieta Witek said "Officers ensure security regardless of the ideas, values, and beliefs proclaimed by citizens.

The ruling Law and Justice party has depicted LGBT campaigners as a threat to  traditional Polish values.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Pope Appoints Director of Holy See Press Office; Speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French Fluently

Pope Francis yesterday appointed British-born Matteo Bruni as the new Director of the Holy See Press Office, the Independent Catholic News website reports today (July 19, 2019).

Born on November 23, 1976 in Winchester, Bruni graduated in modern and contemporary foreign languages and literature from Rome's La Sapienza University.

He has been working since July 2009 at the Holy See Office.

Besides Italian, he is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trump Dumps Turkey from Fighter Jet Program; Due to Turkey Buying Russian Air Defense System

Washington's decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the "spirit of alliance," the Turkish government said today (July 18, 2019), according to the Yahoo News website.

In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said yesterday Turkey is being kicked out of the F-35 program because it is buying the Russian S-400 air defense system.

Turkey's Foreign Minister said: "We call on the United States to come back from this mistake that will cause irreparable damage to our strategic ties."

Turkish President Recep Erdogan refused to bow to U.S. pressure to cancel the S-400 agreement with Russia, defying the U.S. and other NATO allies.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Poll Shows Clergy Are Seen as Irrelevant; Doctors, Teachers Are Viewed More Positively

A new poll of 1,137 adults released this month shows that doctors, teachers, scientists, and members of the military are viewed more positively than clergy, the Religion News website reports today (July 17, 2019).

The less frequently people attend church, the more negative their views.

Among those who attend church less than once a month, only 42 percent said they had a positive view of clergy members.

While frequent church attenders still hold clergy in high regard -- about 75 percent viewed them positively -- they gave them only passing grades on several personal attributes.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trump Tells 4 Upset Congresswomen to Leave US; Jews: He's Using Israel to Justify His Racist Tweet

When U.S. President Donald Trump this week told four freshmen liberal congresswomen -- all women of color -- to "go back" to where they came from because of their constant complaints against the U.S., he was accused by several groups of being a racist, the Times of Israel website reports today (July 16, 2019).

The four congresswomen are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

"So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion," Trump tweeted.

Liberal U.S. Jews said Trump's insertion of Israel into the melee was an attempt to use Israel as a scapegoat for his racist tweet.