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Communists ride to rescue Christmas for Christians

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One of the communist parties in Nepal, shortly after a competing communist party had banned Christmas, took over power and rescued the holiday for Christians, according to Catholic World News.

CWN, citing several Nepalese sources, said it was last spring when the government of former Prime Minister Khadga Prasas Oli banned the holiday.

He was a member of the Community Party of Nepal, a “Unified Marxist-Leninist” organization.

At the time, Christian leaders in the Hindu nation objected, pointing out that Christians would have difficulty obtaining the day off if it no longer was an official holiday.

But they didn’t get a response until just before Christmas, when Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s government restored it.

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He’s part of a rival communist party, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Center), which had taken control in August.

Dahal promptly issued a statement offering wishes of “peace, happiness, prosperity, good health, unity, and brotherhood to all Nepali Christians at home and abroad.”

Catholic Culture noted the nation of 29 million has few Christians: it is 81 percent Hindu, 9 percent Buddhist and 4 percent Muslim, with 3 percent following the indigenous Kirant Mundhum religion.

But thousands of non-Christians took part in Christmas celebrations.

Asia News reported large parts of the nation’s population celebrated last weekend.

“Shops and malls were decorated with Christmas decorations, lights, and trees. Christians sang hymns, exchanged gifts, glorified the birth of Jesus Christ, and said prayers,” the report said. “Thousands of non-Christians took part in the festivities and celebrations as well. Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari led public celebrations. In her address to Christian leaders, she said that she hoped that this occasion ‘would reinforce feelings of love and unity among Nepali citizens and inspire everyone to respect the Constitution in the name of a peaceful and prosperous Nepal.’”

The main opposition came from Hindu believers who still aspire to see Hinduism as the state religion.

International Christian Concern noted Nepal is “home to one of the fastest growing Christian populations in the world and many Christians expressed their concern when Christmas was removed from the list of public holidays.”

“Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians” provides documented accounts of attacks on Christians worldwide, and it tells of the perseverance and courage of men and women who suffer abuse because of their faith in Jesus Christ

 

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Okinawa official backs off troop-removal demand

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An official in Okinawa has backed off demands for the removal of American troops, who long have been based on the island and also who long have been subject of dispute, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga’s decision, reported by Russia Today, follows a rejection by court officials of a lawsuit also involving Japan’s central government over a plan to move the U.S. Marine base Futenma Air Station.

Only a few months ago, tens of thousands of protesters staged a rally to oppose the presence of the U.S. military.

They are there under a security agreement between U.S. and Japan that puts most American troops and bases on the island.

“Marines, get out” was a popular message for the protesters.

A report from the Congressional Research Service reveals there are some 53,000 military personnel and another 43,000 dependents as well as 5,000 Department of Defense civilian employees linked to the U.S. military presence in the region.

“Many Okinawans oppose the U.S. military presence, although some observers assert that Tokyo has failed to communicate effectively to Okinawans the benefits of the alliance. …Okinawa has received billions of dollars in subsidies from the central government to offset the ‘burden’ of hosting U.S. troops,” the report said.

A “broad realignment” plan included a proposal to relocate Futenma to a less-congested area on the island, triggering many protests. The governor at the time, Hirokazu Nakaima, had approved a plan for an offshore landfill needed to build the replacement, but he lost reelection and his successor refused to go along with the plan.

The new governor, Takeshi Onaga, immediately started a multi-prong effort to oppose the work.

The current report reveals Onaga rescinded approval for a relocation plan, and a report from Kyodo News noted Japan’s Supreme Court found the revocation was illegal.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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20 years as the pioneer in independent news

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WASHINGTON – It was 27 years ago that the editor in chief of the legendary Sacramento Union, then the oldest daily West of the Mississippi, Mark Twain’s old stomping grounds, the launching pad for the careers of Herb Caen and Bret Hart, sat in his office looking over a pile of written requests to subscribe to his paper.

It was encouraging, of course. Except for the fact that they came from all over California and indeed the United States – people from well outside the paper’s circulation area who had heard about the unique news perspective of the Union and who were eager to get it. Yet there was no economical way to deliver the news outside of the Sacramento metro area.

That’s when the lightbulb went on in Joseph Farah’s head.

The time was near, he realized, that electronic delivery of the news would soon overcome challenges like this, leveling the playing field for more media competition across the nation and around the world.

It was only seven years later, on May 4, 1997, when Farah launched WorldNetDaily.com, the first independent online news agency. It is, in 2017, marking its 20th anniversary in an age and venue when online companies appear and disappear within moments.

“I had been frustrated by the fact that we had big demand for the innovative paper we had created in Sacramento from all over Northern California, Southern California and, indeed, across the United States,” he recalled. “But there was no way to get the paper efficiently and cost-effectively to consumers outside our traditional delivery area. At the same time, I had been visiting the Silicon Valley and was becoming aware of the emerging technologies and what they indicated was possible in the near term for disseminating digital information anywhere. That’s when I began planning what I then called ‘an electronic newspaper.’”

The breakthrough of the Internet in the mid-1990s did not come soon enough to save the Sacramento Union from going the way of many other daily newspapers around the country, but WorldNetDaily, now known as WND, quickly established itself as a powerhouse in traffic, rivaling almost every major U.S. newspaper in audience in its first two years and throughout its 20-year history.

Farah says he decided to take the step to launch the site after the DrudgeReport emerged and demonstrated that aggregation of links to other news reports could supplement his tiny team of reporters and contributors, offering a comprehensive news presentation.

“The simple genius of Matt Drudge showed the way,” Farah said. “He showed that good news judgment had been undervalued for too long in the news business. He showed that independent thinking and provocative headlines could serve as a valuable roadmap for people to navigate the news for themselves.”

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Farah muses that before launching WorldNetDaily.com, he actually called Matt Drudge and asked him to come to work for him on the new effort. Drudge politely declined Farah’s offer to pay him $50,000 a year to join forces.

The DrudgeReport also marks its 20th anniversary as the top news aggregator in the world, literally viewed by billions, making Drudge one of the most influential media kingpins anywhere.

WND.com remains today one of the top news sites in the world today but with another unintended distinction – it’s the No. 1 Christian website of any kind in the world because of Joseph and Elizabeth Farah’s strong evangelical faith that shapes their worldview and the content of WND.

It began with only a handful of reporters who came from all modes of journalism: radio, television and print.

Its executive news editor, Joe Kovacs, had a long history in broadcast journalism, being a network news anchor on radio and a managing editor for several TV stations when he joined the team in 1999.

“I can’t stress enough what a game-changer WND has been to the news industry,” said Kovacs. “Even while I was running TV newsrooms, I would read and mine WND for story ideas. It was simply amazing to me how one small company could report news better than the big boys. This fledgling company had a much firmer grasp on what real news is when compared to many in the so-called mainstream media. WND changed the national conversation from whatever the New York Times was reporting to accurate coverage of real events, without bowing to any political agenda.”

“Part of the beauty of WND is that it reports what others refuse to,” he added. “Perhaps other news agencies are really not so interested in reporting truth, or the information they withhold from the public does not fit their narrative.”

Over the years, WND has branched out beyond the company’s foundation:

  • In 2002, WND Books was launched. It was the first publishing enterprise to be started by an digital company, and, over the years, has distinguished itself with the highest percentage of New York Times best-sellers of any book company in the world.
  • In 2012, WND Films was launched with the debut of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” the most successful faith film of that year and the following year and perhaps the No. 1 documentary in DVD format.
  • WND was also a pioneer among content sites in the area of e-commerce, creating back in 1999 what has become known as the WND Superstore. Begun primarily as a bookstore, it now markets an eclectic collection of thousands of products from books, to movies, to preparedness products, to jewelry and more.

WND has launched a number of once-exclusive columns into national syndication, including a weekly version of this one and only daily column, Bill O’Reilly, David Limbaugh and Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris, in 2015 renewed his commitment to WND, reaching an exclusive publication arrangement for his popular weekly “Cultural Warrior” column.

The legendary martial-arts champion, action star, humanitarian and political commentator said WND is “one of the very few sources I trust for news.”

He explained, “The fact of the matter is that the creation of WorldNetDaily has not only given the world a truthful and an alternative voice to news, but one that I believe is reflective of what our founders said and would want us to hear. WND is not a conservative voice, but the voice of patriots – an influence that is needed in our milquetoast world and constitutionally run amok country and government.

“And at the center of it all are a bounty-hunter veteran news reporter and editor, and his wife, Joseph and Elizabeth Farah. They’re independent. They don’t shy away from controversy. And they’re not afraid to tell the truth, despite the fallout. Since WorldNetDaily’s inception, it has remained a free press for a free people, preserving the truth and freedom found in the 1st Amendment. ”

The legendary author Phylllis Schlafly, who passed away just months ago, had explained that WND was “an efficient route to communicate with millions of Americans.”

And American singer, actor and Christian personality Pat Boone has praised WND and the trailblazing path for truth the company rides on: “Nobody in this country has been as bold as you. I’m proud to stand alongside you in confronting the nightmare foisted on our country, our way of life and an increasingly numbed and dumbed populace. Thanks for undergirding and publishing so many others who are crying out to our people. As God proclaimed through Hosea, ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’.”

Nat Hentoff, a progressive champion of the First Amendment and tireless defender of the Bill of Rights, earlier praised WND for the company’s dedication to finding out the truth in the Miriam Carey shooting.

“I always read WND because I get so much real news from you guys,” he says. “The way you handled that story ought to be taught in journalism schools. I have a lot of respect for that publication. I make sure I read it. It’s one of my favorites on the Web because you guys are among the remaining and dwindling number of an independent press. … There are still a few journalism schools I suppose that are taking their work seriously, but this ought to be part of the curriculum. I mean it.”

Ted Kavanau, one of the men responsible for creating the news juggernaut that is CNN, praised WND for being an “indispensable source”: “As the founding senior producer of CNN and founding chief executive of CNN Headline News, I find WND an indispensable source for courageous commentary and investigative journalism, a much needed balance to the regrettably one-sided view so frequently found in the ‘Main Stream Media’.”

“I remember thinking in 1997 that WorldNetDaily would challenge the Big Media and eventually, with other independent efforts like ours, end what had become a virtual monopoly on the news because it was dominated by a single, secular, ‘progressive’ worldview,” said Farah. “It took 20 years, but I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of that monopoly in 2017.”

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Cool physics: Researchers ID options for underwater communication

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Cell phones and other wireless devices have upended communications in recent years. Not only can you get a message just about anywhere on earth, you can look at maps, view videos, listen to music, shop, watch live news feeds and more.

But those options quickly fall away for travelers through Colorado’s mountain canyons, when traveling through tunnels, and for the minority who engage in scuba diving, when they are underwater.

For consumers it may not be a significant handicap that radio waves fail when blocked by stone or water.

For the military, it’s another matter, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Which is why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on a solution.

Troy Olsson of the agency’s Microsystems Technology Office is betting on a little-exploited aspect of electromagnetic physics “that could expand wireless communication and data transfer into undersea, underground and other settings where such capabilities essentially have been absent,” the agency has confirmed.

It’s called A Mechanically Based Antenna, AMEBA, and the basis is the ultra-low-frequency, ULF, electromagnetic waves between hundreds of hertz and three kilohertz.

Waves at those frequencies can penetrate “some distance” into water, soil, rock, metal and building materials, the agency reports.

“A nearby band of very-low-frequency (VLF) signals (3 KHz to 30 KHz) opens additional communications possibilities because for these wavelengths the atmospheric corridor between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere – the highest and electric-charge-rich portion of the upper atmosphere – behaves like a radio waveguide in which the signals can propagate halfway around the planet,” the agency said.

“If we are successful, scuba divers would be able to use a ULF channel for low bit-rate communications, like text messages, to communicate with each other or with nearby submarines, ships, relay buoys, UAVs, and ground-based assets, Through-ground communication with people in deep bunkers, mines, or caves could also become possible,” Olsson explained.

It also could allow direct soldier-to-soldier text and voice communication across continents and oceans, the report said.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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Staver: Christians’ hopes high for Trump

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Cultural conservatives are breathing a thankful sigh of relief over the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and their expectations are sky high for Donald Trump on issues ranging from abortion to religious freedom.

“I think that God gave us a second chance, gave us a reprieve and I think there’s a lot of people who believe we have got to take advantage of the first 100 days, the first year, the first two years of this new administration,” said Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver.

But he says conservative activists are taking nothing for granted.

“There is going to be high expectation. I don’t think there is going to be anybody sitting back and just assuming that everything will take place on its own. On the other hand, I don’t believe that Christian conservatives are going to be silent if there’s not action. In fact, the future of [Trump’s] presidency and many people in the conservative movement is hanging in the balance,” said Staver.

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On Election Day, 81 percent of evangelicals voted for Trump. Staver says there are multiple reasons for that but he believes the future of the Supreme Court is at the top of the list.

“You had diametrically different positions. You had Hillary Clinton who was going to be an extenuation of Barack Obama and radicalize the Supreme Court. We would never have the same country, frankly, if we had a Hillary Clinton because we would lose the Supreme Court for a couple of decades,” said Staver.

Despite Trump’s lack of a socially conservative track record, Staver says the GOP candidate went above and beyond to show those voters he shared their interests.

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“Never before has a Republican candidate given a list (of prospective justices) or said specifically and emphatically that they have to be pro-life. So there was a very distinct choice between these two,” said Staver.

He says the makeup of the Supreme Court will be impacted significantly by Trump’s win since he will get to nominate a successor for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. But Staver says future vacancies will also be critical.

“(Filling) a vacancy with Scalia just gives you the status quo of what we had before Scalia died, assuming you have the same kind of justice who respects the Constitution. But after Scalia, any justices that resign or for whatever reason are no longer on the bench, there you have the future of the Supreme Court hanging in the balance,” said Staver.

Staver says the composition of the Supreme Court will be critical as many hot-button cases make their way through the lower courts.

“In the courtroom, you’re going to have a lot more battles coming down the pike on this clash between homosexuality and religious freedom. You’re going to see more battles on the pro-life issue because what we’re seeing in the last five years is an explosion of pro-life legislation that ends up in the courtrooms,” said Staver.

But while the courts remain a fierce battleground, Staver is very optimistic about what a change in the White House will mean.

“In the political realm, the sky’s the limit at this point, both politically and in the administrative state. We now have opportunities we never even hardly dreamed about before – to literally reverse so much of what Obama did not only by executive order but Obamacare and many other regulations that promoted an amoral, immoral agenda,” said Staver.

“I’m sure you’ll have him dropping some of these lawsuits that Obama has pushed, like the Obamacare lawsuit that goes against the religious freedom of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious ministries. I think you’ll also see a dropping of some of these other radical LGBT, sexual orientation, gender identity lawsuits that the Obama administration pushed forward,” said Staver.

Of all the opportunities for cultural conservatives, defunding and prosecuting Planned Parenthood are very high on the list. Staver says Republicans had the chance to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider from 2005-2007 but ended up “playing politics.” He expects it happen in 2017.

“They’ve already moved forward in the past to defund Planned Parenthood. They’ve made efforts in that direction to overturn Obamacare. The problem is they had a president that stopped that. Now we’ll have a president who will push that and sign those laws into effect,” said Staver.

Earlier in December, the House Select Investigative Panel for Infant Lives recommended some Planned Parenthood officials for prosecution in the wake of undercover videos depicting the dissecting of aborted babies and negotiations with researchers on a price for baby body parts.

Staver believes that will likely gather steam, too.

“I think you could likely see some prosecution and more litigation against Planned Parenthood in 2017. I think their days of federal funding are going to come to an end and I think they are going to be on the receiving end of prosecutorial aggression by a number of entities, both state and federal as well. They deserve it,” said Staver.

Read the tested and proven strategies to defeat the abortion cartel, in “Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time.”

 

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