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Trump declares war on slavery, human trafficking

President Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

President Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

WASHINGTON – On Nov. 1, American Urban Radio Network’s White House correspondent April Ryan asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Trump believes slavery was wrong.

“I think it is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” Sanders responded.

The next day on CNN, April Ryan accused Sanders of not answering the question. CNN’s Don Lemon said backed her up.

Today they got their unequivocal answer as President Trump has declared war on slavery like he did on ISIS.

With an estimated 25 million people suffering in slavery and as victims of human trafficking, President Trump has declared January as “National Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention Month.”

Perhaps you haven’t heard about the announcement.

That’s because none of the following news agencies have deemed it worthy of reporting: The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, nor any other major newspaper in America or around the world. Neither have any of the major broadcast or cable networks even mentioned it – including CNN.

Similar announcements by previous presidents received widespread coverage, with laudatory expressions of hope they might make a difference in the fight to end the scourge.

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“Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation,” said Trump in a statement released by the White House. “It has no place in our world.”

Sex and labor trafficking enslaves as many as 25 million people, the White House said.

“Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force – through violence and intimidation – to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries,” said Trump.

In announcing the decision to dedicate next month to combating modern slavery, the Trump administration touted its efforts to address the problem over the past year, including the creation of an interagency task force aimed at developing new anti-slavery policies and the signing of an executive order that targets criminal organizations that have trafficked humans.

“This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality,” said Trump. “We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”

The Trump administration’s announcement follows the release of a voluminous report by the State Department including state-by-state assessments of the situation around the world.

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Countdown to anniversary of Inauguration Day

Donald Trump's inaugural address

Donald Trump’s inaugural address

WASHINGTON – With less than three weeks remaining in President Trump’s first year in office, the ThankTrump.us campaign is steaming along, having surpassed 20,000 digital cards of gratitude generated for his hundreds of major accomplishments.

“Jan. 20 will mark the anniversary of the president’s Inauguration Day, so it’s a great time to let him know how much you appreciate all he’s done for the country in such a short time,” said Joseph Farah, WND’s founder who launched the campaign just before Thanksgiving. “It’s a record of accomplishment unparalleled in modern American history.”

The campaign includes the most comprehensive list compiled any anyone of his significant achievements, which have come on an average of one every two days since he took the oath of office.

It’s quite a record of success, yet no president in arguably all of American history has faced such relentless opposition over the course of his first year.

Trump has faced vitriol and obstruction from all sides: Democrats, the media, Hollywood, the sports world, the international community, the deep state, the religious Left, “progressive” activists and even many Republicans and establishment conservatives.

“Making America great again is a thankless job, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Farah. “We, the American people, have the power to raise our voices in thanks for this president who has accomplished so much in his first year but has so little acclaim to show for it.”

In this spirit, WND launched the Thank Trump Card Campaign to give ordinary Americans a way to thank the president for his hard work and record of achievement on behalf of the American people.

Simply go to ThankTrump.us to choose one of our 10 unique e-card designs. You can add a personalized message to your card if you wish, and then simply click a button to send it electronically to the White House. It’s completely free of charge.

“As President Trump heads into a new year, it’s important he doesn’t lose the courage and boldness that have enabled him to defy the establishment and get so much done for the American people,” said Farah. “Given all the opposition he faces, it would be too easy for him to surrender to the forces that besiege him.”

That’s why ThankTrump.us is so important. As 2018 begins, it is a perfect time to look back with thankfulness to the man who made 2017 such a great year for America.

The campaign has been endorsed by leading conservatives such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity and covered by conservative news outlets such as Breitbart News and InfoWars.com. The Conservative Tribune is also among the list of promoters.

Go to ThankTrump.us to view the 10 card design options, all of which can be personalized with additional messages and sent directly to the White House at no cost.

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Jesus, Reagan, Clint Eastwood all get votes in Alabama

(FOX NEWS) — Some aren’t Alabama residents. Other vote-getters aren’t even alive.

But actor Clint Eastwood, the late President Ronald Reagan and Jesus Christ were among those who received protest write-in votes in Alabama’s tempestuous Senate election this month.

Alabama’s Secretary of State’s office released the names of those who received write-in votes after Democrat Doug Jones was certified Thursday as the winner of the contest. Jones defeated scandal-plagued Republican nominee Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in the Dec. 12 election.

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Films on ‘global warming’ flop at box office

(WASHINGTON TIMES) — Climate change got its close-up in 2017. A gaggle of films either name-checked Al Gore’s biggest fear or built their narratives around it.

The timing, in theory, couldn’t be better for Hollywood bean counters: Three major hurricanes. Massive fires in the West. Record-setting chills. Media reports routinely connected the disasters with a warming planet.

Yet audiences stayed away from films influenced by eco-concerns. Far, far away.

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‘Fake news’ tops school’s annual list of banished words

(THE HILL) — “Fake news” and “covfefe” are among the phrases that made it onto one university’s list of “banished words” this year.

Lake Superior State University released its 43rd annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” on Sunday, including the two phrases tied to President Trump.

Suggestions were sent to the school before voters were able to select their favorites.

Lake Superior State spokesman John Shibley told the Associated Press that it made sense for the list to include the political phrases, considering the political climate of the past year.

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Iran threatens protesters, clamps down on social media

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The Iranian government restricted access to social-media apps used by protesters for communication and warned those involved in the nationwide demonstrations will “pay the price” after three days of unrest.

Instagram and Telegram have been temporarily “restricted.” Social media has been vital resource for Iranians participating in the protests – described as the largest public display of discontent since the 2009 Green Movement in Iran.

While independent media coverage from inside the country has been limited, protesters have used apps like Telegram, which offers public channels for users in addition to encrypted messaging, to share information and videos of protests and clashes.

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Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli issued a stern warning that protesters will “pay the price” after the demonstrations turned deadly. He said the misuse of social networks by some individuals “are causing violence and fear,” and that “such behavior will be smashed,” according to IRNA, Iran’s official news agency.

Two people were killed Saturday during protests in Doroud city, in the Lorestan province of western Iran, according to semi-official news agency Mehr News.

Several videos circulated on social media showed various people injured during protests in the city. The videos purportedly showed injured people lying on the ground and being carried away from the protest, as well as being treated in a local hospital. In some of the video, gunshots can be heard.

In a rare display of public dissent, some protesters directed their ire at Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to some videos on social media. In another video also circulating on social media, Iranians can be overheard chanting “We don’t want an Islamic Republic” and “Death to the dictator.” The video purports to show demonstrators in the western city of Khorramabad.

President Donald Trump has voiced his support for anti-government protesters in several tweets throughout the weekend, sparking a war of words with the Iranian government.

“Big protests in Iran,” the president wrote Sunday morning. “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer.”

Earlier, Trump tweeted: “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. The world is watching!”

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi pushed back against earlier U.S. comments, saying the Iranian people gave no credence to such “opportunistic” remarks by Trump or his administration.

Iranian officials have pointed to foreign intervention as being behind the protests.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador the U.N., added her support in a statement on Sunday, saying “our hopes and prayers” are with people suffering in “oppressive governments in North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and especially in Iran, where the long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice.”

“The Iranian government,” she said, “is being tested by its own citizens. We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day.”

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Arsenal found in Houston hotel atop New Year’s Eve party

Houston, Texas, skyline. Hyatt Regency is the dark building near the middle with a copper-colored cylindrical restaurant atop its roof (Photo: Yelp)

Houston, Texas, skyline. Hyatt Regency is the dark building near the middle with a copper-colored cylindrical restaurant atop its roof (Photo: Yelp)

A man has been arrested on multiple charges after police located a small arsenal of guns on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street downtown, where a large New Year’s Eve celebration is planned, Houston police said.

Police at the hotel called for backup around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they attempted to arrest the man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When help arrived, police noticed ammunition around the man’s hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.

The man was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing. When investigators looked through his room further, they located an AR-15, a shotgun, a handgun and lots of ammunition, Macintosh said.

The Hyatt is preparing a New Year’s Eve celebration at the hotel with a 50,000 balloon drop at the stroke of midnight, its website said.

The man’s white Chevrolet Silverado was located and towed to be searched and examined, Macintosh said. Police are waiting to interview the man until he has sobered up, he said.

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France’s secret tax authority for Jews only

The French Ministry for the Economy and Finance in Paris (CC BY-SA Pline/Wikipedia)

The French Ministry for the Economy and Finance in Paris (CC BY-SA Pline/Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON – A business news service in Israel has exposed what experts say is a new tax authority that targets exclusively French Jews – one unprecedented anywhere in the modern world.

According to the Globes, French citizens and their tax preparers have been astonished to hear about the new department, which they charge is discriminatory, giving rise to questions about selective enforcement.

“The procedure is new and questionable, and discriminates against French Jews,” Itay Bracha, a tax expert who represents French clients with tax authorities in Israel and France, told the Globes. “The measure is an extremely irregular and rare one in which a tax authority in a foreign country is setting up a special division to handle Jews, and recruiting an exceptionally large number of employees for it.”

Bracha says that there is no comparable department among other tax authorities in the world.

“I know of no similar department to the one founded in France, and certainly not with that number of employees,” he said. “There is a special department in the U.S. because of the need for direct communication with the authorities in Israel, and taking into account the volume of trade between Israel and the U.S., but the main purpose is absolutely not to catch tax evaders.”

He added: “Such a department, which constitutes extreme discrimination against Jews in France, does violence to equality between different citizens. Establishing such a department is an unacceptable statement by the authorities in France, and puts the Jewish community in a very unflattering spotlight.”

The move coincides with both rising anti-Semitism in France and an exodus of French Jews moving to Israel or buying second homes there in preparation for a possible move.

“At the present time, in contrast to the prevailing opinion in the French community, the announcement by French Jews that they are leaving and immigrating to Israel does not solve the Jews’ problem,” Bracha noted. “On the contrary, this act put the immigrant in the spotlight, and the authorities in France started an investigation into his case in order to detect whether he has money and assets in Israel that have not been reported in France. This is done through international exchanges of information, or through other means.”

Uri Goldman from the Goldman & Co. law firm, an expert in international taxation and money laundering, said the focus on the Jewish community in France “has a bad odor of national or political motives.”

Goldman notes new immigrants in Israel are exempt from tax reporting and payment of taxes for 10 years, but among wealthy people and owners of companies and other assets in France, the matter is more complicated.

“When the immigrant is wealthy, there is a complex situation of adjustment between tax law in Israel and overseas through the tax conventions,” he said. “This is particularly true in view of the war against unreported capital.”

The Globes reports the new tax authority was founded in the past year with 20 Hebrew-speaking employees, and it is in the process of hiring five more.

The French department was established to handle French Jewish tax evaders, and it hired employees with professional experience and a profound understanding of Israeli law to examine whether Jews were using these laws to evade taxes in France. The goal of the department is to catch French tax evaders using Israel as a tax shelter, according to the report.

“It is very, very irregular to hire 20 Hebrew-speaking employees, or any other language, in a foreign tax authority,” said one anonymous international attorney specializing in tax law who is familiar with the department. “Most tax authorities have one or two Hebrew speakers, and there are English or French-speaking employees in Israel for the purpose of signing conventions and conducting relations with the tax authorities of other countries. Every tax authority has employees that speak a foreign language, but hiring 20 or more Hebrew-speaking investigators is very irregular.”

The source also said he learned from his acquaintance with the department and its employees that some of the employees hired previously lived in Israel.

“They hired Hebrew-speaking French people, some of whom previously lived in Israel and moved back to France,” he said.

According to figures from the Israel Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, immigration from France has increased dramatically in recent years, with 1,211 new immigrants arriving in Israel from France in the first half of 2017. A study conducted at Bar-Ilan University showed that the economic benefit for the Israeli economy from the absorption of Jews from France would reach $65 billion. The study assumes that 100,000 immigrants will arrive from France by 2026.

The French embassy in Israel denies the existence of the special department.

“In the framework of the campaign against tax evasion, the authorities in France conduct investigations concerning individual cases, in accordance with the international agreements,” the embassy said in a special statement to Globes. “The authorities in France deny the existence of a special department. It is extremely important to state that the things that were written are false. Taxes in France are calculated according to risk considerations. There is therefore no connection whatsoever to the national affiliation or ethnic origin of taxpayers.”

In a follow-up release, the embassy added: “The General Directorate of Public Finances denies in the most categorical way the unfounded affirmations published today in the Globes newspaper … There is no such structure in the French tax administration. French tax legislation prohibits any distinction made between people on the basis of their origins, place of residence or membership of a particular nation or religion.”

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UCLA study claims to prove Trump’s racial bias on immigration

(Law & Crime) Students at UCLA published a report that studied President Donald Trump‘s tweets and speeches over the course of more than two years, explaining how his language shows an anti-immigrant bias and “false narrative.” The study was filed in court along with an amicus brief by 15 state attorneys supporting a lawsuit in favor of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Earlier this year, President Trump repealed DACA, which was instituted by President Barack Obama as a temporary measure to help children brought into the United States illegally by their parents.

The UCLA study looked at more than 6,000 tweets and 300 speeches from Trump, during both his campaign and presidency. It claims that Trump used generalizations and loaded words to promote the idea that immigrants–particularly Latinos–are criminals, Mexico is an enemy, and that Trump will protect American citizens, who are victims of an invasion of criminal aliens.

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This day in WND history: Panic in the year zero

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Dec. 31, 1999: WND and Talk Radio Network joined forces to provide live, wall-to-wall coverage of Y2K weekend in a marathon radio-Internet special.

Readers were clicking on their “Refresh” buttons frequently to download the latest news postings on the arrival of the Year 2000, and listened to WND editors, reporters, columnists and guests break the news and discuss live on TRN’s national broadcasting outlets and online.

“Who knows what to expect?” asked Joseph Farah rhetorically in advance of Y2K weekend.

WND-20-Years“But we’ll be there to chronicle it while most of the radio world plays recorded programming. It might be chaos and pandemonium, or it might be one big party to ring in the New Year. Either way, it will be worth listening.”

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