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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Real Science and Politics Behind Climate Change

The chart above clearly shows a weakening trend of sunspots in solar cycles 22, 23 and 24. These are the latest in a sequence dating from 1755, when extensive recording of solar sunspot activity began. Note that the peak of solar cycle 24, which occurred in 2014, is only about half that of solar cycle 22, which peaked about 1989.

This portends global cooling—not global warming. Sunspots are dwindling to lows not seen in 200 years. In 2008, during the solar minimum of cycle 23, there were 266 days with no sunspots. This is considered a very deep solar minimum. You can check out pictures of sunspots—or their absence—day after day for recent years at http://tinyurl.com/6zck4x.

At right is a recent picture of the sun with a single sunspot region as the sun marches toward a cyclical low expected in 2019 or 2020. 

Sunspots have been observed for millennia, first in China and with a telescope for the first time by Galileo in 1610. We now have a 400-year record of sunspot cycle observations, from which we can see a cycle length of about 11 years. Combining this fact with the discovery of a strong correlation between solar activity and radioactive carbon 14 in tree rings, it has been possible to backdate sunspot cycles from the sun’s magnetic cycles for a thousand years, back to the Oort Minimum in the year 1010.

Sunspots occur when magnetic fields rip through the sun’s surface, producing holes in the sun’s corona, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and changes in the solar wind, the stream of charged particles emanating from the sun. The solar wind, by modulating the galactic cosmic rays which reach the earth, determines both the formation of clouds and the carbon dioxide level in the earth’s atmosphere—which has nothing to do with emissions from factories or automobiles! This is why in the 15 years prior to 2013, when humans produced 461 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide—compared to only 302 billion tonnes in the preceding 15 years—there was no global warming; in fact, the earth actually cooled despite the massive increase in carbon dioxide emissions. The fear mongers claim a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide will produce catastrophic global warming. But Reid Bryson, founding chairman of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin, has stated, “You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as a doubling of carbon dioxide.”

After about 210 years, sunspot cycles “crash” or almost entirely die out, and the earth can cool dramatically. These unusually cold periods last several decades. Of greatest concern to us is the Maunder Minimum, which ran from 1645 to 1715. Below is a chart that shows the paucity of sunspots during this time. Some years had no sunspots at all.

The astronomer Sporer reported only 50 sunspots during a 30-year period, compared to 40,000 to 50,000 typical for that length of time.

Since the Maunder Minimum, a less extreme but still significantly below-average period of cooler temperatures occurred during the Dalton Minimum (1790 to 1830), also shown on the graph.

Deep-freeze predicted by mid-century

At least as far back as 2007—before Cycle 23 had bottomed—a Russian solar physicist, predicted what we are seeing now. Professor Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the Pulkovo Observatory in Russia, noting that solar irradiance had already begun to fall, said a slow decline in temperatures would begin as early as 2012-2015 and lead to a deep freeze in 2050-2060 that will last about fifty years. He said the warming we’ve been witnessing was caused by increased solar irradiance, not CO2 emissions:

It is no secret that increased solar irradiance warms Earth’s oceans, which then 
triggers the emission of large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 
So the common view that man’s industrial activity is a deciding factor in global 
warming has emerged from a misinterpretation of cause and effect relations.

Further, debunking the very notion of a greenhouse effect, the renowned scientist said:

Ascribing ‘greenhouse’ effect properties to the Earth’s atmosphere is not scientifically
substantiated. Heated greenhouse gases, which become lighter as a result of expansion,
ascend to the atmosphere only to give the absorbed heat away.

In a paper published in 2009, Abdussamatov wrote that there have been 18 Maunder-type minima of deep temperature drops in the last 7,500 years, “which without fail follow after natural warming.” And, correspondingly,

while in the periods of high sunspot maxima, there have been periods of global warming.
Such changes in the climate of the Earth could be caused only by lasting and significant 
changes in the Sun, because there was absolutely no industrial effect on nature in those times.

We would expect the onset of the phase of deep minimum in the present 200-year cycle of 
cyclic activity of the Sun to occur at the beginning of solar cycle 27; i.e., tentatively in the 
year 2042 plus or minus 11 years, and potentially lasting 45-65 years.

CO2 maxima always follow temperature maxima by 200-800 years

Regarding analyses of ice cores in Greenland and Antarctica, Abdussamatov wrote:

It has been seen that substantial increases in the concentration of carbon dioxide in 
the atmosphere and global climate warming have occurred cyclically, even when there 
was as yet no industrial action on nature. It has also been established that periodic, 
very substantial increases in the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere for a period 
of 420 thousand years never preceded warming, but, on the contrary, always followed an
increase in the temperature with a delay of 200-800 years, i.e., they were its consequence.

In an update in October 2013, Abdussamatov warned, “We are now on an unavoidable advance towards a deep temperature drop.”

Ocean currents reveal similar pattern

Abdussamatov’s conclusions about global cooling came from his studies of the sun, but another scientist came to a similar conclusion by studying ocean currents. This should not be surprising because, as NASA has stated, “uneven heating from the sun drives the air and ocean currents that produce the Earth’s climate”. Don Easterbrook, a geology professor and climate scientist, correctly predicted back in 2000 that the earth was entering a cooling phase. He made his prediction by tracing a “consistently recurring pattern” of alternating warm and cool ocean cycles known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). He found this cycle recurring every 25 to 30 years for almost 500 years. Projecting this forward, he concluded “the PDO said we’re due for a change,” and that happened.

This 25 to 30 year cycle fits well with the 30 year cycle I reported more than a year ago from the temperature pattern of the past 135 years. See below:

IPCC agenda driven political panel, not scientific

Asked by CNSNews about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Easterbrook said they:

“ignored all the data I gave them…every time I say something about the projection of climate into the future based on real data, they come out with some [computer] modeled data that says this is just a temporary pause…I am absolutely dumfounded by the totally absurd and stupid things said every day by people who are purportedly scientists that make no sense whatsoever….These people are simply ignoring real-time data that has been substantiated and can be replicated and are simply making stuff up….What they’re doing in the U.S. is using CO2 to impose all kinds of restrictions to push a socialist government.”

Is it true that the global-warming issue has become a front for a political ideology? Has it become a tool for increasing government control over our lives, not just in the U.S. but all over the globe? In 2010 a leading member of the United Nation’s IPCC said, “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore.” Now it’s not about saving the environment but about redistributing wealth, said Ottmar Edenhofer, a co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group III and a lead author of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). “We redistribute the world’s wealth by climate policy.”

Edenhofer told a German news outlet (NZZ AM Sonntag ): “Basically, it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War.”

The Cancun agreement set up a “Green Climate Fund” to administer assistance to poor nations suffering from floods and drought due to global warming. The European Union, Japan and the United States have led pledges of $100 billion per year for poor nations up to 2020, plus $30 billion in immediate assistance.

One might think this redistribution of wealth is a good thing, and in an ideal world it would be. But this is not an ideal world and any new scheme invented by the world's oligarchs has only one objective, to migrate money and power from ordinary people to the already wealthy and powerful. Very little, if any, of this money will make it to improving lives in poorer countries. In industrialized countries middle classes will slowly disappear as their money gets sucked away by higher taxes and prices for fuel and power and everything else. 

The IPCC regularly submits its reports to its Expert Reviewers Panel. As you might expect, most of its appointments to this panel have been supporters of global warming. A few nonbelievers have been included to give the appearance of balance, but their comments and questions have been routinely ignored as the IPCC focuses on what it claims to be the “consensus” view.

Only one person has been been on every IPCC Expert Reviewers Panel, dating back to 1990. That man is Dr. Vincent Gray of New Zealand. He submitted a very large number of comments to IPCC drafts. Here are some of his comments from a letter he wrote on March 9, 2008:

Over the period I have made an intensive study of the data and procedures used by IPCC
contributors throughout their whole study range….Right from the beginning I have had 
difficulty with this procedure. Penetrating questions often ended without any answer. 
Comments on the IPCC drafts were rejected without explanation, and attempts to 
pursue the matter were frustrated indefinitely. …

I have been forced to the conclusion that for significant parts of the work of the IPCC, 
the data collection and scientific methods employed are unsound. Resistance to all efforts 
to try and discuss or rectify these problems has convinced me that normal scientific 
procedures are not only rejected by the IPCC, but that this practice is endemic, and 
was part of the organization from the very beginning. I therefore consider that the IPCC 
is fundamentally corrupt. The only “reform” I could envisage, would be its abolition. …

Yes, we have to face it. The whole process is a swindle. The IPCC from the beginning was 
given the license to use whatever methods would be necessary to provide “evidence” that 
carbon dioxide increases are harming the climate, even if this involves manipulation of 
dubious data and using peoples’ opinions instead of science to “prove” their case.

The disappearance of the IPCC in disgrace is not only desirable but inevitable….
Sooner or later all of us will come to realize that this organization, and the thinking 
behind it, is phony.  Unfortunately severe economic damage is likely to be done by 
its influence before that happens.

Patrick Moore, a co-founder and director of Greenpeace, resigned because of its “trend toward abandoning scientific objectivity in favor of political agendas.” After the failure of communism, he says, there was little public support for collectivist ideology. In his view a “reason environmental extremism emerged was because world communism failed, the [Berlin] wall came down, and a lot of peaceniks and political activists moved into the environmental movement bringing their neo-Marxism with them and learned to use green language in a very clever way to cloak agendas that actually have more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalism than they do anything with ecology or science.”

Vaclav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic and a university professor before he became president, is the author of a book on global warming and has spoken often on the subject. He says , “What frustrates me is the feeling that everything has already been said and published, that all rational argument has been used, yet it does not help.”

It does not help because global warming alarmism is not based on rational argument. It is not based on science. It is not based on reality. It is based on political ideology. If rational argument doesn’t fit, then phony arguments must be invented: the spread of malaria, the loss of biological diversity, oceans flooding, polar bears disappearing, Himalayan glaciers vanishing, etc.

If global warming does not fit the observable temperature measurements, then a new “reality” must be invented to fit the ideology: actual temperature records must be altered or dismissed—hundreds of temperature-reporting stations in colder areas worldwide were eliminated from the global network so the average temperature is higher than when those stations were included.

There is an award on my wall, recognition of the fight I put up to save volunteer climate stations from extinction in western Canada. The award was given regionally - national office did not appreciate my interfering with their plans to close the stations and thereby destroy the integrity of the National Climatic database. 

I could never understand why they could not see what they were doing to the integrity and usefulness of Canadian climate data. It seems obvious now that they did not want to see it.

Presto! Global warming. Ditto for carbon dioxide measurements: 90,000 CO2 measurements in 175 research papers were dismissed because they showed higher CO2 levels than desired, and various other studies were selectively edited to eliminate “uncooperative” measurements while claiming the cherry-picked remaining ones showed global warming (link.) The global warming advocates are not disturbed by all this because, in their view, ideology trumps reality!

That might seem contradictory, but I believe he is referring to historical studies which might indicate CO2 levels too high, too early, therefore departing from the smooth pattern of increase the IPCC wants the world to believe.

Klaus states:
“We succeeded in getting rid of communism, but along with many others, we erroneously assumed that attempts to suppress freedom, and to centrally organize, mastermind, and control society and the economy, were matters of the past, an almost-forgotten relic. Unfortunately, those centralizing urges are still with us….

“Environmentalism only pretends to deal with environmental protection. Behind their people and nature friendly terminology, the adherents of environmentalism make ambitious attempts to radically reorganize and change the world, human society, our behavior and our values….They don’t care about resources or poverty or pollution. They hate us, the humans. They consider us dangerous and sinful creatures who must be controlled by them. I used to live in a similar world called communism. And I know it led to the worst environmental damage the world has ever experienced….

“The followers of the environmentalist ideology, however, keep presenting us with various catastrophic scenarios with the intention of persuading us to implement their ideas. That is not only unfair but also extremely dangerous. Even more dangerous, in my view, is the quasi-scientific guise that their oft-refuted forecasts have taken on….Their recommendations would take us back to an era of statism and restricted freedom….The ideology will be different. Its essence will, nevertheless, be identical—the attractive, pathetic, at first sight noble idea that transcends the individual in the name of the common good, and the enormous self-confidence on the side of the proponents about their right to sacrifice the man and his freedom in order to make this idea reality…. We have to restart the discussion about the very nature of government and about the relationship between the individual and society….It is not about climatology. It is about freedom.”

This brings us to my pet subject this week - the New World Order by virtue of something called 'astro-turfing'. Astro-turfing is the artificial creation of a 'grassroots' or populist movement. This is explained in the second video at Startling Comments on the New World Order (Astro-Turfing) from Putin as the efforts of pharmaceutical companies to create a need for their medication that didn't previously exist. The IPCC is using the same technique to sell climate change to the gullible masses and it is working with spectacular success.

Check out this post from Oct 2015 - One-World Government if Harper Loses Election - Margaret Thatcher Advisor. What he predicted has happened in that most countries in the world have signed away their autonomy to the IPCC at Paris. Of all the disasters that have occurred in Paris in the past year and a half, climate change summit will stand through history as being the worst. We have opened the door to One-World government, and nothing good will come out of that.

Just one more teaser: if anthropogenic CO2 is contributing to global warming and if we reduce it significantly and then a cooling period begins as predicted above, we will require the use of more energy to heat our homes in the middle latitudes because we contributed to a cooler planet. That means more pollution! It also means obscenely high costs which will certainly be in place the way we are going. 

Happy New Year everyone! May God bless us all with wisdom and truth in 2017 for we sure did miss it in 2016.

Friday, December 30, 2016

American Hypocrisy over Israel May have been Out-Done by UK

If you have been reading this blog for a couple of years you will know I am not a fan of Theresa May. Her third attempt to start an inquiry into child sex abuse is sputtering along barely moving. Her obscene remarks in parliament in an attempt at humour have not helped to endear her to me. Now, after the UK played a critical role in the writing of the most recent antisemitic UNSC resolution, she has the nerve to complain about John Kerry's antisemitic complaints about Benjamin Netanyahu. It's too late P.M. T.M.; you blew it!

British Prime Minister Theresa May rebukes U.S.
over Israel criticism
By Eric DuVall, UPI

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned a speech by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, during which Kerry harshly criticized the Israeli government's policy on Palestine. May said the United States should refrain from critiquing the domestic political process of an ally. File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, -- British Prime Minister Theresa May offered a rare rebuke of the United States, condemning a speech by Secretary of State John Kerry attacking Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

The statement, released by 10 Downing St. on Thursday night, comes as the Obama administration's final days tick down and after President-elect Donald Trump criticized the U.S. decision not to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

The U.N. resolution, which Israel has accused the United States of brokering, calls the settlements a "flagrant violation" of international law that endangers the increasingly distant possibility the Israelis and Palestinians will be able to reach a lasting two-state peace deal. Great Britain acted as a go-between in crafting the resolution, which Israel deeply opposed, making Thursday's rebuke all the more surprising, The Washington Post reported.

In a speech Wednesday, Kerry labeled the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "the most right-wing in Israel's history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements."

May, who leads a conservative British government, responded Thursday, saying through a spokesman the United States should refrain from critiquing the domestic politics of an allied government.

May does "not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally," a spokesman for the prime minister said. "The government believes that negotiations will only succeed when they are conducted between the two parties, supported by the international community."

It is not appropriate to attack... Isn't that exactly what the UK did in the UN? So what she's really saying is that it is not appropriate to be seen to attack.... You should be more subtle, more sneaky, like a snake!

T.M. should have kept her mouth shut rather than joining Obama and Kerry in their last minute slide from any semblance of decency and good character into a desperate pettiness.

The comments come as U.S. allies prepare to rewrite the diplomatic playbook once Trump assumes the presidency. Trump was publicly outraged by the U.S. decision not to veto the U.N.'s Israeli settlement resolution and has said he supports the Israeli government's claims to land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Why Israel must control the West Bank and Golan Heights... 

video 5:03

To do otherwise would be just suicidal. The USA knows that and, surely, the UK does too. So stop the BS and tell the world you want Israel to be destroyed so Muslims can live in peace. Oh, wait, there are no Muslim countries living in peace. Must be the Jews fault! Surely, once all the Jews are dead, the Muslims will be happy and stop killing each other and raping little English girls.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

‘No One Shot at Evacuees’: Filmmaker Who Witnessed Aleppo Liberation

Another international journalist discredits MSM reporting in Aleppo
Admittedly, this comes from RT with it's built-in bias, but most of the words come from the Bolivian 
documentary maker herself. You won't see this on western MSM because that would 
insinuate that they were fooled by the fake news and guilty of very sloppy journalism.

Carla Ortiz

The Syrian army did not shoot at militants leaving Aleppo under the evacuation deal and it was even distributing food among them, Carla Ortiz, a Bolivian documentary filmmaker who spent eight months in Syria, told RT as she disputed some MSM (main stream media) narratives.

Ortiz was filming a documentary about the people caught in the Syrian conflict and had an opportunity to witness the liberation of eastern Aleppo firsthand, including the evacuation of militants and their families from the city.

She has published a video from her upcoming documentary showing the process of evacuation to contest western media claims that Syrian government forces fired on the evacuees as proof that the evacuation, which took place under the deal brokered by Russia and Turkey, was peaceful.

“Many have asked me to show proof that people and children were not shot at on the streets while the evacuation took place as some media reported. So, this is what I saw: civilians evacuated on foot from the east, then transported in buses to the shelters. I am sorry, but there was absolutely no mass shooting on the evacuation,” Ortiz wrote in a Facebook post, commenting on the video.

She added that “what the Syrian army and civilians were doing was throwing food through the windows” of the buses that transported the evacuees out of the city.

Ortiz then went on to contest some other MSM narratives by doubting the authenticity of the so-called “witness reports” from then-rebel-occupied areas of Aleppo that quickly went viral on the western media. She particularly stressed that the eastern part of the city had no internet connection that could allow those witnesses to upload their footage or send them to the western media companies.

Ortiz added that, even though she had a mobile phone with international roaming and Wi-Fi, she could not send even a short text message to her family out of eastern Aleppo.

“When I was in east Aleppo, in neighborhoods that were just liberated, there was no internet – I could not even tell my family I [had] made it alive. It is impossible to upload a video there. I had to upload a video in a hotel and it took me more than two hours,” Ortiz told RT. 

“For me it is just insane to think that this footage is happening over there,” she added. 

At the same time, she admitted that eastern Aleppo was indeed “an eye of conflict” and “an absolute devastation,” which she said was caused not just by the actions of the Syrian army or the Russian bombing raids but by the militants who held those areas.

While western Aleppo “sometimes lacked electricity and water supplies, although businesses there were still running” and people carried on with their lives, in the east of the city there was only terror and devastation.

“When you talk to someone, who just left east Aleppo… they say they had no food, no access to electricity, no medicine; their children were unable to go to school,” Ortiz said, adding that the people there had sometimes “to lock up their children because the terrorists used the children to blackmail their family members into staying quiet or doing something for them.”

Conditions the civilians lived in under the so-called rebels were “really inhuman,” she stressed, adding that most militants, who held the eastern part of the city, were foreign mercenaries.

“When you talk to someone who just left east Aleppo, they tell you that most terrorists are not even Syrians,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz said she witnessed snipers targeting civilians on the streets of eastern Aleppo when she tried to get to that part of the city.

Most Aleppo residents welcomed the liberation of the city by the Syrian army regardless of their political beliefs, as they were just happy to be finally free from the militant rule, Ortiz said.

People “were full of hope and happy when they were crossing from East Aleppo to the western part of the city. They were thanking God and the Syrian army. They had nothing to do with politics. They were not talking about supporting one side or another side, they were just happy to be free,” Ortiz said.

She also stressed that many soldiers who fought on the side of government forces in Aleppo were actually local “volunteers, who were fighting to get some of their family members out of east Aleppo.”

Ortiz also welcomed the Syrian nationwide ceasefire deal, which was recently brokered by Russia and Turkey and entered into force Friday. This agreement “could determine many things at this exact moment,” she said, adding, “It could really answer to the prayers of people.”

“I was able to communicate with all these people of any ages, of different religions – they are all praying for a real ceasefire,” Ortiz said.

A Few of the Christian Martyrs of 2016

Having received some criticism for my previous article: 1 Christian Killed for Their Faith Every 6 Minutes in 2016 – Study I thought it appropriate to support it with some data. I admit I had some doubts about the article which I expressed in it. 

One concern I didn't express is who they define as Christian. It's possible they included people such as those killed in the Berlin Christmas Market attack. Germany is, theoretically, a Christian country, although it is unlikely that there are very many Germans who have a real and functioning relationship with Jesus Christ. Most are Christians in name only. As such, they should probably not be included as Christian martyrs, although, to the terrorist(s) who murdered them, they were Christians and he was attacking Christianity.

So, finally, I don't know if the numbers in the report are accurate. I know they are incomplete as not including India and China, so they may actually be too low. Nevertheless, here is an example of what goes on in the world today that you will almost never hear about in the anti-Christian mainstream media:

27 Killed in bombing of Coptic church in Cairo 12 Dec '16

Men, women and children filed in to Cairo's Coptic Christian chapel on Sunday morning, taking a moment of respite from the bustle of the Egyptian capital's busy streets.

Situated in a complex at St Mark's Cathedral, the congregation was worshipping near the seat of the Coptic pope and the heart of their religion.

Minutes later, a blast ripped through the congregation, on the side of the church usually used by women, killing 23 and wounding scores of others in an attack that was chilling even by the bloody standards of Egypt's recent history.  

The death toll has been raised to 27 since this report. Scores more were injured.

Dozens of Pakistani Christians die after consuming toxic alcohol on Christmas
Jardine Malado

Dozens of Christians died and at least a hundred more fell sick after drinking toxic alcohol during Christmas celebrations in the district of Toba Tek Singh in eastern Punjab.

Officially 27 dead but according to a report from Al Jazeera, at least 42 have died and 150 were taken to the clinics. Muhammad Shahbaz, a local police official, said that the authorities have already taken the alcohol sellers in the district into custody for questioning. He added that five Muslims were among the victims.

Shahbaz also revealed that the individual who was allegedly responsible for arranging the liquor at the Christmas festivities was among the dead.

Senior police official Bilal Kamyana said that the alcohol was prepared at home and sold in polythene bags for 500 rupees or about $5.00 each.

According to the DNA India, five suspects were taken into custody in connection to the alcohol poisoning. The suspects allegedly purchased 20 liters of aftershave lotion and mixed it with other chemicals before they sold it as liquor.

"The men who belong to the Christian community drank liquor on the night of December 25 and went home," said police officer Mohammad Nadeem. "Tragedy struck the next morning when many did not rise from their beds, while others got sick," he went on to say.

This hasn't been proven as a hate crime and may never be. This kind of thing happens in Pakistan more than one a year. The last time it happened on this scale, last spring, it was a bunch of Hindus celebrating a Holy day. What are the odds?

Christians in Baghdad celebrate Christmas in fear after deadly attack
Jardine Malado (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)

Iraqi Christians pray during a mass on Christmas at St. Joseph Chaldean church in Baghdad, Iraq December 25, 2016.

Christians in Baghdad celebrated Christmas in fear due to a recent attack that left at least three people dead and four wounded.

The latest numbers say 8 Christians and 1 Yezidi were shot and killed.

According to Reuters, a gunman opened fire on two Christian-owned shops that sell alcohol on Friday in the city's Ghadeer neighborhood.

The police said that three people were killed, but local activists are claiming that the actual death toll is higher. Rayan al-Kildani, the commander of a Christian militia known as Babiliyon Brigades, said that eight Christians and one member of the Yazidi sect was killed in the attack.

Vian Dakhil, a lawmaker from the ancient Yazidi sect, also reported the same death toll.

Maria Polos, a retired schoolteacher in the district where the attack occurred, said that she and other Christians are fearful of celebrating Christmas in public.

Church says ‘808 killed in southern Kaduna’

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan says the unrest in southern Kaduna State has claimed 808 lives.

Kaduna State, Nigeria

Fifty three villages have so far been attacked and 57 people injured, the church said.

Mr. Yakubu said four local government areas have been attacked, with 808 people killed and 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one primary school destroyed.

PREMIUM TIMES could not independently verify those figures.

Eight Christians killed leaving church as violence escalates in Nigeria 
by Associated Press

Islamic extremists said on Tuesday they killed more than 40 troops from a multi-national force in an attack on a convoy in north-east Nigeria — the fourth attack in three days following a lull as Nigeria’s home-grown insurgency confronts a leadership struggle.

There were three earlier attacks on Sunday and Monday that led to the deaths of 18 people. Eight Christians were gunned down leaving a church service on Sunday, while there was also a further ambush on a convoy and a village leader and his son were beheaded. No one has claimed responsibility for these killings.

Christians Killed in 2016 So Far Almost Equal to Entire 2015 in Nigeria
Jul 28, 2016 | 8:15 AM

The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has called on the Nigerian government to end the growing slaughter of Christians at the hands of radical Islamists in the country, arguing that such a massacre should not be the Christians' "portion in Jesus' name."

(Photo: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)Members of the Bring Back Our Girls movement attend a candlelight procession in tribute to military personnel who were killed in the fight against Boko Haram militants, during Nigeria's Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 15, 2016.

"Whatever the federal government is doing, if any, is either too slow or insignificant compared with the reoccurrence of the killings; the federal government needs to step up and take bold actions to give members of the Christian community in the country a sense of security and belonging," said Pastor Ade Oyesile, executive director of CANAN, in a statement.

"We MUST all work hard to avoid these sectarian killings which in our very eyes have made countries embroiled in it to become failed nations. That should not be our portion in Jesus Christ name."

Like a number of other persecution watchdog groups, CANAN has raised its voice against the spate of killings of Christians by radical Muslims throughout 2016. The group says that according to its records, at least 384 Christians have been killed so far this year, and produced a list of the various attacks carried out by radical groups such as Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen.

Oyesile warned that the number of Christians killed in 2016 is already close to equaling the total killed in 2015, and barely half the year has gone by.

"This dastardly killings of Christians in the country MUST stop. It is most disappointing that these unprovoked killings of Christians have continued despite the federal government condemnation statements," he said.

Western voices, such as former Congressman Frank Wolf, a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, have also been speaking out against the ongoing slaughter, and urged the United States government also to step up and help.

"People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it," Wolf said earlier in July.

"They feel abandoned by the West, and by the Church in the West. You are not hearing many in the West advocating (for them). They would expect that the faith community in the West, Europe, would be advocating, speaking out," he added.

At Least 1,131 Christians Martyred by ISIS in Middle East: Many Killed in Front of Their Families

Hazel Torres 

ISIS militants stand behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Wilayat Fazzan, in this still image from an undated video made available on a social media website on April 19, 2015. Reuters

It is an undisputed fact that the Islamic State (ISIS) has been waging a campaign of genocide on Christians as part of its grand scheme to conquer the world.

But there has been no exact accounting of the number of Christians who lost their lives at the merciless hands of the Islamist jihadist and terrorist group—until early this year. In a report submitted to the U.S. State Department, the Knights of Columbus and the humanitarian group In Defense of Christians provided the numbers.

According to their report based on documented cases, between 2003 and June 9, 2014, at least 1,131 Christians – identified by name and place of death – had been murdered by ISIS, according to CNS News.

During that same period, the report said at least 125 Christian churches were also attacked or destroyed by ISIS. They include Saint George Church in Mosul, which was blown up on March 9, 2015; Virgin Mary Chaldean Church, which was attacked by car bomb on June 9, 2008; and the Armenian Church in Mosul, burned on Jan. 25, 2015.

More Christians were reportedly murdered by ISIS militants in 2015 and 2016, but the names and places of death of the victims have yet to be compiled in one document, CNS News reported.

This report became the basis for the official declaration by U.S. State Secretary John Kerry that the ISIS's ongoing actions against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities constituted genocide. Britain, the European Parliament, the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Iraqi and Kurdish governments have also declared that ISIS's actions genocide.

"Murder of Christians is commonplace" in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, and that "many have been killed in front of their own families," the report states.

During the ISIS takeover of Mosul, the second biggest city in Iraq next to Baghdad, some 500 people were killed by the jihadis, it says.

"In Syria, where the organization Aid to the Church in Need has reported on mass graves of Christians, Patriarch Younan estimates the number of Christians 'targeted and killed by Islamic bands' at more than 1,000," the report adds.

The report submitted by the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians lists the names and place and "date of martyrdom" of 1,131 Christians who were murdered by ISIS. For instance, it says Alicia Nour was martyred in Mosul on Feb. 1, 2005. Ashoor Younan Botros was murdered in Baghdad on June 24, 2013. On July 1, 2015, Qays Abd Shaaya was martyred by the Islamic State in Baghdad.

Eleven missionaries, including a 12-year-old boy, were slaughtered outside Aleppo, Syria.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK) Catholic Online

LOS ANGELES, CA - the murders occurred on August 28 when the Christians refused to convert to Islam.

The Gospel Herald reported they died while reciting the Lord's Prayer.

Humanitarian group Christian Aid Mission spoke to relatives and witnesses who explained ISIS was responsible for torturing and murdering the boy and his family: 

"In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam.

"When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy met their deaths in crucifixion."

Militants also grabbed eight aid workers, two of whom were women from another village.

The women were both raped before their executions.

"Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord's Prayer, and others said some of them lifted their hands to commend their spirits to Jesus. One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, 'Jesus!'"

Christians in the Middle East continue to be persecuted (CrossMap).

The Christians' bodies were then hung on crosses and left as a warning to anyone who dares turn from Islam.

Patrick Sookhdeo, the founder of humanitarian aid group Barnabas Fund, claims ISIS' actions take Christians back 1,000 years, then claimed the terrorist group makes Nazis look tame.

"Crucifying these people is sending a message and they are using forms of killing which they believe have been sanctioned by Sharia law," Sookhdeo stated. 

"For them what they are doing is perfectly normal and they don't see a problem with it. It is that religious justification which is so appalling."

Six Christians killed in Kenya
Fri 07 Oct 2016
By Hannah Tooley

Six Christians have been killed by terror group al-Shabaab in Kenya. 

The attack took place on the border with Somalia and had been coordinated by the Islamist group.

According to the terror group's radio station it was a "well-planned attack which targeted Christian members in Mandera".

In recent years, attacks on Christians have increased. Last April almost 150 people were killed in an attack on a university and in December Muslims protected their Christian counterparts in an attack on a public bus.

Somalia's al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bishaaro Guest House

25th Oct 2016

Islamic extremist gunmen from neighbouring Somalia killed 12 people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya’s northern Mandera County, an official said on Tuesday.

Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, saying its fighters targeted Christians, according to the group’s radio station, Andalus.

The gunmen used grenades and homemade explosives to break into the guest house and then stormed in with guns, said Mohamed Saleh, Mandera’s regional commander.

Survivor Veronica Wambui, an actor with a group touring Mandera to showcase textbooks in schools, said they were asleep at around 2.30am when they heard explosions at the main gate to the guesthouse.

The attackers came in and went to room to room shooting and killing her colleagues, she said. She said she and others hid in a storeroom and the attackers set off another explosion which made the wall collapse on her.

“I could see the lights from the torch (flashlight) when they were checking out the room but the collapsed wall had covered me,” said Wambui, speaking from her hospital bed where she is being treated for a bullet wound in the palm of her left hand and injuries to both her legs.

Christians Killed In Massive Attacks In Northwest Pakistan
September 2, 2016

by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. BPeshawar-gunos

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Islamic militants have claimed responsibility for attacks in a Christian neighborhood and outside a court complex in northwest Pakistan Friday, September 2, that officials said killed at least 12 and wounded dozens.

The Jamaat-ur-Ahrar group, a breakaway of the Pakistani Taliban faction, said it had carried out two bombings and shootings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Pakistani Christians told BosNewsLife that the violence first erupted early Friday, September 2, in a Christian residential area near Warsak Dam in the suburbs of the provincial capital Peshawar.

One bomber reportedly got into the house of Farukh Masih and started to say prayers to Allah before exploding his suicide vest. "By God's grace when his suicide vest exploded only he was killed. The family of Farukh Masih survived with minor injuries," said the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) in a statement to BosNewsLife.

Masih reportedly said that he has been "thanking God" for saving his family and him. "In the few moments we had to think we all just prayed to him for protection. By his power we have all survived and the evil man who tried to take our lives will now answer to him."

Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said in a statement that the attackers included at least four suicide bombers and that the military "promptly responded," killing all four attackers.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that all the murderers of these blessed people were Muslims. 

So, these are just a few of the stories of martyrdom from 2016. I'm sure there are many, many more that we will never hear of this side of Heaven. My purpose is to give you a glimpse of what is actually happening out there, because MSM (main stream media) will not tell you about this any more than they will share stories sympathetic to Israel. 

MSM is antiChristian and antisemitic! When was the last time you saw a positive story on Christianity or Judaism? 

1 Christian Killed for Their Faith Every 6 Minutes in 2016 – Study

Christians - the most persecuted religious group in the world

© Dipak Kumar / Reuters

Ninety thousand Christians were murdered for their faith around the globe this year, which amounts to one being killed every six minutes, Italy’s CESNUR religious study group said.

Christians are now the most persecuted religious group in the world, Massimo Introvigne, director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), told Vatican Radio.

According to CESNUR statistics, around 500,000 Christians around the globe are unable to practice their faith completely freely, Introvigne said.

Seventy percent of the killings of Christians in 2016 occurred during tribal conflicts in Africa, he said, referring to data from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

The large number of deaths may be explained by the fact that many devoted Christians refuse to take up arms, he added.

The remaining 30 percent, or 27,000, lost their lives in terrorist attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or persecution by the authorities, Introvigne said.

However, he said that the number of Christian killings has decreased, compared to 105,000 deaths in 2015.

The data in the report may be incomplete as it doesn’t include India and China, where the Christian community survives in secrecy, he added.

Some Christian communities in India are not secretive at all.

The religious study group is due to release the full statistics on Christian persecution in January.

Introvigne also said that the Catholic Church is currently considering sanctification for Christian individuals killed by terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

This is bizarre! Sanctification (setting apart) is not something that can be bestowed by the church, and certainly not posthumously; it is bestowed by Jesus Christ to all who 'look upon' the Cross. Christians are told in the Bible to 'pursue' it - that is to walk 'in Christ' not in worldly ambitions. Martyrs would seem to epitomize sanctification.

Earlier this year, the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, said that during the five years of the Syrian conflict, the Christian population of the country had declined from 1.5 million to 500,000.

Most of the remaining Christians currently reside in areas controlled by the Syrian government after fleeing the jihadists.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that an agreement had been reached on a ceasefire in Syria and the start of peace talks, adding that the deal is “fragile” and requires a cautious approach.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Europe's Compassionate Hatred of Israel

by Bat Ye'or

The Jerusalem Declaration of UNESCO seeks to Islamize, with the help of many governments in Europe and other Christian countries, the ancient history of the people of Israel.

But what does this declaration mean for Europe and Christianity? Wasn't Christianity born out of Israel? Wasn't Jesus a Judean Jew, as were the apostles and evangelists? Or was it Islam that Jesus was preaching, in Arabic and in the mosques?

Where are the great Catholic or Protestant voices to protest against this Islamization of Christianity? This passivity, this indifference makes you think that Europe will soon look more like Lebanon.

European countries recognize terrorism everywhere except in Israel, where they themselves are allies of these terrorists whom they call "freedom fighters" or "militants", against "occupation".

This alliance has ruined Europe -- because the enemies of Israel are also enemies of Christianity and of Europe. How can you ally yourself with those who want to destroy you, without in fact dying yourself?

The same obsessive hatred Hitler had for Israel, which led to the ruin of Europe, has persisted today in the European Union against the Jewish State. The great irony is that in trying to destroy Israel, Europe has destroyed itself.

Today we are witnessing the coming of the worldwide caliphate. This expression means that the Muslim view of history is currently prevailing in international institutions. We see it with the Jerusalem Declaration of UNESCO, this palace of revisionism. The Jerusalem Declaration seeks to Islamize, with the help of many governments in Europe and other Christian countries, the ancient history of the people of Israel.

The Venice Declaration of 1980, issued by the European Community, which tried to force Israel to survive in an indefensible territory, already prescribed its disappearance and replacement with a people that had never even manifested itself before 1969 -- and all with the assistance of the Soviet Union and especially France. The Islamization of Jerusalem and the delegitimization of the State of Israel were already set out in the Venice Declaration, which to this date the European Union has continued to view as valid.

The Venice Declaration of 1980 was a gift from the European Community to the Arab League, aimed at reestablishing good economic relations with Arab countries, which had been angered by the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979, a peace Europe had not been able to prevent. Jewish holy sites and the survival of the Jewish State were sacrificed by the European Community in exchange for petrodollars.

Since that time, the European Union has expressed remorse for the Holocaust and love and compassion for Israel, but has continued to support, fund and encourage a population whose mission is the destruction of Israel, as proclaimed in its doctrine, and with which Europe is quite familiar. European countries zealously spend billions to promote a worldwide Palestinian campaign of hatred against the State of Israel. They recognize terrorism everywhere except in Israel, where they themselves are allies of these terrorists, whom they call "freedom fighters" or "militants", against "occupation". The so-called "Jewish occupation" of Judea and Samaria refers to land that was conquered by war and occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 1967, and from where Palestinian Jews were killed, or dispossessed and expelled.

Does not this policy, championed by France, remind you of something? During WW II, the Pétain-Hitler and the fascists' alliance with the Mufti of Jerusalem, head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, sought the extermination of the Jewish people, whom they accused of being the cause of evil. Today, this same policy, this same alliance, has set itself the same objective with the same motivation: Israel, to them, is the cause of the wars in the Middle East and must be wiped out. Men from the 1940s have passed away, but their heirs kept their policy, disguising it under compassion and love, driving Israel to suicide "for its own good". Of course!

During WW II, the alliance of Pétain and Hitler with the Mufti of Jerusalem sought the extermination of the Jewish people, whom they accused of being the cause of evil. Today, this same policy, this same alliance, has set itself the same objective with the same motivation: Israel must be wiped out.

Now, with the declaration of UNESCO, we are witnessing the suppression of the history of the Israeli people - the "Holocaust of Memory", as defined by Giulio Meotti -- with the EU joining in.

But what does UNESCO's declaration mean for Europe and Christianity? Wasn't Christianity born out of Israel? Don't churches tell the history of the people of Israel in their paintings, sculptures and stained glass windows? And isn't the Bible, this historical shrine of the people of Israel for more than two millennia, left open on every pulpit of these churches? Hasn't it been read? Commented on for twenty centuries? Wasn't Jesus a Judean Jew, as were the apostles and evangelists?

Or was it Islam that Jesus was preaching, in Arabic and in the mosques?

If Israel never had a history in Judea, then Christianity and the Bible are lies. Are the ancient texts attesting to the existence of Israel from the time of the Pharaohs, Assyria, the Greeks, the Romans all lies? And the Arch of Titus in Rome, did that Menorah on there come from the mosque? There were not even any mosques around at that time -- not even in Arabia.

What the UNESCO's declaration is forcing us to accept is not just the destruction of our identity and culture, and the replacement of Christianity -- a graft of Israel -- with the Muslim faith, but also the destruction of the principle underlying Western civilization itself: reason, the very thing that lifts man above the beasts. We see that Israel, in its defense of the historical principle of its legitimacy, is also theologically protecting the legitimacy of Christianity, also linked to the Bible.

But if this declaration is not true, then the Jewish State's sovereignty over Jerusalem is legal. And if it is legal, why has no one heard the protests of human rights defenders? How many Christians are there in the world? Two and a half billion? How many of these protested? A million? A hundred thousand? Ten thousand? Fifty, if that? And where are the great Catholic or Protestant voices to protest against this Islamization of Christianity? This passivity, this indifference, makes you think that Europe will soon look more like Lebanon.

This UNESCO declaration, to which Europe raised no objections -- with the exception of four countries, whose abstention was not a protest, but an act of cowardice -- is the very charter of the Islamization of Europe and of Christianity. It details a policy that dovetails with what we see unfolding with mass-immigration and its consequences starting in 1973, the date when the European Community allied itself with the enemy of Israel, the PLO. It is this policy of alliance with the enemies of Israel that led to the abandonment of the Lebanese Christians when they were attacked by the Europe-supported Palestinians. It was this policy that led to the denial of the history of jihad, of dhimmitude and of the tragedy of Christians, hostages in the Arab world -- because Palestinians embody jihadist and dhimmitude values against Jews, Christians and Europe.

Europe's alliance with the enemies of Israel, for the purpose of delegitimizing and destroying it, has simply continued the policies of Hitler and Pétain; but how can you destroy Israel without destroying Christianity? What would Christianity be without the Bible, the prophets, a Jewish Jesus, the universal values that these teach? This alliance has ruined Europe -- because the enemies of Israel are also enemies of Christianity and of Europe. How can you ally yourself with those who want to destroy you, without in fact dying yourself?

The same obsessive hatred Hitler had for Israel, which led to the ruin of Europe, has persisted today in the European Union against the Jewish State. The great irony is that in trying to destroy Israel, Europe has destroyed itself.

The people of Europe will regain their freedom and identity by extricating themselves from this Euro-Arab alliance that joins them in a genocidal scheme against Israel and the West, in which they themselves are both protagonists and victims. Then and only then will they be able to help those Muslims who are bravely struggling to release their brethren from the hatred disfiguring the human face -- jihadi hatred -- and persuade them to accept human diversity. We have neglected these Muslims. They have been fighting alone for both them and us. It is imperative to help them.

Bat Ye'or is the author of several books on dhimmitude, including Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis. Her forthcoming book, Understanding Eurabia, will be published by Gatestone Institute and RVP Publishers in 2017.

7 Migrants Charged with Attempted Murder After Homeless Man Nearly Set on Fire

German prosecutors say suspects came to Berlin as asylum seekers from Syria, Libya
CBC News 

The Schoenleinstrasse subway station in Berlin is pictured in this 2010 file photo.
German police have charged seven males between ages 15 and 21 with attempted murder
after they allegedly tried to set a homeless man on fire in the subway station early
Sunday morning. (Tobias Kleinschmidt/dpa via Associated Press/file photo)

Police have charged seven young migrants with attempted murder after they allegedly tried to set a homeless man on fire in a Berlin subway station, Germany's broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.

The 37-year-old was sleeping on a bench in the Schoenleinstrasse subway station at around 2 a.m. Sunday. Passersby extinguished the paper that he apparently had used to cover himself, and a train driver used a fire extinguisher to prevent the flames from spreading.

The man, who was intoxicated, was unhurt.

Six of those charged turned themselves in Monday evening and the seventh was arrested after authorities released surveillance camera pictures and video footage of them in a subway train, German police said Tuesday.

They're all male and between 15 and 21 years old. Six are from Syria and one is from Libya, and all came to Berlin as asylum seekers, according to prosecutors.

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