The world is descending into tyranny

USA - It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, democracy was supposed to be irresistible. While some of us were more skeptical than others, even cynics allowed that freedom seemed to have the upper hand. Instead, barely a quarter-century along, democracy and political freedoms are newly embattled, as one society after another defaults to reborn tyranny, striding behind religious extremism, xenophobic nationalism — or both.

Opposition Grows to Merkel-Macron EU Superstate

EUROPE - A predictable process of disintegration across the European union is underway. It has now gained momentum not only from the elections in Italy where more than two-thirds voted against open borders refugee policies pushed by Brussels. And it comes not only from Austria or the East states such as Hungary and Poland or the new Austrian government. Now opposition to the Berlin-Paris-Brussels “centralist” axis is coming from Holland and a group of northern EU countries.

Trump says he will meet Putin

USA - US President Donald Trump said he will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the not too distant future to discuss an arms race that Trump called “out of control.” He also congratulated Putin on his election victory. “We will be meeting in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race which is getting out of control,” Trump said, expanding on the content of the phone call with Putin on Tuesday.

Hamas Accuses Abbas of ‘Undermining’ Gaza

MIDDLE EAST - The Hamas terror group has accused Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas of seeking to undermine Palestinian unity, following his decision announced on Monday to impose sanctions on the Gaza Strip for the attempted assassination of Rami Hamdallah.

Advertisers threaten to quit Facebook

UK - Advertisers threatened to abandon Facebook last night as Mark Zuckerberg apologised for mistakes it made over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Mr Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive of the US technology giant, broke his silence to head off a revolt among users and financial backers. He described the incident as a “major breach of trust” and said he was open to further regulation of the website. ISBA, a British group of advertisers that spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year on Facebook, demanded answers. It is understood that some of its 3,000 brands, which include those of the consumer goods companies Unilever and P&G, will not tolerate association with Facebook if it emerges that users’ data has found its way into the hands of brokers…

Facebook: They were on our side

USA - Obama campaign director reveals Facebook ALLOWED them to mine American users' profiles in 2012 because they were supportive of the Democrats. Carol Davidsen, who worked as the media director at Obama for America, claimed Obama campaign mined millions of people's information from Facebook. She said that Facebook was surprised at the ease with which they were able to 'suck out the whole social graph'.

'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

USA - Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower.

No One Can Pretend Facebook Is Just Harmless Fun Any More

USA - The new normal for investigative technique is “Follow the data, follow the power.” Like the world of money, the data world is cutthroat and secretive. From its stance on extremist content, to its vast caches of user data, Facebook is a corporation whose power must, finally, be reined in.

Facebook: WhatsApp co-founder urges people to quit under fire site

UK - The backlash against Facebook over its handling of personal data has seen a co-founder of WhatsApp appear to back calls for users to delete their profiles. Brian Acton tweeted: “It is time. #deletefacebook” as the hashtag trended amid growing outrage over the social media giant's links to controversial British data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA). Along with WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, Mr Acton sold the app to Facebook for £11.4 billion ($19 billion) in 2014. The entrepreneur's apparent advocacy for people to remove their profiles came as Facebook faced pressure to explain its privacy safeguards from regulators and politicians in the US and UK. Cambridge Analytica was suspended from the social media giant last week after it emerged that data on 50 million users had not been destroyed as agreed.

Zuckerberg: Maybe tech should face some regulations

USA - Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that he’s open to having his company be regulated. “Actually, I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with CNN that represented some of his first public remarks since the Cambridge Analytica controversy plunged his company into crisis and led to calls for his testimony to Congress.

21st century urbanisation out of control?

NIGERIA - The 1960 street map of Lagos, Nigeria, shows a small western-style coastal city surrounded by a few semi-rural African villages. Paved roads quickly turn to dirt, and fields to forest. There are few buildings over six floors high and not many cars. 

Religion in South Africa is in a state of emergency

SOUTH AFRICA - Head of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva says religion, particularly Christianity, in South Africa is in a state of emergency.

Doctors are Paid Huge Sums to Prescribe Addictive Opioids

USA - In 2010, it was found that roughly 100,000 Americans die each year from prescription drugs alone. When it comes to opioids, the number of deaths is in the tens of thousands while a quarter of patients who were given a short-term prescription transitioned to long-term use.

Snowden: Facebook a ‘surveillance company’

USA - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted Saturday that Facebook is a “surveillance company” that sells its users’ personal details, weighing in on a scandal involving a private firm that harvested data from the social media giant. “Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as ‘surveillance companies,’” wrote the former National Security Agency contractor. “Their rebranding as ‘social media’ is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.”

“Just what is an APOSTLE?”
Just what is an Apostle?

Today we find the Church of God in a “wilderness of religious confusion!”

The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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Listen to Me, You who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My Law: …I have put My words in your mouth, I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, “you are My people” (Isaiah 51:7,16)