‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’

USA - US President Donald Trump has vowed decisive action to quell unrest in Minneapolis, sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black man, threatening to get the military involved if the city’s mayor won’t do the job “right.” The ultimatum came early on Friday morning from the president’s Twitter handle, slamming Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as “very weak” and a “radical left mayor,” while warning that the federal government would take over the situation if local authorities don’t bring it under control.

Chinese parliament passes national security bill

CHINA - The Chinese parliament on Thursday passed a national security bill that ramps up security in Hong Kong. Anti-Beijing protests in the autonomous city were reignited by the draft’s introduction. The bill was approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing and will now go to the country’s leadership to be enacted into law. The parliament session was attended by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

Arab States Agree to Israeli Sovereignty

MIDDLE EAST - Alongside their public rejection of the Israeli plan to extend sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, senior officials in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States say their leaders have met in recent months with US officials Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz and, in effect, gave them a green light to continue the work of the US-Israel mapping committee to advance the sovereignty plan.

President Trump Will Sign Executive Order on Social Media Censorship

USA - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media censorship amid rapidly intensifying political bias from the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters aboard Air Force One that the president will shortly sign the executive order, although no further details were given about what it will consist of.

This comes after Trump warned social media companies that continued political bias would lead to action from the administration. “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” said the President on Twitter earlier today. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”

The Papacy and The Media

VATICAN - This Pope has given more interviews to journalists and biographers than any other. He has engaged with the press, the broadcast media and new social media platforms in a relatively open, proactive way, in contrast to the caution and wariness of his predecessors. Francis defends and trusts good journalism. He told reporters last year that freedom of the press was an important indicator of a country’s health.

To professionalise the Holy See’s content the Pope recruited Paolo Ruffini, a former television executive at Italian public broadcaster, RAI, to lead the Vatican’s dicastery for communication and appointed another trusted aide, Andrea Tornielli, Vatican reporter for La Stampa, as editorial director of Vatican Media. Marking World Communications Day last Sunday, the Pope stressed the importance of “sharing constructive stories that help us to understand that we are all part of a story that is larger than ourselves”.

Is Germany's Foreign Ministry trying to sabotage relations with Israel?

GERMANY - Far removed from its official declarations of friendship and affinity with Israel, the German government appears to be pursuing increasingly harsh anti-Israel measures. Behind the scenes, in backrooms, and far from the official declarations of friendship and affinity, the German government is pursuing increasingly harsh anti-Israel measures. Beyond its regular funding of groups and activities that focus on delegitimizing the State of Israel, the German government, specifically its foreign ministry, is now intentionally targeting diplomatic relations between the countries.

Anti-Semitic crime in Germany hits highest level in nearly two decades

GERMANY - Germany's interior secretary on Wednesday said anti-Semitic crimes in the country are increasing and reached their highest levels in 2019 since the country began recording them in 2001. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer called the rise in anti-Semitic crimes a "great concern," according to a report by ABC. "The largest threat, as in the past, is the threat from the right," Seehofer said. "Extreme-right politically motivated cases make up more than half of all of such recorded crimes — it is an order of magnitude that causes us concern, great concern."

A German General Is Helping to Lead US Army Europe

GERMANY - Other Commands Should Take Heed. The German military sends its best to serve as an American general’s chief of staff, to everyone’s benefit. On VE Day this year, US Army Europe installed a new chief of staff: Brigadier General Jared Sembritzki — a German, and a Bundeswehr officer to boot. Though the transatlantic relationship may be sailing through choppy waters, the US and German armies are demonstrating collaboration that’s vital for both sides. Sembritzki is a hugely talented officer.

Then-Brigadier General Markus Laubenthal was the first German to hold the job. And last month was appointed Deputy Chief of Defense. The appointments of German chiefs of staff at US Army Europe have continued. And the success with foreign chiefs of staff in Wiesbaden raises the question: why not have more allied officers serve in high positions at US military headquarters?

US ambassador to Germany steps down

GERMANY - The departure of US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell this week prompted a wave of accolades for his diplomatic work from important Israeli ambassadors based in continental Europe. Grenell’s robust diplomacy to advance human freedom will be deeply missed in Europe. He served as US president Donald Trump’s go-to ambassador for the continent. Within a mere two years, he quickly earned kudos as a “force of nature” who secured diplomatic results. Grenell used coercive diplomacy to reassert American interests and the interests of a democratic, capitalist system that seeks to blunt tyrannical assaults from communist China, Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran...

Last year, Grenell launched an international campaign to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe and has met with Iranian dissidents in Berlin who seek to promote democracy in the highly repressive Iranian regime-controlled society. Grenell is believed to be the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet in the history of the US government.

Pope shares 'impatience' for Christian unity

VATICAN - Pope Francis has said he shares the “impatience” of those eager to see full visible unity among the Christian churches. In a letter to Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the 25th anniversary the encyclical Ut Unum Sint [To Be One], Pope Francis said St John Paul II had wanted the Church to be “ever mindful of the heartfelt prayer of her Teacher and Lord” that all may be one. For this reason he issued the Encyclical that confirmed "irrevocably" the ecumenical commitment of the Catholic Church, publishing it on Ascension Day.

Trump strips Hong Kong of its special trading status

HONG KONG - In the backdrop of a controversial Chinese "national security" law that aims to prevent "splittism," which Hong Kong's Bar Association described as a violation of the territory's Basic Law, US President Donald Trump's administration escalated tensions by stripping Hong Kong of its special trading status. The immediate impact of this move is that Hong Kong will no longer be treated as a separate entity from China when it comes to tariffs and import regulations. This has the potential to wreak immense damage on Hong Kong's economy because facilitates trade on terms not possible in other parts of China.

What's more important, however, is that the move appears to be the most dramatic escalation yet in the ongoing war of words and tariffs between the US and China, described by China's foreign minister as being on the "brink of a new cold war." If companies like Apple are cut off from access to Foxconn manufacturing plants, for instance, the consequences would be incalculable. This is a rapidly developing story...

Nobody Ever Imagined That The Job Losses Would Get This Bad So Quickly

USA - If you tried to warn people in late 2019 that about 40 million Americans would lose their jobs by the middle of 2020, nobody would have believed you… More than a quarter of all jobs in the United States have already been wiped out, and the job losses just keep on coming. In fact, Boeing is currently in the process of laying off thousands of highly skilled workers… Nearly 13,000 Boeing workers, mostly in the US, are set to lose their jobs in the coming weeks, as cuts at the American aerospace giant take effect. More layoffs are expected, some of which may affect the UK.

High Prices At Grocery Stores... and Shortages

USA - If you have been to a grocery store lately, then you already know that prices are higher than usual and that there are shortages of certain items. Many Americans have been assuming that as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly rolled back that these shortages will eventually disappear, but now even the Washington Post is admitting that “shortages may get worse” in the weeks and months ahead.

“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)