News and Prophecy

Russia Pushes Europe to Militarize

  1. 06th March 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

In response to Russia’s stepped-up air-defense training flights and the reopening of Russian military bases closed since the Cold War, “Norway’s defence minister has said her country’s armed forces will be restructured so they can respond faster to what she called increased Russian aggression” (The Guardian, February 25, 2015).

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Thy Kingdom Come!

  1. 04th March 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“A girl thought to be as young as seven killed herself and five others in a suicide bombing in north-east Nigeria on Sunday as the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, conceded that his government had underrated the capacity of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

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Government Knows Best?

  1. 02nd March 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

The provincial government of Ontario has announced a newly revised sex education curriculum—to begin this autumn (The Star, February 23, 2015). Critics warn that the curriculum provides too much information at too young an age: same sex relationships in grade 3, sexting and sexual pictures in grade 4, masturbation and consent in grade 6 (ibid.).

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German Tank Sales to Saudi Arabia

  1. 27th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

Reversing a decades-old policy not to sell arms to “crisis regions” of the world, Germany sold 270 of its most advanced Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia in 2011 (Der Spiegel, October 14, 2011). This action caught many off guard, even some within the German government. 

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Increasing Threat of Nuclear War

  1. 25th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“The Ukraine crisis has dramatically worsened relations between NATO and Russia. With cooperation on nuclear security now suspended and the lack of a ‘red telephone,’ experts at the Munich Security Conference warn any escalation in tensions could grow deadly” (Der Spiegel, February 13, 2015).

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Terror in Denmark

  1. 23rd February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“Copenhagen police shot and killed on Sunday morning (15 February) a man suspected to have carried out two terror attacks in the Danish capital over the weekend. ‘Once again Europe is shocked by what appears to be another brutal terrorist attack targeted at our fundamental values and freedoms, including the freedom of expression’” (EU Observer, February 15, 2015...

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The Unifying Power of ISIS

  1. 20th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

In the last few days ISIS has burned 45 people to death in a western Iraqi town (Daily Mail, February 18, 2015), beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya (Mail Online

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Violence Is Dropping in Developed Nations

  1. 18th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“The Copenhagen Consensus Center… puts the global costs of violence, excluding conflicts, at $9.5 trillion a year, equivalent to around 11 per cent of world GDP” (New Scientist, February 9, 2017). Encouragingly, “VIOLENT crime is on the retreat in most advanced economies. The latest US figures, for 2013, show that murder rates are lower now than in the early...

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Canada Overturns Assisted Suicide Ban

  1. 16th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“In a unanimous decision, The Supreme Court Friday struck down as unconstitutional the nation’s contentious century-old law against assisted suicide” (National Post, February 6, 2015). Justices cited a patient’s “right to life, liberty and security” and to avoid “physical or psychological pain,” as well as their right to “control the method, timing and...

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