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Euroskeptics vote against EU

PRAYER ALERT: Newspaper headlines called it a political earthquake. On May 22-25, elections were held for the European Parliament, the legislative branch of the European Union (EU). But it was the anti-EU parties which polled strongly in the UK, France, Denmark and Italy. The surprisingly big Euroskeptics vote left top leaders shaken and admitting the […] Continue reading →

Chinese hackers indicted by US in cyberwarfare

PRAYER ALERT: For the first time, the US is aiming criminal charges of computer hacking against foreigners. The Justice Department has indicted five members of the Chinese military for using cyberwarfare to steal trade secrets from top US companies in the steel, nuclear plant and solar power industries. The five Chinese hackers operated out of […] Continue reading →

Russia and China talks pose threat to West

  PRAYER ALERT: The presidents of Russia and China are meeting in Shanghai with leaders from Iran and Central Asia. Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping seek to close decade-long negotiations over a multibillion-dollar sale of natural gas from Russia to China. Iran and Central Asia are potential partners in the deal. Russia’s […] Continue reading →

Bring back our girls-before Islam takes more

PRAYER ALERT: Though Islamic rulers remain silent on the issue, the rest of the world is now sounding the alarm on the recent mass kidnapping by militant Muslims in Nigeria. The US, Britain, France, Israel and China are committing personnel, expertise and surveillance equipment to help find the still missing 223 schoolgirls. Yet is it […] Continue reading →

Boko Haram condemned? Not by Islamic rulers

PRAYER ALERT: The kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Muslim militant group Boko Haram has set off a worldwide campaign to rescue them. Though 53 have escaped, 223 are still missing. According to their families, most of the kidnapped girls are Christian. This should come as no surprise. About 600 Nigerian Christians were killed in […] Continue reading →

European jihadists in Syria to attack Europe?

PRAYER ALERT: On April 22 France publicized a new policy to stop its citizens from joining the Syrian rebellion. This is a rebellion that France supports. But France warned that any French citizen returning from Syria could face charges of participating in a terrorist organization. It also banned minors from leaving France unless they have […] Continue reading →

War on drugs scores big victories in Mexico

PRAYER ALERT: The war on drugs can now claim some recent major gains. On Friday, April 4, US customs agents announced that they had discovered two tunnels for smuggling drugs from Mexico. Both were under the border between Tijuana and San Diego, CA. Agents arrested 73-year-old Gladys Rodriguez for arranging the construction of the tunnel […] Continue reading →

Decriminalizing drugs: a global cop-out?

PRAYER ALERT: Despite recent gains in the war on drugs, leaders throughout the world are pursuing policies for decriminalizing drugs instead. In 2001, Portugal became the first country in Europe to repeal all criminal penalties for personal drug possession. The Netherlands reduced the penalty for possession of marijuana to a fine. The Czech Republic treats […] Continue reading →

Boko Haram jihad displaces 250,000 Nigerians

PRAYER ALERT: Since January, about 250,000 people have fled from an escalated Boko Haram jihad campaign in northeast Nigeria. According to Amnesty International, more than 1500 have been killed so far in 2014 by Boko Haram and by government reprisals against its campaign. Many of the refugees from this conflict are living in makeshift camps. […] Continue reading →

France pushes back jihad in Africa

PRAYER ALERT: France has been the nation most helpful in resisting jihad in its former African colonies. In 2012 an al-Qaeda coalition waged a campaign that captured two-thirds of Mali. It sought to impose shariah law throughout the country. Prime Minister Diango Cissoko appealed for help from NATO, the UN, France and the African Union. […] Continue reading →

Will Ukraine elections or invasion prevail?

PRAYER ALERT: The May 25 Ukraine elections are drawing near. But many fear that Russia will preempt the Ukraine elections by invading the eastern, Russian-leaning half of the country first. Russia has been massing troops and armored vehicles at its border with Ukraine for weeks. Russia has already annexed Crimea after a vote widely condemned […] Continue reading →

Fearing Russian invasion, Eastern Europe rearms

PRAYER ALERT: Fears of an unstoppable Russian invasion are mounting. Moscow keeps massing troops on its border with Ukraine. Other eastern European nations now seek ways to prevent the same from happening to them. Poland is speeding up its missile defense plan. The Czech Republic defense minister proposed boosting military spending by 27%. Lithuania plans […] Continue reading →

Conflict in Ukraine threatens to widen

PRAYER ALERT: The day before Crimea voted to join Russia, Russian troops moved six miles north of the Crimean border. They took control of the eastern Ukraine village of Strilkove. Why? It’s the site of a natural gas distribution station. Crimea still depends wholly on the Ukrainian mainland for its fuel, fresh water and electricity. […] Continue reading →

Peace talks for Syria & Pakistan: war tactics?

PRAYER ALERT: While China’s top negotiator seeks “creativity” in peace talks with Taiwan, many suspect that peace talks for Syria and Pakistan are only creative means to wage war. In the peace talks for Syria, President Bashar Assad has appeared to make major concessions. He has agreed to a timetable to destroy his chemical arsenal, […] Continue reading →

Ukraine leader mixes repression & concessions

PRAYER ALERT: Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych has recently offered major concessions to the growing opposition movement in his nation. On Jan. 27 Yanukovych revoked the harsh anti-protest laws which had instigated clashes between demonstrators and police last week. On Jan. 28 the Yanukovych-controlled parliament granted amnesty to protesters, provided that they leave the government buildings […] Continue reading →

Civil war in Ukraine, or new rulers?

PRAYER ALERT: Will the tug of war between East and West result in civil war in Ukraine? Maybe not. On one side, the opposition is already divided. The right-wing Svoboda party accepts the government’s amnesty plan and seeks a compromise which will avoid bloodshed. The left-wing Spilna Sprava faction aims to seize more buildings and […] Continue reading →

Syria peace talks begin with fighting words

PRAYER ALERT:As the Syria peace talks proceed in Montreux, Switzerland, Syria desperately needs a resolution to its escalating civil war. In three years it has killed more than 130,000—an average of about 125 a day. Out of Syria’s population of 23 million, 9 million depend on UN aid to survive because of the war. More […] Continue reading →