Monday, February 13, 2017

Future of Red Pill News

Hi Folks,

I have decided to let this website (Red Pill News) expire next month when its domain registration runs out.  

My ongoing eye problems limit the amount of "screen time" I can tolerate, preventing me from developing this website as I had originally planned. 

I will continue to maintain my other website, www.TimGamble.com, which is primarily focused on preparedness and survival from a Christian prespective. Please check it out, and follow that site on twitter at https://twitter.com/TimGamble. I will be including some news and news analysis on that site.


Thank you,

Tim Gamble

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Liberation and Uncertainty Surround Iraq's Christian Community

By Sandra Elliot, Program Coordinator of ICC

02/04/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - "I will be thankful to God if we will be able to live with half of [the] happiness we used to have before ISIS."
 
Rami has a three-year-old daughter and a heavy heart for her future. He and his family currently live in Ozal City, Iraq as internally displaced people (IDPs). Before ISIS came to their village, Rami worked with his two brothers in a family plumbing business. His personal and professional life were one in the same. They were as close as a family could be.
 
In August 2014, Islamic State militants rolled into Qeraqosh bringing a message of hate backed with fire. As Christians, Rami and his family were forced to flee their homes, taking almost nothing with them. Soon after, his two brothers took sail to Europe on a crowded boat.
 
"I lost their support when they left to Germany through sea, and that was the worst thing that happened to us even more than leaving Qeraqosh," Rami explained of his broken family. "My father and mother are growing older too fast because [of] the leaving of my two brothers."
 
Rami fled to Lebanon in an attempt to immigrate to Europe. He stayed for four months with no luck. After that, the remaining family returned to Iraq to try and live again.
 
"I am fine as long as I have a job and am able to support my family," Rami told International Christian Concern (ICC). "The problem is the whole economic situation is bad, so the working curve is just not stable."
 
Rami sometimes goes weeks without work and consequently no ability to support his daughter or his parents.
 
This is the life of an IDP.
 
For Bashar, another Christian IDP, ISIS not only stole his home, they stole his brother as well. When Bashar fled Qeraqosh in 2014, his brother was captured by ISIS and later sent to Mosul.
 
"Until the liberation of Qeraqosh, we had hope that Nawar will be among us again," Bashar told ICC. "We lost that hope when Qeraqosh was fully liberated and still no one is able to tell us where is Newar."
 
As with many IDPs, Bashar expected to return to his home after ISIS was defeated. After two and half years of occupation, though, there is no home to which Bashar can return. His brother is gone, his home was burnt to the ground, and his pain is overwhelming.
 
Christianity in Iraq is as old as Christianity itself. The Christian minority is one of particular pride and dedication. ISIS is not the first monster they have faced.
 
It's not easy for Christians in the West to understand the deep connection that these people have to their churches and homes. In the West, we live individualistically rather than institutionally. Our sense of belonging is not so tied into our traditions, but rather in our jobs, social circles and families. In Iraq, institutional identity, like membership in a church, is the key factor in identity and belonging.
 
In the land that hosts some of the first churches ever constructed, Christianity in Iraq is as much physical as it is spiritual. The total destruction and desecration of churches is the total destruction and desecration of institutional identity and culture.
 
"My perspective for the Christian community in Iraq is [that] the community will not be open as it was in the past because Christians suffered a lot," Rabee, an Iraqi Christian, told ICC.
 
There is a widespread and deeply rooted fear among Iraqi Christians that ISIS has changed the way of thinking in the country. Liberation or not, many are sure that the ideology that fueled the Islamic State will survive the group itself. It is with this fear and the pain of lost identity, that so many Christians are now leaving Iraq.
 
"The church is trying their best to maintain [the] existence of the Christian community through helping families to go back to their cities, but the reality is Christian emigration increased after [the] liberation of Qeraqosh and Bartella and the other Christian villages because IDPs found that their homes [had] been burnt, their belongings were stolen and they cannot make sure that the same thing will not happen in the future," Rabee further explained.
 
The future of Christianity in Iraq has never been so uncertain. Going home means facing vast reconstruction without guaranteed security, but migrating West is an emotional and spiritual taboo for a church trying to maintain its ancient roots, not to mention the many hurdles faced by anyone fleeing war and conflict.
 
The question now posed to every internally displaced Christian in Iraq is this: Do I go home and help reconstruct a minority community devastated by extremism in a country that may or may not ensure my survival, or do I leave my home, my culture and my identity behind in hopes that my three-year-old daughter will have a secure future in an unknown land?

Sudan: Christian Missionaries Given Harsh Prison Sentences

Strong Crackdown on Christian Ministries Continues in Sudan

2/04/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian ConcernInternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Sunday, January 29, three Christians were sentenced by the Sudanese court in North Khartoum for charges including spying, entering Sudan without a visa, inciting hatred, photographing military installations, and publishing fake news. Reverend Hassan Abduraheem was sentenced to 12 years, Mr Abdumonem Abdumawla was sentenced to 12 years, and Petr Jasek was sentenced to 20 years.

Petr Jasek is a Czech national, and Abdumawla and Abduraheem are citizens of South Sudan. They were detained for eight months without being formally charged in December of 2015. Their detainment centered on a receipt that linked them to helping a burn victim who was wounded in demonstrations in 2013. The list of charges against them quickly grew exponentially.

The Czech government has rejected the ruling as groundless and insists that there is no evidence for this harsh sentence.

The sentencing sent out shockwaves through the Christian community of Sudan and South Sudan. A pastor in the region told ICC, "The community of Christians in Sudan and South Sudan is very disappointed by the verdict given on Sunday. The three brothers in the Lord deserve better. They have families and churches to take care of and we are joining hands together as Christians to fast and pray and we shall not stop knocking until they are released."

According to some, persecution against Christians is increasing in Sudan. As one Christian who lived in Sudan told ICC, "The pain that Christians go through in Sudan is nothing close to what we hear or read in websites. Christian persecution has been increasing rapidly in Khartoum and we ask the international community to come in full swing and help."

A strong majority of Sudanese citizens are Muslim and the Sudanese government has taken an aggressive approach against Christian ministries within its borders. The sentencing of these three Christian foreigners sends a signal on Khartoum's stance on religious freedom: it is unwanted. Still, many are joining in prayer for the release of their brothers in Khartoum and for opportunities to share the Gospel in Sudan.

One of the pastors who was imprisoned with them but has since been released told ICC, "Our brothers in South Sudan have been praying and we shall continue praying until justice is done. These sentences are hostile to the Church and a stumbling block to the spreading of the Gospel in Sudan and also at the border of Sudan and South Sudan."

Daniel Harris, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "International Christian Concern strongly condemns this harsh sentence based on fabricated charges. These three men have done nothing to deserve punishment. Instead, they have worked tirelessly to provide humanitarian aid in Sudan. This sentencing is the 'death knell' for human rights and religious freedom in Sudan. We strongly encourage Sudan to release these foreigners and allow religious freedom for its citizens."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

(UPDATED) Trump Appointments Confirmed by US Senate

The following is a list of Cabinet and other high-level appointments by President Trump that have been CONFIRMED by the US Senate as of 10am on 2-4-2017. This list will be updated as appointments are approved.


Secretary of State - Rex Tillerson
Secretary of Transportation - Elaine Chao
Secretary of Defense - James Mattis
Secretary of Homeland Security - John Kelly
Director of the CIA - Mike Pompeo
Ambassador to the UN - Nikki Haley


NOTE: A large number of advisor and staff positions do not require Senate approval. The following is a partial list of major positions filled, so far.

National Security Advisor - Michael Flynn
Executive Secretary of the National Security Council - Keith Kellogg 
White House Cybersecurity Advisor - Rudy Giuliani

Thursday, January 19, 2017

India: 361 Documented Attacks on Christians in 2016

1/19/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian ConcernInternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Christians in India were attacked at least 361 times in 2016, making 2016 one of the toughest years for Christians in India's recent history.

ICC's documentation of 361 attacks marks a significant rise from the 177 documented by the Evangelical Fellowship of India in 2015. The attacks recorded range from physical assaults to the vandalism of churches to social boycotts against Christians to even the rape of Christian women.

Most of these attacks were reportedly carried out by members of radical Hindu nationalist groups such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), or the Bajrangdal emboldened by the "tacit approval" of the current government led by Prime Minister Modi. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2016 Annual Report, "Members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tacitly supported these groups and used religiously-divisive language to further inflame tensions."

The data collected by ICC reveals that religiously motivated violence against Christians took place in 24 states across India. Incidents were verified using primary sources or media publications documenting these incidents. Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were among the worst states, both recording 45 separate attacks on Christians each. Chhattisgarh remained particularly concerning as entire Christian communities in the Bastar District continue to be affected by village resolutions banning the practice of Christianity and where Christians face social boycotts due to their faith.

"It is not surprising that the number of incidents in 2016 is 361," Dr. John Dayal, a human rights and religious freedom activist in India, told ICC. "Unreported incidents could arguably be ten times higher."

"The environment remains charged," Dr. Dayal continued. "Incitements to violence continue, as does the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of attacks. Government officials and police close their eyes and ears to the anti-minority slogans, refuse to record attacks, are sloppy in their investigations, and shoddy in their prosecutions. The respect for law has receded as never before."

William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "The escalating violence faced by Christians in India is unacceptable and must be curbed. Since the election of the BJP-led government in 2014, India has seen a steady trend of increasing attacks on Christians as well as increasing levels of religious intolerance. Sadly, although India's constitution guarantees religious freedom for all, it seems that this core right is not being enforced for religious minorities. India's government must do more to bring perpetrators of religiously motivated violence to justice and ensure that religious freedom, as stated in their constitution, is enjoyed by all citizens."

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Source:  International Christian Concern press release dated 1-19-2017

Nigeria: Three Christians Killed by Fulani Militants

1/18/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian ConcernInternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on January 18, 2017, three Christians were killed and five injured by Muslim radicals in the town of Samaru-Kataf in Kaduna State, in northern Nigeria. Witnesses reported that the Fulani militants entered the town's shopping area around 8:00-8:30 p.m. and began firing randomly into the market.

Father Aaron Tanko of the Justice and Peace Department of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan told ICC, "They came in and started shooting.  People were going about their normal business. The unfortunate thing is that there were security men in the town; what were they doing?" Following the attack, it was reported to ICC that local media released false statements that Fulani militants were the victims who were attacked and killed.

The government of Kaduna State has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew and deployed additional security personnel. The changes seem to have made little improvement as attacks by Fulani militants have continued regularly. Father Aaron said, "What is the curfew for after the attacks have happened?  I don't understand.  With the previous curfew imposed on the other parts of Southern Kaduna, villages were still attacked during the curfew!"

The Fulani militants are part of a nomadic group that is known for raising cattle in West Africa. In recent years, violence has escalated in northern Nigeria as the Fulani and their herds of cattle encroach on Christian communities and their farmland. The added security forces are an inadequate response and seem to do little to deter the Fulani from perpetrating attacks against predominantly Christian villages in the area.

Daniel Harris, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "ICC strongly condemns this attack against Christians by Fulani militants. We encourage the government of Nigeria to work to protect the Christian communities that are being victimized by Islamic radicals, and to bring to justice these perpetrators of violence that often act with impunity."
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Source:  International Christian Concern press release dated 1-18-2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On Watch: Episode 4 – The So-called ‘Hack’

1/18/2017 Washington, DC - Yesterday, Judicial Watch launched the fourth episode of the new weekly vodcast, “Chris Farrell’s On Watch.”  Chris Farrell is Judicial Watch’s Director of Investigations. Visit the Judicial Watch website at http://www.judicialwatch.org