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A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Great China Trade Barrier

President Trump continues to win, this time by breaking down the huge china trade barrier and opening the auto trade, and agriculture. Also, some major headway with Intel property theft and forced tech transfer.

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A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and translated them into the cartoons that have been seen all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News”, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, and even the great El Rushbo.

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Poison Pill

Globalist Macron hiked the carbon tax in France in a social engineering attempt to advance a socialist green agenda, causing over 200,000 French citizens to protest.

Globalist Macron Carbon TaxPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.
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A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and translated them into the cartoons that have been seen all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News”, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, and even the great El Rushbo.

Tijuana Government Reeling, over 100 Members of Migrant Caravan Arrested on Criminal Charges


Reported By Benjamin Arie | November 25, 2018 at 6:21am

Are the migrant caravans currently in Mexico harmless and innocent, or are they full of problems and troublemakers? That’s the question that many people both in the United States and south of the border are asking after thousands of immigrants began arriving in the border city of Tijuana.

Liberal voices, predictably, have insisted that it’s the former while yelling “racist!” any time somebody suggests otherwise.

More and more, however, there is mounting evidence that there are far more delinquents in the caravans than was previously reported … and now even Tijuana residents are starting to question the “open borders” narrative.

On Friday, El Sol de Tijuana reported that 127 migrants have been arrested in Mexico for various offenses, some of them violent.

The Mexican newspaper highlighted one of those crimes, which involved a knife attack by a Honduran migrant against another immigrant from Haiti. El Sol also explained that illicit drug use is commonplace among the caravan migrants.

“The fact (is) that these migrants, who have problems of addictions, who are using drugs on the public highway … become highly vulnerable to recruitment by local delinquency to turn them into drug dealers and possible victims of crime,” the paper stated. (Original Spanish article.)

Ironically, government officials in Mexico are starting to come to the same conclusions as the Trump administration: Knowing who is a criminal and who is not is vital, yet extremely difficult given the circumstances of these caravans. While the left is busy demanding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement be disbanded, Mexican authorities are increasingly relying on their version of ICE to verify the identity of lawbreakers and deport them from Mexico.

Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, a government security official, indicated that the Instituto Nacional de Migración — which can be thought of as Mexico’s ICE — is a key part of being able to “detect and deport people who have committed crimes.” After years of the INM being primarily focused on enforcing immigration laws among American expats who retire to Mexico, the government is scrambling to deal with the very different issue of nearly 10,000 unknown foreigners arriving at once.

Meanwhile, the migrant situation in Tijuana has become so bad that the city’s mayor has called it a humanitarian crisis, and Mexican residents have begun protesting the caravans.

“The mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastélum, declared a humanitarian crisis in the city in the face of the extraordinary situation that is experienced by the arrival of thousands of migrants,” El Sol reported. (Original Spanish.)

“The city can no longer deal with the matter,” insisted Gastélum, who was recently spotted wearing a “Make Tijuana Great Again” hat.

Secretary of Public Security Marco Sotomayor confirmed that “104 [migrants] received administrative sanctions and four were turned over to the Public Prosecutor for crimes of theft, fights and outrages … while the rest have been for the crimes of possession of drugs, drunkenness on public roads and causing disturbances.”

To the embarrassment of American liberals, it seems President Donald Trump has been largely vindicated. Despite the left constantly calling Republicans “racist” for suggesting that it is not the best and brightest who are surging illegally across borders, it is now Mexico that is discovering the very same thing.

It is not racism, it is reality. When Mexican officials are raising red flags about how other Hispanics from Central America are ignoring laws, maybe it’s time to listen.

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Canada offers a life lesson to a timid, quiet Church


Reported by Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com) | Friday, November 2, 2018

CAS Ontario

A longtime Canadian activist has been warning for years that Christians are the enemy of the State, and now an allegation of outright discrimination in Ontario is highlighting that ongoing antagonism.

Hoping to foster a child in their home, husband and wife Levi and Amanda denBok applied with Children’s Aid Services (CAS) but were informed via letter that their religious beliefs disqualified them, The Christian Post reported. The couple shared the rejection letter in a Facebook post, describing how they were asked by a CAS adopting agent what church they attend and if they believe the Bible is true.

In the interview, the husband and wife were asked: “Are you one of those churches that still believes the Bible is true?” The agent informed the couple that the Bible was written “thousands of years ago” and the world has since changed, the couple claims. 

McVety

Dr. Charles McVety, who leads Canada Christian College as president, says the married couple’s beliefs don’t match the supposed “values” of the province of Ontario and its leaders. Yet it’s widely known, he says, that CAS favors same-sex couples as foster parents over religious couples. Such a discriminatory practice would be an eye-opening revelation, since the argument from same-sex couples has been excluding them from fostering children is discriminatory.

McVety has long warned OneNewsNow readers that Canada’s far-left leaders view Christianity and its followers as the enemy of progress.

“There is no neutral ground now. There is no hiding in the corner,” he warned as recently as August.

Bible 1Asked how Canada got to the point that the government can reject Christians on the basis of their faith, McVety says an apathetic Church led by cowardly leaders is to blame.

The same is happening in the U.S., he warns.

According to Levi denBok’s account of the back-and-forth conversation with CAS, he and his wife caved to the agency over the issue of spanking in the home and even assured the case worker that if a foster child is homosexual, the denBoks would love the child regardless. Yet the agency still refused to place a children under their roof. The rejection letter reads:

We also want to let you know that the policies of our agency do not appear to fit with your values and beliefs and therefore, we will be unable to move forward with an approval for your family as a resource home.

“It wasn’t enough that we demonstrated that we would love any child that was placed in our home,”Levi denBok wrote in his Facebook message. “It wasn’t enough that we would provide a safe place for a child to learn and grow. We had to BELIEVE differently. That’s not conformity — that’s conversion.”

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist’s body parts found, say Sky sources


Reported By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, in Istanbul |

URL of the original posting site: https://news.sky.com/story/sky-sources-jamal-khashoggis-body-parts-found-11533202

Jamal Khashoggi
Image: Jamal Khashoggi’s remains were reportedly found in the garden of the Saudi consul’s official residence

Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources. The sources have told Sky News the Saudi dissident had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured“. One source also suggested the writer’s remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s Istanbul home – located around 500 metres away from the consulate.

It contradicts the explanation being made by Saudi officials that the body was rolled up in a carpet and handed to a local collaborator who was tasked with disposing of the evidence.

:: Jamal Khashoggi: How journalist met his death

Image: Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on 2 October

Theresa May’s spokesman said reports of Mr Khashoggi’s body parts being found were “deeply disturbing”.

“The location of Mr Khashoggi’s body is just one of the questions we need answers to and as such we await the full results of the Turkish investigation,” he said.

In a day of fast-moving developments in the case:

:: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Mr Khashoggi’s killing a premeditated “murder

:: Mr Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi’s body

:: The dissident’s son met Saudi ruler, King Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh

:: Turkish media said Mr Khashoggi’s belongings were found in suitcases in a Saudi consulate car

:: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was “deeply concerned” to hear Mr Erdogan call it a premeditated murder.

President Erdogan says there can be no cover-up in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi 1:48 Video: Erdogan demands answers in Khashoggi case

In a speech to the country’s parliament, Turkey’s president Erdogan demanded Saudi Arabia hold those responsible to account and asked: “Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?”

He did not mention an alleged audio recording that Turkish authorities claim to have of Mr Khashoggi’s death that supposedly confirms he was tortured, killed, had his fingers cut off and was dismembered.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih says 'nobody can justify or explain' the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi 1:14 Video: Saudi minister on ‘abhorrent incident’

The apparent discovery of Mr Khashoggi’s body parts – and Mr Erdogan’s version of events based on what he described as “new evidence and information” – both contradict Saudi Arabia’s explanation for his death.

It has said Mr Khashoggi died in a “fist fight” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

3:03 Video:‘ Saudi double disguised as Khashoggi’

Mr Khashoggi was a known critic of the Saudi government and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Turkish president, who had promised the “naked truth” about the killing“, did not mention the crown prince in his speech, though officials linked to the royal have been implicated in it.

CCTV shows 'suspicious movement' with Saudi consulate cars.
0:46 Video: CCTV of ‘suspicious’ Saudi car movement

Saudi Arabia has said the heir-apparent of the world’s top oil exporter was not involved, but any major decision must be signed off by the highest powers within its ruling Al Saud family. It came as video was released showing a meeting between the journalist’s son, Salah Khashoggi, the Gulf kingdom’s ruler, King Salman, and crown prince Mohamed bin Salman, at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh.

Salah Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi's son, meets Mohammed Bin Salman. Pic: Saudi Press Association 0:25 Video: Khashoggi’s son meets Saudi royals

Mr Khashoggi’s brother, Sahel, was also at the meeting at which the king and crown prince expressed their condolences over the Washington Post columnist’s death.

A family friend told the AP news agency that Salah Khashoggi had been under a travel ban and barred from leaving the kingdom since last year as a result of his father’s criticism of the regime.

Saudi authorities have not confirmed the restrictions.

Investigators search suitcases and possessions believed to belong to Jamal Khashoggi
Image: Investigators search suitcases and possessions believed to belong to Jamal Khashoggi

In Turkey media reports that could not be verified said investigators had found Mr Khashoggi’s belongings in a number of suitcases found in a Saudi consulate vehicle in a car park in Istanbul. Local broadcaster Ahaber aired video showing crime scene investigators searching what appeared to be the contents of cases.

Swedish flotilla lands in Gaza to support Israel, Christians



Reported by Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com) | Sunday, October 14, 2018

Palestinian housing Gaza StripA pro-Israeli Swedish flotilla packed with more than 50 evangelical Christians arrived on the shore of Gaza in Israel to counter pro-Palestinian Gaza-bound ships.

The fleet of ships symbolizes the Scandinavian country’s support of Israel in its ongoing conflict with the Islamic terrorist group-led Palestinian government and its people.

“A flotilla of Swedish ships arrived in the Herzliya Marina on Israel’s Mediterranean coast Thursday night – following a roughly month-and-a-half journey from Gothenburg, Sweden,” Israel National News (INN) reported. “Led by the ship ‘Elida’, the flotilla is part of an effort by pro-Israel Evangelical Christians in Sweden to improve their country’s image vis-à-vis the Jewish State.”

Anchoring down for Israel

Elida’s captain, Stefan Abrahamsson – the owner of the yacht and organizer of the trip – pitched his anchor to begin a show of support for Israel over a week and a half – a visit that also seeks to reach solidarity with Middle Eastern Christians.

“It’s great to be here at last,” Abrahamsson proclaimed after docking, according to the Israeli Yediot Ahronot, as reported by INN. “It was wonderful to see all the boats that accompanied us with the flags and music. We will be here for 11 days … we came here because Sweden’s image in Israel is very bad, and we are here to express our sorrow over this.”

He stated Israel’s case in the ongoing controversial Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is often misrepresented by the media, which portrays Palestinians as victims of Israeli oppression and “apartheid” – a message that is readily embraced by many Europeans.

“Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East that is built upon ideals which are central throughout the western world – such as equality; however, Israel is the only country which my country condemns,” Abrahamsson continued. “We are here to tell Israelis: ‘We love you,’ we are standing behind you and want to show our solidarity with you.”

Abrahamsson declared the intention of his voyage to help the persecuted Church in Gaza through a post on social media just before his flotilla embarked a month and a half ago.

“We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” the Swedish Christian captain announced on Facebook on August 25. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values that Israel stands for.”

A tour of support for Israel

Abrahamsson’s itinerary was jam-packed from the moment his flotilla touched down on Israeli shores.

“The crew and passengers aboard the 131-foot yacht will host visitors every day during their stay,” CBN News reported. “They will also visit the Technion in Haifa – which some call Israel’s MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).”

From Israel’s capital – where President Donald Trump recently moved the United States Embassy to from its previous location in Tel Aviv – to Ashdod, Abrahamsson’s crew will be busy supporting Israel’s government and persecuted Christian population within the Gaza Strip.

“The Israeli Foreign Ministry will host the delegation for lunch in Jerusalem on Sunday, JTA reported,” CBN News’ Tzippe Barrow informed. “For one day, Tuesday, October 16, the Elida will be docked at the Ashdod port.”

Another mission of the flotilla was to garner support from fellow Swedes, who have predominantly taken the pro-Palestinian stance in Israel’s conflict and supported Muslim immigration into Europe in the so-called “refugee crisis.”

“Former Israeli Ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman, called the flotilla a ‘solidarity with Israel marine voyage’ that brought Swedish Christians who love Israel,” Barrow noted. “In Sweden’s political and social climate, he said, it’s uncommon to declare strong support for Israel out loud.”

Appreciation and a warm welcome were expressed for the Swedish Christians taking three-month-plus round trip to show solidarity with Israel.

The other side of Sweden

Another Swedish flotilla to Gaza set sail earlier this year on May 22, but those on board the ships had an anti-Semitic agenda, as it attempted to break through a blockade set by the Israeli Navy in order to support the Palestinians’ ongoing attack and rebellion against Israel.

During the pro-Palestinian demonstration – which reached Gaza in August – Israel took security precautions to make sure the demonstrators did not incite Palestinians to engage in more hostility and violence against the Jewish State.

“Seven Swedish activists detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to breach its blockade of Gaza [were] deported to Sweden – the organizers of the Ship to Gaza activist flotilla said,” The Times of Israel reported in August. “Israel imposed the blockade following the rise to power in Gaza of Hamas – which is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization and whose charter speaks about killing Jews and destroying Israel.”

During the days surrounding the rebellious Swedish flotilla demonstration, Islamic Palestinian terrorists launched more than 150 rocket attacks at Israel from inside the border of the Gaza Strip.

One pro-Palestinian entertainer participating in the flotilla incited more anti-Semitism in Sweden and Gaza through her inflammatory rhetoric.

“Among the activists aboard the Gaza-bound ship was actress Oldoz Javidi, whose remarks about Israeli Jews during the sail to Swedish media caused an uproar,” The Times of Israel pointed out at the time. “She said that her ‘fantasy’ was to see Israeli Jews ‘transferred’ to the United States and the land being given to Palestinians – whom she said owned it.”

Javidi has a considerable amount of political sway in Sweden, where she is running for office as a leader for an ultra-leftist party. In an attempt at damage control to stem public outrage over her racist remarks, Javidi tried to diffuse the controversy using evasive language.

“Amid accusations of anti-Semitism, Javidi – [who] is a candidate for the Feminist Perspective radical party – retracted the statement, explaining it ‘could be misinterpreted or misunderstood,’” the Israeli daily added.

American pastor freed; ‘tenacious’ Trump team thanked


Reported by Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com) | Friday, October 12, 2018

Andrew Brunson released (Oct 2018)An American pastor who has been held in prison by the Turkish government for two years should be on his way home to the U.S. by the end of the day.

The bottom line: Pastor Andrew Brunson, a North Carolina native, is free to leave Turkey and return home. In his own words today: “This is the day our family has been praying for – I am delighted to be on my way home to the United States. My entire family thanks the president, the administration, and Congress for their unwavering support.” (Image shows Brunson arriving at home on Friday after his release.)

Brunson, 50, had suffered for his faith in prison and then house arrest at the hands of Turkey, America’s NATO ally, since October 2016. During a hearing today, a Turkish court convicted him on an alleged “terror charge” before releasing him; a charge of espionage against him was dropped. He had faced charges that could have resulted in 35 years in prison.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins attended today’s hearing this morning.

“The prayers of thousands were answered today when Pastor Brunson was released by the Turkish government and told he could go home to the United States. Those prayers – combined with the unwavering resolve of President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Brownback – brought tangible help to Pastor Brunson and hope to those around the globe who are being persecuted because of their faith.

“Pastor Brunson was also well represented legally by our friends at the American Center for Law and Justice,” Perkins adds, “and we commend them and their attorneys for the outstanding work they did on behalf of Pastor Brunson.”

The American Center for Law and Justice had been working in the U.S. and abroad to secure Brunson’s release. “President Trump and his team have been tenacious in seeking the release of Pastor Brunson,” says Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ.

“We’re grateful to the President, members of Congress and diplomatic leaders who continued to put pressure on Turkey to secure the freedom of Pastor Brunson. The fact that he is now on a plane to the United States can only be viewed as a significant victory for Pastor Brunson and his family.”

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, also is crediting the Trump administration for its role in obtaining the pastor’s release. He singles out the president, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ambassador Sam Brownback, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina). “[They] refused to take ‘no’ for an answer for this man’s release,” says Johnson. “This administration stayed true to its citizen.”

“May the Lord strengthen Pastor Brunson and his family as they work to turn the page on this difficult chapter in their lives,” Johnson adds. “And may God protect and give peace to our other brothers and sisters in Christ who continue to endure hardships and severe persecution around the world because of their faith in Him. Let us never forget them!”

Dede Laugesen, director of Save the Persecuted Christians, strikes a similar tone in her remarks today.

“This has been a long road of persecution for Pastor Andrew Brunson,” says Laugesen. “We are joyful and so thankful for Pastor Brunson’s long-awaited freedom. We praise God for this wonderful turn of events and thank the many people who worked on his behalf, including high-ranking officials within the Trump administration and influential and committed attorneys.

“Despite the joy we feel today, we must never forget there are millions of Christians who are not free to believe in Christ. Many remain jailed, persecuted in their own communities or even shunned in their own homes. We pray all will someday experience the freedom Andrew Brunson is savoring today.”

Background

Today’s was the fourth hearing of the case against Brunson. The evangelical pastor had been accused of terror-related charges and espionage, facing up to 35 years in jail if convicted. Brunson, who had lived in Turkey for more than two decades, rejected the charges and strongly maintained his innocence. He was one of thousands caught up in a wide-scale government crackdown that followed a failed coup against the Turkish government in July 2016.

Prosecutors accused Brunson of committing crimes on behalf of terror groups, linking him to outlawed Kurdish militants and a network led by a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who is accused of orchestrating the coup attempt. The U.S. maintained he was being held unjustly and had repeatedly called for his release.

Brunson told the court he is “an innocent man. I love Jesus. I love Turkey.” He again denied accusations that his church – a small congregation in the Izmir Resurrection Church – aided Kurdish militants, saying he had handed over a list of Syrian refugees whom the congregation had helped and adding that Turkish authorities would have identified any terrorists.

“We helped everyone, Kurds, Arabs, without showing any discrimination,” he said.

William Devlin, an evangelical pastor from New York spoke to reporters outside the Turkish prison, saying hundreds of thousands of Christians were praying for Brunson’s release.


Associated Press contributed to this report.

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