I can’t get the words some newscasters said last week out of my head. The last debate is history; people are talking about Hurricane Sandy (which I want to talk about soon), and of course the election, but I still hear the words of several newscasters from several different stations when they were talking about the last debate.
If you recall, the last debate was on foreign policy. The newscasters’ general response; the American public finds this subject ‘a snooze.’ That the foreign policy debate was the least viewed because nobody was really interested in the topic. My response; Why?
This century finds the world more interconnected and interdependent than any other time in the world’s history. We can watch news shows from the other side of the globe in real time, we can see how one economy affects another on the stock market in minutes, and we can react to tragedies and wars and other situations instantaneously.
I want to direct your attention to several events going on in the world that may directly affect you. At the very least, you should understand what’s going on to see how the US responds to certain issues so you can be informed about how domestic policies affect foreign policies.
The most important one for me is the story behind what’s going on in Libya. As the story continues to unfold, there are unanswered questions and more information that is still coming out today. I beg you; do your own research on the issue. Find out what really happened to the Navy Seals and how their families were treated. Make your own decisions accordingly; there is information out there if you look for it. I’ll leave you with what one of the Seal’s father said to our government; “It’s better to die a hero than live a coward.” You may not come to the same conclusions as I do, but I feel it is important to do some research before you vote next week.
Sanctions on MS-13: Not Enough but a Good First Step Two weeks ago, the Obama administration broke new ground by extending this designation [a significant transnational criminal organization] for the first time to a gang operating in the United States, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). Today, the group operates throughout Central America and in at least forty U.S. states, according to a 2008 FBI report, and is reported to be spreading to Canada. Harrowing reports—like the gang’s prostitution of girls as young as twelve and execution-style shootings in a schoolyard of three students by former friends—motivated the Obama administration to target MS-13. (Any border town will tell you that the gang violence just continues to escalate.)
Syrian regime launches nationwide airstrikes World powers remain divided on how to stop Syria’s crisis, with the U.S. and many Arab and European nations calling for Assad to step down while Russia, China and Iran continue to back the regime. But with the sides largely stalemated on the battlefield and little international appetite for military intervention, few expect the war to end soon. “As long as the international community remains at odds, the needs, attacks and suffering will only grow.”
Experts weigh in on rise of Ukrainian Svoboda party The radical right-wing Svoboda (“Freedom”) party, which openly admires the World War II pro- Nazi Ukrainian Insurgent Army, has secured 41 seats in the Ukrainian parliament and is expected to legitimize public displays of anti-Semitism.(If you remember a previous posting, a very similar pro-Nazi party has already attracted followers in Greece and it appears to be spreading to countries suffering from austerity measures.)
The real reason China-Japan are locked in a territory dispute Years of rapid growth have sent China’s fuel consumption soaring, and the country has been quicker than Japan in plumbing the East China Sea. Japan, which has relied heavily on nuclear power, has also seen its oil usage jump since its nuclear power plants went idle after the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis last year. (Why is this important? Well, China holds a lot of our debt and we traditionally get along with Japan, so whose side would we choose?)
Al Qaeda’s Zawahri calls for kidnap of Westerners “We are seeking, by the help of Allah, to capture others and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives,” he said, praising the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein, a 71-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan last year. (Do I have to explain why this is important?)
Saudi King calls on UN to adopt blasphemy resolution “I demand a UN resolution that condemns any country or group that insults religions and prophets,” he reportedly said. “It is our duty and that of every Muslim to protect Islam and defend the prophets.” (Folks, this doesn’t seem to be going away.)
I could go on and on about stories like this that are in the news every day. I read the news, I follow the headlines, and I dig a little deeper because I feel that it’s my responsibility to do so. With all that goes on in the world, and the speed of media coverage, it’s very easy for stories to be hidden and never see the light of free press.
Now, you may not want to explore what’s going on in the world to the extent I do, and I understand that. That’s partly why I write this; because I want my little corner of the world to become more informed so they can pray in a more focused direction and so that they can make better decisions about life in general.
I implore you to read the news for 10 minutes a day. Go to different news sources. I have a particular bent, as do most people, but I make sure to inform myself from all angles so I can get a complete picture. Find a news outlet you can trust and read their coverage, then take a few more minutes to find another source that either verifies or disputes the first story.
I believe there is a distinct benefit to the instant news we can access today. As we watch the world continue to evolve (or perhaps devolve), we can make accurate evaluations and decisions based on what we know.
I highlighted news of a more serious nature, but look for stories that warm your heart, because we need to be uplifted each day, knowing that God remains in control despite what current situations may look like.
‘Operation Bear’ sends tens of thousands of US teddy bears to kids at Israeli hospital These bears [130,000] made a 5,600-mile journey from the United States all the way to the Middle East not only to find a new home but also to make ill children here feel a little bit happier.
Do what you can to inform yourself and others.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor. The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish! – Psalm 112:5-10
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:34-36