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    PRISTINA – Kosovo's awarded U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday with one of the country's highest honors for his government's efforts on peace and reconciliation in the former war-torn region. President Hashim Thaci awarded Trump with Kosovo's Order of Freedom “for his exceptional contribution for the freedom of Kosovo and the strengthening of Peace and reconciliation in the region.” The honor is given to local and foreign citizens for their high contribution in defending Kosovo’s freedom. Trump's administration has been working to normalize relations between Serbia and Kosovo, two former Balkan war foes, and two weeks ago Serbian President Aleksander Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed an economic normalization deal at the White House. Thaci also awarded Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and his envoy for Serbia-Kosovo talks Richard Grenell with the lower Presidential Medal of Merits, saying they were “indispensable” for the deal. Kosovo, a former Serbian province, and Serbia have been negotiating under European Union mediation since 2011 on normalizing their ties. Serbia fought a brutal 1998-1999 war with separatist fighters in Kosovo. The war...
    TheFreedomGeorgiaInitiative.com Freedom Georgia is a Black-owned, woman-owned, family-owned, veteran-managed, limited liability company organized in Georgia for the social and economic benefit of our members. A group of 19 Black families have purchased land in order to create a safe community in Georgia for Black people. According to their website, real estate agent Ashley Scott and entrepreneur and investor Renee Walters have championed the Freedom Georgia Initiative, a “Black-owned, woman-owned, family-owned, veteran-managed” project that bought nearly 100 acres of land in Wilkinson County, Georgia in order to establish a city that will be called Freedom, Georgia. Scott told Fox 5 Atlanta that she was focused on creating a”safe haven” for Black families. “It’s about having a place where you can be authentically black, unapologetically black and not be judged,” Scott said. Walters added that the land will be for the 19 families that bought it and then will open up to the public for “retreats and reunions and weddings, trails for hunting, a lake for fishing and a place for us to just breathe.” Walters and Scott raised thousands...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a town hall appearance on Thursday night with CNN host Anderson Cooper declared that Attorney General William Barr’s remarks calling the coronavirus lockdowns the greatest civil liberties violation since slavery were “sick.” “The attorney general said last night that lockdowns were the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in U.S. history, other than slavery,” Cooper began. “Well, look, two things. One, what they have taken out of context is the present knowledge about the lockdown,” Biden responded. “I was asked if, in fact, there was a national emergency, and every — all the experts said lock it down. We’re not talking about locking down the whole country,” Biden stated. “What we need, Anderson, we need a criteria from state to state, within states as to what constitutes the risk in each of the regions.” Biden then elaborated about the importance of wearing a mask and railed against President Donald Trump’s comments on masks, before the CNN host redirected the former VP back to the question. “Do you think the comments by the attorney general contribute to...
    Nineteen Black families who collectively purchased nearly 100 acres in Georgia they call the “future city of Freedom” want to inspire a sense of ownership and leave a legacy for the next generation, founders Renee Walters and Ashley Scott told Fox News. Walters and Scott call their project the Freedom Georgia Initiative and hosted a “Big Black Campout” over Labor Day weekend to spread the word. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota “sparked something in us to go out and do something — find a safe haven, a special place for us where we can go and relax and be free and breath,” Walters said. The land, which is about two hours southeast of Atlanta, is a blank space for now. Walters and Scott envision it as a retreat center that will eventually include a tiny home retirement community and homes for the “founding families.” Renee Walters, left, and Ashley Scott on their land in Wilkinson County, Georgia.Freedom Georgia Initiative “We are a very different group of people,” Walters said....
    Nineteen Black families who collectively purchased nearly 100 acres in Georgia they call the "future city of Freedom" want to inspire a sense of ownership and leave a legacy for the next generation, founders Renee Walters and Ashley Scott told Fox News. Walters and Scott call their project the Freedom Georgia Initiative and hosted a "Big Black Campout" over Labor Day weekend to spread the word. NORTH CAROLINA TECH COMPANY SWITCHES TO BLACK-OWNED COMMUNITY BANK FOR $3M ACCOUNT The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota "sparked something in us to go out and do something — find a safe haven, a special place for us where we can go and relax and be free and breath," Walters said. SEE PHOTOS: next Image 1 of 3L to R: Renee Walters and Ashley Scott on their land in Wilkinson County, Ga. (Freedom Georgia Initiative) prev next Image 2 of 3Nineteen Black families purchased nearly 100 acres of land in Wilkinson County, Ga. (Freedom Georgia Initiative) prev Image...
    A Catholic advocacy group has published a scathing review of Joe Biden’s political record on issues considered vitally important to conscientious Catholics. The 93-page “Biden Report for Catholic Voters” was produced by the conservative CatholicVote organization and purports to offer “a comprehensive examination of Joe Biden’s 47-years in public life from a Catholic perspective.” “Today Joe Biden is running for president as a prominent U.S. Catholic with regular references to his faith and Catholic upbringing, citations of popes, and purported embrace of Catholic moral values,” the report states, and yet on the 8 issues most important to Catholics Mr. Biden has proved himself “hostile” to the faith. The report examines Mr. Biden’s stance on the issues of life, judges, work, religious freedom, health care, marriage, education, and immigration as well as the evolution and radicalization of his positions over his lengthy political career. Regarding education, for instance, Biden has “opposed school choice as vice president and as a presidential candidate, in opposition to the policy goals of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and a direct violation of the...
    Representatives of the Taliban jihadist organization told Afghan media outlets on Sunday that the goal of their participation in peace talks held this weekend in Doha, Qatar, with the legitimate Afghan government and the United States was to negotiate the liberation of Taliban jihadists and a return of Islamic law to the country. A 21-person delegation featuring at least four former Guantánamo Bay detainees represented the Taliban at the talks, attended by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Afghan government negotiator Abdullah Abdullah. Both Pompeo and Abdullah expressed enthusiasm that the talks would result in the full withdrawal of American troops from the region and thus an end to the longest war in American history, spanning nearly two decades. Speaking to Afghan news sources, members of the Taliban team expressed hope in seeing fellow members of the terrorist organization freed. “Negotiations about the government and the release of remaining prisoners are the topics that will be on our agenda,” Mohammad Naeem Wardak, a Taliban spokesperson, told Afghanistan’s Khaama News. The outlet quoted a negotiator on the Afghan government’s side, Massom...
    WILKINSON COUNTY, Georgia -- A group of 19 Black families have purchased nearly 100 acres of land in rural Georgia to create a safe space for Black people.The lush and rugged undeveloped expanse about 130 miles south of Atlanta is just shy of 97 acres."It feels amazing, feels really amazing," Renee Walters, President of the Freedom Georgia Initiative told CNN. "I cry every time I come here."This dream all started a few weeks ago during a phone call with her friend, Ashley Scott."She said, 'Ashley, did you see the article about Toomsboro for sale?'" Scott, Vice President of the Freedom Georgia Initiative, recalled.EMBED More News Videos "We needed to create a space and a place where we could be a village again, a tribe again," the Freedom Georgia Initiative President said. Turns out that the entire small town was never for sale, just a bundle of a few dozen homes and buildings.Scott, a real estate agent, looked for listings in the area and found one for the land."And it was just such a beautiful piece of land," she said. "It...
    The Epic Games versus Apple Saga continues as interesting developments unfold every single day. The Fortnite ban that kicked off this massive legal-battle has blown up exponentially and turned into an industry-wide phenomenon. Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney has always been vocal with his criticism of Apple’s policies. Now, a change in the App Store’s TOS has invited some more unfavorable verbal attacks from Sweeney. The Verge’s editor Tom Warren brought the changes to everyone’s notice with this tweet: Apple has changed its App Store guidelines to somewhat permit xCloud and Stadia. There’s a big catch that means games will have to be individually submitted to the App Store for review. I have asked Microsoft to comment on the changes and what they mean for xCloud on iOS pic.twitter.com/Lv26udZWRa — Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 11, 2020 Warren said, “The biggest sticking point is still in-app purchases, a big part of developers issues with Apple’s App Store. Microsoft would still need to use Apple’s IAP platform for all in-game payments, and Apple could take a cut on xCloud subscriptions, too.” Apple doesn’t...
    The Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, said that the on-going restrictions placed on religious worship by the city of San Francisco are “an injustice” that must be fought against and “eradicated.” In an interview with the Daily Caller, Cordileone said that when the pandemic was beginning and civil authorities issued lockdown orders, he agreed to temporarily cease religious services in order to help “flatten the curve.” But the length and extent of the ban has become too much for him to abide. (RELATED: ‘Serious Deprivation Of Our Rights’: San Francisco Archbishop Demands Mayor End ‘Excessive’ Worship Restrictions, Cites First Amendment) “There was much we did not understand, so shelter in place orders were severe,” the archbishop said. “I was aware at that time that the government did not have the right to tell us to close our churches, but I consciously did not speak out on this because of the importance of cooperating with our government leaders in working to ‘flatten the curve.’ All along I’ve tried to be a partner with government leaders in caring for...
    FREEDOM, Pa. (KDKA) – Vice President Mike Pence took the stage in Freedom by saying he’s here for one reason: to get four more years for President Donald Trump. That was met with cheers and applause from the crowd of roughly 200 gathered in Beaver County. During his visit to the Pittsburgh area, the vice president first participated in a roundtable discussion in Westmoreland County, followed by a brief speech to a group of a few hundred supporters. Then he headed to Freedom, Pa. for a campaign event. “I’m here for one reason, 4 more years in Pennsylvania.” – Vice President Mike Pence @KDKA pic.twitter.com/bkO7gWDGLf — Nicole Ford (@NicoleFordTV) September 9, 2020 Pence says jobs is the legacy of the last 3 1/2 years and he spoke directly to the manufacturing workers in the crowd to continue supporting the president. He also touched on the coronavirus pandemic and believes a viable vaccine will be available before the end of the year. But the overall message was about voter turnout in November. In his speech to the crowd, Pence says...
    An appeals courtroom shot down R. Kelly’s newest bid for freedom Tuesday, ruling {that a} federal choose acted appropriately in denying the R&B singer’s repeated bail requests. “We understand no clear error within the district courtroom’s dedication,” wrote the three-judge panel for the U.S. Court docket of Appeals Second Circuit. “The federal government has demonstrated by clear and convincing proof that Kelly presents a danger of hazard to the neighborhood.” Within the resolution, the panel affirmed U.S. District Choose Ann Donnelly’s dedication that the “I Consider I Can Fly” crooner is a flight danger. Attorneys for Kelly, whose given identify is Robert Sylvester Kelly, filed the enchantment after Donnelly denied greater than three bail functions in his Brooklyn sex-trafficking case. The ruling comes lower than two weeks after one other inmate attacked the “Ignition” crooner in his jail cell in Chicago, the place he’s being held on a separate baby sex-abuse indictment. The Grammy-Award winner’s legal professionals have requested his launch on a number of grounds — together with that he can’t correctly put together for trial through the...
    Kerri Walsh Jennings is backing down on advocating against face masks. Well, sort of. The South Bay native waved a white flag in an Instagram post Monday after her prior post depicting her experience shopping without a mask went viral, with many criticizing her choice to go against epidemiological recommendations and government mandates. In her latest lengthy post, Walsh Jennings apologized to those who she “upset so deeply”, thanked those who supported her, then began a defensive rant explaining why she decided to shirk rules intended to protect her and others from the coronavirus. “We should all carry on RESPECTFULLY living our virtues, standing up for our beliefs and doing our best to do no harm in doing so,” she wrote. “I was not looking to do anything but express my belief that FREEDOM IS A RIGHT WORTH FIGHTING FOR, and amidst the chaos, divisiveness, fear and undeniable emotion of these times, I believe we have to stay mindful of the FACT that our freedoms have slowly been taken from us with our consent.” Wearing a mask over your mouth...
    An appeals court shot down R. Kelly’s latest bid for freedom Tuesday, ruling that a federal judge acted appropriately in denying the R&B singer’s repeated bail requests. “We perceive no clear error in the district court’s determination,” wrote the three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit. “The government has demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that Kelly presents a risk of danger to the community.” In the decision, the panel affirmed U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly’s determination that the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner is a flight risk. Attorneys for Kelly, whose given name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, filed the appeal after Donnelly denied more than three bail applications in his Brooklyn sex-trafficking case. The ruling comes less than two weeks after another inmate attacked the “Ignition” crooner in his jail cell in Chicago, where he’s being held on a separate child sex-abuse indictment. The Grammy-Award winner’s lawyers have requested his release on several grounds — including that he can’t properly prepare for trial during the coronavirus-induced lockdowns of federal jails. His attorney Steven Greenberg said...
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the House Freedom Caucus chairman, called for the ouster of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in an op-ed on Monday. “Isn’t it past time for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to leave her office as Speaker of the House? I call upon our leaders in Congress to put forward the Motion to Vacate the Chair that has been prepared and merely needs to be brought to the floor,” Biggs wrote in his op-ed. Biggs noted the many times that Pelosi has conveyed her “elitism” and divisive politics during her “tenure as speaker,” including: Pelosi recently referred to lawmakers who support President Donald Trump as “domestic criminals.” Pushing articles of impeachment against Trump not based on any “high crime or misdemeanor.” Issued “ridiculous mask edicts” in the House and used the Democrat-majority to “expand her power to control members.” Getting a wash and blow-out at a shuttered salon in San Francisco without a mask. When she was caught, she charged that the salon owes her “an apology.” Biggs called it a “narcissistic” view. Biggs continued: It is hubris to...
    Disney has drawn a backlash for its indifference to religious freedom and human rights, cozying up to the Chinese Communist Party and filming parts of its new live action blockbuster Mulan in a city that incarcerates Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. In March, 2016, Disney threatened to boycott the state of Georgia over a religious freedom bill that guaranteed faith-based organizations and individuals the right to abstain from activities violating their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” “Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” a Disney spokesman said at the time. While Disney saw fit to punish Georgia for its zealous dedication to religious freedom, now the company has rewarded the Chinese Communist Party for its egregious violations of human rights and religious freedom. Disney’s elected to film its live-action remake of Mulan in China’s Xinjiang province, the very site of China’s documented widespread human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. China...
    For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation’s unity, as well as a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens. Born on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress determined that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternating between seven red and six white; and that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation. Between 1777 and 1960, the shape and design of the flag evolved into the flag you see today. The 13 horizontal stripes represent the original 13 colonies, while the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor; white signifies purity and innocence; and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. The dream of those who would follow in the footsteps of our forefathers still represents the values I hold dear today. Traditionally a symbol of liberty, the American flag has carried the message of freedom and inspired Americans, both at home and abroad. In 1814,...
    President Trump has announced he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to longtime college football coach Lou Holtz.  Trump made the announcement on Friday during a White House press conference where Holtz was in attendance.  The president did not announce a date for the ceremony but said it 'won't be in the too distant future.' Trump said he had received letters from football coaches across the country, as well as other people, recommending Holtz, 83, for the honor.  During a White House press briefing on Friday, Trump announced he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to longtime college football coach Lou Holtz (pictured right during the announcement)  Trump said he's known Holtz for a 'long time' and called him a friend and an 'incredible leader.' They are pictured together during a campaign rally in 2018  He said he's known Holtz for a 'long time' and called him a friend and an 'incredible leader.'  'We've analyzed it very closely. We've looked at all those recommendations. We've looked at Lou's life and his...
    One of the most high-profile quarterbacks in the National Football League believes players on his team should individually choose whether or not to kneel during the national anthem. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott argued that the United States enshrines the right to protest and that players on his team should be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to participate in social justice activism. "That's what this country is about, the freedom to do that, the freedom to express yourself," Prescott said during a press conference on Wednesday. "We heard [Cowboys owner Jerry Jones] talk about grace and sharing grace and having grace with players in what they want to do. If I had it my way, that's exactly what we'd do is express ourselves individually but love and support one another collectively." Jones, who has shifted his position on kneeling considerably over the years, said last month that he hopes the team can participate in a joint way to show their concerns for police brutality against young, black men. "The takeaways from the team meeting, just...
    By Lori Hinnant and Nicolas Vaux-Montagny | Associated Press PARIS — Thirteen men and a woman went on trial Wednesday in the 2015 attacks against the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris that marked the beginning of a wave of violence by the Islamic State group in Europe. Seventeen people and all three gunmen died during the three days of attacks in January 2015. Later that year, a separate network of French and Belgian fighters for Islamic State struck Paris again, this time killing 130 people in attacks at the Bataclan concert hall, the national stadium, and in bars and restaurants. Those on trial in France’s terrorism court are accused of buying weapons, cars, and helping with logistics in the January 2015 attacks. Most say they thought they were helping plan an ordinary crime. Three, including the only woman accused, are being tried in absentia after leaving to join Islamic State. “The trial will establish and confirm that the two attacks were coordinated. One was an attack on freedom of expression and the other was...
    The Trump campaign has added both “unborn life” and religious freedom to its list of core priorities as the president anticipates a possible second term. The new bullet points have been added to the campaign’s agenda under the heading of “Defend American Values”: Continue nominating constitutionalist Supreme Court and lower court judges Protect unborn life through every means available Defend the freedoms of religious believers and organizations Support the exercise of Second Amendment rights Catholic News Agency reported Trump faced objections from some Catholics for initially omitting the issues of abortion and religious freedom from the list of priorities. The Republican National Convention prominently featured numerous pro-life speakers, including former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson; Covington Catholic High School graduate Nick Sandmann; Catholic nun and medical doctor Sister Deirdre Byrne; former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz; human rights activist Chen Guangcheng; and Ohio mother Tera Myers, who rejected the advice of her doctor to abort her son with Down syndrome. In stark contrast to Trump’s agenda, Democrat nominee Joe Biden has promised to defend abortion rights, which the abortion industry refers to...
    BLACK Lives Matter supporters bought nearly 100 acres of land in Georgia to build what they say would be a new city that’s safe for black people to live. The Freedom Georgia Initiative’s website states the group’s “vision is to develop our vast resource-rich 96.71 acres of land in Toomsboro.” 3The Freedom Georgia Initiative said they purchased nearly 100 acres of land to build a safe black community in ToomsboroCredit: The Freedom Georgia Initiative The land is for the “establishment of an innovative community for environmentally sustainable-living, health & wellness, agricultural & economic development, arts & culture for generations to come," the group explains online. “Our aim is to be a premier recreational, educational, and cultural destination for Black families across the African diaspora. “We welcome you, your family, and all Black allies to support us in our vision to be the change we want to see!” One of the group’s founders is Ashley Scott, a realtor in the Peach State who started the group with her pals. She wrote in an op-ed for Blavity that the idea for the...
    While Joe Biden attempts to blame President Trump for riots launched by and populated solely with his comrades on the left, including the terrorist group Black Lives Matter — a group Biden proudly supports and encourages — let’s not forget that more than a dozen members of Biden’s campaign team have directly contributed to the riots by helping to bail out those arrested during the rioting. Let’s not forget that at the very birth of what has grown into months of riots in countless Democrat-run cities, Reuters reported that some 13 paid staffers on Biden’s campaign donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Let’s not forget that Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, Kamala Harris, promoted the Minnesota Freedom Fund. For those unfamiliar with the chirpily named Minnesota Freedom Fund, it’s a fund that, per Reuters, “opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.” And during the riots — while the riots were actually happening — and again, per Reuters, “at least 13 Biden campaign staff members...
    Those who do not condemn looting are trying to “kind of romanticize this for a liberal audience,” Rob Smith, the spokesperson for Turning Point USA, a non-profit organization with the goal of educating students to promote freedom, told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. Smith made the comment reacting to the author of a new book who defended looting and sparked outrage after an NPR interview in which she said looting gives people “an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure." “Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police,” author Vicky Osterweil said in the interview. “It gets to the very root of the way those three things are interconnected. And also, it provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure and helps them imagine a world that could be. And I think that's a part of it that doesn't really get talked about -- that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.” “This is absolutely ridiculous,” Smith, an Army veteran, said on Monday. VideoHe added, “When we have these White liberal writers like Vicky...
    House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs introduced legislation that would strengthen penalties on illegal immigrants convicted of casting fraudulent votes. The bill, which the Arizona Republican introduced on Friday, less than three months before Election Day, seeks to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make it an aggravated felony for illegal immigrants to knowingly cast fraudulent votes in federal elections. Called the Voter Integrity Protection Act, the legislation would make casting a fraudulent vote a deportable offense, meaning that illegal immigrants who are convicted would be forced to leave the United States. The upgraded charge of aggravated felony would result in expedited deportation. The current punishment for illegal immigrants convicted of casting fraudulent votes is a fine and up to one year in prison. "American citizens have a tremendous privilege to vote in free elections to decide the future of our constitutional republic. American citizens alone choose our political leaders, which is why I am introducing the Voter Integration Protection Act," Biggs said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. "Our elections have no room for...
    Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, whose state was devastated earlier this month by a derecho windstorm, praised President Trump Wednesday at the 2020 Republican National Convention for delivering to those in need. “Houses, farms were destroyed,” she said. “About one-third of our crops here were damaged. “In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn’t hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors.” Trump followed their example by coming to the aid of the Hawkeye State, Ernst said. “President Trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief,” she said. By contrast, Ernst portrayed the era of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as disastrous for Iowa farmers, crushed by regulations and unfavorable international trade deals. A win in November for Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris of California would undo farmers’ hard-fought progress under the Trump administration, Ernst said. “This election is a choice between two very different paths,” she said. “Freedom, prosperity and economic growth under a Trump-Pence administration, or the Biden-Harris path, paid...
    Bradley Cortright August 26, 2020 0 Comments Republican Congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn, 25, running for North Carolina’s 11th District, says his recovery after a car crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down has given him “new eyes to see and new ears to hear.” “I know something about adversity,” he said during his speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. Cawthorn shared that when he was 18 years old, he was in a car accident and was given a “one percent chance of survival [but] thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community, and many skilled doctors, I made it.” He shared how he felt “invisible” after the accident. He said before the accident, he used to stand out in a crowd. “I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible: I see you, I hear you,” Cawthorn said, adding, “In 2020 our country has a choice: we can give up on the American idea, or we can choose to work together to make our imperfect union more perfect.” If elected, Cawthorn...
    JOHN Lennon’s killer has been denied his freedom for an 11th time as a parole board ruled he must stay in jail. Mark Chapman, 65, was turned down despite spending 39 years behind bars. 4John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman was denied parole for the eleventh timeCredit: The Mega Agency 4The former Beatle was shot four times in front of his wife, Yoko Ono in New York in 1980Credit: Getty Images - Getty He appeared before a parole board in New York last week. The reasons for not allowing him to go free were not made public on Wednesday night. Chapman, who is being held at the city’s Wende Correctional Facility, must remain in jail for at least another two years, before his next parole hearing. He shot the former Beatle, 40, four times in front of his wife Yoko Ono in New York in December 1980. Chapman was given 20 years to life in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Two years ago, during a previous bid to go free, the parole board said it found his release “would...
    Cissie Graham Lynch, the daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of Billy Graham, said at the Republican National Committee’s 2020 convention on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is a “fierce advocate” for people of faith. Lynch said that Christians have not always had the support of the federal government. “During the Obama-Biden administration, these freedoms were under attack,” Lynch said. “Democrats tried to make faith organizations pay for abortion-inducing drugs.” “Democrats tried to force adoption agencies to violate their deeply held beliefs,” Lynch said. “Democrats pressured schools to allow boys to compete in girls’ sports and use girls’ locker rooms.” “But when ‘We the People’ elected Donald Trump, people of faith suddenly had a fierce advocate in the White House,” Lynch said. Lynch went on to list Trump’s efforts on behalf of people of faith in the United States and around the world. “He appointed judges who respect the First Amendment,” Lynch said. “He supported religious beliefs in court.” “He ensured religious ministries would not be forced to violate their beliefs,” Lynch said. “He withdrew the policies that placed our...
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan opened the Republican National Convention Monday night, praying for the leaders of both political parties. The Catholic cardinal and archbishop of New York prayed in thanksgiving for “a country where freedom of religion is so cherished, where both Republicans and Democrats begin their conventions, heads bowed in prayer.” Dolan prayed for those suffering from the coronavirus, for front line workers, for “our troubled cities and the police who guard them,” for the unborn and for “our elders in nursing care and hospice.” “For our immigrants and refugees,” he continued. “Those lives threatened by religious persecution throughout the world or by plague, hunger, human trafficking, drugs or war.” He concluded: “For we dare claim, in God we trust. Amen.” The cardinal’s prayer came after he issued an August 18 statement addressing why he agreed to pray at the RNC. (RELATED: Catholic Nun Who Led DNC Prayer Said She Doesn’t Think Banning Abortion ‘Is A Good Policy’) Some people have asked me why I agreed to offer a prayer at the RNC. Here’s my statement from last week. pic.twitter.com/zR6Te3SvU0...
    Donald Trump Jr. spoke at the RNC Monday night and went on a tear against Joe Biden as a creature of the Washington “swamp” and the “radical left” in the Democratic party. He opened by praising his father’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and blasting Biden for his recent comments that he would be willing to shut down the country if scientists recommended it. Trump called the Democratic nominee “Beijing Biden” as he hit Biden on the economy and said, “Biden has promised to take that money back out of your pocket and keep it in the swamp. That makes sense though, considering Joe Biden is basically the Loch Ness monster of the swamp. For the past half-century, he’s been lurking around in there. He sticks his head up every now and then to run for president, and then he disappears and doesn’t do much in between.” He also went after the left for “trying to cancel all of those Founders” and for “coming for our freedom of speech”: “They want to bully us into submission. If they get...
    Rioting. Vandalism. Bullying opponents into silence. Calls to defund the police, abolish the Electoral College and remake America as a socialist country. It’s hard to believe what we’re now seeing. For months, the forces of Marxism, socialism and anarchy have terrorized our streets and threatened the values that make America the greatest nation in the world. They have shown no signs of stopping, and many left-leaning politicians, members of the media and celebrities either tacitly accept their behavior or openly cheer it on. Today, America has a choice of two paths. We can embrace the foundational principles that created this nation of limited government and individual liberty. Or we can veer down the path of those who trash those principles, who teach our children that America was illegitimate from the start, and who want to make the vast majority of Americans subservient to an all-powerful government. JESSICA CURTIS: IF DEMOCRATS CAN RUIN NEW YORK, THEY CAN RUIN ANYWHERE The time has come to fight for America and against the poisonous ideology of the radical left. But this is not the typical fight between...
    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Saturday that religious freedom is “a cornerstone for inclusive, prosperous and peaceful societies.” In his Message for the second International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, the secretary-general said that while freedom of religion is “firmly trenched in international human rights law,” still, across the world, “we continue to witness deep-seated discrimination against religious minorities, attacks on people and religious sites, and hate crimes and atrocity crimes targeting populations simply because of their religion or belief.” In 2019, the U.N. General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/73/296, designated August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, “recognizing the importance of providing victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief and members of their families with appropriate support and assistance in accordance with applicable law.” At that time, the U.N. also said it “strongly deplored all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief, as well as any such acts directed against their...
    BRITNEY Spears’ conservatorship has been extended until “at least” February 2021 - despite her ongoing fight to be removed from the contact.  A judge at a Los Angeles court ruled on Wednesday that the 38-year-old pop star will remain under the legal control of her father, Jamie Spears, indefinitely, according to documents obtained by Variety.  11Britney's conservatorship was extended until at least February 2021 Credit: Instagram/Britney Spears 11The pop star's dad, Jamie, continues to have legal control of his daughter Credit: AFP - Getty 11Fans feared for the singer's well-being after Wednesday's hearing Credit: Getty Images - Getty Despite Britney filing a request earlier this week asking for her dad to be removed from the conservatorship, the extension remains until at least February 1, 2021. The outlet reported that the singer’s dad and mom, Lynne - as well as four attorney’s - all took part in the discussions during the hearing.  Britney lost her battle to have her father removed as the sole guardian of her legal and financial affairs at an LA courthouse this week. The Toxic songstress had...
    The U.S Agency for Global Media (USAGM) has revived the Office of Internet Freedom (OIF), which helps dissidents evade state firewalls and other forms of government censorship of the net in foreign countries. The OIF was established in 2016 but discontinued under USAGM’s previous leadership. The OIF has now been revived by Michael Pack, the new CEO of USAGM who was confirmed by the Senate earlier this year. Via USAGM: “Unlike prior USAGM leadership, which sidelined OIF,” said CEO Pack, “I consider bolstering internet firewall circumvention to be a top priority. Blocking access to information is a horrible thing. But fostering access to information, especially in this advanced capacity, will prove a blow for liberty. That’s why we’re funding a range of internet firewall circumvention tools . Bringing back OIF will further allow our agency to make significant strides in this area.” OIF’s mission is to support the testing, deployment, and management of technologies that circumvent internet blocking, filtering, and other censorship techniques principally used by repressive regimes, such as China and Iran. OIF has a track record of ensuring...
    The woman trying to bring down 'Europe's last dictator' is a 37-year-old English teacher described as an 'accidental Joan of Arc' who ran for the presidency of Belarus after her husband was arrested and barred from the ballot in May.  Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's unlikely rise to political stardom has posed the most serious challenge to strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko in his 26 years in power.  After entering the race and moving her two children abroad for their own safety, she told supporters that 'I don't want power... I want to get my children and husband [back] and I want to keep frying my cutlets.'  But Tikhanovskaya is now gearing up for a bitter power struggle after announcing today that she is willing to take over if Lukashenko is forced out.   A brutal crackdown by Lukashenko's regime has failed to stop a wave of strikes and demonstrations in Minsk which drew as many as 200,000 people on Sunday and continued today.   Tsikhanovskaya has urged security and law enforcement officers to switch sides, saying they would be forgiven if they abandoned Lukashenko now.  Lukashenko said...
    Princes William and Harry cut communication for two months after Megxit and still have barely any communication, while their relationship 'will take time to heal', the author of a new biography about Harry and Meghan has today claimed. Writer Omid Scobie has revealed the extent of the their rift in a new TV interview today in which he claims Prince William was furious at his younger brother over he and wife Meghan Markle's decision to go public with their plans to take a step back from royal life.  Scobie, who has recently released a biography about the Harry and Meghan's split from the royals, named 'Finding Freedom', also said tension between Meghan and Kate over the actresses' struggles during pregnancy also soured their relationship. The author's claims are set to be aired today on The Royal Beat on royal-related TV subscription service, True Royalty TV, according to the Sun. During the interview, Scobie tells the show's presenter Kate Thornton, formerly of This Morning and Loose Women, that the brothers stopped speaking around the time of the so-called Sandringham Summit in...
    Kunal Kemmu’s Abhay 2 is in for big trouble and for the right reasons. Turns out the show makers and its entire team didn’t take their history lessons very seriously and ended up making this big goof up. In episode two, ‘One Legged Skeleton’, we can see the makers using Bengali freedom fighter, Khudiram Bose’s picture as a mug shot for a criminal. A twitter user highlighted this grave issue on her account while also sharing his disappointment for the OTT platform. Abhay 2: Ram Kapoor Opens Up About His Villain’s Role in Kunal Kemmu’s ZEE5 Show, Says ‘My Character is Going to Leave the Audience Stunned. “Shocking to see Zee5 web series Abhay 2 using Bengali freedom fighters Marty Khudiram Bose’s image as mug shot of criminal,” she tweeted while sharing a still from the episode that had Khudiram Bose’s sketch in the backdrop as a mugshot for a criminal. The OTT platform finally had to intervene to issue a clarification and apologise on the makers’ behalf. Check Out Her Tweet Shocking to see Zee5...
    Tens of thousands of Belarusian opposition supporters have gathered in Minsk this afternoon to join a 'March for Freedom' over President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election. Chanting 'Leave!', the protesters marched down Independence Avenue following an opposition call for the biggest rally yet in a week of demonstrations since the vote. Columns of demonstrators raised victory signs and held flowers and balloons. Many wore white, the colour that has come to symbolise the opposition movement. Those marching included a group of veteran paratroopers in uniform berets. Tens of thousands of Belarus opposition supporters attend a rally in central Minsk on August 16 A woman Belarus opposition supporter with a drawing of a former white-red-white flag of Belarus used in opposition to the government punches the air during a demonstration in central Minsk on August 16 'The elections were valid. There could not be more than 80 percent of votes falsified. We will not hand over the country,' he said Demonstrators held placards with slogans such as 'We are against violence' and 'Lukashenko must answer for the torture and...
    Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry allegedly fired their son Archie’s night nurse on her second shift for being “unprofessional and irresponsible.” The claim is being made in the bombshell book “Finding Freedom,” written by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. Numerous palace insiders came forward to the two journalists and detailed what led to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure as senior members of the British royal family. The family currently resides in Markle’s native California. “Meghan and Harry felt they were forced to let the nurse go in the middle of her second night of work for being unprofessional and irresponsible,” wrote Scobie and Durand, as quoted by People magazine on Friday. According to the authors, the former American actress, 39, and the British prince, 35, hired a second night nurse who “did a fine job.” However, after their experience with the first nanny, “neither found themselves comfortable sleeping through the night without going to check on Archie regularly.” MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY HAVE ‘SQUANDERED TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY’ TO DO GOOD AS ROYALS, AUTHOR CLAIMS ...
    By Tom Arnold LONDON (Reuters) - Libya's sovereign wealth fund head plans to ask the United Nations to allow it to invest billions of dollars sitting idle in its accounts, after missing out on some $4.1 billion in potential equity returns during nearly a decade of sanctions. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) was blacklisted in March 2011 because it was then controlled by the family of toppled ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Its assets were valued at $67 billion in 2012, but LIA plans to update that in October after a review by its financial adviser Deloitte. Sanctions have had a heavy toll on the LIA, with investment curbs meaning it had missed out on around $4.1 billion in potential returns if it had invested in line with the market average, chairman Ali Mahmoud Hassan Mohamed told Reuters. The LIA also wanted to avoid negative interest rate charges, which had cost it around $23 million since 2011, he said. "We have billions of cash in our accounts not invested," Mohamed said in an interview this week. "It would be much better to...