Jan 25, 2020

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Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

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In literature, narratives are often fiction. In both the mainstream media and politics, narratives exhibit the same fictitious nature. In this week’s boralogue, John gives several examples of how the media and politicos have failed to tell the truth lately, including with the gun rights rally in Virginia, with anthropogenic global warming, and with Attorney General William Barr. It turns out you can make this stuff up – and it shows us their true intentions.

Manda ErvinIran is a hot topic in the news but one aspect not covered by the media is how women have been treated there. Manda Zand Ervin (www.allianceofiranianwomen.org), Founder and President of the Alliance of Iranian Women, joins us to recount how Iranian women, who were being oppressed by the mullahs, established a secret underground network in order to survive. Much of this information can be found in her new book, The Ladies’ Secret Society of Iran.

It’s time for a Middle East geopolitical update so we welcome an expert on the subject, Seth Frantzman (www.sethfrantzman.com), Middle East Affairs Analyst at the Jerusalem Post. He examines a deal between Turkey and Russia to partition Libya, an oil pipeline from the region to Eastern Europe, and the interactions between Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.

John and Producer Steve spend a few moments dissecting an opinion piece from the Harvard Law Review that advocates for end-running the Constitution in an attempt to add amendments that would not only give permanent legislative power to liberals but would also ultimately endanger the Republic itself.

John finishes out the show this week with a news story roundup, relating stories from around the world. Included are the impending Brexit, a disastrous new economic plan in Spain, trouble in China regarding the Catholic Church, and several examples of Christian persecution.

John’s quote of the week:
If the people cannot operate on the basis of their conscience and their convicted values and beliefs, what will act as a judge upon the government when the government itself goes corrupt? And governments, believe me, will go corrupt.

On this week’s extra segment, it’s a quadruple feature as we play four interviews from 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Iraqi Christian Relief Council President Juliana Taimoorazy. She recounts the problems and tragedies involving Christians in Iraq from ISIS’s persecution to their troubles with the UN regarding refugee status. With Iraq in the news lately, it’s important to remember those who are suffering for their faith there (and around the world).

 

01/25/2020 Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – Boralogue – Media Bias (2:12)
2 – Manda Zand Ervin – History of Women in Iran (13:29)
3 – Manda Zand Ervin – Current Climate of Iran (26:24)
4 – John Loeffler – Iran’s Treatment of Homosexuals (39:16)
      Seth Frantzman – Middle East Geopolitics: Turkey, Israel, Libya, Russia (40:33)
5 – John & Producer Steve – End-Running the Constitution (52:10)
6 – John Loeffler – Several News Stories from Around the World (1:05:33)
7 – Extras Segment – Four Interviews from Juliana Taimoorazy: 2014-2016 (1:18:27)

      End of Show (1:48:57)

 

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Jul 30, 2016

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Emancipation

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Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Father Jacques Hamel, priest of a church in Normandy, France, who was killed during mass this week by young ISIS knifemen. We skip the boralogue and welcome back to the show Juliana Taimoorazy (www.victimsofisis.org), President of Iraqi Christian Relief Council, who discusses other persecuted Christians: the Assyrians in Iraq who are faced with the hard choice of leaving their beloved homeland or stay and potentially face the horrors of ISIS.

We revisit a rather grisly topic this week: that of forced organ transplants. Matt Robertson (www.theepochtimes.com), Reporter for the Epoch Times, reveals the horrors of transplants among specific groups of people in China and the media’s lack of coverage of the practice.

Religious liberty is under attack on various fronts in violation of Constitutional rights. Kate Oliveri (www.thomasmore.org), Attorney for the Thomas More Law Center, shares one woman’s encounter with a Michigan health department who denied her right to refuse vaccination for her children based on religious objections.

Are Christians in the West compromising their values to conform to modern culture? Author and speaker Os Guinness (www.osguinness.com) posits that culture and socialistic ideas are combining to threaten the faith of believers. He calls for a revolution in thought and belief from a Christian perspective.

Has the Brexit pointed the way to a resurgence in Christianity? Dr. Steve Turley (www.turleytalks.com), Teacher of Theology at Tall Oaks Classical School in Delaware, discusses the growing trend toward nationalism and predicts that Christianity and the political right will usurp the unsustainable PC narrative in the next few decades.

John’s quote of the week:
“If you look at what the Social Security trustees are saying, the shortfalls in Medicare, the ricketiness of Obamacare with insurers pulling out, and the overall indebtedness of the United States, there is a major train wreck ahead. And once we get on this train, we can’t get off of it.”

As always, join us online for our Section 6 intelligence briefing featuring analysis by John on important stories highlighting emerging geopolitical trends around the world.

Follow us on Twitter @steelonsteelpro as well as the Steel on Steel Facebook page and remember to join Praying for Persecuted Christians for the latest information concerning persecuted Christians around the world. Don’t forget to stop by our YouTube channel as well for our latest videos.

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Mar 19, 2016

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Willful Blindness

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There are blips on the world stage radar that are projecting what we’ll see in the months and years to come. In this week’s boralogue, John takes a look at what these blips are telling us and shows that there is a willful blindness concerning global ideologies. There is a chasm of truth between the realities of the world and both politicians’ promises and politically correct narratives. Those who understand the realities will be better positioned when the coming storms hit.

Why did Libya suddenly appear on the world stage a few years ago as a threat to world security? Ellen Brown (www.ellenbrown.com), Founder of the Public Banking Institute, reveals that the upheaval in Libya related to gold and silver, rebel-based central banks, and details from Hilary Clinton’s emails.

The Christ at the Checkpoint Conference concluded this week in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Dexter Van Zile (www.camera.org), Christian Media Analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, attended the conference and discusses its anti-Zionist narrative that blames Israel for all wrongs in the current conflict with Palestine.

John Kerry and the State Department declared this week that Christian persecution by ISIS in the Middle East is officially deemed genocide. Juliana Taimoorazy (www.iraqichristianrelief.org), President of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, examines the situation and asks: why did it take so long for this declaration to come about?

How did the U.S. get to the point of self-loathing and history revision that casts itself in such a negative light? Former Idaho State legislator Curtis Bowers (www.agendadocumentary.com) joins us to reveal Marxism for what it truly is and discuss the willful blindness of those that fall victim to its false narrative. We need to hear and understand the truth or the enemy will win.

John’s quote of the week:
“Gramscian Marxism paraded through our culture starting in the 1930s, masquerading often as progressivism – sometimes it’s called socialism – and all of those “isms” are pretty much the same thing. We keep changing the names to protect the guilty. It fails every time you turn around.”

As always, join us online for our Section 6 intelligence briefing featuring analysis by John on important stories highlighting emerging geopolitical trends around the world.

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Jul 18, 2015

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Semantic Kool-Aid

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When the media and the politically correct elites give you their version of events, they want you to drink the semantic cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. In this week’s boralogue, John looks at micro-aggressions, the Confederate flagless General Lee car on the Dukes of Hazard, and Islamic terrorists who have nothing to do with Islam. The semantic cyanide Kool-Aid reveals itself in forcing everyone to think the same way and in the ridiculous contradiction that to promote tolerance you have to be intolerant toward those who disagree with you.

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair recently became chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, a group that looks to monitor speech and behavior to promote a climate of tolerance. Samuel Westrop (www.gatestoneinstitute.org), Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, joins us to discuss the group’s intolerant behavior toward those who dissent and how its’ mission statement favors censorship over freedom of expression.

We transition from Europe to Latin America where the Pope finished a trip this week that included a speech on economics, a topic he admits to know very little about. Director of Research at the Acton Institute, Samuel Gregg (www.acton.org), examines the pontiff’s comments against capitalism, shows how free market economies have historically been the most successful, and asks the question, “If not capitalism, then what?” Hint: no one has an answer.

Christians are being persecuted around the world at an alarming rate. Juliana Taimoorazy (www.iraqichristianrelief.org), Founder and President of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, exposes the long wait time for many displaced Christians to receive refugee status and recounts her organization’s efforts to help those persecuted refugees by providing food, shelter, and education.

Christians are also being persecuted here in the United States, though more through litigious means. Aaron Klein (www.facebook.com/savesweetcakesbymelissa), who along with his wife Melissa, is standing up for freedom of religion in dealing with the fallout from refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding in Oregon. He updates us on his case, revealing the recent gag order demanding he not speak his views on same sex marriage because it would be construed as discriminatory. This flies in the face of the first amendment to the Constitution!

Our weekly intelligence news briefing, Section 6!As always, join us online for our weekly Section 6 intelligence briefing, featuring analysis by John on important stories highlighting emerging geopolitical trends around the world. This week John examines the recent Iran nuclear agreement and its potential impact around the world.

Follow us on the Steel on Steel Facebook page and remember to join Praying for Persecuted Christians on Facebook for the latest information concerning persecuted Christians around the world.

 

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