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Hating on the EU

International | British lawmaker gives rousing farewell speech before the European Parliament
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/30/20, 02:35 pm

BRITAIN: “We love Europe, we just hate the European Union,” lawmaker Nigel Farage told the European Parliament in a rousing final speech in Brussels (see video clip below). The Parliament ratified the withdrawal agreement on Wednesday for Britain’s formal Friday departure from the EU—fulfilling a 2016 British referendum.

  • Farage, a 20-year veteran of the European Parliament, led the Brexit campaign and said the EU “isn’t just undemocratic, it’s anti-democratic.” British delegates then waved Union Jacks in farewell and were promptly cut short by Parliament First Vice President Mairead McGuinness—as waving flags is against the rules.
  • Members of the European Parliament sang “Auld Lang Syne” upon approving Britain’s exit—which could turn out to be prophetic, should predictions that Brexit will lead to the demise of the EU prove true.

UNITED STATES: Two years ago, adoption agencies warned that new State Department regulations and fees would spell the end of international adoptions. Now one of the largest agencies, Bethany Christian Services—with 15,000 international adoptions in its 37-year history—has announced it will end bringing children into the United States, where an international adoption now averages $50,000 in costs and fees.

CANADA: Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy, for the first time released photos from her life in exile as she prepared for the launch of her autobiography, Enfin Libre!, published this week in French.

ISRAEL: Palestinians may not like the map, but they would have full independence under the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, writes Philos Project president Robert Nicholson. The 181-page proposal, in its own words “a package of compromises that both sides should consider,” conditions Palestinian statehood on full Palestinian recognition of Jewish people’s rights to a historic homeland in Israel. Palestinian leadership has every right to reject the plan, said Nicholson, but they should offer a realistic alternative for resolving the status quo.

  • White House adviser Jared Kushner, who played a key role in drafting the plan, said he’s a realist in defending it: “I’m not looking at the world as it existed in 1967, I’m looking at the world as it exists in 2020. You have 5 million Palestinians who are really trapped because of bad leadership.”
  • The plan is based on the Saudi-led peace initiative endorsed by the Arab League in 2002, “with clear, if unofficial, Palestinian input,” noted Judith Mendelsohn Rood, professor emeritus of history and Middle Eastern studies at Biola University. It would grant Palestinians a sovereign state, with its capital in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis, she noted, with Jordan continuing as the custodian of Haram al-Sharif, or the Temple Mount. It also configures the border with Jordan “in such a way that takes account of the Palestinian-Jordanian relationship.”

CHINA: Farmers picked cucumbers overnight to boost food supplies in quarantined Wuhan, as government officials took steps to alleviate food shortages brought on by efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Americans evacuated from the virus zone are in isolation at a California military base, as the number of deaths from the virus passed 170, all in China.

LAOS: Why has U.S. aid to Laos more than tripled in the last three years?

POLAND: On Monday, about 200 survivors of the death camp at Auschwitz—some wearing the blue striped caps now synonymous with the Holocaust—took center stage before world leaders and clergy at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of its liberation. Speaking to the gathering for perhaps a final time, they warned against forgetting the Nazi hell. “The 11th commandment is: Thou shalt not be indifferent,” said Marian Turski, 93.

WEEKEND LONG READS: An excellent summation of the “climate emergency” facing Christians in the Middle East, and a provocative piece by foreign policy expert Paul Miller on why an acquittal for President Donald Trump betrays the Constitution (read past the headline).

I’M WATCHING Nisman, the Netflix series that’s causing a furor in Argentina, where it has revived questions about the 2015 death in Buenos Aires of well-known prosecutor Alberto Nisman, or the Latin American Atticus Finch.

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Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

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    Posted: Thu, 01/30/2020 10:28 pm

    Re: Brexit article: I think the headline is a bit strong and "yellow-journalistic" for the professional tone that has characterized World News Group. Perhaps a more objective "Love-hate: Europe vs EU" would be better than the super-charged phrase used.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 11:05 am

    Well, "We hate the European Union" is actually in one of the speeches, so at least someone does.

  • Ceelynn
    Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 11:20 am

    I was curious about the article Mindy Belz recommended on President Trump's acquittal.  She warned it would be provocative.  I found it to be emotionally driven and far-fetched.  I don't buy the suggestion that President Trump's acquittal will invalidate the constitution, nor do I think this will be the end of the pro-life movement.  It seems from this recommendation and other articles by Mindy Belz, that she doesn't care for our president and would prefer his removal from office.  She is entitled to her opinion.  I will continue to trust God's sovereignty in this whether President trump is aquitted or not or whether he is re-elected or not. 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 02:55 pm

    I didn't agree with everything in the article, but I think it did make a good point that Trump's refusal to cooperate with the process sets a dangerous precedent. If there is no reason for it, well then an investigation should bring that to light. And if he does have something to hide, we should know about it. As it is, the whole thing is even more of a political circus than it already was. I'll be glad when it's over.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Sat, 02/01/2020 03:44 pm

    With Trump's allegations, if true, let us not forget what was done by the Obama Whitehouse as well as Hillary Clinton.  There is a more compelling counter-argument, in my view, that NOT acquitting Trump would trample on the Constitution and set a dangerous precedent, with the political weaponisation of impeachment (with the house already engaged in the latter).  

  • JA
    Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 01:01 pm

    RE Ms. Belz's reference to Mr. Miller's article (over at The Christian Post): In his defense of the Constitution, it is fascinating to me that Mr. Miller so often chooses to invoke the example and wisdom of Lincoln--when Lincoln himself was accused of usurping the Constitution's power by suspending the writ of habeus corpus (Article 1, Section 9) in Maryland and portions of other states in 1861, then expanding the suspension nationwide in 1862.

    Lincoln's accusers claimed Article 1 of the Constitution ennumerated only the powers given to Congress, wheras Article 2 ennumerated the Presidential powers--and that by suspending the writ, Lincoln was violating the same system of "checks and balances" Mr. Miller claims a Trump aquittal would betray.

  • VolunteerBB
    Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 04:41 pm

    Of course they hate the EU, it was a bad idea from the get-go.  It took away sovereinty and gave unelected officials too much power and say over individual nations.  Can't they hear the work "hate" without clutching their pearls?  Crybabies!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 02/01/2020 02:24 pm

    No event, including those highlighted in today’s “Round-Up” and “Globetrot,” happens outside the sovereignty of the Lord of All Creation. 

    Trust in the Lord, and He shall direct your paths! AND the paths of such disparate actors as Palestinians, transgenders, Putin, Trump, Warren, fatherless young black men, Constitutional scholars, Chinese cucumber farmers, adoption social workers, and every human—whether they have trusted the Lord or not—will eventually lead to what the Lord has planned for Eternity!  

    Let us be instruments in bringing as many as possible to glorious eternities with the Lord, rather than horrible eternities without Him!  No one is beyond hope—I look back at my own life and see someone who might have been humanly viewed as hopeless. 

    Praise the Lord for His Mercy!