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Silenced by Fear: Palestinians Under Hamas Rule

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Since the fateful attack by Hamas on Israel on 7 October 2023, the conflict in the region has reached alarming levels of violence and tension. Israel found itself plunged into a state of shock and mourning, with hundreds dead and thousands injured. The attack not only targeted strategic areas but also claimed innocent lives, displaying the undeniable cruelty of Hamas. What happened on that day was not a confrontation between two peoples vying for control of a territory, but a battle between civilisation and barbarism, between good and evil. While Israel seeks to ensure the security of its citizens and the integrity of its territory, Hamas continues to launch cowardly attacks, still holds Israeli hostages captive to this day, and uses the Palestinian population as human shields, showing utter disregard for human life at its highest level of cruelty.

Upon deeper analysis, it is clear that Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people, who consist of 2 million individuals merely wishing to live in peace and security but are victims of Hamas’s oppressive policies that silence any form of dissent and perpetuate a cycle of violence, suffering, and fear. Meanwhile, as the international community debates the possibility of a two-state solution for the region, Hamas persists in its mission to eliminate Israel and its people, rejecting any agreement that does not include the annihilation of the Jewish state (this is stated in the Hamas Charter, I recommend reading it).

The indiscriminate violence perpetrated by Hamas affects not only Israelis but also the Palestinian people themselves, who become victims of this malignant group’s terrorist actions. While the leaders of Hamas hide in underground bunkers, ordinary Palestinians suffer the consequences of terrorist acts, living under a constant environment of violence and repression. The Palestinian Authority, led by Fatah, truly represents the interests of the Palestinian people, seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict and the establishment of a sovereign state alongside Israel.

Since its inception, Hamas has been a scourge to the region, feeding on hatred and violence. As Israel seeks peace and coexistence, Hamas insists on sowing chaos and destruction. Therefore, understanding the difference between Hamas and the Palestinian people is essential. While Hamas employs cowardly tactics such as using human shields and attacking innocent civilians, the Palestinian people yearn for a dignified life in peace and security. Hamas, funded by Iran, seeks the destruction of Israel as part of its extremist agenda, while the Palestinian people seek a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

In this scenario, the defence of Israel’s sovereignty becomes more indispensable than ever. Israel has the right and duty to protect its people and borders against Hamas’s terrorist attacks. The history of the Jewish people is marked by centuries of persecution and suffering, and the international community should unite more effectively in defence of peace, security, and dignity for the peoples of the region, recognising also the legitimacy of Israel’s actions in self-defence and condemning more firmly the terrorism practised by Hamas.

Israel cannot stand alone in its fight against Hamas. It is the duty of all countries committed to the values of freedom, democracy, and justice to unite against terrorism and in support of the security of Israel and the Palestinians. The true hope for a future of peace and coexistence in the region lies in the rejection of terrorism and the pursuit of diplomatic and peaceful solutions. Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people; therefore, it is time for the (Dis)United Nations to recognise this and urgently act accordingly to achieve lasting and just peace for all parties involved.

Published 7 May, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

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THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: A BLOODY PAGE IN HISTORY THAT, LIKE THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS, MUST BE CONSTANTLY REMEMBERED

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“What worries me is not the outcry of the evil, but the silence of the good” (Quote attributed to Martin Luther King Jr.)

 

Human malevolence seems to know no bounds. The capacity of an individual to consider themselves superior to another and subject them to the most cruel and inhuman treatments still causes astonishment.Injustices have always occurred throughout human history. Oppression has many faces, but it has always been present since sin entered the world, always harming others.

History is not merely informative, but primarily provides the opportunity to avoid repeating the same mistakes and to optimize what has been done correctly. One must learn the precious lessons that history offers.

 

The quote attributed to Luther King Jr. is apt here, as we begin to discuss one of the greatest atrocities in human history, and the wise will pay careful attention to it: political leaders and leadership, to maintain sanity and humanity, being guardians of justice and protecting their nation, knowing they have been placed in high positions to serve the people who have entrusted them with power, since it emanates from them; and to the people, so that they are vigilant for the early signs of a tyrant rising, to identify and stop them before it is too late and the tragedy repeats itself.

No matter how much it is discussed, it will never be enough to remind and recount the terrible history of the atrocities that occurred during the Second World War when the Nazis led by Hitler decimated 6 million Jews, 1.8 million Poles (non-Jews), among many others.

 

Among the significant terrible occurrences in history, one must not omit, especially as we approach the 109th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the events that struck the Armenian community hard, during this fact that took place between 1915 and 1923, also during a World War, this time, the First.

 

The expressions "Armenian Holocaust" and "Armenian Massacre", which Joe Biden, President of the United States, was the first to recognize, refer to the systematic extermination of Armenian subjects by their Ottoman ruler, whose Turkish-Ottoman Empire controlled the vast region of the Middle East, while Armenia, conquered by the Turks, was subject to the sultans.Sultan Abdul-Hamid II authorized the organized massacre by the Turkish Prime Minister, Mechmet Talaat, the Minister of War, Ismail Enver, and the Minister of the Navy, Ahmed Jemal. The total number of the dead under this tyranny and sinister combination is estimated at nearly 2 million Armenians.

 

The massacres began on April 24, 1915, when 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were cruelly hunted, arrested, and executed in the city of Constantinople.

The slaughter had two phases: the first focused on the killing of healthy men through massacres and subjecting them to forced labor under indescribable conditions; the second, through the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the sick, who were led to the Syrian desert, deprived of food and water, subjected to thefts and rapes, as well as constant massacres.

Such events cannot be erased from history nor cast into the sea of forgetfulness, for time heals nothing unless people take practical steps to change themselves and the reality around them.

 

A people who do not keep fresh in their minds the facts of history are doomed. It is necessary to speak, repeat, speak again, remember, and remind of these atrocities, and as painful as these memories are, like the pains of childbirth, these are the pains that produce (and preserve) the life of every human being. Lives matter. ALL lives matter, for they were formed in the divine image and likeness, even though this image is blurred by sin and the consequent malevolence.

 

The Armenian community in Brazil numbers about 40,000 people, 25,000 of them residing in the State of São Paulo.

Published 29 April, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

Between Bunkers and Shelters: Israeli Civilians Take Cover as Israel's Defence Technology Combats Unrestrained Iranian Hatred

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Following the attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1st, carried out by Israel in response to long-developing and consolidating Iranian strategic plans to attack it, Iran, known for its deep-seated hatred of Israel, issued a threat of retaliation. This promise was fulfilled last Saturday, the 13th, with a drone and missile strike against Israel.

 

This latest episode is just one chapter in a saga of rampant violence and hatred that will likely have many developments, as the Iranian regime not only insists on financing and coordinating terrorist groups in an attempt to dominate the region and undermine Israel's stability and security but also now directly attacks it. The Israeli Defense Forces have once again demonstrated their formidable preparedness and response capability in the face of threats and attacks. Equipped with advanced technology, such as the "Iron Dome" system, the Israeli forces managed to intercept most of the enemy missiles and drones, thus protecting their civilian population and ensuring the country's security.

 

This effectiveness is amplified by the continued support and investment from the United States and other allied nations, which recognize the strategic importance of Israel in the region. However, Iran has not hesitated to threaten and continue its attacks against Israel should the United States continue its support. Ayatollah Khamenei, with all his arrogance and spewing hatred, dared to challenge the US, warning it not to interfere in the region's affairs. Meanwhile, in Israel, the sound of air raid alerts echoes through the cities, prompting inhabitants to rush to shelters and bunkers in fear for their lives.

 

This constant terror is inflicted by Iran and its terrorist allies, who have no qualms about attacking innocent civilians in their relentless pursuit of Israel's elimination. In Brazil, the most outrageous scene at the moment is the ex-convict who is in charge of the misgovernment, refusing to condemn Iran and its acts of terrorism, shamefully calling the drone and missile attack a mere "dispatch," as if it were a letter sent by mail from Iran to a neighboring country. Instead of facing the problem head-on and calling things by their proper names, Lula seems to revel in such events, as he is accustomed to covering up for totalitarian and terrorist regimes, ignoring the suffering they cause to the populations living under them.

 

Meanwhile, we hope that the international community will become more aware of the seriousness of these confrontations and the huge potential for them to escalate to the extent of sparking a third world war, and that it will remain vigilant and united in its condemnation of Iran's actions, working to ensure peace and stability in the region. Anti-Semitism, hatred, and vengeance only serve to perpetuate the cycle of violence and must be combated not only with determination and firmness by the international community but also with our prayers and supplications for the people of Israel.

 

Noteworthy is the "Statement of Repudiation" issued by Senator Carlos Viana on this date, who in a brave and representative attitude of the good Brazilian citizens, expressed his indignation towards Iran's attacks on Israel, calling them by their rightful name: "a clear violation of international law" that "puts at risk the national security and stability of the region". The senator also expressed "unwavering solidarity with Israel and its people", remembering prominently that "Israel's right to self-defense is inalienable and must be fully respected by the international community." "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, 'Peace be within you!'" (Psalms 122:6-8)

Published 15 April, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

Sons of Hamas Leader Killed in Attack; Terrorist Organization Vows to Retaliate

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In an attack acknowledged by Tel Aviv, the Israeli military forces eliminated six close relatives of Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) issued a statement admitting to the attack, conducted in cooperation with the Israel Security Agency (ISA), which resulted in the deaths. T

 

he intelligence-directed attack by the IDF and ISA occurred in the Gaza Strip last Wednesday and, according to Hamas and the Israeli military spokesperson, led to the deaths of three sons and three grandsons of the terrorist leader, as well as injuries to a seventh individual identified as Haniyeh's grandson; all deceased were agents of the terrorist group.

 

The apparently indifferent manner in which the terrorist leader received the news of his sons' and grandsons' deaths—widely shown on social media and news broadcasts—bears no resemblance to the story of Job, who despaired upon learning that he had lost his children, an emblematic reaction of any father or grandfather who receives news of such a devastating loss.

 

The stoicism displayed by Haniyeh, far from reflecting resignation, instead appears to personify the adage "Revenge is a dish best served cold." In his demeanor, Haniyeh reveals much about himself, his modus operandi, and how he has handled and will continue to handle anyone who stands in his way or opposes his ideals.

According to the spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces, Mr. Daniel Hagari, the attack occurred during ongoing negotiations for a ceasefire in the conflict between the State of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas. It was carried out by Israeli jets targeting the "three terrorist agents" in the central region of the Gaza Strip. Haniyeh himself confirmed the deaths during an interview with Al Jazeera, stating that his sons "were martyred on the path to the liberation of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Despite the shocking nature of Haniyeh's reaction upon learning of his sons' deaths, it demonstrates his resolve and willingness to pay any price, however steep, to advance the terrorist ideals of Hamas. Haniyeh, who has led Hamas since 2017, even stated: "The enemy believes that by targeting the families of leaders, they will pressure us to abandon our people's demands." He added, "Anyone who believes that attacking my children will pressure Hamas to change its stance is delusional," in a threatening tone, showing no concern about the constant exposure of his family members to the dangers of war while he himself has resided safely in Qatar since 2020, away from the conflict zone. To him, the lives of his children are no more valuable than those of any other individual living in Gaza.

Despite the casualties, the terrorist leader does not even consider the possibility of ending the conflict.

 

Such coldness reveals a person devoid of God: he completely loses what characterizes him as such, his humanity.

 

Meanwhile, securing a ceasefire in the negotiations seems increasingly challenging.

Published 10 April, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

The Importance of Interpreting Celestial Signs Through the Lens of Holy Scriptures and Not Through Social Media

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On the upcoming 8th of April, the heavens will bear witness to an extraordinary astronomical phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. This event, which will be the last of its kind visible in the 48 States of the United States until 2044, promises to be a breathtaking spectacle for those in locations where it can be fully appreciated, as well as for those observing it partially.

 

The Pacific coast in Mexico will also witness the beginning of this cosmic spectacle, in the city of Mazatlán and its surroundings, offering an ideal setting for observation. With a duration of just over 4 minutes, this total eclipse will traverse North America, entering Texas and moving on to Canada, before dissipating in the vast Atlantic Ocean.

 

According to NASA, during a total solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun, casting the areas under its shadow into temporary darkness. For observers on the path of totality, the sky will darken, offering a unique view of the solar corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun, which is normally obscured by its brightness.

 

The trajectory of this eclipse will cover a specific strip of the Earth, where totality will be visible, but many spectators around the planet who are outside this strip will still be able to witness a partial eclipse, where the Moon covers part of the Sun, but not completely. However, regardless of the observation location, it is important to take the appropriate precautions, such as using special eclipse glasses, to protect the eyes throughout the event.

 

What makes this eclipse so unique is not just its path, but also its connection to past events and its resonance with biblical happenings. Some Christian scholars have observed celestial patterns and identified connections between solar eclipses and significant moments in human history. However, the formation of an "X" in the skies of the USA, with this eclipse crossing over its predecessor from 2023, has sparked much speculation and fallacies about the prophetic significance of these events on social media, involving everything from political elections, possible antichrist candidates, and even an increased number of the beast.

 

In the face of a plethora of sensationalist, fantastical, and speculative news and ideas that appear on social media, and the creation of a frightening, fantastical scenario that many will be ashamed to have believed the next day, it is crucial to discern between what is speculation and what are truths grounded in the Bible. While some seek to interpret these signs as precursors to the apocalypse, it is important to maintain a balanced perspective anchored in Holy Scriptures.

 

The Bible mentions many signs in the heavens as part of the events leading up to the return of Jesus, but it also exhorts us in Matthew 24:3-6 not to be led by fear or deception. Therefore, a Christian's initiative to know the Bible in its entirety and to dedicate themselves to the study of texts related to the end times and the second coming of Christ is fundamental.

 

With or without an eclipse, we must remain vigilant and dedicated to God's purpose for our lives, living according to the principles of the Kingdom of God and proclaiming the gospel of salvation. So, as we observe the sky and ponder the mysteries and wonders of divine creation, let us remember the words of Jesus: "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour" (Matthew 25:13). This is the opportune time to be alert, to learn to live in constant communion with God, and to share the hope we have in Christ with a world that desperately needs the love and salvation only He can offer.

Published 8 April, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

ATTACK ON IRANIAN CONSULATE IN DAMASCUS SPURS PRO-TERRORISM TRIO INTO ACTION AGAINST ISRAEL

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On Monday, the 1st, the Iranian Consulate situated in Damascus, the capital of Syria, was subjected to an attack that resulted in the death of thirteen individuals, seven of whom were members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. In retaliation, Iran has vowed to respond with severity, as declared by Hossein Akbari, the Iranian Ambassador to Syria, who miraculously escaped unharmed.

 

The Syrian and Iranian governments have attributed the assault to Israel, which led to the demise of three generals of the Guard, including Mohammad Reza Zahedi, as reported by Iranian state media and confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based NGO with numerous informants in Syria.

 

Since the attack on the 7th of October last year, when Hamas—a terrorist group fully supported by Iran—launched a cowardly and cunning attack on Gaza, killing over a thousand people and kidnapping more than two hundred, many of whom are still held hostage, tensions in the region have been high.

 

Israel has been endeavouring to defend itself by targeting entities associated with Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. In one such strike, conducted on Friday (29th), the senior commander of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Ali Abed Akhsan Naim, the deputy commander of the group's rocket and missile unit responsible for planning and directing attacks against the Israeli civilian population, was killed.

 

The airstrike attributed to Israel not only destroyed the consular section of the Iranian embassy but also holds the potential to trigger an escalation of the war in Gaza across the region. According to Hossein Akbari, the Iranian Ambassador to Syria, six missiles were fired from F-35 fighter jets.

 

Through a statement to the UN Security Council, Iran has claimed it has the right (and the obligation) to retaliate against the Israeli attack and has requested an emergency meeting of the Council to address the aggression, since, as stated by Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the attack constitutes a "violation of all international conventions."

 

What led Israel to bomb the Iranian embassy?

Israel is in direct conflict over territorial disputes. The nation is surrounded by historical enemies due to language, culture, and monotheistic practices; nations reshaped after the fall of the Ottoman imperial peace system at the end of World War I.

Iran is determined to respond commensurately to the loss it has suffered. The conflict between Israel and the terrorist Hamas is set to reach explosive dimensions.

 

The attack on the consulate in Damascus and the subsequent killing of a general were, in part, the practical actions following a statement by Yoav Gallant, Israel's Defence Minister, who declared that "Israel will act anywhere in the world every day," affirming Israel's proactive stance against its enemies.

 

Pro-Iranian extremist militias sent drones to attack Israel from Sunday to Monday (1st) and on Tuesday (2nd), one of which fell near the Port of Eilat, another near the airport in Jordan. Thus, Israel is targeted by drones with significant potential for harm, sent by Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon—the trio supported by Russia and China, being utilized by Iran.

 

Israel's actions demonstrate the nation's considerable political clout, including support from the United States.

Thus, it seems the conflict will not conclude as soon as some had hoped and many desire.

Peace to Israel.

God bless the Jewish people.

Published 2 April, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

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Governors of São Paulo and Goiás Visit Netanyahu and Demonstrate Support for Israel

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On Tuesday, 19th, Governors Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans-SP) and Ronaldo Caiado (União Brasil-GO) were received by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Israeli President, Isaac Herzog. The governors arrived in Israel on Sunday, 17th, accepting an invitation from Netanyahu and are expected to stay until Friday, 22nd.

 

It is globally known that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the current Brazilian government, made an outrageous statement regarding Israel's defensive actions against Hamas terrorists. Since then, relations between Brazil and Israel have soured to the point of Lula becoming a "persona non grata" in the Israeli nation.

 

Brazil's situation before the nations supporting the State of Israel has become embarrassing. The country has a government led by an individual who, although speaking on behalf of the people since he occupies a high position in the nation's command, does not represent the stance of the vast majority of Brazilians. These citizens are good people who value honesty, justice, and correctness. Unfortunately, this was just another action by the (mis)government that has shamed the country in the eyes of the nations.

 

As absurd as Lula's comparison was, the leader refuses to apologize to the Israeli authorities. Lula knows he does not represent the Brazilian people, but he does not care about this. He continues on his political trajectory, leaving a trail of blunders and unfortunate decisions, tarnishing the country's image.

 

As expected, and it could not be otherwise, during a meeting with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, Tarcísio and Caiado took on a role that should have been played by Lula and apologized to the leaders of Israel, and consequently, to the Jewish people, for the disastrous statement of Brazil's current leader. This act was a clear statement that the president's speech does not represent the country's stance towards Israel. The defensive actions of the nation against Hamas terrorists are diametrically opposed to what occurred in the terrible Holocaust committed by the Nazis under the leadership of the tyrant Hitler during the Second World War.

 

The Brazilian leaders also expressed solidarity with the people of Israel, making clear their wishes for the successful rescue of hostages in the Gaza Strip and for all to return safe and sound to their families. Moreover, they expressed their support and hope for a swift solution to end the nation's war against terrorism, the atrocities, and heinous crimes committed under the leadership of the terrorist organization Hamas.

 

Throughout the meeting, Tarcísio discussed possible cooperative actions in agriculture, innovation, and technology for public security. The governor took the opportunity to thank the Jewish community in São Paulo for their work and support, especially for their prompt response to the tragedy in São Sebastião.

 

Caiado posted on his social media the moment when he apologizes to Netanyahu, "on behalf of Brazilians," for Lula's outrageous statements.

 

In conclusion, Brazil continues its effort to demonstrate how the opinion of its people differs from that of its leader.

 

God bless Brazil. May there be peace in Israel.

Published 25 March, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

FREEDOM UNDER THREAT: ANATEL EMPOWERED AS A POLICE FORCE TO SHUT DOWN SITES AND APPS DEEMED ANTIDEMOCRATIC BY THE TSE

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In a significant attack on democracy and freedom of expression, at an event hosted by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) last Tuesday (12), Carlos Baigorri, president of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), reiterated the agency's commitment to taking down websites and applications that the TSE considers antidemocratic. The agreement entails a stringent action plan by the Agency to remove from the internet sites and apps broadcasting information that displeases the TSE's fragile ego or content deemed as “fake news” and “deepfakes”. Baigorri highlighted Anatel's round-the-clock collaboration with the TSE and other stakeholders to ensure the electoral process is conducted fairly and democratically, despite the decision being a direct assault on freedom of speech.

The technological advancements of the past decade indicate an irreversible path towards technology becoming an integral part of individuals' and organizations' lives, facilitating tasks ranging from simple to complex, from business, people, and process management to the development of essential products and tools for various fields, including cooking, medicine, home care, and the care of infants and the elderly, among others.

The latest presidential election campaign in Brazil found support and leverage on social media, using the internet to connect with voters and reach potential ones. Many candidates leveraged technology to publicize their government plans, outlining the improvements they aimed to implement for societal benefit, while those without any plans focused on critiquing the initiatives.

The left vehemently opposed such practices, attempting to discredit and tarnish the image of then-candidate Jair Messias Bolsonaro, who extensively and lawfully utilized this tool without breaching electoral laws.

Following Bolsonaro and his allies' successful social media campaign, the left, realizing it had lost influence and space, has been attempting to censor and control what can and cannot be published across various sites, apps, and even personal pages, particularly targeting conservative, right-wing individuals.

It is understood that genuine fake news should be condemned and banned. By "genuine fake news", I refer to defamation and falsehoods, not information that damages the ego or threatens the tyranny of entities, militants, politicians, and leftist organizations attempting to undermine the country and unable to tolerate their power positions being challenged by law-abiding citizens. Regulating thought and opinion expression is typical of the leftist agenda, which is incompatible with a free and democratic country.

Granting Anatel such power clearly demonstrates that we live in times of tyranny, with our freedoms slipping through our fingers. It is crucial to fight to ensure our hard-won rights remain protected. Yes, we must not falter nor allow the deterioration of our democracy to proceed unchecked, with increasingly blatant attempts to control Brazilians' lives regarding permissible speech and inquiry.

Brazil is free, and its citizens are accountable for their actions, free to speak their minds and question their leaders on relevant issues. In a free country, saying "a" or "b" is not forbidden, and if someone commits inaccuracies and/or defamation in exercising this right, they should be held accountable if necessary. However, in a country where freedoms are constitutionally guaranteed, individuals should never be deprived of the right to question anything or express opinions on any subject.

The left is neither naive nor idle. It is attempting to prepare the ground, to intimidate, to silence the people in the face of its endeavors to cling to power. But the giant has awakened; Brazilians will not give up. We will continue to fight for our freedoms, including those of expression and thought.

Published 16 March, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

Repercussions: Lula's Remarks Lead to a 263% Increase in Reports of Antisemitism

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For a long time, a wise person stated that once words are spoken, they are like shredded paper thrown from the window of a tall building; even if the person who threw them regrets their action and wishes to retrieve them, it is impossible to collect every piece, as they have been scattered far and wide, carried away in different directions by the wind.

 

The aftermath of an event in Ethiopia, where the current Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, during a press conference, likened Israel's actions in Gaza to the atrocities committed by Nazis under the orders of the tyrant Hitler, continues to reverberate around the world, bringing shame to Brazilians on the international stage. With this outrageous statement and his refusal to apologize to the Israeli government, Lula has become persona non grata among the nation's leadership. The Brazilian government's statement resonated with twisted minds lacking in historical knowledge and a basic sense of humanity and empathy, leading to a frightening increase in the number of reports of antisemitism within the country.

 

According to data from a survey conducted by the Jewish Federation of the State of São Paulo (Fisesp), Lula's remarks have provided ammunition for a group of reckless individuals in the educational sector, striking Jewish students and/or their descendants with precise blows, subjecting them to harassment in their schools and universities.

 

Before Lula's speech, the number of reports made to the Community Security Department of the Jewish Federation, through social media and WhatsApp groups, was 45, increasing to 165 following the ruler's unwarranted statements. This represents a staggering 263% increase, demonstrating the power of a president's words and serving as a warning for the necessity of Lula to cease his idle talk and refrain from uttering nonsense; after all, although the vast majority of Brazilians disagree with Lula's statements, as the nation's representative, his words carry the weight of national representation.

 

It is not uncommon to hear Lula accuse Israel of committing genocide against Palestinian citizens living in the Gaza Strip. Thus, the statement that the current government made to the press at the event in Ethiopia was not a slip of the tongue, but a declaration that accurately reflects what he and his leftist allies think about the state of Israel. At no point, since the cowardly attack orchestrated and carried out by Hamas, has Lula even hinted at classifying the group as terrorists, which is precisely the appropriate definition for Hamas, considering how these criminals have been acting since the tragic day of October 7th last year.

 

There is no other possible classification for Hamas, as it steadfastly refuses to recognize the State of Israel and aims, as stated in its founding charter, to destroy Israel, which during the attack on Gaza, kidnapped numerous people, raped many others, beheaded babies, and burned several people alive. There is no other term to describe these actions other than terrorism, which is consistent with all the atrocities that the group continues to commit in the region.

For Ricardo Berkiensztat, the executive president of Fisesp, Lula's statements are directly connected to the increase in reports of antisemitism in Brazil. According to Berkiensztat, "[...] it's a matter of action and reaction. Whenever there's a statement by a popular figure, such as President Lula, where he officially uses words like genocide, there's an exponential increase in cases of antisemitism."

 

In conclusion, the current situation is as follows: Lula remains steadfast, refusing to apologize for the absurdity he spoke, and the Brazilian population continues to blush with shame at their leader.

 

May God have mercy on Brazil. Peace be upon Israel.

 

Published 11 March, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

The photograph of true democracy that Globo does not show, but drones reveal! 

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On Sunday, 25 February, Avenida Paulista was transformed into a striking demonstration of the Brazilian people's will. Over 700,000 citizens marched in support of former President Jair Bolsonaro and in defense of the Democratic State of Law, in a protest characterized by peace and determination to preserve the Christian and conservative values that are the essence of our nation. As this multitude gathered to reject the progressive and socialist agenda threatening our freedoms, the fervent discourse of former President Jair Bolsonaro resonated through the streets, echoing the people's demand for justice and amnesty for those unjustly detained during the protests of 8 January 2023. With words that praised his love for the country and the Brazilian people, Bolsonaro tirelessly advocated for the restoration of order and justice.

 

Alongside him, former First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro raised her voice in prayer, seeking divine protection for the nation and denouncing the relentless persecution faced by the presidential family before, during, and after their tenure. In a moment of reflection and faith, Michelle emphasized the importance of bringing religion back into the public sphere, challenging the forces of evil that seek to silence those who defend Judeo-Christian values.

 

Pastor Silas Malafaia, leader of the Assembly of God Victory in Christ Church, in his strong speech, exposed the left's hypocrisy, highlighting the difference in treatment by the Judiciary towards left-wing and right-wing demonstrations. Malafaia also defended our values, refusing to be silent in the face of injustice and, embodying the courage that characterizes him, stressed that he is not afraid of being imprisoned and that the shame lies in remaining silent in the face of abuses and arbitrariness. Furthermore, the pastor criticized the country's current administration since the return of former convict Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the presidency, questioning the conduct of the leftist in relation to the events that took place in Brasília on the fateful 8 January, and demanding clarification on the lack of government footage related to the protests of that day.

 

Moreover, the massive presence of Bolsonaro supporters overtly demonstrated the strength and determination of the conservative field to change the political direction of the country. With a diverse and engaged audience, including the elderly, adults, youth, and children, the demonstration not only rejected socialist and authoritarian policies but also celebrated the progress made during the Bolsonaro administration, echoed in the speech of the Governor of São Paulo and former Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio de Freitas.

 

The Bible states in Proverbs 29:2, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." Thus, while left-wing leaders continue to relativize democracy, deplete public coffers, and propagate their globalist and diabolical ideologies, the voice of the Brazilian people rings loud and clear, calling for a Brazil free from tyranny and oppression. This demonstration on Avenida Paulista was not merely a political event; it was a living testament to resistance and hope from a people refusing to yield to threats against their freedom and faith, captured in a grand drone photograph.

 

Let this day be remembered as a time when the nation's true values were celebrated and reaffirmed. May the courage and determination of the Brazilian people displayed on the streets of São Paulo resonate around the world, showing that we do not condone evil, corruption, communism, authoritarianism, antisemitism, or globalism. Instead, this vast group, gathered in green and yellow on the country's main avenue, represents all over 58 million voters who supported Jair Bolsonaro and who fight for the cause of freedom and justice in our country.

 

May the voice of the people always be heard and respected.

 

God bless our nation.

 

Published 26 February , 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

Interview with IDF Spokesperson Roni Kaplan by Agenor Duque for the Sovereign Order Uk 

Discussing Security Failures and Assigning Blame

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I am immensely grateful to God for the opportunity to share the enriching details of my recent interview with Roni Kaplan, spokesperson of the Israeli army, conducted in his office during my latest visit to Israel. Guided by Christian faith, I sought to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the situation and the perspectives of the Israeli people.

 

As our dialogue commenced, I emphasized Brazil's significance as one of the world's largest Christian countries and deepened our spiritual connection with Judaism, highlighting the respect and admiration the Brazilian people hold for Israel. Kaplan, with calm assurance, expressed gratitude for the solidarity and prayers from Brazil and Christians worldwide, noting how this support is greatly appreciated in Israel.

 

During the interview, I questioned Kaplan about the international reputation of the Israeli army, recognized as one of the world's finest. He explained that the strength of this institution is rooted in the history of a people who, after more than two millennia, returned to their Promised Land. We discussed the diversity among the soldiers, hailing from various regions and socioeconomic backgrounds, and how unity is essential for the defense of the State of Israel.

 

When discussing recent challenges, Kaplan shared striking details about operations to counter threats, focusing on the fight against the strategies and tunnels used by Hamas. He spoke of the complexities of hand-to-hand combat and the arduous task of confronting an enemy that uses civilians as human shields.

 

"We had to combat them, then we shifted the war to their territory, that is, to the Gaza Strip, and began surrounding different border cities where we are still fighting, for instance, in the central fields of the Gaza Strip. We have spent all this time fighting and initially encircling the Gaza Strip in the neighborhoods, at these Hamas gravity centers, going from tunnel to tunnel, in each residential building, mosque by mosque, school by school. There isn’t a school that doesn’t have weaponry stored in it. Subsequently, Hamas uses its civilians for military purposes. We have neutralized approximately 8000 terrorists and found over 30000 weapons in the Gaza Strip," said Roni.

 

Kaplan discussed education as the key to preventing terrorism in the long term in Gaza Strip communities. He stressed the need to change the content of school textbooks, replacing messages of hate with themes of peace. The shared vision is that true peace will only be achieved when organizations like Hamas cease promoting hatred in these communities, especially in training children and youths to be antisemitic and terrorists.

 

The spokesperson states that the only way to prevent terrorism in the long term is through education, and he discusses what he believes should be done: “First, we must change those parts of the school textbooks that incite and promote hatred, which advocate jihad, the holy war, for boys and girls. We need to replace these sections with themes related to peace, as Islam as a religion also encompasses many aspects of peace. Culturally, we must implement systems of peace instead of education in hatred. We cannot coexist with a terrorist group that instills hatred in its population, teaching children terrorism from a very young age. In summer camps, they teach children how to use weapons. If you ask them what they should do with a Jew in the Gaza Strip, they reply: you have to run over the Jew; you have to stab the Jew.”

 

The dialogue continued with Kaplan discussing humanitarian missions, highlighting the army's efforts to minimize civilian casualties. Field hospitals were established, and medical treatments were provided in both the Gaza Strip and Israel. He explained how distinguishing between Hamas and the civilian population is crucial for understanding the conflict.

 

Exploring Kaplan’s view on ending the conflict, he emphasized the need to neutralize Hamas, preventing it from operating as a terrorist army. Victory, he said, would be realized when the Israeli population feels safe within its borders and true peace is restored.

 

In conclusion, Roni Kaplan expressed deep gratitude for the support of the Christian community, inviting everyone to commit to the truth and combat misinformation. He shared and invited interested parties to follow his Twitter account (@CapitanKaplan).

 

For the full interview, please visit my YouTube Channel, Agenor Duque, or follow the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZAFSmQ2IkU

 

Published 16 January, 2024

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

Abortion and the Utmost Evil:  Body Parts of Still-Living Babies Removed and Used in University Research

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Allegations have surfaced, highlighting unspeakable cruelty at one of the most renowned universities in the United States. The Christian Post, a pro-life watchdog group in the USA, accuses the University of Pittsburgh of using aborted babies in their experiments, demonstrating a horrific level of human degradation. The Christian Post released documents showing that the university was under federal investigation for using fetal tissue in research practices, a story that leaked and made headlines in the American media.

 

It's not the first time clinics performing abortions have been accused of irregularities, including the illegal sale of aborted babies. In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) exposed, through videos, that executives at Planned Parenthood (PP), the world's largest abortion clinic network, were involved in these practices. David Daleiden, president of CMP, expressed concerns about Planned Parenthood's illegal sale of these babies to the university.

 

In September 2020, the university conducted a study to develop 'humanized mice', made possible by transplanting human body parts into rodents. The most horrifying aspect of this experiment is that the transplanted tissues had to be warm, which could only be achieved by inducing labor in the abortion process, an act of violence that not only lacks justification but also amplifies the institution's terrible and cruel actions.

 

The Christian Post asserts that it is time for justice, as PP commits terrible atrocities against mothers and babies, covering it all up and remaining unpunished. According to CMP, the University of Pittsburgh harvests kidneys from still-living aborted babies, a practice labeled 'shocking and brutal' by David Prentice, vice-president of scientific affairs at the pro-life research group, the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

 

The extent of cruelty doesn't end there. According to allegations, the university uses materials acquired from the scalping of aborted babies, between 18 and 20 weeks of gestation, for their grafts in rats. Dr. Ronna Jurow, a gynecologist and obstetrician, and former employee of Planned Parenthood, confirmed that the organs used were extracted from living babies.

 

In its defense, the University of Pittsburgh denied the accusations, stating that its research complies with federal and state regulations and there are no irregularities related to their fetal experimentation practices.

 

Regardless, investigations must continue, and those fighting for justice should not lose heart. After all, in addition to the act of murder through the abortion of thousands of children, as Planned Parenthood has been perpetrating, this additional layer of cruelty cannot be allowed.

 

God does not leave unpunished those who mistreat the innocent. He is the defender of the vulnerable. The biblical warning states: 'Woe to him who harms one of my little ones,' says the Lord (Matthew 18:6). Surely, those who commit such evils will not escape due punishment."

Published 27 December, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

The Perverse Market of Digital Influence and the Fragility of a Generation without Christ

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The market of "fake news", gossip, and digital influence has revealed itself to be both a lucrative and dangerous business. Companies like Banca Digital and Mynd8, which coordinate groups of gossip sites ideologically aligned to the left, become accomplices in this dirty game. By managing profiles that share distorted and politically biased content, these companies exploit the vulnerability of young people to promote their ideologies.

 

The tragic incident involving 22-year-old Jéssica Vitória Canedo, who committed suicide after her name was exposed through lies, is yet another example of the dark side of this multimillion-dollar market, where truth is often sacrificed for political and ideological agendas.

 

The gossip profile "Choquei" serves as a clear example of how the irresponsible dissemination of information can have devastating consequences. By spreading manipulated images and false news about Jéssica’s life, the profile not only violated journalistic ethics but also directly contributed to an irremediable tragedy.

 

The indifference of these companies to the real-life consequences of their actions is alarming. They seem more concerned with engagement and revenue than with the integrity of the lives they affect. The influence these agencies wield is colossal and, when misused, results in tragedies such as that of the young woman in question.

 

Raphael Sousa, one of the individuals responsible for "Choquei", appears more interested in provoking controversy than in responsible reporting. His insensitive mockery in the face of the young woman's appeal, combined with the lack of retraction after her death, reveals a shocking insensitivity, as suggested by the site's name. Sousa's connection to left-wing figures like Lula and Janja raises questions about the political influence behind these pages. "Choquei", while claiming to focus on entertainment and gossip, seems to have politics as one of its main targets.

 

In the wake of this incident, the opportunistic exploitation that the left will make of this terrible situation is foreseeable. They will use the young woman's death as a pretext to continue with nefarious projects, such as PL 2630, known as the Censorship Bill, and present it as a supposed solution to tragedies like this. However, in reality, it is an instrument to silence the voice of the majority of Brazilians who use social networks to express their legitimate opinions.

 

Proponents of this project will argue, in a biased manner, that regulating social networks is necessary to prevent tragedies like Jéssica's death from happening again. However, the real intention behind this is to silence those who dare to denounce the questionable practices of the left, the failures of Lula's (mis)government, and the judicial activism of the STF, which now includes a declared communist member who has publicly expressed his intention to "regulate" social networks, increasing concerns about freedom of expression in the country.

 

We must confront the nefarious influence of globalist media and its manipulators, such as progressive artists and influencers, in shaping the opinions of our young people. Their emotional fragility is often exploited by ideological agendas that promote values contrary to Christian principles. In light of this, it is evident that it is time to fight for the transformative message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to reach these young people, offering hope and solid direction for a generation at the mercy of an agenda that threatens their physical, emotional, and spiritual integrity.

Published 26 December, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

Registered with the International Federation of Journalists - IFJ

 

Registered with the National Federation of Journalists - FENAJ / Under number 67866/SP

 

Registered in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil - Press.

Brazilian Members of Parliament in a Mission to Denounce Abuses in Brazil

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Contrary to the majority of society, which utilises holidays for rest and leisure, Brazilian deputies and senators travel to the United States with the aim of presenting to their American counterparts a series of alarming occurrences in Brazil that threaten the country's democracy, especially those related or somehow linked to the Supreme Federal Court, the STF.

Members of the delegation have submitted a letter condemning censorship and breaches of freedom of speech, backed by 120 congressional signatures. This document is intended for the US authorities, particularly the chairpersons of Congressional Committees, among them Jim Jordan, the head of the Judiciary Committee. Meetings are also arranged with Mike Johnson, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS, to depict the abuses that have taken place in Brazil.

The delegation, comprising Nikolas Ferreira of PL-MG; Juliana Zanatta of PL-SC; Altineu Cortês of PL-RJ; Gustavo Gayer of PL-GO; amongst others, including Magno Malta, the president of PL-ES, denounces "the persecution of citizens, journalists, and judges for their political beliefs and their exercise of free speech; the threats to press freedom; the violations of the accusatorial system, a cornerstone of Western legal principles; and a blatant disregard for legal parliamentary immunity." Also on the agenda was a list of Brazilian supporters of terrorist acts committed by the Hamas group, which is widely endorsed by the Brazilian left.

While the group exerts Herculean efforts to protect the nation, elements of the left accuse them of being a disgrace to Brazil, of spreading baseless accusations, and of a lack of more substantive occupations. According to a member of the delegation, "[...] left-wing parliamentarians were extremely disturbed" by the travellers for submitting the list to the American embassy, fearing the loss of their visas and the ability to visit parks like those of Disney. Another member ironically remarks, "one doesn't need a visa for Cuba."

Magno Malta in a statement about the committee's endeavours on behalf of Brazil, encouraged: "Fight there, as we are fighting here", echoing Eduardo Bolsonaro's remarks: "We are aware of the demonstrations taking place in Brazil", although he did not expand or specify what those demonstrations were.

The trip elicits mixed feelings. Nonetheless, the dire situation Brazil faces cannot be denied, where democracy is being fiercely attacked, and individuals are persecuted for expressing views contrary to the country's leaders.

Much is still to unfold in this scenario.

It is hoped that the giant, once awakened, will not return to slumber, even if the cradle is no longer as splendid.

Published 27 November, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


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Ah, These Jews!: An Adaptation of George García Hamilton’s Text

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It is conceivable that many have not pondered the significance of the Jewish people to the world and how life would be considerably more challenging without their existence. The Jews are a special and distinguished people who have survived many powerful realms over the centuries, such as Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Germany, Rome, and arguably, the entire world. None of these empires succeeded in annihilating the Jews.

 

Yet, even today, some persist in opposing them, despite repeated defeats. It is a considerable waste of energy to harbour unfounded hatred. Why do protesters, outside the Israeli embassy, believe they can overcome the Jews? The Holocaust, one of history's most heinous epochs, resulted in the deaths of over 6 million Jews. Nonetheless, a few decades after this genocide, they established a prosperous and modern nation in a territory where their neighbours grapple with poverty and barren lands. It is remarkable how often Jews receive one of the world's most coveted awards: the Nobel, with 170 awards, accounting for 25% of the total.

 

A brief survey of the world reveals the Jewish influence in many of the things we use and benefit from today. Those who despise the Jews should recall that Jesus, Mary, His mother, and the twelve apostles were Jewish. Perhaps they should not invest in the stock market, influenced by the theories of Markowitz, a Jew; forgo psychotherapy, as Sigmund Freud was Jewish; avoid aspirin (invented by Spiro), insulin (method by Karl Landsteiner), and vaccines against polio, cholera, and tuberculosis, as their inventors were also Jewish. And there is much more...

 

They should not wear jeans, created by Levi Strauss, or attire from Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, all Jews. The microphones used in anti-Jewish demonstrations were invented by Emil Berliner, a Jew. Fundamental philosophical ideas for our society came from Jews such as Durkheim, Spinoza, and Strauss. Figures like Kafka, Albert Einstein, and Anne Frank were Jewish.

 

Progressives of the world, half of what is globally commendable is due to the Jews. Therefore, cease using Jewish inventions and creations. Critics of Jews should not use Google, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jews; avoid films of Marvel Comics, MGM, Warner Bros, Fox, Universal Studios, and Columbia Pictures, all connected to Jewish creators, as well as Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Jessica Parker, Dustin Hoffman, and Barbara Streisand.

 

And which is the country with the highest average of university graduates per capita, the most scientific papers per capita, the developer of the first ingestible video camera, drip irrigation technology, where Einstein founded a university, the second highest in book reading per capita, and performs free heart surgeries for children, including Palestinians?

 

Indeed, it is Israel.

 

So, please, silence.

Published 13 November, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


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Terror Intimidation: Hamas Displays Exquisite Cruelty in Civilian Executions

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The conflict that erupted following an unexpected terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel last Saturday (7th) has escalated daily. The devastation in the most affected areas increases as time progresses, with little hope in sight for the cessation of bombardments.

 

As destruction intensifies across multiple regions, the terrorist group continues to sow fear and terror in its path. Social media platforms have been flooded with harrowing images of unparalleled cruelty. The level of violence employed by extremist groups like Hamas shocks even those who deem themselves emotionally steadfast. Yet, as horrifying as it may sound, Hamas's actions find support from various factions globally. It is unfathomable that anyone could remain unmoved by the sheer malevolence and cruelty exhibited by these terrorists.

 

Throughout history, thousands have fallen victim to the bloodlust that fuels terrorism. Extremist groups like Hamas have left a trail of victims in their wake, and their actions towards Israel display a cruelty that is hard to believe.Since the initial attack on October 7th, countless innocents have perished. This conflict is not merely about territorial gains; Israel has made numerous peace overtures, ceding multiple areas to end hostilities, yet none of these offerings have been accepted by the Palestinians. Their true intent appears to be the annihilation of the Jewish people. Their aim isn't just conquest but the obliteration of an entire nation.

 

The exquisite cruelty meted out to Israel throughout its history has escalated with each conflict. The global community was shaken by reports of Hamas's invasion during a festival near the Gaza Strip in southern Israel. The unsuspecting attendees, primarily youth, had no forewarning or signs of the imminent attack. Over 260 lives were lost, many of whom couldn't even comprehend the unfolding horror.

 

The shock intensified with reports of public assaults and violations of women, who were depicted being dragged by their hair, their clothes drenched in the aftermath of the atrocities committed by Hamas members. Globally, people were (and still are) horrified by the abduction of children and infants, confined as if they were animals; children executed before their parents; 40 infants were found slain, and to further heighten the outrage, many had been beheaded.

 

Where are the human rights advocates now?

Spreading fear and terror is a tactic Hamas has employed to intimidate and pressurise Israel into submission, which would, undoubtedly, result in the nation's annihilation. Hamas's goal, and that of Israel's adversaries (predominantly Muslim), is its eradication. Merely not acknowledging the State of Israel is insufficient for them. It's no revelation that Israel's foes desire its extinction, as it aligns with certain extremist interpretations of Muslim doctrine. Israel doesn't even appear on regional maps; where Israel should be marked, one finds labels such as "invaded territory" and others.

May God have mercy on Israel.

 

Let there be peace in this nation.

Published 24 October, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


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NATIONAL MOURNING: ROSA WEBER INITIATES JUDGEMENT ON THE DECRIMINALISATION OF ABORTION

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The current president of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Justice Rosa Weber, seeks to leave a defining decision during her tenure, one that could be viewed by many as calamitous. Brazil's earlier withdrawal from the Geneva Consensus this year was already hinting at the subsequent steps in the ongoing battle against the conservatism championed by former President Jair Bolsonaro. Cida Gonçalves, the current Minister for Women, views the document as "a step backwards in Brazilian legislation concerning reproductive rights".

It is deemed disrespectful by many that in a country where an overwhelming majority of the population is Christian and conservative, public opinion seems to be overlooked, especially when the topics touch on issues like abortion and the right to life (at any stage of pregnancy) or any other matter involving Christian principles.

According to the G1 website, 70% of the Brazilian population is against abortion (this number rises to 85% according to other news sites). However, the voice of the majority, who disapprove of abortion, seemingly falls on deaf ears when the highest office in the country seems to have other intentions.

Nearing her 75th birthday, Weber is on the verge of mandatory retirement. If she aimed to conclude her time in the Supreme Court on a high note, her recent decisions might suggest otherwise. She is the reporting justice of the case (ADPF 442), which has now been greenlighted for judgement. This case addresses the potential decriminalisation of abortion up to, shockingly for some, the twelfth week of gestation (that's 3 months!). Weber intends to cast her vote before retiring and, given her 2016 stance, is likely to support decriminalisation.

The case, put forth by PSOL, questions whether a pregnant woman who undergoes an abortion and the individual performing the procedure should face legal consequences. It challenges two articles of the Penal Code that categorise abortion as a crime, barring instances of life risk, pregnancy due to rape, and anencephalic fetuses.

Under current law, a woman inducing her own abortion could face one to three years of imprisonment, and any individual she authorises to perform the abortion might be sentenced to one to four years. According to the party, these stipulations violate fundamental principles, including human dignity and non-discrimination, as well as the rights to life and liberty. PSOL's petition further demands the court recognise the right: a) of women: to terminate pregnancy, and b) of health professionals: to carry out the termination.

PSOL argues that valuing and protecting the foetus should be balanced with "[...] respect for human dignity, citizenship, the promotion of non-discrimination, and the fundamental rights of women". This essentially means safeguarding the rights of those who could potentially prevent pregnancy, at the expense of the foetus's rights, which didn't choose to be conceived. This all is defended with arguments suggesting it's a public health issue, predominantly involving poor, black, young, and single women. Simultaneously, there's a hypocritical uproar from activists and movements championing the right to autonomy over one's body and life.

If the Supreme Court's decision favours decriminalisation, Brazil might have to contend with this contentious chapter in its history, mirroring other countries like Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico.

r millennia will continue to do so.

Published 18 September, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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BLASPHEMY: CHINA PURSUES THE PRODUCTION OF A REVISED EDITION OF THE BIBLE, ADAPTED TO ALIGN WITH COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT IDEALS

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Despite biblical warnings (refer Revelation 22:19) against altering the Holy Bible's content, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) remains steadfast in its initiative to re-write the sacred text, aiming to tailor it in accordance with the communist ideologies that govern the nation with an iron grasp.

 

The new rendition of the Bible has been underway for about five years, representing half the projected decade-long duration for the project's completion, under the direct supervision of the CCP. This endeavour is not merely a tribute to local culture but is indicative of a broader strategy termed "sinicisation" or "Chinese assimilation". The objective is to shape societal customs, values, and principles in line with Chinese totalitarianism. This includes incorporating core socialist values and excising passages that conflict with communist belief. This overarching goal is unwavering and entails the removal of anything, any individual, or any teaching that opposes it. Given the Bible's transformative power, it's seen as an impediment to communism, thus underscoring the need for a fitting translation. As Todd Nettleton, spokesperson for the Voice of the Martyrs, pointed out, the aim is the eradication of any cultural influences, perspectives, and teachings in the country.

 

The CCP's vision is for the text to resonate with the teachings of Confucius and Buddha, harmonising with doctrines enveloping mysticism, Eastern philosophy, and religion, whilst also showcasing the party's support. Efforts to align Christian faith with communist ideology are already prevalent in China, where religious activities are under state surveillance. Church operations are limited to those compliant with the government, which even extends its influence over sermon contents. Non-compliance is met with severe repercussions, including being deemed an enemy of the state, threats, arrests, torture, and in some instances, execution.

 

One of the passages earmarked for alteration is John 8, recounting the tale of the adulterous woman brought to Jesus after being caught in the act. In the original narrative, Jesus challenges her accusers, suggesting the sinless among them cast the first stone. When none do, acknowledging their own sins, Jesus pardons the woman, urging her to sin no more. In the CCP's rendition, however, after the crowd disperses, Jesus stones the woman, admitting his own sinfulness – a version already documented in a publication from September 2020, according to the Voice of the Martyrs.

 

Kurt Rovenstine of Bible for China cautions that the plight of the Chinese church is poised to worsen as scripture adulteration advances; this tampering might render the sacred text unrecognisable from its original gospel truth.

In light of this, Chinese Christians beseech the global church for prayers, seeking divine wisdom to "retain what He intends for us, precisely as it ought to be, so the gospel's truth might shine through the pages of the Bible."

 

The Bible, as the Word of God, stands indomitable. The same God who has preserved it for millennia will continue to do so.

Published 8 September, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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US BROKERS AGREEMENT FOR NORMALISATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN SAUDI ARABIA AND ISRAEL

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The Saudi government may recognise the State of Israel in exchange for favours from the Americans. Less than a year after Joe Biden cautioned Riyadh about consequences stemming from a reduction in its oil production, high-ranking members of Biden's cabinet were dispatched for talks with Saudi royalty. In late June, Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, flew to Saudi Arabia and stayed for three days. More recently, Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor, travelled to Jeddah to discuss the war in Ukraine. In bilateral meetings, issues such as terrorism, the current situation in Yemen (embroiled in conflict since 2014), and the normalisation of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia have been on the agenda.

 

US officials are cautiously optimistic about the possibility that, within a year, the details of what is expected to be the "most significant peace agreement in the Middle East" will be settled. The agreement aims for Saudi Arabia to recognise Israel and is being brokered by the US.

 

Initiatives for an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the US began following a meeting between Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Joe Biden's National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan. Current negotiations are focusing on the specifics of the agreement and contemplate an exchange where the Saudi government receives support from the US in developing a civil nuclear programme, is offered security guarantees, and the establishment of a Palestinian state is ensured.

 

The general terms of the agreement have already been drafted, and they also envisage that Saudi Arabia distances itself from China and "receives civil nuclear components," according to reports from Riyadh and Washington newspapers. US estimates predict that details of this agreement will be finalised by August 2024, which would be a feather in Biden's cap, aligning with the presidential elections set for November of the same year, where the current US leader is running for re-election.

 

Normalised relations between Israel and the Saudis will have a significant impact on the region's geopolitical issues and may trigger new agreements between other Arab nations, setting a precedent. Among analysts, some believe the current agreement can be compared to the 1978 accord between Egypt and Israel. It's noteworthy that former US President Donald Trump achieved the normalisation of relations between Israel and countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, among others.

 

Both Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, deem the normalisation of ties between the Saudis and Israelis of utmost importance. Both leaders believe that enhancing the relationship between the two nations can benefit the Middle East, given its potential to bolster security in the area. "The better the relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, the better for everyone," stated the US president in March this year.

 

According to Esham Alghannam of the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Riyadh is keen to see if the Israelis will make tangible strides towards resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He concludes, "Now it's up to Israel, not Saudi Arabia, to demonstrate its commitment to peace with the kingdom."

Published 18 August, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM THROUGH THE LENS OF ARCHAEOLOGY, JUDAISM, AND CHRISTIANITY

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Recent discoveries by archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority at the City of David National Park have unveiled evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans. During the excavations, remnants of buildings were found along the "Pilgrims' Road", including traces of burnt wood, decorated stone vessels, a stone weight, a crucible for melting metal, and a bronze bowl. A coin from the second year of the Great Revolt was also discovered, intentionally pierced to be worn as a memento. These findings offer insights into the lives of Jerusalem's inhabitants before the destruction in response to the Great Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire, a culmination of religious tensions and high taxes on Jews.

Within the Christian era of Israel's history, three events stand out as the most heart-wrenching for the Jewish community: 1) the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD; 2) the subsequent Jewish diaspora – the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492; and 3) the Holocaust during World War II, the most well-known.

 

Therefore, archaeological discoveries related to any of these events are always deeply significant for a Jew. The destruction of Jerusalem marks the beginning of a profound phase for them, a nation without a homeland that had to become nomadic, global citizens wandering the East and the West, striving to maintain their identity. They faced persecution, misunderstandings, and due to the diaspora and constant insecurity, developed resilience that made them significant historical figures, especially in modern times. Many great Jewish thinkers, in their writings, combined religious concepts from the Torah, Mishnah, Talmud, and Zohar with the painful experiences of exile and diaspora, producing ideas that revolutionised the world.

From a Christian perspective, finding remains from the temple's destruction reinforces the accounts given by the historian Flavius Josephus (37-100) and the accuracy of Christ's prophecies, where he mentioned that not one stone would be left upon another. Moreover, in Luke 21, there is a prophecy deeply linked to the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus first foretells its devastation and later prophesises what was fulfilled in the last century: "Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." This profound eschatological statement implies that God's people would wander the world, and this diaspora would end when Jerusalem is reclaimed by the Jews. This prophecy has been partially realised; since the years 1948-1949, the Jews have retaken Jerusalem, although not in its entirety. Today, it is under Jewish control, but not fully.

Regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, there are three perspectives: 1) from an archaeological standpoint, it is something that, through discoveries, becomes increasingly clarified, connecting ancient accounts to new findings, affirming its historical reality; 2) for a Jew, it serves as a painful reminder of death, enslavement, destruction, and nearly two millennia of diaspora; 3) for a Christian, however, the destruction of Jerusalem signifies an event linked to the fulfilment of end-time prophecies, pointing to the hope of Christ's second coming.

Published 10 August, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


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CHRISTIANS' RIGHTS GRANTED IN THE CONSTITUTION: FREEDOM OF BELIEF, WORSHIP, AND RELIGIOUS ORGANISATION. THE TIME HAS COME TO DEMAND THEM

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Religious freedom is considered a fundamental legal principle, guaranteed by the Federal Constitution in Article 5, which regulates the relationship between the State and the Church, in harmony with the fundamental rights of individuals and groups to express, advocate, and propagate their religious beliefs. In this context, other freedoms, such as teaching, conscience, thought, press, and preaching, are interrelated with religious freedom.

The Federal Constitution contains various provisions related to religion and encompasses three intrinsically related aspects: freedom of belief, freedom of worship, and freedom of religious organisation.

 

Freedom of belief includes the choice of a religion, affiliation or non-affiliation with a religious institution, as well as the freedom to change religion or not adhere to any. Freedom of worship pertains to the practice of rites and religious acts, both in private and public environments. Meanwhile, freedom of religious organisation covers the establishment and organisation of churches, as well as their relations with the State.

 

Inaugurated in March 2023, the Evangelical Parliamentary Front led by senators Carlos Viana, Damares Alves, Zequinha Marinho, Alan Rick, Magno Malta, and Eduardo Girão, aims to propose measures and changes in legislation that ensure religious freedom and creed. Furthermore, it seeks to monitor welfare actions promoted by the Executive Branch and discuss proposals to expand welfare benefits and sources of funds for people in vulnerable situations.

Carlos Viana, senator and current president of the Parliamentary Front, commented at a recent meeting with leaders and pastors in Brasília about the numerous persecutions faced by Christians, primarily from the Brazilian media, in relation to Biblical teachings about homosexuality preached in their churches. He also emphasised that pastors have the role and right to speak about sin, but that does not imply hatred or a death wish for homosexuals. On the contrary, they pray for them, wish them a full life and that they too may know the truths contained in the Holy Scriptures.

 

The senator shared a decision from the Federal Supreme Court, dated 2019, which ensures the exercise of religious freedom without restrictions. This decision guarantees that religious leaders have the right to preach, propagate, and express their convictions freely, according to what is contained in their holy books and codes of faith. Moreover, they can teach according to their doctrinal and/or theological orientation, as well as practice acts of worship and liturgy in public or private spaces. The document can be accessed via the STF website https://portal.stf.jus.br/

 

Therefore, any religious leader, regardless of the confessional denomination professed, can and should continue preaching and ministering in their local churches and congregations, as well as sharing this decision that ensures the right to freely exercise faith, regardless of the attacks coming from the media and progressive militants who create narratives and spread "fake news" in order to assassinate the reputations of those who dare to disagree with their anti-Christian agendas.


The State has an obligation to protect religious pluralism, providing the necessary conditions for the free exercise of religious practices and ensuring equality among all religions. And the Christian Parliamentary Front in the Senate has vigorously defended the full right to preaching, reinforcing the importance of religious freedom and the defence of Christian and conservative values in Brazilian society."

Published 14 July, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


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ITALY DECLARES ITSELF A NEW ALLY IN THE STRUGGLE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

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It is not a recent phenomenon that totalitarian governments attempt to dictate how and whether the church should exist, what Christians may or may not believe in, and what they may or may not articulate (including in their congregations). Freedom, from a socialist/communist viewpoint, signifies their entitlement to omnipotence (regardless of the means employed to achieve this) while the populace is rendered powerless (save for the scant privileges sanctioned by the system).

To live in consonance with the Gospel of Jesus has increasingly become an exercise in faith. Gone are the days when being associated with the term “gospel” was a desirable attribute, one which even the affluent and celebrated would be willing to pay for in order to flaunt on social media and at illustrious events. Being a Christian today demands an ample additional measure of faith, resilience, and detachment, all compounded with an added measure of suffering, encompassing various types and degrees of persecution.

In times of prejudice and persecution against Christianity in countries such as China, Nicaragua, Venezuela and many others, the speech of the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, comes as a breath of fresh air in the scorching desert.

In a recent statement, Meloni asserted that Italy will exert efforts to become exemplary in providing assistance to persecuted Christians worldwide, striving to set a benchmark in this regard. She emphasized the importance of acknowledging that “religious freedom is not a second-class right,” but a fundamental and primary entitlement of every citizen.

Giorgia Meloni’s declaration stands in stark contrast to statements made by Victor Madrigal-Borloz, before the United Nations Human Rights Council, at an event held in Geneva on June 21st, where he posited that religious freedom should be relinquished whenever it conflicts with the rights claimed by the LGBTQIA+ community. For Victor, freedom of religion is congruent with equality pertaining to LGBT individuals, as long as religious groups adopt the demands of homosexuals and transgender individuals, a notion which is irreconcilable as it contravenes one of the core beliefs of Christian faith: “God created them male and female” and, thus, according to the Bible, considers homosexuality a sin. The Holy Scripture does not, however, advocate or encourage discrimination or hate speech, regardless of the life choices and practices one might adopt. It does, however, reserve the right to, in love, convey the truth of the Gospel of Jesus which embraces and welcomes all who draw near to Him, facilitating the restoration of the identity bestowed by God, and enabling individuals to become whole in everything God had envisioned when creating them.

In response to Madrigal-Borloz’s claim that religious narratives conflicting with the beliefs and lifestyle choices of LGBT individuals are “beyond the scope of freedom of religion or belief”, the Italian Prime Minister issued a statement, via video, firmly asserting that: “One point is very clear: Religious freedom is not a second-class right; it is not a freedom that comes after others or can even be cast aside in favour of new so-called freedoms or rights.” For Meloni, freedom in practicing one’s religion is a fundamental tenet enshrined in Universal Human Rights, which no man-made law can ever deny. She concluded: “Religious freedom is a natural right and precedes all legal formulations because it is inscribed in the human heart. It is a right proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[...].”

Published 30 June, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

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THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS GENERATION: THE BIBLE REMOVED FROM AMERICAN SCHOOLS

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Implementing measures that deprive individuals of access to the good news of Jesus Christ’s gospel has long been a strategy employed by the dark forces to keep people on a path towards eternal separation from God and their subsequent eternal damnation.

 

One of the most talked-about stories in the media is that certain American states have initiated actions to ban the Bible from school environments, making the unfounded claim that it contains violent, vulgar, pornographic content that is inappropriate for children. It seems to have all started with a complaint by a pupil's father who labelled the Bible as "pornographic," basing his claim on the controversial state law in Utah that allows for the removal from schools of books considered unsuitable for students.

 

Modern society and its leaders, who are immersed in relativism and ideologies, and are moving in a direction opposite to the divine and the sacred, have shown themselves to be hypocritical and contradictory, to say the least. Children have access to cartoons and films with universal ratings that promote gender ideology, discuss abortion and homosexuality; they entertain themselves with bloody games on their video games consoles; many live in families that are more hostile, violent, and destructive than many war zones; they can engage in provocative dances, wear vulgar clothing or walk around almost naked, and even become pregnant at the age of 12. They can even decide on their gender and undergo sex-change surgery. As for these things, they are seemingly acceptable, but ah, reading the Bible, that is not. It's inappropriate.

 

What kind of world are we living in? What is happening to people's sense and character? What we witness daily is an astounding lack of human judgment. The situation is chaotic.

 

Efforts to destroy the Bible and deprive people of access to it have been made for a long time. The most recent and severe incident was when the Chinese dictator Kim Jong-Un sentenced a Korean family, including a 2-year-old child, to life imprisonment simply for owning a copy of the Bible. Around 167 B.C., King Antiochus Epiphanes attempted to force Jews to convert to the Greek religion, and as an initial action, ordered the destruction of all copies of what we now know as the Old Testament. In the Middle Ages, Catholic leaders, aggravated by common people's access to the Bible and their preaching of it instead of teaching Catholic doctrines, labeled such individuals as heretics or rebels.

 

Despite these and many other attempts at destruction, the Bible was preserved by Jews living outside Antiochus' domains, who kept copies of the Scriptures in their synagogues. Bible enthusiasts were persecuted during the Middle Ages, but continued translating and making copies of it.

 

The Bible is the truth! It is God's Word, unique, exclusive, complete. To know it and allow the Holy Spirit to apply it to one's heart brings liberation, rescues identity, grants peace and direction, provides wisdom and discernment... It offers abundant life. It completely changes life and worldview. Hence the effort to make the Bible a forbidden book; this is the goal of leaders and totalitarian governments, enslaved by the leftist agenda, as it is convenient for them that society remains on the fringes, ignorant, confused about their identity, without prospects, and complacent, immersed in ignorance and mediocrity.

 

The noose is tightening. May God continue to help us.

Published 21 June, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

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President Lula Absent at the Walk for Jesus 2023

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Major media outlets have been prominently reporting on President Lula’s absence at one of the most significant evangelical events in São Paulo, Brazil. The Walk for Jesus is a large-scale Christian event, organised by the Renascer em Cristo Church, that annually assembles thousands of Christians from a myriad of denominations.

The Walk transpired on Thursday, 8th June, coinciding with the Corpus Christi holiday. Although the event boasted an abundance of attractions, one particular absence was conspicuously noted: that of the incumbent President, Lula da Silva. In a letter addressed to Apostle Estevam Hernandes, President Lula expressed his gratitude for what he referred to as an “honourable invitation,” but regretfully informed that he could not participate this year, though he committed to sending his representatives. Some have speculated that the President lacked the fortitude to attend the Walk for Jesus, which they perceive as consistent, given that his life, conduct, and character seem to be in stark contrast to the teachings of Jesus.

As the Walk for Jesus is an event of national significance, it is opined that President Lula should have made an appearance, albeit brief, to acknowledge its importance. However, President Lula opted not to attend. Events of such magnitude as the Walk for Jesus ought to be pencilled into the presidential diary, regardless of who holds office or whether there is any affinity between the President and the organisers or participants. It is widely acknowledged that President Lula's presence might not be well-received among conservative evangelical Christians, as his left-leaning political stance is often viewed as antithetical to the values and principles that are held in high regard by this group. This includes issues such as abortion, gender ideology, drug legalisation, child exploitation, and other matters that have been controversially supported by his government through various projects and proposals in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

The President is cognisant of the principles and values upheld by Christians and is aware that his policies are often incongruous with these beliefs. He knows that the evangelical community takes a dim view of communism, corruption, the wrongful conviction of innocents, the exoneration of the guilty, and collusion in criminal activities. Moreover, he is aware that the Brazilian populace, by and large, is concerned and wary of the nation’s President establishing relationships with the totalitarian, communist, and tyrannical leaders of other countries, such as China and Venezuela.

In the absence of President Lula on the stage, the mantle fell to his representatives, including Benedita da Silva, who, much like Lula, does not enjoy the support of conservative evangelicals, and the Minister of the Attorney General's Office, whose speech began positively but was met with boos when he mentioned that he was representing the President.

There are those who suggest that President Lula prudently declined the invitation due to the high likelihood of facing hostility and jeers. Conversely, some consider his absence as an act of cowardice. Nonetheless, President Lula’s nonappearance should not be entirely unexpected. Upon his release from prison, in his first interview, he avowed that he would "put pastors in their place", signalling an impending ideological struggle. This sentiment was echoed by the former Chief Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Gilberto Carvalho, who affirmed that the ideological battle would target “these empty-headed evangelicals”.

Published 12 June, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

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THE COMMUNIST REGIME OF NORTH KOREA: A NIGHTMARE FOR ANY CHRISTIAN 

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Since Kim Jong-Un's ascension to power, North Korea has transformed into a veritable nightmare for religious freedom, with Christians bearing the brunt of this harsh reality. This oppressive communist regime, under the thumb of an unyielding dictatorial leader, has morphed the country into a hostile territory where the Christian faith is persecuted in an exceedingly brutal and savage manner.

One of the stark illustrations of this horrifying reality is the case of a family sentenced to life imprisonment merely for possessing a Bible. Visualise, dear readers, a scenario where an innocent 2-year-old child is condemned to life-long incarceration along with their parents, the crime being nothing more than having in their possession a copy of the Word of God. This extends beyond the violation of human rights; it stands as a direct affront to the Lord of Hosts!

The United Nations (UN), often criticised for its indifferent attitude towards global Christian persecution, has been compelled to recognise the terrible reality in North Korea. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, conceded that the fundamental right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is systematically denied in the country. Any belief not aligned with a blind loyalty to the ruling family is brutally suppressed.

North Korea has become a ghastly "chamber of horrors" for Christians. Possessing a Bible is viewed as a capital crime, with the potential to sentence their families to life imprisonment. Christians find themselves dispatched to forced labour camps, subjected to inhumane torture, and confronting violence and oppression for their faith in Jesus Christ. The boundaries of this persecution are non-existent: Christian women and girls face abhorrent acts of violence and cruel retaliation for their beliefs, including rape and forced abortions.

 

Leaders of this communist regime, drenched in the blood of innocent victims, remain oblivious to the fundamental tenets of Jesus's teachings: love and respect for all, especially the most vulnerable. It is unfathomable that in the 21st century we continue to bear witness to an regime as heartless and savage as North Korea's. The ruling elite fears Christianity, acknowledging its transformative power that aided the collapse of the Iron Curtain in Europe. They are aware that the illuminating light of the Gospel has the potential to unveil the darkness of their dictatorship and weaken their control over the populace.

The UN, by its very mandate, is obligated to defend our North Korean brethren and the missionaries who suffer daily due to their unwavering faith. However, our responsibility doesn't end with them. Silence amounts to complicity, and as Christians, we bear the onus of upholding justice, freedom, and dignity for all, especially those oppressed and persecuted for their faith.

Our voice must resonate in defence of the persecuted. We are called to support organisations like Open Doors, which offer aid and encouragement to North Korean Christians, despite the inherent dangers and difficulties. North Korea must be confronted with truth and justice. Religious persecution demands exposure and condemnation. North Korean Christians must be reassured that they are not alone; that believers worldwide stand with them in solidarity, in prayer and in action, battling for their liberation and the transformation of North Korea.

 

Let our voice be one of outrage and indictment, seeking justice and freedom for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Let our prayers be unceasing, imploring God to bring about transformation and freedom in this troubled nation. And may our hope remain rooted in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, capable of shining light into the darkest corners and offering freedom to the oppressed.

Published 5 June, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

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JUDAISM, AFRICAN DESCENT JEWS, AND RACISM 

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Racism against Jews has a long and deeply entrenched history in many parts of the world. Known as antisemitism, this phenomenon originated in antiquity but reached its extreme in the 20th century with the Holocaust, the most brutal massacre in history, during World War II. However, some argue that Judaism, and consequently Jews, regard black people as cursed. To make such a statement would be to claim that the religion is prejudiced against its own people. History not only accounts for the existence of black Jews but also counters the stereotype of a typical Jew as a Middle Eastern man who is far from being white and blue-eyed.

While it's impossible to generalise about all Jewish people and communities, there are evidences that show the inclusive approach and rejection of prejudice within Judaism, starting with religious foundations. Judaism upholds the principle that all humans are created in God's image and possess intrinsic dignity and value. The Torah, Judaism's sacred book, underscores the importance of treating others with kindness, fairness, and respect, regardless of their ethnic background.

Secondly, Jewish history, throughout which Jews faced discrimination and persecution, has sensitised many to the importance of combating prejudice and advocating for equal rights. Many Jews were actively involved in civil rights movements and anti-racism efforts.

The third point is about the stance of many contemporary Jewish leaders and scholars who have positioned themselves against racism and prejudice, defending equal rights and the appreciation of diversity as fundamental principles of Judaism.

The final topic discussed here relates to the existence of diverse Jewish communities. Judaism is a religion that encompasses a broad range of communities worldwide, with different cultural, ethnic, and racial traditions. Jewish communities exist on every continent, including Jews of African origin, showing that Judaism welcomes people from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

 

Looking at the history of the Jewish people, it is apparent that the black ethnicity has been part of it since the beginning. As one of the world's oldest religions, with historical and cultural roots dating back to ancient times, Judaism is a religion based on Abraham's teachings. It arrived in Ethiopia around 3,000 years ago and is associated with the lost tribe of Dan.

The Ethiopian Jewish Community, called Beta Israel ["House of Israel"], whose name is linked to this people's life in the Kingdom of Israel before its invasion by Assyria, which destroyed the kingdom and deported the ten tribes into exile. With the exile, these tribes were sent to the region now known as Ethiopia and joined the small Jewish community already there, thanks to the Queen of Sheba who had visited Jerusalem 300 years earlier to personally experience King Solomon's wisdom; thus, according to Ethiopian tradition, Judaism arrived in Ethiopia.

With the Queen of Sheba's family and the arrival of the exiled tribe of Dan, the community of Beta Israel was founded, which maintained biblical Jewish practices such as circumcision, abstaining from foods prohibited in the Bible like pork, and observing Shabbat [Sabbath]. Isolated there, they believed they were the only Jews in the world and prayed daily to return to their homeland. They awaited the fulfilment of the prophecy that they would return to their land, as described in Isaiah 11.11: "In that day, the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant of his people, those that remain in Assyria and the north of Egypt, in the south of Egypt, in Ethiopia, and in Elam, in Babylon, in Hamath, and in the distant coastal lands [...]" (New Living Translation, online version; emphasis added).

It was only in the 19th century that this group learned about other Jews and the community of Beta Israel. In the early 1970s, with the onset of the Ethiopian Civil War, which resulted in thousands of deaths from conflict and famine, the local Jewish Community came under frequent attack, making life there untenable. Thanks to the operation by Mossad, Israel's Secret Service, the cooperation of Sudan, Operation Moses, and finally, Operation Solomon, thousands of Beta Israel witnessed the fulfilment of the prophecy, being taken to their beloved homeland after over 2,700 years of exile.

Today, more than one hundred and fifty thousand Beta Israel live in Israel, a feat that came at a great cost: over 4,000 people lost their lives in this struggle. It would, therefore, be absurd to suggest that a nation that has suffered so much prejudice could perpetrate it.

Published 30 May, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

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THE CORONATION OF KING CHARLES: FACTS AND PICTURES

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After many years of anticipation, on Saturday morning (6th), the 74-year-old Charles III was crowned king, swiftly becoming the foremost topic of conversation on global social media. The solemn ceremony was conducted at Westminster Abbey in London, with the Royal Chapel's chorister, Samuel Strach, offering a warm reception.

In his oath, King Charles solemnly pledged to uphold the law and the Church of England, affirming his stance as a "loyal Protestant". Notably, a unique goat-skin-covered Bible, with pages gilded in gold, had been crafted for the coronation and received approval from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

The ceremony underscored themes of diversity and inclusion and featured elements from a wide range of religions, including representations from Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist communities, among others. The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, a Hindu, recited a biblical passage, while a hymn was sung in Welsh, Scottish, and Irish Gaelic. Simultaneously, republicans protested on the streets of London, displaying placards expressing their refusal to acknowledge the newly inaugurated monarch as their king.

 

At the end of the ceremony, which took place almost eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the king and queen consort partook in Holy Communion, the primary act of worship in the Christian church.

 

Whilst the world's attention was fixed on the coronation itself, and speculation was rife regarding the strained relationship between Princes Harry and William, a seemingly unrelated occurrence caught the eyes of many spectators. The appearance of a shadowy, hooded figure, later referred to by some as the 'Grim Reaper', was noticed outside the chapel, as military personnel entered the ceremony. This gave rise to a plethora of theories, some of distasteful nature, including one which suggested the figure was the apparition of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Westminster Abbey later clarified the matter, stating that the figure was a sacristan, a member of the abbey community assisting with religious services; a clarification that some found amusing.

 

When we speak of the King of England, his coronation is of worldwide significance. Some perceive it as spiritual or symbolic, a message to the world. Notably, one of the most controversial British royal jewels, the Koh-i-Noor diamond, has found a new owner in the queen consort. The stone, which can only be worn by women, is considered cursed due to its bloody history. Legend says, "He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also endure all its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can carry it with impunity", a belief some extend to the world, given the British Empire's historical conquests, which have greatly shaped our world.

 

Certainly, it is God who appoints kings and brings them down, as the Bible says. If the world stopped to watch the coronation of a mortal, fallible human being, one can only imagine the awe-inspiring spectacle when King Jesus, the King of Kings, eternal and infallible, returns. The Bible says every eye will see Him. He will come with all the glory and majesty inherent to Him, and not a single eye will be spared His sight.

 

Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Published 6  May, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

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RELIGIOUS RESPECT AND FREEDOM: RIGHT OR UTOPIA?

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According to the Pew Research Center in the United States, Christianity is one of the largest religions in the world, with approximately 2.6 billion followers, which is almost 32% of the global population. Regrettably, there are countries where Christians face intolerance and discrimination due to their faith, and in others, they are, quite literally, persecuted.

In some cases, this discrimination manifests as the prohibition of religious practices in public spaces. For instance, in Canada, a recent legislative proposal seeks to ban prayer rooms in schools within the province of Quebec. This means students cannot have a space to pray nor can they do so verbally – only in silence. Shockingly, this absurdity is defended by Quebec's Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville. What is even more outrageous is that the decision is justified with arguments such as "this is a way to combat religious discrimination", when in reality, it is the exact opposite, as this measure deliberately infringes upon the freedom and rights of citizens to profess their faith publicly.

In Brazil, religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Brazilian Constitution in Article 5, Clause VI, which ensures freedom of belief and the free exercise of religious worship. Unfortunately, this right is often disrespected, as Christians still face discrimination, intolerance, and insults because of their faith, sometimes accompanied by violence. This was exemplified in a case in the Federal District involving Ricardo Molina, a retired forensic expert from the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML), and his ex-wife, Janinne Jasem. In a video that went viral on the internet, Molina is seen urinating and stepping on a Bible, his hands covered in blood, while uttering offensive words against Janinne. This type of behaviour is unacceptable and demonstrates the extent to which religious intolerance can reach.

Although these two topics discussed above may seem different, they both reflect a central issue in common: the lack of respect and tolerance for Christianity. This is not only harmful to the Christian community but also to society as a whole. The Bible, in addition to being the best-selling book in history, teaches us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that "all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching", which makes it clear that the Bible is the sacred book of Christians and, therefore, deserves our utmost respect and reverence. Thus, to ridicule and scorn this sacred scripture is to worsen society in every sense.

Furthermore, the Bible teaches that violence against women is unacceptable. In Genesis 1:27, it is written: "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." Therefore, men and women were created in the image of God and must be treated with equality and respect. In Matthew 7:12, Jesus teaches: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you [...]". This principle applies to all human relationships.

Religious intolerance and disrespect for the Bible and/or prayer negatively impact Christians worldwide. The fight against such prejudiced attitudes must not cease. We must indeed denounce and defend the rights established in the Constitution so that they are never taken away from us. After all, the Bible is the manual of faith and Christian practice, and if its principles and rules are followed, it benefits all of humanity extensively.

Published 24  April, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

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GAMBLING LEGALISATION: THREAT TO FINANCIAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF SOCIETY AND FAMILIES

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On 24th February 2022, the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies concluded the voting on the bill that legalises gambling in Brazil, PL 442/91, which includes casinos, bingos, animal game and sports betting. The decision upholds Felipe Carreras' opinion, granting permanent and/or temporary licences to operate such activities. The proposal is for each state of the Federation to be allowed to have one casino, with the exception of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, which may have two, and São Paulo, with a limit of three.

Months after being approved in the Chamber, the bill, which had been stalled in the Senate, seemingly buried, has returned to the agenda and is set to be voted on, even though there is no consensus regarding the controversial matter.

Some argue in favour of legalising the practice, considering it unfair for it to freely occur in the country without the state benefiting from it. The bill provides for the Cide-gambling tax, which will collect 17% of the gross revenue from industry entrepreneurs and a 20% Income Tax on the net value that winners will pocket; resources that already have a specific purpose, according to supporters of legalisation: tourism, environment, culture, public security, and natural disasters.

 

At the time of approval in the Chamber, the government leader in the house, Ricardo Barros, admitted that legalisation would generate revenue. Furthermore, according to him, if approved by the Senate, the project would lead to the regularisation of over 400,000 informal employees, without any labour rights. For Senator Ângelo Coronel, the federal government would lose 50 billion reais per year in revenue collection if the project is not approved by the Senate. And, of course, raising revenue is of utmost importance, even at the expense of those who are at real risk of being greatly harmed in this whole story, should the Senate approve the project.

There are those who vehemently oppose legalisation, understanding that even if the gains are substantial, the losses will be equally so. Such individuals take into account the consumers of these services and the addictive potential of these games.

 

It is necessary to recognise the real risk of social phenomena arising from the abuse and dependence on gambling, such as compulsion, uncontrolled spending that leads to using money earmarked for a family's basic needs on gambling, increased marital disputes and, consequently, domestic violence; a decline in food quality and even deprivation; and potentially driving families and society into debt and subsequent increase in poverty and begging.

Gambling is addictive because it elicits pleasure, adrenaline, and when an individual wins, they experience relief and a feeling of victory; when they lose, the temptation is to play more rounds, as eventually, luck will change.

Gambling activates many parts of the brain, and compulsive gamblers achieve positive results, as the brain's reward system, which provides a sense of pleasure, is activated. With each bet, the compulsive individual becomes increasingly attached to the stakes and invests more and more resources in them, potentially sinking into debt, as often happens, and becoming entangled in severe problems, jeopardising their own life and that of their family. And these reasons are sufficient for any responsible and conscientious citizen to fight to banish these games from society, rather than seeking to legalise their practice.

Among the opponents, Eduardo Girão is working against the project, even creating a Front Against Gambling in the Senate, with the support of senators Luiz do Carmo (MDB-GO) and Carlos Viana (PL-MG).

Published 12  April, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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DON'T MESS WITH OUR CHILDREN!

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When we analyze the speed at which the gender ideology agenda is being imposed totally on our children, promoting the deconstruction of traditional family and social values, we realize that the situation becomes more worrisome every day. It is important to emphasize that, for us Christians, the Bible is the source of ultimate authority in all areas of life, including sexuality and gender identity. According to the Bible, God created human beings, male and female (Genesis 1:27) and this is the basis of our identity.

 

In the United Kingdom, a country that was once the cradle of great preachers and has experienced great revivals, Christian values have been increasingly abandoned and the country finds itself in a serious spiritual crisis, similar to most countries, including Brazil. A booklet elaborated in partnership with Wales is being presented as didactic material for children up to 7 years old and, according to it, there are not only two genders: male and female, but more than 100 different genders! A complete denial of biological reality which clearly states that humanity is divided into two distinct biological sexes, but gender ideology tries to challenge this reality by imposing a radical agenda that puts a person's will and foolishness, above biology itself. 

 

In the case of children, we know that they still don't have their own conscience on the subject, to make any decision about their body, so there will always be an irresponsible adult who will lead them to this, damaging their identity formation. This booklet is promoting an ideological agenda that aims to deconstruct the sexual and gender identity of children, based on a concept that gender is a social construction and not a biological reality, which is totally contrary to the biblical view that sexual identity is a creation of God. Moreover, it instigates children to explore the so-called "gender fluidity", that is, the idea that a person can change gender at will. This is very worrying, because children are easily influenced and, when led to question their own gender identity, can have irreparable mental health problems.

 

The fact that this booklet is aimed at 7-year-old children is very serious, because this is a crucial phase of human development, in which the child is forming its identity and learning to deal with its emotions and feelings. In this phase, it is important that children have a safe and stable environment that allows them to grow and develop as healthily as possible.

 

The way God created each human being (man or woman) cannot be changed by human will, and gender ideology conflicts directly with this vision; in the name of a false freedom, it denies the reality of divine creation. It is up to parents to be aware of the ideological agenda inserted in schools and the imposition for teachers to use its content. We cannot give in (or allow our children to do so) to society's pressures for us to adapt to its standards, to a distorted vision of reality.     

The acceptance of gender fluidity is a clear example of the inversion of values in society, in which relativism and personal will are placed above the order created by God, and this ideology, with all its variants, is a great threat to the mental and spiritual health of children and adolescents. Let us guard the Word of God, teach our children to reject any attempts to deconstruct biblical truth, reminding them that our struggle is the spiritual forces of evil hidden in all ideologies contrary to the will of God. 

Published 24  March, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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SUDDENLY: WHEN THE ORDINARY BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY

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For years, the Church of Jesus in Brazil and in the world has been crying out to God for a revival. Much has been preached about the presence of God manifested in the midst of his people and the need to seek the Lord and hunger for him more.

 

In recent days, a news story has been spreading on social networks and has been highlighted in Christian circles: a service held weekly by young students, in the chapel of Asbury University, began on the 8th and continued, uninterrupted, for 13 days. Over 50 me people were impacted by the power of God in the city of Kentucky in a 13 day period. The local newspaper, The Asbury Collegian, has a report from a journalist who said she was touched by the prayers and preaching she witnessed while covering the event.

 

Many revivals have taken place in the history of the Christian church. According to Ranieri Costa, journalist and theologian, revivals have three marks: repentance, the presence of God and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and have as a consequence practical actions that generate a commitment to the cause of the most vulnerable.

 

Asbury University itself has experienced revivals at other times in its history, notably the one that took place in 1970, whose consequences were far-reaching, including in North American culture and in the creation of the Jesus Movement, a Christian movement that aimed to bring revival to the USA and win lives for Christ in a scenario of change as a consequence of the hippie movement.

 

There are many different opinions, and there is much speculation as to whether or not what is happening in Asbury is a revival. However, regardless of these questions, the reports that we have are that thousands of people have passed through the place, many of them stayed there for several hours, in an attitude of prayer, worshipping the Lord and singing praises to Him, listening to the ministrations of the Word of God, praying for one another; all, or at least the vast majority of those present remained completely enveloped by the presence of God. We hear from people who have been healed, people who have surrendered their lives to Christ, people who are being filled with God and renewed by the Holy Spirit.

 

Obviously, opportunistic people tried to take advantage of the movement in Asbury, as a way to boost their social networks. There were some who didn't even know what was happening, but saw the popularity of the event as a form of self-promotion. But each one will give an account of themselves to God.

 

Only time will be able to hammer the hammer on these events in Asbury. The fruits will tell. But what cannot be denied is that there is in that place an atmosphere permeated with the sweet presence of God, before which it is impossible not to surrender.

From this Wednesday (23), the service will be restricted to students, and will be closed on Friday (25) due to logistical problems due to the large number of participants. Moreover, according to the leadership of the university, the Bible states that the believers of the early church did not remain in the Cenacle after the descent of the Holy Spirit, but went out and spread the good news of the gospel to various locations, although they were also motivated by persecution. "The service started on the 8th will be closed, but the moving of the Spirit will not," the leadership adds.

 

What is hoped is that the move experienced in Asbury continues to impact people and cause change in the lives of each person who participated in it or was influenced by it in some way. That each one evidences God's action in their lives, testifying the gospel to the world.

 

Asbury received people from several parts of the USA and other countries, among them Brazil. The legacy, started by those few students, who remained praying and worshipping the Lord after the service, and which culminated in a grand event, is impressive and impossible to be accomplished by mere students. Only God, through the Holy Spirit, is able to produce brokenness and worship such as those that occurred in the last few days at Asbury.

 

The desire that cries out from the hearts of disciples of Jesus all over the world is: Do it again, Lord! Revive us. Send your Holy Spirit. Renew your work in the midst of the years.

Published 27  February, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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IT IS A TIME OF WAR: SATAN IS PLAYING

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The fight for the liberation of abortion practice has gained a new ally in the United States, and it is big and heavy. It is a statue of a woman with horns, measuring 2.5 meters, which was placed in front of the New York courthouse. The figure, classified as "demonic" by Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, draws attention not only for its visible features, but also, and mainly, for what it symbolises.

 

In 1900, the New York City Courthouse began temporarily hosting statues of male personalities considered relevant to the development of the law, among them, Moses (the religious leader, judge, lawgiver and prophet recognized in the three major world religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam); Justinian (the emperor) and Confucius (thinker and philosopher). 

 

This time, however, breaking custom, the court displays a statue of a woman, golden and imposing, symbolizing female empowerment and an open declaration of support for the practice of abortion.

 

The news obtained prominence, even guaranteeing the right to an article dedicated to it, under the title: "Surpass Moses and Zoroaster: Manhattan has a new legislator", in one of the best known American newspapers, The New York Times. 

 

The sculpture was named "Now", symbolizing the social mores of the 21st century, as well as representing a fierce woman, a form of fierce female resistance, considered so necessary by the feminist and pre-abortion movements, after the Roe vs. Wade decision, which liberalized abortion in the Land of Uncle Sam in 1973, was overturned in June 2022. 

 

The parts of the sculpture were not conceived at random, but were designed to convey a message: the braids, which form horns, symbolize sovereignty and autonomy; the horns refer to an image used in the Satanic Temple; the lace necklace recalls one worn by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Supreme Court justice seen as a symbol of female empowerment and abortion. The image being naked also has significance. According to the sculptor, "the body is a powerful tool that carries its social construction. It can also function as a site of resistance."

 

The statue has been nicknamed the "Satanic Golden Jellyfish", which is not surprising, as Satanic Temple satanists have long been in favour of abortion, claiming that abortion should be considered a "religious practice" and an integral part of religious rituals. 

Satanic Temple leaders have asked the US government that, in states where abortion is banned or restricted, they be granted "religious exception" for the practice of what they call "religious abortion rituals" and "unrestricted access to abortion drugs", as published by Guiame.

 

The organisation, which has a clinic in New Mexico (USA) where it performs abortions free of charge, intends to expand its operations to other locations; in recent years it has even sued several States where there are significant restrictions on abortion, on the grounds that their laws violate the group's "religious right" to perform the "ritual abortion", and has protested against the holding of prayer in schools and the presence of Christian images in public spaces. It has also started "satanic clubs" after school, which has caused outrage among American families.

 

According to former Satanist John Ramirez, Satanists have spread their temples in several cities so that "demons and spirits can work in the atmosphere of these regions and lead people to destruction". He points out that demonic influence is increasingly evident in North American culture, and this is at such a level that it makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like kindergarten. And the scenario does not seem so different in Tupiniquim lands, since Brazil drinks, sparingly, of North-American culture.

 

As we can see, we are at war, a spiritual war. Satan is not strolling in this world; he came to kill, steal and destroy. It is urgent that the Church of Jesus take a stand, take up the spiritual weapons and seek, from God, wisdom and discernment to battle, because we already know the end of this story, for all those who are in Christ. Victory is certain! There is no need to fear, for our Commander is ahead of us, mighty to win.

Published 17  February, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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BRAZILIAN COALITION WITH LEFT-WING GOVERNMENTS AGAINST ISRAEL

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The history of Israel is marked by persecutions and attacks by various nations to destroy it. Since Biblical times, the nation chosen by God to fulfil the special purpose of revealing Him to all nations has been the target of prejudice and hatred.

After being expelled from the Iberian Peninsula, from the Modern Age onwards, Jewish communities settled in Northern Europe, in Protestant regions, enjoying a certain religious freedom and developing in several areas, after the advent of the Universal Rights of Man, on the occasion of the French Revolution. With this, in the 19th century, they rose economically and intellectually, and began to be accused by various countries of wanting to dominate them, and this was the context of the emergence of aversion and prejudice against Jews, known as anti-Semitism. In the midst of persecution, Jews began to wish to return to Palestine and found a Jewish State there.

The 20th century was marked by one of the greatest atrocities in history: the Holocaust, instituted by the malignant mind of Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, where at least six million Jews were murdered with great cruelty. With the end of the war, in 1948, the State of Israel was founded, even under protest from Palestinians and Arabs. Since then the conflicts have not ceased.

As of the last hundred years, Israel and Palestine have been in conflict for more than seventy years, and the war scenario is constant and has as its main motive the dispute over Palestinian territory. Between 2019 and 2020, the conflict increased, but in 2022 it began to diminish, after a truce agreement.

During its mandate, the Bolsonaro government has repeatedly highlighted the importance of Israel for Brazil and strengthened ties with the country's government. However, following the line of opposing everything that could, even minimally, refer to the figure of former president Jair Bolsonaro, the current president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, released on Friday (17) a statement condemning the decision of the State of Israel for the legalisation of nine settlements in the West Bank region, a territory administered by the country since 1967 and object of the claim by the Palestinians.

The decision by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in joint action with the Argentine, Chilean and Mexican governments, all of which have leftist mandates, is a reversal in diplomacy and runs counter to the position adopted by Brazil over the last four years, given that under the Bolsonaro administration, Itamaraty was in favour of Israel on the international stage.

The settlements were legalized as a reaction to recent Palestinian attacks. With this action, Netanyahu is coherent with the promises he made at the time of his election to "establish respect for Israeli sovereignty".

 

The joint communiqué issued by Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina, countries allied against Israel states: 

Our governments express opposition to any action that undermines the viability of the two-state solution, in which Israel and Palestine can share secure and internationally recognized borders, respecting the legitimate aspirations of both peoples to live in peace.

 

Despite the onslaughts against Israel throughout history, the country stands firm, even if not without pain. For this very reason, among others, it cannot be denied that the nation is indeed special to God, not from the point of view of blind privilege, but because of the divine purpose for the nation, since ancient times, when the Hebrew people were freed from slavery in Egypt and headed for the promised land, all aiming at the fulfillment of God's great plan: the coming of the Messiah into the world, to save sinners and promote peace between them and the holy God. Israel was first chosen to take this message to the ends of the earth, a mission that today is carried out in partnership with the church formed by Gentiles who have been graciously included in God's eternal plan.

 

The Bible declares that the Lord's plans cannot be frustrated and that all that he has determined will be fulfilled. In this way, even if the most effective efforts are applied to destroy Israel, all will succumb and, in the end, the divine purpose will remain intact, unharmed and totally fulfilled.

Published 17  February, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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MARBURG VIRUS: WHO CONFIRMS NEW THREAT TO HUMAN HEALTH

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After the coronavirus pandemic and all the controversies involving immunizers for the disease and the procedures of health and political authorities involving social isolation and lockdown, a new threat to human health emerges. 

Before the world population has even recovered and can breathe a sigh of relief, indeed, with respect to covid-19, it is hit by another blow, this time from the African continent. The Marburg virus (named after a small town in Germany where the virus was first recorded) has infected several people in the Republic of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

In a meeting last Tuesday (14), the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the existence of an outbreak of the new virus, initially in the Equatorial Guinea region. The virus is a relative of Ebola, highly infectious and has an average mortality rate of 55%, but can reach 88%, warns the WHO; the variation depends on the strain of the virus and the capacity for case management. 

A state of alert has been installed in the African country, especially because there are still no immunisers or approved treatment against the virus. Despite this, care such as rehydration with oral and/or intravenous fluids and the treatment of specific symptoms (maintenance of the oxygen level and control of blood pressure) have reduced the risks of those infected dying. The good news is that treatments are being evaluated, including blood products, immunological and drug therapies, and vaccine candidates.

 

Current figures on the disease indicate that there are 9 deaths and 16 suspected cases of the disease (14 of them did not show any symptoms, 2 have mild symptoms). Currently there are 21 people in isolation and under surveillance due to contact they have had with people who have died as a result of the virus. There are still over 4,000 people in quarantine in their homes. 

The Cameroonian government has notified two suspected cases of the disease in the country, which borders Guinea to the south, involving 16-year-old adolescents who travelled to Equatorial Guinea, where the outbreak is confirmed.

The disease takes hold abruptly and has an incubation period of 2 to 21 days, with patients showing signs of severe haemorrhage, generally within seven days. The virus, initially transmitted by bats, among humans is spread through infected body fluids or surfaces, including patients' bedding, needles and medical equipment. Among the most common symptoms, those infected have haemorrhagic fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting (including bloody vomiting), fatigue, diarrhoea, and respiratory problems.

Among the population at risk are family members of infected persons, health care workers who do not adequately attend to protection and prevention measures, as well as veterinarians and laboratory and research workers.

Health authorities of Equatorial Guinea sent eight samples to the Institut Pasteur to be analyzed, after alert of district health official; the result was positive for Murburg.

In Brazil we have no records of cases of contamination, but every care is needed when it comes to a country that welcomes tourists from all over the world and great diversity. Thus, the recommendation is that anyone who has contact with individuals who have been in Cameroon or Equatorial Guinea, or have been on a trip to one of these locations, should be alert to any signs, including nausea and vomiting; chest, throat or abdominal pain; diarrhea. In cases of worsening, the disease presents signs such as jaundice, significant weight loss, liver failure. 

Being attentive to the signs is essential, especially those associated with exposure to the virus. Therefore, these cases point to the need for isolation of the suspect and immediate notification of the health authorities, remembering that early detection is a determining factor for full recovery of the patient, and the diagnosis is made in the laboratory, from samples of the patient, and includes molecular diagnosis and antigen tests.

Prevention is better than treatment. Thus, trips to the countries mentioned should be avoided, as well as areas where there are bats that feed on fruits and contact with patients.

Published 15  February, 2023

Apostle Agenor D. Medeiros 

Goodwill Ambassador / International Journalist 

 

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Kentucky - United States of America


Honorable Kentucky Colonel - Honorary "Colonel Aide-de-Camp" to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The highest honour of the U.S. state of Kentucky is "Colonel Aide-de-Camp." These colonels serve as the personal aides-de-camp to the Governor of Kentucky, and their appointments are recorded by the Secretary of State of Kentucky.

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PERSECUTION OR NOT...THAT'S THE QUESTION!

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The troubled relationship (for obvious reasons) between the former prisoner and now president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and Brazil's evangelicals, is back in the "trend topics". This time, Lula directly attacked the Church with a polemic and at the same time threatening statement in a meeting with several representatives of the health area, saying that he will demand support from churches in vaccination campaigns and that, if they do not cooperate, they will be held responsible for the deaths that occur: "I intend to look for several evangelical churches and discuss with their leaders: 'Look, what is your behaviour in this issue of vaccines?' Or we will hold you responsible for the death of people", said Lula.

The question that remains is: Could the declaration by the most corrupt leftist leader in the history of this country be framed within what we know as religious persecution? Many would certainly have some doubts, since the historical memory of the great majority of the population preserves the idea of persecution in the ancient world, where the traditional authoritarian systems, such as the Roman Empire, for example, exercised arbitrary and authoritarian acts of extreme physical violence against Christians of the time. 

In the modern world it was not very different, since the great totalitarianisms of that period persecuted inhumanely, not only Christians, but any group, institution or person who opposed the project of power exercised by them. Among these totalitarian groups, we can cite the Italian and Spanish Fascisms, and Nazism. In the contemporary world, many still think that religious persecution is a topic that has remained in the past, that we live in full and complete freedom, however it is necessary to inform the dear reader that it is not quite like that. Here in the West, where we call the liberal states, what happens is a subtle persecution, which acts in a disguised manner, very different, but no less dangerous, from the ancient and modern persecutions with all their violence.

The subtle persecution, hidden, disguised, disguised or whatever you want to call it, can harm the church as much as the barbarities of the ancient world, and can be exercised in the following ways: as economic persecution, legal persecution, social death or media persecution.

But... why only the evangelicals? What is hat is so special about this religious group that makes the left invest its time and forces in persecuting it? Why do their leaders, commanded by the ex-prisoner Lula da Silva, launch all their artillery of provocations, threats, criticism, discussions, implication and fallacies against this group specifically?

The answer varies according to the different parameters and points of view we can use to get it. If we use the political parameter, we understand that the evangelical church is a frequent target of the intentional onslaughts of the left, because most politicians who belong to this religious group, do not yield to political calculation, read alliances. However, other groups supposedly adversaries of the left are easily "bought" by ministerial positions, becoming new allies who quickly align themselves to the leftist ideology and its project of power. However, in the case of evangelicals, the ideological antagonism with the left is so blatant that there is no possibility of building alliances with it, without deviating from the principles which guide Christian life. Therefore, by not selling out to the left, an arbitrary, authoritarian and unscrupulous persecution against Christians begins, strategically seeking to destroy the "opposing enemy" and for this, the left uses various means to weaken it, such as restrictions, imposing behaviours and actions, blackmail, boycotts, fines, censorship and fallacies.

If we observe the strategy in detail, it is clear that the issue of imposing the support for vaccines is only one of the arguments that Lula and his cronies are using as a form of retaliation to the religious group that is mostly, Bolsonarist and conservative right. And with such an attit