Zika Virus Expected To Spread Across Americas

mosquitoThe World Health Organization expects the Zika virus will spread across the Americas except for Canada and Chile.  The virus is native to Africa and was first found to be spreading in the Americas in Brazil in 2015.  Currently there is no vaccine for it.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Zika transmission has not yet been reported in the continental United States, although a woman who fell ill with the virus in Brazil later gave birth to a brain-damaged baby in Hawaii.

Brazil’s Health Ministry said in November that Zika was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with smaller-than-usual brains.

Brazil has reported 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly, the WHO said last Friday, over 30 times more than in any year since 2010 and equivalent to 1-2 percent of all newborns in the state of Pernambuco, one of the worst-hit areas. Reuters

US Turns To UN To Screen ‘Refugees’ From Central America

border_patrol-USMexicoIn 2014 the U.N. pushed for Central American migrants to be called refugees.

United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. FoxNews

Now the U.N. will conduct initial screenings, as the U.S. expands the program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to come to the U.S.  The U.N. should not be screening and deciding who is eligible to come to the U.S. legally!

The Obama administration is planning to expand a program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to come to the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will now conduct initial screenings to see whether migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala may qualify as refugees eligible to come to the United States legally.

“I am pleased to announce plans to expand the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to help vulnerable families and individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and offer them a safe and legal alternative to the dangerous journey many are currently tempted to begin, making them easy prey for human smugglers who have no interest but their own profits,” Kerry said in a speech at the National Defense University…

In December 2014, the U.S. began offering refugee status to children in those countries who have parents already living legally in the United States. So far thousands of children have applied for the program but very few been approved to come to the U.S.

The latest effort is aimed at expanding that program by moving applicants, both families and single individuals, into safe zones to await processing. AP

United States Has 10 Million More Foreign-Born Residents Than The Entire European Union

The United States has 10 million more foreign-born residents than the entire European Union, according to an analysis of United Nations and European Commission data produced by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.


The analysis compared the number of people living in the U.S. who were born outside the U.S. to the number of people living in the E.U. who were born outside the E.U.

The U.S. population is about 320 million compared to the E.U. population of 503 million.  The subcommittee stated, “While the U.S. has almost 200 million fewer persons, it contains over 10 million more individuals born outside its boundaries.”

The analysis finds that one in 15 E.U. residents were born outside of the E.U., while one in 7 U.S. residents were born outside the U.S.

The total population of the 27-member European Union is approximately 503 million, compared to a total United States population of approximately 320 million.

Both the United States and the E.U. – particularly the wealthiest nations in the E.U. – are struggling with the economic and societal effects of unmitigated immigration. Yet, even though the United States has taken in nearly 11 million more migrants born outside its boundaries than the E.U. has taken in from outside its own, American politicians are pushing to increase immigration rates while many E.U. nations are pushing to reduce them. sessions.senate

Another analysis found that “the United States has admitted more people from outside its boundaries than 21 different Latin American countries put together and the E.U. combined.” sessions.senate


The United States resettles the largest number of migrants in the world, and provides more funding and benefits than any other country in the world and any other region in the world.  These are the facts: the U.S. contains about 4.5 percent of global population but hosts about 20 percent of the world’s global migrants.  As a matter of comparison, Latin America contains nearly twice as much of the world’s population – more than 8.5 percent – but houses only about 3.35 percent of the world’s migrants.  While the United States takes in one-fifth of global migrants, no other nation on earth has taken in more than one-twentieth.

About 1 in 40 of all migrants living in the U.S. today are from the Middle East or North Africa; however, that population has been rapidly growing.  More than 1 in 10 of the annual permanent migrants resettled in the U.S. is a Muslim migrant.  By contrast, only about 1 in 300 of all migrants living in Mexico today are from the Middle East or North Africa.  (About 1 in 7 migrants in Mexico hail from other Latin American countries, and about 7 in 10 migrants in Mexico are from Canada or the United States).   To provide further perspective: in 2010 there were 3,166 migrants from the Middle East living in Mexico; between 2001 and today, the United States has issued green cards to approximately 900,000 migrants from the Middle East and 1.5 million to migrants from Muslim countries.  Because it’s only a ten-year figure for the U.S., that means the U.S. has permanently resettled well more than 300 times as many Middle Eastern migrants as Mexico, for example. sessions.senate-Latin America

Pope Francis Receives Gift Of A Statue Of Jesus Crucified On A Hammer And Sickle

boliviahammerchrstBolivia’s leftist president Evo Morales presented a gift to Pope Francis featuring Jesus nailed to a communist hammer and sickle.

When Bolivian President Evo Morales gave Pope Francis a crucifix atop a hammer and sickle, eyebrows were raised, including the pope’s.

But, as Morales explained, the cross was created by Jesuit Father Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 after being active in the country’s pro-democracy movement…

A Vatican television camera was present but, as Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters, the audio is almost impossible understand.

At least one media outlet reported the pope saying, “That’s not right,” (“No esta bien eso”) but several others said the pope, who was speaking Spanish, responded, “I didn’t know that” (“Eso no lo sabia”) when Morales explained the cross was based on a design by Father Espinal.

Father Lombardi, who said neither he nor the Jesuit pope had ever seen or heard of Father Espinal’s crucifix, said he believes it is much more likely that the pope admitted to not knowing its origin than to saying it was wrong. AmericanMagazine

The unusual statue originally designed by Jesuit Father Luis Espinal is the Luis Espinal award “given by the Bolivian government to a religious figure who stands up for the poor and marginalized. ” DailyCaller

The Bolivian government insisted the gift wasn’t a political maneuver of any sort, but was a symbol that Morales thought the “pope of the poor” would appreciate.

“That was the intention of this gift, and it was not any sort of maneuver … It was really from great affection, a work designed by the very hands of Luis Espinal,” Communications Minister Marianela Paco told the Patria Nueva radio station. FoxNews

Even though the Vatican was not expecting the unusual gift, it is seeking to explain the “Communist crucifix” given to Francis, saying it’s a symbol of dialogue and not an offensive melding of faith and ideology. YahooNews

Brazil University Request List Of All Israeli Students and Teachers

Antissemitismo-Universtiy-Santa-Maria1Brazilian substitute headmaster José Fernando Schlosser at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil sent out a letter requesting a list identifying all Israeli students and teachers at the institution.  The list was requested by  the teacher’s union, the student association, and The Association of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

The Federal University of Santa Maria in the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil is under fire this week, after the dean requested a list of Israeli students and lecturers due to peer pressure from various organizations.

Jose Fernando Schlosser justified the move by stating that the list was requested by the teacher’s union, the student association, and The Association of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Later, he stated on Facebook that the letter was “grossly forged” and accused the distributor of forging pro-Palestinian symbols on the letter to defame him.

The Foreign Ministry stated to Arutz Sheva that the incident is “very difficult” and that “The Embassy in Brazil, the Israeli Consulate in Sao Paulo and the Jewish community, have begun operations immediately […] to address this ugly and racist initiative.”

The Ministry added that the letter hails back to “the dark days of humanity” and urged the school to condemn the move. IsraelNationalNews

Venezuelan President Maduro Says Venezuela Has Captured U.S. Citizens Linked To Espionage

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Venezuela President Maduro announced that they have captured Americans, including a pilot, that were engaged in espionage.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured Americans, including a pilot, involved in espionage activities and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation.

Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.

“We have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast,” he said, adding one was a U.S. pilot taken in the convulsed border state of Tachira.

“In Tachira we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane (who is) of Latin origin (carrying) all kinds of documentation,” Maduro said, without offering details.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Caracas said he was unable to comment, citing a lack of any official diplomatic communication with the Venezuelan government. Reuters

Four Missionaries from North Dakota that were being detained and questioned by Venezuela authorities left that country this week.

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Richest Terrorist Groups

dollorsignbloodTerrorist groups raise substantial funds through criminal activities, “charities,” donations, and government agencies.  ISIS is the richest terrorist group in the world.  Hamas is the second richest terrorist group.


All but two of the richest terrorist organizations in the world are Islamist. Three of the top four are in states bordering Israel.

Not content with listing the richest men or women in the world, Forbes Israel also provided a ranking of the ten richest terrorist organizations, including their net worth and rankings.

ISIS has an annual income of $2 billion. The terrorists in second place is Hamas, which takes in $1 billion annually. In third place is a non-Middle Eastern terrorist organization, one that has been around for a long time: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – the People’s Army (FARC), which rakes in $600 million annually.

In fourth through sixth place are more Middle Eastern Islamic terrorist groups: Hezbollah ($500 million), the Taliban ($400 million), and Al-Qaeda and affiliates ($150 million).

In 7th place is another Islamic group, the Pakistan-based Lashkar e-taiba ($100 million). This group was behind the deadly Mombai bombings in late fall of 2008.

In eighth and tenth places are two more Islamist groups, both based in Africa. In eighth place is Al-Shabab ($70 million), and tenth place is Boko Haram ($25 million).

In ninth place is what is known as “Real IRA,” with an annual take of $50 million. This group also calls itself the “Volunteers of Ireland,” and is perhaps the oldest and best known of all the groups, at least tracing back to its original version, the Irish Volunteers, established in the early 20th century, later evolving into the Irish Republican Army. Former members formed the RIRA due to dissatisfaction over the IRA’s ceasefire agreement.

According to the Forbes report, Hamas entered “the big league” as the result of its takeover of Gaza in 2007.

Online:  ISIS Richest Terrorist Group, Hamas Comes in 2nd

Guess Who Is Visiting Cuba and Latin America?

Vladimir PutinPresident Putin will begin his six-day tour July 11 visiting Cuba and Latin American  countries (Argentina and Brazil).

Brazil has close economic ties with China.  Brazil is also a huge source of raw materials.  Putin interest would be the raw materials.

Brazil’s economy is the largest in South America. China is Brazil’s largest trading partner.  A large chunk of the trade growth is driven by the growing Chinese demand for Brazil’s resources.  Brazil also has become a large export market for good manufactured in China.

Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin will next week begin a major Latin America tour that will take him to Cuba, Argentina and Brazil as he seeks to counter Russia’s growing international isolation over the Ukraine crisis…..

Putin and his Cuban hosts are expected to discuss cooperation in energy, transport, aviation, space and health, the Kremlin said.

Ahead of the visit, Russian parliament voted on Friday to write off 90 percent of Cuba’s Soviet-era debt of more than $35 billion (26 billion euros) and said the rest would be earmarked for investment projects in Cuba.

From Cuba, Putin will travel to Argentina for trade and energy talks with President Cristina Kirchner, before moving on to a summit of the BRICS group of developing countries in Brazil.

On the sidelines of the summit, Putin is expected to meet leaders of China, India and South Africa, the Kremlin said.

The highlight of the trip’s final leg will be a handover ceremony at the end of the World Cup finals, where Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will pass on responsibility for the tournament to Putin.

Online:  Putin to visit Cuba and other LatAm nations