Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz have reacted to the terror attacks in Brussels Tuesday by suggesting a restriction on Muslims entering the U.S., along with patrolling Muslim neighborhoods to prevent youth from becoming radicalized.
Cruz said America needs to "immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al-Qaeda or ISIS presence."
"We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS," he added, in a statement. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday by calling for the U.S. to temporary halt immigration to people from Muslim countries, warning that otherwise the terror seen in Europe is coming to America.
"Join me in praying for the victims and families of the Muslim terrorist attack in Belgium today. Islamists have told us we will see more of these attacks and we have to take their threats seriously," Graham wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
"I have long supported a temporary halt to immigration, especially for those coming from Muslim countries, until we have a vetting program that works and we can know who these people are. If we can't get an accurate background check, they don't come in. It's as simple as that," he added. more >>
Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury called for prayers Tuesday after 34 were killed and at least 180 injured in terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.
The Vatican's secretary of state released a statement on behalf of the pope to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Malines-Bruxelles, saying the pontiff will pray for the victims of this "blind violence."
"Having learned of the attacks in Brussels, affecting many people, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusts the deceased to God's mercy and joins in prayer in the suffering of their relatives," the statement said, adding that the pope "expresses his deepest sympathy for the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to the rescue operations, asking the Lord to bring them comfort and consolation in their ordeal." more >>
There is reason to believe about the rising tension in the Pacific, and while most would think that the arrival of two British ships in Japan to transport plutonium to the U.S. is a scary thought that supports that notion, the shipment is actually part of a bilateral agreement.
The Associated Press said that the said ships docked at a coastal village called Tokai, which also happens to be the same area where the Japan Atomic and Energy Agency is headquartered. The British ships intend to load and transport plutonium, which for those who don't know, is one of the main components of making the atomic bomb.
And while Japanese authorities aren't saying anything about the arrival of the ships and the subsequent loading of plutonium casks, The AP got hold of information that the ships are the Pacific Heron and the Pacific Egret, both of which are under the Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd. The job is to take about 700 pounds of the material to South Carolina, particularly to the Savannah River Site. Accordingly, the plutonium actually came from the U.S. and was sent to the Japanese for research. more >>
Pope Francis broke from his Palm Sunday homily where he recalled the suffering of Jesus Christ to decry the treatment of refugees, noting that those who ignore their plight are like those who washed their hands of Jesus' fate.
In a prepared speech, Francis spoke about the pain and suffering Christ went through before his crucifixion at the hands of the Roman soldiers, including "mockery, insults, and spitting," along with beatings and torture.
"He suffers in His body terrible brutality: the blows, the scourging and the crown of thorns make His face unrecognizable. He also experiences shame and disgraceful condemnation by religious and political authorities: He is made into sin and considered to be unjust," Francis said. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama turns from sightseeing to state business on his historic Cuba trip on Monday, pressing President Raul Castro for economic and democratic reforms while hearing complaints about continued U.S. economic sanctions.
Obama and Castro will have their fourth meeting, likely their most substantial, at the Palace of the Revolution, where Castro and his predecessor, older brother Fidel Castro, have led Cuba's resistance to U.S. pressure going back decades.
A U.S. presidential visit to the inner sanctum of Cuban power would have been unthinkable before Obama and Raul Castro's rapprochement 15 months ago, when they agreed to end a Cold War-era dispute that lasted five decades and continued even after the collapse of the Soviet Union. more >>