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CBN NewsWatch: January 23, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 23: Ukrainian protestors demand early elections, Deadly cold continues to grip Midwest, Northeast, and Abrams: Syrian regime using al Qaeda to fight, and more. Read Transcript


A LOOK AT THE DEADLY PROTESTS

AND CALL FOR EARLY ELECTIONS IN

UKRAINE.

PLUS VIRGINIA'S BATTLE OVER

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.

WHY THE COMMONWEALTH COULD BE

THE NEXT PLACE TO ALLOW COUPLES

TO WED.

AND HOW ONE MAN IS HELPING

FELONS GET A FRESH START AFTER

THEY GET OUT OF JAIL.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING I AM

MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM LORIE JOHNSON.

PROTESTS IN UKRAINE ARE GROWING.

VIOLENT CRASHES BETWEEN

GOVERNMENT FORCES AND OPPOSITION

DEMONSTRATORS ARE NO LONGER SEEN

IN THE CAPITOL ALONG.

PROTESTERS ARE ANGRY CALLING

ON HIM TO STEP DOWN AND EARLY

ELECTIONS HELD.

DALE HURD HAS MORE IN TONIGHT'S

TOP STORY.

REPORTER: PROTESTERS STORMED

GOVERNMENT OFFICES FORCING ONE

TO WRITE A LETTER OF

RESIGNATION.

RIOT POLICE HAVE BEEN ENGAGING

THE CLASHES.

PRESIDENT KOVICH AND OPPOSITION

LEADE

LEADERS THEY ARE ASKING TO

REPEAL ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL OF

DICTATORSHIP LAWS.

IF WE GET THIS RESOLVE, I

STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT WE CAN

RESOLVE THE CRISIS.

REPORTER: OPPOSITION LEADER

TOLD PROTESTERS IF THE TALKS ARE

UNSUCCESSFUL HE WILL LEAD THEM

IN AN ATTACK.

THERE WERE FOUR CLASHES THIS

WEEK.

WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN.

I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO

STOP THE ESCALATION AND THE

DEATHS.

REPORTER: UKRAINE'S PRIME

MINISTER SAYS WHILE HIS

GOVERNMENT IS WILLING TO WORK

WITH THE -- THEIR ULTIMATUMS ARE

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

THERE IS A RANGE OF

REQUIREMENTS FROM OUR SIDE THAT

HAS TO BE FULFILLED.

ANY KIND OF ACTIONS SHOULD BE

STOPPED.

REPORTER: THE PRESIDENT ASKED

FOR THEM TO COME BACK TO SESSION

TO CALL FOR A SOLUTION.

CBN NEWS SPOKE WITH A PASTOR IN

UKRAINE.

HE SAID WHILE THE PEOPLE ARE

PROTESTING, IT WILL LEAD TO

MILITARY INVOLVEMENT FROM OTHER

COUNTRIES.

WE CAN SEE IN KEYIV STREETS,

NOT JUST UKRAINIAN POLICE, BUT

OUR FOREIGN TROOPS.

THAT IS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR MANY

PEOPLE.

REPORTER: OTHER MEMBERS OF

THE EUROPEAN UNION ARE

CONDEMNING THE LAWS PASSED BY

THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT.

UNITED STATES IS THREATENING TO

IMPOSE SANCTIONS IF VIOLENCE IS

USED AGAINST PROTESTERS.

DALE HURD CBN NEWS.

PASTOR TIM CHANKO SAYS A

24-HOUR PRAYER TENT IN DOWNTOWN

KEY YEF IS ALWAYS FULL AND

CHURCH MEMBERS ARE WORKING HARD

TO HAND OUT WATER, FOOD AND

BIBLES TO OPPOSITION FORCES AND

POLICE.

SYRIAN REGIME LEADERS ARE SET

TO BEGIN DIRECT TALKS FRIDAY.

COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY

DOWN PLAYING TALKS SAYING

FIGHTING TERRORISM IS PRIORITY

NOT PEACE TALKS.

SYRIAN REBEL GROUPS SAY THE

GOVERNMENT IS AGAINST ANY

TERRORISM AND BROUGHT AL-QAEDA

FIGHTERS INTO THE COUNTRY TO

OPPOSE THEM.

ELLIOTT ABRAMS AGREES.

HE TOLD GARY LANE THAT AWE

ASSAD'S RELATIONSHIP DATES BACK.

BEFORE THE IRAQI WAR, THEY

FLEW TO THE DAMASCUS AIRPORT,

THAT WAS THE WAY THEY GOT INTO

IRAQ, SYRIA.

LATER ON "NEWSWATCH," WE ARE

GOING TO BRING YOU MORE OF

GARY'S INTERVIEW WITH ELIOTLIOTT

ABRA

ABRAMS.

IRAN NEVER MEANT TO DISMANTLE

PARTS OF THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND

OBAMA IS CREATING AN IMPRESSION

IT DID.

IRAN WILL QUOTE DISMANTLE THE

TECHNICAL CONNECTIONS.

THE DEAL ONLY CALLS ON IRAN TO

STOP HIGH LEVEL URANIUM

ENRICHMENT AND DILUTE STOCK

PILES.

IRAN'S PRESIDENT INSISTED HIS

COUNTRY HAD NO INTENTION OF

BUILDING NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

NEWLY ELECTED VIRGINIA

ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS THE BAN ON

GAY MARRIAGE IS UNCONSTITUTION.

HE JOINED A SUIT CHALLENGING THE

BAN.

A BRIEF FILED IN FEDERAL COURT,

HERRING SAYS MARRIAGE IS A

FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT.

VIRGINIA VOTERS APPROVED THE GAY

BAN IN 2006.

FOR MORE WE TURN TO PETER SPRIG

FROM THE FAMILY AS MUCH COUNCIL.

PETER, CAN THEY JUST REFUSE TO

UPHOLD THE LAW AS ATTORNEY

GENERAL HERRING IS DOING?

SEEMS A VIOLATION OF AN

ATTORNEY GENERAL WHICH IS TO

DEFEND THE LAW AND THE

CONSTITUTION AGAINST A COURT

CHALLENGE.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING

CONCLUDED VIRGINIA

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

VIOLATES U.S. CONSTITUTION.

IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THERE IS

NOTHING ABOUT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION FOUND IN

THE TEXT OF THE U.S.

CONSTITUTION, THAT IS NOT A

DECISION FOR HIM TO MAKE.

IT IS REALLY SHOCKING HIS FIRST

ACTS, JUST LITERALLY DAYS AFTER

TAKING OFFICE AND SWEARING AN

OATH TO UPHOLD THE VIRGINIA

STATE CONSTITUTION, ONE OF THE

FIRST ACTS IS TO ATTACK IT IN

COURT.

HAVE THEY USED THIS TECHNIQUE

TO GET RID OF NEW LAWS LIKE IN

THIS CASE?

IT IS NOT COMPLETELY WITHOUT

PRECEDENT.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS AN

OBLIGATION TO MAKE AN EVALUATION

ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF

LAWS BUT BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION

AND HIS ROLE IN DEFENDING HIS

STATE'S LAWS IN COURT, THE BIAS

OR THE PRESUMPTION SHOULD BE IN

FAVOR OF TREATING YOUR OWN

STATE'S LAWS AS CONSTITUTIONAL

UNLESS THEY ARE IN DIRECTION

CONFLICT WITH AN EXISTING

SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT WHICH IN

THIS CASE IS NOT THE CASE

BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES

SUPREME COURT HAS NOT RULED ON

THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE

LAWS DEFINING MARRIAGE BETWEEN

ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

PETER, HOW CAN STATE

OFFICIALS FIGHT THIS AT THAT

LEVEL?

ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING ELECTED

BY A MARGIN OF LESS THAN 1,000

VOTES.

JUST A FEW HUNDRED VOTES OUT OF

MILLIONS CAST ACROSS THE

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE

INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL

PROCESS, WHO HOLDS THESE OFFICES

MAKES A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFERENCE

U. ALL RIGHT.

PETER, SPRIG, THANK YOU FOR YOUR

TIME, SIR.

THANK YOU.

FREEZING TEMPERATURES

LINGERING ACROSS AMERICA.

THE SNOW HAS MOVED OUT TO THE

ATLANTIC OCEAN.

AT LEAST TWO DOZEN STATES UNDER

WIND CHILL WARNINGS OR

ADVISORIES.

CHARLENE ISRAEL REPORTS.

REPORTER: FIRST A MASSIVE

SNOWSTORM, NOW BONE CHILLING

COLD CRIPPLING MIDWEST AND

NORTHEAST, TEMPERATURES IN THE

LOW TEENS FOR MOST OF THE REGION

AND WIND CHILLS BELOW ZERO.

ROADS ACROSS THE NORTHEAST LOOK

LIKE ICE SKATING RINKS.

ROADS ARE BAD.

IT IS SO BAD OUT HERE.

I AM SLIPPING AND SLIDING AT

EVERY LIGHT.

REPORTER: COLD TEMPERATURES

IN NORTHEAST ARE MAKING IT

HARDER FOR RESIDENTS TO DIG OUT

OF THE SNOW FALL.

A FOOT FELL IN NEW YORK CITY.

MORE THAN 13 INCHES IN

PHILADELPHIA AND PARTS OF NEW

JERSEY.

I WOULD COME OUT EVERY TWO

HOURS.

REPORTER: MANY SCHOOLS

PREPARING TO RETURN TO A NORMAL

SCHEDULE TOMORROW, FORECASTERS

WARN ANOTHER WAVE OF COLD IS

EXPECTED TO HIT PARTS OF THE

COUNTRY CAUSING SOME AREAS

ACROSS U.S.-CANADA BORDER TO SEE

NIGHTTIME LOWS IN THE NEGATIVE

DOUBLE DIGITS AND SEVERE ENOUGH

TO CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND RISK OF

FROSTBITE.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

COMING UP, CBN NEWS SITS DOWN

WITH ELIOT ABE ABE RAMS AND WHY

THE SYRIAN PEACE CONFERENCE IS A

BAD IDEA.

NILE

NEWEL

OFFICIAL ELLIOTT ABRAMS SAYS

NOTHING GOOD IS GOING TO COME

FROM THE PEACE TALKS.

HE JOINED GARY LANE TO TALK

ABOUT THE PEACE CONFERENCE,

FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY AND

SYRIA'S CHRISTIANS.

WE FORCED THE OPPOSITION TO

SHOW UP WITH ASSAD WHO IS

MURDERING THEM, SLAUGHTERING THE

PEOPLE OF SYRIA WHO ARE IN ANY

WAY OPPOSED TO HIS REGIME.

THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BE THERE.

I DON'T SEE ANYTHING GOOD COMING

OUT OF THIS MEETING.

HE HAS GOT, ASSAD HAS THE

RUSSIANS PROTECTING HIM AND

FRONTING FOR HIM.

IT IS A TALK SHOP THAT DOES

NOTHING TO STOP THE KILLING.

REPORTER: WHY ARE WE DOING

IT?

WE ARE DOING IT BECAUSE THE

PRESIDENT DOESN'T WANT TO GET

INVOLVED IN SYRIA.

WE SAW THAT IN 2013 WHEN HE

BLINKED OVER HIS OWN RED LINE ON

THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS.

WE HAD THE WEEK, END OF THE

SUMMER, SECRETARY KERRY GAVE TWO

GOOD WAR SPEECHES AND AT THE

LAST MINUTE THE PRESIDENT TURNED

AROUND AND DIDN'T ACT.

THAT SENT A MESSAGE TO ASSAD,

IRAN, EVERYONE IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, ARABS, ISRAELIS, WE CAN'T

BE DEPENDING ON.

WE DIDN'T DO IT BECAUSE

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID NO.

PRESIDENT OBAMA JUST DIDN'T WANT

TO GET INVOLVED IN SYRIA.

THIS IS REALLY, I THINK, IN MY

VIEW, THAT IS GOING TO BLOT HIS

HISTORICAL RECORD.

IT IS LIKE RWANDA, HE SAT AND

WATCHED 200,000 PEOPLE BE KILLED

AND 600 MILLION PEOPLE HOMELESS,

DISPLACED WITHIN THE COUNTRY AND

LEBANON AND JORDAN, HE DID

NOTHING.

REPORTER: YOU ARE ON THE U.S.

COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

WHAT CONCERN DO YOU HAVE FOR

SYRIAN CHRISTIANS?

SYRIAN CHRISTIANS ARE

SUFFERING IN A SENSE THE

COMMUNITY IS BEING DECIMATED.

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE

FLEEING.

THEY DON'T SEE ANY FUTURE IN

SYRIA.

THEY ARE VERY AFRAID OF JIHADI

GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY.

THE REBEL GROUPS, SOME HAVE

TRIED TO MAKE PEACE WITH THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES, OTHERS

HAVE NOT.

IF YOU WERE, I THINK, A

CHRISTIAN FATHER FROM SYRIA

LOOKING AT YOUR CHILDREN AND

THEIR FUTURE, I WOULD THINK YOU

WOULD WANT THEM TO GET OUT.

NOT JUST NOW FOR SAFETY, BUT THE

FUTURE, GO TO EUROPE, GO TO

AMERICAN.

ANOTHER CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN

THE MIDDLE EAST THAT IS GOING TO

HAVE A HARD TIME RECOVERING.

REPORTER: WHAT CAN WE DO TO

HELP THEM?

I THINK WE SHOULD BACK REBELS

NOT LINKED TO JIHADI, WE SHOULD

BE WILLING TO DO AIR STRIKES AT

SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES AT

ASSAD'S FORCES TO GROUND HIS

HELICOPTERS, FOR EXAMPLE.

I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT TRIPS ON

THE GROUND AND CREWS MISSILES

WHICH IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS

PLANNING ON DOING THIS SUMMER

AND TURNED AROUND.

WE NEED TO CHANGE THE BALANCE OF

POWER, POLITICALLY,

PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND MILITARILY.

CHECK OUT HIS BLOG AT THE

GLOBAL LANE AT CBNNEWS.COM.

SEE HOW ONE MAN IS WORKING TO

HELP EX-CONS RELEASED FROM

PRISON.

A NATIONWIDE MOVE UNDERWAY TO

REFORM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE

SYSTEM.

CONGRESS HAS TAKEN A STEP IN THE

DIRECTION.

2014 BUDGET INCLUDES A MEASURE

TO STUDY REFORMS IN THE FEDERAL

CORRECTION SYSTEM SETS ASIDE ONE

MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE CHARLES

COLSON TASK FORCE ON FEDERAL

CORRECTION.

PANEL EXAMS SPECIFIC PROBLEMS

LIKE VIOLENCE AND FEDERAL

PRISONS, PRISONER REHABILITATION

AND EMPLOYMENT AND REDUCING

POPULATION.

IT IS NAMED FOR THE LATE CHUCK

COLSON TO EDUCATE FOR

BIBLE-BASED PRISON REFORM.

MORE THAN 7,000 PEOPLE RELEASED

FROM PRISONS.

FINDING A JOB IS THE HARDEST

TASK FOR A LOT OF EX-CONS.

ONE MAN HAS MADE IT HIS MISSION

TO HELP FORMER FELONS START

THEIR BUSINESSES.

CHARLENE ISRAEL BRINGS US HIS

STORY IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT.

REPORTER: HE ONCE DREAMED OF

TRAVELING THE WORLD AS A

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.

THAT CHANGED IN COLLEGE WHEN HE

STARTED SELLING DRUGS.

I WANTED TO MAKE QUICK MONEY

REPORTER: THAT DESIRE LANDED

HIM BEHIND BARS.

I WAS SENTENCED FOR FIFE

YEARS IN STATE PENITENTIARY.

REPORTER: AFTER SERVING TIME,

HE RAN INTO A FAMILIAR PROBLEM,

HIS RECORD.

YOU HAVE TO PUT FOOD ON THE

TABLE AND PROVIDE FOR A

HOUSEHOLD.

HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO WHEN PEOPLE

ARE AFRAID OF YOU.

THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD NOT TO HIRE

CONVICTED FELONS.

AFTER TAKEN PART IN HIS

CHURCH PRISON MINISTRY.

AS IT GOT CLOSE TO A MAN'S

RELEASE, A LOT BECAME APPEAR

HENCIVE.

WHEN YOU GET SO MANY DOORS

CLOSED IN YOUR FACE, WHAT CAN

YOU DO?

I HAD A CHILD.

I HAVE A WIFE.

IT WAS EITHER ONE OF TWO THINGS,

GO BACK TO WHAT I KNEW HOW TO DO

BECAUSE THAT SAME OLD GAME WAS

THERE.

REPORTER: DR. ETO CREATED

LEADERSHIP CALL, AN ORGANIZATION

HELPING REMOVE BARRIERS FOR

EX-OFFENDERS ACROSS VIRGINIA.

UNFORTUNATELY MOST OF THE MEN

HAVE BEEN GIVEN A BAD WRAP.

THEY HAVE BEEN BADE THEIR DUES.

REPORTER: LEADERSHIP CALL

HELPS TEAR DOWN NEGATIVE

MINDSETS WHILE DISCOVERING

STRENGTHS.

WE TRY TO FIND WHAT GOD HAS

IN EACH INDIVIDUAL TO HELP THEM

BECOME SELF-GOVERNED.

REPORTER: ONE IS TO HELP

EX-OFFENDERS START THEIR OWN

BUSINESSES.

DR. ETO HELPS GET THE BALL

ROLLING.

ONE THING THAT WORKS WELL IS

THE FREE MARKET.

WE HAVE ABOUT 85% RATE OF

SUCCESS.

REPORTER: SEAN BECAME A

CHRISTIAN WHILE IN PRISON AND

BECOME ONE OF THE PROGRAM'S

SUCCESS STORIES.

I BORROWED A LAWN MOWER FROM

MY GRANDFATHER AND PRESSURE

WASHER FROM MY AUNT.

NOW I OWN THREE PRESSURE

WASHERS, AND RUN MY OWN LAWN

CARE BUSINESS AND SUBCONTRACTORS

THAT DO ROOFING AND HANDYMAN

SERVICES.

REPORTER: THIS MAN FACED AN

EIGHT-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE.

TAILOR FELT HE HAD A DEATH WISH.

I WAS READY FOREVER IF I

WOULD HAVE GOTTEN SHOT AND DIED,

I WOULDN'T HAVE CARED.

NOW HE CARES ABOUT THE PLANS

FOR HIS NEW T-SHIRT BUSINESS, A

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THANKS

TO THE PROGRAM'S PRINCIPLES AND

DISCIPLESHIP.

I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE

MONEY, I AM WORRIED ABOUT MAKING

A DIFFERENCE.

I WANT TO LEAVE A GREAT LEGACY

AND LAST FUTURE GENERATION.

REPORTER: DR. ETO SAYS WHEN

INMATES COMPLETE THEIR

PARTICIPATION, THE OUTCOME IS

RENEWED HOPE.

THE ONLY THING WE DON'T

RECYCLE IS CAPITAL.

WE ARE IN THE RECYCLING

BUSINESS.

TZ AWESOME TO SEE WHEN THEY GET

IT AND RUN WITH THE VISION.

I AM GIVING GOD THE GLORY FOR

EVERYTHING.

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HE IS

GOING TO DO NEXT.

REPORTER: CHARLENE ISRAEL,

CBN NEWS.

GOD IS A GOD OF SECOND

CHANCES.

UP NEXT, WE HEAD TO ISRAEL TO

SEE A NEWLY UNEARTHED BUSINESSEN

TEEN CHURCH.

ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGIST HAVE

UNCOVERED A 1500-YEAR OLD CHURCH

FROM THE BYZANTINE ERA.

REPORTER: THEY DESCRIBE THE

CHURCH AS A LARGE BASILICA THAT

SERVED AS A REGIONAL CENTER FOR

CHRISTIAN WORSHIP.

NONE OF THEM FOUND A CHURCH.

HERE IT LOOKS LIKE WE FOUND A

CHURCH WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN A

REGIONAL CHURCH THAT PEOPLE FROM

THE NEARBY VILLAGES CAME HERE.

REPORTER: LOCALED BETWEEN

ASHGALON AND JERUSALEM.

ARCHAEOLOGIST SAY ARTIFACTS

FOUND AT THE SITE SHOW IT HAD A

FLOURISHING CULTURE AND A

THRIVING COMMUNITY.

REPORTER: THEY DESCRIBE IT AS

MAGNIFICENT, IMAGES OF ANIMALS

INSCRIPTIONS AND CHRISTIAN

SYMBOLS.

WE HAVE CRYSTAL GRAM WHICH IS

MONOGRAMS OF THE NAME OF JESUS

WHICH IS QUITE UNUSUAL.

VERY LARGE AND BIRDS HOLDING IT

UP WITH FLOWERS.

REPORTER: MOSAIC

PAINSTAKINGLY -- SOMETHING THE

ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY DOES TO

PRESERVE IT FOR FUTURE

GENERATIONS.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

BEAUTIFUL!

HOW EXCITING.

NEW THAT FLOOR WAS GORGEOUS.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN E-MAIL YOUR COMMENTS

AND QUESTIONS AT "NEWSWATCH" AT

CBN.COM.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT TIME,

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

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