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CBN NewsWatch: March 26, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, March 26: Syrian civil war spreads to Israel, Turkey, Political Limbo: Thai court chucks election results, and 'Heaven is for Real' sneak peek, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," HOW

FIGHTING IN SYRIA IS SPILLING

OVER INTO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES.

PLUS THE PRESIDENT MEETS THE

POPE.

THURSDAY'S MEETING BETWEEN THE

HEAD OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND

THE HEAD OF THE COUNTRY.

HEAR WHY NEW STANDARDS FOR

PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE ALL THESE

PARENTS UP IN ARMS.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR

IS EXPANDING, GOOD EVENING I AM

MARK MARTIN.

WHEN THE SYRIAN UPRISING TURNED

TO CIVIL WAR IN 2011, MOST OF

THE TROUBLE STAYED INSIDE THE

BORDERS, NOW IT HAS SPREAD TO

TURK

TURKEY, LEBANON AND ISRAEL.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THE STORY.

REPORTER: CARRIERS RUSH TO

PREVENT FIGHTING BETWEEN

SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF

SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD.

NOT IN SYRIA, IN LEBANON.

A SIGN IT HAS SPREAD BEYOND

BORDERS.

TURKISH PRIME MINISTER IRD WAN

IS PRAISING THE TURKISH AIR

FORCE FOR SHUTTING DOWN A PLANE

AFTER IT VIOLATED TURKEY'S AIR

SPAC

SPACE.

IF YOU VIOLATE OUR BORDER,

THE PENALTY WILL BE HASH.

REPORTER: ISRAELI WAR PLANES

STRUCK SYRIAN MILITARY IN GOLAND

HEIGHTS.

IT WAS SOME OF THE WORST

FIGHTING ON ISRAEL'S BORDER.

ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT A WAR

WITH SYRIA AND BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU HAS TRIED TO STEER

CLEAR OF THIS.

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE AS

IT COMES WITH THE OTHER CONFLICT

BORDERS, THE HAMAS STATE IN

GAZA.

PERIODIC ROUNDS OF VIOLENCE IN

WHICH SUNNIS, JIHADIS WILL TRY

TO READDRESS THIS.

MUSLIM REBELS GROUPS BACKED

BY AL-QAEDA ARE GAINING GROUND.

HERE THEY ENTER A DESERTED

ARMENIAN CHRISTIAN TOWN.

THEY SHOUT VICTORY FROM ALL OF

THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." -- ALLAH.

IN FEBRUARY, PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU VISITED A

FIELD HOSPITAL.

ALSO POINTING TO THE WIDENING

WAR.

WHO IS SUPPLYING THESE

WEAPONS?

IRAN.

WHO WAS GIVING INSTRUCTIONS?

IRAN.

THAT IS THE BAD.

HERE IS THE GOOD.

REPORTER: MIDDLE EAST

JOURNALIST WARNS IT IS A VICTORY

FOR IRAN.

THIS WOULD BE AN IMMENSE

VICTORY FOR THEM.

I AM NOT SURE IF THE U.S. SEES

IT THIS WAY.

THE MOST POTENT CHALLENGE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

REPORTER: CHRIS MITCHELL, CAB

CAN BE NEWS, JERUSALEM.

IN AS THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR

SPILLS OVER, THEY ARE SETTING UP

TERRORISM TRAINING GROUNDS.

DIRECTOR OF C.I.A. SAYS THEY ARE

RECRUITING.

DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN TOLD A

HOUSE PANEL, HE BELIEVES SYRIA

IS ONLY A LAUNCHING PAD AND

THOSE TRAINED COULD ATTACK

AMERICA.

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE IS

MAKING ANOTHER PUSH FOR PEACE

FOR MIDDLE EAST AHEAD OF AN

IMPORTANT DEADLINE.

APRIL 30TH FOR ANY PEACE TALK

DEALS.

PALESTINIANS WILL WALK AWAY OVER

A PRISONER RELEASE PLAN WITH

ISRAEL.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY

IS MEETING WITH MAHMOUD ABBAS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TRAVELING TO

VATICAN CITY THURSDAY TO MEET

THE POPE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS

POVERTY AND INEQUALITY.

THIS COMES AFTER HARSH WORDS

FROM CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE.

MR. OBAMA'S POLICIES HAVE BECOME

HOSTILE TOWARDS CHRISTIANS

SAYING THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO

RESTRICT ANTILIFE AND ANTIFAMILY

POLICY SOLAR SYSTEM.

WE TURN TO AMBASSADOR FRANCES

ROONI, U.S. AMBASSADOR UNDER

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND

AUTHOR OF "GLOBAL VATICAN."

HE JOINS US FROM WASHINGTON.

AMBASSADOR ROONY, CARDINAL BURKE

VOICED WHAT MANY AMERICAN

CHRISTIANS FEEL THAT THE

PRESIDENT'S POLICIES ARE HOSTILE

TOWARDS CHRISTIANS, DO YOU

AGREE?

THE VERY SECULAR NATURE OF

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS

TENDED TO DEFINE RELIGION AS

SOMETHING THAT TAKES PLACE

INSIDE A BUILDING AND NOT A

MAJOR FORCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.

THAT IS THE BIG DEBATE IN THE

CONFRONTATION WITH THE FIRST

AMENDMENT.

DO YOU THINK IT IS HOSTILITY

TOWARDS CHRISTIANS?

IN THE SENSE CERTAINLY

HOSTILITY TOWARDS THE PEOPLE,

ALLOWS THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

TO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR

CONTRACEPTION.

IT OFFENDS CATHOLICS, IF NOT ALL

CHRISTIANS.

UNITED STATES HAS HAD GOOD

DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH PAST

PRESIDENTS, IS THE RELATIONSHIP

NOW STRAINED?

IT IS CERTAINLY MUCH MORE

RELAXED AND LESS INFLUENTIAL

THAN THE TIME OF GEORGE BUSH.

I AM HOPING THE POPE REALIZES

THE UNIQUE LEVERAGE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA 30 WILL BE

MEETING POPE FRANCIS FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE WILL COME FROM

THAT?

I HOPE THAT THE PRESIDENT

REALIZES THAT THE HOLY SEES

PRINCIPLES -- THAT OUR COUNTRY

HAS BEEN BASED ON OFFERS GREAT

LEVERAGE TO THE UNITED STATES

AND PROPELLING THESE VALUES

THROUGH ITS DIPLOMACY.

POWER AND INFLUENCE IS

UNDERESTIMATED, EXPLAIN MORE FOR

ME.

HOLY SEE IS LACKING AGENDA,

NONE THE LESS CONSIDERED

SOVEREIGN.

THEY CAN DEPLOY A UNIQUE FORM OF

SOFT POWER, POWER OF INFLUENCE

AND PERSUASION INSTEAD OF

COERCION WHICH IS NEEDED.

IT IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT WEAPON

TO RESOLVE THE ATTRACTABLE

PROBLEMS WE SEE IN THE WORLD

TODAY.

MANY ARE LABELED WITH RELIGIOUS

AND ETHNIC OVERTONES.

ALL RIGHT.

AUTHOR OF "GLOBAL VATICAN."

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, MARK.

IN OTHER NEWS, IRS SAYS IT IS

GOING TO TAKE NEWS TO SHOW THE

AGENCY TARGETED TEA PARTY

GROUPS, THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS

TO AND FROM FORMER IRS OFFICIAL

LOUIS LEARNER SINCE 2009.

THE IRS CHIEF SAID HIS OFFICE

HAS PROVIDED ONE MILLION PAGES

OF DOCUMENTS SINCE THE

INVESTIGATIONS BEGAN LAST

SPRING.

BY LAW THE IRS MUST REMOVE

SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION

ABOUT TAX PAYORS FROM MANY

DOCUMENTS THEY GIVE THE

OVERSIGHT PANEL.

ADMINISTRATION IS GIVING AN

EXTENSION.

WHITE HOUSE NEEDS TO MEET GOAL

OF SIX MILLION ENROLLEES BY

MARCH 31ST.

SO FAR FIVE MILLION ARE

ENROLLED.

HEALTHCARE.GOV WEBSITE SLOWER

TAKING NINE SECONDS FOR THE HOME

PAGE TO LOAD IN COMPARISON A

LEADING PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

WEBSITE TAKES FIVE SECONDS.

WORKERS CONTINUE DIGGING THROUGH

THE DEBRIS IN MUDSLIDES IN

WASHINGTON STATE.

SIXTEEN BODIES HAVE BEEN RESCUED

AND MORE ARE STUCK IN THE MUD.

A NEW LANDSLIDE ARE SLOWING DOWN

EFFORTS.

WE HAVE DIRECT FEDERAL

ASSISTANCE.

THAT IS A REALLY GOOD THING FOR

US.

IT SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

CAN DO THINGS UNIMPEDED WITHOUT

A LOT OF BUREAUCRACY AND IT WILL

HELP US.

MUDSLIDE RANKS AS ONE OF THE

WORST IN U.S. HISTORY.

MICHIGAN WON'T RECOGNIZE THE

MORE THAN 300 GAY MARRIAGES THAT

TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK.

IT IS THE LATEST IN THE GAY

MARRIAGE DEBATE UNFOLDING IN THE

STATE SINCE LAST FRIDAY WHEN A

FEDERAL JUDGE RULED MICHIGAN'S

VOTER APPROVED BAN

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

FEDERAL APPEAL'S COURT PUT A

HOLD ON GAY WEDDINGS WHILE THE

STAY APPEALS THE JUDGE'S RULING.

COMING UP, A NATIONAL ELECTION

RENDERED NULL AND VOID.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WARE.

WEAR.

NEW CLUES IN THE SEARCH FOR

THE MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINER.

SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW 100

OBJECTS IN THE AREA.

MALAYSIA'S PRIME MINISTER

ANNOUNCED THE PLANE WENT DOWN IN

A REMOTE PART OF THE INDIAN

OCEAN KILLING ALL 239

PASSENGERS.

SIX DIFFERENT COMPANIES CONTINUE

TO SEARCH THE AREA COVERING

600,000 SQUARE MILES, ROUGHLY

THE SIZE OF ALASKA.

IT IS THE MOST INEXCESSABLE SPOT

IMAGINABLE.

POLITICAL CRISIS ROCKING

THAILAND.

A COURT HAS THROWN OUT RESULTS

OF A RECENT GENERAL ELECTION.

LUCILLE TALUSAN REPORTS.

REPORTER: CONSTITUTIONAL

COURT'S RULING VIEWED BY

ANTIGOVERNMENT PROTESTERS.

THEY BLOCKED THE POLLING.

PRIME MINISTER SCHEDULED THE

VOTE IN A BIT TO APPEASE ANGRY

DEMONSTRATORS WHO WANTED HER OUT

OF OFFICE.

THE UPRISING BEGAN AFTER SHE

SIGNED A BILL FORMER PRIME

MINISTER AMNESTY FROM CORRUPTION

CHARGES.

A THAI COURT DECLARED HER

ACTIONS ILLEGAL.

MEANWHILE THE GOVERNMENT IS

PRESSING FOR NEW ELECTIONS.

OPPOSITION SAYS THEY'LL BOYCOTT

AND PREVENT THEM FROM HAPPENING.

THEY WANT COUNCIL TO MAKE

REFORMS BEFORE THEY ARE

SCHEDULED.

THEY ARE TIRED OF GOVERNMENT

CONSTRUCTION.

MEANWHILE HE IS FACING A SERIES

OF CHALLENGES AND LEAD TO HER

REMOVAL FROM OFFICE INCLUDING

CHARGES LINKED TO A RISE OF

PLEDGES.

IT BASICALLY MEANS THE

GOVERNMENT WOULD PAWN YOUR RICE

STOCKS ABOVE THE MARKET PRICE.

THIS PROGRAM GIVES ACCESS

BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT COULDN'T

FIND MONEY THAT IS WHY MANY

FAMILIES HAVE NOT RECEIVED MONEY

FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

THAT HAS CAUSED SOME FARMERS

TO PROTEST.

WE WILL FIGHT TILL THE END.

REPORTER: A MUCH LONGER TIME

AND MORE SACRIFICE MAYBE NEEDED

TO REFORM THAILAND.

MOST THAI PEOPLE ARE HOPEFUL

THEY CAN TRANSITION TO A

DEMOCRACY IN ITS TRUE SENSE.

MANY THAIS LOOKING TO THEIR

BELOVED KING TO HELP SOLVE THE

POLITICAL STALEMATE.

LUCILLE TALUSAN, CBN NEWS,

BANGKOK.

UP NEXT, GROWING CONCERN OVER

COMMON CORE.

WHY MANY ARE SO UNHAPPY WITH NEW

EDUCATION STANDARDS.

WELCOME BACK, OPPONENTS OF

THE FEDERAL EDUCATION STANDARD

COMMON CORE ARE CELEBRATING IN

INDIANA.

THE FIRST STATE TO REJECT THE

SYSTEM T. GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE

CALLS IT A VICTORY FOR STATE

AUTHORITY AND INDIANA WILL WRITE

ITS OWN STANDARDS.

IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, 44

STATE VS. ADOPTED COMMON CORE.

A GROWING NUMBER OF PARENTS AND

TEACHERS SAY THEY TAKE AWAY

LOCAL CONTROL OF SCHOOLS.

HEATHER SELLS HAS THE STORY.

JUST A FEW MILES OFF LONG

ISLAND'S NORTH SHOW, THE

SUPERINTENDENT OVERSEES MANY

STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

INITIALLY WELCOMED COMMON CORE

BUT QUICKLY LOST HIS FAITH.

PRETTY EARLY ON IT WAS CLEAR

THERE WASN'T GOING TO BE A

DIALOGUE BETWEEN DISTRICTS AND

STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

IT WAS ONE WAY COMMUNICATION AND

BEGAN TO RECEIVE A LOT OF

MATERIALS, SCRIPTS.

FORTY-FIVE STATES ADOPTED THE

STANDARDS, NEW YORK AND KENTUCKY

FIRST TO PUT THEM TO THE TESTS,

RESULTS, MAJOR FAILURE.

IN NEW YORK, LESS THAN ONE-THIRD

OF THE STUDENTS PASSED.

THEY DROPPED 54%.

THE SCORES BECAME A RALLYING

POINT AS HE CALLED ON THE

COMMUNITY TO FIGHT BACK.

IN AUGUST, 1500 PARENTS,

TEACHERS, KIDS GATHERED FROM

THIS SMALL COMMUNITY TO PROTEST

WHAT HAPPENED IN THEIR COMMUNITY

SINCE COMMON CORE TOOK EFFECT.

WE ARE ASKING FOR AT LEAST IN

MY DISTRICT AND GROWING AROUND

NEW YORK AMONGST PARENTS, STOP

IT, EXAM IT.

PARENTS IN 20 STATES AGREE

WITH THE PARENTS.

THEY ARE PUSHING LEGISLATION TO

TEMPORARILY BLOCK THE STANDARDS.

IN ILLINOIS, CONGRESSMAN RANDY

HOLEKERMAN WANT A REVIEW.

THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE REVIEW

OF INDIANA.

IT HELPS EXPLAIN THE

CONTROVERSY.

TWO TRADE ASSOCIATONS, SCHOOL

OFFICERS AND NATIONAL GOVERNOR'S

ASSOCIATION DEVELOPED THE

STANDARDS AND COPY WRIGHTED THEM

MAKING CHANGE IMPOSSIBLE.

NEXT MISSION, REWRITE THE SAT.

A MOVE THAT COULD FURTHER CEMENT

THE CORE'S INFLUENCE.

BILLIONAIRE AND MICROSOFT BILL

GATES IS THE MONEY BEHIND THE

PROGRAM SPENDING 160 MILLION TO

CREATE AND PROMOTE THE

STANDARDS.

CRITICS DISMISS THEM AS ELITIST.

THE PEOPLE WERE CUT OUT OF

THE PROCESS.

THEY WEREN'T GIVEN NOTICE.

EMMIT CALLS THE CORE

UNDEMOCRATIC WITH NO

ACCOUNTABILITY.

HE BELIEVES GIVING THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT SUCH A ROLE IN

EDUCATION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

JOINED BY A GRASS ROOTS LARGELY

MOM-LED MOVEMENT ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

CBN NEWS RECENTLY MET WITH A

GROUP OF PARENTS TURNED

ACTIVISTS IN NEW YORK.

EACH SHARES A SIMILAR STORY,

DISCOVERING THE CORE AND CHANGES

ONLY WHEN THEIR CHILDREN BEGAN

TO STRUGGLE WITH NEW WORK SHEETS

AND WAYS OF EXPLAINING MATH

CONCEPTS.

COME JANUARY, THEIR HOMEWORK

CHANGED A LOT.

VERY CONFUSING.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT.

NEVER PUBLICIZED AND NO

DISCUSSIONS AMONG PARENTS ABOUT

THE FACT THIS IS A MAJOR

PARADIGM SHIFT.

CHALLENGE NOW, HOW TO TAKE

BACK CONTROL OF THE CLASSROOM

WHEN A COPYRIGHTED STANDARD

MEANT SO MUCH.

ONE BIG INCENTIVE, RACE TO

THE TOP FUNDING OFFERING FOUR

BILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS TO

STATE THAT IS ADOPTED THE

STANDARDS.

MANY EDUCATION REFORMERS ARE

BACKING DUNCAN.

THEY SAY THE STANDARDS RAISE THE

BAR FOR ALL THE STATES AND

ENSURE THAT THE NEXT GENERATION

WILL BE ABLE TO COMPETE

GLOBALLY.

COMMON CORE STANDARDS, FEWER

STANDARDS TO BE CLEARER SO

TEACHERS CAN UNDERSTAND AND

PARENTS AS WELL WHAT CHILDREN

ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LEARNING AND

TAKE A DEEPER LOOK AT OTHER

AREAS.

IT IS MUCH HIGHER CRITICAL

THINKING SKILLS AND DEMANDS OF

YOUNG PEOPLE MORE WRITING, MORE

LISTENING AND VERBAL ABILITY TO

EXPLAIN YOUR POINTS OF VIEW.

OTHER CORE SUPPORTERS

CHALLENGE THE NOTION THAT THE

CORE STRIPS AWAY LOCAL CONTROL.

IT IS A SET OF STANDARDS, IT

IS NOT A CURRICULUM.

IT DOESN'T TEACH YOU HOW TO

TEACH OR DICTATE WHAT YOU MUCH

TEACH.

JOE RELA DISAGREES SAYING THE

DISTRICT HAS BOUGHT MATERIALS TO

IMPROVE STUDENT SCORES.

WE CAN DO WHAT WE WANT BUT

OUR STUDENTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO

THIS.

PRODUCING A NEW COMPETITIVE

GENERATION AND HOW MANY STATES

WILL STAY ON BOARD WITH PARENTS

APPLYING PRESSURE AND

POLITICIANS CALLING FOR A SECOND

LOOK.

MY HOPE IS WE'LL GO BACK TO

EDUCATING OUR KIDS LOCALLY.

REPORTING IN NEW YORK,

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

OTHER STATES ARE LOOKING TO

BLOCK COMMON CORE.

LAWMAKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

HAVE INTRODUCED 100 BILLS TO

HALT OR SLOW ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

UP NEXT, "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL," A

LOOK AT ONE LITTLE BOY'S

EXPERIENCE.

THANKS FOR STICKING AROUND,

2014 HAS BEEN A BIG YEAR FOR

FAITH BASED FILMS NOW THE HIGHLY

ANTICIPATING "HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL"

IS GETTING READY TO HIT THE BIG

SCREEN.

MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE SHOWED UP

TO HEAR FROM PRODUCERS.

THIS YOUNG KID OUT OF OHIO

HAD NEVER ACTED A DAY IN HIS

LIFE.

THE ODDS TO FIND A FIVE-YEAR-OLD

KID TO PLAY COLTON.

THIS IS BRINGING IN THE

MARGIN OF OUR COMMUNITY THAT

DOESN'T NORMALLY TALK ABOUT

FAITH AND THE AFTER LIFE.

YOU WALK AWAY INSPIRED ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

IT IS RELEASED APRIL 16TH.

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