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CBN NewsWatch: April 23, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, April 23: NATO war games send warning to Moscow, IRS workers owing back taxes awarded bonuses, and Ala. high court declares unborn children have rights, and more Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," A

SHOW OF POWER BY THE U.S.

WHAT TROOP EXERCISES SAY TO

RUSSIA WHEN IT COMES TO

UKRAINE.

PLUS A MAJOR STAND FOR THE

RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN, AND

WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR THE

PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT.

AND CHRISTIANS TRAPPED IN A

HOLY WAR IN A REGION ONCE A

STRONGHOLD AMIDST SPIRITUAL

DARKNESS.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

HUNDREDS OF U.S. TROOPS HAVE

ARRIVED IN POLAND FOR

MILITARY EXERCISES.

GOOD EVENING, I'M HEATHER

CELLS.

THEY ARE PART OF THE

STRONGEST RESPONSE SO FAR TO

RUSSIA'S THREATS AGAINST

UKRAINE.

NATO ALLIES ALSO WENT ON

MANEUVERS IN IT'S BALTIC

SEA.

UKRAINE WELCOMED THE ACTION,

BUT AS JOHN WAGGI REPORTS IN

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT,

TENSIONS THERE ARE RISING.

Reporter: FIVE

BATTLESHIPS TOOK PART IN THE

BALTIC NATO NAN MOVERS, A

MANEUVERS.

A SHOW OF STRENGTH.

IT IS A MOVE DIRECTLY

RELATED TO RUSSIA'S ACTION

AGAINST UKRAINE.

THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE

COUNTERMEASURES GROUP ONE IS

ONE OF THOSE MEASURES

DESIGNED TO ASSURE OUR

ALLIES IN THE BALTIC OF

NATO'S RESOLVE AND

SOLIDARITY AND PREPAREDNESS

TO MEET ANY CHALLENGE.

Reporter: THE FIRST

WAVE OF 600 AMERICAN TROOPS,

U.S. ARMY PARA TROOPERS

LANDED INL IN POLAND ON

WEDNESDAY FOR A MONTH OF

EXERCISES.

AND THEY'RE HEADED TO

LISTONIA AND LITHUANIA.

WE HAVE BEEN CLEAR THAT

MORE PROVOCATIVE BEHAVIOR BY

RUSSIA WILL LEAD TO MORE

COSTS AND TO GREATER

ISOLATION.

Reporter: UKRAINIAN

OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE

GRATEFUL AND HOPE MOSCOW

RECEIVES THE MESSAGE.

AT LEAST WE HAVE RECEIVED

SUPPORT FROM THE UNITED

STATES, THAT THEY WILL NOT

LEAVE US ALONE WITH THE

AGGRESSOR.

Reporter: BUT THE

PUBLIC SABER RATTLING HAS

CONVINCED THE PRO-RUSSIAN

MILITANTS IN EASTERN UKRAINE

TO GIVE UP THEIR OCCUPATION

OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

> AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

TROOPS REMAIN POISED ON THE

UKRAINIAN BORDER, BELIEVING

THEY WILL GET NOTHING

MILITARY FROM NATO AND THE

WEST.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

AND THE EXECUTIVE VICE

PRESIDENT OF REGENT

UNIVERSITY, WHO SERVED IN

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, IS

HERE.

DOCTOR, WE HAVE NAVAL

EXERCISES IN THE BALTIC

SEAS, AND IS THIS ENOUGH AT

THIS POINT IN TIME TO CHECK

VLADIMIR PUTIN?

IT IS NOT.

I'M GLAD THE PRESIDENT IS

DOING THIS.

BUT IT IS REALLY TOO FEW.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 600 U.S.

TROOPS.

THAT'S THE TOTAL, SPREAD

AMONG FOUR COUNTRIES,

POLAND, LITHUANIA, LATVIA

AND LISTUANIA.

IT IS NOT ENOUGH.

PUTIN IS DOING WHAT HE WANTS

TO DO.

Heather: THE

PRESIDENT'S CRITICS ARE

SAYING OBAMA IS BEING

OUTSMARTED BY PUTIN.

DO YOU SEE THAT GOING ON?

I DON'T THINK IT IS

OUTSMARTING HIM.

BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS A

SMART MAN.

BUT HE WILL NOT HAVE A

MILITARY CONFLICT IF HE CAN

AT ALL HELP THAT.

AND HE IS DEALING WITH

SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THAT AND

IS PUSHING TO GET EVERYTHING

HE WANTS.

AND SO FAR VLADIMIR PUTIN IS

GETTING EVERYTHING HE

WANTS.

Heather: WHAT DO YOU

THINK HE WANTS?

I THINK HE WANTS WHAT HE

SAID 14 YEARS AGO, HE WANTS

TO REBUILD RUSSIA AS A GREAT

NATION.

AND THE ONLY WAY RUSSIA IS A

GREAT NATION IF IT CONTROLS

WHAT IT CALLS THE NEARER

BROAD.

THE COUNTRIES AROUND IT

CANNOT BE HOSTILE TO

RUSSIA.

THEY CAN'T BE IN THE WESTERN

ORBIT, THEY CANNOT BE IN

NATO.

AND THAT'S WHY HE IS DOING

WHAT HE IS DOING.

HE WILL CARVE OFF EACH CHUNK

BY SENDING THUGS IN TO STIR

UP UNREST AND HE HAS TO COME

IN AND SAVE THE DAY.

Heather: WHAT ARE YOU

HOPING OBAMA WILL DO AT THIS

POINT IF NATO EXERCISES ARE

NOT ENOUGH?

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM

SEND MORE TROOPS, AND THE

EUROPEANS TO SEND TROOPS.

PUTIN, WHEN HE KNOWS HE WILL

ACTUALLY SUFFER, HE WILL

MODERATE HIS BEHAVIOR, BUT

NOT UNTIL THEN.

Heather: WHEN YOU THINK

ABOUT ALL OF THIS CONFLICT,

AND WE'VE BEEN HEARING SOME

ON THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN

UKRAINE.

DO YOU THINK THE CHURCH CAN

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT THIS

POINT IN TIME?

I HOPE SO.

CERTAINLY BY MAKING PEOPLE

MORE AMENABLE.

THERE ARE A LOT OF CORRUPT

PEOPLE THERE.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,

THIS IS A STATE CRAFT ISSUE

FIRST.

YOU HOPE CHRISTIANS ARE

PRAYING AND SERVING IN THE

ROLES THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO.

Heather: DOCTOR

BONICCLI, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

Heather: THE UNITED

STATES SHOULD SET ASIDE

THEIR DIFFERENCES WINE CHINA

WITH CHINA AND RUSSIA AND

FOCUS ON THE TERRORIST

ACTS.

IN A LONDON SPEECH, TONY

BLAIR SAYS HE BELIEVES THAT

ISSUE SHOULD BE ON THE TOP

OF ANY AGENDA.

BLAIR WANTS THE U.S., EUROPE

AND OTHERS TO SUPPORT THE

NEW GOVERNMENT IN EGYPT

AGAINST THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD, AND HE SAYS THE

FUTURE OF THE REGION DEPENDS

ON THE FATE OF EGYPT.

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

REWARDS TAX CHEATS, BUT ONLY

IF THEY WORK FOR THE

AGENCY.

A NEW REPORT REVEALS THAT

THE I.R.S. ROUTINELY GIVES

BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES, EVEN

THOSE WHO STILL OWE BACK

TAXES.

CHARLENE AARON REPORTS.

Reporter: A REPORT BY

THE TREASURY INSPECTOR

GENERAL FORTAX

ADMINISTRATION FOUND THE

I.R.S. PAID MORE THAN

$2.8 MILLION IN BONUSES TO

EMPLOYEES WITH RECENT

DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS,

INCLUDING $1 MILLION TO

WORKERS WHO OWED BACK

TAXES.

THE REPORT FOCUSED ON A

TWO-YEAR PERIOD, FROM LATE

2010 TO LATE 2012.

IT ALSO FOUND THAT MORE THAN

1,000 I.R.S. WORKERS WHO

DIDN'T PAY THEIR TAXES ALSO

RECEIVED EXTRA TIME OFF.

SOME 10,528 HOURS, A VALUE

OF $250,00,000 TAXPAYER

DOLLARS.

OTHER EXAMPLES OF MISCONDUCT

INCLUDED MISUSING GOVERNMENT

CREDIT CARDS FOR TRAVEL,

DRUG USE, VIOLENT THREATS,

AND FRAUDULENTLY CLAIMING

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

THE ASSISTANT INSPECTOR

GENERAL OF THE TREASURY

DEPARTMENT CALLED THE

ACTIONS ALARMING,

SAYING, "CERTAINLY SOME OF

THIS IS EGREGIOUS.

SOMEONE WORKING AT THE

I.R.S. SHOULDN'T BE GETTING

A PERFORMANCE AWARD."

OUTRAGED TAXPAYERS AGREE.

I'M ABSOLUTELY APPLAUD.

SO MANY STUPID THINGS GO

ON IN OUR COUNTRY.

THAT'S NOT THE ONLY

EXAMPLE OF HYPOCRITICAL

POLICIES IN THE GOVERNMENT.

A FORMER OFFICIAL FOR THE

FEDERAL RESERVE WRITES IN

THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL"

THAT BANKING REGULATORS MAKE

NEARLY THREE TIMES AS

BANKERS THEMSELVES.

PAUL CUPIT WRITES, "THE

AVERAGE SALARY OF A BANK

EMPLOYEE WAS JUST UNDER

$50,000 IN 2012, COMPARED TO

OVER $190,000 FOR WORKERS AT

FDIC AND OTHER REGULATORY

AGENCIES.

THE EVIDENCE THAT FEDERAL

SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL

KEEPS PILING UP."

THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET

OFFICE PROJECTS THE FEDERAL

DEBT WILL GO FROM

$17.7 TRILLION TODAY TO

$27 TRILLION IN 10 YEARS.

THAT COULD LEAD THE AVERAGE

AMERICAN FACING A HIGHER TAX

BURDEN JUST TO PAY OFF

WASHINGTON'S FOLLY.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Heather: THE ISRAELI

ARMY IS INVITING ARAB

CHRISTIANS TO ENLIST.

BOTH MALE AND FEMALE JEWISH

ISRAELIS ARE AUTOMATICALLY

DRAFTED INTO THE ISRAELI

DEFENSE FORCES WHEN THEY

COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL, BUT

MINORITIES ARE EXEMPT.

CHRISTIANS HAD HISTORICALLY

VIEWED THEMSELVES AS PART OF

THE PALESTINIAN-ARAB

PEOPLE.

BUT FATHER GABRIEL HAS

ENCOURAGED CHRISTIAN YOUTH

TO ENLIST AS A WAY TO

INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY.

ISRAEL'S MILITARY CAPABILITY

WILL BE STRENGTHENED AFTER

BUYING SOME HUGE CARGO

PLANES FROM THE U.S.

CBN NEWS GOT AN INSIDE LOOK

AT WHAT THESE PLANES CAN

DO.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THAT STORY FROM JERUSALEM.

Reporter: TOP U.S. AND

ISRAELI OFFICIALS GREETED

THE FIRST OF SIX U.S.-MADE

TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT SOLD TO

ISRAEL AS IT LANDED AT THE

NEBATIN AIR FORCE BASE.

THE DEAL IS SEEN AS A

MILESTONE IN U.S.-ISRAEL

RELATIONS.

THE C-130 HAS BEEN AROUND

SINCE THE 1950s, BUT THIS

NEWER MODEL CAN FLY HIGHER

AND IS BIGGER, FASTER, AND

HIGHER.

IT CAN FLY FROM CANADA TO

ISRAEL, OR NEARLY FOUR TIMES

THE DISTANCE, FROM ISRAEL TO

IRAN.

MAJOR-GENERAL AMIR ESHEL

CALLS IT THE BEST PLANE OF

ITS KIND.

IT WILL BE ABLE TO

OPERATE IN LONG RANGES, IN A

VARIETY OF MISSIONS, DAY AND

NIGHT, ALL WEATHER, ALL

TYPES OF JOINT OPERATIONS

WITH OTHER SPECIAL FORCES.

Reporter: ALMOST 40

YEARS AGO ISRAELI COMMANDOS

USED AN OLDER C-130 AS PART

OF THE RAID ON UGANDA'S

UTEBI AIRPORT TO RESCUE

HOSTAGES.

IT WAS A HERCULES

AIRCRAFT THAT BROUGHT THE

COMMANDOS FROM THE FIGHT,

AND DELIVERED THE HOSTAGES

FROM PERIL TO FREEDOM.

Reporter: THEY NAMED

THE NEW C-130J AFTER

SAMPSON.

DURING A WELCOME CEREMONY,

DAN SHAPIRO CALLED THE NAME

FITTING.

MORE THAN 3,000 YEARS

AGO, SHIMSHON BECAME A JUDGE

AND A HERO FOR THE

ISRAELITES.

RENOWNED FOR HIS CLEVERNESS,

WISDOM, FEARLESSNESS, AND

ABOVE ALL, HIS STRENGTH.

THESE THREE QUALITIES

EPITOMIZE THE ISRAELI AIR

FORCE.

Reporter: LIEUTENANT

COLONEL "A" FLEW THIS FIRST

PLANE TO ISRAEL.

WE HAVE HIDDEN HIS IDENTITY

FOR SECURITY REASON.

IT HAS A LOT MORE

CAPABILITIES, A LOT MORE

POSSIBILITIES OF BEING

PRECISE AND SAFE ON DURING

YOUR MISSIONS.

Reporter: DEVELOPED BY

LOCKHEED MARTIN IN THE U.S.,

ISRAEL CUSTOMIZED ITS

AIRCRAFT WITH SOME SPECIAL

SYSTEMS.

WE HAVE ALL OF THE

ISRAELI SYSTEMS IN AND IT

WILL OUTPERFORM ANY C-130 IN

THE WORLD, I THINK, AND WILL

GIVE THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE

AND THE I.D. F F. AN

ADVANTAGE IN ALL OF ITS

CHALLENGES.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS.

Heather: COMING UP, A

COLLEGE DENIES A STUDENT

ADMISSION BECAUSE OF HIS

FAITH.

PLUS, LEGAL RIGHTS AND

PROTECTION OF THE UNBORN

JUST BECAME STRONGER IN ONE

STATE.

WILL IT CREATE A NEW

STANDARD?

Heather: A MARYLAND MAN

IS DENIED ADMISSION TO A

COLLEGE FOR HIS FAITH.

BRANDON JENKINS SAYS THE

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF

BALTIMORE COUNTY TOLD HIM

HE, QUOTE,"WORE HIS

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ON HIS

SLEEVE."

HE WAS OTHERWISE QUALIFIED

FOR THE SCHOOL'S RADIATION

THERAPY PROGRAM.

THE ACLJ HAS FILED A FEDERAL

LAWSUIT ON HIS BEHALF.

IN A STATEMENT, IT SAID,

"BELIEF IN GOD DOES NOT AND

SHOULD NOT DISQUALIFY A

STUDENT FROM A COLLEGE AND

THE BLATENT DISCRIMINATION

IS INTOLERABLE."

THE ALABAMA SUPREME COURT

HAS HANDED DOWN ITS SECOND

DECISION, DECLARING THE

WORLD "CHILD" INCLUDES BOTH

THE BORTH AN BORN AND THE

UNBORN.

A WOMAN WHO USED COCAINE

DURING HER PREGNANCY, HER

BABY TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE

DRUG UNDER HIS BOTH.

UNDER ALABAMA LAW, IT IS

CONSIDERED CHEMICAL

ENDANGERMENT OF THE CHILD.

THE STATE HAS A LEGITIMATE

RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

CHILDREN FROM THE EARLIEST

STAGES OF THEIR

DEVELOPMENT.

THEY WROTE IN THE COURT'S

OPINION "GOD, NOT

GOVERNMENTS AND

LEGISLATURES, GIVES PEOPLE

THEIR INHERENT NATURAL

RIGHTS."

JOINING US IS THE NATIONAL

DIRECTOR OF PRIESTS FOR

LIFE.

FATHER PAVONE, THANKS FOR

JOINING US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

Heather: WHAT IS YOUR

OPINION ON THIS DECISION?

IF

IF YOU LOOK AT

CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY, YOU

SEE THERE IS AN EVER

EXPANDING CASE OF RIGHTS.

YOU HAVE SEEN IT IN WORKERS'

RIGHTS, WHERE IT ONCE

RESTRICTED THEM IN FAVOR OF

THE EMPLOYERS, THEY EXPANDED

THOSE RIGHTS.

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS.

NOW I BELIEVE WE'RE AT WHAT

WE CAN CALL AN EMBRYONIC

MOMENT, WHERE THE UNBORN

CHILD'S EXISTENCE AND RIGHTS

ARE BEING INCREASINGLY

RECOGNIZED.

THIS DECISION OUT OF ALABAMA

IS RIGHT IN LINE WITH THAT

TREND.

Heather: THIS IS A

DECISION IN THE DEEP SOUTH.

DO YOU THINK THIS DECISION

WILL AFFECT OTHER COURTS AND

THE THINKING ON THIS ISSUE

IN OTHER PARTS OF THE

COUNTRY?

IT IS A STATE COURT, OF

COURSE, SO IT ARE HAVE A

DIFFERENT EFFECT THAN IF IT

WERE A FEDERAL COURT.

BUT THANKS TO THE WORK OF

THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT, WE

WILL CERTAINLY NOT LET THIS

DECISION BE IGNORED.

Heather: AND A VERY

INTERESTING TAKE ON THE WORD

"UNBORN."

DO YOU THINK MAYBE LAWMAKERS

WILL TAKE NOTICE AND START

TRYING TO PUSH FON AR

EXPANDED DEFINITION?

WELL, WE ALREADY SEE LAWS

IN PLACE THAT REFLECT THIS

WIDER DEFINITION.

MOST OF THE STATES NOW HAVE

LAWS PROTECTING THE UNBORN

CHILD IN THE CASE OF INJURY

OR DEATH BY CAUSES OTHER

THAN ABORTION.

AND, OF COURSE, THERE IS

SUCH A LAW AT THE FEDERAL

LEVEL AS WELL.

INCREASINGLY, ALSO, YOU SEE

OTHER SORTS OF LAWS

RECOGNIZING THE UNBORN

CHILD'S RIGHTS IN VARIOUS

CONTEXT.

SO THIS IS CERTAINLY

SOMETHING THAT WILL ADD TO

THAT MOMENTUM, AND, YES, I

THINK LEGISLATORS WILL, IN

FACT, BEGIN TO TAKE THIS

MORE INTO ACCOUNT.

BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS IT A

MATTER OF THE TREND OF LAW

AND CONSTITUTIONAL

INTERPRETATION, IT IS ALSO,

WHEN YOU COME RIGHT DOWN TO

IT, BASIC COMMON SENSE.

ESPECIALLY IN THIS CASE IN

ALABAMA.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CHEMICAL

ENDANGERMENT.

WE ALL UNDERSTAND IF YOU

ENDANGER THE CHILD WHILE HE

OR SHE IS IN THE WOMB BY

MEANS OF DRUGS, FOR EXAMPLE,

THAT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON

THEM AFTER THEY ARE BORN.

BASED ON COMMON SENSE THAT I

THINK IS MORE AND MORE

GAINING THE UPPER HAND.

Heather: IT IS REALLY

INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS

IS PLAYING OUT.

FATHER PAVONE, THANKS FOR

YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

Heather: UP NEXT, A

TERROR GROUP'S MISSION TO

DESTROY A ONCE STRONG

CHRISTIAN NATION.

Heather: WELCOME BACK.

THE UNITED NATIONS SAYS

HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS WERE

MASSACRED IN THE CITY OF

BENUO, SOUTH SUDAN, LAST

WEEK.

MANY LOST THEIR LIVES AFTER

TAKING SHELTER INSIDE A

MOSQUE, THINKING IT WAS SAFE

THERE, BUT THEY WERE TRAPPED

AS REBEL FORCES SEIZED

CONTROL OF THE TOWN FROM

GOVERNMENT TROOPS.

A U.N. OFFICIAL DESCRIBED

THE SCENE SAYING PILES AND

PILES OF BODIES WERE LEFT

BEHIND AFTER THE SHOOTINGS.

THE ATTACK TARGETED CERTAIN

ETHNIC GROUPS AND MAY HAVE

BEEN SPARKED BY CALLS FOR

REVENGE.

AND IN NIGERIA, CHRISTIANS

IN THE MUSLIM MAJORITY NORTH

HAVE BEEN THE TARGETS OF

RELENTLESS ATTACKS BY

ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS.

THINGS ARE SO BAD THERE,

THAT MORE THAN 200 PASTORS

IN THE NORTHEASTERN BORNO

STATE HAVE EITHER FLED,

CLOSED THEIR CHURCHES, OR

BEEN MURDERED BY BOKO

HARAM.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS WHO REMAIN

ARE FASTING AND PRAYING FOR

THE REGION ONE WEEK EACH

MONTH.

ONE PASTOR SAID, WE HAVE TO

STAY AND UPHOLD THE NAME OF

CHRIST IN THIS STATE.

THESE ARE JUST THE LATEST OF

MANY ATTACKS AGAINST

CHRISTIANS BY THE RADICAL

ISLAMIST GROUP BOKO HARAM.

MEMBERS SAY THEY WILL NOT

STOP UNTIL SHARI'A LAW IS

THROUGHOUT NIGERIA.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS MORE FROM

THIS AFRICAN NATION THAT

ONCE HAD THE MAJORITY OF

CHRISTIANS.

George: 250 MILES FROM

THE NIGERIA CAPITAL SITS THE

SPRAWLING CITY OF CARNO.

IT IS THE EPICENTER OF BOKO

HARAM'S HOLY WAR AGAINST THE

COUNTRY.

I REALLY WANT NOT TO TALK

ABOUT BOKO HARAM'S

ACTIVITIES.

THEY JUST MAKE ME VERY

UNCOMFORTABLE.

Reporter: IS THAT

BECAUSE YOU'RE AFRAID?

OF COURSE, EVERYBODY IS

AFRAID.

WHAT THIS GROUP IS DOING

TO OUR COUNTRY IS TERRIBLE.

THEY ARE KILLING OUR PEOPLE

AND THEY WANT TO DIVIDE US.

George: BOKO HARAM'S

OFFICIAL NAME I IN ARABIC

MEANS THE PEOPLE COMMITTED

TO PROPHELGATION OF THE

PROPHET'S TEACHINGS AND

JIHAD.

THEY LIVE UPON US AND

SUDDENLY ATTACK.

George: A SPOKESMAN FOR

THE ISLAMIST GROUPS SAYS THE

DEADLY ATTACKS WON'T STOP

UNTIL SHARI'A LAW RULES THE

COUNTRY.

BOKO HARAM IS A JIHADIST

MOVEMENT, THAT HAS THE SAME

IDEALS AS THE

AL-SHABAAB.

THEY WANT TO ESTABLISH AN

ISLAMIC STATE, FIRST IN THE

NORTHERN PART OF NIGERIA,

AND PUSH TO THE SOUTH AND

DECLARE AN EMIRATE ACROSS

NIGERIA.

George: IT WON'T BE

EASY.

NIGERIA IS EVEN THE SPLIT

BETWEEN CHRISTIANS IN THE

SOUTH AND MUSLIMS IN THE

NORTH.

SHARI'A LAW IS ALREADY IN

PLACE VISIT 12 STATES IN THE

MUSLIM MAJORITY NORTH, AND

WHILE BOKO HARAM WANTS TO

SEE THE ISLAMIC LAWS MORE

STRICTLY ENFORCED, THE

GROUP'S RADICAL THEOLOGY HAS

LITTLE TRACTION IN THE

SOUTH.

NOW THE GROUP IS TRYING

TO SPARK A RELIGIOUS WAR BY

GETTING MUSLIMS AND

CHRISTIANS TO FIGHT ONE

ANOTHER.

George: BOKO HARAM HAS

TERRORIZED NIGERIAN

CHRISTIANS BY ATTACKING

THEIR HOMES, CHURCHES, AND

KILLING SCORES OF

BELIEVERS.

THIS BISHOP IS A PROMINENT

CHRISTIAN LEADER IN CARNO,

AND HE HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL

DEATH THREATS FROM RADICAL

MUSLIMS.

THE MOST RECENT CAME FROM

BOKO HARAM, WARNING ABOUT AN

IMPENDING ATTACK AGAINST

CHURCHES HERE.

I THINK MY BIGGEST WORRY

IS ABOUT THE SECURITY OF THE

CHRISTIANS IN CARNO STATE.

George: AT ONE OF

CARNO'S LARGEST MOSQUES,

THIS IMAM USED A RECENT

FRIDAY NOON GATHERING TO

URGE FOLLOWERS TO REMAIN

CALM AND SEEK PEACE.

BUT IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CBN

NEWS FOLLOWING FRIDAY'S

PRAYERS, THE IMAM REFUSED TO

DIRECTLY CRITICIZE OR

CONDEMN THE ACTIONS BY BOKO

HARAM.

THE GROUP HAS DISTRIBUTED

LEAFLETS, WARNING ANYONE,

INCLUDING MUSLIMS, NOT TO

CRITICIZE THEIR ACTIONS.

I DON'T KNOW WHO THOSE

PEOPLE ARE, SO I CAN'T JUDGE

THEM.

I CAN'T TELL YOU IF BOKO

HARAM IS A MUSLIM GROUP OR

NOT.

George: NOW IN THE

FIFTH YEAR OF ITS WAR

AGAINST THE NIGERIAN

GOVERNMENT, BOKO HARAM IS

STEPPING UP ITS ATTACKS.

SO FAR THIS YEAR, MORE THAN

1500 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND

NEARLY THREE-QUARTERS OF A

MILLION ARE FORCED TO FLEE

THEIR HOMES.

MANY OF THE RECENT ATTACKS

WERE FAR MORE COMPLEX AND

COORDINATED THAN ANYTHING

LINKED TO BOKO HARAM

BEFORE.

THE BOMBS ARE

INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED

AND POWERFUL.

THIS HAS GONE BEYOND A SORT

OF LOCAL, RADICAL GROUP.

George: THAT HAS

NIGERIAN AND WESTERN

SECURITY OFFICIALS WORRYING

ABOUT POTENTIAL LINKS TO

INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST

GROUPS LIKE AL-QAEDA.

A NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER

INVESTIGATION TRACED FUNDING

FOR THE GROUP'S ACTIVITIES

TO THE U.K. AND SAUDI

ARABIA, AND FURTHER PLANS TO

TURN NIGERIA INTO ANOTHER

AFGHANISTAN.

MEMBERS HAVE ALSO REPORTEDLY

MET AND RECEIVED TRAINING

FROM SENIOR al-QAEDA

FIGURES IN NORTH AFRICA.

AND NOW PERHAPS EQUALLY

WORRYING ARE REPORTS OF BOKO

HARAM SYMPATHIZERS IN THEIR

POLICE AND JUDICIARY.

LEAVING MANY TO WORRY ABOUT

THE FUTURE OF AFRICA'S MOST

POPULOUS COUNTRY.

THIS ISSUE GOES BEYOND

ECONOMIC, GOES BEYOND

POLITICS.

IT IS SPIRITUAL.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, CARNO, NIGERIA.

Heather: UP NEXT, A WAY

TO CASH OUT BY STAYING OFF

YOUR CELL PHONE, AND, GUESS

WHAT?

THERE IS AN APP FOR THAT.

Heather: SOCIAL MEDIA

APPS HAVE PEOPLE GLUED TO

THEIR PHONES LATELY, SO SOME

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CREATED

AN ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA APP,

CALLED "TALK" TO FIGHT CELL

PHONE ADDICTION.

YOU CAN GAIN POINTS BY HOW

LONG YOU STAY OFF YOUR

PHONE, AND STUDENTS HOPE

THIS SPARKS A SOCIAL

MOVEMENT.

YOU CREATE A GAME AND YOU

INITIATE A TIME AND YOU

COLLECSELECT A LOCATION,

AND IT BLASTS YOUR SOCIAL

MEDIA OUT LEGHTS, AND YOU

LETS, AND YOU SEE HOW LONG

YOU CAN BE OFF YOUR PHONE.

IT IS TO GET PEOPLE

SOCIAL AGAIN IN A REAL HUMAN

WAY.

IT IS TO GET PEOPLE OUT

IN MORE SOCIAL VENUES, AND

SO BY GIVING THEM REWARDS

AND DISCOUNTS, THEY ARE

GOING TO KEEP GOING OUT MORE

AND KEEP MEETING PEOPLE.

YOU MAY BE GETTING POINTS

AND STATUS AND RANK IN THIS

GAME, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY

YOU'RE TALKING FACE TO FACE,

AND YOUR NETWORKING WHEN IT

REALLY MATTERS, AND YOU'RE

GETTING OUTSIDE OF YOUR

TIGHT SOCIAL CIRCLE.

Heather: AND POINTS

EARNED WILL GIVE DISCOUNTS

TO LOCAL HOTSPOTS.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

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