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Going Where Government Can’t: One Woman’s Mission to Help the Persecuted
Baroness Caroline Cox has a long history of service in public office, but her passion for justice has led her not only to Great Britain's House of Lords but to war-torn, poverty-stricken nations around the world.
“The mission is to work for people who are suffering oppression and persecution in areas which are largely unreached by the major aid organizations like the [United Nations],” Cox says of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, which she leads.
Cox, who joins this episode of "The Daily Signal Podcast,” says her organization intentionally goes where others can’t because the U.N., for example, “can only go places with permission of a sovereign government.”
The work is “risky” but also a “privilege,” says Cox, who is an independent member of the House of Lords who served as deputy speaker there from 1985 to 2005.
“The majority we work with happen to be Christians because Christians are suffering a lot of persecution around the world today,” Cox says.
The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust also works with Muslims who are suffering in Sudan's Blue Nile State, as well as with Buddhists in Myanmar (formerly Burma), she notes.
On the podcast, Cox also talks about her fight for the rights of Muslim women who are forced to live under Sharia law in the United Kingdom, as well as her advocacy work for persecuted religious groups across the globe. She also describes the response in the U.K. to the Israel-Hamas war.
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Former Mexican Lawmaker Convicted of 'Gender-Based Political Violence' Speaks Out26:59Mexican authorities convicted civil society leader and former Mexican Congressman Rodrigo Iván Cortés of "gender-based political violence." His crime? Criticizing a man who identifies as a transgender woman. Cortés sits down with The Daily Signal's Mary Margaret Olohan to share his story.Enjoy the show!
U.S. Vetoes UN Calls For Israel-Hamas Ceasefire, Supreme Court Refuses School Racial Admissions Case, Biden Slows Electric Vehicle Push | Feb. 2007:04TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: · The U.S. ambassador to the UN vetoed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.· The Supreme Court refused to take up a case involving school racial discrimination.· The Biden administration backed off the quick implementation of electric vehicle standards for car manufacturers. · St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York holds a funeral for a radical trans activist.· New York court orders Trump to pay massive fine in civil case.Listen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda
Texas vs. Biden: Lone Star State’s Battle to Secure the Border20:44When it became increasingly clear that the federal government was not going to stop the flow of illegal aliens across the border, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began taking strategic action. “You look at the results, and they speak for themselves,” Brent Smith says of what Abbott has done to slow the flood of illegal crossings. Smith serves as the county attorney for Kinney County, Texas, which borders Mexico and is about 130 miles west of San Antonio. Because of the enormous influx of illegal aliens crossing the border, Smith says, “Everything has changed” in his community. “People now, when you hear a helicopter flying in the air, kids know to run home,” Smith said. “And if you hear sirens, 99% of the time, it has to do with illegal immigration.”Even schools have "military barriers around them" to prevent smugglers from driving through the campus, he added. The county attorney also said his workload has multiplied many times over as frequent arrests of illegal aliens are made in the county. According to Smith, “preventing the entry, repelling them at the river” is the way to address the crisis. That's what Abbott has done in Eagle Pass, Texas, at Shelby Park. Under Abbott’s leadership, the Texas National Guard is preventing the Border Patrol from processing illegal aliens in Shelby Park, which is on the Rio Grande and which served as a popular crossing point until Texas assumed control of it. The Texas National Guard has laid concertina wire fencing along the riverbank and built a 4,500-foot border wall using shipping containers topped with sharp razor wire to repel illegal crossings. Because crossings into Shelby Park have fallen to almost none, Smith says, Abbott will likely “expand the tactic that he's using in Shelby Park to other places.” Meanwhile, the Biden administration has been critical of Abbott’s recent tactics and has previously taken legal action against the governor's efforts to secure the border. Smith joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain the ongoing legal tensions between Texas and the federal government, and what could be next as the border crisis continues to unfold. Enjoy the show!
Fani Willis Trial Day 2, Navalny Dies, Biden Helped Hamas and Iran Proxies | Feb. 1608:32TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: · Day 2 of the Fani Willis misconduct hearings.· Psychiatrist who called for 25th Amendment to be used on Trump defends Biden.· Financial firms bail out of ESG.· Russian opposition leader Navalny dies in prison.· Biden has caused chaos in the Middle East.Listen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda
‘The Chosen’ Actors on Joys and Challenges of Portraying Biblical Characters13:34The Bible provides readers with glimpses into the personalities of Jesus' Twelve Apostles, but little is know about the details of their lives.That can be both a challenge and creative opportunity for the actors and writers on the set of the hit series “The Chosen.” “We know he's known as ‘Doubting Thomas,’” says Joey Vahedi, the actor who plays Thomas on the multiseason series. But the question that Vahedi says he has the opportunity to answer is “why is [Thomas] that person?” The writers of the show, Vahedi says, “take such great liberty with bringing this human perspective to all the characters, because we got to remember they're not saints yet.” The character of Thomas is significantly developed in the first three episodes of season four of “The Chosen,” which are in theaters now. Season four picks up right where season three left off, and “I think you get to see a much, much sweeter and kinder side to Thomas,” Vahedi says. “He's out of his shell, finally feels comfortable. He's ready. And on the flip side of that, Jesus' message is getting so much more radical, to the point where it is dangerous for everybody now.”Even outside of the Apostles, the latest season of “The Chosen” shows how the message of Jesus is affecting everyone who hears it. Kirk B. Woller, who plays the role of the Roman soldier Gaius, says his character is “toying with” the message he's hearing Jesus speak. “There's just great responsibility to me in all of this” to portray his character accurately, Woller said.Woller and Vahedi join “The Daily Signal Podcast” to share their own stories of how they became a part of “The Chosen” cast, and the hardest and most rewarding parts of playing their roles as they develop further in the new season. Enjoy the show!
Putin Says He Would Take Biden Over Trump, Senate Mayorkas Trial Is TBD, Trump Trial Date Set | Feb. 1511:38TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: Former President Donald Trump’s trial involving alleged hush money payments is set to begin on March 25th.Judge questions Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on her relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade.What the Senate is and is not required to do once it receives the Mayorkas articles of impeachment. One person was killed and another 22 wounded in the shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade. Listen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda
Rep. Mark Green: What's Next After House Impeached Mayorkas18:31The House on Tuesday voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, but the Democrat-controlled Senate is not expected to vote to remove him from office. “There isn't a whole lot of power we have,” Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said of House members’ ability to push the Senate to hold a trial to consider ousting the homeland security chief. With the two articles of impeachment now in the hands of the Senate, Green explained, Senate Majority Leader “Chuck Schumer and his guys can … either not hear it at all, they can have us come over and be referred to a committee and it's heard then in a committee and dies in a committee, or they can have us present to the entire Senate.” Green and his colleagues who backed the impeachment are “going to get loud,” the Tennessee lawmaker said. “We're going to get really loud. They're going to pay for it if they don't do something,” Green said of the Senate, “because the American people are with us on this.” Green joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss what the House Homeland Security Committee uncovered during its nearly yearlong investigation into Mayorkas that culminated in the secretary's impeachment. Enjoy the show!
Mayorkas Impeached, House Intelligence Chair Warns of Mysterious ‘National Security Threat’ | Feb. 1405:33TOP NEWS | On today’s Daily Signal Top News, we break down: · The House’s impeachment of Mayorkas.· Democrats win a New York special election.· Speaker Johnson says House won’t be railroaded into foreign aid to secure the border· House intel chair puts out message of undefined national security threat.Listen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda
‘Totally Out of Whack’: Elbridge Colby on Senate Foreign Aid Bill28:43In the early morning hours of Tuesday, a group of conservative senators ran out of procedural options for debating a $95 billion funding bill for Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific. In the middle of the night, Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Pete Ricketts, R-Neb.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.; Rick Scott, R-Fla.; and JD Vance, R-Ohio, articulated their opposition.When they ran out of options, the tandem of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., moved swiftly to pass the bill on a vote of 70 to 29. That included 22 Republicans who voted for foreign aid without addressing America's own border crisis.The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has pledged to hold the line at the urging of conservatives.National security expert Elbridge Colby, co-founder and principal at The Marathon Initiative, spoke with The Daily Signal about what’s playing out on Capitol Hill and why he thinks this legislation misses the mark. He also explained how the United States should be prioritizing its national security.