News for October 21, 2006
With all the news about North Korea, I thought everyone might want a closer look into the world most people on the outside never get to see.
There's a lot going on in the world right now and a lot of subtle build-up. From the Temple Mount to Gog/Magog buildup to the EU, it's all building up in line with Bible prophecy. Keep watching!
Discovery of the Treasures of Jerusalem's Temple, According to Claims of
New Location, Could "Rock World Religions"
Breaking Christian News (October 19, 2006)
- In a Jerusalem Post article entitled, "Buried Treasure," reporter
Gil Zohar explains: The Arch of Titus in Rome, erected shortly after the
death of Titus who reigned as emperor from 79 to 81, clearly depicts Roman
soldiers bearing on their shoulders the golden candelabrum, silver trumpets
and bejeweled Table of the Divine Presence which the Roman emperor Vespasian
and his son Titus carted back to Rome as trophies of war. Between 75 CE
and the early fifth century, the treasure remained on public display in
the Temple of Peace in Rome's Forum. In conclusion, notes Zohar, many Jews
believe - almost as an article of faith - that the Temple artifacts remain
there in Rome, secreted away in vaults beneath the Vatican. Now a modern
day twist in the story has surfaced based around research included in a
new book called God's Gold: The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of Jerusalem
by British historian Sean Kingsley. Kingsley, says the report, "...argues
that the treasures were removed from Rome after the Vandal invasion of 455
CE; that the loot was first taken to Carthage in Tunisia, then to Hippo
Regius in Algeria, and on to Constantinople - today known as Istanbul, Turkey.
The spoils, he claims, were finally returned to the Holy Land in the mid-sixth
century where they were ultimately hidden in the Judean wilderness, beneath
the remote Monastery of St. Theodosius 12 km. east of Bethlehem. "One
thing is for sure - it is not imprisoned deep in Vatican City. I am the
first person to prove that the Temple treasures no longer languish in Rome,"
says Kingsley, an expert on the East Mediterranean economy in Late Antiquity.
Zohar intimates that if the Temple treasures were retrieved, the discovery
could lead to the actual rebuilding of the Temple, the resumption of
biblical sacrifice - and, according to Jewish tradition, the coming of the
Messiah. According to Kingsley, "The treasure resonates fiercely
across modern politics. Since the mid-1990s, a heated political wrangle
has been simmering between the Vatican and Israel, which has accused the
papacy of imprisoning the treasure. The Temple treasure remains a deadly
political tool in the volatile Arab-Israeli conflict centered on the Temple
Mount [the site of the Jewish Temple and the Muslim Dome of the Rock]. The
treasure's final hiding place - in the modern West Bank ... deep in Hamas
territory - will rock world religions." more...
This is the very effect I believe the rediscovery of the Ark of the Covenant would have. I believe it would bring Jews from all over the world back into orthodox tradition and in aliyah back to Israel. I believe Ron Wyatt may have found it and the Jewish religious leadership is keeping it under wraps until the temple is rebuilt. I've seen his video and while there's no evidence the story is compelling and fits scripture as well as introducing some fulfilled symbolism in Christ's death when His blood dripped onto the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Once a year on Yom Kippur, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle the blood from a sacrifice onto the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, where God dwelt. In the hiding of the Ark hundreds of years before Christ was born (before the last Babylonian exile of the Jews), only God could have brought those two together to fulfill the ceremonial sprinkling of atoning blood from a blameless sacrificial Lamb, Christ. Ultimately, time will tell if Ron was truthful about his discovery, I tend to believe Him because it fits so well with how God would keep the traditions He told His chosen people to keep and atone for all of our sins through Christ's death for us.
Spanish foreign minister says no final peace in Mideast without Syria
(October 16, 2006) - There can be no comprehensive
and final peace in the Middle East without Syria, Spanish Foreign Minister
Miguel Angel Moratinos said Sunday. "There will be no final peace in
the Middle East if there is no solution of the Syrian-Israeli relationship.
If we need a comprehensive peace, all actors have to be involved in a peaceful
agenda," Moratinos told reporters at the Damascus airport before departing
for Turkey. During a two-day visit to Syria, Moratinos held talks with Syrian
President Bashar Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on ways to
revive the stalled Middle East peace process. Moratinos said he won a pledge
from Assad to work for peace in the region. "That's what I have got
from President Assad and Moallem. ... They conveyed to me a genuine wish
and will to work in a constructive and positive manner," he said. Israeli-Syrian
peace talks broke down in 2000, with Syria demanding assurances that Israel
would return the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau that Israel captured
in the 1967 Mideast War. Israel wanted modifications to the pre-1967 border
and insisted that the issues of security arrangements and normalization
be spelled out first. Moratinos said that he believes, from the Spanish
point of view, that the only way to bring peace and stability to the region
is to have "contacts and dialogue and engagement of all actors, the
main actors in the region." Syria is "part of the solution and
not part of the problem," Moratinos said. more...
While the Spanish Foreign Minister is correct, I don't believe the actions of Syria represent any willingness on their part to come to the table. Even if they did, Israel could expect to hear lies and deceit. Syria is a Muslim nation and Islam controls her actions. Islam has made it's position abundantly clear.
Ahmadinejad: God told me we would win (October
16, 2006) - Iranian president says has been in touch with God, who
reassured him Tehran victory against West is guaranteed. While the West
is preparing to impose sanctions on Iran, due to the country's failure to
suspend its nuclear activities, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is still optimistic. "We
shall win," he was quoted in the Iranian media as saying Monday, and
added: "One day I will be asked whether I have been in touch with someone
who told me we would win, and I will respond: 'Yes, I have been in touch
with God'." "We must not be afraid of them," he stated, hinting
to the western countries. Ahmadinejad also noted that although he was at
times mocked for his preoccupation with spiritual matters and his use of "divine"
words," he was nevertheless certain that Iran would prevail, after
having secured the support of international public opinion for its cause.
Meanwhile, Iranian news agencies reported Monday that Commander of the Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi addressed the possibility
of an attack on Iran and said, “If Americans and Zionists want to try their
luck in Iran, they will experience a larger defeat than in Iraq.” Safavi
added during a memorial service held at his headquarters: “We are obligated
to our fallen to maintain the readiness and deal a powerful blow on the
enemies in case of an attack. “The Basij (branch of the Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps) and the Revolutionary Guards are so strong they will not allow
the enemy to even think of launching an operation against Iran,” he said.
“The blood of our shahids will bring about not only the liberation of Jerusalem
and Karbala (Iraq) but the liberation of all mankind from the evil powers
of the world; the blood of our shahids boiled the blood of Muslims in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and Lebanon, and they will overcome the evil Americans and
This shows the fearlessness because I really believe that he believes that. Or at least he's trying to deceive the population into higher morale for a more willing army. However, since hatred of Israel is taught from the mosques and is beyond any territorial division, it's only a matter of time before all of Islam unites together against Israel and those who refuse to convert to Islam. Look at history and watch it repeat.
Vatican officially confirms Pope trip to Turkey
(October 16, 2006) - The Vatican on Monday
officially confirmed that Pope Benedict will visit Turkey at the end of
November, a trip that had been put into doubt by Muslim anger over controversial
comments he made about Islam. The confirmation of the Nov 28-Dec 1 trip
to the predominantly Muslim nation came in an advisory to journalists on
accreditation and a separate announcement that he was making the trip at
the invitation of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The German Pope will spend
four days in Turkey, making stops at the capital, Ankara, as well as Izmir,
Ephesus, where legend says Christ's mother went after his death, and Istanbul.
The main purpose of the visit is to meet in Istanbul -- the former Constantinople
-- with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the world's
Orthodox Christians. In September, the Pope met ambassadors from predominantly
Muslim countries, including Turkey and assured them that he was committed
to dialogue with Islam. Church sources have said the Vatican's annual message
to the Islamic world to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
due to be released on Friday, was rewritten to address the tensions that
arose after the Pope's lecture. more...
Descendants of King David Planning Reunion in Israel
(October 16, 2006) - An international foundation
is seeking to gather Jewish descendants of King David, the second biblical
king of Israel, for a reunion next year in Jerusalem aimed at fostering
Jewish unity. "King David was the first and essentially the only king
of Israel to unite all of the Jewish people under one kingdom," said
Susan Roth, CEO and founder of the Eshet Chayil Foundation, a group that
sponsors Jewish charitable organizations and promotes Jewish education. "In
these times of conflict and divisiveness it is very fitting to make a public
expression of unity, a demonstration to show it is time for the Jewish people
to be joined together while common enemies from around the world once again
seek our destruction," Roth said. Roth also founded the Davidic Dynasty,
which is sponsored by the Eshet Chayil Foundation and seeks to promote awareness
about Jewish history and Jewish ties to the land of Israel through the life
and leadership of King David. The Dynasty is holding a launch dinner in
New York this week ahead of a larger conference and a first-ever reunion
of Davidic descendants in Israel in May 2007. The dinner honors prominent
descendants of King David including Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau
Jr. and senior rabbinic figures. more...
It's amazing to hear this kind of news given that it hasn't really been news since before the Diaspora in 70 AD. And even more amazing that they can trace their lineage back that far! I know people like Zola Levitt know they're from the tribe of the Levites because it's in their name, but they keep very good track of these things. We see that evident in the Old Testament and New Testament, where lineages are written out that show Christ's lineage from Adam through Abraham to Mary, all purely Jewish. The Christian and Jewish Messiah is a Jew, born of God through the Jews and it's all written down for us in black and white.
Christian Family, Severely Persecuted in Pakistan, Friends Who Helped Them Are Now on the Run for Safety **Warning!!! Graphic picture on source (October 14, 2006) - An underground missionary family from "At Anycost Jesus Mission," an organization which brings the Gospel to Muslims, suffered unbelievable persecution and violence, about a month ago. Dr. Mehaboob, and his wife Paulina, had their 15-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter (Shalom and Sharon) taken from them by "unidentified militants" who brutally murdered them. A report on the website read: "Shalom and Sharon were kidnapped along with their missionary parents and two other younger sisters 10 days before the murder. Militants asked them to convert towards Islam and work against Christians and Christianity. They refused." The militants then killed the two children in front of their parents. There is no further word about the state of the parents or the remaining children. When a fellow missionary and friend intervened to take the bodies of the murdered children at night, and give them a Christian burial, he also came under persecution. His home was burnt down, and the family is now on the run, going from house-to-house to find safety. Please pray for this very real situation, happening to our brothers and sisters in Pakistan at this moment. Pray that they find a safe place, that God would protect them and strengthen them. And please pray for healing and peace for the Mehaboob family, as they grieve. more...
There will come a point when it won't just be Muslim or third-world countries that this kind of barbarism towards Christians will take place. These are the times when we need to get close to our Savior, He will guide us through and give us the peace, wisdom, and understanding to make it through the difficult times. In the meantime, keep our brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers throughout the world.
Iran’s supreme ruler
Ali Khamenei delivers war sermon, symbolically totes Kalashnikov
(October 14, 2006) - Khamenei speaking at Tehran University on Oct.
13, the third Friday of Ramadan,. He is holding an automatic AK 47 rifle
in his right hand in a pose reminiscent of Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein
at their most belligerent. His sermon was tantamount to a declaration of
war by Iran and its Middle East allies: Syria, Hizballah and the Palestinian
Hamas against the United States and Israel. The Kalashnikov accentuated
They're on the war path and they believe they have Allah on they're side. Of course they do, but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will overcome in all things. We need to be aware of the power over the fear of death that religious belief can bring. We should know that ourselves as Christians if we believe it. Muslims believe the things they're taught from infancy and are brainwashed to be willing to kill themselves and others for their god. So when faced with the arguement that negotiations are possible, listen to their two-faced responces to the world then to their own people. It is the religion that controls the people, not the politics in Islam. The politics are something they have to fake until they can fulfill their religious duty, to dominate the world for Allah. Hear Iranian President | Hear Syrian Cleric http://memritv.org/
Arms Hamas for a Double-Barreled War Option and Gaza as Second Lebanon
(October 13, 2006) - The military pacts Palestinian
Hamas interior minister Said Siyam signed with his Iranian counterpart Mostafa
Pour-Mohammadi in Tehran on Oct. 12 are designed to transform Hamas’ military
wing, the Ezz e-Din al Qassam, into a crack operational arm of the Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards, and Gaza into a second Lebanon. Syam was in Tehran
for two days at the head of a 7-man delegation. DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources
report Tehran has committed to training Hamas’ rapid deployment force of
6,500 men in Hizballah combat tactics, with the accent on missiles, especially
the anti-tank variety which were used with devastating effect against Israeli
tanks in the Lebanon War. The force will be sent over in batches for six-week
courses at Revolutionary Guards installations in southern Iran. Iran will
foot the $60 million bill for the training as well as for the top-notch
weaponry. The Hamas military delegation flew from Cairo to Dubai and on
to Tehran. Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and intelligence chief, Gen.
Omar Suleiman, were apprised of the Hamas leaders’ trip and the military
accords they were to sign, but did nothing to detain the travelers. This
was taken by Hamas and the Iranian government as signaling Cairo’s assent
to the Hamas-Iranian transaction, a green light for the trips through Egypt
of trainee groups to and from Iran and a continuing blind eye to the delivery
of Iranian armaments via Egypt to Gaza. more...
Nobody's trying to stop them. Israel will have to worry about the condemnation of the world if they do anything. Israel doesn't have many allies in the world. Zechariah 12:1-6 - I believe this verse is talking about the time since June 7, 1967. Israel has consistently held back the Muslim attackers against all odds and everyone that comes against Israel is driven back. There's even a case to be made that hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Wilma, and Rita were a direct result of US meddling in giving away land for peace. Eye To Eye by Bill Koenig
The naval exercise to be held by US, Bahrain and allies later this month
brings a massive concentration of American naval, air and marine might to
the Persian Gulf (October 13, 2006) -
US officials said the exercise starting Oct. 31 will practice interdicting
ships carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles. DEBKAfile’s military
sources report: US naval, air and marine forces are massing in the Persian
Gulf, Gulf of Oman and eastern Mediterranean opposite Lebanon and Syria.
The big USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (picture) arrives by Oct. 21.
Facing these units are Iranian Revolutionary Guards naval, air and marine
units together with the Iranian armed forces on full war preparedness. The
forthcoming DEBKA-Net-Weekly discusses this menacing maneuver at length
in its coming issue out on Friday. The US announcement came as the US and
other powers discussed sanctions on North Korea, including searching its
ships following Monday’s nuclear test. It followed shortly after they also
agreed on a Security Council session next week to impose sanctions on Iran.
The US spokesman said the exercise, in which Bahrain, Kuwait, France, Britain,
Canada and others will take part, will demonstrate “our resolve and readiness
to act” against nuclear proliferation. South Korea will be an observer.
Clearly the Bush administration has more forceful “repercussions” in mind
for Iran than diplomacy. Iran will no doubt respond to the demonstrative
exercise, the massing of US forces around its shores and the threat of UN
sanctions by a counter-stroke that raises tensions in the region and involves
Iraq and/or the countries on Israel’s border – Lebanon and Syria.
North Korea threatens New York, Washington (October
12, 2006) - As reports circulated of a second imminent nuclear test,
a high-ranking North Korean official who is called the unofficial spokesman
for Kim Jong-il issued a not-so-veiled threat to the United States today
in an interview with South Korean radio. "Everything will be
settled in a week," said Kim Myong-chol on KBS Radio. "That
is, whether we, Korean people, will remain as we are now, or lose, or New
York will lose, or Washington, D.C., will lose, it will all be settled once
and for all." The report was carried in Chosun Ilbo, a Korean-language
newspaper in the south. The South Korean government is trying to verify
intelligence that North Korea is to conduct another nuclear test soon –
possibly in the next two or three days. Quoting a reliable source on North
Korea, the report said: "Many indications from North Korea point to
the high likelihood that North Korea would conduct another nuclear test
in two or three days. We received intelligence Oct. 11 that says the North
Korean military is showing unusual movements." Alexander Downer, Australian
foreign minister, said yesterday, "We have intelligence that North
Korea would have another nuclear test soon. We are very concerned about
it." Meanwhile, in what would appear to be a major setback for the
U.S., which is banking on China to rein in North Korea, Beijing appeared
to shy away today from backing U.S. efforts to impose a travel ban and financial
sanctions for its claimed nuclear test, saying any U.N. action should focus
on bringing its neighbor back to talks. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman
Liu Jianchao said North Korea should understand it had made a mistake but "punishment
should not be the purpose" of any U.N. response. more...
I don't think that we have to worry about this, but I could be wrong. I just watched an interview with Lisa Ling, a reporter for National Geographic, who recently snuck into North Korea. She was watched at all times by "minders," but was able to talk to some of the people in North Korea. They said they were willing to make sacrifices because they believe they are at war with America! Watch the video They have no internet, cell phones, or connection with the outside world. There are only two television stations and they're both state-run, so the brainwashing comes from all sides and they have no idea what the reality is. This is one of the dangers of complacent people accepting restrictions on their learning about the world. They have no frame of reference to compare their lives and the lies they're being told. This is a good example of why we should guard our freedom of speech and freedom to learn and be careful what water-holes we drink from! Someone may have tainted the water.
Rabbis split on Temple Mount synagogue plan (October
12, 2006) - Any attempt to build a synagogue on Jerusalem's Temple
Mount would immediate plunge Israel into horrible bloodbath, warned Tuesday
MK Ibrahim Sarsur, head of the southern wing of the Islamic Movement. "Muslims
and Arabs will not stand idly by while representatives of Satan on earth
such as MK Uri Ariel and his lunatic friends from the Yesha Rabbinic Council
try to launch their insane plots," said Sarsur. "We will resort
to violence if need be, which I believe is legitimate under such circumstances."
Sarsur was reacting to an announcement by Ariel (National Union-National
Religious Party) Tuesday that he intended to revive an old idea to build
a synagogue on the Temple Mount and reverse a cabinet decision that prohibits
Jewish prayer on the mount. Ariel stressed in his announcement that his
proposal would maintain the status quo and would not infringe Muslims' right
to full access to the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is situated on the ruins of
the destroyed Second Temple. "Muslims now have the opportunity to prove
they are tolerant enough to accommodate faiths that different from their
own," said Ariel. "[Building this synagogue] will rectify an historic
injustice, much more than the re-interment of [Theodore] Herzl's children
in Israel. Since the Temple's destruction and the consequent loss of independence,
exile and oppression, Jews' presence on the Temple Mount has clear symbolism."
But Sarsur said that the very building of the synagogue was a gross violation
of the status quo and tantamount to a call to war. more...
Across Europe, Worries on Islam Spread to Center
(October 11, 2006) - Europe appears to be
crossing an invisible line regarding its Muslim minorities: more people
in the political mainstream are arguing that Islam cannot be reconciled
with European values. “You saw what happened with the pope,” said Patrick
Gonman, 43, the owner of Raga, a funky wine bar in downtown Antwerp, 25
miles from here. “He said Islam is an aggressive religion. And the next
day they kill a nun somewhere and make his point. “Rationality is gone.”
Mr. Gonman is hardly an extremist. In fact, he organized a protest last
week in which 20 bars and restaurants closed on the night when a far-right
party with an anti-Muslim message held a rally nearby. His worry is shared
by centrists across Europe angry at terror attacks in the name of religion
on a continent that has largely abandoned it, and disturbed that any criticism
of Islam or Muslim immigration provokes threats of violence. For years those
who raised their voices were mostly on the far right. Now those normally
seen as moderates — ordinary people as well as politicians — are asking
whether once unquestioned values of tolerance and multiculturalism should
have limits. more...
Honey Remedy Could Save Limbs (October 11, 2006) - Wired News, reporting on the amazing healing properties of honey, tells the story of Jennifer Eddy, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and a diabetic patient she had been treating who had an ulcer on his foot that had become an "unrecognizable black mess." According to the article, doctors tried everything they knew, but after five hospitalizations, four surgeries, regimens of antibiotics, and losing two toes, doctors wanted to remove his entire foot. "He preferred death to amputation, and everybody agreed he was going to die if he didn't get an amputation," said Eddy, so she turned to a treatment "used by ancient Sumerian physicians, touted in the Talmud [the Jewish Law] and praised by Hippocrates: honey" -- and in just two weeks, her patient's ulcers reportedly started to heal. Notes reporter Brandon Keim, a year later, he could walk again. "I've used honey in a dozen cases since then," said Eddy. "I've yet to have one that didn't improve." Says Keim, "Most tantalizingly, honey seems capable of combating the growing scourge of drug-resistant wound infections, especially methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the infamous flesh-eating strain. The article goes on to tout successes at Germany's Bonn University Children's Hospital. To read more news about honey's marvelous claims, click on the link above. more...
Iran's target: 3,000 dead Americans by Nov. 7
(October 11, 2006) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, has given
the order: Raise the American death count in Iraq to 3,000 before the Nov.
7 general election. This news came from a high-level Israeli leader. The
death count in the month of September was 65 and stands at 28 thus far for
the month of October. The dead and wounded in Iraq to date number 23,212.
The total number of dead stands at 2,744 – Iran is 256 body bags away from
achieving its goal, which means it will have to accelerate the death count
to approximately nine Americans per day in Iraq. American and Iraqi forces
are fighting various battles with Iran's Mahdi Army. Muqtada al-Sadr, Iran's
personal envoy in Iraq, is receiving funding, intelligence and armaments
from Iran. Al-Sadr is to Iraq what Nasrallah is to Lebanon. According to
Moshe Ya'alon, former chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (and
who also endorsed
with Nuclear Iran"), 85 percent of all IEDs that kill Americans
in Iraq are imported from Iran. Iran has a definite purpose in trying to
get the body count in Iraq up to 3,000; they believe that number will do
enormous damage to President Bush during the mid-term elections Nov. 7.
Iran has expertise in influencing American elections. The 1980 campaign
against then-President Jimmy Carter was very successful. The founder of
Israeli intelligence, Isser Harel, told me in September of 1980 that Iran
would take Jimmy Carter out of the White House by humiliating him and refusing
to release the hostages until Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president. He
also told me that America's first terrorist attack would be on New York
City's tallest building. (This story appeared in the Jerusalem Post Sept.
30, 2001.) Ahmadinejad's desire to influence U.S. elections is just another
in a series of events this year that bear his imprimatur: more...
Israel Raises Prospect of War in 2007 (October
10, 2006) - For the first time in more than a decade, Israel's military
has raised the prospect of a Middle East war. Military sources said the
Intelligence Corps has warned of the possibility of war in 2007. The sources
said the corps, in its annual intelligence assessment, has notified the
General Staff that Syria represented the greatest danger of war over the
next year. "The main message was that the chance of war with Syria
in 2007 was greater than during 2006," a source said. "This does
not mean that it will happen. It means that there is a reasonable change
of it taking place." The annual assessment relayed to the General Staff
was expected to be revised over the next few months. The Cabinet would receive
the annual assessment toward the end of 2006.
Secular Jews join religious trends (October 10,
2006) - According to the results of a recent poll conducted by Ynet
and the Smith Institute, many Israelis are looking to embrace Judaism by
visiting the tombs of the righteous. The data was collected by two simultaneous
methods: A telephone survey of the older community, and an internet poll
posted on Ynet which had over 40 thousand participants. Thirty-two percent
of those surveyed answered positively when asked whether they have visited
the tombs of the righteous; 11 percent of those who answered “yes” were
secular, while the rest were traditional (31 percent) and religious (82
percent) Jews. Rafi Smith, of the Smith Institute, said more Israelis aged
29-years-old and under have visited the graves than Israelis aged 50 and
up. The poll also showed that seven out of 10 Israelis believe in the existence
of God, and six out of 10 believe it was God who created the world in which
we live today. The data points to a phenomenon whereby Israelis embrace
Judaism in unconventional ways, as only nine percent of the respondents
said they visit a synagogue on a daily basis, and 33 percent said they go
to temple on Sabbath and holidays; 31 percent said they go to shul only
for “events and bar-mitzvahs.” more...
This will happen on an even greater scale, I believe, when the Gog/Magog attack is stopped by God. Ezekiel 38,39 says that the nations will know the God of Israel, so imagine how Israelis will act when they clearly see God protected them? Expect an even greater aliyah.
Not So Hidden Dangers at the UN -- Nominated by our "Christian President?"
(October 7, 2006) - Javier Solana’s BIG agenda
item has been “UN Reform”. Back in 1983, Joseph Tully, director of CAUSA
USA, admitted to me they were working with Benjamin Creme and Tara Center.
He volunteered the name of Creme's front organization, "Tara Center,"
to me himself. It did not come from my lips in that very bizarre confrontation.
Needless to say, I have kept the closest of eyes on Unification Church in
all of its ugly manifestations since. In 1990, I had a well publicized local
debate with Ed Taub, Rev. Moon's designated leader then for the Metropolitan
Detroit area. I was distressed to see in 1987 that Jerry Falwell was serving
as a keynote speaker for the CAUSA organization. More than ample warnings
had gone to the Christian community about this group for many years both
before and after. Since then Falwell has accepted large sums of moneys from
known Unification Church sources to keep his Liberty University financially
afloat. Needless to say, we hear shockingly little from Jerry Falwell, Tim
LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, and so many others about the not-so-hidden dangers
of compromise with Unification Church. Their usual line is that it’s ok
to take money from such sources, the devil has had it long enough. More
likely, the devil has now bought their silence. I pray all of the above
will promptly repent. With our “born-again” president and his administration,
it appears that some ultimate prizes may have been handed to this devil
we should have known. Rev. Moon has long boasted that the day would come
when people would have to “seek Father’s permission” to run for public office
in the USA. Rev. Moon who impudently refers to himself as “The Lord of the
Second Advent” has not slacked in his efforts to advance a theology that
Jesus failed in his assigned mission to have children and form a new covenant
race. Rev. Moon shamelessly preaches that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
represented failure and hopelessness rather than redemption for the human
race. It turns out that the Bush administration has long had a high level
Moon follower in the deepest bowels of growing UN global power. Her name
is Josette Sheeran Shiner.
has long served as an assistant director at the State Department for the
United States government.
The Bush administration is now apparently nominating her to be in full charge
world food program.Already
she was on the ominously named “System
Wide Coherence” high level panel of the United Nations. ->
Link This is also the panel charged with proposals for UN Reform. In
1983 Joseph Tully, the director of CAUSA, USA, (a major Unification Church
front group) personally admitted to me: “Yes, we work with Benjamin Crème
AND TARA CENTER.” I had confronted him with known Moonie presence at a Benjamin
Crème event in Detroit, 1984. I had not mentioned Tara Center to him. He
went on to say, “but we don’t all agree on who that new Christ is!” I said
to him, “yes, but you all agree on who he isn’t, don’t you? You all agree
he isn’t Jesus and he isn’t Jewish.” That my friend is the test of antichrist,
not who’s currently jockeying for power in your crummy movement.”I am now
afraid, very afraid, that the Moonies are indeed making major and successful
power plays – both in Washington and at UN headquarters in New York City
and Geneva, Switzerland. Given the other confluence of events, may the Lord
help us all!
Look for the continued integration of beliefs and religions into a one-world religion that will eventually be hijacked by the antichrist. In the end, everyone will either worship the antichrist or die, so the coming together of religions is a natural step to bringing everyones' mindset to a common place of acceptance of all religions. That way, they'll be trained to accept other things. True Christians will be part of the group shunned because they will refuse to give up their belief in One God, which is viewed as "extremist" and intolerant. If you're a believer, expect increasing persecution for it. If you're not, I pray you see the truth of the matter before your decision is eternal.
Ahmadinejad's political mysticism (October 7,
2006) - On June 25, 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president
of Iran. He beat former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a run-off
election, winning a reported 60 percent of the vote. Ahmadinejad's election
was a clear sign the ruling powers in Iran had decided to move in an ultra-conservative
direction. The mullahs evidently had rejected the strategy of reform as
a way to appease the widespread domestic dissatisfaction sweeping through
Iranian society. The ruling clerics feared that a Gorbachev style perestroika
would be seen a sign of weakness, a strategy the mullahs believed would
backfire on them, just as it had backfired on the Russian communist rulers
who were trying at the end of the 1980s to prevent the breakup of the Soviet
Union. Today the ultra-conservative mullahs that compose the minority ruling
Iran are not prepared to tolerate internal dissent or civil disobedience.
Instead, under Ahmadinejad, the regime intends to reinforce a strict Islamic
moral code that would end Western-type freedoms such as free speech via
the Internet. Even the mildest forms of "indecent behavior," such
as young lovers holding hands in public or women who do not properly cover
their heads and faces with the traditional hejab when leaving the home,
risk severe punishment. In accepting the victory, Ahmadinejad gave a short
but significant statement, emphasizing both his devotion to the late Ayatollah
Khomeini and to the radical Islamic revolution Khomeini had led. "Iran
has high capacities and can promulgate Islamic civilization worldwide,"
he said, as
he vowed to fulfill the ideals of Imam Khomeini as well as meet the demands
of the Iranian people. These words were carefully chosen. Ahmadinejad's
spiritual and moral roots are deeply embedded in the radical Islamic revolution
brought forth upon Iran by Khomeini. His words affirmed his conviction that
the Iranian revolution was destined to be a worldwide revolution.
IDF: Syrian Army In Battle Positions (October
15, 2006) - Brigadier-General Yossi Beyditz, head the Research Department
in the IDF Directorate of Military Intelligence, told Cabinet Sunday that,
“(Syrian President Bashar) Assad is preparing his army for a confrontation
with Israel.” “Assad has not returned the army to its pre-Lebanon war positions,”
Beyditz said. However, he added that the Syrian army is not prepared to
attack, but rather to defend the country against a possible Israeli offensive "These
are artillery cannons, missiles and rockets positioned in forward positions.
He is preparing for a defensive and not offensive response. He estimates
that Israel would want to attack him," he said. He added: "Assad
continues to support Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hizbullah. We have unequivocal
proof on his direct involvement in smuggling weapons to Lebanon. In the
past there was no proof," he said. "The Syrians continue to sabotage
attempts to implement UN Resolution 1701 and also to harm (Lebanese Prime
Minister Fouad) Siniora's sovereignty and create a majority block against
him in the government," he added. "Bashar Assad continues him
wave of equivocal messages. Once he speaks about sticking with a peace strategy
and simultaneously speak of a confrontation and about us as not ready for
a political process and he in fact means both options: a political arrangement
according to Assad's known conditions, but prepares that army for a confrontation
with Israel," the officer said. more...
Disaster declared as quake hits Hawaii (October
15, 2006) - A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Hawaii early
Sunday, jolting residents out of bed and causing a landslide that blocked
a major highway. Ceilings crashed at a hospital, and aftershocks kept the
state on edge. The Pacific Tsunami Center reported a preliminary magnitude
of 6.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of
6.6. The earthquake was followed by several strong aftershocks, including
one measuring a magnitude of 5.8, the Geological Survey said. The quake
hit at 7:07 a.m. local time, 10 miles north-northwest of Kailua Kona, a
town on the west coast of Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island, said
Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center,
part of the U.S. Geological Survey. more...
Canadian Jews say goodbye to Liberal Party (October
14, 2006) - One of the most significant phenomena in current Canadian
politics – i.e. the growing shift of Canada's Jewish community from the
Liberal to the Conservative Party – took a major stride last week when the
top contender for the Liberal leadership accused Israel of committing a
war crime. Michael Ignatieff, a longtime Harvard authority on human rights
and international law who came back to Canada two years ago to seek the
Liberal leadership, seemed to stumble into the accusation. In an interview
with the Toronto Star last August, he was asked about the Israeli bombing
of the Lebanese town of Qana during the Israel-Lebanon war. He replied that
it was a "dirty war," and he wasn't "losing sleep" over
Qana. But when this remark was condemned in Quebec as heartless, Ignatieff
backtracked, saying he had erred in making it. Asked last Sunday on Quebec's
top-rated talk show for further explanation, he landed himself in hotter
water. This exodus of Jews from the Liberal Party is an historic switch.
All through the 20th century the dominant Liberals could count on strong
Jewish support. While there were certainly some Jewish Conservatives, the
community as whole tended leftward, as did Canadian academe. Within the
last decade, however, Canada's socialists have increasingly opposed Israel,
much to the consternation of their long-time Jewish allies. Meanwhile, it
was not immediately apparent how seriously the Ignatieff incident might
damage his leadership prospects at the convention in early December. A delegate
count earlier this month gave him 30 percent of the committed convention
delegates and Rae 20 percent, with the other six candidates ranging from
1 percent to 17 percent. more...
Muslim stabs wife when daughter becomes Christian
(October 14, 2006) - A devout Muslim woman
was attacked and stabbed to death, allegedly by her husband, after their
17-year-old daughter announced she was embracing Christianity, according
to police and news reports. Officials say Dr. Muhammad Hussain, 48, remained
in critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital with knife wounds, under
police guard, as authorities investigated the death from stabbing injuries
of his wife, Yasmine, 41. According to
Assist News Service,
neighbors of the Australian family reported "blood curdling" and "terrifying"
screams, along with cries of "Help me, help me, they're trying to kill
me," on Monday night. Shortly after, the report said, Kaihana Hussain
fled from the family's apartment, dressed in underwear because her clothes
had been torn off, with blood splattered over her scratched and cut body.
Police found the mother inside the apartment, dead, and the father seriously
hurt. It was not immediately clear how the father was also stabbed. "From
what we understand the daughter decided to tell her father of her radical
plan to convert to Christianity which, in the eyes of most Muslims, is totally
unacceptable and to be honest, sadly, many would react as he has done,"
Muslim source told "The Gold Coast Bulletin." more...
What a loving family Islam has created. This kind of story is not uncommon and family members are murdered for affronting Islam. It's also another sign of the times. Matthew 24:10
U.N. Council Imposes Harsh Sanctions On North Korea
(October 14, 2006) - The U.N. Security Council
voted unanimously on Saturday to impose financial and arms sanctions on
North Korea to punish the reclusive Communist nation for its nuclear weapon
test on Monday. The U.S.-drafted resolution allows nations to stop cargo
going to and from North Korea to check for weapons of mass destruction or
related supplies. It requires all countries to prevent the sale or transfer
of materials related to Pyongyang's unconventional weapons programs. And
the resolution demands nations freeze funds overseas of people or businesses
connected with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "Today
we are sending a strong and clear message to North Korea and other would-be
proliferators that there will be serious repercussions in continuing to
pursue weapons of mass destruction," U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told
the council. more...
What about Iran? The UN is himming and hawing over that one.
Anti-Tank Missiles Smuggled Into Gaza (October
13, 2006) - The IDF released information Friday that indicated the
pace of weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip was increasing. A senior army
officer said terror groups were arming at an "unprecedented" pace,
Channel 2 reported, and some officials were calling for a re-evaluation
of the IDF's strategy in Gaza. Despite intense IDF activityAddMinn along
the security fence in recent days and non-stop air strikes on Gaza weapons
depots, terror groups have been importing more than two tons of TNT per
month through tunnels burrowed under the Philadelphi corridor along the
Egyptian border. Aside from the usual merchandise of explosives, light weapons
and ammunition, some 20 advanced anti-tank missiles have found their way
into Gaza - a development the IDF has feared since the end of the war in
Lebanon, officials said. Several anti-tank missiles have been fired at troops
and vehicles in the army's latest forays across the security fence. In two
separate incidents Friday, Palestinians targeted tanks operating in Khan
Yunis, but failed to inflict casualties. more...
Just negotiate with them. The missiles mean nothing, it's just self-defense for the ones who keep trying to kill the Jews. In case you missed it, that was extreme sarcasm intended to point out the futility of negotiating with those clearly gearing up for war. At least Israel isn't oblivious even if the rest of the world seems to be since they're still supporting the poor beleaguered "Palestinians." I recommend everyone read the REAL history of the land of Israel and the deceptions that have gone into deceiving the whole world into taking the side against Israel. From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine by Joan Peters
Plague Confirmed In Congo, 42 Reported Dead: WHO (October 13, 2006) - An outbreak of plague has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 42 deaths reported among 626 suspected cases over the past 10 weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. But the U.N. health agency said the number of suspected cases "may be an overestimation" as the fatality ratio was unusually low for pneumonic plague. "Preliminary results from a rapid diagnosis test in the field found three samples positive, out of eight," the WHO said, confirming the presence of the disease. It said additional tests were under way. Highly contagious pneumonic plague is the most deadly form of plague. It can be spread by humans and usually kills half of its victims. more... Matthew 24:7
Israel Must Prepare For Iran to Push the Button - Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen.
Dan Halutz (October 21, 2006) - Iranian
president said earlier there is no reason for Israel “the greatest insult
to human dignity” to exist and it would soon disappear. Halutz also warned
Israel to prepare for possible war with Syria, whose missile threat to Israel's
population is similar to that of Hizballah. Another of his outrageous speeches
was delivered Friday to a pro-Palestinian rally marking the Islami Republic’s
“al Qods Day” (Jerusalem Liberation Day). In further inflammatory remarks,
Ahmadinejad said “the world knows the US and Britain are enemies of the
Iranian nation.” He warned European nations not to harm Iran, saying that
if anger in the region boiled over, Europe would get hurt because of its
support for Israel. “Europe must distance itself from Israel at once. That
is Iran’s ultimatum. “He went on to brand the UN Security Council and its
decisions “illegitimate.” DEBKAfile adds: These words amounted to an Iranian
threat of harm to the European UN forces deployed in Lebanon unless they
left forthwith. His harsh words followed two events: one, the Israeli prime
minister Ehud Olmert’s statement in Moscow this week after he met with Russian
leaders: “They need to fear that something that they do not want to happen
will happen. In no case, Olmert stressed, “will we reconcile with nuclear
arms in Iranian hands. There is no margin for error here.” The other event
was the arrival in the Persian Gulf of the giant US carrier Iwo Jima with
its Expeditionary Strike Group to join the American naval, air and marine
might piling up opposite Iran’s shores. Next week too, the Security Council
convenes to discussion a form of sanctions against Iran for refusing to
desist from enriching uranium.
Peru Shaken by "Strong" 6.5 Quake, Tsunami Warning Issued
(October 20, 2006) - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake
hit near the coast of central Peru today shaking three cities and causing
some light damage but no injuries were reported, Peru's Geophysical Institute
said. Graphic: This morning's earthquake was located 90 miles south
of Lima (RPP) The quake struck at 5.48am (2048 AEST) with an epicentre 90km
northwest of the city of Pisco, at a depth of 43km. The US Geological Survey
reported the quake was of a 6.5 magnitude at a depth of 33km. "Some
light damage to houses in Pisco has been reported but there are no deaths
or injuries," institute director Hernando Tavera said. The quake could
also be felt in the capital Lima and the city of Camana. The Pacific Tsunami
Warning Centre cautioned that people along coasts within 100km of the epicentre
should be aware of the threat of a local tsunami, although there was no
threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami. more...
Iran Warns of Revenge Over Israel (October 20, 2006) - Iran's president has warned that Muslims around the world will take revenge on states which support Israel against the Palestinians. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again questioned the extent of the Holocaust, when German Nazis murdered six million Jews. Israel was founded on "claims about the Holocaust" for which the Palestinians were paying the price, he told a rally. He was speaking on Jerusalem Day, when there are large demonstrations in Iran in support of the Palestinians. BBC Tehran correspondent Frances Harrison says the tone of the speech was hard-line, even by Mr Ahmadinejad's standards.
Mr. Ahmadinejad called Israel's leaders a "group of terrorists"
and appeared to threaten any country that supports it." You imposed
a group of terrorists... on the region. It is in your own interest to distance
yourself from these criminals... This is an ultimatum. Don't complain tomorrow."
The "ultimatum" was directed at European states in particular. "We
have advised the Europeans that the Americans are far away, but you are
the neighbors of the nations in this region," Mr. Ahmadinejad said. "We
inform you that the nations are like an ocean that is welling up, and if
a storm begins, the dimensions will not stay limited to Palestine, and you
may get hurt." more...
Hundreds of Ecuadorean Villagers Evacuated as Tungurahua Volcano
(October 19, 2006) - About 300 villagers were
evacuated from the slopes of the Tungurahua volcano following a surprise
eruption of ash, lava and incandescent rocks, a local mayor said Thursday. "We
were able to take them out last night from the most dangerous zones located
on the flanks where the explosions occurred Aug. 16," said Juan Salazar,
mayor of Penipe, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the volcano. No injuries
were immediately reported. Experts have warned that renewed explosions could
come any time from the 5,023-meter-high (16,575-foot-high) volcano 135 kilometers
(85 miles) south of the capital of Quito. A violent eruption in mid-August
killed four people and left two others missing and still unaccounted for.
Nearly 5,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged and some 190,000 hectares
(475,000 acres) of farmland were covered by ash, the government has said.
Thousands of people were also evacuated in July during an earlier eruption.
Salazar said unlike that eruption, which followed months of loud, booming
explosions and rumbling, the smaller explosion late Wednesday came with
no warning. more...
No. California Rattled by 4.5 Quake (October
20, 2006) - The second-strongest earthquake ever recorded in The
Geysers area hit Friday at 10 a.m., the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The magnitude 4.5 quake had an epicenter about 13 miles east of Cloverdale
and five miles northeast of The Geysers, a seismically active area along
the Sonoma-Lake county border, according to the USGS. The strongest quake
the USGS ever recorded in the area was a magnitude 4.6 on May 29, 1987,
according to seismologist David Oppenheimer. "They've been getting
a lot of constant activity in the geothermal field up there at The Geysers
lately," Oppenheimer said. "There are usually many shallow and
low magnitude quakes at The Geysers, but there have been several more quakes
in the 3-4 magnitude range in about the last five years." People at
the River Rock Casino in Geyserville said they did feel the temblor Friday
morning, but business was generally unaffected and no injuries or damage
were reported. more...
Turkey Shaken by 5.0 Quake (October 20, 2006)
- An earthquake shook northwestern Turkey on Friday, prompting some residents
of Istanbul to flee their homes, officials and news reports said. There
were no immediate reports of injury or significant damage. The quake, with
a preliminary magnitude of 5.0, was centered near a lake at the Manyas nature
reserve in Balikesir province about 260 miles west of the capital Ankara,
according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake, which struck at 2:15
p.m. EDT, was felt in Istanbul, some 250 miles north. Balikesir police chief
Celal Uzunkaya said there were no reports of any injuries. People in Balikesir
and Istanbul rushed out of their homes when the quake struck, CNN-Turk television
and the government-owned Anatolia news agency reported. Earthquakes are
frequent in Turkey, which lies on active fault lines. Two devastating earthquakes
hit northwestern Turkey in 1999, killing some 18,000 people.
Report: Kim Sorry About N. Korea Nuclear Test (October 20, 2006) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country’s nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country, South Korean media reported Friday. But NBC News reported Friday that State Department officials dismissed reports that Kim made any such apology. “If the U.S. makes a concession to some degree, we will also make a concession to some degree, whether it be bilateral talks or six-party talks,” Kim was quoted as telling a Chinese envoy, the mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a diplomatic source in China. Kim told the Chinese delegation that “he is sorry about the nuclear test,” the newspaper reported. Kim also said that “we have no plans for additional nuclear tests,” the Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unnamed diplomatic source in Beijing. But according to NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, discounted that report. The State Department also dismissed any assurances of nuclear testing being over, saying there may have been a breakthrough as a result of Kim’s talks with the Chinese envoy, but no word on a guarantee of no future tests. North Korea kept up its bellicose rhetoric as more than 100,000 people gathered Friday in Pyongyang’s central Kim Il Sung square to “hail the success of the historic nuclear test,” according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. At the rally, the first-known celebration directly tied to the explosion, a North Korean official defended last week’s nuclear test and said Pyongyang would “crush U.S. imperialists’ schemes with its self-defensive power.” more...
Ahmadinejad Predicts Israel's Collapse, Warns of 'Boiling Wrath'
(October 20, 2006) - Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has predicted Israel would collapse and warned that its allies
face the "boiling wrath" of the people if they continue to support
the Jewish state. The renewed assault on Israel by Ahmadinejad -- who has
been castigated by world powers for his frequent anti-Israeli outbursts
-- came as tens of thousands marched through Tehran in an annual pro-Palestinian
protest. "This regime (Israel) will be gone, definitely," Ahmadinejad,
who has previously called for Israel to be "wiped from the map"
and described the Holocaust as a myth, told the protestors. "You (the
Western powers) should know that any government that stands by the Zionist
regime from now on will not see any result but the hatred of the people,"
he added. "The wrath of the region's people is boiling." "Efforts
to stabilise this fraudulent regime have completely failed, thank God ...
This regime has lost the rationale of its existence," the president
said. Ahmadinejad described his warning as an "ultimatum" for
Western powers. "You should not complain that we did not give a warning.
We are saying this explicitly now." "If a hurricane starts be
rest assured that the dimensions of this hurricane will not be limited to
the geographic borders of Palestine," he added. "This regime (Israel)
will take its supporters to the bottom of the swamp." "The best
solution is for you to take all the components of the regime and take it
away," Ahmadinejad said. Chanting "Death to Israel" and predicting
the "Triumph of Palestine", tens of thousands of people had earlier
converged on Tehran University, where Ahmadinejad gave his speech, to mark
Iran's Quds (Jerusalem) Day. more...
Syrian Military Impart Hizballah’s Combat Methods to Hamas Terrorists
(October 19, 2006) - AMAN chief Maj.-Gen Amos
Yadlin and head of research division Brig. Yossi Baidatz also reported to
the Israeli cabinet Sunday, Oct. 15. that Hamas is taking delivery of anti-air
missiles as well as anti-tank rockets. Saturday night, 3 Qassam missiles
exploding near at Nir Am triggered an Israeli air strike at Palestinian
launch team near Jebalya, N. Gaza. During the day, Israeli forces killed
8 Palestinian gunmen in clashes in Jebalya, northern Gaza Strip. At least
6 were from Hamas and they directed anti-tank fire at Israeli troops. They
were killed when an Israeli rocket hit a house. Israeli ground forces are
operating in three Gaza Strip sectors to fight off Palestinian missile attacks
and destroy their arsenals. The IDF has stepped up pressure since the June
kidnapping of Cpl Gideon Shalit. This operation, which went into its fourth
day Saturday, is aimed at stemming the inflow of Iranian long-range anti-tank
weapons and Grad 17-km range rockets through the tunnels of the Philadelphi
border strip with Egypt. The latest arrivals now are ground-to-air and anti-tank
rockets. The Egyptian police do nothing to hinder the Palestinian terrorist
arms build-up in Gaza through their lines in Sinai.
The Barbarians Are Past the Gate — Part 1 (October
19, 2006) - The first of three excerpts from “In
Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security.” Testifying
before Congress in 2005, FBI director Robert Mueller Jr. revealed that his
agency had “received reports that individuals from countries with known
al Qaeda connections have attempted to enter the United States illegally
using alien smuggling rings and assuming Hispanic appearances.” Mueller
confirmed that the FBI suspected many of these people had changed their
Islamic surnames and had adopted false Hispanic identities in order to escape
detection and blend into American society. Additionally, Richard Clark,
the counterterrorism czar who worked in both the Clinton and Bush administrations,
disclosed, “Of the 17,000 people who are missing in the United States somewhere,
some are from countries of concern, and could be known terrorists. We really
have no way of knowing who they are.” After the September 11, 2001 attacks,
U.S. Border Patrol agents experienced an increase in apprehending so-called
special-interest aliens (SIAs) trying to sneak into this country from nations
that we know support or tolerate terrorism. In 2003, the Border Patrol snagged
about 39,000 illegal immigrants from countries “other than Mexico” (OTM),
which includes SIA nations. By the end of 2005, that number had grown to
155,000, more than double the 76,000 apprehended in 2004. Evidence of terrorists
in our midst does not stop there. U.S. and Mexican authorities are well
aware of suspected training camps, one of them near Matamoros, Mexico, a
few miles across the Rio Grande and south of Brownsville, Texas. There are
reports that a large number of people are being trained in paramilitary
warfare and exotic explosives in these camps, which are operated by the
Zetas, a group of former Mexican military special forces troops who deserted
in the mid-1990s to work as highly effective enforcers for the drug cartels.
The FBI believes that such paramilitary organizations working in partnership
with the drug cartels have the networks and the capacity to smuggle terrorists
and weapons into the United States as easily as they smuggle drugs and people
seeking jobs. Texas and federal law-enforcement agencies believe these paramilitary
forces have been monitoring and evaluating U.S. law-enforcement operations
along the Rio Grande. more...
Remittances to Mexico: More Money on the Move
(October 19, 2006) - From a southwest Houston money-wiring agency,
restaurant cashier Juan Torres sent $100 to his mother in Tampico, Mexico,
on Tuesday, contributing to the increasing cash flow to Latin America. Torres
is one of the 2.8 million Latin American immigrants in Texas who will send
$5.2 billion back home to relatives this year, according to a state-by-state
breakdown released Wednesday by the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral
Investment Fund. Remittances from Texas will soar by 64 percent this year
compared with 2004, surpassing the national increase of 51 percent, the
study found. The Washington-based organization that promotes development
in Latin America and the Caribbean estimates that the 12.6 million immigrants
living in the United States will send $45.3 billion to relatives living
across Latin America this year, from the border towns in Mexico to the tip
of Argentina. These cash flows have captured the attention of U.S. and international
businesses in the last few years. Banks across the country are trying to
tap into that market by offering money-wiring services. And in cities with
large immigrant communities like Houston, furniture, cement and real estate
companies offer immigrants here the chance to pay for sofas, construction
materials and new homes in Mexico and Central America. more...
'We're Near on a 'Cloak of Invisibility,' Scientists
(October 19, 2006) - Harry Potter and Captain
Kirk would be proud. A team of American and British researchers has made
a Cloak of Invisibility. Well, OK, it’s not perfect. Yet. But it’s a start,
and it did a pretty good job of hiding a copper cylinder. In this experiment
the scientists used microwaves to try and detect the cylinder. Like light
and radar waves, microwaves bounce off objects making them visible and creating
a shadow, though it has to be detected with instruments. If you can hide
something from microwaves, you can hide it from radar — a possibility that
will fascinate the military. Cloaking differs from stealth technology, which
doesn’t make an aircraft invisible but reduces the cross-section available
to radar, making it hard to track. Cloaking simply passes the radar or other
waves around the object as if it weren’t there, like water flowing around
a smooth rock in a stream. The new work points the way for an improved version
that could hide people and objects from visible light. Conceptually, the
chance of adapting the concept to visible light is good, cloak designer
David Schurig said in a telephone interview. But Schurig, a research associate
in Duke University’s electrical and computer engineering department, added,
“From an engineering point of view it is very challenging.” Nonetheless,
the cloaking of a cylinder from microwaves comes just five months after
Schurig and colleagues published their theory that it should be possible.
Their first success is reported in a paper in Friday’s issue of the journal
Science. “We did this work very quickly ... and that led to a cloak that
is not optimal,” said co-author David R. Smith, also of Duke. “We know how
to make a much better one.” more...
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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