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  • British scientists grow human liver in a laboratory (October 31, 2006) - British scientists have grown the world's first artificial liver from stem cells in a breakthrough that will one day provide entire organs for transplant. The technique that created the 'mini-liver', currently the size of a one pence piece, will be developed to create a full-size functioning liver. Described as a 'Eureka moment' by the Newcastle University researchers, the tissue was created from blood taken from babies' umbilical cords just a few minutes after birth. As it stands, the mini organ can be used to test new drugs, preventing disasters such as the recent 'Elephant Man' drug trial. Using lab-grown liver tissue would also reduce the number of animal experiments. Within five years, pieces of artificial tissue could be used to repair livers damaged by injury, disease, alcohol abuse and paracetamol overdose. And then, in just 15 years' time, entire liver transplants could take place using organs grown in a lab. The development provides fresh hope for the hundreds of Britons in dire need of a new liver each year. There are currently 336 patients waiting for a liver transplant - the type of operation performed on George Best. However, in 2004, 72 people died waiting for a suitable donor. The liver tissue is created from stem cells - blank cells capable of developing into different types of tissue - found in blood from the umbilical cord. more... | Technology | 
  • Experts crack cancer 'gene codes' (October 28, 2006) - US scientists have cracked the entire genetic code of breast and colon cancers, offering new treatment hopes. The genetic map shows that nearly 200 mutated genes, most previously unknown, help tumors emerge, grow and spread. The discovery could also lead to better ways to diagnose cancer in its early, most treatable stages, and personalized treatments, Science magazine reports. The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center says the findings suggest cancer is more complex than experts had believed. The mutated genes in breast and colon cancers were almost completely distinct, suggesting very different pathways for the development of each of these cancer types. Each individual tumor appeared to have a different genetic blueprint, which could explain why cancers can behave very differently from person to person, the scientists said. "No two patients are identical," co-author Dr Victor Velculescu explained. more... | Technology | 
  • Stars Patricia Heaton, Jim Caviezel and World Series Pitcher Jeff Suppan Team Up to Present Counter Ad to Michael J. Fox's Deceptive Stem Cell Promotion Breaking Christian News (October 25, 2006) - "Amendment 2 actually makes it a constitutional right for fertility clinics to pay women for eggs..." "Amendment 2 claims it bans human cloning...but in the 2000 words you won't read, it says it makes cloning a constitutional right..." These are just a couple of the statements you'll hear in the counter Ad to refute a promotion by Michael J. Fox, which asks Missouri constituents to pass "Amendment two" this election. In Fox's ads, he asks voters to support various Democratic candidates who back embryonic research, as well as the amendment on this year's ballot that would constitutionally protect stem cell research in the state. In the counter ad, Jeff Suppan, starting pitcher for Wednesday night's World Series game for the Cardinals, and actors Jim Caviezel from the Passion of the Christ and Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond, reveal the deceptive nature of the proposed legislation, and what it would mean to Missourians.
  • As Scientists Feared — Embryonic Stem Cells May Cause Tumors in Patients (October 25, 2006) - Injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of Parkinson's disease patients may cause tumors to form, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday. Steven Goldman and colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York said human stem cells injected into rat brains turned into cells that looked like early tumors. Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, the researchers said the transplants clearly helped the rats, but some of the cells started growing in a way that could eventually lead to a tumor. Various types of cell transplants are being tried to treat Parkinson's disease, caused when dopamine-releasing cells die in the brain. This key neurotransmitter, or message-carrying chemical, is involved in movement and Parkinson's patients suffer muscle dysfunction that can often lead to paralysis. Drugs can slow the process for a while but there is no cure. more... | Technology |
  • The Islamization of Europe is being interrupted by God (October 23, 2006) - 40 years ago in England there were only a few thousand Muslims. Now, there are 2 million. Mosques have increased in number from a few dozen to more than 2,000. That's the story in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France. Greater Europe Mission's Roy Nagelkirk, speaking from France, says as Muslim communities grow, "It puts pressure on those living those living in those communities, and there are reports of up to 50,000 French who have converted to Islam, but the question is how many of those simply live in such heavily Muslim communities it's just easier to get along that way." However, Nagelkirk says there's another side to the story. "There are people very disappointed with Islam who want to understand God in a different way, who believe God is there and it's a matter of how to get to them." Jack Shiflet with the Association of Baptist for World Evangelism says there is something happening under the media radar. "There (are) more Muslims coming to Christ today than any time in the history of Islam." more... | Islam |
  • How to gain an appreciation for U.S. soldiers (October 23, 2006) - Reporter Michael Smerconish has written a moving op/ed on his recent experience, as what he calls an "extreme" military tourist, to several global hotspots in the Middle East. Says Smerconish: "My visit was to CENTCOM, the Pentagon's geographical designation for the hottest spots in the world, an area encompassed by Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and 24 other nations. I learned many things. But most importantly, I came home with an unimpeachable appreciation for American soldiers at all levels. While the rest of us sit here and philosophize, 140,000 are over there trying to do their jobs. I saw them building dormitories for girls in the most impoverished areas of Djibouti, Africa. These were not shills. These were soldiers of all shapes and sizes, who now find themselves in harm's way and who, to a person, exhibited an amazing sense of patriotism when I asked them about their mission. I also spoke candidly to their leaders: Rumsfeld. Giambastiano. Nichols. Walsh. Jackson. Whitcomb. North. Holland. Walley. Shugg. Not all household names, but they ought to be. They are the commanding officers of the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. To a man, they are extremely impressive. Take off the uniforms and you could see any one of them running a Fortune 500 company. No question was off-limits and I took full advantage. Concluded Smerconish: "We can say what we will about the politics of this war, but the character of the men I met who are fighting it is not open to debate." more...
  • New Super Ultrasound Technique "Zaps" Tumors, Fibroids — May Eliminate Need for Hysterectomies (October 21, 2006) - Doctors are using a pioneering new technique which destroys tumours using nothing more than loud noise. Using a powerful beam of ultrasound they are able to zap diseased tissue without leaving a scar, writes Sky News Health Correspondent Thomas Moore. It is being tested on women suffering from fibroids, who would once have had to have a hysterectomy. The sound is too high pitched for the human ear to hear, and there is no radiation, no toxic chemotherapy, and no scar. Shirley Coombs Shirley Coombs had been lined up for a hysterectomy. She has fibroids - benign tumours that grow in the womb and affect one in three women. But with high powered ultrasound doctors will zap the growths and leave her womb intact. She will be able to have children. "I like the idea of leaving everything intact. I can carry on with my life rather than be laid up for 4 to 6 weeks with a hysterectomy." The new zap-while-you-scan technique allows doctors to blast tumours with unprecedented precision. How machine works Patients lie, face down, in an MRI scanner. Doctors outline the tumour on high-resolution images of the body. Then they zap the target, using a dish of water as a lens to focus a beam of ultrasound down to a tiny point. In just one second they heat cells to 55 degrees, and watch the scan as the tissue is destroyed. more... | Technology |

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  • Olmert holding back 'crucial' military operations (November 1, 2006) - Defense officials warn Israel faltering as Gaza quickly arms for war. Hamas could establish in the Gaza Strip a military division of nearly 10,000 troops with an operational force similar to Hezbollah in Lebanon if the terror group continues to strengthen at its current pace, according to information released yesterday by the Israeli Defense Forces. A senior military leader here told WND the IDF, concerned about the massive amount of weaponry recently smuggled into the Gaza Strip and the regular firing of rockets at nearby Jewish communities, presented battle plans last week for approval by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a large-scale Gaza offensive. The leader said Olmert and his security cabinet only approved a series of isolated operations, which do not differ from current actions in Gaza. He said Olmert has been restraining the IDF from carrying out what the army believes are operations "crucial" for Israel's security. The official said the IDF wants Olmert to approve a major Gaza offensive aimed at blocking Egypt-Gaza smuggling routes, confiscating weaponry already transferred into Gaza, halting the rocket-firing at Jewish communities and badly damaging Gaza's terror infrastructure. "Olmert only approved small-scale operations. Most (approved measures) are defensive, although there are a few offensive isolated assaults but not what it needed to stop Gaza from sinking to the brink of war," the official said. more... | Israel | Islam |
  • Israel May Rethink Truce Commitment (November 1, 2006) - Israel warned on Tuesday that it might rethink its adherence to the cease-fire resolution that ended Lebanon war this summer, following a United Nations report that Syria was smuggling arms to Hizbullah in Lebanon. The second Lebanon war: JPost.com special report It's the first time since the war that the UN had made such a clear statement with regard to the failure to disarm Hizbullah. The report flies in the face of the commitment Syrian President Bashar Assad made to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Damascus would comply with the arms embargo against Hizbullah and would support UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which calls for it to be disarmed. "If Lebanon cannot implement its side of the resolution, obviously Israel would be entitled to rethink the implementation of our commitments," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. He said the arms embargo was a critical element of Resolution 1701 and that the smuggling constituted a "core violation." more... | Israel | Islam |
  • Report: Iran, Syria are Russia's top military clients (October 31, 2006) - Iran and Syria are the leading defense clients of Russia in the Middle East, according to a new report. The Congressional Research Service said Iran and Syria were the biggest Middle East importers of Russian weapons from 2002 through 2005. In a report, CRS said the orders marked Russia's return to the Middle East weapons market, Middle East Newsline reported. "The principal purchasers of Russian arms were: Iran [$1.7 billion], Syria [$800 million],Yemen [$500 million], Libya, and Israel [$300 million each]," the report, entitled "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations 1998-2005," said. Later, industry sources said the Israeli purchase from Russia comprised the procurement of Il-76 air transports. They said the cargo aircraft were relayed to India as part of Israel's airborne early-warning and control system project, valued at $1.1 billion. China, a missile and light arms exporter, was also cited as a leading supplier to the Middle East. CRS said that from 2002 through 2005, Egypt was the leading purchaser of Chinese systems, with orders that totaled $400 million. Iran and Saudi Arabia followed with $300 million and $200 million, respectively. "The value of China's arms transfer agreements with Iran rose from essentially nil in 1998-2001 to $300 million in the 2002-2005 period," the report said. The United States was cited as the leading supplier of military platforms and systems to the Middle East in 2002-2005. Egypt was the leading client of the United States, with $5.2 billion, followed by Saudi Arabia and Israel, with $4.2 billion and $2.5 billion, respectively. | Iran | Gog/Magog | Israel | Islam | Is it any wonder Russia is so supportive and protective of these two? They're even all prophesied to attack Israel together! If that isn't a hint at how close we are, what about the fact that Muslim Russian troops along with Turkish troops are being sent to Israel's Northern border right now.
  • U.S. sets ambitious "global" NATO summit agenda (October 30, 2006) - The United States set out an ambitious agenda on Monday for transforming NATO into a global security organization at a summit next month but acknowledged that some European allies have misgivings. U.S. NATO ambassador Victoria Nuland said the 26-nation alliance had gone beyond debates about whether to act outside its Euro-Atlantic area, deploying forces on four continents in the last 18 months, most importantly in Afghanistan. NATO is already performing missions in practice for which it has yet to adapt its theory, she said, forecasting tough drafting debates before the November 28-29 summit in Riga, Latvia. "We want NATO to be able to demonstrate when our heads meet four weeks from now that we have an alliance that is taking on global responsibilities, that it increasingly has the global capabilities to meet those responsibilities, and that it is doing it with global partners," Nuland said in a speech to the Center for European Policy Studies think-tank. The alliance is fighting Taliban guerrillas in Afghanistan, supporting African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, patrolling former Yugoslav battlefields in Kosovo and has flown relief supplies to earthquake victims in Pakistan. more... | EU/UN | NewWorldOrder | America |
  • 'UFO' caught on film (October 30, 2006) - Italian UFO buffs are excited about a mysterious ball of light caught on film in Sicily at the weekend. The phenomenon was spotted by a restaurateur and his wife as they were driving home from work in Sicily's famed Valley of the Temples on Friday night. "It was a huge object, sending out a shimmering light of different colors from its core," said the restaurant owner, Gian Paolo Guarraci. "It appeared to be pulsating." "I rushed home and got my video camera. As it turned out, I needn't have hurried - it hovered in the sky for about two hours," Guarraci said. Guarraci has sent his video to a local TV station which will air it Monday night . One of Italy's best-known UFO fans, Antonio Vanadia, said: "This is an extraordinary piece of footage. I believe we have what experts call a close encounter of the first kind." Vanadia said he could rule out conventional phenomena such as a prolonged lightning storm or a meteor shower. Sicily's self-styled 'UFO Centre' said it would view the tape in the next few days. The southern island appeared to be a favorite destination for UFOs, the centre said. "There were 30 strange sightings in 2005 alone," a spokesman said. | UFO/Nephilim |
  • Egypt moves 5,000 troops near Gaza border (October 28, 2006) - Egypt moved 5,000 more security forces near the Gaza Strip border on Saturday after an Israeli report said Israel may bomb tunnels used for smuggling weapons into Palestinian territories, an Egyptian official said. "They requested reinforcements after the Israeli report and also citing fears of Palestinian militants breaching the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt," the official told Reuters in Cairo. The 5,000 Egyptians were members of the police's central security force. They joined about 750 border guards already deployed along the area known as the Philadelphi Corridor, fearing the possible operation's impact on civilians living on the Egyptian side of the border. The Israeli daily newspaper Maariv reported on Friday that precision-guided weapons would be used to penetrate deep underground in the hope of destroying the tunnel network that the Jewish state says riddles the area, which is 14 km (8.6 miles) long and approximately 100 metres (330 feet) wide. The decision to use "smart" bombs may be a substitute to reoccupying the entire region, the newspaper said. Israel says it has been unable to control weapons smuggling into Gaza since it withdrew its forces from the coastal strip last year. "We are following the situation with extreme concern and we have not received any warnings from the Israeli side about this operation," one Egyptian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. more... | Israel | Islam |
  • Solana: Time To End Occupation (October 27, 2006) - The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said following a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Thursday that “the Palestinian people have suffered and suffered a lot, and it is time that the occupation that started in 1967 is over.” "That is the objective of the Road Map," he said, referring to an internationally drafted plan which seeks to create a Palestinian state living in peace alongside a secure Israel, but has been largely dormant since its inception in 2003. Abbas called on the international community to act toward resuming talks between Israel and the PA, this as part of his ongoing efforts to schedule a meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Turning his attention to the Gilad Shalit kidnapping affair, Abbas said, “efforts are continuing in this matter, as are efforts to resolve the Palestinian political crisis.” However, the Palestinian president said of the situation in the PA that, “our options are limited and we must act in a level-headed manner to bring about a solution.” Abbas said the Shalit affair may spark renewed diplomatic talks and the implementation of the Road Map, adding that he hoped for a Palestinian government that would act in accordance with international law. more... | Israel | Islam | EU/UN | Clearly Solana has been sucked into the mantra of occupation as well.
  • Russia Signals Tough Fight Over European Proposal For Sanctions On Iran (October 27, 2006) - Russia signalled opposition Thursday to a European-proposed UN draft resolution to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, and Tehran's state-run radio warned Europe an impasse was looming. Hours before the Security Council's five permanent members, plus Germany, were to meet for the first time to discuss the European draft, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested passage of the measure would require a fight. He said the resolution, which imposes limited sanctions on Iran because of its refusal to cease uranium enrichment, was a departure from existing agreements between major powers. The six major powers of United States, Russia, Germany, France, Britain and China have offered Iran incentives to halt uranium enrichment, but Tehran has rejected them. Enrichment can produce material for nuclear power reactors or weapons. Russia and China - veto-wielding Security Council members with strong commercial ties to Tehran - have agreed in principle to sanctions, but refused to close the door on the possibility of last-minute talks with Iran aimed at re-establishing cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN watchdog. more... Gee, I wonder why Russia isn't so keen on sanctioning Iran? Perhaps they have been picking out linen together?
  • 'Tower Of Babel' Translator Made (October 27, 2006) - A "Tower of Babel" device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists. Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another. The researchers said the effect was like watching a television programme that had been dubbed. The system, detailed in New Scientist, is not yet fully accurate, but experts said it showed the technology was "within reach". The translation systems that are currently in use work by using voice recognition software. But this requires people to speak out loud and then wait for the translation to be read out, making conversations difficult. But the new device, being created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, is different. Electrodes are attached to the neck and face to detect the movements that occur as the person silently mouths words and phrases. Using this data, a computer can work out the sounds being formed and then build these sounds up into words. The system is then able to translate the words into another language which is read out by a synthetic voice. more... | Technology |

Reported from Steve Quayle:

  • The Dollar's Full-System Meltdown (October 30, 2006) - A report in The Sydney Morning Herald stated, “Australia’s Treasurer Peter Costello has called on East Asia’s central bankers to ‘telegraph’ their intentions to diversify out of American investments and ensure an ‘orderly adjustment’….Central banks in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong have channeled immense foreign reserves into American government bonds, helping to prop up the US dollar and hold down interest rates,’ said Costello, but ‘the strategy has changed.’” Indeed, the strategy has changed. The world has come to its senses and is moving away from the green slip of paper that is currently mired in $8.3 trillion of debt. The central banks now want to reduce their USD reserves while trying to do as little damage to their own economies as possible. That’ll be difficult. If a sell-off ensues, it will start a stampede for the exits. There’s little hope of an “orderly adjustment” as Costello opines; that’s just false optimism. When the greenback begins listing; things will turn helter-skelter quickly. more... | NewWorldOrder | America | I believe this is all part of the globalist plan that started back in 1913, when our nation gave over the creation of money to private bankers. See the information on this in the film America: Freedom to Fascism
  • Former World Bank Chief Economist Predicts Global Crash (October 30, 2006) - Former World Bank Vice President, Chief Economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz has predicted a global economic crash within 24 months - unless the current downturn is successfully managed. Asked if the situation was being properly handled Stiglitz emphatically responded "no," and also drew ominous parallels to the development of the NAFTA Superhighway and the North American Union. Stiglitz caused controversy in October 2001 when he exposed rampant corruption within the IMF and blew the whistle on their nefarious methods of inducing countries to fall under their debt before stripping them of sovereignty and hollowing out their economies. Speaking on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones radio show, Stiglitz defined the process of globalization as a system that was "rigged against the poor countries, rigged for the advanced industrial countries - the result of that is there were an awful lot of losers." The Columbia University Professor described how rampant privatization has crippled Mexico, in particular citing the sell-off of major infrastructure such as roads. "They sold the roads to the private enterprise and the hope was that they would be more efficient but of course what happens is that they didn't maintain the roads, they couldn't generate enough revenue and they eventually had to default and give the roads back to the government." Stiglitz agreed that the process of hijacking and looting key infrastructure on the part of the IMF and World Bank, as an offshoot of predatory globalization, had now moved from the third world to Europe, the United States and Canada. more... | NewWorldOrder | America |
  • Swedish Welfare State Collapses as Immigrants Wage War (October 28, 2006) - Last year I wrote an article about how Swedish society is disintegrating and is in danger of collapsing, at least in certain areas and regions. The country that gave us Bergman, ABBA and Volvo could become known as the Bosnia of northern Europe. The “Swedish model” would no longer refer to a stable and peaceful state with an advanced economy, but to a Eurabian horror story of utopian multiculturalism, socialist mismanagement and runaway immigration. Some thought I was exaggerating, and that talk of the possibility of a future civil war in Sweden was pure paranoia. Was it? In a new sociological survey (PDF in Swedish, with brief English introduction) entitled “Vi krigar mot svenskarna” (“We’re waging a war against the Swedes”), young immigrants in the troubled city of Malmö have been interviewed about why they are involved in crime. Although it is not stated, most of the immigrant perpetrators are Muslims. In one of the rare instances where the Swedish media actually revealed the truth, the newspaper Aftonbladet reported several years ago that 9 out of 10 of the most criminal ethnic groups in Sweden came from Muslim countries. This must be borne in mind whilst reading the following newspaper article: more... | Islam | We need to keep this in mind when expecting our government to provide for the welfare of the citizens when illegal immigrants and division of the nation cause a great drain on these programs. Not to mention the anti-Americanism in the world mixed with immigration that attempts to divide and conquer. Christ said it in Mark 3:24, "And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." If we lose our language, borders, and culture we will cease to exist as the nation we once were. This is exactly what the America haters want. I don't think it can be changed because the end is prophesied and must happen 100%. But it's always important to be aware of what is coming.
  • Bulusan Explodes; Ash Blankets 16 Villages in 3 Towns (October 30, 2006) - Restive Bulusan volcano belched ash anew on Monday, but scientists said there was no evidence it was gearing up for a major eruption. The 1,560-meter (5,149-foot) Mount Bulusan exploded before noon, spewing ash for 30 minutes up to a kilometer (0.6 mile) into the cloudy sky, said Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum. He said rainwater converted into steam could have triggered the explosion. It was the fourth ash explosion since Bulusan showed signs of renewed restiveness this month. Despite the latest activity, Solidum said Bulusan's alert status, which is at the lowest level, will not be raised. "We don't see any rise in a new batch of magma" or evidence of an imminent eruption, he added. more... | Earth Changes |

Reported from Stan Deyo:

  • Worst-Ever Drought Intensifies Australian Climate Change Debate (November 1, 2006) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard this week again defended his government’s decision not to sign the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto agreement sets targets for industrialized countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, considered by many scientists to be a major factor in global warming. The agreement’s critics say it is flawed because it does not require developing countries to reduce emissions. Mr. Howard says Kyoto would harm Australia by imposing obligations on its economy that the country’s competitors could escape. “But China and India, although being part of Kyoto, don’t carry the same burden under Kyoto that Australia carries, and that is reason why until that changes, this country won’t join Kyoto,” he said. “Because, unless you have everybody in, you are not going to have a solution to the problem….” Although it will not sign the protocol, Australia insists it is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is spending $1.5 billion on new technologies, including the world’s biggest solar power plant. Mr. Howard has also proposed what he calls a “new Kyoto” to reduce emissions through technological development rather than the setting of targets. He says the new program should work through an organization like the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, an existing environmental group that includes Australia, India, the United States, China, South Korea and Japan. Canberra this week also announced $46 million worth of projects - many of them in collaboration with the other five countries in the partnership - aimed at reducing emissions. more...
  • Replacement Tunnel Would Be Near Seattle Fault (October 31, 2006) - A possible tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct would be less than a mile from the Seattle Fault, a potential source of earthquakes that could create a wave high enough to flood the tunnel. A 2005 state study said a quake similar to one nearly 1,076 years ago could send a 10-foot wave into the Seattle shoreline and gave a conservative estimate that a tidal wave could occur every 3,000 to 6,000 years. A wave could flood the tunnel with as much as 4 feet of water in the worst scenario, but it would have to occur when Elliott Bay is at high tide or greater, the report said, an occurrence about as likely as "a large meteor striking the Earth." State engineering geologist Jim Struthers, a Department of Transportation leader on the project, said the state would account for tidal waves and rises in the bay level by designing a seawall along the bay that could be raised and lowered. The state also plans to reinforce the seawall where the highway tunnel curves away from the wall; at other points, the tunnel's west wall would form a new seawall. The tunnel, or a new elevated highway, would be designed to withstand an earthquake that occurs on average once every 2,500 years. Late last year several environmental groups tried without success to get Seattle to add the earthquake fault and tsunami risk to its critical-area ordinance, which identifies geological hazards to new development. Not including the risks in the ordinance is like "taking people to shark-infested waters and saying there's no sharks," said Gene Hoglund, who sought changes in the ordinance. more...
  • Expert: Prepare for War (October 27, 2006) - Middle East experts give their forecasts for the coming months in the region, warn of 'terrible deterioration' on Israel's northern border. The coming months will present Israel with strategic threats from three different directions, Dr. Boaz Ganor, founder of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism told Ynetnews. The first threat, stemming from the Shiite alliance of Iran and Hizbullah, will result in "terrible deterioration" on Israel's northern border, according to Ganor. "The year 2007 is going to be a critical year, as the international arena will do its utmost to narrow down the nuclear capabilities of Iran. It could be done by using more affirmative sanctions, or even a military campaign," Ganor said. "And the ramification of such an attempt, even if it's only sanctions, will cause a terrible deterioration of the situation on the northern border, where Iran will use its proxy Hizbullah to retaliate against Israel, and make clear that Israel has to pay for any activities against Iran," Ganor added. Turning to the Palestinian arena, Ganor said that "the Palestinians are now at the stage of shaping their self-identities," a process he described as ultimately "positive." They are torn between "terrorism and violence against Israel, definitely the concept used by Yasser Arafat under the Oslo accords," as well as today's "Islamic radical terrorist organizations," and the "alternative option, which is actually being represented by (PA President Mahmoud Abbas) Abu Mazen," based on the idea that "terrorism and violence will never fulfill the Palestinian national interest." "The problem is that this is not a smooth process. It involves battles within the Palestinian arena. And I think in the coming months this may spill over into Israel," Ganor said. Ganor then pointed out the "third process, which I have to admit that many Israelis, including decision makers and security services in Israel underestimate, is the threat of global jihadists against Israel," posed by al-Qaeda and its affiliates. more... | Gog/Magog | Israel | Islam |

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