News for November 30, 2007
Christian leaders criticized for seeking 'common ground' with Muslim imams
One News Now (November
30, 2007) - Last month, 138 Muslim scholars signed a letter addressed
to Pope Benedict XVI, and other religious leaders, urging them to find common
ground between Islam and Christianity. The letter declared that Islam and
Christianity both believe in only one God, and the commandment to love one's
neighbor. Some 200 Christian leaders have responded to the Muslim scholars
with their own letter, which calls for an interfaith dialogue that will "reshape"
the two communities to "genuinely reflect our common love for God and
for one another." Signers of the response letter include Leith Anderson,
president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Jim Wallis of the
liberal advocacy group Sojourners, and evangelical pastors Bill Hybels and
Rick Warren. Brigitte Gabriel is founder of the
Congress for Truth and author of the book Because They Hate: A Survivor
of Islamic Terror Warns America. She says the letter displays a disturbing
lack of knowledge about the Koran. "Our terrorist enemies -- who have
launched an attack against the West and against the infidels, Christians,
Jews, Buddhists, atheists and everything else -- those terrorists repeated[ly]
quote the Koran and many, many verses of the Koran and the Hadith,"
she points out. "…the accompanying books of the Koran [talk] about
how Islam looks on unbelievers, or the Kafirs, as those who are condemned
to go to hell." Gabriel says the Christian community would be wiser
to call Muslim imams on the carpet by urging them to tell their fellow Muslims
to "stop committing acts of barbarism in the name of their religion."
She is also disturbed that Hybels and Warren are suggesting that God and
Allah are one. "Islam is very different from Christianity, or Judaism,
or Buddhism. The Allah of Islam is not the same God we worship," she
argues. "Our God looks at all his people as equals; our God does not
command us to kill anybody. I mean, our Ten Commandments, one of the top
commandments, [says] 'thou shall not kill' -- regardless of if you believe
with these people or not." In a recent column, WorldNetDaily
editor Joseph Farah said the Christian theologians, ministry leaders, and
pastors who signed the letter to Muslim scholars do not speak for him or
Powerful quake shakes Caribbean, one dead Breitbart.com
(November 30, 2007) - A powerful 7.4-magnitude
earthquake shook several Caribbean holiday islands, destroying buildings
and killing at least one person and causing widespread panic. Thousands
of residents fled their homes on the French island of Martinique and in
Barbados after the earthquake struck late Thursday. The quake, which was
felt as far as Venezuela and the US territory of Puerto Rico, left at least
two people injured in Martinique, while Barbados' emergency services chief
was hurt while helping the population, police said. One third of Martinique
and thousands in Guadeloupe lost electricity. One elderly woman died after
suffering a heart attack in the panic of the moment in Martinique, security
officials said. The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was
about 23 kilometers (14 miles) northwest of Martinique, causing buildings
to collapse on the French island and Barbados. Police helicopters flew over
Martinique to search for casualties. "For the moment, a building and
a bank have collapsed," a Martinique police official told AFP. While
no casualties were reported in the French territory of Guadeloupe, police
said fires were reported in the main city of Pointe-a-Pitre. Hospitals were
functioning normally except Hospital de Trinite, where an eight-storey tower
developed large cracks after the quake. "We have rarely seen anything
like this. This lasted for more than 30 seconds. The last time round was
in 1970 and it was less powerful," a local resident said. In Paris,
French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie summoned an emergency meeting
to consider relief measures. The earthquake was 143 kilometers (89 miles)
deep, causing no threat of a destructive tsunami, according to the US-based
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. more...
Pope invites senior Muslims to Vatican meeting
29, 2007) - Pope Benedict XVI invited a delegation of senior Muslim
personalities, who signed an appeal for greater dialogue between religions,
to a meeting at the Vatican, according to a letter released Thursday. The
pope praised the "positive spirit" behind the October 11 message
signed by 138 top Muslims from around the world and sent to Christian leaders,
said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the letter
sent in Pope Benedict's name. The pope wanted to meet a representative group
of the signatories at the Vatican, he added in the letter sent to Prince
Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, head of the Institute for Islamic Thought
in Amman. "The Pope has asked me to convey his gratitude to Your Royal
Highness and to all who signed the letter," Bertone wrote. "He
also wishes to express his deep appreciation for this gesture, for the positive
spirit which inspired the text and for the call for a common commitment
to promoting peace in the world. "Without ignoring or downplaying our
differences as Christians and Muslims, we can and therefore should look
to what unites us, namely, belief in the one God, the provident Creator
and universal Judge who at the end of time will deal with each person according
to his or her actions. We are all called to commit ourselves totally to
him and to obey his sacred will." The letter said the pope "was
particularly impressed by the attention given in the letter to the twofold
commandment to love God and one's neighbour." It recalled Pope Benedict's
statement in August 2005 soon after he took office that "we must not
yield to the negative pressures in our midst, but must affirm the values
of mutual respect, solidarity and peace. "The life of every human being
is sacred, both for Christians and for Muslims. There is plenty of scope
for us to act together in the service of fundamental moral values." "Such
common ground allows us to base dialogue on effective respect for the dignity
of every human person, on objective knowledge of the religion of the other,
on the sharing of religious experience and, finally, on common commitment
to promoting mutual respect and acceptance among the younger generation,"
the letter went on. "The Pope is confident that, once this is achieved,
it will be possible to cooperate in a productive way in the areas of culture
and society, and for the promotion of justice and peace in society and throughout
the world." more...
Hillary gets standing ovation at Rick Warren's summit
WorldNet Daily (November
29, 2007) - Within days of introducing a $50 billion plan to combat
AIDS, Sen. Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation at one of the nation's
most influential evangelical churches after addressing its "Global
Summit on AIDS and the Church" today. If the Democratic presidential
frontrunner's aim was to make inroads into the heavily Republican evangelical
electorate, her appearance at Saddleback Church with pastor and "The
Purpose Driven Life" author Rick Warren apparently didn't hurt. Saddleback
Church member Cindy Logan told WND after Clinton spoke to some 1,700 conference
attendees that as a Republican, the senator's visit was "a little bit
of a challenge for me," but she, nevertheless, was impressed. "I
saw a softer side of her that I hadn't seen before," Logan said, adding
she thinks it's quite possible some minds were changed about the New York
Democrat. "She was very articulate. I liked her approach," Logan
said. "I liked the fact that she's been to Africa, she's been with
people who have been affected by AIDS, and she's here because of her heart
for people. And I appreciated that." Logan emphasized, however – as
did Warren before introducing Clinton – that all of the leading presidential
candidates, both Democrat and Republican, were invited to come and speak.
Democrats Barack Obama – whose appearance at last year's summit drew controversy
– and John Edwards sent taped messages addressed to the summit, as did Republicans
John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. "She's a presidential candidate,"
Logan said, responding to opposition by some Christian leaders to Clinton's
visit. "And as a presidential candidate, she has her voice. And she
may be the future leader of our country, and so as that person, I think
she deserves to be on stage. I think all of them should have been here."
After Annapolis: PA Television Erases Israel From Map
Israel National News
(November 29, 2007) - Just one day after the
Annapolis conference at which the PA recognized the State of Israel's right
to exist in peace and security, the PA's official television station screened
a map that shows a Palestinian state in place of Israel. U.S. President
George Bush, at the conference on Tuesday, read aloud the summit's agreed-upon
joint statement, which declares, "In furtherance of the goal of two
states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,
we agree to immediately launch good-faith bilateral negotiations in order
to conclude a peace treaty." However, Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
of Palestinian Media Watch
(PMW) report that just a day later, "Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority
continues to paint a picture for its people of a world without Israel."
Specifically, PMW reports that an information clip produced a while ago
by the PA's Central Bureau of Statistics was rebroadcast on Wednesday on
Abbas-controlled PA television. The
clip shows a map in which the Land of Israel is painted in the colors
of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing the replacement of Israel by a Palestinian
state. The Palestinian entity depicted as replacing Israel includes all
of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, though not the Golan Heights. The depiction
of all of Israel as "Palestine" is not coincidental, PMW reports, "and
is part of a formal, systematic educational approach throughout the Palestinian
Authority. This uniform message of a world without Israel is repeated in
school books, children's programs, crossword puzzles, video clips, formal
symbols, school and street names, etc. The picture painted for the Palestinian
population, both verbally and visually, is of a world without Israel."
PMW concludes: "The fact that this campaign continues before the ink
on the Annapolis agreement is even dry appears to contradict the central
promise of the Palestinians at the Annapolis conference: that Israel has
a right to exist." The television clip appears to be loyal to widespread
public opinion on the PA street. PA forces were forced to put down anti-Israel
and anti-Annapolis rallies in several cities this week, and one protestor
was even shot and killed. The protestors stated that Abbas has no right
to make "concessions" regarding Jerusalem, refugees and the like
in the name of the Palestinian people, and that any deal he makes with Israel
will not be binding. In Hevron, PA security forces killed a demonstrator,
injured dozens, and arrested 29 when using force to disperse a mass protest.
PA forces also dispersed large protests in Ramallah, Shechem (Nablus), and
Bethlehem, making several arrests. In Hamas-controlled Gaza, the protests
were much more intense, and hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Gaza
City, emphasizing the importance of the "right of return" for
millions of Arabs and their descendants, the "liberation" of Jerusalem,
the retention of "every inch of Palestinian land" and “the path
of resistance and jihad,” i.e., terrorism.
Well it seems clear what the population is being told to expect of the future. We know from Bible prophecy that a period called the time of Jacob's trouble will occur after the abomination of desolation and will involve a supernatural army that goes through Judea murdering any Jews they find. Joel 2:1-10 We also see the rhetoric calling for the destruction of the State of Israel coming from the same nations that are supposedly backing the land-for-peace deal. So it seems in reality they view this as just a first step, taken with the backing of the international community, to reach their ultimate goal of a world without Israel. The extremists working to produce the chaos their prophecies tell precede the 12th Mahdi's return from the earth are going to keep railing publicly against Israel while the front-men to the international community will work with lies and deceit to bring about the same goal in steps. Understand Muslim goals and you will readily see where this is going, right where the Bible said it would thousands of years ago. Keep watching and praying! If anyone hasn't seen Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran And The Revolt Of Islam I would recommend checking it out. They point out some of the miscommunication based on the different societies and how even speaking the same words don't have the same meaning in the two worlds. This has disastrous ends of course when you know what the two sides actually mean, not just what they say.
PA official: Olmert lying about Temple Mount
YNet News (November
29, 2007) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's statements on Wednesday
that Israel's sovereignty over the Temple Mount is not up for negotiation
are "false," according to a chief Palestinian negotiator, who
told WND the Israeli leader already agreed to forfeit Judaism's holiest
site to a coalition of Arab countries. "What Olmert said (regarding
the Mount) is absolutely false. I think he's not yet ready to tell the Israeli
public and is waiting for the right time and he fears his coalition with
religious extremists will fall apart if he announces it now," said
a senior Palestinian negotiator Thursady on condition his name be withheld.
The chief Palestinian negotiator said in months leading up to Annapolis
the Palestinian team was "surprised" by Olmert's willingness to
give up the Mount. "We had intense debates on many topics, which remain
open and unsettled, but the Harem Al-Sharif (Temple Mount) is not a sticking
point. The Israelis didn't argue with us. We were pleasantly surprised Olmert
didn't debate about giving the lower section of the Mount either, which
was a sticking point in the past." According to the chief Palestinian
negotiator, Olmert agreed to evacuate the Mount but not to turn it over
to the Palestinians alone. The negotiator said both sides agreed the Temple
Mount would be given to joint Egypt, Jordan and Palestinian Authority control.
He said the Israeli government felt an umbrella group of several Arab countries
controlling the holy site instead of only the PA would help ease Israeli
domestic opposition to giving up the Temple Mount, since Egypt and Jordan
are considered by Israeli policy to be moderate countries. The Palestinian
negotiator pointed out Israeli prime ministers previously denied withdrawal
plans only to later carry them out.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, elected on a platform against evacuating
territory, denied for his first year in office he would retreat from the
Gaza Strip but in 2005 he carried out a
Gaza withdrawal. In a briefing to reporters yesterday, Olmert claimed
Israel's sovereignty over the Temple Mount is not up for discussion. He
said negotiations started at this week's Annapolis summit had no bearing
on the situation on the Temple Mount. At the start of Tuesday's summit,
President Bush read a joint declaration agreed to by Olmert and PA President
Mahmoud Abbas committing the two to launch immediate negotiations aimed
at "two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side." The
parties said they would aim to conclude an agreement before Bush leaves
office next year, with Israel widely expected to evacuate large swaths of
the West Bank and speculation about eastern sections of Jerusalem, handing
Abbas the strategic territories. Israel recaptured the West Bank and eastern
Jerusalem, including the
Temple Mount, in 1967. "The negotiations will address all of the
issues which we have thus far avoided dealing with," said Olmert on
Tuesday. "I am convinced that the reality that emerged in our region
in 1967 will change significantly. I know this. Many of my people know this.
We are prepared for it."
I'm thinking that we may indeed see the Temple Mount handed over in the name of peace. I also believe that the Magog invasion will come after that division of Israel while the temporary peace is built. Ezekiel says that Israel is dwelling in safety when attacked from the North and this will only happen prophetically between now and the abomination of desolation. After that 2/3 of Israel are killed and 1/3 is taken to the wilderness for the remainder of the 70th week until Christ returns in glory. So clearly they won't be living in peace and safety then. So I believe we could see the Temple Mount handed over in the name of peace with a sudden shift in Israeli consciousness once God demonstrates His power in the destruction of the attackers with fire and brimstone from heaven. I think at that point nobody will desire to stop Israel from rebuilding the temple and many won't want to after seeing God's hand in the destruction of those coming against Israel. Time will tell, but it seems to fit together pretty well that way.
Annapolis: A Day for the Prophetic History Books Fulfilled Prophecy (November 29, 2007) - Organizers and attendees appear to agree: the Annapolis Conference, Tuesday, was a success. But more than that, I think it was prophetically significant. For the first time, the entire international community -- including the United States, Israel and even the Arab nations -- gathered to declare their joint support for the creation of a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas committed to working for a peace treaty by the end of 2008. (Read their statement of Joint Understanding here.) They're now creating a steering committee that will start continuous negotiations on Dec. 12. Olmert and Abbas will meet every two weeks to advance the negotiations. Olmert and Abbas also agreed to begin immediate implementation of their nation's obligations under the Road Map for Peace, created in 2003 by the Quartet on the Middle East (the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations). They even agreed to let the United States monitor the implementation of the Road Map and judge whether both parties are fulfilling their obligations. And, today, the United States appointed a Special Envoy for Middle East Security -- General James Jones, an ex-NATO commander -- to help Abbas' government bring security to Palestine. Read about it here. Despite the naysayers, I think we may see a peace deal within the next year. Of course, that's what we'd expect if we've entered the 70th week of Daniel. That's not to say there won't be bumps in the road and times when negotiations look like they've stalled. But we may look back to this conference as the breakthrough. In my father, Herb Peters', book, Recommendation 666 (available to read free here), he cited the 1992 Israeli election as the first time Israelis began saying "Peace and safety!" -- when they voted for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who ran on the platform of trading land for peace. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:3, when they are saying "peace and safety!" (in other words, when Israel is willing to give up its God-given land and turn to its enemies for protection) then destruction will come on Israel suddenly. Note two very similar words in the statement of Joint Understanding read by Bush at the conference:
This is a formal declaration made by Israel -- and witnessed by the nations
of the world -- that Israel has chosen to give up its land for peace. And
it was a U.S. president -- sad for me to say -- that pushed for it. Yes,
I think we'll look back on this day as prophetically significant.
Chavez seeks expanded power in charter Associated Press (November 29, 2007) - Hugo Chavez could have a shot at becoming president for life if voters approve a sweeping overhaul of the constitution Sunday that would give him unchecked power to reshape Venezuela's government, economy and society. Some polls show Chavez faces considerable resistance in the referendum. His primary impediment seems to be voters like Vanessa Meneses, a 27-year-old single mother who has backed Chavez in past elections but now fears he could become another Fidel Castro. "Supposedly he wants to make Venezuela like Cuba and stay in power forever. It's scary," Meneses said. "He wants to be the only one like in Cuba, and I don't like it." Venezuelans across the political spectrum see the vote as a turning point for their country — and perhaps a point of no return. The changes to 69 of the constitution's 350 articles would enshrine a socialist economic system, create new classes of property to be managed collectively and let Chavez stand for re-election in 2012 and beyond. Chavez has sold these changes by capitalizing on his personal popularity — he is seen by many Venezuelans as their savior, spreading more oil wealth among the poor than any leader in memory. A "yes" vote keeps him on as captain of a ship that otherwise "could sink," he warns. His image is everywhere — even the Caracas subway plays a rap-style campaign jingle for Chavez. The former lieutenant colonel, now 53, insists he will stay in power for as long as his people want him to — perhaps into the 2030s, or for life. "If you wish — and if you approve the referendum — I will stay as long as God wills! Until the last bone of my skeleton dries up! Until the last bit of my body dries up!" he shouted to the applause of thousands. Opponents — including Roman Catholic leaders, press freedom groups, human rights groups and prominent business leaders — fear the reforms will remove some of the last checks on Chavez's power. more...
Atrocities alleged in eastern Ethiopia Associated Press (November 29, 2007) - In the desert stretches of eastern Ethiopia, locals accuse soldiers fighting an insurgency of burning villages to the ground, committing gang rape and killing people "like goats." The allegations have drawn the attention of international human rights campaigners to this remote corner of a key U.S. ally. Ethiopia's prime minister says his troops are fighting against a separatist movement in the region known as the Ogaden, and he denies that soldiers have committed such atrocities. "This is a counterinsurgency. I am not going to tell you there hasn't been anyone beaten up. I am absolutely confident that there has not been any widespread violation of human rights," Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told journalists Wednesday. But a thin, pensive 30-year-old man, who spoke on condition of anonymity this week because of fear of reprisals, told The Associated Press that the army had burned two villages — Lebiga and Korelitsa — to the ground Nov. 23, killing one man. The army, the man said, was killing his neighbors "like goats." Officials in the area, which covers nearly 80,000 square miles, said they had heard similar reports. They also asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. The 30-year-old man described gang rapes and public hangings, and said villagers had been told not to speak to international observers. Officials in the area also said villagers had been told not to speak to outsiders, and that also was mentioned in a September report by a U.N. fact-finding mission. A 26-year-old man, who also asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, accused the government of withholding food to punish fighters and supporters of the Ogaden National Liberation Front. For more than a decade, the ethnic Somali rebels have been fighting for greater autonomy in the region, which is being heavily explored for oil and gas. In April, they attacked a Chinese-run oil exploration field in the region, killing 74 people. The Ethiopian military began counterinsurgency operations in May. more...
More bad news for the dollar as the UAE gets ready to dump it
Thaindian News (November
28, 2007) - A serious crisis looms ahead of the US dollar as the
UAE along with other Gulf Cooperation states are reportedly considering
a move to dump the US currency. For GCC states where the main export; oil;
is dollar denominated it makes sense. This week the governor of UAE's central
bank twice questioned the existing currency regime. Washington, however,
will resist another blow to the dollar, and it is using all its muscle to
discourage the Gulf regimes from dropping the dollar. If the oil exporting
nations drop the dollar, experts say that it will lose at least twenty percent
of its value. In September this year, as the dirham faced further value
erosion following the dollar’s decline against major international currencies,
UAE residents became poorer as the currency bought less and less of what
it used to in the past. The UAE economy is facing a unique situation due
to high growth, high inflation and low interest rates as the dirham faces
further erosion as a result of the falling dollar. Due to the inherent weakness
of the US economy and the tightening credit situation in the US, economists
expect the dollar to decline further. The Middle East News quoted Serhan
Cevik, an economist at Morgan Stanley, as saying recently that the weaker
dollar would worsen the already high inflationary pressures in the Gulf
Cooperation Council states. Last year, the UAE’s inflation hit a 19-year
high of 9.3 per cent. According to Sudhir Shetty, the General Manager of
the UAE Exchange Centre, was quoted as saying that the Indian rupee gained
more than 14 per cent against the dirham in 2006. He warned then that the
exchange rate losses combined with domestic inflation is wiping out more
than one third of the earnings of Indian expatriates working in the UAE.
Western expatriates to have suffered heavily from the dirham’s fall. The
dirham fell 17 per cent against the euro from December 2005 to the end of
August 2007 and dropped 16 per cent against sterling. The recent sharp fall
of the dirham’s exchange rate against all leading international currencies
was triggered by a 50-basis-point (0.5 per cent) interest cut by the US
Federal Reserve. Due to the growing pressure of the global credit crunch
arising out of the US mortgage market turmoil and sagging economic growth,
the Fed was forced to cut interest rates, reports the business website zawya.com.
The lowering of interest rates and the growing prospects of future interest
rate cuts in the US has driven the currency markets to dump the dollar in
favour of other currencies such as the Euro, Sterling, the Canadian dollar
and a host of Asian currencies such as the Indian rupee and the Chinese
yuan. While the dollar’s decline was proportionately reflected in the dirham’s
exchange rate against other currencies due to the dirham’s peg to the dollar,
a big surge in domestic prices (inflation) in recent years has seen the
dirham’s purchasing power shrink rapidly. The sharp decline of the dollar
against major currencies has revived the debate about the dirham’s revaluation
as a viable solution. More than 70 per cent of the UAE’s imports are from
Europe, the UK and Asia where currencies have appreciated against the dollar.
The decline of the dollar has added to imported inflation. Earlier this
month, following the recent OPEC meet in Riyadh, Iran’s President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said all GCC states were concerned about the falling US currency
and have asked their finance ministers to study the feasibility of selling
oil in another currency. more...
Summary of remarks by Javier SOLANA on the occasion of the Annapolis Conference
27, 2007) - NEW MOMENTUM IN THE PEACE PROCESS: Recent developments
have created a sense of cautious optimism for progress towards resolution
of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. President Abbas and Prime Minister
Olmert are engaged in a substantive and wide-ranging bilateral dialogue.
The United States Government is actively supporting their efforts, including
by calling for an international meeting before the end of the year, in order
to launch a bilateral negotiation process that would lead to the establishment
of a Palestinian state. The new momentum in the peace process benefits from
the full backing and active involvement of the Quartet. Arab support has
been expressed through the voice of the Arab League follow-up Committee.
Comprehensive peace in the Middle East is a strategic objective for the
European Union. Any lasting and just settlement to the conflict should be
based on the principle of land for peace, relevant UNSC resolutions, the
Arab Peace Initiative, the Roadmap and previous agreements reached between
the parties. The EU considers that the present opportunity should not be
missed and is ready to take its responsibilities, in accordance with the
vital European interests involved. The EU is therefore committed to supporting
current efforts in a serious and substantive way, offering a comprehensive
and coherent contribution to the process, including during the crucial implementation
period. The European Union calls on all other interested parties to support
the current process, bearing in mind the high cost of failure for everyone
involved. The forthcoming international meeting in Annapolis should launch
a bilateral negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians on final status
issues, as a first step towards a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli
conflict. It should establish a robust follow-up process under the auspices
of the Quartet and with the involvement of the international community.
The EU calls on its Quartet, Arab League and other international partners
to contribute to the success of the upcoming donors conference in Paris,
which will constitute an indispensable complement to the political process
launched at Annapolis. more...
Understanding Read by President Bush at Annapolis Conference
US Department of State
(November 27, 2007) - PRESIDENT BUSH: The
representatives of the government of the state of Israel and the Palestinian
Liberation Organization, represented respective by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert,
and President Mahmoud Abbas in his capacity as Chairman of the PLO Executive
Committee and President of the Palestinian Authority, have convened in Annapolis,
Maryland, under the auspices of President George W. Bush of the United States
of America, and with the support of the participants of this international
conference, having concluded the following joint understanding. We express
our determination to bring an end to bloodshed, suffering and decades of
conflict between our peoples; to usher in a new era of peace, based on freedom,
security, justice, dignity, respect and mutual recognition; to propagate
a culture of peace and nonviolence; to confront terrorism and incitement,
whether committed by Palestinians or Israelis. In furtherance of the goal
of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,
we agree to immediately launch good-faith bilateral negotiations in order
to conclude a peace treaty, resolving all outstanding issues, including
all core issues without exception, as specified in previous agreements.
We agree to engage in vigorous, ongoing and continuous negotiations, and
shall make every effort to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008.
For this purpose, a steering committee, led jointly by the head of the delegation
of each party, will meet continuously, as agreed. The steering committee
will develop a joint work plan and establish and oversee the work of negotiations
teams to address all issues, to be headed by one lead representative from
each party. The first session of the steering committee will be held on
12 December 2007. President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert will continue
to meet on a bi-weekly basis to follow up the negotiations in order to offer
all necessary assistance for their advancement. The parties also commit
to immediately implement their respective obligations under the performance-based
road map to a permanent two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict,
issued by the Quartet on 30 April 2003 -- this is called the road map --
and agree to form an American, Palestinian and Israeli mechanism, led by
the United States, to follow up on the implementation of the road map. The
parties further commit to continue the implementation of the ongoing obligations
of the road map until they reach a peace treaty. The United States will
monitor and judge the fulfillment of the commitment of both sides of the
road map. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, implementation of the
future peace treaty will be subject to the implementation of the road map,
as judged by the United States.
Israel, Palestinians OK negotiating plan Associated
Press (November 27, 2007) - Israeli
and Palestinian leaders agreed Tuesday to immediately resume long-stalled
talks toward a deal by the end of next year that would create an independent
Palestinian state, using a U.S.-hosted Mideast peace conference to launch
their first negotiations in seven years. In a joint statement read by President
Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas pledged to start discussions on the core issues of the conflict next
month and accepted the United States as arbiter of interim steps. "We
agree to immediately launch good-faith bilateral negotiations in order to
conclude a peace treaty resolving all outstanding issues, including all
core issues without exception, as specified in previous agreements,"
it said. "We agree to engage in vigorous, ongoing and continuous
negotiations and shall make every effort to conclude an agreement before
the end of 2008," said the document, which was reached after
weeks of intense diplomacy and was uncertain until just before Bush announced
it. The conference at the U.S. Naval Academy has been greeted by heavy skepticism,
with many questioning its timing and prospects for success, especially given
the weaknesses of Olmert and Abbas, whose leadership is challenged by the
militant Hamas movement. And the task is complicated by Arab pressure to
resolve other long simmering disputes Israel has with Syria and Lebanon.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, in his remarks to the conference,
called for the earliest possible resumption of talks with Lebanon and Syria,
which wants the return of the Golan Heights, land seized by Israel during
the 1967 war. "We have come to support the launching of serious and
continuing talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis that will address
all the core and final status issues," Saud said. "These talks
must be followed by the launching of the Syrian and Lebanese tracks at the
Olmert Addresses the Annapolis Mideast Conference
Washington Post (November
27, 2007) - PRIME MINISTER EHUD OLMERT (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): The
honorable president of the United States, George Bush, my colleague, president
of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, heads of delegations, and distinguished
guests, I came here today from Jerusalem, Mr. President, at your invitation,
to extend, on behalf of the people of Israel and the state of Israel, to
the Palestinian people and to our neighboring Arab states, to extend a hand
in peace, a hand which marks the beginning of historic reconciliation between
us and you, the Palestinians, and all of the Arab nations. I had many good
reasons not to come here to this meeting. Memory of failures in the near
and distant past weighed heavy upon us. The dreadful terrorism perpetrated
by Palestinian terrorist organizations has affected thousands of Israeli
citizens, has destroyed families and has tried to disrupt the lives of the
citizens of Israel. I witnessed this when I served as mayor of Jerusalem
in days of bombings at cafes, on buses, and in recreational centers in Jerusalem,
as well as in other cities in the state of Israel. The ongoing shooting
of Qassam rockets against tens of thousands of residents in the south of
Israel, particularly in the city of Sderot, serves as a warning sign, one
which we cannot overlook. The absence of governmental institutions and effective
law enforcement mechanisms, the role of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the ongoing
activity of murderous organizations throughout all the territories of the
Palestinian Authority, the absence of a legal system that meets the basic
criteria of democratic government, all of these are factors which deter
us from moving forward too hastily. I am not overlooking any of these obstacles
which are liable to emerge along the way. I see them. But I came here, despite
the concerns and the doubts and the hesitations to say to you, President
Mahmoud Abbas, and through you to your people, and to the entire Arab world,
the time has come. We no longer and you no longer have the privilege of
adhering to dreams which are (inaudible) from the sufferings of our peoples,
the hardships that they experience daily, and the burden of living under
ongoing uncertainty, which offers no hope of change or of a better future.
We want peace. We demand an end to terror, an end to incitement and to hatred.
We are prepared to make a painful compromise, rife with risks, in order
to realize these aspirations. I came here today not in order to settle historical
accounts between us and you about what caused the confrontations and the
hatred, and what for many years has prevented a compromise, a settlement
of peace. more...
Thousands rally in Jerusalem against parley
Jerusalem Post (November 27, 2007)
- Any Israeli concessions that would be forged in Annapolis would make Jerusalem
and the center of the country vulnerable to the kind of Palestinian-launched
rocket attacks that the border city of Sderot has endured for years, Sderot
resident Alon Davidi said on Monday night. "Your actions in Annapolis
will cause rockets to rain on Jerusalem," Davidi warned Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert as he looked out at thousands of right-wing protesters who packed
Paris Square in Jerusalem. "You have sacrificed Sderot and now you
want to sacrifice the rest of the country," Davidi said. "There
is a moment in the life of a nation when you have to say, enough is enough."
The prime minister, Davidi said, "is disconnected from the nation,
but we are united." Shouting out "no" to a divided Jerusalem
and "yes" to the construction of more settlements and Jewish homes
in the West Bank, the protesters sent a message to Olmert in advance of
Tuesday's peace conference in Annapolis. They followed a larger demonstration
at the Western Wall in which some 15,000 prayed for the Annapolis talks
on any territorial withdrawal to fail. Standing on a podium set up a block
from Olmert's residence, politicians and religious leaders buoyed by cheers
from the crowd of mostly teens and young adults vowed to prevent any further
concessions to the Palestinians. Many in the crowd held large black, red
and white signs that stretched over their heads proclaiming: "The agreement
of Olmert and Abu-Bluff will explode in our faces." Between the speeches,
protesters danced to live music performed by religious bands, the songs
reminiscent of the many anti-disengagement rallies that preceded the 2005
withdrawal from Gaza. But one speaker warned that Olmert should not be fooled
and that the new campaign against further territorial withdrawals would
not be like the anti-disengagement campaign, in which the slogan was: "With
love we will win." The stakes are high and the fears of those gathered
are not a minority concern, given that the Annapolis talks endanger all
of Israel, warned Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities
of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. "We have not come just to defend
the homes of Judea and Samaria, but first and foremost the unity of Jerusalem
and the security of Tel Aviv," Dayan said. "We say 'no' to the
1967 border," which the Palestinians are demanding, said Dayan.
Mahmoud Abbas Remarks at Annapolis Conference
Washington Post (November
27, 2007) - SPEAKER: PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS
(THROUGH TRANSLATOR): In the name of God, the compassionate, (SPEAKING IN
ARABIC) with great hope, but it is accompanied with great worry that this
new opportunity might be lost. But the meanings of your message are well
known and they carry your personal bridge and commitment by your great country
and its determination to embrace the Palestinian and Israeli peace and the
Arab-Israeli peace to be converted in the arena of negotiations to be the
first and foremost arena for making peace. And that this initiative would
culminate your term of office is an outstanding achievement which would
add a new shining star in the skies of the world, the world of the future
free of violence, oppression and bigotry. And also we would like to applaud
you, Mr. President, for choosing this charming city, Annapolis, as a venue
for convening this international conference. In addition to its beauty and
distinctive location, it bears the symbol of freedom; the most sublime value
in our life. "Freedom" is the single word that stands for the
future of the Palestinians and captures the meanings of all their generations.
It is their sunshine and it is the life that inspires their future. It is
the last word voiced by the martyrs and victims, and it is the lyric (ph)
of their prisoners. I must also pay tribute to the role played by Dr. Condoleezza
Rice and her aides. For without here relentless resolve and determination
and her vision vis-a-vis all aspects of conflict in our region, we would
not have been convening here. Dr. Rice took important strides with us in
order to affirm that the path of peace is the only choice and it is irreversible.
And that the path to negotiations for peace and to achieve peace is the
right path. It is important for me to indicate here that this distinguished
participation and large participation from sister Arab and Islamic countries,
the quartet, and the group of great industrial countries, and the permanent
members of the Security Council of the United Nations, and many prominent
European and Asian countries, as well as non-aligned countries and African
states and from South America, in a unique conference in the history of
the conflicts would provide impetus and protection, in addition to the fact
that it carries the meanings of encouragement to pursue the path of Palestinian-Israeli
peace negotiations and move that forward and the need to reach the solution
of two states, based on ending occupation and the establishment of the state
of Palestine side by side to the state of Israel, and the resolution of
all issues relating to the Palestinian- Israeli conflict, Arab-Israeli conflict
in all their aspects, as an indispensable qualitative step, so that comprehensive
and normal peace relations would be established in our region. I am proud
that this Arab and Islamic contribution and this broad international that
this Arab and Islamic contribution and this broad international participation
in the work of this conference is a testimony to the fact that sister and
friendly states are standing by us, the people of Palestine, as a leadership,
and for our efforts to achieve peace. It is a support of our approach that
calls for a balanced historical settlement that would ensure peace and security
for our independent state and for Israel, as well as for all countries in
the region. more...
Hamas rejects Abbas speech at Annapolis conference
Jerusalem Post (November
27, 2007) - Watching on TV Tuesday as Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas appealed for peace with Israel at the beginning of a Middle
East conference in the United States, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza rejected
his call and said Abbas speaks only for himself. The spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum,
watched the opening speeches at his office in Gaza City. He said Abbas "has
no mandate to discuss, to agree, or to erase any word related to our rights."
Barhoum said Abbas went to the conference "without any support from
his people. He is isolated (and) represents himself only." Barhoum
expressed disappointment in the participation of Arab nations in the summit.
Their presence is seen as support for renewed peace negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinians. Instead, Barhoum indicated that Hamas would
continue its violence against Israel. "We will use all the tools of
resistance to achieve our rights," he said.
Text of Bush’s Remarks at Annapolis Conference
NY Times (November
27, 2007) - Here are the remarks President Bush delivered today at
the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., as transcribed by Federal
News Service, Inc., a private firm not affiliated with the government. Mr.
Bush’s remarks opened a meeting of Middle Eastern leaders seeking peace
in that region, and were addressed to the leaders. Thank you for coming.
Prime Minister Olmert, President Abbas, Secretary-General Ban, former Prime
Minister Blair, distinguished guests, welcome to one of the finest institutions
we have in America, the United States Naval Academy. We appreciate you joining
us in what I believe is an historic opportunity to encourage the expansion
of freedom and peace in the Holy Land. We meet to lay the foundation for
the establishment of a new nation, a democratic Palestinian state that will
live side by side with Israel in peace and security. We meet to help bring
an end to violence that has been the true enemy to the aspirations of both
the Israelis and Palestinians. We’re off to a strong start. I’m about to
read a statement that was agreed upon by our distinguished guests. “The
representatives of the government of the state of Israel and the Palestinian
Liberation Organization, represented respectively by Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas, in his capacity as chairman of the P.L.O.
Executive Committee and president of the Palestinian Authority, have convened
in Annapolis, Maryland, under the auspices of President George W. Bush of
the United States of America, and with the support of the participants of
this international conference, having concluded the following joint understanding.
“We express our determination to bring an end to bloodshed, suffering and
decades of conflict between our peoples; to usher in a new era of peace,
based on freedom, security, justice, dignity, respect and mutual recognition;
to propagate a culture of peace and nonviolence; to confront terrorism and
incitement, whether committed by Palestinians or Israelis. In furtherance
of the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in
peace and security, we agree to immediately launch good-faith, bilateral
negotiations in order to conclude a peace treaty resolving all outstanding
issues, including all core issues, without exception, as specified in previous
Abu Dhabi blazes trail with Citi deal Reuters
(November 27, 2007) - A $7.5 billion Abu Dhabi
deal to buy Citigroup Inc (C.N) shares may have created a model for acquisitions
by Gulf and other emerging-market investors scouring the ruins of the U.S.
mortgage crisis for bargains. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)
sought no role in managing Citi, allowing the world's wealthiest sovereign
fund to invest as a saviour of the largest U.S. bank without the risk of
being perceived in the United States as an Arab predator. Investors from
Dubai to China could be considering similar deals with cash-strapped U.S.
banks, hoping to ride a recovery in their stocks and avoid the political
barriers that could have been thrust in their path in better times, analysts
said. "There will be more such investments," said Giyas Gokkent,
head of research at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. "The other buyers
will likely play the same white-knight role," he said of other Gulf
Arab investments in Wall Street firms. Citi, which could book $17.8 billion
in second-half credit-market losses, said ADIA would buy 4.9 percent of
stock, eventually becoming the largest shareholder of a bank that has lost
42.5 percent of its market value in the past five months. Other Gulf investors,
backed by $1.2 trillion in state reserves, say they could follow, depending
on when they expect the worst of the crisis triggered by defaults on high-risk
home loans to have passed. Investment Corporation of Dubai said on November
20 it was looking to benefit from the U.S. crisis, but judged shares of
Citigroup to be too expensive as were those of Merrill Lynch & Co (MER.N),
which reported the biggest credit losses after Citi. DIFC Investments, the
Dubai government agency that bought into Deutsche Bank this year, said last
week it could invest in banks and property among other U.S. assets.
See also: Sheikdom shakedown: Dubai moves on Nasdaq WorldNet Daily (September 20, 2007) - In a complex set of transactions, Dubai is moving to acquire 19.9 percent of the Nasdaq in New York, placing the Arab government in an ownership position of the key U.S. stock exchange and raising concerns in Congress. As a result of the transaction, Dubai also will acquire 28 percent of the London Stock Exchange, one of the oldest and largest in the world. The transaction is being made through Borse Dubai, a holding company 100-percent owned by the government of the Emirate of Dubai and controlled by Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the head of the Dubai ruling family.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Strong Earthquake Shakes Japan Mail & Guardian (November 26, 2007) - A 6,2-magnitude earthquake hit near the city of Iwaki in Japan on Monday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, revising it to a slightly stronger quake than it initially reported. Strong earthquakes have also hit Indonesia and India since Sunday, killing at least three people in central Indonesia. The quake in Japan was centred 68km north-east of Iwaki, Honshu, and struck at 1.51pm GMT at a depth of 27km, the USGS said. The agency earlier said the quake was a magnitude six, and was centred 72km north-east of Iwaki, striking at a depth of 39km.
In central Indonesia, at least three people were killed and 45 injured when powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of Sumbawa island on Sunday, a Health Ministry official said on Monday. Several buildings, including a health clinic, collapsed in the island's Bima district, said Rustam Pakaya, head of the ministry's crisis centre. "The casualties are likely to increase and we are still assessing the situation." The quakes affected the eastern side of Sumbawa island, a rugged volcanic island that gets fewer tourists than neighbouring Lombok and Bali. The first quake of magnitude 6,7 struck 48km north-west of Raba in Sumbawa just after midnight, an official at the country's meteorological agency said. A second quake of 6,8 struck about four hours later in the same area, triggering a brief tsunami warning, the official added. The USGS put the second quake at magnitude 6,3. An earthquake measuring six also struck off the coast of Sumatra island in the early hours of Monday, about 100km south-west of Mukomuko in Bengkulu, the local meteorology agency said. There was no tsunami warning. On Sunday, a quake with a 6,2 magnitude hit the same area.
An earthquake measuring 4,3 hit the Indian capital and its surrounding
areas at dawn on Monday, shaking high-rise buildings, the weather office
and witnesses said. The epicentre of the tremor, felt at 11.13pm GMT, was
near the border of New Delhi and the neighbouring state of Haryana, which
surrounds the capital on its north, west and south. The USGS put the time
of the earthquake at 11.17pm GMT and said it measured 4,6, and was at a
depth of 10km. One local TV channel said there were some cracks in buildings
near the epicentre but the report could not be independently confirmed.
There were no reports of any major damage elsewhere across the city of 14-million
people. People in many areas were shaken out of their beds and gathered
in open spaces as their doors and windows rattled violently, the Hindi-language
Star News channel said. A tremor of a similar magnitude hit India's financial
capital of Mumbai and the surrounding Konkan region on Saturday but caused
More churches preaching 'environmental gospel'
One News Now (November
26, 2007) - A movement called Interfaith Power and Light offers ministers
sermon tips on how to convert churchgoers into environmental activists.
One program encourages people to switch to energy efficient light bulbs
on each night they light a holiday candle for Advent or Hanukkah. Virginia's
chapter has focused on developing a three-hour training program for congregations
that asks members to calculate their carbon footprints and pledge a 10 percent
reduction. A movement called "Cool Congregations" is afoot in
Tennessee, where members of different congregations meet to discuss the
connection between faith and environment and then spread the green gospel
to their houses of worship.
The truth is that Earth is not the only planet in our solar system that is warming. It is therefore not an internal cause but a result of increased activity in the sun for the last 100 years gradually. So what the heck am I talking about regarding the spiritual pollution? Scripture says in the end-times the love of many will grow cold. Just read Matthew 24 to see the pre-signs to the end-times arrival. If the greatest love one can show is to give their life for a friend, John 15:13-19, then it follows that true love is selfless. So the love of many growing cold is a selfish attitude pervading society. Today's world teaches you to "look out for number one" and to "do what you want." This is also why Christians will be hated because we hold to the belief that the Bible is the Word of God and it condemns them. As peaceful as true Christians are told to be, we will become the enemy more and more as we hold to standards that others enjoy not keeping, the shadows of love.
What is potentially causing the global warming is the result of the electro-magnetic interactions of the celestial bodies connected to our sun and the cause of the sixth seal. If you watch the "new science" link at the beginning of these comments there are several videos, most notably the Thunderbolts of the Gods video that explains the electro-magnetic nature of the universe. The Bible says that God spoke the universe into existence and now it seems that what our voice frequencies lie on is also what produces light at higher frequencies and that our universe's physical structure is the result of frequency if string theory is correct. The sixth seal describes celestial events of the sun going dark and the moon turning to blood and the stars rolling up like a scroll and fall from the sky. This heralds the coming wrath of God.
When Yeshua comes we are told in Matthew 24:36-39 and Luke 17:26-31 that His coming is with the same sudden destruction of the day of the Lord, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, following these same signs. Joel 2:31 These are laid out as the sixth seal in Revelation 6:12-17. The day of the Lord is the beginning of God's wrath on the children of disobedience. This is the wrath we are promised to escape. That wrath is coming because of the spiritual condition of the earth living by the works of the flesh rather than the fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5 So in a way humanity is the cause of the global warming, but it is coming because God's plan for humanity's redemption will play out exactly as He foretold it would in the Bible. But giving money to government to "fix" anything is not going to work because they cannot turn down the intensity of the sun and our exhaust doesn't get to Mars or Venus which are also heating up. See chart
Repentance, that is what I think the church's stance should be to avert global warming. Of course it is prophesied to happen so we will never stop it, but God has promised our escape from it if we accept the sacrifice of Yeshua's death on the cross for our sins and following resurrection. Let us stop trusting in men and trust more in YAHWEH.
Bush: I remain personally committed to two state solution
Jerusalem Post (November
26, 2007) - "I remain personally committed to implementing my
vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side
in peace and security," US President George W. Bush pledged in a statement
released by the White House Sunday, ahead of the Annapolis conference. Bush
said the conference would signal international support for the Israelis'
and Palestinians' intention to commence negotiations on the establishment
of a Palestinian state and the realization of peace between the two peoples. "The
broad attendance at this conference by regional states and other key international
participants demonstrates the international resolve to seize this important
opportunity to advance freedom and peace in the Middle East," continued
Remember Andrew and Katrina? Bill Koenig wrote a book, Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel journaling the events that transpired and the touchdown of these two hurricanes on the very days that America was working to divide the land of Israel. Coincidence? You decide.
BTW, this plays right in with the comments of the story above regarding the earth changes and what is causing them. God's wrath is coming and acceptance of Yeshua is our ONLY escape. Those too proud to come humbly before Him will get to not be near Him. His wrath will make many humble and shake their foundations (wealth, strength, power, life). These all fade and every one of us comes before the God of the universe. I recommend you get His Son as your defender before the Father as your judge. American politics are not going to stop their dividing of Israel, there may be a reason they are acting the way they are. Watch this (1:30:27) and read through the America page.
Natural disasters have quadrupled in two decades: study
25, 2007) - More than four times the number of natural disasters
are occurring now than did two decades ago, British charity Oxfam said in
a study Sunday that largely blamed global warming. "Oxfam... says that
rising green house gas emissions are the major cause of weather-related
disasters and must be tackled," the organization said, adding that
the world's poorest people were being hit the hardest. The world suffered
about 120 natural disasters per year in the early 1980s, which compared
with the current figure of about 500 per year, according to the report. "This
year we have seen floods in
South Asia, across the breadth of Africa and Mexico that have affected
more than 250 million people," noted Oxfam director Barbara Stocking. "This
is no freak year. It follows a pattern of more frequent, more erratic, more
unpredictable and more extreme weather events that are affecting more people."
She added: "Action is needed now to prepare for more disasters otherwise
humanitarian assistance will be overwhelmed and recent advances in human
development will go into reverse." The number of people affected by
extreme natural disasters, meanwhile, has surged by almost 70 percent, from
174 million a year between 1985 to 1994, to 254 million people a year between
1995 to 2004, Oxfam said. Floods and wind-storms have increased from 60
events in 1980 to 240 last year, with flooding itself up six-fold. But the
number of geothermal events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions,
has barely changed. Oxfam urged Western governments to push hard for a deal
climate change at a key international meeting that runs December 3-14
on the Indonesian island of Bali. Rich Western nations and the
United Nations must act to "make humanitarian aid faster, fairer
and more flexible and to improve ways to prepare for and reduce the risk
of disasters," it said. The
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in
Bali aims to see countries agree to launch a roadmap for negotiating cuts
in climate-changing carbon emissions from 2012. The Oxfam study was compiled
using data from the
Red Cross, the United Nations and specialist researchers at Louvain
University in Belgium.
America becoming conspiracy nation WorldNet
Daily (November 24, 2007) - If you
believe the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, against the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon came without any specific warning, a new poll says the person
on your left and the person on your right think you're wrong. Almost two-thirds
of Americans think it is
possible some officials in the federal government had specific information
about the pending attacks, but chose to ignore it and take no action
to protect the country, according to a Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio
University poll. The national survey of more than 800 U.S. adults conducted
Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University echoes a similar one
by the same organization in 2006 that found more than a third of Americans
believing the U.S. government somehow assisted in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks, or else took no steps to stop them from occurring, so the Bush
administration could launch a war in the Middle East. In the most recent
poll, researchers found more than one-third of Americans subscribe to a
range of conspiracy theories, including the 9/11 attacks, the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy, soaring oil prices and UFOs. The reason? The
Bush administration, according to an academic interviewed by Scripps Howard
News Service. "You wouldn't have gotten these numbers a year or two
after the attacks themselves," said University of Florida law professor
Mark Fenster. "You've got an increasingly disaffected public that
is unhappy with the administration." "What it could mean is that
people are thinking that the Bush administration is incompetent, that there
were warnings out there and they chose to put their attention on other things,"
Fenster said. Fenster is author of the book "Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy
and Power in American Culture." more...
FDA staff urge psych warnings for two flu drugs Reuters (November 23, 2007) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffers are recommending new warnings about psychiatric events observed in some patients taking Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Relenza, according to documents released on Friday. An FDA advisory panel will review the recommendations for the anti-viral influenza drugs at a meeting next week. The FDA held a similar meeting two years ago in response to reports of a dozen deaths of children in Japan who had been taking Tamiflu. Experts then found no evidence of a direct connection between the drug and the deaths, although the FDA did ultimately update Tamiflu's label to add a caution urging close monitoring of patients for abnormal behavior such as delirium or self-injury. In documents prepared for the meeting next week and posted on the FDA's Web site, agency staff recommended that Tamiflu's label be strengthened to note: "In some cases, these behaviors resulted in serious injuries, including death, in adult and pediatric patients." The FDA staff also reviewed Relenza, a drug in the same class as Tamiflu, recommending its label be changed to note "reports of hallucinations, delirium and abnormal behavior" observed in some patients taking the drug. The current Relenza label has no label warning related to psychiatric events. The FDA staff said the evidence is "conflicting" as to whether the events are medication-related, a manifestation of disease or a combination of the two. Tamiflu has been more widely used in Japan than in the United States, and there is some evidence that the Japanese are more vigilant about reporting side effects, the FDA has said. more...
I don't really have a category for this yet, but read Witchcraft By Another Name. I'm very cautious about pharmaceuticals and the companies that develop them.
EU expected to follow Middle East peace conference with major aid push
International Herald Tribune
(November 21, 2007) - The European Union goes
to next week's Middle East peace conference ready to back up an agreement
with financial aid, recognizing that without giving Palestinians hope for
improved living standards, a political settlement will remain out of reach.
The EU, which will be represented by its key Mideast envoys and a number
of foreign ministers, is expected, however, to take a back seat to the United
States in the diplomatic drive to restart a peace process between Israeli
and the Palestinians. The conference takes place Monday through Wednesday
in Annapolis, Maryland, and Washington. "The European Union is a bit
on the sidelines for this process. The idea is for the United States to
get the two key players together," said Alfred Pijpers, a senior researcher
at the Clingendael Netherlands Institute for International Relations. "The
European Union will be of great help for financing, and technical assistance
and investments and so on, but as far as the direct, so-called peace process
is concerned, at this moment I don't see a very immediate and direct activity
from the EU side," he said by telephone from Amsterdam on Wednesday.
The EU is the Palestinians' largest aid donor. In 2007, the EU and its 27
member nations gave close to €1 billion (US$1.48 billion), most of it in
humanitarian assistance for Palestinians who now live under rival governments
in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This week, the EU foreign ministers
endorsed steps to support any peace moves emerging from the Annapolis conference,
which will also be attended by delegations from Arab nations. The steps
were outlined in a report written by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's external
relations commissioner, and Javier Solana, the EU security affairs chief.
The report makes clear EU aid will be made available for practical purposes:
money and technical assistance to boost the Palestinian police force and
to reform the Palestinians' health, education and judiciary departments.
Read also: EU planning to back Mideast conference with new measures: text and an EU document co-authored by Javier Solana regarding the conference.
The 1,800-year Israeli drought WorldNet Daily
(November 21, 2007) - If reports of what is
to transpire at the Annapolis Mideast summit are correct, not only is Israel
prepared to give up the Temple Mount, divide Jerusalem and hand over Judea
and Samaria to terrorists, the Jewish state is also ready to concede the
so-called "right of return" to untold numbers of Arabs – many
of whom have no actual connection with the land. I could tell you such a
notion is a strategic error. I could tell you it is a result of twisted
history. I could tell you it threatens the national security of the Jewish
state. But I've said all that before. Instead, I prefer to tell you what
happened the last time the Jews left large sections of their biblical homeland,
turning it over to non-Jewish foreigners. It happened in the first century,
beginning in A.D. 70, with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and
continuing for decades afterward as the global empire wiped out most of
the Jewish presence in Israel. It's not a threat. It's not a promise. It's
not a prophecy. It's just a fact. It's something I learned from a rabbi
in Brooklyn by the name of Menachem Kohen, author of a new book called
for the Era of Muslim Terror." Have you ever wondered why the Holy
Land was a wasteland during the 1,800-year dispersion of the Jews that lasted
until they returned in significant numbers beginning in the early 20th century?
Have you ever wondered why Mark Twain was so disappointed at what he found
in his travels through the area in the 19th century? Have you ever wondered
why, during that period of nearly two millennia, no other people successfully
and permanently settled this land that is so much in dispute today? Rabbi
Kohen points out the land suffered an unprecedented, severe and inexplicable
(by anything other than supernatural explanations) drought that lasted from
the first century until the 20th – a period of 1,800 years coinciding with
the forced dispersion of the Jews. Kohen sees this as a miraculous fulfillment
of prophecy found in the book of Deuteronomy – especially chapter 28:23-24. "And
thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under
thee shall be iron. "The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder
and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed."
The climate in Israel dramatically changed during this 1,800-period – way
before Al Gore discovered "global warming." Before the Jews entered
Canaan, it was described in the Bible as a land flowing with milk and honey.
If you read what Israel's climate and natural landscape was like from the
time Joshua crossed the Jordan right up until the time of Jesus, it sounds
like a heavily forested land. There were amazing crops raised by the people
who inhabited the land when the Jews arrived. Sometimes I've wondered what
happened to Israel to turn it into the dusty, arid land it was when the
Jews came back in the 20th century. Until I read that prophecy in Deuteronomy,
brought to my attention by Rabbi Kohen, I had no clue. For 1,800 years,
it hardly ever rained in Israel. This was the barren land discovered by
Mark Twain. So-called "Palestine" was a wasteland – nobody lived
there. There was no indigenous Arab population to speak of. It only came
after the Jews came back. Beginning in A.D. 70 and lasting until
the early 1900s – about 660,000 days – no rain. I decided to check this
out as best I could and examined the rainfall data for 150 years in Israel
beginning in the early 1800s and leading up to the 1960s. What I
found was astonishing – increasing rainfall almost every single year
– with the heaviest rainfall coming in and around 1948 and 1967. Is
this just a coincidence? I'll be quite honest with you: I don't
think so. Nor do I think Israel can continue today to make bad stewardship
decisions regarding the land bequeathed the Jews by God without consequences
– serious consequences.
I found some old pictures from the late 1800 to the early 1900 here.
Turkey? Turn It Into Oil! Associated Press
(November 21, 2007) - In 1971 scientists learned
how to turn sewage into oil in just twenty minutes using heat and pressure.
Now, a lab in Texas shows that even the scraps from your Thanksgiving turkey
is a great way to make oil in just half an hour. Evolutionists suggest that
oil comes from organic material, such as dinosaurs, that were buried and
compressed for millions of years under immense pressure. However, more laboratory
research continues to prove that it can be formed in much shorter amounts
of time. Creationists agree that oil came from organic material, but it
was during Noah's Flood that billions of plants and animals were buried
by mud and water squishing them into oil. This happened just 4,400 years
ago, not millions of years ago. The presence of oil in the earth is just
more proof that the Bible is scientifically accurate, and that the evolution
theory is last century's "leftovers." For many more evidences
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Alaskans recall alleged abuse by Jesuits Associated
Press (November 21, 2007) - Holding
photos of themselves as children, Elsie Boudreau and James Niksik described
what they said were years of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests that led to
the announcement of a $50 million settlement. They said Tuesday that their
abusers were venerated in the isolated western Alaska villages where they
grew up. "This is a crime that our parents and our grandparents couldn't
even conceive of," said Boudreau, who said her photo was taken for
her first communion in the village of St. Mary's. The press conference was
held two days after the announcement of the $50 million settlement with
the Pacific Northwest branch of the Society of Jesus, which includes Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Jesuit organization's settlement
covers 110 Alaska Natives who say they were abused by more than a dozen
priests. "This is how big I was," said Niksik, from the village
of St. Michael, pointing to a photo of himself and another child at what
he said was age 7 or 8. "We put our trust in the people who taught
us religion." When he told his father about the abuse, Niksik said,
his father didn't believe him. The settlement does not include the Fairbanks
Roman Catholic Diocese, which owned and managed churches in rural Alaska.
The settlement doesn't require the Jesuits to acknowledge wrongdoing, but
lawyers for the plaintiffs said the size of the settlement spoke for itself.
John Manly, who has handled several abuse cases, said the plaintiffs believe
that church officials knowingly sent "the worst of the worst"
to isolated villages and that the Jesuits continue to care for abusers.
He said he believes abusers are still in the ministry. The Very Rev. John
Whitney, provincial superior of the society, has denied that Alaska was
a dumping grounds for pedophile priests. more...
I haven't posted some video documentaries here because I want to put more focused research into this before doing so. The implications have to do with ritualistic abuse of children, a method of traumatizing children young and destroying their lives. Yes there are wicked people out there, that's why God's wrath is coming to deal with them and those that align with them. I believe that the Vatican is the woman described in Revelation 17 riding the beast. Of course they don't advertise the real them because dark deeds are done in darkness. Don't be naive enough to believe that wicked men can't control the world. The Bible says that very thing will happen and bring about the greatest persecution in history. We are much closer than most believe and the Truth is getting harder to conceal in these days. It is entirely possible for wicked men to say one thing and do another, some are very good at it and have no problem doing it. This is the opposite of love.
San Francisco to give illegal aliens ID cards
21, 2007) - San Francisco will give resident identification cards
to illegal immigrants under a plan approved on Tuesday amid a fierce nationwide
debate on granting privileges to undocumented aliens. In a 10-1 vote, the
city's board of supervisors -- the equivalent of a city council -- approved
giving identification cards to all residents, including illegal immigrants.
The move makes San Francisco the largest U.S. city to back such a plan.
Residents will be able to obtain the resident cards by presenting photo
identification and proof they live in the city, such as a utility bill.
It was unclear if the new cards, which will be accepted at libraries and
health clinics, will carry photos. Such a move had been expected from San
Francisco, which is famously liberal. Earlier this year, Mayor Gavin Newsom
said he would not allow city officials and employees to assist immigration
raids by federal authorities seeking people who had committed crimes or
disregarded deportation orders. San Francisco, which declared itself a "sanctuary
city" in 1989, also this year launched a program to provide medical
care to uninsured residents regardless of their immigration status. At the
state level, California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed
bills that would allow undocumented aliens to obtain state identification
cards, including driver's licenses. By contrast, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer,
a Democrat, proposed giving illegal immigrants drivers licenses. But he
was forced to drop the plan last week due to overwhelming opposition, even
from presidential candidates from his own party like Hillary Clinton.
Dollar plunges to new record Euro low AFP
(November 21, 2007) - The dollar on Wednesday
slumped to a fresh record low against the euro owing to weaker US growth
projections and the prospect of another cut to American interest rates,
traders said. The European single currency struck a record peak of 1.4855
dollars -- the highest level since the euro's creation in 1999. Later in
European trade, the euro stood at 1.4835 dollars, compared with 1.4836 in
New York late on Tuesday. "The dollar has come under renewed downward
pressure after relatively upbeat real GDP forecasts by the Federal Reserve
were coupled with warnings over the risks to growth from deteriorating financial
market conditions," said Lee Hardman, currency economist at The Bank
of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in London. The US central bank on Wednesday trimmed
back its growth projections citing weakness in housing and tighter credit
conditions, but suggested policymakers are unsure about future rate decisions.
The Federal Reserve projected growth next year in a range of 1.8 to 2.5
percent, down from a prior forecast of 2.5 to 2.75 percent. The Fed had
slashed borrowing costs by a hefty half-point in September followed by another
quarter-point cut last month in the wake of a collapse in the subprime housing
market, which sees mortgages loaned to high-risk borrowers. "Given
that financial market conditions today have deteriorated notably since the
end of October, the prospect for monetary easing in December remains realistic,"
Hardman said. "Hence we continue to believe the dollar will remain
under downward pressure as the dislocation in financial markets persists
and market participants price additional monetary easing in 2008 into the
curve," he added. A further reduction in US interest rates would likely
make the dollar even less attractive to investors. Meanwhile the dollar's
fall to the 108-yen level raised new questions about whether the Bank of
Japan would intervene to rein in the strong yen, which hurts Japanese exporters,
as it did a decade ago. Top government officials have recently played down
talk of intervention, arguing that a strong yen also had benefits for the
Japanese economy. more...
The dollar has to fail in conjunction with uninhibited illegal immigration and job outsourcing to weaken US sovereignty and merge us into the global governance while preparing the population for that change. I expect this trend will continue to the collapse and perhaps this will be used by the European banks to bring America under them.
Exoskeleton Turns Humans Into Terminators LiveLeak (November 21, 2007) - An experimental robotic exoskeleton turns grunts into super-soldiers.
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U. scientists say Yellowstone caldera may be filling with magma
The Salt Lake Tribune
(November 8, 2007) - The floor of the Yellowstone
caldera has risen at a rate faster than has ever been observed before, according
to a new study that gives further proof that "ground deformation"
at the park resembles the gently heaving chest of a slumbering giant. The
likely cause of the uplift is a volcanic intrusion of molten rock that has
moved upward 50 to 60 miles and flattened into a pancake the size of Los
Angeles a few miles below the surface, according to a study to be published
Friday by University of Utah scientists. Meanwhile, further research is
needed to investigate the role hot water and gases play in the mysterious
rise and subsidence of Yellowstone, the marquee national park famous for
its geothermal features. The new findings in no way should be construed
as a harbinger of a natural disaster. "There is no evidence of an imminent
volcanic eruption or hydrothermal explosion. That's the bottom line,"
said seismologist Robert B. Smith, the study's lead author and a U. professor
of geophysics. "A lot of calderas worldwide go up and down over decades
without erupting." Still, the floor of the Yellowstone caldera rose
7 inches during the 30-month study period that concluded at the end of 2006.
The 2.8-inch-per-year rate of uplift was much more rapid than had ever been
observed since scientists began recording Yellowstone's ground movement
in 1923. Previously, the most rapid uplift occurred from 1976 to 1985, when
the bulge grew less than an inch a year, according to the article titled, "Accelerated
Uplift and Magmatic Intrusion of the Yellowstone Caldera, 2004 to 2006,"
in the Nov. 9 edition of Science. "Our best evidence is that the crustal
magma chamber is filling with molten rock," Smith said. "But we
have no idea how long this process goes on before there either is an eruption
or the inflow of molten rock stops and the caldera deflates again."
Yellowstone overlies a "hotspot" in the earth's crust that has
produced massive eruptions, at least 140 over the past 16 million years.
Hundreds of miles below, scientists believe, is a massive plume of magma
that occasionally releases blobs of molten rock that rise and fill the chamber
under the Yellowstone caldera. more...
Thank you Debbie for the story! She also shared a personal story that I think is also showing increased activity:
I thought that you might be interested in these two articles that was in the Salt Lake Tribune the past few days. While my parents were recently in Yellowstone, a geyser they were standing by shot up about 120 feet into the air. Park rangers came running from every direction and said to my mom and dad, "you just witnessed history in the making, this thing hasn't gone off in over 80 years". When we took our granddaughters a few months later, we were told that their has been "very unusual activity this season" and that they aren't quite sure what to make of it.
S. 1959: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of
(August 2, 2007)
(1) COMMISSION- The term 'Commission' means the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism established under section 899C.
(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term 'violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.
(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term 'homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
(4) IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- The term `ideologically based violence'
means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a
group or individual to promote the group or individual's political, religious,
or social beliefs. more...
“Countless people will hate the New World Order and will die protesting against it.” | H.G. Wells The New World Order (1939)
What's the harm in stopping ideologies based on violence to advance political, religious, or social change? I like Bob's response, "While this would become a 'tool' to be used for apparent 'good' against this type of violence, the sad truth, as we've seen so many times, once it is 'placed in the toolbox' is then often used for other purposes." Some Christians are considered extremists, even though those who are obedient to the Bible are not allowed violence, but rather to love their enemies. The question becomes not how the individual is, but how the world defines the term you use to define your belief. The Bible says that we will be hated by the world and the Bible claims sole ownership to the Truth, where acceptance of Yeshua is the only way to heaven. This is what the Alliance of Civilizations is trying to stop and we can't change the Bible. So Christians are going to be caught in the middle just like the rest of history. The true believers who live a life of selfless love toward God and each other will be labeled and they will have no say because the world assumes to know the person by their definition of the belief. So the question is how the world will mold the definition of Christianity in the years to come. How will the majority of those claiming to be Christians react? If it is with violence then it will be met with violence. If not then we will go as lambs to the slaughter unless the Lord comes first.
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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