News for June 14, 2006
Al Aqsa official: Jewish temples existed (June
14, 2006) - Contradicting most of his colleagues, a former senior
leader of the Waqf, the Islamic custodians of the Temple Mount, told WorldNetDaily
in an exclusive interview he has come to believe the first and second Jewish
Temples existed and stood at the current location of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The leader, who was dismissed from his Waqf position after he quietly made
his beliefs known, said Al Aqsa custodians passed down stories for centuries
from generation to generation indicating the mosque was built at the site
of the former Jewish temples. He said the Muslim world’s widespread denial
of the existence of the Jewish temples is political in nature and is not
rooted in facts. “Prophet Solomon built his famous Temple at the same place
that later the Al Aqsa Mosque was built. It cannot be a coincidence that
these different holy sites were built at the same place. The Jewish Temple
Mount existed,” said the former senior Waqf leader, speaking to WorldNetDaily
from an apartment in an obscure alley in Jerusalem’s Old City. The former
leader, who is well known to Al Aqsa scholars and Waqf officials, spoke
on condition his name be withheld, claiming an on-the-record interview would
endanger his life. While the Islamic leader’s statements may seem elementary
to many in the West, especially in light of overwhelming archaeological
evidence documenting the history of the Jewish temples and description of
services there in the Torah, his words break with mainstream thinking in
much of the Muslim world, which believes the Jewish temples never existed.
Bush sneaking North American super-state without oversight?
(June 13, 2006) - Despite having no authorization
from Congress, the Bush administration has launched extensive working-group
activity to implement a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada. The
membership of the working groups has not been published, nor has their work
product been disclosed, despite two years of massive effort within the executive
branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The groups, working under the North
American Free Trade Agreement office in the Department of Commerce, are
to implement the
Security and Prosperity Partnership, or SPP, signed by President Bush,
Mexican President Vicente Fox and then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin
in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005. The trilateral agreement, signed as a
joint declaration not submitted to Congress for review, led to the creation
of the SPP office within
the Department of Commerce. The SPP report to the heads of state of the
U.S., Mexico and Canada, -- released June 27, 2005, -- lists some 20 different
working groups spanning a wide variety of issues ranging from e-commerce,
to aviation policy, to borders and immigration, involving the activity of
multiple U.S. government agencies. The working groups have
produced a number of memorandums of understanding and trilateral declarations
of agreement. The
government and the
Mexican government each have SPP offices comparable to the U.S. office.
Geri Word, who heads the SPP office within the NAFTA office of the U.S.
Department of Commerce affirmed to WND last Friday in a telephone interview
that the membership of the working groups, as well as their work products,
have not been published anywhere, including on the Internet. Why the secrecy?
“We did not want to get the contact people of the working groups distracted
by calls from the public,” said Word. more...
The Market of Markets (June 13, 2006) - Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited President George Bush at Camp David this week. According the EUobserver, Rasmussen was meeting with Bush to sell his idea about creating the market of markets. Rasmussen’s plan is to establish a free trade zone spanning both the European and North American continents Read about it here. Prophetically speaking, this news is incredible. Before we examine the implications, let’s take a look at what else is going on by way of markets.
Did you notice? All these free trade areas appear to be following a single
plan. They all are to be in place by 2010. And, if you do a little Google
searching, you will discover other trade agreements to be completed by that
date too. Now, we read about Rasmussen’s plan to link this all together
in a grand market of markets. Friends, if I were looking for a conspiracy
theory, I sure could find one here. But, as I’ve always said, I try to keep
my primary focus on the Bible. And, sure enough, the Bible may have something
to say about these trade agreements. The Bible tells us that the nation
Israel will be reborn and the old Roman Empire will be revived. These two
events will be the first great signs of end-time Bible prophecy. From out
of this revived Roman Empire will rise a 10-nation alliance. Out of this
alliance will emerge a new European political leader who will achieved a
covenant of some kind that includes Israel. And, he will make firm, or confirm,
his agreement with Israel for a period of seven years. But, in the middle
of the seven years, the leader will break his promise to Israel. This brings
us to our subject. After breaking his agreement, this European leader will
implement a global, single economic system that will require a mark of some
kind in order for people to buy or sell. more...
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transatlantic marketplace ahead of EU-US summit
(June 13, 2006) - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the
Danish liberal prime minister, has unveiled an ambitious proposal for the
world’s two biggest economies to form a free trade zone. During a visit
to the US, where he addressed the Berkeley, University of California, Mr
Fogh Rasmussen suggested the creation of a “transatlantic marketplace without
barriers to trade and investment.” “Let us not forget that the EU and the
United States are responsible for two fifths of world trade. We are each
other’s largest trading and investment partners,” Mr Fogh Rasmussen said
in the speech focussed on globalisation. As much as 85 per cent of US global
investments in professional, scientific and technical services are placed
in the EU, he noted. “Globalization is a fact and we have to embrace it
by going on the offensive both nationally and through international cooperation.”
“Achieving the vision of a transatlantic marketplace will of course take
time. Within Europe we have spent the last 50 years building an internal
market,” Mr Rasmussen added. He also stressed that it would not be an “exclusive
club” for rich countries. At home the political opposition was quick to
criticise the proposal, saying it risks turning global trade talks into
bilateral co-operation. more...
US cites China firms for supporting Iran military
(June 13, 2006) - The U.S. Treasury Department
on Tuesday named one U.S. and four Chinese companies as supporters of Iran’s
military and Iranian weapons programs. The designation, under an executive
order issued by President George W. Bush in 2005, freezes those companies’
U.S. assets and outlaws U.S. firms or people from doing business with them.
The Chinese companies are Beijing Alite Technologies Co. Ltd., LIMMT Economic
and Trade Co. Ltd., China Great Wall Industry Corp., and China National
Precision Machinery Import/Export Corp. The U.S. company, G.W. Aerospace
Inc. of Torrance, California, is the representative office of China Great
Wall Industry. The Treasury Department designates firms or people under
a range of executive orders and laws in an effort to stop flows of financing
to countries, groups, or individuals it says are engaged in weapons proliferation,
terrorism, or other illicit activities. The executive order used in Tuesday’s
announcement is aimed at choking off funding for weapons programs in North
Korea, Iran, and Syria. “Governments worldwide are urged to take appropriate
measures to ensure that their companies and financial institutions are not
facilitating Iran's proliferation activities,” Treasury Undersecretary Stuart
Levey said in a statement. more...
suggests EU-wide referendum on constitution (June
12, 2006) - The head of the outgoing Austrian EU presidency, chancellor
Wolfgang Schussel, believes a pan-European referendum could be the way to
revive the stranded EU constitution. In an interview with Germany’s Bild
am Sonntag, Mr Schussel said “I can well imagine a referendum that takes
place simultaneously in all EU states. The constitution would be accepted
if the majority of the European population and the majority of states approves
it.” But he added that such a proposal would need to come from the two countries
that have already rejected the charter in public polls - France and the
Netherlands. French and Dutch voters put the bloc in turmoil by rejecting
the constitution on 29 May and 1 June last year, with EU leaders this week
gathering in Brussels to assess the political impact one year later.
New Quake at Mt. St. Helens Sends Steam, Ash 15,000 Feet High
(June 12, 2006) - A small earthquake was recorded
at 9:04 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survay. The magnitude
3.2 quake was followed by reports of steam and an ash plume. An airline
pilot then reported a steam plume rose to an altitude of about 15,000 feet.
U.S. Geological Survey spokesman Jim Vallance said the quake was probably
caused by a large rockfall from the lava dome inside the crater. Most likely
some hot rock mixed with snow causing the steam. The small amount of ash
in the plume was probably kicked up by the rock fall, he said. A similar
event on May 29th melted some snow and ice in the crater and also sent up
a plume to about the same altitude, he said. Seismic activity at the mountain
has now returned to normal.
Shocking, connect-the-dots exposé of globalist plot
(June 9, 2006) - Do world events seem like
they’re spinning out of control? Do the explanations you hear from government
officials sound like they’re meant to mislead? Does the establishment news
media leave you feeling like you’ve only hear part of the story – maybe
even the wrong part? Why are groups like the Trilateral Commission,
the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers – groups whose members
are obviously powerful with connections to wealth and political influence
– never the subject of the evening news? Something’s happening here. Find
out in Dr. Stanley Monteith’s blockbuster expose, “Brotherhood of Darkness.”
Is there a grand conspiracy at work to move the world toward global government
and a universal religion? Who or what is actually behind these sinister
forces? What is the real hard scoop? Dr. Stanley Monteith, a medical doctor
by training, set out on a mission to answer those questions some 40 years
ago. The results of his startling research is this amazing, little book,
a shocking expose that shines the light of day on the secret societies –
some of which have been at work on the world stage for centuries. “Most
people don’t realize they exist because their minds have been conditioned
to reject any thought of such organizations,” explains Monteith.
Ahmadinejad to Meet Russian, Chinese Leaders
(June 14, 2006) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans separate
meetings this week with leaders of China and Russia, key players who have
resisted US efforts to seek tougher UN action in the standoff over Iran’s
nuclear program. Those meetings were expected to take place Friday following
a summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or SCO, although
host China, has said the Iranian nuclear issue won’t be on the summit’s
agenda. China had already announced a planned meeting between Ahmadinejad
and Chinese President Hu Jintao, to include discussion of the nuclear dispute.
Russia’s Interfax news agency said Wednesday Putin would also meet the Iranian
leader for talks on the nuclear issue, as well as Caspian Sea energy exploration
and other cooperation between the two states.
Palestinian Power Struggle Risks Civil War (June
14, 2006) - The Palestinian territories are in a state of near civil
war and just one act of violence, such as a high-profile assassination,
could trigger mayhem, an international think tank said on Tuesday. The International
Crisis Group also said President Mahmoud Abbas’s determination to hold a
referendum on July 26 on a statehood proposal that implicitly recognizes
Israel risked igniting more fighting with the ruling Hamas militant group.
Abbas and the Hamas government have been locked in a bitter power struggle
since the Islamists took office after trouncing the president’s Fatah movement
in January elections. “Today the situation is but one tragic step -- the
assassination of a senior Fatah or Hamas leader, for example -- from all-out
chaos,” said a report from the Brussels-based ICG, an organization that
seeks to prevent and resolve conflict. Fatah gunmen set fire to the West
Bank office of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas
leader, on Monday after a day of running clashes between the rivals. Fighting
in the Gaza Strip has killed about 20 people in the past month.
Israel prime minister OKs arms for Abbas (June
14, 2006) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday he had
given the go ahead for a shipment of weapons to Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas, whose loyalists are engaged in bitter infighting with the militant
Islamic Hamas. Violence between armed members of Hamas and forces from Abbas’
rival Fatah movement have killed 20 Palestinians over the past month. “I
authorized last night the transfer of arms and ammunition to chairman Abu
Mazen in order to strengthen his presidential guard, so he can strengthen
his forces against Hamas,” Olmert said, referring to Abbas by his widely-used
nickname. “I did this because we are running out of time and we need to
help Abu Mazen,” Olmert told said at a meeting with members of Britain’s
Minister: Iran, Syria Security Intertwined (June
13, 2006) - Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Mustafa Najjar stressed
that Syria’s security is part of Iran’s security and that his country has
a duty to defend Syria. Najjar’s remarks were quoted by the Iranian News
Agency, IRNA, following his talks Monday with visiting Syrian counterpart
Gen. Hassan Torkmani. Najjar said Iran will extend full support to Syria
under present conditions “because Iran considers that Syria’s security is
part of its own security and national interests.” “Relations between Iran
and Syria are solid and fall within the framework of consolidating peace,
stability and security in the region,” he added. Torkmani, for his part,
hailed Iran’s stance on Syria, noting that he is carrying a letter of mutual
solidarity and support. He stressed the need to reinforce the armed forces
of the two countries to confront the common enemy which seeks to destabilize
security and provoke tensions in the region. He also reaffirmed Syria’s
support to Iran’s right to profit from nuclear energy, stressing that “the
only way to settle the crisis over Iran’s (nuclear program) is to recognize
officially this right.” Both Torkmani and Najjar described the military
and defense relations between the two countries as “strategic” and constitute
“an example of regional cooperation.”
Global Markets Plunge on Fed Worries (June 13,
2006) - Renewed worries over the outlook for U.S. interest rates
sent global markets tumbling again on Tuesday, with the Japanese stock market
plunging more than 4 percent, its biggest one-day loss in two years. In
Bombay, Indian shares plummeted 4.5 percent to their lowest point this year.
South Korean shares dropped 2.9 percent, while Hong Kong plunged 2.5 percent.
European stocks opened sharply lower, with mining and technology stocks
leading the decliners. London’s FTSE 100 index dropped 1.4 percent, the
German DAX Xetra 30 index fell 1.7 percent, and the French CAC-40 index
slipped 1.6 percent. Investors across Asia dumped stocks on speculation
that the U.S. Federal Reserve might raise interest rates later this month,
stoking fears of an economic slowdown in the U.S., the biggest export market
for many Asian countries. A decline Monday on Wall Street also hurt sentiment.
Such concerns have roiled Asian markets in recent weeks, sparking a similar
broad sell-off on Thursday. Until early May, they were among the world’s
best-performing markets this year. The market’s plunge comes as investors
around the world anxiously await U.S. inflation data due out Tuesday and
Blair: World Wants Two State Solution (June 12, 2006) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday following his meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the world wanted a two state solution to the Middle East conflict. “The international community agrees on a two state solution on the basis of democracy and the renunciation of violence,” said the British prime minister. Blair expressed his sympathies for the fatal train crash and for former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s incapacitation, saying, “our thoughts are with the former prime minister.”
Al Qaeda in Iraq Chooses Zarqawi Successor (June
12, 2006) - Al Qaeda in Iraq named a successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
on Monday and said he would pursue the gruesome campaign of suicide bombings
and beheadings begun by the Jordanian militant killed last week. “The shura
council of al Qaeda in Iraq unanimously agreed on Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir,
to be a successor to Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” said a statement signed
by al Qaeda and posted on a Web site frequently used by Islamist militants.
“Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir is a good brother, has a history in jihad and
is knowledgeable. We ask God that he ... continue what Sheikh Abu Musab
began,” it said. Muhajir, little known in the West, was not among the names
that al Qaeda experts had expected to succeed Zarqawi. Al Qaeda makes up
about five percent of Iraq’s Sunni Arab insurgency but its suicide bombers
have been responsible for the most spectacular violence, sometimes killing
over 100 people in a single attack. more...
Israel: Final Peace Talks Unrealistic (June 12,
2006) - Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Sunday that Israel wants
to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but insisted it’s
“not realistic” to pursue a final peace deal with him while the Hamas militants
controlling the Palestinian government refuse to moderate. more...
Israel Should Not Wait Too Long to Implement Plan: PM
(June 11, 2006) - Israel should not wait too
long to implement a plan to set its borders unilaterally if negotiations
with the Palestinians make no progress, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said
on Sunday. Olmert, in an interview with Sky News, said he was ready to make
“painful and divisive” concessions in the quest for peace with the Palestinians.
But if the Palestinians would not meet requirements set out in an internationally-backed
“road map” to peace, “then I will try to move with the collaboration and
advice of many other countries, not alone, toward changing the status quo
in the Middle East,” he said. Olmert is due to holds talks with British
Prime Minister Tony Blair in London on Monday as he seeks European support
for his proposals to define Israel’s borders unilaterally if peace talks
with the Palestinians are not revived. more...
Spring of 2006 Warmest On Record In Canada, Says Environment Canada
(June 11, 2006) - The spring of 2006 has been
the warmest in Canada since record-keeping began, according to preliminary
data from Environment Canada. Average temperatures have been 3 degrees C
above normal, consistent with a trend that has seen temperatures rise 1.6
degrees C since 1948. The trend has been accelerating, with five of the
warmest springs on record occurring in the last decade, the federal data
show. Last winter was the warmest on record with temperatures 3.9 degrees
above normal. more...
This article goes on to put an environmentalist slant on the data retrieved, placing the “blame” for this global warming on us for our pollution. While I agree pollution is bad, I disagree that we are the cause of global warming. The evidence is given by the scientific evidence found throughout our whole solar system. There is a solar system-wide increase in radiation of light measured from all the planets as well as other measurements that show that while the earth’s global temperature is increasing, so is Mars. Venus has had a 2500% increase in auroral brightness and global atmospheric changes in less than 30 years, and every planet has some dramatic increase. The sun has had more activity since 1940 than in the previous 1150 years. For more data on these measurements, go here. Clearly, those stuck only observing the earth are going to miss these facts and blame the changes on us because cars are relatively new to the scene. Don’t be deceived by this ploy. One volcano eruption produces more greenhouse gasses than a years-worth of car pollution in Los Angeles. Look how many are becoming active in the earth changes page. It’s a ploy to get public funds for an apparent problem that can’t be fixed. It takes more money from our pockets and puts it into the hands of the rich and powerful. They use fear to manipulate the masses. Be wary of fear-mongering to get money. Look at the WHOLE spectrum of evidence, not just what’s directly in front of you. (ie, examine the whole solar system before saying the only place affected is earth.) There are no traffic jams on Mars, but it’s in the same predicament as earth.
China and Iranian Presidents to Meet Next Week
(June 11, 2006) - The Chinese and Iranian
presidents will discuss the Iranian nuclear dispute during a separate meeting
next week in Shanghai on the sidelines of a regional summit, the Chinese
foreign ministry said Thursday. President Hu Jintao will play host to his
Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, along with the leaders of Russia
and four Central Asian countries who comprise the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Hu and Ahmadinejad will hold
consultations aside from the group meeting. Iran is attending the gathering
as an observer, but Ahmadinejad’s presence is raising expectations that
China and Russia will broach a new European offer of incentives for Iran
to relinquish its nuclear enrichment program. “I think the Iranian nuclear
issue will be talked about,” Liu said at a regular press briefing in response
to a reporter’s question about what the leaders will discuss. “China and
Iran have communicated and will continue to communicate on the Iranian nuclear
issue in order to enhance our mutual understanding so as to make continuous
efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue through
diplomatic negotiations,” he said. more...
Votes to Make Sderot ‘Ghost Town’ (June 11, 2006)
- Hamas terrorists took responsibility for Sunday morning’s Kassam rocket
attacks on the Negev town of Sderot. “We have decided to turn Sderot into
a ghost town and we will not stop the fire rockets until they [the residents]
leave,” said Abu Oviyada, a spokesman for Hamas. Eli Moyal, mayor of Sderot,
vowed that residents would stay forever. He called on the government to
allow the IDF “to destroy Bet Hanoun,” an Arab city in the north of the
Gaza area which is used by terrorists to fire on Sderot, located about one
mile to the east.
Iran sees problems in atomic offer from six powers
(June 11, 2006) - Iran’s envoy to the U.N.
nuclear watchdog urged it to exercise restraint at a meeting starting on
Monday while Tehran studies an offer from world powers to avert a showdown
over its disputed atomic program. Diplomats said the 35 nations on the International
Atomic Energy Agency’s governing board planned a debate on Iran but to keep
it low-key and pass no resolutions to avoid upsetting delicate diplomacy
over the powers’ overture to Tehran. Four months ago, the dispute over Iranian
nuclear fuel work escalated when the board voted to refer Tehran to the
U.N. Security Council over its history of hiding atomic research and obstructing
IAEA investigations. Last week, six big powers offered Iran a batch of economic
and security incentives to shelve a uranium-enrichment program that could
yield fuel for nuclear power plants or, eventually, atomic bombs. If Iran
refuses, it could face U.N. sanctions. Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator
Ali Larijani said on Sunday the package contained positive elements but
also “problems and ambiguous points.” He said the precondition that Iran
stop all enrichment work, which it has ruled out, had to be clarified.
Russian Official Urges New World Financial System Without Dominating Currencies
(June 14, 2006) - Russian Deputy Prime Minister
Dmitry Medvedev, who is often viewed as one of President Putin’s possible
successors, said on Tuesday, June 13, that the modern world needs a new
stable financial system, in which there will be no dominating currencies.
Medvedev was speaking at the 10th Economic forum in St. Petersburg. At present,
dramatic fluctuations of the exchange rates of world currencies put in jeopardy
not only the economies of individual countries, but also the world order
in general, Medvedev said. In his opinion, the situation cannot remain like
that forever. New leaders of world development with their new, stable currencies
are coming to the limelight, which will inevitably bring about changes in
the financial system too, Medvedev continued. “This is for the coming generations
to decide whether or not a new international currency will be created,”
he said, quoted by the Itar-Tass agency. The Russian official did
not rule out a possibility of the Russian ruble becoming such currency.
“Along with the growth of the demand for rubles, our currency could be one
of the reserve currencies,” Medvedev said.
Geyser, Inactive Since '98, Erupts (June 14,
2006) - Lee Whittlesey and Betsy Watry heard it before they saw it.
“It was like a jet plane,” Whittlesey said. The two were hiking near the
edge of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park on Saturday, looking
for remnants of an old hotel. Around 5 p.m. they heard the roar, turned
around and saw Ledge geyser, the second-largest at Norris and dormant since
1998, erupting full-bore, sending a plume of steam about 100 feet in the
air. “I’ve been in the park 30 years and this was the first time I’d seen
Ledge erupt,” said Whittlesey, who is Yellowstone's historian. “Now I can
check that one off.” Watry, who works for the Yellowstone Association, said
they were shocked at the show that unfolded about a quarter-mile away. “We
just stood there stunned and watched it for a while,” she said. The eruption
coincided with other out-of-the-ordinary activity at Norris over the weekend,
including the eruption of other sporadic geysers and changes in the water
at the surface. more...
US is ‘Not Ready’ for Chávez Oil Ban Threat (June 14, 2006) - A Venezuelan embargo on oil exports to the US would lead to an immediate 15 per cent surge in world oil prices and crimp economic growth in the short term, according to a US congressional investigation.The study by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s non-partisan investigative agency, obtained by the Financial Times before its release this month, warns that the US is inadequately prepared for a potential loss of oil from Venezuela. The investigation was requested 18 months ago by Senator Richard Lugar, Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, reflecting growing concerns about the reliability of Venezuelan oil supplies. Mr Lugar, who has described energy as a national security issue, introduced legislation in March that called on the US to expand its international co-operation on energy issues. The findings are likely to embolden his efforts.Hugo Chávez, president of the world’s fifth largest oil exporting country, has threatened to “cut off” oil shipments to the US if Washington continues, as he alleges, to “plot” his overthrow. Venezuela supplies 11 per cent of US oil imports while Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), the state-owned oil company, wholly owns five refineries in the US and partly owns four others through its subsidiary, Citgo. more...
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