News for August 22, 2006
Morning Planets (August 22, 2006) - This morning, standing atop Storm Mountain among the scorched remains of the Bobcat Gulch Wildfire, Darrell Spangler of Colorado watched Venus, Saturn, Mercury and the 1% crescent Moon come up just before the sun. "It was a beautiful view." Tomorrow, the Moon will be gone, and Mercury will hurriedly follow a day later. That leaves only Saturn and Venus to decorate the dawn sky. Those two planets are converging for a very close encounter on August 27th: sky map.
Mark your calendar! I thought this was a pretty cool picture though and so I'm sharing it with you.
Arab nations pushing for new peace process with Israel
(August 20, 2006) - Worried the Lebanon war
has given a boost to Iran and militants in the region, three U.S. allies
in the Mideast are spearheading an Arab effort to present a plan for reviving
the stalled peace process and talks with Israel. Details remain sketchy,
and already Israel has expressed skepticism, saying it doubts any plan the
countries put forward would take into account its security needs. But the
decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan to make the commitment now is
a clear sign of how worried the countries are by current tensions and especially
by Iran's new influence. So far, the United States has not talked about
a wider peace effort in the wake of the Lebanon crisis, instead focusing
its efforts on ensuring the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hezbollah is reined
Constance Cumby's Blogspot covers a good commentary on this news and what it means. It's under the August 20, 2006 entry. Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia are behind this new peace plan. Solana is even involved too. Read Herb L. Peter's commentary. Keep watching!
Lebanese Christians Opening Arms, Homes to Muslim Refugees (August 18, 2006) - "We have heard that Christian house groups in the city not only survived but are thriving in the chaos. Christ's love is shining through those groups." The Baptist Press reports that a flood of mostly Shiite Muslim refugees, from destroyed Lebanese villages overrun by Hezbollah, are now being given shelter by Christians in villages such as Deir el-Ahmar. Reporter Mark Kelly notes that "Across Lebanon, from mountains of refuge in the north to the chaotic neighborhoods of Beirut, Christian people are demonstrating the love of Christ for Muslims driven from their homes by the fighting. For a month now, Lebanese Christian groups have been housing and feeding thousands of displaced families in their own homes and in places like Beirut Baptist School and the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary." One Southern Baptist worker in the United States -- whose name is withheld for security reasons -- is close to the situation in Lebanon. He says, "We have heard that Christian house groups in the city not only survived but are thriving in the chaos. Christ's love is shining through those groups. Christians are showing genuine love to people they don't usually deal with, in certain cases to people they see as the source of the problems they face," Logan continued. "Even though they aren't completely comfortable with it, they are realizing they are able to love these people, not because of their own ability, but because they have the love of Christ inside." more...
Experts Say Volcano in Ecuador is Ready to Erupt Again
(August 18, 2006) - "There is more potential
for it to do very big things. We see that there is a fault in the volcano
and it is very unstable with the crater full." According to an AP report,
the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador, which erupted earlier this week, is not
finished spewing ash and its pyroclastic flow, and its calm demeanor at
the present should not be mistaken for inactivity. The 16,575 foot volcano's
eruption, on Thursday, left 5 people dead, and at least 30 missing, as thousands
of residents were forced to flee the area. more...
DEBKAfile: Nasrallah is transferring his entire fighting force from
northern Lebanon to the South (August 16, 2006)
- The rockets and guns were silent up to Wednesday, Day 3 of the ceasefire
– although Tuesday, Israeli troops shot at 5 Hizballah fighters in two separate
incidents, killing at least three. However, the swelling numbers of returning
Hizballah fighters with their families are jamming the roads south – also
blocking the deployment of the 15,000-strong Lebanese force ordered by UN
SC resolution 1701 to take over the South and disarm Hizballah. The Hizballah
are moving back into their still undamaged bunkers and fortified civilian
dwellings opposite the Israeli border. Therefore, while thousands of displaced
people in Israel and Lebanon headed back to their ravaged homes, DEBKAfile’s
military sources report trepidation about the durability of the ceasefire
which Israel declared Monday morning. Everyone is talking about the inevitability
of a second round. Hours after the ceasefire went into effect Monday morning,
6 Hizballah fighters were shot dead in three incidents with Israeli troops.
Notice from this map and from scripture, Ezekiel 38:14-16, that the armies attacking Israel come from the North. If Nasrallah is moving his fighting force to Southern Lebanon, could they be in beginning preparations? They're going to help rebuild now, but how long will this cease-fire last? When it ends, the fighting force will be right there, ready to fight again. The Lebanese government is also not disarming Hizbullah, so what exactly is the point of the cease-fire? Will Hizbullah not fire at Israel any more? Given their own statements, the idea is laughable. Given Bible prophecy and the current times, it's a clear deception. Syria is checking it's bomb shelters for the first time since 1973. Syria and Turkey are reviving strategic partnership, and Iran couldn't be any more clear on it's stance. The players of the stage are being set. Could this "peacekeeping force" end up being part of the army of Turkey that attacks Israel from the North? Keep watching!
Rescued: Three Men Lost at Sea for Nine Months - They Survived on Rainwater, Raw Fish and Reading the Bible (August 16, 2006) - "We never lost hope because there is a God up there." The AP reports on three fishermen, who claim they left the coast of Western Mexico, at San Blas, on October 28th, 2005, to fish for sharks. But, with mechanical problems, and adverse winds pushing them off course, they were soon lost at sea. The three said, although they never saw any other ships, they stayed hopeful. Survivor Jesus Vidana, 27, told Mexico's Televisa News Network, "We fished, and we ate the fish raw . . . because there was no fire to cook with." The three men reportedly read the Bible, and tried to fix the 27-foot boat's engine. "We never lost hope because there is a God up there," said Vidana. "Our feet are swollen, our arms are swollen . . . but we're not in that bad shape." He added that at one point they went without food for 15 days, but it rained every day, so they were able to survive on just drinking water. The men were picked up by one of the "Koos Fishing Co." boats on August 9th. more...
Government Concession Allows Hizballah to Stay Armed in the South - Provided
Weapons Are Hidden (August 15, 2006) - This
under-the-table deal violates two clauses of 1701 which require Hizballah
to be removed and disarmed. DEBKAfile adds: Hizballah also agrees
to let the Lebanese army and UN force be deployed in the south as “our guests.”
Read DEBKAfile’s Exclusive Report for more Hassan Nasrallah’s machinations.
The Way Congress Votes Moral Or Even Legal? (October
1, 2002) - When you go to the ballot box to elect individuals to
the U.S. Congress, is one of your expectations that they read the legislation
that comes before them? Bills that may very well pass both the house and
senate, then are signed by the President and made into law affect you, your
family and the future of this nation. Here's a news flash for you. Members
of Congress do not read the bills that become law - at least not on a regular
basis and not on some of the most draconian, oppressive laws ever to be
imposed against the people of this free Republic. Back in 1994, a lame duck
Congress voted on the hideous "free" trade treaty, GATT, whereby
the united States of America totally and completely abrogated it's sovereignty
to a foreign body - the WTO. At the time of the vote, counterfeit U.S. Senator
Bob Dole said, "Any way you cut it, we're the big beneficiary."
Counterfeit U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings had just the opposite prediction, "...described
the vote as 'the gravest mistake the U.S. has ever made on economic policy.'"
Hollings' statement turned out to be right. Our nation has been plundered
as a result of GATT and We, the People, our businesses, our commerce, and
our livelihoods, have been under attack ever since, losing virtually every
single challenge made by some foreign country. On September 26, 2002, counterfeit
U.S. Senator Max Baucus said he was deeply troubled by the WTO dispute settlement
process and "Things are looking more and more... like a kangaroo court
against U.S. trade laws." Funny thing about Baucus' stand on trade.
He's a "free" trader. On his web site it states, "I've also
been a leader in the successful efforts to open Chinese markets to U.S.
products and to bring China into the World Trade Organization." Lie
down with dogs, get up with fleas. Do business with our mortal enemy, the
Communist Chinese? Remember, in October 2001, a video came out officially
sanctioned by the Communist Chinese government which glorified the attacks
on America last September 11, 2001, with the moderator chiming that we got
what we deserved. That's a fact. The vote on GATT was 76-24. Guess how many
members of the entire Congress read GATT? One! Former counterfeit Senator
Hank Brown (R-CO). He's the only one who read this 28,000 page treaty and
declared that in no way would he vote for it. During the hearings on this
monster, French financier Sir James Goldsmith testified in front of Earnest
Hollings' committee. He demonstrated that GATT would gut the American textile
I don't know what to say but yikes! I know this goes on, but I was hoping not on this scale. Don't expect America to stay America for long at this rate, especially with how many groups are actively working for our fall.
Russia’s Putin Faces Growing Chorus of Criticism in U.S. (August 22, 2006) - The “solid friendship” that President Bush cited last month in describing his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is now stacked against growing criticism for Putin’s alleged attempts to revert Russia to a “police state.” “Information is now being closed again in the Russian Federation of Mr. Putin,” Paul Goble, a professor at the University of Tartu in Estonia, said recently during a discussion at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Goble and other scholars criticized Putin for exerting control over most of the national broadcasting and radio stations, for allegedly bullying nearby countries, including the cutting off of natural gas to Ukraine earlier this year, and for the recent crackdown on U.S. non-governmental organizations. Russia went from the designation of “partly free” in 2004 to “not free” in 2005, according to a Freedom House report, and Russia’s freedom of the press is now ranked only slightly better (a total score of 68) than that of Iran (score of 80) and China (score of 82). The United States was given a score of 17 for press freedoms in the same report. more... This isn't a big surprise. I've presented other stories you can find in the main news page. Just do a search (Ctrl+F) for "Russia" and see where their loyalties lie. That nation is becoming Muslim, which all makes sense since they're one of the agressors in the Gog/Magog invasion. They've already been caught providing weapons that Hizbullah used against Israel in the last month. Watch as Russia turns more and more against Israel and sides with Iran.
Israel Must Be Ready For Any Iranian Attack: Minister
(August 22, 2006) - Israel should prepare
for the possibility of a missile attack from Iran, a cabinet minister said
on Tuesday. "We are liable to face an Iranian missile attack. The Iranians
have said very clearly that if they come under attack, their primary target
would be Israel," Rafi Eitan, a member of the decision-making inner
cabinet, told Israel Radio. Iran could fire missiles at the Jewish state "therefore
we must prepare for what could come, and prepare the entire country for
a missile strike attack, to prepare all the civilian systems so they are
ready for this," Eitan said. The radio said Eitan, a former spymaster,
meant that Israel should prepare its bomb shelters to protect against a
possible Iranian attack. It quoted Eitan as alluding to the current international
standoff with Iran over its uranium enrichment, saying if the situation
deteriorates, Israel would be the first to come under attack. Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
He has said Israel "should not assume" its ceasefire with Iranian-backed
Hizbollah guerrillas last week means an end to the crisis. Hizbollah fired
4,000 rockets on northern Israel during the war. Iranian cleric Amad Khatami
has said that Iran would hit Tel Aviv with medium-ranged missiles it came
under attack. Arms experts say Iran's Shahab-3 missiles are capable of striking
Israel. Eitan's remarks also came as tensions rose between Iran and six
world powers led by the United States, who have sought to persuade Tehran
to halt its uranium enrichment program, with an August 31 deadline for Tehran
to face possible sanctions from the United Nations. Israel is widely believed
to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East. more...
If this time in the upcoming months truly is that time of the Gog/Magog invasion, Israel won't have to do a thing. God will take care of 5/6 of the attackers, leaving only 1/6 alive. Ezekiel 39:1-5
Speculation Rages About Iran's Plans For August 22
(August 21, 2006) - August 22 could usher
in an apocalyptic period in the Middle East thanks to some belligerent action
on the part of the Iranian regime. Or maybe not. The date was chosen by
Tehran and had no obvious relevance in international diplomacy. The only
formal deadline the international community is currently awaiting with regard
to Iran is August 31 -- the date set by the U.N. Security Council for Iran
to suspend uranium enrichment or face the possibility of sanctions. Some
commentators have downplayed the importance of August 22, arguing that the
decision was simply one of convenience, akin to saying "we'll respond
by the end of the month." August 22 marks the end of the Persian solar
month of Mordad. But others are less sanguine, noting that the date is significant
in Islam, for several reasons. It coincides with the Islamic calendar date
Rajab 28, the day Jerusalem fell to the Islamic warrior Saladin, in October
1187. Many Muslims regard Saladin's victory as a high point in Islamic history,
and just weeks ago, Syrian fans of Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah were
likening him to the 12th century Kurdish hero. On the night of August 21-22,
Muslims believe Mohammed underwent his "night journey," a trip
on a magical steed from Mecca via the "farthest mosque" -- later
said to be al-Aqsa in Jerusalem -- and on to heaven and back. The two-stage
journey is known in Islam as the "isla and miraj," and tradition
holds that a divine white light appeared over Jerusalem at the time.
Today's the day if there is any validity to what some are speculating about Iran's plans for the 22nd. Will they attack Israel today? If they try to nuke Jerusalem, which won't happen because Bible prophecy has Jerusalem there throughout the millennium, it will be stopped by God. We also know that the invading army is wiped out in the mountains of Israel, so if it is today, I would expect that there would be more border buildup of troops to the North of Israel. Of course, Iran is doing military exercises right now, so they could surprise everyone. However, I don't expect we'll see an attack today, but I do believe we will see one very soon! There are other theories on the placement of the Gog/Magog invasion, so I could be wrong on it's timing, but so many aspects are all lined up for it to occur now. Keep watching!
Olmert Rules Out Peace Talks With Syria (August
21, 2006) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday ruled out a resumption
of negotiations with Syria at this time, saying Damascus must first end
its support for militant groups. Olmert spoke just hours after a minister
in his Cabinet urged a resumption of negotiations and said Israel should
give back the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria. Israel accuses
Syria and Iran of arming and supporting Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas who
fired nearly 4,000 rockets at Israel in the 34-day war that ended last week.
However, during the war, Israel went to great lengths to keep Syria out
of the conflict, apparently to avoid opening another front or closing future
peace options. After the war, Syrian President Bashar Assad signaled he
is moving closer to Iran. He delivered a hardline speech in praise of Hezbollah
and warned that future Arab generations might succeed with force where peace
talks have failed so far - a reference to the Golan Heights, the plateau
Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast War. more...
EU To Meet On
Lebanon Force (August 21, 2006) - EU member
states are to meet on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss participation in
the international peacekeeping force in Lebanon, with governments still
reluctant to firmly commit themselves until the rules of engagement are
clear. With the UN pressing the 25-nation bloc to make up the backbone of
the troops deployed to Lebanon, the EU's response remains undecided with
the different capitals calling for an unambiguous mandate for the troops.
France, which has angered the UN by only agreeing to send a further 200
soldiers to the area when a commitment of up to 3,500 had been expected,
on Sunday called for an extraordinary EU meeting on the issue. "We
ask that European solidarity is expressed as soon as possible about Lebanon",
French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told France Info Radio adding
that he has asked the Finnish EU presidency to call a meeting on the issue.
Helsinki responded by scheduling the meeting for Wednesday (23 August) with
member states expected to discuss the details of the mandate and what governments
are prepared to contribute. more...
I'm half-expecting a mostly Muslim force deployed. It seems like all the European countries are afraid to get involved and send their own troops in. I know there is no shortage of Muslims who would love the chance to be deployed in Lebanon. It would make a great cover for troop buildups on Israel's North border. In today's modern world of sattellites, I find it hard to believe that the army that attacks from the North of Israel could go by unnoticed to suddenly reach the mountains of Israel. However, if there were a "peacekeeping" force already stationed at the border, Israel would already be expecting there to be a lot of military troops there. Even if this force is not part of the invading army, Hizbullah is also moving down to the Southern border now too. They could use the troops as cover to build up their force. If the force were mostly Muslim, say Turkish forces, they could even be part of the invading army. Turkey is coming fast onto the world scene now. We know who the Gog/Magog invaders are, for more on that see my Bible study on Ezekiel 38,39.
Unidentified disease kills 14 (August 21, 2006) - Unprecedented epidemic of an unidentified disease has killed at least 14 people, including seven children, in Netini VDC, a far eastern village of the district, in the past two weeks. The disease, which was first detected in dogs and chicken in the last week of June, had started spreading to humans. Major symptoms of the disease are high fever together with bleeding from nose and mouth at the time of death. Sounds like one of the end-times signs Christ spoke about. Matthew 24:3-8 We've seen an increase in pestulence since science boldly claimed we would wipe out disease many decades ago. New diseases like AIDS, Morgellons disease, this unidentified one, and others have popped up, replacing those diseases and illnesses that vaccines and medicine kept at bay. Even some of those are threatening a comeback at a time when the world is unprepared because they thought the threat was irradicated. These are all a sign of the times, just as the Bible said since Christ's words were written down and are being fulfilled 100%. Keep watching!
abuses power – sides again against Israel (August
21, 2006) - For the second time in a month, United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan revealed his pro-Arab bias at the weekend when, instead
of condemning the Hizb’allah for breaking the terms of the ceasefire between
it and Israel, he condemned Israel for acting in accordance with the provisions
of that agreement. Annan was backed up by his special Middle East envoy
and also long-time critic of Israel, Terje Roed-Larsen. The UN chief wagged
his finger at Israel after an IDF commando raid carried out an operation
Saturday aimed at preventing Hizb’allah armaments from being replenished
via Syria. According to the ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security
Council last week, the Lebanese government is obliged to prevent the re-supplying
of Hizb’allah with weaponry, and Israel has the right to exercise self-defense
to prevent such a rearmament taking place. In a 33-day-long war ignited
by an unprovoked Hizb’allah attack inside sovereign Israeli territory last
month, the Iranian- and Syrian supplied Muslim terrorist organization repeatedly
committed war crimes under international law when it rained more than 3000
rockets down on Israeli population centers, with the express intent of killing
as many Jewish civilians as possible. Throughout the war Syria was seen
to be replenishing the Hizb’allah’s rocket stocks. more...
*best Gomer Pyle voice* Well suprise, suprise!
US facing wave of murders and gun violence (August
20, 2006) - Analicia Perry was kneeling to light a candle at a makeshift
shrine to her brother when she was shot in the face and killed -- four years
to the day after her brother was gunned down on the same spot. The slaying
of the 20-year-old mother -- on a narrow street behind a police station
in Boston's poor Roxbury district last month -- is one of the shocking examples
of a rise in the murder rate across the United States that is raising questions
about whether police are fighting terrorism at the expense of crime. In
a shift from trends of the past decade, violent crime is on the rise, fueling
criticism of Bush administration policies as a wave of murders and shootings
hits smaller cities and states with little experience with serious urban
violence. From Kansas City, Missouri, to Indianapolis, Indiana, places that
rarely attract notice on annual FBI crime surveys are seeing significant
increases in murder. Boston, once a model city in America's battle against
gun violence, is poised to eclipse last year's homicide tally, which was
the worst in a decade. Explanations vary -- from softer gun laws to budget
cuts, fewer police on the beat, more people in poverty and simple complacency.
But many blame a national preoccupation with potential threats from abroad.
I have an answer, but it's not my own. It's from the Bible. Another one of the signs of the end times is that the love of many would wax cold. Matthew 24:12-14 This is evidenced by a selfish culture worried only about personal happiness and a cold heart which is willing to take from others because they can. I have a suspicion that much of this is the result of evolution being taught in our schools. Young children are brainwashed from a young age to believe that we evolved from a rock millions of years ago when rain running over the rocks began the cycle of life which led to single-celled organisms and eventually...us. This idea removes a divine Creator from the mix, placing our existence to chance. This would also mean when we die, it's over. Why not be selfish now? What have you got to lose? If it's all over when we die, why not live it up now? All these self-centered thoughts derive from the removal of a Creator with a moral design to follow. That design is the only thing that brings peace, whether we want to accept it or not.
Powerful Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Hits Near South Pole
(August 20, 2006) - A powerful earthquake
with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 hit near the South Pole, Japan's weather
agency said Sunday. The temblor hit at around 0341 GMT, Japan's Meteorological
Agency reported. The agency did not indicate the quake's depth. The agency,
which said it received magnitude data from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center,
said the quake was centered in waters in the Scotia Sea. The Scotia Sea
lies between Antarctica and South America. The quake's magnitude is sufficient
to produce a tsunami in shallow waters, the agency said. It added that the
quake posed no tsunami threat to Japan.
Iranian Army Ready For Israel Action After Lebanon War
(August 19, 2006) - A senior Iranian army
commander said on Saturday the armed forces were prepared for any action
by Israel after what Iran has called the Jewish state's defeat at the hands
of Lebanon's Hizbullah guerrillas. Ataollah Salehi, commander-in-chief of
Iran's army, made his comment on the first day of army wargames, which started
in the south of the country but will later extend to other areas. He did
not say how long the maneuvers would last.
One of the many reasons I think the Gog/Magog invasion is coming soon... They're basically stating it will be soon. The Iranian President has promised the Israel "problem" would be resolved soon. Click the Iran link above for more specific stories focused on Iran.
Israel Protests Russian Missile Sales To Iran
(August 18, 2006) - A senior Israeli delegation headed to Moscow
earlier this week to complain that Russian-made anti-tank missiles had reached
Hizbullah guerrillas in Lebanon and were used in the 34-day conflict, government
officials said Friday. Asaf Shariv, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert, confirmed the delegation had headed to Russia earlier this week,
but refused to elaborate. The anti-tank missiles proved to be one of Hizbullah's
most effective weapons in face-to-face combat with the IDF, killing many
of the 118 soldiers that died in the fighting. Another government official
said the delegation was "senior," but refused to say who they
would be meeting with in Russia. Israel does not accuse Russia of directly
arming Hizbullah, but rather that Russia sold the weapons to Iran and Syria,
known supporters of Hizbullah, who passed them on to the guerrilla group.
Here's that story I mentioned above about Russian missiles being sold to Iran, carted through Syria to Lebanon, and fired at Israel.
Al-Aqsa: We Learned Missiles Subdue Israel (August
18, 2006) - The Palestinian terror organizations are looking north
and are filled with satisfaction and hope for the next step. "We learned
Hizbullah that the tools that make a difference are missiles. If achieve
expertise in this field, we won't make do with the simple rockets we have.
There is no doubt that we can subdue
Israel ," Abu Nasser, a commander in the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade,
Fatah's military wing, told Ynet. "Since the Gulf War, missiles were
what brought Israel to the negotiation table. The withdrawal from Gaza was
also a result of missiles. If we use them correctly in the West Bank, we
will get rid of the IDF here too," Abu Nasser explained. According
to him, his organization wasn't surprised by what he defines "the defeat
Hizbullah handed to Israel." more...
As those in the West breathe a sigh of relief over the halting of violence in the Middle East, reality rears it's ugly head once again proving that a quick ceasefire is worthless when one side is still dedicated to the annihilation of the other. I really wish people would start actually reading the real news, there's a reason Israel was defending herself, and the hostage situation that started it all STILL isn't resolved. It has also given great morale to the Hizbullah fighters as well as the whole Islamo-fascist movement. On the Muslim streets, they've already won. That means in our future, they probably will. Bible prophecy agrees. Islam will dominate the world until Christ returns in glory and rules for 1,000 years with a rod of iron. Yeshua the Christ is our only hope.
Volcano Wipes Out 3 Villages In Ecuador (August
17, 2006) - A volcanic eruption in Ecuador's Andes mountains showered
incandescent rock and lava on nearby villages, smothering houses and burning
residents as thousands tried to flee to safety. At least one person was
killed and 60 were missing. The Tungurahua volcano exploded overnight, raining
ash for miles and sending molten rock flowing down its slopes for hours.
The fiery mountain was still unleashing a blast of gas and ash Thursday
that reached 5 miles into the sky. At least a dozen villages on the volcano's
western slopes were seriously damaged or destroyed _ televised images showed
just the tops of electricity poles jutting out from the smoldering pyroclastic
flow that smothered 107 homes in the village of Juibe Grande, on the volcano's
northwest slope. Authorities said that village's 600 residents escaped in
time. They were less sure about the many holdouts who refused to answer
evacuation orders Wednesday in three hamlets high on the slopes of the 16,575-foot
volcano, which is some 85 miles south of the capital of Quito. more...
Syria President Assad Threatens War (August 17,
2006) - Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad says his country is prepared
for war with Israel and warned that the Golan Heights would be seized "by
Syrian hands.” In an interview with the Egyptian publication Al-Usbu after
the ceasefire in Lebanon went into effect, Assad declared: "Syria has
been prepared and ready since the first day of the war... "We and the
resistance (Hezbollah) read clearly that the day of confrontation was definitely
approaching. The current war is five years old, and there were widespread
preparations for this day.” Assad said he is convinced that steps toward
peace "have fallen off, and that the Golan will be liberated by Syrian
hands.” Asked what the expected results would be if Israel launched an attack
against Syria, Assad said: "If Israel acts with adventurism and enters
into a war with Syria, this will be the beginning of a heavy price that
it will pay.” Assad said Hezbollah’s conflict with Israel marks "a
new stage in the history of [the Arab] nation, and he remarked ominously: "To
this day no one in American intelligence or Israeli intelligence knows what
the true capabilities of the resistance are.” more...
Hezbollah Leads Work to Rebuild, Gaining Stature
(August 16, 2006) - As stunned Lebanese returned
Tuesday over broken roads to shattered apartments in the south, it increasingly
seemed that the beneficiary of the destruction was most likely to be Hezbollah.
A major reason — in addition to its hard-won reputation as the only Arab
force that fought Israel to a standstill — is that it is already dominating
the efforts to rebuild with a torrent of money from oil-rich Iran. Nehme
Y. Tohme, a member of Parliament from the anti-Syrian reform bloc and the
country’s minister for the displaced, said he had been told by Hezbollah
officials that when the shooting stopped, Iran would provide Hezbollah with
an “unlimited budget” for reconstruction. In his victory speech on Monday
night, Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, offered money for “decent
and suitable furniture” and a year’s rent on a house to any Lebanese who
lost his home in the month-long war. “Completing the victory,” he said,
“can come with reconstruction.” On Tuesday, Israel began to pull many of
its reserve troops out of southern Lebanon, and its military chief of staff
said all of the soldiers could be back across the border within 10 days.
Lebanese soldiers are expected to begin moving in a couple of days, supported
by the first of 15,000 foreign troops. more...
A little peek into how Iran and Islam will use the Lebanon situation to turn even more hatred toward Israel while making charity a priority to bring in more converts to the extremist Islam cause.
IDF: We'll Disarm Hizbullah If UN Can't (August
16, 2006) - The issue of disarmament is not on the agenda, senior
Hizbullah official Hassan Fadlallah said on Wednesday, jeopardizing the
fragile cease-fire in the region. The UN cease-fire resolution clearly states
that the area south of the Litani river must be demilitarized. According
to Fadlallah, who spoke with al-Jazeera, Hizbullah will not evacuate its
operatives from southern Lebanon since they are the ones who populate the
region. "Any such withdrawal means the evacuation of southern Lebanon,"
he said. An official in the Prime Minister's Office warned on Tuesday that
the IDF would have to resume operations in Lebanon if Hizbullah is not disarmed.
Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah
reportedly reached a deal allowing Hizbullah to keep its weapons but refrain
from exhibiting them in public. Israeli officials called the arrangement
a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which passed over the
weekend and was approved on Sunday by the cabinet. "The resolution
is clear that Hizbullah needs to be removed from the border area, embargoed
and dismantled," the official said. "If the resolution is not
implemented, we will have to take action to prevent the rearming of Hizbullah.
I don't think backtracking will serve any useful purpose. There has to be
pressure on Hizbullah to disarm or there will have to be another round."
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is expected to raise the issue when she meets
in New York on Wednesday with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. more...
I don't expect this cease-fire to last very long at all. Nobody's doing anything about Hizbullah to protect Israel, and Iran and Syria along with Russia are actively supporting Hizbullah in an attempt to wipe Israel off the map.
Nations Refuse To Disarm Hezbollah (August 16,
2006) - The countries tasked with upholding the shaky truce in Lebanon
appeared unwilling to force the disarmament of Hezbollah yesterday, a development
that threatens to delay the creation of a massive United Nations peacekeeping
force and could ultimately set off fresh conflict in the region. France,
the United States, the United Nations and Lebanon itself have all refused
to accept responsibility for stripping the Lebanese Shiite militia of their
weapons, despite a key element of the UN resolution that calls for the group
to give up its firepower and vacate the southern part of the country. Hezbollah
leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday that his force will not be
pressured into disarming, and he gained key support yesterday from Lebanon's
Defence Minister, Elian Murr, who has refused to take up the task of disarmament.
The Lebanese Cabinet agreed to the UN resolution on Saturday, but Mr. Murr
explained that his job is not disarmament, but rather to "ensure the
security of the [Islamic] Resistance and citizens, to protect the victory
of the Resistance." The Islamic Resistance is the armed wing of Hezbollah.
London's al-Hayat newspaper reported yesterday that the Lebanese government
is considering allowing fighters to keep their weapons in the southern border
zone in violation of the UN resolution. more...
Prepare For The Next Round (August 16, 2006)
- The IDF has exacted a heavy price from Hizbullah for its aggression, but
failed to achieve an unequivocal victory. It was a mistake to believe that
military pressure could generate a process whereby the Lebanese government
would disarm Hizbullah. Neither the latest UN Security Council resolution
or the deployment of an international force will be able to overcome the
centrifugal political processes that have beleaguered the divided Lebanese
society. Similarly mistaken was the belief that reliance on air power could
paralyze Hizbullah's capacity to harm Israel by launching thousands of short-range
rockets. The political and military circumstances surrounding the cessation
of the fighting in Lebanon have left Hizbullah shaken but still a force
to be reckoned with in Lebanon and a proxy for Syria and Iran. Subduing
Syria is the key to managing the Lebanese crisis, to rolling back Hizbullah,
and to weakening Iran and its radical Islamist influence in the Middle East.
In order to attain victory in the next military engagement, Israel
should target Damascus. more...
Keep in mind that Damascus is prophesied to be a ruinous heap in Isaiah 17:1-14.
Islamic Jihad mob kills alleged collaborator
(August 14, 2006) - Five gunmen shot dead an alleged collaborator
in front of hundreds of people in a public square in the Jenin refugee camp
on Sunday, accusing him of giving information to Israeli authorities, witnesses
said. The gunmen, who identified themselves as members of Islamic Jihad,
accused the victim of helping Israel killed two terrorists last week in
a targeted attack, said witnesses and Islamic Jihad members. Sunday's killing
came in response to a helicopter attack on the homes of the two last Wednesday,
said an Islamic Jihad official. The victim was identified as Bassem Malah,
22, who worked in Umm el-Fahm. He was due to be married next week.
Neighbors Smell Blood in Israeli Cease-Fire Acceptance
(August 14, 2006) - Arabs and Muslims from
Iran, Hizbullah and the PA are celebrating Israel’s acceptance of the UN
ceasefire, dubbing it a "surrender" and calling on Arab states
to attack the new "weak" Israel. “After one month of war against
Lebanon's resistance, Israelis are the absolute losers and Hizbullah is
the absolute winner of the war,” Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamida-Reza
Asefi said Sunday. “The occupiers of Jerusalem failed, despite their military,
economic, intelligence and diplomatic backings.” The Iranian official said
the Islamic Republic of Iran is “very pleased” with the ceasefire, according
to state-run Iranian news agency IRNA. He warned, though, that attacks on
Israel would continue as long as “occupation lingers.” He declined to outline
whether occupation included retaining sovereignty in regions such as the
Galilee – which Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has termed “settlements”
in his wartime addresses. "Let us not forget that as long as there
is occupation there is resistance," he added. more...
Iran Says Disarming Lebanese Hizbollah "Illogical"
(August 13, 2006) - Iran welcomed on Sunday
a planned ceasefire to halt the month-long war between Lebanon's Hizbollah
and Israel but described the U.N. Security Council's call for disarming
the Iranian-backed group as "illogical". The U.N. Security Council
adopted a resolution on Friday calling for a "full cessation of hostilities"
and for the implementation of a previous U.N. resolution requiring the disarming
of armed groups including Hizbollah. "We are happy for the ceasefire
in Lebanon. But the resolution is not balanced," Foreign Ministry spokesman
Hamid Reza Asefi told a weekly news conference. "It does not condemn
the Zionist regime (Israel) and its crimes in Lebanon." Asked about
the call for disarming Hizbollah, Asefi said: "This is a totally unreasonable
demand. It is illogical." "Let us not forget that as long as there
is occupation there is resistance," he added. more...
What about the fact that the "occupation" is the direct result of provocation by Hizbollah through the kidnapping and continued barrages of missiles on Israeli towns? The rhetoric is so one-sided from the Muslim community and yet the world always seems to take their side. Just like before WWII, Hitler used lies to get the world on his side and then turned on them all bringing about a world war. So too does it appear that WWIII will go the same way. There's much talk about Iran doing something on August 22 this year. It would certainly fit with Bible prophecy. Iran, Syria, Turkey, and several other nations are destined to attack Israel and be wiped out by God "in the mountains of Israel." Time will tell.
Syria still transferring supply of rockets, missiles to Hezbollah
(August 13, 2006) - Syria continues its efforts
to transfer large quantities of war materiel, including rockets, to Lebanon,
in an effort to assist Hezbollah in its war against Israel, a senior Israel
Defense Forces source told Haaretz on Saturday. According to the IDF source,
the air force has succeeded in partially stemming the arms transfers, but
intelligence shows that supply convoys have managed to cross into Lebanon
from Syria. Senior Syrian army and intelligence officers are involved in
the arms smuggling, according to the senior IDF source, who says it is unlikely
this continues without the explicit support of the regime in Damascus. Two
specific types of weapons - anti-tank missiles and rockets used to target
Israeli civilians - are of concern. The alert levels of the Syrian army,
especially on the Golan Heights, is at its highest levels since the Lebanon
War in 1982. The Syrian preparedness is mostly defensive, but the IDF is
not excluding the possibility that Damascus will initiate a limited ground
operation during the closing stages of the war. more...
Analysis: For Israel, An Imperfect Deal (August
13, 2006) - For Israel, the U.N. cease-fire deal is far from perfect.
A U.N. force deploying in south Lebanon as part of the truce will have trouble
keeping Hezbollah at bay for long or prevent the Iranian-supplied guerrillas
from rearming, critics said, pointing to past failures of international
peacekeepers. The U.N. terms will buy temporary calm, but make the next
war between Israel and Tehran's proxy army inevitable, former Israeli Foreign
Minister Silvan Shalom and some military analysts warned. "It begs
the question, `What was it all for?'" Shalom said, reflecting a growing
chorus of criticism. Israel had little choice but to go along with the U.S.-backed
compromise, after its vaunted army failed to subdue Hezbollah in more than
a month of fighting. The guerrillas took heavy blows and suffered scores
of casualties, but kept raining rockets on northern Israel throughout the
war and clung to positions near Israel's border. more...
Declares: Third World Conquest of Americasp;(August
20, 2006) - “As Rome passed away, so, the West is passing away, from
the same causes and in much the same way. What the Danube and Rhine were
to Rome, the Rio Grande and Mediterranean are to America and Europe, the
frontiers of a civilization no longer defended.” So begins a new work of
warning from Pat Buchanan. And this time Buchanan goes all the way.
OF EMERGENCY: THIRD WORLD INVASION AND CONQUEST OF AMERICA streets this
week and is designed to jolt readers with stats/analysis of illegal immigration
gone dangerously wild. Buchanan warns: “The children born in 2006 will witness
in their lifetimes the death of the West." One in every twelve people
breaking into America has a criminal record. By 2050, there will be 100
million Hispanics concentrated in the U.S. Southwest. Between 10 and 20
percent of all Mexicans, Central Americans and Caribbean people have already
moved to the United States. Every month, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehends
more illegal aliens breaking into our country, 150,000, than the number
of troops we have in Iraq. Buchanan slams the president: “Concerned about
his legacy, George W. Bush may yet live to see his name entered into the
history of his country as the president who lost the American Southwest
that James K. Polk won for the United States." In EMERGENCY, Pat Buchanan
charges the Mexican regime with an Aztlan Plot, a conscious campaign to
use America as a dumping ground for its poor and unemployed, both to relieve
social pressure and effect a cultural re-annexation of the American Southwest.
La Reconquista, the reconquest of the lands lost by Mexico in the Mexican-American
War, Buchanan charges, is underway. The Republican Party, a wholly owned
subsidiary of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is in the grip of a cult called
“Economism.” It is all about money now. The GOP worships at the “Church
of GDP” Both parties are paralyzed by guilt over American past racial sins.
Powerful Mexican and U.S. elites seek to erase America’s borders and merge
the United States and Mexico into a “North American Union.” more...
Iran’s Military Exercise and Apocalyptic Plans for Israel and World
(August 20, 2006) - Washington is keeping
a sharp weather eye out for Tuesday, August 22, which this year corresponds
in the Islamic calendar to the date on which many Sunni Muslims commemorate
the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on his winged horse Buraq to “the
farthest mosque”, which is traditionally identified with Jerusalem. According
to the Muslim legend, on that day, a divine white light spread over Jerusalem
and the whole world. DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report that information
rated “highly credible” has reached US undercover agencies of a secret report
presented to Iran’s supreme ruler Ali Khamenei by Abdollah Shabhazi, one
of the heads of the Supreme National Security Council. He claims to expose
a mega-terror plot against Jerusalem scheduled for August 22, which aims
at killing large numbers of Jews, Arabs and Christians. This atrocity will
reportedly arm the United States and Israel with the pretext for hitting
Iran’s nuclear installations, as well its capital, Tehran, and other big
cities. Shabhazi says the US and Israel need to launch a military campaign
to restore the deterrent strength they lost in the Lebanon war. The massive
attack will reportedly focus on the Old City of Jerusalem and its eastern
suburbs. The Iranian report claims that the plotters, who are not identified,
are eager to recreate the divine white light whish spread over Jerusalem
in the year 632. It does not rule out the use of a non-conventional weapon.
DEBKAfile reports that the authorities in Israel do not appear to be taking
this threat seriously, unlike Washington – and Tehran. Deeply impressed,
Iran’s rulers launched a large-scale are, sea and ground exercise Saturday,
Aug. 19. The maneuver, dubbed the Blow of Zolfaghar (the sword used by Imam
Ali), involves 12 divisions, army Chinook helicopters, unmanned planes,
parachutists, electronic war units and special forces. State-run television
reported a new anti-aircraft system was tested “to make Iranian air space
unsafe for our enemies.” The massive military exercise will spread over
14 of Iran’s 30 provinces and last about five weeks. DEBKAfile adds: The
point of this massive display of might is in fact to place Iran’s armed
forces on the ready for the contingency of a US-Israeli offensive on August
22 as per Shabhazi’s prediction. The exercise will be moved to Tehran to
prepare the capital for a potential assault. August 22, furthermore, is
also the day of Iran’s formal reply to the incentives packages on offer
from the West in return for halting its uranium enrichment projects. For
weeks, Tehran was under pressure from the United States and Europe for an
earlier reply, but insisted on August 22. Prof. Bernard Lewis, the great
scholar of Islam and the Middle East offers the background in the Wall Street
Journal on Aug. 8: “In Islam, as in Judaism and Christianity, there are
certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time - Gog
and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited
return of the Hidden Imam… Mr. Ahmadinejad and his followers clearly believe
that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun
and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several
references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the U.S.
about nuclear development by Aug. 22. This was at first reported as "by
the end of August," but Mr. Ahmadinejad's statement was more precise.”
As I wrote above, I don't think this date will ultimately mark the invasion of Gog/Magog, but we'll see. Keep watching!
Backward Sunspot (August 15, 2006) - On
July 31st, a tiny sunspot was born. It popped up from the sun's interior,
floated around a bit, and vanished again in a few hours. On the sun this
sort of thing happens all the time and, ordinarily, it wouldn't be worth
mentioning. But this sunspot was special: It was backward. "We've been
waiting for this," says David Hathaway, a solar physicist at the Marshall
Space Flight in Huntsville, Alabama. "A backward sunspot is a sign
that the next solar cycle is beginning." "Backward" means
magnetically backward. Hathaway explains: "Sunspots are planet-sized
magnets created by the sun's inner magnetic dynamo. Like all magnets in
the Universe, sunspots have north (N) and south (S) magnetic poles. The
sunspot of July 31st popped up at solar longitude 65o W, latitude
13o S. Sunspots in that area are normally oriented N-S. The newcomer,
however, was S-N, opposite the norm." This tiny spot of backwardness
matters because of what it might foretell: A really big solar cycle. Solar
activity rises and falls in 11-year cycles, swinging back and forth between
times of quiet and storminess. Right now the sun is quiet. "We're near
the end of Solar Cycle 23, which peaked way back in 2001," explains
Hathaway. The next cycle, Solar Cycle 24, should begin "any time now,"
returning the sun to a stormy state. more...
The earth is already heating up with the increased activity of the sun. If this new cycle ends up being greater, which I think it will be, it could describe some of the events toward the end, such as the fourth bowl, Revelation 16:8,9, where the sun scorches men. If the magnetic field protecting the earth were weakened and plasma from a sunspot were ejected toward earth, we could see heat from the sun scorching the earth's surface, instantly igniting even the wet areas with the intense heat.
10 Things Food Companies Don't Want You to Know
(August 14, 2006) - The giant food corporations
have one mission: selling more food and beverage products to consumers.
Succeeding with that mission depends on keeping consumers in the dark on
certain issues such as the presence cancer-causing chemicals found in popular
food products. Here are ten things the food corporations, whose products
dominate grocery store shelves across the United States and other countries,
absolutely do not want you to know. (The list is more
detailed in the news article. Click the title for more)
Drought in Texas Staggers Farmers; Losses at More Than $4.5B
(August 12, 2006) - Direct economic losses
from the current drought are estimated to have eclipsed the $4 billion mark
in Texas, far surpassing the damage done when it stopped raining in 1998
and reminiscent of the infamous 1950s dry spell, Texas Cooperative Extension
economists said Friday. "It's every bit as bad as it was in parts of
the state during the worst of the '50s," extension agronomist Travis
Miller said Friday, explaining that the intensity of the current 18-month
drought has been similar to the severest times of that six-year drought.
Worse, there's not much hope for many producers even if the weather suddenly
changes. "If it rained now, it would be too late for the main crops,"
said extension economist Carl Anderson, adding that the total economic impact
could be around $8 billion when effects on related businesses — mostly in
rural areas — are considered. more...
Wallace Hired as Iranian Spin Doctor? (August
11, 2006) - It takes a whole lot to shock me these days, but I must
admit that my jaw dropped upon hearing "retired" CBS newsman Mike
Wallace gush over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The "60 minutes"
correspondent, who retired last March, was all excited about his exclusive
interview with Iranian president, and to be fair it was a journalistic coup.
However, after hearing Wallace discuss the interview with Sean Hannity on
his radio show, if I were working for the State Department, I'd investigate
whether or not Mike Wallace registered as an agent for a foreign government.
Ahmadinejad couldn't buy better spin and publicity. According to CBS News,
Wallace's interview will air on "CBS Evening News" on Thursday
and on "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Wallace -- who has never impressed
me as someone with intellectual prowess -- said that the maniacal dictator
is "a rather attractive man, very smart, savvy, self-assured, good
looking in a strange way. He's very, very short but he's comfortable in
his own skin." I don't know about you, but I smell a dinner date on
the horizon for Ahmadinejad and Wallace. I guess it's those cool sheets
Ahmandinejad wears that makes Wallace's heart flutter. more...
Prepares for War With Israel and U.S. (August
2, 2006) - The authoritative Middle East News Line
has confirmed that Iran has ordered preparations for war with Israel
and the United States. In the first such order, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps has ordered its more than 300,000 troops to prepare for a confrontation
with Israel and the United States. IRGC has directed as well as participated
in the Hezbollah war against Israel. “Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards
and Basij [a branch of the IRGC] should prepare themselves to get even with
Zionists and Americans,” IRGC commander Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi said.
“The supreme leader [Ali Khamenei] will announce the time for this.” Safavi
said Iran would avenge Israeli air attacks on Lebanon. He said the Israeli
military was aided by aircraft and weapons from the United States. “We have
to keep this sacred hatred of the enemies of Islam alive in our hearts until
the time of revenge comes,” Safavi said on July 30. “I hope our nation can
one day avenge the blood of innocent people in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq
and Afghanistan. I ask God to arouse the dignity of Muslims and destroy
America, Israel and their associates.” Yesterday, Iranian Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki discussed strategy in Beirut with Hezbollah and Lebanese
leaders. Mottaki’s visit, welcomed by France, took place as the Lebanese
leadership was said to have drawn closer to Iran during the current war
with Israel. Western intelligence sources said IRGC has deployed nearly
1,000 soldiers in Lebanon, many of them along the border with Syria. The
sources said IRGC officers participated in the battle against Israel for
Bint Jbail, about three kilometers from the Jewish state. So far, Iran has
denied that it sent fighters to Lebanon. But Teheran has reported efforts
by so-called volunteers to aid Hezbollah. more...
There have been more recent reports by Israeli troops that they have found bodies wearing Iranian Revolutionary Guard uniforms in Lebanon. Also, rocket fragments found in Israel fired from Lebanon were found to be Russian-made rockets. They lie to the media and the media fails to cover certain things. Meanwhile the world blindly walks into the execution chamber while the Islamo-Facists sharpen their swords.
A Third of the World Population Faces Water Scarcity Today
(August 22, 2006) - One in three people is
enduring one form or another of water scarcity, according to new findings
released by the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture
at World Water Week in Stockholm. These alarming findings totally overrun
predictions that this situation would come to pass in 2025. "Worrisome
predictions in 2000 had forecast that one third of the world population
would be affected by water scarcity by 2025. our findings from the just-concluded
research show the situation to be even worse," says Frank Rijsberman,
Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). "Already
in 2005, more than a third of the world population is affected by water
scarcity. We will have to change business as usual in order to deal with
growing scarcity water crisis we see in some countries like India, China,
and the Colorado River basin of USA and Mexico." The Comprehensive
Assessment, carried out by 700 experts from around the world over the last
five years, indicates that one third of the world's population is currently
living in places where water is either over-used - leading to falling groundwater
levels and drying rivers - or can not be accessed due to the absence of
the appropriate infrastructure. more...
So from this we can expect to see famine and death, another sign of the "beginning of sorrows." Matthew 24:7,8
Small Quakes Keep Shaking Ohio (August 15, 2006) - A small earthquake shook this northwest Ohio city for the second time in about three months, awakening residents but causing no damage early Tuesday, officials said. The 2:09 a.m. quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 2.5, was not related to the series of tremors that have struck in northeast Ohio's Lake County and under Lake Erie this year, said Mike Hansen, head of the Ohio Seismic Network. Hansen said the quake occurred close to this city about 70 miles southwest of Toledo, although authorities were still trying to determine the exact location of the epicenter. "It was very close to the one we had May 11," Hansen said. Residents who called law enforcement authorities reported waking up to a loud boom and then feeling the earth shake, according to Lima police and the Allen County sheriff's office. | Earth Changes |
Natural Disasters Rising With Staggering Consequences
(August 13, 2006) - Natural disasters that
have multiplied worldwide since the 1950s will increase in frequency due
to climate change, a conference has been told. Professor Hartwig de Haen,
retired assistant director-general of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture
Organisation, said that each year 79,000 people died and 200 million more
were directly affected by natural disasters such as droughts and floods.
And the annual global damages bill had reached $AU90 billion, he said. Prof
de Haen, speaking at the International Association of Agricultural Economists
(IAAE) conference on the Gold Coast on Sunday, said the number of natural
disasters had been growing rapidly, impacting especially hard on the very
poor. "The costs associated with natural disasters are difficult to
estimate," Prof de Haen said. "However, there is sufficient evidence
that they have increased several-fold since the 1950s and strong indications
that this trend will continue. "Scientific predictions point to a further
increase in the frequency and intensity of hazards, with a five-fold global
cost increase over the next fifty years, mainly due to climate change and
to further concentration of the world's population in vulnerable habitats."
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