News for April 30, 2008
Mapping Sharia in America Project - David Yerushalmi explains Mapping Shari'a to Michael Savage Intelligence sources, both public (i.e., “open”) sources and clandestine ones, inform us that al Qaeda and many related, affiliated or kindred Muslim terrorist organizations and operational cells are located in the United States. Some are actively planning and preparing for the next major wave of terrorism on our Homeland. Others are “sleeper” cells, biding time and waiting for the right opportunity and command instructions from overseas. What we also know from our intelligence sources, and again much of this is public information, is that the ideological infrastructure is already in place for the Islamic assault on American from within America. This includes Islamic mosques, day schools, and social clubs and other organizations openly teaching historical, traditional and authoritative Islamic law or Shari’a. Islamic law is the source of the command for faithful Muslims to war against the infidel. Sometimes this “Jihad” is taught as a personal introspective battle against the Muslim’s own demons, but just as often this Jihad is taught as a war against non-Muslims and Muslims who have gone astray. Jihad, or Islamic holy war, can be waged peacefully through persuasion and even democratically (i.e., lobbying for electoral results), through coercion and threats, and of course through death and destruction. Many Islamic organizations in America appear to adhere to a peaceful Jihad. Some in fact do adhere to legal and non-violent Jihad to persuade Americans to embrace Islam as a religion and even as a political ideology. Many Islamic groups operate “underground” and explicitly advocate violence and Islamic holy war against America as the Great Satan.
Study: 3 in 4 U.S. mosques preach anti-West extremism
World Net Daily (February
Rising Prices: Food Slammed on all Sides Steve Quayle (April 30, 2008)
An image showing the cause and effects of several factors contributing to current global food shortages.
Global Paradigm Shift: From Free Market Capitalism to State Controlled Socialism McAlvany Weekly Commentary (April 30, 2008)
While listening to this audio, keep in mind that according to Bible prophecy, there will be a global cashless economic system. One of the precursors to that, according to some interpretation of scripture, is an economic and food crisis, the third seal, which could lead to the implementation of a new financial system.
EU warns Russia
against boosting troops in Georgian breakaway regions
EU Observer (April
30, 2008) - In a sharp escalation of tensions in the South Caucasus,
Russia has claimed that Georgia is set to invade its breakaway region of
Abkhazia and is increasing the number of Russian troops there and in South
Ossetia in response. The EU's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has warned
Russia against such a move. "Even if the increase in peacekeepers is
within limits, if we want to diminish the perception of tensions, I don't
think it is a wise measure to increase now," EU foreign policy chief
Javier Solana said on Tuesday (29 April), adding that the union continues
to defend the territorial integrity of Georgia. The statement came only
hours after Russia had accused Georgia, a part of the Soviet Union between
1922 and 1991, of attempting to invade Abkhazia, something that Tbillisi
denies. "If Georgia puts in place the threat it has made on a number
of occasions about the use of force in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, we would
be forced to take retaliatory measures to protect the lives of our citizens,"
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told press, after talking to his
European counterparts in Luxembourg on Tuesday. The Russian foreign ministry
has accused Georgia of sending 1,500 of its own troops and police in the
upper Kodori Gorge in Abkhazia, which is still under Tblisi's control. "A
bridgehead is being prepared for the start of military operations against
Abkhazia," reads a ministry statement. Georgia has denied any plans
or troop build-up, and regarded the Russian move and accusations as provocative.
Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze said: "From now on, we consider every
[Russian] soldier or any unit of military equipment coming in [to Abkhazia
and South Ossetia] as illegal, potential aggressors and potential generators
of destabilisation." "We consider this to be an utterly irresponsible
step. We think this step will utterly destabilise this region," he
added. Meanwhile, according to AFP, Georgian interior minster Shota Utiashvili
said: ""This is not acceptable to us ... [Russia] cannot increase
the number any further." "It is the Russians who are taking provocative
actions, not Georgia," he added. "Deploying additional troops
is certainly a very provocative move." "There has been no increase
in forces from the Georgian side, nothing at all. The Russian statement
is simply not true," he continued.
It seems the divisions that will lead to a Russian, Turkish, Iranian and Libyan alliance apart from the rest of the world are becoming clearer. Europe is working to bring peace while the other side keeps provoking and seemingly working against it. I believe it is this group that will get "spanked by God" when they attack Israel which could lead to a time of more relative peace, albeit short half-peace, before all hell breaks loose at the abomination of desolation. For now Europe and the West are at odds with Russia and the more radical Islamic nations. There are many things that could shift these relationships dramatically and quickly. While I don't have all the answers, I'm still watching! The end will come as foretold, we just have to go through the stages to get there to really understand how.
Iran completely stops conducting oil transactions in US dollars
USA Today (April
30, 2008) - A top Oil Ministry official says Iran, OPEC's second-largest
producer, has completely stopped conducting all its oil transactions in
U.S. dollars. Iran has dramatically reduced dependence on the dollar over
the past year in the face of increasing U.S. pressure on its financial system
and the fall in the value of the American currency. Oil is priced in U.S.
dollars on the world market and the currency's depreciation has concerned
producers because it has contributed to rising crude prices and eroded the
value of their dollar reserves. Iran has already said it was shifting its
oil sales out of the dollar into other currencies. Oil Ministry official
Hojjatollah Ghanimifard said Wednesday all oil transactions are now being
carried out in euros and yen.
Palestinian factions agree to truce with Israel: MENA
Reuters (April 30,
2008) - Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo for talks with Egyptian
security officials have agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a truce with
Israel starting in the Gaza Strip, state news agency MENA said on Wednesday.
But a number of factions were equivocal in their support for the truce,
and some said they reserved the right to retaliate against Israeli attacks. "All
the Palestinian factions have agreed to the Egyptian proposal on a truce
with Israel," MENA said, citing an unnamed high-level Egyptian official.
The official said the proposal included a "comprehensive, reciprocal
and simultaneous truce, implemented in a graduated framework starting in
the Gaza Strip and then subsequently moving to the West Bank," MENA
added. MENA said the proposal was part of a broader plan eventually leading
to the lifting of the blockade which Israel, with Egyptian help, has imposed
on Gaza since last June. The plan includes attempts to reconcile the two
biggest Palestinian factions -- the Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza
Strip and the Fatah group which controls the Palestinian Authority from
its base in the West Bank.
Quake series stresses Reno-area residents USA
Today (April 30, 2008) - Residents
here are being shaken, literally, by an ongoing series of earthquakes, which
experts warn could be a precursor to a major seismic event. Since late February,
hundreds of earthquakes have rattled parts of west Reno. The strongest quake
— with a magnitude of 4.7 — hit shortly before midnight last Friday, cracking
walls and breaking windows, according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.
More than 200 additional small quakes have followed, the lab reported, including
two Monday evening and some small earthquakes Tuesday. "My nerves are
shot. I can't do it anymore," said Cindy Thomas of Mogul, a community
west of Reno. She and husband Larry moved to a relative's house in the southern
part of Reno, away from where the quakes have clustered. She plans to stay
away "as long as it takes." Scientists at the seismological laboratory
— who met with Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons on Tuesday — say the Reno earthquake
swarm is unusual. That's because a primary earthquake usually is followed
by aftershocks diminishing in strength. These quakes started out small and
the general trend shows them building in strength. A magnitude-6 quake hitting
Reno "wouldn't be a scientific surprise," said John Anderson,
the lab's director. Any earthquake measuring above a magnitude of 6 is considered
a strong earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Reno-area
police and fire agencies have plans in place to respond to a major earthquake,
and the state is ready to jump to the aid of Washoe County should one occur,
said Gary Derks, operations officer for the Nevada Division of Emergency
Management. Aaron Kenneston, emergency manager for Washoe County, is encouraging
residents to prepare for a serious quake by stocking up on food, batteries,
flashlights, first-aid supplies and at least 1 gallon of water per family
member. Joe Bernardo spent last Friday night sweeping up broken glass inside
his home, only to be jolted awake by another quake about 4:30 a.m. Monday. "Sleep-deprived?
Yeah, you could say that," said Bernardo, 63. Sandy Jung and her husband
are sleeping in a motor home for safety. Previously a California resident,
Jung said she's accustomed to earthquakes, and has experienced bigger ones
than are occurring in Reno. "But not swarms of them. Not day after
day after day," Jung said. "It's getting very tiresome."
U.N. and World Bank say to tackle Food Crisis
Reuters (April 29,
2008) - U.N. agencies and the World Bank pledged on Tuesday to set
up a task force to tackle an unprecedented rise in global food prices that
is threatening to spread social unrest. The international bodies called
on countries not to restrict exports of food to secure supplies at home,
warning that could make the problem worse. "We consider that the dramatic
escalation in food prices worldwide has evolved into an unprecedented challenge
of global proportions," the United Nations said in a statement. This
had become a crisis for the world's most vulnerable people, including the
urban poor, it said after a meeting of 27 international agency heads in
the Swiss capital, Berne, to chart a solution to food price rises that have
caused hunger, riots and hoarding in poor countries. "Though we have
seen wheat prices fall over the last few days, rice and corn prices are
likely to remain high, and wheat relatively so," World Bank President
Robert Zoellick told a joint news conference. Higher costs of wheat, rice,
and other staples have put extreme pressure on aid providers such as the
World Food Programme (WFP), a U.N. agency aiming to feed 73 million people
this year. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international
community to provide the WFP all of the $755 million in emergency funds
it needs for the crisis. "Without full funding of these emergency requirements,
we risk again the spectre of widespread hunger, malnutrition, and social
unrest on an unprecedented scale," Ban said. Concern about soaring
food costs and limited supplies have toppled Haiti's government and caused
riots in parts of Africa. The task force, bringing together the heads of
U.N. agencies, funds and programmes, the IMF and the World Bank under the
leadership of Ban, will set priorities for a plan of action and make sure
it is carried out. more...
residents inspect twister damage Associated
Press (April 29, 2008) - Weary residents
and business owners, some awakening in emergency shelters, braced themselves
to see what was left of their homes and livelihoods Tuesday after three
tornadoes smashed houses, piled cars on each other and injured more than
200 people. One twister in this city outside Norfolk cut a zigzagging path
25 miles long through residential areas, obliterating some homes in sprays
of splintered lumber while leaving others just a few feet away untouched.
Search teams with dogs found no sign of deaths or any additional injured
victims, Suffolk City Fire Chief Mark Outlaw said. Several roads were closed
Tuesday morning, and traffic was backed up leading into downtown Suffolk,
a city of approximately 80,000 outside Norfolk. Of the 200 injured, only
six were listed in critical condition and six were listed as serious. Officials
listed 125 Suffolk homes and 15 buildings as uninhabitable. The National
Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes struck Suffolk, Brunswick County,
about 60 miles west, and Colonial Heights, about 60 miles northwest. Meteorologist
Bryan Jackson described Suffolk’s as a “major tornado.” The Brunswick County
tornado was estimated at 86 mph to 110 mph, and cut a 300-yard path, Jackson
said. It struck first, at about 1 p.m., said Mike Rusnak, a weather service
meteorologist in Wakefield. The second struck Colonial Heights around 3:40
p.m., he said. The tornado believed to have caused damage over a 25-mile
path from Suffolk to Norfolk touched down repeatedly between 4:30 and 5
p.m., Rusnak said. more...
River Flooding Dooms Farmers Associated Press
(April 28, 2008) - 855,750 acres are under
water, the worst since 1973. Farmers here are experiencing water torture
as they wait for the flooded Mississippi River to recede and give them a
chance to salvage what's left of what might have been the best season in
memory. The muddy Mississippi is at levels not seen in more than three decades,
putting hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland under water. It's impossible
to gauge overall agricultural losses at this point, federal and state officials
say, but most agree the cost will be expensive and the damage extensive.
At Pig Willie's barbecue joint, a cinderblock and cement floor affair attached
to a gas station along Highway 61 as the blacktop begins its long, flat
run through the Delta, independent farmers recently gathered for lunch and
to share their blues. "Right here in this room it will cost over $1
million," Karsten Simrall said of the difficulties facing farmers.
They are wagering potential profits offered by some of the richest soil
in the country against the whims of the mercurial Mississippi. "It'll
take us five years to get out of this. It's going to put people out of business,"
Simrall said. "There's no telling what's going to happen." The
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a total of 855,750 acres are under either
Mississippi floodwater or backwater from the Yazoo River, which drains much
of the board-flat Mississippi Delta into the Mississippi River. About 273,000
of those flooded acres are cleared for wheat, cotton, soybeans, corn and
other crops. Simrall recently knocked a hole in a levee his family built
more than a century ago to protect their land north of Vicksburg. After
failing to keep water out, he feared it will keep in receding floodwaters.
The flood hit just as farmers were preparing to harvest wheat and plant
corn, soybeans and cotton. Some, like farmer Brad Bradway, were forced to
watch as water crept inch by inch over his 110 acres of wheat until his
fields sat under 8 feet of water. more...
Iran tells Russia of plan to solve world problems
28, 2008) - Iran's top national security official on Monday held
talks with his Russian counterpart about a new Iranian package aimed at
solving world problems, including the nuclear standoff with the West. "The
package is about the great questions of the world and the nuclear question
could be the subject of discussion," Iran's top national security official
Saeed Jalili said after talks with Russia's Valentin Sobolev. Jalili gave
no further details over the contents of the package, which appears to be
an all-embracing attempt to solve the problems of the world rather than
a specific offer to end the nuclear crisis. "Our approach could be
a good basis for negotiation between the influential powers of the world,"
he said. The package appears to emphasise what Iran sees as its growing
power in the world and the supposed decline of the great world powers such
as Britain and the United States. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly
said in recent weeks that Iran is the most powerful nation in the world
and capitalist superpowers are on the verge of collapse. Ahmadinejad appointed
his close ally Jalili as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council
in a surprise move last year, replacing the more moderate Ali Larijani. "The
world is no longer unilateral," Jalili told a news conference alongside
Sobolev, who is the acting head of Russia's security council. "There
are different powers in the world. Decisions should be made taking into
account these different powers and the capacity and power of the Islamic
Republic of Iran in the world," said Jalili. He added that the package
would not yet be made public. It would be a major surprise if the package
contained any concession from Iran to break the deadlock in the nuclear
standoff as Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said Tehran will not cede an inch
in the dispute. more...
Iran may be very close to the prophesied attack on Israel, Ezekiel 38,39, in which God will intervene and destroy the attackers. Ahmadinejad's feeling of power in seeing the decline of Western power could lead to confidence in attacking Israel and the world not doing anything about it. There is also the possibility that they are led to attack because of an Israeli pre-emptive attack on Damascus, Isaiah 17, which would give them even more confidence to attack. Keep watching!
EU Condemns Israel, Hamas Israel National News
(April 28, 2008) - The European Union condemned
Israel on Sunday for restricting the supply of fuel delivered to Hamas-controlled
Gaza. In a response to rumors of a critical fuel shortage, the EU’s message
called on Israel to partially re-open Gaza crossings and resume regular
deliveries of fuel. Regular deliveries have been stopped due to frequent
terrorist attacks on the crossings, but emergency fuel supplies have been
let through. The EU also condemned Hamas, saying terrorist groups in Gaza
“have their share in aggravating the humanitarian situation” by their attacks
on Israeli crossings, “which only lead to further suffering of the population.”
Foreign Ministry officials expressed satisfaction with the message, pointing
out that the EU rarely criticizes Hamas by name. The message shows that
the EU took terrorist attacks into consideration when distributing blame
for Gaza’s problems, they said.
As polls narrow,
Irish PM warns of 'disaster' if EU treaty defeated
EU Observer (April
28, 2008) - Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has issued a stark
warning on the consequences of rejecting the EU treaty as the latest poll
shows a narrowing gap between the yes and no side. A no vote would have "repercussions
that would do immense damage to Ireland," and would be a "disaster
for the country," he said on Sunday (27 April), according to the Irish
Times. His words were in reaction to a poll published by the Sunday Business
Post that showed that 35 percent were in favour of the treaty, 31 percent
said they were against and 34 percent remain undecided. The results represent
a decrease for the Yes side of eight percentage points, an increase for
the No side of seven percentage points and an increase of one point for
the undecided category when compared with a similar polls taken two months
ago. The high percentage of those who do not know how they will vote, as
well as stronger showing for the no camp, comes just six weeks ahead of
the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, set for 12 June. The government is
increasingly concerned that farmers may exercise their anger about current
world trade negotiations during the treaty vote. The leader of the Irish
Farmers Association, Padraig Walshe, has repeatedly connected the two issues.
Addressing a rally of around 10,000 farmers in Dublin earlier this month
- the biggest in recent years, Mr Walshe said: "Sell us out and we
will have our say on the 12th of June." He was referring to negotiations
being conducted by EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on behalf of the
European Union, on a world deal on liberalising trade. Part of securing
a deal with developing countries is set to involve concessions by the EU
on its farm subsidies regime. Mr Ahern addressed farmers specifically on
Sunday, pointing out how much the farming community had gained from the
EU. "The biggest beneficiaries [of the European Union] are the agricultural
communities and they should be the ones leading this campaign for it,"
he told RTE, the state radio. He added that the trade talks will be resolved
and that he hoped that the "agricultural community quickly turn around
their attitude to get behind the Lisbon agenda. It's in their interest more
than any other interest or any other section in this country." All
member states need to approve the treaty for it to come into force. So far
11 of the 27 have done so. Ireland is the only country having a referendum
on the document, with a no vote likely to put the treaty on hold for good.
This means the country is under extreme pressure to secure a yes vote, with
much of high politics in Brussels on hold until after 12 June. A series
of senior politicians have visited Ireland to try and woo voters, including
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose Manuel
Barroso. The referendum comes at a time of change in Irish politics, with
the long-serving Mr Ahern due to step down on 6 May to be replaced by current
deputy prime minister Brian Cowen, as well as general uncertainty amid signs
of a slowdown in the Irish economy.
Israel: UNIFIL is hiding information about Hezbollah from Security Council
Haaretz (April 28,
2008) - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is intentionally
concealing information about Hezbollah activities south of the Litani River
in Lebanon to avoid conflict with the group, senior sources in Jerusalem
have said. In the last six months there have been at least four cases in
which UNIFIL soldiers identified armed Hezbollah operatives, but did nothing
and did not submit full reports on the incidents to the UN Security Council.
The Israel Defense Forces and the Foreign Ministry are reportedly very angry
about UNIFIL's actions in recent months, especially about the fact that
its commander, Major General Claudio Graziano, is said to be leniently interpreting
his mission, as assigned by Security Council Resolution 1701, passed at
the end of the Second Lebanon War. Senior IDF officials said recently behind
closed doors that Graziano is "presenting half-truths so as to avoid
embarrassment and conflict with Hezbollah," and that Resolution 1701
has been increasingly eroded in recent months. A senior government source
in Jerusalem said that, "There is an attempt by various factors in
the UN to mislead the Security Council and whitewash everything having to
do with the strengthening of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon." The source
also said, "The policy of cover-ups and whitewashing will not last
long and, hopefully, now that the concealing of information has been revealed,
things will change." Israeli anger reached boiling point over a week
ago after the release of a new report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
with regard to another Lebanon-related Security Council resolution, 1559.
The report briefly mentioned an incident at the beginning of March in which
UNIFIL soldiers encountered unidentified armed men, and included no additional
details. Officials in Israel, familiar with the incident, reportedly were
aware that the Security Council had not been apprised of numerous details
of the incident. A day after the release of the report, Haaretz revealed
that the incident described in the report had actually been a clash between
UNIFIL and armed Hezbollah activists. The latter, driving a truck full of
explosives, threatened the Italian UNIFIL battalion with weapons. Instead
of using force as required by their mandate, the UN soldiers abandoned the
site. A diplomatic source at the UN told Haaretz that senior officials in
UNIFIL and in the UN Secretariat brought heavy pressure to bear to have
the incident erased from the report or at least to blur it. When the incident
was made public, UNIFIL was forced to admit that it had indeed occurred
and to request Lebanon's assistance in investigating it. UNIFIL spokeswoman
Yasmina Bouziane said that during the incident, which took place near the
city of Tyre in southern Lebanon, five armed men had threatened UNIFIL troops.
Report: Hezbollah man says new attack on Israel is question of 'when, not
if' Haaretz (April
27, 2008) - Two years after the Second Lebanon War, the Iranian-backed
Hezbollah organization has bolstered its recruitment efforts at an unprecedented
rate in preparation for a fresh war with Israel, The Guardian reported Sunday.
The report quoted an unnamed Hezbollah fighter as saying: "It's not
a matter of if, it's a matter of when Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah [Hezbollah
chief] commands us" to attack. According to the report, the Islamist
group has of late been sending "hundreds, if not thousands" of
recruits to training camps in Lebanon, Syria and Iran in ancticipation of
conflict with Israel. "The villages in the south are empty of men,"
an international official was quoted as saying. "They are all gone,
training in Bekaa, Syria and Iran." Israel and the Hezbollah fought
a 34-day war in the summer of 2006, sparked by the militant group's cross-border
raid and abduction of two Israel Defense Forces reservists. more...
Earthquake rattles Mexico City CNN
(April 27, 2008) - A moderate earthquake of
5.8 magnitude struck southwestern Mexico on Sunday night, according to the
U.S. Geological Survey. Rafael Abreau of the USGS said there were no reports
of damage from the earthquake, which was centered about 54.5 miles (87.7
kilometers) below ground, and about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south-southwest
of Mexico City. Abreau said the USGS had received reports that the earthquake
had been felt in the country's capital. Because of the depth of the earthquake,
Abreau said, "we may see some minor damage." "Yes, it scared
us," Julio Lara, 38, a parking attendant in downtown Mexico City told
The Associated Press. "It was strong." The earthquake struck at
7:06 p.m. local time (8:06 p.m. ET).
Euro dives as wheels fly off eurozone economy
Telegraph UK (April
26, 2008) - The euro has suffered its sharpest drop in four years
as a blizzard of weak data from Germany, Belgium, France, and Spain spark
fears that economic contagion may be spreading from the Anglo-Saxon world
to Europe. Spain's business federation warned that Spanish unemployment
will rise by 500,000 by the summer unless the government takes "valiant
measures" to offset the housing and construction crash. "For every
dwelling not built, two workers will lose their jobs," said the group's
president, Gerardo Diaz Ferran. The country's credit group ASNEF said the
volume of personal loans had dropped 30pc in the first quarter, the worst
performance since the country's financial crisis in the early 1990s. Troubling
data in Spain has been building for months, but investors have tended to
focus on Germany as a proxy for the whole eurozone. A shock drop in Germany's
IFO business confidence index yesterday caused an abrupt change of mood
in the currency markets. The euro plunged to $1.5646 against the dollar,
down from its all-time peak of $1.6018 on Tuesday. It is still 27pc above
its level two years ago. The German data follows a slide in the Belgian
index, which captures crucial port activity in Antwerp. The headline confidence
figure fell to -7.4 in April from plus 1.2 in March, with a dramatic slump
in the export order books to -14. This is flashing near-recession warnings.
David Owen, an economist at Dresdner Kleinwort, said Europe would soon be
engulfed by the twin effects of a "collapse in export volumes"
and a slow motion credit squeeze. "The wheels are coming off the eurozone
economy," he said. BNP Paribas warned clients yesterday that the "decoupling
story" was no longer credible. "We see Europe in the early stage
of a credit crunch, and if we are right credit supply will shut down,"
it said. Key governors of the European Central Bank began to back away from
their hawkish stance of recent weeks, clearly disturbed by the market perception
that they are mulling a rate rise to choke off price rises. Inflation has
reached a post-EMU high of 3.6pc on surging oil and food costs. Jean-Claude
Trichet, ECB president, went out of his way yesterday to brief journalists
that "sharp" currency moves had "possible implications for
financial and economic stability", a coded threat of co-ordinated intervention
by world central banks. more...
Keep in mind that while Europe is the center of power in Bible prophecy, there is going to be a new global economic system that I believe will replace paper money with electronic money linked through technology to RFID that will require a mark to buy or sell. The world central banks seem to be the ones with the power to bail out anyone and they are some of the greatest proponents of a global governance scheme. I think its a matter of time before this comes about and if the timing I've come across is accurate it could be within a year. Is that possible? Given the events that are coming about, it just may be but I'm still watching too.
Bush backs peace deal as Hamas offers truce
Euro News (April 25, 2008) - With the
clock ticking down on his administration, President Bush says he remains
committed to securing a Middle East peace deal. He's held talks with his
Palestinian counterpart in Washington ahead of his trip to the region in
mid-May. Negotiations have stalled since Bush pledged to achieve an agreement
by the end of this year. Bush said: "I assured [President Abbas] that
a Palestinian state's a high priority, for me and my adminsitration, a viable
state, a state that doesn't look like Swiss cheese, a state that provides
hope." But one of the biggest holes in the plan has been the rise of
Abbas's political rivals Hamas, who captured the Gaza strip last June. They
too are pushing for peace - at least temporarily. Former foreign minister
Mahmoud al-Zahar offered Israel a six-month truce in Gaza with an option
to extend it to the West bank. In return they want end to the Israeli blockade
of the territory. Israel's UN ambassador dismissed the deal. Menawhile Gaza
is at breaking point. The UN has had to suspend its aid operations in the
Strip after an emergency fuel shipment was blocked by petrol-hungry farmers.
Israel says it has cut shipments of fuel and other supplies in response
to cross border rocket attacks by Hamas militants. The EU sent a shipment
of diesel to Gaza's only power station after engineers warned it was about
to shut down. They say the generators will grind to a halt on Sunday if
no more fuel is allowed through.
Hamas Offers Israel Six-Months ''Calm'' Bridges
For Peace (April 25, 2008) - “The movement
agrees to a truce in the Gaza Strip…fixed at six months, during which period
Egypt will work to extend the truce to the West Bank [Judea and Samaria],
said former Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar reading from a
prepared Hamas statement. Speaking from Cairo after meeting with Egyptian
intelligence chief Omar Suleiman he insisted the truce bring an end to the
Israeli blockade of the coastal strip. “The truce must be mutual and simultaneous
and the blockade must be lifted and the crossing points opened, including
the Rafah crossing point (between Gaza and Egypt),” he demanded. A meeting
will be called on April 29–30 with terrorist groups including the Islamic
Jihad to ensure Palestinian consensus to the proposal. Suleiman will host
those meetings before making a formal proposal of peace to Israel. While
Israel would appreciate peace on the border, officials are wary of the Hamas
proposal. Spokesman for the Prime Minister, Mark Regev said, “We can’t have
a period of quiet that will just be the quiet before the storm.” Israeli
officials said they are not negotiating a truce with Hamas but there would
be no reason to take military action into the Palestinian territories if
violence from the region ceased. Meanwhile Palestinian Authority Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] is in Washington meeting with President George
W. Bush. He is telling the President that all efforts must be made to establish
the proposed Palestinian state before his presidential term ends in eight
months. Abbas, whose popularity within the West Bank has deteriorated dramatically,
will warn the President that if the peace agreement does not proceed rapidly,
the situation in the region will “deteriorate.”
Israeli envoy to UN calls Carter 'a bigot' for meeting Meshal
Haaretz (April 25,
2008) - Israel's ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday called
former President Jimmy Carter "a bigot" for meeting with the leader
of the militant Hamas movement in Syria. Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, "went
to the region with soiled hands and came back with bloody hands after shaking
the hand of Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas," Ambassador Dan Gillerman
told a luncheon briefing for reporters. The diplomat was questioned about
problems facing his country during a wide-ranging discussion with reporters
lasting more than an hour. The briefing was sponsored by The Israel Project,
a Washington-based, media-oriented advocacy group. The ambassador's harsh
words for Carter came days after the ex-president met with Meshal for seven
hours in Damascus to negotiate a cease-fire with Gaza's Hamas rulers. Carter
then called Meshal on Monday to try to get him to agree to a one-month truce
without conditions, but the Hamas leader rejected the idea. The ambassador
called last weekend's encounter "a very sad episode in American history."
He said it was "a shame" to see Carter, who had done "good
things" as a former president, "turn into what I believe to be
a bigot." Reacting to the ambassador's comments, former Meretz chairman
MK Yossi Beilin on Friday urged the state to recall Gillerman from his post.
Telephone calls by The Associated Press to two Atlanta numbers for Carter
were not immediately returned Thursday. During Carter's visit, Gillerman
said, Hamas "was shelling our cities and maiming and injuring and wounding
Israeli babies and Israeli children." The ambassador noted that
Hamas is armed and trained by Iran, whose president once called for Israel
to be "wiped off the map." "The real danger, the real
problem is not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the real threat is Iran,"
he said. ... Gillerman called Syria a "destabilizing influence"
in the Middle East. "You see Syria's hosting, very hospitably and
warmly, over 10 terror organizations in Damascus," the ambassador
said, adding that the country also supports Hezbollah, an anti-Israeli Shiite
group in Lebanon with close ties to Iran and Syria. "Basically, Syria
and Iran, together with Hamas and Hezbollah, are the main axes of terror
and evil in the world," the Israeli ambassador said. more...
If Israeli intelligence warns of a serious threat from those 10 terror organizations in Damascus, and Syria's nuclear reactor ambitions are laid bare, more here and here, could this lead to Israel preemptively attacking Damascus as stated in Isaiah 17? Keep in mind that Israel's existence is at stake as far as the secular state is concerned. Many of their neighbors are vying for their destruction, will she react? Keep watching.
At Expense of All Others, Putin Picks a Church The New York Times (April 24, 2008) - It was not long after a Methodist church put down roots here that the troubles began. First came visits from agents of the F.S.B., a successor to the K.G.B., who evidently saw a threat in a few dozen searching souls who liked to huddle in cramped apartments to read the Bible and, perhaps, drink a little tea. Local officials then labeled the church a “sect.” Finally, last month, they shut it down. There was a time after the fall of Communism when small Protestant congregations blossomed here in southwestern Russia, when a church was almost as easy to set up as a general store. Today, this industrial region has become emblematic of the suppression of religious freedom under President Vladimir V. Putin. Just as the government has tightened control over political life, so, too, has it intruded in matters of faith. The Kremlin’s surrogates in many areas have turned the Russian Orthodox Church into a de facto official religion, warding off other Christian denominations that seem to offer the most significant competition for worshipers. They have all but banned proselytizing by Protestants and discouraged Protestant worship through a variety of harassing measures, according to dozens of interviews with government officials and religious leaders across Russia. This close alliance between the government and the Russian Orthodox Church has become a defining characteristic of Mr. Putin’s tenure, a mutually reinforcing choreography that is usually described here as working “in symphony.” Mr. Putin makes frequent appearances with the church’s leader, Patriarch Aleksei II, on the Kremlin-controlled national television networks. Last week, Mr. Putin was shown prominently accepting an invitation from Aleksei II to attend services for Russian Orthodox Easter, which is this Sunday. The relationship is grounded in part in a common nationalistic ideology dedicated to restoring Russia’s might after the disarray that followed the end of the Soviet Union. The church’s hostility toward Protestant groups, many of which are based in the United States or have large followings there, is tinged with the same anti-Western sentiment often voiced by Mr. Putin and other senior officials. The government’s antipathy also seems to stem in part from the Kremlin’s wariness toward independent organizations that are not allied with the government. more...
You can watch a video report as well here. As David at Fulfilled Prophecy wrote in his post where I learned of this story, "If the NY Times can recognize the crackdown on Protestants in Russia it must really be bad."
On St George's Day, EU wipes England off map
Telegraph UK (April
24, 2008) - England has been wiped off a map of Europe drawn up by
Brussels bureaucrats as part of a scheme that the Tories claim threatens
to undermine the country's national identity. The new European plan splits
England into three zones that are joined with areas in other countries.
The "Manche" region covers part of southern England and northern
France while the Atlantic region includes western parts of England, Portugal,
Spain and Wales. The North Sea region includes eastern England, Sweden,
Denmark, the Netherlands and parts of Germany. A copy of the map, which
makes no reference to England or Britain, has even renamed the English Channel
the "Channel Sea". Each zone will have a "transnational regional
assembly", although they will not have extensive powers. However, the
zones are regarded as symbolically important by other countries. German
ministers claimed that the plan was about "underlying the goal of a
united Europe" to "permanently overcome old borders" at a
time when the "Constitution for Europe needs to regain momentum".
The Tories are drawing attention to the plan today, St George's Day. Eric
Pickles, the shadow secretary of state for communities and local government,
said: "We already knew that Gordon Brown had hoisted the white flag
of surrender to the European constitution. "Now the Labour government
has been caught red-handed, conspiring with European bureaucrats to create
a European super-state via the back door." The disclosure of the European
map comes as a YouGov poll commissioned by The Daily Telegraph showed that
one third of people want England to have its own parliament. Twenty per
cent want England to be an independent country and for Britain to be broken
Concerns mount ahead of US briefing on IAF strike in Syria
The Jerusalem Post
(April 23, 2008) - US Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates said Wednesday that the American public would "soon"
learn the details of North Korea's nuclear involvement with Syria, despite
fears in Jerusalem that such revelations could push Syria to attack Israel.
Israel has registered its opposition to releasing details connected to the
IAF's September 6 strike on what foreign media reports have said was likely
a nuclear reactor being built in northeastern Syria with the help of North
Korea. But members of Congress have been clamoring for briefings on what
the administration knows about the incident and what it means for North
Korean nuclear proliferation amid concerns over US concessions to the East
Asian country in exchange for ending its nuclear program. Select congressional
panels, including the Senate and House intelligence committees, are set
to receive closed briefings Thursday on what the administration knows about
North Korean-Syrian nuclear ties. Top defense officials expressed concern
Wednesday that the details revealed in the congressional hearing would "embarrass"
Syrian President Bashar Assad - who has refused to confirm reports on the
nature of the site - and might create pressure from within his regime to
respond militarily against Israel. "Syria thinks it owes us for what
happened in September," a senior Israeli defense official said, adding
that the congressional hearing could also force Assad to reject peace talks
with Israel to show leadership in the face of growing internal criticism.
Since the air strike, Israel has refused to publicly reveal details on the
site, and the military censor has imposed tight restrictions on what details
the Israeli press is allowed to publish. The Wall Street Journal reported
on Tuesday that US intelligence officials would tell the US legislators
that North Korea was helping Syria to build a plutonium-fueled reactor.
Following the September 6 air strike, the Syrians razed the site. At a press
briefing on Wednesday morning, Gates would not elaborate on the nature or
timing of the revelations to be made public, beyond his statement that they
would come "soon," and neither would spokesmen from the State
Department and White House when asked later in the day about his comments.
There has been speculation, however, that members of the media will be given
information following the closed congressional briefings. The United States
recently has stepped back from its push for a detailed declaration addressing
the North's alleged secret uranium enrichment program and nuclear cooperation
with Syria. Now, the United States says it wants the North to simply acknowledge
the American concerns and then set up a system to verify that the country
does not continue such activity. more...
Europe's role in the Middle East: Model or mediator? The Jerusalem Post (April 23, 2008) - Javier Solana, the EU's foreign policy chief, is the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Secretary-General of both the Council of the European Union (EU) and the Western European Union (WEU). He was named Secretary General of the 10 permanent members of the Western European Union in November 1999. Solana is a physicist who later became a politician, serving as a minister in Spain for 13 years under Felipe González before serving as Secretary General of NATO from 1995 to 1999. Since October 1999, Javier Solana has served as the EU's High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. In 2004, Solana had been designated to become the EU's Minister for Foreign Affairs for when the European Constitution was to come into force in 2009, but it was not ratified and his position has been renamed under the Treaty of Lisbon. Here are Solana's e-mail responses to questions sent to him by this columnist:
The EU (in its early version as a common market) came about as an attempt to bring a halt to hostilities among European countries, especially France and Germany. [Note how the free-trade process is now working for a North American Union] How relevant is this experience for the current Middle East situation, and what role could the EU play in facilitating similar developments?
How could the EU help Israeli and Arab companies pursue business joint ventures through the auspices of the European Union?
Do you believe there is interest from Arab business sectors in different countries to strengthen economic ties with Israel?
Do you as EU High Representative see it as part of your agenda to promote a Free Trade Area or other economic cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors?
The EU could afford to concentrate on first economic matters and then deeper integration thanks to the defense umbrella provided by the US during the cold war. Could the EU play a similar role today for the Middle East?
Zechariah 12:1-3 speaks to the whole world being gathered against Jerusalem and it being a burdensome stone for the world. Today, the conflicts of the world seem to center in the Middle East and the effort to solve this problem in the name of peace and security is the desire of most of the world. There are some who thrive on the chaos, but the problems of the Middle East have affected lives around the world. I find it interesting that Europe has taken the lead in this effort to bring peace and security given the prophetic role of the revived Roman Empire in scripture of being the fourth kingdom that will rule the earth during the time of great tribulation. Even more interesting is that following WWII, it was the economic integration of the nations that brought about a common currency and a common foreign and security policy, the same kind of harmonization that is happening today with America, Canada and Mexico. And it is the promise of free trade and economic cooperation that is being used to try and bring peace in the Middle East. And yet even more interesting is that it is being done through a seven-year (week) policy that is a confirmation of a previous foreign policy. It seems the New World Order is centered in Europe and is working with the rest of the world's Western powers, mainly America, to divide Israel for peace and keep running into problems and issues. Are all these things coming together mere coincidence, or could it be that the Bible really has foretold the end and we are in it? I think you know where I stand, but keep watching and decide for yourself.
2012: TEOTWAWKI The Omega Letter (April 8, 2008) - If you are a Christian, and you believe that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled in this generation, then you are probably the oddball in your church. In fact, scratch 'probably'. It is pretty much a dead-bang certainty that you are. It is fascinating to me that a person can be pro-choice, anti-Israel, pro-gay marriage, and be labeled a 'Christian progressive'. But if you believe that God not only knows the future, but recorded it for us in advance, well, then you're a nut. Most Christians are ok with the idea that God created the universe. Whether or not they accept it as a literal 'creation' or some kind of modified evolutionary scheme notwithstanding, few Christians would argue that creation is beyond God's power. For reasons nobody has ever been able to logically articulate to me, Christians have no problem agreeing that the First Advent of Jesus Christ was prophesied. But prophecies pointing to His Second Advent are merely symbolic and not to be taken literally. If YOU do, then you are a nut. There are some churches, on the other hand, that are wholly given over to the study of Bible prophecy for the last days. If you are a member of a church like that, not only are YOU a nut, but you probably belong to a cult. If you wanted to draw a cartoon in which you wanted one of the characters to be instantly recognized as being a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, the most recognizable way would be to draw a guy with a long beard wearing a burnoose and brandishing a sign saying, "Repent! The end is near!" And that's just the way the subject is treated by other Christians. To the world, if you study Bible prophecy, you are probably not just crazy, but dangerous. If you believe Nostradamus knew the future, you're a harmless eccentric, if you believe the Mayans calculated The End of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) you are an historian. If you believe St Malachy, you are a Catholic theologian. But if you believe that the God of the Universe has a Divine Plan that culminates with the judgment of mankind during the Tribulation Period, based entirely on a literal reading of His Word, then there's something wrong with you. The Mayan Indians, whose culture died out 1400 years ago, developed a complex calendar system that continues to fascinate scientists to this day. The Mayan Calendar divides the history of man into five distinct 'ages' and this present age is scheduled to end exactly at 11:11 am (Greenwich Mean Time), on 24 December, 2012. The Mayans believed that on that date and time, the world as we know it will end with the final destruction of mankind on the earth. Nostradamus is credited with having predicted the 9/11 attacks as kicking off the end of days. According to one celebrated 'quatrain' a King of Terror wearing a blue turban will attack 'the "Great City", etc., etc. Although his most famous quatrain makes reference to the 'King of Terror' "in the seventh month of 1999" and the 9/11 attacks took place in the 9th month of 2000, for Nostradamus fans, that was close enough. An 12th-century Irish priest recorded a prophecy in which he allegedly named the rest of the Popes in human history, from Celestine II (1143-1144) to the last pope at the end of the world. According to St. Malachy, there would be exactly 112 Popes. Malachy predicted the second last Pope would be called 'a Benedictine.' I wrote about St Malachy's 'Benedictine prophecy' in April, 2005, as the new Pope was being selected. Cardinal Ratzinger chose, as his papal name, "Pope Benedict the XVI". According to St Malachy, the Benedictine's reign will be short, (Ratzinger is in his 80's) and he will be succeeded by the last Pope, "Peter the Great." The various adherents of the Mayans, Nostradamus, St Malachy (and there are others) all share the same basic worldview that could be paraphrased thusly: let every man be true and God a liar. All the various secular 'prophets' prove is that Satan knows his time is short. There is a singular difference between secular prophecies and Bible prophecy that reveals the source of the information. Secular prophecies can only 'predict' events, not outcomes. Bible prophecy tells how they turn out.
Satan is the universe's master deceiver. His ultimate goal is to be received as God. Only God is capable of prophecy. But Satan has a counterfeit plan of his own, and he has had six thousand years to develop it. Since he knows what he has planned, it is no trick to reveal the plan to some secular 'prophet'. Satan doesn't know how his plan will turn out, any more than any other created being, but he DOES know what he has in mind. From our dimension of time, it seems like prophecy. Remove the element of time, and what seem now to be prophecy would no more than the outline of a plan. Extra-Biblical prophecies, are part of that overall plan to counterfeit the miracles of God, so that, one day, " he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (2nd Thessalonians 2:4) If one examines the extra-Biblical prophecies for the truth they contain, rather than looking for the sensational, what what learns is that it isn't just prophecy nuts who believe in Bible prophecy. Satan believes it, too, or he wouldn't be trying to counterfeit it. What it DOES establish is that even Satan has an idea of the time of the end -- and Satan thinks it will be some time around 2012. We know that, of the day and hour, no man knoweth, but we are told we WILL know that it is 'near, even at the doors.' And from that time, Jesus tells us, "Verily I say unto thee, this generation shall not pass, until ALL these things be fulfilled." (Matthew 24:34) TEOTWAWKI on December 24, 2012? I don't think so. But soon? No doubt about it.
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