Thursday, 24 December 2009

Oil well with potential found in Israel -

The Heletz oil field was the location of the f...Image via WikipediaTEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- An exploration team in Israel said it had discovered an oil field in the center of the country described as having significant commercial potential.

The Givat Olam Exploration Partnership said, "at this stage it is not possible to estimate the significance of these findings," but the firm described the oil field as one with "significant quantities," Arutz Sheva reported Friday.

The so-called "Meged" well is near Rosh HaAyin, a city east of Tel Aviv, Israel, close to a mountainous area in the northern part of the West Bank called Samaria, Arutz Sheva reported.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Iran launches long-range missile

Iran said today that it had successfully tested an upgraded, long-range missile capable of hitting Israel and US targets in the Gulf, further stoking tensions in the Middle East and prompting a call from Gordon Brown for stricter sanctions.

In a terse, one-sentence announcement, Iranian state television said the Sejil-2 missile, a solid-fuel rocket with a range of 1,200 miles, had been successfully test fired. 'It hit the defined target,' state television said, giving no further details.

New Hamas West Bank commanders set to revive anti-Israel terror

Since early 2007, Hamas has refrained from orchestrating terrorist activity against Israel from the West Bank, focusing mainly on its missile barrage against southwestern Israel from the Gaza Strip. Now, DEBKAfile's military sources report, the Palestinian extremists have changed course. Hamas' military chief Muhammad Jabry has established a new regional West Bank command corps for a fresh terror campaign against Israel, including suicide attacks, from the territory controlled by the rival Fatah and Palestinian Authority.

Jabry used the discussions on a Palestinian prisoner swap for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit which took place in Cairo and Damascus during October and November, for getting together with Hamas West Bank operatives and refreshing the regional command. He also obtained top-level sanction for the new terror offensive from Hamas' Damascus-based political bureau chiefs and its Shura council.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Khamenei: Israel will be humiliated if it strikes in Gaza - Israel News, Ynetnews

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that 'if the Zionist regime starts another war against the people of Gaza it will suffer an even harsher defeat and be humiliated far more than before'.

Justice Minister: Step by step, Torah law will become binding in Israel - Haaretz - Israel News

Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman took to the Knesset podium Tuesday to try to calm the political storm he caused this week when he said that "step by step, Torah law will become the binding law in the State of Israel." Neeman made his controversial remarks Monday evening at a convention on Jewish law in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday Neeman clarified his statements, saying they had been taken out of context. He said he meant that since the Israeli justice system is overburdened, an alternative system like the rabbinical court system could help relieve the pressure.

After his words on Monday were broadcast on Army Radio a day later, Neeman appeared in the Knesset. But he did not retract his statements. "I hear the calls from all directions and I want to point things in the right direction," Neeman told the Knesset. "It is difficult for me to accept the things that were attributed to me, as though I had said that the laws of this country should be replaced with Torah laws. Yesterday I emphasized the importance of the rabbinical court system to the State of Israel. The Knesset is the legislator in Israel, and the interpretation of its laws is determined by the courts."

He says that "we must bring back the heritage of our fathers to the nation of Israel. The Torah has the complete solution to all the questions we are dealing with."

Monday, 14 December 2009

It's about the Cross

It's about the Cross, by Go Fish.

Ahmadinejad Reportedly Claims U.S. is Blocking Return of Mankind's Saviour

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the United States is attempting to thwart the return of mankind's savior, according to reports from Al Arabiya, a television news station based in Dubai.

Ahmadinejad reportedly claims he has documented evidence that the U.S. is blocking the return of Mahdi, the Imam believed by Muslims to be the savior.

“We have documented proof that they believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world,” Ahmadinejad said during a speech on Monday, according to Al Arabiya.

"They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

US Court: Active lesbian awarded custody of Christian’s only child

A case of two lesbians, one of whom has become a Christian and completely renounced the homosexual lifestyle, has tested the strength and definition of parenting roles and laws in the United States.

In a potentially precedent-setting case, a Vermont Court has ordered that sole custody of a Virginia woman’s 7-year-old daughter be transferred to the woman’s former lesbian lover by 1 January 2010.

Lisa Miller (pictured-on left), the former lesbian who subsequently became a Christian, had given birth to her daughter Isabella through artificial insemination in 2002 while still living in a civil union with Janet Jenkins in Vermont, US, but left Jenkins and the lesbian lifestyle about a year later. Ms Jenkins, who has no biological or legal relationship with Isabella, later brought a legal action in a Vermont Court pursuing custody of Ms Miller’s daughter, who is currently living with her mother in Virginia, US.

Ms Jenkins maintains the Vermont civil union guarantees her parental rights and states she believes it is not good for a child to be raised in a Christian atmosphere. A Vermont judge ruled in her favour in 2003, ordering that she be allowed liberal, unsupervised visits with Isabella.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Elbit tests new UAV that can fly to Iran

Elbit Systems successfully carried out the maiden flight on Monday of the new long-range, high-endurance Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle which is capable of carrying out surveillance missions thousands of kilometers from Israel, including over Iran.

The Hermes 900 is the longer-range model of the Hermes 450, that has accumulated over 170,000 flight hours. The Hermes 900 offers additional key capabilities, can stay airborne for 36 hours, fly at altitudes of more than 30,000 feet, carry a large payload of up to 300 kilograms and can fly in adverse weather conditions.

The new UAV offers advanced satellite communication capabilities and can be controlled from the same ground station as the Hermes 450.

Christian couple not guilty of abuse of a Muslim woman

A Christian couple have been cleared of a religiously aggravated public order offence of insulting a Muslim guest because of her faith.

On Wednesday, 9 December 2009, Benjamin and Sharon Vogelenzang were cleared of insulting a Muslim guest, Ericka Tazi, 60, after a judge heard that she had claimed Jesus was a ‘minor prophet’ and the Bible was untrue.

District Judge Richard Clancy, sitting at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, ruled that the couple were covered by their right to freedom of expression under the European Human Rights Act after they were alleged to have compared the prophet Mohammed to a warlord and called the guest a terrorist.

The judge also suggested that Mrs Tazi’s version of events could not be relied upon and that she was not the religious person she presented herself as in the witness box.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Hamas preparing advanced rockets, missiles and tunnels

Israel is likely to face advanced Iranian weaponry, long-range rockets, large missile silos and dozens of kilometers of underground tunnels connecting open fields with urban centers in the event of a future conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest Israeli assessments.

Since Operation Cast Lead ended almost a year ago, Hamas has increased its weapons smuggling and today operates hundreds of tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor. It has smuggled in dozens of long-range Iranian-made rockets that can reach Tel Aviv as well as advanced anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles.

Hamas is believed to have a significant number of shoulder-launched anti-tank missiles and 9M113 Konkurs, which have a range of four kilometers and are capable of penetrating heavy armor.

If attacked, Iran wants Syria to hit back at Israel. Damascus hedges

DEBKAfile's military sources report that this message Iran's defense minister Ahmad Vahidi brought to Damascus where he is attending a session of the high Iranian-Syrian defense committee which went into its second day Thursday, Dec. 10. Syrian defense minister Ali Habib is in the chair.

The Iranian visitor indicated that Tehran expects an Israeli attack within a month. According to Iranian intelligence, Jerusalem will take its green light from President Barack Obama's forced admission after Christmas that his policy of dialogue and stiffer sanctions have failed in the face of Tehran's rejection of the international proposal to send its enriched uranium for overseas processing.

"The countdown for war is coming close to its end," said Vahidi to the joint defense committee. "And we must get our strategic partnership in shape ahead of time."

The leitmotif of the Iranian defense secretary's talks in Damascus was the fate Iran and Syria share and their strategic partnership as the only safeguards against what he called "'American-backed Zionist aggression." Syria must commit itself to joint military action against Israel, because “stronger defense ties between Iran and Syria are elements of deterrence in confronting the Zionist regime's threats to the countries of the region.”

For the first, time, Gen. Vahidi openly threatened to respond to a possible Israel attack on Iran's nuclear facilities by striking Israel's "chemical, microbiological and banned nuclear weapons" production sites.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Spheres of Power

New unmanned US stealth jet based in Afghanistan gathers data in Iran

US Air Force spokesmen confirmed this week that the hitherto secret unmanned, high-altitude stealth jet, the "Beast of Kandahar," was present at the big US air base of Bagram, in Afghanistan. Little is known about the Sentinel, which was manufactured by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Program. USAF spokesmen disclosed only that its new deployment responded to secretary of defense Robert Gates' request for increased intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for combatant commanders in Afghanistan.

According to DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources, Washington had a reason for letting the Beast surface at this time in the form of a published photograph and a note about its ability to fly over the borders of Iran, China, India and Pakistan for collecting "useful data about missile tests, telemetry, signals and multi-spectral intelligence. The disclosure came on the heels of Iran's big air defense exercise for guarding its nuclear sites which ended in the third week of November; it appears to be a message to Tehran that all its war games, especially in intelligence and electronic warfare, were pointless since its skies are wide open to American drone activity against which Iran has no recourse.

Baghdad car bombs cause carnage

A series of car bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora district of the city. Four others occurred near official buildings within minutes. Veteran politician Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, an ex-national security adviser, blamed al-Qaeda militants for the attacks.

He told the BBC their aim was to destabilise the country ahead of general elections due in March. "Al-Qaeda has been active in Baghdad recently," Mr Rubaie said.
"The aim is to show the government is unable to protect civilians and its own people and also to deter people from going to ballot boxes." The explosions on Tuesday shook houses across the capital.

The great climate change swindle: global warming is not manmade

Climate change has always existed and humankind does not have the power to affect it insists a critic of global warming theory, Lord Christopher Monckton, on the eve of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

“It is yet another attempt of the governing class of the world to take advantage of the ‘little guy’ to conspire against the governed, to have another excuse for exaggerated levels of taxation, regulation and interference,” blames Monckton.

“There is no scientific basis whatsoever for saying there is a 90% probability that most of the warming of the last 50 years was caused by human kind,” Monckton insists. “The fact is we have no means of knowing what are the influences that cause the climate to fluctuate in the short term upwards or downwards, this is simply beyond our capacity to measure or analyze.”

Speaking about replacing one third of agricultural land which grows food to be used for growing bio-fuels instead, Christopher Monckton reminded that it has led to double food price surge over just one year.

“If we have to pay twice as much for our food – it’s inconvenient. If you are in a poor country – that difference of a 100% in the price of your food is the difference between life and death,” he warns. Monckton points out that this resulted in major food riots in dozens of countries as a result of the food price rise were hardly reported in the West.

Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood's Racist Founder

Planned Parenthood Racism Investigation by UCLA Law Student
Planned Parenthood of both Idaho and Ohio accepts money from a donor who openly shares his racist agenda to "lower the number of Blacks in America."

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Flaming row between Palestinian PM and US general puts security cooperation at risk

According to DEBKAfile's military sources, a loud shouting match erupted Sunday, Dec. 6, between Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad and US Gen. Keith Dayton, who is in charge of training 2,000 Palestinian commandos as the Palestinian Authority first ever effective security force.

The quarrel is serious enough to hang a question mark over US-Palestinian-Israel cooperation in the campaign against Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

Our sources report exclusively that Sunday, Dec. 6, Fayad took advantage of the Mahmoud Abbas, the PA chairman's chronic absence from the country, to summon the general to his office in Ramallah to order him to stop issuing press statements about the new Palestinian West Bank force. 'You're just the trainer, that's all,' he said to the four-star American general.

Hamas fires same heat missile as al Qaeda, Taliban use in Afghanistan

Unlike Hamas' homemade primitive Qassams, the two advanced C5K anti-tank missiles fired at Israeli forces on guard duty outside Kibbutz Alumim Sunday, Dec. 6, are of foreign manufacture and must have been smuggled into the Gaza Strip very recently. DEBKAfile's military sources report: Once used from helicopters by the Russian army, these weapons are armed with a 4-kilo heat warhead which rides the thermal waves emitted by tanks and armored vehicles with destructive fragmentation impact.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

US to focus on uranium findings in Syria - evidence of Iranian proliferation

A senior official in the Obama administration described the UN nuclear watchdog inspectors' discovery of traces of highly processed plutonium at the bombed Syrian-North Korean facility at Dir a-Zur as a 'smoking gun' - evidence of Iran's covert nuclear activities and proliferation, DEBKAfile's Washington sources report.

It was confirmed by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in their Nov. 30 visit to the site which was demolished by Israel in September 2007.

Obama administration sources are confident that with this information of Iranian violations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, even Russia and China will have to endorse stiff new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The soil samples the inspectors collected at their last visit to Dir a-Zur confirmed an earlier discovery of uranium used in separating out bomb-grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel which the US believes was supplied by Iran. Those experiments were clearly further along that previously assessed.

The same traces were found at the Syrian nuclear research reactor near Damascus.

Washington intends to present these findings as solid evidence of the tie-in between the Syrian and Iranian military nuclear programs, together with proofs of Tehran's direct involvement in the planning and construction of the demolished Syria reactor.

The Hal Lindsey Report 4th Dec 09

Friday, 4 December 2009

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation

German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea's head earlier this year. DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead.

After this breakthrough, the German BND intelligence believes it will take Tehran no more than a year to perfect its expertise and stock enough highly-enriched uranium to make the last leap toward building the first Iranian nuclear bomb or warhead. DEBKAfile's military sources confirm that simulated detonation of a warhead takes Iran to the highest level of weapons development.

Religious groups congregate in Melbourne

Six thousand people are expected to attend the world's largest inter-religious gathering over the next week with the Parliament of the World's Religions starting in Melbourne tonight.

It is the fourth parliament which convenes every five years. A spokesman for the Parliament of the World's Religions, Rev. Dirk Ficca says 80 countries will be represented in the Parliament and all are welcome to attend including atheists.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Dundee removes any reference to Christianity in upcoming Christmas Celebrations

City leaders in Dundee, Scotland, are planning a spectacular festive season celebration with the difference that its winter revelry this year will include no references to Christianity. All references to the religious elements of Christmas have been deliberately dropped from the switching-on ceremony for the city’s festive lights.

In addition, instead of a traditional Christian nativity scene, Dundee is shifting its focus to be ‘more inclusive of people with different faiths or no religious views’ and will set up a solar-powered disco, a circus, a continental market and even have a fairy on stilts entertaining crowds.

Those who believe in the real meaning of Christmas have condemned the decision. Members of Dundee's Church of Scotland Presbytery have voiced their concern to the city council, saying that the religious aspect of Christmas has been eroded. They are urging Kirk members to contact their local councillors to protest against the move.

Christmas TV soaps to deliver tidings of murder, blackmail, divorce and incest

O tidings of comfort and joy - not to mention murder, blackmail, stabbing, divorce and incest. The Christmas message from soap operas this year is a combination of human misery. While the rest of us prepare for celebrations TV writers have been doing their best to ensure this Christmas is the worst on record.

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation

German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea's head earlier this year. DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Lebanon's new government endorsed Hezbollah's right to keep its weapons

Lebanon's new government Wednesday endorsed Hezbollah's right to keep its weapons, the latest sign that the group has no intention of meeting a U.N. resolution calling for it to disarm.

Hezbollah is believed to have thousands of rockets and missiles hidden in basements and bunkers throughout Shiite Muslim areas of the tiny country.

Hezbollah's refusal to give up its weapons has generated division within the country as well as concern in Israel, which says it is preparing to deploy a defense system to shoot down rockets from Lebanon.

North Caucasus group in Russia train bomb web claim

A North Caucasus Islamist group has claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed 26 people on a Moscow-to-St Petersburg train, a website says. The website claim on said last Friday's attack was carried out by the 'Caucasian Mujahadeen' on the orders of its leader, Doku Umarov.

Spiritual ruler Khamenei clips Ahmadinejad's wings

In a sudden about-turn, Iran released five British yachtsmen Wednesday, Dec. 2, a week after their capture off the Persian Gulf island of Sirri. The move announced by Tehran's state media early Wednesday even took London by surprise.

They were towed into international waters and arrived in Dubai later that afternoon.

DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that this was one of the few instances in which Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei overruled president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had clearly intended to put the five Britons on trial for espionage. The president's chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaie announced ominously Tuesday: 'The judiciary will decide about the five… but naturally Iran will take hard and serious measures if we find out they had evil intentions.'

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Iran pilgrims stage hajj protest

ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia — Iranian hajj pilgrims carried out a peaceful protest without incident on Thursday as millions of Muslims amassed for the peak of the world's largest annual pilgrimage.

Ignoring Saudi warnings against political activity, the Iranians chanted for Muslim unity and against the 'enemies' of the faith in their camp at Arafat outside of Mecca.

'Death to America, death to Israel,' thousands of Iranians chanted inside a huge tent on the Arafat plain.

Poirot's David Suchet claims Christianity is being marginalised to avoid offending other faiths

Poirot actor David Suchet has claimed that Christianity is being marginalised because people are more concerned about not offending other faiths. He said Britain was now in danger of losing the importance of the religion.

In an interview, the 63-year-old star said: 'I do feel that Christianity is being marginalised by other religions in Britain.

'I won't tell you the name of it, but a charity I work for got turned down for Government funding recently, because it was a Christian charity, even though it had been funded by the Government for several years.

Floods in Saudi Arabia kill 84 as the Hajj gets underway

Organizers of the Hajj have been planning for months to limit the spread of swine flu during the annual pilgrimage. But they probably weren’t prepared, of all things, for flooding.

Heavy torrential downpours led to flash floods and mudslides in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on Wednesday. 7 centimeters of rain fell in just a few hours—more rain than the region typically gets in a whole year. 84 people were killed; so far none of them are thought to have been on the pilgrimage.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Iran hits back for IAEA censure by launching proxy military action against US, UK

Reduced Iranian cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency is the least of the troubles Tehran has in store for the West. The Iranians are incandescent over the nuclear watchdog's rebuke Friday, Nov. 27 for its cover-up of the uranium enrichment plant at Fordo and demand to halt its construction.

Its latest gesture of defiance was the approval late Sunday, Nov. 29 of 10 new uranium enrichment installations, with construction on five starting immediately.

DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources report that earlier Sunday, Tehran moved toward a military confrontation with the United and Britain when its parliament earmarked $20 million to support "progressive currents which resist US and UK illegal activities." The motion also ordered an investigation of alleged "US and British plots against the Islamic Republic."

Iranian and counter-terror sources report that Tehran is acting to broaden its support of terrorist movements by bringing additional armed Islamist and insurgent groups into its support cycle as a means of forcing Washington and London to ease the pressure on its uranium enrichment projects and nuclear bomb program. Tehran classifies the groups combating the West in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia as "progressive." The West may therefore be faced with newly-empowered armed groups in those places including possibly Taliban and al Qaeda allies.

Swiss vote to ban minaret construction

Swiss voters on Sunday adopted a referendum banning the construction of minarets, seen by some on the far right as a sign of encroaching Islamism. 'The Federal Council respects this decision,' said a statement from Switzerland's government. 'Consequently the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is no longer permitted. The four existing minarets will remain. 'It will also be possible to continue to construct mosques,' the government statement said. 'Muslims in Switzerland are able to practice their religion alone or in community with others, and live according to their beliefs just as before.'

To the great surprise of pollsters and the regret of the government, the Swiss on Sunday said yes to a ban on the construction of minarets. According to final results, 57.5 per cent of voters and a majority of cantons backed the initiative. Turnout was high, at around 53 per cent. The result comes as a major surprise and a slap in the face of the government. Opinion polls ahead of the vote had predicted the ban would be rejected by 53 per cent of the electorate.

Iran Plans to Build 10 New Uranium Enrichment Plants

Iran's government says it plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants, upping the stakes in its tense standoff with international powers over its nuclear program.

Iranian media reported Sunday that the Cabinet approved the construction of 10 new uranium enrichment plants just two days after the International Atomic Energy Agency censured Iran for its nuclear activities.

The proposed facilities, reported to be similar to Iran's main nuclear plant at Natanz, would vastly increase the nation's capacity to produce enriched uranium. Iranian media quote President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying Iran should get to the point where it can produce 250 to 300 tons of nuclear fuel each year.

Mr. Ahmadinejad said the new Iranian-designed centrifuges used to enrich uranium will have higher speeds than those currently being used. He added that Iran "is not joking around with anyone" when it comes to defending its nuclear rights.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Terror rail bomb attack kills 39

A TERRORIST bomb attack on a luxury passenger train - the second in two years - speeding from Moscow to St Petersburg has killed up to 39 people and injured nearly 100.

Russian Railways officials say it appears a device was detonated as the Nevsky Express passed through forest. Rescue workers found a metre-wide crater near the four derailed carriages.

President Dmitry Medvedev appeared on state television yesterday in a live video link with officials co-ordinating search and rescue operations.

''We are indeed talking about a terrorist attack,'' Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia's federal investigative committee, said.

''At the site of the accident of the Nevsky Express the investigating team from the investigative committee of Russian prosecutors found and removed elements of an explosive device,'' the committee said.

Second bomb explodes at Russian train crash site after 39 killed by first

The second bomb which exploded Saturday, Nov. 28, at the site of the Nevsky Express which was derailed Friday between Moscow and St. Petersburg crash site injured no one. It was less powerful than the first, which left 39 dead and 90 injured Friday near the town of Bologove. The Russian authorities confirmed a bomb of app. 7 kilos of TNT threw the train off the tracks when it was travelling at 200 mph. Elements of an explosive device were found at the scene where rescue teams are still digging for missing passengers.Elements of an explosive device were found at the scene.

The 661-seat luxury Nevsky Express is used by high officials, tycoons and tourists to commute between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russian authorities say a list of victims will be released as soon as they are identified. North Caucasian Islamist terrorists are suspected of responsibility.

DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources note that the same train was targeted by terrorists in 2007. Sixty passengers were injured then, but no one was killed. Two Chechen suspects were charged

Friday, 27 November 2009

Israel bombs Gaza terrorists preparing rocket launch

Israel's air force bombed a group of terrorists in Gaza as they prepared to launch a rocket at Israel. Four Palestinians were wounded in the Friday morning strike on northern Gaza, according to reports. The launcher was also destroyed. The move comes less than a day after five mortar shells fired from Gaza on Thursday afternoon hit an open area in the Negev, causing no casualties.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers prevented a major terror attack overnight Thursday after identifying a man carrying a bomb along the Egyptian border.

Homosexual lobby group fights to have civil partnership ceremonies in churches

A radical homosexual ‘rights’ group is seeking to expand its agenda through the Equality Bill, which is currently going through the parliamentary stages in Westminster. The group is seeking to add an amendment to the Bill to ‘allow’ churches to hold homosexual civil partnership ceremonies.

Andrea Williams, Director of CCFON, said: ‘Marriage is ordained by God as a lifelong relationship between one man as husband and one woman as wife. The idea that this centuries old definition of marriage is discriminatory is ludicrous. We know that marriage as set out in the Bible is the cornerstone of a happy and settled society. There is no more radical idea in a civil society than the re-definition of marriage. If we let in Stonewall’s agenda through the Equality Bill it will be another death knell in the fabric of our society. Such an idea undermines the very foundation of human relationship.’

Iran threatens to end cooperation with the IAEA, quit NPT

Tehran may well break off cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency-IAEA and withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty after the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors Friday, Nov. 27 approved a resolution voicing serious concern about its failure to comply with international obligations and referring the issue to the UN Security Council. The resolution carried by 25:3 called on Iran to halt the construction of its second enrichment site at Fordo near Qom and declare its other covert nuclear sites. All five UN Security Council permanent members supported the censure, including Russia and China.

The White House commented that time is running out for Iran. A US official spoke of a "package of consequences" if Iran's non-compliance continues.

Capping his 12-year tenure, the retiring IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei was forced to admit Thursday, Nov. 26 that his efforts to work with Iran had reached "a dead end." He told the agency's board of governors: "There has been no movement on remaining issues of concern which need to be clarified for the agency to verify the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program."

Therefore, DEBKAfile's sources report, by entering into negotiations with the big powers this summer - which led nowhere, then signaling its acceptance in principle of his proposal to send 70 pc of its enriched uranium overseas to be reprocessed for medical research - then backing off, Iran gained most of 2009 for developing its nuclear weapon program in peace and quiet.

One year after the Mumbai attack, the tentacles of terror are spreading

Thursday, Nov. 26, marks the first anniversary of the Islamic terrorist siege of the Indian city of Mumbai, in which 170 people were shot and blown up and more than 300 wounded. Ten killers of the Pakistan-based al Qaeda offshoot, Lashkar-re-Taibe, shot up and invaded two hotels, a train station, a café and the city's Chabad hospitality center, holding them for three days against Indian police commandos.

The terrorists were instructed to make sure that no one was left alive at the Chabad center: One by one, they murdered the center's director, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his pregnant wife Rivka, Rabbi Leibish Teitelbaum, Bentzion Chroman, Yocheved Orpaz and Norma Shwartzblatt Rabinovitch. The Holzbergs' two-year old son Moshe was the only survivor thanks to the staff member, Sandra Samuel, who ran out of the inferno carrying the child.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Global campaign to end the 'pandemic' of violence against women

UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday launched a Network of Men Leaders to act as role models in the global campaign to end the 'pandemic' of violence against women.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it is unacceptable that about 70 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- 'the majority from their husbands, intimate partners or someone they know.'

Mr. Ban spoke at the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is today.

Iran’s War Games Raise Oil Prices

To demonstrate that its bite is as fierce as its bark, Iran has begun five days of large-scale military exercises meant to protect its nuclear sites from attack, the BBC reported on Monday. The exercises, held by the Revolutionary Guard and the Iranian military across an area of 230,000 square miles, are surely intended to agitate an Israel already on high alert over Iran’s uranium-enrichment program and the threat of nuclear attack. While Iran has argued rather unconvincingly that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, its war games have led not only to an uneasy Middle East, but also to a slightly higher price of crude oil, which rose on Monday to $79.52.

The Transformative Power of Forgiveness

Each Sunday Christians across the world recite in communal worship the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Yet, like many of the recitations we memorize and repeat, especially those that proclaim what we believe, reciting the Lord’s Prayer can become a somewhat inattentive practice. This does not mean that we should end this important part of worship. Rather, it means that we must become more conscious of what we are praying when we pray the prayer Jesus gave his followers to pray.

But being conscious of what we are praying when we recite the model prayer means that we realize we are not simply casting a wish list before God as if something magical will happen. Instead, praying the Lord’s Prayer is an act through which we are confessing what we believe about the gospel and how we are committing ourselves to living that gospel.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Afghanistan Suicide Attack Wounds More Than 20

Afghan officials say more than 20 people have been wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of vehicles near a U.S.-run NATO military base in Kabul. NATO says nine of its soldiers and 10 civilian contractors were among those wounded. It says the rest of the casualties were bystanders, including several Afghans. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing Friday outside Camp Phoenix. Several attacks have targeted international operations in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in recent months, including attacks on a U.N. guesthouse and the Indian embassy.

Iran digs hundreds of missile silos - some for misdirection

The Iranians are frenziedly digging hundreds of new missile launch silos in central and Western Iran in readiness for a US or Israeli attack on their nuclear installations, DEBKAfile's intelligence sources report. Some Western sources have noticed that they are creating more silo bases than they have operational missile batteries in order to mislead their enemies about the locations of the genuine launch pads. The dummy silos are fully equipped with air defenses including anti-air missiles which too are fake.

Another suicide bombing in Peshawar kills at least 3

Peshawar: A suicide car bomber on Monday attacked a police station near a Pakistan Air Force base, which is close to the northwestern city of Peshawar and the Afghan border, killing at least five and wounding 20 others. The attacker targeted a police station at Badabher on the outskirts of the provincial capital at 7.45 am, local residents said.

Yemen army, Shiite rebels clash near Saudi border

Yemeni armed forces and Zaidi Shiite rebels fought a fierce battle on Monday near the border with Saudi Arabia, as the rebels appealed to the Arab League to intervene on their behalf. 'Heavy fighting was taking place in the middle of the day on the Malahidh front after the army took total control of Jebel Khazaen,' in the north of the region, army spokesman Askar Zuail told AFP.

Police to up deployment in Jerusalem Sunday

The Jerusalem Police will bolster forces throughout the Old City, east Jerusalem and Temple Mount compound Sunday, following recent calls to the capital's Arab residents to 'protect Temple Mount for Jewish conquest.'

Monday, 23 November 2009

Hamas: Declare Palestinian state from sea to river

Hamas rejected the Palestinian Authority's decision to unilaterally declare a state in the West Bank and Gaza, saying it should take over all of Israel. '(W)hy not declare a Palestinian state from the sea [Mediterranean] to the river [Jordan]' rather than in the West Bank and Gaza only?' Hamas spokesman Salah Bardweel said Monday, Ha'aretz reported.

Iran's Ahmadinejad seen backing nuclear deal

Despite his hardline image, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to favour a UN-drafted nuclear fuel proposal as a way to shore up his own power and legitimacy five months after his disputed re-election.

But he faces stiff opposition from rivals in Iran's political and clerical elite who would hate to see the abrasive leader reap the credit for a breakthrough with the West.

'The president wants the deal to be sealed. He has redoubled efforts to defuse the nuclear dispute with the West,' said a senior Iranian official, who asked not to be named. 'He thinks the deal is in line with Iran's interests.'

Iran is advancing on dual nuclear bomb track: uranium plus plutonium

DEBKAfile's military sources report that the UN inspectors' October visit to Iran turned up dual-track progress in support of its nuclear weapons program: Feverish activity was registered in the production of plutonium at Isfahan as an alternative to the Fordo enriched uranium plant near Qom which starts up in 2011.

The IAEA experts discovered 30 metric tons-IS of heavy water hidden in 600 tanks, each holding 13 gallons, according to the report they handed in last week to agency headquarters in Vienna.

Tajikistan fails to curb abuse of women

ALMATY (Reuters) - The government of the Central Asian state of Tajikistan is failing to protect women from violence and abuse, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. Mostly Muslim Tajikistan, which borders Afghanistan, is the poorest former Soviet republic, its economy devastated by a civil war in the 1990s.

Observers see its government, led by President Imomali Rakhmon, as less repressive than those in neighboring Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, but London-based Amnesty said the issue of women's rights was pressing.

"Women in Tajikistan are beaten, abused, and raped in the family but the authorities tend to reflect the societal attitude of blaming the woman for domestic violence," Tajikistan expert Andrea Strasser-Camagni said in a statement.

The group said one-third to a half of Tajik women have been regularly subjected to physical, psychological or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands or in-laws and all women had very limited employment opportunities.

"Women are being treated as servants or as the in-laws' family property. They have no one to turn to as the policy of the authorities is to urge reconciliation which de facto reinforces their position of inferiority," Strasser-Camagni said.

"This experience of violence and humiliation in the family makes many women to turn to suicide."

Sunday, 22 November 2009

UN nuclear chief in secret talks with Iran over deal to end sanctions

United Nations and Iranian officials have been secretly negotiating a deal to persuade world powers to lift sanctions and allow Tehran to retain the bulk of its nuclear programme in return for co-operation with UN inspectors.

According to a draft document seen by The Times, the 13-point agreement was drawn up in September by Mohamed ElBaradei, the directorgeneral of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in an effort to break the stalemate over Iran's nuclear programme before he stands down at the end of this month.

The IAEA denied the existence of the document, which was leaked to The Times by one of the parties alarmed at the contents. Its disclosure was made as the agency warned that Iran could be hiding multiple secret nuclear sites.

India's nuclear plants on alert for possible terror attack

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that nuclear plants were put on alert Monday, Nov. 16 in the wake of the arrests in the United States of two suspects of complicity in the Mumbai attacks a year ago in which 171 were killed. David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, both of Chicago, are held to have maintained ties with the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which was held responsible for those attacks.
Headley is believed to have carried out advance reconnaissance on the Mumbai targets ahead of the killing rampage in the city, including hotels and the Jewish Habad center.

U.N. agency: Iran nuclear site started 5 years earlier than reported

The latest United Nations report on Iran's nuclear program questioned Tehran's credibility regarding a recently disclosed facility built into a mountain near the holy city of Qom.

The International Atomic Energy Agency report issued Monday noted Iran's contention that it began work on the nuclear facility in 2007 in response to Bush administration threats of war as part of a plan to safeguard sensitive 'organizations and activities' that could be targeted in an armed conflict.

But according to the agency report, satellite photos showed construction on the Fordow facility began in 2002, well before Iran's nuclear program became a hot international issue. U.S. officials previously said they first detected the site in 2006.

Taliban blow up girls' school in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Taliban militants blew up a girls' school in Pakistan's Khyber district on Tuesday, the third such attack in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan so far this month, officials said. An intelligence official in the area said Taliban attacked the government-run school overnight when no one was at the property.

'The girls' middle school was badly damaged because of the explosion, now the school building is almost out of use. The classrooms, desks and chairs were also damaged,' Farooq Khan, a local administrative official told AFP.

The incident took place at Yousaf Kely village near Bara town, around 20 kilometres (13 miles) south of Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province which has been hit by five suicide attacks in the last eight days.

Maersk Alabama escapes second pirate attack

MAERSK Alabama, the US-flag boxship at the centre of a hijack drama last April, has evaded capture after being attacked by Somali pirates for a second time. The latest incident took place this morning at a location 350 nautical miles east from the Somali coast.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Lutheran group to lead formation of new church body in wake of decision to allow gay pastors --

NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. (AP) — The split over gay clergy within the country's largest Lutheran denomination has prompted a conservative faction to begin forming a new Lutheran church body separate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Leaders of Lutheran CORE said Wednesday that a working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the denomination, with hopes to have it off the ground by next August.

'There are many people within the ELCA who are very unhappy with what has happened,' said the Rev. Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran CORE and a retired ELCA bishop from State College, Pa.

At its annual convention in Minneapolis in August, ELCA delegates voted to lift a ban that had prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian pastors from serving as clergy. The new policy, expected to take effect in April, will allow such individuals to lead ELCA churches as long as they can show that they are in committed, lifelong relationships.

Opponents, led by Lutheran CORE, said that decision is in direct contradiction to Scripture.

Medvedev Plans 'Fundamental Refit' of Navy by 2020

President Dmitry Medvedev promised on Monday to increase naval spending and widen his country's presence in the world's oceans even as the global financial crisis is biting into the budget.

The naval spending rise is part of a planned "fundamental refit" of the armed forces between 2011 and 2020 that will replace up to 90 percent of the equipment in some parts of the armed forces, Medvedev said. "Our task, so that our fleet and our flag appears in various locations, is to invest as many resources as possible in the development of the navy," Medvedev told Russian Pacific Fleet sailors on board a missile cruiser docked in Singapore. "We have a rearmament program ... and this program will continue to grow," said the president, who attended a regional summit in the Asian city-state over the weekend.

10 civilians killed in Afghan suicide bomb attack

Ten civilians were killed and many others injured Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan, the police said.

Nearly two dozen people were injured in the blast at 3.30 p.m. in Dehrawad district.

An official said the suicide bomber first tried to attack an army convoy but soldiers foiled that attempt. The attacker then blew himself up in a crowded area, killing 10 people and injuring 13 others, deputy police chief Mohammad Gulab Wardak told Xinhua.

IAF Hits Smuggling Targets In Gaza Strip

On Wednesday night (Nov. 18), IAF aircrafts successfully targeted a weapon manufacturing site in the southern Gaza Strip and two smuggling tunnels in the Rafah border area. The attacks were carried out in response to a Qassam rocket fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning (Nov. 18).

During the past months alone, approximately 15 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israel. In total, more than 250 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel since the end of Operation Cast Lead in January and more than 750 hit Israeli in the whole of 2009. Throughout 2008, prior to the operation, over 3300 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.

In addition to that, on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 18), and explosive device was detonated against IDF forces patrolling the border with the central Gaza Strip, south of the Karni crossing.

Obama's Iran sanctions strategy is routed by Chinese, Russian rebuffs

Chinese president Hu Jintao said clearly after meeting US president Barack Obama in Beijing Tuesday, Nov. 17, that their governments disagree on tougher sanctions for Iran - or any other issue relating to the Islamic republic. DEBKAfile's sources report that this rebuff has led Washington's efforts to round up big power endorsement of harsh penalties for Iran's continued intransigence on its nuclear program, such as an embargo on refined petrol products and gasoline, have come to a dead end. The efficacy of unilateral American sanctions, the only non-military option still left to Washington, is questionable.

Friday, 20 November 2009

IAEA wants to inspect three secret Syrian nuclear sites

The new IAEA report on Iran's formerly secret uranium enrichment site at Fordo near Qom also includes a section on Syria and a demand to inspect suspicious sites there too. The inspectors clearly suspect Both Tehran and Damascus of concealing from the UN nuclear watchdog secret facilities related to nuclear weapons production. Monday, Nov. 16, the seven-page IAEA inspectors' report on their October visit to Fordo stated clearly that Tehran's belated declaration of its uranium enrichment site suggested that more secret sites remained to be discovered in Iran.

With regard to Syria, IAEA inspectors are to visit Damascus on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for clarifications of the conflicting explanations Syria has offered for uranium traces. They will also insist on making return visits to three military sites which Damascus has so far refused, following information received by the agency of clandestine "nuclear activity" there. DEBKAfile's intelligence sources reveal that Israel hit one of three at the same time as its air force bombed the unfinished plutonium plant at Dair Alzour in 2007, although this was never admitted by Israel or Syria.

Intelligence agency targeted by Peshawar car bomb

In the latest attacks in northern Pakistan, two suicide bombers killed at least 13 people in Peshawar Friday, one targeting Pakistan’s intelligence agency. At least five security personnel working at the provincial headquarters of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were killed, according to officials, who put the overall death toll at ten. A second car bomb rammed into a suburban police station, killing three police officers.

Faithful funds help museum prepare for the end

YEHUDA Glick is a 44-year-old US-born Jew who spends the greater part of every day preparing for the arrival of the Messiah in Jerusalem.

Since becoming executive director of the Temple Institute, Mr Glick's main task has been to supervise the manufacture of the utensils needed by the high priests when the day arrives.

Crowns and other instruments made of solid gold fill glass cases in the Temple Institute Museum in Jerusalem's Old City. There are trumpets made of silver and garments to be worn by the high priest woven from golden thread. Handmade harps and lyres lie ready for the Messiah's appearance.

IAEA sources: Site near Qom must be a military enrichment facility

Sources close to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna confirm that the four inspectors who visited the newly discovered Fordo site near Qom last month found a fortified underground installation designed especially for the production of highly-enriched uranium for nuclear weapons. The team's findings contradicted their director Mohamad ElBaradei's dismissal of the site as 'just a hole in a mountain.' Their conclusion was cited by a diplomat close to the IAEA to AP as follows:
"The enrichment hall is too small to house the tens of thousands of centrifuges needed for peaceful industrial nuclear enrichment, but it is the right size to contain the few thousand advanced machines that could generate the amount of weapons-grade uranium needed to make nuclear warheads."

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Landmark Free Speech Victory Confirmed

On the 11 November 2009, the Upper Chamber debated, yet again, the Coroners and Justice Bill and specifically the vital question of the potential removal of the free-speech provision (1). This was the fourth time in less than a year the Lords had been asked by the House of Commons to remove democratically passed legislation, passed only just over a year ago, which serves as a guarantee of protection for peaceful free speech on the subject of sexual ethics, and assists the police by providing clarity about cases where no investigation is necessary or desirable.

Andrea Williams, Barrister and Executive Director of The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) and Christian Concern for Our Nation (CCFON) said today:
‘Thankfully for reasonable people of all religions and none, the Lords stood firm and rejected the Government’s attempt to impose its will in what has become a remarkable battle of attrition. News has just broken that the Government is now to accept the House of Lords’ will on this rather than return it once again to the Upper Chamber. The Waddington provision will stand and the freedom to speak peacefully about sexual ethics is upheld.

Britain has highest number of abortions in Europe, figures show

More abortions are carried out annually in Britain than in any other country in Europe, latest figures have shown. The Institute for Family Policies, a Norwegian pro-family pressure group, issued the latest calculated statistics collected by the European Union’s statistical arm, Eurostat, showing for the first time that Britain has overtaken France, which has a population of more than 65 million, compared to Britain’s 59 million. Britain now ranks sixth in the world in annual abortion figures behind China, the US, Russia, India and Japan.

Car Bomb Strikes Near U.S. Military Base In Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) -- A car bomb exploded near a NATO convoy outside a U.S. military base in Kabul today, injuring nine foreign soldiers, as well as several civilian contractors and Afghan bystanders, the NATO-led force said. In a statement, the NATO-led force said 10 civilian contractors were wounded in the attack but did not identify their nationalities.

The head of criminal investigations for Kabul police, Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada, said a suicide bomber drove his car into a convoy of civilian vehicles just outside Camp Phoenix, a large U.S. military base near the Afghan capital's airport. In a text message to Reuters, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Islamist militant group was responsible for the attack."

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Ahmadinejad tells Obama to choose between Israel and Iran

Using Obama’s mantra of “change” as a means to make his point, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a statement that, “The support of both Israel and Iran can’t go hand in hand. No change is made unless great choices are made.” According to, Ahmadinejad’s ultimatum toward Obama came forth at the 25th Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Ahmadinejad also blamed capitalism for the present global economic crisis, and suggested the Islamic banking system as a solution.

Extraordinary US-Israel-Egyptian-Jordanian intelligence summit held in early November

The crisis over Iran's nuclear program and possible outbreak of a regional war occasioned an extraordinary secret conclave of the intelligence chiefs of four nations in Amman in the first week of November, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources disclose. Hosted by the chief of Jordan's General Intelligence Service, Gen. Muhammad Raqed, it was attended by senior officials of the American CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency, Israel's Mossad chief, Meir Dagan and military intelligence head Brig. Amos Yadlin and Egypt's intelligence minister, Gen. Omar Suleiman. As soon as the meeting ended, Suleiman set out for Riyadh to brief the head of Saudi general intelligence Prince Moqrin bin Abdul Aziz.

NGOs to Stop 'Religious Defamation' Effort

Religious and atheist organisations unite against a major effort is underway by Muslim countries to pass a UN resolution which would lead to persecution of religions including Christian minorities under the guise of protecting Islam from defamation.

The organizations listed below have come to an agreement on the following statement and call upon UN member-states to heed civil society’s experience and expertise:

United Nations resolutions on the `defamation of religions’ are incompatible with the fundamental freedoms of individuals to freely exercise and peacefully express their thoughts, ideas, and beliefs.

Unlike traditional defamation laws, which punish false statements of fact that harm individual persons, measures prohibiting the `defamation of religions’ punish the peaceful criticism of ideas. Additionally, the concept of `defamation of religions’ is fundamentally inconsistent with the universal principles outlined in the United Nations’ founding documents, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms the protection of the rights of individuals, rather than ideas.

Such resolutions provide international support for domestic laws against blasphemy and “injury to religious feelings”, which are often abused by governments to punish the peaceful expression of disfavored political or religious beliefs and ideas. Moreover, existing international legal instruments already address discrimination, personal defamation, and incitement in ways that are more carefully focused to confront those specific problems without unduly threatening the rights of freedom of expression and the freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

It is vitally important for governments to combat violence motivated by bias and hatred and to encourage respectful speech and civil dialogue, while at the same time affirming that freedom of expression and freedom of thought, conscience and religion are integral to the health of free societies and the dignity of the human person.

Finally, legal efforts alone cannot foster an environment of respect and religious freedom. Education and public diplomacy are vital tools in the protection of a peaceful and robust exchange of ideas and beliefs.

Iran was the only subject on the Obama-Netanyahu, Gates-Barak agendas

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama focused on the single subject of Iran when they met in Washington Monday, Nov. 9 - as did Netanyahu and French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Iran also occupied the meeting between defense minster Ehud Barak and US defense secretary Robert Gates Monday. DEBKAfile's Washington sources disclose that briefings to the media and joint communiqués were disallowed for the sake of blacking out the content of the conversations Israeli leaders held in Washington and Paris.

State to 'spy' on every phone call, email and web search

All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer’s personal communications, showing who they have contacted, when and where, as well as the websites they have visited.

Despite widespread opposition to the increasing amount of surveillance in Britain, 653 public bodies will be given access to the information, including police, local councils, the Financial Services Authority, the ambulance service, fire authorities and even prison governors. They will not require the permission of a judge or a magistrate to obtain the information, but simply the authorisation of a senior police officer or the equivalent of a deputy head of department at a local authority.

However the Government announced yesterday it was pressing ahead with privately held “Big Brother” databases that opposition leaders said amounted to “state-spying” and a form of “covert surveillance” on the public. It is doing so despite its own consultation showing that it has little public support.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Conservative group links gay-rights movement to Islamic terrorism

A prominent social-conservative activist group is using comments made by readers on a gay-rights Web site as "evidence" that the LGBT movement is mulling using "organized terrorism" against Christians.

The Liberty Counsel released a statement on Monday linking Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in last week's Fort Hood massacre, to the gay-rights movement.

"In the wake of the horrific act of Islamic domestic terrorism at Fort Hood Texas, it has been learned that militant homosexual activists recently made similar online postings to those of Nidal Malik Hasan, threatening additional acts of terrorism against Christians," stated an email from Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel's director of cultural affairs, as well as an associate dean at Liberty University Law School.

'Banks on steroids' worry France

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has warned that huge bailed-out banks created by the financial crisis could abuse their new power. She has asked other countries to look at the lack of competition from banks 'on steroids, relying on public money'.

'Look at investment banks in the United States where, before the crisis, there were about six. Today there are about three,' Ms Lagarde said. 'I believe that all that doesn't happen without some effect on competition and abusive behaviour.'

Militants kill 11 in Pakistan

A roadside bomb has killed nine Pakistani security officers near the Afghan border. Meanwhile two other soldiers died in a separate Taliban assault on a security post in the same area. The bomb struck a convoy of paramilitary soldiers on a road near Ghallani town in the Mohmand region. Mohmand has been the scene of sporadic army offensives over the last year that commanders said largely cleared the area of insurgents.

Israel shows papers linking Iran to seized 'Hezbollah arms ship'

The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday released documents and photos that it says proves Iran was behind the massive shipment of weapons intercepted last week in Mediterranean waters. The seized ship was carrying 500 tons of weapons, which Israel said were en route from Iran to Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. The ship had dozens of containers with Iranian markings on it. On Wednesday, the military released what it said was a manifest stating that the ship originated in Isfahan, Iran. Another document showed contents that were allegedly handled by Islamic Republic of Iran's Shipping Lines. Israel also showed what it says is a customs form stamped by Iranian Armed Forces.

Allow us to have sex in public places, says militant homosexual group

A militant UK homosexual ‘rights’ group is insisting that homosexual sex in public places should be tolerated by police and the public. OutRage!, a militant homosexual group claims that ‘cruising’, a term used to describe the act of walking or driving about a locality in search of a casual sex partner, is ‘an important part of the homosexual community and cannot be ignored’.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Why Iran hates the west

Hal Lindsey answers why Iran hates the west, recommends a study guide for Revelation, and discusses the possibility of UFO's.

Hal discusses zionism and Melchizedek

Hal Lindsey explains what he means when he refers to the Bible in the 'Original Greek.'

YouTube - Tim Hawkins - The Government Can

Korean navies exchange fire in disputed waters

North and South Korean naval forces exchanged fire on Tuesday in disputed waters, a South Korean defense official said - the first such incident in seven years, each blaming the other for the incident.

South Korea issued three verbal warnings to ship from the Communist north once the vessel had crossed a demarcation line late Tuesday morning, said Rear Adm. Lee Ki Sik of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The South Koreans then fired a warning shot but when the North Korean vessel continued southward, the South Koreans opened fire. The North Koreans returned fire before heading back, their ship damaged in the exchange, Lee said. There were no South Korean casualties, Lee said.

Iran warns Russia over S-300 program

Moscow and Tehran signed a contract in 2007 for the delivery of the S-300 missile defense system that Iran sees as a deterrent to a possible Israeli strike on its nuclear sites.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the national security and foreign policy committee in the Iranian Parliament, said any hesitation on the deal ran counter to bilateral interests, state-funded broadcaster Press TV reports.

"Given the extensive bilateral cooperation between the two countries, it would run counter to Russia's interests if negotiations fail to bear fruit in this matter," he said. Boroujerdi stressed that if Moscow reneged on its promises, "a negative point in the two states' relations would emerge."

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Judge orders: Return 'Muslim Mafia' docs

A Saudi-financed Muslim nonprofit group, which the FBI has tied to terror, scored a victory in its legal jihad to veil the public from viewing damning documents about its funding of an imprisoned cop killer, advocating for Muslim men to 'lightly' beat their wives and strategizing to influence congressional committees on law enforcement and national security.

A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday ordered a co-author of the book 'Muslim Mafia' and his son to return internal documents, recordings and records obtained in a six-month undercover operation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations that presented further evidence of the D.C.-based group's ties to terrorism.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted CAIR's request for a temporary restraining order barring P. David Gaubatz and his son, Chris Gaubatz, from further use or publication of the material and demanding that they return it to the Muslim group's lawyers by midnight Nov. 18.

Court of Appeal considered case of Christian registrar who refused to conduct civil partnerships

The case of a Christian registrar, who claims she was discriminated against by her council employers for refusing to conduct homosexual civil partnerships as a matter of religious conscience, was heard in the Court of Appeal on 2 and 3 November 2009.

Lillian Ladele, 48, sought to challenge a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, which rejected her claim that her employer, Islington City Council, had subjected her to unlawful direct and indirect discrimination on religious grounds after she refused to serve as registrar in carrying out homosexual civil partnerships. Ms Ladele, who had held her job for almost 16 years, claims she suffered ridicule and bullying as a result of her Christian stance and said she had been harassed and discriminated against by the council.

Hate-crimes law = fascism

Chelsea Schilling, my colleague at WorldNetDaily, I thought did an excellent job in her recent article on this administration's latest act against America, "Obama signs 'hate-crimes' bill into law."
Hate-crimes bill? How can this be? I thought the Constitution said that Congress shall make no law against religious freedom or the right to hold political opinions and express them.

President Obama said, "After more than a decade, we've passed inclusive hate-crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are." Obama, by the passage of this hate-crimes bill, has succeeded in fulfilling the 1960s countercultural dream of normalizing the abnormal and morally perverse while concurrently denigrating the normal, the good and the godly.

This hate-crimes bill should have been named the ACA – Anti-Christian Act – for this legislation in essence will put a muzzle on ministers and rabbis and forbid them from preaching against the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lifestyles dominating our culture at pain of civil rights lawsuits, fines, arrests and even imprisonment.

The Religion of Peace

Americans are greatly confused as to what to think about the Muslim religion. Our political leaders constantly tell us that Islam is a “religion of peace.” Presidents Bush one and two, President Clinton, and especially President Barak Obama all repeat this like a ‘mantra’ of indisputable truth. Yet Islam’s own foundational books and its history show conclusively that is not true. The problem is based in a contradiction within the very foundation Islam itself.

There are Muslims who believe that Islam is a peaceful religion and they prove it from verses in Islam’s two most holy and foundational books – the Koran and Hadith.

Yet in the history of Islam’s origins, the first four successors of Mohammad known as the “Divinely Guided Ones,” who personally knew and studied under Mohammad, were anything but peaceful. Inspired by verses from the Koran and the sayings of Mohammad later gathered into the Hadith, they exploded off the Arabian Peninsula and started a conquest that inside of 100 years conquered peoples and lands from the Atlantic into the Pacific. So what did the ‘Divinely Guided Ones’ see in the Koran and Hadith that the “peaceful” Muslims today do not? Listen carefully, because the answer will help you to understand the paradox of trying to deal with Muslims.

In the early days of Mohammad in Mecca, he was only accepted by a few as Allah’s Prophet. So he had few followers and no army to protect him and enforce his teachings. He finally fled to Medina where he flourished and won many converts in just a few years. From these converts of Medina, he built a powerful army. Now we have to integrate these conditions with the “revelations” that Mohammad received in each situation. During the early days in Mecca, his “revelations” were primarily about peace, kindness and justice. These have come to be known as the early Meccan verses of the Koran. During Mohammad’s days in Medina, his “revelations” became increasingly aggressive, violent and conquest oriented as his followers grew into an army. After he broke a covenant with Mecca, invaded and conquered them, his “revelations” called for spreading Islam and converting people by the sword. At least 109 of those “later Meccan verses” are now known as the war verses. Since every verse of the Koran is held to be absolutely infallible and binding upon the faithful, it presents a real problem. The “war verses” not over-ride the peaceful verses of the early Meccan “revelations”, they contradict them. I am going to quote from some of those verses and let you see for yourself what they clearly say. But I strongly recommend that you go to the Religion of Peace Website.

Four killed, 5 injured in Peshawar blast

PESHAWAR (SANA): Four people were killed and four others sustained injuries in a suicide attack at Patang Chowk near Ring Road here on Monday. The emergency has been imposed in hospitals including Lady Reading Hospital in the wake of the incident.

Talking to a private TV channel the CCOP Peshawar Liaqat Ali Khan said that the suicide bomber in a rickshaw blew himself up when the rickshaw was stopped by a police constable Wahidullah on the check post for checking, as a result the constable Wahidullah, a rickshaw driver and a passer by killed.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Abortion doctor: 'Am I killing? Yes, I am'

DALLAS - Dr. Curtis Boyd is no stranger to controversy. In 1973, Boyd opened the Fairmount Center, which was the first abortion clinic in Texas.

Boyd is the only doctor in North Texas who will perform late-term abortions to women up to six months pregnant. Now, the doctor has made a jarring admission. 'Am I killing?' Boyd said. 'Yes, I am. I know that.'

In China, Christians' Lawyers Also Face Government Attacks

Religious freedom activists in China are not the only ones needing a lawyer; their lawyers also are being attacked by the government.

"They are the defenders for the defenseless and a voice to the voiceless, and basically, for doing that, they themselves have been facing danger. The defenders themselves need defense, ironically," said Bob Fu, president of China Aid.

Zhang Kai, a defense attorney whose law license was revoked in May, cited some reasons Chinese officials persecute church members through beatings, imprisonments or insults:
  • If the church is not registered through the government.
  • If the church does not ask permission to have religious activities.
  • If the church evangelizes in other Chinese regions without government permission.

Burq-ingham Palace: Hate preacher calls for the Queen to wear full Muslim dress

The Queen forced to wear a burkha and Buckingham Palace turned into a mosque - that was the vision of Britain under Sharia law proposed by a Muslim firebrand yesterday. Preacher of hate Anjem Choudary even showed mocked-up photographs of the palace sporting a golden dome and Nelson's Column as a minaret.

Choudary,a cleric and self-styled judge of the Sharia court of the UK, claimed: 'The amount of threats we have received has been phenomenal. Bomb threats, death threats, we have received hundreds of them from people saying they are going to come and confront us.'

He said: 'We hope to eradicate man-made law from Britain and the world. We call upon Gordon Brown to implement Sharia law and we call upon the Queen to give up playing God. There is only one supreme being. When Sharia law is implemented, maybe in 10 or 15 years' time, she would be expected like all women in Britain to be covered from head to toe, only revealing her face and hands.'

If Her Majesty refused, he said she would be 'punished' according to Sharia law.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Norway drops war crimes case against Israel

Norwegian prosecutors dropped a case alleging war crimes by 10 Israeli leaders during last winter’s Gaza military campaign. Chief prosecutor Siri Frigaard said last Friday that she is dismissing the complaint because 'there is no good reason' for Norwegian authorities to investigate further and Norway should be judicious in deciding when to investigate alleged war crimes by individuals with no connection to the country.

Iran 'tested advanced nuclear warhead design' - Telegraph

The United Nations nuclear watchdog has demanded that Iran explain evidence indicating that its scientists have experimented with the design of an advanced nuclear warhead, it emerged last night. According to leaked documentation from a dossier compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design of a secret technology known as a "two-point implosion" device.

Documentation from the dossier, entitled "Possible Military Dimensions of Iran's Nuclear Program" and leaked to The Guardian, refers to experiments testing a two-point detonation design

U.N. fails to act after Iran caught 'red-handed'

It's been five days since Israel seized a cargo ship reportedly carrying enough weapons and munitions for the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group to fight Israel for at least one month. And for the past five days, the United Nations has failed to take any action even though Iran was caught red-handed arming a terrorist group in full violation of binding U.N. resolutions.

The Iranian arms shipment set sail in violation of U.N. Resolution 1701, a binding resolution which ended the Second Lebanon War of 2006 and prohibits the delivery of weapons to any entity in Lebanon but the Lebanese government. The shipment also breaks multiple international laws against funding and supporting terrorist organizations.

Israel's U.N. ambassador last week complained to the international body about Iran's blatant disregard for international law, but no response has been forthcoming from U.N. officials.

Battle over Jerusalem heats up as Arabs let charges fly, Jews build

As part of an intensifying struggle over Jerusalem, Arab leaders are keeping up a relentless barrage of criticism of Jewish construction in the city and alleged violations of the status quo on the Temple Mount.

Some speakers last week at a conference on Jerusalem hosted by Morocco repeated the canard that Israel was tunneling under the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount compound, while others charged that the Israeli government has a master plan to isolate Arab eastern Jerusalem from the West Bank. The allegations followed weeks of tension that erupted after a Jewish fringe group announced plans to visit and pray at the Temple Mount and a radical Israeli-Arab cleric charged that Al-Aksa was in danger and called upon Muslims to put their bodies on the line to defend it.

Many of the Arab allegations are patently false. There is no tunneling under Al-Aksa. On the mount itself, the Muslim religious trust known as the Wakf is in full control of the entire compound, and only Muslims are allowed to pray there. Jews and tourists are permitted to enter for three hours only in the morning and one hour in the afternoon -- for individuals and small groups only -- and Israeli police were quick to prevent the Jewish fringe group that wanted to pray on the mount from entering the compound.

Russia-Saudi Relations: The Kingdom and the Bear

Saudi Arabia's possible purchase of at least $2 billion of Russian military equipment has the potential to be the most significant Russian arms deal in the Middle East since the Soviet Union transferred SA-2s to Nasser's Egypt. By all indications, it seems that the two countries have reached an agreement for the arms transfer, after a two-year negotiation period. The deal may be part of a larger process that leads to a significant realignment in the external relations of both parties.

The arms transfer agreement, which covers a broad spectrum of weapons, is guided by the agreement on cooperation in military technology that was initiated during a visit of Russia's then-President Vladimir Putin to Riyadh in 2007, and later signed by the two countries in 2008. According to Russian sources, Saudi Arabia may purchase up to 150 helicopters (30 Mi-35 attack helicopters and 120 Mi-17 transport helicopters), more than 150 T-90S tanks, around 250 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), and "several dozen" air defense systems (including possibly the S-400 Triumf). Contracts for the sales of the helicopters, tanks and IFVs -- worth a combined $2 billion -- seem imminent, with more negotiations required on the air defense systems. In all, the Saudi market may absorb up to $7 billion worth of Russian equipment in the future.

The precise timing for the deal seems to have been guided by the worsening Iran nuclear crisis and the increasing enmity between the Iranians and the Saudis.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Logistics: An Army With A Country

The North Korean armed forces has solved its growing logistics (supply) problems by taking control of many industries that export goods (and thus earn hard currency to pay for military imports.) The military already owns many factories that produce military goods, but now they are going after those that make it possible to buy foreign goods. While various government ministries argue over who should control which industry or factory (all of them state-owned), the army has recently been settling the arguments by pointing out that it has more firepower than everyone else.

Iranian Officials threaten Russia

Iranian officials are threatening Russia with retaliation (fewer orders for military and civilian goods, no contracts to develop Iranian oil fields), if the S300 anti-aircraft missiles ordered two years ago, were not delivered. Russia has delayed delivery because of protests from the U.S., Israel and other Western nations.

Christmas present for Tehran if talks don't change Iran's Nuclear plans

Speaking to Sky News on Saturday, Ayalon accused Iran of not being sincere in its negotiation with the P5+1 over its uranium enrichment program. 'If Iranian behavior and conduct continues as they have exhibited so far, it is obvious that their intentions are only to buy time and procrastinate,' Ayalon said. The Israeli official went on to repeat long-standing military threats against Iran, insisting that a military option will not be taken off the table against the country if other measures fail.

'If no crippling sanctions are introduced by Christmas, Israel will strike,' Sneh said. 'If we are left alone, we will act alone.'

Indian army chief visits Israel to deepen defense ties

Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor is in Israel for talks with senior Israeli officials amid Israeli efforts to bolster military ties and export military hardware, local daily The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday. Israel and India enjoy close defense ties and last year Israel overtook Russia as the number-one supplier of military platforms to India, said the newspaper.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Israel Military Threat Against Iran Nuclear Programme Not A Bluff, Says Minister Danny Ayalon

Israel's threat of military action against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons programme is not a bluff, the country's deputy foreign minister has told Sky News. Danny Ayalon issued the warning in the same week America and the UN called on the Islamic Republic to swiftly accept an offer from Western nations to export its uranium and have it processed abroad.

Mr Ayalon accused Iran of stalling tactics, saying: "If Iranian behaviour and conduct continues as they have exhibited so far, it is obvious that their intentions are only to buy time and procrastinate."

Israeli analysts say the country is finalising its plans to attack Iran if necessary. Dr Ronen Bergman, author of The Secret War With Iran, said if current trends continue, an Israeli strike will be inevitable. "If history continues on its current path - yes, at the end of the day, Israel will attack," he said.

The challenges of carrying out such a strike 1,000 miles from home against well-defended, deeply-buried nuclear facilities are considerable. But so are the risks - Israel could expect a counter attack from Iranian allies, Hizbollah and Hamas, and terrorist attacks worldwide. "Israel is a tiny country. Israel cannot even sustain even one nuclear blast," said Dr Bergman.

'Iran tests a 2-point implosion device usable in nuke bombs'

The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, the international body's nuclear watchdog, asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced warhead design that may be used in nuclear weapons, according to a report in the British Guardian on Friday.

According to the report, the very existence of the technology, known as a "two-point implosion" device, is a military secret in both the United States and the United Kingdom, but according to an IAEA dossier unpublished until now, Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design. The paper quotes nuclear experts describing the discovery that Iran may have tested the design as a "breathtaking" development.

Technically, a two-point implosion consists of a chain of fusion-boosted fission weapons. The second stage is imploded by x-ray energy from the first stage. This radiation implosion is much more effective than the high-explosive implosion of the primary. Consequently, the secondary can be many times more powerful than the primary, without being bigger. Thus, a two-point implosion device is particularly suited to being mounted on long-range ballistic missiles, the range and accuracy of which are in inverse ratio to the weight of the warheads mounted on them.

A peek into Temple Mount excavations - Israel News, Ynetnews

Western Wall Heritage Foundation holds tour of tunnels in attempt to ward off Muslim claims that al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger of collapsing. Waqf refuses offer for similar tour for Muslims, saying 'settlers won't give us approval to enter a Muslim-owned area'

Excavation works being held near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have sparked uproar in the Muslim world in recent years. Recent riots in the capital were allegedly sparked by a repeated Muslim claim that the Jews are attempting "to take over" the Temple Mount mosques or damage them through the digs taking place in tunnels within the mount. According to the Muslims, the digs are taking place under the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock and are threatening to collapse them.

Initial photos obtained by Ynet show the excavation works along the tunnels, as photographed during a tour held in the area about two weeks ago, which was attended by several officials and organizations from all parts of the political spectrum.

Following the tour, its participants said they did not witness attempts to dig under the mosques' plaza.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

There are serious reasons to support free speech clause, say Peer and PM

Lord Waddington and David Taylor, Labour MP for North West Leicestershire, wrote a letter to The Times expressing their view on the Government's request to the House of Commons to repeal an important protection for free speech. The letter states:

‘Sir, Today the Government looks set to ask the Commons to repeal an important protection for free speech. It was inserted by the Lords into the new homophobic hatred offence in May 2008 and, after twice trying and failing to remove this free speech protection, the Government reluctantly accepted the position and allowed it to go on the statute book. But then, in a move for which there seems to be no precedent, it introduced a clause in another Bill in the very next session to repeal what they had enacted. The repealing clause came before the Lords in July and the House rejected the measure by a large majority. The free speech clause is supported across the political spectrum. Liberty, the Church of England, Matthew Parris and Rowan Atkinson have also joined the ranks of those who back it. It says: “For the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices or the urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.”

Introduce humanism and non-belief into BBC religious slot, says humanist Peer - - Christian Concern For Our Nation

The former Director General of the BBC has called for atheists and humanists to contribute to BBC Radio 4’s Thought For the Day.

Lord Birt said in a House of Lords debate on 4 November 2009 that the BBC must ‘soon loosen the stranglehold’ of established religious organisations and ‘fully embrace’ the humanist movement. The debate took place in the House of Lords on the eve of the BBC Trust’s deliberations on whether to allow non-religious contributors to the Today programme’s religious slot.

Lord Harrison, an outspoken humanist who tabled Question for Short Debate, also asked to pay ‘sufficient regard to the importance of reflecting humanism’ and spoke about 'combined debates of humanists and religionists’ to examine, among other things, ‘what new uses our wonderful churches could be put to in a modern, secular age’.

Homosexual activists stage another offensive play about Jesus Christ - - Christian Concern For Our Nation

A group of homosexual activists are staging an offensive, state-sponsored theatre performance in Glasgow, Scotland. The organisers of the Glasgay! arts festival are staging a 7-day play this week that depicts Jesus Christ as a transsexual. The play, Jesus Queen of Heaven, which was written by transsexual playwright Jo Clifford, portrays Jesus as a man who wants to become a woman.

The performance, which also turned the Good Samaritan into a disco queen tottering home on her heels and the Prodigal Son into a Prodigal Daughter, prompted more than 300 protesters to demonstrate outside the theatre in a candlelit protest. The protesters were singing hymns and waving placards saying, ‘Jesus, King of Kings, Not Queen of Heaven’, and ‘God: My Son Is Not A Pervert.’

Another US state rejects homosexual ‘marriage’ after it was put to vote - - Christian Concern For Our Nation

People in the US state of Maine have used their ballot box to reject a bill, which would allow same-sex ‘marriage’. The legalisation of the homosexual unions has now been refused in all 31 states where the issue has been put directly to the electorate.

The ‘people’s veto’ was the biggest defeat for same-sex unions since California, Arizona, Florida and Hawaii expressly banned homosexual ‘marriage’ last year. The result showed once again that when the same-sex rights agenda is dealt with in a proper democratic way, the support of the mainstream society for traditional marriage prevails – even in liberal and ‘progressive’ societies. Homosexual ‘marriage’ has not yet won a popular vote in any US state.

Al Qaeda may be fighting with Yemeni rebels against Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian and Iran-backed Yemeni rebel spokesmen agree on two aspects of their clashes on the Saudi-Yemen border: Sunday, Nov. 8, was the fifth day of their battle and both sides had taken dead and wounded. Otherwise, DEBKAfile's military sources report, the state of combat is hard to pin down in one of the most desolate, sparsely populated and vast desert regions in the world.

The prince stressed the kingdom "has not, and will not interfere inside Yemeni borders." The Yemeni rebels, called Houthis after the clan of their leader Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, said they had killed many Saudi troops and taken some hostage. DEBKAfile reports from independent military sources that on this point at least the Houthis are correct.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Ian McKellen 'Proudly' Rips Leviticus 18:22 Out of All Bibles

Note to hotel managers: unless you want it to be altered forever, remove that Bible from Sir Ian McKellen's bedside drawer before he shows up.

In a Q&A with Details magazine, the openly gay "Lord of the Rings" star admits to a habit of tearing out the Bible passage that condemns homosexuality -- Leviticus 18:22 -- every time he finds one in his hotel room. The passage: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

"I'm not proudly defacing the book," he asserts, "but it's a choice between removing that page and throwing away the whole Bible."

Ahmadinejad to cancel food, fuel subsidies, for transfer to nuclear projects

Iran's parliament (Majlis) Sunday, Nov. 8, granted president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unlimited control of an estimated $30-50 billion of national treasure under legislation empowering him to cancel government subsidies on food and fuel.

DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that the president demanded the transfer of subsidy funding to the nation's nuclear and missile programs, preparations for war and measures to offset international sanctions. With the annual subsidy of $90 billion in government subsidies now at his disposal, the president is in a position to manipulate fuel prices in order to keep Iran standing on its feet under a new round of international sanctions.

Iran set to launch 200-kg spy satelite into orbit

Iran is ready to launch its second homemade spy satellite, with the Safir 2 rocket (Messenger of Ambassador) already in position on its pad, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources report. The new satellite weighs 200 kgs, ten times more than Omid 1 (Hope), which was successfully tested only ten months ago, on Feb. 2.

If the second launch succeeds, it would mean that Iran is capable of producing solid fuel-powered rockets with a range of 2,450-2,450 kilometers, which covers not only all of Israel but would reach as deep into Europe as the Polish capital of Warsaw. Heads of the Islamic regime in Tehran hope that the advent of a second Iranian spy satellite in Middle East skies, boosted by the new Safir rocket, will so astound the Americans and Israelis that they will think twice before going after Iran's nuclear installations.