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 -- baltimoresun.com

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 www.jpost.com, 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 - CCFON.org - 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 - CCFON.org - 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 - CCFON.org - 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.

US major of Palestinian origin shouted "Allahu Akbar" in Fort Hood shooting rampage

Speculation is rife in the US media about whether Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan's massacre of 13 servicemen at America's biggest army base, Fort Hood in Texas Thursday, Nov. 5 was motivated by terrorist ideology. Witnesses among the 28 injured reported that while firing two handguns, he shouted 'Alahu Akbar!' before he was felled himself by four bullets fired by wounded female police officer Sgt. Kimberley Munlay. That morning, he went shopping in Muslim dress. - DEBKAfile


"Alahu Akbar!" means Allah is Greater

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Hal on the Hot Seat: 4th Nov 09

Captured Iranian arms ship tip of the iceberg of vast weapons sealift to Hizballah

DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources report that a mammoth arms train has been running to Hizballah for months via Egypt. They identify the ship which offloaded the arms shipment at the Egyptian port of Damietta, where it was picked up by the Francop as the Iranian Visea, which is now on its way from the British port of Felixtowe to Hamburg, Germany. An international operation is afoot to apprehend the Iranian ship as of Wednesday, Nov. 4, when Israeli naval forces commandeered the Francop with hundreds of tons of Iranian arms bound for the Lebanese Hizballah near Cyprus.


The arms were unloaded at the Israeli naval base at Ashdod port. The estimated 500 of tons of weapons aboard were concealed inside sacks of polyethylene and loaded aboard the Visea either at Bandar Abbas or Bandar Imam Khomeini in Iran. The Francop is known as a “feeder ship,” which circulates between regular ports of call beginning at Damietta, thence to Limassol in Cyprus and from there to Beirut, Lebanon, Port Latakia, Syria, and back.

French Foreign Minister Calls Situation in Iran 'Dangerous'

France is worried about the latest violence in Iran as well as Tehran's failure to reply to U.S.-backed proposals to export most of its enriched uranium for processing into fuel for a nuclear research reactor, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday.

Kouchner appeared impatient about Iran's reticence with regard to proposals to ease concerns over its nuclear program and firmly stated that Israel and the international community would never agree to allow Iran to have nuclear weapons.

'I don't think one should provoke the Israelis with the potential existence, putative, or at least unproved manufacture of a nuclear bomb,' Kouchner said.

Iran Boosts Output of Uranium Mine, Satellite Images Show

Iran appears to be speeding up extraction of uranium ore at its Gchine mine site, a move that could intensify Western suspicions that the Middle Eastern state intends to build a nuclear bomb, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

“Iran’s decision to expand mining and milling at [Gchine] seems to validate the suspicions of those who think it was the main uranium site for a covert [uranium enrichment] program,” said Jeffrey Lewis, head of the New America Foundation's Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative.

U.S.: Obama's Outreach to Muslim World Teetering

President Barack Obama's extraordinary efforts since his first days in office to reassure Muslims in the Greater Middle East about U.S. intentions in the region have suffered a series of setbacks that threaten to reverse whatever gains he has made over the past 10 months in restoring Washington's badly battered image and influence there.

"There is a general concern now, especially in the Arab world, that the administration is not delivering with respect to any issues in the region," said Chas Freeman, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia who withdrew his appointment to chair the National Intelligence Council (NIC) earlier this year in the face of a media campaign by neo-conservative critics close to Israel's Likud Party.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Yadlin: Qom facility has no possible civilian application

The recently-revealed Iranian nuclear facility in the Shi'ite holy city of Qom has 'no possible civilian use,' Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said Tuesday, directly contradicting statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in September.

Khamenei rejects talks if outcome fixed by US, marks embassy hostage anniversary

"We do not want any negotiation the result of which is predetermined by the United States," said Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the clearest rejection yet of the world powers' UN-brokered proposal for Iran to ship three-quarters of its enriched uranium overseas for reprocessing. "Giving the US a veto over the nuclear talks would be like a sheep and wolf relation, which the late imam (Khomeini) has said 'we do not want,"" he said.

President Barack Obama and his engagement policy were singled out by Khameini for a smack in the face when he said: "Whenever the U.S offers a smile, it hides a dagger in his back." The level of unrelenting anti-US rhetoric heard from the all-powerful spiritual ruler was exceptional even in Iranian terms. DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that the all-powerful Ayatollah may have left a wafer-thin crack more divisive than constructive open for the negotiations begun in Geneva last month to continue.

Merkel decries Iran's denial of Israel's right to exist

Iran's denial of Israel's right to exist is unacceptable and Tehran must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech before the U.S. Congress yesterday.

She said there is limited patience in the talks with Iran to come clean about its nuclear activities. 'Iran knows our offer, but Iran also knows where we draw the line,' Merkel said. Trivializing the Holocaust and rejecting Israel's right to exist was 'not acceptable,' she said, adding: 'Whoever threatens Israel also threatens us.'

Intel chief: Gaza rockets can reach metro Tel Aviv

Hamas militants in Gaza have successfully test-fired in recent days an Iranian rocket able to reach metropolitan Tel Aviv, the country's military intelligence chief said Tuesday.Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee that the rocket could fly 37 miles (60 kilometers), which would put Israel's largest urban center at risk, Israeli media reported. Until now, rockets fired from Gaza have reached up to 25 miles (40 kilometers), putting one-eighth of Israel's population within rocket range.

It was not clear whether the rocket actually flew 37 miles (60 kilometers), or why Yadlin described the rocket as being of Iranian origin. Israeli ballistics experts have said paint, tool work and Latin lettering on other rocket fragments point to Iranian origins. But the military has not publicly released clear evidence proving Iranian involvement.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Obama's Islamic Heritage

Israel's Heron drones integrated in NATO's Afghanistan war

Germany is the fifth foreign nation to acquire the Heron TP drone or other Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle technology for support missions against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, DEBKAfile's military sources report. Today, these drones complement the US Air Force's dominant role in Afghanistan air space, thanks to two useful features and the CIA's shortage of Predators for its own and NATO use:
  1. The Israeli drones are cheaper.
  2. The Herons' operational features include a long-distance range, the ability to stay aloft for 52 hours non-stop and tracking and targeting capabilities. They can carry out complex functions such as in-flight refueling and slotting into strategic missile defense systems.
Equipped with 1,200-horsepower engines, they carry 250 kilos of ordnance, mainly air-ground missiles. With this load, the Israel UAVs can reach an altitude of 11,000 meters. Flying empty, it can reach a height of13,700 meters. This means that the Heron can fly above regular commercial air traffic without becoming icebound thanks to another special feature, which is important in the freezing Afghan winters.

Hamas successfully tests new Iran-made Silkworm that can reach Tel Aviv

Israel's military intelligence chief Brig. Amos Yadlin revealed Tuesday, Nov. 3, that the Palestinian Hamas had successfully tested a new 60-km range Iranian shore-to-sea missile firing it west from the Gaza coast. When fired north overland the missile could reach Tel Aviv.

Brig. Yadlin's report to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee confirmed DEBKAfile's Oct. 25 disclosure of intensive Iranian efforts to arm Hizballan and Hamas with extended-range missiles and rockets capable of reaching Israel's strategic heartland. He revealed that Iranian arms were reaching Hizballah and Hamas through Syria and, for the first, time via Turkey.

The intelligence chief did not specify the source of the missiles delivered to Hamas or disclose who their instructors were. DEBKAfile's military sources report that the Hizballah on orders from Tehran apparently took charge of smuggling the new missiles to their Palestinian allies and its officers instructed them in their use.

Our military sources identify the new missile in Hamas' arsenal as a C-802 of the Silkworm series (of Chinese origin), of the type Hizballah fired to cripple the Israeli missile ship Hanit on July 15 2006 during the second Lebanon war.

7 charged with aiding Madrid train bombers

A Spanish judge indicted seven suspected Islamic militants Monday for allegedly helping some perpetrators of the Madrid train bombings in 2004 to flee Spain after the attacks, according to a copy of the order.

The Madrid train bombings -- coordinated attacks on four morning-rush commuter trains -- killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800.

Spanish courts already have convicted 14 Islamic militants for their roles in the attacks, along with four Spaniards, the latter for trafficking in explosives used in the attacks.

Huge Saudi-Russian S-400 missile deal stalled over Israeli objections

A multibillion transaction for the sale of highly sophisticated Russian S-400 Triumf (NATO codenamed SA-21 Growler) missile interceptors to Saudi Arabia is hanging fire over Israel's objections to their deployment within easy range of the Negev and Eilat port, DEBKAfile's military sources report. The $7 billion deal was brokered by Washington with a view to tempting Moscow to withhold S-300 air and missile defense batteries from Iran and denying the Islamic republic this key item for defending its nuclear sites.

As a major incentive for reneging on its missile contract with Iran, the Obama administration offered Moscow the prime incentive of opening the Saudi market to Russian arms, followed by outlets in the Persian Gulf. For granting the Russians their first foothold in half a century in this strategic region, Washington hoped for Moscow's expanded cooperation in the campaign to bring Iran to heel on its nuclear program.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Israeli PM accuses Iran of war crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday cited his country's seizure of a weapons-carrying cargo ship as evidence that Iran is committing war crimes by supplying the Lebanese Hezbollah movement with weapons intended to "kill as many civilians as possible."

Israeli security forces unloaded several hundred tons of a variety of weapons and ammunition from the vessel after their commandos intercepted it late Tuesday night in the Mediterranean Sea and escorted it to Israel for further inspection, local daily Ha'aretz reported.

The report added that local officials believe the arms were originally from Iran and on their way to Hezbollah.

"This was a ship carrying a massive amount of weapons which the Iranian regime tried to ship to Syria, and from there to Hezbollah," Netanyahu was quoted as saying at Israel's defense headquarters in Tel Aviv.

"The bulk of the shipment included rockets whose aim is to hurt our citizens and kill as many civilians as possible. This constitutes a war crime," he said.

Russia 'simulates' nuclear attack on Poland

The armed forces are said to have carried out "war games" in which nuclear missiles were fired and troops practised an amphibious landing on the country's coast. Documents obtained by Wprost, one of Poland's leading news magazines, said the exercise was carried out in conjunction with soldiers from Belarus. The manoeuvres are thought to have been held in September and involved about 13,000 Russian and Belarusian troops. Poland, which has strained relations with both countries, was cast as the "potential aggressor". The documents state the exercises, code-named "West", were officially classified as "defensive" but many of the operations appeared to have an offensive nature.

The Russian air force practised using weapons from its nuclear arsenal, while in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which neighbours Poland, Red Army forces stormed a "Polish" beach and attacked a gas pipeline.

The operation also involved the simulated suppression of an uprising by a national minority in Belarus – the country has a significant Polish population which has a strained relationship with authoritarian government of Belarus.

Military refines a 'constant stare against our enemy'

Reporting from Washington - The Pentagon plans to dramatically increase the surveillance capabilities of its most advanced unmanned aircraft next year, adding so many video feeds that a drone which now stares down at a single house or vehicle could keep constant watch on nearly everything that moves within an area of 1.5 square miles.

'Predators and other unmanned aircraft have just revolutionized our ability to provide a constant stare against our enemy,' said a senior military official. 'The next sensors, mark my words, are going to be equally revolutionary.'

Unmanned MQ-9 Reaper aircraft now produce a single video feed as they fly continuously over surveillance routes, and the area they can cover largely depends on altitude. The new technology initially will increase the number of video feeds to 12 and eventually to 65.

Huge al-Qaida Arms Cache Found

Saudi police have discovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 281 Kalashnikov assault rifles belonging to al-Qaida terror network buried in a vacant house in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The weapons were found buried in a vacant house under a concrete slab, in Thadeq Governorate, 150 km north of Riyadh, Interior Ministry Spokesman Maj Gen Mansour Al-Turki was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency.

Somali terrorist group threatens Israel

A Somali terrorist group with al-Qaida ties has for the first time threatened to attack Israel, an International Crisis Group official said. In light of recent Temple Mount standoffs in Jerusalem between Israeli police and Palestinians, the Somali armed group, al-Shabaab, says it will focus terrorism on Israel, CNN reported Sunday.

Pakistan blast kills dozens

YouTube - Taliban/Al Queda bomb blast Pakistan kills dozens

Declaring Karzai president without runoff - US setback, Taliban gain

The Independent Election Commission in Kabul declared Hamid Karzai president and cancelled the second round of elections Monday, Nov. 2, the day after his only challenger Abdullah Abdullah bowed out. It acted as UN secretary Ban Ki-moon landed in Kabul for a surprise visit and met both candidates. He ran up against Abdullah's steadfast refusal to take part in the runoff scheduled for Nov. 7, protesting it would be no freer or fairer than the first round of August 20 which was marred by wholesale election fraud.

According to DEBKAfile's sources, the American plan was to offer Abdullah the premiership with executive powers leaving Karzai as president in name only. But by Monday afternoon, Abdullah was far from acceding to this plan. His refusal and the cancellation of the second-round runoff have left Kabul in extreme political uncertainty on top of the military limbo resulting from the delayed White House decisions on strategy.

Food will never be so cheap again

The world's grain stocks have dropped from four to 2.6 months cover since 2000, despite two bumper harvests in North America. China's inventories are at a 30-year low. Asian rice stocks are near danger level.

Yet farm commodities have largely missed out on Bernanke's reflation rally in metals, oil, and everything else. Dylan Grice from Société Générale sees "bargain basement" prices.

Wheat has crashed 70pc from early 2008. Corn has halved. The "Ags" have mostly drifted sideways over the last six months. This divergence within the commodity family is untenable, given the bio-ethanol linkage to oil.

For investors wishing to rotate out of overstretched rallies – Wall Street's Transport index and the Russell 2000 broke down last week – this is a rare chance to buy cheap into a story that will dominate the rest of our lives.

U.N. probe of Israel 'used false witnesses'

A U.N. investigator who accused Israel of war crimes was misled by false witnesses and Palestinian misinformation, charged the chief medical officer of an Israeli army brigade that was previously falsely accused of committing a massacre.

'You have let yourself be misled by fabrications made by either terrorists or even doctors. ... Did you by any chance try to validate any of these invented and inciting details? Well you didn't!' wrote David Zangen, an Israeli reservist officer and physician.

Zangen, in an open letter published in Israel's Maariv newspaper, was addressing South African Judge Richard Goldstone, who penned a U.N. report that claimed both Hamas and Israel were guilty of war crimes during the Jewish state's defensive war in Gaza last December and January.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Israeli navy seizes weapons ship bound for Lebanese Hizballah or Syria

Israeli seamen boarded a large Antigua-flagged ship carrying hundreds of containers packed with heavy weapons for Hizballah or Syria 100 miles from land near Cyprus early Wednesday Nov. 4. The cargo included a large quantity of anti-tank missiles, DEBKAfile's military sources report.

Crackdown on Christianity ramping up

After waiting behind bars for four months, 37-year-old Asia Bibi of Pakistan stood recently before a judge in Sheikhupura, where she is accused of blaspheming Muhammad for allegedly saying, 'Jesus is alive. Muhammad is dead.'

She is charged under section 295-C of the Pakistani Criminal Code, which says, 'Use of derogatory remarks, etc; in respect of the Holy Prophet. Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Hole Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.'

India is preparing for possible war with China and Pakistan

Tensions have flared between both China and India militaries along their disputed 2,175 mile-long border, with both sides alleging more frequent troop incursions in recent weeks. China is upset when the Indian prime minister recently visit the disputed region. China considers an Indian-occupied piece of it’s own Tibetan Autonomous Region, has added flames to the fire.

China of course already deeply resents the fact that the top Tibetan leader, and several hundred thousand exiled Tibetans, are allowed to reside in India. India’s Maoist rebels are now present in 20 states and have evolved into a potent and lethal insurgency. In the last four years, the Maoists have killed more than 900 Indian security officers. Indian leaders are now preparing to deploy nearly 70,000 paramilitary officers to hunt down the guerrillas.The Maoists, however, do not want to secede or be absorbed. Their goal is to topple the system.

India is preparing the military for possible war with China and Pakistan. India and Russia have agreed two military pacts, including a 10-year deal on weapons, aircraft, and maintenance contracts potentially worth at least $5 billion, Indian defense officials said. India plans to spend $30 billion over the next five years to buy modern weapons systems and attack planes.

1,600 are suggested daily for FBI's list

Newly released FBI data offer evidence of the broad scope and complexity of the nation's terrorist watch list, documenting a daily flood of names nominated for inclusion to the controversial list. During a 12-month period ended in March this year, for example, the U.S. intelligence community suggested on a daily basis that 1,600 people qualified for the list because they presented a 'reasonable suspicion,' according to data provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee by the FBI in September and made public last week. The ever-churning list is said to contain more than 400,000 unique names and over 1 million entries.

10 dead, 50 injured in attacks in Iraq

At least 10 people were killed and 50 injured Sunday in attacks in Iraqi cities of Karbala and Hilla, security sources said. At least five people were killed and 15 injured when a bomb exploded in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, local police said. The attack took place in al-Naqeeb neigbourhood which was immediately sealed off by the Iraqi police. Earlier, at least five people were killed and 35 injured when a bomb exploded in a market in the central Iraqi city of Hilla, police said."

Lisbon lies

The EU has declared war on the UK. The conspiracy to make sure Lisbon comes into effect without giving the Uk people the vote they were promised by all three main parties in the 2005 election will increase the distrust of the organisation and its power loving political elite. The way it ignored referendum results against the constitution in France and Holland, claimed that the Constitution had been abandoned when it had just been renamed, and then thrust it on the unwilling Irish by making them have a second vote has reminded us all here just how much the elite hates democracy and despises the views of the people. There will be a price to pay.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Somali man, '112', weds girl, 17

Hundreds of people have attended a wedding in central Somalia between a man who says he is 112 years old, and his teenage wife. Ahmed Muhamed Dore - who already has 13 children by five wives - said he would like to have more with his new wife, Safia Abdulleh, who is 17 years old. 'Today God helped me realise my dream,' Mr Dore said, after the wedding in the region of Galguduud.

The bride's family said she was 'happy with her new husband'. Mr Dore said he and his bride - who is young enough to be his great-great-grand-daughter - were from the same village in Somalia and that he had waited for her to grow up to propose. 'I didn't force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love; and then we agreed to marry,' the groom said.

“Moderate” Malaysia confiscates 20,000 Bibles

Authorities in Malaysia have seized more than 20,000 Bibles in recent months because they refer to God as “Allah,” Christian leaders said Thursday. The seizures have fed fears among minority groups, which see signs of encroaching Islamic fundamentalism in the predominantly Muslim but multi-racial country.

“There is a growing sense of Islamic assertion, yes,” said the Rev. Hermen Shastri, general-secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia. “There is some concern.”

The Bibles were written in the country’s official language, Malay — in which the word for God is “Allah,” as it is in Arabic. However, Malaysia’s government says the word is exclusive to Islam. Its use in Christian publications is likely to confuse Muslims and draw them to Christianity, the government says. So it has banned use of the word in Christian literature.

Jerusalem must be capital of both Israel and Palestine, UN chief says

Jerusalem must be the capital of two States — Israel and Palestine — living side-by-side in peace and security, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all, if peace in the Middle East is to be achieved, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Wednesday.

“This is the road to the fulfillment of both the vision of (the United Nations) Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, and the yearning for peace of people from all over the world,” he said in a message to the Jerusalem International Forum in Rabat, Morocco, in which he stressed that the international community does not recognize Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem.

Will Turkey lead a revived Islamic empire?

In 2005, the National Intelligence Council, or NIC, produced a report called, "Mapping the Global Future: Project 2020." According to this report, within the next several years, we may expect to see the emergence of a fledgling caliphate, or revived Islamic empire.

For those unfamiliar with the NIC, below is a self-description from its website: The NIC is a center of strategic thinking within the U.S. Government, reporting to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and providing the president and senior policymakers with analyses of foreign policy issues that have been reviewed and coordinated throughout the Intelligence Community. Our work ranges from brief analyses of current issues to "over the horizon" estimates of broader trends at work in the world.

What is interesting about the NIC's "over the horizon" assessment is that the coming caliphate would not be built on acts of terrorism, but instead would be established through peaceful means. By claiming to provide the Middle East with stability, peace and security, the emergence of the coming caliphate will be viewed positively by much of the world. Yet the conclusion of the 2020 report states that even a limited and moderate Islamic caliphate would pose problems for the United States and her global interests of immense proportions.

- By Joel Richardson

Monday, 2 November 2009

Oxymoron? Christians Celebrating Halloween?

Well it is that time of the year again... Halloween. But what gets me is that I am amazed at how many Christians celebrate it in one form or another.

People justify it by calling it innocent fun, or even go as far as "Christianizing" it by having a "Fall Harvest Festival" or dressing up kids in your favorite biblical character. But when the rubber meets the road, this is Satan's high holy day.

Folks, If you are a christian, you know that too. There is no claiming ignorance on this one. So being a Christian, why are you even dabbling in celebrating this day at all?

Scripture says...

Romans 12:2 (KJV) "and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Christ suffered and died for our sins, he gave his all. It is our reasonable service to live a life holy and acceptable unto Him.

Let me ask all of you this...

* How many of you have prominent pictures of old girlfriends or boyfriends in your house?

* How many of you call up your old boyfriends or girlfriends on your "dating" anniversary?

* Do any of you celebrate anything dealing with an old flame at all?

Odds are that you do not. In fact your significant other would be rather upset if you did and would be down right hurt and brokenhearted.

Let me ask you this... Why are we celebrating a holiday dedicated to our enemy no matter what we call it or how we justify it? What people are doing when they celebrate the enemies / world's holidays is committing spiritual adultery.

Scripture says...

Exodus 20:14 (KJV) Thou shalt not commit adultery.

By Ray Gano

Climate Change versus the REAL Problem

Unless you have been living under a washtub the last twenty years, you have heard that climate change is going to be the end of us all. According to celebrity analysis of imaginary evidence, in even years we are facing a coming ice age where everyone will go the way of the mastodon. In odd numbered years, we are facing global warming that will cause all mankind to swelter in terrible heat until we all drown because of the melting of the polar ice caps. I suppose that in leap years the celebrities cannot agree as to whether the earth is facing cooling down or heating up. During those times, they just say we are facing climate change.

When Jesus Christ lived in the land of Judea 2000 years ago, people were also concerned with the weather. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees and the Sadducees in Matthew 16:2-3.

Now, isn’t that something. These Pharisees and Sadducees were worrying about the weather. They thought they could predict the weather. Since Jesus mentions this, I suppose they spent a lot of time and energy worrying and predicting. They were too busy to see the living sign of Jesus Christ walking among them. They were too busy keeping their minds occupied with something else – anything else – just anything other than facing the truth that they must chose Christ or reject Him.

Today, we have even churches getting into the ‘save the planet’ movement. Christian people are trying to live ‘green’, meaning they are always conscience of their own ‘carbon footprint’ and its impact on the planet. These are ignorant Christians if they are even Christians at all. They are forgetting that:
  • The earth has a savior – it is Jesus Christ.
  • The earth has a sustainer – it is Jesus Christ.
  • The earth has a King over all kings and Lord over all lords - it is Jesus Christ.
Jesus does not need our help to ‘save the planet’. In order for Jesus Christ to succeed in His plan for the earth, there is no help from anyone required. Jesus has the power and authority to carry out His plan without any help for anyone. Jesus does want obedience from His children. This obedience to God is shown in the actions His followers.

- By Barbara Henderson

Yes-- to Demographic Optimism

Demographic scare tactics are proven hollow now that population figures have been audited. A comparison of Israel's Jewish and Arab fertility rates can and should reshape Israel's state of mind and policies.

The all time record of daily Jewish births at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, set on September 21, 2009, reflects the substantial rise in Israel's Jewish fertility. Delivery rooms function at 100% capacity.

An audit of Palestinian and Israeli documentation of births, deaths, school and voter registration and migration certifies a solid 67% Jewish majority over 98.5% of the land west of the Jordan River (without Gaza), compared with a 33% and an 8% Jewish minority in 1947 and 1900, respectively, west of the Jordan River.

The audit exposes a 66% distortion in the current number of Judea & Samaria Arabs - 1.55 million and not 2.5 million, as claimed by the Palestinian Authority. In 2006, the World Bank exposed a 32% bend in the number of Palestinian births. Inflated numbers have provided the Palestinians with inflated international foreign aid and inflated water supply by Israel. They have also afflicted Israeli policy-makers and public opinion molders with fatalism and erroneous demographic assumptions, impacting on Israel's national security policy.