Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rumors of War - Persia

Israel steps up shadow war with Hezbollah - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Israel's Institute for National Security Studies stressed in its annual strategic assessment, released Jan. 2, that Hezbollah remains the most serious threat the Jewish state faces. It urged Israel's intelligence establishment to intensity efforts to block the transfer of advanced weapons systems to Hezbollah - a process that may already be under way with a spate of air and missiles strikes against Syria. [...] Iran and Hezbollah, which serves as the Islamic repub­lic's strategic arm in the Levant, present a comprehensive threat to Israel that far exceeds any other. [...] Israel seems to be step­ping up the shadowy conflict with Hezbollah, as Iran seeks to estab­lish a presence in the divided Go­lan, a red line for Israel."

Comment: This is the kind of conflict that percolates below the radar for most of us but could flare into a full war at a moments notice. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Pestilence

'Superbug' widespread in hospitals, must be monitored, study says - UPI.com
UPI reports: "A type of potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria is more widespread in U.S. hospitals than previously thought and needs to be more closely monitored, a new study suggests. Researchers checked for cases of illness caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in a sample of four U.S. hospitals and identified a wide variety of CRE species. Three hospitals are in the Boston area and one is in California. The CRE family of germs causes about 9,300 infections and 600 deaths in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those numbers are on the rise, the researchers said."

Comment: Well, that sounds bad but at least it's not Zika. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Covenant With Many

France describes need for two-state solution at Israel, Palestinian conference - UPI.com UPI reports: "More than 70 nations' foreign ministers and senior diplomats convened Sunday in Paris for a conference to work out a peace plan between Israel and Palestinians. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault opened the session, noting a two-state solution is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East. [...] Israelis and Palestinians were not allowed to participate in the summit but have been invited to hear the conclusions of the meeting."

UK voices 'reservations' over Mideast summit, refuses to sign statement
AFP reports: "Britain cited 'reservations' over Sunday's Middle East peace conference and refused to sign a joint statement that called for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A Foreign Office spokesman said the British had 'particular reservations' about the meeting in Paris taking place without Israeli or Palestinian representatives, 'just days before the transition to a new American president.' Britain had therefore attended the talks as an observer only, the spokesman said. "

Comment: Please join me in praying for God's blessing upon the UK for not participating in the latest attempt by the international community to define Israel as the primary obstacle to peace. The idea that all Israel needs do is give away more land to the Palestinians to secure peace is delusional. If you have any doubts about that, just look what the Palestinians did when Israel gave them Gaza. It's an object lesson in the reality of land-for-peace.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Covenant with Many

AP - In long-shot Mideast peace bid, France sees nothing to lose
The AP reports: "It sounds far-fetched at best: holding a Mideast peace conference without Israelis, Palestinians or the incoming U.S. government. But the French organizers say that's the whole point. They want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to see that most of the world wants a two-state solution and is fed up with decades of conflict. With chances for a Mideast peace deal lower than in years — perhaps a generation — French President Francois Hollande figures there's nothing to lose. French diplomats fear that Trump will unleash new tensions in the region by condoning settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians and potentially moving the U.S. Embassy to contested Jerusalem. So more than 70 foreign ministers and other top envoys are gathering Sunday in Paris to urge the establishment of a Palestinian state."

Palestinians establish embassy at the Vatican - UPI.com
UPI reports: "The Palestinian Authority has opened an embassy at the Vatican on the eve of a peace conference meant to revive long-stalled talks with Israel. The embassy confers a new level of legitimacy on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who was granted an audience with Pope Francis on Saturday. While the Vatican has maintained close ties with Israel, Francis has increasingly spoken on behalf of the Palestinian people, encouraging both sides to reach a deal that creates a Palestinian state recognized by Israel."

Comment: There is some big news developing with the search for Mideast peace. France is holding an international conference tomorrow. The purpose of the event seems to be to gather the nations to decree that Israel is the problem and if only they would give more land to the Palestinians, all would be well.

It will be a good example of how the nations are eager to gang up on Israel and stand in rebellion to the God of Israel.

They also want to gang up on Trump to show him that the international community does not share his views and will not welcome moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Pestilence

'Superbug' resistant to all antibiotics killed Nevada woman - UPI.com
UPI reports: "A Nevada woman in her 70s who'd recently returned from India died in September from a 'superbug' infection that resisted all antibiotics, according to a report released Friday. The case raises concern about the spread of such infections, which have become more common over past decades as germs have developed resistance to widely used antibiotics."

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pestilence

Scientists create mosquitoes resistant to dengue virus - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Scientists say they have created mosquitoes resistant to the dengue virus, which might eventually help control the spread of the disease in humans. The team at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to boost their natural ability to fight infection by the virus. Mosquitoes get infected when they feed on someone who has the disease. Then they pass dengue to healthy people by biting them. Each year, dengue sickens about 96 million people worldwide. The virus kills more than 20,000 people, mostly children, the researchers said."

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

War

Pentagon: U.S. could keep anti-Islamic State presence in Iraq after Mosul falls - UPI.com UPI reports: "U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said the United States could maintain a presence in Iraq after the Islamic State is defeated in the battle for Mosul. Speaking from the Pentagon during a press briefing, Carter said the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, Daesh and ISIL, could remain a threat to Iraqi and regional security even after it is removed from power in Iraq's second-largest city and the militant Islamist group's stronghold in Iraq: Mosul. Carter said the decision to keep a residual U.S. military presence in Iraq would be up to the Iraqi government and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi."

Comment: I can't help wonder how long the U.S. will keep a military presence in Iraq? 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Earthquakes

7.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Philippines, Indonesia - UPI.com
UPI reports: "The U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.3-magnitude earthquake occurred in the Celebes Sea between the Philippines and Indonesia on Tuesday. The quake occurred at a depth of about 380 miles. Officials did not issue a tsunami warning, advisory, watch or threat, the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said."

Comment: At 7.3 magnitude, that's a very large earthquake and would have done a lot of damage if it struck a populated region. 

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Rumors of War - Persia

USS Mahan fires warning shots at Iranian vessels in Strait of Hormuz - UPI.com
UPI reports: "U.S. officials said the USS Mahan Navy destroyer fired several warning shots after four Iranian vessels closed in at a high speed in the Strait of Hormuz. The encounter occurred Sunday after the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard boats did not respond to the Mahan's radio request to stop. The Iranian ships sailed within a half-mile of the Mahan, which was escorting two U.S. ships, Fox News reported. The Iranian ships approached the vessel at a high rate of speed five separate times, CNN reported. The Mahan fired three warning flares, while a Navy helicopter also dropped a smoke float."

Comment: I wonder what the Iranians think of Trump?  Will they continue this reckless behavior or will they decide to test Trump just to see if he responds the same way Obama does?

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Peace of Jerusalem

Nine arrested after Jerusalem truck attacker kills four soldiers - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Police arrested nine suspects after a truck struck Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, killing four and injuring 16, a police spokesman said. The truck plowed through a group of soldiers disembarking from a bus Sunday, then reversed and ran them down again. Three of the injured were in serious condition, including one, a woman, in a coma. Police shot at the truck until it stopped."

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