Friday, September 30, 2005
"World sea levels could rise 30 centimetres (12 inches) by the end of the century and freak weather will become more common due to rapid global warming, according to a new study by a leading German research institute." [Roaring Seas and Tides, Luke 21:11]
"The Bush administration has postponed punishing Saudi Arabia for restricting religious freedom, giving the U.S. ally six more months to show it has made progress in its treatment of religious minorities." [Believers Persecuted, Matthew 24:8]
"The World Health Organization moved Friday to revise alarming predictions that a pandemic stemming from the bird flu virus ravaging parts of Asia could kill as many as 150 million people." :: I thought the idea was to inspire a sense of urgency, but apparently they don't want to alarm anyone, so now this could all just turn out to be a minor pandemic (they used to call those epidemics). [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
Thursday, September 29, 2005
"A top U.N. public health expert warned Thursday that a new influenza pandemic could come anytime and claim millions of lives unless officials to take action now to control an epidemic in Asia." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
"A powerful earthquake in northern Peru killed at least one person, destroyed about 100 homes and disrupted electricity and telephone service in much of the region, the civil defense chief said Monday. The 7.5-magnitude earthquake was felt throughout Peru's northern coast and as far away as Bogota, Colombia, more than 700 miles to the north, and broke windows in towns in Ecuador." :: I don't usually post quake news, as you know, there are thousands of quakes every day, but this was a big one. [Quakes, Matthew 24:7]
"Israel unveiled an underground archaeological site near a disputed Jerusalem holy shrine on Tuesday, nearly a decade after the opening of an exhibit in the same area sparked widespread Palestinian rioting...The new tourist center snakes underground, adjacent to the path of the Western Wall, the last remaining retaining wall of the Jewish Temple." :: I wonder why the wire services call it a shrine?[Holy Place, Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4]
"Iraqi and U.S. forces claimed a major blow against one of the country's deadliest insurgent groups Tuesday, saying they killed the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq who masterminded a brutal escalation in suicide bombings that claimed nearly 700 lives in Baghdad since April." [Wars & Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
Monday, September 26, 2005
"About 11,000 people have been infected with dengue fever in Singapore this year, and 11 have died. Some hospitals suspended non-urgent surgeries to cope with the flood of dengue patients, and the government appointed a Cabinet-level panel to deal with the problem." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
"The UN atomic watchdog's new hard line towards Iran could lead to either escalation or negotiation in the showdown over Iranian nuclear activities which the United States claims hide weapons work." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
By Caren Bohan,
BATON ROUGE, La. (Sept. 25) - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Sunday that Congress ought to consider giving the U.S. military the lead role in responding to natural disasters, as he heard one general describe the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort as a ''train wreck.''
Saturday, September 24, 2005
" Israel launched a 'crushing' retaliation Saturday against Hamas in Gaza with deadly airstrikes, troops massed at the border and a planned ground incursion after militants fired 35 rockets at Israeli towns - their first major attack since the Gaza pullout...The chain of events began Friday afternoon, with an explosion at a Hamas rally in Gaza's crowded Jebaliya refugee camp in which at least 15 Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded. Hamas blamed Israel for that blast, claiming Israeli aircraft fired missiles into the crowd, and said its rocket attacks on Israeli towns were meant as retaliation. However, the Palestinian Authority held the Islamic militants responsible, saying they apparently mishandled explosives at the rally." [Battle for Jerusalem, Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah 12; Zechariah 14; Luke 21:20]
Friday, September 23, 2005
"Indonesia was bracing for more bird flu deaths Thursday after the World Health Organization warned that the densely populated country could see more fatalities from the virus than hardest-hit Vietnam and Thailand." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
"Israel's recent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip was encouraging, but mutual steps laid out in the U.N.-backed 'road map' remain the only realistic way to achieve peace with the Palestinians, the top U.N. Mideast envoy said Friday." [Covenant With Many, Daniel 9:27]
"The Israeli air force attacked three buildings in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, the first airstrikes since Israel withdrew from Gaza last week after 38 years of occupation, the army said...The attacks, which Israel said targeted militant weapons facilities, came after militants fired 21 homemade rockets from the Gaza Strip into the Israeli town of Sderot, injuring five Israelis, the army said."
"Heavy fighting surged Friday in the Euphrates River city of Ramadi, police and hospital officials said, and the U.S. military reported the deaths of two more soldiers around the militant stronghold, scene of nearly one-quarter of 29 American deaths this month." [Wars and Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
Thursday, September 22, 2005
"Israeli forces evacuated a West Bank army base that was used as a staging area for removing residents of two Jewish settlements last month...Meanwhile, in Washington, President Bush asked Jordan's King Abdullah II to visit Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to help advance the Middle East peace process." [Covenant With Many, Daniel 9:27]
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"MasterCard said at an industry conference in Memphis Monday that it planned to have nearly four million 'swipeless' RFID credit cards in circulation by year's end. Dubbed PayPass, a user will only have to wave his or her card in front of a sensor to make a payment on the item." :: My standard disclaimer here, not the mark, just an interesting bit of commerce tech, have no fear of using these contactless cards. [Mark of the Beast, Rev 13:16-18]
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
"The government imposed 'extraordinary' measures Tuesday to contain a bird flu outbreak that has killed four people in Indonesia, including the forced hospitalization of people with symptoms of the disease." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
"Israel's foreign minister on Tuesday underlined the Jewish state's gains from its withdrawal from Gaza, disclosing that he met with his counterparts from more than 10 Arab and other Muslim nations this week. Silvan Shalom also told the U.N. General Assembly that Israel would seek a seat on the powerful Security Council for the first time."
Monday, September 19, 2005
"The Judeo-Christian world's holiest site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, will forever remain under Islam's dominion, vowed a venerated Muslim Israeli Arab Friday." [Holy Place, Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4]
Friday, September 16, 2005
"A huge sunspot has been blasting Earth with magnetic clouds for weeks, producing some of the most vibrant and visible summertime auroras in years, according to NASA scientists." [Signs in the Sun, Luke 21:25]
By TOBY STERLING Associated Press Writer
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Sep 15, 2005 — The Dutch government will begin tracking every citizen from cradle to grave in a single database, opening a personal electronic dossier for every child at birth with health and family data, and eventually adding school and police records.
The Health Ministry says the new database will begin Jan. 1, 2007.
As a privacy safeguard, no single person will be able to access someone's entire file. And each agency that contributes to the records will maintain its own files as well.
But organizations can raise "red flags" in the dossier to caution other agencies of potential problems with children, said ministry spokesman Jan Brouwer. Until now, schools and police have been unable to communicate with each other about truancy records and criminality, which are often linked.
"Child protection services will say: `Hey, there's a warning flag from the police. There's another one from school. There's another one from the doctor. Something must be going on and it's time to call the parents in for a meeting,'" Brouwer said.
Currently, all Dutch births are registered with local authorities, and children receive tax ID numbers in the mail within several weeks of birth. But their health and other records are not available in a single file.
Now each child will get a Citizens Service Number, making it easier to keep track of children with problems even when their families move.
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Thursday, September 15, 2005
16:46 Sep 15, '05 / 11 Elul 5765
By Baruch Gordon
Israel's leading known Kabbalistic Elder, Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri called upon worldwide Jewry Tuesday night to return to Israel due to natural disasters which threaten to strike the world.
In a class between the Mincha (afternoon) and Maariv (evening) prayers at his Jerusalem yeshiva seminary, Rabbi Kaduri issued the following call:
”This declaration I find fitting to issue for all of the Jews of the world to hear. It is incumbent upon them to return to the Land of Israel due to terrible natural disasters which threaten the world.
In the future, the Holy One, Blessed be He, will bring about great disasters in the countries of the world to sweeten the judgements of the Land of Israel.
I am ordering the publication of this declaration as a warning, so that Jews in the countries of the world will be aware of the impending danger and will come to the Land of Israel for the buliding of the Temple and revelation of our righteous Mashiach (Messiah).”
....Earlier this Jewish year, Rabbi Kaduri predicted great tragedies in the world. Just two weeks before the devastating tsunami in southeast Asia, Rabbi Kaduri was quoted in the Yediot Acharonot newspaper as saying:
"We are now in the fourth year of what could be the seven-year Redemption period, according to the calculation of the Vilna Gaon. [However.] in the coming three years, uncertainty about the future will hang over our heads, unless we work and strive that the Mashiach be revealed.
The Mashiach is already in Israel. Whatever people are sure will not happen, is liable to happen, and whatever we are certain will happen may disappoint us. But in the end, there will be peace throughout the world. The world is mitmatek mehadinim (or becoming sweet from strict justice).
Great tragedies in the world are foreseen, that's the thing of the Jews going to the East. But our enemies will not prevail over us in the Land of Israel, 'fear and trembling will fall upon them,' in the power of Torah."
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
"The Bush administration's top envoy in Iraq warned Monday that U.S. 'patience is running out' with Syrian interference across the border, and refused to rule out either a military strike or punishment through the United Nations..."Our patience is running out, the patience of Iraqis are running out. The time for decision ... has arrived for Damascus," Khalilzad told reporters at the State Department." [Doomed Damascus, Isaiah 17:1]
"Palestinian gunrunners smuggled hundreds of assault rifles and pistols across the Egyptian frontier into Gaza, dealers and border officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The influx confirmed Israeli fears about giving up border control and could further destabilize Gaza."
"Telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii recorded the most distant cosmic explosion ever seen, probably caused by the collapse of a massive dying star, according to University of Hawaii astronomers." [Signs in the Stars, Luke 21:25]
"This week's summit marking the 60-year anniversary of the United Nations exposed a problem that's only gotten worse as the world body has aged and expanded to 191 members: Narrow national interests often stall U.N. reform and prevent action in times of crisis." [Global Government, Rev 13:7; 17]
Sunday, September 11, 2005
"Thousands of triumphant Palestinians poured into abandoned Jewish settlements early Monday, setting empty synagogues on fire and shooting in the air, as the last Israeli soldier left the Gaza Strip, completing Israel's pullout after 38 years of occupation."
"For the last 10 years, the Dream Center — an Assemblies of God church that is also supported by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel — has ministered to L.A.'s poor, sick and homeless. That ministry, along with the center's massive facility, Dream Center officials say, has put the group in a perfect position to assist with hurricane relief. [Gospel Preached to All, Matthew 24:14]
"An ongoing series of seven major solar flares, including two on Saturday, could disrupt communications on Earth and generate colorful sky shows for people at high northern latitudes for the next several days. Even more serious effects are possible early in the week." [Signs in the Sun, Luke 21:25]
"A Pentagon planning document being updated to reflect the doctrine of pre-emption declared by President Bush in 2002 envisions the use of nuclear weapons to deter terrorists from using weapons of mass destruction against the United States or its allies." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
Thursday, September 08, 2005
"The European Parliament urged China on Thursday to stop persecuting Christian clergy and lay people, spotlighting Beijing's poor human rights record despite their closer economic ties." [Believers Persecuted, Matthew 24:8]
"The Sun kicked up one of the largest flares on record Wednesday and more eruptions are likely in coming days, forecasters said. Communications and satellite operations could be affected over the next two weeks." [Signs in the Sun, Luke 21:25]
A number of my fellow correspondents have suggested that. Some of them suggests that Bush is the Beast [Revelation 13]. I won't comment, beyond reminding everyone that trying to identify the Beast is as irresponsible and fruitless as is trying to fix a date for Christ's Return--which, Jesus tells us, is a date that the Father keeps secret even from the angels. [Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32]
Rather than mark Katrina down as a specific judgment, I am inclined to accept that storm as one of many natural disasters that will befall the earth as the Second Advent approaches.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
The SpaceWar portal reports, "The European Union has lost hope that Iran will again suspend its uranium conversion activities or resume talks on its controversial nuclear programme, a senior EU diplomat said on Tuesday, adding that the EU's present role had virtually ended." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6; Persia, Ezekiel 38:5]
The SpaceWar portal reports, "The defense ministers of Russia and China said Tuesday they intended to intensify cooperation between their countries' armed forces in the wake of recent joint military exercises." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
Sunday, September 04, 2005
"Jordan urged the United States and its diplomatic partners on Sunday to help resume talks aimed at achieving Palestinian statehood now that Israel has pulled Jewish settlers out of the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation." [Covenant with Many, Daniel 9:27]
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Special to World Tribune.com MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Muhammad Yousef Al-Mlaifi, director of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowment's research center, published an article titled "The Terrorist Katrina is One of the Soldiers of Allah, But Not an Adherent of Al-Qaeda."(1) the Aug. 31 edition of the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa. Following are excerpts:
"...As I watched the horrible sights of this wondrous storm, I was reminded of the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah [in the compilations] of Al-Bukhari and Abu Daoud. The Hadith says: 'The wind is of the wind of Allah, it comes from mercy or for the sake of torment. When you see it, do not curse it, [but rather] ask Allah for the good that is in it, and ask Allah for shelter from its evil.'
"When the satellite channels reported on the scope of the terrifying destruction in America [caused by] this wind, I was reminded of the words of [Prophet Muhammad]: 'The wind sends torment to one group of people, and sends mercy to others.' I do not think — and only Allah [really] knows — that this wind, which completely wiped out American cities in these days, is a wind of mercy and blessing. It is almost certain that this is a wind of torment and evil that Allah has sent to this American empire.
"But I began to ask myself: Doesn't this country [the U.S.] claim to aspire to establish justice, freedom, and equality amongst the people? Isn't this country claiming that everything it did in Afghanistan and Iraq was for truth and justice? How can it be that these American claims are untrue, when we see how good prevails in the streets of Afghanistan, and how it became an oasis of security with America's entrance there? How can these American claims in the matter of Iraq be untrue, when we see that Iraq has become the most tranquil and secure country in the world?"
"But how strange it is that after all the tremendous American achievements for the sake of humanity, these mighty winds come and evilly rip [America's] cities to shreds? Have the storms joined the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization?
"How sad I am for America. Here it is, poor thing, trying with all its might to lower oil prices which have reached heights unprecedented in all history. Along with America's phenomenal efforts to lower the price of oil in order to salvage its declining economy and its currency — that is still falling due to the 'smart' policy America is implementing in the world — comes this storm, the fruit of Allah's planning, so that [the price of] a barrel of oil will increase further still. By Allah, this is not schadenfreude.
"Oh honored gentlemen, I began to read about these winds, and I was surprised to discover that the American websites that are translated [into Arabic] are talking about the fact that that the storm Katrina is the fifth equatorial storm to strike Florida this year... and that a large part of the U.S. is subject every year to many storms that extract [a price of] dead, and completely destroy property. I said, Allah be praised, until when will these successive catastrophes strike them?
"But before I went to sleep, I opened the Koran and began to read in Surat Al-R'ad ['The Thunder' chapter], and stopped at these words [of Allah]: 'The disaster will keep striking the unbelievers for what they have done, or it will strike areas close to their territory, until the promise of Allah comes to pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in His promise.' [Koran 13:31]."
Friday, September 02, 2005
"South Korea will take over defense command against possible North Korean artillery attack from the U.S. military, a South Korean defense official said on Saturday." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
"Italy has taken steps to prepare for a quick response, if needed, to combat a possible bird flu outbreak, from boosting veterinary controls to purchasing vaccine, the Italian health minister said." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
"Pakistan's decision to establish relations with Israel has angered the Palestinians, who said on Thursday that there was no reason why Israel should be rewarded for its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the northern West Bank. "
"The U.N. probe into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri -- in which four pro-Syrian generals and a lawmaker were named as suspects -- has increased pressure on Syria by stoking suspicions that government members played a role in the killing."
Thursday, September 01, 2005
"The suspected ringleader of the July 7 London suicide bombers warned of more strikes in a pre-death videotaped statement that included praise for the bombings from al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]