Sunday, September 30, 2007

My Way News - Nervous Gulf Hears Calmer Tones on Iran
AP reports: "Fallon took on a challenging dual role - part pacifier and part enforcer - as he hopscotched around the region during a trip that ended last week. The U.S. Central Command chief tried to assure nervous allies that the Pentagon was not locked in a collision course with Iran."
VOA News - Israeli and Palestinian Leaders to Meet on Wednesday
Voice of America reports: "The summit will be the sixth in recent months between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. They are trying to hammer out a document on Palestinian statehood to be presented at an international peace conference in the United States planned for November."
My Way News - Quakes Rattle Auckland Islands, Guam
AP reports: "A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 occurred near the Auckland Islands, uninhabited territory belonging to New Zealand, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Sunday."
My Way News - Iran Labels CIA 'Terrorist Organization'
AP reports: "Iran's parliament voted Saturday to designate the CIA and the U.S. Army as 'terrorist organizations,' a largely symbolic response to a U.S. Senate resolution seeking a similar designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guards."

Friday, September 28, 2007

My Way News - Troops Take Back Control in Myanmar

AP reports: "Soldiers and police took control of the streets Friday, firing warning shots and tear gas to scatter the few pro-democracy protesters who ventured out as Myanmar's military junta sealed off Buddhist monasteries and cut public Internet access."
My Way News - Abbas Vows to Keep Pressing for Peace

AP reports: "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his government was completely committed to a U.S.-proposed Mideast peace conference and vowed that the 'olive branch of peace' would not fall from his hands."
My Way News - Key Nations Agree to Delay Iran Action

AP reports: "Six key nations and the European Union agreed Friday to delay until November a new U.N. resolution that would toughen sanctions against Iran, waiting to see if Tehran answers questions about its disputed nuclear program."

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My Way News - Hungry Somalis Still Share

AP reports: "Already, 1.5 million of Somalia's estimated 7 million people need food aid. Nearly 300,000 face severe food shortages in the Horn of Africa nation, aid workers say."
My Way News - Russia, China Resist New Iran Sanctions
AP reports: "Russia and China refuse to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran until the U.N. nuclear agency reports on Tehran's disclosure of its past suspicious nuclear work at the end of the year, France's foreign minister said Thursday."
My Way News - Russia Warns Against Space Weapons
AP reports: "The chief of Russia's space forces on Thursday said Moscow would have to retaliate if others deploy weapons in space - a stern warning to the United States."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

My Way News - Cell Phones, Web Spread News of Myanmar

AP reports: "Cell phones and the Internet are playing a crucial role in telling the world about Myanmar's pro-democracy protests, with video footage sometimes transmitted one frame at a time. Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday the junta has cut some cell phone service."
My Way News - Myanmar Forces Open Fire on Protesters
AP reports: "Myanmar security forces opened fire on Buddhist monks and other pro-democracy demonstrators Wednesday for the first time in a month of anti-government protests, killing at least one man and wounding others in chaotic confrontations across Yangon."

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

My Way News - Iran Leader Says Nuclear Issue Closed

AP reports: "Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Tuesday that Iran's disputed nuclear program is 'closed' as a political issue and said Tehran will ignore U.N. Security Council demands and sanctions imposed by 'arrogant powers' to curb its nuclear program."
My Way News - Israel Seeks Exemption From Atomic Rules
AP reports: "Israel is looking to a U.S.-India nuclear deal to expand its own ties to suppliers, quietly lobbying for an exemption to non-proliferation rules so it can legally import atomic material, according to documents made available Tuesday to The Associated Press."
My Way News - 8 More Ebola Cases Confirmed in Congo

AP reports: "Eight more cases of Ebola have been identified in Congo, raising to 17 the number of people confirmed to have contracted the deadly illness, the World Health Organization said Tuesday."
My Way News - Myanmar Imposes Curfew, Bans Assembly
AP reports: "Myanmar's military leaders imposed a nighttime curfew and banned gatherings of more than five people Tuesday after 35,000 Buddhist monks and their supporters defied the junta's warnings and staged another day of anti-government protests."

Monday, September 24, 2007

My Way News - Key Arab Nations Invited to Peace Talks
AP reports: "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that key Arab nations, including Syria, would be invited to President Bush's planned Mideast peace conference this fall and expressed hope they would attend."
My Way News - Israel Welcomes Syria at Peace Talks
AP reports: "Israel on Monday welcomed a U.S. announcement that Syria will be invited to an upcoming Mideast peace conference, saying it has 'no problem' sitting down with its archenemy."
My Way News - Report: Herod's Temple Quarry Found
AP reports: "Israeli archaeologists said they have discovered a quarry that provided King Herod with the stones he used to renovate the biblical Second Temple compound - offering rare insight into construction of the holiest site in Judaism."
My Way News - Homeland Security Cyber Attacks Probed
AP reports: "Information taken from the department's systems was sent to a Web service that connects to Chinese Internet sites, and contractors gave misleading information to the department about the attacks, according to Thompson's findings."
My Way News - World Leaders Meet for UN Climate Talks
AP reports: "With tales of rising seas and talk of human solidarity, world leaders at the first United Nations climate summit sought Monday to put new urgency into global talks to reduce global-warming emissions."
My Way News - Ahmadinejad Questions 9/11, Holocaust
AP reports: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense showdown Monday at Columbia University, where the school's head introduced the hard-line leader by calling him a 'petty and cruel dictator.'"

Sunday, September 23, 2007

My Way News - Israel Scrambled Jets Toward Syria
AP reports: "Israel dispatched several fighter jets toward its border with Syria after a Syrian aircraft disappeared from Israeli air force radar screens, Israeli military officials said Sunday, reflecting the state of heightened tensions between the two sides over a reported Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month."

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My Way News - Iran's President Lashes Out at US

AP reports: "A day before flying to New York to speak directly to the American people, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a confrontational tone Saturday with a parade of fighter jets and missiles and tough warnings for the United States to stay out of the Mideast."
My Way News - N.Korea's Kim Meets Syrian Delegation
AP reports: "North Korea's No. 2 leader met with a Syrian delegation in Pyongyang on Saturday, the North's media reported, amid suspicions of a secret nuclear connection between the two countries. [...] The delegation's trip to Pyongyang came amid suspicions that the North may be providing nuclear assistance to Syria."

Friday, September 21, 2007

My Way News - Televangelist Rex Humbard Dies at 88

AP reports: "The Rev. Rex Humbard, a former itinerant preacher whose televangelism ministry once reached more parts of the globe than any other religious program, died Friday a family spokeswoman said. [...] By 1979, the show was broadcast in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Far East, Australia and Latin America, giving it a worldwide reach greater than any of his competitors, the reference said."
My Way News - Russia FM: US Shield Is to Spy on Russia
AP reports: "Lavrov repeated Russian arguments that building the missile-defense system will likely spark a new arms race. 'We see a threat and we are preparing a response to it,' he said. 'And this for sure will stimulate the scientists on that side of the ocean, the military-industrial complex, to build some sort of more effective type of weapons. But our guys also won't be sitting on their hands.' "
My Way News - Iran, Israel Clash at IAEA Conference
AP reports: "Israel accused Iran of lying Friday while Tehran challenged the international community to send U.N. inspectors to probe its arch-rival's nuclear capabilities, in a rare and unusually bitter direct confrontation."
My Way News - Israel Urged to Turn Over Arab Areas
AP reports: "Israel should turn over Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem to the Palestinians as part of a peace deal with the moderate government of President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel's deputy prime minister said Friday. The comment was one of the frankest remarks to date about what Israel might be willing to relinquish in talks."
My Way News - Pakistan President Shakes Up Military
AP reports: "President Gen. Pervez Musharraf appointed a new intelligence chief and promoted five other generals in a staff shake up Friday just days after signaling he would quit the military if elected to a new five-year term."
My Way News - U.S. Commander: Iran Supplying Taliban
AP reports: "Adm. William Fallon, the head of U.S. Central Command, said Iran's Revolutionary Guard is supplying roadside bomb parts for the type of sophisticated and deadly bombs found in Iraq known as explosively formed penetrators."
My Way News - Cholera Spreads to Iraq's South
AP reports: "Cholera was confirmed Friday in a baby in Basra, the farthest south the outbreak has been detected. Officials expressed concern over a shortage of chlorine needed to prevent the disease from spreading."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Way News - Rice: Peace Parley Must Be Substantive

AP reports: "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday an upcoming U.S.-sponsored Mideast conference must be 'substantive,' and that Israel and the Palestinians must draft a document beforehand that lays 'foundations for serious negotiations.'"
My Way News - Bin Laden Urges Pakistanis to Rebel
AP reports: "Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to wage holy war on their president Thursday, saying in a new recording that it was their religious duty to overthrow Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his alliance with the U.S. against Islamic militants."
My Way News - First Cholera Case Confirmed in Baghdad
AP reports: "The World Health Organization confirmed on Thursday the first cholera case in Baghdad since 2003, raising fears the disease is spreading from the north of the country where it has struck more than 1,000 people."
My Way News - Putin Wants to Have Influence After Term
AP reports: "President Vladimir Putin said he will retain influence in Russia after stepping down following next year's presidential elections, according to a Kremlin statement on Thursday."
My Way News - Iran Reports Test of New Fighter Jet
AP reports: "Iranian air force pilots made successful test flights Thursday in two of Iran's new domestically manufactured fighter jet, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Way News - Iran: Retaliation for Any Israeli Attack

AP reports: "Iran has drawn up plans to bomb Israel if the Jewish state should attack, the deputy air force commander said Wednesday, adding to tensions already heated up by an Israeli airstrike on Syria and Western calls for more U.N. sanctions against Tehran."
My Way News - Anti-Syria Lawmaker Slain in Lebanon
AP reports: "A powerful bomb killed an anti-Syria lawmaker and six others Wednesday in a Christian neighborhood of Beirut, threatening to derail an effort by an already deeply divided Parliament to elect Lebanon's next president in voting to begin next week."
My Way News - Israel Declares Gaza 'Enemy Entity''
AP reports: "Israel declared the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip an 'enemy entity' on Wednesday and said it would cut utilities to the territory. The move complicates a U.S. plan to relaunch peace talks aimed at establishing a separate Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank."
VOA News - Rice Begins Mideast Peace Mission
VOA reports: "Secretary Rice meets with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, Wednesday, before heading to the West Bank, Thursday, for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The parties are hammering out a document on Palestinian statehood to be presented at an international peace conference in the United States, probably in November."
Wednesday in Jerusalem: Protest Rally Against Olmert Plan - Israel News - Arutz Sheva reports: "Women in Green is planning a rally Wednesday night in Jerusalem against the plans of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to divide Jerusalem and establish a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My Way News - French Diplomat Softens Tone on Iran
AP reports: "In the wake of Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner's warning, a top Russian official said that bombing Iran would lead to 'catastrophic consequences.'"
My Way News - Syria, NKorea Deny Nuclear Cooperation
AP reports: "Syria and North Korea denied Tuesday they are cooperating on a Syrian nuclear program, and they accused U.S. officials of spreading the allegations for political reasons - either to back Israel or to block progress on a deal between Washington and Pyongyang."
My Way News - Typhoon Wipha Hits Southeast China
AP reports: "Typhoon Wipha slammed into the coast south of Shanghai early Wednesday, flooding streets and disrupting transport as authorities ordered 2 million people evacuated. One man was electrocuted."

Monday, September 17, 2007

My Way News - Iran Criticizes French War Warning

AP reports: "Iranian media lashed out at France on Monday for raising the rhetoric in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, a day after the French foreign minister said the world should be prepared for war if Iran obtains nuclear weapons."
My Way News - Israel Lowers Hopes for Mideast Talks
AP reports: "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicated on Sunday that there would be no major breakthroughs in peacemaking ahead of a U.S.-sponsored peace conference this fall, prompting a Palestinian threat to skip the gathering."
My Way News - Church Leader Released From China Prison
AP reports: "A leader of China's underground Protestant church has been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for distributing Bibles and other religious literature without a business license, an overseas monitoring group said Sunday."
Arab countries caught between U.S., Iran --
The Baltimore Sun reports: "Moderate Arab states in the region have been pulled in different directions, caught between their concern about increasing Iranian hegemony and their wariness of identifying too closely with the U.S."

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bush setting America up for war with Iran - Telegraph
The Telegraph reports: "Senior American intelligence and defence officials believe that President George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place America on the path to war with Iran, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt."

Do you think the U.S. will bomb Iran? What do you think would be the prophetic significance of such an action?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

My Way News - Israel Sends Tanks Into Gaza Strip
AP reports: "Israeli tanks crossed into the northern Gaza Strip in an operation to rout out rocket launchers Saturday, and Palestinian officials said a 17-year-old was wounded in an exchange of fire."
The Prophecy News website has been updated with news links for this past week.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

My Way News - Murky Raid Heats Up Syria-Israel Tension

AP reports: "The Washington Post reported Thursday, however, that Israel had gathered satellite imagery showing possible North Korean cooperation with Syria on a nuclear facility. It cited an unidentified former Israeli official as saying the airstrike was aimed at a site capable of making unconventional weapons."
My Way News - Israel Fires Missile at Car in Gaza
AP reports: "Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car in a Gaza refugee camp Thursday, injuring two members of the violent Islamic Jihad group, according to the military and a spokesman for the militants. [...] On Tuesday, Islamic Jihad militants were involved in a rocket attack on an Israeli army base."
My Way News - Report: Pakistan Eyeing French Weaponry
AP reports: "Pakistan is trying to buy French missiles and radar for a jet fighter it is developing with China, a defense journal said Thursday, and experts warned that such a deal risked the technology falling into Chinese hands despite a European arms embargo on China. [...] He said there were 'valid' concerns that China could get its hands on the technology, because 'Pakistan is building a very solid relationship with China.'"
My Way News - Indonesian Quakes Trigger Tsunami

AP reports: "A series of powerful earthquakes and aftershocks followed over a 24-hour period Wednesday and Thursday, damaging hundreds of homes, mosques and schools, and unleashing a 10-foot-high tsunami. At least 10 people were killed."
My Way News - HIV Infections Spur Blood Bank Closings
AP reports: "Peruvian officials have closed the country's 240 blood banks after at least four people were infected with HIV from blood transfusions in a public hospital."

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My Way News - Another Powerful Quake Shakes Indonesia

AP reports: "The second powerful earthquake in as many days shook western Indonesia Thursday, collapsing buildings in a coastal city and triggering tsunami alerts around the region. The latest quake was also felt in Malaysia and in Singapore where tall buildings swayed. It triggered at least one strong aftershock."
My Way News - Putin Names Surprise Nominee for Premier

AP reports: "President Vladimir Putin chose a little-known government official to become Russia's new prime minister Wednesday, a surprise move that set off fevered speculation over whether loyal technocrat Viktor Zubkov was being groomed to replace Putin next spring. [...] Others said they considered his appointment a signal of Putin's intention to retain control after he leaves the presidency."
My Way News - Israelis Face New Year With New Concerns
AP reports: "Israelis ushered in the Jewish New Year on Wednesday evening amid new fears of war, following fresh rocket attacks from Gaza and reports of an Israeli airstrike in Syria."
My Way News - Israel Stages Limited Gaza Incursion
AP reports: "Israeli ground troops entered the central Gaza Strip Wednesday night, a day after rocket fire from the Palestinian territory wounded dozens of Israeli soldiers. But the military described the incursion as routine and said it was not part of a large-scale mission."
My Way News - Congo Calls for More Help Against Ebola
AP reports: "Congo's health minister called for more help Wednesday in combating an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has killed at least five people in the first major outbreak here in 12 years."
My Way News - Experts: Climate Change Puts Sea at Risk
AP reports: "Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said Wednesday."
Loose Nukes
This blog post (Nieman Watchdog - A B-52 with six armed nuclear missiles flew over the U.S. for 3-1/2 hours. What’s the story here?) provides an overview of the recent anomalous incident involving a breakdown in the U.S. nuclear weapons command and control system.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My Way News - Syria Complains of Israeli 'Aggression'

AP reports: "Syria complained to the United Nations Tuesday about Israeli 'aggression and violation of sovereignty' after what a U.S. official said was an airstrike deep in Syria that hit a target."

CNN: Israel targeted arms destined for Hezbollah - Haaretz - Israel News
Israel News reports: "CNN quoted American sources as saying that the air strike had targeted a weapons shipment from Syria to Hezbollah, or from Iran to Hezbollah, passing through Syria. [...] The only countries who expressed solidarity with Syria were Iran and North Korea. Russia issued a condemnation of sorts."
My Way News - Chinese Catholic Bishop Dies in Custody
AP reports: "A bishop who led an underground congregation of Roman Catholics and was repeatedly detained in China for his loyalty to the Vatican died in police custody, a monitoring group said Tuesday. [...] China's officially atheist communist government requires that Christians of all denominations worship in state-registered churches. Millions, however, instead worship in underground churches - known as "house churches" because services are often held in private homes - risking arrest, fines and official harassment."
My Way News - Russia Tests Powerful 'Dad of All Bombs'
AP reports: "The Russian military has successfully tested what it described as the world's most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, Russia's state television reported Tuesday."
My Way News - Rocket Wounds Dozens of Israeli Troops
AP reports: "A Palestinian rocket exploded in an Israeli army base early Tuesday, wounding more than 40 soldiers as they slept in their tents and drawing calls for a major military operation against militants launching rockets from the Gaza Strip."
My Way News - Islamic Militants Claim Foiled Attack
AP reports: "An Islamic militant group designated as a terror organization by the U.S. claimed responsibility for foiled bombings that targeted the American air base at Ramstein, as well as U.S. and Uzbek consulates in Germany, the government said Tuesday."
My Way News - Details Emerge in W.Va. Torture Case
AP reports: "For at least a week, authorities say, a young black woman was held captive in a mobile home, forced to eat animal waste, stabbed, choked and repeatedly sexually abused - all while being peppered with a racial slur."

Comment: I don't usually report these wickedness/love grows cold kinds of cases, mostly because they are so common (which is itself a sad commentary), but this case is is an extreme example of cold inhumanity.
WorldNetDaily: Unholy alliance in Israel

WND reports: "While the Muslim zealots who administer the Temple Mount continue to excavate the site without a thought or care as to the integrity of the most sacred ground in Judaism, not to mention an archaeological treasure trove, the Israeli political elite is secretly working out a 'final solution' for what they consider a troublesome, burdensome stone in their shoe."
My Way News - Congo Confirms Deadly Ebola Outbreak
AP reports: "The World Health Organization issued an alert Tuesday urging more doctors to travel to Congo to combat an outbreak of Ebola fever, which kills nearly all of those it infects and has no cure or treatment."
My Way News - Nation Remembers 6th Anniversary of 9/11

AP reports: "Around the country, Americans went through familiar mourning rituals as they looked back on the day when terrorists hijacked four jetliners and killed nearly 3,000 people."
Iran News - Nippon oil to make Yen purchases: Iran
Iran News reports: "Iran has been increasingly selling oil in currencies other than the US dollar, which has fallen in value. Last year, Iran, the fourth-biggest oil exporter, inserted a clause into oil contracts enabling it to require payment in currency other than the US dollar."
Breaking News
-- President Bush will announce this week plans to cut U.S. troops in Iraq by about 30,000 -- to pre-'surge' levels -- by next summer, a senior administration official confirms to CNN.

Monday, September 10, 2007

My Way News - Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Meet

AP reports: "The 'Quartet' of Mideast mediators - the U.S., European Union, Russia and U.N. - is to convene in Washington this month and meet Arab League representatives, who have been promoting an Arab plan for a comprehensive peace with Israel."
My Way News - Shortfalls Hinder Flu Pandemic Readiness
AP reports: "Influenza pandemics can strike when the easy-to-mutate flu virus shifts to a strain that people never have experienced. Scientists cannot predict when the next pandemic will arrive, although concern is rising that the Asian bird flu might trigger one if it starts spreading easily from person to person."
My Way News - Congo Officials Confirm Ebola Outbreak
AP reports: "Lab results have confirmed a deadly illness outbreak in southeastern Congo as Ebola fever, officials said Monday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and another lab in Gabon confirmed the disease as a hemorrhagic fever, and specifically as Ebola, Health Minister Makwenge Kaput said on national television."
My Way News - Spy Chief Details Top Threats Facing US
AP reports: "Weapons of mass destruction, small boats packed with explosives and Islamic radicalization are the greatest terrorist threats facing the country, top U.S. security officials said Monday on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

Sunday, September 09, 2007

My Way News - Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors

AP reports on some interesting developments regarding implanted RFID chips:
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found 'reasonable assurance' the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top 'innovative technologies.' But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had 'induced' malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.
This is interesting in light of Revelation 16:2:

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.
And also Revelation 16:11:
and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
I'm actually not a fan of implanted RFID chips as the fulfillment of the Mark of the Beast, I think that nanotech RFID tattoos are a much more practical application. Perhaps those would still suffer from the same unfortunate side-effect as the human body would still be likely to interpret any RFID technology as tumor inducing foreign matter?
My Way News - APEC Forges Deal on Climate Change
AP reprts: "Pacific Rim leaders agreed Saturday to curb global warming by improving energy use and expanding forests, laying out a plan they hope will influence future climate change talks but that critics dismissed as too timid."
My Way News - Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Meet
AP reports: "The Palestinian president and the Israeli prime minister are to meet early next week in Jerusalem ahead of an expected visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and key meetings of international mediators, officials said Saturday."

Friday, September 07, 2007

My Way News - Palestinian Tensions Spark in Gaza

AP reports: "Hamas forces armed with assault rifles and clubs beat supporters of the rival Palestinian faction Fatah as they tried to hold street prayers Friday to protest against the Islamic group's rule in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas forces also assaulted at least seven journalists and detained five."
My Way News - Bin Laden Urges Americans to Convert
AP reports: "Osama bin Laden appeared for the first time in three years in a video Friday released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to end."
My Way News - Polar Bear Population Seen Declining
AP reports: "Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 - and the entire population gone from Alaska - because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday."
My Way News - APEC Draft Sets Goal on Climate Change
AP reports: "Pacific Rim nations reached tentative agreement on the need 'to slow, stop and then reverse' climate change, setting nonbinding goals to improve energy use, according to a draft statement Saturday." News - International - Scientology branded a 'criminal organisation' and may face charges
The Scotsman reports: "THE Church of Scientology has been branded a criminal organisation by a Belgian prosecutor, who has recommended it stands trial for fraud and extortion."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

My Way News - Syria Says It Shot at Israeli Aircraft

AP reports: "The Syrian government charged Thursday that Israeli aircraft dropped 'munitions' inside Syria overnight and said its air defenses opened fire in a new escalation of tensions between the decades-old foes."
My Way News - Groups: Bin Laden Plans Video on 9/11
AP reports: "Osama bin Laden will release a new video in the coming days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in what would be the first new images of the terror mastermind in nearly three years, al-Qaida's media arm announced Thursday."
My Way News - Pope Meets Israel's Peres
AP reports: "Pope Benedict XVI and Israeli President Shimon Peres discussed Middle East peace efforts on Thursday, with both sides saying the atmosphere was favorable for Israelis and Palestinians to work to end decades of conflict."
My Way News - Israel: Operation in Gaza Strip
AP reports: "Israeli troops backed by tanks and bulldozers crossed into southern Gaza to strike at Palestinian militants on Thursday, a day after Israel's defense minister said a broad operation inside the territory was inevitable. Three militants were killed and 12 people were wounded in the fiercest clash."
My Way News - NOAA Affirms Predictions of Sea Ice Loss
AP reports: "An analysis of 20 years' worth of real-life observations supports recent U.N. computer predictions that by 2050, summer sea ice off Alaska's north coast will probably shrink to nearly half the area it covered in the 1980s, federal scientists say."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

My Way News - Study: Tsunami Could Kill 1M in S. Asia

AP reports: "At least a million people in South Asia's Bay of Bengal could be swept to their deaths by a tsunami if a giant earthquake hits off the coast of Myanmar, according to a study published Thursday."
My Way News - China Denies Computer Spying Accusations
AP reports: "The June cyber attack on the Pentagon forced officials to take down an e-mail system in the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates for more than a week, according to a report Monday in the Financial Times that quoted unidentified officials. It said the officials identified the People's Liberation Army as being behind the attack."
My Way News - Israel Says No Gaza Offensive, for Now
AP reports: "Israeli leaders ruled out a large-scale military response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip but threatened on Wednesday to cut off electricity or other vital supplies to the impoverished area if militants keep up attacks."
My Way News - Death Toll Rises From Calif. Heat Wave
AP reports: "An eight-day heat wave killed as many as 28 people in Southern California before the temperatures finally began to ebb, coroners in four counties said Wednesday."
My Way News - Felix Toll Rises, Henriette Hits Mexico
AP reports: "Doctors treated storm casualties in a makeshift clinic Wednesday after powerful Hurricane Felix flooded their hospital and wrecked villages on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. The death toll rose to at least 18 with dozens more missing."
My Way News - Germans Arrest 3 in Alleged Terror Plot
AP reports: "Three militants from an Islamic group linked to al-Qaida were planning 'imminent' bomb attacks against Americans in Germany when an elite anti-terrorist unit raided their small-town hideout after months of intense surveillance, officials said Wednesday."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The GODSufer blog has been added to the blogroll. GODSurfer is designed to be a Christian alternative to digg and reddit, it will allow members of the community to post links and then vote them up or down. GODSurfer taps the wisdom of a crowd, a Christian crowd, to help filter the Internet for you.
My Way News - Blair Visits Israel in New Role As Envoy

AP reports: "Tony Blair dined with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday, beginning his first working visit as the international community's new envoy to the Middle East."
My Way News - ATM Makers See Ties to Cell Phones, PDAs

AP reports: "Over the past two years, Diebold has won five U.S. patents for applications that enable mobile devices to interact directly with bank ATMs."

Monday, September 03, 2007

Muslims ransacking Israel's Temple Mount - Jerusalem Newswire

Here is a report about recent construction (destruction?) taking place on the Temple Mount:
In an exclusive report Monday, WorldNetDaily revealed that the Waqf - or Islamic Trust - has been caught 'red-handed' destroying Temple-era antiquities, including parts of what may well be a wall from the Second Temple. The destruction is being wrought as the Arabs blast trenches in which to lay new electrical wiring for their mosques and other Muslim-controlled structures. Whereas Muslims throughout the Middle East and around the world have rioted and protested violently any plans by Israel to carry out excavations or repair work anywhere near the Temple Mount, Israel's Jews are conspicuous by the silence and almost total lack of interest in what the Muslims are doing to their holy of holies.
It's sad that the Israelis don't seem to care about this. I guess this secular attitude makes it easier to understand how they can consider sharing sovereignty over Jerusalem, something that seems a likely result of the current peace process.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

My Way News - Iran: Uranium Centrifuge Goal Reached
AP reports: "Iran's president claimed Sunday that his country is now running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium for its nuclear program, reaching an Iranian goal that could add momentum to efforts to impose new U.N. sanctions on the Islamic Republic."
My Way News - China to Report Military Spending to UN
AP reports: "China will take steps to increase the transparency of its military operations, reporting expenditures to the United Nations and resuming updates about its arms sales, an official said Sunday."
Russia Rising

This article (New Russia, new threat - Los Angeles Times) provides an overview of recent Russian foreign policy, post-Soviet Union, with a focus on moves by Putin to change the orientation of Russia to the West:
But today, integration with the West is no longer a goal of Russian foreign policy. Putin instead seeks to balance his and other nations' power against that of the West and the United States in particular. Resuming strategic-bomber missions, conducting joint military exercises with other countries and threatening U.S. allies such as Georgia reflect the fundamental shift in Kremlin thinking about global politics and constitute new potential threats to U.S. influence.
If balance is the new goal, and given the extraordinary U.S. presence in the Middle East, is it only a matter of time before Russia reasserts direct influence in the Middle East?
Iran Plots, U.S. Plans

As Iran continues to make inroads in Iraq there is increasing talk about a U.S. strike on Iran to prevent that country from becoming a nuclear power. According to this report (Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran - Times Online) the U.S. has plans for an air attack:
THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said."
This does not mean that an attack on Iran is imminent, merely that plans have been made. Of course, it should be noted that the Pentagon has contingency plans for many kinds of military operations that never actually happen, a plan is just a plan. Still, given that Israel has said that they will act if the U.S. does nothing to deter Iran, these kinds of rumors should be given careful consideration.