Friday, April 30, 2010

Haaretz - Israeli officials: Obama to call world summit if Mideast peace talks fail
Haaretz reports: "U.S. President Barack Obama has told several European leaders that if Israeli-Palestinian talks remain stalemated into September or October, he will convene an international summit on achieving Mideast peace, senior Israeli officials told Haaretz on Thursday."

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VOA - Syria Arms Transfer
The Voice of America reports: "The United States has warned Syria for the fourth time in recent months not to transfer any arms to the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon [...] With Iranian support, Hezbollah has replenished its arsenal beyond levels it had in the 2006 war with Israel, according to a recent U.S. Defense Department report on Iran's military."

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My Way News - Jordanian CIA bomber urges Muslims to wage jihad
My Way News reports: "The Jordanian doctor who killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan late last year called on Muslims to wage jihad and become martyrs in a posthumous message posted on extremist websites Friday [...] The 36-year-old al-Balawi had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence officials, but was really working as an al-Qaida double agent."

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Way News - Saddam's loyalists in Syria blast US
My Way News reports: "Supporters of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein gathered in Damascus Thursday to denounce the U.S. 'occupation' of Iraq and demand that his loyalists unite. About 500 Saddam loyalists, including members of his outlawed Baath Party, vowed to continue their support to what they called 'Iraqi national resistance,' a term they widely use to describe Iraqi insurgents attacking only U.S. forces."

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My Way News - Egypt rejects claims that it gassed Gaza tunnels
My Way News reports: "The intelligence official confirmed that Egyptian security forces destroyed the entrances to several tunnels this week, but said that no gas was used in the operations. He said that Egypt routinely blows up the mouths to the tunnels to seal them off, and that the blast and an ensuing fire could quickly use up all the oxygen in the confined space, causing people caught inside to suffocate."

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My Way News - UK police: We had July 7 bomber's fingerprints
My Way News reports: "British police acknowledged Thursday that they had long held the fingerprints of one of the Islamist suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the July 7, 2005 attacks on London's transit network [...] security officials acknowledged that agents had trailed Sidique Khan more than a year before the attacks. He was also heard in several bugged conversations with other known radicals pledging to carry out violence against non-Muslims, and intelligence agents even planted a tracking device on his car."

Comment: And so naturally, they did nothing. Yes, that makes sense, right? Gross incompetence and criminal negligence.

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My Way News - Belgium bans burqa-type dress in public
My Way News reports: "The law's author, Daniel Bacquelaine, a Liberal, said a burqa is incompatible with basic security as everyone in public must be recognizable and clashes with the principles of an emancipated society that respects the rights of all [...] France has the largest Muslim population, an estimated 5 million, or 7.5 percent of the population, followed by the Netherlands with 6 percent, Germany with 5 percent, Austria with 4.2 percent, Belgium with 3 percent and Britain with 2.7 percent, according to a 2009 study of the Pew Research Center in Washington."

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My Way News - India, Pakistan leaders agree on new peace talks
My Way News: "The prime ministers of India and Pakistan agreed Thursday to resume peace talks between their top diplomats and work toward rebuilding trust shattered by the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militants."

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My Way News - South Korea ship sinking may be perfect crime for North
My Way News reports: "For North Korea, the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship a month ago may end up being the perfect crime. Investigators have yet to produce proof that North Korea engineered the ship's demise, but analysts say even if they do, Seoul won't risk triggering another costly war by striking back militarily."

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jerusalem Post - Watchdog: BBC biased against Israel
The Jerusalem Post reports: "A report to be published on Wednesday by a media monitoring organization says that the BBC’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the first quarter of 2010 was steeped with an anti-Israel bias [...] 'Despite BBC claims to be objective and impartial, we routinely find that its choice of stories are highly selective, focusing on Israel as an obstacle to peace while ignoring or downplaying issues such as Palestinian incitement or glorification of terror,' Plosker [the editor] said."

Comment: I'd have to say that I agree with the report. As a consumer of a broad range of news sources, I've always found the BBC to be very pro-Palestinian. Not, as the report notes, in an overt manner, but more in the spin that it gives to reports. The BBC will report every Israeli action in a negative light, but not report at all or downplay the many Palestinian missile attacks on Israel, as if to say, "that's ok, they're Palestinians, that's just what they do." But how can one take seriously the peaceful intentions of one side when that side continually launches attacks on civilians? When Israel attacks, they attack military targets. But the BBC doesn't care, they have bought into the Palestinian narrative of being victims. Their myopic view does not include any historical narrative longer than a decade or two, if it did, it would have to acknowledge the history of Israel and the region, which does not lend itself to Palestinian claims, and the terrorist origins of the modern Palestinians (I say "modern" to distinguish them from the historical Palestinians who were Jewish). People of conscience should still defend Israel even though it may be a losing battle, as BP suggests that the world will turn more and more against Israel as the time comes for a false peace to be imposed and for armies to march on Jerusalem. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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My Way News - Hezbollah slams Gates' remarks over weapons
My Way News reports: "A Hezbollah official on Wednesday slammed comments by the U.S. defense secretary accusing the militant group of having more weapons than most governments in the world, and pledged to continue arming [...] Israel has accused Syria of providing Hezbollah with Scud missiles, which have a greater range and can carry a much bigger warhead than the rockets Hezbollah fired at Israel in the past."

My Way News - Egypt convicts 26 of spying, plotting attacks
My Way News reports: "An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted 26 men of spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and plotting attacks in Egypt, and gave them prison sentences ranging from six months to life [...] Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has admitted to sending an agent to supervise weapons shipments to Hamas in Gaza, but he has denied seeking to undermine Egypt's security."

My Way News - Hamas says Egypt kills 4 tunnel smugglers with gas
My Way News reports: "Israel and Egypt have kept Gaza's official border crossings closed since Hamas seized control of the coastal strip in 2007 [...] Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on smuggling in recent months, blowing up numerous tunnel entrances on its side of the border, setting up checkpoints in the area and confiscating contraband. Since December, Egypt has also been building an underground steel wall to block the tunnels."

Comment: The Palestinians, so peaceful, anyone can see it. It looks like this concerted action has helped to reveal just how peaceful they are by cutting off weapons supply routes and arresting arms dealers.

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My Way News - Pakistan: Militants, troops clash in N. Waziristan
My Way News reports: "Suspected militants attacked a paramilitary checkpoint Wednesday in a region where Pakistan has resisted U.S. pressure to wage an offensive against Islamist extremists, intelligence officials said. Four insurgents died and one soldier was wounded."

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My Way News - Teacher stabs 15 students, 1 teacher in China
My Way News reports: "A teacher wielding a knife broke into a primary school in southern China and stabbed 15 students and a teacher Wednesday, the same day another school attacker was executed for killing eight children last month, police and state media reported."

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My Way News - India accuses diplomat of spying for Pakistan
My Way News reports: "India is investigating a serious breach of security after arresting a diplomat accused of spying for Pakistan while posted at the Indian Embassy in Islamabad [...] India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947."

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Way News - Israeli forces demolish settlers''Obama's Shack'
My Way News reports: "Nine structures in Jewish settlements were removed, including a wooden bunker north of Jerusalem known as 'Obama's Shack,' Israeli military officials said. Young settlers threw burning tires at security forces in another location, and two people were arrested."

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: This is the part of the Mideast peace process no one talks about. How are they going to remove Jewish settlers from the West Bank (who live in established communities) when they encounter such resistance removing shacks? It would split the country and possibly lead to civil war. I just don't see how it's possible. And yet, that is exactly what the international community thinks will happen, they sign a peace treaty and thousands of settlers will just abandon their homes and neighborhoods for the sake of peace with those nice friendly Palestinians.

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My Way News - Egypt: Scud controversy ups Israel-Lebanon tension
My Way News reports: "The Scud accusations were raised earlier in April when Israeli President Shimon Peres said Syria was providing the militants with the missiles, which have a far longer range and can carry a much bigger warhead than the rockets Hezbollah used in the past. Israel considers Hezbollah a major threat. Syria has denied the charges, as has Lebanon's Western-backed prime minister."

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My Way News - Russia considers new powers for KGB successor
My Way News reports: "Russia's parliament is considering a government-drafted bill that would increase the power of the security services and restore practices once associated with their Soviet predecessor, the KGB."

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Monday, April 26, 2010

My Way News - Israel halts east Jerusalem building
My Way News reports: "Israel's prime minister has effectively frozen new Jewish construction in east Jerusalem, municipal officials said Monday, reflecting the need to mend a serious rift with the U.S. and get Mideast peace talks back on track."

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My Way News - Iranian foreign minister visits Bosnia
My Way News reports: "Iran's foreign minister held talks with Bosnian leaders Monday as part of a campaign to avert another round of U.N. sanctions. After making little progress in Austria over the weekend, Manouchehr Mottaki was trying to attempt to convince another non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council not to support sanctions."

My Way News - Ahmadinejad calls UN veto power 'satanic tool'
My Way News reports: "Facing the threat of new U.N. sanctions, Iran's president said Monday the veto power held by the U.S. and other permanent Security Council members is a 'satanic tool.'"

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My Way News - Indo-Pakistan proxy war heats up in Afghanistan
My Way News reports: "The fight pits nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan against one another in a battle for influence that will almost certainly gain traction as the clock ticks down toward America's military withdrawal, which President Barack Obama has announced will begin next year."

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My Way News - Major earthquake hits off Taiwan coast
My Way News reports: "An earthquake struck off the southeast coast of Taiwan on Monday, causing buildings to sway briefly but no casualties or damage. The temblor was felt at the site of a massive landslide in northern Taiwan but did not hamper rescue efforts. The 6.5-magnitude quake hit at 10:59 a.m. (0259 GMT), 195 miles (295 kilometers) off the southern Taiwan city of Taitung at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said."

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CNN - Iran reportedly tests five new missiles
CNN reports: "Iran said Sunday it fired five new types of locally-made coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles in the last stage of its 'Great Prophet 5' military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf."

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My Way News - Homeless good Samaritan left to die on NYC street
My Way News reportsw: "Video footage from a surveillance camera shows at least seven people going by, some turning their heads to look, others stopping to gawk. One even lifted the homeless man's body, exposing what appeared to be blood on the sidewalk underneath him, before walking away. It wasn't until after the 31-year-old Guatemalan immigrant had been lying there for nearly an hour that emergency workers arrived, and by then, it was too late."

Comment: The below video report from NBC News is interesting because it puts this attack in the context of other similar events in which people demonstrated a lack of love and basic human decency.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Way News - Abbas urges Obama to impose peace deal

My Way News reports: "Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas urged President Barack Obama on Saturday to impose a Mideast peace deal, signaling the Palestinians' growing frustration after nearly two decades of failed negotiations with Israel."

Comment: I'd hate to see the U.S. President start taking orders from the Palestinian president. This whole peace process is upside down.

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My Way News - Strong earthquake rattles eastern Indonesia island
My Way News reports: "An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 has struck Indonesia's North Maluku province. There have been no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning has been issued."

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My Way News - Russia's Medvedev says he may seek second term
My Way News reports: "Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview published Saturday that he may run for a second term in the 2012 presidential election [...] Putin is still widely seen as the nation's most powerful politician despite moving into the prime minister's seat. Most observers expect him to elbow Medvedev out and easily regain the presidency in 2012."

My Way News - Thousands protest in Ukraine over deal with Russia
My Way News reports: "Several thousand Ukrainians rallied in front of parliament Saturday to protest a deal allowing Russia to keep its navy in Ukraine for another 25 years [...] The pact allows Russia to extend its lease of the Black Sea Port of Sevastopol for another 25 years after the current lease agreement expires in 2017."

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Friday, April 23, 2010

My Way News - Bombs kill 69 in Iraq's deadliest day this year
My Way News reports: "The bloodiest day of the year in Iraq left at least 69 people dead in a series of bombings in mainly Shiite areas Friday - concerted attacks seen as demonstrating the resilience of the Sunni-led insurgency after the slaying of two al-Qaida leaders last weekend."

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My Way News - Jordan says rocket hits Red Sea port city of Aqaba
My Way News reports: "Jodanian Information Minister Nabil al-Sharif said initial investigations indicate the rocket was a Russian-designed Grad that was fired from beyond Jordan's borders. He said authorities continue to look into the explosion to determine exactly where the missile was launched from."

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My Way News - Diplomats: Iran agrees to more IAEA overview
My Way News reports: "Iran has agreed to give the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency greater inspection and monitoring rights to a sensitive site where it is enriching uranium to higher levels, diplomats said Friday. The move - indirectly confirmed by a senior Iranian envoy - comes as Tehran mounts a diplomatic offensive meant to stave off new U.N. sanctions for its defiance of Security Council demands that it curb nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons."

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My Way News - NKorea to seize SKorean assets at resort in North
My Way News reports: "North Korea said Friday it will confiscate five South Korean-owned properties at a jointly operated mountain resort in the isolated communist country, a development likely to worsen already-soured relations."

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My Way News - Atheists, religious groups lobby on Day of Prayer
My Way News reports: "To pray or not to pray? That's the issue government leaders across the country are facing after a federal judge ruled that the National Day of Prayer set for May 6 was unconstitutional. The ruling can't take effect until all appeals are exhausted, but that's not stopping atheists and prayer advocates from firing off letters, e-mails and even planning to put up billboards to convince state and local leaders across the country to see things their way."

My Way News - Israeli police arrest attacker at Christian shrine
My Way News reports: "Israeli police say officers shot and wounded a knife-wielding tourist who threatened to stab visitors at a sacred Christian shrine in Jerusalem. Police spokesman Shmulik Ben Ruby said the man waved a knife at people visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on Friday evening."

Reuters - Pentagon disinvites evangelist who scorned Islam
Reuters reports: "The U.S. Army on Thursday withdrew an invitation to a Christian evangelist to speak at a Pentagon prayer service next month following an outcry over his references to Islam as a violent religion."


Comment
: These actions are not real persecution, of course, but the sentiment, the animosity, is there. I'm especially disappointed in the U.S. Army, an organization I usually respect, shocked really, for falling for the politically correct crowd. Shame.

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My Way News - Earth Day: No more burning rivers, but new threats
My Way News reports: "Issues such as climate change are less obvious to the naked eye. Since the first Earth Day, carbon dioxide levels in the air have increased by 19 percent, pushing the average annual world temperature up about 1 degree Fahrenheit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Way News - Netanyahu: Iran provoking Israel-Syria conflict
My Way News reports: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran is trying to provoke a war between Israel and Syria. Netanyahu says Iran is trying to convince Syria that an Israeli attack is imminent, which he says is a 'lie.'"

My Way News - Iranian officials to argue against more sanctions
My Way News reports: "Iran's foreign minister will visit Austria this week, the first stop of an international campaign aimed at weakening a U.S.-backed push for new U.N. sanctions because of Tehran's defiance of Security Council demands that it curb its nuclear program."

My Way News - Iran begins war games in Persian Gulf oil route
My Way News reports: "Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard held war games Thursday in the strategic Persian Gulf oil route, the Hormuz Strait, a show of its military strength at a time when the country's leaders are depicting President Barack Obama's new nuclear policy as a threat."

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My Way News - French Muslims torn over potential veil ban
My Way News reports: "Sarkozy upped the stakes Wednesday in France's drive to abolish the all-encompassing veil, ordering a draft law banning them in all public places - defying France's highest administrative body, which says such a ban risks being declared unconstitutional."

Comment: Vive la France!

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My Way News - Merkel seeks public support for Afghan war
My Way News reports: "Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to drum up support for Germany's military mission in Afghanistan on Thursday in an uphill battle against growing public resistance."

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My Way News - Attacks in Bangkok kill at least 1 amid standoff
My Way News reports: "Security forces and agitated protesters faced off at a major intersection Friday after bloody grenade attacks rattled Thailand's chaotic capital - a scene of tense, weekslong confrontations between die-hard demonstrators and a wavering government."

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My Way News - Report: SKorea warned of NKorean submarine attack
My Way News reports: "Military intelligence officers warned earlier this year that North Korea was preparing a suicide submarine attack on a South Korean vessel in retaliation for an earlier defeat in a sea battle, a newspaper said Thursday. There has been growing speculation that North Korea was behind the March 26 explosion that split the 1,200-ton Cheonan in two and sank it, killing at least 39 people and leaving seven missing."

Comment
: That does look a bit suspicious.

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My Way News - 'South Park' producers say network cut fear speech
My Way News reports: "Producers of 'South Park' said Thursday that Comedy Central removed a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned that they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad [...] 'It wasn't some meta-joke on our part,' producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone said. Comedy Central declined to comment."

Comment
: Well, not surprising, but sad nonetheless. I'm always amazed at how liberal artists who routinely engage in profane and insensitive treatment of Western religions will seek to show "respect" for Islam, the world's most intolerant religion. It's mystifying. If they had any artistic integrity they would be equal opportunity insulters.

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VOA - US Envoy Launches New Mideast Peace Mission
VOA reports: "New mission comes as Israel's PM Netanyahu rebuffs American and Palestinian calls to halt the construction of Jewish settlements on occupied land in and near Jerusalem."

My Way News - Israel rejects US calls for east Jerusalem freeze
My Way News reports: "Israel's prime minister on Thursday rejected U.S. calls to halt construction in disputed east Jerusalem, clouding a new peace mission by Washington's Mideast envoy."

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France24 - Spain urges Israel to support Mediterranean Union
France24 reports: "Spain called on Israel Thursday to support the nascent Mediterranean Union as well as efforts to reach peace in the Middle East during a visit to Madrid by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman."

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Way News - Iran to hold war games in Strait of Hormuz

My Way News reports: "Iran's state TV says the country's elite Revolutionary Guard will begin large scale military maneuvers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a move likely to heighten tension at a time when the West is at a deepening standoff with Iran over its nuclear program."

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My Way News - Jerusalem reopens popular Old City gate
My Way News reports: "Israel reopened a 16th-century gate to Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday, completing a two-month renovation and cleaning project that drew criticism from Palestinian officials [...] The Old City is in east Jerusalem, the section of the city claimed by the Palestinians as their future capital. It is also home to the most sensitive holy site in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary."

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My Way News - Thailand's unrest spreads as army train blocked
My Way News reports: "Thailand's tense political crisis spread from Bangkok to the northeast, as anti-government demonstrators blocked a train carrying military vehicles that they claimed would be used to suppress fellow protesters in the capital."

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My Way News - Analysts say North Korea hinting at 3rd nuke test
My Way News reports: "North Korea may be preparing to carry out a third nuclear test, analysts and a high-ranking defector said Wednesday, citing language in state media hinting of an impending crisis on the peninsula [...] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said earlier this month that the United States knows the North has somewhere between one and six nuclear weapons."

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My Way News - 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Samoa

My Way News reports: "The USGS says a 6.2-magnitude earthquake has hit the Samoa Islands region. The quake struck 123 miles (198 kilometers) from the Samoa islands at a depth of 19 miles (32 kilometers) [...] No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii."

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My Way News - NASA shows 1st images from solar observatory
My Way News reports: "NASA has unveiled the first images from a new satellite designed to predict disruptive solar storms, and scientists say they're already learning new things. Researchers showed off brightly colored images and short movie clips of the sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory in a webcast Wednesday."

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My Way News - Muslim group warns 'South Park' creators of death
My Way News reports: "A radical Muslim group has warned the creators of 'South Park' that they could face violent retribution for depicting the prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during last week's episode."

Comment: Followers of that great religion of peace strike again. Slam! Whoops, left of the i.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Way News - Hamas burns recreational drugs, taxes cigarettes
My Way News reports: "The disposal of the drugs comes days after the Islamic militant group confiscated cigarettes from Gaza shops to collect taxes on them. Both moves are part of Hamas' efforts to strengthen its grip on Gaza and impose its strict interpretation of Islam on the impoverished seaside territory's 1.5 million Palestinian residents."

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My Way News - China mourns 2,064 victims in devastating quake
My Way News reports: "Bowing their heads in silent tribute, thousands of officials, soldiers and civilians gathered Wednesday in ceremonies across China to mourn the 2,064 victims killed in a devastating quake that hit one week ago in a remote Tibetan region."

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My Way News - Group wants evangelist's Pentagon event canceled
My Way News reports: "A watchdog group objected Tuesday to an evangelist's invitation to speak at the Pentagon next month, saying his past description of Islam as 'evil' offended Muslims" [...] Graham is the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and president and CEO of both Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organization in Boone, N.C., and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in Charlotte, N.C."

Comment: I really hope they don't bow to this intimidation but in today's politically correct climate, anything is possible.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

My Way News - Top al-Qaida leaders killed in Iraq, US says
My Way News reports: "The U.S. and Iraq claimed a major victory against al-Qaida on Monday, saying their forces killed the terror group's two top figures in this country in an air and ground assault on their safehouse near Saddam Hussein's hometown."

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My Way News - Hamas leader vows to capture more Israeli soldiers
My Way News reports: "The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has vowed to capture more Israeli soldiers to use in bargaining for the release of Palestinian prisoners."

My Way News - Israeli defense minister says occupation must end
My Way News reports: "Israel must recognize that the world will not put up with decades more of Israeli rule over the Palestinian people, the country's defense minister said in unusually frank remarks Monday. Ehud Barak's comments came against the backdrop of severe friction between the U.S. and Israel's hawkish government over an impasse in peacemaking."

Comment: It's odd, the more the Palestinians threaten Israel, the more Israeli politicians think the Palestinians want peace. Take a look at that first report, does that sound like the actions of a people who want peace?

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My Way News - Indonesia court upholds blasphemy law
My Way News reports: "Although the law recognizes six official religions in the country - the standard forms of Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism - rights activists say it discriminates against minority religions, including Muslims whose beliefs differ from the mainstream [...] hard-line Islamic groups have used the law as justification for violent attacks on minority religious groups."

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My Way News - Iran nuclear conference urges Israel to join NPT
My Way News reports: "An Iranian-hosted international disarmament conference concluded Sunday with a demand that Israel join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to assure a nuclear weapons-free Middle East [...] As the conference was ending Sunday, Iran staged an annual military parade where it displayed missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads."

My Way News - Israeli president: Iran threatens whole world
My Way News reports: "Iran is a danger to the whole civilized world, not just Israel, President Shimon Peres warned Sunday, setting an especially somber tone for his nation's annual memorial day for soldiers and civilians killed in wars and terror attacks. Alluding to Iran's nuclear program, Peres said the country threatens to annihilate Israel. 'On no account must we underestimate these threats,' he said. 'Nor should our enemies underestimate our capabilities.'"

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My Way News - JPL worker sues over intelligent design demotion
My Way News reports: "A Jet Propulsion Laboratory worker who distributed religious DVDs on the job is suing the JPL for discrimination after he was demoted. David Coppedge's lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles County says he was demoted last April for sharing his views in the workplace. He wants a court order allowing him to discuss his beliefs."

Comment
: Don't tell anyone at work that you believe in God, it could get you fired. Really? Is that were we are now? I think what we are seeing here acted out in the courts is the legal validation of the previously informal presumption that anyone working at a scientific institution will be an atheist or at least an agnostic. We could also see this as establishing a new social norm: any expression of religious faith in the workplace creates a hostile work environment and must be discouraged. I can't wait to see the blowback when they start firing followers of that other great religion of peace. Heads will roll. Oh wait, they don't get singled out for persecution, never mind.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010



SFGate - Big-quake activity not unusual, scientists say
The San Francisco Chronicle reports: "First Haiti, then Chile, Mexico and now China - all pummeled by major earthquakes in just over three months. As a seemingly steady stream of devastating scenes play across television screens, computer monitors and newspapers pages, many wonder if earthquakes are suddenly becoming more common. The answer, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, is no."

Comment: Thanks USGS, please let us know when the situation changes.

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My Way News - Ash may hover for days over uncertain Europe
My Way News reports: "The Icelandic volcano that has kept much of Europe land-bound is far from finished spitting out its grit, and offered up new mini-eruptions Saturday that raise concerns about longer-term damage to world air travel and trade [...] Modern Europe has never seen such a travel disruption. Air space across a swath from Britain to Ukraine was closed and set to stay that way until Sunday or Monday in some countries, affecting airports from New Zealand to San Francisco."

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My Way News - Iran calls US nukes tool of terror, intimidation
My Way News reports: "Three sets of U.N. sanctions have failed to pressure Iran to stop its own uranium enrichment work, which it says is only to produce fuel for power stations. The technology is of international concern because it could give Iran a pathway to warhead production."

My Way News - Report: Gates sent White House memo on Iran policy
My Way News reports: "A memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the White House warned that the United States lacks a nimble long-term plan for dealing with Iran's nuclear program, according to a published report."

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My Way News - Hezbollah says its missiles not Israel's business
My Way News reports: "A Hezbollah government minister refused Friday to confirm or deny Israeli allegations that the militant Lebanese group has acquired Scud missiles. In the first Hezbollah comment on the Israeli charges, Minister Hussein Haj Hassan said the group was always arming and preparing itself but, 'what we have is not their business.'"

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My Way News - White supremacists, demonstrators square off in LA
My Way News reports: "Police officers stood between the white supremacists and counter-demonstrators on the south lawn of Los Angeles' City Hall, where about 50 members of the National Socialist Movement waved American flags and swastika banners for about an hour."

Comment: Hopefully some members of the Greatest Generation will remind them that the Nazi movement is defeated, dead, and buried and that symbol has no place on American soil.

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My Way News - Pakistan: Bombers kill refugees waiting for food
My Way News reports: "Two burqa-clad suicide bombers attacked refugees from a Pakistani offensive against the Taliban, killing 41 as they lined up to register for food and other relief supplies [...] Al-Qaida and Taliban militants based in the northwest have carried out near-daily attacks over the last 18 months in Pakistan, seeking to overthrow its Western-allied government and stop it from fighting them."

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Friday, April 16, 2010

My Way News - Zambia hit by worst cholera outbreak in years
My Way News reports: "Health workers in Zambia say they are battling the worst cholera outbreak in years. The waterborne disease has killed more than 130 people and sickened close to 5,000 others in the southern African country since March. Luke Arend, head of the Lusaka office of aid group Medecins Sans Frontiers, says that's the highest number of cases in a decade."

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CNN - Federal judge strikes down National Day of Prayer statute
CNN reports: "A federal judge on Thursday struck down the federal statute that established the National Day of Prayer, ruling that it violates the constitutional ban on government-backed religion."

Comment: I'm not surprised by this ruling. Americans are a very legalistic culture, a very individualistic culture, and in the absence of a firm grasp of their own history, they are apt to resent the government telling them it's time to pray. There are entire generations of Americans now, failed by their educational system, who do not understand the difference between freedom of religion and freedom from religion. The Founders of the United States understood that difference and were quite capable of articulating the sentiment if they really wanted to found an secular republic that denied God in the public square. The fact that they asked prayerfully for the blessings and guidance of God as they founded their new republic should stand as a resounding refutation of this modern idea. You would think a judge would know better.

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My Way News - McChrystal: too many contractors in Afghanistan
My Way News reports: "Also Friday, McChrystal pointed to 'indications' that some Taliban fighters have had training in Iran, and that weapons and ammunition have come across Iran's border with Afghanistan. 'The numbers are not operationally significant, they have not changed the fight, and I am not prepared to tell you that the government of Iran is executing that as a policy,' he said. 'But I am prepared to say that we watch it closely, and if something were to increase, it would be something that would concern me significantly,' he said."

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My Way News - North Korea has brazen record of attacking South
My Way News reports: "It is far from clear if North Korea had anything to do with the sinking last month of a navy patrol boat from South Korea that killed at least three dozen sailors and threw the country into mourning. Still, given Pyongyang's long history of attacks on its rival, it is not unusual that some in the South are pointing the finger of suspicion toward the heavily armed border."

My Way News - Chronology of North Korean attacks on South Korea
My Way News reports: "A timeline of North Korean attacks against South Korea. Seoul says the March 26 of one of its navy ships near their maritime border was caused by an external explosion, leaving open the possibility that a North Korean torpedo or mine may have caused the disaster. The two Koreas remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty."

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My Way News - Volcano illustrates world's interconnectedness
My Way News reports: "The fallout from the ash cloud looming over Europe illustrates just how interconnected our world has become. Thousands of planes fly millions of passengers and tons of cargo each day, providing the economic lifeblood of nations and businesses. The flights deliver products for sale or items as small as a specialized tool that lets a factory keep operating. The planes also bring medicines to hospitals and food aid to earthquake or hurricane victims. And they bring war and peace. Soldiers are often transported to and from hot spots by air."

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

CNN - Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky
CNN reports: "Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said. The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m., said the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee."

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My Way News - Syria denies it gave Hezbollah Scud missiles
My Way News reports: "Washington is hoping to draw Syria away from Iran and the Islamic groups that Iran backs - Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The U.S. said Wednesday it was 'increasingly concerned' about the transfer of more sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has said his militants have more than 30,000 rockets and are capable of hitting anywhere in Israel. Those claims match Israeli intelligence assessments."

My Way News - Hamas executes 2 suspected informers for Israel
My Way News reports: "The Hamas government on Thursday executed two men accused of collaborating with Israel, signaling an escalation in the militant Palestinian group's method of controlling the Gaza Strip."

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My Way News - Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights across Europe
My Way News reports: "An enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since the 2001 terrorist attacks as it drifted over northern Europe and stranded travelers on six continents. Officials said it could take days for the skies to become safe again in one of aviation's most congested areas."

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My Way News - 4.9 quake shakes Utah, Wyo., Idaho
My Way News reports: "A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has rattled parts of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in what is largely a sparsely populated area."

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

BBC News - Iran atomic bomb possible 'within six years'
BBC News reports: "The US military has warned that Iran could produce enough highly-enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb in one year. But it would take another three to five years to actually produce a 'deliverable weapon that is usable,' a senior general told Congress."

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My Way News - Quake in western China kills 589, buries more
My Way News reports: "Soldiers and civilians used shovels and their bare hands to dig through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan region of China on Wednesday, killing at least 589 people and injuring more than 10,000."

MSNBC - Is Earth shaking more?
MSNBC reports: "As the numbers of buried or dead continue to climb from today's 6.9-magnitude earthquake in China, an event so close on the heels of the devastating Chile and Haiti earthquakes, you might wonder if Earth is shaking more lately. Perhaps, scientists say, but not unusually so."

MSNBC - What was different about China's quake?
MSNBC reports: "The earthquake that struck China in the early hours of the morning was different than some of the major temblors that have struck around the world so far this year in that it occurred in the middle of one of Earth's tectonic plates, instead of at the junction between them."

Comment: I wonder how long it will be before we get a geologist or seismologist to say that earthquakes are increasing in frequency and intensity and that the data supports that conclusion? I know that at the present time, they say the data does not support that conclusion. They say we are simply seeing more people move into quake prone zones with poor building quality (not building to survive quakes) and mass media report quakes in the 24/7 news cycle more now than in the past, and that is why we are more aware of quakes. However, if we take seriously the "birth pains" prophecy we will reach a point where they will have to concede that something more than human migration, shoddy construction and mass media is at work.

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My Way News - Israeli officials say Syria gives Hezbollah Scuds
My Way News reports: "Israeli defense officials said Wednesday they believe Hezbollah has Scud missiles that could hit all of Israel, a day after Israel's president accused Syria of supplying the Lebanese guerrillas with the weapons for the first time."

Comment: I hope the media will wake up to the fact that this proxy war has been going on for some time. Syria sends arms to Hezbollah to the north of Israel and Iran sends arms to Hamas to the south of Israel and...well, you can see what the intent is, to surround Israel with hostile forces, all the while they keep the Palestinians in the game as their proxy peace makers, stalling for time as they stockpile weapons for the next war.

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My Way News - Hamas temporarily shuts Gaza smuggling tunnels
My Way News reports: "Hundreds of tunnels have been dug with Hamas support since the blockade was first imposed in 2006, after Gaza militants captured an Israeli soldier. The closure tightened a year later after Hamas seized Gaza from its Palestinian rivals in Fatah, led by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel, however, allows in basic foods and other supplies. The tunnels are a conduit for commercial goods and people, as well as cash and weapons for Hamas."

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My Way News - Iran announces batch of higher enriched uranium
My Way News reports: "Iran has succeeded in producing its first significant batch of further enriched uranium, the country's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday, a move defying U.N. demands to halt the controversial program."

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My Way News - Iceland evacuates hundreds as volcano erupts again
My Way News reports: "A volcano under a glacier in Iceland erupted Wednesday for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, spewing smoke and steam, closing a major road and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters."

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My Way News - Cyclone kills 89 people in eastern India
My Way News reports: "A cyclone packing winds of more than 100 mph (160 kph) demolished ten of thousands of mud huts in northeastern India, killing at least 89 villagers, officials said Wednesday."

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My Way News - US forces leave Afghanistan's Korengal Valley
My Way News reports: "U.S. troops are pulling out of Afghanistan's perilous Korengal Valley as part of a new focus on protecting population centers, NATO said Wednesday, ending a mission that saw some of the most intense fighting of the nearly nine-year American presence in the country [...] The strategic shift coincides with the deployment of an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, most on missions to drive the Taliban from populated areas and provide enough security to allow local governments to consolidate control and bring about economic recovery."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010



CNN - 6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes China
CNN reports: "A rapid series of strong earthquakes hit China's Qinghai province early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. At least 67 people were killed, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the China Earthquake Administration."

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My Way News - Israel hits Gaza militants, at least 2 dead
My Way News reports: "The Israeli military said troops spotted militants trying to plant explosives near a crossing between Gaza and Israel and opened fire on them with tanks and helicopters. The military said it believed four militants were killed, and they were armed with explosives, grenades and assault rifles."

My Way News - Israel tells its citizens to get out of Sinai now
My Way News reports: "Israel issued an 'urgent' warning Tuesday to its citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula immediately citing 'concrete evidence of an expected terrorist attempt to kidnap Israelis in Sinai.'"

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My Way News - Japan says China subs, warships came near Okinawa
My Way News reports: "Encounters between China's growing military and the Japanese navy have increased in the waters between the two countries in recent years. The two governments both lay claim to valuable undersea gas deposits in the region, which they have agreed to jointly develop."

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AFP - US Senators press Clinton on Mideast peace
AFP reports: "An overwhelming majority of US senators urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday 'to do everything possible' to shore up ties with Israel and thaw the frozen Middle East peace process. Seventy-six of the 100 US senators signed a letter urging Clinton to ease tensions over Israel's decision to build more settlements in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek as the capital of their future state."

Washington Post - Obama voices frustration on stalled Mideast peace
The Washington Post reports: "President Barack Obama voiced frustration on Tuesday over stalled Middle East peace efforts, saying Israelis and Palestinians may not be ready to resolve their conflict no matter how much pressure Washington exerts."

Comment: It's nice to see that the U.S. Congress is strongly backing Israel and that Obama is frustrated with the pace of peace talks, hopefully this means he will let up on pressure on Israel to give more land to the Palestinians.

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My Way News - Obama: Risks of nuclear attack have risen
My Way News reports: "President Barack Obama told assembled leaders at the 47-country Nuclear Security Summit Tuesday the risk of nuclear attack - not by an enemy nation, but from terrorists - was on the rise despite the end of the Cold War."

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Monday, April 12, 2010

CNN - Anti-Semitic incidents rise sharply in 2009, study says
CNN reports: "The number of anti-Semitic incidents around the world more than doubled from 2008 to 2009, according to a Tel Aviv University study."

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My Way News - 200,000 civilians flee Pakistan military offensive
My Way News reports: "More than 200,000 people have fled Pakistan's latest offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest, the United Nations said Monday, as fresh clashes in the remote region killed 41 insurgents and six soldiers."

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My Way News - USAF adds cyber training for recruits and officers
My Way News reports: "The Air Force will train all new recruits in the basics of cyberwarfare and add more advanced schooling for others to help combat the growing threat of attacks on U.S. computer networks, a top commander said Monday."

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

My Way News - Shroud of Turin displayed for 1st time in 10 years
My Way News reports: "The Shroud of Turin went on public display Saturday for the first time in 10 years, drawing long lines of people to see the linen some believe is Christ's burial cloth and others dismiss as a medieval fake [...] But experts stand by carbon-dating of scraps of the cloth that determine the linen was made in the 13th or 14th century in a kind of medieval forgery. That testing didn't explain how the image on the shroud - of a man with wounds similar to those suffered by Christ - was formed.

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ABC News - Iran Jamming Satellite Signals Carrying Foreign Media
ABC News reports: "Tehran has targeted the satellite in an effort to prevent critical foreign media coverage from reaching domestic viewers. Even though the United Nations has condemned it as an act of sabotage, the international community can do little to stop it."

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Wired News - VeriChip’s Merger With Credit Monitoring Firm Worries Privacy Activists
Wired News reports: "Remember VeriChip, the Florida company that once dreamed of injecting its human-implantable RFID microchips in everyone from immigrant guest workers to prison inmates? [...] it’s still alive, and in November it pulled off a seemingly incongruous acquisition. Now called PositiveID, the new company is a merger between VeriChip and Steel Vault, the people behind NationalCreditReport.com."

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My Way News - Protesters shun talks after deadly Bangkok clashes
My Way News reports: "Anti-government protesters said Sunday they would not negotiate an end to violence in the Thai capital after savage clashes between activists and soldiers that killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds."

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Friday, April 09, 2010

My Way News - Iran unveils more advanced centrifuge machines
My Way News reports: "Iran unveiled a third generation of domestically built centrifuges Friday as the Islamic Republic accelerates a uranium enrichment program that has alarmed world powers fearful of the nuclear program's aims."

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My Way News - North Korea denounces new Obama nuclear strategy
My Way News reports: "North Korea denounced President Barack Obama's new nuclear stance as 'hostile' and vowed to continue expanding its atomic arsenal as the country's rubber-stamp parliament held an annual session focused on rescuing the tattered economy."

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Doomsday Shelter
Here's an interesting article in Popular Science about a corporation building doomsday shelters. They mentioned the Bible as one source for future fear, throwing in Nostradamus and the Hopi for good measure, as they sell their survivor tech. I wonder if we are about to witness a return to Cold War era bomb shelters in the backyard kind of fear? Of course, none of those were this nice. These are shelters for the SUV generation.

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My Way News - Preacher convicted of killing wife, freezing body
My Way News reports: "An Alabama evangelist who terrorized his family while impressing audiences at revivals was convicted Friday of murdering his wife and storing her body in a freezer for years [...] He developed a following because many who heard him preach considered him a prophet who could see the future."

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

My Way News - Israeli PM calls off trip to nuclear conference
My Way News reports: "Israel's Prime Minister called off his trip to Washington next week to attend a conference on the spread of nuclear weapons, officials in his office said, fearing Israel would be singled out over its own nuclear program."

Comment: I think this is a mistake, he could attend without confirming anything about Israel's nuclear program, and allowing other countries to vent their irrational anger at Israel only shows up much Israel needs defenses. Still, it's clear that more and more countries are turning against Israel and there is a general desire to make Israel defenseless, compromised, and humiliated. The enemy wants to destroy Israel, and I mean "enemy" in a physical as well as spiritual sense.

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My Way News - Thai protesters defy crackdown, plan capital rally
My Way News reports: "Thousands of anti-government demonstrators vowed to fan out Friday to 10 sites in the Thai capital for what they warned would be an 'unforgettable' effort in their month long campaign to oust the government."

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My Way News - Norway's Catholic Church reports new abuse claims
My Way News reports: "Norway's Catholic Church has received new allegations of clergy abuse after revealing that its former bishop had admitted to molesting a minor in the early 1990s, a church official said Thursday."

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

My Way News - Turkish, Israeli premiers trade criticism
My Way News reports: "Turkey's prime minister stepped up criticism of Israel on Wednesday and scoffed at remarks by Israel's prime minister, a sign of escalating distrust between the Jewish state and its only ally in the Muslim world."

Comment: Turkey is drifting further away from the West every day. I'm waiting to see what impact the Iranian refugees will have on the balance between secularists and Islamists in Turkish society and politics.

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My Way News - Israel, US have not settled east Jerusalem spat
My Way News reports: "Benjamin Netanyahu said both countries are still working to find a solution but staunchly defended his government's contentious settlement plans in the disputed holy city, calling them a long-standing Israeli policy."

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My Way News - Church: Norway bishop resigned in '09 over abuse
My Way News reports: "A Catholic bishop in Norway who resigned last year did so after admitting he had molested a child about 20 years earlier, when he was a priest, church officials said Wednesday."

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NBC: Passenger subdued aboard United jet - Airliner security- msnbc.com
MSNBC reports: "A passenger was subdued by a federal air marshal during an incident aboard an airliner flying from Washington to Las Vegas on Wednesday night, sources told NBC News [...] the passenger who was subdued was a Qatari diplomat in his mid-20s who was assigned to the embassy in Washington."

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10 million mini-big bangs created in one week - LHC- msnbc.com
MSNBC reports: "Physicists at the CERN research centre said on Wednesday they had created 10 million mini-Big Bangs in the first week of mega-power operations of their marathon probe into the secrets of the cosmos [...] By tracking how the particles behave after colliding, CERN researchers hope to unveil secrets of the cosmos such as the make-up of dark, or invisible, matter, why matter gained mass, and if there are more dimensions to the four already known."

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NYTimes.com - Upheaval in Kyrgyzstan as Leader Flees
The New York Times reports: "The president of Kyrgyzstan was forced to flee the capital, Bishkek, on Wednesday after bloody protests erupted across the country over his repressive rule, a backlash that could pose a threat to the American military supply line into nearby Afghanistan."

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NYT: Scientists discover heavy new element - The New York Times- msnbc.com
MSNBC reports: "A team of Russian and American scientists has discovered a new element that has long stood as a missing link among the heaviest bits of atomic matter ever produced."

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My Way News - Report: China-based hackers stole India secrets
My Way News reports: "China-based hackers stole Indian national security information, 1,500 e-mails from the Dalai Lama's office and other sensitive documents, a new report said Tuesday."

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My Way News - Rain resumes in Rio, officials fear more deaths
My Way News reports: "Rains pelted Rio again on Wednesday, a day after the heaviest deluge on record sent killer mudslides cascading down hillsides and turned streets into raging torrents in Brazil's second-biggest city. The death toll increased to 100 in Rio and the neighboring city of Niteroi, while children were kept from schools for a second straight day and authorities continued to urge people to stay at home."

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

My Way News - Israeli FM warns Palestinians not to declare state
My Way News reports: "Israel's hard-line foreign minister warned Palestinians against plans to unilaterally declare independence next year, saying in an interview Tuesday that such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul past peace agreements."

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My Way News - Power struggle escalates in Turkish coup plot case
My Way News reports: "A power struggle between Turkey's Islamic-rooted government and its fiercely secular military escalated Tuesday when a court formally charged a senior general with plotting to overthrow the civilian leadership [...] the balance of power in Turkey has tipped significantly in favor of civilian authorities, whose arrests of high-ranking military officers would have once been unimaginable [...] The party has repeatedly denied that it is trying to impose religion on politics and society. But many senior military officials view it as a threat to the strictly secular state built by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, and ferociously defended by the army since then."

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7.7-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia - CNN.com
CNN reports: "A tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rattled the nation early Wednesday, according to geological officials. The temblor struck 125 miles from Sibolga, situated on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake hit at a depth of 19.3 miles at 5:15 a.m. (6:15 p.m. ET, Tuesday) USGS said."

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Monday, April 05, 2010

My Way News - Turkish police detain 19 in coup plot
My Way News reports: "Turkish police detained 19 officers, including four generals, as part of an investigation into an alleged plot by elements of the fiercely secular military seeking to topple the Islamic-rooted government, the state news agency said Monday."

My Way News - Dissident Iranians take refuge in Turkey
My Way News reports: "At least 4,200 Iranians have fled their homeland since disputed presidential elections in June, according to a list compiled by activist Aida Saadat, who herself slipped across the border into Turkey in December. These refugees have scattered to the United States, Europe and Gulf nations like the United Arab Emirates. Most of all, they have come to Turkey - around 1,150 of them, according to the U.N. refugee agency."


Comment
: This is sad to see, the Turkish military appears to be letting Turkey fall to Islam without firing a shot. The irony is the Islamist political party is portraying itself as a defender of political modernization and transparency in an effort to strengthen their EU bid. In reality, the more successful they are at eroding the foundation of Turkey's secular establishment, the less appealing they will be for the EU, which will ultimately deny them admission to the union, pushing them into the Russian-Iranian Gog alliance. And meanwhile, as this process is unfolding, thousands or Iranian refugees are arriving in Turkey, some will surely be spies and provocateurs bent on accelerating the transformation of Turkey.

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My Way News - Putin: Russian arms to Venezuela may be $5B
My Way News reports: "Arms exports to Venezuela may reach as much as $5 billion, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday, a few days after he traveled to the country. Putin visited Venezuela late last week to meet with President Hugo Chavez and pledged to sell more weapons to the country but gave no concrete figures."

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My Way News - US consulate attacked in northwest Pakistan
My Way News reports: "Islamist militants unleashed a car bomb and grenade attack against a U.S. consulate in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing four people and striking back after months of American missile strikes against Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in the region."

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My Way News - Saudi cleric announces visit to Jerusalem
My Way News reports: "A Saudi cleric announced Monday on his television show that he will visit Jerusalem next week to bolster Muslim claims to the city. If Sheik Mohammed al-Areefi goes ahead with his plan, it would be an unprecedented trip for a prominent Saudi. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, but most Muslim countries - including Saudi Arabia - observe a strict boycott of Israel and ban travel there."

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Los Angeles Times - Quake rolls across Baja
The LA Times reports: "A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday, jolting millions of people from Los Angeles and San Diego to Phoenix and scattering destruction along the U.S.-Mexico border."

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Friday, April 02, 2010



My Way News - Christians converge on Jerusalem for Good Friday
My Way News reports: "The cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City became moving forests of wooden crosses as Christian pilgrims and clergymen commemorated the day of Jesus' crucifixion, Good Friday [...] Good Friday rituals center on the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christian tradition says Jesus was crucified and buried before his resurrection on Easter Sunday."

Comment: I will be off for the Easter holiday weekend, so I wanted to wish you all a happy Easter, the time when we commemorate his death, celebrate his resurrection, and we look forward to his return. May you find in this weekend the peace, joy and hope that comes from living your new life in Jesus, a life that will never end.

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My Way News - Israeli unveils tank-defense system of the future
My Way News reports: "On a dusty, wind-swept field overlooking the Mediterranean, a small team of researchers is putting the final touches on what Israel says is a major game changer in tank defense: a miniature anti-missile system that detects incoming projectiles and shoots them down before they reach the armored vehicles."

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

My Way News - Israeli aircraft strike Gaza
My Way News reports: Israeli aircraft have struck multiple targets in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack on southern Israel. No injuries were reported. The Israeli military says aircraft struck four targets early Friday: two weapons-making factories and two weapons-storage facilities.

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My Way News - Kerry says Syria is committed to Mideast peace
U.S. Senator John Kerry said on Thursday during a visit to Damascus that Syria is committed to engaging in peace making and is essential to the Mideast process [...] Washington is also concerned about the flow of weapons to Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group through Syrian territories."

Comment: Well, the obvious question is, if they are so committed to peace, why not just stop sending weapons to Hezbollah?

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