Monday, October 31, 2011

I will be off for the week. If I have time for Twitter I'll try to do that, but just wanted to let you know there won't be any updates until the following week. Thanks.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Yahoo! News - Major quake hits coast of Peru
Yahoo! News reports: "A major 6.9-magnitude quake struck Peru's Pacific coast, sparking panic among residents in the capital Lima and several other cities but no known fatalities."
My Way News - In the Holy Land, a changed Christian world
My Way News reports: "For centuries, Christianity here meant the ancient communities of Christian Arabs. They were here when Israel was created around them in 1948, and they have kept their distinct identity within the Jewish state since. The past two decades, however, have seen one of the most significant influxes of Christians into the Holy Land since the Crusades, and it has created a wholly new Christian landscape shaped by the realities of Israel."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Way News - US, SKorea warn against North Korean aggression
My Way News reports: "The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs declared Friday that any North Korean aggression 'is not to be tolerated,' following two deadly incidents last year, and pledged to jointly develop more effective means of responding to future provocations by the North."
My Way News - Nokia unveils Windows smartphones to catch rivals'
My Way News reports: "Nokia Corp. on Wednesday launched its long-awaited first Windows cellphones [...] But some analysts say it may be too little, too late, for the world's top mobile phone maker [...] Nokia also unveiled four cheaper smartphones aimed at emerging markets - the Asha range priced euro60 to euro115 - with cameras, navigation applications and fast downloads - in a bid to help 'the next billion' users connect to the Internet, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said at the Nokia presentation in London."
My Way News - As Nigeria floods rise, canoes and cholera return
My Way News reports: "Seasonal rains cause massive damage and disease throughout Nigeria each year, and this year's onslaught comes as international experts warn West Africa is suffering from its worst cholera outbreaks in years."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Washington Post - Mideast envoys make no breakthroughs in bid to restart talks between Israelis, Palestinians
The Washington Post reports: "International mediators on Wednesday failed to make any breakthroughs in their quest to bring Israeli and Palestinian officials back to the negotiating table, but in a small sign of progress, they announced that both sides would present 'comprehensive proposals' for resolving key aspects of their conflict within three months."
My Way News - EU official: banks agree 50 pct cut on Greek debt
My Way News reports: "Private investors agreed Thursday morning to accept losses of 50 percent on their Greek bonds, an official said, removing the last apparent roadblock to a broad European plan to solve the continent's debt crisis."
My Way News - Pope won't take part in common prayers
My Way News reports: "Pope Benedict XVI has invited Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims to a pilgrimage at the Umbrian hilltop town of Assisi, but the leaders won't take part in common prayers as they did when summoned for a daylong prayer for peace by Pope John Paul II 25 years ago."

Comment: I think the Pope is showing real courage here, going against the dominant mindset of the ecumenical movement that all roads lead to Rome God. Somehow I suspect that such a sensible stand will not be taken up by his successors.
My Way News - Partial Tunisia results: Islamist party has 44 pct
My Way News reports: Authorities say the latest results from Tunisia's landmark elections indicate the moderate Islamist party is holding onto its lead, taking at least 44 percent of seats counted so far for an assembly tasked with writing a new constitution. - Tunisia's Islamist Nahda party promises unity government
The LA Times reports: "Tunisia's moderate Islamist party was seeking to form a unity government Tuesday amid indications that it would win more than 40% of the seats in an assembly that will write a new constitution and test the cooperation between Islamists and secularists in building a democracy."
My Way News - Science fiction-style sabotage a fear in new hacks
My Way News reports: "For years, ill-intentioned hackers have dreamed of plaguing the world's infrastructure with a brand of sabotage reserved for Hollywood. They've mused about wreaking havoc in industrial settings by burning out power plants, bursting oil and gas pipelines, or stalling manufacturing plants. But a key roadblock has prevented them from causing widespread destruction: they've lacked a way to take remote control of the electronic 'controller' boxes that serve as the nerve centers for heavy machinery. The attack on Iran changed all that. Now, security experts - and presumably, malicious hackers - are racing to find weaknesses. They've found a slew of vulnerabilities."
Yahoo! News - Thai capital warned "massive" water on the way
Yahoo News reports: "Floods swamped a new area of Thailand's capital on Wednesday as some shops rationed food and Bangkok's governor warned of 'massive water' on the way that could put many parts of the sprawling city in danger by the end of the week."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - The Vatican’s Radical Ideas on Financial Reform
Time reports: "Those politicians who think the Dodd-Frank law went too far in attempting to reform Wall Street will likely need smelling salts after taking a look at a proposal for reforming the global financial system that was released by the Vatican on Monday. The proposal’s centerpiece is a call for the formation of a global political authority that would, among other things, possess broad powers to regulate financial markets. The reality of globalization, says the document, necessitates a 'gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation’s powers to a world authority and to regional authorities.' The Vatican envisions this global authority playing a role not just in overseeing financial markets, but also disarmament and arms control, food security and peace efforts."

Comment: Sure, that's what we need, a global authority to manage commerce, what could go wrong?
Reuters - Euro on hold as summit looms
Reuters reports: "The euro held steady on Wednesday, having lost some of its gloss as markets geared up for what could be a disappointing outcome at a keenly awaited European Union leaders' summit. Traders had clung to hopes that EU leaders would come up with a comprehensive plan to tackle the region's debt crisis at the summit. But news that a meeting of European finance ministers had been canceled fueled fears that any accord could lack details."

Comment: How this long drama plays out is anyone's guess, but I suspect it will cause the ten EU countries that are not in the Eurozone to feel a certain sense of pride at their good judgement. Will the EU disintegrate? Stay tuned!
My Way News - Israel sending aid to Turkey after earthquake
My Way News reports: "Israel's defense minister says Israel will help Turkey aid earthquake victims 'as soon as possible,' after Turkey accepted Israel's offer of assistance [...] A ministry spokesman said Turkey asked for emergency housing units, and Israel was checking what else it could do. There was no immediate comment from Turkey."
My Way News - Israel closes east Jerusalem offices used by Hamas
My Way News reports: "Israeli police say they have raided and shut down a pair of offices in east Jerusalem that were allegedly used by the militant Palestinian group Hamas [...] Israel, the U.S. and the EU consider Hamas a terrorist group because of its suicide bombings and other attacks aimed at Israeli civilians."
My Way News - 5.2 quake hits Japan's Fukushima prefecture
My Way News reports: "A moderate earthquake has shaken the northeastern Japanese prefecture where the much more massive earthquake and tsunami touched off the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl earlier this year. The 5.2-magnitude quake struck Fukushima Prefecture overnight just after 2 a.m. local time Wednesday (1700 GMT Tuesday). Its epicenter was on the coast near the town of Iwaki, 115 miles (186 km) north of Tokyo."

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Way News - Turks weep as survivors, bodies pulled from rubble
My Way News reports: "Distraught Turkish families mourned outside a mosque or sought to identify loved ones among rows of bodies Monday as rescue workers scoured debris for survivors after a 7.2-magnitude quake that killed at least 279 people."
My Way News - US pulls envoy out of Syria, Damascus retaliates
My Way News reports: "The Obama administration pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad's regime for the threats that made it no longer safe for Robert Ford to remain. The Syrian government quickly ordered home its envoy to the United States, raising the diplomatic stakes."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Way News - 7.2 quake in Turkey kills 138, collapses buildings
My Way News reports: "Cries of panic and horror filled the air as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing at least 138 people as buildings pancaked and crumpled into rubble. The death toll was expected to rise as rescuers sifted through the rubble and reached outlying villages."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Way News - Jordan's king urges restart of Mideast peace talks
My Way News reports: "Jordan's King Abdullah on Saturday urged Israel and the Palestinians to look to the Arab Spring uprisings for inspiration and to restart their stalled peace talks."
My Way News - 7.6 earthquake hits South Pacific
My Way News reports: "A strong earthquake struck far off the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.6 quake struck at 5:57 a.m. (1757 GMT Friday), about 541 miles (870 kilometers) south of Nuku'Alofa on Tonga. The quake struck at a depth of 24 miles (39 kilometers)."
The Washington Post - San Francisco earthquakes jolt city 22 years after the deadly Loma Prieta quake
The Washington Post reports: "Twenty-two years almost to the day after the terrifying Loma Prieta earthquake, two quakes jolted the San Francisco Bay area again, the first a magnitude 4.0 and the second a 3.9, both hitting not far from the University of California at Berkeley campus."

My Way News - California stages massive earthquake drop drill
My Way News reports: "Californians ducked under desks and tables in schools, offices and businesses Thursday in an annual earthquake preparedness drill. Organizers said more than 8 1/2 million people signed up to participate in the 2011 Great California ShakeOut. The majority practiced the "drop, cover and hold on" technique recommended during actual shaking."
Christian Post - Harold Camping Doomsday Wrong Again; Now on to December 2012?
The Christian Post reports: "As Oct. 22 dawned on the world, another Rapture date prophesied by California-based Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping turned out to be a dud, which did not surprise much of the public already familiar with the Bible teacher's false prophecies."
My Way News - China vaccinates 9 million amid polio outbreak
My Way News reports: "Chinese health authorities have vaccinated more than 9 million people in a far western region against polio amid an outbreak of the disease that has paralyzed 17 people and killed one of them [...] The World Health Organization says the polio strain detected in China had traveled from Pakistan, which borders Xinjiang and is one of four countries where the disease remains endemic."

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Way News - Iraq war over, US troops coming home, Obama says
My Way News reports: "America's long and deeply unpopular war in Iraq will be over by year's end and all U.S. troops ""will definitely be home for the holidays," President Barack Obama declared Friday. Stretching more than eight years, the war cost the United States heavily: More than 4,400 members of the military have been killed, and more than 32,000 have been wounded."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Way News - Pulled from drain pipe, Gadhafi was shown no mercy
My Way News reports: "The death Thursday of Gadhafi, two months after he was driven from power and into hiding, decisively buries the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom. It also thrusts Libya into a new age in which its transitional leaders must overcome deep divisions and rebuild nearly all its institutions from scratch to achieve dreams of democracy."
ABC Newcastle NSW - Famine crisis remains dire in Horn of Africa
ABC Newcastle reports: "Humanitarian officials say the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is still huge three months after famine was declared in the region."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yahoo! News - Palestinian U.N. bid seen decided in November: diplomats
Yahoo! News reports: "A Palestinian quest for U.N. membership is likely to come to a head on or around November 11, when Security Council ambassadors plan a final meeting to decide their response, diplomats said on Wednesday."
Yahoo! News - Prisoner swap reshapes Hamas-Egypt-Israel ties
Yahoo! News reports: "The release of an Israeli soldier by Hamas as part of a prisoner exchange with Israel is reshaping complex regional ties, mostly in favor of Gaza's once isolated Islamic militant rulers."

My Way News - Failed bomber: Struggle against Israel must go on
My Way News reports: "A failed Palestinian suicide bomber released in a prisoner swap with Israel said Wednesday she has told well-wishers, including children from the neighborhood, that Palestinians must continue 'on the path of struggle and resistance.'"
Yahoo! News - Greece: Riots as austerity steps get 1st approval
Yahoo! News reports: "Hundreds of youths smashed and looted stores in central Athens and clashed with riot police during a massive anti-government rally against painful new austerity measures that won initial parliamentary approval in a vote Wednesday night."

Yahoo! News - Euro zone chatter triggers late selloff
Yahoo! News reports: "Stocks fell on Wednesday as traders, after sitting on their hands for most of the day, jumped to sell in a hair-trigger reaction to fresh reports underscoring that Europe remains far from a solution to its debt crisis."
My Way News - 10 killed in Syrian protests; huge pro-Assad rally
My Way News reports: "Syrian security forces and pro-government gunmen killed at least 10 people in a rebellious central province Wednesday, activists said, just as tens of thousands of Syrians were demonstrating in a key city - a huge show of support for the country's embattled president."
My Way News - Iran's supreme leader ups fight with Ahmadinejad
My Way News reports: "In the ongoing political skirmishes among Iran's leadership, it was the equivalent of bringing out the heavy ammunition: The country's most powerful figure warning that the post of elected president could someday be scrapped."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My Way News - Israeli soldier emerges from 5 years of captivity
My Way News reports: "Gaunt and pale, Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit returned home Tuesday after more than five years in captivity, freed in a lopsided exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners that could greatly complicate Mideast peace prospects and strengthen the Islamic militant Hamas."

Comment: I'm as glad as anyone that Shalit is free, but if this can be seen as a victory for Hamas then this not a good outcome. Appeasement is the easy way out.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Yahoo! News - Election-year goals of Christian group questioned
Yahoo! News reports: "These preachers believe demons have taken hold of specific geographic areas, including the nation's capital. They also promote a philosophy of public engagement known as the "seven mountains," which urges Christians to gain influence in business, government, family, church, education, media and the arts as a way to spread righteousness and bring about God's kingdom on earth. The language seems close to dominionism, the belief that Christians have a God-given mandate to run the world."

Comment: You probably already know this, but it's worth stating, the Second Coming is not dependent on U.S. domestic politics. Dominionism is a false teaching that contradicts scripture, including prophetic scripture. The world is not going to become more Christian as the end times progress, it will become less Christian. This is self-evident to even the casual Bible student, which leads me to believe the true goal of this movement is not preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ but of securing power for themselves under a Christian banner.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Way News - Rioters hijack Rome protests, police fire tear gas
My Way News reports: "Italian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons in Rome on Saturday as violent protesters hijacked a peaceful demonstration against corporate greed, smashing bank windows, torching cars and hurling bottles. Elsewhere, hundreds of thousands nicknamed 'the indignant' marched without incident in cities across Europe, as the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests linked up with long-running demonstrations against European governments' austerity measures."
My Way News - Rioters hijack Rome protests, police fire tear gas
My Way News reports: "Italian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons in Rome on Saturday as violent protesters hijacked a peaceful demonstration against corporate greed, smashing bank windows, torching cars and hurling bottles. Elsewhere, hundreds of thousands nicknamed "the indignant" marched without incident in cities across Europe, as the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests linked up with long-running demonstrations against European governments' austerity measures."
My Way News - Syrian forces target funeral, assassinate activist
My Way News reports: "Syrian security forces trying to suppress the resilient anti-government uprising killed five people Saturday, including one person who was attending a funeral procession for a teenager shot dead in protests a day earlier [...] Protests in support of Syria's uprising have been held in several countries around the region."
My Way News - US strike kills 9 al-Qaida militants in Yemen
My Way News reports: "The United States has raised the tempo in its war against al-Qaida in Yemen, killing nine of the terror group's militants in the second, high-profile airstrike in as many weeks. The dead in the late Friday night strike included the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, the prominent American-Yemeni militant killed in a Sept. 30 strike."
My Way News - Flood barriers around Thai capital hold up so far
My Way News reports: "Flood barriers protecting the Thai capital from the country's worst floodwaters in decades have been holding up so far. Communities neighboring Bangkok have been swamped, and nationwide 297 people have been killed."

Friday, October 14, 2011

Yahoo! News - Obama sending troops to aid Africa anti-insurgency
Yahoo! News reports: "Intervening in a volatile and brutal crisis, President Barack Obama said Friday he has dispatched 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to support a years-long fight against a guerrilla group accused of horrific atrocities. Obama said they were sent to advise, not engage in combat, unless forced to defend themselves [...] The move was intended to show some engagement to lessen the impact of one of the worst protracted wars in Africa."
My Way News - Belarus KGB gets new powers amid growing anger
My Way News reports: "Belarus' authoritarian president is trying to tighten his grip on the ex-Soviet nation with new legislation that boosts the already sweeping powers of the secret police, still known as the KGB."
My Way News - Kazakhstan passes restrictive religion law
My Way News reports: "The law will require existing religious organizations in the mainly Muslim nation to dissolve and register again through a procedure that is all but guaranteed to exclude smaller groups, including minority Christian communities. It will also impose a ban on prayer in the workplace."
My Way News - US missile kills 4 in NW Pakistan
My Way News reports: Drone-fired U.S. missiles killed four people in a northwestern Pakistani region controlled by the Haqqani militant network on Friday, a day after a similar attack there killed a top commander of the group, Pakistani officials said [...] U.S. intelligence believes the Haqqanis are the top threat to security in Afghanistan and that they enjoy the support of the Pakistani army."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yahoo! News - Euro zone crisis set to dominate G20 Paris meeting
Yahoo! News reports: "G20 finance chiefs and central bank heads from the world's biggest economies meet in Paris on Friday needing to find a solution to a deepening euro zone debt crisis that has fanned fears of a global recession."
Yahoo! News - Who's behind the Wall Street protests?
Yahoo! News reports: "There has been much speculation over who is financing the disparate protest, which has spread to cities across America and lasted nearly four weeks. One name that keeps coming up is investor George Soros, who in September debuted in the top 10 list of wealthiest Americans. Conservative critics contend the movement is a Trojan horse for a secret Soros agenda."

Comment: A "movement" is an expensive thing to fund and you always need to follow the money to find out whose agenda is being moved along. Now we know.
My Way News - US missiles kill Haqqani 'coordinator' in Pakistan
My Way News report: "American drone-fired missiles killed a ranking member of the militant Haqqani network on Thursday in northwestern Pakistan, striking a group that Washington claims is the top threat in Afghanistan and is supported by Pakistani security forces, local intelligence officials said. A senior U.S. official confirmed the death of the Haqqani commander, identifying him as Janbaz Zadran."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Way News - Egypt military denies shooting protesters
My Way News reports: "Egypt's military rulers blamed Christian protesters and 'enemies of the revolution' on Wednesday for triggering the clashes that left 26 dead, almost all of them Christians. The accusation was sure to enflame the fury within and beyond the Christian community over the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak's ouster."
My Way News - Mideast rivalries a backdrop for Iran plot claims
My Way News reports: "Deeper suspicions and sharper recriminations don't necessarily increase the risk of a new Mideast conflict, which would invariably draw in U.S. forces in the Gulf. The higher tensions, however, are likely to raise temperatures in current flashpoints - such as Syria and Bahrain - where Saudi and Iranian views collide."
My Way News - Tens of thousands in Syria stage pro-Assad rally
My Way News reports: "International pressure is building on Assad to step down over his regime's bloody crackdown on anti-government protests. The U.N. says nearly 3,000 people have been killed."
My Way News - BlackBerry outages spread to North America
My Way News reports: "BlackBerry users across the world were exasperated Wednesday as an outage of email, messaging and Internet services on the phones spread to the U.S. and Canada and stretched into the third day for Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa."
My Way News - Serbia gets to be a candidate to join the EU
My Way News reports: "The European Union granted Serbia candidate status Wednesday but refused to set a date to begin formal accession talks into the 27-nation bloc until Serbia and neighboring Kosovo improve relations."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Way News - US ties Iran to plot to assassinate Saudi diplomat
My Way News reports: "The Obama administration accused Iranian government agents Tuesday of plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States and immediately used the thwarted plot to ratchet up sanctions and recruit international allies to try to further isolate Tehran."
Haaretz - Israel cabinet approves Gilad Shalit prisoner swap
Haaretz reports: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted early Wednesday morning to approve a prisoner swap that will see Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier who has been in Hamas captivity for the last five years, return to Israel."

Comment: Those nice peace-loving Palestinians have been entertaining Private Shalit at a vacation resort in Hamas controlled territory for five years now. As a peace gesture, they are going to let him go without any conditions. They realize that they could have let him go at an time, but he was just having so much fun they didn't want to spoil it. It's great to see the Palestinians really showing their sincere desire for peace.
My Way News - Hundreds in Pakistan rally for governor's killer
My Way News reports: "Hundreds of demonstrators have rallied in support of a Pakistani man convicted of assassinating a liberal governor in the name of Islam [...] Qadri has admitted killing Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, in January, because of the official's criticism of Pakistani law that mandates the death penalty for insulting Islam. Analysts say the law is often misused to persecute Christians and other minorities."
My Way News - Catholic church in India says have more children
My Way News reports: "Worried about its dwindling numbers, the Roman Catholic church in southern India is exhorting its flock to have more children, with some parishes offering free schooling, medical care and even cash bonuses for large families, church officials said Tuesday."

Comment: They better be careful or they will become a fertility cult just like Mormonism. Or maybe they always were? It should go without saying that the true church of Jesus Christ is not based on family lineage but on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. You may inherit a religious tradition from family, but a true relationship with God is something every individual discovers on their own with the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Way News - Egypt's military vows to get tough after clashes
My Way News reports: "In a statement, the Coptic Church, which represents about 10 percent of Egypt's 85 million people, accused security forces of failing to stop anti-Christian agitators from turning what started out as a peaceful protest against church attacks into a sectarian riot in which at least 26 people, mostly Christians, were killed."

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Comment: Please join me in praying for believers in Egypt, these are very dangerous times for them.
My Way News - Iran nuclear site draws defiant aura from namesake
My Way News reports: "Not far from one of Iran's most secretive nuclear sites, villagers proudly declare a willingness to sacrifice their lives to defend their country's nuclear program from attack by the West [...] The Fordo enrichment site, whose existence was first disclosed in 2009, could represent a look into the future of Iran's nuclear program. Its labs are burrowed deep in a mountainside as protection against attack and satellite surveillance."
My Way News - Wis. woman accused of abduction, cutting out fetus
My Way News reports: "A woman who faked a pregnancy and panicked as her supposed due date grew near attacked a pregnant mother with a baseball bat and cut her full-term fetus from her womb with an X-Acto knife, killing the mother and baby, according to court documents filed Monday."
My Way News - Report: Computer virus hits military drone program
My Way News reports: A computer virus that captures the strokes on a keyboard has infected networks used by pilots who control U.S. Air Force drones flown on the warfront, according to a published report [...] The story said there are no confirmed reports that classified data was stolen and that the virus did not stop pilots from flying any of their missions."

Friday, October 07, 2011

My Way News - Putin: $13 billion for military industries upgrade
My Way News reports: Putin said the government will earmark 400 billion rubles ($13.7 billon or euro10.2 billion) for modernization of military industries over the next three years, adding that the upgrade is essential for fulfilling an ambitious program of new weapons purchases.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

My Way News - Abbas tells Europeans: Time to recognize Palestine
My Way News reports: "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to European countries to recognize a Palestinian state, saying "there is no more appropriate time" than now. Abbas addressed the parliamentary assembly of the 47-member Council of Europe on Thursday after applying two weeks ago for United Nations recognition, despite a threatened United States veto in the Security Council."
My Way News - British prosecutor blocks warrant for Israeli
My Way News reports: "Pro-Palestinian groups have previously tried to go after Israeli officials using universal jurisdiction, a principle that lets British courts prosecute foreigners accused of crimes against humanity wherever they were committed. The law strained U.K.-Israeli relations, as senior Israeli officials canceled trips rather than face possible arrest in Britain."
My Way News - Pakistan warns Afghanistan after pact with India
My Way News reports: "The strategic partnership signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a visit to India on Tuesday added to concerns in Islamabad that New Delhi was increasing its influence on Pakistan's western flank. The deal came at a sensitive time for Islamabad, which is facing renewed accusations by U.S. and Afghan officials of collusion with militants in attacks on Afghan soil."

My Way News - Afghans rally in Kabul, demand NATO troops leave
My Way News reports: "Hundreds of people marched through the streets of the Afghan capital on Thursday, demanding the immediate withdrawal of international military forces ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion."

Comment: So what will really happen when the U.S. pulls out? Afghanistan will be destabilized by a proxy war between dueling militias. Scary stuff when you consider that both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and it wouldn't take much for them to start fighting each other again. And then there's the question of what Iran will do once the U.S. pulls out. The U.S. may soon go, but that does not mean that there will be peace in Afghanistan. - Huge Japan quake altered Earth's gravity
MSNBC reports: "The devastating earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year was powerful enough to slightly alter the pull of gravity under the affected area, scientists have found."

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Yahoo! News - Palestine state quest wins first victory in UNESCO vote
Yahoo! News reports: Palestine won a first diplomatic victory in its quest for statehood on Wednesday when the UNESCO executive committee backed its bid to become a member of the cultural body with the rights of a state. Palestine's Arab allies braved intense US and French diplomatic pressure to bring the motion before the committee's member states, which passed it by 40 votes in favour to four against, with 14 abstentions. The Palestinian bid will now be submitted to the UNESCO general assembly at the end of the month for final approval.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

My Way News - Iran looks to sea as route to project power
My Way News reports: In the past week, Iran has announced the deployment of ship-based missiles that can target shorelines from international waters, and its naval commander said that Islamic Republic warships could someday be cruising near America's Atlantic seaboard. While many defense analysts believe such a mission is still far beyond Iran's naval reach, the current emphasis on maritime forces suggests a growing drive by Tehran to display power beyond the Gulf and the overwhelming presence right on its doorstep of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. - Iran criticizes Turkey over missile defense shield
Forbes reports: Iran criticized Turkey on Tuesday for agreeing to allow NATO to station an early warning radar in the southeast of the country that will serve as part of the alliance's missile defense system.
My Way News - Palestinians say freeze in US aid taking effect
My Way News reports: "Palestinian officials said Monday that the U.S. has suspended West Bank development projects worth tens of millions of dollars after Congress froze funding to dissuade the Palestinians from seeking U.N. recognition of an independent state."

Monday, October 03, 2011

Israel National News - Final Appeal for Christian Pastor in Iran
Israel National News reports: "A Christian pastor who was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy in 2009 faces his final appeal in Iran's Supreme Court next week. At least one appeal against the 'choose Islam or die' sentence has failed thus far."

Comment: Please join me in praying for Pastor Nadarkhani, that he will remain unwavering in his faith and that he will show Christian love those who are persecuting him.
Israel National News - Israel Formally Accepts Quartet Plan for PA Talks
Israel National News reports: "The State of Israel on Sunday officially accepted a plan by the Quartet of peacekeeping nations to restart final status talks with the Palestinian Authority [...] The Quartet, comprised of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, has published a new timetable for direct negotiations between the two parties, urging both Israel and the PA to come to the table within four weeks. During this initial meeting, the two sides are expected to express their commitment to a timetable which will allegedly bring forth a peace agreement by the end of 2012."

Israel National News - PA Reiterates: Settlement Freeze or No Talks
Israel National News reports: While Israel on Sunday officially accepted a plan by the Quartet to restart final status talks with the Palestinian Authority, the other side was not as quick to do so. Instead, the PA chose to reject Israel’s acceptance of the proposal and once again reiterated old statements.
My Way News - Iran assails two-state solution for Palestinians
My Way News reports: "Iran doesn't recognize Israel and considers it an archenemy. Khamenei, who spoke at a pro-Palestinian conference in Tehran, called Israel a 'cancerous tumor' that should be removed. Iran supports the militant Palestinian Hamas group, which rules Gaza and which does not back the statehood bid pushed by Abbas and his Western-backed Fatah movement."