Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nations in Distress

My Way News - IMF: Greece misses $1.8 billion loan payment
My Way News reports: "The International Monetary Fund says Greece missed a $1.8 billion debt payment Tuesday, becoming the first developed country to default on a loan to the lending agency. [...] Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called a referendum Sunday in which Greek voters can decide whether to approve a deal proposed by the country's creditors. A 'No' vote would likely force Greece to stop using the euro currency."

Comment: Well, that's that then. It's a virtual certainty that the "No" vote will win and Greece will exit the eurozone. The real question is, will this lead to the unraveling of the common currency, or will the EU be able to contain the damage? We don't know the answer to that question yet, but we do know that Europe's financial markets are about to become very turbulent.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart
My Way News reports: "The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise. Should the talks actually collapse, the alternatives are not appealing. The war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world community does not seem willing to impose truly crippling sanctions. A dangerous period of uncertainty looms."

Nations in Distress

My Way News - Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked
My Way News reports: "Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. [...] Greece's bailout program ends Tuesday, when the country is unlikely to make a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) repayment to the International Monetary Fund. But Athens and creditors from the IMF and the eurozone failed to agree on the terms of an extension."

Comment: Things are not looking good for the eurozone. Will this rock the foundations of European unity or will the EU emerge from this stronger than ever? Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 27, 2015


My Way News - Tunisia pledges tough security post-attack, as tourists flee
My Way News reports: "Tunisia's prime minister announced on Saturday a string of new security measures including closing renegade mosques and calling up army reservists as thousands of tourists fled the North African country in wake of its worst terrorist attack ever. Tourists crowded into the airport at Hammamet near the coastal city of Sousse where a young man dressed in shorts on Friday pulled an assault rifle and grenades out of his beach umbrella and killed 38 people, mostly tourists. [...] The attack came the same day that a suicide bomber killed 27 people in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and a man in France ran his truck into a warehouse and hung his employer's severed head on the gate."

My Way News - Kuwait conducts mass funeral as police question suspects
My Way News reports: "Thousands of people in Kuwait took part in a mass funeral procession Saturday for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque a day earlier. Police in Kuwait said they are interrogating a number of suspects with possible links to the suicide bombing, which was claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group. [...] The bombing, which also wounded more than 200 male worshippers who were taking part in midday Friday prayers, was the first terrorist attack in Kuwait in more than two decades."

My Way News - Beheading, attack at US factory in France; suspect detained
My Way News reports: "A truck driver once under surveillance for radical Islamic ties crashed into an American-owned chemical warehouse in southeastern France on Friday and hung his employer's severed head on a factory gate, along with banners with Arabic inscriptions. The attack, which triggered an explosion that wounded two people, came on a day of violence that spanned three continents. [...] The severed head appeared to mimic the Islamic State group's practice of beheading prisoners and displaying their heads for all to see, and came days after the militants urged attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan."

Comment: In case you missed it, Islamic terrorist were staged attacks across three continents on the same day, many were killed.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


My Way News - Ebola cases not slowing in Guinea, Sierra Leone
My Way News reports: "Despite hopes that the deadly Ebola outbreak could soon be contained in West Africa, it shows no signs of abating in Guinea and may be flaring up once more in Sierra Leone as people are flouting rules limiting travel meant to stop it."

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kings of the East - Rumors of War

My Way News - US chides China but avoids clouding cooperation
My Way News reports: "The United States voiced deep concern Tuesday over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp disagreements with China on pressing security issues cloud the outlook for cooperation between the world powers. [...] Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the need to 'reduce tensions rather than add to them' in the South and East China Seas, where China's assertive behavior and land reclamation to advance its territorial claims has rattled its Asian neighbors, U.S. allies among them. China says the disputed areas are its sovereign territory. U.S. officials said they voiced concern over the possible militarization of artificial islands China is building."

Monday, June 22, 2015


My Way News - Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes
My Way News reports: "The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. [...] Studies have linked the increase in quakes to the practice of injecting leftover wastewater into the ground after drilling for oil and gas using newer technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing."

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Final Kingdom

My Way News - Greek officials meet, prepare proposals for Eurozone summit
My Way News reports: "Two days before a crucial summit of Eurozone leaders, Greek ministers are huddling to discuss strategy and assemble a new package of proposals, officials say."

Comment: Is Greece about to destroy the Eurozone? Stay tuned! 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gospel Preached to All Nations

My Way News - Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court
My Way News reports: "They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK." Relatives of the nine people shot down during a Bible study session inside their historic black church confronted the 21-year-old suspect Friday during his initial hearing. They described their pain and anger, but also spoke of love."

Comment: Out of this great tragedy has come a living witness to the power of the Christian virtues of love, forgiveness and mercy. So great is their love that the secular news media is amazed and leads their newscasts and headlines with this astonishing new narrative of forgiveness. Is there something different about Christianity? When other religions are attacked they respond with calls for vengeance, for revenge, for retribution. It's not unusual for other religions to meet violence with violence, an "eye-for-an-eye" according to the old code, but where does that lead? There is indeed something different about Christianity because there was something different about the founder of the religion. That difference is revealed daily in the lives of those who follow Him and it was on display today in that courtroom. What a powerful witness!

Thursday, June 18, 2015


My Way News - Israel church set ablaze in possible Jewish extremist attack
My Way News reports: "A fire ripped through one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land on Thursday, damaging the roof and burning prayer books in what authorities believe is an attack by Jewish extremists. [...] The church marks the traditional spot of Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fish, and is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. It is one of the most popular stops for Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. [...] In recent years, mosques and churches have been targeted by vandals in similar attacks. They are often attributed to extremist Jews from West Bank settlements."


My Way News - WHO chief reassures South Korea as its MERS deaths reach 24
My Way News reports: "The head of the World Health Organization has praised beleaguered South Korean officials and exhausted health workers, saying their efforts to contain a deadly MERS virus outbreak have put the country on good footing and lowered the public risk. Margaret Chan said it's a good sign the disease has so far been confined to a handful of hospitals and isn't spreading in the wider community."

Wickedness Increases

My Way News - White gunman caught in killing of 9 in historic black church
My Way News reports: "It was an act of 'pure, pure concentrated evil,' Charleston's mayor said — a black community's leading lights extinguished in a spray of bullets, allegedly at the hands of a young white man who was welcomed into their Bible study session. And so the nine victims at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church joined the ever-lengthening list of America's racial casualties."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


My Way News - UN: Spread of MERS in South Korea isn't global emergency
My Way News reports: "The World Health Organization says the spread of a mysterious virus from the Middle East to South Korea doesn't merit being declared a global emergency despite infecting more than 160 people in the biggest outbreak outside the Arabian peninsula. In a statement Wednesday, the U.N. health agency called the epidemic 'a wake-up call' and warned all countries to prepare for potential outbreaks of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS."

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles this year
My Way News reports: "Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. [...] The three Baltic members of the alliance, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have asked NATO to permanently deploy ground troops to their nations as a deterrent against an increasingly assertive Russia. And Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says he and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter have held talks about placing U.S. heavy army equipment in Poland."

Comment: For many years people have expressed a hope that the world was slowing stepping back from the brink of nuclear war by gradually reducing the number of nuclear weapons. The U.S. and Russia had pledged to do that in a series of treaties that had been, for the most part, successful...until now.  The media will not give this the wall-to-wall coverage that it deserves (no celebrities are involved), but this is a major milestone in history: a major nuclear power is adding a significant number of nuclear missiles to an already well-developed arsenal. These are not short-range missiles, they are the big ones, the ICBMs, that can hit any city in Europe or North America. This is a major development, one that makes the world a much more dangerous place.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


My Way News - WHO: MERS not spreading outside S. Korea hospitals
My Way News reports: "After a weeklong review of the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, experts from WHO and South Korea told reporters Saturday there was no evidence to suggest the virus, currently confined around health facilities, is spreading. It has been occurring among hospital patients, visiting family members and medical staff."

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - Officials say deeply personal information in hackers' hands
My Way News reports: "Deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances — mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests, bankruptcies and more — is in the hands of hackers linked to China, officials say. [...] Nearly all of the millions of security clearance holders, including some CIA, National Security Agency and military special operations personnel, are potentially exposed in the security clearance breach, the officials said. [...] two people briefed on the investigation disclosed Friday that as many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees have had their information exposed to hackers, a far higher figure than the 4 million the Obama administration initially disclosed. American officials have said that cybertheft originated in China and that they suspect espionage by the Chinese government, which has denied any involvement."

Comment: They keep dribbling out bits of additional details about this but I wonder if instead of provoking outrage, each new revelation desensitizes the public to the scope of the data theft.  The revelation that the Social Security numbers were not encrypted is just stunning, that's criminal incompetence on the part of some database administrator who deserves to be prosecuted for that negligence. The real question not even addressed in this report is, in an age of cyberwarfare, how will the U.S. respond to repeated attacks on national security data?

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Rouhani: Final nuclear deal 'within reach'
My Way News reports: "President Hassan Rouhani said a final nuclear deal is "within reach" as Iran and six world powers face a June 30 deadline for an agreement. Rouhani told a press conference Saturday that negotiations between Iran and the six-nation group - the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - are making progress, although some gaps still remain."

Comment: Wasn't it just two weeks ago that Iran said no inspections of military facilities would be allowed? I don't see how any deal is possible without intrusive treaty verification inspections being agreed upon. If the U.S. and Russia could agree to that during the Cold War, certainly the Six and Iran can agree on that now.  If not, there's really no hope that a treaty will stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - Philippines airs program about sea disputes with China
My Way News reports: "The Philippine government broadcast a television program on Friday aimed at boosting public opposition to China's increasingly assertive moves to press its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. [...] Rising military deployments in the disputed region have heightened fears of possible confrontations and accidental clashes that could escalate into a major conflict."

Thursday, June 11, 2015


My Way News - South Korea reports 10th death from MERS virus
My Way News reports: "South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked. The victim was a 65-year-old man who had been treated for lung cancer and was hospitalized in the same facility as another MERS patient, the Health Ministry said. The outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome has caused panic in South Korea. It has infected more than 120 people since the first case, a 68-year-old man who had traveled to the Middle East, was diagnosed on May 20."

My Way News - Health officials tell US doctors to watch for MERS
My Way News reports: "Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reminded doctors to ask patients with severe respiratory illness if they recently traveled. Officials are now urging testing for MERS in very sick patients who had visited a South Korea hospital within two weeks of falling ill."

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - Union: Hackers have personnel data on every federal employee
My Way News reports: "Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, asserting that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged. [...] Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by 'the Chinese' without specifying whether he meant the Chinese government or individuals. [...] U.S. officials have declined to publicly blame China, which has denied involvement."

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rumors of War - War

My Way News - US orders more troops to Iraq, but no overhaul of strategy
My Way News reports: "President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group."

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Peace and Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Dempsey reassures Israel it will keep military edge
My Way News reports: "The top U.S. military officer reassured Israel on Tuesday that it will maintain a military edge over potential adversaries, including Gulf Arab states, regardless of whether Washington completes a nuclear deal with Iran. [...] Dempsey said the U.S. intends to continue helping Israel improve its air and missile defenses and will be talking to the Israelis about ways to improve their cyber defenses, their maritime security and their means of countering the military use of tunnels such as those from Gaza. Dempsey said he understands why Israelis believe a nuclear deal will give Iran room to accelerate its funding of surrogate Shiite groups like Hezbollah and to put more resources into its own military."

My Way News - Israeli PM says Arab leaders also weary of Iran nuclear deal
My Way News reports: "Israel's prime minister said Tuesday that Arab leaders agree with him that an emerging nuclear deal with Iran won't stop Tehran from getting atomic weapons. [...] Netanyahu told the prestigious Herzliya conference, an annual gathering that draws speakers from around the world, that he is not the only voice in the Middle East against the deal."

Comment: Welcome to the new Mideast arms race, it will certainly be good for the defense industry. 

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task
My Way News reports: "The Obama administration may have to backtrack on its promise that it will suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear agreement, officials and others involved in the process tell The Associated Press. [...]  Administration officials vehemently reject that any backtracking is taking place, but they are lumping sanctions together differently from the way members of Congress and critics of the negotiations separate them. [..] Negotiators hope to conclude a final nuclear deal by June 30."

Comment: Appeasement by any other name would smell the same. 

Monday, June 08, 2015

Wars and Rumors of War

My Way News - Obama: US lacks 'complete strategy' for training Iraqis
My Way News reports: "Acknowledging military setbacks, President Barack Obama said Monday the United States still lacks a 'complete strategy' for training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. He urged Iraq's government to allow more of the nation's Sunnis to join the campaign against the violent militants."

Comment: I can't help but think that it's not entirely helpful to announce that your strategy is lacking. Sure, it may be true, but to go ahead an publicly announce it, seems like it may undercut the effort, to say nothing of the morale and confidence of those actually doing the fighting.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Global Government - Ten Kings - Rumors of War

My Way News - Behind tough talk on Russia, G-7 leaders face tough reality
My Way News reports: "Behind the tough talk on Russia expected from President Barack Obama and other leaders gathering in Germany this weekend is a stark reality. None of the world powers believes the economic and diplomatic punishments levied on Russia for its alleged aggression in Ukraine are changing President Vladimir Putin's calculus, yet there are no plans to shift strategies."

Comment: The G7 Summit is here and it reminds us how much the world has changed. It used to be called the G8 before they kicked Russia out and even though Russia will not be represented at the gathering in Bavaria, it will still be at the top of the agenda. What to do about Russia? 


My Way News - 5th person dies of MERS in South Korea
My Way News reports: "A fifth person in South Korea has died of the MERS virus, as the government announced Sunday it was strengthening measures to stem the spread of the disease and public fear. Sixty-four people have been infected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since last month in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East. Hundreds of schools have closed and hundreds of people quarantined."

Kings of the East

My Way News - China, Japan hold finance talks stalled amid tensions
My Way News reports: "Chinese and Japanese finance ministers held talks Saturday to deepen economic cooperation that had been delayed for about two years over strained relations between the Asian giants. [...] Saturday's talks were the fifth round of dialogue between the finance ministers from the world's second- and third-largest economies."

Rumors of War - Peace and Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Israel strikes Gaza in response to latest rocket attack
My Way News reports: "The Israeli military says it carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip in response to the latest rocket attack toward southern Israel. There were reported casualties in Sunday morning's strike. It comes on the heels of the third rocket attack from Gaza in the past two weeks."

Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - US might deploy missiles in Europe to counter Russia
My Way News reports: "Russia denies violating the treaty and has, in turn, claimed violations by the United States in erecting missile defenses. It is unclear whether Russia has actually deployed the suspect missile or whether Washington would make any military move if the Russians stopped short of deployment. For now, administration officials say they prefer to continue trying to talk Moscow into treaty compliance."

Comment: It's an incredibly weak position for the U.S. to find itself in. The treaty has been violated and the U.S. must either ignore it or call Russia out and do something about it. Both choices have some pretty severe consequences. Trying to politely persuade Russia to comply with a treaty they agreed to years ago is simply not tenable, not even in the fuzzy world of diplomacy.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Peace and Security of Jerusalem - Covenant with Many

My Way News - AP Analysis: Fair to boycott Israel? Global momentum grows
My Way News reports: "In boardrooms and campuses, on social media and in celebrity circles, momentum seems to be growing for a global pressure campaign on Israel. The atmosphere recalls the boycotts that helped demolish apartheid South Africa a quarter century ago. Israel and its partisans can be expected to mount a ferocious defense, but their public relations Achilles' heel may be the Jewish settlements in the West Bank."

Comment: I stand with Israel and reject this attack driven by those with animosity in their hearts for Israel and the God of Israel. They carry the banner of "justice" but in their hearts they are rebels. It astonishes me how leaders in the West come to the defense of those who stand against Western values and whose idea of supporting peace is firing off missiles at Israel. It's crazy and absurd and yet, as this news report makes clear, it's a movement that is gaining momentum. How can this make sense? It only makes sense through a spiritual lens that reveals their true motivations. I stand with Israel.


My Way News - Quake kills 2 climbers, leaves 17 missing on Malaysian peak
My Way News reports: "Rescuers on Malaysia's highest mountain were searching Saturday for 17 climbers missing in a magnitude-5.9 earthquake that sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes. Two others were killed and 20 injured. The quake Friday was centered northwest of Ranau district in Sabah state on Borneo island."

Comment: I'm not sure there are any divers there, mostly climbers, but it still counts. 

Rumors of War

My Way News - Giant hack may be first step in pursuit of bigger US secrets
My Way News reports: "A giant hack of millions of government personnel files is being treated as the work of foreign spies who could use the information to fake their way into more-secure computers and plunder U.S. secrets. Federal employees were told in a video Friday to change all their passwords, put fraud alerts on their credit reports and watch for attempts by foreign intelligence services to exploit them. [...] Federal officials said Friday the cyberattack appeared to have originated in China, but they didn't point fingers directly at the Chinese government."

Comment: China is a loose confederation of semi-autonomous regions with a very weak central government, it could be any one of a number of actors. Right?

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Rumors of War

My Way News - China suspected in massive breach of federal personnel data
My Way News reports: "China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials said Thursday."

Comment: This is a brazen attack, I wonder what the U.S. response will be?  At what point do these kinds of things become an act of war? Identities may be stolen and credit histories ruined by this attack, but no one has died as a result. Still, it's serious because it speak to a malicious intent that reflects a deeper animosity that can indeed lead to actual war. 


My Way News - More reason for calm than panic in South Korea's MERS scare
My Way News reports: "The current frenzy in South Korea over MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, brings to mind the other menacing diseases to hit Asia over the last decade — SARS, which killed hundreds, and bird flu. Then, as now, confusion ruled as the media harped on the growing public panic, and health care workers and government officials struggled to understand and contain the diseases, sometimes downplaying the danger, sometimes inadvertently hyping it. While it's still early and MERS is a scary disease with no vaccine and a high death rate, there are so far more reasons for calm caution than for panic."

Peace and Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Orange's pullout from Israel gives lift to boycott movement
My Way News reports: "French telecom giant Orange SA's declaration that it wants to cut business ties with Israel has given a boost to the burgeoning anti-Israel boycott movement while also drawing a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. [...] Pro-Palestinian activists in France have been pushing for Orange to end the relationship over Partner's activities in Israeli settlements. The settlements, built on land the Palestinians want for a future state, are seen as illegitimate by the international community."

Comment: Just because someone wants something, doesn't create a new reality. The Palestinians can want land all they want, but until an agreement gives them the land, their want has no legal standing.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Rumors of War - War - King of the North

My Way News - Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point
My Way News reports: "A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war. Rebels in the city of Donetsk reported 15 dead between civilians and combatants in territory under their control. [...] Ukraine's General Staff said in a statement that rebels deployed around 1,000 fighters and dozens of tanks and self-propelled artillery systems in a major offensive that started before dawn."

Peace and Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Israel strikes Hamas post in Gaza after rocket attacks
My Way News reports: "Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas training sites in Gaza early Thursday in response to earlier rocket fire toward Israel from the strip, the Israeli military said. Gaza's militant Hamas group said there were no casualties in the attack after they had evacuating their posts earlier in anticipation of the Israeli retaliation. [...] A Jihadist Salafi group that supports the Islamic State took responsibility for the rocket attack toward Israel, the second time it has done so in a week."

Comment: The Palestinians are demonstrating their desire for peace again with another heartfelt gesture. How can one doubt their sincerity?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Covenant With Many

My Way News - UN chief appeals for resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks
My Way News reports: "Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the 65th anniversary of the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees to appeal Tuesday for an immediate resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and an end to unilateral actions 'that erode trust.'"

Comment: No one forced the government of Lebanon to keep Palestinians in refugee camps for all these years, it was a choice, and once they can't blame on Israel. 

My Way News - Obama: Israel's commitment to Palestinian state in doubt
My Way News reports: "President Barack Obama said in remarks broadcast Tuesday that Israel's prime minister had reinforced a belief by the international community that Israel is not committed to peace when he said there would be no Palestinian state on his watch."

Monday, June 01, 2015


My Way News - South Korea reports 2 deaths from MERS
My Way News reports: "South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries."

Fearsome Events

My Way News - This has been a month of extreme weather around the world
My Way News reports: "Torrential downpours in Texas that have whiplashed the region from drought to flooding. A heat wave that has killed more than 1,800 people in India. Record 91-degree readings in Alaska, of all places. A pair of top-of-the-scale typhoons in the Northwest Pacific. And a drought taking hold in the East."

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Obama: No military solution to Iran's nuclear program
My Way News reports: "U.S President Barack Obama reached out to a skeptical Israeli public in an interview aired Monday saying that only an agreement, not military action, can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. [...] Israel has said the emerging nuclear agreement with Iran is a bad deal and that a military option is still on the table to prevent Iran from getting the bomb."