Monday, August 31, 2015

Nations in Distress

My Way News - EU struggles for answers as migrant influx raises tensions
My Way News reports: "An emergency meeting was called for Sept. 14 on the migrant crisis in which more than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year — often those fleeing Syria, Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds have drowned in capsized boats, and 71 people were found locked in the back of a truck on the Budapest-Vienna highway."

Comment: I wonder if this will force the EU to take a more active role in world affairs? There's really no solution to the problem, no way to stop the flow of refugees, without imposing order on the Middle East. 

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nations in Distress

My Way News - Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea
My Way News reports: "Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More than 300,000 people have sought to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far in 2015, up from 219,000 in all of last year, as European authorities grapple with the largest influx since World War II."

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Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Iran president opposes parliament vote on nuclear deal
My Way News reports: "President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers. Rouhani told a news conference that the deal was a political understanding reached with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, not a pact requiring parliamentary approval. The deal also says Iran would implement the terms voluntarily, he said."

Comment: So, in other words, Iran has agreed to the deal but they don't want to be legally obligated to follow through. I wonder what Secretary Kerry would say about that? Perhaps he has a secret side-agreement for that?  

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War

My Way News - IS cracks down on western Iraqi town after rare protest
My Way News reports: "Islamic State militants moved on Saturday to stamp out dissent in a remote western Iraqi town, detaining at least 70 and tying dozens of residents, including tribal leaders, to streetlight poles as a punishment, security officials said. The crackdown followed a rare street demonstration on Saturday to protest the extremist group's execution of a local resident, they said. [...] the town was gripped by fears that the group would carry out mass executions."

My Way News - Turkish jets join US-led coalition in airstrikes against IS
My Way News reports: "Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday. A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS targets late Friday across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey. "

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Wickedness Increases

My Way News - Man charged with murder in ambush of Houston area deputy
My Way News reports: "Goforth, 47, was pumping gas Friday night when the gunman approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, continuing to fire after the deputy had fallen to the ground. The deputy had gone to the Chevron gas station in Cypress, a middle-class to upper middle-class suburban area of Harris County that is unincorporated and located northwest of Houston, after responding to a routine car accident earlier Friday."

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Nations in Distress

My Way News - Lebanon interior minister worried about protest
My Way News reports: "Two rallies in the capital, Beirut, last weekend drew up to 20,000 people, and dozens were hurt in clashes between protesters and security forces at the time. Another huge protest is planned for Saturday. The protests have been driven by anger over garbage piling up on the streets of Beirut, following the closure of a main landfill. The government's failure to resolve the crisis has evolved into wider protests against a political class that has dominated Lebanon since the end of the country's civil war in 1990 and is widely seen as dysfunctional."

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Global Community

My Way News - For the first time, 1 billion people used Facebook in a day
My Way News reports: "For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page, saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family."

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Pestilence

My Way News - Utah man dies from plague in 4th fatal case in US this year
My Way News reports: "A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday. [...] Human cases of plague often occur in areas where wild rodent populations are near campsites and homes. Transmission between people is rare."

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - China's Xi staying the course despite sliding economy
My Way News reports: "Having accumulated more power than any Chinese leader in 20 years, President Xi Jinping is expected to stay the course in hopes that the market will correct itself and the economy returns to an even keel. The longer that takes, the greater the risks for the Communist Party, which has managed to keep a tight grip on power in part because of its ability to deliver economic growth. [...] A slowing economy may now compel them to seek non-economic sources of party-state legitimacy [...] that potentially raises the possibility of even greater levels of nationalism and xenophobia, tendencies percolating in Chinese society that break out into periodic spasms of violence and rage, especially directed toward traditional antagonist Japan."

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Wickedness Increases

My Way News - Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV
My Way News reports: "He planned it all so carefully — a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience. Hours later, he shared his own recording of the killing worldwide on social media [...] Wednesday's on-air murders reverberated far from central Virginia because that's just what the killer wanted — not just to avenge perceived wrongs, but to gain maximum, viral exposure."

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Future Fear - Fearsome Events

My Way News - Drought-plagued California readies for El Nino storms
My Way News reports: "While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl."

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nations in Distress

My Way News - Surge of migrants walking through Balkans hits Hungary
My Way News reports: "Nearly 10,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and then headed up north toward European Union-member Hungary. Once inside the 28-nation EU, they seek to reach more prosperous Western European nations such as Germany, The Netherlands or Sweden. The so-called Balkan corridor for migrants is becoming increasingly popular as migrants seek to avoid the dangerous boat crossings in the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy."

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Rumors of War

My Way News - South Korea turns off propaganda as Koreas reach deal
My Way News reports: "After 40-plus-hours of talks, North and South Korea on Tuesday pulled back from the brink with an accord that allows both sides to save face and, for the moment, avert the bloodshed they've been threatening each other with for weeks."

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Wars - Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Ukraine vows to increase troops to fend off rebel attacks
My Way News reports: "Ukraine's president vowed to increase troop numbers to fend off attacks by Russia-backed separatist rebels and warned his countrymen that there is still the threat of a 'large-scale invasion,' in an impassioned speech to mark Independence Day on Monday."

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Pestilence

My Way News - With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation
Pestilence: "Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are, and how to remedy them. The World Health Organization calls it an emergency within an emergency."

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

War

My Way News - Official: Islamic State ambushes, kills up to 50 Iraq troops
My Way News reports: "Islamic State militants killed up to 50 soldiers in two separate ambushes in Iraq's turbulent Anbar province west of the capital, Baghdad, a top provincial official said Saturday. [...] The Islamic State group controls much of the vast Anbar province, including Ramadi and the city of Fallujah."

Comment: What a tragedy. I can't imagine how vexing it must be for Iraq War vets to see those cities fall to the Islamic State.

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Nations in Distress

My Way News - Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies
My Way News reports: "The damage spans the globe. Thailand's baht. Kazakhstan's tenge. South Africa's rand. Peru's nuevo sol. In emerging markets worldwide, currencies are plunging over fears that developing economies are on the verge of a crippling fall. Success stories until recently, emerging economies are seen as casualties now — of slower growth in China, plunging prices for commodities like oil and iron ore, the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates and homegrown threats."

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Rumors of War - War

My Way News - S. Korea, US brace for N. Korea deadline as tension mounts
My Way News reports: "With U.S. and South Korean fighter jets taking to the skies in a show of force, the two Koreas prepared for a possible military clash Saturday as the North's deadline loomed for Seoul to dismantle loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda across their border. North Korea has declared its frontline troops are in full war readiness and prepared to go to battle if Seoul doesn't back down."

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Rumors of War - Iran

My Way News - 6 killed in Syria after Israel retaliates for rocket attack
My Way News reports: "Israeli airstrikes in southern Syria killed six people and wounded seven, Syrian state TV reported Friday, in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israel the previous day that Israeli officials blamed on militants backed by Iran."

My Way News - Israeli former minister: 3 plans to hit Iran were blocked:
My Way News reports: "Israel's former defense minister, Ehud Barak, says three separate plans on Israel striking Iranian nuclear facilities were blocked in recent years, first by Israel's military chief and later by two ministers. [...] The report comes amid Israel's lobbying against the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that would see Tehran's nuclear program rolled back in return for sanctions' relief."

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Persecution

My Way News - UNESCO chief: IS systematically destroying heritage sites
My Way News reports: "On Friday, witnesses said the militants bulldozed St. Elian Monastery which houses a 5th century tomb and served as a major pilgrimage site. [...] A Catholic priest, the Rev. Jacques Mourad, who had lived at the monastery, was kidnapped in May and remains missing.  [...] Mourad sheltered both Muslim and Christian Syrians fleeing the fighting elsewhere in Homs province. Activists said that shortly after capturing Qaryatain, the Islamic State group abducted 230 residents, including dozens of Christians. Activists said some Christians were released, but the fate of the others is still unknown."

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Fearsome Events - Future Fear

My Way News - Feeling the heat: Earth in July was hottest month on record
My Way News reports: "Earth just keeps getting hotter. July was the planet's warmest month on record, smashing old marks, U.S. weather officials said. And it's almost a dead certain lock that this year will beat last year as the warmest year on record, they said. [...] Nine of the 10 hottest months on record have happened since 2005, according to NOAA. Twenty-two of the 25 hottest months on record have occurred after the year 2000. The other three were in 1998 and 1997. This shows that despite what climate change doubters say, there is no pause in warming since 1998, Blunden said."

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Nations in Distress

My Way News - US stocks tumble on global slowdown fears
My Way News reports: "Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years. The rout started in Asia and quickly spread to Europe, battering major markets in Germany and France. In the U.S., the selling started early and never let up. [...] Traders have been worried about slowing growth in China and its potential impact on the U.S."

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rumors of War - War

My Way News - NKorea warns of war after exchange of fire with South
My Way News reports: "North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his frontline troops in a 'quasi-state of war' and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds across the rivals' border in response to what the South said were several rounds of North Korean artillery launched at the South. [...] The Koreas' mine-strewn DMZ is a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war. About 28,500 U.S. soldiers are deployed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from North Korea."

Comment: Hopefully this will fizzle out as all the other past flare-ups have, but there is always the danger of miscalculation. Of all the conflict flashpoints in the world, the Korean border remains the most volatile and one that can go from zero to catastrophe in minutes. 

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Signs in the Heavens

CNET - NASA says chill out, there's no doomsday asteroid next month
CNET reports: "Depending on what corners of the Internet you hang out in, you may be in rank fear of the End of Times brought about by an unavoidable asteroid sent to hurtle itself into the Earth's belly, creating an apocalyptic scenario for a good chunk of humanity. If that's the case, you can now rest easy. Don't worry. NASA is here to soothe you. There is no killer asteroid on the way."

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Pestilence

My Way News - Antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' found at California hospital
My Way News reports: "A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country. [...] A dozen infections were reported earlier this year at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA's Ronald Reagan medical centers in Los Angeles. Three patients died."

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Rumors of War - Iran

My Way News - AP Exclusive: UN to let Iran inspect alleged nuke work site
My Way News reports: "Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. [...] The agreement in question diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied — trying to develop nuclear weapons. [...] That wording suggests that — beyond being barred from physically visiting the site — the agency won't get photo or video information from areas Iran says are off-limits because they have military significance. While the document says the IAEA 'will ensure the technical authenticity' of Iran's inspection, it does not say how."

Comment: Could the negotiators have been any more gullible? They are going to trust Iran to inspect a site and report back to the U.N. agency with the results? I can only imagine the conclusion of the inspection report: We conducted the most intrusive and thorough inspections and found nothing amiss.  

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Rumors of War - Nations in Distress

My Way News - Man in yellow shirt is focus of Bangkok bombing probe:
My Way News reports: "Thailand has seen many violent attacks in recent years, particularly in a more-than-decade-long insurgency by Muslim separatists that has left more than 5,000 dead in the country's deep south. Those attacks have never extended to the capital, however. Bangkok has seen politically charged violence in the past decade; the deadliest, in 2010, killed more than 90 over two months and was centered on the same intersection where Monday's bomb went off. But none of those attacks included a bomb that seemed intended to produce mass casualties."

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rumors of War - Covenant With Many

My Way News - Israeli opposition leader fears new Palestinian uprising
My Way News reports: "Israel's opposition leader on Tuesday warned that a new Palestinian uprising could be looming after a recent spate of violence and called on both sides to reduce tensions and restart peace talks. [...] Israel and the Palestinians have held on-again, off-again peace talks over the past two decades, and the latest round of U.S.-brokered negotiations broke down more than a year ago with little progress. The U.S. is not expected to resume peace efforts until after a congressional vote on the international community's Iranian nuclear deal. Netanyahu bitterly opposes the deal, and with U.S.-Israel ties suffering, the prospects for any new U.S. diplomatic initiative seem poor."

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Pestilence

My Way News - NYC mayor signs law to combat future Legionnaires' outbreaks
My Way News reports: "New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation aimed at preventing further outbreaks of deadly Legionnaires' disease. An outbreak that began last month killed 12 people in the Bronx and hospitalized more than 100 others. The legislation requires the regular inspection and cleaning of cooling towers."

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Monday, August 17, 2015

War

My Way News - 9 dead as shelling increases in eastern Ukraine
My Way News reports: "A night-long artillery exchange in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russia-backed rebels claimed nine lives on Monday, casting doubt on the already shaky cease-fire. The fighting between Russia-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government troops in the country's industrial heartland eased after a truce was signed in February. But despite pledges to withdraw heavy caliber weapons from the front lines, both sides seem to be engaged in recent heavy fighting."

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Rumors of War - Iran

My Way News - Iranian hard-liner says Supreme Leader opposes nuclear deal
My Way News reports: "Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is opposed to a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers, a prominent hard-liner claimed Saturday. [...] Iran's parliament and the Supreme National Security Council will consider the agreement in the coming days. The deal calls for limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions."

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Signs in the Moon - Signs in the Heavens

WND - Have ‘cash on hand,’ warns ‘blood moons’ discoverer
World Net Daily reports: "The man who discovered the existence of the blood moons tetrad is warning the astronomical events are no mere coincidence but a heavenly message from God. Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries argues signs in the sky are one way God communicates with human beings. The significance of heavenly bodies, he states, is acknowledged even by those who are not religious. 'The whole world, religious and non-religious, is fascinated about the blood moons,' Biltz told WND. 'The reasons are because they’re beyond our control, they’re heavenly objects able to speak to every tribe, nation and tongue, filling us with awe and wonder and then they also have been regarded as omens all throughout world history with ominous events happening surrounding their timing.' Biltz, author of 'Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,' first discovered the existence of the blood moons phenomenon in 2008, later sharing his findings with other Christian leaders, including John Hagee. At that time, Biltz says he predicted economic turmoil would correspond with the final blood moon."

Comment: It will be interesting to see how things transpire. I'm leaning towards the view that such signs are more for the people of Israel than for humanity in general and may portend great events in the Middle East. Let's be watchful.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

King of the North - Gog Alliance

My Way News - Russia denies hosting top Iranian commander
My Way News reports: "A senior Russian diplomat on Friday denied claims that an Iranian general visited Moscow in violation of United Nations sanctions banning travel. [...] He said Russia had assured the United States that Soleimani had not visited Moscow and was surprised to hear the continuing expression of concern."

Comment: So, Russia and Iran are not collaborating? Good to know. 

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Persecution

My Way News - France to rally aid for religious minorities targeted by IS
My Way News reports: "France is hosting a conference next month to raise money and rally support for Mideast Christians and other minorities persecuted by the Islamic State group. The conference Sept. 8 will focus on humanitarian efforts to support ethnic and religious groups in Syria and Iraq who have become key targets of IS extremists, suffering mass executions, sex slavery and other abuses."

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Wars and Rumors of War

My Way News - IS group accused of using chemical weapons on Iraqi Kurds
My Way News reports: "The German Defense Ministry and Kurdish fighters say the Islamic State group may have used chemical weapons in an attack in northern Iraq. A ministry statement on Thursday says some 60 Kurdish fighters suffered from breathing difficulties as a result of the attack. It says none of the German soldiers training the Kurds in the area 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of the city of Irbil were hurt or in danger."

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

War

My Way News - Truck bomb targeting Shiites kills 67 at Baghdad market
My Way News reports: "In one of the deadliest single attacks in postwar Baghdad, a truck bomb shattered a popular fruit-and-vegetable market in a teeming Shiite neighborhood Thursday, killing 67 people and wounding more than 150 others. Militants from the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing that incinerated much of the Jameela market in the district of Sadr City."

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Roaring Waves - Fearsome Events

My Way News - Federal experts: This El Nino may be historically strong:
My Way News reports: "The current El Nino, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years, federal meteorologists say. [...] In addition to California, El Nino often brings heavy winter rain to much of the southern and eastern U.S. It's also likely to make the northern winters warmer and southeastern U.S. winters a bit cooler, but not much, Halpert said. The middle of the U.S. usually doesn't get too much of an El Nino effect, he said."

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Wars

My Way News - IS affiliate in Egypt releases image of slain Croat captive
My Way News reports: "A Croatian hostage abducted in Egypt by Islamic State militants has been beheaded, according to a gruesome image circulated Wednesday online — a killing that, if confirmed, would be the first of its kind involving a foreign captive in the country, undermining government efforts to project stability and buttress an economic turnaround. [...] this would be the first time the local Islamic State affiliate has captured and then beheaded a foreigner in Egypt, a major escalation as the country tries to rebuild its crucial tourism industry after years of unrest following the 2011 revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak."

My Way News - Iraq officials: Huge truck bomb in Baghdad market kills 54
My Way News reports: "Iraqi police officials say a massive truck bomb has ripped through a popular Baghdad food market in the early morning hours, killing at least 54 people. [...] No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Islamic State militants commonly target predominantly Shiite neighborhoods such as Sadr City, with the goal of sending a message to the Shiite-dominated government. The Sunni militant group currently holds territory in about a third of Iraq."

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Earthquakes

My Way News - More than 5,000 earthquakes hit northwest Nevada
My Way News reports: "Seismologists studying a year-long swarm of thousands of mostly minor earthquakes in northwest Nevada say they could be the precursor for a "big one," although speculation that they're related to a series of extinct volcanoes can't be ruled out. The University of Nevada's Reno Nevada Seismological Laboratory announced Tuesday that there have been 5,610 earthquakes in a swarm that started in July 2014 in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge near the Oregon border."

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Pestilence

My Way News - NYC mayor: Legionnaires' outbreak has claimed 12 lives:
My Way News reports: "Two more people in the Bronx have died of Legionnaires' disease, bringing the total of fatalities to 12 in the largest outbreak of the disease in New York City history, officials said Monday. There are now 113 reported cases of Legionnaires' in the Bronx, and cooling towers in 18 buildings have tested positive for the legionella bacteria, officials said."

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Pestilence

My Way News - China pledges continued support for Ebola-hit Africa nations
My Way News reports: "China's foreign minister has pledged continued support to the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 11,200 people. [...] China was one of the first to fly in badly needed medical gear when Ebola spread last year. China has provided at least $121 million in cash and supplies to fight the disease in West Africa. It also sent dozens of army doctors and hundreds of army medical workers."

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Rumors of War - King of the North - Kings of the East

Space War - Brand New Russian, Chinese Hypersonic Weapons Unnerve US
Space War reports: High-ranking US military officials acknowledged that highly maneuverable, ultra-fast and elusive hypersonic arms Russia and China are developing pose a strategic threat to the United States, who lacks hypersonics at the moment, national security expert Bill Gertz said. [...] In June, military experts said that Russia was test-launching a new hypersonic attack aircraft (Yu-71) that could carry nuclear warheads and penetrate missile defense systems."

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Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - US demands halt to provocative South China Sea activities
My Way News reports: "In a direct challenge to China, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Thursday for all claimants to disputed territories in the South China Sea to immediately halt provocative activities that have ratcheted up tensions in some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. He also said the United States would not accept restrictions on navigation or overflights of the disputed territories."

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Persecution

Space War - Displaced Iraq Christians in frontline prayer for return
Space War reports: "Last year's violence led many of the newly displaced Christians to seek to emigrate, a trend clerics in Iraq and elsewhere fear could be a fatal blow to Christian presence in the country. 'Estimates are that 50,000 Christians... have left Iraq' over the past year, said Benoit Faraj Camurat, who heads the French aid group Fraternite en Irak and accompanied the prelate. He said most had gone to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, while smaller numbers had resettled in Europe and other Western countries."

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Persecution

My Way News - After capturing Syrian town, IS abducts dozens of Christians
My Way News reports: "The Islamic State group has abducted 230 residents, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town captured by the extremists the day before, activists said Friday. [...] Christians make up about 10 percent of Syria's prewar population of 23 million. In February, IS kidnapped more than 220 Assyrian Christians, after overrunning several farming communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in the northeastern province of Hassakeh. Since then, only a few have been released and the fate of the others remains unknown."

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Rumors of War - Iran

My Way News - Think tank: Crates, trucks at Iran site ahead of UN visit
My Way News reports: "Satellite imagery of an Iranian site possibly used for work on a nuclear weapon shows crates, trucks and construction that may be linked to a renewed attempt to clean up before an inspection by the U.N.'s nuclear monitor, a nonproliferation institute said Thursday."

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Pestilence

My Way News - Colorado resident is 2nd to die of plague there this year
My Way News reports: "A person from southern Colorado has died of the plague, the second person to die of the disease in the state this year. The unidentified adult from Pueblo County likely died of the relatively rare septicemic form of the disease, said Christine Nevin-Woods, the medical officer for the Pueblo City-County Health Department. Officials believe the person likely was infected by fleas from a dead rodent or another animal."

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Pestilence

My Way News - NYC targets cooling systems linked to Legionnaires' outbreak
My Way News reports: "Lawmakers are rushing to draft New York's first regulations for a type of heavy-duty rooftop air conditioning equipment amid suspicions that bacteria-laden mist from these units could be the cause of the deadliest known outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the city's history. Seven people have died and at least 86 have fallen ill in the South Bronx since July 10."

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Rumors of War - Iran - Covenant with Many

My Way News - Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance
My Way News reports: "Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region. [...] Al-Attiyah, the Qatari foreign minister, said the Gulf Arabs ultimately would like to see a ban on nuclear weapons in the entire Middle East — a pointed jab at Israel which is widely believed to have the bomb — and that the Iran deal could be the first step in a process to bring one about."

Comment: I'm now convinced that the Iran deal will provide the model for the Covenant with Many of Daniel 9:27 and it will be an arms control agreement, not a peace treaty, as most pre-Trib Bible prophecy scholars assert. Peace treaties don't often have a time period (seven years, in the case of the CWM), but arms control treaties (as we see with the Iran deal) are often implemented in stages over a set period of time.  The idea is starting to catch on that the Iran deal can form the basis of a "regional" security agreement that is really focused on Israeli disarmament. It will be interesting to see how this idea takes root in the region as things progress.

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Pestilence

My Way News - CDC head says Sierra Leone in strong place with Ebola
My Way News reports: "Sierra Leone is in a stronger place than it was six months ago to fight Ebola, but the new challenge is to get to zero cases, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday during a visit, as new cases emerged in the city and in an area that had not seen the deadly virus for months. Two new cases of Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone's Northern Tonkolili District after a man died last week."

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