01 Jul 15
Op-Ed: The Vatican Wants the Temple Mount Taken From the Jews
The Vatican-PLO agreements have been signed to enable the eviction of the Jews from Jerusalem. This follows a memorandum signed by Palestinian and Vatican officials in 2000 which repeated the Vatican call for an international mandate to preserve “the proper identity and sacred character” of Jerusalem. It means a return to a time when half of Israel’s capital was under Islamic control, the Old City was closed to Jews, the synagogues were desecrated, and walls, barbed wire, and snipers divided the city by force.
Tsipras offers conditional okay to bailout, creditors skeptical
In the letter, seen by Reuters, Tsipras asked to keep a discount on value added tax for Greek islands, stretch out defense spending cuts and delay the phasing out of an income supplement to poorer pensioners.
Jewish, Arab, Iranian Believers Prove Peace is Possible
Although working mainly among Jews since its founding in 1809 by slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce and others, CMJ has also consistently reached out to Arabs over the years and, in 2012, held their first At the Crossroads conference at their Jerusalem headquarters to enable Jew and Gentile to express their oneness in Christ and work together to spread the gospel on the basis of a prophecy from Isaiah (chapter 19) of a “highway” of peace and reconciliation from Egypt to Assyria (which includes much of the modern-day Arab world) via Israel.
Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis
Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island.
ISIS Vows to Conquer Gaza, Israel & Palestinian Authority
ISIS not satisfied with the way Hamas terrorists have governed the Gaza region – has decided to seize control of the enclave itself. And the terrorist organization says it does not plan to stop there, either — the group apparently issued a video statement Tuesday warning of its intent to conquer the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as well, according to the Reuters news agency.
ISIS Attacks Kill 64 Egyptian Soldiers in Sinai, 42 in El Arish
Approximately 64 Egyptian soldiers and police officers have been killed in a multi-prong attack at five checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula, according to international media sources.
Helium is leaking from San Francisco’s fault lines, and it could cause a huge earthquake
It sounds like something straight from a big-budget disaster movie, but a huge fault in the Earth’s crust is leaking helium – and it could cause a devastating Earthquake.
Iran nuclear talks: Deadline extended to 7 July
Iran and six world powers have extended into next week their talks on finding a comprehensive agreement of Tehran's nuclear programme.
The deadline for reaching an agreement was 30 June, but all parties agreed to extend it by another week, to 7 July.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that a deal was now "within reach".
US-Cuba ties: Washington and Havana to announce embassies
The US and Cuba will on Wednesday announce the opening of embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in re-establishing diplomatic ties severed in 1961, a senior US official has said.
Relations had been frozen since the early 1960s when the US broke links and imposed a trade embargo with the Communist island.
But the US and Cuba agreed to normalise relations at the end of 2014.
China security law tightens control of cyber security
China's legislature has passed a wide-ranging and controversial national security law which tightens government control over many areas of life.
The law broadly defines national security as covering everything from finance and cyber security to religion.
State media said it would "protect people's fundamental interests".
Mozambique decriminalises gay and lesbian relationships
Mozambique has decriminalised homosexuality in its new penal code, making it one of a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal.
The revised code, in force from Wednesday, drops a colonial-era clause outlawing "vices against nature".
There were no prosecutions under that clause but rights activists have said this change is a symbolic victory.
Foreign Ministry: United Church of Christ's decision to divest from Israel 'immoral'
The Foreign Ministry called the United Church of Christ's (UCC) decision to divest from companies operating beyond the Green Line "immoral" in a statement released Wednesday.
"People of faith and religion should work to facilitate peace and not try to hurt the side [Israel] aspiring for peace," the Foreign Ministry stated.
Israel closes crossings with Egypt, Gaza, following ISIS Sinai terror attacks
Israel closed the Nizzana and Kerem Shalom border crossings Wednesday following militant attacks in Egypt's North Sinai that killed at least 30 in one of the biggest coordinated assaults yet in the insurgency-hit province.
Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attacks against security forces in North Sinai, according to a statement on Twitter.
When gold is declared illegal...
As regular readers know, we recommend having some cash on hand in case of a monetary emergency. But a reader asks:
In the same vein as your reader’s question as to what good cash is when it’s declared illegal, what good is gold when gold is declared illegal?
First, precious metals aren’t illegal, so far. Second, making something illegal doesn’t necessarily make it unpopular.
Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: officials
A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed two civilians and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.
Ukraine suspends Russian gas purchases
Russian gas purchases have been suspended by Ukraine after a breakdown in talks aimed at keeping supplies running for three to six months.
The Ukrainian state energy company, Naftogaz, said it would continue transporting Russian gas supplies to other European customers.
Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, including al Qaeda suspects
Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said.
What Netanyahu Really Thinks About Military Action Against Iran
Israel's former ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, is on a crusade to discredit President Obama and derail a possible nuclear deal with Iran -- and his new memoir contains interesting information about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's real thoughts on how to stop the Iranians getting a nuclear weapon.
Small earthquake recorded in west Alabama
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.8 tremor was recorded Tuesday morning near Eutaw -- roughly 35 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa.
Second Earthquake Since May Rattles Lower Michigan
A shallow earthquake jolted lower Michigan Tuesday morning, marking the second time in two months the region -- which is fairly a stranger to earthquakes -- has felt a tremblor.
Greece Defaults on IMF Debt
Greece made last-minute overtures to its international creditors for financial aid on Tuesday, but it was not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund.
30 Jun 15
Here’s Every 2016 GOP Candidate’s Response To The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling — And There’s A Divide
After the Supreme Court ruled bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio focused on religious freedom — while Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and, most interestingly, Scott Walker focused more on keeping the fight alive.
Walmart refuses order for Confederate cake but bakes ISIS cake instead
Walmart has apologized after one of its stores baked a cake bearing the Islamic State flag for a Louisiana customer, whose request for a Confederate flag cake had been rejected. "Wal-Mart,'' Netzhammer says in the video, "you got some explaining to do.'
Pentagon urged to boot chaplains who oppose ‘gay’ marriage
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in all 50 states, the Pentagon is now being urged to “cleanse itself” of chaplains who refuse to support same-sex marriage.
ISIS Threatens Mass Slaughter of Christians in Israel Before End of Ramadan
Islamic militants claiming to be representatives of terror group ISIS in Jerusalem have threatened to "cleanse" Israel of all Christians and "non-believers" unless they leave the country. The extremists are accusing Christians of encouraging Muslims to abandon their religion.
Convergence of Jupiter and Venus on 6.30.15: The Return of the Bethlehem Star!
There is a rare and special celestial occurrence that will be happening just after sunset on June 30, 2015. On June 30th, 2015, the same conjunction that happened when Yeshua was born, known as the “star of Bethlehem” will happen AGAIN in the night sky. The two planets, Venus and Jupiter will spend eight evenings within 2° of each other from June 27th through July 4th. This rare conjunction/pairing of Jupiter and Venus coming this close to each other so that they appear to be on top of one another has not happened like this since the birth of Yeshua.
Terrorists Assassinate Egypt’s Attorney General
Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat, 64, was assassinated Monday in a deadly car bombing in Cairo, the most senior official to die in a terrorist attack since the election of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. No one has taken responsibility for the attack thus far.
Huckabee: Maybe We Should Ask Chinese Hackers For Lois Lerner’s Emails
Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mike Huckabee gave an interesting response to a question about cyber security. “We’ve seen just last week what happens when supposedly the Chinese have now hacked into the personell records of upwards of 20 million government employees. The one positive out of all that is that the only hope we have of maybe recovering Lois Lerner’s emails from the IRS is to get them from the Chinese,” Huckabee joked to a laughing crowd of sheriffs.
Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria: monitor
One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said.
Scientists propose an enhanced new model of the source of a mysterious barrier to fusion known as the 'density limit'
At issue is a problem known as the "density limit" that keeps donut-shaped fusion facilities called tokamaks from operating at peak efficiency. This limit occurs when the superhot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions reaches a certain density and spirals apart in a flash of light, shutting down the reaction. Overcoming the limit could facilitate the development of fusion as a safe, clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity.