Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Famine threatens flood-hit Pakistan

One month after the disaster began, flood waters were threatening to engulf two more towns in southern Pakistan yesterday, as the United Nations warned tens of thousands of children are now at risk of death from malnutrition.

The floods are Pakistan's worst-ever natural disaster in terms of the amount of damage and the number of people affected, with more than six million forced from their homes, about a million of them in the past few days as the water flows south.

So far the disaster has claimed about 1,600 lives, inflicted billions of pounds of damage to homes, infrastructure and the vital agriculture sector and stirred anger against the Islamabad government, which has struggled to cope.

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Report: Israel Plans to Strike in Syria

The Alrai daily newspaper in Kuwait reported on Saturday that Israel is planning to attack Hizbullah weapons storage and production facilities in Syria.

According to unnamed Western sources who were quoted in the report, the IDF has strengthened its troop presence in the Golan Heights and Galilee panhandle.

European sources told the paper that Israel had sent unmanned aerial vehicles over Syria and Lebanon, which they see as a sign that a military operation in the area is in the works.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

PA Minister Threatens War over Jerusalem

The Palestinian Authority religious affairs minster, a week before peace talks in Washington, warned of war if Jerusalem is not “returned” to “its owners.

And we are its owners." Unless Jerusalem "becomes the capital of the Palestinian people, there is no peace," he warned.

"The term 'war' will not be erased from the lexicon...as long as Jerusalem is occupied.
“If Jerusalem is dishonored, if Jerusalem is disgraced, if [Jerusalem] is lost, it may leave the door open to all possibilities of struggle, all possibilities of war. "Jerusalem is not just a city. Al-Aqsa is not just a mosque. Jerusalem is the key to peace.

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Pakistan town submerged amid fight to rebuild levees

Floodwater has submerged a town in the southern province of Sindh, and threatens another being used as a key staging post for flood relief workers.

Sujawal, a town of some 250,000 people, has been submerged while people battle to save the nearby city of Thatta, reports say.

But water is still advancing on the all-but-abandoned city, reports say.

"We fled so hastily that we could not even pick up our belongings," Amena Bibi, a mother of four, told the BBC.
"We are sitting in this graveyard under the blazing sun, looking for shade here and there. We have nothing to eat. The floodwater swept away our cows and buffalo."

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Israel prepping for war with Iran?

Increasing speculation it may be preparing for a military assault on Iran or a regional war involving Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, Israel has placed its largest order of military fuel with the United States on record.

The Jewish state, earlier this month, ordered 284 million gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel, 100 million gallons of diesel fuel and 60 million gallons of unleaded gasoline – all suitable for military uses – at an estimated cost of $2 billion.

"It would be inappropriate for us to comment about what actions Israel may take or how they will use their fuel," Marine Corps Major Chris Perrine, a public affairs officer at the Department of Defense, told WND. "I would note, however, that it would take a lot more than fuel to attack a country or wage a regional war."
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Long-dormant Indonesia volcano erupts this morning

A volcano that had been inactive for more than 400 years erupted in Indonesia early Sunday, causing thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said.

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province had been inactive since the 1600s, but spewed volcanic ash nearly a mile into the air Sunday, said Surono, head of the country's volcanology and geology agency.

"We don't know the character of this volcano because it's been dormant for so long," he said.
Officials have evacuated 12,000 residents living in 14 villages near the volcano, which erupted just after 12:15 a.m. Sunday (1:15 p.m. ET Saturday), the official Antara news agency reported.

"We felt strong tremors last night. It was a volcanic quake," Indonesian Red Cross worker Muhammad Isral told the agency. "After that, the crater of Mount Sinabung spewed glowing lava. And trees in the mount slopes were burnt. It was followed by thick clouds that caused visibility to be only about five meters."

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Antarctic cold snap kills millions of aquatic animals in the Amazon

With high Andean peaks and a humid tropical forest, Bolivia is a country of ecological extremes.

But during the Southern Hemisphere's recent winter, unusually low temperatures in part of the country's tropical region hit freshwater species hard, killing an estimated 6 million fish and thousands of alligators, turtles and river dolphins.

Scientists who have visited the affected rivers say the event is the biggest ecological disaster Bolivia has known, and, as an example of a sudden climatic change wreaking havoc on wildlife, it is unprecedented in recorded history.


Friday, August 27, 2010

North Korea threatens nuclear "holy war" if attacked

North Korea would answer any attack on it with a nuclear "holy war," the country's ambassador to Cuba said, according to official Chinese media, while the North's leader Kim Jong-il appeared to be visiting China.

The ambassador Kwon Sung-chol made the remarks on Friday at a ceremony marking 50 years of diplomatic ties between North Korea and Cuba, the same day that Pyongyang said it was open to returning to nuclear disarmament negotiations.

"If Washington and Seoul try to create a conflict on the Korean peninsula, we will respond with a holy war on the basis of our nuclear deterrent forces," Kwon said, according to China's Xinhua news agency on Saturday, in a story datelined Havana.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Senior Iranian Officer: Dimona is a Target

An anonymous senior officer in Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted by the Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai Thursday as threatening a number of targets if his country's nuclear facilities are attacked.

He said any attack, regardless of the source, would result in a massive launching of missiles against Israel, including its nuclear core near the southern city of Dimona.

The officer also said the Islamic Republic has thousands of missiles, which it will use to destroy the oil cities of its neighbors if they are used as a platform for an attack. He said the Patriot anti-missile system Kuwait purchased from the United States would not protect it.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Attacks in Iraq kill 56, raise fears of insurgents

Bombers and gunmen killed at least 56 Iraqis in more than two dozen attacks across the country Wednesday, mostly targeting security forces and rekindling memories of the days when insurgents ruled the streets.

The attacks made August the deadliest month for Iraqi policemen and soldiers in two years, and came a day after the U.S. declared the number of U.S. troops had fallen to fewer than 50,000, their lowest level since the war began in 2003.

Powerful blasts targeting security forces struck where they are supposed to be the safest, turning police stations into rubble and bringing down concrete walls erected to protect them from insurgents.

Iraq's foreign minister said insurgents are attempting to sow as much chaos as possible, as lawmakers struggle to form a new government and Americans withdraw troops.

Drug hitmen dump 72 bodies at Mexican ranch

Mexican marines found 72 corpses at a remote ranch near the U.S. border, the Mexican navy said on Wednesday, the biggest single discovery of its kind in Mexico's increasingly bloody drug war.

The marines came across the bodies of 58 men and 14 women, thought to be migrant workers, on Tuesday at the ranch in Tamaulipas state, 90 miles (150 km) from the Texas border, after a series of firefights with drug gang members.

Three gunmen and a marine died in the firefights, while another suspected gang member was arrested and several others escaped, a navy spokesman said.

"The bodies were dumped about the ranch and were not buried. We are still investigating how long they had been there," the spokesman said. He declined to give more details.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pakistan facing 'serious' threat of epidemic disease

Pakistan's prime minister says the government is "seriously concerned" about the potential spread of epidemic diseases in the flood-hit country.

Yousuf Raza Gilani was speaking during high-level talks aimed at preventing a mass health crisis.
Doctors in many areas are reportedly struggling to cope with the spread of diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.

The UN says more than 17 million people have been affected by the floods, with about 1.2 million homes destroyed.

There are fears of further flooding as the Indus river at Hyderabad, already at a 50-year high, is expected to rise even more.

Mr Gilani told the meeting of senior doctors, health ministry officials, UN representatives and members of non-governmental organisations that Pakistan was experiencing "the worst natural calamity of its history".
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Iran unveils drone aircraft to counter "aggressors"

Iran unveiled a prototype long-range unmanned bomber on Sunday, the latest in a stream of announcements of new Iranian-made military hardware as tension mounts over its nuclear program.

On a stage in front of military officials, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pulled a sheet away from the aircraft, called the Karrar, which Iran says is its first long-range drone.

With the United States and Israel saying they do not rule out a military strike to stop Iran getting a nuclear bomb, the Islamic Republic has showed off new mini-submarines, and a surface-to-surface missile and announced plans to launch high-altitude satellites over the next three years.

The presentation of the drone came a day after Iranian and Russian technicians began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power station, something Israel called "totally unacceptable."

First the Floods, Now Disease in Pakistan

For almost a million Pakistanis, the misery of epic flooding covering one-fifth of the country has now taken the form of communicable illnesses.

Cases of acute diarrhea have topped 204,000, the World Health Organization announced Sunday. The number of skin diseases -- such as scabies -- has topped 263,300.

More than 204,600 Pakistanis have reported acute respiratory infections as filthy waters surround homeless flood victims, WHO said.

Thousands have cases of suspected malaria.

"Strong water and sanitation interventions, such as providing clean drinking water supply and addressing environmental hazards, are urgently needed to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in" Charsadda, Nowshera and Peshawar, WHO said.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Point of No Return

Supreme Court of Israel, Jerusalem. Taken from...Image via WikipediaFor the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate — it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the President’s dream of ending nuclear proliferation.

But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire: a nuclearized Iran represents, among other things, a threat to Israel’s very existence. In the gap between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how?

As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here’s an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides—and at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

More floods in China; 50,000 evacuated

2,500 dead, many still missing in massive natural disaster.

BEIJING — Swelled by torrential rains, the Yalu river that marks the Chinese-North Korean border breached its banks on both sides Saturday, inundating communities and forcing the evacuation of more than 50,000 people in China.

Flood waters punctured a dike between the river and an economic development zone in a low-lying part of the Chinese port city of Dandong, Chinese state media reported. The rain and flooding cut rail service out of the city, destroyed more than 200 houses and left at least three people missing, in addition to the 51,000 evacuated to higher ground, local officials said.

Clinton announces direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians to resume on Sept. 2

Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are set to commence at the beginning of September and within a year should lead to the resolution of all final status issues, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday.

Clinton said she had invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Washington on September 2 “to re-launch direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues, which we believe can be completed within one year.”

She acknowledged that the goal would be a challenging one.
“Without a doubt, we will hit more obstacles,” she noted. “The enemies of peace will keep trying to defeat us and to derail these talks. But I ask the parties to persevere, to keep moving forward even through difficult times, and to continue working to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region.”

Friday, August 20, 2010

Al-Qaida prepares for Israel-Iran war

Al-Qaida is ready to exploit a war "by the Jews against Iran," the Sunni group's second-in-command in Yemen, Saeed al-Shehri, said in an audio message this month, according to the Daily Beast.

The mostly Shi'ite nation of Iran is an enemy to Al-Qaida, and al-Shehri predicted that after Israel attacked Iranian nuclear installations, Iran would blame Saudi Arabia - which reports say may let Israel fly through its airspace to attack Iran - and use the opportunity to seize the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Shehri said Israel would then seize territory from surrounding Arab nations to establish "the greater state of Israel," and the Sunni Arab population of the Middle East would be trapped between the “Jews in the Middle East and Iran in the Peninsula," the Daily Beast reported.

According to the Daily Beast, Al-Qaida would benefit from an Israel-Iran war because if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear installations, Iran would use its proxies to lash back at Americans in the Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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U.S. Assures Israel That Iran Threat Is Not Imminent

The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran’s nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete what one senior official called a “dash” for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials.
Administration officials said they believe the assessment has dimmed the prospect that Israel would pre-emptively strike against the country’s nuclear facilities within the next year, as Israeli officials have suggested in thinly veiled threats.
Am I the only one thinking the 'Obama Adm' is flat out lying to Israel and selling them a load of crap?
Given enough time, and Iran will have nuclear weapons, and the U.S. will have contributed by doing nothing.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

More than four million Pakistanis have been made homeless from floods

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and a senior U.S. senator warned on Thursday that Taliban insurgents are trying to exploit rising anger over the country's worst floods to promote their cause.

More than four million Pakistanis have been made homeless by nearly three weeks of floods, the United Nations said on Thursday, making the critical task of securing greater amounts of aid more urgent.

Eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and many may not care where they get it.
The floods began washing away villages and destroying roads and bridges just after the government had made progress in stabilizing the country through offensives against Taliban.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Death toll from NW China mudslide rises to 1,270; 474 still missing

The death toll from the massive mudslide in Zhouqu County, northwest China's Gansu Province, has risen to 1,270 as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, with 474 still missing, local disaster relief headquarters said.

At least 67 people are missing and 25 were injured, nine severely, after mudslides hit a remote town in southwest China's Yunnan Province early Wednesday, local authorities said.


Israel has days to strike Iraq

Israel has only mere days to launch an attack on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor if Russia makes good on its plan to deliver fuel there this weekend, former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton warned Tuesday.

He said that once Russia has loaded the fuel into the reactor -- slated for Saturday – Israel would no longer be willing to strike for fear of triggering widespread radiation in an attack.

“This is a very, very big victory for Iran,” Bolton told The Jerusalem Post. “This is a huge threshold.”
Bolton, who also once oversaw US non-proliferation policy, said that when Russia announced the plans to load the fuel last Friday, “the element of surprise was essentially taken away” from Israeli calculations.

Bolton noted that he doesn’t “have a clue” as to whether Israel would actually attack, but he said, “If Israel was right to destroy the Osiraq reactor, is it right to allow this one to continue? You can’t have it both ways.”

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dozens killed as Baghdad bomber hits army recruits

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters in an attack officials said killed 60 and wounded 125, one of the bloodiest bombings in weeks in the Iraqi capital.

The massive blast took place around 7:30 a.m. just outside the former Iraqi Ministry of Defense building that now houses the army's 11th division headquarters. The site receives about 250 new recruits each week as Iraqi security forces try to bolster their ranks to prepare for the U.S. military's looming withdrawal after seven years of war.


Iran says to push ahead with new enrichment plants

Iran will push ahead with a major expansion of its uranium enrichment capacity, its nuclear chief said on Monday, despite international sanctions meant to force the Islamic Republic to curb its nuclear program.

The latest comments by Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Organization, come ahead of a resumption of talks at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the fuel swap deal. Success in those talks could pave the way for broader negotiations with Iran about its nuclear program.

More enrichment plants could further complicate those talks.
Salehi said Iran had identified locations for 10 new enrichment plants and would start work on one of them by March.


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Muslim Leader Admits Islam Not a Religion of Peace

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  Anjem Choudary,...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe Obama administration has released a review of its strategy in the war on terrorism. The report failed to even mention the word "Islam."

CBN News traveled to London to talk with Anjem Choudary, a leading Muslim radical who says Islamic teachings are what shaped his pro-jihad message.

Although both George W. Bush and Barack Obama have declared that Islam is a religion of peace, Choudary begs to differ.

"You can't say that Islam is a religion of peace," Choudary told CBN News. "Because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. So the Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam."

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Report: Mexico's drug war is not working

Is the U.S.-backed drug war in Mexico working? By almost any account or any measure, the answer is no. 
Though high-ranking authorities on both sides of the border continue to support Mexico's military-led enforcement strategy against the country's powerful drug trafficking cartels, the facts remain stark, L.A. Times correspondents Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood say in a special report published Sunday.
The cartels are stronger, more violent, and transnational. Here are the worrisome highlights from the story:
* More than 28,000 people have been killed since December 2006.
* Mexico's effort has failed to dismantle the networks or significantly slow the flow of drugs. More narcotics are flowing into the United States. 
* The availability of methamphetamine in the U.S. has hit a five-year high, while cocaine exports have dropped, possibly due to increased flow to other markets.
* Traffickers may now pose a long-term danger to Mexico's stability. Swaths of the country are now in effect without authority.
* The groups have transformed themselves into broad criminal empires deeply involved in migrant smuggling, extortion, kidnapping and trafficking in contraband.
* Drug gangs are armed with military-class weapons smuggled from the U.S., or weapons left over from U.S.-backed wars in Central America.
* Mexican traffickers have muscled aside competitors to gain control over shipments of most types of illegal drugs in the hemisphere.
* Criminal groups have usurped the government's role as tax collector.
* Traffickers have succeeded in shutting down major operations of Pemex, the state oil company and top source of national income. Traffickers have been stealing oil for years.
* Mexican drug gangs now operate in more than 2,500 cities in the U.S.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Statement by President Obama on the Occasion of Ramadan

The White House released the following statement from Barack Hussein Obama on August 11, 2010.
On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend our best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.
Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God. This is a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared.
But Ramadan is also a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and pray during the night; when Muslims provide support to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere. For all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.
These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings. Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.
And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country. And today, I want to extend my best wishes to the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan.
This press release has not been reported by the 'Media'. It's almost hard to believe it's true. Here is the link to the 'White House' if you don't believe me.

I have just 2 questions:

1. Since when or how is Ramadan a reminder that Islam has always been part of America? 
2. When has Barack Hussein Obama went to this great extent to talk about Christians, and their love, peace and contributions to the United States? 

If anyone can answer any of these 2 questions, I would ask you to leave a comment with an answer.

Pakistan floods 'heart-wrenching' - UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: "So many people, in so many places, in so much need"

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described as "heart-wrenching" the destruction he witnessed on a visit to flood-devastated Pakistan.

Mr Ban said the scale of the disaster was greater than anything he had seen before.
He again urged the world to speed up aid to the country, saying shelter and medicine were desperately needed.

The Pakistani government says up to 20 million people have now been affected by the monsoon floods.
At least 1,500 are known to have lost their lives.

Health experts are warning that the threat of epidemics in flood-hit areas is growing.
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U.S.-South Korea drills anger North, worry China

The U.S. and South Korean militaries will stage their second joint exercise in less than a month from Monday, fuelling tensions with the prickly North and angering regional power China.

The annual exercise comes a week after Seoul completed its own drills near a disputed maritime border off the west coast that prompted the North to retaliate by firing a barrage of artillery shells in the same area.
Responding with the same rhetoric as it has in the past, the reclusive North said the latest exercise was a "dangerous act to light the fuse of a new war."

Pyongyang has often turned to saber-rattling to make a point but analysts say it is unlikely to risk a full-blown war which would pit it against the combined might of the U.S. and South Korean militaries.

But U.S. officials have said further provocations by the North are possible in coming months, especially as Pyongyang tries to build political momentum for the succession to leader Kim Jong-il, expected to hand power to his youngest son.

Extreme weather and natural disasters occurring simultaneously around the globe

No matter how one would like to keep optimistic in this day and age, it is very hard to ignore the fact that this earth is experiencing some serious changes. Russia is fighting a killer heatwave, raging wildfires, and threats of nuclear smog, while the Asian floods, landslides, are also taking massive tolls on human life, properties, and affecting the global markets.

These are only a few examples of the world-wide extreme weather and natural disasters occurring simultaneously around the globe today. Words and phrases such as 'unprecedented', 'never before in living memory' are now common, and describe many of these events, and one has to wonder, what on earth is going on?

The Bible foretells many signs that would culminate in the last days. Jesus indicated that these signs would arise together, occurring together in concert, as His return drew near. (Matthew 24:33-34) He said that chaotic and strange weather would be prevalent (Luke 21:25-26). Jesus foresaw the seas and the waves roaring in the last days. He also likened these signs to birth pangs (Matthew 24:8). The Greek word odin, often translated as sorrows in Matthew 24:8, literally means birth pangs.

We are seeing an increase in strange weather patterns as prophesied; floods, droughts, famines, earthquakes, etc., and it is because the earth, 'creation' itself longs to be freed from the curse. Since Adam, all mankind, and creation has been fallen. The apostle Paul reminded us in the Scriptures that the creation itself would be delivered from the curse at the end of the age (Romans 8:21).

And that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs (Romans 8:22). As delivery draws near, birth pangs always increase in both intensity and frequency. Therefore, the creation itself would travail as the time of delivery draws near. The 'fix' for the increase of these extreme weather and natural disasters, will not come by the hand of man.
There is no turning back, just as a woman who labors and enters into stronger labor does not just stop and go backwards in progression. So,  Is going 'green a bad thing' ? No. but there is no need for extremes in this way. That is not to say man-kind should not be good stewards of the earth.

The last days are here as the Word of God has prophesied thousands of years ago and viewing the current events through the lens of  Biblical prophecy for days such as this can prove more accurate and truthful than any Scientist or man-made explanation - through which comes No real solution against the force of God. 

The solution and end of all these signs that will keep increasing until the time of the end, will be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ the Redeemer, when His Kingdom is birthed. These extreme weather events and natural disasters now occurring do not prove global warming is true - they prove that there is a God, a God Who keeps His Word.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

NYC Ground Zero Mosque Founder Exposed

Ground Zero Mosque founder – Faisal Abdul Rauf in Arabic our Goal is to Establish Shariah...In his own words:
Fort Cordoba, ground zero NYC Mosque, will be the main Taqiyya Center and outpost in the USA and along with the new London England mega Mosque, at the
Olympic site, will be the guiding lights for Dah’wa and “Aslim Tuslam”…..
Little has been widely known regarding the founder of the Ground Zero Mosque Faisal Abdul Rauf or his views on Islam. Many view him moderate and others connect him to his father’s affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood. While others object that this would be guilt by association.

For that we searched Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf’s own words – in the Arabic and not what he says in English to the western media.
It should shock every American to find out that Faisal Abdul Rauf stated to the popular Islamic
media Hadiyul-Islam (www.hadielislam.com) on May 26th, 2010 in an article by Sa’da Abdul Maksoud.
In it he states that an Islamic state can be established regardless of the government being a kingdom or democracy. In another article titled “I do not believe in religious dialogue” should alarm the ardent skeptic on the mindset of the Islamic visionary who advocates establishing Islamic lobbies throughout the West.

He also admitted that “[In the West] they have separation of church and state, this of course does not exist in any Muslim country. About 99% refuse to separate religion from state and many call for establishing an Islamic Caliphate.”

Walid Shoebat is scanning Islamic websites - he is an former terrorist and now Author. http://shoebat.com/

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President Obama backs Ground Zero mosque

Placing the center close to the site of the late World Trade Center will not promote healing and as for promoting a ‘better understanding of their religion’ it would certainly be a constant reminder of the evil its capable of.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed allowing a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less, even as 70 percent of US citizens opposed the mosque's construction in a recent poll.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and Americans.

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Flood-ravaged Pakistan could face Cholera Epidemic

A case of the deadly, waterborne disease cholera has been confirmed in Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest and aid workers expect it is not isolated, the U.N. said Saturday.

The chilling discovery underscores the latest threat to the millions whose lives have been disrupted by the crisis and came as new flood surges hit the south.

In a press conference Saturday, Pakistan's Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani said that so far 1,384 people were known to have died, with more than 1,000 of those in the country's northwest.

He added that more than 1,600 had been injured with some 20 million people affected. Aid workers have warned that diseases spread in the aftermath could raise the death toll.
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Friday, August 13, 2010

7.2-magnitude Earthquake hits south of Pacific's Mariana Islands

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has struck south of the Mariana Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Mariana Islands -- an archipelago in the northwestern Pacific Ocean -- are made up of two U.S. territories, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The islands sit about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning after the quake, which struck at 7:19 a.m. Saturday (5:19 p.m. ET Friday).

The quake struck about 375 kilometers (230 miles) west-southwest of Hagatna, Guam, and 445 kilometers (275 miles) west-southwest of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands.
It ran 4.7 kilometers (2.9 miles) deep.


U.S. sends help as fires close in on Russian nuclear base

Дым в МосквеImage by Andrey Belenko The United States is sending firefighting equipment to Russia to help deal with 500 wildfires burning across the country, one of which threatens a nuclear base.

The blazes have been sparked by the hottest summer ever recorded in Russia, which has seen the death rate in Moscow alone double to 700 a day.

President Obama has called Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to express his condolences, and the White House said agencies including the Defence Department were airlifting firefighting gear to Russia.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jerusalem Police bracing for 'disturbances' ahead of Ramadan Friday prayers

Jerusalem, Dome of the RockImage via WikipediaThousands of police officers will be deployed around the Temple Mount, East Jerusalem, Old City alleys and nearby areas starting early today, the first Friday of Ramadan, amid fears of possible disturbances after prayers.

Officials at the Public Security Ministry said yesterday that the present calm in the city was deceptive and that there could be trouble, due to tensions between Israeli Arabs and the authorities.

Muslims around the world began the annual month-long fast of Ramadan on Wednesday, during which they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from sunrise to sundown. The festival of Id al-Fitr marks the end of this holiday, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. This year Id al-Fitr falls on Thursday, September 9.
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Turkey Cozies Up to Hizbullah with Iran

Turkey has offered to join Iran in sending weapons to Hizbullah in Lebanon, with help from Syria, according to a report published in an Italian newspaper.

The daily Corriere Della Sera quoted sources Wednesday evening who said that Turkey will “send sophisticated weapons, rockets and guns to Syria that will end up in Lebanon.”

The sources went on to say that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards would “facilitate the transition, ensure safety, watch loads on the routes, and provide support to the border.” According to the report, Iran intends to build a network that will supply the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization with weapons as well, similar to the weapons network that operates in the Sudan.

The newspaper also reported that Turkish and Iranian intelligence heads Hakan Fidan and Hossein Taeb allegedly met to discuss logistics and relations between the two nations.
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New 'superbug' found in UK hospitals

A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.

They say bacteria that make an enzyme called NDM-1 have travelled back with NHS patients who went abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery.

Although there have only been about 50 cases identified in the UK so far, scientists fear it will go global.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Death toll from NW China mudslide rises to 702; 1,042 still missing

The death toll from a massive rain-triggered mudslide in Zhouqu County in northwest China's Gansu Province has risen to 702, with 1,042 others still missing, local civil affairs authorities told a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Some 1,243 people have been rescued and 42 of them were found seriously injured, said Tian Baozhong, head of the provincial civil affairs department.

Some 4,443 tents have reached Zhouqu County but most of them have not yet been set up due to a lack of open space, Tian said.

About 16,000 more tents from the Ministry of Civil Affairs are still in Lanzhou, the provincial capital, Tian said.

The mudslide hit the county in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gannan early Sunday, destroying hundreds of homes.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Iran warns 'we have dug mass graves for your soldiers' in response to U.S. attack threat

Iran has dug mass graves in which to bury U.S. troops in case of any American attack on the country, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard said today.

He added that a military strike would spark an 'extensive war' in the region.

The announcement appears to be a show of bravado after the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said last week that the U.S. military had a contingency plan to attack Iran - although he admitted a military strike was probably a bad idea.

The U.S. and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear development as a cover to build nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear development is geared merely toward generating electricity, not weapons.

The deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guard, General Hossein Kan'ani Moghadam, said graves for any attacking U.S. troops had been dug in Iran's south-western Khuzestan province, where Iran buried Iraqi soldiers killed during the ruinous 1980-88 war between the Islamic republic and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime.

'The mass graves that used to be for burying Saddam's soldiers have now been prepared again for U.S. soldiers, and this is the reason for digging this big number of graves,' Moghadam said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Moghadam, however, said American troops would likely not be able to set foot on Iranian soil, repeating warnings that Iran would retaliate against U.S. bases in the Gulf if there was an attack on Iran.

7.3-magnitude quake hits off Vanuatu

The Vanuatu earthquake of August 10, 2010 occurred on or near the plate boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates in the Coral Sea region of the southwest Pacific. In the region of the earthquake, the Australia plate moves to the east-northeast with respect to the Pacific plate at a velocity of approximately 85 mm/year. 

The Australia plate thrusts underneath the Pacific plate at the Vanuatu trench and dips to the east-northeast. The August 10 earthquake's location, depth, and focal mechanism are consistent with the earthquake having occurred as thrust faulting associated with subduction along the Australia-Pacific plate boundary.

Location17.561°S, 168.028°E
Depth35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Distances35 km (20 miles) WNW of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
240 km (150 miles) SSE of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
255 km (160 miles) NNW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
1890 km (1180 miles) ENE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 7 km (4.3 miles); depth fixed by location program

North Korea Fires 110 Rounds Into Yellow Sea

North Korea fired some 110 rounds of artillery Monday into its side of a disputed maritime border with South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing South Korean military officials.

North Korea first fired some 10 shells over three minutes starting at around 5:30 p.m. (0830 GMT), said an official at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the report. The gunners then fired about 100 rounds between 5:52 p.m. (0852 GMT) and 6:14 p.m. (0914 GMT), he said.

The rounds all landed into the North Korean side of the so-called Northern Limit Line (NLL) that has served as a de facto border in the Yellow Sea.

"The Navy heightened its readiness posture" in the wake of the artillery firing, the official said, adding that there has been no North Korean firing afterwards.
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Muscovites Flee Worst Heat `in 1,000 Years

Muscovites fled the Russian capital in record numbers as extreme heat combined with acrid smoke from wildfires, slowing trading on the city’s main stock exchange and emptying restaurants.

More than 104,400 people flew out of Moscow yesterday, topping the previous 2010 record of 101,000, according to the Federal Air Transportation Agency.
On Aug. 7, 95,000 left the city by plane, 20 percent more than the year-earlier date.

Death Rate Doubles
In Moscow, the heat and smoke nearly doubled the city’s death rate to about 700 a day from 360 to 380 in normal conditions, Interfax reported, citing Andrei Seltsovsky, head of the city’s public health department.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Sinai on high alert after rocket attack on Israel, Jordan

Egypt on Thursday deployed hundreds of extra troops to the border between the Sinai Peninsula and southern Israel, just days after terrorists used the Egyptian territory to fire at least five Grad missiles at the nearby Israeli and Jordanian resort towns of Eilat and Aqaba.

One Jordanian man was killed and three others were wounded when one of the missiles landed in front of an Aqaba hotel.

"Security forces will search the area and conduct investigations into the possible hiding place of Palestinians," and Egyptian official told the Egyptian Gazette, indicating that Cairo agrees with Israel's assessment that Palestinian terror groups were behind the attack.

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Calderon warns Mexico in new stage of drug war, says cartels show no 'limits or scruples'

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MEXICO CITY - President Felipe Calderon said Monday that Mexico is facing a new stage in its war with drug cartels as gangs escalate their attacks on the government and civilians, including journalists.

Speaking at a meeting with representatives of business and civic groups, Calderon said organized crime groups have demonstrated they have no "limits or moral scruples" and are trying to instill fear in officials and civilians alike.

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Iran launches four submarines in Persian Gulf

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Iran announced on Sunday that it has launched four domestically-made mini-submarines in the Persian Gulf.

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Vahidi hailed the occasion as a sign of progress in Iranian military ingenuity, local satellite Press TV reported.

Vahidi said that the stealth submarine is capable of launching torpedoes as well as precision targeting, the report said.

"The mass production of this strategic vessel has been carried out with the aim of increasing the defense capabilities of the Naval Forces, "and today four advanced Ghadir submarines joined the Iranian naval fleet," Vahidi was quoted as saying.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hundreds more wildfires burn in Russia

About 270 new wildfires have started in drought-plagued Russia over the past 24 hours, state media reported Sunday, citing the country's emergencies ministry.

"As many as 276 wildfires have been extinguished," the ministry told RIA-Novosti. "Currently, 554 wildfires are raging on an area of over 190,000 hectares."

The setback comes as Moscow chokes in intense smog, with toxic substances at levels several times greater than the norm. State media reports the combination of forest fires and pollutants contributed to the smog.

According to Russia's health and social development ministry, wildfires have killed at least 52 people and left dozens hospitalized.


Thousands missing in rain-triggered landslides in NW China

At least 127 people have been confirmed dead in rain-triggered mudslides Sunday in a northwest China county, and rescuers are racing against the clock to save some 2,000 others still missing.

Heavy downpours triggered landslides and mud-rock flows in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, early Sunday morning. By 3 p.m., 76 people were also confirmed injured, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

About 45,000 people have been evacuated, according to a statement from the provincial civil affairs department.

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Video: Volcano Erupts 4 Swept Away, 4 Missing

One of Indonesia's most active volcanos erupted Friday, sending lava and a searing gas cloud tumbling down its slopes. At least four family members were swept away and feared dead, officials said, and several others were badly hurt.

Over 500 people still missing in Northern India flashfloods

While over 500 people were feared to be missing on Saturday due to yesterday's flashfloods that devastated Leh in located in Northern India, the death toll is expected to rise further, as there are many people still trapped in the region.

At least 130 persons have died and 370 individuals have been injured in the incident. Several far-flung villages in this high-altitude place are yet to be accessed by the rescue teams, said media reports on Saturday evening.

Earlier in the day, a transport aircraft of the IAF carrying relief material, including blankets, dry food material, medicine and other immediate requirements of the affected people landed in Leh, a Defence Spokesman said.

He said the armed forces have launched massive rescue and relief operations for the victims of the devastating cloudburst here.

"We have recovered 130 bodies so far and at least 370 are injured. The number of missing is yet to be ascertained," State Police Chief Kuldeep Khoda said, adding the toll may go up.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Six more Americans killed in Afghanistan

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Eight foreign medical workers, including six Americans, were killed by gunmen in Afghanistan's remote northeast, police and officials said on Saturday, with the attack claimed by the Taliban.

A Christian aid group said it appeared those killed were members of one of its mobile eye clinics which had been traveling in northeastern Nuristan province and was headed back for Kabul after providing eye care for local Afghans.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings and accused the medical workers of proselytizing Christianity.
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Friday, August 6, 2010

12 Million Affected by Pakistan floods

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Heavy rains are expected to lash areas of Pakistan already devastated by the worst floods in 80 years, probably intensifying a calamity that has cast more doubts about the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari.

"We're forecasting widespread rains in the country, especially in flood-affected areas," Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, director general of the department, told Reuters, adding the downpours are expected in the next two days.

At least 1,600 people have been killed by the flooding. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 12 million people have been affected in two provinces hit by the floods and figures were not yet available for southern Sindh.
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Smoke blankets Moscow as fires burn

The famous Moscow skyline of the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral vanished Friday as a blanket of thick, noxious smoke shrouded the Russian metropolis, leaving 10 million residents with sore throats and burning eyes.

The acrid smoke, stemming from thousands of square miles of wildfires, worsened considerably in Moscow, with carbon monoxide levels climbing to five times higher than what is considered safe, according to the Russian health ministry.

Health experts told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency the pollution levels were as dangerous as smoking several packs of cigarettes a day.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More Rain On The Way To Flooded Pakistan

More than 1,000 people have died in northwestern Pakistan as a result of the worst flooding in the country's history.

Another 1.5 million have been affected by the deluge that destroyed thousands of homes and vast swathes of farmland.

Several camps, providing food and relief, have been set up in community centers by provincial and relief organizations, but many survivors are growing increasingly angry at the government's response to the situation.

Explosion in Gaza Strip wounds 24

A huge explosion destroyed the home of a senior Hamas commander and injured 24, Palestinians reported early Monday morning.

Palestinians said the blast was caused by an Israeli airstrike, but this was denied by the IDF.

The explosion wrecked the house of Ala Adnaf, a commander of the Hamas military wing, Palestinian security officials said.

At least 24 people were rushed to a hospital, and unconfirmed reports said two people were killed. Rescue teams were digging through the rubble.

The security officials said a missile fired by an Israeli warplane hit the house. The IDF said there was no air strike or any other Israeli activity in the area. The officials spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

World Jihad targeting Jordan and Egypt, not just Israel

A Jordanian citizen was killed and three others were wounded by Grad rockets fired on Monday from Egyptian territory at the Gulf of Eilat and Aqaba.
One rocket struck open space north of Eilat, three struck Aqaba's hotel area, one rocket apparently landed in the sea and one landed in Sinai.

On an Army Radio show on Monday morning, the presenter, a well-known comic, ridiculed the rocket launchers for having bad aim and mistakenly hitting Aqaba. But the perpetrators, apparently members of the group known as Global Jihad, intended to hit Aqaba no less than Eilat. They consider the Hashemite kingdom to be as legitimate a target as Israel, if not more so.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Pakistan Flash Flooding May Have Killed 3,000

As many as 3,000 people may have died in flash floods that devastated northwestern Pakistan after heavy rains and affected almost a million people.

“The death toll could go as high as 3,000 because the level of destruction has been so great,” Mujahid Khan, chief spokesman for Edhi rescue service, said by telephone from Peshawar yesterday.

The death toll currently stands at 1,025, Khan said today. The flood disaster follows the deaths of 152 people when a plane crashed in heavy rain near the capital, Islamabad, on July 28. Homes and bridges have collapsed in the rain, live electric wires have fallen into the waters and families have been swept away in the floods while food supplies for survivors dwindle.

“We can see people drowning but we can’t go into the water because of its high pressure,” Khan said two days ago. “The relief efforts of everyone combined is only 5 percent of what’s required.”

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who toured the stricken province by air, ordered the government provide food to people at safe locations. The United Nations said two days ago that almost a million people had been affected by the floods.

One million chickens die as heat wave blankets Israel

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Over a million chickens died on Sunday as a heavy heat wave blanketed Israel, according to an Israeli agricultural association.

By noon on Sunday, the Insurance Fund for Natural Disasters received more than 100 reports about damage to chicken coops throughout the country, especially in the North.

The damage was estimated at over NIS 5 million.

The last time a heat wave of this magnitude struck Israel was in 2002, with temperatures soaring beyond 104 F. degrees.

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