"Am I therefore become your enemy,because I TELL YOU THE TRUTH...?"
(Galatians 4:16)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Trilateral Member Hormats nominated to State Department

On July 18, 2009, another Trilateral Commission member has been nominated to a strategic post in the Obama administration, bringing the total number of Obama’s Trilateral appointees to twelve.Robert Hormats, vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs and Trilateral Commission member.Robert Hormats, vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs, has been nominated by President Obama to be an Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agriculture. His Senate confirmation is expected to proceed without incident...

China web users outnumber US population

The number of Internet users in China is now greater than the entire population of the United States, after rising to 338 million by the end of June, state media reported Sunday.China's online population, the largest in the world, rose by 40 million in the first six months of 2009, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a report by the China Internet Network Information Center...

Germany calls carbon tariffs "eco-imperialism"

Germany called a French idea to slap "carbon tariffs" on products from countries that are not trying to cut greenhouse gases a form of "eco-imperialism" and a direct violation of WTO rules....

City plans to use catacombs for swine flu victims

A city council said Saturday it was considering using underground burial chambers, currently a tourist attraction, to store the corpses of swine flu victims if the pandemic worsens.Exeter City Council said the empty 19th-century catacombs could become an emergency mortuary.A council spokesman said the plan could be put into operation if the cemeteries and the crematorium could not keep up with funeral demands.....

Town halls gone wild...

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress....

NRA's Opposition to Sotomayor Fails to Persuade Senators

The National Rifle Association's threat to punish senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her....

Disabled U.K. Woman Wins Legal Battle in Assisted Suicide Case

A disabled woman won her legal battle Thursday to force British authorities to say whether her husband would be prosecuted if he helped her commit suicide.The House of Lords, Britain's highest court, ordered the government to draw up rules for when it will-and won't-prosecute assisted suicide, which is illegal in the U.K.Debbie Purdy, who has multiple sclerosis, said the ruling "gives me my life back." The judgment is a defeat for those who argue that Britain's law on assisted, already rarely enforced, risks being further weakened...

RU-486 abortion drug to be allowed in Italy

Italy has approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, capping years of debate and defying opposition from the Vatican, which warned of immediate excommunication for doctors prescribing the pill and for women who use it....

Swine flu screening at UK airports amid fear that NHS could be overwhelmed

NHS intensive care services could be overwhelmed by a huge rise in swine flu cases, researchers have warned, as Britain’s port authorities started screening incoming passengers for the first time.Demand for critical care beds could outstrip the numbers available by 130 per cent, especially in units designed to treat children, according to a study in the journal Anaesthesia....

ISLAMIC WATCH:"Man scandalises Saudi Arabia with TV sex confession"

A Saudi divorcee with four children has shocked Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative countries in the world, with details of his sexual exploits on an Arabic television show...

ISLAMIC CRAZE WATCH:"Boys Kidnapped to be Suicide Bombers..."

Indian Activists Blast Ritual of Dropping Babies Off Mosque Roof

Rights activists lashed out Friday at local officials who allowed hundreds of infants to be dropped from the roof of a mosque in western India in the belief that the fall — which ends when the babies are caught in a bedsheet — would ensure good health and prosperity for their families.The ritual at the Baba Umer Durga, a Muslim shrine, is believed to have been followed for nearly 700 years, and each year hundreds of people, both Hindus and Muslims, take part in the ritual...

Afghanistan's Deadliest Month Ignored by Mainstream Media....

Bomb Explodes Inside Iraq Mosque,Wounding 2

Iraqi police say a bomb has exploded inside a Sunni mosque south of Baghdad, wounding two people.Saturday's bombing comes a day after a wave of blasts targeting Shiite mosques during prayers in Baghdad that killed at least 29 people.A regional police official says the bomb was hidden inside a toilet in the al-Sahaba mosque in the town of Jurf al-Sakr.

American Tourists in Iraq Arrested by Iranian Troops on Border

Iran has confirmed it detained three Americans who were in the area of the Iranian border while on a hiking trip, Kurdish officials said Saturday. The U.S. State Department has said it was looking into the situation...

Iran Begins Trial of Postelection Protesters

Opposition political activists and protesters are in court in Tehran Saturday on charges of rioting and conspiring against the ruling system in the country's first trial following the disputed presidential election, Iran's state media reported...

Friday, July 31, 2009

Obamacare called "euthanasia bill":Critic:"Reflects regime worse than China's one-child policy"

The Democrats' proposed national health insurance plan would dictate medications, treatments and mental health services; determine coverages individuals are allowed to have; and operate with real-time access to personal bank accounts, according to a new analysis.
And it's worse, a critic said, than China's mandatory one-child policy...

Pro-Israel lobby probe linked to anti-Semitism:Ex-informant points to FBI...

A long-running FBI espionage probe of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington appears to have been motivated in part by anti-Semitism, says a former Pentagon official who revealed this week he had cooperated for 10 weeks with federal agents conducting the probe...
PICTURE LEFT:KATIE FALKENBERG/THE WASHINGTON TIMES 'PRACTICING CATHOLIC': Larry Franklin says he "felt dirty sometimes" after hearing remarks by his FBI handlers.

Coming to N.Y.:"Gadhafi,Ahmadinejad,Chavez";"Rogues gallery" to appear at United Nations

There will be a "rogues gallery" of world personalities at the annual United Nations General Assembly this fall, according to sources at the international organization.It is no surprise that President Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will huddle in New York, but it is the others scheduled to attend that has raised eyebrows....

"More than 1,000 Afghan civilians killed this year"

Afghanistan's intensifying conflict killed more than 1,000 civilians in the first six months of 2009, an increase of nearly a quarter over the same period last year, the United Nations said Friday.This year has been the bloodiest in a Taliban-led insurgency that has drawn thousands of international military reinforcements, most of them deploying into areas where a strong militant presence could prevent August 20 elections.
PICTURE LEFT:A young Afghan woman mourns the loss of a relative at a funeral for suicide blast victims in Baghlan, north east of Kabul, in 2007.(AFP/File/Massoud Hossaini)

U.S.Shifts Target of Drones From Al Qaeda to Taliban

In a major strategy shift, the U.S. military is moving away from hunting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan with Predator drones and has instead begun using the unmanned aircraft to battle the Taliban and other militants destabilizing the country, according to a published report...

UN:"Civilian deaths up 24 percent in Afghanistan"

The United Nations said Friday the number of civilians killed in conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24 percent so far this year, with bombings by insurgent and airstrikes by international forces the biggest single killers.In a grim assessment of the first half of 2009, the U.N. assistance mission in Afghanistan said the Taliban and other anti-government militants have become more deadly by shifting from ambush attacks to suicide bombings, roadside explosives and targeted assassinations....
PICTURE LEFT:In this Sunday, July 19, 2009 file photo, the body of a civilian, who was killed by a suicide attack, is transferred on a police vehicle in Torkham, Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

IRANIAN REVOLUTION UPDATE

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at critics within his own hard-line camp on Friday, denying any rift with Iran's supreme leader, who he said was like a father.The bitter feud with conservatives has shaken Ahmadinejad's government at a time when he is already trying to fend off a major challenge from the other end of the political spectrum — the pro-reform opposition, which says his victory in June 12 presidential elections was fraudulent and that his government is illegitimate...


India plans to build 100 warships

India has plans to add about 100 warships to its navy over the next decade as it seeks to modernise its armed forces, and develop its low-cost shipbuilding capabilities....

A NOTE TO MY READERS:UPDATE

Dear friends and visitors:
I would like to update you all about my loved one in the hospital.
She is still in a coma,but yesterday she had to be rushed to surgery again,to remove another section of what is left of her leg,due to a severe developing infection.
She is not showing signs of improvement after 5 days and,this infection is the first complication that shows up.
We are still praying and believing the Lord is dealing with her even while she is in a coma.
The Word of God declares in John 11:25-26
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die..."
These words have brought us solace...
We don't understand why it had to take such an extreme situacion for her,but--believe me when I say that--now--God himself is getting her undivided attention.
One of my best friends,was able to go see her and talk to her and pray for her.
Why talk to somebody in a coma?,you may say....Well...we believe it is not in vain,since there are unnumerable testimonies of people listening even in that state...and we can still minister to her spirit...
We also believe that there is nothing impossible with God and that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much,as it is written,so we keep praying and believing.
We refuse to see her spending eternity in hell.
Thank you to all of you that have let me know your concern.
Thank you for the support,prayers,love,notes and emails.
I'm praying for you
God bless you and thank you for visiting my blog...
As in the days of Noah.....

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A NOTE TO MY READERS....

Dear friends and visitors:
I thought about letting you know why Im not updatting as much as I wanted since yesterday.
We received news home that a loved one is fighthing for its life after a horrible motorbike accident on saturday night.This loved one has been running away from God for some time now,and this accident comes as no surprise.
Only a miracle could save her.The trauma she sustained is extensive--to say the least.
If she wakes up-I pray it will be to make it right with God...If she lives beyond this...it may take years of rehab and surgeries for her even to attain any level of normalcy.
We are heartbroken.We have been crying out to God for her,for one more chance...
I've been on the phone all weekend with family,friends and colleagues and yesterday was a difficult day.
Medically I can tell you that anything can go worse any time.She's out of the first 48 hs,but there is still internal bleeding,they cannot pin point where it's coming from,and so on...
It's difficult,because she is not my patient,we cannot fly there now,so mostly all we know is through other colleagues friends that work in the same city and a friend that will talk to the doctors tonite.This waiting game is difficult.I've been praying for her,like I don't remember praying for anybody else.Lately she has gone back to withcraft...even advertising her services on facebook and other outlets...
A dear friend of us--an elderly pastor--was sharing with us this week that the Lord has been telling him lately to pray for the "prodigals",because this was the day and the hour,prodigals were coming home...I'm just praying my loved one will come back before it is too late for her.
Sadly,we have a lot of prodigals in our family.May be you--that are reading now--are one of them....
I highly recommend you that IF you are a prodigal,you pause now and think about your spiritual state.You dont know what future brings your way.IF you once knew the Lord Jesus in a personal way and now are so far from Him it seems that you cannot find your way back,I give you the solution for your problem;REPENTANCE....That is the key that will open the door for you to make your way back home.
Do not wait any longer...Something unexpected may happen to you today...and IF you don't EVER wake up here....WHERE WILL YOU WAKE UP IN ETERNITY....?Eternity is a long,long time....
If you feel led,help me pray for my loved one.I'm deeply saddened and heavily burdened for all this.I'll update you,as much as I can,while I'm receiving news.
I'll try to update this blog as much as I'm able to,since there are so many news coming from different fronts that WE have to be aware of...
Thank you for reading this note,and thank you for visiting my blog.
Your encouraging emails and notes are much appreciated.
Praying for you and your family
As in the days of Noah...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mitchell lauds Israel's West Bank steps

There has been movement on Israel's part to accommodate the Palestinians and this should be recognized, George Mitchell, America's special envoy to the Middle East said on Monday in Jerusalem.

Islamist Militant Attack on Police Station Kills Dozens in Nigeria

An attack by Islamist militants on a police station in northern Nigeria Sunday has left dozens of people dead, a police spokesman said."A group of fundamentalists this morning attacked a police station in Bauchi state," Nigerian national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told The Associated Press."They were armed with guns, bows and arrows and explosives. There were some casualties but I cannot say how many for now..."

Hezbollah Leader Threatens Tel Aviv Strike

Hezbollah's leader was quoted by two Lebanese newspapers Monday as warning that his Iranian-backed militants will strike Israel's largest city of Tel Aviv with missiles from Lebanon — if the Jewish state attacked the guerrillas' south Beirut stronghold in a new war.The papers — As-Safir and Al-Akhbar, both with close ties to Hezbollah — said Sheik Hassan Nasrallah made the threat during a weekend closed meeting with a group of Lebanese expatriates.

US calls for Arab world to normalise Israel ties

US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell called on Arab states on Monday to fully normalise ties with Israel, after meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the latest leg of a regional tour.Mitchell told reporters after the talks that Washington was asking countries in the region to set the "context" for comprehensive peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab world...

Gates warns of tougher Iran sanctions

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that the United States would seek much tougher United Nations sanctions on Iran if the Islamic republic spurns the offer of talks on its disputed nuclear program....

Clinton:"Israel must be patient on Iran"

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday implicitly urged Israel to give US policy on Iran's nuclear ambitions a chance to work.Speaking to NBC television's "Meet the Press," Clinton said Washington hoped Israel understood that American attempts to talk to Iran was a better approach than launching a military strike....

Iran:"Israel should dismantle its nukes"

Iran on Monday rejected the idea of a US defensive umbrella to protect Washington's regional allies against a nuclear Iran.Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi told reporters that "there is no need" for a US defensive umbrella, just for Washington to tell Israel to "dismantle its own 200 nuclear warheads..."

Obama Sends Letters to Arab Nations Asking for Help in Israeli Peace Process

President Obama reportedly has sent letters to at least seven Arab states asking them to start taking steps toward normalizing relations with Israel, as his chief Middle East envoy began a set of meetings with officials in Israel.Among the Arab and Gulf states that received the letters were Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, Foreign Policy magazine reported...

Anti-Obama Rally in Jerusalem

For the first time in years, the nationalist camp will hold a large scale rally against United States policies vis-à-vis Israel.The protest will be held in downtown Jerusalem, on Agron St. on Monday evening, and is being organized by the Residents Committees of Binyamin and Samaria, as well as the nationalist umbrella organization Mateh Maamatz, the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities, and Komemiyut...

"Hamas tunneling near UN facilities"

Hamas is digging tunnels next to United Nations facilities under the assumption that the IDF will not target them during a future conflict, defense officials warned on Sunday.

"Hizbullah training LAF officers"

Lebanese defense officials believe there is a secret pact between Hizbullah and top officers in the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the Kuwaiti paper Asiyassa reported on Monday.According to the account, a LAF battalion will operate within the Hizbullah framework and have independence and access to the group's arsenal....

"US lifts ban on Syrian air industry"

Imad Mustafa, the Syrian envoy to the US, said Monday that the Obama administration had lifted the ban imposed on exporting goods to the Syrian Aviation Industry, the Kuwait News Agency reported....

Iran's Mousavi says protests will continue: website

Iran's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi said on Monday the pro-reform protests which erupted after the country's disputed June presidential vote will continue, his website reported."The pro-reform path will continue," Mousavi said in a statement."The establishment should respect the constitution and let us to gather to commemorate our killed loved ones on Thursday...."

Iran's Opposition Leaders Put Pressure on Regime to Release Prisoners

Iran's opposition leaders appealed to top clerics in the holy city of Qom on Saturday to pressure the ruling Islamic regime to release protesters and activists who they say have been tortured following last month's disputed presidential election.....