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  • You "ARE" MY House of Prayer

    12/03/2011 6:30:00 PM PST · by Jedediah · 15 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-3-11 | Jedediah
    Situations may be precarious at times but truly this is merely a lack of prayer as preparation for you are my houses of preparation of my will. So know my will by the preparation of your hearts before me for I AM The LIGHT of your path and way in Me ! John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 8:12 New International Version (NIV) Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk...
  • Obama Fundraiser and Ambassador Blames Israel for Anti-Semitism (American Jews: Had Enough Yet?)

    12/03/2011 11:35:33 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/3/11 | Daniel Halper
    The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, recently told a conference hosted by the European Jewish Union that Israel is to blame for growing anti-Semitism harbored by people of Muslim faith. “A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Gutman reportedly said, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. “He also argued that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.” According to the account in the Israeli paper, “The legal experts at the event were visibly stunned by...
  • Banks Build Contingency for Breakup of the Euro

    11/26/2011 9:58:19 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 25, 2011 | By LIZ ALDERMAN
    For the growing chorus of observers who fear that a breakup of the euro zone might be at hand, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a pointed rebuke: It’s never going to happen. But some banks are no longer so sure, especially as the sovereign debt crisis threatened to ensnare Germany itself this week, when investors began to question the nation’s stature as Europe’s main pillar of stability. On Friday, Standard & Poor’s downgraded Belgium’s credit standing to AA from AA+, saying it might not be able to cut its towering debt load any time soon. Ratings agencies this week...
  • "Disastrous" bond sale shakes confidence in Germany

    11/23/2011 6:59:19 AM PST · by decimon · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 23, 2011 | Stephen Brown and Noah Barkin
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A "disastrous" German bond sale on Wednesday sparked fears that Europe's debt crisis was even beginning to threaten Berlin, with the leaders of the euro zone's two strongest economies still firmly at odds over a longer-term structural solution. Financial markets were also unnerved by newspaper reports that Belgium may be pressing France for an expansion of a 90 billion euro ($120 billion) bailout of failed bank Dexia. On top of this, a special report by Fitch Ratings suggested France had limited room left to absorb shocks to its finances like a new downturn in growth or support...
  • Le Pen Calls on France to Quit Euro

    11/24/2011 9:26:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 24, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds note that French presidential candidate Le Pen calls for France to quit euro Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, has made abandoning the euro one of the pillars of her presidential election campaign, launching a powerful attack on the ailing single currency as she seeks to bolster her already strong showing in the opinion polls. Presenting her “presidential project”, Ms Le Pen said Europe should give up the euro, which had “asphyxiated our economies, killed our industries and choked our jobs” for years, as well as causing France to accumulate “Himalayan” debts. In any...
  • Thanking America: When Americans Save Lives Overseas, it Doesn't Make the Textbooks

    11/24/2011 5:03:20 PM PST · by varialectio · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2011 | Jeff Lipkes
    In October 1914, over 5 million Belgians faced starvation. The German Army had invaded on August 4 and swept across the country in three weeks. Revisionist historians would later snicker about "atrocities" invented by the British, but the Kaiser's troops executed over 5,500 Belgians, women and children as well as men, though there was no civilian resistance to the invasion. Over 2 million refugees fled to Holland, France, and Britain. The Germans requisitioned all grain, flour, livestock, fruit, and vegetables. They seized the railroads, canals, all motor vehicles, and telegraph and telephone lines, and removed machinery from factories. The economy...
  • I AM your Kingdom Walk and Existence \o/

    11/23/2011 1:35:44 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-23-11 | Jedediah
    Ordinary measures are not warranted anymore for I have overcome for you and in Me you reside in the heavenlies. So cast off your flesh when it distracts you from My Will of virtue and Righteousness and "Remain" in "MY" Loyalty for I AM all you need to KNOW! John 15:9 (AMP) 9I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [[a]continue in His love with Me]. Acts 17:28 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his...
  • Brussels: The New Capital of Eurabia

    11/22/2011 9:51:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | 11/22/11 | Soeren Kern
    Muslims now make up one-quarter of the population of Brussels, according to a new book published by the Catholic University of Leuven, the top French-language university in Belgium. In real terms, the number of Muslims in Brussels -- where half of the number of Muslims in Belgium currently live --- has reached 300,000, which means that the self-styled "Capital of Europe" is now the most Islamic city in Europe. In practical terms, Islam mobilizes more people in Brussels than do the Roman Catholic Church, political parties or even trade unions, according to "The Iris and the Crescent," a book that...

    11/22/2011 8:03:11 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 11 replies
    Notes From Underground ^ | November 22, 2011 | Yra Harris
    The market is rife with rumors about the previous agreement to bail out the bank and insurance firm DEXIA is coming apart as the Belgians are balking at the cost. Something that needs to be considered is that the French are probably putting pressure on the deal to force the Germans to agree an EBC-sponsored bailout so as to get a major infusion of capital. Dexia is already a problem for Europe so by getting the Belgians to pull the plug on the deal the French can force the Germans to immediately step up and agree to a large role...
  • LISTEN TO "MY" SPIRIT ROAR FOR YOU \o/\o/\o/ ! ! !

    11/18/2011 5:40:51 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 11-18-11 | Jedediah
    LISTEN TO "MY" SPIRIT ROAR FOR YOU \o/\o/\o/ ! ! ! Listen to "MY" spirit roar for you my children to do and to walk in MY fullness and not your own for it is in MY righteousness you are saved and walk even now . So go in MY all for you and Listen to the whisper of "MY" spirit for soon it shall become a roar as it did for Daniel in the lions den and I shall quench all the firery darts of the enemy for you as well , for you are MY CHOSEN called and...

    11/12/2011 3:26:00 PM PST · by Jedediah · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 11-12-11 | Jedediah
    Supernatural things are coming your way , The stuff dreams are made of but won't fade away \o/ , The supernatural exposed in and through you , Watch now as "I" come into view ! The Ancient of Days The I AM That "IS ONE" ! A Fullness , a Gladness , My Entire Kingdom , For when ever "I" show My Face , There in the midst you shall find "My" Grace , Abounding , Abiding , Sweet and True , The "ALL of ME " all over you ! Genesis 28:10-19 Amplified Bible (AMP) 10And Jacob left Beersheba...
  • Ultimate Example of Honour and Respect - Remembrance Day 2011(video)

    11/09/2011 7:46:57 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 9, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    A few days ago sub-humans desecrated a war memorial in Calgary with an unconscionable act of vandalism. Here's a young Belgian boy who, more than fifty years after Canadian soldiers sacrificed their lives to liberate his nation during World War II, shows more gratitude, honour, and respect than many of our own younger generation.
  • Belgium to switch off nuclear, operator sees blackout ahead

    11/06/2011 8:45:20 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Christian Spillmann
    As Belgium becomes the latest European nation to agree to switch off nuclear power, operator Electrabel warned Monday of high costs, environmental fallout and increased dependency on foreign suppliers. ... A front-page cartoon in the Flemish daily De Standaard on Monday showed four pairs of eyes in the dark with one of the blacked out faces saying, "I think Electrabel is trying to make a message heard." ... Italy and Switzerland meanwhile have put nuclear power plans on ice, while Germany switched off several reactors in the wake of the Japanese disaster and has since passed legislation to phase out...
  • At least 3 dead after storm hits outdoor festival in Belgium

    08/18/2011 12:58:11 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    A storm swepts through an open air music festival in eastern Belgium on Thursday killing at least three people and injuring over 70 others, an official said.
  • Belgium, France, Italy, Spain Overrule European Regulator, To Impose Standalone Short-Selling Bans

    08/11/2011 4:34:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-11-11 | Tyler Durden
    Stop the presses. Barely did we have time to report that European regulators failed to impose a coordinated short selling ban, that Bloomberg reports that the countries most impact by the market plunge are about to impose standalone short-selling bans. These are Belgium, Italy, Spain and France. In other words, it really is on and the 2008 Lehman PTSD flashbacks may now resume. Until we get a headline that says it isn't. The rescue of the Borsa Italian is now more schizophrenic than that of Greece. As a reminder, in the previous post the FT quoted Abraham Lioui, a professor...
  • US exposes ISI subversion of Kashmir cause; FBI arrests US-based lobbyist [Pakistani Lobby]

    07/19/2011 1:05:47 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 13 replies
    The Times of India ^ | July 19, 2011 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Federal authorities on Monday arrested a prominent US-based pro-Pakistan activist associated with the Kashmiri separatist movement, accusing him of funneling money from the Pakistani spy agency ISI to lobby US decision-makers. In the process, the Obama administration's law enforcement brigade also blew open the Pakistan and its spy agency's two-decade long subversion of the so-called Kashmir cause. The FBI swooped down on the Virginia residence of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, a well-known representative of Kashmiri separatists in the US and detained him on charges of ''participating in a long-term conspiracy to act as agents of the Pakistani government in...
  • Having no government may not be such a bad thing

    06/16/2011 11:02:36 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Daniel Hannan/UK The Telegraph ^ | June 15, 2011 | Daniel Hannan
    Belgium has now gone for more than a year without a government and, you know what? Life is carrying on as normal. The crops are growing, the wheels are turning in the factories, the civil servants (there are lots of these) are lingering over their coffee and speculoos biscuits. A lighter than normal legislative agenda has given the country something of a boost: growth forecasts keep being upwardly revised, and the economy is expected to expand by 2.3 per cent this year. ---- Snip ---- We sometimes talk as if, left to itself, the state will grow. And, in some...
  • Who Needs Government? Miss Belgium Asks

    06/12/2011 4:24:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, June 12, 2011
    As the country marks a year of political mess Monday, a whole 12 months without an official government, even Miss Belgium is joining exasperated calls to politicians to break the impasse. "Belgium is beautiful! We have so much, the sea in Flanders, the forest in Wallonia," said 19-year-old beauty queen Justine de Jonckheere. "But I must admit the country has problems. "Ministers hold endless meetings to reach an understanding, but never do," she told the daily Le Soir. "They need to put a little water in their wine!" The country of 11 million people that hosts global powerhouses, the EU...
  • Belgium moves closer to burqa ban

    04/29/2011 1:31:12 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Virgin Media ^ | April 28 2011
    Belgium has taken a major step towards banning burka-type Islamic dress in public after its lower house of parliament overwhelmingly backed the measure. After Thursday's approval, the senate still has several weeks to decide whether to put the bill up for further discussion and another vote. The Belgian legislature came close to approving such law last year, but the process was held up at the last moment when the governing coalition collapsed. The bill was approved by an overwhelming majority of 136-1 with two abstentions.
  • Belgian bishop grants TV interview, admits molesting 2nd nephew

    04/16/2011 3:04:07 PM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 15, 2011
    Belgian bishop grants TV interview, admits molesting 2nd nephew April 15, 2011 Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges, who resigned in April 2010 amid revelations that he had abused a nephew, has told a Belgian television network that he molested a second nephew. The interview took place in France. On April 13, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had asked the bishop to leave Belgium and “undergo a period of spiritual and psychological counseling.” Bishop Vangheluwe apologized to his victims and said he abused the first nephew over a period of 13...
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • Head of Belgian Catholic Church hit with pies for views on abortion, homosexuality

    04/09/2011 2:10:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 7, 2011 | REBECCA MILLETTE
    Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 7, 2011 ( – Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Brussels was hit in the face with custard pies Tuesday by homosexual activists who oppose what the head of the Belgian Catholic Church has said about homosexuality. The archbishop, widely recognized to have been installed in Belgium by Pope Benedict XVI to reform the liberal Belgian Church, which has been riddled with covered-up homosexual abuse scandals, has been verbally and physically attacked, and ostracized for his staunch orthodox Catholicism. This week, a well-known Belgian prankster, known as “The Glooper,” who has targeted French President Nicolas Sarkozy...
  • Belgium opposes arming Libyan rebels

    03/30/2011 6:09:16 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 6 replies ^ | 30/03/2011 | AFP
    Belgium voiced its opposition to arming Libya's rebels on Wednesday, warning that the idea being considered by US, French and British officials could alienate Arab nations. Belgian Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere, whose country has deployed fighter jets as part of a NATO-led campaign to protect Libyan civilians, said providing weapons to the insurgents would be "a step too far." "This would cost us the support of the Arab world," he said. Vanackere denied that the West was leading a "crusade" against Moamer Kadhafi's regime. He said the aim of the international military operations in Libya -- mandated by a United...
  • A Brussels Archbishop Celebrates the First Gregorian Mass in Forty Years

    02/01/2011 3:53:24 PM PST · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02/01/2011 | Tancred
    The Previous Episcopal Conference speaker says this is a 'false signal' Brussels ( The Brussels Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard just celebrated a Mass in the Traditional Rite. The celebration took place in Brussels with about 500 faithful on Sunday for the occasion of the arrival of the "traditionalist" Society of St. Peter in Benelux-Staaten, as reported by the newspaper "De Standaard".
  • Belgian Doctors Harvesting Organs From Disabled Euthanasia Donors

    01/26/2011 3:17:11 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    First Things ^ | January 26, 2011 | Wesley J. Smith
    Back when I first got into this line of work, I wrote a piece for Newsweek about the dangers of euthanasia consciousness. I was a naif at the time. I had no idea how insidiously seductive the culture of death could be nor how deeply it had already seeped into the culture of the West. Since then, the darkness has spread like a stain.But even then, in my innocence, I was prophetic. Here’s a key paragraph from my first anti-euthanasia piece, “The Whispers of Strangers,” published on June 28, 1993: Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown...
  • Economic fears as Belgium beats European record(209 days w/o gov)

    01/10/2011 8:36:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | 01/08/11 | Yann Ollivier
    Economic fears as Belgium beats European record by Yann Ollivier Sat Jan 8, 3:27 pm ET .BRUSSELS (AFP) – Belgium took the record for Europe's longest political crisis on Saturday as it hit 209 days without a government, amid mounting concern among business chiefs over the effects on its economy. As the divided country surpassed previous record-holder the Netherlands, where politicians haggled 208 days before striking a deal in 1977, Belgium's top business leaders raised alarm bells about the crisis in newspaper Le Soir. Billionaire investor Albert Frere, a leading shareholder in energy groups Total and GDF Suez, said he...
  • Shoe-Bomb Conspirator Gets 13 Years - Saajid Badat conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid

    04/22/2005 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 25 replies · 599+ views
    AP / ^ | April 22, 2005 | BETH GARDINER
    LONDON (AP) - A British judge Friday imposed a 13-year prison sentence on a man who admitted conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid to blow up a U.S.-bound trans-Atlantic jet in 2001. Prosecutors said they believe British-born Saajid Badat, 25, may have backed out of an alleged plot with Reid, who was subdued by passengers when he attempted to detonate a bomb aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22, 2001. ``Turning away from crime in circumstances such as these constitutes a powerful mitigating factor,'' Judge Adrian Fulford said. ``It can take considerable courage to plead guilty...
  • Frontrunner in Belgian election may be uniting nation over need to split up

    06/08/2010 11:58:45 AM PDT · by Pantera · 26 replies · 51+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 8, 2010 | AP
    GHENT, Belgium (AP) — The frontrunner in Belgium's elections this weekend is running on perhaps the ultimate in divisive proposals: the breakup of the nation. Despite its status as the home of the European Union, Belgium itself has long struggled with divisions between its 6 million Dutch-speakers and 4.5 million Francophones but until recently talk of a breakup has been limited to extremists.
  • Redrawing the map

    04/30/2010 12:00:00 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 721+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 29th 2010
    Redrawing the map The European map is outdated and illogical. Here's how it should look Apr 29th 2010 | From The Economist online PEOPLE who find their neighbours tiresome can move to another neighbourhood, whereas countries can’t. But suppose they could. Rejigging the map of Europe would make life more logical and friendlier. Britain, which after its general election will have to confront its dire public finances, should move closer to the southern-European countries that find themselves in a similar position. It could be towed to a new position near the Azores. (If the journey proves a bumpy one, it...
  • Jihadists planned terrorist outrage in Belgium

    11/27/2010 8:19:20 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Flanders News ^ | November 23, 2010
    Tuesday's raids were the result of an investigation that has been underway for over a year. Investigators in Spain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia have all been on the case. It is believed that terrorists were planning an attack in Belgium, though the precise target had not yet been decided. Most of those detained, all in their twenties, were staying in the northern port city of Antwerp. Police believe that it is a group of international jihadist fighters that were planning the attack in Belgium. The suspects have been linked to the extremist website Ansar Al Mujahedeen that was used to...
  • Spain, Portugal and Belgium set to follow Ireland..

    11/25/2010 6:59:38 AM PST · by Perdogg · 58 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | 11.25.10
    New fears have been raised about the future of the euro with the domino effect of faltering economies spreading today. The latest nation to get sucked into the crisis is Belgium after market traders pushed the cost of insuring the country's debt to record levels
  • Zahar: Jews will soon be expelled from Palestine

    11/06/2010 9:50:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/5/10 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    The Jews will soon be expelled from Palestine that same way they were kicked out by France, Britain, Belgium, Russia and Germany, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said over the weekend. “The only nation that received the Jews after they were expelled was the Islamic nation, which protected them and looked after them,” Zahar said in a speech in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip over the weekend. (Snip) Zahar claimed that Jews were expelled in the past “because they betrayed, stole and corrupted these countries.”
  • Woman Guilty Over Parachute Sabotage

    10/20/2010 4:49:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies ^ | 110/21//2010
    A 26-year-old Belgian schoolteacher has been found guilty of killing her romantic rival by sabotaging her parachute in a skydiving love-triangle. Els Clottemans on Wednesday sat stony-faced as the 12-member jury's verdict was read in the northeast Flemish town of Tongres at the end of a trial that captivated Belgium. Clottemans, who claimed her innocence again before the verdict, faces between three years to life in prison. The sentence will be decided in a separate hearing. The jurors replied "yes" to the question of her guilt and as to whether the crime was premeditated, judge Michel Jordans said in a...
  • European Jewish Congress: 'Jews in Europe Entering a Dark Period'

    10/14/2010 9:45:37 AM PDT · by HearMe · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/14/2010 | Hillel Fendel
    The European Jewish Congress warns that some Jewish communities in Europe are “teetering on the brink” due to national endorsement or neglect of anti-Semitism. The EJC maintains that a recent wave of anti-Semitism, some of which was officially sanctioned, has left some Jewish communities in grave danger. EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor sums up: “We are entering a very dark period for Jews in Europe.” Recent instances of official anti-Semitism include a grave incident that occurred in Antwerp, Belgium. A respected government-funded Catholic school, the College of the Sacred Heart, hosted a "Palestine Day," replete with anti-Semitic references and activities...
  • Belgium experiments with mystical "full moon" beer

    09/24/2010 11:37:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Reuters - Yahoo ^ | September 24, 2010 | Emily Coleman
    PERUWELZ, Belgium (Reuters) – Full moons are often associated with tides, insanity and creatures like werewolves, but it turns out they're also good for brewing beer.
  • Love triangle skydive murder trial begins

    09/24/2010 11:30:51 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters - Yahoo ^ | September 24, 2010 | Philip Blenkinsop
    TONGEREN, Belgium (Reuters) – A Belgian woman went on trial on Friday charged with the murder of a fellow skydiver and love rival who plunged to her death after her parachute was sabotaged.
  • Attache Farzad Farhangian urges Iran to 'overthrow' the regime (another abandons the sinking ship)

    09/15/2010 8:03:37 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 16, 2010
    AN Iranian diplomat has called for an uprising against his government after he became the third of his colleagues to defect this year. "I want (the regime) to be overthrown," press attache at the Iranian embassy in Brussels Farzad Farhangian, 47, told a press conference in Oslo yesterday, before seeking asylum in Norway He fled Brussels at the weekend after his decision to quit triggered threats of reprisals against him and his teenage son. Mr Farhangian, a diplomat for 23 years, wanted to "take a stand in support of the Iranian people and the (opposition) movement". His announcement came barely...
  • Report: Suspected suicide bomber arrested in Copenhagen

    09/10/2010 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 71 replies · 1+ views
    M&C News ^ | 9-10-10 | STAFF
    Copenhagen - Police in Denmark arrested a suspected possible suicide bomber Friday following a small explosion at a hotel in central Copenhagen, media reports said. Danish daily Extra Bladet showed on its website a photo of the suspect, who had reportedly attempted to blow himself up. Police did not immediately confirm the report. No one was injured in the explosion at the Jorgensen Hotel. Police handcuffed the man after he was seen running away from the hotel and into the nearby Orstedsparken park. The park was evacuated and the surrounding streets were cordoned off as explosive experts were called in....
  • 'No congregation' escaped Belgian sex abuse

    09/11/2010 7:28:32 AM PDT · by MrEdd · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:25am | AEST
    A Belgian Catholic Church-backed commission has released harrowing testimony from around 500 cases of alleged sex abuse involving more than 100 victims, 13 of whom were driven to suicide. The testimony from victims of clergy and church workers reveals 13 suicides and six attempted suicides "in relation to sexual abuse by a cleric", said the report published by the Commission on Church-related Sexual Abuse Complaints, set up by the Catholic Church. The commission, headed by independent child psychiatrist Peter Adriaenssens, said it had looked into 475 complaints between January and June this year. "Almost every institution, every school, particularly boarding...
  • Belgian cardinal urged victim to delay sex abuse statement

    08/29/2010 2:27:24 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 28th 2010 | Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck
    (Reuters) - The former head of Belgium's Catholic Church suggested to a sexual abuse victim it would be better to delay a public statement on the case until the bishop involved resigned in 2011, a Church spokesman said on Saturday. Jurgen Mettepenningen confirmed transcripts in Belgium's De Standaard newspaper of a meeting Roman Catholic Cardinal Godfried Danneels held with Bishop Roger Vangheluwe and a sexual abuse victim of the bishop in April 2010. "It is true this meeting and conversation took place, and that the transcript is correct," Mettepenningen told Reuters. Danneels's spokesman Toon Osaer told Reuters the cardinal had...
  • Belgian police arrest suspected ETA terrorist

    08/21/2010 1:07:48 PM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 21 August 2010 | News Wire
    Belgian police have arrested a 29-year-old alleged member of the Basque separatist group ETA in the northern port city of Ostend, according to a statement by the Spanish Interior Ministry. Spain’s Interior Ministry says Belgian police have arrested an alleged member of Basque separatist group ETA in the northern port city of Ostend. A ministry statement says Luis Maria Zengotitabengoa was arrested early Saturday by police acting on information provided by their Spanish counterparts. The 29-year-old is the subject of a European arrest warrant issued by Spain’s National Court on suspicion of transporting explosives to Portugal on behalf of ETA...
  • Israeli Bank, Owned by Europeans, Cuts Off Yesha (The West Bank)

    07/28/2010 7:48:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 7/28/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The parent bank of Dexia Bank, owned by French and Belgian interests, has notified regional councils in Judea and Samaria it is cutting off their line of credit. The Dexia Bank in Israel denies accusations that the decision was based on poliitcal considerations. The Israeli bank, which is the official supplier of credit to the regional councils, asked them to close their accounts. The parent bank's French officials ordered the move, which has left leaders in Judea and Samaria in shock. The Dexia Group in 2001 bought the Israeli Municipality Treasure Bank and established Dexia Israel.
  • Belgium considers proposals to dissolve bodies and flush them into sewage systems

    07/09/2010 10:41:14 AM PDT · by massmike · 56 replies · 2+ views ^ | 07/09/2010 | ALLAN HALL
    It could hardly be said to be the most dignified of send-offs. Undertakers in Belgium plan to eschew traditional burials and cremations and start dissolving corpses instead. The move is intended to tackle a lack of burial space and environmental concerns as 573lbs of carbon dioxide are released by each cremated corpse. Members of the EU Commission must rule on the Belgian proposal as there are concerns that residual waste could be flushed into the drainage system. In resomation the body is placed in a silk bag, itself placed within a metal cage frame. This is then loaded into a...
  • Canary in the Coalmine: Europe’s “Decoy Jews”

    07/06/2010 8:42:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Brussels Journal ^ | June 24, 2010 | Paul Belien
    “Decoy Jew” is a new phrase in the Netherlands. Jews are no longer safe in major Dutch cities such as Amsterdam. Since 1999, Jewish organizations in the Netherlands have been complaining that Jews who walk the Dutch streets wearing skullcaps risk verbal and physical attacks by young Muslims. Being insulted, spat at or attacked are some of the risks associated with being recognizable as a Jew in contemporary Western Europe. Last week, a television broadcast showed how three Jews with skullcaps, two adolescents and an adult, were harassed within thirty minutes of being out in the streets of Amsterdam. Young...
  • Pope, Belgian archbishop discuss police raid

    06/30/2010 4:24:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | June 30, 2009
    Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard and Pope Benedict. Vatican City, Jun 30, 2010 / 05:21 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience this Wednesday Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Mechelen-Brussels, who is also the president of the Belgian Episcopal Conference. In their conversation, the two discussed the recent Belgian police raid in the archdiocese.The unscheduled meeting, the only private one held today by the Pontiff, lasted more than the usual and was dedicated to discussing “Operation Chalice,” the Belgian police raid that included holding all of the Belgian bishops for nine hours, the seizing of hundreds of documents and...
  • Vatican ‘Astonished’ Over Belgian Raid (Catholic Caucus)

    06/29/2010 1:46:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 29, 2010 | EDWARD PENTIN
    Police officers stand outside the residence of the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels in Mechelen, Belgium, June 24. Belgian investigators searched Church headquarters in Belgium, the archbishop's residence as well as the home of Cardinal Godfried Danneels as part of an investigation into alleged priestly sexual abuse. VATICAN CITY — The Holy Father was quick to deplore it, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone described it as something even communist regimes wouldn’t do, and Belgium’s bishops denounced it as violating their constitutional rights. The police raid of Church offices in Belgium June 24 to search for evidence of clerical sex abuse has caused such an...
  • Warning About Church’s Abuse Documents Led Belgian Police to Raid Its Offices

    06/29/2010 11:29:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/28/10 | Doreen Carvajal
    MECHELEN, Belgium — Four days after a series of police raids of Catholic institutions in Belgium that drew sharp criticism from the pope, the reason for the unusually aggressive operation has emerged: a formal accusation that the church was hiding information on sexual abuse lodged by the former president of an internal church commission handling such cases. The declaration to the police set off four raids in which the authorities seized hundreds of case files from the commission’s current leader, detained a group of bishops for more than nine hours and disturbed the tomb of a cardinal where construction work...

    06/28/2010 12:23:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Eckleburg · 217 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | June 27, 2010 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - The pope on Sunday called the raids carried out by Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse "deplorable" and asserted the right of the Catholic Church to investigate abuse alongside civil law enforcement authorities. Pope Benedict XVI issued a message Sunday to the head of the Belgian bishops' conference, Monsignor Andre-Joseph Leonard, expressing his solidarity with all Belgian bishops "in this sad moment." The June 24 raids targeted the home and office of a retired archbishop and also the graves of two prelates. The Vatican has slowly ratcheted up its criticism of the searches...
  • Police raid Belgian Catholic HQ in child sex probe

    06/24/2010 8:23:46 AM PDT · by TSgt · 853 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 24 June 2010 | Philippe Siuberski
    BRUSSELS — Police raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church on Thursday following fresh accusations of child sex abuse involving priests. "Within the context of a recent investigation, prosecutors have been informed of accusations denouncing abuse of minors committed by a certain number of Church figures," a spokesman for Brussels prosecutors told AFP. About 30 officers and investigators sealed off the palace of the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels "in order to establish if these accusations are backed up or not," said Jean-Marc Meilleur, without giving any more details. Some 450 submissions to a special commission set up to examine complaints...
  • Allah Takes Over Catholic Church (Many photos at link)

    06/19/2010 5:54:14 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 32 replies · 1,389+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 2006-05-07 | Paul Belien
    The Belgian Bishops have opened their churches to illegal immigrants in order to pressurize the Belgian authorities to allow the immigrants to stay in the country. Most of the immigrant squatters in the churches are Muslims. They display banners in the church showing the name of Allah (picture taken in the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Brussels). The Belgian Bishops are so ignorant that they do not see what is going on: their churches are being turned into mosques before their very eyes. The Muslim squatters hold Islamic prayer services in the church. The altar has been moved...