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  • Vatican Liturgy Chief Urges Priests to Celebrate Mass Facing East [ad orientam]

    05/26/2016 4:38:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/26/16 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Robert Sarah made the comments in an exclusive interview with Famille ChrétienneThe Vatican’s liturgy chief has called on priests to celebrate Mass facing east. In an interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that the Second Vatican Council did not require priests to celebrate Mass facing the people. This way of celebrating Mass, he said, was “a possibility, but not an obligation”. Readers and listeners should face each other during the Liturgy of the Word, he said. “But as soon as we reach the moment when one addresses God – from the Offertory onwards...
  • Study finds more sharks than ever swimming in waters along the East Coast [Belichick Implicated]

    09/11/2015 7:34:06 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/11/2015 | Greg Norman
    More sharks than ever are swimming along the East Coast, federal researchers announced this week, amid a busy summer in which a record number of the fish have attacked North Carolina beachgoers. Scientists with the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) captured and tagged 2,835 sharks in waters from Florida to North Carolina in 2015, up from 1,831 in 2012 -- the last year the survey was completed. Scientists recorded the length, sex, age and location of each of the sharks caught. The survey has been ongoing for 29 years. Lisa Natanson, a scientist at the Narragansett Laboratory of NOAA Fisheries’...
  • Israel, China in Talks to Become Major Financial Allies

    07/07/2015 6:57:33 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 7, 2015 | Ari yashar
    Israel has been rapidly expanding ties with leading Asian nations even as threats of boycotts continue to emanate from Europe, and a major breakthrough regarding Israel's presence in Asia appears to be imminent as the state moves towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. Chinese media began discussing the prospect of a FTA with Israel last December, and on Monday Economics Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) met in Jerusalem with Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin for the first time to discuss establishing a free trade zone. In the meeting Deri expressed Israel's strong desire to establish a free trade...
  • Turning to the East in the Diocese of Lincoln – UPDATED

    11/26/2014 9:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATED: see belowORIGINALLY POSTED on: Nov 21, 2014The late-great liturgist Klaus Gamber, who also influenced Joseph Ratzinger (also known by another name), said that turning around the altars was the single most damaging change that happened in the name of the Council, and it wasn’t even mandated by the Council.  There is no document that required tables be set up.But I digress.Great news from the Diocese of Lincoln!His Excellency Most Reverend James Conley has determined that Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Lincoln will be ad orientem. Bishop’s Column Looking to the east Friday, 21 November 2014 Jesus Christ will return in...
  • Things In The Middle East Are About To Get Much Worse

    07/24/2014 5:30:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Sky News and twitter via zero hedge ^ | 7/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    There are major clashes occurring currently in The West Bank tonight as claims of 10s of thousands and Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers. Sadly, as the photos below reveal taken moments ago show, things appear set to get very much worse. Rami de Ramallah @Ramideramallah Follow Qalandia now. 7 injured 1 serious. Israelis soldiers use life bullets #48Kmarch #GazaUnderAttack #BDS فلسطين i @iFalasteen Follow RIGHT NOW: thousands of people are clashing in Qalandya with live amo used and kids using rocks... #PalestineResists 1:09 PM - 24 Jul 2014 RIGHT NOW: thousands of people are clashing with Israeli soldiers in...
  • Podcast: Obama's Middle East Peace Push Has Backfired

    07/09/2014 10:15:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/9/14 | staff
    The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on his recent Tablet column "America Is the Arsonist of the Middle East." 
  • East Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

    04/23/2014 10:26:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS. “A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, “Do you support the independence of Donetsk people’s republic?” Pushilin said. In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity...
  • Faith Rising in East, Setting in West? Europe and Christianity

    02/09/2014 5:48:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/08/2014 | Eric Metaxas
    If I asked you to describe the state of Christianity in Europe, you'd probably answer "not good." And there'd be ample reason to do so. Most of us are familiar with the depressing statistics regarding church attendance in Western Europe and Scandinavia. But there is more to Europe than Britain, France, and Sweden. And in Central and Eastern Europe, a different story is being written. This story was the subject of a recent First Things article by Filip Mazurczak. In it, Mazurczak reveals to readers what is going on in former communist societies such as Hungary and Croatia. For instance,...
  • Zombie Bees Invade Eastern U.S.

    01/31/2014 2:54:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | January 29, 2014 1:10PM | Beth Garbitelli
    Amid other environmental scourges, such as cold weather and viruses, Vermont beekeepers are seeing an influx of zombie bees. A fly called Apocephalus borealis attaches itself to the bee and injects its eggs, which grow inside the bee, causing neurological damage and erratic, jerky movement and night activity, "like a zombie."Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat Relevant Products/Services emerged: zombie bees. Beekeeper Anthony Cantrell of Burlington discovered zombie bees in his hive in October, the first time they'd been found in the eastern United States.
  • From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily For Epiphany

    01/05/2014 1:50:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 1/4/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, the nations, and their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they see, and the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod and their ultimate rejection of him in favor Christ.In this meditation I would like especially to follow these Magi, in their journey of faith to become wise men. As Magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as Wise Men they follow Jesus who is the ever Glorious Light from Light, true God from true God.We can observe how they...
  • The Russian Veto Against Francis and Bartholomew

    01/09/2014 6:05:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 1/8/14 | Sandro Magister
    The embrace between Rome and Constantinople is renewed. But a document from the patriarchate of Moscow freezes the discussion between Catholics and Orthodox on the powers of the pope over the universal ChurchROME, January 8, 2014 – Exactly half a century since the embrace in Jerusalem between Paul VI and the patriarch of Constantinople, Athenagoras, Pope Francis has announced that he too will go to the Holy Land, next May 24-26, to repeat that ecumenical gesture with the successor of Athenagoras, Bartholomew. On Saturday, January 4, the eve of the anniversary, “L'Osservatore Romano" republished the complete text of the conversation...
  • US troops on Syria border as Obama arms rebels

    06/14/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT · by mykroar · 137 replies
    The Times Middle East ^ | 6/14/2013 | The Times Middle East
    Three hundred US Marines have been deployed to northern Jordan to pave the way for the West to arm Syrian rebels. A Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect Jordanian territory from attack by Assad missiles, has also been moved into the area.
  • ‘Obama policy will lead region to war,’ warns ex-Iraqi MP who’s paid heavy price for dissent

    05/13/2013 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/10/13 | Elhanan Miller
    Mithal Al-Alusi, whose two sons were killed in a Baghdad ambush soon after he visited Israel, tells The Times of Israel he feels betrayed by the superpower which allowed him to return to his homeland Mithal Al-Alusi is angry. He is angry with Iran for supporting global terrorism. He is angry with Syrian President Bashar Assad for oppressing and killing his own people. He is angry with his own prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, for colluding with the two. But most of all, he is angry with US President Barack Obama for allowing this all to happen. “Obama has...
  • North Korea seen moving mid-range missile to east coast: reports

    04/03/2013 7:21:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 120 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2013/04/03
    North Korea seen moving mid-range missile to east coast: reports SEOUL | Wed Apr 3, 2013 9:13pm EDT (Reuters) - North Korea has moved what appears to be a mid-range Musudan missile to its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Thursday, quoting multiple government sources privy to intelligence from U.S. and South Korean authorities. It was not clear if the missile was mounted with a warhead or whether the North was planning to fire it or was just putting it on display as a show of force, one South Korean government source was quoted as saying.
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/23/2012 7:38:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 12/23/12 | Pamela Geller
    Why? It's a question the media never asks because they know the answer and they work furiously to obfuscate and cover up the why and the who. Everywhere Islam goes, everything and everyone must submit or .... die. Dhimmitude may be percevied as a third choice, but it is merely a slow and painful death. And all these churches and synagogues twinning with mosques. Why aren't these Pastors and Rabbis addressing with with Islamic clergy. Because these quislings are afraid to speak the truth. "Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East" Telegraph Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical...
  • MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Residents Put Onus on Government to Help the Poor

    11/29/2012 8:08:33 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 27, 2012 | Joana Silva, Victoria Levin, Matteo Morgandi, and Cynthia English
    This article is the first in a two-part series on social assistance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region based on data collected for the forthcoming World Bank MENA flagship report, "Inclusion and Resilience: The Way Forward for Social Safety Nets in the Middle East and North Africa." WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At least eight in 10 adults in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia say their respective governments should bear the primary responsibility for helping the poor in their countries, according to a forthcoming World Bank MENA flagship report. Far fewer residents identified other social actors, such as religious...
  • Obama’s Nightmare

    11/15/2012 12:55:07 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Thomas L. Friedman
    The scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: the Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions. Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief. For Ike, it was Lebanon’s civil war and Israel’s Sinai invasion. For Lyndon Johnson, it was the 1967 Six-Day War. For Nixon, it was the 1973 war. For Carter, it was the Iranian Revolution. For Ronald Reagan, it was Lebanon. For George H.W. Bush, it was Iraq. For Bill Clinton,...
  • Magnitude-2.0 quake shakes New Jersey

    11/05/2012 7:27:44 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 32 replies ^ | November 5 2012 | Cnn wire staff
    (CNN) -- As if they haven't had enough headaches in New Jersey in the past week, on Monday morning they added earthquake to the list. The magnitude-2.0 temblor struck at 1:19 a.m. and was centered two miles south-southeast of Ringwood, New Jersey, not far from the border with New York. The depth was 3.1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Michelle Obama Solicited Campaign Contributions As Sandy Pummeled East Coast

    10/30/2012 8:41:38 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    While Sandy pummeled the East Coast Monday night, Michelle Obama was soliciting campaign contributions from folks affected by the storm. The following was sent at 7:44 PM via email to voters in North Carolina and Virginia just around the time Sandy made landfall: From: Michelle Obama > Subject: I know we've asked a lot of you, but we're almost there To: Date: Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:44 PM Friend -- There's still time to meet Barack and get two of the best seats in the house on Election Night. If you make a donation today, you'll be automatically entered to...
  • Obama's True Agenda For the Middle East Revealed

    09/03/2012 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/3/12 | Richard N. Weltz
    The Obama administration is taking steps it hopes will force Iran to reconsider almost stalemated nuclear negotiations - and forestall an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. So begins the lead article in the Labor Day edition of the New York Times, and part of that article is a repeat of the litany we've all become used to in the White House attempts to explain just how President Obama "has Israel's back" in the face of an Iran rapidly developing the capability to create nuclear weaponry and repeatedly stating it's deep desire to "wipe Israel off the face of the...
  • Genetic Study Confirms: First Dogs Came from East Asia

    11/23/2011 7:43:40 PM PST · by decimon · 21 replies
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology ^ | November 23, 2011 | Katarina Ahlfort
    Researchers at KTH say they have found further proof that the wolf ancestors of today’s domesticated dogs can be traced to southern East Asia — findings that run counter to theories placing the cradle of the canine line in the Middle East.Dr Peter Savolainen, KTH researcher in evolutionary genetics, says a new study released Nov. 23 confirms that an Asian region south of the Yangtze River was the principal and probably sole region where wolves were domesticated by humans. Data on genetics, morphology and behaviour show clearly that dogs are descended from wolves, but there’s never been scientific consensus on...
  • New Chinese Aircraft Carrier back at Sea

    11/01/2011 3:04:18 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 18 replies · 1+ views
    THE RISING SEA DRAGON IN ASIA ^ | November 1, 2011 | Jeff Head
    The new Chinese aircraft carrier, which conducted its first sea trials in August, has emerged from dry dock and is apparently at sea once again for more trials. While in dry dock her hull was scraped and painted, her deck received a new non-skid coat, and she may have had arresting wires installed, though that last is not confirmed. The former Russian carrier, Varyag, purchased from Ukraine and towed to China in 2003, has spent over 7 years being refit and refurbished and is now undergoing sea trials. THE NEW CHINESE CARRIER OUT OF DRY DOCK AND DEPARTING THE TRANSFORMATION...
  • Obama talks Middle East, education with rabbis

    09/23/2011 10:15:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    JTA ^ | 9/23/11 | Ron Kampeas
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama discussed the Middle East and education policy in a pre-Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis. Close to 900 rabbis listened in on Obama's call Thursday afternoon, which was arranged by the Reform movement's Religious Action Center. Obama has made such calls since 2009, the first year of his presidency. He fielded two questions, one about what the changes of the Arab Spring mean for Israel, the other about funding for schools. Obama said the United States was committed to Israel. He noted close U.S.-Israel cooperation and his efforts to isolate Iran as long as it advances...
  • East vs. West Earthquakes: Way Different Creatures (East coast quakes are rare, affect larger area)

    08/24/2011 12:04:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    US News ^ | 08/24/2011 | Alicia Chang
    The East Coast doesn't get earthquakes often but when they do strike, there's a whole lot more shaking going on. The ground in the East is older, colder and more intact than the West Coast or the famous Pacific Ring of Fire. So East Coast quakes rattle an area up to 10 times larger than a similar-sized West Coast temblor. "They tend to be more bang for the buck as far as shaking goes," said Virginia Tech geology professor James Spotila. Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude quake was centered in Virginia and was felt up and down the Eastern seaboard for more than...

    05/19/2011 12:39:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies
    The National Enquirer ^ | 5/19/11 | staff
    In a region already marked by terror and uneasy alliances between tribal conflicts dating back thousands of years, PRESIDENT OBAMA backed a Palestinian demand to Israel: “GET OUT!” Trying to advance debate, Barack Obama endorsed a key Palestinian demand for the borders of its future state, prodding Israel to withdraw back to borders established in 1967. He also prodded Israel to accept the demand because it can never have a truly peaceful nation based on "permanent occupation." Obama urged that a permanent Palestinian state be based on 1967 borders – the ones that existed prior to the Six Day War...
  • Two East Jerusalem residents arrested over Hamas plot to fire rockets into Israeli soccer game

    01/02/2011 11:34:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 1/2/11 | Anshel Pfeffer
    The Shin Bet security service has arrested two Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem suspected of plotting to fire rockets at a major sports stadium in the capital on behalf of Hamas, a gag order lifted Sunday revealed. Mussa Hamada and Basem Omri, both Israeli citizens, were allegedly planning to carry out the attack on Teddy Stadium during a Premier League soccer game, but the plot never came into fruition. Both suspects have allegedly been affiliated with terrorist activities organized by Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood for a number of years.
  • Mysterious Lights Over East El Paso, News Channel 9 (video)

    10/18/2010 7:56:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 85 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 10/18/10 | News Channel 9
    News of UFO Sighting in East El Paso. Very similar to NYC and other sightings recently.
  • Fugu fish soup leads to mass poisoning in Far East

    10/08/2010 11:26:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    RT ^ | 06 October, 2010
    Hospitals in Russia's far-eastern city of Vladivostok have seen an influx of patients with a rare form of fish poisoning. Several people have died. The culprit is the fugu fish – a traditional and popular Japanese delicacy. The catch is you have to cook it very carefully because just one fish contains a poison capable of killing over 30 people. In Japan, only very experienced, specially trained cooks are allowed to dress fugu. Fugu fish are not usually found off Vladivostok, but the warm summer saw their numbers grow. Hungry anglers took it upon themselves to make what they thought...
  • Israel to U.S.: Latest East Jerusalem building okayed last year

    03/24/2010 2:57:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 223+ views
    haaretz ^ | 3/24/10 | Nir Hasson, Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya,
    Israel will continue building in all of its Jerusalem municipality and a construction plan that raised questions during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's current trip to Washington is nothing new, Netanyahu's spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday. "There is no limitation on the right of property in Jerusalem. Jews and Arabs can buy and sell freely private property and homes in all the city, and that is the reality," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. The statement was issued shortly after U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, at odds with Israel over settlement building in East Jerusalem, said U.S....
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Four Deadly USAF F-22A Raptor Stealth Fighter Jets Over United Arab Emirates

    03/17/2010 4:31:46 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 17 replies · 2,071+ views ^ | December 9, 2009 | USAF SSgt. Michael B. Keller, Combat Photographer
    4000 x 2662 pixels . . . 3005 x 2000 pixels . . . 2103 x 1400 pixels . . . via The Photographer Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller, United States Air Force  
  • Plans for largest East Jerusalem settlement filed for approval

    08/23/2009 5:44:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 273+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 8/23/09 | Nir Hasson
    A plan for the building of a new settlement, Ma'aleh David, in the middle of an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem was filed for approval by the relevant municipal committee at the Jerusalem Municipality. The plan calls for the construction of 104 housing units on the land where the former headquarters of the Judea and Samaria police was housed in the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. The new settlement is planned to be connected to an existing Jewish neighborhood, Ma'aleh Zeitim, and together will be occupied by some 200 families, forming the largest Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem
  • Israel's eastward march

    06/29/2009 1:20:16 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 11 replies · 1,410+ views
    UPI ^ | June 17, 2009 | UPI
    TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) -- The day Osama bin Laden's suicide squads attacked the United States, Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, who in 2001 headed Israel's National Security Council, was conducting a "strategic dialogue" in New Delhi with his Indian counterpart, Brajesh Mishra. Dayan's presence in the Indian capital on Sept. 11, 2001, was, of course, pure happenstance. But the events of that fateful day cemented a strategic relationship that has never stopped growing and has strengthened Israel's burgeoning influence in southern and central Asia. Today, Israel has overtaken Russia as India's leading defense supplier. Both Israel and India, one Jewish,...

    04/29/2009 8:08:26 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies · 331+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 4/29/09 | DJP I.F.
    Most American "Christians" think in a Western mindset when it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is true that the West has been the place for the spreading of the Gospel for over 1700 years. In his ministry Paul the apostle moved westward as he proclaimed the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. From there it spread westward into Africa and Europe, to the Americas, then unto China and India “full circle.” Although there are many “false gospels,” the True Gospel message (as preached by Paul) is contained in the following scriptures:
  • American Companies Head East For Growth

    11/01/2008 1:29:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 364+ views
    Forbes ^ | Oct 29,2008 | Robyn Meredith
    There aren't many things you can say for sure about the future amid the global financial meltdown. But here's one: All-American companies, from General Electric (nyse: GE - news - people ) to General Motors (nyse: GM - news - people ), are going to be looking halfway around the world to China and India as their best shots for improving profits in the coming year. With the American, European and Japanese economies hitting the skids, China and India are the only fast-growing countries big enough to make a difference to most companies' bottom lines. That's where multinational companies will...
  • Truths for a new world of them and us

    05/30/2008 10:46:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 123+ views
    FT ^ | 05/29/08 | Philip Stephens
    Truths for a new world of them and us By Philip Stephens Published: May 29 2008 17:47 | Last updated: May 29 2008 17:47 Globalisation belonged to us; financial crises happened to them. The world has been turned on its head. Consumers in the wealthiest nations are struggling with the consequences of the credit crunch and with the soaring cost of energy and food. In China, retail sales have been rising at an annual 15 per cent. I cannot think of a better description of the emerging global order. The trouble is that the politics of globalisation lags ever further...
  • Gulf central banks urged to sever links with tumbling US dollar(OPEC/UAE devaluation )

    03/17/2008 2:13:25 AM PDT · by Fred · 4 replies · 573+ views
    The Times ^ | 031708 | Sonia Verma in Doha
    Pressure is mounting on central banks in the Gulf to fight surging inflation when they meet on Wednesday by severing the link between their currencies and the tumbling US dollar. Officials in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have denied rumours of an imminent decoupling, but investors are betting on reform and are rushing to buy local currencies as investment banks issue fresh calls for revaluation. Analysts said that, despite the momentum, the Gulf states were unlikely to decouple suddenly from the dollar. They predicted more measured moves towards links to a basket of currencies. “The feeling is [that] unilateral...
  • Blair accused of 'stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back' after supporting Republicans (British PM)

    01/19/2008 10:51:01 PM PST · by Stoat · 29 replies · 734+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 20, 2008
    Blair accused of 'stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back' after supporting RepublicansLast updated at 00:56am on 20th January 2008  Former allies: Bill Clinton and Tony Blair   Tony Blair was accused of betrayal last night as he waded into the American Presidential campaign to support George Bush's Republican world view. As the former PM recommended Mr Bush's policies to 400 millionaire bankers in Las Vegas, former ally Bill Clinton was campaigning in Nevada for his wife Hillary, who hopes to be the Democratic candidate for the White House and is an arch Bush critic. In a move liable to...
  • The middle of nowhere

    05/01/2007 7:47:00 PM PDT · by nosofar · 5 replies · 411+ views
    Prospect Magazine ^ | May 1, 2007 | Edward Luttwak
    Western analysts are forever bleating about the strategic importance of the middle east. But despite its oil, this backward region is less relevant than ever, and it would be better for everyone if the rest of the world learned to ignore it Why are middle east experts so unfailingly wrong? The lesson of history is that men never learn from history, but middle east experts, like the rest of us, should at least learn from their past mistakes. Instead, they just keep repeating them.
  • Armenia's Artistic Bridge From East To West

    04/28/2007 3:11:50 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 426+ views
    IHT ^ | 4-27-2007 | Souren Melikian
    Armenia's artistic bridge from East to West By Souren Melikian Published: April 27, 2007A fragment of a capital from Dvin, 5th or 6th century. PARIS: It is not easy to display the art of a major culture left in tatters by organized physical destruction over centuries that reduced its territory to a tiny fraction of its historical dimension. What mostly survives is the art of religion, the hard-core to which the persecuted cling and carry away if portable. Otherwise it is fragments collected from ruins. Hence the title of the Armenian art show on view at the Louvre until May...
  • 26,783,383 Reasons Not To Surrender

    02/18/2007 12:57:17 PM PST · by jjgnc · 6 replies · 450+ views
    JJs Daily Snapshot | Feb. 18th, 2007 | Ryan Donavon
    Sunday, February 18, 2007 The 2006 estimate of Iraq's population was 26,783,383 people. This is a number we read, yet it's impossible for us to translate this number into manageable terms. It's beyond our ability to imagine the personal connection to this many people. Engrossed in our own lives and concerns, it is hard to understand or realize that we, as a single person, can make a difference. Yet, we can. We've all held a newborn baby and felt that incredibly tender feeling of awe, of wonder, where our hearts were overwhelmed with the beauty of life. Holding that vulnerable,...
  • Life in the YANG - The genius behind being wrong in America

    10/07/2006 2:07:16 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 425+ views
    HUMINT ^ | 7 OCTOBER 2006 | HUMINT
    The Yin Yang symbol from Chinese Philosophy represents opposing natural forces. Yang, literally translated, means the sun or sunny. Yin, being the natural opposition is thought to be the moon, darkness or shade. Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion: - To every action there is an equal but opposite reaction - is an extremely pure definition of the Yin Yang symbol. While natural balance, God’s fulcrum if you will, is accepted by the mortal mind even when the opposing forces have complex dependencies like “morality” and are thusly, vague. Chinese philosophers commonly apply Yin Yang symbolism vaguely, including, among...
  • No deal to recognize Israel, Hamas says

    09/24/2006 1:10:41 AM PDT · by familyop · 8 replies · 448+ views
    CBC News (Canada) ^ | 22SEP06 | CBC News
    Hope for a Middle East peace breakthrough faded on Friday when the militant group Hamas contradicted President Mahmoud Abbas's declaration that a new Palestinian unity government would recognize Israel. Speaking at the United Nations on Thursday, Abbas said a coalition being negotiated between his Fatah party and Hamas, the militant group that heads the Palestinian government, would recognize the Jewish state. Such a move would be a huge reversal for Hamas, which is formally dedicated to the destruction of Israel. On Friday, Hamas political advisor Ahmed Yousef told the Associated Press that "there won't be a national unity government if...
  • The "running out of oil" myth, and the inside story on illegal immigration

    09/05/2006 7:05:37 AM PDT · by seasoned traditionalist · 61 replies · 2,465+ views
    Renew America ^ | September 4, 2006 | Wes Vernon
    Next time you stop at the pump and pay through-the-stratosphere prices to fill your car's tank, just ponder this: We are not — repeat, we are not running out of oil. There is no good reason you should be paying through the nose. There are only bad reasons for it. If you are also angry about illegal aliens pouring over the border, you should know that illegal immigration is the price we are paying to keep to keep gas prices from going even higher, maybe two or three times higher.
  • East Baghdad Commander ‘Cautiously Optimistic’

    09/01/2006 12:17:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 247+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Sep. 1, 2006 – The commander of coalition forces in East Baghdad is “cautiously optimistic” for the future in his area of operations. Army Col. Thomas Vail, commander of the 506th Regimental Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters via a teleconference from Baghdad that Operation Together Forward is having an effect in his area. The 506th is the 4th Brigade of the Multinational Division Baghdad, and covers an area of 1,500 square kilometers with 5 million people. Operation Together Forward is trhe main effort in the region. The Iraqi-planned and -run operation is cutting in to the sectarian violence in...
  • Official Discusses Middle East Conflicts, Conditions

    08/07/2006 5:46:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 281+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2006 – The activities in the Hezbollah-Hamas battlespace are being manipulated by Iran, directed by Syria and executed by Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior U.S. military official, speaking on background, said today. The official also spoke about conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said three major movements are coursing through the Middle East. The first is Iran’s posturing for leadership in the region. Iran’s prominence in the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, the official said, points to the problem a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to the region and world. Iran’s sponsorship of Hezbollah and its moves...
  • Bush Calls for Lasting Middle East Cease-Fire, End of Status Quo

    07/31/2006 6:00:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 447+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 31, 2006 – The current Middle East crisis between Israel and Hezbollah is part of a larger struggle between the forces of freedom and terror, President Bush said today in Miami.   “For decades, the status quo in the Middle East permitted tyranny and terror to thrive,” Bush said during a speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command. “And as we saw on September the 11th, the status quo in the Middle East led to death and destruction in the United States, and it had to change.”   Bush said America must continue to oppose...
  • President discusses struggle between freedom, terror in the Middle East

    07/31/2006 5:36:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 222+ views
    U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment take a break in Ramadi General Hospital during a patrol outside Combat Operation Post Hawk's perimeter near Ramadi, Iraq, July 14. Department of Defense photo by Cpl. Trenton E. Harris. BAGHDAD -- During a radio address to the nation Saturday, President George W. Bush discussed U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Although a majority of the radio address was focused on confronting the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, the president said as the international community works to resolve that crisis, we must recognize that Lebanon is only the latest flashpoint in a broader struggle...
  • No End To Fighting As Rice Tours Middle East

    07/24/2006 6:10:09 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 276+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-25-2006 | Patrick Bishop - George Jones
    No end to fighting as Rice tours Middle East By Patrick Bishop and George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 25/07/2006) Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel last night with no sign that America's belated diplomatic intervention would bring an early end to the violence in Lebanon. The US secretary of state had earlier visited Beirut where she said she was "deeply concerned" by the plight of the Lebanese people who have been suffering the consequences of two weeks of Israeli attacks. Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora greets Condoleezza RiceThe White House announced that it was sending helicopters and ships to provide humanitarian...
  • Missile Defence Unready For Middle East Crisis

    07/19/2006 2:56:11 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 332+ views
    New Scientists ^ | 7-19-2006 | Paul Marks
    Missile defence unready for Middle East crisis 12:23 19 July 2006 news service Paul Marks As rockets and artillery shells continue to devastate Israeli and Lebanese towns, aerospace companies are developing antimissile shields that could one day defend against such attacks. Hezbollah has used Katyusha rockets to hit targets inside Israel, including the coastal town and naval port of Haifa, killing at least 25. Meanwhile, Israeli artillery bombardments and bombs have hit targets inside Lebanon, destroying infrastructure and leaving more than 270 dead. Prototype missile defence systems offer the promise of intercepting incoming rockets and artillery shells in flight....
  • The Prisoners' "Peace" Plan (Media bias ALERT)

    06/06/2006 2:53:33 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 11 replies · 313+ views ^ | June 5, 2006
    The media refer to a plan in which Israel is recognized and violence eschewed. But does the plan really say that? Much of the Western media has been referring to a document signed by Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails as a breakthrough in the peace process. A New York Times headline "Palestinian Leader Plans a Vote on Accepting Israel" refers to Palestinian President Abbas' initiative to hold a referendum on the so-called "prisoners' plan" characterizing it as a "coexistence plan." The Times states: The proposal calls for a Palestinian state alongside Israel, based on the borders that existed before the...