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  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – August 27th, 2017

    08/27/2017 2:30:49 PM PDT · by Lera · 4 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | Aug 27, 2017 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. talks about how the seriousness of everything that’s taking place in the world today cannot continue in it’s present state much longer in that, something has to give.
  • Israeli PM orders rethink on settlement construction plans

    11/13/2013 7:36:18 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2013 Last updated at 07:15 ET | BBC
    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his housing minister to reconsider construction plans for more than 20,000 homes in the West Bank. He said the plans, announced by Housing Minister Uri Ariel earlier on Tuesday, would create unnecessary friction with the international community. The US had earlier said it was "deeply concerned" over the Israeli plans. The Palestinians had said they would appeal to the UN, warning that Israel's move would kill off peace talks. In a statement, Mr Netanyahu said he had asked Housing Minister Uri Ariel "to reconsider" plans for potential construction of new homes for Jewish settlers...
  • China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam in line for seats on UN Human Rights Council

    11/12/2013 9:07:31 AM PST · by haffast · 20 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2013 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS – China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are among the nations running unopposed for seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.'s highest rights watchdog body, a prospect that has upset independent human rights groups. The General Assembly on Tuesday will elect 14 new members to the 47-seat, Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight of publicity and censure on rights abuses by adopting resolutions — when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes. New York-based Human Rights Watch pointed out...
  • Israel accuses Palestinians of incitement over talks

    11/06/2013 5:39:10 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 November 2013 Last updated at 06:50 ET | BBC
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the Palestinians for the apparent stalemate in their peace talks, accusing them of creating "artificial crises" and incitement. He spoke after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is attempting to revive the peace process. The direct negotiations launched in July have shown little sign of progress and are due to end next April. Mr Kerry will later meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The secretary of state has denied media speculation that he may propose a new interim peace deal. Kerry confident Mr Netanyahu said Israel stood by the terms...
  • Islamic finance in the global era

    11/04/2013 7:50:34 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11/04/2013 16:52 | Daniele Atzori
    Rome (AsiaNews) - With the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum, held in London between 29 and 31 October, Islamic finance has come into its own and gone mainstream. Until a few years ago, Islamic finance was unknown to most people. Some even equated it to the financing of Islamic terrorism. In fact, in the years right after 9/11, anything about Islam was viewed with concern. Now things are different. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who spoke at the forum, said that London is no longer happy to be the main Islamic financial centre outside Muslim countries; it now wants to...
  • This Natural Gas Find Could Completely Change the World As We Know It (Israel-Cyprus)

    11/03/2013 2:23:59 PM PST · by haffast · 15 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 3, 2013 | Tyler Crowe
    One thing that makes the energy sector so intriguing is the constant overlap between markets and politics. In many ways, energy security is synonymous with national security, and the supply and demand needs of the oil market can make the most unlikely bedfellows. One country that has been at the center of energy and politics for decades has been Israel. For years the country has been dependent upon foreign energy sources, but a major discovery by Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL ) and its partners has turned this situation on its head. Let's look how this massive natural gas find could...
  • Vatican is an ‘enormous soft power’, says MP after visit

    10/28/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | Friday, 25 October 2013 | Laura Gotti Tedeschi
    British parliamentarians have concluded their three-day visit to the Holy See. Eleven members of the All Party Parliament Group, accompanied by the chaplain to Parliament Canon Pat Browne, met with the Pope on Wednesday, after the General Audience. MP Edward Leigh declared after the three day visit that “The Holy See is an enormous soft power, it represent a religion of 1.2 billion people and so the British government and the British parliament is very interested in what the Vatican says.” The Group, made up of representatives of both House of Parliament and all the major political parties, has encountered...
  • Israel to free next 26 Palestinian prisoners under deal

    10/28/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 October 2013 Last updated at 20:26 ET | BBC
    The Israeli government has approved the release of another 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered deal for the resumption of peace talks. They will be the second round of prisoners to be freed since August. A statement from the Israeli prime minister's office said the inmates had all been jailed for violence committed before the 1993 Oslo accords. Israeli and Palestinian representatives began direct talks in Jerusalem in August after a three-year hiatus. As part of the process, Israel has agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. Behind bars The names of the latest group of detainees set...
  • Navy wants $600m for ships to protect gas rigs (Israel)

    10/21/2013 10:08:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Globes Online, Israel ^ | 21 October 13 | Yuval Azulai
    The Navy wants four missile corvettes to defend Israel's exclusive economic zone. The Israel Navy is preparing a plan to procure four missile corvettes to protect the gas rigs in Israel's exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean. The ships cost an estimated $400 million and systems that will be installed on them cost an additional $200 million. A senior Navy officer says that the plan is due to be presented to the government for approval in a few weeks. The corvettes were priced after a long process in which the Navy obtained quotes from several foreign shipyards, including in Germany,...
  • Syria crisis: Guide to armed and political opposition

    10/19/2013 4:34:53 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 October 2013 Last updated at 02:40 ET | Lina Sinjab, David Gritten, James Longman, Faisal Irshaid
    There are believed to be as many as 1,000 armed opposition groups in Syria, commanding an estimated 100,000 fighters. Many of the groups are small and operate on a local level, but a number have emerged as powerful forces with affiliates across the country or formed alliances with other groups that share a similar agenda. The BBC News website looks at the most prominent. Big snip
  • Palestinian President to Pope: I hope to sign a peace agreement with Israel

    10/17/2013 1:47:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | October 17, 2013
    Pope Francis shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) during a private audience in the pontiff library at the Vatican, October 17, 2013. Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano October 17, 2013. ( Surrounded by Swiss Guards, the president of the State of Palestine, walked inside the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. The cameras started flickering away when Mahmoud Abbas walked in. With the help of a translator, he introduced himself to Pope Francis.   MAHMOUD ABBASPresident, State of Palestine“I'm very happy to meet you for the very first time...
  • PM headed to Rome for meetings with pope, John Kerry (Netanyahu - Israel)

    10/16/2013 7:27:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 16, 2013, 9:45 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Pope Francis and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Italy next week. Netanyahu will meet Francis in the Vatican Wednesday, ahead of the pontiff’s expected visit to Israel next year. In Rome, the prime minister will meet with Kerry to discuss the current nuclear negotiations between six world powers on Iran, and the peace process with the Palestinians, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The first round of renewed nuclear negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic concluded Wednesday with cautious optimism from both sides....
  • Nobel Wants To Pipe Gas For Domestic Use (Cyprus,Israel)

    10/11/2013 6:16:30 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Cyprus Gas News ^ | 11 October 2013 | Elias Hazou
    NOBLE Energy, operators of the Block 12 offshore licence, has reportedly renewed a proposal for piping gas from the Aphrodite well for the purpose of domestic electricity generation. Daily Politis writes that the Houston-based energy company has quoted a delivery price of $9 or $10 per million btus (mmbtu). That’s significantly lower than the price offered by Itera during the ‘interim gas’ tender procedure. Itera’s offer is understood to have been around $15.5 per mmbtu. Politis said the cost of electricity generation – and thus the price of electricity to end-consumers – could on paper drop by 15 to 20...
  • Muslim leader says pope is model of what religious leader should be

    10/08/2013 1:24:33 PM PDT · by haffast · 33 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct-8-2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, like Islam's Sufi mystic theologians and poets, "is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion," said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland. Mohamad Bashar Arafat, a Syrian who has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was visiting the Vatican and speaking to groups in Rome in early October as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See as part of the U.S. State Department's international speakers program. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Arafat said...
  • Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka make history in the Vatican

    09/29/2013 8:03:20 PM PDT · by haffast · 25 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 09/29/2013 | Gerard O’Connell
    Never before in the history of Christian-Jewish relations have a Pope and a Rabbi celebrated their friendship by living in the Vatican together for several days, sharing all meals, including on two Jewish festivals and the Sabbath at which the Rabbi said prayers in Hebrew, and discussing what more they can do together to promote dialogue and peace in the world. That is what actually happened over the past four days at the Vatican guesthouse (Santa Marta) where Pope Francis lives and where his friend from Buenos Aires, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, has been his guest from September 25 to this...
  • Russia Restructures Cyprus Debt; Cyprus Prohibits US Strikes On Syria

    08/31/2013 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/31/3013 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday afternoon, Russia agreed to restructure Cyprus' EUR 2.5 billion loan terms to a much more affordable 2.5% semi-annual coupon through 2016 and a principal re-payment over the following four years. While probably still out of reach for the desparate economy, it was a positive step. Of course, this 'offer' by Russia has its quid pro quo. This morning, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has stated that Cyprus territory will not be used to launch military strikes against Syria, as "Cyprus wants to live up to its responsibility as a shelter if needed for nationals of friendly countries who evacuate from...
  • Will the Eastern Mediterranean become the next Persian Gulf? (July 25, 2013)

    08/28/2013 6:15:05 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | July 25, 2013 | Niklas Anzinger
    For more than two decades, the United States has placed the issue of Eastern Mediterranean maritime ­security on the backburner. But the 2010 discovery of what may potentially be 3,450 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 1.7 billion barrels of oil in the Eastern Mediterranean’s Levant Basin brings that region’s security to the forefront. Turkey and Cyprus have competing interests in tapping the newfound oil and gas and in defending their access to those resources, while Israel and Lebanon continue to dispute their shared maritime boundary and territorial waters. Against this backdrop, political tensions are escalating in Egypt, Moscow...
  • Jerusalem, shared ‘security blanket,’ key to Israeli-Palestinian peace

    08/14/2013 8:58:42 PM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | August 14, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) — Coveted as a spiritual and political capital by both Israelis and Palestinians, the status of the city of Jerusalem has stood out as one of the pivotal topics in their ongoing peace negotiations. snip “Jerusalem is very critical to the negotiations,” said Bernard Sabella, associate professor of sociology at Bethlehem University and a member of the Palestinian parliament. “U.N. resolutions and even the United States recognize East Jerusalem as occupied territory. We are going to have to find a solution set-up which is acceptable to both parties. snip Rabbi Rosen said that although there are some fringe...
  • U.S. Air Force Chief Completes Secret Visit to Israel

    08/12/2013 7:26:53 AM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | August 11th, 2013 | JTA
    Gen. Mark Welsh, the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has completed a secret visit to Israel, where was the guest of the Commander of the Israel Air Force, Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel. snip The officials discussed a number of topics including mutual security challenges in light of the regional security situation. Welsh and Eshel also discussed plans to further strengthen the cooperation between the U.S. Air Force and the Israel Air Force, according to the IDF. The meeting, which reportedly was kept secret at the request of the United States, comes in advance of a scheduled visit by...
  • US State Department creates office ‘to engage with’ world’s religious communities (Kerry)

    08/08/2013 7:46:49 PM PDT · by haffast · 19 replies
    CWN ^ | August 08, 2013 | CWN
    Secretary of State John Kerry has announced the creation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, whose mission, he said, is “to engage more closely with faith communities around the world, with the belief that we need to partner with them to solve global challenges.” “There is common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, and, in fact, between the Abrahamic faiths and all religions and philosophies, whether you’re talking about Hindu or Confucianism or any other of the many of the world’s different approaches to our existence here on the planet and to our relationship with a supreme being,” said Kerry....