Thursday, November 15, 2007
CHINA EU MIGHT SWAP CURRENCIES
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Magnitude 7.7 quake hits northern Chile NOV 14,07
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A powerful 7.7 quake hit mineral-rich northern Chile on Wednesday, injuring some people and damaging buildings in and around Antofagasta, a coastal city that is the country's mining capital, the government and media reports said.
Tocopilla, a city 75 miles north of Antofagasta, was the hardest hit by the quake and Chile's Interior Ministry said it had preliminary reports of minor injuries.Television images showed cars crushed under the concrete awning of a hotel in Antofagasta, where power was knocked out by the quake. Frightened residents stood in the streets.The United States Geological Service, or USGS, said the quake, 36.7 miles deep, was centered 66 miles west of the town of Calama and struck at 10:40 a.m. EST.The quake was initially reported at 7.8 magnitude by the U.S. agency and later verified at 7.7.The quake hit an area where there are many large copper mines. Chile is the biggest copper producer in the world, providing more than a third of annual supplies of the red metal.
Copper futures in New York jumped by as much as 3.2 percent after reports of the quake.Chilean state copper miner Codelco said it did not yet have a report on the effect on its mines.Chile's Escondida, owned by BHP Billiton and the world's largest copper mine, said the earthquake was felt at its pit in northern Chile but it did not yet have an assessment of the effects.Chilean authorities discounted the chances of a tsunami along its Pacific coast after the quake.The earthquake was felt in Peru and Bolivia, Chile's neighbors to the north.In Bolivia's administrative capital La Paz, a key government building, home to several ministries, was evacuated. But there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to infrastructure.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Hawaii, west of Chile across the Pacific, but said the quake would cause only small non-destructive sea level changes and strong unusual currents for a few hours.Based on all available data there is no destructive tsunami threat to Hawaii, the center said in its advisory.(Additional reporting by Antonio de la Jara in Santiago and Sandra Maler in Washington, Writing by Fiona Ortiz, Editing by Frances Kerry)
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Cyclone poised to slam into Bangladesh, eastern India NOV 14,07
DHAKA (AFP) - A cyclone packing high winds and heavy rains could slam into Bangladesh as early as Thursday and India one day later, forecasters said.
Bangladesh went on high alert on Wednesday as weather officials said Tropical Cyclone Sidr, hovering over the Bay of Bengal, could hit the southern coast of the disaster-prone country within 24 hours.Volunteers working for the cyclone preparedness programme were on standby to evacuate residents to shelters, the official BSS news agency reported.The private UNB news agency said some residents were already being evacuated and authorities in one district were using loudspeakers to warn residents to move to safer areas.It if hits the coastal area with its present intensity, it will be catastrophic, said weather department official Sanaul Haque.In 1970, some half a million people died when a cyclone hit the impoverished country, while an estimated 138,000 people died as a result of a cyclonic tidal wave in 1991.
The lower death toll in 1991 was attributed to a network of cyclone shelters and a warning system introduced after the 1970 disaster.Indian weather officials also warned of a very severe cyclonic storm hovering 850 kilometres (530 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.They forecast it would hit West Bengal's southern islands early Friday.
The storm is likely to cross Sagar Island and coastal villages of West Bengal before entering Bangladesh, eastern region weather centre director Gokul Chandra Debnath told AFP.In West Bengal, which shares a border with Bangladesh, officials began evacuating villagers from the Sunderbans delta islands that form the southernmost point of the state and fishermen were warned against going to sea.Heavy rains and gale force winds of 50 to 60 kilometres per hour were expected Thursday on India's eastern coast, a warning from the Indian weather department said.
More than 600 killed, millions impacted by Yangtze flooding Wed Nov 14, 12:49 AM
BEIJING (AFP) - Floods and other disasters killed at least 600 people in China's Yangtze River basin during this year's May-October rainy season, when serious flooding ravaged much of the nation, state media reported.The disasters affected about 90 million people along the country's longest river and destroyed 440,000 houses, Xinhua news agency said in a report late Tuesday.
The events caused direct economic losses of 43 billion yuan (5.7 billion dollars), it said, quoting a report by the official Yangtze River Water Resources Commission.The report said no serious flooding occurred along the river itself but that frequent extreme weather events ravaged nearby areas.China's massive Three Gorges Dam on the river's middle reaches was built partly to control the annual floods that have long plagued Yangtze communities.The report did not specify the other disasters but officials have reported frequent landslides along the river's banks, believed caused by the growing reservoir behind the dam, the world's largest hydro-electric project.
At least 1,100 people died across the country this summer from flooding and other extreme weather, according to previously released official figures, which some state meteorologists attributed to climate change.Several areas of the nation suffered record-breaking downpours.
25,000 in B.C. still without power after storm: BC Hydro
Tue Nov 13, 10:02 PM
VANCOUVER (CBC) - About 25,000 homes in British Columbia are still without electricity Tuesday, following a massive windstorm that knocked down trees, snapped hundreds of power poles and flooded roads on Monday.BC Hydro said electricity will be flowing to most customers by Tuesday night but some people in more remote areas won't have power until Wednesday.We're still dealing with a lot of wires down, said company spokeswoman Gillian.At the height of the storm about 196,000 homes were plunged into darkness, with the hardest hit areas in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.In Lions Bay, the 1,500-member community went without power for a week after a big storm last year. Resident Wayne Peaker said a power line was ripped off the roof of his house during the heavy winds and rains on Monday morning.We already had an electrician here but he says it's a BC Hydro job when it's ripped out of the house like that, Peaker said.
They live in a rural environment and that's one of the challenges of living here. It's a trade-off, said Lions Bay administrator Don Reid.Hydro crews were busy on Tuesday repairing snapped poles and clearing debris. Robinson said most homes in Metro Vancouver should see the lights back on at night.A lot of the customers in areas such as Cortez Island, Northern Vancouver Island, even areas in the Fraser Valley can expect to be out for one to two more days, Robinson said.To deal with the situation, she recommends people gather extra blankets, water and food, as well as a flashlight. Candles are not a safe idea, she said
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23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.( BE HEAD OF 3 NATIONS)
25 And he (EU PRESIDENT) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.(3 1/2 YRS)
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king (EU DICTATOR) of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,(FROM THE OCCULT) shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:(SATANS POWER) and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes;(JESUS) but he shall be broken without hand.
36 And the king (EU DICTATOR) shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers,(THIS EU DICTATOR IS JEWISH) nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.(CLAIM TO BE GOD)
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces:(WAR) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god,(DESTROY TERROR GROUPS) whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many,(HIS ARMY LEADERS) and shall divide the land for gain.
19 And I saw the beast,(EU LEADER) and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse,(JESUS) and against his army.(THE RAPTURED CHRISTIANS)
French EU presidency to push for defence integration
13.11.2007 - 09:23 CET | By Mark Beunderman
France will next year push for a Europe of defence, proposing Brussels-based EU planning staff, exchanges between professional soldiers and a harmonization of military education – ideas which are likely to raise concern in the UK. In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, French defence minister Hervé Morin said that Paris will put defence high on the agenda when it takes over the rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of 2008. Mr Morin described European defence as an absolute priority which is at least as important for European integration as the EU's common currency, the euro. With the common currency, we have created a strong symbol for Europe. But nothing can better express the European community of fate than common defence, a common sense of Europe's threats and security interests, he said.
A kind of European conscience can grow over the question where, if need be, we want to defend our values with weapons, he stated. This is why during the presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2008 we would like to press ahead with a Europe of defence.Mr Morin said Paris is still co-ordinating with its EU partners what its presidency agenda would mean in practical terms, but said independent crisis capacities for Europe would be one key goal. An own planning staff in Brussels forms part of our ideas, as well as the development of a European security strategy for the coming years, he said. I could also imagine a sort of military Erasmus programme with an institutionalised exchange of professional soldiers within the EU. Of course this would require a harmonization of military education, at least at the start of careers.
UK and NATO
But France's proposal to create an independent EU military planning unit looks set to face deep scepticism on the other side of the Channel.The Financial Times earlier this week reported that UK prime minister Gordon Brown's government is very reluctant to adopt any big European initiatives, at least until London has ratified the EU's new reform treaty. UK officials dislike the idea of an EU defence headquarters and would like European defence forces to focus on peacekeeping and humanitarian tasks, rather than on combat operations which they traditionally see as part of the remit of NATO. France's president Nicolas Sarkozy however is strongly pushing for a military role for the EU which is independent from that of the Atlantic alliance. Mr Sarkozy has said he would like France to re-join the military command structures of the Northern Atlantic alliance which it left 43 years ago - but on the condition that EU defence is also strengthened. Speaking before the US Congress last week, Mr Sarkozy said NATO cannot be everywhere...The EU must be able to act.I say it here before this Congress, he stated. The more successful we are in the establishment of a European defence, the more France will be resolved to resume its full role in NATO.
HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
Chinese currency swap would further strengthen euro
13.11.2007 - 17:32 CET | By Jochen Luypaert
If China was to gradually replace its dollar reserves with other currencies such as the euro, a further rise of the common European currency against the dollar will take place, experts warn.On 7 November, Cheng Siwei, vice-chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress, said that China needed to diversify its $1.43 trillion of foreign exchange reserves, replacing the dollar with stronger currencies in order to offset the losses caused by the weak dollar.Taking into account the current strength of the euro, it is considered likely that Mr Siwei was making a reference to the euro - among other currencies, such as the Canadian dollar. Experts agree that any currency swap –selling off dollars, and buying euros and other currencies - would result in a further rise of the euro.If China does move away from US dollar assets in any significant way, the most likely direct short term effect will be continued downward pressure on the US dollar, Duncan Freeman, researcher at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS), told the EUobserver.With regard to Europe in the short term that will tend to intensify the problem of the dollar falling against the euro, which will make US exports more competitive against exports from the euro zone, he added.
Dr Alan Ahearne, scholar at the Brussels-based Bruegel think tank, expressed a similar view, but added that Asian currencies should also appreciate instead of only the euro.Ideally, Asian currencies should also strengthen. This would make a falling dollar much more tolerable for Europe. While the euro would still rise against the dollar, it would fall against Asian currencies. Such a fall would be an acceptable adjustment. The current situation is unfair and undesirable, he told the EUobserver.Currently, China is holding its currency - the renminbi - broadly stable against a basket of currencies, including the euro and the dollar.It's very clear that the renminbi is undervalued because China is rapidly accumulating foreign exchange reserves, which is a very strong hint that that a currency is undervalued, Dr Ahearne explained.European finance ministers share this view, and have called on China to let its currency float more freely on exchange markets.
Not a quick swap
Mr Siwei's comments are only the latest sign that China is considering gradually decreasing its relative reliance on the greenback.Other government officials have on other occasions made clear that a diversification of currency reserves could be in the interest of the East-Asian economic giant.The government has been criticized in China for failing to achieve an adequate return on its reserves by investing them in US treasury bonds. It is also faced with the problem that the value of its US dollar assets is falling, Mr Freeman explained.While a Chinese currency swap is expected to occur sooner or later, it is expected to be only a partial and gradual one, as a quick and complete replacement would hurt it.The result [of a quick and complete currency swap] would be worldwide economic crisis. The Chinese are not so stupid that they would do something like this, Mr Freeman said.Any major move out of US dollar holdings by China would result in the collapse in the value of dollar assets like treasuries. This would destroy the value of China's remaining holdings of dollar assets, he added.
According to Mr Freeman, there would be a second result - the immediate need of the US government to up its interest rates massively in order to be able to finance its deficits.Such a course of action would most likely result in a stock market collapse and economic recession in the US, which would lead to a steep decline in Chinese exports to the US and other economies.
The Chinese are well aware of the consequences of their actions, which is why they have never proposed taking any action like this, he concluded.Dr Ahearne, focusing on the impact on the European economy, said that a quick sell off of dollars would result in a very abrupt rise of the euro, soaring to unprecedented levels.
While Mr Siwei does not possess any say over China's monetary policy, his comment nevertheless drove the euro to a new record high – a bit more than $1.47 was needed to buy one euro.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TR BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
Free marketism should not be Europe's creed, says Sarkozy
13.11.2007 - 16:24 CET | By Honor Mahony
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - French president Nicolas Sarkozy has outlined a vision for Europe that would see untramelled capitalism pushed far down the political hierarchy to be replaced by a focus on cultural and spiritual issues with more than a hint of European protectionism.Speaking to an unusually full European chamber in Strasbourg on Tuesday (13 November), Mr Sarkozy said that despite recently fixing its institutional set-up, Europe remains in a state of moral and political crisis.The new Reform Treaty allows Europe to take decisions and to act. But it does not say with what goals and with what purpose, said the president.Political questions still have to be dealt with, he said, adding that is why he is proposing the creation of a wise committee to discuss without taboos where Europe is going.
According to Mr Sarkozy, who has put France firmly back at the centre of the European stage since his May election, Europeans are having a profound identity crisis (..) linked globalisation and the commercialisation of the world.Noting that economic values seem to win the day over other values, Mr Sarkozy said that it is a mistake to overlook culture.Europe can only be Europe in the eyes of all men if she defends spiritual values and civilisational values, if she gathers all her forces, all her energy for defending cultural diversity.The French leader gave a lot of time to protectionism - a concept that has fallen out of favour in the EU since the more market-oriented eastern member states joined the bloc in 2004, coupled with the current European Commission with its strong liberal profile.The word protection should be not be outlawed, said the president adding that we must be able to protect ourselves as much as others do.If others have the right to protect themselves against dumping, why not Europe? If other nations put industrial policies in place, why not Europe? If others defend their farmers, why shouldn't Europe defend its farmers?, he asked.While Europe is associated with competition, it cannot be alone in the world in making it a creed.He went on to say that while Europe has chosen a market economy and capitalism, this should not give rise to untrammelled capitalism.His 30 minute speech - greeted with a standing ovation by MEPs - also drew to attention to the issues that France will focus on during its presidency of the EU in the second half of next year.This is to include reform of the EU's farm policy after 2013, discussions on an eco-tax, and defence issues.How can Europe be independent (..) and have influence in the world if it is itself unable to guarantee its own security, said Mr Sarkozy.But the French president, whose limelight-stealing activity on the European stage has both riled and charmed in almost equal measure, left one major topic out of his speech: enlargement and the issue of Turkish membership of the EU.
Some fear his wise group is front for halting Turkey's progress into the EU.Since becoming president Mr Sarkozy has been credited with giving Europe the political impetus to agree a new treaty, he has also made suggestions for a Mediterranean union and has often spoke about the importance of European defence.Meanwhile, he has caused friction in some quarters with his open criticism of the European Central Bank, falling back on promises to curb France's deficit and speaking of European industrial champions.
Israel to hold major war games in West Bank Tue Nov 13, 3:22 AM ET
JERUSALEM (AFP) - The Israeli army said on Tuesday it is to launch a major military exercise across the occupied West Bank simulating its response to an outbreak of Palestinian violence. The army will undertake a current exercise on November 18 to prepare it to better face all eventualities, an army spokesman told AFP.The manouevres will take place shortly before an expected US-sponsored international peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, but according to Israel's Haaretz newspaper the exercises had been planned back in July.The exercise is not an official preparation in case talks at Annapolis fail, though senior IDF (army) officers have been predicting for weeks that the conference has little chance of succeeding, Haaretz said.The drills will simulate a scenario whereby Palestinian militants carry out a wave of attacks across the West Bank amid widespread demonstrations and heightened tensions in the Gaza Strip and along the Syrian border.
Haaretz cautioned however that such war games are often deliberately exaggerated and do not reflect what the military brass actually expects will happen on the ground.Israel and the Palestinians have been locked in intense negotiations over the past few weeks in an attempt to prepare a joint declaration to present at the US conference that will serve as a launch pad for talks.Leaders hope to revive a peace process that has been in limbo since 2000, when similar talks broke down and a Palestinian uprising erupted across the occupied territories.
THE EU DICTATOR
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.(THIS IS THE EU DICTATOR)
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.(7 HEADS ARE THE 7TH WORLD EMPIRE IN HISTORY (THE EU) AS WELL AS THE VATICAN WHICH IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS. 10 HORNS ARE 10 KINGS THAT ARISE FROM THE EU, THEN #11 COMES ON THE SCENE BECOMES THE HEAD OF 3 OUNTRIES AND THEN THE EU DICTATOR, COMES FROM 1 OF THE 3 COUNTRIES THAT RULE FOR THIS TERM. I BELIEVE THE 3 COUNTRIES RULING AT THE TIME ARE SPAIN AND 2 OF THE ORIGINAL 6 THAT STARTED THE EU. FROM 1 OF THESE 3 COUNTRIES COME THE FUTURE EU DICTATOR PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION WHO GUARENTEES ISRAELS SECURITY FOR A LAND FOR PEACE 7 YEAR TREATY.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.(THE JEWISH EU DICTATOR GETS HIS POWER FROM SATAN,HE COMES FROM THE OCCULT).
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.(THE DICTATOR HAS A FALSE RESURRECTION. JUST LIKE JESUS HAD A LITERAL RESURRECTION THIS DICTATOR GETS MURDERED AT THE 3 1/2 YR MARK OF THR 7 YEAR TREATY AND COMES BACK TO LIFE. THIS IS HOW HE CAN CLAIM TO BE GOD AND GET AWAY WITH IT AND CONTROL THE WHOLE EARTH.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
36 And the king shall do according to his will;(EU PRESIDENT) and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers,(THIS EU DICTATOR IS A EUROPEAN JEW) nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces:(HES A MILITARY GINIUS) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds (CONTROL HEZBOLLAH,AL-QUAIDA MURDERERS ETC) with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many,(HIS ARMY LEADERS) and shall divide the land for gain.
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south(EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR PROTECTING ISRAELS SECURITY) and the king of the north(RUSSIA) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
Land for peace Abbas tells Israel
ANKARA: Israel will live in peace if it ends its occupation of Arab lands, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday, ahead of a US-sponsored peace conference to revive the Middle East peace process.If there is peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the occupation of Arab lands ends, Israel will also live in a sea of peace, security and stability in the Middle East, Abbas told a joint Press conference with Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.If this happens, there will no longer be wars or enmity and all the peoples in the region will live in security and stability, he said.
Both sides have termed the upcoming conference as an opportunity not to be missed.Peres hailed the Palestinian leader as a friend and a man of peace.Having Abbas as the leader of the Palestinian people is a very important chance for peace, the Israeli President said.Peres and Abbas spoke just minutes before they signed, along with Gul, an agreement to set up joint industrial zones in the West Bank. This agreement is a win-win situation, Peres said.
Israel Wants Recognition As Jewish State Before US Talks-AFP NOV 14,07
JERUSALEM (AFP)--Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a precondition for peace talks to follow an international meeting expected later this month.The starting point for negotiations with the Palestinians following the Annapolis meeting will be recognition of the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Olmert's office said following talks with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Jerusalem.The prime minister made it clear that from Israel's point of view this issue isn't subject to either negotiations or discussion.The Palestinians have already said they won't accept Israel's demand, which would effectively be an implicit renunciation of their claim of the right of return for Palestinian refugees.We recognize the state of Israel within its 1967 borders. We don't refer to the religion of any state but its borders. Such logic is unacceptable, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said earlier this week.Israel and the Palestinians have been struggling to agree on a joint declaration outlining a solution to the Middle East conflict.Both sides wish to present such a document at the U.S. meeting expected in Annapolis, Maryland, after which it is hoped negotiations on a full peace agreement can take place.The two sides have agreed to proceed with peace talks on a two-state solution on the basis of the 2003 road map peace plan, which calls on both sides to halt violence and on Israel to stop expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank. Dow Jones Newswires.
Our World: Islam and the nation-state
By CAROLINE GLICK NOV 12,07
Throughout the world, one of the most prevalent causes of war, terrorism and political instability is the ongoing weakening of the nation-state system. There are several reasons that the nation-state as a political unit of sovereignty is under threat. One of the most basic causes of this continuous erosion of national power throughout the world is the transformation of minority-dominated enclaves within nation-states into ungovernable areas where state power is either not applied or applied in a haphazard and generally unconstructive manner. While domestic strife between majority and minority populations has been an enduring feature of democratic and indeed all societies throughout history, the current turbulence constitutes a unique challenge to the nation-state system. This is because much of the internal strife between minority and majority populations within states today is financed and often directed from outside the country. Traditionally, minorities used various local means to engage the majority population in a bid to influence the political direction or cultural norms of the nation state. The classic examples of this traditional minority-majority engagement are the black civil rights movement in the US in the 1960s and the labor movements in the West throughout the 20th century. By and large, these movements were domestic protests informed by national sensibilities even when they enjoyed the support of foreign governments.
Today while similar movements continue to flourish, they are now being superseded by a new type of minority challenge to national majorities. This challenge is not primarily the result of domestic injustice but the consequence of foreign agitation. The roots of these minority challenges are found outside the borders of the targeted states. And their goals are not limited to a call for the reform of national institutions and politics. Rather they set their sights on weakening national institutions and eroding national sovereignty. MUSLIM MINORITIES throughout the world are being financed and ideologically trained in Saudi and UAE funded mosques and Islamic centers. These minorities act in strikingly similar manners in the countries where they are situated throughout the world. On the one hand, their local political leaders demand extraordinary communal rights, rights accorded neither to the national majority nor to other minority populations. On the other hand, Muslim neighborhoods, particularly in Europe, but also in Israel, the Philippines and Australia, are rendered increasingly ungovernable as arms of the state like the police and tax authorities come under attack when they attempt to assert state power in these Muslim communities.
Logic would have it that targeted states would respond to the threat to their authority through a dual strategy. On the one hand, they would firmly assert their authority by enforcing their laws against both individual lawbreakers and against subversive, foreign financed institutions that incite the overthrow of their governments and their replacement with Islamic governments. On the other hand, they would seek out and empower local Muslims who accept the authority and legitimacy of their states and their rule of law. Unfortunately, with the notable exception of the Howard government in Australia, in country after country, governments respond to this challenge by attempting to appease Muslim irredentists and their state sponsors. The British responded to the July 7, 2005 bombings by giving representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood an official role in crafting and carrying out counter-terror policies. In 2003, then French president Jacques Chirac sent then interior minister Nicholas Sarkozy to Egypt to seek the permission of Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi of the Islamist al-Azhar mosque for the French parliament's plan to outlaw hijabs in French schools. In the US, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the FBI asked the terror-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations to conduct sensitivity training for FBI agents.
In Holland last year, the Dutch government effectively expelled anti-Islamist politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the interest of currying favor with Holland's restive Muslim minority. THE FOREIGN policy aspect of the rush to appease is twofold. First, targeted states refuse to support one another when individual governments attempt to use the tools of law enforcement to handle their domestic jihad threat. For instance, European states have harshly criticized the US Patriot Act while the US criticized the French decision to prohibit the hijab in public schools. More acutely, targeted states lead the charge in calling for the establishment of Muslim-only states. Today the US and the EU are leading the charge towards the establishment of a Palestinian state and the creation of an independent state of Kosovo. In two weeks, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host the Annapolis conference where together with her European and Arab counterparts, she will exert enormous pressure on the Olmert government to agree to the establishment of a jihadist Palestinian state in Israel's heartland with its capital in Jerusalem and its sovereignty extending over Judaism's most sacred site, the Temple Mount.
The establishment of the sought-for Palestinian state presupposes the ethnic cleansing of at a minimum 80,000 Israelis from their homes and communities simply because they are Jews. Jews of course will be prohibited from living in Palestine. FOR ITS part, the Palestinian leadership to which Israel will be expected to communicate its acceptance of the establishment of Palestine, is one part criminal, and two parts jihadist. As Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues have made clear, while they are willing to accept Israel's concessions, they are not willing to accept Israel. This is why they refuse to acknowledge Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. A rare consensus exists today in Israel. From the far-left to the far-right, from IDF Military Intelligence to the Mossad, all agree that the Annapolis conference will fail to bring a peace accord. Since Rice's approach to reaching just such an accord has been to apply unrelenting pressure on Israel, it is fairly clear that she will blame Israel for the conference's preordained failure and cause a further deterioration in US-Israeli relations.
While Israel is supposed to accept a Jew-free Palestine, it goes without saying that its own 20 percent Arab minority will continue to enjoy the full rights of Israeli citizenship. Yet one of the direct consequences of the establishment of a Jew-free, pro-jihadist State of Palestine will be the further radicalization of Israeli Arabs. They will intensify their current rejection of Israel's national identity. With Palestinian and outside support, they will intensify their irredentist activities and so exert an even more devastating attack on Israel's sovereignty and right to national self-determination. SHORTLY AFTER the Annapolis conference fails, and no doubt in a bid to buck up its standing with the Arab world, the US may well stand by its stated intention to recognize the independence of Kosovo. On December 10, the UN-sponsored troika from the US, Russia and Germany is due to present their report on the ongoing UN-sponsored negotiations between the Kosovo Muslims and the Serbian government regarding the future of the restive province of Serbia. Since the Kosovo Muslims insist on full sovereignty and Serbia's government refuses to accept Kosovo's independence, those talks are deadlocked. Since Russia refuses to support Kosovo's removal from Serbia, there is no chance that the UN Security Council will pass a resolution calling for Kosovar independence.
The push for Kosovar independence was begun by the Clinton administration. It was the natural consequence of the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Yet the basic assumptions of that bombing campaign have been turned on their head in recent years. In 1999, Serbia was run by a murderous dictator Slobodan Milosovic. He stood accused of ethnically cleansing Kosovo of its Muslim population which was perceived as innocent. Today, led by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia is taking bold steps towards becoming a liberal democracy which abjures ethnic cleansing and political violence. On the other hand, the Saudi-financed Kosovo Muslims have destroyed more than 150 churches over the past several years, and have terrorized Kosovar Christians and so led to their mass exodus from the province. As Julia Gorin documented in a recent article in Jewish World Review, Kosovo's connections with Albanian criminal syndicates and global jihadists are legion. Moreover, Kosovar independence would likely spur irredentist movements among the Muslim minorities in all Balkan states. In Macedonia for instance, a quarter of the population is Muslim. These irredentist movements in turn would increase Muslim irredentism throughout Europe just as Palestinian statehood will foment an intensification of the Islamization of Israel's Arab minority. The Kosovo government announced last month that given the diplomatic impasse, it plans to declare its independence next month. Currently, the Bush administration is signaling its willingness to recognize an independent Kosovo even though doing so will threaten US-Russian relations. In a bid both to prevent the Bush administration from turning on Israel in the aftermath of the failure of the Annapolis conference and to make clear Israel's own rejection of the notion that a solution to the Palestinian conflict with Israel can be imposed by foreign powers, the Olmert government should immediately and loudly restate its opposition to the imposition of Kosovar independence on Serbia. In the interest of defending the nation-state system, on which American sovereignty and foreign policy is based, the US should reassess the logic of its support for the establishment of Muslim-only states. It should similarly revisit its refusal to openly support the right of non-Islamic states like Israel, Serbia and even France, to assert their rights to defend their sovereignty, national security and national character from outside-sponsored domestic Islamic subversion.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Putin Meets Leaders Of Muslim Organisations
Wednesday, 14 November 2007, 8:44 am
Press Release: Government of Russia
Beginning of the Meeting with Leaders of Muslim Organisations
PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good day dear friends!
My meetings with leaders of religious communities and traditional denominations are regular occurrences; you know this well because we are constantly meeting in this format. This is what I would like to say at the beginning of our meeting today. I would also like to stress once again that Russian Muslims have always made a huge contribution to the development of our country, and done a great deal to establish Russia as a world power. Today the Muslim community is playing a very positive role in the development of the Russian Federation. The very instance that our nation is developing as a multi-religious state enhances the particular cultural cooperation that occurs between different nations, peoples and religions. And this is the true might of our country's development.
I would like to thank you for your important contribution to the moral education of our citizens, for your actions in the fight against all forms of extreme currents of thought, and for what you do in the fight against extremism. This certainly strengthens the unity of Russian society.
In this regard, I must refer to education. I know that you have recently devoted a lot of attention to this area of your work, and you could not help but notice that, in turn, the state is also trying to provide all possible assistance to you. I am first and foremost referring to the fact that religious institutions for higher education have the right to accredit their educational programmes according to state standards. In turn, this gives them the opportunity to issue state diplomas. I consider that this will increase, and should increase, the quality of education given as well as the relevance and authority of religious institutions of higher education.
In addition, thanks to the state and your direct involvement, we just recently established a Fund to support Islamic culture, science and education. We have talked a great deal about this and you put forward such initiatives more than once. I am pleased to see that we have finally taken the first step in this direction. This is, of course, not very grandiose support, but it is a first step. We have drawn on different channels to put 60 million in this Fund, first and foremost to support educational programmes and programmes that support academic research and science. And I very much expect that our joint efforts in the educational sphere will yield expected results.
Your endeavours to help Muslims visit holy places - the Hajj - plays a special role in your work. You know that we have always supported you at the local, regional and federal levels. I would like to once again reaffirm our intention to continue to work together and provide you with the necessary support in this direction.
Finally, on 2 December 2007 there will be a national political event, namely elections to the Russian parliament, the State Duma. I expect that, as before, Russian Muslims will demonstrate their civic maturity and exercise their voting rights, that they will come to the polls and vote.
HEAD OF THE RUSSIAN COUNCIL OF MUFTIS RAVIL GAINUTDIN: Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, on behalf of our delegation we would like to thank you for the invitation to today's meeting. Such meetings are necessary for us, as religious leaders, and for our Muslims, so that our Russian Muslims can see the attention and care with which the President addresses their situation. And I would like to thank you for the concern that the state demonstrates in this regard.
You just mentioned the government's support for the Fund to support the culture, science and education of Islam. Thanks to this support, today our Muslim organisations and our Islamic schools are actually beginning to feel the tangible results of this support. And this will certainly help us train members of the clergy and help instill feelings of patriotism in them. It can also help the process of educating worthy members of the Islamic clergy in the Motherland, who can then resist the spread of alien ideologies and fight against extremism and radicalism.
Just now we are preparing our pilgrims to perform the Hajj. This year we received an additional quota of 6,000 pilgrims and we are going to send 26,000 pilgrims to perform the Hajj. As a member of the Hajj Council of the Government of the Russian Federation I would like to offer my sincere thanks for your organisational support, and support to our pilgrims who travel to perform their religious duty, far away from our country.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: I would like to say that we are not only referring to administrative and financial support but political support in the fullest sense of the word, because during all our contacts with our colleagues from Saudi Arabia, with the leadership of Saudi Arabia, and other States where there are Muslim holy places, we have always raised the issue of the need to expand these quotas. And as we see, as a result of these very good intergovernmental relations, these problems are being solved.
RAVIL GAINUTDIN: Yes, and it is perhaps thanks to your historic visit, your visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. We see how the Islamic world treats us today and this is undoubtedly thanks to your policies and your prudent endeavours to develop good, neighbourly relations with the Islamic world.
Dear President, I would like to say that, yes, just like all Russians, we are preparing for the elections to the State Duma. And Russian Muslims have always been patriots: they have always been politically active and participated in elections. We can assure you that our imams and our spiritual leaders on location call on our Muslims to participate actively in the elections and to perform their civic duty. I am sure that Russian Muslims will participate actively.
We would like to avoid seeing displays of xenophobic nationalistic sentiments among our politicians during the pre-election campaign. Praise be to Allah, that our major, most prominent parties do not espouse these ideas or make such appeals. And we would like the other parties to follow the example of our main ones. We want to maintain inter-ethnic, inter-religious peace in the country. Such sentiments are alien to us and should not exist because our peoples have lived in peace and harmony in Russia for centuries. We would not want such policies to artificially push our citizens towards inter-ethnic, inter-religious discord. For our part, we will do everything possible to ensure that the elections are a success, that Muslims perform their civic duty and participate actively in the elections. I would like to thank you once again, dear Mr President.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Thank you, I fully agree with everything that you said.
CHAIRMAN OF THE CLRTICAL DIRECTORATE OF THE MUSLIMS OF RUSSIA TALGAT TADZHUDDIN: Vladimir Vladimirovich, we would like to heartily thank you once again for this opportunity to meet, and for the great work that you do to ensure that peace and tranquility reign in the country.
We remember the past and the times we have lived through, and it is telling that we are already celebrating National Unity Day for the second time.
And now, thank God, we don't have any troubles in our soul nor in our country. And your great work plays an important role in that respect. Therefore, we would like to warmly thank you on behalf of Russian Muslims, our parishioners.
We see your sincere love for the Motherland -- patriotism can not be taught only through words but through good examples. And the freedom of choice that we are granted --not only by the Constitution but by God as well - gives us a natural right to choose. We choose peace and tranquility between the nationalities that live in our country, we choose a future in which our children and grandchildren live in peace and tranquility, and we choose prosperity for our country. And for that reason we thank you warmly for the great deal of attention that you have paid to these problems; this is the basis for all the changes in our country. And you have done this despite the problems that faced our country and problems in its spiritual and moral regeneration.
We hope that you will continue to expend great efforts and stay involved in our country's political life, because this is what many of our compatriots desire. The future will determine to what extent. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for the enormous contribution you are making towards strengthening the power of our country. And we rejoice that our relations with the Muslim world have been improved in the international arena.
CHAIRMAN OF THE COORDINATING CENTRE OF THE MUSLIMS OF THE NORTH CAUCASUS ISMAIL BERDIEV: Vladimir Vladimirovich, on behalf of the Muslims of the North Caucasus I would also like to thank you. I have even said before that you simply cannot leave. But now we see that you intend to remain in politics and that pleases us. You must believe that you pleased everyone in the Caucasus when in Munich [at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy] you put America in its place and said that they do not need to act as if they were God. This was a pleasure for us, believe me. And I would like to express this gratitude on behalf of all Muslims.
What is now happening in the Chechen Republic - and you know this well - is that the situation has calmed down and there are some places where no trace of war remains - everything has been rebuilt and is brand new. No one believed that this could be done in such a short time but this young guy [Ramzan Kadyrov], as we call him (he is young and I have the right to say it - I'm a friend of his father, I know him since he was a kid), did it. And when people ask about how and what was done, they can't understand that this person was born into a religious family. In the first instance he is afraid of the Almighty, of God, and only in the second instance is he subject to the rule of law. When this prevails everywhere, then everything will be as it should be. Thank you.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: We need to ensure that our moral values and laws fully coincide, and at that point we will have reached a situation in which no one can say that a law is amoral. And when this situation really does occur, we will be able to say that we created all the conditions for the effective, rapid development of our state and society.
And in conclusion to this part of our meeting I would like to emphasize once again that we have not simply coexisted for centuries within a multireligious state, but rather precisely this coexistence gave rise to an absolutely new form of cultural cooperation between different peoples and religions. In turn, this constitutes Russia's inner strength as a great and important world power. And this is very important.
And another thing. I know how selflessly Muslim leaders are working, how fearlessly they fight for the interests of Muslims and all the peoples of the Russian Federation, and sometimes don't spare their own lives. And many Muslim leaders have paid for their work with their own lives. We must not forget this. ENDS
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