An asteroid, the size of a city block, will squeeze by Earth’s
atmosphere and the geostationary satellites orbiting the planet in
February, scientists have revealed.It will be the closest fly by in history and many international
leaders in asteroid and comet research will gather at the University of
Central Florida in Orlando Friday, Feb. 15, for a special “viewing
party” to watch the asteroid 2012 DA14 zipping between Earth and
orbiting communication satellites (within 14,000 miles of Earth).Experts say there is no chance the asteroid will hit Earth -- this time.But
with more than 4,700 asteroids NASA has identified as potential threats
to Earth, some as big as 16 football fields, these objects are getting a
lot of attention.Humberto Campins, a UCF physics professor who
led the first team to discover water ice on an asteroid in 2010, said
the asteroids provide clues to the early formation of the solar system
and should interest the entire community because they can be hazards as
well as resources.Should an asteroid be detected on a collision
course with Earth, it will be critical to know its composition and
structure in order to deflect it. The impact of a small asteroid like
DA14 would equal the destructive power of an atomic bomb. A larger
asteroid could be catastrophic.That’s why Campins and the
planetary scientists at UCF organized this free viewing party and
invited leaders in asteroid research to speak to the public about the
reality and myths of these ancient rocks on Feb. 15. UCF and the Florida
Space Institute are sponsoring this event.Confirmed speakers
include Dr. Michael F. A’Hearn, the scientist who led NASA’s Deep Impact
mission, which launched the first man-made object into the nucleus of a
comet, and Dr. Harold Reitsema, a former NASA scientist who is part of
the B612 Foundation’s (http://b612foundation.org) private effort to
launch a telescope that will locate and track asteroids that could hit
Earth.The scientists will talk about why asteroid research is so vital to Earth and the new NASA and private efforts to track them.The
public also will get a chance to see the fly-by through exclusive live
feeds from telescopes in La Sagra and Tenerife, Spain, where the
astronomers who first discovered DA14 will be tracking it..Live
feeds from Majorca and other observatories are also planned.
Astrophysicist and asteroid expert Dr. Javier Licandro, of the Institute
of Astrophysics of the Canaries in Tenerife, Spain, also will provide
- The Cypriot presidency has
proposed cutting €50 billion off EU spending plans for 2014 to 2020 - a
number that could trigger national vetoes and strikes by EU staff.The Cypriot paper, circulated late on Monday
(29 October), said spending should be "at least" €50 billion less than
the European Commission's figure of €1,033 billion over the next seven
years.It added: "According to the assessment of the presidency this is a
starting point for delegations in order to reflect on the effects of
reductions. More sizeable reductions are needed in order to reach a
Breaking down the cuts, Cyprus said cohesion funding - designed to
help poor regions in the east and south of Europe to catch up - should
go down from €495 billion to €472 billion.Spending on farm aid and rural development should go from €386
billion to €379 billion. Funds for foreign policy are to remain more or
less the same at €18 billion. Spending on pre-accession aid and global
development should go from €70 billion to €65 billion.It noted that money for EU institutions will also "have to be revised
downwards" from the commission's €63 billion, but it did not give a new
number.With the biggest cuts to come on cohesion, the Cypriot idea will
annoy the 13 eastern and southern EU countries in the so-called "Friends
of Cohesion" group.But the overall €50 billion reduction is set to face even bigger
opposition from some of the 10 states in the so-called "Friends of
Better Spending" club.A "centrist" sub-group in the "better spending" alliance - containing
EU paymaster Germany as well as Denmark, Finland and France - had
earlier called for cuts of at least €100 billion.But a more hawkish element - containing the Netherlands, Sweden and
the UK - wants to go further by cutting €115 billion to €130 billion off
the commission's proposal.The UK and the Netherlands have threatened to veto an EU budget deal
at an upcoming summit in November if they do not get their way.Swedish sources are also saying "the content of the deal is more
important than the timing ... We also have a very strong position."
The Cypriot paper touches on the thorny question of national rebates.It includes, in brackets, a commission idea to take away the UK's
permanent rebate, in favour of "lump sum" rebate payments for the 2014
to 2020 period.But, given the UK's rejection of the plan last week, it adds another
option: "[The existing correction mechanisms in the current system of
own resources of the European Union will continue to apply]."It says nothing about a Danish plea for a €150 million-a-year rebate for Copenhagen - the subject of another veto threat.Top EU officials have already warned the November summit could last as long as four days.For its part, the EU commission on Tuesday morning said: "This [Cypriot] negotiating box is not supported.""There are many in this city who believe there can be a deal, but
just as many who think it will be difficult," an EU source said.Meanwhile, amid the talk of further slashing pensions and perks for EU officials, things could get messy in the EU capital.EU trade unions also on Monday announced a strike on 8 November, with
an added warning of further strike action on 16 November if their
position is not taken into account.Correction: the original story said Finland wants cuts beyond €100
billion. In fact, it is in the "centrist" group with France and Germany
JTA — Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States remained closed following the onslaught of superstorm Sandy.Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane
late Monday night, made landfall near Atlantic City Monday, with
hurricane-force winds of up to 85 mph and heavy rains.At least 17 people in the United States and 68
outside of the US have been killed so far in the one-of-a-kind storm,
and more than 6 million people in 13 states are without power.
The UJA-Federation of New York posted a notice
on its website that the building would be closed and all meetings and
events canceled on Tuesday, and that information on Wednesday’s events
would be posted Tuesday night. The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
also announced that it would be closed until it is safe to return.Also in New York, public transportation shut
down on Sunday night, and schools and offices in the city were scheduled
to be closed. Areas of Brooklyn and the Rockaways were ordered
evacuated. Wall Street also shut down Monday and Tuesday due to the
weather.Parts of Maryland, Delaware and the New Jersey Shore also were ordered evacuated.In the Washington area, the public
transportation system stopped on Monday, and schools, colleges and
universities also closed due to expected power outages. Some already
announced that they will remain closed Tuesday and possibly into
Wednesday, according to the Washington Post.The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and area day schools also closed Monday.The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
also announced that it would be closed Monday and Tuesday and would
resume operations on Wednesday.
25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.
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,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-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 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,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD I BELIEVE) 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.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
13 Yea, all the people of the land (OF ISRAEL) shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I (GOD-JESUS) shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.
14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment,(NUCLEAR BOMB EXPERTS) passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it,(WON'T TOUCH IT) till the buriers have buried it (PROPERLY) in the valley of Hamongog.(RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS NEW BURIEL SITE)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl,(500 MILLION MIGRATING BIRDS THREW ISRAEL EVERY SPRING,FALL) and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF THE RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIM ARMIES)
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye (MIGRATING BIRDS IN ISRAEL) shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.(RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS)
20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21 And I (GOD-JESUS) will set my glory among the heathen,(WORLD NATIONS) and all the heathen (WORLD NATIONS) shall see my judgment that I have executed,(AGAINST ISRAELS ENEMIES) and my (GODS) hand that I have laid upon them.(ISRAELS HATER ENEMIES)
JEREMEIAH 49:35-37 (IN IRAN AT THE BUSHEHR NUKE SITE SOME BELIEVE)
35 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam,(IRAN/BUSHEHR NUCLEAR SITE) the chief of their might.(MOST DANGEROUS NUKE SITE IN IRAN)
36 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven,(IRANIANS SCATTERED OR MASS IMIGARATION) and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.(WORLD IMMIGRATION)
37 For I will cause Elam (IRAN-BUSHEHR NUKE SITE) to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger,(ISRAELS NUKES POSSIBLY) saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:(IRAN AND ITS NUKE SITES DESTROYED)
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations,(USELESS U.N) that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not.(ASSAD) This is the portion of them that spoil us,(ISRAEL) and the lot of them that rob us.
23 Concerning Damascus.(SYRIA) Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea;(WAR SHIPS WITH NUKES COMING ON SYRIA) it cannot be quiet.
24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.
25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!
26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD of hosts.
27 And I will kindle a fire (NUKES OR BOMBS) in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.(ASSADS PALACES POSSIBLY IN DAMASCUS)
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 (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines,(PALESTINIAN/ARABS) before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.
2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north,(NORTHERN TSUNAMI POSSIBLY) and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.
3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses,(ISRAELS ARMY) at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;(ISRAEL POSSIBLY NUKES GAZA)
4 Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines,(PALESTINIAN FAKE ARABS) and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.
5 Baldness is come upon Gaza;(NUKED POSSIBLY) Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?
6 O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
7 How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? (MEDITTERANEAN SEA) there hath he appointed it.
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south ( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) 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.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS-MUSLIMS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them,(BEFORE THE NUKE GOES OFF) and behind them a desolate wilderness;(AFTER THE ATOMIC BOMB GOES OFF) yea, and nothing shall escape them.(EVERYTHING NUKED)
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,ARAB,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate,(SIBERIAN DESERT) 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.(FOR COMING AGAINST ISRAEL)
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.
7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times;(MIGRATION TIME) and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming;(IN MIGRATION SEASON) but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.(WW3 MIGRATING BIRDS EAT ISRAELS ENEMIES FLESH AND BLOOD)
Fatah Facebook Page Shows Mother Placing Suicide Belt on Son
recent photo posted to Facebook page of Fatah’s Information and Culture
Commission shows a mother placing suicide belt on her young son.By Rachel Hirshfeld First Publish: 10/30/2012, 1:10 PM
Child at Hamas rally in Gaza-Israel news photo: Flash 90
A recent photo
posted to the official Facebook page
of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon
shows a mother placing a suicide belt on her young son, reported Palestinian Media Watch
, which has documented the ongoing glorification of violence and martyrdom by the Palestinian Authority.Beside the picture
is written an imaginary conversation between the two which reads as follows:“My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt).
I asked her: ‘What is this, mother?’She said: ‘I will put it on you and you will go to your death!’I said to her: ‘Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?’She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: ‘The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the sons of Zion.’I said to her: ‘Why me and not you?’She said: ‘I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.’I kissed her hand and said to her: ‘Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.’”
Egypt Refuses to Upgrade Relations with Israel
Egypt rejected an Israeli request to upgrade the relations between the countries, according to a report in Ma’ariv.
By Elad Benari First Publish: 10/30/2012, 4:44 AM
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi-AFP/File
rejected an Israeli request to upgrade the relations between the countries, according to a report on Monday in the Ma’ariv
The report indicated that Israel was interested in expanding the cooperation between the two countries and raising it to a level
of ministerial talks between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fatah a-Sisi.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry, reported Ma’ariv
, also wanted to hold a dialogue at the director-generals level. Foreign Ministry Director Rafi Barak last month sent Egypt a request to visit Cairo and meet with his Egyptian counterpart.
The Egyptians, however, refused to set a date for the meeting due to
the Muslim holiday of Eid el-Adha. Barak’s calls also went unanswered, Ma’riv
reported, as Sisi did not respond to several phone calls from Barak.
While Sisi is very familiar with Israel's top military brass as well as
with Barak himself, he does not want to talk with the Israeli defense
minister because of the sensitivity in Egypt with regard to Israel.Another event indicating the high sensitivity in Egypt toward Israel is the cancellation or postponement of a visit by a high-level Egyptian delegation that was recently scheduled to arrive in Israel.A foreign diplomat who is involved in the relations between the two countries told Ma'ariv
, "The relations are currently on hold. The political situation in Egypt
is very sensitive, and they will not agree to any change or upgrade
beyond the levels that were customary during the time of Mubarak.”Despite the fact that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi recently sent a new ambassador
to Israel, the staff at the Israeli Embassy in Egypt have been working
from a temporary site since protesters broke into the embassy building in Cairo, reported Ma’ariv
. A new building
to host the Israeli embassy has yet to be located, and the Israeli flag
is not flying in Cairo. As well, the report said, the Israeli embassy
is working with skeleton staff who stay in Cairo just three days a week, without spouses.
Egypt's president has repeatedly said he would continue to maintain the peace with Israel
and uphold international documents signed by prior Cairo administrations
, despite opposition from his Muslim Brotherhood backers, who have called for a jihad (holy war) to "liberate" Jerusalem
.An adviser to Morsi recently called to urgently change
the peace treaty with Israel.Last week, the Simon Wiesenthal Center called on President Barack Obama to publicly condemn Morsi
, after he attended a sermon where the preacher called for the "destruction and dispersal of the Jews."At the same time, Morsi recently sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart, Shimon Peres, in which he
referred to the Israeli president as a "great friend."
Syrian air force on offensive after failed truce
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Reuters – 1 hr 35 mins ago OCT 30,12
(Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombed rebel targets with renewed
intensity on Tuesday after the end of a widely ignored four-day truce
between President Bashar al-Assad
's forces and insurgents.International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi
has said he will pursue peace efforts despite the failure of his appeal
for a pause in fighting for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.But it is unclear how he can find any compromise acceptable to Assad
, who seems determined to keep power whatever the cost, and mostly Sunni Muslim
rebels equally intent on toppling him.Major powers and Middle Eastern countries are divided
over how to end the 19-month-old conflict which has cost an estimated
32,000 dead, making it one of the bloodiest of Arab revolts that have
ousted entrenched leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
Violence raged again on Tuesday when the Syrian air force pounded the outskirts of the central city of Homs, where rebels have besieged an army base, and the northern rebel-held town of Maarat al-Numan, which straddles the Damascus-Aleppo highway.Rebels have been fighting army bases in al-Hamdanitya and Wadi al-Deif, on the outskirts of Maarat al-Numan.Some activists said 28 civilians had been killed in the
latest air raids on Maarat al-Numan and released video footage of men
retrieving a toddler's body from a flattened building.The men cursed Assad as they dragged the dead girl,
dressed in a colorful overall, from the debris. The footage could not be
independently verified.The military has shelled and bombed Maarat al-Numan, 300 km (188 miles) north of Damascus, since rebels took it last month.
"The rebels have evacuated their positions inside
Maarat al-Numaan since the air raids began. They are mostly on the
frontline south of the town," activist Mohammed Kanaan said.Maarat al-Numan and other Sunni towns in northwestern
Idlib province are mostly hostile to Assad's ruling system, dominated by
his minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.
"WE'LL FIX IT FOR YOU"
Warplanes again bombed eastern suburbs of Damascus and
the army fired heavy barrages of mortar bombs into the district of
Hammouria, killing at least eight people, activists said.One video showed a young girl in Hammouria with a large
shrapnel wound in her forehead sitting dazed while a doctor said:
"Don't worry dear, we'll fix it for you."
Two rebels were killed and 10 wounded at al-Mubarkiyeh,
a village 6 km (4 miles) south of Homs, where rebels have besieged a
compound guarding a tank maintenance facility, activists said.Opposition sources said the facility had been used to shell Sunni villages near the Lebanese border."The warplanes hit al-Mubarkiyeh five times this
morning. Army bulldozers had already razed the village in March," said
activist Nader al-Husseini by telephone from near the area.
Syria's military, stretched thin by the struggle to
keep control, has increasingly used air power against opposition areas,
including those in the main cities of Damascus and Aleppo. Insurgents
lack effective anti-aircraft weapons.There was no word on Syrian army casualties in the fighting.Divided world powers have been unable to halt the
violence, with Russia, China and Shi'ite Iran backing Assad, while
Western nations and Sunni states in the region support the uprising.The prime minister
of the Gulf state of Qatar told al-Jazeera television late on Monday
that Syria's conflict was not a civil war but "a war of annihilation
licensed firstly by the Syrian government and secondly by the
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said some of those
responsible were on the U.N. Security Council, a clear reference to
Russia and China which have vetoed three Western-backed U.N. draft
resolutions condemning Assad.He said that the West was not doing enough to stop the
violence and that the United States would be in "paralysis" for two or
three weeks during its presidential election.(Additional reporting by Raissa Kasolowsky in Abu Dhabi; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Alistair Lyon)
Syria: Clashes erupt in Palestinian refugee camp
– 6 hrs ago OCT 30,12
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian troops and rebels are clashing in a Palestinian refugee camp in the capital, Damascus.They also say fighter jets have resumed attacks on the northern province
of Idlib and suburbs of the capital. Tuesday's airstrikes come a day
after activists reported the most widespread bombing in a single day
since Syria's 19-month crisis began.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say fighting in the Yarmouk refugee camp broke out after midnight. They had no word on casualties.Palestinian refugees in Syria tried to stay on the sidelines when the uprising against President Bashar Assad
began in March. But many Palestinian youths have joined the fight as
they became enraged by mounting violence and moved by Arab Spring calls
for greater freedoms.
Iran begins new military exercises
– 5 hrs ago OCT 30,12
(AP) — Iran's regular army has begun a two-day ground and air military exercise
aimed at upgrading its combat readiness and increasing its deterrence against possible attacks.State TV says the drills involve forces in a wide region in western Iran
near the Iraqi border. It showed troops parachuting from helicopters
near the towns of Sarpol-e Zahab and Qasr-e Shirin, about 700 kilometers
(430 miles) west of Tehran.The war games are taking place amid escalating tensions between Iran and the West over Iran's disputed nuclear program. Israel
has hinted that it may take military action if talks fail to get Iran stop its uranium enrichment program.The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
Iran urges recognition of its nuclear rights
– 7 hrs ago OCT 30,12
(AP) — Iran's foreign ministry spokesman
says the standoff over Iran's nuclear program
could be resolved quickly should world powers recognize the country's
right to master the nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful purposes.The
Tuesday remarks by Ramin Mehmanparast during a press conference in
Tehran underscores Iran's push to resume talks with the five permanent U.N. Security Council members
has indicated that it will be willing to negotiate suspension of its
highest level of uranium enrichment in return for recognition of its
nuclear rights and the lifting of tough Western sanctions that have
squeezed its economy.The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons
a charge Tehran denies. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty, and says its right to enrich uranium is
Egyptians in hajj divided over Islam in politics
By Associated Press – 7 hrs ago OCT 30,12
MECCA, Saudi Arabia
(AP) — Now that she has finished the hajj and is returning home to Egypt
, Magda Bagnied
says her family will no doubt try to convince her to put on the
headscarf to demonstrate her religiosity after a pilgrimage meant to
cleanse her of sin and bring her closer to God.She fully expects that from her parents. But she doesn't want that kind of pressure from her government or leaders."Leave religion to the people," said Bagnied, a media professor at Ahram Canadian University
, in Cairo's suburbs.The
annual pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites offers Muslims a chance to
reaffirm their faith and root themselves more firmly in their beliefs.
It comes at a time when several Arab nations are facing a similar issue
on a political level after uprisings that toppled longtime leaders and
brought Islamists to greater power: The question of how much a
government should be rooted in Islam.Egypt in particular is struggling with that question. Elections since the fall last year of Hosni Mubarak elevated Mohammed Morsi
who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, to president. The Brotherhood
was vaulted to become the country's strongest political force, along
with even more conservative Islamists known as Salafis, who follow a
strict Saudi-style interpretation of Islam.As pilgrims were
making their way around the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure in Mecca
that observant Muslims pray toward five times a day, and performing an
elaborate set of rituals in Saudi Arabia over the past week, Egypt was
in a bitter struggle over the writing of the new constitution.Salafis
are pressing for the document to explicitly root Egypt's laws in
Shariah. That has raised liberals' fears that it will bring stricter
implementation of Islamic law and empower Muslim clerics in a political
role, limiting women's rights and freedoms of worship and expression.
The assembly writing the constitution is dominated by the Brotherhood
and Salafis.The Egyptians who performed the pilgrimage this year
may be united in the importance they give to their faith in their lives.
But it doesn't mean they all agree on the mix of religion and politics.
More than 90,000 Egyptians were on the pilgrimage, which largely
wrapped up on Monday. They hailed from all segments of Egyptian society,
the rich and the poor, and from all corners of the Arab world's most
Wearing the seamless terrycloth garments worn by
male pilgrims to symbolize equality and unity during hajj, Sayid Zeid
said Egypt's constitution should represent all Egyptians — and, he
added, it must be based on the Quran.How can it be both, given the large Christian minority and the sector of liberal Muslims?"Shariah
will be applied by God ... It should be applied as it came down from
God," said Zeid, who is a reporter with Egypt's state TV, though he was
performing the hajj, not covering it.For some, it seemed only
natural that Islamic law would benefit a Muslim-majority nation, putting
aside questions of who would interpret it or implement it.Making
his way to midday prayers at Mecca's Grand Mosque, which houses the
Kaaba, Abdel-Muntalib el-Fikky said there is no reason to fear Shariah
or the Islamists.
"Why are we all here? We are all here for God,"
he said of the pilgrims. "Our constitution, God willing, will be good.
It will move us forward."Anwar Saad, a 32 year-old teacher from
Egypt's Beheira province, stood on Jabal al-Rahma in Mount Arafat, in
the desert outside Mecca during a rite of prayer on Thursday that many
feel is the pinnacle moment of hajj."The Brotherhood have
moderate views. They are not conservative like the Salafis. We hope they
will apply a moderate form of Shariah for Egypt," he said. "We want God
to help Morsi succeed ... There were 30 years of corruption and this
will not be fixed in 100 days. Be patient with the president."Notably,
hajj itself shows the variety in interpretations of Islamic rules. For
example, in most of the Muslim world, men and women are segregated
during prayers. But in the Grand Mosque, the two sexes pray side by
side. For most of the hajj rites, women are not allowed to wear the veil
that covers the entire face, even though ultraconservative Muslims
insist a woman's face should be hidden from males not related to her.Bagnied, the media professor, said she does not fear Shariah but those who would try to interpret and apply it."What kind of Islam do they want to apply? Afghanistan, Iran
or Saudi Arabia?" she said. Bagnied, who does not wear the headscarf
that many Egyptian Muslim women don to cover their hair, said she can
resist her family's urging her to start wearing it. But she worries that
an Islamist government will start to apply political pressure as well
on such personal choices.She said many people voted for Morsi
hoping that because he is a pious Muslim and will apply "God's law" that
their lives will improve."I think many Egyptians don't know the
content of the constitution," she said. "Egypt is full of people talking
about politics, but there is a large amount of ignorance in the country
and you can convince people (by using Islam) that they have to obey
their leaders, who are sheiks and politicians."Ihab Abdel-Aal,
47, is among those who voted for the former Mubarak regime-era official
who ran against Morsi in the past summer's presidential race. Morsi won
by just over half the vote. Abdel-Aal has performed the hajj more than
25 times, since he's a tour operator bringing other Egyptians on the
pilgrimage.He fears Egypt is turning to a theocracy."Democracy and freedom are new to Egypt," he said. "There should be no religion in politics and no politics in religion."Abdel-Aal,
like many who work in Egypt's vital tourism industry that was hard-hit
due to political turmoil over the past year, said he believes Shariah
cannot be applied in all aspects of life."This will tank the economy and other sectors and just won't work."Mohamed
Abdel-Aziz, who runs a Cairo tourism company, says he has performed
hajj more than 30 times. He said the number of Egyptians wanting to
perform hajj and umrah, the smaller pilgrimage to Mecca, increased this year."In any crisis, the first thing a person does is pray to God," he said. "We are in a crisis."