Brad L. Burge
God desires that ALL people would accept God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ. God has compelled me to share information with the world relating to the biblical seven year tribulation in order to share Truth in a deceived world.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus answered, "I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Ahead of the conference, he told Fox News that the radical Islamic group Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, poses an even greater threat than Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida.
In June of 2000, a magnitude 6.6 quake struck the nation, which had been the country's first major earthquake in 88 years.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Defense Ministry Director-General Pinchas Buchris said Monday during a meeting with heads of Gaza vicinity local councils that the first tests in the 'Iron Dome' rocket interception system will be held next month.
Buchris said that in the worst case scenario, the system will intercept 92% of the Qassam rockets.
These men, and dozens of other representatives of far-flung communities seeking recognition by the Jewish mainstream, gathered earlier this month in San Francisco at a conference sponsored by Be'chol Lashon (In Every Tongue), a project of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research.
The Ibo, Lemba and Abayudaya of Africa, the anusim and xuetas of Spain and Latin America, Ethiopian Jews from Israel, Indian Jews from New York and Asian-American Jews-by-Choice spent three days networking and sharing information about their struggles to join the global Jewish family, a family that is not always eager to embrace them.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
China was hit by the strongest aftershock since the May 12 earthquake that killed more than 62,600 people. The water ministry said 69 dams are in danger of collapse from the first quake.
A temblor of 6.4 magnitude jolted Qingchuan county of Sichuan at 4:21 p.m. today, according to the China National Seismic Network. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the strength at 6. Two people were killed and 480 injured in the aftershock, which was felt across China, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The latest quake destroyed about 270,000 houses, adding to the more than 4.7 million leveled earlier this month in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. The government had already called for 3.3 million tents and said it will build 1.5 million temporary houses for quake survivors.
One person was killed today in Guangyuan City in Sichuan province and one in Longnan City in Gansu province in northwestern China, Xinhua said. Sichuan is China's fourth-most populous province with about 43 million people as of 2000 while 26 million live in Gansu, according to the United Nations.
Sixty-nine reservoirs are in ``immediate'' danger of bursting, E. Jingping, deputy minister of the Ministry of Water Resources, said at a press conference before the aftershock. The military is trying to prevent an artificial lake in Tangjiashan from flooding its banks after accumulating 100 million cubic meters of water.
The May 12 quake had claimed 62,664 lives and injured 358,816 as of noon today in Beijing, according to the State Council, or Cabinet. The death toll may rise to ``a level of 70,000, 80,000 or more,'' Premier Wen Jiabao said as he toured the area with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
If one sits down and connects the dots, one ends up with a very different picture than the one being presented by the mainstream media suggesting the Syrian-Israeli talks are representative of a major breakthrough.
It is worth remembering that it was the Persians who invented chess, and Ahmadinejad seems to be controlling all the pieces. In the first place, Ahmadinejad knows that Israel will attack its reactor the moment that they take it on line. He's been arming and training Hamas to serve as its proxy in the event of war, to harass the IDF on its flanks. To the north in Lebanon, Ahmadinejad has succeeded in rearming and re-equipping Hezbollah since the Lebanon War in 2006. The Mossad estimates Hezbollah is stronger now than it was before Israel invaded. Hezbollah has succeeded, for all intents and purposes, in taking over the Lebanese government.
Hamas controls all of the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority barely has a handle on the West Bank – and in any event, would turn on Israel the second the opportunity presented itself.
Syria's insistence on the return of the Golan Heights as a precondition for peace is a Trojan Horse – particularly considering the timing. It was only last September that Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was only weeks from being operational. Syria has built one of the most formidable arsenals of missiles and rockets in the region, all of them aimed at Israel. From the Golan Heights, Syria would control much of northern Israel, as it did prior to losing the Golan to Israel in the Six Days War.
Israel is therefore surrounded with Hezbollah and Syria to the north, Hamas on both flanks, with al-Qaida sympathizers flooding in through Egypt and Jordan. Everything is in place for war except the pretext to start things off.
Starting up a nuclear reactor will do nicely.
Blogger's note: Please thank and support Mr. Lindsey for his excellent work. Let the games begin. Maranatha!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Do Christians have First Amendment Rights? Not according to some followers of Judaism and/or Kabbalah.
May I be counted worthy, only by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ the Lord, to represent the King of kings and Lord of lords. Please pray with me in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Kanievsky is a leading haredi Lithuanian rabbi and heads the Council of Torah and Kabbalah Sages, which includes Rabbi Baruch Avraham Rakovsky of Jerusalem and Rabbi Shlomo Hamshalem of Beersheba, as well as rabbis from Judea and Samaria. The council was formed shortly after the death of the eminent Kabbalist Yitzhak Kaduri in January 2006.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
2008 was a record year for storm damage in Georgia with more than $400 million in insured losses during the first five months
Followers of Judaism Burning Christian New Testaments in Israel - Jerusalem Dateline: Chris Mitchell Blog - CBN News
What would Muslims do if the Koran were burned? Or what would world reaction be by Jews if the Torah went up in flames? Well just last week here in Israel, New Testaments, the book revered by Christians worldwide, were rounded up and burned.
Jewish historians Josephus and Hegesippus, both of Palestine, record that James was executed at the instigation of the high priest, Ananias, and the Sanhedrin, a judicial council made up of Sadducees and Pharisees.
They commanded James to proclaim from one of the galleries of the Temple of Jerusalem that Jesus was not the Messiah, but he cried out that Jesus was the Son of God and Judge of the World. His enraged enemies hurled him to the ground, and stoned him.
In its tribute to Israel's 60th anniversary, the American financial publication Dow Jones carried a moving article highlighting the miraculous and rapid development of Israel's economy against all reason.
The article notes that in addition to be reborn into a world of war fighting for its very existence just minutes after declaring independence, 60 years ago Israel was also desperately short of cash, food and trade partners.
Israeli leaders imposed a strict socialist system that helped the state to sustain itself, but also led to a bloated public sector, high unemployment and rampant inflation.
But Israel pushed forward, and in a few short decades not only brought its economy under control, but last year had the highest annual economic growth percentage (5%) of all industrialized nations for the fifth year running.
Israel's shekel was also recently added to the short list of world currencies traded on the international markets. Only 17 national currencies belong to that prestigious group.
And few need to be reminded anymore of the prowess of the Israeli hi-tech industry.
These and other tremendous achievements for such a young modern state with so few natural resources brought even the secular world's top financial publication to nearly declare Israel's economic power a divine miracle.
China said the death toll from last week's powerful earthquake jumped to more than 51,000, while the government appealed Thursday for millions of tents to shelter homeless survivors.
The confirmed number of dead rose to 51,151 - a jump of almost 10,000 from the day before, Cabinet spokesman Guo Weimin told a news conference. Another 29,328 people remained missing and nearly 300,000 were hurt in the May 12 quake centered in Sichuan province, he said.
The disaster destroyed or damaged millions of homes, including more than 80 percent of the buildings in some remote towns and villages near the epicenter. In bigger cities, whole apartment blocks collapsed or are now too dangerous to live in because of damage and worries about aftershocks.
The government renewed an international appeal Thursday for help in housing some of the 5 million homeless survivors.
Blogger's note: The birth pains are beginning to intensify.
Microsoft chief executive officer Jewish Steve Ballmer opened a new research and development center in Israel
Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer opened a new research and development center in Herzliya Pituach Wednesday. Microsoft plans to employ 750 workers at the new center.
He said that the company employs almost as many people in Israel as it does in the United States when figuring the number on a per capita basis. Ballmer compared Israel with California's Silicon Valley because of the large number of startup opportunities in high technology.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Israel News - Syria Shops For Military Ware In Moscow , Israel Confirms Peace Talks With Syria Underway | Infolive.tv
Israel confirmed Wednesday that peace talks with Syria are currently underway via a third party. A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office confirmed that Israel and Syria have began peace talks, mediated by a third-party – Turkey.
"Both sides have declared their intent to conduct the talks without prejudice in order to conduct a full, comprehensive dialogue; and reach a comprehensive peace agreement according to the framework set at the Madrid Summit," said a statement by the PMO.
The dramatic confirmation of peace talks, came as a delegation of Syrian military officials met in Moscow with Russian defense officials to discuss prospects for bilateral military and technical cooperation with Russia.
During the five-day visit, the military delegation led by Syrian Air Force and Air Defense Commander Gen. Akhmad Al Ratyb will meet with Russian Defense Ministry and Air Force officials, visit several military units and defense industry plants, Col. Alexander Drobyshevsky said.
Russia's Kommersant newspaper earlier wrote that Moscow and Damascus had agreed on deliveries of the latest Russian MiG-29SMT fighter. Syria also bought 36 Pantsir S1E air-defense systems from Russia, and hopes to receive Strelets short-range air defense systems, Iskander tactical missile systems, Yak-130 aircraft, and two Amur-1650 submarines.
Israel and the U.S. are sensitive about Russian-Syrian military and technical cooperation, fearing not only a reinforcement of Syria's Armed Forces, but also the possibility that modern weapons could fall into the hands of Hizbullah and Iran, in violation of the existing international embargo.
In a recent interview outgoing IAF chief Maj.Gen. Eliezer Shkedy said Syria received some SA-22 missiles from Russia and described Syria's air defense array as undoubtedly one of the most dense out there.
Russia's new President Dmitry Medvedev has pledged to maintain the top-priority modernization of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces designed to be able to swamp America's ballistic missile defense systems.
Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, the state's first Jewish legislator in Congress, is in the lead against a primaries election opponent whose backers have distributed "Jews hate Jesus" flyers. Polls show he is leading in the campaign in which he is challenged by black candidate Nikki Tinner.
Reverend George Brooks Jr. circulated fliers stating, "Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus." He urged voters to back "a black Christian."
Blogger's note: Does Cohen follow Judaism or Christianity? Judaism considers Christianity to be idolatry. Christianity considers Jesus Christ the Lord to be Lord of all. What does Cohen think of Jesus Christ the Lord?
General Assembly of the World Congress of Russian-speaking Jewry opens in Jerusalem’s Palace of Nations Wednesday.
The forum is dedicated to the 60th anniversary since the foundation of the State of Israel and brings together more than 3,000 delegates from 35 countries.
The participants represent the 3 million Jews who speak Russian, which is one-fourth of the entire Jewish nation.
In Israel alone, Russian is spoken by over a million people.
Blogger's note: Will the winning answer include the Seven Noahide Laws?
This tornado season has been atypical because of its early start. From 1953 to 2005, an average of 19 tornadoes struck in January and 21 in February, Mr. Heim said. In 2008, 136 tornadoes were reported in January and 232 in February.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Orthodox Jewish students burned a pile of Christian missionary materials in an empty lot near a synagogue in the small town of Or Yehuda on Tuesday.
Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon was quoted by The Jerusalem Post as saying he personally drove around the central region community last week asking residents through a loudspeaker to turn over hundreds of New Testaments and other materials recently distributed by missionaries in the area.
Blogger's note: Proselytizing is illegal in Israel under certain circumstances.
The world has endured an almost mind-numbing series of shocks in recent weeks, from the unprecedented swarm of tornadoes across the American Midwest to the death and destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis as it tore a path through Myanmar, better known as Burma.
There were 368 documented tornadoes in the U.S. in January and February of this year, shattering the previous record of 243 over that two-month period, set in 1999. February's total of 232 tornadoes also shattered previous records.
Cyclone Nargis ripped Burma apart, killing at least 128,000, according to Red Cross estimates, and creating some 2.5 million refugees.
Al Gore was quick to blame global warming. In an interview on NPR to plug his appropriately named book on global warming, "Assault on Reason," he told host Terry Gross: "And as we're talking today, Terry, the death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15,000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being speculated. . … And last year a catastrophic storm last fall hit Bangladesh. The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China – and we're seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming."
Maybe. But Germany's Institute of Marine Scientists says we're in for a 10-year period of global cooling. There sure seems to be a lot of opposition to what is supposed to be "settled science."
Global warming can't explain away the devastating earthquake that all but flattened a huge portion of western China. The death toll from Monday's quake is approaching 20,000, with twice that number still listed as missing. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Monday's earthquake was the 25th "significant" earthquake registered so far this year.
Back in 1969, the year I wrote "The Late, Great Planet Earth," the USGS identified a total of seven "significant earthquakes." I had noted in 1969 that there was a slight but discernible increase in worldwide earthquake activity since Israel's rebirth in 1948.
During the entire decade of the 1970s, the USGS recorded a total of 44 earthquakes it classified as "significant." The following decade, from January 1980 to December 1989, the USGS recorded 47 significant earthquakes. That is for the entire decade. From 1990 through the end of 1999, the USGS records 57 significant earthquakes. From 2000 thru to Monday's earthquake in Sichuan, China, the USGS recorded an astonishing 109 earthquakes of at least magnitude 7.0 and 13 earthquakes measuring between 8.0 and 9.9 on the Richter Scale.
On the other side of the world, the long-dormant Chaitan volcano erupted May 2 for the first time, say geologists, in more than 7,000 years. The BBC reported that a government volcano expert warned there could be a big eruption at any time.
"There could be a major explosion that could collapse the volcano's cone," said Luis Lara of the National Geologic and Mining Service.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned that Iran had "detected" a new highly pathogenic strain of wheat stem rust. The U.N. said the fungal disease could spread to other wheat-producing states in the Near East and western Asia that provide one-fourth of the world's wheat supply. The new strain, called Ug99, is capable of infecting up to 90 percent of the existing strains of wheat worldwide – and once infected, crop losses range between 70 percent and total loss.
Coupled with the losses already sustained as a result of the typhoon-related flooding in Java, Bangladesh, and India and from agricultural pests and diseases in Vietnam, it starts to add up. Last year, Australia suffered its second consecutive year of severe drought and a near complete crop failure; heavy rains reduced production in Europe; Argentina suffered heavy frost; and Canada and the U.S. both produced low yields. Food riots have broken out in Egypt, Haiti and several African states, including Mauritania, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
Meanwhile, the drums of war continue to beat around the planet. Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad renewed his threat to destroy Israel this week. Hezbollah took over West Beirut, while the Arab world mourned the catastrophe of Israel's 60th birthday with threats of annihilation of the Jewish state. In Israel, President Bush again warned that allowing the Iranian regime to obtain nuclear arms would be "unforgivable," signaling a continuation along a path that can only lead to an eventual war that will engulf the whole Middle East.
When Jesus was asked by His disciples to tell them what "signs" would precede His return at the end of the age, He warned that "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, plagues and earthquakes in various places," He said (Matthew 24 and Luke 21). Using an analogy immediately understandable to all peoples in all nations, he said of these signs, "All these are the beginning of birth pains."
Jesus used a Greek word for the labor pains of a woman about to give birth. Jesus knew that every generation could understand the illustration. His meaning is clear. Just as a woman experiences birth pains that increase in frequency and intensity just before giving birth, so ALL the signs of His return would increase in frequency and intensity just before His return. Hey, for he first time in history, all of the signs have appeared together in the same time frame and are increasing in frequency and intensity. That, coupled with the fulfillment of the great predicted sign that Israel became a nation again after 2,000 hopeless years of worldwide dispersion, indicates that Jesus Christ is already at the door ready to return. Are you ready?
Washington, D.C., has received 8.77 inches of rain so far this month, shattering the normal rainfall amount of 3.82 inches of rain
Washington, D.C., has received 8.77 inches of rain so far this month, shattering the normal rainfall amount of 3.82 inches of rain.
A Second Temple Period quarry that was used to mine the stones that built the Western Wall has been discovered in Jerusalem's Sanhedria neighborhood.
The Antiquities Authority says the quarry was revealed during the excavation stages routinely carried out before the building of a new home.
"Most of the stones that were found at the site are similar in size to the smallest stones that are currently visible in the Western Wall, and therefore we assume that the stones from this quarry were used to build these structures," Dr. Gerald Finkielsztejn told the Jerusalem Post. The stones were also dated by the pottery found at the site.
This is the second such quarry discovered in the past year.
The result of the cuts will be a drop in production of 150,000 tons of fruit and a possible rise in fruit costs in 2009 of from 35 to 100 percent. The fruit expected to be affected are apples, pears, cherries, mangos, figs, loquats, lychees and bananas. Eshel says many farmers will be forced to leave the profession.
Monday, May 19, 2008
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Israel News - Will Schalit Be Released Before Second Anniversary In Captivity? Outgoing IAF Chief Predicts Gloomy Future | Infolive.tv
Outgoing Air Force chief Maj.Gen Eliezer Shkedy had a chilly prediction for Israel’s future, warning that in the next conflict Israel will be bombarded with rockets and missiles amassed by Hamas in Gaza and Hizbullah and Syria.
Shkedy said the terror organizations and Syria had all learned from the Second Lebanon war and were libel to make Israeli’s populated city centers the targets of attack in the next war, the air force chief said in an interview on Israel Radio Saturday.
Meanwhile Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman continues attempts to mediate a truce and deal between Hamas and Israel that will not only lead to quiet on both sides of the border, but will also secure the release of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, held in Gaza for almost two years.
According to the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, Suleiman warned Hamas leaders that failure to free Schalit will invite a large scale military operation in Gaza, in response. The newspaper report said that Hamas negotiators shuttling between Gaza and Cairo in recent weeks in an attempt to reach a deal insist that Israel’s refusal to release high profile prisoners incarcerated in Israel are one of the major reasons for failure to reach an agreement.
According to reports, meetings between Suleiman and Hamas leaders have mainly focused on Schalit’s release. Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha was quoted saying that Hamas has no interest in keeping Schalit hostage. However Abu Mujahid, the spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committee and one of the groups involved in abducting Schalit reportedly said that his group will agree to a ceasefire with Israel but that failure to release Schalit is mainly due to Israel’s refusal to take a more flexible approach and respond to Hamas demands.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook Sichuan province in China on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, five days after a massive tremor killed tens of thousands of people.
USGS reported the latest earthquake, which follows scores of slightly less strong aftershocks during the week, was nearly 50 miles deep and hit 49 miles west of Guangyuan.
Friday, May 16, 2008
The Energy Department says it has canceled oil shipments into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve beginning in July when the current purchase contract expires.
The move came days after Congress passed legislation requiring the president to suspend the shipment into the reserve in hopes of lowering gasoline prices.
The Energy Department said it will not sign contracts for new shipments of 76,000 barrels of oil a day for the six-month period beginning July 1. President Bush had opposed halting the shipments, arguing that such a relatively small amount of oil would not influence prices. Current shipments will continue. The reserve is 97 percent full, holding 701 million barrels of crude.
Blogger's note: The wisest decision process is to lean toward that which is most beneficial in the long term.
Leaders of Lebanon's government and the Hizbullah-led opposition have left for the highest level talks since the country's political crisis began 18 months ago, agreed under a deal to end a bloody round of sectarian clashes.
The feuding leaders flew Friday to the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar, which will host the talks.
A US Congress delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Israel Friday afternoon.
Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik welcomed the 14-member team at Ben-Gurion Airport.
During the visit, the delegation will hold meetings with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu.
They will visit Yad Vashem and attend a special meeting in the Knesset.
Osama Bin Laden, leader of the Al Qaeda terror group, published an audio recording Friday for "Nakba Day," which marks Israel's founding. In the recording, Bin Laden said that "the Israeli Palestinian struggle" is the heart of the Muslim war against the West, and inspired the 9/11 attackers.
"Jihad is compulsory for liberating Palestine," Bin Laden said. "We shall continue fighting the Israelis and their allies with Allah's permission. We shall not give up a centimeter of Palestine as long as there is at least one Muslim in the world."
The terror master added that "the celebrations in Israel show not just that the Jewish state has existed 60 years but that it did not exist 60 years ago and that it was established in territory taken violently from the Palestinians." Experts have yet to authoritatively determine that the voice on the tape is indeed Bin Laden's.
President Shimon Peres expressed satisfaction Thursday as he summed up the three days of his "Facing Tomorrow" conference in Jerusalem: "It was an amazing thing whose like has never been seen before - and not only in Israel."
Next week, teams will summarize the conference discussions and draft position papers to give the government and international Jewish organizations. Peres rejected press criticism of the prestigious conference as being alienated from the Israeli reality. "I don't know what the media are talking about," Peres told Haaretz. "I saw what happened at the conference. Thirty-five panels with the world's leading speakers, including the number-one statesman, Henry Kissinger; the number-one philosopher, Bernard-Henri Levy; Elie Wiesel; economist Abby Joseph Cohen. I know of no conference where you could hear all of them together."
Peres sees the conference's success, above all, in the image boost he said it gave the state. "Look how much China is investing in holding the Olympics in order to promote itself worldwide," he said. "This conference was an intellectual Olympics and promoted Israel around the world." Peres also praised the value of the networking that went on at the conference, noting that on the last day, two new projects were announced: a Jerusalem school for technological leadership, to be established in cooperation with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., and a joint effort by several key donors to have important Jewish works translated into various languages and made available on the Internet.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Project Red Bird 1 - Sanhedrin, Noahides, Seven Laws of Noah, end-times, tribulation, Messiah, Kabbalah, world peace, rapture, Antichrist, Jesus
A discussion about world conflict and world peace. The Middle East is the focal point of both. A resolution is near, but it will not be what the world expects.
Shreveport, La., has received more than a foot of rain since Tuesday, an amount normally recorded over a two month period. The 4.05 inches of rain on Wednesday shattered the previous daily rainfall record of 1.48 inches set in 1953.
Daily temperature records will be shattered over the next couple of days as the heat spreads into the Intermountain West and the central Rockies. High temperatures today will top 100 in California's Central Valley and the High Desert and the 90s in L.A. and the San Francisco Bay area. The heat in the Northwest will peak on Friday, with highs as much as 30 degrees above normal for mid-May.
Up to four inches of rain were projected Thursday, and several parishes remained under flash flood watches, flood warnings or tornado watches, according to the National Weather Service.
The rainfall began Tuesday night and broke several records, including the most rain to fall in a 20-minute interval and the most rainfall in a three-hour period. More than 10 inches of rain deluged the Shreveport area, flooding at least 125 homes, officials said.
The weather system that hit south Louisiana toppled trees and washed out roads. Winds of up to 90 mph stripped roofs from a church in Baker, a school in Central and the new parish jail in Livingston.
Golf ball-sized hail also was reported as a thunderstorm moved across southeast Louisiana, said Phil Grigsby, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "It's one of the most intense storms we've had down here in quite a few years," he said.
In St. Tammany Parish, there were several reports of flooded roads, and trees down. "Virtually every major road had trees across it," said Capt. George Bonnett of the sheriff's office.
Numerous roads were closed in the Shreveport region as well, along with the gates at Barksdale Air Force Base. Deputies checked houses for stranded residents in southern Caddo Parish, where floods cut off normal street access.
Is the Jewish vote up for grabs this year?
Many Republicans think so -- particularly with Barack Obama likely heading the Democratic ticket. That calculation has fueled an intense back-and-forth in recent days between the two parties over Sen. Obama's views on Israel. While both Sen. Obama and Republican John McCain have strong pro-Israel records, Sen. McCain is seizing on other issues, such as Sen. Obama's willingness to meet with Iran's president, to press his case with Jewish voters.
Israel News - "Great Isaiah Scroll" Exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem | Infolive.tv video
Two sections of the "Great Isaiah Scroll", the most complete Dead Sea scroll ever found, went on public display on Tuesday at the Israel Musuem in Jerusalem. The Isaiah scroll is one of the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 in a cave near Qumran, northwest of the Dead Sea. Of the 220 biblicial scrolls found, The "Great Isaiah Scroll" is one of the best preserved and the only scroll which contains an entire biblical book. The special exhibit will be open to the public from May 19th through August 30th.
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has suspended payments of more $15 million a year to the Jewish Agency
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has suspended payments of more $15 million a year to the Jewish Agency after charging that the quasi-government agency has not fulfilled commitments. The IFCJ, which is heavily backed by pro-Israel Christians and the Jewish Agency, formed a partnership last December
The organization said that the Jewish Agency has refused to list on its stationary that the IFCJ is a partner, along with United Jewish Communities and Keren HaYesod.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
"We believe at least 40% of named storms will cause tropical storm or hurricane conditions on the US coastline, which is about 1.6 times the norm."
The forecasts state that a weakening La Niña and near-normal or below-normal water temperature in most of the tropical breeding grounds of the Caribbean and south Atlantic will reduce the overall number of storms. However, with warm waters near the north Atlantic coastline, storms may form closer to the coast resulting in a higher than average storm threat on the East Coast, from the Carolinas to New England.
American President George W. Bush is meeting at this hour with senior government officials and IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. Iran is one of the major topics on the agenda, and the president agreed with an earlier statement by President Shimon Peres that Israel cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear power.
Participating in the meeting are Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi.
At the morning plenum of the Israel Tomorrow Conference, Dennis Ross chairman of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute and former Mideast envoy moderated a panel of distinguished guests that included Henry Kissinger the former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace prize laureate, Israeli writer Amos Oz and French philosopher Bernard Henry Levy.
In the past decade, more than 100 Israeli startups have gone public on the Nasdaq stock exchange, while U.S. and European companies have spent tens of billions acquiring Israeli firms.
"The acquisition of hundreds of Israeli technology companies has contributed significantly to the inflow of capital into the country."
The high-tech sector now employs around 150,000, about 8% of the civilian workforce, but generates an estimated 15% of the country's gross domestic product. Israel tops the world in research and development spending as a percentage of GDP, at 4.4%. The next closest are Sweden and Finland with 3.7% and 3.5%, respectively. The U.S. spends about 2% of GDP on R&D.
Compared to the U.S. and some European economies, Israeli R&D investment goes further still. "The cost of an Israeli engineer is still about 80% of his counterpart in Silicon Valley," says Moshe Zviran, a Tel Aviv University management expert who tracks high-tech manpower. But the cost advantage has been eroding in recent years with the strength of the Israeli shekel (BusinessWeek.com, 2/7/08) and a 5% annual increase in wages in the past three years.
Orthodox Jewish Yuri Foreman fighting for the world championship in the light middleweight division in August
By now, just about anyone who follows the world of Jewish sports news has heard of Dmitry Salita, the undefeated junior welterweight boxer who also happens to be an Orthodox Jew.
Fewer, however, have heard of another Orthodox Jewish boxer who will be fighting for the world championship in the light middleweight division come August. His name is Yuri Foreman.
Like Salita, he was born in the former Soviet Union. And like Salita, he did not grow up observant. Both became ba’alei teshuvah, returnees to ritual observance, through the influence of a Chabad rabbi.
Born in Belarus in 1980, Foreman moved to Israel with his family when he was nine. As an amateur boxer in Israel he won three national championships before moving to Brooklyn 2000. In 2002, not long after winning the Golden Gloves, Foreman turned professional. He currently stands at 25-0 with eights KOs.
His turn to observant Judaism came five years ago as the pressures of training and holding a job were getting to him. “I needed some kind of spiritual support,” he recalls.
That’s when he met Rabbi Dov Ber Pinson of the Iyyun Yeshiva. “My [future] wife [Leyla Leidecker] was actually googling some Kabbalah classes in our neighborhood,” Foreman remembers. Rabbi Pinson, who was teaching the Kabbalah class that Foreman and Leidecker walked into, soon invited them for Shabbos and yom tov meals.
“I started exploring Judaism more, and slowly and surely I became closer and closer,” Foreman said.
Leidecker converted to Judaism in 2006. A former amateur boxer herself, she recently directed a documentary on women boxers in the Golden Gloves competition.
Today, not only does Foreman sport a star of David on his boxing trunks and refuse to box on Shabbos, but he is also studying to be a rabbi.
It is worth recalling the figures. On 12 December 1998, the price of oil collapsed and was quoted at $10.76 a barrel. In January 2007, it had recovered to a comfortable $58 a barrel. Then, to universal astonishment and alarm, the price soared on 2 January 2008 to a then all-time record of $100.
But that was not the end of it. This past week, oil surged to $126 a barrel -- an 11 per cent rise on the month – and some experts even predict it could rise to $200!
We are living through what looks like the first great crisis of the twenty-first century. Quite apart from oil, foreign exchange and commodity markets have also displayed huge volatility. Food prices, for example, have risen by 40 per cent this past year -- their sharpest rise since 1978. The price of wheat alone nearly doubled between March 2007 and March 2008, causing tremendous problems for countries like Egypt, which imports 50 per cent of the wheat it consumes.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 36 countries -- including 21 in Africa -- will need external food aid in 2008 to feed their people.
The sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States has infected the entire world financial system, leading to vast losses of close to one trillion (1,000 billion) dollars for major banks, insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds and other institutional investors. This amounts to nothing less than a financial earthquake.
At the same time, the U.S. dollar -- to which several Gulf currencies remain pegged (but not the Kuwaiti dinar which broke loose a year ago in May 2007) -- has collapsed. The causes lie in the vast U.S. budgetary, commercial and foreign trade deficits -- themselves linked to the disastrous Iraq war -- to alarming signs of recession in the U.S. economy, and to a sharp fall in U.S. interest rates.
Meanwhile, wealth and power are moving away from the once-dominant Western world to China, India, Brazil and other emergent economies. China outstrips them all with its phenomenal double-digit growth rates, its soaring foreign exchange reserves, its all-conquering exports, and its deep inroads into Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Its hunger for raw materials seems insatiable. It is today the second largest consumer of oil after the United States.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Rabbi Rene Gautman, Jewish scholar from France and Professor Ahmed Mohamed Al Tayyib, Muslim scholar from Egypt, also addressed the opening session. "Our faiths are different. Judaism is not Christianity, Christianity is not Islam, the Abrahamic monotheisms are different from eastern mysticism on the one hand, and from scientific humanism on the other. Yet when we bring our respective heritages of wisdom to public domain, we have no need to wish to convert others. Instead we are tacitly saying, if this speaks to you, then please take it as our gift. Indeed it is yours already for wisdom belongs to us all," said Gautman.
Harold Brooks of the National Severe Storms Laboratory said the highest number of tornadoes ever recorded through May 11 of any year was 676 in 1999. Brooks said he expects the number of confirmed tornadoes through mid-May of this year to end up in the 650-to-700 range.
Tornado season typically peaks in the spring and early summer, then again in the late fall.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres will welcome American President George W. Bush at Ben Gurion airport at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik (Kadima) also will attend the welcoming ceremonies. He will fly by helicopter to Jerusalem, and will meet with President Peres at his Jerusalem residence in the afternoon. Later in the afternoon, he will visit Prime Minister Olmert.
The president and Prime Minister, along with their wives, will attend the Presidential Facing Tomorrow Conference at night. They will visit Masada Thursday morning, and President Bush will address the Knesset in the early afternoon. The president and his wife will visit the Israel Museum at night before dining with his hosts.
They will leave Israel Friday morning after a visit to the Bible Lands Museum and a roundtable discussion with young Israelis, under the auspices of the American embassy, which is located in Tel Aviv. During the visit, Aliza Olmert and Laura Bush will visit a Jewish-Arab school, an infant care clinic and will tour the Western Wall tunnels.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Rabbi Feller talks to Minnesota's Governor Tim Pawlenty about Seven Noahide Laws - Seven Laws of Noah
Blogger's note: Judaism is getting very serious about the Seven Noahide Laws.
In a veiled threat to Iran and Syria, outgoing IAF chief Maj.-Gen Eliezer Shkedy said that nothing is impossible for the air force, no matter what the distance.
"The air force offers a fantastic answer to various issues, including those which are long range - there is nothing that is impossible," Shkedy said. "I had the very great privilege of commanding the air force during a special period, and this, without getting into things we don't talk about."
Shkedy will be officially retiring from the army on Tuesday.
USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier's Jewish commander, Capt. Herm Shelansky, brings Israelis aboard for 60th
Arrival feels more like a crash than a landing. Takeoff knocks the air out of you.
The US government has flown a group of Israeli dignitaries to the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier as part of this week's celebrations for Israel's 60th birthday.
Fighter jets swooped on and off the 330-meter, nuclear-powered carrier Sunday in a spectacular show of high-tech airpower some 160 kilometers off the coast of Israel.
The carrier's Jewish commander, Capt. Herm Shelansky, had the idea of inviting the Israelis when he realized the Truman would be passing near the Israeli coast just as Israel was commemorating its 60th. His ship is named after the US president who recognized the new Jewish state only moments after it declared its independence on May 14, 1948.
A strong earthquake that struck China on Monday has buried nearly 900 students in Sichuan province, state media reported.
Xinhua News Agency did not immediately give any other details or say if any of the students were thought to be alive.
It already reported that four students were killed and more than 100 students injured when the 7.8-magnitude quake knocked down two schools in neighboring Chongqing municipality.
Blogger's note: Have you noticed that the birth pains of the end-times seem to have begun. Watch, pray, and prepare.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The idea could only have started with Israel President Shimon Peres, the man who has witnessed up close and person more historic events during Israel's first six decades of statehood than arguably any other person alive today, going back to 1948 when he was one of founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion closest, and youngest advisers.
Peres decided last year that it was not enough to review the Jewish state's achievements, challenges and milestones reflectively. Rather, the emphasis for Israel must be on looking forward. Thus was conceived the first annual Israel Presidential Conference, a three-day unparalleled assembly of some of the world's "best and brightest," including equally large representations of Presidents and Prime Ministers, current and past, and Nobel Laureates, to name but two special categories that will be fully represented at the gathering in Jerusalem, Israel from May 13 to May 15.
Thus was the flagship international event commemorating Israel's 60th Anniversary celebrations was born, with Israel President Shimon Peres hosting his premiere “Facing Tomorrow” Conference which will welcome many international leaders to Jerusalem including President George Bush. The Conference was initiated personally by Israel President Peres to address the three main “tomorrows:" the Israel tomorrow, the global tomorrow and the Jewish tomorrow.
In attendance, in addition to many national presidents and heads of state will be dignitaries from the worlds of business and academia. Among them are Sergey Brin, founder of Google and Susan Decker of Yahoo. Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson will be serving as the honorary chairpersons for the Israel 60th Birthday Presidential Conference which has enthusiastically attracted the attention of Jewish leaders and others worldwide.
The entire cost of the Facing Tomorrow Israel Presidential Conference has been raised privately through a historic fundraising initiative chaired by Elliot Broidy, Chairman of Markstone Capital Partners and supported by a committee of two-dozen business people from across the international community.
US President George W. Bush will be a headline guest of the Facing Tomorrow conference, serving as keynote speaker at a celebratory dinner marking 60 years of Israel - American friendship. A multi-media gala event will pay tribute to the historic alliance between the two countries featuring entertainment acts from both countries and addresses by US President George W. Bush and Israel President Shimon Peres as well as Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Present and former presidents, prime ministers and senior officials from 27 countries will take part in the conference.
Jewish Nobel Prize winners will pool their brain power to offer insights at Facing Tomorrow about what tomorrow will look like. Key luminaries in economics, science, technology, medicine and philosophy will take part in the major plenary sessions, as well as in 35 panels that seek no lesser a goal than to help shape the face of tomorrow.
Facing Tomorrow will be a conference of focused exploration, a synergistic gathering of major world leaders, Jews and non-Jews, thinkers and doers, poets and physicists, rabbis and entrepreneurs, including the next generation of leadership - young men and women of exceptional promise and originality.
In addition to plenary meetings, working groups and a host of keynote speakers, 39 panels will span a broad spectrum of topics, from Economic Strategy as an Engine of Peace to Wrestling with Creation: Medical Ethics and New Discoveries in Research and Treatment; from The Jewish Self and Jewish Collective Identity in an Era of Multiple Identities to Constructing Dialog with Islam, New Roles for Religious and Cultural Leaders. Most panels, plenary meetings and keynote addresses will be simulcast on the World Wide Web.
Each “tomorrow” - Jewish, Israel, and world - will be examined through a set of four critical lenses: The value systems that are meant to guide our conduct, the leadership necessary to navigate the challenges ahead, the creativity required to embrace the new, and the notion of evolving, mutable, and sometimes multiple identities as we attempt to keep pace with a rapidly changing and digitally interconnected world.
Participants at the Israel Presidential Conference Facing Tomorrow will grapple with the forces and trends, global and local, that are redrawing the contours of the future. This, however, is only one aspect of the conference's work. Facing Tomorrow will also be a laboratory for practical initiatives intended to nurture the thriving of Israel, of the Jewish people, of humanity.
Across the millennia, the echoes of the Jewish biblical prophets have been heard, repeated, and often gone unheeded. Envisaging a just and peaceful tomorrow, they charted our thorny way forward, and gave us the moral armor for the journey. With great passion, they instructed us to explore and shape a better future, and continue to provide us with the inspiration and commitment to do so. In the spirit of the magnitude of the prophets' vision, and yet with all due humility, Facing Tomorrow will address the challenges and opportunities that await us.
Even well before the Israel 60th Birthday Presidential Conference, it is already nearly impossible to find an available hotel room in Jerusalem. Eight Israel hotels in Jerusalem have announced that they are at full capacity. Ben Gurion Airport is readying itself for non-stop arrivals as President's Conference guests from around the world stream in to Israel.
At Binyanei HaUma, the Israel President's conference site, employees are working non-stop to transform this Jerusalem, Israel convention center into a world-class venue for the various plenary and panel sessions. Hundreds of stewards and students will host the conference attendees, and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing to welcome and assist the many world leaders.
The Israel Presidents Conference communications team includes 50 seasoned spokespeople and public relations professionals to serve the hundreds of journalists from Israel and abroad expected to cover this extraordinary event. A media center has been built at the convention site that can serve around 400 members of the media.
"This Conference is one of those rare larger than life assemblies, totally imbued not only with history and reflection, but with important insights into how we can create a better future for all mankind," said Charley J. Levine, the international media consultant to Facing Tomorrow and perhaps Israel's leading and most respected international PR professional.
"The global media will help convey these exciting discussions to every corner of the earth," said Levine. "There is something unique and deeply meaningful about this event, as very wise people from different walks of life resume the prophetic function that has been associated with Jerusalem, Israel for millennia - truly the word will be coming out of Jerusalem in May in a significant manner for the Jewish people and all humanity."
The Israel President's Conference has been identified by Israel President Shimon Peres as the ideal avenue to communicate Israel's many accomplishments to the international community. A major highlight of the three day event will be an extensive exhibition featuring 60 of Israel's leading companies whose innovations are seen as positively benefiting humanity in truly revolutionary ways.
The JPPPI, an independent think tank, supported in part by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), is the organizational body responsible for the conference. Israel Maimon, Israel's former Cabinet Secretary is the Conference Chairman and Israel Ambassador Avi Gil is the Director of Conference Content.
Senior statesmen and world leaders scheduled to attend include Dr. Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, Va'clav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic, Leonid Kuchma, former President of Ukraine, Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the USSR, Wahid Abdurraham, former President of Indonesia and Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK.
Leaders in the fields of technology and the global economy include: Sergey Brin, founder of Google, Susan Decker, President of Yahoo!, Terry Semel, founder and former President of Yahoo!, Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, Rupert Murdoch, Chariman of News Corporation, Susan Greenfield, British scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords, Morris Levy - CEO of Publicis Corporation and Martin Sorel - CEO of the WPP Advertising Group.
In addition, seven Jewish Nobel Prize winners will take part in a special Israel 60th Birthday First President's Conference discussion grappling with the future of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Other Jewish intellectuals participating include Bernard-Henri Le'vy, Professor Alan Dershowitz and Professor Todd Gitlin.
US President George W. Bush heads back to the Middle East this week, where his efforts to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace face growing skepticism with barely nine months left in his term.
The five-day trip is anchored on the 60th anniversary of Israel as a modern state, a stop in Saudi Arabia to mark 75 years of US relations with the kingdom, and talks in Egypt with a broad range of regional leaders.
The visit is Bush's second in four months -- after seven years in which he did not set foot in either Israel or the Palestinian territories -- and Bush aides see it as a blend of symbol and substance.
Yes, my friends, direct from Israel comes a blessing from HaShem. I just learned from Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, that for those attending the Noahide World Conference you will have the unique opportunity to see the Golden Crown of the next High Priest of the Third Temple. It will arrive on Wednesday the 25th [of June] and be on display until Sunday the 29th.
One of the four "golden garments" of the high priest is the crown, fashioned from one single piece of pure gold. The crown is worn across the forehead, extending from ear to ear, (as pictured in the inset above). It is held in place by a string dyed in the same blue color as used in all the high priest's garments. The crown bears the inscription: "Holy to G-d," and is worn by the high priest at all times, while he is officiating in the Temple.
Noahide Nations is so grateful to HaShem, Rabbi Richman and the Temple Institute for giving the attendees of the Noahide World Conference 2008 the honor and privilege of this glimpse into the future.
After reviewing our documents and as a result of their error Director Tom Pollak personally reclassified Central Texas Noahide Center dba Noahide Nations to X30 – Judaism. I was able to get the word Noahide added to the keywords section for X30-Judaism.
Noahide Nations and others have been falsely accused publicly as being “Xtian Orgs Posing as Noahide”. These false accusations stem from a current flaw within the IRS Taxonomy Coding System (NTEE) which the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses to label 501(c)3, tax exempt organizations. These codes are issued by IRS employees working in the Tax Exempt Organizations Department.
Form 1023 is the IRS application submitted by organizations requesting tax exempt recognition from the IRS. For reasons unknown to us as of this date the IRS internally designated Noahide Nations and other Noahide organizations with an “X20-Christian” code. They did so without our knowledge or consent. Certainly anyone who does a cursory examination of the Noahide Nations web site will see that we are no more Christian than a Jewish organization would be Christian.
The document being used against us which is part of Form 1023 is Schedule A “Church”. Now most of us came out of Christianity so when someone says the word church, often times the hair on our neck stands straight up.
In an article written by Mr. Voight he states “In the mid-1980s, I had a period of spiritual seeking, I made some mistakes in my early life, and had to recover from them. I was brought up Catholic and had no intention of converting to Judaism. Of all the religions I studied, I have a special fondness for Jewish learning and values. Judaism is an amazing fountain of information. I have tremendous regard for it.
One of the big things about the Jewish religion is that its fruit is the deed.
The Seven Noahide Commandments appeal to my own sense of what I feel is a higher purpose, which is to try to get everyone to an understanding of what they're asked to do, what life's responsibilities are. These very simple Seven Laws of Noah, are good basics.”
Yes, my friends, Jon Voight is a Noahide, who has dedicated his life to helping others; speaking of and practicing the Seven Noahide Laws, and seeking justice for those to weak to seek it themselves.
Jerusalem's City Hall said Sunday that its planning commission has approved the route of a new bridge to the most hotly disputed holy site in the region - the Temple Mount - the Old City site holy to both Muslims and Jews.
An earthquake damaged the old bridge to the site. When Israeli workers tried to repair the damage last year, that set off demonstrations by Palestinians. They charged Israel was trying to undermine the Al Aqsa Mosque inside the gate.
Israel denied the charges.
The Jerusalem municipality said its planning commission has approved the route of the new bridge. It will be built on a few columns, guiding it over archaeological findings discovered when the old bridge was destroyed.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The Bush administration appears set to offer Israel a powerful radar system that could greatly boost Israeli defenses against enemy ballistic missiles while tying it directly into a growing US missile shield.
President George W. Bush is expected to discuss the matter during a visit to Israel on Wednesday. This is "Probably the No. 2 issue" On Bush's agenda for the visit, second only to the Middle East peace process”, said Rep. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican who has spearheaded calls in Congress for tighter US missile-defense ties with Israel.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Part of the way God views us is as His perfect children; perfected through the blood of Jesus Christ the Lord. He has given us time and gifts; eternity and His presence.
As a mother lovingly shares of herself with her children, she can know, with all certainty, that God is sharing of Himself with her. Those brief glimpses of joy that she gets from sharing with her children are faint glimpses of the joy God has with her.
How can God possibly have joy from us? Only because of the blood of Jesus Christ. What a great mystery to ponder God's profound love for us. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him. And yet even as we praise Him, we just receive more joy! Wow.
North Koreans are dying because of food shortages in rural areas and a massive famine is just a matter of time, a South Korean aid group said Friday.
The food situation was as bad as the famine that hit the country in the mid-1990s, which left as many as 2 million people dead, Seoul-based Good Friends - a Buddhist-affiliated group that sends food and other aid to the North - cited an unidentified North Korean official Friday as saying.
"So far, mass deaths have not occurred as people have become more used to (starvation) than in the 1990s, but famine is a matter of time," the official was quoted as saying by the aid group.
Good Friends also quoted Kim Ki-nam, 39, a resident of Sariwon, south of Pyongyang, as saying one or two deaths were happening every day in rural areas around the city.
The aid group urged North Korea to acknowledge the situation's seriousness and ask for international help to prevent massive famine. It also urged South Korea to soften its position on the North and offer aid without waiting for Pyongyang's request.
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday rejected Israel's demand that Syria cut its ties with Iran and Hizbullah.
He said that detaching his country from the two was "irrelevant" to reviving peace talks.
In an interview published Friday with the Italian magazine L'Espresso, Assad went on to emphasize that his country was offering peace in return for the Golan Heights - captured from Syria in 1967 and then again in 1973 after recurrent Syrian cross-border attacks.
The Syrian president said it would be possible to advance the peace process when the new US president was elected.
Syria maintains ties with both Hizbullah and Iran, an extremist Shi'ite terror organization and a dominantly-Shi'ite state respectively, which both seek Israel's destruction.
Missiles, tanks and other heavy weaponry rolled through Moscow's Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade Friday, reviving a tradition of the Soviet era and demonstrating Russia's growing military confidence.
Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany, is Russia's most important secular holiday, both honoring the enormous sacrifices of World War II, in which nearly nine million Red Army soldiers are estimated to have died, and asserting the country's military strength.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
The White House on Thursday demanded Hezbollah stop "disruptive activities" in Lebanon after the Iranian-backed group began a new street campaign aimed at challenging the US-backed government.
"Hizbullah needs to make a choice: be a terrorist organization or be a political party, but quit trying to be
both," said White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe. "They need to start playing a constructive role and stop their disruptive activities now."
The state of Israel is one of the "greatest achievements" of the 20th century, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday night.
Speaking at Finchley Synagogue, Brown said that Israel has faced "immense threats" since its creation. He called for a future where the "children of Abraham" would live together in peace as part of the same extended family.
Brown added that the British government was prepared to support the peace process with finance for an economic roadmap to reduce unemployment, build new industries, and guarantee a viable economic