India vs China/Syria crisis (Isaiah 17 fulfilment) and more sign of the times

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INDIA DEPLOYING MASSIVE FORCE TO CHINESE BORDER

 

Asia’s naval arms race is heating up again; India has joined Japan and China by launching an aircraft carrier to aid its mass of troops and weaponry along the border with China and Pakistan.

China and Japan have both launched carriers, and China has started work on its first large aircraft carrier. Now India has launched its own carrier, called the Vikrant. The Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India, and its launch prompted at least one Chinese newspaper to demand the construction of more carriers in China. continue

Putin Orders Massive Strike Against Saudi Arabia If West Attacks Syria

 

A grim “urgent action memorandum” issued today from theoffice of President Putin to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is ordering a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria.

According to Kremlin sources familiar with this extraordinary “war order,” Putin became “enraged” after his early August meeting with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan who warned that if Russia did not accept the defeat of Syria, Saudi Arabia would unleash Chechen terrorists under their control to cause mass death and chaos during the Winter Olympicsscheduled to be held 7-23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. continue

 

Macmillan Dictionary Redefines ‘Marriage’; ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ May Be Next

 

The Macmillan Dictionary has redefined the wordmarriage to include same-sex couples—and may change its definitions of husband and wife.

The dictionary’s definition of the institution is now “the relationship between two people who are husband and wife, or a similar relationship between people of the same sex.”

Its editor-in-chief, Michael Rundell, says the organization is monitoring changes to the use ofhusband and wife to see if it would change those words as well.

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CHRISTIAN WOMAN IN PAKISTAN COULD BE HUNG FOR “SIP OF WATER”

More and more people join the crowd as they push me towards the home of the village headman. I recognize the house — it’s the only one that has a garden with grass growing in it. They throw me to the ground. The village imam speaks to me: “I’ve been told you’ve insulted our Prophet. You know what happens to anyone who attacks the holy Prophet Mohammed. You can redeem yourself only by conversion or death.” “I haven’t done anything! Please! I beg you! I’ve done nothing wrong!” The qari with his long, well-combed beard, turns to Musarat and the three women who were there on the day of the falsa harvest.  “Did she speak ill of Muslims and our holy Prophet Mohammed?” “Yes, she insulted them,” replies Musarat, and the others join in: “It’s true, she insulted our religion.” “If you don’t want to die,” says the young mullah, “you must convert to Islam. Are you willing to redeem yourself by becoming a good Muslim?” Sobbing, I reply: “No, I don’t want to change my religion. But please believe me, I didn’t do what these women say, I didn’t insult your religion. Please have mercy on me.” I put my hands together and plead with him. But he is unmoved. “You’re lying! Everyone says you committed this blasphemy and that’s proof enough. Christians must comply with the law of Pakistan, which forbids any derogatory remarks about the holy Prophet. Since you won’t convert and the Prophet cannot defend himself, we shall avenge him.” He turns on his heel and the angry crowd falls on me. I’m beaten with sticks and spat at. I think I’m going to die. Then they ask me again: “Will you convert to a religion worthy of the name?” “No, please, I’m a Christian, but I beg you . . . ” And they go on beating me with the same fury as before. I was barely conscious and could hardly feel the pain of my wounds by the time the police arrived. Two policemen threw me in their van, to cheers from the angry crowd, and a few minutes later I was in the police station in Nankana Sahib. In the police chief’s office they sat me down on a bench. I asked for water and compresses for the wounds on my legs, which were streaming with blood. A young policeman threw me an old dishcloth and spat out at me “Here, and don’t get it everywhere.” One of my arms really hurt and I thought it might be broken. Just then I saw the qaricome in with Musarat and her gang. With me sitting there they told the police chief that I insulted the Prophet Mohammed. From outside the police station I could hear shouts: “Death to the Christian!” After writing up the report the policeman turned and called to me in a nasty voice: “So what have you got to say for yourself?” “I’m innocent! It’s not true! I didn’t insult the Prophet!” Immediately after I’d protested my innocence I was manhandled into the police van and driven away. During the journey I passed out from pain and only came back to myself as we were arriving at Sheikhupura prison, where I was thrown into a cell. Since that day I haven’t left prison. Excerpted with permission from “Blasphemy: A Memoir” by Asia Bibi as told to Anne-Isabelle Tollet, published by Chicago Review Press. New York Post

 

BREAKING NEWS: RUSSIA AND CHINA STEP UP WARNING OVER STRIKE IN SYRIA

_69454163_damascus_chem_attacks_624_v2Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region. The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week. The US said there was “undeniable” proof of a chemical attack, on Monday. UN chemical weapons inspectors are due to start a second day of investigations in the suburbs of Damascus. The UN team came under sniper fire as they tried to visit an area west of the city on Monday. A spokesman for UK Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK is making contingency plans for military action in Syria. Mr Cameron has cut short his holiday and returned to London to deal with the Syrian crisis.  Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis and observe international law. ”Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa,” he said in a statement. Late on Monday, the US said it was postponing a meeting on Syria with Russian diplomats, citing “ongoing consultations” about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. Hours later, Russia expressed regret about the decision. The two sides had been due to meet in The Hague on Wednesday to discuss setting up an international conference on finding a political solution to the crisis. The Russian deputy defence minister, Gennady Gatilov said working out the political parameters for a resolution on Syria would be especially useful, with the threat of force hanging over the country.  On Monday, Mr Cameron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin who said there was no evidence yet that Syria had used chemical weapons against rebels, Mr Cameron’s office said.
The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said Western powers were rushing to conclusions about who may have used chemical weapons in Syria before UN inspectors had completed their investigation.  Both the Syrian government and rebels have blamed each other for last Wednesday’s attacks. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said three hospitals it supported in the Damascus area had treated about 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms”, of whom 355 had died. US officials said there was “little doubt” that President Bashar al-Assad’s government was to blame. UN inspectors spent nearly three hours in the western district of Muadhamiya on Monday where they visited two hospitals and interviewed survivors, eyewitnesses and doctors. A UN spokesman said they had collected some samples. Earlier in the day, the UN convoy came under fire from unidentified snipers and was forced to turn back before resuming its journey. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the shooting and asked the UN team in Syria to register a complaint.  In the most forceful US reaction yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday described the recent attacks in the Damascus area as a “moral obscenity”. He said the delay in allowing UN inspectors to the sites was a sign the Syrian government had something to hide. He said Washington had additional information about the attacks that it would make public in the days ahead. ”What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality,” Mr Kerry said at a news conference on Monday. ”Make no mistake, President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.”  Washington has recently bolstered its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean and military leaders from the US, UK and their allies have convened a meeting in Jordan. Analysts believe the most likely US action would be sea-launched cruise missiles targeting Syrian military installations. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday the West had not produced any proof that President Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons. He was responding to suggestions from some Western countries that military action against the Syrian government could be taken without a UN mandate. Mr Lavrov said the use of force without Security Council backing would be “a crude violation of international law”. Earlier, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC an international military response to the suspected use of chemical weapons would be possible without the backing of the UN. The UN Security Council is divided, with Russia and China opposing military intervention and the UK and France warning that the UN could be bypassed if there was “great humanitarian need”. In a column in The Times newspaper, former UK PM Tony Blair has written that if the West does not intervene to support freedom and democracy in Egypt and Syria, the Middle East will face catastrophe The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Assad began more than two years ago. The conflict has produced more than 1.7 million registered refugees. BBC News

 

WORLD’S LARGEST GEYSER PUTS ON RARE SHOW AT YELLOWSTONE

The world’s largest geyser has exploded to life at Yellowstone National Park for the first time in eight years, sending a high-pressure burst of steamy water 300 feet into the air, a park official said on Thursday. The stream of 160 degree water released on Wednesday night by the so-called Steamboat Geyser lasted for roughly 10 minutes, delighting a small number of “geyser gazers” who have waited years for such a show, Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said. ”There are a lot of people who wait hour after hour, day after day, for things to erupt,” he said. Yellowstone visitors could potentially wait a lifetime for Steamboat Geyser, which has gone as long as 50 years between major eruptions. Steamboat Geyser last sent a superheated torrent of water hundreds of feet into the air in May 2005. Yellowstone, which stretches across the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, is the oldest and arguably best known U.S. national park, attracting more than 3 million visitors a year. The park contains half the world’s geothermal features in the form of more than 300 geysers and countless hot springs, boiling mud pots and steam-emitting fumaroles. Old Faithful, the park’s most famous geyser, gained its name by reliably spewing hot water and steam every 90 minutes. Major eruptions of Yellowstone geysers can be likened to pressure cookers. They are caused when cold water from snowmelt and rain meets underlying rock liquefied by heat. The mix creates steam that rises in temperature and pressure until it shoots through surface vents, carrying overlying water with it. Geyser eruptions can trigger seismic tremors and have sometimes been mistaken for earthquakes by Yellowstone visitors. ”The ground shakes and you can hear it from several miles away. It sounds like a jet taking off,” Hottle said. ChicoER

 

WAR DRUMS: NETANYAHU WARNS SYRIA OF POWERFUL MILITARY RESPONSE IF ATTACKED

F121122_YS04The Prime Minister of Israel warned Syria of a swift and powerful military response if it decides to attack Israel, according to a video uploaded to YouTube. Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday held an emergency consultation with his security cabinet before a planned United States led attack on Syria. The embattled Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has threatened to retaliate against Israel if Western powers intervene in the bloody civil war in Syria. After Tuesday’s meeting, Netanyahu recorded a short video posted below in which he warns Assad against targeting Israel. Netanyahu recorded his message in Hebrew. The following is a rough translation of Netanyahu’s statement: ”We are prepared for any scenario. We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt to harm us, we will respond and with great force.” Your Jewish News http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axn6-7knNaI

A RARE SNOW FALLS IN ATACAMA DESERT OF CHILE

A rare snowfall in Chile’s Atacama desert has delighted visitors to one of the world’s driest areas. Residents of San Pedro de Atacama say the weekend snow was the heaviest in three decades for the desert city, which is 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) north of the capital, Santiago. But local officials say they are concerned the snow and rain that fell over the weekend could cause some rivers to flood as has happened in the past. The national tourism office says the road to San Pedro de Atacama was temporarily blocked due to the unusual weather. Officials have not ordered any evacuation although they expect more rain in the area. ABC News

 

BREAKING NEWS: RUSSIA AND CHINA STEP UP WARNING OVER STRIKE IN SYRIA

_69454163_damascus_chem_attacks_624_v2Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region. The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week. The US said there was “undeniable” proof of a chemical attack, on Monday. UN chemical weapons inspectors are due to start a second day of investigations in the suburbs of Damascus. The UN team came under sniper fire as they tried to visit an area west of the city on Monday. A spokesman for UK Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK is making contingency plans for military action in Syria. Mr Cameron has cut short his holiday and returned to London to deal with the Syrian crisis.  Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis and observe international law. ”Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa,” he said in a statement. Late on Monday, the US said it was postponing a meeting on Syria with Russian diplomats, citing “ongoing consultations” about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. Hours later, Russia expressed regret about the decision. The two sides had been due to meet in The Hague on Wednesday to discuss setting up an international conference on finding a political solution to the crisis. The Russian deputy defence minister, Gennady Gatilov said working out the political parameters for a resolution on Syria would be especially useful, with the threat of force hanging over the country.  On Monday, Mr Cameron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin who said there was no evidence yet that Syria had used chemical weapons against rebels, Mr Cameron’s office said.
The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said Western powers were rushing to conclusions about who may have used chemical weapons in Syria before UN inspectors had completed their investigation.  Both the Syrian government and rebels have blamed each other for last Wednesday’s attacks. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said three hospitals it supported in the Damascus area had treated about 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms”, of whom 355 had died. US officials said there was “little doubt” that President Bashar al-Assad’s government was to blame. UN inspectors spent nearly three hours in the western district of Muadhamiya on Monday where they visited two hospitals and interviewed survivors, eyewitnesses and doctors. A UN spokesman said they had collected some samples. Earlier in the day, the UN convoy came under fire from unidentified snipers and was forced to turn back before resuming its journey. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the shooting and asked the UN team in Syria to register a complaint.  In the most forceful US reaction yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday described the recent attacks in the Damascus area as a “moral obscenity”. He said the delay in allowing UN inspectors to the sites was a sign the Syrian government had something to hide. He said Washington had additional information about the attacks that it would make public in the days ahead. ”What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality,” Mr Kerry said at a news conference on Monday. ”Make no mistake, President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.”  Washington has recently bolstered its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean and military leaders from the US, UK and their allies have convened a meeting in Jordan. Analysts believe the most likely US action would be sea-launched cruise missiles targeting Syrian military installations. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday the West had not produced any proof that President Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons. He was responding to suggestions from some Western countries that military action against the Syrian government could be taken without a UN mandate. Mr Lavrov said the use of force without Security Council backing would be “a crude violation of international law”. Earlier, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC an international military response to the suspected use of chemical weapons would be possible without the backing of the UN. The UN Security Council is divided, with Russia and China opposing military intervention and the UK and France warning that the UN could be bypassed if there was “great humanitarian need”. In a column in The Times newspaper, former UK PM Tony Blair has written that if the West does not intervene to support freedom and democracy in Egypt and Syria, the Middle East will face catastrophe The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Assad began more than two years ago. The conflict has produced more than 1.7 million registered refugees. BBC News

 

Woman jailed for bashing daughter to death with vacuum cleaner pipe

 

A Queensland mum who fatally bashed her eight-year-old daughter with a vacuum cleaner pipe has been jailed for seven years.

The 28-year-old woman, a New Zealand citizen, was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Cairns on Tuesday afternoon after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter.

The woman’s 24-year-old Australian husband, who has also pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was sentenced to three years behind bars for turning a blind eye to the abuse.

‘‘This would have been a prolonged death,’’ Justice James Henry said during sentencing.‘‘

PAUL BEGLEY

 

 

 

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