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Israel - God's Timepiece
The Sanhedrin Returns
A unique ceremony - probably only the second of its kind in the past 1,600 years - is taking place in Tiberias today: The launching of a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in the Land of Israel. Organizers' announced their intention to convene 71 rabbis who have received special rabbinic ordination as specified by Maimonides. The goal is to have one rabbinic body in Jerusalem that will convene monthly and issue rulings on central issues. This is the need of the generation and of the hour." Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple institute in Jerusalem, is one of the participating rabbis.
Palestinians' still back terror
Two new "Palestinian" public opinion polls offered disappointing results for those in the West that believed the death of long-time PLO mass murderer Yasser Arafat would signal a shift in the violent ambitions of the Palestinian Arabs. According to the survey, a majority of the Arabs under PA rule continue to support the murder of Israel's Jews, despite the disappearance of their terror-tainted leader, and his replacement by supposed "moderates."
A Revived Roman Empire?
Europe to become world power - to keep America in check
Tony Blair's hopes of healing the rift between Europe and America after the re-election of President George W Bush were quickly dashed, as France led calls for a rival European superpower to confront Washington. Reacting to Mr Bush's victory, Michel Barnier, the French foreign minister, said four more years of a unilateralist administration in Washington required Europe to develop its own diplomatic and defence machinery. "Our world needs several powers. We are in the process of gathering the pieces and the will to become another power,"
EU looks to build military power to back up foreign policy
The initiatives from the newly-created European Defence Agency represent the EU's first step in military research and development. They are aimed at transforming the EU from being solely a political power, in charge of policies such as agriculture and trade, to a military one, capable of sending troops around the world to enforce a foreign policy agreed by its member states.
Plans for EU diplomatic service can officially begin
Today's formal signature of the European Constitution means that plans for an EU diplomatic service can officially begin. It is meant to be up and running in two years which will be a back-up to the new EU foreign minister foreseen in the Constitution. While foreign ministries in the individual member states have been preparing their thoughts on the new service - the EU's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has also been active. Mr Solana, who will become the EU foreign minister when the Constitution comes in to place.
The Gog/Magog War
Russia Developing New Mystery Nuclear Missile
President Vladimir Putin said this week that Russia is developing a new form of nuclear missile unlike those held by other countries, news agencies reported. Earlier this year, a senior Defense Ministry official was quoted as telling news agencies that Russia had developed a weapon that could make the United States' proposed missile-defense system useless. Details were not given, but military analysts said the claimed new weapon could be a hypersonic cruise missile or maneuverable ballistic missile warheads.
Putin planning to glue together the most powerful superpower coalition in the world
Russian President Putin is taking a lead role in putting together the most powerful coalition of regional and superpowers in the world. The coalition consists of India, China, Russia and Brazil. This will challenge the superpower supremacy of America as well as the European Union. The Chinese are concerned about American and European influence over the world. So is India, Brazil and Russia.
Presbyterians host 'anti-Israel' meeting
The Presbyterian Church USA hosted a three-day meeting to justify to denomination leaders its decision to divest from Israel, presenting what one church elder described as a panel of "full-time, paid, anti-Israel propagandists." In July, the denomination's General Assembly voted 431-62 to divest from the Jewish state. The PCUSA is believed to be the largest organization or institution to join the divestment campaign against the Jewish state.
Episcopal Church Turns To Idol Worship
A conservative Anglican activist is criticizing the response of the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) to revelations that two of its priests embrace the worship of pagan deities. Some members of the Worldwide Anglican Communion say they are not the least bit surprised by the latest heresy to surface in the American Episcopal Church -- a pagan liturgical rite promoted on the denomination's website. The ECUSA's Office of Women's Ministries recently touted a resource called the "Women's Eucharist: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine," which encourages worship of a so-called "Queen of Heaven."
Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies
FDA Approves Use of Chip Implants in Humans
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Fla., could market the VeriChip, an implantable computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, for storing medical information. With the pinch of a syringe, the microchip is inserted under the skin in a procedure that takes less than 20 minutes and requires no stitches. Silently and invisibly, the dormant chip stores a code that releases patient-specific information when a scanner passes over it.
RFID Coming To A School Near You
Hoping to prevent the loss of a child through kidnapping or more innocent circumstances, a few schools have begun monitoring student arrivals and departures using technology similar to that used to track livestock and pallets of retail shipments. However some see broader possibilities, such as implanting RFID tags under the skin of children to avoid problems with lost or forgotten tags. More immediately, they said, they could see using the technology to track whether students attend individual classes.
Other World Events To Watch
China's thirst for oil gets into top gear
China is not the biggest oil consumer in the world, that prize goes to America, nor is it the biggest importer - which is also the USA. What China outdoes the rest of the world at is the growth of its appetite. Ten years ago China imported no oil at all. Last year it overtook Japan to become the world's second biggest importer. Its thirst continues to grow. Imports are expected to rise another 40% this year. China's appetite for oil shows no sign of slowing. Today China has 10 million private cars - by 2020 that number will be 120 million.
Natural disasters 'on the rise'
More and more people are being caught up in a growing number of natural disasters, a UN agency said this week. It said 254 million people were affected by natural hazards last year - nearly three times as many as in 1990. Events including earthquakes and volcanoes, floods and droughts, storms, fires and landslides killed about 83,000 people in 2003, up from about 53,000 deaths 13 years earlier.