Why would Iran authorize a major terrorist operation on American soil? Skeptics say the much-discussed “foiled” Iranian plot makes no sense. We will know soon enough if the Feds have sufficient evidence related to this specific plot. But Iranian leaders may, in fact, have a motive to accelerate direct attacks on the U.S.: Shia Islamic eschatology, or "End Times" theology.
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are convinced that the End of Days has come. They believe the Shia messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will appear soon to establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – An unusual solar flare observed by a NASA space observatory on Tuesday could cause some disruptions to satellite communications and power on Earth over the next day or so, officials said.
The potent blast from the Sun unleashed a firestorm of radiation on a level not witnessed since 2006, and will likely lead to moderate geomagnetic storm activity by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
"This one was rather dramatic," said Bill Murtagh, program coordinator at the NWS's Space Weather Prediction Center, describing the M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare that peaked at 1:41 am Eastern time in the United States, or 0541 GMT.
Here’s an alarming chart to ponder (click to enlarge). HSBC has calculated what would happen to energy consumption by 2050 given plausible forecasts for economic growth and assuming no constraint on resources, or that humans carry on using energy in the “taken for granted” way they do at the moment.
As you can see, demand in China, India and other emerging markets soars, but there is also quite considerable growth from advanced economies too. The big picture is that with an additional one billion cars on the road, demand for oil would grow 110pc to more than 190 million barrels per day. Total demand for energy would rise by a similar order of magnitude, doubling the amount of carbon in the atmosphere to more than three and a half times the amount climate change scientists think would keep temperatures at safe levels.
It scarcely needs saying that regardless of the environmental consequences, energy industries would struggle to cope, and more likely would find it impossible. We may or may not already be perilously close to peak oil – or maximum productive capacity – but nobody believes the industry could produce double what it does at the moment, however clever it becomes in tapping previously uncommercial or inaccessible reserves.
If something can’t happen, then it won’t, so is all that forecast growth in the developing world just a question of wishful thinking that will soon be dashed by the constraints of finite energy? Not necessarily, says HSBC’s economics team. The world can still accommodate high growth, but only if there is a collective change in behaviour, including much greater energy efficiency, a big change in the energy mix, and urgent development of carbon capture technologies so as to limit the damage of fossil fuel usage.
As I’ve written on several occassions before, the big prize here is the US, where per capita use of oil is far higher than anywhere else in the world. If this consumption were reduced to European levels, as is perfectly possible without damage to living standards, it would remove a demand source equal to Saudi Arabia’s entire current output of oil.
So it should indeed be possible to accommodate the rise of China and other emerging markets without exhausting resources or destroying the planet. But it’s going to require massive collective will, of a type the US and others have been unwilling to contemplate up until now.
The most common cause of energy price shocks is supply disruption. It’s the fear of just such a disruption, with turmoil in the Middle East, which is driving the oil price right now. But in future it’s much more likely to be the pressure of demand on limited supply. Nevermind developments in North Africa and elsewhere in the region. That’s a mere bagatelle compared with what may be coming. These demand tensions could create much wider geo-political instability, with potentially catastrophic inter-continental consequences.
A rising energy price will of itself naturally lead to greater efficiency and slower growth, but it may well require something altogether more traumatic to bring nations to their senses and galvanise the necessary collective change in behaviour. We are fast approaching an era when energy will have to be rationed. This can either be done in a peaceful manner, or we can carry on as we are, in which case it is all too likely to end up being settled down the barrel of a gun.
Remember all that talk about Glenn Beck being crazy for discussing the possibility of an Islamic caliphate in the Mideast? Well, add one more to the loony list: Harvard professor Niall Ferguson.
During a discussion with the London Telegraph, Ferguson talked about what the world might look like in 10 years in the year 2021. After talking about China and euro, he turned his attention to the Mideast. And that’s when he went nuts, saying a “restored caliphate” is a possibility.
As solar storms go, the Valentine's Day flare was actually modest. But the burst of activity is only the start of the upcoming solar maximum, due to peak in the next couple of years.
"The sun has an activity cycle, much like hurricane season," Tom Bogdan, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, said earlier this month at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
"It's been hibernating for four or five years, not doing much of anything." Now the sun is waking up, and even though the upcoming solar maximum may see a record low in the overall amount of activity, the individual events could be very powerful.
He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
The son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is said to have fled to London after the country was rocked by two days of riots over poverty.
Gamal Mubarak, 48 and believed to be his father's choice of successor, boarded a private jet from Cairo to London with his wife, daughter and around 100 piece of luggage, according to reports.
His sudden flight, reported by the U.S. based Arabic website Akhbar al-Arab came as hundreds of demonstrators hit the streets despite a government ban on protests.
But strengthened forces quickly moved in and used tear gas and beatings to disperse them.
Uprising: Gamal Mubarak (left), the son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (right) is believed to have fled to London on a private plane
Reclaim the streets: Egyptian plainclothes policemen arrest an anti-government protester taking part in a second day of riots in Cairo
Security officials said a total of 860 protesters have been rounded up nationwide since yesterday, when tens of thousands turned out for the largest protests in years - inspired by the uprising in Tunisia.
They demanded president Mubarak's removal and a solution to grinding poverty, rising prices and high unemployment.
The PA In Ramallah told the US it is willing to give the Old City of Jerusalem to a proposed joint committee to administer the Temple Mount.
The Pope is longing to set up his throne on the Temple Mount, and gains support from Islam. These wicked men are in agreement.
Wikileaks have done it again. Displayed double standards, and the true motives of the “peace makers” in the Middle East.
The battle is not for justice and democracy. The battle is for the control of Mount Zion, the very site of the two Jewish temples in Jerusalem. The man who soon will sit there will be worshiped as God, the Father Jesus addressed as the “Holy Father“. But the man on the Temple Mount, will be a fake, and a very powerful deceiver. Millions will worship this man of lawlessness.
This is what the Israeli Daily Haaretz write on the latest catch of “secret documents”.
The documents also reveal that the Palestinian negotiators, in an effort to move forward on the hyper-sensitive issue of the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, proposed a joint committee to administer the Temple Mount.
The offers were made in 2008, in the wake of the Annapolis conference, and were privately hailed by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat as giving Israel “the biggest Yerushalayim [the Hebrew name for Jerusalem] in history.”
The PA In Ramallah is on the pay role of the US and the Papacy. They are not interested in grabbing land in East Jerusalem, for any other purpose than bringing the head of the One World religion back to his former throne in East Jerusalem. The Bishop of Rome ruled in Jerusalem from 1090 A.D to 1291. A.D.
Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to concede almost all Jewish areas of East Jerusalem to Israel, the Guardian newspaper and Al-Jazeera TV reported on Saturday.
As many as 1,600 Palestinian documents on peace talks with Israel, obtained by Al Jazeera TV and given to the Guardian, covering more than a decade of exchanges, provide a unique look into the breakdown of the peace process.
The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel’s annexation of all but one of the neighborhoods, Har Homa, built in East Jerusalem.
The Rev. Franklin Graham says just mentioning the name Jesus Christ in the public square is increasingly frowned upon and warns: "The spirit of anti-Christ is everywhere."
The Samaritan’s Purse founder and son of beloved evangelist Dr. Billy Graham voiced his dismay at the rapid secularization of society during a Tuesday chapel service at John Brown University, a private Christian university based in Siloam Springs, Ark.
Graham, who was banned from a Pentagon national day of Prayer event last year for expressing his opinions about Islam, told students: “Even in our government today, you can't pray to Jesus in many public meetings. You can pray to God or a god. You can mention Buddha or the name of Muhammad -- but you can't pray to Jesus Christ.”
The president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association criticized the recent memorial service for the Tucson shooting victims.
Unlike the memorials held after the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, he said, the Tucson program did not include an official prayer or mention of God. Graham noted gratefully, however, that President Barack Obama did quote scripture from the biblical book of Job.
In an extremely intriguing development today Google threatened to close down its China operations after unearthing a highly sophisticated attack aimed at accessing gmail accounts of Chinese human-rights activists. According to Google the attacks originated in China and included accounts of U.S. and E.U. based activists. Google made the announcement today in its blog-post titled "A New Approach to China".
In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. This attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses--including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors--have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.
An airport in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, was forced to shut to prevent passenger jets crashing into a UFO, according to reports.
Three flights to Baotou from Shanghai and Beijing were reportedly forced to circle the airport until the UFO disappeared.
Two other flights were diverted away from Baotou and to the nearby cities of Ordos and Taiyuan. The airport was shut for around an hour "to guarantee safety" according to a spokesman.
Witnesses reported a bright light shining in the sky on September 11 around two-and-a-half miles away from Baotou airport, before suddenly vanishing.
The incident was the eighth reported UFO sighting in China since the end of June.
Xiaoshan International airport near the eastern city of Hangzhou was shut down on July 8 because of a UFO, although officials later confirmed the object sighted above the airport had been part of a military test at a nearby airbase.
In the far-western province of Xinjiang, another sighting on June 30 is thought to have been a missile test.
A number of sightings in Sichuan province may also be linked to the local custom of flying illuminated kites at night.
By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent Published: 10:37PM BST 27 Aug 2010
A British Vanguard submarine Photo: GETTY
A specially upgraded Russian Akula class submarine has been caught trying to record the acoustic signature made by the Vanguard submarines that carry Trident nuclear missiles, according to senior Navy officers.
British submariners have also reported that they are experiencing the highest number of "contacts" with Russian submarines since 1987. MORE
Until recently, relatively few were aware of the huge effort by members of an elite group to bring a dictatorial one world government into power now, even though there has been work going on in pursuit of this goal covertly for decades. Ironically, while those who speak about it are labelled “conspiracy theorists,” the mainstream media has been exposing their intentions for over a year. A good example of this being a Financial Times article of late-2008 titled And Now For A World Government, which stated an “anti-democratic” world government is required to deal with: “global warming, a global financial crisis and a “global war on terror”.
Since the attacks of 9/11, efforts to bring in the all-powerful global entity have been stepped up dramatically. The reason for this, as whistleblower Aaron Russo exposed, was that the attacks were deliberately staged to aid the rapid rise of fascism. Russo, who produced the hit movie Trading Places and made the ground-breaking documentary America: Freedom To Fascism, told Alex Jones of Infowars.com, he had been a friend of Nick Rockefeller of the Rockefeller dynasty, a family pivotal to this aggressive push for a world government. He said Rockefeller had told him 11 months prior to 9/11, that there would be “an event” and out of this event there was going to be “a war on terror” that would be a hoax. According to Russo, people in the banking industry and the US Administration were behind 9/11. Their plan was to use the murder of innocent civilians to win public support for invading countries militarily and bringing in a high-tech police state that would be used for the takeover of the American people, and ultimately, the people of the world. MORE
Could one massive burst of radiation from the sun cripple satellites
in orbit and fry electronics all over the Earth? Could a gigantic solar
storm change life as we know it in an instant? Well, if we are to
believe what some scientists from NASA are saying, the answer to both
questions is yes. In fact, they are telling us that huge
electromagnetic pulses from the sun could cripple our electrical grid
for years, causing billions (if not trillions) of dollars in damages.
Now the truth is that the sun is not going to cause "the end of the
world", but as our society continues to become increasingly dependent on
high technology, scientists warn that there is a very realistic
possibility that solar storms could cause a very serious disruption in
our lifestyles - especially as we approach the next solar maximum in
Is there a reason why the world is being hit with so many plagues
lately? Could someone be trying to tell us something? In case you
haven't noticed, some of the recent plagues around the globe have been
rather "Biblical" in nature. No, it isn't the end of the world as we
know it just yet, but there has been a rash of really bizarre plagues
all over the world in recent days. There have been reports of massive
outbreaks of frogs, locusts and rats. Famine and drought are
threatening tens of millions of people. Unprecedented flooding has been
devastating communities all over the globe, and the startling increase
in earthquakes and volcanic activity have many people wondering exactly
what in the world is going on. Are these things happening because we
are getting closer to 2012? Could God be behind all of these plagues?
Is there some other explanation? Well, what can't be denied is that
things are starting to get really, really weird out there lately.
Of course most people are focused on
the massive disaster in the Gulf of Mexico right now. The fact
that all the oil in the Gulf is turning the waters there red is drawing a
lot of attention. But that is not the only really strange plague that
is happening in the world right now....
A new government forecast about the possibility of a coming solar
storm warns that it could eliminate
– at least temporarily across large swaths of the world – power grids,
air travel and communications, including those operating financial
services and emergency systems, as well as GPS functions and even cell
"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few
years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity," said
Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, in the report
released just days ago.
"At the same time, our technological society has developed an
unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms," he said. Read More>>>>>>>>
Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to
Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The
Times can reveal.
In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of
Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow
Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the
to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.
To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out
make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems
activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences
return to full alert. Read More>>>>>>>>>
U.S. soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, kneel as Father Carl
Subler, a chaplain and captain, celebrates mass in Helmand province,
southern Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. (AP photo)
137 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan since the first of the
year, making the first five months of 2010 the deadliest
January-through-May period of any year of the almost nine-year-long war. More>>>>>
The 137 casualties so far this year more than double the 59 that
occurred last year from January through May. Thus far, 2009 has been the
deadliest year of the war, but the high current casualty count for this
year, and the heavy fighting anticipated in Kandahar this summer, put
2010 on track to be even deadlier.
The Rise of an armed Japan: Have we ever learned from history?
A Pentagon advisor and national defense expert says the
recent revelation that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of a
South Korean warship has compelled Japan to rethink its national
over North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship are serious enough
to have prompted Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to break a
campaign promise. He had pledged to close the U.S. Marine base in
Okinawa, but he now says he has decided to keep Marine Corps Air Station
located on the strategically important island, which is close to Taiwan
and the Chinese mainland and not far from the Korean peninsula.
The island hosts more than half the 47,000 American troops in Japan
under a mutual security pact. Read More>>>>>>>
Thursday on the Korean peninsula as South Korea accused North Korea of
firing a torpedo that sank a naval warship, killing 46 sailors in the
country's worst military disaster since the Korean War.
President Lee Myung-bak vowed "stern action" for the provocation
following the release of long-awaited results from a multinational
investigation into the March 26 sinking near the Koreas' tense maritime
border. North Korea, reacting swiftly, called the results a fabrication,
and warned that any retaliation would trigger war. It continued to deny
involvement in the sinking of the warship Cheonan.
"If the (South Korean) enemies try to deal any retaliation or
punishment, or if they try sanctions or a strike on us .... we will
answer to this with all-out war," Col. Pak In Ho of North Korea's navy
told broadcaster APTN in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang.
Andrew Osborn in Moscow and Peter Foster in Beijing
Published: 6:09PM BST 13 May 2010
US President Richard Nixon in Moscow with
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1974Photo: AP
The extraordinary assertion, made in a publication sanctioned by
China's ruling Communist Party, suggests that the world came perilously
close to nuclear war just seven years after the Cuban missile crisis.
Chenshan, the author of a series of articles that chronicle the five
times China has faced a nuclear threat since 1949, wrote that the most
serious threat came in 1969 at the height of a bitter border dispute
between Moscow and Beijing that left more than one thousand people dead
on both sides.
Europe after three and a half-year’s absence has been a most eye
experience! Things have changed in old Europe and most people in the
States and Canada have no idea what those changes are! Our partisan
has been so focused on advancing the current Administration’s agenda
they’ve turned a blind eye at what’s going on just across the Atlantic.
If you browse the Internet, it’s most difficult to
information on pope
Benedict XVI other than articles of adulation and approval. The
is either afraid to report what the pope is up to, don’t understand the
significance of his activities, or they don’t care.
in 2005, “Joseph
Ratzinger, also known as pope Benedict XVI may not live long enough to
“pope of popes,” but he may well set the stage for the one who will
that status. Continue to keep your eyes on Europe. The last chapter of
European history is being written now.”
Israel is primed for a war on Iran, a deputy to Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said Monday, in a rare break with his government's reticence
as world powers try to talk Tehran into curbing its nuclear plans.
By spearheading assaults on guerrillas in
neighboring Lebanon and Palestinian territories, the Israeli air force
had gained the techniques necessary for any future strikes on Iranian
sites, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said.
"There is no doubt that the technological
capabilities, which improved in recent years, have improved range and
aerial refueling capabilities, and have brought about a massive
improvement in the accuracy of ordnance and intelligence," he told a
conference of military officers and experts.
capability can be used for a war on terror in Gaza, for a war in the
face of rockets from Lebanon, for war on the conventional Syrian army,
and also for war on a peripheral state like Iran," said Yaalon, a former
armed forces chief.
is assumed to have the Middle East's only atomic arsenal, bombed Iraq's
nuclear reactor in 1981 and launched a similar sortie in Syria in 2007.
But its veiled threats against foe Iran
have been questioned by some independent analysts who see the potential
targets as too distant, dispersed, numerous and well-defended for
Israeli warplanes to take on alone.
leaders rarely use the term "war" while publicly discussing how to deal
with Iran, in whose often secretive uranium enrichment, long-range
missile projects and hostile rhetoric the Jewish state sees a mortal