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>>>>>>>
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
There is renewed alarm about the possibility of an EMP attack –
electromagnetic pulse – on the United States because of Iran's work on a
multi-stage Space Launch Vehicle, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
And experts forecast if such an attack were a success, it effectively
could throw the U.S. back into an age of agriculture.
"Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be
dead, because we can't support a population of the present size in urban
centers and the like without electricity,"
said Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy. "And
that is exactly what I believe the Iranians are working towards."
A recent launch of an SLV by Iran has sparked renewed concern of an
attack that could send an electromagnetic pulse powerful enough to wipe
out computer controls for systems on which society has come to rely,
As the G2 Bulletin reported last week, Ronald Burgess, director
of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency,
revealed that Iran successfully launched a multi-stage SLV, the
Simorgh. The device ultimately could be equipped with a nuclear bomb,
which the U.S. intelligence community assesses Iran is developing.
Officials also report Iran has been testing detonation of its
nuclear-capable missiles by remote control while still in high-altitude
flight. The development makes a potential EMP attack on the U.S. more
Jewish activists in Jerusalem are using buses to deliver an
in-your-face message to Muslims by calling for the immediate destruction
of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on the city's disputed
The bulldozing of the Muslim holy sites, say leaders of Our Land of Israel, will
pave the way for construction of the Third (Jewish) Temple.
"The Arabs and President Obama know that the Temple will be built
on the Temple Mount," said Rabbi Shalom Dov Volpo, the group's founder,
"instead of the temporary buildings that are there today."
According to the Jerusalem Post, 200 buses now carry posters
picturing the Third Temple sitting atop the mount alone – with no Muslim
buildings in sight – along with the words, "May the Bais Hamikdosh
[Holy Temple] be rebuilt speedily and within our days."
The Chinese economy is surging. In every area of endeavor, the
country’s influence around the world is getting stronger. Government
decision-makers and media around the world speculate that the Chinese
will take the place of the United States as the world’s No. 1
superpower. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>
"The latest US move to sell weapons to Taiwan, which is part of China, constitutes a gross intervention into China's internal affairs, seriously endangers China's national security and harms China's peaceful reunification efforts," Wang quoted the protest as saying.
When al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman
al-Zawahiri, called off a planned chemical attack on New York's subway
system in 2003, he offered a chilling explanation: The plot to unleash
poison gas on New Yorkers was being dropped for "something better,"
Zawahiri said in a message intercepted by U.S. eavesdroppers.
meaning of Zawahiri's cryptic threat remains unclear more than six
years later, but a new report warns that al-Qaeda has not abandoned its
goal of attacking the United States with a chemical, biological or even
report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for
weapons of mass destruction, portrays al-Qaeda's leaders as determined
and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons
that could inflict widespread casualties.
In 2005, Gen. Chi Haotian of China, its “minister of national defense”
since 1993 to 2003, revealed in his speeches that in China’s war on the
United States, from one-third to two-thirds of Americans would be
poisoned or infected biologically by the Chinese, and their homes and
property would be transferred over to Chinese settlers, since the
Chinese (and not the Germans, as Chi stipulated in his speech) are the
superior race and must have everything best in the world.
Anyway, a slave state (China) has this advantage over a free country
(the United States): it can reward (enrich!) 100 million or 200 million
of its troops and its civilians with what those killed (poisoned and
infected) Americans and their ancestors had been acquiring for the past
In the United States, an American’s betrayal of his country to China may well be seen to be his use of his freedom. MORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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. By labeling these attacks as "highly sophisticated" Google is essentially pointing a finger at the Chinese government/intelligence agencies.
That the cyber attack has been elevated to a U.S. national security threat level, is evidenced by the State Department's involvement, and a statement by Secretary Hillary Clinton in which she asked Beijing to respond to Google's allegations. A report in the Telegraph offered further details: The State department said that Mrs Clinton had met with executives from Google and Microsoft, as well as with Cisco Systems, which provides much of China's internet infrastructure, to discuss how to stop countries from "stifling" access to information. Most interestingly, the Telegraph went on to point out that: Next week the US is to launch a new technology policy to help citizens in other countries to gain access to an uncensored internet.
Returning to Google's announcement, Google's blog outlined the reasons why Google has decided to potentially pull out of China completely: "We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech.
"We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that "we will carefully monitor conditions in China. These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.
We do not doubt the veracity of Google's claims. Cyber warfare is the covert game nations play, and these attacks are nothing new. Several U.S. military and scientific institutions such as NASA - with far more sensitive national security information have been the target of hacking from China. In November 2008, a bipartisan U.S. Commission to analyze economic and national security relationship with China concluded that, "China has stepped up its capacity to penetrate U.S. computer networks to extract sensitive government and private information". However, what we question is the following:Why is Google threatening to close operations at this juncture - i.e. four years after they entered China knowing full well that they will have to censor information to comply with Chinese government regulations.
In 2006, Google seemed to completely disregard the human rights and freedom of speech considerations arguing that "the benefits of providing increased access to information to Chinese citizens outweighed the discomfort of censorship". Then why the sudden about face and embracing of altruistic values such as "freedom of speech" now?
If the U.S. Government has not stopped doing business with China, despite its Communist status, countless cyber attacks, stealing of state secrets, human rights abuses and lack of freedom of speech and democracy, then why the about face by Google? The link between the Chinese Government's (implied involvement but not explicitly stated by Google) hacking of gmail servers to extract dissident information and Google closing its entire operation in China (search engine and cell phones running on Android) is tenuous and illogical at best. While the attacks are no doubt serious, we wonder if they are serious "enough" for a company like Google to forsake the world's largest internet subscriber market. So far Google has not had much success in China's internet search market having captured only 1/3 market share.
Its chief competitor Baidu.com controls the remaining 2/3. In addition by pulling out of China Google does not stand to lose too much, as pointed out by Bloomberg: "A pullout would deprive Google of an estimated $600 million in annual revenue [out of total revenues of $24 billion, thus a very small percentage] and may help domestic Baidu extend its lead in the world¡¯s largest online market. ¡°There¡¯s no other competitor, so if Google pulls out, Baidu is left by itself,¡± said Erwin Sanft, an analyst at BNP Paribas SA in Hong Kong". Now Google has to have factored in the scenario that the Chinese government calls its bluff and asks them to "leave". It is highly unlikely that the Chinese government will acquiesce to allowing Google to operate an unfiltered search engine, especially when Baidu, a domestic Chinese player (that the government can control), holds a 2/3 market share. In the current shaky economic scenario the Chinese government will try its level best to keep a lid on citizen's dissent.
To do this it has unfortunately resorted to severe censorship of the Internet banning services such as facebook, twitter and youtube. Even so, the Chinese government is not illogical in this endeavor - it is well aware of covert campaigns launched by the U.S. government via facebook and twitter in Iran to help overthrow the Iranian government. China is not about to let the U.S. push the same fate on its own government. So in our opinion, what all this posturing boils down to, is the fact that a new and dangerous war-front has opened up - one between the U.S. and China. Currently the war is economic, political and covert in nature. The U.S. government knows that the nations fiscal situation is abysmal and that China holds the trump card over its fate by being its largest creditor. In addition faced with rampant joblessness, a weakened U.S. consumer is more dependent that ever, on cheap goods manufactured in China. While cheap Chinese imports allow the Fed to keep a lid on domestic inflation, they do not alleviate rampant U.S. unemployment. Protectionist pressures are growing on a desperate U.S. government struggling to fix the unemployment situation. This tussle has led to the imposition of trade sanctions against Chinese companies on non-strategic sectors like certain steel and tire imports. To top this situation neo-con hawks in the U.S. government and military accustomed to the nation being the world's sole super power, fear the rapid rise of China. They fear the global domination of a Communist nation and this in turn has led to naval and airspace incursions into Chinese territory by the U.S. military, as well as the geo-political blockages by the U.S. to severe Chinese access to the world's mineral and oil resources.
The current crisis in the Middle East an oil rich region is a direct result of this strategy. As the economic situation deteriorates, these tensions are only going to escalate. While the U.S. government is not going to start a military excursion with China anytime soon, strategy hawks know that one way to slow the rise of China and reduce its grip on America's economic collar is to create a suitable diversion for the Chinese government. The U.S. intelligence apparatus, which has several decades of experience staging coups and overthrowing democratically elected governments across the world, is now staging a similar policy with China.
China's non-democratic set-up and autocratic communist party rule is its Achilles heel in its rise as the world's leading economy. With China's economy deeply intertwined with declining U.S. consumption, huge swaths of its population who are employed in manufacturing and related sectors stand to lose their jobs. Couple this with the fact that there exists a complete lack of democracy, freedom and human rights in China. The Chinese government knows that young unemployed people, especially those whose rights have been suppressed, always make a deadly cocktail. It wants to avoid setting off this bomb at any cost. The Chinese government has unfortunately responded to this threat by clamping down on information provided via the internet. And this is the loophole the U.S. government is now trying to exploit in its pursuit to weaken China.
This explains the recent "freedom of speech" campaign launched by the U.S. to "educate" the Chinese people to revolt against their own government. Barack Obama fired the first salvo when he visited China last year where he told a town hall gathering that he was "a big supporter of non-censorship". He went on to state that "These freedoms of expression, and worship, of access to information and political participation - we believe they are universal rights. They should be available to all people, including ethnic and religious minorities, whether they are in the United States, China or any nation." Now the State Department along with Google (whose CEO Eric Schmidt is a huge supporter of Obama) have joined the "freedom of speech" chorus, which will only grow louder in the coming days.
We would like to point out to our reader that we do not support China's autocratic suppression of its people's freedoms. What we are merely trying to point out here is that there a deeper strategic (and frankly on some level inherently evil) rather than altruistic motive behind Google and President Obama's "freedom of speech and democracy" lecturing. If China is truly to try to become a global power it needs to willingly unleash democratic forces within its borders. The Chinese government would be safer doing this on their own terms rather than have their hand forced by American propaganda (at which point widespread civil unrest in China is a given). The Chinese people would do well to pay attention.
Turkey and Russia will set up a high-level strategic
cooperation working group Wednesday when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan pays a working visit to Moscow. Accompanied by five Cabinet
members and a group of businessmen, the prime minister aims to boost
bilateral relations, especially in the economic field
(CBS) By CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian and investigative producer Pat Milton.
British Intelligence has confirmed perhaps the most chilling boast
that accused Christmas Day bomber Umar Abdulmutallab made to
investigators after his arrest: that close to 20 other young Muslim men
were being prepared in Yemen to use the same technique to blow up
airliners, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports exclusively. MORE>>>>>>>>>>
Remember China is the 300 million man army of Revelation!!!
The year is 2050, and a diplomatic dispute between China and Britain risks
escalating into all-out war. But rather than launching a barrage of
ballistic missiles and jet fighters to destroy key British targets, Beijing
has a far simpler plan for defeating its enemy. It simply turns off the
At the flick of a switch elite teams of Chinese hackers attached to the
People's Liberation Army (PLA) launch a hi-tech assault on Britain's
computer systems, with devastating consequences. Within minutes the
country's power stations, water companies, air traffic control, government
and financial systems are totally shut down. MORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Tensions have flared between both China and India militaries along
their disputed 2,175 mile-long border, with both sides alleging more
frequent troop incursions in recent weeks. China is upset when the
Indian prime minister recently visit the disputed region. China
considers an Indian-occupied piece of it’s own Tibetan Autonomous
Region, has added flames to the fire.
China of course already deeply resents the fact that the top Tibetan
leader, and several hundred thousand exiled Tibetans, are allowed to
reside in India.
India’s Maoist rebels are now present in 20 states and have evolved
into a potent and lethal insurgency. In the last four years, the
Maoists have killed more than 900 Indian security officers. Indian
leaders are now preparing to deploy nearly 70,000 paramilitary officers
to hunt down the guerrillas.The Maoists, however, do not want to secede
or be absorbed. Their goal is to topple the system.
India’s rapid economic growth has made it an emerging global power but
also deepened stark inequalities in society. Maoists accuse the
government of trying to push tribal groups off their land to gain
access to raw materials and have sabotaged roads, bridges and even an
India is preparing the military for possible war with China and
Pakistan. India and Russia have agreed two military pacts, including a
10-year deal on weapons, aircraft, and maintenance contracts
potentially worth at least $5 billion, Indian defense officials said.
India plans to spend $30 billion over the next five years to buy modern
weapons systems and attack planes.
The agreement will certainly help as Russia needs a market and India
needs a strategic reassurance to sort out relations that were going
sour. India also wants to use the renewed focus on Russia as a
counterweight to China, while a strong presence in South Asia could
help Moscow keep an eye on China. India fears China is trying to
encircle it as they jostle for resources and global influence.
China is a greater anxiety for Russia in the long run and politically
it is desirable for India to strengthen relations with Russia
China has boosted military spending by more than 10 percent annually
for almost two decades, and the official figure of $71 billion this
year is thought by many analysts to represent only a portion of total
defense spending. China announced plans to boost military spending by
14.9 percent this year, maintaining a longtime trend of annual
double-digit percentage increases that have stirred concern in
Washington and among Beijing's neighbors. SOURCE............
A U.S. Navy admiral expressed new concern Friday over China's
military buildup and urged Beijing to be clearer about its intentions. With
China's military growing at an "unprecedented rate," the U.S. wants to
ensure that expansion doesn't destabilize the region, Rear Adm. Kevin
Donegan told reporters on a visit to the Chinese territory of Hong Kong. Donegan
referred to China's expanded weaponry. His remarks echoed the concerns
of other U.S. military leaders who have said the growth in China's
military spending — up almost 15 percent in the 2009 budget — raises
questions about how Beijing plans on deploying its new power. MORE>>>>>>>>>
As the United States unilaterally disarmed last month, and is going the road of "peace" the Soviets in Russia are now ready to announce that Moscow reserves the right to conduct
pre-emptive nuclear strikes to safeguard the country against aggression
on both a large and a local scale, according to a newspaper interview
published Wednesday.If this doesn't wake America up pretty soon, we will see WWIII coming pretty soon. As the story below shows, Obama got nothing from Russia, in any kind of support for sanctions against Iran. Presidential Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev also singled out the U.S. and NATO, saying Moscow's Cold War foes still pose potential threats to Russia despite what he called a global trend toward local conflict! WHAT?????????
The interview appeared in the daily Izvestia during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,
as U.S. and Russian negotiators try to hammer out a nuclear arms
reduction treaty by December. It also came amid grumbling in Moscow
over U.S. moves to modify plans for a missile shield near Russia's borders rather than ditch the idea outright.
Patrushev said a sweeping document on military policy including a
passage on preventative nuclear force will be handed to President Dmitry Medvedev by the end of the year, according to Izvestia.
Officials are examining "a variety of possibilities for using nuclear
force, depending on the situation and the intentions of the possible
opponent," Patrushev was quoted as saying. "In situations critical to
national security, options including a preventative nuclear strike on
the aggressor are not excluded."
The proposed doctrine would allow for
the use of nuclear weapons "to repel an aggression with the use of
conventional weapons not only in a large-scale but also in a regional
and even local war," Patrushev was quoted as saying. He said a
government analysis of the threat of conflict in the world showed "a
shift from large-scale conflicts to local wars and armed conflicts."
"However, earlier military dangers and threats for our country have not
lost significance," he was quoted as saying. "Activity on receiving new
members into NATO is not ceasing. The military activity of the bloc is
being stepped up. U.S. strategic forces are conducting intensive
training on using strategic nuclear weapons."
analysts said the hawkish former domestic intelligence chief's remarks
were mostly muscle-flexing for show, because what he revealed about the
proposed new doctrine suggests it differs little from the current one.
One independent analyst, Alexander Golts, said current policy already allows for a nuclear strike to repel an aggression of any sort. Another, Pavel Felgenhauer,
said that effectively allows for a pre-emptive strike because the type
of aggression that would warrant such a strike is not clearly defined.
Russia' NATO envoy, Dmitry Rogozin,
argued the proposed doctrine does not contradict arms reduction
efforts. "We are moving toward a reduction in nuclear arsenals," he
told Ekho Moskvy radio.
Still, Patrushev's focus on local conflicts could rattle Georgia, the small neighbor that Russia routed in a five-day conventional war with Russia last year.
Analysts also said his description of the proposed policy shows
Russia's growing reliance on nuclear arms as its conventional arsenal
decays and unpopular military reforms stall. Observers say the war with
Georgia exposed frailties in Russia's military, adding urgency to
In a symptomatic setback, a scheduled test
launch of the new Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile—which has
failed in seven of its 11 test launches so far—was postponed, the
state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. The Bulava has been billed
as the future of Russia's nuclear arsenal.
JERUSALEM – The Temple Mount does not exist alongside the Western
Wall, and neither Jews nor Christians should be allowed to pray on the
Mount site, Dimitri Diliani, the spokesman for Fatah in Jerusalem, told
WND in an interview.
Fatah, once named by the U.S. as a Mideast "peace partner," is
the party led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Diliani
spoke hours after Fatah and PA officials were accused of inciting a
riot on the Temple Mount, claiming Jews were threatening the site.
"Don't use the term Temple Mount," Diliani lectured WND. "It
doesn't exist. I don't know where it is. I cannot see any Temple. Can
you? No one can find any trace of it. The area you refer to is only a
Muslim holy site."
The PA, though, has found evidence of Judaism's historic
connection to the Mount – the holiest site in Judaism. The Waqf, the
Islamic custodians of the Mount, conducted an unsupervised excavation
on the site in 1997. At that time, the Waqf, working
under the guidance of the PA, ultimately were caught by Israeli
authorities disposing truckloads of Mount dirt that contained Jewish
Temple artifacts. To this day, Israeli archeologists are still sifting
through the large amount of dirt, in which scores of Jewish Temple
relics were found.
Diliani did not deny Fatah and the PA were involved in yesterday's Temple Mount riots.
"Palestinian political factions, including Fatah, are firm on
defending the political, national and religious rights of the
Palestinian people," Diliani said, "and it's evident now we will
continue defending the Al Aqsa Mosque as well as our rights in
Jerusalem as a whole."
Diliani did not specify exactly which Jews were threatening the Temple Mount.
Yesterday, Israeli security forces released from custody Jerusalem's
senior Fatah official, Khatem Abed Al-Kadr, who had been detained on
suspicion of inciting riots. Al-Kadr was released on condition that he
not enter the Old City of Jerusalem. He also must remain at least 250
meters from the area gates for 15 days.
Yesterday's riots featured about 150 Palestinian protesters
hurling rocks and bottles at Israeli police after Israel barred men
between the ages of 18 and 45 from ascending the site that day. The
order came after the PA and an Al Aqsa Mosque activist group, the
Islamic Movement, called on Arabs to ascend the site yesterday to
defend it against "Jewish threats."
The PA's involvement with the Mount riots come after the
Palestinian public has expressed disapproval with a decision by Abbas
to call for the delay of a U.N. Human Rights Council vote regarding a
U.N. report that accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes during the
Jewish state's defensive war in Gaza in December and January.
That U.N. report, authored by South African judge
Richard Goldstone, has been slammed here as anti-Israel. The report
equates Israel, which worked to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza,
to Hamas, a terrorist organization that utilized civilians as human
shields and fired rockets at Jewish population centers from Palestinian hospitals and apartment buildings.
Israeli security officials, speaking with WND, said Abbas likely
was using the Temple Mount clashes to incite against Israel and deflect
Palestinian outcry, including from Hamas, stemming from his agreement
to delay the U.N. vote.
Yesterday's riots followed similar violence on the Mount last Friday. Those clashes followed a three-way meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
During his speech to the U.N. General Assembly days before the Mount riots last week, Obama used strongly worded language
to call for the creation of a "viable, independent Palestinian state
with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967."
The term "occupation" routinely is used by the Palestinians as
well as some countries hostile to the Jewish state in reference to
Israel's presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It is unusual for
U.S. presidents to use the term, although Jimmy Carter once famously
called Israel's presence in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem
"Occupation that began in 1967" is a specific reference to the
lands Israel retained after the Six Day War of that year, particularly
the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount.