Another busy, busy news week. And I’m posting on Friday this week. Y’all tell me. Do you prefer Friday or Saturday for the news round up?
Got me a more respectable logo. 🙂 I’m happy, anyway.
You need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. … They’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”
They conveniently forget that long ago all the galaxies and this very planet were brought into existence out of watery chaos by God’s word. Then God’s word brought the chaos back in a flood that destroyed the world. The current galaxies and earth are fuel for the final fire. God is poised, ready to speak his word again, ready to give the signal for the judgment and destruction of the desecrating skeptics. …
God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.
“The Middle East is on fire, your economy is on the brink of collapse, homosexuality and sin is on the rise through political correctness, and the government is racing towards global currency, global control, and global rule… but shhhhh…. Be quiet, the church is sleeping and we don’t want to wake her up because she might get upset.”
Church. Believers in Jesus the Christ. Nap time is over. The bridegroom approaches. Time to refill your lamps with oil.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
- Hamas head: Egypt revolt gave us our lives back
Speaking in Khartoum, Khaled Mashaal praises fall of Mubarak, says Cairo returned to its natural state, calls on Fatah and Hamas to reunite.Source: Jersualem Post
RC: Obama says revolutions good for Israel. Hamas begs to differ.
- Beijing Tightens Controls Over Foreign Journalists
China’s capital further tightened restrictions on reporting by foreign journalists on Sunday, the latest sign of the government’s determination to prevent the formation of a Middle East-style protest movement.Source: NPR
RC: Is this China starting to close it’s doors?
- US pastor stuck in Haitian jail without charges
It’s become a running joke of sorts, a cruel one for Danny Pye: Nearly every week authorities tell the U.S. missionary he’ll be freed from his Haitian jail cell “next week,” that the man who cared for Haitian orphans will be home with his own daughter and pregnant wife “next week.”Source: The Associated Press
RC: Pray justice and mercy for Haiti pastor
- Turkish journalists jailed over alleged coup plot
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered two leading investigative journalists jailed pending the outcome of a trial into an alleged plot to topple the Islamic-rooted government, raising further concerns over media freedom in the country.Source: The Associated Press
RC: Battle for Turkey rages – secularists vs Islamists
- Why is Turkey Arresting Journalists?
The so-called beacon of modernity in the Muslim world has rounded up reporters investigating the government’s ties to religious organizations.Source: Time
RC: More on Turkey’s internal struggles
MONDAY, MARCH 7
- What About Iran?
Emanuele Ottolenghi writes in The Wall Street Journal Europe that he hopes the West will show the same moral clarity against Tehran’s human-rights abuses, namely from Ahmadinejad and Khamenei, as it has against Gadhafi’s in Libya from Tripoli during the Arab Awakening.Source: Wall Street Journal
RC: China’s abuses ignored for trade. Why do we let Iran slide?
- Scores killed in south Sudan clashes
Two days of clashes between south Sudanese troops and separate rebel militias have left at least 92 people dead, the army’s spokesman said on Monday, clouding the countdown to independence for the impoverished region.Source: AFP
RC: Pray as Sudan nations struggle through birth pangs
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
- Pakistan: After Killings, Christians Fear for Their Future
The murder of two-high profile advocates of religious tolerance and the government’s inability to protect minorities has many Christians doubting their future in PakistanSource: Time
RC: Pakistani brothers, Yahweh is your protector. You must cry to Him.
- East-West military gap rapidly shrinking: report
Western cuts and swiftly rising defense spending in emerging economies are redrawing the global strategic map, a leading think-tank said on Tuesday, with the danger of conflicts between states also rising.Source: Reuters
RC: Power shifts continue toward Asia
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
- Reviewing Egypt’s Gains from Its Peace Treaty with Israel
In evaluating the future of Egyptian-Israeli peace, it is important to review the many ways in which Egypt has benefited from the 1979 treaty.Source: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
RC: Money incentive for Egypt to honor ‘cold peace’ treaty with Israel.
- Egypt sectarian strife kills 13, challenge to army
Thirteen Egyptians were killed in violence between Christians and Muslims as sectarian tensions resurfaced in Cairo and a new government met for the first time Wednesday, discussing how to restore law and order.Source: Reuters
RC: Egypt gov’t “does not have the strength or the authority or even the military power to separate Muslims and Christians.”
- In Egypt’s Tahrir Square, women attacked at rally on International Women’s Day
A demonstration urging Egypt to give women a voice in building its future was attacked by a group of men Tuesday, delivering a stinging slap to the women who helped propel Egypt’s uprising.Source: Christian Science Monitor
RC: In Egypt, protesters divided: “Go home, go wash clothes. You are not married; go find a husband… This is against Islam.”
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
- After the Egyptian Revolution: The Wars of Religion
In Egypt, a violent dispute over a village church threatens the inter-religious unity that emerged during the Tahrir Square protests that overthrew Hosni MubarakSource: Time
RC: Details of latest Muslim v Christian clashes in Egypt.
- N.M. mayor, police chief charged in gun smuggling probe
The mayor and police chief of a tiny New Mexico border town best known for a raid by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa nearly a century ago were among 11 people accused Thursday of participating in a ring alleged to have illegally sent firearms to Mexico.Source: The Associated Press
RC: Sigh. Instead of protecting their townspeople, they armed their enemies.
- Former Tijuana top cop takes on troubled Juarez
One of the most dangerous places in the world pinned its hopes Thursday on a former Tijuana police chief praised for a hardline approach to restoring calm in that border city and criticized for allegedly abusing suspected crooked cops in the process.Source: The Associated Press
RC: Can top cop repeat Tijuana success in Juarez?
- Pentagon Fingered as a Source of Narco-Firepower in Mexico
Another series of leaked State Department cables made public this week by WikiLeaks lend credence to investigative reports on gun trafficking and the drug war published by Narco News as far back as 2009.Source: the narcosphere
RC: Narcos “in possession of high-powered munitions in vast quantities that can’t be explained by gun-show loophole”
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
- Massive 8.9-magnitude quake hits Japan
An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan early Friday, triggering tsunami warnings and sending people fleeing out of buildings in the capital.Source: CNN
- Tsunami swamps Hawaii shores, damages Calif. bays
Tsunami waves swamped Hawaii beaches and severely damaged harbors in California after devastating Japan and sparking evacuations throughout the Pacific.Source: The Associated Press