al Qaida encouraged by revolts in Muslim world

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Week in ReviewGod says in Hosea 4:6 that his people die because they lack knowledge. It is important to know what is happening in the world around us. Knowing world events clues us in to where we are on the Biblical, prophetic time line. News should prompt us to pray for two things: that the eyes of the lost and deceived are opened to God’s love as expressed through the life and death and life of Jesus and that God’s Kingdom come on earth.

The news this week is dominated by the violent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. There are two stories below in which al Qaida leadership say the toppling of oppressive regimes allow them to converse and recruit.

Let us not forget Japan as the whole world — let alone their island –is threatened by the crumbling nuclear plant.

 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 27

  • Protesters report hearing security forces speaking Farsi; Syrian official says 12 killed in Latakia over course of two days.
    Source: Jerusalem Post
    RC: Big brother Iran helping quash Syria protests?
  • Earlier this month, federal agents busted a suspected gunrunning ring that allegedly includes the mayor, police chief and a city councilman of Columbus, N.M. The government alleges the officials used the power and privileges of office to buy weapons destined for a Mexican drug cartel.
    Source: NPR
    RC: Perhaps violence not crossing border but corruption seeping, infecting some in U.S.
  • Americans clamoring to adopt children of the Japan tsunami’s victims will likely be disappointed. Tony Dokoupil on what happens to orphans in a country where adoption is virtually unheard of.
    Source: The Daily Beast
    RC: Pray for the orphans and widows of Japan.

MONDAY, MARCH 28

  • A 20-year-old Saudi student indicted in a bomb plot with targets including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush pleaded not guilty on Monday.
    Source: Reuters
    RC: Suspect’s journals, emails tell of founding an al-Qaida chapter.
  • Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
    Source: The Telegraph
    RC: More evidence Muslim extremists may control North Africa soon.
  • The United Nations Human Rights Council, taking a rare break from criticizing Israel, announced on Thursday that it is sending a UN human rights investigator to Iran for the first time in over a decade.
    Source: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
    RC: It’s about time, UN.
  • An aide to the Palestinian president says Mahmoud Abbas is making a heavy push for reconciliation with Hamas and is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid if that’s what it takes to forge a Palestinian unity deal.
    Source: The Associated Press
    RC: Hamas over US money. I don’t want my taxes given to PA but disappointed Palestinians may unite with terrorists.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29

  • People in Darfur watching how quickly a no-fly zone was imposed on Libya by the United States and its allies said they felt betrayed because U.S. President Barack Obama had broken his promise to protect them in the same way from government attacks.
    Source: Reuters
    RC: Why Libya? What of Sudan, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, etc.?

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

  • Foreign journalists covering events in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are facing increased government pressure. The regime’s tactics are a kind of relentless psychological warfare that can seem absurdly funny at times. But journalists are worried that the incitement could lead to violence.
    Source: NPR
  • A Jewish group says that Ethiopian police injured 80 Ethiopian Jewish protesters and arrested 80 more during a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa.
    Source: The Associated Press
    RC: Israel, remember you were scattered to the four winds. Do not deny your brothers their inheritance.
  • President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
    Source: Reuters
  • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that makes the state the first in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus.
    Source: Reuters
    RC: Yes, abortion doctors should ask why women terminating pregnancies!
  • Japan was Wednesday considering plans to drape shattered nuclear reactor buildings with special covers to limit radiation, and pump contaminated water into a tanker.
    Source: AFP

THURSDAY, MARCH 31

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

  • Israel PM tells UN secretary general that fleet of ships scheduled to arrive in Gaza in May is being organized by radical Islamists.
    Source: ping.fm
    RC: Take note, nations. You were asked for help should Israel need to stop flotilla themselves.
  • Up to 20 employees of the United Nations were killed on Friday in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif after protesters over-ran their compound, police said, in what looks to be the deadliest ever assault on the U.N. in Afghanistan.
    Source: Reuters
    RC: U.S. Pastor Terry Jones burned Korans after all. UN staff dead. Wonder if UN will slam on US.
  • A look at the latest developments in political unrest across the Middle East on Friday.
    Source: The Associated Press

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

  • A top propagandist for Al Qaeda said in a video posted on the Web that Islamists had been elated by the protests around the Arab world. “The mujahedeen around the world are going through a moment of elation,” Anwar Awlaki wrote in a new issue of the English-language Qaeda magazine Inspire, “and I wonder whether the West is aware of the upsurge of mujahedeen activity in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Arabia, Algeria and Morocco?”
    Source: New York Times
  • A Palestinian human rights group in Gaza took the unusual step this week of condemning the building and storage of anti-Israel rockets in densely populated areas.
    Source: New York Times
    RC: Finally, some sense coming from Gaza and the New York Times.
  • Protests in response to a US pastor burning the Koran spread across Afghanistan for a second day on Saturday, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 70 in the southern city of Kandahar. On Friday, a demonstration in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif turned violent when an angry mob stormed a United Nations compound killing seven members of the foreign staff and five Afghans.
    Source: The Christian Science Monitor
    RC: Why burning of Koran — not that soldiers killed humans for sport — incites murderous violence in Afghanistan.
  • Incident involving leading newspaper reporter shows how police fear violent Israeli Arabs, let them get away with anything short of murder; average Israelis told they have no one to whom to turn.
    Source: Israel Today
    RC: Compromise to make peace with Arabs has painted some Israelis into corner of fear.
  • Israeli PM speaks on YouTube, remind the world that Jews have a claim to Judea and Samaria, too, and that the land is not “occupied,” but rather “disputed”
    Source: Israel Today
    RC: God, embolden Netanyahu to stand for You. Bibi on Jewish connection to Land: “It’s in the Bible.
  • American Muslims face a rising tide of religious discrimination in U.S. communities, workplaces and schools nearly a decade after the September 11 attacks, a congressional committee heard this week.
    Source: Reuters
    RC: Read the next item for a counterpoint.
  • Troubles from “Islamophobia”? Not in the United States, according to a new study today that says attacks on Muslims do not happen a great deal more than attacks on Christians. And attacks on Jews number up to eight times as many. The results come from the Center for Security Policy, which produced a 42-page report called “Religious Bias Crimes 2000-2009: Muslim, Jewish and Christian Victims – Debunking the Myth of a Growing Trend of Muslim Victimization.”
    Source: World Net Daily
  • Al Qaeda’s most influential English-language preacher said revolts sweeping the Arab world would help rather than harm its cause by giving Islamists freed from tyranny greater scope to speak out.
    Source: Reuters
  • Soldiers of Ivory Coast’s rival leaders battled for the main city Abidjan on Saturday, clashing by the presidential palace and state TV offices in a conflict so brutal that 800 people have died in one smaller town alone.
    Source: Reuters
    RC: Ivory Coast needs prayer.