A blog dedicated to investigating events as they occur in Judea and Samaria, in Israel and in the world, and as they relate to global powers and/or to the Israeli government, public figures, etc. It is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind the headlines; and in so doing, it strives to do its part in saving Judea and Samaria, and by extension, Israel and the Jewish People, from utter destruction at the hands of its many external and internal enemies.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

.... So here it is: END OF LIBERTY! And don't miss INSIDE JOB either, if you can. America, whatever happened to you???


As an encore, INSIDE JOB comes close second, if not first. However, all I have to offer today is its trailer: unfortunately I have not seen the actual movie, which promises to reveal an awful lot. Something to definitely keep in mind for much needed clarifications.

And more encores: what plenty today, all about America:

A great song, in Hebrew, for those who understand. Both the music and the lyrics are a hit. 
Thanks, C, for this entry and the next.

    • Restoring America’s Honor
    Reclaiming Her Just Purpose and Noble Cause
    Every nation has a mandate - a protocol - that defines its purpose and cause. For America, it is her stance against tyranny. Simply put – one knows what a nation stands for by what it stands against. Yet, America is about to cross a line from which there is no return; she is about to abandon her mandate that has defined her just purpose and cause and made her exceptional amongst all the nations in this world – her stance against tyranny.

    No matter what Obama has done until now; no matter what he has taken from us so far; and no matter what financial burden we must bear, there is one thing we cannot permit him to bargain away – the soul of our nation. Here we must draw the line. While we may recoup our financial losses from President Obama’s domestic policies, we can never reclaim the soul of this nation if we embrace a foreign policy that forfeits our stance against tyranny in this world. Such a foreign policy would not only lead to the destruction of the moral fabric that binds
    America to liberty’s decrees, it would bring financial ruin to our nation.

    In 1776,
    America’s Founding Fathers proclaimed that they would never again be bound by any of tyranny’s decrees. With that as their benchmark, they crossed the bridge to freedom and entered liberty's universe, whereby a new Constitution replaced tyrannical heresy as the sovereign of a new Republic. It was not just any Republic that they created, but a “Never Again” Republic in which the individual’s right to stand up and defend himself against any forces that would subdue his inalienable rights was activated, and, with it, the conflict between a new nation of democracy and nations which embraced totalitarian systems of oppression was set in motion.

    Yet, America, a nation that time and time again has risen from the ashes of her own iniquity to serve liberty’s just purpose and noble cause; a nation that has subdued the raging forces of tyranny’s evils that would condemn humanity to an endless nightmare of terror and oppression, now has her noble mission called into question by the President of the United States of America, and with it, our Founders’ mandate is being challenged – the quest to secure liberty as the foundation to eternally protect against the globalization of a tyrannical ethic.

    It is apparent from President Obama’s speech to the Islamic World in
    Cairo in 2009 that he was not prepared to honor America’s obligations to rescue Israel from those who wish to destroy her, thus abandoning the mandate that has defined America’s just purpose and noble cause since the days of her Founders to defend liberty’s domain.

    In the Islamic World, freedom is considered a grave threat to the ruling powers, because it would grant the average citizen the right to question the ethics on which the foundation of their social order rests – a foundation that was built exclusively on the teaching of Allah. Since such inquiries would be considered an insult to Allah, so would the doctrine of democracy that opened the door to such inquiries. Yet, our President throws praise on Islamic nations that embrace Religious Tyranny as their protocol and remains ominously silent regarding their agenda to undermine the institutions of transparency that democracy brings. More shockingly still, in many cases President Obama has cast aside these Islamic tyrannies’ complicity in egregious acts of human rights violations against their own citizens and other people in the world by co-opting their transgressions with endless declarations of apologies for America having the arrogance to stand against these nations in the Islamic world – nations whose constitutions honor the subjugation of the human spirit.
    Maybe President Obama believes that we must not be disrespectful of nations whose cultures are more than 1500 years old. After all, America is a nation that is less than 250 years old. How can we not avail ourselves of the wisdom of these nations whose culture has brought about an endless reign of pain upon their own citizens? How arrogant of us!

    This is troublesome when one considers that President Obama has declared 
    Israel, a nation that champions freedom’s cause, equally culpable in a conflict with these nations who use their lands to advance a governance of absolute power throughout the world.

    President Obama: How many Americans have died to ensure our freedoms and the freedoms of others throughout the world? Sir, how can you, as our President, champion a foreign policy that would align our nation with countries and peoples who are determined to eliminate those precious rights? How can we, as Americans, observe this act of betrayal and not scream out in disgust! Do you expect us to just sit here and watch everything we have fought for, for more than 234 years, be dishonored, desecrated and defiled?

    Hence, although President Obama constantly lectures us on justice, world peace and democratic ideals, no part of the ideology he embraces can support and uphold such a noble undertaking as that which 
    America’s Founders undertook. For, he has declared our Founders’ quest to put an end to the endless cycle of religious and secular oppression that has plagued humanity since its inception an ideology that is dead in the water. He claims that calling out the names of tyrannical enterprises in order to alert and unify our nation of the real dangers these de-facto criminal ventures pose, only empowers our enemies’ resolve. Should we have abandoned our aggressive stance in our fight against the mafia simply because we were afraid to offend them and feared that they would then grow in ranks? I don’t think so.

    It is the absence of those who would stand up to fight against any who would bring down a reign of tyranny and terror on people that is the greatest threat to all of our liberties. The threat is certainly not the heroes among us who would be willing to die to defend against such fiends, as our detractors would have us believe. If the leader of the Free World does not speak out and stand behind what our Founding Fathers stood against, what does he stand for?

    It is becoming increasingly clear from his foreign policies that President Obama has abandoned the failsafe strategy that is needed to win the war against terrorism. One must remind our President that without benchmarking America’s departure towards building a world filled with greater transparency as the goal that must be reached for seeking final resolution of these types of deadly global conflicts, we will fail to uproot the seeds of derision that have plagued all of humanity throughout history.

    It seems that President Obama is confused as to whether he is the President of the 
    United States of America or the head of the United Nations, an international “peace” organization. Unlike the United States, the United Nations is not mandated by decree or charter to end the reign of tyranny in this world in order to achieve a peaceful co-existence among nations.

    In concurrence with the United Nations, President Obama advocates that by maintaining open dialogue with fascists and their supporting cast of totalitarian scoundrels, he can achieve the same end. Does the President of the 
    United States really think that giving totalitarian governments an equal vote in determining the outcome of world affairs is the gesture of friendship and trust that is needed to avoid future world conflicts? What is the price we pay for partnering up with criminal enterprises and extortionists to protect against the outbreak of a third world war? Ask those who found themselves in a partnership with the Mafia. The answer is the same from all parties involved: the loss of their freedoms, and economic ruin.

    It is not the religious and secular totalitarian nations of the world that have forgotten their mission in undermining our free marketplace of ideas, but the leader of the Free World who has abandoned his pledge to defend and stand against the forces of treachery and deceit. Thus, such eloquent speeches that President Obama delivers, no matter how noble and impressive, only resonate with hollowness.

    There can no longer be any doubt that Obama’s current foreign policy will not only lead to the destruction of 
    Israel, but to the moral and financial collapse of America and the free world. That is why, in the name of our Founding Fathers and all who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today, “We the People” must demand the renewal of America’s foreign policy that once again honors freedom and our nation’s Protocol – our eternal stance against the advancement of governances of tyranny in this world.

    In order to take back our nation and restore America’s honor from President Obama’s betrayal of the sacred trust that our Founders afforded us, “We the People” must first reclaim ownership of that vision of hope that they left to us 234 years ago, when in America, they would launch that which would become the greatest experiment in the history of humankind – the quest to secure liberty as the foundation to eternally ensure the protection of all people's inalienable rights against any and all who would release tyranny’s deadly venom into the hearts of humankind.
    It is this crucial shift that will reset America's image as the stalwart of liberty’s decrees in this world in the minds of our own people, our allies and, most importantly, in the minds of those nations which no longer fear our resolve -- the ones which are intent on Israel’s destruction.

    The question is: which politician will throw down the gauntlet and give the citizens of Israel and America the confidence to resist the pressure from Obama, the EU, the UN and others who insist that they show restraint in the face of an impending
     nuclear holocaust, while demanding that Israel and America negotiate in good faith with Islamic tyrannies as if they were viable partners for peace.
    Again, I urge you to write to Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and request that they uphold America’s mandate that honors freedom and denounces tyrannies by calling for the immediate destruction of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Keep the pressure on until their voices are heard! Thank you.


    See also:

    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Smart and brave! I learn every day. MELT-UP is literally prophetic; and watch their upcoming documentary, END OF LIBERTY. Preview below.

    October 28, 2010

    Silver Short Position Could Cost JP Morgan Billions in Losses

    It was just announced late Wednesday that two lawsuits have been filed in Manhattan federal court against JP Morgan and HSBC Holdings Inc. accusing them of manipulating the price of silver by "amassing enormous short positions". The suits were filed by Brian Beatty and Peter Laskaris, who each claim they lost money trading COMEX silver futures and options contracts as a result of JP Morgan's alleged manipulation.

    In NIA's latest documentary 'Meltup' that was released on May 13th, 2010, and has now been viewed by over 855,000 people, NIA's President Gerard Adams exposed the manipulation of silver that has been taking place by JP Morgan. Mr. Adams discussed in detail in 'Meltup' how on March 14th, 2008, the very day Bear Stearns failed was the same day silver reached a multidecade high of about $21 per ounce. According to Mr. Adams, Bear Stearns was on the verge of being forced to cover their naked short position in silver, which could have quickly sent silver as high as $50 per ounce. This would have caused a loss of confidence in the U.S. dollar and a possible currency crisis. Instead of allowing this to happen, the Federal Reserve orchestrated a bailout of Bear Stearns and JP Morgan acquired their assets with the backing of the Fed. Shortly after taking over Bear Stearn's silver short position, JP Morgan was able to manipulate the price of silver down to below $9 per ounce.

    NIA exposed in 'Meltup' that JP Morgan was short 30,000 silver contracts representing 150 million ounces of silver. This is one of the largest concentrated short positions in the history of all commodities, representing 31% of all open COMEX silver contracts. NIA found it shocking for this type of a concentrated naked short position to exist in the very metal that the U.S. constitution defined as real money. What NIA found especially frightening is how almost everybody in the mainstream media has ignored and continues to ignore this issue. Not one article in any major financial publication has even questioned why JP Morgan is allowed to hold such a large short position in our nation's single most important commodity.

    On February 5th of 2010, when the price of silver was manipulated by JP Morgan down to below $15 per ounce, NIA said, "this is a once in a lifetime entry point for those wishing to go long silver at a bargain basement price". On that day, NIA's President Mr. Adams purchased 1,300 January 2011 $20 call options in the silver ETF at $0.89 per contract and on February 8th, NIA announced his purchase and said to NIA members, "NIA is betting big that this past week's short-term decline in the paper price of silver was just a temporary wash out, before a huge surge in silver prices later in 2010."

    On July 28th with the price of silver at $17.63 per ounce, NIA released an article entitled "Gold and Silver Capitulation is Near" in which it said, "The sentiment on gold and silver has abruptly changed to the negative like nothing we have ever seen before and to us this means the big move to the upside is right around the corner." Since NIA's July 28th article predicting silver's big move to the upside was right around the corner, silver has rallied as much as 41% to a high on October 14th of $24.92 per ounce. On October 14th, the very day silver reached its high, Mr. Adams sold his silver ETF call options at $4.25 per contract making a gross profit of $436,800.

    Silver, at its current price of $23.69 per ounce, is trading for only 1.78% the price of gold. We have a gold/silver ratio of 56, despite the fact that only ten times more silver has been produced in world history than gold. On December 11th, 2009, NIA declared silver the best investment for the next decade. On December 21st, 2009, in NIA's top 10 predictions for 2010, NIA predicted a sharp decline in the gold/silver ratio, which was 64 at the time. NIA was right, the gold/silver ratio has declined by 12.5% so far this year.

    Silver possesses all of the same monetary qualities as gold, but silver is also used for countless industrial applications. 95% of all silver produced in world history has been consumed. World silver inventories have declined from 10 billion ounces in 1940 down to only 1 billion ounces today. Meanwhile, almost all of the gold mined in world history remains in the form of bullion bars stored in vaults. The world has approximately 2 billion ounces of gold inventories today. The total value of the world's gold inventories is currently $2.656 trillion compared to the total value of the world's silver inventories of $23.68 billion. This means the value of the world's gold inventories today is worth an unbelievable 112 times more than its silver inventories.

    China has been rapidly diversifying their foreign exchange reserves into gold in an attempt to position the yuan to be the world's next reserve currency. Despite China increasing its gold reserves by 76% in recent years to 1,054 metric tons, the value of China's gold reserves still only account for about 1.5% of its total foreign exchange reserves compared to the average nation of 10%. China needs to rapidly increase its gold reserves this decade, which NIA believes will send gold not just to new nominal highs, but also to new all time highs adjusted to the CPI and the real rate of inflation.

    No central banks in the world currently own silver. Imagine if just one central bank of any major country announces a large silver purchase. The world is only producing 709.6 million ounces of silver per year worth a measly $16.8 billion. Total annual silver demand for industrial applications alone is 352.2 million ounces. Once you include photography, jewelry, silverware, and coins & medals, total annual silver demand is already 729.8 million ounces, which is greater than silver production. If a central bank decides to purchase silver, the market is so tight that silver prices could literally rise to $50 per ounce overnight. NIA estimates that $50 per ounce silver would mean approximately $4 billion in losses to JP Morgan.

    NIA applauds CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton for taking the time to publicly comment on Tuesday about the precious metals markets and in particular the silver markets and acknowledging that the public deserves some answers to their concerns that silver markets are being, and have been, manipulated. Mr. Chilton said in a statement, "I believe that there have been repeated attempts to influence prices in the silver markets. There have been fraudulent efforts to persuade and deviously control that price. Based on what I have been told by members of the public, and reviewed in publicly available documents, I believe violations to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) have taken place in silver markets and that any such violation of the law in this regard should be prosecuted."

    On September 9th, after JP Morgan announced that they would be winding down their proprietary trading operations and laying off their 20 proprietary commodities traders, who NIA believes could be responsible for the current manipulation in silver, NIA released an article entitled, "Is JP Morgan's Silver Manipulation Over?". NIA said in this article that it was "hopeful but skeptical that the manipulation is coming to an end" and "We remain cautiously optimistic at this time." Since this article, it appears as though silver has been trading based on free market forces for the first time in many years. There have been no noticeable attempts to drive down the price of silver through manipulation.

    NIA's most recent silver stock suggestion from September 20th gained 111% in just 17 trading days and its previous silver stock suggestion from July 28th gained 111% in 47 trading days. We are very happy that investors who have for years been suffering due to JP Morgan's manipulation, are now finally seeing the value of their silver investments rise to where the free market wants them to be. The efforts of all NIA members to expose JP Morgan's illegal activities are now paying off big for all Americans.

    NIA members should be proud of themselves, but the fight is not over yet. Although most NIA members have been prospering and are now positioned to not only survive but thrive during U.S. hyperinflation, we still need to work together to prevent a complete societal collapse so that our country is still worth living in after the U.S. dollar becomes worthless. We hope to release our new documentary 'End of Liberty' this Sunday on Halloween. After you watch 'End of Liberty', it is important for you to not only spread the word to your family members and friends, but we strongly urge you to contact all relevant web sites, blogs, newspapers, magazines, and television and radio shows, telling them about the movie. 'End of Liberty' is quite simply the most important firm ever produced in world history....


    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Just brilliant! Plus some....

    The Halloween Party That Destroyed America's Currency
    By Jeff Clark 
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010
    "So, we're in agreement?" asks the Mad Hatter as he stands in the center of the Oval Office. All the costumed figures in attendance nod.

    "Great. Get in here, then." The Mad Hatter ushers them all into a huddle. Everyone puts their right hands in.

    "OK, let's hear it. QE2, on three. One… two… three… "

    "Q! E! 2!"

    The shout rattles the windows of the Oval Office and startles the guests out in the waiting room. They're bobbing for apples and complimenting the Queen of Hearts on how lovely she looks.

    "Let's get back to the party," laughs the Mad Hatter. All the costumed figures leave smiling and snickering with a degree of confidence lacking at the meeting's start two hours earlier…

    Two hours earlier…

    "This can't be happening." The Mad Hatter slammed his fist down on the desk and pointed a trembling finger toward the clown hiding behind the flag in the corner. "This is all your fault," yelled the Hatter. "You had this problem before I even got here."

    The clown shrugged his shoulders, honked his nose, and squirted water from the small American flag pinned to his lapel.

    "Come on people," the Mad Hatter turned to address the rest of the room. "The election is in three weeks. We need to get the American people on board with us or we're all screwed. Any ideas?"

    The donkey in the middle of the room raised his hoof.

    "Whatcha got, Harry?" asked the Hatter. "It's the first idea you've had since you were elected to the Senate 26 years ago. So make it good."

    "Sorry, sir," said the donkey. "I just need to go to the bathroom." He trotted out the door and never returned.

    "I have an idea," blurted a round-faced, mustached gentleman dressed like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. "Let's do the helicopter drop thing again. This time, though, instead of dropping all the money on Wall Street, we can fly over other parts of the country so the money actually makes its way into the economy."

    The room erupted in laughter.

    "Ben," said the Mad Hatter, "you're a moron. We're not in Kansas anymore. The whole idea is to get money into the pockets of the bankers. This foreclosure crisis is about to blow sky-high. If we don't find a way to bail them out soon, they'll never be able to finance our campaigns. We'll be booted out of office. We'll be stuck standing in line for food stamps like everybody else. Now, get with the program or I'll get rid of you… and your little dog, too."

    Toto lifted his head and growled. But what could a little puppy do? He mumbled something about a strong dollar policy and then laid his head back down on Dorothy's lap.

    "How many times do I have to tell you the same thing?" The Grim Reaper rose from the couch and waved his scythe at the crowd. "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

    "It seems to me," he continued, "there's only one group the American people distrust more than the bankers."

    "That may be true," interrupted a short, frumpy figure dressed as a scarecrow. "But how are we going to pin this on the Republicans? They're not even in power anymore."

    "I'm not talking about the Republicans, Hillary," the Grim Reaper replied. "I'm talking about the Chinese."

    "Ahh," the crowd sighed, recognizing the brilliance of the idea.

    "They're currency manipulators!" barked Toto.

    "That's right!" yelled the scarecrow. "And they dump their products onto our markets."

    "That's right!" repeated a figure wearing a Dick Cheney mask. "And they dump their products onto our markets."

    "For crying out loud, Joe," the Mad Hatter grumped. "Hillary just said that."

    "Sorry, sir," Joe replied. "Force of habit."

    "Rahm is right," said the Mad Hatter. "We can say all our problems are caused by China manipulating its currency. We'll tell them the only way to combat that threat and avoid another Great Depression is through another quantitative easing program. We'll give the new money to Fannie and Freddie. They'll buy up all the questionable mortgage-backed securities investors are threatening to force back on the banks. The banks will be off the hook. We'll get our campaign contributions. And we'll kick the ticking time bomb down the road another generation or two."

    "Do you really think the American taxpayer will go for it?" asked Dorothy.

    "Sure," replied the Hatter. "We'll just label the Chinese currency peg a 'financial weapon of mass destruction.' The taxpayer will let us do anything we want to after that. Right?"

    The clown behind the flag shrugged his shoulders, honked his nose, and squirted water from the small American flag pinned to his lapel.

    "Alrighty then," continued the Mad Hatter. "It's Q-E-2 on three. Ready? One… two…"

    Best regards and good trading,

    Jeff Clark

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    Taipan Daily: The Greenback Has Sucked All the Air out of the Room
    by Adam Lass, Senior Editor, WaveStrength Options Weekly

    I am desperate, friends -- absolutely hair-pulling, nail-biting desperate.
    I set out today to write a column that didn't revolve around the Fed, the Treasury or the dollar. Lord knows you are probably as sick of hearing about these clowns as we are of writing about them.
    But I just couldn't do it. Every meme I study, every thread I chase down, every story line I research -- they all seem to end at the same blind alley: the deliberate destruction of the greenback.
    It's not that I am obsessed with five or six guys in suits (and gals -- let's be respectful of Ms. Yellen here) at a polished oak table in a marble hall in Washington, D.C. But the damn dollar has become THE focal point around which everything else swirls and turns right now.
    A Better Mousetrap?
    For example, I have on my desk several quarterly reports from American blue chip companies. Each purports that the company made substantially more money then analysts expected. And I must confess that in most cases, I was one of those analysts.
    An example: Boeing (BA:NYSE) has yet to deliver its long-awaited flagship Dreamliner. It's been an incredible string of serious errors -- wings coming loose, engines catching fire, seats that didn't fit -- the sort of things that ought to doom a company's shares to a permanent position in the stock market's basement in a good economy, let alone an economy that has come to a virtual halt.
    But Boeing's execs report that they have beaten Wall Street's dour estimates for the past quarter and are raising guidance going forward. How are they doing it? It's certainly not some new technical flight innovation -- the world's largest aerospace company has proven to be awful at innovation. Nor is it a dramatic reduction in assembly cost of existing designs -- no new build techniques to speak of, or a new agreement with line workers.
    When you chase this story down, it turns out that incredibly cheap bonds have cut Boeings cost of capital, and the cheap dollar has made Boeing's planes easier to flog in overseas markets.
    See, it all comes back to the damn Federal Reserve, which is intent on pumping ever-increasing gobs of dollars into the economy via the purchase of U.S. bonds.
    The Easy Way to Beat the Street
    Pick any bellwether you like: Caterpillar (CAT:NYSE), United Parcel Service (UPS:NYSE), Intel (INTC:NASDAQ) -- They've all beaten the Street via reduced capital costs and increased overseas sales.
    UPS brags that it will bring in full-year profits of $3.54 a share, an improvement of some 5.6% over previous guesstimates. But not because of any major action happening around here. Stateside shipping is up some 3.6% in the third quarter, but UPS' international biz spiked 13%.
    Heck, CAT is even talking about building factories again. (Not here, mind you, where it might help to reduce our semi-permanent 9.6% unemployment, but rather in target markets like Brazil and China, where labor is cheap and sales robust.)
    But all of these gains are powered not by some sort of new product or method or such. Rather, it's all being driven by ever-cheaper capital and ever shrinking dollars -- the very facts I swore I would NOT write about again today.
    Trading Away Intellectual Capital for Cheap Dollars
    There ought to be no reason for a poor suffering columnist to write about these things. The shrinking dollar ought to be a non-story, for Pete's sake.
    Didn't our own Treasury Secretary swear on a stack of bibles that the U.S. would never deliberately depress its currency in an effort to increase its competitive edge? And the Federal Reserve's own charter specifies protection of the currency as its primary task.
    I really should be focused entirely on some new idea, a new medicine that extends our sanity deeper into our dotage, or the latest wrist videophone, or flying cars (one of my former boss' obsessions). Did you know, for instance, that a company in Colorado has invented a toothed polyurethane and carbon fiber belt to replace greasy old bicycle drive chains?
    Or how about those companies that are creating all new "green" technologies that could transform how we live and work? Maybe they are real, or maybe they are bogus, but at least they are trotting out the ideas that can get a guy's juices going!
    Smacked Down in Seoul
    But then I read of an economic minister pontificating at the big G-20 confab in Seoul, South Korea, that the U.S.' "excessive permanent increase in money" was "an indirect manipulation of the [foreign exchange] rate."
    One of our fiercer rivals like China or Russia? No, this rebuke came from Germany's Rainer Bruederle, an ostensible friend at the table, an ally whose own banks benefited hugely from Washington's trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street.
    One must keep in mind when reading of Minister Bruederle's castigation of our printing binge as "the wrong way to go" that Germany's economy is one of the high spots of the developed world right now. In point of fact, Bruederle's own ministry just announced upgraded forecasts for 2010 growth from 1.4% to 3.4%, so perhaps he knows of what he speaks.
    And here I am, back to that same damn subject: interest rates, bonds, the Fed, the dollar. This is the poisoning I have spoken of so often. This what happens when Washington becomes so intrusive in our economic lives that it becomes the only genuine actor in the equation.
    This is what happens when there is no air in the room, no intellectual capital nourishing new thoughts and inventions, just wise guys maneuvering for their piece of the government pie.
    It is the Chairman of the (FOMC) Board's world now -- we just live in it.
    Yours truly,

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    BP Catastrophe Part XVI: follow-up. Nothing is as the media report it, is it?

    Massive stretches of weathered oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico
    Edited on Sat Oct-23-10 01:07 PM by Generic Other
    Source: Times-Picyune

    Massive stretches of weathered oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico

    Just three days after the U.S. Coast Guard admiral in charge of the BP oil spill cleanup declared little recoverable surface oil remained in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana fishers Friday found miles-long strings of weathered oil floating toward fragile marshes on the Mississippi River delta.

    The discovery, which comes as millions of birds begin moving toward the region in the fall migration, gave ammunition to groups that have insisted the government has overstated clean-up progress, and could force reclosure of key fishing areas only recently reopened.

    The oil was sighted in West Bay, which covers approximately 35 square miles of open water between Southwest Pass, the main shipping channel of the river, and Tiger Pass near Venice. Boat captains working the BP clean-up effort said they have been reporting large areas of surface oil off the delta for more than a week but have seen little response from BP or the Coast Guard, which is in charge of the clean-up. The captains said most of their sightings have occurred during stretches of calm weather, similar to what the area has experienced most of this week.

    On Friday reports included accounts of strips of the heavily weathered orange oil that became a signature image of the spill during the summer. One captain said some strips were as much as 400 feet wide and a mile long.


    Read more:

    On the same day they print this story, they print the following one!!!! Hello? Where are the reporters? Too busy lacquering their hair and plucking their eyebrows? Cognitive Dissonance meet Deliberate Cover-up!!!

    NOAA reopens 7,000 more square miles for fishing in the Gulf

    The federal government has reopened an additional 7,000 square miles of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico to commercial and recreational fishing.

    That means 96 percent of all federal waters are now open, after a series of closures this summer as oil gushed into the Gulf following the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the reopening of waters 60 miles east of the Macondo well site, off the coast Florida between the Florida-Alabama state line and Cape San Blas, Fla.

    Today marks the tenth reopening of fishing areas in the Gulf since July 22. The decision came after NOAA and the federal Food and Drug Administration sampled numerous finfish in the area and conducted smell tests and a chemical analysis for oil.

    Expert trained sensory analysts for NOAA sampled 155 samples of finfish from the area, and the agency sent 156 fish samples done in 22 separate composite tests for analysis in NOAA's labs. The smell testing indicated no oil or dispersant taint, and the chemical analysis found that no levels of hydrocarbons anywhere near the level of concern for humans.

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    So the Vatican, i.e. Benedikt, has declared war on the People of Israel in the Land of Israel! Essentially we don't exist and we don't have any rights in his eyes. We shall see: who shall prevail, he, or G-d?

    They forgot the biggest enemy of them all; correction above.

    Cartoon courtesy of Dr.R.


    To all,

    The last couple of days were momentous: the Vatican Synod has come and gone, and Benedikt has finally come out of the closet: in so many words, he has DECLARED WAR ON ISRAEL as a Jewish State - on 10/10/10, as would be expected of this master occultist. The synod, which the pope himself carefully prepared at great length in June  ( see "Instrumentum Laboris") has become the tool by which this crusader pope plans to destroy, delegitimize, dismantle, attack, convert, and conquer Jewish Israel. This synod is a repeat, on a much larger scale, of the events we saw last May, after he convened bishops of various denominations in Jerusalem, which meeting was followed a week later by the World Council of Churches' campaign against Israel. The same players as are to be found in " Kairos Palestine"(καιροσ Palestine translation: "Palestine Weather Forecast"?) below, Pax Christi, were also major players in the World Council of Churches campaign against Israel in May 2009
     which culminated in a year of anti-Israel incitement, antisemitic attacks worldwide, UN denunciations of Israel, etc.; while the Franciscans, as "Custodians of the Holy Places", THE crusader order par excellence, are only too happy to participate. The pope was behind those anti-Israel attacks then, and he is behind this upcoming new wave of attacks now. Notice his stepped-up approach:the trial balloon, if you will, was last year's event, which was very successful by any standards. This year's sequelae will be even much more intense, as he has pulled out all the stops: besides the Synod, see the upcoming Mediterranean Union Conference, of which he is an active participant, I would even say the MASTERMIND, and which also spells the end of Israel. See his political activism on the international scene, which is currently being held up by Obama's domestic woes; see his incestuous involvement with the UN, his insistence that the UN become involved in 'solving the problem' of Palestine. Not to forget his rock-solid connection with the NATO College of Rome, which he personally blessed in March 2010, the month that same college did a study - commissioned by whom? - on how best to conquer Israel and concluded that militarily it was impossible, therefore advising stepped up pressure on Jews of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, which we are witnessing every single day in the form of attacks, maiming and murders of Jews, etc., etc.

    Also, don't miss Benedikt's homily during his 10/10/10 mass, which is quoted by Barry Chamish in the post "Are you prepared..."?

    Now that this pope has taken off the velvet gloves, WHOEVER associates with him and his schemes is CLEARLY A TRAITOR TO ISRAEL. May this be a notice to Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Yossi Beilin, and all their friends. YOU ARE ON THE SIDE OF BENEDIKT, YOU ARE OUR ENEMY.

      Tamar asked me, during the very last minute of the show: "What should we do?" My reply to her, was "Gee, that is a very difficult question; first of all, we need to publicize this information...." and then the bell rang, so I didn't have time to say anything further. Truthfully, I wouldn't have known what else to say. But a very astute political adviser of mine has a solution. Here are his words:

    "The Romans understood that the ideal way to defeat a powerful enemy is to divide and conquer. We must turn the Catholics and the Muslims against each other, playing into historical enmity, which is rife between the two groups. We must give the Muslims a reason to declare Jihad against the Catholic infidel crusaders in Rome. Likewise, we need to incite the Catholics against the barbaric Muslims, who have conquered Christian lands, murdered countless Christians, and blasphemed the name of Christ. And us, Jews,  Protestants, Noahides, and our other friends, can watch as they destroy each other."

    No more delusion, Israel; no more delusion, Jews of various stripes; no more delusion, world: you are either FOR US, or you are AGAINST US, period. 

    We Jews better brace for war, because that is what the pope has declared on Israel, starting on 10/10/10. ESAV AGAINST JACOB: WHO SHALL TRIUMPH? It is time to revert to our Scriptures for answers, as they are many. I, for one, have full faith that HASHEM WILL SUSTAIN US IN THIS HISTORIC AND RENEWED WAR OF ROME AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

    The response of the State of Israel is way too weak, and misses the point entirely: it lays responsibility for this incitement at the door of the minor bishop Boustros, while evading the direct responsibility of Benedikt, who engineered, planned, and led the Synod, and who personally called for converting Jews in Israel, while denying the role of the People of Israel as the Chosen People, denying the link between AM Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael, denying Israel's claim to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem.

    It is way too late for Israel to consider Benedikt a friend: the pope has taken off his velvet gloves, the iron fist is what now shows. No more wolf in sheep's clothing: now Benedikt has turned into A NAKED WOLF!

    For a background on the story, and in order to understand the plot, the players, etc, see these crucial previous articles; there are many others, however these are the most essential. Search the blog for the labels:
    "Vatican schemes and lies," "Har Zion", "Jerusalem", for more articles on the topic.

    Kairos Palestine to be Submitted to Vatican on 19 October

    Sunday, 10 October 2010 06:16 Tania Kepler for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)
    Monsignor Michel Sabbah, the Archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1987 to 2008, will be presenting the Kairos Palestine Document to the Special Assembly for the Middle East synod of Catholic bishops on 19 October.
    The Special Assembly for the Middle East synod of Catholic bishops will be held in the Vatican from 10-24 October 2010. One hundred and seventy-two Catholic bishops from Muslim countries, 14 Roman Curia officials, 14 non-Catholic Christians and 30 academic experts will spend two weeks discussing the future of Catholic communities in the Middle East, reported the Jerusalem Post.

    The Kairos Palestine Document echoes a similar summons issued by South African churches in the mid-1980s at the height of repression under the apartheid regime. The authors of the Kairos Palestine Document include Monsignor Sabbah, the Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem Munib Younan, and Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

    The document is meant to communicate the urgent need for peace with justice to religious and political leaders in Palestinian and the Israeli society, international community, and to "our Christian brothers and sisters in the churches" around the world. They believe that current efforts in the Middle East are confined to managing the crisis rather than finding pertinent and long term solutions to the crisis. The document calls for both love, and “nonviolent resistance through divestment,” supporting the Palestinian campaign for the boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel.

    As a tribute to the two main non-Christian religions in the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI and the Synod attendees will hear keynote speeches by three authorities: On October 13, Rabbi David Rosen, adviser to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and interreligious affairs director for the American Jewish Committee, will speak; and on October 14, both the Grand Mufti of Beirut Mohammed al-Sammak, a Sunni, and Ayatollah Sayed Mostafa Muhagag Ahmadabadi, a professor of Islamic Law at Teheran University and a Shi’ite, will speak, reported the Jerusalem Post.

    “The urgent reasons for this meeting are that Christians are fleeing from the Middle East... We need to find a dialogue with Muslims, and unity among Christians,” Monsignor Shlemon Warduni, the auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Babylon, Iraq, of the Chaldean Catholic Church, told the Post.

    From AsiaNews:

    Synod for the Middle East: a Message to the People of God
    Approved at the end of the synod assemblies, the text (presented here in full) is rich in ideas: the sad political situation in the Middle East, and the fatigue of Churches, emigration and the Diaspora, the desire to build a society with Jews and Muslims based on full equality of citizens, condemnation of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and anti-Christianity, the appeal to the UN and the international community to ensure peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, in Lebanon, in Iraq.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The greatness of the traditions of the East, along with the current suffering of the peoples of the region (the Israeli occupation, the war in Iraq, terrorism, migration, ...), the hope to build a society where there is no anti-Semitism, anti-Christianity, Islamophobia, and where Christians, Muslims and Jews are citizens of equal rights and standing, the appeal to the international community to ensure peace to the Palestinians, Israelis, Lebanese, Iraqis, and the comfort of faith and unity of the Church, along with other Christian denominations: these are some of the many themes in the Message to the People of God (Nuntius) that participants in the Synod of the Churches of the Middle East adopted at the Assembly. Here is the text in full:
    “Now the company of those who believed” (Acts 4:32) were of one heart and soul
    To our brother priests, deacons, monks, nuns, consecrated persons, our dear lay faithful and all people of good will.
    1.May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.
    The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East was for us a new Pentecost. “Pentecost is the original event but also a permanent dynamism, and the Synod of Bishops is a privileged moment in which the grace of Pentecost may be renewed in the Church’s journey” (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at the Opening Liturgy, 10 October 2010).
    We have come to Rome, We the Patriarchs and Bishops of the Catholic Churches in the Middle East with all our spiritual, liturgical, cultural and canonical patrimonies, carrying in our hearts the concerns of our people.
    For the very first time, we have come together in a Synod, gathered around His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, with both cardinals and archbishops, who are heads of the various offices in the Roman Curia, presidents of episcopal conferences around the world, who are concerned with the issues of the Middle East, representatives from the Orthodox Churches and ecclesial communities and Jewish and Muslim guests.
    We express our gratitude to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI for his care and for his teachings, which guide the journey of the Church in general and that of our Eastern Churches in particular, especially in the areas of justice and peace. We thank the episcopal conferences for their solidarity, their presence in our midst during their pilgrimages to the holy sites and their visits to our communities. We thank them for guiding our Churches in the various aspects of our life. We thank the different ecclesial organisations for their effective assistance.
    Guided by the Holy Scriptures and the living Tradition, we have reflected together on the present and the future of Christians and all peoples of the Middle East. We have meditated on the issues of this region of the world which God willed, in the mystery of his love, to be the birthplace of his universal plan of salvation. From there, Abraham’s vocation was initiated. There, the Word of God, Jesus Christ, took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. There, Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of life and the kingdom. There, he died to redeem humanity and free us from sin. There, he rose from the dead to give new life to all. There, the Church was formed and went forth to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the world.
    The primary aim of the Synod is pastoral. Thus, we have carried in our hearts the life, the pains and the hopes of our people as well as the challenges they need to confront each day “because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Rm 5:5). Dear sisters and brothers, we therefore address this message to you. We wish it to be an appeal to safeguard the faith, based on the Word of God, to collaboration in unity and to communion in the witness of love in every aspect of life.
    I. The Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness throughout History the Journey of Faith in the Middle East
    2. In the Middle East, the first Christian community was born. From there, the apostles after Pentecost went evangelising the whole world. There, the early Christian community lived amid tensions and persecutions, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42), and no one of them was in need. There, the first martyrs, with their blood, fortified the foundations of the nascent Church. After them, the hermits filled the deserts with the perfume of their holiness and their faith. There, the Fathers of the Eastern Church lived and continued to nourish the Church in both the East and West through their teachings. In the early centuries and later, missionaries from our Churches departed for the Far East and the West, bringing with them the light of Christ. We are the heirs of that heritage. We need to continue to transmit their message to future generations.
    In the past, Our Churches provided saints, priests and consecrated persons; they still do in the present. Our Churches have also sponsored many institutions which contributed - and still do - to the well being of our societies and countries, sacrificing self for the sake of the human person, who is created to the image of God and is the bearer of his likeness. Some of our Churches continue to send out missionaries who carry the Word of God to many places in the world. The pastoral, apostolic and missionary needs mandate us to put together a pastoral master-plan to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in order to ensure the Church of tomorrow.
    We are now at a turning point in our history: The God who has given us the faith in our Eastern lands 2000 years ago, calls us today to persevere with courage, strength and steadfastness in bearing the message of Christ and witnessing to his Gospel, the Gospel of love and peace.
    Challenges and Aspirations
    3.1. Today, we face many challenges. The first comes from within ourselves and our Churches. We are asked by Christ to accept our faith and to apply it to all situations in our lives. What he asks from our Churches is to strengthen the communion within every Church sui iuris and that of the Catholic Churches of various traditions, and to exert every effort in prayer and charitable acts in order to attain the full unity of all Christians so as to fulfil the prayer of Christ: “that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (Jn 17:21).
    3.2. The second challenge comes from the outside, namely, political conditions, security in our countries and religious pluralism.
    We have evaluated the social situation and the public security in all our countries in the Middle East. We have taken account of the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the whole region, especially on the Palestinians who are suffering the consequences of the Israeli occupation: the lack of freedom of movement, the wall of separation and the military checkpoints, the political prisoners, the demolition of homes, the disturbance of socio-economic life and the thousands of refugees. We have reflected on the suffering and insecurity in which Israelis live. We have meditated on the situation of the holy city of Jerusalem. We are anxious about the unilateral initiatives that threaten its composition and risk to change its demographic balance. With all this in mind, we see that a just and lasting peace is the only salvation for everyone and for the good of the region and its peoples.
    3.3. We have reflected in our meetings and in our prayers the keen sufferings of the Iraqi people. We have recalled the Christians assassinated in Iraq, the continued suffering of the Church in Iraq and her sons who have been displaced and dispersed throughout the world, bringing with them the concerns for their land and their fatherland. The synod fathers have expressed their solidarity with the people and the Churches in Iraq and have expressed their desire that the emigrants, forced to leave their country, might find in the welcoming countries the necessary support to be able to return to their homeland and live in security.
    3.4. We have extensively treated relations between Christians and Muslims. All of us share a common citizenship in our countries. Here we want to affirm, according to our Christian vision, a fundamental principle which ought to govern our relations, namely, God wants us to be Christians in and for our Middle Eastern societies. This is God’s plan for us. This is our mission and vocation - to live as Christians and Muslims together. Our actions in this area will be guided by the commandment of love and by the power of the Spirit within us.
    The second principle which governs our relations is the fact that we are an integral part of our societies. Our mission, based on our faith and our duty to our home countries, obliges us to contribute to the construction of our countries as fellow-citizens, Muslims, Jews and Christians alike.
    II. Communion and Witness Within the Catholic Churches of the Middle East
    To the Faithful of Our Churches
    4.1. Jesus says to us: “You are the salt of the earth, the light of the world” (Mt 5:13.14). Your mission in our societies, beloved faithful, through faith, hope and love, is to be like “salt” which gives savour and meaning to life; to be like “light” by proclaiming the truth which scatters the darkness; and to be like the “leaven” which transforms hearts and minds. The first Christians of Jerusalem were few in number, yet they were able to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth because of the grace of “the Lord who acted with them and confirmed their Word by signs” (Mk 16:20).
    4.2. We want to greet you, Christians of the Middle East, and we thank you for all you have achieved in your families and societies, in your Churches and nations. We commend you for your perseverance in times of adversity, suffering and anguish.
    4.3. Dear priests, our co-workers in the mission of catechesis, liturgy and pastoral work, we renew our friendship and our trust in you. Continue to transmit to your faithful with zeal and perseverance the Gospel of life and Church’s tradition through your preaching, catechesis, spiritual direction and the good example of your lives. Build up the faith of the People of God to make of it a civilisation of love. Provide the sacraments to the People of God so that this People might aspire to be renewed. Gather them together in the union of love by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    Dear consecrated men and women in the world, we express to you our gratitude and with you we thank God for the gift of the evangelical counsels – of consecrated chastity, of poverty and obedience – through which you have made the gift of yourselves as you follow Christ, the special love to whom you long to witness. It is thanks to your diverse apostolic initiatives that you are the true treasure and wealth of our Churches and a spiritual oasis in our parishes, dioceses and missions.
    We unite ourselves spiritually to hermits, to monks and nuns who have dedicated their lives to prayer in contemplative monasteries, sanctifying the hours of day and night, carrying the Church’s concerns and needs to God in their prayers. You offer the world a sign of hope through the witness of your life.
    4.4. We express to you, faithful lay people, our esteem and our friendship. We appreciate everything you do for your families and societies, your Churches and home countries. Remain steadfast amidst trials and difficulties. We are filled with gratitude to the Lord for the charisms and talents which he has showered you and which equip you to participate, through the power of your baptism and chrismations, in the Church’s mission and her apostolic work to permeate the temporal world with the spirit and values of the Gospel. We invite you to give the witness of an authentic Christian life, of a conscientious religious practice and of good morals. Have the courage objectively to proclaim the truth.
    Those of you who suffer in body, in soul and spirit, the oppressed, those forced from your homes, the persecuted, prisoners and detainees, we carry you all in our prayers. Unite your suffering to that of Christ the Redeemer and seek in his cross patience and strength. By the merit of your sufferings, you gain God’s merciful love.
    We greet each of our Christian families and we look upon your vocation and mission with esteem as a living cell of society and a natural school of virtue and ethical and human values, the “domestic Church” which transmits the practices of prayer and of faith from one generation to the next. We thank parents and grandparents for the education of their children and grandchildren, who, like Jesus grow “in wisdom, in stature and grace in the sight of God and men” (Lk 2:52). We commit ourselves to the defence of the family through our pastoral programmes on its behalf, through marriage preparation courses and centres, open to all but mainly to couples in difficulty, where they can be welcomed and obtain counseling, and by defending the fundamental rights of the family.
    We now wish to speak to the women of our Churches in a special way. We express to you our appreciation for what you are in the various states of life: girls, mothers, educators, consecrated women and those who engaged in public life. We revere you, because you harbour human life within you from its very beginnings, giving it care and tenderness. God has given you a special sensitivity for everything that pertains to education, humanitarian work and the apostolic life. We give thanks to God for your activities and we hope that you will be able to exercise greater responsibility in public life.
    Young women and men, we look to you with the same love which Christ had for the young man in the Gospel (cf. Mk 10:21). You are the potential and renewing force for the future of our Churches, our communities and our countries. Plan your life under the loving gaze of Christ. Be responsible citizens and sincere believers. The Church joins you in your desire to find work commensurate with your talents, work which will help to stimulate your creativity, providing for your future and making possible the formation of a family of believers. Overcome the temptation of materialism and consumerism. Be strong in your Christian values.
    We greet the heads of Catholic institutions of education. Pursue excellence and the Christian spirit in your teaching and education. Aim at the consolidation of a culture of harmonious living and concern for the poor and disabled. In spite of the challenges which confront your institutions, we invite you to maintain them, so as to further the Church’s educative mission and to promote the development and common good of our societies.
    We address with great esteem those who work in the social sector. In your institutions you are at the service of charity. We encourage and support you in this mission of development, guided by the rich social teaching of the Church. Through your work, you strengthen the bonds of fellowship between people and serve the poor, the marginalised, the sick, refugees and prisoners without discrimination. You are guided by the words of the Lord Jesus: “Everything you do to one of these little ones, you do it to me!” (Mt 25:40).
    We look with hope to prayer groups and apostolic movements. They are schools where our faith can mature and we can be given the strength to live that faith in family and society. We appreciate their activities in parishes and dioceses and their support for pastors, in accordance with the Church’s directives. We thank God for these groups and movements which are active cells in the parish and seed-beds for vocations to both the priesthood and the consecrated life.
    We appreciate the role of the means of social communication, both printed and audio-visual. We thank you journalists for your collaboration with the Church in broadcasting her teachings and activities and, over the course of these days, for having given global news coverage to the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod.
    We are pleased with the contribution of the media, both international and Catholic. With regard to the Middle East, Télé Lumiere-Noursat merits a special mention. We hope it will be able to continue its service of providing information and forming the faith, of working on behalf of Christian unity, of consolidating the Christian presence in the Middle East, of strengthening interreligious dialogue and the communion of all peoples of Middle Eastern origin, presently in every part of the globe.
    To Our Faithful in the Diaspora
    5. Emigration has become a generalised phenomenon by Christians, Muslims and Jews alike. All emigrate for reasons arising from political and economic instability. However, Christians also emigrate from a sense of insecurity, in varying degrees, in many Middle Eastern countries. May Christians have trust in the future and continue to live in their dear countries.
    We send our greetings to you, members of our Churches in the various countries of the Diaspora. We ask you to keep alive in your hearts and concerns the memory of your countries and your Churches. You can contribute to their development and their growth by your prayers, your thoughts, your visits and by various other means, despite the fact that you are far from the Middle East.
    Look at your goods and your properties in your home country; do not abandon and sell them too quickly. Keep them as your patrimony and as a piece of the homeland to which you remain attached, a homeland which you love and support. The land is part of a person's identity and his mission. It is a vital aspect of the lives of those who remain there and for those who one day will return there. The land is a public good, a good of the community and a common patrimony. It should not be reduced to a question of individual interests on the part of those who own it and who alone decide, according to their desires, to keep or abandon it.
    We accompany you with our prayers, you the children of our Churches and of our countries, forced to emigrate. Bear with you your faith, your culture and your patrimony, so as to enrich your new countries which provide you with peace, freedom and work. Look towards the future with confidence and joy. Hold fast to your spiritual values, to your cultural traditions and to your national patrimony, in order to offer to the countries which welcome you the best of yourselves and the best of that which you have. We thank the Churches of the countries of the Diaspora which have received our faithful and unceasingly collaborate with us to ensure the necessary pastoral services for them.
    To the Migrants in Our Countries and Our Churches
    6. We send our greetings to all immigrants of varying nationalities, who have come to our countries seeking employment.
    We welcome you, beloved faithful, and we see your faith as a source of enrichment and a support for the faithful of our Churches. We joyously provide you with every spiritual assistance you might need.
    We ask our Churches to pay special attention to these brothers and sisters and their difficulties, whatever may be their religion, especially when their rights and dignity are subject to abuse. They come to us not simply to seek the means for living but offer the services which our countries need. Their dignity comes from God. Like every human person, they have rights which must be respected. No one should violate those rights. That is why we call upon the various governments which receive them to respect and defend their rights.
    Communion and Witness Together with the Orthodox and Protestant Communities in the Middle East
    7. We send our greetings to the Orthodox and Protestant Communities in our countries. Together we work for the good of all Christians, that they may remain, grow and prosper. We share the same journey. Our challenges are the same and our future is the same. We wish to bear witness together as disciples of Christ. Only through our unity can we accomplish the mission that God has entrusted to us, despite the differences among our Churches. The prayer of Christ is our support; the commandment of love unites us, even if the road towards full communion is still distant for us.
    We have walked together in the Middle East Council of Churches and we wish, with God’s grace, to continue on this path and to promote its activity, having as an ultimate goal a common testimony to our faith, the service of our faithful and of all our countries. We acknowledge and encourage all initiatives for ecumenical dialogue in each of our countries.
    We express our gratitude to the World Council of Churches and to the different ecumenical organisations which work for the unity of the Churches and for their support.
    IV. Cooperation and Dialogue with Our Fellow-Citizens, the Jews
    8. The same Scriptures unite us; the Old Testament, the Word of God is for both you and us. We believe all that God revealed there, since he called Abraham, our common father in the faith, Father of Jews, of Christians and of Muslims. We believe in the promises of God and his covenant given to Abraham and to you. We believe that the Word of God is eternal.
    The Second Vatican Council published the document Nostra aetate which treats interreligious dialogue with Judaism, Islam and the other religions. Other documents have subsequently clarified and developed the relationship with Judaism. On-going dialogue is taking place between the Church and the representatives of Judaism. We hope that this dialogue can bring us to work together to press those in authority to put and end to the political conflict which results in separating us and disrupting everyday life in our countries.
    It is time for us to commit ourselves together to a sincere, just and permanent peace. Both Christians and Jews are called to this task by the Word of God. In his Word, we are invited us to listen to the voice of God “who speaks of peace”: “Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his holy ones” (Ps 85:9). Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable. On the contrary, recourse to religion must lead every person to see the face of God in others and to treat them according to their God-given prerogatives and God’s commandments, namely, according to God's bountiful goodness, mercy, justice and love for us.
    V. Cooperation and Dialogue with Our Fellow-Citizens, the Muslims
    9. We are united by the faith in one God and by the commandment that says: do good and avoid evil. The words of the Second Vatican Council on the relations with other religions offer the basis for the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Muslims: “The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men” (Nostra aetate 3).
    We say to our Muslim fellow-citizens: we are brothers and sisters; God wishes us to be together, united by one faith in God and by the dual commandment of love of God and neighbour. Together we will construct our civil societies on the basis of citizenship, religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Together we will work for the promotion of justice, peace, the rights of persons and the values of life and of the family. The construction of our countries is our common responsibility. We wish to offer to the East and to the West a model of coexistence between different religions and of positive collaboration between different civilisations for the good of our countries and that of all humanity.
    Since the appearance of Islam in the seventh century and to the present, we have lived together and we have collaborated in the creation of our common civilisation. As in the past and still existent today, some imbalances are present in our relations. Through dialogue we must avoid all imbalances and misunderstandings. Pope Benedict XVI tells us that our dialogue must not be a passing reality. It is rather a vital necessity on which our future depends (Pope Benedict XVI, Meeting with Representatives from the Muslim Communities, Cologne, 20 August 2005). Our duty then is to educate believers concerning interreligious dialogue, the acceptance of pluralism and mutual esteem.
    VI. Our Participation in Public Life: An Appeal to the Governments and to the Political Leadership in Our Countries
    10. We appreciate the efforts which have been expended for the common good and the service to our societies. You are in our prayers and we ask God to guide your steps. We address you regarding the importance of equality among all citizens. Christians are original and authentic citizens who are loyal to their fatherland and assume their duties towards their country. It is natural that they should enjoy all the rights of citizenship, freedom of conscience, freedom of worship and freedom in education, teaching and the use of the mass media.
    We appeal to you to redouble your efforts to establish a just and lasting peace throughout the region and to stop the arms race, which will lead to security and economic prosperity and stop the hemorrhage of emigration which empties our countries of its vital forces. Peace is a precious gift entrusted by God to human family, whose members are to be “peacemakers who will be called children of God” (Mt 5:9).
    VII. Appeal to the International Community
    11. The citizens of the countries of the Middle East call upon the international community, particularly the United Nations conscientiously to work to find a peaceful, just and definitive solution in the region, through the application of the Security Council’s resolutions and taking the necessary legal steps to put an end to the occupation of the different Arab territories.
    The Palestinian people will thus have an independent and sovereign homeland where they can live with dignity and security. The State of Israel will be able to enjoy peace and security within their internationally recognized borders. The Holy City of Jerusalem will be able to acquire its proper status, which respects its particular character, its holiness and the religious patrimony of the three religions: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. We hope that the two-State-solution might become a reality and not a dream only.
    Iraq will be able to put an end to the consequences of its deadly war and re-establish a secure way of life which will protect all its citizens with all their social structures, both religious and national.
    Lebanon will be able to enjoy sovereignty over its entire territory, strengthen its national unity and carry on in its vocation to be the model of coexistence between Christians and Muslims, of dialogue between different cultures and religions, and of the promotion of basic public freedoms.
    We condemn violence and terrorism from wherever it may proceed as well as all religious extremism. We condemn all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Christianism and Islamophobia and we call upon the religions to assume their responsibility to promote dialogue between cultures and civilisations in our region and in the entire world.
    Conclusion: Continue to Bear Witness to the Divine Path That Has Been Shown to Us in the Person of Jesus
    12. Brothers and sisters, in closing, we say with the St. John the Apostle: “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”(1 Jn 1:1-3).
    This Divine Life which has appeared to the apostles over 2000 years ago in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ and to which the Church has witnessed throughout the course of her history will always remain the life of our Churches in the Middle East and the object of our witness, sustained by the promise of the Lord:“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the time” (Mt 28:20). Together we proceed on our journey with hope,“and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Rm 5:5).
    We confess that, until now, we have not done what is possible to better live communion in our communities. We have not done enough to better live communion among our communities. We have not done everything possible to confirm you in your faith and to give you the spiritual nourishment you need in your difficulties. The Lord invites us to a conversion as individuals and communities.
    Today we return to you full of hope, strength and resolution, bearing with us the message of the Synod and its recommendations in order to study them together and to put them into practice in our Churches, each one according to the Church’s states of life. We hope also that this new effort might be ecumenical.
    We make a humble and sincere appeal to you, that together we might embark on the road of conversion, allowing ourselves to be renewed through the grace of the Holy Spirit and again draw close to God.
    To the Most Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and Queen of Peace, under whose protection we have accomplished our Synodal task, we entrust our journey towards new, Christian horizons in the faith of Christ and through the power of his word: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5).
    » 10/24/2010 13:39

    Pope, peace is possible in the Middle East, urgent, indispensable condition for a dignified life
    At the conclusion of the synod, Benedict XVI highlighted the "challenges" to the churches of the region, from communion, which is essential for ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. The 'need for "religious freedom" could become a topic for dialogue with Muslims. " The need to evangelize the theme of the next General Assembly of the Synod.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Peace is possible. Peace is urgent. Peace is the precondition for a life worthy of human beings and society. " Even in the Middle East. Benedict XVI addressed this hope, warning and invitation to the people, the States and the international community at the conclusion of special Assembly of the Synod which spoke a lot of peace, even with strong words.
    But peace, said the Pope in St Peter's Basilica this morning concluding two weeks of work, is a gift from God, but also the result of human action. Hence Benedict XVI has called all to a series of commitments: communion between Catholics, other Christians and dialogue with Muslims, respect for religious freedom and renewed evangelization in the land where Jesus lived and died.  The theme of announcing the Gospel, is one that is particularly felt by Benedict XVI who, marking World Mission Sunday, announced that it will be the focus of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for 2012. The bishops from around the world will devote themselves to "Nova evangelizatio christianam fidem tradendam - The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith."
    During the Angelus the Pope pointed out the "similarity between the themes of these two ecclesial events” the Synod and Mission Sunday, to an estimated 80 thousand people in St Peter’s Square. "Both of them - he said – are an invitation to look to the Church as a mystery of communion which, by its nature, is intended for all man and all men."
    The Basilica was packed with faithful and full of color, this morning with 246 celebrants for the conclusion of the special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and testimony:" The multitude of those who had become believers were of one heart and one soul". (Acts 4:32).
    The Pope’s began by evoking the prayer for communion among the different churches who live in the region. "A challenge" stated Benedict XVI. “A fuller communion within the Catholic Church favors ecumenical dialogue with other Churches and ecclesial communities as well. The Catholic Church reiterated in this Synodal meeting its deep conviction to pursuing such dialogue as well, so that the prayer of the Lord Jesus might be completely fulfilled:  “May they all be one”(Jn 17:21). "
    The words of the Lord Jesus - continues the pope - may be applied to Christians in the Middle East: “There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom” (Lk 12:32). Indeed, even if they are few, they are bearers of the Good News of the love of God for man, love which revealed itself in the Holy Land in the person of Jesus Christ. This Word of salvation, strengthened with the grace of the Sacraments, resounds with particular potency in the places in which, by Divine Providence, it was written, and it is the only Word which is able to break that vicious circle of vengeance, hate, and violence. From a purified heart, in peace with God and neighbor, may intentions and initiatives for peace at local, national, and international levels be born. In these actions, to whose accomplishment the whole international community is called, Christians as full-fledged citizens can and must do their part with the spirit of the Beatitudes, becoming builders of peace and apostles of reconciliation to the benefit of all society.
    "Conflicts, wars, violence and terrorism have gone on for too long in the Middle East - says Benedict XVI - Peace, which is a gift of God, is also the result of the efforts of men of goodwill, of the national and international institutions, in particular of the states most involved in the search for a solution to conflicts. We must never resign ourselves to the absence of peace. Peace is possible. Peace is urgent. Peace is the indispensable condition for a life of dignity for human beings and society. Peace is also the best remedy to avoid emigration from the Middle East. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” we are told in the Psalm (122:6). We pray for peace in the Holy Land. We pray for peace in the Middle East, undertaking to try to ensure that this gift of God to men of goodwill should spread through the whole world.
    "Another contribution that Christians can bring to society is the promotion of an authentic freedom of religion and conscience, one of the fundamental human rights that each state should always respect. In numerous countries of the Middle East there exists freedom of belief, while the space given to the freedom to practice religion is often quite limited. Increasing this space of freedom becomes essential to guarantee to all the members of the various religious communities the true freedom to live and profess their faith. This topic could become the subject of dialogue between Christians and Muslims, a dialogue whose urgency and usefulness was reiterated by the Synodal Fathers”.
    “During the work of the Synod what was often underlined was the need to offer the Gospel anew to people who do not know it very well or who have even moved away from the Church.  What was often evoked was the need for a new evangelization for the Middle East as well. This was quite a widespread theme, especially in the countries where Christianity has ancient roots. The recent creation of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization also responds to this profound need. For this reason, after having consulted the episcopacy of the whole world and after having listened to the Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, I have decided to dedicate the next Ordinary General Assembly, in 2012, to the following theme: “Nova evangelizatio ad christianam fidem tradendam - The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith".
    "The missionary task – he said during the Angelus – is not to revolutionize the world, but transfigure it, drawing strength from Jesus Christ who" brings us together at the table of His Word and the Eucharist, to enjoy the gift of his presence, form ourselves in his school and live more consciously united in Him, Lord and Master ".