Monday, August 25, 2014

M6.9 - 43km ENE of Tambo, Peru

Event Time

  1. 2014-08-24 23:21:45 UTC
  2. 2014-08-24 18:21:45 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-08-24 19:21:45 UTC-04:00 system time

Location

14.586°S 73.578°W depth=101.0km (62.8mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 43km (27mi) ENE of Tambo, Peru
  2. 61km (38mi) ENE of Puquio, Peru
  3. 105km (65mi) S of Andahuaylas, Peru
  4. 129km (80mi) SW of Abancay, Peru
  5. 467km (290mi) SE of Lima, Peru

Sunday, August 24, 2014

X-Ray Event exceeded M5 (R2)

Space Weather Message Code: SUMXM5 Serial Number: 119 Issue Time: 2014 Aug 24

1256 UTC SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded M5 Begin Time: 2014 Aug 24 1200 UTC 

Maximum Time: 2014 Aug 24 1217 UTC End Time: 2014 Aug 24 1225 UTC X-ray Class: M5.9 Optical Class: 2b Location: S07E77 NOAA Scale: R2 - Moderate 

Comment: Impulsive M5/2b flare from new Region 2151 near the SE limb. Type II (593 km/s) and Tenflare (409 sfu) radio emissions associated with this event. NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales Potential Impacts: Area of impact centered primarily on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth. Radio - Limited blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for tens of minutes.

M6.6 - VALPARAISO, CHILE

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.6
Date-Time
  • 23 Aug 2014 22:32:23 UTC
  • 23 Aug 2014 18:32:23 near epicenter
  • 23 Aug 2014 17:32:23 standard time in your timezone
Location32.702S 71.387W
Depth32 km
Distances
  • 18 km (11 mi) WNW of Hacienda La Calera, Chile
  • 23 km (14 mi) NNW of Quillota, Chile
  • 31 km (19 mi) SSW of La Ligua, Chile
  • 36 km (22 mi) NNW of Limache, Chile
  • 108 km (66 mi) NW of Santiago, Chile
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 4.6 km
ParametersNph = 142; Dmin = 46.5 km; Rmss = 0.92 seconds; Gp = 48°
Version =
Event IDus b000s5rc
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/


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M6.1 - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.1
Date-Time
  • 24 Aug 2014 10:20:44 UTC
  • 24 Aug 2014 03:20:44 near epicenter
  • 24 Aug 2014 05:20:44 standard time in your timezone
Location38.208N 122.324W
Depth7 km
Distances
  • 6 km (3 mi) NW of American Canyon, California
  • 10 km (6 mi) SSW of Napa, California
  • 12 km (7 mi) NNW of Vallejo, California
  • 14 km (8 mi) SE of Sonoma, California
  • 83 km (51 mi) WSW of Sacramento, California
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.4 km; Vertical 1.0 km
ParametersNph = 22; Dmin = 3.3 km; Rmss = 0.15 seconds; Gp = 108°
Version = 0
Event IDnc 72282711
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
CISN Northern California Management Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

http://www.cisn.org/ncmc.html

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 244 Issue Time: 2014 Aug 19 2149 UTC 

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected Valid From: 2014 Aug 19 2146 UTC Valid To: 2014 Aug 20 0500 UTC 

Warning Condition: Onset NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate  NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales 

Potential Impacts: 
Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms. Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Friday, August 8, 2014

ISIS is ‘Systematically Beheading Children' in 'Christian Genocide'

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Leader: ISIS is ‘Systematically Beheading Children' in 'Christian Genocide'

by BARBARA BOLAND August 8, 2014
Ezidi Kurdish children are dying of thirst
Ezidi Kurdish children are dying of thirst and hungar
"Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst," said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, he called what's happening in Iraq a "Christian genocide" and said "children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."

"Right now, three thousand Christians are in Iraq fleeing to neighboring cities," he told Mann. Arabo is calling on the international community to follow France's lead and offer the Christians of Iraq asylum.

"You're startling me with the severity of what you're describing," the CNN host said. "You said they are --- beheading children?"

"They are systematically beheading children," Arabo repeated slowly. "And mothers and fathers. The world hasn't seen an evil like this for generations."

"There's actually a park in Mosul where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick... this is crimes against humanity. They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of."

Mann asked about the ISIS letter sent to Christians in Mosul, demanding that they either convert to Islam, pay a fine or be put to "death by the sword."

"It's very clear they are killing people, but are Christians managing to escape by paying a fine?" he asked.

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Ebola 'an international emergency'

Keiji Fukuda
WHO
The United Nations health agency said the outbreak was an "extraordinary event".

"The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus," it said in a statement.

Complex outbreak
More than 1,700 cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency.
WHO officials said a coordinated international response was essential to stop and reverse the spread of the virus.
The announcement came after experts convened a two-day emergency meeting in Switzerland.
So far more than 930 people have died from Ebola in West Africa this year.

WHO director-general Dr Margaret Chan appealed for help for the countries hit by the "most complex outbreak in the four decades of this disease".

She said there would be no general ban on international travel or trade.

A map showing Ebola outbreaks since 1976


Thursday, August 7, 2014

What exactly does it mean to be possessed with a devil?

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What exactly does it mean to be possessed with a devil?
Before I can really show you how Christians can have demons, it is essential that you have a correct understanding of what it means to be possessed with a devil. So what exactly does it mean when a person is said to be possessed with a devil? A great place to start is the NT Greek. If we look up the word possessed in NT Greek, we find absolutely nothing at all! There is no translation for the word possessed. However, we can look up the word devil in the phrase "possessed with a devil", and it gives us the Greek word daimonizomai. The Greek word daimonizomai means to be exercised by an unclean spirit, to have one, to be under the power or influence of one, or to be vexed with a devil. To be vexed refers to harassment, torment and troubling from an evil spirit.

Because the word possessed is not translated back to NT Greek, it is essential that we leave behind the word possessed, because the proper translation is actually coming from the word devil when used in the phrase "possessed with a devil". Many people today get demon possession confused with ownership simply because the word possessed nowadays usually refers to ownership. I believe many Christians feel that a child of God could not possibly be possessed, as in owned by an evil spirit. The Bible makes it very clear that a believer cannot be owned by an evil spirit in 1 Corinthians 7:23:
"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
Therefore it is impossible for a Christian to be owned by a demonic spirit. According to Ezekiel 18:4, it is impossible for even a non-believer to be literally owned by a demonic spirit, for God claims complete ownership of everybody:
"Behold, all souls are mine..."
          Isn't possession when a person is completely under a demon's control?
As pointed out earlier, the NT Greek word daimonizomai is referring to more than just one condition. It is quite possible for a person to come completely under a demon's control. However, a person who is said to be possessed with a devil could merely be harassed by a demonic spirit, come under the power or influence of one, or simply have one. Contrary to what many believe, there were perfectly sane people in the Bible that were possessed with evil spirits. Take for example the man found in Matthew 12:22:
"Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw."
It is quite possible to have a spirit affecting you physically and not bothering you mentally. Another example of this can be found in Luke 13:11:
"And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself."
The woman was not said to be mentally insane or a lunatic, but was merely bound by an evil spirit that was causing her to be crippled physically. Furthermore, she was even said to be a daughter of Abraham, which clearly tells us that she was a believer. I will get more into that later.

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Will U.S. Finally Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Foreign Terrorist Organization?

New Legislation Aims to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Foreign Terrorist Organization


Well, it's about time. The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE and is beinginvestigated by David Cameron's government in Great Britain.
Now, finally, a move is underway to outlaw the Brotherhood--the grandaddy of all modern Islamic terrorist groups--right here in the United States. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has introduced a bill in the House that would designate the MB as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, or FTO.
The legislation, which is co-sponsored by seven other Republican House members and is surely frowned upon by the MB-friendly Obama administration and timid House GOP leadership, would impose sanctions on the Brotherhood's "Brother-ship" branch in Egypt as well as the movement's affiliates in Europe and the United States.
You can read the legislation here. I applaud Rep. Bachmann and her team for meticulously outlining the Brotherhood's long history of violence and support for terrorism around the world. 

As I described in detail in my 2013 book, The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy, since its founding in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Ikhwan, has provided the ideological inspiration for al Qaeda and the entire modern jihadist movement. Terrorist kingpins like Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Anwar al-Awalaki, and current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri all passed through the Brotherhood's ranks as young men.
Likewise, the blood-soaked, genocidal terror group Hamas, which is currently raining rockets on Israeli cities and towns and plotting wholesale massacres of Jewish communities along the Gaza border, is the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian branch. In other words, Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood.
The House bill also points out that the Brotherhood has been behind much of the violence and chaos in Egypt these past few years, including the destruction of dozens of Christian churches last summer. The Brotherhood has been weakened considerably in Egypt since Mohammed Morsi's ouster last year but the MB and its surrogates continue to thrive here in the United States, due in no small part to their cozy relationship with the Obama administration.
To that end, Bachmann's legislation also seeks to crack down on anyone here in the United States that provides material support or funding to the Brotherhood while at the same time denying visas to any MB members that wish to come to America.
Even if this bill passes through Congress, President Obama has the executive power to veto it. Which means, sadly, you shouldn't expect any action against the Muslim Brotherhood in America until the current president is out of office.
But again, many kudos to Bachmann and Co. for bringing the issue to the table and I encourage them wholeheartedly to keep up the pressure and continue sounding the alarm.

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Urgent prayer request from Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries:

"...We’ve now been dealing with nearly two years of health problems, which is leaving me rather warn down and discouraged. There’s the back issues from the osteomyelitis of the spine that hospitalized me for months, and now an inguinal hernia is beginning to cause me problems as well. You may also remember that I’ve suffered a posterior vitreous detachment in both of my eyes as well.

So, this combined stress is causing my eyes to be even harder to focus, and these issues together makes it very difficult to research and write. As you might imagine, I’m currently having a hard time battling through all of this discouragement. I sincerely wish that I had better news for you concerning my health; but as of this writing anyway, we don’t. Perhaps the Lord in His mercy will answer prayer and intervene."

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Pope Apologizes For Catholic Persecution Of Pentecostals

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

WEA
Geoff Tunnicliffe thanks for Pope Francis for apology.


VATICAN CITY (BosNewsLife)-- The head of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has praised Pope Francis’ for apologizing for "the persecution of Pentecostals by Catholics in the past" during a historic meeting southern Italy.

Geoff Tunnicliffe, whose WEA claims to represent over 600 million evangelical Christians, spoke after the pontiff was welcomed over the weekend by more than 200 members of the Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation in the city of Caserta.

Francis told them that he came to "apologised for those Catholics who persecuted Pentecostals in the past", but stressed that it was crucial to recognize "the role of the Holy Spirit in bringing unity to the Body of Christ".

Tunnicliffe told Vatican Radio that the comments were "Biblical and it reflects the message of Jesus".

He said he hopes "this act of Pope Francis will send a strong message around the world, particularly to those countries where there are significant tensions between Catholics and Evangelicals."

CATHOLIC BELIEVERS

Yet, Tunnicliffe also urged evangelicals to be more open to Catholic believers. "I recognise that in history there have been situations where Protestants, including Evangelicals, have discriminated against Catholic Christians," he said.

"I am really sorry for these kinds of actions, because while we can disagree theologically, this should never lead to discrimination or persecution of the other. We all need to acknowledge all our failings and ask each other for forgiveness and I think Pope Francis set a great example.”

Tunnicliffe said he supports attempts by the pope on building up relationships "within the Christian family" adding that “Jesus, in [Bible chapter] John 17 clearly calls us" to do so. "I think for those outside the Church, it’s important for them to understand that while there are differences within the Christian denominations, at the core we have so many areas of communality….”

The Pentecostal pastor who met with Pope Francis again on Monday, July 28, said he and his community were very struck by what he called the pontiff’s simplicity and humanity.

'POPE MET JESUS'

"It’s obvious that Pope Francis is a man who has met Jesus himself. So when he meets others who share the same relationship with Our Lord and who want to live out the Gospel, he empathises with them," Pastor Giovanni Traettino said. In June, the pope met evangelical Christians in the Vatican to discuss the legacy of Evangelical leader Tony Palmer, who died ten days ago.

Traettino stressed there was "no theological or doctrinal dimension" of their meeting "but rather the dimensions of fraternal dialogue and unity in the Spirit which [Apostle] Paul speaks of in his Letter to the Ephesians [in the Bible]."

That theme also dominated the pontiff's weekly Angelus address Sunday, July 27, to thousands at Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City. He said abouut apostles Peter and Paul that “Faith in Christ made them brothers, and martyrdom made them one.” Although Peter had denied Christ, and Paul had persecuted the Church, “the grace of Christ accomplished great things in them, it transformed them!” the Pope said.

“Both welcomed the love of God and allowed themselves to be transformed by His mercy; they became friends and apostles of Christ.” The pontiff said that “if we should happen to fall into the gravest sins, and into the darkest night....God is always able to transform us, as He transformed Peter and Paul." Christ, he said, is able "to transform our hearts and forgive us everything, thus transforming the darkness of sin into a dawn of light" if "we open our hearts and ask for forgiveness."

Pastor Traettino said following his conversations with the pope, that Pentecostals should "rediscover the abundant life they have received through Baptism in the Spirit." He told Vatican Radio that "the dimension of unity, which is a bit latent in the Pentecostal world, is also inherent in the grace we receive through Baptism in the Holy Spirit."

The Christian Killing Caliphate of Islam

World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World

by Raymond Ibrahim

Sunday, August 3, 2014

6.1 magnitude earthquake China

Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.1

Date-Time3 Aug 2014 08:30:13 UTC3 Aug 2014 16:30:14 near epicenter

3 Aug 2014 03:30:13 standard time in your timezoneLocation27.245N 103.427E

Depth10 kmDistances11 km (6 mi) WNW of Wenping, ChinaLocation

UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 1.8 kmParametersNph = 295; Dmin = 657.4 km; Rmss = 1.18 seconds; Gp = 24°
Version =Event IDus b000rzmg

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Preaching or Biblical Demon Destroying Preaching?

In what seems to be an infomercial for Rick Warren's How to CRAFT a Sermon, Rick Warren share's his seeker sensitive, consumer driven version on the purpose of preaching.

Rick says:

"...One of the greatest problems in our churches is purposeless preaching. So many sermons are made up of many words in search of a purpose. Each weekend, 55 million people listen to 1 billion words in sermons given in America alone. Yet research shows that the biggest complaint people have is that sermons are boring and don't relate to their lives.

"...So the objective of preaching is to develop Christlike convictions (thinking), Christlike character (feeling), and Christlike conduct (acting). The problem is, most preaching utilizes a method that gets people to read the Word, but not to DO the Word. We feed people facts and information so that people leave informed, but not transformed."

Transformed?  Using marketing and an amalgamated spiritual messages that tickle the ear and relegates the God of the Bible to the pantheon of global dieties?

Rick Warren's purpose driven message does not result in transformation...it results in masses of spiritual conformity.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 10:17

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Test Rick's formula for successful preaching with this:

The Drought That Will Be Felt Around The World




CNN

...It's a problem that extends well beyond agriculturally rich California.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts some meat and produce prices will rise as much as 6% as farmers pay more money to water crops and feed livestock. Earlier this year, beef prices hit a record high, and milk, butter, eggs, fruit and vegetables were also on the rise as the drought continued to ravage farms.
Avocados could increase as much as 35 cents each, lettuce could increase up to 62 cents per head, and tomatoes could jump by 45 cents, up to $2.84 per pound, according to an analysis by professor Timothy Richards of Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business.
The fast-food chains Chipotle and In-N-Out Burger have already raised prices, partly blaming the drought.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The Muslim Brotherhood and The White House - Again

Do Muslim Brotherhood operatives have the president’s ear?
TERRORISM
By DERRINGER DICK
Posted July 28, 2014, 11:24 a.m.

Do Muslim Brotherhood operatives “enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy” through their relationship with the Obama administration? Posters like this one reference the website of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) and name six suspects: Arif Alikhan, Mohammed Elibiary, Rashad Hussain, Salam al-Marayati, Mohamed Magid, and Eboo Patel. The source for the allegations can be traced to an Egyptian newspaper article that ran late in December 2013 and included little substantiation. I looked into the backgrounds of all six men.

Alikhan, the first man alleged to be a Muslim Brotherhood operative, is currently working at Los Angeles World Airports as the deputy executive director for law enforcement and homeland security. He has held positions inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice, but he’s not now in a position that yields itself to being an influence on White House policy. Elibiary, who worked with DHS, has no known ties to the Brotherhood. Al-Marayati is president of the Muslim Public Affairs Counsel, but no evidence that he was a member of the Brotherhood has surfaced. Al-Marayati suggested in an interview with WORLD that the Egyptian newspaper article is merely a product of conspiracy theories.

Hussain, Obama’s envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has been criticized for questionable ties, but no proof of Brotherhood membership has emerged. Patel has connections with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which is labeled an “unindicted co-conspirator” in efforts to aid Hamas—a Brotherhood splinter group. ISNA is on the “list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends” found in the back of the Brotherhood’s “Explanatory Memorandum” that calls for “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

Magid, the president of ISNA, is the last of the six men named as a key Obama influencer. Hard, publicly available evidence shows Magid and ISNA are close to the White House: The group hosted Obama’s aide, Valerie Jarrett, as its 46th annual convention keynote speaker. Magid himself has met with Obama on at least two occasions, but ISNA’s ties to the White House precede the Obama administration. The organization received financial aid during the Bush administration in 2003 and 2004 and was awarded State Department funds in 2008, a year after first being slapped with the “unindicted co-conspirator” label.

Speaking for or working with ISNA does not a Brotherhood member make, and some claims concerning these six are flimsy. Still, journalists should ask hard questions about groups that would harm America and why individuals—or administrations—help them.

Friday, August 1, 2014

CAIR's increasing threat of shariah law, jihad

In a recent attempt to solicit money from their supporters, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has once again falsely accused the Center for Security Policy of spreading bigotry and “Islamophobia.”

 

Imagine: CAIR, with its proven affiliations with the designated terrorist and Jew- and Christian-hating organization Hamas, is accusing us of bigotry!

 

At first, I viewed these accusations as nothing more than idle, if slanderous, chatter.  Then I saw this: CAIR raised over $471,000 during the first two weeks of this campaign.

 

And their goal is to raise $850,000 within the next two weeks.

 

Because we are convinced that these funds will be used to advance the cause of jihad in America – supporting terrorists, inciting subversion, emboldening enemies of America and intimidating and undermining her friends – seeing this large sum of funding compels me to take action.  I hope it will have the same effect on you.

 

 

 After all, CAIR was an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial – the largest in our nation’s history. The evidence at trial demonstrated that CAIR was very much a part of the network that funnelled money, through the Holy Land Foundation, to Hamas – an organization that explicitly seeks the destruction of Israel and, for that matter, “infidel” nations like ours.

 

You may recall that in 2008, the FBI cut off all formal community outreach efforts with CAIR because of the connections between its leadership and that of Hamas.

 

Unfortunately, it appears these facts haven’t stopped people from giving money to CAIR. So we need your help.

 

For years, the Center for Security Policy has been at the forefront of the effort to fight CAIR and its initiatives, by, among other things exposing its dark activities and those of its friends: the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah, as well as Hamas.  For example, I travel around the country speaking with government and business leaders, the media and community groups, small and large, about the dangers of what the Muslim Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad” – precisely the sort of subversive activities in which CAIR engages.

 

With the help of supporters like you, my staff and I are able to educate key policy-makers, Members of Congress, journalists and law enforcement officers about CAIR ’s shady associations and the increasing threat shariah law, jihad and terrorism poses to America.

 

This isn't bigotry.  It's the truth -- and it's a truth CAIR doesn't want exposed.

 

Please help me compete effectively against them.  They will use the money they raise to destroy the freedoms you and I hold dear. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Center for Security Policy will help us show CAIR and their Hamas partners that we will not sit idly by as they try to destroy the nation we love.

 

Stand with me as we seek to match their fundraising effort dollar for dollar! This battle is critical. We cannot let them win.

 

With best regards and heartfelt thanks for your love of our country and your help in securing it.

Frank Gaffney

President and CEO

Center for Security Policy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and global jihad

Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and global jihad


Taj Hashmi
JEWS and Christians ... should be forced to pay Jizya [poll tax] in order to put an end to their independence and supremacy so that they should not remain rulers and sovereigns in the land. These powers should be wrested from them by the followers of the true Faith [Islam], who should assume the sovereignty and lead others towards the Right Way. That is why the Islamic state offers them [non-Muslims] protection, if they agree to live as Zimmis by paying Jizya, …. it is the duty of the true Muslims to exert their utmost to bring an end to their wicked rule and bring them under a righteous order. Abul A'la Maududi, Founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami
The Muslim Brotherhood has not changed; only Western opinion of it has. As it was since its founding in 1928, the group is committed to empowering and spreading Sharia law -- a law that preaches hate for non-Muslim “infidels,” especially Islam's historic nemesis, Christianity, and allows anything, from lying to cheating, to make Islam supreme.Raymond Ibrahim, Middle East Forum, June 25, 2012
Overview: Muslim quest for alternative orders
American presidents from Eisenhower to Obama have been responsible for the phenomenal rise of Islamist forces throughout the Muslim World. Hillary Clinton and some top American diplomats and politicians have publicly admitted that the Cold War exigencies had led their country to support Islamist forces, including the Afghan Mujahedeen and those who later founded al-Qaeda. We also know that in 1953, while Eisenhower flirted with the ayatollahs on the eve of the CIA-led military coup that toppled a democratically elected government in Iran, both Carter and Reagan legitimised General Zia ul-Haq's pro-Jamaat-e-Islami Islamist military dictatorship in Pakistan (1977-1988). American leadership during Eisenhower and Nixon years preferred the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to Nasser, for the latter's avowedly anti-Western and anti-Israeli stand, and his close ties with the Soviet Union. America continued to support the soft-on-Islam President Anwar Sadat and the MB till the killing of Sadat by Islamist radicals in 1981. Some critics of American foreign policy also portray the MB as an offshoot of the CIA. MB founder Hassan al-Banna's son-in-law Said Ramadan (father of Tariq Ramadan) is said to have been a CIA agent in the 1950s.i  Many analysts believe that the Cold War understanding between America and Islamists -- the MB, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Afghan Mujahedeen -- did not end with the end of the Cold War. They believe that MB leaders in Egypt and Syria, including Dr. Morsi, are pro-American.ii  As a Western analyst puts in plain words, America and its allies are “funding, arming, while simultaneously fighting al-Qaeda from Mali to Syria” to serve their long-term geo-political interests in the Muslim World.iii  In view of the controversial role America, Nato and its allies have been playing in the various conflict zones of “jihad” and “counter-jihad” in northwest and east Africa, Middle East and Afghanistan, one has reasons to believe that the West has been playing a dubious role. As for example, on the one hand we find top US leaders, Nato and ISAF commanders telling the world that they are fighting terrorists/insurgents in Afghanistan, and on the other, we find them acquiescing in to the public cultivation of poppy and narcotic trade in and beyond Afghanistan, which benefit drug lords, Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Irrespective of whether Mohamed Morsi and top MB leaders have had ties with America or not, the ground reality is that the average Egyptian Muslims do not favour either America or Israel. And thanks to decades of civil and military dictatorship (1952-2011), the Egyptians never had the exposure to liberal democracy and human rights. Thus, for the bulk of Egyptian Muslims, Islamism or political Islam has emerged as the main alternative to military dictatorship, and as the most powerful ideology to ensure civil liberty and human rights. However, as we know from people's experience of living under Shiite and Sunni theocracies in countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Afghanistan and to some extent, in Pakistan, Islamism never ensures civil liberty, human rights and democracy. In view of this, I am briefly introducing the MB,  JI, al-Qaeda, Khomeinism/ Iranian Islamism, Taliban, Wahhabism and some minor Islamist outfits in the Muslim World to facilitate the understanding of the impending threat of militant Islam and “Muslim Democracies” in the Muslim World. Ominously, Muslim majority countries -- from West Africa to North Africa, and the Middle East to South and Southeast Asia -- have been going through turbulent phase of their history and on the threshold of big transitions towards modernism and good governance (if not democracy) in the post-Cold War era of Globalization and the promised “New World Order.”
The level of support for Islamism varies from country to country. Islamist organisations and movements like the Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabism flourish better in countries lacking in political freedom and democratic institutions than in free and democratic countries. Islamist organisations-cum-movements, such as the MB and Wahhabism, fill in the political and cultural space in countries without political parties and secular socio-cultural associations and institutions. Thus Islamist organisations are well entrenched throughout North Africa and Middle East. Although relative political and cultural freedom in Pakistan (even under military dictators) have allowed the proliferation of non-Islamic (if not totally secular) political parties and cultural organisations, yet Islam being the raison d'ĂȘtre for the creation of the state has special political importance in the country. Islamism has lesser space in the political arena of Bangladesh as the country emerged out of Pakistan in the name of secular Bengali nationalism, which was a departure from Islam-based state ideology of Pakistan.
Far from being united under a common banner, the Muslim militants are least capable of challenging Western hegemony. Again, they have more intra-Muslim conflicts to sort out before they can pose any substantial threat to Western civilisation. As there are “flashpoints” so are there “dormant volcanoes” in the Muslim World. Most importantly, Islamists proliferate under autocratic regimes, which by default or design promote Islamism. Examples abound. While Saudi Arabia promotes Wahhabi Islam as the state ideology to legitimise Saudi autocracy, military dictators in Pakistan and Bangladesh legitimised Islamism (although not the militant version of it) in league with “Islam-loving” politicians and clerics to legitimise military rule. Islamism flourished by default in countries like Egypt and Iran, where disgruntled Muslims and the relatively free (and influential) clerics clung to Islamism for an alternative order. This explains the rise of the MB and Khomeini.
Muslim Brotherhood (MB)
The understanding of Islamist “flashpoints” of “global jihad” requires an understanding of major Islamist movements, their brief history, ideologies and strategies. We may begin with the MB or Ikhwanul Muslemeen, the most prominent Islamist party in the world, which may be considered as “the mother of al-Qaeda.” It had a humble beginning. Hassan al-Banna (1906-1949), son of an imam and mosque teacher in Cairo, used to repair watches, and having interest in Islamic traditions wrote books on Islam. In March 1928, the 22-year-old Banna founded the Society for Muslim Brothers and within ten years it drew 500,000 Egyptians as active members. By 1945 the figure rose to two million. Thanks to 9/11 al-Qaeda seems to have stolen the thunder, while the MB remains the most organised and largest transnational Islamist organisation in the world.


New Legislation Aims to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Foreign Terrorist Organization

New Legislation Aims to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Foreign Terrorist Organization


ell, it's about time. The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE and is beinginvestigated by David Cameron's government in Great Britain.
Now, finally, a move is underway to outlaw the Brotherhood--the grandaddy of all modern Islamic terrorist groups--right here in the United States. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has introduced a bill in the House that would designate the MB as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, or FTO.
The legislation, which is co-sponsored by seven other Republican House members and is surely frowned upon by the MB-friendly Obama administration and timid House GOP leadership, would impose sanctions on the Brotherhood's "Brother-ship" branch in Egypt as well as the movement's affiliates in Europe and the United States.
You can read the legislation here. I applaud Rep. Bachmann and her team for meticulously outlining the Brotherhood's long history of violence and support for terrorism around the world. 

As I described in detail in my 2013 book, The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy, since its founding in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Ikhwan, has provided the ideological inspiration for al Qaeda and the entire modern jihadist movement. Terrorist kingpins like Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Anwar al-Awalaki, and current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri all passed through the Brotherhood's ranks as young men.
Likewise, the blood-soaked, genocidal terror group Hamas, which is currently raining rockets on Israeli cities and towns and plotting wholesale massacres of Jewish communities along the Gaza border, is the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian branch. In other words, Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood.
The House bill also points out that the Brotherhood has been behind much of the violence and chaos in Egypt these past few years, including the destruction of dozens of Christian churches last summer. The Brotherhood has been weakened considerably in Egypt since Mohammed Morsi's ouster last year but the MB and its surrogates continue to thrive here in the United States, due in no small part to their cozy relationship with the Obama administration.
To that end, Bachmann's legislation also seeks to crack down on anyone here in the United States that provides material support or funding to the Brotherhood while at the same time denying visas to any MB members that wish to come to America.
Even if this bill passes through Congress, President Obama has the executive power to veto it. Which means, sadly, you shouldn't expect any action against the Muslim Brotherhood in America until the current president is out of office.
But again, many kudos to Bachmann and Co. for bringing the issue to the table and I encourage them wholeheartedly to keep up the pressure and continue sounding the alarm.

Magnitude-3.0 Earthquake Strikes in Santa Monica Bay

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake struck in Santa Monica Bay 12:23 p.m. Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake struck west of the beach cities. (Credit: USGS)
The quake struck west of the beach cities. (Credit: USGS)
The temblor hit at a depth of 5.7 miles about 6 miles west of Manhattan Beach, USGS said.
The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, west of the beach cities and the South Bay (map).
It appeared to strike near the northern tip of the Palos Verdes Fault Zone, which generally runs from near the center of the bay southwest toward and through the Palos Verdes Peninsula and then perpendicular with the Orange County coastline, according to a map from Caltech’s Southern California Earthquake Data Center.
The quake was felt widely along the Santa Monica Bay coastline, but only as a “light” or “weak” shaking, according to the USGS ShakeMap.
“We have just experienced what felt like a small earthquake,” the Hawthorne Police Department tweeted. “No reports of damage or injuries at this time.”

Now Four African Nations Battle Ebola

The number of people killed by the virus in West Africa has now reached 672, according to new UN figures.
The US humanitarian organisation Peace Corps said it was withdrawing 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spread of the virus.
Dr Stephan Monroe from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak was unusual and logistically challenging to break the chains of transmission.

Does Your Preaching Heal & Destroy?


Matthew 11

4...“Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”


Mark 16

14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and isbaptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Luke 9

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

...The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.