A deal being negotiated by world leaders at the G20 summit in Cannes could see the International Monetary Fund (IMF) double in size.
David Cameron will face strong opposition from Conservative MPs over the potential use of taxpayers’ money to assist European countries after repeated assurances from the Government that Britain would not provide extra funds to help the eurozone.
Both the Prime Minister and George Osborne, the Chancellor, insisted that the crisis is so grave that intervention is now required.
By Joe Schoffstall:
It’s probably a red flag when a protester begins her rant with, “I’m not saying I’m a suicide bomber or anything, but…”
MRCTV took a trip to Zuccotti Park in New York City to see what exactly was going on at the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests. While there, we noticed some anti-Semitic signs and began asking protesters what they thought of Israel.
First, we spoke to a man who believes the ‘Jews’ are behind everything from Wall Street all the way to the media.
Then, we spoke to a lady who believes that Israel’s actions towards the Palestinians are no different than how Germany treated Jewish people during the Holocaust.
“Israel is doing the same thing to the Palestinians that they claim Germany did to them.” “It’s basically genocide.”
“They claim” was done to them? She continued:
“I’m not saying that I’m a suicide bomber or anything, but, I’m saying I can understand their frustration level. They have nothing left, you know what I mean. They have nothing left.”
Finally, she even complained that “it’s not fair” that the Palestinians don’t have better weapons:
“They’re fighting with stones, you know. Israel comes in with machine guns and these little kids have stones. It’s not fair.”
By GERALD P. O’DRISCOLL JR.:
When is a bailout not a bailout? When the bailor is short of funds. The recently announced debt plan in the European Union comes up short in almost all respects.
The debt crisis is not just an EU problem, but a trans-Atlantic financial crisis. The overwhelming debt problems on either side of the pond are interlinked through the banking system.
First to the EU. The underlying dilemma is that governments have promised their citizens more social programs than can be financed with the tax revenue generated by the private sector. High tax rates choke off the economic growth needed to finance the promises. Economic activity gets driven into the underground economy, where it often escapes taxation.
Nowhere is this truer than in Greece, which has a long history of sovereign defaults in the 19th and 20th centuries. There is a bloated public sector, and competitive private enterprise is hobbled by regulation and government barriers to entry. Successive Greek governments ran chronic budget deficits, and the Greek banks lent to the government. Banks in other EU countries, such as France, lent to the Greek banks.
Being one of Frank Sinatra’s die hard fans I also would like to make a tribute to him with this video made in 1962 the year I was born. In this video Frank Sinatra himself pays tribute to Israel as well as making an appeal to support Israel which then was only 14 years old.
A sage of American diplomacy reproaches the Obama administration for “sleep walking” through the Arab Spring.
by Emily Esfahani Smith:
A sage of American diplomacy reproaches the Obama administration for “sleep walking” through the Arab Spring.
“There is no grand strategy today,” according to the great grand strategist of our time, diplomat Charles Hill.
Hill sits quietly in his Yale University office, north of the center of campus, on the silent—and scenic—Hillhouse Road in New Haven. His office is not small, but it is crowded, with books. This suits Hill: his own book, “Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order,” is a book about books—the great books.
Grand strategy, Hill explains, is the art of diplomats: “you must move from one set of problems to another, and take everything into account as you are making a decision. The problem is, you don’t know everything. So you have to decide before you know.” Hill has spent over five decades mastering this craft as a U.S. diplomat.
by Ion Mihai Pacepa:
The chaotic Occupy Wall Street movement is the result of the Democratic Party’s chaotic efforts to find villains for its chaotic economic policy, which has put 14 million Americans out of a job. The U.S. debt has now reached an unprecedented $15 trillion — greater than the total debt accured by all 41 presidents from George Washington to George H.W. Bush combined. That means a debt of $35,835 for every American household. The GDP fell from 4.5% growth in the first quarter of 2011 to 1.3% in the second quarter of 2011.
Instead of pulling up their socks and encouraging the production — not redistribution — of wealth, the leaders of the Democrat-run White House and U.S. Senate blamed former president George W. Bush for the current economic calamity. No American really bought it. So then the Democrats blamed the Japanese tsunami. No more luck. Blaming the Arab Spring and the European economic crisis did not do the trick either. Now the Democrats are blaming Wall Street — whatever that means — and America’s rich. They are the real evil. They are sucking the people’s blood, wrecking America.
In the sanctum sanctorum of the former Soviet empire, to which I once belonged, finding a scapegoat for the mistakes of a country’s leader was called “political necrophagy.” Although Marxism proclaimed the deciding role in history to be played by “the people,” the Marxists sitting on the Kremlin throne believed that only the leader counted. From the lips of Khrushchev himself, I used to hear over and over: “Change the public image of the leader, and you change history.”
by Robert Spencer:
Islamic supremacists have firebombed and caused extensive damage to the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris, after it ran an issue featuring Islam’s prophet Muhammad as the guest editor.
Some Muslims didn’t get the joke. Recently the magazine’s website was hacked; the hackers left this message: “You keep abusing Islam’s almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech. Be Allah’s curse upon you!” The firebombing followed shortly thereafter.
Almost half of all Britons think children are becoming ‘feral’: Shock survey reveals how we’re turning our backs on youngsters
ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests
By Steve McCann:
Three years ago, the people of the United States elected someone who has turned out to be the worst president since the pre-Civil War era. Barack Obama, whether in economic matters, domestic affairs or international relations, has been an abject failure and has severely jeopardized the future of the American people.
This must be the focus and message of those seeking the Republican presidential nomination, who must not allow themselves to be focused on demeaning each other and sidetracked by falling for the usual tactics of the Democrat and media smear machines (epitomized by the latest specious attack on Herman Cain).
The Persecution & Prayer Alert
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
Thursday, November 3, 2011
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
— Jesus of Nazareth
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In this week’s edition: reports from Libya, Iran, Nigeria and
1. Islamic law implemented in Libya
(Source: Australian Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission)
On October 24, National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdel
Jalil declared Libya to be “liberated.” Operating free of any
democratic constraints, Jalil also declared that the law against
polygamy will be repealed, Islamic banking will be adopted, and
Shariah (Islamic) Law will form the basis for all Libyan law.
As has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan, any concession to religious
freedom will be rendered void by the supremacy of Shariah. Shariah law
prohibits fitna (anything that could shake the faith of a Muslim),
especially evangelism (Christian witness), blasphemy (criticizing
Islam), and apostasy (leaving Islam).
Please pray for all Christians in Libya. Ask the Lord to protect them
and make them courageous followers of Christ — for He did not give us
a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of
self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Pray for Mustafa Abdel Jalil and all
those currently holding positions of authority. Pray that the Lord, in
his good timing, will bring genuine religious freedom to this nation.
For more information on persecution in Libya, please visit
2. Update: Iranian Christians continue to languish in prison
(Sources: Present Truth Ministries, Mohabat News)
Mehdi “Petros” Foroutan, 27, has been in prison since September 25. He
is currently serving a one year sentence for crimes against national
security (for more information, go to
). He was charged with this “crime” because he was evangelizing to
Muslims. On October 17, Petros was put into solitary confinement.
Thankfully, he has since been returned to the general area of the
prison. Petros and four other Christians were arrested back in April
and charged with blasphemy against Islam. The judge ruled that they
were not guilty, but the prosecutor has appealed this verdict.
Therefore, Petros is still awaiting a second trial for blasphemy.
Meanwhile, the prison sentence of Behnam Irani, 41, an Iranian church
leader, has been extended by five years. The extension of his one-year
sentence for “propaganda against the regime” was issued on October 18,
three days before his scheduled release from prison. Behnam was
arrested in April 2010 following a raid on his home in Karaj where
approximately 10 young men newly converted to Christianity had
gathered for fellowship and Bible study (for more information, please
). According to local sources, there is concern that he may be charged
Please ask the Lord to comfort and strengthen these two men. Pray that
Petros and Behnam will keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, persevere in
their faith, and not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 10:32-39;
12:1-3). Ask the Lord to protect them while in prison and pray for
their release. Pray also for the prison guards.
To compose letters of encouragement to Petros and Behnam in their own
language, please visit http://www.PrisonerAlert.com
. You can also download our Prisoners’ List and Letter-Writing Guide
. To learn more about suffering Iranian believers, please visit
3. Christian mother of five killed by soldiers in Nigeria
(Source: Compass Direct News)
Nigerian soldiers summoned to stop inter-religious fighting between
Muslim and Christian youths shot and killed a Christian mother of five
in the Yelwa area of Bauchi city, according to family and church
sources. A Christian boy was also shot.
Soldiers were called to the area on October 20 to restore calm after
fighting broke out at a high school soccer match and spread to other
parts of the city. Other Muslims reportedly joined Muslim students
from the school, attacking Christians and setting homes ablaze.
Three Muslim soldiers later shot Charity Augustine Agbo. Charity’s
husband, Augustine, told reporters that the soldiers shot his wife
after storming their house. “Three soldiers arrived … with siren
blaring, scaring us and forcing us to run into our houses,” he said.
“When we all ran inside, we saw these three soldiers coming to our
house; then we locked the outside gate, but the soldiers followed us
and broke the glass door and forced the door open and shot my wife
twice on the chest.” The circumstances leading to the shooting of the
boy, who is unrelated to Charity, were not immediately known and his
name has not been disclosed. At last report, he was recovering in
Please pray the Lord will bring about an end to the continuing
violence in this area of Nigeria. Ask Him to comfort Augustine and his
children. Pray the Lord will completely heal the young boy. Pray that
the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Pray that they will also
repent and believe.
Go to http://www.persecution.net/nigeria.htm
for more on Nigeria’s suffering believers.
4. Restrictive amendments proposed for uncensored religious literature
(Source: Forum 18 News Service)
Prison terms and hefty fines are set to be adopted by Azerbaijan’s
parliament in mid-November for groups of people who produce or
distribute religious literature without first submitting to compulsory
state censorship. Those found guilty will be subject to prison terms
of up to five years or maximum fines of nearly nine years’ official
The punishments are included in proposed amendments to the Criminal
and Administrative Codes, which were prepared by the powerful
Presidential Administration and approved by two parliamentary
committees on October 28. Parliamentary officials said they are set to
be adopted in one reading, likely on November 15.
Please pray the Lord will flood this nation with His Word and that the
gospel will continue to spread in spite of these restrictions. Pray
the Church in Azerbaijan will grow in number and in faithfulness. Pray
the Lord will bless their efforts as they act as witnesses to Him.
Pray that religious freedom will be respected in Azerbaijan.
Check out http://www.persecution.net/azerbaijan.htm
to learn more about persecution in Azerbaijan.
5. Pray with us on Sunday, November 13!
Each year, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
(IDOP) gives us the privilege of joining together with more than half
a million churches in 150 countries to pray for suffering believers.
The day plays a vital role in encouraging and strengthening the
persecuted Church through prayer and to bring awareness to their
plight. As we hear of their overcoming courage in the face of arrest,
imprisonment, torture and even death, our faith is also strengthened.
The Voice of the Martyrs actively partners with organizations such as
the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance,
the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Religious Liberty Commission and
other VOM missions worldwide in promoting IDOP among Christians in
Canada and around the world on the second Sunday of November.
A special resource kit is available for your church, Bible study or
small group to use. To download these helpful resources or to find out
more about IDOP, visit IDOP Canada at http://www.idop.ca
or IDOP International at http://www.idop.org
The Persecution & Prayer Alert is a ministry of The Voice of the
Martyrs, Canada. (Mailing address: P.O. Box 608, Streetsville,
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