by Becket Adams:
The 2008 financial crisis was one of the worst the U.S. has ever seen. It was the culmination of several factors including poor investments, government intervention and crony capitalism. However, the confluence of these events has prompted some analysts to ask, “Was the 2008 collapse intentional?”
“The Pentagon released information that they had received a report — right after 2008 — that [the collapse] may be ‘economic terrorism,’” Glenn Beck said on his radio show.
“And then [the Pentagon report] was released to the public I think in 2011 (maybe late 2010?), and I wondered, ‘Why was this held? Who released it? Why did they release it at that time?’And we talked about it, I said, ‘I think this is a sign somebody in the pentagon wants somebody to know what is really, possibly happening here.”
Was the 2008 economic crash intentional? Is the U.S. the target of “economic terrorism”?
On Jan. 18, Israeli aircraft and tanks fired four missiles at a terrorist cell trying to camouflage bombs at the Gaza border, killing two terrorists. The Israeli strikes set off a series of bomb explosions, confirming IDF direct hits, according to Israeli witnesses and media reports.
The incident took place a few hundred yards from an Israeli kibbutz, Kfar Aza, where the IDF maintains a small base. Farmers from the kibbutz work the fields between the IDF outpost and the security fence. It’s not the first time that they’ve been actual or presumptive targets of fire from the Palestinian side – whether by rockets, mortar shells or gunfire.
A kibbutz resident told Israeli media: “There was a series of explosions, and I felt the windows shaking. I went outside and saw clouds of black smoke.”
The New York Times published no article about this latest Gaza cross-border engagement, just as it shrugs off continued Palestinian terror attacks on Israelis — whether in the West Bank, Jerusalem or near the Gaza border. Latest Israeli statistics on the number and frequency of such attacks, including firebombings and stabbings, show that Israel at the end of 2011 was sustaining on average two terror attacks a day.
The Times sees none of this as fit to print. Instead, in its Jan. 19 print edition, it features a four-column color photograph of a sobbing Palestinian man with a caption purporting to give an account of the previous day’s IDF attack on the Gaza terror cell.
The caption is headed: “2 Palestinians Killed Near Israeli Barrier.”
Shame on the morons who support this filthy rag of a newspaper. I’m sick of their slanted news coverage.
by The Right Scoop:
I love this clip for two reasons. First, Newt paints a vivid picture of the destruction this president has caused by rejecting the Keystone pipeline, and Newt describes it in a very sobering way.
Secondly, he ends the clip by mocking Obama’s Disney invitation only town hall where he had Disney close half of the park. Newt said that today his campaign is asking to have a town hall at Disney, comparable to Obama’s, and he wouldn’t close half the park or make it invitation only because, as he puts it:
“I’m not afraid to allow people to ask hostile questions and I don’t need to screen my town hall meetings.”
Here’s the entire clip:
This vile invective is what constitutes the problem in the Middle East, not the Jewish people of Israel.
The Persecution & Prayer Alert
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
Thursday, January 19, 2012
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated
you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own;
but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the
world, therefore the world hates you.”
— John 15:18-19 – ESV
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In this week’s edition: reports from Pakistan, India, China, Iran and
1. Update: Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan fasting, praying
(Source: VOM-USA, Atlas Shrugs)
Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother sentenced to die for allegedly
committing blasphemy against Islam, says she has forgiven those who
are persecuting her (for more, go to
). She recently told a Pakistani journalist, who asked her a list of
questions prepared by an American journalist, that she spends her time
praying and fasting for her family and other persecuted Christians.
Asia is confined to a cell and is allowed to go outside 30 minutes
each day. She sees her two daughters and husband one hour each week.
Asia told her interviewer one of the prison workers recently tried to
strangle her, and she must prepare her own food since it is feared she
will be poisoned if workers in the prison prepare it. Life for All is
supporting her family and has hired a lawyer to try and overturn the
conviction. She says she is hopeful that she will be released, but
there is a bounty of about $8,000 offered by the Islamic clerics to
anyone who will kill her. Asia says she is content that her future is
in God’s hands and she will accept His will.
Please pray that Asia’s young daughters and husband will rely on the
Lord as a source of strength and hope. Pray that Asia’s forgiving
heart will be used by God to inspire others to forgive and show love.
Please pray that the ongoing petition for Asia hosted by VOM-USA at
will help lead to her release.
Find out more about the trials facing Christians in Pakistan at
2. Karnataka most dangerous state in India for Christians
(Source: Compass Direct News)
Christmas and New Year’s holidays in the south Indian state of
Karnataka brought a dramatic increase in attacks on believers, and the
state was identified as the most unsafe place for Christians for the
third consecutive year.
There were 49 cases of violence and hostility against Christians in
the state last year, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of
India’s annual report. The Global Council of Indian Christians
reported there were at least six anti-Christian attacks between
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day alone. Services and prayer meetings
were disrupted and pastors and worshippers were harassed and
physically abused by groups of suspected Hindu extremists. In one case
on Christmas Day, about 20 people beat Christians, including women and
children, with stones and wooden clubs as the believers celebrated at
a house a few miles from the city of Mangalore. Injuries in the
attacks included fractures, chest injuries and head trauma. Christians
account for at least 2.3 percent of India’s population, which is more
than 1 billion.
Please pray that eruptions of violence will cease and the storm of
hostility will be stilled in this troubled state. Please pray for the
physical and emotional healing of those who have been attacked and
harmed. Please pray that Christians in Karnataka will be Christ’s
light and will overcome the spiritual darkness that is consuming this
For more information on India’s suffering believers, please visit
3. Update: New year brings renewed efforts to prevent worship at
Shouwang Church in China
Christian believers at Beijing Shouwang Church, who had arranged an
outdoor worship service after the government continued to thwart their
efforts to rent premises to worship indoors, were harassed, detained
and prevented from worshipping together on January 1. The church has
long been a target for the oppressive government (to learn more, visit
). Believers report that at least 49 Christians were taken into
custody either before they were able to depart for the outdoor service
or as they made their way there. Most believers were sent to 13 local
police stations. Many were released home late that night and all were
released by January 3.
The church had rented three different locations to conduct indoor
worship services, but by the evening of December 31, 2011, all three
sites notified the church that they could not lease the space to the
church and had to tear up the agreement as the result of government
interference and pressure. Since then, China’s state and domestic
security have come out in force setting up guard stations and imposing
martial law at the plaza where the outdoor service had been planned.
Those who had been to the plaza in the past were confined to their
homes by security guards, and pastors have been under house arrest.
Please pray that our brothers and sisters at Shouwang Church will be
granted the freedom to worship indoors without fear of reprisal or
harassment. Pray that these believers will continue to spread the
gospel despite these trials as a testament to God’s sovereign power
and for His glory.
For more information on China’s suffering Church, go to
4. Update: Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani refuses to compromise
faith for release
(Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani recently refused to state that the Muslim
prophet Muhammad was a messenger sent by God despite the fact that it
would have secured his release. On December 30, local authorities said
they would release the pastor if he agreed to make the statement, but
the pastor rejected the offer and remains in prison awaiting a final
decision on his case. The request violates article 23 of the Iranian
Constitution, which states that no one should be molested or taken to
task simply for holding a certain belief.
The pastor at the Church of Iran was arrested in Rasht in 2009, and in
September 2010, he was tried and found guilty of apostasy and
sentenced to death (for more, visit
). He was made three similar offers in 2011 where recanting his faith
would have saved his life, but he refused each time. His case was
eventually referred to Iran’s Supreme Leader. Unconfirmed reports
indicate that the case may have been passed on to the head of the
Iranian judiciary, delaying execution for up to a year to allow time
to convince the pastor to renounce his faith.
Please pray that Pastor Youcef’s courage and faith will continue to be
an example to the world that the Lord is more valuable than any
earthly reward. Please pray that his steadfast resolve to protect the
integrity of the gospel message will lead others to salvation. Please
pray for his release.
For more on the trials believers face in Iran, go to
5. Update: Pray for missing Christians in Yemen
(Source: Middle East Concern)
December 12, 2011, marked two-and-a-half years since the kidnapping of
nine foreigners in Saada, north-west Yemen, three of whom were
murdered shortly afterwards (for more, go to
There continues to be no news of Johannes and Sabine (a German
couple), Simon (their son, age 3) or of Tony (a British man). Lydia
and Anna (7 and 5, daughters of Johannes and Sabine) who were freed in
May 2010 are with relatives in Germany and are reported to be in good
health. It is reportedly a challenge for these relatives to function
as Lydia and Anna’s parents in light of their unique needs and in the
context of the other children in their home.
Christians close to the situation are hopeful that the recent
agreement to transfer power from President Saleh to the Vice President
and the formation of a unity government may lead to the release of
information about the four missing foreigners. These political changes
have not yet led to much positive change in the country as a whole,
and protests and violent clashes continue in many parts.
Pray that the missing four, assuming they are alive, will know the
peace, presence and daily provision of Jesus and will be released
unharmed. Please pray that the families and colleagues of those
missing and murdered will know the peace of Jesus amidst continuing
uncertainty. Pray that the perpetrators will be convicted by the
Spirit and drawn to the forgiveness, love and true life offered by
To post a prayer for these believers, visit our Persecuted Church
Prayer Wall at http://www.persecution.net/prayerwall
. For more information on persecution in Yemen, go to
6. Online persecution studies course beginning in February!
Are you looking for a new way to put the true cost of discipleship
into perspective and help Christians around the globe suffering for
the cause of Christ?
This February, our sister mission, VOM-USA, is offering an online
workshop designed to inform, inspire, and educate Christians worldwide
about the reality of persecution and the importance of becoming
personally involved in ministry to suffering believers. Course
subjects include biblical perspectives on persecution, the history of
persecution, and how we should respond to persecution today.
The workshop is 12 weeks in length and costs $90 CAD. Students should
anticipate spending 3-4 hours per week on the coursework, which
includes lectures, sermons, videos, and student forums. This is a
great opportunity to fellowship with believers from around North
America while learning more about the persecuted Church!
Get started today! For more information or to register, please visit
In a statement today at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Yu Jie, a dissident writer and former vice president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center who left China a week ago, recounts his torture by state security police after he was kidnapped on December 9, 2010, the day before the award ceremony for Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize. (See below for the text of the statement in English translated by Human Rights in China.)
Yu says that after being brought to an undisclosed location with a black hood forced over his head, he was stripped naked and made to kneel on the ground while plainclothes policemen pelted him with blows to the head and body, slapped him, made him slap himself, bent his fingers backward, kicked him in the chest, and stomped on him. They also took photos of him and threatened to post them on the Internet. The police took him to the hospital after he became unconscious, and told hospital staff that he was epileptic.
Yu also describes years of government censorship of his writings—rendering him a “‘non-existent person’ in the public space”—and, since October 2010, harassment, surveillance, house arrest, and forced travels.
On January 11, 2012, Yu and his wife and son boarded a plane to the United States. Yu plans to publish a biography of Liu Xiaobo in the next few months. He is also writing a book about the Hu Jintao era.
by Rich Trzupek:
More than three years after an initial permit application was filed and following the submission of hundreds and hundreds of pages of additional documents, President Obama announced that he was rejecting TransCanada’s proposal to construct the Keystone XL pipeline because his administration supposedly wasn’t given sufficient time to review the project. Newt Gingrich called the decision “stunningly stupid” and it’s hard to argue with the former speaker on this one.
The president tried to duck responsibility for the decision, pointing the finger at Republicans in Congress who attached a pipeline provision to the short-term payroll tax cut extension approved last year that required Obama to approve Keystone XL by February 21 or explain why he was killing the project. This is yet another example of the President’s “the buck stops there” approach to leadership.
By Victor Davis Hanson:
In Greek mythology, the prophetess Cassandra was doomed both to tell the truth and to be ignored. Our modern version is a bankrupt Greece that we seem to discount.
News accounts abound now of impoverished Athens residents scrounging pharmacies for scarce aspirin — as Greece is squeezed to make interest payments to the supposedly euro-pinching German banks.
Such accounts may be exaggerations, but they should warn us that yearly progress is never assured. Instead, history offers plenty of examples of life becoming far worse than it had been centuries earlier. The biographer Plutarch, writing 500 years after the glories of classical Greece, lamented that in his time weeds grew amid the empty colonnades of the once-impressive Greek city-states. In America, most would prefer to live in the Detroit of 1941 than the Detroit of 2011. The quality of today’s air travel has regressed to the climate of yesterday’s bus service.
Israeli security forces arrest 10 militants near Jenin, who were allegedly planning attacks on IDF soldiers and received money from Islamic Jihad in Syria.
By Victor Davis Hanson:
As he did with his probably illegal “recess” appointments, President Obama picked a politically advantageous time to cancel the Keystone pipeline project — while the media is obsessed with the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich’s second wife, and Mitt Romney’s investments. Yet it is hard to remember a presidential decision that had as many negatives as this one:
By Larry Thornberry:
ABC News, as all the world now knows, has interviewed Marianne Gingrich, one of the Speaker’s ex-wives. What she has to say is distinctly not to the advantage of our Newt, according to Drudge Report.
The suits at ABC, a network that has brought us chapter and verse of Newt’s charges that Mitt Romney’s business career has been mostly made up of snatching food from the mouths of widows and orphans and stealing from the poor box, are in a swivet over whether it’s ethical to broadcast the former Mrs. Speaker’s charges and specifications before the South Carolina primary. One way or another we will likely be treated to Newt’s alleged loosey-goosey view of marriage vows.
This sorry business goes a ways toward confirming Joseph Epstein’s view in his latest book (see “Gossip” in Buy the Book) of gossip as news and news as gossip.
The year-and-a-half-old ABC “scoop”, in which Newt Gingrich’s ex boasts her one interview could end her one time hubby’s political career, is more about the contemporary media than it is about a presidential candidate.
The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz said a mouthful when he posited that Marianne Gingrich does not say anything in the new interview that she hasn’t said in the past.
The Esquire already ran with the same story in September 2010, if anyone cares.
Notice how quickly the story of another election-year smear has morphed over to WHEN ABC will air it. “Now” has already replaced “when” with segments of the story about to burst on the worldwide web this evening.
The story of ABC and other news outlets talking about the ethics of when to unleash the election year recriminations of a not-so-gay divorcee has just got to be the ‘Non-Story of the Century’.
Do Ethics and Mainstream Media even belong in the same sentence?
by Red Red:
I’m losing count of how many allies the Obama administration has alienated. The latest edition to that list are our northern neighbors. Just yesterday, President Obama indicated he would not approve construction of the Keystone Pipeline. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the Keystone pipeline would run through all red states, but I digress. CNN Reports: