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Friday, June 5, 2015

Saudis consider Iran - not Israel - their top enemy

[Saudis consider Iran - not Israel - their top enemy, study finds](http://news360.com/article/296108084)

An Israeli college has quietly conducted an opinion poll in Saudi Arabia, concluding that the Saudi public is far more concerned about the threats of Iran and the Islamic State group than Israel, and that the vast majority of Saudis support a decade-old peace offer to the Jewish state. 

The survey conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya provides Israelis with a rare glimpse inside Saudi Arabia and may change Israeli perceptions about the desert kingdom. The two countries are longtime foes with no diplomatic relations. 

The poll found that 53 percent of Saudis named Iran as their main adversary, while 22 percent said it is the Islamic State group and only 18 percent said Israel. The poll, conducted in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, surveyed 506 Saudis over the phone and had a margin of error of 5 percentage points. It was carried out over the past two weeks, starting in late May. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

EU vote ban on migrants: 1.5m foreigners in Britain barred from in-out referendum

MOST European Union migrants living in Britain will be barred from voting in the in-out referendum.

David Cameron will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker todayGETTY
David Cameron will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker today
The move, revealed today, will exclude an estimated 1.5 million people from taking part in the crunch vote.
It answers a fear raised by the UK Independence Party and others that letting European migrants cast ballots could skew the result in favour of Britain staying in.
David Cameron has also set his face against allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote – another victory for Eurosceptics who warned younger people are most likely to be pro-European.
The moves come as Mr Cameron prepares to entertain EU Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker tonight at the Prime Minister’s official Chequers residence. 
David CameronGETTY
David Cameron
Allowing EU citizens to vote in our referendum would have been an unacceptable dilution of the voice of the British people
Eurosceptic Tory MP Dr Liam Fox
With Mr Cameron’s re-election on a pro-referendum platform, as well as the four million votes secured by Ukip on May 7, the Prime Minister will tell EU leaders this week that Europe is a live issue across Britain.
Other European figures have already suggested that Mr Cameron’s surprise election win and certainty now that he will hold his referendum by the end of 2017 means they must take seriously his demands for reform.
Legislation paving the way for Britain’s first EU referendum since 1975 and confirming the decision on who can vote will be introduced in Parliament on Thursday.
It will be the centrepiece of Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech.
See full Article here.

“Threat of 3rd World War Real” – Billionaire Soros Warns Currency War With China Could Go Hot


 Full article here. http://beforeitsnews.com/self-sufficiency/2015/05/threat-of-3rd-world-war-real-billionaire-soros-warns-currency-war-with-china-could-go-hot-2490318.html
Editor’s Note: Behind the saber rattling here, is the very real importance of the acceptance of China as a major economic player who must be recognized officially and given credibility along with the American, Anglo, European and Japanese partners to avoid an alignment with Russia, and the BRICS nations that would undermine the Western world. China basically has two dance partners, and sees the promise of a better global hand regardless of how Ukraine plays out or Cold War tensions resurface. Hence, China’s yuan will be made part of the IMF global basket of currencies, despite American annoyance over ‘currency manipulation’ and the launch of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Here billionaire George Soros – who has played instigators and puppeteer to color revolutions dating to the decline and fall of the Soviet Union to the modern day Arab Spring and beyond – makes the implicit threat that acquiescence to China is now mandatory for global players, lest the bankers find reason to show WW3 in the door. The danger for world war essentially lies in the failure of currency battles and economic warfare being played out on a massive scale. Soros warns: “There is a real danger that China will align itself with Russia politically and militarily, and then the threat of third world war becomes real.”

George Soros: “We are on the Threshold of a Third World War”

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Soros’ comments came in the same week that CNN revealed how China’s Navy has repeatedly issued warnings to U.S. surveillance planes flying over the South China Sea. Beijing is attempting to increase its influence by building a series of man made islands in the region.

 A report out of Russian state media outlet Sputnik News also speculates that the presence of American ships in the South China Sea could lead to a war between the two global superpowers.

 Be sure to read the full article here. 


Big Terror is Back to Saudi Arabia


Big Terror is Back to Saudi Arabia
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/24/big-terror-is-back-to-saudi-arabia/

A terrorist attack in the village of El-Kadih near the Shia enclave of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, when a suicide bomber detonated himself in a local mosque during the Friday prayers resulted in 20 people killed and more than 70 injured, and has marked a new chapter in the country’s modern history. The Kingdom has never witnessed such a large scale attack, even during the period of 2003-2006, when Al Qaeda made its infamous strikes in Jeddah and Riyadh.
It’s crucial to note that there’s a big difference between the events that happened ten years ago and those happening now. Back then terrorist attacks were the evil doings of Osama bin Laden aimed at striking the royal family at its heart, while cells of Al Qaeda Islamists were scattered all across the region, organizing attacks that were aimed at getting maximum media exposure.
Today the situation is fundamentally different, since responsibility for yesterday’s attack was claimed by ISIL which keeps under its control a considerable part of both Iraq and Syria. In fact, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has recently been manifesting features of a quasi-state with its own army, territory, financial institutions, propaganda capabilities and education system. One year since the moment of its official creation this terrorist organization has managed to radically change the balance of power, rapidly transforming into a major regional player that determines trends in the Middle East.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/24/big-terror-is-back-to-saudi-arabia/

US has Launched a New Assault Against Russia, Russian Embassy Attack: Terrorism Or Act of War?


TND Guest Contributor:  Petr Lvov |
Read the full Article here. 

If someone had the impression that the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to the town of Sochi, followed by negotiations with Victoria Nuland, his deputy in Moscow, could be regarded as first steps in the direction of normalization of US-Russian relations, they would be deeply mistaken. In short, Washington, particularly the Obama administration, is trying to solve its problems at the expense or rather with the help of Russia, to ensure the victory of Hillary Clinton in the upcoming elections. However, the United States continues to apply pressure on Russia, using a variety of different strategies.
Special attention is now paid to Syria and the weakened regime of Bashar al-Assad in the face of a new armed assault against Damascus. The attempts to trade the support of Syria for a number of concessions on Ukraine and Crimea allegedly made by John Kerry failed. Then Americans attempted blackmail, which is the strategy of choice for Washington in the countries that resist its dictate. On May 19 the Russian embassy in Syria was shelled by militants, presumably Jaysh al-Islam, which resulted in one of the shells exploding in the main building of the diplomatic mission. Fortunately, there was nobody there in the room destroyed by the explosion. Immediately after the attack the State Department swiftly condemned this act of terrorism. But we all are well aware of the fact that the “southern front” operating in the suburbs of the Syrian capital is controlled by Jordan with a certain amount of US assistance, unlike the “northern front” guided by Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The shelling of the Russian embassy – is clearly a signal to Russia that it should abandon its support of the Syrian regime.

Russian Embassy Attack: Terrorism Or Act of War?
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/21/russian-embassy-attack-terrorism-or-act-of-war/


On Tuesday, May 19th the Russian consulate in Damascus suffered another attack by NATO proxy forces trying to overthrow the government of Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry responded with a statement condemning the attack as an act of “terrorism” and asked the “international community” to respond to the attack and urged “all parties enjoying influence on extremists in Syria to demand they immediately stop such actions.”
But was this an act of terrorism or an act of war? Let’s examine what an act of terrorism is. It is an attack on civilians by individuals or small groups with the objective of creating terror in the population in order to achieve political purposes. An attack on a military post or an attack on a military unit are not acts of terrorism, but are acts of war. The shelling of a foreign embassy by organised armed units engaged in a war is not an act of terrorism either. It is an attack on the foreign state itself and therefore is an act of war and meant as such.
And who is this mysterious “international community” they refer to? Well, everyone who is not blind, deaf and dumb knows it is the United States of America and its lieutenants in crime who are engaged in the war against Syria; Britain, France, Canada, Jordan, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia. It is not a matter of these countries “enjoying influence” as the Foreign Ministry stated but a matter of their direct support and control of the forces that attacked the consulate.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/21/russian-embassy-attack-terrorism-or-act-of-war/

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors
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Christians are attacked by their neighbors

St. Teresa parish in Assiut, Egypt, attacked by Muslim Brotherhood members in August, 2013. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.
St. Teresa parish in Assiut, Egypt, attacked by Muslim Brotherhood members in August, 2013. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.
 .- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday.

Egypt has historically has been more tolerant and  relaxed towards Christians than its Middle Eastern neighbors, said Samuel Tadros, an Egyptian native and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C.

Although Copts – Egypt's ethnic Christian group – have been bullied under previous regimes, the persecution there has recently become more personal, Tadros warned.

“What worries me is not just that a government does not allow a church to be built. What really worries me is the fact that normal people – not Islamists, not terrorists – just normal Muslim guys, would form a mob and attack their neighbors. Not people they don’t know: their very neighbors.”

Mob violence against neighbors is especially alarming in a country with a history of Christians and Muslims living together.

Read the full article here.

Mexico: No Turning Back, Pakistan: Threatened for Evangelism

Mexico: No Turning Back

Full story here.

When fifteen families told area guerrilla leaders of their desire to seek God, the leaders kicked them out of their village in Chiapas, Mexico. The families slept in a stable for over a year until recently, when they moved into simple new homes.
When the families told the Zapatistas guerrillas that their old religious ways weren’t enough for them and that they were seeking God, the armed guerrillas immediately forced the families get out of the village and leave behind all their belongings. Though the families had nowhere to go and nothing to eat, the Zapatistas would not allow anyone to help them.
The rebel group sees themselves as the protectors of the indigenous people of Chiapas. They control everything from land ownership to religious practices, which in this region are a syncretistic combination of Mayan rituals and Catholic practices. They view evangelicals with disdain.
VOM partners pray with the evicted families

When she heard about the families, “Ruth,” a VOM partner, fasted and prayed and then she went to find them. They had been without food or water for over three days. When she arrived, she saw the guerrillas, but no one tried to stop her. As she gave the families food and water, they were so hopeless that they wouldn’t even look in her eyes.

Full Article here.

Pakistan: Threatened for Evangelism

Full article here.


After evangelizing Muslims and baptizing a former Islamic religious leader, a Pakistani pastor is receiving death threats from radical Islamists – even through his cell phone.
“Azhar”, who became a pastor at a village church more than 20 years ago in Pakistan, regularly shares the gospel with his Muslim neighbors and has baptized a number of Muslim background believers, including a former imam known as “Rashid.”
Trouble started after Rashid stopped attending the local mosque. Members tried to convince him to return to Islam, but he wouldn’t. His Muslim relatives labeled him as an apostate, a traitor to the faith. They issued death threats against Rashid, along with his wife and children who also became believers. After Rashid and his family fled the area, his relatives turned against Pastor Azhar.

Pastor "Azhar" has faced severe persecution for his outreach to Muslims
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