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Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei Calls for World’s Muslim Nations to Form an International Islamic Power Bloc

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Hmmm, ten nations sounds like a nice round number.  Here are some of them that would be happy to oblige …

“TEHRAN, Nov 5 (Agencies): Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on the world’s Muslim nations to form an international Islamic power bloc.

Referring to the popular uprisings in the Arab world and the recent anti-capitalism movement across the world in his message to Hajj Pilgrims in 2011, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Muslim world to ‘make the most of this opportunity for the formation of an international Islamic power-bloc.’

Ayatollah Khamenei said such global developments ‘can change the destiny of the Islamic Ummah (nation)’ and herald ‘a bright future accompanied with dignity and progress.’

‘Today, the West, the United States and Zionism are weaker than ever before,’ the Leader pointed out.

The message was addressed to more than 2.5 million pilgrims from around the globe who converged in the vast plains of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia to perform a ritual of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

The leader described the present era as a ‘new chapter’ in the history of the Islamic world in which ‘a young generation has emerged from the heart of these nations.’

Islam has become the guiding principle of popular movements despite the efforts of secular rulers to curtail the influence of religion in the Muslim countries, Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the victory of Islamic Ennahda Party in Tunisia’s recent elections and noted, ‘Without doubt, free elections in any Islamic country will result in nothing but what happened in Tunisia.'” Read more.

Flashback: Iranian Video: The Islamic Messiah is Near — Israel Shall Be Destroyed – “New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi–or Islamic messiah–is about to appear. CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place — and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times. While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.” Read more.

IAEA Says Foreign Expertise Has Brought Iran to Threshold of Nuclear Capability

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By Joby Warrick – The Washington Post – “Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings.

Documents and other records provide new details on the role played by a former Soviet weapons scientist who allegedly tutored Iranians over several years on building high-precision detonators of the kind used to trigger a nuclear chain reaction, the officials and experts said. Crucial technology linked to experts in Pakistan and North Korea also helped propel Iran to the threshold of nuclear capability, they added.

The officials, citing secret intelligence provided over several years to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the records reinforce concerns that Iran continued to conduct weapons-related research after 2003 — when, U.S. intelligence agencies believe, Iranian leaders halted such experiments in response to international and domestic pressures.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog is due to release a report this week laying out its findings on Iran’s efforts to obtain sensitive nuclear technology. Fears that Iran could quickly build an atomic bomb if it chooses to has fueled anti-Iran rhetoric and new threats of military strikes. Some U.S. arms-control groups have cautioned against what they fear could be an overreaction to the report, saying there is still time to persuade Iran to change its behavior.

Iranian officials expressed indifference about the report.

‘Let them publish and see what happens,’ said Iran’s foreign minister and former nuclear top official, Ali Akbar Salehi, the semiofficial Mehr News Agency reported Saturday.

Salehi said that the controversy over Iran’s nuclear program is ‘100 percent political’ and that the IAEA is ‘under pressure from foreign powers.’

‘Never really stopped’

Although the IAEA has chided Iran for years to come clean about a number of apparently weapons-related scientific projects, the new disclosures fill out the contours of an apparent secret research program that was more ambitious, more organized and more successful than commonly suspected. Beginning early in the last decade and apparently resuming — though at a more measured pace — after a pause in 2003, Iranian scientists worked concurrently across multiple disciplines to obtain key skills needed to make and test a nuclear weapon that could fit inside the country’s long-range missiles, said David Albright, a former IAEA official who has reviewed the intelligence files.

‘The program never really stopped,’ said Albright, president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security.” Read more.

New Book: “Islam – The Cloak of Antichrist” by Jack Smith

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Excerpt from Chapter 1, “A Slip of the Mask”:

“He really doesn’t carry a pitch fork and have a long red tail and two horns. Yet, he is a master at disguise. Got any ideas of his favorite? Masquerade, that is?

Consider this fact: In every Bible passage except one, satan appears in disguise. In fact, the only time he does not appear in disguise is when he converses with Jesus in Matthew 4. satan even disguised himself as Simon Peter when he tempted Jesus to avoid the cross — and, Simon had no idea satan was speaking through him (Mark 8:33). What about the book of Job, you say? satan actually never appears before Job, only before God and the heavenly council (Job 1:6). In all other Bible passages, satan is in disguise — even in the Garden of Eden. The reason? Because that is how he appears before humanity.

His best disguise? Religion.”

Click here to preview more chapters or to find out where you can purchase the book.

US Marines Warned: Act More Muslim, Don’t Spit Towards Mecca

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But wait, that’s not all.  They’re no longer permitted to urinate facing towards Mecca, either.  And it doesn’t matter which way the wind is blowing.  Unfortunately, Karzai still isn’t impressed.  I guess the only upside to this ridiculous politically correct brainlessness is the likelihood that a Muslim extremist or two are having difficulty strapping up their suicide vests or burying their IEDs from all the laughter …

By Diana West – “Uncle Sam is getting a little weird. Make that a lot weird. Having dumped hundreds of billions of dollars into a sinkhole called Afghanistan — populated by misogynistic, pederastic, tribalistic and religiously supremacist primitives — to no avail, he has hit on a new plan for winning those ever-elusive Afghan ‘hearts and minds.’

Uncle Sam has decided that the answer lies in the latrine with the U.S. Marine Corps. No kidding. When nature calls, Uncle Sam has decided he wants every U.S. Marine equipped with a map and compass, or some other way of knowing direction. This is to ensure that no U.S. Marine in Afghanistan urinates in the direction of Mecca ever again.

Now, there’s a winning strategy.

It’s still OK, of course, to spread baksheesh (payola) indiscriminately, chase jihadis into twisting mountain gorges, clear any road laced with improvised explosives – blow up, even, and bleed all over the place. Just make sure your sense of direction is sharp when it really counts.

Take spitting. According to an article in the North County Times, the word is: Ix-nay on itting-spay toward ecca-May, guys. If there’s a pinch between teeth and gum while you’re hiding out in a cold valley, figure out where Mecca is (2,000 miles away) before letting anything out of your mouth. Oh, and when it’s time to catch some shut-eye ‘when sharing a base with Afghan army troops’ – if you can sleep, given the frightening odds an Afghan National Army soldier might turn his gun on you – don’t, whatever you do, let your combat boots point toward you-know-where.” Read more.

The Problem With Islam – “It is difficult for Americans to comprehend the challenge to Western civilization from Islam and Islamist ideology. While our political leaders tell us constantly that we are not at war with Islam, the Obama administration will not acknowledge the fact that we are at war with Islamist ideology. In a slim new volume of four essays, ‘Islam in our Midst: the Challenge to our Christian Heritage,’ Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo examines the roots of Islamist ideology and finds little difference between them and Islam itself as it is currently preached in the Muslim mainstream. And therein lies the problem with Islam. ‘Politically correct approaches often present a sanitized view of Islam, ignoring its terrorist forms,’ Sookhdeo writes. The Obama administration has conscientiously excised words such as ‘Islamic terrorism,’ ‘Islamist terrorism’ and ‘jihad’ from the lexicon of its national security doctrine, ‘because they are deemed to anger Muslims and increase tensions with the wider Muslim world,’ Sookhdeo notes. This has only encouraged the Islamists…” Read more.

Flashback: White House Overlooks Christian Persecution While Pandering to Islam – “The Obama administration has been obsessed with Muslim outreach and recently tried to mend fences with the Jewish community. Given the state of the world, however, the White House ought to be focused on helping the world’s oppressed Christians. The United States has been wary to intervene in matters affecting Christians in the Middle East for fear of validating terrorist narratives that the West is engaged in a new crusade against Islam. The result of this passive policy has been to allow Islamic extremists increasingly to dominate the debate, often with tragic consequences.” Read more.

Kenya: Terrorists in Predominantly Muslim Town Toss Grenade Inside Pentecostal Church, Killing Two

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“NAIROBI — Two people were killed in a grenade attack on a church in a town in eastern Kenya, police said Sunday, amid a spate of violence that has raised concerns for the country’s key tourism industry.

The attackers threw a grenade at a house inside a compound of the East African Pentecostal Church in Garissa late Saturday, killing two people living inside, locals said. Up to four others were injured in the attack.

‘They attacked people who reside in the church compound,’ said a worshipper. ‘Two people died and the others have been taken to hospital.’

National police deputy spokesman Charles Owino confirmed that two people had been killed and said a partially exploded landmine found elsewhere in town had been taken away by anti-terrorism police.

Asked who was responsible for the attacks, Owino noted that Garissa is a predominantly Muslim town and that the target was a church.

‘It could be (religious) rivalry. It could be Al Shebab sympathisers, you can’t rule it out. Anything is possible,’ he told AFP.” Read more.

Lebanon: Patriarch of the Maronite Christian Church Fears Arab Spring Extremism

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“The head of Lebanon’s Maronite church said he feared for the fate of Christians in the Middle East if the Arab Spring brought ‘radical groups’ to power to replace autocratic leaders. Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, speaking in Baghdad during the first such visit by a Maronite patriarch, urged Christians not to leave the Middle East.

‘I support the spring when it is a spring, not when it is a winter,’ he told reporters. During his visit, he attended a ceremony marking the first anniversary of an al Qaeda attack which killed 52 people in a Baghdad church. ‘There should be changes in all Arab countries. Dictatorships cannot survive today, we need democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of belief and worship…(But) I fear radical groups might take power and (bring) extremist rule.’

He added: ‘We are with changes in Syria …and with reforms and human rights but we hope the price will not be the same as what happened in Iraq.’

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled the country after years of sectarian conflict.

Attacks on Christians in Egypt after protests toppled Hosni Mubarak in February also highlight the dangers many Christians in Syria fear they will face if protests against President Bashar al-Assad bring him down. Church leaders in Syria say they support reforms but not the demands for a ‘regime change’ which they say could fragment Syria and give the upper hand possibly to Islamist groups that would deny them religious freedom.

Lebanon’s Maronite church leaders have had tense relations with Syria, and led calls for an end to Syrian military presence in Lebanon in 2005. But since protests erupted against Assad in March many said Christians enjoyed freedom of belief under Assad’s secular Baath Party.

Maronites, who have a presence in Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus, follow an Eastern rite of the Roman Catholic church and number around 900,000 in Lebanon. Many more Maronites, possibly up to three million, live outside the country. ‘We are against any (Christian) migration,’ Rai said. ‘We know that all the extremist and terrorist groups and foreign interference aim for this but we have to remain steadfast.'” Read more.

The Prospect of Christian Extinction on the Arab Street is Growing

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By Massimo Franco – “This is what seems to have happened. The new ruling classes differ from one country to the other but they tend to have in common a stronger Islamic identity. Their more extremist factions push to punish Christian minorities for what is perceived as a double original sin: being allies of former hated regimes, and being ‘agents of western values’, although they have been living there for 2,000 years or so. The result is that the prospect of their extinction as a community is growing.

It has happened already in Iraq, due to the ‘Anglo-American war’ started in 2003. At that time, the number of Chaldeans, the Christian Iraqis, was between 800,000 and 1.4 million. In 2009-2010, it was estimated are between 400,000 and 500,000, and rapidly decreasing. Cairo’s violent repression shows a similar process is under way in Egypt as well, where they still represent roughly 10% of the population.

This represents a georeligious tragedy for the Vatican, which always tried to maintain a frustrating dialogue with Islamic authorities, and which right up to the end persisted in invoking a pacific coexistence in the area.

But it is also a geopolitical failure for the west, and paradoxically for Islam as well. Christian communities have been historically a bridge between western and Arab culture; and a factor of moderation and mutual understanding between the two worlds. Their dramatic decline signals the collapse of this symbolic bridge, and the growing strength of an ‘Arab street’ fed with consumerism but also with prejudices and a widespread hostile mood against Christians.” Read more.

And the ‘Arab Street’ isn’t just anti-Christian, either:

Nigeria: At Least 150 Killed After Islamists Launch Suicide Bombings and Gun Battles in North, Churches Burned in Christian Neighbourhood

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Revelation 6:8a, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him …”

By Evelyn Lin – “At least 150 people were killed in a series of gun and bomb attacks in northern Nigeria on Saturday, the Islamist Boko Haram sect claimed.

The radical Islamic sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks, which included bombing a government building and gunning down over 63 people in the northern city of Damaturu, while another suicide attack in neighbouring Maiduguri town left for dead.

A spokesman for Boko Haram said the group is responsible for the series of overnight attacks.

President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the assaults which officials said included at least five suicide bomb blasts and ‘directed security agencies to ensure the arrest of perpetrators of these heinous acts,’ said a statement from his spokesman Reuben Abati.

As corpses piled up in the morgue, a rescue agency official told AFP the body count stood at 150.

The attackers bombed their targets then took on the security forces in gun battles in Damaturu. Residents said gunfire rang out for several hours across the city after the explosions.

‘It was a suicide bomb attack at one of our buildings. The attacker came in a Honda CRV and rammed into the building and explosives exploded,’ Lawal told AFP.

A journalist described scenes of chaos and destruction in Damaturu.

‘In fact, Damaturu is looking just like Libya… burnt cars and buildings.’ In a mainly Christian neighbourhood of Damaturu called Jerusalem, six churches were bombed in addition to a police station.” Read more.

Persecuted Christian? Don’t Expect These Pastors to Speak Up About a ‘Downer’ Issue

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The vast majority of Western evangelical churches still teach a ‘pre-trib rapture’.  If the truth about what is happening right now in the world were to be told to every one of these churches, many would begin questioning some of the old dispensational ideas being taught regarding eschatology when a significant number of authors and prophecy teachers rely heavily on a ‘pre-trib’ canvas.  Heaven forbid if the Church ever began doubting those materials …

Iraqi Christian Ashur Yacob Issa Beheaded by Islamists

Iraqi Christian Ashur Yacob Issa Beheaded by Islamists

By Michael Carl – “About half of all the pastors in America’s churches today do not want to tell their congregations that there are forces in the world that persecute Christians for their beliefs, because it’s a ‘downer,’ according to the results of a startling new poll.

The Barna Research Associates survey, commissioned by Open Doors USA, says a significant majority of American Christians, some three out of four, want to hear about the persecuted church.

But the same study showed that 52 percent of America’s pastors don’t want to talk about persecution and have no plans to talk about it.

In the nationwide poll of more than 800 Christians, 74 percent of America’s churchgoers want to hear about the persecuted church.

But the same survey said only 48 percent of the pastors want to discuss the issue.

Open Doors President Carl Moeller says the survey shows that American Christians are not isolationists.

‘Much of what we’ve been hearing from people and in my experience of speaking with people all over the country would indicate that American Christians really want to know what’s happening to their brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world, particularly those that are suffering for their faith in Christ,’ Moeller said.” Moeller said.” Read more.

Christian Bishop in Egypt: Christians Are Currently Experiencing Their Worst Time in Recent Centuries, Many Now Unable to Buy or Sell – “Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Christians are being violently killed under the eyes of the international media. Also, for the first time in many years, churches are being systematically burned and destroyed… Problems are also experienced in day-to-day life because calls are often made in the media not to buy from Christian merchants or to sell anything to Christians. Businessmen are therefore faced with a struggle for economic survival. Christians are indirectly excluded from employment…” Read more.

Islamic Militants Calling Themselves ‘The Unknown Soldiers of The Hidden Imam’ Threaten to Hunt Down and Execute Christians Who Flee Iran – “Islamic militants with suspected ties to Iranian security forces have been terrorizing evangelical Christians with threats to ‘repent’ or die, it was reported Sunday. Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported that 11 Iranian Christians who fled Iran in the wake of a government campaign against Christianity have received threats via email to ‘repent’ or face extrajudicial execution, from a group identifying itself as the ‘The Unknown Soldiers of The Hidden Imam.’ The threatening emails that were sent to each individual on Sept. 14 aspired to extend the arm of Iranian Islamic militancy beyond the borders of Iran by implying that, although the recipients have left Iran, they have not escaped the ‘acute eyes of the unknown soldiers.’” Read more.

Egypt: Islamists Boast, ‘We Won’t Leave Any Christians in This Country’ – “A group of Muslims burnt down part of a church Friday – the Islamic Sabbath – in the village of Marinab, according to a report published in the daily Al Masry Al Youm. The village, situated close to the town of Edfu in the Aswan Governorate, is located some 800 kilometers south of Cairo. Security sources said Muslims rampaged through the village in what appeared to be a pogrom, clashing with the Christian residents and destroying their shops.” Read more.

Not a Single Christian Church Left in Afghanistan – “There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime. In the intervening decade, U.S. taxpayers have spent $440 billion to support Afghanistan’s new government and more than 1,700 U.S. military personnel have died serving in that country. The last public Christian church in Afghanistan was razed in March 2010, according to the State Department’s latest International Religious Freedom Report. The report, which was released last month and covers the period of July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, also states that ‘there were no Christian schools in the country.’” Read more.

Iraq: Islamic Extremists Want to Eliminate Christians From Country, Mass Movement of Christians Continues Unabated – “Ongoing violence against Christians in Iraq has produced an accelerated exodus of believers recently and numbering in the hundreds of thousands over the last 10 years, said Open Doors USA officials… ‘At the beginning of the summer, Open Doors estimated the number of Christians remaining in Iraq at 345,000. However, the number decreases every month,’ officials stated. ‘It is an estimation; some even think there are less Christians left in the country than that,’ another Open Doors member said.” Read more.

No-Fly Zone Over Iraq Set to Expire, Opening Shortest Route From Israel to Iran

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Interesting timing. I’m sure Israel could do this however without flying over Iraq if another Iranian enemy, Saudi Arabia, is also concerned enough about Iran’s nuclear program …

By Amos Harel – “A key clause in a U.S. military agreement creating a no-fly zone over Iraq is set to run out at the end of the year. The clause, inserted in the agreement following Iranian pressure on Iraq’s Shi’ite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was apparently a way to thwart an Israeli air attack on Iran.

The agreement between the United States and Iraq, signed in November 2008, is due to run out at the end of this year when U.S. forces withdraw from Iraq under the timetable set by President Barack Obama (although thousands of advisers will remain ).

Clause 27 of the agreement states that, if asked, the United States must thwart threats to Iraq’s sovereignty and not let its land, territorial waters or airspace be used for attacks on other countries.

The clause has special significance considering the increased speculation in recent days that Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear sites. It is unclear to what extent the United States will be obligated under the clause after its forces leave Iraq. In any case, the obligation will certainly not be as binding as it is now.

The shortest air route from Israel to Iran is over Iraq.” Read more.

Flashback: Report Alleges Saudi Arabia Approves Israeli Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Sites – “Over the weekend, the Times of London released a story alleging that Saudi Arabia has given Israel tacit approval to use its airspace in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. According to the Times, Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities … To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert. The article also cited an unnamed U.S. defense source in the region who corroborated the claims, saying ‘The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way. They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.'” Read more.

Rice: U.S. Should Do Everything Possible to Bring Down Iran’s Government – “The U.S. should consider tougher penalties against Iran’s government and ‘be doing everything we can to bring it down,’ Condoleezza Rice said Sunday. As Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul argued on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that sanctions should be removed altogether to get Iran to act differently, the former secretary of state under George W. Bush told ABC’s ‘This Week’ that the U.S. should never take the option of military force off the table when it comes to dealing with Iran.” Read more.

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