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Analysts: Iran May ‘Violently’ Disrupt Oil Shipping in Persian Gulf and Close the Strait of Hormuz if Attacked

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“Iran is contemplating violently shutting down shipping in the Persian Gulf as one of several counterattack options if Israel strikes its nuclear facilities, regional and intelligence analysts say.

Such attacks would present the Obama administration with the option of undertaking a limited war against Iran by striking its warships and shore-based anti-ship missiles to keep the Gulf open for business.

Former CIA analyst Larry C. Johnson said Iran has enough firepower to effectively close the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of all the world’s oil moves.

‘One of the things that Iran has exercised, has the capability to do, is shut down the Persian Gulf,’ Mr. Johnson said. ‘The best-case scenario is they shut it down for a week. The worst case is they shut it down for three to four months.’

He said Iran could unleash small boats laden with explosives ‘that we don’t have adequate covers for. Add to that the ability to fire multiple missiles. Our naval force will try to stop it, and that’s the hope.’

Mr. Johnson, now a consultant on counterterrorism, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which has orchestrated attacks against the U.S. in Iraq, also likely would hit targets in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.

‘I think we would be looking at a significant wave of terrorist retaliation by them,’ he said.

Over the past two weeks, Israeli media have reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking consensus on attacking Iran’s nuclear sites ahead of a U.N. atomic agency report last week that said the Islamic republic has engaged in activity consistent with building a nuclear weapon.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr., a former senior Pentagon official who runs the Center for Security Policy, said Iran’s ruling mullahs have always had designs on attacking the U.S., and an Israeli attack might prompt them to do so.

‘I think they will try to do as much damage to as many of us as they can,’ Mr. Gaffney said. “My guess is they will try options to have Hezbollah cells engage in attacks around the world against our forces.” Read more.

Flashback: Confirmed: Hezbollah Terror Operatives, “Sleeper Cells” Poised in the U.S – “Operatives of the Lebanese Islamic terrorist organization Hezbollah, the same group presently firing missiles into Israel and labeled as one of the most dangerous Islamic terrorist group in the world, are believed ‘to be planning to activate sleeper cells located in New York and other larger cities inside the U.S.’ to stage attacks Americans. ‘The FBI and Justice Department have launched urgent new probes in New York and other cities targeting members of the Lebanese terror group.’ Law-enforcement and intelligence officials stated that “about a dozen hard-core supporters of Hezbollah have been identified in recent weeks as operating in the New York City area (alone).’ The above appeared in an article published in The New York Post on May 22, 2006. Not surprisingly, that very same information was verified through several sources within law enforcement agencies and agents contacted by the Northeast Intelligence Network this weekend… Their international operational budget is estimated to be $200-$500 million annually, including $100 million in contributions provided directly by Iran.” Read more.

Radical Muslim: ‘I Saw Jesus In a Dream … Can You Tell Me How to Receive Jesus? I Will Do Anything You Tell Me’

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John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

“Every day, Muslims listeners of Christian radio and satellite television broadcasts who are curious about Christianity call in to ICC sponsored representatives to talk about Jesus. Here is a story of a fanatic Muslim coming to Christ that was recently shared by an ICC partner.

‘I will find you. Until the last drop of my blood I will fight to rid the earth of you,’ the caller said.

‘I understand your anger and hostility towards me, because I was once like you,’ the ICC partner responded. ‘I could go to any extent to destroy a Christian who spoke about Jesus the way that I do. However, Jesus Christ touched me and changed me. He placed a special love in my heart for you. My Lord tells me to love your enemies. Pray for your enemies. If they are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them water. I will be praying for you.’

Days later, the Muslim man again contacted ICC’s partner. ‘I had a very hard time with your response. I prayed to Allah for many days and I was tormented with your words. What kind of love is this? Maybe you did not understand I wanted to kill you. I was very serious about it. First I thought you did not take me seriously. But now I am ashamed. Please tell me if you still care for me. How did you change your religion?’

The ICC partner wrote back saying that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship and went on to share his testimony.

‘I could not accept what you told me about receiving Jesus into my heart,’ the Muslim man replied. ‘You basically told me to change my religion. I could not do that. But, one night I saw Jesus in a dream. This was the first time I had peace. He smiled at me and said, ‘Listen to him.’’

Then the man asked, ‘Can you tell me how to receive Jesus? I will do anything you tell me.’

The ICC partner led him in the sinner’s prayer and he received Jesus as his Savior.

‘This man’s life changed drastically. Now he says he will die for me,’ ICC’s partner said. ‘I told him, ‘Do not die for anyone, just live for Jesus. He died for you.’'” Source –

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Sudan: Fresh Attacks in South Sudan — Including Raids on a Samaritan’s Purse Refugee Camp — Could Signal a Return to War

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By Jamie Dean – “As UN workers prepared to unload a helicopter full of food for more than 20,000 refugees in a camp in South Sudan Thursday, a series of horrifying thuds erupted, as a large plane swooped overhead, dropping bombs.

Witnesses say the plane dropped at least four bombs, with one landing in the yard of a makeshift school for 300 children gathered for an afternoon class. Thankfully, the explosive didn’t detonate. But other bombs did explode, and a local official reported at least 12 deaths.

The Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse reported that its workers in the camp were safe after Thursday’s attack. The relief agency manages distribution of food and other supplies in the sprawling refugee camp. (The area is so remote and swampy, aid workers airdropped supplies to the refugees until Samaritan’s Purse cleared a landing strip.)

While the bombs killed few people, many fear that Thursday’s attack could represent a prelude to something much worse: a wide-scale invasion of South Sudan and a return to civil war.

Authorities believe that military planes from Northern Sudan executed the bombardment on the Yida camp near the border with South Sudan. The two countries formally separated when South Sudan declared its independence on July 9. But conflicts over the disputed North-South border have left nearly 230,000 South Sudanese residents fleeing attacks from a Northern government determined to maintain control of the oil-rich borderlands.

Thousands of those refugees have fled to camps in South Sudan and Ethiopia, including the freshly attacked Yida camp some 10 miles south of the border. By Thursday afternoon, White House officials called the bombing ‘outrageous,’ and demanded that Sudan’s government cease attacks on its southern neighbor.

It was the second bombing in less than a week…

Leonard Leo of the Washington, D.C.-based United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the recent attacks and called the bombings ‘clearly an outgrowth of Sudan’s hostility against religious freedom.’ During 20 years of civil war that spanned 1983 to 2005, the Muslim-based government in the North tried to force the predominantly Christian South to submit to Islamic law.” Read more.

Iranian Official: Tehran Ready to Share Its Nuclear Technology With Turkey and Other ‘Friendly Countries in the Region’

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“NEW YORK – A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran was willing to share its controversial nuclear technology with neighboring countries, suggesting it could help Turkey build an atomic power plant.

The United States, European Union and their allies suspect Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons and, along with the UN Security Council, have imposed sanctions to try to stop it from enriching uranium. But Tehran says its nuclear program is to generate electric power and refuses to halt it.

‘Iran developed a very sophisticated nuclear science and technological capability, which we are quite ready to share with … neighboring countries and friendly countries in the region,’ the official, Mohammad Javad Larijani, said.

‘Turkey is for years trying to have a nuclear power plant but no country in the West is willing to build that for them,’ Larijani told reporters. ‘This is true for our Arab (neighbors) in the region.’

‘We are ready to cooperate with them in this regard, while within the NPT.’ He was referring to the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of atomic weapons technology.” Read more.

Turkey against military strike on Iran – “Istanbul – Turkey is against any military strike on Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday, warning that speculation risked destabilising the region. ‘We do not think it is right even to talk of possible military intervention in the region… We are against such intervention and believe it would create more instability,’ Anatolia news agency quoted Davutoglu as saying in Ankara. ‘It is unacceptable that countries suspected of having nuclear weapons cause new tensions in our region,’ Davutoglu said, referring to Israel.” Read more.

Flashback: Turkish premier signals joint operation with Iran – “Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday signaled a joint military offensive with Iran against their common enemy: Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq. Turkey and Iran were working together and ‘determined,’ Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. ‘There is no question of any postponement,’ Erdogan said in a clear reference to a possible joint military operation against the main Kurdish rebel base on Qandil Mountain which sits on the Iraqi-Iranian border deep inside northern Iraq.” Read more.

Flashback: Turkey to Azerbaijan: Stand with us against Israel – “The Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan called on Baku to stand beside Ankara in its diplomatic struggle against Israel and “reconsider” its relations with the Jewish State, a Persian-language US-based website reported on Sunday… Azerbaijan has become an important strategic asset for Israel’s security and foreign affairs. In 2010, the trade between the two countries totaled more than $2 billion – double than the trade between Azerbaijan and Turkey.” Read more.

Flashback: Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors – “A newly assertive Turkey offered on Sunday a vision of a starkly realigned Middle East, where the country’s former allies in Syria and Israel fall into deeper isolation, and a burgeoning alliance with Egypt underpins a new order in a region roiled by revolt and revolution. The portrait was described by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey in an hourlong interview before he was to leave for the United Nations, where a contentious debate was expected this week over a Palestinian bid for recognition as a state. Viewed by many as the architect of a foreign policy that has made Turkey one of the most relevant players in the Muslim world, Mr. Davutoglu pointed to that issue and others to describe a region in the midst of a transformation. Turkey, he said, was ‘right at the center of everything.’” Read more.

Iranian Expatriate: Islam Was Not For Me

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By Amil Imani – “Islam is a creed of an ignorant people in a primitive and barbaric age. It is fixated in time and place; it harbors the ambition of taking the world back 14 centuries and ruling it by its dogma of violence, intolerance, injustice and death.

My breach with Islam started as far back as I could discern things. More to the point, I never embraced Islam in the first place, although I was born and raised in a Muslim family.

For one thing, I had a very difficult time following a so-called religion whose founder and followers had butchered my ancestors, raped and sold our women, burned our libraries, and destroyed our magnificent culture. Islam was forced down the throats of Iranians with the sword of Allah. In my heart, I never considered myself a Muslim.

However, I didn’t reveal this until later in life for fear of retribution by radical Muslims.

Sharia law stipulates that any Muslim who turns his back on Islam should be given a chance to revert to the faith. For an unrepentant male apostate, death is the proscribed punishment and life imprisonment for the female apostate.

‘Kill whoever changes his religion.’ __Sahih al-Bukhari 9:84:57

Islam considers an apostate as a person who unilaterally breaks the covenant he has made with the faith. An apostate is condemned as guilty of turning his back on Allah’s immutable eternal religion.

I came to the realization that the root cause of my peoples’ degradation and suffering was Islam. It was a creed imposed on an enlightened, tolerant and free people at the point of the sword by savages hailing from the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century with promises of booty and women in this world and glorious eternal sensual rewards in the promised paradise of Allah in the next. With each passing day, I rejoice more and more in my good fortune; in my ability to avoid the yoke of Islamic slavery and its blinders that imprisons a billion and half people by walls of superstition, hatred of others, and a celebration of death.” Read moreClick the link to read Mr. Imani’s poignantly reworded version of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.

Report: Iran Now Blames Israel for Deadly Blast at Military Base

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“For the first time since Saturday’s deadly blast in a military base outside Tehran that killed 17 people, Iranian sources say that Israel was behind the explosion, which also claimed the life of a senior Revolutionary Guards officer.

According to a report in the Guardian, a source with close links to the Iranian regime said Israel’s Mossad was involved in the blast outside Tehran, which rattled windows in Iran’s capital Saturday.

The source, who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity and was identified as a former director of a state-run organization, was quoted as saying: ‘I believe that Saturday’s explosion was part of the covert war against Iran, led by Israel.’

The ex official said the mysterious explosion was similar to a blast in October 2010 at a Revolutionary Guards missile base located near the city of Khorramabad, the source said.

‘I have information that both these incidents were the work of sabotage by agents of Israel, aimed at halting Iran’s missile program,’ the former official was quoted as saying.” Read more.

Iranian students form human shield near nuclear site amid fears of Israeli attack – “Hundreds of students on Tuesday formed a human chain around the uranium conversion plant in central Iran, in a demonstration staged by students to show that Iranians were ready to sacrifice their lives if the nuclear sites were attacked by Israel. It followed a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that accused Iran of using its nuclear technology to seek atomic warheads. Israel also threatened to attack the Islamic state’s nuclear sites. After holding a noon prayer session in front of the plant’s main gate, students from Isfahan universities shouted ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America.'” Read more.

Dr. Rob Dalrymple: Bethlehem and the Middle East – The Very Birth Place of Christianity – Threatens to be Extinct of Christians

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“The real danger of having no Christian presence in the Middle East within the next 5 years will be one of the main topics at a up coming conference hosted by Dr. Rob Dalrymple Director of the Bible Accadamy at Cornerstone Fellowship.

Today, in the Middle East, there are about 30 million Christians and the majority of these Christians are suffering greatly. Over the last 10 years many have sought refuge in the US and various other countries to the point that the continued survival of the Church in the Middle East is being threatened.

According to Professor Habib C. Malik in his article The Future of Christians in the Middle East he discusses the decline of Christianity in the Middle East and how it has become a startling reality:

“The relic phenomenon is an alarming one and the numbers offer sobering evidence of its impending reality. In 1948 Jerusalem was about a fifth Christian; today, it is less than 2 percent. For centuries Christians used to constitute over 80 percent of Bethlehem’s population, but today they are barely a third and falling. In 1943, at the time of its independence, Lebanon was a majority-Christian country, but after thirty years of war and foreign occupation Lebanon’s Christians now make up around a third of the population and the trend is demographic contraction. It is estimated that about half of Iraq’s 1.4 million Christians have fled the country since the American invasion in 2003.”

As the country of Iraq has stabilized in the past few years, the violence against the Church has continued. Even as the Shia-dominated Iraqi government has enhanced its control, it has done little to rein in the targeting of weak Christian, Mandean, and Yazidi communities.

The Jerusalem Post also goes on to report the same finding that Professor Habib C. Malik stated in his findings: ‘…at the time of Lebanese independence from France in 1946 the majority of Lebanese were Christians. Today less than 30% of Lebanese are Christians. In Turkey, the Christian population has dwindled from 2 million at the end of World War I to less than 100,000 today. In Syria, at the time of independence Christians made up nearly half of the population. Today 4% of Syrians are Christian. In Jordan half a century ago 18% of the population was Christian. Today 2% of Jordanians are Christian.’

Rob Dalrymple Ph.D, Director of the Bible Academy is hosting a conference to bring awareness of the true state of the Church. Through stories and experiences, the speakers can speak first hand to the real suffering of the Church in the Middle East and why the church of the West must become better informed to help care for the needs of Christians, regardless of their race, gender, and social status.

Dr. Dalrymple stated that Christianity and the Middle East is a conference that will provide a comprehensive overview of the challenges facing the Christian community in the Middle East. Friday November 18th 6-9PM and Saturday the 19th 9-3PM, 348 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA.” Source – PRWeb.

Kuwaiti Newspaper: Hizbullah Cancels Vacations For All Militants, Summons Thousands of Members, Preps for War with Israel

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By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu – “Hizbullah has canceled leaves and is preparing for war, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyassah.

‘Hizbullah cancelled the vacations of all its militants, summoned thousands of its members and gave orders to its prominent officials to remain unseen in case a war broke out,’ the daily said.

It added that the terrorist army and political party put its combat units, including missile units, on extreme alert. The newspaper also reported that the IDF is aware of Hizbullah’s preparations and has increased reconnaissance flights over southern Lebanon.

Hizbullah’s general mobilization also includes orders for senior officials to find a place to hide in the event that war breaks out.

Although similar alerts occur often, sources told that the new preparations follow a televised speech, via a video link, by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday. He warned that a war against Iran and Syria would spread to the entire Middle East, but he added that an Israeli attack on Lebanon is unlikely in the near future.” Read more.

Hezbollah warns of regional war if Iran, Syria attacked – “Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Friday warned Israel and the US that a war against Iran and Syria would lead to an all-out regional conflict. ‘They should understand that a war on Iran and Syria will not remain in Iran and Syrian territory, but it will engulf the whole region and there is no escaping this reality,’ Nasrallah said during a televised speech honoring ‘Martyrs’ Day.’” Read more.

Flashback: Nasrallah: Next War with Israel Will Start in Tel Aviv, Says Hezbollah Has ‘Many Surprises’ That Will Change the Face of the Region in a Future War – “The next war with Israel will start in Tel Aviv, not on the northern border, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday, the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper reported. ‘If Israel decided to wage a war against Lebanon, we will not only break the Israeli soldiers’ bones, we will smash them,’ Nasrallah was quoted as saying during a meeting with Hezbollah members. ‘The war would be waged without any red lines, and [Hezbollah] would in return commit to the new equations,’ Nasrallah said. ‘[Hezbollah] has many surprises that will change the face of the region,’ he added.” Read more.

Flashback: Hezbollah may be receiving weapons of mass destruction from Syria – “French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday that Israel has asked Western countries to stop their diplomatic campaign against the Syrian regime for fear that the weapons of mass destruction of the Syrian regime will fall in the hands of Hezbollah and Hamas. The newspaper said the chief of military intelligence in the Israeli army, Major-General Aviv Kochavi has relayed the Israeli position during his visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York a few weeks ago. According to a French diplomat Kochavi warned that the Syrian arsenal of weapons will be directed at Israel if the regime of Bashar al-Assad falls.” Read more.

Israeli Knesset Member: Israel ‘Should Start Preparing For a Conflict’ With Egypt

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By Itamar Eichner – “Knesset Member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a close friend of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, warned that the latest developments in Egypt indicate that ‘over time Israel will find itself in a head-on confrontation’ with its Arab neighbor.

Ben-Eliezer (Labor) told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that Israel ‘should start preparing for a conflict’ with Egypt.

‘We are in the midst of an earthquake, and I still can’t see it subsiding, definitely not in the near future when elections are on the horizon (in Egypt),’ Ben-Eliezer told Yedioth Ahronoth.

‘Today it is clear that for the first time in history the Muslim Brotherhood will win at least a third (of the seats in parliament). Islamization is taking the place of nationalism,’ the MK said.

According to Ben-Eliezer, ‘We are in a situation whereby no one can predict how the new Egyptian leadership will look like (following elections).'” Read more.

Afghanistan: Starvation Threatens More Than 7 Million Citizens as Over 90% of Country’s Agriculture Affected by Drought

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“Officials in ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development on Tuesday expressed concerns over drought affects which threatens more than 7 million Afghans across the country.

Meanwhile, the parliamentarian commission for natural resources and environmental habitance also said, more than 90% of the Afghan agriculture were affected by drought this year.

Members of the commission for state emergency while speaking among the members of the parliament said, the country will face migration, regional conflict, animal deaths, and disease if the government does not step up actions to fight the natural disaster which threatens more than 7 million Afghans.

Jarullah Mansoori, Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development said urged the international community and donors to assist 7.3% of Afghan population who are facing serious hunger and starvation threats.

Head of the Parliament’s natural resources committee, Obaidullah Ramin confirming the issue warned that this coming winter will be a difficult one for those suffering drought.

In the meantime, Deputy Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development also expressed concerns about the probability of road blockage in 23 provinces because of heavy snow fall.

Head of the disaster prevention department Mohammad Daim Kakar said, droughts have affected around 14 provinces of Afghanistan threatening more than 2.6% of Afghan people in these provinces.

He also said, we are expecting aids by international donors for the drought affected areas before winter.” Source – Khaama Press.

US: Huge Drought Affecting 1/3 of Lower 48 States Is Pushing Food Prices Even Higher

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By David Zeiler – “A drought affecting one-third of the lower 48 states has hurt several key food crops, driving up prices this year and assuring widespread food inflation well into 2012.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the drought has caused more than $10 billion in losses to agriculture and cattle, a number it expects to keep rising as the drought continues.

Meteorologists blame the drought on a La Niña weather pattern expected to last at least through the winter.

Crops most affected include corn and peanuts. In addition, the lack of rain dried cattle grazing pastures to dust, which has translated to higher beef prices.

‘Yes, we are going to see higher prices this Thanksgiving,’ Purdue University agricultural economist Corinne Alexander told The Atlantic.

The American Farm Bureau estimates that a Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost 13% more this year than it did last year.

The U.S. economy already has inflationary pressure as a result of the stimulative policies of the U.S. Federal Reserve pumping it with hundreds of billions of dollars.

‘Ultra-low interest rates and excess money supply growth are what’s been driving inflation,’ said Money Morning Global Investing Strategist Martin Hutchinson. ‘They raise commodity prices, which over time feeds into inflation in general.’

Now the drought is pushing food inflation higher than overall inflation.” Read more.

Dozens of Whales Dead After Mass Strandings Off New Zealand and Australia

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“THIRTY-two pilot whales were confirmed dead today while the lives of 34 others hung in the balance after a mass stranding on tidal flats off New Zealand’s South Island.

The remote location of the stranding meant rescuers were unable to help the marine mammals and their survival will depend on the tide, the Department of Conservation’s area manager, John Mason, told the Nelson Mail.

Mr Mason said the whales, up to five metres long, were stranded on the tidal flats at the tip of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, located nearly three kilometres offshore at the northern end of South Island.

‘There’s really nothing we can do for them so we just have to hope that they manage to get out by themselves,’ Mr Mason added.

The deaths of the mammals follow the stranding in Australia’s island state of Tasmania over the weekend.

Twenty-three sperm whales, up to 18 metres long, died after they became stuck on Ocean Beach, near Strahan, on Saturday. One of the whales died overnight on Monday, leaving the sole surviving whale stranded off a nearby sandbank at Fraser Flats.

Rescuers had to abandon their attempts to refloat the final whale today due to wild weather, The Mercury reported.” Read more.

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