Sunday, 31 March 2013


This Is What It Feels Like To Have Your Life Savings Confiscated By The Global Elite

Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Michael SnyderEconomic Collapse
March 30, 2013
What would you do if you woke up one day and discovered that the banksters had “legally” stolen about 80 percent of your life savings?  Most people seem to assume that most of the depositors that are getting ripped off in Cyprus are “Russian oligarchs” or “wealthy European tycoons”, but the truth is that they are only just part of the story.  As you will see below, there are small businesses and aging retirees that have been absolutely devastated by the wealth confiscation that has taken place in Cyprus.  Many businesses can no longer meet their payrolls or pay their bills because their funds have been frozen, and many retirees have seen retirement plans that they have been working toward for decades absolutely destroyed in a matter of days.  Sometimes it can be hard to identify with events that are happening on the other side of the globe, but I want you to try to put yourself into their shoes for a few minutes.  How would you feel if something like this happened to you?
For example, just consider the case of one 65-year-old retiree that has had his life savings totally wiped out by the “wealth tax” in Cyprus.  His very sad story was recently featured by the Sydney Morning Herald
”Very bad, very, very bad,” says 65-year-old John Demetriou, rubbing tears from his lined face with thick fingers. ”I lost all my money.”
John now lives in the picturesque fishing village of Liopetri on Cyprus’ south coast. But for 35 years he lived at Bondi Junction and worked days, nights and weekends in Sydney markets selling jewellery and imitation jewellery.
He had left Cyprus in the early 1970s at the height of its war with Turkey, taking his wife and young children to safety in Australia. He built a life from nothing and, gradually, a substantial nest egg. He retired to Cyprus in 2007 with about $1 million, his life savings.
He planned to spend it on his grandchildren – some of whom live in Cyprus – putting them through university and setting them up. There would be medical bills; he has a heart condition. The interest was paying for a comfortable retirement, and trips back to Australia. He also toyed with the idea of buying a boat.
He wanted to leave any big purchases a few years, to be sure this was where he would spend his retirement. There was no hurry. But now it is all gone.
”If I made the decision to stay, I was going to build a house,” John says. ”Unfortunately I didn’t make the decision yet.
”I went to sleep Friday as a rich man. I woke up a poor man.”
You can read the rest of the article right here.
How would you feel if you suddenly lost almost everything that you have been working for your entire life?
And many small and mid-size businesses have been ruined by the bank account confiscation that has taken place in Cyprus.
The following is a bank account statement that was originally posted on a Bitcoin forum that has gone absolutely viral all over the Internet.  One medium size IT business has lost a staggering amount of money because of the “bail-in” that is happening in Cyprus…
Cyprus Bank Account Confiscation
The following is what the poster of this screenshot had to say about what this is going to do to his business…
Over 700k of expropriated money will be used to repay country’s debt. Probably we will get back about 20% of this amount in 6-7 years.
I’m not Russian oligarch, but just European medium size IT business. Thousands of other companies around Cyprus have the same situation.
The business is definitely ruined, all Cypriot workers to be fired.
We are moving to small Caribbean country where authorities have more respect to people’s assets. Also we are thinking about using Bitcoin to pay wages and for payments between our partners.
Special thanks to:
- Jeroen Dijsselbloem
– Angela Merkel
– Manuel Barroso
– the rest of officials of “European Comission”
With each passing day, things just continue to get worse for those with deposits of over 100,000 euros in Cyprus.  A few hours ago, a Reuters story entitled “Big depositors in Cyprus to lose far more than feared” declared that the initial estimates of the losses by big depositors in Cyprus were much too low.
And of course the truth is that those that have had their deposits frozen will be very fortunate to ever see any of that money ever again.
But just a few weeks ago, the Central Bank of Cyprus was swearing that nothing like this could ever possibly happen.  Just check out the following memo from the Central Bank of Cyprus dated “11 February 2013″ that was recently posted on Zero Hedge
Central Bank of Cyprus Memo
Sadly, the truth is that the politicians will lie to you all the way up until the very day that they confiscate your money.
You can believe our “leaders” when they swear that nothing like this will ever happen in the United States, in Canada or in other European nations if you want.
But I don’t believe them.
In fact, as an outstanding article by Ellen Brown recently detailed, the concept of a “bail-in” for “systemically important financial institutions” has been in the works for a long time…
Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.
If you do not believe that what just happened in Cyprus could happen in the United States, you need to read the rest of her article.  The following is an extended excerpt from that article
Although few depositors realize it, legally the bank owns the depositor’s funds as soon as they are put in the bank. Our money becomes the bank’s, and we become unsecured creditors holding IOUs or promises to pay. (See here and here.) But until now the bank has been obligated to pay the money back on demand in the form of cash. Under the FDIC-BOE plan, our IOUs will be converted into “bank equity.”  The bank will get the money and we will get stock in the bank. With any luck we may be able to sell the stock to someone else, but when and at what price? Most people keep a deposit account so they can have ready cash to pay the bills.
The 15-page FDIC-BOE document is called “Resolving Globally Active, Systemically Important, Financial Institutions.”  It begins by explaining that the 2008 banking crisis has made it clear that some other way besides taxpayer bailouts is needed to maintain “financial stability.” Evidently anticipating that the next financial collapse will be on a grander scale than either the taxpayers or Congress is willing to underwrite, the authors state:
An efficient path for returning the sound operations of the G-SIFI to the private sector would be provided by exchanging or converting a sufficient amount of the unsecured debt from the original creditors of the failed company [meaning the depositors] into equity [or stock]. In the U.S., the new equity would become capital in one or more newly formed operating entities. In the U.K., the same approach could be used, or the equity could be used to recapitalize the failing financial company itself—thus, the highest layer of surviving bailed-in creditors would become the owners of the resolved firm. In either country, the new equity holders would take on the corresponding risk of being shareholders in a financial institution.
No exception is indicated for “insured deposits” in the U.S., meaning those under $250,000, the deposits we thought were protected by FDIC insurance. This can hardly be an oversight, since it is the FDIC that is issuing the directive. The FDIC is an insurance company funded by premiums paid by private banks.  The directive is called a “resolution process,” defined elsewhere as a plan that “would be triggered in the event of the failure of an insurer . . . .” The only  mention of “insured deposits” is in connection with existing UK legislation, which the FDIC-BOE directive goes on to say is inadequate, implying that it needs to be modified or overridden.
You can find the rest of her excellent article right here.  I would encourage everyone to especially pay attention to what she has to say about derivatives.
Sadly, what is happening in Cyprus right now is just the continuation of a trend.  In recent years, governments all over the world have turned to the confiscation of private wealth in order to solve their financial problems.  The following examples are from a recent article posted on Deviant Investor
October 2008 – Argentina’s leftist government, facing a gigantic revenue shortfall, proposes to nationalize all private pensions so as to meet national debt payments and avoid its second default in the decade.
November 2010 – Headline – Hungary Gives Its Citizens an Ultimatum: Move Your Private Pension Fund Assets to the State or Permanently Lose Your Pension – This is an effective nationalization of all pensions.
November 2010 – Ireland elects to appropriate ten billion euros from its National Pension Reserve Fund to help fund an eighty-five billion euro rescue package for its besieged banks. Ireland also moves to consider a regulatory move that compels some private Irish pension funds to hold more Irish government debt, thereby providing the state with a captive investor base but hugely raising the risk for savers.
December 2010 – France agrees to transfer twenty billion euros worth of assets belonging to its Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites (FRR), the funded portion of its retirement system, to help pay off recurring social benefits costs. No pensioners are consulted.
April 2012 – Argentina announces that its Economy Ministry has taken an emergency loan from the national pension fund in the amount of $4.3 billion. No pensioners were consulted.
June 2012 – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unilaterally appropriates $45 billion from US federal pension funds to help tide over US deficits for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.
January 2013 – Treasury Secretary Geithner again announces that the government has begun borrowing from the federal employees pension fund to keep operating without passing the approaching “fiscal cliff” debt limit. The move effectively creates $156 billion in borrowing authority from federal pension funds.
March 2013 – Open Bank Resolution finance minister, Bill English, is proposing a Cyprus style solution for potential New Zealand bank failures. The reserve bank is in the final stages of establishing a rescue scheme which will put all bank depositors on the hook for bailing out their banks. Depositors will overnight have their savings shaved by the amount needed to keep distressed banks afloat.
Can you see the pattern?
As I wrote about the other day, no bank account, no pension fund, no retirement account and no stock portfolio will be able to be considered 100% safe ever again.
And once the global derivatives casino melts down, there are going to be a lot of major banks that are going to need to be “bailed in”.
When that day arrives, they are going to try to come after your money.
So don’t leave your entire life savings sitting in a single bank – especially not one of the banks that has a tremendous amount of exposure toderivatives.
Hopefully we can get more people to wake up and realize what is happening.  We are moving into a time of great financial instability, and what worked in the past is not going to work in the future.
Be smart and get prepared while you still can.
Time is running out.

Saturday, 30 March 2013


Summary of DEBKA Exclusives, March 29, 2013

March 22, 2013 Briefs

•    Lebanon’s PM Mikati resigns
Prime Minister Najib Mikati stepped down Friday after the Shiite Hizballah prevented the creation of a body to supervise parliamentary elections and blocked the extension of Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi’s term. DEBKAfile: His resignation takes Lebanon another step toward the resurgence of civil war as the country is increasingly polarized between Hizballah and other pro- Assad factions and some Sunni and Christian factions who support Syrian rebels. The army is equally divided against itself.

March 23, 2013 Briefs:

•    US Secretary Kerry briefs Israel leaders on Palestinian issue
US Secretary of State John Kerry held a one-on-one conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the King David Hotel, Jerusalem Saturday night, after which they were joined by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, National Security Adviser Yakov Amidror and the PM’s personal adviser Isaac Molcho. Kerry reported on President Obama’s talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah and the subsequent meetings with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
•    Top British court holds first ever closed hearing for Iran case
Britain’s Supreme Court held the first secret session in its history last week to consider evidence about the Iranian Bank Mellat’s alleged links with the country’s nuclear program, which the British government asked to be kept confidential. The court president David Neuberger asked the media, the public and the Iran bank’s lawyers to leave the court for 45 minutes when the government submitted this evidence.

Turkey badly needed to end row with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

23 March. The Turkish-Israeli reconciliation, effected by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s apology was urged strongly by US President Barack Obama, because Ankara urgently needed to revive the military cooperation it cut off with Israel in 2010. DEBKAfile: Without access to Israeli military technology, Turkey’s armed forces are hamstrung. And without full Israeli, Turkish and Jordanian coordination, Obama’s plan for a joint US-led command center against a Syrian chemical warfare contingency can’t take off. But, the apology also went down as a gratuitous affront to Israeli military pride.
The crowing comment by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu - “Turkey’s basic demands have been met; we got what we wanted” – was out of place, spiteful and ill-mannered.
He knows perfectly well that for the past year, amid a constant stream of ranting abuse from Ankara, Israel has been quietly responding to Turkey’s desperate need for cooperation in such essential fields as military technology and the redirection of its exports from their transit routes through Syria to Israeli ports.

March 24, 2013 Briefs:

•    West Bank borders shut from Sunday midnight for Passover Eve
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has ordered the closure of the West Bank Sunday midnight for 48 hours until Tuesday midnight.
•    Gantz’s support for PM’s apology to Turkey criticized
DEBKAfile’s military sources fault Chief of staff Lt. Gen., Benny Gantz for trying Sunday to have it both ways instead of solidly backing his own troops. On the one hand, the general said the prime minister did well to apologize to Turkey for the sake of promoting the revival of strategic ties after three years, while, on the other, he praised as moral and resolute the 2010 Israeli IDF commandos who raided the Turkish flotilla to prevent it violating the Israel blockade on Gaza. Gantz said the elite unit kept casualties down to the minimum – 9 Turkish activists – whereas any other army would have left scores of dead.
•    Kerry fails to persuade Iraq’s Maliki to stop Iranian airlift to Assad
US Secretary of State John Kerry, on an unannounced visit to Baghdad Sunday, was unable to persuade Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki cut short the Iranian airlift and land route through his country to Bashar Assad of weapons, fighters and cash. DEBKAfile: Iranian supplies are what keep Assad’s army functioning and his regime in Damascus and other Syrian towns able to survive the rebellion.
•    Gantz: Syrian gunfire put Israeli soldiers at risk
Israeli troops conducted a surgical strike by a Tamuz missile to destroy the firing position in the Syrian sector of Golan after they were placed in danger by the gunfire from the Syrian sector of Golan Saturday night and Sunday morning, said Chief of Staff Lt. Gen/ Benny Gantz. The incident is a harsh reminder of the explosive situation along our border with Syria. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the incident was serious and Israel holds the Syrian regime is responsible for all violations.
•    New defense cabinet holds first session
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu heads the defense cabinet’s first session in its new format which has been pared down from 15 to 7 members. An intelligence briefing is on its agenda.

March 25, 2013 Briefs:

•    Netanyahu unfreezes transfers to Palestinian Authority
Five months ago, Israel suspended the transfer of allocations from customs duty due to the Palestinian Authority after Mahmoud Abbas’s unilateral application for UN membership as an observer state. They were renewed after US President Barack Obama’s visit last week.
•    Mixed Hamas-Al Qaeda terror team caught in Sinai
Egyptian security forces Monday caught 25 heavily armed men, members of al Qaeda and the Palestinian Hamas, on their way from Sinai to the Delta region of Egypt.  In addition to arms and ammo, they were equipped with satellite communications equipment. DEBKAfile: This was the first time Hamas and al Qaeda have been caught collaborating in Sinai for terrorist activities against an Egyptian target.
In El Arish, N. Sinai, Egyptian security police discovered a large cache of arms and explosives including anti-air and anti tank rockets. In a number of Delta towns, they discovered clandestine workshops trning out Egyptian army uniforms, thought to have been commissioned by al Qaeda to disguise terrorists plotting a coup.
Al Qaeda seizes Syrian-Israeli-Jordanian border junctionDEBKAfile Exclusive Report

25 March.
The Al Musanna Brigade of al Qaeda’s Syrian arm, Jabhat al-Nusra, captured the highly strategic intersection of the Syrian, Israeli and Jordan borders, just east of the Golan on Passover Eve, Monday, March 25, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. The jihadists have also seized Wadi ar-Raqqad which marks the Golan’s eastern boundary and is one of Israel’s water sources. This put the jihadists directly opposite 14 Israeli southern Golan villages and a distance of 5-6 kilometers from one of Israel’s earliest kibbutzim, Ein Gev, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Next door, Iraqi Al Qaeda is preparing to push trucks loaded with Chlorine gas-CI trucks into Syria for the jihadists to use against Assad’s forces.

March 26, 2013 Briefs:

•    UN Secy names Swedish scientist to probe Syrian CW allegations
Ban Ki-moon Tuesday named Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom to head the UN team probing allegations of the use of chemical weapons last week in an attack on Aleppo.
•    Palestinian arrested with four explosive devices
A Palestinian was stopped at a Jordan Valley IDF checkpost with four homemade explosives devices. He was detained for questioning and the devices detonated in controlled explosions.
•    North Korea again threatens the US
Pyongyang has placed its long-range artillery and strategic rocket units on “combat duty posture No. 1” ready to strike US military targets in Guam and Hawaii in response to the US adding bombers carrying nuclear weapons to its joint military exercise with South Korea.
•    Jordan shuts border as Syrian-al Qaeda fighting nears crossing
The main Jordanian border post was closed for the first time in the two-year Syrian revolt after al Qaeda fighters captured villages along the nearby Syrian-Israeli border.
•    Arab League summit on Syria and Palestinian issue
The Arab rulers meeting in Doha, Qatar will pick a delegation to go to Washington and discuss the with President Barack Obama the terms for their approval of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s return to negotiations with Israel after stalling the process for two years.
•    The Israeli kidnapped in Sinai is set free
Amir Omar Hassan of Nazareth and his Norwegian girlfriend, kidnapped a week ago in Sinai, were released by their Sinai Bedouin captors Tuesday after negotiations with Cairo led to the release of fellow Bedouin jailed on drugs offensives.

March 27, 2013 Briefs:

•    Assad appeals to African Summit for help
Syria’s president has sent a desperate appeal to the five-nation economic forum (Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa) meeting in South Africa for help end his country’s two-year conflict. He said Syria is being subjected to “acts of terrorism backed by Arab, regional and Western nations.”
•    Bahrain brands Hizballah a terrorist organization
Parliament in Manama unanimously approved an urgent proposal submitted by 30 MPs for immediate ratification by the Cabinet branding the Lebanese Hizballah a terrorist organization.
•    Arab League summit approves $1bn fund for “Arab East Jerusalem”
The summit approves a fund to maintain the Arab and Islamic character of the city versus its “judaisation.” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman: “Objecting to the Judaization of Jerusalem is absurd, like objecting to the Catholic nature of the Vatican or the Islamisation of Mecca.”

The empty Arab leadership chair in Doha
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
27 March. After patching up the feud between Israel and Turkey, US President Barack Obama faces a much tougher exercise: brokering ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. To address the looming Syrian chemical arms crisis, President Obama needs a united anti-Assad Arab-Islamic front. He faces a choice between two blocs for the lead role: Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Abu Dhabi, or Turkey and Qatar. Most Arab rulers want no truck with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, which is why he vents his frustration on Israel. On top of his antipathy for the Turkish leader, the Saudi monarch still harbors a deep grudge for the way Qatar’s secret service and special forces, in the 2011 Libyan war, took charge with Obama’s blessing of running the Arab support-and-arms pipeline to the various Libyan opposition militias.

March 28, 2013 Briefs:

•    Israel beefs up military medical teams on Syrian border
More and more Syrian war wounded are reaching the Golan frontier asking for medical aid in Israel Eleven were recently taken and treated at Israeli hospitals and returned home. One died of his wounds Wednesday.
•    Putin orders large-scale military exercise in Black Sea region
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the maneuver without prior warning on his way back from an international summit in South Africa. His spokesman said 36 warships and an unspecified number of warplanes would take part in Black Sea regional exercise “to check the readiness and cohesion of the various units.” DEBKA: The maneuver sends a hands-off warning for Syria from Moscow to the US and NATO.

Saudi heavy weapons supply to Syrian rebels breaks up Arab summit in uproar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

28 March. Syrian rebels in Aleppo have begun receiving their first heavy weapons – 220-mm MLRS rocket launchers – from a large-scale supply operation headed by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. In Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, his agents produced snapped up Russian-made MLRS (Smerch) and Hurricane 9K57 launchers capable of firing scores of 220-mm rockets to a distance of 70 kilometers. Bandar hopes that with these weapons the rebels will soon capture the big Syrian air base of Nairab near Aleppo, key landing site for Iranian and Russian arms airlifts to the Syrian army.
This news brought the Arab League summit taking place in Doha, Qatar this week to a clamorous end.  The conference proceedings were abruptly halted as Arab delegation members pitched in to separate Saudi and Qatar delegates who came to blows in a side room of the assembly hall.

Thursday, 28 March 2013


Possible Muslim Approval Of Third Temple Construction

As reported in The Jewish Press on March 14, 2013, there is a new call for something previously unthinkable. Sinem Tezyapar, a Muslim TV producer in Turkey, has called for the rebuilding of the “Prophet Solomon’s” Temple.

She assures her fellow Muslims that they need not be nervous because:

“There is a broad expanse of land around the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The land there is quite convenient in that respect, and the Temple can be placed just a little way from Qubbat As-Sakhrah, and a little ahead of Masjid el-Aqsa.”

There are overtones of wanting peace and togetherness with the Jewish people in her statements as well. This is a very interesting development and would be easy to dismiss as just one secular Muslim’s simplistic idea. Unfortunately, the fact that she is a woman in the Muslim world makes the idea even less feasible.

However, this is not the first time this idea has come from the lips of a Muslim. According to an article in Word Net Daily, an influential Muslim leader by the name of Adnan Oktar in Turkey is described as making the same proposal, to rebuild the Jewish Temple, calling it the “Palace of Solomon.”

The Jewish people have longed for their Temple to be rebuilt. In an article about the rebuilding of the Temple, Hassidic writer and publisher Mordechai Housman, describes the first and primary obstacle as being political, and second being safety reasons due to Muslims.

If a significant Muslim leader would declare that Solomon’s Temple should be rebuilt, then if the Muslim community would follow, it is likely the Jewish people would jump at the opportunity and be able to overcome whatever ceremonial obstacles also lie in the path.

This is very significant prophetically, because the Jewish Temple must be standing at the mid-point of the time period commonly known as the Tribulation. The Apostles John and Paul, the Prophet Daniel, and Jesus Himself make references to this Temple standing.

Daniel 9:27a says:

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” (KJV)

The “he” spoken of here is the coming world leader, known as the Antichrist. The “one week” is the seven years of the Tribulation period.

In Matthew 24:15–16, Jesus references this very passage:

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” (KJV)

This “Abomination of Desolation” is set up in the Most Holy Place, which is well known to be the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple. Thus this Temple must be standing in order for the “Abomination of Desolation” to happen.

Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (KJV)

Here also is a reference to the Antichrist (the man of sin) declaring himself God inside the Temple of God. This also is the Jewish Temple.

In Revelation 11:1–2, John tells us:

“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” (KJV)

Forty-two months is also equivalent to half of seven years. In other words, the Temple which John refers to is standing, not only in the middle of the Tribulation, but it has been standing for the entire first part of the Tribulation.

There are several big milestones that students of prophecy are waiting for. One of those is the construction of the Third Jewish Temple for it does indeed seem to be a prerequisite to the beginning of the Tribulation period.

If not a prerequisite, then it does definitely need to be standing by the midpoint of the Tribulation. With hints that the Muslim world might be agreeable to its construction, it would seem this particular milestone might be nearer than many think


Barnabas editorial
Islamists in powerful position as Syria conflict enters third year
The conflict in Syria entered its third year this month. Hope of a political solution has all but dissipated, and as the official opposition is in a state of disarray, Islamist units are asserting their strength, imposing sharia law in rebel-held areas. Where will it end?
Syria has been ravaged by two years of brutal fighting
Syria has been ravaged by two years of brutal fighting

Latest international news
Ten anti-Christian incidents in Sri Lanka in March
A "sudden increase in violence against the Christian community" in Sri Lanka has been reported; incidents include a brutal attack on a pastor's home and the burning down of a church building.
Buddhism is afforded the 'foremost place' in Sri Lanka
Buddhism is afforded the "foremost place" in Sri Lanka
chikuado / CC BY 2.0
Muslims call Christians “infidels” as church demolished in Indonesia
The authorities in Indonesia have carried out their threat to demolish a church building in Bekasi, West Java. Workers were cheered on by Muslim protestors, who denounced Christians as “infidels”.
Church buildings in Indonesia are under threat
Church buildings in Indonesia are under threat
mararie / CC BY-SA 3.0
Burial plots sought for Christians in Nepal after years of opposition
Nepal’s interim government has set up a special commission to find burial plots for Christians in a move that could end decades of opposition from Hindus over the issue.
The Singha Durbar is the official seat of the government of Nepal
The Singha Durbar is the official seat of the government of Nepal
Suraz03 / CC BY-SA 3.0

News in brief
Nigeria: Baby among five killed in attack on Christian funeral gathering
Tanzania: Attack by machete-wielding assailants on Archbishop’s residence
Iran: Jailed pastor Saeed Abedini beaten and denied medical treatment

Wednesday, 27 March 2013



Monday, 25 March 2013





Mideast Caliphate Storm Clouds Darken (And What It Potentially Means For Israel Isn’t Good)

By Joel Richardson, WND – “Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu calls for a new regional neo-Ottoman order
For the past several years, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the chief architect of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party, has repeatedly denied the Turkish government’s regional ‘neo-Ottoman’ plans. In 2009, Davutoğlu determinedly repudiated all claims that he was leading Turkey back to the Ottoman era. Against the mounting charges made by various political analysts and journalists, the FM protested, ‘When others use [this term], I have always warned that we do not count it correct.’
But like so many double-speaking ‘progressive’ politicians here in the U.S., Davutoğlu has suddenly changed his tune and is now all in for Turkish neo-Ottomanism. In a recent meeting with American Secretary of State John Kerry – the U.S. senator who was against funding the war in Iraq, until he was for it – Davutoğlu seems to have come down with an acute case of Kerry’s flip-flopism. According to the foreign minister, neo-Ottomanism is now the coming new order for the whole Middle East. As reported in Al-Monitor, Davutoğlu said that, ‘Last century was only a parenthesis for us. We will close that parenthesis.’
So last century was a mere ‘parenthesis’ that will soon be closed. Under Davutoğlu and Erdoğan’s direction, Turkey will return the region to its previous Ottoman order. The period of Kemalism and secularism in Turkey is coming to a close. Davutoğlu continued, ‘We will do so without going to war, or calling anyone an enemy, without being disrespectful to any border.’
According to the FM, Turkey will bring about a new regional order, complete with Turkish leadership, of course, without any war ‘or calling anyone an enemy.’
Unless, of course, we are speaking of neighboring Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom Erdoğan recently called ‘a mute devil’ who must be ousted.
Or unless we are speaking of Kurdish separatists, roughly 500 of whom Erdoğan recently bragged of killing via the Turkish military within a few days.
Or unless we are speaking of those who espouse the concept of Israeli self-determination knowns as Zionism, which Erdoğan recently compared to fascism and called it ‘a crime against humanity.’
Davutoğlu’s comments continued:

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Dear Friends,

We had a great time at the Bristol branch of the PWMI last Thursday when the guest speaker, Pastor Jon Ikin from Bath, a PWMI Council member, gave a powerful talk and powerpoint presentation on "Obadiah And God's Judgement On Anti-Semitism". Over thirty people attended on a shocking night of heavy rain and blustery winds, and some came from as afar as South Wales, Malvern, Swindon, and Bath, as well as many of the local Bristolians. It was sad to hear that Prof Alan Linton, who very rarely misses the Bristol meeting, was ill and prayers were requested for him. It was a splendid night of ministry and fellowship orchestrated by the jovial branch secretary Tony Fry.

Next on the agenda on Thursday, the 25th April is the Swindon branch of the PWMI,  when they have the National Director of the PWMI, the Rev Colin Le Noury from Leyland in Lancashire to minister. Colin will also be staying on overnight, then travel over the Severn Bridge to South Wales to lead the Ebbw Vale branch of the PWMI on Friday the 26th April.

And on Saturday, the 27th April from 11am, we have a fascinating all day conference here at ZION in a joint PWMI and OBT (Open Bible Trust) production. The theme for the day will be titled "DELVING INTO DANIEL", and the main speaker will be the highly respected author and speaker, Mike Penny the Administrator of the OBT. There will be three productive powerpoint presentations (please bring your own packed lunch), and a good time for questions and answers, as well as some fine fellowship.

A new date and venue for you is the opening of our new branch of the PWMI at Abergavenny on June 28th. The minister will be the Rev Glyn Taylor from Cheltenham, who is also a National Council Member of the PWMI. Please contact David Clay on 01873 853879 for venue and further details.

Please note also that Bob Mitchell's visit to Nancy's Farm in Newport has now been re-scheduled from May 18th to Saturday, the 1st of June.

Another new date for your diaries is the return of the ever popular Brian Gemmell from The Bible Prophecy Foundation to South Wales in July following his superb weekend with us a few weeks ago.

He will be taking a long Conference Weekend at Nancy's Farm in Newport from July 5th-7th (Friday to Sunday), when his exciting subject will be "CHRIST AND HIS BRIDE IN HISTORY AND IN PROPHECY". This will be one weekend definitely not to miss!

There are many meetings lined up for the year. All dates and venues (with full addresses) can be found at the top right hand section of this blog. There is sure to be something there to capture your attention and to whet your appetite, so please attend as many of these gatherings as you can.

Maranatha Blessings,


Summary of DEBKA Exclusives, March 22, 2013

March 15, 2013 Briefs:

•    US to deploy 14 extra interceptors against NKorean – not Iranian - missiles
The US will deploy 14 additional ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska and California following a North Korean threat of a preemptive missile strike against America. DEBKAfile: Although Obama admitted Thursday that Iran could achieve a nuclear weapon within a year, he last year dismantled the European segment of the US missile shield against Iran although it was part of the US defense system protecting Israel.
•    Ten Palestinians detained for highway stone-throwing
An Israeli mother and her three small daughters – aged 6, 4 and 2 - were badly injured when rocks thrown at Highway 5 traffic near Ariel Thursday night caused their car to swerve and crash into a truck. The youngest child aged 2 was still fighting for her life Friday, 10 suspects were detained in raids of two Palestinian villages southeast of Qalqilya. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered a crackdown on the stone-throwers plaguing West Bank road traffic for sometime.

March 16, 2013 Briefs:

Jordan: At least 15 killed in bus crash
Most of the 15 dead and up to 20 wounded were Palestinian pilgrims on their way back from Mecca to the West Bank.

France, UK flout US on arms to Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report
16 March. Britain and France have for the first time parted ways with the US policy against sending Western arms to Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. As the EU summit in Brussels voted March 14 against their motion to lift the Syrian arms embargo, DEBKAfile reveals that Jordan’s top soldier arrived in Brussels to discuss shipping British arms through his country – and to which rebel groups. France’s Francois Hollande evened the score for Barack Obama’s lack of military support for his Mali expedition. Even so, the EU voted against the UK-French motion.

March 17, 2013 Briefs:

•    Iran launches home-made destroyer in Caspian Sea
The Jamaran 2 1420-ton destroyer, powered by a 20000-horsepower engine, with a speed of 30 knots, able to carry helicopters, both guided surface to surface and surface to air missiles and torpedoes, was launched in the northern port of Bandar Anzali Sunday.
•    Gilead Erdan takes Homeland Defense Ministry
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is lining up members of his own Likud-Israel Beitenu for jobs in his new cabinet before it is sworn in Monday. Former Environment Minister in the last cabinet has been appointed Homeland Defense and Communications Minister responsible also for the Broadcasting Authority.
•    Turkey, Kurdish PKK close to ceasefire
Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said Friday that if peace talks between the Ankara government and the imprisoned PKK Kurdish separatis leader Abdullah Ocalan continue to make progress, it is very likely that a ceasefire in the long conflict will be announced as soon as March 21.

Netanyahu’s new government – a test of survival
DEBKAfile Special Report
17 March. Binyamin Netanyahu’s third government gets down to its first order of business Tuesday, March 19. Does anyone know what that business is? No, because each of the four components of this roughly welded coalition government has its own well-defined political, social, economic and religious agenda. Melding them all into agreed guidelines for action is obviously a Herculean - or even an impossible - task, which is why some top people in Jerusalem are betting that it won’t survive its first year.
Moshe Yaalon as new defense minister plans to redesign the IDF as a national army better suited to the exigencies of the 21st century and the wars of the future.
The former TV anchor Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid – Future) has made his political debut with a leap to the top government echelon as finance minister. He campaigned loudly for military service for all, including the ultra-Orthodox and Israeli Arabs and benefits for the middle class. Now he must sit down to draft a state budget with heavy spending cuts at top speed.
Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, came in from the political cold to join the government as Justice Minister claiming that all she really wanted was to promote and lead peace talks with the Palestinians. She is strongly opposed by Naftali Bennett, who revived the fortunes of the veteran National Religious Party by repackaging it as the pro-settlement Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home).

Tehran: All our options on the table if attacked. Go home, Obama!
DEBKAfile Special Report
17 March. Two messages wee addressed to President Barack Obama by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri: 1 “Our commanders have been authorized to respond to any kind of hostile move by the enemy.” DEBKAfile notes that Iranian officers are also deployed in Syria and Lebanon. 2. And a mocking “Mr Obama, make no mistake. We too have all our options on the table. Before you get deeper in the region’s quagmire, go back home!”
Iranian officials are behaving exactly like their North Korean partners – with threats for any statements they don’t like.

March 18, 2013 Briefs:

•    New Israeli government’s guidelines endorsed
The Knesset voted by a majority of 68 to approve and 38 against the program Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented for his third government at the parliamentary ceremony Monday for the swearing in of the 22 new ministers: "The new government's first priority is to defend the security of the country and its citizens," he said. The ultra-Orthodox factions, excluded for the first time for government, walked out in protest when Netanyahu rose to speak.
•    Israeli injured in Palestinian drive-by shooting
Fire was opened from a Palestinian vehicle against an 71-year old Israeli man waiting for a lift outside Kedummim, north of Ramallah Monday. He was hit in the leg. Security forces are hunting the Palestinian car and shooters.

Two more Likudniks get high-sounding ministerial jobs
18 March. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu added the last two ministerial posts to his cabinet lineup for presentation to and swearing-in before the Knesset Monday afternoon. Silvan Shalom gets Electricity, Water, Negev, Galilee and a seat on team for Palestinian negotiations; Yuval Steinetz (former Finance Minister) – Strategic affairs, responsibility for the Strategic Dialogue with Washington (instead of Gilead Erdan), Intelligence, strengthening the secret services, relations with the UN, and chair of the National Nuclear Energy Commission.
All in all, Netanyahu keeps hand on levers of security, foreign relations, energy.
The West Bank Settlement lobby is strongly represented at key points in government.

Assad to Beirut: Sack Lebanese army chief or more air raids. Jordan feared next
DEBKAfile Special Report
18 March. The Syrian conflict spread in earnest Monday, March 18, when the Syrian Air Force performed bombing runs over Syrian rebel jumping-off bases inside Lebanon and border valleys used for smuggling men and arms into Syria. DEBKAfile reports exclusively: Saturday, Syrian ruler Bashar Assad gave Lebanese President Michel Suleiman 48 hours to sack his chief of staff and expel Syrian rebels from his country – or else face air attack. The ultimatum expired Monday. Lebanon is probably in for expanding Syria air operations against its territory in the coming days.

March 19, 2013 Briefs:
•    More than 56 dead in Baghdad terrorist attacks
A string of coordinated suicide attacks and car bombs in the Shiite suburbs of Baghdad Tuesday have left more than 50 dead and 160 injured. DEBKAfile: The Sunni-Shiite conflict is spilling over with increased force into Iraq after the Syrian Air Force bombed Sunni targets in another of its neighbors, Lebanon, on Monday.

Syria gears up for chemical warfare
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
19 March. Assad is preparing for a chemical attack on rebel forces in Homs, say Western intelligence to DEBKAfile Tuesday, March 19, to save himself from a defeat there during US President Barack Obama’s visit to the region. Damascus apparently set the scene by accusing Syrian rebels of firing a chemical rocket in Aleppo and killing 15 people. Rebels denied this report and charged the regime with delivering a chemical weapon by Scud, from which 20 people died of asphyxia and poisoning. Neither claim was independently verified.

March 20, 2013 Briefs:

•    Obama in Jerusalem: A chemical attack in Syria would be a game-changer
US President Barack Obama said he had ordered a thorough inquiry into the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria on Tuesday. “When you let that genie out of the bottle - a weapon that can cause mass devastation and death - you have to act on the information. I would be deeply skeptical of any claim that the Syrian opposition used chemical weapons.”
Obama and Binyamin Netayahu addressed a news conference after their talks on the first day of his three-day visit to Israel.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will pay his first visit Israel next month. He reported this to Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon when they exchanged congratulations over their new appointments and promised to strengthen cooperation in light of common challenges in the Middle East.

Obama, Netanyahu divided on Iran, Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report
20 March. President Barack Obama was greeted on his arrival in Israel midday Wednesday, March 20 with unprecedented ceremonial honors and fanfare. However, the omens augured major differences with his hosts. In the 48 hours before his arrival in Israel, Syria for the first time bombed targets inside Lebanon and fired a chemical warhead at Aleppo. While Israel is acutely concerned by this escalation just across its frontiers, the Obama administration withheld a practical response. They are also divided on the handling of Iran’s nuclear program, accusing the US of allowing Iran to advance on his track toward two types of nuclear bombs, one fueled by enriched uranium and the other by plutonium.

DEBKAfile:  Agent 15 “choking gas” used lethally in Aleppo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
20 March. DEBKAfile reports from western military sources that present in the rocket which exploded in the Aleppo neighborhood of Khan al-Assal Tuesday March 19 were phosphorus, chlorine and Agent 15 or BZ. Although the Assad regime and the Syrian rebels charged each other with firing the rocket, which killed 15-31 people and injured more than a hundred, it was not possible to verify which side was responsible. The White House denied it was the rebels, while Moscow backed Damascus by insisting that it was.

March 21, 2013 Briefs:

•    Suicide bomber kills senior pro-Assad cleric in Damascus mosque
Syrian TV reports Sheikh Mohammed Said Ramadan al-Buti was killed in an explosion caused by a suicide bomber in the Iman Mosque in the central Mazraa district of Damascus Thursday. At least 20 people died in the attack.
•    Obama speech cheered on warm ties, heckled on Palestinians
Visiting US President Barack Obama, addressing Israel students in Jerusalem, said politicians don’t take risks unless urged by their people. His audience rose and cheered him when he said Israel has the right to exist and is not going anywhere. You are not alone, he said in Hebrew; America is Israel’s greatest friend. America will do what it must to prevent a nuclear Iran, he said. But shouts of protest were heard amid the applause when he called for peace and justice for the Palestinians and declared there would be no security for Israel without peace.
•    Khamenei: Iran will destroy Tel Aviv, Haifa if attacked
"At times the officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in an address Thursday as US President Barack Obama was addressing Israeli students in Jerusalem.
•    Russian fleet abandons Tartus, docks in Beirut
Moscow issued a confused statement Thursday, reflecting uncertainty about the situation in Syria: “The escalating conflict in Syria and [doubts] about the entry of Russian ships into the port of Tartus forced us to search for safer ports [for docking], and one of them is Beirut. Tartus continues to be the only official [facility] for Russian ships [in the Mediterranean].” The statement went on to say: “Once events in Syria become more predictable, we will be able to [come to] a position on continuing the use of Tartus.”
•    Obama in Ramallah: We will not give up on two states
After his talks in Ramallah Thursday with Palestinian leaders, US President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge not to give up on efforts to establish an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel. It may take time, he said, but in the end, it will happen.
•    Four Gaza rockets hit Sderot as Obama visits Israel
Two of the rockets fired from Gaza early Thursday landed in the town, one in the backyard of a home causing damage to property but no casualties immediately reported.

March 22, 2013 Briefs:

•    US President ends Israel visit, flies to Amman
US President Barack Obama rounded off his three-day visit to Israel Friday afternoon with a last meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a formal leave taking ceremony. They held a fourth unscheduled conversation at Ben Gurion Airport when the prime minister and president Peres saw him off. Amman is Obama’s last stop on his current trip for talks with King Abdullah on the Syrian crisis and reactivating the Israel-Palestinian peace process. John Kerry who accompanied the president will return to Jerusalem Saturday night with a report for Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Obama, Netanyahu grant Iran another three months’ grace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
22 March. President Barack Obama persuaded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in their talks in Jerusalem this week to give Tehran three more months to work through nuclear diplomacy with the P5+1 group of world powers, DEBKAfile discloses. This grace period expires after Iran’s June 24 presidential election, although military action against its nuclear sites may not necessarily follow the next day. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, however, warned Thursday, March 21, that if attacked, “the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”