November 10 - November 16, 2008 
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 November 9 - Spiritual leaders gather in Aspen / Group hopes to discover collective voice
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from UTT:
The spiritual climate of America is changing as the following article indicates! Spiritual leaders from several faiths met together in Aspen to discuss the new climate that will bring all religions together for peace, hope and prosperity. We strongly suggest that you read the entire article to see where the future of Bible believing Christianity will be headed.
ASPEN - About 150 spiritual leaders from around the world have descended upon Aspen, working together over four days to form a collective voice of peace in an effort to bring healing to the nation, which is facing unprecedented challenges.

Organizers said that during the past several years, the nation has become politically and religiously polarized. The initiative is an effort to end the divisions by tapping the values shared by all religious traditions and focusing on the vision of unity.

Dr. Tom Coburn, president of Naropa University in Boulder, said he has found the summit to be extremely significant in that it has recognized people's commonalties and celebrated their differences.

The goal is to find a new vehicle for religious leaders so their collective voices can provide guidance in times of crisis and be an inspiration for a new type of activism, based on love and compassion, rather than fear and anger.

Organizers said that the religious voice of the Fundamental Christian Right has dominated the country for several years and it represents a minority of Americans. That's why the initiative conducted an extensive search
to find respected leaders from the Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, contemplative Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths - who aren't advocating for the superiority of one faith, themselves or their churches.

"We have come together across spiritual lines, because that is where the great mystical energy resides," said Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW).

The summit wraps up today, starting with meditation and yoga at the Aspen Meadows Gym. Discussions begin 9 a.m. The day's activities close at 4 p.m. with an inter-spiritual ceremony.

Merriam said she hopes the spiritual coalition will gain momentum in the coming months and contribute to the nation's most pressing challenges, and ultimately lead to a paradigm shift in the world's leadership.

"A new spiritual energy is emerging in the country," she said. "Just as the political landscape is changing, so too is the spiritual landscape. We must tap this new energy to gain a forward looking vision of how to advance our national well

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 November 10 - Olmert: We must cede parts of Jerusalem
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
The further division of the nation Israel and Jerusalem will be a catalyst that will bring about God's hand in the last days scenario that is foretold in the Bible. 
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday used a Jerusalem memorial ceremony for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin to reiterate that Israel must be willing to cede parts of the capital.

"If we want to keep Israel Jewish and democratic, we need to give up parts of the homeland we have dreamed about for generations and [mentioned] in our prayers, even Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and to return to a 1967 Israel with certain amendments," he said, at the state ceremony on Mount Herzl, where Rabin is buried.

"The decision must be made now. The moment of truth has arrived. There is no escaping it, but [the opportunity] can be missed. If, God forbid, we dither, we will lose the support for the idea of two states. There is no need to expand on the alternative   Rabin will win," he continued.

"Every government must tell the truth and this truth will unfortunately make us divide many parts of the homeland, in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights," he told the Knesset. "Whoever thinks that it's possible to duck out of a decision and also to continue to build ties with Arab and Muslim counties, like we are doing today, is living in a dream."

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 November 10 - Brown says time to build global society
 Article: One World Government

Comment from UTT:
The path to a global economic New World Order that will involve the cooperative effort of major nations around the world is becoming more and more apparent fulfilling Biblical prophecy.
LONDON (Reuters) - The international financial crisis has given world leaders a unique opportunity to create a truly global society, Prime Minister Gordon Brown will say in a keynote foreign policy speech on Monday.

In his annual speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, Brown -- who has spearheaded calls for the reform of international financial institutions -- will say Britain, the United States and Europe are key to forging a new world order.

"The alliance between Britain and the U.S. -- and more broadly between Europe and the U.S. -- can and must provide leadership, not in order to make the rules ourselves, but to lead the global effort to build a stronger and more just international order," an excerpt from the speech says.

"Uniquely in this global age, it is now in our power to come together so that 2008 is remembered not just for the failure of a financial crash that engulfed the world but for the resilience and optimism with which we faced the storm, endured it and prevailed," Brown will say in his speech on Monday evening. "...And if we learn from our experience of turning unity of purpose into unity of action, we can together seize this moment of change in our world to create a truly global society."

Brown will also identify five stages for tackling the economy, starting with recapitalising banks so they can resume lending to families and businesses, and better international co-ordination of fiscal and monetary policy.

He also wants immediate action to stop the spread of the financial crisis to middle-income countries, with a new facility for the International Monetary Fund, and agreement on a global trade deal, as well as reform of the global financial system.

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 November 10 - G20 leaders to struggle to reshape global economy
 Article: One World Government

Comment from UTT:
Reading the current news items of our day, at times, seem to be surreal. Global events are unfolding that Bible Prophecy scholars were warning about decades ago. However, as these events take place, there are fewer and fewer who understand the significance of the events because Bible prophecy is meaningless to them. The new global economic order that will set up a one world monetary system with a common currency is just around the corner.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - World leaders will struggle to overcome differences at next weekend's emergency summit on how to reshape the global financial system and give a greater voice to developing nations.

The G20 meeting in Brazil's business capital also exposed opposing views on how to regulate financial markets and the role institutions like the International Monetary Fund should play in overseeing a new global economic order.

France, which holds the rotating European Union presidency, is leading a drive for tough new regulations and oversight in financial markets. Many countries want to beef up the IMF and some want to give it a regulatory surveillance role.

"I think everybody has in mind that we really need the world leadership to take action," he said.

In a rare show of unity, the so-called BRIC club of fast- growing emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- issued a joint statement on Friday calling for a heftier role in shaping the new global financial architecture.

Brazil also called for the G20 to replace the rich-nation G7 as the main forum to decide on global economic affairs, a cause that was backed by many developing countries and the IMF's Strauss- Kahn.

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