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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  The purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of deception from a Biblical perspective.

 January 14 - John Paul II's beatification approved for May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
Is the past pope really a saint or is he just a man who put his pants on just like any other man? Why is it that people are obsessed with following men? In the Bible, a saint is any person who places their trust in Jesus alone. The pope's motto was to "trust in Mary." So should this make him a saint?
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was Mary the mother of Jesus. She bore the Savior but she is not the Savior. It seems that Roman Catholicism is a religion built on the ideas of men who follow a man and not Jesus. If the Roman Catholic hierarchy makes Pope John Paul II a saint, they will have made a serious mistake.

The much-anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place on May 1, the Sunday after Easter, the Vatican announced.

The healing of a French nun with Parkinson's disease is to go down in history as the miracle that made John Paul II a "blessed." The title is given to martyrs and other Christians to whom a miracle has been officially attributed, thus bringing them one step closer to sainthood.

In what some have called "record time," the Pope's cause was seemingly expedited through the trials to prove his sainthood. Fr. Lombardi admitted that the cause for the Pope was "facilitated" because of his "great fame of sanctity."

The staff at St. Peter's Basilica is already preparing for what is sure to be a grand occasion, drawing pilgrims from all over the globe. Workers are already cleaning the mosaics in the Chapel of St. Sebastian, just next to Michelangelo's Pietà, where the soon-to-be "blessed's" body will lie. John Paul II's body will be taken from the crypt below and set below the chapel's altar.

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 February 18 - Churches Open Doors to Muslim Worship
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christianity Uniting With Other Religions

They see it as their Christian duty. But others disagree, saying it extends the hand of fellowship where it was never intended to go.

Two Protestant churches are taking some heat from critics for opening their church buildings to Muslims needing places to worship because their own facilities were either too small, or under construction.

Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenn., let members of the Memphis Islamic Center hold Ramadan prayers there last September. And Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va., allows the Islamic Circle of North America to hold regular Friday prayers in their building while their new mosque is being built.

Diane Bechtol of Aldersgate says this is something Christians are called to do: Be neighborly and develop relationships - even those who don't share your beliefs.

But Dr. Alex McFarland, a Christian theologian and radio talk show host, charged these churches "have crossed the line from respect and tolerance, to ... affirmation and endorsement.  "We as the church are called to show love, we're called to help. But to let a building simultaneously be used for the activities of a mosque and also the activities of Jesus Christ, it's just incompatible. And I think it's one more example of political correctness and hyper-tolerance gone awry."

Elsanousi is National Community Outreach Director of the Islamic Society of North America. He says "allowing people the freedom of worship is respectful and strengthens the relationship."

That trend may continue as the Muslim population across the U.S. continues to grow. Mosque construction is at an all-time high. As of September, there were 1,897 mosques in the United States, a 57 percent increase since 2000.

McFarland says the groups run the risk of creating something called "Chrislam" - a combination of the two faiths that essentially ignores the big white elephant in the room: the exclusive claims of both Christianity and Islam.

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 News Alert - February 16 - Saddleback's Rick Warren to host ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair
 Article: One World Government

Comment from Understand the Times:
A commentary regarding the coming great meeting with Tony Blair and Rick Warren, March 6, 2011, will be published soon on Lighthouse Trails' website and written by Roger Oakland. For now, it can be said, this alliance is what it is. 
Anyone with half a clue should be able to discern that there is no gospel in doing good, and that Rick Warren's peace plan is the one found in the Bible regarding the last days that sets up the Antichrist. Warren and Blair both seem to be bent on working with the pope in order to establish the Kingdom along with Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and some in Calvary Chapel who believe that the American Founding Fathers were Christians and therefore America is a Christian nation. 
Such nonsense is being promoted by people like David Barton who is toted by some as the savior of America. 
Warren and Blair along with the President of Rwanda are on the same board to establish the first Purpose Drive nation. It will not be long now until they will be establishing the 666 plan to establish the New World Order, the One World Religion and the One World Economy. 
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will appear with Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in March, the mega church pastor announced to his congregation.
"Write this down: March 6," Warren told his congregation over the weekend. "We will hold the next Civil Forum and present the annual International PEACE medal. My guest will be former Prime Minister Tony Blair."
"We're going to ... talk about spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic diseases, and illiteracy and education. These are the five problems the PEACE Plan is designed to (address)," Warren told his congregation.
The PEACE plan was established by Warren in 2005 as a program of local and international missionary aid. The acronym stands for: Plant churches, Equip servant leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, and Educate the next generation.
Warren also is expected to award the former Prime Minister with Saddleback Church's International Medal of PEACE. The award is given to individuals who exemplify outstanding contributions toward alleviating the issues addressed by the PEACE plan, Warren said.
The event is an element of the church's seventh Civil Forum. Saddleback launched its Civil Forum in 2008. The forums - intended to promote personal responsibility, social civility and spiritual maturity - feature world leaders in science, religion, health, business, education, the arts, entertainment and government, according to the forum's website.

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 February 19 - 'WE ARE A CHURCH ON FIRE': Eucharistic Adoration transforms Acushnet parish
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
If you ever wanted an example of heretical "Christian" doctrine", the following article takes the cake. It is tragic that some people are so gullible to believe the kinds of things that are being shoved down their throats in the name of Christ. Jesus foretold that this strong delusion would be occurring as one of the signs that we are in the last days. The last days are upon us. God forbid if biblical Christians don't stand up and warn those who are being deluded.
A little church in a small town, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was facing tough times. Today, St. Francis Xavier is one of the most vibrant parishes in the diocese with standing-room only Masses, confessional lines, a busload of parishioners participating in the March for Life, and an abundance of freewill donations that will make them debt-free by April.

"Jesus is on the property," said Mary Cardoza, the spark that inflamed the parish. "We are a church on fire."

It was on a group pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Chapel in Stockbridge, where she had a life-changing experience. A message board of activities listed "Eucharistic Adoration".

"What's Adoration?" she asked the group. "Jesus is really in the Eucharist," they answered. "But what do you do?" she asked. "You talk to Him," they said. "Okay, so I go in there, kneel down and something happens - a spiritual experience. I'm on fire for an hour,' she said." I knew without a doubt Jesus was in the Eucharist. He was real. We were connected."

"Personally, I think Adoration is the best kept secret," she told them. "I give Him all my problems; He gives me answers. I give Him all my fears; He gives me peace beyond any human understanding. I give Him my tears; He gives me joy. If you're looking for a place to refuel with God's graces to get through another hectic week, then Adoration is the place to be."

"Monsignor looked at me and said, 'Adoration in an exit hall? Put Jesus in the church,'" recalled Cardoza. "He loves Jesus with his whole heart and soul, and he loves his people. He puts Eucharist first and makes it the center, which brought the people back. As soon as he put Jesus in the church, Adoration exploded."

"Adoration has improved every aspect of my life, one of which is that my marriage has been restored," said Charbonneau. "I'm no longer in a state of constant worry about situations I have no control over. I don't know what the future holds, but I find great comfort in knowing the One who does."

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 Article: One World Government

Comment from Understand the Times:
For those CC pastors who believe that America is a Christian nation founded by Christian Founding Fathers, this article should be a wake up call. America is about as Christian as the pope is a Protestant. Speaking of the pope, he has a plan to set up a One World Religion and the President of the USA has a plan to have the USA join the New World Order and the One World Economy.
By the way, Canada is not better. Nor are the European nations. It is time to wake up and smell the roses.
What the United States has become is the United States Corporation.
This corporation is not led by the president. He is but the agent and so are so many members of the House and Senate in both parties who are part of the tentacles of a mammoth octopus of international corporate, political and financial interests that have long planned to restructure the entire economies of nations into a world order of countries without borders.
The realistic fact is that the congress is so corrupted because lobbyists represent corporate, financial, international and other special interests through bribery. They have more influence than any Heritage Foundation or Tea Party group. The result of this corruption destroys national sovereignty and independence to a point that only chaos can soon follow and the beacon on the hill is in the process of collapsing into the grubby hands of those who desire to restructure it. 

So who really runs this country and the leadership of our Government both in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Oval Office? The controllers are centered in Europe and the strategists are centered in the Bilderberg Group. The imbedded old money still is in the hands of the monarchists whose intrigues are linked to money and power and the formulators are central bankers with power to destroy any plan, any democratic republic that would get in the way of world government of their choosing. 
To gain some perspective of how the President Obama fits the plans for the New World Order, Henry Kissinger, a key elder along with David Rockefeller of the Bilderberg remarked that global upheaval presents 'great opportunity' posted January 6, 2009. "The president elect is coming into office at a moment when there is upheaval in many parts of the world simultaneously" He continued: You have India, Pakistan; you have the jihadist movement. So he can't really say there is one problem, that it's the most important one, but can give new impetus to American foreign policy partly because the reception of him is so extraordinary around the world. His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, in reality, a new world order can be created. It's a great opportunity; it isn't just a crisis."
The organization that carries out the strategies of the Bilderberg meetings is the Council on Foreign Relations whose members are in both political parties in congress and at every key management level within the hierarchy of our government. It is in the Military at the highest levels. It is evident that those who subscribe to the objective of world government are selected for promotion to the highest positions. General Powell is a blatant example.


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 February 20 - Superbug named New Delhi to make westerners afraid of offshore medical tourism
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
Medical mania is one more way that a New World Order can control people with propaganda. Propaganda is the way you can control the masses. This is what to expect in these days in which we live that can be understood in light of the Bible.
The industry of western medicine is steeped in corruption, dishonesty and dirty tricks. One of those dirty tricks became apparent recently when it was revealed that a superbug discovered by western researchers was given the name "New Delhi" in order to make westerners fearful of medical tourism in India.

Medical tourism, you see, is hurting the profits of western hospitals and medical clinics who vastly overcharge for their services. By traveling to India or other countries, patients from western nations can receive virtually identical medical care at a small fraction of the price normally charged in America or other western nations. But the conventional medical industry cannot tolerate people having a free choice about much of anything, so they engage in dirty tricks to scare people into buying health care services at monopolistic prices.

One of the more recent dirty tricks involves the discovery of a drug-resistant superbug in several UK patients. Because some of those patients (but not all) had traveled to India, the UK researcher decided to disparage India's medical tourism industry and name the superbug "New Delhi." Or, more specifically, "New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1)."

The name of this superbug was chosen to link "superbug" with "India" and "medical tourism," thereby scaring people away from even thinking of traveling to India for medical tourism.

Does anyone seriously think Horton would have allowed a superbug to be named "London" without considering the implications? Of course not. So why would he use the name "New Delhi" which is the geopolitical equivalent?

So there you have it: A superbug named to discredit medical tourism, a weak apology from a medical journal editor but no action to change the name. So this superbug will continue to be called "New Delhi" and it will continue to discredit the entire nation of India which, of course, was the whole idea to begin with.


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 February 19 - Megan Quinn: Visiting minister separates Jesus from Christ
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Robin Meyers wants people to stop worshipping Christ -- and he is not afraid to say so.  Meyers is not anti-religion, and he is not an atheist. In fact, he's a United Church of Christ minister and published author on religious and political topics. When he visits Boulder this weekend, he will explain his polarizing view.

In his recent book, Meyers argues that Jesus, as a human, was a perfect example of kindness, love and selflessness. Yet today's view centers around Christ -- a divine being born of a virgin who was resurrected from the dead. The dogmatic shift has diverted Christians' gaze from compassion to condemnation and sin, he said.

"We are looking for a teacher, not a savior," he wrote in his recent book, "Saving Jesus From the Church: How to Stop Worshipping Christ and Following Jesus."

Meyers is known for his criticism of evangelical Christianity's focus on salvation. He says that Christians do not need to believe in Jesus' ascension into heaven, birth of a virgin mother or position as the son of God. Instead, he says Christians can strengthen their faith by following Jesus' actions as outlined in the Bible -- not by following rhetoric he believes was created by the church to punish sin.

Alan Johnson, a United Church of Christ minister who has known Meyers for 20 years, said Meyers' approach is fresh and insightful. Johnson believes that the Bible shows Jesus' compassion and generosity as a guide for how others should live their lives.

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 February 22 - Get ready for a 'global Katrina': Biggest ever solar storm could cause power cuts which last for MONTHS
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

The world is overdue a ferocious 'space storm' that could knock out communications satellites, ground aircraft and trigger blackouts - causing hundreds of billions of pounds of damage, scientists say.

Astronomers today warned that mankind is now more vulnerable to a major solar storm than at any time in history - and that the planet should prepare for a global Katrina-style disaster.

A massive eruption of the sun would save waves of radiation and charged particles to Earth, damaging the satellite systems used for synchronising computers, airline navigation and phone networks.

If the storm is powerful enough it could even crash stock markets and cause power cuts that last weeks or months, experts told the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The chances of a disruption from space are getting stronger because the sun is entering the most active period of its 11 to 12-year natural cycle. Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's chief scientific adviser, said: 'The issue of space weather has got to be taken seriously. We've had a relatively quiet period of space weather - but we can't expect that quiet period to continue.

'At the same time over that period the potential vulnerability of our systems has increased dramatically, whether it is the smart grid in our electricity systems or the ubiquitous use of GPS in just about everything we use these days.

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 February 24 - Gas prices expected to hit $1.20 a litre today
 Article: Miscellaneous

The volatile situation in Libya and popular uprisings in the Middle East are being blamed for a sharp rise in gas and oil prices in the past 48 hours.

After gas prices at the pump rose 1.8 cents on Wednesday, they were expected to rise another 3.6 cents today, bringing the price of regular unleaded to $1.20 cents a litre. The price of crude oil is at a two and a half year high at $98.10 US per barrel. For every $1 increase in the price of crude, gas prices go up 0.6 cents.

The spike in gas prices is caused by stock market speculators in crude oil futures creating unnecessary panic because of the unrest in Libya, experts say.

Canada imports no oil from Libya and oil reserves in Canada are at a 10-year high, so the speculators are fueling an artificial situation as the per barrel price of oil approaches the $100 US per barrel mark.

Economists are warning that if the price of crude oil continues to rise, it will sharply impact the world economy and bring an abrupt halt to the modest gains made in many countries since the 2009 recession.

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 February 24 - Syria's nuclear prowess underestimated
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Satellite photographs indicate Syria has resumed construction of nuclear facilities since a reactor was bombed by Israel in September 2007, officials said.

Additionally, Syria's nuclear program was considerably more advanced than previously believed, a report by the Institute for Science and International Security said.

Syria has refused to let the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect the site near the town of Marj as Sultan near Damascus. "With no substantial cooperation from Syria, the IAEA's director-general should clearly conclude that Syria may have egregiously violated its safeguards agreement and call for a special inspection of these four sites," a report released by ISIS said.

The report said the facility's current use is unknown.  Ynetnews.com reported when inspectors visited the bombed al-Kibar site in May 2008 they found traces of uranium, indicating the reactor there was near completion.

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 February 18 - Destructive cyber attack inevitable: NSA chief
 Article: Miscellaneous

The US National Security Agency (NSA) chief on Thursday urged top computer security specialists to harden the nation's critical infrastructure against inevitable destructive cyber attacks.

"This is an important time," NSA and Cyber Command director Gen. Keith Alexander said during a presentation at a premier RSA Conference in San Francisco. "Most of the destructive tools being developed haven't been used; we need to use this window of opportunity to develop defenses."

Two days earlier, Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn gave a similar warning, saying the capability clearly exists for malicious software to cause real-world damage at power plants, water supplies and other vital points.

"Few weapons in the history of warfare, once created, have gone unused," Lynn said during a speech at RSA. "It is possible to imagine attacks on military networks or critical infrastructure-like our transportation system and energy sector-that cause severe economic damage, physical destruction, or even loss of life."

"I believe we have the talent to build cyber security that protects our civil liberties and privacy," he said. "We can and must do both."

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 February 20 - Extremist cleric to lead White House protest calling for Muslims to 'rise up and establish Islamic state in America'
 Article: Miscellaneous

A hardline Muslim cleric who sparked anger across the U.S. with his anti-American comments in a television interview this month is to hold a protest outside the White House.

British extremist Anjem Choudary - who once said 'the flag of Islam will fly over the White House' - has announced he will lead a demonstration calling on Muslims to establish the Sharia law across America.

The rally, planned for March 3, is to take place just weeks after his on-screen row with Fox News presenter Sean Hannity. Mr Choudary, 43, called Americans 'the biggest criminals in the world today.' The former leader of outlawed group Islam4UK told the Daily Star 'we expect thousands to come out and support us.'

Mr Choudary told the newspaper: 'The event is a rally, a call for the Sharia, a call for the Muslims to rise up and ­establish the Islamic state in America.'

'It is only right the call is made in the heart of Western ­civilization in front of the biggest pharaoh that ­exists today, which is Barack Obama.'

He added: 'I think the American people's hearts and minds are open to receive Islam as an alternative way of life. We expect thousands to come out and

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 February 24 - Supreme Court Immunizes Vaccine Makers Against Lawsuits
 Article: Miscellaneous

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court voted to protect pharmaceutical companies from liability when their vaccines cause debilitating injuries and death. The high court majority considers vaccines "unavoidably unsafe" and was worried about drug makers being sued and obligated to compensate their vaccine victims. Instead of opting to protect children, the Supreme Court chose to safeguard the financial interests of the multi-billion dollar vaccine industry.

The ruling was a defeat for Hannah Bruesewitz, who suffered from a severe brain injury, developmental delays, and a lifelong seizure disorder after receiving a mandated DPT vaccine. She was denied compensation by the U.S. Court of Claims, which administers the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
After being rejected by the U.S. Court of Claims (following several years of adversarial litigation), Hannah's attorneys sued in civil court, providing evidence that the DPT vaccine manufacturer, Wyeth-Lederle, had the technology to produce a less reactive, purified pertussis vaccine but declined to do so. However, the Supreme Court has now declared that justice cannot be sought in American courtrooms.

According to Barbara Loe Fisher of the
National Vaccine Information Center, "This is a sad day for all Americans forced by law to use dozens of doses of vaccines or be barred from school or health insurance or employment. The only leverage left to American consumers to ensure that vaccines with the fewest health risks are produced is to oppose vaccine mandates and work to defend vaccine exemptions in all public health laws."

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 February 23 - Gates Foundation controls media through massive journalism grants
 Article: Miscellaneous

Most major newspapers and media outlets in the world are owned by a handful of multinational corporate giants, who together control the content of what is distributed to the masses. But a recent report in The Seattle Times questions the influence the world's most powerful foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), has on the media as well. The foundation donates billions of dollars every year to fund "advocacy and policy" programs, and much of this money ends up being distributed as direct payments to media outlets who advocate for the foundation's interests.

While much of what the BMGF does and says is wrapped in philanthropic language and problem-solving rhetoric, many of its policies, including its support of mass
vaccination and genetically-modified organisms (GMO), present a clear conflict of interest when the foundation's dollars get mixed up in what is ideally supposed to be unbiased journalism.  And many are now questioning how severely these payoffs are influencing the media's handling of important and controversial issues.

According to the Seattle Times report, BMGF donates millions every year to media groups like ABC, The Guardian, The New York Times, PBS, and even The Seattle Times. BMGF also spends millions of dollars training journalists in how to properly advocate for foundation interests, and craft media messages in such a way as to further the foundation's agendas. So rather than presenting news, many BMGF-funded journalists now present carefully-crafted BMFG talking points to viewers and readers.

Well, concerning BMGF's open endorsement of widespread vaccinations in developing nations, for instance, Bill Gates late last year explained how the vaccination agenda is part of an overall plan to reduce the world's population (
http://www.naturalnews.com/029911_v...). This fact alone shows that BMGF's goals are not exactly benign.

Then, there is BMGF's promotion of GMOs, and its close alliance with biotechnology giant
Monsanto. BMGF has allied with Monsanto on many occasions, including recently purchasing 500,000 shares of stock in Monsanto's experimental vaccine nanotechnology, supporting the development of genetically-modified mosquitoes (http://www.naturalnews.com/030940_B...), and funding efforts to spread Monsanto's GM seeds throughout developing Africa in order to allegedly solve hunger and starvation (http://www.naturalnews.com/029071_B...

"We're not dealing with a lively discussion among players," he emphasized.
"We're dealing with one gigantic entity ... that seems to be very skilled at promoting its agenda."

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 February 20 - 6 Charts Which Prove That Central Banks All Over The Globe Are Recklessly Printing Money
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
Printing money by central banks of various nations is part of the plan to wipe out the world economy and to make precious metals as the standard. This means that the US dollar and the Canadian dollar will some day become as valuable as toilet paper - maybe less valuable if that is all you have to use for you know what.
If the U.S. dollar is being devalued so rapidly, then why does it sometimes increase in value against other global currencies?  Well, it is because everybody is recklessly printing money now.  The 6 charts which you are about to see below prove this.  The truth is that it is not just the U.S. Federal Reserve which has been printing money like there is no tomorrow.  Out of control money printing has also been happening in the UK, in the EU, in Japan, in China and in India.  There are times when one particular global currency will fall faster than the others, but the reality is that they are all being rapidly devalued.  Unfortunately, this is a recipe for a global economic nightmare.

Paper money is no longer considered to be safe.  All over the globe investors are watching all of the reckless money printing that has been going on and they are becoming alarmed.  An increasing number of investors and financial institutions are putting their wealth into hard assets that are real and tangible in an effort to preserve their wealth.

These charts show how central banks all over the globe have been recklessly printing money.  Over the last 30 years virtually the entire world has developed a great love affair with fiat currency....So is everyone printing money?

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 February 22 - A new food crisis is on our plates
 Article: Signs Of The Last Tmes

Comment from Understand the Times:
Food prices that are out of control are manipulated by those in control. Those in control, control not only the food prices but also the cost of producing the food and what farmers get for their produce
The world has entered a new food crisis. Prices have surged, contributing to unrest in the Arab world. The president of the World Bank, the former US deputy secretary of state Bob Zoellick, last week warned that global food prices are at "dangerous levels."

It's part two of the crisis that started in 2007-08, which led to food riots in 18 countries. Prices in 2008 reached their highest since 1845, in inflation-adjusted terms, according to the Economist magazine's index, before slumping. The crisis seemed to have solved itself.

But last month, global food prices actually broke the record, according to the experts at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. Over the past year the price of corn has risen 52 per cent, wheat 49 per cent and soybeans 28 per cent.

Rising food prices have pushed an extra 44 million people into poverty in the past seven months, according to the World Bank. It's even being felt in the rich world. In Australia, the opposition hopes to capitalise on it: "The year will begin and end with Australian families facing an ever-rising cost of living," the Liberal Party's Joe Hockey said in a speech last week.

Alarmed at spiking food prices, a score of countries, including big food suppliers such as Russia and Ukraine, have banned food exports to make sure they can feed their own people first.  At the same time, the British government's chief scientific officer, Sir John Beddington, declared that "the case for urgent action in the global food system is now compelling".

There are old and new problems. The most glaring of the old include protectionism in the richest countries. The European Union spends about $365 billion every year subsidising uneconomic farmers and shutting out food exports. The US and Japan are almost as bad. Then there is poverty: 1 billion people who subsist on $1 a day cannot afford to buy food.

There are three new problems. One is the "financialisation" of food. Big investors have come to treat the major traded commodities - including food - as instruments of portfolio investment and speculation. Another new problem is biofuels. Some 40 per cent of the US corn crop, enough to feed 350 million people, goes to make fuel for cars. A third new problem - or perhaps just a recurring one - is extreme weather. If this is just cyclical, it will pass. If it's climate change, it will not.

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