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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.

 March 5 - Author: New Evangelical Left Pushing Bounds of Christianity
 Article: Social Gospel

In a comparison study with the evangelical right, Cedarville University professor Mark Smith said the youthful evangelical left are pushing the bounds of Christianity to correct what they have determined to be inequality and injustice.

"Primarily when they look at America, they see a land of inequality and that inequality seems to drive much of their political passion," explained Smith. The evangelical left's passion, Smith described, leads them to pursue changes they believe will change America into a just society. "The goal is to bring heaven to earth," he concluded.

The evangelical left, he said, exists at the tip of the leftist spear and encompasses young, left-leaning Christians and liberals. Some of the evangelical left are actual Christians, he described. Smith supposes these are Christians who may also be the rebelling children of the evangelical right. However, not all of the Christian left are believers. Others, he said, define their faith by spiritual experiences and their doctrine, by what their peers mutually agreed upon.

Despite his attempts to define the evangelical left, he said it is too early in the movement to tell who exactly makes up that cohort. But it is clear, he concluded, that the evangelical left are practicing a type of "new gospel" where Jesus is a key political symbol.

"Think of the Lord's prayer: 'Our father in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' For the Christian left, this becomes a political doctrine. Our goal is to take what exists in heaven and to bring it to earth."

Smith noted that President Barack Obama is seen as a figure head of the evangelical left. There are a lot of similarities between Obama and Smith's definition of the Christian left.

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 March 10 - The £6 gallon has arrived: Price of petrol hits historic high
 Article: Miscellaneous

Petrol prices have broken through the £6 a gallon barrier for the first time in history. Soaring oil costs have pushed the UK's average price of unleaded above 132p a litre, figures from the AA reveal.

As some experts predicted the price could hit £7.50 a gallon, the motoring organisation branded the £6.00 mark 'another milestone along the road to higher fuel prices'.

Motoring groups fear there is far worse to come as oil prices soar on the back of instability in the Middle East.  Major car companies are already planning for prices of more than $170 a barrel, though some analysts and speculators have predicted $200 a barrel.

'Lower-income drivers, poorer rural residents, volunteer drivers, youngsters looking to their first jobs are some of the vulnerable groups struggling to stay on the road'. Middle East troubles have brought matters to a head, but the writing's been on the wall for months.'

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: 'Another day, another fuel price record. Now we see the average price of petrol hit the £6 a gallon barrier with no end in sight to the spiralling prices.

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 March 10 - Dalai Lama to quit as political leader
 Article: Miscellaneous

The Dalai Lama has said he plans to step down as political leader of the Tibetan government in exile.

The 76-year-old has long seen himself as "semi-retired" from political leadership with an elected prime minister already in place in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama remains Tibet's spiritual leader.

The formal move, which still needs to be ratified by the parliament-in-exile based in India, should give a new prime minister to be elected this month greater clout on the world stage as they seek Tibetan autonomy from China.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

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 March 12 - Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found
 Article: Miscellaneous

A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain. "This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters. "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," said Freund, a University of Hartford, Connecticut, professor who lead an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis. To solve the age-old mystery, the team used a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis. "We found something that no one else has ever seen before, which gives it a layer of credibility, especially for archeology, that makes a lot more sense," Freund said. Tsunamis in the region have been documented for centuries, Freund says. One of the largest was a reported 10-story tidal wave that slammed Lisbon in November, 1755. Debate about whether Atlantis truly existed has lasted for thousands of years. Plato's "dialogues" from around 360 B.C. are the only known historical sources of information about the iconic city. Plato said the island he called Atlantis "in a single day and night... disappeared into the depths of the sea."

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 Official: Death Toll in Japan Quake 'Likely' to Exceed 10,000
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

The death toll in Japan's earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an official said Sunday, as millions of survivors were left without drinking water, electricity and proper food along the pulverized northeastern coast.

Although the government doubled the number of soldiers deployed in the aid effort to 100,000, it seemed overwhelmed by what's turning out to be a triple disaster: Friday's quake and tsunami damaged two nuclear reactors at a power plant on the coast, and at least one of them appeared to be going through a partial meltdown, raising fears of a radiation leak.

The nuclear crisis posed fresh concerns for those who survived the earthquake and tsunami, which hit with breathtaking force and speed, breaking or sweeping away everything in its path.

According to officials, at least 1,200 people were killed -- including 200 people whose bodies were found Sunday along the coast -- and 739 were missing in the disasters.

The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the initial quake to have a magnitude of 8.9, while Japanese officials raised their estimate on Sunday to 9.0. Either way it was the strongest quake ever recorded in Japan. It has been followed by more than 150 powerful aftershocks.

Teams searched for the missing along hundreds of miles of Japanese coastline, and hundreds of thousands of hungry survivors huddled in darkened emergency centers that were cut off from rescuers and aid. At least 1.4 million households had gone without water since the quake struck and some 2.5 million households were without electricity. Temperatures were to dip near freezing overnight.

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 March 10 - Evangelicals, Mormon Search for Common Ground in Utah
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christianity Uniting With Other Religions

Comment from Understand the Times:
While UTT does not have an office in Utah nor do we spend a lot of time there, we are compelled to comment. Standing together or dialoging together if it is for reasons other than understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the scriptures is fine. However, in this case the danger zone by standing and dialoging is a one way street. 
How about Glen Beck, a prominent Mormon being invited into what was once evangelical pulpit? How about saying that the Founding Fathers of the USA were Christians when they were Mormons and Jesuits?
How about dialoging with religious leaders that have received their insight and faith from fallen angels and men like Joseph Smith, who was a Mason? 
As for UTT we will stand with Jesus and His Word, whatever the cost. This is a small price to pay. Also read this article:
A group of prominent evangelicals will meet with a Mormon leader Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah, for dialogue to better understand each other's faith.

Some of the evangelical leaders involved in the dialogue are: Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary; Craig Williford, president of Trinity International University; and David Neff, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today; among others.

"We hope this time of dialogue with LDS leaders will deepen our understanding of the Mormon faith and contribute to the ongoing work of evangelicals in Utah," said Leith Anderson, NAE President. "For the sake of Christ and his kingdom, we seek to represent biblical evangelicalism to those who wouldn't hear or know. We also look for common ground on issues where we can work together."

Mouw was quoted as saying during that address that evangelicals have often "seriously misrepresented the beliefs and practices of members of the LDS faith."

Standing Together, an evangelical organization that seeks to unite Utah Christians through prayer, worship and outreach, is organizing the talk between evangelical and the LDS leaders. The ministry, which is also the host of the NAE board events, is known for building a relationship of understanding between evangelicals and Mormons and promoting positive theological dialogue between the two faiths.

According to a 2007 Pew Forum survey, only 46 percent of white evangelical Protestants have a positive view of Mormons, compared to 62 percent of white mainline Protestants and 59 percent of white non-Hispanic Catholics.


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 March 14 - Android App and Kit Urge Return to Confession
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

For those who have been away from the sacrament of reconciliation for a long time, but are unsure what to do in order to return, the Penance Project is part of the answer. At the Penance Project Web site, an android app and a penance kit are available for free, full of clear, simple answers and step-by-step guidance for going to confession. 

ZENIT: We can almost begin to speak of a "craze" for promoting confession through technology. What is the benefit of this new fashion in evangelization? 

Morrow: We are part of exciting times in terms of new media and new methods of evangelizing and educating people. Technology, and the ease of access to information through it, has grown quickly and is becoming more widespread each day. I imagine that times were just as exciting, if not more so, when books were becoming widely available through the technology of the printing press. In my mind the benefits of these new methods mirror closely the benefits of the "old." 

ZENIT: Does your zeal for promoting the sacrament of reconciliation come from a personal experience? 

Morrow: Very much so. I was brought into the Church on the Easter Vigil in 1995. Once I correctly understood the sacraments, specifically Eucharist and reconciliation, the zeal was ignited. So much of my ongoing conversion is supported and strengthened by the grace provided by the sacrament of penance. That grace is needed by so many to receive the Eucharist. It is extremely hard to humble yourself before another, confess your sins, and ask God's forgiveness, but once that forgiveness is received, the hardship of the process is well worth it. 

ZENIT: The video testimony at your Web site answers the question "why I am Catholic" in seven minutes. Does the Penance Project have an apologetic aim as well? 

Morrow: I would not say that apologetics is a primary focus, but it is an aspect that can not be left out of our evangelization efforts. There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about the sacrament of reconciliation. Before my conversion I was told things that where completely false. We would like to make researching the true teachings of the Church about reconciliation as easy as we can -- be it through a Web page, a mobile device, social media, a laminated information packet, or any other media through which we can effectively communicate.

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 March 15 - If Muslims ask for Europe's "empty" churches...
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
This article fits in with the Rick Warren and Tony Blair's Global Peace PLAN. They are promoting churches that have a pastor, Inman, Rabi, priest or pastor to teach about peace and bring light in every community. This way all religious differences will be diffused and the antichrist religion for PEACE foretold in the Bible will be established. Eventually, the pope will be able to set up a one world religious temple in Jerusalem for world peace and the man who says that he is God will be able to get his job done
A Muslim group has asked to use the empty churches in France for Muslims to pray in, solving (at the expense of Christians) the traffic problems caused by Muslims who pray in the streets. Fr. Khalial Samir Samir, an expert scholar of Islam, reflects on the embarrassing proposal, calling for Islam in Europe to become more "European" and less "Arab".

In a press release published Friday, March 11, 2011, the "Banlieuses Respect " Collective asked authorities in charge of organization of the Church of France, to place at Muslims' disposal "empty churches for Friday prayers". Hassan M. Ben Barek, a spokesman for the Collective, said the measure would "prevent Muslims from having to pray on the streets" and being "politicians' hostages".

In fact, for several years now, every Friday, alongside dozens of mosques in France, Muslims have blocked the surrounding streets for an hour or two, spreading mats on the roads to pray. In many cases, local authorities close their eyes to this offense, and in some cases the police are there to ensure the safety of those who block the streets. On 10 December, in Lyon, Marine Le Pen (National Front) denounced the  Muslims "street prayers", which led to negative reactions towards the Muslim community in France.

As we said, this is a common practice in Muslim countries. In fact, population growth, as well as a renewed religious fervour, have meant that the existing mosques and places of worship are not enough to contain all the faithful on Friday at noon. Given that this is the case in Muslim countries where the separation between state and religion is virtually nonexistent, the faithful have been in the habit of occupying sidewalks and streets near the mosques, and of diverting traffic.

Finally, imagine for a moment the opposite. If in a Muslim country (Egypt or Algeria, for example) the indigenous Christians (in Egypt) or immigrant Christians (in Algeria) asked Muslims to give them a mosque, since they have many, or to lend them one for Sunday, or only for important celebrations: Christmas, Epiphany, the beginning of Lent, Easter, Pentecost and the Assumption, what would the reaction of Muslims be?

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 January 14 - Pentecostals and Charismatics form global governing groups - Empowered21
 Article: Experienced Based Christianity

A group of charismatic, neo-charismatic, pentecostal and neo-pentecostal leaders met in the US to form another council called Empowered21. The idea for the over 50o leaders gathered is to network under leadership of 11 regional councils or 'cabinets'.

Here is a list of key world wide leaders. I use world wide hesitantly, most are wealthy US mega-church or para-church leaders with strong religious right leanings. NAR leadership has been embraced like white on rice.

The Empowered21 Global Council attendees at this initial meeting include co-chairs Jack Hayford (Jack Hayford Ministries, USA) and Billy Wilson (International Center For Spiritual Renewal, USA), Charles Blake (Church of God In Christ, USA), Isak Burger (Apostolic Faith Mission, South Africa), Doug Anderson (representing Dr. Glenn Burris, Jr., Intl. Church of The Foursquare Gospel, USA), Gordon McDonald (representing Rick Ciaramitaro, Windsor Christian Fellowship, Canada), Daniel de León (Templo Calvario, USA), Chady El Aouad (Abundant Life Church and Ministries, Lebanon), Ingolf Ellssel (Pentecostal European Fellowship, Germany), Claudio Freidzon (King of Kings Church, Argentina), Jonas Gonzalez (Enlace TV, USA), Mart Green (Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees, USA), Prince Guneratnam (Calvary Church, Malaysia), Wayne Hilsden (King of Kings Community Jerusalem, Jerusalem), Al Hollingsworth (BOSS Global, Inc., USA), Cindy Jacobs (Generals International, USA), Dennis Lindsay (Christ For The Nations, USA), Ron Luce (Teen Mania, USA), Niko Njotorahardjo (Gereja Bethel Indonesia, Indonesia), Bob Canton (representing Oreste Pesare, Intl. Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, Vatican City), Samuel Rodriguez (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, USA), Vinson Synan (Regent University, USA), Matthew Thomas (Central India Outreach, India) and David Wells (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, Canada). Absent because of weather conditions were Raymond Culpepper and Alton Garrison.

The Canadians who comprise denominational and independent faith groups are using classic revival and inside language which has been part of the movement since it's inception.  As you can see from the list above, NAR (New Apostolic Reformation/neo-charismatic) leaders are no longer on the sidelines and are included in this organizational leadership push.  Here is what the Canadian leadership have to say:

Billy Wilson, Executive Director for the International Center for Spiritual Renewal and Empowered21 and Chair of the E21 USA cabinet, said, "Empowered21 Canada is an exciting initiative to connect Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders across the nation together for the future.

Some of the purposes of Empowered21 Canada will be to unite the Spirit-filled movement across Canada in an intergenerational gathering for the purpose of seeking a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the 21st Century. They also desire to provide a platform for addressing the critical issues facing the Spirit-empowered church in Canada in the 21st Century and discover contemporary methods, vocabulary and ministry grace needed for engaging new generations in Spirit-empowered living. They will focus on the energy and resources of the Spirit-empowered Canadian church, on the harvest and challenges before them with a desire to witness greater convergence and collaboration of Spirit-empowered ministries across Canada.

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 March 15 - Celebrities recruited to raise awareness of world agriculture crisis
 Article: Signs Of The :Last Times

The spiralling food security crisis puzzling everyone from policymakers to researchers and governments in developing countries is attracting a new class of champions: celebrities.

Hollywood stars, pop icons and television personalities entering the complicated realm of global food politics are not merely being welcomed with open arms by some of the world's most respected - and increasingly overstretched - food aid organizations, they're being recruited to help build awareness at a critical juncture.

Commodity prices are at their highest real-term levels in decades, food riots are erupting regularly around the world; markets are ever-volatile as is the climate, which has been hammering agriculture yields and drying up the water supply. Those forces continue to inflate the question of how there will ever be enough food to feed the people already on this planet and the nine billion who are forecast to populate it by mid-decade.

What can big-name personalities do about all of that? Some food security theorists argue policymakers and corporations alone aren't capable of catalyzing the masses of people needed to restructure the global food juggernaut.

"We have to change the eating habits of 10 or 11 billion human beings by the mid-century. We need to double food production, but there are going to be less resources to do so," said Julian Cribb, an Australian science writer and author of The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do To Avoid It. "That means every single person is going to feel the consequences of that, either in massive increases in food prices, conflict, government failure or refugee crises if we don't solve the problem," he said, adding: "Prominent people can show leadership . they can actually make what needs to be done fashionable."

"We don't have an advertising budget," said Bettina Luescher, a spokeswoman for the WFP. "We're the guys with the dirty fingernails who really work deep in the field in the most dangerous and difficult places on Earth. In the last couple of years we've branched out more . to find ambassadors who can shine the spotlight on our work," she said.

"When used effectively, celebrities can be catalytic to an issue. they can take an issue that is otherwise ignored and neglected and put it front and centre in the public eye," said Trevor Neilson, co-founder of the U.S.-based Global Philanthropy Group, which is a sort of matchmaking consultancy that connects famous and non-famous philanthropists with worthy causes. Although most of his clients are non-celebrities, the roster includes Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Ben Stiller and, at one point, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

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 March 10 - Campus catholics keep faith in Eucharist miracle
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
The age of the exposition of the eucharist with signs and wonders following is just ahead. Don't be caught in this trap. Read the Bible with regard to End Times deception.
Behind the altar stands a white-robed priest. In one hand he holds aloft a round white wafer of unleavened bread, ceremonially pure and untainted by salt or any preservative. In the other, below the wafer, he holds a brass chalice of white wine. "All we have to do," he tells his parishioners, "is live the Eucharist. Pray the Eucharist. Be the Eucharist ourselves."

Every day, millions of Catholics come to Mass to worship and receive the tangible blessing of God in the Eucharist. The Eucharist, says Hillsdale College sophomore Margaret Ball, "is the source and summit of our faith."

But for many professing American Catholics, that source of faith seems to have run dry. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 41 percent of Catholics polled are unaware that their church teaches that Christ is miraculously present in the Eucharist. Lack of knowledge is not the only problem, says Hillsdale junior Anne Morath.

Morath believes many Catholics are walking through the motions of a comfortable religion rather than living a vibrant faith. It's like an antidote, she says. They are injected with a dead bit of God and become immune to actually experiencing God.     

That includes an enthusiasm for the miracles that don't happen every day, accounts of which are passed by word of mouth with awe and excitement and form a rich part of the Catholic Church's tradition. Such miracles, Morath says, include visions of Jesus in the Eucharist, visitations from the Virgin Mary, statues that weep real tears, and even the elements of the Eucharist occasionally being transformed into scientifically testable human blood and human flesh.

Then you go inside the cathedral, she says, and you see all the people, "brothers and sisters in Christ," and pictures and images on the walls and windows depicting the story of Jesus. And in the center is the tabernacle. "[It's] the home of Christ," she says. "And he's in there and he's present to us."

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 March 15 - Rob Bell Denies Being a Universalist
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Comment from Understand the Times:
Rob Bell is so far off from biblical Christianity that if he were an airplane, no radar device could ever detect that he is on this planet. His postmodern idea of Christianity misses the mark completely. Please check out the alert that we sent out today to hear him answer questions that show that he has no idea what the Bible teaches. The sad thing is that there are churches and Christian schools that use his materials and claim they are Christian.
Just a day before the release of his controversial book on hell, Michigan pastor Rob Bell denied that he was a universalist. Answering the straightforward question "are you a universalist?" posed by Newsweek's Lisa Miller Monday night, Bell said, "No."

"I never set out to be controversial," he said, alluding to the firestorm that erupted even weeks before his book's release. Bell, who has been no stranger to controversy over his teachings, has been accused of being a universalist - or believing that all people will be saved and enter heaven regardless of whether they accepted Jesus - and moving far away from traditional Christianity.

When pressed several times on whether he believes there is a hell, Bell only spoke of a hell on earth and provided no indication that he believes in an eternal place of punishment.

"Is there hell? If not, does that take anything away from the cross?" one participant posed to him Monday. "I actually think there is hell because we see hell every day," Bell answered.

He admitted that Jesus was "unbelievably exclusive," pointing to famous statements like "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me." But Bell pointed out, "He's also fantastically inclusive," pointing to other statements Jesus made such as "I, if I am lifted up, ... will draw all people to myself" and there will be a "renewal of all things" (emphasis added). "He's like inexclusive," he said, realizing he made up the word.

"Do you believe, first of all, that hell is a real place or just on earth? And if we do de-emphasize the doctrine of hell, what does that do to the motivation for Christian mission?" he asked. Again, Bell talked about the hell people create for themselves on earth.  The Michigan pastor expressed his struggle with the concept that only a select few would make it to heaven and that billions of people would burn forever in hell.

As for heaven, he warned against turning speculation about heaven and the afterlife into dogma. "What I find really fascinating is Jesus turns the whole discussion upside down because he comes from a very first century Jewish worldview and he keeps insisting [that] actually God is interested in restoring and renewing this world," he highlighted. "He speaks of it as sort of a real place and yet it's always heaven and earth becoming one. As opposed to how do we get there, his interest is how do we bring there here?"

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 March 11 - Debate: Six months on, what is the lasting legacy of the Pope's visit to Britain?
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
Corpus Christi day was founded by a nun who was inspired by the full moon to encourage the pope to come up with a special day to put the Eucharistic Jesus on display. If you think this can be supported by the Bible, then you are wrong.

Benedict XVI's visit last September gave renewed energy to the Church in Britain. Even before the Pope left, Cardinal Keith O'Brien was talking about the "Benedict bounce". In this week's Catholic Herald, Paschal Uche, who addressed the Pope on behalf of young people outside Westminster Cathedral, says the visit continues to inspire him "on a daily basis".

On the other hand, little has been done to harness this legacy on a national level. A papal visit legacy programme was released in January, but it doesn't ask Catholics to do much - apart from share a "resource" or send in a "faith testimony" to the home mission desk of the bishops' conference - until June, when it suggests Blessed Sacrament processions as close as possible to the feast of Corpus Christi.

Individual bishops, however, seem to be energised, especially in urging Catholics to return to traditional practices such as Confession and the Friday Fast.

And anyway, the laity don't need to wait for the bishops. Paschal Uche cites Youth 2000, which promotes Eucharistic Adoration, as a way to live out the fruits of the visit.

So, six months on, has the momentum generated by the Pope's visit been lost? Or has it left a lasting legacy?

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 March 14 - Iran is Recruiting Hacker Warriors for its Cyber Army to Fight 'Enemies'
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Iran is gearing up for a cyberwar campaign after being hit with coordinated, sophisticated cyberattacks last year that reportedly crippled its Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. 

The Islamic Republic plans "to fight our enemies with abundant power in cyberspace and Internet warfare," according to Brigadier Gen. Gholamreza Jalali, who leads the country's Passive Defense Organization. Part of the plan involves actively recruiting hackers, who will likely earn top toman (Iranian currency) for their work. 

And there may be a rich talent pool for recruiting: Millions of Iran's youth are blogging and using social networking sites, slipping around government censors. And some believe it wouldn't take much to turn some of those computer-savvy youth into hackers. "There are many true believers in Iran who are highly educated and very savvy with computers," said Reza Kahlili, a former member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard. 

"Cyberwarfare is cheap, effective and doesn't necessarily cause fatalities. It makes much more sense for not-so-wealthy nation states to build up cyber warfare capability rather than investing in missiles and warships," said Kahlili.  

Mark Fitzpatrick, senior fellow for non-proliferation at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, tells Fox, "I don't know much about Iranian cyberwarfare capabilities, but I do know that the North Koreans are cyber-savvy. 

"We will see a learning curve in the same way we saw it with conventional malware. Sooner or later, sophisticated cyber weapons will not only be in the hands of intelligence services and military units, but also in the hands of terrorists and organized crime. There is no way this can be prevented."

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 March 14 - Mass honeybee deaths now occurring worldwide, says UN
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

For several decades, colony collapse disorder (CCD) -- a mysterious condition where entire bee colonies die for seemingly no obvious reason -- has been inflicting bee populations across both Europe and the US. But scientists from the United Nations (UN) say the phenomenon is now a global crisis, afflicting bees across China, Japan, and Africa, as well as in other places.

The report, issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), explains what many NaturalNews readers already know -- mainly that without bees, there will be no more food. Bees are one of nature's primary pollinators, and over 70 percent of the world's food supply relies on them to grow.

"Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature," said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director. "Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature's services in a world of close to seven billion people."

One such mode of "technological prowess" is the flagrant and irresponsible use of genetically-modified organisms (GMO). GMO technology is heavily reliant on the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides, which several recent studies have pinned to the widespread bee deaths.
In January, a leaked document revealed that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually knowingly approved a bee-killing pesticides known as clothianidin. This Bayer CropScience chemical has been identified as a primary instigator of CCD, and yet it has remained freely available on the market since 1993 when the EPA first approved it.

The entire industrial agriculture system that dominates the majority of the US food supply is heavily reliant on toxic pesticides of all varieties, which reports say now pollute over 90 percent of the nation's rivers.

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 March 2 - The spies in the skies: How big Brother Britain could see unmanned drones watching over the streets
 Article: Miscellaneous

The skies could soon be filled with the buzzing of thousands of tiny spy drones trained to snoop on British streets, the Home Office has warned. They are one of a number of futuristic snooping techniques that could become reality including CCTV that recognises faces and cameras in the back of taxis.

The warning comes as the Pentagon revealed it is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into new drone technology such as the 'nano-hummingbird' - a tiny remote helicopter equipped with video and audio equipment that can record sights and sounds.

Ministers said that advances in technology have meant such hi-tech measures are now possible and could soon be ubiquitous across the country.

It said: 'Modern digital technology is on the cusp of revolutionising the use of CCTV. The consultation said powerful zoom features, 360-degree vision and facial recognition 'are coming closer to being an established part of the CCTV landscape'. It continued: 'New uses for systems, for example in taxis, are a natural part of industry growth.'

Britain is one of the most watched countries in the world with one CCTV camera for every 14 people.

The U.S. government has announced plans to develop tiny drones and large unmanned aerial systems for its armed forces.  Many are inspired by nature and are designed to look like birds, so they blend seamlessly into the sky, such as the nano-hummingbird by California-based technology firm AeroVironment.

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 March 1 - US Army to build a Cheetah robot that can run faster than humans... let's hope it doesn't get a taste for flesh
 Article: Miscellaneous

A new robot that can outrun the fastest man on Earth and a Terminator-type android that will work alongside troops is being developed for the US Army.

But despite the multi-million dollar contracts awarded by the Department of Defense, army officials still don't know exactly what the robots will be used for, according to the company's boss.

He added: 'They're most focused on developing the technology and seeing what uses they can be applied to.'

The four-legged Cheetah will have a flexible spine and articulated head, and, when built, it will be added to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's impressive robot arsenal. It will be able to sprint, take sharp corners, zigzag and be precise enough to stop on a dime. The company hopes to have a prototype built in 20 months which will hit between 20 and 30mph.

The Atlas robot, which looks not too dissimilar to the androids in Terminator, will be a force to reckon with, the company hopes. It has a body, two arms and two legs but no head and will be able to walk over rough terrain, fit through tight gaps and crawl on its hands and knees if needed.

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 March 10 - China deemed biggest threat to U.S., Russia second, DNI chief says
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

China's nuclear arsenal poses the most serious "mortal threat" to the United States among nation states, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate on Thursday.

In candid testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mr. Clapper said he considered China the most significant threat among nation states, with Russia posing the second-greatest threat. He later clarified the comments by saying he did not assess that China or Russia had the intention to launch an attack on the United States.

The testimony contrasts with statements by Obama administration officials who have sought to highlight the dangers of Iran and North Korea while paying less attention to China and Russia.

Mr. Clapper said he does not assess that North Korea and Iran pose greater strategic threats because they lack the forces that Russia and China have that could deliver a nuclear attack on the United States.

North Korea has tested at least twice a multistaged long-range missile capable of hitting the United States
. On Tuesday, Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, told a conference in Washington that analysts estimate that Iran would be able to deliver a payload by missile to the U.S. East Coast by 2015.

He added, "We have a treaty, the New START treaty, with the Russians. I guess I would rank them a little lower because we don't have such a treaty with the Chinese."

One asymmetric strategy China is pursuing is the use of computer-based cyberprobes into U.S. classified computer networks. Mr. Clapper said the cyber-activity is a "formidable concern."

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 March 9 - Dade Cops Waiting To Get Crime Fighting Drone Airborne
 Article: Miscellaneous

Miami-Dade's newest crime fighting tool is a literal 'eye in the sky'.

The Micro Air Vehicle, or MAV for short, is a small radio controlled drone aircraft equipped with a portable camera system. Miami-Dade Sgt. Andrew Cohen said drone will be used to gather real time information in situations which may be too dangerous for officers.

"If an SRT (Special Response Team) has to go into an area they don't know what's there, we don't know what is in the backyard," said Cohen, "They want to know if there are dogs in the backyard, if there is a shed, things that could be a threat to us."

The MAV is used by the military to scan dangerous areas before troops are sent in. Miami-Dade police used a $50,000 grant to buy one, but not everyone is happy with the purchase.

"What happens when they fly over backyards and they see something without a warrant that they want to take against," said ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon.

Police admit the MAV, if flown low enough, has the ability to look into people's home, but that is not its intended purpose.

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 March 9 - Poll: What Evangelical Leaders Believe about the End Times
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
From our experience, the emerging church has distorted what leaders believe about almost everything that is biblical. The emerging church is just another Road to Rome.
For example, when a large organization like Calvary Chapel whose leaders once mostly promoted the return of Jesus Christ and his 1000 year rule and reign on earth become convinced that America must go back to it Christian foundation and take over the government, it seems there is a very big problem. 
This plus many other things are happening and no one seems to say anything or do anything about it.
A majority of evangelical leaders believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth and then reign with his followers for 1,000 years, a new survey shows. This end times theologyis called premillennialism and 65 percent of surveyed evangelical leaders identify with it.

The poll, released this week, found that 13 percent of those surveyed are amillennialists - believing that the non-literal millennial reign of Christ is happening now as Christ reigns at the right hand of the Father.

Four percent believe Christ's second coming will occur after the 1,000-year period during which the nations will be progressively converted to Christianity. This is postmillennial theology.

Seventeen percent, meanwhile, identify with "other" end times theology.

While most of the evangelical leaders hold to a premilliennial belief - in which the 1,000-year period is one of worldwide peace and righteousness and precedes the end of the world - even within this belief system there are variations. Premillennialists disagree on the timing of the rapture, whether Christians will rise and join Jesus during or after the tribulation period - which comes before the return of Christ.

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