September 26, 2011- October 2, 2011 
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 September 24 - Ahmadinejad blames West for causing war
 Article: Miscellaneous

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went on the warpath against the West at the United Nations again Thursday sparking a mass walkout by outraged US and European delegations.

The Iranian leader repeated comments casting doubt on the origins of the Holocaust and the September 11, 2001 attacks and criticized the United States for killing Osama bin Laden rather than bringing him to trial.

European countries use the Holocaust as an excuse to pay "ransom to the Zionists," he said. The "diabolical" aims of the West are the cause of wars and the financial crisis, Ahmadinejad stormed.

He also said the United States considers Zionism as "sacred" while they "allow sacrileges and insult" against other religions.

"Ahmadinejad had a chance to address his own people's aspirations for freedom and dignity, but instead he again turned to abhorrent anti-Semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories," said US mission spokesman Mark Kornblau.

The Iranian president caused a UN walkout last year when he alleged the US government could have been behind the September 11 attacks. He has also used speeches in the past to call for the destruction of Israel and cast doubt on the existence of the Holocaust.

Ahmadinejad told the UN summit that the United States and its allies use the Western media to "threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust and the September 11 event with sanctions and military action."

In a general blast at the West, Ahmadinejad said: "Hypocrisy and deceit are allowed in order to secure their interests and imperialistic goal."

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 September 21 - Swedish daycare to test GPS for tracking kids
 Article: Miscellaneous

A daycare centre in the southern Swedish city of Malmoe said Wednesday it planned to test GPS devices for tracking children when they are out on excursions.

"We will test this system on 10 children for a week in October. We will have 10 GPS transmitters attached to their reflective vests when we're outside the nursery school," explained Karin Werholt, who runs the Kronprinsen (Crown Prince) centre that cares for 36 children between the ages of one and six.

"We will test if the transmitters are robust, if they work well and if they affect the children's playing in any way," she told AFP, adding that the centre did not have any problem keeping track of kids and it remained unclear whether it would purchase the system if the test went well.

According to the Malmoe company Purple Scout that provides the system, the GPS transmitters all report the positions of the children to one mobile phone, which sounds an alert if a transmitter moves beyond a certain distance from the phone.

"It is meant to complement their work, but it cannot stop a child from running off. It only makes it possible to discover they're gone at an earlier stage and find them quicker," he explained.

Purple Scout is planning an official launch of the system on October 18 and aims to have its first orders by the end of the year, according to Hoff. "The daycares we have talked to are very positive to the idea," he said.

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 September 25 - CDC now calling U.S. households and demanding child immunization records as part of vaccine surveillance and tracking program
 Article: One World Government

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which has been comprehensively exposed as a vaccine propaganda organization promoting the interests of drug companies, is now engaged in a household surveillance program that involves calling U.S. households and intimidating parents into producing child immunization records. As part of what it deems a National Immunization Survey (NIS), the CDC is sending letters to U.S. households, alerting them that they will be called by "NORC at the University of Chicago" and that households should "have your child's immunization records handy when answering our questions."
Now the CDC is bullying parents across the USA to comply with child immunization surveillance programs by calling their home phones and asking them to produce child immunization records.

"Your phone number was chosen randomly by computer," explains the letter, which goes on to say that the CDC will use your information to generate a map of vaccine compliance -- no doubt to later target low-compliance areas with increased vaccination propaganda or even court-ordered immunization mandates like the one we witnessed in Maryland.

"It is important for us to interview every household we call to get a complete picture of your area's immunization rates," the CDC letter explains. "Your answers to the NIS will provide information to help improve the nation's health now and in the years ahead," it continues. Which means, of course, that this information will be used to push more vaccines onto more infants by targeting areas with low vaccine compliance rates, such as African American neighborhoods which are rightly skeptical of government's claims about vaccines.

Note that in this letter,
the CDC admits it is using this information to track vaccine compliance at the local level. On top of that, the NORC.org website openly admits this is all about public health surveillance, saying: "the NIS is one of the largest telephone surveys in the nation and its data are considered the gold standard for public health surveillance on immunization rates."

"Respondents are asked a series of questions about the vaccinations received by selected children (including recommended seasonal flu vaccines)," says NORC. And after that, NORC will request permission to acquire your child's immunization records from your doctor!

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 September 23 - Pope calls on Catholics, Muslims to improve society
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Catholics and Muslims can work together for the common good, Pope Benedict said on the second day of his state visit to Germany.

"As believers, setting out from our respective convictions, we can offer an important witness in many key areas of life in society," said the Pope at a Sept. 23 gathering of Catholic and Muslim leaders in Berlin. "I am thinking, for example, of the protection of the family based on marriage, respect for life in every phase of its natural course or the promotion of greater social justice."

The Pope said that since the beginning of large-scale Muslim immigration to Germany in the 1970s, "a climate of respect and trust has grown up between the Catholic Church and the Muslim communities." This friendship, though, has to go further than mere "peaceful co-existence" towards a recognition of "the contribution that each can make towards building up the common good."

On his previous trip to Germany, in 2006, Pope Benedict offended some elements within the Muslim community after they construed to a speech he delivered at Regensburg as linking Islam to violence. Since then, the Pope has been eager to build a more substantial dialogue and understanding between Catholics and Muslims.

He concluded his meeting today by looking forward to his meeting with other world religions - including Muslims leaders - in the Italian town of Assisi next month.

"Through this gathering, we wish to express, with simplicity, that we believers have a special contribution to make towards building a better world, while acknowledging that if our actions are to be effective, we need to grow in dialogue and mutual esteem."

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 September 27 - Franklin church mixes yoga and Christian spirituality
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

About 60 women rolled out their mats in a dimly lit carpeted room for an hour of connecting to God through Scripture meditation, prayer and downward-facing dog. They do this each Sunday. But this yoga class isn't in a studio - it goes on alongside children's choir practice and Sunday night Bible study at The People's Church in Franklin.

Holy Yoga, led by instructor Keleah Anderson, is going into its third year at the church and has almost doubled its number of participants since the free program started. To the Baptist-affiliated church, yoga is just one more way to reach out.

To some Christians, yoga represents Hinduism and/or New Age thinking. Last year at this time, Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, stirred up national attention when he blasted yoga in his blog on AlbertMohler.com. He contended that Christians should not practice yoga.

"Holy Yoga creates a safe place for Christians to do yoga," she said.

Boon, who was raised Jewish, dove into yoga, logging 2,500 hours of training. After becoming a Christian, she dropped the practice. "Like most Christians, I was unsure about it," she said. But she got back on the mat, played Christian music and prayed. Boon said God gave her the idea to teach again, but with a new focus.

"If God is sovereign over all things," she said, "then I have to know yoga falls into that."

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 September 23 - Iran asks Russia about building more nuke reactors
 Article: Miscellaneous

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that Tehran is talking to Russia about building additional nuclear power reactors. He also invited other countries and companies to bid to build new nuclear power plants.

The $1 billion Bushehr reactor was built by the Russian company Atomstroyexport and commissioned in a ceremony on Sept. 13. Ahmadinejad said Iran needs an additional 19,000 megawatts of energy beyond the 1,000 now coming from Bushehr.

"There are currently conversations ongoing with the Russians to provide that," Ahmadinejad told a news conference at a New York hotel, a day after he addressed the General Assembly.

"But it is only a general proposal," he said. "And from here today I want to officially invite other firms and other entities to come and bid and propose their participation for building these power plants."

Ahmadinejad said Iran's relations with Russia were as a neighbor, "and neighbors must be friends with one another. There are efforts on both sides in order to have a mutually beneficial ongoing relationship," he said.

Bushehr increased operations this month after more than a decade of delays, pumping out electricity at up to 40 percent capacity. Iranian officials say the plant could begin full-power operations in December.

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 September 26 - European Shrine Directors Gather in England
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The :Last Days

Shrine directors from across Europe converged on one of England's oldest Marian shrines today to discuss the present popularity in religious pilgrimage sites. Directors from Germany, Slovenia, Romania, England, Poland, France, Ireland and Portugal will meet through Friday at the National Shrine of Walsingham, in Norfolk County. The theme of the gathering is "Evangelization and Gestures of Popular Piety."
This year, the shrine is celebrating its 950th anniversary, and has had one of its busiest pilgrimage seasons ever, having received approximately 100,000 pilgrims.
Father Alan Williams, Walsingham's shrine director, commented on the popularity of shrines in statement sent to ZENIT, "Many people visit Catholic shrines who are either not Christian or rarely attend church. They have an interest in spirituality and are willing to travel as part of that search.
"Our task, as shrine directors, is to make that experience as fulfilling and rewarding as we can and that's what we'll be discussing this week, as well as sharing news and information."
Given the ecumenical nature of Walsingham, which is home to both Anglican and Catholic shrines, Bishop Lindsay Urwin, administrator of the Anglican shrine, will be joining the conference. The delegates will pray Evensong at the Anglican Cathedral in Norwich.
Increasing numbers of Anglicans also made their way to Walsingham, and an Anglican Shrine was initially established in St. Marys Parish Church before the move to a newly reconstructed holy house in 1931. The village also houses Orthodox and Methodist chapels.

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 September 27 - Thousands of Youngsters to Offer Mary a Golden Rose
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Thousands of children will gather at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., next month to offer Our Lady a "Golden Rose" and to pray before the Holy Eucharist.
The youngsters will represent children from 140 nations who will participate Oct. 7 in the 9th annual Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour, which will be broadcast live around the world on Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), and translated for Spanish-speaking countries. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans will preside at the main event in the basilica, which is co-sponsored by Children of the Eucharist, the children's program of the World Apostolate of Fatima, and the Holy Childhood Association.
According to a press statement sent to ZENIT, the "Holy Hour unites children around the world before the Blessed Sacrament to console the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and to pray for the families of the world, a mission entrusted to them by Blessed John Paul II in his Christmas Letter to the World's Children, in 1994, at the close of the International Year of the Family."
A growing number of dioceses, parishes and schools on every continent are participating in the event every year, according to Connie Schneider, founder and international chairwoman.
She added, "This global Holy Hour gathers our children before the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to console him, as requested by the Angel of Peace at Fatima, and to pray for our own families and the families of the world."

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 September 30 - Scores die in worst Mekong flooding since 2000
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

At least 150 people in Cambodia and southern Vietnam have died in the worst flooding along the Mekong River in 11 years after heavy rain swamped homes, washed away bridges and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

Worse could be in store if Typhoon Nesat, which killed at least 39 people in China this week and plowed into northern Vietnam on Friday, dumps rain deep enough inland to further swell the Mekong.

Flooding across the fertile Mekong Delta helped drive rice prices to a three-year high in Vietnam this week, traders said, which will add to inflation problems. The delta produces more than half of Vietnam's rice and 90 percent of its exportable grain.

"Now, more than 200,000 hectares (494,200 acres) of our rice paddies are under water but we don't yet know the full extent of the damage," said Keo Vy, deputy information director at the National Disaster Management Committee. Cambodia is a minor rice exporter, but Vietnam is the world's second-biggest exporter behind Thailand.

Some 150,000 families had been affected by the flooding in Cambodia this year and another 15,000 evacuated to higher ground, said Men Neary Sopheak, deputy secretary general of Cambodia's Red Cross.

The region has planted nearly 600,000 hectares (1.58 million acres) for the current crop, which is mainly for domestic consumption, and only 5 percent has been harvested, the agriculture ministry said.

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 September 29 - Obama's bomb deal with Israel raises the spectre of war
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Barack Obama may be widely regarded at home as the least pro-Israeli president in decades, but he has secretly okayed giving the Jewish state a bunch of special bunker-busting bombs - ideal for destroying Tehran's ruling mullahs' nuclear ambitions and so powerful that George W. Bush blocked handing them over.

Capable of penetrating deep beneath the surface, the bunker-busters would be crucial for any air strikes at Iran nuclear sites. Mr. Netanyahu has wanted the bunker-busters for years and, as first reported by Newsweek, Mr. Obama agreed to hand over 55 of the sophisticated and powerful weapons.

Given Israel's track record of pre-emptive bombing strikes to destroy nuclear sites in neighbouring nations and Iran's ambitious and suspicious nuclear program, the American bunker-busters may increase the chance of another Middle East war. Iran's unpredictable and bellicose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed to wipe Israel off the map. Iran continues to defy international sanctions with a clandestine nuclear program. Meanwhile, Mr. Netanyahu now has the means to carry out his threat that "Iran will not acquire nuclear arms, and this implies everything necessary to carry this out."

Israel also has twice launched pre-emptive and devastating air strikes to destroy Arab nuclear reactors before they could produce weapons-grade bomb stock. In 1981, a daring long-distance strike destroyed an Iraqi reactor, ending Saddam Hussein's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a Syrian reactor of North Korean design. Striking Iran, both further away and further along the nuclear-weapons development path and with widely dispersed and deeply-buried sites, would be more challenging militarily. The bunker-busters may be a hammer Israel can't use unless it has the tacit approval of Washington. It's not clear if Mr. Obama retained the right to approve any use of the bunker-busters.

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 September 29 - Vatican supports two-state solution in Israel-Palestine conflict
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's number two State Department official, called Sept. 27 for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in remarks delivered in New York. He insisted that "if we want peace, courageous decisions have to be made."

Archbishop Mamberti, whose official title is Secretary for Relations with States, encouraged "the realization of the right of Palestinians to have their own independent and sovereign state, and the right of Israelis to guarantee their security." He also insisted that both states be "provided with internationally recognized borders."

Archbishop Mamberti expressed hope "that the bodies of the United Nations will take a commitment to helping the effective implementation of the ultimate objective" of ensuring security, sovereignty and independence for both Palestinians and Israelis.

"The U.N. response will not constitute a complete solution and we will not achieve lasting peace without negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, avoiding actions or conditions that contradict the statements of goodwill," the archbishop acknowledged.

"The Holy See, therefore, urges the parties to resume negotiations with determination and addresses an urgent appeal to the international community to increase its commitment and to stimulate its creativity and its initiative, so that we can arrive at a lasting peace, respecting the rights of Israelis and Palestinians."

Israel has also opposed Palestinian statehood, arguing that a unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations would effectively "delegitimize" the statehood of Israel.

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 September 29 - Catholic Church's communications day to focus on silence
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The new theme for the Catholic Church's World Social Communications Day is "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization," a Vatican pontifical council has announced.

Silence is not simply "an antidote to the constant and unstoppable flow of information" characteristic of modern society. Rather, it is necessary for the integration of that information, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said on Sept. 29. The event's focus on silence is needed in light of the "extraordinarily varied nature" of modern communications.

"Silence, precisely because it favors habits of discernment and reflection, can in fact be seen primarily as a means of welcoming the word," the council said. Silence and communication are complementary and can be key factors in "the new evangelization."

This year's theme was "Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age." Pope Benedict XVI's 2011 message called for a Christian presence on social networking sites.

He said that new technologies are "giving birth to a new way learning and thinking, with unprecedented opportunities for establishing relationships and building fellowship." While he warned about the dangers of creating a "parallel existence" and falsifying one's online persona, he said the wise use of technologies can help satisfy "the desire for meaning, truth and unity."

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 September 28 - Christians Reaching Out to Muslims in Tanzania
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

The Catholic Church is helping to transform life on an island off the west coast of Africa through its interreligious and educational work -- with the help of charities in Britain and Ireland. The expansion of the Church's work, aided by the construction of a new church and pastoral center on Pemba -- the second largest island in Tanzania's Zanzibar archipelago -- will have a significant impact on society in the predominantly Muslim country.
The Pastoral Centre in Chake-Chake, near the centre of the island, will help the whole society and encourage good inter-faith relations with the Church's Muslim neighbors according to the missionary priest. Father Msaky said: "The construction of the center, which has been going on for three years now, is of really great value for the people of Pemba -- not only for Christians but Muslims as well.
The priest told ACN: "We see interreligious dialogue as part of our life, not only the question of religious affairs, but also social activities, like health, like education, like improving the social services at large. We call that a dialogue of life, whereby we come together, we share our joys, we share our sorrows, we cooperate too to work together for the improvement of our society.
He went on to say: "So this center apart Fatherom providing a place for prayer and worship, will be used as a kind of interreligious dialogue centre -- that was the original idea of the building."
Father Masky said: "The agenda is to build relationships, when we go out we don't go out to convert people it is to build relations -- although those who are willing convert of their own decision, they make up their mind. "We see ourselves as people of God, created to serve God irrespective of the various Faiths."

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