January 30, 2012- February 5, 2012 
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 January 27 - 'Father' and 'Son' Ousted from the Trinity in New Bible Translations
 Artical: Miscellaneous

A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words "Father" and "Son" from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Frontiers are under fire for "producing Bibles that remove "Father," "Son" and "Son of God" because these terms are offensive to Muslims."

Biblical Missiology, a ministry of Boulder, Colorado-based Horizon International, is sponsoring the petition. The main issues of this controversy surround new Arabic and Turkish translations. Here are three examples native speakers give:

First, Wycliffe and SIL have produced Stories of the Prophets, an Arabic Bible that uses an Arabic equivalent of "Lord" instead of "Father" and "Messiah" instead of "Son."

Second, Frontiers and SIL have produced Meaning of the Gospel of Christ , an Arabic translation which removes "Father" in reference to God and replaces it with "Allah," and removes or redefines "Son." For example, the verse which Christians use to justify going all over the world to make disciples, thus fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) reads, "Cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiahand his Holy Spirit" instead of "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Third, Frontiers and SIL have produced a new Turkish translation of the Gospel of Matthew that uses Turkish equivalents of "guardian" for "Father" and "representative" or "proxy" for "Son." To Turkish church leader Rev. Fikret B�cek, "This translation is 'an all-American idea' with absolutely no respect for the 'sacredness' of Scripture, or even of the growing Turkish church."

SIL has issued a public response stating "all personnel subscribe to a statement of faith which affirms the Trinity, Christ's deity, and the inspiration of Scripture." However, in the same statement, which is similar to Wycliffe's, it claims "word-for-word translation of these titles would communicate an incorrect meaning (i.e. that God had physical, sexual relationships with Mary) [sic]," thus justifying substituting "Father" and "Son" in new translations. Calls and emails to Wycliffe and SIL to clarify their positions were not returned. Frontiers responded to calls with articles that critics have already dismissed as skirting omissions of "Father" and "Son" in new Bible translations.

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 January 29 - Pentagon Hopes to Develop 'Mother of All Bombs'
 Artical: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

The Pentagon is reportedly working on the development of the "mother of all bombs" -- a bunker buster than can destroy an Iranian underground nuclear power plant. According to a report published by the UK-based Daily Mail newspaper, America's top military authority has secretly asked Congress for funds to create its largest bomb ever.

A 13.6-ton Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) already exists -- the deepest-penetrating "bunker buster" in the American arsenal, it was presented to the U.S. Air Force last September.

The Obama administration reportedly was considering arming Qatar with the huge bunker buster bombs, raising the possibility of an American-Israel-Arab attack on Iran. The bombs are reportedly built to fit the Boeing Stratofortress B-52 long-range bomber or the Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber.

But the 30,000-pound bomb, which is nearly six times larger than that that currently in use, and which can penetrate concrete bunkers containing nuclear, biological or nuclear weapons, is apparently still not strong enough to penetrate all the bunkers in Iran, according to sources in Washington D.C. As a result, U.S. military officials are determined to make it better, even though Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby officially denied that the bomb was being designed for use against Iran.

Kirby was quoted by the British newspaper as saying in November that the MOP would provide "a far greater capability to reach and destroy an enemy's weapons of mass destruction that are located in well protected underground facilities to a magnitude far greater than we have now." Iran is the only nation believed to have buried its nuclear development facilities so far underground.

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 January 28 - Catholic and Orthodox Churches in UK Highlight Theological Unity
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

Pope Benedict XVI said today that achieving Christian unity requires more than "cordiality and cooperation" and that it must be accompanied by interior conversion.

The Pope asked for "the Lord in a particular way to strengthen the faith of all Christians, to change our hearts and to enable us to bear united witness to the Gospel." In this way, he said, they "will contribute to the new evangelization and respond ever more fully to the spiritual hunger of the men and women of our time."

He said that the "unity for which we pray requires inner conversion, both shared and individual," and it cannot be "limited to cordiality and cooperation." Instead, Christians must accept "all the elements of unity which God has conserved for us."

Ecumenism, the Pope stated, is not an optional extra for Catholics but is "the responsibility of the entire Church and of all the baptized." Christians, he said, must make praying for unity an "integral part" of their prayer life, "especially when people from different traditions come together to work for victory in Christ over sin, evil, injustice and the violation of human dignity."

Pope Benedict then touched on the lack of unity in the Christian community, which he said "hinders the effective announcement of the Gospel and endangers our credibility." Evangelizing formerly Christian countries and spreading the Gospel to new places will be "more fruitful if all Christians together announce the truth of the Gospel and Jesus Christ, and give a joint response to the spiritual thirst of our times," he explained.

The Pope concluded his comments with the hope that this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will lead to "increased shared witness, solidarity and collaboration among Christians, in expectation of that glorious day when together we will all be able to celebrate the Sacraments and profess the faith transmitted by the Apostles."

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 January 22 - Church of England Congregations Continue to Decline

The latest statistics from the Church of England show a two percent drop in attendance between 2009 and 2010. Average Sunday attendance fell from 944,400 in 2009 to 923,700 in 2010, continuing the long-term downward trend. The number of children and young people at weekly services also dropped by two percent, from 223,000 in 2009 to 218,600 in 2010.

The number of people opting for a Church of England funeral fell by two per cent in churches and four percent in crematoriums.

Despite the drop in attendance at Church services, there is positive news in the growth of fresh expressions of church. The figures show that there are at least 1,000 fresh expressions and new forms of church linked to the Church of England. It is the first time that fresh expressions have been included in the Church of England's annual report on attendance.

Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops' Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team, welcomed the rapid growth but cautioned that more needs to be done to reverse declining church attendance in Britain. He said: "It's inspiring to think how much has happened in so short a time. Since the 2004 Mission-shaped Church report, we have seen the development of some 2,000 fresh expressions of church in the Church of England and Methodist Church.

"The Holy Spirit has been at work in reaching thousands of people through these fresh expressions and we are all running to keep up. This is hugely encouraging and is a major contribution to the re-evangelization of our land. "However it is just a beginning, this is not a quick fix and there is much more to do. Fresh expressions of church are one vital factor, but there is a long haul ahead of us."

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 January 24 - Atty Says School Threatened, Punished Boy Who Opposed Gay Adoption
 Article: :Perilous Times

A 15-year-old Wisconsin boy who wrote an op-ed opposing gay adoptions was censored, threatened with suspension and called ignorant by the superintendent of the Shawano School District, according to an attorney representing the child.

Wegner, a student at Shawano High School, was asked to write an op-ed for the school newspaper about whether gays should be allowed to adopt. Wegner, who is a Christian, wrote in opposition. Another student wrote in favor of allowing gays to adopt. Wegner used Bible passages to defend his argument, including Scripture that called homosexuality a sin.

After the op-ed was published, a gay couple whose child attend s the high school, complained. The school immediately issued an apology - stating Wegner's opinion was a "form of bullying and disrespect."

"Offensive articles cultivating a negative environment of disrespect are not appropriate or condoned by the Shawano School District,"
the statement read. "We sincerely apologize to anyone we may have offended and are taking steps to prevent items of this nature from happening in the future."

But Staver said what the school system did next was absolutely outrageous. He said the 15-year-old was ordered to the superintendent's office where he was subjected to hours of meetings and was accused of violating the school's bullying policy. "The superintendent called him ignorant and said he had the power to suspend him," Staver said. "He's using his position to bully this student. This is absolutely the epitome of intolerance."

Staver said the boy's parents were never notified. At one point, Staver said the superintendent gave him a chance to say he regretted writing the column. "When Mr. Wegner stated that he did not regret writing it, and that he stood behind his beliefs, Superintendent Carlson told him that he 'had got to be one of the most ignorant kids to try to argue with him about this topic,'" Staver said.

"He was asked to write an article in the newspaper overseen by a faculty adviser," he said, suspecting the superintendent was specifically outraged over the Bible verses Wegner had used.

"The superintendent wants everyone to accept homosexuality as normative and homosexual adoption as something that should be standard practices,"
Staver said. "In doing so, he's belittling the views and the biblical views of many people across this country. He is playing a zero-sum game. He's not interested in dialogue. He wants to cram his view down the throat of everyone else and will not tolerate an opposing viewpoint."

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 January 20 - Science Children With DNA From Three Parents Only Three Years Away?
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Gengineering

Researchers from Newcastle University have been funded more than $9.3 million by the Wellcome Trust to begin experimenting with a method that could lead to children having DNA from three people to eliminate some genetic disorders.

According to the Telegraph, the technique involves removing the nucleus from a donor cell and inserting a fertilized nucleus from the hopeful couple or the unfertilized nucleus of the mother for fertilization later. This effort, researchers believe, could help couples where the mother has known genetic disorders carried on her mitochondrial DNA - DNA found in the mitochondria of a cell.

As of right now in the U.K., such embryos created would not be allowed to be placed into patients but the Telegraph reports that the health secretary could lift this regulation and bring the research into human trials within two to three years.

Prof. Doug Turnbull, who is leading the research, said: "The important thing is that this has the possibility of stopping the disease completely.
"If this technique proves to be as safe as IVF and as effective as the preliminary studies, I think we could totally prevent the transmission of these diseases."

Sir Mark Walport, head of the Wellcome Trust, said the genetic impact of inheriting a third person's mitochondrial DNA would be as minimal as changing the batteries in a camera.

But, the research is not without its opposition. The Telegraph reports the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children as calling it "macabre and unethical" and cited fears of other "developmental abnormalities".

Cristina Odone, in an opinion's piece on the research for the Telegraph, writes that she sees this method as another attempt to "dehumanize disabled people." Odone writes that unlike chemotherapy and vaccines, which are meant to save lives while still "confirming that every one of them is special", this technique is only attempting to save healthy lives while "keep[ing] unborn the rest."


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 January 30 - World lacks enough food, fuel as population soars: U.N.
 Article: One World Government

The world is running out of time to make sure there is enough food, water and energy to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and to avoid sending up to 3 billion people into poverty, a U.N. report warned on Monday.

As the world's population looks set to grow to nearly 9 billion by 2040 from 7 billion now, and the number of middle-class consumers increases by 3 billion over the next 20 years, the demand for resources will rise exponentially.

Even by 2030, the world will need at least 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water, according to U.N. estimates, at a time when a changing environment is creating new limits to supply. And if the world fails to tackle these problems, it risks condemning up to 3 billion people into poverty, the report said.

"The current global development model is unsustainable. To achieve sustainability, a transformation of the global economy is required," the report said. "Tinkering on the margins will not do the job. The current global economic crisis ... offers an opportunity for significant reforms."

There are 20 million more undernourished people now than in 2000; 5.2 million hectares of forest are lost per year - an area the size of Costa Rica; 85 percent of all fish stocks are over-exploited or depleted; and carbon dioxide emissions have risen 38 percent between 1990 and 2009, which heightens the risk of sea level rise and more extreme weather.

The panel, which made 56 recommendations for sustainable development to be included in economic policy as quickly as possible, said a "new political economy" was needed. They should work with international organizations to create an "evergreen revolution," which would at least double productivity while reducing resource use and avoiding further biodiversity losses, the report said.

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 February 2 - Flesh-eating bug that you can catch on the bus or train is spreading in the UK
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A flesh-eating form of pneumonia that is easily passed between healthy people on public transport is spreading across the UK, experts have warned.

The deadly strain of MRSA called USA300 passes easily through skin-to-skin contact. It can also survive on surfaces and so has the potential to be picked up on crowded buses and tubes.

USA300 is resistant to treatment by several front-line antibiotics and can cause large boils on the skin. In severe cases, USA300 can lead to fatal blood poisoning or a form of pneumonia that can eat away at lung tissue.

'These community-acquired strains seem to be good at affecting healthy people - they seem to be much better than the hospital ones at causing disease.

Dr Massey said USA300 is 'a really big issue in the U.S. and it's starting to emerge here.

'The ability of the MRSA bacteria to secrete toxins is one of the main ways it causes disease. 'Using a sensing system, it carefully controls when it switches on its ability to do this, so as not to cause disease until it is firmly established within the human. 'Many antibiotics target the cell walls of harmful bacteria, and to resist this, the bacteria have to make changes to their cell wall.'

Justine Rudkin, a PhD student working on the project, said: 'The community-acquired bacteria has evolved further, and is able to maintain a higher level of toxicity while also resisting treatment from antibiotics, making it a much larger problem.' She added: 'While we are constantly learning more about MRSA, there is a serious threat posed by this newer strain of bacteria capable of causing disease and even death in perfectly healthy people.

'We need to respond seriously to this threat as it reaches Britain from the United States.'

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 February 1 - India's ID plan: An end to its inept bureaucracy or an Orwellian nightmare?
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

A plan to provide each of India's 1.2 billion citizens with a unique identification number has been praised as an essential programme to impose some efficiency on India's infamously inept bureaucracy. But its opponents have said it is ripe for abuse. The government could use it to spy on its citizens and criminals could steal the data and create false identities.
Since the plan was launched in mid-2010, about 110 million Indians have queued up at data-processing centres across the country to have their irises scanned and their fingerprints recorded. The unique identification (UID) number that arrives in the post a couple of months later can then be used to apply for welfare benefits and set up a bank account, without the endless form-filling and bribe-giving, which often goes along with proving your existence in India.

Headed by the respected former chairman of IT giant Infosys, Nandan Nilekani, the scheme has been a model of unusual government efficiency. But the programme is now under threat from the Home Ministry, which has its own biometric database. It collects not only fingerprints and irises, but also sensitive information such as caste and religion, which it wants to use for security purposes.

A turf war between the Home Ministry and the UID Authority led to a compromise last week. The agencies agreed to share their data to avoid duplication. That allowed Mr Nilekani to collect another 400 million people on to his database. The government is providing more than US$1.5 billion (Dh5.5bn) to merge the databases.

It is unclear how all this information will be stored and shared, but it has done nothing to allay the fears of activists who foresaw the UID scheme turning into an Orwellian nightmare that could target, rather than help, India's poorest citizens.

"Every attempt at regulation in this country has failed," said Ms Ramanathan. "They say this data will not be abused, but how can we believe them?"

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 February 2 - Ahmadinejad calls for new world order
 Article: One World Government

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a new world order of justice-seeking nations, to replace the existing Western-dominated liberal status quo. President Ahmadinejad made the remarks at the inauguration ceremony of the 2nd International Conference on Hollywoodism and Cinema in Tehran on Thursday.

The Iranian chief executive stated that the world's dominant powers deliberately bully the smaller nations, who are not in conflict with one another, thereby creating artificial problems between them.

President Ahmadinejad also pointed out that this new world order needs to be all-inclusive, and not be dominated by any particular single nation.

At least 48 foreign scholars from France, the US, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Egypt, Russia, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Palestine and the UK are taking part in the conference.

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 February 4 - Iran: We will help 'cut out the cancer of Israel'
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Iran will help anyone willing to "cut out the cancer" of Israel, its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today.
The religious leader also told worshippers at Friday prayers that the country will continue its controversial nuclear programme. He warned that any military strike by the West would only make Iran stronger.
"From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this," said Khamenei.
He said Israel is a "cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut".

But any statement by Iran's Supreme Leader, who has final say on all matters of state, makes it all the more unlikely that Tehran will switch tack.

Khamenei also said that Iran had assisted militant groups like the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas - a well-known policy, but one that Iranian leaders rarely state explicitly. "We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006, and in the 22-day war," between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip, he said.

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