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 March 1 - Pentagon prepares "aerial refueling" for Israeli planes striking Iran
 Artical: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

In a dramatic U-turn to show Israel that Washington is serious about its military option against Iran's nuclear program, Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday, March 1, that "military options being prepared start with providing refueling for Israeli planes and include attacking the pillars of the clerical regime.

They include the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its elite Qods Force, regular Iranian military bases and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security." The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in Washington's first public reference to possible joint military action with Israel against Iran.

Barring last-minute changes, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will still be at profound cross purposes on Iran when they meet at the White House on March 5. Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak flew to Washington to try and work out with US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Wednesday, Feb. 29 a formula for bridging the widening gap. debkafile's Washington sources report that notwithstanding their smiling embraces, Barak flew straight back home to inform the prime minister they had failed.

While still airborne, Barak heard White House Spokesman Jay Carney further sharpen Obama's current tone: "I think we have been clear about this - that any (Israeli) military action in that region threatens greater instability in the region, because Iran borders both Afghanistan and Iraq - we have civilian personnel in Iraq, we have military personnel as well as civilians in Afghanistan."

Carney added "But our approach right now is to continue to pursue the diplomatic path that we've taken, combined with very aggressive sanctions."

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 February 28 - E-passports spread to half the globe
 Artical: One World Government

Nearly half of all United Nations (U.N.) member states are now issuing biometric e-passports, according to the newest data from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.N. agency that oversees international air travel. ICAO, which held its 20th TAG/MRTD meeting in September, reports that 93 out of 193 U.N. member states now issue e-passports, with 21 additional countries ready to deploy the technology in the next 12 to 48 months. ICAO estimates that as of July 2011, these 93 states have issued more than 345 million e-passports, of which almost 340 million are in circulation.

As per ICAO specifications, each of these documents contains a contactless integrated circuit chip that stores biometric data-i.e. facial, fingerprint or iris-of the passport holder as well as other encrypted identification data. Forty-five of the e-passport issuing states store both fingerprint and facial data on their documents, while 34 store only the facial data. The remaining 14 states currently use facial data, but will begin including fingerprints by the end of 2011.

According to ICAO's findings, the U.S. remains the largest issuer with 72 million documents issued to date. The U.S. issued 13 million in the past year. The UK, which issued 5 million e-passports in 2011, ranks as the second largest issuer with 27 million in total.

According to ICAO, just eight states read e-passports at airports and borders. These include the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, Portugal, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Germany. IMS Research predicts that within five years 90% of passport holders will be using e-passports with integrated smart card IC chips.

Nearly half of all current passports issued today use smart chip technology, thanks to a rapid migration started in 2007. "This trend is set to continue," states Alex Green, author of the IMS report "Electronic Government and Health Care ID Cards." There are still a few countries around the world that are not yet issuing e-passports. However, most have started and with the typical five to ten year replacement rates for passports, it is only a matter of time before all passports in circulation are e-passports," explains Green.

The report examines the use of biometrics in e-passports, which is still largely limited to a digital image of the holders face stored on the IC. Green says this will change: "By 2014, the situation is forecast to have been reversed. By this time the majority of passports being issued will also include additional biometric data such as one or more fingerprints, iris scans, etc."

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 March 1 - UN to propose planetary regulations of water, food
 Article: One World Government

An environmental report issued by an agency of the United Nations last month has some critics sounding the alarm, saying it is a clarion call for "global governance" over how the Earth is managed.

The report, "21 Issues for the 21st Century," from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Foresight Process, is the culmination of a two-year deliberative process involving 22 core scientists. It is expected to receive considerable attention in the run-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Rio, Brazil, in June.

But its critics see an agenda lurking in its 60 pages, which call for a complete overhaul of how the world's food and water are created and distributed -- something the report says is "urgently needed" for the human race to keep feeding and hydrating itself safely.

"This is more utopianism, pie-in-the-sky pleading for 'global governance,' including what they acknowledge as 'novel governance arrangements,' including, 'alliances between environmentalist and other civil society groups,'"
charged Chris Horner, author of Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed, and a senior fellow for energy and environment at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in Washington, D.C.

The Foresight Report suggests actions to save humanity from starvation, the overheating planet and the collapse of the world's oceans -- options that include new "constitutional frameworks," "international protocols" and a "shared vision" for land and water management that essentially rewire existing treaties and governments.

The State Dept. has already weighed in on many of the issues presented by the Foresight Panel in its own statement, titled "Sustainable Development for the Next Twenty Years United States Views on RIO+20." Submitted to the U.N by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OIES) in November, this policy vision makes it clear the State Dept. will back global government solutions -- whether they be in addressing the overfishing of the oceans, making national laws and regulations more transparent, addressing land and ocean-based pollution, or water management.

The U.S. also is wholly supportive of strengthening the UNEP as "a body through which governments can cooperate to recommend environmental policies, promote best practices, and build national capacity for governance, monitoring and assessment," according to the vision statement.

Questions about the ability of nations to work with global bodies such as the U.N, and whether they should subscribe to transnational guidelines or mandates, will no doubt be a subject of concern in the run-up to the Rio summit.

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 March 4 - Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Utica celebrates 20 straight years of praying
 Article:Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
The following article will help explain the practice of perpetual adoration of a host by the Roman Catholic Church. While adoration of a wafer takes great commitment (someone has stared at the wafer in a monstrance continuously for 20 years) you will not find the origin for this idea in the Bible. However, the Bible does explain why people would do this - they love to worship idols.
Most people are familiar with churches and their elegant services, but many of us may not be familiar with much smaller and quieter settings within some churches, called adoration chapels. There is an adoration chapel at St. Joseph St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Columbia Street in Utica, only this chapel is called the Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Perpetual, because there is always at least one person there praying, no matter what time or day. The Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph St. Patrick's celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday.

It all began back in August of 1991when Father Antone Kandrac, Pastor of St. Joseph's St. Patrick's at the time, and Betty Frank, a church official attended the Sacred Heart Conference in Syracuse. They both received the call back then from the Holy Spirit to begin perpetual adoration in the church. It began on March 4th, 1992 and it has been going ever since.

Roberts says she spends a few hours herself each week in the chapel, "we realize God is with us all over, and we can pray anyplace, but there's something extra special about being in the presence of the Lord and being able to be right there."

Current Pastor of St. Joseph St. Patrick's, Father Richard Dellos says it's the dedication of about 330 people from 20 parishes in the Greater Utica which keeps this longstanding Catholic tradition going here in the Mohawk Valley, "different people take responsibility to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament is the extension of the mass, and people can pray in the presence of our Lord's body and blood, which is exposed in monstrance." A monstrance is the vessel used to display the consecrated Eucharistic host during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Roberts says the time spent in the chapel is a very important time for each person who comes to pray, "there's so many difficulties and struggles that we all face in the world, being able to go into that chapel and spend some quality time with the Lord and being able to meditate, the relief and the faith and hope that you feel, I can't even describe it, it just gives peace to a person and gives you the opportunity to go out and face whatever you have to deal with in the world."

It's the role of Roberts and several other coordinators of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel to make sure even one second doesn't go by without someone there, and sometimes, she herself serves as a fill-in, "a medical emergency or someone can't make it and we get a call and we try to have subs prepared or two people in each hour, but there are times when I may need to go down and cover it myself and I am prepared to do that, but, we've never left it uncovered."

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 March 5 - Rick Warren Doublespeak
 Article:One World Religion

Comment from Understand the Times:
Rick Warren is an expert at saying one thing one time and then making public statements saying that he did not say what he said. On March 25, 2011 Rick Warren spoke at Saddleback along with Tony Blair and they explained their coming idea for a PEACE Plan that could unite all religions. Warren is a master at double-speak.
Rick Warren issued a response to the Orange County Register's article "Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims." In his response, Warren said editor Jim Hinch misinterpreted him. In the article, Hinch said Warren was "proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God."
Jim Hinch must have read "A Common Word Between Us and You" that Warren signed in 2007. He signed the document with the late John Stott, Brian McLaren, Robert Schuller, Leith Anderson (NAE President), David Neff (Christianity Today), Richard Cizik (former NAE VP), and Bill Hybels (Willow Creek).
The document called for peace between Muslims and Christians. It pushed a common understanding between both faiths based on the Koran commandment, "O People of the Scripture! come to a common word as between us and you: that we worship none but God."
This document was an attempt to apologize for the supposed mistreatment of Muslims around the world. Christians should not have signed this document because Allah and the Judeo-Christian God are not the same. Christians believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity.
Muslims deny this doctrine as they believe Jesus was only a prophet and not God. Rick Warren's response to the Orange County Register's article clarified that he believes the doctrine of the Trinity and that Jesus is the Son of God. The problem that we have is that he has a case of doublespeak. Warren denies the Orange County Register article's contents, but the document he signed "A Common Word Between Us and You" says differently.
Steve McConkey, leader of BigWorldWatch.com, says "A person should not say one thing one time and another thing later and then blame the reporter.

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 March 7 - Does Rick Warren Believe Christians & Muslims Pray to "Same God?"
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from Understand the Times:
The following article presents the facts with regard to the Rick Warren statement that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

However, documents recently released by Jim Hinch to Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries show how Hinch came to his conclusion in his story "Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims."

The OC Register reporter shared a part of the King's Way document that was agreed upon by local Muslims and Warren's church. This document shows how Hinch came to his conclusions.

Below is the document provided to Apprising Ministries that centered on theological agreements:

I. WHO: we believe in

1. God is one (Mark 12:29; Muhammed 47:19)
2. God is the Creator (Genesis 1:1; Al Shura 42:11)
3. God is different from the world (1 Timothy 6:16; An An'am 6:103)
4. God is Good
a. God loves (1 John 4:16; Al Buruj 85:14)
b. God is just (1 John 1:19, Romans 3:26; Hud 11:45)
c. God's love encompasses God's judgment (1 Peter 4:8; Al A'raf 7:156; Al Ghafir 40:7)

The Register story based the phrases "same God" and "one God" on the phrasing in this document, which states that Christians and Muslims believe in one God.

It is clear from this document that Rick Warren is in theological error. In a recent Christian Post article, he said that he believed in the Triune God. However, again by promoting the above document, he is in error saying one thing and another thing later.

Steve McConkey, Director of BigWorldWatch.com, says "We are concerned that during these troubling times, there is not clarity in doctrine in churches. We need to reach out with love, but cannot compromise the basics of the faith."

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 March 5 - Churches adopt new Ten Commandments
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

The religious rules, which Christians believe were etched onto tablets by God and given to Moses, have been modified to use up-to-date language and principles.
Inspired by last year's riots, the new vows include "manage your anger", "know God" and "catch your breath" and are understood to be used in more than 600 churches in Britain. The original "thou shalt not steal" has become "prosper with a clear conscience", and the lengthy "thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain" becomes "take God seriously".
The commandments, designed by popular evangelical preacher J John, have been praised by religious leaders for bringing practical advice to modern congregations. Using short, simple language interspersed with slang, the new rules have now been released on a DVD called "just10 for churches", aimed at providing guidance.
The tenth commandment, for example, has altered the Biblical "thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's" to just "find contentment." "Thou shalt not commit adultery" have been edited to "affair-proof your relationships", and "honour thy father and thy mother" has altered to "keep the peace with your parents".

J John claims his commandments enable "everyone to understand God's timeless principles on how we should live" and said he was inspired to write them by last summer's riots.

The Reverend Paul Roberts, 54, vicar of St John the Evangelist in Old Coulsdon, Surrey, which dates back to 1210 AD, is among those using the new commandments. He said: "It's basically a way of presenting the Ten Commandments to help people connect with them in a positive way. "Rather than just seeing them as a list of things you shouldn't do, it is meant to help people live as God intended for our good.

Wayne Dulson, 40, minister of Loughton Baptist Church, Essex said: "People really engaged with the Ten Commandments in a new and fresh way.

Steve Jenkins, spokesman for the Church of England, said they supported new ways of communicating and added: "The Book Of Common Prayer is very clear that the faith needs to be taught afresh in every generation."

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 March 9 - Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Benedict to 'Bury Hatchet' Over Anglican Shift?
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and head of the Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI will come together in prayer this coming Saturday in a symbolic gesture of solidarity and unity after years of tension over Anglicans shifting to the Roman Catholic Church.

Tensions between the Anglican and Catholic churches were heightened in 2009 when the Vatican launched a controversial program to allow disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Church.

With discontent Anglicans requesting to join the Catholic Church, the Vatican launched a structure of an "ordinariate" to allow priests and Anglican followers to enter into full communion. The structures, which have allowed former Anglicans to convert to Catholicism while maintaining some of their Anglican traditions, such as allowing married priests to remain under the pope's offer, have since been created in both the U.S. and Britain. Debate over female and homosexual ordination has been most intense in those two countries.

At the height of the controversy in 2009, the Vatican suggested that the offer was an attempt to "reach out" to their Anglican sisters and brothers, but some in the Anglican body believed that the Vatican was overstepping its bounds and "poaching."

Since 2009, the two church leaders have put their differences aside despite the tension. The pope visited Williams in 2010 and affirmed their commitment to continuing ecumenical dialogue.

They will come together again this weekend for a private meeting, and will jointly hold a public prayer for vespers, or the sunset evening prayer service. The joint prayer will take place in the Rome monastery of San Gregorio al Celio.

The choirs of the Westminster Abbey and the Vatican will also hold two joint performances later this month, which many view as a sign of burying the hatchet. A Vatican spokesperson called the prayers and joint performances a sign "of moving together along the same path" for the two churches, according to AFP.

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