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 September 3 - Iran could strike US bases if Israel attacks: Hezbollah
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Iran could hit U.S. bases in the Middle East in response to any Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities even if American forces played no role in the attack, the leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah said on Monday.

"A decision has been taken to respond and the response will be very great," Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview with the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen television.

"The response will not be just inside the Israeli entity - American bases in the whole region could be Iranian targets," he said, citing information he said was from Iranian officials. "If Israel targets Iran, America bears responsibility."

War with Iran would be more deadly, Nasrallah said. "We don't know what will happen in the region."

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 September 8 - FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across America
 Article: One World Government

Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program and is now implementing the intelligence database in unidentified locales across the country, New Scientist reports in an article this week. The FBI first outlined the project back in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 document (.pdf) that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America .

"The NGI Program is a compilation of initiatives that will either improve or expand existing biometric identification services," its administrator explained to the Department of Justice at the time, adding that the project, "will accommodate increased information processing and sharing demands in support of anti-terrorism." The NGI Program Office mission is to reduce terrorist and criminal activities by improving and expanding biometric identification and criminal history information services through research, evaluation and implementation of advanced technology within the IAFIS environment."

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 September 4 - Benedict XVI Calls Focolare Youth to Bridge Gap Among All People
 Article: One World Religion

In a message to Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement, Pope Benedict XVI greeted participants of the movement's annual Genfest youth gathering held in Budapest last weekend. An estimated 12,000 youth attended the three-day event that focused on the theme "Let's Bridge!"

Through his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy Father expressed his joy at the meeting and spoke of the city of Budapest as an "eloquent symbol" of the event's theme. "The numerous bridges that span the Danube, that connect the settlements from Buda and Pest and make them a single unity, were destroyed during World War II," he reflected. "Yet, born from the ashes of that terrible conflict was the determination to build peace on lasting foundations, a determination that was the inspiration at the base of the foundation of the Focolare Movement. The bridges of the Danube were reconstructed and the international community was determined to eliminate once and for all the conditions that could lead to a future conflict."

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 September 7 - Israel facing most fateful days since 1973, says PM confidant
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Former MK Tzachi Hanegbi, considered a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tells Likud conference he believes a decision on Iran will be made within the next 50 days.

Former Likud and Kadima member Tzachi Hanegbi said this week that he believed the fate of Israel's conflict with Iran will be decided within the next 50 days. Hanegbi, who is considered a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, later told Israel Hayom the assessment was his own and not based on specific information disclosed to him.

"We are entering the most fateful 50 days Israel has faced since, perhaps, the similarly fateful days prior to the Yom Kippur War," Hanegbi said at a Likud conference this week, as quoted by the Makor Rishon newspaper.

At the same conference, Hanegbi explained that any decision that will be made on whether or not to attack Iran would have to be "taken by someone with foresight, with historical vision, who comes from an ideological home. Today, when we talk about how we understand the dangers of the Iranian threat and understand that confrontation comes at a cost, it is because we want to spare our sons and grandsons from having to pay an intolerable price."

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 September 5 - Medicine in a microchip: Company testing an implantable, wireless drug delivery system
 Article: Miscellaneous

Earlier this summer, we saw the first "smart pill" from Proteus Digital Health receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance, a huge step in connecting drug delivery with mobile technologies. So what comes next?

It would be years before we see it on the market, but the next generation of smart medicine just may lie in an even smarter method of drug delivery - a tiny chip that's implanted inside the body and programmed wirelessly to release doses of drugs at the right time - being developed and tested by an MIT spinout.

Initially, MicroCHIPS sees its technology treating conditions that require consistent, long-term regimens of injected drugs. One of the most critical needs the technology addresses, according to President and CEO Robert Farra, is compliance. People generally don't enjoy getting injections, and when left to do it themselves, will find ways to avoid it. Plus, sometimes injectable medications need to be refrigerated, which isn't convenient for people on the go.

First developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by professors Robert Langer and Michael Cima, the technology starts with a microchip that measures three-quarters of an inch by three-quarters of an inch. On that microchip are 200 microreservoirs, tiny dips that house concentrated dosages of drugs and are hermetically sealed using metallic bonds so the drug can't leak out and no moisture or air can get into the reservoirs.

The chip is also designed with a path for an electrical current to pass through in order to melt the bonds when it's time for a dose of the drug to be released. It's implanted under the skin, usually below the waistline or in the arm, in an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia, a small incision and a few sutures.

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 September 10 - Christians, Muslims to hold vigil as Lebanon papal visit approaches
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Christians and Muslims will come together for a prayer vigil on Sept. 12 to invoke the protection of God and the Virgin Mary over Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the country this week.

Vatican-based Fides News Agency reported that four processions of young people will converge upon the "Garden of Mary" in Beirut's Museum Square on Wednesday. At 8 p.m. local time the vigil will begin, with Christian and Muslim readings and prayer asking God to bless the Sept. 14-16 papal visit.

The Secretary of the Commission of the Lebanese Bishops' Conference for Dialogue with Islam, Father Antoine Daou, told Fides that the title of the initiative is "Together in peace, love, freedom and security."

"It will be a national and popular holiday, to show to the world that Lebanon can be in this moment in history the Country of coexistence between Christians and Muslims," he noted. Representatives and leaders from all the religious communities in Lebanon, as well as thousands of the faithful, are expected to participate in the vigil.

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 September 7 - Faith in Mary Seen as Channel for Pope to Bring Peace in Lebanon
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Father Chidiac: Yes, absolutely! And not only an impetus but also a confirmation. The people already live profoundly this faith in Our Lady. Very widespread, for example, is the practice of the rosary, hence the Holy Father will see confirmed this dedication to the Virgin. Above all the Pope's presence will give hope to the Lebanese people to overcome their profound concern for all that is happening in the Middle East and to go beyond. The Pope often speaks of hope, and to speak of hope makes us think immediately of Mary, the true sign of hope for the whole of humanity, for Lebanon and for all Christians and non-Christians of the Middle East.

ZENIT: In regard to all the difficult situations, at times also tragic, which the Middle Eastern countries are experiencing, can it be affirmed that devotion to Our Lady can also favor ecumenical dialogue?

Father Chidiac: Certainly, it's a great help. There are so many different traditions, but also so many points of convergence. Suffice it to think of the dogma of the Mother of God, foundation of both the Catholic and Orthodox faith, which is already a very important reference for ecumenical dialogue.I hope that in the future this dialogue can be deepened also from the theological and relational point of view, both at the theoretical as well as the practical level. In the sense of thinking of the mystery of God with the light of the "school" of Mary and living the theological virtues as she did: with openness to the other, simplicity, hospitality, and also love for those who are far away or totally different from us.

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 September 8 - Iran threatens to bring war to U.S. shores
 Article: Wara And Rumors Of Wars

The deputy chief commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned this past week that any aggression against Iran will expand warfare onto the turf of its enemies.

"Our nation is ready to rub the enemies' snout into dust and send thousands of coffins to their cities,"
Gen. Hossein Salami told Fars News Agency. "Any aggression against Iran will expand the war into the borders of the enemies," he warned. "They know our power, and we won't allow any aggression against our land."

Fars News Agency also reported a stern warning by Gen. Hassan Firoozabadi, head of the Army's Joint Chiefs of Staff. Although he accused the U.S. and European nations of supporting al-Qaida and "terrorists" in Syria, he warned that America and the European countries should expect major attacks by al-Qaida and other terrorist groups in their homelands.

As reported earlier this year, terror cells have been placed on high alert to attack targets in the U.S. and Europe should Iran be attacked. Hundreds of terror cells have infiltrated America and, in collaboration with Hezbollah, are awaiting orders to strike American targets. Thousands of cells have also been placed in Latin America.

Another senior commander of the Islamic regime, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, recently warned America, "In the face of any attack, we will have a crushing response. In that case, we will not only act in the boundaries of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf; no place in America will be safe from our attacks."

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 September 12 - Pope Benedict urges Christians to be 'builders of peace' in Middle East
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle East to help create peace in the troubled region.

"I exhort all Christians of the Middle East, both those born there and the newly arrived, to be builders of peace and architects of reconciliation," the Pope said at the conclusion of his General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 12.

The Pope is making the 3-day trip to the Mediterranean state Sept. 14 - 16 to sign his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East.

"The history of the Middle East teaches us the important and sometimes primordial role played by the various Christian communities in inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue," observed Pope Benedict. "Let us ask God to give that region of the world its longed-for peace, and respect for legitimate differences."

He also rejoiced that his apostolic trip will enable him to meet members of Lebanese society including other Christians, Muslims and Druze from the region. "I thank the Lord for this rich variety, which will be able to continue only if people live in permanent peace and reconciliation."

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 September 11 - Mammoth fragments from Siberia raise cloning hopes
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Scientists have discovered well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the "Jurassic Park" possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organizer said Tuesday. Russia's North-Eastern Federal University said an international team of researchers had discovered mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow some 328 feet (100 meters) underground during a summer expedition in the northeastern province of Yakutia.

Expedition chief Semyon Grigoryev said Korean scientists with the team had set a goal of finding living cells in the hope of cloning a mammoth. Scientists have previously found bones and fragments but not living cells. Grigoryev told the online newspaper Vzglyad it would take months of research to determine whether they have indeed found the cells.

"Only after thorough laboratory research will it be known whether these are living cells or not," he said, adding that would take until the end of the year at the earliest.

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 September 12 - Top EU official: greater political union is needed
 Article: One World Government

European Union officials are asking national governments to give up control of their banks as they try to pull the region closer together to solve its crippling financial crisis.

In a proposal that represents one the most significant surrenders of national sovereignty since the creation of the euro in 1999, the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, proposed Wednesday to make the European Central Bank the single supervisor for all 6,000 banks in the 17 countries that use the currency.

The Commission wants to give the ECB sweeping powers: from the ability to grant and take away banking licenses to extensive authority to investigate and fine wayward banks.

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