In This Issue
- July 30, 2006 - Heatwave with a global grip
- July 30, 2006 - Israelis edge closer to war with Syria
- July 27, 2006 - Clarification re Psalm 83 in Ancient Book of Psalms
- July 31, 2006 - Catholics must unite behind the pope for peace
- July 28, 2006 - Truth, prayer, Holy Spirit are Pope Benedict's keys to Christian unity
- August 02, 2006 - Up to 10,000 casualties in North Korea flooding: aid group
- August 2, 2006 - Pope Calls for Immediate End to Conflict
- August 4, 2006 - Judges in Egypt: Scrap peace deal with Israel
- August 5, 2006 - No Life on Mars After All?
- August 3, 2006 - New immigrant: F22 stealth bomber? The United States may supply Israel with the most advanced stealth fighter jet in the world
- August 4, 2006 - Yemenite President Ali Abdallah Saleh on Al-Jazeera TV: I Hope All Countries Bordering Israel Will Join the War; Arab Countries Should Allow Transfer of Weapons & People to Lebanon & Palestine
Links Of Further Interest
The Weekly News In Review Newsletter is a
compilation of the news articles that have appeared
on the Understand The Times website during the
July 30, 2006 - Heatwave with a global grip
Article: Signs of the Last Times
Hot, arid weather is
afflicting millions in
America and in dozens of countries across Europe and
parts of east Asia.
The phenomenon has
surprised meteorologists who are used
to seeing drought as a regional, not global, problem.
This weekend they said
early analysis of the hot weather, together with the
size of the areas affected,
suggested it was linked to global climate change.
:Greenhouse gas emissions raise the likelihood of
heatwaves like this one," said
Dave Griggs, a Met Office representative on the Joint
Scientific Committee for
the World Climate Research Programme. "By
2040 this will be just an average
summer and by 2060 it will be a relatively cool
Data on the global heatwave have been collated by
the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration in America. Its maps show
that most of the US is 3-7C
above the average for the time of year and several
western states have been more
than 9C higher.
In South America, mid-winter temperatures in
Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and
Brazil are up to 7C higher than average. The
accompanying drought has reduced
the giant Iguazu falls on the Brazil-Argentina border
to a trickle.
Temperatures are averaging 7C higher than usual
across southern England and
Scotland. Casualties are expected: a similar hot spell
in August 2003 caused
2,071 deaths, according to estimates by the Office
for National Statistics.
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July 30, 2006 - Israelis edge closer to war with Syria
Article: Israel and the Last Days
Israel and Syria
appeared to be edging closer to
direct military confrontation last night after tit-for-
tat attacks around the
Lebanese border and the revelation that a new type
of long-range missile fired
into Israel by Hezbollah was built in Syria.
Tension between the two countries over the war in
Lebanon was growing as both
Tel Aviv and Damascus readied their forces for the
possibility of a direct
clash. Israeli intelligence reported that Syrian forces
had been put onto their
highest state of alert, while Israel has called up
15,000 reservists who many
believe will be despatched as reinforcements to the
disputed Golan Heights,
between the two countries.
...On Thursday Syria claimed to have shot down an
Israeli spy plane in the same
area, flying on the Lebanese side of the border.
Israel, which admitted only to
a "technical fault", uses unmanned
"drones" to locate weapons convoys
from Syria towards Hezbollah's strongholds within
Lebanon, in order for the
Israeli air force to strike the convoys before they can
reach the front line.
...Israeli anger at the continuing missile-smuggling
operation across Syria's
border, thought to include both the rockets used
against Israel and their
launchers, will be heightened by comments by
Hezbollah's elusive leader, Sheikh
Hassan Nasrallah. He vowed to strike cities in the
heart of Israel, declaring
that the Jewish state had failed to win any military
victory after days of
bloody clashes with his fighters.
There are fears within Israeli
military circles that an
attack on a Syrian target could trigger a Scud missile
assault by Damascus on
Israeli military or civilian locations.
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July 31, 2006 - Catholics must unite behind the pope for peace
Article: Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days
By Raymond L.
National Catholic Register
During a conversation I had with Pope John Paul II in
July of 1993 at his summer
residence at Castel Gandolfo, he said something to
me that I keep thinking as I
watch in horror on TV, day after day, the heavy
pounding of Israeli missiles
landing in southern Lebanon towns.
The holy father said to me, "The future of
Lebanon is very troubling; much pain
and much suffering. People should be able to live in
peace and practice their
own religious beliefs in the Middle East. Tragically,
they are not able to. I'm
troubled that many innocent people will continue to
be victims of intolerance
and injustice. The crisis in the
Middle East can only be
settled with prayer and good will, not by bombs,
hatred or terrorists."
...Deeply troubled with the lack of moral and political
leadership in our
nation, I (Raymond Flynn)recently wrote a letter to
Pope Benedict XVI, which I
would like to share with you. In the letter I wrote
"that the Middle East is in
crisis. Thousands of innocent Lebanese, Palestinians
and Israelis are being
killed and nobody has been able to do anything about
it. We are experiencing a
complete breakdown of moral order and international
(Continuing in the letter Raymond Flynn wrote to the
pope, he writes:) ..."There
are over 64 million Catholics in the United States and
1.2 billion worldwide.
You must lead us with one voice for peace and
justice in the Middle East. Your
message will be listened to by all three great religious
faiths in the Middle
East, Muslims, Jews and
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July 28, 2006 - Truth, prayer, Holy Spirit are Pope Benedict's keys to Christian unity
Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.
Catholic Register) - " In a
development that few observers would have
predicted before his election, Pope
Benedict XVI is winning recognition as a champion of
Every pope "has his own style and brings to
ecumenism his own personal
conviction and experience," Bishop Brian Farrell,
secretary of the Pontifical
Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told the
National Catholic Register. But
Benedict "truly feels the pain of a weakened
witness by Christians before a
world urgently in need of divine truth and love,"
Benedict's sense of urgency was demonstrated when
he announced in his first
public message as pope that he would "work without sparing
energies for the reconstitution of the full and visible
unity of all the
followers of Christ."
Benedict said working toward unity would be "a
primary commitment" of his
papacy, and said he "is prepared to do all that
is in his power to promote the
fundamental cause of ecumenism."
According to Bishop Farrell, the holy father
"constantly calls for prayer,
conversion of our hearts to Christ, and great love and
humility in our dealings
with our brothers and sisters of other churches and
communities." The bishop
added that the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity is
"greatly encouraged by
the way this 'spiritual' ecumenism is gaining ground at
every level of the
"There are lots of things we can do at the local
level where most ecumenism
that's meaningful takes place," George said.
"I'm thinking joint prayers
together, joint Scripture distribution and translation,
and bible studies
George also pointed to an "ecumenism in the
trenches" that has developed between
Catholics, evangelicals and other Protestants in their
common work on behalf of
protecting human life and promoting the family.
"We have met in the
trenches as co-combatants against a
common foe," he said. "That has drawn
us into deeper discussions on issues
related to salvation and justification and holiness of
Emphasis on the preeminent
role of the Holy Spirit is the
third prong of Benedict's ecumenical approach.
"In fact, it is impossible for us to 'make' unity
through our own powers alone,"
the Holy Father told an ecumenical gathering in
Poland this May.
Making the words of Pope
John Paul II his own, Benedict
added, "We will be available to receive this gift
to the extent that we open our
minds and hearts to him through the Christian life and
above all through
"Pope Benedict never fails to remind us that
unity is a gift of the Holy
Spirit," Bishop Farrell said.
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August 4, 2006 - Judges in Egypt: Scrap peace deal with Israel
Article: Israel and the Last Days
Judges in Egypt called upon the government to
dissolve its peace agreement with
Israel, on the grounds that it is inconceivable for
Egypt to coexist peaceably
with Israel while the IDF operates in Lebanon. The
judges expressed support of
popular resistance against Israeli advances, which, in
their eyes, is the only
way to protect the Arab ummah (greater nation).
In a statement issued Thursday, Egyptian judges
censured "the barbaric Israeli
attacks on the Palestinian and Lebanese
people." They also warned of American
attempts "to rearrange the Middle East, based
on the 'Greater Middle East' plan,
via Israeli pride and American hegemony, in whose
eyes the lives of hundreds of
Arab children are not worth the wounds of one Israeli
The judges expressed their belief that the popular
resistance is the only way to
protect the Arab nation and their honor, and stated
their support from "the
bravery of Lebanese resistance fighters and the
stance of Lebanese people of all
denominations." The statement declared that it
is inconceivable that the US will
continue to be considered a friend or strategic ally of
any nation in the
region, after having proven itself to be the primary
instigator of attacks on
the Arab nation.
August 5, 2006 - No Life on Mars After All?
Article: Creation / Evolution - Misc.
It was a science
fiction fantasy come true: Ten
years ago this summer, NASA announced the
discovery of life on Mars.
At a Washington, D.C., news conference, scientists
showed magnified pictures of
a four-pound Martian meteorite riddled with wormy
blobs that looked like
bacterial colonies. The researchers explained how
they had pried numerous clues
from the rock, all strongly supporting their contention
creatures once occupied its nooks and crannies.
It was arguably the space agency's most imagination-
gripping moment since
Apollo. Space buffs and NASA officials said that it
just might be the scientific
discovery of the century.
"If the results are verified," the late Carl
Sagan pronounced, "it is a turning
point in human history."
Ten years later, the results
have not been verified.
Skeptics have found non-biological explanations for
every piece of evidence that
was presented on Aug. 6, 1996. And though they still
vigorously defend their
claim, the NASA scientists who advanced it now
stand alone in their belief.
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August 4, 2006 - Yemenite President Ali Abdallah Saleh on Al-Jazeera TV: I Hope All Countries Bordering Israel Will Join the War; Arab Countries Should Allow Transfer of Weapons & People to Lebanon & Palestine
Article: Israel and the Last Days
The following are
excerpts from an interview
with Yemenite President Ali Abdallah Saleh, which
aired on Al-Jazeera TV on
August 1, 2006.
Interviewer: "Do you expect the war
Ali Abdallah Saleh: "Yes."
Interviewer: "To include Syria?"
Ali Abdallah Saleh: "I would certainly
hope that it expands. I would hope
so, but the Israelis would not dare. They are
frustrated in South Lebanon, so
how could they expand the war? All Israeli cities
would be within the range of
the Syrian missiles. Syria is armed, and is ready for
anything. It would be
foolish, even more than foolish... I say in all honesty
that the Israeli
government is defeated. The Israeli army is also
defeated by any standard. The
Israeli government will fall. It will fall soon because it
Israeli strategy is based on brief wars, on swift
strikes. By now it has been 19
days, and the equation has changed. If Israel were
to act foolishly and wage war
against Syria, I expect Israel would find itself in an
situation. Perhaps they would even leave the region,
because their society is a
mixture [of identities], full of contradictions."
Ali Abdallah Saleh:
"I hope that all the countries
bordering with Israel, not just Syria, would enter the
war. I meant the
countries bordering with Israel. We will not enter the
war officially, but we
will open the borders to the fighters. We will allow
the transfer of money and
equipment, to support the Lebanese resistance and
the Palestinian resistance in
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