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Japan holds military drill as S. China Sea islands dispute widens
Japanese
paratroopers recaptured an island from an enemy in a wargame as its
Defense Minister vowed to defend a disputed East China Sea territory.
China’s ships sailed near the contested islets as Beijing reportedly
expanded its air defense zone.  
America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom
World
economic freedom has reached record levels, according to the 2014 Index
of Economic Freedom, released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and
The Wall Street Journal. But after seven straight years of decline, the
U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries.   
Ariel Sharon and his Legacy
Some
are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust
upon them.” Ariel Sharon was not born great in February 1928 in the
cooperative farming village of Kfar Malal. But he had achieved greatness
by the time he died on January 11, 2014, gaining legendary stature as
the greatest field commander in the history of the Israel Defense
Forces. He was also proud to be a farmer, and he became a dynamic
political leader. He lived up to his nickname Arik (“the Lion” in
Hebrew) as the Lion of Israel. Not surprisingly, the title of his
autobiography was Warrior.  
Police Arrest US Street Preacher in Scotland for Calling Homosexuality a Sin
American
street preacher Tony Miano was arrested earlier this year in July.
Christian Concern, a British legal group, helped Miano avoid paying a
fine and receiving a ‘Caution’ after he was detained. Scottish police
arrested Tony Milano, a U.S. preacher and former Los Angeles Deputy
Sheriff, for breach of the peace and for using “homophobic” language in
the condemnation of sin.   
China cloning on an ‘industrial scale’ using human technicians instead of machines
The
technology involved is not particularly novel – but what is new is the
application of mass production. The first shed contains 90 animals in
two long rows. They look perfectly normal, as one would expect, but each
of them is carrying cloned embryos. Many are clones themselves. The
facility produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year: China is
exploiting science on an industrial scale.   
China Conducts Test of Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle
China’s
military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high
speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile
defenses, Pentagon officials said. The test of the new hypersonic glide
vehicle was carried out Jan. 9 and the experimental weapon is being
dubbed the WU-14 by the Pentagon, said officials who spoke on condition
of anonymity. The hypersonic vehicle represents a major step forward in
China’s secretive strategic nuclear and conventional military and
missile programs.   
D-Wave claims it wants to release a 1,000 qubit quantum computer in 2014
Before
munching up on the hype, though, it’s important to understand that to
this day no one has been able to build a practical, working quantum
computer. Still, in a recent interview with the Washington Post,
D-Wave’s vice president of processor development, Jeremy Hilton, stated
the company has a 1000 qubit processor in the lab, which they plan on
releasing in 2014.  
Surprise, we believe the Bible: Methodist pastor punished
United
Methodist officials have followed church doctrine and church law in
dealing with an errant pastor.
Frank Schaefer, who pastors a church in Pennsylvania, pastors it no
more. He was brought to trial and convicted of officiating at his son’s
same-gender “marriage” ceremony in Massachusetts where such weddings are
legal. He was given 30 days to repent and conform to church doctrine
but declined and has now been defrocked.   
Biden: Peace talks hold out ‘possibility for an island of stability’
U.S.
Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli President Shimon Peres committed
to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Biden saying Monday the time is
ripe to act. The talks offered a “possibility for an island of
stability,” in the region, Biden said in remarks following the
closed-door discussions with Peres.  
US lawmakers rail against academic boycott of Israel
Over
four dozen members of Congress have signed a bipartisan letter blasting
a decision earlier this month by the American Studies Association to
participate in an academic boycott of Israel.   
US and Russia push for modest Syria ceasefire
In
a first yet fragile step toward peace, Syria’s government and the main
but disputed moderate opposition group seeking to oust it have agreed to
allow humanitarian aid into some blocked-off parts of the scarred
Mideast country.   
NSA FILES DECODED
Much
of the NSA’s defence is that the public should be unconcerned, summed
up by the dictum: “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to
fear.” But civil liberties groups such as the Electronic Frontier
Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union warn that surveillance
goes well beyond what Congress intended and what the US constitution
allows.   
Us vs. Them
The
United States Chamber of Commerce, already in the tank for amnesty, is
now in the tank for Common Core. The Chamber of Commerce will be funding
Republican candidates to beat conservatives. The New York Times
recently ran an article on the corrupt and entangling alliances within
the Mainstreet Partnership. This group of liberal Republicans, funded by
an alliance of Wall Street and Labor Unions intends to defeat both
conservative incumbents and challengers to Republicans.  
Floods Hit South Philippines; 20 Dead, 13 Missing
Two
days of heavy rains set off floods and landslides in the southeastern
Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead, 13 missing and thousands
displaced, officials said Monday.   
Iran and UN nuke agency postpone talks
A
planned meeting between the United Nations’s nuclear watchdog and Iran
meant to help alleviate concerns over its nuclear activities was
postponed Tuesday, officials said.   
El Salvador on Alert for Chaparrastique Volcano Activity
According
to the latest special report from Ministry of Environment and Natural
Resources (MARN), as vibrations persist and gases column is visible, the
possibility of another eruption is not ruled out in the coming days or
weeks through the central crater or their flanks.   
Americans warned of imminent, deadly meteor strikes
Just
as when the American populace first prepared for the possibility of a
nuclear blast, a person’s best option for surviving a meteor strike is
the same “duck and cover” created during the 1940s and ’50s when nuclear
weaponry was still in its infancy.   
Congressional Leaders Announce ‘Bipartisan’ $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
Top
congressional negotiators Monday night released a “bipartisan” $1.1
trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government
through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of
last year.

…“This agreement shows the American people that we can compromise, and
that we can govern,” Mikulski said. “It puts an end to shutdown,
slowdown, slamdown politics.”  

China Set to Seize South China Sea Island by Force
Reports
out of Chinese state media indicate that Beijing is set to invade an
island in the South China Sea “illegally occupied” by US ally the
Philippines, stoking concerns that the tension filled region could
explode.

The article originally appeared at qianzhan.com under the headline,
‘Sudden major move of Chinese troops this year to recover Zhongye Island
by force’, and was translated by the China Daily Mail.  

Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare
Robert
Laszewski—a prominent consultant to health insurance companies—recently
wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost
certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it
already has, “insurers won’t be losing a lot of sleep over it.” How can
this be? Because insurance companies won’t bear the cost of their own
losses—at least not more than about a quarter of them. The other
three-quarters will be borne by American taxpayers. 
 
Syria peace talks: Opposition ‘risks US-UK support’
Britain
and the US have warned they will rethink support for Syria’s main
opposition group if it fails to join peace talks, a Syrian source has
said.

The official from the Syrian National Coalition told reporters that the
UK and the US were adamant the group must go to Geneva for next week’s
talks.

The coalition will hold a vote on Friday on whether or not to attend. 

 
Mexico to deploy federal forces in Michoacan conflict zone
The
Mexican government has announced that federal troops will take over
security in an area where vigilante groups and a drugs cartel are
clashing.

The “self-defence groups” seized several small towns in the western
state of Michoacan over the past week.

They say they are fighting for the freedom of their communities from the
notorious Knights Templar cartel.  

After dispensing with Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt trains its sights on Hamas
After
crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt’s military rulers plan
to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the
neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.

The aim, which the officials say could take years to pull off, includes
working with Hamas’s political rivals Fatah and supporting popular
anti-Hamas activities in Gaza, four security and diplomatic officials
said.  

South Sudan army advances on rebels
Government
troops in South Sudan are advancing on the flashpoint town of Bor, the
last state capital still in rebel hands, an army spokesman says.
“Bor is still in the hands of the rebels but our forces are still moving
towards it,” Colonel Philip Aguer said on Monday.   
Egypt referendum: Vote to begin amid tight security
Egyptians
are to vote in a referendum on a new constitution, which could pave the
way for fresh elections.

The new charter aims to replace the constitution passed under Islamist
President Mohammed Morsi months before he was ousted by the army.

Correspondents say the military wants a strong “Yes” vote as a popular
endorsement of Mr Morsi’s removal.   

Pope assails ‘throwaway culture’ of abortion
Pope
Francis on Monday called abortion “horrific” and said it was part of a
new “throwaway culture” he said wasted human life as easily as it wasted
food — his strongest words yet on a practice that is a divisive
political issue in the United States.   
Syria foreign minister to ‘visit Russia before Geneva peace talks’
Syrian
Foreign Minister Walid Muallem will visit Russia ahead of the Geneva 2
peace talks on the crisis due to begin in Switzerland later this month,
Damascus’ ambassador to Moscow said Monday.  
Iran nuke deal doesn’t end debate over sanctions
The
weekend deal spelling out how Iran will roll back its nuclear program
in exchange for sanctions relief buttresses the Obama administration’s
argument Tehran may be prepared for a grand diplomatic compromise
averting the potential for war. But it has done little to sway skeptical
lawmakers determined to levy new sanctions against Iran.   
NSA Data Have No Impact on Terrorism: Report
A
public policy group says a review of U.S. terrorist arrests shows the
government’s collection of bulk phone records does little to prevent
terrorism, adding fuel to a debate over whether the spy program should
be ended.  

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