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Venezuela Lets CNN Journalists Stay.


CNN’s journalists can remain in Venezuela after all, President Nicolas Maduro said, reversing a day-old move to revoke their credentials and begin expulsion.

Maduro threatened to kick out the network’s journalists if CNN did not “rectify’ its coverage of the country’s anti-government protests, the network reported Friday night.

But Maduro changed course later, and Maduro said CNN could stay.

Maduro had called out CNN along with Fox News and other media from the United States, saying they encouraged the opposition forces.

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But the brunt of his anger went to CNN, saying its Spanish-language division did “not talk about anything except Venezuela. One hundred percent of the programming until today has been Venezuela. No other Latin American news but Venezuela.”

He also accused CNN of calling for “civil war and hatred” while lying to the world.

“This comes back to the owner of CNN. He is the one who sets the guidelines,” accused Maduro. “And they work with the State Department, and from there they use that network to foment a pretend war among Venezuelans and to say internationally there should be intervention in Venezuela.”

He demanded a “balance based on respect for Venezuelan laws. He who does not respect the laws will not be on Venezuelan airwaves.”

Maduro also, during the press conference, called on President Barack Obama to join him in talks to resolve problems between the United States and Venezuela, saying the meeting would “put the truth out on the table,” reports BBC News.

On Wednesday, Obama urged Venezuela Wednesday to release protesters detained in anti-government demonstrations that turned violent and address the “legitimate grievances” of its people.

During Friday’s state TV broadcast, CNN correspondents Rafael Romo and Karl Penhaul, along with CNN en Español’s Osmary Hernandez were often shown, and Penhaul asked the president about the status of an investigation into the armed theft of CNN’s television equipment during an anti-government protest.

Maduro said the theft was being investigated and that CNN will likely recover its equipment.

Last Sunday, Venezuela threw out three U.S. diplomats, accusing them of meeting with violent groups linked to the opposition, the BBC reports.

The clashes between security forces and protesters have gone on for days, resulting in at least eight deaths, and Maduro accused CNN on Thursday of showing “war propaganda” instead of people “building the homeland.”

The government hours later told seven CNN journalists that their accreditations had been revoked and they must book flights back home.

“CNN has reported both sides of the tense situation in Venezuela, even with very limited access to government officials,” CNN said in a statement, and that when its credentials were revoked, journalists were seeking an interview with the president.

Meanwhile, CNN’s troubles in Venezuela are not over. A top lawmaker and leader of the ruling party said the government is investigating allegations against the network and will “not tremble in acting against those who make an attempt against the motherland.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Pharmacy On A Microchip Fast Becoming A Reality.


 
 

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:” Revelation 13:16

Click here to read more on how the coming Mark of the Beast World System is in almost everything you do…

From BBC News: The futuristic idea that microchips could be implanted under a patient’s skin to control the release of drugs has taken another step forward. US scientists have been testing just such a device on women with the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis.

The clinical trial reports the working of the implant device in seven women from Denmark

The chip was inserted in their waist and activated by remote control. A clinical trial, reported in Science Translational Medicine, showed the chip could administer the correct doses and that there were no side effects.

The innovation has also been discussed here at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). One of the designers, Professor Robert Langer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), claimed the programmable nature of the device opened up fascinating new avenues for medicine.

“You could literally have a pharmacy on a chip,” he said. “This study used the device for the treatment of osteoporosis. However, there are many other applications where this type of microchip approach could improve treatment outcomes for patients, such as multiple sclerosis, vaccine delivery, for cancer treatment and for pain management.”

The work is described as the first in-human testing of a wirelessly controlled drug delivery microchip. The technology at its core has been in development for more than 15 years.

Programmed to dose

It sees the fingernail-sized chip connected to an array of tiny, individually sealed wells of a drug product – in this case, a parathyroid hormone, teriparatide, which is used to counter bone density loss. Fully packaged, the device is about the size of a heart pacemaker.

The drug wells are capped by a thin membrane of platinum and titanium. A dose can only get out when a well membrane is broken, which is achieved through the application of a small electrical current.

The chip controls the timing, and because it is programmable, the dosages can be scheduled in advance or – as in the newly reported study – triggered remotely by a radio signal. ”When the microprocessor decides to pass current through a particular membrane, that membrane decomposes in about 25 microseconds,” explained co-author Prof Michael Cima. ”The drug is then available for pick up in the capillaries that surround the device to go into the bloodstream.”

The device was tested on seven women between ages of 65 and 70 from Denmark. In their paper, the scientists report that the implant delivered the drug teriparatide just as effectively as the injections pens that often used to administer such treatment, and that there were indications of improved bone formation (although drug efficacy was not formally assessed in the trial). Critically, no side effects were noticed.

The innovation started out as a research project in MIT but is now being developed by a spin-off company, Microchips Inc. The firm is trying to scale up the system so that more doses can be included. In the trial, only 20 wells were present. Microchips Inc believes drug delivery devices containing hundreds of wells are possible.

However, the team acknowledges that a marketable product is still at least five years away.

Clinical promise

Commenting on the research, John Watson, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, listed areas where improvements would be needed. ”In the study, the device failed in one patient (an 8th patient, not included in their analysis), and the manufacturing process yielded only one device with all 20 reservoirs of drug,” he said.

“Nevertheless, all doses present were released from the seven devices. Several years are still needed to bring this technology to approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to the clinical promise reflected in this small study.”

Automated drug delivery systems are likely to prove popular with patients who currently have a daily regimen of self-administered injections. Julia Thomson, a nurse with the UK’s National Osteoporosis Society, said such innovations could improve compliance among patients, some of whom will stop injecting because of the hassle.

“These implants form a new and novel approach to the way in which parathyroid hormone is administered, and although it was a very small study, the findings are certainly exciting,” she said. ”The downside with parathyroid hormone has always been that women have to inject themselves on a daily basis so a new implant, like this, would certainly address compliance issues.”

Ultimately, say the Massachusetts researchers, one could envisage sensors being combined with chips that hold reservoirs of different kinds of drugs, creating a system which could adapt treatments in response to changing conditions in a patient’s body. source – BBC.

by NTEB News Desk.

Muslim Brotherhood Expected to Dominate Egypt Elections.


 

Egypt protests A protester walks away from tear gas fired during clashes with Egyptian riot police, not pictured, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.

<:article><:figure><:figcaption>Egyptian police are clashing with anti-government protesters for a fifth day in Cairo.

<:article><:figure><:figcaption> Tens of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square have rejected a promise by Egypt‘s military ruler to speed up a presidential election to the first half of next year.

<:article><:figure><:figcaption> They want Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to step down immediately in favor of an interim civilian council. (AP Images/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

After days of protests, Egypt’s military rulers have not only accepted the cabinet’s resignation. But they have even agreed to speed up presidential elections to July, according to BBC News.

Three-month preliminary elections are still scheduled to begin Monday.

Regardless of these new promises, however, clashes continue.

Reports agree that since protests began in Tahrir Square on Saturday, at least 29 have died and several hundred have been injured as the police have fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and more into crowds.

The election conditions agreed upon by the Egyptian military do not seem to have satisfied most protesters.

Many protesters fear that even if a new president is elected fairly, the military will not recognize the leader but will instead hold on to power.

If the military is true to their word and a new government is elected, things may not get much better for Egypt though.

Tom Doyle, Middle East-Central Asia director for E3Partners, warns, “This just plays into kind of the worst scenario with a vacuum of power and the Muslim Brotherhood stepping up and saying, ‘We’ll restore order.'”

Doyle says Christians in particular are nervous for what may come: “It’s always who’s lurking around the corner. Most of the leaders in Egypt seem to think it’s going to be Islamic Brotherhood.”

At this point, says Doyle, there is no other contender for the Muslim Brotherhood in the coming elections. No other group seems altogether organized or prepared to step in.

“The Christians have never had a real political stand there, haven’t had much influence. Then you’ve got the secular Muslims that were pretty much with Mubarak, and they were thrown out because of the corruption,” Doyle explains.

“So then you have moderates and radicals. And it just always seems when it’s moderates versus radicals, it’s the radicals that win.”

Opening the door for the Muslim Brotherhood could easily mean hard-line Islamic law in Egypt.

“We’ve heard talk about Sharia law,” notes Doyle. “Islam started in the Arab world, and they do not like that Iran has the platform as the leader of Islam, if you will, today. And they want that back.”

The prospect for Egypt’s future looks grim. But while bad news gets worse, believers are actually getting bolder. Doyle says if Muslim fundamentalists take over, the church is likely to grow even more.

“When the hard-liners get in, that’s when the church flourishes. We certainly don’t want to see our brothers and sisters in persecution, but when the difficult government takes over—like in Iran, then the church grows.”

Pray that the church would grow whatever happens, and that believers would have the strength for what is to come.

By Mission Network News.

Violent Protests Ignite Prayer Movement in Chile.


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Educational strikes in Chile may have lulled in violence, but they are far from over.

One article reports that 20 students from various high schools in Chile are currently on a hunger strike, prepared to forgo their academic year and their health for the cause.

Thousands of high school and university students have been demanding radical changes to the educational system in Chile for the past several months.

Over the last two weeks, peaceful protests turned violent as students attempted to takeover a TV station to broadcast their concerns, lit fire to buildings and led police to bring tear gas into crowds to quell protests.

According to the BBC News, damages to public and private property have now reached $2 million.

Crowds of up to 100,000 have stormed the streets of Santiago—crowds including ordinary Chileans banging pots and pans in favor of the students and against the government—to demand fairer education.

Many perceive the Chilean education system to favor rich students, providing them access to elite, private education, while shunting poorer students into under-funded state schools.

The BBC reports that the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), which recently ranked 65 countries on various educational components, placed Chile at 64 out of 65 countries for segregation across social classes in schools and colleges.

Some are going as far as to call the Chilean educational discrepancy an “educational apartheid.”

Most agree that the system could use a reform, especially since the system was mainly privatized under 17-year dictator Augusto Pinochet and has remained the same since his 1990 office exit.

As Christian students survey the scene, however, many are not responding with violence, but with prayer.

About 30 students gathered in the Plaza de Armas in Santiago last —and for the last several Fridays—to praise God and pray for peace.

“These students are not protesting the educational system in Chile, like so many of their peers have done in violent street demonstrations across Chile,” explains International Mission Board reporter Wilson Hunter. “Instead, these Christian students are singing praises to God and bowing their heads in prayer.”

They’re praying for wisdom and direction for everyone involved, but they’re also praying for spiritual change.

“They’re praying for their universities and for government leaders.

They’re praying for the violent protests to end. But most of all, they’re praying for their peers to come to Christ,” notes Hunger.

“‘Prayer is powerful,’ says the organizer of the student prayer meetings.

‘Prayer is the way to find a solution to this problem.'”

Pray with these students for peace, and for the gospel to break in and fill the hearts of all those involved.

Pray for Christians students to be bold in their proclamation of Christ.

By Mission Network News.


OpEd: China Will Not Crackdown on Forced Abortions.


Reggie LittlejohnChina has vowed to crackdown on “sex-selective abortions” to close the gender gap, according to an AP report on Tuesday.

Don’t hold your breath.

A BBC News article, “China acts to protect baby girls,” reported the same vow in 2004.

Zhao Baige, then deputy director (and now vice minister) of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, vowed seven years ago: “Illegal sex determination and sex-selective abortion must be strictly banned …

China has set the goal of lowering the sex ratio to a normal level by 2010.”

The result? In 2004 there were 117 boys born for every 100 girls born. In 2011—a year after China had vowed to bring sex ratios to a normal level—there are now 119 boys born for every 100 girls born.

The gender gap has not closed, but widened.

Same government. Same vow. Should we expect a different result?

We remember Zhao from the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit.

Leading the charge to define human beings as walking carbon footprints, she stated:

“The [Chinese One Child] policy on family planning proves to be a great success.

It not only contributes to reduction of global emission, but also provides experiences for other countries—developing countries in particular—in their pursuit for a coordinated and sustainable development.

The 400 million births prevented as a result of China’s policy since it was introduced in the 1970s, and the drop in the child-per-couple average from 5.8 to 1.8, resulted in 1.8 billion fewer tons of carbon dioxide being emitted each year.”

Zhao’s statement inspired a spate of articles extolling Chinese-style population control to combat global warming.

CNN’s Ted Turner injected new energy into this movement during the 2010 climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico, when he stated that the whole world should adopt the One Child Policy.

Make no mistake. China’s One Child Policy is enforced through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide.

Women are dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables and forced to abort babies they want, up to the ninth month of pregnancy.

Women sometimes die during these violent procedures.

The One Child Policy is China’s war on women.

Adopting it worldwide would hurl women’s rights back to the dark ages.

By Reggie Littlejohn.

Shalit Protest Mars Israel’s Independence Day Event


Israel‘s main Independence Day celebration was interrupted by a protest by the brother of the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

The televised service on Monday night traditionally involves the lighting of a dozen torches on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Yoel Shalit and his girlfriend carried signs calling for Gilad Shalit to be remembered.

Police moved them on after they appeared in front of top politicians.

Gilad Shalit, was captured by militants from Gaza in a cross-border raid near Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing in June 2006.

He has since been held at an unknown location by the Palestinian militant group Hamas that governs the Gaza Strip.

His family and other supporters have worked hard to keep his case in the public eye, even setting up a large demonstration tent close to the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

The Israeli soldier, who had the rank of corporal when he was seized, has since been promoted to staff sergeant. He is now 24.

Click here to read the rest of this story on BBC News.

By  Yolande Knell.

A Familiar Voice.


The BBC News had an amusing story.

An autistic boy in Bangkok was on his first day at a special needs school. He started crying for some reason and crawled out a window.

Trouble was, the class was on the third floor, so he ended up sitting outside on a ledge.

As the firemen tried to get the boy to come back inside, one of them overheard the boy’s mother saying he liked comic book superheroes.

So the fireman got a brilliant idea.

He dashed back to the station and donned a Spider-Man costume that he wore at schools to liven up fire drills.

Then, when he beckoned, the little boy eagerly went to “Spider-Man.”

The little autistic boy wouldn’t listen to those strange firemen, but he knew who he could trust!

Now think of yourself as that little boy, out on a ledge, in danger.

There are people calling to you, but you don’t know them.

Then suddenly you see a familiar face and hear a familiar voice, and you know you’ll be saved.

John chapter 10, Jesus gives the analogy of the “good shepherd.

” He describes the special relationship between Himself and his followers, pictured as sheep.

“And the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers” (v. 4-5).

Sheep come to know their shepherd intimately, down to his manner and the sound of his voice.

They trust him because of what he does for them; he has earned their trust.

Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, has earned your trust because of who He is and what He has done: “The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (v. 11).

Jesus did far more than pull us off a ledge or out of a pit.

He took our blame, and accepted the punishment of a righteous God, all so that we wouldn’t have to pay for our sins with our own lives.

During this season, as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, recall the words in verse 3, “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

” When you hear Him call your name, follow Him.

He will never steer you wrong.

In the words of the old hymn, “Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care!”

Scripture Of The Day: “And the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” – John 10:4-5 (NKJV

By Skip Heitzig.

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