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Syria to Top Agenda at Meeting Between Pope, Putin.


Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet Pope Francis behind closed doors in Rome Monday to discuss the war in Syriathe Daily Beast reported.
The pope sent the meeting in motion in September when he wrote a sharply worded letter to Putin criticizing G-20 leaders for neglecting Syria.
The meeting, Francis said,“will surely not forget the situation in the Middle East and particularly in Syria.”

The pope added that it “is regrettable that, from the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, one-sided interests have prevailed and in fact hindered the search for a solution that would have avoided the senseless massacre now unfolding.”

Francis believes that the intervention of Moscow, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is necessary in order to stop or lessen the carnage in that nation.
Some Vatican watchers have likened Francis’ meeting with Putin the meeting to the Dec. 1, 1989, bilateral talks between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and John Paul II shortly after the Berlin Wall had fallen.
The pope and Putin are also expected to discuss the tense relations between the Russian Catholic Church (there are an estimated 700,000 Catholics in Russia) and the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, according to the Daily Beast.
The two sides have battled over allegations that the Russian Orthodox tried to lure Catholics away after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the sides have been embroiled in a property dispute as well.
The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church sent Francis a letter shortly after he was elected pope urging  Catholics to help fight the persecution of Christians all over the world.
The two men are also expected to discuss cooperation in the science, education, and the arts, the Voice of Russia reported.
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Nobel Peace Prize Summit To Discuss Creating A One World Religion.


AFP – Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

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“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland’s Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

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ds to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

“That’s definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today,” said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland’s 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering’s Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning. The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago. source – France 24.

by NTEB News Desk

Walesa Wants New Secular ‘Ten Commandments’.


Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland‘s Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

“That’s definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today,” said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland’s 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering’s Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning.

The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago.

 

© AFP 2013

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Gorbachev: Obama Must Seize on G-20 to Settle Syria Discord.


Image: Gorbachev: Obama Must Seize on G-20 to Settle Syria Discord

President Barack Obama must seize the opportunity offered by the G-20 summit to settle bitter differences over Syria with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Wednesday.

The G-20 summit, which starts in Russia on Thursday, comes with many analysts describing U.S.-Russia relations as at their lowest ebb since Gorbachev helped end the Cold War two decades ago.

No official bilateral meeting is planned between Obama and Putin at the summit, but a White House official on Wednesday said the two are expected “to have an opportunity to speak on the margins” of the G-20 meetings.

“I urge the president of the United States to take a very responsible stance on this problem, and I hope that the meeting between him and President Putin will take place,” Gorbachev said in an interview with AFP and Tribune de Geneve in Geneva, where he was marking the 20th anniversary of his Green Cross environmental foundation.

“There is an opportunity in this very severe situation to find a way out and to move towards a solution including an international conference on Syria, a solution that should certainly be found without circumventing the United Nations,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner added.

While Washington and Moscow insist they both aim to get the warring parties to the table, Syria’s ally Russia has fiercely opposed Western attempts to bring President Bashar Assad to heel.

Washington has lamented Moscow’s decision to block any U.N. Security Council action to censure Assad or to use military action against his regime.

Western claims that Syrian forces used chemical weapons against civilians last month have sharpened the debate, but Putin on Wednesday demanded “convincing” proof of the claims and warned against U.S. “aggression” against Syria.

Gorbachev, who has locked horns with Putin in the past on domestic policy, said Moscow’s position on Syria was “quite constructive.”

Syria’s civil war, which broke out in 2011, has claimed more than 100,000 lives, displaced millions and raised the specter of a spillover of conflict into neighboring nations.

Gorbachev, 82, said the international community must be level-headed.

“I think that we’ve seen situations in the past that were more dangerous and where we were nevertheless able to find a solution and to find a way out,” he said.

“A lot will depend on the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. They need to show the Cold War is over, that they are able to work together,” he said.

He took a jab at France, a vocal supporter of intervention in Syria.

“I was surprised that France, instead of supporting an international conference, is taking its current position on Syria. I think that France will have to change its position,” he said.

The potential involvement of Syria’s ally Iran in peace talks has been a major bone of contention for the West, but Gorbachev said it would be essential.

“I believe that we should engage Iran, involve Iran increasingly, in the search for international solutions to problems, certainly including this one,” he said.

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The Last Hour.


Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
1 John 2:18

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1 John 2:18-25 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20John%202:18-25&version=NKJV )

The true identity of the Antichrist isn’t yet known, but that doesn’t keep people from speculating. A document from the first century suggests that Christians in the early church believed Nero was the Antichrist. A later generation wondered if it was Justinian. Centuries later Napoleon had the dubious honor of being a candidate; and in more recent times Hitler, Mussolini, and Mikhail Gorbachev have been suspected to have been the Antichrist.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

Perhaps some of these leaders were forerunners of the Antichrist, for John tells us that many antichrists have already come (1 John 2:18) and the spirit of the Antichrist is now at work in the world (1 John 4:3). But the identity of the ultimate Man of Lawlessness is still a mystery, though maybe not for long. Perilous times are coming. The Rapture could occur at any moment, followed by the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation.

We need to take every opportunity of sharing the message of Christ. If it was “the last hour” in the days of the apostle John, we must now be living in the last minutes.

Has not our Lord Jesus carried up our flesh into heaven and shall He not return? We know that He shall return.
John Knox

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By David Jeremiah.

Is Iran’s New President Good News for Israel and the U.S.?.


Jim Denison

Dr. Hasan Rowhani is fluent in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, as well as his native Persian. He has a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of GlasgowHe once helped negotiate a suspension of Iran‘s nuclear enrichment program. He also supported public demonstrations that were staged after the rigged 2009 presidential election.

Now he is the president of Iran, the nation with perhaps the greatest ability to impact Israel and the West. Time calls his victory a “surprise landslide.”

Yesterday, President Rowhani pledged to follow a “path of moderation” and promised greater openness regarding his country’s nuclear program. He called his election a “new era” for Iran and vowed to “follow the path of moderation and justice, not extremism.” However, he also stated that he would not attempt to halt Iran’s uranium enrichment, nor does he have the authority to do so.

Is the election of a “moderate” leader in Iran good news for Israel and the West? Before we make such an assumption, let’s consider what’s happening in Egypt. I remember when Mohammed Morsi, the former NASA engineer, was elected there as a “moderate.” However, he soon seized legislative and constitution-writing authority, followed by a “constitutional declaration” that granted him unprecedented power.

Now he has appointed a governor of Luxor from an Islamist group that once killed 62 people there, most of them tourists. Luxor is home to the ancient temple of Karnak and is one of the most spectacular sites I’ve ever visited. On November 17, 1997, six terrorists killed a five-year-old child, four Japanese couples visiting there on their honeymoons, and 49 other tourists. Now a member of their group will govern the city and its tourism.

President Rowhani may turn out to be a force for moderation in Iran, leading reforms akin to those of Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union. He may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, trying to convince us that he is working for peace while his nation furthers its nuclear weapons programs. Or he may be something else. Israel’s prime minister notes that Rowhani recently called Israel “the great Zionist Satan” and is urging caution, calling on the West to continue pressure on Iran until it stops its nuclear program.

I have no idea if Hasan Rowhani will be a force for greater good or greater evil in Iran and the world. But I have already prayed today for him to make Christ his Lord. As Jesus is revealing himself through dreams and visions across the Muslim world, would you join me in asking him to do the same for Dr. Rowhani?

Saul of Tarsus “persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:9) before Jesus made him “my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15). What could Jesus do with the president of Iran today?

Jim Denison, Ph.D., is a subject matter expert on cultural and contemporary issues. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, a nonsectarian “think tank” designed to engage contemporary issues with biblical truth in 2009 and is the author of seven books, including Radical Islam: What You Need to Know. For more information on the Denison Forum, visit www.denisonforum.org. To connect with Dr. Denison in social media, visit www.twitter.com/jimdenison or www.facebook.com/denisonforum.

Publication date: June 18, 2013

Is Iran’s New President Good News for Israel and the U.S.?.


Jim Denison

Dr. Hasan Rowhani is fluent in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, as well as his native Persian. He has a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of GlasgowHe once helped negotiate a suspension of Iran‘s nuclear enrichment program. He also supported public demonstrations that were staged after the rigged 2009 presidential election.

Now he is the president of Iran, the nation with perhaps the greatest ability to impact Israel and the West. Time calls his victory a “surprise landslide.”

Yesterday, President Rowhani pledged to follow a “path of moderation” and promised greater openness regarding his country’s nuclear program. He called his election a “new era” for Iran and vowed to “follow the path of moderation and justice, not extremism.” However, he also stated that he would not attempt to halt Iran’s uranium enrichment, nor does he have the authority to do so.

Is the election of a “moderate” leader in Iran good news for Israel and the West? Before we make such an assumption, let’s consider what’s happening in Egypt. I remember when Mohammed Morsi, the former NASA engineer, was elected there as a “moderate.” However, he soon seized legislative and constitution-writing authority, followed by a “constitutional declaration” that granted him unprecedented power.

Now he has appointed a governor of Luxor from an Islamist group that once killed 62 people there, most of them tourists. Luxor is home to the ancient temple of Karnak and is one of the most spectacular sites I’ve ever visited. On November 17, 1997, six terrorists killed a five-year-old child, four Japanese couples visiting there on their honeymoons, and 49 other tourists. Now a member of their group will govern the city and its tourism.

President Rowhani may turn out to be a force for moderation in Iran, leading reforms akin to those of Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union. He may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, trying to convince us that he is working for peace while his nation furthers its nuclear weapons programs. Or he may be something else. Israel’s prime minister notes that Rowhani recently called Israel “the great Zionist Satan” and is urging caution, calling on the West to continue pressure on Iran until it stops its nuclear program.

I have no idea if Hasan Rowhani will be a force for greater good or greater evil in Iran and the world. But I have already prayed today for him to make Christ his Lord. As Jesus is revealing himself through dreams and visions across the Muslim world, would you join me in asking him to do the same for Dr. Rowhani?

Saul of Tarsus “persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:9) before Jesus made him “my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15). What could Jesus do with the president of Iran today?

Jim Denison, Ph.D., is a subject matter expert on cultural and contemporary issues. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, a nonsectarian “think tank” designed to engage contemporary issues with biblical truth in 2009 and is the author of seven books, including Radical Islam: What You Need to Know. For more information on the Denison Forum, visit www.denisonforum.org. To connect with Dr. Denison in social media, visit www.twitter.com/jimdenison or www.facebook.com/denisonforum.

Publication date: June 18, 2013

Is Iran’s New President Good News for Israel and the U.S.?.


Jim Denison

Dr. Hasan Rowhani is fluent in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, as well as his native Persian. He has a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of GlasgowHe once helped negotiate a suspension of Iran‘s nuclear enrichment program. He also supported public demonstrations that were staged after the rigged 2009 presidential election.

Now he is the president of Iran, the nation with perhaps the greatest ability to impact Israel and the West. Time calls his victory a “surprise landslide.”

Yesterday, President Rowhani pledged to follow a “path of moderation” and promised greater openness regarding his country’s nuclear program. He called his election a “new era” for Iran and vowed to “follow the path of moderation and justice, not extremism.” However, he also stated that he would not attempt to halt Iran’s uranium enrichment, nor does he have the authority to do so.

Is the election of a “moderate” leader in Iran good news for Israel and the West? Before we make such an assumption, let’s consider what’s happening in Egypt. I remember when Mohammed Morsi, the former NASA engineer, was elected there as a “moderate.” However, he soon seized legislative and constitution-writing authority, followed by a “constitutional declaration” that granted him unprecedented power.

Now he has appointed a governor of Luxor from an Islamist group that once killed 62 people there, most of them tourists. Luxor is home to the ancient temple of Karnak and is one of the most spectacular sites I’ve ever visited. On November 17, 1997, six terrorists killed a five-year-old child, four Japanese couples visiting there on their honeymoons, and 49 other tourists. Now a member of their group will govern the city and its tourism.

President Rowhani may turn out to be a force for moderation in Iran, leading reforms akin to those of Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union. He may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, trying to convince us that he is working for peace while his nation furthers its nuclear weapons programs. Or he may be something else. Israel’s prime minister notes that Rowhani recently called Israel “the great Zionist Satan” and is urging caution, calling on the West to continue pressure on Iran until it stops its nuclear program.

I have no idea if Hasan Rowhani will be a force for greater good or greater evil in Iran and the world. But I have already prayed today for him to make Christ his Lord. As Jesus is revealing himself through dreams and visions across the Muslim world, would you join me in asking him to do the same for Dr. Rowhani?

Saul of Tarsus “persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:9) before Jesus made him “my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15). What could Jesus do with the president of Iran today?

Jim Denison, Ph.D., is a subject matter expert on cultural and contemporary issues. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, a nonsectarian “think tank” designed to engage contemporary issues with biblical truth in 2009 and is the author of seven books, including Radical Islam: What You Need to Know. For more information on the Denison Forum, visit www.denisonforum.org. To connect with Dr. Denison in social media, visit www.twitter.com/jimdenison or www.facebook.com/denisonforum.

Publication date: June 18, 2013

Gorbachev In Hospital for Tests.


Image: Gorbachev In Hospital for Tests

Security guards stand at the gate of the Central clinical hospital in Moscow where former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev (inset) was admitted for tests, June 11, 2013.

A spokesman for Mikhail Gorbachev says the 82-year-old former Soviet president is in the Kremlin‘s hospital for tests.

Vladimir Polyakov told The Associated Press that Gorbachev was taken to the hospital in suburban Moscow on Tuesday. He said the tests were routine and did not give further details.

Gorbachev complained of health problems at a public lecture in March, and a month later he declined to attend the funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher because of illness.

Since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev has run a foundation for political, social and economic studies.

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Britain Bids Farewell to ‘Iron Lady’ Thatcher at Grand Funeral.


Image: Britain Bids Farewell to 'Iron Lady' Thatcher at Grand Funeral

Top: Margaret Thatcher’s coffin is carried up the steps into St Paul’s Cathedral. Bottom: Margaret Thatcher’s funeral service inside St Paul’s, London, Britain, April 17, 2013.

LONDON — Royalty, dignitaries, and admirers from all walks of life paid their final respects to Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday in the grandest funeral for a British leader in half a century — although a few boos from the London crowd were a reminder of her divisive rule.The right-wing former prime minister whom the Soviet Union christened the “Iron Lady” was bid farewell with military honors, patriotic hymns, cheers, and tears.

Her coffin was borne on a horse-drawn gun carriage then soldiers and sailors carried her casket into St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service attended by Queen Elizabeth and 11 serving prime ministers from around the world.

Outside, thousands of supporters lined the route, some throwing blue roses in her path.

Opponents chanted “Ding dong the witch is dead” and turned their backs on her coffin as it passed by — an indication of the divisions which Britain’s longest serving prime minister of the 20th Century still provokes due to the tumultuous change she brought.

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Thatcher sought to arrest Britain’s post-war decline with free-market economic policies which enraged her left-wing opponents by smashing the unions and privatizing Britain’s national assets.

Her supporters view her as a champion of freedom while her opponents accuse her of destroying communities and ushering in an era of greed.

“The storm of conflicting opinions centers on the Mrs Thatcher who became a symbolic figure, even an ism, but today the remains of the real Margaret Hilda Roberts are here at her funeral service,” the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, told mourners gathered inside St Paul’s.

Tears ran down the face of Britain’s finance minister George Osborne during the address.

The cleric brought smiles to the faces of former leader Tony Blair, Cameron’s wife Samantha, and other mourners when he recounted a story about her telling him not to eat duck pate because it was fattening.

Cameron and Amanda, Thatcher’s 19-year old granddaughter, read from the New Testament while patriotic hymns echoed around the ornately decorated dome of the 300-year-old cathedral.

The service was attended by 2,300 mourners including former British prime ministers and the government’s entire Cabinet, two heads of state, and 17 foreign ministers. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger also attended.

The music included her favorite hymns, among them “I Vow to Thee My Country.”

BOOED

Thousands of supporters lined the streets of London as her casket made its final journey from the center of British political power in Westminster to the cathedral. Most people clapped in respect but about two dozen opponents turned their backs on the procession.

One man held up a placard reading “Boo!” and some shouted “scum” while supporters threw flowers and cheered.

Thatcher, who governed Britain from 1979 to 1990, died on April 8 aged 87 after suffering a stroke.

Polls have shown that many Britons are unhappy that the estimated 10-million pound ($15 million) pound bill for the ceremonial funeral is being picked up by the taxpayer at a time of austerity and spending cuts.

The late leader was honored with a gun salute from the Tower of London every minute and the silencing of the Big Ben bell at the Houses of Parliament.

British military bandsmen played Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Chopin to accompany the grandest funeral for a British politician since that of Thatcher’s hero, Winston Churchill, in 1965.

“She was the first woman prime minister, she served for longer in the job than anyone for 150 years, she achieved some extraordinary things in her life,” said Cameron, current leader of the Conservative Party.

“What is happening today is absolutely fitting and right,” he said, dismissing the critics.

A handwritten note placed on a wreath of white flowers on her coffin read: “Beloved mother — always in our hearts.”

More than 700 armed forces personnel from units that served in the 1982 Falklands War against Argentina — Thatcher’s most emblematic victory — lined the streets. Police also stood all along the route.

People gathered along the funeral procession route early in the morning with placards that reflected a range of views.

“You gave millions of us hope, freedom, ambition,” read one. Another said: “Over 10 million pounds of our money for a Tory funeral.” Tory is another word for Conservative.

“This country was pretty well down on its knees in the seventies,” said Roger Johnson, among the admirers lining the pavement in central London.

“Margaret Thatcher came along and sorted everything out. Her legacy is that she put the word “great” back into Great Britain,” he said.

ARGENTINIANS STAY AWAY

There were notable absences.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Nancy Reagan, the widow of Thatcher’s great U.S. friend and ally Ronald Reagan, were too frail to attend.

Thatcher struck up a close relationship with Reagan during the Cold War and was among the first to decide that Gorbachev was a man she could “do business with”.

The guest list for her funeral has prompted talk of diplomatic snubs. The United States did not send a senior figure from President Barack Obama’s administration.

Argentina’s ambassador refused to attend after Britain failed to invite Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez, at the Thatcher family’s request, amid renewed tensions over the Falkland Islands.

Relations have been strained since the 1982 war, when Thatcher ordered a task force to retake the South Atlantic territory after Argentinian troops seized it.

The abiding domestic images of her premiership will remain those of conflict — police confrontations with massed ranks of coal miners whose year-long strike failed to save their pits and communities, Thatcher riding a tank in a white headscarf, and flames rising above Trafalgar Square in riots over the unpopular “poll tax” which contributed to her downfall.

Cameron said Thatcher’s battles, particularly her crushing of strike-prone trade unions, had reduced divisions.

“She was a bold politician who recognized the consensus was failing. . . . She took tough and necessary decisions and in many ways created a new consensus,” he said.

Even Thatcher’s critics concede that, for better or for ill, she transformed the face of Britain.

In 1979, when she came to power, Britain was in the grip of a long post-war decline with troubled labor relations and low productivity and was being outperformed by continental rivals France and Germany.

She turned that around by boosting home ownership and the service industry, breaking the power of the unions, and deregulating financial services.

But the price — growing inequality and the closure of large swathes of Britain’s industrial base — left parts of the country struggling to create new jobs and rebuild decimated communities, leaving a bitter taste which endures.

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