I have updated the research countdown with an additional consideration, as well as added a ‘situation report’ of major happenings in the world. Across many fronts, it appears that world-changing events will shortly transpire… Click here to read the article!
During the interview, Netanyahu deflected questions about Israeli plans to scuttle the Iranian nuclear program, saying “We hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.” He also deflected the argument that Israel has a reported nuclear capacity and has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty, as has Iran, saying that the difference is that Israel – unlike the Islamic Republic – has not called for nor is trying to annihilate any country.
The court set up a showdown with a Mobile, Alabama, federal judge this week when it ordered officials in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision later this year on whether gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry. ... the state justices made Alabama the only state to push back in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court settling the matter.
...called the arrival of U.S. military trainers in western Ukraine a “provocation” and warned Ukrainians that they should rethink the consequences of hosting Western forces. ...The U.S.-Russian relationship, at its lowest point since the end of the Cold War, could be significantly further damaged if “the citizens of Donbas start being killed with the use of the U.S. weapons,” ...Russian media portrayed the U.S. and NATO activities around Ukraine as American interference in regional security affairs.
...decimated the Assyrian site of Nimrud, about 20 miles south of Mosul in culturally rich Nineveh province, bulldozing ruins that date to the 13th century BC, according to a ministry statement.
The Palestinian Central Council (PCC), whose votes are usually binding on the western-backed Palestinian Authority, said it made the decision because Israel had breached bilateral agreements, including by withholding tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.
...had started in southern Russia and in disputed territories on Russia's borders. The exercises involve over 2,000 anti-aircraft troops and 500 items of weaponry and will last until April 10 ...On Wednesday, a NATO flotilla arrived in the Black Sea to train with ships from the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish navies, the defense alliance said.
For now, the West is closely following Khamenei's health, since some issues depend on it, including the attempt to obtain a nuclear bomb, the Syrian-Iraqi struggle, public hatred toward Israel, hostility toward Saudi Arabia and openness to the West.
“Currently, 17 states fund abortion through Medicaid,” notes Michael New, referencing the federal health program designed for low-income families. Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, released a report only weeks ago that confirms this latest figure. “Most of the states that fund abortion do so because of a court order,” Dr. New continues. “It’s not a measure that state legislators or the people have voted for, rather it’s under the guise of a court order.”
The newspaper brochure showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text "Israel has it all", and was ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which said it implied the UNESCO World Heritage Site was part of Israel. The international community regards the Old City as occupied Palestinian territory, while Israel has claimed it as part of its capital.
Mr Jagland also oversaw the controversial award handed to newly elected US President Barack Obama in 2009, shortly after becoming chairman that same year. The move stunned the world and the recipient alike, as Mr Obama had been in office for fewer than nine months and the United States was still waging simultaneous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled not only that the federal judge’s ruling did not apply to most state judges, but also that Judge Granade’s ruling was wrong on the merits.
Temple Mount activists to mark holiday by attempting to pray at hotly contested holy site. ...The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court’s landmark ruling on Sunday ostensibly allowing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is to be celebrated by Temple Mount activists on Wednesday who will seek to visit the site and pray there. ...in a separate but similar struggle for religious rights, the Women of the Wall will conduct a megila reading of the Book of Esther at the Western Wall on Shushan Purim, the date for Purim inside ancient walled cities such as Jerusalem.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary. His rare speech at the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament...
But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over. ...as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.
The United States will deploy personnel by the end of this week to train the Ukrainian national guard, US 173rd Airborne Brigade ...“Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion minus… to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces...
The 173rd Airborne Brigade, the premier U.S. airborne force in Europe, is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of rapidly projecting forces to conduct the full range of military operations...
...demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal ...Iran wants a swift end to sanctions in any deal -- one of the sticking points in the high-level negotiations.
Activists hailed what they labeled as an historic victory on Monday, after the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court issued a ruling ostensibly backing claims that Jews be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.
A US military satellite exploded after detecting an unexplained “sudden spike in temperature”, sending dozens of chunks of debris tumbling into different orbits around Earth. Civilian company CelesTrak was first to notice the explosion of the once-secret weather satellite and the US Air Force subsequently confirmed that it had been lost.
Israel fears that US President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, with an end-of-March deadline for a framework accord, will allow its arch foe to develop atomic weapons, something Tehran denies seeking. ...Netanyahu in his speech would give a detailed explanation of his objections to an Iran deal.
...A Shia militia commander has told the BBC that Iran's Gen Qasem Soleimani is also taking part in the operation. ...He emerged from decades in the shadows after the IS advance in Iraq last summer, personally overseeing the defence of the capital Baghdad and mobilising pro-Iranian Shia militia - by organising them as well as funnelling money and weapons to them.
Phoenix police said CenturyLink employees found that a fiber-optic cable in far north Phoenix had been completely cut through. ...Businesses couldn't process credit card transactions, ATMs didn't function, law enforcement databases were unavailable...
02/28/2015, reason.com, By J.D. Tuccille
What went with that cable was most cell phone service (every company but Verizon was down), the Internet (multiple ISPs run through the same pipe), the 911 system, and pretty much any digital communications connection you can imagine.
Editor: Once the Tribulation starts, the world events will quickly shatter the fragile infrastructure in many parts of the world - permanently.
...at a depth of 562km, on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of significant damage. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/magnitude-69-quake-strikes-indonesia-no-tsunami-threat-20150227#sthash.VxPxNqKP.dpuf
...Naftogaz made a payment of $15 million on Friday morning. Russia’s energy minister suggested that this would be sufficient to keep fuel flowing to Ukraine over the weekend, long enough to avoid a shut-off before the new round of talks...
His comments were an unusually public show of understanding from China for the Russian position. China and Russia see eye-to-eye on many international diplomatic issues but Beijing has generally not been so willing to back Russia over Ukraine.
U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn pledged to battle the new restrictions in the courts and Congress, saying they would discourage investment and stifle innovation.
Nato forces put on a show of strength within yards of Estonia’s Russian border, with armoured personnel carriers, tanks and 1,300 Estonian soldiers forming a military parade. The parade, which also included 100 troops from Britain and other European nations ...The Kremlin responded with its own military drills, sending 2,000 paratroopers into Russia’s western Pskov region, which borders both Estonia and neighbouring Latvia.
"That is a development that I didn't expect five years ago, and is a little alarming," Schuster said...
02/25/2015, lifenews.com, By Kristi Burton Brown
Whether we’re talking about a preborn baby days after conception or one who is days away from being born, these babies only have four differences with us: 1) Size, 2) Location, 3) Environment, and 4) Dependency.
Excluding Russia from the SWIFT banking system should be an option in lieu of sanctions if a truce in Ukraine is not respected, British Prime Minister David Cameron said. Russia last month said it would retaliate strongly if it were to be cut off from SWIFT, the international financial industry's secure messaging system that facilitates transactions.
...signed a deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls on the island. ...Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Thursday’s talks with visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades that the agreement would primarily refer to Russian navy ships involved in international counter-terrorism and anti-piracy efforts.
...saying the move was taken without consultation with the government and would harm the economy. ...The central bank announced a ban until the end of the week on banks trading foreign currency on behalf of clients, which accounts for nearly all of the officially registered trade.
Iran fired hundreds of missiles in a military drill on Wednesday, including two ballistic missiles which blew up an Iranian-built, life-size replica of a US aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz ...fired surface-to-surface Fateh-110 missiles some 300 km. According to the reports, the Iranians also fired surface-to-sea missiles that can travel some 5 kilometers and evade radar detection.
...struck at a depth of 65 kms (38 miles).
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