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November 29, 2008

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 2:33 pm
Iran furious at peace plan advert bearing its flag – and Star of David PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 November 2008
The Guardian

Ian Black, Middle East editor

ImageIran has angrily dissociated itself from Arab and Islamic attempts to publicise an offer to make peace with and recognise Israel.

Officials in Tehran are furious that the Iranian flag appeared on a full-page advert, published in the Guardian and other papers in the Arab world and beyond, promoting the Saudi-brokered initiative.

The plan calls for members of the Arab League to recognise Israel, if Israel withdraws to its 1967 borders and agrees a just solution of the Palestinian issue and a comprehensive peace. It has also been endorsed by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, of which Iran, along with other Muslim countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, is a member.

But the Iranian embassy in London protests in a letter to the Guardian today that the Islamic Republic objects “to any move taken by some Arab countries to push the recognition of the occupying Zionist regime in any manner, including in Islamic conferences”. It describes Israel as “the illegitimate and fabricated regime” and condemns the “abuse” of its flag.

Remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about Israel and the Holocaust, and suspicions that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons – which it strongly denies – have attracted international controversy.

Promotion of the peace plan has also hit a snag, with some Arab newspapers refusing to publish the advert because it includes an image of Israel’s Star of David flag – underlining just how difficult it will be to promote peace with Israel while the Palestinian issue is not resolved.

The Palestinian Authority launched the campaign last week by taking out unprecedented full-page ads in Hebrew-language newspapers setting out the terms of the initiative.

The pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper, owned by Saudi Arabia, then published the full text with the Palestinian and Israeli flags surrounded by those of 57 Arab and Muslim countries, the combined membership of the Arab League and the OIC.

Israel has given a cautious welcome to the Arab plan, but insists it will not accept it on a take-it-or-leave-it basis and wants to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority over borders and settlements.

US president-elect Barack Obama has said privately the Israelis would be “crazy” not to accept the initiative. Arab states and others such as the UK and EU hope it will be the centrepiece of peace efforts once the new US administration is in place.

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November 26, 2008

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 9:26 am

US forecasts: Iran will have makings of 3 A-bombs by end of 2009

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis

November 22, 2008

The most up-to-date intelligence predictions of US nuclear experts is that by the end of 2009, Iran will have stocked enough weapons-grade fuel to build three nuclear bombs.

The first will be ready for assembly by the time Barack Obama is sworn in as US president on January 20, 2009; the second shortly after Israel’s February 10, 2009 general election produces a new prime minister, and the third by the end of the year.

Iran may deny the latest IAEA conclusion that it has stockpiled 630 kg of low-enriched uranium, enough to upgrade a nuclear weapon. But Tehran’s limited on-and-off cooperation with the nuclear watchdog leaves it wide open to the suspicion of a secret location churning out enriched uranium far from the declared Natanz facility.

So what happened to the pledges made by the world powers over the years to keep nuclear weapons out of the Islamic Republic’s hands, including declarations by US and Israeli leaders that their military options remained “on the table?”

Those pledges came from Israeli leaders on both sides of the aisle – prime minister Ehud Olmert, foreign minister Tzipi Livni (who has replaced him as Kadima chairman), defense minister Ehud Barak and opposition Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu.

DEBKAfile’s political analysts comment: Their pledges have turned out to be as credible as the subsequence assurances of Olmert and his finance minister Ronnie Bar-On that the global economic crisis had skipped Israel and the public’s savings and investments were safe.

This week, Israelis woke up to find one-third of their pension funds wiped out – and a nuclear-armed Iran on their horizon.

Next year, Tehran may stage an underground atomic test to show Muslims everywhere what the Shiites can do and confront the new US and Israeli governments with its unstoppable nuclear capability. That is unless Olmert, Livni, and Barak are moved to fight the strong trend toward a Likud election victory by going belatedly after Iran’s nuclear facilities in the short weeks remaining for the ballot.

However, although the Olmert government had the Syrian reactor bombed in September 2007 while it was still under construction, DEBKAfile’s political sources doubt whether they are politically and personally capable today of repeating that success against Iran.

Barak is consistent in ducking military action: He lost power in 2000 after refusing to pre-empt Yasser Arafat’s planned Palestinian terror war against Israel. As defense minister, he has declined to halt Hizballah’s rocket build-up in Lebanon or put the lid on the Palestinian missile offensive from Gaza. He preferred a shaky truce, which left Hamas and fellow-fundamentalist Palestinian terrorists backed by Iran and Syria to violate at will. This policy is backed by Olmert and Livni.

Saturday, Nov. 22, Hizballah launched a large-scale military exercise in South Lebanon, including in areas policed by UN peacemakers which are barred to Hizballah militiamen under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which Livni helped draft in 2006.

According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the years from 2002 to 2006, when Ariel Sharon and his faithful disciples Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, were then in power were the best time for halting Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb by military action. Now it will be harder. Their favorite mantra was that George W. Bush was “the friendliest US president Israel had ever had.” He could be counted on to halt Iran’s nuclearization if Israel made the running with territorial concessions that opened the door to a Washington-sponsored peace with the Palestinians.

This claim validated Israel’s unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip in 2005 at a time when it would have been easier – and smarter – to focus on destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities than today. Likud leader, Netanyahu was minister of finance in the Sharon government, until he quit later over the controversial Gaza disengagement.

Livn, closely aligned with Condoleezza Rice and Washington’s ineffectual drive for painful sanctions, played her part in this strategy with her favorite formula: A nuclear Iran is a world problem which should be left to the international community to solve.

Today, the Israeli public, on the evidence of the UN nuclear watchdog, can justly claim it was conned by its leaders. The Jewish state’s most active enemy, the terrorist sponsor in Tehran, was allowed to go all the way towards acquiring the ultimate weapon of destruction.

Instead of admitting they missed the train, those leaders and “the international community,” continue to try and lull troubled spirits with more deception, pretending that the peril of a nuclear-armed Iran can still be averted by more of their failed diplomacy.

And certain “experts” were enlisted to play down Iran’s delivery capability by dismissing its new Sejil ballistic missile, test-fired on Nov. 12, as no better than the Shehab-3 as a vehicle for delivering a nuclear warhead.

Israeli and Western missile experts familiar with Iran’s arsenal define the Sejil test a breakthrough in its missile technology.

The missile’s unique features were disclosed in the last issue of DEBKA-Net-Weekly out on Friday, Nov. 21, 2009. To subscribe to DEBKA-Net-Weekly click HERE .

Israeli government publicists are now leaking a new thesis to tame reporters: A nuclear-armed Iran should not cause alarm. A quote from a closed symposium by an unidentified official set the tone: “We mustn’t be scared by a little Persian with a big bomb.”

Having failed to aver this existential danger to Israel, they were now trying to convince people that the holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his nuclear bomb can be safely ignored. It will be left to the Israeli voter to decide how far he and she are ready to be gulled again when they go to the polls in February

November 25, 2008

Filed under: One World Goverment — Steven @ 7:00 am
The Single Global Currency Assn. urges the G20, meeting in Washington this weekend, to initiate research and planning for a Single Global Currency. The Association’s President, Morrison Bonpasse, wrote to IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

PRLog (Press Release)Nov 14, 2008 – SINGLE GLOBAL CURRENCY ASSN. URGES G20 INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CONFERENCE. TO INITIATE RESEARCH AND PLANNING FOR SINGLE GLOBAL CURRENCY.

The Single Global Currency Assn. urges the G20, meeting in Washington this weekend, to initiate research and planning for a Single Global Currency. The Association’s President, Morrison Bonpasse, wrote to IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to urge such a step in order to “achieve the primary goal of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference and the primary goal of the IMF: stable currency around the world.”

The Association supports the calls by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy for a “new Bretton Woods” and a restructuring of  the global financial system.

This call for research and planning echoes the work done in Europe in the 1980’s and 1990’s to plan for the euro.  Bonpasse is confident that when a serious examination of the costs and benefits is done, the world will embrace the goal of a Single Global Currency, to be managed by a Global Central Bank within a Global Monetary Union.

He said, “The easiest to understand benefits of a Single Global Currency will be the elimination of $400 billion in annual foreign exchange costs, the elimination of foreign exchange fluctuations, and the elimination of the need of expensive foreign exchange reserves, now totaling more than $3 trillion around the world.”

The Single Global Currency Association was formed in 2003 in the U.S. to seek the implementation of a Single Global Currency by 2024, the 80th anniversary of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference.  Said Morrison Bonpasse, “With the expansion and creation of regional monetary unions, there is no question that we will someday achieve a Single Global Currency as the benefits vastly outweigh the costs.  The only questions remaining are ‘How long?’ and ‘How much will further delay cost?’ ”  He continued, “If the European Monetary Union can successfully provide stable currency to 15, soon to be 16, countries, why not a Global Monetary Union for all countries?”

The Association maintains a website at http://www.singleglobalcurrency.org, and has published three editions of the book, The Single Global Currency – Common Cents for the World.  In 2000, the number of currencies among the members of the United Nations peaked at 158, and in January, with the adoption of the euro in Slovakia, that number will drop to 142.  With the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council Monetary Union in 2010, the number will drop to 137.  Said Bonpasse, “The trend to a Single Global Currency is clear.”

November 23, 2008

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 3:29 am

Mat 24:7

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

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An earthquake measuring 4.2 degrees on Richter scale jolted surrounding areas of Mousian city in western province of Ilam on Saturday evening.
According to the report of seismography center affiliated to the Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 21:20 hours local time (17:50 GMT) and its epicenter was at 32.19 degrees latitude and 47.37 degrees longitude.

There is no immediate report on possible casualty or damage.

November 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven @ 2:56 am

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Iran said to have enough nuclear fuel for one weapon

 

Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors.

The figures detailing Iran’s progress were contained in a routine update on Wednesday from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has been conducting inspections of the country’s main nuclear plant at Natanz. The report concluded that as of early this month, Iran had made 630 kilograms, or about 1,390 pounds, of low-enriched uranium.

Several experts said that was enough for a bomb, but they cautioned that the milestone was mostly symbolic, because Iran would have to take additional steps. Not only would it have to breach its international agreements and kick out the inspectors, but it would also have to further purify the fuel and put it into a warhead design — a technical advance that Western experts are unsure Iran has yet achieved.

“They clearly have enough material for a bomb,” said Richard Garwin, a top nuclear physicist who helped invent the hydrogen bomb and has advised Washington for decades. “They know how to do the enrichment. Whether they know how to design a bomb, well, that’s another matter.”

Iran insists that it wants only to fuel reactors for nuclear power. But many Western nations, led by the United States, suspect that its real goal is to gain the ability to make nuclear weapons.

While some Iranian officials have threatened to bar inspectors in the past, the country has made no such moves, and many experts inside the Bush administration and the IAEA believe it will avoid the risk of attempting “nuclear breakout” until it possessed a larger uranium supply.

Even so, for President-elect Barack Obama, the report underscores the magnitude of the problem that he will inherit Jan. 20: an Iranian nuclear program that has not only solved many technical problems of uranium enrichment, but that can also now credibly claim to possess enough material to make a weapon if negotiations with Europe and the United States break down.

American intelligence agencies have said Iran could make a bomb between 2009 and 2015. A national intelligence estimate made public late last year concluded that around the end of 2003, after long effort, Iran had halted work on an actual weapon. But enriching uranium, and obtaining enough material to build a weapon, is considered the most difficult part of the process.

Siegfried Hecker of Stanford University and a former director of the Los Alamos weapons laboratory said the growing size of the Iranian stockpile “underscored that they are marching down the path to developing the nuclear weapons option.”

In the report to its board, the atomic agency said Iran’s main enrichment plant was now feeding uranium into about 3,800 centrifuges — machines that spin incredibly fast to enrich the element into nuclear fuel. That count is the same as in the agency’s last quarterly report, in September. Iran began installing the centrifuges in early 2007. But the new report’s total of 630 kilograms — an increase of about 150 — shows that Iran has been making progress in accumulating material to make nuclear fuel.

That uranium has been enriched to the low levels needed to fuel a nuclear reactor. To further purify it to the highly enriched state needed to fuel a nuclear warhead, Iran would have to reconfigure its centrifuges and do a couple months of additional processing, nuclear experts said.

“They have a weapon’s worth,” Thomas Cochran, a senior scientist in the nuclear program of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a private group in Washington that tracks atomic arsenals, said in an interview.

He said the amount was suitable for a relatively advanced implosion-type weapon like the one dropped on Nagasaki. Its core, he added, would be about the size of a grapefruit. He said a cruder design would require about twice as much weapon-grade fuel.

“It’s a virtual milestone,” Cochran said of Iran’s stockpile. It is not an imminent threat, he added, because the further technical work to make fuel for a bomb would tip off inspectors, the United States and other powers about “where they’re going.”

The agency’s report made no mention of the possible military implications of the size of Iran’s stockpile. And some experts said the milestone was still months away. In an analysis of the IAEA report, the Institute for Science and International Security, a private group in Washington, estimated that Iran had not yet reached the mark but would “within a few months.” It added that other analysts estimated it might take as much as a year.

 

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