“The world economy has entered a dangerous period. Some of the financial turmoil in Europe has spread to developing and other high-income countries, which until earlier had been unaffected. This contagion has pushed up borrowing costs in many parts of the world, and pushed down stock markets, while capital flows to developing countries have fallen sharply.” This quotation did not come from one of the numerous financial collapse blogs which populate the internet. It was the opening statement of the ‘Global Economic Prospects: Uncertainties and Vulnerabilities’, report published in January by the World Bank. Continue reading
Following a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency released in November, it is now widely accepted that before the end of 2012 Iran will be in possession of nuclear weapons. In each of the years 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011 we were warned that the point of no return had been reached with regard to a nuclear armed Iran. Continue reading
“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it (the day of the Lord) will not come unless the apostasy comes first”, 2 Thessalonians 2: 3.
The Thessalonian Church had been disturbed by a message or letter falsely claiming to have come from Paul. It made out that the gathering of the believers to be with Christ had already taken place. The Thessalonian’s faith had been shaken by the report that they had been left behind. To assure the church that such teaching was nonsense Paul describes two events that will precede the day when our Lord comes for His own. One is the revealing of the man of sin. The other is a falling away from the truth. Continue reading
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, is known to be in awe of his father the historian Ben- Zion. His world view is influenced by his father’s work. Ben-Zion Netanyahu who had his 100th birthday last March is recognised as the world’s foremost historian of the Spanish Inquisition. Continue reading
Last August the BBC web site carried a report under the heading, ‘Dutch rethink Christianity for a doubtful world’. The report opened with a statement by a pastor of the PKN* church in the Netherlands, “Make the most of life on earth, because it will probably be the only one you will get”. It then went on to relay a number of similar quotes from other clergy to deny the divinity of Christ, the resurrection and almost everything else the church has traditionally believed. Continue reading
For years King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has been planning to unite the religions of the world in a bid to establish world peace. His hopes took a step forward in October 2011 with the founding in Vienna of the “King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue”. The centre has mainly been funded by the Saudi government. Continue reading
Rupert Murdock is a vastly rich international business man. He is currently rated as 117th richest person in the world. The Economist attributed to Murdoch the invention of the modern tabloid newspaper with its focus on sex, scandal and sport. This formula coupled with eye catching headlines enabled him to turn around a number of ailing newspapers. Over the years he has become the pre-eminent baron of the global news media. Continue reading
In December Salva Kiir the president of the newly formed country of South Sudan made his first foreign visit. His destination was Jerusalem. The visit acknowledged that throughout the struggle of the South against Muslim domination from the North, Israel has been the one nation to stand with them. He apparently proposed to Shimon Peres that South Sudan would locate its embassy in Jerusalem. This would make them the only country in the world to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Following the first three phases of the Egyptian elections the Muslim Brotherhood FJP party and even stricter Salafi Al-Noor party have gained a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament. At the time of writing taken together they have won 230 out of 322 seats. There are a few runoff elections still to take place which may change this total slightly. Continue reading