Archive: July 2008

Jul. 01

France takes over EU presidency

France took over the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, Tuesday. The country’s agendas for the bloc — including boosting EU military capabilities — have been overshadowed by the Irish No vote on the Lisbon Treaty.

Jul. 01

Iran ‘seriously considering’ new international nuclear offer

Jul. 01

Pentagon official warns of Israeli attack on Iran

Jul. 01

‘We’ campaign finds common cause with major faith groups

Jul. 01

Procurement of full Galileo system begins

Jul. 01

Palestinian leader, Israeli defense minister meet

Jul. 01

German, Polish presidents refuse to sign EU reform treaty

Jul. 02

Merkel backing for France on EU treaty

Jul. 02

Polish president softens tone on EU treaty

Jul. 02

Third temple preparations begin with priestly garb

Jul. 02

Solana hails Iran’s openness to talks

Jul. 02

Global interfaith dialogue set for July 16 in Madrid

Jul. 03

Solana’s assessment of Mideast peace progress

At the European Socialist Party Conference on the Middle East, EU high representative Javier Solana said “time is short” for making peace.

Jul. 03

Cyprus ratifies EU treaty

Jul. 03

UK foreign minister backs French defence plans

Jul. 03

Gov’t officials: U.S. fears Israel gearing up for Iran strike

Jul. 03

France to launch European citizenship project

Jul. 03

Euromed Trade conference evaluates progress of Euro-Med Partnership

Jul. 04

Poland tells France won’t be obstacle to EU treaty

Jul. 04

Churches of 40 countries give witness for Mideast peace

Jul. 04

Turkey pushes Israel, Syria direct talks

Jul. 04

Livni’s European success

Jul. 04

Iran gives ‘positive’ reply on incentives

Jul. 04

Javier Solana: What kind of Palestine?

Jul. 05

A Wild Ride — Adam’s Angle

Facing circumstances beyond your control? Take heart, God wants you to know something that could change that wild ride into the ride of your life.

Jul. 06

Palestinian president Abbas in Syria to discuss Middle East peace

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria, Sunday to discuss the Middle East peace process.

Jul. 06

Ancient tablet ignites debate on messiah and resurrection

Jul. 08

Fayyad wants foreign troops in Gaza

Jul. 08

Syria sees no Israel peace before Bush quits

Jul. 08

Solana says he’ll respond to Iran soon

Jul. 08

France determined to build European defense: Kouchner

France will push ahead with its plans to build an EU military, despite the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, said France’s foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, at an EU-NATO conference held in Paris on Monday. The conference addressed strengthening the relationship between the EU and NATO.

Jul. 08

Ultra-Orthodox prohibition on entering Temple Mount splinters

Jul. 08

EU’s Solana to return to Iran

Jul. 08

Joint EU police stations in tourist areas proposed

Jul. 08

The Netherlands ratifies Lisbon Treaty

Jul. 08

Assuming presidency in EU, France will develop ENP

Jul. 08

Scholars downplay tablet debate on Messiah, resurrection

Jul. 09

Assad doesn’t rule out meeting Olmert in Paris

Syrian president Bashar Assad left open the possibility of meeting with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on the sidelines of a conference next Sunday in Paris that will launch the Mediterranean Union — a new organization of EU and Mediterranean nations.

Jul. 09

Slovakia to extend euro area to central Europe

Jul. 09

AoC Silatech initiative gathers pace

Jul. 09

Gov’ts need Christians to tackle religious fundamentalism, says evangelical head

Jul. 09

EU governments endorse capability plan for future military needs, pledge joint efforts

Jul. 10

France to deliver EU treaty solution by year-end

France plans to deliver a solution for the EU impasse by the end of the year, said French president Nicholas Sarkozy, Thursday, at a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Jul. 10

‘PA may freeze talks over construction’

Jul. 10

Belgium completes approval of EU Lisbon treaty

Jul. 10

Gaddafi attacks Sarkozy plan for Union of the Mediterranean

Jul. 11

Israeli rabbi aims to improve Muslim-Jewish ties

Jul. 11

New allegations against Olmert

Jul. 11

Mediterranean Union to be launched

Jul. 13

Mediterranean Union launched Sunday

Leaders from 44 European and Mediterranean states will gather in Paris, Sunday, to launch the ‘Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean.’ The new union ‘underlines the EU’s continued commitment and political will to realise the ambitions of the Barcelona Declaration,’ said EU commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Jul. 13

‘Bush gave Israel amber light to attack Iran if diplomacy fails’

Jul. 13

Sarkozy announces that Syria and Lebanon will open embassies

Jul. 13

Abbas to call on Olmert to speed up peace talks: spokesman

Jul. 14

Mediterranean Union is launched

The Union of the Mediterranean, launched Sunday, is designed to bring peace to the Middle East. EU high representative Javier Solana said the union could bring “new impetus” to the peace process, but won’t play a role in negotiations.

Jul. 14

Solana says early partnership pact possible with Syria

Jul. 14

Obama backtracks on an undivided Jerusalem

Jul. 14

Syria’s Assad: Peace with Israel possible in six months

Jul. 14

Olmert: Peace deal has never been closer

Jul. 14

Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean (PDF)

Jul. 14

Obama to visit Israel, West Bank next week

U.S. presidential hopeful Barak Obama will visit the Middle East next week, meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Obama said, if elected president, he will work for peace in the region by supporting the creation of a Palestinian state.

Jul. 14

Obama vows Iraq withdrawal by mid-2010

Jul. 14

Saudi king to open inter-faith conference in Madrid

Jul. 14

Hamas: Blair to visit Gaza this week

Jul. 14

Full text of Sarkozy’s speech at Paris summit

Jul. 15

Solana: Progress on Israel needed for Syria/EU pact

Syria must make progress in its relations with Israel before it can sign an Association Agreement with the European Union and reap the benefits of participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), according to EU high representative Javier Solana.

Jul. 15

Hope, skepticism precede Saudi-sponsored interfaith conference in Spain

Jul. 15

Sarkozy: Irish will have to re-vote on EU treaty

Jul. 15

Spain ratifies EU reform treaty

Jul. 15

Berlusconi, Barroso agree on EU reform despite Irish vote

Jul. 15

Blair cancels Gaza trip over death threats

Jul. 16

Saudi and Spanish kings urge religions to join forces

The World Conference on Dialogue kicked off in Spain on Wednesday — a three-day interfaith event sponsored by Saudi Arabia. About 250 religious and social leaders are attending the conference, including Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair and U.S. civil rights figure the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Jul. 16

French foreign minister: France to propose new Middle East peace process with enhanced EU role

Jul. 16

Global Europe: What next for EU foreign policy?

Jul. 16

Blair still hopes for Israel-Palestinian peace deal by year-end target

Jul. 16

Religious dialogue needed to promote mutual understanding — Ban

Jul. 17

Taking Stock — What Holly Thinks

Did we enter the 70th Week of Daniel on Jan. 1, 2007? Let’s look at what’s happened in the past year and a half and see if this theory still holds up.

Jul. 18

Britain officially ratifies EU treaty

Jul. 18

Vast majority of Israelis accept two-state solution

Jul. 18

Ben-Eliezer: Israeli people prepared to pay price for true peace with Syria

Jul. 19

I’m Glad You Asked — Adam’s Angle

Sure, we’ll ask God for help when we’re in over our heads. But what about the rest of the time? Should we bother God with any prayer request lower than DEFCON 1?

Jul. 19

Solana: Progress in Iran talks ‘insufficient’

Jul. 20

Obama advisor: U.S. not cooperating with Solana

Barack Obama’s nuclear policy advisor, Joseph Cirincione, told an Iranian news agency, on June 30, that the reason nuclear negotiations with Iran are failing is because the United States is not cooperating with EU high representative Javier Solana, who is leading the talks.

Jul. 21

AoC high rep lauds Mediterranean Union

Alliance of Civilizations high representative Jorge Sampaio said the Union for the Mediterranean, launched July 13, and Alliance of Civilizations share the same goal: raising “a barrier against intolerance, religious fundamentalism and extremism.” He said the two entities should be “developed in close collaboration.”

Jul. 21

Sarkozy on mission to Ireland over treaty

Jul. 21

Olmert: Settlements should not impede peace

Jul. 21

Solana: EULEX operational by autumn

Jul. 21

Solana signs agreement to exchange classified information with European Space Agency

Jul. 21

Pope: All faiths should unite against violence

Jul. 22

Obama vows to work for Mideast breakthrough

“Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to work for a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations ‘starting from the minute I’m sworn into office.’”

Jul. 22

Iris-scan systems to secure Arab states’ borders

Jul. 22

EU says it won’t support military action against Iran

Jul. 22

Peres, Abbas optimistic about peace

Jul. 24

Flashback: Expectations — What Herb Thinks

On Jan. 2, 2007 — a day after the possible start date of the 70th Week of Daniel — FP founder Herb Peters wrote about the false expectations many Christians have about the end times.

Jul. 26

The Die is Cast — Adam’s Angle

Dreading that date with destiny? Relax. God is in control even if it seems He’s nowhere to be found.

Jul. 28

The Church Fathers on the Antichrist, Part I — What Holly Thinks

What did early Christians believe about the Antichrist and whether the Church will be persecuted by him? This four-part series looks at what they had to say.

Jul. 30

The Church Fathers on the Antichrist, Part 2 — What Holly Thinks

What did early Christians believe about the Antichrist and whether the Church will be persecuted by him? Part 2 of this four-part series looks at what Justin the Martyr had to say.