Archive: June 2010
Newsweek writer Andrew Moravcsik says the European Union isn’t going anywhere — despite what its critics say. It sounds like he’s been reading the Bible, which says that the EU will be the final world empire.
“The faith of most Christians, even that of many pastors, will not stand up to intellectual scrutiny, according to renowned apologist Josh McDowell.”
“Some EU governments have given a cautious welcome to proposals for a new EU-Russia security committee, as more details emerge about the surprise initiative.”
“Pope Benedict XVI reiterated Sunday his call for an ‘urgent and concerted’ international effort to resolve the ongoing tensions in the Middle East before the conflicts there lead to greater bloodshed.”
“Hamas said today that it is in favour of a reintroduction of EU inspections at the land border crossing of Rafah, between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, and the presence of EU ships off the coast of the Gaza Strip to inspect ships headed towards Gaza, ‘so long as Israel does not interfere.’”
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas seeks ‘end of conflict’ with land swaps, okays NATO presence.
Yet Obama administration denies the Weekly Standard report. See more here.
“Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday his country wants a ‘strong, joint EU position on the siege on Gaza and the humanitarian situation there.’”
“Civil rights watchdogs and MEPs have attacked new EU plans to gather data on people who voice or share ‘radical messages’ in a bid to pre-empt terrorist attacks.”
“In the face of the major challenges of our times, Mr. Obama has taken a stand with a comprehensive doctrine that goes beyond the dominant, unilateral paradigm and includes a defence of international law.”
“To be on its feet by 1 December, the corps is supposed to give impetus to the EU’s often incoherent foreign policy by bringing all its different aspects – external relations, military, civil and development – under one roof.”
In his well-known book The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer says the way Christians conquer their enemies is by loving them and especially by praying for them.
“Relations between Israel and its staunchest ally, the US, have suffered a ‘tectonic rift,’ according to Israel’s ambassador to Washington.”
“You see it in the movies: fighting has broken out somewhere in the former Soviet Union, the US president walks into his situation room, monitors are showing satellite images, security advisors are shouting at each other, the president is given a briefing note and sends an agent to gather intelligence. Now, the EU’s foreign relations chief, Catherine Ashton, is to get a situation room of her own.”
“The Obama administration is set to propose a new system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the Web. The online authentication and identity management system would be targeted at the transactional level — for example, when someone logs into their banking website or completes an online e-commerce purchase.”
The White House has released a draft document of its new plan to create “trusted digital identities” for organizations and individuals to conduct business over the Internet.