This issue looks at positive changes in Egypt, America’s fading role overseas, how the Syrian war may come to America, and more.
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Inspiring Artifact: “Third oldest Bible” Now on Display in Washington, DC
Breaking Christian News reports: Right now, on display at a museum in Washington, DC, is what is being called the “third oldest Bible in the world,” according to a Christian News report. The Bible has a painted wooden cover, with almost 200 parchment pages, and is reportedly more than 1,500-years-old. It features the four Gospels in Greek, and is known as the “Codex Washingtonianus,” or the “Washington Gospels.” According to a National Geographic article on the Codex’ history, “Roman authorities persecuted Christian churches and their congregation… The two scribes who transcribed the Washingtonianus likely copied from fragments of several Bibles-remnants perhaps from an attack on a Christian church.” Read more.
News from The Israel Project
A referendum asking Egyptians to approve the country’s new constitution has passed overwhelmingly, with Reuters reporting late on Wednesday that official figures had roughly ninety percent of voters pulling the lever in favor. Though exact figures regarding the turnout and the integrity of the balloting were disputed, the vote was widely seen as Egypt’s latest step along a path that seeks to eventually have the country returned to democratic governance.
Reuters today conveyed statements from “senior Egyptian security officials” declaring that the country’s military – having largely suppressed the Muslim Brotherhood within Egypt’s borders – will now shift to eroding the Brotherhood’s Palestinian offshoot Hamas.
The erosion of American influence in the Middle East has created power vacuums which are being filled by geopolitical rivals from across the region, forcing Washington’s allies to “take matters into their own hands,” according to analysis published Wednesday in the New York Times
IT’S NEWS TO ME
OUTRAGE: Obama Seeks to Bring 30,000 Syrian Muslim “Refugees” to US, Waive Counterterrorism Laws
Debbie Schlussel reports: Remember when Barack Obama told a French TV Channel that the U.S. is a “Muslim nation”? Well, he’s working hard to improve the demography to make it so. The Obama Administration is seeking to bring 30,000 “vulnerable” Syrian refugees to the United States by the end of 2014 and will waive counterterrorism laws and allow those Syrians who aided and abetted Islamic terrorists, including Al-Qaeda, into the country. Read more.
Agenda 21: California Law Would Abolish Private Property
Lastresistance.com reports: Part of the United Nations’ Agenda 21 is the abolition of private property. Confiscation of private property will be done under the guise of “sustainability.” They’ll argue that having a large plot of land is an inefficient use of the land, and that your land would be better used if it were developed into something else. In California, there is a law that’s awaiting Governor Brown’s signature that would institute an agency at the county level that could seize private property basically on a whim and using “sustainability” as the excuse. Read more.
Obama Releases Bin Laden’s Bodyguard from Guantanamo Bay!
Daily Sanity reports: Every President takes the oath of office and promises to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” In the post-9/11 age, that requires the President to protect the United States against terrorist organizations hell-bent on killing as many Americans as possible. Mahmoud Abd al-Aziz al-Mujahid was caught in 2002 in the Tora Bora mountain range along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He received military training at one of al-Qaeda’s camps and he was credited with helping Osama bin Laden escape from American forces into Pakistan. The Bush Administration deemed him a “high risk” Al Qaeda fighter and “a committed jihadist” of “high intelligence value.” Today, the Obama administration holds that the Yemeni terrorist is “no longer a significant threat to the United States,” and the Pentagon plans to transfer al-Mujahid to any country that will accept him. Instead of holding al-Mujahid in a well-defended military base, Obama is sending him to a third-world prison where he is sure to be released or escape on his own!
Jihadis Training U.S. Muslims to Carry Out Jihad Attacks when they Return Home from Syria
Freedomoutpost.com reports: Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to Al Qaeda are trying to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to senior American intelligence and counterterrorism officials. These efforts, which the officials say are in the early stages, are the latest challenge that the conflict in Syria has created, not just for Europe but for the United States, as the civil war has become a magnet for Westerners seeking to fight with the rebels against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. At least 70 Americans have either traveled to Syria, or tried to, since the civil war started three years ago, according to the intelligence and counterterrorism officials – a figure that has not previously been disclosed. Read more.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?