The Orontes River runs red as Syrian anti-aircraft guns pound Hama
Horrifying images of bodies and limbs floating in the Orontes River in Hama were aired by Syrian state television early Thursday, Aug. 4. Contrary to official claims that they belonged to Syrian soldiers torn to pieces by protesters, DEBKAfile reports they are the victims of Syrian tank fire and ZU-23 automatic anti-aircraft artillery trained on residential buildings and streets in the last 48 hours as the dead pile up in the streets.
US borrowing tops 100% of GDP
US debt has shot up $US238 billion ($A221.54 billion) to reach 100 per cent of gross domestic product after the government's debt ceiling was lifted, Treasury figures show.
Treasury borrowing jumped on Tuesday, the data showed, immediately after President Barack Obama signed into law an increase in the debt ceiling as the country's spending commitments reached a breaking point and it threatened to default on its debt.
China warns U.S. on managing its debt
The comments from People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, posted on the central bank's website, signal China's lingering concern over America's financial health. China is the U.S.' largest foreign creditor, holding at least $1.16 trillion in Treasury securities.
Capacity to solve EU debt crisis in doubt
The European Union acknowledged on Wednesday investors now doubt whether the eurozone can overcome its debt crisis and Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called for more action to ward off market attacks.
Somalia famine spreads to three new regions
The United Nations said Wednesday that famine has spread to three more regions of Somalia, warning that acute malnutrition is expected to persist across the southern part of the country through the end of the year.
Salmonella superbug on the rise
A strain of Salmonella resistant to the most powerful antibiotics has been found in the UK, France and Denmark.
The outbreak emerged in Africa then spread to Europe, picking up antibiotic resistance along the way, says a team of international researchers. They are calling on health officials to step up monitoring to stop the "superbug" spreading globally.
As Sun Storms Ramp Up, Electric Grid Braces For Impact
Storms are brewing about 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) away, and if one of them reaches Earth, it could knock out communications, scramble GPS, and leave thousands without power for weeks to months.
The electrical power grid is particularly vulnerable to these extra currents, which can infiltrate high-voltage transmission lines, causing transformers to overheat and possibly burn out.
"The concern is if the electric grid lost a number of transformers during a single storm, replacing them would be difficult and time-consuming," said Rich Lordan, senior technical executive for power delivery and utilization at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Volcano watchers raise alert status for Mount Cleveland
Signs of lava at Mount Cleveland prompted volcanologists to raise their alert level Tuesday afternoon for the Aleutian Islands volcano.
Air Force Suspends Christian-Themed Ethics Training Program Over Bible Passages
The Air Force has suspended a course that was taught by chaplains for more than 20 years because the material included Bible passages.
Tariq Ramadan Openly Calls for a Muslim colonization of the U.S.
"It should be us, with our understanding of Islam, our principles, colonizing the United States of America." Tariq Ramadan, the silver-tongiued snake and grandson of Hasan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood, loved by leftists, academics and the ummah (of course) spoke in Texas.
Tariq Ramadan was in Dallas at the end of July, invited by Muslim Brotherhood-tied ICNA. During a speech, he openly asked for a Muslim colonization of the U.S.
How the Debt Ceiling Deal Endangers National Security
Debate on the “Debt Ceiling” crisis has almost entirely ignored one major point – perhaps THE major point.
That is how will this deal impact US national security, and by extension, international security.
U.S. eats up most of the debt limit in one day
U.S. debt shot up $239 billion on Tuesday — the largest one-day bump in history — as the government flexed the new borrowing room it earned in this week’s debt-limit increase deal.
Weekly initial jobless claims at 400K
Fascism Rising: Debt Hike Opponents Barred from "Super Congress"
'Senators who voted against the debt ceiling hike will be barred from being on the panel of the unconstitutional “Super Congress,” as the Washington elite ensures all roadblocks to crippling tax increases and other planned assaults on the constitution are removed.
According to The Weekly Standard, Republican sources have confirmed that the likes of Rand Paul, Jim DeMint and other fiscal conservatives will be dismissed as choices for the new super committee partly as a punishment for their failure to back the debt hike and most importantly to prevent any obstacles to the committee passing tax hikes and entitlement cuts.'
IDF launches air strike in Gaza after rockets land in south Israel
The Israel Defense Forces launched an air strike early Thursday against two Gaza city training facilities operated by the armed wing of the Islamist militant movement Hamas, witnesses and officials said.
Israeli sources: Arab Spring let Palestinians ramp up Gaza arms smuggling
In the past months, Hamas has acquired improved rockets, ready-made explosive devices, anti-tank missiles and possibly anti-aircraft missiles, say Israeli defense officials.
In the past few months, Hamas has acquired improved high-trajectory rockets, ready-made explosive devices, anti-tank missiles and possibly anti-aircraft missiles, the sources told Haaretz.
Fukushima Radiation Highest Ever, exceeding Capacity of Measuring Device...Fuel Likely Leaking Out Of Containment Vessel
Persecution on the Rise
Just look at the number of stories describing persecution occurring around the world. There are too many article titles to list.
Gaza missiles strike deeper into Israel
Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip late Wednesday night fired two long-range GRAD missiles into southern and central Israel.
The first missile exploded on the outskirts of the town of Kiryat Gat, which is at the southern end of Israel's densely populated central region.
The second landed within the city limits of the southern port of Ashkelon.
Israeli officials said they view the attacks as an escalation of violence, as GRAD missiles are far more accurate than the Palestinians' locally-produced Kassam rockets, can travel much further, and carry a larger payload.
Barroso raises alarm about severity of euro crisis
The top official in a letter sent to EU leaders on Wednesday (3 August) and made public by the commission on Thursday said new bailout measures agreed by the 17 eurozone countries in July "are not having their intended effect on the markets", after the cost of borrowing for Italy and Spain spiraled this week.
He added: "Whatever the factors behind the lack of success, it is clear that we are no longer managing a crisis just in the euro-area periphery. Euro-area financial stability must be safeguarded."
Is that enough for one single day in the news?
Sometimes we get desensitized at these news, as they occur daily now. But occasionally is it worthwhile to take a step back and look at the overall picture of the world that we are living in, at this very moment in history.
It is truly amazing. All one has to do is read the Olivet Discourse, Daniel 2,7 and 9, and Ezekiel 38-39 (not to mention the book of Revelation) - and then compare the scriptures to the daily news from around the world.
Jesus said that we should know the signs and have awareness of our position in biblical prophecy - in other words, He urged us to know the signs of this generation, so that we could prepare and be ready for His coming.
The signs are unequivocally here. There is no doubting that.
That means one thing - its a simple matter of connecting the dots - Jesus will be here soon.
It is time to prepare for that moment. That moment in which we come face to face with Jesus Himself.
He will be here soon. He made a definitive promise on that, and we can never ever doubt the promises of Jesus.