Islamic Flood Coming to U.S.?

An Israeli author and expert on the Middle East is warning Americans that Islamic immigrants could possibly flood the U.S. as a result of the events taking place in Egypt. Washington, DC, is already flooded with Muslims in very high positions in the U.S. administration, and these Muslims already control the gates,” notes Avi Lipkin, an Israeli scholar and author who has traveled throughout the U.S. to warn Americans about the threat of Islam. “The floodgates are open. The Muslims are coming in in tremendous numbers into the U.S.” But he warns that the floodgates will only get worse when illegal aliens gain their amnesty. “Once the amnesty takes place for the Latin Americans, then they will get ready for the next wave of illegals, which will be the tens of millions of Muslims who are going to be flooding into the U.S., especially Egyptians and Palestinians.”

  • Britain is already caving in to a large number of Muslim immigrants, compromising existing laws to accommodate Islam’s Sharia law, as part of an organized mission to overwhelm Western societies with sheer numbers.

Liberal Media Wages War in Egypt

The Jerusalem Prayer Team reports that “the liberal media has attempted to dumb-down the American people painting a picture that the crisis in Egypt is simply a matter of innocent Egyptians who want democracy versus Murbarak-supporting mobs attacking the freedom demonstrators. That is an outright lie. They don’t really believe that the terrorists behind this chaos are evil. Nor do they believe evil really exists. These New Agers hate Israel, the Bible, and Christians in general. The media attacks have become so severe anyone that contradicts them is considered ignorant, evil, racist, and a bigot. This is done in the name of political correctness and godless globalism. It is the theater of the absurd and a festival of hypocrisy. What the Liberal Left media is doing in Egypt and in the United States should be called treason. It sees these terrorist devils as “freedom fighters.” The Muslim Brotherhood has been trying to assassinate Mubarak and overthrow Egypt for decades. Not only is the PLO involved in this revolution in Egypt, so is al-Qaeda, and Iran with its two long arms of terror, Hamas and Hezbollah. Yes, al-Qaeda operatives are in Cairo doing everything possible to fan the flames.”

‘Chrislam’ Emerges in Protestant Churches

A Protestant renewal organization is concerned about the recent efforts of some mainline Protestant churches to produce an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam. According to a recent blog post from The Last Crusade, congregations in several metropolitan areas — Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit — preached sermons and held Sunday school lessons recently on the founder of Islam, Mohammad, whom Muslims consider a prophet. Qurans were also placed in the pews next to Bibles. Proponents of the movement, which has been dubbed “Chrislam,” claim that Christians cannot love their neighbors without having a relationship with them. Alan Wisdom, director of the Presbyterian Action committee and vice president for research and programs at The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD), contends that Islam should never be viewed as an equal to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Moreover, Qurans should never be placed next to God’s Holy Word. “The Bible is God’s unique revelation to us. The pulpit of a church is for preaching the Word of God… We worship Jesus Christ, and we can’t mix that worship with any other allegiance.”

U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty Finalized

The U.S. and Russia on Saturday finalized a nuclear arms treaty that limits the number of atomic warheads the former Cold War foes are allowed to possess — securing a key foreign policy goal of President Barack Obama. The New START treaty was approved by the U.S. Senate in December after Obama pressed strongly for its passage, and Russia ratified the deal last month. The treaty went into effect when U.S. Secretary of State Hillar Rodham Clinton exchanged the ratification papers with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of an international security conference in Munich on Saturday. New START is a cornerstone of Obama’s efforts to “reset” U.S. relations with Russia. The New START treaty, negotiated last year, limits each side to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from 2,200. The pact also re-establishes a monitoring system that ended in December 2009 with the expiration of an earlier arms deal.

U.S. Intelligence on Arab Unrest Draws Criticism

U.S. intelligence agencies are drawing criticism from the Oval Office and Capitol Hill that they failed to warn of revolts in Egypt and the downfall of an American ally in Tunisia. President Barack Obama sent word to National Intelligence Director James Clapper that he was “disappointed with the intelligence community” over its failure to predict the outbreak of demonstrations would lead to the ouster of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis. “These events should not have come upon us with the surprise that they did,” the committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said. A top CIA official, Stephanie O’Sullivan, told senators Thursday that Obama was warned of instability in Egypt “at the end of last year.”

  • Obama always tries to deflect any criticism to somebody or something else

U.S. Cracks China’s Internet Censors

The U.S. government has figured out how to bust through Internet censorship filters in order to deliver news and other vital information via e-mail to people in countries like China, according to a recent report. The official report from the Broadcasting Board of Governors detailed successful testing the agency conducted as it tried to slip data into inboxes in Hong Kong and China. The testing involved technology known as Feed Over e-mail, or FOE, to bypass traps the Chinese government has in place to screen out unwanted Internet content. Experts behind the testing said this information weapon probably could not have done much good in a situation like that unfolding in Egypt, where the government was flat-out blocking Internet access in response to the political unrest.

Economic News

State and local governments are enjoying a strong rebound in revenue that will make balancing this year’s budgets easier, but a nearly $40 billion falloff in federal stimulus aid starting in July could pose steep challenges. A new wave of conservative governors and legislators elected in November is shaping taxing and spending policies this month with more money to work with than their counterparts had a year ago. Revenue rose 4.3% last year, the best since before the recession began in December 2007, and the biggest gains in sales and income tax collections came during the final three months of 2010.

Of the 13.9 million Americans the government says were unemployed last month, about 1.8 million had been without work at least 99 weeks — almost two years. That’s nearly double the number in January 2010. Companies in January announced plans to trim fewer than 39,000 jobs, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas — 46% fewer than a year earlier and the fewest planned layoffs in January since Challenger began keeping track in 1993. Those who have a job are less likely to lose it than at any point in at least 14 years. Those who are unemployed are in trouble. Employers won’t likely step up hiring until they feel more confident about the economy.

Retail gasoline prices are likely to creep higher as anti-government protests continue in Egypt and concerns remain about the stability of the Middle East. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.124 on Friday, according to AAA. Analysts expect prices to stay at $3 a gallon or higher — perhaps rising as much as 8 cents over the next two weeks — until the conflict in Egypt is resolved and tensions ease in neighboring countries. The pump increases come at a time when U.S. gasoline inventories are at an 18-year high of 236.2 million barrels.

Egypt

The leadership council of Egypt’s ruling party resigned Saturday, including the president’s son, but supporters of President Hosni Mubarak expressed optimism that he will survive the chaotic effort to oust him. Egypt’s vice president on Sunday met with the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups opposed to the regime of Hosni Mubarak as thousands of people remained in the streets to commemorate those who died in anti-government protests. Vice President Omar Suleiman said the government would no longer hamper freedom of the press and won’t interfere with text messaging and the Internet. He also proposed lifting a state of emergency that Mubarak imposed upon taking office after the assassination of his predecessor, Anwar Sadat. Sadat was killed in 1981 by people linked to the Muslim Brotherhood who objected to the peace treaty with Israel. The Brotherhood made a strong showing in Egypt’s elections in 2005, winning 20% of the seats in the parliament. There were signs that life was returning to normal in downtown Cairo. Sunday is a work day in the Arab world, and the crowd in Tahrir Square was far smaller than previous days.

Coptic Christians saw their fears confirmed Saturday when an empty church was bombed in Egypt. According to The Christian Post, no one was injured and the church sustained minimal damage. The explosion follows almost two weeks of protests in Egypt calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Christians have ceased meeting in their churches during that time, fearing for their safety amid the unrest. Christians, who make up eight to 12 percent of the population, have been calling for more protection from the state. Amid the ongoing protests, they are praying for a new Egypt, with democracy and freedom for the persecuted minority.

Tunisia

Tunisia’s interior minister has suspended all activities of the country’s former ruling party amid the most serious protests since the country’s autocratic president fled into exile less than a month ago. Fahrat Rajhi on Sunday suspended all meetings of the Democratic Constitutional Rally, known as the RCD, and ordered all party offices or meeting places it owns closed — ahead of a demand to dissolve the party. The RCD embodied the policies of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled into exile Jan. 14 after a month of nationwide anti-government protests. The party became a key instrument by which Ben Ali maintained power, and by which corruption spread. The announcement came hours after crowds pillaged, then burned a police station in the northwestern city of Kef a day after police shot dead at least two demonstrators.

Zimbabwe

The ripple effect of Egypt’s anti-government protests is not only being felt in the Middle East but as far away as Zimbabwe, a country with a similar political situation. Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe — an authoritarian ruler who’s been in power since 1980 — are accusing the country’s main opposition leader of using the Egyptian protests to whip up similar anti-government sentiment in the southern African nation. When asked about whether the Egypt protests could affect events back home, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said, “when people take their rights and start demanding more rights, there is nothing wrong with that.”

Cambodia

Cambodia called for U.N. peacekeepers to help end the fighting along its tense border with Thailand, where artillery fire echoed for a fourth day Monday. A one-hour clash Monday morning stopped after both sides agreed to an unofficial cease-fire. Fighting has erupted daily since Friday, leaving at least five dead and two dozen wounded. Cambodian officials say a Thai artillery barrage Sunday collapsed part of “a wing” at the Preah Vihear temple, a U.N. World Heritage site, but Thai officials have dismissed that account as propaganda. Both sides blame the other for instigating each day’s clashes, which have shattered a series of cease-fire agreements.

Iran

Two Americans accused of spying appeared in a closed-door Iranian court session Sunday to begin trial after an 18-month detention that has brought impassioned family appeals, a stunning bail deal to free their companion and backdoor diplomatic outreach by Washington through an Arab ally in the Gulf. All three — two in person and one in absentia — entered not guilty pleas during the five-hour hearing, said their lawyer, Masoud Shafiei. He added that he was barred by Iranian law from giving any further details of the proceedings. He described the jailed Americans — Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal — as appearing in good health. The case highlights the power of Iran’s judiciary, which is controlled directly by the nation’s ruling clerics and has rejected apparent appeals by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to show some leniency.

Pakistan

Christians and other minorities in Pakistan have learned that their government will not be amending the country’s controversial blasphemy law. Assist News Service reports the decision follows massive protests by Islamic and mainstream opposition parties against any changes. The protestors had demanded that the Pakistani government makes clear its stance over the issue of blasphemy law, which uses its penal code to prohibit and punish blasphemy against Islam. Christians say the law is used arbitrarily and with little evidence to discriminate against them. An accusation of blasphemy commonly subjects the accused, police, lawyers, and judges to harassment, threats, and attacks.

 

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