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THE TRUMPET WEEKLY THE TRUMPET WEEKLY


F E B R U A R Y 1 6 , 2 0 1 3
Why Iran might already have a bomb 2
America pushing for economic NATO! 5
EU wants China economic partner instead 6
Putin turns oil into gold 8
How to have a happy child! 9
BY BRAD MACDONALD
see RESIGNED page 12
A
v1ivoiveightyearsonthepapalthrone,PopeBene-
dict xviresignedhispostastheheadoftheCatholic
Churchearliertoday.
Teresignation,therstbyapopeinnearlyoooyears,
caughttheworldbysurpriseandsetoafrenziedinterna-
tionaldebateaboutwhyexactlythepoperesigned,whythe
VaticanandevenBenedictsclosestaideswerelefinthe
darkabouttheimpendingresignation,andwhothenext
popewillbe.
TeTrumpetdoesnthavespecicanswerstothese
questions.Wecan,howeverthankstowhatthe
ApostlePetertermedthemoresurewordofproph-
ecysetthepopesresignationinabroadercontext.
Herearetwokeyexpectationsfromthenextpopeand
fromtheVaticanintheweeksandmonthsahead.
First,expectthenextpopetobeconservative,and
probably even moreconservative,thanPopeBene-
dict xvi.
UnderBenedict,theVaticanexperiencedarenais-
sanceofCatholictraditionandconservatism.Benedicts
Vatican,asmanyhavenoted,hasaspecialaectionfor
medievaldoctrineandpractices,andhasemergedas
perhapsthemostnotabledefenderoftradition,includ-
ingmarriageonlyoccurringbetweenamanandwoman.
Together,BenedictandtheVaticanhavewagedwaronmoral
relativism,compromiseandsecularism.Nothingwillchange
underthenextadministration.Infact,thenextpopemaybeeven
moreconservative,andforcefulinhisimplementationofCatholic
doctrineandtradition.
Howdoweknow:Bic.Usi1uiix1voviwiiinii-
s1.iiiunv.V.1ic.ivv.s1vUc1Uvicvi.1iui1iviiv
nvPoviBiiuic1xvi.uuisvviuicissov,1uisimii.viv
cosivv.1iviPoviJouP.Uiii.
AsTrumpetcolumnistRonFraserhasexplainedexten-
sively,overthelastfewdecadesPopeJohnPauliiandJoseph
Ratzinger(nowBenedictxvi)havecrafilyandviciously
Pope Benedict XVI Has
Resigned, Now What?
Pope Benedict XVI leaves after an audience
with Romes parish priests on February 14.
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MIDDLE EAST
Obama Unlikely to
Support Cairo
Opposition
JERUSALEM POST | February 13
T
uoUs.usovoppositionactivists
protestedacrossEgyptonMonday,
thesecondanniversaryofformer
presidentHosniMubaraksouster,
chantingagainsttheMuslimBroth-
erhood-ledgovernmentofPresident
MohamedMorsi.
AstensionsrisebetweentheMus-
limBrotherhoodandtheopposition,
U.S.PresidentBarackObamaspolicy
hasbeentonotactivelysupportthe
opposition.
Instead,Obamabelievesheis
achievingregionalstabilityby
strengtheningMorsisholdonpower.
Obamaapprovedarecentdelivery
ofover:oF-:oghterjets,andhas
continuedtheannualmilitaryand
economicaid.
Almosteveryday,newsreports
emergefromEgyptdemonstrating
thatMorsicontinuestoactagainst
U.S.nationalinterests.Justlastweek,
MorsigaveIransPresidentMahmoud
Ahmadinejadagloriousreception
andkissesonthecheek.Inaddi-
tion,anti-Semiticandanti-American
statementsthatMorsiandother
Brotherhoodleadershaveissuedover
theyearsarebeingpushedunderthe
rug.
Obamaappearstobefavoringare-
gimeatoddswithAmericaninterests
attheexpenseofsupportinganoppo-
sitionthathaselementsmoreclosely
alignedwiththoseinterests.
Lastweek,EgyptsAl-Ahram
Weekly postedanOpenletterto
PresidentObama,writtenbyBahied-
dinHassan,thedirectoroftheCairo
T
uiWui1iHouseandPresidentObamassupporters
insistthathesmakinghisrsttriptoIsraelnextmonth
toassuretheJewishstatethatifpushcomestoshovewith
Iran,hellhaveIsraelsback.ButNorthKoreasnucleartest
Tuesdaymorningcouldindicatethatitsalreadytoolate
forthat.IfNorthKoreahasthebomb,thenforallpractical
purposesIrandoes,too.Ifthatsso,thenObamaspolicyof
preventionhasfailed,andcontainmentapolicythatthe
presidenthasrepeatedlysaidisnotanoptionisinfactall
Washingtonhas.
Ifthissoundshyperbolic,considerthehistoryofexten-
siveNorthKorean-Iraniancooperationonahostofmilitary
anddefenseissues,includingballisticmissilesandnuclear
development,thatdatesbacktothe:8os.Tiscooperation
includesNorthKoreansalesoftechnologyandarms,like
theBM-:,,amissilecapableofcarryinganuclearwarhead
andreachingWesternEurope;IransShahab,missileis
basedonNorthKoreasNodong-:andisabletoreachIsrael.
IranhasacontingentofIranianweaponsengineersandde-
fenseocialsstationedinNorthKorea.Meantime,North
KoreanscientistsvisitIran.Andlastfall,bothcountries
signedamemorandumofunderstandingregardingscien-
tic,academicandtechnologicalissues.
Givenallthis,theresagreatdealofconcernthat,asone
seniorU.S.ocialtoldtheNew York Times,theNorth
Koreansaretestingfortwocountries.
InJanuary,KimJong-unboastedthatthe UnitedStates
wastheprimetargetforPyongyangsnuclearandmis-
siletests.Earlierthismonth,IransSupremeLeaderAli
Khameneirejectedtheideaofnuclearnegotiationswiththe
UnitedStates.So,neitherNorthKoreanorIranbelievethe
WhiteHousecandomuchtostoptheirmarchonethat
theyseemtobeconductinginlockstep.
Someofushavebeensayingthisissomethingtoworry
aboutforveorsixyears,saidHenrySokolski,executive
directoroftheNonproliferationPolicyEducationCenterin
Washington,u.c.TeNorthKoreanshavebeencooperat-
ingwithIranforaboutadecadeonnuclearandmissileis-
sues,andtheIranianshaveseveralfull-timeweaponsengi-
neersonsiteinNorthKorea.NeithertheNorthKoreansor
theIranianshavemadeasecretofthis.TeIranianswere
reportedatNorthKoreaslastnucleartestaswell.Itshard
tobelievetheyhadnoaccesstothemostrecenttest.
SomeexpertssuspectthatifthebombdetonatedTues-
daywasusingenricheduranium,thisisyetanotherpiece
ofevidencethatIranislikelyusingNorthKoreaasaback-
doorplanfortheirownnuclearprogram.
Ifthisisthecase,Obamawillgodowninhistoryas
theAmericanpresidentwhopresidedoverglobalnuclear
proliferation,includingrogueregimes.Aferfouryearsof
restrainingtheIsraelis,hemaynowbegoingtovisitthem
nextmonthforagoodreason:toapologize.
Why Iran Already Has the Bomb
TABLET | February 14
InstituteforHumanRightsStudies.
Hispositionreectedthatoftheanti-
Islamistopposition,thatObamahas
abandonedEgyptians.
DanielPipes,presidentofthecon-
servativeMiddleEastForum,tellsthe
PostthatObamastacitsupportforthe
IslamistregimeinEgyptisahorrible
policy.PipesthinkstheU.S.should
alwaysopposeIslamistsandsupport
theliberals.
WritesPipes,Isnotanyoneinthe
DepartmentofStateawarethatEgypt
isnowrunbyanIslamistzealotfrom
thebowelsoftheMuslimBrotherhood
whosegoalsdierprofoundlyfrom
thoseofAmericans:
TemoralofthestoryforIsraelis
thatitwillnditdiculttodirectly
counterObamascontinuedsupport
forMorsi.
Israelspolicyonthisfrontcontin-
uestobeparalyzed,andisbasedon
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Related: The Battle for Syria
I
v.ispreparingtopreserveitsinuenceinSyriain
theeventthatitsallyPresidentBasharAssadshouldbe
removedfrompowerbybuildinganetworkofmilitiasin
thecountryalongwithHezbollah,the Washington Post
reportedonSunday,citingU.S.andMiddleEastocials.
Accordingtotheocials,themilitiasarecurrentlyght-
ingalongsideAssadsforcestokeeptheembattledleaderin
power.Teybelieve,however,thatthemilitiasareactually
inplacetoserveTehranslong-termgoalofmaintaining
operativesinthecountrytoactinIransinterestinSyriaif
theoppositionforcesshouldsucceedinunseatingAssad.
TePostquotedaseniorObamaadministrationocial
assayingthatIranwasbackingasmanyas,o,ooomilitia-
men.Teimmediateintentionseemstobetosupportthe
Syrianregime.ButitsimportantforIrantohaveaforce
inSyriathatisreliableandcanbecountedon,theocial
stated.
Te PostquotedaseniorArabocialassayingthatIran
wasputtingthemilitiameninplaceinordertosupport
Assadtothehilt,andtosetthestageformajormischiefif
hecollapses.
Iran Building Militias in Syria
JERUSALEM POST | February 11
Related: Why Iran Is Sweating Bullets
thehopethatU.S.economicleverage
willkeepMorsiinline.
Syrian Rebels Capture
Oil Field
ASSOCIATED PRESS | February 14
S
vvi.viniiscapturedmostofan
oileldintheenergy-richnorth-
eastonTursday,thelatestinastring
ofstrategicconqueststhisweekthat
alsoincludedadamandthedefenses
aroundamajorairport.
Teoppositionghterstryingto
oustauthoritarianPresidentBashar
Assadalsocapturedthetownof
Shadadah,neartheJbeysaoileldin
hotlycontestedHasakaprovince,ac-
cordingtoRamiAbdul-Rahman,head
oftheBritain-basedactivistgroup
SyrianObservatoryforHumanRights.
Teoileldisinanenergy-rich
areaalongSyriasborderwithIraq.
Abdul-Rahmansaidtherebelscap-
turedabout,opercentoftheoileld
buttherewasstillsporadicgunrein
thearea.
Oppositionghterswerealso
battlingregimeforcesforthethird
straightdayforcontrolofthemain
airportinthenortherncityofAleppo.
OnWednesday,therebelsknocked
downarmydefensesandclosedinon
thecountryssecondlargestairportin
Aleppo,Syriasmaincommercialhub.
Teairportstoppedallights
weeksagobecauseoftheghting.
Earlierthisweek,rebelscaptured
thenationslargestdamandamili-
tarybasenearAleppo.Teyhavealso
broughttheghtclosertotheheartof
Damascus,seatofAssadsregime.
Regimeforcescarriedoutairstrikes
onrebelpositionandshelledopposi-
tionstrongholdswithartilleryinef-
fortstocounterrecentrebeladvances
inthenortheastand
aroundthecapital.
TeforayinDamas-
cusmarkstheopposi-
tionssecondsignicant
attempttocapturethe
capitalsinceJuly,when
rebelstookcontrolof
severalneighborhoods
beforebeingsweptout
byaswifgovernment
counter-oensive.
TeObservatorysaid
regimewarplaneswerepounding
rebelpositionsnearAlepposinter-
nationalairportonTursday.Op-
positionghtershavebeenattacking
theaireldforweeks,andtookover
mostoftheBrigade8omilitarybase
protectingitonWednesday.
Abdul-Rahmansaiderceclashes
werealsotakingplacearoundtheair-
port,whichremainedinregimehands
Tursday.Hesaidtherewerealso
reportsofheavyghtingatanother
nearbymilitaryairbasecalledNairab.
TeUnitedNationssaysnearly
,o,ooopeoplehavebeenkilledin:,
monthsofghtinginSyria.
TW
I N B R I E F
n Why Irans Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei is right
DirecttalkswiththeUnitedStates
overIransnuclearprogramwillnot
resume,Iranssupremeleaderan-
nouncedonFebruary,.Tespeech
cameasyetanotherroundofeco-
nomicsanctionswereimplemented
onIranianoil.Directtalkswillnot
solveanyproblems,saidAyatol-
lahAliKhamenei.Teayatollahis
rightdirecttalkswillnotsolvethis
issue.Washingtonhopestochange
Khameneismindbysittingdownat
thetabletotalkpeace.Tetroubleis,
itistryingtoreasonwithamanwho
viewsglobalwarfareasaninevitable
precursortothereturnofaMuslim
savior.AsidefromincreasingIrans
power,theacquisitionofanuclear
bombhelpstohastenthatscenario.
Americacontinuestotalkanyway:On
February8,SecretaryofStateJohn
Kerrysaid,Wearepreparedtoletdi-
plomacybethevictorinthisconfron-
tation,whilewarningIranthatthe
U.S.presidentispreparedtodowhat-
everisnecessarytomakecertainthat
Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
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H
.vicvici1ivstrengthenedits
strategicalliancewithAustralia,
Germanyisnowintentonbuilding
regionalcooperationwithIndonesia.
German-Foreign-Policy.com re-
centlyreported:Jakartaoersitself
asapartnerforBerlininSoutheast
Asia,saysananalysisbytheFounda-
tionforScienceandPolitics[Stifung
WissenschafundPolitik(swv)];itispoliticallyaswellas
economicallyontherise,andintheregionconsideredas
aleadingpower,andadditionally,controlstheStraitof
Malacca,oneoftheworldsmostimportantseaways,with
greatimportanceforChina(February,;translationours).
AsisthecasenowwithGermanysexpandingalliances
withArabianpeninsulagovernments,theexportofGer-
manweaponrytoIndonesiaisanimportantcontributorto
thedevelopingrelationshipbetweenthetwo.
Temilitarycanbeconsideredasustainingpillar
ofcooperation:Indonesiasarmedforcesacquiretheir
weaponstoanotinsignicantdegreefromGermany.Tis
isofspecialsignicance,sincetoinuencethebattlefor
inuenceinSoutheastAsia,itisalwaysaboutseekinga
strategicfront-linepositionagainstthePeoplesRepublic
ofChina(ibid).
AstheprophecyofIsaiah:,indicates,atthisparticular
junctureinhistory, China andtheGerman-ledEuropean
Unionaremutuallydependentfortheircontinuingcom-
mercialdevelopmentontheseatradethattheyhavebuilt
upwitheachotheroverrecentdecades.Yetthismarket
interdependencydoesnotobviatetheneedtoensurethat
eachissecurefromtheotherdefensively.Eachhasthe
powerpotentialtobecometheworldsnextsuperpower
andishencewaryoftheothersultimateintentions.
Infact,asthepropheciesforourdaydeclare,each,in
turn,doesbecomeasingularsuperpowerinitsownright
rsttheGerman-ledEU(Revelation:,and:,),thena
China-ledEasternbloc(Ezekiel,8).
Germanysincreasinglyaggressivestrategicmovesin
AustraliaandIndonesiaarebutstrongindicationsofthe
fulllmentofthepropheciesofIsaiah:,.
Ourbooklet Daniel Unlocks Revelation givesadetailed
accountofwherethefulllmentofthesepropheciesis
headed.Teoutcomeispredictedtoaecteveryman,
womanandchildontheplanetinamannerthatwillso
shocktheworldastopowerfullyworktopreparetheway
fortheeliminationofallcompetitionbetweennations
forever!
Onlywhenthatsituationoccurswillitbepossibleto
fulllmansdesireoftheagesaworldatpeace,withall
humanitylivinginharmonywitheachother.
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RON FRASER
Irandoesnothaveanuclearweapon.
Noonebelieveshim.Yetevenasne-
gotiationisfailing,awarwontbring
lastingpeaceeither.TeUnitedStates
anditsalliesmayhavethegreatest
intentionsinstoppingIran.Teymay
wantpeace,buttheydonotknowhow
toachieveit.AsIsaiahprophesied,
mankinddoesnotknowthewayof
peace(Isaiah,:8).Butthatworldof
peaceiscomingsoon.Tounderstand
it,andeventolearnhowtohavepeace
inyourownlifetoday,readWhatIs
theKingdomofGod:
n Iranian General assassinated
near Syria-Lebanon border
AtopgeneralinIransRevolutionary
GuardCorpswasreportedlyassassi-
natedthisweekinSyriainwhatisnow
thestrongestindicationtodatethatse-
niorIranianmilitarycommandershave
beendispatchedtoSyria(Los Angeles
Times,February:).Gen.HassanShat-
eriwasreportedlytravelingfromSyria
toLebanonwhenhewastargetedand
killedbysuspectedIsraeliagents,ac-
cordingtoIraniannewsmediareports.
Ifhedid,infact,diewithinSyrias
EUROPE
Prosecuting the
Messenger
SPIEGEL ONLINE | February 12
T
uiuoUvwaslate,butAndreas
Georgiouwasstillathisocelast
Fridayevening.Hesoundedcalmand
poised,certainthathehaddonehis
duty.ButGeorgiou,,,,alsosounded
dumbfounded.Itstrikesmeasodd,
hesays,thatwearebeingprosecuted
inaEuropeanUnionmemberstatefor
actuallyfollowingEuropeanlaw.
[A]ttheendofJanuary,felony
chargeswereledagainstGeorgiou
andtwosenioriis1.1staersforalleg-
edlyinatingthe:oodecit.Inother
words,atatimewhentherestofthe
worldwasfuriousthatGreecehadarti-
ciallyimprovedthecountrysbudget
borders,itwillbethersttimeatop
IraniancommanderwaskilledinaSyr-
ianconict.Historically,Syriahasbeen
Iransmostimportantregionalally,
whichiswhyTehranhasdesperately
triedtopropupPresidentBasharal
Assadscrumblingregime.Butdespite
alonghistoryofcooperation,Syriaand
Iranareprophesiedtosoonendupon
oppositesidesofthedivideinthetwo
powerblocscurrentlydevelopinginthe
MiddleEast.AsAssadsgovernment
continuestofallapart,watchforIrans
supportofSyriatowane.
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statistics,Greekprosecutorsareaccus-
ingGeorgiouofdoingtheopposite.
TeentirebailoutofGreecewas
basedonthenumbersprovidedby
iis1.1onthedecitguresfor:oo
onwards.Anydealwiththetroika
mightunravelwerethefoundationof
theagreementtobesuddenlyaltered.
ButwhatwouldGeorgiouhaveto
gainbydeliberatelymakingtheGreek
economylooktobeinevenworse
shapethanitactuallywas:
Somearguethatthetechnocrat
Georgiouwasservinghisformer
superiorsattheimvandtheEuropean
statisticsagencyEurostat,whichisled
byaGerman.Tistheoryholdsthat
Greecewastobebroughttoitsknees
byimposingharshausteritymeasures
basedonbloateddecitgures.
Georgiouhimselffeelsthat,ifheis
guiltyofanything,itisforbreaking
withtraditionandbringingtheinfa-
mouslydodgyGreekpublicnance
recordsinlinewithEUstandards.
Georgiouhasalsoreceivedsupport
fromhisEuropeancolleagues.Ina
statementreleasedonJanuary:,,the
GermanheadofEurostatWalterRa-
dermacherwrote:Asweallknow,the
independenceofastatisticaloceis
crucialforthecredibilityofitsstatis-
ticsand,inthisdicultsituation,Mr.
Georgiouretainsmyfullcondence.
Teiis1.1headisalsosupported
bythenanceministry.Accordingto
aseniorministrystaer,thegovern-
mentacceptsthe:oonumbersand
hasnointentionofgettingridof
Georgiou.
Georgiouispaintedbyhiscritics
almostasatraitor.
Looking Eastward:
Turkeys Blufng Game
February 13
O
J.U.vv:,,TurkeysPrime
MinisterRecepTayyipErdoan
announcedthathethoughtTurkey
shouldconsiderlookingeastforallies
insteadoftotheWesternEuropean
powers.Europehasbeenstringing
TurkeyalongwiththecarrotofEU
memberstatussinceOct.,,:oo,,
when,alongsideCroatia,Turkeybegan
accessiontalks.
TurkeysturntowardRussiaand
Chinaisnomorethanablu.Tur-
keyintendstopressuretheEuropean
Unionintospeedingtheprocessof
EUmembershipalong.Ithasbeen
sevenyearssincetalksbegan,aferall.
Croatia,whichstarteddialoguewith
theEUatthesametime,isnowon
tracktobecomeanEUmemberstate
injustafewmonths.DoesTurkeyfeel
alittlelefout:Itissendingaclear
messagetotheWestbycastingitseyes
eastward.
AsbadasTurkeyhaswantedin,
whyhasitbeenblockedateveryturn
bytheEU:Teanswerissimple:
religion.
TefundamentallyRomanCatholic
continentsimplyhasnointentionofin-
corporating,omillionMuslimsinone
swoop.AndTurkeywithitsOttoman
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State
A
mivic.wiiiattempttonegotiateafreetradedealwith
theEuropeanUnion,U.S.PresidentBarackObamaan-
nouncedduringhisStateoftheUnionaddressonFebru-
ary ::.Tenextday,EUleaderspublishedajointstate-
mentwithMr.Obamaannouncingthatthetwoblocswill
eachinitiatetheinternalproceduresnecessarytolaunch
negotiationsonaTransatlanticTradeandInvestment
Partnership.
Tepotentialeconomicgainsfromsuchadealarehuge.
Itwouldaddo.,percenttotheannualgrowthoftheEUs
economyby:o:,thatsanextra8obillion(Uss::,bil-
lion)ayearaccordingtoestimatesrecentlyreferredtoby
theEU.FortheU.S.,thebenetwouldbeo.percentor
s8,billion(o,billion).
ButthedealthatAmericaandEuropeenvisionencom-
passesfarmorethanremovingtarisoneachothersprod-
ucts.Teywanttoharmonizeregulationsandevenaddress
dierencesinintellectualpropertyandlaborlaws.
Teendgoalwouldbethatacar,forexample,produced
intheU.S.wouldnothavetoundergoanysignicantmod-
icationsinordertoconformtotheEUssafetystandards,
andviceversa.Tiswouldsignicantlylowerthecostof
sellinggoodsintheothertradebloc.
Teagreementwouldbesofarreachingthatithasbeen
referredtoasaneconomic.1o.EuropeanCommission
PresidentJosManuelBarrososaidthatthisnegotiation
willsetthestandardnotonlyforourfuturebilateral
tradeandinvestment,includingregulatoryissues,but also
for the development of global trade rulesatapressconfer-
enceonFebruary:,(emphasisadded).
IftheEUandtheU.S.adoptthecommonrules,theywill
besettingthestandardforthewholeworld.Withsucha
hugechunkoftheglobaleconomyconformingtoonestan-
dard,itwouldbehardfortherestoftheworldnottofollow.
IfEuropegainstheupperhandinitsnegotiationswiththe
U.S.,itwillbesettingthestandardfortheworld.
Butevenifthetwoblocsfail,thisrenewedpushtoward
afreetradedealdemonstratesasubtlechangeincourse
inAmericasforeignpolicy.Itisinvestingmoreofitshope
andtrustinEurope.BothU.S.VicePresidentJosephBiden
and.1oSecretaryGeneralAndersFoghRasmussenhave
calledforEuropeannationstoimprovetheirmilitariesand
playamoreactiveroleintheworld,totaketheburdeno
America.AmericaislookingtoEuropetosolveitsmilitary
problems.AndnowitslookingtoEuropetosolveitseco-
nomicproblemstoo. Follow Richard Palmer: Twitter
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RICHARD PALMER | February 14
Related: U.S. Vice President Dotes on Germany, Europe
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history,whichatonetimethreatened
Catholicismsveryexistencehas
particularlynegativeassociationsin
Europeanminds.AsBernardLewis
expressesit,[T]hereisstillareserveof
mistrust,andevenattimesofhostility
[towardTurks],withrootsdeepinthe
EuropeanChristianpast(From Babel
to Dragomans),JoelHillikerwrotein
theNovember/December:oo, Phila-
delphia Trumpet.CompareTurkeyto
CroatiawhereCroatiaismajority
Catholic,Turkeyis.8percentMuslim.
Whatdoesthatmean:Becauseit
wontbeacceptedbytheEU,willitbe
acceptedbythe sco:
Teanswer:stillno.
Simplyput,TurkeyistooMuslim
toeverintegrateintotheEU.Chris-
tianity(readCatholicism)andIslam
justdontmix.Youonlyneedtoreada
historybooktoprovethatfact.
Tenailintheconthatdenies
Turkeysticketto sco membershiplies
intheprophecycontainedinPsalm8,,
whereEdom(themodern-dayregion
ofTurkey)isnamedamongaconfed-
eracyofMiddleEasternnationsthat
areagainstthekingofthesouth(Iran
anditscronies)andaretiedwithAs-
sur(Assyria,orGermany).
TeEUmayneverallowtheMus-
limnationtofullyintegrateintothe
EuropeanUnion.Itwillrecognize
PrimeMinisterErdoansrecentstate-
mentsasthebluthattheyare.Te
EUhasbeensuccessfullystringing
Turkeyalongsince:oo,,andthereis
noreasonforthattochange.
Stoiber: Bunga Bunga
Premier Bad for EU
LA GAZETTA | February 13
T
uiiic.cvoftheactionsofthe
bungabunga(ex)-premierSilvio
Berlusconionthecountryofculture
issomethingunbelievable,honorary
ChristianSocialUnion(csU)president
EdmundStoibersaidonWednesday.
Ifhewinsintheupcomingelec-
tions,allofEuropewillpaytheprice,
theformerBavarianregionalchief
saidatapoliticalAshWednesdayrally
inPassau.Onecanonlyhopethat
theItalianpeopleholduparedcard
inthecomingelection.TecsUisthe
BavarianallyofGermanChancellor
AngelaMerkel.
Worlds Leading
Exorcist Praises Pope
Benedict
TELEGRAPH | February 15
P
oviBiiuic1xvi,whoseresigna-
tionannouncementstunnedthe
worldthisweek,hasreceivedhigh
praisefromanunusualquarterthe
leaderoftheworldsexorcists.
FatherGabrieleAmorth,thefounder
andheadoftheInternationalAssocia-
tionofExorcists,saidtheGermanpon-
tihaddonemanythingsforexorcists
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FinvU.vv,weissuedaSpecialAlertonrisingten-
sionsbetweenChinaandJapan.Inparallelwiththis,
relationsbetweenChinaandtheU.S.havealsobeendete-
riorating,notleastbecauseofoutgoingSecretaryofState
HillaryClintonsreiterationthatthedisputedSenkaku/Di-
aoyuIslandsfallwithintheremitoftheU.S.-Japansecurity
pact.Withthisasthebackground,theEuropeanUnions
attitudetowardsChinaisofconsiderableimportanceto
Washington.
BackinMarch:o::wehighlightedareportfrom
EU-fundedEurope-ChinaResearchandAdviceNetwork
(Ecran)whicharguedthattheEuropeanUnionshouldtake
advantageoftheU.S.sdicultieswithChina.
Morerecently,inDecember:o::,theEU-fundedEuro-
peanInstituteforSecurityStudies(iUiss)issuedareport
onthedieringapproachesbetweentheEUandtheU.S.on
theAsia-Pacicregion.Whileitsheadlineconclusionswere
muchmorediplomaticthantheearlierEcranreport,with
thereportspecicallyexploringthepotentialforcloserco-
operationbetweentheEUandtheU.S.intheAsia-Pacic
region,substantialdierenceswerestillapparent.
[T]hisreportfromiUissishonestenoughtohighlight
thedriversthatarepointinginthedirectionespousedby
Ecran,thatistosaytotheconclusionthatU.S.rivalrywith
ChinapresentsEuropewithanopportunity.
Forexample,theiUissreportpointsoutthatsome:8
percentofEUexternaltradein:o:owaswithEastAsia,
animpressivevepercentmorethanacrosstheAtlan-
tic.AnditaddsthatGermanysexport-ledeconomic
growthisincreasinglydependentonChina.
Anditgoesontoemphasize:Chinabackstheeuro-
zonewhiletheU.S.islukewarm.[T]heresultisthat
supportfortheeurozoneinthelastfewyearshasmainly
comefromChina,whilespeculationagainsttheperipheral
membersoftheeuro-areahasbeencomingmainlyfrom
WallStreet-basedbanksandhedgefunds.
ChinassupportforEuropeanintegrationhasnotbeen
connedtomonetaryissues.BeijinghasalsobackedEu-
ropesspaceambitions,lendingbothpoliticalandnancial
supporttoGalileo,theEU-ledglobalnavigationsatellite
systemalternativetotheAmericancvs.
FortheEUandinparticularthecoremembersof
CentralandWesternEuropemoreactiveinpromotingin-
tegrationChinaisnotonlyatradeandpoliticalchallenge,
butalsopresentsa strategic opportunity to enhance Europes
role in world aairs and gain autonomy from the U.S.[Our
emphasisadded.]
Tisisaninterestingnalemphasisforareportthatis
ostensiblysopositiveabouttheimportanceofU.S.-EUcol-
laborationonpolicytowardsChina.
A Strategic Opportunity to Gain Autonomy From U.S.
COURCYS INTELLIGENCE | February 11
Related: The Great Mart
FEBRUARY 16, 2013
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duringhiseight-yearpapacy,whichwill
cometoanendonFebruary:8.
HesaidBenedict,regardedasa
staunchconservativeduringhistime
inoce,hadallowedexorciststo
administerthesacramentofexorcism
notonlytopeoplewhoaresuering
fromdemonicpossession,butalso
thosewhosuerotherevildisorders,
suchasdiabolicalinfestations.
Amorth,theexorcistforthe
dioceseofRome,isacontroversial
gurewhoseoutspokenviewshave
embarrassedtheVaticaninthepast.
Inthepasthehasbrandedyogaas
evil,claimingthatitleadstoawor-
shipofHinduismandotherEastern
religionsbasedonafalsebeliefin
reincarnation.Heclaimedina
booklastyearthatPopeBenedictun-
wittinglyperformedanexorcismof
twomenpossessedbythedevilinthe
veryheartoftheVatican,describing
howheandtwoassistantsbrought
apairofpossessedItalianmento
oneofthepopesweeklyaudiencesin
StPetersSquareinMay :oo.
Inthebook,Te Last ExorcistMy
Fight Against Satan,hesaidthemere
presenceoftheponticuredthemen
oftheirdemonicaictions.Asthe
popeapproachedthem,themen,iden-
tiedonlyasMarcoandGiovanni,
begantoactstrangelytheytrembled
andtheirteethchattered.
WhenBenedictsteppeddownfrom
hispopemobilethetwomenung
themselvestotheoor.
Teybangedtheirheadsonthe
ground.TeSwissGuardswatched
thembutdidnothing,hewrote.
GiovanniandMarcostartedtowail
atthesametime,theywerelyingon
theoor,howling.Teyweretrem-
bling,slobbering,workingthemselves
intoafrenzy.
Tepopewatchedfromadistance.
Heraisedanarmandblessedthefour
ofthem.Forthepossesseditwaslike
afuriousjoltablowtotheirwhole
bodiestotheextentthattheywere
thrownthreemetersbackwards.Tey
stoppedhowlingbuttheycrieduncon-
trollably.
TW
I N B R I E F
n Greek youth unemployment at
62 percent
TeunemploymentrateinGreece
hit:,percent,accordingtostatistics
publishedFebruary:,meaningthat
oneinfourpeoplewhowanttowork
cantndit.Foryoungpeopleitis
evenworse:Youthunemployment
hito:percent.Mostpeopleaged:,to
:inGreecewhowanttoworkcant
ndajob.Tesearehugeguresthat
causemassivesocialunrest.Formore
onwherethisupheavalwilllead,see
RonFrasersrecentarticleAJobfor
EuropesYouth.
T
uiV.1ic.hasbeendrawnintoanewcontroversyover
itsembattledbankaferacknowledgingthattheinstitu-
tionsnewpresidentisalsochairmanofashipbuildermak-
ingwarshipsforGermany.
TeVaticanannouncedtogreatfanfareonFridaythat
PopeBenedictxvihadsignedoononeofthelastmajor
appointmentsofhispapacy,approvingErnstvonFreyberg
aspresidentoftheVaticansbank,ociallyknownasthe
InstituteforReligiousWorks(iov).
TeVaticanspokesmanwascaughto-guardwhena
journalistnotedthattheGermanshipbuildervonFrey-
bergchairs,Blohm+Voss,hasamilitarycomponent,AP
reported.
TeRev.FedericoLombardidemurredanddefendedthe
selection.Helaterissuedastatementsayingthecompany
repairsandtransformscruiseshipsandbuildsyachtsand
iscurrentlypartofaconsortiumthatisbuildingfourfrig-
atesfortheGermannavy.
MichaelBrasse,spokesmanforBlohm+VossinHam-
burg,saidthatvonFreybergischairmanoftheexecutive
boardofBlohm+VossShipyards,aunitthatconcentrates
onbuildingcivilianships.Blohm+VossNavalisnow
knownasTyssenKruppMarineSystemsGmbH.
Terevelationdominatedwhatwassupposedtohave
beentheVaticanstriumphantappointmentofanewpresi-
dentforthebankaferitslastpresident,EttoreGottiTedes-
chi,wasredninemonthsagoforincompetence.
GottiTedeschisstunningoustercamejustastheVati-
canwassubmittingitsnancestoareviewbyaCouncil
ofEuropecommitteeinabidtojointhelistofnancially
transparentcountries.
TeVaticanlastsummerpassedthetestbytheCouncil
ofEuropesMoneyvalcommittee,whichseekstoprevent
moneylaunderingandterroristnancing.Buttheiovand
theVaticansnancialwatchdogagency,however,received
failinggrades.Tenewpresidentwillbetaskedwithbring-
ingtheiovintocompliancebyMoneyvalsnextreview.
TeVaticanstressedvonFreybergsCatholiccredentials,
notingthathewasamemberoftheSovereignMilitary
OrderofMalta,anancientchivalrousmilitaryorderdrawn
fromEuropeannobility.
TeVaticansaidhehadbeenappointedbythebanks
commissionofcardinalsandthatthepopehadexpressed
hisfullconsent.Teappointmentmaywellbeoneofthe
lastmajordecisionsofBenedictspapacygivenhisplanned
retirementonFebruary:8.
Whiletheappointmentwasseeminglycuriouslytimed,
Lombardiwenttogreatlengthstostressthattheselection
processtookitsownpathandwastosomedegreeirrel-
evanttotherunningofthechurch.
LombardisaidvonFreybergwasselectedaferametic-
ulousandarticulateseven-monthsearchprocessfroman
initiallistofocandidatesputforwardbyaninternational
head-huntingrm.
Vatican Banks German Military Links
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TW
I N B R I E F
n North Korea detonates nuke
morning before State of Union
speech
NorthKoreadetonatedanuclear
bombTuesdayjusthoursbeforePresi-
dentBarackObamawasscheduledto
discusshisplanforthenextfouryears
inhisStateoftheUnionaddress.Te
successfuldetonationontheheels
ofPyongyangssuccessfulDecem-
ber::missilelaunchconrmsthat
theNorthnowhasoensivenuclear
weaponsasastrategicdeterrence
againsttheU.S.,andcouldpotentially
attackmainlandAmericawithnuclear
missiles.PresidentObamahasmade
nuclearnonproliferationakeygoalof
hispresidency,andPyongyangsact
ofopendeanceexposedhowlittle
progresstherehasbeenonthisfront.
Teteststimingjusthoursbefore
thepresidentsspeechsuggeststhat
theNorthwishestomakeitsthreat
asprovocativeaspossibletoward
Washington.Stratforexplainedthat,
despiteappearances,Chinaislikely
behindNorthKoreanprovocations:
Priortothelatestnucleartestand
rocketlaunchChinapublically
calledonNorthKoreatorefrain,yet
theNorthwentaheadwiththetest
Chinas dramatic growth should
be a wake-up call for Washington.
Americas days as the worlds sole
superpower are nearing an endand
much more quickly than anticipated
by most.
theTrumpet.com, July 21, 2010
ASIA
anyway.Tatcouldmeanthat
theChineseandtheNorthKoreas
carefullyplannedoutthecharadeof
dierences,andworkedtogetherto
shapetheminicrises(February::).
ArogueNorthKorea serves Chinas
ambitions ofunderminingU.S.inu-
enceinregionandintheglobalarena.
Chinawillcontinuetocarefullysteer
NorthKoreatofurtherBeijingsgoals
ofregionaldominance.
n China eclipses U.S. in world
trade
ChinaovertooktheUnitedStateslast
yeartobecometheworldsbiggest
tradingnationasmeasuredinex-
portsandimportsofgoods,ending
Americaspostwartradedominance,
accordingtothelatestocialannual
datareleasedbythetwocountries.
TeU.S.stotalimportsandexportsfor
:o::stoodats,.8:trillion,according
totheU.S.CommerceDepartments
reportreleasedFebruary8.Chinas
totaltradeforthesameyear hit
s,.8,trillion.TisisnotChinasrst
signicanteconomicvictory.In:oo,
BeijingovertookBerlintobecome
theworldslargestexporter.In:o:o,
ChinasurpassedtheU.S.tobecome
theworldsthirstiestenergyconsumer,
amilestonethatreectedbothChinas
extraordinaryeconomicgrowthand
itsmultiplyingcloutasanindustrial
giant.Chinascommerceministry
cameoutonWednesdaysayingthe
earlierreportswerewrongdueto
useofdieringsystemsofmeasure-
ment,andthat theU.S.isstillslightly
aheadofChina ininternationaltrade.
Nevertheless,Chinaseconomicmight
israpidlygrowing.Itsmushrooming
inuencethreatenstounsettlere-
gionaltradingblocsasitbecomesthe
mostimportantcommercialpartner
formanynationsaroundtheworld.
AsChinaseconomicpowergrows,
andasglobaldissatisfactionwiththe
U.S.economy/debt/dollarincreases,
theinuenceoftheyuanwillmultiply.
ButitactuallywillbetheEuropean
currencynottheyuanthatwill
deposetheU.S.ailingdollar.
W
uiVi.uimivPutinsaystheU.S.isendangeringthe
globaleconomybyabusingitsdollarmonopoly,hes
notjusttalking.Hesbettingonit.
NotonlyhasPutinmadeRussiatheworldslargestoil
producer,hesalsomadeitthebiggestgoldbuyer.Hiscen-
tralbankhasadded,,ometrictonsofthemetalinthepast
decade,aquartermorethanrunner-upChina,according
toimvdatacompiledbyBloomberg.Teaddedgoldisalso
almosttripletheweightoftheStatueofLiberty.
Temoregoldacountryhas,themoresovereigntyit
willhaveiftheresacataclysmwiththedollar,theeuro,
thepoundoranyotherreservecurrency,EvgenyFedorov,
alawmakerforPutinsUnitedRussiapartyinthelower
houseofparliament,saidinatelephoneinterviewinMos-
cow.
Centralbanksaroundtheworldhaveprintedmoneyto
escapetheglobalnancialcrisis,sappinginvestorappetite
fordollarsandeurosandsettingoascrambleforsafety.
Putinsgoldstrategytsinwithhisresourcenation-
alism,statistagenda,saidTimAsh,headofemerging-
marketresearchatStandardBankPlcinLondon.Itskind
ofadefensiveplay,butitworked,right:Ashsaidinan
interviewinMoscow.Youneedluckinpoliticsandbusi-
ness,andclearlytheguyhasit.
Otherworldleadershaventbeenaslucky.Gordon
Brown,asUKnanceminister,soldalmostootonsof
goldinthe,omonthstoMarch:oo:,whenpriceswere
attwo-decadelows.Londontabloidshavereferredtothe
periodasBrownsBottom.
EvenaferPutinsbinge,though,Russiastotalcacheof
about,8tonsisonlytheeighthlargest,theWorldGold
CouncilsaidinaFebruary8report.
Putin Turns Black Gold to Bullion
BLOOMBERG | February 11
Related: Time to Buy Gold?
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Chvez Risks
Backlash
BLOOMBERG | February 9
V
iizUii.uiv.iUiuitscurrency
forthefhtimeinnineyears,a
movethatmayunderminesupportfor
ailingPresidentHugoChavezandhis
alliesaheadofpossibleelectionslater
thisyear.
SouthAmericasbiggestoilpro-
ducermayhavetocallelectionsif
Chavez,whohasntbeenseenfortwo
monthsaferundergoingcancersur-
geryinCuba,diesorstepsdown.He
orderedhisgovernmenttoweakenthe
exchangerateby,:percenttoo.,bo-
livarsperdollarstartingFebruary :,,
FinanceMinisterJorgeGiordanitold
reportersyesterdayinCaracas.
Aspendingspreethatalmosttri-
pledthescaldecitlastyearhelped
Chavez,,8,winathirdsix-yearterm.
Tedevaluationcanhelpnarrow
thebudgetdecitbyincreasingthe
amountofbolivarsthegovernment
receivesfromoilexports.Yetthe
movealsothreatenstoacceleratean-
nualinationthatreached::percent
inJanuary.
Tereissurelygoingtobeapo-
liticalcost,whichmayweighagainst
theChavistasandhencebeviewed
favorablyfromthemarketsifit
shifsprotestvotestotheopposition,
SiobhanMorden,theheadofLatin
AmericaxedincomestrategyatJef-
feriesGroupInc.inNewYork,saidin
anotetoclients.
Formeroppositionpresidential
candidateHenriqueCaprilesRa-
donskisaidthemeasuremocked
Venezuelans,andhecriticizedthe
governmentforattemptingtohide
theimpactofthedevaluationby
announcingitthedaybeforethean-
nualcarnivalholidays.
TW
I N B R I E F
n Latin America remains a bastion
of anti-abortion laws
Evenasthepracticeofabortiongains
acceptanceintheU.S.,thetermination
ofapregnancyisstillalmostuniver-
sallyregardedasacriminalactinLatin
America.Chile, Nicaragua andElSal-
vadorbanabortioncompletely,while
mostotherLatinAmericancountries
haveonlyafewlegalloopholespermit-
tingthepractice.Tisregionalopposi-
tiontoabortionisprimarilyduetothe
factthat,:percentofLatinAmericans
self-identifyasRomanCatholics.Asa
newpopeiselected,expectmassesof
peopleacrossbothEuropeandLatin
Americatolookincreasinglytothe
Vaticanformoralguidance.
ANGLO-AMERICA
AFRICA/LATIN AMERICA
W
u.1m.xischildrenhappy:Stu.
Tatswhatmostparentsthink,it
seems.Xbox,oo,Furby,LilSwanky
clothing,M&Msandlicoriceropes,
Legosets,expensivebirthdayparties
whateverlittleMadisonandBrayden
desire.
IfMomandDadtookabreak
fromindulgingtheirkidswhims
andthoughtaboutit,theymightadmitthatitsnotwork-
ing.Youdonthavetopeekdowntoomanyaislesinthetoy
storetoseechildrenwhoalreadyhaveeverythingandare
miserablebrats.
Now,scienceissupplyingsomeevidencetoteachus
whatwasoncecommonknowledge:thatitactuallyis more
blessedtogivethantoreceive.
InarecentstudyGivingLeadstoHappinessinYoung
Children,psychologistsfoundthatgiving putssmileson
youngchildrenmorethangetting.[B]eforetheageof:,
toddlersexhibitgreaterhappinesswhengivingtreatsto
othersthanreceivingtreatsthemselves,thestudysau-
thorswrote.Further,childrenarehappieraferengaging
incostly givingforfeitingtheirownresourcesthanwhen
givingthesametreatatnocost.
csumsupthendings:Tesestudiesconrmsome
age-oldwisdomabouthappiness:Ifthegoalreallyisto
makeourchildrenhappy,perhapswhatweoughttobedo-
ingisnotoverindulgingthem,butgivingthemtheoppor-
tunitytogive(Sept.:,,:o::).
Testudysleadauthor,LaraAknin,insiststhatchildren
receivingpleasurefromgivingawaytheirgoldshcrackers
showstheemotionalrewardswecanallenjoyfromactsof
personalsacrice.Youcanconstruethatpro-socialbe-
haviorbroadlytoincludegivingtimevolunteering,giving
moneytocausesorgivingotherresources,shetoldc.
Allofthesecorrelatetohappiness.
Otherstudieshaveconrmedthatthislifelawdoesntjust
applytokiddoswithcrackers.Adolescentswhoidentifytheir
primarymotiveashelpingothersarethreetimeshappier
thanthosewholacksuchaltruisticmotivation,saysChris-
tineCarter,asociologistattheUniversityofCalifornia.Teens
whoaregiversarenotonlyhappier,butaremoreexcited
aboutlife,andmoreinvolvedatschoolandintheirfamilies.
Anditdoesntchangewhenwebecomeadults.Whether
apersondonatesmoneytocharity,volunteerstime,or
commitsrandomactsofkindness,reportsshowheorshe
willbehappierandsuerlessanxietyanddepression.
Ergo,asurerewaytoleadyourchildtoahappierlife,
bothnowandonintoadulthood,istoteach him to give.
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New Deadly
SARS-Like Virus
RUSSIA TODAY | February 13
B
vi1isuui.i1uocialswarna
newdeadlyvirus,similartos.vs,
couldspreadfrompersontoperson.
wuoocialsareencouragingcoun-
triestobeonthelookoutforthenew
illness,asitsoriginsremainunclear.
Anewcoronavirusiscausingcon-
cernfortheWorldHealthOrganiza-
tionandmedicseverywhereoverits
abilitytospreadfrompersontoper-
son,asaneleventhcaseofthedisease
seemstoprove.Outofthesecases,ve
haveresultedindeath.
Tevirushasbeenregisteredin
SaudiArabiaandQatar,andinitially
wasthoughttospreadfromanimals,
suchasbats,tohumans.
Butthelatestpatientwithnohis-
toryoftravelingintheMiddleEast
hasbeendiagnosedwiththevirus.
Tepatientisarelativeofanother
registeredcase,whohasrecentlybeen
intheMiddleEastandPakistan.
Terstcaseoftheillness,re-
sultinginfatality,wasregisteredin
Septemberoflastyear.
Yet,saywuoocials,ifthevirus
waseasilytransferrable,therewould
havebeenalotmorethan::cases.
Tevirus,yetunnamed,causes
pneumoniaandsometimeskidney
failure,sayUKhealthocials.
Teoutbreakofs.vsin:oo:
resultedinthedeathsofmorethan
8oopeopleandspreadtomorethan,o
countriesaroundtheworld.
Obama Claims: No
New Debt
THE DAILY CALLER | February 13
R
ivUniic..c1ivis1slaughedat
PresidentBarackObamasclaim
thathisnewlaundrylistofspending
programswontadd:ocentstothe
decit.
NothingImproposingtonight
shouldincreaseourdecitbyasingle
dime,Mr.Obamatoldthenationdur-
inghis:o:,StateoftheUnionspeech.
Hislistofproposedprograms
includeanationalpre-schoolprogram,
governmentaidingettinglow-interest
mortgagestomillionsofhomeowners,
aprojecttorepairhouses,morejob-
training programsandanincreasein
theminimumwage.
vvi,Obamaisright,hehasnt
addedasingledimetothedebt,hes
added,8.otrilliondimes,saidJoe
Pounder,theresearchchiefatthe
RepublicanNationalCommittee.
Tecommitteequicklyreleaseda
videoshowingMr.Obamasrepeated
claimsthathispolicieswouldnotcost
adime,andcontrastingthoseclaims
withthes,.8trillioninnewdebtcreated
duringMr.Obamasrstfouryears.
W
uvuoonce-successfulsocietiesossifyanddecline:
Hundredsofreasonshavebeenadduced.
OnerecurringthemeseemsconsistentinAthenian
literatureontheeveofthecitystakeoverbyMacedon:
socialsquabblingoverslicingupashrinkingpie.Athenian
speechesfromthateramakefrequentreferencetolawsuits
overpropertyandinheritance,evadingtaxes,andfudging
eligibilityforthedole.AfertheendoftheRomanRepub-
lic,reactionaryLatinliteraturefromthelikesofJuvenal,
Petronius,Suetonius,andTacituspointedtobreadand
circuses,aswellasexcessivewealth,corruptionandtop-
heavygovernment.
ForGibbonandlaterFrenchscholars,Byzantinebe-
cameapejorativedescriptionofatop-heavyGreekbu-
reaucracythatcouldnottaxenoughvanishingproducers
tosustainagrowingnumberofbureaucrats.Inantiquity,
inatingthecurrencybyturningoutcheapbronzecoins
wasofenthefavoredwaytopayopublicdebts,whilethe
lawbecameuidtoaddresspopulardemandsratherthan
toprotecttime-honoredjustice.
Tegradualdeclineofasocietyisofenaself-induced
processoftryingtomeetever-expandingappetitesrather
thanaphysicalinabilitytoproducepastlevelsoffoodand
fuelortomaintainadequatedefense.Americanshave
neverhadsaferworkplacesormoresophisticatedmedical
careandneverhavesomanybeenondisability.
Givenourunsustainablenationaldebtnearlys:,
trillionandclimbingAmericaissaidtobeindecline,
althoughwefacenodevastatingplague,nuclearholocaust
orshortageofoilorfood.
Americanshaveneverledsuchauentmateriallives
atleastasmeasuredbyaccesstocellphones,big-screen
1vs,cheapjettravelandfastfood.Obesityratherthan
malnutritionisthegreaterthreattonationalhealth.Flash
mobsgoaferelectronicsstores,notfoodmarkets.Ameri-
cansspendmoremoneyonBotox,facelifsandtummy
tucksthanontheage-oldscourgesofpolio,smallpoxand
malaria.
Yetwedonttalkcondentlyaboutcapitalizingand
expandingonournaturalandinheritedwealth.Instead,
Americansbickeroverentitlementspoilsasthenation
continuestopileuptrillion-dollar-plusdecits.Enforced
equality,ratherthanliberty,isthenewnationalcreed.Te
medicineofcuttingbackongovernmentgoodiesseems
farworsethanthediseaseofborrowingtrillionsfromthe
unborntopayforthem.
InAugust:,,Hiroshimawasinshambles,whileDe-
troitwasamongthemostinnovativeandwealthiestcities
intheworld.ContemporaryHiroshimanowresemblesa
prosperousDetroitof:,;partsofDetroitlooklikethey
werebombeddecadesago.
Historyhasshownthatagovernmentsredistribution
ofshrinkingwealth,inpreferencetoaprivatesectorscre-
ationofnewsourcesofit,canprovemoredestructivethan
eventhemostdeadlyenemy.
The Decline of America
Victor Davis Hanson, NATIONAL REVIEW | February 14
Related: The Detroitication of America
FEBRUARY 16, 2013
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I
.e-mail,aPewspokespersonaddedthatwhilethe
AmericanMeatInstitutereportedao.:percentincrease
intotalmeatandpoultryproductionin:o::compared
tothepreviousyear,thevu.datashowthatantibiotic
consumptionjumped:percentoverthesametimeperiod.
Tatsuggeststhatmeatproductionmightbegettingmore
antibiotic-intensive.
Notsurprisingly,whenyoucramanimalstogetherby
thethousandsanddosethemdailywithantibiotics,the
bacteriathatliveonandintheanimalsadaptanddevelop
resistancetothosebacteriakillers.Pewcrunchedanother
newsetofdata,thevu.slatestreleaseofresultsfromits
NationalAntimicrobialResistanceMonitoringSystem,or
.vms,whichbuyssamplesofmeatproductsandsubjects
themtotestingforbacterialpathogens.Again,theresults
aresobering.
HereareafewhighlightspointedtobyPewinane-mail:
OftheSalmonellaongroundturkey,about,8percent
wereresistanttoatleastoneantibioticandhalfofthe
bacteriawereresistanttothreeormore.Tesegures
areupcomparedto:o:o.
NearlythreequartersoftheSalmonellafoundon
retailchickenbreastwereresistanttoatleastone
antibiotic.About::percentofretailchickenbreast
andgroundturkeysampleswerecontaminatedwith
Salmonella.
Resistancetotetracycline[anantibiotic]isupamong
Campylobacteronretailchicken.About,percentof
chickenproductswerecontaminatedwithCampylo-
bacter,andnearlyhalfofthosebacteriawereresistant
totetracyclines.Tisreectsanincreaseoverlastyear
and:oo:.
Takeaway:Whilethevu.ditherswithvoluntaryap-
proachestoregulation,themeatindustryisfeastingon
antibioticsandsendingoutproducttaintedwithantibiotic-
resistantbugs.
The Meat Industry Consumes Four-Fifths of All Antibiotics
MOTHER JONES | February 8
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES
However,Mr.Obamasuggested
thathisextraspendingwillbeoset
byincreasedtaxes,andshouldnot
increasethegovernmentsnear-s:tril-
lionannualdecit.
Food Stamp Rolls
Surpass Spain
CNS NEWS | February 11
S
ici1.xicocein:oo,food
stamprollsunderPresidentBarack
Obamahaverisentomorethan,
millionpeopleinAmerica,exceeding
thepopulationofSpain.
Nowisthetimetoactboldlyand
wiselytonotonlyrevivethisecon-
omy,buttobuildanewfoundation
forlastingprosperity,saidObama
duringhisrstjointsessionaddressto
CongressonFeb.:,:oo.
WhenObamaenteredocein
January:ootherewere,:,,,::o
Americansreceivingfoodstamps.
AsofNovember:o::,therewere
,,o:,8oAmericansenrolled,an
increaseof.,percent.
Accordingtothe:o::census,Spain
hadapopulationofo,8:,,:o.
Furthermore,betweenJanuary
:ooandNovember:o::,thefood
stampprogramaddedapproximately
anaverage::,:orecipientsperday.
TW
I N B R I E F
n President calls for minimum
wage increase
DuringhisStateoftheUnionaddress,
PresidentBarackObamaproposedhik-
ingtheminimumwagefroms,.:,tos
by:o:,.ToughmanyAmericanswere
pleasedwiththisproposal,business
leaderswarnthatgovernment-mandat-
edpayincreasesmayleadtoasurgein
layos.StudiesfromtheEmployment
PoliciesInstituteshowthatminimum
wagehikes,includingtheonecalled
forbythepresident,leadtojobloss,not
jobcreation,aswellasfailtoreduce
povertyorstimulatetheeconomy.
Bibleprophecyshowsthatatimeof
epidemicunemploymentandeconomic
depressionareonthehorizon.Govern-
mentinterventionagainstfree-market
forcesishasteningthiscondition.
n Rampant cheating exposed at
Harvard
HarvardUniversityocialscame
forwardinearlyFebruarytoannounce
oostudentswouldbewithdrawnfrom
schoolclassesduetocheating.Te
announcementwastheculminationof
monthsofinvestigationsintotestsand
recordsaferaninstructorhadnoticed
signsofcheatingonatake-homeexam.
Ofthe:,studentsenrolledina:o::
classcalledIntroductiontoCongress,
asmanyas::,werefoundtobein-
volvedincheatingtosomedegree.Te
scandalisstunningnotonlyinscope,
butalsobecauseoftheinstitution
whereittookplace.NationalUniversity
RankingsconsistentlynamesHarvard
asthemostprestigiousuniversityinthe
UnitedStates.Widespreadcheatingat
auniversityofsuchrenowncallsinto
questionhowseveretheproblemisin
lessexaltededucationalfacilitiesacross
thenation.Aprecipitous moral decline
isunderwayinAmericasyouth.Ifhalf
ofaclassiswillingtobreaktherules
inacourseon government,itsagood
indicationthatthegenerationsmoral
foundationisbroken.
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rootedoutliberalismoftheVatican.
Together,thesemenhavebanishednu-
merousliberalcardinalsandocials
andreplacedthemwithconservatives
cutfromthesameclothasJohnPaul
andBenedict.JohnPaulandBenedict
haveensuredthattheleadershipofthe
CatholicChurchespeciallythoseinkeypositionsinside
theVaticansharetheirownstaunchaectionforconser-
vativeCatholicdogma.
Youveprobablyheardthatacollegeofcardinalswillbe
responsibleforelectingthenextpope,apparentlybefore
theendofMarch.Getthis:Evivvi.s1c.vui.ii
1uissiiic1cvoUvw.sis1.iiiunvii1uivPoviJou
P.Ui iiovPoviBiiuic1xvi.
Biiuic1xvi.ioiisvisvosiniivovis1.iiic
movi1u.,ovivci1ov1uiC.vui.is1u.1wiii
vo1ivov1uiix1vovi!
Itsalsointerestingthatthelatestbatchofcardinals,
hand-pickedbyPopeBenedict,takesocenextweekjust
days before Pope Benedict resigns.
DidPopeBenedictmakethislast-minutetweaktose-
curecontrolandtherebyensurethespeedyinstallmentofa
specicindividualashisreplacement:Someone,no doubt,
whowillcontinueBenedictscampaigntocreateaconser-
vative,traditionalVatican:
Second,expectthenextpopetobeastaunchadvocate
ofaworld-dominating,CatholicunitedstatesofEurope.
TismeanshewillmorethanlikelybeEuropean,andmost
likelyItalianorGerman.
TenancialcrisishaslefEuropeindisarray.Germany
leads,butisnotloved.Europeknowsitneedstounite,but
therejustisntthegluetobringittogether.OnlytheVati-
can,asHerbertW.Armstrongexplainedforyears,hasthe
powertoweldthisdivided,cantankerousgrouptogether.
ItsexactlyasMr.ArmstrongdescribedintheMarch:,8
Good News(emphasishis):Europeanswanttheirown
unitedmilitarypower!Teyhavemadearealeort
towardunionintheCommonMarket.Buttheywell
knowthereisbutoivossiniii1vofunioninEurope
.u1u.1is1uvoUcu1uiV.1ic..
Twoyearslater,Mr.Armstrongdeliveredasimilar
prophecyintheJune:8oWorldwide News,onethatde-
scribesEuropescurrentconditionperfectly:Worldcondi-
tions[likeaglobalnancialcrisis]mayforceEuropean
nationstounite,bringingtopasstherevivedHolyRo-
manEmpire.[Europeannations]havewantedtounite
politically,withacommoncurrencyandcommonmilitary
force,forsometimebuthavebeenunable.I1c.ni.c-
comviisuiuoiv1uvoUcu1uiV.1ic..
PopeBenedictxviwasadevotedEurophileanddidhis
partinlayingthegroundworkfortheVaticantointervene
inEuropeanaairs.Weshouldexpectthenextpopetobe
amuchmoreardentandenergeticadvocateofEuropean
unicationbehindGermany!Hewillalsomorethanlikely
beaclosefriendofGermany,andalmostassuredlyhave
healthyrelationshipswithGermanleadersandocials.
ConsideronelastquotefromMr.Armstrong:Bible
prophecysaysthisEuropeanunicationwillbealsoa
unionofchurchandstate(Revelation:,).ManyEuropean
politicalleadersdonotwantreligiousdomination,oreven
participation.BU11uiv.vicomic1ovi.iizi1uiv
c.o1niwiiuiu1oci1uivi1ooicvi.1EUvo-
vi.sUviv.1iowi1uoU11uiUivvicvowivov
1uiC.1uoiicCuUvcu(Nov.::,:8:).Again,whoever
thenextpopeis,ixvic1uim1oimivci.s.voc.i.u
vowivvUivovciiEUvovi.voii1ics!
Inthecomingdaysandweeks,speculationwillabound
aboutwhothenextpopewillbeandwhattheVaticanwill
looklikeunderhisstewardship.Althoughwedontyet
knowwhothismanwillbe,wedoknowthatuiwiiini
cosivv.1iviandthathewillbeavowivvUi.uvoc.1i
ovEUvovi.i1icv.1io.Wealsoknow,thankstoBible
prophecy,thatthismanandtheVaticanwillplayakeyrole
ininstigatingeventsthatwillculminateinthegreatestevent
inhumanhistory:TeSecondComingofJesusChrist!
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