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U.S. Morning - After Pill Approved for 15-year-olds
May 1st, 2013
Daily News
Categories: Today's Headlines;Moral Decline;Contemporary Issues

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the "morning-after" pill without a prescription for women aged 15 and over.

Proof-of-age will be required to purchase the drug, Plan B. The decision comes a month after a judge ordered the drug to be made available to girls of all childbearing ages.

The FDA said its decision was not a response to the court ruling.

Reproductive rights groups approved the FDA move but called for fuller access.

On Tuesday, the FDA said its decision was in response to an amended marketing plan from the drug's maker, Teva Pharmaceuticals, to sell Plan B without a prescription to women 15 and older.

But the move comes days before the deadline to comply with a New York district judge's order to make the drug available over the counter to girls of all childbearing ages.

Obama administration criticised

The judge criticised the Obama administration for imposing an age-17 limit.

In 2011, the FDA said it had concluded the "morning after" pill could be safely used by girls of child-bearing age.

But in an unprecedented move, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the agency.

She said there was not enough evidence from all potential ages to support removing over-the-counter restrictions.

The Obama administration was accused of bowing to pressure from social conservatives.

The reproductive rights group that brought the lawsuit said on Tuesday it will continue its legal fight if need be.

Lowering the age limit "may reduce delays for some young women but it does nothing to address the significant barriers that far too many women of all ages will still find if they arrive at the drugstore without identification", said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Editors Note....The American government is approving and promoting immorality.

Ruling Palestinian Party Hails Deadly Terror Stabbing
May 1st, 2013
Daily News
Israel Today - Staff
Categories: Today's Headlines;The Nation Of Israel

Ruling Palestinian party hails deadly terror stabbing

The ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, praised Tuesday's murder of a Jewish man by a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist.

The victim, Evyatar Borovsky, was a husband and father of five young children whose only "crime" was being a Jew living in an area the world says Jews cannot live - the biblical hills of Samaria.

Palestinian media hailed the killer, 24-year-old Salam al-Zaghal. Fatah's official Facebook page posted a picture of the "hero" al-Zaghal alongside a photo of his despised "settler" victim.

The international community holds Abbas and Fatah aloft as moderate forces in the region. But one must wonder, would the world likewise view it as moderation if Israel's ruling Likud Party openly praised a Jew who murdered an unarmed Arab?

Borovsky was a beloved figure in his community, and his murder has caused an explosion of rage among the Jews of Samaria. Demonstrations and riots continued into Wednesday. In one incident, a Jewish mob entered a Palestinian town and clashed with Arab stone-throwers before the Israeli army arrived an quelled the violence.

Netanyahu: Conflict is Over Israel’s Existence, not Land
May 1st, 2013
Daily News
Arutz Sheva
Categories: Today's Headlines;Commentary;The Nation Of Israel

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is not over land, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, speaking in a meeting with senior officials in the Foreign Ministry.

The conflict, he said, is over Israel’s very existence. In proof, he pointed to the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, which included the forced removal of thousands of Jewish residents of the area.

Israel got rocket attacks in exchange, he said.

The Palestinian Authority does not wish to recognize Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, he continued. However, he said, Israel remains willing to restart negotiations with no preconditions.

Netanyahu is the acting Foreign Minister until a verdict is reached in the case of Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu’s choice for Foreign Minister, who faces corruption charges.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has stated that the PA will not recognize Israel as the Jewish state. Abbas argues that terming Israel the Jewish state would effectively mean giving up the Arab demand that millions of descendants of Arabs who fled pre-state Israel be given the “right of return” to modern Israel.

Netanyahu Pressed to Accept New Arab Peace Offer
May 1st, 2013
Daily News
Israel Today - Ryan Jones
Categories: Today's Headlines;The Nation Of Israel

Netanyahu pressed to accept new Arab peace offer

Members of the opposition and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's own coalition are pressing the Israeli leader to accept a new Arab peace proposal as a basis for renewed negotiations with the Palestinians.

On Monday, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani referenced the Saudi-authored Arab League Peace Initiative while visiting Washington. However, Al Thani seemed to suggest a softening of the proposal's conditions, stating that the Arabs were ready to accept comparable, mutually agreed and minor land swaps between Israel and a future Palestinian state.

This removes one of the main obstacles to Israel's accepting the initiative when it was first introduced in 2002. The other obstacle, the demand that Israel open its borders to millions of so-called "Palestinian refugees," remains.

Nevertheless, Israeli officials hailed Al Thani's remarks as an opportunity for peace.

"It is very important that they have reiterated their support for the two-state solution," said President Shimon Peres as he visited Pope Francis I at the Vatican.

Opposition leader Shelley Yachimovich demanded that Netanyahu act like a "responsible adult" and pursue the proposal. Another member of Yachimovich's Labor Party, MK Merav Michaeli insist that the government must stop entertaining the idea of a national referendum that would allow the public to thwart any peace agreements which it does not accept.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians, called Al Thani's remarks a real step forward to finding a peaceful conclusion to the conflict.

Netanyahu responded on Wednesday by reminding officials at the Foreign Ministry that the conflict is not actually about land and borders, but rather about Israel's existence.

As Netanyahu noted, Israel was under attack for nearly two decades before it captured the so-called "occupied territories" in 1967. And when Israel tried to unilaterally surrender the Gaza Strip in 2005, the move resulted in increased terrorism.

That being said, Netanyahu concluded that in order to avoid a bi-national state in which Arabs outnumber Jews, Israel must reach an agreement that results in the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

Miami Archbishop: ‘Gay Marriage,’ Moral Relativism – Society ‘on Its Way to Totalitarianism’
May 1st, 2013
Daily News - Michael W. Chapman
Categories: Today's Headlines;Moral Decline

Miami’s Catholic archbishop, Thomas Wenski, said establishing “gay marriage” would corrupt the natural setting for rearing children by a mother and a father, and further spread “moral relativism,” one of the signs that democracy is “on its way to totalitarianism.”

Let the Headlines Speak
May 1st, 2013
Daily News
From the Internet
Categories: Today's Headlines;Contemporary Issues

ESPN Apologizes for Commentator's Christian Worldview on Homosexuality
In talking to some people around the league, there’s a lot Christians in the NBA and just because they disagree with that lifestyle, they don’t want to be called bigoted and intolerant and things like that. That’s what LZ was getting at. Just like I may tolerate someone whose lifestyle I disagree with, he can tolerate my beliefs. He disagrees with my beliefs and my lifestyle but true tolerance and acceptance is being able to handle that as mature adults and not criticize each other and call each other names…

Dianne Feinstein's Husband Bags High-Speed Rail Construction Contract
Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum won a construction contract for California’s high-speed rail project, reports the California Political Review. This is not the first time Feinstein has come under scrutiny for cronyism using taxpayer dollars.

Obama to be Democratic nominee in 2016?
A new poll of Democrats on their preferred candidates for the 2016 presidential race has produced the Obama name, which pollster Fritz Wenzel described as “bizarre.”

'The UN Has Inverted Right and Wrong', Says Expert
The UN “was founded in the middle of the 20th Century to offer a new world order based on peace and security and protection of human rights, and it has inverted right and wrong so that Israel becomes the villain and the victims become those who are some of the most intolerant people in the region,”

Netanyahu: Conflict is Over Israel’s Existence, Not Land
The conflict, he said, is over Israel’s very existence. In proof, he pointed to the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, which included the forced removal of thousands of Jewish residents of the area. Israel got rocket attacks in exchange, he said.

Obama administration officials threatened whistle-blowers on Benghazi
Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

Hezbollah chief confirms group helping Assad
The Shiite movement, which Washington considers a terrorist organization, was "providing every possible and necessary aid to help the Syrian army" battle rebels near Lebanon's northern border with Syria, Hassan Nasrallah said in an address broadcast by Hezbollah satellite TV station al-Manar.

Will May begin with a solar flare? Two sunspots (AR1730 and AR1731) have 'delta-class' magnetic fields that harbor energy for strong eruptions. NOAA forecasters put the odds of an M-class solar flare today at 40%.

Pope accepts invite to Israel, urges peace talks
Pope Francis urged Israelis and Palestinians to resume talks and make "courageous decisions" to bring peace after his first meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres on Tuesday and accepted an invitation to visit the Holy Land. The two discussed the civil war in Syria, tensions in Iran and the scourge of anti-Semitism during half an hour of private talks in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. The pope hoped for "a speedy resumption of negotiations" to reach an agreement that respected the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians, the Vatican said.

Glenn Beck: Boston manhunt reminds of Nazi Germany
Nationally known media personality Glenn Beck said the police response to the Boston Marathon bombing attacks reminded of Nazi Germany, with door-to-door searches to root out Jews during the Holocaust. Of special fright was the photo of a tank in the city with its gun seemingly pointed at a resident who’s taking the picture from a second-floor Watertown home window, he said, Mediaite reported. It reminded of his trip to Auschwitz, when he reflected on how people’s neighbors “were just dragged out into the streets,” Mr. Beck said

Roy Moore making eligibility backers desperate?
The case, dismissed at a lower level, is now being appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, where Roy Moore was elected chief justice last November. The case becomes all the more intriguing because Moore is on record questioning Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president.

Arab League sweetens Israel-Palestinian peace plan
The Arab League's...proposal offering comprehensive peace with Israel has placed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind and swiftly exposed fissures in his new government. ...Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani...reiterated the need to base an agreement...on the 1967 lines, but...he cited the possibility of "comparable," mutually agreed and "minor" land swaps between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Why Has There Been So Much Snow This Spring?
Spring has gotten off to a colder- and snowier-than-average start in parts of the United States, particularly in the eastern Rockies and Upper Midwest. Duluth, Minn., for example, has seen 51 inches (130 centimeters) of snow this April. That's not only the most snow the town has seen in any April — breaking the old mark of 31.6 inches (80 cm) — but the most snow the town has received in any month, ever.

Report in Syria: Suspected chemical substance dropped from planes
According to the report, sources in Lebanon believe that a war will break out within six weeks, involving Lebanon, Syria and possibly, Iran.

Hekla volcano (Iceland): strong inflation suggest volcano could be close to erupting
The famous Icelandic volcano is showing further signs that indicate an eruption could occur in a near future. Significant rapid inflation, concentrated in the northern part of the volcano, has been detected since early April and likely represents accumulation of rising magma underneath. Already in mid March this year, an earthquake swarm, volcanic tremor and deformation caused an alert, because it was believed that this was caused by rapid movement of magma under the volcano.

Sex Superbug Could Be 'Worse Than AIDS'
An antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea—now considered a superbug—has some analysts saying that the bacteria's effects could match those of AIDS. "This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly," said Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine.

GPS tags for dementia patients
Dementia patients are to be fitted with GPS tracking devices for the first time to save police money searching for those who regularly go missing. Police in Sussex hope to save hundreds of thousands of pounds by avoiding costly call-outs which can involve helicopters and several police officers. However, the move was criticised by elderly care campaigners, who described the scheme as “inhumane”.

Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah in Syria pledge
The head of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has declared that Syria has real friends who will not let it fall to the US, Israel or Islamic radicals. Hassan Nasrallah said Syria's opposition was too weak to bring down Bashar al-Assad's regime militarily. He was speaking in an address broadcast on Hezbollah's TV station al-Manar.

Greeks stage 24-hour anti-austerity general strike
A general strike against tough austerity measures is under way in Greece, with trade unions calling for "mass mobilisation" of protesters. The 24-hour action is expected to severely disrupt public services, including transport and hospitals. The organisers are demanding an end to spending cuts and tax rises.

US morning-after pill approved for 15-year-olds
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the "morning-after" pill without a prescription for women aged 15 and over. Proof-of-age will be required to purchase the drug, Plan B. The decision comes a month after a judge ordered the drug to be made available to girls of all childbearing ages. The FDA said its decision was not a response to the court ruling.

Israel Fears End to 40 - Year Peace on Syrian Front
May 1st, 2013
Daily News
Categories: Today's Headlines;The Nation Of Israel

Against a vista of green fields and snowcapped mountains, all is silent but for a gusting wind. Then comes a burst of gunfire from the Syrian civil war raging next door, where jihadist rebels are battling Bashar Assad's troops in a village.

Watching it all unfold from a few kilometers (miles) away are Israeli soldiers atop tanks behind a newly fortified fence, while a large-scale Israeli drill sends off its own explosions in the background.

This is the new reality on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, for 40 years the quietest of Israel's front lines, a place of hiking trails, bird-watching, skiing and winery tour. The military predicts all that will soon change as it prepares for the worst — a power vacuum in Syria in which rogue groups could get their hands of the country's large stockpile of chemical weapons.

In many ways, a new era has already begun. The Syrian villages along the border change hands between military and rebel strongholds in daily battles. Their mortar shells and bullets frequently land on the Israeli side, including in some cases narrowly missing soldiers and civilians. A Syrian army tank shell landed in the border community of Alonei Habashan in February.

Though Israel believes these have mostly been cases of errant fire, it has responded with firepower of its own on several occasions in the first round of hostilities since a long-term armistice took hold after the 1973 Mideast war.

"This area became a huge ungoverned area and inside an ungoverned area many, many players want to be inside and want to play their own role and to work for their own interests," said Gal Hirsch, a reserve Israeli brigadier general who is involved in the military's strategic planning and operations. "Syria became a place that we see as a big threat to Israel and that is why we started to work in the last two years on a strong obstacle, on our infrastructure, in order to make sure that we will be ready for the future. And the future is here already."

Officials say the military's present deployment on the plateau is its most robust since 1973, and its most obvious manifestation is the brand new border fence, 6 meters (20 feet) tall, topped with barbed wire and bristling with sophisticated anti-infiltration devices. The previous rundown fence was largely untested until it was trampled over last year by Syrians protesting on behalf of Palestinians.

The military would not detail other measures it is taking, but stressed it was actively defining the new border arrangement now, before it could be too late.

On the other side of the frontier, the village of Bir Ajam is in rebel hands and Israeli troops report watching them successfully deflect Syrian military pre-dawn raids almost daily. In a village nearby, Syrian intelligence and commando forces are based in concrete, windowless structures.

At the triangle where the borders of Israel, Syria and Jordan meet along the Yarmouk River, a lone jeep is seen crossing uninterrupted from Jordan into Syria. In March, rebels kidnapped 21 Filipino U.N peacekeepers nearby. Thousands of refugees have used the route to flee the carnage into Jordan.

A few injured refugees have trickled into the Golan, and the military runs a field clinic to treat them. But there's no guarantee the trickle won't become a flood if Jordan in the south or Turkey in the north become unreachable.

"Syria right now is a kind of self-evolving system," Hirsch said. "No one can control or predict everything."

Israel, which borders southwestern Syria, has thus far been careful to stay on the sidelines of a civil war that has already claimed the lives of more than 70,000.

Assad is a bitter enemy, an ally of Iran and a major backer of Lebanese Hezbollah guerilla attacks against Israel. But like his father whom he succeeded as president, he has faithfully observed U.S.-brokered accords that ended the 1973 war. Israel worries that whoever comes out on top in the civil war will be a much more dangerous adversary.

Chief among Israeli concerns is that Assad's advanced weaponry could reach the hands of either his ally, the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon, or Islamic extremist groups among the rebels trying to oust him.

"Syria is not a regular place ... it is the biggest warehouse for weapons on earth," Hirsch warned.

In an interview with BBC TV last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the rebel groups among "the worst Islamist radicals in the world."

"So obviously we are concerned that weapons that are ground-breaking, that can change the balance of power in the Middle East, would fall into the hands of these terrorists," he said.

This week, a senior Israeli military intelligence official said Assad used chemical weapons last month. After initial denials, American and British officials confirmed the assessment of Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the head of research and analysis in Israeli military intelligence, that the lethal nerve agent sarin was probably used. U.S. President Barack Obama has warned that the introduction of chemical weapons by Assad would be a "game changer" that could usher in greater foreign intervention in the civil war.

For Israel, the specter of peace with Syria disintegrating adds to a growing sense of siege. It saw the Gaza Strip fall to the militant Hamas movement in an election in 2006. And Egypt, the most populous Arab country and the first to make peace with Israel, is now ruled by the fiercely anti-Israeli Muslim Brotherhood. All this against the backdrop of the Iranian nuclear program and its threats to destroy the Jewish state.

Israel has all but admitted that its warplanes destroyed a shipment of anti-aircraft missiles believed to be headed from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon in January, and on Thursday it shot down a drone which it said it suspects was operated by Hezbollah. Hezbollah denied launching it.

Hirsch, who commanded an Israeli division in a monthlong war with Hezbollah in 2006, said war regional roles have since then been reversed. While once Syria used Hezbollah in Lebanon as a proxy against Israel, Hezbollah is now deterred from acting on Lebanese soil for fear of Israeli retribution and is preparing to use the instability in Syria as its future staging ground.

"The fighting in Syria gives them an opportunity to open a new front against Israel," said Hirsch. "We must be ready for turbulence. We must be ready for the Iranian involvement inside Syria. We must be ready to be able to fight against radical fundamentalist activities that will come from Syria, and that is what we are doing here."

Another Jesus 6 of 7
May 1st, 2013
Roger Oakland
Categories: One World Church;Warning

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