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Created Equal: How Christianity Shaped The West 2008/11

...a warning first issued by one of Western civilization’s greatest atheists, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The ideas that define Western civilization, Nietzsche said, are based on Christianity. Because some of these ideas seem to have taken on a life of their own, we might have the illusion that we can abandon Christianity while retaining them. This illusion, Nietzsche warns us, is just that. Remove Christianity and the ideas fall too. Consider the example of Europe, where secularization has been occurring for well over a century. For a while it seemed that secularization would have no effect on European morality or social institutions. Yet increasingly today there is evidence of the decline of the nuclear family. Overall birthrates have plummeted, while rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births are up. Nietzsche also warned that, with the decline of Christianity, new and opposing ideas would arise. We see these today in demands for the radical redefinition of the family, the revival of eugenic theories, and even arguments for infanticide. In sum, the eradication of Christianity—and of organized religion in general—would also mean the gradual extinction of the principles of human dignity. Consider human equality. Why do we hold to it? The Christian idea of equality in God’s eyes is undeniably largely responsible. The attempt to ground respect for equality on a purely secular basis ignores the vital contribution by Christianity to its spread. It is folly to believe that it could survive without the continuing aid of religious belief.

NEU joins with PCCW Global to extend connectivity to Jordan 2008/11/27

PCCW Global Limited (PCCW Global), a leading MPLS VPN provider, has announced a strategic cooperation agreement with Jordanian telco NEU Telecom & Technologies (NEU) to extend connectivity into Jordan. Under the agreement, NEU and PCCW Global will provide a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions and value added services that address the needs of enterprises across Jordan and the region. Pursuant to the agreement, PCCW Global will build a point of presence (PoP) at NEU’s Amman data centre. PCCW Global EMEA senior vice president Frederick Chui said: ‘This strategic partnership with NEU reinforces PCCW Global’s commitment to expanding into emerging markets and increasing network coverage to more than 1,000 cities and 80 countries. We are confident that our customers will enjoy high-quality performance and service throughout our global network and infrastructure.’ ...

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

Jordan to join Middle East nuclear mix

Israel Today 2008/11/26

Jordanian media reported this week that the Hashemite Kingdom has signed a civilian nuclear cooperation deal with China as part of an accelerated effort to develop nuclear energy capabilities. Jordan currently imports nearly all of its energy, being one of the few Middle East nations with little or no oil reserves. The new deal will see China help Jordan mine and process uranium and build an initial nuclear power station. The news did raise some concerns from those who noted that Jordan and other "moderate" Middle East states could translate their civilian nuclear capabilities into nuclear weapons programs if they feel threatened by Iran's nuclear program. In Jordan's case that could prove exceptionally dangerous to Israel in the long-term, as King Abdullah has repeatedly warned that his rule could be threatened by Jordan's far more radical Palestinian majority.

Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

Basic Divisions Emerge

National Review 2008-11-25

...The mismatch extends to the talks’ nominal Jordanian sponsorship, conducted at arm’s length from King Abdullah II through an Amman think tank affiliated with the monarchy. This meant that preliminary official correspondence with the Vatican’s number-two official (Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone) was left in the hands of the king’s nephew, a 42-year-old Princeton grad. Notably absent from the process was the king’s uncle, Prince Hassan, a recognized expert on inter-faith relations, author of a well-regarded 1994 study Christianity in the Arab World, and a figure genuinely trusted by Jordanian Christians. All this Hashemite palace intrigue matters only in so far as it raises the suspicion of deliberate deniability on the part of the talks’ nominal sponsors. The Jordanian monarchy, after all, claims direct descent from the Prophet Mohammed and thus enjoys unique prestige in the Muslim world. By thus hedging its bets, the Jordanian monarchy anticipated its Saudi neighbors, whose two official representatives bailed out of the talks at the last minutes, claiming illness. ...

Jordan king meets Abbas after 'secret' Israeli talks

AFP 2008/11/20

Jordan's King Abdullah II held talks on Thursday with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas two days after Israeli leaders made a clandestine visit to the kingdom, a senior Jordanian official said. The king and Abbas, who met at the kingdom's southern Red Sea resort of Aqaba, discussed "means of pushing ahead with peace negotiations with Israel on the basis of a two-state solution," the palace said. Israeli public radio reported on Thursday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defence Minister Ehud Barak made a secret visit to Jordan on Tuesday and met the king. The palace declined to comment on these talks. A senior government official told AFP in Amman that the king told Olmert and Barak about "the need to stop all unilateral measures in the West Bank and in Gaza." The king also told the Israeli leaders "not to launch military operations because such measures will prevent the achievement of peace," the official said, on condition of anonymity. The Israeli radio report, citing a senior Israeli official, said that during Tuesday's meeting the Jordanian monarch urged the Israeli leaders to refrain from launching a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip. The radio said the king took the initiative to seek to avoid a confrontation that might also cause trouble in his country, home to many Palestinians. Israel "cannot enjoy peace... unless the Palestinians obtain security and their own state," the king reportedly told the Israeli leaders. ...

Report: Olmert, Barak called to emergency meeting with Jordanian king

The Jerusakem Post 2008/11/20

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were called to an emergency meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman several days ago, Yedioth Ahronot reported on Thursday morning. According to the report, Abdullah asked the Israeli leaders to avoid a military operation in the Gaza Strip as the move would cause damage to his rule. Olmert and Barak clarified that if the firing of rockets from Gaza into the western Negev continued, Israel would not longer be able to remain quiet.

Israeli leaders travel to Jordan to discuss Gaza

Associated Press 2008/11/20

Israeli officials say the country's prime minister and defense minister made a secret trip Jordan this week to discuss the latest violence in the Gaza Strip with King Abdullah II. The officials say the king and the Israelis held a Tuesday night meeting in which he asked them to avert a broad military operation in Gaza. Israel has been threatening to take action in response to ongoing rocket fire from the area. The rocket fire, along with limited Israeli reprisals, has endangered a five-month-old truce.

The Israeli officials say the king also received an update on Israel's peace efforts with the Palestinians and Syria. ...

Damascus's Deadly Bargain

The New Republic 2008/11/14

The Bush administration has quietly authorized U.S. forces to attack Al-Qaeda bases around the Middle East--an escalation in the war on terror that Eli Lake first revealed two weeks ago in The New Republic and that The New York Times reported on this week. One of the administration's most recent targets was Syria, where it struck Al-Qaeda leader Badran Turki Hishan al Mazidih last month. Though Syrian officials feigned ignorance at Al-Qaeda's encampment within its borders, the reality is that the country not only tolerates the presence of terrorists, but encourages them to use the country as a safe-haven, headquarters, and transit point. Why does Syria continue to harbor terrorists, knowing that it places the country squarely in the crosshairs of the Bush administration? Particularly in light of Syria's historical problems with its own Islamist groups, why would it welcome radicals from across the region? Finding the answer to these questions is crucial in trying to defeat one of the Middle East's most prolific boosters of terrorism. To better understand Syria's motivations, I visited Abdel Halim Khaddam, Syria's former vice president, in Brussels, where he was leading a meeting of the National Salvation Front (NSF), a Syrian opposition group. Having served under both Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar, Khaddam is well-acquainted with the strategic and political exigencies driving the regime's support for terror. "Fighting the Americans in Iraq is very dangerous," he tells me. "But it also makes Bashar popular. Under the banner of resistance, anything is popular." ...Assad would do well to learn the lessons of Syrian history: It was his own father's decision to provide jihadis passage through to Afghanistan in the '80s that inadvertently helped defeat his Soviet patron. For all the good reasons to support "resistance," Tehran as well as Damascus may one day be on the receiving end of Islamist terror--a price infinitely higher than last month's U.S. raid on Syrian territory.

Daniel 7:8 ...among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots... 20...before whom three fell

Qatar ready to set up $1bn investment fund for Jordan

The Peninsula 2008/11/14

Jordanian officials said Jordanian-Qatari relations are now better than ever, citing recent efforts between the two countries to foster closer relationship.

Jordanian Prime Minister Nader Dahabi said His Majesty King Abdullah II’s forthcoming visit to Qatar will restore warmth of relations between the two countries. The premier commended mutual relations as “historic” and added his recent visit to Doha paved way for the King’s trip, which will give fresh momentum to ties.

For his part, Jordanian media minister Nasser Judeh said the keenness of His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to develop and consolidate these relations at all levels and in various concerns is a welcome development. Already, Dahabi announced Qatar is ready to set up a $1bn fund to acquire diversified investments in his country from real estate to industrial projects. ...

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

Cisco: 'The Best Company for the World' 2008/11/13

...we want to be the best company for the world—not just giving back [via philanthropy], but giving back in a replicable manner that really makes a difference. It's the Jordan Education Initiative (created with King Abdullah of Jordan) growing into the Global Education Initiative, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and a number of [nongovernmental organizations].…We don't just get involved in something and then leave. We get involved in ways nobody else does. ...You seem to have a special interest in the Middle East. How did you come to be so involved in the region? We got involved purely because King Abdullah asked me to. He said: "We can work together to change the education system and create jobs in Jordan. We can bring political stability and raise the standard of living in my country, and make it a model for the rest of the world." ...

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

The New York Review of... Palestinian Blamelessness 2008/11/13

Map of IsraelIf you've ever been puzzled by what motivates the rather consistent anti-Israel stance of publications like the New York Review of Books, a recent issue of that magazine provides one useful clue. The reflexive pro-Palestinian sympathies, it seems, are in part related to what could be called the Myth of Palestinian Blamelessness. In a book review in the Nov. 20, 2008 issue ("Fishing in the Dead Sea"), Colin Thubron discusses several books about the late King Hussein of Jordan, and in the process leaves us the clue: a telling sentence that reveals his — and the magazine's — embrace and propagation of this myth. Here is his account of the 1948 war, a key turning point in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians: Abdullah was the grandfather, mentor, and model of the young King Hussein. As a Hashemite and descendant of the Prophet, Abdullah conceived his ancestral destiny as leader of the Arab peoples. With the outbreak of the Arab-Jewish war in 1948, he moved his British-trained Arab Legion in to the Palestinian heartland, ad the ensuing peace left him in control of territory a few miles from the Mediterranean, with the prize of East Jerusalem. So together with Israel—and perhaps in tacit collusion—Abdullah aborted Palestinian hopes for a state ....The state rejected by the Palestinians. There you have it. The Palestinians, by this account, are not even partially responsible for their lack of a state. The culprits are Israel and Jordan. That the Palestinian leadership repeatedly rejected proposed compromises, including the UN's 1947 partition plan embodied in General Assembly resolution 181, is apparently not considered. Nor does it seem to matter that the Palestinians responded to the UN resolution by starting a war against the Jews of Palestine. (Ironically, the author promotes this myth of Palestinian blamelessness, this lack of critical analysis of Palestinian responsibility, even while approvingly describing the Israeli revisionist historians as "critically analyz[ing] the founding myths of Israel.") ...

Remarks by His Majesty King Abdullah II
High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Interfaith Dialogue 2008/11/12

King Abdullah II of JordanIn the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate
Prayers and peace be upon our Master Mohammed.
My brother, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz,
Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Peace, God's mercy and blessings be upon you,
The most appropriate way to begin my speech would be to cite the words of God Almighty:
Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright. (An-Nahl 16:125) I would like to convey my deep gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for convening this important international conference with the objective of strengthening dialogue among faiths, cultures and civilisations. This dialogue is conducted on a solid basis. It disavows extremism and isolation. It is pursued in a spirit of tolerance and acceptance of the Other. Its goal is to maximise the common ground among adherents of these religions and civilisations and to advance the mutual recognition of the role of each religion and culture in enriching human civilisation through the ages. His Majesty King Abdullah began this process by breaking down barriers between religions, first with his landmark meeting with His Holiness the Pope and then by convening the Mecca and Madrid conferences. The dialogue he launched continues today with the convening of this international conference that brings together the adherents of different faiths in order to forge understanding and tolerance among them. The respect and appreciation Saudi Arabia enjoys, especially in the Muslim world, enables it to lead this dialogue, and will facilitate its success, at a time when Islam is being subjected to injustice and accusations arising from ignorance about our religion. Islam calls for moderation and tolerance, and eschews extremism, violence and bigotry. Since many of the participants and observers in this meeting are non-Arabic speakers, please allow me to continue in English. My friends, In our time, we are urgently called to the way of peace. Throughout the world, understanding and trust among peoples of different faiths and cultures have been eroded. This is especially apparent among adherents of the three monotheistic faiths – more than half of the global population. Misinformation and stereotypes – created by a few – are increasingly shaping perceptions of the Other … creating fears, suspicions, and even hatred. To reverse the tide of resentment and fear, communication is vital. There must be a new and global dialogue among people of different faiths and civilizations. Such a dialogue is essential, to reveal the commonalities that unite humanity. But it does more. It teaches people to respect their differences. It opens eyes and hearts to the beauty of diversity. It helps disentangle fact from fiction. And it exposes the fraudulence of extremist teachings. In Jordan, we have made inter-faith dialogue and understanding a priority. The Amman Message is an explanation of the true nature of Islam, and a call to peaceful coexistence among all human beings. It has been supported by more than 500 of the world’s leading Muslim scholars from all eight schools of Islamic jurisprudence. It has been endorsed by the Organization of Islamic States, representing Muslim countries the world over. Jordan is proud to continue this work, including support for other global initiatives. One such is "A Common Word", an overture from Muslim scholars to their Christian counterparts, declaring the common ground between Christianity and Islam. In all this work, we seek to advance a global dialogue, one that can help redirect the course of our future, away from hostilities and towards peace. This Summit shows that support for such dialogue has become a priority at the highest levels. Now, together, we must make it our common task to move the discussion forward: out of the conference rooms; and into the world’s homes, schools, offices, and lives. Your Majesties, Your Excellencies, It is impossible to talk about interfaith harmony, especially between East and West, without also discussing conflict resolution in the Middle East. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is the core conflict in our region. It is a political conflict, and it demands a just, negotiated solution ... one that brings statehood and freedom for Palestinians and security and more regional acceptance for Israel. For with every day that justice is denied to Palestinians; with every day that the occupation prevents a positive future; the regional and global impact has grown. Resentment and frustration are felt throughout the region, and indeed, throughout the world. Millions of people, especially young people, question whether the West means what it says about equality, respect and universal justice. Meanwhile, extremists – Muslim, Christian and Jewish – are thriving on the doubts and divisions. My friends, I can think of no more effective way to ease East-West and inter-faith tensions than to end this divisive conflict with a peace based on our deep, shared values: justice; respect for international law; and the right of all people to live in dignity. As we move forward with tangible solutions to this and other regional conflicts, we must also make tangible strides in communication. That means a sustainable, institutional effort to spread tolerance and acceptance through practical initiatives across the globe. Youth are vital to success. I hope that from this Summit, we will launch student exchanges and joint university projects, to bring young people together, and show them that what humanity has in common is far greater than what separates us. I also hope we can encourage leadership from the world’s media, large and small. No group is in a better position to get the truth out, on every continent: that people of different faiths can live in peace and harmony ... that when we do, we are more equipped to face the challenges … that only together, will we realize the prosperous future all of us seek. Your Majesty King Abdullah, Dear Friends, This milestone gathering is not the end, but the beginning, of our journey. Your participation has helped us make a giant step forward on the path to global peace and acceptance. It is now up to all of us to walk the path that takes us to our goal. Dialogue among civilizations is not a luxury. It is a necessity. Indeed, it is a duty that we must all fulfil, if we are to end the growing tensions that threaten global stability. Today, everywhere in the world – the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia – people of faith and goodwill are coming together. I pledge to you all, that Jordan will be by your side, a full partner, in every step of the way. Let us together, dare to shape a new future, a future free from injustice, free from hatred, free from cultural misconceptions. God bless you, and reward your efforts. Thank you.

Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots... 20...before whom three fell

Daniel 7:8, Rev. 13:5 ...And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things…

Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Daniel 11:21 ...but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries

Daniel 11:23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

Revelation 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Jordan king on working visit to Algeria 2008/11/12

The king, at the head of a large delegation, was greeted at the airport by Bouteflika and began private talks with him at the state residence at Zeralda west of Algiers. ...The discussions between the two leaders will "bear on the situation in the Arab world and issues of common interest at the national and international level", a statement from the president's office said. ...Jordan wants to extend its economic relationship with Algeria, in particular in the field of medicines. Its exports to Algeria last year were worth 80.6 million dollars, chiefly made up of milk powder, calcium carbonate for industrial use, other chemical products, clothes, tools and antibiotics, according to official figures.

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand

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Olmert: Rabin Would Have Divided Jerusalem 2008/11/10

Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, speaking at the State Memorial Ceremony for Yitzchak Rabin, laid out his diplomatic plan for Israel - and attributed it to the late Rabin. Olmert spoke at Mount Herzl on Monday afternoon. Rabin "understood what more and more people are now ready to accept," Olmert said, "with the necessary caution and awareness of all the risks and difficulties: if we are determined to preserve the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel, we must inevitably relinquish, with great pain, parts of our homeland, of which we dreamt and for which we yearned and prayed for generations, and we must relinquish Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem [emphasis added], and return to that territory which comprised the State of Israel until 1967, with the necessary amendments stemming from the realities created on ground. Trade and Industry Minister Eli Yishai of Shas immediately responded with a statement of correction: "When U.S. President Clinton visited the Knesset, Rabin said that Jerusalem is not up for negotiations, and that Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of the State of Israel under full Israeli sovereignty. "It is unfortunate," Yishai said, "that there are those who try, in the name of Rabin's memory, to formulate unacceptable policy for the State of Israel." Yishai added that Shas would remain steadfast in not joining a government that would divide Jerusalem. Olmert: Let's Return to Galilee, With a New Zionism After saying clearly that Israel's future lies almost exclusively within its pre-1967 borders, Olmert continued, "We must return to our familiar places, in the Galilee and the Negev, build them and realize the tremendous potential embodied in the unbounded energies of our people; we must reignite the flame of ingenuity and creation, and nurture a new kind of Zionism - realistic, sober, responsible and bold." This must be done, he said, before Hamas takes control of the Palestinian Authority: "Waiting unnecessarily to make a decision will change the delicate balance in the international community which currently adheres to the notion of two states for two people, with defined, agreed-upon, internationally recognized borders. If, G-d forbid, we drag our feet, we might lose the support for the idea of two states. The alternative is incomprehensible. Everyone understands this." ..."For Israel, the prospects are frightening. Despite years of attempted peace making, the evidence from the Arab world is that rejection of Israel's right to exist remains as resolute as ever... The establishment of a hostile Palestinian state within miles of Israel's major cities eclipses the Jewish state's vital warning time for a potential Arab invasion and the minimum space its reserves require for mobilization. It opens up a front that starts ten miles from Tel Aviv and reaches 1,000 miles deep across the Arabian Peninsula to Teheran. Pinning hopes on a buffer regime that has failed to do even the minimum to curtail incitement against Israel or whose children's textbooks preach jihad against the Jewish state, seems the height of folly. "For the United States, a Palestinian state also represents an unwarranted leap of faith. Already confronted in the region by rejectionist states such as Syria, Iraq and Iran, it can count on adding a fourth if the State of Palestine comes into being. Continuing a policy of state terror, its military adventurism will initially be directed not against Israel, as might be expected, but against neighboring Jordan whose population is 80% Palestinian... [It] will attempt to topple the Hashemite kingdom, completing the PLO's aborted coup of 1970 and purging the region of its remaining moderate, western-oriented Arab state. Thus engorged, it will then have considerable muscle to turn on Israel with a full military assault. This will leave the United States with a vast swathe of the Arab world implacably hostile to the West and a fertile breeding ground for terror."

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Jordan king urges Obama to work 'directly' for peace

AFP 2008/11/9

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday urged US president-elect Barack Obama's new administration to become "directly" involved in efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. "I look forward to working with US president-elect Barack Obama to end the (Palestinian-Israeli) conflict in the region and reach comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution," the king told editors of Jordanian dailies. "We hope the new administration is going to be directly involved in regional peace efforts." The king, a key US ally in the region, said that Jordan which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994 "will continue its efforts to end the suffering of the Palestinians," according to a palace statement. The Middle East Quartet -- the European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States -- called on Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to press on with peace negotiations, at a meeting in Egypt's resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. ...

Blair urges Obama over peace deal

BBC 2008/11/9

The Middle East envoy Tony Blair has called on the American president-elect, Barack Obama, to become fully engaged in the peace process in the region. The former British Prime Minister said negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians required Mr Obama's energy, commitment and dedication. ...

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Tony Blair upbeat on Middle East talks - Interview Video

BBC 2008/11/9

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

UN interfaith dialogue to be well attended

The National 2008/11/6

King Abdullah’s interfaith debate at UN headquarters will likely become the world’s most well-attended cross-religious parley to date, with as many as 30 heads of state set to talk including George W Bush, the US president, the Saudi monarch and King Juan Carlos of Spain. Rather than the scholars, academics and clerics that typically address inter-religious seminars, this two-day summit will boast a string of headline speakers discussing ways to bridge gaps between faiths and cultures. The Saudi monarch has been proactive in orchestrating his latest in a string of religious events, which includes the Madrid meeting of Jews, Muslims and Christians in July, and multi-denominational Muslims in Mecca the previous month. Outlining his purpose for the upcoming symposium, King Abdullah was quoted this week as having said terrorist acts had left a stain on Islam that “nothing can purify except for the extension of Muslims’ hands to their brothers in other religions”. ...

King Abdullah II Congratulates President-Elect Barack Obama 2008/11/5

...King Abdullah II today congratulated US President-Elect Barack Obama on his historic victory in the American presidential elections on Tuesday. In a cable to Obama, a Democratic senator from Illinois, King Abdullah said that "the president-elect's message of hope had "resonated across the world". He said Jordan looks forward to working with Obama to "bring this hope to the Middle East." ..."I hope we will work as partners to help achieve peace in the Middle East, through a negotiated settlement on the basis of the two-state solution that guarantees security for Israelis and independence for Palestinians," said King Abdullah.

Treasury Dept. submits to Shariah law 2008/11/4

The U.S. Treasury Department is submitting to Shariah --- the seditious religio-political-legal code authoritative Islam seeks to impose worldwide under a global theocracy. As reported in this space last week, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Robert Kimmitt set the stage with his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich Persian Gulf states. His stated purpose was to promote the recycling of petrodollars in the form of foreign investment here. Evidently, the price demanded by his hosts is that the U.S. government get with the Islamist financial program. While in Riyadh, Mr. Kimmitt announced: "The U.S. government is currently studying the salient features of Islamic banking to ascertain how far it could be useful in fighting the ongoing world economic crisis.""Islamic banking" is a euphemism for a practice better known as "Shariah-Compliant Finance (SFC)." And it turns out that this week the Treasury will be taking officials from various federal agencies literally to school on SFC. The department is hosting a half-day course entitled "Islamic Finance 101" on Thursday at its headquarters building. Treasury's self-described "seminar for the policy community" is co-sponsored with the leading academic promoters of Shariah and SCF in the United States: Harvard University Law School's Project on Islamic Finance. At the very least, the U.S. government evidently hopes to emulate Harvard's success in securing immense amounts of Wahhabi money in exchange for conforming to the Islamists' agenda. Like Harvard, Treasury seems utterly disinterested in what Shariah actually is, and portends. Unfortunately, such submission - the literal meaning of "Islam" - is not likely to remain confined long to the Treasury or its sister agencies. Thanks to the extraordinary authority conferred on Treasury since September, backed by the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the department is now in a position to impose its embrace of Shariah on the U.S. financial sector. The nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Treasury's purchase of - at last count - 17 banks and the ability to provide, or withhold, funds from its new slush-fund can translate into unprecedented coercive power. ...

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

‘Jordan will safeguard Jerusalem heritage’

The Jordan Times 11/4/2008

...King Abdullah emphasised on Monday that Jordan will exert all possible efforts to protect the holy sites in Jerusalem in line with its historic role in overseeing and safeguarding these sacred places. At a meeting with visiting UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura, King Abdullah pinpointed Jordan's rejection of any Israeli steps that would affect the Islamic identity of Bab Al Magharbeh, which UNESCO considers "a humanitarian and cultural heritage whose features should not be altered”. ...

Catholics, Muslims open landmark talks at Vatican

Reuters 2008/11/4

Senior Vatican and Islamic scholars launched their first Catholic-Muslim Forum on Tuesday to improve relations between the world's two largest faiths by discussing what unites and divides them. The three-day meeting comes two years after Pope Benedict angered the Muslim world with a speech implying Islam was violent and irrational. In response, 138 Muslim scholars invited Christian churches to a new dialogue to foster mutual respect through a better understanding of each other's beliefs. In their manifesto, "A Common Word," the Muslims argued that both faiths shared the core principles of love of God and neighbor. The talks focus on what this means for the religions and how it can foster harmony between them. The meeting, including an audience with Pope Benedict, is the group's third conference with Christians after talks with United States Protestants in July and Anglicans last month. Delegation leaders Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric opened the session with a moment of silence so delegations, each comprising 28 members and advisers, could say their own prayers for its success. "It was a very cordial atmosphere," one delegate said. Tauran, head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, told the French Catholic daily La Croix on Monday that the Forum "represents a new chapter in a long history" of often strained relations. He said discussing theology was difficult because of different understandings of God. The closed meeting started with a Catholic official spelling out the Christian teaching that humans can only approach God through Jesus Christ. Muslim theologian Seyyed Hossein Nasr responded that such a view excluded non-Christians from salvation and suggested ways to see Islamic parallels to Christian views of God's love. ...

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Premier: Jordan will exert efforts to overcome world economic challenges 2008/11/3

...“Jordanian banks are away from these economic woes ravaging various banking institutions worldwide,” he added. “Domestic banks abide by laws of Central Bank of Jordan CBJ and have outstanding experience. Their wise policy of self-control is obvious and they adhere to global accounting and verification criteria,” he pointed out. Dahabi said that Jordan’s banking system doesn’t have any liquidity problems and excess of banks’ liquidity is about JD 600 million. “Downturn, which stormed Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) is the least compared to Arab and world stock markets. This is an exaggerated tumbling triggered by external factors having nothing to do with performance of ASE’s listed companies,” he said. “Our financial system is strong and has a remarkable degree of exposure and transparency,” the premier added.