Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 30Mar11.
 

Security
Rebels concede Tripoli may be out of reach after 100-mile retreat
NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops
US paves way to arm Libyan rebels
US Studying Rebels–After Going to War for Them
Muammar Gaddafi’s exit hindered by UN resolution, law experts warn
Qatar, First Arab State To Recognize Libyan Opposition, Will Market Opposition-Controlled Oil
Turkey To Have Triple Role in Libya Mission
Jihadi Sites Call on Libyans to Oppose Western Bid for Domination
Anger as Yemen blast toll rises
Yemeni’s divide-and-conquer ploy failing
Tens of thousands of Syrians gather in Damascus in support of president
Optimism in Damascus and determination not to take the regime’s bait
Water crisis floats Syrian unrest
Jordan’s king supports amending constitution
Prince Hassan Criticizes Jordanian Government
Saudi Arabia prints 1.5m copies of religious edict banning protests
Bahrain parliament accepts resignation of opposition lawmakers over crackdown
Oman detains anti-government protesters in flashpoint industrial city
Oman army clears roadblocks in Sohar pay protest
Chinese pieces to Iran’s nuclear puzzle
Hostages killed execution-style in Iraq siege before gunmen blow themselves up, officials say
In Egypt, Disappointment In New Parties Law; Demonstration To ‘Save The Revolution’ Announced
Article on Muslim Brotherhood Website Advocates Transportation for Women Only
‘Nakba Day, call for state may boost Palestinian protests’
PA leadership considering formally abandoning Oslo in September
After protest, Facebook remove page calling for armed Palestinian uprising against Israel
Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements if Palestinians seek unilateral recognition
Israel, grateful for border quiet, not cheering for demise of Syrian President Assad Syria Matters Far More Than Libya
Pressing Issues Are Elsewhere in Mideast
Ivory Coast rebels seize three towns
Fighting traps Ivorians at church
Ceasefire appeal in Ivory Coast
Protesters in Uganda threaten to attack US, Western embassies for Libya; police shut them down
Muslim Jihad in Christian Ethiopia: Lessons for the West
Taliban captures remote district in northwest Afghanistan
Pakistan says it agrees to visit by Indian investigators probing 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai
Pakistan’s secret dirty war
Inside Balochistan
Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor
Radioactive iodine hits 3,355 times limit in Japan
China warns UN not to interfere as dissidents are rounded up
Chinese official says Japan’s nuclear crisis will affect China’s atomic generation plans
Confucianism Returns to Chinese Politics
South Korea conducts live-fire drills on front-line island shelled last year by North Korea
Two Koreas hold volcano dialogue
North Korea ‘on a knife edge’ as aid agencies appeal for food donations
North Korea’s Nuke Lesson from Libya
Kim Jong-il ‘Dreamed Of being Stoned’
Myanmar junta ‘dissolved’: State television
Intelligence sources: Pakistani officials have arrested Indonesian terror suspect Umar Patek
Australian PM’s computer ‘hacked’
Russia, U.S. may ease visa regime ‘in foreseeable future’ – lawmaker
Eurozone crisis: The pain in Spain
Haiti postpones preliminary results of presidential election as counting drags on
Obama to outline plans for nation’s energy security in speech Wednesday
Suspicious package near Andrews AFB in Maryland prompts closure of long stretch of highway
Experts: Oil Will Continue To Dominate Energy Sector For At Least Another 30 Years

Maritime
Spanish Navy Bags 11 Suspected Pirates
Submarines Becoming The Boat Of Choice For Colombian Cocaine Smugglers

Military
New Pentagon Cyber Strategy Complete: Official
Gates is Turning America’s Defenses into a Boutique Military
GAO: Florida industry can maintain nuclear carrier
Taiwan Expects U.S. to Help With F-16 Upgrades
Homeland Security Budget: Highlights from the FY 2012 Request

Environment
Another strong quake jolts northern Japan
Worldwide-temperature increase has not produced acceleration of global sea level over the past 100 years
Cities ‘feeling heat of climate’

Economy
Consumer Confidence Index drops to 63.4 in March as worries about gas and food prices escalate
Home prices falling in 19 major US cities, with 4 now at lowest level in 11 years
More Housing Hell: The End Is Years Away

Politics
Hoyer: Odds of government shutdown have increased over past two weeks
Claims for Social Security benefits on the rise
State Tax Revenue Snaps Back
Mortgage-Lending Rules Unveiled
Pentagon: Libya tab at $550 million
Report: Deployments cost NC seat in Congress
U.S. Property Rights Protections Continue to Decline

Religion
Earliest Christian Documents Discovered?
Iran Secretly Executes Jewish-Armenian Couple; Christians Concerned
Iran Burns Bibles, Condemns Quran Burning
Evangelist in Bangladesh imprisoned for distributing Christian booklets
Nepal: Christians To Step Up Hunger Strike
Cuban Pastor on Conditional Release Prohibited from Preaching
Archbishop’s secret visit to Bhutan’s Christians, first in 18 years
Closing Arguments Begin In Canadian Test of Polygamy Ban
Church Finds Original King James Bible

  Looking for Reasons to Be Optomistic

Posted by Chris van Avery on 07Mar11.
 

I’ve been wading through a lot of bad news in the feeds for the last few weeks, and searching for a silver lining. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any of the non-Biblical variety to be found.

I must say I have a profound, very-Biblical feeling that we’re going to look back on 2011 as the first of many bad years.

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 05Mar11.
 

Security
Libya: Fierce day of raids and clashes signals shift towards civil war
Exiled prince calls for airstrikes
Libya shows captured Dutch crew
Black Watch ‘on 24-hour standby’ to intervene if Libyan crisis worsens
Eyes Full Of Terror, A Gun To His Head, The Tables Are Turned On One Of Gaddafi’s Boy Soldiers
Libyan Evacuations Slow
Pro-Gaddafi forces prevent crossings on Libyan border -UN
Libyan opposition leaders to get advice from UK military
EU Could Deploy Ships to Enforce Libya Arms Ban
More Marines, sailors arrive at Crete base
UK seizes ship carrying $160M of Libyan currency
Turkey Diverges From Western Position On Libya
Forces ‘fire on Yemen protesters’
Yemen’s ambassador to Egypt attacked
Egyptian security agency stormed
Egypt’s new PM seeks legitimacy in Tahrir Square
Saudis mobilise thousands of troops to quell growing revolt
Shadow over House of Saud as ‘day of rage’ draws nearer
Sadrists Escalating Criticism Of Al-Maliki
Egypt to hold referendum on amending constitution March 19
Iraqis protest again, this time in ‘Day of Regret’
US and Israel blamed for Stuxnet
Large Bahrain Rally Pressures Leaders
Guardian: The Real Story of Bahrain’s Divided Society
Seven journalists arrested in Turkey
Uproar over journalists’ detention in Turkey
Turkey Becoming Russia of the Middle East
Interim Palestine State Weighed
Netanyahu wants 40% of West Bank under Israeli control
An Arab Strategy? Not as Hopeless as You Think
Special Commentary: Popular Movements in the Middle East and the Role of al-Qaeda
Iran Will Be a Tougher Nut to Crack
Will Jordan Become a Palestinian State?
The New Middle East
Algeria Opposition Joins Protest Wave
New Tunisian PM to appoint govt in two days
Tunisia Struggles With Migrant Influx
US begins relief operation for refugees in Tunisia
Ivorian city ‘resembles war zone’
Bhatti’s killing leaves Pak govt split wide open
Terror strikes mosque at Friday prayers; 10 worshippers killed
Nepal Maoists rejoin government
Chinese parliament opens with grand pledges
China’s dam-building will cause more problems than it solves
China to overhaul admin near India, Pak borders
China plans to track Beijing citizens through their mobiles
Is China a Superpower?
‘China invite’ to Kim Jong-il son
South Korea government websites targeted in cyber attack
Philippines to China: Explain Incident
Kurils: The great game in the Asia-Pacific
Russia, EU, U.S. could become guarantors of peace between Georgia, breakaway republics
Warming oceans and human waste hit Tuvalu’s sustainable way of life

Military
China beefs up military spending
China Rejects Curbs on Nuclear Arsenal Expansion
Sailor charged with attempted espionage is held in Norfolk
Adm. cited in Enterprise investigation fired
Lawmaker: Allow alcohol for troops under 21
Senators push to increase PCS travel allowances

Maritime
China Flexes Muscles in the South China Sea
Clinton says anti-piracy task force falls short
Applying Counterterrorist Methods to the Growing Threat of Piracy

Economy
The New Underclass and Obama
EU ‘backs away from 30% target’
U.K. Economic Data Turn Negative as More Cuts Loom

Politics
ObamaCare Judge to White House: Stop Stalling
Boehner pushes DOMA enforcement
A Response to “What Would Jesus Cut?”

Religion
Update: Ethiopian Muslims Kill Christian, Burn More Churches and Christian Homes in Ongoing Attacks
Russian Jews laud Pope’s new book as crushing anti-Semitism
Jewish groups oppose circumcision ban in US city
Vatican to Overhaul Sexual Abuse Canon Law

  Commencing Work on My “Evil Paper”

Posted by Chris van Avery on 01Mar11.
 

I’m finally wrapping up a 6-credit overview course on systematic and philosophical theology and the final step (upon which rests my entire grade!) is a 7k word paper, which I have dubbed my “Evil Paper”.

No, the paper’s not evil, it’s about evil. Here’s the question:

Is the notion that evil is a privation of good coherent? What are the implications of this teaching?


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