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The BPost Buzz for May 24, 2013

Christianity declining 50pc faster than thought – as one in 10 under-25s is a Muslim

A new analysis of the 2011 census shows that a decade of mass immigration helped mask the scale of decline in Christian affiliation among the British-born population – while driving a dramatic increase in Islam, particularly among the young.

It suggests that only a minority of people will describe themselves as Christians within the next decade, for first time.

Meanwhile almost one in 10 under 25s in Britain is now a Muslim.

The proportion of young people who describe themselves as even nominal Christians has dropped below half for the first time.

Initial results from the 2011 census published last year showed that the total number of people in England and Wales who described themselves as Christian fell by 4.1 million – a decline of 10 per cent.

 

IAF Chief: S-300 is En Route to Syria; Surprise War is Possible

IAF Commander Eshel says IAF can deal with all weapon systems. “The question is only — at what cost.” “A surprise war can come about through many scenarios at present,” he said at a conference of the Fisher Institute for National Security in Herzliya. Isolated incidents can escalate very quickly, he explained, and added that “we are committed to being ready in a matter of hours and to operate up to the end of the spectrum.”
“The Assad regime has invested a lot in order to attain the best aerial defense capabilities that it could buy,” he said. “We are talking about weapons from a completely different generation, nothing like what was there before.”
He noted, however, that, “There is no system that does not have a solution. The question is only — at what cost.”

British police ponder conspiracy after soldier murder

LONDON – Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy.

The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in broad daylight. They have not yet been charged.

Detectives were also questioning another man and a woman, arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, as they tried to determine whether those responsible had links to militants in Britain or overseas.

Obama: Israeli-Palestinian peace part of counterterror strategy

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama said the United States was trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in part because it could help “reshape attitudes” that foster extremism.
In a speech about terrorism delivered Thursday at the National Defense University in Washington, Obama described what he said were a number of “underlying grievances” that “feed extremism.”
“We are working to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians — because it is right, and because such a peace could help reshape attitudes in the region,” Obama said.
Among other terrorist threats, Obama mentioned Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, which he called a “state sponsored network” that engages “in acts off terror to achieve political goals.”

Markets face rough summer ride as Fed pullback feared

For the past few months, the Federal Reserve has been squarely in the financial markets’ corner, thanks to its massive dollops of monetary stimulus. But signs that the central bank is discussing reducing that support by purchasing fewer bonds mean that trading is likely to get bumpier in coming months.
The Fed’s evolving stance was made apparent by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s remarks to Congress Wednesday, where he laid out the conditions that might cause the Fed to reduce its $85 billion a month buying of Treasuries and mortgage-backed bonds.
U.S. stock and bond markets were whipsawed – the S&P 500 rose dramatically On Wednesday, only to fall sharply in its largest one-day point swing since early November, and bond yields rose above 2 percent to a 10-week high. On Thursday, both markets stabilized.

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The BPost Buzz for May 23, 2013

 

Boston terrorist: My brother wanted to defend Islam

BOSTON (CNN) CNN reveals initial details on interrogation of marathon attacker Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19; ‘My brother was the mastermind behind the attack,’ says from his hospital bed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, relayed from his hospital bed that his older brother Tamerlan was the mastermind behind the terror attack at the Boston Marathon and that no international organization assisted them, CNN reported Tuesday. “My brother wanted to defend Islam from attack,” said Dzhokhar, who was arrested by authorities following a manhunt after him while his brother was killed in a shootout with the police.

Obama to lay out rationale for drone strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will lay out the rationale for U.S. drone strikes in a speech on Thursday in an effort to be more transparent about his counterterrorism policy, a White House official said. Obama has been pressured from both the left and right to allow greater scrutiny of the secret decision-making process for using drones overseas. He said earlier this year he wanted to be more open about how the drone war is conducted.

London: 2 men decapitate soldier in broad daylight

LONDON (DAILYMAIL) Eyewitnesses say attackers encouraged them to take photographs, yelled ‘Allah Akbar’; PM Cameron says ‘murder may be terror-related,’ convenes cabinet A man was hacked to death in a street near an army barracks in London on Wednesday in what Prime Minister David Cameron said appeared to be a politically motivated attack.The victim was a British soldier killed in broad daylight by unidentified assailants who tried to behead him while shouting “God is greatest” in Arabic, media reports said.

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The BPost Buzz for May 22, 2013

IDF chief issues stern warning to Assad over rapidly heating border

Israel’s military chief issued a severe warning to Bashar Assad on Tuesday, saying the Syrian leader would “bear the consequences” of any more attacks on Israeli forces near the Syrian border. Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz issued his threat hours after an Israeli jeep came under fire during a patrol in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

The preachers who teach young Muslim men that white girls are cheap

The terrible story of the Oxford child sex ring has brought shame not only on the city of dreaming spires, but also on the local Muslim community.
It is a sense of repulsion and outrage that I feel particularly strongly, working as a Muslim leader and Imam in this neighbourhood and trying  to promote genuine  cultural integration.  There is no doubt that the evil deeds of these men have badly set back the cause of cross-community harmony.
In its harrowing details, this grim saga of exploitation, misogyny, perversion and cruelty fills me not only with desperate sorrow for those girls and their families, but also with dread and despair.

Kerry Reportedly Raps Israeli Ambassador Over Outposts

Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly made an angry phone call to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren in protest of government plans to legalize four West Bank outposts that had previously been set for demolition.
Kerry made the unusual move last Thursday to ask Oren for an explanation as to why the government is taking a step that he felt is likely to damage efforts to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Haaretz reported on Tuesday, citing an anonymous Israeli source.

State Dept. ‘leaking false info to smear whistleblower’

The State Department has been leaking to reporters false information to discredit Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks, charged his legal counsel, Victoria Toensing, in an interview with WND.
Hicks, who testified May 8 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is the former State Department deputy chief of mission who was in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attack.

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 The BPost Buzz for May 21, 2013

EF-4 Tornado Slams Central Oklahoma at least 51 dead

Rescue workers raced against time and the oncoming night Monday looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and killing at least 51 people.
At least seven of the dead were children from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which lay directly in the path of the monster storm’s wall of wind.

Oklahomans Share Stories Of Survival In Massive Tornado

MOORE, Oklahoma - A massive tornado touched down near Newcastle, and tore through southwest Oklahoma City and Moore Monday afternoon.
At least three people have been killed, and multiple people have been injured, according to officials.

Too late to stop Iran’s nuke program?

One of the America’s foremost experts on nuclear weapons calls Iran’s secret “Quds” nuclear facility very scary and a sign the Islamic regime might be close to taking on the world.
In an exclusive March 20 report with updates on March 24, March 25 and April 10, WND revealed the vast “Quds” site. Iranian scientists are trying to perfect nuclear warheads at this underground facility previously unknown to the West.

Qatar: Arab Spring brings up Israeli-Palestinian peace

DOHA – Qatar’s emir, who has thrown his state’s riches behind Arab uprisings, said on Monday that the emergence of ‘people power’ had put Arabs in direct confrontation with Israel and made a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more pressing.

“We heard in the past that reform (in the Arab world) must wait until a peaceful settlement with Israel is achieved, but everybody should realise that such belief is now unfounded after the Arab Spring revolts,” Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani told a conference in the Qatari capital.
Chief Palestinian peace negotiator backs Kerry’s efforts

The top Palestinian negotiator with Israel on Monday threw his weight behind U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s bid to revive stalled peace talks, while describing the situation in the West Bank as apartheid worse than that suffered in South Africa. Kerry is due to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah on Thursday and Friday. U.S.-brokered peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel broke down in 2010 in a dispute over continuing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.
Hezbollah’s Role in Syria War Shakes the Lebanese

The entrance to this village in Hezbollah’s Bekaa Valley heartland, under a sign welcoming visitors to “The Citadel of Resistance,” workers on Monday hoisted a freshly printed banner honoring a young man described as one of Hezbollah’s latest martyrs — killed in battle not with Israel, the foe the group’s guerrillas train to fight, but with Syrian rebels.

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