Revolution signals new dawn for Egypt’s women
By Catriona Davies for CNN
2/24/2011/11:35 A.M. EST
A couple of days after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, 24-year-old Nawara Belal was driving in Cairo when she was verbally abused by an army officer.
“I got out of my car, opened the door of his car and slapped him in the face,” she said. “I realized he wouldn’t do anything about it, and it gave me the power to do what I wanted to do to every harasser in my past.
“I would never have been able to do that before the revolution.”
Belal and many women like her, energized by the visible part they played in the protests that led to Mubarak’s fall, feel they no longer have to suffer in silence the sexual harassment that has been part of their lives for so long.
A survey in 2008 by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights claimed that 98% of foreign women and 83% of Egyptian women in the country had been sexually harassed.
In an oppressive society, people oppress each other. Under an open society, things can be discussed.
CBS reporter Lara Logan was attacked in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after Mubarak stepped down, and other women reported incidents ranging from mild harassment to violent attacks.
But many women now feel a change in this culture is possible.
Nehad Abolkomsan, chair of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, said: “I believe sexual harassment in Egypt had a political reason. Political frustration was a big reason.
“I believe now it can be eliminated. It won’t just be like pushing a button, we have to continue to work on it, but women will not be silent anymore.”
Doaa Abdelaal, a council member with the international solidarity movement Women Living Under Muslim Law, agreed that a more open society would lead to less harassment of women in the streets.
“In an oppressive society, people oppress each other,” she said. “It’s a justification for everyone to be unjust. Under a more open society these things can be discussed, I think changes will happen.”
Belal, a project coordinator for the feminist organization Nazra, said: “Under Mubarak, it was a police-led country and police had a heavy presence in our lives.
“If you were sexually harassed, you wouldn’t have much faith that if you went to the police they would support you.” – More here
Study Says 44% of Egypt’s Females are Subjected to Sexual Harassment
By Ethar Shalaby
Gender A latest demographic study, issued by the Egyptian Information and Decision Support Center, states that 44 per cent of the females in the country are subjected to sexual harassment.
Laila Bahaa, assistant of deputy minister of interior, announced that Egypt works on applying all conventions of the United Nations that relate to human rights. This includes drafting a law to prevent sexual harassment. The law proposal will be presented to the parliament in its next scheduled session.
All Over the Region
The phenomenon of sexual harassment is not a mere issue of one Arab country. The problem is extending from Algeria to Qatar. It covers most countries of the region. In a study prepared by Nehad Abul Qomsan, head of the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights, statistics of sexual harassment vary among Arab states.
About 27 per cent of the Algerian female university students assured that they have been subjected to sexual harassment from their professors. Another 44.6 per cent confirmed that they were verbally harassed, while 13.8 per cent of the girls were harassed physically.
In Qatar, the situation is relatively similar. About 21.2 per cent of the females stated that they were subjected to sexual harassment. It is worth mentioning that 30 per cent of Qatari working females were sexually abused by their bossess in their work premises.
As for the conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the phenomenon is evident in children. In 2002, official statistics show that more than 9000 moral cases have been reported. 997 of those were cases of sexual harassment.
In Oman, Mariam Abuallah Al Nahway, a researcher in women and children affairs, states in one of her studies that sexual harassment is spreading in most of the Gulf countries. In her country, she elaborates saying that there are two kinds of sexual harassment: one occurs inside the families, when a male sexually abuse his female relative, and another one exists in public and working spheres.
And despite the wide scale of statistics recorded about the phenomenon, there aren’t any binding laws that criminalize the sexual harasser nor protects the rights of the female victims. – Source
Egypt’s sexual harassment ‘cancer’
7/18/2008/16:24 GMT/17:24 UK
By Magdi Abdelhadi
BBC News, Cairo
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN EGYPT (STATISTICS)
Experienced by 98% of foreign women visitors
Experienced by 83% of Egyptian women
62% of Egyptian men admitted harassing women
53% of Egyptian men blame women for ‘bringing it on’
Source: Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights
Noha Ostath’s ordeal became a subject for discussion in the national press
Sexual harassment of women in Egypt is on the increase and observing Islamic dress code is no deterrent, according to a survey published this week.
The Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights (ECWR) describes the problem as a social cancer and calls on the government to introduce legislation to curb it.
The findings contradict the widely held belief in Egypt that unveiled women are more likely to suffer harassment than veiled ones.
Participants in the survey were shown pictures of women wearing different kinds of dress – from the mini skirt to the niqab (full face veil) and asked which were more likely to be harassed.
More than 60% – including female respondents – suggested the scantily clad woman was most at risk. But in reality the study concluded the majority of the victims of harassment were modestly dressed women wearing Islamic headscarves.
ECWR head Nihad Abu El-Qoumsan said that even veiled women who were victims of harassment blamed themselves. – More here
CBS correspondent latest victim of sexual harassment, assault in Egypt
2/16/2011/11:33 A.M. EST
About 60 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women are harassed on a daily basis, according to a 2008 study published by the Egyptian Center for
The CBS network released a statement Tuesday saying one of its correspondents was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob in Cairo’s Tahrir Square where she was covering the aftermath of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
CBS correspondent Lara Logan and her crew and their security were surrounded by a mob of about 200 men on Friday. The mob separated Logan from the others. Logan was raped and beaten before being rescued by a group of Egyptian women and 20 Egyptian soldiers, according to the CBS statement.
Logan was flown to the United States the next day and has been hospitalized since then. – More here
Why Obama needs to intervene to save a persecuted Afghan Christian
by Will Inboden
An imprisoned Afghan citizen, Said Musa (yes, that’s a name)*, reportedly faces a possible death sentence for the “crime” of converting to Christianity. His plight represents an appalling human rights violation — and a potentially serious threat to the Obama administration’s Afghanistan policy. Musa’s case has thus far not received much attention in the U.S., beyond a few media reports and the valiant alarms raised by religious freedom scholar Paul Marshall. But that may soon be changing, as more and more media, NGOs, and religious groups are learning of his precarious situation. Imprisoned since last summer, Musa has reportedly suffered heinous physical and sexual abuse for his profession of Christian faith. In an eloquent appeal he asks only to be transferred to another prison, and seems steadfast in his faith: “Please, please you should transfer me from this jail to a jail that supervises the believers…I also agree…to sacrifice my life in public [where] I will tell [about my] faith in Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, [so] other believers will take courage and be strong in their faith.” – More here.
Obama (Barry Sotero) bashed the Bible strongly and yet repeatedly called the Qur’an “holy” and quoted it’s verses on God creating mankind and where it says to only say what is true (I wonder where Mohammed the narcissist credit-thief got that verse from?) and admitted to being a Muslim, and even praised Islam many times, which the Bible forbids since it says that God can only be reached through Christ. So of course this liar cares nothing about Christians. Here I quote Barry and refute him:
Barry Sotero: “Which passages of Scripture should we use to guide our public policy?”
Christ’s reply: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
ALL SCRIPTURE; not just the ones you take out of context.
Barry Sotero: “Should we go with Leviticus which suggests which slavery is okay?”
Leviticus doesn’t simply imply it is “okay”, and it isn’t the only book that comments on slavery:
“When you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing.” – Exo 21:2, and,
“If a stranger or sojourner with you becomes rich, and your brother beside him becomes poor and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner with you or to a member of the stranger’s clan, then after he is sold he may be redeemed. One of his brothers may redeem him, or his uncle or his cousin may redeem him, or a close relative from his clan may redeem him. Or if he grows rich he may redeem himself.” – Lev 25:47-49
That isn’t slavery when the slave is under the rulership of God and another secondarily. If slavery of that kind is wrong, than you are a hypocrite for promoting the imprisonment of anyone and them being forced to work, as is done in all prisons and jails in America, even forced on the disabled.
Further, that God controls everything makes us all “slaves” and God isn’t sinning by being in control, is he Barry? Or are you God to say what is right and wrong for God and Christians?
Barry Sotero: “Or should we go with uh Deuteronomy which suggests stoning your child if he strays with your faith.”
There is no such law liar. The Bible does not have punishment-laws against mental crimes Mr. ‘Christians Shouldn’t Have Full Faith In God’
Or should we go with various state Constitutions which command executing those who disobey their constitution by murdering someone in their state? Or how about the US Constitution which says, in Article III Section 3:
“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attained.”
Barry Sotero: “Or should we just stick with the Sermon on the Mount, a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own defense department would survive its own application. Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.”
The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of laws you abortion-loving, baby-murder-promoting idiot, it says:
“Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.”
But mercy and peace is too radical for a murderous warmonger like yourself, as you admit, Mr. We Must All Mericilessly Murder and Not be Peaceful to Defend Ourselves. You don’t always have to mercilessly kill people to have peace, narcopath. Why are you so full of hate? And the few laws in the sermon you refer to, are not meant for the government. The Bible you don’t read, but instead take out of context in your hate, says, moron:
Rom 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Rom 13:2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
Rom 13:4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Like Jesus said:
“Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” and “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.”
But you have dishonored your King, the very God who gave you your authority, whom you speak against you impostor with a false name and Connecticut I.D. You are a liar and a thief, and the thief cares not for the sheep.
“For with the judgment you judge shall you be judged, and with the measure you use shall you be measured.” – the Lamb of God.
(Update 10:36 A.M. 2/22/2011: I was curious to know if aliens had taken notice of this event – how could none notice, especially if their is a hidden communications network, like an alien Internet – and after a search saw this link at the bottom of Google: UFO OVER NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE 21 FEB 2011. I segmented the relevant frames below and added some arrows to save people time, and also because the video is annoying and pretentious. The pictures are below. The UFO seems to go down into the column of smoke, perhaps to hide its initial entry, but then goes forward:)
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New Zealand Earthquake Kills 65
6.3 Magnitude quake strikes Christchurch at lunchtime, badly damaging buildings
from VOA News
New Zealand’s prime minister says at least 65 people are dead in an earthquake that struck the city of Christchurch, collapsing numerous buildings as people worked inside.
Prime Minister John Key said the 6.3-magnitude quake, which struck around lunchtime Tuesday, is “an absolute tragedy” for the city and its people.
Police reported fatalities in several parts of the city and numerous injuries. They say two buses were crushed by falling buildings.
Many buildings in the city center collapsed, and Christchurch cathedral was heavily damaged. Power and telephone lines are cut in some places. Some roads caved in and at least one bridge has been damaged.
Thousands of people have fled buildings and gathered in the streets of Christchurch as the city is now being hit by a series of aftershocks. – More here.
Extremely dangerous shallow aftershock in Christchurch, New Zealand
by Armand Vervaeck and James Daniell
Last update: 2/22/2011 5:26 AM
This article will be ended as it is getting too long. We have copied the last 10 updates in the second part. Click here for the second part for our continuous reporting on the Christchurch earthquake.
UPDATE 05:11 UTC : We are sorry to tell that 17 people have been reported killed so far (official statement by the Christchurch police)
UPDATE 05:00 UTC : State of Emergency has been called for at least the next 5 days. This not for eventual looting but to give all possible freedom for emergency services.
UPDATE 04:57 UTC : Pyne Gould Corporation has confirmed that staff from the building are missing, but would not say how many.
UPDATE 04:53 UTC : We repeat that the destruction is NOT widespread and residential areas at the outskirts of town have not been damaged severely. Most of the damage is located in the city center and in Lyttelton which was the epicenter of the earthquake. Also Brighton got the full shaking load. – More here.
Christchurch quake: Fears toll will rise sharply as night falls
2/23/2011 Updated 12:13 AM
At least 100 people remain trapped in the ruins of Christchurch tonight following a devastating earthquake which claimed at least 65 lives.
Construction workers and search and rescue specialists are toiling under floodlights on a cold and wet night to dig out survivors and the dead from buildings flattened by the earthquake that ripped the city apart today.
Prime Minister John Key announced tonight that “at least 65 people have lost their lives” and noted the rescuers were still scrabbling through the ruins of collapsed buildings looking for injured and trapped survivors – and bodies.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker tonight said more than 100 people were trapped in about six sites – but it was possible more were trapped in individual houses.
TV3 has had unconfirmed reports that the death toll could reach between 200 and 300.
The Government is holding a press conference at 5.30am this morning where more details will be revealed.
This is likely to include an updated death toll.
Police have launched a hotline, 0800 779997, that people can call to report missing people.
The death toll is already the second highest in a New Zealand earthquake – outranked only by the 256 people who died in the violent 7.9 1931 Hawke’s Bay quake, whose 70th anniversary was marked earlier this month.
Police have reported “multiple fatalities” at several locations in the downtown area, including where two buses were crushed by falling buildings.
Today’s shake, measured at magnitude 6.3, followed the massive 7.1 tremor last September 4. That one struck in the early hours of the morning and no one was killed.
Today’s earthquake jolted the city at 12.51pm, the worst possible time with the central city packed with lunch-hour shoppers, office workers and many school children.
Victims were crushed to death as buildings collapsed, many of them weakened in last year’s event.
The quake was not as powerful as the September 4 shake but was much shallower, leading to greater damage.
Scientists put the epicentre at 10km southeast of the city – apparently in the middle of the harbour at Lyttelton, the city’s coastal port – at a depth of only 5km.
About 30 people were thought to be trapped in the Pyne Gould Guinness building, its several floors pancaked on each other and tilted at a crazy angle.
In the ruined CTV television building a number of Japanese students, newly arrived [from] Japan, were believed to be in the rubble. – More here.
Click here for the USGS (United States Geological Survey) information on this quake.
Click here for previous NZ earthquake news and data with maps.
Sara in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, tells a very sad story of her life in Libya: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12520118
May all the saved Christians pray for Libya to be free from the iron blanket of sadness that Satan has put over it.
What happened to giant humans? Did they become extinct? I often wondered, as others have, why they died out, or left to live somewhere else out of sight of most of the world. The only giants seen are bigfoot creatures, which obviously are animals, and ones on the Solomon Islands, which may also be animals. Only one story I know of records a giant of about 9 feet that was supposedly seen in Buffalo Mills, Pennsylvania, on August 19, 1973, who may have been a demon or alien if it was a real sighting. I thought they may have gone extinct or withdrawn from the surface world, due to lack of food as dinosaurs, thunderbirds, pterodactyls and mammoths and other animals become less common. Eventually they would have had to have relied on the coast lands and islands to survive, or go deep into forest land further and further to find larger animals. The giants that reached the greatest heights would have the hardest time living long when the giant sized-food supplies started to run out. Some giants no doubt would have gone to live with average-sized humans and offering them help in exchange for food, and they would have had a hard time continuing their race due to the difference in size, however no doubt it may have been tried successfully, and their DNA having become recessive (hence why giants sometimes comes from an average sized family. Why would the giant dinosaurs and mammals have become few?
Some obvious reasons: humans, whatever their sizes, make farms or gardens, and utilize wild plant foods, and wild animals often eat them or trample them, and when that happens, humans which don’t think ahead, attempt to get rid of them all when they see them. And when food is plentiful, they do so wastefully, not eating what they have killed or selling it to make a profit from it. Imagine for example one giant tribe kills off all the dragons that have been feeding off some herd of mammoths that they’ve been using for food. And a giant tribe nearby, who are disliked by that tribe are in need of meat. But the other tribe who is killing off all the dragons refuse or don’t consider sharing the food, and the other giant tribe is afraid to ask, and so goes off trying to live off smaller animals, and only one kind in general, like giant deer, or wolves. By focusing either only on the deer or wolves, they end up killing off the food supply of one of those animals, and then they most go after that type of animal, and once the giant deer and wolves run out they, not considering their mistake, target the next giant animal type for food, and on and on, till they must resort to feeding on smaller and smaller animals and plants, until it is no longer practical. They would then have to rely on giant crops, and if they were foolish enough to only rely on a few varieties, then they would have experienced crop decimations every now and then from diseases. They would then in desperation go to war against other giant tribes which would reduce their numbers. Finally, only smaller giants would be able to survive without having to go to coastal areas for food as much, as they would have buffalo and other such food to rely on. And indeed, the most common heights for giant skeletons found in early America and other parts of the world are about 8-9 feet tall, and the taller, the more rare. So the larger giants, 10-13+ feet tall would be more likely to live in coastal areas, using fishing nets or going out to sea to hunt giant fish, giant walruses and whales, while those of the 8-9 feet height people of giant size and super-human strength would be more likely to remain, living off the largest of the non-giant animals and the few giant animals that remained, if they could find them. But what happened? Where did the tall coastal giants go, and where did the shorter mainland giants go? Supposing all these giants were related, and stupidly kept the same cultural way: to rely only on a few types of crops or wild foods and a specific animal, or worse: using forest-burning to grow large crops, and not mixing with the lesser “pathetic weak humans” (supposing that was their attitude) they would have a very hard time surviving. Eventually they would have turned to incest, and incest eventually leads to deformities and disabilities, and the longer it goes on, the worse it gets. In desperation, as I said earlier, the few that survived would try to survive among the lesser humans, and whatever children they had with them would have only part of the strength and features of their mother or father and the same would happen if their children also had children with a lesser human, till eventually only certain traits would sometimes show up, perhaps in odd ways, like extremely strong jaws, or overall great strength or speed or lung capacity (though nothing like a giant), a tail, six fingers or toes, double rows of teeth, a horn on the head, or, if it were a trait some giants had, a covering of hair or violet eyes, or some other odd color not typical, like yellow or purple.
Coastal giants may have mostly become extinct due to certain native American tribes attacking them for some reason. For example perhaps some native American tribe or tribes got the idea that if they killed the giants and ate their flesh or drank their blood or wore their skins or skulls or used them in ceremonies, that they would also become giants. And it may be that something like this happened, “A native warrior went to a community of giants and either demanded or politely asked for some of their blood to drink, to become like them, and he was either laughed off in his attempt to communicate with them, especially if he didn’t know their language but obviously was asking for them to cut themselves so he could drink their blood, or they attacked him. The Indian or Indians may have even kidnapped or attacked the child of a giant in order to have an easy drink or meal, which if found out, would probably have caused a great battle or war, and if other lesser humans found out about it, may have become afraid thinking that they would be next and so helped to attack the giants. The giants of the coast, once reduced further in size, would have then either considered digging very deep into the mountains and cliffs in order to preserve their race and some may have gone off to live on islands. And if the population of giants had been reduced to about 60 people, and 30 left, then it would have been a great risk, because if one of the groups died, then only 30 would be left, or if one or both groups ended up with less than 19 people, they would have had problems with inbreeding unless they found some agreeable human to help them survive. Supposing they did find a human or humans to help them continue their race, it would have further reduced their size and strength and unique features if the lesser human’s dna kept circulating among them. If that happened with any groups of giants, then they would have been more likely to blend in with other lesser humans, as they would have looked and behaved more normally. Any true giants that remained in small group sizes, who after exploring certain distances, and finding that there were few to no giants left would have returned with that news to their family, and if they were wise, they would have gone into hiding, to some remote island to continue living, and if they encountered lesser humans there, might have gone even further by making extremely deep caves on that island or islands in order to give them further survival insurance. The Bible seems to me, to imply that giants resulted from mutations (planned by God so that the mutations worked out in beneficial ways). The Bible also seems to imply that this mutation was rare. The Bible also seems to imply that those who were giants were arrogant due to their size and strength (and the more power any human gets, the more corrupt they usually become). So it would not be surprising that most giants were defeated by their arrogance, and because of their size looked down on smaller humans or simply thought it strange and self-defeating to their race to attempt to mate with weaker races of humans who would look very odd and impractical to mate with due to the small size of lesser humans even as adults, just as a smaller adult human of 5.5 feet would think it impractical to mate with an 8 foot tall human, especially of an unfamiliar race, language and culture.
Further, it’s unlikely, unless there was divine intervention, that when the giant mutation occurred (the one after the Flood), that someone among the same race of the opposite sex around the time that procreation with that person would have been possible, also had that mutation. So, the giant would have taken a lesser human as a mate and ended up already with weaker children so to speak, or just one child, if they were stupid enough to sacrifice a second child or more to some false god. There children however would have spread this mutation so that eventually there would be enough giants around to start a new race and nation from. If the mutation did occur at the same time in opposite sexes in the same race, and more likely, in the same family, (and incest was not forbidden before Moses was born), and incest occurred (due to one of these obvious reasons: wanting to preserve their unique giant size and strength once they realized they had it, and or because shorter people saw it as impractical to mate with people of such size and vice versa). That doesn’t mean however that the children of the brother and sister would be disadvantaged from inbreeding, because genetic problems from that weren’t significant until Moses gave the ten commandments (because there is no indication that God forbade it or looked down on it before that, and there would be no humans if Adam and Eve’s children didn’t mate with the other children from their parents). The offspring of the brother and sister may have produced more giants and perhaps more inbreeding occurred, but it couldn’t have continued on like that without producing some genetic problems eventually, and it may be that continued inbreeding was also why the giants became greatly reduced in number long ago, or went extinct. Perhaps even among other giant tribes that were produced (and perhaps sometimes from occasionally mating with a lesser human), their appearances, culture and languages were so strange to one another, that they didn’t attempt to interbreed with them, further reducing the chances of the survival of giants. And remember, if there weren’t many giant humans to start out with, and the mutation was very rare, then to survive, they would have had to be very cooperative and careful not to let anyone among their group die before producing offspring if possible.
It may also be that the few giant humans that are born are not remnants of giants, but the result of another giantism mutation, and like in cat and dogs which can have different mutations that produce similar looking traits, it may not be the same type of giantism mutation, which is why a very tall human, though giant, doesn’t have super-strength like the first or earlier mutations. It may also be that giantism mutations never resulted in super strength, but that the super strength was from a different mutation or that the naturally strongest humans were deliberately persuaded or forced to breed with giants in early times, to produce giant humans of super strength (which would have greatly aided in the transportation of heavy objects and erecting long objects to stand upright, like the stones of Stonehenge and other huge carved objects.
Finally, some groups of giants, if they became too small in number to continue their family/race, and not able to find any other giants to mate with, and worse, no lesser humans to accept them or for some reason avoiding them, might have resorted to suicide.
Another reason what few giants remained is that some may have been treated like gods or flattered, and infighting might have eventually occurred between giants that were treated this way, who fought due to the arrogant attitude they developed from having been treated that way by those they ruled over. There are a few stories of some giants in Ireland that did battle with each other, and no significant if any giants are mentioned as being among the ones that fought, nothing that would indicate a race of giants).
Another reason that giants may have gone extinct or decided to go into hiding, is because of weather disasters. There may have been extreme droughts, extreme heat from the sun during the summer, extreme cold during winter, great floods, mudslides, boulder-falls, hurricanes, tornadoes, accidental fires, devastating earthquakes, especially when and after Christ died (and many think that earthquakes have increased since Christ died and prophesied that they would occur in “various places”, since that would only be something to say if previously earthquakes were rare).
Another reason for their extinction would be insect/bug plagues, which still happen to us today, and which cause great losses in food, which lead to famines.
It may be that in ancient times that there were asteroid impacts in the Americas, large singular ones or rains of large flaming meteors, even ones that happened for days or within the same month, which were great enough and near enough to giants and the food and animals they lived off of to kill some of them, but not great enough that anyone from hundreds of miles away was hurt by it. It may have also happened in heavily wooded areas, so that people far away or within tall trees would have seen the impact or heard the direction of the impact, so that it wasn’t something that could easily passed down in oral stories except perhaps to simply say something like that a thousand moons ago a flaming rock went through the sky and a great thunderous sound was heard from far away.
There is a message from God from what happened to the giant humans and most of the giant dinosaurs and mammals: Great size and strength, great intelligence and arrogant behavior; none of those together or in and of themselves insure survival, peace, or comfort. Such creatures were still weaker than God and weaker than so called ‘gods’, so much so that most of them are gone or had to isolate themselves to survive. And that also shows that they are nothing to worship or to revere, and yet, in a way, people still do worship creatures of giant size. For example many atheists and evolutionists treat dinosaurs, even discussing them, as something sacred. They are used as holy objects of proof of Darwinian evolution by those who believe in it. Some fight to preserve and enshrine them somewhere, public or private. And most of the the animals which though not tall or very large, which were very fast and had sharp claws and teeth, or slow with great armor or strength or strong horns or strong or dangerous tails, are gone. What is left in great numbers is much weaker, much smaller, much more fragile, including the small insects and bugs. How many giant trees are even left? How many redwoods are there or other giant trees in comparison to the smaller ones, or in comparison to roses?
Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men,
and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers:
not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,
not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise;
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
God chose what is low and despised in the world,
even things that are not,
to bring to nothing things that are,
so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus,
who became to us wisdom from God,
righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
so that, as it is written,
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
1 Cor 1:22-31
Israel anger at Iran Suez Canal warship move
Iran’s navy says it is sending a home-built frigate on the mission
from the BBC
Israel has condemned a decision by Iran’s navy to sail two of its ships through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the world should act against Iran’s “recurring provocations”.
The vessels were planning to sail to Syria, Mr Lieberman said.
There has been no response from Tehran, but reports last month said Iran’s navy planned to send a “fleet” to the Mediterranean Sea for a year.
“During the mission, the fleet of warships will enter the waters of the Red Sea and then will be dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea,” Lieutenant Commander Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem-Bigham was quoted as saying in January by the semi-official Fars news agency.
He said the fleet would gain “good intelligence and information of the regions it is due to visit”.
The international community must understand that Israel cannot forever ignore these provocations”
A report in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronot newspaper said the Iranian vessels were a Mk-5 frigate and a supply vessel. – More here
Oil Climbs as Israel Says Iranian Warships Heading for Syria
Crude rose after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said two Iranian gunboats are planning to move through the Suez Canal to Syria, spurring concern that Middle Eastern oil shipments will be disrupted.
Oil climbed 0.8 percent after Lieberman called the move he expects later today a “provocation.” The possible action by Iran comes five days after Egyptian President – More here
PRECIOUS METALS: Comex Gold Higher On Iran Warship News
By Tatyana Shumsky, Dow Jones Newswires
2/6/2011/12:17 P.M. E.T.
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–Gold edged higher on reports that Iran plans to send warships through the Suez Canal.
Israel has described Iran’s plans to send two warships through the key shipping thoroughfare as a “provocation.”
The news lifted gold prices, with Comex gold for April delivery, the most actively traded contract, recently up 0.4%, or $6.30, at $1,380.40 per troy ounce.
The thinly traded February-delivery contract was up 0.5%, or $6.60, at $1,380.20 per troy ounce.
“In this type of environment you will see gold go up and the dollar, which has been selling off today, may reverse course here,” said Charles Nedoss, senior market strategist at Olympus Futures.
Investors tend to purchase gold in times of political instability because it’s considered a store of value and a safe-harbor from uncertainty.
“You could see the dollar and gold rally at the same time, because they’re both safe-haven instruments,” Nedoss said.
The dollar, which is also considered a safe haven, remained under pressure from the euro, with the single European currency recently changing hands at $1.3577, up from $1.3488 Tuesday.
I’m guessing that Iran’s leaders have heard about the U.S. sending marines into Egypt to help subdue it, and wants the U.S. to know that they aren’t happy about it and won’t sit back to let them do whatever they want there, especially being that Egypt has been helping their “enemy” Israel and because of the trade sanctions against Iran, supported by the U.S.. Here are links concerning the trade sanctions:
This webpage shows secret messages obtained by Wikileaks: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wikileaks-files/london-wikileaks/8304784/IRANIAN-IMPORTERSEXPORTERS-HAVING-MORE-PROBLEMS-WITH-FINANCING-BLAME-USG-LED-FINANCIAL-MEASURES.html
Here is extensive information about the Iranian Navy in the atheist-dominated Wikipedia for those of you who are curious about it.
Concerning whether or not trade sanctions against Iran are just, in my opinion they are not because it punishes the evil with the “good” and those who are much less evil than others who are decent and honorable. It also provokes the righteous to do wrong, and those citizens who are evil to take their anger out on the citizens who are righteous. It also endangers the lives of the Jews living in Iran, since they may be falsely accused of some wrong-doing in order to rob them. And what to use in place of trade-sanctions? Send drones over Iran dropping messages of the gospel, pictures of the Shroud of Turin and an explanation about it’s history and silver coins in plastic bottles outside but near to poor Iranian villages with the symbol of the cross on one side and the American flag on the other, and on the side of the cross, a message that says, “‘Give honor to whom honor is due.’ – Jesus”