Twenty-eight-year-old Gilberto Valle reportedly used his access to police files to gather detailed information on potential victims. Valle’s wife alerted the fbi after she discovered chats and e-mails about Valle’s plans. fbi officials then seized Valle’s computer, which contained over 100 profiles of female targets.
Valle, who has been an officer in the New York Police Department for six years and has a one-year-old daughter, was allegedly commissioned to kidnap a woman for a contact last February, to which he responded: “$5,000 and she’s all yours.”
This story brings to mind a cannibalistic incident in Florida earlier this year when 31-year-old Rudy Eugene was shot and killed after attacking and eating the face of a homeless man. It also recalls the horrors of the murder and dismemberment of Chinese student Lin Jun by Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta, who allegedly tasted part of the body and mailed Jun’s limbs to various locations around the country. These examples are only the tip of the iceberg.
In an increasingly sexualized society rife with pornography, drug usage and the glorifying of evil, we can expect these unbelievably barbaric acts to multiply. Read columnist Joel Hilliker’s article “Bath Salts Do Not Turn People Into Flesh-Eating Zombies” to learn about the real spirit behind the worse-than-animalistic behavior that is becoming more prevalent in society.
In an interview with Zenit, on the sidelines of a Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, Koch began his statement about Lutherans by saying, “Anglicanorum coetibus [the document describing the ordinariates] was not an initiative of Rome, but came from the Anglican Church.” This is dishonest. Rome saw that the Anglican Church was divided, and swooped in to take advantage of it. Even the archbishop of Canterbury was taken by surprise. The whole thing was planned and coordinated by the pope. It certainly was an initiative of Rome.
The pope, he said, “sought a solution and, in my opinion, found a very broad solution, in which the Anglicans’ ecclesial and liturgical traditions were taken into ample consideration.”
“If similar desires are expressed by the Lutherans, then we will have to reflect on them,” he said. “However, the initiative is up to the Lutherans.”
In other words, if the Catholic Church thinks it can convince enough Lutherans to sign up, it will proceed.
The desire certainly seems to be there. Last year, Tim Drake wrote an article in the National Catholic Register titled “The Lutheran Landslide.”
“One of the most under-reported religious stories of the past decade has been the movement of Lutherans across the Tiber,” he wrote. “What first began with prominent Lutherans, such as Richard John Neuhaus (1990) and Robert Wilken (1994), coming into the Catholic Church, has become more of a landslide that could culminate in a larger body of Lutherans coming into the [church] collectively.”
“Over the past several years, an increasing number of Lutheran theologians have joined the church’s ranks, some of whom now teach at Catholic colleges and universities,” he continued.
The larger Lutheran community is also moving toward Rome. On Oct. 31, 1999, The Lutheran World Federation signed a Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification with the Vatican saying that the two groups “are now able to articulate a common understanding of our justification by God’s grace through faith in Christ.”
The doctrine of justification was at the heart of Luther’s disagreement with the Catholic Church that led to his excommunication. The signing of this document means that the greatest obstacle between Lutherans and Catholics has already been overcome. Although some Lutherans disagree with the declaration, the Lutheran World Federation represents over 70 million of the world’s 73.8 million Lutherans.
Two years ago, the president of the Lutheran World Federation said he wanted to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, in 2017, by signing an agreement with the Vatican allowing Lutherans to receive communion at Roman Catholic Mass, and vice versa.
On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther sent his Ninety-Five Theses to his bishop. The chain of events ended with great swaths of Europe splitting away from the Catholic Church. Since that day, the church never had the same power, prestige and wealth. Watch Catholic efforts to bring Lutherans back into their church. It’s a key prophecy to watch as the church rises in power. For more information, see our article “Returning to the Fold”.
The worst damage appears to be in Haiti, the region’s poorest nation. Massive flooding caused mudslides to engulf buildings and swept flimsy shacks out to sea. Almost three quarters of the nation’s crops have been destroyed in the hardest hit areas. More than 50 people are reported dead. According to the government, 200,000 people are now homeless and the nation could be facing another humanitarian disaster.
In Cuba, 11 people were reported dead along with widespread damage to around 130,000 homes. One fifth to a third of the nation’s coffee crop is said to be destroyed. The state-run newspaper Granma says the economy took a huge hit and that rebuilding will take years.
Jamaica reported large flooding in rural areas and one death. In the Bahamas, two people were killed. Two more people were killed in the Dominican Republic while reportedly attempting to cross a river. Parts of its capital, Santo Domigo, are under water, but flooding is worst in the southern part of the country. One death was reported in Puerto Rico.
Argentina: Heading for Another Bond Default
October 30, 2012
Argentina may soon stop paying its debts and stiff its creditors as President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner tightens her grip on the economy.
Already Argentina stands accused of rigging its national inflation number, which allows it to underpay investors in its inflation-linked bonds. In 2001, Argentina fired its statisticians and began reporting inflation rates that consistently seemed low. Foreign mistrust was compounded by Argentina’s decision to seize control of Spanish-owned oil producer ypf sa earlier this year. This has impaired the nation’s ability to borrow money on the international market.
It has also ignited a rush to get money out of the country before the government seizes it. To combat the number of investors pulling their assets out of Argentina, politicians have imposed strict currency controls. This has only increased people’s desire to expatriate their wealth.
Facing capital flight and a frozen bond market, Argentina has resorted to printing currency to pay its bills. This has caused the Argentine peso to plummet in value and send real inflation rates to more than double the official 9 percent.
But there is always a cost to stiffing your creditors. On October 20, de Kirchner ordered Argentina’s navy to abandon a frigate that was seized by Ghana on October 2. A Ghana court ordered the seizure due to Argentina’s 2001 default on $300 million in debt, which is now owed to U.S.-based investment firm Elliot Management. The Argentine Frigate Libertad was in Ghana on a training mission.
As Argentina’s economy has continued to deteriorate, the de Kirchner government has focused on populism and has ramped up its rhetoric about retaking the Falkland Islands from Great Britain, instead of proposing real solutions to its problems. Expect more of it.
Israeli Attack on Sudan Exposes Iran’s Links With North Africa
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October 30, 2012
Israel bombed a weapons factory in Khartoum on October 24, according to the Sudanese government and anonymous government sources cited across the media. The attack appears to be a resounding success for Israel, but it also risks accelerating the drift of Sudan and Egypt towards Iran.
Britain’s Sunday Times reported that eight F-15I fighters bombed the factory on the outskirts of Khartoum. “This was a show of force but it was only a fraction of our capability—and of what the Iranians can expect in the countdown to the spring,” it quoted a defense source saying.
The Times reported that Mossad uncovered close links between Sudan and Iran. They claim that in 2008, the two nations signed an agreement allowing Iran to build and operate a weapons factory. A large number of Iranian experts were sent to the factory, where they worked under the supervision of Iran’s revolutionary guards.
The missiles manufactured here “could be launched towards Israel from either Sudan or from the Sinai Peninsula,” an Israeli security expert said. “They pose a direct threat.”
The strike appears to have been successful, but in the aftermath, Sudan isn’t changing its relationship with Tehran. An Iranian navy task force docked in Sudan on October 29. Iranian state media reported that the ships left Iran last month and were on a mission “conveying the message of peace and friendship to the neighboring countries and ensuring security for seafaring and shipping lanes against marine terrorism and piracy.” Sudan’s military said that the ships’ presence represents the strong ties between the two countries.
Since the attack, Morsi has vehemently supported Sudan over Israel. He telephoned Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to condemn the “Israeli aggression against Sudan.”
At the end of August, Wikileaks published e-mails it says came from Stratfor showing that Egypt had reached an agreement to operate a small airbase in Sudan in 2010 to prevent Ethiopia from building a new dam on the Nile. Since then, Ethiopia has unveiled plans for an even bigger dam. Stratfor writes that “Even direct military action by Egypt cannot be ruled out,” but emphasize this is the least likely option. Egypt would first try to coax or cajole Ethiopia away from the project through diplomatic pressure or by supporting anti-Ethiopian terrorist groups, Stratfor says.
The project forces Egypt to maintain a close alliance with Sudan so it can keep maximum pressure on Ethiopia. Rather than distance itself from Sudan after the attacks, Egypt will rally around its southern neighbor.
The Sudan-Iranian and Sudan-Egyptian ties will evolve into a regional alliance between North Africa and Iran. This alliance will ultimately, and perhaps violently, draw in Ethiopia.