Germany and IMF to Force Greece Out of Euro?

Germany and IMF to Force Greece Out of Euro?

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Both Greece and Spain say they may need another bailout as the eurozone continues to build to a crisis point.

Greece is again on the path to a euro exit, as it needs more money to keep up with its bailout program—money that Germany and the International Monetary Fund (imf) refuse to give.

After a stormy set of elections, Greece has fallen behind in implementing the reforms it committed to in exchange for its €130 billion bailout package. Greece is asking for more time, but the imf has said that the delay will cost it €10 to €50 billion more.

The imf has signaled that it won’t give Greece any extra money, according to an article published by Spiegel Online on July 23. Germany’s top politicians have rejected pleas for extra money with unusual forcefulness. The Süddeutsche Zeitung quoted an anonymous German government official saying that it is “inconceivable that Chancellor Angela Merkel would again ask German Parliament for approval for a third Greece bailout package.”

“What’s emerging is that Greece will probably not be able to fulfill its conditions. If Greece doesn’t fulfill those conditions, then there can be no more payments,” said German Vice Chancellor and leader of the Free Democratic Party (fdp)Philipp Rösler in a television interview. “I think for many experts, for the fdp, for me, that an exit by Greece from the eurozone lost its horror a long time ago.”

German foreign minister and Rösler’s predecessor as vice chancellor, Guido Westerwelle, also rejected any relaxation of Greece’s bailout conditions. “That won’t work, that’s a Rubicon we can’t cross,” he said.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras blamed the two elections for Greece’s delay in reforming, saying the country was going through a “Great Depression.”

The government was meant to identify €11.5 billion of spending cuts in June, but it’s still short €3.5 billion. Meanwhile, the government sale of assets that was meant to raise €3 billion this year seems set to raise only €300 million. And the government’s revenue is €1.5 billion below its projected level.

Auditors from the imf, European Commission and European Central Bank will soon present a report as to how far behind Greece is and whether it can receive the €31.5 billion it’s scheduled to receive in September as part of its bailout.

If they decide Greece is too far off course and refuse the money, Greece won’t be able to pay its bills.

Meanwhile, Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos will meet with his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, for crisis talks July 24 as Spain seems set to require a second bailout.

Spain’s interest rate on 10-year government bonds hit 7.59 percent—the highest level since Spain joined the euro. Seven percent interest is considered to be the danger zone, where a nation will soon need a bailout. Two Spanish regions have already requested financial help from the Spanish government. Another four could soon request help.

Once again, Europe is on the brink of a crisis. Once again, it may find some temporary solution to patch things together for a few more months. But these crisis points are coming every few weeks now.

Europe can’t keep going like this. It hasn’t solved its crisis yet. Very soon Europe will be plunged into a financial crisis that will revolutionize the Continent.

For more information on what this change will be, see our article “Europe: Extreme Crises Demand Extreme Solutions.”

The Dark Knight Rises: A Lesson in Aversion Therapy

The Dark Knight Rises: A Lesson in Aversion Therapy

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When tragedy strikes, America is quick to talk about God.

Speaking in Aurora, Colorado, President Barack Obama said, “Scripture says that ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’” The president was quoting the book of Revelation, chapter 21, verse 4.

When a diabolical mass murderer walks into a theater and ends a dozen lives for no reason, we now know what to expect: mourning relatives, predictable politicizing, and our only hope for explanation, several news cycles’ worth of religious talk and prayer.

But why is it that among all the verbiage and the sincere yearning for some sort of answer, no one can answer the one question we all have: Why did this happen?

Tragedy drives people to quote God, and some even to pray, but no one has a real explanation of why the loving, merciful Creator let something like this killing spree happen.

Twelve are dead, 58 are wounded. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Among the victims was a 6-year-old girl.

Why would God allow such a thing to happen? This is a question that many people are struggling with.

If this question is bothering you, take it to God. Read the Bible, His word in print.

One of the basic premises of the Bible is cause and effect—or, as Leviticus 26 describes it, blessings and curses.

One of the blessings God promises is protection. In this chapter, God says His way of life will bring peace throughout a nation. Conversely, if people are not obeying Him, God says He Himself will “appoint over you terror.”

That God would actually send terror on people is certainly not a popular message. But maybe we need to take a hard, cold look at ourselves—as well as what the Bible says.

Let’s go back to the second installment in the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight. Here is what the Telegraph’s Jenny McCartney wrote about it in 2008. “[T]he greatest surprise of all—even for me, after eight years spent working as a film critic—has been the sustained level of intensely sadistic brutality throughout the film.”

“[T]he film begins with a heist carried out by men in sinister clown masks. As each clown completes a task, another shoots him point-blank in the head. The scene ends with a clown—The Joker—stuffing a bomb into a wounded bank employee’s mouth.

“After the murderous clown heist, things slip downhill. A man’s face is filleted by a knife, and another’s is burned half off. A man’s eye is slammed into a pencil. A bomb can be seen crudely stitched inside another man’s stomach, which subsequently explodes. A trussed-up man is bound to a chair and set alight atop a pile of banknotes. A plainly terrorized child is threatened at gunpoint by a man with a melted face. It is all intensely realistic.”

Another movie critic raved about how the “Joker was like the devil personified, calmly and enjoyably spreading evil wherever he went.”

It was a box office smash hit. Parents took their children to see it in droves.

The 2012 movie is filled with more of the same. In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman fights with a hulking brute who wears a demonic-looking mask. One critic said the film contains “one of the most memorably brutal fights ever portrayed in movies … disturbingly realistic and larger-than-life at the same time.”

This was the movie that people wanted to see so badly that they took their infants with them.

Parents: Have we lost our minds? Why was that 6-year-old girl there? There was a 12-year-old there too—and a 3-month-old! What was a 3-month-old baby doing at a Christopher Nolan Batman movie?

This show is rated PG-13. Good for 14-year-olds? Really?

People talk a lot about freedom. They are referring to the freedom, for example, to go and see and do whatever they want. No one wants limits on what they can or cannot do.

But under the guise of freedom, America has made itself a slave to violence. It is one more violent thing after another—like links in a chain.

A couple of decades ago, children got nightmares from watching the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Most parents wouldn’t think twice about letting their kids watch that show today. Are our children’s minds being twisted?

When the Colorado shooter was arrested, he told police officers that his name was “The Joker.” He died his hair red to match. His apartment was filled with Batman paraphernalia and, according to officials, was booby trapped with explosives. He violently murdered 12 people in cold blood—and only stopped when his rifle jammed.

Colorado’s governor described him as “diabolical, demonic,” and as “a twisted, really delusional individual.”

A recent Dartmouth study found that watching Hollywood sex scenes made teenagers more promiscuous and sexually active at a younger age. Is it any wonder that people are getting more violent too? Hosts of experts will tell you there is no link. But there is a link.

You cannot expose yourself to sadistic, demonic acts and not be affected.

We are living the horrors of young-people-turned-adults exposed to the mental terrorism of the past decade. What kind of atrocities are in store when the current teenage generation becomes old enough to buy high-powered weaponry?

The law of cause and effect governs the universe. It cannot be escaped. Broken law leads to unhappiness and suffering. America is feeling the curses of broken law.

And God lets people deal with the results of their choices for a reason: He wants people to change!

The people who died in the Colorado massacre were no more evil than anyone else. But God still let it happen. God wants people to change; He wants this world to change. God does not want people to suffer. He wants them to experience the happiness that only comes from obedience to His law.

Until people learn that only God’s way of life can bring peace and happiness, these tragic lessons in aversion therapy will continue. And America is going to become a much more dangerous place.

For a comprehensive explanation of why God allows suffering, read Chapter 2 of Why ‘Natural’ Disasters?

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EU Angling to Force Out Syria’s Assad

Rhetoric over the crisis in Syria heated up on Monday when European Union officials strengthened an arms embargo against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, Syria’s Foreign Ministry admitted for the first time that Damascus possesses chemical and biological weapons, but said it would not use them unless attacked by a foreign nation.

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said that while Syria would never use its chemical and biological weapons for the country’s internal conflicts, it reserved the right to use those weapons against “external aggression.”

Makdissi’s comments come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak raised concerns over Syria’s weapons. Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will be forced to act militarily if Syria descends into a chaos that would allow terrorists to steal the country’s weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers in Brussels have discussed the situation in Syria and are scheduled to endorse a strengthened embargo against the nation. The measure will be enforced by EU officials, who will board all ships and aircraft in EU territory that are carrying suspicious cargo to Syria. The embargo is just one tool the EU is using to continue to keep pressure on the Syrian government.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told reporters, “We have to continue to be very, very clear in our belief that Assad must step aside. He needs to now consider the future of the Syrian people and consider how best they can have the kind of future we believe is right for Syria and that is a future of democracy and freedom.”

The Trumpet has long predicted that the conflict in Syria will create an opening for Europe to become more involved in the Middle East. The EU is actively working toward that goal as it attempts to unify Syrian opposition forces and influence the future of the country.

“The regime will fall but it will leave Syria in a very difficult situation, so we need increasingly to focus on what we can do the day after,” Sweden’s foreign affairs minister, Carl Bildt, told reporters. “We don’t know when that day will come; we know that the day will come, and that we must be there to help and assist in political and economic ways, to help a country that has been truly destroyed, first by the regime and then by the conflict, to come back again.”

Based on Bible prophecy, the Trumpet can predict the outcome of the Syrian conflict. Although it is currently a staunch ally of Iran, Syria’s alliances will change dramatically, and it will become more open to Western cooperation. For more information on this important trend, read our article analyzing the current and future state of Syria: “A Mysterious Prophecy.”

When Will Iran Let Go of Syria?

JERUSALEM—Syrian and Iranian interests and loyalties have been wed together for decades. But all of that is about to change—particularly now that we are witnessing the last days of Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship.

While the rest of the world wonders about Syria’s next regime, what matters most, from a prophetic standpoint, is how this regime change will impact Syria’s alliance with Iran. As you know, if you’ve been reading the Trumpet, God says these two state sponsors of terror will soon part ways. And as difficult as this would have been to imagine just a few years ago, now many commentators are seeing a clear break in the alliance. Even some Iranian officials are openly talking about it!

Earlier this month, during a Trumpet podcast, we pointed you to a Wall Street Journal piece about the debate in Iran over whether or not it should continue to offer support for Assad. According to the Journal, “Dissent over Iran’s support of Mr. Assad has appeared to grow, largely from diplomats in the Foreign Ministry, signaling to some analysts that Tehran is at least considering a backup plan—such as reaching out to the opposition and advocating reform and a quiet transition—should Mr. Assad fall” (July 11).

Writing in Al-Monitor on July 19, Laura Rozen quoted one Iranian analyst who said that as the Assad ship sinks, Iran won’t go down with it. The analyst said, “Ayatollah Khamenei is most likely to leave Assad the moment he realizes that his regime has no chance of survival.”

As early as 1994, my father expounded on a prophecy in Psalm 83, which reveals that some Arab nations today will soon ally themselves with Germany. In the same article, he told Trumpet readers he believed Iran would be the prophesied “king of the south”—and that it would eventually clash with the German-led European Union. Therefore, Iran would not ally itself with Germany. Syria, however, would—which is why we have long known about the forthcoming divorce between Syria and Iran.

It’s not a matter of if—only when.

Why Herbert W. Armstrong Refused to Meet Yasser Arafat

Why Herbert W. Armstrong Refused to Meet Yasser Arafat

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Terrorism’s death at the hands of world peace: a message requested by King Hussein, Suleiman Franjieh, Takieddin el-Solh, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak

The king flew to the front line where his troops were engaged in battle. This was the atmosphere recalled by his ambassadorial compatriot in the pursuit of peace, during a visit to Jordan for a meeting with the Hashemite head of state.

Writing to co-workers July 16, 1982, Herbert W. Armstrong recounted how he waited five days to meet with King Hussein amid the foaming wrath of Mideast animosities: “After the 1967 war, when the Israelis took over the West Bank in Palestine from Jordan, Communist and terrorist propaganda began stirring up discontent and hatred against the Israelis.”

When “King Hussein kicked Arafat out of Jordan,” Mr. Armstrong wrote, the terrorist leader set up shop in Lebanon.

He continued, “Yasser Arafat led this terrorist war against the Israelis and built up the Palestinian Liberation Organization (plo), making headquarters in West Beirut. This also brought on civil war in the city of Beirut, with the Arab faction against the Christians.”

During the plo’s infancy, Mr. Armstrong was privately meeting with Lebanon’s Roman Catholic president, Suleiman Franjieh, and the country’s Arab prime minister, Takieddin el-Solh. At the time, Beirut was the economic hub of the Arab nations. However, the city was to be almost leveled by the civil unrest.

“Out of it, Yasser Arafat emerged with a sizable military force, well armed with major weapons by the Soviet Union. But Arafat carried on his terrorist activities, even hijacking aircraft with many women and children aboard from nations unconcerned in the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, threatening to blow up hundreds of innocent lives unless other nations acceded to Arafat’s demands against Israel” (ibid).

Mr. Armstrong was writing from London at the time, where he was staying at the famed Dorchester Hotel. A few months prior he was at the same location when within days of his departure an Israeli official was shot by a plo terrorist, which incited Israelis to push the terrorist organization out of the western suburbs of Beirut in retaliation.

Simultaneously, with Soviet support for the plo, Mideast tensions were compounded by no less than three terrorists, armed and trained in subversive tactics of aggression, targeting victims with bomb blasts in pinpoint assassinations, amid other activities of terrorism, causing much confusion in the region.

This unofficial ambassador for world peace, Herbert Armstrong, witnessed first-hand the pressure and strain brought upon not only Jordan’s king, but the leadership of both Lebanon and Israel, by these protagonists of war.

One such instance occurred earlier that March, when the two were scheduled to meet in Amman. In the dark of night the king was urgently sought by his military advisers to make haste and fly to yet another battlefront, where under his supreme command Jordanian forces allied with the Iraqi military were fighting an Iranian insurgency.

That July, after his five-day wait in Jordan for his meeting with King Hussein, and with the monarch’s schedule jam-packed, the king’s respect for Mr. Armstrong was powerfully evidenced when, as he met with Mr Armstrong, “he kept waiting in another room in the palace the chief adviser to President Mubarak of Egypt, who had flown to Amman with a special confidential message from the Egyptian president.”

That chief Egyptian adviser surely knew of this white-haired patriarch, a regular visitor to Cairo in the pursuit of peace, who had not only met with Hosni Mubarak, but was much beloved by Egyptian leadership, notably its fallen president, Anwar Sadat, shot dead by the bullets of terrorism at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In Vatican City that September 15, Pope John Paul ii gifted the plo terrorist leader a private 20-minute meeting, after which his official press statement rebutted the fury in Jerusalem over his actions by stating his gift to Arafat “demonstrated his benevolence toward the Palestinian people … expressing the wish that an equitable and lasting solution be reached as soon as possible to the Middle East conflict, which would, excluding recourse to armed violence in any form and above all to terrorism and vengeance, lead to the recognition of the rights of all people, in particular to those of the Palestinians, to a homeland of their own and of Israel to her security” (Plain Truth, January 1983).

The internationally recognized ambassador for peace had a response to the papal-plo meeting and the official photographs and statements that followed. “Just a couple of days ago the pope received terrorist leader Yasser Arafat …. Although my aides told me Arafat had invited me to a meeting with him,” Mr. Armstrong wrote to co-workers Sept. 17, 1982, “I refused to see him or allow one of my aides to see him in my stead.”

It should be obvious why the internationally recognized unofficial ambassador for world peace rejected the meeting invitation from such a leader.

“Look at the list of world leaders Herbert W. Armstrong came into contact with, and who responded warmly to him,” wrote Trumpet founder and publisher Gerald Flurry in his new booklet The Way of Peace Restored Momentarily. “They called him an ambassador for world peace. That is a miraculous understanding, when you realize that he had that kind of an impact on the leaders of this evil world. It is something I think we need to pay more attention to.”

Our editor in chief is right! The world needs “to pay more attention to” this man’s impact on the world’s leaders of nations. The inspired message Mr. Armstrong shared in person with world leaders was, in fact, the very gospel of Jesus Christ! (Matthew 24:14)—the very promise of Jesus Christ of His Father’s soon-coming benevolent intervention in world affairs (Matthew 24:21-22). Intervention to establish once and for all time true peace through the installation of His government, His love, His Family, His Kingdom on Earth (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Will you, individually, pay more attention to this gospel message than those world leaders who heard it direct from an aged apostle’s lips?

The Trumpet will continue to steadfastly recount God’s sure Word of Bible prophecy assuring mankind that all its clamor, bloodshed, war, terrorism and failed “peace processes,” from Eden’s garden till today, will soon cease, ushering in the only true way of peace, restoring it permanently on this Earth.

Teaching Children—the Old Way!

Teaching Children—the Old Way!

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One teacher’s common-sense method of teaching children the way they were meant to be taught seems revolutionary today. But it’s as old as the wisdom once dispensed at Eden.

Common sense, though sadly lacking in today’s society, ought to teach us that the production of a generation of self-seeking unemployables tracks back to the way they have been taught.

An article in the Australian newspaper caught my eye this week and warmed my heart. It told of one bright young school teacher in Sydney who does have sufficient common sense to kick over the politically correct traces that restrain so many of her peers in their teaching methods, and revert back to the method that teachers once so successfully employed to educate the young. Hers are the methods once used to instruct generations that built the largest single empire in human history and the once most powerful single nation on Earth.

The headline of this article told a story in itself: “Lips shut, backs straight, eyes down: How keeping still is a learning experience.”

I could have shouted “Yes!” in total endorsement of that statement.

The article continued, “Still bodies, busy brains sums up the teaching approach taken by Roula Dunkerley in her classroom.

“Her composite class of Years 1 and 2 students at Brookvale Public School in Sydney’s north is notable for its calm and quiet atmosphere—not characteristics usually associated with a group of 22 six- and seven-year-olds.”

It’s a long time since I’ve had the warm and fuzzies when reading an article on the Anglo-Saxon education systems. The example of this bright young woman set me aglow.

“Ms. Dunkerley believes part of her job is to teach her young students the art of sitting still, concentrating and working on one’s own—skills often overlooked in today’s classrooms.”

That made me feel like jumping out of my seat and shouting to the world, “Go Ms. Dunkerley!”

What a brave lady! To swim against the tide of thought-control that has devastated our methods of teaching the young since that horrible age of social disruption in the 1960s!

But, lo and behold, Ms. Dunkerley is not alone. The article in the Australian mentions,

Dr. [Megan] Watkins, a senior lecturer in education at the University of Western Sydney, said certain habits and skills such as sitting at a desk and holding a pen correctly, and working independently made aspects of learning easier.”School isn’t just about teaching kids mind skills; it’s also about teaching their bodies,” she said.”Different types of learning require different forms of embodiment, different ways the body has to perform to be effective.”There’s a certain discipline involved in academic endeavor, but it flies under the radar because people assume it’s natural. But kids have to learn … how to sit still, to concentrate on something for an extended period, and work by themselves.”

Well, amen to that!

Just as we thought that Spockism had destroyed all common sense in child education back in the ’50s and ’60s, and the dregs plowed into the dust by an age of feminist, leftist, socialist tripe during the following decades, common sense shines brightly from a couple of enlightened minds Down Under!

It turns out that the poor benighted Victorians were correct all along when it came to getting it right in the education of their youth.

“Ms. Dunkerley also teaches her class the bodily habits they need to develop: backs against their chairs, fists between their tummies and the table, feet on the ground, heads up and not too close to the desk. ‘It’s very important, otherwise the body starts to ache,’ she said. ‘If they’re leaning all over the table with their head down, I think they tend to drift off. Having a still body and a body that’s upright and erect but still comfortable is really important for writing, and I make sure when they’re using their pencil that they can take their fourth finger off the pencil to ensure their grip is not too tight’” (ibid).

Aaah! What a woman! Talk about back to basics. If only the movers and shakers in education would take note! Even more so, if only parents would take note!

“Meddle not with them given to change,” the wise man said (Proverbs 24:21). So we meddled, and what a mess we’ve made of the postwar generation!

Quoting an education syllabus from a time when Britain, its dominions and the United States led the world in the highest of education standards, the Australian observes (emphasis added throughout):

The 1922 English syllabus in [New South Wales, Australia] says education is grounded in ‘the formation of habits; muscle and nerve habits, thought habits and emotional habits,’ with the school and the teacher bearing responsibility for a child acquiring these abilities.”Habit-forming is an important part of education and its laws should be observed in all teaching,” it says.By 1974, the term “habit” had disappeared from the syllabus, and teaching was replaced with “opportunities” for learning.

The post-1974 result of removing the need to instill right behavioral habits in children speaks for itself.

I like the bit about “education and its laws should be observed in all teaching.” That was published at a time when society generally believed in “absolutes,” in laws that governed a law-abiding universe!

You see, there are definite laws that govern human behavior. There are definite laws that when applied produce happy, well-rounded, balanced, effectively educated children. You find them stipulated in your Bible in such verses as Proverbs 1:7-9; 3:1; 22:6; 23:13; 29:15, 17.

One of the Proverbs that has particular application to this subject is found in Proverbs 22:28: “Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.” A more correct rendition from the original Hebrew is, “Do not remove the ancient boundary, which your fathers have set.”

Once, our education system set boundaries defining acceptable standards of child behavior. Once it set the behavioral standards according to the laws of education. That was in the days when the Anglo-Saxon education system was the envy of the world. But we progressively lost that vision during the second half of the 20th century.

The Word of God declares, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

At Imperial Academy, our elementary school here in Edmond, Oklahoma, we are striving to return to a truly visionary education of children. We are implementing an education system based on the biblically revealed laws of education. We are teaching parents to set right behavioral habits in their children before they gain access to the school years, so their bodies and minds are truly attuned to learning.

What Ms. Dunkerley is achieving in her classroom is most admirable and certainly deserves our attention. Yet, there is an even better way open to us that will gain even greater results!

Believe it or not, the day will soon come when all parents and teachers will gain access to the true, biblically revealed laws of education, and will begin to mold a whole global society into behavioral patterns acceptable to the God who created all. Only then will human beings come to understand, and begin to fulfill, their incredible, God-given, human potential!

Now that will be education with true vision!