Euro Crisis Accelerates Division in Europe

The ongoing euro crisis continues to pave the way for the resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.

From Rome and Berlin—the new dominant axis in Europe—German-Foreign-Policy.com reports that cries for the ceding of the Germanic Italian province of Bolzano/Alto Adige (South Tyrol) from Italy and its realignment as an Austrian province are escalating in the wake of the euro crisis.

The moves have historically been supported by Berlin.

German-Foreign-Policy.com reports that calls by the Italian government to make extensive cuts in the state budget based on the German savings diktat insist that South Tyrol should participate accordingly.

However, “The province’s government, one of the wealthiest in Italy, is searching for a way out. A South Tyrol government member demands the province’s ‘total economic autonomy’ in order to stop the fund redistribution to southern Italy. Certain secessionist circles within South Tyrol are pressing for a referendum on the complete separation of South Tyrol from Italy and do not exclude its annexation to Austria” (August 3, translation ours throughout).

German-Foreign-Policy.com notes that “the self governance efforts in parts of the German-speaking minority of northern Italy have been supported for many years by the German Federal Republic—partially by organizations at the forefront of German foreign policy, partially by activists of the extreme right.”

German-Foreign-Policy.com further draws attention to the fact that “during the 1960s there were reports of direct contacts of high-ranking German politicians with South Tyrol’s separatist terrorists. Under the pressure of the euro crisis, the efforts of that time are coming closer to realizing their goal more strongly today than ever before.”

World’s Oldest Shipping Company Closes

The world’s oldest shipping company is going out of business, according to Bloomberg. Stephenson Clarke Shipping, a British company with roots going back to 1730 has sold off its last vessel.

It is a clear illustration of the troubles facing the UK shipping industry. Facing competition from Asia and with a global economy in recession, bulk transporters have been hit particularly hard. The Baltic Dry Index, which measures rates to ship commodities like grains and coal, is down a massive 55 percent this year. Shipping rates have fallen in four out of the past five years. It is “one of the worst [slumps] experienced for many years,” the shipping company said.

Since World War ii, Britain has embraced a foreign policy that has steadily changed it from the greatest mercantile nation in man’s history to one that has thrown its greatest corporate champions to the free market wolves—even though other nations refuse to play by the same rules.

The continual loss of the companies that helped make Britain great is a sad reminder of Britain’s dramatic fall from superpower status. See how bad it is: “Selling Britain’s Corporate Crown Jewels.”

Egypt Shifting Away From Israel, Toward Iran

Egypt Shifting Away From Israel, Toward Iran

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Iran gains a “diplomatic coup” in Egypt as relations with Israel flounder.

Egypt’s actions following an attack on an Egyptian army base in the Sinai, August 5, don’t bode well for Egyptian-Israeli relations. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the largest party in its Parliament, blamed the attack on Israel. The attack, it wrote on its website, “can be attributed to Mossad,” Israel’s counterterrorism and intelligence agency. At the same time, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is taking important steps toward Iran. Iranian Vice President Hamid Baghaei visited Egypt and met with President Morsi on August 8 in what the L.A. Times called “a diplomatic coup.”

The Muslim Brotherhood wrote that Israel’s intelligence agency “has been seeking to abort the revolution since its inception and the proof of this is that it gave instructions to its Zionist citizens in Sinai to depart immediately a few days ago.”

That is, of course, untrue. Israeli intelligence got wind of the attack, raised the alert along its border, and warned its citizens to leave. They passed this warning on to the Egyptian military who, apparently, ignored it.

“In short, the new Egypt is so unwilling to cooperate with Israel that it wouldn’t even act on Israeli intelligence about a threat to its own security,” wrote Evelyn Gordon in Commentary.

Even Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi responded to the attack in a worrying way. He quickly fired several high ranking army officers, including head of intelligence General Murad Muwafi.

Muwafi was a scapegoat. He’d warned for months that Egypt needed to crack down on militants in the Sinai. But Muwafi was also on very good terms with Israel, America and Europe. Morsi got rid of one of the few people in the government whom Israel and America felt they could trust.

It is also telling that the army could not or would not oppose Morsi in these firings. It suggests the Islamists, not the military, have the upper hand in Egypt.

This comes after a fiasco last month where Israel published a friendly letter from Morsi to Israeli President Shimon Peres, thanking Peres for his congratulations on the arrival of Ramadan. In his letter, Morsi said he was “looking forward to exerting our best efforts to get the Middle east [sic] Peace Process back to its right track in order to achieve security and stability for all people of the region, including that [sic] Israeli people.” But Morsi denied that he sent such a letter and said that Israel was slandering him by claiming he had.

Apparently saying that Morsi wants stability and security in the region is slander.

In the aftermath of the attack, Israel has allowed Egypt the greatest military presence in the Sinai since the 1979 peace treaty. Associate Press reports that Egypt sent two attack helicopters, 20 armored vehicles, 40 light tanks, 20 other vehicles and elite counterterrorism police into the border region. Israel has already allowed the deployment of 750 military border guards and 3,500 troops with armored vehicles. AP notes that most believe Egypt hasn’t deployed more than half of the allowed 3,500.

The Sinai violence puts the Israelis in a Catch-22 situation. If they refuse to allow Egyptian troops into the area, terrorists will use it to plan attacks on Israel. But if they do, they erode the 1979 peace treaty and allow an increasingly hostile Egypt to put more soldiers on the border.

Then came Morsi’s meeting with the Iranian vice president. The L.A. Times wrote that the meeting was “signaling a new era in Egypt’s diplomacy,” calling it “the highest-level official contact between the two strategic nations in decades.”

“Morsi’s visit with Hamid Baghaei gave Iran a diplomatic coup amid sharpening international pressure over its nuclear program and links to Syria,” it wrote.

Baghaei invited Morsi to attend the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (nam) in Tehran later this month. Spokesman for the nam Mohammad Reza Forqani announced that Morsi is willing to attend, according to Iran’s Mehr news agency.

Bible Prophecy shows us that this alliance is coming.

If true, that would be another diplomatic coup for Iran: Morsi would be the first Egyptian head of state to visit the country since the Iranian Revolution. However, Iranian news media reported earlier that Morsi said he would attend, only to be contradicted by Egypt’s president. Until it is confirmed by Egypt, it is too early to say if Morsi really is going.

Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that the summit’s tentative schedule had Morsi hand over presidency of the nam from Egypt to Iran, before holding talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the summit.

Egypt hasn’t yet fully embraced Iran, nor has it completely cut off Israel. But this week’s events show it moving in that direction.

An Iranian-Egypt alliance would be terrible for Israel. It would place hostile forces right on its southern border. Israel would have to go from worrying about terrorist attacks to worrying about a full scale invasion from a modern army, built up with American money and weapons.

Events in Syria have put Iran on the back foot. Rapprochement with Egypt would show the world that Iran is still dangerous. The repercussions would shake Europe as well as Egypt, as the new alliance would threaten vital trade roots.

Watch Egypt’s relationship with Iran and Israel closely. The Trumpet has predicted for years that Egypt would make a radical shift to Iran. This appears to be on the cusp of happening. Once again, you can witness Bible prophecy happen before your eyes.

For more information on the vital prophecy behind this alliance, see our article “Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network.”

Teen Gangs on the Prowl

Teen Gangs on the Prowl

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Have American teenagers become wild animals?

An alarming trend in teenage crime is hitting headlines. The last week in July, a drunken group of girls stabbed a 63-year-old man on a subway in Manhattan, the New York Post reported.

The girls’ actions were described as those of “a wolf pack.”

The eight girls (six of them aged 15 to 19), with beers in hand, were creating a loud booze-party atmosphere on a train carrying passengers to work at 6:15 a.m. The older man asked them to stop making noise. A witness told police that all he said was, “Relax. Calm down.”

Instead of calming down, one of the girls took a knife and stabbed him in the shoulder. The man had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

All the girls were arrested except the 15-year-old. The suspects were charged with gang assault, disorderly conduct, rioting, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and felony assault. When being cuffed at the subway station with beers still in hand, the girls said, “We didn’t do anything!”

This same week, the Chicago Tribune reported that an 87-year-old World War ii veteran was attacked, beaten and robbed by three young men—two of them teenagers, 15 and 17—after walking home from a corner store.

Before running off with the old soldier’s wallet, the attackers smashed his glasses, knocked out his hearing aid and broke his dentures.

Two delivery men witnessed the incident and helped track down the attackers for police. The three young men were charged with robbery of a senior citizen and reckless conduct.

The victim sustained cuts and bruises to his face. He reported, “I don’t know what happened. I know they broke my teeth and they hit me. They hit me and kicked me.”

“I’m just so disappointed,” the vet said. “I’ve served this country and I’ve done all the right things. I’ve lived my life like I was supposed to and this younger generation is just something else. … They’re just losing their mind.”

Also this week, Mail Online reported that 20 teenagers flash robbed a Chicago suburb upscale jean shop.

The teens entered the store at 6:40 in the evening, quickly outnumbering the employees and other patrons. Store surveillance video shows the teens targeting a specific area of the store housing the most expensive jeans. It is estimated that the teens stole $3000 in merchandise.

The book of Isaiah is an end-time book, written down and preserved for us today (Isaiah 30:8). Isaiah predicts many positive things for our world after Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. But just before that, this same book records many dire prophecies.

Isaiah shows that our time is to be a violent time. He prophesies specifically that our children will cause a portion of the violence affecting our nations.

“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12). Notice, the prophet says that children would be our oppressors.

Teens committing crime and acts of violence in packs is oppression.

Isaiah 3:12 is a great summation of today’s news headlines concerning young people. The majority of children do not respect their parents or those in authority. They harass and rob us. And ever greater numbers behave like wild animals and even want to murder us.

There is a solution to this growing trend in teen crime and violence. Read the article “Our Children—Our Oppressors” in our Trumpet archives. Be sure to stay close to the Trumpet.com for future articles that provide the only workable solutions to help our troubled teens.

NASA’s Achievement: Curiosity Is a Success

Nasa’s Mars Science Laboratory mission has enjoyed a successful first few days of its planned two-year mission.

On Thursday, the Curiosity rover sent another postcard from Mars—the very first 360-degree color view of Gale Crater.

The mission is to study whether Gale Crater ever had conditions favorable for microbial life.

Earlier this week after landing, the Martian exploration vehicle raised its mast containing high-resolution and navigation cameras, giving scientists a better view of the landing site.

Since landing Sunday night, nasa’s six-wheel rover has sent home a trickle of images, beginning with grainy, black-and-white photos. It has also sent a low-quality video of the last few minutes of its descent to the Martian surface.

Starting Saturday, nasa scientists will begin a major software upgrade to transition Curiosity from the landing phase into exploration mode.

Once the software is successfully installed, the rover will be surface-ready for the two-year mission.

Curiosity’s journey is possibly one of the greatest scientific achievements in mankind’s history.

Mars should inspire us beyond words to describe, but it never will until we view our destiny as God does. To learn more about your inspiring future, read Gerald Flurry’s article “Mars Reveals Your Universe Potential!

Planned Prisoner Swap Highlights America’s Weakness

Planned Prisoner Swap Highlights America’s Weakness

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The U.S. cuts a deal with the Taliban to release some of the most dangerous detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

In a move designed to resuscitate the Afghan peace talks, the Obama administration sweetened a planned agreement for Washington to handover Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for a U.S. sergeant imprisoned in Pakistan by Taliban cronies.

The original version of the deal stipulated that the U.S. would release one group of prisoners, after which the Taliban would release Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, and then the U.S. would release the rest of its Taliban prisoners in a second group. A Reuters report published on Tuesday states that a new version of the agreement says the U.S. will transfer all five of its Taliban prisoners to Qatar first, and only then would the Taliban be required to release Bergdahl.

Because the Taliban detainees in question are viewed as being among the most dangerous prisoners remaining at Guantanamo, the plan has come under the fire of lawmakers who worry that the transferred prisoners would reappear on the battlefield. The group includes one of the Taliban’s former top military commanders, a former deputy intelligence minister and a former interior minister. Also, among the prisoners is Mullah Mohammed Fazl, the former deputy defense minister of the Taliban, believed to be responsible for massacring thousands of Shiites.

These are not irrelevant, petty thugs, but powerful upper-echelon terrorists.

Critics of the exchange point to a study by the U.S. Congress, showing that one in four of the 600 prisoners so far released from Guantanamo have become active terrorists again. They expect many of these high-ranking Taliban officials would take up their flags and arms once again.

Washington knows that exchanging terrorists for captured U.S. soldiers encourages terrorist groups to capture more Americans. But negotiators have come to view the transfer of the five prisoners in question as a necessary evil in their attempts to cajole the Taliban into meetings. This is despite debates raging within the U.S. administration about whether or not the idea of peace talks with sworn and proven militants like the Taliban is even wise. But policymakers see scant other routes to attaining even a modicum of stability in the war-torn region.

The Taliban’s power was diminished by Washington’s 2009-2010 troop surge into Afghanistan, but it remains a formidable threat as the foreign forces continue to shrink. The U.S. presence in Afghanistan was designed to usher in stability and democracy. Instead, Afghanistan remains a nation on the cusp of catastrophe. Despite the $3.5 billion in humanitarian assistance, $58 billion in development funds, and the presence of around 2,000 international aid units, Afghanistan’s humanitarian conditions remain abysmal.

Whether or not the planned prisoner exchange comes to fruition, and whether or not peace talks are resumed, America’s presence in Afghanistan has revealed the U.S. to be a wavering nation with a deteriorating will. Negotiating with adversaries of Taliban ilk will only highlight U.S. naivety, and further fray the remaining strands of Washington’s will.

To learn more about why America’s war endeavors are failing, and for an advance look at the biblically prophesied future of America’s military efforts, read Gerald Flurry’s article “Why We Cannot Win the War Against Terrorism.”