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2012 year in review

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Many events that happened worldwide shaped 2012, and we have included the top stories that captured the attention of our diverse readership. There are indeed many more stories that made headlines in the past year, all of which are archived. We work with journalists around the world to bring these stories to our readership. Newscast Media would like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous new year! CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE TO TOP HEADLINES>>


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Obama blames Republicans — The media blames Obama

Barack Obama

by Napp Nazworth

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The day before the ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline and as Congress continues to work on an agreement, President Barack Obama appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to blame Congressional Republicans for not reaching a deal. In a panel discussion after the interview, journalists criticized Obama for not doing more to build trust with Republicans and not displaying more leadership on entitlement reform.

“We have been talking to Republicans ever since the election was over. They have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers,” Obama explained Sunday. The problem has not been with the Democrats, Obama said, but with Republicans because they have been unwilling to ask the wealthy to pay more in taxes.

“So far, at least, Congress has not been able to get this [fiscal cliff] stuff done. Not because Democrats in Congress don’t want to go ahead and cooperate, but because, I think it’s been hard for Speaker [of the House John] Boehner and Republican [Senate Minority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthy Americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package,” he said.

The interviewer, David Gregory, asked Obama if he holds any accountability for the lack of an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. He answered that it was the Republicans’ fault because he has moved “more than halfway” to their position. That agreement, Obama said, would offer two dollars in spending cuts for every one dollar in tax increases.

In the panel discussion after the interview, most of the journalists criticized Obama for not showing more leadership on entitlement reform. If Obama had shown more willingness to take on the long-term drivers of the nation’s debt problem, NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw explained, he would have a better chance of getting Republicans to go along with a last-minute fiscal cliff deal.

“I think it would have been helpful this morning to have said, ‘look, we get this tax deal done, I’m here to help on Medicare and Social Security reforms, we’ve got to address those,’ Brokaw advised. “Instead of just saying, ‘I’m going to protect the seniors who are there and the Medicare and Medicaid recipients.’ Give a little something to show good faith about what needs to be done on deficit reduction in the entitlement programs.”

Gregory recalled that when Brokaw interviewed Obama in 2008 he promised to take on entitlement reform before the end of his first term, but in Sunday’s interview he showed no commitment to entitlement reform.

“I asked him to make a commitment for the first year of his second term, he’s not prepared to do that. This is the driver, … you’re going to run out of discretionary money to do [the] things the president wants to do if you don’t take on entitlements,” Gregory complained.


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Part I: The Morning Star Unveiled – Lucifer or Jesus Christ?

The Transfiguration of Christ by Rafael—St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—During the holiday season, most conversations tend to gravitate toward spiritual or religious-related topics. One such conversation I found myself in the middle of, had to do with the “morning star” and who this star refers to. Luciferians believe Lucifer is the morning star and that one day he will overthrow God and rule the world.

Luciferians also indoctrinate people that satan is Jesus Christ. Oddly enough, these same Luciferians swear that they are not satanists, which is oxymoronic. Satan is the name of Lucifer in his fallen state. Before Lucifer was kicked out of heaven, he was the most powerful cherub and was greater than all the other nine orders of angels. After his failed attempt to become like God, he was reduced to an unemployed
cherub by the name of satan, whose mission has been to create counterfeit versions of God’s glory.

Because Luciferians have the propensity to distort and manipulate the Holy Scriptures for their ulterior motives, I thought I would write an essay teaching and giving insightful information with my readers, about the controversial and misunderstood subject of the morning star. I will use the word satanists and Luciferians interchangeably because they are the same group of people. This is also be part of the “Unveiled series” with many more exciting investigative topics Newscast Media will present to you, in order to expose the truth.

To give my readers a background of the ranking of celestial beings, I will list the nine orders of angelic beings starting with the highest in the celestial hierarchy. They are: (i) Seraphim (ii) Cherubim (iii) Thrones (iv) Dominions (v) Virtues (vi) Powers (vii)Principalities (viii) Archangels and (ix) Angels.

On a ride to the airport, the topic of the morning star came up, and the individual has convinced himself, that satan is Jesus Christ. He bases this on a falsely-translated version of the bible in the book of Isaiah’s fourteenth chapter, verse twelve. The King James version has the correct translation and refers to Lucifer as “shining star, son of the morning”. See below:

The King James Version KJV and the New Living Translation NLT, correctly translate the text referring to satan as "son of the morning", not morning star.

However, the New International Version NIV, whether intentional or unintentional, uses word-play and refers to Lucifer as “morning star, son of the dawn”, thus attempting to equate satan to Jesus. This verse is what satanists and Luciferians use, to convince others that satan is the same as Jesus Christ. See below:

As you can see, this recent translation inaccurately refers to Lucifer as "morning star" while earlier translations use "son of the morning". This is how Luciferians attempt to deceive people that satan and Jesus are the same, yet it is all a disinformation campaign.

Nevertheless, for this to be true, the phrase “morning star” would have to be used exclusively to refer to satan, in other words, there would have to be only one “morning star” and not many others. We know that there are several other morning stars mentioned in the Holy Scriptures as we can see in the book of Job’s thirty eighth chapter in the seventh verse that says: “The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.”

Find out who the sons of God are and the other morning stars mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, in Part II >>

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SEC charges four insiders with fraudulent penny stock scheme

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged four securities industry professionals with conducting a fraudulent penny stock scheme in which they illegally acquired more than one billion unregistered shares in microcap companies at deep discounts and then dumped them on the market for approximately $17 million in illicit profits while claiming bogus exemptions from the federal securities laws.

The SEC alleges that Danny Garber, Michael Manis, Kenneth Yellin, and Jordan Feinstein acquired shares at about 30 to 60 percent off the market price by misrepresenting to the penny stock companies that they intended to hold the shares for investment purposes rather than immediately re-selling them. Instead, they immediately sold the shares without registering them by purporting to rely on an exemption for transactions that are in compliance with certain types of state law exemptions.

However, no such state law exemptions were applicable to their transactions. To create the appearance that the claimed exemption was valid, they created virtual corporate presences in Minnesota, Texas, and Delaware. The SEC also charged 12 entities that they operated in connection with the scheme.

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The SEC’s complaint alleges that Garber, Manis, Yellin, Feinstein and the named entities violated Sections 5(a), 5(c), and 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933; Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5. The SEC’s complaint seeks a final judgment, among other things, ordering all of the defendants to pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest and financial penalties; permanently enjoining all the defendants from future violations of the securities laws; and permanently enjoining all the defendants from participating in penny stock offerings.

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China’s main source of organ harvest- executed prisoners

Organ harvesting

Newscast Media BEIJING—Due to the cultural belief Chinese hold that people who lose their organs in this life will have them replaced in the next life, the main source of harvesting organs is executed prisoners, according to Radio Deutsche Welle.

“The actual number of executions is a closely guarded state secret,” says John Kamm, the head of the US-based non-profit Dui Hua Foundation.

“However, in recent years to some extent the curtain has been raised somewhat by officials or scholars who have access to the real numbers and earlier this year we did get some indication as to the number of people executed in 2011 – approximately 4000.”

Organ harvesting is a very lucrative business because the organs can be sold on the black market in Asia. It can also lead to human trafficking.

“It’s a bit of a cultural taboo,” explains Kamm. “The Chinese traditionally believe that when they leave this world and enter the next they have to be in possession of all their organs. So the number of people who have been willing to donate organs is very small.”

Five years ago, the government ruled that organs from executed prisoners could only be given to family members. And recently it said that it would phase out the practice of using executed prisoners’ organs by 2015 completely.


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Christian colleges defeat Obamacare in court on birth control issue

Bernini's angel at Ponte Sant'Angelo (Bridge of Hadrian) in Rome, Italy —Photo by Joseph Earnest

by Napp Nazworth

Newscast Media WASHINGTON D.C.—A federal appeals court on Tuesday sided with Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College in a decision related to the ongoing court challenges to the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. The court said it would hold the Obama administration to its promise to never implement the current birth control mandate and to create a new rule by August, as part of the court decision.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to give it updates every 60 days, beginning in February, until a new rule is issued in August. The lawsuits will be held in abeyance until that time.

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“There will, the government said, be a different rule for entities like the appellants,” the court wrote, “and we take that as a binding commitment. The government further represented that it would publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the new rule in the first quarter of 2013 and would issue a new Final Rule before August 2013. We take the government at its word and will hold it to it.”

Sebelius first issued the rule in January. As part of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” she ruled that employers must cover contraception, sterilization and some abortifacient drugs in their health care insurance for employees. There is a religious exemption, but the exemption is so narrow that most religious employers, including religious schools, are not exempt. There have been about 40 lawsuits related to the mandate.

Barack Obama has promised to make an accommodation for religious employers, but the only accommodation, thus far, has been a grace period for some religious employers before they will be bound by the mandate.

“The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that government promises and press conferences are not enough to protect religious freedom,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who argued the case. “The court is not going to let the government slide by on non-binding promises to fix the problem down the road.”

Duncan believes the decision is a major victory for opponents of the mandate because HHS is now bound by the court to never implement the mandate in its current form.

“This is a win not just for Belmont Abbey and Wheaton, but for all religious nonprofits challenging the mandate,” added Duncan. “The government has now been forced to promise that it will never enforce the current mandate against religious employers like Wheaton and Belmont Abbey and a federal appellate court will hold the government to its word.”


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Barack Obama to Rwanda’s Kagame: end M23 rebel support

Barack Obama

Newscast Media KIGALI—From one president to another, Barack Obama placed a call to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame to underscore that any support to Congolese rebel group M23 is “inconsistent with Rwanda’s desire for stability and peace” in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and advised Kagame to abide by commitments made in November to permanently “end all support for armed groups” in the country.

Obama told Kagame that it is important to reach “a transparent and credible political agreement that includes an end to impunity for M23 commanders and others who have committed serious human rights abuses” and that the crisis in eastern DRC should be resolved by a “political agreement that addresses the underlying regional security, economic and governance issues while upholding the DRC’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

An estimated 5 million people have been killed and millions displaced since 1998 by a variety of rebel groups battling to control the eastern DRC. In 2012, a new group of rebels rose up. Known as the M23 that has created instability in the region.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters December 18 that the Obama administration is continuing to call for Ntaganda’s arrest, as well as that of Sylvestre Mudacumura, who is also charged with committing atrocities and has been issued an ICC warrant.

“The current conflict in the eastern Congo with M23 underscores the continuing impunity the perpetrators of violence and human rights abuses continue to enjoy in the Congo,” Nuland said.

Along with identifying individuals on the ground who commit abuses and subjecting them to U.S. sanctions, Nuland said, the United States is also reviewing its list of those who are aiding and abetting armed groups for possible sanctions designation. “We look at the whole landscape,” Nuland said.

If Kagame fails to heed Obama’s advice, the next phase, as was pointed out by the State Department’s Victoria Nuland is to subject those aiding and abetting the rebels to sanctions. Finally, after that phase, as we saw in Libya and are seeing in the Middle East, the next step usually points to regime change.


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Nasrallah: West is luring al-Qaeda into Syria to be killed by Bashar Assad

L-R: Hezbollah's Nasrallah, Syria's Assad and Iran's Ahmadinejad

Newscast Media DAMASACAS—During a speech he gave two days ago, Hezbollah’s Secretary General, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said al-Qaeda had been lured into Syria to be killed by the Syrian army, according to Islam Times.

“The situation in Syria is getting more complicated (but) anyone who thinks the armed opposition can settle the situation on the ground is very, very, very mistaken. The West and some allied Arab countries have lured al-Qaeda-affiliated militants into Syria to be killed,” he said.

Nasrallah believes that al-Qaeda fighters have been tricked into entering the lion’s den. His logic makes a lot of sense, because the West could not kill them in the mountains where they were hiding, so they were promised a few guns and bullets and sent to the front lines, where they would be sitting ducks.

Assad has single-handedly killed more al-Qaeda than anyone else in the past 21 months, so he is very useful to the West. All the West has to do, is (i) pretend that they hate Assad, (ii) use the gullible media to spread that narrative, (iii) arm al-Qaeda rebels, (iv) make-believe they (the rebels) are legitimate by recognizing them officially, and (v) send them into the snake pit, knowing they will not return alive.

Al-Qaeda in Syria is a captive audience because they are all congregating in one country, as opposed to being spread out in caves in the Afghan mountains.

“I warn al-Qaeda: the Americans and the European countries and Arab and Islamic countries have set a trap for you in Syria, and opened for you a battlefield so you come from across the world… to be killed and to kill each other,” Nasrallah emphasized in his speech published by Islam Times.

There are already western intelligence reports from Al-Manar that Assad’s army has the upper hand, and Syria has already signed multi-billion dollar contracts exclusively with Russia, for the reconstruction of destroyed parts of Syria.

Russia has also sent additional warships to the Mediterranean, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry.


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Sensationalist media and Morgan Freeman statement hoax

New media

Newscast Media LOS ANGELES—A statement attributed to actor Morgan Freeman that went viral over the weekend appears to be a hoax, according to the actor’s publicist. Freeman’s publicist Stan Rosenfield told that the actor and his people were still trying to determine the origin of the alleged hoax statement.

“It’s because of the way the media reports it,” the statement read in part:

“Turn on the news and see how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single ‘victim’ of Columbine?

“Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basement see the news and want to top it by doing something worse and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster instead of a sad nobody.”

The statement concludes by saying: “So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or maternity ward next.”

Morgan Freeman may not have written the hoax, but it seems like an accurate description of today’s media.


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Huckabee clarifies remarks about school shooting and God

Mike Huckabee

by Napp Nazworth

Newscast Media NEW YORK—After some controversial remarks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elemetary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Mike Huckabee sought to clarify his remarks. He was not saying that the shooting would not have happened if state-sponsored prayer were allowed in public schools, but was noting the irony of asking “where is God?” after a tragedy, but not talking about God at other times.

“We ask why there’s violence in our school but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become such a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability,” Huckabee said on Fox News Saturday.

Later that night, Huckabee complained on his TV show, Fox News’ “Huckabee,” that liberals were accusing him of saying that the shooting would not have happened if the United States had prayer in schools. Arguing that he “said nothing of the sort,” Huckabee explained that he was talking about a broader cultural shift in which discussions about God, faith and morality are considered only appropriated in religious institutions, not the public square.

“It’s far more than just taking prayer or Bible reading out of the schools. It’s that fact that people sue a city so we’re not confronted with a manger scene or a Christmas carol, and lawsuits are filed to remove a cross that’s a memorial to fallen soldiers. Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax funded abortion pills. We carefully and
intentionally stop saying things are ‘sinful’ and we call them ‘disorders.’

Sometimes we even say they are normal. And, to get to where we have to abandon bedrock moral truths, then we are asked, well ‘where was God?’ And I respond that, as I see it, we’ve escorted Him right out of our culture and we’ve marched Him off the public square and then we express our surprise that a culture without Him actually reflects what it has become,” Huckabee said.

After the tragedy, God did show up, Huckabee said, in the teachers who sacrificed themselves to save their students, the hugs and tears of family members, the policemen who risked their lives, in the Church vigils, and “in the White House, where the president invoked His name and quoted from His book.”

In the near future, after talk about the tragedy has subsided, Huckabee added, “we’ll probably ask God to excuse Himself from view and we’ll announce in our arrogant pride that we’re now enlightened and educated, and we’ve evolved beyond needing Him.”


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Russia: Our stance on Syria has not, and will not change

Assad and Putin

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia denied on Friday its top diplomat Mikhail Bogdanov made any statement on Syria, stressing it would not change its stance concerning the ongoing crisis in the Middle Eastern country.

“We would like to remark that he (Bogdanov) has made no statements or special interviews with journalists in the last days,” ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

The press reported earlier on Thursday that Bogdanov told a meeting of the Public Chamber official oversight body that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was losing more and more control of Syria.

Lukashevich confirmed that the hearing with the Social Chamber had taken place but said Bogdanov had “once again confirmed the principled Russian position about the lack of alternative to a political solution in Syria.”

He also gave assurance that Moscow has never changed its position from the Syrian crisis.

“We have never changed our position (on Syria) and we never will,” Lukashevich said.
“Our position remains in effect,” he told reporters. “It is unchanged.”


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U.S. rejects U.N. treaty to police and regulate the Internet

The Web

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C—A treaty that would have given the UN approval to censor and regulate the Internet has been rejected by the US, which has refused to sign the document.

“The United States has announced today that it cannot sign the treaty’s provisions in their current form,” said Terry Kramer, the U.S. ambassador to the World Conference on International Telecommunications.

Click here to read or download entire treaty.

The treaty has been debated at a conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations organization

“The resolution doesn’t have teeth to it… At the end of the day, these (agreements) are not legally binding…They are much more normative and values-oriented,” Kramer added.

“The United States has consistently believed that the scope of the treaty does not extend to Internet governance or content,” Kramer said in a news conference call.

“Other administrations have made it clear that they believe the treaty should be extended to cover those issues so we cannot be a part of that consensus,” he concluded.

This should put to rest all the rumors and fearmongering being spread about the UN taking over the Internet. It’s not happening in the USA.


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If Democrats won, then why are the labor unions losing?

by Napp Nazworth

Newscast Media DETROIT, Michigan—A little over a month after Democrats retook the White House and gained seats in both houses of Congress, organized labor, a key part of the Democratic coalition, suffered a big loss in Michigan, a state President Barack Obama won by almost 10 percentage points.

On Tuesday, Michigan became a right-to-work state. Workers will no longer be required to pay union dues to maintain their job. Michigan follows Indiana, which made the same change earlier this year. But Michigan is more significant because, in many ways, Michigan can be considered the home of the labor movement.

If Democrats are doing so well at winning elections, why have labor unions suffered such big losses?

First, while Republicans performed poorly in federal elections, they have not done as poorly in state level elections. Most governors are Republican and Republicans hold a majority of state legislature seats.

“There was a mixed result on Nov. 6,” Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics, said about Michigan in a Tuesday interview on PBS’ “Newshour.” “Republicans still control state government. They’ve got an ironclad grip, from the governor’s office, the statehouse, the state Supreme Court, the attorney general, the secretary of state.”

Republicans will, though, have a slimmer majority in the state house next year, Ballenger pointed out, so “the window was closing” on their best opportunity to pass the law.

Second, with high unemployment, proposals aimed at increasing the number of jobs in a state become harder to oppose. States that do not have right-to-work laws generally have higher wages, but states that have right-to-work laws generally have lower unemployment. With that trade-off — higher wages versus more jobs — policy makers are likely driven to prefer more jobs under current economic conditions.

In a Wednesday interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the main reason he signed the bill was to give workers freedom of choice, but a side benefit will be the additional jobs that will be created as a result. Since Indiana became a right-to-work state, Snyder claimed, 31 different companies moved to the state, partly because of the change, and have created thousands of jobs.

“The writing is really on the wall. As the economy has weakened, the right-to-work movement has strengthened,” A.B. Stoddard, columnist for The Hill, said Tuesday on Fox News’ “Special Report.”

And third, opposing freedom of choice may simply be a losing argument in American politics.

“There is an interesting argument, in principle, about freedom of choice,” conservative Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on Fox News’ “Special Report.” “Democrats famously call themselves ‘pro-choice.’ That’s only about aborting a fetus, but when it comes to choosing a school for your child, they are not in favor of that, and when it comes to choosing whether you should be forced into a union or not, they are not in favor. So it’s a rather problematic and, I would say, unilateral claim to be pro-choice.”


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Susan Rice withdraws name from Secretary of State list of contenders

Susan Rice

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a move that may have taken a few political observers by surprise, Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from the list of candidates Barack Obama was considering to replace current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

“I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I am fully confident that I can serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly–to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” Rice wrote in a letter to Barack Obama.

Obama responded in a statement that said: “I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks [but] her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” after news broke of Rice’s name withdrawal.

Almost three weeks ago, Newscast Media wrote an article explaining in detail why it would be a strategic mistake to appoint Susan Rice for the position.

The article may have been a little harsh about why Senator John Kerry would be more preferable over Susan Rice, but four days later, even Hillary Clinton agreed that she too preferred Senator Kerry as a replacement for the position.

This also frees up Senate Democrats who are up for re-election who felt Rice had some baggage that may have rubbed voters the wrong way in the 2014 mid-terms.


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Sudan warns of fresh conflict with South Sudan over Abyei District

Sudan and South Sudan

Newscast Media KHARTOUM—Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti says that referring the controversial Abyei issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) could trigger a new war between Khartoum and Juba.

Sudan and South Sudan failed to meet a deadline set by the African Union (AU) to come to an agreement on the final status of Abyei, by December 5. According to the official SUNA news agency, the foreign minister said that a possible referral to the UNSC would “complicate” the issue and “threaten a new conflict”.

In October, the African Union Peace and Security Council said that if Khartoum and Juba failed to settle the issue, a referendum would be held. The referendum is to determine whether Abyei will join Sudan or South Sudan. Karti renewed Sudan’s demand that the difference between the two sides be settled within the African framework.

The oil-rich Abyei area is currently controlled by Ethiopian UN peacekeepers. The Misseriya tribe lives in the disputed area. Officials say that going ahead with the AU plan will only lead to violence.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as part of a 2005 peace treaty, which ended decades of war between the two countries. Despite the treaty, the African neighbors are still at loggerheads over oil revenues and border demarcation.


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Asteroid three miles wide harmlessly tumbles past Earth

NASA spacecraft in the interstellar space

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—NASA has confirmed that the asteroid named Toutatis measuring 4.5 kilometers in length will be harmless, as the space rock tumbles past Earth.

“There is no danger of a collision with Earth,” says Lance Benner of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program. “At closest approach on Dec. 12th, asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be 7 million kilometers away or 18 times farther than the Moon.”

Asteroid Toutatis is well known to astronomers; it passes by Earth’s orbit every four years. It is one of the largest known potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), and according to NASA, its orbit is inclined less than half-a-degree from Earth’s.

The asteroid is already remarkable for the way that it spins. Unlike planets and the vast majority of asteroids, which rotate in an orderly fashion around a single axis, Toutatis travels through space tumbling like a badly thrown football as shown below:

Simulation of the asteroid Toutatis tumbling in space. Courtesy video by NASA

“We already know that Toutatis will not hit Earth for hundreds of years,” says Benner. “These new observations will allow us to predict the asteroid’s trajectory even farther into the future.”

Benner and colleagues are particularly excited about a new digital imaging system at Goldstone that could reveal never-before-seen details on the asteroid’s surface.

“Using the new system, we can now image the asteroid’s surface with 2 to 5 times finer resolution than previous flybys,” he says. “We may we see something new on Toutatis.”


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Johnnie Carson: M23 rebel commanders represent who’s who in human rights abusers

Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs - courtesy photo

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson has urged the Congolese government to put into place measures that will protect the people of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from rebel invasion. Carson said the M23 rebel commanders “represent a ‘who’s who’ of notorious human rights abusers” in the eastern DRC.

“We are urging President Kabila to undertake a credible effort to professionalize and reform the Congolese security forces,” Carson said. “At the same time, we are making clear that the Congolese government must accelerate its efforts to deploy and strengthen state institutions and provide needed public services in the Kivus. The extension of effective governance, combined with legitimate provincial elections, is necessary for a lasting peace.”

Carson told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights during a December 11 hearing, that Rwanda was behind arming the M23 rebels who are destabilizing Congo.

“There is a credible body of evidence that shows that the Rwandan government has been supplying M23 with significant military and logistical support, as well as operational and political guidance,” Carson said at the hearing.

He also confirmed that the United States has suspended foreign military financing funds to Rwanda and is pressing Rwanda’s leaders to end all forms of support to Congolese armed groups.


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Tehran: F16 jet engine stolen from Israeli air force base

F16 fighter jet engine - military photo

Newscast Media TEHRAN—Iranian news agency, Mehr News Agency, is reporting that an F16 fighter jet engine was stolen from an Israeli air force base, an act that has perplexed the Israelis.

Tehran reports: “Some unknown men took away the F16 engines in one of the air force bases by breaking into the base in central Occupied Lands. In a similar report earlier, it was claimed that Iranian spies had tried to hijack engines from the army fighters.”

It is indeed baffling as to how such a large object can be stolen from a military base that has 24-hour surveillance. Whoever has this early Christmas gift undoubtedly has plans to make copies of the F16s, since the engine has the most valuable components necessary for such duplication.

Mehr reports that according to high-ranking officials of Israel Air Force, the hijackers received assistance from army members inside the base, something made known after the investigation, since it showed that no damage or cleft was evident in the walls around the base.

Based on this, sources emphasize that in the most probability the hijackers received help from inside the base and were able to enter via the main gate, adding that transferring the engines requires huge and modern devices, something which improves the speculation that they did not enter the base on foot.

Top Israel Air Force officials deemed the incident dangerous, saying the perpetrators had not yet known and the motivation behind the act is not clear.

Source: Mehr News Agency


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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has successful surgery

Hugo Chavez

Newscast Media CARACAS—Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said President Hugo Chavez was recovering after receiving “successful” surgery in Havana, Cuba. Maduro said in statement broadcast on state television that the surgery was complicated and lasted six hours, however, Chavez had been transferred to a different room to recover and receive special treatment.

Chavez also received support from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa who visited Havana to show solidarity toward the Venezuelan president.

On Twitter, Correa wrote: “Chavez is in great spirits. He gives strength to all!”

Raffael Correa

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Texas Governor Rick Perry on why Obamacare will fail

Rick Perry

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had an assignment to accomplish in the first four years, which was to thrust Obamacare upon Americans. To accomplish the assignment, she did, but many states have no plans of implementing it, since most are run by Republican governors—the most vocal critic of Obamacare being Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The governor has already made it clear that Texas will not participate in the health care law, and in a defiant letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, sent three weeks ago, Perry pretty much, euphemistically, told Sebelius where to shove Obamacare.

Perry ended the brief letter by saying: “Our state will not be party to helping facilitate the Taxation of millions of Texans, at an unknown cost, to implement bad public policy.” Click here to read or download Rick Perry’s letter.

Remember, the key to facilitating a log with private information of all Americans is through a centralized database. The insurance companies that wrote Obamacare, suggested a health care database. That is Obama’s assignment for his second term by the globalists who financed his campaign.

The ultimate end game is to usher in a system containing everyone’s private information, that can be stored on a card containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip.

In his USA Today article, Stephen T. Parente is a finance professor at the University of Minnesota writes: “Similar information is collected when you apply for a mortgage. But when the constantly updated information is combined in a central data hub, the potential for abuse is staggering. For one thing, the hub will have all the details needed to steal identities and fraudulently access credit.”

In his most recent interview with Forbes, Gov. Perry said about Obamacare, “Well, I’m not sure Obamacare is going to be successful. And one of the reasons I’m not sure it’s going to be successful is because the exchanges are not going to work. And the exchanges are not going to work because states are wise enough not to go into a relationship when you don’t know what the rules are…so on its face, Obamacare may fail because they don’t have the expertise nor the money.”

As a hint that a second presidential bid in 2016 has not been ruled out, Rick Perry concluded the interview by saying, “So I think that the message in 2016 is going to be, “Look at what people who truly have the responsibility for delivering services, whether it’s education or transportation infrastructure, or power, or health care. Who are the people that are really doing it? And who are the people that are being successful?” And the message in 2016 is going to be, “It’s Republican governors that are truly making America work better, health care being in one of those areas.”


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