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Terror in Denmark

  1. 23rd February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“Copenhagen police shot and killed on Sunday morning (15 February) a man suspected to have carried out two terror attacks in the Danish capital over the weekend. ‘Once again Europe is shocked by what appears to be another brutal terrorist attack targeted at our fundamental values and freedoms, including the freedom of expression’” (EU Observer, February 15, 2015...

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The Unifying Power of ISIS

  1. 20th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

In the last few days ISIS has burned 45 people to death in a western Iraqi town (Daily Mail, February 18, 2015), beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya (Mail Online

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Violence Is Dropping in Developed Nations

  1. 18th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“The Copenhagen Consensus Center… puts the global costs of violence, excluding conflicts, at $9.5 trillion a year, equivalent to around 11 per cent of world GDP” (New Scientist, February 9, 2017). Encouragingly, “VIOLENT crime is on the retreat in most advanced economies. The latest US figures, for 2013, show that murder rates are lower now than in the early...

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Canada Overturns Assisted Suicide Ban

  1. 16th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“In a unanimous decision, The Supreme Court Friday struck down as unconstitutional the nation’s contentious century-old law against assisted suicide” (National Post, February 6, 2015). Justices cited a patient’s “right to life, liberty and security” and to avoid “physical or psychological pain,” as well as their right to “control the method, timing and...

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Is a Strong Arab Coalition Coming?

  1. 13th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

With the recent burning of a Jordanian pilot, some analysts speculate this may be the action that forces Arab nations together in the fight against ISIS. Over the weekend, Jordan began airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria on its own, vowing “We are determined to wipe them from the face of the Earth” (BBC, February 8, 2015). Jordan’s actions demonstrate the...

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Arabs Look to Rome

  1. 11th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“Representatives from 22 European Union member states converged on the Silesian Sisters Convent on the edge of this West Bank town [Beit Jala], to protest Israel’s plan to extend the controversial barrier that Israel is building in and around the West Bank through this area” (Jerusalem Post, February 1, 2015). The Israeli “protective wall” is locally expected to...

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Increasing Unrest in Spain

  1. 09th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“At least 100,000 people took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday (31 January) to show support for anti-establishment party Podemos, one week after Greek voters almost gave Syriza, a party with similar objectives, an absolute majority” (EU Observer, February 2, 2015). The Podemos party estimated the crowd to be three times this size, while the Spanish paper El...

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Will Russia Anger Germany Further?

  1. 06th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany’s 1990 ‘annexation’ of East Germany as Moscow’s answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea” (The Local, January 28, 2015). Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, under whose leadership the Berlin Wall came down, “called the contention...

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Germany's Repatriation of Gold

  1. 04th February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“Under the Bundesbank’s new gold storage plan in 2013, [Germany]  decided to bring back 674 tonnes from abroad by 2020 and store half of its gold in its own vaults… Since the transfers began in 2013, the Bundesbank said it has relocated a total of 157 tonnes of gold to Frankfurt—67 tonnes from Paris and 90 tonnes from New York” (AFP, January 19, 2015).

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The Future of Greece

  1. 02nd February 2015
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

“Just hours after bringing his far-left Syriza party to victory in the Greek elections, Alexis Tsipras has been appointed PM and shown that he is prepared to play hardball with eurozone fiscal hawks...” (EU Observer, January 26, 2015). Tsipras, age 40, “is the youngest Greek PM in modern times” and was elected to bring an end to austerity (ibid.). Greek debt is...

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