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Iceland's senior minister resigns as government becomes first global political casualty of the credit crunch

By Graham Smith
Iceland's Minister of Commerce Bjorgvin Sigurdsson has resigned, two
days after the prime minister announced his own departure due to
pressures from the island nation's economic collapse.
Mr Sigurdsson, a member of Iceland's junior Social Democrat coalition
party, made the announcment at a news conference this morning.
'I have decided to do this to take responsibility,' he said.
Prime Minister Geir Haarde shocked the country on Friday when he said
he would not seek re-election and called for a general election on May
  Crunch victims: Bjorgvin Sigurdsson (left) has joined Prime Minister
Geir Haarde, and resigned in response to the economic crisis and
increasing dissent
The government of Iceland became the first in the world to be
effectively brought down by the credit crunch.
It came after several nights of rioting over the financial crisis.
A poll would not normally be held until 2011.
Mr Haarde also revealed that he had been diagnosed with a malignant
tumour of the oesophagus and would not seek re-election.
'I have decided not to seek re-election as leader of the Independence
Party at its upcoming national congress,' he told a news conference.
The global financial crisis hit Iceland, which …

Al-Qaeda cell killed by Black Death 'was developing biological weapons'

An al-Qaeda cell killed by the Black Death may have been developing
biological weapons when it was infected, it has been reported.
 The group of 40 terrorists were reported to have been killed by the
plague at a training camp in Algeria earlier this month.
It was initially believed that they could have caught the disease
through fleas on rats attracted by poor living conditions in their
forest hideout.
But there are now claims the cell was developing the disease as a
weapon to use against western cities.
Experts said that the group was developing chemical and biological
Dr Igor Khrupinov, a biological weapons expert at Georgia University,
told The Sun: “Al-Qaeda is known to experiment with biological weapons.
And this group has direct communication with other cells around the
“Contagious diseases, like ebola and anthrax, occur in northern Africa.
It makes sense that people are trying to use them against Western

White House Web Site Becomes Pro-Abortion After Obama Takeover

by Steven Ertelt
Washington, DC ( — In less than five minutes after Barack
Obama took over as the next president, the White House web site changed
from pro-life to pro-abortion. The previous site, which touted the
pro-life proclamation President Bush signed late last week, now
includes Obama's agenda for women, which calls for promoting abortion.
Gone is any mention of the Sanctity of Human Life Day or the speeches
or actions of President Bush's that promoted human life. Now, in the
same color scheme and format as the Bush site, there is a celebration
of Obama's agenda.
According to a web site search of, the only page on the
official governmental site to mention abortion is a page detailing what
Obama will do to promote the interests of women.
Though abortions cause women a myriad of medical and mental health
problems, Obama states his clear intent, in a section entitled
“reproductive choice,” to make abortions even more available.
“President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and
respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent
champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights
under Roe v. Wade a priority in his …

The Jewish Fighting Spirit

by IDF Rabbi
On the front lines with an IDF rabbi.
At the beginning of the Gaza ground offensive, I had the privilege of
accompanying the soldiers of the Golani Brigade's Regiment-12. I am the
regiment's rabbi, in reserves, and I was called up to serve just like
the all the rest, to “aid Israel at its time of tribulation.”
As a rabbi in a yeshiva who usually walks around wearing a jacket and
hat, I now had a major change of atmosphere: my black “uniform” became
one of dusty dark green, the hubbub of the Torah study hall was
replaced by the raw army slang, and my wife's delicious food was given
up for the “delicacies” of the mess hall.
We spent most of the week in “wet tents,” with the terrible cold
preventing me from sleeping at night. I apparently wasn't working as
hard as the other soldiers, because they fell asleep the second they
hit the pillow.
My work, as an official of the Army Rabbinate, was to give
encouragement and strength to the soldiers, give out Books of Psalms,
and distribute special prayers for those who go out to battle.