World Jewish leaders gear up to block division of Jerusalem

By Barak Ravid 
Negotiations over Jerusalem may take center stage at Tuesday's meeting of the World Jewish Congress board of governors: Delegates from rightist political parties are trying to muster a majority for a resolution on the matter that would embarrass Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
At a meeting of the executive of the WJC's Jerusalem chapter on Monday, Yoav Blum, chapter vice chairman and a representative of the Likud Party, proposed submitting a resolution stating that “united Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Israel and must not be divided.” But chapter chairman MK Shai Hermesh, of Olmert's Kadima Party, prevented a vote and closed the meeting.
In response, some delegates decided to submit the resolution on their own – but only if they are confident of a majority.
The WJC's battle over Jerusalem began three weeks ago, when organization president Ron Lauder – who is considered close to Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu – published an open letter urging Olmert to take world Jewish opinion into account during talks over Jerusalem. Olmert subsequently canceled his planned speech to the board of governors, which is meeting at the Inbal Hotel in the capital.
Olmert confirmed Monday the report in …

Ahmadinejad tells West: Accept Israel's 'imminent collapse'

By DPA and Haaretz Services 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the West Wednesday to acknowledge Israel's “imminent collapse.” Speaking to a crowd on a visit to the southern port of Bushehr, where Iran's first light-water nuclear power plant is being built by Russia, Ahmadinejad further incited his listeners to “stop supporting the Zionists, as [their] regime reached its final stage.”
“Accept that the life of Zionists will sooner or later come to an end,” the Iranian president said in a televised speech.
He added, “What we have right now is the last chapter [of Israeli atrocities] which the Palestinians and regional nations will confront and eventually turn in Palestine's favor.”
Iran does not acknowledge Israel and Ahmadinejad has in the past sparked international outcry by referring to the systematic murder of six million Jews in World War II as a “myth” and calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”
Iran is currently also mediating in the crisis over the Gaza Strip, where Israel has imposed a blockade on border crossings into the coastal territory, barring the entry of supplies into the already impoverished area. Last week, Palestinian militants blew holes in the barrier separating the Gaza Strip …

Russian army prepares for nuclear onslaught

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kislyakov) – Barely a
month into the new year, the military have already attracted a lot of
attention. Following a mild verbal skirmish over ABM components after
the holidays, Russian and foreign generals have decided to talk in the
In a move that mirrors recent discussion amongst Russia's own top
brass, NATO's April summit in Bucharest is widely expected to discuss a
report on a potential pre-emptive nuclear strike.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the authors of the report are
convinced there is a real risk that terrorists could lay their hands on
weapons of mass destruction in the near or immediate future. To counter
this, the alliance may consider suppressing the enemy with nuclear
Though the report is likely to cause controversy in NATO countries, the
authors appear to be merely echoing an idea originally broached by
Russian Chief of General Staff Yury Baluyevsky. Speaking at a meeting
of the Academy of Military Sciences on January 19, Gen. Baluyevsky
declared that force should be used not only in the course of
hostilities, but also to demonstrate the readiness of leaders to uphold
their national interests. “We are not going to attack …

Ten-finger scan to get into USA

More security at US airports but The Sunday Times discovers flaws in
the system
Chris Haslam
Security screening for arriving passengers has been stepped up yet
again at American airports, but The Sunday Times has learnt of worrying
flaws in new fingerprint-scanning technology.
Last week, Logan airport, in Boston, became the third US airport to
install the 10-finger scanners. Dulles airport, which serves
Washington, DC, began using the devices in November and Atlanta airport
began this month. By the end of the year, the devices will be installed
at every international airport in the USA, as well as at seaports and
border crossings.
NonUS residents have had two fingers scanned on entry since 2004, but
the Department of Homeland Security believes the 10-finger standard
will allow easier identification of undesirables, based on full or
partial prints left at the scene of a crime or collected from terrorist
safe houses or battlefields.
Described by Identix, their manufacturer as “slap and roll” technology,
the scanners require four scans to capture a full set of prints. These
are then compared with more than 3.2m fingerprints held in the FBI and
Department of Defense databases.
Identix claims that the scanner can perform its duties …

Half of gold in central banks gone?

Watchdog: 'We want to expose and stop the manipulation'
By Jerome R. Corsi
U.S. central banks may have less than half the gold they claim to
possess in their vaults, charges a watchdog group in an ad scheduled
for publication in the Wall Street Journal this week.
As WND reported, the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, or GATA, claims
the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury are surreptitiously
manipulating the country's gold reserves by participating in
undisclosed leases, according to an advance copy WND obtained of the ad
running in Thursday's edition of the Journal.
GATA believes much of the borrowed gold out on lease will never be
returned to the central banks.
“With the demand for gold so strong worldwide, it has become impossible
to return much of the leased gold without driving the price to the
moon,” said GATA's chairman, William J. Murphy III.
“Most observers calculate central bank reserves are supposed to have
about 30,000 tons of gold worldwide in their vaults, but we believe the
amount of gold actually there may be more like 15,000 tons,” Murphy
said. “The rest of the gold is gone.”
The U.S. Treasury denies the claim, insisting the stock is accounted
for …

Obama's Farrakhan Test

By Richard Cohen
Barack Obama is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.
Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A.
Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's
daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the
magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr.
Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said “truly
epitomized greatness.” That man is Louis Farrakhan.
Maybe for Wright and some others, Farrakhan “epitomized greatness.” For
most Americans, though, Farrakhan epitomizes racism, particularly in
the form of anti-Semitism. Over the years, he has compiled an awesome
record of offensive statements, even denigrating the Holocaust by
falsely attributing it to Jewish cooperation with Hitler — “They
helped him get the Third Reich on the road.” His history is a rancid
stew of lies.
It's important to state right off that nothing in Obama's record
suggests he harbors anti-Semitic views or agrees with Wright when it
comes to Farrakhan. Instead, as Obama's top campaign aide, David
Axelrod, points out, Obama often has said that he and his minister
sometimes disagree. Farrakhan, Axelrod told me, is one of those
Fine. But …