4th Russian fuel shipment reaches Iran

A fourth Russian shipment of nuclear fuel arrived in Iran on Sunday,
destined for a power plant being constructed in the southern Iranian
port of Bushehr, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The report said 11 tons of fuel arrived at the Bushehr power plant,
just two days after Iran received its third Russian shipment on Friday.

Russia has reportedly pledged to give Iran a total of 85 tons of fuel
for the plant.
The remainder of the fuel, about 40 tons, was scheduled to arrive in
four separate shipments in the coming months, the report said.
Iran received its first two shipments of nuclear fuel from Russia in
December – after months of disputes between the two countries,
allegedly over delayed construction payments for the reactor.
Iran has said Bushehr, the country's first nuclear reactor, will begin
operating in the summer of 2008, producing half of its 1,000 megawatt
capacity of electricity.
Teheran heralded the first shipment as a victory, saying it proved its
nuclear program was peaceful and not a cover for weapons development as
the US has claimed.
The United States and Russia have said the supply of nuclear fuel meant
Iran had no need to …

Noah’s Ark nestled on Mount Ararat

BY SATISH KANADY
Dogubayazit (Turkey’s Iran-Armenian Border) • For the first time in the
seven decade-long history of the search for the legendary Noah’s Ark, a
Turkish-Hong Kong exploration team on Tuesday came out with “material
evidence”, to prove that the Ark was nestled on Mount Ararat, Turkey’s
highest mountain peak bordering Iran and Armenia.
A panel of experts, comprising Turkish authorities, veteran
mountaineers, archaeologists, geologists and members of Hong Kong-based
Noah’s Ark Ministries International, also displayed an almost
one-metre-long peice of petrified wood before the media and specially
invited international experts.
The experts claimed it to be a part of a long structure they had
unearthed during their February-August 2007 exploration. “It is for the
first time in the history of the Ark search that an exploration team is
getting a material evidence and graphic documentation. This makes it
not only a the significant breakthrough in the Ark-search, but one that
is supported with the most substantial evidence in recent history,” the
panel said.
The revelation is expected to open up a fresh chapter in the ongoing
debates in the scientific community on the search for Noah’s Ark.
Narrating the genesis of their exploration on Mount Ararat, the mount

Aborted America

What's the difference between art and politics?
The question occurred to me as I left the theater after seeing the
surprising new hit film, “Juno.”
With presidential politics taking an unfortunately predictable turn in
the direction of the gutter, I took a break from it all and went to the
movies.
I don't spend much time going to films, but “Juno” seduced me because
of its accolades and because of the subject matter. It's about teen
pregnancy, the abortion option considered and rejected and adoption.
Most of what appears in our theaters is anything but art, which is one
reason why I spend so little time going. But “Juno” is different. It's
a powerful film, despite being made on a low budget and having no big
name stars. And it conveys important truths about realities of the
American society we live in today.
But to digress to my opening question, I think the difference between
the artist and the politician is that the former communicates and the
latter manipulates. The artist's communication aims to make a reality
which we share clearer and more evident. The politician's communication
aims to get me to do what he or she wants.
There is …

Sanctity of the Human Body

by Daniel Eisenberg, M.D.
Do we own our bodies, or are they only on loan?
Question: How does Judaism approach the relationship of the individual
to his/her body? How much control does one have and what are one's
obligations?
Answer: While the culture in the United States has swung toward patient
autonomy over the past few decades, Judaism retains a markedly
paternalistic view of medicine. The Torah states that the human body
was created Bi'tzelem Elokim, in the image of God, and is the property
of the Creator. Man is given custodial rights to his body, and has no
more right to harm or destroy his body than the superintendent has to
ransack the building he is hired to maintain.
This simple concept has applications in all facets of medicine. The
Torah forbids tattooing because it permanently mars the body, akin to
graffiti on a magnificent building (Leviticus, 19:28). Piercing of
earlobes is permitted because it is not a permanent change and will
heal if the posts are not continuously kept in place. Aesthetics aside,
presumably any other body part may be pierced if the effects are not
permanent. We see in the Torah that Rivka wore a nose-ring!
Suicide …

Barack Obama and Israel

 by Ed Lasky
The ascent of Barack Obama from state senator in Illinois to a leading
contender for the Presidential nomination in the span of just a few
years is remarkable. Especially, in light of a noticeably unremarkable
record — a near-blank slate of few accomplishments and numerous missed
votes.
However, in one area of foreign policy that concerns millions of
Americans, he does have a record and it is a particularly troubling
one. For all supporters of the America-Israel relationship there is
enough information beyond the glare of the klieg lights to give one
pause. In contrast to his canned speeches filled with “poetry” and
uplifting aphorisms and delivered in a commanding way, behind the
campaign façade lies a disquieting pattern of behavior.
One seemingly consistent theme running throughout Barack Obama's career
is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel
advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As
Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige
scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a
church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel
advocate and who may be seen as …

Jewish refugees not part of Bush compensation plan

'I'm not aware of the president having been asked that question'
The Bush administration apparently hasn't given consideration to the
Jewish refugees who were displaced from Arab nations when Israel was
launched as a nation six decades ago, according to a White House
spokesman.
The question came up as a result of Bush's trip to the Middle East, and
a Washington Post report that the president was lobbying for
compensation for the Palestinian refugees who lost homes or property.
Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House, raised the
issue.
“The top of page one of The Washington Post reported from Jerusalem the
president saying that Palestinian refugees in 1948 should receive
compensation for loss of homes, when they fled or were forced to flee
during the establishment of the state of the Israel. And my question:
Is there any record of anyone asking the president about the 870,000
Jews who at that time were forcibly expelled from their homes in  “I'm
not aware of the president having been asked that question,” answered
spokesman Tony Fratto.
“And do you have an answer to it, since I'm raising it?” Kinsolving
continued.
“I'm not aware of the – you asked if I …