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Putin warns Russia could come to Syria’s aid over US strike



 

As he touched down in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning, President Obama greeted his host Vladimir Putin with a handshake and a smile.

But the cordial greeting belies the tinderbox the two leaders are sitting on, as they posture and deliberate over a potential U.S. strike on Syria -- one of Russia's closest Mideast allies.
Putin escalated concerns about the fallout from any strike when he indicated in an interview published Wednesday that his country could send Syria and its neighbors in the region the components of a missile shield if the U.S. attacks.

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified this week that the Russians might even replace any military assets the U.S. destroys in a strike.
The warnings raise the possibility of a supposedly "limited" strike on Syria turning into a proxy tit-for-tat between Russia and the U.S.

Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., went further during a hearing on Syria on Wednesday, pressing military officials on what the U.S. would do "if Russia decided to strike at us in that theater."
"We can certainly say that Russia would have options to strike us in that theater in retaliation for us striking their ally," he warned.

Dempsey declined to engage in that discussion, saying only that "Russia has capabilities that range from the asymmetric, including cyber, all the way up through strategic nuclear weapons. And again, it wouldn't be helpful in this setting to speculate about that."

Secretary of State John Kerry, though, said the Russians have made clear they don't intend to go to war over a strike on Syria.
Perhaps more likely is that Putin's government would continue to aid and prop up the Assad regime, undermining any gains made by a U.S. strike.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/05/obama-to-engage-putin-on-syria-strike-at-g-20-summit/#ixzz2eGi3prgI

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – September 6, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 6

4:00 – Who Are the Syrian Rebels?
Big questions loom over the debate on whether the United States should strike Syria. Two big ones are “who are the Syrian rebels? and should the United States and other countries help them?” What should you know about the rebels in Syria? A lot. And Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, tells us.

4:20 –  Spiritual Disciplines Segment Where We Explore the Practices That Draw Us Closer to God.
Pope Francis Calls for Worldwide Day of Prayer and Fasting for Syria – Let’s Learn How to Fast Properly
Last week Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons, but he called for a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria, and announced he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace there on Sept. 7, saying "My heart is deeply wounded by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments." He has spoken about Syria every day since. As we prepare to answer his call, we look at exactly what a fast is and how to do it properly. Andy LaVallee, founder of Live the Fast, joins us.
 
4:40 –  Lawsuits Against the HHS Mandate: Where Do We Stand?
The following statement is posted on the Barron Industries website: “Barron Industries is a family-run organization with a strong Catholic Christian foundation. Our Guiding Principle is our faith in God.”  In keeping with this guiding principle, Barron Industries filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate.  The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center. Erin Mersino, the TMLC’s lead attorney on several cases the Law Center has already filed challenging the HHS Mandate, stated: “It’s irrational for the Government to claim, as it has been doing in these HHS mandate cases, that a business is just a shell and can have no moral fiber, and therefore a business owner must be excluded from the protections of the First Amendment in his business practices.” Erin is here to talk about the myriad of cases challenging the HHS Mandate and what she sees as the end-game.
 
5:00 –  Kresta Comments
 
5:20 –  Lift Jesus Higher: A Day of Evangelization
Lift Jesus Higher . . .Blessed John Paul II proclaimed, “Be open to Christ, welcome the Spirit, so that a New Pentecost can take place in every community! A new humanity, a joyful one, will arise from your midst; you will again experience the saving power of the Lord and ‘what was spoken to you by the Lord’ will be fulfilled.” Renewal Ministries’ “Lift Jesus Higher” is a response of the urgent call by Blessed John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis for a New Evangelization. It is a place to encounter the living Jesus Christ and an encouragement to open your hearts to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and the grace of a New Pentecost. Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries is here to talk about evangelization in the New Evangelization.

 

Creative Destruction

Obamacare versus artists, writers, musicians, actors, et al.

Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01• By BEN SCHACHTER

Well, that was the economy we used to have. But as Obamacare begins to kick in, artists, photographers, writers, and other members of the “creative class” who have access to health insurance programs through numerous professional organizations will lose that coverage.
Gary Locke
Gary Locke
Up until now professional organizations have worked with insurance providers to craft reduced-rate plans for their members. But thanks to the fine print in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), on January 1, 2014, many of these plans will fail to pass legal muster.
 
The College Art Association website posted a notice this month: “The New York Life Insurance Company recently informed CAA that it will no longer offer catastrophic healthcare coverage previously available to CAA members.” Why? Because it “is no longer an option” for “associations whose members reside in different states” to provide such coverage. These members will have to seek help from their home states’ newly formed Obamacare exchanges. Plans offered to Modern Language Association (MLA) members will suffer a similar fate.
 
Other insurance providers are reporting cancellations. The Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust (TEIGIT) website posts the following notice: “All individual and/or Sole Proprietor Health Insurance will terminate January 1, 2014. This includes plans acquired as Members of our Affiliated Associations & their groups.” Those affiliated associations include the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Dramatists Guild, the Graphic Arts Guild, NY Women in Film and Television, and many others.

Read the rest here: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/creative-destruction_751425.html

Syria crisis: al-Qaeda seizes village that still speaks the ancient language of Christ

A branch of al-Qaeda fighting in the Syrian civil war has seized one of the few remaining villages where the original language of Christ is still spoken, residents say.

A Syrian rebel vehicle with a heavy machine gun driving in Maaloula.
A Syrian rebel vehicle with a heavy machine gun driving in Maaloula. Photo: REUTERS
 
Fighting raged through the picturesque mountain village of Maaloula, near Damascus, on Thursday, as the regime launched a counter-attack against the rebels.
 
"They entered the main square and smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary," said one resident of the area, speaking by phone and too frightened to give his name. "They shelled us from the nearby mountain. Two shells hit the St Thecla convent."
 
Maaloula, tucked into the honey-coloured cliffs of a mountain range north of Damascus and on a "tentative" list of applicants for Unesco world heritage status, is associated with the earliest days of Christianity.
 
St Thecla, who is supposedly buried in the convent, was a follower of St Paul who fled to the village in Syria to avoid marriage, having taken an oath of chastity. It is said that the cleft of rock in which the convent is placed opened up to allow her to escape her pursuers.
 
The inhabitants are mostly Melkite Greek Catholic and Orthodox Christians, but have historically lived peacefully alongside a Sunni Muslim minority. It is one of only three places in the world where Western Aramaic, a dialect of the language spoken by Christ, is still used.
 
Until recently, the town had managed to remain mostly unaffected by the civil war that has already claimed more than 100,000 lives. A visit by The Daily Telegraph last year found it ringed by government checkpoints but suffering from the lack of pilgrims and tourists who are normally vital to its economy.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, rebel groups, a mix of the extremist Jabhat al-Nusra and the more moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA), attacked with full force.

"First they took a brick factory owned by a Christian guy, who is now missing," said the resident. "Then at around 5.30am, a car bomb detonated at the checkpoint at the entrance to the village.
"Some of the rebels entered a home near the checkpoint belonging to Yousef Haddad, a Christian. They tried to force him to convert to Islam."

A nun living in a convent in the village told the Associated press that 27 orphans living in the convent were taken to nearby caves for shelter.

A letter from Trappist nuns in Syria: "Blood fills our streets, our eyes, our hearts"

September 01, 2013 03:02 EST


In March 2005 a small group of nuns from the Cistercian Monastery of Valserena in Tuscany moved to Aleppo, Syria, to found a new monastic community there. The nuns were inspired to take up the legacy of seven monks who were martyred in 1997 in Tibhirine, Algeria. The sisters wanted to follow the example set by these men, who had totally dedicated their lives to God and to their beloved Algerian neighbors, both Christian and Muslim.
 
The sisters’guiding Scripture is John 10:16: “There are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and I must led these too. They too will listen to my voice.”
 
Once they had settled in Aleppo, with the blessing of both the Latin Apostolic Vicar and the Maronite bishop of Tartous, the sisters gained a new awareness of the importance of helping Christian Arabs remain in the Middle East, as well as a respect for the diversity of their traditions. Their project was, and continues to be, establishing a permanent monastery on the land they bought near the Syrian border with Lebanon, in a Maronite village named Azeir, atop a hill, far from the big cities. The monastery is at the service of isolated Christian communities, in a land which is predominantly Muslim but which is home to the most ancient of Christian traditions.
 
To the sisters, Syria represents the meeting place of East and West, the place where Christianity began and then spread to Asia Minor, Greece, Rome, and then Armenia and India—all the way to China, with saints such as such as Afraate, Ephraim, Cyrus, Simeon Protostilite, Maron, Isaac of Niniveh, and others who followed in their footsteps, such as John Chrysostom and John Damascene.
It is this tradition the sisters wish to honor and perpetuate, persevering in their mission despite the fear and the hardship: to keep the monastery going and provide those who desire it with a chance to spend a few days there, with a church to go to.
 
These nuns have been providing a much-needed independent perspective on the tumultuous events going on inside Syria, in eye-witness reports published on their website and in the Italian bishops’ newspaper, Avvenire.
 
Here is a translation of a letter written on the 29th of August, in which the sisters seem to be holding their breath as President Obama deliberated about what, if any, action would be taken in Syria by the United States.
 
Read the letter here: Catholic World Report

Christian bakers who refused cake order for gay wedding forced to close shop

Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa
(http://www.sweetcakesweb.com/index.html
 
A husband-and-wife bakery shop team in Oregon were forced to close their shop doors and move to cheaper digs — their home — after gay-rights activists hounded them and drove away contract business because they refused for Christian reasons to bake for a same-sex wedding.

Aaron and Melissa Klein own and operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In the past few months, they’ve faced heated scrutiny — some in the form of physical threats — from those in the gay-rights crowd who decried their May refusal to bake for a lesbian couple who wanted to marry.

The Kleins cited their Christian beliefs of traditional marriage when they turned down that business gig, The Blaze reported. But the lesbian couple filed a complaint with the state, accusing the shop owners of discrimination.

Since, they’ve been hounded by vicious telephone calls and emails.


Read the rest: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/2/christian-bakers-who-refused-cake-order-gay-weddin/#ixzz2dzSVnrwO
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Today on "Krestain the Afternoon" – September 5, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 5

4:00 – Could there be a 'Saint G.K. Chesterton?'
In his opening address at the 32nd Annual Chesterton Conference held at Assumption College, Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, announced that Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, has given permission to state that he “is sympathetic to our wishes and is seeking a suitable cleric to begin an investigation into the potential for opening a cause for [G.K.] Chesterton.” The announcement was met with loud cheers and great emotion as members of the American Chesterton Society have long awaited an official step toward G.K. Chesterton’s Cause for Canonization. We talk to Dale about the possibility of St. Chesterton.

4:40 – Pope Francis Up Close
Want to know the inside story of the recent abdication by one Pope and the election of a startling new one--complete with colorful photos and analysis by the noted journalist Philip Lawler?  Well, here it is. An outstanding photo journal featuring more than 150 full color photos tells the inspiring story of Pope Francis.  He loves the tango and was trained as a Chemist. In his youth he had a regular girlfriend whom he planned to marry. For a Pope, Francis has an unusual life story. Drawing from conversations, interviews, inside information, and the Pope's own writings and talks, A Call to Serveoffers first-hand information, moving reflections, and profound insights into the life of Jorge Bergoglio, the fascinating papal election, the challenges ahead, and the heart of Pope Francis. Phil joins us.

5:00 – Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love
Before he was the world’s foremost Catholic biographer, Joseph Pearce was a leader of the National Front, a British-nationalist, white-supremacist group. Before he published books highlighting and celebrating the great Catholic cultural tradition, he disseminated literature extolling the virtues of the white race, and calling for the banishment of all non-white from Britain. Pearce and his cohorts were at the center of the racial and nationalist tensions—often violent—that swirled around London in the late-1970s and early 80s. A one-year prison term spurred a sea change in his life. He is here to talk about it.

Liberals reject Obama’s case for Syria strikes; believe Obama and Kerry are lying

By - The Washington Times
Sept. 4, 2013

President Obama’s liberal activist base is adamantly opposed to military strikes in Syria, according to a new survey the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released Wednesday.

PCCC says more than 57,000 of its activists weighed in, and 73 percent of them opposed the U.S. taking action in Syria. Just 18 percent supported strikes, and just 14 percent said the U.S. should go ahead unilaterally if it can’t find any allies.

Indeed, a majority of the activists don’t believe Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry are being honest when they lay out their justifications for taking military action.


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/sep/4/liberals-reject-obamas-case-syria-strikes-believe-/#ixzz2dzNBmRrj
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Abortion Clinic Closes in Michigan, Woman Was Forced to Have Abortion There


by Steven Ertelt | Flint, MI | LifeNews.com | 9/3/13 11:38 AM

An abortion clinic in Michigan where a woman was forced to have an abortion has closed down, according to a pro-life group that monitors abuses at abortion businesses.

“Feminine Health Care abortion clinic of Flint, owned by Alberto Hodari, where abortionist Theodore Roumell runs the business, is now closed, according to local pro-life activists,” the pro-life group Life Dynamics posted today on its Facebook page. The group says 10 abortion clinics in Michigan have closed down since November 2011.

“The abortionist, 78-year-old Theodore Roumell, who has open formal complaints against him, has been doing abortions at the Feminine Health Care abortion clinic after Hodari retired,” Life Dynamics said. “The Flint abortion clinic was in non-compliance with the State of Michigan. Both the medical waste and free-standing surgical license had expired, and following open formal complaints against the clinic, the abortion mill is no longer open, says pro-lifer Lynn Mills.”

The organization indicated called to the closed abortion clinic for abortions are now routed to he WomanCare abortion facility in Lansing that Roumell also runs.

Caitlin Bruce previously filed a lawsuit related to a forced abortion at the clinic.

Bruce had the abortion in April 2008 at Hodari’s Feminine Health Care Clinic in Flint, Michigan. But she told ABC News she changed her mind at the very last second but was pinned down and had her mouth closed as she tried to protest.

A high school dropout trying to make a life for herself, Bruce is the classic case of a minority girl impregnated by a much-older boyfriend — and her father persuaded her to have the abortion.

“I was really confused, asking everybody else what I should do. Everybody told me, ‘You were too young,’” she told ABC. “What I really wanted to hear was, ‘We’ll help you out.’”

On the table for the abortion, Bruce felt the first instrument go inside her and she asked Hodari to stop, but he and his assistants held her down.

“He had a real tight grip over my mouth, but I was screaming .. and trying to pull my legs together,” she said.

Read the rest here: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/09/03/abortion-clinic-closes-in-michigan-woman-was-forced-to-have-abortion-there/

Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

 
By Kerri Lenartowick
 
.- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.


Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.
Credit: Sabrina Fusco/CNA.
“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” continued the Pope.

“For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced.

It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.”
The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.

Pope Francis extended his invitation to “fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.”

“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” said the Pope.
“All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace,” he charged.

Read the rest here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-announces-global-prayer-vigil-for-peace-sept-7/
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