31 de mayo de 2018

Will Christianity Be Ditched When Prince Charles Becomes King?


Will Christianity Be Ditched

When Prince Charles

Becomes King?

A new report from a leading UK think tank argues that Christianity should be reduced or purged from Prince Charles' future Coronation Ceremony.
Prince Charles is next in line to the throne and will be the first king in decades after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Before that happens, University College London's Constitution Unit, says the coronation ceremony should cut back on its overtly Christian rituals for the sake of progress.
"The UK is no longer a global or a colonial power. Celebration will therefore need to reflect what the UK has become rather than what it once was," the report said. "However welcoming to other faiths, a wholly Anglican coronation service is no longer capable of reflecting or responding to modern British society."
The ceremony is performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who anoints the Monarch with oil, administers communion, and leads them in pledging their obedience to God in a series of Oaths. In the Oaths the monarch affirms he or she is a "faithful Protestant," and will preserve the church.
The Constitution Unit says this needs to change, noting that half of the UK's population has "no religious affiliation." The report suggests that a separate non-Christian ceremony could take place at Westminster Hall to honor Britain's religious diversity.
However, not everyone is on board with the idea of reducing the coronation's Christian elements.
Wesley Carr, a former Dean of Westminster, believes the service needs to remain Anglican and stresses the importance of the Eucharist.
"To plan a coronation without a Eucharist would require a massive break with history.That alone would imply a long study of the intention behind a coronation at all, its venue and basic structure," Carr argues
Dr. Ian Bradley of St Andrew's University, a minister in the Church of Scotland, agrees.
"It involves symbolizing spiritual values, embodying the sacred, representing and
defending religious faith against unbelief and secular materialism, promoting order in the
midst of chaos standing for the public good against private gain, and acting as a focal
point for unity in a society which is increasingly fragmented and fissiparous," he writes in his book, God Save the Queen: The Spiritual Heart of the Monarchy.
It is yet to be seen how Prince Charles' coronation ceremony will proceed, especially since it is the first one the country will see in more than 50 years. While Prince Charles has been quiet about his own personal relationship with God, he has been a strong advocate of the persecuted Church.
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Are we Witnessing the Death Throes of the Israeli Left?

Are we Witnessing the Death Throes of the Israeli Left?

Thursday, May 31, 2018 |  Tsvi Sadan
Books have been written about Israel's dying left-wing. 
Tzvia Greenfield, who despite being an Orthodox Jewess served for three months as a Member of Knesset for the ultra-leftist Meretz party, knows a thing or two about the Israeli left. In her book, Crushing: The Story of the Collapse of the Israeli Left, she says that the left became irrelevant, at best, once it started advocating for the "deserting of the Zionist project along with turning Israel from a Jewish to an egalitarian state."  This, she says, can happen to a people who "have become a herd of living dead … they stumble in the dark, shake their hands and feet, utter voices, but there is no purpose in their actions. With the little strength left in them they struggle along, seeking where to go and why."
Now, don't get me wrong. I am not wishing for the death of the Israeli Zionist left. The Labor Party has a lot to offer, if it would only regain its senses; and it's not as if our socialists don't try. The election of Avi Gabai (pictured) as the head of this party was a nice try. But Gabai, a former member of the center-right Kulanu party and a multi-millionaire who gained his fortune in ways that are far from any socialist ideal, doesn't say much about anything. Nor is he willing to take action against outspoken non-Zionist members of his Labor Party.
Two incidents just in the past week seem to prove Greenfield's thesis. The first followed an article published by senior Labor member Eitan Cabel, who called to annex the Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank. Though this has been Labor's position for a long time, instead of weighing his proposal seriously, Cabel's colleges demanded he be tossed out of the party.
The second simultaneous incident came in the form of a Facebook post of Avigdor Feldman, a well-known and influential civil and human rights lawyer. Feldman is known for speaking his mind, no matter the consequences. His candidness, along with him being part and parcel of the Israeli left, turns his post from anecdote to manifest. Feldman, tired of the Israeli left being portrayed as a fifth column, wants to regain this camp's lost credibility by creating a new left-wing party that will not be ashamed of itself.
This party, Feldman proposes, will follow the left's glorious past. "We have our own tradition, we fought the fascists, we were sent to the concentration camps before the Jews … we have Rosa Luxemburg, Gramsci, Marcuse, Adorno, we are B'tselemYesh-GvulHamokedYesh-din[extreme left post-Zionist Israeli NGOs] … Bibi makes us laugh … we are the left, we are leftists, I am the left, I am a leftie."
And, Feldman is right, he is the Israeli left, which is why the Israeli left is dying. Israeli socialists who dreamed of and fought for a Jewish state are deserting this new post-Jewish left that has little regard, if any, for the Zionist values they still cherish. Indeed, this new left deserves to die, and the sooner the better.
Now, it remains to be seen whether or not the good old socialist Zionism can make a clean break from Feldman and his friends, or will it allow them to keep polluting what remains of the once-formidable party of David Ben Gurion, Berl Katznelson, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin.

30 de mayo de 2018

Melhores destinos nacionais para conhecer em junho

© Fornecido por Viagem em Pauta
As férias escolares estão aí na porta, mas ainda dá tempo de aproveitar a baixa temporada em destinos brasileiros, de norte a sul do país.
Na época de seca, que costuma ir de junho a novembro, alguns endereços nacionais tem condições de visita ideais, como as chapadas brasileiras, o Pantanal, o interior de São Paulo e (quem diria) até o Nordeste.


Localizada em pleno centro do Brasil, Veadeiros tem uma cachoeira para cada estilo de viajante, desde famílias que encontram trilhas de fácil acesso até aventureiros que se banham em uma piscina natural de borda infinita, sobre um abismo com vista para a Serra de Santana.
© Fornecido por Viagem em PautaSalto do Rio Preto, em São Jorge, na Chapada dos Veadeiros (foto: Eduardo Vessoni)
A temporada de chuvas já passou, o Cerrado está florido e as cachoeiras apresentam maior volume de água.
Outras chapadas brasileiras, como a dos Guimarães, no Mato Grosso, e a Diamantina, na Bahia, também são recomendadas nessa época.
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(Mato Grosso e Mato Grosso do Sul)
Com o fim da temporada de precipitações, os céus do Pantanal, no Mato Grosso e no Mato Grosso do Sul, ficam mais claros e os campos assumem tons mais verdes.
© Fornecido por Viagem em PautaFinal de tarde na região do Rio Claro, no Pantanal Norte, no Mato Grosso (foto: Eduardo Vessoni)
É a partir deste mês que começa a melhor temporada para ver animais na região, quando o nível dos rios baixam e os bichos buscam água e alimento, nas margens de estradas, para delírio dos visitantes.
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(São Paulo)
As praias de Paraty ficam logo ali adiante, no final de uma estrada cenográfica com trechos de paralelepípedos.
© Fornecido por Viagem em PautaVista do Lavandário de Cunha, a 230 km de São Paulo (foto: Eduardo Vessoni)
É grande a tentação de descer até o nível do mar, mas quem chega em Cunha, no interior de São Paulo, encontra um destino discreto que passa longe do turismo de massa de outros endereços serranos do estado.
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(Rio de Janeiro)
© Fornecido por Viagem em PautaPraia de Parnaioca, no Mar de Fora, na Ilha Grande (foto: Eduardo Vessoni)
Para quem pretende navegar ou mergulhar, os meses de inverno apresentam dias mais secos e águas com maior visibilidade, embora mais frias.
É nessa época de clima mais ameno que acontecem também as caminhadas de longa travessia no Mar de Fora.
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© Fornecido por Viagem em PautaNavegação no rio São Francisco, em Canindé do São Francisco (foto: Eduardo Vessoni)
De maio a agosto, o clima em Sergipe é mais ameno para passeios e atividades ao ar livre, sobretudo na região do rio São Francisco, uma espécie de meca do turismo sergipano.
Desde que viu surgir cânions navegáveis, após a construção da Hidrelétrica de Xingó, no extremo noroeste do estado e em pleno rio São Francisco, o município de Canindé de São Francisco passou a atrair grupos que fazem bate e volta, a partir da capital Aracaju.
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© Fornecido por Viagem em PautaVista das florestas alagadas da Amazônia, em Manaus (foto: Eduardo Vessoni)
Uma boa pedida é conhecer também Manaus, que apesar do calor de 40°, é um passeio imperdível para quem quer conhecer uma das principais florestas tropicais do planeta.
Nesse período do ano, pode-se navegar entre igapós e igarapés, visitar cachoeiras e praias fluviais. SAIBA MAIS
Segundo o Ministério do Turismo, o melhor é conhecer as riquezas naturais da região até setembro, quando as chuvas são mais curtas e menos intensas.
© Fornecido por Viagem em PautaRio Guamá, visto do mirante do Mangal das Garças, em Belém (foto: Eduardo Vessoni)
Belém, capital do Pará, é, de longe, a versão melhor estruturada da Amazônia turística, onde os serviços funcionam e os preços não são abusivos.
Gastronomia de autor; pequenos museus de acervo discreto e cenografia caprichada; rituais religiosos que conseguem unir todas as crenças; passeios fluviais; e uma floresta amazônica que fica bem ali na porta de casa.

ANALYSIS: Understanding Iran's Plan for Israel and the Middle East

ANALYSIS: Understanding Iran's Plan for Israel and the Middle East

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 |  Yochanan Visser
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week announced a new policy that aims to roll back Iran’s hegemonistic drive in the Middle East and to prevent the Islamic Republic from attaining a nuclear weapon.
Ever since, there has been a lot of criticism, mostly by backers of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) that the Obama Administration brokered with Iran in 2015.
The goals of US President Donald Trump’s new Iran policy were ‘unrealistic’ or even a ‘recipe for war,’ some of the critics said, while others claimed the plan was doomed to fail since it required the help of much of the world.
Let’s focus on the part of Pompeo’s list that dealt with Iran’s imperialistic agenda for the Middle East.
Here’s what the new secretary of state outlined during his speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on May 21:
Iran must end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Iran must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi Government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias.
Iran must also end its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen.
Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria.
Iran, too, must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harboring senior al-Qaida leaders.
Iran, too, must end the IRG Quds Force’s support for terrorists and militant partners around the world.
And, too, Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors – many of whom are US allies. This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel, and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also includes threats to international shipping and destructive cyber-attacks.”
Pompeo explained that these requirements are “very basic,” and that the length of the list was “simply a scope of the malign behavior of Iran.”
A closer look at the list reveals something that is crucial to understanding what is currently happening in the battle against the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is mainly conducted by the US Army, Israel and Saudi Arabia’s coalition of Sunni Muslim countries.
In recent years, Iran has been executing a plan for the Middle East that is based on the so-called Mahdi doctrine.
According to this Shia end-of-days vision, the active participation of the pious in the creation of mayhem and war in the world could actually lead to a hastened return of the Mahdi.
Mahdi is the Shiite messiah, the hidden twelfth Imam who will return after an Islamic uprising that will spread all over the world, and will cause mayhem in specific Arab countries, in particular.
Israel is also playing a central part in this doctrine, which says the Jewish state will have to confront “extra forces which will arrive from Iraq.”
The Iranian plan for the Middle East and the Mahdi doctrine were explained in a regime-produced documentary from 2011 titled “The Coming (of Mahdi) is Upon Us.”
The (Shiite) soldiers of Mahdi will enter Saudi Arabia and the Muslim holy places via Yemen after a bloody battle that involves the Ansar Allah militia in Yemen (Houthis), an Arab legion, the US and Israel, according to the documentary.
The Mahdi doctrine requires the rise of Iran in the Middle East and Iranian dominance over Iraq, which will in the future house the capital of Mahdi’s Imperium (Baghdad).
At the end of a bloody battle that precedes the return of Mahdi, Iranian-led forces will attack Israel.
“The annihilation of the Zionist regime and the conquering of ‘Beitol Moghadas’ (Jerusalem) is one of the most important events in the age of the Coming,” according to the voiceover in the documentary.
If we now return to Pompeo’s list of requirements, we understand that the new American strategy against Iran is (finally) based on an understanding of Iran’s underlying strategy in the Middle East, which is the Mahdi doctrine.
As a result, the US is now working with Israel to prevent an Iranian takeover of Syria, where Iran has stationed more than 50,000 Shiite fighters.
The US military and its ally in the Syrian Democratic Forces are acting against Iranian-backed Shiite militias in (eastern) Syria, where the SDF controls 30 percent of the territory, while Israel has recently stepped up its military campaign against the Quds Force and almost every day launches attacks against Iranian targets in western Syria.
In Yemen, the US is working with a Saudi coalition of Muslim countries against the Iranian-backed Ansar Allah (Houthi) militia, which regularly lobs missiles at Saudi Arabia, but has been prevented from reaching the strategically-important waterway Bab el-Mandeb, through which an estimated 4.8 million barrels of oil flow each day.
Iraq is a more difficult problem for Iran’s enemies in the Middle East. 
The Iranians are currently trying to prevent the formation of an anti-Iran coalition after Iraq's elections on May 12. 
The Iranian regime immediately dispatched Qassem Soleimaini, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, to Baghdad after the Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who hates the Iranians, won the parliamentary elections. 
The Saudis have recently tried to increase their clout over Iraq by pouring lots of money into the war-torn country, and have invited al-Sadr to Riyadh. But it remains to be seen if they will be successful in rolling back Iran’s influence over the country. 
It is clear, however, that the current US Administration is acting according to a plan, which is finally based on understanding the enemy and the new Middle East.