The Passing of Dr. James W. Sire

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"James W. Sire" InterVarsity Press (07 February 2018)

It is with sadness that I pass on news of the death of James W. Sire, the well-known Christian writer and former senior editor at InterVarsity Press. This afternoon I received an email from my contact at IVP who kindly informed me that Dr. Sire had passed away last night. But amidst the sadness, there is also peace—which I wish for his family and friends—in the knowledge that he is with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, whom he served for so many years.   

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Those Pesky 9/11 People ! (BBC News)

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Chris Bell, "The people who think 9/11 may have been as 'inside job' ", BBC News (01 February 2018)

I amaze myself. Even though—as the writer reliably informs us (and he must be reliable because he's writing for the BBC)—"subsequent investigations have made it clear that the tower structures were weakened by the inferno from the planes and felled by the weight of collapsing floors"—even now—yes, even now—"some people refuse to believe this version of events."

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Trump's Announced Syria Occupation (Eric Zuesse)

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Eric Zuesse, "Trump’s Announced Strategy for Occupying Syria", © Strategic Culture (30 January 2018)

“The President has committed, as a matter of strategy, that we will not leave Syria. We are not going to declare victory and go. And that is not my opinion; that’s the President’s strategic judgment. We’re going to stay for several reasons: stabilization and assistance in the vital north and northeast, protection of our allies the Syrian Democratic Forces, who have fought so valiantly against ISIS in the northeast, try to work to help transform the political structures in that area to a model for the rest of Syria, and capable of being credibly represented in a new Syrian state; but for other reasons as well, including countering Iran and its ability to enhance its presence in Syria, and serving as a weight or force helping us to achieve some of those broader objectives.”

Iranian Protests & the Deep State (Cartalucci)

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Tony Cartalucci, "Iranian Protests : Deep State's Unfinished Business", © New Eastern Outlook (03 January 2018)

Protests have been reported across several cities in Iran over the last several days of December 2017. Protesters allegedly decry Iran’s economy as well as the nation’s involvement in nearby Syria. The Western media has attempted to cultivate two narratives – one focused on portraying the protests as widespread, spontaneous, and having focused first on “economic grievances” before becoming political – another narrative openly admitting to US involvement and praising US President Donald Trump for “standing up” to the “Iranian regime.”

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CIA's New Mission Centre On Iran (Wall Street Journal)

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Shane Harris, "CIA Creates New Mission Center to Turn Up the Heat on Iran", Wall Street Journal (02 June 2017)

Old news? Yes, but maybe important. I've noticed that this June report from the Wall Street Journal (subtitled "Trump administration moves to make Middle Eastern country a higher priority target for American spies") is being referenced by many people as a possible window onto current events in Iran. Of particular note is this sentence:

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What's Happening In Iran? (Brandon Turbeville)

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Brandon Turbeville, "What the Hell is Happening in Iran?", © Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post (31 December 2017)

A familiar sight is taking place across Iran tonight and it has been for the last three days. Protests are taking place in numerous cities citing grievances and demanding that the Ayatollah and Iranian President step down. For a few days, the protests remained non-violent but now violence has indeed flared up as protesters have laid waste to a number of government properties and those belonging to “pro-government militias.”

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UK Government Admits "Losing" Papers (The Guardian)

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Ian Cobain, "Government Admits "Losing" Thousands of Papers from National Archives : Documents on the Falklands, Northern Ireland’s Troubles, and the infamous Zinoviev letter among those ‘misplaced’, leaving historians suspicious", The Guardian (26 December 2017)

Isn't our government wonderful? Apparently the UK's Foreign Office (Foreign & Commonwealth Office, to give it its properly bombastic title) likes to request sensitive files from the UK National Archives—with, of course, every good intention of returning them in due course (wink, wink)—only to end up "misplacing" them in the course of its patriotic duties. Oh, those "careless" buffoons!

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Jesus Really Wasn't Born in a Stable (Psephizo)

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Ian Paul, "Jesus Really Wasn't Born in a Stable", Psephizo.com

It may be disappointing for those who like to cling to the traditional stable scene, but the first Christmas might not have looked quite the way most of us (in the West) have been brought up to imagine. I must get a copy of Kenneth E. Bailey's Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, which the blogger recommends and which I've been promising myself for the last three years! (Don't suppose anyone fancies sending a belated Christmas present? Just kidding...)

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Conflict, Stability & Security Vs Human Rights (Mark Curtis)

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Mark Curtis, "The UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Diverting Aid and Undermining Human Rights", MarkCurtis.info (05 December 2017)

This is an "interesting" fund: the so-called "Conflict, Stability and Security Fund" (CSSF). At £1 billion per year, and supposedly aimed at promoting the UK's national security interests abroad (whatever they might be), the CSSF seems—as Mark Curtis complains—increasingly to be "using aid money to fund military and counter-terrorism projects which do not appear focused on what aid should be about."

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Adventures in Retrospect (New Album by Antony Rotunno)

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Antony Rotunno: "Adventures in Retrospect" (https://antonyrotunno.bandcamp.com/)

Just a quick note: do check out the new album by Antony Rotunno entitled Adventures in Retrospect. Antony, as many of you know, is a "friend of the show" having been on TMR several times over the last few years, and hopefully will be again in the near future (we're cooking something up). When he joined us last time, we spoke a great deal about music and its power to effect change, so do navigate over to BandCamp.com to sample Antony's own musical ceativity, and perhaps lend your support by buying the album.

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Revelations Radio Network Back Up !

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Revelations Radio Network : "Many Hosts, One Message of Salvation"

I'm delighted to report that the website for Revelations Radio Network (to which TMR is affiliated) is now back up and running. For several weeks the site was unavailable because the domain name had expired, and as I said in one podcast I was unsure what was going to happen to the network, but everything seems to be fine now.

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Is the Sea Level Stable at Aden, Yemen? (Parker & Ollier)

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Albert Parker & Clifford D. Ollier, "Is the Sea Level Stable at Aden, Yemen?", Earth Systems & Environment, 1:18 (December 2017)

Many of you will remember that Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner (former Head of Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics at the University of Stockholm) came on TMR back in 2013 to share with us his assessment that Global Sea Level is not rising at the alarming rates favoured by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). This recent paper by Parker and Ollier, which cites Mörner, echoes that view, and finds reason to be suspicious of sea level data alignments published by the UK's Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level.

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Man Cements Microwave to Head (BBC)

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"Man Cements Microwave to Head in Wolverhampton", BBC News (07 December 2017)

I really am warming to the BBC these days. Some of these reports are actually worth reading! And thank goodness there are still people in the world who make these kinds of embarrassing mistakes. I know it wastes the emergency services' time, but wouldn't life be duller without them?

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Plantinga & Religious Philosophy Revival (Clark)

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Kelly James Clark, "Alvin Plantinga and the Revival of Religious Philiosophy", Huffington Post (05 August 2017)

I came across this short article while writing the show notes for the conversation with Jonathan McLatchie, and I thought I would just flag it up here. Plantinga has had quite an influence on me (as you probably know), ever since I read his book The Nature of Necessity about 15 years ago. I'm sure I didn't understand it all, but I'm also sure that what I did understand "blew my mind" as we say. You have been warned...

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"Mythical Jesus" Has No Traction With Scholars (Hurtado)

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Larry Hurtado, "Why the 'Mythical Jesus' Claim Has No Traction with Scholars", Larry Hurtado's Blog (02 December 2017)

This is a good article by Dr. Larry Hurtado, Emeritus Professor in New Testament Language, Literature & Theology in the University of Edinburgh, in which he assesses three major claims made by arch Jesus mythicist Richard Carrier, and finds each distinctly wanting.

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North Korea and Terrorism? (Ron Paul)

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Ron Paul, "Is North Korea Really a 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'?", © Ron Paul Institute (27 November 2017)

President Trump announced last week that he was returning North Korea to the US list of “state sponsors of terrorism” after having been off the list for the past nine years. Americans may wonder what dramatic event led the US president to re-designate North Korea as a terrorism-sponsoring nation. Has Pyongyang been found guilty of some spectacular terrorist attack overseas or perhaps of plotting to overthrow another country by force?

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An Ambitious "Satanic Priest" (Zinc)

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"Meet the World's Most Ambitious Satanic Priest", Zinc YouTube Channel (01 March 2017)

You know me. I'm not in the business of sensationalism. (If I was, I'd have A LOT more followers.) So, I'm not about to offer you an over-the-top rant about child sacrifice and Satanic plots to take over the world. But I am bothered by this.

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Did Al Qaeda Dupe Trump? (Robert Parry)

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Robert Parry, "Did Al Qaeda Dupe Trump on Syrian Attack?", Consortium News (09 November 2017)

This is important. Unfortunately I can't access the document that Robert Parry links to—(I regularly have difficulty accessing files via Google Drive and other file-sharing services)—but judging by what he says about it, this could be very significant news. According to Parry, there is evidence to suggest that Al Qaeda carried out the Idlib gas attack in April 2017 in order to blame Syrian forces, thus renewing western resolve against Assad.

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Donald Trump's Face Found In Dog's Ear (BBC)

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BBC News, "Donald Trump face found in Jarrow dog's ears", BBC News (06 November 2017)

 

Unfortunately I can't show you the actual photograph for copyright reasons, but I do highly recommend that you click through to see it on the BBC website. I'm not sure if there's any significance to this, but at least we have an example of the BBC reporting real news.

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