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The House of Saud

For the first time the BBC ran and article [once[ on the news criticises what the Saudis are up to in Yemen. This led me to do a little research, it appears that the House of Saud is getting a lot of criticsm. Could this be the start of the fall House of Saud? Still the UK can always give them asylum if needed.

Saudi 'economic bomb': Running out of money

http://awdnews.com/economy/saudi-economic-bomb-running-out-of-money

Saudi Arabia may have to start taxing its people

Now Saudi Arabia can't pay for all those benefits. It ran a deficit of nearly $100 billion last year and expects something similar this year, if not worse.

Maundy Thursday saw the Pope washing feet of a few people

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/the-pope/9960168/Pope-washes-f...

We are now into Holy week, Maundy Thursday saw the Pope washing feet of a few people [including a few bemused migrants] Our Queen as stopped doing this many years ago and gives out specially minted money instead.

We stripped the alter in our Church after having a service which symbolises the betrayal of Jesus, by his trusted disciples, to the legal Authorities?  Leaving their leader to face the consequence on his own.

Good Friday will be a quiet day with a simple mass and a talk about the show trial and execution of Jesus.

The delinquents of ISIS

The news is full about the horrendous acts of mass murder that occurred in Brussels on Tuesday.

Following the attacks, some commentators from the right or far right wing were quick to link the tragedy recent Syrian refugees which have recently arrived in Europe in large numbers. Some even suggested that those that supported a humanitarian response to the events in Syria had blood on their hands.

Today it has been confirmed that the bombers were Belgian citizens who had not travelled from Syria - one had attempted to travel but was arrested and then returned to Belgium by Turkey last summer. These individuals were delinquents already known by the Belgian Security Services for petty crime

Some thoughts on the Revival Webb site

Some thoughts on the Revival Webb site

Some thoughts on the Revival Webb site, I have dropped by on this site for some time now and found it most interesting. I accept its main aim to reach a Muslim audience who are mainly in their teens and twenties.

As the Magazine says on its front page “Voice of the Muslim Youth”. The magazine goes back to 2005. I have looked through articles in the magazine, finding some both controversial, yet thought provoking. But don’t take my word for it have a look for yourself.

Ad Blockers

Do you use ad blockers?

I never used to, but recently on my home PC I started to use a modified hosts file to stop the PC from connecting to malicious ip addresses. This hosts file also blocked many advertising urls and ip addresses too.

One thing i have noticed is that the brwoser has become a lot more stable since I have started to do this and sites load faster too.

It has had such a big impact that at work when I got annoyed by some browser freezes, I gave in and installed "ublock Origin". Since then I do not think I have experienced a slowdown, freeze or crash.

"Cessation of hostilities" reached in Syria

Syrian Army tank hit by explosives in Deraaya

Syrian Army tank hit by explosives in Deraaya
Syrian Army tank hit by explosives in Deraaya

As I right this, the time has been reached for a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria.

This is not the same as a cease fire, because, well, they wont be ceasing fire.

Some groups such as ISIS and Al Nusra will still be targeted by Assad. Previously, Assad and Russia have in the name of bombing ISIS bombed anyone but ISIS, so it will be worth noting what happens this time.

Other smaller groups may join the cessation of hostilities, or they may not depending on many things including whether they themselves are bombed and targetted.

I don't think that anyone really expects much to be accomplished here, but even an unfair cessation of hostilities is better than nothing because atleast the people will have some peace - if it works out.

Immigration and movements within the EU

France Wants all Travelling EU Nationals Fingerprinted

https://www.no2id.net/newsblog/2015-10/france-wants-all-travelling-eu-na...

https://euobserver.com/justice/130622

French authorities are calling for EU-wide rules requiring travelling EU nationals to give their fingerprints and possibly also have their faces scanned.

The proposal, which is part of a much larger digital dragnet known as the ‘smart borders’ package, was discussed at an EU interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday (8 October)..

Is your Faith Strong enough to listen to other views on Religion?

Is your Faith Strong enough to listen to other views on Religion?

I came across a U-Tube video with Stephen Fry being asked question on RTE about what will happen when he dies and does God exist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-suvkwNYSQo

He raised some issues that made one think. The usually questions, Why does God allow bad things to happen? Also if God did exist and was so perfect he could have done a better job of it.

Next I came across a U-Tube video countering is, Stephen Fry’s argument, which is also a Humanist argument. But from a Muslim viewpoint, that I found interesting

Probable Fall of Aleppo to the Assad regime

Syria flag

Syrian Flag
Syrian Flag

Recently, the Assad forces have managed to gain an upper hand in their fight to gain control of Aleppo which has now almost been encircled. This assault has been supported by russian air strikes that have often indicriminately targeted civilians and while purportedly targetted ISIS, they have notably stuck everyone but ISIS.

Encirclement will allow the Assad regime to carry out their time tested practice of starving the place into submission or death. A detailed map of the city and who controls what is available at this link

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