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Posted on 11/17/2004 9:24:29 PM PST by nwctwx
you seriously rule.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2004
IVORY COAST : CHRISTIANS ANXIOUS AS WAR THREATENS
By Elizabeth Kendal
World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC)
Special to ASSIST News Service
AUSTRALIA (ANS) -- When mostly Muslim rebels (backed with foreign funds and arms) seized control of northern Ivory Coast (IC) in 2002, Christians, southerners and government supporters fled south for their lives. As those fleeing included most of northern IC's doctors, nurses, professionals, administrators and school teachers, living conditions in the north have deteriorated markedly under rebel control. Of great concern are reports from MSF (Doctors without Borders) and the UN that AIDS has increased markedly in the north of IC as desperate girls prostitute themselves to survive. Having abandoned the government of national unity, the rebels declared in mid October their refusal to negotiate further or disarm.
On 4 November, President Laurent Gbagbo launched a surprise air raid on rebel strongholds in the north, attempting to defeat them militarily and re-unify the country. When nine French peacekeepers in rebel territory were killed in an IC air raid on 6 November, France immediately responded by destroying the two IC helicopter gunships used in the raid. France then struck pre-emptively to 'neutralise' IC air power, destroying all IC's air force planes and the airport tarmac. When French tanks then headed for the Presidential Palace, government supporters streamed into the streets and created a human shield around it. Some government supporters furiously attacked French interests. Whilst no non-African died in the protests, French soldiers killed up to 100 and wounded some 1,000 protesting government supporters.
Though France, the former colonial power in IC, is acting as peacekeeper and peace mediator, it is not neutral. Intelligence agencies have long believed that France would like to see or even engineer a coup in IC. President Gbagbo is opposed to the pro-France policies of IC, believing they are not in IC's best interests. Gbagbo's rival, A D Ouattara, the president of the RDR party to which the rebels are aligned, implemented many pro-France initiatives when he was IC Prime Minister. France would benefit economically if Ouattara were back in power. What we have today is a still uncertain future, with a three-way stand off between the IC, France and the rebels.
IC has a huge population of immigrants from Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso, its poorer northern Islamic neighbours. The possibility of the rebels' aims succeeding causes IC's Christians great anxiety as all these migrants would be naturalised, making IC instantly a Muslim majority nation. Then, by the strength of their votes, the constitution could be amended and A D Ouattara elected president. (Presently he is barred from the presidency due to issues of ationality.) If that happens, IC will never be the same again, but will become a reflection of its northern Islamic neighbours. This scenario does not sit well with Ivorians Muslim, Christian and traditional religionists who regard their liberty as precious.
PLEASE PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR:
God to expose the plots and schemes of corrupt, self-serving politicians who would destabilise a free and prosperous nation in pure self-interest.
great wisdom for all IC leaders, especially President Gbagbo who is a Christian; may he draw close to God in this crisis, and emerge more dependent on God than ever before. 'Some nations boast of their armies and weapons, but we boast in the Lord our God.' (Psalm 20:7 NLT) 'The horses are prepared for battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.' (Proverbs 21:31 NLT)
Christians in Ivory Coast to be drawn to pray, and may they receive wisdom, courage and radiant power from the Holy Spirit for visible Christ-likeness in the midst of a society filled with hostility, fear, anger and confusion. 'Godliness helps people all through life, while the evil are destroyed by their wickedness.' (Proverbs 13:6)
God to be preparing the Church in Ivory Coast to be an instrument of grace, reconciliation and healing.
Almighty God to rescue Ivory Coast, and for justice and liberty to prevail across the whole nation.
Elizabeth Kendal is the Principal Researcher and Writer for the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC) www.worldevangelical.org/rlc.html. This article was initially written for the WEA RLP(Religious Liberty Prayer) mailing list
Elizabeth can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
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"Muslim Company Accused of Illegally Evicting Christian School"
By Jim Brown
November 17, 2004
"(AgapePress) - A Christian school in Florida has filed a lawsuit alleging it was wrongfully evicted by a radical Islamic group."
18 November, 2004
"Mutilated body found in Iraq appears to be Hassan's: Australian PM"
Margarat Hassan "a martyr," says British cardinal Murphy-OConnor"
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Sydney (AsiaNews/Afp) - The mutilated body of a Caucasian woman found in the Iraqi city of Fallujah earlier this week appears to be that of missing aid worker Margaret Hassan, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday.
Mr Howard told parliament that there was every indication that Hassan was also the woman who appeared in a video received by Al-Jazeera on Tuesday showing an armed man shooting at a blind-folded woman.
"The body found in Fallujah appears to have been Margaret's and the video of the execution of a Western woman appears, on all the available information, to have been genuine," Mr Howard said.
The body of a blonde-haired woman with her legs and arms cut off and throat slit was found on Sunday lying on a street in Fallujah, a notorious Iraqi enclave for hostage-takers."
OFF TOPIC - "Arts & Culture":
DAILYSTAR.com.lb: New York - "The Prophet hits the silver screen with an eye to reverse stereotypes
U.S. release of 'Muhammad' passes without the hype of Mel Gibson's 'The Passion'"
Compiled by Daily Star staff
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Workshop on Respiratory Protection for Airborne Infectious Agents"
"November 30, 2004; 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
December 1, 2004; 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Westin Buckhead Hotel Atlanta, Georgia
Online Registration Form
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is hosting a public meeting to exchange information and seek individual input from the participants regarding the following topics:
The current state of scientific knowledge regarding transmission of certain infectious agents through the air, focusing on the scientific basis for respiratory protection of workers and patients;
The current state of scientific knowledge regarding respiratory protection as related to droplet nuclei and certain aerosol-transmitted agents;
Strategies for improving the quality and effectiveness of respiratory protection; and
Research needs to fill current knowledge gaps.
(Discussion topics may be subject to change.)"
Your most welcome & it looks great sitting up there...
ON THE NET...
As always, thanks for the ping and another great job.
Up and at 'em today. In the office but checking in when I can. Thanks, nwctwx for keepping this going. It gets better and better.
Thanks for the ping and thanks for another wonderful site.
Thank you, Ian!
Welcome to TM.
Road trip tommorrow.
Milwaukee to Casper to Central City to Albequerque (I know I spelled that wrong) and back to Waukesha.
I will keep a TM eye on the world while I'm gone.
STAY SAFE ALL!!!!
Hmmmm, NO pics of the muslims in Dearborn mourning Margaret Hassan????
Before first cup of coffee....blood boil! Grrrrrrr.
Cindy have you ever heard of the 'UHF' group before???
ALL: Cindy's article from post #45 is a must read
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