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EXTINCTION Spike
We are Losing Life
on Planet Earth
 
Ongoing Disruptions and Conflict in the Middle East

Peace negotiations continue to bring appearance of security but true peace is fleeting at best (see: 1Th 5:3)

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- Consider that this time line is part of a web site that through science, reveals humans and all life are the product of origins that are not adequately explained as a result of biological evolution. Take a look at the science and the evidence. There is a special relationship to being here. How so? To start exploring this perspective see the Science area.

- Global change grips our planet, degrades the environment, and promises continued decline in the future. Scientists now tell us that life on earth is going to encounter even more worrisome change. How can we grasp the importance of this for our future's sake? See and experience the science to Scripture 'transition' here within the Window area.

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Global Change:
Global Power!
Global Solutions?
CONFLICT AHEAD

In spite of marvelous scientific and technological advancements, problems grow in solving the change dilemma. Progressive problems due to driving forces behind change show their momentum. Human societies search for resolution to problems that will only [seemingly] be solved by a total corporate human response. False hopes and loss of sustainability prove themselves a continual problem.

Obama, Biden Sworn into Office (Jan. 20)

Wildfires Kill At Least 181 in Australia (Feb. 7)

US Senate Approves Stimulus Plan (Feb. 10): In a vote, mostly along party lines, the Senate approves President's $838 billion stimulus plan. (Feb. 17): President signs the $787 billion stimulus package into law.

Japan in Worst Financial Crisis Since WWII (Feb. 16)

Stocks Dive for Fifth Straight Day; Lowest Levels Since 1997 (Feb. 23)

GDP Dropped 6.2% at End of 2008 (Feb. 27): In the 4th quarter, the American Gross Domestic Product shrank by 6.2%. This is worse than the initial estimate of 3.8%. The economy grew 1.1% in 2008.

Unemployment Rate Hits 8.1%; 651,000 Jobs Lost in February (March 6)

Sweden Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage (Apr. 1): Sweden becomes the fifth European country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Global Changes are signs of the times

World Leaders Commit to Pledge $1.1 Trillion for Fiscal Crisis (Apr. 2)

North Korea Launches Rocket, Defies World Leaders (Apr. 4)

Earthquake in Italy Kills at Least 92 (Apr. 6): A magnitude 6.3 strikes central Italy, killing at least 92 people and leaving 40,000 to 50,000 people homeless. The town of L'Aquila is the epicenter, but as many as 26 towns are reportedly affected. (Apr. 7): The death toll rises to 235 with many still missing. The number of homeless people is reduced to 17,000. Rescuers still working to pull bodies from the debris.

Over 100 Dead in Mexico of Swine Flu (Apr. 26): Swine flu killed as many as 103 people in Mexico, most likely the epicenter of the worldwide outbreak. (Apr. 29): At least 150 in Mexico are dead from the swine flu. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, the health minister of France requested a suspension of all flights from the European Union to Mexico.

Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage (Apr. 7)

Somali Pirates Hijack American Ship, Take Captain Hostage (Apr. 8)

U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu Outbreak (Apr. 26): After confirming 20 cases of swine flu in the United States, including eight in New York City, the U.S. declares the outbreak a public health emergency.

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World's Scientists
Warning on Global Change

Unemployment Rate Reaches 8.5%; 663,00 Jobs Lost in March (Apr. 3): Japan Will Spend $99 Billion on Stimulus (Apr. 6): U.S. Economy Contracts 6.1% in First Quarter (Apr. 29): U.S. Loses 539,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Reaches 8.9% (May 8): Global Financial Crisis Hits South Africa (May 26):

Scientists Unveil "Missing Link" in Human Ancestry (May 19): Scientists unveil fossilized remains of a 47-million-year-old primate, allegedly ancestor of humans, as well as other modern primates. Nicknamed "Ida" after a scientist's daughter, the fossil is the first discovery of its kind—it is almost completely intact. The fossil was discovered in Germany in 1983, but was kept in private collections and only recently analyzed by scientists. "Lucy," the oldest and best-preserved skeleton of a hominid (two-footed, humanlike primate) is only 3.2 million years old.

Maine Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage (May 6)

Obama Announces Stricter Emissions Regulations (May 18): new, stricter regulations on auto emissions and mileage standards, will go into effect beginning in 2012.

California Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage (May 26)

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Moral Decay & Being Deceive

 

North Korea Conducts Second Nuclear Test (May 25)

New Hampshire Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill (June 3)

U.S. Extending Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Employees (June 17)

Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Dies (June 25)

U.S. Unemployment Reaches 9.4% (June 4)

Ten Banks Allowed to Start Repaying Bailout Money (June 9)

Unemployment Rate Reaches 9.5%; 467,000 Jobs Lost in June (July 2)

U.S. Military Taking Back Afghan Valley from Taliban (July 2): Russia Opening Air Space for U.S. to Fight Afghan War (July 3): Russia will open its airspace for the United States military to use in order to fight the war in Afghanistan.

In India: Homosexuality has been illegal in India since 1861. Court justices declare the old law to be a violation of human rights and equality outlined in India's Constitution.

Riots in China Leave 156 Dead (July 6): Rioting in Urumqi, between two ethnic groups — Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese — kills 156 people. Police lock down portion of the city to stop
the protests.

Projected 10-Year Deficit at $9 Trillion (Aug. 25): US Office of Management and Budget projects the budget deficit in 10 years will be $9 trillion, $2 trillion more than the last estimate made in February.

Earthquake in Indonesia Kills 60 (Sept. 2): About 60 people die when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hits the island of Java.

China Promises to Reduce Emissions (Sept. 22):Chinese president Hu Jintao announces China's intentions to reduce future emissions by a "notable amount." He also said the country would try to use more renewable and nuclear energy. This is the first time China has agreed to lower energy intensity.

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Global Change:
Global Power!
Global Solutions?
CONFLICT AHEAD

Tropical Storm Ketsana Floods Philipines (Sept. 28): Almost 90 people die in and around Manila in flooding, due to 17 inches of rain in 12 hours - Manila's worst flood in about 50 years.

Earthquake in Samoa and American Samoa Kills 115 (Sept. 29): An underwater 8.0-magnitude earthquake causes a tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa.

Earthquake in Indonesia Kills 700 (Sept. 30): A 7.6-magnitude earthquake hits the island of Sumatra - thousands trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings in the city of Padang.

Federal Reserve Cites Evidence of Slow Economic Recovery (Sept. 9)

Swine Flu Vaccine Available in October (Sept. 18)

First Successful HIV Vaccine Created (Sept. 24): Scientists created a vaccine that seems to reduce the risk of contracting the AIDS virus. Scientists combined two unsuccessful vaccines to create a new version during a study reducing the risk of contracting HIV by more than 31 percent. Scientists are unsure whether they can recreate the results with different strains of HIV.

Skeleton of Oldest Human Ancestor Discovered (Oct. 1): A fossil skeleton of the species Ardipithecus ramidus, discovered. Nicknamed "Ardi," - age is estimated at 4.4 million years, making it older than Lucy (3.2 million years old) and the oldest specimen from the human branch of the primate group. Ardi, an adult female, was four-feet tall,
120 pounds, and walked upright on two legs.

Economy Shed 263,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Reaches 9.8% (Oct. 2)

Three U.S. Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine (Oct. 5): Americans Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak win the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their research on the connections between chromosomes and cancer and aging. Only 10 women have ever won the prize in medicine. (Oct. 6): Three Americans, Charles Kao, Willard Boyle, and George Smith, win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work developing fiber-optic cable (Kao) and inventing the "eye" in digital cameras (Boyle, Smith). (Oct. 12): Two Americans are awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics: Elinor Ostrom for "her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons," and Oliver E. Williamson for "his analysis of economic governance,
especially the boundaries of the firm."

Obama Declares H1N1 Flu a National Emergency (Oct. 24)

U.S. Economy Grew in Third Quarter (Oct. 29): The U.S. gross national product grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter, the first growth the nation has seen in over a year.

Maine Voters Overturn Same-Sex Marriage Law (Nov. 3): Maine voters overturn a law allowing same-sex marriage, which had been instated by the state governor in May 2009. Maine is the 31st state to block same sex marriage through a public referendum.

Unemployment Rate Reaches 10.2% (Nov. 6)

Water Discovered on Moon (Nov. 13): Scientists find water on the moon during NASA's Lcross mission. At least 26 gallons of water were found. These findings demonstrate
the possibility of sustaining human life there.

New York Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill (Dec. 2)

U.S. and Four Other Nations Broker Climate Deal (Dec. 18): President Obama announces that the leaders of five nations, including the US, reached an agreement on a deal to combat global warming. Obama and the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa form an accord that will set up a system for monitoring pollution reduction, require richer nations to give billions of dollars to poorer nations more greatly affected by climate change, and set a goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2050.

 

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Fighting Between Israel and Hamas Continues (Jan. 3): After a week of intense air strikes, Israeli troops crossed into Gaza, launching a ground war against the militant Palestinian group, Hamas.

(Jan. 8): The UN declared a suspension of aid in Gaza after one driver was killed and two others wounded in stray gunfire.

(Jan. 9): Despite a call from the UN for cease-fire, fighting continues.

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(Jan. 15): An airstrike from Israel hit the UN building in Gaza, injuring at least three people. Called a mistake by Israeli military officials.

(Jan. 17): Israel announces unilateral cease-fire in Gaza. Hamas will continue to fight as long as Israeli troops remain in the area. At least 1,200 Palestinians and 13 Israelis have been killed during the conflict.

(Jan. 18) Hamas announces cease-fire in response to Israel's promise of peace.

46 Die in Taliban Attack in Pakistan (Jan. 10–11): At least 46 Pakistani soldiers and militants at a paramilitary base were killed when hundreds of Taliban militants crossed the border of Pakistan.

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Storm Warnings Everywhere

Parliamentary Elections in Israel (Feb. 10): Elections in Israel prove inconclusive. The centrist Kadima party, led by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, wins 28 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, the most of any party. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud takes 27. The Labor Party fares poorly, garnering only 13 seats, behind the far-right party, Yisrael Beitenu, which takes 15. President Peres asks Netanyahu, who has the support of a block of allies on the right, to form a government; Netanyahu has six weeks to do so.

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Pakistan Agrees to Islamic Law, Taliban Truce (Feb. 16): The government agreed to implement a system of Islamic law in the Swat valley and a truce with the Taliban regime. This essentially provides the Taliban with a safe haven in the country, effectively ending Pakistan's offensive strategy against the insurgents.

Obama Announces Date to End Iraq War (Feb. 27)

President of Guinea-Bissau Killed (March 2): President João Bernardo Vieira of the small African country of Guinea-Bissau is shot to death by army troops.

Attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team Kills 8 in Pakistan (March 3): A group of 12 gunmen in Pakistan attack the national cricket team of Sri Lanka and their police escorts.

Arrest Warrent Issued for Sudan's President Bashir (March 4): The ICC issue an arrest warrant for the president of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmad al Bashir, charging him with war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.

Suicide Bomber Kills 28 in Baghdad (March 8): Suicide Bomber Kills 14 in Sri Lanka (March 10)

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President Ahmadinejad Wins Reelection by Landslide (June 13) Iranian President wins reelection campaign by a landslide victory with ~ 63% of the vote, while challenger Moussavi receives just under 34% of the vote. Accusations of ballot tampering and fraud leads to wide-scale protests in Tehran. Ahmadinejad's victory is announced just two hours after the polls close, an amazingly short period of time since Iran's paper ballots must be hand counted.

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Global Problems - Gathering Storms

(June 16): At least seven people are dead in the biggest demonstrations in Iran since the 1979 revolution. In response to national outrage, the government has agreed to recount some of the disputed votes from the election. Meanwhile, the Iranian government has revoked the press credentials of foreign journalists given access before the election. Protesters are relying on social networking sites and text messaging to communicate with others around the world about Moussavi, the election, and the demonstrations.

(June 19): Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader calls the recent presidential election "fair" and claims there will be no recount.

(June 21): The death toll in the Iranian protests has reached at least 17, according to state media. Police are using truncheons, tear gas, and water cannons to control the crowds, while one bystander is reportedly shot to death by the police.

(June 22): The Guardian Council, Iran's oversight group, admits to irregularities in the recent presidential election, revealing that votes counted in about 50 cities exceed the number of eligible voters by 3 million. They claim the mistake does not affect the final election result, however.

(June 23): Iran's General Council rejects the public's plea to annul the votes, claiming there is no evidence of fraud in the election, despite recently admitting to widespread irregularities in the final vote count.

(June 30): The Guardian Council of Iran announces that the election of President Ahmadinejad is valid. They claim the recount of approximately 10% of the votes from the recent election show no indication of election fraud, solidifying Ahmadinejad's victory. President Ahmadinejad will serve
his second four-year term.

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Obama Speaks of an Alliance With Muslims During A Speech In Egypt (June 4): In a risky speech during a visit to Cairo, Egypt, President Obama calls for "a new beginning between the United States and and Muslims around the world," asking for new alliances based on mutual respect and common interests.

Shooting at Holocaust Museum Kills Guard (June 10): A shooting at the entrance of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. leaves security guard Stephen T. Johns dead and the alleged shooter critically injured. The alleged gunman is James W. von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Inaugurated as President of Iran (Aug. 5): Controversial president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad begins his second term amid a crisis in Iran sparked by the June election that was widely condemned as rigged in Ahmadinejad's favor. The vote set off protests that resulted in mass arrests of opposition figures, journalists, and lawyers.

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Taliban Leader Reportedly Killed (Aug. 5): Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of Taliban in Pakistan, is believed killed by a C.I.A. drone. The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, the terrorist attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan in Sept. 2008, and dozens of other suicide bombings have been attributed to Mehsud.

Large-Scale Bombings Kill 95 in Baghdad (Aug. 19): Two massive bomb attacks kill at least 95 and wounds over 600 in Baghdad, Iraq. This is the worst attack in the region since the U.S. military ceded control of the security of the country back to its government, on June 30.

Tribal Leaders Accuse Pres. Karzai of Vote Forgery (Sept. 1): The leaders of a southern Afghan tribe accuse President Hamid Karzai and his aides of vote forgery.

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U.S. and Allies Warn Iran About Nuclear Plant (Sept. 25): The United States, Britain, and France warn Iran about a secret nuclear enrichment plant being built in that country. The allies want to impose international inspections on Iran in order to ensure they aren't building illegal weapons.

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Science to Scripture
Where Are We Headed?

Iran Sending Enriched Uranium to Russia (Oct. 1): In talks with U.S. and other major powers, Iran agrees to send its enriched uranium to Russia and open up the newly discovered nuclear plant to international inspection. If Iran follows through with this promise, it would significantly reduce Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons.

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Bombings in Baghdad Kill Over 155, Deadliest Since 2007 (Oct. 25): Two suicide bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill at least 155 people and wound 500 others.

Abdullah Quitting Afghanistan Presidential Race (Oct. 31): Abdullah Abdullah withdraws from the presidential race in Afghanistan in protest of the Karzai administration's refusal to dismiss election officials accused of taking part in the widespread fraud that marred the first round of the election. Karzai will begin his second five-year term as president in November.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces he will not seek reelection in Jan. (Nov. 5):2010's general and presidential elections, citing the protracted impasse between Israelis and Palestinians and the US failure to aggressively take steps toward negotiating a settlement.

Afghanistan President Starts Second Term (Nov. 20):At Least 21 Killed, 22 Missing in Election-Related Violence in Philippines (Nov. 23): Terrorist Bomb on Russian Train Kills at Least 25 (Nov. 28):

Obama Sending More Troops to Afghanistan, Provides Timeline (Dec. 1)

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Attempted Suicide Bombing on U.S.- Bound Flight (Dec. 25): Nigerian man on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit allegedly attempted to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear. The device failed to detonate [a mixture of powder and liquid that did not alert security personnel in the airpor]t. The alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, told officials later that he was directed by the terrorist group Al Qaeda. (Dec. 26)

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Warning: Psychology of the Times

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Global Change:
Control of Information

7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Devastates Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Jan. 12): The beleaguered country of Haiti is dealt a catastrophic blow when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. It is the region's worst earthquake in 200 years. (Jan. 13): PM Préval expects fatalities to near 100,000. The UN mission in Haiti is destroyed, 16 members of the UN peacekeeping force killed, and hundreds of UN employees are missing. (Jan. 14): International aid begins pouring in, and the scope of the damage caused by the quake highlights the urgent need to improve Haiti's crumbling infrastructure (Jan. 19): Authorities attempt to bury those killed during the earthquake and its aftermath, experts estimate a staggering death toll of 200,000 people.

U.S. Economy Grows (Jan. 29): The US' gross national product grows at an annual rate of 5.7% in the fourth quarter of 2009, the fastest growth the economy has seen in six years. However, the economy finished 2009 in its worst contraction since 1946.

Jobless Rate Drops to 9.7%; 20,000 Jobs Lost in January (Feb. 5)

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Global Change:
Surprise Attacks

Global Changes are signs of the times

Chile Hit By 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake (Feb. 27): Fatalities are relatively low, ~ 750 people killed. As many as 1.5 million people are displaced. Strict building codes in urban areas, helped limit the damage. Buildings and homes in poorer areas — many built with adobe — did not fare as well. Chile's electricity grids, communication, and transportation systems are badly damaged, hampering rescue and aid efforts. The epicenter of the quake was 70 miles northeast of Concepcion in central Chile. Massive waves continue to cause additional damage along the coast.

Chilean Government Requests Foreign Aid (Mar. 1): After refusing contributions from foreign governments, Chile officials change course and request help.

Government Issues Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Guidelines (Apr. 1): The EPA issues guidelines for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions cars will be able to produce. The new standards mean that combined fuel economy average for new vehicles must be 35.5 by 2016.

Obama Announces Revised U.S. Nuclear Strategy (Apr. 5): President announces revised US nuclear strategy that limits the instances in which the U.S. will use nuclear weapons. However, Obama points out that exceptions will be made to countries such as Iran and North Korea who have violated the nuclear proliferation treaty in the past.

7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico & California, Kills Two (Apr. 4) A 7.2 earthquake, centered in Mexico is felt for miles, shakes California and kills two. It is the strongest earthquake the state has experienced in 20 years.

Earthquake in China Kills Hundreds, Injures 10,000 (Apr. 14): A 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes China's Qinghai Province, killing at least 400 people and injuring another 10,000. Many buildings and homes have collapsed, though since the area is less densely populated than the Sichuan Province, where the devastating
2008 earthquake occurred, the death toll and overall damage is expected to be lower.

Volcanic Ash from Iceland Disrupts Travel Plans Across Europe (Apr. 14): An explosion in the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland—which had erupted in late March and produced minimal seismic activity—resulted in a volcanic ash plume in the atmosphere over northern and central Europe. Air travel in the region was halted for several days, causing the cancellation of several thousand flights and disrupting the travel plans of millions of people. (Apr. 21): After millions of travelers have been stranded for days in Europe and North America, airports around the world begin operation again.

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Global Change:
Denail of Change

Oil Rig Explosion Kills 11 (Apr. 20): An explosion on a BP oil drilling rig off the coast of Lousiana kills 11 people and injurs 17. Experts estimate that 13,000 gallons of crude oil per hour are pouring into the gulf of Mexico. (Apr. 26): new estimate ... approximately 42,000 gallons of crude oil per hour. Remote-controlled robots are used to try and seal the oil well. (Apr. 30): The oil slick from the rig reaches the Gulf Coast of Lousiana. For the first time, President Obama criticizes BP's handling of the crisis; he chatizes the company for not stemming the flow of oil and cleaning up the spill before it reached land.

Government Approves Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm (Apr. 28): The federal government approves the building of the nation's first wind farm, dubbed Cape Wind, which will be located off the coast of Cape Cod,
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Russia, U.S. Sign Nuclear Arms Pact (Apr. 8): The United States and Russia usher in a supposedly new era in nuclear arms control after Obama and Medvedev sign arms reduction treaty and agree to act in a united fashion against the threat of Iran's nuclear program. The pact, called the New Start, has each country promise to scale back on their nuclear arsenals.

Oil Spill Biggest in History, Estimates Suggest (May 27): The NOAA, revising previous figures, estimates that 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil per day are spilling into the Gulf of Mexico due to the collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April. The government previously believed that the rig was leaking 5,000 barrels per day. Given the new numbers, this oil spill, approximately 30
million gallons of oil so far, is proving to be the worst in America's history. The world's worst spill ever occurred in 1979 on the Mexican oil rig Ixtoc I, when 140 million gallons of oil were released over a nine-month period.

Oil From BP Spill Spreading Farther Than Expected (June 8): Tests confirm that oil is spreading throughout the ocean farther than initially expected. Toxic compounds that in a shallow-water spill would have normally evaporated have instead remained on the surface. The NOAA is still trying ot determine how the oil is going to affect ocean wildlife into distant future. (June 16): BP will place $20 billion in an escrow fund to help pay damages for fishermen and other coastal residents who have seen a sharp decline in income following April's oil spill.

U.S. Finds $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits in Afghanistan (June 13): The United States finds more than $1 trillion in mineral resources in the mountains of Afghanistan, far more than expected or previously
estimated. The findings, which include previously unknown deposits of iron, copper, gold, and lithium, could drastically improve the country's economy and fundamentally change the outcome of the war there.

 

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World's Scientists
Warning on Global Change

BP Caps Oil Well After 86 Days of Gushing (July 15): After 86 days of gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico and several previous attempts to contain the flow, BP caps its leaking oil well.

Russia Bans Grain Export in Response to Drought, Wildfires (Aug. 5): Russian president Valdimir Putin bans the export of grains from his country, citing the widespread drought and wildfires that are crippling Russia. They are suffering from the country's worst heat wave in 130 years. Putin claims that the damage to their crops has increased food prices in Russia dramatically. (Aug. 6): At least 52 people have been killed in the more than 800 wildfires that have swept across Russia.

CA Gay Marriage Ban Overturned (Aug. 4): A federal judge strikes down the voter-approved gay marriage ban in California, calling the law unconstitutional.

Obama Announces End to Combat Mission in Iraq (Aug. 31) Seven years after the war in Iraq began, President Obama announces the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a withdrawal of combat troops.

U.S. Scientists Estimate BP Oil Spill Leaked 5 Million Barrels (Aug. 2)

Poverty Rates Hit 15-Year High (Sept. 16): The percentages of American living below the poverty line, or $10,830 for an individual and $22,050 for a family of four, reached 15-year high in 2009. Over 44 million people, or 14.3 percent of Americans, are considered living in poverty. The U.S. is experiencing its worst economic period since the Great Depression.

White House Lifts Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling (Oct. 12): The White House lifts the moratorium on deepwater drilling for oil and gas, which has been in place since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill that killed 11 people and spewed 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

California Judge Orders Government to Stop Enforcing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (Oct. 12): U.S. District Judge orders the government to stop the enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Law," which forbids gays and lesbians from openly serving in the U.S. military.

Federal Reserve Will Buy $600 Billion in Debt (Nov. 3):

U.S. Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs in October; Unemployment Remains at 9.6% (Nov. 5)

Obama Announces Pay Freeze for Federal Employees (Nov. 30)

U.S. Extends Moratorium on Offshore Drilling off Eastern Gulf Coast, Along Atlantic Coast (Dec. 1)

Jobless Rate Rises to 9.8%; Only 39,000 Jobs Added in November (Dec. 3)

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TIME LINE FOCUS: On the other side of the time line we see a hint of something of biblical nature outside of the Middle East. Prophesy tells us of signs, birth pangs or pains, that will be observed in the world as we approach the end of the current era. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and even spoiling of the environment all come now … in almost an obvious manner … but who is paying attention? Look! It’s remarkable how these events arise in a flurry … and on this side the Middle East seems to pause, but for how long? The apparent pressures build against Israel all the same. We might expect “Something has gotta give at some point here!” Can we see it coming?

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Facing Threats, U.S., U.K. Embassies Close in Yemen (Jan. 3): The United States and the United Kingdom have closed their embassies in the country of Yemen due to ongoing security threats from the terrorist group alQaeda. Military and ntelligence organizations in Yemen had information about plans to attack Western groups in the capital; military action prevented the threatened attack, however. The suicide bomber on the Christmas Day flight to Detroit has been tied to the terrorist organization in Yemen.

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Multi-Country Offensive Launched in Afghanistan (Feb. 12): Thousands of American, Afghan, and British troops storm the city of Marja, Afghanistan in an attempt to destroy the Taliban's latest haven. The attack by the 6,000 troops is the biggest offensive in the country since the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

Taliban's Top Commander Captured (Feb. 15): The Taliban's top military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is captured in Karachi, Pakistan in a secret joint operation by the American and Pakistani intelligence forces.

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U.S. Forms Agreement with Russia, China, and Others on Sanctions for Iran (May 19): The United States and major world powers Russia, China, and others agree to impose a fourth set of sanctions on Iran's nuclear program, in an attempt to stop the country from enriching uranium. The agreement is revealed shortly after Iran announces its own deal with Turkey and Brazil to relinquish half of the country's stockpile of nuclear fuel for a year. None of the three previous sets of sanctions had any effect on Iran's program to enrich uranium nor its willingness to fully disclose actions to international inspectors.


Israeli Attack on Pro-Palestinian Aid Flotilla (May 31): Nine people are dead after an Israeli navy commando attacks a flotilla of cargo ships and passenger boats on their way to Gaza to provide aid and supplies for the area. Israel claims that the passengers on the flotilla, who were pro-Palestinians and mostly Turks, presented
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Al Qaeda Leader in Afghanistan Killed in American Strike (May 31): The top financial chief and co-founder of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, is killed in an American drone attack in Pakistan. American intelligence officials say he was the third highest leader in the organization, behind Osama Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri.

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Police Find Car Bomb in Times Square, Evacuate Area (May 2): After discovering a bomb in a smoking vehicle parked in Times Square, in New York City, police evacuated several blocks around the popular tourist spot. The bomb was made of propane, gasoline, and fireworks and did not explode.

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Coordinated Bombings Kill 70 in Uganda (July 11): The Shabab, an Islamic insurgent group from Somalia, claim responsibility for the coordinated bombings that kill at least 70 people in a crowd of soccer fans in Uganda.

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July Report

Sucide Bomber Kills At Least 48 in Attack on Iraqi Army (Aug. 17): A suicide bomber blows himself up at an Iraqi Army recruiting office, killing at least 48 army recruits and soldiers, and wounding 120 others.

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August Report

State Department Increasing Civilian Presence in Iraq (Aug. 18): The U.S. State Department announces that it will increase the presence of civilian contractors in 2011 as the military prepares to leave the country. Contractors will be responsible for training Iraqi police and preventing confrontations between the Iraqi Army and civilian groups.

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September Report

Talks to End Afghan War Between Karzai, Taliban Leaders (Oct. 19): Leading members of the Taliban in Afghanistan – members of the Quetta shura – and President Karzai and his advisors, meet to discuss the end of the nine-year war in Afghanistan. The Taliban leaders, whose identities are kept secret in order to prevent rival Taliban leaders from harming or killing them, were lead to the meetings from their safe havens in Pakistan by NATO troops.

Suspicious Packages on Airplane Bound for U.S. Contain Explosives (Oct. 29): President Obama confirms that the suspicious packages found on an airplane originating in Yemen and bound for the United States contained explosive materials. Saudi intelligence officials tipped the U.S. government about the packages, resulting in a brief terrorism scare across the country. No additional exploseives were found.

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October Report

Church Attack in Baghdad Kills 58 (Oct. 31): An Al Qaeda-affiliated massacre at a church in Baghdad leaves 58 dead and scores more wounded. This is the largest attack on Iraqi Christians since the war in Iraq began in 2003. Gunmen took over 100 hostages in the church before killing most with two suicide bombs.

Obama Backs India for Permanent U.N. Security Council Seat (Nov. 8) President Obama, breaking with tradition, announces support of India for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. A closer relationship between the United States and India should reduce some of the power of rapdidly growing China. The governments of China and Pakistan, both countries with strained relationships with India and close ties with the United States, respond with concern over the growing relationship.

North Korean Military Attacks South Korean Island, Killing 4 (Nov. 23): The military of North Korea unexpected attacks the island of Yeonpyeong in South Korea, killing two civilians and two marines. Eighteen others are wounded. This is the first time North Korea has fired on a civilian target since the suspension of the Korean War in 1953.

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November Report

WikiLeaks Founder Arrested in Sweden for Alleged Sex Offenses (Dec. 7): Julian Assange, the Australian-born co-founder of WikiLeaks, is arrested in England on a Swedish warrant in connection to accusations made in August: two women in Sweden accused him of sexual assault. He is denied bail by a London court. (Dec. 8): Hundreds of Internet activists attack several businesses seen as "enemies" of WikiLeaks, in response to Assange's imprisonment. Amazon.com, Paypal.com, and the MasterCard website are among those attacked with an onslaught of web traffic. (Dec. 14): Assange is released on $310,000 bail, but remains in British custody temporarily. He faces possible extradition to Sweden for his alleged sexual assaults on two women.

 

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President Obama Announces Budget Cuts, Freezes (Jan. 25)

At Least 8 Die in Australian Flooding (Jan. 10): At least 8 people are dead and over 70 missing after massive flooding ravages Brisbane, Australia. The area has seen weeks of heavy rain and flooding, killing at least 18 people over the past two months. The region had been suffering from drought for 10 years.

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Obama Administration Determines Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional (Feb. 23): In a legal and political shift, Obama determined that the Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional. The Act is the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Two current lawsuits challenging the 1996 law as unconstitutional forced the President and his legal team to revise their position, concluding that gay people qualify for the greater protection afforded to a handful of classes, like gender or race.

Sun Erupts With Most Powerful Solar Flare in Four Years (Feb. 14)

Earthquake Strikes New Zealand's Second Largest City (Feb. 22): A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 75 people.

Hawaiian Volcano Erupts (Mar 7): The Kilauea Volcano erupts spewing lava through new cracks and causes more than 150 detectable earthquakes in the area, but no damage is reported.

Oil Drilling to Resume in the Gulf (Mar 1): The Interior Department approves the first new deepwater drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP explosion and spill last spring.

Former Ivory Coast President Captured (Apr 11): West African nation entrenched in civil war (Gbagbo's arrest ends 4 month standoff that left hundreds dead).

French Legislation Bans Full-Face Coverings in Public (Apr 11): France is the first European nation to impose the restriction leaving many Muslims worried about their rights as French citizens. Supporters view this as necessary to preserve French culture.

Possible Shutdown of US Federal Government Goes Down-to-the-Wire (Apr 1): Partisan debate over spending cuts pushes the budget agreement to its deadline. Republicans demand a provision to restrict financing to Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions. With less than two hours to spare, an agreement on the budget is made, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown.

More Threats at Japan's Nuclear Plant (Apr 6): U.S. government engineers helping with the crisis in Japan warn that the troubled Daiichi nuclear power plant is still facing many threats. Of major concern is the stress placed on the radioactive water containment structures and the possibility of further explosions due to the release of hydrogen and oxygen from the water.

BP Wants to Resume Drilling in Gulf (Apr 4): BP asked U.S. regulators for permission to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The petition comes less than a year after a rig leased by BP explodes, killing 11 workers and causing the world's largest oil spill.

Aftershocks Continue in Japan (Apr 11): A second earthquake in five days hits Japan--a 6.6 magnitude. The earthquakes are seen as aftershocks, coming just a month after the area was hit by the earthquake and tsunami that have killed over 13,000 people and led to disaster at the Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Japan Equates Nuclear Incident with Chernobyl (Apr 12): Japan raises its assessment of the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to Level 7, the worst rating on the international scale, putting the disaster on par with the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.

Series of Tornadoes Devastate Southern US States (Apr 27): In one of the worst tornado seasons, 137 reported tornadoes sweep through the south, killing nearly 300 people in six states.



Floods Force Evacuations Along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers (May 5): People in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas are forced to leave their homes. The Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breach a levee. (May 14): Engineers open a portion of the Morganza Spillway to relieve pressure on levees along the Mississippi River and to protect New Orleans and other areas downriver from flooding.

One of the Deadliest Tornados in U.S. History Hits Joplin, Mo (May 22): At least 140 people are killed and hundreds more injured as a three-quarter-mile-wide tornado hits Joplin around dinner time.

Romney Formally Announces His Candidacy (Jun 2): The former governor of Massachusetts, does not mention any potential Republican rivals, focusing instead on casting himself as the right candidate to face Obama.

New York Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage (Jun 24): New York is now the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Unemployment Rises as Job Growth Slows (Jun 3): The U.S. adds only 54,000 jobs in May, a sharp decline after several months of job growth. The unemployment rate increases to 9.1 percent in May.

Tornados Continue to Strike in the U.S. (Jun 1): For the first time in three years, seven tornadoes touch down in Massachusetts. Four people are killed and 200 more are injured. Three twisters hit Springfield, Mass., and destroy several buildings.

Toxic E. Coli Outbreak Linked to German Sprouts (Jun 5): A deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany has been linked to domestic sprouts. This rare strain of toxic E. coli causes bloody diarrhea and in extreme cases acute kidney failure and death. Twenty-two people died from the outbreak, with 2,153 people ill and more than 600 of them in intensive care.

Flooding in Iowa Forces Hundreds to Flee (Jun 6): Due to record snow and rainfall earlier this year, flooding continues to be a problem in the US Midwest. (June 13:) The Missouri River continues to rise, rupturing two levees and sending flood waters toward small communities in Missouri and Iowa.

Wildfires Rage Through East Arizona (Jun 11): Two fires in Arizona merge into one runaway 600-square-mile blaze that continues to elude over 3,000 firefighters. Thousands of residents leave their homes for evacuation centers. (June 14:) The Wallow Fire still burns through east Arizona and neighboring New Mexico, becoming the largest fire in Arizona's history. The fire has destroyed more than 469,000 acres.

New Mexico Wildfire Burns Near Nuclear Facility (Jun 30): In northern New Mexico, the Las Conchas wildfire is on its way to becoming the largest in the state's history, burning through almost 93,000 acres. Firefighters work to keep the fire from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a nuclear research facility.

Romney Formally Announces His Candidacy (Jun 2): The former governor of Massachusetts, does not mention any potential Republican rivals, focusing instead on casting himself as the right candidate to face Obama.

New York Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage (Jun 24): New York is now the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Unemployment Rises as Job Growth Slows (Jun 3): The U.S. adds only 54,000 jobs in May, a sharp decline after several months of job growth. The unemployment rate increases to 9.1 percent in May.

Tornados Continue to Strike in the U.S. (Jun 1): For the first time in three years, seven tornadoes touch down in Massachusetts. Four people are killed and 200 more are injured. Three twisters hit Springfield, Mass., and destroy several buildings.

Toxic E. Coli Outbreak Linked to German Sprouts (Jun 5): A deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany has been linked to domestic sprouts. This rare strain of toxic E. coli causes bloody diarrhea and in extreme cases acute kidney failure and death. Twenty-two people died from the outbreak, with 2,153 people ill and more than 600 of them in intensive care.

Flooding in Iowa Forces Hundreds to Flee (Jun 6): Due to record snow and rainfall earlier this year, flooding continues to be a problem in the US Midwest. (June 13:) The Missouri River continues to rise, rupturing two levees and sending flood waters toward small communities in Missouri and Iowa.

Wildfires Rage Through East Arizona (Jun 11): Two fires in Arizona merge into one runaway 600-square-mile blaze that continues to elude over 3,000 firefighters. Thousands of residents leave their homes for evacuation centers. (June 14:) The Wallow Fire still burns through east Arizona and neighboring New Mexico, becoming the largest fire in Arizona's history. The fire has destroyed more than 469,000 acres.

New Mexico Wildfire Burns Near Nuclear Facility (Jun 30): In northern New Mexico, the Las Conchas wildfire is on its way to becoming the largest in the state's history, burning through almost 93,000 acres. Firefighters work to keep the fire from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a nuclear research facility.

South Sudan Becomes a Nation (Jul 9): After more than 50 years of fighting and struggle, the Republic of South Sudan declares its independence and becomes Africa's 54th state.

Scandal Brings End to The 'News of the World' (Jul 11): The British newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, closes after allegations that the paper's journalists hacked into voicemail accounts belonging to not only a 13-year-old murder victim, but also the relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Minnesota Government Shuts Down (Jul 1): Minnesota Democrats and Republicans fail to agree on a solution for the state's budget problems by the July 1st deadline, causing the government to shut down.

Budget Talks Heat Up as US Debt Ceiling Deadline Nears (Jul 19): With the Aug. 2 deadline quickly approaching to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, members of the House and the Senate as well as President Obama work to agree on a budget deal to lower the deficit.. (July 31): With the deadline only 48 hours away, an agreement still had not been reached. Credit rating agencies report that they will downgrade the country's current AAA-rating if the U.S. defaults and fails to pay its bills on August 2nd.

European Bankers Meet to Discuss Greek Debt Plan (Jul 6): There is speculation that a default by Greece could start a panic like the one set off by the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse.
¥ Job Growth Continues to Stall (Jul 8): US unemployment rate rose from 9.1 percent in May to 9.2 percent in June. The report leaves economists stunned because job growth was expected in June as oil prices decreased.

New Mexico Wildfire Rages On (Jul 1): The Las Conchas wildfire, now the largest in New Mexico's history, continues to burn through the Jemez Mountains near the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The fire is still only 3% contained and has burned through more than one hundred thousand acres.

The Atlantis Begins Final Mission (Jul 8): The shuttle Atlantis launches the last time from the Kennedy Space Center. This is the 135th and final flight of the space shuttle program, which started in 1981. For its final mission, the Atlantis is carrying 8,000 pounds of spare parts and supplies to the International Space Station. The space shuttle program officially ends when the Atlantis returns in two weeks.

Violent Riots Spread Throughout Britain (Aug 6): A protest over the police shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old local man, turns violent. Rioters with makeshift weapons fight police in Tottenham. (Aug 8): Riots breakout in Enfield, Lambeth, Camden, Walthamstow, Oxford Circus and Islington.. (Aug 9): Several hundred rioters burn cars and fight with police in several London neighborhoods. A man in south London is shot and killed, becoming the first fatality in the riots. (Aug 10): Ten thousand police officers patrol London. Residents are strongly advised to stay home and businesses close early.

Japanese Parliament Selects New Prime Minister (Aug 30)
: Japan's finance minister Yoshihiko Noda is elected prime minister by parliament. Noda becomes the nation's sixth prime minister in five years. He faces a country still recovering from an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster earlier this year as well as a weakened economy and ongoing concern over Japan's debt.

Last Minute Deal Reached to End US Debt Crisis (Aug 1)
: After days of disagreeing, Congress makes an 11th-hour deal to prevent a national default. The deal raises the debt ceiling from $2.1 trillion to $2.4 trillion and cuts an initial $1 trillion in spending over ten years. A bipartisan committee will be formed to recommend $1.5 trillion in additional budget cuts.

Standard & Poor's Lowers the U.S. Credit Rating (Aug 5)
: For the first time in history, the U.S. has its credit rating lowered (from the top grade of AAA to AA+, removing the U.S. from its list of risk-free borrowers).

Race for the Republican Nomination Heats Up (Aug 13)
: Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces his candidacy in South Carolina while Michele Bachmann wins the Iowa straw poll.

Deal Reached to End U.S. Debt Crisis (Aug 1)
: After days of disagreeing, Congress makes an 11th-hour deal to prevent a national default. The deal raises the debt ceiling in two steps by a total of $2.1 trillion to $2.4 trillion and cuts an initial $1 trillion in spending over ten years. Also, a bipartisan committee will be formed to recommend $1.5 trillion in additional budget cuts. If Congress fails to act on this new committee's recommendations, then automatic spending cuts will be forced. The committees recommended cuts are expected by November.

July Job Report Slightly Better than Expected (August 5)
: The U.S. government reports that 117,000 jobs were added in July, more than expected, and welcome news to a shaky market and a stalled economy. The unemployment rate slips from 9.2 in June to 9.1 in July, but this is blamed on people giving up on finding work.

Stocks Nosedive After U.S. Credit Rating Is Lowered (Aug 8)
: Reacting with fear of the credit rating downgrade in the U.S. as well as economic woes on both sides of the Atlantic, the stock market fell sharply, (Aug 9) the Dow Jones fell 634 points, the biggest drop since December 2008. International markets are affected, too. Japan, Australia, South Korea all experience drops in market shares. (August 12): After a roller-coaster week for Wall Street, the markets end not far from where they started at that beginning of the week, just down 2%. However the rapid climbing and falling show little confidence in the market and little reason to celebrate.

New Leukemia Treatment Makes Progress (Aug 10)
: Scientists report early success in a new treatment for leukemia. Three patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia have responded well to the new treatment which makes the patients' own blood cells seek and destroy their cancer cells. Of the three patients, two are cancer-free a year after the treatment. The third patient still has some cancer, but has improved.

East Africa Hit with Worst Drought in 60 Years (Aug 11)
: Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and parts of South Sudan have been rocked by the worst drought there in 60 years, creating a hunger crisis. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledges an additional $17 million in U.S. aid to the region, calling the famine "the most the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world today and the worst that East Africa has seen in several decades." The hunger crisis has also been brought on by weak agricultural systems as well as a lack of infrastructure, government, and education. The additional pledge brings the total of U.S. assistance in the region to $508 million. The United Nations has reported that the region needs $2.5 billion to overcome the crisis. Only 48% of that amount has been received so far. In Somalia alone more than three million people are in need aid.

Hurricane Irene Hits the East Coast (Aug 27)
: Beginning as a Category 3 with 115-mile-per hour winds, Irene moves up the Eastern Seaboard at about 14 miles an hour, which is half the speed of a typical hurricane. At least 40 people are killed in 12 states. Airlines cancel flights and Amtrak cancels train service. Evacuations are ordered for about 2.3 million people. Damage is estimated at $7 billion.

Obama Calls for Congress to Vote for New Jobs Plan (Sep 8): In a pivotal speech at a time when he's on shaky political ground, President Obama urges Congress to pass a new jobs bill geared toward reviving a stalled economy.

Bomb Threat as 9/11 Anniversary Approaches (Sep 8)
: As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, a bomb threat surfaces. Counterterrorism officials are investigating the threat of an attack, in the form of a car or truck bomb and timed for the 10th anniversary in Washington DC or New York City.

Jobs Stall in August Report (Sep2)
: The unemployment rate for August stays at 9.1 percent, providing further proof that the economy has stalled.

Texas Experiences Record Breaking Wildfires (Sep 9): Wildfires consume tens of thousands of acres in drought-stricken areas of Texas. The wildfires are fueled by high winds the state's drought, which is the worst ever on record.

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Two-day Strike In Greece Pushes Riots to New Level (Oct. 19): Protestors range from retired army officers, teachers, judges, and trash collectors. The strike is in reaction to the Parliament's pending vote to approve new austerity measures. The Parliament approves the new austerity measures and receives rescue financing. The measures cut pensions, wages andapprove thousands of public sector layoffs. The bill also revises collective bargaining rules, making it easier to fire workers. (Oct. 31):To placate protestors and save his political standing, Prime Minister George Papandreou announces that there will be a public vote on the austerity measures.

European Leaders Agree on How to Resolve Euro Crisis (Oct. 26): Led by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, leaders of the euro zone agree on a package to bring the debt crisis in Europe under control. The terms include forcing banks to take a 50% cut in the value of Greek debt and to raise new capital to protect them from future defaults, increasing the euro-zone's bail-out fund to $1.4 trillion, more austerity measures in Greece, and a reduction of Greece's debt to 120% of its GDP by 2020. Many Greek citizens and politicians condemn the deal out of frustration over Germany and France's continued influence over Greece's affairs.

Month-long Occupy Wall Street Movement Continues to Grow (Oct. 17): Occupy Wall Street, which began a month ago as an organized protest in New York's financial district, has grown to other cities across the U.S.

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, Dies (Oct. 5): After an eight year battle with pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56. Jobs is the co-founder of Apple and is considered a visionary for his influence on the way we listen to music, watch movies, and use mobile communications in the digital age.

Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged (Oct. 7): The unemployment rate for September holds at 9.1%, the same as August and July.

A 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Turkey (Oct. 23): An earthquake, measured at 7.2 in magnitude, strikes Turkey in Van Province, near the border of Iran. The death toll quickly rises to more than 360 and is expected to climb higher.

Greek Leader Calls off Referendum, Agrees to Resign (Nov. 3): Prime Minister George Papandreou calls off a referendum on Greece's new debt deal with the euro zone just days after calling for one. Papandreou calls off the vote after winning support from his opposition. (Nov. 4): Papandreou wins a confidence vote in Parliament after he pledges to form a unity government. The vote is a sign of approval for the deal reached by European leaders in late October to help Greece avoid default and stabilize the euro. (Nov. 6): Papandreou agrees to create a transitional administration which will manage the country's debt-relief deal and to resign after the country holds early elections.

Italy Passes More Austerity Measures, Berlusconi Steps Down (Nov. 11): Italy's Senate passes another round of austerity measures. Italy has no other option with its economy too big for a bail out and no end in sight for its debt crisis. (Nov. 12): Berlusconi, who has somehow managed to weather political and personal scandals that would have ended most political careers, steps down. Mario Monti, an economist and former antitrust commissioner for the European Commission, takes over, leading a cabinet of technocrats to implement the austerity plan.

Occupy Wall Street Protests Continue (Nov. 3):

Sex Abuse Scandal Shakes Up Penn State (Nov. 5):

More Women Come Forward With Allegations Against Herman Cain (Nov. 7):

Supercommittee Fails to Agree on Deficit Reduction Plan (Nov. 21): The US Congressional committee in charge of finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions fails to agree on what programs to cut after more than 10 weeks of meeting.

Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly (Nov. 4): The unemployment rate declines slightly in the U.S. to 9%

Parliamentary Elections Spark Massive Protests in Russia (Dec. 4): Parliamentary elections spark protests, mainly from middle-class Russians. International and local monitors condemn the election as fraudulent. United Russia, the party led by Vladimir Putin, comes out on top in the elections, receiving nearly 50 percent of the vote, but they lost 77 seats. Monitors say that United Russia would have lost more seats were it not for ballot-box stuffing and voting irregularities. (Dec. 10): Over 40,000 Russians rally near the Kremlin. Activists call for Putin's resignation and denounce the election results. (Dec. 12): Billionaire industrialist Mikhail D. Porkhorov announces that he plans to run for president against Putin in 2012. Porkhorov owns many businesses in Russia as well as the New Jersey Nets, the NBA franchise, in the US.

European Leaders Call for Changes to Treaty (Dec. 5): Together German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France call for Europe's governing treaties to be amended to provide better governance on economic policies of the 17 countries within the euro zone.

Herman Cain Pulls Out of Presidential Race (Dec. 3):

Penn State Child Molestation Scandal Continues (Dec. 7): Jerry Sandusky is arrested again after two more victims came forward.

Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Point in Two Years (Dec. 2): In November, the US unemployment declines to 8.6%

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Governor of Punjab Province, Pakistan, Assassinated (Jan. 4): The Governor of the Punjab Province, and a close ally of the President of Pakistan, is assassinated. Gov. Salman Taseer is shot getting into his car by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, an elite-force security guard, who is apprehended immediately after the shooting.

At Least 24 Die in Tunisian Protests (Jan. 11): At least two dozen people, mainly young civilian men, are killed in government protests in Tunisia. The protesters are unhappy with the chronic unemployment they are facing in the country, as well as perceived police brutality. President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali ordered a night curfew, and schools and universities have been temporarily closed. (Jan. 14): After 23 years of authoritarian rule, President Ben Ali flees Tunisia for Saudi Arabia amid protests. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announces he will take over as interim protests. It is the first time a President of an Arab country has been overthrown because of widespread protesting.

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January 2011

11 Cabinet Members Resign, Toppling Lebanese Government (Jan. 12): Hezbollah and its allies withdraw from the Lebanese government, breaking a unity government that has been in place since 2009.

Egyptian President Asks Army to Intervene After Days of Violent Protest (Jan. 28): After days of violent protest in Cairo, Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak calls the army into the streets to stop the demonstrators, protesting over government corruption, the economy, and lack of personal freedom. Those involved called the event a "day of wrath"; the protests have stretched on for four days.

Unrest in Middle East Spreads to Bahrain (Feb. 14): Violence erupts in Bahrain as protestors, inspired by recent events in Egypt and Tunisia, select February 14th as a day of protest to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the National Action Charter. Bahrain is the latest country to face unrest from its citizens with protests also happening in Yemen, Iran, and Libya.

Libya on Brink of Civil War (Feb. 24): Civilians and defected soldiers seeking the removal of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi hold off his forces in cities close to Tripoli, Libya's capital. Unlike the Facebook-enabled youth rebellions in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, the insurrection in Libya is being led by people who have been actively opposing the regime for some time. In a series of determined stands through cities these rebel forces are proving to be a well-armed revolutionary movement.

Security Council Approves Sanctions on Libya (Feb. 26): The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to impose strong sanctions on Libya's leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, and his inner circle of advisers. The council also called for an international war crimes investigation into "widespread and systemic attacks" against Libyan citizens.

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CRISIS REPORT

On Feb. 11, 2011, embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation and handed power of the country over to the military. Upon hearing Mubarak's speech, Cairo erupted in joyous celebration, with crowds chanting, "Egypt is free!" His resignation followed nearly three weeks of unprecedented anti-government protests in Cairo and ended 30 years of autocratic rule

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February 2011

Egyptian Protestors Demand Faster Change and Accountability (March 6): Newly appointed Prime Minister Essam Sharaf addresses tens of thousands of protestors in Tahrir Square, where demonstrators press for faster and more substantive changes. The former interior minister, Habib el-Adly, pleads not guilty to corruption charges. A series of fires break out in government security and financial investigation offices angering protestors who suspect that senior officials are trying to destroy evidence that will implicate more of them in corruption and human rights abuses.

Upheaval Continues in Libya (March 7): Government warplanes repeatedly bomb rebel positions near an oil refinery in the coastal city of Ras Lanuf, seeking to drive them back farther to the east, as the country's slide into civil war continues. In Tripoli, government supporters celebrate after state television falsely reports that Colonel Qaddafi's forces had regained the entire country.

Yemen President Rejects Proposal to Step Down (March 7): President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejects the political opposition's proposal that he step down by the end of the year, calling it undemocratic and unconstitutional, the official Saba news agency reported. Saleh calls for a national conference to be held, which is rejected by the opposition who dismiss the president's proposal as an attempt to quell the escalating protests.

Thousands Protest in Bahrain (March 8): Thousands of Shiite protestors form a human chain around the Manama, the capital of Bahrain while hundreds demonstrate outside the United States Embassy appealing for American support. Opposition leaders vow that they will not be mollified by offers of money and jobs.

Interim Government Dissolves State Security Department in Tunisia (March 8): The State Security Department, which had been accused of human rights abuses under the ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, is disbanded by the interim government in Tunisia. The prime minister also named a new cabinet, selecting new leaders for six ministries while retaining ministers in significant agencies like defense, interior, and justice.


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March 2011


Libyan Rebels Reject Truce Plan (Apr 12): Plan includes suspension of NATO airstrikes and cease-fire. Col. al-Qaddafi accepts the plan; rebels reject it. (Apr 30): Col. al-Qaddafi survives a NATO airstrike.

NewsLetter
April 2011


Osama bin Laden Is Killed in Pakistan (May 1): U.S. troops and CIA operatives shoot and kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan -- bringing cheers and a sense of relief worldwide. (May 13): Two suicide bombers attack recruits leaving a paramilitary training center in Shabqadar, Pakistan. Eighty people are killed and 120 are wounded in the first retaliation for the killing of bin Laden.

Palestinian Factions Sign Historic Reconciliation Accord (May 4)
: Fatah and Hamas, rival Palestinian parties, sign a reconciliation accord. The two cite common causes: opposition to the Israeli occupation and disillusionment with the US peace efforts. The deal remakes the Palestine Liberation Organization, which previously excluded Hamas.

Syria Security Forces Go Door-to-Door (May 5)
: Security forces raid a Damascus suburb, going house-to-house and arresting men in an effort to intensify their crackdown of the uprising against four decades of authoritarian rule--at least 286 men, most are between ages of 18 and 50.

Egypt Stops Enforcing Israel's Blockade of Gaza (May 29): Egypt lifts the Rafah border blockade, allowing Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip to pass through. This is first break in enforcement of the 4-year Israeli blockade.

Bin Laden Plotted Attacks (May 5): Documents and computer files found at bin Laden compound show that he played a direct role in plotting terror attacks for years.

Obama Calls for Israel/Palestine Peace Deal Based on 1967 Borders (May 19): In an effort to capitalize on the season of change in the Arab world, President Obama declares that the borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war should be the basis of a Mideast peace deal between Israel and Palestine. The Israeli government protests immediately, saying that a return to the pre-1967 borders would leave Israel "indefensible."

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May 2011

Injured in Attack, President Leaves Yemen (Jun 3): President Ali Abdullah Saleh barely survives an attack when a mortar shell or rocket hits the mosque at the presidential compound where he and other government officials are praying. (June 4): Saleh agrees to leave Yemen. Al Qaeda and other jihadists appear to already be exploiting the unrest to solidify their base in Yemen. (June 8): The Obama administration sends armed drones and fighter jets to Yemen to strike militant suspects linked to Al Qaeda.

Killing of a 13-year-old Boy Fuels Protests in Syria (Jun 3): Syrians pour into streets, creating some of the largest antigovernment protests despite a brutal government crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people. The protests are fueled by anger over the torture and killing of Hamza al-Khateeb, a 13-year-old boy. (June 12): Syrian forces regain control over Jisr al-Shoughour, crushing a mutinous alliance of armed civilians and soldiers there. Seizing the northern Syrian town causes thousands of residents to leave, most of them fleeing to Turkey.

Somalis Kill East African Al Qaeda Leader (Jun 11): Somali Soldiers kill Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the leader of Al Qaeda in East Africa and the mastermind behind the American Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

Injured in Attack, President Leaves Yemen (Jun 3): President Ali Abdullah Saleh barely survives an attack when a mortar shell or rocket hits the mosque at the presidential compound where he and other government officials are praying. (June 4): Saleh agrees to leave Yemen. Al Qaeda and other jihadists appear to already be exploiting the unrest to solidify their base in Yemen. (June 8): The Obama administration sends armed drones and fighter jets to Yemen to strike militant suspects linked to Al Qaeda.

Killing of a 13-year-old Boy Fuels Protests in Syria (Jun 3): Syrians pour into streets, creating some of the largest antigovernment protests despite a brutal government crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people. The protests are fueled by anger over the torture and killing of Hamza al-Khateeb, a 13-year-old boy. (June 12): Syrian forces regain control over Jisr al-Shoughour, crushing a mutinous alliance of armed civilians and soldiers there. Seizing the northern Syrian town causes thousands of residents to leave, most of them fleeing to Turkey.

Somalis Kill East African Al Qaeda Leader (Jun 11): Somali Soldiers kill Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the leader of Al Qaeda in East Africa and the mastermind behind the American Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

NewsLetter
June 2011

Two Related Terrorist Attacks Shock Norway (Jul 22): First, a bomb explodes in Regjeringskvartalet, the government quarter of Oslo. Two hours later, a gunman disguised as a policeman opens fire on campers at a camp for young political activists on the island of Utoya in Tyrifjorden, Buskerud.

NewsLetter
July 2011


Crackdown Continues in Syria (Aug 1): Syrian forces bomb the west-central city, Hama. (Aug 3): Despite global condemnation, government orders military to march into Hama after three days of bombing. Tanks and soldiers seize the central square. Russia, a Syrian ally, supports possible Security Council Action against Syria. (Aug 4): Syrian military kill more than 100 people in 24 hours in Hama, bringing the civilian causalities to more than 200 since the bombing began. (Aug 7): Military initiates attack in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour. Thousands of people flee and dozens are killed as tanks roar into the city. (Aug 15): Taking the uprising crackdown to another level, the Syrian government sends navy vessels along with tanks and soldiers to the port city of Latakia. The attack sparks renewed outrage, partly because this happened during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. (Aug 18): Britain, France, and Germany release a joint statement, which says that President Assad has lost legitimacy as a leader and that he must step down. For the first time, President Obama calls for Assad to leave office. (Aug 22): President Assad says American and European calls for him to step down are "meaningless" and suggests that the military in Syria will continue its crackdown. (Aug 26): Inspired by the fall of Col. Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, thousands of protestors take to the streets in Syria, demanding that President Assad leave.

Mubarak Trial Begins (Aug 3): Tens of millions watch live on television as an ailing Hosni Mubarak is rolled into the courtroom on a hospital bed for the beginning of his trial. Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, faces charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters. Mubarak was ousted earlier this year after an 18-day revolution in Egypt.

US Forces Experience Deadliest Day in Afghan War (Aug 6): Thirty U.S. armed service men, including 22 members of the Navy SEALs, are killed in Afghanistan when insurgents shoot down their Chinook helicopter.

Yemen President Leaves Hospital (Aug 7)
: President Saleh, having recovered from injuries sustained in June when the presidential compound was attacked, is discharged from a hospital in Saudi Arabia. (Aug 17): Yemen opposition leaders form a national council. The government instantly condemns the act.

Rebel Forces Advance in Libya (Aug 18)
: Rebels opposing Qaddafi seize Zawiyah and gain control of the city's oil refinery. Zawiyah, a port city just 31 miles west of Tripoli, is a key gain. (Aug 21): Rebels advance into Tripoli as foreigners try to flee the city. Residents in Tripoli take to the streets to celebrate the end of Qaddafi's 42 years in power. (Aug 23): Rebels seize Qaddafi's compound. Qaddafi and his family flee and remain at large. (Aug 27): Five mass executions made by Qaddafi loyalists during his final hours in power are uncovered. (Aug 29): Qaddafi's whereabouts still remain unknown, but three of his children and his second wife flee to Algeria.

Attacks in Israel Cause More Tension with Gaza and Egypt (Aug 18)
: Multiple attacks made near Eilat, kill 8 Israelis and wound more than 30. Authorities blame the Popular Resistance Committees, a group that has worked with Hamas. The attackers may have crossed into Israel from Egypt. Israel responds with airstrikes on Gaza, killing the Popular Resistance Committees' commander. Egyptian officials deny the attackers crossed through Egypt. Hamas denies Israel's accusations. (Aug 19): Tension between Israel and Egypt increases when three Egyptian security officers near the border are inadvertently killed during Israeli airstrikes. Palestinian militants fire more than 10 rockets into Israel. (Aug 20): Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets, killing one civilian and wounding six. Hamas, which controls Gaza, takes credit for four of the rockets fired into Israel.

NewsLetter
August 2011

Iran's President Calls for Syrian Leader to Back Down (Sep 8): President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran joins other world leaders in calling for President Bashar al-Assad to end his crackdown on the uprising that is challenging his rule in Syria. Ahmadinejad's shift is unexpected because Iran has recently been accused of funding Assad's crackdown.

Protesters Attack Israeli Embassy in Cairo (Sep 9)
: Thousands of protestors attack the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, demolishing a protective wall while Egyptian security forces watched. When riot police attempt to stop the attack, protesters fight back with Molotov cocktails and stones. At least two protestors die in the attack and at least 1,200 are injured. The attack in Egypt comes just one week after Turkey expels Israel's ambassador.

Palestinians Officially Request United Nations Membership (Sep 23)
: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas officially requests a bid for statehood at the UN Security Council. The request comes after months of failed European and U.S. efforts to bring Israel and Palestine back to the negotiating table. In addition, the European states in the General Assembly have made it clear that they will support the proposal if the Palestinians drop their demand that Israel halt settlement construction. The Palestinians have long insisted that Israel cease the settlement construction and deemed the condition unacceptable. The Palestinian Authority takes its case to the Security Council even though the U.S. has vowed to veto the request.

NewsLetter
September 2011


Yemen President Returns From Saudi Arabia (Sep 23): President Ali Abdullah Saleh returns to Yemen. Saleh calls for a return to negotiations and a cease fire, but his return does not immediately stop the fighting between government forces and soldiers who are now siding with anti-government protesters. The fighting has killed more than 70 people since last Sunday.

Alleged Assassination Plot Is Exposed (Oct. 11): U.S. Attorney General announces the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps paid assassins from a Mexican drug cartel $1.5 million to kill Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. The main suspects are Mansour J. Arbabsiar, an American citizen of Iranian descent who is in custody, and Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Quds Force, who is at large and is believed to be in Iran. US investigators believe high-ranking Iranian government officials are responsible for the plot.

Prisoner Swap Between Israel and Hamas Begins (Oct. 18): Gilad Shalit, a twenty-five year old Israeli soldier, is released after being held for more than five years by Hamas, a militant Palestinian group. He is exchanged for one thousand Palestinians who have spent years in Israeli jails.

Qaddafi Is Captured and Killed (Oct. 20): Libya's interim government announces that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi has been killed by rebel troops in Surt, his hometown. Initial reports are unclear on the cause of death. (Oct. 23): Libya officially declares its liberation for Qaddafi and begins the process of electing a government and creating a constitution.

Tunisia Votes in First Ever Free Election (Oct. 24): Millions of Tunisians vote for an assembly to write a constitution and shape a new government. Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party, is the winner with 41 percent of the vote.

Palestine Becomes Member of UNESCO (Oct. 31): UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) approves the Palestinian bid for full membership to the UN with a 107 to 14 vote. The favorable vote defies a mandated cutoff of American funding. The U.S. contributes $70 million to UNESCO per year, about 22 percent of its yearly budget. The vote makes Palestine the 195th member of UNESCO.

 

NewsLetter
October 2011

Protesters Return to Tahrir Square (Nov. 18): Protesters-representing both Islamists and the liberal opposition-return to Tahrir Square in Egypt to demand the ruling military council step aside in favor of a civilian-led government. The demonstrations turn violent with police firing on crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets. (Nov. 21): As protests grow in size and police are widely criticized for their crack down, the cabinet resigns. In an agreement reached with the Muslim Brotherhood, the military council vows to install a civilian prime minister and to accelerate the transition to a civilian government, with presidential elections being held by June 2012.

Iran Downgrades Relations with Britain (Nov. 28): Iran criticizes the increase in sanctions by Western nations and is particularly outraged with England. Parliament votes to downgrade the diplomatic ties with Britain. Several dozen Iranian protesters rush into the British embassy compound in Tehran, yelling, "Death to England!" They break embassy windows, burn the British flag, and vandalize offices. British Prime Minister David Cameron withdraws several diplomats from Iran following the incursion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Various sources were used to develop this time line. Where possible dates are cross checked or events are placed in relative position. Many of the dates used above come from the following references:
  • Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum)
  • Ayers, Ed. 1999. God's Last Offer - Negotiating for a Sustainable Future. (A)
  • Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G., Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum) (New edition 2003)
  • Graham, Billy. 1992. Storm Warning. Published by: W Publishing Group (formerly Word Publishing)
  • Grun, Bernard. 1991. The Timetables of History - A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. New Third Revised Edition. Based on Werner Stein's Kulturfahrplan. A Touchstone Book:New York. (G)
  • Ice, T., and R. Price. 1989. Ready to Rebuild — The Imminent Plant to Rebuild the Last Days Temple. (IP)
  • Infoplease.com (Info) http://www.infoplease.com/
  • H. Lindsey. 1973. There's A New World Coming. Bantam Books. (Lindsey)
  • Randall Price. 2001 Unholy War. (P)
  • Dr. G. Schroeder with Z. Levitt. Genesis One. Levitt Ministries (see note in graphic box at top of this table for details).
  • SciNews: Science News is a science news weekly generally obtained by subscription, also see: http://www.sciencenews.org/
  • Web (Internet): Occasionally we find what appear as reliable, but formally unpublished, sources on the Internet. As such these entries remain to be fully confirmed. In many cases this information is found to agree with the remainder of the timeline and the published sources used here.
  • Zondervan Corporation. 1985. The NIV Study Bible. Zondervan Bible Publishers:Grand Rapids.

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