Meanwhile, the U.S. is edging closer to calling for an end to the long rule of the Assad family in Syria.
Obama administration officials said the first step would be to declare for the first time that President Bashar Assad has forfeited his legitimacy to rule.
That would be a shift from U.S. statements that demanded that Assad stop a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. Those stopped short of saying he had to go.
Tanks and troops have rolled into southern villages near the heart of Syria’s anti-government uprising, and activists said the regime isolated parts of the country.
The military has been sealing off various areas of Syria and conducting house-to-house raids in searches for people whose names are on wanted lists. Many people fled cities and towns for fear of being detained by the Assad regime.
An Egyptian court convicted the country’s former tourism minister of corruption and sentenced him to five years in prison.
He is the second high-ranking official of ex-President Hosni Mubarak’s regime to be convicted of corruption since Mubarak’s Feb. 11 ouster.
Also, the latest figures show inflation in Egypt running above 12% annually and food prices jumping 20%. Both are issues that helped ignite the popular revolution.
NATO warplanes struck a command center in the capital, Tripoli, after pounding regime targets around the besieged port of Misrata.
Rebels hope the stepped-up attacks could help extend some of their biggest advances to date, including a major outward push from Misrata.
The opposition also says it made gains along a long-deadlocked front near Ajdabiya. Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s autocratic ruler since 1969, has not been seen in public since one of his sons was killed in a NATO air strike April 30.
A NATO official, Italian Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, said the alliance had no evidence to indicate whether Gadhafi is alive or dead.
Yemen stopped producing oil because of internal strife, plunging a nation that already is the Arab world’s poorest into further economic decline as pressure builds on longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
Opponents of the regime, including powerful tribes, appear to be using the oil weapon to press their demand for Saleh’s resignation.
This and more is on the horizon. The earth itself is now the biggest threat to all life on this planet.
Looking at mankind, knowing it is out of harmony, how can anyone expect the home they live upon to be within harmony? The misuse of this planet’s resources by mankind, and the total disregard for it being a natural recycling creation, and the involvement of the LOZ to rectify creation through the use of violence, it all adds doom to its inhabitants – including the animal kingdom, sea life, and insect populations. Yahweh is performing a two-fold process. She is cleansing the earth, and She is altering it in preparation for making it the jewel it once was. Yahweh’s land (She owns everything in creation) has become polluted, and Her temple of worship has become defiled with falsehoods. A pattern was set long ago:
2 Chronicles 34:8 “[ Josiah's Repair of the Temple ] In the eighteenth year of his reign, in order to cleanse the land and the temple, Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, along with Maaseiah the governor of the city and the recorder Joah son of Joahaz, to repair the temple of the LORD his God.”
First Yahweh CLEANSES. Then She repairs what is wrong by making it conform to Her LAWS that bring harmony to the land ( the earth) and all of creation as a whole.
Proverbs 20:30 “Lashes and wounds purge away evil, and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.”