Russia and Libya sign $1.8 billion arms deal in an effort to strengthen strategic ties. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sell Libya weapons in a $1.8 billion deal. Mr. Putin made the announcement Saturday while meeting with the head of Izhmash, a major Russian gun manufacturer. Russia’s Interfax news agency had quoted a “military diplomatic source” as saying Libya was ready to buy about 20 fighter planes from Moscow, as well as air defense systems and several dozen tanks. Read Full Article
Background Information: The book of Revelation was written by Apostle John, who authored the Gospel of John, and John I, II, and III. He was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. During the time of the Apostles’ ministry, the early Christians were gravely persecuted by the Roman government. As the last surviving Apostle, John strove to abolish paganism and fortify the faith of the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Anatolia, Turkey): Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicean. Toward the end of his ministry, Roman Emperor Domitian (81AD – 96AD), successor of Nero, came to power. Domitian was the splitting image of Nero in his extreme, diabolical persecution of the Christians. In 95AD John was summoned to Rome and was found guilty of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Domitian viewed John as a rebel of Roman ordinance, and ordered him to be thrust into boiling water. Miraculously, John walked away unscathed because of the Lord’s protection. When Domitian saw that John had suffered not one burn, he ordered him to be exiled to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, called the Isle of Patmos. To the Romans, the Isle of Patmos was a place of banishment for criminals; but for Christians this small island represents a banner of faith and hope, inasmuch as it is the place where the Apostle John received and wrote the Apocalypse, called The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Paraphrasing of Revelation”
Russia and Turkey sign nuclear deal worth $20 billion. The two countries have come together to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant set to be located in Ankara. Several agreements, including removing visa restrictions and shipping oil products from the Black Sea, were struck during the landmark visit by Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, to Turkey.
Moscow has built nuclear power plants in nations from China to Iran and might build a power plant in Syria, as it aggressively seeks deal to build new stations and boost its presence in foreign energy markets. Moscow provides 60 per cent of Turkey’s gas needs, which has raised concerns that Ankara is becoming too dependent on Russia, a major trading partner. Read Full Article
Russia to help Iran build 2nd n. power plant in Bushehr. Iran’s first nuclear plant was unveiled in 2009 in the same location of Bushehr. In December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran has plans to generate more electricity through the nuclear energy in the coming years by building a second nuclear power plant in Bushehr. “The power plants should have access to a huge source of water. The new power plants will be supported by desalinations, mainly located in Southern parts of the
country,” the top Iranian nuclear official pointed out. Also in October, Salehi announced that Iran has plans to generate more electricity through the nuclear energy in the coming years. Read Full Article
Russia-Egypt nuclear deal signed and is signaling Russia’s investment in building its own military alliance. Agreement was reached during talks in Moscow between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and President Vladimir Putin.
Russia will now be able to bid to build the first of four atomic power stations Egypt plans. Mr Mubarak was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying the agreement had come after “difficult” negotiations.
Russia is already building nuclear reactors in China, India and Iran. An Iranian plant at Bushehr is reported to be close to completion. Read Full Article