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UKRAINIAN ANTI-GAY LAW
Six Ukrainian legislators have submitted a law that calls for prohibiting the “propaganda of homo-sexuality.” If passed, the law would impose fines and jail terms on those who deliberately disseminate positive information about gays to minors through movies, television, photographs, art exhibits and the like. The goal is to preserve “the moral, spiritual and physical health of the nation,” says Lawmaker Pavlo Ungurian, who co-wrote the bill.
Syrian Chemical Threat: Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that preventing Syria’s chemical weapons from “falling into the wrong hands” was a key to Israeli security. The next day, a Syrian foreign ministry statement was issued containing a veiled threat saying Syria would use chemical weapons against “external aggression”. It was the first time Syria has acknowledged it has weapons of mass destruction. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon says he is “very concerned” that “Syria may be tempted to use chemical weapons.”
JC Penney to Deploy RFID on All Merchandise : JC Penney's CEO, Ron Johnson, announced that the retailer plans to begin placing RFID tags on 100 percent of its merchandise. You'll be able to check out anywhere, anytime, from anyone, including yourself, because we're going to roll out self-checkout. You don't have to scan an item. You just throw it down, and there's the price."
No Breakthrough to Restart Talks: Special UN Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, says “quiet direct exchanges” are ongoing in an attempt to reach agreement on a package of measures that would create an environment conducive to talks. Though Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have expressed their desire to negotiate, talks have not resumed since stalling in 2010. The parties must overcome obstacles, Serry said. “But I fear time is running out.”
EU Widens Sanctions on Syria: The European Union has added sanctions to more Syrian individuals and organizations and is stepping up enforcement of its 14-month-old arms embargo. According to EU foreign ministers, the EU is deeply concerned about the recent intensification of violence, which demonstrates the urgent need for a political transition that would meet the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people. The added names constitute the 17th time that Europe has widened its sanctions regarding Syria.
Syria Intervention is More Likely: According to a report from the Royal United Services Institute who has close ties to the UK defense ministry, planning for possible intervention is already under way. It is being spurred by fears that Syria’s chemical weapons may fall into the wrong hands. The report quotes Col Richard Kemp, who led UK forces in Afghanistan, as saying the escalating civil war meant it was more likely that Western governments would intervene to stop the bloodshed spreading to neighboring countries.
Catholics Can Learn from Muslims: The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) is an office that was founded by Pope Paul VI in 1964 during the Second Vatican Council. Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, who runs the section for relations with Muslims at the PCID, says the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is an opportunity for Catholics to learn from Muslims' example of obedience to the Almighty. Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer and repentance when Muslims align their lives more closely with God and his laws.