World News and Prophecy: June 2002

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In This Issue

  • by Darris McNeely, Jim Tuck, John Ross Schroeder
The winds of political change are blowing across the continent of Europe. Upheavals have recently been spawned in the Netherlands and France. Dutch rightist party leader Pim Fortuyn was assassinated on May 6—depriving him from sharing personally in the spoils of his party's surprising showing at the Dutch polls. It came second in a country whose governmental structure usually embraces a coalition...
  • by Darris McNeely
While America slept, the nation was caught unprepared for the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Some have questioned how much advance information the government had—and whether that could have prevented the terrorist attack. But there is a larger question to consider: What does it take for a people to awaken to the urgency of the times?
  • by Darris McNeely
It is among the most remarkable coincidences in history. It was called a "visible and palpable" manifestation of "Divine favor." Fifty years to the day from the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the two most intimately connected with this document of freedom, died within hours of each other.
  • by Melvin Rhodes
Islamic fundamentalism became front-page news after Sept. 11—but that doesn't mean there was no problem earlier. There certainly was plenty of warning, although nobody could have predicted the precise way in which fundamentalists would get the West's attention. Few would have listened anyway.
  • by World News
Some claim that the Palestinians have been forced off their land and that they have been deprived of what is rightfully theirs. Others maintain that the Israelis have a legitimate entitlement to their nation, including the lands seized in war action. The current U.S. administration has begun to use the word "occupy" in reference to Israeli military presence in Palestinian towns, implying that the...