Iraq has been trying to get the ancient city of Babylon recognized as a World Heritage site since 1983. Finally, The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, while meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday, July 5 agreed to Iraq's request. The city of Babylon is very prominent in the Bible, both in history and prophecy. It's revitalization could be very prophetically significant.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee named on Friday Iraq’s historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site.

Iraq had been trying since 1983 to have the site -- a massive 10-square-kilometer complex of which just 18 percent has been excavated thus far -- recognized by UNESCO. Straddling Iraq's Euphrates River about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, the city was the center of the ancient Babylonian empire more than 4,000 years ago. "What is the world heritage list without Babylon? How to tell the history of humanity without the earliest of old chapters, Babylon?" said Iraq's representative to UNESCO's World Heritage Committee ahead of the vote. Read More >

Amazon asks FCC to greenlight its internet satellite plan

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are competing in another kind of space race, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is all for it.

Amazon has taken another step toward providing global broadband internet from space through its Project Kuiper. The company filed paperwork with the US government to launch the thousands of satellites needed for the plan.

Amazon submitted its application with the FCC for Project Kuiper on July 4. The internet heavyweight asked the commission for permission to "launch and operate a non-geostationary satellite orbit system using Ka−band frequencies." Satellites will orbit 366 to 391 miles above Earth.

"Submitting to the FCC is the first step – next, the FCC will thoroughly review our application and we look forward to working with them throughout this process," an Amazon spokesperson said in an email Monday.

Amazon will use 3,236 low Earth orbit satellites to provide broadband internet globally. "The Kuiper System will deliver satellite broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the United States and around the globe," the company said in the filing.

Meanwhile, Starlink is the SpaceX plan to provide broadband access across the world from space, and the company launched its first batch of satellites back in May. Billionaire Richard Branson started this race when his company OneWeblaunched satellites for his own high-speed internet space project back in February.

On Tuesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai addressed the private sector push for small satellites and his enthusiasm for it.

"We now have in our sights new competition in the broadband marketplace and new opportunities for rural Americans who lack access to high-speed Internet access," Pai said in remarks prepared for a talk at the US Chamber of Commerce. "That's why the FCC under my leadership has moved quickly to give a green light to satellite entrepreneurs like OneWeb, SpaceX, and O3b and is considering other applications from entrants like Amazon and Boeing."

Pai also noted that on Tuesday he presented his FCC colleagues a draft order to make it easier and cheaper to license small satellites. -CNET


Updated: Jul 11, 2019

In Libya there are two governments that are vying for control of the entire country. The Government of National Accord (GNA) is recognized by the UN as the legitimate government. It is based in Tripoli.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) is led by Khalifa Haftar who is considered a renegade because he has no loyalty to the GNA. The LNA is loyal to an unrecognized government located in Tobruk in eastern Libya. The LNA recently attacked Tripoli in an effort to overthrow the GNA and unify Libya. The attack was thwarted by militia groups loyal to the GNA. The militias were supplied with weapons from Turkey contrary to international law.

Why would Turkey be willing to break international law to become involved in Libya? There are two reasons. Politically, there are elements within the GNA which are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. President Erdogan of Turkey supports the Muslim Brotherhood. Economically, Libya is rich in oil and has a strategic location on the southern shore of the Mediterranean. These are both things that Turkey would like to exploit. The attached article is from Deutche Welle.

We are watching this because it appears that both Libya and Turkey will have a part the in war of Gog and Magog written about by the prophet Ezekiel in chapters 38 and 39. The ancient name for Libya is Put. Gomer and Togarmah were both descendants of Noah's son Japheth. It is possible that Gomer and Beth-togarmah (House of Togarmah) refer to people in the present day country of Turkey.

Turkish Rockets In Libya

What is Turkey doing in Libya?

With the civil war still raging in Libya, the fight for the capital, Tripoli, is escalating. A number of other countries are involved in the conflict, among them Turkey, which appears increasingly self-assured in its support for the internationally recognized government in Tripoli.

This government is engaged in a civil war with the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), led by the renegade general, Khalifa Haftar. Ankara's involvement has infuriated the general, and over the past few weeks his attitude toward Turkey has hardened. The LNA has banned commercial flights between the two countries, prohibited Turkish ships from docking on the Libyan coast and threatened to arrest Turkish citizens. Six Turkish citizens were in fact detained for several hours in late June, and were only freed after stern threats from Ankara.

These escalating tensions follow the heavy defeat Haftar suffered when making an advance on Tripoli. A major offensive was launched at the beginning of April, but it failed; shortly afterward, government troops also recaptured the key city of Gharyan in western Libya. These troops were equipped with armored cars and drones supplied by Turkey. Read More>