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U.S. Power Is Fading…

The Washington Post wrote on December 13:

“Is President Obama an American version of Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader whose well-intentioned reforms led to the demise of his country’s global power?… This concern about erosion of American power is powerfully stated in ‘The End of History Ends’ by Walter Russell Mead in the American Interest.

“… there’s no denying that the worries he expresses in the article are widely shared by some of the United States’ traditional allies. ‘Does the administration understand that, in this part of the world, its credibility has collapsed?’ warns one well-connected Arab who speaks often with the region’s leaders… ‘I wish I could sue the Obama administration for criminal negligence.’

“Partly this scornful tone reflects the well-publicized unhappiness in Saudi Arabia and other Sunni powers of the Persian Gulf about Obama’s diplomatic opening to Shiite Iran and what’s seen as his feckless policy in Syria. But there’s a deeper anxiety that Obama… has begun a process that is undermining America’s global role and making its traditional allies more vulnerable… One Arab analyst argues that as Obama has sought to rebalance U.S. power, he has adopted ‘the Ostrich doctrine’ — meaning that he has ignored the reversals that have followed U.S. attempts to disentangle itself in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“In Iraq, where the United States spent more than a trillion dollars and thousands of lives, the government is now effectively an Iranian client, but that hasn’t drawn a U.S. reaction. In Afghanistan, where the United States also devoted enormous effort, President Hamid Karzai thumbs his nose at America and gets away with it. Foreign leaders worry that Obama doesn’t see that U.S. power is fading…

“Military historians note that retreat, even to a more defensible position, is among the most difficult and dangerous of maneuvers… repositioning a superpower is a tricky business.”

The above-quoted article referred to Walter Russel Mead’s piece, who wrote this on December 2, 2013, in “The American Interest”: 

“… optimism is so ineradicably grounded in American intellectual culture that even our great power realists are instinctively hopeful. Troubled by the costs and the risks associated with two unsatisfactory foreign wars and longing to redirect resources from the defense budget to domestic priorities, a significant number of foreign policy analysts inside and outside the current administration have developed a theory of benign realism. This theory holds that the United States can safely withdraw from virtually all European and all but a handful of Middle Eastern issues and that as an ‘offshore balancer’ the United States will be able to safeguard its essential interests at low cost.

“This view, which seems to guide both the administration and some of the neo-isolationist thinking on the right, assumes that a reasonably benign post-American balance of power is latent in the structure of international life and will emerge if we will just get out of the way… What is missing from the ‘peaceful withdrawal’ scenarios is an understanding that there are hostile and, from our point of view, destructive powers in the world who will actively seize on any leverage we give them and will seek to use their new power and resources to remake the world in ways we find fundamentally objectionable and unsafe…”

The Bible is very clear that America’s power will decline, and that ultimately, the USA will be defeated in a war. For more information, please read our free booklet, “The Fall and Rise of Britain and America.”

US Endangering German-US Partnership

The New York Times wrote on December 16:

“American officials have refused to extend the ‘no spying’ guarantee beyond Ms. Merkel… How aggressively to continue targeting the leaders of countries allied with the United States is one of the most delicate questions facing Mr. Obama…

“But as Mr. Obama considers his options, the effort to repair the damage to the United States’ relationship with Germany appears to have stumbled. American officials have so far refused to pull back from electronic spying in the country, save for Ms. Merkel’s own communications, even though German officials argue that the United States is violating German law. At the same time, Germany is equally reluctant to enter into a deeper cooperation agreement, at least on American terms…

“The distaste within the German political establishment for the United States’ approach extends beyond former citizens of East Germany, like Ms. Merkel. Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the Social Democratic Party and deputy chancellor in Ms. Merkel’s new government, took time in a speech last month to emphasize Germany’s dismay that the United States could engage in the kind of surveillance Mr. Snowden has disclosed. ‘The United States, the country we Germans have so much to thank for,’ Mr. Gabriel said at a party congress in Leipzig, ‘is at the moment endangering the most important foundation of our trans-Atlantic partnership.’”

The Bible shows that Germany and America will become mortal and deadly enemies. For more information, please read our free booklets, “Germany in Prophecy” and “Europe in Prophecy.”

Merkel Compared NSA to STASI

The Guardian wrote on December 17:

“In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up. The German chancellor also told the US president that America’s National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden…

“Snowden is to testify on the NSA scandal to a European parliament inquiry next month, to the anger of Washington which is pressuring the EU to stop the testimony. In Brussels, the chairman of the US House select committee on intelligence, Mike Rogers, a Republican, said [that] [i]nviting someone ‘who is wanted in the US and has jeopardised the lives of US soldiers’ was beneath the dignity of the European parliament…”

NSA Phone Collection Likely Unconstitutional

The Verge wrote on December 16:

“A US district court has ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records is likely unconstitutional. Today, Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction to plaintiff Larry Klayman and a group of other Verizon customers, saying that they were suffering harm from having his records collected and that he had made a strong case that the NSA’s secret court orders, which require carriers to provide metadata on virtually all US phone calls, were likely to violate the fourth amendment.

“In his opinion, Leon cites the huge pool of numbers that could be included in the three “hops” that analysts are allowed to make beyond a single suspicious number, as well as the mistakes, misconduct, and obfuscations described in declassified documents from the FISA court. Most importantly, he says that the NSA’s policy has direct harmful effects on Verizon subscribers — a marked contrast from previous rulings. Because of this, the case can move forward.”

Boehner Declares War on Tea Party

The Hill wrote on December 13:

“Tea Party Patriots said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has ‘declared war on the Tea Party’ with his ‘smug and pretentious rant’ against certain right-wing organizations… In the past two days, Boehner has repeatedly attacked the conservative groups that championed the October effort to defund ObamaCare and are now opposed to the recent budget deal negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). He has criticized the groups for being more interested in raising money than actually solving problems.

“The letter quotes Boehner’s statement that ‘outside groups’ were ‘using our members and … the American people for their own goals.’… The letter goes on to refer to Boehner as a ‘ruling class politician’ who only pretends to be conservative while remaining a ‘tax-and-spend liberal’ at heart.

“It castigated him for passing a ‘back-room budget deal which increases discretionary spending, does nothing to reform entitlements, and fully funds Obamacare.’ The deal, it said, ‘is an out and out betrayal of the American people.’… The group was an early backer of the push to defund ObamaCare that led to the government shutdown in early October.”

Newsmax wrote on December 15:

“House Speaker John Boehner would not be House Speaker John Boehner if it were not for the tea party and the other conservative groups he now criticizes. He says that they ‘lack all credibility’ and accuses them of ‘using our members [Congressmen] and the American people for their own goals.’ If it were not for these groups — the Tea Party Patriots, Heritage Action for America or others — the Republicans would have lost the elections of 2010 and he never would have been speaker… For Boehner to cast aside these party enthusiasts and conservative workhorses is shortsighted and ungrateful in the extreme.

“The tea party types are amateurs. They are small businesspeople, retired military, doctors and so forth that are professionals in their occupations but amateurs in politics. We need to be patient with their learning curve… In this light, the speaker’s comments are outrageous and cast real doubt on his ability to lead the House in the future.”

America’s political landscape is one of chaos and confusion, with NO human hope for meaningful change in sight.

Controversial Bi-Partisan Deal Passes

The Washington Post wrote on December 18:

“Congress declared a holiday truce in the budget wars Wednesday, sending President Obama a blueprint for funding the government through 2015. But the next skirmish was already on the horizon: an election-year fight over the national debt. The budget deal that passed the Senate on Wednesday amounts to a handshake agreement to avoid a government shutdown when a temporary funding measure expires Jan. 15.

“However, the accord does not address the need once again to raise the debt limit, setting up a potentially complicated confrontation in late February or early March. That fight would come just months before midterm congressional elections, and the GOP is deeply divided over tactics to deal with the debt, a core issue for the Republican base. Some conservatives are calling for another showdown, insisting on an additional round of spending cuts in exchange for granting the Treasury Department more borrowing authority to pay the nation’s bills. But GOP leaders, especially in the House, have no appetite for another Washington fiscal crisis…

“Congressional leaders appointed Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to negotiate a cease-fire… The deal makes no effort to solve the nation’s biggest budget problem: a social safety net strained by an aging population… Last week, the deal sailed through the House and, on Wednesday, it easily passed the Senate, 64 to 33. Nine Republicans joined all 55 members of the Senate Democratic caucus in voting yes.

“… attention will turn to the national debt, which stands at $17.2 trillion. Enforcement of the debt limit has been suspended until Feb. 7…”

The Daily Mail added on December 13:

“[The deal does not] have the force of law. What Ryan and Murray proposed Wednesday is merely a framework for a budget that has yet to be written. Members of Congress who sit on appropriation committees will still be required to craft – and pass in both houses – a final budget bill by January 15. Unless they can pull it off, the federal government will be headed for its second shutdown in three months.”

“What the Budget Deal Means for Ordinary Americans”

The Washington Post wrote on December 13:

“… Airline tickets will become more expensive… the airlines are livid. Delta’s chief executive, Richard Anderson, wasted no time in making investors aware of his displeasure, saying that his company would pass the cost to its customers. At a conference on Wednesday, he was especially careful to call the higher fees a ‘tax increase’…

“… If you’ve been unemployed for a long time, you’re on your own. The budget deal does not include an extension of expiring unemployment benefits, and it doesn’t look as though Republicans will agree to an extension anytime soon. About 1.3 million people who have been without jobs for at least 26 weeks will lose their unemployment insurance, and another 3.5 million people are likely to lose their insurance next year.”

Hawaiian Official Linked to Release of Obama’s Birth Certificate Dies in Plane Crash

The Wire wrote on December 12:

“On Thursday morning, USA Today reports that Loretta Fuddy was the sole fatality in the crash of a Makani Kai Air plane off the coast of one of the Hawaiian islands.

“Fuddy was the acting health director in the state of Hawaii in 2011, when she oversaw the release of the detailed version of Obama’s birth certificate to the White House. Obama hoped that the document’s release would curtail the long-standing rumor that he wasn’t born in the United States… [but it didn’t]…

“Within minutes of the USA Today story, World Net Daily — epicenter of anti-Obama conspiracy theories — ran the headline… on its main page…”

According to Der Stern, Donald Trump immediately responded to the news, asking whether it wasn’t amazing that Fuddy died in a plane crash, while all other passengers survived.

Tighter US Sanctions on Iran—and Iran Halts Further Talks

The website of reported on December 12:

“The Treasury Department on Thursday tightened the economic screws on Iran by sanctioning a range of companies and individuals for their efforts to bolster Iran’s nuclear and WMD programs. The crackdown comes as the Obama administration pushes Congress to hold off on passing a new round of economic sanctions on Iran that it argues could destroy a recently reached nuclear accord meant to temporarily freeze Tehran’s uranium enrichment program…

“The new designations were issued at a critical juncture in the Iranian-U.S. relationship… The move by Treasury is being viewed by some as a way for the Obama administration to appease lawmakers anxious for more sanctions… At least five of those entities targeted by the Treasury Department’s latest sanctions have been found to be aiding Iran’s rogue weapons programs…”

The website of reported on December 13:

“Iranian negotiators abruptly ended nuclear talks with Western powers in Vienna on Friday just a day after the Obama administration announced tighter sanctions on Tehran. Iran had threatened that new or tighter sanctions would nullify the recently reached Geneva interim deal, which is not yet in effect.

“The Iranians abruptly ‘halted’ the talks and left Vienna so that they could consult with higher-level officials about how to proceed with talks following the tighter sanctions… ‘America’s move is against the spirit of the Geneva deal,’ Iranian chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi reportedly told the Iranian press… Iranian and Western negotiators were in the middle of talks about ways to implement the interim agreement when the sanctions were announced…”

This ridiculous “deal” was destined to fail from the outset.

Saudi Arabia Prepared to Act Alone Against Iran and Syria

AFP wrote on December 18:

“The West’s policies on Iran and Syria are a ‘dangerous gamble’ and Saudi Arabia is prepared to act on its own to safeguard security in the region, a top Saudi diplomat said. ‘We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East,’ the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, wrote in a commentary in the New York Times…

“The bluntly-worded warning was the latest in a series of public statements by senior Saudi figures expressing displeasure with US and Western diplomatic initiatives towards Syria and Iran… The Gulf monarchy had ‘global responsibilities,’ both political and economic, and he said: ‘We will act to fulfill these responsibilities, with or without the support of our Western partners.’ In a thinly veiled jab at US President Barack Obama, the Saudi ambassador said that ‘for all their talk of “red lines,” when it counted, our partners have seemed all too ready to concede our safety and risk our region’s stability.’”

New German Government With Virtually No Opposition

The Associated Press wrote on December 14:

“Germany’s main center-left party cleared the way on Saturday for Angela Merkel to start her third term as chancellor, announcing that its members had voted by a large majority to join the conservative leader in government… It set the stage for Parliament to re-elect Merkel on Tuesday – ending nearly three months of post-election political limbo in Europe’s biggest economy…

“The Social Democrats already served as Merkel’s junior partners once, between 2005 and 2009 in her first term, and emerged weakened from the experience. In September, they finished a distant second to Merkel’s Union bloc… The new government will have an overwhelming parliamentary majority. It holds 504 of the 631 seats in the lower house; the rest are held by the left-leaning Greens and the hard-line Left Party.”

The Local added on December 14:

“The coalition is to make formal announcements on the cabinet on Sunday, but leaks to media revealed many of its most prominent members.

“Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, one of the main architects of Germany’s tough-love response to the eurozone crisis, is to stay on. Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the SPD is awaited back at the foreign ministry, where he served during Merkel’s first 2005-09 term. Meanwhile [SPD chief Sigmar] Gabriel is to head up a ‘super-ministry’ in charge of the economy and Germany’s ambitious energy transformation away from nuclear power and toward renewables.

“In one surprise, Germany appears poised to tap its first woman defence minister, mother-of-seven Ursula von der Leyen. She had until now held the labour brief. And Merkel’s chief of staff, Ronald Pofalla, unexpectedly announced his exit. As coordinator of the secret services, Pofalla had been widely ridiculed for a mild response to the scandal over mass snooping by the US National Security Agency, culminating in the explosive revelation in October that it had tapped Merkel’s mobile phone…

“The pro-business Free Democrats, Merkel’s junior partner during her second term, crashed out of parliament for the first time since 1948… A poll for public broadcaster ZDF published Friday showed that 49 percent of Germans are looking forward to a grand coalition government while 33 percent oppose it.”

The Not-So-Grand Grand Coalition

Deutsche Welle wrote on December 17:

“… one of the not so grand consequences of the ‘grand coalition’ or ‘GroKo’… is that there will be no real opposition left in both houses of parliament… Another not so grand consequence is that the new cabinet list had to allow for many considerations to create a politically-correct balance between the top representatives of the three parties, in addition to the usual male-female, protestant-catholic, East-West balance.

“As a result, we now have a labour minister who never worked in a profession (outside of her party organization) and a minister for defense who has never been near the army. Of course a ‘grand coalition’ could do grand things… Looking at the coalition treaty, however, reveals that these great challenges – not to mention the future of the EU and the Eurozone – have not really been addressed… For the German on the street, the mere formation of the ‘grand coalition’ after three months of political inertia and uncertainty is reason for great relief but it is no reason for grand expectations.”

The history of Germany’s grand coalitions has been one of disaster and failure. This time, it will be no exception. Germany’s mass tabloid “Bild” already announced that in light of the lack of any parliamentary opposition, the newspaper will now become the public “conscience” and the instrument holding the feet of the governmental politicians to the fire.

Merkel for More European Control

Der Spiegel Online wrote on December 18:

“In the first parliamentary speech of her third term, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Europe needs to take more action to make its single currency crisis-proof and urged states to undertake binding economic reforms… Germany wants closer economic policy coordination and will push… for changes to the Lisbon Treaty to give greater European control over policy…”

EU and Ukraine Drifting Further Apart

The EUObserver wrote on December 13:

“EU and Ukraine drift further apart despite new talks… The EU has said it will give Ukraine more money if it signs a trade pact, but its list of political conditions is getting longer… the moment of good will has evaporated… [An] EU diplomat warned that some EU countries might no longer be willing to sign even if Yanukovych bends over backwards…”

Russia to the Rescue…

The New York Times wrote on December 17:

“In a sharp rebuff to the West in the diplomatic wrangle over Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin said Tuesday that Russia would come to the rescue of its financially troubled neighbor, providing $15 billion in loans and a steep discount on natural gas prices.

“It was a bold but risky move by Russia… Mr. Putin seemed to gain the upper hand over Europe and the United States in their contest for Ukraine, a former Soviet republic of 46 million that Russia sees as integral to its economic and security interests. It is by far the region’s most populous and influential country that has remained outside the European orbit.”

The EUObserver summarized on December 18:

“Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych has opted for a no-strings-attached Russian bailout instead of the EU alternative.”

North Korea’s Rule of Terror

Deutsche Welle wrote on December 13:

“South Korea has voiced concern after North Korea’s announcement that it had executed the uncle of its leader, Kim Jong Un. Jang Song Thaek had been considered the second-most powerful person in the country… Seoul will prepare fully for ‘all possibilities in the future’ while coordinating closely with its allies, a ministry statement said… South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accused Kim Jong Un of resorting to a ‘reign of terror’ to cement his leadership.

“The United States also expressed concern at the execution. ‘If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime,’ US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said… The North Korean state news agency KCNA announced on Friday that Jang had been executed, calling him a ‘traitor for all ages’ and ‘despicable human scum’ who had targeted leader Kim Jong Un with a planned coup. Earlier in the week, North Korea… branded him as a drug user and a profligate playboy who had gambled away millions in state funds at foreign casinos. The description is a complete reversal of the previously propagated image of Jang as a mentor and father figure to Kim Jong Un in the early stages of his rule…

“Although the Kim family has regularly purged those showing the slightest signs of dissent during its six-decade-long rule, Jang’s execution, if confirmed, was the highest-level one in the country in decades. Jang’s death has raised fears of a further-reaching purge in the country… Japan’s defence minister warned this week that the purge could herald an unheaval comparable to the Cultural Revolution in China, which led to widespread persecution and destruction.”

Worldwide Persecutions of Religious Minorities

Reuters reported on October 9:

“In 13 countries around the world, all of them Muslim, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution under the law… And beyond the Islamic nations, even some of the West’s apparently most democratic governments at best discriminate against citizens who have no belief in a god and at worst can jail them for offences dubbed blasphemy…

“A first survey of 60 countries last year showed just seven where death, often by public beheading, is the punishment for either blasphemy or apostasy – renouncing belief or switching to another religion… But this year’s more comprehensive study showed six more… there was systematic or severe discrimination against atheists across the 27-nation European Union. The situation was severe in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta and Poland where blasphemy laws allow for jail sentences up to three years on charges of offending a religion or believers…”

This persecution is not limited to atheists, but includes those who dare to question the actions of “established” religions or who want to change their religious affiliation.

The Pope and the Mexican Virgin Mary

CNS wrote on December 12:

“In a message sent to the Americas on Dec. 12, a day the Catholic Church celebrates in honor of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, Pope Francis, who was named Person of the Year this week by Time magazine, said that America is called to be ‘a land prepared to accept life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age.’… Dec. 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe because the Church approves and millions of Catholics believe that the mother of Jesus appeared to a Mexican peasant, Juan Diego, in Guadalupe in 1531.

“Commenting on the special day, Pope Francis said, ‘When Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego, her face was that of a woman of mixed blood, a mestiza, and her garments bore many symbols of the native culture. Like Jesus, Mary is close to all her sons and daughters; as a concerned mother, she accompanies them on their way through life.’…

“In Mexico, Dec. 12 is a bank holiday celebrated with public celebrations (fiestas) in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The day is not a federal holiday, but a religious festival where children dress in traditional garb and are blessed in churches; and thousands show up at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City to pray… For Catholics, Our Lady of Guadalupe is also called the Patroness of the Americas. She is also honored as the patroness of the unborn, and her image, from the Guadalupe depictions, is frequently used in pro-life marches and prayer vigils…”

Unbiblical Mary worship is surely a development to be prepared for.

Yellowstone’s Super Volcano Could Wipe Out America

The New York Post wrote on December 12:

“We’ve long known that Yellowstone is merely the skin on top of a supervolcano – a giant pool of magma sitting just under the Earth’s surface. Exactly how giant has been the subject of much speculation. Until now.

“A team from the University of Utah have [found out]… that Yellowstone’s magma chamber is 2.5 times larger than previously thought. It is an underground cavern measuring some 55 miles by 20 miles and containing between 125 and 185 billion cubic miles of molten rock. If it blows it will wipe out America – and have enormous impacts on the rest of the world…

“From analysis of rock and sediment layers, scientists say another eruption is almost due – at least by geological standards… So what would happen if Yellowstone was to erupt? Something close to Armageddon. Soil samples reveal that the last time it happened the whole of North America was smothered by ash. The lava flow was almost as great. The streams of molten rock were hundreds of miles long, and miles thick. Such was the extent of the smoke and debris cloud generated by the eruption that the climate of the entire world was affected for several centuries…”

Our free booklet, “The Theory of Evolution—a Fairy Tale for Adults,” describes past natural catastrophes like the one referred to in the article, and shows that future catastrophes are prophesied to occur.

Unprecedented Snowfall in the Holy Land and the Middle East

The Los Angeles Times wrote on December 13:

“Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in and out of Jerusalem, which is set in high hills, and thousands in and around the city were left without power. Israeli soldiers and police rescued  hundreds trapped in their cars by snow and ice. In the West Bank, the branches of olive trees groaned under the weight of snow.

“In Cairo, where local news reports said the last recorded snowfall was more than 100 years ago, children in outlying districts capered in white-covered streets… In other parts of the city, rain and hail rocketed down…

“Storm-driven waves lashed Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, and fishermen in the ancient port city of Alexandria were warned by authorities against putting out to sea. In the Sinai Peninsula, snow fell on Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine’s monastery at its foot. Sleet washed the dusty fronds of desert palm trees.

“The inclement weather worsened the situation for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, where many live in makeshift camps, abandoned buildings and other temporary sites lacking heat and protection from the elements. In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, many refugees were digging out snow from their provisional shelters amid subfreezing conditions. The situation is likely worse for multitudes of displaced people inside rebel-held and contested areas of Syria, where clashes and blockades by both sides in the country’s civil war have severely hampered delivery of aid.

“In Israel, where the storm was described as the heaviest December snowfall since 1953, thick clouds temporarily closed Ben-Gurion International Airport, causing the diversion of two international flights to Cyprus. Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, likened the storm to a snow tsunami.”

One is reminded of Christ’s admonition to pray that the flight of His disciples is not to occur on the Sabbath or in winter (Matthew 24:20).

China Lands on the Moon—in Honor of Moon Goddess and Her Rabbit Pet

The Associated Press wrote on December 14:

“China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon. The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth’s nearest neighbor… The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called ‘Yutu,’ or ‘Jade Rabbit,’ the goddess’ pet. After landing Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang’e eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration…”

CNN wrote on December 14:

“Chang’e-3, an unmanned spacecraft, will release Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese) — a six-wheeled lunar rover equipped with at least four cameras and two mechanical legs that can dig up soil samples to a depth of 30 meters… The robot’s name was decided by a public online poll and comes from a Chinese myth about the pet white rabbit of a goddess, Chang’e, who is said to live on the moon.”

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