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Where does the impeachment inquiry go now?

The U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry hearings picked up steam this week, as nine current and former U.S. officials testified on President Donald Trump's controversial dealings with the Ukrainian government. With three full days of testimony this week, and two the previous, International Edition’s Steve Miller speaks with Dr. Craig Albert, a political science professor at Augusta University, to unpack as to what the testimony meant to the Democrats and Republicans. Plus, a former CIA officer who pleaded guilty to an espionage conspiracy with China faces sentencing. The AP's Matt Small reports. In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The decision comes at a time when the United States has requested substantial increases to what it wants South Korea and Japan to pay for hosting US forces in their respective countries. International Edition’s Steve Miller speaks with John Grover Korean Studies Fellow at the Institute for the National Interest. Later in the program... after three years of investigation, Israel's Attorney General has decided to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate cases. The most serious charge is bribery, and it is the first time in Israel's history that a sitting prime minister has been indicted. Linda Gradstein reports Netanyahu accused the attorney general of trying to stage a coup. Turning to world news... British police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland over the deaths of 39 people from Vietnam who were found in a refrigerated container truck last month. The top U.S. representative in Taiwan says Washington is working with it to combat efforts by Beijing to influence upcoming elections on the island. Police will be out in force at polling stations in Hong Kong this weekend as keenly contested local elections take place amid ongoing anti-government protests. A rare near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction in Dallas for $1.26 million. A jury in New Zealand found a man guilty on Friday of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane, almost a year after the incident took place. Reuters' Jayson Albano has the details. Finally, a new report finds most adolescents around the world do not get enough physical activity on a daily basis to be healthy and to stay healthy as adults. Lisa Schlein reports this World Health Organization study presents the first-ever global estimates of insufficient physical activity among adolescents aged 11 to 17.  

Israel's Netanyahu indicted

Israel's attorney general has formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption scandals. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit issued an indictment Thursday charging Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and said he is a victim of a witch hunt.

Jeremy Corbyn isolates British Jews

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British Jews send a message to Jeremy Corbyn;’s Labour

Oy vez, Je-rem-meee Corrrrrr-bin. The Labour Party’s leader’s been hit with those allegations of anti-Semitism again and challenged over his commitment to deal with bigots in his party’s ranks. It turns out that parroting the line about his life-long fight for anti-racism and how much he loathes racism and how Jew hatred is wrong (who knew?) isn’t convincing everyone. Andrew Neil posed a few questions on the matter in a Q&A that gave Jews hope that their lot is not being ignored, boosted the Tories and assured Prince Andrew that he is not the worst person in interviews.

Watch the full Andrew Neil interview with Jeremy Corbyn

The full Andrew Neil interview with Jeremy Corbyn. You'll want to see this.

Posted by Conservatives on Tuesday, 26 November 2019

As Nick Cohen says of Corbyn’s unwillingness to apologise to Jews: “The best is to admit its guilt and reform. Labour cannot because Labour’s leader and his supporters are so contaminated by racial prejudice they lack the moral capacity to change, or even admit to themselves the need to change.”

The papers lead with the horror show:

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Only the Daily Star and Mirror don’t lead with Corbyn. The Star looks at two big Lottery winners. The Mirror goes for a story on the NHS, those Lottery winners, a recycling “disgrace”, and a chance to win a “giant Olaf toy”, as seen in the films Frozen and Frozen 2. No room for those pesky Jews:

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is one of the many upset by Labour’s inability to grasp the situation. His open letter is here in full:

The overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety. The question I am most frequently asked is: What will become of Jews and Judaism in Britain if the Labour Party forms the next government?

The Jewish community has… learned the hard way that speaking out means that we will be demonised… and accused of being partisan or acting in bad faith by those who still think of this as an orchestrated political smear. Yet, I ask myself: should the victims of racism be silenced by the fear of yet further vilification?

The way in which the leadership of the Labour Party has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud. It has left many decent Labour members and parliamentarians, both Jewish and non-Jewish, ashamed.

It is a failure to see this as a human problem rather than a political one. It is a failure of leadership. A new poison – sanctioned from the very top – has taken root in the Labour Party.

Many members of the Jewish community can hardly believe this is the same party that they proudly called their political home for more than a century.

How complicit in prejudice would a leader of Her Majesty’s opposition have to be in order to be considered unfit for high office? Would associations with those who have openly incited hatred against Jews be enough? Would describing as ‘friends’ those who endorse and even perpetrate the murder of Jews be enough? It seems not. What we do know from history is that what starts with the Jews, never ends with the Jews.

It is not my place to tell any person how they should vote. I simply pose the following question: What will the result of this election say about the moral compass of our country? I ask every person to vote with their conscience. Be in no doubt – the very soul of our nation is at stake.

And Labour’s response? If you watched the video above, you will have heard Corbyn refuse to apologise. And worse still, as Cohen notes:

Reassurance comes there none. In its place, Labour released its race and faith manifesto this morning. Buried in it was a commitment to ‘enhance the powers and functions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, making it truly independent’.

It sounded a sweet aspiration until you remembered that Labour is the first party since the neo-Nazi British National Party to be the subject of a formal investigation into institutional racism by the commission. The commission’s lawyers have reportedly received thousands of documents, some from disgusted former Labour staffers detailing how complaints about the party were dismissed or ignored. We know the commission’s lawyers spent hours ‘forensically examining the depressingly mountainous evidence of anti-Semitism within the Labour party’ before deciding that there is ‘an arguable case that Jewish people are being unlawfully discriminated against by Her Majesty’s Official Opposition.’
And the response from Corbyn and his clique is to descend into conspiracy theory and question the commission’s independence.

There was no process in Labour to deal with anti-semitism before Corbyn was made leader, says Corbyn… Well, you know, needs must. Brendan O’Neill asks who sees Neil’s interview, looks at Corbyn’s record on Jews – that mural, the wreath, those ‘friends’, the lesson in ‘English irony’, the Jewish MP hounded out of the party – and still votes for him?

Why do so many decent people want to serve under him as an MP? Vote in Labour moderates to save the Party, say the likes of Tony Blair, a man who claims to be appalled by the racism rife in the party he once led. Egregious balderdash. Vote Labour and you get Corbyn, a man who heads a group lacking in the moral capacity to admit grievous error and move on.

Too often accusations of racism in his Labour are recast as ‘smears’, part of a conspiracy to do him and his down, say the fans. Who runs this conspiracy? Well, who runs all the conspiracies that lead to all your problems. You know who, that’s who. Nudge-nudge. Wink-wink.

But fear not, Jews, because Corbyn knows racism exists in other places and will make sure the synagogues, shops and streets where Jews meet are well defended. But if they breach the Jewish school’s gates, these enemies possessed by a hate Corbyn can neither fathom nor identity, Jews can flee to Israel perhaps – the country Corbyn targets as the epitome of all that’s wrong with the world.

First they protect us for our own good. Then they block our escape route. Not again. Never again.

A vote for Corbyn’s Labour is a vote for racism. Please don’t do it.


Fruit of ‘US-backed colonization’: Israel to DOUBLE Jewish population in West Bank’s Hebron

Preview Two weeks after the US announced that it did not consider illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories to be in breach of international law, Israel announced a plan to double the Jewish population of Hebron.
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Smeared by ‘Israel lobby’? Dutch cartoonist scoffs after being branded ‘Nazi sympathizer’ over Netanyahu caricature

Preview A Jewish group is up in arms over a Dutch cartoon that suggests Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to use claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn for his own political benefit. The cartoon’s artist has defended his work.
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Rugby Australia 'doing what's right' in defending Israel Folau's A$14m lawsuit

Israel Folau, supported by wife Maria, prayed with supporters before going into court.

Varsity Baseball Preps for the 2017 Season

This past Monday, the World Baseball Classic was underway, with Israel playing South Korea. Not only that, but school-wise, the tryouts for spring sports — lacrosse, tennis, track and baseball — began. Bellport Varsity Baseball for the 2017 season, looks to once again do damage, as they have dedicated time and preparation since the beginning of January to accomplish the same goals they’ve accomplished in the last few years. In the 2015 season, Bellport managed to net a 10-8 record sweeping rivals like West Babylon and Huntington, enough for them to reach playoffs. Unfortunately, they would fall to Sachem East 2-0. Last year in the 2016 season, Bellport finished with a 10-10 record. After beginning in a slump with a record of 2-5, Bellport managed to win eight of their last 13 games to reach playoffs, but once again things would not go their way, as they fell to Connetquot 8-5. This year they’re looking forward to reaching the playoffs and even more, bringing home that banner by winning League IV. They will try to accomplish that with seniors Michael Sangiamo, Michael Francomano and Ian Hampson, who have all had varsity experience with last year. They will also have Adam Colon (six-year varsity player, committed to Citadel), Matthew Mulligan (committed to SUNY Purchase) and Joseph Greco (committed to Sacred Heart University). They have the addition of Ryan Kane, Rafael Vargas, William Romano, Trevor Virno, Kareem Holloway and the likes of Ryan Baumann and Anthony Jacabacci, who will both be entering their third year as varsity baseball players. Lastly, the roster will include sophomores Justin Maler and Andrew Veit. “Hopefully, we’ll maintain the success over the past couple of years, which is making playoffs and hopefully come out with a banner,” said Greco, who will be entering his fourth year of Bellport varsity baseball. “We just have to keep grinding and we’ll be in a good position to accomplish those goals.” “I’m looking forward to getting back to right where we were — we have unfinished business,” said Jacabacci. Bellport will dispute in League IV with schools like Centereach, Deer Park, Huntington, North Babylon and West Islip. Teams like Centereach (4-16 in 2016), Deer Park (6-14) and Huntington (3-16) will look forward to bouncing back this year and reaching playoffs. On the other hand, teams like North Babylon (13-7 in 2016) and West Islip (17-3) will look forward to reaching playoffs and doing more damage. West Islip won the Class AA Long Island Championship this past year. For the players, they all have the same mentality, to win League IV and bring the banner home. “We want to win a championship for the first time in 51 years,” said Baumann. “We are determined to put another banner up on the wall; the team chemistry definitely stands out. This is a group of guys that are all really close on and off the field and really want to go out and compete with each other,” said Mulligan, who enters his second year as a varsity player. The first game for Bellport will be at home on March 27 against North Babylon. By Andres Rivas, reprinted courtesy of Long Island Advance 3/9/2017

A Personal Problem

I know, I know, I'm about to tell you about something that bothers me for me and it will upset some readers. "Pharisee!" they'll cry. "Judgmental!" they'll accuse. "Don't tell me what to do!" they'll demand. So let me make it clear that I'm not about to tell you what to do. I'm about to tell you about a personal problem in the hopes that you might be able to help me. I'm not suggesting that this is a problem for anyone but me. So thank you for your kind indulgence.

I am a fairly standard American. I have a television set and I use it for entertainment. Okay, maybe not standard. I don't have an antenna or cable connection, so I don't actually watch broadcast TV, but I do still have Netflix and my wife does connect to the Internet and watch a show or two from network television. So almost standard, okay? Here's the problem -- my problem. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to defend any of this ... at all.

In Deuteronomy God commanded Israel to teach their children the words of the Shema. "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up" (Deut 6:4-9). So when their children asked to be allowed to learn the ways of other nations, they would tell their children, "Well, you're supposed to be learning to love God when you lie down, when you rise up, and when you're home and when you're out. If you can figure out when else you have to do it, you can try." Or something like that. David wrote, "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes" (Psa 101:3). That's interesting because he did not say "evil"; he said "worthless." Paul wrote, "Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them" which seems all well and good, but went on to say, "for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret" (Eph 5:11-12). Elsewhere Paul says, "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things" (Php 4:8) All pretty clear and straightforward.

Consider, then, our current popular entertainment. What is their message? What is their aim? What do they want you to believe? The unrepentant aim of much of what you're shown today is "Accept as moral the immorality of our current world." In 2018 the news reported that "The percentage of LGBTQ series regulars on broadcast primetime scripted programming is up to an all-time high of 8.8 percent." This year GLAAD reported it was at 10.2% and the current demand is 20% by 2025. Companies playing ads for you on that same TV are consciously making them more "gay-inclusive" with, for instance, a kid who addresses two women as "Moms" (Cox), a holiday gathering with a gay couple (Kohl's), or a Campbell's soup ad with gay dads to name a few. GLAAD doesn't make any bones about it; they are aiming at making same-sex sex normal, acceptable, even laudable in today's society, and they are doing it right there on your TV screen. But look at some of the other affects. I've watched some of the older shows, like Dragnet or Adam-12, in light of newer shows like "Criminal Minds" or "Gotham." The magnitude of the crimes depicted have increased exponentially and the graphic depiction is out of control. In fact, finding horrible messages is so easy that we miss some of the easy ones because the rest are so blatant. But, here's the challenge. Can you find any positive ones? Can you find messages in primetime TV that give you ""Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute"? It sure doesn't seem like it.

I'm wondering, then, why I'm still watching any secular entertainment. Do you see my problem? If I want to learn to love God day and night, if I want to avoid the worthless, let alone the evil, if I want to avoid examining what is done by them in secret, if I want to think the way that Scripture tells me to think, can I do that with my television set? How do I justify it? If I want to imitate God (Eph 5:1), does the entertainment I'm putting in front of me add to or detract from that? If the things that I find entertaining are the things that God finds abominable, what does that say about me? Do I need to make a radical change here? That's my problem.

Additional Considerations
In thinking about this further, I have to point out that "crime" or "violence" or the like in our entertainment media are not the issue here. The Bible includes stories of crime, violence (sometimes very graphic violence), sexual immorality, and all. (Interestingly there is not one instance of graphic sex there. Nowhere does it describe a sex act. Kind of like the old days of TV and movies where the scene cuts and you know what they did but you never saw it.) Of course, a key difference is that none of it is glorified. Contrasted with a Gotham where all characters are evil or Joker where everyone is bad, so we should feel bad for the poor mass murderer, the Bible contains these stories, but they aren't classified as "good". So it is not merely the presence of such stories that I'm talking about; it is the intent.

Desarrollan bacteria genéticamente modificada que produce miel de abejas


Un grupo multidisciplinario de estudiantes israelíes del Technion ganó una medalla de oro en la competencia mundial iGEM al presentar una bacteria genéticamente modificada que imita los procesos del estómago de la abeja melífera. Buscan reducir la presión sobre el uso de este popular polinizador.

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Científicos israelíes diseñan bacteria biotecnológica que se alimenta del CO2 del aire


El objetivo final de los investigadores israelíes es crear factorías biológicas que conviertan el gas responsable del cambio climático en comida y combustibles.

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Gammeldags svinghjul halverer ladetiden

Ved at lagre energi i svinghjul, er der mere el klar, når en elbil skal hurtiglades. De israelske udviklere bag konceptet sammenligner det med cisternen på et toilet.

The Real Reason You Keep Missing God's Divine Appointments for You


It's absolutely necessary to surround yourself with people who inspire you to do more and be more than you ever thought possible. The book of Numbers describes a man named Caleb with a "different spirit." The original language more directly translates to "wholehearted." You know you've been in the presence of a wholehearted person because their passion is contagious! The biblical Caleb ended up being a catalyst alongside Israel's leader, Joshua, to take a nation into the promised land. When most others saw the impossibility of a giant-infested territory, Caleb saw an opportunity for God to show up and show off. He didn't have one shred of doubt in his being. He was wholehearted.

Divine appointments are always disguised as impossible situations. Stop being so easily discouraged, and start seeing pressure as a privilege. The destination that God has for you is absolutely outside of your current reach. It is bigger than your current bank account. It is bigger than your current circle of supporters. God will always give you a dream big enough to keep you dependent on Him and the relationships He appoints to advance you. You can see the way that God orchestrates divine appointments in the story of Joshua and Caleb. They had a synergistic relationship. They were like-minded. They were aligned in certainty that anything was possible through their unity and God's favor.

Whenever you find yourself in a situation that seems to contradict your destiny, know that God may be using it to bring a Caleb to you. It was the prospect of dying in the promised land of Canaan that solicited the resolve of Caleb to emerge. True relationship is forged in adversity. When things get hard, keep your eyes open for the wholehearted ones in your midst.

I was driving through the cornfields of Northwest Indiana with a dream inside of me to launch a New York City church. Everything about my dream defied my surroundings. It was an expensive, irrational and seemingly impossible dream. I had faith, but I needed to join my faith with someone who wasn't focused on the giants of fear inhabiting New York, but rather, the provision waiting on the other side of radical obedience. I was not-so-randomly connected to Anthony Spark, a New York entrepreneur and visionary leader. What seemed like the most insurmountable dream to me was more than possible to him. Anthony Spark was wholehearted. Within the next year, we would raise the money, build the team, move my family and I across the country, and launch V1 Church.

You will receive the dream before the relationships, before the provision and before the open doors. Don't miss the divine appointments in disguise! You can listen to Anthony and I discuss this and more on the Mike Signorelli podcast or watch here.

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Why Many Believers Miss the Miracle Power of Intercessory Prayer


The Bible discusses intercession often throughout its many pages. When I pondered this with the glasses of kingly/priestly concepts, I came to a stark awareness that I feel is compelling.

Many people reading an article about kings think of the battles, the wealth and the power to influence for good and evil. But I believe there is even a greater power given to the kings of the earth that many have never accessed.

This power is the power of intercession. It is the ability to have God's ear and heart when you pray for those in your sphere of influence. The God of heaven and earth listens to the hearts of kings and queens. There are several biblical examples where God literally harkens to the prayer of kings and in some cases even changes world events.

There are men and women like you and me who are everyday business people. Moses, who was a prince of Egypt (public servant), turned to a professional herdsman, a king chosen by God. The 12 tribes of Israel only had one tribe that was priestly; all the others were kingly tribes.

Wow! When you understand that most of the Bible was written about the kingly, it's remarkable. We are one of the major players of God's Spirit, callings and anointings on the earth. The common marketplace people are within God's plan. The priestly role is available to support and encourage us.

I say all this as a preparation for intercession because the kings are everywhere in the Bible. They are the ones who God is depending on in the last days.

Let us look at some prime examples of God directly responding to various kings in the Bible who ventured to intercede for those in their sphere of influence. As kings, we have great intercessory authority. When we walk into this anointing, we can see miracles happen through us, not just the priestly.

How about Abraham, the father of our faith, a kingly man of God? Remember the story of Abraham's intercession for Lot in Genesis 18:22-23. It took over 11 verses to record this businessman's intercession and negotiation with the Lord not to wipe out Sodom where Lot lived. God honored Abraham by removing Lot and his wife and daughter by sending angles to get Lot out of the city. I hope you can see that when a king prays, God answers, and in this case with angels.

Moses' prayers for his people were answered on several occasions. Remember when God told Moses that He wanted to kill all of Israel and start a new tribe with Moses? Moses interceded and asked God not to kill the people. Remember the story where Aaron and Miriam grumbled against Moses? The Lord gave leprosy to them and Moses interceded on their behalf so that they might be healed. God honored his request.

How about Joshua, who prayed to make the sun stand still in Joshua 10:12-15? Joshua, who was a military man, not a seminary student, asked God to hold the sun so he could finish conquering the enemy. God heard a request of a king and honored it.

This list goes on and on about how God answers prayers of kings. Look at the life of Jesus, a carpenter, not of the tribe of Levi but a Melchizedek kingly priest. Look at the New Testament: It's chock-full of kings, fishermen, tax collectors and others having their prayers answered and seeing the miracles of God happening prior to Jesus' death.

Therefore, your occupation or place in life does not define the power of your prayers. You do not need to rely on people in the formal ministry occupation to intercede for your family, friends and society. Use the power God has bestowed on you, a king or queen, and pray with power and conviction. {eoa}

Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books, including Ministry of Kings and Queens: From Laity to Royalty. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website,, on his Facebook, by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at


Why the Promised Land Is Just a Prophetic Shadow of the Kingdom of Heaven


Have you ever found yourself reading a Scripture you know or have heard many times in church, but on that particular day, its meaning becomes brand-new to you? We should always be looking for and expecting new revelation when we come to read and study God's Word. When this happens to me, I am inclined to go deeper into God's Word to see what else He wants to show me concerning the word or idea.

This article started as a prophetic word. During a Tuesday night service at the church I pastor, Crusaders Church in Chicago, I prophesied about moving into a good land. After delivering that word, I began to do a word study in the Scriptures regarding "the land"—the land of Canaan, the promised land, inheriting the land and the good land.

The good land is a picture of kingdom living—living in the glory realm and in the promises of God. The good land is God's country. It is a place where goodness, abundance, prosperity, excellence, refreshing, beauty, nourishment, blessing, satisfaction, plenty and glory are ways of life. It is the land of the finest, best and choicest of meat and grain. It is a place where we are nourished, shielded and safe. We receive abundant harvests, and all our works are fruitful in the good land. It is a place where becoming fat and large is a spiritual picture of prosperity, wealth and the anointing. I have a passion to see people live in prosperity, abundance, peace, joy and victory in the land God has promised us in Christ.

The good land is also a picture of the promised land to which God was leading the Israelites upon their exodus from Egypt. He was leading them to the physical place called Canaan. God Himself brought them into a good land, a land of milk and honey (Exod. 3:8; Num. 14:8; Deut. 31:20; Ezek. 20:15), as He promised their forefather Abraham (Gen. 12:7).

Today, God's people enter the good land through Jesus Christ, as we have now by faith become the spiritual seed of Abraham (Rom. 11:11-31). The good land is no longer a physical place but a spiritual representation of what was purchased for us by the finished work of Jesus at the cross. It is a metaphor for our spiritual inheritance in Christ and the blessings we have as a result. So now because of Christ, the saints of God dwell in this land and possess it by faith.

Our Inheritance

"Earth" in the Bible's original Greek language is ge, which literally means "land." That's a big distinction, because when you hear or read the word earth, you may think of the entire planet. But when you think of land, the concept of the physical area adjusts to mean only a portion of the planet. Of course, when God sent the Israelites in to possess the land, they were not going in to possess the entire planet. They were possessing the land of Canaan. God gave them parameters (Num. 34:1-12).

When Jesus said in Matthew 5:5 that the meek will inherit the earth, He had certain spiritual boundary lines in mind. Though the verse is commonly quoted, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Jesus did not mean the entire physical planet but a special spiritual land set aside for those who love Him, which they inherit as they come into fellowship with Him.

Several Scriptures talk about the good land. Psalm 25:13 says, "His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth [the land]." In Psalm 37, the phrase "inherit the earth" (or land) is mentioned five times (v. 9, 11, 22, 29, 34).

But the book of Psalms was written almost 1,000 years after Joshua led the people of Israel into Canaan, yet still we find several references in Psalm 37 to inheriting the land. Why is the Word of God still talking about possessing the earth?

First, I believe that all the promises of God are fulfilled in Christ. Christ is the fulfillment of all the Old Covenant promises and all the Old Covenant types and symbols. As part of the Old Covenant, God told the Israelites, "I am going to bring you into a good land. This is going to be your inheritance. This will be your possession" (see Deut. 5:31, 6:1, 26:1). But the inheritance of the physical land was something that was temporary, earthly, physical and natural. It was a type of something greater, which we find in Christ.

Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, the priesthood, the sacrifices—all these things were types and shadows of a greater reality in which the fulfillment is Christ. So when Scripture says, "The meek shall inherit the earth," it is an Old Covenant picture of what we inherit in Christ. The land is Christ; Christ is the promised land. Christ is our inheritance. So blessings, prosperity, peace, shalom, favor, land flowing with milk and honey—all these are types and symbols of what it means to live in Christ and to walk and live in the Spirit.

So many people today, especially Christians, are focused on the physical piece of land housing Israel, the Gaza Strip and Palestine, as if that is to be the focus of the kingdom. They miss the fact that the land God sent Israel into—and please catch this because you must understand types, shadows and figures in order to rightly divide the Word of God—is a natural representation of something much greater in the Spirit. Though they were sent into this physical land, we must understand that God has something much bigger in mind than just a physical piece of land. The kingdom of heaven is much bigger than that.

Receiving this broadened perspective can be a problem for some Christians whose eyes are so locked on the natural and the physical that they miss the spiritual reality of what we possess in Christ.

What we possess in Christ is a fulfillment of the picture and shadow of what the people of Israel possessed by going into a physical land. Literally, Christ is the good land. Living in the Spirit is the good land, and that is the land given to us.

Allow me to lead you through an example of how a type and shadow may be read in the Old Testament and then seen in the New Testament as fulfilled.

Deuteronomy 8:7 says, "For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs that flow out of valleys and hills."

What does water represent in the Bible? It represents the Spirit of God. Jesus said in John 7:38b (KJV), referring to the believer, "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." And in John 4, He said, "The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (v. 14).

The good land is a picture of living a Spirit-filled life: worship, prophecy, words of knowledge and wisdom, discernment, tongues, interpretation, miracles. That's what we have in Christ. Life should never be boring when you have the Spirit of God flowing consistently. Your life should be full of water, full of fountains, full of depth and full of the river of God (Ps. 46:4). The water of the Spirit of God should always be flowing in your life; if you are not experiencing that, you are not living in the good land. And if you allow it, the enemy will rob you of what it means to live in the good land, to live in the blessings of the Spirit of God.

As you study all the things the people of Israel inherited, realize these are types and shadows of what you have in Christ. When Christ says, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt. 5:5), He is not referring to something physical. He is referring to something much greater than the physical. He is referring to living in salvation, redemption, abundance, glory and shalom. This is the good land.

Blessed Are the Meek

If you are wondering who "the meek" are in Matthew 5:5, let me uncover the mystery: you are the meek. The good land is part of your inheritance in Christ. You are blessed and an heir to the land. It is yours in Christ!

My paraphrase of Isaiah 1:19 says, "The meek are humble, teachable, and able to be corrected by God. They are willing and obedient; therefore, they eat the good of the land."

When you read the phrase "blessed are the meek," know that it is all about Jesus and our restoration through salvation to His image and likeness. Jesus is a picture of the meek. In Matthew 11:29, He said He was meek and lowly in heart. He has inherited the earth in the sense that He possesses the entire world.

Psalm 2:8 (MEV) tells of the promise of the Father to the Son, who becomes the King: "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession."

Christ's dominion is over the entire earth. Jesus is the embodiment of meekness, and when we enter into Christ, we take on all that He is; therefore, we take on His meekness. His meekness becomes part of our lives. We cannot be meek apart from Christ.

All the promises that are revealed to us through Scripture and by the Spirit of God are found and fulfilled in Christ. So blessed are the meek—blessed are those who are in Christ, the meek one—for they shall inherit the earth, or possess the land.

Appropriated by Faith

Being in Christ is more than being saved. It's more than going to heaven. It's more than just being justified. But many believers have not allowed themselves to live in the good land because of tradition, religion, fear, doubt and other people's interference. They never use their faith to appropriate the land.

When Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matt. 16:15b), we are witness to Peter's revelation of who Jesus is: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (v. 16b). My desire is that people get a revelation of Christ and thereby get a revelation of the good land.

The enemy will work overtime on your mind and emotions to keep you in an exhausted and frustrated state so that you will believe the good land is for super saints and not for you. This is a lie. Like many people with potential, there may be times when you feel stuck outside of your promises because you have unconsciously partnered with the lies of hell. This is one of Satan's strategies to get you to believe his lies, to make vows and partner with him, and to empower demon spirits to wreak havoc in your life.

You may hear words such as, "Things will never work out for you." You begin to agree with the deception and speak it over yourself: "Things will never work out for me." This is the work of the enemy, and as he influences what you speak, his demons will honor your word. They understand the realm of covenant and keep you on the outskirts of the good land by sowing lies into your heart and mind. You must rise up, break those lies, renew your mind and begin to prophesy the blessings of the good land. The good land is not just for others; it is for you!

Believe what God is saying to you in this hour. I believe that by faith you can inherit the promises, rest, joy, peace, favor, glory and all the great things that belong to us as a result of inheriting the land. The land does belong to you as a child of God. It is a spiritual inheritance. It is a spiritual land that belongs to you. And you can have it by faith if you understand what the land is, what it represents and how we possess it in Christ.

I believe God wants you to live in the good land to enjoy His blessings and promises that are in Christ. The more revelation and understanding you receive, the more you confess this and believe and walk in this. Whatever your current situation is, faith will turn your whole life around. Faith will cause you to move out of a place of poverty, stress and fear, and into a place of abundance, victory and favor.

Begin to confess this and believe it, appropriating it by faith. Rise up. Come out of bondage. Come out of the wilderness. Come out of that dry place. Get into the good land and dwell there all the days of your life. {eoa}

John Eckhardt is overseer of Crusaders Ministries. He is an author and speaker who has ministered in more than 80 nations.

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How Spirit-Filled Believers Must Pray for Netanyahu Right Now


Israel has been in the news a lot lately, especially with its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, being charged in three corruption cases. Sometimes it's hard for those of us who don't live in Israel to truly understand what's going on. After all, the media is not as unbiased as it used to be when it comes to reporting on Israel.

Because of that, I invited Pastor Avi Mizrachi onto my "Strang Report" podcast to help shed light on what's really going on. Mizrachi is the pastor of a Messianic congregation in Tel Aviv called the Adonai Roi Congregation. ("Adonai Roi" means "The Lord is my shepherd.")

"I believe we're in a time that we need, more than ever, to really pray for Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu," Mizrachi says. "We want to have a righteous government and a righteous prime minister. So I believe it's important that, as believers, we pray for our government and our leaders at such a time as this."

As a strong Christian Zionist, I was happy when Netanyahu was elected. He's been a strong leader and a good friend to the United States—and especially to our president, Donald Trump. But when this news broke about him being officially charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes, I was a little surprised. In some ways, it sounds like what the left is doing here in the U.S. to Trump.

Mizrachi agrees that Netanyahu has been a wonderful leader for Israel. But Mizrachi points out that as Netanyahu's wealthy friends from all over the world came to visit him, some complaints arose that he was receiving special gifts from these people.

"To make a long story short, they came to the conclusion that those gifts that he received from all the rich people from all over the world were actually considered as bribery and, therefore, it's fraud," he says. "We're talking about thousands of thousands of shekels and champagne, cigars—things like that."

Despite the charges, Mizrachi believes that Netanyahu isn't a crooked or evil man. Instead, he calls him a "good leader" and says many on the left don't like him to the point that they are pressuring him to step down.

But Mizrachi also points out that the charges are not confined to receiving gifts of champagne and cigars. They also include a time when Netanyahu tried to convince a media publication not to publish a negative piece about him. As a result, people are now saying he tried to manipulate the press.

"Definitely, there is a lot of attack on him personally," Mizrachi says. "I pray that if he's innocent, that all these lies will come out. But if he's guilty, then he has to pay for doing what is illegal."

It's important to point out that Netanyahu isn't the first Israeli prime minister to be charged with a crime. Ehud Olmert, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, was charged with accepting bribes and obstruction of justice. As a result, Olmert actually went to prison.

Is Netanyahu's situation the same as Olmert's? Mizrachi says absolutely not.

"That was a totally different situation," he says. "[Olmert] was not a straight person. Before he became prime minister, he was mayor of Jerusalem."

While Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem, contractors came to him saying they wanted to build a large building. Olmert was not excited to approve this outlandish proposal, so the contractors gave him a big envelope full of cash. Soon after, Olmert approved the controversial project, speeding its development. After Olmert was charged, he was sent to jail for 18 months.

Because of his charges, Olmert stepped down from his position as prime minister. Many are pressuring Netanyahu to do the same thing. After all, they reason, he will not be able to serve his nation to the best of his ability while he has to focus on his trial.

Reports say, though, that the attorney general is not forcing Netanyahu to step down. So far, the prime minister says he can handle the tremendous pressure. Of course, this adds to the pressure of him not being able to form a government after Israel's two elections. All of that creates a large burden Netanyahu must carry right now.

For that reason, Christians must rise up and pray for him.

"I pray that the Lord will strengthen him during this time," Mizrachi says. "And if he is not [innocent], may the Lord expose any wickedness and unrighteousness for His holy name's sake and that God would raise up someone else to really form this unity government. We do need a strong unity government right now to face all the challenges that we are facing in the Middle East."

Will you join Mizrachi in praying for God's perfect will in this situation? God knows the truth of the charges surrounding Netanyahu. As Christians filled with the Spirit of God, we have an opportunity—and a responsibility—to intercede for the Holy Land and its government.

Listen to my full interview with Mizrachi for more insight into this difficult situation in Israel and tips on how you can practically pray right now!


The Powerful Words God Spoke to Me During Thanksgiving Prayer


One morning during my prayer time as I was thanking the Lord, I heard Him say, "Brad, you could thank me every waking second of the day until you leave this world and it still would not be too much." Now, He was not being critical or derogatory; He was simply and calmly stating the truth about the value and importance of being thankful.

I started thinking about some key "thankful" Scriptures, like 1 Thessalonians 5:18, where we are instructed to give thanks in all circumstances. The Amplified Bible reflects: "Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks]." The Message states "Thank God no matter what happens." Or to put it another way: Give thanks in all things and at all times—live a lifestyle of thankfulness to God, and for others. In the Greek, this particular word is eucharisteo and per The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary, it means thankful, grateful and well-pleasing (to show oneself grateful, to be thankful and to give thanks).

Or how about the short and simple instruction in Colossians 3:15 (MEV) "...and be thankful"? The word used here is eucharistos and means "thankful or grateful." Ephesians 5:4 tells us instead of foolish talking and jesting, we should give thanks. And in Ephesians 5:20, we are admonished to give thanks always for all things.

Thankfulness as a Lifestyle

What would it look like to live a lifestyle of thankfulness in this world? What if we said "thank you" and meant it every time our spouse does something "routine" for us or our family? Examples include when they purchase groceries, do the laundry, wash the dishes, set the table, cook a meal, make us coffee, pick up clothes, buy you or your family clothes, pay the bills, keep the books, run errands, take the kids to school and pick them up afterward, coach kids' sports, plan a vacation, get the family ready for church, get up in the middle of the night for you or your children, buy and mail cards to both families on those special days, pray for us and our family, go to work every day, do yard work ... and on and on it goes.

Are we really aware of what our spouse does for us and our family? Are we thankful for each and every thing? Do we ever look them in the eye and say "thank you" from our heart? Paul made it a habit to thank God for others (see Eph. 1:16; Col 1:3; 1 Thess. 1:2, 3:9; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Tim. 2:1), and I want to make it my practice also: to personally thank the checkout person, server, clerk, attendant, teacher, coach, employer, employee, nurse, doctor, policeman, military, first responder, pastor, usher, worshipper and so forth. I choose to live a lifestyle of thankfulness.

I remember our pastor back in the mid-'80s saying that yearly, he would drive by where he used to live and the beach where he got into drugs, just to remember his old lifestyle and all that his Jesus did for him. It kept him mindful of being thankful throughout the year. We are reminded by the writer of Psalm 77:11 "I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old." It's important to recall to mind all that our great God has done for us, and to muse on the many miracles He has worked in our lives and the lives of our family members (see Isa. 63:7, Jonah 2:7, 1 Chr. 16:12, Deut. 5:15, Lam. 3:21-24). I choose to remember all that my faithful Father has done for my family and me.

Thankfulness as a Weapon

There has been many a time when my wife and I were engaged in spiritual warfare for a person or a specific situation and we seemed to be "stuck"—and then felt led to stop and start thanking God. We would begin to offer thanks that He is Lord of that person or situation (Ps. 24:1, Neh. 9:6, Deut. 10:14); that He rules and reigns in that person or situation (Luke 1:32-33, Ex. 15:18, 1 Chr. 16:31, Ps. 103:19, Lam. 5:19). We thanked Him that He is the revealer of secrets (Dan. 2:22) and that nothing is too difficult for Him (Gen. 18:14, Jer. 32:17, Job 42:2, Luke 1:37). His is an everlasting kingdom/dominion (Ps. 145:1, Dan. 4:3, Zech. 9:10, 1 Chr. 16:31, 2 Chr. 20:6).

I recall hearing a pastor once say of Moses' song in Exodus 15:1 and Miriam's song in Exodus 15:20 as "right song, wrong side." He was admonishing us to go into life's situations thanking and praising God, and not waiting for the breakthrough to thank and praise Him. Think King Jehoshaphat; when three armies (labeled a great multitude) came against Judah, they appointed worshippers to lead their army, and when they began to sing, the Lord sent ambushes against the attacking armies (2 Chr. 20:1-30). So, the next time we are in a battle and just cannot seem to get breakthrough, let's remember to choose thankfulness as a weapon and begin thanking and praising the Lord and watch what happens.

Thankfulness as Worship

Recently I read a post on Facebook from a man battling cancer, stating gratitude is the beginning of worship. Think about that: Aren't gratitude and thankfulness the heart of worship? Revelation 7:11-12 says, "All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying: 'Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.'" The Strong's Concordance states this particular "thanksgiving" is eucharistia, which means "gratitude, grateful, thankfulness; giving thanks as an act of worship." I love what Spurgeon writes of Psalm 50:14: "Thankful adoration before the Lord."

Aren't we encouraged in Psalm 100:4 to "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him, and bless His name"? Or "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving" in Psalm 95:2. Every time I read these Scriptures, I am overwhelmed with His desire for me to stop what I am doing and come into His holy presence with thanksgiving in my heart and on my lips. How can we separate thanksgiving from worship?

God created us and He knows what gratitude and thankfulness do for our soul, how thankfulness realigns our perspective and keeps our heart soft and sensitive to His voice. That is why He instructed the Israelites to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to Him (see Lev. 7:12-15, Ps. 107:22). We read how God stirred Nehemiah's heart to appoint two large thanksgiving choirs to go in different directions on the recently completed wall to dedicate it with gladness and thanksgiving. They rejoiced so loudly, the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off (Neh. 12:27-43). I guess that is why we are instructed in Psalm 69:30 to "magnify Him with thanksgiving." It is interesting to note the word used in Nehemiah for thanksgiving is todah, which The Strong's Concordance defines as "an extension of the hand, adoration; specifically, a choir of worshippers." Oh, to be listed among His "choir of worshippers"!

So, let us choose to have a thankful worshipping heart like King David, a true worshipping warrior who lived a lifestyle of thanksgiving and praise as evidenced in Psalm 119:62 where he rose at midnight to give thanks to God. No wonder we find so many various tenses of "thanks" mentioned in Psalms.

Because He inhabits the praises and thanksgivings of His people, let us bring His presence into our lives, our homes, our neighborhoods and our cites by thanksgiving praise, so the "joy of Jerusalem" may be heard throughout the land (Neh. 12:27-43)!

Happy Thanksgiving! {eoa}

Brad Tuttle is a marketplace minister who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife, Juneal. He leads the Spiritual Warfare Attack Team (SWAT), a group of men from various churches and vocations. They intercede weekly, sometimes traveling to places of great need. A partner ministry, NOCO Revivalists, provides intercessory prayer support to pastors and churches in northern Colorado. Brad provides leadership to both. Brad and Juneal attend Vintage City Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.


3 Theories for What Revelation's 'Wormwood' Judgment Could Really Be


Many Christians—and even churches—avoid studying the book of Revelation, often believing it to be too confusing, inapplicable or metaphorical. However, the individual who avoids this book unknowingly shortchanges themselves: Readers are told in the first few verses that those who read and truly hear this revelation will be blessed. Furthermore, believers are challenged in 1 Thessalonians 5 not to be found ignorant regarding these end-times events because we do not belong to the night or in darkness. Today, we will try to dissect one of the most mysterious judgments in Revelation: Wormwood.

In the final book of the Bible, the apostle John is well into a lengthy, colorful description of coming events. Elderly and exiled, John is an eyewitness as a series of seven seals on a vellum scroll are peeled back, one by one. Only the Lamb of God who was slain was deemed worthy to open these seals from what is obviously a very important document. Seal one through six have already been opened with dramatic and effective results. Revelation 8 starts by telling of a period of time—one half-hour—when heaven will be completely silent after the breaking of the seventh seal. Then, seven angels, appointed for this specific moment in time, prepare themselves to sound.

The third trumpet is accompanied by an ominous series of events in John's vision: "The third angel sounded, and a great star from heaven, burning like a torch, fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. The name of this star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter" (Rev. 8:10-11).

While not everyone asserts that prophecy will be dealt specifically via an incoming comet or asteroid, admittedly, a casual English reading of the entire chapter of Revelation 8 certainly lends itself to such an interpretation. That said, there are other options regarding the meaning of this Wormwood and what its arrival may portend in this prophetic "trumpet" discussion.

Often, in our corporate church imagination, the prevailing narrative regarding the blowing of the trumpet spawns visions of a spiritual entity (angel) perched peacefully on a cloud awaiting his cue. When the time has arrived, he blows the third trumpet and watches, disengaged, from his cushy seat in the heavens while a giant rock splashes into the earth's most important freshwater source.

But maybe, just maybe, there is an angel who is more involved than this cartoon version—and perhaps we're not looking at an impact/collision event at all.

It would be easy to keep our collective sights only on "natural space activity" (however erratic) and forget another theory about Wormwood that may, according to some scholars like Michael S. Heiser, be the most obvious conclusion regarding these poisonous waters. Could Wormwood be a fallen angel?

The notion that trumpet three, Wormwood, would be an entity—especially with how many spiritual and demonic beings these judgments are increasingly producing around this time—will probably appear in that day to both Christ's devoted ones and the Antichrist's followers as a real possibility.

In this article, we will explore possible alternate explanations for Wormwood in order to prepare you for the end-times reality that could begin at any moment. But first, I should explain how to approach serious interpretation of Revelation and its mysterious prophecies.

Biblical Literalism

When interpreting the Wormwood judgment, scholars arrive at many different conclusions—some easier to grasp than others. Some believe the "falling star" could actually mean a "falling angel," and others suggest that the "bitterness" (poisoning) of wormwood actually means "famine" and has nothing to do with water. We'll get to both of those theories in the next section. Nevertheless, both concepts demand that the question of literality in the interpretation of Revelation is at least visited briefly so readers can understand: 1) why the interpretations—even among scholars—vary so widely, and 2) why many of these theories are equally plausible.

There is a popular (and respectable) principle of biblical interpretation that many instructional books will teach as one of the first rules to follow when studying the Bible: "If a verse can be interpreted literally, it should be. The only occasion when a Scripture should not be taken literally is when doing so creates an absurdity."

For instance, 2 Timothy 4:13 contains a clear, non-allegorical order for Timothy to bring Paul's cloak and documents. To take 2 Timothy 4:13 as literal does not create an absurdity, because it's not illogical or unreasonable in any way to assume Paul wanted Timothy to swing by with some supplies next time he was headed Paul's way. However, John 3:3, taken to the fullest application of literality, means that a man must crawl through his mother's womb again (be "born again") before he can go to heaven. But as we know, even Nicodemus realized that a literal interpretation would create an absurdity, so he sought clarification, and Jesus further explained that this rebirth was "of ... the Spirit" (John 3:4-6), leading us today to understand that this was a metaphor.

Therefore, to follow one of the most fundamental principles of biblical interpretation, "wormwood" would be a poisoning of fresh waters (not "famine") and "Wormwood" would be a space-body mass object of some kind (not an "angel" or "fallen angel"). Assuming we're dealing with asteroids and a poisoning, we have been able to conclude a literal interpretation that "does not create an absurdity." This is perhaps why many scholars of the Word resist the allegorical or metaphorical approach to the book of Revelation any time we can see a logical, literal explanation for what's coming.

Yet the very first rule of biblical interpretation, which must be acknowledged before any and all others in any serious approach to Scripture, is this: "There can only be one, true meaning of the verse in question, and that is the meaning that the author of that book intended for his original readers. No interpretation that disagrees with the author of the book (and, by extension, the Holy Spirit who led such a composition) can ever be the right one."

The real issue lies in getting to the bottom of what that author meant, and not in deciding what we think makes the most sense to us today. That faulty approach is called eisegesis—"putting into Scripture what was never there"—which is the opposite of exegesis—"pulling out of Scripture what has been there from the beginning." It's also to commit the error of placing hermeneutics (what it means to us, today) ahead of exegesis (what it meant to them back then).

Yet this conundrum has never been bigger than when we get to Revelation, for the following reasons:

Unlike a didactic work or a historical narrative, John was documenting a future reality, not a past one, and the language of his vision often demands allowance for the same kind of prophetic imagery we have seen elsewhere in the Word, ripe with symbolism and metaphor, much like some of the messages given by the major prophets of the Old Testament.

Parts of Revelation can be interpreted literally without creating an absurdity, whereas other areas absolutely cannot.

As will be shown shortly, the original audience can and did recognize a language and imagery ("star" as "angel") from first-century authors that is lost from mainstream Bible studies today. This unfortunately tends to leave the interpretation of a difficult book like Revelation only to those supremely educated scholars whose field of specialty (like Heiser and Gregory K. Beale) lies in comprehending the full and complete culture at the time of the original author's penning. Since this is a minority, that means that an extreme minority of the church is sorting it all out, and the responsibility of comprehending "literal" versus "nonliteral" appears insurmountable for many.

Based on those points, we may be tempted to say all these trumpet judgments are symbols, and none of them are literal. If John intended to share his already overwhelming prophetic vision in language his contemporaries would understand—perhaps because what he saw was already so hard to put into words of any language—then we, too, should be willing to visit that possibility. It all boils down to context.

Rethinking Wormwood

Well-known among Bible scholars, but largely undiscussed in lay-Christianity, is the fact that the word "star" is frequently a personification of either a saint or angel in the Word, as well as classic and ancient extrabiblical Jewish writings or apocryphal accounts. One major, scriptural point of comparison scholars also make is the link between Michael as guardian angel in Daniel 12:1, and his relation to the intelligent and personified "stars" two verses later. This association was so well known by the New Testament writers that it felt like a natural extension of terms by the time John of Patmos wrote that "The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches" in Revelation 1:20b.

And elsewhere, in The New Bible Commentary, the close proximity of the other stars of the trumpet judgments as angelic messengers of death appears obvious enough to immediately consider Wormwood an angel as well: "Since the star that falls at the sounding of the fifth trumpet (9:1) is an angelic being, it is possible that Wormwood is also an angel."

But another question is now presented: If the "star" is really an "angel" and not an asteroid that might set off eruptive phenomena or some equivalent, then what, exactly, are the "bitter waters" that result in death?

When we trace "wormwood" back to its Hebrew root, la'anah, it represents extreme suffering and destruction—the opposite of righteousness and justice. That could mean just about anything in an eschatological trumpet judgment creating mass death. Beale postulates that Wormwood may not be referring to a literal poisoning of fresh waters, but a pouring out of bitter suffering, a curse, that results in death by famine.

Though Wormwood is described as "burning," fire isn't remotely limited to literality. Even on some occasions when fire has meant a literal flame, it has also indicated a personification or theophany (Ex. 3:2-6, 13:21, 19:18). Most pertinent to our study, however, are moments when "fire" represents a symbol of the wrath of God or a judgment:

God's wrath is fire. Psalm 89:46 says, "How long, O Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? How long shall Your wrath burn like fire?" (See also Ezek. 21:31, 22:31, 38:19).

God's rebuke is fire. Isaiah 66:15 says, "For the Lord shall come with fire and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire."

God's fury is fire. Lamentations 2:4 says, "He has bent His bow like an enemy, with his right hand set like an adversary; He has killed all who were pleasant to His eye; in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion, He has poured out His fury like fire."

God's jealousy is fire. Zephaniah 3:8 says, "Therefore wait for Me, declares the Lord, until the day when I rise up to seize the plunder; for My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of My jealousy."

There are more examples, but you get the idea. Fire is used throughout the Word to represent a judgment of God upon the earth. With this in mind, one of the most powerful arguments for "fire" as a judgment of God in the form of famine is Ezekiel 5.

The prophecy regarding the "thirds" begins with friction between Israel and the Babylonian armies, during the symbolic act of cutting Ezekiel's hair:

"As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword. Take and cause it to pass upon your head and upon your beard as a barber's razor. Then take balances to weigh and divide the hair. You shall burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city when the days of the siege are fulfilled. Then you shall take a third part and strike it with the sword all around the city. And a third part you shall scatter in the wind. And I will draw out a sword after them. You shall also take a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes. Then take some of them again and cast them into the midst of the fire and burn them in the fire. For a fire shall come out into all the house of Israel" (Ezek. 5:1-4).

It seems pretty clear by this point that fire is judgment, but obviously not a literal flame that engulfs and kills "all" the house of Israel. Looking a little way down the road in the same narrative, we read what this "fire" actually refers to:

"I will do in you what I have not done, and the like of which I will not do anymore, because of all your abominations. Therefore the fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and the sons shall eat their fathers. ... A third part of you shall die by pestilence or by famine; they shall be consumed in your midst. ... When I send upon them the deadly arrows of famine which shall be for their destruction and which I will send to destroy you, then I will also increase the famine upon you and break your staff of bread. So I will send upon you famine and wild beasts, and they shall bereave you of children. And pestilence and bloodshed shall pass through you. And I will bring the sword upon you. I the Lord have spoken it" (Ezek. 5:9-17).

This passage is a clear and present indicator that "fire" as a judgment can mean "famine." (For a fuller explanation of this topic—and how the first two trumpets fit this pattern as well—read The Wormwood Prophecy.)

Battle of the Ages

Scripture makes no small point about it: The third trumpet will be devastating and terrifying. It may be delivered via a meteor collision. It could come as a sweeping famine. A nuclear event is not entirely out of the question. Perhaps an asteroid will strike a nuclear power plant, and the ensuing desolation will launch a dearth unlike any the world has yet seen.

Or perhaps the event will have a different, darker undertone.

Maybe the third trumpet—or all the trumpets—will be a byproduct of spiritual warfare taking place in heavenly realms, between which our planet—along with many other unsuspecting cosmic bodies—will become caught in the crossfire.

Some may think that this possibility is surely an exaggeration, but consider this: we often make the assumption that since angels can appear in a fleshly, human form (Heb. 13:2), and since Jesus walked the earth as a man, in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16), that entities within the spiritual realm are of similar size and capability as human beings. But nothing could be further from the truth. We know from Scripture that God's strength is unending (Job 9:4), His knowledge is infinite (Ps. 147:5) and all victory is His (Col. 2:15).

Furthermore, Revelation 10:1-3 gives us insight as to what one particular angel appearing during this time will look like: "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud and a rainbow on his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. He set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he cried out, seven thunders sounded their voices."

This one holy entity is so large that the Bible tells us he literally stands over the land and sea. His voice—as a roar of a lion—is enough to call forth the response of seven thunders. Thus, this being has the strength to provoke natural elements upon the earth.

Revelation is filled with accountings of holy angels interacting with natural elements in the earthly realm out of obedience to God, but what of the fallen ones? What about those entities who were once similar to the angels of heaven, but rebelled alongside Lucifer so long ago? Will these agents of evil attempt to manipulate created fixtures as well?

We know in that day, Satan will be rallying his forces to wreak havoc upon the earth because he is aware that his time is short (Rev. 12:12). It stands to reason that during these last days, the battle between good and evil, which has raged on since the beginning of the world, would culminate into a climax: the battle of the ages.

To some, this may seem far-fetched, especially since some people interpret the trumpets to represent more subtle means of judgement, such as famine or pestilence. To jump to the conclusion that these instruments of judgment could really mean that bodies within the universe are being knocked around like ping-pong balls seems to some individuals to be quite a jump.

But the next trumpets clearly illustrate that cosmic disturbance will be completely unlike anything our solar system has experienced: "The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day had no light, and likewise a third of the night" (Rev. 8:12).

This upheaval will permanently change things on earth. There is no reparation that can be made for the type of damage that will occur for our planet and its surrounding orbital bodies during this catastrophic event.

When the trumpets begin to sound, a dark day has indeed arrived for planet Earth and all those who inhabit it. Death, disease, warfare, pain, torment and dread will run rampant across all who dwell therein on that terrifying day. The only hope for mankind in that moment will be found in whether or not they are one of God's own. For those who reject Him, the nightmare will be just beginning.

But for God's children, Revelation 21:4 tells us a beautiful and joyous reunion with their Maker awaits them: "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death. Neither shall there be any more sorrow nor crying nor pain, for the former things have passed away."

Thomas Horn is the CEO of SkyWatchTV and the founder of Defender Films and Defender Publishing.

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IHOPKC Pastor: What Christians Often Misunderstand About Thanksgiving and Gratitude


When it's Thanksgiving, it's important to focus on what it actually stands for. Oftentimes we're in such a rush during the holidays that we begin to focus on the stress and forget to have an attitude of gratitude. I hope that hasn't been the case for you this week as you prepare for Thanksgiving. But if it has been, Pastor Isaac Bennett says the remedy is simpler than you may think.

Bennett is lead pastor of Forerunner Church in Grandview, Missouri, and serves intercessory missionaries at the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC). He recently preached a sermon on Thanksgiving, which I found to be so profound that I invited him onto my "Strang Report" podcast to talk about it.

One issue that often holds believers back from fully engaging in biblical thanksgiving, he says, is that they wait for feelings and emotions of gratitude to rise up before they give thanks. This is totally backward from the biblical model.

"What I began to see throughout the Scripture is that thanksgiving is in the order of worship—in the Levitical order," Bennett says. "In the Old Testament, it was actually just this outward act where the priests would come before the Lord—or the Israelites would come before the Lord—and they would open their mouths and just begin to declare thanksgiving to God."

Bennett says this revelation is incredibly powerful for Spirit-led believers because it's easy to act on our emotions in an unbiblical way. God doesn't want us to wait on emotion to well up before we begin to worship Him. Sometimes we have to obey and worship first, and then the emotions follow.

"So when we begin to declare thanksgiving before God and just begin to thank Him for everything—our friends, our family, our opportunities and provisions in our lives—oftentimes, the emotion of gratitude, which is an internal reality, begins to well up on the inside," Bennett says.

I wholeheartedly agree with Bennett. In fact, that's why I've made it a yearly practice to write down 100 things that I'm grateful for. I do this during my quiet times and have found it to be an incredibly helpful practice. (I got the idea from my friend Mike Bickle, who founded IHOPKC.)

It's easy to write down the normal things we give thanks for—our families, our friends, our jobs, our homes and so forth. But having to write down 100 forces you to think outside the box and be grateful for things you perhaps wouldn't have thought to be grateful for otherwise.

"What happens when we begin to [make a list of things we're thankful for] is that we begin to be surprised at how many things the Lord has provided for us," Bennett says. "I think of Psalm 103, where it lists the benefits that we received through the cross and the gospel. So when we begin to declare those things before Him, we often find that our emotions change."

There's something powerful about speaking aloud our praises to God. It doesn't just fill our own hearts with emotions of gratitude, but it also spills out toward others, Bennett says. After all, thanksgiving at its core is an act of faith. Yes, it's a response to blessings God has given us. But on a deeper level, it's a prophetic declaration that God is still good and the best is yet to come.

I hope Bennett's message encouraged you as much as it encouraged me. Be sure to listen to our full conversation by clicking here so that you can go into Thanksgiving Day filled to the brim with gratitude toward the Lord.

And if you want others to reap the benefits of thanksgiving and gratitude too, be sure to share this article with a friend!


Prophetic Word: 'This Is Your Season for Expansion'


I heard the Lord say that I was to prophesy specifically to you and declare over your life, "This is your season for expansion. Expanded resources! Expanded favor! Expanded relationships! And expanded revelation!"

The word "expansion," according to, is defined as "the act or process of expanding; the state or quality of being expanded; the amount or degree of expanding; an expanded, dilated, or enlarged portion or form of a thing; anything spread out."

You may be saying, "It looks the complete opposite in my life right now. I am experiencing loss. People are walking out of my life, not into it. Financial resources have dried up, and I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel." If that is the case, "hold on!" Your God is pruning you in order to bring forth a greater harvest. All expansion begins with loss.

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that bears no fruit, He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit, He prunes, that it may bear more fruit" (John 15:1-2).

You need to realize that which has been lost or taken away from you was deemed by God as non-essential, and it may have even been a determent to progress you into God's purpose for your life. It was simply God removing dead debris, and if it had stayed, it would have hindered you from moving forward into the great fruitfulness God has promised you.

Oftentimes, the case is that when you go through the process of God subtracting something from your life, you consider it a loss, bringing feelings of discouragement and frustration. The enemy wants you to see God's pruning as a setback, but God says to you today, "Your loss is only temporary. It is not a setback, but it is a setup. I am setting you up for expansion."

Remember that your heavenly Father is the gardener of your life. He is the one with the pruning shears. His plan is to bring you into fruitfulness.

"Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded. For you need patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise. For, 'In yet a little while, He who is to come will come, and will not wait'" (Heb. 10:35-37).

I love how the above Scripture is translated in the Message Bible: "It's still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion" (Heb. 10:35-36).

The Lord showed me a vision of a massive table that is being set for you. It was very extravagant. As He showed me this vision, I heard Him say, "Look at what I am spreading out for them. The table is now being prepared." As I viewed it, I remembered the Scripture, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over" (Ps. 23:5, MEV). Take note! God wants you to expect expansion, enlargement and overflow!

"I called upon the Lord from my distress; the Lord answered me and set me in an open place" (Ps. 118:5).

In the Old Testament, God honored a man named Jabez. Countless books have been written about him, and yet, there were only two verses in the entire Bible that mentioned him. God testified of him because He liked his prayer! He didn't even belong in the genealogy that God inserted him in. God did it to honor him. God was going to make sure that everyone knew about his faith-filled prayer.

"Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, 'Because I bore him in hardship.' Then Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh, that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my territory, that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that it may not bring me hardship!' So God granted what he asked" (1 Chr. 4:9-10).

Here's his background: The Hebrew meaning of the name Jabez is sorrowful or full of sorrow. His mother projected her pain onto him when she named him. In essence, she was prophesying that his life would be full of sorrow. However, Jabez asked God to bless him and to expand his territory. He not only asked for blessing and expansion, but, most importantly, he asked the Lord to be with him in everything that he did and to keep him from trouble and pain. He desired for God to shift the trajectory of his life. He was determined that his life would not be full of sorrow, as his name means.

The other night as my wife and I were going to bed, the Lord asked me to go to my prayer room upstairs and pray. Being completely honest, I did not feel like praying; I was tired. But I am so thankful that I did. His presence met me as I walked into the room.

He spoke the following, telling me to announce it to you: "This is a time to increase prayer like never before. My ear is tuned to your cry. Even as I did for Jabez, when I granted him his request, I will also do for you."

This is a season for intercessors to petition the throne of heaven. You are about to see prayers answered like never before. This is a kairos time or "set time" in the Spirit. The Lord is bringing to you expansion.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened" (Matt. 7:7-8). {eoa}

Andrew Towe is an emerging prophetic voice to this generation. Andrew preaches the Word of God with fire, inviting God's manifested presence to fall, with signs and wonders occurring in his services. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, are the lead pastors of Ramp Church Chattanooga, and they reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee, along with their two children. Andrew travels extensively, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wherever he ministers, lives are changed, faith is strengthened and expectation is ignited.


Mike Bickle: Today's Christians Need to Become More Like This Godly Woman


The Christmas story is a remarkable testimony of how the Father used a young lady to partner with Him in bringing His Son to the earth. It is a glorious story that reveals how He leads His people and how He wants them to respond to His leadership.

When the angel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and bear the Messiah, Mary responded by trusting the Lord's leadership. God is looking for this kind of heart response in His people.

As we look at the Christmas story, we should not merely admire the nobility of Mary's choices. In fact, Mary's life is a model that can inspire us to respond rightly to God's leadership throughout our lives, especially in seasons when circumstances become difficult.

Good News

Gabriel visited Mary, saying, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" (Luke 1:28b, NKJV).

Can you imagine Gabriel appearing to you and declaring such wonderful things about your life? You would expect that being favored by God would mean you would have a life of remarkable blessed circumstances. However, the glorious promises of God that Mary received would unfold slowly through many surprising, difficult seasons. Mary would need to hold on to and remember Gabriel's encouraging words throughout her life as she carried the promises of God in her heart.

After greeting Mary, Gabriel told her she would conceive by the Holy Spirit and bear a Son, Jesus. He revealed to Mary that her Son would be great and would be called the Son of the Highest. Her Son, Jesus, would be given the throne of David and would reign forever. Gabriel was summarizing what Isaiah had prophesied hundreds of years earlier: "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6).

Mary knew these prophetic Scriptures well, and now Gabriel told her she would bear the Messiah of whom they foretold. But instead of shrinking back in fear or unbelief, Mary responded to these glorious promises with a willing heart for God to do to her as He had said. She believed Him.

Gabriel's initial charge for Mary to rejoice was a practical, pastoral exhortation she would engage in for the rest of her life as she carried these promises in her heart. It was not a one-time call of exuberance to explode with joy at the possibility of what was happening. Through the troubles and misunderstandings Mary would experience, she would continually need to lay hold of the command to rejoice and trust the Lord's good leadership in her life. Choosing to rejoice in God's promises despite hardship would realign Mary's heart repeatedly in the years ahead, strengthening her to persevere and to continue to grow in faith.

Favor and Adversity

What does a life look like under the favor of God? It is easy to miss some of the unexpected hardships Mary endured for decades to come. As spoken by the angel Gabriel, Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit. God was with her, but she initially experienced tremendous amounts of shame. After being visited by Gabriel, Mary traveled 100 miles south to Judah and spent over three months with Elizabeth. When Mary returned home to Nazareth, she was visibly pregnant. This was a serious issue because she had already been engaged to Joseph.

In the ancient world, a broken engagement would require a legal divorce. If she had been with another man, Mary would have been guilty by law to be stoned. Her story was that God made her pregnant. Mary would have seemed like a bold-faced liar or so delusional that it would have been another problem. Her fiance, Joseph, was deeply troubled, and rumors were spreading throughout her community. Over 30 years later, these same rumors of Mary's fornication were still being passed around in Jerusalem (John 8:41).

Before God stepped in and told him Mary was telling the truth, Joseph was planning to break off his relationship with her. The Lord was dramatically using Mary, but she experienced intense shame and misunderstanding from those she loved most. Through it all, Mary's heart was growing in love, faith and humility.

The way we grow in mature love, faith and humility is by choosing to trust God again and again in the face of unexpected hardships and the unexpected delay of some of His promises to us. When we are perplexed and want to operate in the flesh, but instead choose to stop and say, "God, I trust Your leadership," we are realigning our hearts with His heart and promises. In believing God's promises and responding with faith and gratitude despite difficulties, we are rejoicing as Mary did. Through this process of realigning our heart even thousands of times, we slowly grow in love, faith and humility. Mary did this repeatedly throughout her life, and, as she did, she matured in her love for the Lord and in her confidence in His good leadership.

Toward the end of Mary's pregnancy, she had to make the long, intense journey to Bethlehem with Joseph for the census. After they arrived, she was ready to give birth, but there was no room for them in the inn. She went through the agony of labor in a dirty stable and then had only a manger in which to lay her beloved newborn Son. I would have thought that since the angel Gabriel told Mary God's favor was upon her and she would bear a Son who would reign forever, the circumstances around His birth would have been a bit easier. Mary had received these great promises and endured the months of intense shame, but now she did not even have a proper place to deliver and care for her Son.

Despite the difficulties and human dynamics Mary experienced, a series of supernatural events surrounded Jesus' birth. Shortly after Jesus was born, some excited shepherds showed up, looking for a baby in a manger. An angel had told them Christ the Savior had been born and was lying in a manger. The shepherds tell Mary they saw a host of angels praising God over her Son's birth. Later on, when Mary and Joseph went to dedicate Jesus in Jerusalem, two prophetic witnesses, Simeon and Anna, testified of Jesus' glorious identity. Afterward, wise men from the East brought gifts and came to worship Jesus.

After all Mary had endured since Gabriel's visit, these things confirmed the promises over Jesus' life and encouraged Mary that God was really with her. After all these glorious confirmations of the Lord's promises, I would have expected things to be a bit easier for Mary in the coming years. But although God was moving powerfully in Mary's life, the difficulties, delays and opportunities for discouragement were not over.

Not long after the Magi left, an angel visited Joseph in a dream, warning him to flee with his family to Egypt because Herod wanted to kill Jesus. Imagine this. Young Mary had borne the stigma and shame of her pregnancy among her friends and relatives; now she had to temporarily flee with her family to a foreign land because the government sought to destroy her little boy. Is this what a blessed and favored life looks like? There are sometimes very unexpected challenges in the midst of fully receiving and walking out the Lord's good promises.

Things became even more difficult for Mary down the road. Joseph was still there when Jesus was 12, but Mary was widowed sometime after that. Matthew 13:55-56 says Jesus had four brothers and several sisters. What does a widowed woman do with seven or eight children in their teens and younger? In addition to experiencing the pain and trauma of losing her husband, Mary would have faced incredible pressure as a widow with so many children.

When Jesus was 30, He took six weeks off from the carpenter's shop to fast and pray in the wilderness. He returned home anointed by the Holy Spirit, and then the whole town He loved and grew up in turned against Him. He was a most reliable young man and had a phenomenal reputation; however, the elders of the synagogue were enraged by His claim to be the one of whom Isaiah prophesied. They were so angry they tried to drive Him off a cliff and kill Him (Luke 4:29).

Mary saw how her Son was so badly mistreated by the leaders of the town He grew up in, and she would have needed to realign her heart again and again in faith with the promises of God throughout His ministry. The angel Gabriel had initially told Mary that Jesus would be great (Luke 1:32). She must have struggled, wondering why the elders of His hometown were so against Him.

After Jesus began His ministry, His brothers did not believe Him (John 7:5). In essence, Mary's own children—whom she raised to honor the God of Israel—did not "believe in Jesus" even as young adults. Mary must have struggled with the spiritual condition of her sons at the time of Jesus' ministry. Some of her closest friends and family members considered Him to be mentally unstable because of the things He said and did (Mark 3:21). The top religious leaders in the nation concluded Jesus was demonized and was thus a dangerous cult leader who was deceiving the people (John 7:47, 8:48). Rumors of Jesus' mother's fornication were passed around in their attempt to discredit Him and His ministry (John 8:41).

In other words, Jesus' life and ministry did not appear to be "great" as Gabriel promised. By many standards, it seemed to be just the opposite. Again and again, Mary had to believe the promises of God and trust His good leadership.

A few years later, Mary watched her Son be rejected by the nation and die on a cross. The religious leaders plotted against Jesus, and the Jewish crowds cried out for Barabbas. Jesus' three and a half years of ministry appeared to have little fruit. He had healed many thousands, but only 120 people believed in Him enough to make it to the prayer meeting in the upper room after His Resurrection (Acts 1:15). Mary endured unexpected pain and misunderstanding as she partnered with God and trusted His leadership in her life. Now her Son's earthly ministry came to an end, and He was rejected by the nation rather than exalted as King. The promises were long in coming, and it seemed impossible for them to be fulfilled. However, Mary had trusted God from the beginning, and she persevered in trust by the grace of God even here.

Mary only saw a partial fulfillment of the promises during her lifetime. She conceived by the Holy Spirit and brought forth the Son of God into the world according to the word of the Lord given through Gabriel. However, Gabriel also told Mary that her Son would be great and reign forever. While Jesus was on the earth, He was despised by many and rejected by His brothers, His hometown and the top political and spiritual leaders of His nation. He suffered and died to bring salvation to sinners before He was raised in glory.

The complete fulfillment of the promises over His life will not be until the age to come. A day is coming when He will be seen by all as great in love, power and mercy. Mary would have seen a glimpse of this during the revivals of the early church, but the fullness is yet future.

The Heart of Mary

Mary's life is a picture of the right heart-response to the leadership of God. When she did not fully understand, she trusted God's leadership over and over again. When it seemed to cost her everything, Mary still said, "May it be unto me according to Your word" (Luke 1:38b, MEV).

Mary's trust in God and her willingness to be used by Him and "to rejoice" in Him were not a one-time response. It was her way of life. She signed up time and time again through the difficulties. She trusted God and repeatedly realigned her heart with God's word.

Rather than give up when things got hard, Mary persevered with joy by the grace of God.

Too often, we lose faith that God will fulfill His promises because we are not seeing immediate results to our prayers. Or we may conclude that our weak prayers are ineffectual. But the truth is that we offer our prayers in human weakness, but they ascend to God in power because of the sufficiency of the blood of Jesus and because they are in agreement with God's heart.

How do we demonstrate the faith of Mary even when our prayers feel weak or ineffective? Instead of measuring the effectiveness of our prayers by the results we see or the emotions we feel during a particular prayer time, we must measure it by what God says in His Word. Jesus declared in the Word that everyone who asks and keeps on asking will receive, and everyone who seeks and keeps on seeking will find (Matt. 7:7-8).

Our prayers—all of them—are heard, even if we do not feel anything when we offer them. Do not measure your prayers by how you feel when you pray them but by the extent to which they are in agreement with God's will and Word. Beloved, our weak prayer times may not move us, but they move the heart of God.

The apostle John emphasized that we can have confidence that our prayers are heard regardless of how we feel while we are praying. In 1 John 5:14, he wrote, "This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."

God assesses the activity in our lives very differently than the way we assess it with our natural minds. The fullness of the glory of our lives in Christ is hidden from our own eyes as well as from the eyes of others in this age. Yet both the glory of God and the promises made to Mary will become evident to all when Jesus appears at His Second Coming.

Colossians 3:3-4 says, "For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life shall appear, then you also shall appear with Him in glory."

The challenge is that often we do not see the glory of God in our lives. Because it is indiscernible and hidden from our emotions and our five senses, we cannot measure it. We look at our lives as small, weak and boring, and yet Jesus sees them through the lens of the riches of glory. He sees what we don't see, and that includes our prayers.

Our many small acts of obedience, including our prayers, are glorious in God's eyes. By understanding the value of our weak prayers, we are empowered to see them as relevant and powerful. Though they may seem weak according to the flesh, every prayer in God's will matters to God.

The way God led and used Mary reflects His perfect leadership. The fulfillment of God's promises is often delayed and released in stages in a context of difficulty, in order to cause us to cling to Him in a way that helps us grow in love, faith and humility.

Being used by God to change history is not the same as being mature in love. God called Mary and then brought her on a journey to grow in greater love. God unfolds His purposes in a hostile world and uses the adversity to bring forth His people in mature love, humility and partnership.

God desires to partner with those who will trust Him through everything and continually say yes to Him without quitting. Like Mary, we need to realign our hearts in agreement with the promises of God and trust His leadership even in difficulties. God's promises are still real when delay and adversity come; the Lord uses these things for our good (Rom. 8:28).

When we choose to rejoice, hold on to the promises and trust God through the challenges, He releases grace and empowers us to persevere with joy and grow in love. If we do our part and respond to Him with a willing heart, God will do His part and impart abundant grace.

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Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri, and author of several books.

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Why This Psalmist Commands You to Praise—Even When You Don't Want To


What does it really mean to be thankful? As we approach Thanksgiving, we consider the importance of living with gratitude for God's blessings.

Psalm 100 urges us to "enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise." The Israelites praised God as they first entered the temple gates in Jerusalem, continuing as they walked through the courtyard. Gratitude was extended throughout their journey.

This principle of thankful living impacts us still today. We don't need to wait until a holiday. We can reflect on God's goodness to us throughout our daily actions. Even when we are stuck in traffic or standing in a line at a store, we can turn from impatience to counting God's blessings—from our salvation, to our family members, to the little ways God shows up throughout our day, our hurried moments can become holy moments as we cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

For example, even in their hardships, the first Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving with this "attitude of gratitude." A look at the first Thanksgiving prayer provides a great reminder of the holiday. History tells us that Gov. William Bradford recorded the first Thanksgiving proclamation three years after the Pilgrims settled in Plymouth. One key phrase of his prayer declares that God "has granted us freedom to worship Him according to the dictates of our own conscience."

While many today view Thanksgiving as a holiday to eat turkey and watch football, its origin celebrated our nation's freedom to worship God. Let us all reconnect with this original Thanksgiving prayer. As we gather for the holiday with loved ones, remember to express appreciation for America's religious liberties. More than ever, we need to remember our religious freedoms—and express them! May God continue to bless America as we seek to worship Him.

Likewise, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 instructs us that it is God's will to thank God in all circumstances. No matter our situation, we know God works for our good. Why? Romans 8:28 reminds us "for those who love God all things work together for good." Joseph, for instance, was sold as a slave and a prisoner for 13 years before the Lord made him a leader in Egypt. Yet Joseph would later recognize these tragic circumstances served as part of God's plan to save the lives of many.

We may not understand the trials we face, but we can be thankful through the storms of life. God is with us and is for us despite our most difficult situations. Let's remember to thank Him in all circumstances today.

Additionally, let us also remember that Thanksgiving is more than a day of feasting. What are we really celebrating on this special day? In the classic "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" television special, Marcie reminds Charlie Brown, "Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. We should just be thankful for being together."

Can we relate? We often find ourselves focused on food, watching football or immersed in other plans, yet the real joy of the holiday is extended time together with loved ones, including our children and grandchildren. Scripture reminds us to make the most of every moment. Instead of overemphasizing food or other activities, remember the importance of time with those you love.

This life passes so quickly. Let's make sure we focus our lives on God and showing love to those around us. These special times will result in memories we will never regret. {eoa}

Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discuss today's pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily "Stand in the Gap Today" national radio program on more than 400 stations and is host of the "Stand in the Gap" national television program.


This Beloved Spirit-Filled Organization Will Move to New Headquarters in December


Morris Cerullo World Evangelism will move its headquarters to the Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center during the first week of December, leaving the headquarters where it's been stationed since 1992. Greg Hodson, vice president of television at MCWE, explained the status of the organization's move in a recent video.

"We're moving to Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, the location of the Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center," Hodson says. "We're very excited. In fact, in just a couple weeks, we're all going to pack up from here and move over there. ... The vision has been manifested. We are moving in."

According to Hodson, Cerullo has been recently away at a Conference on the Holy Spirit in Israel from Nov. 21-23.

Charisma profiled the Legacy Center earlier this year. Read more about it here.


Why We Can't Ignore the Holy Spirit-Given Mandate to Share the Gospel With Jews


Susan Perlman knows that sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ can be difficult in a culture that is growing increasingly hostile to the gospel and to the things of God.

But as one of the co-founders of Jews for Jesus, Perlman has, for 46 years, experienced the added test of trying to convince the worldwide Jewish population that Jesus is the true Savior of the world. Another group and their fearless leader were tasked with the same daunting challenge nearly two millennia ago.

"It's important for me to share the gospel with Jewish people because Jesus and His disciples did it," Perlman told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of "Greenelines" on the Charisma Podcast Network. "You think of His message in John 8:24, when He explained, 'Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.' Then again in John 14:6, He says, 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but through Me.'

"With both of these statements, when He made these unique claims about Himself, He was speaking to other Jews. Remember when Peter, because of his evangelistic activity, found himself standing before the 771 religious leaders of the Jewish people at the time? He declared there is no other name besides Jesus, or Yeshua, by which men can be saved.

"So, if Jesus and Peter and all the other disciples thought it was important to share the gospel with Jewish people, why should I think any less? It's an important opportunity. First of all, if you know a person that has a Jewish background, then try to engage them in a conversation about Israel and what they think about Israel. Eventually, steer it into a spiritual conversation, and then you can talk to them about the Bible and Jesus. Leave it to them to share what they want to share."

In 2015, The Atlantic magazine reported there were 350,000 Messianic Jews worldwide. Jews for Jesus reported that as of 2017, 20,000 Messianic Jews were living in Israel.

For more about the work of Perlman and Jews for Jesus, please listen to this podcast.


Obtiene Lifting de México las certificaciones ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 e ISO45001:2018


Obtiene Lifting de México las certificaciones ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 e ISO45001:2018

Villa Cuichapa, Veracruz.- Servicios de Extracción Petrolera Lifting de México, filial de Grupo Cotemar, anunció que obtuvo las certificaciones ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 e ISO45001:2018, las versiones más actuales de las normas internacionales en materia de Sistemas de Gestión de la Calidad, Gestión Ambiental y Gestión de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo, respectivamente.

Las certificaciones de la Organización Internacional de Normalización o Estandarización, ISO por sus siglas en inglés, demuestran que una empresa cumple con los requisitos de una norma internacional, con lo cual se asegura la calidad, seguridad y eficiencia de los productos y servicios a nivel global.

Para Lifting de México, es sumamente importante cumplir los estándares internacionales que regulan el desempeño y la operación de la industria de extracción petrolera a nivel global, puesto que les compromete con la mejora continua y las mejores prácticas, a la vez que les permite trabajar en un entorno de eficiencia organizacional y medir el desempeño con base en indicadores internacionales, lo que impacta positivamente en el estado y los resultados de la empresa, comentó un vocero de Lifting de México.

Así pues, la norma ISO9001:2015 está considerada como el estándar internacional que regula los Sistemas de Gestión de la Calidad (SGC), misma que verifica la capacidad de la empresa para proveer productos y servicios que atienden las necesidades de sus clientes, e incorpora la gestión del riesgo en sus procesos.

Por su parte, la norma ISO14001:2015 es un marco para proteger el medio ambiente, mitigar los riesgos, cumplir con la normativa vigente e incorporar una visión de mejora continua en el Sistema de Gestión Ambiental, un aspecto crítico en la industria petrolera.

Finalmente, el objetivo principal de la norma ISO45001:2018 es prevenir los daños y el deterioro de la salud en los empelados, así como proporcionar lugares de trabajo seguros y sanos, donde se considera el contexto interno y externo de la organización, así como el establecimiento de acciones preventivas, entre otros aspectos. En México, esta norma ha sido complementa con la NOM 035 STPS 2018, que ayuda a identificar y prevenir los riesgos psicosociales en el ámbito laboral.

Para obtener estas certificaciones, Lifting de México pasó por un proceso de auditoría que llevó a cabo un organismo de certificación, que evaluó si la empresa cumple con los requisitos normativos y legales de la materia en cuestión.

Al ser parte de Grupo Cotemar, Lifting está comprometida con el fortalecimiento y desarrollo de la industria petrolera nacional, así como con el bienestar de las comunidades en las que participan y de nuestro país.

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Acerca de Servicios de Extracción Petrolera Lifting de México, S.A. de C.V.

Lifting, empresa de Grupo Cotemar, es una compañía 100% mexicana de exploración y producción de hidrocarburos en tierra con experiencia, procesos operativos eficientes y seguros. Lifting fue creada para capitalizar las oportunidades de sector energético en México; bajo procesos licitatorios organizados por la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), le fueron adjudicados dos contratos de licencia para la extracción de hidrocarburos en los campos de Cuichapa Poniente y Paso de Oro, ubicados en el Estado de Veracruz. Lifting contribuye de manera importante en el rescate de la soberanía del petróleo.

Contacto: Israel R. Estrada Vidal / Asuntos Públicos y Comunicación / Cel. 938-124-7926.


Juguera mexicana es punta de lanza en tratamiento de aguas en Álamo, Veracruz


Juguera mexicana es punta de lanza en tratamiento de aguas en Álamo, Veracruz

En el norte del estado de Veracruz; región que se caracteriza por su gran desarrollo agrícola y producción de cítricos, papaya y maíz se encuentra la planta de IQCitrus, donde el pasado miércoles 20 de noviembre se llevó a cabo con éxito el arranque del piloto del Sistema de Tratamiento de Agua Residual mediante sedimentación, electrolisis y coagulación acelerada. Existen en México sólo 2 en su tipo y es una avance y un ejemplo a seguir para la industria Citrícola en México.

Su Director de Operaciones; nos comparte los motivos por los que decidieron dar el siguiente paso rumbo a un futuro productivo más sustentable.

“Estamos en un sector muy competitivo a nivel internacional, enfrentamos retos de todo tipo, pero no dejamos que éstos se interpongan a nuestros valores empresariales, desde 1988, nuestro fundador nos ha motivado a ser personas de calidad; vivir, trabajar y servir con calidad. Ésto nos mantiene en un proceso de mejora continua, la cual implica que IQCitrus mejore con sentido ético sus procesos económicos, sociales y ambientales. Año con año exportamos desde Álamo a mercados internacionales tales como Estados Unidos, Canadá, Francia, Alemania, Holanda, Israel y Japón; cumpliendo con estrictas normas de calidad. IQCitrus ha logrado mantener estándares gracias a las certificaciones y normas internacionales con las que cuenta, siendo estas la base para garantizar que nuestros productos lleven la más alta calidad y seguridad alimentaria, para la satisfacción de nuestros clientes"

"Nuestra motivación es ser mejores por medio de un Sistema de Gestión Integral, que protege la salud de los consumidores, la sociedad y el medio ambiente.
La tecnología de Origen Checo-Alemán, ha sido desarrollada y patentada por científicos mexicanos, encabezados por la Dra. Eileana Navarro, Investigadora del iMTA y se encuentra certificada por la Comisión Nacional del Agua e Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua; las ventajas tecnológicas consisten en que el agua de proceso de cítricos con alta carga orgánica y olor desagradable puede ser convertida en minutos en Agua Potable, para ser reutilizada en sus mismos procesos, sin lodos activados, según los dictámenes de laboratorio, aprobación de CONAGUA No. CNA-GCA-2019 y acreditación de la Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación: No. AG-113-035/09

Esta tecnología revoluciona el tratamiento de aguas residuales de industrias dedicadas a la producción de concentrados de cítricos; toda vez que al utilizar principios de física cuántica, tratan el agua mediante reactores de bajo amperaje que rompen enlaces moleculares, lo que permite que la materia orgánica se descomponga en gases, evitando los desagradables sedimentos y sus altos costos de transportación y disposición final.

Es un compromiso con el ambiente, ya que se ahorrará hasta un 90% sobre el consumo actual de agua y beneficiará a la comunidad.
IQCitrus es una empresa mexicana en la que buscan el desarrollo rural sustentable, que no solo es la agricultura, sino bienestar social y económico de la sociedad, desarrollo regional, soberanía y seguridad alimentaria, conservación de la biodiversidad y revaloración de las diferentes expresiones y manifestaciones socioculturales en el medio rural y de la sociedad en su conjunto.

La prueba piloto se realizó in situ con la presencia del presidente Municipal de Álamo Temapache, Veracruz; Jorge Vera Hernández, el Lic. Francisco Benito Charnichart Hidalgo, director de Medio Ambiente del municipio, líderes sociales de la comunidad de la Tortuga, así como el equipo de especialistas de IQCitrus y la empresa especialista en tratamiento de aguas.



Israeli minister announces plan to build new Jewish settlement in Hebron

Israel’s defence minister announced plans to build a new Jewish-only settlement in the heart of a flashpoint West Bank city on Sunday, weeks after the United States said it no longer considered such communities illegal.

Forscher trainieren Bakterien, CO2 zu fressen – für kohlenstoffneutralen Kraftstoff

Am israelischen Weizman Institut beschlossen Wissenschaftler, E.coli-Bakterien auf Diät zu setzen. Und das mit dem Ziel, die Lebewesen auf eine andere Nahrungsquelle umzugewöhnen, die in Hülle und Fülle zur Verfügung steht. Das Ergebnis verblüffte: Die Mikroben begannen, sich im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes von Luft zu ernähren, statt weiter die gewohnte organische Substanz zu verzehren. …

The Two Popes tops AARP awards nominations


Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce both scored acting nods.

The Two Popes has topped the nominations list for the 2019 American Association of Retired Persons' Movies for Grownups Awards.

The drama, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, has landed seven nominations, including top film, while the veterans have both been honoured with acting nods, and director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Anthony McCarten have each landed mentions, too.

The Two Popes will go up against A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, Little Women, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Farewell, and The Irishman for the top film prize, while The Irishman's Robert De Niro will compete with Pryce for the Best Actor award, and Al Pacino will fight over Best Supporting Actor with Hopkins, among others.

De Niro and Pacino's gangster thriller scored six nominations, as did Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, while Little Women snagged five.

Tony Danza will host the awards at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in California on 11 January, when Annette Bening will be honoured for her career achievements.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

Best Movie for Grownups:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Farewell

The Irishman

The Two Popes

Best Actress:

Isabelle Huppert (Frankie)

Helen Mirren (The Good Liar)

Julianne Moore (Gloria Bell)

Alfre Woodard (Clemency)

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best Actor:

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)

Robert De Niro (The Irishman)

Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

Best Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Nicole Kidman (Bombshell)

Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)

Best Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy)

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

Al Pacino (The Irishman)

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Director:

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes)

Sam Mendes (1917)

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Readers' Choice:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


Downton Abbey


Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

The Irishman

The Two Popes

Best Ensemble:


Dolemite Is My Name

Downton Abbey

Knives Out

Little Women

Best Intergenerational Movie:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Little Women


The Etruscan Smile

The Farewell

Best Buddy Picture:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Ford v Ferrari

Just Mercy

The Lighthouse

The Two Popes

Best Screenwriter:

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Kasi Lemmons (Harriet)

Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood)

Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)

Best Time Capsule:



Little Women

Motherless Brooklyn

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Documentary:

Apollo 11

Ask Dr. Ruth

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

The Apollo

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Best Foreign-Language Film:

An Unexpected Love (Argentina)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)

The Farewell (U.S.)

The Unorthodox (Israel)

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Israel deports Human Rights Watch director over his support of BDS

Human Rights Watch has condemned the decision by Israel to deport Omar Shakir, HRW’s director for Israel and Palestinian territories. Israel revoked his visa over activism on behalf of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Shakir, a US citizen, was placed on a flight out of Ben Gurion International Airport on Monday, after the Israeli Supreme […]


480th EFS improves interoperability, strategic partnerships at Blue Flag 2019

Members of the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, deployed to Uvda Air Base, Israel, to participate in Blue Flag 2019, a multinational exercise, from Nov. 3 to 14, 2019.
Three U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, fly with an Israeli air force F-15I Ra'am over the Dead Sea, during exercise Blue Flag 2019 at Uvda Air Base, Israel, November 5, 2019. Blue Flag 2019 provided Airmen with the opportunity to improve cooperation with their Israeli allies. (Courtesy photo by Israeli air force public affairs)


Lt. Gen. Basham visits Blue Flag 2019

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Deputy Commander,
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Deputy Commander, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, left, speaks with members of the 52nd Fighter Wing during Blue Flag 2019 at Uvda Air Base, Israel, November 12, 2019. Approximately 250 service members from the 52nd FW deployed to Israel to participate in the training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope)


Blue Flag 2019 builds strategic partnerships, provides tactical training

Twelve F-16C Fighting Falcons and approximately 250 Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, deployed to build strategic partnerships and complete aerial tactical training exercises through participation in exercise Blue Flag 2019 in Uvda Air Base, Israel starting on November 3, 2019.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Ariel Brown, 480th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, left, Capt. Andrew Burns, middle, and Capt. Robert Kouwe, right, pose for a photograph during exercise Blue Flag 2019 at Uvda Air Base, Israel, November 11, 2019. Blue Flag is an opportunity to train like we fight so that we are ready to work together if called upon to do so in the future.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope)


Pilots of Blue Flag 2019: Multinational knights of the air

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kaleb Jenkins, 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot
U.S. Air Force Capt. Kaleb Jenkins, 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and 52nd Fighter Wing Blue Flag project officer, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, poses for a photograph in front of an F-16C Fighting Falcon during Blue Flag 2019 at Uvda Air Base, Israel, November 7, 2019. Approximately 250 Airmen from Spangdahlem AB participated in Blue Flag alongside service members from other allied nations to build partnership capacity, strengthen capability and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope)


52nd MXG: The wind beneath the wings of U.S. Blue Flag participation


U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform post flight maintenance on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Blue Flag 2019 at Uvda Air Base, Israel, November 6, 2019.


News in Slow Spanish - #559 - Study Spanish While Listening to the News


En la primera parte del programa, vamos a comentar la actualidad. Comenzaremos con las manifestaciones ocurridas en Francia el sábado pasado, en protesta contra la violencia doméstica. A continuación, hablaremos sobre la imputación por cargos de corrupción del primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu. Después, comentaremos los resultados de un estudio llevado a cabo por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) sobre la epidemia global de inactividad infantil. Y, finalmente, hablaremos de la diseminación en todo el mundo de la teoría conspiratoria de la Tierra plana

Y, en la segunda parte del programa, continuaremos con noticias sobre España. Hablaremos de dos noticias relacionadas con el arte y la creatividad… pero con dos miradas distintas. La primera hace referencia a las artes culinarias y sabremos qué restaurantes españoles han sido premiados este año con estrellas Michelin. Y la segunda, nos abre las puertas al Museo del Prado de Madrid, pues este año celebra su bicentenario.

- Grandes manifestaciones en toda Francia contra la violencia doméstica, y nuevas medidas anunciadas
- El primer ministro israelí, imputado por cargos de corrupción
- Un estudio de la Organización Mundial de la Salud observa una epidemia global de inactividad física en los niños
- La teoría conspiratoria de la Tierra plana, vivita y coleando
- Otorgadas las estrellas Michelin 2020 para España y Portugal
- El Museo del Prado cumple 200 años


Intuit wächst nachhaltig

  Wie wir bereits am 25.11.2019 kurz erwähnt hatte, hat der Markt die Quartalszahlen der US-amerikanischen Inuit Inc. (US4612021034) mit einem Kursrückgang quittiert. Es ist deshalb ein näherer Blick auf den Investment Case hilfreich. Intuit Inc. mit Hauptsitz in Mountain View im Herzen des Silicon Valley ist spezialisiert auf die Entwicklung, Veröffentlichung und Vermarktung von Managementsoftware für Privatpersonen sowie für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen. Das Unternehmen verkauft auch Beratungs-, Schulungs- und technische Unterstützungsleistungen an. Neben dem Hauptmarkt USA ist der Konzern auch mit Niederlassungen in Kanada, Brasilien, Mexiko, Frankreich, Großbritannien, Israel, Indien und Australien vertreten. ...

Senior Software Engineer

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Then look no further.....

Due to my clients continuous success and growth, they are looking to expand their Cyber Department and hire a highly Talented SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, whose duties will include:

- Build a software team in the Germany office, and work alongside remotely with the software group in Israel as the technical function in front of VW.

What YOU must bring to the table:

- University degree in computer sciences, electrical engineering or related technical discipline
- Minimum of 5 years hands-on experience in writing C++ codes
- Experience using Linux development and environment
- Strong leaderships and interpersonal skills
- Must be able to work in a customer-oriented, matrixed and collaborated environment
- Fluent in German and English
- Willingness to travel within Germany and abroad

Bonus Points if you HAVE:

- Experience in cybersecurity
- Experience within the automotive industry

What we OFFER you in return:

- Attractive salary, bonus and benefit packages
- flat hierarchies and creative leeway
- Remote home work
- Family like working atmosphere with an international and dynamic team
- Flexible working hours and working under your own initiative
- Very Unique career development opportunities
- Close cooperation with the R&D department of the world¿s leading car manufacturer

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    Darba veids: Pilna laika
    EUR 59.700 - EUR 76.700 / Katru gadu


Embedded Security Specialist

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Are you a highly talented EMBEDDED SECURITY SPECIALIST ? Are you looking for the PERFECT work/life balance? Do you have experience in the Automation Industry? Want a highly rewarding salary package AND work from home?

Then look no further.....

Due to my clients continuous success and growth, they are looking to expand their Cyber Department and hire a highly Talented EMBEDDED SECURITY SPECIALIST.

whose duties will include:

- Reviewing automotive cybersecurity technical design documents and requirement specifications

- Work alongside other security experts to discuss testing of the security requirements for topics you’re not familiar with yourself.

- Create test procedures and test cases for testing automotive cybersecurity requirements.

- Contribute and share your own security knowledge and findings within the interdisciplinary team to allow team members with different backgrounds to produce a faster progress when working on security related topics.

- Diagnose and coordinate pre-conditions for functional tests with the customer

- Provide reliable status reports and forecasts

-Reinforce the test automation experts during test implementations and execution

What YOU must bring to the table:

- University degree in computer sciences, electrical engineering or related technical discipline

- Knowledgeable in the field of IT-Security technologies.

- Great analytical and programming skills

- High interest into new innovative technologies with an ability to pick up new skills and knowledge

- Ability to work in a intercultural (German/Israeli) environment

- Fluent in German and English

What we OFFER you in return:

- Attractive salary, bonus and benefit packages

- flat hierarchies and creative leeway

- Remote home work

- Family like working atmosphere with an international and dynamic team

- Flexible working hours and working under your own initiative

- Very Unique career development opportunities

- Close cooperation with the R&D department of the world’s leading car manufacturer

Bonus points if you HAVE:

* Exposure and knowledge with automotive technologies (Components network, AutoSAR, HSMs, OSes and protocols etc)

* Embedded security experience (especially automotive security)

* Automotive testing experience ( Volkswagen experience is an advantage)

* Experience in planning, designing and managing tests for embedded software

* ISTQB Certification, Certifies tester/advanced level test manager

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A Visit from the Alumni of the Ecole Polytechnique!


This past week at the Temple Mount Sifting Project, we had the great honor and pleasure of hosting the reunion tour of the Class of 1962-65 from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique of Paris. This group of retirees, many of whom have never been to Israel before, have stayed in touch over the years, and came […]

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A Sabbath Prayer

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I Premio Rubistein Israel International Harp Contest (Tel Aviv)

Ofra Halperin, Orly Sarid, Julie Cwikel (2015) The influence of childbirth experiences on women׳s postpartum traumatic stress symptoms: A comparison between Israeli Jewish and Arab women. Midwifery, Volume 31, Issue 6, Pages 625–632

Um parto não vaginal (instrumental ou cesariana) e uma memória negativa da experiência do parto são fatores importantes no desenvolvimento de sintomas de TEPT após o nascimento, e mulheres com sintomas de TEPT são menos propensas a desenvolver TEPT. amamentação.

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            An Israeli journalist once asked a ba’al teshuva who he felt was greater, the little Yerushalmi children in Me’ah Shearim who have never had exposure to contemporary society, or he, who had reformed his entire life? The journalist assumed that the ba’al teshuva would reply that he is greater because he had left behind surroundings and familiarity of his youth in order to adopt a Torah lifestyle. However, the ba’al teshuva replied that in his opinion the Yerushalmi children are greater: “I experienced the trappings and pleasures of the outside world, and I am starkly aware that it’s ultimately empty and meaningless. To me, it’s clear that Torah provides true meaning and a life of direction and purpose. But those Yerushalmi children have no way of knowing that. To them the allure of the outside world still seems exciting and tempting. The fact that they maintain their beliefs anyway requires faith and dedication that are beyond me.”   

          The prophet Yeshaya conveyed to the nation that G-d was displeased with their Service to Him: “G-d said: Since this people has drawn close, with its mouth and with its lips it has honored Me, yet it has distanced its heart from me; their fear of me is כמצות אנשים מלומדה - like rote of human commands.”[1]
          One of the greatest challenges we face is to maintain a level of excitement and passion when doing mitzvos and serving Hashem, particularly regarding those mitzvos we perform on a daily basis. When a young man dons his tefillin for the first time shortly prior to his bar mitzvah, he is extremely excited and proud. But with time that excitement wanes and becomes a matter of rote, especially during those mornings when he is tired. 
          When Yitzchak and Rivka davened for a child the Torah states, “And Hashem heeded hiscries, and his wife Rivka conceived.”[2] Rashi explains that Hashem listened to the prayers of Yitzchak more than to the prayers of Rivka, because the prayers of a righteous person who is the child of a wicked person[3], cannot compare to the prayers of a righteous person who is the child of a righteous person[4].
          The words of Rashi are surprising. One would think that one born and raised among heretics who pulled himself up by the bootstraps to become a devout believer is greater than one born into a reputable upstanding home. In addition, the gemara[5]states, “In the place where one who has repented stands, the most perfectly righteous cannot stand.” If so, why was Rivka’s prayers not as poignant, if not more poignant, than those of Yitzchak?
          Rabbi Sholom Schwadron zt’l related that one day a man was standing next to the marketplace minding his own business watching people busily shopping. Suddenly, he felt two hard jabs at his chest. As he looked up angrily to see who had punched him, he realized that he was in the middle of saying Shemone Esrei and had just recited the beracha, Selach Lanu.[6]
          Rabbi Simcha Wasserman zt’l explained that a person who decides to revolutionize his life by adopting a Torah lifestyle that was completely unfamiliar to him, reaches spiritual levels that even surpasses the most righteous individuals, who did not have to undergo such struggle to achieve that connection. Still, one who repents generally does so because he felt internal strife and emptiness. He was searching and yearning for meaning and knew that something had to change in his life. It was that journey and self-discovery that led him to a path of Torah and mitzvah observance.
          One born into a home of Torah values however, never knew of anything different. For that person, it is a greater challenge to appreciate the privilege he was been born into, as a Torah observant Jew. One who has been davening three times a day, repeating the same words all his life, inevitably has a more difficult time finding meaning in his prayers. That is why the sincere prayers of one born into a home of righteousness, are greater than the prayers of one raised in a home that does not practice Torah values. One who developed an appreciation for prayer looks forward to the thrice daily opportunity for connection, and therefore it is not as great of a challenge for him to daven. One who was trained in it from youth, can maintain his callow understanding of prayer throughout his life, and never develop that appreciation for the greatness and opportunity of prayer. For him to do so, requires overcoming habit and rote, which is always a formidable challenge.[7]   

          In the daily Shema we recite: “And these matters that I command you today shall be upon your heart.”[8]The Medrash comments that each day a person should feel as if that day G-d commanded him to perform the mitzvos.[9]
          Shema is the mantra of every Jew. The custom is to recite Shema in the presence of an infant boy the night before his b’ris milah. Just before a person leaves this world, if he has the ability, he recites Shema. Twice a day, every day, morning and evening, a Jew recites Shema, and then repeats it again just before he retires for the night. 
          It is therefore particularly in the Shema recitation that we are commanded to maintain a sense of freshness and excitement for Avodas Hashem. We should never take for granted the message of Shema. Just as the world does not run on automatic pilot, but is renewed by G-d each day, so must our Service to Him be performed with renewed vigor and excitement each day.
          In days of old, a watchman was stationed at all railroad crossings. He would sit at the top of a tower next to the crossing. If he would see a horse and buggy traveling toward the crossing as a train was speeding down the track, he would wave a flaming torch in all directions to warn the conductor.
          One cloudy day, the watchman saw an oncoming train rapidly approaching the crossing just as a horse and wagon slowly made its way across the tracks. The watchman grabbed his wooden stick, raced to the top of the tower, and began waving it in all directions. But no matter how vigorously he waved the stick the train would not slow down. Moments later, the train crashed into the horse and buggy causing significant devastation and loss of life.
          The watchman was forced to stand trial in court with serious allegations leveled against him, which included involuntary manslaughter. When the charges were announced the watchman was indignant. “I did my job. I waved that torch as hard as I could. It was the conductor who should be charged for not adhering to the warning!” The prosecution sharply replied, “It doesn’t matter how much you waved the stick. You neglected to fulfill your primary duty, which is to light the stick before you start waving it. If there is no fire atop the stick, the conductor won’t see it, so how can he understand its message?!”
          Prayer is incredibly powerful, and its words are incredibly poignant. But words recited without emotion cannot compare with those recited passionately. The concentration and fervor we have while praying is the fire that propels those words to far greater heights.[10]
          The Sages explain that “G-d desires heart”[11]. It’s not merely about what we do, but also how we do it. That is true all of our actions, especially prayer.
          The prophet Yechezkel informed the nation:  “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”[12]Our task is to seek that sense of freshness and excitement in the mundane and not allow what we do to become a matter of rote.
          The sad truth of life is that we often don’t appreciate our greatest gifts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little bit of reflection, we can elevate every day and savor the blessings we are granted.

          “Hashem heeded his cries”
          “These matters that I command you today shall be upon your heart.”

Rabbi Dani Staum LMSW
Rebbe, Heichal HaTorah, Teaneck, NJ
Principal, Ohr Naftali, New Windsor NY

[1] Yeshaya 29:13
[2]Bereishis 25:22
[3] The righteous Rivka was the daughter of the wicked Besuel
[4] The righteous Yitzchok was the son of the righteous Avrohom
[5]Berachos 34a
[6] The custom is that we strike our chests twice when reciting that beracha. Rabbi Schwadron was humorously depicting how we often pray as if on autopilot, allowing our mouths to recite the familiar words out of habit, while our minds are completely elsewhere.  
[7]It is truly inspiring to watch the manner in which ba’alei teshuva daven with intense concentration.
[8] Devorim 6:6
[9] Sifrei, Devorim 31
[10]Rabbi Aharon Lopianski notes that it is not always as important to understand the meaning of every single word as it to understand the general gist of what one is saying. When one has a general understanding of the words it is far easier to relate to them and to maintain concentration.
[11]  זוהר, רעיא מהימנא ג', כי תצא רפא, סנהדרין קו:
[12]Yecheskel 32:26


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Ισραηλινή εφημερίδα : H πρόταση μομφής εναντίον του Τραμπ καθοδηγείται από λυσσαλέους Ρωσοφοβικούς Εβραίους   Ινφογνώμων

                                   ΙΑΚΩΒ  ΣΙΦ,  (Jacob Schiff)

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Η φάρσα με την πρόταση μομφής εναντίον του Τραμπ είναι βασικά υπόθεση των Εβραίων, ανέφερε η Ισραηλινή εφημερίδα Haaretz. Η ψυχή και η μηχανή της μομφής είναι ο Adam Schiff, "Shifty Schiff" κατά την γλαφυρή έκφραση του Τραμπ. Το όνομά του φέρνει στο μυαλό τον Εβραϊκό τραπεζικό οίκο Σιφ, την κορυφαία Εβραϊκή οικογένεια αριστοκρατίας πλούτου και ΜΜΕ.

Ο δεύτερος άντρας είναι ο αδηφάγος Goldman, ή αλλιώς Daniel Sachs Goldman, ο οποίος είναι ο επικεφαλής ανακριτής στις ακροάσεις μομφής. Sachs Goldman ή Goldman Sachs, άλλο ένα κορυφαίο εβραϊκό όνομα και τράπεζα. Ο τρίτος Εβραίος στην καρδιά της πρότασης μομφής είναι ο διαβόητος Τζορτζ Σόρος.
Daniel Goldman (L) during testimonies in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Washington, November 13, 2019. Adam Schiff is on the right.Alex Brandon,AP

Η Haaretz θα μπορούσε να προσθέσει ότι οι κορυφαίοι μάρτυρες για την πρόταση μομφής είναι επίσης Εβραίοι, όπως ο παράξενος Gordon Sondland" αυτός που είπε στον Τραμπ ο Ουκρανός πρόεδρος Zelensky αγαπάει τον κώλο σας", Sondland ή ο Vindman ο κατάσκοπος. Ο Τραμπ δεν θα τολμούσε ποτέ να παρατηρήσει αυτή την αξιοσημείωτη σύμπτωση, καταλήγει η Haaretz. Μόνο οι αντισημίτες θα μπορούσαν.

Αντί να καταδείξει αυτή την ανοιχτή συνωμοσία και να καλέσει τους Αμερικανούς να σώσουν τη Δημοκρατία, ο Πρόεδρος Τραμπ έκανε έκκληση στην εβραϊκή αίσθηση ευγνωμοσύνης. Έδωσε τώρα το τρίτο θαυμάσιο δώρο του στο εβραϊκό κράτος, δηλαδή την αναγνώριση των εποικισμών μόνο για τους Εβραίους στα κλεμμένα παλαιστινιακά εδάφη, μετά την αναγνώριση της Ιερουσαλήμ και των υψιπέδων του Γκολάν.

Ή ίσως το τέταρτο, αν μετρήσετε την αποχώρησή του από τη συμφωνία του Ιράν. Νομιμοποίησε τους οικισμούς με τη μονομερή απόφαση της υπερδύναμης, κάτι που οι ισραηλινές κυβερνήσεις δεν μπορούσαν ή δεν τόλμησαν ποτέ. Εάν οι "ΗΠΑ ήταν τόσο παντοδύναμες όσο ήταν πριν από είκοσι χρόνια, αυτό θα ήταν το τέλος των συμφωνιών του Όσλο και της Γενεύης, και πρακτικά το τέλος των προσπαθειών δημιουργίας ενός παλαιστινιακού κράτους παράλληλα με το Ισραήλ, κάτι που ήθελαν εξαρχής οι ισραηλινοί εθνικιστές.

Η εμπλοκή των "ΗΠΑ στον ψυχρό εμφύλιο πόλεμο, θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σε από νομιμοποίηση των "ΗΠΑ ή σε κατάρρευση του προτύπου των δύο κρατών. Είναι προφανώς ένα τεράστιο δώρο για το εβραϊκό κράτος.

Ο Τραμπ πίστευε ότι η γενναιοδωρία του θα έλιωνε τις καρδιές των Εβραίων και θα τον άφηναν να κυβερνά ειρηνικά. Αλλά όχι, οι Εβραίοι αποδέχονται κάθε δώρο ως οφειλόμενο. Η απουσία ενός δώρου είναι που προκαλεί έκπληξη και είναι ενοχλητική, πιθανόν δε να οφείλεται στον αντισημιτισμό. Είπαν ότι η αναγνώρισή του Τραμπ θα ενοχλήσει τους Δημοκράτες, και θα τους την πάρουν όταν ανακτήσουν τον Λευκό Οίκο.

Πιθανώς αυτή η αντίδραση είναι ακριβώς αυτό στο οποίο βασίστηκε ο Τραμπ, διότι δεν ενδιαφέρεται για την Παλαιστίνη ή το Ισραήλ. Το κοινό-στόχος του είναι ο Αμερικανός Εβραίος. Ο Τραμπ ελπίζει ότι οι Εβραίοι που νοιάζονται για το Ισραήλ περισσότερο από ό,τι νοιάζονται για τις ΗΠΑ θα αλλάξουν πίστη και θα τον στηρίξουν, ώστε οι Δημοκρατικοί να μην κερδίσουν τις επόμενες εκλογές και να αποτρέψουν την αναγνώριση. Κρίνοντας από προηγούμενη εμπειρία, οι Εβραίοι θα κερδίσουν από αυτόν τον ανταγωνισμό , ενώ οι ΗΠΑ θα χάσουν, όπως και ο Τραμπ.

Αξίζει τον κόπο να δούμε ποιοι είναι οι Εβραίοι στις διαδικασίες μομφής. Ο Adam Schiff, είτε είναι ένας μακρινός συγγενής με τον τραπεζίτη Jacob Schiff είτε απλά συνωνυμία , θα μπορούσε να είναι μετενσάρκωση του γέρου,γιατί κληρονόμησε την αγάπη του για τη μαζική μετανάστευση και το μίσος προς τη Ρωσία. Πριν από την εποχή του Jacob Schiff , οι Εβραίοι των ΗΠΑ ήταν μια μικρή κοινότητα. Πλούσια μεν, αλλά πολύ μικρή.

Ο Jacob Schiff, ο οποίος έφτασε στην αμερικανική ακτή στα μέσα του 19ου αιώνα, κατάλαβε ότι χρειαζόταν αριθμούς, μάζες, δημογραφία στο πλευρό του αν ήθελαν οι Εβραίοι να γίνουν σημαντικός παίκτης. Οργάνωσε μαζική μετανάστευση Ρώσων και Πολωνών Εβραίων στις ΗΠΑ. "Άσκησε πιέσεις στο Κογκρέσο και στον Πρόεδρο Γκρόβερ Κλίβελαντ για να αποτρέψουν την ψήφιση νομοθεσίας η οποία θα είχε αποτρέψει το μαζικό κύμα Ρώσων Εβραίων μεταναστών από τους οποίους κατάγονται σήμερα οι περισσότεροι Εβραίοι της Νέας Υόρκης", αναφέρει Εβραϊκή πηγή.

Εκατομμύρια Εβραίοι έφτασαν και τελικά άλλαξαν τις ΗΠΑ κατά τα πρότυπα τους . Τώρα ο Adam Schiff θέλει να εισάγει εκατομμύρια μεταναστών του Τρίτου Κόσμου για να παγιώσει την αλλαγή που ξεκίνησε ο Jacob .

Το μίσος του Jacob Schiff για τη Ρωσία ήταν αρκετά εκπληκτικό, ακόμη και με βάση τα πρότυπα της εποχής εκείνης. Διακεκριμένος τραπεζίτης, έδωσε πολεμικό δάνειο στην Ιαπωνία για να κατασκευάσει το στόλο της για να πολεμήσει τη Ρωσία. Συμπτωματικά , ο στόλος που οικοδομήθηκε με τα χρήματα του Schiff επιτέθηκε στο Περλ Χάρμπορ μερικά χρόνια αργότερα, έτσι κάθε θύμα του πολέμου του Ειρηνικού και οι απόγονοί του μπορούν να μηνύσουν τους Schiffs για τη συμβολή τους.

Πολύ πριν τον Σόρος και την
NED ο Jacob Schiff έπαιξε το παιχνίδι αλλαγής καθεστώτος στη Ρωσία, χρηματοδοτώντας τους επαναστάτες. (Συνέβαλε στην επανάσταση του Φεβρουαρίου του 1917, το φιλελεύθερο φιλοδυτικό πραξικόπημα, αλλά οι Ρώσοι τον πούλησαν κάνοντας άλλο ένα πραξικόπημα τον Νοέμβριο του 2017 και εγκαθιστώντας τους μπολσεβίκους. Οι πράκτορες του έπρεπε να φύγουν και η Ρωσία ανέκτησε την ανεξαρτησία της, ενώ ο Schiff είχε χάσει την επένδυσή του.)

Ο Adam Schiff έχει την ίδια λύσσα εναντίον της Ρωσίας όπως ο Jacob . Ονειρεύεται μια αλλαγή καθεστώτος στη Μόσχα όπως έκανε ο Jacob . Ισχυρίστηκε ότι η ρωσική συνωμοσία έφερε τον Τραμπ στο Λευκό Οίκο. Αρνήθηκε να αποδεχθεί τα αποτελέσματα της έρευνας του Mueller και εξακολουθεί να επιμένει ότι οι Ρώσοι παρενέβησαν στις εκλογές των ΗΠΑ. Τα λόγια του για "καταδικαστικές αποδείξεις" συμπαιγνίας με τη Ρωσία, "κάτι περισσότερο από περιστασιακά", ένα σκάνδαλο μεγέθους "πέρα από το Watergate" δηλητηρίασαν τις ρωσο-αμερικανικές σχέσεις και έκαναν την προεδρία Τραμπ μια κουτσή πάπια από την πρώτη στιγμή.

Ο Adam Schiff είναι τόσο ανέντιμος και άδικος που ακόμα και η WSJ επεσήμανε την καινοτομία του στη νομοθεσία. "Είναι αδιαμφισβήτητο αδίκημα για έναν πρόεδρο να αντιστέκεται στην μομφή; Ο Πρόεδρος της Υπηρεσίας Πληροφοριών Οίκου, Adam Schiff, δήλωσε στο CNN την προηγούμενη βδομάδα ότι η άρνηση αξιωματούχων του Λευκού Οίκου να καταθέσουν στην έρευνα μομφής της επιτροπής του μπορεί να οδηγήσει σε "παρακώλυση του Κογκρέσου" εναντίον του Προέδρου Τραμπ."

Ίσως, τελικά, ο Adam Schiff είναι συγγενής με έναν άλλο απατεώνα, τον Irwin Schiff, ο οποίος πέθανε σε ομοσπονδιακή φυλακή το 2015, ενώ εκτίει ποινή 13 ετών για φοροδιαφυγή. (Πιθανότατα είναι αντισημιτικό να αναφέρουμε την παλιά φράση ότι κάποιοι Εβραίοι μπορεί να είναι απατεώνες, αλλά θα το τολμούσαμε ούτως ή άλλως).
Ο επικεφαλής ανακριτής Daniel Sachs Goldman έχει εξαιρετική γενεαλογία για έναν εβραίο (έμπορο οχηματων ). Πήγε στο ίδιο σχολείο που πήγαν οι κόρες του Προέδρου Μπαράκ Ομπάμα, Σάσα και Μαλία, καθώς επίσης η Τσέλσι Κλίντον, τα εγγόνια του πρώην Αντιπροέδρου Τζο Μπάιντεν, η κόρη του Ρίτσαρντ Νίξον Τρίσια και ο γιος του Θεόδωρου Ρούσβελτ, Άρτσιμπαλντ".
Η σύζυγός του είναι Αντιπρόεδρος της Goldman Sachs Bank, "το μεγάλο βαμπίρ καλαμάρι τυλιγμένο γύρω από το πρόσωπο της ανθρωπότητας", με τα διάσημα λόγια του Matt Taibbi. Η οικογένειά του είχε δημιουργήσει ένα ειδικό πρόγραμμα που ονομάζεται The Born-Taglit. Το όνομα υποδηλώνει ότι κάθε Εβραίος έχει εκ γενετής δικαίωμα στη γη της Παλαιστίνης, σε αντίθεση με τους ιθαγενείς της.

Το πρόγραμμα επιτρέπει σε Αμερικανούς Εβραίους νέους να κάνουν ένα δωρεάν (ευγενική προσφορά του Αμερικανού φορολογούμενου) ταξίδι στο Ισραήλ, να συναντήσουν άλλους Εβραίους νέους άνδρες και κορίτσια και να ψάξουν για το γάμο τους μέσα στη φυλή. Σωστά, σε σας απαγορεύεται να εγκρίνετε τέτοια ρατσιστικά μέτρα, αλλά οι Εβραίοι επιτρέπεται να τα διαχειρίζονται ως φιλανθρωπία απαλλαγμένη από φόρους.

Η οικογένεια του Daniel Sachs Goldman είναι επίσης ιδρυτής του New Israel Fund, ενός άλλου φορολογικού ταμείου, το οποίο κατευθύνει χρήματα που εξοικονομούνται από τις φορολογικές αρχές των ΗΠΑ (όπου θα μπορούσαν να φθάσουν στην κυβέρνηση) προς σκοπούς μόνο για τους Εβραίους.

Ο George Soros είναι ένας ακόμα εξέχων Εβραίος συμμετέχων στις διαδικασίες μομφής. Το παλιό αυτό ερπετό είναι τόσο άσχημο που η ψυχή μας (όπως θα έλεγε και ο Oscar Wilde ) αισθάνεται και αυτή ανήθικη. Τα πραγματικά περιστατικά επιβεβαιώνουν την άποψη αυτή. Αν η Ουκρανία έχει μετατραπεί από μια χώρα της Ανατολικής Ευρώπης σε μια χλωμή ζοφερή κατεστραμμένη περιοχή καταστροφών, είναι εν μέρει υπεύθυνος.

Ενώ η μομφή αφορά την φερόμενη παρέμβαση του Τραμπ στην Ουκρανία, η υπόθεση των εχθρών του Τραμπ στην Ουκρανία είναι εύκολοαποδειχτη. Παρενέβησαν τόσο σκληρά στις συναλλαγές του φαινομενικά κυρίαρχου κράτους, που έλεγαν ένα αστείο μεταξύ τους: "Η Συνθήκη της Βιέννης είναι προαιρετική για το προσωπικό του Κιέβου". Η Σύμβαση της Βιέννης είναι η διεθνής συμφωνία που απαγορεύει στους διπλωμάτες να παρεμβαίνουν στις εσωτερικές υποθέσεις του κράτους στο οποίο είναι τοποθετημένοι.

Ένα μέρος αυτής της ανάμειξης είχε γίνει από και για τον Joe Biden, ο οποίος λήστεψε άφθονους πόρους από το ουκρανικό κράτος. Ο George Soros ήταν ένας άλλος δικαιούχος της δραστηριότητας του Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ.

Έχει μερικές ΜΚΟ εκεί, και η Πρεσβεία των ΗΠΑ υπό την Πρέσβειρα Μαρί Γιοβάνοβιτς Yovanovitch (άλλη μια κατήγορος του Τραμπ) δρούσε ενεργά γι' αυτές. Ο Τζον Σόλομον ανακάλυψε ότι ένας από τους μάρτυρες της δίωξης στις ακροάσεις για την πρόταση μομφής, ο τότε πρεσβευτής Επιτετραμμένος George Kent (τώρα έχει αναρριχηθεί στην ευγενή θέση του υφυπουργού) ζήτησε από τις ουκρανικές αρχές να σταματήσουν την έρευνα για την ΜΚΟ του Soros, με το όνομα Κέντρο Δράσης για την Καταπολέμηση της Διαφθοράς (AntAC).

Επιπλέον, στις 5 Μαρτίου 2019,η Πρέσβειρα Yovanovitch είχε εκφωνήσει μια ομιλία ζητώντας την απομάκρυνση του ειδικού εισαγγελέα της Ουκρανίας κατά της διαφθοράς." Και αυτή η γυναίκα τολμά να μιλήσει για την παρέμβαση του Τραμπ!

Ο George Soros είχε τακτική πρόσβαση στο ουκρανικό γραφείο του Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ, στην υφυπουργό Επικρατείας Victoria ("F*ck EU") Nuland. Είναι δύσκολο να γίνει διαχωρισμός μεταξύ των δυο , καθώς η AntAC είχε χρηματοδοτηθεί από κοινού από το Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών και τον George Soros. Αλλά ο Τζορτζ Σόρος είναι στο απυρόβλητο, καθώς ο Πρόεδρος της ADL Τζόναθαν Γκρίνμπλατ έχει ήδη αποφασίσει ότι " δίωξη του Σόρος… θα ισοδυναμούσε με τα χειρότερα αντισημιτικά τρόπαια".

Ένας πρώην Ομοσπονδιακός Εισαγγελέας της Περιφέρειας της Columbia, ο Joe DiGenova, διέπραξε αυτό το σοβαρό έγκλημα, όταν είπε στο ειδησεογραφικό πρακτορείο Fox ότι ο George Soros είχε την ευκαιρία να πει στο Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών μέσω της Victoria Nuland τι να κάνει στην Ουκρανία. "Ο Σόρος έτρεξε την δουλειά. Διέφθειρε αξιωματούχος του FBI, Διέφθειρε αξιωματικούς των ξένων υπηρεσιών.Ο Τζορτζ Σόρος θέλει να διοικεί την Ουκρανία και κάνει ό,τι μπορεί για να χρησιμοποιήσει κάθε μοχλό της κυβέρνησης των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών για να το κάνει αυτό." Ο Joe DiGenova δεν ανέφερε την Εβραϊκότητα του Σόρος ή της φίλης του Νούλαντ. Δεν ήταν απαραίτητο. Μια επίθεση στον Τζορτζ Σόρος είναι μια επίθεση κατά των Εβραίων σε όλο τον κόσμο, ολοκλήρωσε ένας γνώριμος παρατηρητής.

Ο Joe DiGenova είναι όντως ένοχος, αλλά είναι λίγο μετριοπαθής. Ο Τζορτζ Σόρος επιθυμεί να ηγηθεί την Ουκρανία, ανέφερε. Η Ουκρανία είναι ένα μικρό, αλλά επικερδές μέρος του κόσμου που ο Σόρος και οι σύντροφοι του θέλουν να διοικήσουν . Οι "ΗΠΑ είναι πιο σημαντικό κομμάτι, και ελέγχοντας τις , μπορούν να πάρουν την Ουκρανία αντί πινακίου φακής.

Η μομφή έγινε πράγματι μια σημαντική υπόθεση, όχι μόνο ως απειλή για τον Πρόεδρο Τραμπ, αλλά επειδή αποκάλυψε τον τρόπο λειτουργίας των φιλελεύθερων Εβραίων. Θα ήταν καλύτερα, αντί για τον Ντόναλντ Τραμπ, ο αντίπαλός τους να ήταν ένας λευκός ιππότης. Αλλά έχουμε αυτό που έχουμε. Αυτοί οι τύποι πρέπει να σταματήσουν, και αν ο Τραμπ το κάνει, ευλογήστε τον.

Η τακτική του να δωροδοκεί Εβραίους με πλούσια δώρα της προγονικής παλαιστινιακής γης είναι ανήθικη, και αμφιβάλλω αν θα είναι αποτελεσματική. Ίσως αν ζητούσε δικαιοσύνη και ισότητα για την Παλαιστίνη θα είχε την ευκαιρία να πετάξει μια χιονόμπαλα στην κόλαση. Διαιρώντας τους εχθρούς του, μεταξύ Σιωνιστών και Φιλελευθέρων, βελτιώνει τις πιθανότητές του, ή έτσι σκέφτεται.

Για τους ανθρώπους που λατρεύουν και εκτιμούν την Παλαιστίνη όπως εγώ, αυτή είναι μια δύσκολη επιλογή. Οι Φιλελεύθεροι Εβραίοι ακούγονται πιο καλοί. Μιλούν κατά των εβραϊκών οικισμών στα κατεχόμενα εδάφη. Καταδικάζουν τον ισραηλινό βομβαρδισμό της Γάζας και της Συρίας.

Αλλά είχαμε μια μακρά εμπειρία της ανόδου τους: δεν κάνουν απολύτως τίποτα για την Παλαιστίνη και επιτρέπουν στο Ισραήλ να διαπράξει όλα τα πιθανά εγκλήματα. Μια καταδίκη δεν είναι αρκετά καλή αν δεν επηρεαστεί η ροή των όπλων και των οικονομικών.

Οι Εβραίοι έχουν συνηθίσει να παίζουν και για τις δύο ομάδες και να κερδίζουν δύο φορές. Αυτό το παιχνίδι μπορεί να αλλάξει πηγαίνοντας σε μια απολύτως απαγορευμένη περιοχή σκέψης, βλέποντας την ομάδα μομφής ως Εβραϊκή ομάδα,. Αν και όταν το Καπιτώλιο θα είναι ελεύθερο από την κατοχή, θα έρθει επίσης η ώρα για την ελευθερία της Ιερουσαλήμ.

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This article was first published at The Unz Review

Τετάρτη, 18 Ιανουαρίου 2017


ΥΓ Ενημέρωση περί νομικών-δικαστών

Έγραψα πρόσφατα: Κρατήστε τους νομικούς-δικαστές έξω από την πολιτική. Πρέπει να επιλέξουμε αν θέλουμε δημοκρατία ή κράτος δικαίου. Σε μια δημοκρατία, ο λαός κυβερνά μέσω των εκλεγμένων αντιπροσώπων του, στο κράτος δικαίου, κυριαρχούν οι νομικοί και οι δικαστές. Οι πολιτικοί θα πρέπει να έχουν ασυλία για όλη τη ζωή τους. Ο Ντόναλντ Τρούμπ και ο Μπίμπι Νετανιάχου δεν είναι άγγελοι, αλλά εκλέχθηκαν από τα έθνη τους και πρέπει να παραμείνουν άθικτοι. Αφήστε τους να κριθούν από την ιστορία, όχι από δικηγόρους, νομικούς, δικαστές.

Από τότε που το έγραψα, υπήρξαν εξελίξεις που επιβεβαίωσαν τη δυσπιστία μου στο επάγγελμα του δικαστή:


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L'articolo Il popolo ebraico e Israele: un legame indissolubile che gli antisemiti odiano sembra essere il primo su Progetto Dreyfus.


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ישראל מגרשת היום מנהל מטעם ארגון Human Rights Watch


מנהל ישראל ופלסטין בארגון Human Rights Watch, עומר שאקר, ברמאללה, מאי 2018. 

הזכויות שמורות ל-AFP, 2018.

(ירושלים) - ארגון Human Rights Watch ימשיך לתעד הפרות של זכויות האדם למרות גירושו של מנהל תחום ישראל ופלסטין בארגון בידי ממשלת ישראל, ב-25 בנובמבר 2019. הגירוש משקף את המתקפה המתעצמת של הרשויות על זכויות האדם. המנהל, עומר שאקר, יעזוב הלילה לאחר שבית המשפט העליון של ישראל אישר את צו הגירוש שהוציאה לו הממשלה ב-5 בנובמבר, ונתן לו שהות לעזוב עד ל-25 בנובמבר.

עבודת ארגון Human Rights Watch בנושא הפרה של זכויות האדם בידי ישראל, הרשות הפלסטינית ורשויות חמאס תימשך בניהולו של שאקר, ממשרד אחר של ארגון Human Rights Watch באזור.

"ישראל מצטרפת היום לונצואלה, איראן, מצרים ושכמותן, באיסור על כניסתם של חוקרי ארגון Human Rights Watch, אך גם היא לא תצליח להסתיר את הפרת זכויות האדם שלה", כך אמר קנת' רות', מנכ"ל ארגון Human Rights Watch, שילווה את שאקר בעוזבו את ישראל.  "החלטה זו ממחישה מדוע הקהילה הבינלאומית חייבת לשנות מן היסוד את גישתה להתנהלותה ההולכת ומחמירה של ישראל בתחום זכויות האדם. אין זה סביר כי ממשלה המגרשת חוקר מוביל בתחום זכויות האדם תפסיק את דיכויים השיטתי של הפלסטינים הנתונים תחת כיבושה ללא לחץ בינלאומי כבד בהרבה".

ישראל שללה את אשרת העבודה של שאקר, אזרח ארצות הברית, בחודש מאי 2018. זאת, בטענה שעבודת הסנגור שלו מפרה חוק משנת 2017 האוסר על כניסת אנשים הקוראים לחרם על ישראל או על ההתנחלויות שלה בגדה המערבית הכבושה.

ארגון Human Rights Watch ומר שאקר כנציגו, לא קראו מעולם לחרם על ישראל. ארגון Human Rights Watch דחק בעסקים להפסיק לפעול בהתנחלויות לא חוקיות כחלק מחובתם הגלובלית להימנע משותפות בהפרה של זכויות האדם - בדיוק כפי שהוא קורא לעסקים למלא חובה זו במדינות רבות אחרות. באפריל מצא בית משפט מחוזי, ובית המשפט העליון של ישראל החרה החזיק אחריו, כי עמדה זו מהווה עילה לגירוש על-פי פרשנות מרחיבה לחוק משנת 2017.

בית המשפט העליון לא התייחס לערעור של ארגון Human Rights Watch על מידת חוקתיותו של חוק זה, לרבות ההשפעה המצננת שצפויה להיות לו על חופש הביטוי של אנשים שאינם מסכימים עם מדיניות הממשלה.

לאחרונה חתרו הרשויות הישראליות לפגוע בעבודתם של פעילים לזכויות האדם, לרבות מניעת כניסתם לישראל של מספר מגיני זכויות אדם בינלאומיים אחרים, השמצת ארגוני זכויות אדם ישראליים, הטלת דרישות מכבידות של דיווח כספי על ארגונים אלה, פשיטות על משרדיהם של מגיני זכויות אדם פלסטינים, ומעצר שלהם. באוקטובר מנעו הרשויות הישראליות מאיש צוות של ארגון אמנסטי אינטרנשיונל לצאת מהגדה המערבית הכבושה מ"סיבות ביטחוניות" שלא פורטו.

זוהי הפעם הראשונה שהממשלה משתמשת בחוק משנת 2017 כדי לנסות ולגרש אדם השוהה בישראל כחוק, והפעם הראשונה שהיא מורה לאיש צוות של ארגון Human Rights Watch לעזוב את שטחה במשך שלושים שנות עבודתו של הארגון במדינה.

"ישראל מגרשת היום את שאקר בגלל שארגון Human Rights Watch קורא לעסקים להדיר את רגליהם מהתנחלויות לא חוקיות", אמר רות'. "מי הבא בתור - מישהו שקורא לבית הדין הפלילי הבינלאומי לבחון פשעים אפשריים בישראל ופלסטין או מכנה, בצדק, את הגדה המערבית 'שטח כבוש' ולא 'שטח שנוי במחלוקת"'?


"Thanks be to God" November 24, 2019


Pastor Amy Strader

Psalm 50: 7-14 (CEV)

My people, I am God!
    Israel, I am your God.
    Listen to my charges
    against you.
Although you offer sacrifices
    and always bring gifts,
    I won’t accept your offerings
    of bulls and goats.

Every animal in the forest
    belongs to me,
    and so do the cattle
    on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds
    in the mountains,
    and every wild creature
    is in my care.

If I were hungry,
    I wouldn’t tell you,
    because I own the world
    and everything in it.
I don’t eat the meat of bulls
    or drink the blood of goats.
I am God Most High!
    The only sacrifice I want
    is for you to be thankful
    and to keep your word.


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OPINION: Anatomy of a Zionist Smear Campaign: Jerusalem Post Admits to Fabrications

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Success — a sermon on Isaiah 5 & 11

Rev Teri Peterson
Gourock St. John’s 
Isaiah 5.1-7, 11.1-9
17 November 2019, NL2-11

I will sing for the one I love
    a song about his vineyard:
my loved one had a vineyard
    on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones
    and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
    and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
    but it yielded only bad fruit.
‘Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
    judge between me and my vineyard.
What more could have been done for my vineyard
    than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
    why did it yield only bad?
Now I will tell you
    what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
    and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
    and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland,
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain on it.’
The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
    is the nation of Israel,
and the people of Judah
    are the vines he delighted in.
And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
    for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him –
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord –
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
    with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
    and faithfulness the sash round his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
    and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
    their young will lie down together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
    and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.


This week I spent three mornings at primary schools, running a workshop with Primary 7 pupils that is designed to help them begin to transition to high school. We do four of these throughout the year, and each one is about one of the Clydeview school values. This week the workshops were on the theme of Success. Throughout the morning we do activities that invite the kids to think about what success means, how we judge if something or someone is successful, and what it takes to succeed ourselves. Often, when we first ask them about it, they say things like “you know you’ve succeeded if you feel good about something you’ve done.” The conversations also usually include talking about awards, passing exams, and sometimes status symbols like big houses or fancy cars. But almost always the first reactions this week were about feeling more confident, knowing in yourself that you’ve done something well.

It was interesting to be thinking about success all week while also pondering this reading from Isaiah — in which it becomes clear that God’s vineyard has not succeeded. Whether the measure is by how God feels about it or by a more objective standard of fruitfulness, the vineyard is a failure. It’s a shocking idea, that God could fail at something. But through the prophet, God asks: what else could I have done? What more effort could I have put in? I did everything I knew how to do — cleared the ground, planted the best vines, prepared the wine press, pruned and weeded and watered and fertilised and cared. And still the fruit was bad. The vineyard was not a success, it did not produce grapes that could be made into wine and shared to make glad the hearts of others.

Instead of receiving all that care and turning it into an outpouring of goodness and care for others...instead of being blessed to be a turns out that the people had taken the blessing for themselves and refused to share. They were supposed to do justice, to lift up the poor and level the playing field so that all would have enough. They were supposed to live righteously, with their relationships in the right order — God in priority position, and everyone else equal. They were supposed to understand that they were as intertwined as the vines of the vineyard, all in it together, working together to produce fruit that could be shared to enhance God’s kingdom. Instead, they set up systems that oppress. They allowed some to be outcast, and the poor to be trampled. They turned away, choosing not to look at the people who were the collateral damage of their economy, their social norms, and their greed. Instead of justice and righteousness, they produced a crop of bloodshed and cries.

So the vineyard was left in disarray...overgrown with weeds and vines dying, trampled by animals and left without water or care.


Even though it looks like God gave up on the vineyard, we know that is not how God is.

And death never has the last word.

From the stump, the dead tree that had been cut down and was left there to rot in its place....from the dry stump, symbol of lost hope...from the stump will come a new shoot. The deep roots can still nourish new life. God will do a new thing, and bring life out of death.

The shoot that will grow out of the stump will be marked by the very things that the vineyard lacked: justice and righteousness, both of which will favour those who had been oppressed or left out. He won’t judge by what he can see — because remember, God looks at the heart. This new life won’t be about status symbols like fancy cars or holidays or clothes, but about the other measures of success. Even one tiny, fragile, shoot coming out of a deeply rooted stump will bear more fruit...fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, generosity, and self control.

The results of this new life, deeply rooted in the truth of God’s love and call, will be just as shocking as the sight of the dead, overgrown vineyard, though. It will at first glance involve just as much disarray. The order that we think is built into the world will be turned on its head. Rather than the strong preying on the weak, they will live together. The wolf and the sheep, the leopard and the goat, the calf and the lion, the cow and the bear, the lion and the’s a comprehensive list of predators giving up their natural inclinations and choosing a different way. 

In this new vineyard, the powerful treat the powerless as if they matter. 
In this new vineyard, relationships that have been fraught with violence become peaceful and mutual.

Not because the lamb or the calf or the child have changed. They haven’t become more confident, or worked harder, or paid money, or earned their way in by acting in ways the others think are appropriate.

It’s the wolf, the leopard, the lion, and the bear that change. They choose to change their diet—to eat straw rather than each other. They choose to change their way of relating to others, lying down rather than chasing and attacking. They choose to give up some of their power in order to raise up others, making a system of equals who can work together. They choose to use their resources to create opportunities for those who had none, for both meaningful work and for rest. 

It feels wrong, because our human society is so used to the idea that it is right for some people to have more than others. But here we have a picture of the top of the food chain choosing to share meals with the bottom...where neither of them is on the menu. We have a vision of the powerful and powerless living side by side in the same house, and of neighbourhoods where those who are deemed dangerous and those who we think deserve protecting live side by side. 

God says this is what the world will be like when the earth is filled with knowledge of the Lord. They will not hurt or destroy...because why would we need to? Why would we want to? It may seem at first glance like everything is in disarray, with the powerful and powerless living together and valuing each other as equals — meaning neither has power over the other any longer. But then we would truly be living in right relationship, with God and one another. There would be no oppression or bloodshed or cries of brokenness. We would live as we are meant to — blessed to be a blessing.

Given the contrast of these two visions — of the failed vineyard and the peaceable kingdom — why do we continue to choose the one that failed?

This is a question for us as individuals, of course, but it is also a question for us as a society, and as a church....and as nations heading into elections on both sides of the Atlantic, with a daily news cycle that highlights every moment the choices we have made along the way.

I don’t have an answer as to why, other than our sinfulness, our brokenness, that leads us to think that imbalance of power and inequality of wealth is somehow a mark of success. But I do have a hope, that one day soon we will choose a different way. That when we recognise the effects of choosing to be the failed vineyard, we will want to choose the way of new life instead. Surely we would rather go through the upheaval of learning to give up our position at the top of the food chain, if it meant we could have a world of peace and opposed to the continuous cycle of destruction that comes with bearing bad fruit. I want to believe that we can dig deep, and find ourselves rooted in God’s grace, however hidden it sometimes appears to be...and then from that grace, find the capacity to do a new thing, to try a new way of sharing the blessing, and perhaps find the success God is calling us toward: a world marked by fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, generosity, and self control.

May it be so. Amen.


Aktivis Lingkungan Protes Pemanasan Bumi di Seluruh Dunia

Ribuan orang di kota-kota Eropa dan Asia melancarkan gelombang demonstrasi baru hari Jumat (29/11) mendesak diambilnya lebih banyak tindakan untuk mencegah peningkatan suhu bumi. Demonstrasi dimulai di kota Sydney, australia, dimana para pengunjuk rasa berkumpul dimuka markas besar partai Liberal New South Wales guna mendesak supaya pemerintah menolak pemberian izin baru bagi proyek batubara, minyak ataupun gas alam. Aksi protes di Australia itu berlangsung ketika kawasan tenggara benua Australia telah dilanda ratusan kebakaran hutan yang gawat dalam beberapa minggu terakhir, yang kata para pendemo disebabkan peningkatan suhu bumi. Para aktivis juga turun ke jalan-jalan di India, Korea Selatan, Israel, Turki, Italia, Spanyol dan Perancis. Kelompok kampanye yang bernama Friday for Future mengatakan aksi demonstrasi diperkirakan akan berlangsung di 2.300 kota di 153 negara. Aktivis iklim Swedia Greta Thunberg diperkirakan hadir dalam aksi mogok mahasiswa di Lisabon hari Jumat, tapi cuaca buruk menunda keberangkatan nya dengan kapal layar dari New York. Di London, para pendemo menerbangkan sebuah balon besar yang berbentuk seorang bayi dengan tulisan “coba terka berat badan saya dalam jumlah karbon dioksida.” Di Bangkok dan New Delhi para demonstran mengadakan aksi duduk, dan demonstran di Perancis memprotes perusahaan ritel raksasa Amazon, dengan mengatakan iklan belanja pada hari yang disebut Black Friday hanya mendorong orang untuk berbelanja dan hasilnya akan merusak lingkungan. Kelompok orang muda di amerika mengadakan “Pemogokan Black Friday” mulai dari Los Angeles sampai ke New York untuk memboikot hari belanja terbesar di Amerika itu. (ii)

A Coup in Israel

The question is, "Who determines who will run the country. Will it be the voters or the lawyers?"

WATCH: Israel Police Counter Terrorism Drill

The drill prepared Israel Police to contend with terrorist infiltration into Israeli territory.

Report: Pompeo, Netanyahu ‘Likely’ to Meet on Sidelines of NATO Summit in London

Israel has an interest with at least one issue on the agenda at the gathering: the question of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.

TWO Rising Stars: For the Good or For the Bad of the Country – The Tamar Yonah Show [audio]

Two rising stars (or Israeli politicians) on the political scene in Israel are trying to change the policies of Israel. Tamar says one agenda is surprisingly good, while another one is surprisingly bad. Who will get their way to help define the character of Israel?

Israelis Spent Nearly One Billion NIS on Black Friday

Israeli spending increased by 15.1% this Black Friday compared to that of 2018.

WATCH: Israeli Left-Wingers and Anti-Zionist Neturei Karta Exchange Shouts in Ramallah

A PA official attempted to mediate between the two sides and silence them, as a general sense of embarrassment was felt in the room.

BDS and Antifa Bigots Shout “Back to the Ovens” at Toronto’s York U

While angry mobs chanted "From Toronto to Gaza, Globalize the Intifada!” in the hall outside, inside the room anti-Israel thugs tried to shout down the speakers. Students were pushed and shoved by BDS bigots waving PLO flags and chanting terrorist slogans determined to shut down the event and prevent the Israeli veterans from being heard.

Senior Rabbi Beaten and Left Bleeding by London Teenagers Shouting ‘Kill Jews’ and ‘F***’ Jews’

Following the attack, the Rabbi left the UK and flew to Israel.

On the Way to Green Fuels? Israeli Scientists Grow CO2 Consuming Bacteria

Israeli scientists of the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed bacteria that survives solely on carbon dioxide (CO2) from their surroundings, instead of their regular food.

In Ramallah Speech Israeli Academic Accuses Israel of Robbery, Violence, Oppression

Raanan, who last January was called by a French news website "the new Jewish Zuabi," teaches in Sapir College in Sderot.

Hanan Ashrawi: UN is too PRO-Israel!

Imagine how ANTI-ISRAEL she would want the UN to be?

Netanyahu: In the national interest please step down now

Only six months ago, he was at the peak of his career and poised to make major progress with President Trump which could have set the foundations for a secure and prosperous Israel incorporating the major settlement blocs. Sadly, however, he has now been indicted – unjustly in my opinion

72 Years Ago The UN Partitioned British-Ruled Palestine

David Ben Gurion: “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”

Stasi for hire

It's informative to see how many of the tactics and techniques of the former Communist states have been adopted in Israel and the United States since the fall of the Soviet Union:
Over the course of several months, 'Diana' inveigled her way into the Scream star's life. Whether McGowan was in California or New York, Diana always seemed to be conveniently nearby.

They met for long walks, drinks and girls' nights out. McGowan even told her 'there was no one else in the world she could trust'.

But it was all a con. Just like Anna, Diana was merely a cover dreamed up by Stella, a spy working for the infamous Mossad-linked Israeli intelligence company Black Cube.

Weinstein had hired the firm in the months before his career and reputation were ruined by a welter of sexual allegations.

An extraordinary contract, dated July 11, 2017, between the mogul's lawyers and the British arm of the Israeli firm show that Weinstein had tasked Black Cube with two primary objectives: to 'provide intelligence which will help the Client's efforts to completely stop the publication of a new, negative article in a leading NY newspaper', and to 'obtain additional content of a book which is currently being written and which includes harmful negative information on and about the Client'.

To achieve this, Black Cube promised a dedicated team. As part of the operation, codenamed Parachute, the organisation introduced Stella to Weinstein.

Her main objective was to befriend McGowan, obtain a draft of her memoir – and discredit it. And she was tasked with finding out about and blocking other allegations about Weinstein – just like the stories Ben Wallace was working on.
It may also be informative to contemplate the way in which the same people who claim Judeo-Christianity is not only real, but the foundation of Western civilization, also claim that Judeo-Bolshevism was just a figment of the early-20th-century German imagination.

Everyone sees through conservatives now

The Babylon Bee goes for the conservative jugular:
Local conservative man Patrick Porkers thrashed liberals Tuesday for supporting policies that he himself will support in just five years.

From medicare for all and a wealth tax to free college and canceling student debt, the conservative systematically dismantled every policy liberals support, though he's going to cave on every single one of these just a few years from now.

The man says he's staunchly opposed to how fast progressives are changing things and prefers the conservative approach of changing the exact same things but just on a little bit of a delay.

"Liberals are ruining this country," he said, shaking both his head and his fist. "They go and put forth all these radical ideas that will destroy the fabric of our society. Sure, I end up conceding ground to the libs and supporting policies I would have found appalling just five years ago. But I've got to be the voice of reason here and caution everyone against the very ideas I will come to agree with a short time from now."
The important thing is that no one can call him racist. No one would be happier to vote for a black conservative than him! No one! And the second most important thing is that no one can call him anti-Semitic either. He not only believes in the Judeochristian values upon which America and Western civilization were founded, they fly an Israeli flag in the sanctuary at his church!

His virtue is impeccable.

Elbit Medical Imaging Reports Results of Its Activities for Q1 1999

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Arrestan a Galante El Emperador


Agentes de la División de Arrestos Especiales del CIC de San Juan, bajo la supervisión del sargento Israel Adames, arrestaron cerca de las 8:00 de la noche al intérprete de música urbana Alex A. Serrano —conocido artísticamente como Galante El Emperador— en el residencial Laurel, en Ponce.

El cantante, acusado en ausencia por múltiples delitos el pasado 13 de noviembre, sería trasladado a San Juan para diligenciar la orden de arresto.

Uno de los delitos que se le imputan es que presuntamente apuntó con dos armas de fuego a los padres y hermanos de su pareja, la también cantante y actriz Zuania Vélez, conocida como Indy Flow.

También se le imputa haber dado información falsa a la Policía días después de que supuestamente amenazara a los padres de Indy Flow en el residencial Luis Lloréns Torres, diciendo que lo habían asaltado y le habían llevado un arma de fuego para la que tenía licencia.

El pasado 3 de octubre, supuestamente Galante El Emperador fue al apartamento de los padres de Indy Flow en Lloréns Torres. Se alega que el rapero fue a reclamar por discrepancias con ellos y de momento sacó dos armas de fuego, según denunciaron los padres de la cantante.

Al salir, dejó abandonada una cartera Coach con su pasaporte y otros documentos, que fueron entregados a la Policía por el padre de la también cantante.

El 7 de octubre, Galante El Emperador radicó una querella en la que alegó que se había quedado dormido en el Expreso Luis A. Ferré y dos individuos lo despertaron y lo asaltaron, llevándole una pistola calibre .40 y la cartera Coach.

El 11 de octubre radicó otra querella en San Juan diciendo que cinco individuos lo habían agredido en Lloréns Torres nueve días antes y que le habían llevado la pistola y la cartera Coach.



Jon Corelis posted a discussion

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Veni, veni, Emanuel for SATB Chorus

Image: The Singing Monk by Dezső Czigány Image information and licensing:ány_The_Singing_Monk.jpgMy arrangement for SATB chorus of this very old hymn, often sung as a Christmas carol. Of the choral works I have written, this has been the best received one. Unfortunately I don't have a live recording of it; the sound file was generated with software using choral ahs for vocals, but I'm appending the lyrics below in hopes it will help people imagine a performance.Score and sound file on MuseScore.Score and sound file on YouTube. Revised version of 17 Jamuary 2019.  Copyright 2019 by Jon Corelis.  Please note that while this composition is based on a traditional melodiy and lyrics in the public domain, this adaptation of them is an original creative work under copyright. For performance permission, please see my permissions page. The Latin words given in the score, but for convenience, I also give them here: Veni, veni Emanuel, Captivum solve Israel, Qui gemit in exilio Privatus Dei Filio. Gaude, gaude! Emanuel nascetur pro te, Israel. Veni, o Jesse Virgula; Ex hostis tuos ungula, De specu tuos tartari Deduc et antro barathri. Gaude, gaude! Emanuel nascetur pro te, Israel. Veni, veni, o Oriens Solare nos adveniens; Noctis depele nebulas Dirasque noctis tenebras. Gaude, gaude! Emanuel nascetur pro te, Israel. Veni clavis Davidica; Regna reclude caelica; Fac iter tutum superum, Et claude vias inferum. Gaude, gaude! Emanuel nascetur pro te, Israel. Veni, veni Adonai, Qui populo in Sinai Legem dedisti vertice, In majestate gloriae. Gaude, gaude! Emanuel nascetur pro te, Israel. O come, O come Emmanuel! Redeem thy captive Israel, That into exile drear is gone, Far from the face of God’s dear son, Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, thou Branch of Jesse ! draw The quarry from the lion's claw ;  From the dread caverns of the grave.  From nether hell, thy people save.  O come, O come, thou Dayspring bright !  Pour on our souls thy healing light ;  Dispel the long night's lingering gloom,  And pierce the shadows of the tomb.  O come, thou Lord of David's Key !  The royal door fling wide and free ;  Safeguard for us the heavenward road,  And bar the way to death's abode.  O come, O come, Adonai,  Who in thy glorious majesty  From that high mountain clothed with awe  Gavest thy folk the elder law.  tr. T. A. Lacey 1906(I've also composed a version of this hymn for small vocal/instrumental ensemble which has been posted on this site previously.)See More


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When a Jew-Bashing Christian Leader Makes Jesus Look Bad

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On November 26, an Orthodox Jewish news outlet ran this attention-grabbing headline: "WATCH THIS SHOCKING HATE: Christian TV Host Rick Wiles Calls Impeachment A 'JEW-COUP.'" Tragically, once again, in the eyes of religious Jews, the word "Christian" is associated with...

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The media’s Palestine problem

November 29, 2019

ABC’s November 25 Q&A program discussed the push by the United States to recognise illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. Given this, you would have expected the panel to include a Palestinian.

Instead, Q&A chose to ignore Palestinian voices and stacked the panel with right wingers and pro-Israeli figures. This is like having a panel on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and not including a single First Nations person.

On Twitter, Crikey journalist Jennine Khalik asked: “Do media organisations in Australia have a Palestinian problem?”

She noted: “There are approx. 15,000 Palestinians in Australia — many who are academics across geopolitics in Palestine/Israel and advocates for justice and peace in Palestine, and they couldn’t find one for tonight?”

It was a deliberate decision to exclude any Palestinian point of view, but such decisions are not new. They follow a pattern of misrepresenting and ignoring Palestinian stories in the corporate media.

In a March 17 Al Jazeera article, three journalists were asked about the media’s coverage of Palestine.

A former foreign correspondent for the British Independent said: “Everyone is terrified of putting a foot wrong and being accused of being anti-Semitic that they daren't even ask the necessary questions.”

"Because newspapers have been got at and persuaded and pressurised by the pro-Israel lobby, the upshot over time is that the reader hasn't got a clue what this place [Palestine] is."

Former Guardian freelance journalist David Cronin said that after he reported on Israeli atrocities against Palestinians, he was told by an editor that they would prefer he not report on Gaza.

Al Jazeera also interviewed former Israeli ambassador to South Africa Ilan Baruch, who told them: "Israel was brilliantly successful in offering a narrative to the Western hemisphere that was embraced with little or no objective judgement."

Baruch, who resigned in 2011 because he felt he could no longer represent the Israeli government's policies, said Israel has dominated the Western media narrative during the entire 70-year conflict.

In Australia, it is no different.

Even a news source many Australians look to as being more objective, such as the ABC, have a bad track record on Palestine.

The ABC seems to be particularly intimidated about reporting on Israeli atrocities. Its coverage of the issue has worsened over the years, particularly after former Coalition communications minister Richard Alston initiated an inquiry into the ABC over bias in its reporting of the 2003 Iraq invasion.

The situation is dire in Palestine. Most people would not know that Israel has enacted a total economic blockade on Gaza since 2007, denying people access to building materials, basic food and medicine. The lack of reporting on this and other issues in Palestine is inhumane.

This is as true for Palestine as it is for the lack of reporting on what other repressive regimes are doing — all of which makes it harder to build resistance to them.

That is why Green Left Weekly pays so much attention to covering these issues, not just in Palestine but in many countries and, of course, in Australia. But to continue doing so we need your help.

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Q&A chose to ignore Palestinian voices and stacked the panel with right wingers and pro-Israeli figures.


Digitalisierung | Die größte Propaganda-Maschine der Geschichte

„Borat“-Darsteller Sacha Baron Cohen kritisiert in einer Rede Tech-Firmen wie Facebook, YouTube, Google oder Twitter scharf. Hier können Sie sie im Wortlaut lesen
Die größte Propaganda-Maschine der Geschichte

Der britische Schauspieler und Komiker Sacha Baron Cohen hat in einer Rede Facebook und andere soziale Medienplattformen scharf kritisiert, die Verbreitung von Hassreden und Falschinformationen zu unterstützen. Seine Dankesrede für die Verleihung des International Leadership Awards der amerikanischen Anti-Defamation League (ADL), war bemerkenswert ernsthaft. Der unter anderem als „Borat“-Darsteller bekannte Komiker hielt erstmals eine Rede als er selbst und nicht als eine der satirischen Figuren, in deren Rolle er schlüpft.

Baron Cohen bezeichnete die Tech-Unternehmen als „größte Propaganda-Maschine der Geschichte“. Insbesondere kritisierte er Facebook und folgerte: Da politische Werbung nicht auf ihren Wahrheitsgehalt überprüft werde, hätte das Unternehmen auch Hitler erlaubt, die Plattform für Propaganda zu nutzen.

Die Rede nach seinem Skript im Wortlaut (hier im englischen Original):

Zunächst möchte ich der ADL für ihre Anerkennung und für ihren Einsatz im Kampf gegen Rassismus, Hass und Fanatismus danken. Und wenn ich „Rassismus, Hass und Fanatismus“ sage, meine ich nicht die Namen von Trump-Berater Stephen Millers Labradoodles.

Mancher von Ihnen wird jetzt denken: Was zum Teufel macht ein Komiker als Redner auf einer solchen Konferenz!? Und ein Komiker bin ich. Den Großteil der vergangenen zwanzig Jahre habe ich damit verbracht, verschiedene Rollen zu verkörpern. Heute ist das erste Mal in meinem Leben, dass ich als der am wenigsten beliebte meiner vielen Charaktere auf der Bühne eine Rede halte – als Sacha Baron Cohen. Und ich muss zugeben, es macht mir Angst.

Auch ist mir klar, dass mein Hiersein aus einem anderen Grund unerwartet sein könnte. Gelegentlich halten Kritiker mir vor, meine Art der Comedy berge das Risiko, alte Stereotype zu verstärken.

Aber die Wahrheit ist, dass mein Leben lang mein Anliegen war, Fanatismus und Intoleranz zu bekämpfen. Als Teenager in Großbritannien demonstrierte ich gegen die faschistische National Front und für die Abschaffung der Apartheid in Südafrika. Als Student bereiste ich Amerika und schrieb meine Abschlussarbeit über die Bürgerrechtsbewegung, wobei ich in den Archiven der Anti-Defamation League recherchierte. Und als Komiker setzte ich meine verschiedenen Rollen ein, um die Menschen dazu zu bringen, ihre Deckung aufzugeben und zu zeigen, was sie wirklich denken und ihre eigenen Vorurteile zu erkennen.

Nicht alles, was ich gemacht habe, diente einem höheren Zweck

Dabei möchte ich nicht so tun, als hätte alles, was ich gemacht habe, einem höheren Zweck gedient. Ja, ein Teil meiner Comedy – ok, wahrscheinlich die Hälfte meiner Comedy – hatte etwas Jugendliches und die andere Hälfte war komplett infantil. Ich gebe zu, dass ich nichts besonders Erleuchtendes an mir hatte, als ich – als Borat aus Kasachstan, dem allerersten Fake-News-Journalisten – komplett nackt durch eine Versammlung von Hypothekenmakler rannte.

Aber als es „Borat“ gelang, eine gesamte Bar im amerikanischen Bundesstaat Arizona dazu zu bringen, ‚Werft den Juden in den Brunnen’ zu singen, demonstrierte das die Gleichgültigkeit gegenüber Antisemitismus. Und als ich – als Bruno, der homosexuelle Mode-Reporter aus Österreich – während eines Cage Fight-Kampfes in Arkansas einen Mann küsste und damit fast einen gewaltsamen Aufruhr anzettelte, zeigte das das Gewaltpotential der Homophobie. Ein anderes Mal war ich als ultra-politisch-korrekter Stadtentwickler verkleidet und schlug vor, in einer ländlichen Gemeinde eine Moschee zu bauen. Als ein Einwohner daraufhin stolz zugab: „Ich bin rassistisch – gegen Muslime“ – sagte das viel über die Akzeptanz von Islamfeindlichkeit.

Daher freue ich mich sehr über die Gelegenheit, heute hier zu sein. Auf der ganzen Welt sprechen derzeit Demagogen unsere schlimmsten Instinkte an. Verschwörungstheorien, die früher ein Randphänomen waren, sind im Mainstream angekommen. Es ist, als gehe das Zeitalter der Vernunft – die Ära von beweisbarer Argumentation – zu Ende. Wissen wird abgewertet und wissenschaftlicher Konsens abgelehnt. Demokratie, die auf gemeinsamen Wahrheiten beruht, ist auf dem Rückzug. Dagegen sind autokratische Regierungssysteme, die auf geteilten Lügen basieren, auf dem Vormarsch. Hassverbrechen nehmen ebenso zu wie mörderische Angriffe auf religiöse und ethnische Minderheiten.

Was haben all diese gefährlichen Trends gemeinsam? Ich bin nur ein Komiker und Schauspieler, kein Wissenschaftler. Aber eins scheint mir ziemlich offensichtlich. All dieser Hass und die Gewalt werden durch ein paar wenige Internet-Unternehmen ermöglicht, die zusammen die größte Propaganda-Maschine in der Geschichte darstellen.

Die größte Propaganda-Maschine in der Geschichte

Machen Sie sich das klar. Facebook, YouTube und Google, Twitter und andere erreichen Milliarden von Menschen. Die Algorithmen, von denen diese Plattformen abhängen, unterstützen bewusst Inhalte, die die Nutzer bei der Stange halten – Geschichten, die unsere niederen Instinkte ansprechen, die Wut oder Angst auslösen. Aus diesem Grund empfahl YouTube Videos des Verschwörungstheoretikers Alex Johnson milliardenfach weiter. Fake News stechen echte Nachrichten aus: Studien zeigen, dass sich Lügen schneller verbreiten als die Wahrheit. Dabei überrascht es nicht, dass die größte Propaganda-Maschine in der Geschichte die älteste Verschwörungstheorie in der Geschichte verbreitet – die Lüge, Juden seien irgendwie gefährlich. Wie es eine Schlagzeile formulierte: „Malen Sie sich aus, wozu Goebbels Facebook benutzt hätte“.

Im Internet kann alles gleich legitim erscheinen. Breitbart wirkt nicht anders als die BBC. Die fiktiven Protokolle der Elders of Zion sehen genauso gültig aus wie ein ADL-Bericht. Und das Gegeifer eines Verrückten wirkt genauso glaubhaft wie die Erkenntnisse eines Nobelpreisgewinners. Insgesamt scheint es, als sei der Konsens über die notwendigen Grundlagen für Demokratie verlorengegangen.

In der Rolle des Möchte-Gern-Gangsters Ali G fragte ich einmal den Astronauten Buzz Aldrin: „Wie war’s denn auf der Sonne herumzuspazieren“? Der Witz funktionierte, weil das Publikum das Wissen um die Fakten teilte. Für jemanden, der die Mondlandung für Fake hält, ist der Witz nicht lustig.

Als Borat die Menschen in der Bar in Arizona dazu brachte, zuzustimmen, dass „Juden das Geld aller Menschen kontrollieren und nie zurückgeben“, funktionierte der Witz nur, weil das Publikum weiß, dass die Beschreibung von Juden als geizig eine Verschwörungstheorie ist, die aufs Mittelalter zurückgeht.

Aber wenn sich dank der sozialen Medien Verschwörungstheorien etablieren, erleichtert das nicht nur Hassgruppen, Anhänger zu rekrutieren. Es hilft auch, ausländischen Geheimdiensten, unsere Wahlen zu manipulieren und einem Land wie Myanmar Genozid an der ethnischen Gruppe der Rohingya zu verüben.

Aus einer Verschwörungstheorie kann Gewalt entstehen

„Es ist schockierend einfach, Verschwörungsdenke in Gewalt umzumünzen“

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Dabei ist es schockierend einfach, Verschwörungsdenke in Gewalt umzumünzen. Bei der Vorbereitung meiner jüngsten Show von „Who is Amerika?“ kam mir als Interviewpartner ein gebildeter, normaler Mann unter, der seinen guten Job nicht verloren hatte. Dennoch verbreitete er über die sozialen Medien viele der Verschwörungstheorien, die Präsident Donald Trump mehr als 1.700 Mal über Twitter an seine 67 Millionen Follower geschickt hat. Einmal hatte der US-Präsident sogar getwittert, er überlege die Antifa – Anti-Faschisten, die gegen die Rechtsextremen demonstrieren – als Terrororganisation einzustufen.

Als israelischer Anti-Terror-Experte Colonel Erran Morad getarnt, erzählte ich meinem Interviewpartner, dass die Antifa vorhabe, bei einer Demonstration für Frauenrechte in San Francisco Hormone in die Windeln von Babys einzuschmuggeln, um sie „transgender“ zu machen. Und er hat es geglaubt.

Ich wies ihn an, an drei in Wahrheit unbescholtenen Leuten auf der Demonstration kleine Sprengkörper unterzujubeln. Ich erklärte ihm, wenn er einen Knopf drücke, würde er eine Explosion auslösen, die sie alle tötet. Es war natürlich kein echter Sprengstoff, aber er ging davon aus. Mein Ziel war herauszufinden, ob er es wirklich tun würde.

Die Antwort ist: Ja. Er drückte den Knopf und dachte, er hätte wirklich drei Menschen getötet. Voltaire hatte Recht, als er sagte: „Wer dich veranlassen kann, Absurditäten zu glauben, kann dich auch dazu bringen, Gräueltaten zu verüben.“ Und die sozialen Medien erlauben es Autoritären, Absurditäten an Milliarden Menschen weiterzuleiten.

Zur Verteidigung der Tech-Unternehmen sei gesagt, dass sie durchaus Maßnahmen ergriffen, um Hass und Verschwörung auf ihren Plattformen einzudämmen, aber die Schritte waren zumeist nur oberflächlich.

Die Demokratie steht auf dem Spiel

Ich ergreife heute hier das Wort, weil ich glaube, dass unsere pluralistischen Demokratien vor einem Abgrund stehen und dass die nächsten zwölf Monate und die Rolle der sozialen Medien entscheidend sein könnten. Die Briten gehen zur Wahlurne, während im Internet Verschwörungstheoretiker die verabscheuungswürdige Theorie verbreiten, dass weiße Christen gezielt durch muslimische Immigranten ersetzt werden. Unterdessen wählen die US-Amerikaner nächstes Jahr einen neuen Präsidenten, während Trolle und Bots die widerliche Lüge von einer „hispanischen Invasion“ am Leben erhalten. Und nach der jahrelangen Verbreitung von YouTube-Videos, die den Klimawandel eine Lüge nennen, sind die USA dabei, sich in einem Jahr offiziell aus dem Pariser Klimaabkommen zurückzuziehen.

Das Internet als Kanal für Fanatismus und niederträchtige Verschwörungstheorien, die Demokratie und unseren Planeten bedroht, ist wohl kaum, was die Erfinder des Internets im Sinn hatten.

Es ist an der Zeit, die sozialen Medien und die Art und Weise, wie sie Hass, Komplotte und Lügen verbreiten, zu überdenken. Aber erst vergangenen Monat warnte Facebook-Chef Mark Zuckerberg wenig überraschend in einer Rede davor, Gesetzen und Regulierungen für Tech-Unternehmen einzuführen. Einige seiner Argumente sind einfach absurd. Lassen Sie mich sie Punkt für Punkt durchgehen.

Zunächst versuchte Zuckerberg, das Ganze als ein Problem darzustellen, das „die Redefreiheit betrifft“. Das ist lächerlich. Es geht nicht darum, irgendjemandes Redefreiheit einzuschränken. Hier geht es darum, Leuten – darunter einigen der verwerflichsten Zeitgenossen weltweit – die größte Plattform in der Geschichte zu geben, über die sie ein Drittel des Planeten erreichen. Meinungsfreiheit ist nicht gleich dem Recht auf Reichweite. Leider wird es immer Rassisten, Frauenhasser, Antisemiten und Missbrauch an Kindern geben. Aber ich denke, wir können uns alle darauf einigen, dass wir Fanatikern und Pädophilen keine unbeschränkte Plattform geben sollten, um ihre Ansichten zu verbreiten und ihre Opfer ins Visier zu nehmen.

Zweitens behauptete Zuckerberg, dass neue Beschränkungen für das, was auf den sozialen Medien veröffentlicht werden darf, „die freie Meinungsäußerung einschränken“. Das ist völliger Unsinn. Der erste Zusatzartikel der Verfassung der USA schreibt vor, dass „der Kongress kein Gesetz beschließen darf“, das die Redefreiheit beschneidet. Allerdings gilt das nicht für private Unternehmen wie Facebook. Wir fordern von diesen Unternehmen ja nicht, die Grenzen der Redefreiheit in der ganzen Gesellschaft zu bestimmen. Wir wollen nur, dass sie dafür verantwortlich sind, was auf ihren Plattformen veröffentlicht wird.

Angenommen, ein Neonazi betritt im Stechschritt ein Restaurant, bedroht andere Gäste und verkündet, Juden töten zu wollen. Würden wir dann von dem Restaurantbesitzer erwarten, dass er ihm ein elegantes Acht-Gänge-Menü serviert? Natürlich nicht! Der Restaurantchef hat das gesetzliche Recht und die moralische Verpflichtung, den Nazi rauszuschmeißen. Dasselbe gilt für diese Internetfirmen.

Das ist ideologischer Imperalismus

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Punkt drei: Zuckerberg schien, die Regulierung von Tech-Unternehmen mit dem Vorgehen „der repressivsten Gesellschaften“ gleichsetzen zu wollen. Und das von einem der sechs Menschen, die entscheiden, welche Informationen so viele Menschen auf der Welt zu sehen bekommen. Neben Facebook-Chef Zuckerberg sind das Google-CEO Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Larry Page und Sergey Brin beim Google-Mutterkonzern sowie Brins frühere Schwägerin Susan Wojcicki bei YouTube und Twitter-Erfinder Jack Dorsey.

Die Silicon Six sind ausschließlich Milliardäre und alle sind US-Amerikaner oder Amerikanerinnen. Es ist ihnen wichtiger, ihre Aktienpreise in die Höhe zu treiben als die Demokratie zu schützen. Das ist ideologischer Imperalismus – sechs nicht gewählte Individuen in Silicon Valley drücken dem Rest der Welt ihre Vision auf, ohne einer Regierung rechenschaftspflichtig zu sein. Es ist, als stünden sie über dem Gesetz, als lebten wir im Römischen Reich und Mark Zuckerberg wäre Cäsar. Das würde zumindest seinen Haarschnitt erklären.

Da kommt mir eine Idee: Statt die Silicon Six über das Schicksal der Welt entscheiden zu lassen, wie wäre es, wenn die vom Volk gewählten politischen Vertreter aller Demokratien auf der Erde zumindest ein bisschen was zu sagen hätten?

Punkt vier: Zuckerberg sprach davon, eine „Vielfalt der Ansichten“ zu begrüßen, und im vergangenen Jahr hat er uns dafür ein Beispiel gegeben. Er sagte, er fände Beiträge, die den Holocaust leugnen, „zutiefst anstößig“, meine aber nicht, dass Facebook sie aus dem Netz nehmen sollte. Seine Begründung: „Ich glaube, dass es Dinge gibt, die die verschiedene Menschen falsch verstehen“. Auch heute sind noch Holocaust-Leugner auf Facebook. Unterdessen leitet einen Google durch einen einfachen Klick auf die widerwärtigsten Holocaust-Verleugnungsseiten. Unfassbarer Weise sagte mir einer der Google-Chefs einmal, diese Webauftritte zeigten nur „beide Seiten“ des Themas. Das ist doch Wahnsinn.

Um den verstorbenen amerikanischen Journalisten Edward R Murrow zu zitieren: „Nicht bei jedem Thema gibt es zwei gleichwertige und logische Seiten der Argumentation“. Es liegen Millionen Beweisstücke für den Holocaust vor – er ist eine historische Tatsache. Ihn zu verleugnen, ist keine zufällige Meinung. Wer den Holocaust verleugnet, zielt darauf hin, einen neuen zu ermutigen.

Wie soll man wissen, dass eine Lüge eine Lüge ist?

Und dennoch sagt Zuckerberg, dass „die Menschen entscheiden sollten, was glaubhaft ist, nicht Tech-Unternehmen.“ Aber wir leben in einer Zeit, in der zwei Drittel der Millennials angeben, dass sie noch nie von Ausschwitz gehört haben. Wie sollen sie wissen, was „glaubhaft“ ist? Wie sollen sie wissen, dass die Lüge eine Lüge ist?

Es gibt so etwas wie eine objektive Wahrheit. Fakten existieren. Und wenn diese Internet-Firmen wirklich etwas verändern wollen, dann sollten sie genügend Mitarbeiter anstellen, die die Inhalte tatsächlich überprüfen, eng mit Gruppen wie der ADL zusammenarbeiten, auf Fakten bestehen sowie Lügen und Verschwörungsthesen von der Plattform entfernen.

Punkt fünf: Zuckerberg wies auf die Schwierigkeiten hin, die die Sperrung von Content mit sich bringt. „Wo zieht man die Grenze?“, fragte er. Ja, diese Grenze zu ziehen, kann schwer sein. Aber eigentlich sagt er: ,Mehr dieser Lügen und Verschwörungen aus dem Netz zu verbannen, ist einfach zu teuer‘.

Dabei sprechen wir von den reichsten Unternehmen der Welt, mit den besten Ingenieuren der Welt. Sie könnten diese Probleme lösen, wenn sie wollten. Twitter könnte einen Algorithmus anwenden, der mehr „White Supremacy“-Hassreden entfernt. Aber laut Berichten hat das Unternehmen davon Abstand genommen, weil es dadurch einige sehr prominente Politiker von seiner Plattform verbannen müsste. Vielleicht wäre das gar keine so schlechte Sache! Die Wahrheit ist, dass die Tech-Unternehmen sich nicht grundsätzlich ändern werden, weil ihr gesamtes Geschäftsmodell darauf aufbaut, Nutzer zu engagen. Und nichts generiert eben mehr Engagement als Lügen, Angst und Empörung.

Es ist Zeit für Standards

Es ist an der Zeit, diese Unternehmen endlich als das zu bezeichnen, was sie wirklich sind – die größten Verbreiter von Inhalten aller Zeiten. Daher mein Vorschlag an Facebook und Co: Wenden Sie die gleichen grundlegenden Standards und Praktiken an, an die sich Zeitungen, Zeitschriften und TV-Nachrichtensendungen jeden Tag halten. Auch bei Film und Fernsehen gelten solche Standards und Praktiken: Es gibt Dinge, die wir nicht sagen dürfen. In England beispielsweise durfte Ali G nicht fluchen, wenn die Sendung vor 21 Uhr ausgestrahlt werden sollte.

Hier in den USA reguliert und bewertet die Motion Picture Association of America, was wir sehen. Es gab Fälle, in denen ich Szenen aus meinen Filmen schneiden oder kürzen musste, um Standards einzuhalten. Wenn es solche Regeln dafür gibt, was Kinos und Fernsehkanäle zeigen dürfen, dann sollten Unternehmen, die Inhalte an Milliarden Menschen veröffentlichen, sich ebenfalls an grundlegende Standards und Vorgaben halten müssen.

Nehmen wir die Frage der politischen Werbung. Glücklicherweise hat Twitter sie am Ende verboten und Google arbeitet ebenfalls an Veränderungen. Aber wenn man dafür bezahlt, veröffentlicht Facebook jede „politische“ Werbung, die man will, selbst wenn eine Lüge darin steht. Zudem wird das Unternehmen den Inserenten auch noch dabei unterstützen, diese Lügen per Mikro-Targeting gezielt an Nutzer zu schicken, um die Wirkung zu optimieren. Wenn es Facebook in den 1930ern schon gegeben hätte, hätte es nach dieser verdrehten Logik Hitler erlaubt, 30-Sekunden-Werbespots für seine „Lösung“ des „jüdischen Problems“ zu schalten.

Drosselt das Tempo

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Hier ein Vorschlag zur Verbesserung von Standards und Praktiken an Facebook: Fangt an, politische Werbung auf ihren Wahrheitsgehalt hin zu überprüfen, bevor sie veröffentlicht wird, und die Verbreitung von Lügen per Mikro-Targeting sofort zu stoppen. Wenn Werbung Lügen enthält: einfach Geld zurück und nicht veröffentlichen!

Eine weitere „gute Praxis“ möchte ich empfehlen: Drosselt das Tempo. Nicht jeder Beitrag muss sofort veröffentlicht werden. Oscar Wilde sagte einmal, „wir leben in einem Zeitalter, in dem unnötige Dinge das einzige sind, was wir für lebensnotwendig halten“. Aber ist es wirklich notwendig, jeden Gedanken oder jedes Video sofort online zu stellen, selbst wenn sie rassistisch oder kriminell oder mörderisch sind? Natürlich nicht!

Der Schütze, der in Neuseeland zahlreiche Muslime niedermetzelte, übertrug seine Gräueltaten per Live-Stream auf Facebook, wo es dann über das ganze Internet verbreitet und vermutlich millionenfach angeschaut wurde. Es war ein Snuff-Film, also einer, der echte Morde zeigt – der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert von den sozialen Medien. Wieso kann es nicht mehr Aufschub geben, so dass derartiger traumatisierender Schmutz abgefangen und gestoppt werden kann, noch bevor er veröffentlicht wird?

Wo bleiben die Konsequenzen?

Zum Abschluss sprach sich Zuckerberg dafür aus, dass die Social Media-Unternehmen „ihrer Verantwortung gerecht werden“ sollten. Aber er sagte nichts zu den Konsequenzen, wenn sie es nicht tun. Mittlerweil ist ziemlich klar, dass man nicht darauf bauen sollte, dass sie sich selbst regulieren. Wie damals angesichts der Industriellen Revolution ist es heute Zeit für Regulierung und Gesetzgebung, die die Gier dieser skrupellosen Hi-Tech-Kapitalisten Einhalt gebietet.

In jeder anderen Branche kann ein Unternehmen zur Verantwortung gezogen werden, wenn sein Produkt Mängel aufweist. Wenn Motoren explodieren oder Sicherheitsgurte nicht funktionieren, müssen Autofirmen zehntausende Autos zurückrufen. Das kostet unter Umständen Milliarden von Dollar. Es erscheint daher nur fair, Facebook, YouTube und Twitter aufzufordern: Euer Produkt ist mangelhaft, ihr seid verpflichtet, es in Ordnung zu bringen, egal, was es kostet, und egal, wie viele Mitarbeiter ihr für die Überprüfung der Inhalte einstellen müsst.

In jeder anderen Branche kann man für den Schaden, den man anrichtet, verklagt werden. Verleger können wegen Verleumdung, Individuen wegen übler Nachrede verklagt werden. Mir ist das schon oft passiert! Gerade werde ich von jemandem verklagt, dessen Namen ich lieber nicht nenne, weil er mich erneut verklagen könnte! Dagegen sind die Social Media-Unternehmen weitgehend von der Verantwortung für Inhalte, die ihre Nutzer veröffentlichen, befreit – egal wie unanständig die Inhalte sind. Diesen Schutz gewährt Absatz 230 des – ziehen Sie sich warm an – Communications Decency Act, dessen Hauptziel die Bekämpfung von Pornographie im Internet war. Absurd!

Freiheiten sind kein Selbstzweck

Zum Glück können Internet-Firmen mittlerweile für Pädophile verantwortlich gemacht werden, die ihre Seiten nutzen, um Kinder anzusprechen. Ich sage, wir sollten Tech-Firmen auch dafür verantwortlich machen, wenn Leute ihre Seiten nutzen, um den Massenmord von Kindern wegen ihrer Rasse oder Religion zu befürworten. Und vielleicht reichen Geldstrafen nicht. Vielleicht ist es Zeit, Mark Zuckerberg und den CEO der anderen Unternehmen zu sagen: Ihr habt bereits zugelassen, dass eine Supermacht sich in unsere Wahlen eingemischt hat, ihr habt bereits einen Genozid in Myanmar unterstützt. Macht das nochmal und ihr geht ins Gefängnis!

Letztlich läuft alles auf die Frage hinaus, was für eine Welt wir haben wollen. In seiner Rede bezeichnete es Zuckerberg als eines seiner Hauptziele, „eine möglichst weite Definition der freien Meinungsäußerung zu erhalten“. Doch unsere Freiheiten sind kein Selbstzweck, sondern auch Mittel für größere Ziele: In den USA bezeichnet man sie als Recht auf Leben, Freiheit und das Streben nach Glück. Doch heute sind diese Rechte durch Hass, Verschwörung und Lügen bedroht.

Erlauben Sie mir, dass ich mit einem Vorschlag schließe, die Zielsetzung unserer Gesellschaft neu zu definieren. Es darf nicht sein, dass Menschen wegen dem, was sie sind, woher sie kommen, wen sie lieben oder wie sie beten, verfolgt, belästigt oder ermordet werden. Das zu verhindern, muss das ultimative Ziel der Gesellschaft sein.

Wenn wir die Wahrheit der Lüge vorziehen, die Toleranz dem Vorurteil, Empathie der Gleichgültigkeit und Experten den Ignoranten – dann können wir vielleicht – nur vielleicht – die größte Propaganda-Maschine der Geschichte stoppen, die Demokratie retten und einen Raum für Redefreiheit und freie Meinungsäußerung erhalten. Und vor allem: Dann werden meine Witze weiter funktionieren.

Ich danke Ihnen allen sehr.

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רוסיה מקדמת פיתוח של רובוטים צבאיים ללחימה במתווה אורבני


כלקח מהלחימה של צבא רוסיה בסוריה, החליטו במדינה לפנות לתעשיות הביטחוניות המקומיות על מנת לקדם תכנון כלים רובוטיים אוטונומיים ללחימה אורבנית


uran-9. טנק מאוישם מרחוק רוסי. צילום: AP

הלקח עיקרי שלמד הצבא הרוסי במבצעים הצבאיים בסוריה הוא הצורך הדחוף לפתח תורות לחימה, שיתבססו על הפעלת רובוטים צבאיים באזורי לחימה עירוניים ולחימה באזורי חוף.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

סוכנות הידיעות הרוסית RIA NOVOSTI מסרה כי משרד ההגנה הרוסי פנה לתעשיות הביטחוניות הגדולות בדרישה להכין עד סוף השנה הצעות בנושא רובוטיקה צבאית, ולהגיש את ההצעות לאקדמיה הצבאית המשולבת של הצבא הרוסי. הגוף צפוי לקיים דיונים בנושא, שהוגדר כ"היעדר תפיסה אחודה ומשותפת לכל זרועות הצבא בדבר השימוש ברובוטים צבאיים בצבא".

בחזית הלחימה בסוריה הופעלו לראשונה כמה כלים רובוטיים תוצרת רוסיה כמו URAN-9, כלי הרק"ם הצבאי הרובוטי הגדול ביותר, אלא שהפעלתו בסוריה הוגדרה ככישלון. "בתנאים אורבניים" כותבת סוכנות הידיעות הרוסית, "מערכות אוראן-9 נכשלו. אך נלמדו לקחים, והמסקנה היא שכלי רכב אוטונומי הפועל בסביבה עירונית חייב להיות אוטונומי לחלוטין, ללא התערבות של מפעיל אנושי. רק אוטונומיה מלאה תבטיח שהכלי יהיה יעיל. זו מסקנת הצבא".

התעשיות הביטחוניות הרוסיות כבר הציגו לצבא כמה כלים רובוטיים משופרים ומשודרגים, אך עתה מוטל על האקדמיה הצבאית לנסח תו"ל, תורת לחימה, לכל יחידות הצבא כיצד לשלב בלחימה עירונית כלים אוטונומיים ולוחמים בני אנוש.


דיווח: קזחסטן תייצר את כטמ"מ הסקיילרק במפעל מקומי


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סקיילארק 3. צילום: אלביט מערכות

חברת קזחסטן אינג'ינירינג הודיעה כי חברה בת שלה תתחיל לייצר משנת 2020 כלי טיס  בלתי מאוישים מסוג SKYLARK  ("רוכב שמים" בצה"ל), תוצרת אלביט מערכות.

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בפרסום של רפאל שהופץ בהודו, טענה החברה כי לאור המבחנים המוצלחים בטיל הספייק, כדאי שמשרד הביטחון ההודי ישקול מחדש פיתוח מקומי של טילי הנ"ט. ה-DRDO (משרד הביטחון ההודי) לא נשאר חייב והגיב בטוויטר: "ידיעה חדשותית הנוגעת לבדיקת טילי ספייק בבית הספר לחיל הרגלים MHOW, לכאורה על בסיס הודעה לעיתונות, מפיצה עובדות שגויות. ה-DRDO ATGM (טיל פיתוח הודי) הוא טיל חדיש, בשלבי פיתוח מתקדמים".

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ההודעה שהפיצה רפאל כללה את התוכן הבא: "עם ביסוס הביטחון בטיל הספייק, ייתכן כי הצבא ההודי יצטרך לחזור בו ולעצור את תכנון את תכניותיו לטילי הדור השלישי. גם תוכנית DRDO ATGM, כמו גם ההזמנה לתעשייה ההודית לפתח טיל דור 3 תצטרך תכנון מחדש, שכן שימוש בטיל דור רביעי (אותו מציעה רפאל) יציב את התוכנית לפיתוח טיל דור 3 בספק".

המלחמה בין רפאל ל-DRDO נעשית על רקע עסקת הספייק הגדולה שנמצאת במבוי סתום, ועל רקע עסקה קטנה יותר של טילי נ"ט שיצאה לפועל באוקטובר האחרון עם הצבא. כפי שפורסם בישראל דיפנס בעבר, הצבא וה-DRDO מתחרים אחד בשני בהקשר טילי הנ"ט. הצבא ההודי מעוניין במוצרים זרים שהוכחו בשדה הקרב. ה-DRDO מעוניין להראות שהוא "לא מחמם כסאות" וגם יודע לפתח אמל"ח. ולכן, מדובר בסוף על השאלה מי יקבל את התקציב של פרויקט טילי הנ"ט. רפאל מבחינתה מצדדת בצבא ההודי, כאשר הפרסום המדובר בהודו חריג בכך שהתחרות מגיעה לממד הגלוי בכלי התקשורת.

המלחמה התקשורתית כוללת צד נוסף והוא הסיבה שבגינה, לכאורה, עסקת הספייק מעוכבת. על פי פרסומים בהודו, טיל הספייק לא הצליח לפגוע במטרות בטווח מקסימלי (4 ק"מ) בתנאי הקיצון השוררים במדבר ההודי. בנובמבר 2017, משרד הביטחון ההודי משך את ידיו מעסקת הספייק, וה-DRDO הציע את ה-MPATGM כחלופה. כשנה לאחר מכן,  בספטמבר 2018, בוצע הירי הראשון בטיל.

בסופו של דבר, רפאל התנצלה פומבית בפני ה-DRDO.


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אחת הנקודות העיקריות העולה מהדו"ח היא כי החברה הצליחה לשמר את מצבת הלקוחות כמעט ללא שינוי. אולם, ההכנסה הממוצעת מלקוח (ARPU) ירדה מ69 ש"ח ל62 ש"ח בין תקופות בחינת הערך.

לגבי מכירת ציוד קצה, חושף הדו"ח כי "ביצועי פלאפון למחצית הראשונה של שנת 2019 הצביעו על סטייה שלילית בהכנסות ממכר ציוד קצה בין התחזית לשנת 2019 אשר שימשה להערכת השווי לסוף 2018 לבין תוצאות פלאפון בפועל לתקופה זו ותחום פעילות זה הוסיף להישחק כתוצאה משינוי בתמהיל המכירות, ירידה בהיקף היחידות הנמכרות והתארכות קצב החלפת המכשירים. בהתאם, עודכנו תחזיותינו לעניין מחזורי המכירות מציוד קצה כלפי מטה כשהן כוללות המשך שחיקה בהכנסות בטווח הקצר-בינוני (עד וכולל שנת 2022) ."

בהקשר אגרות תדרים כותבים בדו"ח כי "בשונה מההערכות כפי ששימשו בהערכת השווי לסוף דצמבר,לפיהן משרד התקשורת והאוצר יפעלו להפחתת אגרות התדרים כך שגם לאחר זכייה וקבלת תדרים נוספים אגרות התדרים שפלאפון משלמת יוותרו ללא שינוי, הרי שבתנאי המכרז שפורסמו התשלומים עבור האגרות צפויים להיות דומים להערכות המוקדמות ב-4 השנים הראשונות, אולם בשנים מאוחרות יותר, גוזרים תנאי המכרז תוספת עלות ביחס להערכות המוקדמות."

פרסום הערכת השווי של החברה כולל צפי להתייעלות משמעותית בהוצאות השכר, כמו גם בתפעול הרשת. לצד הפרסום לבורסה, פורסם בכלכליסט כי נחתם הסכם קיבוצי חדש בחברת פלאפון בין יושב ראש ההסתדרות ארנון בר-דוד, ומנכ"ל פלאפון רן גוראון. "ההסכם עליו חתמו הצדדים מוסיף על ההסכם הקיבוצי הקיים בחברה משנת 2017 עד לחודש יולי 2022, ומסדיר את השינויים הארגוניים הנובעים מהסינרגיה בין החברות הבנות בבזק: פלאפון, בזק בינלאומי ו-yes. עלות ההסכם נאמדת ב-100 מיליון שקל, שישולמו במהלך תקופת המימוש", כותבים בפרסום.  

הפרסום לבורסה הוא תמצית הדו"ח. הדו"ח המלא לא פורסם לציבור.


צוללת ובה כמות גדולה של סמים נתפסה בספרד


הרשויות בספרד הצליחו לעצור את הצוללת, ועליה כ-3,000 קילוגרמים של קוקאין, שייתכן ועשתה את דרכה לאירופה מדרום אמריקה


הצוללת שנתפסה על ידי הרשויות בספרד

משטרת ספרד הצליחה לעצור את צוללת הסמים (NARCO SUB) – כלי שיט תת-ימי שהעביר כמות עצומה של סמים, כ-3,000 ק"ג של קוקאין, שהועברו מדרום אמריקה לאירופה. על פי דיווחים שונים, ייתכן ומדובר בצוללת הראשונה מסוג זה שנתפסת ברחבי העולם.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

משטרת ספרד, בשיתוף המשמר הלאומי (GARDIA CIVIL), פעלה על סמך מידע מודיעיני שהגיע מברזיל, מפורטוגל ומארה"ב, ועצרה את  הצוללת ושני אנשי צוות. איש צוות שלישי הצליח להימלט. שלושתם הם אזרחי אקוודור. הצוללת נתפסה סמוך לנמל אלדן במחוז גליסיה שבצפון מערב ספרד.

משטר ספרד בודקת אם הצוללת, שאורכה כ-20 מטרים, העבירה את הסמים מדרום אמריקה או שהמטען הוטען עליה מאניה אחרת אי שם סמוך לחוף הספרדי. בגלל סערה התקרבה הצוללת לחוף ומצאה מסתור במפרץ במשך כמה ימים.

אתר החדשות הביטחוניות ג'יינס דיווח כי במחוז גליסיה רווחו שמועות מזה כמה שנים על אפשרות שתגיע לשם צוללת עמוסה בסמים להפצה באירופה.


האו"ם מקדם פריסת IOT ודור חמישי


כנס הרדיו העולמי (WRC) של סקטור הרדיו של איגוד התקשורת העולמי התקיים במצרים ובמסגרתו קידם ארגון הITU, זרוע האו"ם לנושאי תקשורת, החלטות בתחום פריסת רשתות דור 5 וIOT

המשלחת הישראלית לכנס הWRC במצרים - באדיבות משרד התקשורת

כנס הרדיו העולמי (WRC) של סקטור הרדיו של איגוד התקשורת העולמי התקיים בין התאריכים 28 באוקטובר 2019 – 22 בנובמבר 2019 בשארם א-שייח, מצרים. בכינוס השתתפו כ- 3400 נציגים מ- 165 מדינות, ביניהן ישראל, שדנו במגמות וההתפתחויות בתחום הרדיו והספקטרום. במסגרת כנס WRC זוהו פסי תדרים לתקשורת סלולרית, בדגש על תדרים ל- 5G, ולמערכות לוויין על מנת לאפשר שימושים מגוונים בפס רחב, תקשורת מבוססת מכונות (M2M) ותקשורת במהירויות גבוהות ובזמני שהייה נמוכים ביותר.

מהלך זה יתמוך בפריסה של יישומים חדשניים כגון מערכות תחבורה חכמות, הקמת ערים חכמות ויצירת קהילות ברות-קיימא תוך הגברת היעילות של פעולות בנושא אקלים, רפואה, חקלאות ואנרגיה. כמו כן, בכינוס הוחלט על מנגנוני הגנה לשירותים לווייניים לחקר כדור הארץ (EESS), לשירותים מטאורולוגיים ולשירותים אחרים שעשויים לעשות שימוש בפסי התדרים הרלוונטיים כגון שירותים לחקר החלל (SRS). שירותים לווייניים התומכים במטאורולוגיה ואקלים שמטרתם לשמור על חיי אדם ומשאבי טבע יוגנו מהפרעות הנגרמות על ידי תדרי-רדיו. בהקשר זה, הגנות זהות יוענקו גם לתחנות רדיו המשמשות לחקר החלל.

"ה- WRC סולל את הדרך לגישות חדשות וחדשניות יותר להגברת הקישוריות בעולם באמצעות שימוש בטכנולוגיות תקשורת יבשתיות ולווייניות כאחת", ציין מזכ"ל איגוד התקשורת העולמי, מר חולין זאהו. "ככל שטכנולוגיית פס רחב משתלבת בפיתוחים תעשייתיים חדשים, אנשים באזורים המרוחקים ביותר יוכלו להנות גם הם מגישה טובה וברת השגה לשירותי תקשורת.

בנוסף, בכנס התקבלה החלטה על קידום השוויון המגדרי בסקטור הרדיו שנתמכה על ידי נציגי המשלחת הישראלית. הנציגים הישראליים הביעו את תמיכתם בהצהרת מזכ"ל, מר חולין זאהו, האיגוד וראש סקטור הרדיו, מר מריו מנייביץ', במליאה הכללית של הכנס.

התוצרים המרכזיים שהושגו בכנס

פסי תדרים נוספים לתקשורת סלולרית, בדגש על 5G – זוהו תדרים נוספים שישמשו לתקשורת סלולרית ויסייעו לפיתוח רשתות ל- 5G. עבור אזור 1, הכולל את אירופה, המזרח התיכון ואפריקה (ושאליו משתייכת ישראל) זוהו התדרים הבאים: 24.25-27.5 GHz, 37-43.5 GHz, 45.5-47 GHz, 47.2-48.2 ו- 66-71 GHz.

שירותי לוויין לחקר כדור הארץ (EESS) – תוענק הגנה לשירותים אלה, לרבות זכות ראשונים בהקצאת תדרים בפס 22.55-23.15 GHz על מנת לאפשר את השימוש בהם למעקב ושליטה.

מערכת מצוקה ובטיחות ימית עולמית (GMDSS) - אפשור של מערכות גלובליות לתקשורת לוויינית בפסי תדרים הסטנדרטי בשירות הימי לצורך הגברת הכיסוי והיכולות של מערכות לניווט ימי, ניהול מצוקות והגברת הבטחון.

שירותי שידור לווייניים (BSS) – הגנה על הקצאת תדרים ויצירת מנגנון לתעדוף מדינות מתפתחות בגישה למשאבי ספקטרום לווייניים. 

פלטפורמות אוויריות משדרות בגובה רב (HAPS) – זוהו פסי תדרים נוספים שיוכלו לשמש פלטפורמות אלה, במטרה לאפשר את השימוש בהן להגברת הקישוריות לפס רחב באזורים מרוחקים ומחוסרי גישה.

רשתות WiFi – לאור הגידול בדרישה למערכות תקשורת אלחוטיות, לרבות RLANs למשתמשי קצה יש צורך לאפשר שימוש בטכנולוגיות (WiFi) בתוך מבנים ומחוץ להם תוך מניעת הפרעות למערכות לוויין.

הוחלט על ביצוע מחקרים לתמיכה במערכות תקשורת רדיו לרכבות ומערכות תחבורה חכמות.

"תחנות כדור הארץ בתנועה" (ESIM) - הגדרת תנאים לפיתוח ESIM עם תחנות NGSO לצורך אספקת שירותי אינטרנט אמינים ורחבי פס לכלי טיס, אניות וכלי רכב יבשתיים.


האם סיב"ט תציע להודו את הנגמ"ש איתן?


ההודים פרסמו מסמך לפיו הם מעוניינים בכ-200 נגמ"שים, כולל מערכת הגנה פאסיבית ואקטיבית. על רקע היחסים ההדוקים הין הודו לישראל, ייתכן ומשרד הביטחון יציע לצבא ההודי את הנגמ"ש כחול-לבן


נגמ"ש האיתן. ההודים ירכשו כחול-לבן? צילום (ארכיון): דנה שרגא, משרד הביטחון

משרד הביטחון ההודי מעוניין לרכוש 198 נגמ"שים ופרסם מסמך התחלתי לאיסוף מידע בנושא. על פי הRFI-, הודו מחפשת נגמ"ש גלגלי. היות ובין הודו וישראל שוררים יחסים מצוינים בתחום הביטחוני, עולה השאלה האם בסיב"ט במשרד הביטחון יציעו להודו פתרונות כחול-לבן בדמות נגמ"ש האיתן.

על פי הבקשה ההודית, הצבא מעוניין בנגמ"שי 8X8 עם אורך חיים של 32 שנים לשירות באזורי Punjab ו-Rajasthan. הכלי מתוכנן לצוות הפעלה של ארבעה אנשים ואמור להיות מסוגל לסחוב מטען של שני טונות, עם הספק כוח של 25 כוחות סוס. המהירות הנדרשת היא בין 30-80 קמ"ש.

בהיבט החימוש, צבא הודו רוצה שני טילי נ"ט לטווח של 4 ק"מ לפחות ותותח ראשי של 30 מ"מ עם עמדת נשק של 12.7 מ"מ. עוד פורסם במסמך כי הנגמ"ש צריך להיות מצויד בהגנה פאסיבית ואקטיבית (כולל נגד תחמושת קינטית). 


אלביט מציגה: מערכת רכבית נגד רחפנים


החברה השיקה לאחרונה את הגרסה הרכבית של ReDrone. מדובר במערכת טקטית לגילוי, זיהוי ונטרול רחפנים עוינים. "המערכת ניתנת לפריסה מהירה ופועלת באופן אוטומטי או בהפעלה ידנית", מסבירים באלביט. כך היא עובדת


המערכת הרכבית של ReDrone. צילום: באדיבות אלביט מערכות

אלביט מערכות השיקה לאחרונה את הגרסא הרכבית שלה למערכת ReDrone. בחברה מסבירים כי המערכת הטקטית החדשה מותאמת לכלי רכב ומבוססת על המערכת המבצעית ReDrone, שכבר צברה ניסיון מבצעי. המערכת מגלה, מזהה ומנטרלת את כל סוגי הרחפנים (בכל תדרי רדיו) ברדיוס של כמה ק"מ ומספקת לכל כלי רכב הגנה של 360 מעלות מפני רחפנים עוינים. בחברה מדגישים כי היא מתאימה לפעילות מבצעית ניידת או נייחת, ביום ובלילה ובכל תנאי מזג האוויר. המערכת מתאימה לכל סוגי הרכבים הצבאיים והפארא-צבאיים.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

"מערכת ReDrone הרכבית ניתנת לפריסה מהירה ופועלת באופן אוטומטי או בהפעלה ידנית, ללא צורך בשליטה מצד המפעיל. הארכיטקטורה הפתוחה מאפשרת זרימת נתונים מלאה למערכת השליטה והבקרה (שו"ב) של הרכב, ומתממשקת באופן יעיל עם מרכזי הפיקוד והבקרה", אומרים באלביט.

"לאחר איתור רחפן עוין, המערכת מנטרלת את כל התקשורת בין הרחפן לבין המפעיל שלו, כולל אותות רדיו, וידאו ו-GPS. המערכת גם מסוגלת להפריד בין אותות הרחפן לבין אותות הבקרה-מרחוק של מפעילו, על מנת לאתר כל אחד מהם בנפרד, ולעקוב אחריהם. מערכת ReDrone מבצעית בשימוש של מספר צבאות. היא ביצעה עשרות יירוטים במסגרת ביקורו האחרון של האפיפיור באמריקה הלטינית", מסכמים בחברה.


המורדים החות'ים טוענים: הפלנו מסוק אפאצ'י סעודי


ארגון המורדים התימני הודיע כי הצליח לפגוע במסוק בעזרת טיל קרקע-אוויר מתקדם. בריאד לא התייחסו לדיווח


מורדים חות'ים. האם הצליחו להפיל מסוק אפאצ'י? צילום: AP

החות'ים בתימן טוענים כי הפילו מסוק אפאצ'י של חיל האוויר הסעודי בעזרת טיל קרקע-אוויר. "שני הטייסים נהרגו", כך הודיע בסוף השבוע הדובר הצבאי של החות'ים יחיא סריאה.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

סוכנות הידיעות של תימן, אל-מסירה, דיווחה כי החות'ים הבטיחו לחשוף בקרוב את הטיל, שהפיל, לטענתם, מסוק מתקדם כמו אפאצ'י. הסעודים לא התייחסו לפרסום.

ביום חמישי שחררה ריאד 128 מורדים חות'ים שהיו שבויים בסעודיה, והם הוטסו לצנעה, בירת תימן. מקור בכיר בריאד אמר ש"יש ערוצים פתוחים עם החות'ים במאמץ להביא לסיום סכסוך שנמשך חמש שנים".


מכומתות לטבעונים ועד ווסט לוחם: החל מחזור גיוס נובמבר-דצמבר


בצה"ל החל היום מחור הגיוס הגדול במסגרתו יתגייסו אלפי חיילים וחיילות לתפקידי לוחמה, תמיכת לחימה ומערכים נוספים. במרכזים הלוגיסטיים של הצבא נערכו לספק לחיילים החדשים מאות אלפי פריטי ציוד, בתוכם גם ציוד מיוד לטבעונים


מחזור גיוס נובמבר דצמבר 2019 יצא לדרך. אילוסטרציה: מתוך אתר צה"ל

צה"ל החל היום (א') באחד מהגיוסים הגדולים שלו בשנה – גיוס נובמבר-דצמבר. במסגרת הגיוס עומדים להתחיל את גיוסם אלפי צעירים וצעירות. בין המתגייסים גברים ונשים, המיועדים לשירות קרבי ביחידות השדה, למערך תומכי הלחימה ולמערכים נוספים.

 במרכז הציוד באגף הטכנולוגיה והלוגיסטיקה בצה"ל נערכו לספק למתגייסים החדשים עשרות אלפי חגורות, עשרות אלפי כומתות, עשרות אלפי ערכות (הכוללות כלי תפירה, גומיות לנעליים ועוד), עשרות אלפי זוגות נעליים, מתוכן מאות זוגות נעליים טבעוניות, עשרות אלפי חולצות, עשרות אלפי זוגות מכנסיים, עשרות אלפי מעילים ומאות חצאיות. מתגייסים טבעוניים וצמחונים יקבלו כומתות סינתטיות וזוג נעליים טבעוניות - דמויות עור.

 בתום ההכשרה, כל לוחם זוכה לקבל את "המענה השלם". נציגי מרכז הציוד יגיעו לבסיסים ויחלקו לכל לוחם סל ציוד שכולל ווסט לוחם, שקית שתיה של 3 ליטר, קסדה, משקפי מגן, כיסוי קסדה, חוסם עורקים CAT, תחבושות אישיות ותיק ציוד אשר מותאם לצרכיו המבצעיים וימשיך איתו לאורך שירותו הצבאי.  

מאינדונזיה ועד זימבבואה: מאות עולים חדשים מתגייסים

במסגרת מכון מיוחד לבריאות הלוחם, יגיעו מרבית הלוחמים בשלב ההכשרה ויעברו תחנות הבוחנות את בריאות וכושר הלוחמים, על מנת לאבחן את החוזקות והחולשות של כל אחד, ובכך לסייע בפיתוח מסלול אישי נכון ומותאם, ולמנוע פציעות עתידיות במהלך השירות.

על פי נתוני הגיוס הנוכחי, 61.9% מהמתגייסים הם גברים ו-38.1% הן נשים. ממוצע גיל הגיוס הוא 18 ותשעה חודשים. במחזור הגיוס הנוכחי מתגייסים 482 עולים חדשים ו-459 חיילים בודדים. המדינות מהן מגיעים הכי הרבה עולים חדשים הן: רוסיה, אוקראינה, צרפת וארה"ב. המדינות מהן מתגייס עולה חדש אחד בלבד הן אינדונזיה, אירלנד, אל-סלבדור, אלבניה, ברבדוס, זימבבואה, טג'יקיסטאן, טוניס, נורבגיה, קובה, קירגיסטאן וקמבודיה.


Kazakhstan to Manufacture Skylark Locally


Kazakhstan Engineering announced that its subsidiary Kazakhstan Aviation Industry will start assembling Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles from 2020 at a rate of four systems per year. The announcement comes following a previous agreement with Elbit Systems for the purchase of UAVs, with the Kazakh army operating a variant of the Elbit Systems Skylark I-series of […] UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.

Der Beitrag Kazakhstan to Manufacture Skylark Locally erschien auf UAV DACH e.V..


הפיגוע בלונדון: דאעש נטל אחריות להתקפה


על פי הודעת הארגון, שמנסה להראות הישגים בעידן המנהיג החדש, מבצע הפיגוע בגשר לונדון היה אחד מאנשיו. לא סופקה כל ראיה לכך שהוא פעל מטעמם. בארגון טוענים כי ההתקפה בוצעה על רקע הקריאה לפגוע במדינות שלחמו נגדו


כוחות הביטחון הבריטיים בזירת הפיגוע. צילום: AP

נראה שארגון הטרור דאעש מנסה להראות הישגים משמעותיים בעידן של המנהיג החדש אל-קוריישי. הארגון הודיע כי הפיגוע בגשר לונדון ביום שישי בוצע על ידי אחד מאנשיו, כך על פי פרסום בסוכנות הידיעות הרשמית שלו עמאק. לצד טענות הארגון, לא סופקה אף ראיה לכך שהמחבל, אוסמן חאן, היה איש דאעש ופעל מטעמם.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

שני בני אדם נהרגו וכמה נפצעו בפיגוע שאירע בסוף השבוע בגשר לונדון, במרכז הבירה הבריטית. אזרחים הם אלה שמנעו את המשך ההתקפה, ולאחר מכן כוחות משטרה שהגיעו לזירה חיסלו את המחבל. במשטרה המקומית כי המחבל נשא עליו מטען דמה. 

טיפול באחד הפצועים בפיגוע בלונדון. צילום:AP

מי שביצע את הפיגוע, על פי דיווחים בבריטניה, הוא אוסמן חאן. המחבל בן ה-28, תושב סטפורדשייר, הורשע בעבר בעבירות טרור. ב-2012 הוא הורשע במעורבות בפעילות טרור, לאחר שלקח חלק בתכנון של קבוצת טרור לפוצץ את מתחם הבורסה בלונדון. מדובר בהתארגנות טרור שגם התאמנה לקראת הפעולה שלה, שסוכלה, במחנה אימונים בפקיסטאן. בשנה שעברה הוא שוחרר בתנאים מגבילים.

לאחר האירוע הזירה נסגרה והחלה חקירת האירוע. המשטרה הבריטית שחררה הודעה ברשתות החברתיות, לפיה אנשים וכלי התקשורת מוזמנים לסייע לחקירת ולשלוח צילומים של התקרית "לקו החם" של היחידה ללוחמה בטרור.

בסוכנות הידיעות רויטרס דווח כי מוקדם יותר החודש, הורידה בריטניה את רמת הכוננות לטרור מ"חמורה" ל"משמעותית", הרמה הנמוכה ביותר שלה מאז 2014. אין זו הפעם הראשונה בה מתבצע פיגוע בגשר לונדון. ביוני 2017 שלושה מחבלים ביצעו מתקפה משולבת דריסה ודקירה, והצליחו לרצוח שמונה בני אדם.


חיסול מסוכן: המורשת שהותיר אבו אלעטא


לסיכול הממוקד של בכיר הג'יהאד האסלאמי בעזה יש ממד נוסף המסכן את ישראל. לצד סילוקה של "פצצה מתקתקת", כפי שהוא הוגדר על ידי ישראל, המוות של אבו אלעטא הפך אותו לסמל – גם להתנגדות לישראל אך גם לחמאס. פרשנות


אבו אלעטא. משאיר אחריו מורשת קיצונית

מוקדם יותר החודש ביצעה ישראל חיסול ממוקד למפקד החטיבה הצפונית בשורות ארגון הג'יהאד האסלאמי הפלסטיני, בהאא' אבו אלעטא. האמירה לפיה "איש לא הזיל דמעה" על סילוקו, הן בישראל והן בחמאס, חזרה ונאמרה רבות. אוסיף ואומר שגם בקרב בכירי ארגון הג'יהאד האסלאמי עצמו לא זלגה דמעה, שכן, אבו אלעטא קרא תגר על מנהיגותו של זיאד נח'אלה, מזכ"ל הארגון.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

לטענת אלעטא, המזכ"ל ניסה להשתלט ממקום מושבו בלבנון על מוקדי הכוח של הג'יהאד בעזה, ובראשם הזרוע הצבאית של הארגון. לשיטתו של אלעטא הוא עשה זאת באמצעות יד ימינו אכרם עג'ורי, שהיה בליל חיסול בכיר הארגון ברצועת עזה יעד לניסיון חיסול בסוריה, שיוחס לישראל. חיסולו של אלעטא, שכונה בשם "באבו", הוגדר אסטרטגי, בין היתר, משום שפעילותו הסוררת הייתה לצנינים עבור שלושת השחקנים במערכה הזו: ישראל, חמאס והג'יהאד האסלאמי.

עבור ישראל, "באבו" היה מכשול להבנות מול תנועת חמאס לסיום סבבי לחימה שפרצו במהלך השנתיים האחרונות בפרט, ולמהלכי הרגעת המתחים בין הצדדים בכלל. אלה כוללים יחס מיטיב מצד ישראל והקלות לאזרחי רצועת עזה, וניסיונות לרקום עסקה להשבת חלליה ואזרחיה של ישראל בצלם. לא פעם נאלצה התנועה לרדוף אחרי פעילי ארגון הג'יהאד האסלאמי ולמנוע פעולה נגד ישראל. הארגון עצמו נאלץ לא אחת להתמודד עם תקריות בהן הורה אלעטא לשגר רקטות לעבר ישראל כאקט מתריס והשלכותיהן. לפחות פעמיים שוגרו רקטות לעבר ישראל נוכח ריב בין מפקדים בכירים בארגון, ולפחות במקרה אחד בוצע שיגור לעבר ישראל במחאה כלפי מדיניותו של נח'אלה, שלטענתו "הנדס" את הבחירות הפנימיות בארגון והציב את אנשיו שלו בגוף ההנהגה. אך חיסולו של אלעטא בעל ממד אסטרטגי נוסף, המגלם סיכון והזדמנות לישראל.

מתכנסים סביב הדגל

אלעטא, בהתנהגותו הסוררת יצר לעצמו הילת לוחם התנגדות. בעוד שהאוכלוסייה העזתית ברובה המכריע שבעה ממלחמות ואינה חובבת את סבבי ההסלמה, משאלו פורצים גובר בה יצר ההתכנסות סביב הדגל. לרוב הזה מצטרף כמובן המיעוט שעודנו שש אלי קרב וחולם על השמדת ישראל. כל אלה יכולים לראות באלעטא גיבור. תהילתו סייעה לו להפוך את פקודיו לחסידיו והקנתה לו פופולאריות רבה. יתרה מזו, ברקע סבבי הלחימה, האמיצים המעזים לבקר את תנועת חמאס על פשרנותה מול ישראל, רואים בארגון הג'יהאד האסלאמי כמי שמגלם את ההתנגדות האמיתית לישראל, "המקוואמה", ואת אלעטא כסמלה.

ישראל אף הגדילה לעשות והאדירה את שמו שבעתיים כשדובר צה"ל סימן את אלעטא באופן ספציפי באפריל האחרון בתוצריו. כתוצאה מכך, במהלך סבבי הלחימה שהגיעו לשיא בתחילת חודש מאי השנה, נצפתה עריקה (מוגבלת במידה) מהזרוע הצבאית של חמאס לשורות הארגון המרדני, לא מעט בשל התנהלותו של "באבו".

סביר להניח כי ביום שאחרי אלעטא יהיו מי שירצו ללכת בדרכו. חיסולו לא מהווה הרתעה משמעותית משום שהנושאים בנשק מבינים שמותם הוא "חלק מהעסקה". בשל כך, מחד גיסא, הסיכון עבור ישראל מצוי באותו דור מפקדים חדש. אותו דור שיחשוב ש"הפשע משתלם", ויחלום על הילת הגיבורים לה זכה אלעטא, ויהיו סוררים בעצמם.

במאזן ההרתעה המורכב בו ישראל פועלת מול הרצועה במשורה, היא ממעיטה ליזום ואף מכילה התגרויות מהרצועה. דור מפקדים שכזה עלול להוות מכשול למהלכים ארוכי טווח באזור. מאידך, חיסולו של אלעטא והסבב שנלווה לו חשפו את הבקיעים באותו "חדר מבצעים משותף" ברצועת עזה, בהובלת חמאס וארגון הג'יהאד האסלאמי. הסבירות כי הארגונים לא יפעלו בתיאום בעת סבב לחימה מול ישראל אפסית, אך לפתחה של המדינה נתונה הזדמנות להרחיב את הבקיעים לכדי שבר בחזית המאוחדת נגדה ברצועה בעתות רגיעה. אלה יכולים להניב מנופי לחץ בהגעה להבנות ועד לכדי יצירת מין "סזון" פלסטיני ברצועה.

הכותב הוא עוזר מחקר בתוכנית לחקר הטרור ומלחמה בעצימות נמוכה, המכון למחקרי ביטחון לאומי (INSS)‏


מלחמת הבסיסים של רוסיה וארצות הברית בסוריה


ההחלטה של ארה"ב להסיג את כוחותיה מצפון סוריה וההתפתחויות שהגיעו לאחריה, הביאה את שתי המדינות להשתלט על בסיסי אוויר וקרקע למימוש מטרותיהן. משחקי המעצמות בסוריה נמשכים - סקירה 


כוחות צבא רוסיה בקובאני. צילום: AP

על רקע החלטת הנשיא האמריקני טראמפ להוציא כוחות אמריקנים מסוריה, החל להתנהל בצפון סוריה מעין מאבק כוחות בין ארה"ב לרוסיה. ברקע לכך השליטה על שדות הנפט שבאזור. התפתחות זו באה לידי ביטוי בשלב הזה במה שקיבל את השם "מלחמת בסיסים", כאשר כל צד מנסה להשתלט על בסיסים אוויריים וקרקעיים באזור, למימוש מטרותיו הוא.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

ארצות הברית פועלת להקים שני בסיסים חדשים בצפון סוריה, ובכך להגדיל את מספר הבסיסים שלה באזור מ-5 ל-7, ובכלל סוריה ל-13 בסיסים. רוסיה מצדה השתלטה על אחד הבסיסים שארצות הברית נטשה ובונה בסיס חדש בשדה תעופה אזרחי באזור. 

סוכנויות הידיעות מדווחות כי הרוסים החלו בהקמת בסיס אווירי חדש עבור מסוקיהם בשדה התעופה האזרחי בקאמישלי שבצפון מזרח סוריה, זמן קצר לאחר יציאת הכוחות האמריקנים ממנו. לבסיס הועברו עד כה שלושה שלושה מסוקים מבסיס חמיימים שבצפון מערב - שני מסוקי קרב ומסוק תובלה אחד. צפויים להגיע לבסיס זה מסוקים נוספים. הבסיס מוגן על ידי מערכות טילי קרקע-אוויר מדגם פנציר (Pantsir), וכוחות קרקעיים של המשטרה הצבאית הרוסית, הפועלים בסוריה. מקורות במשרד ההגנה הרוסי ציינו כי  לראשונה יפעלו מסוקים רוסיים באזור זה, וכי נוכחותם בשדה תעופה זה תהיה קבועה.

בסיס רוסי במזרח התיכון

ב-17 בנובמבר דווח על נחיתת מטוס תובלה מדגם אנטונוב 225. הוא נחת לראשונה בשדה קאמישלי, שהוא נושא עימו רכבי סיור וקרב, ציוד ותחמושת, וכן אנשי המשטרה הצבאית הרוסית. הרוסים השתלטו על שדה זה כבר מתחילת החודש, וביצעו בו שינויים והתאמות, כך שמטוסי תובלה ענקיים מדגם זה, הנחשב למטוס הגדול בעולם ומיועד למשימות אסטרטגיות, יוכלו לנחות בו. כך הפך שדה זה לבסיס רוסי במזרח סוריה, דבר המקל על העברת כוחות, אמל"ח וציוד לאזור זה בדרך האוויר, כך שיוכלו לפעול באזור כולו. נראה כי כיום נמצאים מרבית השדות האזרחיים בסוריה תחת שליטת הרוסים, בין אם שליטה מלאה ובין אם חלקית, ובכלל זה שדות דמשק וחלב הבינלאומיים, וכן השדה בדיר א-זור.

מהלך זה נעשה פחות מחודש לאחר נסיגת הכוחות האמריקנים מהאזור. הרוסים כבר עשו שימוש בעבר בשדה זה להפעלת מסוקים במשימות סיור לאורך הגבול עם טורקיה, כדי להגן על סיורי המשטרה הצבאית שלהם. הצבת המסוקים נועדה בין השאר לסייע לכוחות המשטרה הצבאית המבצעים כיום את הסיורים היומיים שלהם באזור, בהתאם להסכם שהושג בין רוסיה לטורקיה לאחרונה בעקבות המבצע הטורקי נגד הכורדים.

כוחות רוסיים מפטרלים בצפון סוריה. צילום: AP

עוד באותו הקשר נמסר כי הרוסים השתלטו לאחרונה (ב-14 בנובמבר) על הבסיס האווירי בקובאני (עין אל-ערב), שמצפון לחלב וליד הגבול הטורקי, ממנו נסוגו הכוחות האמריקנים ימים ספורים לפני כן. הבסיס שימש את האמריקנים כבסיס אספקה, והוא ננטש כאשר נשארו בו מבני מגורים ומתקנים אחרים. גם בסיס זה מוגן על ידי כוח של המשטרה הצבאית הרוסית, וכבר נחתו בו מסוקים רוסיים. הרוסים גם פרסו לאחרונה כוחות במספר אתרים שלאורך נהר הפרת, במקומות מהם נסוגו האמריקנים לאחרונה, ובכלל זה בסכר תישרין, שממזרח לחלב.

בנוסף למערך זה, שולטת כיום רוסיה גם על בסיס חיל האוויר הסורי בחמאת, ומכשירה את הבסיס בתדמור, ועוד מספר שדות נוספים, שישמשוה עם סיום העבודה בהם.

המשימה האמריקנית

על רקע הביקורת על החלטת הנשיא טראמפ על הוצאת הכוחות האמריקנים מסוריה, הכריז לאחרונה מזכיר ההגנה, מארק אספר, כי משימת הכוחות האמריקנים שנותרו במדינה היא לבלום ניסיונות של המשטר הסורי ובעלי בריתו הרוסים להשתלט על שדות הנפט מידי הכוחות הכורדים, השולטים עליהם כיום. לפיכך יישארו כוחות אלה באזור חשוב זה, כדי למנוע גם מדאעש מלהגיע למקום, ויפעלו נגד כל גורם שינסה לאיים על בטחון הכוחות האמריקנים. בהקשר זה ציין מזכיר ההגנה כי הדבר נועד, בין השאר, כדי לסייע לכוחות הכורדים להמשיך ולשלוט על שדות אלה, כמקור הכנסה עבורם לתחזוק כוחותיהם והמיליציות שלהם, האחראיות גם על מחנות המעצר של לוחמי דאעש הכלואים בהם.

לצורך זה נמסר כי האמריקנים גם מתגברים את כוחותיהם באזור. ואכן, לאחרונה נראתה כניסת כוחות אמריקנים מעיראק לאזור, ובכלל זה כוחות שריון עם טנקי "אברמס", וכלי רק"מ אחרים, שחלקם התמקמו באזור קאמישלי וחלקם באזור חסכה, שבמזרח סוריה. זאת, במקביל להגעת הכוחות הרוסים לאזור, והקמת הבסיס האווירי שלהם בקאמישלי. האמריקנים אכן איתרו את הגעת הכוחות הרוסים לאזור, וגם תגבור של הכוחות הסורים בו, ונעשו תאומים בינם לבין הרוסים, שהבטיחו לאמריקנים כי אין בכוונתם להניע כוחות אלה מזרחה, קרי לעבר אזור שדות הנפט.

כוח אמריקני בסוריה. צילום: AP

השליח האמריקאי לסוריה, ג'ים ג'פרי, אף התבטא בנושא ואמר כי האמריקנים היו מודאגים מהתפתחויות אלה בשטח, ולאחר שקיימו מגעים עם הרוסים בהקשר זה, הם בטוחים שהעניין נמצא בשליטה. יצוין כי גם סגן הנשיא, מייק פנס, הצהיר לאחרונה על נחישות ארצו להגן על שדות נפט אלה, ולהשתמש בכוח רב כנגד כל ניסיון מצד גורם כלשהו להשתלט עליהם, בין אם על ידי דאעש, ממשלת סוריה או כוחות פרו-רוסיים. תוספת הכוחות האמריקנים והבסיסים החדשים אותם הם מקימים, יאפשרו לאמריקנים לשפר את השליטה על שדות הנפט ולתגבר את ההגנה עליהם. הרוסים והסורים מאשימים את האמריקנים בניצול שדות הנפט באופן לא חוקי, ובגנבת נפט מהם במסווה של הגנה עליהם. הם אף מציגים צילומי לוויין, בהם נראות שיירות של מכליות, כשהן בדרכן אל מחוץ לסוריה.

לפי פרשנים העוקבים אחר הנושא, מהווה מהלך אמריקני זה מעין פיצוי לבעלי בריתם הכורדים, שחשו נבגדים בעקבות החלטת הנשיא טראמפ להוציא את הכוחות האמריקנים מהאזור, ומעין "תיקון" להחלטה זו מצד האמריקנים, שהשקיעו בשנים הקודמות מיליוני דולרים כדי להקים ולממן את הכוחות הכורדיים. האמריקנים עדיין זקוקים לכורדים, ולכן צעד זה נועד להבטיח את המשך הקשרים בין שני הצדדים, כבסיס להמשך הנוכחות האמריקנית באזור, ואף להרחבתה בעתיד במידה ויעלה הצורך בכך. כמו כן, גם את הכלכלה ותנאי המחייה של האוכלוסייה הכורדית החיה באזור. בכך מצטרפים האמריקנים לבעלי העניין והאינטרסים בסוריה, לצד הרוסים והאיראנים, שמבקשים גם הם להשיג הישגים כלכליים ואחרים במדינה זו, בתמורה למעורבותם בהצלת המשטר מהאופוזיציה שקמה נגדו בעשור החולף.

גם האמריקנים מכשירים בסיסים נוספים באזור שדות הנפט ובצפון סוריה (מנבג'), ובכלל זה בסיס חיל האוויר הסורי ברומאילאן.

הרוסים לא שוקטים על שמריהם

הרוסים ממשיכים בינתיים בפעילותם במדינת החסות הסורית. לאחרונה הוחלף מפקד הכוחות הרוסיים הפועלים בה. לוטנט-גנרל אלכסנדר צ'איקו, ששימש סגן הרמטכ"ל, מונה לתפקיד זה במקומו של קולונל-גנרל אנדריי סרדיוקוב, שסיים שישה חודשים של שירות בתפקיד זה (החילופין מתבצעים מידי מספר חודשים). צ'איקו הוא קצין בכיר בכוחות היבשה (שריון) ושימש בתפקידים בכירים בצבא הרוסי עד למינוי זה, ואף שימש בעבר כראש מטה הכוחות הרוסים בסוריה.

לאחרונה נמסר כי הרוסים מתקנים את הגשר היחיד שעל נהר פרת באזור דיר א-זור, אותו הקימו באפריל 2018, במסגרת הלחימה בדאעש, מיזם בו התגאו בזמנו. גשר זה התמוטט לאחרונה, ולא ניתן היה לחצות באמצעותו את הנהר, דבר שאילץ את הצבא הסורי להשתמש בדוברות כדי לעבור מגדה לגדה. עבודות תיקון הגשר החלו בעקבות הסכם בנושא בין המשטר הסורי והכוחות הכורדים הפועלים באזור, שנחתם באוקטובר בחסות רוסית.

הרוסים גם סייעו לחיל האוויר הסורי לשקם ולהשמיש את בסיס חיל האוויר שלהם בטבקה שבמרכז סוריה, ולמקם בו מספר מטוסי קרב, לנוכח מבצע הפלישה הטורקית לצפון סוריה. הבסיס הועבר על ידי הכורדים למשטר הסורי במסגרת ההסכם האחרון. לפי מקורות בשטח, נחתו בו מטוסי תובלה של חיל האוויר הסורי מהדגמים אנטונוב 26 ואיליושין 76, שהביאו למקום ציוד מגוון. כמו כן נחתו בו מטוסי הדרכה מדגם 39-L של האקדמיה האווירית ומסוקי קרב מהדגמים גאזל ו-25-MI. בתחילת 2017 הוא נכבש על ידי הכוחות הכורדים בסיוע אמריקני, והפך לאחד מבסיסי כוחותיהם ובסיס למסוקים אמריקנים שהחלו לפעול ממנו. הכורדים העבירו חלק ניכר ממטוסי המיג 21 והסוחוי 7 שנמצאו בבסיס לחבל הכורדי שבצפון עיראק, למכירה כגרוטאות.

הרוסים גם חיזקו לאחרונה את מעמדם באזור דיר א-זור, בעקבות מינוי קצין הנמנה על תומכיהם, לראש המודיעין הצבאי במחוז זה, במקומו של קצין שהיה מנאמני איראן. המינוי בא בעקבות דרישה רוסית מהמשטר הסורי לקדם קצין זה, שפעל איתם בשיתוף פעולה במהלך מבצעי הפיוס עם האופוזיציה שערכו במחוז לאדקיה. ברקע למינוי זה, היחסים המאוד מתוחים בין המיליציות הפרו-איראניות לבין המיליציות הפרו-רוסיות הפועלות במחוז זה במאמציהן להרחיב את השפעתן בו. יש כאלה שצופים שהדברים אף יתגלגלו לאלימות וללחימה בין שני הצדדים. יצוין כי האיראנים פעילים מאוד באזור זה ומנסים לבנות בו בסיסים עבור מיליציות אלה, שתשלוטנה בישובים שבאזור.

מקורות בעלי נגישות לנושא טוענים כי רוסיה החזירה לאחרונה מסוריה את גדוד ההגנה האווירית של טילי 300-S, אותו שלחה בעקבות אירוע הפלת המטוס הרוסי בשנה החולפת על ידי ההגנה האווירית הסורית, שהגיבה לתקיפה של מטוסי חיל האוויר הישראלי על יעדים באזור החוף הסורי. בעקבות כך, האשימו הרוסים את ישראל כמי שגרמה לאירוע המצער. ואכן, צילומי לוויין מאמתים כי האתר הקבוע בו היה הגדוד ערוך, ריק כיום. על פי המקורות, ארבעת משגרי הטילים של הגדוד התקלקלו, ולכן נשלחו לרוסיה לצרכי תיקונים, וזאת לאחר שהמומחים הרוסים הנמצאים בסוריה לא הצליחו לתקנם. על פי המקורות, גדוד זה אינו חדש, והוא אחד הגדודים הוותיקים של ההגנה האווירית הרוסית. עד לשיגורו לסוריה הוא היה מאוחסן והמערכות הישנות שלו הוחלפו במערכות חדשות מדגם 2-PM300-S.


רקטה נורתה לעבר עוטף עזה, צה"ל תקף ברצועה


רקטה אחת ששוגרה מהרצועה התפוצצה בשטח פתוח בתחומי עוטף עזה. בתגובה, תקף צה"ל עמדה של חמאס בצפון הרצועה. מוקדם יותר טענו הפלסטינים כי צעיר בן 16 נורה למוות בהפגנה על גדר הגבול באזור חאן יונס  

ירי מהרצועה לעבר הדרום (ארכיון). צילום: AP

לאחר שהפלסטינים הודיעו אתמול (ו') על מות בן 16 בגדר הרצועה, רקטה נורתה אמש מרצועת עזה לעבר יישובי עוטף עזה. מדובר צה"ל נמסר על שיגור אחד שזוהה. הרקטה שתפוצצה בשטח פתוח מחוץ ליישוב. מאוחר יותר נשמעה אזעקה גם בעיר אשקלון, כתוצאה מירי שאינו רקטי, ככל הנראה ירי נשק קל. בתגובה לירי לדרום, כלי טיס של צה"ל תקפו פעמיים יעדים של חמאס בצפון רצועת עזה.

למרות ההודעה של חמאס על ביטול ההפגנות על הגדר זה השבוע השלישי ברציפות, הגיעו היום כמה עשרות פלסטינים לגדר רצועת עזה באזור חאן יונס. על פי הפלסטינים, כוחות צה"ל ירו למוות בנער בן 16. ממשרד הבריאות הפלסטיני דווח כי ארבעה נוספים נפצעו באירועים.

התפרעויות על הגדר ברצועת עזה. צילום: (ארכיון) AP

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

מצה"ל נמסר כי אחר הצהריים הגיעו עשרות בודדות של מתקהלים למרחב הגדר בדרום רצועת עזה. "זוהתה התקרבות לגדר, ניסיונות חבלה בה וכן מספר השלכות מטענים. לוחמי צה"ל הגיבו באמצעים לפיזור הפגנות ובירי רוגר. נבדקת טענה על פלסטיני הרוג", כך על פי הודעת דובר צה"ל .

מטוסי קרב של חיל האוויר תקפו השבוע (ד') ברצועת עזה בתגובה לירי רקטות שבוצע  לעבר יישובי הדרום. צה"ל תקף כמה יעדי טרור של חמאס בדרום וצפון רצועת עזה, בהם אתר לייצור אמצעי לחימה ותשתית תת-קרקעית. בצה"ל הדגישו לאחר גל התקיפות ברביעי כי "ארגון הטרור חמאס אחראי על הנעשה ברצועת עזה וממנה והוא יישא בהשלכות לפעולות נגד אזרחי ישראל".


אחרי עסקת המכירה: אירונאוטיקס משפרת תוצאות


על רקע עסקת המכירה לרפאל ואביחי סוטלרו והפרשיות שעברה, החברה הציגה את הדו"ח הרבעוני שלה. מהנתונים עולה כי ישנו שיפור ניכר בתוצאות הפיננסיות. המנכ"ל עמוס מתן: " לאורך כל הדרך הביעו לקוחותינו אמון רב בחברה"


הדומינטור של אירונאוטיקס. צילום: באדיבות החברה

אירונאוטיקס מציגה שיפור ניכר בתוצאות הפיננסיות, אך עדיין אינה עומדת ביחס מספק של רווח תפעולי להוצאות מימון. כך עולה מפרסום הדו"ח הרבעוני של החברה. כמו כן, עולה מהדו"ח כי למרות חקירת המשטרה, החברה קיבלה אישור מחדש לייצא את מל"ט ה-K1 ללקוח אסטרטגי. מדובר בדו"ח הרבעוני הראשון לאחר עסקת המכירה של חברת המל"טים לרפאל ואביחי סטולרו. 

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

"נכון למועד אישור הדו"חות הכספיים, החברה קיבלה את הרישיונות הנדרשים ובהתאם לכך פועלת להשלמת הפרויקטים בגינם הותלה הרישיון .להערכת החברה היא צפויה להשלים ולספק את המוצרים בהתאם להסכם ולהבנות עם הלקוח", נכתב בפרסום.

החברה הציגה הרבעון מכירות בסך של כ-43 מיליוני דולרים, מדובר בגידול של כ-41 אחוזים ביחס לרבעון מקביל. כמו כן, החברה עברה מהפסד תפעולי לרווח תפעולי ביחס לאשתקד. מרבית הגידול במכירות נובע מתחום הכטב"מ. צבר ההזמנות של החברה עומד על 197 מיליוני דולרים.

בהיבט ההתפלגות הגיאוגרפית של ההכנסות מתחום הכטב"מ לתשעת החודשים הראשונים של השנה, מקור ההכנסה העיקרי של החברה הוא אירופה, ואחריה ביחס שווה צפון אמריקה, אסיה וישראל. תרומתה של אפריקה להכנסות החברה זניחה.    

למרות השיפור בפרמטרים פיננסיים, החברה אינה עומדת באמות מידה פיננסיות. "החברה נדרשת לעמוד באמות מידה פיננסיות מסוימות בהתאם לתנאי הסכמי מסגרות האשראי והערבויות עם הבנקים המממנים. נכון למועד הדיווח לא עמדה החברה באמת מידה של יחס רווח תפעולי להוצאות מימון שלא יפחת מ-1.8", נכתב בדיווח. לסיכום, ניכר שיפור בתוצאות הפיננסיות של החברה. עם זאת, מתמודדת החברה עם אי וודאות בשני צירים - החקירה המשטרתית והתביעה הייצוגית שטרם ברור מה יעלה בגורלן.

עמוס מתן, מנכ״ל קבוצת אירונאוטיקס, התייחס לדו"ח ואמר: "אירונאוטיקס מסכמת את תקופת היותה חברה ציבורית עם רבעון מצוין ושיפור ניכר בכל הפרמטרים העסקיים. זהו פרי מאמץ ניכר שבוצע לאורך השנים האחרונות, השקעה רבה במחקר ופיתוח ופריצה לשווקים רבים, באמצעות מוצרינו המצויים בקדמת הטכנולוגיה בכל הסגמנטים שבהם אנו פועלים. לאורך כל הדרך הביעו לקוחותינו אמון רב בחברה, בפיתוחיה ומוצריה ובצוות העובדים המיומן שלנו. הדבר מוכח מדי יום ביומו בכל עסקה עם לקוח חוזר, ובלקוחות חדשים המצטרפים לאור ההצלחות המוכחות״.


המהלכים של איראן לחיזוק זרוע הים


אחרי שנים בצל חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה, הצי הסדיר האיראני מקבל חיזוק משמעותי לבניין כוחו. המהלכים האחרונים שמבוצעים על ידי איראן יאפשרו למדינה להוות משקל נגד משמעותי יותר לכוחות הימיים של ארה"ב ובנות בריתה


אונית מלחמה של צבא הים הסדיר של איראן. צילום (ארכיון): AP

מפקד חיל הים הסדיר של איראן, חוסיין חאנזאדי, הודיע לאחרונה כי מפקדת חיל הים תעבור מטהרן לבאנדר-עבאס. המהלך מהווה שינוי משמעותי בתפיסה של בניין הכוח של חיל הים הסדיר, בעיקר על רקע היוקרה הגדולה יותר של חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

באיראן פועלים שני חילות ים. האחד הוא חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה, האחראי לביטחון הימי בקרבת החוף האיראני ובמצרי הורמוז. חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה פועל בתפיסה א-סימטרית של הפעלת כלי שיט קטנים ומהירים, תקיפות "נחיל" (תקיפה בה משתתפים עשרות רבות של כלי שיט בעלי אמצעי לחימה מגוונים) ואמצעים להגנת חוף-ים (סוללות טילי חוף-ים וטורפדו, ועוד). בבאנדר-עבאס, עיר הנמל הגדולה בקרבת מצרי הורמוז, ממוקם בסיסו המרכזי ומפקדתו של חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה.

חיל הים הסדיר האיראני פועל תחת פיקודו של הרמטכ"ל האיראני, ותפקידיו המרכזיים לשמור על חופש השיט בנתיבי השיט אל ומאיראן הרחק, מהחוף האיראני, ולבצע משימות שונות דוגמת לחימה בפיראטיות, משימות חיפוש והצלה, איסוף מודיעין ומשימות דיפלומטיות באמצעות שיתופי פעולה עם חילות ים אחרים.

למרות התיאום המתקיים בין שני חילות הים, מתנהלים במשך שנים בין שני גופי הים מאבקים פוליטיים רבים על משימות, משאבים ויוקרה. מסיומה של מלחמת איראן-עיראק, וכחלק ומהלקחים שהופקו באיראן בעקבותיה, זכה חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה בבכורה ובהפניית משאבים רבים לבניין כוחו ופיתוחו.

בניין כוחו של חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה מבוסס על תפיסה איראנית אסטרטגית, כי על חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה מוטלת המשימה לבלום מתקפה אמריקנית מהים, לרבות מניעת האפשרות של ירי טילי ים-חוף (דוגמת טילי הטומהוק) מאוניות המערכה האמריקניות, מניעת תקיפה אווירית על ידי כלי טיס הפועלים מנושאות המטוסים האמריקניות ומניעת החדרת כוחות לחוף האיראני.

חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה, באמצעות התעשייה הביטחונית האיראנית, מוביל פיתוח טכנולוגי עצום ממדים ורב משאבים לפיתוח ספינות תקיפה, כלי שיט מהירים, טורפדו, טילי ים-ים/חוף-ים מתקדמים לטווחים רחוקים, מיקוש ימי ועוד. מיטב אמצעי הלחימה תוצרת פיתוח חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה מוצא דרכו לארגוני הפרוקסי האיראניים, דוגמת חיזבאללה והמורדים החות'ים בתימן.

בניגוד לחיל הים של משמרות המהפכה, נדחקו רגלי חיל הים הסדיר האיראני לשוליים במשך שנים רבות, במהלכן דוללו משמעותית תקציביו, משאביו ויכולותיו. לפני מספר שנים, כהחלטה אסטרטגית של השלטון, והבנת משמעות פעולתו של חיל הים הסדיר בטווחים רחוקים מהחוף (לרבות הגעתן של ספינות מלחמה איראניות פעמיים לנמלי סוריה), החל תהליך להעלאת רמתו ובניין כוחו של חיל הים הסדיר.

הערך של חיל הים הסדיר עולה

תהליך בניין הכוח כלל הצטיידות בספינות קרב וצוללות חדשות, כמו גם בטילי ים-ים לטווחים של עד 500 ק"מ (דוגמת טילי הגאדר והגאדיר, המבוססים על טילי הנור/C-802, פרי פיתוחם של  משמרות המהפכה ותעשיית טילי השיוט), טילי הגנה אווירית, טורפדו מתקדים ועוד.

העברת מפקדת חיל הים הסדיר לבאנדר-עבאס מהווה צעד נוסף וחשוב בבניין כוחו, בהפעלתו ובתפיסת חשיבותו האסטרטגית של חיל הים הסדיר מול האיום האמריקני, ההולך ומתגבר לאחרונה, על פי התפיסה האיראנית, במפרץ הפרסי ובים הערבי.

העברת המפקדה לבאנדר-עבאס תאפשר למטה חיל הים האיראני להיות קרוב יותר לבסיסו המרכזי של חיל הים, ובכך לשלוט טוב יותר על בניין הכוח והפעילות המבצעית הענפה אותה הוא מבצע.

סביר יהיה אף להניח, שהקרבה בין מפקדות חיל הים של משמרות המהפכה וחיל הים הסדיר, תאפשר, על אף היריבות וחילוקי הדעות, לשני חילות הים לפעול בתיאום עמוק וטוב יותר. בכך, החילות הימיים יהוו משקל נגד משמעותי יותר לכוחות חיל הים של ארצות הברית ושותפותיה.


השינוי הארגוני הצליח: התעשייה האווירית עוברת לרווח


השינויים המבניים שבוצעו בתעשייה האווירית בתחילת השנה מביאים תוצאות. על פי הדו"ח הכספי לרבעון השלישי של החברה, ישנו שיפור במגוון מרכיבים פיננסיים


יו"ר התעשייה האווירית הראל לוקר. צילום: חיים צח - לע"מ

השינוי הארגוני שביצעו הראל לוקר ונמרוד שפר בתחילת השנה בתעשייה האווירית נושא פירות בדו"ח הרבעוני שפורסם היום (ה'). הדו"ח חושף שיפור במגוון מרכיבים פיננסיים, ביניהם מכירות, רווח גולמי, רווח תפעולי ורווח נקי. "כחלק מיישום איחוד החטיבות תחת חטיבת תעופה כאמור לעיל, החל מיום 1 בינואר 2019, מבנה פעילותה העסקית של החברה כולל את החטיבות כדלקמן: חטיבת מערכות טילים וחלל; חטיבת כלי טיס צבאיים; חטיבת אלקטרוניקה צבאית (אלתא) וחטיבת תעופה", כותבים בדו"ח. למרות מדדים אלה, ראוי לשים לב לקיטון באמצעים הנזילים ובגידול שלילי בתזרים המזומנים בתשעת החודשים הראשונים של השנה.

"תוצאות הרבעון ממשיכות את המגמה החיובית של שיפור בביצועי החברה. אני רואה בכך תוצאה של יישום האסטרטגיה החדשה של החברה המתמקדת בכניסה לשווקים חדשים, שיפור המודל התפעולי ומיקוד במנועי הצמיחה. התעשייה האווירית תמשיך במאמצי השיווק והמכירה המוגברים לצד התייעלות תפעולית, תוך שמירה על המשך השקעות במחקר ופיתוח עצמי שיניבו פיתוח טכנולוגיות חדשניות על ידי ההון האנושי המצוין שיש לה, ובכך תמשיך החברה להוביל את שוק התעשיות הביטחוניות בישראל ולהיות אחת היצואניות הגדולות במשק", אמר נמרוד שפר, מנכ"ל התעשייה האווירית.

ביטחון בכל מקום: בואו לעקוב אחרינו באינסטגרםבפייסבוק ובטוויטר

מתוך כלל החטיבות, חטיבת כלי טייס צבאיים ממשיכה להציג קיטון בהכנסות. לעומת זאת, אלתא וטילים וחלל (בעיקר הטילים) ממשיכות להראות צמיחה. חטיבת התעופה נמצאת בסטגנציה. שלוש החטיבות - אלתא, טילים וחלל ותעופה אחראיות למרבית הכנסות החברה. בחישוב הרווח הגולמי, חטיבת הטילים וחלל ואלתא מציגות את הרווחים הגדולים ביותר. 

הדו"ח חושף עוד כי החברה עברה לרווחיות ביחס לרבעון אשתקד. "הרווח הנקי ברבעון השלישי של שנת 2019 הסתכם בסך של כ-32 מיליון דולר (כ-3.1% מהמכירות) בהשוואה להפסד נקי בסך של כ-21 מיליון דולר ברבעון המקביל אשתקד", כותבים בדו"ח. שיפור ניכר גם ברווח התפעולי ברבעון השלישי של שנת 2019, שהסתכם בסך של כ-42 מיליון דולר (כ-4.1% מהמכירות) בהשוואה להפסד תפעולי בסך של כ-19 מיליון דולר ברבעון המקביל אשתקד.

קיטון בייצוא לטובת ישראל

נתון נוסף שראוי לתשומת לב הוא ירידה של שלושה אחוזים בייצוא ברבעון זה לטובת מכירה ללקוחות בישראל. עם זאת, בהסתכלות של תשעה חודשים אין הבדל בין התקופות. מכאן, שצריך להמתין לדו"חות נוספים בעתיד לראות אם מדובר במגמה. בהיבט חלוקה גיאוגרפית, אסיה ממשיכה להיות השוק המרכזי של החברה (בעיקר הודו), כאשר שוק צפון אמריקה וישראל במקום השני, אירופה במקום השלישי. דרום אמריקה, אפריקה ואוסטרליה מציגות הכנסות שוליות לחברה. 

לצד השיפור במדדי הרווח, החברה רשמה תזרים פעילות שלילי ברבעון כהמשך למגמה שנתית. תזרים המזומנים השלילי מפעילות שוטפת ברבעון הגיע לכ-245 מיליון דולר לעומת תזרים שלילי של כ-56 מיליון דולר בתקופה המקבילה אשתקד, ירידה בסך של כ-189 מיליון דולר. חלק כתוצאה מעיכוב בתשלום של לקוח מרכזי. "העיכוב אינו מהווה סיכון לעמידה בהתחייבויותיה ובתכניותיה העתידיות של החברה", כותבים בדו"ח. אם בוחנים את תשעת החודשים הראשונים של השנה לעומת אשתקד, ישנה ירידה של כחצי מיליארד שקלים בתזרים המזומנים השוטף.

החברה גם הקטינה משמעותית את ההיקף הכולל של האמצעים הנזילים (מזומנים ושווי מזומנים ונכסים פיננסיים לזמן קצר)  בתשעת החודשים הראשונים של השנה. זאת, ככל הנראה לצורך מימון ההתייעלות. מהון נזיל של 1.479 מיליוני דולרים, ל-944 מיליוני דולרים - קיטון של 485 מיליוני דולרים בהון הנזיל. "למרות נתונים אלה, דירקטוריון החברה הגיע למסקנה כי אין לחברה בעיית נזילות", נכתב בדו"ח.


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Here's the latest for Friday Saturday 30th: Iraq's Prime Minster is resigning after 40 protesters killed; Police increase patrols in London after attack; Protesters demanding Israel Prime Minister asked to resigned; The Christmas holiday begins.


De huidige Staat Israël ís geen vertegenwoordigende stem van het Jodendom

De Israëlische premier Netanyahu dreigt voor de rechter te worden gedaagd op beschuldiging van fraude en bedrog. Hij is hierin niet de eerste. Andere vooraanstaande bestuurders van onze Joodse Staat, zoals een president, een vorige premier en ook een opperrabbijn, waren hem al voorgegaan. Bij deze laatste drie leidde hun rechtszaak tot langdurige gevangenisstraffen. In … Lees meer

At a Glance - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, November II 2019 - 29-11-2019

The November II plenary session highlights included the vote on the new European Commission, agreement on the 2020 budget, and Parliament's declaration of a climate emergency. Parliament adopted positions on preparation for COP25, and on the Istanbul Convention, and also debated statements by the Vice-President of the European Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) on Eastern Neighbourhood developments, on the situation in Israel and Palestine, and on the situation in the Middle East, including the crises in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. Debates took place, inter alia, on Commission and Council statements on: the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; on the EU response to the impact of extreme weather events; on discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people; on the World Trade Organization Appellate Body; as well as on the protection of forest and environmental defenders in the EU. The 2019 Lux Prize, which tells the story of a young woman's feminist struggle in conservative North Macedonian society, was awarded to God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija, directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska.

Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

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Dopo le dimissioni del premier, la piazza non smobilita in Iraq. E la rivolta è anche generazionale


Iraq, la rivolta e il caos. A un passo dalla guerra civile. Iraq, uno Stato fallito, senza più un’autorità riconosciuta, e da oggi, formalmente senza più un primo ministro, dopo le dimissioni del primo ministro Adel Abdul Mahdi, venute al termine della più cruenta giornata di sangue registratasi in Iraq dal primo ottobre, quando la rivolta è iniziata. Dimissioni accettate oggi dal Parlamento iracheno, riunito in seduta straordinaria. In una nota diffusa dal suo ufficio si legge che Abdul Mahdi ha “sottolineato il principio del trasferimento pacifico di poteri nel sistema democratico, facendo notare che il governo ha compiuto ogni sforzo possibile per rispondere alle richieste dei manifestanti fornendo un pacchetto di riforme”. Il presidente del Parlamento ha dichiarato che ora chiederà al presidente Barham Salih di nominare un nuovo primo ministro. Ma la piazza non smobilita. La rivolta continua. Ed è anche una rivolta generazionale. “Sono i giovani i protagonisti delle proteste dell’ottobre-novembre 2019 rimarca Irene Costantini in un documentato report per l’Ispi - Lo sono stati anche nel movimento del 2011, del 2015-16, e dell’estate del 2018. In un paese dove il 67% della popolazione ha meno di 30 anni, i giovani rappresentano una forza sociale. La descrizione del movimento di protesta iracheno come spontaneo non rende però giustizia al ruolo di una sempre più attiva società civile, organizzata localmente in comitati di coordinamento che attraverso i social network riescono a coinvolgere il più largo pubblico. È vero invece che il movimento rimane senza una chiara leadership, ad esclusione del ruolo della coalizione Saʿirun tra il 2015 e il 2016”. “Abbracciamo e facciamo nostri i sogni degli iracheni. Sono molto colpito dal loro desiderio di vedere nascere un Paese libero, forte, stabile, sicuro, dove il progresso, la giustizia, l’uguaglianza e la cittadinanza sono i segni distintivi. I giovani sono la ricchezza del nostro Paese”, dichiara al Sir il patriarca caldeo di Baghdad, card. Louis Raphael Sako.

“I manifestanti – aggiunge Sako - chiedono riforme, diritti, lavoro, servizi, vogliono giustizia, la fine della corruzione. Ma non c’è altra via che il dialogo. La via della repressione militare scelta dal Governo non risolve il problema, piuttosto lo complica, scatenando la vendetta. In questi Paesi la mentalità di vendetta è forte, per via del sistema tribale. Se qualcuno viene ucciso quelli della sua tribù cercheranno di vendicarsi. Occorre fiducia tra manifestanti e Governo ma è difficile ricrearla in questa situazione”. Difficile quando si contano a centinaia (418 ad oggi) i morti dall’inizio della rivolta, e i feriti superano i 15mila. Ed è ancora più difficile quando ad agire dietro le quinte, nella repressione, è una potenza regionale che considera l’Iraq come un suo feudo: l’Iran. Da Kerbala a Najaf, le due città sante sciite, da Nassiriya a Baghdad: i manifestanti sciiti danno alle fiamme le immagini della Guida suprema iraniana, l’ayatollah Ali Khamenei e di Qassem Soulimani, il potente generale che comanda l’unità d’élite Quds dei Pasdaran, l’uomo che tiene le fila, e i cordoni della borsa, del rapporto tra il regime di Teheran e le milizie affiliate in Medio Oriente: da Hezbollah in Libano alla Jihad islamica e Hamas in Palestina, dalle milizie paramilitari irachene agli Houth in Yemen.

“Teheran e i suoi sodali hanno fallito nel tradurre le vittorie militari e politiche in una visione socio-economica. Detto più semplicemente: la narrazione della resistenza dell’Iran alla lunga non ha saputo mettere cibo nei piatti”, sintetizza efficacemente Foreign Policy.A giovani che cercano lavoro, la nomenclatura sciita al potere risponde con la vecchia narrazione khomeinista che non fa più presa nelle nuove generazioni. La piazza allarma i vertici di Teheran perché è una piazza che non può essere eterodiretta o orientata, come in passato, contro l’Occidente e il “nemico sionista”. Tasto su cui, invece, continua a battere la Guida suprema dell’Iran, l’ayatollah Ali Khamenei, che incolpa Stati Uniti, Israele e alcuni paesi occidentali per le proteste in corso in Iraq e in Libano. Una retorica complottista che non fa più presa, non mobilita piazze alternative. E allora è meglio affidarsi a una repressione più pervasiva ed efficace: di massa e al tempo stesso selettiva. E allora ecco entrare in scena l’uomo forte del regime iraniano. Stando a quanto riferisce la Associated Press, il generale Soulimani, è volato a Baghdad dopo lo scoppio della seconda ondata di proteste nel paese, e ha presieduto un incontro con gli ufficiali di sicurezza iracheni durante il quale ha spiegato come il regime iraniano ha saputo domare le protestate. “In Iran sappiamo come affrontare le proteste – avrebbe affermato Soulimani – Cose di questo genere sono accadute in Iran e le abbiamo messe sotto controllo”. Un controllo che ha lasciato dietro di sé una lunga scia di sangue e carceri piene di oppositori.

Negli ultimi anni l’Iran è riuscito a ottenere grande influenza nella politica irachena, ma non solo. Le milizie sciite presenti nel Paese – legate aa Teheran e diventate ancora più potenti grazie alle vittorie militari contro l’Isis– hanno costruito una specie di impero economico: hanno preso il controllo dei progetti di ricostruzione postbellici e hanno sviluppato innumerevoli attività illecite. Le dimissioni del premier iracheno non sono solo il portato della rivolta popolare che dal primo giorno di ottobre si è scatenata in tutto il Paese per denunciare la carenza di posti di lavoro, la mancanza di servizi e la corruzione del governo.

Alla base c’è anche, e per certi versi soprattutto una resa dei conti nel variegato, e maggioritario, fronte sciita. All’indomani dell’uccisione di decine di manifestanti anti-governativi nel sud dell’Iraq, la massima autorità religiosa sciita irachena, il Grande Ayatollah Ali Sistani, aveva invitato il Parlamento iracheno a togliere la fiducia al governo del premier Mahdi, sostenuto da Iran e Stati Uniti, nell’ambito della crescente tensione politica e di sicurezza a Baghdad e nel sud sciita in rivolta. Nella predica settimanale, tenuta da un suo rappresentante, Ahmed al-Safi, durante la preghiera comunitaria islamica del venerdì nella città santa sciita di Kerbala, a sud di Baghdad, Sistani aveva chiesto al Parlamento di intervenire per cambiare l’equilibrio politico nel paese e ascoltare le pressanti richieste della popolazione del sud del Paese. “Il Parlamento, da cui il governo trae sostegno, deve rivedere la sua scelta riguardo all’esecutivo considerando gli interessi dell’Iraq”, ha detto Sistani, attraverso il suo portavoce. Per un premier già sfiduciato dalla piazza, è stata la mazzata finale. “Lo scontro è totale. Il clerico sciita Moqtada al-Sadr, leader della coalizione al-Sairoon (primo partito in Parlamento), già noto in Iraq per la sua capacità di smuovere le masse e guidare proteste e in questo momento il principale rivale dell’Iran nel Paese, aveva da tempo  invocato le dimissioni del primo ministro, e nuove elezioni sotto l’egida delle Nazioni Unite, dopo avere boicottato i lavori del Parlamento che erano stati indetti per sabato 5 ottobre col fine di discutere, fra le altre cose, un taglio degli stipendi dei funzionari a favore delle fasce più deboli e della disoccupazione.

Le dimissioni di Mahdi sono anche un ulteriore, pesante smacco per l’Iran, grande protettore dell’ormai ex premier. Ma una cosa è certa: per il regime iraniano, e in particolare per lo “Stato nello Stato” iraniano, quello rappresentato dai Guardiani della Rivoluzione, perdere il controllo dell’Iraq rappresenterebbe una disfatta insopportabile, anche per l’effetto domino che potrebbe avere in Siria, in Libano, nello Yemen. Soulimani aveva cercato di ricompattare il fronte sciita a sostegno di Mahdi: missione fallita, ma questo potrebbe aprire la strada ad una guerra civile, come in Siria, e come in Siria altri attori regionali, dalla Turchia all’Arabia Saudita, passando per l’Egitto e gli Emirati Arabi Uniti, entrerebbero in gioco. Oggi anche papa Francesco si è detto preoccupato dalla situazione in Iraq. “Seguo con preoccupazione la situazione in Iraq. Ho appreso con dolore che le manifestazioni di protesta dei giorni scorsi hanno ricevuto una dura reazione, che ha causato decine di vittime”, ha detto, “Prego per i defunti e per i feriti; sono vicino ai loro familiari e all’intero popolo iracheno, invocando da Dio pace e concordia”.



Europei 2020, l'Italia nel girone con Galles, Svizzera e Turchia. Mancini: "Non ci sentiamo favoriti"


Il sorteggio dei gironi delle fasi finali degli Europei 2020 sorride all’Italia di Roberto Mancini. Gli Azzurri scenderanno in campo all’Olimpico di Roma contro la Turchia per poi sfidare anche la Svizzera e il Galles. “Le squadre sono tutte competitive. siamo comunque alla fase finale. Certo poteva capitare anche la Francia, ma il nostro è un gruppo equilibrato. Noi stiamo facendo le cose per bene ma c’è da lavorare tanto e migliorare molto da qui all’inizio del torneo, ha detto il ct. Quanto alle previsioni non si sbilancia: “Siamo favoriti? Le partite sono da giocare, e le squadre che affrontiamo sono tutte competitive. Ci aiuta il fatto di giocare in Italia”.

 Le 12 città che ospiteranno la manifestazione sono: Copenaghen, Bucarest, Amsterdam, Dublino, Bilbao, Budapest, Glasgow, Baku, Roma, Monaco di Baviera, San Pietroburgo e Londra. La competizione si concluderà allo stadio Wembley di Londra con le 2 semifinali (in programma 7-8 luglio) e la finalissima il 12 luglio.

Ecco l’elenco completo dei gironi:

- Gruppo A (città ospitanti, Roma e Baku): Italia, Svizzera, Turchia, Galles;

- Gruppo B (San Pietroburgo e Copenaghen), Belgio, Russia, Danimarca, Finlandia;

- Gruppo C (Amsterdam e Bucarest): Ucraina, Olanda, Austria e la vincente degli spareggi del percorso ‘A’ (solo se Romania) o ‘D’ (Georgia, Macedonia del Nord, Kosovo, Bielorussia);

- Gruppo D (Londra e Glasgow): Inghilterra, Croazia, Repubblica Ceca e una proveniente dagli spareggi di marzo (Scozia, Norvegia, Serbia, Israele);

- Gruppo E (Bilbao e Dublino): Spagna, Polonia, Svezia, e una proveniente dagli spareggi di marzo (Bosnia, Slovacchia, Irlanda, Irlanda del Nord);

- Gruppo F (Monaco e Budapest): Germania, Francia, Portogallo e la vincente degli spareggi del percorso ‘A’ (Islanda, Bulgaria, Ungheria) o ‘D’ (Georgia, Macedonia del Nord, Kosovo, Bielorussia).


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Continue to… …because it’s coming,… …as planned by TPTB and as predicted… Dalio & Tudor Jones Warn: "We Will Kill Each Other" If Our Broken Economic System Isn't Fixed — zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 1, 2019 Ray Dalio: "we're near the end, in the late stages, of our reserve currency system" — zerohedge (@zerohedge) December ... Read more

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip


  A Palestinian teenager was shot dead on Friday by Israeli forces near the fence separating the besieged Gaza Strip from Israel, local media reported. Fahed al-Astal, 16, died after being shot with a bullet in the stomach during a protest in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, the enclave’s health ministry said. The Israeli army spokesman […]

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian near Gaza security fence


  Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Friday, Palestinian officials said, Reuters reports. Local residents said a few dozen Palestinians had approached the border fence, an area in which Israel’s military, citing security concerns, enforces a “no go” zone. Some in the crowd hurled […]

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Russia condemns Israeli air strikes in Syria


  Russia’s Ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, has stated that the Kremlin “condemns” Israel’s air strikes on Syria. Viktorov called the attacks a violation of international law. “In our contacts with Israeli colleagues,” the ambassador told Israel’s i24NEWS last night, “we are trying to persuade them to get rid of such behaviour because these military activities do […]

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EU stance in focus after US decision on Israeli settlements


  The recent United States announcement that it no longer believes the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is “inconsistent with international law” provoked an immediate response internationally, including in Brussels. Within hours of the US statement, European Union senior foreign affairs official Federica Mogherini issued a statement affirming that the EU’s position “is clear and […]

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Rafael Eitan (1929-2004)


Rafael "Raful" Eitan was an Israeli general, former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces and later a politician, a Knesset member and government minister. Born in Afula during the Mandate era, Eitan was raised in Moshav Tel Adashim, where he spent most of his life.



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Hindi Essay, Paragraph, Speech on “Bharat aur Israel Sambandh ”, ”भारत और इस्राइल सम्बन्ध” Complete Hindi Anuched for Class 8, 9, 10, Class 12 and Graduation Classes


भारत और इस्राइल सम्बन्ध Bharat aur Israel Sambandh  शीत युद्ध की समाप्ति के उपरान्त हमारे देश की राष्ट्रीय रूप से स्वीकृत विदेश नीति में भी परिवर्तन आया। भारत-इस्राइल राजनयिक सम्बन्धों की स्थापना को इनमें सस महत्त्वपूर्ण परिवर्तन माना जाता है। इन सम्बन्धों की पृष्ठभूमि 1991 में उस समय जब सयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ में अमेरिका की […]

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Lumenis transfers to new private equity owner in $1BN deal

Israel-headquartered medical laser firm set to become part of Baring Private Equity Asia.


기계 종류별 주요 수입국 현황 제품명 제품별 주요 수입국 Equipment for scrubbing-and-drying of bottles and other vessels Germany, Italy, Austria, Israel, Sweden Equipment for filling, closing... 판지상자장비, 종이컵, 밀봉라벨기계, 포장기계를작성견장을다는수축 여섯, 플라스틱... 설명했다...파우치로 교체하는 경우가 많아졌고, 파우치 포장의 종류와 쓰임새도 날이 갈수록 다양해지고 있어... 제품번호730021 기본사양 성능우수, 상세정보 참조 모델명 판매금액 가격협의 거래방식 제품분류식품·포장기계/물류·운반 > 파렛트/랙/앵글/사다리 상세분류 제조년 제조사홍진시스템 거래가능지역전체 가격... 입금 확인후 배송해 드립니다. 다만, 상품종류에 따라서 상품의 배송이 다소 지연될... 제품번호106393 기본사양고형류 모델명필로포장기, 사탕,빵종류 판매금액7,000,000원 제품분류식품.화학.포장.물류운반 > 포장기계 기타 년식 및 상태 2011년/상태양호 제조사대환포장기계 판매사 동일기계... > 식품관련포장기계 제조년월2011년00월 제조사대환포장기계 업체명동일기계 전화번호031-682-9537 담당자현진환... : 장비의 냉동 보존, 냉장 냉동고, 식품 안전성 테스트 장비, 냉장 운송 및 물류 장비의 종류 등... 시장 : 기계 종류별 시장 세분화 세계의 FFS(성형·충전·밀봉) 포장 기계 시장 세계의 라벨링 및 코딩... 인류에 기여하고 있다. 엔터팩 자동/수동 식품포장기계 특징 포장 크기에 따른 기기 선택 (EHQ-200, EHQ...모양에 맞게 필름절단, Punch 동시 작동 용기 종류에 따라 간편한 Heater Unit 교환방식 Tray구동의 2... 유럽과 미국 등 서구권은 버티컬 포장 방식이 각각 식품 포장기계 분야의 대세를 이루고 있다”고 설명했다...파우치로 교체하는 경우가 많아졌고, 파우치 포장의 종류와 쓰임새도 날이 갈수록 다양해지고 있어... 1 ~ 15 t, 사용자 정의<. 자동 스핀 테이블, 3-6 작업 역 선택할 수, 효율적으로 작업<. 유럽... nano200-평면 제품분류식품.화학.포장.물류운반 > 식품기계 기타 / 식품 관련자재 년식 및 상태 새제품...주문하신 상품은 입금 확인후 배송해 드립니다. 다만, 상품종류에 따라서 상품의 배송이 다소 지연될... [문의번호:13469] 삼면포장기 삽니다. : 식품.포장.물류.운반 - 식품관련포장기계 중고제품 피자빵종류 포장 구매문의 구매문의시 판매기업에 빠른 구매상담과 견적을 받을 수 있습니다. 삼면포장기 삽니다. 문의... 년식 및 상태 2011년/상태양호 제조사대환포장기계 판매사 동일기계... Development Council 방문객수 410,000여명 방문 입장권 전세계 1,200여 업체 참가... 가공기계 2012년 상하이 국제식품기계설비 전시회 참가비 부스종류 가격(달러/㎡) 비고... 되며, 건조시의 가스 투과성이 낮다 - 단점 : 방습성이 좋지 않고, 내산성, 내알칼리성이 낮고, 열접착성이... 모델명P00000ZF 제품분류식품.화학.포장.물류운반 > 자동포장기계 제조사삼무식품기계 판매사 삼무식품기계...포장기 입니다.- 제품의 종류가 무게에 따라 다양하게 포장가능합니다.- 팩을 강제로 벌린 상태에서... 형성, 기계적성, 투명성 등에 결점 (4) 셀로판 주성분 : 재생섬유소 - 장점 : 광택이 있고, 인쇄가 잘 되며, 건조시의 가스 투과성이 낮다 - 단점 : 방습성이 좋지 않고, 내산성, 내알칼리성이 낮고, 열접착성이... 1.0 12 벨기에 0.0 0.0 0.6 13 한국 0.8 1.5 0.6 자료 : 태국 상무부 ○ 식품포장기계는 종류에 따라 용기포장(HS Code 8422.30)과 기타포장(HS Code 8422.40)으로 나누어져 있음. 태국의 2010년 식품용기포장... > 파렛트/랙/앵글/사다리 상세분류 제조년 제조사홍진시스템 거래가능지역전체 가격... 고주파 식품 물집 자동 포장 기계 자동 포장 기계 특징: <. 고주파 용접 기계 기능 동기 녹는<. 절단 압력 제어 1 ~ 15 t, 사용자 정의<. 자동 스핀 테이블, 3-6 작업 역 선택할 수, 효율적으로 작업<. 유럽... 기타식품기계 제조사화신 기계(주방) 업체명책임공구기계장터 전화번호053-359-0945 담당자임진영 휴대폰***-****-**** 대구... 다양한 종류찜 약제찜 등 판매금액4,800,000원(가격협의) ( ) 제품분류식품 · 포장 > 기타식품기계 제조사화신 기계(주방) 업체명책임공구기계장터 전화번호053-359-0945 담당자임진영 휴대폰***-****-**** 대구... and other vessels Germany, Italy, Austria, Israel, Sweden Equipment for filling, closing... 제품(서비스) 경제지표 주요 시장 개요 Five Force 분석 제6장 기계 종류별 시장 구분 아시아태평양 지역의 식품 포장 기계 시장 : 기계 종류별 충전기 라벨링 및 코딩기 래핑기 제7장 용도별 시장 구분 아시아... 보통상점에서의 포장기계 수요가 급증할 것으로 예상되며 중소형 가금가축 도살... 영아식품 가공포장설비의 시장도 확대 추세이다. <도살 및 육류 가공포장기계> 가금가축도살기계, 육류가공...특히 대중도시의 보통상점에서의 포장기계 수요가 급증할 것으로 예상되며 중소형 가금가축 도살... 수입이 23%, 기타 2%임. ㅇ 이 중에서 특히 식품 포장 기계의 수요는 1억 5000만 달러 정도이며 약 90%를...있음. ㅇ 우크라이나의 국내 생산은 크게 두 종류로 구분될 수 있는데 종전 국영기업이었던 대규모... 6장 시장 기회 평가 다양한 종류의 식품 포장 기계에 관한 시장 기회 평가 제7장 세계의 식품 포장 기계 시장 : 기계 종류별 시장 세분화 세계의 FFS(성형·충전·밀봉) 포장 기계 시장 세계의 라벨링 및 코딩... 2 종류의 기계가 셋트로 구성되어있습니다. 1. 엘실러(L-sealer... 기계 시장 : 기계 종류별 충전기 라벨링 및 코딩기 래핑기 제7장 용도별 시장 구분 아시아... 생산업체는 2700개 이상임. 해당 품목의 종류도 3000개에 달함. ○ 완전경쟁시장에서... 기계, 환경 보호 기계, 실험실 장비 등 무게 4.포장 재료 및 제품 : 플라스틱 재료, 복합 재료, 종이 재료...장비 : 장비의 냉동 보존, 냉장 냉동고, 식품 안전성 테스트 장비, 냉장 운송 및 물류 장비의 종류 등... 그 중 가장 높은 비중을 차지하는, 연포장재를 사용하여 식품을 포장하는 포장기계를 중심으로 알아보도록 한다. 2. 포장기계의 분류 포장기계의 종류를 구분하는 것은 분류하는 방법에 따라 많은 차이가 있을 수... 어떤 종류의 당신이. B. 크기 제품의( 길이가, 폭과 높이). 2:엔지니어입니다 해외 제공 할 수? 예, 하지만...우리는 보내당신은 비디오를 자세한 내용 기계 설치 및 끝까지 당신을 돕기. 3. 당신은 공장 또는... 판매기업에 빠른 구매상담과 견적을 받을 수 있습니다. 삼면포장기 삽니다. 문의... 방식 제품분류식품·포장기계/물류·운반 > 식품관련포장기계 제조년 제조사삼원포장기계 거래가능지역전체...포장기를 판매합니다. 수축포장기는 2 종류의 기계가 셋트로 구성되어있습니다. 1. 엘실러(L-sealer... 식품포장기계는 종류에 따라 용기포장(HS Code 8422.30)과 기타포장(HS Code 8422.40)으로 나누어져 있음. 태국의 2010년 식품용기포장... 90%를...있음. ㅇ 우크라이나의 국내 생산은 크게 두 종류로 구분될 수 있는데 종전 국영기업이었던 대규모... 탐지장비, 진공프라이팬장비 4, 베이커리장비, 편의식품, 향신료, 가공장비, 문케이크건빵빵과자생산설비...펄프조형장비, 판지상자장비, 종이컵, 밀봉라벨기계, 포장기계를작성견장을다는수축 여섯, 플라스틱... 사양고형류 모델명필로포장기, 사탕,빵종류 판매금액7,000,000원 ( ) 제품분류식품 · 포장 > 식품관련포장기계 제조년월2011년00월 제조사대환포장기계 업체명동일기계 전화번호031-682-9537 담당자현진환... 보내당신은 비디오를 자세한 내용 기계 설치 및 끝까지 당신을 돕기. 3. 당신은 공장 또는... 무게에 따라 다양하게 포장가능합니다.- 팩을 강제로 벌린 상태에서... 포장, 액체포장, 약품포장기계 · 금속포장, 화장품포장, 플라스틱포장기계, 식품 포장재료 · 플라스틱...설비, 유제품 가공기계 2012년 상하이 국제식품기계설비 전시회 참가비 부스종류 가격(달러/㎡) 비고... 중국 식품포장기계시장은 완전경쟁시장 - 중국 OFweek닷컴에 의하면 현재 식품 및 포장기계산업 종사자는...넘어섰고, 생산업체는 2700개 이상임. 해당 품목의 종류도 3000개에 달함. ○ 완전경쟁시장에서... 필름절단, Punch 동시 작동 용기 종류에 따라 간편한 Heater Unit 교환방식 Tray구동의 2... 식품기계/주방/포장 전시기간 지명도 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Hong Kong Trade Development Council 방문객수 410,000여명 방문 입장권 전세계 1,200여 업체 참가... 포장기계의 분류 포장기계의 종류를 구분하는 것은 분류하는 방법에 따라 많은 차이가 있을 수...

33 Domingo Ordinario CRISTO REY


por Pablo Garrido Sánchez

Malaquías 3,19,20  //  Salmo 97  //  2Tesalonicenses 3,7-12  //  Lucas 21,5-19


Malaquías da nombre a uno de los profetas menores, que con toda probabilidad desarrolla su ministerio en la segunda mitad del cuatrocientos (a.C.). … Malaquías levanta la voz frente a la manera fraudulenta de presentar los sacrificios en el Templo, y echa en cara lo defectuoso de las ofrendas, que indicaban el poco aprecio por DIOS. …

Alrededor del Día de YAHVEH va el profeta enhebrando las acciones fruto del Amor y la Justicia de DIOS, y los versículos de la primera lectura lo reflejan: “He aquí que viene el Día abrasador como un horno. …”  (Cf. Mal 3,19-20).  Como las aguas del Mar Rojo fueron  motivo de liberación para Israel y sepultura para las tropas del Faraón, así el Día de YAHVEH en una misma acción es salvación para los justos y perdición para los que se rebelan contra el Amor de DIOS. Pero antes de producirse esta acción poderosa de YAHVEH, dice el profeta Malaquías, el SEÑOR enviará  al profeta Elías con el fin de volver los corazones de los hijos hacia los padres (Cf. Mal 3,23). La misión de Elías, que JESÚS identifica con Juan el Bautista (Cf. Mt 11,14), es la de recordar al Pueblo la Ley santa dada por DIOS a Moisés, ... La Ley es el pedagogo (Cf. Gal 3,24), y la mayoría de edad llegará cuando aparezca JESUCRISTO, anunciado por el propio profeta Malaquías al comienzo de este capítulo: “He aquí, que YO envío a mi Mensajero a allanar el camino delante de MÍ, y en seguida vendrá a su Templo el SEÑOR que vosotros buscáis, y el Ángel de la Alianza, que vosotros deseáis.  …JESÚS de Nazaret no es un Ángel como entendemos la condición angélica del Ángel Gabriel o Rafael; pero el profeta acierta cuando se refiere al SEÑOR manifestado en el Día de YAHVEH como el ENVIADO, que es uno de los títulos que el propio JESÚS se atribuye a sí mismo. ... De nuevo sorprende la unidad y armonía en toda la constelación de datos ofrecidos por el antiguo Testamento y el Nuevo Testamento; y se pone de manifiesto la acción del ESPÍRITU SANTO, que ciertamente “habló también por los profetas”, como recitamos en el Credo niceno, ... Esta unidad argumental es un hallazgo, y no aparece a la primera de cambio, pero la acción desveladora de la búsqueda ofrece al devoto de la Palabra una sólida confirmación en su Fe. …

Hacia el final

… En la concepción cristiana de las cosas, la cuestión “del fin” varía en cuanto que la existencia es más amplia que los límites que señalan el tiempo cronológico y el espacio geométrico; …. La humanización personal y social tiende hacia el futuro como signo de la finalización, que es sinónimo de perfeccionamiento. …es decir, estamos siempre en el camino hacia lo mejor, más perfecto y acabado. Se intuye, entonces, que la finalización está más allá del orden dado o del mundo presente; y es preciso dar un salto, …fuera del azar de las cosas. …Paradójicamente, nos sentimos con capacidad de albergar la acción del ETERNO. En esta vida necesitamos algo de DIOS, porque todo DIOS ahora nos destruiría. Su advenimiento, por otra parte debe ser continuo, aunque en la cantidad soportable. …Dice san Pablo: “corro hacia la meta para alcanzar a CRISTO; no es que lo haya alcanzado, sino que yo he sido alcanzado por ÉL”  (Cf. Flp 3,12). “Alcanzados por CRISTO”, entonces es posible trascender este mundo, ...
... El presente y el futuro de los acontecimientos señalados en los relatos apocalípticos obligan a una flexibilidad en la mirada de Fe del creyente. A dos mil años de haberse escrito estos textos, nos encontramos con una perspectiva más ajustada para leer y afrontar este contenido apocalíptico de un gran valor profético. En realidad, todas las imágenes dadas en los textos de la Escritura bajo el género apocalíptico nos hablan del presente: “No pasará esta generación, antes que todo esto suceda” (Cf. Lc 21,32). ... Por encima de los acontecimientos que tienen lugar, JESUCRISTO es SEÑOR de la Historia, porque saldó con su sangre la deuda de todos los hombres de todos los tiempos; y para el hombre de Fe, este hecho cae fuera de cualquier tipo de especulación.

Lucas 21,5-19

”Algunos le refirieron a JESÚS la grandeza del Templo por la calidad de sus piedras y de las ofrendas votivas. Y ÉL les respondió: Esto que veis llegará un día que no quedará piedra sobre piedra, que no sea derruida” (Cf. Lc 21,5-7). La grandeza humana, aunque tenga contenidos religiosos, es un puro espejismo. Todo, aquí, es transitorio; pero con más certidumbre cuando lo humano se fundamenta en la prepotencia; entonces se puede aplicar lo del sabio que afirma, “vanidad de vanidades, todo es vanidad” (Cf. Qlt 12,8). Las cosas son distintas cuando se construye algo humano sobre el cimiento que es JESUCRISTO: “La gloria de mi PADRE está en que deis mucho fruto, y vuestro fruto dure” (Cf. Jn 15,8). ... Pero la mayor gloria del segundo Templo estaba en la presencia en él del propio JESUCRISTO, el ENVIADO del PADRE. La presencia de JESÚS en el Templo, su enseñanza y predicación acompañada de los signos, prodigios y milagros, deberían  despertar la conciencia de aquellos dirigentes y fieles  …El rechazo no impidió que los planes de DIOS se llevasen a término por la vía del sacrificio en la línea del Siervo de YAHVEH.  

“Le preguntaron: MAESTRO, ¿cuándo sucederá eso? y, ¿cuál será la señal que indique que todo eso está para ocurrir? JESÚS les contestó: Mirad, no os dejéis engañar, porque vendrán muchos usurpando mi nombre, diciendo, YO SOY, o bien: el momento está cerca” (Cf. Lc 21,7-9). Para los discípulos, como para nosotros, la pregunta sobre “el cuándo” tiene que ver con la cronología, con una fecha determinada.; sin embargo, JESÚS, lo que aporta son datos a modo de signos, y en este caso uno que se ha repetido a lo largo de todos siglos de Cristianismo: los falsos mesías y la inminencia de los tiempos, en el que aparece cada uno de los presunto salvadores, guías o líderes sociales. Unos versículos más adelante, JESÚS afirma, “no pasará esta generación, sin que todo esto suceda” (Cf. Lc 21,32). Después de veintiún siglos entendemos mejor lo que JESÚS quería decir con el término “generación”. …JESÚS no ofrece fechas exactas, sino que deja el escenario abierto para que cada persona y generación hagan el adecuado ejercicio de discernimiento. .., JESÚS advierte, que nadie puede atribuirse el YO SOY salvo ÉL mismo, y el tiempo de la manifestación del YO SOY tuvo un comienzo en tierras palestinas hace veinte siglos: “el tiempo se ha cumplido, está cerca el Reino de DIOS; convertíos y creed en el Evangelio”  (Cf. Mc 1,15). …La contestación de JESÚS por el final del segundo Templo incluye la respuesta sobre su propia manifestación final, que se está produciendo en la acción del ESPÍRITU SANTO. Cada época vivirá la demolición de los templos de piedra y verá resurgir el templo del ESPÍRITU SANTO en muchas personas (Cf. Jn 2,19; 1Cor 6,19)
“Cuando oigáis hablar de guerras y revoluciones no os aterréis, porque es necesario que sucedan estas cosas, pero el fin no es inmediato. Se levantará nación contra nación y reino contra reino…” (Cf. Lc 21,9). Cualquier guerra acarrea una sensación de término,  …La reacción en las guerras actuales va más allá de la proporcionalidad y se entiende que el resultado debe ser lo más parecido a un panorama de tierra quemada y arrasada.  …Estas personas están viviendo su propio Apocalipsis en la fase de catástrofe y ruina, porque en determinado momento, la salvación no se  vislumbra  por ninguna parte.  Pero dice JESÚS, “esto, todavía, no es el fin” (Cf. Lc 21,9). La pregunta sigue siendo, ¿existe alguna época carente de guerras y conflictos internacionales? Y el fin parece difuso, y para muchos aún lejano; pues a la humanidad en general le quedarían muchas etapas  por cubrir y madurar.

“Habrá terremotos, hambre y peste. Habrá cosas espantosas y grandes señales en el cielo” (Cf. Lc 21,11). En el catálogo de desgracias vividas por la humanidad a lo largo de los siglos entran en primer término las guerras, las enfermedades o pestes, las hambrunas y las catástrofes naturales. ... Pero todas estas calamidades no constituyen el final de la humanidad, ni provocan por sí mismas la Venida del SEÑOR de forma general. …

“Antes de nada, os echarán mano y os perseguirán, entregándoos a las sinagogas y cárceles, y llevándoos ante reyes y gobernadores por mi NOMBRE” (Cf. Lc 21,12). La persecución por JESUCRISTO y su Evangelio, por tanto, se convierten en un signo capital de su advenimiento, que tiene una fecha indeterminada; pero el hecho mismo de evangelizar y proclamar el “misterio escondido en DIOS desde siempre” (Cf. Ef 3,9), tiene un efecto transformador, y produce reacciones de calado radical: la expulsión de las sinagogas o el ajusticiamiento y la cárcel por anunciar a JESUCRISTO. …. El Evangelio interpela a las propias  iglesias cristianas, hasta el punto de convertirse en instrumento de juicio de unas sobre otras. Este hecho generado a través de los siglos, ha restado eficacia y profetismo a la Palabra, que lleva el principio de la unidad en su misma raíz. El escándalo de la fragmentación lleva consigo la incapacidad para hacer brillar la verdad de JESUCRISTO ante el mundo.  …El avance del Evangelio dentro de la sociedad moderna es lento y penoso en el mejor de los casos, pues sigue produciéndose un abandono dentro de las filas cristianas a terreno de nadie, que es el mismo ateísmo: “Si la sal se vuelve sosa, con qué se salará” (Cf. Mt 5,13). …

“No preparéis vuestra defensa, pues YO mismo os daré una elocuencia, que no podrán resistir vuestros adversarios” (Cf. Lc 21,15). …el testigo encarna el valor de la verdad y se hace convincente por la fuerza del ESPÍRITU SANTO con la que es asistido. ... La paz interior del testigo se manifiesta en el perdón otorgado a sus verdugos, y hace fiable el Mensaje.

“Ni un solo cabello de vuestra cabeza perecerá. Con vuestra perseverancia, salvaréis vuestras almas” (Cf. Lc 21,18-19). El testigo del Evangelio no está privado del silencio de DIOS;  …lo mismo que el MAESTRO sintió el abismo por un lapso de tiempo indeterminado entre el PADRE y su condición de crucificado: “DIOS mío, DIOS mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?” (Cf. Mc 15,34). ... Cuántas vidas de cristianos quedan ocultas a la mirada de los demás en la rutina de lo cotidiano; sin embargo para DIOS todos sus ocultos momentos están presentes.: “Con vuestra perseverancia salvaréis vuestras almas” (Cf. Lc 21,19). Nos dice la segunda carta de Pedro: “Poner todo vuestro empeño en añadir a vuestra Fe la virtud, a la virtud el conocimiento, al conocimiento la templanza, a la templanza la tenacidad, a la tenacidad la piedad, a la piedad el amor fraterno, y el amor fraterno la Caridad” (Cf. 2Pe 1,5-7).

A los tesalonicenses

 “Que el SEÑOR guíe vuestros corazones hacia la  Caridad de DIOS,  y la tenacidad de CRISTO” (Cf. 2Tes 3, 5). El camino cristiano está  dentro de las reglas que rigen el comportamiento humano en sus líneas generales.  …. El futuro, en este mundo, lo escribimos con la ayuda de DIOS, y a pesar de nuestros errores y pecados, “porque  si somos infieles, ÉL permanece fiel” (Cf.2Tm 2,13). La tenacidad de CRISTO es su eterna fidelidad a su promesa de salvación para todos los hombres.

San Pablo concluye esta carta recordando algo que los de Tesalónica sabían,  …el apóstol se había mantenido entre ellos por su propio trabajo, y les pedía que tomasen ejemplo …, pues algunos, víctimas de espiritualismos ilusorios “vivían sin trabajar, muy ocupados en no hacer nada, y metiéndose en todo” (Cf. 2Tes 3,11). ... Este modo ejemplar de proceder lo acreditaba ante  los suyos, pues comprobaban que el motivo de su predicación estaba alejado de intereses personales: “Lo que gratis habéis recibido, dadlo gratis” (Cf. Mt 10,8). No es que el apóstol se opusiese a la posibilidad de ser compensado y asistido por la tarea evangelizadora, pero en su caso había optado por esa forma de estar con aquellas comunidades.


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Measuring the third dimension

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Greg Blackman looks at the latest techniques to capture and analyse 3D image data

Surface-based matching in Halcon, from MVTec Software

The 3D imaging market is set to be transformed by investment pumped into the automotive and consumer sectors. Last year, in this magazine, Yole Développement’s Dr Guillaume Girardin said those markets will push 3D sensing beyond $18bn by 2023.

Automotive is going through a self-driving revolution, which needs a lot of sensing capabilities. One is lidar, or light detection and ranging. There are many variations in the technology – differences in the laser wavelength that is pulsed out, the signal returning from which gives a map of the environment; differences in the method used to scan the laser light; and other intricacies. Bill Gates is funding a lidar startup, Lumotive, with beam steering technology based on metasurfaces; BMW has signed an agreement with Israeli firm Innoviz for its solid-state lidar; while Outsight, at the recent Autosens conference in Brussels, introduced a 3D camera that combines lidar with hyperspectral analysis.

In the consumer market, Apple’s iPhone X, along with phones from Xiaomi, Huawei and others, have 3D sensing technology for face recognition.

All this investment in 3D sensing bodes well for industrial imaging, as technology developed for larger markets, like consumer, trickles down to the niche machine vision sector. Sony, for instance, is developing time-of-flight (ToF) sensing technology for applications such as gesture control in cars or mobile devices. It now offers its DepthSense ToF sensor that combines CMOS with SoftKinetic’s ToF technology, which Sony bought in 2015. The DepthSense sensor is already used in industrial cameras like Lucid Vision Labs’ Helios camera and Basler’s Blaze 3D camera. Helios delivers 640 x 480-pixel depth resolution at a 6m working distance, with four 850nm VCSEL laser diodes.

ToF, which operates on a similar principle to lidar but without scanning the laser beam, has its place among industrial 3D solutions. The technique does not offer very precise depth data, but it is sufficient for applications in logistics, for example, to give the dimensions of boxes. Other 3D imaging methods include: structured light, like systems provided by Isra Vision; stereovision, such as the technology from Scorpion Vision or the new Visionary S stereo camera from Sick; and triangulation, like that from LMI Technologies. All have benefits and flaws, and applications for which they work well.

Slovakian firm Photoneo won the 2018 Vision Award, presented at the Vision show in Stuttgart, for its parallel structured light technology, which can capture around half a million 3D points at 20fps. Each sub-pixel in Photoneo’s sensor can be controlled by a unique modulation signal. The camera uses structured light, but transfers individual coded light patterns to the sub-pixels in the sensor, where they are sampled at one point in time. This means the camera projects one pattern and captures one image but can get multiple virtual images from it, each illuminated by a different light pattern. It is also possible to switch the sensor into a sequential mode and get the full 2-megapixel resolution with metrology-grade quality. It means the technology gives the high resolution and accuracy of structured light, but can also capture objects in motion.

Software solutions

There are many ways to analyse 3D data, although the recommendation from Luzia Beisiegel, product owner of the Halcon library at MVTec Software, is to do as much as possible in the 2D space, ‘because it is simpler, more intuitive and faster’, she said.

Each 3D application starts with a pre-processing step, to remove unnecessary information, such as outliers from the point cloud. Beisiegel explained that this is normally based on a standard blob analysis applied on the z-mapping, which she said is much more intuitive and faster than doing the same operations in the 3D space on non-ordered point clouds.

The latest version of Halcon, 19.11, includes a function called Generic Box Finder, which allows the user to find boxes of different sizes in a predefined range of height, width, and depth, based on point cloud information. It addresses applications that have to handle boxes of different, unknown sizes, such as in logistics and pharmaceutical industries.

‘The requirement for using the Generic Box Finder is that point clouds are ordered,’ said Beisiegel. ‘This means that 3D point cloud 
co-ordinates can be mapped onto 2D image co-ordinates. The resulting images are called xyz-mappings and can be attached as attributes, for instance, to the point cloud format om3d.’

Most of the relevant 3D operators in Halcon have a mapping mode integrated, such as the Sample Object Model 3D operator. This mode is around five times faster than working in the 3D space on non-ordered point clouds, said Beisiegel. 

‘On Windows systems, it is difficult to reach real-time 3D image processing,’ she added. ‘However, we are always working on improving the speed of our operators, including our 3D operators. We do this by using ordered point clouds, and we have already most of these modes integrated in Halcon.’

A 3D application, where the height image has encoded in its grey-values the 
z co-ordinate mapped onto 2D co-ordinates, can be processed on embedded hardware. There are a lot of 3D applications that can be solved in this way, according to Beisiegel – reading embossed text and numbers, detecting surface defects, or measuring heights; all those applications can be solved without needing a lot of memory or a powerful CPU, because it is based on 2D information. Point-cloud processing, on the other hand, requires a lot more memory, because there is more information to be processed.

Standard 3D applications in industrial automation – such as in the assembly sector – include 3D measurement, bin picking and surface comparison. In some cases, especially for more robust bin picking, the shape of the part is known in the form of a CAD model.

Other markets include logistics and agriculture, both of which generally don’t have major requirements in terms of accuracy, but here the major challenge is handling objects of unknown shapes and sizes.

There are also pick-and-place applications where the shape is only partially known. A 3D surface is described by 3D point co-ordinates and normal directions. Based on those two attributes, a point cloud can be segmented according to different features, such as difference of neighbouring normals, curvature feature, or the area of the surface (the number of points). In Halcon it is possible to segment objects based on normal directions or other surface information.

Other software packages, such as those from Matrox Imaging or Stemmer Imaging’s Common Vision Blox, all have comprehensive libraries for working with 3D data. New in Sherlock 7 vision software, from Teledyne Dalsa, is a tool called Shape Extraction, which extracts raised or indented features, such as embossed characters or stamped and engraved markings.

Beisiegel, at MVTec, said the firm is trying to make its 3D tools as simple as possible for the user. This is the focus of the Generic Box Finder, for instance – it has a simple interface where the user enters intuitive parameters, while other, more complex parameters run in the background as a default.

‘For noisy point clouds it can be difficult to estimate default parameters,’ noted Beisiegel. Noise can be from reflective materials, or not enough texture available on the surface for a stereovision sensor without a pattern projector, for example. In such cases the image processing library needs to process those noisy point clouds. ‘Automation of processes is one of the focuses of our algorithms,’ she said.

‘Imaging boxes of unknown size is challenging,’ Beisiegel added, in relation to Halcon’s Generic Box Finder. Boxes are 3D objects, but if viewed from above they can be seen as a 2D plane. Another challenge is that when boxes are close together, the edges are not clear. ‘There are a lot of challenges that still need to be solved in this application,’ she concluded.

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NO SURRENDER: Imprisoned in a Nazi POW Camp, a Christian Soldier says, “We Are All Jews Here.”


Roddie Edmonds

Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds’ is recognized by Yad Vashem as the only American soldier to receive the honor of “Righteous Among the Nations” for his heroism in World War II. Like German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dutch citizen Corrie ten Boom during World War II, his story of courage in a newly released book NO SURRENDER is destined to become a classic.

Sgt. Edmonds’ remarkable story lay untold for decades in his frayed diary tucked away in a cigar box. That is, until his granddaughter used the true story for her college history project. Years later, his son, Rev. Chris Edmonds was compelled to track down any still-living Jewish soldiers his Dad saved; a legacy far bigger than he imagined. A series of “divine coincidences” shapes NO SURRENDER, a newly released Harper One book by Chris Edmonds and Douglas Century. Each page is gripping; woven together with bravery, humility, and a message for today.

The Battle of the Bulge sets the stage where Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds stepped into history 74 years ago.  He and his men in the 106th Infantry, 422nd Regiment – the Golden Lions – found themselves in the Ardennes Forest only nine days after they arrived in France in late 1944. A miscommunication between commanders on a faulty phone line turned into one of the worst intelligence disasters in World War II. Seventy-five hundred Americans were forced to surrender to the Nazis. With seven Panzer divisions and surrounded by 13 German infantry divisions, American bravery was plentiful but big weapons were scarce.

Reading NO SURRENDER came closer to marching me straight into the Ardennes Forest in World War II history as any book I have ever read. Vicariously connecting with the horror, I heard the clattering treads of German tanks. I lost feeling in my feet walking through the December 1944 snows, one of the coldest and wettest winters on record. I agonized looking into the shattered faces of dead American soldiers. In a delirium of exhaustion, I wondered if I would fall dead in the middle of a forced march. I smelled uniforms worn for months coated in mud and excrement. Then reading about the capture and imprisonment of the Golden Lions in Nazi POW camps, Stalag IX-A, and IX-B, I discovered the valor of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds and “his boys.”  Like most of The Greatest Generation, Edmonds returned home unwilling to talk about it. When family and friends asked about the war, he would only comment, “We were humiliated.”

Years passed. Chris Edmonds, Senior Pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Maryville, Tennessee was a family man, a father and grandfather, a busy pastor, and ran a charity which helped teenagers. Although his Dad had passed away in 1985, his interest about his Dad’s service later took center stage. Chris explains the unexpected turn-around in his own life. “One evening my wife Regina and I watched a TV news program where we learned that nearly 300 World War II veterans died every day. I was shocked.” His Dad’s diary quickly filled his thoughts. That night the pastor sat at his computer and googled his Dad’s name, “Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds.” A tiny one-off fact in a New York Times article from the 1970s caught his attention. Chris prayed right there sitting at his computer. “Lord, your timing is always perfect. Please lead me.”

“My Dad was a leader who wouldn’t ask his men to do anything he wouldn’t do,” Chris Edmonds

Chris’ detective work later resulted in a trip to New York City where Lester Tanner, one of “Roddie’s boys,” warmly welcomed Chris and his wife Regina to the Harvard Club. “When we started talking, I was shocked to learn that not only did my Dad save Lester Tanner’s life, but he saved other men as well!”  The first meeting with Lester opened more relationships, and more stories of men on Roddie’s list; among them Paul Stern, Sydney “Skip” Friedman, and Sonny Fox. Chris said, “My dad’s story was becoming my story too.”

Over the months Chris followed the leads and learned about the defiance against evil in Stalag IXA and IXB. One story stood out. On January 27, 1945 – an ice-cold morning with hundreds of prisoners lined up outside – Nazi Major Siegmann ordered Edmonds to identify all Jews in his command. Every man knew it would mean death for the American Jewish soldiers. Master Sergeant Edmonds had ordered his men the night before not to surrender any of the aptly named “Golden Lions.”

At the risk of his life, the Tennessee-born Christian soldier uttered these words to Siegmann in a firm, strong voice. “We are all Jews here.”

These heroic comments changed not only the personal history of the Jewish soldiers but the lives of more than a thousand non-Jews under his command. Eventually liberated, they arrived back in the USA on April 28th, 1945. Roddie had jotted in his diary, “I’m just a little guy but war isn’t right. Lives upon lives are lost. People forget God more and more. It seems as if someone should get wise…and let God be our commander.”

“I know that my father was willing to die to save Jewish men under his command because he believed a Jewish man, Jesus Christ had died to save him.” Rev. Chris Edmonds

Having already spoken throughout the United States and Europe in Jewish and Christian settings, Chris is  completing an extensive book signing schedule for NO SURRENDER, giving media interviews, and adding many more speaking engagements for Jewish and Christian audiences. A documentary film entitled “Footsteps of my Father” created by The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous has also been nominated for many awards.

Chris has established the Roddie Edmonds Foundation and Roddie’s Code LLC: Choose goodness, Oppose hate, Dignify life, and Express love to all.  “I think Dad would be surprised at the recognition he’s receiving since he would say he was ‘just doing his job.’ “

Chris is also pursuing in the U.S. Congress a Medal of Honor for his Dad. “I want the Jewish community to know that my Dad’s actions in World War II mean something today as they face more hatred again all over the world. And I want to inspire others, people like my dad, like me, ordinary people, Christians who care about our Jewish friends. You don’t have to be perfect to do something extraordinary.”

Master Sergeant Edmonds’ message, “We are all Jews here,” is one that is significant today. While Nazi POW prisons and concentration camps are relics of evil, the Nazi ideology of hatred is resurrecting the hatreds that “Never Again” wanted to quell. Spreading far beyond the past, the hatreds are infecting worldwide news, college campuses, textbooks, governments, and social media.

I predict NO SURRENDER will become a classic story of heroism.

I pray that “We are all Jews Here” is on our lips and in our actions to confront the world’s oldest hatred.

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Arlene Bridges SamuelsArlene Bridges Samuels is a Pro Israel Christian Advocate and author at The Blogs-Times of Israel.


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Lecturas de hoy Domingo 1º de Adviento - Ciclo A
Hoy, domingo, 1 de diciembre de 2019

Primera lectura
Lectura del Profeta Isaías 2,1-5.

VISIÓN de Isaías, hijo de Amós, acerca de Judá y de Jerusalén.
En los días futuros estará firme
el monte de la casa del Señor,
en la cumbre de las montañas,
más elevado que las colinas.
Hacia él confluirán todas las naciones,
caminarán pueblos numerosos y dirán:
«Venid, subamos al monte del Señor,
a la casa del Dios de Jacob.
Él nos instruirá en sus caminos
y marcharemos por sus sendas;
porque de Sión saldrá la ley,
la palabra del Señor de Jerusalén».
Juzgará entre las naciones,
será árbitro de pueblos numerosos.
De las espadas forjarán arados,
de las lanzas, podaderas.
No alzará la espada pueblo contra pueblo,
no se adiestrarán para la guerra.
Casa de Jacob, venid;
caminemos a la luz del Señor.

Palabra de Dios

Sal 121, 1-2. 3-4a. 4b-5. 6-7. 8-9

R/. Vamos alegres a la casa del Señor.

V/. ¡Qué alegría cuando me dijeron:
«Vamos a la casa del Señor»!
Ya están pisando nuestros pies
tus umbrales, Jerusalén. R/.

V/. Allá suben las tribus,
las tribus del Señor,
según la costumbre de Israel,
a celebrar el nombre del Señor;
en ella están los tribunales de justicia,
en el palacio de David. R/.

V/. Desead la paz a Jerusalén:
«Vivan seguros los que te aman,
haya paz dentro de tus muros,
seguridad en tus palacios». R/.

V/. Por mis hermanos y compañeros,
voy a decir: «La paz contigo».
Por la casa del Señor,
nuestro Dios, te deseo todo bien. R/.

Segunda lectura
Lectura de la carta del Apóstol San Pablo a los Romanos 13,11-14.

Comportaos reconociendo el momento en que vivís, pues ya es hora de despertaros del sueño, porque ahora la salvación está más cerca de nosotros que cuando abrazamos la fe. La noche está avanzada, el día está cerca: dejemos, pues, las obras de las tinieblas y pongámonos las armas de la luz.
Andemos como en pleno día, con dignidad. Nada de comilonas y borracheras, nada de lujuria y desenfreno, nada de riñas y envidias. Revestíos más bien del Señor Jesucristo.

Palabra de Dios

Evangelio de hoy
Lectura del santo Evangelio según San Mateo 24,37-44.

EN aquel tiempo, dijo Jesús a sus discípulos:
«Cuando venga el Hijo del hombre, pasará como en tiempo de Noé.
En los días antes del diluvio, la gente comía y bebía, se casaban los hombres y las mujeres tomaban esposo, hasta el día en que Noé entró en el arca; y cuando menos lo esperaban llegó el diluvio y se los llevó a todos; lo mismo sucederá cuando venga el Hijo del hombre: dos hombres estarán en el campo, a uno se lo llevarán y a otro lo dejarán; dos mujeres estarán moliendo, a una se la llevarán y a otra la dejarán.
Por tanto, estad en vela, porque no sabéis qué día vendrá vuestro Señor.
Comprended que si supiera el dueño de casa a qué hora de la noche viene el ladrón, estaría en vela y no dejaría que abrieran un boquete en su casa.
Por eso, estad también vosotros preparados, porque a la hora que menos penséis viene el Hijo del hombre».

Palabra del Señor

Comentario al Evangelio de hoy domingo, 1 de diciembre de 2019
Fernando Torres cmf

¡Estad preparados!

      Hay personas que viven toda la vida en el mismo lugar, en la misma ciudad. A veces ni siquiera salen del barrio. Dicen de un filósofo alemán que durante muchísimos años los vecinos ponían los relojes en hora cuando lo veían salir de su casa a dar su paseo de todas las tardes. No es así la vida del cristiano. Nosotros sabemos que estamos de paso. Hemos puesto nuestras tiendas aquí por un momento pero llegará otro momento en el que tendremos que partir. ¿Cuándo? Cuando venga el Señor. Y, ¿cuándo va a ser eso? Pues no lo sabemos. Pero sabemos que debemos estar siempre preparados porque en cualquier momento llegará el Señor a nuestras vidas. Justo entonces debemos saber acogerle y seguirle a donde nos invite a ir. Este es el significado del Adviento que hoy comenzamos. Nos preparamos para celebrar la venida del Señor en la Navidad, pero también nos preparamos para la otra venida, la futura, la definitiva, la que no nos podemos perder porque perderíamos la oportunidad de nuestra vida. 

      El Evangelio nos dice que la venida del Señor romperá todas las actividades habituales, aquello en lo que se nos van ordinariamente los días. Se dejará de hacer pan, de cultivar los campos, de ir al trabajo, de casarse. Porque ese día empezará algo radicalmente nuevo. Algo tan nuevo que es posible que sigamos haciendo pan y cultivando los campos y yendo al trabajo, pero todo tendrá un sentido nuevo y diferente porque el Señor estará en medio de nosotros. Su presencia curará nuestras heridas y hará que la justicia y la paz reinen entre las personas y los pueblos. Su presencia hará que nuestra vida sea diferente. Por eso, hay que estar atentos. No podemos dejar que la presencia del Señor nos encuentre despistados o sin preparar adecuadamente. 

      Es tiempo de hacer caso a lo que nos dice san Pablo en la carta a los Romanos. Ya es hora de despertarse porque la salvación está cerca. No sabemos cómo, dónde ni cuándo vendrá Jesús, pero sí sabemos que tenemos que estar preparados. Y para estar preparados, él nos da los mejores consejos: vamos a dejar de lado las obras de la oscuridad, las veces en que nos dejamos llevar por la envidia, la codicia y el desamor. Vamos a vivir como si Jesús ya estuviera aquí, que no hay mejor forma de estar preparados. Se trata de vivir a la luz del Evangelio, dejándonos llevar por el amor de Dios que cuida de sus hijos, de su familia, de nosotros. Volvamos los ojos hacia aquellos con los que vivimos. Con ellos, nunca sin ellos ni contra ellos, es como construiremos la solidaridad y la justicia que harán que nuestro Señor nos encuentre preparados cuando llegue. 

Para la reflexión

      Si el Señor llegase hoy a mi casa, ¿estoy ya preparado para su venida? ¿Qué cosas tendría que quitar de mi vida? ¿Qué cosas tendría que mejorar en mi vida? ¿Que habría que hacer en mi vida de familia, en mi relación con los amigos y en el trabajo? ¿Hay ahí cosas que cambiar o mejorar?




Lecturas de hoy Viernes de la 34ª semana del Tiempo Ordinario
Hoy, viernes, 29 de noviembre de 2019

Primera lectura
Lectura de la profecía de Daniel (7,2-14):

Yo, Daniel, tuve una visión nocturna: los cuatro vientos del cielo agitaban el océano. Cuatro fieras gigantescas salieron del mar, las cuatro distintas. La primera era como un león con alas de águila; mientras yo miraba, le arrancaron las alas, la alzaron del suelo, la pusieron de pie como un hombre y le dieron mente humana. La segunda era como un oso medio erguido, con tres costillas en la boca, entre los dientes.
Le dijeron: «¡Arriba! Come carne en abundancia.»
Después vi otra fiera como un leopardo, con cuatro alas de ave en el lomo y cuatro cabezas. Y le dieron el poder. Después tuve otra visión nocturna: una cuarta fiera, terrible, espantosa, fortísima; tenía grandes dientes de hierro, con los que comía y descuartizaba, y las sobras las pateaba con las pezuñas. Era diversa de las fieras anteriores, porque tenía diez cuernos. Miré atentamente los cuernos y vi que entre ellos salía otro cuerno pequeño; para hacerle sitio, arrancaron tres de los cuernos precedentes. Aquel cuerno tenía ojos humanos y una boca que profería insolencias. Durante la visión, vi que colocaban unos tronos, y un anciano se sentó; su vestido era blanco como nieve, su cabellera como lana limpísima; su trono, llamas de fuego; sus ruedas, llamaradas. Un río impetuoso de fuego brotaba delante de él. Miles y miles le servían, millones estaban a sus órdenes. Comenzó la sesión y se abrieron los libros. Yo seguía mirando, atraído por las insolencias que profería aquel cuerno; hasta que mataron a la fiera, la descuartizaron y la echaron al fuego. A las otras fieras les quitaron el poder, dejándolas vivas una temporada. Mientras miraba, en la visión nocturna vi venir en las nubes del cielo como un hijo de hombre, que se acercó al anciano y se presentó ante él. Le dieron poder real y dominio; todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas lo respetarán. Su dominio es eterno y no pasa, su reino no tendrá fin.

Palabra de Dios

Dn 3,

R/. Ensalzadlo con himnos por los siglos

Montes y cumbres,
bendecid al Señor. R/.

Cuanto germina en la tierra,
bendiga al Señor. R/.

bendecid al Señor. R/.

Mares y ríos,
bendecid al Señor. R/.

Cetáceos y peces,
bendecid al Señor. R/.

Aves del cielo,
bendecid al Señor. R/.

Fieras y ganados,
bendecid al Señor. R/.

Evangelio de hoy
Lectura del santo evangelio según san Lucas (21,29-33):

En aquel tiempo, expuso Jesús una parábola a sus discípulos: «Fijaos en la higuera o en cualquier árbol: cuando echan brotes, os basta verlos para saber que el verano está cerca. Pues, cuando veáis que suceden estas cosas, sabed que está cerca el reino de Dios. Os aseguro que antes que pase esta generación todo eso se cumplirá. El cielo y la tierra pasarán, mis palabras no pasarán.»

Palabra del Señor

Comentario al Evangelio de hoy viernes, 29 de noviembre de 2019
Severiano Blanco, cmf

Queridos hermanos:

Nos encontramos un día más con el lenguaje simbólico de la apocalíptica, tanto en el libro de Daniel como en el tercer evangelio.

Dirijamos en primer lugar una mirada rápida a la visión simbólica de las cuatro fieras. Líneas después de lo que hoy leemos, el mismo libro de Daniel nos desvela el símbolo; se trata de cuatro imperios, para nosotros bien conocidos: el babilónico, el persa, el de Alejandro Magno y el siro-seleúcida. Los cuatro han sido opresores de Israel, pero el último, del momento en que se escribe el libro, es el más cruel; en él se han dado cambios de dinastía, lo que se designan mediante la imagen de los cuernos que son arrancados, que brotan de nuevo etc.

Lo verdaderamente importante, aquello en lo que el autor pone el acento, es el final de la visión: uno como “Hijo de Hombre”, muy cercano al Altísimo, priva a las fieras de todo su poder y a él se le da el imperio, el honor y el reino. Nuevamente nos encontramos con la finalidad consoladora del lenguaje apocalíptico: la última palabra la tiene el bien; el plan de Dios termina siendo realidad, a pesar de las zancadillas que la maldad humana le haya puesto. El cristiano no puede leer aquí otra cosa que el triunfo de Jesús, el “Hijo del Hombre”, su resurrección y su exaltación a la gloria del Padre, gloria que, finalmente, compartirá con “los santos del altísimo” (Dn 7,18), es decir, con sus fieles, con todos los creyentes.

El texto del evangelio es igualmente una llamada a vivir esperanzados, aun en medio de calamidades. El autor sabe que “todas esas cosas” (en su pensamiento, la guerra judía con la destrucción de Jerusalén y su templo) han sucedido, las han sufrido muchos de la generación de Jesús; porque la palabra de Jesús se cumple. Pero no todo es destrucción; pesan más los signos de salvación. En esto el pensamiento del evangelista y el de Jesús coinciden: estamos invitados a percibir en torno a nosotros mil pequeños detalles que nos muestran la acción creadora y salvadora de Dios ya en el presente: “levantad los ojos y mirad los campos ya dorados para la siega” (Jn 4,35).

Jesús interpretaba sus exorcismos y curaciones como signos de que “el Reino de Dios ha llegado a vosotros” (Lc 11,20). Y Lucas sabe que en su iglesia hay creyentes desprendidos, como Zaqueo, compasivos, como el buen samaritano, generosos, como la viejecita que echó todo en el cepillo de los pobres… Todo ello son signos del mundo nuevo. Con razón pudo transmitirnos el dicho de Jesús, seguramente actualizado, de que “el Reino de Dios no viene con aparatosidad… pues está en medio de vosotros” (Lc 17,21). Jesús invitaba a ver en lo pequeño la presencia anticipada de lo más grande: en la semilla, en una pizca de levadura… Ojalá sus palabras sigan vivas en nosotros, “no pasen”, y seamos como Él portadores de esperanza, heraldos de buenas noticias, creadores de ganas de vivir.

Vuestro hermano en la fe
Severiano Blanco cmf


Police discussed stopping Keystone XL protesters ‘by any means’

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This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

U.S. law enforcement officials preparing for fresh Keystone XL pipeline protests have privately discussed tactics to stop activists “by any means” and have labeled demonstrators potential “domestic terrorism” threats, records reveal.

Internal government documents seen by the Guardian show that police and local authorities in Montana and the surrounding region have been preparing a coordinated response in the event of a new wave of protests opposing the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Civil rights organizations say the documents raise concerns that law enforcement is preparing to launch an even more brutal and aggressive response than the police tactics utilized during the 2016 Standing Rock movement, which drew thousands of indigenous and environmental activists opposed to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) to North Dakota.

At Standing Rock, law enforcement organized repeated rounds of mass arrests and filed a wide array of serious charges in local and federal courts against activists. Police also deployed water cannons, teargas grenades, bean bag rounds, and other weapons, causing serious injuries to protesters.

The documents are mostly emails from 2017 and 2018 between local and federal authorities discussing possible Keystone protests. They show that police officials are anticipating construction will spark a sustained resistance campaign akin to the one at Standing Rock and that police are considering closing public lands near the pipeline project.

The new records have come to light as the Keystone pipeline project has overcome numerous legal hurdles with help from the Trump administration, and as the project’s owner, TC Energy (formerly TransCanada), is moving forward with initial construction efforts.

Among the major revelations in the documents:

  • Officials at a 2017 law enforcement briefing on potential Keystone XL protests said one key tactic would be to “initially deny access to the property by protestors and keep them as far away [from] the contested locations as possible by any means,” according to an email summary from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers security manager in Nebraska in July 2017.
  • Officials with the Bureau of Land Management said in 2017 that the bureau had 10 armed officers in Montana and was prepared to “work with local [law enforcement] to deny access to federal property.” In 2018, Army Corps officials were also in discussions with the Montana disaster and emergency services department to discuss ways to “close access” to lands near the pipeline route, including areas typically open for hunting and other activities.
  • A “joint terrorism task force” involving the U.S. Attorney’s office and other agencies, along with federal “counterterrorism” officials, said it was prepared to assist in the response to protests and a “critical incident response team” would be available for “domestic terrorism or threats to critical infrastructure.” Authorities have also preemptively discussed specific potential felony charges that protesters could face, noting that a “civil disorder” statute was used to prosecute activists at Standing Rock.

“There is a lot of muscle behind this effort to make sure that Keystone is constructed,” said Alex Rate, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, which obtained the documents through records act requests and shared them with the Guardian. “There are historically marginalized communities, primarily indigenous folks, who have grave concerns about the impact of this pipeline on their sovereignty, their resources, their religion, and culture. They have a first amendment right to assemble and make their viewpoints heard.”

Remi Bald Eagle, intergovernmental affairs coordinator of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, which is located along the pipeline route, said the police buildup was part of a long history of armed subjugation of native people in the region.“This is an experience of the tide of Manifest Destiny still coming at us,” Bald Eagle said, referring to the 19th-century belief that U.S. settlers had the right to expand across the continent.

The files follow repeated revelations that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have investigated environmental groups and leftwing activists as possible “terrorists.”

Keystone XL was rejected by the Obama administration and then revived by Donald Trump shortly after his inauguration in 2017. The $8 billion project has been subject to multiple legal challenges, including over the environmental review process, but pre-construction efforts are now under way.

Opponents of Keystone XL have warned about the environmental and cultural impact of the project for a decade — concerns that came into sharper focus last month after the existing Keystone pipeline, which follows a similar route, leaked 383,000 gallons of tar sands into a swath of North Dakota wetlands.

The new Keystone records, which come from a number of government agencies and were released after a protracted legal battle, also show that officials have specifically met with police involved in the Standing Rock response to discuss “lessons learned.” North Dakota police officials told law enforcement prepping for Keystone that one of their biggest mistakes was their failure to keep activists far away and shut down access to nearby lands.

In one 2018 BLM document, labeled “KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES,” officials discussed the “available resources” to respond to protests in Montana.

“The FBI will have primary investigative authority for all national security investigations, including but not limited to international terrorism, domestic terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction,” BLM wrote.

U.S. Border Patrol would also be available to assist law enforcement around the border and has access to “drone assets,” the document continued. Border Patrol also provided a surveillance drone that police used to track Standing Rock protesters.

BLM also discussed purchasing “riot batons,” helmets, and gas masks in advance of possible protests.

Mike Glasch, an Army Corps spokesperson, said that the “by any means” comment came from the agency’s security chief, who was “relaying talking points” from police officials in Mandan and Morton County in North Dakota, adding: “Any method that we would employ to protect the safety of our employees and the public, as well as property and equipment, would be within the limits of the law and be the least invasive possible, while still protecting the public’s first amendment rights.”

A spokesperson for the Morton county sheriff, Kyle Kirchmeier, said he advises law enforcement that “may be involved with potential pipeline protests to make it their goal to keep protesters off of private property and any areas that may be considered a public hazard, such as ditches or highways,” adding that he “is supportive of people’s right to protest, but they need to do so in a lawful manner.” Kirchmeier said he did not recall the 2017 briefing.

A Mandan police spokesperson declined to comment.

Glasch said the Army Corps had not closed access to its land around the project, but added: “Since a construction site comes with inherent hazards, options are being analyzed for methods to keep any non-essential personnel away from potential construction sites, while at the same time considering constitutional rights.” He said it was too early to speculate about specific potential closure plans.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office did not respond to questions about the “terrorism” references but said the office’s “goal is to provide coordinated assistance to local, tribal, and state law enforcement to protect public safety and civil rights, and to protect federal lands, while enforcing federal law.”

The FBI declined to comment.

A Border Patrol spokesperson said the agency would “assist, upon request, with any law enforcement activities within the border area near the pipeline.”

Spokespeople for BLM and TC Energy did not respond to questions.

“Law enforcement are getting ready. They’ve been having meetings behind closed doors,” said Angeline Cheek, an indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck reservation. “We know that they’re preparing … We’ve been preparing for the last three years.”

Rate, from the ACLU, said there was no legal justification for the government to preemptively shut down lands in an effort to stop protests. He said it was also troubling for law enforcement to prepare a “militarized” response and suggest that activists could pose terrorist or criminal threats before any actions had even begun.

“They are thinking of them as potential ‘domestic terrorists.’ There is simply no support for adopting that paradigm,” said Rate. “The public justifiably thinks of BLM as a land management agency and not necessarily in the business of arming themselves and going out and squelching protesters.”

Candi Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota Sioux activist working with the ACLU of Montana, said they were not surprised to learn that law enforcement was talking about stopping indigenous activists “by any means.”

“That is the type of language that has been spoken to us our whole lives,” they said, adding: “We live these injustices on a daily basis. This is finally being unveiled for what it is.”

Brings Plenty, who led a two-spirit camp at Standing Rock, said they would not be intimidated by law enforcement and hoped people would still support the fight against Keystone — instead of just accepting the pipeline.

“It’s almost become the norm for folks to look the other way, feeling like there isn’t something they can do, that it’s beyond their grasp,” they said. “I want folks to see these pipelines the way they do the glaciers in the Arctic. This is happening right here in their own front yard.”

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Police discussed stopping Keystone XL protesters ‘by any means’ on Nov 30, 2019.


Abenteuer Terra Santa – unser Besuch in Israel im Herbst 2019


Seit nunmehr 20 Jahren fahren wir mit 15 Schülerinnen und Schülern der Stufen EF und Q1 alle zwei Jahre auf einen besonderen Austausch: wir erkunden gemeinsam mit unseren Partnerinnen und Partnern der Terra Santa School in Akko, Israel, das heilige Land.


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OPUS 194 Middle East Corruption and Chaos

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Netanyahu's Iran Strategy Is a Total Failure


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Navigating Identity through Translation: Jessica Cohen on Translating Ronit Matalon

For the month of October, the Asymptote Book Club is doubly proud to present our October selection, Ronit Matalon’s And the Bride Closed the Door, as it not only won Israel’s prestigious Brenner Prize, but was also translated by Man Booker winner Jessica Cohen. In the following interview, the translator talks to Asymptote’s Josefina Massot about her complex relationships […]

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Washington’s controversial support for Tel Aviv: Finishing deal of the century puzzle

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent stance in which he backed Israel’s settlements in the West Bank faced global backlash. The stance once again shows Washington’s dictatorial character in the region.

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The Deportation of Omar Shakir: The Israeli Supreme Court and the BDS Movement


Two judgments handed down just days apart—one by the Israeli Supreme Court and the other by the European Court of Justice—highlight a growing jurisprudential divide between Israeli and international courts on the status of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. As the Israeli Supreme Court continues to maintain the constitutionality of laws equating boycotts of settlements to boycotts of the country as a whole, the European Court of Justice rules that settlement products must be labeled clearly, so that consumers can make an informed choice on whether to buy them.

On Nov. 12, the European Court of Justice ruled that Israeli food products from the West Bank and Golan Heights must be explicitly labeled as coming from “Israeli settlements,” rather than from Israel itself. The ruling, which cited European Union regulations designed to allow consumers to make informed choices about their food purchases, held that since international humanitarian law limits Israeli jurisdiction in these territories to that of an “occupying power,” it would be misleading to represent such products as being “from Israel.” The court added that the very fact that a product comes from “a settlement established in breach of the rules of international humanitarian law may be the subject of ethical assessments capable of influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions, particularly since some of those rules constitute fundamental rules of international law.”

The European Court of Justice’s decision to require the labeling of settlement products underscored the potential stakes of the long-anticipated Israeli Supreme Court judgment in Human Rights Watch v. Interior Minister, handed down just a week earlier. In its judgment, the court upheld a government decision to expel Human Rights Watch’s (HRW’s) Israel and Palestine director, Omar Shakir, from the country, based on a law barring entry by foreigners who promote boycotts of Israel or its West Bank settlements. The case marked the first time the court was called upon to rule on the law’s application to boycott-related activities directed primarily at the settlements, rather than at Israel itself.

The 2017 and 2011 Boycott Laws: Conflating Boycotts of Israel With Boycotts of the Settlements

As Lawfare readers may recall, in March 2017 the Israeli Knesset passed an amendment to the law governing entry to Israel, banning BDS activists from the country (BDS is the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel). The law states that nonpermanent residents must not be granted visas (subject to exceptional circumstances) “if they, or an organization they act for, has knowingly promulgated a public call to boycott” Israel or “an area under its control” (i.e., Jewish settlements in the West Bank). The amendment joined the 2011 “Boycott Law,” which imposed civil tort liability and various administrative sanctions on boycott activists, including allowing the government to deny activists certain subsidies and to bar them from obtaining government contracts. In 2015, in Avneri v. The Knesset, a divided court upheld most of the 2011 law, striking down a provision providing for punitive damages in civil tort cases and construing the law narrowly in order to limit liability to instances where there is a proven causal link to concrete damage. (For more on Avneri, see here and here.)

Most significantly for our purposes, a majority of justices in Avneri upheld the law’s contentious provision (which applies equally to the 2017 amendment), equating settlement boycotts to boycotts against Israel as a whole. Two dissenting opinions in Avneri (written by Justices Yoram Danziger and Uzi Vogelman and joined by Justice Salim Jubran) blasted this particular provision as an unconstitutional violation of free speech that serves to silence debate on one of the most deeply disputed political questions in Israel. Arguing in defense of the provision, however, majority justice Elyakim Rubinstein pointed out that Israeli administrations from both sides of the political spectrum have taken part in the settlement project and have even offered Israeli citizens incentives to move to the West Bank. Since the Israeli government allows its citizens to lawfully inhabit settlements, Rubinstein argued, it is only right that a law seeking to shield Israelis from the harmful effects of boycotts should protect them as well. At the same time, Rubinstein and the other majority justices took pains to emphasize that the law applies only to those who promote boycotts that target someone merely on the basis of their ties to Israel or to an area under its control. A boycott directed at an individual company due to its specific behavior, by contrast (for example, because it engaged in discrimination or in some other problematic activity), would not risk running afoul of the law.

Human Rights Watch: The Facts of the Case and the Court’s Decision

The facts and background to the Human Rights Watch case, as described by the court, were as follows: Back in 2016, when HRW first requested a foreign expert visa for Shakir, an American citizen, the Foreign Ministry objected on the grounds that HRW itself was biased against Israel, “falsely waving the flag of human rights” in the service of “Palestinian propaganda.” Shortly thereafter, the ministry withdrew its objection, citing political and diplomatic considerations, and the Interior Ministry granted Shakir his visa. An administrative petition by the right-leaning organization Shurat HaDin, among others, led to an additional reversal, and the visa was revoked. The new decision was based on a memorandum issued by the Strategic Affairs Ministry (charged in Israel with heading up the fight against BDS), which argued that the problem was Shakir himself—who had called in the past for boycotts of Israel and the settlements—rather than HRW. The human rights group was not barred from operating in Israel; it merely had to find a different employee.

The case reached the Supreme Court after an initial appeal was rejected by the Jerusalem District Court in September of this year. Several amici from both sides of the political spectrum, including NGO Monitor, Shurat HaDin and Amnesty International, submitted briefs to the court. A group of former foreign service officials also joined the proceedings as amici, arguing that removing Shakir would cause substantial and lasting damage to Israel’s image as an open and democratic society.

The government’s case against Shakir included allegations of activities from as far back as 2006, when Shakir founded a student organization at Stanford University that called for divestment from companies profiting from Israel’s rule in the occupied territories. The government also pointed to more recent activities predating his employment by HRW, including lectures he gave that praised the BDS movement and a petition he signed in 2015, pledging to honor the BDS call and calling to boycott a Muslim-Jewish dialogue initiative promoted by the Israel-based Shalom Hartman Institute. The government argued that Shakir’s boycott activities continued after he joined HRW and came to Israel as its representative. Specifically, the government pointed to efforts by Shakir and HRW to get FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, and the Israeli Football Association to stop holding games in settlements. The government also cited various tweets Shakir sent out promoting HRW reports and positions on the settlements—including a report calling for pressure on Israeli banks to stop doing business in settlements, a call on the UN Human Rights Council to publish its list of businesses operating in settlements, and a report calling on Airbnb and to stop listing settlement properties on their websites.

The appellants, for their part, challenged the constitutionality of the 2017 amendment, arguing that even though foreigners don’t have a right to enter the country, they should not be denied a visa or fear deportation for expressing unpopular views. Mainly, they claimed, the law violates the free speech and equality rights of Israelis (and Palestinians), whose ability to engage freely with foreigners the government doesn’t agree with is limited by the law. They also argued that Shakir’s activities—particularly those undertaken on behalf of HRW—shouldn’t be considered boycott activities, since they were motivated by a desire to combat specific human rights violations and to encourage private corporations to respect their human rights obligations under international law. They argued that upholding the decision to remove Shakir for such activities would compromise the continued ability of human rights defenders to do their jobs. Finally, they contended that since Israel doesn’t deem HRW a “boycott organization,” it can’t penalize Shakir for activities undertaken under its auspices. The fact that the whole affair began with an attempt to bar HRW itself from the country demonstrates that the government’s real goal is to silence the human rights group’s criticisms of Israeli policy.

Writing for the court, Justice Neal Hendel cited the principles the court laid down in its Alqasem decision from 2018, allowing American student Lara Alqasem to stay in the country despite past involvement in BDS. Most importantly, the court reiterated that the purpose of the 2017 law is preventive rather than punitive. It seeks to protect citizens from the discriminatory effects of boycotts by preventing BDS activists from abusing their time in Israel to promote the delegitimization of the state (Interestingly, Hendel—who also wrote the Alqasem decision—was the only justice in Avneri to hold the 2011 law’s civil tort in its entirety to be an unconstitutional violation of free speech. For more on the Alqasem case, see here.) When a person proves—as Alqasem did—that he or she is no longer involved in BDS, the preventive rationales don’t apply. However, it is the individual who bears the burden of proof, and in Shakir’s case, his activities since entering the country prevent him from meeting this burden.

The court avoided ruling on the constitutional questions, holding that they would best be addressed in a direct challenge to the law submitted directly to the Supreme Court, and noting that a separate constitutional challenge remained pending. (This separate challenge was rejected a few days later, after the petitioners’ lawyer agreed to drop the case at the court’s urging.) Justice Noam Solberg, in a concurring opinion, went a step further—casting doubt on Shakir’s standing to raise constitutional arguments on behalf of the rights of Israeli citizens and residents.

At the same time, the court held that, contrary to the appellant’s protestations, Shakir’s activities since joining HRW are indeed covered by the 2017 amendment. While once again acknowledging that the law doesn’t apply to boycotts targeting specific behaviors, the court stated:

An individual who negates the very legitimacy of the State of Israel or its control of the Area, and seeks to undermine it through a boycott, is [included in the law], even if he disguises his position with the rhetoric of human rights or international law. The test is a substantive one, and the words the de-legitimization campaign wraps itself in do not grant it immunity.

Shakir’s extensive boycott-related activities, grounded in “blanket opposition” to Israel’s control of the West Bank, were therefore covered by the law.

In a last-ditch effort to avert Shakir’s removal, HRW and Shakir petitioned the court last week for a rehearing before an extended panel of judges. Given the court’s reluctance to reopen the issues that were decided in Avneri and to hear constitutional arguments against the 2017 amendment, it seems unlikely that this new petition will be successful. Meanwhile, Shakir—whose request to remain in Israel until the new petition is decided was quickly denied by the court—left the country on Nov. 25.

Human Rights Groups in Israel: An Uncertain Future?

The court attempted to mitigate the potential impact of its decision on the future work of human rights groups by drawing a distinction between Shakir and HRW, emphasizing that HRW can always request a visa for someone else who is not “involved up to his neck” in BDS activities. “It could very well be,” the court stated, “that Shakir’s activities as the organization’s representative do not justify classifying Human Rights Watch as a boycott group—whether because … they constitute a negligible portion of HRW’s global endeavors, or because of their content. But when taken together with [Shakir’s] previous personal activities, they suffice in their entirety to demonstrate ‘substantial, consistent and continuous’ involvement by Shakir in promoting boycotts[.]” By grounding its decision in the specific facts of Shakir’s case—his involvement in BDS before ever joining HRW and his refusal to commit (as Alqasem had done) to refrain from promoting boycotts while in the country, the court hoped to sidestep the sticky question of how the 2017 amendment, as applied by the court, would impact the future work of human rights groups.

Ultimately, however, the court’s distinction between Shakir and HRW remains unpersuasive. As noted, the law pursues preventive rather than punitive aims—and past activity is therefore insufficient to warrant deportation. If actively promoting HRW’s stance on settlements is enough to demonstrate ongoing promotion of boycotts, any new employee could face similar consequences. Israeli employees of HRW, too, could face civil or administrative ramifications simply for implementing HRW’s stated policy of calling on businesses “to stop operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as part of their duty to avoid complicity in human rights abuses.” Indeed, HRW has announced that Shakir will remain its Israel-Palestine director, operating from a neighboring country. “There’s no point in replacing Omar, because our next researcher would have the same problem,” HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth explained.

In Alqasem, the court noted that the preventive rationales of the 2017 law are aimed at those who “threaten Israeli democracy and seek to subjugate it through the imposition of an aggressive and violent boycott.” In Human Rights Watch, the court clarified that what is at stake is also, potentially, the “delegitimization of Israel and of its policy” (emphasis added). Indeed, the boycott laws, coupled with the court’s continued acquiescence to the law’s conflation of Israel with Israeli settlements, threaten to impair the ability of citizens and noncitizens alike to engage in free discourse on one of the most difficult issues facing the country. They risk undermining the ability of human rights groups to defend human rights and promote respect for international law when their positions and interpretations of the law do not align with those of the Israeli government. They also threaten to further erode the all-important distinction in a democracy between delegitimization of the country itself and criticism of government policy.

And while the judges who handed down the European Court of Justice’s Nov. 12 judgment on settlement product labeling are unlikely to meet the same fate as Shakir the next time they come to Israel, the two decisions—rendered within days of one another—nonetheless demonstrate a growing disconnect between the discourse on settlements in Israel (and now, perhaps, the United States) and abroad.


Il disinteresse della politica per le relazioni internazionali

Iran, Venezuela, Israele, Cina, Hong Kong, Corea del Nord, Belt and Road, Questione Palestinese…potremmo andare avanti per ore enunciando le aree di crisi (e di interesse strategico), che la Politica, quella con la P maiuscola, dovrebbe non solo seguire ma anche cercare di gestire nell’interesse esclusivo della Nazione. Al contrario potremmo impiegare solo trenta secondi […]

Italienische Namen: Unsere Top 20 für Mädchen und Jungen


Italienische Namen für Kinder sind vielleicht auch für Deinen Nachwuchs passend.

Italienische Namen für Jungen

Italienische Vornamen für Jungen klingen häufig außergewöhnlich, sind gleichzeitig aber für jeden geeignet und leicht auszusprechen. Oft enden sie auf -o, der männlichen Endungsform im Italienischen.

  1. Alessio ist die italienische Form des Altgriechischen "Alexis" und bedeutet "der Helfende", "der Beschützer" oder "der Abwehrende".

  2. Davide ist besonders im Norden Italiens beliebt. Der Kindername stammt ursprünglich aus dem Hebräischen und heißt übersetzt "der Geliebte" oder "der Liebling" - oft auch im biblischen Sinne, da David, der König von Israel, ein Vorfahre Jesu war.

  3. Giuliano ist ähnlich wie "Julius" ein lateinischer Name, den viele wohl mit dem berühmten Feldher Gaius Iulius Caesar verbinden würden. Die Bedeutung ist "der aus dem Geschlecht der Julier" oder "der dem Jupiter Geweihte".

  4. Carlo ist dem altdeutschen Namen "Karl" verwandt und wird mit "der (Ehe-)Mann" oder "der Freie" übersetzt.

  5. Domenico leitet sich von dem Lateinischen "dominicus" ab, was "Herr" heißt. Der Name wird mit dem Sonntag in Verbindung gebracht und ist daher oft für Jungen verwendet worden, die an diesem Tag geboren wurden.

  6. Sergio war im antiken Rom ein Familienname. Der Name ist heute bei berühmten Figuren wie Päpsten und Fußballern gleichermaßen als Vorname beliebt und man verbindet ihn mit dem "Geschlecht der Sergier".

  7. Romeo ist vor allem durch Shakespeare bekannt geworden; ursprünglich kommt der Name allerdings aus dem Lateinischen (= romaeus) und bedeutet "der Rom-Pilger" oder "der Römer", was ihn natürlich unwideruflich mit Italien verknüpft.

  8. Mio hat viele Bedeutungen: Im Italienischen ist der Begriff gleichbedeutend mit "mein" oder "meiner". Der Name ist allerdings so international geprägt, dass er in Serbien mit "der Anmutige", "der Liebenswerte", "der Reizende" und "der Liebe" übersetzt wird. In Japan handelt es sich bei Mio um einen Mädchennamen, der "schöner Kirschbaum" heißt.

  9. Luca leitet sich von "Lukas" ab und kann mit "der Glänzende" übersetzt werden. Man könnte auch annehmen, dass es sich von dem Lateinischen "lux" (= Licht), ableitet, oder dem Altgriechischen "leukos" (= hell, weiß).

  10. Alessandro ist ein Beschützer, denn der altgriechische und modern-italienische Name deckt sich mit den Vokabeln "alexein" (= schützen, abwehren) und "andros" (= Mann). Vergleichbar ist der Name mit dem deutschen "Alexander".

  11. Matteo ist im Italienischen von großer Beliebtheit und kommt ursprünglich aus dem Hebräischen. Der Name wird häufig mit "die Gabe Gottes" oder "das Geschenk Gottes" übersetzt.

  12. Raul ist im Süden Europas sehr gebräuchlich und ähnelt dem Namen "Ralf". Die althochdeutsche Variante bedeutet so viel wie "der Wolf" und "der Ratgeber".

  13. Enrico leitet sich tatsächlich ebenfalls aus dem Althochdeutschen ab - der Vorname "Heinrich" ist der italienischen Form eng verbunden. Bedeutungen rangieren von "reich" und "mächtig" bis "Herrscher" und "Heimat".

  14. Tullio kommt dagegen aus dem lateinischen Rom, denn "Tullius" ist ein antiker Familienname.

  15. Auron stammt von dem lateinischen Begriff "aurum" ab, sodass ein Kind mit diesem Namen "der Goldene" genannt wird.

  16. Massimo ist ein äußerst beliebter Name in Italien. Er leitet sich von "Maximus" ab, was übersetzt "der Größte" oder "sehr groß" bedeutet.

  17. Lorenzo kann nur ein Held sein, denn im Lateinischen bedeutet "laurus" vor allem "Loorbeer" oder gar "Lorbeerkranz". In der römischen Antike ist diese Pflanze ein Symbol für den Sieg und gebührt nur ruhmreichen Siegern und Kaisern. Gleichzeitig ist "Laurentius" ein Beiname für Bewohner der Stadt Laurentium.

  18. Bono klingt nicht nur schön, sondern ist tatsächlich gut, denn das lateinische Wort "bonus" übersetzt sich mit "der Gute" oder "gut". Der Name wurde nebenher durch seine positive Gewichtung als Beiname verwendet.

  19. Paolo funktioniert im Lateinischen ähnlich: "Paulus" heißt "klein", weswegen man als Namensbedeutung häufig "der Kleinere" oder "der Jüngere" für Kinder vorsieht. Auch dieser Name wurde im Römischen als Beiname verwendet und wurde für Heilige und Päpste oftmals gebraucht.

  20. Francesco war anfänglich nur ein Spitzname und bedeutet "der kleine Franzose" oder "Französlein". Von dem italienischen Namen leitet sich übrigens auch der Vorname "Franziskus" oder kurz "Frank" ab.

Italienische Namen für Mädchen

Viele italienische Mädchennamen sind in Deutschland äußerst beliebt und bekannt. Die meisten enden auf -a, denn das ist die weibliche Form im Italienischen. Es gibt aber auch Ausnahmen.

  1. Emilia ist mit dem Jungennamen "Emilio" verwandt und stammt aus dem Lateinischen. Neben der Bedeutung als altrömischer Familienname leitet sich das Wort von "aemulus" (= nachahmen, nacheifern) ab, sodass Mädchen mit diesem Namen "die Eifrige", "die Nachhahmende" und "die Fleißige" genannt werden.

  2. Bianca wird genau wie Luca als "die Glänzende" interpretiert. Weitere Deutungen sind "die Weiße" und "die Strahlende", wobei sich der Kindername aus verschiedenen Sprachen ableiten lassen könnte - unter anderem dem Italienischen "bianco" (= weiß).

  3. Mia kann für die italienische Vokabel "meine" stehen. Beliebter sind Übersetzungen aus anderen Sprachen wie "das Geschenk Gottes", "Meeresstern", "die Widerspenstige" und "die Geliebte". Für diese Bedeutungen wurden verwandte Namen wie "Maria" und "Miriam" zurate gezogen.

  4. Irene wurde sowohl im Altgriechischen als auch im Altrömischen verwendet und ist "die Friedliche", da sich der Name von der griechischen Friedensgöttin Eirene ableitet.

  5. Chiara ist "die Klare", "die Schöne" oder "die Helle", was auf den lateinischen Begriff "clarus" zurückgeht und in das Italienische als "chiara" mit derselben Bedeutung übergangen ist.

  6. Aurora ist die Göttin der Morgenröte in der römischen Mythologie - der perfekte Vorname für ein Kind, das in den frühen Morgenstunden geboren wurde. Erst in der Renaissance wurde der Name übrigens als Vorname eingeführt.

  7. Beatrice bringt Glück. Denn der Name leitet sich von "beatus" (= glücklich) oder "beare" (= Glück bringen) ab. Eurer Kind wäre mit diesem Namen also ein kleiner Glücksbringer.

  8. Sofia kommt aus dem Altgriechischen und erfreut sich großer Beliebtheit in Italien und anderen Nationen Europas. Sie ist "die Weise", "die Weisheit" oder "die Tugend".

  9. Giulia hat seinen Ursprung im Namen eines berühmten römischen Feldherrn: Gaius Iulius Caesar, dessen Verehrung für die Verbreitung des Namens sorgte. Giulia ist gleichzeitig die italienische Schreibweise von "Julia" und kann "dem Jupiter geweiht" bedeuten, wenn man die lateinische Grundform "iovilius" berücksichtigt.

  10. Selina ist ein Kosename für spanische Mädchen mit dem Namen "Celia", kommt allerdings ursprünglich aus dem Lateinischen. "Caelum" bedeutet "Himmel", sodass mögliche Deutungen "die Himmlische", "der Mond" und "das Licht" sein könnten. Weiteren Anlass zu dieser Übersetzung bietet die Verbindung des Namens zu der griechischen Mondgöttin Selene.

  11. Alessandra hat dieselbe Bedeutung wie der verwandte Name "Alessandro". Mädchen mit diesem Namen gelten als "die Abwehrende", häufiger aber "die Beschützerin der Männer".

  12. Claudia ist die weibliche Form von "Claudius", ein altrömischer Vor- und Familienname. Verwandte Begriffe sind "claudus" (= lahmend, hinkend) und "claudere" (= absichern, (ver-)schließen), wodurch Claudia als "die Hinkende" oder "die Verschlossene" interpretiert wird.

  13. Rebecca ist in Italien sehr gebräuchlich und stammt aus dem Hebräischen: "ribqah" (= festbinden). So entstanden Bedeutungen wie "die Fesselnde", "die Betörende" oder "die Schmeichelnde".

  14. Ella verlängert sich zu "Helena" oder "Helene", was den Kindernamen mit der griechischen Mythologie verknüpft, obwohl er überall auf der Welt, auch in Italien, gebraucht wird. Mögliche Übersetzungen sind daher "die Schöne", "die Strahlende" oder "die Sonnige".

  15. Serena ist wieder einmal lateinischen Ursprungs, da es eine Abwandlung der Vokabel "serenus" ist. Auch dieses Wort wird mit Licht in Verbindung gebracht, denn Mädchen mit diesem Namen werden "die Klare", "die Helle", "die Ruhige" oder "die Heitere" und "die Freundliche" genannt.

  16. Ivona ist ein außergewöhnlicher Name. Da das Altdeutsche "iwa" am ehesten mit dem Namen zusammenpasst, kann man die Übersetzung "Eibe" oder "Bogen aus Eibenholz" wählen. So entsteht die Bedeutung von "die Bogenschützin" für Ivona.

  17. Amata wird durch die lateinische Herkunft "amatus" ein geliebtes Kind werden. Sie ist "die Geliebte".

  18. Susanna klingt schön und überzeugt Deutsche und Italiener gleichermaßen. Als hebräisches oder ägyptisches Wort ("shoshan" und "sheshen") wird Susanna als "die (Wasser-)Lilie" gesehen.

  19. Julietta kann sich von der Verbindung mit dem römisch-lateinischen Familiennamen und damit auch mit Iulius Caesar kaum lösen. Auch der altrömische Hauptgott Iupiter hat seine Finger im Spiel, denn ein Mädchen mit dem Vornamen Julietta ist "die dem Jupiter Geweihte".

  20. Maria ist ein Name, der überall auf der Welt geliebt wird. Interpretationen reichen von "die Fruchtbare" über "die Widerspenstige" bis hin zu "die Geliebte", "der Meeresstern" und "die Verbitterte".

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The Feast of Firstfruits

Theme- The Lord commanded Israel to keep the feast of firstfruits when they came into the promised land.----1. A feast of a new life--2. A feast of a new people

S o T o S p e a k | Ep. 312 | Shilling for Israel

Trump woos Jews; gets impeached by Jews. If ever there was a common thread between Epstein and impeachment, American-based Zionism

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Petrodollars waren stärker als kulturelle Traditionen

Jahrzehnte des Ölexports haben den Nahen Osten kulturell und politisch vollkommen destabilisiert. Jetzt beeinflusst der gestörte politische Diskurs in der arabischen Welt die gegenwärtige Lage des Westens, meint der renommierte Schriftsteller Amin Maalouf im Gespräch mit Lena Bopp. | Monsieur Maalouf, in Ihrem neuen Essay schreiben Sie über die Vereinigten Staaten unter Präsident Trump, den Brexit, den Klimawandel und die Konflikte in der arabischen Welt. Sie betrachten diese unterschiedlichen Themen als Teile eines Puzzles, in dem Sie den "Untergang der Zivilisationen" erkennen. So lautet auch der Titel Ihres Buches. Was verbindet diese Dinge? Amin Maalouf: Ich hatte seit einigen Jahren Lust, bestimmte Geschehnisse Revue passieren zu lassen und zu dekodieren. Mein Buch beruht zum Teil auf persönlichen Erfahrungen, meiner Kindheit im Libanon, wo ich die Probleme der Region erlebt habe. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass das, was in den arabischen Ländern geschah, mit dazu beitrug, etwas Ungesundes im Rest der Welt entstehen zu lassen. Im Buch formulieren Sie das prosaischer und stärker. Sie schreiben: "Von meiner Heimaterde aus ist die Finsternis über die Welt gekommen". Maalouf: Während des Schreibens habe ich immer wieder innegehalten und mich gefragt, ob ich meine persönlichen Erfahrungen verallgemeinere. Aber es scheint doch, als gebe es Elemente in der gegenwärtigen Entwicklung der Welt, die aus den arabischen Ländern kommen. Welche? Maalouf: Ein Beispiel ist der zunehmende Populismus. Die Leute sind viel empfänglicher für Gefahren. Auch die Beunruhigung in Verbindung mit der Einwanderung. Das Bedürfnis, sich zu schützen, das teils berechtigt ist und teils von bestimmten politischen Kräften ausgenutzt wird, steht in klarer Verbindung mit den Turbulenzen in der arabischen Welt.Welche Rolle spielte das Öl? Maalouf: In der arabischen Welt verschafften die Petrodollars bestimmten traditionellen Gesellschaften einen Einfluss, den sie anderen Gesellschaften genommen haben. Vor allem Saudi-Arabien hat an Einfluss gewonnen, während etwa Ägypten, das kein Öl hatte, aber intellektuell und politisch eine wichtige Rolle spielte, seine Bedeutung schwinden sah. Die Instabilität, die die Petrodollars in viele Länder der Gegend brachten, etwa in den Irak, hatte Auswirkungen auf die ganze Welt. Überdies war die Ölkrise der siebziger Jahre ein entscheidender Faktor bei der Entwicklung einer neuen Mentalität im Westen, die in einer anderen Wirtschaftspolitik, dem Thatcherismus, Ausdruck fand. Sie schreiben von einer "suizidalen Hoffnungslosigkeit", die in der arabischen Welt nach der Niederlage gegen Israel im Sechstagekrieg im Jahr 1967 entstand. Warum erholte sich die arabische Welt von dieser Niederlage nie? Sie erwähnen auch Beispiele anderer Länder, die nach großen Niederlagen wieder aufgestanden sind, etwa Deutschland nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg oder Südkorea nach dem Korea-Krieg. Maalouf: Der Panarabismus, der unter dem damaligen ägyptischen Präsidenten Nasser die vielversprechendste Ideologie war, die Erwartungen und Energien weckte, wurde durch die Niederlage vollkommen weggefegt. Nasser starb kurz nach dem Krieg, es gab niemanden, der seine Nachfolge antreten konnte. Stattdessen wurde der Weg frei für einen Nationalismus, der eine starke religiöse Komponente hatte. Aber der radikale Islamismus, der sich von den Ölstaaten ausbreitete, sorgte in den arabischen Gesellschaften für Spannungen und Spaltungen. Das sah man deutlich anhand des "Arabischen Frühlings". Es gab in vielen Ländern ein echtes Streben, politische Institutionen zu demokratisieren, Gesellschaften zu modernisieren, aber die starke islamistische Komponente der Proteste verhinderte, dass sich dieses Streben konkretisierte. Außerdem haben die Terroranschläge einiger islamistischer Bewegungen dem Bild der Araber in der Welt schwer geschadet und sie in eine nie dagewesene Isolation geführt. Die Araber befinden sich nicht nur im Konflikt mit dem Westen, sondern auch mit großen Ländern, die früher zu den Alliierten von Nasser zählten, wie Indien, China und Russland.Sie sehen in der Radikalisierung einen Überbietungswettbewerb, den Sie sogar als charakteristisch für das politische Leben der arabischen Welt bezeichnen. Maalouf: Ich glaube, dass es etwas Gestörtes im politischen Diskurs gibt, man kann nicht vernünftig über die Optionen sprechen, die man hat. Es gibt bestimmte Schlagworte – und sofort sind die Leute paralysiert von der Angst, marginalisiert zu werden oder als Verräter zu gelten. Nie fragt man: Welche Richtung wollen wir einschlagen, was wollen wir aufbauen? Die Diskussion wird paralysiert von Slogans, die sich mit Hilfe demagogischer Überbietung durchsetzen und eine rationale Debatte verhindern. Trotzdem erzählen Sie in den autobiographisch gefärbten Passagen Ihres Buches von Ihren frühen Jahren im Libanon, in dem Sie eine Form des Zusammenlebens zwischen den Konfessionen erlebten, die nicht nur den arabischen Ländern, sondern der ganzen Welt als Modell hätte dienen können. Bedeutet das nicht, der Levante eine Bedeutung zu verleihen, die sie nicht hat und nie haben konnte? Und hat es dieses Ideal des Zusammenlebens tatsächlich gegeben? Es wirkt so unwahrscheinlich, wenn man sich die Levante heutzutage anschaut. Maalouf: Es gab sicher nie einen Moment, in dem die Dinge auf wundersame Weise gut liefen. Aber ich wuchs in Ras Beirut auf, nicht weit von der American University of Beirut, in einer Umgebung, in der Menschen aus verschiedenen Gemeinschaften und fremden Ländern lebten, viele Professoren und Studenten. Es gab ein bestimmtes Niveau an Kenntnissen. Und es gab eine Form von Koexistenz, die ich nie wieder vorgefunden habe. Ich denke, es gab modellhafte Elemente. Wie hätten diese Elemente andernorts eine Wirkung entfalten sollen? Maalouf: Es gibt so wenige starke Modelle! Wenn der Libanon ein funktionierendes System hätte entwickeln können, hätte das sicher geholfen, die Region nach oben zu ziehen, statt dass sie nach unten gezogen wurde. Außerdem ist diese Gegend nicht irgendeine Weltgegend. Sie ist der Ursprungsort der drei monotheistischen Weltreligionen, und sie ist eine Art Vitrine. Wenn es in dieser Gegend mit ihrer Geschichte und ihren Schwierigkeiten ein echtes Zusammenleben gegeben hätte, hätte das auf andere Regionen ausgestrahlt. Sie haben gesehen, wie die Dinge im Libanon auseinandergeflogen sind. Sie waren dabei, als 1975 ein Bus angegriffen wurde – bei jener Attacke von Christen auf Palästinenser also, die gemeinhin den Beginn des Bürgerkrieges markiert.Maalouf: Als meine Frau und ich heirateten, mieteten wir eine Wohnung in Ain El-Remmaneh, kaum fünfzig Meter entfernt von dem Ort des Angriffs. Eines Morgens, am 13. April 1975, gab es Geschrei auf der Straße, Menschen, die sich offenkundig stritten, auch wenn ich nicht verstand, was sie sagten. Und dann gab es eine Schießerei. Das hat mir wahrscheinlich einen tieferen Eindruck von dem vermittelt, was geschehen würde. Ich habe schnell verstanden, dass sich etwas Schlimmes entwickelte. Sie leben seit mehr als vierzig Jahren in Frankreich. Haben Sie manchmal darüber nachgedacht zurückzukehren? Maalouf: Es gab ein, zwei Momente, in denen mir das plausibel vorkam, aber diese Momente vergingen schnell. Als ich ging, wusste ich, dass ich für lange Zeit gehen würde. Wenn man mir in meiner Jugend gesagt hätte, dass ich emigrieren würde, hätte ich das für ausgeschlossen gehalten. Sie haben in Frankreich viele Literaturpreise gewonnen und sind seit ein paar Jahren auch Mitglied der "Académie française". Es ist gute Tradition in dieser Institution, dass ihre Mitglieder öffentlich zwei, drei Mal abgelehnt werden, bevor man sie schließlich aufnimmt. Ihnen ist das auch passiert. Warum tut man sich das eigentlich an? Maalouf: Als ich nach Frankreich kam, arbeitete ich erst als Journalist, wie ich es im Libanon auch getan hatte, aber es war immer ein Traum von mir zu schreiben, und als ich einmal damit anfing, entschied ich, dass das mein Leben sein sollte. Und wenn man in Frankreich lebt und schreibt, dann liegt es in der Logik der Dinge, dass man den Prix Goncourt gewinnen und Mitglied der Akademie werden möchte – und ich folgte dieser Logik bis zum Ende. Als ich das letzte Mal mit einem Mitglied der Akademie sprach, vor etwa zehn Jahren, hieß es, die Arbeit am Wörterbuch gehe voran und man sei beim Buchstaben "R" angelangt ... Maalouf: Da waren sie auch noch, als ich eingetreten bin. Das war 2012. Wir sind nicht sehr weit vorangekommen, heute Morgen haben wir am Buchstaben "T" gearbeitet. Aber es gibt zwei Versammlungen, und die eine hat den Weg bis zum "W" schon gut freigeräumt, so dass ich erwarte, dass wir in drei, vier Jahren am Ende des Alphabets angekommen sein werden. Aber dann fangen wir wieder von vorne an. Lena Bopp © Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 2019

Israel Discount Bank Ltd. (ISDAY: Pink Current) | Scheduled Ex-Dividend

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Matty and I had a late-night discussion about this


The Biblical passage factored in a posting here.


Однодневная экскурсия - Рождество в Назарете

Экскурсии по Израилю
Рождественский базар и главная площадь Назарета с самой большой елкой на Ближнем Востоке. Кана Галилейская
Цена: 165 шек.
Город: Назарет


Однодневная экскурсия - Новогодняя Хайфа

Экскурсии по Израилю
Украшенное новогодними гирляндами Немецкое подворье Хайфы. Экскурсия по улочкам Зихрон-Якова. Дегустация и покупка ликеров из пассифлоры.
Цена: 165 шек.
Город: Хайфа


Louis C.K. Tells Israeli Audience He’d ‘Rather Be In Auschwitz Than New York City’


Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. inserted his foot in his mouth again, telling an audience in Israel that he’d prefer to be in the concentration camp where millions of Jewish people were massacred than be in New York City.

“I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City,” C.K. said during a Thanksgiving night performance in Holon, a city south of Tel Aviv, according to multiple reports.

“I mean now, not when it was open,” he added.

Auschwitz was a concentration camp built and operated by Nazi Germany where 1.1 million men, women and children were exterminated during World War II, including 865,000 Jews who were gassed on arrival. Many who were not gassed died of starvation, beatings and disease.

Although many on social media got a belly laugh out of the joke – one Twitter user said they bought tickets to his show because of it – and the Daily News reported that “the audience burst into applause” for the comedian, others on Twitter went berserk:

C.K., who is of Jewish descent, is in the middle of an international comedy tour that includes sold-out shows in Slovakia, along with performances in Hungary and a series of U.S. shows in Detroit, Akron, Reading, Mobile, New Orleans and Houston.

During his Holon set, C.K. also addressed his behavior as being wrong, according to the New York Daily News.

“If they say ‘yes,’ then still don’t do it, because it’s not popular,” he said in apparent reference to the growing #MeToo movement.

But this isn’t the first time C.K. has referenced masturbating in front of women during a comedy set. Earlier this year in a San Jose comedy club, C.K. told the audience, “I like to jerk off, and I don’t like being alone.”

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Comment on Gaza: Great March of Return still faces repression by CounterVortex

<h3>Gaza March of Return suspended</h3> The weekly March of Return demonstration on the border with Gaza was suspended for a third consecutive week due to escalating violence along the border and amid ongoing sporadic Israeli air-strikes on the Strip. (<a href="" rel="nofollow">ToI</a>, Nov. 30; <a href="" rel="nofollow">JTA</a>, Nov. 28)

UN chief proposes military force to protect Palestinians from Israel


RAEL’S COMMENT: It should have been done long time ago!   Armed international mission among options floated by Guterres in response to General Assembly request for report on Hamas-led Gaza clashes

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Mira mamá, sin camionero


Patrocinador: esta semana de Black Friday, los mejores descuentos están en PCComponentes. Hoy miércoles tienes ofertas en portátiles y en informática en general.

Camiones autónomos / Censuras en TikTok / La polémica del mando de Stadia / Los trucos para mejorar Tinder / Realidad Virtual a tope

 Un camión autónomo recorre EE.UU. de punta a punta. 4.500 kilómetros y tres días después, los sistemas de nivel 4 de autonomía de Plus AI cruzaron Norteamérica. A bordo, un conductor de seguridad y un ingeniero monitorizaron el trayecto.

 Un hito importante aunque no han desvelado algunos detalles clave, de repostaje y peajes principalmente. El camión transportó carga real para un cliente real.

 Los sistemas de moderación de TikTok quedan en entredicho después de que una musulmana estadounidense viese su cuenta bloqueada por criticar los campos de concentración (vídeo) de Xinjiang. TikTok dice que fue por un vídeo con un meme de Bin Laden (vídeo) en otra cuenta una semana antes.

 Los usuarios de WeChat fuera de China también viven en este complejo sistema de dualidad legal.

 Las cámaras de videovigilancia con identificación facial incorporada se extienden por Madrid.

 Google afirma que los mandos de Stadia son de “género neutro” al tener sus botones agrupados de tal forma que manos más pequeñas los alcancen sin problema. Muchos internautas se mofan, pero en realidad esto es un tema importante de accesibilidad.

 No hay trucos en Tinder, según Tinder. Ni rechazar 5 perfiles por cada 1 que nos gusta, ni cambiar la distancia máxima, ni reiniciar la cuenta. La compañía afirma que el único método efectivo es la constancia y hablar con muchas personas.

 YouTube tendrá el banner más grande de Internet. Su app para televisores mostrará una pieza publicitaria gigante que ocupará aproximadamente el 60% de toda la pantalla. — También está en móvil y escritorio, pero más reducida.

 Facebook compra el estudio creador de Beat Saber. Beat Games es propiedad de Oculus ahora, y producirá más títulos de realidad virtual, intentando repetir la popularidad de Beat Saber.

 Valve publicará herramientas de modding con Half-Life Alyx para poder crear mods, mapas, modelos y demás específicos para realidad virtual. Estas herramientas fueron la base de Counter Strike y tantos otros juegos hace 20 años.

 Ejecutivo de Xbox dice que no hay demanda para realidad virtual y que por eso no están centrados en ese campo. Desde Sony le responden que ellos seguirán apostando por la tecnología.

 Granjeros rusos ponen gafas de realidad virtual a sus vacas con escenas de campos verdes para “estar más tranquilas y producir más leche”. Muy escéptico con esto, y dudo mucho que con su visión lateral vean nada.

 Facebook elimina las cuentas de los hackers de NSO. Los empleados y algunos de sus familiares se quedan sin WhatsApp ni Instagram. El grupo israelí de ciberseguridad ha demostrado ser capaz de asaltar iOS, Android, WhatsApp, etc. y vende este acceso a gobiernos, policías, cuerpos de espionaje, etc.

¿Qué termino es mejor que hacker? Muchas veces me decís que no es adecuado usar hacker para hablar de un ciberdelincuente. En este caso son expertos en ciberseguridad que atacan sistemas. ¿Está bien empleado? Dame tu opinión.

 Twitter comenzará a cancelar cuentas inactivas en masa a partir de diciembre. Tras 13 años de operaciones, muchos nombres de usuario inertes empezarán a quedar libres para que puedan volver a ser usados.

 Las cuentas de familiares fallecidos también podrían quedar afectadas, y The Internet Archive quiere ayudar a preservarlas.

 El Honor View 30 es el siguiente móvil de Huawei sin GooglePrácticamente idéntico al Mate 30 pero por unos 500 euros. Sería un superventas en Europa que, de momento, se quedará en China.

 El Kirin 990 de Huawei cuenta con raytracing en tiempo real para aplicarlo en los videojuegos que así lo programen. Los resultados están limitados a 30 fps, pero son muy vistosos (vídeo).

 Spotify tendrá sus propios premios musicales para competir con MTV, AMA, Grammys, etc. con una particularidad: los ganadores serán los artistas más populares en la plataforma. — Se celebrarán el 5 de marzo en Ciudad de México, la capital mundial con más usuarios de Spotify.


 Amazon España ofrece descuentos de hasta el 25% en los libros, posiblemente saltándose la restrictiva legislación.

 NordVPN presenta su propio gestor de contraseñas llamado NordPass para aquellos que busquen alternativa a 1Password.

 Crean una herramienta para encontrar la posición de un tiroteo a partir de los datos de audio en los vídeos grabados con múltiples móviles.

 La teleoperadora Orange lanza en España su propio banco totalmente digital con cuentas corriente tradicionales.

 Zorin OS 15 Lite es una versión especial de Linux con una interfaz del estilo Windows 7 diseñada para funcionar bien en ordenadores de incluso hace 15 años. Zorin OS 15 normal es mucho más versátil.

 Ford y Tesla no medirán la potencia de sus camionetas.

 Xerox inicia una OPA hostil a HP después de que la junta rechazase su oferta de adquisición de 33.000 millones de dólares.

 China se lanza a por el grupo Daimler. El fabricante chino BAIC quiere aumentar su participación del 5% presente, y quizá superar a su compatriota Geely (que tiene casi el 10%).

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Día 29 de noviembre

Jesús nos habla de dos grandes, tristes y amargos acontecimientos con muchas complejidades. Dios ha seleccionado con mucho amor a un pueblo y lo ha adoptado como suyo, Israel. Parte de este pueblo un día vivió en Jerusalén, lo que … Sigue leyendo

O remarcabilă cercetare a genocidului otoman

Editura Harvard University Press a dat publicităţii recent volumul The Thirty-Year Genocide (Turkey’s Destruction of its Christian Minorities, 1894-1924) al istoricilor Benny Morris şi Dror Ze’evi, profesori la Departamentul de Studii ale Orientului Mijlociu de la Universitatea Ben Gurion din Negev, Israel. Această amplă lucrare (672 pagini, 30 fotografii, 7 hărţi şi 2 tabele) face …

International schools in Israel are amongst the most expensive in the world


A new report researches into the most expensive international schools around the world and their current annual fees.

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Forscher aus Israel haben E.Coli-Bakterien gefrankensteint, ...

Forscher aus Israel haben E.Coli-Bakterien gefrankensteint, die sich statt von Zucker von dem CO2 aus der Luft ernähren.

Ich bin gerade hin- und hergerissen, ob ich mich freuen soll, weil das unsere Klimakatastrophe abwehren könnte, oder ob ich mir Sorgen vor einem Scifi-Dystopie-Szenario machen soll, wo wir die Bakterien nicht mehr gestoppt kriegen.

Update: Nachdem ihr hoffentlich alle die Primärquelle gelesen und bewertet hat, hier ein Leserbrief dazu:

CO2 ist ein recht energiearmes Gas, um daraus Biomasse aufzubauen (d. h. Bakterien leben und vermehren sich) muss Energie zugeführt werden. In dem Versuch hat man das über Formiate, d. h. Salze der Ameisensäure (chemich HCOOH) gemacht, also mit Zufuhr von organischem Kohlenstoff. Selbst wenn man chemisch / biologisch einen Weg zur CO2 Fixierung gefunden hat, bleibt das Fundamentalproblem bestehen: Die Energie, die bei der CO2 Freisetzung rausgekommen ist, muss wieder rein, zzgl. Verlusten an Wirkungsgrad.


Comment on Perfect Being Theology, Theistic Personalism, and the Eclipse of the Apophatic by Frederick

Thank you, Robert When I referred to philosophy I was thinking particularly of Christian 'apologists' in relation to pagan philosophy, Gnosticism, Judaism, and Arianism,etc., which would seem to be well justified according to the evangelical approach of Paul when he wrote " For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. . . .To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." (1 Cor.9:19,21-22) So he might also have said, 'to them that are philosophers, I made myself as a philosopher that I might save some'. But does "the everyone" you refer to as being philosophers and theologians include to your mind, all Adamic souls, or only Christians, that is, them that have been blessed with Holy Spirit? You wrote " but the devil’s in the details, isn’t it?" I have found that pretty generally it is rather, "the devil's in the premise(s)". In argument, or rhetorical applications, it could be 'the devil's in the definitions'; or perhaps, really, 'the devil's in the question?' (eg. "Hath God said?"). So you asked me "Tell me what kind of God you believe in?". I'm thinking, truly without offense, that this is sort of test question to hopefully enable me to see or realize that it's impossible to do theology without doing philosophy. (Please correct me if I'm wrong). Seems to me this gets back to definitions. (An 'aside' : One of my favorite portions of Scripture is Malachi 3:16-17 "Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him." A question could be, were these ones who feared the LORD doing "philosophy and theology" ? A second question could be "did it matter to our God?". Nevertheless, the primary reason I value Eclectic Orthodoxy is because the forum is, for me, an example of Malachi 3.) 'Kind' is an abstraction, a category, a generalization, a definition. I'm not saying that generalizations, or categories are not useful and necessary in many applications. However, in relation to 'ho theos' I believe they do not 'fundamentally' apply, particularly in relation to the word "kind", so I believe we must be careful. For it is written, "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God"; and "Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any." (Isaiah 44:6,8). Is 'one of a kind' a 'kind'? So my answer, in any case, to "what kind of God do you believe in?" would be 'the only kind of God': the LORD, YHWH, he that is what he is and does what he does, the I AM, 'hayah esher hayah', revealed in word and deed, and in the person of Jesus Christ, and His Spirit to we who have believed in our hearts, according to the good pleasure of His will. I truly don't believe I'm playing word games here, Robert. Finally, you wrote " In any case, we operate here on the ancient and fruitful Christian tradition which holds that worship and theology are a single movement of beholding the Beauty, Truth and Goodness that is God." I'm assuming that the "we. . . here' refers to those who are 'in house' regulars at Eclectic Orthodoxy, and that "the fruitful Christian tradition" is particularly Greek Orthodoxy. I am happy and thankful for all blessedness that comes to man in the name of Jesus Christ. Yet I have come to realize that the gratitude towards our Father for those pious ones that have come before us can lead to an incorporated vanity such as the incipient sectarian vanity of certain ones Paul rebuked in 1 Corinthians 1, all who no doubt believed, however briefly, in the 'orthodoxy' of their 'champions'. Such vanity, when well established can lead to 'traditions of men'. This is obviously a 'Reformation' type view, I but I'm not going to be judged of God because I don't explicitly follow Basil the Great or any of the so-called church Fathers, or 'the councils' of the church, generally, (or Luther, Calvin, or anyone else). These are and can be helpful, but only as secondary sources. This of course became the basis of the Reformation doctrine of 'sola Scriptura', and which is why I quote Scripture after the manner of Lord Jesus and the apostles. Yet, personally, I believe, rather in 'prima Scriptura', first the Scripture, after the manner of the Bereans. If I am ignorant (and not willfully ignorant) and not proud, perversely provocative, contentious, or hypocritical, my judgment will issue in my inheritance with my Father, our Father through Lord Jesus, and I will still be able to bless others in some ways here and now. I do, however, greatly respect the Orthodox principle of the collegium of 'the fathers' with regard to the apprehension of the truth as it is in Jesus. This is one reason why I have profitably read of them as I could. Still, it is difficult, in one lifetime, having been placed by God in one geographical historical and cultural segment of the church of Jesus of Jesus Christ, to easily receive claims of "orthodoxy" from anyone, including 'Bible believers'. This is particularly so for those of us who have been raised in one of the many, many 'denominations' of Protestantism (though I haven't been an adherent to any for many decades). who first of all, if they were sober minded, had to digest why Rome was aberrant. I know this was long, but thank you for your patience. Frederick

November 30 - Prayer to St. Andrew

O brother of the Rock of our Church, you who brought him to our Lord, you who were crucified on the Cross of our Savior, who shed your blood freely for His cause… you who thirsted for His coming and welcomed Him so readily into your life – bring us also to the Messiah’s side and pray we shall receive Him as well as your brother has done; pray we, too, will abandon our boats, our moorings in this world, to follow the Christ along the way He leads, even apart from home and family. Brothers to the Son pray we become, accomplishing the Father’s will with our lives; capture us in His net this day that we too might stand in His light with all the redeemed of Israel.

Israeli teachers make sense of global citizenship education in a divided society- religion, marginalisation and economic globalisation


Israeli teachers make sense of global citizenship education in a divided society- religion, marginalisation and economic globalisation

Goren, H., Maxwell, C. & Yemini, M., 3 Apr 2019, In : Comparative Education. 55, 2, p. 243-263

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JournalComparative Education
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Pages (from-to)243-263
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019


Dying Embittered, Pt. 1

For 35 years, Asa was faithful and depended on the Lord. He reformed Israel and God blessed him. But he did not end well.-An overview of Asa's Change - A Contrast to his earlier faithfulness-The thirty-sixth year changed everything -16-1-. We are not told what defections occurred before this but we recognize something had changed by the decisions he made, by his reactions, by his actions.-His RELIANCE changed. -His COVENANT changed.-His RESPONSE to GOD's WORD changed.-His DEVOTION and OFFERINGS changed.-His RELATIONSHIP to GOD's PEOPLE changed.-AS A RESULT, his overall life changed- PEACE to WAR-The Overall Lesson- 35 years of faithfulness does not guarantee that we will finish the rest of our lives well. Asa's last five years are recounted in ch. 16 and what a spiritual disaster they became. Listen to Ezek. 18-24, -But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live- None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered- for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.--1. We learn that the best of men can never be our saviors--2. We learn that it's not over until it's over.-3. We learn that Christ alone has secured our blessings. -4. We see why we need a Savior.

29 de Novembro | Dia Internacional de Solidariedade com o Povo Palestino


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Hoje, 29 de Novembro, assinala-se o Dia Internacional de Solidariedade com o Povo Palestino, estabelecido pelas Nações Unidas, tendo em conta a adoção, pela sua Assembleia Geral, da Resolução 181, de 1947, que preconizava a divisão da Palestina em dois estados, um judeu e um árabe – respetivamente, com 55% e 44% do território – e a permanência de Jerusalém e Belém sob controlo internacional.

Para as Nações Unidas, a instituição do dia 29 de Novembro é uma forma de chamar a atenção para o facto da questão da Palestina continuar por resolver e de o povo palestino não ter ainda visto reconhecidos os seus direitos inalienáveis, definidos pela Assembleia Geral, nomeadamente o direito à autodeterminação sem interferência externa, o direito à independência nacional e soberania, e o direito a regressar às suas casas e propriedades expropriadas.

Hoje, dos dois estados preconizados em 1947, só o de Israel existe, criado e expandido pela força das armas e o apoio das potências ocidentais – em particular dos EUA –, pela destruição de aldeias e comunidades árabes e a expulsão das suas populações, fazendo do povo palestino aquele que tem o maior número de refugiados do mundo.


Y el premio a la comida estrella de Oriente Medio es para... ¡El falafel!


Nadie sabe de qué país procede ni cuándo comenzó a deleitar paladares, pero una cosa está clara: no hay plato que quite al falafel, una suerte de bola aplastada hecha a base de garbanzos o habas, la corona de comida callejera más popular de Oriente Medio.

Y el premio a la comida estrella de Oriente Medio es para... ¡El falafel!

¿Libanés? ¿Sirio? ¿Palestino? ¿Egipcio?. "La región al completo reclama este plato (...) No creo que nadie sepa dónde apareció por primera vez", explica a Efe la profesora de Egiptología experta en comida de la Universidad Americana de El Cairo, Salima Ikram.

Hay hipótesis, claro, y como buena egipcia Ikram menciona la posibilidad de que una variante del falafel fuese consumida ya en el Antiguo Egipto, eso sí, sin que fuese frita en abundante aceite como se hace hoy en día.

"Las habas habían estado presentes en Egipto pero no se hicieron muy populares hasta alrededor de los siglos III y II a.C., es posible que los antiguos egipcios hiciesen cosas a base de harina frita o al horno", dice, si bien reconoce que no hay pruebas de ello.

Algunos mantienen incluso que el exquisito plato procede de la India, pero "¿quién sabe cuál vino primero?", concluye la experta. Lo que sí sabemos es que hoy el falafel, más allá de las disputas sobre a quién pertenece, es plato común en la gastronomía regional.

La única diferencia, apunta Salima Ikram, es que en el país de las pirámides se hace a partir de habas y en el resto de la región, generalmente, de garbanzos.

"Los egipcios, por supuesto, están hechos de habas y sale como una maravillosa cosa verde, mientras que los palestinos están hechos de garbanzos. Pero, de cualquier modo, es la misma idea del ajo y la cebolla y el perejil y el comino y el cilantro", enumera la profesora universitaria.

Cada casa palestina, un sabor

El restaurante palestino Lina, dentro de la ciudad amurallada, es uno de los más populares de la Ciudad Vieja, Jerusalén Este, donde cada día Firas Zahde comienza a preparar cientos de piezas de falafel a partir de las 8.30 de la mañana.

Pone los garbanzos a remojo el día anterior y, por la mañana, los mezcla con ajo, pimiento picante, cilantro, perejil y lo pasa todo dos veces por la máquina de picar, antes de amasarlo con carbonato y sal.

¡Listo! Con el aceite a unos 200 grados, los fríe cinco minutos y los entrega a los clientes en bolsas de papel para que los desayunen en casa.

Zahde explica a Efe que hay muchas variantes y cada uno lo hace a su manera, "como lo vio hacer" en Hebrón, en Ramala o en Jerusalén. Aunque sean el mismo país, unos ponen pan, otros pimiento dulce en lugar de picante.

En el mes sagrado del Ramadán, es típico comer en Palestina falafel relleno, del que hay de dos variantes: de cebolla y "zatar" (mezcla de especias que se utiliza en la cocina medioriental) o de queso.

Zahde cree que el de Egipto es algo diferente porque se hace a partir del "fulful", no del garbanzo natural, y defiende que esta comida, aún con sus pequeñas diferencias, es más típica del Líbano, Siria, Jordania y Palestina, sobre todo.

La "tameya" egipcia, ¿Primo hermano del falafel?

Es cierto que su composición es ligeramente distinta y que en zonas como El Cairo se conoce como "tameya" y no como falafel, pero Mohamed Kamal Mohamed, al frente de un pequeño establecimiento capitalino con cerca de 60 años de historia, defiende que las singulares croquetillas son "egipcias, egipcias".

"Las habas y la tameya son comidas egipcias, creo que otros países lo han cogido y han cambiado la receta (...) Para nosotros son platos muy antiguos, como se puede ver en las películas en blanco y negro, ¡son egipcias, egipcias!", afirma.

El Primera Hora pertenece a su padre, un anciano que hoy se encarga de la caja registradora y, aunque Mohamed estudió Derecho, se enorgullece de dedicar su tiempo a ofrecer a los clientes "comida casera" de "primera calidad".

¿El secreto? "¡Lavar bien las habas!", desvela a Efe, y asevera que en el caso de su establecimiento el truco se aplica hasta diez o doce veces. Al fin y al cabo son el ingrediente principal de la "tameya".

"El falafel sirio o libanés lleva ingredientes como garbanzos más otras cosas y especias especiales de sus países (...) La tameya se compone de habas peladas y partidas a la mitad, cebolla y verduras", explica, y añade que hay otros ingredientes "secretos" que no se pueden compartir.

Desde la cocina, el sonido del aceite en ebullición se funde con el tris-trás de una enorme máquina que mezcla cantidades ingentes de una masa verdosa. Y vuelta a empezar, el cocinero mete la mano al cuenco y hace bolitas que saltan directas a una enorme sartén.

Al final del día, habrá freído entre 80 y 90 tandas con 30 piezas de crujiente falafel cada una.

Israel y el legado de los judíos árabes

El restaurante israelí Ben Sira, en el centro de Jerusalén Oeste, es un lugar usual para muchos israelíes que quieren comer buen falafel.

Abierto hace diez años, pertenece a un israelí de ascendencia marroquí que ofrece platos típicos del país de sus abuelos, como suele ocurrir con los establecimientos de falafel en Israel.

El principal cocinero del local, Simja Tochover, explica a Efe cómo éstos están generalmente gestionados por mizrajíes, los judíos con orígenes en países árabes "como Yemen, Marruecos o Irak", que integran una parte importante de la población del país e hicieron popular esta comida.

Según comenta Tochover, el falafel es un producto propio de la región, "típico de todas partes de Oriente Medio", donde "la comida está mezclada".

"No es original de Israel", pero sus habitantes lo consideran "comida israelí", un producto propio de la comida local. "Es lo que acostumbramos a comer, igual que el humus", indica el chef.

Y es que pocos conocen tan bien como él los entresijos del negocio, pues está acostumbrado a producir 60 kilos de masa, que cada día se transforman en unas 1.200 unidades de falafel.

Durante la noche anterior ha cocido los garbanzos, que hierve durante ocho horas, y los tritura a primera hora con cebolla, ajo, levadura para hornear, comino, cilantro, pimiento rojo, verde y picante, y sal.

El libanés, posiblemente el más famoso

Junto a Siria -donde hoy el conflicto civil ha reducido el turismo gastronómico a cero-, quizás el Líbano sea el más famoso de los productores de falafel.

Jad Lufti, de Falafel Abu Andre, considerado uno de los mejores del país, destaca en declaraciones a Efe cómo el plato es una parte clave de la "cultura alimenticia libanesa", junto a la ensalada tabulé y el humus.

Eso sí, la geografía también afecta a la receta de las suculentas bolitas, que generalmente se sirven dentro de un pan de pita y acompañadas de verduras variadas siempre expuestas a la vista del cliente.

"En Beirut y en el norte del Líbano lo hacen ya sea con garbanzos o con habas, pero en el sur mezclan ambos", mantiene Lufti.

A pesar de esas pequeñas diferencias, el falafel también tiende puentes entre la polarizada sociedad del país, pues los musulmanes lo consumen durante el Ramadán y los cristianos sobre todo en los días en que no pueden consumir carne, detalló.

La comida libanesa une en la mesa a las distintas comunidades culturales, étnicas y religiosas del país.

"Con el estómago lleno se haya el entendimiento entre civilizaciones" concluyó a Efe Fadia, una experta culinaria.




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The War of the Curls


Walk down the streets of Tel Aviv or Haifa, and you’ll see many women with naturally curly hair. But turn on Israeli TV news, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a female anchor who hasn’t pressed her hair flat. And this isn’t just a trend among news anchors. In Israel, female politicians, entrepreneurs, and celebrities who step into the limelight are soon found featuring straight, shiny locks, no matter their hair’s original texture.

Male politicians and celebrities with curly hair exist in Israel, but since they tend to keep their hair short, it’s been less of an issue; women, who more often keep their hair long, are in the eye of this cultural storm. But recently, there’s been a cultural uprising brewing, as curls take center stage in the national conversation.

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A Newly Published Book of Letters Provides a Thrilling Eyewitness Account of Israel’s Birth


Mordecai Chertoff moved from the United States to Palestine in 1947 as a young man, writing evocative letters to his family back home and capturing the drama of Israel’s birth. These letters were collected and annotated by his son, Daniel Chertoff, in a newly published book, Palestine Posts: An Eye-Witness Account of the Birth of Israel. This letter was translated by Rachel Chertoff Kaminetsky.


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The New MMA Hotbed: Israel


Aviv Gozali had just defeated his Ukrainian opponent by submission in 56 seconds—an eternity, given his previous, record-setting 11-second submission win on Aug. 25 in Connecticut—and the delirium enveloping the sold-out crowd in Menora Mivtahim Arena on Nov. 14 surely rivaled the decibel levels celebrating the league basketball titles captured in the building by dynastic Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Gozali basked in the roar of fans enjoying this mixed martial arts (MMA) fight night as the public-address system played one of the best-known ballads by Israel’s legendary singer-songwriter, the late Arik Einstein. It opens with:

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The Last ‘Rabbi’ of Baghdad


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Israel Folau clarifies scandalous claim

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NEIL LENNON is determined to get the versatile Nir Bitton tied down on a new contract before next month’s transfer window. The Israeli international’s deal expires in June and Burnley have already been linked with a cut-price £1million move for the 28-year-old midfielder or central defender. Lennon, who signed Bitton during his first reign in [...]

Coyote’s Ford wins again, Liberty boys advance

Wendy Alexander/The Madera TribuneThe Liberty Hawks boys cross country takes off to start the Div. V Central Section championship race. The Hawks finished just 30 points out of first and earned a berth at the CIF State Cross Country championships. From left are Quaid Copher (1227), Ryan Avila (1226), Israel Rivera (1231), Dylan Devine (1228) and Michael Rivera (1232).FRESNO — Madera Coyotes girls cross country runner Unique Ford captured her second straight Div. II Central Section Cross Country

Científicos reconfiguran bacteria para que 'coma' dióxido de carbono


Un equipo científico de Israel convirtió una bacteria común que consume azúcar en cepas de Eschericia coli que producen toda su biomasa a partir del dióxido de carbono (CO2), uno de los principales causantes de la contaminación atmosférica y el calentamiento global, según un artículo que publica este la revista Cell.

"Nuestro objetivo principal era crear una plataforma científica conveniente que pudiera realzar la fijación del dióxido de carbono, lo cual podría ayudar a lidiar con los retos de una producción sostenible de alimentos, los comb


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Defensa antiaérea siria frustra agresión israelí en Damasco

La defensa antiaérea siria frustró el martes una agresión del régimen israelí y logró interceptar la mayoría de los misiles lanzados contra el país árabe.

Después de sus agresiones contra el pueblo y el Ejército de Siria, el régimen israelí ha lanzado, en la madrugada del martes un ataque contra zonas residenciales y militares en los alrededores de la capital siria, Damasco.

Una fuente militar siria informó que los sistemas de defensa antiaérea destruyeron la mayoría de los misiles antes de que alcanzaran sus objetivos.

En Beit Saber, en el sur de Damasco, todos los intentos de salvar a un hombre y su esposa de los escombros no tuvieron éxito. Perdieron la vida, dejando solo a su hijo que se despertó sin familia y sin casa.

Los ataques contra los suburbios del oeste de Damasco dejaron herida a una niña mientras dormía , además de grandes daños materiales en las zonas residenciales. El gesto de victoria que alzan los niños sobre los escombros es un mensaje al enemigo israelí sobre su apego a su patria y su firmeza frente al enemigo.

La agresión israelí contra zonas civiles y residenciales es un desarrollo grave que se suma a la serie de crímenes que ha cometido el régimen de Tel Aviv contra Siria, pueblo y Ejército, a lo largo de los últimos años.

ICC: Changes Needed to Deliver Justice


Seventeenth session of the International Criminal Court's Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands, December 2018. 

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(The Hague) – The annual meeting of International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries is a pivotal moment to strengthen the court’s delivery of justice, Human Rights Watch said today. The 18th session of the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties will take place in the Hague from December 2 to 7, 2019. 

Human Rights Watch issued a 16-page report in advance of the session that addresses serious challenges facing the court and makes recommendations for ICC members. Missteps by court officials in policy and practice, along with a growing workload, inadequate resources, and inconsistent state support, have left the court struggling to deliver on expectations for justice.

“Atrocities across the globe are a reminder that the ICC, with all its shortcomings, remains the essential court of last resort,” said Elizabeth Evenson, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch. “The court’s annual meeting, as well as the 2020 elections for the next ICC prosecutor and a third of the court’s judges, present critical opportunities for change that member countries and justice supporters shouldn’t miss.”

In May, the court’s leadership responded to several notable setbacks by requesting an independent review of court practice by expert practitioners, in line with previous assessments carried out for earlier international tribunals. The experts, whose appointment is expected to be approved at the upcoming Assembly session, will be mandated to issue a report and recommendations for institutional changes by September 2020.

The expert group’s work could help strengthen the ICC’s effectiveness, but it should respect the court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence, Human Rights Watch said. Countries at the upcoming session should ensure that the group begins work promptly with the necessary resources and independence.

The court is also facing growing threats to its mandate from governments. Earlier in 2019, the Trump administration revoked ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s entry visa to the United States, taking up one of several threats the administration had previously made against court officials. These were prompted by potential ICC investigations in Afghanistan of US military and Central Intelligence Agency personnel for alleged crimes related to the conflict there, as well as of nationals of close allies such as Israel.

Hearings in the appeal of the decision not to allow Bensouda to proceed with an investigation in Afghanistan are scheduled for December 4 to 6. ICC member countries should voice their support for the court as a crucial, yet fragile component of the international rules-based order tasked to tackle entrenched impunity where it has authority, regardless of the nationality of those allegedly responsible for the crimes. 

Member countries should also take other steps to strengthen the court. Election of the most highly qualified individuals in 2020 is a central responsibility of member countries and requires a strictly merit-based approach. Countries should adopt measures at the session to strengthen the mandate of the Assembly’s advisory committee to ensure rigorous assessment of judicial candidates, Human Rights Watch said. 

Member countries will also set the court’s budget for next year. For some time, a few members have urged minimizing budget increases. A fresh investigation into the reported forced deportation of ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar into Bangladesh shows that the gap between the court’s resources and the justice needs on its docket is greater than ever.

“A stronger ICC firmly supported by its member countries will be more resilient to efforts to derail its crucial mandate,” Evenson said. “Governments meeting at this year’s Assembly session should strengthen the ICC to ensure that the court can effectively deliver on expectations for justice.”


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Palestinian Peoples PartyIn 1977, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On that day in 1947, the UNGA adopted Resolution 181 calling for the partition of Palestine. Towards the commemoration of the 72 years since the adoption of that resolution, the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) jointly initiated the following statement reaffirming their mutual commitment, and that of the other signatory Communist and People’s parties, to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people.

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29th of November), the undersigned Communist and Workers parties affirm that the key to peace and stability in the Middle East is the end of the Israeli occupation, and the implementation of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the resolution of the refugee issue in accordance with UN Resolution 194.


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How did November become the Mizrahi Heritage Month? And what’s Mizrahi anyhow?


A Yemenite family walks through the desert to a reception camp 


Recently, a growing number of Jewish American organizations began marking November as the "Sephardic/Mizrahi Heritage Month." In the American context, awareness months come to illuminate histories of marginalized communities whose stories are overshadowed and underrepresented in the official curricula and memory. The Mizrahi heritage month, by contrast, is not a local, grassroots initiative that emerged in response to experiences of discrimination or marginalization. Instead, it is a transatlantic importation of recent attempts by the Israeli government to commemorate the forced expulsion of Jews from the Arab and Muslim world in the wake of the establishment of Israel. Nor is November a month that has any particular significance in the histories or rituals of any of the dozen Jewish minority communities that resided in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Instead, the specific date, November 30th, was chosen by the Israeli lawmaker as a symbolic birth date of the mass exodus of Jews from Arab speaking lands triggered by the UN Partition Resolution of November 29th, 1947.


Erroneously, in the North American Jewish world, the terms “Sephardi” and “Mizrahi” are often treated as synonymous. Yet, unlike the term “Sephardi,” which originates in the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 (Sepharad is the Hebrew term for Spain), Mizrahi is a category which is not only far more recent in historical terms but is also politically charged and rooted in a specific Israeli context. Mizrahi, literarily meaning “eastern” or “Oriental” in Hebrew, was an adjective-turned-term that was coined in pre-statehood Palestine and later used in Israel to denote any non-Ashkenazi Jew. In early statehood Israel, a considerable degree of patronizing attitude and discrimination towards “Oriental Jews” who were regarded as less civilized, ill-educated, lacking sufficient ideological commitment resulted in discrimination. During the 1950s, Mizrahi Jews were sent to frontier settlements and to newly established "development towns" that were established in the country's peripheral regions. Soon enough, these towns transformed into conspicuous pockets of deprivation and poverty, and their Mizrahi residents became a discernible low-status blue-collar class, deprived of the same employment and education opportunities as their Ashkenazi peers. In that process, the adjective "Mizrahi” became a highly contested and politically charged term, and not a neutral sociological category.  


Years of a persistent civic struggle for equal rights by Mizrahi activists and scholars in Israel, accompanied by demands for recognition of their full history, did not solve all social problems and inequality nor erase past scars. During the 1970s, the Likud Party’s leadership reappropriated the Mizrahi struggle to claim a stake at the Israeli national story. Other political parties, such as Shas, the non-Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox party that was established during the mid-1980s, also tried to harness the Mizrahi struggle with a considerable level of success. A 2014 legislation that created a new day of commemoration for Mizrahi Jews is yet another attempt to divert the Mizrahi call for equality in Israel to a political cause. In particular, it uses the politics of memory to create a false equation between "Jewish refugees from the Arab World" and the Palestinian refugees. Jewish communities in the Middle East and North Africa region had undergone different experiences, not just between different countries, but even between various communities in the same country. 1948 was undoubtedly a turning point for a great number of them, and the Israel-Palestine conflict loomed over much of it. But casting these rich histories into one single-dimensional narrative is, in fact, a cynical strategy employed by the Israeli Right to avoid the need to address Palestinian claim for compensation on behalf of the Palestinian refugees. 


Right-leaning Jewish organizations in the US, such as the San Francisco based JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East), were quick to adopt the Israeli ready-made mold of “Mizrahi commemoration” and to blend it with the American practice of “awareness months.” Their website describes them as a non-profit “committed to achieving universal recognition to the heritage and history of the 850,000 indigenous Jewish refugees Arab from countries.” Similar ideas are expressed by Hen Mazzig, a charismatic yet controversial "Hasbarah" (pro-Israeli advocacy) speaker who tours North American campuses, to speak to students about his family's immigration from Tunisia and Morocco, his experiences as a gay officer in the IDF, and ways of combating anti-Israeli critics. Critics of Israel on US campuses are described by him as silencing Middle Eastern and North African Jews. Almost simultaneously, a call upon Jews to join a mass kaddish (a prayer traditionally recited in memory of the dead) on November 30th appeared on the pages of the Jerusalem Post. It remains unclear if these are grassroots initiatives or a well-orchestrated state-funded campaign. As the Jewish daily The Forward revealed, Mazzig is most probably a contractor paid by the Israeli government. 


While asserting correctly that the heritage of Middle Eastern Jews does not receive equal space in the American-Jewish establishment, the kind of heritage that JIMENA and wishes to promote is equally superficial and shallow and is mostly comprised of stories of persecution and harassment followed by a final expulsion and a Zionist redemption. The historical narrative they are offering has less to do with the particular heritage and histories of these diverse communities and more to do with a politics of competitive victimhood and a “quid pro quo” argument about the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which Jewish refugees from the Middle East are cast as mirror images of the roughly 750,000 Palestinians who were expelled during the 1948 War.


As historians who dedicate their careers to research modern Jewish history, who believe in the importance of studying the histories of Middle Eastern Jewish communities alongside Ashkenazi communities, we welcome the intent to deepen and broaden our understanding of the place of these communities. Eurocentric assumptions, including our tendency to understand Jewish modernity writ large as coming out of the experiences of European Jews, provides a very narrow prism that fails to capture the Jewish historical experience in all its richness and diversity. It is about time that academic Jewish Studies programs would expand their curriculum and educate the students and the wider public about the culture and history of Mizrahi Jews, alongside other non-Ashkenazi communities such as the Yemenite Jews, Iranian (Persian) Jews, Greek and Balkan Jews, Caucasus Jews, Bukharan Jews and more. We also believe in the value and the importance of heritage months to raise awareness to and help advance our understanding of marginalized social groups. Notably, per the Library of Congress website, the American-Jewish Heritage month is celebrated in May, as part of an effort of Jews to be part of the “big American Jewish tent.” We raise our eyebrows, however, at what seems as what might be an attempt to hijack this noble cause for a partisan issue and a state-sponsored invented tradition. Jewish communities in the US should pay greater attention to the non-Ashkenazi stories alongside the Ashkenazi saga. But we wonder if a day of commemoration that is copy-pasted mechanically rather than reflectively by Jewish diaspora communities would serve that purpose.


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“We Shall Overcome” – by Martin Luther King, Jr.

On 31st March1968, just four days before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., inspired by a previous sermon when he had recited parts of the hymn “We shall overcome” to the interfaith congregation at Temple Israel in Hollywood, California. The resonant line of the folk… Read More “We Shall Overcome” – by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Biển Đông: Khinh khí cầu do thám của TQ bị phát hiện trên Đá Vành Khăn

Bắc Kinh tiếp tục đẩy mạnh tiến trình quân sự hóa Biển Đông. Theo nhật báo Hồng Kông South China Morning Post ngày 28/11/2019, vệ tinh Israel vào trung tuần tháng 11 này, đã phát hiện một vật thể có hình dáng của một chiếc khinh khí cầu ngay bên trên Đá Vành Khăn, một trong 7 tiền đồn mà Trung Quốc đã xây dựng trên các thực thể mà họ chiếm đóng ở Trường Sa.

Prophetic Actions


A prophetic action (prophetic act) is something done (at God's directions) in the natural (physical) realm that supports God's workings in the spiritual realm, to bring forth results that would be manifested in the natural realm. Such prophetic ministry becomes the forerunner of that move of God that opens the channel for His glory and power to be released that will affect our natural environment.

The prophetic act or activity is usually displayed or demonstrated or communicated in a dimension or language that is thought to be easily understood by those to whom the revealed prophetic actions is intended.

Prophetic acts that might have yielded fruits of great glory are of no special significance if not ordered by God.



The Prophetic acts of God often convey His love for His people. But many times these prophetic acts also communicated God’s disappointment, correction, and rebuke.

Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them

This is a prophetic act of enormous prophetic portion. God provides a covering for them in the form of a prophetic act of the redemption. God made them coats of skin to now cover them. The coats were not to shield them from the elements as we use coats today, but they were to cover them in their now perceived nakedness. Our sin exposes us not to God but to ourselves and to the perceptions of others.


Acts 21:10,11 10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus 11 And coming to us, • he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns * this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”

Agabus revealed to Paul and the disciples that the road ahead wouldn’t be easy for the owner of the belt (Paul).


The best example of a prophetic act performed by a believer is water baptism. A prophetic action enables the recipients to see what they are unwilling to accept through mere words due to their frightened or hardened hearts. If they reject the physical act, then the state of their hearts is exposed. Water Baptism is a Symbolical enactment of death to self and resurrection to a new life with Christ.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Baptism will not save you but the prophetic act of obedience to God’s commandment will place you on the path of salvation.

Prophetic acts can break accepted cultural, ethical, and religious norms.

  1. Jeremiah was told not to marry or have children in order to live out a prophetic action before God’s people (Jer.16:1-13). God’s prophetic words to His people were all the more potent as they came through this bachelor-prophet: as Jeremiah had no offspring, so the children born to Jewish parents would die from disease and by the hand of their enemies.
  2. Ezekiel was ordered toshave his beard and head (a disgrace for a Jewish man; see II Sam.10:4-5), and then to burn one third of it in the center of Jerusalem, strike one third with a sword throughout the city, and scatter the remaining third to the wind (Ez.5:1-17). He was then to explain to the people in Jerusalem how his actions represented the judgments that were coming upon them.
  3. The prophet Hosea was divinely directed twice to marry prostitutes (Hos.1:2-9; 3:1-5). His marriages, and the children he fathered in the first marriage, were prophetic actions to Israel.
  4. The prophet Zechariah was commanded to place a kingly crown upon the head of the high priest Joshua (Zech.6:9-15). His act was noteworthy because priests were forbidden from ruling as kings, and vice versa (see II Chr.26:16-21; Num.3:10; 16:39-40).This violation of the written word was followed by a prophetic word that foretold the Priest-King, Jesus Christ, who would rebuild Jerusalem’s temple and rule on the throne of Israel – a true priest on His throne.

Moses ROD

  1. Moses was always carrying out prophetic acts with his rod, he was always prophesying with his rod. God chose Moses, knowing he had a speech impediment (see Exodus 4:10), so He (God) could speak through him; so He could do signs, wonders and miracles through him; so He could do prophetic acts through him. God chose a man who now knew how to LEAN ON HIM. God said to Moses in Exodus 4:2, “What’s that in your hand? . . . USE IT!” His rod became his point of contact for prophetic acts.

  2. In Exodus 14, after the Israelites fled from Egypt, we read abou