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JERUSALEM: Israel held out the prospect on Tuesday of eventual contacts with Syria under President Bashar Assad, in a nod to his regime-consolidating advances in a seven-year-old civil war that Israeli officials had initially predicted would topple him.
Assad’s Russia-backed forces have advanced in southwest Syria and are on course to reach Quneitra, a rebel-held district abutting the Golan Heights frontier with Israel. That has stirred Israeli concern that he may try to deploy troops there in defiance of a 1974 UN demilitarization accord on the Golan.

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When war first broke out in Syria, the city of Deir Attieh was still safe. Refugees from Damascus and Homs came to Deir Attieh looking for safety, says Rahaf Abdo who grew up there. But then in November 2013 her city got swept up into the conflict too.


          The Trump Administration's Human Cages Aren't New — They Have a Long and Shameful American History      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of kidnapped natives from various countries were displayed.

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated.

Nobody, however, should have been surprised. The president has a long history of excoriating people of color as animal-like. In 1989, for instance, reacting to the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park, he took out full-page ads in four of the city’s major papers (total cost: $85,000) calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty and decrying “roving bands of wild criminals roaming our streets.” He was, of course, referring to the five black and Latino youngsters accused of that crime for which they were convicted -- and, 10 years late, exonerated when a serial rapist and murderer finally confessed.

Trump never apologized for his rush to judgment or his hate-filled opinions, which eventually became the template for his attacks on immigrants during the 2016 election campaign and for his presidency. He has declared many times that some people aren’t actually human beings at all but animals, pointing, in particular, to MS-13 gang members. At a rally in Tennessee at the end of May, he doubled down on this sort of invective, goading a frenzied crowd to enthusiastically shout that word -- “Animals!” -- back. In that way, he made those present accomplices to his bigotry. Nor are his insults and racial tirades mere rhetorical flourishes. They’ve had quite real consequences. It’s enough to look at the cages where undocumented children separated from their families at or near the U.S.-Mexico border have been held as if they were indeed animals -- reporters and others regularly described one of those detention areas as being like a “zoo” or a “kennel” -- not to mention their parents who are also trapped behind wire barriers, even if arousing far less attention and protest.

A History of Caged Humans

All the president’s furious contemporary rants and rallies, along with those cages and detainee centers, have certainly brought Nazism to mind for some, but it might be more illuminating to think of them as echoing an earlier moment in history when comparing dark-skinned humans to animals would hardly have caused a stir.  It would have been considered part of normal discourse, in both Europe and the United States.

Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Europeans and Americans considered it perfectly natural to treat certain members of our species quite literally as if they were beasts. They were unfazed, so the historical record suggests, by the idea of seeing such “animals,” such oddities, displayed in literal zoo cages at boisterous public events. It may now be hard to believe, but our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of natives kidnapped from Asia, Africa, and Latin America were exposed to scrutiny, curiosity, and derision, as well as, sometimes, undergoing scientific experimentation.

Today, such mindboggling violations of human rights have almost entirely vanished from public memory. I had only vaguely heard of human zoos myself, before I became obsessed with them when research for my latest novel, Darwin’s Ghosts, led me into the world of human menageries. I discovered that the phenomenon had been launched in the most modest of ways.

One hundred and seventy years ago -- 1848, a year of revolutions across the globe -- a Hamburg fishmonger, Claus Hagenbeck, decided to charge customers to take a peek at some Arctic seals swimming in a large tub in the backyard of his house. Soon enough, that first timid entrepreneurial step developed into a highly lucrative family business exhibiting wild animals, while feeding growing demands for wondrous beasts to populate circuses and fill the private collections of monarchs and other wealthy individuals.

In the end, animals were not enough. By the early 1870s, in conjunction with the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris and American impresarios like P.T. Barnum, the Hagenbeck family started dabbling in displaying “savages” from the farthest corners of the planet. The first victims of this desire to bring exemplars from the rest of humanity to viewers in the West were Laplanders, displayed in a setting meant to look like one of their villages. (A similar urge gave birth to the dioramas that soon began to flourish at museums of natural history.)

That first exhibition in Hamburg of “the little men and women” of Lapland proved so sensational -- tours were organized to Berlin, Leipzig, and other German cities -- that the desire to see more “primitive” humans soon became insatiable. Scavengers who had previously specialized in locating and bringing African and Asian wildlife to Europe and the United States were now instructed to be on the lookout for similarly exotic human wildlife. They should not be, it was quickly stipulated, so monstrous as to disgust audiences, but neither should they be so beautiful as to cease to be bizarre.

The Laplanders were followed by a multitude of indigenous inhabitants of the planet forcibly removed from their habitats: Eskimos, Cingalese, Kalmuks, Somalis, Ethiopians, Bedouins, Nubians from the Upper Nile, aboriginal Australians, Zulu warriors, Mapuche Indians, Andaman Islanders from the South Pacific, head-hunters from Borneo. The list went on and on, as those human zoos spread from Germany to France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the United States, all of which -- what a coincidence! -- just happened to be the globe’s imperial powers of that era.

Representatives of ethnic groups from all over the planet soon became an expectable feature of then-popular World’s Fair pavilions. Besides providing entertainment for the whole family -- they might be thought of as that moment’s equivalents of reality TV shows -- those exhibitions were proclaimed “educational” experiences by the enterprises cashing in on them. Such tableaus of “prehistoric” people offered a way for affluent visitors to gawk at and be amazed by the bizarre habits of the bizarre inhabitants of the faraway lands that their countries were incorporating with great violence into “civilization” via colonial dominion. In fact, that violence was such that some of the native populations on display, like diverse groups of Patagons from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Latin America, were already then on the verge of becoming extinct. One of the draws of seeing living specimens of those strange men, women, and children was to do so before their last remnants, along with their languages and their cultures, disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Even if you were among the millions of Americans and Europeans who couldn’t personally visit such folk displays, ethnic villages, and human zoos, you could still inexpensively and vicariously experience those exotic others. The images of the captives -- who, of course, had been photographed without their consent -- were commercialized on an industrial scale. The postcards upon which their faces and bodies were flaunted soon became an everyday feature of domestic life, one more way that the human zoo was normalized, whitewashed, and sent into the home with barely a thought about the horrors, the suffering being visited on those captives or how their children, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends, left behind, were dealing with the trauma of having their loved ones torn from their midst.

Nor were such acts repudiated by the most illustrious members of those “advanced” societies. Quite the opposite, many of the abductions had been financed by scientific institutions eager to discover how such specimens might fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution. Their research, in turn, was backed by government officials more than ready to show their respect and support for scholars looking into the origins of humanity. Were those Africans and South Americans entirely human or did they constitute missing links in the great chain of beings that became our species? Eminent naturalists and doctors debated just such matters, gave lectures on them, wrote treatises about them, and (in what then passed for scientific experimentation) poked at or into the bodies of those who had made the mistake of being born far from the so-called civilized world.

The Ota Bengas of Today

Today, of course, human zoos and the medical experiments on live human beings that went with them are inconceivable. The consciousness of humanity, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. 70 years ago, has made such practices disgraceful and intolerable. Who today could stomach the fate of Ota Benga, a pygmy from the Congo who was housed with the primates at New York’s Bronx Zoo in 1906 and committed suicide a decade later when he realized that he would never be able to return to his native land? Who among us would bring their children to gape at “missing links” like Thai dwarfs, Amazonian Indians, or Sudanese villagers as if they were freaks of nature, not human beings?

Unfortunately, congratulations are not (yet) in order, given how often the same racist impulses resurface today, and not only in the president’s intemperate diatribes equating humans and animals (none of which have so far provoked indignation in most of his followers). A similar dehumanization of strangers with darker faces and skins appears to animate current anti-immigrant sentiments in many lands, a desire to escape “infestation” from abroad and maintain mythical versions of racial purity and national identity. Are we really that removed from the spectators who watched their fellow humans abused in zoo-like conditions a century or so ago without blinking or being disturbed?

In retrospect, what’s most sobering about the human zoos of an earlier time is how oblivious those who participated in such degrading spectacles were to the crimes being committed before their eyes. Many of them would have judged themselves decent, enlightened citizens, shining advocates of progress, science, and freedom. And yet, in Berlin in 1882, the police had to be called in to quell a riot by visitors to an exhibition of 11 Kaweshkar natives abducted from Tierra del Fuego. Thousands of customers, having imbibed copious gallons of beer, began to stone the hostages, demanding that they mate in public. Or consider the fate of two female Kaweshkar whose sexual organs, after they died in captivity, were carved from their dead bodies and sent to be examined by a prominent German researcher interested in discovering how such creatures might be distinct from European women.

So many decades later, it’s easy enough to condemn such offenses. More difficult and painful is to ask what injustices are happening now that we take to be as normal as human zoos (or the disempowerment of women and child slavery) were just a few generations ago. Is it the thoughtless annihilation of immeasurable species, the plundering of nature, the loss of wisdom stored for millennia by ethnic groups that are fast disappearing? Is it the punitive incarceration of millions, so many lives wasted? Is it our incredibly counterproductive “war on drugs” that unnecessarily ravages cities, nations, and lives? Or our inability to rid ourselves of the plague of nuclear proliferation, the brutality of widespread hunger, America’s endless wars, the detention centers for immigrants and their children in this country, the spectacle of undocumented minors shut up in cages and crying for their parents, or the overflowing refugee camps elsewhere in the world? And what of so many children displaced in their war-torn lands or incarcerated in poverty? Where is the indignation about them? Who marches to have them released from their structural captivity? And who even noticed the 10,000 children murdered or maimed in armed conflicts in 2017 alone, deaths invisible to us if you didn’t happen to catch a brief news item quickly forgotten?

In reality, those human zoos of the not-so-distant past pose a terrifying question for us: What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust in the future? How, they will wonder, could their ancestors have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humaneness and humanity?

 
 

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For almost a century, Turkey has been an internationally-admired Muslim-majority democracy. Under its World War 1 hero and founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turks obtained full independence in 1923, and later the rule of law, universal literacy, separation of state and religion, rights for women, and NATO membership.

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Tragically, Erdoğan has since severely undermined Turkey’s democracy and rule of law. In 2013, when a corruption scandal broke involving him and his cabinet, no-one was charged. Judges, prosecutors and police were quickly re-assigned. Fethullah Gülen, the cleric and founder of the Gülen Movement/Hizmet (GM), who had supported him when they both sought membership in the EU and further democratization of Turkey, broke with him over corruption and has since been declared “a terrorist” by Erdoğan.

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Professor Laçiner was arrested in July 2016 after the attempted coup, and a prosecutor has demanded life imprisonment for him over his alleged ties to the Gülen movement.

The full text of the letter sent by Professor Laçiner to veteran journalist Hasan Cemal through his lawyer is as follows:

Honourable Hasan Cemal,

Venerable master,

I am writing these lines from Çanakkale Prison, where I have been detained for 20 months… 20 months, 577 days, 13,848 hours, waiting in a dungeon for this madness to end…

While I was out (a long time ago), reading your articles was a daily routine that I could not give up. Regardless of the subject matter, I cannot forget your effort to be fair, your liberal stance and your attitude in favor of freedom and righteousness. Unfortunately, there is no internet in prison, no computers… Forbidden… Therefore, one of the many rights and opportunities that I have been deprived of is the writings of modest experts like you…

***

Dear Cemal,

On July 20, 2016, I was taken into custody in my home, in my work room… When the police arrived, I was working on my computer and busy writing a column for the internet (website). They turned my house upside down and confiscated my computers and mobile phone. I was arrested three days later. I could not believe that I was said to be guilty of ‘violating the constitution,’ in other words, ‘staging a coup.’ When the police said, ‘We do not know, the public prosecutor will explain,’ I waited for the prosecutor’s interrogation.

But the prosecutor did not even ask a single question about the coup. When he didn’t ask, I told him where I was on July 15th, what I did. But the prosecutor did not seem to listen to me… Then I appeared before the judge. The hearing, which started at 20:00 in the evening, ended at08:30 the next morning. For a while, even the lawyers and the defendants were asleep in the hall. Interestingly, the judge did not even ask me and the other defendants a single question about July 15th, just like the prosecutor. As if the decisions had already been taken, and our fate was settled… Neither the prosecutor nor the judge was concerned with what I was describing. They did not even ask me where I was on July 15th…

On the day I was arrested more than half of the prosecutors and judges’ offices in the courthouse were empty and their names removed… If the judge who arrested me had not arrested me, perhaps he himself would have been arrested. The rooms, which are next to the office of the prosecutor who ordered my detention, were emptied the day before, and the prosecutors in those rooms had already been put in prison. I was arrested in such an environment.

Later, I found out that on the morning of July 16, 2016, an arrest list was brought from a ministry in Ankara to the courthouse, and my name was among those names.

Until more than two months from the day I was taken into custody, my lawyer was afraid that something would happen to him, and he couldn’t even come to visit me. The lawyer appointed by the bar due to legal obligation washed his hands of being my lawyer after a few days. I couldn’t find a lawyer for a long time. Some glitzy lawyers said, ‘We believe that Professor Sedat is innocent, but we cannot take this case; otherwise, we would be in danger, too.” The accusations were unreasonable, and the channels of legal aid were closed.

I wasn’t able to find out the reasons for the accusations, the grounds, the evidence, etc., until the indictment came out, I mean for almost eight months. Even then it was not possible to learn any of this when the indictment was written because there was not a single sentence in the indictment saying that I participated in or supported the coup. There wasn’t even a sentence in the indictment saying that there was involvement in the coup in Çanakkale province. The most tragicomic thing was the last page of the indictment, which said, ‘There was no element of force/violence in his actions, but there is a public benefit in his punishment.’

In Article 309 of the Turkish Penal Code [TCK], it is a criminal offense to ‘try to abolish the order prescribed by the Constitution using force and violence…’ In the TCK’s 309th article, force and violence are essential and indispensable elements of a crime. In other words, the indictment admits that there was no force or violence in my actions and admits that there was no offense and that I am not guilty. However, it says my punishment will be to the public’s benefit. So it was clearly said, ‘Sedat Laçiner is not guilty but must be punished.’ Could there be such logic? Could there be such a law?!

Another interesting point is that there was no coup attempt in Çanakkale province, where I reside. On the night of July 15-16, 2016 there was no military or civilian activity in the city where I lived, nothing related to the coup was attempted. I found out about the coup by chance on television that night. I was sitting on the balcony, and I could not believe that what I heard on the news was real. Despite the fact that my place was on a well-traveled road, there were no unusual events… As a matter of fact, the governor of Çanakkale made a statement to the Anadolu news agency on July 16 and said, ‘We are proud of our province because there was not a single coup plotter from Çanakkale. There were no putschists from our province.’ In fact, he added that there was no coup attempt in Çanakkale as well.

As soon as I learned about the coup (it must have been around 23:30-00:00), I started sending anti-coup messages through social media. I have stated that coups and violence cannot be a remedy for any problems and that the public should protect democracy and the law. While I was sharing these anti-coup messages, the conflicts still continued in Ankara and İstanbul… It is an interesting coincidence that my first message against the coup attempt and the president’s first message on CNN Türk were made at almost the same time.

So, from the moment I found out about the coup, I opposed it openly, I took a great risk. Probably if the coup attempt was successful, I would have been one of the people to be imprisoned. You will be surprised, but none of my anti-coup messages on social media were entered into the indictment. I wrote to the prosecutor many times saying I wanted these messages to be filed as evidence. I repeatedly expressed this in court. One-and-a-half years after my arrest, the court finally took the decision to investigate my messages about the coup on social media…

In this case, it was as if an invisible power was interfering with the collection of the evidence in my favor, or as if the judges and prosecutors feared something by knowing that the case had nothing to do with evidence or proof. I do not know…

The day I was taken into custody an interesting incident took place: One of the police officers searching my house from A to Z found a book titled ‘Who is this Fethullah Gülen’ in my library. This book by Faik Bulut is a critical-antithesis book that levels heavy criticism on Gülen and his movement from the beginning to the end and even includes insults. The police officer was delighted and took this book to his superior as if he had found great evidence of a crime. The superior examined the book for 5-10 minutes and then said to the police officer: ‘This is not for that. This book is considered evidence in his favor, do not take it,’ although the law requires that evidence both for and against be collected. At that moment I realized that in this case anything in my favor was being ignored, even if there was nothing against me…

They have been searching for months, are still searching, but they haven’t been able to find anything. I am still in detention ‘due to the fact that the evidence has not yet been sufficiently collected.’ These words are actually a confession of my innocence. They are still looking for evidence of my criminality, or I am already being punished, I have been imprisoned for years without being judged. This is called an extrajudicial execution.

***

I have been against violence my entire life, I have opposed every kind of coup… My writings, my speeches are quite clear… I am a man who has lived all his life in a glass bell jar. I have laid all my cards on the table. In this case, I am offended to be accused of being a coup plotter while I am one who hates violence, coups, bullying. The baseless mud thrown at me offends me even if it’s slander.

While I am a writer who has invited the power-holders to respect the constitution and the law, isn’t it ridiculous that I am being accused of violating the constitution?

Does it not go against the grain to accuse a scientist like me who defends civil authority by taking risks in the most sensitive of periods and cursing the coup?

On the other hand, during the history of the Republic, while many innocent people have been judged on accusations of violating the constitution, the real coup plotters were on the bench as judges, not defendants. You know, Celal Bayar, Adnan Menderes, Fatin Rüştü Zorlu, Hasan Polatkan and 11 other defendants were accused of ’violating the constitution’ on Yassıada and were sentenced to death. The prime minister and the two ministers who were tried on ridiculous accusations such as the baby case, the dog case, the tweezers case, were executed under the instructions of the putschists as in a theatre play. Now it’s frustrating for me to be where they stood. In the meantime, I must say that at the entrance of the hall where I am being tried, there is a sign saying ‘Theatre Hall’ (since there is no courtroom, the hearings are held in the Open Prison Theatre Hall). The Yassıada cases were a black mark on Turkish history. After 57 years, are Turkish law and politics still in the same place?

Dear Hasan Cemal,

Believe me, the cases in which I’m being tried are more nonsense than ‘the dog case’ and ‘the baby case’ against the late Menderes. Because in those cases there were actions of which Adnan Menderes was accused even if they were unfounded. Moreover, I am not a ruler like Bayar or Menderes, who ruled the country for 10 years. Isn’t it pushing the imagination too far to accuse an author, a scholar, a journalist like me who has no power but his pen, who has never used a weapon or been involved in a violent act, of being a coup plotter, terrorist and traitor?

I asked these questions to the court, too. ‘How many times,’ I cried out helplessly to the people in the courtroom. I asked them: ‘Am I the only one to see that? Are not these accusations, arrest without any evidence, the effort to produce a terrorist from an anti-terror expert, strange?’ It has been almost two years. I am tired now. It affects my mental health negatively that while basic principles of the law are violated, the so-called people of the law who should protect them make any violation of rights seem normal and routine. It’s like everybody is crazy and it seems like my consciousness is open. The worst thing in a nightmare like this is keeping your sanity.

Dear Hasan Cemal,

My master,

The only case they have against me is not violation of the Constitution. Lawsuits and investigations are pouring in every day. Although I was dismissed from my job on September 1, 2016, they are constantly opening investigations. I have recently received a yellow envelope from the presidency of Çanakkale University. They found a newspaper article I had written two years ago. They inquired if I had been trying to make our state seem incompetent in that article. And they are demanding my defense of it. And so my days pass; sometimes I have to defend my articles or my speeches.

One of the cases against me is about the Turkish Penal Code’s Article 301. On the order of Çanakkale University Rector Yücel Acer, who did not approve of my criticism of Turkey’s anti-terror policies, a criminal complaint was filed and the prosecutor’s office opened a case. In this case, I have to defend a column I wrote two years ago. My readers already know that I am a patriotic person. I have always maintained a stance that defends national interests, as much of a liberal as I am. If the government cannot even put up with my criticism about the fight against terrorism in Turkey, the new Turkey cannot even tolerate me. It is quite normal to be alarmed for democracy and justice, for freedom of expression and human rights.

What I have been through is not merely the question of lynching or destroying an academic named Sedat Laçiner with the help of the judiciary. Through me, not only justice and freedom of opinion, but also reason is being destroyed. A terrorist, a traitor, a coup plotter cannot be derived from the nationalist and patriotic posture of a person like me who always defends the interests of this country, a writer and a scientist like me who supports the government when they do the right thing and whose criticism is always constructive and technical.

I have already give up expecting them to be lawful, but at least they should be reasonable. Seeing that I have been lynched, they should be conscientious. There is logic even in a lie. When someone tells a great lie, people warn him ‘At least make it a plausible lie!’ I can respond to anything said against me. I will not dodge any discussion. But let the accusations be a little more logical, more conscientious. I have gotten used to being lynched, but there should be measure to that. Have a heart! I am also a human being.

***

So far in my hearings, more than 300, maybe 500, witnesses, defendants and complainants were heard. Not even one of these hundreds of people had a criminal complaint against me based on evidence that was witnessed. Not a single soul came up and said, ‘I saw him with a man from FETÖ or the Gülen movement.’ I don’t even know an elder brother or an imam from the movement. I haven’t attended a single meeting. Even when the Çanakkale governor organized the Turkish Language Olympiads, when more than 40,000 people filled the stadium, I wasn’t there.

I don’t have ByLock and I haven’t deposited money in Bank Asya. Not a single witness or prosecutor’s office could claim that ‘he did that,’ and they cannot since I have never attended a meeting of a religious organization. I have never been to a Quran school, either. I am not bragging by saying I have never been to a Quran course, but that is my life. My father and mother were social democrats, and my education was in secular and positivist institutions. From my primary to my doctoral education I have had secular teachers.

It is also very difficult for me to be a member of a religious group, even a political party or a nongovernmental organization, because of my critical, inquisitive, skeptical, truthful character. My acquaintances know I have a rebellious character. It is impossible for me to take part in organizations where a leader’s every word is accepted as a command. The things I have written and said are the products of my own mind. I have never been connected to anybody or any group by my mind and/or my stomach.

In almost two years of ongoing proceedings, the brothers, sisters, imams, accountants, sympathizers, artisans, students, businessmen and members of the Gülen movement were all heard. All this was very instructive for me. These hearings were like an obligatory course for me. Thanks to these courts, this was the first time that I have been able to learn about this organization in detail. I suppose when these cases are over I will be a distinguished expert on this structure (!). But now in charges that make no sense, I am accused of being a member of this organization, of being a terrorist and of being a coup plotter. I feel like I will lose my mind when I think about it.

As I said, they could not find any evidence about me, but they are still searching. Hundreds of people who were heard in the courtroom said they only knew me from the media, and there was no other testimony. I don’t have a ByLock record. The court then decided: ‘Investigate all the phone calls of the defendant between the years 2010 and 2016 to see if the defendant had any calls with ByLock users.’

Can you imagine? They will check thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of phone numbers of people who called me or who I called for six-and-a-half years and see if any of them downloaded ByLock, and that would be the evidence with which to charge me. I experienced a similar situation when I was dismissed from my job at the university. They dismissed me because I was on trial, and they added my dismissal as evidence in the case.

***

Dear Cemal,

I remained in this country because I believed this country to be a hope for humanity. I finished my master’s and doctorate in England. I could have continued my career there and not come back to Turkey. When I finished my doctorate at King’s College, my mentor insisted I stay in London, but I kindly refused and said: ‘I have to go back to Turkey, my homeland. I have achieved this thanks to Turkey, now I have to pay my debt to my country.’ I thought my country needed my contributions at that time. When I said this, my experienced and wise professor said: ‘Look, Sedat, I respect your decision. But do not forget that the place to which you will return is a Middle Eastern country like Iran, Syria, Egypt. They may not understand you; you may be disappointed.’

Unfortunately my counselor was right, I have paid a heavy price in prison for such a crucial life lesson. If I had listened to Professor Karsh that day and stayed in London, my knowledge, my studies would be respected and my research would be supported; at least I would not be in prison. Today I see more clearly why developed countries have developed and those who have not developed tend to stay behind. I understand much better that the key to progress is to respect scientists, writers, journalists and artists.

***

Dear Hasan Cemal,

There is more to write. Although every word is painful, there is a lot more to write. But I do not want to take your time and tire you out. I just want you to know that it is not a personal story that I am living, but the tragedy of a country… The things I endure are not a drama lived by me that finishes with me; if this silence persists, it will be a drama for millions and future generations… I am not the only one forgotten in the Çanakkale dungeons; freedom of the press, freedom of expression, rule of law, academic freedom are also here… I’m not the only one lying behind bars hopeless about tomorrow; Turkey’s future also lies here…

It is said ‘Instead of an innocent being jailed, let thousands of criminals walk in the streets’ because if an innocent is jailed, that means justice is imprisoned. As far as I can see there is not one but many innocent people in prison. The periods of oppression — May 27, 1960, March 12, 1971, September 12, 1980, February 28, 1997, etc. — proved that injustice causes not only its victims but our country as a whole to lose.

One reason for our being underdeveloped is the lack of justice. That’s why this letter should be considered a call for justice that has fallen behind bars and a call for freedom of speech, not as the personal and exceptional cry of a journalist and a scholar who has been prisoned for 20 months.

I miss my home, my children, my wife, my friends, my students and my books… I long for all of them. I want my previous life back. I have worked to serve my country and my people. I have studied at the world’s best universities. I have accomplished things respected worldwide. The reward for all these efforts and self sacrifice should not be being thrown into a deep hole.

I’m sorry and I’m worried about my future, I’m even scared. However, my fear for my country is greater. It may sound strange to you, but if I fear for myself, I tremble for my country and my nation.

The laments of the past are burning us now. Don’t let the laments of the present burn the future…

I do not ask for much — a little plausibility, a little justice… We are the people of this country, the children of our country, not the enemy… Let’s leave aside the law of the enemy. Let’s go with the law of fraternity now. Please…

Best regards.

Sedat Laçiner, Ph.D.

March 5, 2018, Çanakkale Closed Prison

Published on Stockholm Center for Freedom, 25 March 2018, Sunday
          China wants to be "keeper of peace and stability" in the Middle East      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

While pledging $23 billion in loans and aid, President Xi Jinping told members of the Arab League today that China would like to form a strategic partnership to become "the keeper of peace and stability in the Middle East, the defender of equity and justice, promoter of joint development, and good friends that learn from each other," according to the South China Morning Post.

Why it matters: As Axios' Erica Pandey has reported, China is determined to win influence in the Middle East, largely through its massive Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. And while Beijing has not been shy about developing economic partnerships in the region, Xi's comments signal a new level of political engagement.


The $23 billion includes...

  • $20 billion in loans to stimulate economic development in countries with reconstruction needs
  • $3 billion in special loans for sovereign funds
  • $150 million to support "social stability efforts" in the region
  • $90.6 million in aid to warn-torn countries like Syria and Yemen

Go deeper: China's long game for Middle East influence


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Are you serious? Half the left is Assadists, unfortunately. You think they wanted Obama to intervene? I don't know what you are calling "the left" here but Syria could be a great example of how leftist foreign policy can be flawed, but certainly not in the way you think.

I did not write a tome about noninterventionism. If you can only pull that thread out of it and try to look at it in isolation, then I don't know what to tell you. About Rwanda in particular, there is a difference between US intervention and interference and a genuine global force- the UN could in theory be a body that could intervene in preventing genocides when needed. Worth noting that it is usually the US that prevents it from being that body (both in Rwanda where the US refused to acknowledge it was a genocide and in the slaughter in Yemen right now that the UN has been condemning, and in Libya where the US pushed for regime change despite their charter). But this is all nit picking- the larger economic view went straight over your head and you focused on trees and not forests- the point is an understanding of the military industrial complex as the backbone of dollar capitalism. This is not a conspiracy theory, it's literally how our system works and it's why we don't have an opposition party. You asked about this and I explained it best I could.


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@76 Whew! Indeed just about everything about this society is unsustainable. In truth, the sustainability of deficits and debts has more to do with the size of the economy which is incurring the deficit and debt however, not the size of the deficit or debt compared to that of other countries.

So you've written a tome there and then boiled it down to a simple solution (from what I can glean anyway): we just need to 'not intervene'. Hey why didn't anyone think of that? I don't know, maybe see previous comment about armchair critics being too lazy to acknowledge the complexity of international politics. Rwanda: don't intervene? You are aware that many many of your compatriots on the far left were screeching about Obama's reluctance to intervene in Syria weren't you? I am all for avoiding conflicts at pretty much all cost but I'll repeat what I said above: any demagogue who is going to feed people fairy-tales in order to get elected is not going to govern competently or effectively. That it all comes down to something as simple as 'don't intervene', always, is a fairy-tale.


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Don't give up on hope. 


A daily column on what the ALP have as a policy, supported by a local member, and how it has 'helped' the local community. I'll stop if I cannot identify a policy. Feel free to make suggestions. Contact me on FB, not twitter. I have twitter, but never look at it. 

Gabrielle Williams was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, working with the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing and the Minister for Families and Children. 


As part of the November 24th Vic election campaign I have a petition I want to bring before the Opposition Leader Matthew Guy. I believe Matthew will be the next premier of Victoria and so I am petitioning him as I raise the issues of Employment, Crime and Education in Dandenong. I am also seeking money for my campaign. I don't have party resources, and so my campaign is on foot, and on the internet. Any money I receive that is not spent on the campaign will go to Grow 4 Life. I am asking questions like "What do you love about Dandenong?" and "If you could change something in Dandenong to make it better, what would it be?" I'm not limiting the questions to state issues. I'm happy to discuss anything, and get things done.

I am a decent man and don't care for the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.

Here is a video I made Mystery of Webster's Curse

The complete HD video comprising all four parts.
The story is produced, written and directed and narrated by David Daniel Ball. Art work has been created by the former Disney animator May Wa Leng. A few clips were from VideoBlocks.com, a film footage firm which sells clips to tv studios and individuals for rebroadcast use. 
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=== from 2017 ===
An Agence France Press release has it that President Obama's policies in Iraq have born fruit. As a service to my readers, I'll include pictures of Obama's success. AFP hopes similar success can be achieved in Syria. It probably can.



Some things should not happen, but they do. Kevin Rudd as PM was highly lauded for apologising to Australian Aborigines. It was an empty gesture, but an attempted travesty as he moved to end the intervention in the North of Australia saving lives of Aboriginal peoples. Aboriginal people are suffering from left wing compassion which seems to promote criminal and decadent behaviour. So that Aboriginal children have got high levels of sexually transmitted diseases. Drunken behaviour and dysfunctional families characterise what has become a cargo culture. Rudd effectively apologised for early welfare groups that tried to help foundlings and the dispossessed. Rudd referred to a myth of a stolen generation in which very few have been identified who were stolen from their parents to be raised by the state. It was an empty gesture of Rudd, but he is still highly lauded for it. 

It is apparent that Turnbull can not achieve anything worthwhile as PM, except further humiliation. So he must be looking for a note on which to finish so as to define his term. Turnbull is looking for a Rudd like empty gesture. Same sex marriage could be that. A plebiscite is the policy which the Liberals took to the last election, with no back up plan, and the senate won't allow it because many independents, and the ALP and Greens, feel discussion for such a plebiscite might mean that the plebiscite fails. Pesky democracy. So now a Lib backbencher, possibly with Turnbull's encouragement, is threatening to cross the party floor and move for a parliamentary vote without a plebiscite or discussion. Personally, I don't feel government should be involved with people's sex lives where consent is achieved, but I also want protection for churches which act on conscience, something a members bill might not do. There are lots of legal things I would never do. An empty gesture like Rudd's for which Turnbull can point as a crowning achievement. It is probably too late for Turnbull to bear a child while in office.  

138, Emperor Hadrian died after a heart failure at Baiae; he was buried at Rome in the Tomb of Hadrian beside his late wife, Vibia Sabina. 988, the Norse King Glun Iarainn recognised Máel Sechnaill II, High King of Ireland, and agreed to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law; the event is considered to be the founding of the city of Dublin

In 1212, the most severe of several early fires of London burned most of the city to the ground. 1499, the Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returned to Lisbon, after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama. 1519, Zhu Chenhao declared the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde a usurper, beginning the Prince of Ning rebellion, and led his army north in an attempt to capture Nanjing. 1584, William I of Orange was assassinated in his home in DelftHolland, by Balthasar Gérard

In 1806, the Vellore Mutiny was the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company. 1850, U.S. President Millard Fillmore was sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor's death. 1882, War of the Pacific: Chile suffered its last military defeat in the Battle of La Concepción when a garrison of 77 men was annihilated by a 1,300-strong Peruvian force, many of them armed with spears. 

In 1913, Death ValleyCalifornia, hit 134 °F (57 °C), the highest temperature recorded in the United States. 1921, Belfast's Bloody Sunday: Sixteen people were killed and 161 houses destroyed during rioting and gun battles in BelfastNorthern Ireland. 1925, Meher Baba began his silence of 44 years. His followers observed Silence Day on this date in commemoration. Also 1925, Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" began with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act. 1938, Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world.

In 1940, World War II: The Vichy government was established in France. Also 1940, World War II: Battle of Britain: The German Luftwaffe began attacking British convoys in the English Channel thus starting the battle (this start date is contested, though). 1941, Jedwabne Pogrom: The massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland. 1942, Diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union were established. Also 1942, World War II: An American pilot spotted a downed, intact Mitsubishi A6M Zero on Akutan Island (the "Akutan Zero") that the US Navy used to learn the aircraft's flight characteristics. 1946, Hungarian hyperinflation sets a record with inflation of 348.46 percent per day, or prices doubling every eleven hours. 

In 1962, Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, was launched into orbit. 1966, the Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., held a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. As many as 60,000 people come to hear Dr. King as well as Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Peter Paul and Mary. 1976, one American and three British mercenaries were executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial. 1985, the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents, killing Fernando Pereira.

In 1991, the South African cricket team was readmitted into the International Cricket Council following the end of Apartheid. Also 1991, Boris Yeltsin took office as the first elected President of Russia. 1992, in Miami, Florida, the former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations. 1997, in London scientists reported the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. 1998, Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by Rudolph Kos, a former priest.

2002, at a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents was sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Lord Thomson. 2008, Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski was acquitted of all charges by a United Nations Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.

































=== from 2016 ===
My books "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" are available, recommended for those age ten and up. They have an essay or two on current affairs for each day of each month. They also list events, births, deaths and holidays and observances for each day around the world. But unless you ask a Library to stock it for you, they will not do so. One public Library feels they are too specialised. 

No news yet as to wether the fierce battle of half wits will decide who will be the next ALP leader between Shorten, Albanese, Plibersek or Clare. Clare looks better in a suit. Nobody is challenging random phrase generator Turnbull, yet, either. Turnbull has declared “We have resolved this election! Ringing stuff. Hopefully Scott Morrison will move soon before Turnbull melts completely. Compulsory voting has not prevented the lowest turnout for the major parties in Liberal Party history. ALP recording their second worst result since last time. Liberals going backwards while their coalition colleagues, Nationals, still progressed. Turnbull deposed Mr Abbott under the false pretence of explaining policy better and being better at elections. Now the vote is over, Turnbull can resign. Or face further humiliation. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
Democrat hatred for the United States cultural assets is longstanding. In South Carolina, in 1962, a Democrat Governor put up the confederate flag on their capitol building while taking credit for improving educational standards while opposing integration. The flag is coming down now, a symbol exploited by bigots and haters. It is difficult to know when it was anything else. The current governor is Nikki Haley. She is GOP. 

ALP leader Bill Shorten is the bastard boss portrayed in union attack adverts on Work Choices. He failed to adequately explain his union leader decisions from back in the day. Shorten smeared the High Court Judge instead, claiming Dyson Heydon is Mr Abbott's pawn. Shorten's leadership is exposed and so the eye of voters wanders to look at others. And the alternatives are showing voters what they have got. Tanya Plibersek, ALP Deputy leader, complains she is losing the ability to feed herself. The compelling vision is clearly calculated to inspire sympathy from ALP supporters at the grass roots. They will be needed to change the leadership. Jason Clare says he doesn't know why the government is turning back boats because the policy won't work. In fantasy terms, Clare is a compelling candidate because he has never been leader before and therefore all his mistakes have been someone else's fault. Something ALP members find appealing. But it isn't only ALP members campaigning for Shorten's position. Sarah Hanson-Young is going on sea patrol. She is going to the Mediterranean seas to find lost migrants. It is much nicer there in Summer than Australia in Winter. ALP should be happy with her embarrassment of leadership choices. 
From 2014
Hundreds of millions of tweets over just one soccer match. But it was an unusual match. By way of contrast, Netherlands vs Argentina did not get the same coverage as Germany vs Brazil. But then Germany spanked Brazil 7-1 in front of a home crowd for Brazil. It doesn't get more upsetting in world sport .. anywhere. The result is career changing for all involved. Netherlands beat Spain 5-1 earlier in the tournament, but did not carry on with that form. Germany have done well, but need to maintain it to win the tournament. That is their goal. 

Today is the anniversary of an equivalent match as Argentina vs Netherlands has been, 48 BC had Julius Ceaser pitted against Pompey at Battle of Dyrrhachium. It was precipitous, and Ceaser risked all by accident, but nothing happened as two heavyweights faced off. Technically, Pompey won and so he went to face Ceaser again at Pharsalos with all the advantages .. yet lost everything. What had happened was Ceaser had sailed to Dyrrhachium through an enemy force in winter .. and got trapped with a much smaller force that could not resupply. Mark Antony marched to his aid, and Pompey moved to prevent the reuniting. The upshot was that Pompey had a force behind fortifications and Ceaser chose to starve him out by building more fortifications. Pompey had sea access to supplies, but could not feed his livestock. Ceaser's men were hungry, but when spring came, Ceaser would hold all the advantages. Pompey broke out of his enclosure and marched to Pharsalos. How will Argentina fare against Germany? How will Brazil against Netherlands? So much has happened, but the future is uncertain, and anything might prove all the difference.

Also on this day, but in the year 645, was the Isshi incident in Japan which transformed Japan and involved their honour system in a way that seems incomprehensible if one is not Japanese. 
Two princes, Nakatomi no KamatariPrince Naka no Ōe, conspired to kill a third, Soga no Iruka. The attack took place in front of Empress Kōgyoku during a court ceremony. Iruka was not killed during the first attack, but pleaded his case to the Empress, who retired to consider it. A second attack in front of the Empress finished Iruka and put the Empress in a difficult position, she was unclean because of the murder in her presence. So she stepped aside, but not for the killer, but his older brother. The killer became a monk.  And after a few reigns, Emperor. It was a family affair. Much like that big family of soccer fans watching the events unfold in the world cup. 

Also on this day, Lady Jane Grey took the throne of England in 1553. It was not a blessing for her. Neither was it a blessing when Richard Neville defeated Lancastrian forces of Henry VI in 1460. The Vellore mutiny against the British East India company happened on this day in 1806, but the Sepoys had to wait another hundred and forty two years to see independence for India. US Democrat President Andrew Jackson moved to kill the second US bank in 1832, setting in train a position of inept fiscal rectitude all Democrat Presidents have followed. Death Valley recorded a temperature of 57 degrees centigrade in 1913. It has been cooler ever since. In 1997, scientists reported DNA analysis of a Neanderthal that favoured the 'out of Africa' theory for human development, with an 'Eve' existing 100k to 200k years ago (She was a good woman who liked kids). Born on this day was John Calvin in 1509, Nikola Tesla in 1856, Marcel Proust in 1871, Harvey Ball 1921, Jake LaMotta 1921, Arlo Guthrie 1941 and Sunil Gavaskar in 1949.
Historical perspective on this day
In 48 BC, Battle of DyrrhachiumJulius Caesar barely avoided a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia. 138, Emperor Hadrian died after a heart failure at Baiae; he was buried at Rome in the Tomb of Hadrian beside his late wife, Vibia Sabina. 645, Isshi Incident: Prince Naka-no-Ōe and Fujiwara no Kamatari assassinated Soga no Iruka during a coup d'état at the imperial palace. 988, the Norse King Glun Iarainn recognised Máel Sechnaill II, High King of Ireland, and agreed to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law; the event is considered to be the founding of the city of Dublin. 1086, King Canute IV of Denmark killed by rebellious peasants.

In 1212, the most severe of several early fires of London burned most of the city to the ground. 1460, Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, defeated the king's Lancastrian forces and took King Henry VI prisoner in the Battle of Northampton. 1499, the Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returned to Lisbon, after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama. 1519, Zhu Chenhao declared the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde a usurper, beginning the Prince of Ning rebellion, and led his army north in an attempt to capture Nanjing. 1553, Lady Jane Grey took the throne of England. 1584, William I of Orange was assassinated in his home in DelftHolland, by Balthasar Gérard. 1645, English Civil War: The Battle of Langport took place. 1778, American RevolutionLouis XVI of France declared war on the Kingdom of Great Britain. 1789, Alexander Mackenzie reached the Mackenzie River delta.

In 1806, the Vellore Mutiny was the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company. 1821, the United States took possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain. 1832, the U.S. President Andrew Jackson vetoed a bill that would re-charter the Second Bank of the United States. 1850, U.S. President Millard Fillmore was sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor's death. 1877, the then-villa of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, formally received its city charter from the Royal Crown of Spain. 1882, War of the Pacific: Chile suffered its last military defeat in the Battle of La Concepción when a garrison of 77 men was annihilated by a 1,300-strong Peruvian force, many of them armed with spears. 1890, Wyoming was admitted as the 44th U.S. state.

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The Trump collusion timeline

by digby




Just Security has put together a nice timeline of Trump's interactions with the Russian government since he was elected. It's quite interesting when you look at it all together. It's certainly fine to propose a fresh start with relations between the two countries. But they seemed to have a much more specific agenda from thevery beginning.

I've just excerpted the first six months after the election:

Nov. 14, 2016 — In their first official phone call, President-elect Trump and Putin agree on the “absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations” between Russia and the U.S., according to the New York Times. The two leaders agreed to meet at some point in the future and “endorse” the idea of taking efforts “to normalize relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues.”

Nov. 18, 2016 — President-elect Trump names retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, stirring controversy in part because of Flynn’s ties to Russia, according to the Washington Post. In 2015, Flynn accepted payment from RT — a Russian news channel that had become a propaganda arm — to attend the station’s gala event in Moscow. Putin also attended the gala, and RT later published photos of the two dining next to each other.

Dec. 1 or 2, 2016 — Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak meets with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner in Trump Tower. The meeting is not disclosed to the public until March 2017. The White House first states that its purpose was to “establish a line of communication.” Kislyak later reports to superiors in Moscow that, in the meeting, Kushner suggested setting up a secure channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, to be hosted at the Russian embassy or consulate, according to the Washington Post.

Dec. 12, 2016 — President-elect Trump officially nominates Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, spurring controversy because of Tillerson’s close relationship with Russia. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson had engaged in joint ventures with Rosneft, a state-backed Russian oil company, and had received the Order of Friendship from Russia in 2013, according to the New York Times.

Dec. 13, 2016 — Senior Trump Advisor Jared Kushner meets with Sergey Gorkov, then-chairman of Russia’s government-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) and a close ally of Putin, at Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s request. The bank was placed on the sanctions list following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. In June 2017, the Washington Post reports that VEB says the meeting was conducted in relation to Kushner’s family real estate business. However, the Trump White House later maintains it was a diplomatic meeting in which Kushner was acting in his role as soon-to-be presidential adviser. Kushner testifies on July 24, 2017 to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees that Kislyak had recommended the meeting because Gorkov “had a direct relationship with” Putin. Kushner said they discussed the general poor state of US-Russian relations but that they didn’t touch on any specific policies nor on Obama-era sanctions against Russia. “At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind.”

Dec. 29, 2016 — Shortly after the White House notifies Russia of sanctions that the Obama administration will impose for election interference, Michael Flynn speaks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. During the phone call, Flynn discusses the sanctions. According to several current and former officials who read transcripts of the call, Flynn told Kislyak that Russia should not overreact to impending sanctions for election interference because the Trump administration would be in a position to revisit the sanctions and change policy toward Russia, according to the Washington Post. Nearly one year later, Flynn pleads guilty to lying to investigators regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Dec. 29, 2016 — Within four hours of the Obama White House’s announced sanctions against Russia for election interference, Trump issues a written statement in response saying, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

Dec. 30, 2016 — Following Russia’s surprise turnaround decision not to respond to the U.S. sanctions in-kind, Trump tweets: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Putin’s decision came as a surprise in part because Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had earlier said in televised remarks, “Of course, we cannot leave these sanctions unanswered … Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and international relations.”

Jan. 3-4, 2017 — In a series of tweets, Trump disparages the intelligence from U.S. agencies scheduled to brief him on their findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Jan. 6, 2017 – May 9, 2017 — Jan. 6 is the date then-FBI Director James Comey helped brief Trump on Russian election interference, and May 9 was his final day as FBI Director. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey is asked (by Senator Joe Manchin) whether Trump showed “any concern or interest or curiosity about what the Russians were doing.” Comey responds that he does not recall any conversations with Trump about Russian election interference during the former FBI Director’s time in office. Comey is also asked (by Senator Martin Heinrich), “Did the President in any of those interactions that you’ve shared with us today ask you what you should be doing or what our government should be doing — or the intelligence community — to protect America against Russian interference in our election system?” Comey says he does not recall any conversation like that–“never.”

Jan. 6-7, 2017 — After the briefing by intelligence officials, Trump acknowledgesthat the Russian government may have been involved in the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, but says it didn’t affect the outcome of the election because Russia didn’t gain access to voting systems, and says he wants to improve relations with Russia.

Jan. 11, 2017 — George Nader, a Lebanese-American fixer and advisor to the United Arab Emirates, convenes a secret meeting in the Seychelles at the “behest” of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed, according to the New York Times. The meeting is between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a Trump supporter (and brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s then-nominee to be secretary of education), and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian wealth fund manager with ties to President Putin. The apparent purpose of the meeting is to test Russia’s commitment to Iran and to set up a communication channel between President-elect Trump and Moscow, according to the Washington Post.

Prince testifies before Congress in November that the meeting with Dmitriev was a “chance-encounter,” and that he traveled to the Seychelles to pursue a “business opportunity” with potential customers from the UAE, who had suggested that he meet with a Russian businessman staying at the same hotel, Vox reports. However, according to reporting by ABC News and the Washington Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has new evidence and a cooperating witness in Nader, who is allegedly testifying that the meeting was preplanned to set up communications between the Trump transition team and Moscow so that they could “discuss future relations between the countries.” The New York Times also reports that Kirill Dmitriev had met Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci at the 2017 Davos forum, after which Scaramucci criticized the Obama administration sanctions on Russia with a TASS reporter.

Jan. 11, 2017 — At a news conference, Trump says, “I think it was Russia” that hacked the 2016 U.S. election, but then diminishes its significance, adding, “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” He draws comparisons to other incidents of hacking, and suggests that the DNC left itself open to hacking and deserves some blame. Trump also says, “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it,” according to CNN.

Post-Jan. 20, 2017 — In the “early weeks” of the administration, top Trump administration officials task State Department staff “with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions,” until their efforts are blocked by State Department officials and members of Congress, according to reporting by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News.

Jan. 20-early Feb., 2017 — National Security Advisor Michael Flynn advocates for closer military communication with Russia to fight ISIS. According to several current and former Pentagon sources cited by the Daily Beast, Flynn suggests that a military communications channel originally established to prevent in-air collisions be expanded for other purposes that could have approached “outright cooperation” with Russia. Both the Pentagon and Centcom oppose Flynn’s idea.

Jan. 26-Feb. 13, 2017 — Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets personally with White House Counsel Don McGahn about National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016. Yates warns the White House Counsel that Flynn’s statement that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian Ambassador is untrue and that in her view Flynn is accordingly vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russia. Yates is fired on January 30 for refusing to enforce the immigration ban. (ABC News). It is not until February 13 that Flynn is asked to resign, following a Washington Post story revealing the meeting with Yates and the White House Counsel. (New York Times) (Washington Post)

Feb. 6, 2017 — In a Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump says he respects Putin and dismisses the host’s characterization of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” Trump says. “Do you think our country is so innocent?

Feb. 14, 2017 — The New York Times reports that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treatysigned by President Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev. In congressional testimony, Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff states, “We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility.” The administration does not issue a public statement rebuking Russia. When Trump is asked about the violation in a February 24 interview with Reuters, he says, “To me, it’s a big deal,” and adds that he “would bring it up” with Putin “if and when we meet.” The State Department reiterated the alleged violation in its April 2017 report and in December 2017, released a strategy to counter the alleged violations, according to the Arms Control Association.

March 21, 2017 — The State Department announces that Secretary Rex Tillerson will not attend his intended first NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6, and will instead stay in the U.S. to join Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. During the same announcement, the State Department notes that Tillerson will travel to Russia in April, drawing criticism that the administration is prioritizing Russia over historical allies and the NATO alliance, according to Reuters. Subsequently, the State Department offers new dates to reschedule the NATO meeting, and Tillerson attends.

March 31, 2017 — Tillerson meets with NATO leaders in Brussels. In his remarks, Tillerson reiterates the frequent U.S. exhortation over the years that allies increase their defense spending, but seems to take it a step further, saying: “As President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the U.S. to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO’s defense expenditures.”

April 2-27, 2017 — In an interview on April 2, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says: “Certainly I think Russia was involved in the U.S. election.” On April 5, Haley criticizes Russia for obstructing UN action on Syria and for supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Haley says Russia made an “unconscionable choice” by opposing a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons, and rhetorically asks “how many more children have to die before Russia cares?”

However, during a working lunch on April 24 with UN Security Council ambassadors including Haley, Trump jests, “Now, does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t … she can easily be replaced,” according to the Washington Post. Further, on April 27, Secretary of State Tillerson sends UN Ambassador Haley an email instructing her that, from then on, her comments should be “re-cleared with Washington if they are substantively different from the building blocks, or if they are on a high-profile issue,” according to the New York Times.

April 6, 2017 — In response to a reported chemical attack perpetrated by the Assad regime, the Trump administration launches a military attack on a Syrian-government airfield near Homs from which the chemical weapons attack reportedly was launched, according to NBC News. In an interview with Fox News, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster suggests Russia may have known about the chemical attacks in advance saying: “I think what we should do is ask Russia, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?”

April 23, 2017 — In an Associated Press interview, Trump expresses strong support for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in upcoming French elections; Le Pen is supported by Putin and promises to remove France from the EU, a long-term goal for Putin. Le Pen had also visited Trump Tower in January, according to AP and Politico.

May 10, 2017 — Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak and says the U.S. would no longer require Russia to unfreeze the construction of an American consulate in St. Petersburgbefore considering handing back seized Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York as part of the Obama sanctions for election interference. The statement represented a reversal of the position staked out two days prior by Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, the Washington Post reports.

May 10, 2017 — During an Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak, Trump tells the Russian officials that he had fired the “nut job” FBI director (James Comey) who was investigating Russian election interference, according to the New York Times. Trump also says he had faced “great pressure” because of Russia, which had now been relieved. Additionally, Trump discloses highly classified information to the Russian officials. The intelligence was provided by Israel, which had not authorized the U.S. to share it, according to the Washington Post. The intelligence centered on Syrian extremist bomb-making plans, and was obtained in part through highly classified cyber operations, the disclosure of which “infuriated” Israeli officials, according to the New York Times. Israel subsequently changes its intelligence sharing protocols with the United States. No U.S. press are allowed into the Oval Office meeting, but Trump does allow TASS, the Russian state-owned agency, according to the Washington Post. Trump does not disclose to the press that Kislyak attended the meeting until TASS publishes photographs showing him in the room; the White House releasefollowing the meeting only mentions Lavrov. In a later interview, National Security Advisor McMaster refuses to confirm that Russian interference was discussed, even when asked directly about it.

May 10, 2017 — Following the meeting with Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells TASS: “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the President himself and the Secretary of State, are people of action who are willing to negotiate.”

May 25 – 26, 2017 — Arriving in Europe with Trump, top White House economic advisor Gary Cohn tells reporters that the U.S. is “looking at” the future of sanctions on Russia. When pressed on what the current U.S. position is, he says: “Right now we don’t have a position.” The following day, Cohn counters that statement, saying the U.S. will not ease sanctions on Russia and, “if anything, we would probably look to get tougher.”

May 25, 2017 — In Europe, Trump chastises NATO leaders for their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance and fails to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5 – the collective defense clause of the NATO agreement – promising only to “never forsake the friends that stood by our side” in the wake of Sept. 11 (a statement later labelled by the administration as an affirmation of Article 5). According to Politico, several Trump advisors, including National Security Advisor McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are surprised by the omission, having endeavored to include language supporting Article 5 in Trump’s remarks prior to the summit. Additionally, National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton says Russia was not discussed in a larger meeting between American and European officials, but that he could not speak for a meeting involving just Trump, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Tusk later says he is “not 100 percent sure” he and Trump share a “common position, common opinion, about Russia,” according to the New York Times.

May 26, 2017 — At a political rally the day after the Brussels meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says: “The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” implying that Europe could no longer rely on a close alliance with the U.S.

May 30, 2017 — In a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is asked about Trump’s reaction to Angela Merkel’s comments implying Europe could no longer rely on the U.S. He responds that Europe, “working in friendship with the U.S., the U.K., Russia, and other partners,” is precisely “what the President called for.” (May 30 press briefing). Trump reacts to Merkel’s comments on Twitter: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.”

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Every Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: Are Sanctions On Countries Trading With Iran Wise Policy?

Don Surber:Yes. Given that the Iranian protests are in their second month, there is a chance for a regime change. Women are doffing their headgear, and drivers are parking their trucks. The Grand Bazaar in Teheran shut down. 40 years ago, merchants in the Grand Bazaar backed the Iranian Revolution. Now they seem to want a regime change.

The only influence the United States has is in commerce. President Trump wisely is avoiding too much public support, and I doubt we are doing clandestine operations, as well. Why risk being associated with the rebellion? Any conection betwen us and them will end the revolution. The one thing we can do is not trade with Iran, and tom punish those who do.

This is the latest sign that the New World Order failed. Brexit, Trump, Macron, AMLO in Mexico, and now this. There are many other examples of regime changes because the old order failed The People.


Patrick O'Hannigan:I wish I could be more original on this question than to say that I agree with Don, but -- I agree with Don!

Deterrence does not have to be exclusively in the military realm. The sanctions game (and it is a game, of sorts) amounts to "Leave the gun --Take the cannoli" writ large.


Rob Miller
: Oh, I think it's imperative. Iran's economy is in free fall. No one wants the rial, inflation is rampant and the prices of food and other necessities is skyrocketing. That's a big part of what's behind the protests. Iran will not be able to continue to financially afford adventures abroad in Yemen, Syria or Lebanon for too much longer, and even Iraq's kingmaker Muqtada al-Sadr is inching away from Iran somewhat. This will get even worse once Trump's sanctions on countries buying Iran's oil and natural gas take effect. Iran also my not have the funds needed to continue to be Hamas's pay master along with Erdogan. The EU, BTW are looking like they're reluctantly going along with the sanctions. They need our markets far more than Iran's, and their choice will boil down to paying Putin's atrocious prices or buying U.S. LPGD.

I also think our President and his team members are making a mistake by NOT informing the American people what a hideous regime this is...how it brutalizes its own people, the corruption of the Ayatollahs, and that Iran is not in any sense a 'democracy. They need to explain that Iran has been in a state of war with America since 1979. They need to tell the American people that Iran never actually even signed th eso called 'Iran Deal.' They need to remind the American people about Iran's complicity in 9/11, and how the rhetoric of both Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamanei focus on the Twelver Sect's open embrace of apocalypse as a necessity for the Hidden Imam to return to rule the world for their brand of Islam.

The days of Iran's despotic regime aren't over yet. That won't happen until the Army turns. But this is a great way to get the ball rolling.


Bookworm:
I'm going to be so original that I'll say I agree with both Don and Patrick! Honestly, I'd love to add some unique, wonderful insight, but I think they said it all.

What I will tack on, because I'm petty, is that one of Obama's most significant failings as president happened early in his administration when he refused to give the Green Revolution any moral support. As we know now, the self-centered Obama had his own grand dream of "solving" Iran and was content to let people die in the streets rather than risk losing the halo he envisioned for himself.


Laura Rambeau Lee:I must say I agree with everyone, also. Sanctions hit them where it hurts most and can often lead to cooperation where and when we need it.

Well, there it is!

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Hamas Says Israel’s Shuttering Of Kerem Shalom Crossing ‘A Crime Against Humanity’
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Closed or Open? Debate on Preventing Fire Terror Plays Out at Gaza Crossing
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
בסיור בגולן: ליברמן: "יש מאמץ להקים תשתית טרור ברמת הגולן"
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Israel Designates Palestinian al-Quds TV Station A Terror Organization
כיכר השבת על ידי ב. ניסני
חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים
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Israel Shuts Down Kerem Shalom Crossing In Response To Fire Kites
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Palestinian President Abbas Vows To Keep Paying Families Of Terrorists
Yeshiva World News by Poch854
400 IDF Soldiers Return Medals, Demanding Return of Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Operation Protective Edge
Hamodia by Shmuel Smith
Gaza Terrorists Vow Escalation After Israeli Sanctions
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Syrian TV: Suspected Israeli Airstrike Hits Central Air Base
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Israel Shuts Kerem Shalom Crossing And Ends Extended Fishing Area In Response To Kite Terror From Gaza
Daily Wire by Emily Zanotti
GOOD BOY: British Special Forces Combat Dog Takes Down Three Syrian Jihadis, Saves Fellow Soldiers
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
‘Not Worthy of Being Spat On:’ Veteran Palestinian Authority Figure Nabil Shaath Denounces Australia’s Move Against ‘Pay-For-Slay’ Policy
Algemeiner.com by Barney Breen-Portnoy
Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’
Algemeiner.com by Eyal Zisser / Israel Hayom / JNS.org
The End of the Syrian Revolution



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jerold Auerbach
Israel on Fire and the NY Times
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Muslim Democrat Running for Congress Blames Israel for ‘Evil Doings’ in Gaza
Daily Wire by Paul Miller
South Carolina Becomes First State To Define Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Remaining Wreckage Of Flight 93 Is Buried At Memorial
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Anne Frank’s Family Was Thwarted by U.S. Immigration Rules, New Research Shows
Algemeiner.com by Shiri Moshe
Students for Justice in Palestine Says Progress Impossible ‘So Long as Israel Exists,’ Glorifies Terrorist Leader
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
University of Oregon Hillel Sign Defaced With ‘Free Palestine’ Graffiti



Prayers for Those in Need
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
Israeli Couple in Honduras Zip-Lining Accident; Husband Killed, Wife Injured



Deaths
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
חשד לרצח: נמצאה גופת הנעדרת אופירה חיים מתל מונד
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
Israeli Couple in Honduras Zip-Lining Accident; Husband Killed, Wife Injured
כיכר השבת על ידי אבי רבינא
ברוך דיין האמת: טרגדיה: הפעוט החרדי שנכווה בשבת - נפטר
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Murderer Of Ronen Lubarsky Charged With Murder; Family Calls For Death Penalty



Great Rabbis
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Interesting Psak: modesty on separate beaches
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
מכתב הבהרה: הרב נבנצאל נגד הסמכת יועצות הלכתיות
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
פסק הלכה: הרב הראשי: אסור לנשים לרחוץ בחוף נפרד עם מציל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
חשיפת "כיכר השבת": נציג הרבנים תקף: "מתווה הכשרות חמור נגד רבני ישראל כולם"
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן וישי כהן
לצד ראשי המפלגות החרדיות: ראשי ישיבות ספרדיות נגד הטענה שהצבא מגייס ספרדים
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
"יש שם פריצות, ניבול פה": הראשון לציון: גם תלמיד ישיבה שאינו "מתמיד" לא יתגייס
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
"יחליפו כוח": לנדודנו, אוסטריה, שווייץ וצפת | פרויקט מיוחד: יעדי החופשה של האדמו"רים
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
סיקור ותיעוד: מסע הגאון רבי שמואל קמינצקי בשיקגו



Miracles
כיכר השבת על ידי ב. ניסני
חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים



Kiddush Hashem
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Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby in Chevron
Algemeiner.com by Fiamma Nirenstein / JNS.org
Syrians Flee Towards the Hospitals of ‘Enemy’ Israel
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Live of Palestinian Baby in Hebron
Hamodia by Dov Banovadia
Border Guards Save Life of Chevron Arab Infant



Judaism
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Arabic May No Longer Share Equal Official Status With Hebrew in Bill Amendment
israelnationalnews.com by
Rabbis Weiss and Angel's accusations against the Chief Rabbinate
forward.com by
After ISIS, Secrets Of Jewish Mosul Emerge From The Rubble
כיכר השבת על ידי אבי רבינא
הפסד לחביליו: ניצחון חרדי בירושלים: בית הספר החילוני יעבור לחרדים
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
FREE AT LAST! Daring Rescue Saves All 12 Boys, Soccer Coach From Thai Cave
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
"מי שלומד תורה שלא ישרת": בן ראובן: ללכת למלחמה נגד החרדים בחוק הגיוס - זו טעות
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Interesting Psak: modesty on separate beaches
forward.com by
The Other Intermarriage Crisis
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Quote of the Day
כיכר השבת על ידי אלי רוטמן
מול השופטים: קצין המשטרה הודה כי היכה מפגינים חרדים
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
מכתב הבהרה: הרב נבנצאל נגד הסמכת יועצות הלכתיות
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Rabbi Litzman to Netanyahu: I Will Resign If Draft Bill Isn’t Postponed
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
האיום החדש של סגן השר: ליצמן: אם תוך שבוע לא תושג דחייה בחוק הגיוס - אתפטר
TOMER DEVORAH by Devash
HKB"H's Actions Demand a Response From Us
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Women Want More Representation In Electing Chief Rabbinate Of Israel Council
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
חשיפת "כיכר השבת": דרעי הורה לבחון משפטית הדרת החרדים בגבעת שמואל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
פסק הלכה: הרב הראשי: אסור לנשים לרחוץ בחוף נפרד עם מציל
Going Home ... To Yerushalayim by Neshama
Zurich Haredi Jewish School to Close
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
נשיא המדינה מזהיר: "חוק הלאום מאפשר הקמת ישוב ללא חרדים"
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
קרית ארבע: בג"צ חייב שעות מעורבות והבריכה תיסגר



Election Stuff
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
New United Religious List For Jerusalem Mayoral Race




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The 4th of July and its Relationship to President Donald Trump



Security Incidents
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Gaza Terror Continues – B’chasdei Hashem, AM Attacks Failed
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Arab Arrested Outside Beit El with Meat Cleaver, Knife
כיכר השבת על ידי יוסי נכטיגל
אנטישמיות בברלין: יהודי ביקש מצית בשבת והותקף בידי גויים
כיכר השבת על ידי אלי רוטמן
סמוך לבית הכנסת: בלון הנפץ מעזה נחת בלב המושב קוממיות



Iran
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Report: Germany Considers Iranian Bid to Withdraw 300 Million Euros Cash
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Rouhani: Iran Has Wonderful Relations With World Jewry
Hamodia by Hamodia
Report: Germany Considers Iranian Bid to Withdraw 300M Euros Cash
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Israel Hits Iranian Forces In Syria
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
VIDEO: Iran’s Growing Presence In Syria Has PM Netanyahu Flying To Moscow
Hamodia by Hamodia
Harbingers of Change in Iran?
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Report: IAF Attacks T4 Base in Syria
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Mossad Chief Secretly Visited Washington To Coordinate On Iran
Algemeiner.com by Ben Cohen
Iranian Dissidents, Former Political Prisoners, Urge Sec of State Pompeo to Sanction Tehran Regime’s Official Broadcaster
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Iran Calls for EU Help as Shipping Giant Pulls Out for Fear of US Sanctions
Algemeiner.com by Elder of Ziyon
Rouhani: Iran Has Wonderful Relations with World Jewry
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Iran Summons Dutch Ambassador, Condemns Deportation of Its Diplomats: IRNA
Algemeiner.com by Ariel Kahana / JNS.org
Gaza and Iran: One and the Same
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
In Vienna, Iran Fails to Get Guarantees on Continued Access to Oil, Financial Markets
Israel Rising by Orit ben Tzvi
Bibi Netanyahu: “We will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria”
Hamodia by Hamodia
Plane Built to Rescue Iran Hostages Goes to NY Museum



African Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jonathan Feldstein / JNS.org
Miracles at Entebbe



Asian-Australian Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Hamodia by Hamodia
Pompeo Pushes Peace Talks on Unannounced Trip to Afghanistan
Hamodia by Hamodia
Pompeo: Return of U.S. War Dead Could Build Trust With N. Korea
Hamodia by Ken Moritsugu
ANALYSIS: Harsh Words May Mean N. Korea Seeks Deal With Trump
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
בתמורה לטילים: צפון קוריאה דרשה מיליארד דולר מישראל
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Australian Glasses Co. Films Ad At Holocaust Death Camp
Hamodia by Nick Wadhams
Inside Pompeo’s Fraught North Korea Trip
Hamodia by Hamodia
Pompeo Sees Hard Road Ahead But Pursues N. Korean Denuclearization Talks



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Ben Cohen
French Court Convicts Antisemitic Gang for Brutal Robbery, Rape of Jewish Couple in 2014
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
VIDEO: Netanyahu Says He Understands Critiscm of Deal On Controversial ‘Polish Holocaust’ Law
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Russia Poison Victim Dies, Investigation Launched
Hamodia by Hamodia
Police Open Murder Probe as 1 of 2 U.K. Nerve-Agent Victims Dies
Shiloh Musings by Batya Medad
"Palestine," sic, is a "Toy!"
Algemeiner.com by Gila and Adam Milstein / JNS.org
Our View from Auschwitz: How Tragedies of the Past Become Lessons for the Future
Algemeiner.com by Ben Cohen / JNS.org
Denmark Confronts Islamism and Integration
Algemeiner.com by Jonathan Feldstein / JNS.org
Miracles at Entebbe
Algemeiner.com by Israel Hayom / JNS.org
Facing Polish Holocaust Law Backlash, PM Vows to ‘Speak Up’
כיכר השבת על ידי יוסי נכטיגל
אנטישמיות בברלין: יהודי ביקש מצית בשבת והותקף בידי גויים
Hamodia by Hamodia
Netanyahu Says Understands Criticism of Poland Holocaust Deal



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Ankara Angry as Israel Charges Turkish Tourist With Aiding Hamas
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Palestinians to Keep Paying Prisoner Stipends Despite Israeli Penalty
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Syrian State Media Claims Air Defenses Hit Israeli Plane, Thwart Missile Strike
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Israel Shuts Down Kerem Shalom Crossing Into Gaza
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Israel Announces Gaza Trade, Fishing Crackdown in Anti-Hamas Move
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
טרור העפיפונים: התיעוד העצוב של טרור העפיפונים • צפו
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Israel Threatens ‘Harsh Response’ to Any Syrian Forces in Demilitarized Golan
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Hamas to Try Another ‘Reverse Flotilla’ Tuesday
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Hamas: No Deal Until Prisoner’s Are Freed
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Israel Hits Iranian Forces In Syria
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
VIDEO: Iran’s Growing Presence In Syria Has PM Netanyahu Flying To Moscow
Hamodia by Hamodia
Ankara Angry as Israel Charges Turkish Tourist With Aiding Hamas
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Report: IAF Attacks T4 Base in Syria
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Arrests Made In Jerusalem Firebomb Attack
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Turkish Aid Agency in Yerushalayim Gets Intel Scrutiny
כיכר השבת על ידי יוחנן בלייך
תקיפה בסוריה: דיווחים: ישראל תקפה בסיס חיל אוויר סורי בסמוך לחומס
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Gaza Terror Continues – B’chasdei Hashem, AM Attacks Failed
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Still Angry Over 1917 Balfour Declaration, Palestinians Bemoan England Advance in FIFA World Cup
Algemeiner.com by Sarah N. Stern / JNS.org
Time to Wake Up to Erdoğan’s Turkey
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
כתב אישום נגד אזרחית טורקיה: סיוע לטרור



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
כיכר השבת על ידי יוחנן בלייך
מחפשים חשודים: שוב ושוב: צלבי קרס במדינת קונטיקט בארה"ב
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Israel Could Soon Be ‘Unblurred’ On Google Earth
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Hitler Speech Transmitted Over Chicago Police Radios



Prayers for Those in Need
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Chasdei Hashem: Chosson Injured In Meah Shearim Crane Accident Is Walking Again
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
בני ברק: בן 12 טיפס על עץ, נפל ונפצע באורח בינוני
Yeshiva World News by Spira
TEHILLIM: Tzefas Father Hits Daughter With Vehicle, Leaving Her Fighting for Her Life R”L
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
התפללו לרפואתה: תאונה בצפת: האב פגע בבתו, הרופאים נלחמים על חייה
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
התפללו לרפואתה: פעוטה ממשפחה חרדית נפגעה בינוני מרכב
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Tefilos Requested For Injured IDF Reservist
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
המתנדב החרדי נפל מאופניו ונפצע קשה
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Wedding Tragedy: One Dead After Israeli Couple Gets Into Zip-Line Accident On Honduran Island
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
העתירו בתפילה: אשדוד: ילד חרדי נפל מעץ גבוה ונפצע בינוני
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
בני ברק: נערה חרדית נפלה מקומה 4 מצבה קשה
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
דרמה בישיבה: עשרות תלמידים חלו; הפנימייה עוברת חיטוי



Deaths
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
טרגדיה בשומרון: סלעית: ילד בן שמונה נהרג כשרכב על אופניו
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Wedding Tragedy: One Dead After Israeli Couple Gets Into Zip-Line Accident On Honduran Island
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
PHOTOS: Pedestrian Struck And Killed By A Truck On Jerusalem’s Betzalel Street
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
נין ה'אמרי אמת': נצר לבית גור: הרה"ח רבי אריה אלתר זצ"ל
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
BDE: Harav Aryeh Alter, Z”l



Great Rabbis
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
סיקור ותיעוד: מסע הגאון רבי שמואל קמינצקי בשיקגו
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
שנת תשמ''א: תיעוד חדש: האדמו"ר מבעלזא והרבי מחב"ד
כיכר השבת על ידי kikar.co.il בשיתוף מוסדות דור ודור
לקראת הילולת צדיק המזוזות ב-ה' באב
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
מתקפה חריפה: הראשל"צ הגר"ש עמאר על מצעד התועבה: "חוצפה וביזיון"
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Rav Amar Calls On MK Azoulai To Resign From Knesset Kosel-Planning Committee
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
נין ה'אמרי אמת': נצר לבית גור: הרה"ח רבי אריה אלתר זצ"ל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
החליף צד: ה'ינוקא' שסיים 8 פעמים ש"ס, בחן את בני גילו
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
BDE: Harav Aryeh Alter, Z”l



Miracles
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Chasdei Hashem: Chosson Injured In Meah Shearim Crane Accident Is Walking Again
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Gaza Terror Continues – B’chasdei Hashem, AM Attacks Failed
Algemeiner.com by Jonathan Feldstein / JNS.org
Miracles at Entebbe



Kiddush Hashem
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
לוחמי משמר הגבול הצילו תינוק פלסטיני
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
WATCH: Israeli Technology Helped Locate Trapped Thai Soccer Team



Judaism
Hamodia by Yoni Weiss
Report: El Al Delayed Flight Blamed on Chareidi Passengers – Not True
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
מתקפה חריפה: הראשל"צ הגר"ש עמאר על מצעד התועבה: "חוצפה וביזיון"
כיכר השבת על ידי אלי רוטמן
"לכו לקהל הקדוש": בית הקפה נסגר בשבת ומסע הגידופים החל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
חוק הגיוס: מקלב: "לימוד התורה הוא ערך, שירות צבאי אינו ערך"
Yeshiva World News by Poch854
Netanyahu and Steinitz To Unilaterally Decide Outcome of Reform Prayer Area At Kosel
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Attorney General Opposes Deri’s Policy Of Denying Adoption To Toeiva Couples
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Minister Deri Seeks To Advance Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrus Reform
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Efforts Continue To Prevent Machlokes Among Chareidi Elected Officials Surrounding New Draft Law
Hamodia by Hamodia
Another NJ Town Sued Over Denial of Religious Group’s Expansion Plans
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Rav Amar Calls On MK Azoulai To Resign From Knesset Kosel-Planning Committee
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Stolen Tallis Bag and Paroches Being Sold At Flea Market
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
אירוויזיון בירושלים?: עיריית ירושלים דרשה: ללא חזרות בשבת
Hamodia by Yisrael Price
Religious Affairs Minister Quits Kosel Committee
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Gov’t Set to Hold Back Northern Shomron Disengagement Walkback – For 13th Time
Going Home ... To Yerushalayim by Neshama
An Isolated Nation Among the World’s Nations – SEE UPDATES
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Nightly Pandemonium in Yerushalayim Market Disturbs Nearby Yeshiva
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Picture of the Day
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
'מתווה הכשרות' אושר: כחלון: "תמיד דרעי מנצח. לא משנה מה יהיה"



Election Stuff
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Former Australian PM Calls For Relocating Its Embassy to Jerusalem




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By Mahboob A Khawaja, PhD.Global politics is fraught with man-made catastrophic tragedies. The human beings are supposed to be the most intelligent social animal on the planet. Yet, our proactive plans and actions continue to dehumanize the fellow human beings and engineer conflicts and wars that destroy the existence of mankind. The driving impulse is war economies, individualistic interest and militarization. We come to realize that politics is a game of pretension and always remains problematic. Politicians need problems to get public attention and to argue being the deliverers. Often, they are not except being treacherous, cynical and deceitful to their ideas and ideals and to the public interests they claim to serve.Amongst all the creations on Planet Earth, humans are the only one to claim morality as an attribute of life and value. This reality emphasizes and differentiates us from the other creations of God. If we propel uncertainty in our thoughts and behavior, nothing can stop us from surpassing the limit of immorality and insanity. With knowledge-based 21st century human communications improving global collaboration, we are not moving in the right direction that human logic and truth spell out for our conduct in peaceful relationships. The impulse and actions for cruelty and sadistic behavior are increasingly sending alarming trends for the present and future generations to be informed of our implicit wickedness and resulting failure in global affairs. As humans, we are not thinking or moving for the unity of mankind to be at peace and harmony being the chief creation of God. Unless, we are overwhelmed philosophically to imagine that we are something else than humans populating the Earth by chance. Global Institutions are a Menace to Human Change and Progress The global warlords are waging wars in the name of peace and harmony. Humanity is being crushed and its compound interest undermined by the few for economic greed and militarization. The UNO originated from the belief and commitment to avert futuristic wars by men of new ideas pursuing peaceful means, diplomacy and accountability to the global mankind. How sad and cynical it looks to view the succeeding generations entrapped again into the same mindset of warmongering and power politics as were the sadistic leaders before the Two WW. Like the past, once again few egoistic nations and leaders have manipulated the time and opportunities to dictate and undermine the interests of the mankind.  The global humanity is the net object of their planned cruelty but without any meaningful role to challenge the few global warlords.  America, Russia and few Europeans find freehand to go anywhere and bomb the humanity at will. This is what exactly happening in the broader Arab Middle East war theatre managed by global warlords. The UNO and its Secretary General need to free themselves from captivity and enlarge their role and initiatives for conflict management and peace-making outside the New York established box. Words and Charter's core thoughts are repeated but actions are missing. The UN Security Council could finally visit the Rohinga refugee camps but failed to demand equal treatment from the Myanmar Government. Strange, why the same UN Security Council cannot travel to defuse tensions and bring much needed humanitarian peace between Palestine and Israel. Could it shrink its inherent responsibility for the mismanagement of the Middle East conflict?   Humanity in Search of Proactive Leaders The 21st century global politics have not produced any new leaders of vision and moral integrity to imagine the universal phenomenon of peaceful change and futuristic developments. There are no global organizations managed by people of moral and intellectual vision and courage to serve the interests of the global community. Man is a moral and intellectual being articulating happiness and progress horizontally in peace-time, but when fear of the unknown, hatred and animosity attempt to govern the human consciousness, degeneration replaces human progress. America and some Europeans used to be the leaders of change and new strategies to envisage global friendship, co-existence and harmony of the mankind.  If political greed and egoistic interest are the supreme force, how could they serve the interest and priorities of the global mankind for peace and harmony? At best, many world leaders could best be defined as "hangmen" of the 21st century. It is a frightening trend for the present and future generations to imagine our time and role in human history. The Middle East - the Ancient Hub of Humanity - the Land of Abrahim, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad is being ScorchedThe continuing wars in the Middle East are fabricated and gone out of proportion challenging the human conscience and civilized values that once highlighted the human behavior in conflicts. Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Libya are destroyed by political design. Do you remember the paradoxes of history? Do you recall what Sultan Salahudeen Ayoubi did to free Jerusalem and drive out the Crusaders from the ancient lands?  Do you remember how Sultan Salahudeen treated his enemies - King Richard and others even in the battlefield? Do you know that for ages the European feared Salahudeen - the Conqueror of Jerusalem? The contemporary Arab world is devoid of moral and intellectual leadership of any kind. They operate on a dead-ended scale without any role in global affairs. Jerusalem was not US property to be transferred top Israel; it belongs equally to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Under the UNO Plan, Jerusalem is an international city to be shared by all the believers. Yet, the puppet Arab leaders showed no moral courage to question President Trump for moving the Embassy to Jerusalem. One wonders why the Saudi King signed 250 billion worth of military contracts and gave 100 million to Ivanka Kushner when Trump visited the region last August.  It could well be witnessed by the raging sectarian wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. There is no coming of Salahudeen to rescue the entrenched Palestinians. After 70 years of Nakba, they still have No thinking plan, no leadership, no movement for change and freedom except reactionary emotional outbursts. When Jews lived with the Arabs in Spain (Al-Andulsia) for centuries, they were part of the Arab culture and advancements for the best of humanity. European mistreated Jews but Muslims gave them the best for their protection and participation in Islamic civilization. Look, what is happening now between Palestine and Israel. Gideon Levy ("60 Killed In Gaza And The End Of Israeli Conscience", Haaretz and Information Clearing house: 5/21/2018), spells out the present reality for Israelis to think critically:On the night of the Palestinians' slaughter, Zion exulted an embassy and a Eurovision. It's difficult to think of a more atrocious moral eclipse....The truth is that Israel is well prepared to massacre hundreds and thousands, and to expel tens of thousands. Nothing will stop it. This is the end of conscience, the show of morality is over. The last few days' events have proved it decisively. The tracks have been laid, the infrastructure for the horror has been cast. Dozens of years of brainwashing, demonization and dehumanization have borne fruit. The alliance between the politicians and the media to suppress reality and deny it has succeeded. Israel is set to commit horrors. Nobody will stand in its way any longer. Not from within or from without....If 60 stray dogs were shot to death in one day by IDF soldiers, the whole country would raise an outcry. The dog slaughterers would be put on trial, the nation of Israel would have devoted prayers to the victims, a Yizkor service would be said for the dogs slaughtered by Israel....The Israeli brain has been washed irrevocably, the heart sealed for good. The life of a Palestinian is no longer deemed to be worth anything.Towards Thinking of Future-MakingWe live in one Planet Earth. What happens across the globe or in the remote jungles of Botswana and or in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or the bloody streets of Kabul, Damascus and Baghdad, it is vital to global interests and cannot be ignored because European or American television networks do not portray it. According to the Divine revelations, the Earth keeps record of all the human activities. The Earth is a living entity, not dead.  There were many powerful and unchallenging empires and nations in history. What happened to their self-perpetuated glory and triumphs except being part of the archeological record? To all concerned, their artifacts and deadly remains do tell the real story. Most were destroyed by natural causes but the Earth remains in-tact, not by the legislative power of any States of the UN membership but certainly by the Will of God. It operates and maintains balanced life for all regardless of ethnicity, color, creed, religions and nationalism. Should we not care how we live, utilize and draw lifelong gains from the Earth?  We the humans urgently need rethinking to reflect on our plans and behaviors how do we relate to Earth? It is an indivisible comprehensive relationship. The answer should help us to balance our life. When could this historic change come into being? If we realize to be One Humanity living on One Planet Earth, its imagination could affect and balance our thoughts and behavior. We must respect equal human rights and dignity of all on Earth. Do the Super Powers (powerful nations) have a sense of indifference and biased toward the colored and economically less advanced nations?  In its 2014 Global Thinkers statistics, Foreign Policy ("A World Disrupted: The global Thinkers of 2014") pinpoints that "something big requires a team rather than an individual...." To enhance global peace and to undo the continuing bogus war on terrorism, there is an urgent need for teamwork by all concerned across the globe. The teamwork if undertaken with unbiased mind and  without pre-conceived notions could usher sustainable change and a new beginning between those who claim to be at peace and somewhat superior than the ordinary folks and those who are fighting reactionary wars of freedom against insanity and catastrophic devastation of the human habitats. Under 'Advocates', the Foreign Policy notes:"The global thinkers herald causes often wrongly considered inconsequential or verboten. They support forgotten victims of sexual violence, protect civilian targeted in internecine violence, count casualties in the fog of war, and demand legal protection for world's most vulnerable migrants. Often these men and women, scholars, activists and religious leader among them- do this work on their own peril and pay the price landing in court or in prison in some of the world's most repressive countries. For all of them, however, the risk is worth the possible rewards."
          Assad's son takes part in maths competition in Romania      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The teenage son of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania, where he has asked to be treated like any normal student, an education official said Tuesday.
          Netanyahu to tell Putin: Assad must comply with post-war Golan treaty      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In third meeting within six months, leaders expected to discuss Assad's return to southern Syria and Israeli concerns over Iran
          Netanyahu may offer Putin: Remove Iran from Syria for lifting of U.S. sanction on Russia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel and the Saudis pushed for Trump-Putin deal, The New Yorker reports. Netanyahu could try and sell this idea to Putin, but can Moscow deliver the goods?
          Iranian Commander: “Islamic Army” in Syria Ready to Destroy Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
More threats from those peace-loving Iranian officials
          Comment on US Commander: ‘US Troops Prepared to Die for Israel’ in War against Syria, Hezbollah by Israel's Censorship of Press Averages One Redaction Every Four Hours      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[…] or fully redacted in the Israeli press over the past year, a trend unlikely to decline as Israel prepares for potential war with Gaza, Lebanon and […]
          Assad sắp dập tắt phe nổi dậy tại nơi bùng phát nội chiến Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tổng thống Syria Bashar al-Assad sắp dập tắt phe nổi dậy ngay tại thành phố mà phong trào nổi dậy chống chính phủ của Syria đã bắt đầu hơn 7 năm trước, khi phe nổi dậy hôm 10/7 loan báo đang tìm cách rút lui với sự đảm bảo của Nga. Quân chính phủ được […]
          Assad’s Pyrrhic Victory      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Apparently, no one wants or seems to be able to remove the ‎Iranians—neither from the border with Israel nor ‎from Syria proper.
          Immediate Solutions for Those Suffering, or ‘The BIG Picture’? – The Tamar Yonah Show      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Southern residents of Israel are suffering from the constant arson fires set by the Arabs with fire-balloons and kites, and they want the government to put an end to their suffering by the Arabs in Gaza and the Hamas. But the government has BIGGER worries, on its northern border where the Syrians, Iran, and the Hezbollah are, and who can open up fire on Israel at any time. So, what's the moral thing to do? And what's the solution?
          The Untold Story Of Syria's Antifa Platoon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How a ragtag crew of leftist revolutionaries and soldiers of fortune helped defeat ISIS.
          IN IRAN, ANGER RISES AS THE CURRENCY FALLS / GEOPOLITICAL FUTURES      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In Iran, Anger Rises as the Currency Falls

Protests in the capital are growing.

By Xander Snyder



Things in Iran seem to be going from bad to worse. Protests have broken out again, this time centered in the capital, Tehran, as the Iranian currency plummets in value.


Thousands of people, including traders in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, participated in the protests, which started June 24. According to the BBC, they are the largest protests in the country since 2012, when economic sanctions degraded the economy and galvanized the public to action. The Iranian economy, however, rebounded after the nuclear agreement in 2015 lifted the sanctions, and Iran re-entered the global economy. The U.S. withdrawal from the deal, and fears that it will lead to a total collapse of the agreement, is at least partly responsible for the rial’s decline.

The rial is currently worth 90,000 rials to the dollar, a sharp fall from roughly 43,000 to the dollar at the end of 2017. And its decline has had a real impact on businesses that rely on imports, which become more expensive when a currency depreciates.
 
The protests themselves occurred in two phases. The first happened at two shopping centers specializing in cell phone sales in Tehran, where traders went on strike and shut down the centers on June 24. The merchants criticized the shops that remained open and called the shopkeepers “cowards.” The minister of information and communications technology has claimed that the merchants went back to work, but only after the government provided guarantees that it would help them secure hard currency for imports. (How the government plans to actually do that remains unclear.)
 
The government’s guarantees didn’t manage to quell the unrest for long. The following day, more protests broke out, this time at the parliament building. The demonstrators were confronted by police, who used tear gas to disperse the crowd. According to media reports, protesters shouted anti-regime slogans, including “Leave Syria, think of us” and “Death to the dictator,” and other unusual slogans like “Death to Palestine.”
 
It’s not clear who organized the protests, but Iranian media reported that the demonstrations that shut down the Grand Bazaar started when the rial fell to 90,000 to the dollar. The government tried to address the currency problem in April, when it fixed the official exchange rate at 42,000 rials to the dollar. But this rate hasn’t held on the black market. Large, anti-government protests also erupted in late December and early January. Those protests, initially sparked by rising food prices, spread to cities and villages across the country, while the current demonstrations are focused in the capital.
 
The Rouhani government, which thought that the nuclear deal would generate more widespread economic benefits than it actually has, is under pressure from hardliners, who were happy to see it fail Indeed, it’s not just opposition or international media reporting on the protests this time around, as so often happens in Iran. Mainstream Iranian media outlets have also been reporting on them, indicating that a segment of the establishment wants them to be publicized. Security forces appear to have control of the unrest for now, but there’s no telling if the peace will keep, considering that sanctions are looming and there’s no end in sight for the rial’s decline. 


          How to Destroy a Nation from Within      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A comment left at the "The Age of Aquarius" post at UNZ.com sums up nicely the decades long plan to destroy Germany from within.
Heros says:

The key goal of the Kaufmann, Morgenthau and Houton plans was the genetic destruction of Germany and Germans. After starving millions of German men in the Rhine Meadows Death Camps, they enslaved millions more German soldiers and sent them around the planet for years, even decades. Conditions in French slave labor camps alone were far worse than any German labor camp, and we won’t go into the gulags. After stripping the country of its men, Eisenhower deliberately sent thousands of famously horny black soldiers into Berlin to try to get the starving local Maidels to miscegenate. This occurred in every German city in all occupation zones and when Paton objected he was eliminated. Later, Muslim Turks were brought in to fill the labor and paternity shortages deliberately created, and the dilution of the German gene pool continued full throttle.
AFN and Radio Liberty started broadcasting American Jazz music and American media across Germany while “de-nazification” (the cultural destruction of Germany) eliminated anyone not on board with the NWO. Young post war Germans were brought up in world bombarded with guilt and victors propaganda where the truth could not be uttered. They easily fell prey to Cultural Marxism, and by the end of the 1968 revolutions, toxic socialism and multiculturalism was firmly implanted across Germany and Europe.
The next wave from 1968 to about 2012 was the period of cutting threads of social fabric, destroying the family, and tearing down nationalist and racial pride, while the Jewish homeland was strengthened and made invulnerable.

About 2012, after Iraq, Egypt, Libya, then Syria, were invaded and devastated for Zionism and greater Israel, the long planned and long awaited invasion of Europe was unleashed. The EU had torn down all internal barriers with Schengen and its refugee settlement legislation meant that no EU country could resist the invasion. They thought, anyway. But “New Europe” had not been shrouded long enough in talmudic media mind control, so they have resisted the invasion. They sure better hope they win, because we know how jews treat those who defy them and become Amalek.
What is important here is to understand that this was a multi-generational plan against all the Christian peoples of Europe. Then and now, the US military was nothing more than the nails driven home by jewish hammers, used to crucify Christian culture on the cross of Jewish Power.
Want to see what this invasion looks like in the nation formerly known as Italy?

Maybe the MSM will cover this invasion?
Maybe those self-appointed Masters of the Universe will help staunch the invasion?

          MSZ radzi, dokąd nie jechać na tegoroczne wakacje. Trzy państwa z Europy.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

O tym, że jadąc na urlop czy wakacje lepiej omijać takie miejsca jak Afganistan czy Syria wiadomo nie od dziś. W tym roku MSZ odradza jednak polskim turystom wczasy w Belgii, Francji i Wielkiej Brytanii .
          France’s Latest Surrender to Jihad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It is being called “the biggest aquarium in the world.”

Perhaps the best known symbol of France to the world, the Eiffel Tower, will open this month with a new look that leaves some native French very disgruntled.

New walls of “extra clear”, bullet-proof glass, standing 10 ft. high and 2.5 inches thick, will now enclose Paris’s affectionately named ‘Lady of Iron’ on its north and south sides. Metallic walls of curved prongs of equivalent height will encase the other two sides, through which one will have to pass to access the Tower after submitting to security controls.

In addition, 420 blocks are being placed around the Tower to prevent jihadist vehicular attacks like those that occurred in Nice, Barcelona and Berlin. All of which has caused observers to complain the Tower will lose its aesthetic look, resembling now a “fortress.”

Under construction since last fall at a cost of about 40 million dollars, many French believe these latest security measures not only disfigure the venerable ‘Lady’, but represent, above all, the French political class’s impotence in face of the jihadist threat.

“It’s a loss of sovereignty when we are forced to build walls to guard against enemies that we do not know how to contain outside our frontiers,” commented one indignant reader in a French newspaper.

Another called the security measure “a degradation of the public space,” saying Gustave Eiffel, whose famous tower opened at the 1889 World’s Fair, “…would never have thought what the socialists have dared…”

Some have noted this “disfigurement” also does not include future unsightliness from graffiti and posters expected to soon cover the glass, making extra, expensive cleaning costs inevitable.

Paris’s socialist mayor, Anne Hildago, announced the decision to build the wall, a permanent structure, in February, 2017, six days after a jihadist attacked a military patrol at Paris’s Louvre. Paris’s police leadership then requested “more effective” security measures for the city’s heritage sites.

There was also a financial inducement to improve security. After the horrific jihadist 2015 attacks, the number of visitors to the tower had dropped below six million from its usual seven million for the first time in 15 years, a fall described as “unprecedented.” As a result, businesses suffered. Paris hotels, for example, had to lower their room rates.

Bernard Gaudilleres, president of Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour, the entity which operates the tower, said the new measures were meant to “reinforce security, modernize the welcoming area and improve the comfort of the visit.” He described the new glass structures as rock-solid for absolute security,” adding they are “infinitely nicer and more romantic” than the temporary metal barriers, erected for the 2016 Euro soccer championships, they are replacing.

(Who would ever have thought, least of all in Paris, that bullet-proof glass and anti-terrorist truck barriers could ever be romantic?)

Security measures for the Eiffel Tower and other Parisian tourist sites were first increased after the Charlies Hebdo jihadist attack in early 2015. They were increased again later that year in November after jihadists killed 130 people, 89 in the Bataclan nightclub massacre. Soldiers have also been patrolling the tower around the clock since 2016.

Prior to 2015, the tower’s square, containing its beautiful gardens, was still freely accessible. Now, they will be permanently inside the walls, a fact that displeases many French residents who will have to pass through controls every time they wish to walk there. As if in consolation, Gaudilleres states visiting the gardens is still free.

Tower security was reinforced further in May last year before the French presidential election not because of jihadists, but to an illegal intrusion by Greenpeace. Like the recent violation of the Statue of Liberty by an anti-Trump protester, Greenpeace also wanted to make a political statement, deploying a 30 meter by ten meter the anti-National Front banner from the tower’s second floor.

But despite all the new security measures, critics are still doubtful that jihadist attacks can be prevented at tower. In fact, some believe the measures may actually act as a “provocation,” or even a challenge. 

Critics reasonably ask whether the new glass wall can withstand a rocket-propelled grenade attack. And what’s to stop jihadists from throwing explosive devices, such as grenades, over the wall into packed crowds? Kalshnikov-armed jihadists, after breaching the wall, could also cause another Bataclan where people, trapped by the new enclosure, will have no place to run.

Others believe the money would be better spent at the borders, stopping jihadists from entering France, especially those returning from Syria. Or in expelling or eliminating the ones already inside the country.

“One knows only how to submit rather than treat the causes,” states one critic of the tower’s new look, deploring where political weakness has led France and the resulting evolution of French society. Besides an admission of political failure, the wall also definitely proves the country is at war and is living in fear.

After the Eiffel Tower, critics also ask what monument is next to be encased in glass? The Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre? Where will this loss of liberty and identity end, they ask? And even if you build walls around all the monuments in France, will that stop the Islamic terrorists? The Bataclan nightclub, after all, was no heritage monument.

Critics also reproach France’s socialist politicians who criticized President Trump for intending to build a border wall with Mexico, while they build walls inside of France. These disgraceful internal walls, they say, are exactly the result of not building such border walls. One states French socialists are “simply copying Trump on a smaller scale.”

Nevertheless, the French are developing a dark humor to match the times. Some examples: Mexico should pay for the Eiffel Tower’s new wall, or at least Saudi Arabia; instead of bullet-proof walls, one should just issue tourists with bullet-proof vests upon arrival in France; construct a wall around the mayor’s building; Paris’s medieval city wall, erected by King Philip II, parts of which still stand, should also be rebuilt as an anti-jihad measure.

Whether the Eiffel Tower’s new wall is an effective security measure remains debatable. What is certain, however, is its adverse psychological effect on French patriots, one of whom perhaps summed it up best:

“It’s against the dignity of man. It’s an absolute ugliness. One is leaving an ugly Paris to our children…”


          Premiê israelense é interrogado mais uma vez em investigação sobre corrupção      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Benjamin Netanyahu é investigado por cobertura positiva do site de notícias 'Walla' em troca de favores a seu proprietário. Ele nega reiteradamente todos as acusações. Premiê israelense Benjamin Netanyahu. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun A polícia de Israel interrogou nesta terça-feira (10), pela 11ª vez, o primeiro-ministro Benjamin Netanyahu dentro das investigações por corrupção que o envolvem. "(Netanyahu) foi questionado durante várias horas em sua residência como parte da investigação policial realizada pela Lahav 433 (a unidade de combate aos crimes nacionais e econômicos). A investigação se desenvolve com a assistência do Ministério Público e com a aprovação do procurador-geral", informou a polícia em comunicado. A imprensa israelense indicou nesta manhã que o interrogatório desta terça se concentraria no caso Bezeq, que investiga se o premiê recebeu uma cobertura positiva do site de notícias "Walla" em troca de favores a seu proprietário. Estava previsto que o magnata Saul Elovitch, acionista majoritário da empresa de telecomunicações Bezeq e dono do popular portal de notícias "Walla", fosse interrogado ao mesmo tempo, afirmou a emissora pública de rádio "Kan". Os investigadores chegaram por volta das 5h15 (horário de Brasília) à residência do chefe de governo em Jerusalém, diante da presença de um grupo de manifestantes que pediam prisão para Netanyahu, afirmou o site "Ynet". A polícia também está avançando no caso 2000, que estuda outra tentativa de acordo de Netanyahu com o jornal "Yedioth Ahronoth" para receber cobertura favorável do veículo, e prevê interrogar o produtor de Hollywood de origem israelense Arnon Milchan, informou hoje a rádio "Kan". Os investigadores da polícia obtiveram novas informações que indicam que Milchan, que também está citado no caso 1000, que envolve Netanyahu e sua família, teria intermediado há nove anos entre o primeiro-ministro e o editor do jornal, Arnon Mozes. Netanyahu prestou depoimento até agora em 11ocasiões por vários casos de corrupção e é considerado suspeito pela polícia dos crimes de fraude e abuso de confiança nos casos 2000 e 4000. O primeiro-ministro israelense negou reiteradamente todos as acusações, assegura que "não haverá nada porque não há nada" e atribui as "falsas acusações" a uma "campanha de perseguição". Os escândalos de corrupção também envolvem diretamente sua mulher, Sara, que recentemente foi acusada pelo Ministério Público de "fraude sistemática" ao ter supostamente pago com recursos públicos até 85 mil euros em comida de luxo, e agora está pendente de julgamento.
          George Clooney, herido en un accidente en Italia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Por: Adoración Araiza Ciudad de México (Rasainforma.com).- Luego de un accidente de moto, el actorGeorge Clooney resultó severamente herido, el hecho ocurrió en la isla italiana de Cerdeña. El protagonista de “Syriana”, de 57 años, salía del recinto del hotel en Costa Corallina cuando ocurrió el accidente. Trascendió que Clooney iba a una velocidad de 96 kilómetros por hora […]

La entrada George Clooney, herido en un accidente en Italia aparece primero en MiMorelia.com.


          Syrian report: Israel bombs T4 air base in Homs - Daniel Siryoti, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Reuters: Assad, aided by Russia, poised to seize ‘cradle’ of revolt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Bashar al-Assad is poised to snuff out the Syrian rebellion in the city where it began more than seven years ago, as rebels said on July 10 they were seeking to withdraw with Russian guarantees. Read more here. 

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           German Parliament Report: U.S. Presence in Syria Is Illegal       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Scientific Services of the German Bundestag are the equivalent to the Congressional Research Service in the United States. Members of Parliament can ask the services to give their neutral expert opinions on legal questions and other issues. Opinions by the Scientific Services are held in high regard.


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Trump's Europe trip: Where he's going on his 7-day visit with NATO allies and Putin President Donald Trump departs Tuesday for the seventh foreign trip of his presidency, visiting Western European countries and then sitting down for a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

European Council President: US 'won't have a better ally' than EU President of the European Council Donald Tusk told President Donald Trump early Tuesday morning that the US "won't have a better ally" than the EU ahead of his European trip this week.

Record number of tourists visit Israel in first half of 2018 2.1 million tourist entries were recorded in the first half of 2018, a 19% increase compared to same period last year.

Assad, Aided by Russia, Poised to Snuff Out 'Cradle' of Revolt Assad, whose control was once reduced to a fraction of Syria, now holds the largest chunk of the country with crucial help from his Russian and Iranian allies.

Rivlin warns discrimination in nationality bill hurts Jewish people While PM Netanyahu seeks to pass the nationality bill into a law next week, President Reuven Rivlin sends a harsh letter criticizing article 7b of the legislation, saying it doesn't reflect the Zionist vision.

Letter by Martin Luther calling Jews 'devils incarnate' up for auction 1543 note expected to be sold for more than $300,000.

Scientist: Creation of Earth Calibrated to Mount Moriah The scientist who mathematically proved prophecy claims his formula has cosmic implications, showing that the creation of the world was calibrated according to the location of Jerusalem and the return of the Jews to Israel.

What does Boris Johnson's resignation mean for UK-Israel relations? Johnson did not shy away from making clear his strong support for Israel while foreign minister.

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel The Syrian Civil War, which has lasted more than seven years, has claimed the lives of at least 500,000 people, displaced more than 12 million from their homes and cost others, too many to count, their arms and legs, each victim lost in the fog of war.

Biblical 'Spies' Revealed in 1,500-Year-Old Mosaic An ancient depiction of Moses' scouts in Canaan has been discovered in an "unparalleled" house of worship in Israel.

          Comment on Police investigate death of taxi driver by BlackShade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Human Rights! Woman being abused and raped have no rights. Children being abuse by grown men, left without food or a safe environment to grow in have no rights. Hard working men being rubbed and killed because of the little they have been blessed with have no right. Patients dying at our health institutions because of doctors/nurse negligence or malpractice have no rights. Lawyers like herself misrepresenting or stealing their clients have no rights. Young women being insulted with slave wages at the likes of S&S and these other Syrian and some local establishments have no rights and the list goes on and on. I have never heard our champion human rights activist lament on any of these human rights violations. Not a word, not word! But let a police office stare hard at a criminal caught in the act and she will be all over the media talking about his right must be protected. That's police intimidation and it should not be allowed. I sometimes blame the media because they give Mary Issac a platform to spew out should sub-human sentiments.
          14 ‘recently reconciled’ fighters killed in south Syria suicide car bomb claimed by Islamic State      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A suicide car bombing on Tuesday killed 14 newly reconciled fighters from pro-government and rebel ranks in an attack on a south Syrian village claimed ...

          Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, but first Putin will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Jordanian King Abdullah      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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JD: And now word coming out of Israel that five days before Putin meets with Trump the President of Russia is going to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.

KT: Well I think its Netanyahu who is trying to make sure he gets his word in. The personal relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin is very deep and very strong. Remember Netanyahu went to Moscow just hours before launching air raids against Iranian targets in Syria. He seems to keep Putin in the loop before the Israeli air force engage in aggressive activities and I think Putin appreciates that.

Those two have a very close relationship and I think Netanyahu wants to remind him that Iran should be on the top of the agenda of Putin’s talks with President Trump. So, I think there’s an awful lot to talk about and Netanyahu is going to Moscow to make sure that Iran is the subject number one of that summit meeting between Trump and Putin.

JD: But Vladimir Putin is not only meeting with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Even before he gets to Trump Jordanian King Abdullah’s whole talks in Russia. The King is very much concerned about that, that’s going to be another very important meeting would you not agree?

KT: Well that’s right. And the Jordanians are very concerned they already host something like 650,000 Syrian refugees. So they would really like to find a solution so the most recent refugees can go home. The Jordanians are hoping the Russians will help broker a cease-fire in that part of Syria that will become durable. The Jordanians don’t want to be overwhelmed by this newest wave of Syrian refugees and that’s why they’re in Moscow.

JD: Ken Timmerman with his analysis of the meetings between Russian President Putin and President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu and King Abdullah.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Vladimir Putin is a brilliant strategist and he is a world-class manipulator. Though there is opposition to the Trump-Putin summit I’m going to say that this summit is very important to the future for the Middle Eastern region. This is the basic reason that these three meetings between Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Netanyahu, King Abdullah and then President Trump are taking place in that order. This scenario is a part of the end time scenario that is found in Ezekiel 38:2 and Daniel 11:44. These three meetings will set the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. 

          Lets talk about why China and the rest of the World is screwed. America is the true World Leader.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
An ANON puts it all in perspective: Follow me back to 1946. Europe is ruined, China is still a backwater. The USA puts together an alliance that allows everyone within it to trade goods into the US without significant trade barriers. This allows for Europe to export their way back to prosperity after WWII. It gives them room to grow their economies beyond what their somewhat depleted populations will allow. In addition to allowing the free flow of goods, the USA becomes the security guarantor of the free world by using our navy to police the world's oceans and enable low risk (and hence low cost) global trade. But there was a condition. In order to deal with the US, you had to be on our side in helping to combat and contain the Soviet Union. Essentially the US traded some of its economic/manufacturing capacity for increased security and strategic assets to assist in the cold war. Only one problem: We won. The Soviet flag went down in 1991, and we didn't really make any changes to the world order. George H. W. Bush tried to reinvent the system, and we booted him out of office after a single term. Since then, the people of the US have voted overwhelmingly for candidates who focus on domestic rather than foreign issues. The system limped along for another few decades, primarily because of the USA's massive demand for oil and energy resources. Enter discovered shale. The US has a lot of Shale and Natural Gas.... So much so that the US has become the world's largest exporter of oil in the World. Meaning we no longer give a fuck what's going on in the middle east. Meaning we can bring our troops back (Noticed the institutional outrage over Trump pulling troops out of Syria? This is why. They're terrified of the current world order collapsing.) To drive the point home, for the past half century or so, the USA has kept a naval carrier group in the gulf sea at all times in order to protect Saudi oil supplies. But more recently, the past few years, it's only been there about 6 months out of the year. We're done protecting the world and getting nothing in return, as you can see by the foreign heads of state visiting Trump. Shinzo Abe knows he needs America's help, so he brings a five hundred-billion-dollar investment for US infrastructure and manufacturing with him. Good play. Theresa May knows she needs America's help. so she offers to sail the Royal Navy's two brand new super-carriers with US fleets, and offers to share Intel from Britain"s Intelligence services, who recently had their budgets doubled. Good play. Xi Jinpeng ... knows America is not going to help him. So he put everything on the table, from IP law to the trade deficit to product dumping to North Korean denuclearization, all so we wouldn't go in for the kill right then and there. Best play he had. Angela Merkel doesn't know or doesn't think she needs America's help, so she shows up telling Trump "If you do this, it will be the end of the of Europe." And he hands her a three hundred-billion-dollar bill for services rendered. She didn't bring anything to the table. Bad play. So where are we now? As previously mentioned, the US is the least globally integrated economy by percentage of GDP. We're evolving into a global superpower with no global interests. It's not a Trump thing. It's a geographic thing. It would have happened no matter who won the office. But with President Trump it's happening a lot faster. When we leave the world stage, the world will go back to doing what it did before we showed up to save them in the war. Namely, fighting over breadcrumbs. No other navy on the planet has the ability to protect the world's shipping lanes, much less the motivation to do so. At current build out rates, the rest of the world's naval forces combined won't catch up with the US until 2263. China doesn't even have a blue water navy. meaning they can't operate long term outside of China's sphere of influence. If we stop protecting the ships that China relies on for food, and for oil, and for sending us trillions of dollars worth of dildos and $30 microwaves that break two months after purchase, their economy, government, and nation collapses. This is even assuming the Iranians don't initiate a war with the Saudis over control of the oil production infrastructure. Which they will if we aren't there to intervene. What's more: The US is the largest and wealthiest consumer import market on the planet, and since the Europeans forgot how to have babies back in the 70s, we'll remain so for decades to come. China NEEDS us to buy whatever they can sell, because they simply don't have any other customers who can buy as much as we do. And the money they do get from us is leveraged into shadow loans handed out by the Chinese banks to anyone who can promise employment. Not profit. and not a working product. Employment. Because if people have jobs, they're less likely to march into the capital and hang their politicians. Remember the Obama stimulus package? Eight hundred billion dollars, and all the corruption and wasteful spending that goes along with that kind of top down spending? The Chinese government loans out that much money every 17 days. And even that doesn't work anymore. The average hourly wage in China has octupled in the past decade. They're two times as expensive as Mexico now. It's no wonder factories are re-shoring to the US and Mexico. They know the end is coming. The smart money is already out of the country. They're just trying to make it end in a way that their country doesn't implode. They only beat us on trade the past few decades because we let them. We're not letting them any more. Globalization is over. Free trade is over. The rest of the world riding on America's back is over. Atlas is shrugging. And to any Europeans here, I'm not trying to be mean. I don't have anything against you silly people. But you can't expect a free ride to last forever. And you guys really. really shouldn't have stopped having kids. Once your boomer equivalents retire and you don't have the tax base to pay for their benefits or the young consumers to drive the economy, you're looking at decades of stagnation, spending cuts, and tax increases. Incidentally, this is why the EU is importing migrants as fast as they possibly can. Gotta have someone to put on the bottom to keep the pyramid scheme gong just a little while longer. Liberals are fucked..... Democrats are fucked.... Globalists are Fucked. It's MAGA time and its time for the USA to win. .... Forever!
          1/35 Israeli Tank M51 Super Sherman      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1/35 Israeli Tank M51 Super ShermanThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

During the 1960's, the Israeli Ordnance Corps upgraded their M4A1 Sherman tanks by equipping them with the powerful French 105mm CN-105-F1 tank gun and they were redesignated as M51s. The larger gun meant a muzzle brake was installed to minimize the greater recoil effect and a counterweight was fitted to the rear of the turret. The 460hp diesel engine and the combination of the Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (HVSS) and wider T80 tracks gave the M51 improved mobility. During the Six-Day War in 1967, the M51s were used against newer T-54/55 tanks as well as JS-3 tanks from Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian armies. The M51's 105mm gun could take on these adversaries by using HEAT ammunition. After the war, these M51s continued to serve with distinction until they were finally retired in the early 1980s.
Scale 1/35
Construction type Assembly kit
Photo-etch parts Not included
Decals Included
Special feature 1 All New Tooling.
Special feature 2 Length: 257mm, Width: 86mm.
Special feature 3 Includes 105mm gun detail.
Special feature 4 Turret and upper hull feature realistic cast metal surface texture.
Special feature 5 The lower hull details and the HVSS suspension are precisely rendered.
Special feature 6 Belt-type tracks realistically reproduce the T80 tracks.
Special feature 7 Jerry can and tool accessories provided.
Special feature 8 1 commander and 1 loader torso figures and 3 types of markings included.

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          Rebels in besieged Deraa set to hold talks with Russian army      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The new round of talks will determine whether rebels will withdraw to opposition areas or accept a return to state rule.

Rebels in besieged Deraa


          Как Apple iPad используется в сирийском Су-24М2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Фото: facebook.com/Encyclopedia.of.Syrian.militaryВероятно, это самая бюджетная модернизация советского бомбардировщика Су-24.

          Re: Ana Mardoll's Ramblings: Narnia: The Magician's Neighbor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Re: everyone's questions about the serpent in the Adam and Eve story...it might not have BEEN a snake. The word used in Hebrew is נָּחָשׁ (nakhásh), which does mean "snake," but it seems to be related to the Akkadian word represented as /nēšu[m]/, which meant..."lion" or the "lion of the ground," the Akkadian term for a chameleon. (Which explains so much about how the nakhásh of Genesis could have moved around prior to being told to crawl on its belly. As a four-footed lizard, it would have no problem. Obviously someone noticed a connection between lizards and snakes.)

Furthermore, נחש in Aramaic means "to divine", and while נָחָשׁ does mean "snake" (or, surprisingly, "gummy worm") in modern Hebrew, a similar word, נַחַשׁ (nákhash) means "magic, enchantment, sorcery." And as a verb, נִחֵשׁ (nikhésh) was a defective spelling of ניחש, which means "to guess, to hypothesize, to speculate."

I can't help looking at this and wondering if the Jewish writer of this section of Genesis (there are four writers of that book, according to scholars) was employing wordplay. Because look--the nakhásh does predict what would happen in Eve's future, it does speak, which implies nákhash or magic and it leads Eve to nikhésh, to speculate and hypothesize about what would happen if she did X. It's like a three-way pun!


          Assad está perto de retomar cidade em que guerra civil começou      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

MIDEAST-CRISIS_SYRIA-GM03QDR4J.1.jpg BEIRUTE — O presidente sírio Bashar al-Assad está prestes a tomar a cidade em que começou a revolta que fez estourar a guerra civil síria há mais de sete anos — nesta terça-feira, combatentes rebeldes se retiravam do local com acompanhamento de tropas russas. Tropas governistas apoiadas pela Rússia já tomaram a maior parte da província de Daraa, em uma campanha que começou em junho para cercar áreas ainda controladas por forças rebeldes e que conquistou toda a região fronteiriça com a Jordânia.

LEIA MAIS: Milhares de deslocados no sul da Síria retornam para casa após cessar-fogo

Rebeldes firmam acordo de rendição com Assad e Rússia no Sul da Síria

Indesejados, mulheres e filhos do Estado Islâmico vivem presos na Síria

Assad, que controlava apenas uma fração da Síria em 2015, agora tem o domínio militar da maior parte do país, com a ajuda crucial da Rússia e do Irã. A cidade de Daraa foi a primeira a ter grandes protestos contra Assad em março de 2011, no início de um conflito que acabou envolvendo vários países vizinhos, que apoiam diferentes grupos armados, além da Rússia e dos Estados Unidos.

O conflito fez 11 milhões de cidadãos saírem de suas casas, com 5,6 milhões refugiados sírios em países vizinhos e milhares chegando à Europa.

Forças governamentais avançaram contra rebeldes na província de Daraa no mês passado. Com combatentes sem muitas armas e equipamentos à disposição, o avanço foi rápido. Os Estados Unidos disseram às forças anti-Assad para não esperarem qualquer tipo de intervenção. Rebeldes de Daraa concordaram na semana passada em baixar suas armas em um acordo mediado pela Rússia. Forças sírias e russas tomaram o então controle do principal ponto de travessia para a Jordânia.

Líderes rebeldes de Daraa se encontraram com autoridades russas na cidade de Busra al-Sham na terça-feira, afirmou um combatente rebelde, Abu Shaima. Diferentemente do que acontecia em Ghouta Oriental, subúrbio de Damasco recentemente retomado pelo regime, os rebeldes que ocupavam parte de Daara não são jihadistas; pertencem a grupos que têm o apoio da Turquia e dos Estados Unidos.

Os rebeldes foram "completamente sitiados e todas as opções estavam nas mãos dos russos", disse outra autoridade das forças rebeldes, Abu Jihad. De acordo com o jornal sírio pró-Assad, "Al-Watan", "as próximas horas serão decisivas para encerrar o capítulo do terrorismo na cidade de Daraa".

"EXTREMAMENTE ASSUSTADO"

Os protestos de 2011 começaram em resposta ao que uma Comissão de Inquérito da ONU classificou como detenção e tortura de um grupo de crianças acusadas de escrever mensagens antigovernamentais em muros de Daraa. Em abril de 2011, o Exército sírio realizou sua primeira operação na cidade, segundo a ONU.

O governo caracterizou a revolta como uma insurgência promovida por terroristas armados e apoiados por inimigos estrangeiros desde o começo. Após mais de sete anos, e com os avanços de Assad, ainda há pouca perspectiva de uma solução negociada. O Norte e áreas do Leste do país continuam fora do domínio governamental e a presença de forças americanas e turcas nessas regiões complica novos avanços de Damasco.

Na cidade de Um al-Mayaden, na província de Daraa, dezenas de pessoas cantaram em favor de Assad e o exército que o apoia durante uma viagem com autoridades do governo à região nesta terça-feira. A bandeira rebelde, no entanto, ainda podia ser vista pintada em paredes de um posto de checagem tomado por forças governamentais.

O Observatório Sírio de Direitos Humanos, que monitora a guerra, afirmou que helicópteros militares soltaram panfletos em áreas sob controle rebelde na cidade de al-Haara dizendo "não há lugar para militantes". É esperado que a ofensiva governista continue em áreas próximas à província de Quneitra, na fronteira com as Colinas de Golã, ocupadas por Israel.

A ofensiva em Daraa provocou o maior deslocamento de civis na guerra, movimentando mais de 320 mil pessoas. Um grande número aproveitou um cessar-fogo para voltar a seus vilarejos.


          Analysis: The Turkistan Islamic Party’s jihad in Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Afghanistan and Syria has long operated as part of the Taliban-al Qaeda axis. Earlier this year, however, the TIP's Syrian branch sided with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) during its battles with other rebel groups. This infighting and related events have complicated the picture with respect to the TIP in Syria. One TIP-affiliated outlet claimed earlier this year that the group's senior management had sent new leadership from Afghanistan to Syria.
          The Trump Administration's Human Cages Aren't New — They Have a Long and Shameful American History      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of kidnapped natives from various countries were displayed.

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated.

Nobody, however, should have been surprised. The president has a long history of excoriating people of color as animal-like. In 1989, for instance, reacting to the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park, he took out full-page ads in four of the city’s major papers (total cost: $85,000) calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty and decrying “roving bands of wild criminals roaming our streets.” He was, of course, referring to the five black and Latino youngsters accused of that crime for which they were convicted -- and, 10 years late, exonerated when a serial rapist and murderer finally confessed.

Trump never apologized for his rush to judgment or his hate-filled opinions, which eventually became the template for his attacks on immigrants during the 2016 election campaign and for his presidency. He has declared many times that some people aren’t actually human beings at all but animals, pointing, in particular, to MS-13 gang members. At a rally in Tennessee at the end of May, he doubled down on this sort of invective, goading a frenzied crowd to enthusiastically shout that word -- “Animals!” -- back. In that way, he made those present accomplices to his bigotry. Nor are his insults and racial tirades mere rhetorical flourishes. They’ve had quite real consequences. It’s enough to look at the cages where undocumented children separated from their families at or near the U.S.-Mexico border have been held as if they were indeed animals -- reporters and others regularly described one of those detention areas as being like a “zoo” or a “kennel” -- not to mention their parents who are also trapped behind wire barriers, even if arousing far less attention and protest.

A History of Caged Humans

All the president’s furious contemporary rants and rallies, along with those cages and detainee centers, have certainly brought Nazism to mind for some, but it might be more illuminating to think of them as echoing an earlier moment in history when comparing dark-skinned humans to animals would hardly have caused a stir.  It would have been considered part of normal discourse, in both Europe and the United States.

Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Europeans and Americans considered it perfectly natural to treat certain members of our species quite literally as if they were beasts. They were unfazed, so the historical record suggests, by the idea of seeing such “animals,” such oddities, displayed in literal zoo cages at boisterous public events. It may now be hard to believe, but our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of natives kidnapped from Asia, Africa, and Latin America were exposed to scrutiny, curiosity, and derision, as well as, sometimes, undergoing scientific experimentation.

Today, such mindboggling violations of human rights have almost entirely vanished from public memory. I had only vaguely heard of human zoos myself, before I became obsessed with them when research for my latest novel, Darwin’s Ghosts, led me into the world of human menageries. I discovered that the phenomenon had been launched in the most modest of ways.

One hundred and seventy years ago -- 1848, a year of revolutions across the globe -- a Hamburg fishmonger, Claus Hagenbeck, decided to charge customers to take a peek at some Arctic seals swimming in a large tub in the backyard of his house. Soon enough, that first timid entrepreneurial step developed into a highly lucrative family business exhibiting wild animals, while feeding growing demands for wondrous beasts to populate circuses and fill the private collections of monarchs and other wealthy individuals.

In the end, animals were not enough. By the early 1870s, in conjunction with the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris and American impresarios like P.T. Barnum, the Hagenbeck family started dabbling in displaying “savages” from the farthest corners of the planet. The first victims of this desire to bring exemplars from the rest of humanity to viewers in the West were Laplanders, displayed in a setting meant to look like one of their villages. (A similar urge gave birth to the dioramas that soon began to flourish at museums of natural history.)

That first exhibition in Hamburg of “the little men and women” of Lapland proved so sensational -- tours were organized to Berlin, Leipzig, and other German cities -- that the desire to see more “primitive” humans soon became insatiable. Scavengers who had previously specialized in locating and bringing African and Asian wildlife to Europe and the United States were now instructed to be on the lookout for similarly exotic human wildlife. They should not be, it was quickly stipulated, so monstrous as to disgust audiences, but neither should they be so beautiful as to cease to be bizarre.

The Laplanders were followed by a multitude of indigenous inhabitants of the planet forcibly removed from their habitats: Eskimos, Cingalese, Kalmuks, Somalis, Ethiopians, Bedouins, Nubians from the Upper Nile, aboriginal Australians, Zulu warriors, Mapuche Indians, Andaman Islanders from the South Pacific, head-hunters from Borneo. The list went on and on, as those human zoos spread from Germany to France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the United States, all of which -- what a coincidence! -- just happened to be the globe’s imperial powers of that era.

Representatives of ethnic groups from all over the planet soon became an expectable feature of then-popular World’s Fair pavilions. Besides providing entertainment for the whole family -- they might be thought of as that moment’s equivalents of reality TV shows -- those exhibitions were proclaimed “educational” experiences by the enterprises cashing in on them. Such tableaus of “prehistoric” people offered a way for affluent visitors to gawk at and be amazed by the bizarre habits of the bizarre inhabitants of the faraway lands that their countries were incorporating with great violence into “civilization” via colonial dominion. In fact, that violence was such that some of the native populations on display, like diverse groups of Patagons from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Latin America, were already then on the verge of becoming extinct. One of the draws of seeing living specimens of those strange men, women, and children was to do so before their last remnants, along with their languages and their cultures, disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Even if you were among the millions of Americans and Europeans who couldn’t personally visit such folk displays, ethnic villages, and human zoos, you could still inexpensively and vicariously experience those exotic others. The images of the captives -- who, of course, had been photographed without their consent -- were commercialized on an industrial scale. The postcards upon which their faces and bodies were flaunted soon became an everyday feature of domestic life, one more way that the human zoo was normalized, whitewashed, and sent into the home with barely a thought about the horrors, the suffering being visited on those captives or how their children, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends, left behind, were dealing with the trauma of having their loved ones torn from their midst.

Nor were such acts repudiated by the most illustrious members of those “advanced” societies. Quite the opposite, many of the abductions had been financed by scientific institutions eager to discover how such specimens might fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution. Their research, in turn, was backed by government officials more than ready to show their respect and support for scholars looking into the origins of humanity. Were those Africans and South Americans entirely human or did they constitute missing links in the great chain of beings that became our species? Eminent naturalists and doctors debated just such matters, gave lectures on them, wrote treatises about them, and (in what then passed for scientific experimentation) poked at or into the bodies of those who had made the mistake of being born far from the so-called civilized world.

The Ota Bengas of Today

Today, of course, human zoos and the medical experiments on live human beings that went with them are inconceivable. The consciousness of humanity, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. 70 years ago, has made such practices disgraceful and intolerable. Who today could stomach the fate of Ota Benga, a pygmy from the Congo who was housed with the primates at New York’s Bronx Zoo in 1906 and committed suicide a decade later when he realized that he would never be able to return to his native land? Who among us would bring their children to gape at “missing links” like Thai dwarfs, Amazonian Indians, or Sudanese villagers as if they were freaks of nature, not human beings?

Unfortunately, congratulations are not (yet) in order, given how often the same racist impulses resurface today, and not only in the president’s intemperate diatribes equating humans and animals (none of which have so far provoked indignation in most of his followers). A similar dehumanization of strangers with darker faces and skins appears to animate current anti-immigrant sentiments in many lands, a desire to escape “infestation” from abroad and maintain mythical versions of racial purity and national identity. Are we really that removed from the spectators who watched their fellow humans abused in zoo-like conditions a century or so ago without blinking or being disturbed?

In retrospect, what’s most sobering about the human zoos of an earlier time is how oblivious those who participated in such degrading spectacles were to the crimes being committed before their eyes. Many of them would have judged themselves decent, enlightened citizens, shining advocates of progress, science, and freedom. And yet, in Berlin in 1882, the police had to be called in to quell a riot by visitors to an exhibition of 11 Kaweshkar natives abducted from Tierra del Fuego. Thousands of customers, having imbibed copious gallons of beer, began to stone the hostages, demanding that they mate in public. Or consider the fate of two female Kaweshkar whose sexual organs, after they died in captivity, were carved from their dead bodies and sent to be examined by a prominent German researcher interested in discovering how such creatures might be distinct from European women.

So many decades later, it’s easy enough to condemn such offenses. More difficult and painful is to ask what injustices are happening now that we take to be as normal as human zoos (or the disempowerment of women and child slavery) were just a few generations ago. Is it the thoughtless annihilation of immeasurable species, the plundering of nature, the loss of wisdom stored for millennia by ethnic groups that are fast disappearing? Is it the punitive incarceration of millions, so many lives wasted? Is it our incredibly counterproductive “war on drugs” that unnecessarily ravages cities, nations, and lives? Or our inability to rid ourselves of the plague of nuclear proliferation, the brutality of widespread hunger, America’s endless wars, the detention centers for immigrants and their children in this country, the spectacle of undocumented minors shut up in cages and crying for their parents, or the overflowing refugee camps elsewhere in the world? And what of so many children displaced in their war-torn lands or incarcerated in poverty? Where is the indignation about them? Who marches to have them released from their structural captivity? And who even noticed the 10,000 children murdered or maimed in armed conflicts in 2017 alone, deaths invisible to us if you didn’t happen to catch a brief news item quickly forgotten?

In reality, those human zoos of the not-so-distant past pose a terrifying question for us: What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust in the future? How, they will wonder, could their ancestors have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humaneness and humanity?

 

           Assad's son takes part in maths competition in Romania       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The teenage son of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania, where he has asked to be treated like...
           Assad's son wants "normal" treatment at maths...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The teenage son of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has asked to be treated as a "normal student" while competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad...
          Hassan Nasrallah: Resistance victorious in Gaza, Syria & Iraq, Hezbollah Ready to fight Saudi-US Coalition in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on June 29, 2018 […] Regarding the situation in the Middle East, I also have some issues to address, in a quick and synthetical way as well. The first point is the Palestinian issue. It is clear that the developments, as we say in the Lebanese political language, […]
          Syria: Đánh bom liều chết ở Daraa làm 14 người thiệt mạng      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Một vụ đánh bom liều chết xảy ra ngày 10/7 tại tỉnh Daraa, miền Nam Syria đã khiến 14 người thiệt mạng, bao gồm quân chính phủ và các tay súng nổi dậy địa phương.

Tổ chức Nhà nước Hồi giáo (IS) tự xưng đã thừa nhận gây ra vụ tấn công này.

Theo Cơ quan giám sát nhân quyền Syria (SOHR) có trụ sở tại Anh, vụ tấn công xảy ra tại làng Zaizun ở phía Tây tỉnh Daraa - nơi quân nổi dậy gần đây đã đồng ý giao cho lực lượng chính phủ kiểm soát.



Mục tiêu tấn công là một chốt kiểm soát của quân đội ở Zaizun và số người thiệt mạng bao gồm binh sĩ chính phủ và các tay súng nổi dậy mới hòa giải với quân chính phủ.

Đây là vụ đánh bom liều chết đầu tiên nhằm vào lực lượng của chính quyền Tổng thống Bashar Al Assad kể từ khi quân đội Syria bắt đầu tiến hành các chiến dịch tấn công tại Daraa ngày 19/6.

Hiện quân đội chính phủ đã kiểm soát 80% tỉnh Daraa trong khi quân nổi dậy chiếm giữ 15%. Một phần lãnh thổ phía Tây của Daraa hiện do nhóm Khalid Bin al-Walid có quan hệ thân cận với IS chiếm giữ.

Vụ tấn công xảy ra trong bối cảnh Chính phủ Syria và lực lượng nổi dậy tại Daraa đang nỗ lực thúc đẩy tiến trình hòa giải. Theo hãng thông tấn nhà nước SANA của Syria, quân nổi dậy tại 4 thị trấn Samlin, Kafar Shams, Kafar Nasej và Akraba thuộc tỉnh Daraa đã đồng ý giao nộp vũ khí cho quân đội chính phủ theo thỏa thuận giữa hai bên.

Theo đó, quân đội chính phủ chịu trách nhiệm thiết lập một hành lang an toàn đảm bảo các tay súng nổi dậy và dân thường dịch chuyển về phía Bắc. Tuy nhiên, tiến trình chuyển giao giữa hai bên vẫn chưa diễn ra.

Liên quan tiến trình hòa bình tại Syria, Thủ tướng Iraq Haider Abadi ngày 10/7 cảnh báo những mâu thuẫn quốc tế về Syria gây ra mối đe dọa đối với khu vực cũng như Iraq do có khả năng dẫn tới việc IS khôi phục hoạt động.

Ông Abadi chỉ rõ rằng, các binh sĩ Iraq đã đạt được những tiến triển đáng kể trong việc diệt trừ những tàn dư của IS ở các tỉnh Diyala, Kirkuk và Salahuddin.

Hồi tháng 12/2017, Thủ tướng Abadi tuyên bố Iraq đã chiến thắng IS, song sau đó thừa nhận vẫn cần nhiều nỗ lực hơn nữa trong cuộc chiến chống khủng bố./.


          New Kids' Books Put A Human Face On The Refugee Crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In the world of adults, the Supreme Court has upheld a travel ban from some mostly Muslim nations, and refugee arrivals from Syria as well as other Middle East hot spots have slowed to a trickle . Political leaders claim refugees are a threat. But in the world of children's literature, there's a new trend towards putting stories about resilient young Muslim refugees front and center. More than a dozen books are due out this fall, from picture books for toddlers to complex novels for the teen audience. The new crop adds to a growing list of titles that present a positive image of refugees, humanizing and personalizing the ongoing conflicts, says Vicky Smith, children's editor at Kirkus Reviews . "It is a real desire on the part of authors, illustrators and publishers to respond to the crisis in a way that is proactive and helpful," she says. The wave of children's books about refugees comes amid the largest refugee crisis since World War II, as millions of civilians — many of them
          Good shooting: Syrian state media says air defences hit israeli plane, thwart missile strike      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Syrian state media says air defences hit Israeli plane, thwart missile strike BEIRUT, July 8 (Reuters) – Syrian military air defences struck an Israeli warplane and shot down Israeli missiles targeting the T4 air base in Homs province in response to an act of “aggression” on Sunday night, Syrian state media said. An Israeli military […]
          How Brad Pitt Emerged From His Split With Angelina Jolie Better Than Ever      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Should Brad Pitt be interested in entering the dating game in earnest, he knows who to call. 

A chance meeting in an elevator weeks before this year's Academy Awards, led to the strangest of pacts with Hollywood's latest darling, Tiffany Haddish. "He said in one year if he's single and I'm single we gonna do it," she revealed to Kelly Ripa in a backstage interview at the show, "so you know what that means." 

Asked why the need to put off their first date for some 12 months, Haddish was admittedly in the dark. "I don't know," she said, "he told me to wait a year." 

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: Romance Recap

Well, if anyone knows the supremely awesome power of time, it's Pitt. Not even two years ago today, the movie star's sterling reputation seemed irreparably tarnished. His wife, Angelina Jolie, the woman he'd famously moved on with in the wake of his last shocking split from Jennifer Aniston, had dropped a surprise divorce filing and request for full custody of their six kids—and all signs pointed at Pitt being to blame. 

As fans scrambled to figure out what could have caused the end of Brangelina, once thought to be the most unshakeable of power couples, reports emerged accusing the actor of everything from substance abuse to an affair with Allied costar Marion Cotillard (a claim they both firmly denied). And then there were the whispers of what happened on the plane—the altercation between Pitt and then 15-year-old Maddox Jolie-Pitt that landed the Oscar winner under investigation by both the FBI and the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services. 

Facing the biggest scandal in his storied three-decade career, the 54-year-old turned inward, relying on therapy, a newfound sobriety and plenty of solitude to "strip down to the foundation and break out the mortar," as he put it in a surprisingly candid interview with GQ Style. Some 22 months later he's a new man with a still red hot career. And while his custody situation with Jolie is still very much in flux with no official divorce in sight, he feels confident they'll reach a détente. "They had a pretty dramatic year," an insider tells E! News, "and he wants things to remain calm in the future." 

That's a wish that at times seemed impossibly lofty. Even after Pitt was was cleared by the FBI and the Department of Children and Family Services in November 2016, reaching a temporary agreement with Jolie that granted him "therapeutic visitation," it seemed their separation was destined to become one of the most contentious of all times.  

Just days into 2017, Jolie claimed in court documents that her ex was "terrified the public will learn the truth", a shot fired after the actor's lawyers requested to seal the records in their custody hearing. "There is little doubt that [Pitt] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse," her lawyer stated in the filing. Jolie's most obviously hostile comment to date, it seemed the kind likely to set off a new avalanche of negative reports. 

Instead it became the first step in the pair's still-unending journey to a custody agreement. Jolie settled into a $25 million Hollywood mansion, a little more than a mile from their old family house where Pitt still lived, and, as their public drama subsided, the World War Z star began having more frequent interactions with the kids. 

Custody negotiations over Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox (at 16, Maddox is deemed old enough to decide which parents he prefers to spend his time with) hit a snag this spring when Jolie wanted to take the kids to Europe for the duration of her Maleficent 2 shoot in London. Originally, a source told Us Weekly, the plan was for the brood to spend just two weeks in England, then return home to L.A. Pitt, had even thoughtfully chosen his next project—Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood about the 1969 Manson family murders—because filming would be contained to California. 

When Jolie tried to pull a switch, a source told E! News, Pitt made a move to block her: "Brad will be filming in L.A. for the summer and wants to see the kids on his regular custody schedule." 

While he was more than fine with Jolie traveling with the kids for short trips—she took Shiloh and Zahara to visit a refugee camp in Jordan in January and brought the entire brood to Paris that same month—"He's not OK with his kids being away for months," says the source. "He feels that Los Angeles is their home base and this is where it is best for them to be." 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Kids Through the Years

His argument won over the judge. With what we can only assume was a protracted negotiation, Pitt and Jolie carefully constructed a detailed plan for the summer that involved Pitt slowly increasing his time with the brood from four hours per day up to 10—culminating in eight straight days with the kids at the end of July. 

"They worked out an agreement that was mutually acceptable," an insider tells E! News, adding Pitt "felt like he actually had a say and that the court was seeing his side of things." 

Though the schedule requires the kids to travel back and forth, notes the insider, Pitt, who spent Father's Day in London with his expansive brood, is stoked to score so much face time.

"He is thrilled that the summer schedule for the kids is figured out and that he will be seeing them regularly," an insider tells E! News. "He feels this is a huge victory. It's a big step and he hopes to continue getting back on track with each of the kids." 

He knows a large part of that is on him. As he fought to earn time with his kids, Pitt also set upon a self-improvement crash course designed to transform him into the type of dad he wanted to be. "I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality—the father is all-powerful, super strong—instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles," he offered by way of explanation to GQ Style. "And it's hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven't been great at it."

Save from a Golden Globe appearance that proved the bulk of Hollywood was still in his corner, the actor dipped underground for several months, committing himself to a life of cranberry juice and fizzy water—"I was boozing too much. It's just become a problem," he said of what he called his ability to drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka—and therapy. 

"For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street," he noted in the 2017 profile. "I'm an a--hole when it comes to this need for justice. I don't know where it comes from, this hollow quest for justice for some perceived slight. I can drill on that for days and years. It's done me no good whatsoever. It's such a silly idea, the idea that the world is fair. And this is coming from a guy who hit the lottery, I'm well aware of that. I hit the lottery, and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits."

And while there's no denying the process of analyzing his flaws was painful, "For me every misstep has been a step toward epiphany, understanding, some kind of joy," he told the mag. "Yeah, the avoidance of pain is a real mistake. It's the real missing out on life. It's those very things that shape us, those very things that offer growth, that make the world a better place, oddly enough, ironically. That make us better."

By the time The Lost City of Z producer emerged—at the April 2017 premiere of the adventure drama—he'd constructed a whole new existence for himself, one that revolved around choosing projects to shepherd (his sci-fi thriller Ad Astra comes out in January and he has producer credits on a slew of upcoming films, including Beautiful Boy and Backseat) and making art in British sculptor Thomas Houseago's studio. 

"I think it was Picasso who talked about the moment of looking at the subject, and paint hitting canvas, and that is where art happens," he detailed. "For me I'm having a moment of getting to feel emotion at my fingertips. But to get that emotion to clay—I just haven't cracked the surface. And I don't know what's coming. Right now I know the manual labor is good for me, getting to know the expansiveness and limitations of the materials. I've got to start from the bottom, I've got to sweep my floor, I've got to wrap up my s--t at night, you know?"

The final stage of his renovation would involve constructing a new relationship. Though that's not a top priority for the heartthrob who romanced Gwyneth PaltrowJuliette Lewis and Christina Applegate before his first marriage to Aniston. 

"He has been on a few dates," a source told E! News. (Page Six reported the Missouri native has been charming women by humbly introducing himself as William, his given first name.) But while the source notes Pitt is "flirty by nature," often holding the door for women or allowing them to cut in line, he hasn't keyed in on anyone serious as of late. 

That includes his rumored paramour, MIT professor Neri Oxman. Having visited one of her classes last fall, Pitt found the attractive architect with a PhD in design computation to be brilliant, a source tells E! News, and was left intrigued. His passion for housing well-documented, says the source, "He's interested in getting to know her more and learning from her. But they're strictly friends."

Such pals have proven crucial for Pitt as he found his way back to relative normalcy. When not working—he's currently filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Leonardo DiCaprio—or logging precious hours with his children, Pitt maintains "an active social life," an insider tells E! News. "He goes out to dinner a lot and enjoys being out and doing different things." 

After all, he spent more than enough time in solitude. 

"Brad spent a lot of time alone and in private looking at himself and reevaluating what was most important and who he wanted to be," says the insider. "Now he's in a place where he's implemented those changes and has a lot more clarity. He's come out of that dark time and is in a much better place."

 

Brad Pitt's Dating History

And should he need any extra excitement, Tiffany Haddish is just a phone call away. 

 

  How Brad Pitt Emerged From His Split With Angelina Jolie Better Than Ever originally appeared on Eonline.com
          Siria, l’Opac conferma che a Douma non fu usato gas nervino      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fonte: Il Fatto Quotidiano Mondo | 10 luglio 2018  Diego Fusaro
Ancora una volta si trattava di una bieca menzogna. Di una bieca menzogna volta a far passare, presso l’opinione pubblica, un disumano attacco imperialistico per un nobile intervento umanitario. Già accadde con l’Iraq di Saddam. E ora è accaduto nuovamente con la Siria di Assad. Per mesi, a reti unificati, i pedagoghi del mondialismo e gli stregoni della notizia ci hanno letteralmente tempestati, senza tregua: in Siria, non v’era dubbio, Assad usava le armi chimiche. Ergo occorreva intervenire d’imperio e manu militari per fermarlo.
La solita storia, vecchia quanto quella, narrata da Fedro, del lupo e dell’agnello. La talassocrazia del dollaro aveva già deciso, come il lupo con l’agnello, di aggredire la Siria, rea di essere uno Stato sovrano non allineato con il nuovo ordine mondiale americanocentrico e, per di più, colpevole di essere per più ragioni in una posizione assolutamente strategica. Occorreva agire secondo i più vieti schemi dell’imperialismo, nobilitandolo come umanitario ed etico. Lacrimevoli omelie di Saviano, servizi strappalacrime dei telegiornali, e via discorrendo. Il potere intellettuale agiva a pieno regime, sostenendo senza riserve il potere materiale.
E ora apprendiamo ciò che già sapevamo. L’Opac (Organizzazione per la proibizione delle armi chimiche) dice ora nel suo rapporto preliminare di non aver rinvenuto prove di attacchi chimici con gas nervino da parte dell’esercito regolare siriano contro la città di Douma, alla periferia di Damasco. Si fa solo riferimento al possibile e tutto da dimostrare uso del cloro. Per mesi io stesso venni deriso, schernito e vituperato quando, in radio, in televisione e nei miei articoli dicevo, solo contro tutti, che era una bieca invenzione made in Usa per vili fini imperialistici. Ora non una televisione, non una radio, non un quotidiano nazionale che diffonda la notizia. Nessuno che abbia il coraggio di dire che ci hanno presi in giro per mesi.
Sorge allora spontanea la domanda sollevata a suo tempo da Cicerone. Per quanto tempo ancora abuserete della nostra pazienza? Per quanto tempo ancora vi prendete gioco dei popoli più deboli per i vostri biechi fini imperialistici?
Mondo | 10 luglio 2018

          Will Trump trade the Syria border crossing al-Tanf to Putin in order to exit Syria & What is to be done? @angutowski       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
AUTHOR. (Photo: 4141 ASTANA (Sputnik) - The US military presence near the Al-Tanf military base and nearby Rukban refugee camp in the south of Syria is "pure aggression and occupation," head of the Syrian government delegation to the Astana reconciliation talks Bashar Jaafari told reporters.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Will Trump trade the Syria border crossing al-Tanf to Putin in order to exit Syria & What is to be done? @angutowski
          Jordan: Project Development Manager - Amman      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Organization: ACTED
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 10 Aug 2018

ACTED

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.

ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,600 national staff 400 international staff, ACTED is active in 37 countries and implements more than 500 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries.

ACTED Syria

Since 2012, ACTED has been implementing projects with vulnerable communities in Syria with a two-fold approach: ACTED provides life-saving support to vulnerable displaced persons, returnees, and host communities across Syria, through multi-sectorial rapid emergency services, and implements a wide range of resilience building interventions. Thus, ACTED has been able to strengthen its links with Syrian local communities and to develop an in-depth knowledge of local dynamics. A team of 900+ is currently working in theNorth and South Syria, with a coordination office in Amman.

You will be in charge of

1. Positioning and Fundraising

1.1 Context Analysis

a) Analyze the country’s socio-economic situation, (donor) trends, needs and gaps;

b) Regularly conduct stakeholder analysis, in particular who does what and where (3W)

c) Alert the Country Director of gaps and emerging needs in order to trigger assessments in a timely manner;

1.2 Strategy development

a) Contribute to the development of a country programme strategy in alignment with ACTED global/regional strategy;

b) Assist the CD in identifying strategic opportunities for expanding ACTED’s work in the country;

1.3 External relations

a) Maintain active and regular working relationships with donors and act as point of contact for all donor communication, including the coordination of donor visits in the field;

b) Maintain active and regular working relationships with other NGOs, UN agencies, clusters, working groups, Alliance2015, consortia and academia;

c) Ensure the establishment and regular update of a directory of donors, international and local NGOs, other partners and stakeholders;

d) Lead the reporting to national and local authorities as required by ACTED registration/legal status in country;

e) In the absence of Technical Coordinators, represent ACTED in key clusters, working groups, HCT and (I)NGO coordination bodies.

1.4 Fundraising and proposal development

a) Identify funding opportunities;

b) Identify new donors for diversifying ACTED donors’ portfolio including private companies and private foundations;

c) Contribute to the identification of potential relevant international and/or local partners (private sector partners, national and international NGOs, think tanks, academia, etc.) to be included in proposals;

d) Update on a monthly basis the Donor Follow Up (DFU) which documents latest negotiations and proposal possibilities with donors;

e) Liaise with AMEU to contribute to the ToRs of assessments to be conducted for proposal development and ensure their input in the logframe development (in particular the formulation of SMART indicators);

f) Oversee the development of fundraising documents (Expression of Interests, concept notes, proposals) in line with ACTED country strategy and donor requirements and in close collaboration with ACTED HQ GMU (Grant Management Unit) and finance;

g) Liaise with Area Coordinators, Project Managers and Technical Coordinators to ensure that proposals are relevant and technically sound;

h) Ensure that learning from previous projects (e.g. lessons learnt and best practices) is incorporated into new proposals;

i) Ensure the involvement of FLATS teams in the development of fundraising documents, particularly finance for the budget and logistics in case of specific donor procurement rules.

1.5. Contracting

a) Support the Country Director in negotiating proposals and/or contracts with donors;

b) Address in a timely manner all comments by donors on proposals in liaison with relevant staff in country and ACTED HQ GMU and finance;

c) Read thoroughly all contracts before signature, seeking ACTED HQ GMU and finance advice when required

2. Grant Management

2.1. Contract follow-up

a) Ensure that contractual obligations (including visibility requirements) and reporting

b) When any issue is identified in meeting deliverables in the given timeframe and budget, inform relevant staff in country and seek ACTED HQ Program Department advice on potential solutions that would meet donor rules.

2.2. Reporting

a) Ensure project kick-off and close out meetings are conducted for each project;

b) Oversee the development of quality narrative reports, reflecting the progress and status of projects in a transparent, timely and professional manner, in liaison with ACTED HQ GMU and finance, which will contribute ultimately to steady cash inflow;

c) Liaise with FLATS teams when preparing reports, esp. with finance to ensure greater coherence between financial and narrative reports by crosschecking the matching of data in the narrative and financial reports;

d) Work in close relation with AMEU to incorporate AME data (incl. data on input, process, output, outcome and impact indicators, lessons learnt and best practices) in reports and review M&E reports from AMEU;

e) Update monthly the Reporting Follow Up (RFU) and ensure smooth and regular communication with ACTED HQ GMU;

f) Ensure ad hoc requests from donors are addressed in liaison with the CD, Programme and support teams.

2.3. Partner Follow-up

a) Liaise with partners to develop and sign relevant grant agreements in close coordination with ACTED HQ GMU and finance;

b) Ensure all potential partners have a clear understanding of what is expected in terms of reporting so as to comply with ACTED and donor requirements and regulations;

c) Ensure partners report to ACTED in a timely and qualitative manner as per the requirements of the grant agreement.

3. Management and Internal Coordination

3.1. Staff Management

a) Ensure that staff in the department understands and is able to perform its roles and responsibilities;

b) Manage a team of Project Development Officers, Interns and Assistants delineating their responsibilities and follow-up the work plans and day-to-day activities;

c) Ensure a positive working environment and good team dynamics;

d) Manage interpersonal conflicts between departmental staff members;

e) Undertake regular appraisals of staff and follow career management;

f) Identify the PDD training needs, discuss plans with the coordination and HR for both internal and external trainings, and implement them according to PDD strategic and operational priorities;

g) Coach, train, and mentor the PDD team with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the PDD team and providing professional development guidance.

3.2. Internal Coordination and Communication

a) Facilitate interdepartmental communication and information sharing from the Base, to the Area, Capital, and even up to the regional and HQ offices by ensuring implementation of ACTED coordination mechanisms (WAM, MCM) and dissemination to relevant staff;

b) Ensure these meeting minutes are sent monthly to HQ;

c) Ensure regular and clear communication with ACTED HQ GMU and finance to keep it updated about latest development, so that GMU can best advice you ahead of a task.

3.3. Filing

a) Implement a filing system end ensure the proper filing of contractual project documents both in hard and soft copies;

b) Together with AMEU, set up a Resource Centre at the office regularly updated with appropriate and relevant external and internal resources.

4. External Communication

a) Oversee the PDD’s contributions to ACTED’s external communication strategy by feeding regularly ACTED HQ Communication Department with informal updates on projects, a flash news, pictures, articles on projects progress and/or specific events for ACTED communication tools, including, but not limited to, ACTED Newsletter, websites and ACTED Annual Report;

b) Ensure the continuum of PR activities, including formal presentations, engaging media for coverage on success stories, updating project-specific and regional fact sheets, and documenting publications featuring ACTED in the media;

c) Manage ACTED’s in country communication activities including media visits, photographer’s mission, videos, etc.;

d) Oversee the update and design of in country communication and visibility tools and publications, their dissemination and availability to ACTED teams, as well as the capitalization of media and pictures of the mission; e) Follow, contribute to, draft and disseminate position papers, statements, reports and releases on ACTED’s engagements and humanitarian advocacy, in line with ACTED’s in country and global strategy as well as positioning, in close collaboration with the country director as well as HQ communication and programme departments

Expected skills and qualifications

  • Postgraduate diploma in International Development and (or) relevant Master’s level degree (anthropology, development studies, humanitarian aid, sociology)
  • Strong writing abilities and analytical skills
  • Skills in political sciences or international relations
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure
  • Previous experience in the humanitarian field, proposals development, and donor relations are required
  • Previous experience abroad is required

Conditions

  • Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid depending on education level, expertise, security level and experience
  • Living allowance of 300 USD
  • Lodging and food provided in the ACTED Guesthouse / or housing allowance (depending on the contract lenght and country of assignement)
  • Flight tickets in and out + Visa taken in charge by ACTED
  • Provision of medical and repatriation insurances

How to apply:

Send your application by email (jobs@acted.org) under Ref: PDM/WOS


          Syrian Arab Republic: Project Manager Emergency - Amuda Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Organization: ACTED
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Closing date: 10 Aug 2018

ACTED

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.

ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,600 national staff 400 international staff, ACTED is active in 37 countries and implements more than 500 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries.

ACTED Syria

Since 2012, ACTED has been implementing projects with vulnerable communities in Syria with a two-fold approach: ACTED provides life-saving support to vulnerable displaced persons, returnees, and host communities across Syria, through multi-sectorial rapid emergency services, and implements a wide range of resilience building interventions. Thus, ACTED has been able to strengthen its links with Syrian local communities and to develop an in-depth knowledge of local dynamics. A team of 900+ is currently working in theNorth and South Syria, with a coordination office in Amman.

You will be in charge of

1.Project Planning

  • Develop overall project implementation strategy, systems, approaches, tools, and materials
  • Organize project kick-off and close-out meetings
  • Plan the various stages of project implementation and set direction by prioritizing and organizing activities and resources to achieve project objectives

2. Project Implementation Follow-up

  • Oversee and manage the implementation of the project ensuring that technical quality and standards are considered and respected during project(s) implementation
  • Organize regular project coordination meetings with project team
  • Ensure budget utilization and physical target achievements are reviewed at least once a month as per work plan
  • Ensure project implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts
  • Ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with relevant ACTED technical guidelines and standards
  • Anticipate and mitigate risks and trouble-shoot any unforeseen challenges during the project implementation
  • Regular update the work plan, output tracker, PMF and other documents relevant for effective project management

3. Administration and Operational Management of Project Implementation

3.1. Finance

  • Review the BFU(s) and provide accurate forecasts with BOQs
  • Forecast monthly cash requirements of the project and submit to AC

3.2. Logistics

  • Contribute to the development of Procurement plans
  • Send accurate and precise order forms in a timely manner
  • Contribute to quality checks and procurement committees to finalise suppliers’ selection according to applicable scenario
  • Confirm quality of material selection if and when applicable
  • Ensure a proper management and use of the project assets and stocks
  • Plan team movements based on available fleet and applicable policies

3.3. Administration/HR

  • Participate in the recruitment of technical staff (development of organigrams, ToRs, elaborating the tests and reviewing them; interviews etc)
  • Ensure that project staff understand and are able to perform their roles and responsibilities
  • Follow-up the work plans and day-to-day activities of the project staff
  • Manage the project staff in cooperation with Area Coordinators
  • Ensure a positive working environment and good team dynamics
  • Undertake regular appraisals of staff and follow career management
  • Manage interpersonal conflicts
  • Ensure capacity building among staff in relevant sectors

3.4. Transparency

  • Ensure project records and documents (Flat files, beneficiary list, donation certificates, attendance sheets etc) are adequately prepared, compiled and filed according to ACTED procedures
  • Ensure staff awareness of, and respect of, ACTED’s code of conduct and FLATS procedures

3.5. Security

  • Ensure that each member of the project team is aware of security issues, policies, SOPs and they follow them accordingly
  • In cooperation with the relevant Security Officer, monitor the local security situation and inform the Country Director or Area Coordinator and Country or Area Security Officer of developments through regular written reports;
  • Contribute to the updating of the security guidelines in the project area of intervention;

4.External Relations

  • Support, facilitate or undertake communication and liaison activities to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, key informants, actors, partners and stakeholders in all stages of project design and implementation
  • Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors – local and international, including government authorities and non-state actors, through regular attendance at technical meetings and bilateral meetings
  • Ensure that at all times contact with beneficiaries is conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner
  • Where relevant, liaise with donors and work closely with partners on project updates, site visits and other communication
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate and coordinate efforts with other organizations to ensure our activities build upon – rather than replicate – the work of others

5. Quality Control

  • Assess the activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of resources;
  • Undertake regular field visits to provide technical guidance and supervision as well as regularly monitor the progress of project activities
  • Ensure lessons learned are documented, shared and reflected in project planning and decision making
  • Advise on, and assist with, project reviews conducted by AMEU
  • Ensure quality control, analysis of added-value and impact, identification and capitalization on best practices and lessons learnt and provide relevant feedback for new project development
  • Identify and analyse gaps, ACTED’s added value, synergies and opportunities in the areas the project(s) is / are implemented and pass relevant information to the N+1

6. Reporting

  • Provide regular and timely updates on progress and challenges to supervisors and other team members
  • Draft (internal) narrative reports and contribute to the development of financial reports through regular budgetary follow up.
  • Contribute to drafting of (external) project progress reports, ensuring the quality and accuracy of technical information provided

Expected skills and qualifications

  • Master Level education in a relevant field such as International Relations or Development
  • Extensive project management experience in emergency and/or development
  • Proven capabilities in leadership and management required (large team)
  • Perfect verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience an asset
  • Ability to work well and punctually under pressure

Conditions

  • Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid depending on education level, expertise, security level and experience
  • Living allowance of 300 USD
  • Lodging and food provided in the ACTED Guesthouse / or housing allowance (depending on the contract lenght and country of assignement)
  • Flight tickets in and out + Visa taken in charge by ACTED
  • Provision of medical and repatriation insurances

How to apply:

Join our team today! Send your application in just a few steps. It will be quickly and carefully considered.

Alternatively, send your application by email under Ref: PME/WOS


          Netanyahu May Offer Putin US Sanctions Relief for Ousting Iran From Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Netanyahu May Offer Putin US Sanctions Relief for Ousting Iran From Syria | Russia has previously said they can't force Iran to leave

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          Wargamer on Tour : Syrian Army Shots      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For the release of Fate Of A Nation I volunteered to paint all the models shown in the book. There is still a way to go before it is a complete army as I didn't manage to get enough of everything done to be ready for gaming, however I do have enough of...
          One year later — the answer to “Where Are Your Jews?”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Oral Statement by United Nations Watch Agenda Item 9 General Debate UN Human Rights Council, 38th Session Delivered by Mr. Hillel Neuer, 3 July 2018 Transcript: Mr. President, one year ago in this chamber I asked the Arab states a simple question: “Where are your Jews?” My question was met with dead silence. Millions of people worldwide watched the video, witnessing for themselves the hypocrisy and double standards that characterizes much of what is said and done here. Today I have come to provide the answer to my question. Algeria, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya—your Jews fled as refugees after suffering persecution and deadly pogroms like the Farhud of Baghdad in 1941. Fortunately, countries like Israel, the U.S., Canada, France and others opened their doors, offering citizenship and equal rights. These Jewish refugees from Arab lands—whose suffering and losses the UN has never addressed—put their hardship behind them and built great lives for their families. Now let us contrast this with the situation of those descended from Arab refugees who fled the area of British Mandatory Palestine during the invasion of nascent Israel by Arab armies. What is holding them back? The answer is simple. Palestinians are the only population in the world not eligible for services by the UN refugee agency. Instead these descendants are governed by UNRWA, which holds generation after generation trapped in refugee camps, denied integration in the Arab countries they were born in and denied resettlement elsewhere. Some of UNRWA’s donors are waking up to the problem. As the Swiss …

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          “Ukraine for Syria”: where Russia, Israel, UAE, Saudis and Trump all had shared interests      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Link. Splitting Iran from Russia
          Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria Makes Mockery of US      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dexter Filkins, New Yorker
An attack by the Assad regime in southern Syria is endangering hundreds of thousands of civiliansagain.
          Comment on Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel by JC Lincoln      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So you thought rebel Syrians were trying to overthrow Assad! Think again. Think, George Soros, NWO One Worlders, U.S. Pentagon & CIA, Obama & Hillary!
          Assad, aided by Russia, poised to seize cradle of revolt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is poised to snuff out the Syrian rebellion in the city where it began more than seven years ago, as rebels said on Tuesday…
          Stories Of Wartime, Transformed Through Music      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nStKkfJLns Rahim Alhaj is a composer and musician from Baghdad. He was repeatedly imprisoned and tortured for speaking out under Saddam Hussein's regime. Alhaj fled his native country in 1991 — first going to Jordan, then Syria. He says that he heard that the Iraqi secret police intended to murder him abroad. So finally, in 2000, he came to the United States as a refugee, where he was resettled in New Mexico. (It wasn't an easy transition: As a new arrival, he tried to decline a job at a local McDonald's, saying that his music wasn't really right for playing in restaurants.) In 2008, Alhaj became a U.S. citizen, and by 2015, he was given this country's highest prize for traditional and folk artists, the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. But Alhaj has never left his culture — and music — behind. Rahim Alhaj plays a stringed instrument called the oud — the ancient, Middle Eastern precursor to what eventually became the
          7/11/2018: FRONT PAGE: Iran must exit Syria, PM tells Russian envoys before trip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met two senior Russian officials in his office Tuesday and told them Iran must leave all of Syria, just hours before flying to Moscow on Wednesday and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the...
          7/11/2018: NEWS: Liberman: IDF will act against Iranian presence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, which would give it the ability to launch attacks on Israeli territory, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Tuesday during a tour of the Golan Heights with senior IDF officers. “The Iranian...
          7/11/2018: NEWS: Fate of US Syrian base in question      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The coalition base at Tanf, located in the desolate Syrian Desert near the borders of Iraq, Syria and Jordan, has served as a training camp for anti-ISIS Syrian rebel fighters since 2016. But the garrison’s status is now merky after Assad’s regime,...
          7/11/2018: INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Assad poised to snuff out ‘cradle’ of revolt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – President Bashar Assad is poised to snuff out the Syrian rebellion in the place it first began more than seven years ago, as rebels enter talks with his Russian allies on withdrawing from Deraa city or accepting a return of...
          Rediscovering the Art of Diplomacy with Vladimir Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Ted Galen Carpenter

The United States has enjoyed many advantages over the decades because of its superpower status. As the principal architect of the post-World War II liberal international order, Washington has secured disproportionate security and economic benefits for itself. America’s overwhelming military capabilities have magnified that clout in global affairs. Allies and adversaries alike might grumble at Washington’s preeminence, but they have been prudent enough to avoid direct challenges whenever possible. Even the Soviet Union confined itself (with the notable exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis) to probes in marginal, mostly Third World, arenas.

However, Washington’s dominant position has also led to some foreign policy bad habits. Because U.S. leaders have not had to deal with serious peer competitors in a long time, they appear to have lost the art of skillful, nuanced diplomacy. Even before the arrival of the Trump administration, U.S. policy exhibited a growing arrogance and lack of realism about diplomatic objectives. The upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin affords an opportunity to relearn the requirements of effective diplomacy. If handled poorly, though, it will underscore the adverse consequences of Washington’s rigid approach to world affairs.

Too many American politicians, pundits, and foreign policy operatives seem to believe that when dealing with an adversary, diplomacy should consist of issuing a laundry list of demands, including manifestly unrealistic ones, without offering even a hint of meaningful concessions. Critics of Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un epitomized that attitude. Some of them excoriated the president just for his willingness to accord Kim implicit equal status by approving a bilateral meeting. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi groused that President Trump “elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo.”

Others grudgingly conceded that the summit theoretically might have been an appropriate move, but argued that Washington should have demanded major substantive and irreversible North Korean steps toward denuclearization in exchange for such a prestigious meeting. In other words, they wanted North Korea’s capitulation on the central issue before Trump even agreed to a summit. Critics were furious that such a capitulation was not at least enshrined in the joint statement emerging from the meeting. And if that hardline stance was not enough, they insisted that Trump should have made North Korea’s human rights record a feature of the negotiations. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne asserted that “our wrongful indifference to human rights in the past should not be used as an excuse to justify apologias for dictatorships in our time.”

The lack of realism such positions exhibit is breathtaking. If the hardliners had prevailed, no summit would have taken place. Their demands were multiple poison pills to any feasible negotiations. And the consequences flowing from the course they favored would have been the perpetuation, if not escalation, of alarming tensions on the Korean Peninsula. By spurning their advice, Trump secured a worthwhile change in the dynamics of the U.S.-North Korean relationship. The rapprochement may yet falter, since there are still extremely serious disagreements between the two countries, but the summit was a beneficial reset that has reduced the danger of a catastrophic military confrontation. Because he focused on the achievable, Trump secured a modest, but constructive, gain both for the United States and the East Asian region.

The president has an opportunity for an even more important success in his upcoming summit with Putin. But even more than he did with North Korea, he needs to make major changes in current U.S. policy toward Russia and reject the advice and demands that Russophobic hardliners are pushing. Once again, the president must distinguish between achievable and unachievable goals. And he must be willing to make meaningful concessions to the Russian leader to secure the former.

Some of Washington’s existing demands are manifestly unrealistic. Russia is not going to reverse its annexation of Crimea and return that territory to Ukraine. The Kremlin’s move was at least partly a response to the clumsy and provocative actionsthat the United States and key European Union powers took to support demonstrators who unseated Ukraine’s elected, pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, before the expiration of his term. Moscow was not about to accept that Western power play and watch the region containing Russia’s main naval base come under the control of a manifestly hostile Ukrainian regime. Given the stakes involved, Russia is no more likely to withdraw from Crimea than Israel is likely to return the Golan Heights to Syria or Turkey return occupied northern Cyprus to the Republic of Cyprus. Persisting in an utterly unattainable demand regarding Crimea before U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia will be lifted is pointless.

Inducing the Kremlin to reduce and phase out its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine is more achievable. Indeed, despite the hysterical allegations that appear periodically in the Western press, Russia’s backing of the insurgents has been quite limited and is far less than constituting an “invasion.” Putin shows little stomach for making Ukraine an arena for a full-fledged confrontation with the West.

A similar situation exists with respect to Syria. The Kremlin clearly wishes to see Bashar al-Assad remain in power, and given the extreme Islamist orientation of many of Assad’s opponents, that is not an outrageous position. Nevertheless, Putin has avoided establishing a large-scale Russian military, especially ground force, presence in that country. He apparently wishes to confine Moscow’s role to protecting its naval base at Tartus and assisting Assad’s military efforts with Russian air power. There appears to be an opportunity for Washington to gain assurances from the Kremlin that its involvement in Syria will not escalate and might even recede gradually.

To secure such goals, though, the U.S. would need to offer some appealing concessions to Putin. In exchange for ending Russian support of Ukrainian secessionists and confirming Moscow’s toleration of the anti-Russian regime in Kiev, Trump should be willing to sign an agreement pledging that the United States will neither propose not endorse NATO membership for Ukraine or Georgia. NATO’s previous waves of enlargement right up to Russia’s border were a key factor in the deterioration of the West’s relations with Moscow. It is time to end that provocation. In addition to that concession, Trump should pledge that NATO military exercises (war games) in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea will come to an end. In exchange, the United States ought to insist that Russian forces end their provocative deployments in Kaliningrad and along Russia’s frontier with NATO members.

With regard to Syria, Trump should inform Putin that the United States is ceasing its efforts to unseat Assad—a venture that has been a disaster, in any case. To reinforce that pledge, the United States should offer to withdraw all of its forces over the next year. Those moves would tacitly accept Russia as the leading foreign power in terms of influence in Syria. Such a concession is a simple recognition of reality. Syria is barely 600 miles from Russia’s border; it is 6,000 miles from the American homeland. Moscow’s interests are understandably more central than America’s, given that geographic factor alone.

In conducting serious negotiations with Putin, President Trump has an opportunity for a diplomatic (and public relations) success that would exceed his achievement with the Kim summit. To do so, however, he must make a major course correction in how the United States handles delicate and dangerous situations with adversaries. Indeed, he must take an important step in America’s willingness to relearn the techniques of achievable diplomacy.

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at The American Conservative, is the author of 10 books, the contributing editor of 10 books, and the author of more than 700 articles on international affairs.
           Bộ Quốc phòng Nga lên tiếng trước thông tin quân nhân Nga thiệt mạng tại Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bộ Quốc phòng Nga lên tiếng trước thông tin quân nhân Nga thiệt mạng tại Syria Truyền thông Nga đưa tin về việc quân nhân nước này thiệt mạng tại Syria sau một vụ tấn công khủng bố, Bộ Quốc phòng Nga ra thông cáo chính thức.
          ISIS Murdering Muslims to Upset Peace in Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A suicide car bombing on Tuesday killed 14 newly reconciled fighters from pro-government and rebel ranks in an attack on a south Syrian village claimed by the Islamic State group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion hit Zaizun, a village in the western countryside of Daraa province which rebels agreed in […]

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          .Bits and Pieces in Dinarland Tuesday Night 7-10-18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TNT:Ivantulafitov: https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk?lang=en Spent five days in #Iraq and #Syria focused on completing campaign to defeat #ISIS and stability in liberated areas. On Thursday, @SecPompeo will convene 52 members of our @coaliton in #Brussels to discuss details. Follow through critical.Ivantulafitov:  this is good too Secretary of State Pompeo https://twitter.com/SecPompeo?lang=enIvantulafitov:  he is all over the middle eastSmitty76:  He  Visited Afghanistan, Vie [...]
          Assad’s son takes part in maths competition in Romania      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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BUCHAREST: The teenage son of Syrian president Bashar Assad is competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania, where he has asked to be treated like any normal student, an education official said Tuesday.
Hafez Assad, 16, is one of 615 students participating in the annual competition, which this year is being held in the central town of Cluj-Napoca until Saturday.
He already took part in last year’s competition in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where he finished in 528th place out of a total of 615.

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          Comment on Nibbles: Turkish roses, Old apple tree, Kenyan reforestation, Pillar coral, ICARDA, Comical CWR by Dave Wood      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ICARDA genebank: The author, Schapiro attempts, to link two separate issues. One is the threats posed to the ICARDA seed store in Syria. This threat is totally overblown. The article records that in: “the spring of 2016, when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military started bombarding Aleppo and the surroundings towns, including Tal Hadya. The remaining scientists loaded up the seeds in a truck and raced across the Lebanese frontier…” These `saved’ seeds were only 6,000 accessions. The reality is that the bulk of the ICARDA seed store - 77,949 samples – had been deposited for safety in the permafrost seed store on the Norwegian island of Svalbard by 2010. Routine deposit by ICARDA in Svalbard included 862 samples of Aegilops on 26/2/2008; 1044 samples on 24/2/2009; 448 samples 16/2/2011; 359 samples 1/3/2012; 20 samples 21/11/2013; 74 samples 25/2/2014; and 1224 on24/2/2017. The second issue confused by Schapiro is more egregious. It implies that these very seeds of a wild grass variety `smuggled’ out of Syria were used by US researchers to combat Hessian fly, with the smuggled seeds being of subsequent great value to US wheat farmers. • Most of the ICARDA seeds were not smuggled out of Syria. They were sent as a routine shipment for storage in Svalbard (which now contains almost 1,000,000 samples from various national and international seed stores). Aegilops details above. • The wild grass sample (Aegilops tauschii) used for resistance to Hessian fly was not from Syria but Iran. It was collected by an expedition from Kyoto University (1955?] with the number KU-2147 and subsequently widely distributed. • Work by US plant scientist on Hessian Fly resistance from Aegilops tauschii has been going on for at least two decades – long before the Civil War in Syria. Schapiro has a book coming out soon: who is he getting advice from?
          Huge US Weapons Cache Found in al-Qaeda Base in “Rebel”-Held Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A huge US-supplied weapons cache has been found by Syrian army forces in an al-Qaeda base after the “moderate rebel” held northern town of Da’el in Daraa was taken this week, a victory which allowed more than 30,000 Syrians to return home. The existence of the weapons cache was announced by Fares Shehabi, Member of […]
          Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Hosea 11:1-4,8-9; Mt 10:7-15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Hosea 11:1-4,8-9; Mt 10:7-15


  1. Besides not taking gold and silver what else must the disciples not take in their belts?

  2. Money
    Copper
    Bronze

  3. Like whom will the Lord not treat Israel?

  4. Admah
    Zeboiim
    Ephraim

  5. From where did the Lord call Israel out?

  6. Babylon
    Egypt
    Assyria

  7. How many tunics must the disciples take?

  8. One
    Two
    Three

  9. Are the disciples allowed to take a staff?

  10. Yes
    I do not know
    No

  11. To whom did Israel keep sacrificing?

  12. Baals
    Yahweh
    Adonia

  13. Which are the towns mentioned in the Gospel of today?

  14. Galilee and Nazareth
    Sodom and Gomorrah
    Samaria and Capernaum

  15. With what type of cords did the Lord lead Israel?

  16. Cords of silk
    Cords of human kindness
    Cords of hope

  17. Whom did the Lord teach to walk?

  18. Admah
    Ephraim
    Zeboiim

  19. What is the message of the readings of today?

  20. If we do our best God will do the rest
    We must not focus on the result as much as on the action
    Our job is to do what we have to do and leave the rest to God

Thanks for taking the Quiz. I hope it makes the word of God more relevant. Let me know on errolsj@gmail.com. Suggestions are always welcome.

          14 dead in south Syria suicide car bomb claimed by IS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BEIRUT: A suicide car bombing on Tuesday killed 14 newly reconciled fighters from pro-government and rebel ranks in an attack on a south Syrian village claimed by the Islamic State group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion hit Zaizun, a village in the western countryside of Daraa province which rebels agreed in recent days to hand over to regime control.

At least "14 regime and opposition fighters who recently reconciled were killed in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a military position in Zaizun," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, giving an updated toll.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on the Telegram messaging app, saying the car driven by a suicide bomber had been packed with explosives.

Zaizun lies near a sliver of southern territory controlled by Jaish Khaled bin Walid, a jihadist faction that has pledged allegiance to IS, which is not bound by the deal between the rebels and the government.

Abdel Rahman said it was likely that this faction was responsible for the attack, adding it was the first suicide bombing targeting regime forces since they launched an offensive on Daraa.

Backed by Russia, Syrian troops began a bombing blitz of Daraa province on June 19 that killed dozens of civilians and displaced more than 320,000 people.

The onslaught came to an end on Friday, when Moscow brokered a deal with rebels for them to surrender their weapons and hand over towns to government troops.

The agreement also provides for safe passage for thousands of opposition fighters and civilians to rebel territory further north, although those transfers have not yet begun.

The regime is now in control of around 80% of Daraa province, while rebels hold around 15 percent, according to the Observatory.

Anticipating a regime attack, thousands of people have fled the IS-held zone in the past two days heading toward the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Around 200,000 displaced people have already sought refuge along that frontier, which remains sealed, according to the United Nations.

"After finishing off rebel forces in the south, the regime is expected to attack the last pocket held by the IS affiliate there," said Abdel Rahman.

Government forces have not yet begun their assault but rebels nearby hit the IS-held area with artillery and mortars late Monday.

Meanwhile Syrian state news agency SANA on Tuesday said four other villages northwest of Daraa were expected to seal deals with the government on Wednesday, citing unspecified "reports". — AFP
          Russian, Syrian diplomats discuss planned reconciliation meeting in Sochi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has met with Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad at the latter’s request
          Zonder intensief beleid gaat het mis met de integratie van statushouders: vijf aandachtspunten      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Uitgaande schoolkinderen binnen het aanmeldcentrum in Ter Apel - Directie Voorlichting

Uitgaande schoolkinderen binnen het aanmeldcentrum in Ter Apel. Foto: Directie Voorlichting (cc)

ONDERZOEK - door Emily Miltenburg, Willem Huijnk, Jaco Dagevos Het SCP-rapport ‘Syriërs in Nederland’ schetst een gevarieerd beeld van de eerste jaren van Syrische statushouders in Nederland. Het vizier is op Nederland gericht. Men is bijna zonder uitzondering bezig met … Continue reading

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          We have suffered the way these people have suffered      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When war first broke out in Syria, the city of Deir Attieh was still safe. Refugees from Damascus and Homs came to Deir Attieh looking for safety, says Rahaf Abdo who grew up there. But then in November 2013 her city got swept up into the conflict too.


          Mỹ xác nhận thực hiện 18 vụ không kích trong tuần đầu tháng 7 ở Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lầu Năm Góc xác nhận liên minh quân sự do Mỹ dẫn đầu thực hiện hàng loạt vụ không kích nhằm vào các mục tiêu của tổ chức khủng bố IS trên khu vực đông bắc Syria trong những ngày đầu tháng 7/2018.


Mỹ bất ngờ dội bom ồ ạt vào căn cứ quân sự Syria


Bộ Quốc phòng Mỹ ra thông cáo xác nhận việc quân đội Mỹ và các đồng minh không kích nhiều mục tiêu được cho là nằm dưới quyền kiểm soát của tổ chức khủng bố IS ở khu vực đông bắc Syria chỉ trong vài ngày đầu tháng 7/2018. Ngoài ra, liên minh quân sự do Mỹ dẫn đầu cũng không kích một số mục tiêu trên lãnh thổ Iraq.
Theo thông cáo này, quân đội Mỹ và các đồng minh thực hiện 18 vụ không kích từ ngày 2/7 đến ngày 8/7, đỉnh điểm là ngày 5/7 có 6 vụ không kích với 11 lần tấn công các mục tiêu của tổ chức khủng bố IS. Mục tiêu chủ yếu của các vụ không kích này là các phương tiện cơ giới và các đơn vị cơ động của tổ chức khủng bố IS, ngoài ra có một số ít các mục tiêu cố định như kho hậu cần, trạm chỉ huy của tổ chức khủng bố IS.
Lầu Năm Góc xác nhận quân đội Mỹ và đồng minh không kích hàng loạt muc tiêu tại đông bắc Syria. (Ảnh: AP)
Các vụ không kích nói trên là một phần của Chiến dịch Giải quyết tồn tại, chiến dịch truy quét tàn dư của tổ chức khủng bố IS tại Syria và Iraq. Các loại tiêm kích, cường kích, máy bay ném bom, máy bay trực thăng và máy bay không người lái được quân đội Mỹ huy động tham gia chiến dịch này, ngoài ra các vụ không kích còn có sự hỗ trợ của pháo binh chiến thuật và pháo phản lực.

Tại thời điểm hiện tại, cả Syria và Nga đều chưa đưa ra bất cứ bình luận nào về thông cáo nói trên của Lầu Năm Góc. Các chiến dịch quân sự của Mỹ và đồng minh tại Syria đều bị Syria và Nga phản đối, chính quyền Damascus gọi các chiến dịch quân sự của Mỹ tại Syria là hành động xâm lược.


Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’
The recent passage of laws in both the US and Israel penalizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) over its payments to terrorists and their families marked “a good beginning, but there is much more to be done,” the father of an American military veteran who was killed in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv two years ago told The Algemeiner on Monday.

Stuart Force, the father of the late Taylor Force, traveled to Israel to attend last week’s Knesset vote on a bill modeled on a US law — named after his West Point graduate son — that was approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in March limiting American aid to the PA.

“Watching the legislation’s passage in the Knesset was a very emotional and special time for me,” Force said. “I feel that the resolve shown by both countries to address this part of the war on terror will provide a stimulus for nations worldwide to look at where their humanitarian aid actually goes.”

“If it cannot be shown that the intended recipients of our assistance are receiving it, then it should be withheld until it can,” he continued. “Something is terribly wrong when the leaders of terrorism are living like wealthy warlords, with their ‘subjects’ having no hope for a better future.”



JCPA: Economics Won’t Help. The Palestinians Will Continue with Terror Attacks
In any case, the chance that economic temptations will lead to a change in Palestinian national goals is very slight as long as the Palestinian system is not led by a political movement that gives priority to the welfare of its citizens. That movement must recognize that to provide for their economic needs, it must end its commitment to the struggle against Zionism, which is translated as yielding the “Right of Return” and deciding to forego the establishment of a Palestinian state in all of mandatory Palestine.

The approach of the U.S. administration criticizes the Palestinians and Hamas, in particular, for “not acting according to the needs of the Palestinian people.” This reaction indicates a lack of understanding for Palestinian priorities and superimposes upon them a Western order of priorities, which sees in the pursuit of happiness and prosperity as all people’s solitary goal.

The Palestinians explain to the world that they have a different order of priorities, including paying salaries to terrorists, “Return Marches,” the destruction of a critical truck crossing for goods, and the right to forgo both human life and prosperity. However, it appears that the Americans, Europeans, and many Israelis are not getting these messages. They continue to believe that economic considerations can lead the Palestinians to change their anti-peace policies.

We must not diminish the importance of investing in the advancement of the Palestinian economy and economic cooperation with them. These are based on ethical motives – from the desire to bring economic prosperity to our neighbors to advancing familiarity between both peoples. We must hope that in the end this will motivate the Palestinian to change their order of priorities.
IDF stops boat seeking to break Gaza blockade
The Israeli Navy on Tuesday apprehended a Gazan boat with approximately eight people on board that attempted to breach the legal naval blockade. The apprehension took place without incident.

After the boat and the Gazans on board are searched, the boat will be towed to the Israeli Navy base in Ashdod.

The IDF assigned medical personnel to treat those on board who requirws medical assistance.

This is the second time in the past two months that the Hamas terror organization has attempted to violate the legal naval blockade and has paid Gazan civilians to participate.

The IDF stated that the naval blockade is a "necessary and legal security measure that has been recognized repeatedly by the world and the UN as important to the security of the State of Israel and its maritime borders that protect Israeli civilians in the face of terror and smuggling of weapons."
Exclusive: Islamic cyber terrorists trying to target infrastructure
Though they have not yet succeeded, Islamic cyber terrorists are increasing their efforts to carry out cyberattacks against Western countries infrastructure.

This is one of the concerning conclusions of a report obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post.

The report was issued by the IDC Herzliya International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) cyberdesk, with input from ICT deputy director Dr. Eitan Azani and cyberdesk coordinator Nadine Liv.

To date, most cyberterror attacks have consisted of defacing target websites and posting embarrassing messages.

But the report discussed “the possibility of terrorist organizations acquiring offensive capabilities on the Internet, hiring hackers for this purpose, or receiving assistance from terror- sponsoring countries” as a serious future danger.

Further, it said that, “the monitoring of the accounts of IS [Islamic State]-supporting hackers indicates that there is a desire to develop these offensive capabilities.”
Iran’s Two-Front Strategy
The Assad regime's current offensive in southern Syria has been mainly in the eastern part of Daraa province, down to the Jordanian border. The push toward the west - Quneitra and the Golan - carries the risk of Israeli action.

Once the Syrian military campaign finds its way to Israel's border, Iran will as well - whether immediately or down the road makes little difference.

All the chatter about a deal with Russia notwithstanding, there is a need for Israel to intensify its targeting of Iran's infrastructure, personnel, and logistical lines in Syria to deter the Iranians from moving against Israel on the Golan.

"We have just one option," Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Shimon Shapira, a senior researcher of Hizbullah and Iran at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told me.

"And that is to act with force, overtly and covertly, against the Iranian presence in Syria. Consenting to or accepting the Iranian presence, be it direct or indirect, in the end will lead to a war with Iran in Syria and in Lebanon."

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it recently, "if there needs to be" conflict with Iran, "it is better now than later."
Report: Obama 'shocked' by settlement expansion
A series of maps of Judea and Samaria, focusing on the placement of Jewish communities and Israeli military facilities in the area, provoked a dramatic change in the Obama administration’s policies vis-à-vis Israel, a report by The New Yorker claims.

According to the report Monday, a presentation by then-Secretary of State John Kerry to President Barack Obama in the waning days of the administration ‘shocked’ the president into taking a more aggressive stance towards Israel, withholding America’s veto on a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria.

The Obama administration, like its predecessors, had in the past backed a final status settlement negotiated by Israel and the Palestinian Authority and opposed unilateral actions regarding core final status issues. In this vein, the US had traditionally used its veto power on the Security Council to block resolutions directed against Israel.

In December 2016, however, the Obama administration permitted UNSC Resolution 2334 to pass – a measure which demanded Israel unilaterally freeze all construction in not only Judea and Samaria, but eastern Jerusalem as well.

The decision to abandon Israel at the Security Council – a significant departure from traditional US policy – after the president was presented with a series of maps collected at the behest of a senior State Department official, Frank Lowenstein.

The collection of maps, assembled in 2015 by Lowenstein and updated by the State Department in 2016, was presented to Obama and key advisers by Secretary of State John Kerry during a 2016 Oval Office meeting.
New Zealand “got it wrong” over 2334
National Party leader, Simon Bridges, has acknowledged that New Zealand “got it wrong” by co-sponsoring United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 alongside Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela.

Though New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, challenged the process at the time – that the decision was not put to cabinet – Mr Bridges stated that he thought cabinet “would have made a different decision” than Foreign Minister Murray McCully did.

This is an important acknowledgement – especially after Bill English failed to answer questions about the controversial resolution and claimed that the decision actually didn’t need to go to cabinet.

The comments by Mr Bridges were made during question time at a Hastings public meeting on Friday 29 June, 2018, and are online. Pastor Nigel Woodley asked

“In a future National govt led by you, what do you propose to do to ensure that a much more even-handed, balanced, and fair foreign policy towards the State of Israel is enacted. Because at the moment the foreign policy is very much tipped in favour of the Palestinians at the expense of both truth and justice.” – Pastor Nigel Woodley

The response of Mr Bridges is transcribed below the video. He made three important comments that need to be highlighted.

1. “I get that question or similar at most meetings”
This observation shows how the actions of Minister McCully were out of step with the wishes of the people. The Israel Institute of New Zealand 2017 poll showed that more than half of all Kiwis support Israel and only about one quarter thought the government was right to co-sponsor the resolution. The thousands of New Zealanders who protested, signed letters, and expressed their disappointment at the time are clearly still sending the same message.

2. “We got it wrong on that UN resolution [2234]”
This acknowledgment is some relief to the majority of New Zealanders and is an important step from Mr Bridges. However, the resolution is not “history” now and nor is it “academic”, as Rt Hon Mr Peters has claimed. Unfortunately, UN resolutions build upon each other and 2334 was referenced in the disproportionate number of anti-Israel resolutions that New Zealand continued to support in 2017, and in the recent resolution condemning Israel for “disproportionate and indiscriminate force” with regard to the Gaza riots – a resolution that New Zealand also supported, despite it not mentioning Hamas. If New Zealand is to act on the rhetoric, then the voting pattern at the UN must change to become more in line with our traditional allies on the side of truth, justice, and fairness.
What does Boris Johnson's resignation mean for UK-Israel relations?
Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson's resignation on Monday plunged Prime Minister Theresa May's turbulent government into even more trouble less than a day after former Brexit Secretary David Davis quit the government.

Johnson’s resignation letter slammed May's Brexit negotiation strategy, stating that the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt."

May moved quickly to appoint Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as the UK's new foreign secretary, ushering in a new and less flamboyant era at the British Foreign Office.

Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev was quick to welcome Johnson's foreign secretary replacement, expressing hope that relations between the two countries will continue to go from strength to strength.

"Mazal tov to Jeremy Hunt on his appointment as Foreign Secretary. Looking forward to further strengthening the Israel-UK partnership," wrote the Israeli envoy on Twitter on Monday evening.

Although public statements made by Hunt to date regarding Israel are scarce, he dedicates much of his website's foreign policy section to the Middle East where his opinions regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict mirror those of the Conservative Party in general.

There Hunt expresses his desire to promote business ties with Israel, and states his strong opposition to the BDS movement. But he also highlights his concerns regarding the demolition of Palestinian villages and the detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities.

Hunt reiterates his government's support for a two-state solution, and states that he was "very disappointed by the announcement of the US's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."
France Keeps Blackening Israel
Relations between France and Israel have been ambivalent and complex for decades. Among the most prominent are those where the French government sets out to blacken Israel. President Emmanuel Macron is seemingly a new type of Frenchman. He reached the presidency without having risen through the ranks of an existing political party. He is a suave, intelligent politician with an excellent education, an international outlook, many ideas, and good public relations.

However, analysis has to concentrate on facts and not packaging. A good point of departure are the French reactions to the recent Gaza border violence. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Macron in Paris in April, the French president told him that the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem “led to people dying and did not advance peace.” With this transparently manipulative statement Macron showed his skills in distorting the truth in a few words. What provoked the violence was the terror organization Hamas’ initiative to send civilians to the border and mix terrorists among them. Among the more than 115 Gazans killed by Israel, more than half were confirmed terrorists. That many of those killed were terrorists was confirmed by Hamas itself.

France also supported an UN Security Council resolution which called for protective measures for Palestinians, but didn’t mention Hamas. Deputy Israeli Minister Michael Oren summarized it in a tweet: “Shame on France for supporting it. French government cannot say it’s against anti-Semitism and vote for this anti-Semitic resolution.”
The IDF’s response to ongoing Hamas terror attacks
Today, Monday July 9, the Kerem Shalom Crossing will now only be open to humanitarian aid, including food and medicine that will be approved on an individual basis by COGAT. Exports and marketing of goods will no longer take place at the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

This is in light of the ongoing arson and additional terror attacks at the hands of the terror organization, Hamas. This includes infiltration into Israel from the Gaza Strip, terror tunnels discovered leading into Israel from the Gaza Strip, including two near the Kerem Shalom Crossing, and violent riots along the security border. In addition to putting the lives of Israeli civilians at risk and breaching Israel’s sovereignty, Hamas also simultaneously exploits and endangers Gaza residents.

Additionally, the expansion of the designated fishing zone in the Gaza Strip ends today, Monday July 9. For the past three months during the fishing season, the extension increased from six to nine nautical miles. The fishing zone will be returned to six nautical miles today.

This is in response not only to the most recent terror attempts by Hamas, but also in addition to the discovery that took place on June 3 of a terror tunnel located within a Hamas military post that exited to the sea. As well, on May 29th, the Israeli Navy apprehended a Palestinian boat with approximately 17 Palestinians that attempted to breach the legal naval blockade.

The State of Israel aspires and acts to improve the living conditions of civilians in the Gaza Strip. However, the IDF has decided to take these measures due to the recent situation in which the Hamas terror organization is exploiting Gazan residents and launching arson and explosive balloons and kites towards the Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The current situation doesn’t allow the residents of southern Israel to safely maintain their daily routine. Should these severe conditions continue, IDF measures will persist and intensify.
Kite, balloon terrorism continues scorching Israel's land
More than 100 days have passed since the kite and balloon terrorism began. So far, it has resulted in 678 fires in farmlands and wooded areas in Israeli communities on the Gaza border community, with 9,160 dunams (2,260 acres) of mostly natural grove consumed.

In addition, 6,000 dunams (1,500 acres) of agricultural produce and thousands of dunams (acres) of open fields were burned to the ground.

The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) alone has lost 15,100 dunams (37,000 acres) of land, not including the Gaza border communities' lands that were scorched.

Firefighters, community security coordinators, and KKL teams worked tirelessly to put out 33 fires across the Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon regional councils on Monday. The firefighters managed to gain control of most of the blazes within minutes, except for the fire in Kibbutz Gvar'am, which took the crews a longer time to overcome.

Despite the IDF's announcement that a high-tech solution has been found to eliminate the incendiary balloons threat—in the form of detection and interception drones— fields are still being burned every day and the threat posed by the balloons is only increasing.

The IDF is operating a system able to detect and track the balloons. However, they are still not being intercepted while in the air.
Analysis: Why close the Kerem Shalom Gaza border crossing now?
So there are a few options. It is possible to threaten Hamas, which both Liberman and Netanyahu have done repeatedly since the wave of kite arson began. But that has not succeeded in getting the terrorist organization to stop setting fire to the Israeli fields.

It is also possible, as both the prime minister and defense minister have done, to stress upon occasion that the real strategic danger to the country – the problem that needs immediate and urgent attention – is Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.

But the public pressure has built nonetheless, and Netanyahu needs to show that not only is Israel not impotent against what seems like a primitive threat, but can also apply pressure on Hamas in return.

Why now? Perhaps because Israel thought, in vain, that its warnings and threats against Hamas would do the trick. Perhaps because they wanted to give Egyptian mediators a chance to persuade Hamas to give up this type of warfare. Perhaps because there was hope the IDF would come up with some kind of technological solution to the problem.

But when none of that came to pass, Netanyahu and Liberman – according to this face-value reading of the situation – decided to turn up the heat, even at the risk of bringing down international condemnation on Israel, and even if it means making the extremely difficult lives of Gaza’s residents under Hamas even more difficult.

Something, Netanyahu and Liberman surely believe, needs to be done.
Hamas: We infiltrated Israel and collected information
For years, Hamas has been complaining that the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip, as well as sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority against the two million residents living there, have created a “humanitarian and economic crisis” in the coastal enclave.

But now that some countries and international parties – including the US, Israel and the United Nations – have come up with a number of initiatives to improve living conditions in the Gaza Strip, Hamas does not seem to know what to do.

Here’s the dilemma Hamas is facing: On the one hand, if Hamas accepts these initiatives, its rivals – first and foremost the ruling Fatah faction – will accuse it of “selling out to Israel and the US,” and giving up Palestinian national rights in return for economic projects and humanitarian aid.

On the other hand, rejecting proposals to improve the living conditions its constituents could aggravate the situation and possibly prompt desperate Palestinians to revolt against the Hamas regime.

Some of the initiatives sound very tempting, to a point where it’s hard to see how Hamas can say no to a seaport in Cyprus or projects to create job opportunities to solve the serious problem of unemployment in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has nothing to lose by allowing Western parties to establish an industrial zone in the Gaza Strip that would provide thousand of jobs to Palestinians. In fact, such projects benefit Hamas because they exempt it from its responsibilities – as the de facto government in the Gaza Strip – toward its people.

This is why Hamas leaders and officials appear to be divided over the various initiatives that are being proposed by Israel, the US and the UN.
U.N.: Israel’s ban on commercial goods for Gaza could escalate conflict
The United Nations said it was concerned Israel’s decision to halt the flow of commercial goods into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing could escalate its conflict with Hamas.

“Everyone must step back from the trajectory of confrontation and escalation,” UN Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said on Tuesday.

He spoke in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to issue the harshest restrictions on Gaza’s main commercial crossing since the 2014 war with Hamas.

As of Tuesday morning only humanitarian supplies, such as food, medicine and fuel could enter the strip.

Israel’s decision to impose severe economic sanctions on Gaza comes fours months after Hamas and Islamic militants in Gaza have launched flaming kites into southern Israel that has scorched large swaths of fields along the southern border.

It also comes in the midst of a major US push to put in place an economic package that would ease life for the two million Palestinians in Gaza, that are also suffering from Palestinian economic sanctions and living on four hours of fuel a day.

“I am concerned by the consequences of Israel’s decision to temporarily suspend imports and exports with the exception of basic humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing,” Mladenov said on Tuesday.
Liberman in Golan: IDF will act against Iranian presence in Syria
Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, which would give it the ability to launch attacks on Israeli territory, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Tuesday during a tour of the Golan Heights with senior IDF officers.

"The Iranian presence in Syria is unreasonable, and we are not prepared to accept an Iranian presence in Syria anywhere, and as you have heard more than once, we will act against any Iranian consolidation in Syria,” the defense minister said.

“The moment we identify an Iranian presence, we will act,” Liberman added, warning that there is no difference between a withdrawal of Iranian troops to 40 or 80 kilometers from Israel’s border.

According to Liberman, Israel has “identified elements” belonging to Iran and its Shiite proxy militias who “under the auspices of the regime” are trying to establish themselves on the Golan Heights.

“This effort to establish a terrorist infrastructure under the auspices of the regime, as far as we are concerned, is unacceptable and we will act with force against any terrorist infrastructure that we will see and identify here in the region,” Liberman warned.
Female terrorist who mistakenly stabbed Arab sentenced
A Jerusalem court sentenced a female Arab terrorist to 10 years in prison on Monday, after she was found guilty of a stabbing attack near the Old City of Jerusalem last summer.

The terrorist, 31-year-old Fadwa Nazih Hamadeh, attacked a haredi man returning from morning prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, August 12th.

As the haredi man left the Old City via the Damascus Gate, Hamadeh lunged at him with a knife. In video footage taken from a security camera in the area, Hamadeh’s would-be victim can be seen dodging the attack and fleeing the scene.

After she failed to injure her first target, Hamadeh turned her sights on another man, stabbing him in the shoulder.

The victim was a 31-year-old Arab man Hamadeh had mistakenly thought was an Israeli Jew.

A resident of Jerusalem’s Sur Baher neighborhood, Hamadeh is married and has five children, ranging in age from 8 to one-and-a-half.
Overnight: Shooting attack in Beit El
A shooting attack took place in the town of Beit El in the Binyamin region overnight Monday. No injuries were reported.

Several bullet casings were found at the scene. Troops are searching the area.

Meanwhile, IDF soldiers operating in Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria detained overnight Tuesday four wanted persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terror and violent disturbances against civilians and security forces.

The suspects were taken for questioning.

As well, during a search for weapons in the PA city of Qalqiliya, IDF troops seized an M16 assault rifle, which was transferred to security agencies.
Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby in Hebron
Israeli Border Police soldiers stationed at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron saved the life of a nine-month-old Palestinian boy on Sunday, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

The soldiers heard shouts coming from a nearby home and when they arrived they found an unconscious baby surrounded by distressed family members who were trying to resuscitate him.

The baby was not breathing and his face had turned blue. The soldiers took over the effort to revive him, and a Border Police medic who was called to the scene succeeded in getting him breathing again.

Watch an Israel Police video of the medic treating the baby below:


Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas divided: The Gaza Strip rulers' humanitarian aid dilemma
The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of terror group Hamas, published what it called "new details" about the attack on Zikim Beach on July 8, 2014.

Hamas naval commandos landed at the Zikim beach at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, where they were located and eliminated by an IDF combined force 40 minutes after infiltration into Israeli territory.

According Hamas’ version, the Zikim operation included two stages. The first stage was the observation and gathering of information about IDF forces in the area of ​​Zikim Beach and their command headquarters. That mission was carried out by Hamas naval force operatives who infiltrated Israeli territory.

The second stage was the implementation of the attack, that began with the departure of Hamas naval force operatives by diving and swimming towards the target. The force split in two. The first force landed outside and began to advance toward the command headquarters. After about 45 minutes, another force joined them and updated Hamas command about developments and asked for further directions.
Syrians Flee Towards the Hospitals of ‘Enemy’ Israel
The founder of the Good Neighbor project, Lt. Col. (res.) Marco Moreno, explains that “refugees are not expected to seek shelter from us. We have always managed aid as a military operation with caution and attention, knowing that our soldiers are saving and helping them while risking our lives. We enter at night in a country at war against us. We can expect anything, and we know that. But we want to save them as human beings. We passionately help children; when they come with their families here and there along the fence, the population collects toys, clothes, funds, special food, diapers … at the beginning, there was a lot of suspicion, but then they understood.”

“Yes, we certainly have an explicit interest,” he added. “When the operation started, we told them: ‘We will help you beyond the border and take care of you, but don’t allow your terrorists to come and hurt us.’ What simply started out as the right thing to do has transformed into something beautiful.”

Lt.-Col. Tomer Koller, a medical officer in the Bashan division of the Golan, points to the colored tents in the wind from the Hazaka outlook post. Inside, they are packed with people in need.

For Israel, it is impossible to think of hosting them. The country is small, and these refugees are particularly problematic; they vary from newborn babies to ISIS terrorists who hate Jews. “Our policy is to help them,” said Koller. “We feed them, we take care of them as much as possible … and then they have their reality at home.”

Their home is in flames. We know it; we see the frightful wounds on the bodies of Syrians cured by Israelis in the Galilee. Israel cares for Syrians with its incredible therapeutic power and good will, but it can’t bring them home. In that respect, the best of human intentions and common sense sometimes clash. The right choice, however, is that man remains a friend of his fellow man, at his best, even in war. That’s what Israel believes.
Iran Vows to Sell as Much Oil as It Can in Face of US Sanctions
Iran’s vice president acknowledged on Tuesday that US sanctions would hurt the economy, but promised to “sell as much oil as we can” and protect banking.

Eshaq Jahangiri said Washington was trying to stop Iran’s petrochemical, steel and copper exports. “America seeks to reduce Iran’s oil sales, our vital source of income, to zero,” he said, according to Fars news agency.

“It would be a mistake to think the US economic war against Iran will have no impact,” Jahangiri added.

President Donald Trump said in May he would pull the United States out of an international accord under which Tehran had agreed to limit its nuclear development in exchange for sanctions relief.

Trump said he would reintroduce sanctions and Washington later told countries they must stop buying Iran’s oil from Nov. 4 or face financial consequences.

On Tuesday, the US ambassador to Germany also called on Berlin to block an Iranian bid to withdraw large sums of cash from bank accounts in Germany.

Jahangiri said Iran’s foreign ministry and the central bank have taken measures to facilitate Iran’s banking operations despite the US sanctions. He did not elaborate.
U.S. Seeks to Thwart Iran Flying Millions in Cash Out of Germany
Top Trump administration officials are working to stop Germany from allowing Iran to fly more than $350 million in cash out of the country and back to Tehran as part of a bid by the Iranian regime to restock its coffers ahead of a major financial crackdown by America, according to conversations with senior U.S. diplomats and officials on Capital Hill.

The Trump administration is already working to stop the German government from allowing this transfer following weekend reports that Iran is poised to fly around 300 million Euros out of the country as part of an ongoing scheme to skirt tough new U.S. economic sanctions, which were put back into effect after President Donald Trump decided to abandon the landmark nuclear deal.

"The mullahs are worried that they will run out of cash," according to a report in Germany's Bild news site. "Iran's justification for their plan says that they need the money ‘to pass it on to Iranian individuals who, when traveling abroad, are dependent on euros in cash due to their lack of access to accepted credit cards.'"

The disclosure of the latest scheme to skirt U.S. sanctions has inflamed ongoing tensions between the United States and Germany over its efforts to continue providing Iran with sanctions relief in the face of a crackdown by the Trump administration, which has been locked in diplomatic efforts to convince European partners to pull out of Iran.
China’s Xi Pledges $20 Billion in Loans to Revive Middle East
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged a package of $20 billion in loans, and about $106 million in financial aid, to Middle East nations, as part of what he called an “oil and gas plus” model to revive economic growth in the region.

Beijing has ramped up engagement in the Middle East in recent years as Arab nations play an important role in Xi’s signature Belt and Road foreign policy plan for strong trade routes linking China with central and southeast Asia.

Development was key to resolving many security problems in the Middle East, Xi told a gathering with representatives of 21 Arab nations in the Chinese capital.

“We should treat each other frankly, not fear differences, not avoid problems, and have ample discussion on each aspect of foreign policy and development strategy,” he said.

China would offer aid worth 100 million yuan ($15 million) to Palestine to support economic development, besides providing a further 600 million yuan ($91 million) to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, he added.

A consortium of banks from China and Arab nations, with a dedicated fund of $3 billion, will also be set up, he said.

It was unclear what the relationship between the bank consortium, financial aid and the overall loan package would be.

The loans will fund a plan of “economic reconstruction” and “industrial revival” that would include cooperation on oil and gas, nuclear and clean energy, Xi said.
China pledges $15 million to Palestinians amid major push for Mideast influence
China will provide Palestinians with more than $15 million in aid, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa.

The 100 million yuan pledge to Palestinians was made as part of a plan to give Arab states more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance for economic development.

The money will be earmarked for “projects that will produce good employment opportunities and positive social impact in Arab States that have reconstruction needs,” said Xi, without providing further details.

It is part of a special Chinese program for “economic reconstruction” and “industrial revitalization,” Xi told participants at a China-Arab States forum in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

Beijing is also prepared to provide another one billion yuan ($151 million) to countries in the region to “build capacity for stability maintenance,” Xi said, using a term commonly associated with policing and surveillance.

Xi said that Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon would receive $91 million in humanitarian assistance.



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In 2015, the Abbott government prioritised the resettlement of Christian Syrians to Australia. Thousands were brought here over the screeching protests of the ‘refugee’ lobby. Apparently, the tilty-headed twits’ ‘compassion’ only extends as far as their favoured victim-group. Three years later, the same humbugs are tub-thumping for Muslim Rohingyas to be given priority, especially over […] The post Christians in need, but Muslims grab the cash appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
          dodał wpis: Gotowi na #mecz? #syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gotowi na #mecz?

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          Protest?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I heard on the radio that there was a big protest outside the Supreme Court Monday evening.  I go online and this:


A selfie to show just how few people are protesting at right now...

I'm sure the media angles make it look like thousands... it might be 300.




That's a big protest?

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday:


Monday, July 9, 2018.  Seems like it's taken forever but, look, slowly the western press can't begin to point out that ISIS has not been defeated.  First, though . . .

Earlier today, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq
Yesterday in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Makhmur, a strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.
-- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed an ISIS tunnel.
On July 7, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed an ISIS-held building.
-- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS supply route.
On July 6, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Hawijah, a strike destroyed two ISIS fighting positions.
-- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS supply route.
On July 5, coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Basheer. The strike destroyed five ISIS caves.
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on July 4.
On July 3, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets near Habbaniyah. The strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
On July 2, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Tal Afar. The strike destroyed an ISIS vehicle.


Yes, the war in Iraq drags on.

Australia's NEWS.COM notes:

SHORTLY after the fall of the Syrian city of Raqqa in October 2017 — the centre of the Islamic State (IS) caliphate — US President Donald Trump announced that IS had been defeated and the war was won.
Nine months later it is far from clear that IS is finished and extreme paramilitary Islamist movements are increasingly active in several regions, he [Paul Rogers] writes for The Conversation.
IS had taken over much of northern Syria and Iraq, including Mosul, by mid-2014 leading President Barack Obama to order intensive air strikes to limit its spread and aid the Iraqis and others to push it on to the defensive. For close to four years an extraordinarily intensive air war was fought, principally by the US but aided by France, the UK and some other European and Middle Eastern powers.
According to the latest data from the Airwars monitoring group, over 1,424 days of air strikes, 107,814 bombs and missiles have been used against 29,741 targets in Iraq and Syria by the US-led forces. Pentagon sources speak of at least 60,000 IS paramilitaries killed but Airwars also reported 6,321 civilians killed.


We're back to where we were not all that long ago, explaining that we weren't denying credit to US President Donald Trump for defeating ISIS because, in fact, we didn't believe ISIS had been defeated

While Paul Rogers is right to note that Donald Trump didn't defeat ISIS (and shouldn't be claiming he has), it's equally true that the western press shouldn't have been running with the nonsense that ISIS had been defeated.

It had not been.  But, golly, when Hayder al-Abadi was campaigning on the 'defeat' to argue he should be prime minister for a second term, seems like the western press couldn't tell the truth, could they?  They kept -- I'm sure by pure accident -- repeating the lie that ISIS had been defeated.

In other violence, PRESS TV notes:

Iraqi police have opened fire to break up crowds of demonstrators who had gathered near the southern oil hub of Basra to protest against a shortage of jobs, electricity, water and a number of other basic services, killing and wounding several demonstrators, local officials say.
The incident occurred at Talha district in the northern parts of Iraq's southern city of Basra on Sunday, when security forces guarding the district’s oilfields shot with live ammunition at a group of protesters who gathered on a highway, the Iraqi News website reported.


Moving on to another topic we've repeatedly cov -- Iraq's legal system is a dirty joke and we noted that fact most recently on June 29th.  This week, AP is doing a series of reports on the topic.  In one article, AP explains, "Over three days in late May, the presiding judge of the counterterrorism court in Baghdad heard an average of 12-13 cases a day and sentenced to death at least 10 defendants accused of being Islamic State group members."  June 29th, we noted:

Iraq's legal system remains a joke.  Trials take mere minutes.  There are few who receive even adequate defense.  Evidence is not required for a conviction.  Women whose 'crime' consists of being married to a member of ISIS or someone suspected of being a member of ISIS can be imprisoned and sentenced to death.

Charges -- related to ISIS or otherwise -- are often based on personal grudges and not actual events.  The whole system is a mess.


Doubt it? 

 Any allegation of having taken up arms for the militant group can bring the ultimate penalty, even while the evidence is thin and cursory. The heavy reliance on informants is particularly glaring, given the potential that some are motivated by personal grudges. Informants never appear in court; their claims are passed to the judges in dry, written reports from intelligence officials with no hint of their possible motivation.
Thousands of defendants are rushed through the courts, with trials as short as 10 or 15 minutes and a third of the cases ending in the death penalty. Witnesses are rarely called and no forensic evidence presented, raising the likelihood of innocent people going to the gallows.

Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/news/article214547244.html#storylink=cpy


The ones who should go to the gallows, never do.  Take for example Mad Maddie Albright.

She's pimping a new book and a new look.  She looks like she's about to die any moment.  Of, if only.




The Guardian's interview with Madeleine plumbs new depths of hypocrisy. She's given free reign to plug her book and pontificate about the "rise of fascism". The word is not mentioned once, neither are 500,000 children she played a part in murdering.
 
 



Mad Maddie, mass murderer of millions of Iraqi children, thinks her past has vanished.  No, Maddie, your criminal rap sheet remains.

And most on Twitter are aware of it.


 
 

Madeleine Albright: 'Iraq Is the Biggest Disaster in American History'
 
 

Absolutely fantastic that the Rawnsley/Albright interview neither mentions, nor even touches upon, sanctions or Iraq. So nobody's going to be owning that one, are they Andy?

 
 
  • Amir Retweeted Rzb-Tom

    Ask the people of Iraq a/b what happened in the 90s to 500 000 Iraqi children due to US imposed sanctions.
    Or ask Madeleine Albright a/b it since she thinks it was worth it because Saddam attacked Kuweit’s oil fields instead of gassing Kurds and Iranians as he was supposed to do.
    Amir added,
              Syrian army advances on city where uprising began      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Syrian army and allied troops laid siege to the rebel-held enclave in Deraa on Monday and were poised to gain complete control of the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad's rule first erupted, insurgents said.

              Islamic State claims suicide attack that killed 14 in Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

              Shatila Stories review – refugees write their own tales      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Novice authors in a Lebanon refugee camp have collaborated on a novella. It is a literary achievement as well as an act of witness

    Many art forms are produced collaboratively, but we persist in the idea that literature must be the work of a single consciousness. Shatila Stories, a novella shaped from nine pieces of fiction created following a writing workshop, proves that wrong. Not only does it cohere, but its strength lies in its multiplicity of viewpoints and voices, which, instead of being a clever postmodern trick, lend depth, texture and most of all, authenticity – essential given that this is a story set in Shatila, a teeming refugee camp in Beirut.

    “Don’t talk about the camp unless you know it,” commands a scrawl of graffiti depicted in a photograph at the start. Its nine writers, some of whom fled the war in Syria, some of whom were born in the camp, know it intimately, and the result is a startlingly unusual book, one that has the potential to open minds and change perceptions.

    Continue reading...
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    Recently, Global Research TV had me on to discuss Syria, Palestine, and MSM lies.   RELATED LINKS: –Syrian civilians from ground zero expose chemical hoax (Douma) –Douma Medical Student Testimony Contradicts Mainstream Media and White Helmets Chemical Accusations (VIDEO) –No attack, no victims, no chem weapons: Douma witnesses speak at OPCW briefing at The Hague […]
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    Vernieler ruiten restaurant HaCarmel voor de rechter
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    De rechtszaak van de 29-jarige Syriër Saleh A., die terecht staat voor vernieling van de ruiten van het koosjere restaurant HaCarmel aan de Amstelveenseweg en diefstal van de Israëlische vlag eind 2017, wordt woensdagmiddag gehouden.
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              (Pictures) US-Turkish patrols between Manbaj and Tripoli      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    [size=18][size=25](Pictures) US-Turkish patrols between Manbaj and Tripoli[/size] [size=16]According to the latest agreement between the two sides ...[/size]  [size=14]Narin Kobani[/size]  11/07/2018 - 01:28 News / Kurdistan [/size] [size=16][size=16]On Tuesday, US-Turkish joint patrols were seen along the border between Manbaj and Tripoli in northern Syria. According to local sources from Manbaj (Basneoz), «the United States of America and Turkey will conduct joint patrols along ...
              "The Journal News" is unique to reveal a "secret plan" for the popular crowd will surprise Washingto      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    "The Journal News" is unique to reveal a "secret plan" for the popular crowd will surprise Washington for this reason On December 9, 2017, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the full control of Iraqi forces on the Syrian-Iraqi border and the end of the war against the country's military "terrorist" organization, until the demands for disbanding and disarming the Popular Forces were raised within the international community, some of them local.Washington ...
              Abadi: The withdrawal of American combat troops is limited to the United States      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    [size=28]Abadi: The withdrawal of American combat troops is limited to the United States 20:13 - 10/07/2018 0 [/size] Information / BaghdadPrime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that a US decision to withdraw its own troops from Iraq and Syria would be taken from the United States.Abadi said during the weekly press conference, attended by the information that "the withdrawal of US combat troops is limited to the United States," pointing out that "Washington ...
              Syria in the Last 24 Hours: The Army Liberates Gharaz Area in Daraa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The army liberates Gharaz area in Daraa 10 July، 2018 Daraa, SANA Units of Syrian Arab Army fully liberated on Tuesday the area of Gharaz to the southeast of Daraa after eliminating the last terrorists’ gatherings there. SANA’s reporter in Daraa said that army units liberated the area of grain silos and the central prison...
              Russian Defense Ministry Denies the Killing of Russian Soldiers in Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Moscow-Sana Arabic Translated by Internationalist 360° The Russian Defense Ministry has denied reports that Russian soldiers have been killed in Daraa or elsewhere in Syria. “There were no casualties among the Russian military in Daraa province or in the Syrian Arab Republic in general,” the ministry said in a statement issued today. The statement stressed...
              "Look at Trump's Schedule" - Tues. PM TNT Thoughts/Tweets      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    TNT

    Ivantulafitov:

    https://twitter.com/brett_mcgurk?lang=en Spent five days in #Iraq and #Syria focused on completing campaign to defeat #ISIS and stability in liberated areas. On Thursday, @SecPompeo will convene 52 members of our @coaliton in #Brussels to discuss details. Follow through critical.

    this is good too Secretary of State Pompeo https://twitter.com/SecPompeo?lang=en

    he is all over the middle east

    Smitty76:
    He Visited Afghanistan, Vietnam, Interesting….. Wonder if he will make a stop in Iraq as well.

    Luvwulfs:
    Come on folks, look at Trumps schedule. NATO for the next 2 days, UK and then Putin in Helsinki. It is a Presidential Envoy going to Iraq

    Lakelady:
    Just WOW on Frank's call.

    Speedy:
    Mr. ghost said He was involved in combat all over Iraq in both Iraq comflicts !!! Also involved in combat in Afghanistan !!! Mr Ghost had extensive harrowing combat experience…He also stated that the circumstances are good to see our gift !!!

    Smitty76:
    Ghost's statement that President Trump will be in Iraq on Friday, if true, is very exciting

    I read that a US Rep named McGurk (sp) was in Iraq now, maybe setting up for Potus, Time will tell

    Source: Dinar Recaps
              Russia, Syrian regime hit IS pocket in Daraa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              Trump’s lie about Islamic State      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    SHORTLY after the fall of the Syrian city of Raqqa in October 2017 — the centre of the Islamic State (IS) caliphate — US President Donald Trump announced that IS had been defeated and the war was won.
              Stories behind the hyped headlines      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    StrategyPage has an article about Syria: about the implications of the 5 million refugees (mainly Sunni) and how this is changing the face of the Middle East in nearby countries.

    for example, it could lead to another civil war in Lebanon,
    and about why most nearby countries want the Iranians gone.

    For later reading.

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    SP also has an article about China's attempted take over of the sea routes, not just by aggressive take over of the shoals in the West Philippine sea, but by "lending" poor countries money to upgrade their port facilities, and then taking these ports over when those countries can't pay back the loans.



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    yes, your smart TV is spying on you.

    But hey, if you have a Chinese cellphone, that has spyware in it so they can watch your moves.

    The Chinese surveillenace of their people in cities makes London look like a wimp.

    SP has had a couple of articles noting this "backdoor" spyware has made the US military wary of Chinese cellphones and computers, but the latest report is that the quadricopters now being used says the brass is worried these also might also be vulnerable to Chinese control.

    Don't ask me: I don't have a cellphone.

    but my Chinese made computer did have spyware on it, and when someone found that out and it got publicized we removed it.

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    heh. Trump pardoned ranchers who were framed by the FBI.

    not in the article: The judge threw the case out of court a couple months ago
    Navarro rebuked federal prosecutors — using the words "flagrant" and "reckless" to describe how they withheld evidence from the defense — before saying "that the universal sense of justice has been violated" and dismissing the charges.

    heh. So while the MSM is hyperventilating about the newest SC nominee who might actually follow the law instead of making up law by fiat, Trumpie boy sent a clear message to the people in the west who are mad at aggressive gov't land grabs, while also giving a finger to aggressive prosecutors who break the law to get their man.

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    Uh, build the wall?

    NPR.(May 2018) notes that Mexico has a border problem with Central America, and enforces the law sometimes.

    Rather than amassing troops on its border with Guatemala, Mexico stations migration agents, local and federal police, soldiers and marines to create a kind of containment zone in Chiapas state. With roving checkpoints and raids, Mexican migration agents have formed a formidable deportation force. Since the Southern Border Plan launched, Mexico has deported more than half a million Central Americans, including almost 82,000 last year, according to data from Mexico's Interior Department. Since 2015, Mexico has deported more Central Americans annually than U.S. authorities have, in some years more than twice as many.


    LINK:(Crisis Group.org, May 2018)

    Kidnappings have soared across the south since 2015. Not only are the border states now the main conduit for cocaine trafficked from Colombia’s Pacific coast, but violence is fuelled by the fragmentation of the once dominant Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, combined with the rise of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the spread to southern Mexico of Central American street gangs, notably the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).
    The proliferation of cartels and gangs has intensified turf battles over protection rackets. Long the victims of crime while travelling north, Central Americans must now run an extended gauntlet of criminal organisations ready to kidnap, physically and sexually abuse or kill them. Gangs have even staged raids on migrant shelters.
    Yet, in many border towns, locals perceive Central Americans themselves as responsible for the rise in crime, prompting a backlash, including calls for southern Mexico to build a wall of its own. Refugees and migrants face increasing discrimination and are often trapped between erratic state institutions, predatory criminals and alarmed locals.
    the answer is, of course, controlled immigration, but never mind.

    the best answer is to actually fight the criminals and make it safe for people to stay home, but hey, when Duterte does that, the internaional SJW get into a tizzy and try to make him out a monster.

    but it worked in Colombia, so it could also work here.

    And the Diplomad2.0 blog says Mexico's newly elected president is a leftist/populist who has links with Mayor Guilliani.

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    related item: Border control agents in New England? Yup. to catch criminals and drug smugglers.

    and not just drugs: one of these agents, a lowly grandmother, saved the lives of thousands when Customs agent Diana Dean thought he was acting suspicious so searched the car, and stopped the Milleneum bomber from coming into the USA.

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    Israel is planning to go to the Moon.

    the geeks behind this were inspired by the Lunar X prize.

    The project began when young engineers — Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub — decided to build a spacecraft and take part in the Lunar Xprize competition sponsored by Google, which originally included a $20 million prize for the first group of contestants to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.
    and yes, Elon Musk's SpaceX is also mentioned.

    Place Mel Brooks joke here:


              Syrian jets bomb Islamic State near Golan Heights      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Syrian airstrikes specifically targeted the militant group’s positions near the towns of Tafas and Nawa in western Daraa.
              Russia denies casualties from Islamic State attack in Syria's Daraa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    According to the Russian ministry that called the media reports fake, “there have been no losses among the Russian servicemen."
              Nato defence pledge: Why has Donald Trump had such a stormy relationship with the alliance and what is Article 5?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    President to meet with secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at White House to discuss Israel, Iran and Syria as inconsistent stance on international security raises concerns
              US buying 27,000 laser-guided rockets that only work on clear days and on planes that struggle to stay in the air for more bombing in Iraq and Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Defense contractor BAE Systems was awarded a contract to produce 10,000 more APKWS laser-guided rockets on June 29, evidently on top of the 17,000 units already ordered under the US Defense Department's fiscal year 2018 budget, National Interest reported Tuesday. Warrior Maven reported that unguided Hydra 70 2.5-inch rockets are being upgraded with laser-guidance packages under the so-called Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS). Speaking with the news outlet, a US Air Force spokesperson said APKWS "provides the warfighter [with] a precision-guided, moving-target capability" that can be mounted on an F-16 Fighting Falcon or A-10 Warthog. Officials in the service have said that the demand for guided rockets among aircrews conducting operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria has been high, which might explain why so many more are being sought.
              Ngô Nhân Dụng: Cả thế giới, cả nước Thái Lan cùng vui mừng      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Mười hai thiếu nhi trong đội đá banh làng Mae Sai và huấn luyện viên của họ đã được đưa từ hang động Tham Luang ngập nước về tới nhà thương. Truyền thông thế giới theo dõi câu chuyện trong hơn hai tuần lễ, hàng trăm triệu người chia sẻ những nỗi vui buồn, tình tương thân và niềm hy vọng cùng gần 70 triệu người Thái Lan.

    Ông Narongsak Osotthanakorn, người đứng đầu cuộc giải cứu cho biết đã có mười ngàn người tham dự “chiến dịch giải cứu” trong 17 ngày.

    Hôm Thứ Ba 10 tháng Bảy, 100 người làm việc tại chỗ, trong đó có 12 “người nhái” và một vị bác sĩ người Australia, đã đưa năm nạn nhân sau cùng ra khỏi hang, được cách ly chờ điều trị an toàn vì trong hang có thể chứa nhiều vi khuẩn nguy hiểm do phân chim và phân dơi tích tụ.

    Chúng ta cùng chia sẻ nỗi vui mừng của dân tộc Thái Lan, nhưng cũng hãnh diện vì tình tương thân, liên đới của cả loài người.

    Ngay khi biết được có đội banh thiếu nhi bị kẹt trong hang ngập nước, chính phủ Autralia đã gửi ngay một toán cấp cứu kinh nghiệm qua giúp. Tổng thống Trump cũng gửi lời cầu chúc các em thoát hiểm và hứa giúp chính phủ Thái Lan cứu các em thoát nạn. Tỷ phú Elon Musk ở Mỹ gửi một chiếc “tàu ngầm” tí hon chứa được hai người qua Thái Lan.

    Hai người Anh đã lặn qua mấy cây số ngập nước để chui vào hang động Tham Luang ngày 8 tháng Bẩy. Hai ông Richard Stanton và John Volanthen có kinh nghiệm cứu người từ hang động ngập nước hơn một tuần lễ, ở Mexico năm 2004. Họ xung phong làm cố vấn cho các người nhái Thái tổ chức cuộc tiếp cứu.

    Một số thợ mỏ người Chile, cũng chia sẻ kinh nghiệm của 33 người đã sống 69 ngày dưới hầm ngập nước trong một mỏ đồng, năm 2010. Họ gửi những lời khích lệ cho các em trong đội banh Thái: “Các cháu có sợ cũng đừng mắc cỡ,” ông Omar Reygadas nói qua video. “Bởi vì hồi đó các bác cũng sợ! Các bác đã khóc ròng! Người lớn như các bác cũng khóc đó!”

    Lòng từ bi của cả loài người tự nhiên phát khởi, trước số phận của 12 cầu thù đá banh từ 12 đến 16 tuổi! Các em bị coi như mất tích, có thể đã chết vì bị nước cuốn đi. Hơn 10 ngày sau bản tin đã tìm ra cái hang nơi các em đang kẹt làm cả thế giới thở ra nhẹ nhõm! Ai cũng muốn săn sóc, an ủi các những trẻ em bị nạn!


    Cũng như một tháng trước đây, cả thế giới mủi lòng nhìn hình ảnh một bé gái khóc lóc nhìn lên bà mẹ người Hunduras tại biên giới Mexico – Mỹ. Bao nhiêu người chia sẻ mối lo lắng cho số phận hơn 2,300 đứa trẻ bị tách ly, đưa đi giam giữ nơi khác nơi tập trung các cha, mẹ đang xin tị nạn. Năm 2017, loài người cũng xúc động trước hình ảnh thê lương những trẻ em sau khi chết vì hơi độc, ở Syria. Trước đó, hình ảnh một em bé chết nằm trên bãi biển Hy Lạp đã đánh thức lương tâm loài người trước cảnh dân Syria vượt biển tìm đường qua Châu Âu xin tị nạn nội chiến. Đứng trước những trẻ em hoạn nạn, khổ đau, không ai không mở tấm lòng từ bi!

    Ông Narongsak đã ngỏ lời cảm ơn cả thế giới, nhưng nhấn mạnh đến mối quan tâm của đức vua và hoàng gia, được coi là một định chế lâu đời được mọi người kính trọng, đóng vai thống nhất nhân tâm. Trong hơn nửa tháng qua, người Thái Lan đã đoàn kết thành một khối, chung quanh vụ cấp cứu 12 trẻ em cùng một huấn luyện viên.

    Ông Saman Gunan, 38 tuổi, đã giải ngũ những tình nguyện trở lại, mặc bộ đồ người nhái, đem các bình dưỡng khí tiếp tế cho các em trong động, và đặt nhiều bình trên con đường ngầm dưới nước dẫn vào cửa động. Ông đã qua đời khi chính bình dưỡng khí ông đeo bị cạn!

    Bà Mae Bua Chaicheun làm ruộng ở khu vực gần khu hang động Tham Luang ngập nước. Tuần trước, bà đã rời bỏ những thửa ruộng đang làm giở để đến trung tâm giải cứu giúp việc. Bà lau giọn mọi chỗ sạch sẽ và đem nước uống cho các quân nhân túc trực.

    Khi quay trở về nhà, bà khám phá ra tất cả hai mẫu đất ruộng mà mình vừa mới cầy cuốc cả tháng để gieo mạ nay đã bị ngập lụt. Người ta hút nước từ trong các hang động ra để cứu 12 trẻ em, nước tràn ngập ruộng đất cả mấy làng chung quanh! Bây giờ, khi nước xuống bà sẽ phải bắt đầu làm lại! Nhưng bà Mae Bua không quan tâm: Miễn là cứu được các cháu bé!

    Chính phủ Thái Lan có chương trình đền bù cho các nông dân có ruộng bị “lụt” như bà Mae Bua. Bà sẽ được cấp hạt giống, phân bón và thuốc trừ xâu bọ, trị giá khoảng $430 mỹ kim. Nhưng bà Mae Bua nói rằng bà sẽ không ghi tên xin trợ cấp, “để chính phủ có tiền dùng vào việc khác!”

    Quốc gia nào trên thế giới cũng mong có những công dân mang tinh thần như bà Mae Bua! Cái gì đã tạo nên những hành động tình nguyện vì công ích và hy sinh tư lợi như vậy? Một là tình yêu dân tộc, yêu những người cùng máu nủ ruột thịt với mình. Hai là lòng tin vào các định chế quốc gia, ở nước Thái Lan gồm có hoàng gia, bên cạnh giới tăng sĩ, và quân đội.

    Nhưng nhiều trẻ em trong đội túc cầu gặp nạn không hoàn toàn thuộc chủng tộc Thái Lan. Làng Mae Sai nằm ở vùng Ba Biên Giới giữa Thái Lan, Myanmar và Lào, tiếp giáp khu Tam Giác Vàng. Trong làng phần lớn là dân thiểu số.

    Cậu bé Adul Sam-on, 14 tuổi, được chiếu trên ti vi khắp nơi khi em đối đáp với một “thợ lặn” người Anh. Ông này báo tin cho cả thế giới biết đã tìm ra đội banh mất tích trong vùng hang động ngập nước và phỏng vấn các nạn nhân. Adul Sam-on là người sắc tộc “Wa,” cha mẹ chú có khi qua làm ruộng ở Myanmar, các con học ở Thái Lan. Dân Wa bên kia biên giới có khi qua Thái Lan để coi đá banh. Cậu Adul nói tiếng Thái, tiếng Miến Điện, tiếng phổ thông của Trung Quốc, và học được tiếng Anh ở nhà trường Thái. Mấy bạn đồng đội chỉ lập đi lập lại một tiếng “ăn,” “Eat! Eat! Eat!” nhưng Adul biết nói rõ ràng bằng tiếng Anh: “Chúng tôi cần thực phẩm, cần thuốc men!”

    Từ nay, dân làng Mae Sai sẽ cảm thấy rõ ràng là “Người Thái Lan” sau khi thấy cả thế giới nhìn họ như những người Thái! Và họ cũng chứng kiến cảnh hoàng gia Thái, chính phủ Thái đã huy động và điều khiển cuộc giải cứu thành công.

    Quân đội Thái có thể nhân vụ giải cứu này chiếm được cảm tình của dân chúng, trong khi nhiều người vẫn chống chế độ quân phiệt. Ông thủ tướng quân nhân đã đến tận nơi đón bốn cầu thủ yếu nhất được cứu trong nhóm đầu tiên. Trong 17 ngày chờ đợi, trẻ m khắp nước Thái Lan niệm Phật và ngồi thiền cầu nguyện cho các cầu thủ đá banh nhỏ bị nạn. Các em quên không thèm coi world cup nữa!

    Ông huấn luyện viên 25 tuổi đã dậy các em ngồi thiền trước khi có người tìm ra họ. Ekapol Chantawong, thường gọi tên là “Ake,” đã thoát chết một lần, khi cha mẹ qua đời trong một trận bệnh dịch khi Ake lên 10 tuổi, báo The Australian kể. Ông sống với bà và một người cô, và được đưa vào chùa tu. Mười năm sau ông lại hoàn tục, rồi trở thành huấn luyện viên, mà cả làng công nhận ông yêu đám trẻ như con cháu mình. Ông vẫn tới chùa thường xuyên để ngồi thiền hàng tiếng đồng hồ. Khi cảnh sát Thái Lan tỏ ý có thể sẽ truy tố Ekapol về tội bất cẩn vì đưa các em đi vào một nơi đã có báo động là nguy hiểm, phụ huynh của 12 em và cả làng đều lên tiếng xin khoan hồng.

    Có những biến động khơi dậy tình đoàn kết người dân một nước, như tại Thái Lan trong thời gian xẩy ra vụ giải cứu đội banh này. Tình cảm chung đó là yếu tố kết thành một dân tộc. Bẩy mươi triệu dân Thái hãnh diện khi cảm thấy một tình cảm tương lân, gần gũi nhau, chia sẻ với nhau những mối lo và niềm hy vọng chung. Họ đang ngẩng đầu hãnh diện nhận mình là “Người Thái.” Giống như một bà người Thái Lan, nhìn một phụ nữ ngoại quốc, cất lời khen: Cô xinh quá! Trông cô giống hệt người Thái!

    Một dân tộc là một cộng đồng tưởng tượng, nối kết những người thường cả đời không thấy mặt nhau. Tình tự dân tộc lâu lâu cũng cần được “hâm nóng.” Như ở Việt Nam, tình tương thân, đoàn kết đã nổi lên khi hàng triệu người đồng loạt thức dậy và bầu máu nóng sôi lên, khi phải chứng kiến cảnh Cộng sản Trung Quốc ngang nhiên đưa một giàn thăm dò dầu khí vào vịnh Bắc Việt! Hoặc gần đây, khi chính quyền cộng sản định lập những đặc khu kinh tế, mà người Việt thấy rõ chỉ vì họ chịu áp lực của tư bản đỏ Trung Quốc. Dân làng Mae Sai sẽ hãnh diện công nhận họ là công dân của nước Thái Lan.

    Sẽ có ngày mọi người Việt Nam, ở trong và ngoài nước, sẽ ngẩng đầu hãnh diện tự giới thiệu mình là Người Việt Nam!

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              A desperate hacker tried selling US military files for $150 — only to find no one wanted them      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    • A hacker who got ahold of sensitive US military documents tried to selling them on a dark-web forum, only to find no one wanted to buy them.
    • The sensitive information the hacker attempted to sell included a maintenance manual for the MQ-9A Reaper drone, a list of airmen assigned to a Reaper drone unit, manuals on how to suppress improvised explosive devices, and an M1 Abrams tank manual.
    • The hacker also tapped into live footage of surveillance cameras at the US-Mexico border and NASA bases, and an MQ-1 Predator flying over the Gulf of Mexico.
    • The hacker, who is believed to reside in a poverty-stricken country in South America, said his internet connection was slow and that because his bandwidth was limited, he did not download all the files prior to finding a willing buyer.
    • Undercover analysts alerted US officials and the vulnerable computers were taken offline, which inadvertently cut off the hacker's access to the files.
    • Analysts say they have a "good level of confidence" about the hacker's identity.

    A hacker who got ahold of sensitive US military documents tried to sell them on a dark-web forum — only to find there were no buyers. The hacker was forced to lower his price to $150.

    After a team of undercover analysts from Recorded Future's Insikt Group embedded themselves with users from the dark-web forum, they came across the hacker who exploited a simple vulnerability on Netgear-brand routers.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    WASHINGTON – The United States designated a Shiite militant group in Bahrain as a foreign terrorist organization Tuesday to ramp up pressure on Iran.

    The al-Ashtar Brigades are “yet another in a long line of Iranian-sponsored terrorists who kill on behalf of a corrupt regime,” Nathan Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, said in a statement detailing the designation.

    The militant group has been critical of a violent crackdown by Bahrain’s Sunni-led government on a 2011 Shiite-led uprising. It has since claimed responsibility for a number of bombings and attacks in Bahrain, including two that killed police.

    The designation, which prohibits Americans or U.S. companies from doing business with the group, is the latest Trump administration effort to increase pressure on Tehran after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear accord.

    During a short trip to the United Arab Emirates Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is on a mission to convince Iran its behavior “is unacceptable and has a real high cost for them.”

    Iran supports a number of armed groups across the Middle East including Hezbollah in Lebanon, armed forces propping up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and powerful armed groups in Iraq who fought against the so-called Islamic State there.

    The United States is preparing to re-introduce sanctions on Iran later this year including secondary sanctions aimed at severely restricting the country’s ability to export oil. In turn, Iran has threatened to disrupt Mideast oil supplies.

    The Trump administration has targeted the al-Ashtar Brigades with sanctions before. In March 2017, the State Department blacklisted two individuals affiliated with the group, Ahmad Hasan Yusuf and Alsayed Murtadha Majeed Ramadhan Alawi.


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              Rosie DiManno: I hate to say it, but Trump is right about Canada’s military spending      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Canada is a welsher state.

    (Hold your outrage, that adjective has nothing to do with the Welsh.)

    I am speaking specifically about this country’s financial contribution to NATO, the international alliance formed after the Second World War, constructed around the principle of collective defence. Article 5 of the establishing charter declares that “an attack on one is an attack on all.”

    Originally and for four decades the thrust of NATO’s raison d’être was deterring Soviet aggression. With the end of the Cold War, NATO shifted toward helping former Soviet-bloc countries embrace democracy and the market economy.

    But now it’s come full circle. Once again, under the militancy of President Vladimir Putin — annexing a chunk of Ukraine, sending troops into the Georgian civil war, intervening on the side of the Assad regime in Syria — Russia is a regional belligerent. Global even, in an era of cyber meddling and mischief and electoral interference.

    With leaders of the 29 member nations meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, the agenda includes countering that Russian bellicosity, introducing a new training mission in Iraq, and counterterrorism support for Afghanistan, Jordan and Tunisia.

    President Donald Trump, however, clearly intends to pick up where he left off at their last confab a year ago — knocking ally heads together to shame them into meeting dollar commitments made three years ago (actually the target was first set in 2002): contributing 2 per cent of GDP toward spending on national defence within a decade.

    The whole world was bracing for grenades Trump was expected to toss at the summit, against some of America’s staunchest friends. Before leaving Washington on Tuesday, the president got in a couple of pre-emptive shots across the bow. “NATO has not treated us fairly, but I think we’ll work something out. We pay far too much and they pay far too little.”

    Meaning Europe and Canada.

    Less antagonistic than previous declarations Trump has made about NATO allies, such as last month characterizing the U.S. as “the piggy bank that (NATO) likes to take from.” He also recently sent hectoring letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other NATO leaders complaining that too many countries were not humping their fair share of the collective cost and investing too little in their own militaries, a commitment of tax dollars that just doesn’t square well with domestic populations.

    Trump wrote that it will “become increasingly difficult to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments.”

    It’s painful to say this, but Trump is essentially correct.

    The U.S. provides most of the NATO muscle in funding and troops, shouldering nearly three-quarters of the alliance’s operating budget. NATO’s current annual operating budget is $1.38 billion, $252 million for the civilian budget and $704 million for its Security Investment Program.

    The president somewhat misleads by conflating national defence spending with NATO support. But the point is fundamentally well taken. The combined defence budget of NATO nations has grown by $14.4 billion since 2016, with all but one of the countries increasing their spending and 26 contributing troops to NATO missions. “Sixteen — but not Canada — are on track to spend the NATO target of 2 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence by 2024,” notes a primer for the summit released by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

    Canada, sturdy participant in combat and security operations, including a 12-year boots on the ground campaign in Afghanistan and a Canadian lieutenant-general who directed the air campaign that toppled the Gadhafi regime in 2011, is in the middling middle of defence spending, currently at 1.29 per cent of GDP, with a projected target of 1.4 per cent by 2026.

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    On his way to Brussels, Trudeau doubled down on his Trump resistance by reiterating that Canada has no plans to almost double-up on its defence budget, maintaining that the 2 per cent target is “an easy shorthand” but also “a limited tool” for measuring a nation’s commitment to NATO.

    In his usual rhetorically obtuse way, Trudeau said: “There are always perspectives on doing more and that’s fine, that’s an important conversation to have. But the reality is, the way NATO has been having a meaningful impact wherever it goes continues to be a really important thing, and that’s certainly at the heart of the message I’ll be bringing.”

    Trudeau made his remarks whilst visiting Canadian troops at a military base outside Riga, Latvia. A clever photo-op moment, jamming that drop-in on the eve of the NATO summit. Canada has 455 troops deployed to NATO’s mission in Latvia — the alliance’s buffering response to Russia’s annexation in Ukraine — and heads the seven-country battle group. Trudeau further announced that Canada is extending its Latvia mission for another four years, through to 2023, and boosting troop numbers to 540. The prime minister can burnish Canada’s international engagement by pointing to the new Mali mission, which is a UN peacekeeping operation.

    Still, there is treasure in blood, potentially — which the Trudeau government has tried mightily to avoid — and treasure in hard dollars defence spending. And if Canada, an original NATO founding member, truly values the alliance in a turbulent contemporary world, then it needs to pony up its proportional share, along with the rest of the laggards. Canada loves multinational alliances; Trump, not so much. Only a year ago he called NATO “obsolete,” though he’s backed off that rash dismissal. It’s ironic that some commentators with little appetite for NATO, even less stomach for military interventions — recoiling from Western geopolitical “interests” — actually found an unlikely ally in Trump’s initial NATO skepticism. The president has threatened to reduce the 70,000 American troops currently deployed on the continent if NATO members don’t live up to their spending avowals.

    It should be noted, though, that even president Barack Obama urged Parliament: “NATO needs more Canada.”

    European leaders were bracing for a showdown with Trump, amidst crises in Britain (Brexit) and Germany (migration and refugees).

    Just as intriguing, from a Canadian perspective — insofar as we’re allowed a look-in — is how Trudeau and Trump will contend with each other in their first face-to-face since the disaster of the June G7 summit in Quebec City, wherein the president first agreed to a group communique on trade and then withdrew from it, calling the PM “dishonest” and “weak” in a Twitter tirade.

    In any event, Trump seems more dazzled about his one-on-one sit-down in Helsinki next week with Putin. Putin he respects, NATO leaders he doesn’t. He’ll be travelling to the U.K. in between.

    “I have NATO. I have the U.K., which is in somewhat turmoil. And I have Putin. Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?”

    Who indeed.

    Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno


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    Rebels and Islamist forces killed more than two dozen pro-government fighters in a joint attack in a northwestern stronghold of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime, a monitor said yesterday. In retaliation, the government and its ally Russia...
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    Israel held out the prospect yesterday of eventual contacts with Syria under President Bashar Al Assad, in a nod to his regime-consolidating advances in a seven-year-old civil war that Israeli officials had initially predicted would topple him. Al...
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    Творенія святыхъ отцовъ и учителей Церкви
    Преп. Ефремъ Сиринъ († ок. 379 г.). Слово о постѣ [Сергіевъ Посадъ, 1897].
    "Преподобный«Возлюби нищету Христову, чтобы тамъ обогатиться тебѣ Христовымъ Божествомъ. Возлюби прекраснѣйшій постъ — дѣло досточестное и богоугодное. Постъ — колесница возносящая на небо. Постъ раждаетъ Пророковъ; умудряетъ законодателей. Постъ — доброе предохраненіе для души, надежный сожитель тѣлу. Постъ — оружіе доблестнымъ, училище подвижниковъ. Постъ отражаетъ искушенія, умащаетъ на подвигъ благочестія; онъ сожитель трезвенности, виновникъ цѣломудрія. Постъ — доблесть во браняхъ. Постъ угашалъ силу огненную. Постъ заграждалъ уста львовъ. Постъ возводитъ молитву на небо. Постъ — матерь здравія. Постъ — наставникъ юности, украшеніе старцевъ, добрый спутникъ путешественникамъ. У постящихся тѣло честно, и душа драгоцѣнна. Постъ упокоилъ Лазаря въ нѣдрахъ Авраамовыхъ. Посему возлюбимъ его и мы, чтобы и насъ пріяло Авраамово лоно. Будемъ убѣгать роскоши и сопровождаемаго шумнымъ смѣхомъ піянства, этой матери блуда. Піянство не пріемлетъ Господа. Піянство удаляетъ отъ насъ Духа Святаго. Постъ — благоустройство города, благочиніе торжища. Постъ — миръ въ домахъ. Пестъ — попечитель и предохраненіе дѣвства. Постъ — путь къ покаянію. Постъ — виновникъ слезъ. Постъ не любитъ міра, ни того, что въ мірѣ. Посему не будемъ унывать, постясь; потому что Ангелы въ каждой церкви записываютъ постящихся. Постъ не допускаетъ злопамятство. А собирающіе въ памяти свои огорченія и сдѣланное имъ зло, хотя, по видимому, молятся и постятся, подобны...»
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    Русскій Порталъ -- russportal / Вторник, 10 Июля 2018 г.

    Творенія святыхъ отцовъ и учителей Церкви
    Преп. Ефремъ Сиринъ († ок. 379 г.). Слово о любви къ бѣднымъ [Сергіевъ Посадъ, 1897].
    "Преподобный«Пренебрежемъ, наконецъ, братія, временное, и позаботимся о вѣчныхъ, обѣтованныхъ намъ, благахъ. Приложимъ стараніе, пока не стемнѣло, пока не кончилось сіе торжище: сотворимъ себѣ други отъ мамоны неправды (Лук. 16, 9). Пріобрѣтемъ себѣ въ свидѣтели многихъ бѣдныхъ, у нихъ купимъ елея, и пошлемъ впередъ себя; ибо вотъ продающіе елей для свѣтильниковъ, — вдовы, сироты, немощные, увѣчные, хромые, слѣпые, прокаженные и всѣ нищіе, которые сидятъ у дверей церковныхъ. Ихъ преклонимъ на свою сторону; они примирятъ съ нами Судію. Отъ приходящихъ къ намъ не будемъ отвращаться, но станемъ встрѣчать ихъ весело; а которые не имѣютъ силъ прійдти, къ тѣмъ будемъ сами посылать: это важнѣе перваго. Каждый да развѣдаетъ въ церквахъ, нѣтъ ли бѣднаго, или странника, и нашедши, постарается принять въ домъ и упокоить. Каждый да приложитъ стараніе предвосхитить себѣ бѣднаго, прежде всѣхъ желающихъ то сдѣлать; потому что вмѣстѣ съ бѣднымъ входитъ въ домъ Христосъ, насъ ради обнищавшій; таковыми бо жертвами благоугождается Богъ (Евр. 13, 16). И если пріемляй Пророка, мзду пророчу пріиметъ (Матѳ. 10, 41); то какую получитъ награду пріемлющій самого Христа? Очевидно ту, о которой написано: ихже око не видѣ, и ухо не слыша, и на сердце человѣку не взыдоша (1 Кор. 2, 9). Кто въ домъ къ себѣ вводитъ бѣднаго, тотъ вводитъ вмѣстѣ и Христа, сказавшаго: блажени милостивіи (Матѳ. 5, 7). Милуяй нищаго, взаимъ даетъ Богови (Притч. 19, 17)...»
              Comment on Trump Steaks by Badgerite      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Iran wasn't fighting in Syria because they liked Assad. They plan to have access to and influence in Lebanon via the Syria connection. They are not 'leaving'.
              A Szíriai Fegyveres Erők újabb daraai településre vonultak be      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Július 8-án a Szíriai Arab Hadsereg reguláris egységei és a különleges rendeltetésű Tigris Alakulatok bevonultak Umm Majadin és Al-Tajjibah településekre Daraa tartomány keleti részén, a “Szabad Szír Hadsereg” (FSA) és a Hajat Tahrir Al-Sham (korábban Al-Nuszra Front) nevű vahhabita terrorista koalíció ellen indított gyors szárazföldi támadást követően. Szíriai kormánypárti források szerint az Umm Majadin és Al-Tajjibah [&hellip
              Drivers rejoice as Damascus dismantles checkpoints      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    In his beloved yellow taxi, Abu Ayman zigzags through the streets of Syria's capital Damascus, delighted that the security checkpoints that choked the streets for years have been removed.
              Iran’s Hossein Salami says Islamic army is to ‘end’ Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Hossein Salami (photo by Hossein Zohrevand) COGwriter The Golan Heights in Israel was attacked from Syria and Israel responded: Israel Attacks Iranian Targets Inside Syria 10 July 2018 The senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commander’s remarks came in a terrifying speech at the weekend. Hossein Salami boasted of the creation of an “Islamic army” near […]
              From a low and quiet sea / Donal Ryan.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    cover image"A new moving novel of three men, each searching for something they have lost, from the award-winning and Man Booker nominated author Donal Ryan. For Farouk, family is all. He has protected his wife and daughter as best he can from the war and hatred that has torn Syria apart. If they stay, they will lose their freedom, will become lesser persons. If they flee, they will lose all they have known of home, for some intangible dream of refuge in some faraway land across the merciless sea. Lampy is distracted; he has too much going on in his small town life in Ireland. He has the city girl for a bit of fun, but she's not Chloe, and Chloe took his heart away when she left him. There's the secret his mother will never tell him. His granddad's little sniping jokes are getting on his wick. And on top of all that, he has a bus to drive; those old folks from the home can't wait all day. The game was always the lifeblood coursing through John's veins: manipulating people for his enjoyment, or his enrichment, or his spite. But it was never enough. The ghost of his beloved brother, and the bitter disappointment of his father, have shadowed him all his life. But now that lifeblood is slowing down, and he's not sure if God will listen to his pleas for forgiveness. Three men, searching for some version of home, their lives moving inexorably towards a reckoning that will draw them all together"-- Provided by publisher.
              World: Energy for Crisis Recovery: Solar Solutions for Crisis-Affected Communities in the Arab Region      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Source: UN Development Programme
    Country: Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, World, Yemen

    I. Introduction: The energy challenge in crisis contexts

    Sustainable energy is a critical element for achieving goals of immediate recovery and longer-term resilience in fragile and crisis contexts. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Arab region, where countries have experienced an expansion of conflict, drought and an unprecedented level of displacement. The ability of communities to cope with and rapidly recover from crisis hinges in many ways on their ability to regain sustainable access to energy.

    Energy fuels communities access to water, to social services like health and education, to transport and communication needs, and is critical for regenerating livelihoods and local economies. But too often countries affected by crisis are unable to bring back online the type of energy systems needed for an effective recovery. In such contexts, decentralized energy solutions are now receiving greater attention, as a way of meeting the needs of affected communities and setting the foundations for resilience.

    As countries seek new bridges between humanitarian and development interventions, and new resilience-based approaches to crisis recovery, the role of sustainable energy solutions has come into greater focus. Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) on energy calls on countries to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” Among those most in need are the record numbers of individuals globally and in the Arab region affected by conflicts, droughts and disasters. Many countries suffering the impacts of crisis are also energy poor, relying heavily on energy imports for economic and social needs. In these contexts, expanding sustainable energy solutions is seen not as an end in itself, but as an enabler on the road from fragility to resilience. This is particularly important in the protracted situations of conflict and displacement faced in the Arab region.

    Globally, the number of people forcibly displaced by conflicts and disasters has reached record levels. The world now has a record 65.3 million forcibly displaced persons, including over 21 million refugees crossing borders, and over 40 million internal displacements within countries. In 2016 alone, there were 31.1 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and disasters globally, of which 24.2 million were internally displaced by disasters and 6.9 million by conflicts. In the past eight years, the world has recorded more than 203 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) around the world, an unprecedented increase.

    To make matters worse, the vast majority of refugees and IDPs are hosted in developing countries which already face strained levels of energy security. Constraints often exist to extending energy access to displaced communities, either owing to ongoing conflicts and destruction of power grid infrastructure, or from lack of fiscal space and limited ability to expand already-stretched energy supplies. In such communities, expanding use of decentralized energy solutions is important not only for short-term needs, but from a longer-term development perspective as it helps reduce pressures on host communities and fiscal pressures on the State.

    Across the Arab region, a lack of access to energy is hindering the ability of crisisaffected communities to earn a living, access food and water, or access health and education services, and is an important obstacle to recovering from crisis. As further elaborated below, in many countries in the region, expanding access to solar solutions has emerged as one potential enabler of resilience building for affected communities. The ability to scale-up sustainable energy solutions in crisis contexts is in many ways a litmus test for the aspired goal of bridging the humanitarian-development divide and crafting ‘resilient recovery’ solutions – priorities that have come into strong focus in recent years in global and regional fora.

    The SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development call for more integrated and resilience-based approaches to development. Energy is a key factor in helping individuals, households, communities, society and the State bounce back effectively from crisis and shocks, ensuring that crises do not lead to a downturn in human development indicators, while also helping communities transition to long-term resilient pathways.


              ISRAEL "RESETS" ON SYRIAN CIVIL WAR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The outcome is obvious. Russian fighter-bombers are bombing the Syrian revel forces into oblivion. The rebels, who are also being pursued by President Assad's ground forces, are being driven south to within view of the Israeli border. Along the way, the Russian-led Juggernaut is destroying Syrian towns and villages where the rebels are making a last stand. Dozens of Syrian civilians are being killed and wounded daily in the crossfire. This has triggered a frantic flow of tens of thousands of civilians seeking shelter, from where? The direction of the Jewish state. Meanwhile, Israel has been supplying the Syrian refugees with humanitarian aid, baby food, tents, medicine, etc. In addition, the IDF has stepped up one of the least known secrets in the region - during the seven-year civil war it has been treating wounded Syrian civilians in need of critical medical care. These cases, now over 2,500, have been quietly transferred across the border at night to be treated at several IDF field hospitals. Emergency cases are rushed to a nearby hospital for intensive care and more complicated operations. The Identity of these Syrian patients must be kept secret for fear of reprisals after they are returned home to Syria. (They would be suspected by Assad's forces of having been turned into Israeli agents - even the many wounded children!)

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              THE DOW WAS UP 143 POINTS TUESDAY-YESTERDAY.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

    HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER

    JAMES 5:1-3
    1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
    2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
    3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

    REVELATION 18:10,17,19
    10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.(IN 1 HR THE STOCK MARKETS WORLDWIDE WILL CRASH)
    17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
    19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

    EZEKIEL 7:19
    19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed:(CONFISCATED) their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

    LUKE 2:1-3
    1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
    2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
    3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    REVELATION 13:16-18
    16 And he(THE FALSE POPE WHO DEFECTED FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH) causeth all,(IN THE WORLD ) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(MICROCHIP IMPLANT)
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,(MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the name of the beast,(WORLD DICTATORS NAME INGRAVED ON YOUR SKIN OR TATTOOED ON YOU OR IN THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the number of his name.(THE NUMBERS OF HIS NAME INGRAVED IN THE MICROCHIP IMLPLANT)-(ALL THESE WILL TELL THE WORLD DICTATOR THAT YOUR WITH HIM AND AGAINST KING JESUS-GOD)
    18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:(WORLD LEADER) for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM (6006006)OR(60020202006)(SOME KIND OF NUMBER IMPLANTED IN THE MICROCHIP THAT TELLS THE WORLD DICTATOR AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT YOU GIVE YOUR TOTAL ALLIGIENCE TO HIM AND NOT JESUS)(ITS AN ETERNAL DECISION YOU MAKE)(YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY)(YOU TAKE THE DICTATORS NAME OR NUMBER UNDER YOUR SKIN,YOUR DOOMED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND TORMENTS FOREVER,NEVER ENDING MEANT ONLY FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS,NOT HUMAN BEINGS).OR YOU REFUSE THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT AND GO ON THE SIDE OF KING JESUS AND RULE FOREVER WITH HIM ON EARTH.YOU CHOOSE,ITS YOUR DECISION.

    1 KINGS 10:13-14
    13  And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
    14  Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

    GENESIS 49:16-17
    16  Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
    17  Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

    REVELATION 6:5-6
    5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
    6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)

    DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
    then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

    BANK RELATED INFORMATION
    http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2015/09/bank-related-links.html 
    CURRENCIES
    http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
    COMMODITIES
    http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/commodities 


    UPDATE-JULY 11,2018-12:00AM

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    04:00PM-0.00+ 24919.00 - S&P +0.00 2793.00 - NASDAQ +0.00 7759.00
    HIGH +05 LOW -05
    TSX -00.00 16,548.99 - GOLD $-00.00 $1,256.27 - OIL $-0.00 $73.67

    EARTHQUAKES

    EZEKIEL 37:7,11-14
    7  So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.(POSSIBLE QUAKE BRINGS ISRAEL BACK TO LIFE-SO NOISE AND SHAKING-QUAKES WILL ALSO DESTROY ISRAELS ENEMIES)
    11  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
    12  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
    13  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
    14  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

    MATTHEW 24:7-8
    7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

    MARK 13:8
    8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

    LUKE 21:11
    11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places,(DIFFERNT PLACES AT THE SAME TIME) and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

    UPDATE-JULY 11, 2018-11:55PM

    1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ U.S.327 of 330 earthquakes in map area.

        2.8-Hawaii region, Hawaii-2018-07-11 04:36:24 (UTC)-0.1 km
        2.6-4km SSW of Volcano, Hawaii-2018-07-11 04:32:32 (UTC)-0.0 km
        2.9-6km SW of Volcano, Hawaii-2018-07-11 04:23:18 (UTC)--0.3 km
        2.8-2km WNW of Volcano, Hawaii-2018-07-11 04:19:13 (UTC)-1.1 km
        2.6-6km WSW of Volcano, Hawaii-2018-07-11 04:18:51 (UTC)-0.7 km
        2.8-3km SW of Volcano, Hawaii-2018-07-11 04:18:46 (UTC)-1.3 km

    STOCK MARKET AND EARTHQUAKE NEWS
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-dow-was-up-320-points-monday.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-dow-was-up-99-points-friday-new-week.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/weekend-quake-results-for-july-07.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-dow-was-up-181-points-thursday.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-tsx-was-up-56-points-wednesday.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-dow-was-down-132-points-tuesday.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-dow-was-up-35-points-monday.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-dow-was-up-57-points-friday-new-week.html 
    http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/06/weekend-quake-results-for-june-30-july.html

              LIBERMAN VOWS STRONG RESPONSE IF SYRIAN MILITARY ENTERS GOLAN DMZ.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

    LUKE 21:28-29
    28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
    29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
    30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

    JOEL 2:3,30
    3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
    30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

    ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
    12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
    13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

    EZEKIEL 20:47
    47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

    ZEPHANIAH 1:18
    18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

    MALACHI 4:1
    1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

    And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
    Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

    Israel shutters Gaza crossings to pressure Hamas over border violence-Netanyahu says move to be coupled with other unspecified measures, as government comes under criticism for failing to tackle scourge of blazes caused by kites and balloons-By Raoul Wootliff and Judah Ari Gross-TOI-JUL 10,18

    Amid criticism over his government’s response to ongoing violence on the Gaza border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that Israel will close the Kerem Shalom border crossing that serves as the main entry point for commercial goods and humanitarian aid into the coastal enclave.“We will double our efforts against Hamas,” Netanyahu told his Likud faction meeting in the Knesset to the applause of party activists.The prime minister said that the Kerem Shalom closure will be coupled with “other measures that I won’t go into.”Speaking at his own Yisrael Beytenu party’s faction meeting, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that he had instructed the IDF “to take a number of steps” to respond to “Hamas provocations” on the border.“They will start to understand that it doesn’t work in just one direction,” he said.“We are not looking for a confrontation or for a military venture but in the way Hamas operates, the [situation] deteriorates and [Hamas] is liable to pay the full price, a much heavier price than Operation Protective Edge,” Liberman added, referring to the 2014 war with the terror organization.On Sunday it was reported that Hamas had begun returning its security forces to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the first time the terror organization has done so since the start of deadly clashes in late March.Over the past three months, weekly clashes have taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence. The “March of Return” protests have also seen Palestinians fly airborne incendiary devices toward Israeli territory, sparking hundreds of fires in southern Israel and causing millions of shekels in estimated damages.Immediately after Netanyahu spoke, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that Kerem Shalom wold be closed to all commercial goods into and out of the Gaza Strip.The army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison to the Palestinians, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon.According to IDF, the idea of closing Kerem Shalom was proposed by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and was approved by Netanyahu and Liberman.The military said the closure would continue so long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.“In light of this situation in which the Hamas terror group is taking advantage of the residents of the Strip and launching incendiary and explosive kites and balloons at the communities in the Gaza periphery… these steps are being taken,” the army said.“If this phenomenon continues, these steps will continue and even get worse,” the IDF added.The only cargo crossing between Gaza and Israel has been subject to a strict blockade by both Israel and Egypt for the past 11 years, meant to prevent terrorist groups from bringing weapons into the Strip.The crossing has been closed a number of times in the past three months after sustaining damage from fires set by Palestinian protesters.Rioters first attacked the crossing on May 4. They broke through the gates and, apparently believing they were in Israeli territory, set fire to the fuel lines, according to Israeli officials. In actuality, they were on the Palestinian side of the crossing.A week later, following a violent demonstration along the border, vandals entered Kerem Shalom and significantly damaged the fuel terminal, as well as a conveyor belt used to bring raw construction materials into Gaza and two other belts used to transport animal feed.In addition to closing the crossing, the army said it was prematurely ending the temporary extension to the permitted Gaza fishing zone, which had allowed fisherman to sail up to nine miles from the coast in order to take advantage of the summer fishing season.“The fishing zone will return to a range of six miles,” the army said.The Israeli military accused the Hamas terrorist group of encouraging Palestinians to launch incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza into Israel.“The Hamas terrorist group is response for everything done in the Gaza Strip and for all the consequences of it. Hamas is dragging the residents of the Strip into the abyss,” the army said. “The IDF will continue to act as necessary to preserve the security interests of the State of Israel.Netanyahu’s announcement came after opposition leaders slammed him for what they described as a lackluster response to the border violence and kite fires.Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid told reporters earlier Monday that the prime minister wasn’t doing enough to counter airborne arson attacks.“The prime minister has a new reason why he is doing nothing in Gaza — because he is waiting for the Americans,” Lapid said at his party’s weekly faction meeting in the Knesset.“For four years he has done nothing regarding Gaza,” he continued. “He knew, we all knew that there would be a new round of violence, but he did nothing. And now the round of violence has come. Our fields are being burned.“The army needs to be given a bigger toolbox to deal with this,” Lapid said.He claimed that Netanyahu is waiting for the Trump administration to present its peace plan and has therefore not acted to stem the arson attacks from Gaza.“One who care about security does not wait for the Americans,” Lapid charged. “He acts on his own. We cannot allow them to decide for us. We need to present our own plan.”Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay told his faction meeting that in the four years that have passed since Operation Defensive Edge, Netanyahu has “failed to provide security to the people of Israel.”Speaking a day after the anniversary of the 2014 war, Gabbay said that the government’s efforts regarding Gaza since then have amounted to “nada and nothing.”“It’s clear that Netanyahu is no longer Mr. Security,” he said, referring to a nickname given to the prime minister. “Mr Security would have used the opportunity presented after the war to create a plan, to bring security, to provide us with some forward thinking. Instead: Nothing.”Gabbay also said that the fact that Netanyahu has only visited the Gaza border communities once since the recent outbreak of violence proves that he has lost touch with the needs of residents of the area.“Only someone who doesn’t see his citizens can allow himself not to care for them,” he said.

    Gazans say closing crossing a ‘crime against humanity,’ vow response-After Israel announces move in response to border violence, Hamas demands international community step in, Islamic Jihad calls move 'declaration of war,'-By Adam Rasgon and TOI staff-JUL 10,18

    The Hamas terror organization called Israel’s decision to close the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza a “crime against humanity” on Monday, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the move to respond to cross border violence.“Netanyahu’s approval of additional measures to intensify the siege and prevent the entry of materials and goods to Gaza is a new crime against humanity,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.Barhoum also accused the international community of being silent on “the crime of the suffocating siege on the Gaza Strip,” and called on it to take “immediate action” to end the blockade of the Strip.Kerem Shalom, the only cargo crossing between Gaza and Israel, has been subject to a strict blockade by Israel for the past 11 years that is meant to prevent terrorist groups from bringing weapons into the Strip. Egypt also tightly controls the nearby Rafah border crossing into the Sinai.The Islamic Jihad terror group said the step was a “new declaration of war” and vowed to respond.“Once again, the government of Zionist terror announces a war on the Palestinian people by intensifying its oppressive siege that has multiplied the suffering of the Palestinian people for more than 11 years,” it said in a statement.“We are coordinating with the factions and forces to evaluate all developments, including the occupation’s most recent measures, which we are dealing with as a new declaration of war on the Palestinian people,” Islamic Jihad added.Earlier, Netanyahu said Israel will be undertaking measures to pressure Hamas, including closing Kerem Shalom, the main commercial passageway between Israel and the coastal enclave.Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he had instructed the military “to take a number of steps” to respond to “Hamas provocations” on the border.“We are not looking for a confrontation or for a military venture, but in the way Hamas operates, the [situation] deteriorates and [Hamas] is liable to pay the full price, a much heavier price than Operation Protective Edge,” Liberman added, referring to the 2014 war with the terror organization.Over the past three months, weekly clashes have taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence. The “March of Return” protests have also seen Palestinians fly airborne incendiary devices toward Israeli territory, sparking hundreds of fires in southern Israel and causing millions of shekels in estimated damages.Immediately after Netanyahu spoke, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that Kerem Shalom would be closed to all commercial goods into and out of the Gaza Strip.The army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison to the Palestinians, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon.According to the IDF, the idea of closing Kerem Shalom was proposed by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and was approved by Netanyahu and Liberman.The military said the closure would continue as long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.The crossing has been closed a number of times in the past three months, after sustaining damage from fires set by Palestinian protesters.In addition to closing the crossing, the army said it was prematurely ending the temporary extension to the permitted Gaza fishing zone, which had allowed fisherman to sail up to nine miles from the coast in order to take advantage of the summer fishing season.Netanyahu’s announcement came after opposition leaders slammed him for what they described as a lackluster response to the border violence and kite fires.Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid told reporters earlier Monday that the prime minister was not doing enough to counter airborne arson attacks.“For four years, he has done nothing regarding Gaza,” he said. “He knew, we all knew that there would be a new round of violence, but he did nothing. And now the round of violence has come. Our fields are being burned.”He claimed that Netanyahu is waiting for the Trump administration to present its peace plan and has therefore not acted to stem the arson attacks from Gaza.Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay told his faction meeting that in the four years that have passed since the 2014 Gaza war, Netanyahu has “failed to provide security to the people of Israel.”“It’s clear that Netanyahu is no longer Mr. Security,” he said, referring to a nickname given to the prime minister. “Mr Security would have used the opportunity presented after the war to create a plan, to bring security, to provide us with some forward thinking. Instead: Nothing.”Raoul Wootliff and Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

    Israel puts Palestinian TV station on terror blacklist-Hamas says designation of al-Quds channel is itself 'terror'; Arab MKs condemn move as violating freedom of speech-By Judah Ari Gross and Alexander Fulbright-TOI-JUL 10,18

    Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman officially designated the al-Quds television network a terrorist organization, his office said Monday, accusing the Lebanon-based outlet of being an arm of Hamas.“According to up-to-date, reliable, cross-checked and diverse intelligence, the al-Quds station is a propaganda wing of Hamas, representing a central platform for distributing the terrorist organization’s messages,” the defense minister’s office said in a statement.The idea to declare the outlet a terrorist organization was proposed by the Shin Bet security service and the Defense Ministry’s department for fighting terrorist with economic tools, Liberman’s office said.Coinciding with the move, reporters and cameramen from the channel based in Israel, as well as employees of a local production company that works with the network, were questioned by police on Monday and told to cease operations, according to the Haaretz daily.The terror designation was slammed by Hamas an act of “terror.”“The decision on the al-Quds channel is another step of terror that joins the other violent decisions Israel has taken against the Palestinian people,” a spokesperson for the group was quoted as saying by Haaretz.In a statement, the channel accused Israel of clamping down on freedom of speech and called on the Palestinian Authority to pressure Jerusalem to rescind the move. It said it would continue to work to “expose the occupation’s crimes.”A number of Arab Israeli lawmakers also condemned the blacklisting.“There is a strong betrayal here of freedom of expression. The defense minister likely wants the media to glorify the occupation and not expose its misdeeds,” Joint (Arab) List MK Ahmad Tibi said at the Knesset.The Israeli military in recent years has shuttered a number of television and radio stations operating in the West Bank over suspected incitement and ties to terror groups.Israeli leaders have spoken out repeatedly about the threat of incitement in Palestinian media, while Palestinian television programs are cited in Shin Bet interrogations of terrorists as sources of inspiration.Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

    Liberman vows ‘strong response’ if Syrian military enters Golan DMZ-Defense chief says Israel will push for 'every tiny detail' of 1974 disengagement agreement to be upheld as Syria regime marches toward border area-By TOI staff-JUL 10,18

    Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman threatened Syria Monday with a “strong response” should it violate a delicate decades-old ceasefire agreement on the Golan heights as it looks to reclaim pockets of rebel-held territory.Pro-regime Syrian forces have advanced toward the Israeli border in recent weeks, and Israel has called for the 1974 separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria to be upheld and the demilitarized buffer zone on the border respected.“We’ll respect the disengagement agreement from ’74 and insist on every tiny detail,” said Liberman at the start of his Yisrael Beytenu party’s weekly faction meeting. “Any violations will be met with a harsh response from the State of Israel.”Liberman also reiterated that Israel would not allow Iran to use Syria as a beachhead from which to launch attacks on Israeli territory. “Nothing has changed and nothing is new,” he said.The warning came hours after Israeli planes reportedly bombed an air base in central Syria used by Iranian militia fighters in the latest confrontation between the countries.On Friday, the Israeli military attacked a Syrian position after a mortar shell exploded in the buffer zone between the two countries, in what the military said was a violation of the 1974 agreement that ended the Yom Kippur War.The military said the mortar shell was fired during ongoing battles between Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s forces and opposition groups in the area. The army would not say if it believed the shelling from Syria was intentionally directed at the buffer zone or if it was a stray shot from nearby fighting.The Israel Defense Forces said it would continue to hold Assad’s regime responsible for upholding the 1974 ceasefire agreement between the two countries.“The IDF is not involved in the internal fighting in Syria. At the same time, it will continue to demand the implementation of the ceasefire agreements from 1974, including the preservation of the buffer zone,” the army said.Under the armistice, a demilitarized zone was established between Israel and Syria.The area’s status as a demilitarized zone has made it a de facto safe haven for residents of southern Syria. As a result, tens of thousands of Syrians began fleeing toward this buffer zone to escape a renewed offensive by Assad’s forces, with help from Russia and Iran-backed Shiite militias.Bombing raids by the Russian and Syrian air forces starting last week, along with a ground offensive, have resulted in dozens of deaths and the displacement of more than 300,000 Syrians, according to UN assessments.The tens of thousands of displaced Syrians who have made their way toward the Israeli Golan Heights have settled in overflowing, under-resourced tent cities near the border. In some cases, the displaced person camps are located a few hundred meters from the security fence, clearly visible from Israel.IDF officials have said they do not expect masses of Syrians to attempt to breach the security fence in search of refuge. Syrians in the area have called for both Israel and Jordan to open their borders or to establish safe zones where they can remain without fear of bombings by Syria or Russia.Israel, which has technically been at war with Syria since 1948, has offered humanitarian assistance to residents of the country’s southwest in the past two weeks, including taking in dozens of injured Syrians for medical treatment, but has repeatedly stated that it will not allow refugees to cross the border.Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

    Egypt denies French conclusion that fire likely caused 2016 plane crash-Top prosecutor claims published report is baseless, says Egyptian investigation found traces of explosives on passengers of EgyptAir flight-By Agencies-TOI-JUL 10,18

    CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt on Monday denied a report by French aviation investigators saying that a cockpit fire likely caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo in 2016.Egypt’s top prosecutor said in a statement Monday that the Egyptian investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 is still underway. It said the French report is “baseless,” adding that “traces of explosives were found on the remains of passengers and parts of the plane.”The French investigation agency BEA said Friday that the “most likely hypothesis” is that a fire broke out in the cockpit and “spread rapidly, resulting in loss of control.”The Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016, when it crashed into the southeastern Mediterranean, killing 66 people, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens.French investigators had always leaned towards a mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, saying they suspected that a mobile phone or tablet had caught fire.An official Egyptian investigation suggested the plane had been bombed, claiming traces of explosives had been found on the victims’ remains. But a source close to the French investigation previously said no such traces were found by the team.The BEA said the crew could be heard discussing a fire on the cockpit voice recorder and that the plane’s automatic ACARS messaging system had flagged up smoke on board.It said it was waiting for Egypt to publish its final report into the crash to understand how the two countries arrived at a different conclusion.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

    Top UK diplomat Boris Johnson quits as Brexit tensions jolt government-Foreign secretary becomes the second British minister to quit in past day amid criticism from Brexiteers of May's plan for EU divorce-By Jill Lawless-TOI-JUL 10,18

    LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned Monday, adding to divisions over the country’s exit from the European Union that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.May’s office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson’s resignation and would name a replacement soon.Johnson, one of the best-known and most flamboyant members of the government, quit just hours after the resignation late Sunday of Brexit Secretary David Davis, the government’s top official dealing with the divorce from the EU.Davis said he could not support May’s plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU, which he said gave “too much away, too easily.”There was no immediate statement from Johnson, another loud pro-Brexit voice within May’s divided government.If Davis’s resignation rattled May, Johnson’s shook the foundations of her government.The resignations came just days after May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU.Less than nine months remain until Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, and the EU has warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a divorce deal.Britain and the EU hope to reach broad agreement by October so that EU national parliaments can ratify a deal before Britain leaves. That timetable looks increasingly optimistic, but European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU was available “available 24/7.”Schinas said the bloc “will continue to negotiate in good will, bona fide, with Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK government negotiators in order to reach a deal.”Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister also resigned. May appointed staunchly pro-Brexit lawmaker Dominic Raab as the country’s new Brexit secretary.Before Johnson quit, May’s official spokesman, James Slack, said Britain wanted to “move forward at pace” in the negotiations.“There is now a new secretary of state and we look forward to moving on,” he said.During a 12-hour meeting on Friday, May’s fractious Cabinet — including Davis — finally agreed on a plan for future trade ties with the EU.The plan seeks to keep the UK and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.Some Brexit-supporting lawmakers are angry at the proposals, saying they will keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world.In a resignation letter, Davis said the “‘common rule book’ policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense.”Davis also said that May’s plan “would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome.”His departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU. They believe the proposals breach several of the “red lines” the government has set out, including a commitment to leave the bloc’s tariff-free customs union.Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer, such as Johnson, who in the past has disagreed publicly with his boss.Davis said he did not want his resignation to become a rallying cry for May’s ouster.“I like Theresa May, I think she’s a good prime minister,” Davis said.Davis did not urge other ministers to resign, saying he was in a unique position because the Brexit secretary’s job is to sell the government’s policy.“I’d have to deliver this. I’d have to do something I didn’t believe in,” he told the BBC. “That’s not a tenable position. … Others don’t have that same responsibility.”Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers request one.But leading pro-Brexit legislator Jacob Rees-Mogg said “I don’t think a no-confidence vote is immediately in the offing.” He urged May to abandon her plans and take a tougher line with Brussels.“Friday’s announcement was turning red lines into a white flag, and David Davis has made that so clear in his resignation letter,” Rees-Mogg said.

    Hooyah’ — Jubilation as boys confirmed rescued from flooded Thai cave-General in charge of rescue effort says extracting 4 remaining boys and their soccer coach could take multiple operations-By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA and STEPHEN WRIGHT-TOI-JUL 10,18

    MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Eight of the 12 boys trapped in a flooded and labyrinth cave system in far northern Thailand are safe and recuperating in a hospital, after another four were brought out by divers on the second day of a high-stakes rescue operation, a top official said.The boys brought out of the dark, winding cave on Monday are “safe and conscious,” said Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue effort. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said.Monday’s operation began at 11 a.m. and took nine hours, two fewer than Sunday, with rescuers helped by the experience they have accumulated, Narongsak told a news conference punctuated with rounds of applause.“We have more operating personnel. And we have more expertise than yesterday,” he said.But rescuing the remaining five people, who include the boys’ 25-year-old soccer coach, could take more than one operation, Narongsak said.The urgent and dangerous effort has involved the boys diving through the cave’s tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.The Facebook page of the Thai Navy SEALs, who have been central to the rescue operation, was updated Monday night to say “two days, eight boars” — a reference to the Wild Boars, the name of the boys’ soccer team. The message, like most posted by the SEALs, ended with the fighting cheer adopted from the US Navy: Hooyah.Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province. Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits.“This morning, they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao,” he said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil, and served over rice.Still, the four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in Chiang Rai city, the provincial capital, and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives, due to fear of infections. Relatives were able to see them through a glass partition, Narongsak said.The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave. A massive international search operation was launched and it took 10 days to locate the boys, who had taken shelter on a dry slope, deep in the complex.The search and rescue operation has riveted people in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal.Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but two straight days of success raised hopes that it could be done faster.Monday’s mission involved 18 divers from Thailand and abroad.Narongsak said rescuers would meet Monday evening to plan for the next operation. “We believe that we can do even better and it will be a 100 percent success,” he said.“The divers that were assembled from many countries are proud to have conducted this operation until its success,” Narongsak said. “Some of them had gone to rest, some others are preparing for the next operation.”The perilous rescues have involved two divers accompanying each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them.Cave rescue experts have said they consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving.The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place air canisters along the passage to where the boys are, necessary for divers to safely travel the five- to six-hour route.There were several concerns that prompted authorities to move forward with the plan to dive the boys out. One was that it was unknown how safe and dry the area where they had taken shelter would stay, as Thailand’s rainy season, which lasts until at least late October, picks up pace.Another and perhaps more worrying concern was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to dangerous levels.

    Meet the Regina woman about to be ordained as bishop of a church that defies Catholic doctrine-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 10, 2018

    The pain from a lifetime of being told a path to priesthood didn't exist for women is the driving force behind a Regina woman's journey to becoming the Canadian bishop of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP).Jane Kryzanowski is past retirement age, and has long been inspired by the RCWP's acceptance of women in roles that the traditional Roman Catholic church doctrine rejects, and which Pope Francis has upheld.RCWP Canada is a grassroots women's ministry that ordains women priests on the basis that the Roman Catholic church currently discriminates against women."The whole thing of oppression, suppression, repression of the call of God to women in the Roman Catholic church is very, very painful," Kryzanowski told CBC's Saskatchewan Weekend.The first time she saw women priests get ordained into the RCWP was an ground-shaking moment for Kryzanowski. But up until 2012 she left it to the RCWP to lead the charge in changing women's roles in the Catholic church.That year, Kryzanowski attended a speech by Marie Bouclin, the only Canadian bishop of the RCWP. Bouclin's story felt much the same as Kryzanowski's, and led her to weep when the two talked."It was like this call I had known was there for so many years, was finally exposed again, finally broken open. But also the pain of this never having been a dream that could have been fulfilled," Kryzanowski said..Kryzanowski will take over from Bouclin when she retires later this month. But her path to becoming the new Canadian bishop has been a long and emotional one because, for decades, she bottled up what she describes as a "calling by God" to become a priest.'Who of you wants to be a priest?'Kryzanowski was in elementary school the first time she discovered that the priesthood she coveted was unattainable to women within the traditional Roman Catholic church. A priest had come into her class and asked, "Who of you wants to be a priest?"Kryzanowski's hand shot up, only for the priest to quickly say that only men become priests and that women instead become nuns.So, instead she became a nun.Kryzanowski ended up leaving the convent after eight years, then trying to reassess what her calling.She stayed on working with the Catholic church despite struggling with how it restricts the role of women."That was my spiritual home. That was where I grew up; that was what I knew," she said.In the early 2000s, Kryzanowski worked in a Regina Catholic church. She was doing almost all tasks that a priest would do — except for administering sacraments. It stung for her to not be able to do it all."The question was always, why is this?" she asked."That was very painful for me. There just was no solid theological argument that ever satisfied me when people tried to say this is why you can't be a priest."But a pivotal moment came in 2002, when she saw seven women ordained as Roman Catholic Womenpriests in Germany along the Danube River."It felt that, 'wow, the time has come for this,'" Kryzanowski said.It took another decade, and her emotional moment with Bouclin before Kryzanowski sought priesthood herself and was ordained as a priest within the RCWP.She was priest at a home church in Regina that's one of nine Catholic churches in Canada presided over by RCWPs, according to the group's website.From priest to bishop-Kryzanowski is now taking over the role of the woman who initially inspired her to take that leap of faith.The RCWP community has chosen Kryzanowski has Bouclin's replacement.Kryzanowski said her new job is to "be the pastor to the pastors." She will be a point of contact for them and their communities and support the pastors in whatever way they need.Further to that, Kryzanowski will be a voice to make the concerns of marginalized people known to a wider audience.She is already passionate about justice for women in the church, addressing abuse of women and children by clergy, and wants to make connections with the LGBTQ and Indigenous communities."People on the margins are the people where we really do reach out," Kryzanowski said, noting one of the RCWP priests serves in Vancouver's downtown East Side.Kryzanowski said she has strong women from the Bible to guide her in the pursuit of justice."This is where I am called. This is who I am and what I am to do even in my dying days," she said.

    EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

    GENESIS 6:11-13
    11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
    12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
    13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

    HOSEA 4:1-3
    1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
    2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
    3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

    DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
    22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
    23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
    24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

    STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

    LUKE 21:25-26
    25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
    26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

    Seismologists should watch words when talking earthquakes, paper argues-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 9, 2018

    A Canadian seismologist is urging his colleagues to be more careful with their word choices when talking about earthquakes.That message is the focus of a new paper by Geological Survey of Canada seismologist Maurice Lamontagne and his co-author Christine Goulet, aptly titled: Not Everyone Likes to Hear You Say, 'Earthquakes Are Fun.'In the paper, Lamontagne and Goulet note that major seismic events can be exciting to scientists, but that they should be mindful when speaking to the public about them, because such events can often be devastating for the people experiencing them.If they don't, Lamontagne said, scientists risk hurting their credibility and alienating people."We have to show people that we care about them so that they will start listening to what we have to say about aspects like earthquake preparedness, for example," Lamontagne said."We have to remain frank, but also people can connect to you if you show empathy, not only your scientific knowledge."A world away-In the world of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, Lamontagne says earth scientists are often asked to comment about seismic events happening on the other side of the world, which can get them into trouble if they're not careful.In the paper, Lamontagne and Goulet cite such an example involving a foreign geologist who made comments on a major 2011 earthquake in New Zealand."What you say locally is communicated worldwide," Lamontagne said.But it's not just their own credibility scientists should be worried about, Lamontage says; they can combine scientific knowledge with empathy to provide not just information but emotional relief to people who have experienced trauma.Lamontagne first realized this in 1988 after an earthquake in the Saguenay region of Quebec, where he found himself attending post-earthquake meetings in person."After that I realized that, yes, we can talk about scientific aspects, but we can adapt our messages to be of greater use to the people," he said.Focus on the positives-In practical terms, Lamontange says this means verbally acknowledging the trauma of people who have experienced the earthquake in question, and reminding them of resources like counselling.In the paper, Lamontange and Goulet cite research on communicating with people under high stress.For example, people under high stress tend to remember less of what they are told, and tend to focus more on negative messages than positive ones. They recommend bearing this in mind when commenting publicly on major earthquakes."Our credibility will not be based only on the number of diplomas we have," Lamontagne said. "It will be dependent on how we can relate to how people are feeling."With files from CBC Radio One's On the Island.

    Forest fire puts northeastern Ontario community under state of emergency-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 10, 2018

    A forest fire has put people around the northeastern Ontario community of Temagami on evacuation alert, with residents being told to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.The fire that was sparked by a lightning strike Sunday southwest of the town has already seen the forced evacuation of 20 homes in Temagami Shores, about 100 kilometres north of North Bay. An evacuation of nearby provincial parks, including of Finlayson Point and Marten River, has also occurred.Dan O'Mara, acting mayor of Temagami, said the town has declared a state of emergency and has opened the arena in Temagami North for anyone who needs a place to stay.People don't know what to expect, he said Monday morning."I think one of the issues last night was there was a fair amount of kind of a white, smoky haze in the community," he said. "And some of the seniors, we were concerned about. And we had people out just checking in and making sure that everybody was fine."Kim Krech, co-owner of Temagami Marine on Inlet Bay, said a fire broke out Sunday about two kilometres from the business."Right now we are in an evacuation. We are not supposed to be here but I have to look out for my livelihood."She said the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry set up sprinklers on all their buildings and fire crews from Temagami and Cobalt were wetting the property around it."I'm very scared by I'm trying to stay calm," says Krech. "Not just our livelihood but those who work for us. It is a big part of  Temagami."Daniel Thompson, who owns Gramp's Place, a bait and tackle shop along Highway 11 south of Temagami, said "most people booted it for home yesterday.""Since they were camping in the area, a lot of people left."Marten River and Finlayson Point provincial parks were both evacuated Sunday.'So smoky in front of my house'-Smoke from the fire is visible at Mowatt Landing Cottages, north of Temagami.Owner Trevor Graydon has offered his cottages to people leaving from any active fires in the area."It is so smoky in front of my house, and I'm 30 kilometres from the fire," he said.​The OPP and nearby local fire departments have been working with the ministry to beat back the fire."The situation with the fire itself looked good [Sunday] night," said O'Mara. "The concern this morning is the wind and to try and maintain that. I guess there is a concern that depending on which was the wind's blowing [it] could add other issues this morning."Residents of Temagami could be asked to leave if conditions worsen, the OPP said.The ministry says the fire, started by a lightning strike, is now approximately 25 hectares in size.Highway 11 is open, but provincial police are asking people to avoid the area because of smoke.They say the highway could close at any point if visibility becomes an issue.

    Torrential rains kill at least 88 in western Japan-[Reuters]-By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato-YAHOONEWS-July 9, 2018

    KURASHIKI, Japan (Reuters) - The death toll from torrential rain and landslides in western Japan rose to 88 people early on Monday, with dozens still missing after the rescue of more than 2,000 stranded in the city of Kurashiki.Evacuation orders were in place for nearly 2 million people and landslide warnings were issued in many prefectures.In hard-hit western Japan, emergency services and military personnel used helicopters and boats to rescue people from swollen rivers and buildings, including a hospital.Scores of staff and patients, some still in their pajamas, were rescued from the isolated Mabi Memorial Hospital in boats rowed by members of Japan's Self Defence Forces.A city official said late on Sunday that 170 patients and staff had been evacuated, while public broadcaster NHK later said about 80 people were still stranded."I'm most grateful to the rescuers," said Shigeyuki Asano, a 79-year-old patient who spent a night without electricity or water. "I feel so relieved that I am now liberated from such a bad-smelling, dark place."Kurashiki, with a population of just under 500,000, was among the hardest hit by rains that pounded many parts of western Japan, with the death toll exceeding the 77 killed in heavy rains and landslides in 2014 and the highest since a typhoon that killed 98 people in 2004.Television footage showed a massive rescue operation, with 2,310 rescued in the city by evening, according to NHK, while search-and-rescue teams looked for others.LANDSLIDES-The overall death toll from the rains in Japan rose to at least 88 after floodwaters forced several million people from their homes, NHK reported early on Monday.An additional 58 were missing, NHK said, and more rain was set to hit some areas for at least another day.The rain set off landslides and flooded rivers, trapping many people in their houses or on rooftops."This is a situation of extreme danger," an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), told a news conference.A 3-year-old girl whose home was hit by a landslide in Hiroshima prefecture was found dead by a search team."It's very painful," said one elderly man watching nearby. "I have a granddaughter the same age. If it were her, I wouldn't be able to stop crying."Japan's government set up an emergency management center at the prime minister's office and some 54,000 rescuers from the military, police and fire departments were dispatched across a wide swath of western and southwestern Japan.-'SUDDEN DISASTER'-"There are still many people missing and others in need of help, we are working against time," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday morning.Two sisters from an elementary school of just six pupils on the small island of Nuwa in Ehime prefecture were among the dead. The younger, a first-grader, was a star and the hope of the depopulated island, the principal told NHK."It was such a sudden disaster, I just cannot come to grips with it," the principal said.Emergency warnings for severe rain in 11 prefectures - the most since a new warning system was introduced in 2013 - had been lifted by evening, but advisories for heavy rain and landslides remained in effect in many areas.TV footage showed convenience stores with shelves mostly bare while elsewhere, residents lined up to receive water. Some 276,000 households were without water supply, Kyodo said.Roads were closed and train services suspended in parts of western Japan, while Shinkansen bullet-train services resumed on a limited schedule after being suspended on Friday.The rain began late last week as the remnants of a typhoon fed into a seasonal rainy front.Automakers including Mazda Motor Corp <7261 .t="#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000"> and Daihatsu Motor Co suspended operations at several plants on Saturday and had yet to decide on plans for the coming week.Electronics maker Panasonic Corp <6752 .t="#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000"> said one plant in Okayama, western Japan, could not be reached because of road closures, although it had been closed for the weekend anyway. A decision about next week would be made on Monday, it said.(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato; Additional reporting by Junko Fujita, Makiko Yamazaki, Maki Shiraki and William Mallard; Writing by Elaine Lies and Linda Sieg; Editing by Darren Schuettler, Jason Neely and Peter Cooney)

    WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

    EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
    EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
    RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
    CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
    VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

    WORLD TERRORISM

    OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

    GENESIS 6:11-13
    11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
    12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
    13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

    GENESIS 16:11-12
    11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
    12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

    ISAIAH 14:12-14
    12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

    JOHN 16:2
    2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

    Turkey’s Erdogan begins new term with enhanced powers-Turkish president to be feted at his palace by leaders of Venezuela, Sudan and Qatar a day after mass purge of state employees-By Raziye AKKOC and Stuart Williams-TOI-JUL 10,18

    ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for his second term as head of state on Monday, taking on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades under a new system condemned by opponents as a one-man regime.Erdogan, who has transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule by allowing Islam a greater role in public life and boosting its international stature, took his oath in parliament for a five-year term after his June election victory.“I swear upon my honor before the great Turkish nation that I will work impartially to fulfill the duty I have taken on,” Erdogan said in his oath.The inauguration was to be followed by a lavish ceremony at his palace on Monday evening attended by dozens of world leaders marking the transition to the new executive presidency system.Erdogan will face immediate challenges posed by an imbalanced if fast-growing economy and foreign policy tensions between the West and Turkey, a NATO member.He has also pledged to end the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July 2016 coup and which has seen the biggest purge in the history of modern Turkey.In what appeared to be the final emergency decree issued just one day before the inauguration, 18,632 public sector employees were ordered dismissed including thousands of soldiers and police officers.Erdogan will this week immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan followed by more challenging encounters at a NATO summit in Brussels where he will meet his US counterpart Donald Trump and other leaders.One-man regime’-The new system, which dispenses with the office of prime minister, was agreed in a bitterly fought 2017 referendum narrowly won by the “Yes” camp. The issue is still polarizing in Turkey.“A partisan one-man regime starts officially today,” said the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.Its commentator Asli Aydintasbas wrote: “I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that we entered a ‘second republic’ era,” after the republic set up by Turkey’s secular founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.But the pro-government daily Yeni Safak wrote under the headline “historic day”: “One page is closing in Turkish history and a new page is opening.”The president now sits at the top of a vertical power structure marked by a slimmed-down government with 16 ministries instead of 26 and multiple bodies reporting to him.In one of the most significant changes, the EU affairs ministry, set up in 2011 to oversee Turkey’s faltering bid to join the bloc, is being subsumed into the foreign ministry.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now goes down in history as the 27th and final holder of the post in Turkey. He is expected to become speaker of the new parliament.-‘Leader of multi-polar world’-The transition ceremony later Monday, to be attended by some 10,000 guests and marked by dozens of gun salutes, has been overshadowed by a deadly train derailment in northwest Turkey on Sunday that left 24 dead.Those attending will include Ankara’s top allies from Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union but relatively few European figures.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will attend, in a new sign of the warm ties between Ankara and Moscow, as will Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, regarded with disdain by Washington but an ally of Erdogan.Tweeting a video apparently showing himself driving to the airport, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a “friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world.”Tenemos las mejores relaciones de cooperación diplomática y económica con el hermano pueblo de Turquía para el bienestar de nuestros pueblos. https://t.co/SeDDvikBk2 pic.twitter.com/RwYWYzI4Tf— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) July 9, 2018-Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is on the guest list as is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar, Turkey’s closest ally in the Middle East. The only EU leaders are set to be Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Hungary’s strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban.-‘Surprise cabinet’-The new cabinet, due to be announced Monday evening, is expected to have a different look, with pro-government Hurriyet daily columnist Abdulkadir Selvi saying that it was set to “surprise” with figures from outside the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).Current Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu could in theory continue in his job but reports have said Erdogan may choose his spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, or even spy chief Hakan Fidan to succeed him.The markets will keep a close eye on economic appointments, keen to see a steady hand at the helm in a fast-growing economy dogged by double-digit inflation and a widening current account deficit.Erdogan, who first came to power as premier in 2003, won an outright victory in June 24 polls, defeating his closest rival, Muharrem Ince of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) which is now locked in internal battles over its future direction.The AKP failed to win a majority in legislative elections and will need support from its allies in the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who could push it into more hardline policies.

    Harsh words may mean North Korea seeking deal with Trump-US officials were surprised at fiery statement from Pyongyang following bilateral talks, but many see it as a negotiating tactic-By KEN MORITSUGU-TOI-JUL 10,18

    TOKYO, Japan (AP) — North Korea’s vitriolic criticism of the United States following a first round of nuclear negotiations went out of its way to spare one person: US President Donald Trump.In a statement issued just hours after the two-day talks finished on Saturday, North Korea accused the US side of a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” then added, “We still cherish our good faith in President Trump.”On one level, the sheen of last month’s Singapore summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with broad smiles and handshakes, has yet to wear off. But on another, North Korea may be betting that Trump, the real estate developer-turned-president, will be more willing than his negotiators to ease off his administration’s hard-line positions to make a deal.It fell to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to get the talks going last week. The mood appeared cordial, even jovial, during his two days in Pyongyang. He and the head of the North Korean negotiating team, Kim Yong Chol, cracked jokes during a working dinner, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. On the airport tarmac Saturday before he left, Pompeo sounded positive, saying “we made progress on almost all of the central issues.”So it came as some surprise when North Korea’s state news agency fired out a late-night missive blasting the talks, warning that “we may be shaken in our unshakeable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust.”The statement was widely seen as a negotiating tactic to put the US on the back foot as talks get underway. It also underscores crucial gaps in how the US and North Korea define denuclearization and see the path forward. Unless they can close those gaps, the whole effort may be doomed.The 1,200-word statement, attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, outlined North Korean thinking at length.It said North Korea put forth several constructive proposals, including a declaration formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, which it called “the first process of defusing tension.” The statement called for a series of simultaneous actions from both sides, including exchanges to improve relations, the dismantling of a North Korean missile-engine testing ground and talks to return the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.Pompeo acknowledged at a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday that a peace treaty, security assurances for North Korea and denuclearization should be pursued in parallel, but it’s the last item that has been the clear focus of US efforts and its overriding goal: The elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons in a way that can be verified by outside experts.North Korea hasn’t said publicly what security assurances it would need to get rid of its nuclear weapons, but in the past they have included the withdrawal of the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea and an end to US-South Korean military drills.Trump suspended some upcoming joint drills in a goodwill gesture after his summit with Kim, causing some consternation among experts about the impact on both countries’ military readiness. North Korea, in its post-Pompeo talks statement, played down the importance of the move, describing it as a “highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously held positions.”Suspending the drills cannot be compared, the statement said, with North Korea’s irreversible destruction of an underground nuclear testing site — though some US analysts have questioned the importance of that move, which was more symbolic than anything else given the relative ease with which new tunnels could be dug and the progress North Korea has already made in developing explosive nuclear devices.Perception gaps? Negotiating points? The larger question is whether North Korea really intends to surrender its nuclear weapons entirely. Some analysts think North Korea is trying to drag out talks in hopes that the US will come around to accepting it as a nuclear weapons state, perhaps in a limited form that couldn’t threaten the US mainland directly.That’s where Trump comes in. Pompeo said in Tokyo that the US and its allies remain committed to the goal of a fully verified, final denuclearization of North Korea. But for political considerations, including the fight for control of Congress in November elections, would Trump make a deal? If not, his high-stakes North Korea gambit could join a long list of failed nuclear deals with Pyongyang.

    Kremlin says ‘absurd’ to link it to UK woman’s death from nerve agent-Presidential spokesman dismisses suggestion by Russian envoy to OPCW that poisoning meant to derail Trump-Putin summit-By AFP-TOI-JUL 10,18

    MOSCOW, Russia — The Kremlin on Monday said it would be “absurd” to suggest Russia was involved in the death of a British woman exposed to the Novichok nerve agent.“We don’t know that Russia has been mentioned or associated with this,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “We consider that in any case it would be quite absurd.”It was the Kremlin’s first reaction to the poisoning of two British citizens exposed to Novichok near Salisbury in England, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in March.That poisoning sparked a tense diplomatic row between London and Moscow.Peskov added that “we of course very much regret the death of the British citizen.”Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were taken to hospital last weekend from a house in the town of Amesbury, around 12 kilometers (eight miles) from Salisbury, and were found to have been exposed to Novichok.Police announced Sturgess’s death on Sunday.Russia is “deeply concerned by the continuing appearance of these poisonous substances on British territory,” which “present a danger not just for the British but for all Europeans,” Peskov said.Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent that was developed in the Soviet Union.Both the Skripals have now been released from hospital and are living in a secret location.Putin has said that if a military-grade nerve agent had been used against them, the victims would have died.Peskov on Monday denied a suggestion by Russia’s representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin that the incident appeared to be designed to damage preparations for a meeting between Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki this mont
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    JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

    HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER

    JAMES 5:1-3
    1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
    2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
    3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

    REVELATION 18:10,17,19
    10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.(IN 1 HR THE STOCK MARKETS WORLDWIDE WILL CRASH)
    17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
    19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

    EZEKIEL 7:19
    19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed:(CONFISCATED) their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

    LUKE 2:1-3
    1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
    2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
    3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    REVELATION 13:16-18
    16 And he(THE FALSE POPE WHO DEFECTED FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH) causeth all,(IN THE WORLD ) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(MICROCHIP IMPLANT)
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,(MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the name of the beast,(WORLD DICTATORS NAME INGRAVED ON YOUR SKIN OR TATTOOED ON YOU OR IN THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the number of his name.(THE NUMBERS OF HIS NAME INGRAVED IN THE MICROCHIP IMLPLANT)-(ALL THESE WILL TELL THE WORLD DICTATOR THAT YOUR WITH HIM AND AGAINST KING JESUS-GOD)
    18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:(WORLD LEADER) for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM (6006006)OR(60020202006)(SOME KIND OF NUMBER IMPLANTED IN THE MICROCHIP THAT TELLS THE WORLD DICTATOR AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT YOU GIVE YOUR TOTAL ALLIGIENCE TO HIM AND NOT JESUS)(ITS AN ETERNAL DECISION YOU MAKE)(YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY)(YOU TAKE THE DICTATORS NAME OR NUMBER UNDER YOUR SKIN,YOUR DOOMED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND TORMENTS FOREVER,NEVER ENDING MEANT ONLY FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS,NOT HUMAN BEINGS).OR YOU REFUSE THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT AND GO ON THE SIDE OF KING JESUS AND RULE FOREVER WITH HIM ON EARTH.YOU CHOOSE,ITS YOUR DECISION.

    1 KINGS 10:13-14
    13  And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
    14  Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold