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One of the last places you might expect to find a commemorative plaque is on a concrete self-storage building in Los Angeles. But there, on 1712 Glendale Blvd., a plaque memorializes what was once a sprawling film lot known as Keystone Studios. The film company, now located in present-day Echo Park, was famed for its uproarious slapstick comedies—particularly those involving tossed pies.

For over a century, flinging a pie into someone's face has been a comedy trope, thanks in part to Keystone. Established in 1912 by director Mack Sennett, the studio was once touted as a comedy pioneer, and had a hand in making pie-throwing ubiquitous. Yet pie-tossing is a more common stunt in the popular imagination than it is in reality.

This phenomenon can be traced back before the earliest days of pre-1920's silent film. Tossing a pie into someone's face for comedic effect first existed on the vaudeville circuit. The hilarity of seeing an elegant dessert hit an an actor, and watching them react with either anger or bewilderment, soon made its way to the screen. In 1913, Sennett's muse Mabel Normand and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle "launched the first such missile in a Keystone film," notes The Oxford Companion to Food. Soon, the studio became known for pie-tossing shenanigans, and the high-flying desserts flew so freely that the studio needed its own bakery to make them.

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The answer turned out to be right across the street. One Sarah Brener owned a variety store there, but she also supplied the studio with its pies. Sometimes, they were delicious. Charlie Chaplin said that Brener's pies were the best in town (he once gave her one of his trademark canes as a memento, too.) But often, they had to be specially formulated for films. The ones Keystone used were "a special ballistic version of the pie, with heavy-duty pastry and especially slurpy 'custard.'" As pie fights in film grew more elaborate, Brener's bakery was soon making nothing else.

Filmmakers preferred custard pies for flinging. They were appropriately messy and, without a top crust, likely less painful than a lattice-edged cherry pie would be to the face. In one biography of the silent film comedy star Buster Keaton, author Marion Mead recorded his pratfall-ready custard pie recipe. In it, two baked pie crusts were welded together with a solid foundation of flour and water. Then, they were filled with an inch of thick flour-and-water paste. If the pie was to be thrown at a blonde or a man in a light suit, a chocolate or strawberry garnish was added. For a man in a dark suit, the pie would be garnished with lots of whipped cream for the wreckage to show up well on camera. He also gave advice on how to throw it: like a Roman discus, for instance.

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For a time, Keystone Studios was a powerful studio, launching stars like Charlie Chaplin to prominence. But by the time the 1920's rolled around, people had grown tired of the custard-pie shtick. It wasn't long before comedies were being advertised on their pie-less merits: one ad trumpeted that "a custard pie and a pretty girl or two in a bathing suit do not make a comedy." Pieing was so commonplace that Sennett had even developed rules for what characters could be taken down a notch with an ignominious pie to the face: mothers-in law, yes, mothers, no. (The humbling effect of a pie to the face has also made them a tool of political commentary.)

Widespread pie-throwing faded, but it didn't die completely: Comedic films and animation alike have been peppered with pieing ever since, from Bugs Bunny to the Three Stooges. In 2015, The New York Times even reported that a "holy grail" of film history had been re-discovered: the second reel of the Laurel and Hardy 1927 short "The Battle of the Century", where 3,000 pies sail through the air. It was supposed to be the pie fight to end all others, but in 1965 the film "The Great Race" promised viewers "the greatest pie fight in history." Thousands of real pies were used, and after filming, the entire set stank of the rotting dessert.

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Now, the Keystone building is a storage facility, and Brener's bakery is long gone. But the studio's influence lives on in film, in the occasional tossing of a pie, and on a plaque on the corner of the sole remaining building that reads: "This was the birthplace of the motion picture comedy."


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Nedanstående är ett gästinlägg från Lena Padukova, adrenalena.se, från förra årets resa i arktiska Ryssland och delar av Nordostpassagen.

Hade jag dragit västerut längs med Norra kusten kunde jag besöka Kildin-ön, med dess fängslande natur och djurliv. Besättningen jag drog ut med berättade att förra gången de var vid Kildin så såg de något i vattnet, misstänkte att det var en simmande älg, och närmade sig i hopp om lättillgänglig middag och uppskattad omväxling från fisk. Det var då en brunbjörn som simmade mellan fastlandet och ön, och styrmannen valde att dra därifrån istället för att avgöra vem som skulle bli den lättillgängliga middagen.
Arktisk kusthamn.
På vägen till Kildin och vidare kan även andra objekt observeras vid vattenytan. Det är åt fel håll från Gremikha, men det går att kolla in övergivna ubåtsbasen Dolgaja Guba, och segla förbi Nerpa/Zvezdotjka som jag nämnt tidigare. Fabriken är framför allt känd på grund av arbetet med K-19 och Kursk.
Strand på Kolahalvön. På kullarna finns förberedda positioner för luftvärn.
Kursk-monumentet i Murmansk går att besöka än idag. Men det blev mig veterligen inget av planerna att göra museum och mötesplats för veteraner, som skulle byggas av den lösköpta sektionen av K-19. Den döptes förresten aldrig till ”Widowmaker”; det var ren fiktion som passade bra för filmens titel. Smeknamnet den fick i Ryssland på grund av alla haverier och all kontaminering var ”Hiroshima”. Filmen beskriver bara en enskild händelse av en lång rad av tragiska olyckor och haverier, som mycket tydligt illustrerar hur man här väger mål mot medel.
Redan innan ubåten sjösattes fick 11 personer betala med sina liv för att projektet skulle bli klart: folk dog i brand, dödades av limångor, krossades till döds under laddningen av missilerna, eller helt enkelt föll mellan sektioner och dog. Efter det fortsatte olyckorna och haverierna, ett flertal var så allvarliga att ubåten riskerade sjunka eller totalförstöras. Redan under testerna av ubåten uppkom det allvarliga problem; gummilinningen släppte, maxdyktestet resulterade i läcka, med mera. Haveriet som blev det mest kända handlade om en av reaktorerna som helt tappade kylning under en övning nära Grönland. De som installerade backuplösningen fick akuta strålningsskador och dog inom 1-3 veckor, och under kommande 2 år dog ytterligare 22 besättningsmän på grund av strålningsskador.
Murmansk från bryggan på Lenin.
Ubåten kontaminerade även sin hemmahamn, och reparatörerna på varvet fick också strålningsskador. Det tog 2 år att reparera ubåten, den mest kontaminerade delen dumpades i Karasjön. De strålningsskadade besättningsmedlemmarna fick sjukvård i form av blod- och benmärgstransplantation, vilket räddade livet på många. På grund av hemlighetsstämplingen nämndes inget om strålningssjuka i deras journaler, utan de var inskrivna som mentalt sjuka. Detta var då olyckligt för de överlevande, eftersom de fick problem med att få nytt jobb efteråt.
Efter reparationerna togs ubåten i bruk igen, och olyckorna fortsatte, med bl.a den kända kollisionen med USS Gato. Det skedde även flera bränder ombord. En av bränderna dödade 28 personer, räddningen försvårades av starka vindar (kuling), räddningsaktionen tog över 40 dagar. Besättningen fick spendera över 3 veckor i torpedutrymmet utan varken värme eller ljus. Åter igen reparerades ubåten och återtogs i bruk. 10 dagar senare började det brinna på nytt. Denna gång dog lyckligtvis ingen. Den sista rapporterade olyckan som hade dödligt utfall var en elektrisk kortslutning som gav allvarliga brännskador och dödade en besättningsman. Ubåten togs ur bruk 1990, nästan i synk med atomisbrytaren Lenin.
Lenin.
Världens första atomisbrytare Lenin blev klar samma år som K-19, och förblev också i tjänst i ca 30 år. Totalt har 9 stycken atomisbrytare har byggts hittills, och endast i Ryssland. I juni 2019 blir atomisbrytaren Projekt 22220 Arktika tagen i bruk. Förra året var den fortfarande på Baltiska byggvarvet i St Petersburg, där även Sibir och Ural byggs för att tas i bruk under 2020 och 2021, samtliga på 90k HK.
Genomskärning Lenin.
Sopmmaren 2017 fanns det 4 atomisbrytare i tjänst, alla var förstås stationerade kring Nordostpassagen. Vajgatj och Tajmyr servar floderna Jenisej och Lena, det går att boka lyxkryssningar som går ut till oceanmynningen och tillbaka uppströms. Jamal och 50 Let Pobedy går till Nordpolen, med samma kommersiella syfte. Biljettpriserna är skyhöga och lockar en blandad crowd, många turister är från Asien.
Bryggan på Lenin.
När jag under sommaren 2017 promenerade runt i hamnen i Murmansk (eller försökte iaf, då större områden är stängda för allmänheten och framförallt specifikt för utländska turister) fanns varken Jamal eller 50 Let Pobedy på plats, däremot låg Lenin permanent förtöjd och det gick att få en rundtur på skeppet, för både ryssar och utländska besökare.
Detalj bryggan på Lenin
Detalj bryggan på Lenin.

Detalj bryggan.

Isbrytaren på 19,500 ton hade besättning på 220-240 pers, med maximalt 290 under långa expeditioner vilket inkluderade forskare och gäster. Ca 20-25% av besättning var kvinnor, det var ovanligt med så många i besättningen - men så var det inte något örlogsfartyg heller. Under rundturen går det att besöka konferensrummen, kaptenens hytt, bryggan, motorrummet, matsalen. Sjukvårdsrummet och operationsrummet var fascinerande; det har genomförts ca 200 kirurgoperationer där – inte bara med Lenins besättning som patienter, för trots långa expeditioner var de i god hälsa, men det togs även in patienter från andra skepp i närheten, och man hjälpte folk i de avlägsna ställen i sovjetiska Arktis när det fanns möjlighet. Bion och simhallen gick inte att beskåda, däremot fd. kärnreaktorn, inkl en lång och informativ föreläsning.
Matsalen på Lenin.
Operationssalen.

Röntgenrummet.
Reaktorer med 241 stavar gav 44k HK, mot moderna 75k, och det är 2 stycken på plats istället för ursprungliga 3. Den ena havererade tidigt och smälte fast där den var. Det fanns förstås inga reservdelar och beslutet togs att byta ut hela installationen. Reaktorn var varken modulär eller gick att reparera eller ersätta - skeppet var i stort sett byggt runt reaktorn, så det behövdes drastiska lösningar.
Kontrollrummet för reaktorn. 
Detalj kontrollrummet.

Detalj kontrollrummet.
Detalj kontrollrumet.
Lenin förflyttades till Karasjön, och det riggades en explosion som blåste hål genom skrovet varpå reaktorn sänktes till havsbotten. Sedan bogserade skeppet till Zvezdotjka - med 113 vattentäta skott så har skeppet kvarflytegenskaperna även om 3-4 skott är fyllda.
Maskinrummet.
Reaktorrummet.
Karasjön har länge använts för att dumpa skrot, fartyg och avfall. Det finns bukter mellan Murmansk och Svjatoj Nos som skall vara fyllda med ubåtsskrot från atomubåtar, sedan är förstås läget ännu värre runt Karaporten och Novaja Zemlja. På vissa ställen är strålningen fortfarande hög. De senaste åren ska man ha börjat rensa upp området och frakta bort kontaminerat skrot. Med utökad militär närvaro i trakterna är det väl lämpligt för att kunna ha folk på plats längre perioder av tid.

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Back in 2013, when former Communist Party member Ron Radosh was whipping up a Pravda-style disinformation campaign against my anti-communist bookAmerican Betrayal, New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait stepped up and wrote an essay knocking "West's paranoia." While I'm not certain, I strongly suspect Chait was inveigled by Radosh to write the New York Magazine piece; I imagine Radosh blanched at Chait's positive-ish headline: "Conservative Historian Has Interesting Ideas."

Still, Chait's essay bears the familiar stamp of the Radosh/Horowitz-led assault in its repeated misrepresentations of my footnoted analysis of the influence (not "control") on US policy-making potentially exerted by hundreds of Soviet "agents of influence" and fellow travelers covertly embedded inside the US government -- the subversive force that "court historians," who bestow glory on political favorites rather than shed light on the past, ignore or deny to this day. Not that it is likely journalista Chait cracked the book. All he had to do was pretend, a la Radosh & Horowitz, that I had advanced a theory, as Chait put it, that "the Soviets controlled the American government in the way they controlled, say, East Germany." As any reader knows, this is cartoonish rubbish -- but a handy way to deceive readers into dismissing the book as such.

I am reminded of this because Chait has now spun up an East-Germany-style vision of Donald Trump as Putin's Honecker, a traitor to the USA since 1987. 

Titled "What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?," the Chait piece does not even rise to the level of "conspiracy theory," Chait having presented no conspiracy to theorize about. His technique is to raise, magnify and connect doubts. "How do you even think about the small but real chance — 10 percent? 20 percent? — that the president of the United States has been covertly influenced or personally compromised by a hostile foreign power for decades?" he asks. One answer is, you write a few thousand pointless words.

But only about Trump. Chait takes everything back to Trump's July 1987 visit to Moscow. That's because in September of that same year Trump took out a series of full-page ads in prominent newspapers noting that "Japan and other nations have been taking advantage of the United States.″ In his open letter to the American people, Trump asked, ″Why are these nations not paying the United States for the human lives and billions of dollars we are losing to protect their interests?"

Classic Trump -- or was it really Gorbachev in disguise? As Chait notes, it is the Kremlin's propensity to seek splits between the US and its allies. He writes: "The safest assumption is that it’s entirely coincidental that Trump launched a national campaign, with himself as spokesman, built around themes that dovetailed closely with Soviet foreign-policy goals shortly after his Moscow stay. Indeed, it seems slightly insane to contemplate the possibility that a secret relationship between Trump and Russia dates back this far. But it can’t be dismissed completely." (Emphasis added.)

OK, I won't dismiss it completely. But it is also a fact that Japan by this same point in the mid-1980s was making massive inroads into the US construction market, very much including Manhattan. One Japanese company even built a 20-story addition on top of a building formerly owned by Donald Trump, as the New York Times noted in an article on the expanding share of Japanese construction business in the US. In its story of July 27, 1986, the Times noted: "Japanese construction companies certainly have both the cash and the contacts to create more and more American business. `'Any major Japanese contractor has money to burn,' said an officer of one leading Japanese builder, who asked not to be identified."

Nah, that couldn't possibly have driven Developer Donald a little nuts, eventually inspiring him to take out those ads the following year to tell the American people that we (and he) were being taken advantage of. The Kremlin made him do it.   

I jest, of course. The point is, Chait would have rather more credibility on this score if, when the "party line" was a little different, he had not previously rejected on cue the copious historical record of Kremlin influence assembled in American Betrayal as "West's paranoia." Indeed, I don't recall Chait raising, magnifying and connecting such doubts about, say, the Moscow trip of Bill Clinton, whose "themes" as a draft-dodging, war-protesting tourist certainly "dovetailed closely with Soviet foreign-policy goals" both before and after his1969-1970 winter travels to Brezhnev's Moscow, then Prague, still reeling from the Soviet crushing of "Prague Spring."

Then there's what has been regrettably nicknamed the Trump "pee tape." Chait: "There is growing reason to think the pee tape might indeed exist." Really? Well, there is also reason (whether growing, I can't say) to think that the Czech intelligence recruitment tape of Bill Clinton might indeed exist. Meanwhile, the tape of Barack Obama promising "flexibility" to, as Chait aptly calls him, "former KGB agent" Putin via Medvedev does exist. I know it does because I've seen it. Has Jonathan Chait? (Watch here.) While he's on this sudden Kremlin Influence kick, Chait would also do well to peruse the FBI files on the Soviet/communist connected family of Obama senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, and also brush up on the Soviet/communist troika that politically birthed that winning 2008 team of Obama-Axelrod-Jarrett. 

It's guaranteed he won't because Chait's pursuits are not about truth-seeking or intellectual stimulation; they are all and only about political manipulation. Nowhere is his agit prop more thickly laid on than when he talks about Donald Trump as Putin's "much-needed flank against not just Obama but his former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aggressive position against Russia." In transforming Hillary "Reset" Clinton into a regular George Patton, Chait conveniently omits the valuable goodies Obama-Clinton bestowed on Mother Russia, from permanent normal trading status, long coveted by the "former KGB agent," to the massive "civilian" high tech transfer via the Clinton-Foundation-enriching Skolkovo set-up, where, as the Army warned in 2013, hypersonic cruise missile engine technology was already coming online. One has to wonder: Does Chait really think the KGB-linked bank in Moscow gave Bill Clinton that $500K speaking fee in 2012 for nothing? Meanwhile, ask yourself: If you are sitting in the Politburo and one US candidate is promising to revitalize the US military, very much including its nuclear arsenal (Trump), and the other US candidate is arguing that "the last thing we need" is next-generation nuclear-armed cruise missiles (Clinton), whom would you rather "collude" with?

Such thoughts, however, pose a clear and present danger to Chait's miasmic belief that "the Cold War that Americans had long considered won has dissolved into the bizarre spectacle of Reagan’s party’s abetting the hijacking of American government by a former KGB agent." 

For the record, I will note that American Betrayal argues America lost the "Cold War," that ever-undermined-from-within struggle against the expansion and entrenchment of communistic ideologies. This probably accounts for some share of the wrath it aroused on the part of Cold War triumphalists who seek to ensure Americans never actually understand how our institutions, from the halls of power in Washington (definitely including the "IC") to the pulpits to the campuses to the culture, were long ago Marxified according to well-executed and well-documented Kremlin strategy executed by masses of genuine American traitors.  

If America lost the Cold War long ago -- after also losing World War II, American Betrayal's other argument, identifying the Soviet Union as the true victor (thanks to those hundreds of agents of influence at the beating heart of every government, Allied and Axis) --  then it cannot be "Reagan's party abetting the hijacking of the American government" in 2016; it was already a long way toward a fait accompli before Trump ever began his completely unlikely and wholly unexpected political rise on a heretofore unseen counter-revolutionary "America First" platform. 

Chait's essay, then, is just so much narrative control, just so much framing, just so much warding off of the counter-revolution that President Trump's victory made possible, at least. I could be wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if it all didn't begin with a heavy dose of Radosh.

 


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The Trump collusion timeline

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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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July 12, 1993: A US attack force of 17 Cobra helicopter gunships and Blackhawk helicopters struck a neighborhood in the center of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Firing 16 missiles and more than 2,000 rounds of 20-millimeter cannon fire, the fleet of warplanes laid waste to a building which housed large numbers of civilians. Somalis reported 73 dead and more than 200 wounded in the attack. Many of the victims were women and children. Crowds of enraged Somalis responded to this unprovoked sneak attack by setting upon Western journalists, killing four of them. This became the near-exclusive focus of media coverage, ignoring the bloodbath that triggered the popular anger. US military spokesmen presented the attacks as pinpoint strikes that had hit their targets, killing “only” 13 Somalis. This soon proved to a lie. Both the International Red Cross and journalists verified the Somali reports of scores killed and hundreds wounded, simply by checking with local hospitals in the Somali capital. US officials justified the slaughter by claiming that the target was a compound serving as “command and control center” for Mohammed Farah Aidid, the leader of the United Somali Congress, which has demanded an end to the US-United Nations occupation of Somalia. A Pentagon spokesman in Washington described the raid as part of a US effort to “trim General Aidid down to size.” The US military rampage also had the effect of virtually halting the relief operations to feed starving Somalis, which were the ostensible pretext for the US intervention in the first place. Hundreds of tons of food rotted in warehouses around the city, while relief workers fled to avoid the violence. The chaos in Somalia was exacerbated by a falling out among the imperialist powers participating in the intervention. The Italian government, the former colonial power in the country, threatened to withdraw its 2,600 troops, the second largest component, after the UN demanded the removal of General Bruno Loi, the Italian commander, over his alleged refusal to follow US orders. After the scale of the July 12 attack became clear, the Italian government called for a suspension of all combat operations by the “peacekeeping” forces deployed in Somalia. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/09/twih-j09.html#top
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Plane Built to Rescue Iran Hostages Goes to NY Museum



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Russia Poison Victim Dies, Investigation Launched
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Our View from Auschwitz: How Tragedies of the Past Become Lessons for the Future
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Prayers for Those in Need
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נין ה'אמרי אמת': נצר לבית גור: הרה"ח רבי אריה אלתר זצ"ל
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Great Rabbis
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BDE: Harav Aryeh Alter, Z”l



Miracles
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          7/11/2018: NEWS: US: ANY NEW DEAL WITH IRAN WILL HAVE TO BE ABOUT ITS NUCLEAR PLANS, MISSILES AND ‘MALIGN ACTIVITIES’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a mission to garner a global coalition to push back against Iran and limit its militant actions in the region. Speaking exclusively to The National in Abu Dhabi, Mr Pompeo said a “global effort” is...
          Aerojet Rocketdyne makes motor in Rancho Cordova for Mars mission      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The latest rocket motor made to jettison the crew capsule of the Orion spacecraft has been cast at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s plant in Rancho Cordova. The Orion jettison motor, which generates 40,000 pounds of thrust, was cast recently at the local headquarters of the company. The parent company, Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AJRD) is based in El Segundo, where it moved in 2016 to be closer to more defense contractors and to the Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center. Aerojet…

          China, Arab states agree to enhance cooperation under new strategic partnership      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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JEDDAH: The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum began its eighth ministerial meeting in Beijing on Tuesday to discuss ways to strengthen Arab-Chinese relations.
The Saudi delegation was led by Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, who is chairman of the current session.
In a speech at the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced his intention to hold an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and expressed his support for the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative.
China and Arab countries have agreed to establish a “future-oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development,” Xi said.
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said: “We believe that boosting mechanisms of cooperation between us will contribute to achieving the supreme interests of our Arab nation and our friends, and to enhancing historical relations between the two sides, which we are keen to develop and promote in all fields.”
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the ministerial session reflects the two sides’ keenness to deepen Arab-Chinese ties.
He urged China to continue its support for Arab issues, foremost among them the Palestinian cause.
On the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, Al-Jubeir delivered a lecture to the Middle East Studies Association.
He said: “Saudi-Chinese relations have been deepened by both countries’ belief in key principles, notably respecting the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their affairs.”
“Saudi Arabia launched its Vision 2030 reform plan to bolster the economy by reducing dependence on oil, attracting investors, and improving the transparency and performance of government institutions,” he said.
Vision 2030 also aims to create a climate of tolerance and moderation, confront extremism, and enable Saudi women to be partners in moving the Kingdom forward, he added.
Saudi Arabia considers itself an essential partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will have a great economic and social impact on the world, and will contribute to regional security and stability, Al-Jubeir said.
Riyadh is consulting with Beijing on cooperation regarding the BRI, and on encouraging the Middle East to play a key role in the project, he added.
Al-Jubeir pointed to both sides’ keenness to intensify scientific exchanges, as the Kingdom has sent students to China for education and to become bridges between the two countries.
There are hundreds of Saudi students in Chinese universities, and the Kingdom has opened a branch of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Beijing to encourage exchanges between scholars, researchers and students in both countries, he said.
 

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Saudi Arabia intercepts missile launched by Houthis at Jizan Economic City
          Saudi envoy slams Houthis for violating international law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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JEDDAH: The recruitment of children as fighters by Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, their use of civilians as human shields, and the firing of missiles from civilian areas, are blatant violations of international law and humanitarian norms, the Saudi ambassador to the UN told the Security Council.
Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi urged the council to strongly condemn such actions and those who support the Houthis, accusing them of promoting a sectarian agenda.
The operation to liberate Hodeidah port from the Houthis shows that the Saudi-led coalition exercises utmost restraint and abides by all international norms, charters and laws, he said, adding that the coalition continues to cooperate with the UN.
The programs of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) have become models for the care and rehabilitation of children, he said.
Al-Mouallimi highlighted the actions of Houthi militias supported by Iran in Yemen, recruiting and involving children on battlefields, using them as human shields and firing missiles from platforms in civilian neighborhoods.
All constitute a blatant disregard of international laws and humanitarian norms, he said.
The envoy called on the council to condemn these actions and those who support the militias, which are still delaying the implementation of international resolutions.
These parties are working to export corrupt ideologies and promote their sectarian agenda, he said.
Al-Mouallimi also said that the Palestinian people still face the worst kinds of occupation, with the citizens of Gaza living under “an unjust siege.”

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          1/48 EA-18G Growler      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1/48 EA-18G GrowlerThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

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The Boeing E/A-18 G Growler was designed to satisfy a specific U.S. Navy need : have a specialized carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft to replace the not more updated Grumman EA-6B Prowler. The Growler is directly derived from the tandem-seat fighter F/A-18 F Super Hornet which keeps all main aerodynamic characteristics. Thanks to the General Electric engines the Growler is able to reach a maximum speed of mach 1.8, and its flight performance is similar to that of the main carrier-based aircrafts. The crew consists of the pilot and, in tandem, the WSO (Weapon System Officer). Instead of 20 mm cannon of F/A-18, the Growler is mounted dedicated electronic warfare equipment. Furthermore, in its hard points, the Growler is able to carry additional high and low band jamming pods, additional fuel tanks and AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles.


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          1/400 Soviet Submarine Typhoon Class      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1/400 Soviet Submarine Typhoon ClassThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

Model construction kit of the largest nuclear submarine ever built capable of deploying 20 inter-continental ballistic missiles.

- Highly detailed surface structuring
- Moveable periscopes and antennas
- Opening missile bay doors
- Two SS-20 missiles
- Moveable rudder
- Display Stand
- Authentic decal set

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          Project Engineer - Battery      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
RI-Warwick, Michael Page is partnering with a leading producer of batteries that power life-saving medical implants and more than 85 percent of U.S. missile platform. Client Details Michael Page is partnering with a leading producer of batteries that power life-saving medical implants and more than 85 percent of U.S. missile platform. Description The Key Responsibilities of the Senior Manufacturing Engineer:
          Report to Congress on Navy Columbia-Class Submarine Program      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The following is the June 29, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Columbia Class (Ohio Replacement) Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN-826) Program: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report: The Columbia (SSBN-826) class program, previously known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP) or SSBN(X) program, is a program to design and build a new class […]
          U.S. Navy Command Ship, Destroyer in Black Sea for Annual Sea Breeze Exercise      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Two U.S. Navy ships are among the naval forces in the Black Sea this week to participate in an international military exercise co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine. Command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) and guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) entered the Black Sea over the weekend, crossing through the Bosporus Strait into the Black […]
          1/700 US Navy Battleship Missouri (1944-45 Version)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1/700 US Navy Battleship Missouri (1944-45 Version)This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The Iowa Class Battleships were the largest and final great battleships of the US Navy. They included the BB-61 Iowa, the BB-62 New Jersey, and the third ship, the famous BB-63 Battleship Missouri. These ships, which boasted an amazing 212,000hp allowing a 33knots max speed, were armed with massive 40.6cm main guns. The Iowa Class ships stretched 270.4m but were relatively thin, with only 33m max length, enabling these ships to pass through the Panama Canal. Being commissioned in June 1944, the USS Missouri took part in many operations during the Pacific War including bombardments on Japanese mainland and capital. On September 2, 1945, the treaty for the unconditional surrender of Japanese forces was signed onboard the deck of the historical USS Missouri. With the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 the USS Missouri was deployed again with the other Iowa Class Battleships for fire support. The USS Missouri was relegated to reserve duty in 1955, but became subject to complete renovation and modernization in 1986 when she was fitted with the latest in electronic weapon systems, cruise missiles and other improvements. In 1991, the USS Missouri was deployed to fight in the Gulf War. Finally, in 1993, after about a half-century of service, this historical Battleship was at last retired.
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-A plastic assembly kit of the U.S. Navy Battleship Missouri.
-1/700 scale
-Overall length: 386.5mm
-Overall width: 47mm
-The long and narrow form of USS Missouri's hull has been accurately replicated.
-Missouri's characteristics such as the main structure coupled with the front funnel have been reproduced.
-The hull has been divided in two halves in order to reproduce the finest details.
-The finest details of the main structure and the masts have been accurately recreated.
-The main turrets can rotate after completion via polycap.
-Equipment such as armament including 40mm and 20mm guns are sharply reproduced.
-Kit includes two types of floatplanes, Vought OS2U Kingfishers and Curtiss SC-1 Seahawks.

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          1/35 US Modern Vehicle Equipment Set      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1/35 US Modern Vehicle Equipment SetFollowing the M1025 Humvee Armament Carrier (Item 35263) release and the release of the M1046 Humvee TOW Missile Carrier (Item 35267) kit, Tamiya presents a full set replicating the modern equipment used by the US and NATO forces. This set is perfect for reproducing the load usually carried by military vehicles or for making dioramas.

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40mm grenade launcher ammunition boxes, M2 and 40mm machinegun ammunition boxes
CIP (Coalition Identification Panels)
Alice Packs (large and small), sleeping bags, sleeping mats, folding beds, folded tents
Duffle bags, boot bags, Fritz helmets, binoculars
Decals to reproduce markings on ammunition boxes

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          1/35 Russian Main Battle Tank T-90      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
1/35 Russian Main Battle Tank T-90This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The Russian main combat tank T-90 was developed in 1989 by Design Bureau of "Uralvagonzavod" enterprise in Nizhni Tagil, Russia as one more modification of the tank T-72 (T-72BU). In 1993 he was added to armoury with index T-90. The tank is armed with 125mm smooth-bored gun 2A46M of improved accuracy. The gun gives possibility to fire with different types of shells as well as missiles guided by laser beam. Utilization of automatic loader had allowed to obtain rate of fire 7-8 shots per minute, and such feature makes T-90 more notable than most of non-Russian tanks. T-90 is able to fire either any ground target or low flying enemy's aircraft and helicopters. Capabilities of gun and up-to-date sighting complex 1A45T "Irtish" give possibility to destroy any enemy's most modern tank before it could approach at the distance of effective firing from its gun. Auxiliary armament consists of coaxial 7.62mm machine gun PKTM and remotely pointing 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun 6P49 "Kord" on the turret. Protection of tank is provided by utilization of explosive reactive armour and up-to-date optic and electronic countermeasures complex "Shtora-1".

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          FROM THE SEA v1.2.7      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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- A-4, A-6, SU-25, A-7, AV-8B, S-3B, A-10D
- F-8, F-4, RAFALE, F-14, MIG-29K, F/A-18, F-35C, T-50, f-22
- KA-27, NH-90A, AH-53, S-97, CH-47, Ka-52
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- A realistic portrayal of aircraft carriers, warplanes, warships, etc.
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- A war that's truly worldwide in scale ( SPRATLY ISLANDS / N.KOREA / MIDDLE EAST )
- Experience all types of terrains: oceans, deserts, mountains, urban, etc.
- Sink enemy submarines with torpedoes!
- Use bombs to destroy enemy bases and warships! (MK82,83,84 / GBU-12,27,28 / MOAB / CBU87,97/ EMP)
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          PHILIPPINE SEA (July 10, 2018)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Johnnie Vitello reports a flooding casualty to a damage control locker during a general quarters drill aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). Benfold is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anna Van Nuys (Released) 180710-N-GR120-0066
          SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 9, 2018)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199). Mustin is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sonja Wickard (Released) 180709-N-HV059-1268
          L’héritier du trône marocain, 15 ans, a son jet privé équipé de technologies israéliennes Elbit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  De belles armoiries princières, une grande autonomie de vol et surtout, un système de protection contre les missiles développé par Elbit, en Israël : le prince héritier du Maroc a reçu un jet privé parmi les plus performants au monde.Le Maroc est un client très discret pour l’industrie militaire israélienne. Un nouveau jet VIP […]
          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 […]
          Kratos Rolls Out BQM-177A Target Drones for US Navy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Kratos Defense & Security has announced the rollout of its new BQM-177A target drones for U.S. Navy. On July 11 Kratos Defense & Security will be displaying the first aircraft under a $34.5 million contract with the U.S. Navy to supply high-performance subsonic aerial target drones to deliver realistic anti-ship missile threat emulation. According to the company, […]

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          Comment on This week’s poll: are we seeing the last generation of manned military aircraft? by James A. Stewart      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So, yes, American fast food, the bane of all, (not the bane of old). It will ever so hard to surpass the capabilities of the F-35. A fully autonomous aircraft, will make instant decisions, just hope they are the correct ones. For instance, the decision of really whether to engage (fire a missile) or not, and actually start a conflict, where the other side is just bluffing. Might be sort of hard to call that one back.
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RI-Warwick, Michael Page is partnering with a leading producer of batteries that power life-saving medical implants and more than 85 percent of U.S. missile platform. Client Details Michael Page is partnering with a leading producer of batteries that power life-saving medical implants and more than 85 percent of U.S. missile platform. Description The Key Responsibilities of the Senior Manufacturing Engineer:
          (USA-AL-Huntsville) MASINT Analyst      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MASINT Analyst Huntsville, AL|Full Time In order to apply for this or any other job you will need to log in. Position Description Dynetics, an employee-owned company, is seeking a talented MASINT Analyst to join a diverse team to create unique solutions for complex problems. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics provides responsive, costeffective engineering, scientific and IT solutions. This is a MASINT Analyst position supporting the Intelligence Community to develop the capability to find, fix, track (FFT) and target mobile weapon systems. The candidate will use science-based evaluation to identify new signatures that may aid in FFT of deployed systems. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team interacting with contractors and government personnel to achieve the program objectives, but must also be comfortable working independently to analyze technical information and develop innovative solutions to problems. IND2 Basic Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or related field is required. Candidate should have 10 or more years of MASINT analysis experience. However, exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered. Candidate must have experience with one or more of the following sensor types: * RF (intentional, but more importantly, unintentional radiators)* Acoustic* Seismic* Magnetic* Chemical* Nuclear radiation* Gravitational Other Qualifications Ideal candidate will have experience supporting the IC, strong understanding of ballistic missile systems, and an active SCI clearance. Security Requirements Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Top Secret/SSBI Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Final Top Secret Clearance. Job Number: 01.01.04-124 Closing Date: 11/07/2018 #CJ Dynetics is an Equal-Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Software Engineer Huntsville, AL|Full Time In order to apply for this or any other job you will need to log in. Position Description Dynetics, an employee-owned company, is seeking a Software Systems Engineer to join a diverse team to create unique solutions for complex problems. With offices across the United States engaging in the defense, space, cyber and commercial fields, Dynetics provides responsive, costeffective engineering, scientific and IT solutions. This is a Software Systems engineer position supporting a government software office addressing Army Air and Missile Defense systems, with focus on Command and Control systems. This position will be involved with all phase of software development life cycle activities. Tasks will include the review and analysis of software-level system requirements, architecture, design, test procedures and verification documentation, supporting integration and software test activities, and , development of software test / verification plans, and assistance with software testing of an Army Air and Missile Defense command and control system. The senior software engineer must be highly organized with a strong technical background in computing hardware, software and/or networking. The candidate in this role will function within the project office’s software directorate and will work with both contractors, government civilians and system operators. The candidate must be comfortable in a fast-paced working environment and be willing to engage various levels of stakeholders to ensure the software developed is capable of meeting the needs of the intended users. Basic Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or related field is required. Candidate should have 2 or more years of software engineering experience. The candidate should have some experience with the Army LINK-16 communications interface and standard, and have background in C++ or Java with experience in low-level operating system interactions. Candidate needs to have a record of taking initiative and being a team player in a small team environment. Occasional travel may be required in support of this position. Must have active current DoD security clearance. The candidate must be a US Citizen and a resident of the Huntsville, AL area or be willing to relocate to the Huntsville, AL area. Other Qualifications Software development experience in support of DoD programs is preferred, especially in an Army Air and Missile Defense program. Candidate should have excellent communication skills, experience working with both development staff and end users and strong work ethic. Experience with software systems engineering and software testing is highly desired. Security Requirements Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Secret Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Secret Clearance. Job Number: 01.07.04-119 Closing Date: 11/07/2018 Dynetics is an Equal-Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
          Report: North Korea Asked Israel For $1 BILLION In Cash To Halt Missile Sales To Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Report: North Korea Asked Israel For $1 BILLION In Cash To Halt Missile Sales To Iran

North Korea made an offer to Israel in 1999 to scrap its agreements to provide missile technology to its chief enemies – if Israel paid $1 billion in cash, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

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          Comment on U.N. Green Climate Fund chief resigns after disastrous meeting by Mike the Morlock      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Eric my country did the Marshall plan, the Berlin airlift, fought the cold war to allow people the right to decide who will govern them. We have not always been successful, Hungary 1956. Who are these people to question us.... michael P.S. I Remember as a child the Cuban missile crisis. Others here can say the same.
          Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DID's FOCUS Article covering the Patriot anti-air missile system, including all development & contracts during the FY 2007 time frame...
          Comment on Russia, China Could Soon Outmatch U.S. in Combat Aviation by alking1957      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Yes, Russia now has the best missles of all kinds. And since they have no wish to go to far away places to subdue anyone, they dont even bother with building large fleet of modern warships. Any country that try to invade Russia will lose in conventional war, obliterated by the new russian missiles, or if they so choose, be completely vaporized by torrent of nukes. China should do the same.
          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.
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Does Iran really want to nuke Israel? Is Israel stronger than Iran? A top security expert explains Israel ranked eighth most powerful country in the world North Korea expanded missile facility during talks with Trump, analysts say Pompeo downplays North Korea's rebuke of 'gangster-like' denuclearization demands North Korea reportedly extended an offer to Israel in 1999 to nix its agreements to sell missile technology to Iran and other enemy states that posed a threat to the Jewish state at the time - if Israel paid Pyongyang $1 billion in cash. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal published...
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A sensitive training manual for the U.S. military’s lethal MQ-9 Reaper UAV was put up for sale on an underground marketplace last month, after a hacker plucked it from an Air Force captain’s home network using a default password.

But despite an asking price of only $150, nobody was interested. “I’ve been personally investigating the  dark web for almost 15 years, and this is the first time I’ve uncovered documents of this nature,” says Andrei Barysevich, director of advanced collection at Recorded Future. “This type of document would typically be stolen by nation-state hackers. They wouldn’t be offering it on the dark web, and certainly not for $150.” Developed by General Atomics, the $64 million MQ-9 Reaper is the heavily-armed follow-on to the Predator drone, capable of dropping laser-guided bombs and Hellfire missiles on a target from an altitude of 50 thousand feet. In its unarmed configuration it’s been used by DHS for border surveillance and NASA for weather studies. The stolen Reaper training manual was titled “MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 (UHK97000-15) RPAMaintenance Event 1 Delta Training.” It was unclassified, but the cover bore a lengthy admonishment on safe handling.

“This information is furnished upon condition that it will not be  released to another nation without the specific authority” of the Air Force, the cover reads. “[T]he recipient will report promptly to the United States, any known or suspected compromises.” The document, and others like it, was pilfered from the home network of an Air Force captain in the 432d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, says Barysevich. A spokesperson for the squadron did not immediately respond to an inquiry from the Daily Beast on Tuesday. Barysevich says he spotted the manual for sale on a dark web forum in early June. Posing as a potential buyer, he struck up a conversation with the seller, who turned out to be part of a small hacking crew based in South America that specializes in low-hanging fruit. Armed with some rudimentary knowledge and an Internet-of-things search engine called Shodan, the hackers learned to exploit a feature in some Netgear home routers that allow a user to attach an external USB drive and load it up with documents, videos or music that they want to share across their home network. An extra option called the “Personal FTP Server” also makes the files accessible over the public Internet, so the user can fetch them from work or while traveling.If the user switches the Personal FTP Server option on, and doesn’t explicitly set a password for the server, all their shared files are left wide open to anybody who logs in as “anonymous,” with no password required — a mistake evidently made by the Air Force captain. “We reported this to DHS and various law enforcement agencies, and they forwarded the information to the U.S. Air Force,” says Barysevich.

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Госдепартамент США одобрил продажу Великобритании и Дании авиационных ракет на сумму $740 млн. Об этом сообщает Агентство по сотрудничеству в сфере обороны и безопасности (DSCA), входящее в структуру Пентагона. Исполнителем контрактов выбрана Raytheon Missile Systems Company.
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우주개발(우주개발산업)중요성, 우주개발(우주개발산업)과 항공우주산업,우주군사, 우주개발(우주개발산업)과 ESA, 우주개발산업 기대효과,장기비젼우리나라 항공우주산업의 현황과 전망00항공우주산업 의의,역사, 미국,프랑스 항공우주산업 사례, 인도 항공우주산업 사례, 한국 항공우주산업 사례, 항공우주산업 활성화방안,전망 분석[우주]우주 구조, 우주와 우주탐험역사, 우주와 우주관, 우주와 태양계행성, 우주와 우주 관련 직업, 우주와 항공우주산업, 우주개발 관련 제언[우주개발][우주개발산업]우주개발(우주개발산업) 의의,역사,현황, 우주개발(우주개발산업) 체계구축,부처별역할,항공우주산업,내실화방안[산업기술개발][항공우주산업]산업기술개발과 항공우주산업, 산업기술개발과 항공기재료산업, 산업기술개발과 반도체산업, 산업기술개발과 자동차부품산업, 산업기술개발과 융자금지원, 산업기술개발과 평가관리 참고문헌을 보면 아시겠지만 인용한 부분은 출처(각주)를 확실히 달았고요. 논문 및 레포트 작성시 많은 도움이 되실거에요. 확인해 보셔요~ ^^ 제1장 서론 제1절 연구의 배경 및 목적 제2절 연구의 방법 및 구성 제2장 항공우주산업의 일반적 고찰 제1절 항공우주산업의 개요 1. 항공우주산업의 정의 2. 항공우주산업의 중요성 제2절 항공우주산업의 기술 파급효과 1. 종합 시스템산업 효과 2. 선도산업으로서의 기술파급효과 제3장 세계 항공우주산업의 현황 및 사례분석 제1절 세계 항공우주산업의 현황과 전망 1. 세계 항공우주산업의 시장규모 2. 주요업체간 통합 움직임 3. 주요업체 최근 동향 4. 세계시장 전망 제2절 항공우주산업의 주요업체 지식집약화 사례분석 1. 세계 항공우주산업의 시장규모 2. 우주산업 : 아리안스페이스사(Arianespace) 제4장 국내 항공우주산업의 현황 및 발전 잠재력 제1절 국내 항공우주산업의 현황 및 문제점 1. 항공우주산업의 발전과정 2. 주요업체 현황 3. 수급현황 및 세계속의 위치 4. 항공우주산업의 기술수준 제2절 발전 가능성 및 당면 문제점 1. 국내 항공우주산업 발전 가능성 2. 국내 항공우주산업 당면 문제점 3. 항공우주산업의 강점과 약점 제5장 우리나라 항공우주산업의 발전전략 제1절 우리나라 항공우주산업의 추진과제 1. 정부차원의 추진과제 2. 기업차원의 추진과제 제2절 우리나라 항공우주산업의 발전전략 1. 기본전략 2. 세부추진전략 제6장 결론 제1절 연구의 요약 및 시사점 제2절 연구의 한계점 향후 연구과제 【참고문헌】 21세기는 최첨단 항공우주시대이다. 20세기말 이후 인터넷과 위성통신 등 IT와 통신기술의 발달 그리고 교통운송 수단의 발전에 힘입어 지구촌 시대는 이미 실현됐다. 이제는 국가와 기업과 개인의 활동무대가 지상의 한계를 뛰어 넘어 드넓은 창공과 우주로 향하고 있다. 항공우주산업은 군사적 전략적으로 뿐만 아니라 경제와 기술적 측면에서도 국가의 발전과 기업의 성장을 주도할 수 있는 미래지향적인 선도산업이다. 자동차산업와 비교해 볼 때 연관 산업에 미치는 파급효과가 몇 배에 달하는 국가경제의 핵심산업이다. 하지만 현재 우리나라 항공우주산업의 국제적 위상은 세계 20위권 밖에 머물고 있다. 기술수준과 산업규모가 대만 이스라엘 스페인에도 훨씬 못 미치는 상황이다. 이에 정부는 항공우주산업을 자동차 반도체 컴퓨터에 이은 21세기 국가 기반산업으로 육성해 나간다는 방침하에 미래 중점 육성산업중 하나로 지정한 채 각종 지원방안을 마련하고 시행하는 등 많은 투자와 노력을 기울이고 있다. 우리나라 항공우주산업은 정부의 방위산업 육성정책에 따라 지난 70년대부터 시작됐다. 70년대에는 헬리콥터를 조립해 생산하는 단순 조립생산 수준에 머물렀으나 80년대에 항공산업부문에 대한 기업 진입이 자유로워지면서 항공기 기체 날개 등 부품생산과 수출이 본격화됐다. 항공산업에 대한 기본적인 기술축적에 나선 것은 90년대 이후 창공-91 기본훈련기(KT-1) 무인항공기 등 자체 항공기 개발에 역점을 두기 시작하면서 부터이다. 현재는 고등훈련기(T-50)을 비롯해 4인승 소형항공기 다목적 비행선 사업 등 다양한 항공기 개발사업이 진행 중이다. 90년대 후반 이전까지 국내 항공산업은 부품제작과 하청조립 위주의 단품생산 분야에 그 자원 활용이 집중됐다. 이 때문에 부품가공과 면허조립 등 제조기술을 중심으로 상대적으로 낮은 단계의 기술만을 보유하고 있으며 설계기술 시험평가기술 관리기술 등은 매우 낮은 수준에 머물러 있다. 우주산업도 사정은 비슷하다. 미국 러시아 일본 캐나다 등 선진국에 비해 한참 뒤떨어져 있고 인도 이스라엘 브라질 인도네시아 등 후발우주개발국가에 비해서도 아직은 많이 낙후되어 있다. 우주산업의 발전을 모색하고 나선 것은 지난 90년대부터 소형실험위성인 우리별 1 2호와 통신방송위성인 무궁화위성 1 2호 그리고 멀티미디어 통신방송위성인 무궁화3호가 잇따라 발사되면서부터 우리나라 우주산업은 첫걸음을 시작했다. 이처럼 아직 걸음마 단계에 머물고 있는 국내 항공우주산업을 선진국 수준으로 끌어올리고 세계적인 경쟁력 확보를 위해 정부는 오는 2015년까지 세계 10위권에 진입하겠다는 야심찬 목표를 세웠다. 이를 위해 2005년까지 고등 훈련기 다목적 헬기 중형 항공기 등을 개발함으로써 항공기의 설계 개발 생산 능력을 확보한다는 세부 전략을 마련했다. 또 2010년까지는 개발 항공기의 세계시장 진출에 주력해 궁극적으로 2015년까지 세계 10위권 국가로 진입한다는 계획이다. 여기에 정부는 2005년까지 우주발사체를 포함한 우주센터건립 등 적극적인 우주개발계획안도 함께 마련했다. 현재 우리나라는 항공후발국으로서 산업 육성의 초기단계에 머물러 있으나 발전 잠재력만큼은 상당히 크다. 우리나라의 경제규모는 세계 13위 수준으로 상위권의 경제력을 보유하고 있으며 인구규모와 높은 국민 교육수준 등을 감안할 때 성장가능성은 높다. 특히 아시아 지역의 경제성장으로 21세기에는 이 지역 항공수요가 크게 증가할 것으로 예상되는데다 우리나라 국방예산 규모는 세계 10위권으로 상대적으로 항공우주산업이 발전할 수 있는 좋은 토양을 갖고 있다. 이 때문에 전문가들은 정부가 항공우주산업 관련 부처간 유기적인 협조체제를 구축하고 일관성있는 중장기 발전계획하에 지원을 강화해 나간다면 빠른 시일 내 세계 10위권 항공선진국으로의 도약이 가능할 것으로 보고 있다. 본 연구에서는 이러한 문제의식을 가지고 세계항공산업의 패러다임 변화에 대응하여 우리나라 항공우주산업의 현황 및 문제점을 파악하고 우리나라 항공우주산업이 선진국과 대응하여 경쟁력을 갖추기 위한 발전전략을 도출하는 것이 목적이다. - 국내문헌 김상경(2001) “항공산업 활성화를 위한 정책방향에 관한 연구” 석사학위논문 한 남대 경영대학원. 남인석(2000) “항공우주산업 육성정책 방향” 항공우주 박용한(2000) “21세기 대한민국 항공우주산업의 발전전략에 관한 연구” 석사학위 논문 경상대 경영대학원. 박종선(2000) “한국 항공산업의 발전방향” 「항공산업연구」. 안영수(2001) “주요국의 항공우주산업 R&D 현황과 시사점” 「항공우주」. 우천식(2000) “21세기 국가경쟁력 강화 : 기본전략과 과제” 21세기 한국의 국가경쟁력 제고 방안 대외경제정책연구원. 유재림(2002) “항공산업 육성정책에 관한 연구” 석사학위논문 국방대 국방관리대 학원. 이기상 이무영(2001) “항공기산업의 정부개입과 국제협력” 「항공우주」 한국과학기술정책연구원(2000) “기술혁신을 위한 정부의 역할 및 정책” 「한국공학한 림원세미나」 한국항공우주진흥협회(2003) “항공산업 발전비전과 세부 추진전략” 「항공우주」 한국항공우주진흥협회(2003) “항공우주산업의 발전전략” 항공우주 p6. 한국항공우주진흥협회(2003) 항공우주산업 2002년 실적과 2003년 전망 항공우주」 p 4~7. 항공산업연구소(2001) “중소형 항공기 국제공동개발사업 기획연구” 「항공우주」 황진영(2000) “중소형 항공기 개발의 추진방향과 국제협력위 유치” 항국항공우주연구소 황위익(2003) “항공운송산업의 전략적 제휴에 대한 연구” 석사학위논문 인하대 국제통상물류대학원. - 해외문헌 Daniel Michaels 2000 U.K. Defense Raytheon Missile [기술개발, 기술개발사례] 항공기재료 기술개발 사례, 무선인터넷게임 기술개발 사례, 동물복제 기술개발 사례, 우주산업 기술개발 사례, 해양폐기물처리 기술개발 사례에 관한 분석[한국항공우주산업-최신공채합격자기소개서]한국항공우주산업자소서,한국항공우주산업자기소개서,한국항공우주산업주식회사자소서,한국항공우주합격자기소개서,항공우주산업자소서항공우주산업 배경,분야,특징, 항공우주산업 현황, 항공우주산업과 우주왕복선,우주공장, 항공우주산업과 항공우주 관련직업, 항공우주산업 육성방안[레포트자료]항공우주산업개론[레포트자료]항공우주산업개론[지식기반사회, 지식경쟁력] 지식기반경제사회의 도래와 지식경쟁력강화의 필요성 및 애니메이션산업의 지식경쟁력, 우주산업의 지식경쟁력, 영화산업의 지식경쟁력, 음반산업(음악산업)의 지식경쟁력, 항공기산업의 지식경쟁력 분석[항공우주] 우리나라 항공우주산업의 현황 및 발전전략[항공기산업] 항공기산업(항공기부품산업)의 범위, 특성, 발전과정과 항공기산업(항공기부품산업)의 현황, 문제점 및 항공기산업(항공기부품산업)의 발전 전략, 지식경쟁력 강화 방안 분석[21세기 국내 산업 新성장동력 제약&의료기기 산업 현황과 전략] 21세기 국내 산업 新성장동력 제약•의료기기 산업 현황과 전략(Boeing) 항공기제조산업의 현황 및 미래성장전략[지식경쟁력][우주산업][항공기산업][전자상거래산업][영화산업]우주산업의 지식경쟁력, 항공기산업의 지식경쟁력, 전자상거래산업의 지식경쟁력, 애니메이션산업의 지식경쟁력, 영화산업과 음반산업의 지식경쟁력[경제발전론] 한국의 신 성장 동력 친환경 산업의 발전방향◆ 2018년 KAI 한국항공우주산업 대졸신입 자기소개서 합격예문 + 연봉/합격스펙 [KAI 자소서/한국항공우주산업자기소개서](2018년 KAI 자기소개서) 한국항공우주산업 대졸신입 자기소개서 합격예문 + 합격스펙 [KAI 자소서 자기소개서 샘플] 조회수:2216회
          Global Mechanical and Electronic Fuzes Market to Witness Soaring Growth During 2017-2027      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Mechanical And Electronic Fuzes Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017-2027" report to their offering.

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/11/2018 -- Missiles, rockets, bombs, shells and other ammunitions form a vital part of the firing capacity of a military in modern warfare. Since these ammunitions are loaded with explosives, there is always a risk of explosion during storage, launching and handling. This requires the incorporation of some security gadgets into these ammunitions. The security system should work until the ammunition is propelled and after the launch, the firing mechanism should take control. In order to accomplish this, an arming mechanism is also required in the ammunition. All the above mentioned necessities are fulfilled by gadgets called fuzes. Fuzes are electronic or mechanical devices attached to ammunition to provide reliable and safe detonations at the desired time and place. These devices control safe separation of ammunition from the delivery platform and trigger its detonation.

Basic functions of fuze are arming, safing, firing and target sensing. Mechanical fuzes have their safing, arming and firing mechanisms which mostly involves mechanical components, linkages and other mechanisms. Due to their simplicity and ease of conceptualization, mechanical fuzes were the earliest fuzes developed and are still used for many different types of ammunitions. Fuzes operated by mechanical devices make use of mechanical linkages like gears, springs, rotors, sliders and plungers or a combination of some of these. As a result of extensive safety requirements, mechanical fuzes have many components and are of a clockwork design.

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There are certain factors that are of primary concern while designing mechanical and electrical fuzes. These include safety and resistance, deterioration in use, handling and storage, reliability of action, simple construction and adequate strength.As a result of extensive safety requirements, mechanical fuzes generally have many components and are of a clockwork design. The electronic fuzes were developed in mid1960's and thereafter, there has been continuous development in this technology. Today, electronic fuzes are being used in many modern weapon systems and have replaced mechanical fuzes in many places.

Mechanical & Electronic Fuzes: MarketDynamics

The need for electronic fuze basically arises from the limitations of other existing fuze systems. The conventional mechanical fuzes contain all the necessary systems required for performing their functions efficiently. However, the intelligence integrated into electronic fuzes is absent from mechanical fuzes. Integration of electronics into fuze adds the required intelligence to the system and makes it more accomplished to do its job. This factor is primarily responsible for driving the growth of the electronic fuze market. There are some advantages of electronic fuzes over conventional mechanical fuzes. First, proximity fuze action is possible only with electronic fuze. Second, a great practical advantage of this type of fuze over conventional time fuze is that it releases the gunner's responsibility of fuze setting, which essentially means that the operator has to only ensure that ammunition passes within lethal range of the target; the fuze does the rest. Third, in comparison to mechanical fuzes, electronic fuzes are light-weight and compact. This gives extra space to fill the explosive. However, these additional features comes at the cost of complex design and susceptibility of electronic fuze to some environmental and working conditions. Electronic fuze design becomes more complex due to integration of electronic circuitry and its interfacing with mechanical sub-systems.

Mechanical & Electronic Fuzes: MarketSegmentation

Based on product type, the global mechanical & electronic fuzes market is segmented into the following:

Mortar Fuze

Artillery Fuze

Rocket Fuze

Aircraft Fuze

Others

Based on function, the global mechanical & electronic fuzes market is segmented into the following:

Impact Fuze

Time Fuze

Proximity Fuze

Combination Fuze

Command Fuze

Others

Based on application, the global mechanical & electronic fuzes market is segmented into the following:

Air-to-Air

Air-to-Ground

Ground-to-Air

Ground-to-Ground

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Mechanical & Electronic Fuzes: Market Participants

Examples of some of the market participants identified across the value chain of global mechanical & electronic fuzes market include:

JUNGHANS Microtec GmbH

Action Manufacturing Company,Inc.

Reshef Technologies Ltd.

MAXAM Corp Holding, S.L

Reutech Fuchs Electronics

DIXI microtechniques

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          07/10 Links Pt2: The UN ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust; Students for Justice in Palestine Says Progress Impossible ‘So Long as Israel Exists’; Israeli spacecraft aims for historic moon landing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Watchdog group: United Nations ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust
The United Nations has failed to seriously combat antisemitism and in some cases has de-Judaized the Holocaust, a Geneva watchdog group said on Monday.

UN Watch made the accusation in a report it presented at a special event at the Knesset.

Israel has long argued that the UN’s treatment of it is tantamount to antisemitism because of the body’s long record of excessively condemning Israeli actions above and beyond those of other nations.
Haley says UN could benefit from fresh set of eyes, calls out anti-Israeli bias at UN, January 19, 2017 (Reuters)

“When it comes to Jews, when it comes to Israelis, the UN has become a hostile and biased body,” said Yesh Atid head MK Yair Lapid, who chaired the Knesset event. “The organization that is meant to fight antisemitism, which is sworn to fight antisemitism, is guilty of antisemitism itself.”

The UN Watch report, presented by the group’s executive director, Hillel Neuer, said that in addition the UN has done little to tackle antisemitism even though it is tasked with combating worldwide racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

The report lauded some UN actions on antisemitism, including UNESCO’s Holocaust education program and the statements of some UN officials, including Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

But the bulk of the report protested the failure of UN officials and relevant bodies, including outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, to properly address the problem of antisemitism.

Zeid did not make a “single standalone statement” in reaction to an antisemitic event during his four years in office, UN Watch said.

He also “trivialized and de-Judaized the Holocaust,” the group said.


At Jerusalem event, terror survivor recounts police capture of friend’s killers
Kay Wilson is intimately acquainted with evil. Eight years ago on a sunny December afternoon, Palestinian terrorists brutally stabbed Wilson and her friend as they hiked a trail in a picturesque forest outside Jerusalem.

As she helplessly watched her friend Kristine Luken be murdered with a machete, Wilson made the split-second decision to play dead — a move that would end up saving her life.

Bound, gagged and stabbed 13 times, Wilson was determined not to die deep in the woods alongside Luken where their bodies could be overlooked. Somehow, she mustered the strength to walk over a kilometer through the forest on what she calls her own personal “death march” to call for help.

Her eyewitness testimony and remnants of the killer’s DNA led to the capture of Luken’s killers. They later confessed to murdering another woman, Neta Sorek, earlier in 2010.

The extraordinary story of Wilson’s will to survive, and the subsequent police investigation was the subject of an 2018 Israeli TV documentary titled “Black Forest,” directed by Hadar Kleinman Zadok and Timna Goldstein Hattab.

The 50-minute film produced by public broadcaster Kan provided a therapeutic outlet for Wilson, who years later, is still healing from the physical and emotional trauma she suffered in the grisly attack.
As Literary Award Changes Its Name to Escape Allegations of Racism, Instances of Anti-Semitism Go Unnoticed
Children’s literature news does not ordinarily make it into lead stories in the New York Times. Last week’s announcement by the ALSC (Association for Library Services for Children, part of the American Library Association) that it had changed the name of one of its most prestigious awards was an exception. The award formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award has now been renamed the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. The ALSC reached this decision after months of debate about the psychological impact of racism in Wilder’s books on young readers. A broad-based movement to increase diverse and accurate representations of people of color and other marginalized groups has engulfed the world of children’s books. Wilder’s work, which undoubtedly includes insensitive and offensive material about Native Americans, had become a very visible target. Where do Jews come into this story?

Last year’s recipient of the Wilder Award was the distinguished African-American author and poet Nikki Grimes. Grimes is the author of many critically acclaimed works, including one which is distorted by the most blatant and lurid anti-Semitic tropes. At Jerusalem’s Gate: Poems of Easter accuses the Jewish people of venality, corruption, and hatred in the events surrounding the death of Jesus. The book closely follows the Gospels’ interpretation of these events. The high priest Caiaphas is described as “a mongrel smelling blood.” The Pharisees and Sadducees are conflated as members of the same evil elite, and Pontius Pilate is a passive and blameless victim of the enraged Jews who force him to kill the Messiah. The book is composed of poems, each one prefaced by the author’s comments and suggestions for discussion. Grimes encourages children to think creatively about the motives for killing Jesus: “Why would false witnesses agree to provide a legitimate excuse to have an innocent person crucified? My guess is money. Perhaps there were other reasons. Any ideas?” The poems are accompanied by illustrator David Frampton’s dangerously beautiful woodcuts, giving the story intense visual impact. One picture shows the Jewish leadership holding coins and other treasures, which they would supposedly risk losing should Jesus and his followers triumph.



From ‘intersectionality’ to the exclusion of Jewish students: BDS makes a worrying turn on US campuses
During the fall semester, when little was happening on the anti-Israel Hard Left on American campuses, we could have been forgiven for thinking that perhaps the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement had slowed. But as the year continued, coinciding with Israel’s 70th anniversary, the pace of BDS efforts increased and included something relatively new: efforts to mark off, isolate, and ghettoise Jews supporting Israel on campuses, while characterising Jews in ways that are deeply worrying.
BDS on Campus

Overall, the BDS movement generated some 22 campaigns on American campuses in 2017-18, two more than it did in 2016-17. This number was down from the immediate post-Gaza incursion peak years when BDS forces mounted 44 campaigns in 2014-15 and 33 during 2016-17, 77 in all. The recent period saw BDS organising 42 campaigns in two years. BDS forces claimed victory this year in 9 of the 22 campaigns it sponsored, a 41 per cent rate of success.

Late in the year, the renewed intensity of the BDS campaigns contrasted notably with the year’s beginning. If anything, campuses were still reeling from the events at Charlottesville in August 2017 and the appearance by neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia with swastikas, torches and disturbing signs vowing ‘Jews will not replace us’. University leaders were also preoccupied with the growing conflict over free speech involving primarily alt-Right speakers and demands for access to public fora on campuses. Richard Spencer stirred concerns by threats to sue institutions infringing on his first amendment right to speak and by actively bringing radicals to campus, threatening real violence. At the University of Florida, the governor mobilised the Florida guard.

BDS forces scored successes in November, passing divestment resolutions in several student governments; surprisingly, first at the University of Michigan (UM), where BDS had repeatedly failed until then, at Ohio State University, the University of South Florida, the University of Minnesota, New York University (NYU), George Washington University, and recently, Barnard (in a campus referendum) and the University of Oregon. Such victories were symbolic only, as university presidents and boards of trustees quickly announced they opposed BDS and would not divest university financial holdings. On the other side of the ledger, BDS was solidly defeated at the University of Maryland, Northeastern University, the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, the City University of New York, Earlham, Swarthmore, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Barry Shaw: The hypocrisy of intersectionality and the Jewish question
People with strategic antennae can detect a throwback to the Soviet inspired canard of “Zionism is Racism.” This radical left-wing anti-Israel trope raised its ugly head way back in 2001 at the UN World Conference Against Racism in South Africa where thousands of anti-Israel demonstrators and groups hijacked the event to target the Jewish state with phony propaganda including apartheid accusations.

Sadly, despite being beaten down in the United Nations, this same anti-Zionism has breathed new life and is active today on the campuses and streets of America and Britain, reaching out into support for Hamas and Hezbollah.

As it was then, it is dressed up as a universal human rights issue. The same tiresome aspersions are trotted out, and soft vacant minds of the impressionable young are hooked on a cause to which they are physically detached but to which they have been seduced to dedicate their energies. It fits their progressive upbringing. Sadly, a growing number of the newly deceived are Jewish.

In America, many have been raised by parents from the anti-war, hippie, flower power, era who, from a distance, frowned on Israel for not bringing peace to the Palestinians and, from their distant armchair, encourage their kids to become activists in an anti-Israel cause. And they do it, they claim, for the benefit of an Israel that is too dumb, and too aggressive, to see the error of our ways.

What they have yet to realize is that firstly, they are wrong, and secondly their kids have gone from being liberal to becoming the most illiberal, closed-minded, and intolerant people in the community. They exist, you see, on a higher moral plain than the rest of us. They know better
"Jihad Allowance": Views of Work in the Middle East
After the ruling class, the highest respect and wealth is given to the jihadist class or military leadership class. Otherwise, the jihadist or military class might turn against the leadership and Islamic system itself. That is one reason why the highest pensions in most Muslim countries, as in Gaza and the West Bank, go to widows, parents and children of jihadists and military retirees.

"We [the Muslim world], don't work and if we work, we don't do it professionally. We do not produce . . . and we import everything from the needle to missiles... Muhammad ordered us to excel in everything 'if you kill, do it properly, and if you slaughter, do it properly...' How come the Zionist gang has managed to be superior to us? They have become superior through knowledge and technology and work ethics." — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

Today, as Muslims are escaping their vast, poverty-stricken Islamic territories in 54 Islamic nations for the greener lands of Europe and America, Westerners seem to think they are rescuing refugees. Many times they are, but other times this is just the latest version of a story that has been repeating itself for 1,400 years.
Can Labor stamp out antisemitism as long as Corbyn is chairman?
Recently the Deputy Chairman of the Labor Party, Tom Watson, admitted that the antisemitism problem within the party has deteriorated in the past year. In a message to the Jewish Labor Movement he said the problem was not “just with individual cases of antisemitism,” but with “wider patterns of association.” Watson mentioned that he was ashamed that antisemitism was “ignored or minimized or excused” by some Labor members.

Watson’s statement begs the question of whether the party can overcome antisemitism as long as Jeremy Corbyn is its chairman. This has been doubtful for a long time. There are many indications that Corbyn is highly uninterested in frontally facing this hatred. In addition, he has for years been close to various antisemites. He also promoted antisemites to party positions when he became chairman. A series of events in the last three months show even more clearly that Corbyn is far too much part of the problem to reasonably expect the party to handle antisemitism complaints.

Labor has said that it wants to deal with the majority of the complaints by the end of July. The party appointed Gordon Nandell, a leading left-wing lawyer who is Jewish, to oversee its disciplinary process. There have since been many revelations of his links to the party’s hard left and activists involved in antisemitism issues.

Upon these disclosures, the Jewish Labor MP, Luciana Berger, asked the party’s national executive committee to review Nandell’s appointment. She tweeted: “This individual had made worrying statements on social media and was identifiably connected to organizations and individuals that seek to deny the antisemitism problem. We were ignored.” She also said that she “had no faith in how the party was going to tackle antisemitism.

In March 2018, Corbyn said that since he had become party chairman, there have been 300 complaints of antisemitism. He added that 150 people have either been expelled or resigned. Corbyn stated the backlog of complaints to be 60 cases. The Daily Mail reported, however, a backlog of 74 cases. It added that MP John Mann said he knew of another 130 complaints. One source in Labor told the paper: “Many of these cases include the most shocking and blatant antisemitism that would make even a committed Nazi blush.”
The Labour Party’s rejection of the International Definition of Antisemitism was long-planned
Nearly two months ago, Campaign Against Antisemitism called out the Labour Party’s intention to reject the International Definition of Antisemitism. By analysing the seemingly positive letter and article published by Jeremy Corbyn in April, observing what was omitted, and noting Andrew Gwynne MP’s contemporaneous comments on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, we identified Labour’s disingenuous plans for all to see, calling it an “insult to the Jewish community”. Then, as now, the Labour Party had the gall to declare that they – not the world’s expert historians and academics nor the Jewish community – were best-placed to define antisemitism.

However, when this clearly telegraphed plan took a step further toward formal adoption, MPs lined up to decry it, with Labour frontbencher Sir Kier Starmer, on the same Andrew Marr Show, saying that Labour should implement the International Definition of Antisemitism “sharpish”. Other Labour MPs, including Chukka Umunna, Liz Kendall, Wes Streeting, Stella Creasey and Anna Turley all added their public declarations of outrage.

The junking of the definition was not done in secret: it was public. This begs the question: when the plan to carve convenient chunks out of the definition had been so clearly announced in advance, why are Labour politicians only now affecting surprise? One can applaud them registering opposition, but any politician with a significant commitment to opposing racism in their own party would surely have acted long ago: the facts, the individuals and teams working on it being easily accessible parliamentary and Party colleagues.

In only one respect was our expectation changed: in relation to so-called Holocaust inversion, the act of comparing the actions of Jews or the State of Israel to those of the Nazis, which is a part of the international definition which the Labour party has now seen fit to omit. Considering that Mr Corbyn himself publicly wrote on 26th March to a Jewish charity, saying: “Comparing Israel or the actions of Israeli governments to the Nazis…constitutes [an] aspect of contemporary antisemitism”, the brazenness of this latest move by the Labour Party is laid bare.
NGO Monitor: Take 2: Powerful NGOs, Antisemitism, and the Irish BDS Bill
In January 2018, a bill to criminalize trade in Israeli settlement goods was raised in the Irish Parliament. As previously noted by NGO Monitor, the bill was prepared in conjunction with Trocaire and Christian Aid – two powerful non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the demonization of Israel. The bill was introduced by independent Senator Frances Black, who previously called for a boycott of all Israeli products.

The initial attempt to pass the bill ended after Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney noted that bill was legally problematic, appearing to contravene EU laws prohibiting “unilateral restrictions on trade.”

Furthermore, as noted by law professor Orde F. Kittrie, the bill may also breach US laws and could have consequences for American companies with Irish subsidiaries.

However, following intensive NGO lobbying and trips to Israel and the West Bank where Irish lawmakers met with radical political NGOs, the bill is being revived, and the Irish Seanad will vote on it this week (July 11, 2018).
Students for Justice in Palestine Says Progress Impossible ‘So Long as Israel Exists’
Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California, Davis, acknowledged on Friday that it did not believe progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was possible “so long as the state of Israel exists.”

“The goal of Palestinian resistance is not to establish ‘love’ with those who are responsible for the suffering of the Palestinian people,” the group asserted in an essay published by the student-run California Aggie, “it is to completely dismantle those forces at play.”

SJP was responding to an op-ed by the Aggies for Israel club, which criticized a protest of its “Choose Love” campaign by anti-Zionist students.

“They held posters saying ‘Justice is our demand, Palestine is our Land,’ ‘Resistance is justified when people are occupied’ and one of the most personal ones, ‘Gofman has got to go'” — a reference to student government President Michael Gofman, a member of Aggies for Israel — the group wrote in June.

“As people shouted ‘f**k Israel,’ ‘f**k Michael Gofman’ and ‘you should have learned from Germany,’ in our faces, a question emerged: How could we have a ‘Choose Love’ campaign while people were choosing hate?” they asked. “These blatant anti-Semitic phrases go beyond any acceptable criticism of Israeli policies.”
Muslim Democrat Running for Congress Blames Israel for ‘Evil Doings’ in Gaza
A Somali American Muslim women running to replace Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) has previously accused Israel of “evil doings” in the Gaza Strip and called it an “apartheid state.”

In a November 2012 tweet, Ilhan Omar, who is currently a Minnesota state representative, said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” Her 2012 tweet came after the Israel Defense Forces launched an operation in the Gaza Strip following the launching of 100 rockets at the Jewish state.

In May, Omar responded to criticism of the 2012 tweet by accusing Israel of being an “apartheid state.”

“Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews. You are a hateful sad man, I pray to Allah you get the help you need and find happiness,” she wrote on Twitter on May 28, 2018.

Omar told ABC News on Sunday that she is not antisemitic and accused her critics of “bigotry.”

“These accusations are without merit. They are rooted in bigotry toward a belief about what Muslims are stereotyped to believe,” she said, while not apologizing for her previous tweets.
Framing the topic in BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?
Presenter Jonathan Dimbleby is of course on record as saying that the BBC’s decision to uphold parts of complaints made concerning Israel-related reporting by Jeremy Bowen would “cause serious damage” to the corporation’s international standing, while describing those complaints as “lies and distortions”.

His interventions during discussion of that highlighted question are hence noteworthy.

The question from the audience member concerning the UK embassy in Israel – actually worded “why doesn’t the UK move its embassy to Jerusalem?” – came at 17:50 minutes into the programme (available here) and was immediately followed by a remark from Dimbleby:

Dimbleby: “As of course the US government has done – or Donald Trump has done…”

As was clearly stated at the beginning of the announcement concerning the relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the decision was based on the ‘Jerusalem Embassy Act’ passed by the US Congress in 1995.
BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – June 2018
The Israel Security Agency’s report on terror attacks (Hebrew) during June 2018 shows that throughout the month a total of 220 incidents took place: 88 in Judea & Samaria, 6 in Jerusalem, one within the ‘green line’ and 125 in the Gaza Strip/Sinai sector.

In Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem the agency recorded 77 attacks with petrol bombs, fourteen attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), two shooting attacks, and one vehicular attack. One stabbing attack took place in Afula.

Attacks recorded in the Gaza Strip sector included 78 attacks with petrol bombs, five shooting attacks, 8 attacks using IEDs and three grenade attacks. 29 separate incidents of rocket fire were recorded, with 76 launches.

Five people were wounded in attacks that took place throughout the month. A high-school student was stabbed in Afula on June 11th. The BBC did not produce any reporting on that attack. A member of the security forces was wounded by a petrol bomb on June 5th in Jerusalem and three members of the security forces were wounded in a vehicular attack on June 23rd near Bethlehem. Neither of those incidents was covered by the BBC News website.
UN roughs up, ejects, bans reporter from headquarters: Caught on tape
"United Nations security allegedly roughed up, tossed out and temporarily banned a reporter from its New York headquarters this week -- the latest incident in what a watchdog has described as a 'long history of harassment' against him.

Matthew Lee, who runs the online Inner City Press blog, has long been a thorn in the side of many U.N. officials with his combative and relentless style of reporting. 'ICP' puts out several lengthy stories a day about U.N. proceedings, with a particular emphasis on corruption, incompetence and lack of accountability at the international body...

And so on Tuesday, Lee hovered outside a late-night, closed-door hearing on the U.N. peacekeeping budget. Other outlets had reported that the budget had been agreed on over the weekend, suggesting a looming stalemate had been broken. But Lee's reporting suggested things might not be so clear cut.

Partial video of the incident taken on his phone shows Lee chatting with a committee member -- but it then cuts to a few minutes later when a scuffle can be heard. He claims that his shirt was torn, his computer damaged and his arm twisted by a security guard as he was trying to write a story about his conversation.

A man he identified as an assistant secretary general can be heard telling him the committee hearing is closed, though Lee said he never tried to enter the room and was just reporting near the room.

'I'm a journalist, I'm a journalist,' he can be heard yelling in the footage. 'You see what's happening here?'
Teens in Germany fire anti-Semitic insults at passing rabbi
A Chabad emissary in Offenbach, Germany, was the victim of a verbal assault on his way to synagogue this past weekend by a group of teenagers.

"They shouted 'shitty Jew' and 'Free Palestine' and other things at me," Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gurevitch wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

The incident took place Friday afternoon, when Gurevitch was on his way to pray. Gurevitch said he does not hide his Jewish identity, despite increasingly frequent anti-Semitic attacks in Europe.

"Usually, I ignore things like this, but this time I couldn't, so I decided to try and talk to them. But the more I talked, the more they shouted at me," he wrote.

This was not the first time Gurevitch has come under attack. Five years ago, he was attacked by a group of teens who started screaming anti-Semitic slurs at him. After that incident, a group of local residents organized a meeting with the assailants, and they apologized.

Gurevitch mocked the apology, calling it "bla, bla, bla."
French Jewish family told to remove mezuzah outside apartment
The company that manages an apartment complex in France has ordered a Jewish family to remove a mezuzah from the door frame.

The Foncière Bergé Corp. cited its regulations last week in a letter to the Saada family in Montpelier, in southern France, according to what appears to be a copy published on Twitter.

During a July 5 inspection of the company’s real estate, “a mezuzah was encountered on your doorframe,” Fabienne Nourigat of its rental department wrote to the family in a letter dated July 6. “We remind you that no personal object may be presented in public areas and request you move the mezuzah inside your accommodation. Thank you for your understanding.”

The Eretz news website pointed out that apartments in the same building have doormats on the external side of the door and the occupants have not been requested to remove them.
Letter by Martin Luther calling Jews 'devils incarnate' up for auction
A letter written by German theologian Martin Luther that is critical of the Jews is up for sale at an auction house in Boston.

RR Auction is selling the letter dated September 1, 1543, and written in German to fellow German theologian Georg Buchholzer.

"You have preached against the Jews and fought serious battles over that with the Margrave….And you were quite right to do so," Luther wrote in the letter, according to the translation provided by the auction house. "Stand fast and persevere!...For these Jews are not Jews, but devils incarnate who curse our Lord, who abuse His mother as a whore and Him as Hebel Vorik and a bastard, this is known for certain... You may show this letter to whomever you wish."

Luther, a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation, is referencing the Hebrew words "hevel varik," found in the Jewish prayer Aleinu: "They [non-Jews] worship vanity and emptiness."
World’s largest Hispanic Christian group joins FOZ to fight antisemitism
The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) - the largest pro-Israel Hispanic Organization in the world – has joined forces with the President’s Task Force, a division of the Friends of Zion (FOZ) Heritage Center in Jerusalem, to help combat antisemitism and BDS.

The President’s Task Force is a non-political organization comprised of presidents of major Christian organizations. Its executive committee includes former governor Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Rev. Jentezen Franklin, Dr. Robert Jeffress, and Dr. Jack Graham.

“We are proud to partner with Friends of Zion’s President’s Task Force and with its tireless founder, Dr. Mike Evans,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Conference and HILC.

“The aim of our partnership is to leverage the unparalleled access and influence of FOZ within Israel, along with the formidable social media and content production capabilities to further promote pro-Israel values within the Hispanic Christian community around the world. Our message is clear: Israel, her people and her leaders have no truer friends than Hispanic Christians. Our partnership with FOZ will help ensure it stays that way for generations to come.”
German Jews call for crackdown on anti-Semitism, including among Muslims
Dozens of Jewish organizations in Germany have called on the government to crack down on anti-Semitism following a string of anti-Jewish attacks.

In an open letter signed by 38 groups, the country’s Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism (JFDA) on Monday outlined a policy statement, urging Berlin to condition funds for civil and religious organizations on them issuing public declarations distancing themselves from anti-Semitism in all its forms.

The statement called on authorities to take the experiences of attack victims more seriously and increase their investment in support projects and democracy promotion programs. It called for recognition that anti-Semitism is an “attack on the entire liberal democratic community.”

It urged the government and all state-funded groups to adopt the working definition for anti-Semitism devised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which categorizes some criticism of Israel as well as support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign as anti-Semitic.
Germany agrees to $88 million more for Holocaust survivors
The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis says Germany has agreed to pay another 75 million euros ($88 million) to fund social welfare services for Holocaust survivors.

The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said Tuesday the additional money brings total funding next year to 480 million euros ($560 million), to help survivors as they grow older and more frail.

Claims Conference negotiator Greg Schneider said, “These elderly heroes deserve the recognition that increased payments and much-needed services will provide.”

Germany also agreed to increase pensions paid to 55,000 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe, and expand eligibility for child survivors.

Earlier this year, the German government agreed to recognize some 25,000 Jewish Algerians as Holocaust survivors, making them eligible for compensation.
Israeli startup silences diseased genes of shrimp to boost their production
An Israeli biotechnology startup ViAqua Therapeutics Ltd. says it has developed a way to reduce disease and limit losses in the raising of shrimp and some fish.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, shrimp is the most valuable traded marine product in the world today, with the industry estimated a tens of billions of dollars a year. Shrimp production is growing at a rate of some 10 percent annually, one of the highest growth rates in aquaculture.

One of the major challenges facing the fast-growing aquaculture market is the prevention and treatment of viral diseases.

Disease in shrimp could have “devastating consequences,” the WWF says. When they become ill, they swim on the surface of the water rather than on the bottom of the production pond. The enables seagulls to swoop down, eat the diseased shrimp, and spread the illness by subsequently defecating on a pond a few miles away. There is a socioeconomic impact, including loss of employment, when shrimp farms — in China, and other developing countries like Thailand, Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh — are shut down due to disease.

ViAqua says it has developed a new feeding solution that is based on a biological formulation developed by the company that uses RNA molecules to inhibit gene expression. The coated particles, administered to the shrimp orally, trigger a cell reaction that disables the viral infections that attack shrimp and other aquaculture species.
JPost Editorial: RBG’s message
Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s expected announcement today of a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited Israel last week – and conveyed a wise message in her inimitable style. The 85-year-old Ginsburg, who is one of three Jews on the nine-member US Supreme Court (the others are justices Elana Kagan and Stephen Breyer), came to receive the inaugural Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony held in Tel Aviv’s Yitzhak Rabin Center.

Appointed by president Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg is considered a liberal member of the Supreme Court, while the new justice touted by Trump will certainly be conservative, tipping the delicate balance in the body 5-4 in favor of the conservatives. In her acceptance speech, Ginsburg stressed that her Jewish identity had been central to her strong sense of justice. “I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew,” she declared. “The demand for justice, for peace, for enlightenment, runs through the entirety of Jewish history and tradition.”

A day later, before the screening of RBG – an acclaimed documentary about her life and career – at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Ginsburg was asked how her Judaism had influenced her approach to law. She responded that at the entrance to her Supreme Court office, there is a large poster with Hebrew letters reading, “Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof – justice, justice, thou shalt pursue.”

But it was only on Friday that Ginsburg, in conversation with former Israeli Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch at the American Center in Jerusalem Center, related directly to Trump’s nomination.
Middle East’s largest natural history museum opens in Israel
Upon entering the new natural history museum in Tel Aviv, visitors are greeted by a vivid re-enactment of the great avian migrations from Africa to Europe through northern Israel’s Hula Valley, complete with stuffed hawks, pelicans and vultures circling around the ceiling of the building’s entrance.

The 100,000-square-foot Noah’s Ark-shaped building, which houses more than 5.5 million specimens of species from around the globe, opened this week alongside the Tel Aviv University campus after more than two decades of planning.

As the biggest natural history museum in the Middle East and Israel’s national center for biodiversity studies, the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History highlights the country’s ecological diversity at the crossroads of the three continents, as well as the impact of urban development, climate change, and man-made devastation on the region’s ecosystems.

The main goal of the museum, according the curators, is to increase public awareness about the natural world and environment on a local and global scale.
Israel Sees Record Number of Tourists for First Half of 2018
Israel saw a record number of tourists in the first half of 2018, injecting billions of dollars of revenue into the Israeli economy.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, from January to June 2018 about 2.1 million tourist entries were recorded—an increase of 19 percent over the same period in 2017 (1.74 million) and 26 percent more than in 2016. Since the beginning of the year, tourism has injected more than NIS 12 billion ($3.3 billion) into the Israeli economy.

June also saw a continued rise in tourism with 310,200 entries—2 percent more than June 2017. Revenue from tourism in June reached about NIS 1.66 billion ($457 billion).

“The marketing efforts and activities that we are spearheading in the ministry are leading us to new records, as, for the first time, we have crossed the 2 million threshold for tourist entries over the course of half a year,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin in a statement. “I am pleased to see that the first half of the year has borne the fruit of our intensive marketing endeavors and activities around the world.”

Levin added that he predicts that the second half of the year leading into next winter will continue with record statistics as Israel sees an increase in the number of flights from Europe to the southern resort city of Eilat.
Israeli TV show getting Ron Howard-directed CBS remake
An Israeli TV show about IDF service is being adapted for US audiences – with renowned director Ron Howard at the helm.

The Yes TV show is called Ta'agad, which is an IDF acronym for a combat medic unit, and has been stylized overseas as Charlie Golf One. The US version of the show – being produced by Paramount for CBS – has been given the working title 68 Whiskey, which is the US military's code name for the same type of unit.

Ta'agad, which stars Tomer Kapon (Fauda, When Heroes Fly) and Shira Naor (Shababnikim) premiered in 2016. The show, which was renewed for a second season slated to air next year, follows the exploits of an IDF combat battalion with the Paratroopers from the battlefield to the bedroom – and even the intrigue of an illegal medical experiment. The show was nominated for eight awards from the Israeli Academy for Film and Television, but lost out on all of them.

According to Deadline, which first reported the news, 68 Whiskey "follows a multicultural mix of men and women deployed as Army medics to a forward operating base in Afghanistan nicknamed 'The Orphanage.' Together, they endure a dangerous and Kafkaesque world that leads to self-destructive appetites, outrageous behavior, intense camaraderie and occasionally, a profound sense of purpose."

The pilot will be directed by Howard, the famed Oscar-winning director behind A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and many more.
Israeli spacecraft aims for historic moon landing… within months
Save the date. On February 13, 2019, an Israeli-built unmanned spacecraft is expected to land on the moon, having blasted off from Earth two months earlier, project managers said at a news conference Tuesday.

If all goes well, the SpaceIL spider-like craft will give Israel entry into the exclusive club of just three nations that have so far achieved a controlled landing on the moon’s surface.

The probe will be launched sometime in December from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, officials said during the media event, held at an Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) space technology site in Yehud. It is scheduled to land on February 13, 2019.

The project, begun seven years ago as part of a Google technology contest to land a small probe on the moon, was conducted together with IAI.

“We will put the Israeli flag on the moon,” said Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL.



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“Ronald Reagan supplied anti-aircraft missiles to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan to tear off some USSR face… And then they turned around and tore up the WTC.” Afghan munahadeen weren’t involved in the 9/11 attacks. It was Saudi wahhabists.
          Hoyer, Engel, Lowey, Schiff, and Deutch Write to the UAE and Saudis Expressing Concern for Humanitarian Impact of Hudaydah Assault      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Ranking Member Ted Deutch in sending a letter to the ambassadors from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia yesterday expressing their concern about the humanitarian impact of their nations’ planned military assault on the Houthi rebel-controlled area of Hudaydah.  Yemen’s ongoing civil war has created a humanitarian crisis that has brought food insecurity to 18 million people, killed tens of thousands of civilians, and displaced more than 3 million Yemenis.  The authors of the letter are urging the UAE and Saudi governments to prevent further catastrophe by ensuring that Hudaydah’s critical port be allowed to continue operating and facilitating the transfer of much-needed humanitarian aid to reach those who need it.

“We understand, as of the date of this letter,” the Members write, “that the Hudaydah port is operational and has not been further disrupted in significant ways by the ongoing fighting.  However, according to humanitarian groups, restrictions to the flow of essential commercial goods remain in place through the coalition holding area, and the threat of an attack on the port is expected to affect the willingness of shipping companies to deliver commercial goods.  We have received assessments that current plans would be inadequate to ensure that humanitarian and commercial flows will not be severely disrupted if fighting progresses toward Hudaydah's urban center, port, and major commercial arteries.  Disruptions in these flows would result in increases in market price and, in some areas, shortages of critical items like food, fuel, and medicines”

“Yemen’s civil war continues to be one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian disasters and requires a broad, global response,” Whip Hoyer stated. “As the United States and its allies continue to work toward a lasting political solution, there must be a general consensus among the coalition parties that steps not be taken that will needlessly exacerbate the already-dire humanitarian situation on the ground.  I hope our United Arab Emirates and Saudi allies will take appropriate action to see that a very bad situation is not made worse.”
 
“The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has put thousands of innocent lives at risk, and there is no military solution to this problem,” said Ranking Member Engel. “There are real security concerns in Yemen, but all parties must now focus on a political path forward that will stop the violence, ease the suffering, and build a lasting peace in the region.”

“It is critical that the UAE and Saudi governments do not exacerbate the humanitarian emergency in Yemen, which continues to be one of the worst crises in the world,” said Ranking Member Lowey. “I urge our allies to find a political solution to this conflict and to ensure that humanitarian aid is able to reach millions of civilians in need.”

“If an offensive by Saudi Arabia and the UAE further escalates the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, President Trump must make it clear that it will jeopardize the U.S. support that has helped enable the military campaign in Yemen,” said Ranking Member Schiff.

“The conflict in Yemen has led to a devastating humanitarian crisis, with thousands of innocent civilians killed and tens of millions struggling to access food and basic supplies,” said Ranking Member Deutch. “I understand the need for Yemen’s neighbors to defend their territory from the Iranian-backed Houthi group, but all parties must take caution to protect civilians and their access to aid, and our allies must keep working to pursue a peaceful negotiated end to this conflict.”

To read the letter in full, click here or see below.

July 09, 2018

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba                                  
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates                    
3522 International Court, NW Suite 400                  
Washington, DC 20008                                           

Ambassador Khalid bin Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud
Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Dear Ambassadors Otaiba and bin Salman:

We write to express our alarm about the deteriorating crisis in Yemen and to urge the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to secure a necessary cease-fire and work toward a political solution to the conflict.   

We have supported Coalition efforts to create pressure on the Houthis and their Iranian backers to reach a political settlement.  Iran’s sustained support for destabilizing actors, including the Houthis, threatens our mutual interests across the region.  The Houthis continue to prevent humanitarian access to the most vulnerable populations and have reportedly severed water pipelines and sewers and laid mines.   We stand with you in condemning the Houthi ballistic missile attacks against your countries.  And we share your concern about freedom of navigation and support our joint efforts to prevent interference in the Bab al Mandeb. 

At the same, we recognize that your governments’ decision to pause the military offensive to capture the city and port of Hudaydah has created a diplomatic opening.  With Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, attempting to reinvigorate peace talks, we urge you to reconsider the assault and redouble your commitment to Mr. Griffiths’ efforts.  We fear that the humanitarian impact of this operation would be so severe as to outweigh any military or security gains derived from its success and that it will make a Coalition de-escalation strategy in Yemen more challenging.

We are also mindful of Mr. Griffiths’ statement on June 21 that “further military escalation in Hudaydah would have severe political and humanitarian consequences.”  The UN-led process is the only viable approach to resolving the conflict, and we urge you to actively support this political track by giving Mr. Griffiths the time he needs to build consensus toward an agreement.

Given Mr. Griffith’s comments, we urge you to be flexible with regard to your requirements to avert escalation at Hudaydah – specifically, your demands that the Houthis unconditionally leave the city and port, and more recently the entire Red Sea coast, immediately. We understand that the purposes of the assault are to change the battlefield equation, to deny Houthis a key source of revenue, and to eject the Houthis from strategic territory in an effort to propel them to the negotiating table, separating the Houthis from their Iranian backers.

However, experts contend that the Houthis will continue to generate revenue through overland smuggling.  Moreover, the level of financial commitment necessary for the Houthis to prosecute a campaign against the Yemeni government is relatively modest.  For these reasons, we are increasingly convinced that a sustained campaign against the Houthis in this fashion will not yield results that soften the Houthis’ negotiating position.  Further, to the extent the Houthis will continue prosecuting the war, and that previous major assaults have failed to provide de-escalation opportunities, we are concerned this assault will deepen, not reduce, Coalition engagement in Yemen.       

We also have strong concerns that the next stage of fighting would aggravate what is already the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis.  Even before the current war, food insecurity and violence were unconscionable in Yemen.  Three years into the war, 22 million people need humanitarian assistance and almost 18 million people are food insecure.  Over 350,000 civilians in Hudaydah are estimated to be in jeopardy. Most health facilities are not able to operate and more than 8.4 million people are one step away from famine.  Additionally, those fleeing the fighting are arriving in districts highly prone to cholera, exacerbating concerns about access to safe water.  Humanitarian assistance providers also remain concerned that they do not receive timely confirmation of their deconfliction requests, thereby increasing the risks to their personnel and to the very assistance that the international community is providing.    

We understand, as of the date of this letter, that the Hudaydah port is operational and has not been further disrupted in significant ways by the ongoing fighting. However, according to humanitarian groups, restrictions to the flow of essential commercial goods remain in place through the coalition holding area, and the threat of an attack on the port is expected to affect the willingness of shipping companies to deliver commercial goods. We have received assessments that current plans would be inadequate to ensure that humanitarian and commercial flows will not be severely disrupted if fighting progresses toward Hudaydah’s urban center, port, and major commercial arteries.  Disruptions in these flows would result in increases in market price and, in some areas, shortages of critical items like food, fuel, and medicines.

In light of the serious humanitarian and political impacts that your operations could have on the crisis in Yemen, we hope you reconsider this assault.  We continue to share your outlook on the danger that Iran presents to the region, but only a political settlement reached through negotiations can end this conflict.   We look forward to continuing our longstanding collaboration with your countries on issues of mutual concern. 

     Sincerely,

STENY H. HOYER                          
House Democratic Whip                 

ELIOT L. ENGEL
Ranking Member
Committee on Foreign Affairs

NITA LOWEY
Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriations

ADAM SCHIFF
Ranking Member
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence      

TED E. DEUTCH
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
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Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
For Immediate Release: 
July 10, 2018

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Saudi-led coalition says ballistic missile targeted Al Shuqaiq on the kingdom's southwestern coastline
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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.
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    ­­­The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Denmark of twenty-eight (28) AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of $90 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Denmark has requested to buy twenty-eight (28) AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one (1)
              UK - AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of up to two hundred (200) AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for an estimated cost of $650 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the United Kingdom has requested to buy up to two hundred (200) AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles
              Comment on Listen To Preview Of “Beam Me Up” From William Shatner’s New Country Album, Available For Pre-order by Viking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Bob - since that horse has already left the barn, what really was the concept behind bringing Shatner back as Kirk? At this juncture, it's not like you'd be disclosing our nuclear missile codes. Or Paramounts. If it didn't get past informal discussions, I don't see how the idea could be considered protected under the aegis of artistic property rights. Just think - here you have the chance to start a wildfire in the Internet Trekniverse.
              L’armée syrienne dit avoir saisi des missiles antichars de fabrication américaine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    L’armée syrienne a annoncé avoir découvert, dans des localités libérées du gouvernorat de Deraa, des missiles antichars TOW de fabrication américaine.
              Un nouvel avion russe pour «aveugler» l'ennemi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Les armées des pays technologiquement développés sont aujourd'hui étroitement liées aux groupes orbitaux qui assurent la liaison, donnent une image du champ de bataille, simplifient la navigation des équipages des avions et conduisent les missiles de croisière jusqu'à leur cible.
              Un «assassin» de F-35 américains repéré en Russie?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Les nouveaux radars russes seront en mesure de suivre avec précision la trajectoire d’avions et de missiles en récréant leur image en trois dimensions, si bien que les avions furtifs seront facilement détectés, déduit-on d’un article paru dans la presse américaine.
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    200ton Missile carrier boat ship plans sheetPublisher: FSpace Publications

    This Just the Deckplans version of the 200ton Missile carrier boat from Philip's forthcoming ship catalog book as a sheet designed for quick and easy printing on A1 plotters (or tiled on smaller sheets).

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              Second Rate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    It is no longer possible to miss the many areas in which the United States has fallen behind or declined to become second rate. In many cases progress is being made only in select regions, while the rest of the nation declines or is stagnant as other countries improve.

    * Health Care and Substance Abuse.

    We pay far too much for weak results that don't cover everyone. Our health care system for the poor is worse than that of many third world countries. Our mental health care is poor. We have high rates of infant and maternal mortality compared to our peers. We have an anti-vax subculture that threatens our nation's safety. We have very high rates of STDs in African-American communities and to a lesser extent other minority communities. We are dismantling our ability to respond to epidemic disease outbreaks. Much of the rural U.S. is seeing declining life expectancies. Access to abortion is declining.

    The U.S. is doing a particularly poor job  at adapting culturally and in terms of nutrition and health care and lifestyle to more sedentary work and rapidly changing diets, resulting in an obesity epidemic.

    We do a miserable job of managing opioid addiction and abuse. We do a miserable job of addressing psychoactive drugs for the most part. Our alcohol regulation for young adults is hypocritical and ineffectual.

    Exceptions: Obamacare made significant strides in reducing the number of uninsured Americans in states that fully adopted it, but is being actively degraded and resisted.

    The U.S. does better in inventing new treatments, although often not approving them very quickly. 

    We are making progress in reducing teen pregnancy with targeted programs making long term contraception available but it is painfully slow and uneven. 

    The U.S. has made great progress in reducing tobacco use. The U.S. is making good progress in marijuana regulation in many states.

    * Education and Higher Education

    We provide poor curriculums for the non-college bound, and too many career opportunities now require excessive educational credentials. The economic prospects for primary and secondary teachers has declined causing this sector to attract less top talent.

    We spend lots of time and effort and money on foreign language instruction that produces very few fluent foreign language speakers due to poor instruction methods and poor foreign language instruction timing. Foreign language instruction that works needs to start younger and include significant periods (multiple weeks at a time or more) of language immersion instruction.

    We have a significant number of very bad schools, especially in predominantly minority inner city schools. We have a significant minority of students in religious schools and home schooling who are taught grossly inaccurate material in science and social studies by parents and teachers who are themselves unqualified and ignorant.

    Too many academically talented Americans aren't going to college because they can't afford to do so. This is mostly a function of financing higher education poorly. Student loan debt has been a major new problem for the current generation of higher education system graduates. Too many students are admitted to programs that they are likely to fail in and then burdened with heavy student loan debt nonetheless. The cost of higher education has soared with much of the increase attributable to rising administrative costs.

    We have done almost nothing to increase the supply of new medical degree recipients despite surging demand for them. In law, we have done the opposite and opened many new law schools with very low bar passage rates despite a significant increase in the number of lawyers being produced each year.

    Exceptions: The quality of elite U.S. higher educational institutions is still first rate and attracted the best and brightest from around the world until recent immigration policies have discouraged foreign students from coming to the U.S. 

    Many countries with superior primary and secondary educational systems in developed countries continue to have less rigorous and less effective higher educational instruction and research in many areas relative to selective U.S. colleges and universities.

    * Public Safety, Criminal Justice and Human Rights

    Our murder rate is too high. Our violent crime rates are too high. Our gun related accidental death rate is too high. Our gun related suicide rate is too high. Much of this is related to non-existent or ineffectual gun control measures.

    Our incarceration rate is far too high. We still overuse the death penalty in an unfair manner. We impose far too many life without possibility of parole sentences and equivalent to life in prison sentences. Our sex offender registration programs are destructive overkill. We try to many juveniles as adults. We impose to many sentences, especially in recidivist cases, that are grossly disproportionate to the offense. Race unduly affects criminal justice outcomes. We greatly overuse solitary confinement. We greatly overuse pre-trial incarceration. We incarcerate too many people for what amounts to an inability to pay debts. We use the criminal justice system to deal with what are fundamentally mental health problems. Our jails and prisons are controlled by gangs rather than prison officials.

    Civil remedies for human rights violations like improper use of force by law enforcement are gradually growing harder to secure. Our immigration policy is a nightmare of human rights violations. Our President encourages human rights violations and mandates them in some cases.

    Exceptions: Crime rates in the U.S. have declined dramatically since the mid-1990s even though they are still high by international standards.

    * Democracy and Corruption

    Our electoral system has stunningly low voter turnout. Voter suppression tools like restrictive voter registration laws, voter-ID laws and felon disenfranchisement laws unfairly prevent people from voting. Our single member district plurality election system inappropriately stifles third-party voices, suppressed voter turnout and suffers from pervasive gerrymandering (including the constitutionally enshrined electoral college and U.S. Senate) that has resulted in a huge disconnect between voter preferences and electoral outcomes. Incumbency provides disproportionately and unreasonably strong electoral advantages. Our political parties and voters both seem incapable of screening out grossly unqualified and extremist candidates. Our vote tallying mechanisms are vulnerable to hacking. Our long ballots and declining availability and quality of coverage of politics in the news media cause many electoral decisions to be made by ill informed voters. A huge proportion of our population (ca. 30%) ignores reliable sources of information and science in favor of demonstrably false propaganda and religious doctrine. Our campaign finance laws to not achieve their intended objectives. Money rich special interests routinely overpower majority preferences. Judicial elections do a poor job of filling the bench with the best possible judges and encourages corruption.

    The dramatic decline in unions and civil society groups involving in person participation (like service clubs and churches) has undermined the civic capacity of the United States.

    Corruption is on the rise, in the form of nepotism, executive branch officials who actively undermine their agencies' missions, political appointees who are grossly unqualified, personal financial interests and campaign contributions that unduly impact political decisions, and political disregard for the constitution, the rule of law, political norms and human rights. Court decisions have made it harder to prosecute corrupt officials. Corrupt officials are being pardoned. Civl forfeiture programs with bad incentives have encouraged corruption.

    Exceptions: Some states have adopted same day voter registration, have reduced felon disenfranchisement, and have made wider use of mail in ballots to increase turnout. 

    Maine has adopted rank choice voting.

    Some states are less corrupt than others.

    * Transportation, Energy, Environment, Urban Planning and Housing.

    The U.S. underfunds roads and bridges leading to decaying infrastructure due in significant part to declining inflation adjusted gas tax revenues.

    The U.S. has too strong incentive (including tax incentives) to buy fuel inefficient vehicles and too weak incentives to build less polluting and more fuel efficient (or electric vehicles).

    The U.S. has an inferior passenger rail system that is slow and economically a failure. Passenger rail accidents in the U.S. seem to be more common. The U.S. has an anemic passenger bus system that is largely restricted to the disabled and very poor. The U.S. lags considerably in having walkable and bicycle friendly cities. 

    The U.S. has unnecessary widespread homelessness and deep poverty. The U.S. has too much urban sprawl and unaffordable housing, in significant part due to excessive restrictions on housing density and prohibitions of small or inexpensive housing methods. The U.S. is lagging in rapid and efficient pre-manufactured component housing in its construction industry, which is lagging in innovations.

    The productive individuals and firms in the U.S. economy leave economically declining areas (mostly rural and Rust Belt communities) rapidly, leaving less mobile individuals behind in deteriorating circumstances in these areas.

    The U.S. was once a global leader in nuclear power production. Our industry has stagnated relative to the nuclear power industry in other parts of the world, and we have failed to adopt new technologies or build more plants. 

    The U.S. is rapidly scaling back environmental regulations and is the only country in the world not fighting climate change through the Paris Accords, and waging war on solar power. Fracking has caused many environmental harms which are not sufficiently regulated and safety regulation for oil and gas workers has seriously slipped.

    The U.S. lags in energy technologies including tidal energy, energy conservation, and co-generation. The U.S. uses heating oil excessively when it is a less than optimal heating fuel.

    The arid western United States allocates a very large share of its water supply to very inefficient and marginally economically productive agricultural water users. Not infrequently, scarce water supplies are used to grow water hungry crops in inappropriate places for such crops relative to other climate areas.

    Security theater has dramatically undermined the effective speed and convenience of commercial passenger air travel, while only modestly increasing safety.

    Exceptions: The U.S. has greatly reduced the use of coal to generate electricity in recent years, mostly in favor of cleaner natural gas, wind power and solar power. 

    The U.S. is making progress in developing mass produced electric cars and trucks, and in advancing critical battery and energy storage technologies. 

    The U.S. is making progress in developing self-driving vehicles. There has been modest progress in developing intracity passenger rail systems. 

    The U.S. interstate highway system is still largely unmatched globally and make automotive travel between cities fast (especially with 75 mile per hour speed limits in many cases) and quite safe. 

    Drunk driving deaths are down considerably.

    * Manufacturing, Taxation, Trade, Unions and Intellectual Property

    While automation has increased the productivity per person of manufacturing workers (as well as the skill levels of these jobs), offshoring of manufacturing (particularly to China and to a lesser extent Mexico) in pursuit of lower wages and less labor and environmental regulation, leaving the U.S. with a hollow manufacturing sector that is also less innovative because it doesn't deal up close on a daily basis, en mass with the problems associated with manufacturing goods.


    Via Wikipedia. In the period of rapid Union membership growth from 1930 to 1955 almost all union members were in the private sector: "At the apex of union density in the 1940s, only about 9.8% of public employees were represented by unions, while 33.9% of private, non-agricultural workers had such representation." The public sector also made up a smaller share of the work force in the 1940s than it does today.

    The decline of the U.S. manufacturing sector which used to be one of the bastions of the union movement and its vulnerability to further offshoring, has decimated the U.S. private sector union movement. The percentage of U.S. private sector employees who are in labor unions (6.5% as of 2017) is now as low as it was in the 1930s (and even a century ago in 1918), before most U.S. labor laws protecting the right to unionize were enacted (after almost continuous decline since 1954), and unionization rates are generally significantly lower in "red states" largely as a result of anti-union state policies. Only one state out of the 25 states with the lowest unionization rate (New Mexico) is not a "right to work" state. Only four of the top 25 states plus D.C. in unionization rates are "right to work states" (Kentucky, West Virginia, Nevada and Michigan). Private sector unionization rates declined 61% from 1983 to 2017 and has declined by 81% from the peak in the 1940s to 2017. Public sector unions are much more healthy with 34.4% of wage and salary workers in the public sector in a union, a number that has been increasing, by 350% since the 1940s and have grown significantly even since 1983. And, there was a roughly 8 fold growth in union membership percentages from 1897 to 1918.

    Obvious places to expand U.S. manufacturing, like intact component modules to be shipped to construction sites, have not taken off.

    The decline of manufacturing has not affected all developed countries. Many high wage developed countries with strong environmental laws and strong labor laws still have vibrant manufacturing economies.

    But, tariffs, quotas, trade wars and harsh immigration policies that the current administration has utilized to counteract offshoring have largely made the situation worse and not better, for example, encouraging notable parts of the already scarce U.S. manufacturing base to move abroad.

    Unduly strong intellectual property laws have crossed a threshold where they have become a barrier to a more productive economy instead of encouraging it. International tax rules, meanwhile, have made it far too easy to legally reduce or indefinitely defer taxable income in industries with significant intellectual property contributions.

    Bad sales tax rules have accelerated the retail apocalypse in which brick and mortar stores are in decline due to competition from online retailers.

    Tax breaks on physical capital unaccompanied by tax breaks for human capital have encouraged job killing automation at the margin where technology based solutions wouldn't have been adopted but for tax incentives in that U.S. tax code.

    Exception: The U.S. still leads in producing entertainment content and patents, although this productivity is confined to a few highly productive regions like California and New York.

    The U.S. still has lots of export driving production in the agricultural and mining industries, and is less oil import dependent than it was in the past.

    Many "foreign" automobile companies have built factories in the United States.

    The U.S. has a few sectors like aircraft, where it is still a manufacturing leader, again, in geographically concentrated regions, mostly in blue states.

    Overall, in the U.S. consumer goods are cheap in inflation adjusted and growth adjusted terms, although certain kinds of services are now much more expensive.

    * The Military

    The U.S. has record low numbers of front line ground troops, limiting its capacity for war fighting despite immense military spending. This is particularly a concern when high technology military systems that are expensive, take time to produce in large numbers and take a great amount of training to use, reduce the usefulness of rapid expansion of its ranks through a military draft.

    The U.S. spends far too much on the military relative to its needs, or what it gets for its money, particularly with regard to spending on major weapons systems like surface combatants, manned warplanes, guided munitions, tanks and slug throwing artillery. The U.S. military's high cost structure greatly impairs its ability to respect effectively and efficiently to asymmetric threats like the 17 year old war in Afghanistan. Military procurement is pervasively corrupt.

    The U.S. military has been slow to adjust its force mix to reflect the dramatically increased accuracy of precision munitions, drone and satellite based reconnaissance systems, and automation that are now available.

    The U.S. invests heavily in a blue sea surface combatant and nuclear attack submarine force that is not justified by any current threat and in the case of the surface warship fleet is vulnerable to a variety of emerging threats, when other resources would better address the threats these forces are designed to address. 

    The U.S. Navy has also unreasonably resisted exchanging many fighter aircraft on aircraft carriers with equally capable or more capable armed drone aircraft fulfilling many of the same roles; the U.S. Air Force has likewise unreasonably resisted replacing fighter aircraft with equally capable or more capable armed drone aircraft, despite the successful development of prototypes for both roles.

    The U.S. invests heavily in expensive supersonic stealth fighters while failing to procure less expensive but adequate air power in volume for lower threat missions.

    The U.S. has failed to take diplomatic action to reduce conventional weapons threats driving so much of its expenditures in a handful of hot spots like East Asia and the Persian Gulf.

    The U.S. has underinvested its ample resources in asymmetric warfare resources, in nation building, in human capital investments like language training, in littoral combat capabilities, in close air support for ground troops, in fixed wing troop transportation options, and in fire support for amphibious and coastal troops. The U.S. military has been slow to adopt clearly superior innovations in high volume, low cost systems like its small arms.

    The U.S. strategic arsenal of nuclear weapons is run by units with a record of horrible internal discipline and grossly outdated technologies that have never been upgraded.

    The increasing cultural divide between professional volunteer soldiers in the U.S. military and the general public is concerning.

    Exceptions: While the U.S. pays an immense amount for the military it has, its most advanced systems in many areas are world class or competitive with world class system. For example, the military has made great strides in development active defense technologies against all manner of incoming ordinance and missiles.

    Its troops are generally very well trained and are reliably subject to civilian authority. 


              7/11/2018: Gulf: Al Houthi missile intercepted      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces intercepted a missile launched towards the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region by Yemen’s Iranbacked Al Houthi militia, state media said yesterday. Al Houthi-run Al Masirah TV said earlier that a missile had targeted...
              무역관계법 다자간 수출 통제 체제하에서 해외의 주요국가의 법규와 우리나라의 법규 비교      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    [무역관계법] 다자간 수출 통제 체제하에서 해외의 주요국가의 법규와 우리나라의 법규 비교다자간 무역협상의 역사와 DDA의 주요내용, 협상 결렬 이유등을 알아보고, 세계정세 속에 우리나라가 헤쳐 나가야 할 방향[도하개발아젠다DDA]국제협상의 성공사례와 실패사례국제통상의 이해 레포트[레포트] 국제경영환경에 관한 레포트동아시아경제- 전후 일본의 경제개혁[2] 목 차 제 1장 서론 제 2장 새로운 무역질서로서의 수출통제제도 1. 국제 비확산과 수출통제의 변천 2. 수출통제가 국가경제 및 기업활동에 미치는 영향 제 3장 다자간 수출통제체제 현황 1. 원자력공급국그룹 (NSG: Nuclear Suppliers Group) 2. 쟁거위원회 (ZC: Zangger Committee) 3. 호주그룹 (AG: Australian Group) 4. 미사일 관련 수출통제체제 (MTCR: Missile Technology Control Regime) 5. 바세나르체제 (WA: Wassenaar Arrangement) * 대공산권수출조정위원회 (COCOM: Coordinating Committee for Export Control) 제 4장 비확산조치 1. UNSCR 2. PSI 3. CSI 4. Catch-all 5. IAEA safeguard 제 5장 주요국가 수출통제제도 1. 우리나라의 수출통제제도 2. 미국 3. 유럽연합(EU) 4. 영국 5. 일본 6. 중국 7. 홍콩 8. 싱가포르 제 6장 국제제재 사례와 남북경협에의 적용; 1. 국제제재와 미국수출규제법규의 역외적용 2. 수출통제와 남북경협 제 7장 다자간 수출통제의 문제점과 향후전망 제 8장 결론 <참고문헌> 제 1장 서론 탈냉전시대에 들어서면서 국제사회는 대량살상무기의 확산 방지에 대한 관심을 증대시키고 있으며 이를 위해 다양한 노력들을 추구하고 있다. 과거 냉전시대에서 대량살상무기 확산 방지 노력은 주로 미국과 소련 양국의 양자 간 협의에 의해 이루어졌으나 탈냉전 이후에는 전 세계 모든 국가들이 참여하는 다자간 협상의 형태로 추진되고 있다. 강대국은 국제사회에서의 영향력 유지의 수단으로 기타 국가들은 자국의 안보를 보장받는 수단으로 다자간 협의에 참여하고 있다. 대량살상무기의 확산을 방지하기 위한 비확산체제는 핵확산금지조약(NPT: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) 화학무기금지협약(CWC: Chemical Weapons Convention) 등과 같은 공식적인 국제협약 또는 조약의 형태로 존재하며 이들 조약 또는 협약의 이행을 보장하기 위한 다양한 수출통제체제가 존재한다. 현재 운용되고 있는 대표적인 다자간 수출통제체제에는 다음과 같은 네 가지가 있다. 첫째 핵확산 방지를 위한 원자력관련 기술과 장비의 거래를 규제하는 「원자력공급국그룹」(NSG: Nuclear Suppliers Group)과 「쟁거위원회」(ZC: Zangger Committee)이다. 둘째 화학무기와 세균무기의 개발에 관련된 기술과 물질의 통제를 목적으로 하는 「호주그룹」(AG: Australian Group)이다. 셋째 대량살상무기를 운반할 수 있는 미사일 관련 기술과 장비의 수출을 통제하는 「미사일 기술통제 체제 (MTCR: Missile Technology Control Regime)이다. 넷째 과거 냉전시대 소련을 비롯한 공산권에 대해 민감한 기술과 장비의 수출을 통제하기 위한 「대 공산권 수출통제 체제」(COCOM: Coordinating Committee for Export Control to Communist Area)이다. COCOM은 탈냉전 이후 새로운 안보환경에 적합한 「바세나르체제」(WA: Wassenaar Arrangement)로 대체되었다. 이러한 다자간 수출통제체제하에서 해외의 주요국가의 법규와 우리나라의 법규를 비교해보고 우리나라가 배워야할 것과 고쳐 나갈 점을 도출해보기로 한다. 제 2장 새로운 무역질서로서의 수출통제 체제 1.국제 비확산과 수출통제의 변천 *수출통제의 기원과 전략물자의 이해 오늘날 ‘비확산수출통제’(nonproliferation export control)로 더 많이 알려진 ‘수출통제’의 본래의미는 대량살상무기 비확산과는 직접적인 관련 없이 1940년대 초 미국에서 사용되기 시작하였다. 즉 미국에서 원자폭탄이 만들어 지기 이전의 이야기이다. 1940년 유럽에서 전쟁이 발발하게 되자 미국 의회가 대통령에게 “군사적용도로 전용될 가능성 있는 물자와 기술”의 대외수출을 통제할 수 있는 권한을 한시적으로 부여하는 법안을 통과시킨 것이 첫 사례이다. 미국도 그 이전에는 실제 전쟁 상황에 돌입하지 않는 한 국내업자가 잠재적 적성국에 군수품을 팔아도 아무런 법적 제제가 없었다. 군축과 비확산의 세계 류광철 평민사 수출통제 : 이론과 실무 한국무혁협회.전략물자무역정보센터 박영사 레포트] 경제학 5개 주제 각각 레포트 1 (완성도 상)[화학] 유명한 화학식그리기(ISIS)[환경] 경오염과 대책(각종협약 등~~)사례로 본 국제협상의 개념과 협상전략[두바이 분석] 아랍에미리트연방의 도시국가 두바이(Dubai) 전체적 분석한국의 무역 통상정책이력서&자소서 면접족보2017년.5월 최신시사상식농촌지도사,농업연구사면접 200문200정답(무료동영상강의 500분제공)건축직공무원면접 200문 200정답(무료 동영상강의 500분제공)보호직공무원면접 180문 180정답 ( 면접동영강 강의 500분 무료제공)[농업]농업정보시스템, 해외농업개발사업, 농업재해대책, 농업정책평가, 농업협동조합경제사업, 농업행정조직 분석출입국관리직공무원면접 180문180정답(동영상강의 500분 무료제공)최신교육행정직공무원면접대비(교육청면접) 조회수:869회
              Yemeni forces fire missile at Jazan Economic City in Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Press TV – Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missile at a strategic economic target in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern...
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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)

    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
              ABBAS ADVISER COMPARES ISRAELI SECURITY AT TEMPLE MOUNT TO NAZISM-INQUISITION.      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

    Large fire caused by kite sent from Gaza rages outside Israeli kibbutz-Nine firefighting teams, 4 planes said participating in efforts to douse flames; second fire reported in area-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

    Two fires blazed near Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip Saturday afternoon, caused by incendiary kites flown into Israel from the territory.A large fire was raging near Kibbutz Or Haner, Channel 10 news reported. Nine firefighting teams were at the scene, with the support of four firefighting aircraft.A second fire was reported near Kibbutz Nir Am.Officials said there was no current danger to the communities themselves.Recent months have seen an uptick in violence at the Gaza border, with weekly violent Palestinian protests, ongoing rocket attacks, and the new phenomenon of incendiary kites and balloons flown over the border, sometimes at a rate of several dozen each day.The incendiary devices have sparked near-daily fires that have burned thousands of acres of farmland, parks, and forests. Some have been found connected to explosive devices.On Friday police launched a campaign urging children to stay away from any unknown kites, balloons, or drones they may find on the ground this summer.On Friday thousands of Israelis took part in a rally near Gaza calling for the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers held by Hamas.Some 4,000 people took part in the Israeli event, waving Israeli flags and flying blue kites in a peaceful counter to the flaming airborne devices launched at Israel in recent months from Gaza.Separately Friday, a few thousand Palestinians participated in the weekly “March of Return” protests on the Gaza border. One was reported killed when a device he was holding exploded.

    Abbas adviser compares Israeli security at Temple Mount to Nazism, Inquisition-Mahmoud Habbash laments restrictions on Muslim access to Al-Aqsa Mosque: 'Are they trying to do to others what was done to them?'-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

    A religious affairs adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas compared Israel’s security measures for Muslims at the Temple Mount compound to those employed against Jews during the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust.In remarks last week on Palestine TV, Mahmoud Habbash lamented restrictions on access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits on the holy site known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif.“There are roadblocks, restrictions, closure of the gates, road closures, and age restrictions… People who are under 40 years of age are not allowed to pray,” Habbash said, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.“Dear God! What is this? What historical age are we living in?” said Habbash, also the PA’s supreme Sharia judge. “In the days of the Inquisition? Are they trying to do to others what was done to them in the ghettos, in the Inquisition courts, or in the Nazi courts? Is this or is this not the Inquisition?”“It is an Israeli Zionist Inquisition, which is trying to violate one’s human dignity, and the dignity of religious belief and of human faith in God,” the PA official concluded.The Temple Mount houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, and is considered Islam’s third holiest site. It is the holiest place in Judaism, revered by Jews as the location of the Jewish Temples.Under the present arrangement instituted by Israel after it captured Jerusalem’s Old City in 1967, the site remains under Jordan’s religious custodianship. Jews are allowed to visit the compound under the existing arrangements but are barred from religious worship or prayer.Israel does not restrict access for Muslims in Israel, including East Jerusalem, to the site. It has sometimes closed the area to men under 40 at times of high security alert, but has not done so recently. It does routinely maintain restrictions on West Bank Palestinians entering the country, amid its overall security procedures.Israel and Jordan signed a peace accord in 1994, but relations have long been cold.Last July the holy site became the focus of a major crisis between Israeli authorities, Palestinians, and Jordan over security measures taken at the entrances to the compound. Metal detectors and cameras were installed following a deadly attack in which three Arab Israelis emerged from the site and shot dead two Israeli police officers using weapons that had been smuggled onto the Temple Mount. The upgraded security measures were all ultimately removed.Early last year Habbash warned that the Trump administration’s plans — since realized — to move the US embassy to Jerusalem were “a declaration of war on all Muslims.”

    Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists in a selfie-Days after calling God 'stupid,' controversial Philippine president implores heavily Catholic nation to produce photographic evidence of the divine-By AP-JUL 9,18-TOI

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had a thorny relationship with the church, questioned anew in a speech late Friday some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said taints even innocent infants and can only be removed through baptism in a church for a fee.“Where is the logic of God there?” Duterte asked in a speech at the opening of a science and technology event in southern Davao city.The 73-year-old leader said that if there’s “one single witness” who can prove, perhaps with a picture or a selfie that a human was “able to talk [with] and to see God,” he will immediately resign.Duterte, however, suggested that there must be a God or a supreme being that prevents billions of stars and celestial bodies from colliding in a frequency that could have long threatened the human race.Last week, he was slammed, including by some of his political allies, for calling God “stupid” in another speech, with one Catholic bishop calling him a “psychopath.”Duterte lamented in that speech that Adam and Eve’s sin in Christian theology resulted in all the faithful falling from divine grace.“Who is this stupid God? This son of a bitch is then really stupid,” he said last week. “You were not involved but now you’re stained with an original sin … What kind of a religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition.”Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV shot back at Duterte by describing him as “one evil man” and his remarks as “very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness, and ruthlessness of his policies.Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has defended his remarks, saying Duterte has the right to express his opinion on religion and cited the president’s previous disclosure that he was once sexually abused by a priest.Duterte on Friday recalled that experience, when he said he and other students were fondled by a foreign Jesuit priest, who has since died.Amid the criticisms, officials have arranged a meeting between Duterte and the head of the largest association of Catholic bishops on Monday. Filipino bishops opened an annual conference in Manila Saturday and were expected to address Duterte’s tirades when they conclude their meeting on Monday.Some Catholic bishops have been critical of Duterte’s brutal crackdown against illegal drugs, which have left thousands of suspects dead in reported clashes with the police, along with his vulgar and expletive-laden speeches. He once called Pope Francis a “son of a bitch” for sparking a monstrous traffic jam during a 2015 visit in Manila that trapped Duterte for hours.

    Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash, French investigators say-Information acquired from flight recorders suggests blaze broke out and spread rapidly, 'causing the loss of control of the aircraft'; officials suspect phone or tablet to blame-By AFP-TOI-JUL 9,18

    French investigators said Friday a cockpit fire likely caused the 2016 EgyptAir MS804 crash that claimed the lives of 66 passengers and crew, contradicting Egyptian authorities who said explosives traces were found on the victims’ remains.France’s civil aviation accident bureau, known by its French acronym BEA, said that information gleaned from the flight recorders suggested that “a fire broke out in the cockpit while the plane was at cruising altitude and the fire spread rapidly, causing the loss of control of the aircraft.”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.

    Pope denounces ‘complicit silence’ on Mideast attacks against Christians-Francis and Orthodox patriarchs pray for peace in region 'covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction'-By Trisha Thomas and Nicole Winfield-TOI-JUL 9,18

    BARI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the “complicit silence” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, during a remarkable gathering Saturday of Orthodox patriarchs and Catholic leaders united in praying for peace in the region.Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the symbolically rich Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a bridge between East and West and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox world.Francis greeted the patriarchs outside the Basilica of St. Nicholas and together they descended to the crypt to pray before the relics and light a flame for peace symbolizing the unity of Christians.For years, the Vatican has voiced concern about the plight of Christians driven from Mideast communities that date to the time of Christ. Just last week, Francis decried intensified attacks in southern Syria that killed scores of people and forced tens of thousands to flee.In his opening prayer, Francis said the Middle East represented the source of Christianity, where ancient Christian rites and heritage are preserved and where “our very souls are rooted.”And yet, in recent years the region has been “covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction, instances of occupation and varieties of fundamentalism, forced migration and neglect,” he said.“All this has taken place amid the complicit silence of many,” he lamented. “The Middle East has become a land of people who leave their own lands behind.”In a prayer service punctuated by haunting Arabic chant and Catholic hymn, Francis said the Orthodox and Catholic leaders wanted to give voice to those who have none.“Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,” he said. “For the Middle East today is weeping, suffering and silent as others trample upon those lands in search of power or riches.”Among the patriarchs on hand was the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, as well as patriarchs from ancient churches of Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem. Notably absent from the gathering was Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been a strong supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria. Kirill sent his deputy, Metropolitan Hilarion.

    Spain emerges as EU's new weak link for Africa migration-[Reuters]-By Sonya Dowsett, Ahmed Eljechtimi and Gabriela Baczynska-YAHOONEWS-July 9, 2018

    TARIFA, Spain/RABAT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa, an influx that European Union officials fear could exacerbate political tensions across the region over migration.Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Spain in the first five months of this year, almost as many as arrived there in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.The surge has intensified in recent weeks as Italy's new government shut its ports to most asylum-seekers, rescue officials say.With the EU struggling to contain dissent over migration policy, some officials in Brussels say they worry that Spain could become a new flash-point, even as overall numbers of arrivals into Europe from Africa are in sharp decline."We must not let it blow up," an EU diplomat said.He said the Morocco-Spain route had been kept under control for years. "It's not dramatic for now, but we are keeping an eye on this one."Spain's new socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, has been welcoming, and accepted two boat-loads of asylum-seekers denied port entry by Italy even as the number of boats from Morocco also rose.The asylum-seekers are arriving in mostly inflatable boats each week, often without enough fuel for the crossing, straining Spain's coastguard. Madrid is training more lifeguards to deal with the rising numbers, coastguard union officials say.People-smugglers in Morocco use a rights activist to contact the coastguard, advising it when boats set off for Spain, said coastguard official Oriol Estrada."The people traffickers know that the lifeguards are going to come for them," said Estrada, whose vessel has rescued around 1,200 people so far this year, more than 80 percent of its total for 2017."They call to say that a certain boat has left such-and-such a coast at a certain time with however many people. They even give the names of those aboard."A similar situation developed off Libya before Rome's recent crackdown, prompting Italy's ruling League party to accuse rescue ships of running a "taxi service".-'I WANT TO GO TO EUROPE'-Rescue officials working in the Strait of Gibraltar say more Asian migrants from countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also crossing, another sign that smuggling networks are focusing more of their efforts on Spain.Morocco is a destination in itself for those fleeing poverty and violence in sub-Saharan Africa, but it has become more of a stepping stone as people determined to reach Europe realize the Libya-Italy route may be worse than futile, refugees say."In Libya I saw migrants being fired at with live ammunition. A friend of mine was killed in front of my eyes by a Libyan teenager," said Guinea migrant Oumar Dialo, who tried and failed to reach Europe via Libya before ending up in Morocco."I would never recommend Libya even to my enemy."Speaking in Rabat, Dialo said he had tried to reach Spain by crossing a fence on the border of Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta, but fell and broke his leg. He said he would try to reach Spain again when the time was right, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional roller-skater."I want to go to Europe because I want to help my family and become a professional roller," he said.Morocco said it was boosting efforts to counter illegal immigration this summer, the busiest time for sea crossings."Morocco is committed to cooperating with its partners in the fight against illegal migration," government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said.EU officials in Brussels are struggling to agree on a joint response to migration to calm tensions in Italy and Germany. Leaders signaled their concerns over Spain last week when they reached a new accord on the issue, pledging to support Madrid and Morocco to stem the tide.A Spanish government spokesman told Reuters the arrivals trend started more than a year ago and was not a result of any one factor. He added Spain is pushing for policy in Europe to be harmonized, however.There are early signs that Sanchez might feel political pressure to toughen his approach if the influx continues to pick up speed.Fernando Maura, foreign policy spokesman for the center-right opposition Ciudadanos party, said the prime minister's current approach risked creating a "pull factor"."When you send out a signal of this kind, it could well be received by those who want to come to Europe," he said.(This story was corrected to delete reference to record year in paragraph two.)(Additional reporting by Steve Scherer in ROME; Editing by Mark Bendeich and Sonya Hepinstall)

    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)

    38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan-People flee to rooftops and balconies, waving furiously at hovering rescue helicopters-By YURI KAGEYAMA-TOI-JUL 9,18

    TOKYO (AP) — Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, with local media casualty reports climbing quickly. Public broadcaster NHK said 38 people were dead, four were injured seriously, and 47 were missing.Television footage showed a residential area in Okayama prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some people fled to rooftops and balconies and waved furiously at hovering rescue helicopters.Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. Evacuation orders had been issued to more than 360,000 people, the prefecture said in a statement.Throughout the affected areas, parked cars sat in pools of water. NHK TV said water had reached as high as 5 meters (16 feet) in the worst-hit areas.Kyodo news service, which put the death tally at 34 people, said one death was in a landslide in Hiroshima, which had set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in another area. NHK said a woman died in her home in Hiroshima when it got buried in a mudslide.Assessing overall casualties was a challenge because of the widespread damage. NHK repeatedly urged those awaiting rescue to not lose hope.In Ehime prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, Kyodo said. Also in Ehime, two elementary-school girls and their mother, who got sucked into a mudslide, were rescued but their hearts weren’t beating, it said.Kyoto prefecture said it was working to control flooding at several dams and identified one fatality as a 52-year-old woman.Military water trucks were rushing to areas where water systems were no longer working, Okayama prefecture said. Troops in camouflage outfits helped people and pets reach dry land on small military boats.Evacuation orders or advisories were sent for 4.72 million people, and 48,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces, police, and firefighters were mobilized for search missions, according to Kyodo.

    Recovery divers in Thai boat disaster confronted by underwater tomb-Volunteers leading grim task of retrieving bodies of 41 Chinese tourists from sunken vessel, including mothers still clutching their infants-By Elizabeth Law-TOI-JUL 9,18

    PHUKET, Thailand (AFP) — A scene of horror in the hull of a sunken boat: mothers still holding babies, their bodies suspended in water as the lower lounge of the Phoenix became a tomb in one of Thailand’s worst ever sea disasters.At least 41 people died — all Chinese tourists — when the Phoenix went down in rough seas on Thursday.Fifteen people are still missing but two days later flickers of hope for miracle survivals are all but extinguished.While some 48 passengers and crew managed to flee the sinking vessel by jumping into the sea or mounting life rafts, many were trapped in the main lounge as the pleasure boat plummeted 40 meters into the Andaman Sea.“It’s difficult… it’s traumatic… as you can imagine when you find dead bodies, children, kids, in the arms of the mother in the wreck,” said Philippe Entremont, the manager of a Phuket dive shop who was helping coordinate the underwater search.“But now the best thing to do for us, our job is to find the bodies and bring them back to the families,” the Frenchman added.Dozens of rescuers — including volunteers and recreational divers — have scoured the waters for two days, in an area known for its reefs.Most of Thailand’s diving experts have been diverted to the north to a rescue operation at a flooded cave where 12 schoolboys have been trapped for two weeks.That left volunteers in Phuket leading the grim task of trying to retrieve bodies from the sunken vessel.Entremont said those going down are specially trained to dive at depth — the boat has sunk to about 47 meters.South African Dominic Robnik, who has been involved in the search on both days, called the scenes “very, very sad.”“There was a lot of debris, shoes, glass, and even personal belongings, so we had to navigate through all that,” he said.Divers were positioned every five meters so recovered bodies were slowly passed up to the surface, Robnik said, adding that he had helped move at least six bodies.One body has been particularly hard to retrieve after it was trapped by the sunken boat, the divers said, adding that they were ready to bring in specialized equipment.But late Saturday afternoon, the underwater search was stopped with the Thai navy taking over the operation.The bodies would “surface naturally” according to Rear Admiral Charoenphone Khumrasee.It is the grim reality of boat disasters, said Entremont.“Maybe in a few days’ time we’ll find them on a beach somewhere drifting away.”

    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)

    North Korea says talks with Pompeo were ‘regrettable’-Pyongyang accuses Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure it into abandoning its nukes even as the US describes the meetings as 'productive'-By ANDREW HARNIK and Matthew Lee-TOI-JUL 9,18

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that high-level talks with a US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes.The North’s statement came hours after Pompeo wrapped up two days of talks with senior North Korean officials without meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but with commitments for new discussions on denuclearization and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.Before departing Pyongyang, Pompeo told reporters that his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been “productive,” conducted “in good faith,” and that “a great deal of progress” had been made in some areas. He stressed that “there’s still more work to be done” in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides have set up to deal with specific issues.The North provided a much harsher assessment of the talks, saying that the United States betrayed the spirit of last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim by making “one-sided and robber-like” demands on “CVID,” or the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.It said the outcome of the follow-up talks was “very concerning” because it has led to a “dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm.”“We had expected that the US side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders’ summit … we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures,” an unnamed spokesman of Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.“However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting [between the countries] was no doubt regrettable,” the spokesman said.Pompeo said that a Pentagon team would be meeting with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine testing facility.In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Donald Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress.Pompeo, however, said that more talks were needed on both.“We now have a meeting set up for July 12 — it could move by one day or two — where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains. [It] will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow,” he said as he boarded his plane for Tokyo.On the destruction of the missile engine plant, Pompeo said, “We talked about what the modalities would look like for the destruction of that facility as well, and some progress there as well, and then we have laid out a path for further negotiation at the working level so the two teams can get together and continue these discussions.”Earlier, Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol both said they needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula that Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to in Singapore. The trip was Pompeo’s third to Pyongyang since April and his first since the summit.Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs during which he has met with Kim Jong Un, Pompeo spent the night at a government guesthouse in Pyongyang and did not see the North Korean leader, although US officials had suggested such a meeting was expected. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said no meeting with Kim Jong Un had been planned.As they began their talks on Saturday, Kim Yong Chol alluded to the fact that Pompeo and his delegation had stayed overnight in Pyongyang.“We did have very serious discussions on very important matters yesterday,” Kim said. “So, thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night.”Pompeo, who spoke with Trump, national security adviser John Bolton, and White House chief of staff John Kelly by secure phone before starting Saturday’s session, replied that he “slept just fine.” He added that the Trump administration was committed to reaching a deal under which North Korea would denuclearize and realize economic benefits in return.Kim later said that “there are things that I have to clarify” to which Pompeo responded that “there are things that I have to clarify as well.”There was no immediate explanation of what needed to be clarified, but the two sides have been struggling to specify what exactly “denuclearization” would entail and how it could be verified to the satisfaction of the United States.Pompeo and Kim met for nearly three hours Friday and then had dinner amid growing skepticism over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translating the upbeat rhetoric following his summit with Trump into concrete action.On his flight to Pyongyang, Pompeo said both sides made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and on what a transformed relationship between their two countries might look like.One hoped-for breakthrough on this trip would have been the return of the remains of US troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea committed at last month’s summit to the “immediate repatriation” of remains already identified, but that hasn’t happened yet.

    Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal, monitor says-Calm reported in Daraa region Saturday as sides finalize truce; regime troops celebrate recapture of border crossing with Jordan-By Agencies-TOI-JUL 9,18

    Thousands of displaced Syrians were heading home Saturday after rebels and the government reached a ceasefire deal in the south following more than two weeks of deadly bombardment, a monitor said.Under the agreement announced Friday after talks between rebels and regime ally Moscow, opposition fighters will hand over territory and heavy weapons in Daraa province near the Jordanian border.The Russia-backed regime offensive has displaced around 320,000 people since June 19, the United Nations says, including tens of thousands who fled south to the sealed border with Jordan.Calm reigned over the region on Saturday as the two sides finalized the ceasefire deal, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.“People have started to return to their homes since yesterday, taking advantage of the calm,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.“More than 20,000 people have set off for home so far, heading to areas for which an accord has been reached in the southeastern Daraa countryside,” he said.But others “are scared to return to regime-controlled areas, fearing their children will be arrested,” Abdel Rahman said.The accord follows a string of similar deals with rebels for other areas of Syria, which have seen the regime retake more than 60 percent of the country, according to the Observatory.A government takeover of Daraa would be a symbolic victory for President Bashar Assad as the province was the cradle of the uprising against him seven years ago that led to civil war.More than 150 civilians have been killed in the regime bombing campaign on Daraa since June 19, the Observatory says.Under Friday’s deal, rebels are expected to hand over their heavy weapons, while those who reject the agreement will be bused with their families to the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, state media has said.Government forces will also take over “all observation posts along the Syrian-Jordanian border,” it said Friday, hours after the regime regained control of the vital Nassib border crossing with Jordan.Syrian soldiers celebrated the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan Saturday, raising portraits of Assad and tearing down rebel flags.Troops captured the Naseeb border crossing a day earlier. State-run Ikhbariya TV showed troops at the crossing, some flashing victory signs and pumping fists in the air as they shouted pro-Assad slogans. A soldier could be seen hoisting the Syrian flag on top of a watchtower. Another tore down the rebel flag from a building.One officer told the TV outlet that troops have taken up positions along the border with Jordan and are removing illegal crossing points.“We have ended their existence,” he said of the rebels. “They have no future anymore, God willing.”State-run news agency SANA said the army deployed at the crossing after combing and clearing it of the remnants of “terrorist groups.” It said Syrian army units have also established control over the town of Nuaima in the past 24 hours.The rebels seized control of the crossing in 2015, severing a lifeline for Syrian exports and disrupting a trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and the oil-rich Gulf countries.The rebels in southern Syria once received significant backing and support from the US that has receded and all but dried up over the past few years. Although the US government negotiated a deescalation agreement for southern Syria last year, it has remained silent as Assad’s forces marched onto Daraa in the past two weeks.The government’s offensive near the Israeli border began on June 19, and is now expected to turn more forcefully toward retaking Quneitra, potentially setting up a clash between Israel and Hezbollah and Iran unless they agree to stay away from the area as Israel demands.

    Israeli spy firm targeted NGOs tied to Soros before Hungary election — report-Agents for secretive intel company obtained recordings later used by PM Viktor Orban to claim Jewish billionaire is trying to take control of the country, POLITICO reports-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

    Secretive Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube was hired to engage in a campaign to discredit local NGOs, along with individuals connected to Jewish billionaire George Soros, ahead of Hungary’s presidential election earlier this year, POLITICO reported Friday.Recordings made by operatives of the Tel Aviv-based company were then used by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to attack rights groups and Soros himself in the days leading up to his landslide election victory in April, the report said.The magazine cited a former employee of the firm as well as an individual with knowledge of the organization who both confirmed the details. It provided numerous pieces of evidence backing up its claim, including addresses and names of fake individuals and companies used in the operation which Black Cube has used in the past.Politico said operatives for the company met with officials from local civil rights groups under false pretenses and identities, and made compromising recordings of those officials.Recordings included statements on efforts to lobby foreign governments to pressure Hungary against legislation cracking down on those NGOs. These were leaked to The Jerusalem Post and the state newspaper Magyar Idok, which both published stories on the issues.Orban himself used them in claiming enemies inside and outside Hungary were attempting to gain control of the country.“Soros’s people will be installed in government — this is what the ‘Soros Leaks’ recordings tell us,” Orban said in one interview before the election, in quotes provided by POLITICO.“If Soros’s people have influence in government, they will occupy the Hungarian energy sector and the banking system. And the Hungarian people will pay the price for that.”It is not known who hired Black Cube to allegedly conduct the operation. The report’s two sources were unable to confirm whether the money the Israeli firm was given for its work came from the Hungarian government, and a spokesman for the latter declined to comment on the claims.A spokesperson for Black Cube told the news magazine that the company’s policy is to not confirm or deny such claims made regarding its operations.Since 1979, the Hungarian-born Soros has funneled tens of billions of dollars into his Open Society Foundations (OSF), which in turn fund civil society groups around the world.Orban, who based his campaign on demonizing migrants, accuses Soros and organizations supported by his Open Society Foundations of seeking to allow thousands of immigrants into Hungary.In the lead up to the campaign, Orban’s Fidesz party plastered the country with billboards “warning” about Soros.One of them depicted the philanthropist and opposition candidates holding wire-cutters to destroy the razor-wire fence that Orban erected on the Serbian border in 2015 to keep out migrants.Orban and his government repeatedly attacked Soros using language that some critics have said has anti-Semitic undertones.While Black Cube has been accused of involvement in controversial dealings in the past, the POLITICO report claims the Hungarian presidential campaign would be the first time the private intelligence firm’s work has been allegedly used in an election campaign.As part of the operation, Black Cube agents met with the NGO staffers and Soros allies in various cities across Europe and the US pretending to be supporters. They used fake aliases, but two of them had “discernible Israeli accents,” those who met with them told POLITICO.After meetings with the intelligence firm’s targets were completed, information on the fabricated companies the agents had pretended to represent was deleted from the internet and telephone numbers were disconnected.-Black Cube logo-According to POLITICO, one of the fake email addresses given by Black Cube agents had been used in another operation launched by the private intelligence firm targeting actress Rose McGowan, after she accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.A Black Cube board member later apologized for his firm’s work on behalf of Weinstein, and said it would not have assisted the disgraced producer had it had known it was helping suppress sexual assault allegations against him.Black Cube’s name has come up in a number of other high-profile intelligence gathering operations.In May, the New Yorker magazine reported that the firm was allegedly hired by aids to US President Donald Trump to dig up dirt on Obama officials in order to discredit the Iran nuclear deal.The operation in 2017 reportedly targeted Ann Norris, a former US State Department official who is married to Ben Rhodes, a foreign-policy adviser to former president Barack Obama and a prominent advocate of the Iran nuclear deal. It also targeted Rebecca Kahl, a former program officer at the National Democratic Institute and the wife of the former Obama administration foreign-policy adviser Colin Kahl.And Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who revealed that data analysts Cambridge Analytica had harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in Trump’s election campaign, also told the British parliament that Black Cube was involved in a hacking scheme targeting the president of Nigeria.Black Cube denied involvement in both operations, in apparent deviations from its aforementioned policy of not confirming or denying reports on its work.Along with a second private intelligence company, Psy-Group, it is being sued for alleged defamation in a Canadian lawsuit by hedge fund West Face Capital Inc., for $500 million in damages. In one instance cited in that case, a Black Cube operative is alleged to have tried to entrap a retired Canadian judge into making anti-Semitic comments.In response to a Times of Israel request for comment on that case, Black Cube said last month: “It is Black Cube’s policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work. Referencing Black Cube has become an international sport during 2018. It is important to note that Black Cube always operates in full compliance of the law in every jurisdiction in which it conducts its work, following legal advice from the world’s leading law firms.”

    Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran-Mass hangings take place over a year after assault on parliament and shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50-By Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell-TOI-JUL 9,18

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.The June 7, 2017 attack has so far been the only assault by the Sunni extremists inside of Shiite Iran, which has been deeply involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria where the militants once held vast territory.The judiciary’s official Mizan news agency and semi-official news agencies in Iran acknowledged the executions Saturday, but did not say when they took place. Executions in Iran are carried out by hangings.While Iran is one of the world’s top enforcers of the death penalty, such mass executions are rare. In August 2016, human rights activists criticized Iran for carrying out the mass execution of 20 Sunni militants from a group identified as Jihad and Tawhid after a six-year trial. In August 2007, Iran hanged seven men convicted of rape in Mashhad at the same time.Mizan noted in its report that the executions came after the eight men had been tried and convicted in a trial that included both eyewitness testimony and video footage showing their involvement.“These eight worked directly … in martyring and wounding a number of innocent compatriots,” Mizan said.The news agencies on Saturday named those executed as Soleiman Mozafari, Esmail Sufi, Rahman Behrouz, Majed Mortezai, Sirous Azizi, Ayoub Esmaili, Khosro Ramezani and Osman Behrouz.The Islamic State attack killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50. It saw gunmen carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosives storm the parliament complex where a legislative session had been in progress, starting an hours-long siege.Meanwhile, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini’s mausoleum on Tehran’s southern outskirts. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran’s first supreme leader until his death in 1989.The assault shocked Tehran, which largely has avoided militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.Over a dozen others remain on trial over the attack. Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard responded to the attack by launching six missiles into eastern Syria targeting IS militants.Iran was second only to China in 2017 in the number of known executions carried out, according to Amnesty International. Iran executed over 500 people last year, according to the group.The IS executions come as controversy still swirls in Iran surrounding the country’s mass executions of 1988 near the end of the Iran-Iraq War. Activists at the time said Iran executed as many as 5,000 people after sham trials of Communists, Kurdish separatists, political prisoners and members of an Iranian exile group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.The executions represent one of the darkest moments of Iran’s post-revolution history and are still not recognized by its government.

    Two US destroyers sail into Taiwan Strait: Taiwan gov't-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-July 7, 2018

    Taipei (AFP) - Two United States warships entered the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, the Taiwanese government said, at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.The destroyers USS Mustin and USS Benfold sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement."The military is monitoring the situation in neighbouring areas, and has the confidence and abilities to maintain regional stability and defend national security," the statement added.A defence ministry official told AFP the ships were still in the strait on Saturday night, sailing in what he described as international waters.The warships’ entry into the strait comes as Washington and Beijing are locked in a trade war and as tensions escalate between Beijing and Taipei.China sees self-ruling democratic Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, but the island sees itself as a sovereign country.Although the US does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it is its most powerful ally and biggest arms supplier.China has stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took office two years ago as her government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of "one China."Relations between the US and Taiwan have warmed recently as President Donald Trump signed legislation paving the way for mutual visits by top officials and the US government approved a licence required to sell submarine technology to Taiwan.

              Grumpy Noll and the case of the flying tinny      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    For those of you not as au fait with the trending events, current occurrences, and occurring trends of the present day, let me bring you up to speed. It seems young Australian balladist and bon vivant Mr Shannon Noll has been caught in something of a contretemps recently, when a member of his audience happened to give vent to his oppobrium and let fling forth from his hands a missile which had previously happened to contain a beverage of the genera ale. As if that was not bad enough, Mr Noll did then give forth to his contempt, vilipending the malefactor in terms most severe, demanding that they  put an end to their grievances on stage in a manly show of strength and pugilism, and extending his contumely and umbrage to touch on certain other members of that personage's family.

    Now, Mr Noll does certainly seem to have overstepped the conversational bounds of gentlemanly conduct here. No doubt about it. But what I am wondering is - what sort of beer was it? The empty can of which was hurled on stage? VB? Four X? Tooheys? Not that I'm saying it makes a difference, mind, but still, such details matter....

    It is nevertheless a well known fact that the timely application of a tin that had previously contained a fermented beverage of barley and hops can be utilised when all other heckles fail. Can you imagine the rage with which a certain performing hipster might vent themselves if, say, a malodorous person with venomous intent had decided to fling a half-drunken can of craft beer, say, a Moon Dog Black Lung, on stage? Good heavens, you larrikin layabout - do you have no appreciation for such a heavenly balance of dark malted barleys? If such a thing were to happen, well, the performing hipster might remonstrate with the heckler most sternly, comparing beard length, and even threatening to write a non-complimentary zine about him.

    But it is also true that empty beer cans are hardly the worst punishment that can befall a speaker or singer. Why, I hear at conservative political gatherings,  they fling whole teapots at you. Fine bone china and the works. Oh, the brewmanity!
              World naval developments June 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    STAR young galloper Grey Missile let his older rivals know he means business after his class shone through in an impressive win in the The Ville Resort- Casino Weight For Age ( 1300m) at Cluden Park yesterday. Trainer Roy Chillemi opted to run him in...
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              США продадут Дании и Великобритании ракет на $740 миллионов      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Фото: ArtStation Боеприпасы предназначены для истребителей F-16 и F-35 Госдепартамент США одобрил продажу Великобритании и Дании авиационных ракет на общую сумму $740 млн. Об этом сообщает Агентство по сотрудничеству в сфере обороны и безопасности. Исполнителем контрактов выступит Raytheon Missile Systems Company. Великобритании продадут 200 ракет AIM-120D класса воздух-воздух среднего радиуса действия.
              Armement : Des missiles antinavires pour le Maroc       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Le Royaume du Maroc a ajouté à son inventaire plusieurs types de missiles antinavires fabriqués aux États-Unis, comme les AGM, RGM et UGM. C’est ce qu’a indiqué, en début de semaine, le média Defense Industry Daily.  
              Up Is Down, Black Is White...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Yesterday, I reported that I had learned a few new things of late.

    For example. automation is both a major cause of job loss and of job growth. That Obama blames a lot of our economic woes on owners of corporate jets who took advantage of the tax break Obama gave them in his stimulus bill.

    I've also learned other things. things such as that when we drop bombs and missiles on a sovereign nation with the intent of deposing or killing the head of state, it's not really a war unless the president says it is. Or that Michigan's law that absolutely forbids any kind of discrimination based on race or sex is, in and of itself, racially and sexually discriminatory. That a government that has run up a debt of over 14 trillion dollars -- more than doubled in eight years -- doesn't have a spending problem, but just needs more money.

    I'm starting to think I'm just not cut out for understanding modern politics.

    I wonder if my health insurance would cover the necessary lobotomy, so I can?

              Trump's NATO criticism is 'valid,' Europe isn't spending enough on defense, UK ex-minister says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    President Donald Trump is pushing other countries within the NATO military alliance to contribute more to their defense spending - and the U.K.'s former defense minister has told CNBC that he agrees. "Half the alliance - 16 of the 29 countries - don't even spend 1.5 percent (of gross domestic product) let alone 2 percent that we all agreed on four years ago (at a NATO summit) in Wales," Michael Fallon, who served as secretary of state for defense from 2014 to 2017, said Tuesday. "Four years on, and not enough European countries are making progress towards it and they need to do that and the president's criticisms are quite valid." Trump is due to attend a NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday and the thorny issue of how much the alliance's individual members spend on defense is certain to arise. On Tuesday, Trump was still tweeting his annoyance. Number crunching In 2014, NATO members agreed to target spending 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, although the contributions remain voluntary. In 2017, only the U.S., U.K., Greece, Poland and Estonia reached the 2 percent target. In 2017, the U.S. spent (at current exchange rates) an estimated $685.9 billion on defense, NATO data shows, the U.K. spent $55.3 billion and Germany $45 billion, compared to Canada's $22.4 billion. The U.S. represented a 71.1 percent share of the alliance's combined defense expenditure. NATO collects defense expenditure data from each member's defense ministry. The latest data from the organization, released Tuesday, estimated that for 2018 the U.S. will spend 3.5 percent of GDP on defense, while NATO Europe and Canada are expected to both spend 1.47 percent. At a NATO summit in May 2017, Trump lambasted fellow member nations saying, "Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should... Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years." What makes Trump particularly cross is the fact that the U.S. pays so much "to protect Europe," as Trump said last week at a rally in Montana, while Europe "kills us on trade" and the European Union had a 120 billion euro ($140 billion) trade surplus with the States in 2017 - a bone of contention for the president. Trump has since threatened that the U.S. might not come to the aid of a NATO member should it be attacked, and there are concerns that Washington. could pull troops out of Europe. After several years of defense spending cutbacks, both France's President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have pledged this year to increase defense spending - but both have signaled that the 2 percent target might not be reached for years. Berlin has only committed to 1.5 percent by 2024, but even NATO head Jens Stoltenberg has said that is not good enough. NATO is based on the principle of collective defense, meaning that an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all allies and, consequently, members will come to each other's aid. But Trump has repeatedly said that the U.S. is paying way more than its fair share The U.K.'s former defense minister said Trump's position on defense was unlikely to have changed much from last summer. "Last year, when Trump came to the Brussels (NATO) summit, I recall how he was brand new and everyone wanted to meet him, everybody wanted to see how he would react. And he made some of the same points that he's been making recently and he made them there - that Europe has to do more in its own defense." With Trump heading to Helsinki, Finland, to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next Monday, Fallon believed that NATO members would be keen to engage with Trump. "I think this time there will be more engagement with him. And not least because he's going on from the summit to engage with President Putin and a lot of the members of NATO have a very strong interest in that, particularly Germany, but also those countries that border on to Russia." NATO 'not a one-way street' While the U.S. accounts for the most defense spending within NATO, the U.S. is a beneficiary from the alliance in more ways than one, strategists and military experts note. Hans Binnendijk, from the Center for Transatlantic Relations, and Magnus Nordenman, from the Atlantic Council think tank, concluded in a entitled "NATO's Value to the U.S.: By the Numbers" and published in April that the U.S.' relationship "with its friends and allies is not a one-way street, where the United States makes, and the allies take." They noted that the specified NATO commitment of 2 percent of GDP "is the most visible metric used to measure allied political commitment to burden-sharing across the alliance. However, that metric does not measure the output and quality of allied defense contributions. It says even less about how NATO relates to broader U.S. security and economic interests." For instance, the writers noted: "France and the U.K. contribute about 30 percent of the total ballistic-missile-submarine deterrent fleet held by NATO members" and that "NATO countries also host sites for U.S. B-61 nuclear gravity bombs, and maintain dual-capable aircraft for nuclear delivery, which further enhance deterrence." "NATO and its members contribute directly to U.S. national security through, among many other things, deterrence, deployments in support of U.S. operations, and forward basing close to key security hotspots," the said. (JOKE, right) https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/11/trumps-nato-criticism-is-valid-europe-isnt-spending-enough-on-def.html
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              Syrian Army Reportedly Seizes French-Made Anti-Tank Missile Systems in Daraa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Late last week, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced that the leaders of armed groups in southern Daraa province had agreed to surrender weapons and halt hostilities amid the Syrian Army's ongoing offensive in the area. Daraa is part of a de-escalation zone agreed upon by Russia, the US and Jordan in July.
              Up Is Down, Black Is White...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Yesterday, I reported that I had learned a few new things of late.

    For example. automation is both a major cause of job loss and of job growth. That Obama blames a lot of our economic woes on owners of corporate jets who took advantage of the tax break Obama gave them in his stimulus bill.

    I've also learned other things. things such as that when we drop bombs and missiles on a sovereign nation with the intent of deposing or killing the head of state, it's not really a war unless the president says it is. Or that Michigan's law that absolutely forbids any kind of discrimination based on race or sex is, in and of itself, racially and sexually discriminatory. That a government that has run up a debt of over 14 trillion dollars -- more than doubled in eight years -- doesn't have a spending problem, but just needs more money.

    I'm starting to think I'm just not cut out for understanding modern politics.

    I wonder if my health insurance would cover the necessary lobotomy, so I can?

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              США продадут ракеты двум европейским странам на $740 млн      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Сегодня, 11 июля, стало известно, что госдепартамент США одобрил продажу Великобритании и Дании авиационных ракет на общую сумму $740 млн. Как сообщает агентство по сотрудничеству в сфере обороны и безопасности (DSCA), входящее в структуру Пентагона, исполнителем контрактов выступит Raytheon Missile Systems Company, передает replyua.net.
              Israel fires missile at drone that approached from Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Israel's military says it launched a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached Israel's border from Syria

    The post Israel fires missile at drone that approached from Syria appeared first on FederalNewsRadio.com.


              Israel military says fired Patriot missile at drone from Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Israel launched a Patriot interceptor missile on Wednesday at a drone spotted approaching from Syria, the second such incident in as many months, the Israeli military said.

              India's Role for the Koreas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    What is the issue?
    • The South Korean President, Moon Jae-in's visit to Delhi is of significance to India.
    • It offers scope for India's role in reconciliation between the North and the South Koreas.
    What are the recent developments?
    • Talks between US Secretary of State and his hosts in North Korea ended in accusations.
    • This has impacted the American diplomacy on denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.
    • America demands for a quick and comprehensive denuclearisation of North Korea.
    • However, North Korea's agenda on political and military trust building is a challenge.
    • On the other hand, South Korean President is particular of reconciliation between the two Koreas.
    • Amidst this, Moon's visit to Delhi offers possibility for strengthening India’s role in the Korean Peninsula.
    How did India become a part of this?
    • War - Independent India played a significant role in the Korean Peninsula.
    • This was especially in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.
    • India also maintained diplomatic relations with the North and South during the Cold War.
    • Economy - With 1991 economic reforms, South Korea became an important participant in India’s economy.
    • Russia and China also increased their collaboration with South Korea for economic gains.
    • North Korea - Resultantly, the socialist North Korea was increasingly isolated.
    • It looked for making up for the loss of its old communist allies.
    • It thus started focussing on developing nuclear capability.
    • Pakistan - Eventually, the Indian Subcontinent became a part of North Korea's strategy.
    • North Korea’s atomic quest found convergences with that of Pakistan.
    • North Korea and Pakistan thus stepped up their nuclear and missile cooperation.
    • Certainly, this strained the India’s relationship with North Korea.
    What could India's role now be?
    • India is now in a position to develop a more strategic view of the Korean Peninsula.
    • For,
    1. South Korean President is increasingly seeking reconciliation with the North
    2. there is much international scepticism about the prospects for this peace
    • Given this, Indian support for reconciliation would be of great political value to South Korea.
    • Importantly, it will align Delhi with the long-term interests of the Korean people.
    • For, they had been the victims of troubles in the divided peninsula over the last 7 decades.
    What are the possible challenges?
    • The post-Cold War Asian landscape is shifting.
    • The relations between major powers - US, Russia, China and Japan - are strained.
    • This is a new challenge that Asia had not to deal with in decades.
    • Meanwhile, prosperity brought by globalisation to Asia over the recent decades is under stress.
    • Measures against free trade and open borders, by the Western leaders are contributing to this.
    What lies ahead?
    • South Korea has announced a “New Southern Policy”.
    • This looks beyond Northeast Asia to focus on Southeast Asia, Australia and India.
    • Likewise, India's Act East policy now has a much wider coverage, the Indo-Pacific.
    • These strategies should be taken forward, to reap the benefits of geopolitical developments.
    • With global trade war unfolding, Delhi and Seoul have an urgent need to liberalise the bilateral trade relations.
    • The two sides also need to focus on expanding bilateral security and defence cooperation.
    • They should work with other countries to promote a stable Asian balance of power system.

    Source: Indian Express

              Israel fires Patriot missile at drone approaching from Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Rocket alarm sirens triggered in the Golan Heights and Jordan Valley Army says threat removed after unmanned aerial vehicle infiltrates Israel but gets intercepted
              Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Kim Jong Un snubbed Mike Pompeo for potato farm visit, state media suggests
    North Korea accused the US of having a "gangster-like mindset" after a visit to the isolated country.
    21:55, UK,
    Tuesday 10 July 2018


    Kim was conspicuously absent from the meetings in Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday, with no explanation given at the time.

    But photos from state news agency KCNA showed the leader inspecting crops and getting advice to farmers.



    Pompeo's trip "went as badly as it could have gone", a White House source told CNN.


    In the meantime, satellite images of a missile-manufacturing facility in the city of Hamhung showed North Korea is expanding its ballistic weapons program.


    A Washington Post editorial was not kind to Trump.

    "Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius. He has gotten everything he wanted — sanctions relaxation, international legitimation — without giving up anything in return," columnist Max Boot wrote.


    金正恩はポンペオとは合わなかった。ポンペオよりも芋を優先して、芋畑の視察に行っていたのだ。

    ホワイトハウス筋からは、ポンペオの朝鮮訪問は最悪だった、と。

    北朝鮮の核開発は拡張し、なんの譲歩することもなしに、制裁緩和やら、国際的な正当性を得られるわ、で、金正恩のトランプの操り方ときたら、バイオリンの名器ストラディヴァリウスを奏でるが如しであった、と。

    ーーーこんな奴ら、外国の指導者に、日本の命運を委ねていいのだろうか?








              “The only thing after a summit is a cliff.”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    put (someone or something) on ice
    1. Literally, to put something in a cold place to preserve it, as of food or drink. If you don't put that shrimp on ice, we won't be able to eat it later. You made sure to put the champagne on ice, right?
    2. To postpone or delay acting on or interacting with a person. I know that journalist has been persistent in getting a comment from us for his story, but we'll just have to put him on ice until the trial is over.



    When Trump Realizes Kim Isn’t Giving Up His Nukes It Won’t Be Pretty by Ankit Panda https://t.co/zyhBufryKt @thedailybeastさんから

    — mozu (@mozumozumozu) 2018年7月10日


    First, Trump could simply choose to shrug, continue to tweet that the North Korean threat has evaporated, and direct Pompeo to secure concessions in any way possible. This would be a likely path to appeasing Pyongyang, resulting in the United States giving up valuable leverage for virtually cosmetic North Korean concessions like the reversible dismantlement of tunnel entrances at the Punggye-ri nuclear site. North Korea has plenty of old and now out-of-use nuclear and missile sites it could happily detonate before the international press.

    Second, Trump could simply allow the North Korea process that began on June 12 to quietly collapse and put the issue of its nuclear program and disarmament on ice—call it a return to “strategic patience.”

    The problem here is that the administration's “maximum pressure” campaign is all but dead after the Singapore summit and it's more likely than not that China, along with Russia, will ease up on the implementation of existing sanctions and perhaps even call for a removal of United Nations sanctions applied in 2017 on North Korean exports.

    In this scenario, the U.S. loses interest and North Korea benefits economically while continuing to build out its nuclear program without constraints. This would be the equivalent of a continuation of the muddling-through approach that three consecutive U.S. administrations found themselves resigned to with North Korea, updated for the era of a considerably more capable North Korea.

    Third, Trump could find himself left with nothing but the literal nuclear option. Feeling spurned and humiliated by Kim, Trump may find that the only way to move forward is to let John Bolton's March 2017 prophecy come true.

    Weeks before entering the White House as Trump's advisor on national security affairs, Bolton, as a private citizen, had remarked on Trump's acceptance of Kim's invitation that “[The purpose of this process is to] foreshorten the amount of time that we’re going to waste in negotiations that will never produce the result we want, which is Kim giving up his nuclear program.”

    Gone would be the days of “all options” being on the table. Trump might conclude then that the only path to denuclearization is an all-out military strike on North Korea—a trigger to a nuclear war that would engulf Northeast Asia in tremendous destruction and likely parts of the U.S. homeland, given North Korea's intercontinental-range ballistic missile capability.

    None of these scenarios are appealing, though the third is quite clearly the worst. Trump’s Monday tweet offers the clearest glimpse of why diplomacy-for-diplomacy's-sake with North Korea can be dangerous—even if it pulled us back from the brink of “fire and fury.”

    The process with North Korea isn't over yet, though. If the administration recognized that the “denuclearization of North Korea” isn't on the table and readied itself to discuss a fundamental transformation in the nature of the relationship between the United States and North Korea, it may find that Pyongyang would be more willing to discuss arms control and risk management measures—including a production cap on ballistic missiles and fissile material.

    In April, Victor Cha offered the ominous prediction that “the only thing after a summit is a cliff.” Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang may have kickstarted a slow lurch for the United States and North Korea toward the precipice.


    金正恩が核兵器を放棄する気がない、とトランプが悟った後のシナリオ

    1)北朝鮮の脅威は消えた、とすっとぼける。北朝鮮は、どうでもいい核施設を破壊する猿芝居をする。

    2)圧力をかけ続ける
    しかし、中露は圧力を緩み、北朝鮮は、さらに核ミサイル開発を継続

    3)ボルトン登場 北朝鮮との全面戦争 北東アジアさらには、アメリカをも巻き込んだ核戦争にもなりかねない。


    (木村、三浦)



              Гражданская война в Сирии #15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    fahed:
    Цитата (acta publica @ Июл 11 2018, 15:35)

    Просто Сараб-2.

    Джазака Аллаху хайран, ахи!


    Мда, наверное не сильно удары по иранским объектам все таки помогают НЛО - ПВО Израиля отстрелялось Пэтриотом по БПЛА на границе.

    https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-...an-drone-562226
              Israel fires missile at drone that approached from Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says it launched a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached Israel’s border from Syria. The military said the missile intercepted the drone Wednesday but didn’t elaborate. Israeli media reported the aircraft had entered Israeli airspace. It was not immediately clear who launched the drone. There was a similar […]
              Battlefield 1: +10 трейнер      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    +10 трейнер (для версии 19008).
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              200ton Missile carrier boat ship plans sheet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    200ton Missile carrier boat ship plans sheetPublisher: FSpace Publications

    This Just the Deckplans version of the 200ton Missile carrier boat from Philip's forthcoming ship catalog book as a sheet designed for quick and easy printing on A1 plotters (or tiled on smaller sheets).

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              Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at […]
              Former USS Fitzgerald Commanding Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Charges      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    USS fitzgerald collisionThe former Commanding Officer of the USS Fitzgerald pleaded not guilty to charges related to last year’s collision of the U.S. Navy destroyer with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan. Cmdr. Bryce Benson is now set to face a general court-martial on charges of negligence and hazarding a vessel, reports USNI News. The […]
              Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at […]
              Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at […]
              Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at […]

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              Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch) – L’eroe che non ci meritiamo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Guardate in cielo. È un aereo? Un missile? No, è Toadette che è stata rapita.    Questo secondo anno di Nintendo Switch è all’insegna della riproposizione. Dopo Donkey Kong e Bayonetta, oggi tocca all’impavido Captain Toad avere una seconda chance sulla “nuova” console Nintendo. Uscito su Wii U nel 2015, il funghetto esploratore torna con il […]

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              Israel shoots down Syria drone; Netanyahu to meet Putin - Reuters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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              L'héritier du trône marocain, 15 ans, a son jet privé équipé de technologies israéliennes Elbit - Identité Juive .com      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
      De belles armoiries princières, une grande autonomie de vol et surtout, un système de protection contre les missiles développé par Elbit, en Israël : le prince héritier du Maroc a reçu un jet privé parmi les plus performants au monde.Le Maroc...
               Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel launched a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that entered its territory from Syria on Wednesday, the military said, warning it...
               Israel Patriot missile intercepts drone from Syria: army       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Israel intercepted a drone launched from Syria with a Patriot missile on Wednesday, setting off sirens in the occupied Golan Heights, the army said."UAV from...
              SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 9, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY ISOLATES MILITANTS IN DARAA CITY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Pro-government forces have liberated about 600km2 from militants in southern Syria over the past week.
    Units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, the 4th Armoured Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have established control over the Nasiba border crossing, the towns of Umm al-Mayadi, al-Tayyibah and multiple nearby points.
    Additionally, the SAA and their allies have captured a large chunk of the border reaching the town of Khrab al-Shahm as well as isolated the militant-held part of the city of Daraa from the eastern direction.
    A source in the SAA told SouthFront that militants besieged in the city of Daraa are currently negotiating with representatives of the Syrian government and Russia. The source added the militants may soon surrender weapons and accept an evacuation agreement.
    According to photos released by Syrian media, militant groups in southern Syria have already surrender to government troops a notable number of military equipment, including battle tanks and armored personnel carriers, as well as anti-tank guided missiles.
    This is only the first batch of weapons and equipment that the so-called moderate opposition will have to surrender under the reconciliation deal in the area.
    An interesting fact that a part of militant groups, including Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, operating near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights is refusing to accept any peaceful solution in the current situation, at least by now.
    On July 8, ten fighters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Horas al-Din were killed during a failed attempt to attack SAA positions near the village of Luwaybidah in southeastern Idlib. The attack followed a declaration by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham that the area of southern Idlib and northern Hama are a military zone. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham also called on other groups to unite effort to carry out an operation against the SAA that would also help militants in southern Syria.
    On July 5, ISIS cells carried out IED attacks against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the districts of al-Noor and al-Hadiqah al-Bayda in the center of the city of Raqqa, according to Amaq. The ability of ISIS to operate within the SDF-held area shows gaps in security system established by the US-led coalition and its proxy force in northern Syria.
    On July 6, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) published a preliminary report on the so-called Douma incident, which took place on April 7. The report says that the OPCW found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a suspected chemical attack. This contradicts to claims made by the White House’s April 13 report, which argued that Sarin was used in the area.
    The OPCW report said that “various chlorinated organic chemicals” were found on the site but it did not confirm that Chlorine was used. Despite this, the MSM has actively promoted a false narrative that Chlorine was “highly likely” used in the area.
    The US and its allies accused the Damascus government of conducting a chemical attack in Douma and used this as a pretext to carry out a massive missile strike on the country. However, so far, the US-led bloc has failed to provide any evidence confirming its claims.

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              Sayyed Nasrallah Is the First Arab Leader Whose Credibility Has an Influence on «Israel» السيد نصر الله أوّل زعيم عربي تؤثر صدقيته في الإسرائيليين      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


    On July 12, 2010 and on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the destructive war against Lebanon, the “Israeli” newspaper Haaretz published a detailed university study on the topic, drafted by the “Israeli” military establishment. It was an academic study by a senior “Israeli” intelligence officer. It backed the assertion that Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, is the first Arab leader since the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser who has the ability to influence “Israeli” public opinion with his speeches.
    Hezbollah achieved two military victories against “Israel”. It is one of the world’s chief liberation movements, eclipsing the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, the National Liberation Front (Algerian) and the Cuban Revolution. It is striking that the criminalization of Hezbollah by the Persian Gulf and the Arab League came in the name of Arabism, a slogan that the Wahhabi dynasty wanted to destroy.
    Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah ponders his words that are equal in weight to gold. They are immediately analyzed by interpreters, philologists and linguists – whether they be academics, diplomats, strategists, experts in psychological warfare, native Arabic speakers or pseudo Orientalists. The Western political media bubble is about to suffocate from its pent-up anger, as is the case with the Arabs applauding them. They both face the same reality: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah – a Lebanese Shiite paramilitary group, is a man who does not only talk. His actions correspond to his words and his words with his actions.
    What he says in his speeches is not for the sake of boasting or bragging. His credibility does not have the same effects of a propaganda campaign. The facts are documented by senior “Israeli” Arab journalists whose acknowledgments are in this article.
    On July 12, 2010 and on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the destructive war against Lebanon, the “Israeli” newspaper Haaretz published a detailed university study on the topic, drafted by the “Israeli” military establishment. It was an academic study by a senior “Israeli” intelligence officer. It backed the assertion that Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, is the first Arab leader since the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser who has the ability to influence “Israeli” public opinion with his speeches.
    The article reads “Colonel Ronen discussed this thesis at Haifa University based on an analysis of the contents of Hassan Nasrallah’s speech during the second Lebanon war in 2006.” The “Israeli” officer describes Nasrallah as “the first Arab leader who was able to develop the ability to influence “Israeli” public opinion since Abdel Nasser” in the 1960s. Ronen, who was then an intelligence officer in the “Israeli” army, wrote the following: “Nasrallah used two weapons to confront “Israeli” threats: his speech addressing his audience and using it for defensive battles on the Lebanese front and missiles directed against “Israel”.”
    Nasrallah’s speeches were the subject of most “Israeli” newspapers. It aroused strong reactions from “Israeli” political and military leaders. Ronen pointed out that “if “Israel” deciphered Nasrallah’s speeches during the war, it would have had an impact on its decisions.” He stated that during the war Nasrallah used to bolster the claim that “we will win the war if we succeed in the defense.” For him, victory meant “to continue resisting and keep Lebanon united without accepting humiliating conditions.”
    The “Israeli” officer pointed out that “the resistance of Hezbollah carried on until the last day and the unity of Lebanon was not undermined.”
    “With regard to the humiliating conditions, the answer is not conclusive on whether Nasrallah was forced to accept the deployment of the Lebanese army and elements of the United Nations in southern Lebanon, which he rejected at the beginning of the war,” the author notes.
    When the government’s approach was demagoguery, the man appeared to be reasonable and did not brag even in the smallest of the theatrical details. He put on a stunning show on a Sunday afternoon in July 2006, giving a televised political speech to hundreds of thousands of viewers astonished by the destruction of an “Israeli” battleship near the Lebanese coast.
    In an area that is eroded by sectarianism, the cleric posed as a lawyer with his eloquent language and rich vocabulary in which religious expressions blend with the worldly as well as the standard (Arabic) with the dialectic. His speech is inspired by the more rigid Arabism. And thus he transformed his country into the regional diplomatic indicator and the role model in the history of the Arab-“Israeli” conflict, especially as he relies to the collective Arab memory that had an important psychological impact equivalent to the impact of Operation Badr (the seizure of the Bar-lev line) and the crossing of the Suez Canal during the October 1973 war.
    After eight years, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah did it again, not caring about the rejection of all Arab monarchies. He laid the groundwork for a new way of confronting his fiery enemy, which was the mobile conflict in a closed battlefield. It was a new approach to modern military warfare, supported by a strong missile deterrent force feared by the West and its Arab allies.
    Hezbollah fought with its light armament and full control over its weapons, especially the anti-tank ones. The group fought in a decentralized manner similar to that of the Finns in their war against the Soviets in 1940.
    But in view of this unique achievement in the history of the contemporary Arab world, the protests of a degenerate political class created by modern feudalism and developed from the stream of opportunism would stir sectarianism in a region considered to be a prey of intolerance and in a country that has suffered so much in the past. It is a country whose people are in despair due to the growing impoverishment. They are the forgotten victims of the old, heinous actions, the prey of intellectual and moral impoverishment of a class of elites, and finally the prey of the Nazism of senior Lebanese politicians unnaturally allied with the old warlords and their financiers.
    Hezbollah has become a Lebanese political-military movement, which is marked for elimination by the Americans. It enjoys unprecedented parliamentary representation thanks to the digital majority of the Shiite community, thanks to its contribution to the liberation of its land, thanks to its prestige at the regional level and finally thanks to the people’s support who are not looking to benefit from it.
    Former French Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin paid a high price for calling Hezbollah a terrorist. He was the victim of the most recent stone-throwing incident in contemporary history, ending his political life in a pathetic way and politically burning him forever.

    السيد نصر الله أوّل زعيم عربي تؤثر صدقيته في الإسرائيليين

    2018-07-09

    نشرت الصحيفة الإسرائيلية “هأريتز” في 12 تموز/ يوليو 2010 بمناسبة الذكرى الرابعة للحرب المدمرة على لبنان دراسة جامعية مفصلة في هذا الموضوع للمؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية. هي بحث أكاديمي قام به ضابط رفيع في المخابرات الإسرائيلية تدعم مقولة أنّ حسن نصرالله، الأمين العام لحزب الله، هو أول زعيم عربي يتمتع بقدرة على التأثير بخطابه على الرأي العام الإسرائيلي منذ الرئيس المصري الراحل جمال عبد الناصر.

    حزب الله هو صانعُ انتصارين عسكريين ضد إسرائيل، وأحد أكبر حركات التحرر في العالم الثالث هيبةً، مضاهياً بذلك جبهة التحرير الوطنية الفيتنامية وجبهة التحرير الوطنية الجزائرية وثورة الملتحين الكوبية. واللافت أن تجريم حزب الله من الخليج والجامعة العربية جاء باسم العروبة وهو الشعار الذي كانت السلالة الوهابية أول من أراد دفنه.  

    السيد حسن نصر الله يزن كلماته وأقواله التي تساوي وزنها ذهباً، فتؤوّل في الحال على ألسنة كل المفسرين وفقهاء اللغة وعلماء المعاني واللسانيات؛ سواء كانوا أكاديميين أم دبلوماسيين أم باحثين استراتيجيين أم اختصاصيين في الحرب النفسية؛ سواء كانوا من الناطقين الأصليين بالعربية أم من المستشرقين الزائفين. فالفقاعة الإعلامية السياسية الغربية على وشك الاختناق من الغضب المكتوم، كما هي حال العرب المصفقين لها، أمام إثبات متطابق مع الواقع: السيد حسن نصرالله زعيم حزب الله، الحركة الشيعية اللبنانية الشبه عسكرية، هو رجل لا يكتفي بالكلام. فأفعاله تتطابق مع أقواله وأقواله مع أفعاله.

    فما يقوله في خطاباته ليس تبجّحاً وتباهياً. ومصداقيته ليست كأثر حملة دعائية. فالوقائع موثّقة يؤكدها كبار الصحفيين الإسرائيليين العرب الذين حصل هذا المقال على اعترافاتهم بها.

    نشرت الصحيفة الإسرائيلية “هأريتز” في 12 تموز/ يوليو 2010 بمناسبة الذكرى الرابعة للحرب المدمرة على لبنان دراسة جامعية مفصلة في هذا الموضوع للمؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية. هي بحث أكاديمي قام به ضابط رفيع في المخابرات الإسرائيلية تدعم مقولة أنّ حسن نصرالله، الأمين العام لحزب الله، هو أول زعيم عربي يتمتع بقدرة على التأثير بخطابه على الرأي العام الإسرائيلي منذ الرئيس المصري الراحل جمال عبد الناصر.

    يقول المقال “إن العقيد رونين ناقش هذه الأطروحة في جامعة حيفا مستنداً إلى تحليل لمضمون خطاب حسن نصرالله خلال الحرب الثانية على لبنان في عام 2006”. يصف الضابط الإسرائيلي نصرالله على أنه “أول زعيم عربي استطاع تطوير قدرته على التأثير في الرأي العام الإسرائيلي منذ عبد الناصر” في الستينات. يكتب رونين، الذي كان وقتئذٍ في منصب ضابط المخابرات في الجيش الإسرائيلي، ما يلي “استعمل نصرالله لمواجهة التهديدات الإسرائيلية سلاحين: خطابه الذي توجه به لجمهوره وقاد به المعارك الدفاعية على الجبهة اللبنانية والصواريخ الموجهة ضد إسرائيل”.

    كانت خطابات نصرالله موضوع غالب الصحف الإسرائيلية كما أنها أثارت ردود أفعال شديدة لدى القادة السياسيين والعسكريين الإسرائيليين. لقد أشار رونين إلى أنه “لو قامت إسرائيل بتحليل عقلاني لخطابات نصرالله خلال الحرب لكان أثر ذلك على قرارها”. وذكر بأن نصرالله كان يؤكد أثناء الحرب “بأننا سنربح الحرب لو نجحنا في الدفاع”. فالانتصار يعني بالنسبة له “الاستمرار في المقاومة وأن يبقى لبنان موحداً دون القبول بشروط مذلة”.

    كما أشار الضابط الإسرائيلي إلى أن “مقاومة حزب الله استمرت حتى اليوم الأخير ووحدة لبنان لم تمسّ”. كما لفت النظر “إلى أنه بالنسبة للشروط المذلة فالجواب ليس قطعياً في أن نصرالله أجبر على القبول بانتشار الجيش اللبناني وعناصر الأمم المتحدة في جنوب لبنان، الشيء الذي كان يرفضه في بداية الحرب”.

    في المنطقة التي يكون أسلوب الحكومة فيها هو الغوغائية، يظهر الرجل رزيناً غير متباهٍ حتى في أصغر تفصيل من التفاصيل المسرحية، فيقوم بالعرض المذهل بعد ظهر يوم أحد من شهر تموز/ يوليو 2006 معطياً الأمر في خطاب سياسي من على منبره التلفزيوني وأمام مئات آلاف المشاهدين المذهولين بتدمير بارجة إسرائيلية عائمة قرب السواحل اللبنانية.

    في منطقة تتآكل بالطائفية البغضاء، يقف رجل الدين السيّد محامياً بلغته البليغة ومفرداته الغنية التي تتمازج فيها التعابير الدينية مع الدنيوية، والفصحى مع الدارجة، وبنغمة خطابه المستوحاة من روح العروبة الأكثر تشدداً. وهكذا دفع ببلده ليصبح المؤشر الدبلوماسي الإقليمي والمثل الأعلى في تاريخ الصراع العربي الإسرائيلي وخاصة أنه بارتدائه ثوب الذاكرة العربية الجماعية كان له أثر نفسي هام يعادل أثر عملية بدر (الاستيلاء على خط بارليف) وعبور قناة السويس في حرب تشرين الأول/ أكتوبر عام 1973.

    أعاد السيد حسن نصرالله الكرّة بعد ثماني سنين غير آبهٍ برفض كل المملكات العربية تقريباً، فوضع الأسس لطريقة جديدة في مواجهة قوة عدوّه النارية، وهي الصراع المتنقل في ميدان مغلق، نهج جديد في القتال العسكري الحديث، مدعوم بقوة ردع صاروخية قويّة أمام ذعر الغرب وحلفائه العرب.

    لقد قاتل حزب الله بعداده الخفيف وتحكّمه التام بسلاحه وخاصة ذلك المضاد للدبابات بطريقة لامركزية على طريقة الفنلنديين في حربهم مع السوفييت عام 1940.

    لكن بالنظر إلى هذا الإنجاز الفريد في تاريخ العالم العربي المعاصر الذليل فإن احتجاجات طبقة سياسية مهترئة نشأت في لدن الإقطاعية الحديثة ونتجت عن تيار الانتهازية سيحرّك الشعور الطائفي في منطقة تعتبر فريسة للتعصب وفي بلد عانى الكثير في الماضي. هو بلد يقع شعبه فريسة اليأس نتيجة الإفقار المتزايد، فريسة نسيان ضحايا الأعمال الشائنة القديمة، فريسة الفاقة الفكرية والأخلاقية لفئة من النخبة، وأخيراً فريسة نازية كبار الساسة اللبنانيين المتحالفين بطريقة شاذة عن الطبيعة مع أسياد الحرب القدماء ومموّليها.

    أصبح حزب الله حركة لبنانية سياسية-عسكرية، مطلوباً القضاء عليها أميركيا. وأصبح يتمتع بتمثيل برلماني لا سابق له بفضل الغالبية الرقمية للطائفة الشيعية، وبفضل إسهامه في تحرير أرضه، وبفضل هيبته على الصعيد الإقليمي وأخيراً بفضل الالتفاف الشعبي حوله دون أن يبحث عن أيّ استفادة من ذلك.

    رئيس الوزراء الاشتراكي الفرنسي الأسبق ليونيل جوسبان، دفع من حسابه ثمناً باهظاً لتوصيفه حزب الله بالإرهابي، فكان ضحية أشهر حادثة رجم بالحجارة في التاريخ المعاصر، منهياً حياته السياسية بطريقة مثيرة للشفقة فاحترق سياسياً إلى الأبد.

    ترجمة سناء يازجي خلف


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    by Horse85

    Eclipse is an absolutely wonderful game, and I was gonna back this pretty much 100% from the day it was announced months ago. And I now have backed it at the highest level. However, there are some things left to be desired here in Second Dawn.

    First and foremost, the expansion races. Magellan, Lyra, Rho Indi, Shapers, Octantis, etc. I was really hoping to see these at least as stretch goals. And idk, maybe they are hidden at the moment and you're planning to reveal them when we get closer to whatever high funding levels you've set for them. But my optimism is dwindling on that. Anyway, these factions are an integral part of the game. I would recommend that if they're not going to be in this Kickstarter at all, at least strongly consider an expansion and make an announcement about that to calm the masses. For example, Thunderstone Quest came out without solo or coop modes and then immediately turned around and announced their expansion Kickstarter containing those things. I would recommend doing the same thing with expansion races for Second Dawn.

    Second, these stretch goals. New missiles are cute, Accel Transform is interesting, but I believe I speak for many people when I say that everything else is something we all already expected to be in the base game. Cloaking Device as a stretch goal is ridiculous. Nobody was worried that it might not just be in the base game. It's a random rare tech out of left field as far as stretch goals are concerned. And it's not even a really popular technology. It just falls flat on the audience when something unimpressive and unexciting like that is your first stretch goal. And then you have new hexes, which is also a bit strange considering that I think those were to be expected in a new edition of the game anyway. Also, when the first new hex we unlocked yesterday came out as "Art coming soon..." that was a gigantic blunder. Were you not ready to launch the Kickstarter yesterday? Had you not already finalized the art or decided which hex would be on which stretch goal? When a stretch goal is unlocked and the audience gains zero information from it, that's a blunder. You're tripping over your own feet right out of the gate with the first two stretch goals. And then you followed that up by misspelling words on other goals after that ('Missle'? Come on). The 325k stretch goal is presumably Ancient Homeworlds, something that I'm pretty sure you already confirmed in the game months ago. If that's the case, then while I'm glad they'll be in the game, I'm also a little concerned that you announced they would be and then created a scenario where they might not be if the stretch goal wasn't met. But maybe I'm wrong, we'll see.

    Third, the art. Particularly the humans. They look photoshopped. Like you took heads from one artist and bodies from another and pasted them together. Blech. And when you put that art out months ago, I just thought it was a rough draft. But no, here it is, same crappy looking humans... Disappointing.

    Fourth, giving some stretch goals only to the highest backer level is underhanded. Plain and simple, it's bad business. And let's roll that into the fifth thing, the backer levels in general. HAVE MORE. There are a ton of people out there who already have a lot of the things you're putting into the game, and you're essentially making us pay for those things again. I already have all the ships from Ship Pack One. I have no use for more of them, and I'm sure that cutting those miniatures out of my copy of Second Dawn would save me some money. I also already have all the promo tiles, but I still backed the highest level anyway because I want the human ships and all the stretch goals. And as much as I personally like the GameTrayz stuff, a lot of people don't, and perhaps they would like a backer level where they don't have to pay for those.

    Sixth, the Man vs Meeple video contains game play errors and what I can only assume are rules mistakes. How you choose that to advertise your game is beyond me.

    The real issue I have here is that many of these things are like 2011-level Kickstarter blunders. Nowadays, they're just plain negligent because it's not hard to do a bit of research on what works and what doesn't work in Kickstarter campaigns. These are mistakes that would have been forgiven 7 years ago, but they just make you look careless and negligent in 2018. And that's not a good look for you. I want to see Eclipse grow and continue to be awesome, but that won't happen if the fickle gaming public turns against you.

    Anyway, that's my feedback.


    Thank you,
    Jeff Molander
    2017 Eclipse World Champion
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    Identified Undesirable: Alas, these same computers can also pick our face out of a crowd… cancel our credit cards… and take away our passports. Using algorithms and Big Data, they can also identify us as “undesirable”… or worse. That’s when your editor sees the scaffold going up in front of him… and there is the hangman approaching with a noose in his hands. Last week, a couple of reports added to his soucis.

    First, the IRS announced that it would block passports for 362,000 Americans who are late on their taxes.
    From where in the Constitution does the tax collector get the right to confine citizens who have never been convicted of a crime? We don’t know.

    We believe our own accounts with the IRS are in good order. But the “tax code” had 74,608 pages in 2016; there is plenty of room for disagreement, ambiguity, and interpretation. Our own tax return is more than two inches thick. It is prepared by professionals. Could they make a mistake? Of course, they could. Could the IRS make a mistake… or worse, intentionally try to make life difficult for us?

    It would never do such a thing, you say. In 2013, the IRS apologized for targeting conservative groups for extensive auditing. It admitted that it had given especially harsh treatment to groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names and promised it wouldn’t do it again. Of course, it won’t. And it won’t make mistakes, either.

    Targeted by Spooks: Already, in addition to the IRS’s “no passport” list are the feds’ “no fly” and “hit” lists. An interesting feature of these lists is that you never know if you are on them… or why. The feds don’t have to prove anything. An interesting case arose recently wherein a man found out, apparently by accident, that the feds were trying to kill him. He went to a wedding in the Middle East… and in came a missile attack. Who were they shooting at? Then, he realized it was him! He thought it was an accident; the spooks had mistaken him for someone else. But there was nowhere to go to appeal… no court in which he could prove his innocence. The whole matter was hidden from view, behind a sordid screen of “national security.”

    Meanwhile, in May, China officially began its “social credit” system. The idea is to amalgamate electronic sources of information on each of its 1.4 billion citizens and then target them for rewards or punishments, depending on their scores. 'The Week' magazine was on the case: "Government documents show a plan to block poorly scored citizens from air or rail travel for up to a year, though perhaps less for minor infractions like leaving a bike parked on a footpath. More than 7 million citizens have already been blocked from travel, Human Rights Watch reports, for offenses like “insincere” apologies."

    For the first time in history, the internet, with its electronic surveillance, and the collusion of data accumulators – Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others – make it possible for the authorities to control and manipulate every aspect of life. Algorithms can now do what used to require whole squads of spooks, snitches, and sinister agents.

    Did you ever attend a meeting of the group Americans for Limited Government? Did you ever talk to a known undesirable? Do you believe Congress is run by a bunch of incompetent crooks? Do you read the Diary? Are you insincere? Put away the waterboards. Send the torches and pliers back to the tool shop. There is no longer any need to ask, let alone to torture. The feds already know everything.

    Deep State Paradise: The National Security Agency (NSA) has been monitoring our telephone conversations for years. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others know what we do, what we want, and even what we think. And now, Big Technology is working with the feds to use this data to control us.

    Again, back in China… The New York Times: "In some cities, cameras scan train stations for China’s most wanted. Billboard-size displays show the faces of jaywalkers and list the names of people who don’t pay their debts. Facial recognition scanners guard the entrances to housing complexes. Already, China has an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras – four times as many as the United States."

    That’s just one piece of the system. The data flow in from GPS, social media, credit cards, banks, job sites – just about everywhere. Then, the feds can manipulate outcomes simply by editing the “news”… or denying access to important services… or applying individualized rewards or penalties. Even highway tolls can be adjusted for each car, depending on what behavior the authorities want to modify.

    The New York Times again: “This is potentially a totally new way for the government to manage the economy and society,” said Martin Chorzempa, a fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “The goal is algorithmic governance,” he added.

    Just 18 years ago, America’s five largest corporations were companies that provided essential goods and services – ExxonMobil, General Electric, Ford, General Motors, and Walmart. Now, the five largest corporations all truck in data: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, and Facebook. And they are using this data – in collusion with the feds – to create a Deep State paradise.

    “But what do I have to fear,” asks the good citizen? “I don’t do anything wrong. I have nothing to hide.” Here at the Diary, we have a sunny disposition and undying faith in public officials. What do we have to worry about? After all, the “government is all of us,” Hillary Clinton assured us. It would never do anything that wasn’t for our own good, would it?

    We are serene… and overjoyed, of course. With so much new control, the Deep State will help us be better people… never jaywalking… never speeding… never trying to save on our taxes… and certainly, never, ever criticizing our democratically elected leaders, no matter what numbskulls they appear to be.
    In short, it will work like a lobotomy, helping us be model citizens.

    We’re all for it. Sincerely.

    NSA, are you listening?"
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    every day, and have been for years...
    And these fine law-abiding NSA Good Citizens visit our little blog every day, 4-8 times...
    checking up on all you scary terrorists that visit, no doubt...
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    Ashburn, VA, USA. No thanks for stopping by.
     Host Name: pool-74-96-72-66.washdc.fios.verizon.net

    "Verizon Business’ new headquarters sits on a large tract of open land in Ashburn, Va., primed and ready for expansion to meet the next generation of government communications. The connecting buildings- which resemble a giant convention center or a major international airport’s departure terminal- house the managed network services that Verizon Business provides to many federal agencies, including the intelligence and defense communities. For that reason, much of the center is off-limits to visitors.

    The heart of the Verizon facility is the 30,000-square-foot, highly secure Verizon Government Network Operations and Security Center. Photography is not permitted, and press visits, such as the one arranged for Washington Technology, are limited. Access to the top-secret center is controlled by thumbprint and card biometrics identification and monitored by an array of video surveillance devices and motion detectors. All employees in the complex must have at least a secret clearance. The company can compete for work from the Defense Department and intelligence agencies up to the top-secret level, Starks said."

    Verizon Online LLC
    OrgId: VRIS
    Address: 22001 Loudoun County Parkway
    City: Ashburn
    StateProv: VA
    PostalCode: 20147
    Country: US

    IP Address: 71.241.241.96
    Host static-71-241-241-96.washdc.fios.verizon.net
    Location: US, United States
    City:  Washington, DC 20002
    Organization: Verizon FiOS
    ISP: Verizon FiOS
    AS Number: AS701 MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business
    And YOU, Good-Law-Abiding-Taxpayer-Citizen, are paying for all this...
    - CP

    "NSA, are you listening?" They've listened literally thousands of times here over the years, cataloging posts for content, and monitoring and identifying by their ISP login identification every single person who visits "Running"; you know, people like... you. Didn't you know? They've been watching you watching me for a very long time...
    Maybe there's a "terrorist monster" visiting this blog? Or it's me! lol
    Oh yeah, I feel so much safer...
    - CP

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text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Development of integration plans and strategies, participation in cross-functional teams, integrating data and analyses from multiple sources, providing inputs to analysis plans, documenting engineering analyses and assessments, preparing and presenting briefing charts, providing task status and tracking metrics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif">Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><b style="font-weight:bold"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience):&nbsp;</font></font></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Minimum of 1-2 years of engineering experience.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Systems engineering experience developing verification objectives or verification closure packages for an aerospace product.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Experience resolving technical issues involving multiple functional areas or IPTs.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Understanding of risk management processes.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Understanding of Research, Design, Test and Evaluation (RDT&amp;E) cycles within a program and the use of incremental design reviews for product maturity milestones.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Demonstrated communication and collaboration skills.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Ability to read schematics, understanding of drawing standards, drawing and configuration management systems, and producibility principles.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><b style="font-weight:bold"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience):&nbsp;</font></font></span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Industry or Government work experience on a weapon, missile, command &amp; control, or defense program.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Engineering experience with the BMDS or GMD.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Systems engineering experience on an aerospace program during the product development phase.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Development and qualification test planning experience.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Experience implementing industry standard systems engineering processes and procedures using industry standard tools such as DOORS or Rhapsody.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Experience identifying technical risks and developing associated mitigation plans.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt 0.5in; text-align:left; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-family:HelveticaNeueW01-55Roma, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="color:#394a59"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:2"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:2"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="background-color:#ffffff"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="symbol"><font size="3">·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></font></span><span style="line-height:21.4px"><font face="&quot;arial&quot;, sans-serif"><font size="3">Demonstrated ability to consolidate technical data into reports and presentations and clearly communicate technical information.</font></font></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p>
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              L’armée israélienne tire un missile Patriot vers un drone en provenance de Syrie      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that entered its territory from Syria on Wednesday, the military said, warning it won't tolerate airspace infiltrations that have occurred several times over the past year.

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    I'm glad you have been lucky! I think the key is the (shop) buyers and the quality checks they put in place. I've had some absolute rubbish (uneven length sleeves and weird sizing). I actually only get Saucony jogging shoes (US made) as it is the best lasting running shoe I've ever had. It may cost more than the other shoes but it invariably lasts more than twice as long. I'm not sure of anything else US made! I don't buy missiles or 757 aircraft, and I'm not currently planning on a military takeover anywhere!


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              China Steals Secrets Behind Apple's Self-Driving Car      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The US has arrested a former Apple employee who allegedly tried to abscond with sensitive proprietary information from the company's closely guarded self-driving car project, according to the Financial Times. Xiaolang Zhang, who had recently left his position at Apple under suspicious circumstances, was arrested by FBI agents as he tried to board a plane bound for mainland China.

    Zhang joined Apple in December 2015, and was arrested on July 7. US prosecutors allege that he had downloaded sensitive information about the company's self-driving car research without permission. During his time at the company, Zhang worked "to develop software and hardware for use in autonomous vehicles."

    The charges against Zhang represent the latest in a series of arrests made by federal authorities of Chinese spies carrying out what the US government calls "economic espionage" that date back to 2006.

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    And with President Trump intensifying efforts to stop China from extracting intellectual property from foreign corporate partners trying to gain a foothold in Chinese markets, it's hardly surprising that China is stepping up its espionage programs. Zhang initially aroused suspicion when he told Apple that he would be returning to China to take a job with Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese electric-car startup that also has offices in the Bay Area.

    The complaint against Mr Zhang said about 5,000 of Apple’s 135,000 full-time employees have security clearance for Titan, although that figure may include staff across the company working on artificial intelligence technology, as well as hundreds of people working on the car project itself.

    Mr Zhang allegedly told Apple on April 30 that he intended to resign after returning from paternity leave. He told his supervisor he was moving back to China to be closer to his mother, who he said was ill. Later in the meeting, he said he intended to work for XMotors, according to the filing on Tuesday.

    His comments apparently raised the suspicions of his supervisor. Mr Zhang was asked to turn over his Apple-owned devices and escorted from its campus, his network and building access revoked, the filing said.

    Apple began an internal investigation and allegedly found he had downloaded information about its autonomous vehicle project. CCTV footage showed he had also taken a large box from Apple’s self-driving car lab shortly before informing his supervisor about his resignation, the US government claimed.

    After his arraignment on Monday, a judge ordered that Zhang be held until his trial, presumably because he presents a serious flight risk (Chinese authorities would

    US prosecutors alleged he had downloaded information from a database for Apple’s self-driving car project - including data on power requirements, battery system and drivetrain suspension mounts - shortly before informing Apple in April that he was resigning.

    He allegedly told the company he intended to return to China and take a job with Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese electric car start-up with offices in Guangzhou and Palo Alto, California.

    Mr Zhang appeared in court in San Jose, California, on Monday and was remanded in custody, according to a separate filing. He was assigned a public defender, who did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

    Xiaopeng Motors, also known as XMotors, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. According to the filing on Tuesday, Mr Zhang claimed to have joined XMotors’ California office after leaving Apple.

    Not much is publicly known about Apple's secretive self-driving car program, codenamed Project Titan. According to the FT, it's presently focusing on the underlying software for autonomous cars.

    Details started to emerge about Apple’s secret project to create an electric vehicle in early 2015, as it poached staff from carmakers including Tesla and Mercedes-Benz. Since then, Apple has rarely discussed its plans but regulatory filings, including its permit to test autonomous vehicles in California last year, have hinted at its strategy.

    Codenamed Project Titan, the effort underwent a shift in strategy in mid-2016, after its initial leader Steve Zadesky was replaced by Apple veteran Bob Mansfield.

    At the moment, Apple is focusing on developing the underlying systems required for autonomous driving, rather than the vehicle itself. That includes a plan to test a self-driving shuttle to ferry employees around its offices in Silicon Valley.

    As the US said in the document unveiling its latest round of proposed tariffs, the Trump administration has been seeking to stymie China's "Made in China 2025" plan - a government-backed initiative to establish China as a leader in several key industries like artificial intelligence - at every turn. Under Trump, the US has been more aggressive about blocking Chinese companies attempting to acquire US firms in an effort to siphon off their valuable technology. So China has been working on other methods for surreptitiously stealing the technology.

    "Apple takes confidentiality and the protection of our intellectual property very seriously," an Apple spokesperson said. "We’re working with authorities on this matter and will do everything possible to make sure this individual and any other individuals involved are held accountable for their actions."

    XMotors, Zhang's erstwhile employer, is one of the dozens of startups working on electric and autonomous vehicles in Silicon Valley. Its purported involvement in the espionage case is made even more galling by the fact that its backers include some of the most well-known Chinese firms like Alibaba. This year, the company hired a former senior banker at JPMorgan to be the company's vice chairman and president. WSJ reported on Wednesday that China is considering other methods of retaliating against President Trump in the battle over trade, including holding up licenses for US firms operating in the Chinese market, to enforcing customs delays while also delaying approval of deals like Qualcomm's planned takeover of NXP Semiconductors. 

    By some estimates, China has 20,000 intelligence operatives embedded in the US ready to commit economic espionage at every conceivable opportunity. China also employs sophisticated hackers like the group that recently infiltrated a military contractor and stole military secrets. And as trade tensions intensify, expect China to press its espionage advantage as President Xi Jinping is determined to make "Made in China 2025" a resounding success.


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    Fully Functioning tiny roman ballista. Designed to be a large ballista for 28mm rpg gaming. Launches a spitball about 10 feet or a small wooden stick 5-6 feet. I use two 1/8th inch diameter pins to form the linkage in the main elevation joint and in forming the axle of the pawl. Easy to make these out of 1/8inch aluminum or steel shaft cut to 3/4 inch length. The hole in the ballista channel should give the pawl free action so turning the crank will actually allow the ratchet and pawl to work well. Requires 2 to 8 small rubber bands and two short lengths of string. The linch pin for releasing the missile is a small straightened paper clip.

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              Kim Jong Un may have purposefully clowned the Trump administration by ditching his Secretary of State for a potato farm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks to have ditched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a trip to a potato farm during his latest trip to the country.
    • Pompeo was reportedly supposed to meet Kim, but only met his underlings in the latest in a long string of embarrassing failures of US diplomacy. 
    • Trump said North Korea is working toward denuclearization and has made a number of concessions to them, but no evidence backs this claim.
    • Instead, North Korea looks like it's continuing work on nuclear weapons while stringing along and clowning the Trump administration.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks to have ditched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a trip to a potato farm in the latest in a long string of embarrassing failures in President Donald Trump's push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. 

    Pompeo traveled to North Korea to follow up on the vaunted Singapore summit between Kim and Trump, where the two shook hands and posed for pictures while securing little in terms of concrete steps toward denuclearization.

    Pompeo was reportedly promised a meeting with Kim, but Kim appears to have toured a potato farm instead, according to pictures released by North Korean media.

    Meanwhile, Pompeo failed to nail down a framework agreement for disarming North Korea, and he was swiftly badmouthed by Pyongyang. 

    North Korean media called the US's negotiating stance "regrettable," "gangster-like," and said the "results of the talks are extremely worrisome" just after Pompeo's visit

    North Korea said Pompeo's trip went "as badly as it could have gone," CNN's Will Ripley quoted a source as saying.  The North Koreans "were just messing around, not serious about moving forward."

    North Korea is straight up clowning the Trump administration

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    So far, North Korea has gained international standing and de facto sanctions relief by engaging in diplomacy with the US and South Korea. Kim meeting Trump fulfilled an important foreign policy goal for North Korea, and China, its main trading partner, has been observed resuming trade with Pyongyang. 

    Trump unilaterally decided to suspend military drills with South Korea, which could potentially wither and undermine the rationale behind an important US foothold in Asia. Trump hasn't secured any verifiable steps towards denuclearization from North Korea, or even got them to commit to any. 

    Since the summit, Trump has taken to praising Kim. Trump said he got Kim to agree to destroy a missile testing site, but that has yet to happen.

    Instead, North Korea appears as though it's conducting business as usual. NBC reported in June that US intelligence agencies found North Korea continuing to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

    Satellite imagery of North Korea reviewed by ArmsControlWonk.com found North Korea actually expanding missile testing sites.

    On July 6, when Pompeo was in North Korea, The Wall Street Journal reported that evidence gathered by South Korea’s military found North Korea working on a submarine that could launch nuclear missiles. 

    If North Korea wanted to denuclearize, it could simply begin providing information and access to its nuclear sites. Pompeo's trip made no visible progress towards either of those goals, but produced a conspicuous snub from Kim, who preferred his potatoes. 

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    WASHINGTON NAVY YARD – The former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) has pleaded not guilty to charges he committed criminal acts leading up to the collision of the guided-missile destroyer, in a Tuesday arraignment.Cmdr. Bryce Benson is now set to face a general court-martial on charges of negligence and hazarding a vessel, after entering his plea during a brief hearing before a military judge today. The trial is set for Jan. 28.Benson was in his stateroom asleep when merchant ship ACX Crystal collided with Fitzgerald on June 17, 2017, off the coast of Japan. The collision resulted in the...
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    Syrian/pro-Iranian column from Daraa heading to Syrian-Israeli-Jordanian border junction The army column is expected to reach Israel's southern Golan border by the end of the week.

    There Are Fears of New Conflicts at One of Israel's Quietest Borders A reinforced deployment of tanks and heavy guns is parked along Israel's frontier with Syria as the civil war that transformed the balance of power in the Middle East appears headed into its final stretch.

    PA Furious Over US's Gaza-Centric Peace Plan The Palestinian Authority is furious over the White House's intent to push a regional peace plan regardless of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas' objections, Ramallah sources told Israel Hayom on Sunday.

    Liberman: Pro-Iranian forces setting up 'terror infrastructure' in Syrian Golan On tour of the northern border, defense minister warns that Assad regime troops who enter demilitarized zone are 'endangering their own lives.

    Top Iranian General: Islamic Army in Syria Awaiting Orders to Eradicate Zionist Regime Hossein Salami, the vice commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, recently gave a speech full of threats aimed directly at Israel, referring to the Palestinians as Iran's main tool against their true enemy: the United States.

    Benjamin Netanyahu Is Cozying Up to Europe's Worst Authoritarians "Europe needs to decide whether it wants to live and prosper, or it will disappear."

    Russia is bargain hunting their way to becoming a legitimate threat With Russia so frequently dominating the headlines of the American media, one could be forgiven for believing we're amid a full scale resurgence of the Cold War.

    Ancient city gate uncovered in the Galilee may have tie to biblical King David Site where Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and the fishes was possibly the biblical-era city Tzer, where the Bible's most famous king once claimed a bride.

    Who does the Western Wall belong to? Chief Rabbis demand regulations for the preservation of holy sites be changed so that the authority is exclusive to the Chief Rabbinate.

    Russian navy missile drill in Med set for dates of NATO summit, Putin's talks with Trump, Netanyahu The Russian navy has announced cruise missile-firing drills off the Syrian coast starting on July 11 and 12.

              North Korea reportedly pushed $1 billion nuclear blackmail to Israel — and it shows Pyongyang's real threat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Kim Jong-un North Korea nuclear bombKCNA via REUTERS

    • A North Korean diplomat reportedly told an Israeli diplomat in 1999 that Pyongyang would provide ballistic missile technology to Iran unless it paid $1 billion.
    • North Korea has nuclear weapons, but it's deterred from using them because it would be nuked right back in a more massive response.
    • But if North Korea sells nuclear weapons and related technology, another rogue state or terror organization may feel less restrained to actually use them.
    • Even if North Korea doesn't sell weapons, it can still blackmail countries like Israel with its nuclear leverage. 

    A North Korean diplomat reportedly told an Israeli diplomat in 1999 that Pyongyang would provide ballistic missile technology to Iran, a state sworn to destroy Israel, unless it paid up to the tune of $1 billion.

    North Korea has a long and well documented history of providing weapons technology, including chemical and nuclear weapon infrastructure, to countries like Iran and Syria. 

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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              With North Korea Thaw, Japan Downgrades Missile Alert Level      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The announcement contrasts with long-term moves to increase Japan's missile defense capabilities.
              India Expands BrahMos Supersonic Missile Production      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Indian defense contractor Larsen & Toubro has opened up a new production line to support the BrahMos Supersonic missile.
              США продадуть ракети Великобританії і Данії на $740 млн      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Виконавцем контрактів виступить Raytheon Missile Systems Company.
              Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Israel fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Wednesday, the military said, warning it would not tolerate such infiltrations, which have occurred several times over the past year.
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    Israel fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Wednesday, the military said, warning it would not tolerate such infiltrations, which have occurred several times over the past year.
              Bonfire set alight hours after court injunction      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    A CONTROVERSIAL bonfire in East Belfast was set alight in the early hours of Wednesday morning hours after a court ordered its height to be reduced. Over 100 police officers in riot gear were attacked with missiles as they deployed close to the site on Bloomfield Walkway. The Fire and Rescue service helped control the […]
              Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at […]
              RAND: Time To Make A Deal on Syria? Like Pompeo's Offer To Iran?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    RAND Military Industrial Complex Linked- Time to make a deal on Syria?

    Trump Putin Summit Pending
     “Although U.S. leverage is much diminished by the Assad regime's recent gains, there are still opportunities for Washington and Russia to achieve a settlement that preserves some U.S. interests”

    I was thinking just that with regard to the southern front- The US had just lost some leverage in any negotiations- But was it worth giving up on the southern front to gain in the north east?

    “The Kremlin does not want to continue its air campaign in Syria indefinitely in support of an outcome that mainly serves the interests of Assad and Iran. Russia could therefore be expected to support a political settlement that meets its bottom line: no regime change in Damascus and no permanent U.S. military presence in Syria.”

    Assuming that was Russia’s bottom line? Pay attention to the mention of  what constitutes “no permanent” US military presence.  I’ll highlight it.

     “Many in Moscow (??) would prefer this outcome to helping the Syrian military and the Iranians brutally recapture all rebel-held areas. Indeed, if Russia enabled Assad to reconquer the entire country, Moscow would actually lose some leverage with the Assad regime by making its continued support less critical”
     Very doubtful that Russia would lose leverage in Syria if Assad took all of the territory back- for the plainly obvious reason that Russia had leverage or favourable relations when Syria held all her territory! Prior to the destabilization.


    “For the Trump administration, such a settlement would hardly be a major concession. And such a deal could also deliver on Washington's bottom line — preventing the re-emergence of the Islamic State and denying Iran a free hand to expand its influence in the Middle East”
     
    Of course it's not a major concession. Since Syria and Russia were the biggest threat to ISIS and the US their biggest supporters, alongside Israel, if the US actually, truly, really leaves ISIS wouldn’t be an issue.  If the goal was to establish and maintain an autonomous armed territory within Syria where's there any concession.?Answer- there won't be because, of course, the US withdrawal would be ‘conditional’

    “But if it wants to succeed, the administration should condition any future withdrawal from eastern Syria on Russian commitments to constrain Iranian influence in Syria”

    Which, it can be assumed with confidence, Russia could never make adequate commitments to constrain Iran- in the eyes of Usrael. Doomed to fail. Like the P5+1

    “Despite these challenges, there is every reason to test the proposition that Russia would be open to a deal that ends the bloodshed, preserves some autonomy for eastern Syria, prevents the country from falling fully under Iranian control, and allows for continued counterterrorism efforts against the Islamic State. If Trump can convince Putin to commit to such an arrangement at their summit, it would be a major accomplishment.”
    Yes, it would be quite an accomplishment- It would guarantee the US and Israel everything they've striven for! Preserving some autonomy for eastern Syria- where the US has ‘some’ bases. Actually anywhere from 12-15 bases. With a minimum of 2,000 coalition forces ensconced within.  Allowing the US to continue counter terrorism efforts? This is a compromise?  This constitutes no permanent military occupation? This is the status quo! How is this deal making? Which would require actual concessions.  
    This sounds like a replay of Iraq- And that didn’t work out so well- 

    If this is the best the US has to offer, it’s not a good deal for Syria or Russia. Or Turkey. Nor Iran.

     Related to:

    Pepe Escobar: Eagle Meets Bear Summit- No Takfiri Left Behind

     Also:

    Former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford wrote at the Middle East Institute this week that in Washington, policymakers in the administration plan to retain the Tanf base.

    For now, the American- supported coalition isn’t budging. The office of the Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve responded to a Jerusalem Post inquiry Monday. Although it won’t discuss current operations or divulge troop strength, “What we can tell you is that there has been no recent movement of any significant number of Coalition troops or partner forces into or out of at-Tanf garrison.
    I'm really beginning to think that the Trump/Putin summit is going to look a lot like the deal Pompeo offered to Iran. Untenable. Hope to be wrong. But, it's just not looking good.
    Link


    United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran on Monday that the US would “crush its proxies”, reimpose sanctions with “full effect” and reject any new nuclear deal if Tehran does not end its regional interference and halt its ballistic missile programme.
    Unveiling the Trump administration’s new strategy towards Iran after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal on May 8, Mr Pompeo listed 12 conditions to reach a new agreement. While four of those demands relate to Iran's nuclear threat, such as providing the UN's nuclear agency with "unqualified access", stopping uranium enrichment and ending the proliferation of ballistic missiles, eight of them are tied to Tehran’s regional behaviour and support for US-designated terror groups.

    Of course. ISIS Launches New Offensive on SAA Position in Deir Ezzor (North eastern Syria)
    Talk about timing...
              NATO leaders urge continuation of ‘decisive pressure’ on North Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO leaders on Wednesday called on all nations to maintain "decisive pressure" on North Korea, including by fully implementing United Nations sanctions, to persuade it to give up it nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The allies also expressed concern about Iran's intensified missile tests and said the alliance was committed "to permanently ensuring that Iran’s nuclear programme remains peaceful"

    The post NATO leaders urge continuation of ‘decisive pressure’ on North Korea appeared first on Firstpost.


              GeekList Item: Item for Geeklist "Summer Heat Stay Cool Auction to fund my MTG habit"       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    by Tiger1327

    An item Board Game: Atari's Missile Command has been added to the geeklist Summer Heat Stay Cool Auction to fund my MTG habit
              Putin and Netanyahu meet for Syria-focused talks in Moscow - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    Putin and Netanyahu meet for Syria-focused talks in Moscow
    Washington Post
    MOSCOW — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday for talks focusing on Iranian presence in Syria — an issue that is expected to top the agenda of the upcoming U.S.-Russian summit.
    Israel shoots down Syria drone; Netanyahu meets PutinReuters
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    In the dead of night, Syrians cross frontier for doctor's appointment in IsraelYahoo News
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              High Temperature Composite Resin Market Worth 1,180.8 Million USD by 2023      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    High Temperature Composite Resin Market by Resin Type (Phenolic, Epoxy, Thermoplastic, Polyimide, Cyanate Ester), Manufacturing Process, End-use Industry (Aerospace & Defense, Transportation, Electrical & Electronics), and Region - Global Forecast to 2023

    Northbrook, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/11/2018 -- The high temperature composite resin market is driven by the increasing demand for high temperature composites from industries such as aerospace & defense, transportation, and electrical & electronics. In addition, the introduction of stringent safety standards in public transportation, CAFE norms, and increasing demand for thermal- and FST-resistant composite resins from rail & aircraft interiors and aircraft and automobile engines is also driving the demand for these resins.

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    Lay-up was the largest manufacturing process of the market in 2018.

    The lay-up process includes hand lay-up, spray-up, automated tape laying, and automated fiber placement processes, and is the leading manufacturing process for high temperature composite resins in terms of value, owing to the developed aerospace & defense industry and recovery of the marine industry globally. This process is used for designing simple enclosures and lightly loaded structural panels because it provides orientation of fibers that can be controlled as needed so that they can absorb maximum stresses to which they are subjected.

    Aerospace & defense is estimated to be the largest end-use industry segment of the high temperature composite resin market in 2018.

    The demand for lightweight and thermal resistant parts has given an edge to high temperature composite resins due to its improved properties and reduced curing time. The increased use of high temperature composite components in interiors, engine parts, and outer structures of aircraft, missiles, and satellites is driving the growth of the high temperature composite resin market. The use of high temperature composite resin composite resin in interior components of aircraft leads to the production of lightweight aircraft with improved engine efficiency, reduction in CO2 emissions, and superior performance. It also enables aircraft manufacturers to meet public safety norms.

    North America is estimated to be the largest market for high temperature composite resin in 2018.

    The North American region is expected to be the fastest-growing market for high temperature composite resins globally between 2018 and 2023 due to the increased demand from aerospace & defense and transportation industries. Stringent safety regulations in this region, especially in the US, have helped the high temperature composite resin market to grow in the transportation and aerospace & defense application segment. The demand for high temperature composite resins in aerospace & defense is high owing to the presence of the largest aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Lockheed Martin in the country. The use of high temperature composite resins in fighter jets is rising significantly in the region owing to the high defense budget of the US.

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    Some of the key players operating in the high temperature composite resin market include Huntsman International (US), Hexion (US), Hexcel Corporation (US), Royal TenCate (Netherlands), Sumitomo Bakelite (Japan), and Arkema (France). These players have adopted various organic and inorganic strategies over the last five years to achieve growth in the high temperature composite resin market.

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              Σχόλιο στο «ESSM Block 2» με ενεργό ανιχνευτή χτύπησε εναέριο στόχο από Theognostos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    https://navy-matters.blogspot.com/2018/01/cruise-missile-characteristics-related.html?m=1 Naval analysis provided by ComNavOps, Commander - Naval Opinions Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Cruise Missile Characteristics Related To Detection and Engagement Range The US Navy is committed to an anti-air warfare path of long range intercepts using the Aegis and Standard systems. The wisdom of this is debatable for a variety of reasons. Long range intercepts depend on being able to detect the target at long ranges. You can’t engage what you can’t see! For targets that obligingly fly at high altitudes, this is a viable approach. For targets that fly at low altitudes or are less detectable due to small size and/or stealth, this approach is not feasible. Unfortunately, the trend in anti-ship missile (ASM) technology is towards stealth and sea-skimming altitudes. Many missiles have options for an initial high altitude cruise phase followed by a sea-skimming attack phase. The question is how far out from the target does the cruise phase terminate and the sea-skimming attack phase commence? If the cruise phase terminates and converts to the low altitude attack phase beyond the effective range of defensive missiles then the ASM is, for all practical purposes, a purely sea-skimming missile. This is what seems to be the typical case today. Thus, it is quite likely that a defending ship will never see, or at least not have the opportunity to engage, the attacking missile until it enters the radar horizon (20 miles or so).(!!) Etc.... Στην προκειμένη περίπτωση τουλάχιστον στο Αιγαίον οι αποστάσεις ισως και λιγότερες από 20 μίλια και επιπλεον υπαρχει η κάλυψη (εστω και μερική) των νήσων ωστε με πυραύλους οι οποίοι χρησιμοποιούν και το νησί για αποκρυψη της επιθέσεως. Για την Ανατολική Μεσόγειον η θάλασσα ανοικτή αρα και η επίθεση ανάλογη...
              Kim Jong-un has ‘finished building underground missile factories despite telling Donald Trump he’s ditching the nukes’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    KIM Jong-un has completed the building of underground military factories – despite telling the world he’s scaling back his weapons programme. Workers have spent four years toiling at a giant network of tunnels in a mountainous area of North Korea, according to reports. The bunkers were reportedly finished in April and now contain workshops along […]
              07/11 Links Pt1: IDF intercepts Syrian drone; UK Taxpayers Sponsor Palestinian Terror; PLO-Hamas anti-England, anti-Israel Hatred Politicises FIFA World Cup      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    From Ian:

    PWM: What makes a Palestinian parent proud?
    One of the signs of the Palestinian Authority’s successful indoctrination of its population to admire terrorists who have murdered civilians, is when parents of terrorists openly say they are “proud” of their terrorist sons, or describe their actions as “honorable.”

    The parents of Islamic Jihad member Muhammad Aql who recruited and prepared the suicide bombers who attacked a bus at Karkur Junction near Hadera on Oct. 21, 2002, murdering 14 and wounding 50, are such parents. When interviewed on official PA TV they described his actions as bringing them “honor”:

    Mother of terrorist prisoner Muhammad Aql: “Our hope is that Allah will release them from prison. These are heroes we raise our heads thanks to them...”
    Father of terrorist prisoner Muhammad Aql: “Praise Allah, he is imprisoned for an action that honors us, and not for anything else.”
    [Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, June 17, 2018]

    Terrorist Aql was also involved in additional shooting and bombing attacks and is serving 14 life sentences.

    By law, the PA pays Aql and thousands of other terrorist prisoners a monthly salary, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.
    UK Taxpayers Sponsor Palestinian Terror
    As support for the Palestinian cause drops off even in the Arab world, news that Australia has cut a $7 million ‘lifeline’ to a death-cult is welcome indeed.

    Maybe it’s also time for Britain to get real – especially in the wake of the barely reported stoning of Prince William’s vehicle – and acknowledge the need to stop encouraging terror with taxpayers’ money.

    Australia has decided to discontinue direct aid to the Palestinian Authority because it suspects the cash is freeing up funds used to back political violence. And we have recently learnt that the UK gave £20 million in aid to Palestinian schools, where they teach children about Jihad (holy war) and martyrdom.

    A report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education reveals that the PA school curriculum “utilizes a variety of tools to convince children – mostly boys – to risk their lives and die as martyrs”.

    It goes on to highlight some of the lessons being funded by British aid. For example, a science textbook explains Newton’s second law of physics – on power, mass and tensile strength – by using an image of a boy with a slingshot targeting soldiers.

    Meanwhile jihadists continue their desperate attempts to engage Western sympathy by stoking up further flames in Gaza, sending burning kites to destroy Israeli crops while also trying to force their way through the border fence in order to kill Jews.
    PA Promises to Only Pay Families of Nice Terrorists (satire)
    The Israeli parliament’s decision to bring forward legislation to financially penalize the Palestinian Authority by the amount they pay out to families of terrorists, has led to a call for compromise by the West Bank leadership.

    “We get it, honestly. We understand why the Israelis might be a bit pissed with us for dishing out dollars to encourage more stabbings”, a spokesman said. “But, not all our guys are that bad, Zionist-killing aside of course. More than one of them could be described, as I believe those Jews would say, as a ‘true mensch’. They never forget to call their grandparents and are always promising to find a nice young girl to start a family with. Well, before they go out and kill Jews anyway. So, all we’re asking is that Israel is just a bit more understanding and will let us to continue to pay out funds to the families of these nice guys.”

    Israel, unsurprisingly, did not react positively to the PA’s proposal. One government spokesman said that “while we can all get behind a good mensch, we don’t appreciate the Palestinians abusing the term. However often they call their grandmother, these guys are no Kevin Hart or Dwayne Johnson.”
    David Singer: PLO-Hamas anti-England, anti-Israel Hatred Politicises FIFA World Cup
    FIFA’s admission of the Palestinian Football Federation as a member of FIFA in 1988 had also contravened Article 10.1 of FIFA’s then governing articles:
    'Any Association which is responsible for organising and supervising football in its country may become a Member of FIFA. In this context, the expression “country” shall refer to an independent state recognised by the international Community.'

    FIFA started living in its own dream world 26 years before Sweden joined it. Who will replace Sweden as Britain’s nemesis was summed up by another fan:
    “Anyone supporting England is supporting Israel itself. These teams represent their countries and governments and will raise their flags in the stands. How can I support the country that allowed the Jewish state on our land?”

    The Gazan fans are in for a shock and a reality check when they begin choosing one of the three remaining teams – France, Belgium or Croatia – to topple the evil Brits.

    France, Belgium and Croatia just happen to have all voted in favour of the Mandate for Palestine incorporating the Balfour Declaration.

    The semi-finals, final and third-place playoff will be agony for Gazan viewers as one of these last four countries holds up the trophy on the winner’s podium come finals day – the others the three minor places - with their flags filling Gaza’s TV screens.

    The moral is clear – international law cannot be turned on and off as circumstances dictate – because one day the perpetrator will become entrapped in the hopeless position that the Arab States, the PLO and Hamas now find themselves.

    Throwing out binding international law – the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate for Palestine – and falsely creating fake international law – “the State of Palestine” – goes to the heart of why the Arab-Jewish conflict still remains unresolved in 2018.



    IDF intercepts Syrian drone that penetrated 10 kilometers into Israel
    The Israel Defense Forces shot down a Syrian drone that penetrated several miles into Israeli territory from Syria on Wednesday, apparently sending fragments of the aircraft crashing into the Sea of Galilee, the military said.

    “Using a Patriot battery, the IDF intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle that infiltrated from Syria into Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a statement.

    The IDF said the Syrian drone was flown into Israel through Jordan.

    The incident took place as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow to stress to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria.

    The anti-aircraft Patriot missile that was fired at the drone set off rocket sirens in the southern Golan Heights and northern Jordan Valley regions, the army said. Residents of northern Israel reported seeing a trail of smoke in the sky as well as hearing explosions.

    The drone reportedly managed to fly some 10 kilometers (three miles) into Israel before it was shot down over the Sea of Galilee. This indicates that the UAV was deliberately flown into Israel and did not accidentally enter the airspace as it was conducting a mission near the border.

    It was not immediately clear how the drone managed to penetrate so deeply into Israel before it was intercepted.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
    Evelyn Gordon: Why has settlement building dropped with President Trump in Office?
    Contrary to his image overseas, Benjamin Netanyahu has never displayed much interest in settlement expansion. As I’ve noted before, settlement construction during most of his last nine years in office was lower than under any of his predecessors, including [those most committed to territorial compromise] like Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert. . . .

    But most of Netanyahu’s party and many of his coalition partners do favor expanding settlements. Thus, to persuade them to show restraint, he must be able to demonstrate that doing so will produce tangible international benefits—either increased international support or at least reduced international hostility. And since no Israeli concession has ever produced any recompense from Europe, . . . that means from America.

    Under the Obama administration, settlement restraint provided no benefits whatsoever. In 2009, for instance, Netanyahu, [responding to U.S. pressure], instituted an unprecedented ten-month settlement freeze to facilitate negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, whose leader, Mahmoud Abbas, refused even to show up for nine months and then walked out in the tenth. . . .

    At no point during President Obama’s two terms did administration officials even give Netanyahu lip-service credit for restraining settlement construction. Instead, they picked nonstop public fights over the issue. Thus, toward the end of Obama’s tenure, it had become impossible for Netanyahu to persuade his cabinet that Israel was gaining anything by this restraint, and settlement construction began rising again. . . .

    In the past eighteen months, [by contrast], President Trump has provided unstinting support for Israel at the United Nations via Ambassador Nikki Haley; recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. embassy there; publicly confronted the PA’s “pay-to-slay” policy; cut funding for UNRWA, the organization whose sole purpose is to perpetuate the Palestinian refugee problem; and abandoned the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. For anyone but the most rabid settlement supporter, this is clearly a worthwhile tradeoff.
    Caroline Glick: NATO Is the Author of Its Own Demise
    Today the U.S faces two main threats: China and radical Islam. Obviously, European nations have no capacity to play a significant role in containing or deterring China militarily. And as a military alliance, it is hard to see why NATO would be the tool of choice for developing common trade policies among allied nations to rein in China economically. Certainly NATO has been unable or unwilling to assist the U.S. in confronting the malign influence of North Korea, China’s most dangerous satellite.

    As for radical Islam, due to Turkish membership in NATO, and due to European refusal to take any significant steps to rein in radical Islamic forces in Europe or anywhere else, it is abundantly clear that NATO is not the proper vehicle for U.S.-led collective defense against Iran or other jihadist powers.

    To the extent that the U.S. seeks to work in the framework of a collective defense organization, it will need to look beyond NATO. It will require new alliance structures. Those can be informal, or transactional, or limited in scope, rather than formal and brittle, as NATO has been. But whether or not such alliances form, it is abundantly clear that scaling back NATO is a reasonable — indeed, a necessary — move.

    As for President Trump, despite the bloviations of his critics, he bears no responsibility for NATO’s irrelevance. Trump did not cause NATO to have little role to play in fighting the key threats to American and global security. NATO has had nearly three decades to figure out how to do that. But it failed.

    All that Trump has done is point out the reality of NATO’s decline — which his four predecessors refused to acknowledge.
    Trump’s Mideast ‘deal of the century’ turns out to be a big fat nothing burger
    Mahmoud Abbas’ government in Ramallah is squeezing Gaza harder than the Netanyahu government in Jerusalem is. It is Abbas and the PA, not Netanyahu, who is withholding the salaries of civil servants in Gaza. It is Abbas and the PA who have reduced the flow of electricity from Israel to Gaza, by not paying Gaza’s bills. It is Ab