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Leadership and empowerment program involving about 150 teenagers, including some teens at risk, children of Ethiopian or other Olim families, and many others who are not active in youth movements or other after school programs, as well as members of the citys youth council. Activities include training of leadership and empowerment, as well as mentoring programs for younger children and monthly activities of volunteering in the community.

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Phillip Dwight Morgan
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When registration for Toronto's mayoral election opened on May 1, Saron Gebresellassi was one of four candidates to add her name to the list. A proud alumnus of WomenWinTO, an organization that trains women from diverse backgrounds to run for political office, Gebresellassi spent more than a year planning her run and boasts over a decade of community organizing experience. She says that her decision to run was not only about bringing a progressive agenda to Toronto but was also a response to the many communities that have been encouraging her to run for years. "I have ties to so many communities that have never seen political representation at City Hall ever and so that was a big driving force for me," says Gebresellassi.

A human rights lawyer who speaks seven languages including American Sign Language, Gebresellassi has represented or provided counsel to many clients experiencing discrimination based on family status, immigration status, gender, ability, and race. She maintains strong connections with people incarcerated in facilities such as the Toronto South and Toronto East Detention Centres, which she says constitute a large part of her support base. While the people incarcerated in these facilities cannot vote in the upcoming municipal election, Gebresellassi asserts, "they are all part of family units that do." For Gebresellassi, the respect and trust earned by a proven track record of advocacy and deep roots in community are critical to victory: "I know that we have the numbers to win the election with, just for example, the Eritrean community, the Ethiopian community, the Somali community, the Latino community, the deaf community."

Gebresellassi draws inspiration for her first electoral campaign from the recent victory of 28-year-old Alexadria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic Primary. Ocasio-Cortez, a Latina organizer in the Bronx and socialist, shocked political observers by unseating 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley in June. For many,  Ocasio-Cortez's breakthrough victory signalled a desire for progressive policy-making and social change that may hold implications north of the border. "She has zero electoral experience and zero campaign experience on her own behalf and she unseated Jim Crowley," observes Gebresellassi. "I saw so many parallels with what we're achieving here in Toronto with the mayoral campaign."

Gebresellassi's platform

Gebresellassi is running a "Toronto for all" platform focused on six key points which she has dubbed "the six for the 6ix." The points include the right to housing, right to transit, right to fair allocation of city resources, right to employment outside the downtown core, the right to mental health and accessibility, and the right to diversity in city politics and hiring.

With respect to housing, Gebresellassi is calling for a specific focus on purpose-built rental housing, greater development of affordable co-op housing, and improved institutional support for refugees and their families. Gebressellassi also believes that creating a clear definition of "affordable housing" is critical, as it will address inconsistencies within and between all levels of government that effectively mask the severity of  Toronto's housing crisis.

On employment, Gebresellassi calls for waiving business registration fees and commercial property taxes for a set period of time in order to incentivize and stimulate economic growth outside the downtown core. This process would also include targeted grant programs to assist business owners with hiring new workers in those areas, bringing much needed economic development to many Toronto communities.

Gebresellassi advocates a shift toward free transit, noting that many people in the city cannot afford public transportation in Toronto. She describes the current system as "punitive" and presents her own community of York-South Weston as an example of this. "I know right here in Weston Road, people in our community don't leave Weston Road. They won't hop on the UP Express which will take you right downtown, because it's $5.25 or something like that," she says.

For Gebresallassi, free transit will not only address climate change and gridlock, and reduce road maintenance costs, but will also make the city and its many events more accessible.

A city divided

Each of these points speaks to the many ways that Toronto has become a city divided, a city of immense income polarization, geographically segregated along lines of race and class. These divisions are also apparent in the media coverage that has characterized the lead-up to the election. In the four months since registration opened, the list of mayoral candidates has grown from four names to 35, yet coverage has remained squarely focused upon two candidates, current mayor John Tory and former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

Even before Keesmaat announced that she was running, mere hours before registration closed, she had already received more coverage than all candidates combined. Articles speculating about whether she would run and her potential for success quickly outnumbered those focused on registered candidates and their platforms. The result has been an election in which many key issues have yet to receive attention, and a public discourse desperately in need of invigoration.

Gebresellasi recently attended the annual National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) conference, a gathering of Black journalists, students, and media professionals from across the United States. Reflecting upon her campaign, which has generated interest in the U.S. and in Eritrea, Gebresellassi says "[it's] bizarre in some ways that our campaign gets received more in the press in foreign countries than in my home city." She acknowledges that the dearth of Black journalists in Toronto and in Canada not only affects the coverage of Black mayoral candidates but also raises questions about the coverage Black diplomats and dignitaries receive when visiting Toronto: "I worry because the Canadian media, white media, have a way of shrinking Black leaders who are really renowned nationally and internationally. The Canadian media have a way of just erasing them."

To date, the city of Toronto has never elected a person of colour as mayor. As WomenWinTo points out on their website, "Out of 45 elected officials, there are only six Councillors who are racialized, only one of whom is a racialized woman, and less than a third of Council are women. There are no Black, Indigenous, trans, or disabled women on Toronto City Council."

Despite these challenges, Gebresellassi remains confident that she can win:

 "The path to victory is very clear from my perspective. It really means getting more votes than my main contender who I've identified as John Tory. There's of course Jennifer Keesmaat who's in the race and there's other candidates as well but really it's about mobilizing the grassroots and getting more votes. So, while it is a major challenge for our community, it is not rocket science. I've been saying this to our community over and over again: we are absolutely capable of getting more votes than John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat."

For more on  Saron Gebresellassi's platform, please visit https://saronformayor.ca

Phillip Dwight Morgan was the recipient of the first Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship, supported by rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders. He is a Toronto-based journalist, poet, and researcher. 

This is the first part in rabble's "Toronto Votes 2018" series, which will cover the 2018 Toronto election. Follow the series here.

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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with rebel factions in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday to end a civil war that has killed at least 50,000 people, displaced two million and held up the country's progress since it gained independence seven years ago. South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Kiir and then vice-president Riek Machar erupted into armed confrontation. A previous peace deal signed in 2015 fell apart a year later after clashes broke out between government forces and rebels. Machar, leader of the main rebel group the SPLM-IO, and other insurgent factions signed the new agreement with the Juba government after assurances that a power-sharing accord would be honored. The deal, mediated by Sudan, reinstates Machar to his former role as vice-president. The stability of South Sudan is also important for Sudan and other neighbouring countries, who fear a new flare up of the conflict could flood them with refugees. The civil war started in 2013, fuelled by personal and ethnic rivalries. The conflict has killed at least 50,000 people, many of them civilians, according to the United Nations. An estimated quarter of South Sudan's population of 12 million has been displaced and its economy, which heavily relies on crude oil production, ruined. The secession of South Sudan also hit Khartoum's economy hard, taking with it most of the region's oil reserves. Khartoum and Juba agreed in June to repair oil infrastructure facilities destroyed by the war within three months to boost production and said a joint force would be established to protect oilfields from attacks by rebels. The United States, Britain and Norway, known as the Troika which back peace efforts, welcomed the signing of the deal. “We hope discussions will remain open to those who are not yet convinced of the sustainability of this agreement,” they said in a statement. “We must seize this broader regional momentum to secure peace for the people of South Sudan.” Mahboub Maalim, executive secretary of the East African bloc IGAD, said the rivals had been at odds over security arrangements and governance but that the final version of the deal had addressed disagreements. “This is probably the best-negotiated proposal signed so far,” he told Reuters after it was signed at a meeting of IGAD leaders. Asked what a failure to implement the deal would entail, Maalim said: “We expect the South Sudanese sides to embrace the wind of change in the region.” The region has seen a series of stunning rapprochements over the past months, including a reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea. IGAD had been expected to readmit Eritrea as a member on Wednesday, 11 years after Asmara walked out on the body in protest at Ethiopian forces entering Somalia. But that move was postponed for procedural reasons and was likely to take place in the bloc’s next gathering, officials said.
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MATTHEW

Matthew 1:18-25
Before Jesus is born, there is a revelation from God.
God tells us who Jesus is. He is Emmanuel: God with us (Matthew 1:23).
God tells us why Jesus has come to earth. He has come to be our Saviour (Matthew 1:21).
In this divine revelation concerning Jesus, our Saviour / Emmanuel, God with us, we have the message of the Gospel. Jesus is more than a man. He is God with us. Jesus is more than a prophet. He is the Saviour.
When we consider the remarkable beginning to Jesus' life on earth, it should not surprise us that Jesus' whole life is so very special.

Matthew 3:13-17
The Saviour; The Scriptures; The Spirit
* The Saviour has come for us. He takes the sinner’s place – in His baptism, in His death.
* The Scriptures – God has spoken to us. He still speaks to us – here and now.
* The Spirit has been given to us – for holiness and witness.

Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus was led by the Spirit, but the temptation came from the devil (Matthew 4:1).
The wilderness was the place of danger. It was the place of promise.
We can lose ourselves. We can find ourselves. We can lose God.We can find God.
Satan says, “If…” (Matthew 4:3,6). Jesus says, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4,7).
Satan offered Jesus the world (Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus said, ‘The Lord is all that matters to Me.’
People speak to us about living in the real world. They talk about looking after No. 1.
‘”Go away, Satan! Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him” (Matthew 4:10).

Matthew 4:12-25
“John had been arrested.” Jesus knew what lay ahead of Him!
His message was similar to John’s – but different: Jesus had come.
The Kingdom of God had come (Matthew 4:17). This was the shining of “a great light” (Matthew 4:16; John 8:12). This was the dawn – a new beginning.
Repentance is a new beginning, turning towards the light, turning away from everything that stops the light shining.
The first four disciples turned towards the light (Matthew 4:18-22). They will never be the same again. The fishermen became fishers of men. They became disciples of Jesus. Later, they became apostles for Him.
Preaching, teaching, healing (Matthew 4:23). Healing of the body is always a mystery, until the Lord returns. Healing of the whole life – This always happens when the preaching and teaching are received with obedient faith.

An overview of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
* We do not begin with our love for God or  our love for another. We begin with God’s love (John 3:16).
* Jesus speaks about “the Kingdom of heaven” – it “is theirs” (Matthew 5:3,10). “Heaven came down and glory filled my soul when, at the Cross, the Saviour made me whole” – Before we go up to heaven, heaven comes down to us.
* The Be-Attitudes – What kind of people are we to be? We’re to be like Jesus (Galatians 2:20; John 3:30).
* We are to live for the glory of God (Matthew 5:16). We are not all called to preach God’s Word. We’re all called to praise His Name.
Love (Matthew 5); Prayer (Matthew 6); Wisdom (Matthew 7)
* Love (Matthew 5:43-44) – There is nothing more important than this (1 Corinthians 13:13). It’s not something that comes from within ourselves. Love is given to us. It’s God’s love – reaching us, changing us.
* Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) – The Lord creates in us a desire to pray: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).”Teach us”, “Our Father” – This is more than private prayer. This is praying together. We see more of this in Acts.
* Wisdom (Matthew 7:24-27) – This is more than knowledge (1 Corinthians 8:1). This is life-changing. It changes us – and others: “it builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). We are “your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).

Matthew 9:9-13
The conversion of Levi, the call to become Matthew (Mark 2:13-14)
* The opening of our eyes – to see ourselves as we really are, to see Jesus as He really is. We are sinners. He is our Saviour.
* The stirring of our hearts – This could be for me, the possibility of a new beginning: “Love lifted me. When no-one but Christ could help, love lifted me.”
* The opening of our ears – the power of Jesus’ words, “Follow Me.” He’s looking for an immediate response from us.
* The changing of our lives – new direction: “No longer I but Christ” (Galatians 2:20)
* The loosening of our tongues – Speaking for Jesus: Matthew became a Gospel writer. He became a witness for Christ.

Matthew 12:1-21
The controversy over the Sabbath comes immediately after “Come to Me…” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Our true rest is in the Lord. He is “Lord of the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:8).
Let us not emphasize the sacrifice that we make for Him. Let us emphasize the mercy that He shows to us (Mathew 12:7).
What is so special about Jesus? – This is the question that the four Gospels answer for us.
Jesus is God’s Servant. Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus is our Saviour.
We rejoice in Jesus – God’s Servant and God’s Son. Above all, we rejoice in this: Jesus is our Saviour.
There is nothing more wonderful than this. This is Good News.
Here, we read about Jesus – God’s Servant – chosen by God; beloved of God; God delights in Him.
This is a wonderful description of our salvation.
* Chosen – “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
* Beloved – “O man, greatly beloved” (Daniel 10:11)
* God delights in us – there is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7,10,32).

Matthew 13:1-23
Jesus tells stories. Jesus is the Story.
We are to make up our minds about Jesus. This is the message of the parable of the sower.
“The Word about the Kingdom” (Matthew 13:19) – This is about more than words. This is about Jesus. Our response to Jesus is more than words. It is the response of our whole life. It’s about bearing fruit for Him (Matthew 13:23).
This message may be compared to the message of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) – Use it or lose it.
We’re all different. We’re all called to serve the Lord – in different ways.
We don’t have the same gifts. We don’t have the same potential.
The contrast is not between the hundred, the sixty and the thirty. It’s between those who bear fruit and those who don’t bear fruit.
In the parable of the talents, the contrast is not between the two becoming four and the five becoming ten. The contrast is between those who use the gifts that have been given to them and those who don’t use their gifts.
* How will we serve the Lord? – That is for the Lord to say (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:7,11-12).
* Will we serve the Lord?- This is a different question. This is the first question. This is the question that each of us must answer.
If our answer is ‘Yes’, we move on to the next question. It’s a question we ask the Lord: What do You want me to do?
If our answer is ‘No’, the Lord will not force Himself upon us. Use it or lose it.

Matthew 16:13-17:13
Who is Jesus? – “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16); God’s beloved Son (Matthew 17:5)
Where does this faith come from? – It has been revealed to us by our Father in heaven (Matthew 16:17)
How are we to grow in faith? The first question concerns God’s revelation.the second question concerns our response to God’s revelation: “Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5).
How are we to listen to Him? – “When they looked up, they saw no one except Him – Jesus alone” (Matthew 17:8).
When we listen to Jesus – forgetting about ourselves and concentrating on Him, what does He say to us? – He speaks to us of His revelation to us and our response to Him. He speaks of His death anon (Matthew 16:21; Matthew 17:9,12). He speaks of our dying to self and living for Him.
His revelation and our response – The two are very closely connected.
Jesus is our Saviour. He is to be our Lord. We are not only to believe what God says to us. We are to live the life of a believer. Our life is to be shaped by our faith in Jesus, who died for us and rose again for us – Jesus, our Saviour and Lord.

Matthew 21:1-27
A welcome party – How do we welcome Jesus? He’s riding into Jerusalem? Is He riding into our hearts – as King of kings?
‘Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.’
What happens next. After celebration, there is crucifixion. After crucifixion, there is resurrection.
Jesus is praised – Hosanna! Hallelujah! Between the Hosanna (the triumphal entry) and the Hallelujah (the resurrection), there is the Cross – “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Joyful praise, then everything went quiet for a while, then the praise started again. There was hope, then everything seemed to be hopeless, then there was even more hope than there had been before.
Our life has its ups and downs, its high-points and its low-points. God is there in the high-points. He is there in the low-points.
* There are times when we need to hear His Word of rebuke and correction – What are you doing? “My House will be called a House of prayer” (Matthew 21:13).
* There are times when we need to be called out of our barrenness and into the Lord’s fruitfulness (Matthew 21:18-21).
How are we to receive this Word of rebuke and correction? – This is from the Lord. It’s His Word to us.

Matthew 21:28-46
Jesus speaks to us about the servants of God – and He speaks about Himself: the Son of God. Jesus is telling us that He will be crucified for us – and He will be raised from the dead for us. The coming of Jesus, the death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus – This is the Gospel story. This is the Good News of God’s love. How are we to respond to God’s love? For each of us, there is a choice we must make. Will we enter into God’s blessing and continue in the way of His blessing? Will we miss out on God’s blessing because we draw back from following the Lord? Here, we read about two men. One started badly, and ended well. The other started well, and ended badly.
(1) The first began with sin – “I don’t want to” (Matthew 21:29), but he recognized his sin, he confessed it, and he was forgiven.
(2) The second said he would follow the Lord, but he didn’t keep going – “I will, sir, but he didn’t go” (Matthew 21:30).
Are you travelling towards the Lord – or away from Him? Is it faith leading to good works or “faith without works is dead”?

Matthew 25:31-46
This is not all that God’s Word says to us about our eternal salvation, but it is part of what is said. We need to hear what Jesus is saying to us here. We hear his voice, along with the voices of Paul and James. We need to hear all that God’s Word says to us about faith and works. We are to help people in simple, practical ways. We’re not to look for a reward. We’re not to think, “What will I get out of this?” We’re to think, “How can I help this person?”

Matthew 26:1-16
We begin with the Passover and the crucifixion (Matthew 26:2). This is the context within which we worship God. We look back. We remember. We give thanks.
The woman poured very expensive fragrant oil on Jesus’ head (Matthew 26:7). The disciples asked, “Why this waste?” (Matthew 26:8). They weren’t just asking the way of the Cross means, “It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who,long a question. They were stating a point of view. When Jesus answered their question, He countered their point of view. He said, Worship is never a waste of time. He said this in the most emphatic way (Matthew 26:13).
What was so important about this woman’s action? She worshipped the Lord. That’s what this is all about. It’s telling us that worshipping the Lord is important. How can we serve Him if we’re not learning to worship Him?
What about us? Are we, like this woman, true worshippers of the Lord? or Are we like Judas Iscariot – “looking for a good opportunity to betray Him?” (Matthew 26:14-16).

Matthew 26:17-35
All was not well with the disciples. Judas had too low an opinion of Jesus. All of them had too high an opinion of themselves (Matthew 26:35). Could things be turned around? Yes! – but there can be no resurrection (Matthew 26:32) without crucifixion (Matthew 26:28).

Matthew 26:26-56
“I did it my way.” When we’re comparing ourselves to other people, we can say, “I did it my way – not your way, not your way, not their way.” When we’re looking at our life in the light of God, we must never say, “I did it my way.” It must always be, “I did it God’s way.” Going God’s way is always better than getting our own way. For Jesus, going God’s way meant going the way  of the Cross.
What is the way of the Cross? It’s putting a line through the letter I. Going the way of the Cross means, “It’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Going the way of the Cross is to be our daily choice. We are to deny ourselves. We are to take up our cross daily. This is what it means to follow Christ. We are to say “No” to the way of Judas. We’re to say “Yes” to the way of Jesus.

Matthew 26:57-75
“But I tell you … ” (Matthew 26:64). The future – We’re to be people who are pressing on towards God’s future – Jesus Christ and God’s everlasting Kingdom. These words are a fulfilment of Daniel 7:13-14.
Jesus is not the King who has come. He’s the King who will come. He’s not only the King of Israel. He’s the King of “every people, nation and language” (Daniel 7:14). His Kingdom does not rise and fall. His Kingdom is forever. “And our eyes shall see Him … Not in that poor lowly stable…”
Peter – following Jesus at a distance (Matthew 26:58), denying Jesus and weeping bitterly” (Matthew 26:75). Our Saviour is great, but we are not great. Was there a future for Peter? Yes. This was not because of Peter’s great love for Jesus. It was because of Jesus’ great love for Peter. We often fail Jesus. He never fails us. He keeps on calling us on to His future – glorious, heavenly and eternal.

Matthew 27:1-31
This is not only the story of Jesus. It’s also the story of two other men – Judas and Barabbas.
The two men were very different. Judas started off so well – and ended very badly. Barabbas made a mess of his life – and was given the opportunity of making a new beginning.
Judas had been a disciple of Jesus for three years. After all of this, he betrayed Jesus, and took his own life. Judas was lost.
Barabbas was “a notorious prisoner” (Matthew 27:16). “Barabbas was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion” (Mark 15:7). “He had been thrown into a prison for a rebellion that had taken place in the city, and for murder” (Luke 23:19). “Barabbas was a revolutionary” (John 18:40). Barabbas was saved from crucifixion. What became of Barabbas? We don’t know. What we do know is this: Barabbas lived because Jesus died.
In the story of Barabbas, there is the Good News of what Christ has done for us and can do for us. In the story of  Judas, there is the bad news of what sin has done to us and can do to us. In the story of Barabbas, there is grace received. In the story of Judas, there is grace rejected.
What about us? What will our story be? Will it be grace which gives us a new beginning? or Will it be sin which leads to a tragic ending? At the Cross of Christ, each of us must make our choice.

Matthew 27:32-66
“This is Jesus, the King of the Jews” (Matthew 27:37).
Let’s go back to Matthew 2- “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him … Herod is about to search for the Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:2,13).
From the very beginning, Jesus lived under the threat of death. For Jesus, there would be a violent death – but it would happen in God’s time, not man’s time. In God’s time, it was made clear that Jesus’ death was a special death. He took our place. He died for us. This is the meaning of His words, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Jesus took our sin upon Himself. When God looked upon Jesus, He saw our sin, and He turned away. When “Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit” (Matthew 27:50), something amazing happened – “the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51), “the tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who had gone to their rest were raised” (Matthew 27:52), “And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered the holy city and appeared to many” (Matthew 27:53).
Jesus’ death was not a tragedy. It was a triumph – over sin, death and hell. It was a triumph for forgiveness and cleansing, for new life and eternal life.

Matthew 28:1-20
Who moved the stone? There is no human explanation – “an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. he rolled back the stone” (Matthew 28:2). The resurrection was more than a great change for Jesus. It was a great change for His disciples – first, the women (Matthew 28:5) and, then, the men (Matthew 28:8).
What was it that changed them? – “He is not here! He has risen” (Matthew 28:6). “Jesus met them and said, Good morning” (Matthew 28:9). “Jesus came near and said to them, All authority…” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Our response – “fear and great joy” (Matthew 28:8), worship (Matthew 28:9, obedience (Matthew 28:19-20).
God’s promise – “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).
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MARK

Mark 1:1-20
This was a new beginning (Mark 1:1), but it was based on what had gone before (Mark 1:2-3).
Those who speak of Jesus Christ, their Saviour, are "voices crying in the wilderness", but their ministry is blessed by the Lord (Mark 1:3,5).  
We must  never forget this, and we must pray that we will be like John - pointing away from ourselves to Jesus (Mark 1:7-8).
Whatever the world may say, we need more of Jesus, not less of Him. If we're going to have more of Jesus, we need more of the Word of God.
How can we get to know, love and serve Jesus better, if we're content with keeping everything shallow? 
The Spirit of the Lord descends whenever our chief focus of attention is on God's "beloved Son" (Mark 1:9-11).
It will not be easy to keep our attention on Jesus.
It wasn't easy for Jesus. It won't be easy for us (Mark 1:12-13).
John had been "arrested" (Mark 1:14). Would it be any easier for Jesus? Will it be any easier for us?
Will the call to "repent" be heard as "good news" (Mark 1:14-15)?
Many will say "No", but some will say "Yes" (Mark 1:16-20).
May God help us to follow Jesus, and call upon others to follow Him.

Mark 2:1-17
"He was speaking the message to them" (Mark 2:3) - and there were "signs following" (Mark 16:17). Preaching and miracles: - we see this pattern in Mark 1 - preaching (Mark 1:14-20), miracles (Mark 1:21-34,40-45). In Mark 1:39, we see both - preaching and miracles. Along with preaching and miracles, there is prayer (Mark 1:35). In Mark 2, there is forgiveness of sins (Mark 2:5) and healing for the paralyzed man (Mark 2:11-12). Notice which comes first - forgiveness. Jesus is saying, 'This is about more than the legs.' What is He saying to us? We need more than physical health. "So long as you have your health" - This isn't the full story. We need to have our sins forgiven. Only Jesus can do this for us.
When we read about the call of Matthew, known before his conversion as Levi (Mark 2:13-14), we learn about how life can be turned around by Jesus.
Levi, Evil, Live
The story of Levi is to become our story. Like Levi, we are evil. Like Levi, we have begun to live. Through faith in Christ, we have stepped out of our old life and into His new life.
Jesus came to call sinners (Mark 2:17). Sinners - That's what we are. We must not pretend that we are "righteous" (Mark 2:17). We're not. We must not say, "I have not sinned. I don't need to be saved." We must confess our sins, and receive God's forgiveness.

Mark 3:1-19
Jesus' ministry of preaching, teaching and healing was a remarkable ministry - but He did not go it alone. He called disciples to be with Him and learn from Him. How much do we know about these men? We know quite a lot about some of them. There are others about whom we know nothing at all. Do we need to know a lot about all of the apostles? No! We need to know about Jesus. The Saviour is more important than the servants. The message is more important than the messengers. This is a very important lesson. This is a lesson that we all need to learn. This is a lesson that we must never forget. Before we can work for the Lord, we are to "be with Him." We are to speak for Him (Mark 3:14). We are to pray that people will be changed (Mark 3:15).

Mark 4:33-5:20
Parables and miracles: In Jesus' miracles, there's a message for us. We must ask, 'What does this mean for us?' In the miracles - calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41) and driving out demons (Mark 5:1-20), there is the message: "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46;10).
We look beyond the storm of wind and waves. We see the storms of life - and we hear Jesus, saying to us, "Be still" (Mark 4:39). He challenges our fears, and He calls us to have faith in Him (Mark 4:40).
Where do the storms come from? - Satan. He's a determined enemy: "No one was strong enough to subdue him" (Mark 5:4). We need more than positive thinking. We need Jesus - the Saviour. He is strong enough to subdue Satan. Satan is a defeated enemy. We don't put ourselves together again. Jesus does this for us.
Don't keep the Good News to yourself. Tell people "what the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you" (Mark 5:19). Your testimony will be blessed: "They were all amazed" (Mark 5:20). 

Mark 6:30-44
"He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.Then He began to teach them many things" (Mark 6:34). Salvation comes from the love of God. We are sinners without a Saviour.  He teaches and He shows us the Good News of His salvation. "This place is a wilderness, and it is already late" (Mark 6:35). "Can God spread a table in the wilderness?" (Psalm 78:19). Yes! God can! He can, He has, He will. It's never too late.

Mark 7:24-37
The Gospel is for both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 1:16). The Gospel isn't just for long ago. It's for today and tomorrow - as well as yesterday. What about our response to the Gospel? - "They were extremely astonished and said, He has done everything well!": We worship the Lord, and we are unashamed to say that He is our Saviour.
How does the Saviour change us? - "He even makes deaf people hear, and people unable to speak talk!" (Mark 7:37). Hearing the Gospel and speaking the Gospel - We must hear with faith before we can speak with faith. Hearing and speaking are important parts of our total response to Christ - living the faith.

Mark 8:1-26
"compassion" (Mark 8:2): This is where everything comes from - the feeding of the crowds (Mark 8:1-10), the healing of the blind man (Mark 8:22-26). Jesus opens our eyes to see how great His love is. He feeds us with spiritual food - the Gospel of His love.
Sadly, there is, between these two miracles, the Pharisees who argued with Jesus (Mark 8:11). They did this because their hearts were "hardened" (Mark 8:17). They had not allowed his compassion to reach them and change them. How sad! - but it doesn't have to be like this.

Mark 9:14-41
If we are to walk with the Lord in His way of holiness and wholeness,
(a) our life must be based on Jesus Christ - His death for us and His resurrection for us (Mark 9:31);
(b) our life is to be a life of faith (Mark 9:23); (c) our life is to be a life of service (Mark 9:35);
(d) our  life is to be a life of love (Mark 9:40).
Where do we learn of faith, service and love? We learn from Christ, our Saviour and Lord. He shows us how to live. He shapes our life. How does Jesus show us how to live? How does He shape our life? We begin with listening to Him. How can we learn from Him if we don't listen to Him?
Listen to Jesus. Learn from Jesus. Live for Jesus.
Listen to Him because you love Him.  Learn from Him because you love Him. Live for Him because you love Him.
How are we to love Jesus? Begin with His love. If we are to love Jesus, we must listen to the voice of His love, and we must learn how much He loves us.

Mark 10:17-34 
In Exodus 20, following the Ten commandments, there is distance and darkness (Exodus 20:18-21). The law shows us how far we are from God. It shows us how much we have failed God.
Is this what we see in this man? No! It's not. We see pride - "Teacher, I have kept all these from my youth" (Mark 10:20). He thought that he was closer to God than he really was, more pleasing to God than he really was. Where is the confession  and the prayer for forgiveness? It's not there. There is no confession of sin, no prayer for forgiveness. When we read and hear the Law of God, we should not say, "How good I am." We should pray, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner" (Luke 18:13).
We should not call Jesus, "Teacher." We should call Him, "Saviour."
The problem with this man began with the way he asked the question of eternal life - "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17). Salvation is not about what we do for God. It's about what He has done for us. What we cannot do, God does (Mk 10:27) - through Jesus' death and resurrection (Mark 10:33-34). Jesus is the way to eternal life.

Mark 11:1-11
More than a journey into Jerusalem - a journey to suffering, crucifixion and death. No shortcut to resurrection - Jesus must go by way of the Cross. At the Cross, we see Jesus, the King of love.
Why did He not defend Himself? - Because He loves us. He shows His love by taking our place.
Jesus and Barabbas - a God-given illustration of the true and real meaning of Jesus' death: the Saviour takes the sinner's place.

Mark 12:1-12
When the prophets had said and done all that they had to say and do, there was still more to be said and done. When the prophets had come and gone, there was still someone else to come - God's Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ (Mark 12:6). Jesus speaks to us about His death (Mark 12:7-8) and His resurrection (Mark 12:10-11). Man did what he could - "Let's kill him." God did something that man didn't expect - God raised His Son from the dead. This is more than "Man made his move, then God responded." God gave His Son - and God raised Him.

Mark 12:28-37
What is love for God? How do we learn to love the Lord? We begin with listening to Him. He speaks to us. We listen to Him. He speaks to us of His love for us His love for us is so much greater than our love for Him. The love of God for us - This is where our love for God comes from. We learn of His love for us. His love for us creates and inspires our love for Him. When we hear of God's love, we are to "listen to Him with delight" (Mark 12:37). Let us receive His love with joy. Let us love Him with joy. 

Mark 13:1-13
In today's world, there's plenty of bad news - but there's also Good News (Mark 13:10). The end and the beginning (Mark 13:7-8) - The end of sin and the beginning of salvation. The final outcome is certain, but there is still "the great tribulation" (Mark 13:19). Beyond that, there is the coming of our Saviour (Mark 13:24-27). Jesus speaks about our enduring to the end (Mark 13:143) and our being "God's elect" (Mark 13:20,27).
"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord ... Glory, glory, hallelujah!" Where does such faith come from?  Does it come from ourselves? No! It comes from the Lord. It is given to us by the Lord. What are we to do with the faith that He gives to us? - We are to keep on believing. We are to keep on walking with the Lord in the way of faith. We do not do this in our own strength. We are kept by the power of God.
"You must watch" (Mark 13:23) - This is the call to continue in the way of faith. "I have told you everything in advance" - This is the Word of truth that keeps us walking with the Lord on the pathway to His heavenly and eternal glory.
Good News - "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15); "God showed His love for us in this - While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

Mark 14:1-16
"Wherever the Good News is spoken in the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her” (Mark 14:9). 
 * "Good News" - Christ's love for us: This is the Gospel. Our love for Him: This is our response to the Gospel. He died for us. We are to live for Him. He is to be the chief focus of our attention.
 * "this woman" - Her name is not given: "Not I, but Christ" (Galatians 2:20).
 * "remembered" - Take time to learn from her: love for Jesus.
The spiritual and the practical - the way we think and the way we live: "Do you love Me?" - Can we say 'Yes' and remain the same? We cannot repeat her action, but we can embrace here spirit - love for Jesus. Touched by Jesus' love for her, she showed here love for Him. The Gospel includes a call for our response. It's not "for your information only." It's not "you don't have to do anything about this." It's  not "leave things as they are." The Gospel calls for change - first, a change of heart; then, a change of life. 
 * "the whole world" - The Gospel isn't to be kept to ourselves. It's for everyone. Share the Good News - Christ, crucified for us and risen for us. As we share His love for us, love for Him will grow.

Mark 15:1-39
"the King of the Jews" (Mark 15:2,9,12,26), "the King of Israel" (Mark 15:32)
Jesus is more than this - He's "the Son of God" (Mark 15:39).  He's "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Revelation 19:16). 
"At the Name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2;10-11). 
When we remember Jesus' death, we remember more than the fact of His death. We remember the purpose of His death. Jesus suffered death, Jesus defeated death (Hebrews 2:14-15): "Here I am and the children whom God has given Me"  - "Bringing many sons to glory" (Hebrews 2:13,10). 
In Revelation 19:7, we read about salvation and celebration. The salvation comes from God. The celebration comes from us. It's our response to His salvation. 
Jesus is described as "the Lamb." This is a reminder that He is "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Here, we see the connection between the Cross and the glory. We will be received into His glory because Jesus has gone to the Cross for us. we will not be in heaven because we deserve to be there. We will be in heaven because Jesus died for us. As we look at Jesus, crucified for us, may we join, with the centurion, in saying, "This man really was God's Son" (Mark 15:39) - "the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

Mark 16:1-20
"Who will roll away the stone ... ?" (Mark 16:3) - They were looking for men to do this. God had already done it!
"Jesus was crucified. Jesus is risen" (Mark 16:6).  
"Go, tell His disciples and Peter" (Mark 16:7).
"He is going ahead of you" (Mark 16:7) - Jesus is already ahead of us. He's leading us into the future He's already prepared for us.
"just as He told you" (Mark 16:7) - The Lord is leading us on to His eternal glory. This is the fulfilment of His promise (John 14:1-3).
This leading on into the future is seen in the life of Peter. His sin is left in the past. He's led on to Christ's future. He's no longer remembered as Peter, who denied the Lord. He's Peter, the evangelist. In Peter, we see preaching and power (Mark 16:20).
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LUKE

Luke 1:26-38
This was a special time in Mary's life. It begins with God. He takes the initiative. He comes to Mary. He tells her what He is about to do. This is just the beginning. Before the Saviour's birth, there's the time of waiting. Before the coming of the Saviour, there's the waiting for Him.
For Mary, what was to be important in this time of waiting?
 * She was to remember this - "The Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28).
 * There was no need for her to be afraid (Luke 1:30) - the outcome was certain: "You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His Name Jesus" (Luke 1:31).
 * She was not to think, "How can this be...? (Luke 1:34. She was to trust in the power of "the Holy Spirit" (Luke 1:35). We're not to say, "This is impossible." We're to hear and believe what God says to us, "Nothing will be impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).
 * Mary was to give herself to God. She was to keep on saying, "Your will be done" (Luke 1:38).

Luke 1:39-55 
Mary was "blessed" (Luke 1:42,48). God's blessing came to her through her son, God's Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God did "great things" for her - and us (Luke 1:49). Christ was given to Mary. He has been given for us. In Christ, we see God's holiness and love (Luke 1:49-50). In Him, love reaches us and changes us. It makes us holy. It makes us loving.

Luke 2:25-37
Here, we read about two people, who were well on in years - Simeon and Anna.
 * Simeon had been waiting on the Lord - to fulfil His promise. He was standing on the Word of God (Luke 2:25-26). Don't give up hope, God will do a new thing. We must make sure that we don't miss out on it. Don't stop believing.
 * Anna was very old (Luke 2:36-37). She kept on "serving God" and speaking for Him (Luke 2:37-38).
Note Simeon and Anna's response to Christ - praise (Luke 2:28), thanksgiving (Luke 2:38 and passing on Go's blessing to others (Luke 2:34,38).

Luke 8:40-56
There are two stories here - the story of a woman and the story of a girl. Both stories have a happy ending - but before the happy ending, there were hard times. When you and I decide to follow Jesus, we look forward to a happy ending, but we must never forget that there will be hard times along the way. For the woman and the girl - Where did the happy endings come from? They came from Jesus. It was Jesus who changed everything. He can do this for you and me. He can things around.

Luke 12:13-21 
"Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15).
Jesus challenges us to look at the way we live - and to change the way we live. He calls us to be "rich toward God" (Luke 12:21). What does this mean? - Love for God and love for other people (Luke 10:27).  
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JOHN

John 8:30-47
In Genesis, we read about "the father of lies." Here, we read about Jesus Christ, the living Truth.
To understand why we need to be set free, we need to go back to Genesis 3. Sin brings us into bondage. We become slaves of Satan (John 8:34). He controls our life. This is the bad news concerning every one of us. There is Good News - see 1 John 3:8. Jesus has taken on Satan. Jesus has defeated Satan. Jesus is stronger than Satan. Jesus is the Son (John 8:36). He's the Truth (John 8:32). This is more than the truth about Him. He is the Truth. It's more than the Truth who came into the world a long time ago. He's the Truth who comes to us today. He comes to us. He changes us. He comes to us through the Scriptures. He comes to us by the Spirit. Come to Him. Be changed by Him.

John 12:2-36
Jesus "lifted up" - His death for us (John 12:32-33).
On a hill far away", "a green hill far away" - Is God far away? "From a distance, God is watching us." He is also near to us. Through the Cross, we are drawn to Him.
 * We look at Christ on the Cross, and we say, "Forbid it , Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ, my God."
 * We look at the Cross, and we see the bright shining light of God's love: "Inscribed upon the Cross, we see, in shining letters, God is love."
 * We look at the Cross, and we see the outstretched arms of love, a loving invitation, a loving welcome: "I hear They welcome voice that calls me, Lord, to Thee, for cleansing in Thy precious blood that flowed on Calvary. I am coming, Lord, coming now to Thee; wash me, cleanse me in the blood that flowed on Calvary."

John 14:6 - Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Jesus said, "The truth will set you fee" (John 8:32). To Israel, at the time of the Exodus, God said, "You were not made for this." To us, "You were not made for this." There is more. There is eternal life. We must travel through the wilderness, but our journey does not end in the wilderness. There is something else beyond the wilderness. We will be welcomed into the promised land. We look back to the story of the Exodus, and we learn of God's love and power - first, His love; then, His power. From there, we look forward to the first coming of Christ,our Saviour, What He does for us is more than what He did for Israel in the Exodus. He's not just taking us to a new land. He's leading us on to the glory of His eternal presence.

John 15:9-17
Our joy comes from God's love. His love never grows old or weak. His love for us comes before our love for Him. Christ gave Himself for us. Through His love, we receive "joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8). The love of Jesus is the best love, the greatest love of all. This is where our joy comes from. It's God's gift to us.  

John 20:1-31
"He saw and believed" (John 20:8), "They still did not understand the Scripture that He must rise from the dead" (John 20:9). Don't wait until you understand everything - before you  believe. Believe - and ask God to increase your understanding, as you learn to trust Him.
 * John 20:16-18 - "Mary", "Rabboni (Teacher), "I have seen the Lord." This was more than seeing the empty tomb. This was seeing the Lord. As well as seeing the Lord, there is hearing what He says to us and sharing it with others.
 * "The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord" (John 20:20). This joy was to be shared - in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23).
 * John 20:24-29  - Thomas
"We have seen the Lord!" (John 20:25). Thomas needed a personal faith. What a faith - "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28).
John 20:29 - More than 'seeing is believing.'
John 20:31- This is for us. It's for now. The written Word speaks to us of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It calls us to put our faith in him. It guides us towards God's glorious future - eternal 'life."
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ACTS

Acts 1:1-3
The four Gospels tell us what "Jesus did" (Acts 1:1). That was just the beginning. Acts tells us that there is more.
Acts is at the heart of the New Testament. It's between the Gospel as and the Letters. It was written to Theophilus (lover of God).
Do you and I love God? Let us learn from Him. Let us live for Him.
The story continues. We are part of it. It will never end. It's for today. It's for tomorrow.
Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me" (Luke 4:18). This was for doing as well as teaching.
We continue this work in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is Jesus, the risen Lord, working in us and through us.
The resurrection really happened. This is the central theme of the apostles' preaching.
The Kingdom of God: Past - Old Testament, Jesus, Acts; Present - now; Future - eternal life

Acts 1:4-8
The promise (Acts 1:4-5,8) led to the prayer (Acts 1:12-14) and the power (Acts 2).
Prayer is standing on the promise. Power is the fulfilment of the promise.
Waiting on the Lord comes before and leads to witnessing for Him.
On Acts 1:8, see Ezekiel 47:3-5.

Acts 1:9-11
"cloud" (Acts 1:9) - "the glory of the Lord" (Exodus 40:34)
"Listen to Jesus" (Mark 9:7).
Jesus has not left us. He is Lord, love, life and light. Get ready for His Return.

Acts 1:12-14
Gathered together
 * Communion (Matthew 26:26-30)
 * Great Commission - Preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15), make disciples, teach them (Matthew 28:18-20).
 * Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-38)
 * Commitment - We see this here.

Acts 1:15-20
The Gospels tell us about Peter and Judas. Peter denied the Lord. Judas betrayed the Lord.
On the Day of Pentecost, Judas could, would and should have been there - but he wasn't. Life is full of what ifs - what might have been.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter was there. He preached.
This is grace. It reached Peter - and the other disciples who fled for cover. It could have reached Judas.
Sadly, Judas made his choice. Betrayal set the direction. Suicide confirmed that, for Judas, there was no reversal, no repentance.
There could have been - but there wasn't.

Acts 1:21-26
We never hear any more about Matthias. We do hear a great deal more about Peter. From chapter 1 to chapter 2, from Matthias to Peter, from the background to the foreground - on to Pentecost. It's for all of us.

Acts 2:1-13
When the Spirit comes - not just when He came
Being "filled with the Spirit" (Acts 2:4) means more than preaching the Christian message. It also means living the Christian life. It means being filled with Christ - in our message and our  life.
Acts - from Jerusalem to Rome, just the beginning of Christ being taken to the whole world.
Here, we're at the start of a new age - not a new age of anything goes, a Biblical new age.
We see this in the preaching of Peter. We also see it in the preaching of Paul (Acts 17).

Acts 2:14-36
Powerful and effective preaching
We could move straight on to the effect of the preaching - good preaching is preaching that does its hearers good. Are you being blessed as you hear the Word of God?
We need, first, to go back to the preacher and the message.
There needs to be humility - This is not from me. There needs to be confidence - This is from the Lord.
The message is centred on the Saviour. It is grounded in the Scriptures.
When we read the Scriptures, we learn of Christ.
There are lessons for today's Church and world. This is not "We're open to every idea wherever it comes from." It's not "We make things up as we go along."
The work of the Spirit - opening up the Scriptures and pointing to the Saviour

Acts 2:37-47
"pierced to the heart" (Acts 2:37): the work of the Holy Spirit
"Repent" (Acts 2:38)- We don't earn God's blessing. We respond to His promise of blessing.
"baptized in the Name of Jesus" (Acts 2:38) - not what we do, what Jesus has done for us.

Acts 3:1-4:4
Contrast the Peter we see at the time of Christ's death and the Peter we see here.
There was failure, frustration and fear. Now, there is peace, power and purpose.
(a) Failure - Peter denied his Lord.
(b) Frustration - Things could have been so different, if only I had confessed my Lord.
(c) Fear - what can the future possibly hold for me, now that I have failed my Lord?
(i) Peace - His sins have been forgiven.
(ii) Power - God's power has come upon him.
(iii) Purpose - He's winning people for Christ.
What about us?
Left to ourselves, our life-story is failure, frustration and fear.
when Christ comes to us, He comes with His peace, power and purpose.
What peace, power and purpose there is in Acts 4:12!
 * Salvation brings peace - peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 * Along with peace, there is power. We begin with the power to live a new life.
 * Christ's power does not only change us. It gives us the strength that we need to win others for Christ.

Acts 8:26-40
We are in a "desert", but the God of love is reaching out to us (Acts 8:26).
Even when we are in a desert, we can prepare ourselves for God's blessing.
We can keep on reading God's Word (Acts 8:28).
God sends someone to guide us (Acts 8:30-31).
What does Philip do? He tells the Ethiopian the Good News about Jesus (Acts 8:35).
The true servant of the Lord does not draw attention to himself. He points away from himself to the Saviour.
This is the God of love reaching out to us. He sends His servants. They point us to the Saviour.

Acts 9:1-22
This was the great turning-point - for both Saul's salvation and the Gospel mission.
Saul's life was transformed by Christ's love. The persecutor became the preacher. "It is no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).
This was a personal call - "Saul, Saul" (Acts 9:4). It was a call to faith in Jesus (Acts 9:5), It was a call to work for Jesus - it was not only what he was to do then, it was what he was to do for the rest of his life (Acts 9:6,15): preaching Christ (Acts 9:20,22).
What a new beginning this was - so much more than the conversion of Saul. This is about more than Saul becoming Paul. It's about Jesus, God's Son, our Saviour.
Wherever Paul went, he spoke of Jesus and won people for Jesus.
Paul's story is a wonderful  story, but it isn't the greatest story,
It's not Paul who is our Saviour. It's Jesus.
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ROMANS

Romans 1:1-17
The Gospel according to Paul  - more than that: "the Gospel of God" (Romans 1:1)
Good News, promised in the Old Testament, centred on the risen Christ (Romans 1:3-4)
Paul speaks as "a slave of Christ, called as an apostle, singled out for God's Good News" (Romans 1:1).
In love, God has given us Jesus, the Gospel, the Scriptures.
He shows us our sin. He shows us our Saviour. He leads us into a new life of salvation, holiness, service and eternal life. At the heart of all this, there is faith in Christ.
How do we come to faith in Christ? How do we find this new life in Him? We read the Scriptures, beginning with the Old Testament and reading on into the New Testament. In the Scriptures, we find the Gospel. It's Good News - not good advice. Christ is the Good News. "We have heard a joyful sound - Jesus saves." 
This is for today. It's for us. The Saviour came for us. He died for us. He rose for us. He lives in us - He's more than our example. He will come again for us. This Gospel has power - to save us, now and for eternity. This is for everyone - everyone who believes. Each of us must make our personal response - faith in Christ.

Romans 5:1-11
We live in the present. We are shaped by the past. We plan for the future. The Gospel speaks to us in the whole of our life - past, present and future. It speaks of peace, grace and glory (Romans 5:1-2).
Each of these blessings are given to us through our Saviour.
 * Peace comes with forgiveness.
 * Standing in grace - Jesus' words about the wise man (Matthew 7:24); standing against Satan, with the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-11,17).
 * Glory - eternal life (in Romans 6:23 - note the contrast between "wages" and "gift." It's not so mush 'glory for me.' It's sharing in the glory of God. It's giving glory to God.
At the heart of this Gospel of peace, grace and glory, there is God's love and Christ's death (Romans 5:8). This is Good News!

Romans 8:31-39
The Gospel tells us about the triumph of Christ for us. Here, we must not go straight to His resurrection. we must also speak of His crucifixion. Without his crucifixion, His resurrection has no meaning.
The Gospel also tells us about His triumph in us. This is the ongoing work of the Lord in our hearts and lives. This work continues throughout our life.
What will it mean to be "more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37)?
 * First, it means that the victory is Christ's, and He gives it to us.
 * Second, His victory is complete, but we need to grow into His victory.
 * Third, we need to learn to stand upon the fact of His victory, and not our changeable feelings.
In Romans 8:38-39, we read about many enemies. They will always be with us, they will not go away -  but there is something else that will always be with us: "the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." We must never forget this.

Romans 10:1-21
God's way of salvation is so different from man's attempt to put himself right with God (Romans 10:3). 
Christ is our Saviour (Romans 10:4). What is "the message" (Romans 10:8)? - Christ. Everything is centred on Him. Without him, there is no Gospel.
 * Confess Him as Lord - He is Lord, He's my Lord.
 * Believe in your heart - The resurrection: the heart of our faith. Without the resurrection, we may have admiration for Jesus - the man, the example, the teacher, but we'll never have anything more than that. Jesus is more than our example and our teacher. He's our Saviour and Lord.
"How welcome..." (Romans 10:15) - We should give thanks to God for those who have preached the Gospel to us. When God's Word is preached, God is at work (Romans 10:17). There is power in God's Word. It's the power of the Holy Spirit. 
God's Word and God's Spirit - This is what creates our response, our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:1-21
Jesus died for us. We must live for Him - "this is your spiritual worship" (Romans 12:1).
The changing of our way of  living begins with the changing of our way of thinking (Romans 12:2). this changing of our way of living isn't something that we do by ourselves. It's the "mercy" and "grace" of God that changes us (Romans 12:1,3). 
How does He change us?
 * He brings us into fellowship with other believers - "one body in Christ" (Romans 12:4-5).
 * He gives us opportunities to serve Him (Romans 12:6-8).
How are we to serve the Lord?
We don't begin with the things that we do. We begin with the people that we are (Romans 12:9). 
We're reminded of the Sermon on the Mount. This is more than Jesus' teaching. It's a description of Jesus. we are to become more like Jesus. It's Jesus living in us and through us. We look beyond Jesus' life - to His death and resurrection.
 * Romans 12:19-20 - Jesus didn't defend Himself. He stood in the place of sinners.  
 * Romans 12:21 - Evil did not triumph over good. Jesus rose from the dead.
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1 CORINTHIANS

1 Corinthians 2:1-16 
Paul's ministry was simple, sincere and spiritual.It was preaching in the power of the Spirit. What Paul is saying is this: Less about me, more about Jesus.
 * His message was simple. He wasn't trying to impress people with great learning. He was bringing Jesus to them. He was bringing them to Jesus.
 * His preaching was sincere. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said. He spoke the truth, and he lived the truth.
 * His outlook was spiritual. The power did not come from himself. It came from the Spirit - the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
An introduction to this great chapter on the Resurrection - the fact and its meaning
The resurrection is more than a fact from the past. It's a fact for the future. "We shall all be changed ... " (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). This is more than social change. It's more than personal change.
Politics isn't everything. The heart needs to be changed.
This is more than personal change in the here-and-now. It's more than "for this life only" (1 Corinthians 15:19).
"We will all be changed" - This is eternal change.
The world may say that we can do without this kind of message. The Word of God says that we can't. We need this eternal perspective. Whatever changes we may achieve in our society and in ourselves, we must learn to look beyond these things to this; "We will all be changed ... "
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2 CORINTHIANS

2 Corinthians 4:1-18
Note 2 Corinthians 4:6 - The light of God shows us that we are in darkness, and it calls us out of the darkness, and into the light.
Where do we see the light of God? - In Christ.
His light is the light of love and the light of life. Love reaches us. It leads us to the light. The light guides us, and changes our way of living. The light says, 'There's something better than the life you're living.' The new life is eternal life (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
In the Old Testament - Beyond the wilderness, there's the promised land.
God has a great purpose for us. He changes us here-and-now, and He's preparing us for His eternal glory - (a) I saw the light; (b) I'm walking in the light; (c) I'm looking forward to the light (Revelation 22:5).

2 Corinthians 10:1-6
"the gentleness and graciousness of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:1);  "the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).
What's the connection between the two? - We learn to obey Christ, as we learn to love Him. We learn to love Him, as we learn how much He loves us.
"What a Friend we have in Jesus" - He's not a far away God who doesn't care about us. He's our best Friend. When we learn to see Jesus as our best Friend, we will not find it a burden to live in obedience to Him. Beyond the obligation of obedience, there is the privilege of obedience.  
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GALATIANS

Galatians 1:1-12 
"The Gospel" came to Paul "by a revelation of Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:11-12). This was important for Paul - and it's important for us. Our faith has come to us from above, from God. It doesn't come from ourselves. It is given to us by God. At the heart of our faith is Jesus Christ - "our Lord and our God" (John 20:28), "the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6); "Look! He is coming with the clouds" (Revelation 1:7). 

Galatians 6:11-18
"God forbid that I should glory ... " (Galatians 6:14).
This is more than "I will never boast ... " Who says, "I will never boast"? Remember Peter. he said this, and, then, he denied the Lord three times.
"God forbid ... " is a prayer for God's help. It's not an assertion about what "I will never" do.
How do we glory ... ? - This is more than singing hymns about the Cross of Christ. It's more than celebrating the Lord's Supper. It's being "crucified to the world" (Galatians 6:14). It's living as "a new creation" (Galatians 6:15).
This is what Paul speaks about in Galatians 5:22-25. We have received new life from the Spirit. We are to live the new life of the Spirit - the life of "love."
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EPHESIANS

Ephesians 2:1-10 
What we were without Christ (Ephesians 2:1-3); What God has done for us in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-10)
Ephesians 2:8-10 - saved by grace, saved through faith, saved for good works
By grace - but not without faith and good works
Faith and good works - the fruit of grace
Faith and good works - Grace has done this.
The grace has come from God. The glory goes to God.  

Ephesians 6:10-20
In the strength of the Lord: We need His strength because the devil is stronger than we are - but he's not stronger than the Lord.
The armour provided by the Lord (Ephesians 6:13-17): All of it is defensive except "the sword of the Spirit" (God's Word).
In Ephesians 6:18, there's a call to prayer. It's general - "every prayer ... at all times with all perseverance for all the saints."
In Ephesians 6:19-20, there's a call for specific prayer for those who are called to preach the Gospel. Paul is asking for prayer for himself. The Holy Spirit brings to us these words from the past. He brings them to us with power - so that we may know that God has given us everything that we need for living to his praise and glory.   
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PHILIPPIANS

Philippians 2:5-11
When God's Word speaks to us about Jesus, it does not only tell us to keep on looking back to the past. It tells us to do something else - Keep on looking forward to the future, God's future, the future He's preparing for us. When Christ came to earth for the first time, many people refused to believe in Him. When He comes for the second time, "every knee shall bow ... and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:11). When our faith is under attack, we must never lose sight of God's future: "Jesus Christ is Lord."

Philippians 4:1-9
Joy (Philippians 4:4) and peace (Philippians 4:7) are grounded in God's love for us, not our love for Him. Perfect joy and perfect peace (1 Peter 1:8; Philippians 4:7) - but this is not our experience. Here, we must note the difference between God's love for us and our love for Him. His love for us is perfect. Our love for Him is not perfect. If our love in the Lord, our joy in the Lord and our peace in the Lord are to grow strong, we must feed on God's love. His love is faithful. His love endures forever. This is where our love, joy and peace come from.  
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COLOSSIANS 

Colossians 3:1-17
"Put to death ... " (Colossians 3:5); "Put on the new man" (Colossians 3:9-10); "renewed in knowledge ... " (Colossians 3:10).
This is not something that we can do in our own strength - "Christ is all and in all" (Colossians 3:11).
"Put on ... " (Colossians 3:12) - Note that the Lord's forgiveness comes first (Colossians 3:13).
"Above all, put on love" (Colossians 3:14). His love for us - It brings "peace" to us and fills our hearts with thanksgiving (Colossians 3:15).
Colossians 3:16 - What a great verse this is! - but note also Colossians 3:17. Worship is to change our way of living. At the heart of all that we do, there is to be thanksgiving.
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1 THESSALONIANS

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20
Note especially 1 Thessalonians 2:13 - more than the words of men, the Word of God. It works effectively in those who believe. Our faith doesn't create God's Word. It's God's Word that creates our faith.
Man's word is a shaky foundation. It's building on sand. It's foolishness.
God's Word is a solid foundation. It's building on the rock. We are wise when we build on God's Word.
When we receive the Gospel as God's Word, our lives are changed. We say, "The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy" (Psalm 126:3).
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2 THESSALONIANS

2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
God's love, God's call, God's glory (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)
"the traditions" (2 Thessalonians 2:15): Who is behind the tradition? If it's the Lord, we have something that's more than a tradition. Who does the message come from?  - It comes from the Lord. That's why we must "stand firm."
Eternal encouragement for here-and-now (2 Thessalonians 3:16-17).
Contrast "not all have faith" (2 Thessalonians 3:2) and "the Lord is faithful" (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
"He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one" (2 Thessalonians 3:4) - "The Lord bless you and keep you" (Numbers 6:24).
"May the Lord direct your hearts to God's love and Christ's endurance" (2 Thessalonians 3:3). When the Lord is at work, He becomes the chief focus of our attention. It's His love and endurance that inspire us to keep on loving Him and serving Him. 
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1 TIMOTHY

1 Timothy 1:12-17
The Lord saved Saul of Tarsus. The Lord changed him. Saul - "blasphemer, persecutor, arrogant man" (1 Timothy 1:13) - became Paul, a humble man, who worshipped and served the Lord.
  *  humble - "worst of sinners" (1 Timothy 1:16)
  * worshipper - "Unto the King ... " (1 Timothy 1:17)
  * servant - "the ministry ... an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life" (1 Timothy 1:12,16).
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2 TIMOTHY

2 Timothy 3:10-17
God comes to us in our h
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          Joyous scenes as Ethiopia-Eritrea border opens      Cache   Translate Page      
The border between the former East African rivals opened on Tuesday, 20 years after a bloody war and ensuing tensions. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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Việt Nam nằm trong 18 nền kinh tế mới nổi được đánh giá là "vượt trội hơn" trong 50 năm qua trong khi Đông Á và Đông Nam Á là khu vực có nhiều nền kinh tế vượt trội nhất. Theo báo cáo của Viện Toàn cầu McKinsey (MGI), công bố ngày 12/9 tại Diễn đàn Kinh tế Thế giới (WEF) ở Hà Nội, Việt Nam nằm trong 18 nền kinh tế được đánh giá là "đạt hiệu quả vượt trội hơn" trong vòng 50 năm qua.Việt Nam thuộc nhóm có kinh tế tăng trưởng GDP đầu người hơn 5% trong 20 năm qua, cùng Azerbaijan, Belarus, Campuchia, Ethiopia, Ấn Độ, Kazakhstan, Lào, Myanmar, Turkmenistan và Uzbekistan.Tốc độ tăng trưởng GDP đầu...
          9/13/2018: FRONT PAGE: Ethiopian displacement is now worse than Syria’s      Cache   Translate Page      
More people were internally displaced in Ethiopia in the first half of this year than in any other country. Displacement there outpaced the world’s worst conflict zones including Syria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than...
          9/13/2018: OPINION: A glorious new dawn for Ethiopia      Cache   Translate Page      
“This is the happiest day of my life.” Those words, spoken by Ruta Haddis from the small Eritrean town of Senafe and carried by the global media, illustrate the significance of peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Weeks after these two nations formally...
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Notwithstanding Clause: NDP, Notwithstanding Clause: Pro, Hungary Vote, Ethiopia Rebel Leader, Minnesota Mining Licences, New Fish Species and more
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She just starting college and is only 19 years old, but Sara Gebretsadik has done enough to catch the eye of Gov. John Hickenlooper.
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          Ethiopia tops global list of internal displacement      Cache   Translate Page      
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – CONFLICT has forced some 1,4 million Ethiopians to flee their homes since the beginning of the year. The East African country thus tops the global list of the highest number of people forced to flee within their country in the first half of […]
          Warring South Sudan leaders sign peace deal      Cache   Translate Page      
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a much-anticipated peace deal at a regional summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
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U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa invited Ethiopian filmmakers to create three-minute videos talking under the theme “Our Ethiopia” – to celebrate the historical and cultural richness of this country while highlighting the importance of tolerance and respect for diversity. The program was announced in early 2018, at a time when rising political uncertainty and the first outbreaks of ethnic violence were raising questions about the country’s overall stability.
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          Ethiopia:Ethiopia Tops Global List of Internal Displacement      Cache   Translate Page      
[CAJ News] Addis Ababa -Conflict has forced some 1,4 million Ethiopians to flee their homes since the beginning of the year.
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          World: Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2019

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season. Additional information is provided for countries with large food insecure populations, an expectation of high severity, or where other key issues warrant additional discussion. Analytical confidence is lower in remote monitoring countries, denoted by “RM.” Visit www.fews.net for detailed country reports.


          World: Global Weather Hazards Summary: September 14 - 20, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, World, Yemen

Flood risk remains high over parts of Nigeria, as heavy rainfall is expected to continue

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in western and southern Nigeria. The forecast rain during the next week increases the risks for flooding over the region.

  2. Torrential rain has increased the level of the Atbara and Dindir Rivers. Additional rainfall over the region is likely to further raise water levels, including the Nile River and its tributaries.

  3. Irregular rainfall since June has resulted in deteriorated ground conditions across parts of western Uganda, northeastern DRC, and southern South Sudan.

  4. Despite an overall improvement in rainfall over the past four weeks, deficits remain over portions of southwestern Ethiopia and eastern South Sudan.


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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader, Riek Machar signed a peace agreement on Wednesday in the margins of a regional summit in Ethiopia. South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Kiir and Machar exploded into military confrontation. A previous peace deal […]

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Eritrea’s Context, Motivation, Sustainability & Intergenerational Equity

By Ruby Sandhu | August 2018

Any intelligent, meaningful engagement in the C21st with a sovereign state can only occur first by understanding its context and hence a nation’s motivation.

Engagement otherwise, especially when utilising just the lens of human rights cannot provide generative, sustainable and / or context specific solutions and importantly peace.

Academics have long criticised the failure of international law, especially post-cold war, to recognise “collective rights”. That is the continued subordination of collective rights in favour of individual and political rights. Today, NGOs are deliberately funded and with mandates to engage prescriptively, without context, and through a myopic lens of individual and political rights only – a convenient western lens for a convenient western agenda - .

Such engagement does more harm than good as it fails to address the context and protect the collective rights of the nation’s people and thus creates further violations of human rights.

Eritrea’s context

Eritrea is one of nine youngest sovereign nations in the international community in the last 25 years. Also, one of the poorest, - as it emerged from thirty years of struggle for independence, and yearning for its human rights and human dignity.

The struggle was a collective one, and engaged all ethnicities, Christians and Muslims alike. The Eritrean diaspora supported the war efforts through charitable donations, organisations and institutions set up abroad to support the Eritrean struggle and war effort.

After independence in 1993, there was rapid economic development. However, this was not to last. This rapid economic development was debilitated by deliberate and subversive campaigns to stall the Eritrean people’s right to development.

The first of these campaigns was Ethiopia’s laying of facts on Eritrean sovereign territory and the ensuing border war in 1998-2000. And then the international community’s failure to enforce Ethiopia’s implementation of the Ethiopia Eritrea Boundary Commission (EEBC) decision pursuant to the Algiers Peace Treaty, 2000.

The second campaign, the unjustified sanctions - albeit an arms embargo, were designed to prevent investment into the country.And today as if this was not enough, and in an attempt to bring this young country to its knees - the third campaign.

This third campaign - is the most vicious of them all – the disingenuous media, and activism premised on secondary information and with the sole agenda of destabilising Eritrea through regime change. And thus, violating the collective human rights of the Eritrean people and their vision for an ethical, non-corrupt, sustainable, inter-generational, equitable development of the nation, by its people and for its people.

Of course, the genuine protection of human rights of the Eritrean people is not in accord with subversive activists who have deliberately created a campaign against Eritrea, thus muddying the water using individual human rights as a ploy to destroy genuine dialogue, lock out any other perspectives, hijack politicians with lazy, rehashed, unsubstantiated accounts and access a media filled with fake news to create further hyperbole.

Furthermore, such activism has no interest in respecting the context as the activism is promoted on short termism.

This short termism is like its activism, to ensure that the destabilisation will create rehashed economic models leading to unsustainable development and superficial consumption and consumerism, planetary degradation - the creation of a few super wealthy individuals who have as much interest in the collective rights of the Eritrean people as their activism did.

My conclusions on such activism is evident from the behaviour of other similar activists – who have left countries at the stranglehold of corruption, crippling foreign debt, unsustainable development, pretence of elections and democracy, lack of genuine press freedom, greed, disgruntled youth and a destroyed national identity.

Eritrea’s future trajectory at the behest of such activists, activism which is unwholesome and lacks integrity is a deeply shoddy and grim one.

Genuine activists / activism would have engaged -and through the appropriate mechanisms instead of politicised ones which always have a subversive agenda. Further there are no alternatives or solutions offered. These disingenuous activists have never set foot in Eritrea or at least in the last couple of decades, repeat rehashed accounts without any ground reality and worse still have used false testimonies to bolster their accounts. It is high time that such unethical activism is held accountable for its actions.

Eritrea’s motivation

Eritrea’s context needs to be respected to ensure the genuine protection of the human rights of the Eritrean people. On the global stage Eritrea is an outlier. It is a country that was born from a collective consciousness, a struggle where human rights were core to its liberation and development and her future.

EPLF fighters going to battle

This is evident in the Government’s vision – where there is zero tolerance for corruption – where funding from institutions is carefully and strategically considered.

It is common knowledge that the integrity with which the Government operates with respect to funds whether through grant, aid, investment is with extreme caution. Caution to ensure that such funds are not utilised for unnecessary and / or unsustainable projects.

Along with caution there is due diligence which includes coordinated strategy meetings from all Ministries of the Government to ensure that the impact of the project and indicators of its success are relevant.

This can be frustrating and perceived as tedious by funders, investors and grantors but it is the Eritrean way. Haste makes waste.

Furthermore, It is evident from such discussions that a nation-wide policy for honest, just and fair economic development - “leaving no-one behind” is the underlying impetus.

And of course, It is premised first and foremost as a responsibility to the memory of the Eritrean martyrs who laid down their lives for Eritrean independence – to free themselves from the yoke of brutal colonisation and tyranny and provide for the collective respect of human rights and human dignity.

Eritrean diaspora protesting in the USA

This was a collective struggle and the development of Eritrea today is once again from a collective vision motivated from that history which permeates the subliminal memory of every Eritrean and thus a responsibility and importantly for future generations of Eritreans - and to protect all human rights - through the just, fair, sustainable development and ensure inter- generational equity.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The Government’s focus on the C21st solution to the western lens of “individual rights” is the MDGs and the SDGs. These goals are pertinent and relevant and address the chronic concern with our western systems that do not address the genuine concern for the human rights of the people in the developing world.

When activists superficially talk of elections and constitution – they fail to hear the Ministers, their concerns on the west’s lack of access to justice for all, or the lack of media freedom, unsustainable consumption, planetary degradation, the incredible wealth divide, excessive corruption through tax havens and now the awareness of endemic modern slavery and in western supply chains – I am afraid that our systems are not the best of examples for the developing world.

And for activists to advocate from this human rights lens is farcical especially when they advocate without awareness of the truth, context and the ground reality. In fact, a frustrating approach of rehashing textbook prescriptions to issues on human rights when we would do best instead - to engage - to support a young country at the behest of subversive policies and address poverty and infrastructural development issues to safeguard human rights.

Eritrea, Sustainability and Intergenerational Equity

Eritrea’s vision for economic development is careful and considered, that is, it is intended not only for the present generation but also provides for inter-generational equity – that is the sustainable exploitation of natural resources to protect development for future generations.

Eritrea is acutely aware of environmental externalities created by human induced climate change from industrialisation, polluted air, ozone depletion, soil and water depletion, deforestation and erosion of animal habitats and ensuing species extinction and of course impact on human systems. And for this reason, the Government’s strategy to development is careful, strategic, environmentally friendly and for long term sustainable growth.

Unfortunately, I do not hear this from the disingenuous human rights activists – their idea of development is premised on rehashed models that have created disparity and further collectively violated human rights and have done little to protect the rights of future generations. Eritrea is a country with genuine concerns for the protection of human rights and is at the forefront of its development. Further evidenced in the way mining rights have been carefully exploited and the protection of its natural resources through equitable ownership and considered development which no Eritrean would dare entrust to any opposition.

Collective rights for just development with protection of all human rights of the Eritrean People

So, in summary, any engagement with Eritrea, requires genuine concern - to ensure the protection of human rights through capacity building and best practices, that are fit for purpose – and for a nation that was built on the very premise and foundation of protecting human rights.

The map is not the territory.

And much of what is being rehashed about Eritrea is but a map – you would be best served as the Eritreans say to “come and see for yourself”.



          KOFI ANNAN KUZIKWA LEO ACCRA      Cache   Translate Page      

Mwili wa aliyekuwa Katibu Mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa, Kofi Annan, unatarajiwa kuzikwa leo katika mji mkuu wa Ghana, Accra. Kwa muda wa siku mbili zilizopita mwili wake ulikuwa ukiagwa mjini humo na watu mbalimbali, wakiwemo watu maarufu.

Viongozi kadhaa wa nchi wanatarajiwa kuhudhuria mazishi hayo katika makaburi ya jeshi ya Kambi ya Burma mjini Accra.   Kofi Annan alishika nafasi hiyo akiwa Katibu Mkuu wa saba wa Umoja wa Mataifa kati ya 1997 na 2006.

Leo ni kilele cha wiki kadhaa za maandalizi ya maziko yake akiwa mmoja wa wanadiplomasia walioheshimika duniani.

Mwandishi wa BBC aliyeko mjini Accra amesema ngoma za maombolezo zilisikika mfululizo kwa muda wa siku mbili katika ukumbi wa kimataifa wa mikutano wa Accra, sehemu ambayo mwili wake ulikuwa ukiagwa na watu mbalimbali kutoka ndani na nje ya nchi.

Miongoni mwa waombolezaji waliwasili mjini humo ni aliyewahi kuwa mke wa rais wa kwanza wa Afrika kusini Nelson Mandela, Bibi Graca Machel.     Marais na viongozi kutoka maeneo mbalimbali ya Afrika ikiwemo Ivory Coast, Ethiopia na Zimbabwe watahudhuria maziko hayo.   Pia wamo marais wa zamani wa Ujerumani, Finland na Uswizi.


Shughuli hiyo ya kumuaga marehemu itafuatiwa na maziko yatakayofanywa kwa ndugu wa karibu na kwa heshima zote za kijeshi.
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World War II

World War II was the bloodiest war in human history. Over 50 million human beings died in it. It has been studied massively by scholars among from across the spectrum of humanity. Also, it is a war that made us aware of the sacrifice of heroes who defeated Nazism. Like always, we memorize the victims of the evil Holocaust. World War II existed in many phases like the coming of war, the rise of fascist and authoritarian empires, the war itself, and the aftermath of World War II. World War II is directly related to WWI and the Great Depression. The event of WWI ended with many nations suffering economic recessions. Later, dictatorships would rise up that exploited the suffering of peoples in order for these authoritarian rulers to promote racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and ultimately genocide against innocent human beings. By November 1918, Germany surrendered to the Allied forces in ending World War One. The peace agreement was formed in 1919 with delegates from 27 nations. Most of the decisions in that agreement were established by America, France, and Great Britain. Germany and Russia weren’t there. The Treaty of Versailles was hated by Germany since it forced Germany to pay monumental reparations for its role in WWI. Italy and Japan wanted more from the deal too. Wilson thought that this agreement would end wars worldwide, but it didn’t. The 1920’s saw many countries move into democracy and freedom. Other nations came into the opposite direction in embracing dictatorships and totalitarianism. Totalitarianism means that a single party or one solitary leader controls every economic, social, and cultural aspects of people in one country. Totalitarianism would spread massively in the world by the 20th century. The 1917 Russian Revolution led Stalin to take power. Ironically, Lenin and especially Trotsky were critics of Stalin because of his totalitarian tendencies and his reckless actions. So, Joseph Stalin took power after the Russian civil war. That brutal civil war caused starvation, famine, and the deaths of millions of Russians. Lenin, before he died, moderated some of his economic policies.

By 1924, Stalin took over the Communist Party in Russia. Stalin was cruel, a murderer, and a tyrant. He regularly allowed the murder of his rivals and even fellow Communists who disagreed with him. He grew the industrial power of many farms. His Great Terror program murdered Communists who opposed him in the 1930’s. About one million people were imprisoned. The purge eliminated most of the leading officers of the Red Army plus others. Stalin promoted propaganda to maintain his vicious rule. He also violated religious freedom by destroying churches and suppressing religious expression throughout the Soviet Union. Stalin went so far that even to this day; many people falsely view every Communist and every socialist as equivalent to Stalin. Stalin ironically did more to slander socialism than any reactionary extremist could ever do.  Italian totalitarianism rose after Italy being a victor of WWI. Ironically, Italy was once part of the Allied forces during WWI. Italy didn’t get lands on the Adriatic coast that it wanted. Italy experienced a depression after WWI as well.

Veterans in Italy had trouble to find work. The communist party was growing and the government had trouble in trying to adequately handle economic issues. Later, Benito Mussolini rose up in political power. He was once more liberal and then became a dedicated fascist. By 1919, Mussolini created the Fasci di Combattimento or the Fascist Party. This was a far right wing group that promoted nationalism and wanted to control Italy. He had his followers. They were the Black shirts. These criminals fought communists and socialists in the streets of Italy. Italian King Victor Emmanuel III feared revolution. So, he asked Mussolini to form a new government. Benito was called Il Duce or the leader. Benito controlled the government, the army, etc. after years of conflict. He later ended political parties. He controlled the press. He formed a secret police. He promoted brainwashing involving youth groups and Mussolini opposed strikes. He hated liberalism and socialism. Fascism was spreading like a cancer in the world.

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The Further Rise of Fascism

For a time before the rise of Hitler and after World War One, Germany was a democracy. This was the Weimar Republic which was formed in the German town in Weimar.  It suffered struggles because of the economic problems in 1920’s Germany. High inflation and huge economic troubles caused the Weimar Republic to be on the brink of collapse. By the 1930’s, the Great Depression was global and further harmed the Weimar Republic.  Socialist groups were in existence desiring change. Also, antidemocratic far right groups were in existence like the National Socialist German Workers’ Party or the Nazi Party. They threatened the republic. The Nazis were not socialists. They hated socialism, communism, and other beliefs that promoted workers’ rights and class interests. Socialism believes in class struggle and racial equality while the Nazis believed in white supremacy and racism. Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party. Hitler was the son of an Austrian civil servant. Hitler also was a decorated World War I soldier and a failed artist. He was near madness and he was completely evil. He joined the small Nazi Party after the war and ruled it later on. He was in prison because his party tried to cause a rebellion in an attempt to overthrow the Weimar Republic. His book that he wrote in prison was entitled, Mein Kampf or My Struggle. It scapegoated Jewish people, socialists, communists, etc. for the economic problems in Germany. He was very anti-Semitic and he hated Jewish people greatly. Anti-Semitism has been in Europe for centuries and Hitler promoted pseudo-scientific theories as a means to proclaim his racist ideologies. Mein Kampf was a national bestseller in Germany. This book wanted Nazis to have global domination and the extermination of Jewish people plainly speaking. The book falsely assumed that black people were inferior, which is a lie. Germany by the 1930’s had unemployment, hunger, homelessness, and economic collapse. The Nazis gained control by the Germany government by January 1933.

By that time, the president of the Weimar Republic appointed Hitler as chancellor of Germany. Hitler was later President and increased his power massively. Hitler made his powers unchecked by the German parliament or the Reichstag. In 1935, the Weimar Republic’s institutions were silenced. Hitler was the sole ruler of Germany. Hitler was a totalitarian like Mussolini and France. Hitler formed a secret police that crushed dissent. The state controlled press the praised him. He promoted Hitler Youth and the League of German Girls to indoctrinate the youth with Nazi ideas. By the late 1930’s, Hitler used rearmament and public works projects. The Germans cheered for him at Nazi rallies. He attacked Jewish people, communists, and socialists. Many Jewish people suffered abuse, discrimination, and murder by the Nazis and their supporters as well. Japan once saw democracy grow in the 1920’s. There were trade unions, men voting, and other parties formed. This ended with the Great Depression. By the 1930’s, Japan moved into a more militaristic direction. Japan had a constitutional monarchy ruled by one emperor. Japan used its military to attack Manchuria in 1931. They moved a more new regime called Manchukuo in Manchuria. They gained more natural resources in Asia by invasion. They also invaded China to steal Chinese railroads and coastal resources. They also conquered Nanjing where Japanese soldiers murder more than 200,000 Chinese people and many women were raped (called the Rape of Nanjing). Militarism spread in Italy, Germany, and Japan.

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The League of Nations was very weak by America refusing to join it. The League of Nations had no army, no navy, and no power to enforce its proclamations. Hitler and Mussolini harmed societies. Germany’s economy grew from 1933 to 1936. He or Hitler wanted all Germanic peoples to be united in one Reich or state. He wanted to have Lebensraum or living space for Germanic peoples. He sent German troops to the Rhineland by 1936 and the League of Nations didn’t respond to stop him. Mussolini invaded Ethiopia in 1935, which was an independent African nation. Haile Selassie or the leader of Ethiopia wanted the League of Nations to respond and help them, but the League of Nations refused to do so. Ethiopia was conquered until years later when Ethiopia defeated the Italian invaders. Fascists fought in the Spanish Civil War. It lasted from 1936 to 1939. It was about the fascist nationalists fighting against Spain’s democratic Republican government. Hitler and Mussolini aided Franco and the Spanish fascists during the civil war. General Francisco Franco tested his military technology in the war. The Soviet Union aided the Republican forces. France, Britain, and the United States remained on the sidelines mostly (except for some Americans and other Westerners volunteering to join the Republican cause). The Fascists won the Spanish civil war unfortunately.


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Isolationism vs. Interventionism

By the 1930’s, France and Britain wanted appeasement in dealing with the aggressive, fascist nations of Nazi Germany, etc. This wanted to make concessions to prevent enemy nations from going forward with all-out war and maintain peace. This policy didn’t work as the fascist leaders would be bolder to try to conquer more lands unjustly. Some appeasers viewed World War I as so bloody that they wanted peace at any cost. Some believed that the Soviet Union was more of a threat than Germany or Italy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted a Good Neighbor policy with Latin America. He improved relations with the Soviet Union. Back then, at first, he didn’t take a forceful line against Germany aggression. He wanted to focus on its American problems and later embraced isolationism. FDR would later reject isolationism. Hitler in the spring of 1938 conquered Austria. He formed the Anschluss in Austria. He conquered Sudenteland in the fall of 1938. That region of western Czechoslovakia was many ethnic Germans living there. Britain and France appeased Nazi Germany during the Munich Conference. Hitler and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain plus French premier Edouard Daladier allowed Hitler to rule Sudetenland in order to try to get peace. Chamberlain came to London and praised the Munich Pact. He was wrong as war would occur 11 months later.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt later condemned aggression in Asia and he did little to stop it. There was the 1937 attack on China. It shocked Americans and the rape of Nanjing would come in December of 1937. Japan attacked with no declaration of war. China experienced terrorism by Japan forces among its cities like in Shanghai and Nanjing. 3 American sailors were killed and the United States gunboat Panay on the Chang River was sank. FDR criticized Japan’s aggression in a speech in Chicago on October 5, 1937. He condemned Japanese attacks on civilian populations. He also said that no part of the war is truly isolated form the world. He wanted an alliance of nations to promote peace against aggression. He was criticized by many for his interventionist stance. Japan continued to invade more territories. France and Britain couldn’t stop Hitler’s aggression. Hitler conquered all of Czechoslovakia into German hands. This alarmed France and Britain. They started to prepare plans for a defensive measure against the Nazis. France and Britain said that if Nazi invaded other territories, then war would transpire. Britain and France signed an agreement with Poland aiding them if Hitler invaded Poland. Hitler wanted the Soviet Union to be a buffer against Poland. So, he or Adolf Hitler would not fight 2 fronts in a war.

That is why Germany signed the Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact with the Soviets on August 23, 1939. They promised to not attack each other. They also agreed to invade and divide up Poland. This aggressive agreement shocked the world. It was one of the biggest mistakes of the Soviet Union. During the early mornings of September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland with a blitzkrieg strike. Fast moving tanks and soldiers conquered Poland. The Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east on September 17, 1939. France and Britain did nothing to help Poland. Poland was soon defeated by the end of September. World War II started with the Nazi invasion of Poland. The Axis Powers were Germany, Italy, Japan, and other nations. The Allies included Britain, France, and later other countries like America, China, plus the Soviet Union. During the spring of 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway on April 9, 1940. By May 10, he used his blitzkrieg forces into the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. His army was fast and powerful. Laster, he fought France. There was the Maginot Line and other areas. In May 1940, Germany moved into the Ardennes and British forces escaped form Dunkirk. Soon, France was defeated and conquered. It took only 35 days for Hitler to rule over France. The Nazis marched in Paris.

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Winston Churchill gave speeches to Parliament and other places in England to fight the Nazi threat. He said on June 4, 1940 that he would fight everywhere against the Nazis and he won’t surrender. He rallied the British nation. They prepared for battles. Soon, Hitler invaded Britain via Operation Sea Lion. He or Hitler wanted the German air force of the Luftwaffe to bomb the British Royal Air Force. He wanted to control the British skies. The air battle continued between England and the Nazis. The Nazis attacked on July of 1940 starting the Battle of Britain. Almost 1,000 British planes were lost. More than 1,700 Nazi planes were lost. The Blitz included the Nazis destroying civilian infrastructure in Britain. Churches, homes, factories, schools, and other areas were bombed. Many British people lived in subways to escape the bombing campaign from Germany. Later, Hitler halted invasion attempts and the British were victorious. While this was going on, Winston Churchill wanted America to ally with him in fighting the Nazis. Many viewed this war as a fight for democracy globally. Nazis threatened human freedoms worldwide and that’s true.

Back then, America was mostly isolationist. President Roosevelt agreed with Churchill that the Nazi threat was real, but FDR knew that most Americans were opposed to U.S. intervention. The Great Depression was just ending. Many Americans wanted to focus on domestic affairs. The isolationist movement grew after the Nye Committee (named after Congressman Gerald Nye of South Dakota) saying that corporate interests benefited from World War One. Congress even passed the Neutrality Acts of 1935, 1936, and 1937. These laws used restrictions on American trade during the time of war. One example of this policy was Americans were forbidden to sail on ships owned by belligerents or nations at war. Americans were banned from making loans to belligerents or selling them arms and munitions. These laws didn’t make a distinction between aggressors like Nazis and Italy and victims like Poland or Great Britain and France. The interventionists wanted the support of America to giave great aid to the Allied cause.

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Roosevelt was angry at the limitations of the Neutrality Acts. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was anti-Nazi and promoted democracies. Congress passed the Neutrality Act of 1939. This act was different in that it makes it legal to have a cash and carry policy. This allowed belligerent nations to buy goods and arms in the United States if they paid cash and carried the merchandise on their own ships. The British navy controlled the seas. This policy allowed America to aid the British economically. Some Americans didn’t like Roosevelt’s pro-Allies stance. These people wanted isolation and neutrality even in the midst of millions of Jewish people dying by the Holocaust. Isolationists and interventionists debated each other greatly in 1940 and 1941. This came when Britain was alone in Europe fighting the Nazis. Some interventionists wanted to aid the British as a way to keep America out of the war militarily. One group promoting this view was the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies. Isolationists wanted neutrality. They wanted no funding of Allies since they believed that it would ultimately cause war against the Axis. Many of the isolationists were indeed racists and pro-Nazis.  The America First Committee was an isolationist group. Charles Lindbergh was one leading isolationist who condemned the Soviet Union and Japan while not massively criticizing the Axis Powers back then (until Pearl Harbor). The American First Committee had rallies nationwide. American journalist Edward R. Murrow reported news during the Battle of Britain. He exposed the fact that the Nazis were bombing civilian targets. This motivated interventionists to continue in the fight to defend democracy. Germany, Italy, and Japan had the Tripartite Pact in September of 1940. This agreement wanted each nation to defend each other in case they were attacked by another power.

Congress passed the Selective Service Act. This was a peacetime draft. It gave military training of 1.3 million troops and 800,000 reserve troops every year. Also, President Roosevelt aided Great Britain more. He gave 50 WWI era battleships in eight British defense bases. He did this without the consent of Congress as it was an emergency in his mind. FDR soon was elected for an unprecedented third time against Republican nominee Wendell L. Willkie of Indiana. Willkie accused FDR of not handling economic and foreign policy affairs the right way. Yet, most Americans wanted FDR to maintain the course of American society. Once re-elected, President Franklin Roosevelt supported Britain even more. FDR was short on funds from the cash and carry goods program. FDR addressed Congress on January 6, 1941.  He spoke of the four freedoms. They were the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear. These freedoms were threatened by the Nazi and Japanese militarism. Roosevelt wanted America to aid the Allies in order to stop the Nazi empire. Roosevelt wanted to promote America as the “great arsenal for democracy.” Britain wanted help and America gave the UK help. In March of 1941, Congress passed the Lend-Lease Act. It was numbered 1776 after the big debate among isolationists and interventionists. The act gave Roosevelt the power to send and lease plus lend resources to allies in defense of America. By 1945, America sent more than $40 billion of Lend-Lease aid to the Allies plus to the Soviet Union. It was an act of economic war against the Nazis and the rest of the Axis Powers.

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The historic Atlantic Charter promoted an alliance among Great Britain and America. It occurred on August of 1941. This was when President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill met secretly on a warship of the coast of Newfoundland. They walked about the British response in the world. They also wanted to talk about the future after the war ended and after Hitler was defeated. Both of them signed the Atlantic Charter, which promoted national self-determination and an international system of general security. Roosevelt was more apt to oppose colonialism while Churchill is well known to have supported colonialism including the concept of the British Empire. Hitler knew of these things. He knew America was funding the Allies. So, he responded. American ships escorted arms shipments to Iceland and the British picked them up and sent them to England. By the fall of 1941, Hitler used German U-boats of submarines to attack American ships. Many U-boats shot at the USS Greer, hit the USS Kearny, and the USS Rueben James. Over 100 sailors were killed by these acts. Many Americans were angered. This was close to America declaring war on Germany. America by this time was a neutral nation, but that would change. FDR ordered the Navy to attack German U-boats on sights. By June 1941, the Nazis declared war on the Soviet Union via Operation Barbarossa. This was his greatest mistake since the Soviet Union would mobilize its factories and army to help end the Nazis. The Soviets used millions of its people to organize factories, soldiers, and other resources to respond plus defeat Nazi Germany. By November of 1941, America would be closer to have involvement in World War Two militarily.

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America Enters the War

America came into World War II after Japan’s attack in America. It started by December of 1941. Japan and America were once allies during WWI. Later, things have changed. Japan expanded its militarist empire throughout Asia and the Pacific region. America had forces in Guam and the Philippines. Japan considered this reality a threat to its acquiring of natural resources. Yet, Japan still traded with America. The U.S. supplied Japan with oil and other resources too. Japan took over China and Vietnam (which was called Indo-China back then). President Roosevelt wanted this expansion to end. July 1940 was the time when FDR placed an embargo on naval and aviation supplies to Japan. These supplies included oil, iron ore, fuel, steel, and rubber. FDR made a bigger embargo after the Tripartite Pact was made in 1940. Japanese expansion slowed down. Yet, Japan continued to conquer more territories. General Hideki Tojo was the new Japanese prime minister in 1941. He was called the razor for his sharp mind. He wanted military expansion and keep America neutral. In the summer of 1941, both America and Japan were in serious negotiations in order to end disagreements. Japan wanted to expand while American leaders were opposed to this goal. Japan’s final demands were rejected by U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull in 1941.Tojo tried a final peace initiative, but failed. Tojo decided on fighting America via war. During the beginning of December, Japan would strike America in Hawaii. Japanese diplomats were in D.C. while Japanese ships headed for Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor had a major amount of U.S. naval ships. Tojo sent Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo to command the attack. He had 6 aircraft carriers, 360 airplanes, and many battleships plus cruisers. There were submarines there too. Japanese wanted a surprise attack in order to end American military forces in the Pacific. Japan wanted to expand into new territories to gain resources.


The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was brutal. American forces were surprised by the attacks. The USS Arizona was destroyed. The USS Arizona was blown up. Nearly 2,500 people were killed. 8 battleships were severely damaged, 3 destroyed left unusable, and 3 light cruisers were damaged. 160 aircraft were destroyed and 128 more were damaged. The U.S. battle fleet was out of commission for almost six months. The Japanese had access to get new raw materials in new territories. Much of the  U.S. aircraft carriers were out to sea in that time. The USS Arizona, the USS Oklahoma, and the USS Utah suffered harsh damage. Nagumo canceled a third wave of bombers. He came back home since he didn’t wanted an American counterstrike. The American Pacific Fleet would recover. As news about Pearl Harbor spread in America, FDR addressed Congress. He promoted unity to fight the Japanese. Nothing was the same. Most Americans soon desired to declare war. The Soviet Union now was in the Allied cause. Political infighting ended between isolationists and interventionists. The only people who opposed involvement in the war were pacifists, isolationists, and others. President Roosevelt gave a speech to promote the declaration of war. Congress supported the declaration of war in the House 388 to 1 and in the Senate unanimously. Later, Japan, Germany, and Italy declared war on America. Democrats and Republicans were in the war effort. Patriotism increased. Many Americans mobilized for the war effort. Some were in the military, some joined other organizations, and some funded the Red Cross. 16 million Americans joined the military in the war. The U.S. Army grew from about 1.4 million to 3 million people. The Navy grew from under 300,000 to more than 600,000 people.

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Americans of every ethnicity and sex were involved in World War II. 300,000 Mexican Americans and 25,000 Native Americans were in integrated units. Nearly one million African Americans joined the military in mostly segregated units. They first worked in limited roles at first. Later, African Americans saw more active combat and served in the white combat units in some cases. This came after causalities mounted. Over 350,000 women served in World War II in a diversity of roles. In 1941, Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers introduced a bill formed the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps which would change into the WAC or the Women’s Army Corps in 1943. The WAC allowed women clerical workers, truck drivers, instructors, and lab technicians to work for the United States Army. Over 150,000 women served in the WAC. 15,000 women served overseas. 600 women received medals for their service. The Army Nurse Corps had 57,000 nurses. These nurses were in danger from the Axis in Europe and in the Pacific. Thousands of more women were in the Navy and Coast Guard auxiliaries. Industry would mobilize too. Roosevelt inspired American production of industry to be used in the war. The War Production Board or the WPB oversaw the conversion of peacetime industry into a war industry. Many agencies made materials to promote resources for the war. Civilian goods were regulated. Organized labor negotiated with the government too. All of these things were controlled with the help of the OWM or the Office of War Mobilization. Defense spending massively ended the Great Depression.

That spending was government money which proves the notion that government intervention can end recessions and depressions. A job came for every worker who wanted one. Production for military supplies increased. Henry Ford produced for America. American made production much more than Axis nations combined by 1944. American production was key in causing the Allied victory of World War II.

After Pearl Harbor, Japan moved as quickly as possible in the Pacific in order for them to control areas before a major American response. In December 1941, Douglas MacArthur struggled to secure the Philippines. The Philippines had little support. Japan destroyed half of the Army’s fighter planes in the region. Japan quickly controlled Guam. They also took Hong Kong and Wake Island. Japan attacked the Philippines by December 22, 1941. MacArthur used his forces to try to stop the Japanese. Yet, the Japanese had bigger numbers, so MacArthur and his forces were forced to retreat. The U.S. left Manila to the Bataan peninsula. They dug in for a siege on Corregidor. Americans suffered heavily and many had low rations. MacArthur left into Australia via evacuation by orders from the U.S. government. Other Americans remained behind. They held out until May of 1942. This was when 75,000 troops surrendered. They were taken as POWs to march 55 miles to the Bataan peninsula to go into a railway. They were forced to march 8 more miles. More than 7,000 Americans and Filipino troops died during the Bataan Death March. Japanese forces continued to get more lands in the Pacific. They got oil and rubber plies in the Southeast Asian region. By the summer of 1942, Japan thought about dominating the Indian Ocean, Australia, New Zealand, and the central Pacific. America had to act quickly to prevent that from happening.

FDR led a response against Japan. This was the Doolittle Raid. It involved a nighttime bombing raid from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. It was led by Colonel James Doolittle. Doolittle led the raid of 16 B-25 bombings to attack Tokyo. The raid killed 50 Japanese people and damaged 100 buildings. The pilot flew to China where they crash landed. The Doolittle Raid was a small military gain, but it gave Americans more confidence. The Battle of Coral Sea was used to fight Japan. In May of 1942, Japanese moved to take Port Moresby in New Guinea. The Japanese wanted to attack Australia later on. They also wanted to protect its military bases at Rabual, New Guinea. America sent 2 aircraft carriers. They were the USS Lexington and the USS Yorktown along with support vessels to attack the Japanese forces. On May 7-8, 1948, American and Japanese forces fought each other via aircraft. The battle was a draw, but it further gave Americans forces confidence to continue. Aircraft carriers and planes were key weapons in WWII. Japan no longer attacked New Guinea in the future. 1942 saw the Allied response against the Axis Powers to exist in a higher level.

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The Allies Winning

June 1942 was a time of the Allied forces were still responding and fighting the Axis Powers. The Axis Powers never had a long term strategy in their goals. Hitler wanted to rule Europe and murder Jewish people, Communists, socialists, plus non-white Germanic peoples. Mussolini wanted an empire from Italy to East Africa. Tojo wanted to dominate Western Pacific areas and Asia. The Allied forces had a more unified purpose. Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin wanted Nazi Germany defeated. America created tons of materials for the Allies, but the Allies fought Nazi U-Boats in order for the Allies to carry those supplies to the UK, the Soviet Union, and other Allied forces. German U-Boats sank more than 3,500 merchant ships and murdered thousands of Allied seamen in the Atlantic and Caribbean waters. By mid-1943, the Allied forces used radar to track and destroy German U-Boats. Long range bombers defeated many U-boats too. Germany attacked Russia in 1941. The Nazis send one army north to Leningrad and a second one east toward Moscow. They also had a third group going south to Stalingrad. The Nazis were deep in the Soviet Union. Millions of Soviet soldiers and civilians were killed. The Soviet resistance and the Russian winter ended the Nazi advance. Hitler also wanted to capture Stalingrad in order to get the rich oil fields of the Caucasus Mountains. The battle of Stalingrad was long and harsh. German troops had house by house fights. The Soviet troops counterattacked. The Nazis were trapped. Hitler resisted defeat at first. The remaining German troops surrendered on January 31, 1943. The battle of Stalingrad was a turning point in the war. It was the end of the Hitler advance in the east. Hitler never could dominate Europe. Nazi armies were in retreat and came back toward Germany. The Soviet Union was now in the offensive going westward into Berlin.

There was World War II battles in North Africa too. In the deserts and mountains of North Africa, Germany and Britain fought each other for territories. The British were fighting the Germans and the Italians since 1940. The Allied forces wanted North Africa. Stalin wanted America and Britain to fight the Nazis in France in order to cause a second European front (plus give Stalin more freedom to fight). FDR and Churchill wanted to go into North Africa at first instead. Both thought that they needed more time to go into France from the English Channel. FDR and Churchill wanted to get North Africa, so they could go into Italy. By October of 1942, the British won a major victory at El Alamein in Egypt. The British moved westward. Allied troops landed in Morocco and Algeria and started to move east toward key German position. The Allied invasion of North Africa was started by General Dwight Eisenhower, who was an American. German general Erwin Rommel on February of 1943 led his Afrika Korps against the Americans at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia. He was called the Desert Fox. Rommel broke through the American lines. He wanted to go to the Allied supply base at Tebessa in Algeria. American soldiers stopped the Rommel assault. Rommel retreated after he lacked the supplies to carry onward. The Kasserine Pass victory inspired Americans. They or the Allies wanted aggressive officers and troops who were trained at desert fighting. Eisenhower put the American forces in North Africa under the command of George S. Patton Jr. He was a tank commander and an expert strategist. Patton’s forces went east. They had confidence. At the same time, the British forces went westward from Egypt. They trapped the Axis armies. The Nazis decreased in power at Tunisia. Rommel escaped and his army didn’t win. By May of 1943, German and Italian forces surrendered with about 240,000 troops.

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By 1943, the Nazis were on the defensive. January of 1943 was the time when Roosevelt and Churchill met at Casablanca, Morocco to plan their next moves. They decided to bomb Germany and invade Italy. FDR wanted the Allies to only accept unconditional surrender. FDR didn’t want Hitler, Mussolini, or Tojo to have some negotiated peace. FDR wanted complete victory. The Allied forces invaded Italy. First, they came to Sicily since it had little U-Boats and it was an island. By July 1943, British and American armies came into Sicily. Eisenhower commanded the joint American-British forces to strike. The Axis escaped into the mainland of Italy. The 38 day campaign caused the Allies to control the western Mediterranean. It paved the way for the invasion of the Italian mainland. It also ended the rule of Benito Mussolini years later. Italy surrendered on September 3, 1943. 5 weeks later, Italy declared war on Germany. Hitler didn’t give up on Italy yet. Mussolini was rescued by a German airborne force from a mountaintop fortress. Hitler made him a puppet leader of northern Italy. In southern Italy, the Nazis fought against the Allies.

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Posted: 13 September 2018


          Doing her parts: Actress plays 11 male servants in ‘The Emperor’      Cache   Translate Page      

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Paper

She’s playing all the king’s men.

An award-winning actress will portray nearly a dozen different men in “The Emperor,” a play opening at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene on Sept. 16. Kathryn Hunter said that she learned to juggle between the 11 male servants she plays by studying the book the play is based on, and extrapolating from there.

“These characters, you have to imagine their lives fully — you have to discover their backstory and what their attitude was about the emperor, and then when it comes to the moment, you just click in very quickly,” said Hunter, who is living in Fort Greene during her month-long sojourn from London. “I’m doing this production and it feels like I have to go and look after the guys every morning — I feel like a mom with 11 kids.”

The show traces the downfall of the last Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, who was overthrown in 1974. Its writer, Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinsk, traveled to Ethiopia the same year and interviewed the former emperor’s 33 servants for his book, which he later adapted into a play. In this production, Hunter plays one third of the servants, and in one segment shifts rapidly between them for a series of one-minute interviews. Since she cannot change her physical appearance for each character, she instead focuses on her mannerisms.

“There’s no time for big changes of costume — just adding little elements, like glasses or a hat,” she said. “It’s mainly in the body or the voice or the attitude that the servants are differentiated.”

Only one other person shares the stage with Hunter: Ethiopian musician Temesgen Zeleke, who plays the krar — a bowl-shaped lyre — and a pedal drum on stage. Zeleke said that he enjoys working with Hunter — even though the pair only interact on stage in two scenes, when he plays the son of one of the servants.

“I’m really happy to be part of the play,” he said. “[Kathryn] is a really lovely person.”

Zeleke’s involvement helped to bring Ethiopian culture to the stage, said Hunter.

“Once Temesgen came on board we really felt he was breathing Ethiopia into the theater,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be told a story about another culture.”

But the play also speaks to contemporary United States culture, said Hunter, because of its commentary on politics, power, and corruption.

“[Kapuscinski] says that he wants to interview these people in order to understand the old arc of governing. Whether you apply it to the U.S. or Europe or Korea, I think the whole world now is questioning itself about what it means, the art of governing — what is good leadership?” she said. “We are in a crisis of leadership, and that’s where I think the play is fantastically relevant and actual and will engage people in a hugely exciting way.”

“The Emperor” at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Pl. between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue, www.tfana.org). Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm, then Sept. 18–30; Tue–Fri at 7:30 pm; Sat, Sun at 2 pm. $90–$125 ($20 students).

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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          DEG DEG+DHAGAYSO: Madaxweynihii DDSI Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar oo goor dhoweyd magaalada Addis Ababa…….      Cache   Translate Page      
JIGJIGA(P-TIMES)- Wararka ka imaanaya magaalada Addis Ababa ee caasimada dalka Ethiopia ayaa sheegaya in goor dhoweyd maxkamadd lasoo taagay Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar madaxweynihii hore ee dowladd deegaanka Soomaalida Ethiopia isla markaasna dacwadiisa ay tahay mid culus. Hadaba si aad u hesho xogtaas oo dhan iyo waxa laga yeelayo Cabdi Maxamuud Cumar halkan riix oo ka […]
          Rivalen Zuid-Sudan sluiten akkoord en schudden de hand      Cache   Translate Page      

De president van Zuid-Sudan Salva Kiir heeft opnieuw een vredesakkoord getekend met de rebellenleider Riek Machar. Het akkoord moet een eind maken aan de burgeroorlog die al vijf jaar woedt. Honderdduizenden mensen kwamen om door oorlogsgeweld, ziektes en honger. Miljoenen mensen sloegen op de vlucht.

Volgens correspondent Koert Lindijer leek het er gisteravond even op dat de twee kemphanen het goed met elkaar kunnen vinden. "Een paar weken geleden, toen de besprekingen onder leiding van Ethiopië begonnen, konden de twee elkaar nog niet in de ogen kijken of de hand schudden. Gisteravond leek er chemie tussen de mannen en spraken ze amicaal met elkaar."

Cynisme

President Salva Kiir en zijn vroegere vicepresident Riek Machar zeiden gisteravond dat dit het finale akkoord is. Toch is er nog voldoende reden voor cynisme, aangezien eerdere akkoorden niet werden nageleefd. Het Verenigd Koninkrijk, de VS en Noorwegen, drie landen die hebben gewerkt aan de onafhankelijkheid van Zuid-Sudan in 2011, hebben hun zorgen. Ze vragen zich af hoe groot de bereidheid is om het akkoord daadwerkelijk na te leven.

Aan de andere kant is er volgens Lindijer ook reden voor optimisme. Alle partijen kunnen geld verdienen aan het akkoord. Een belangrijk onderdeel is olie en handel.

Olie uit Zuid-Sudan loopt via een pijpleiding door buurland Sudan naar de haven. De partijen hebben afgesproken dat Zuid-Sudan voor dat transport door Sudan ongeveer 6 dollar per vat gaat betalen. Op die manier profiteert ook Sudan van de Zuid-Sudanese olie-export die nu weer op gang kan komen.

Ook Oeganda heeft belang bij dit akkoord. Dat land wil graag handel drijven met Zuid-Sudan. Lindijer: "Kortom, Oeganda en Sudan hebben dit akkoord erdoor gedrukt."

Vredestrein

Volgens Koert Lindijer is er nog een reden om positief te zijn over dit akkoord: "Er rijdt een soort vredestrein door de Hoorn van Afrika en de machinist is Ethiopië."

In april werd in Ethiopië de progressieve Abiy Ahmed verkozen tot president. Hij deed toezeggingen aan Eritrea in het grensconflict en haalde de banden aan met het buurland. Eerder deze week kondigden Eritrea en Ethiopië aan dat ze hun troepen zullen terugtrekken van hun grenzen.

Daarnaast zijn er ook vredesinitiatieven tussen Eritrea en Somalië en tussen Eritrea en Djibouti.


          REFILE-UPDATE 2-South Sudan’s president, rebel leader sign peace deal      Cache   Translate Page      
(Adds quote, details) ADDIS ABABA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace agreement on Wednesday in the margins of a regional summit in Ethiopia. South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Kiir and […]
          South Sudan conflicting parties sign final peace deal      Cache   Translate Page      
South Sudanese arch-foes this evening signed a peace agreement, aimed at ending the devastating civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions. President Kiir and opposition groups, including his arch-rival Riek Machar signed the final deal in Ethiopia, under which the main opposition leader is set to return to a […]
          UPDATE 1-South Sudan’s president, rebel leader sign peace deal      Cache   Translate Page      
(Adds quote, details) ADDIS ABABA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace agreement on Wednesday in the margins of a regional summit in Ethiopia. South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Kiir and […]
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African Foreign Ministers Meet Over AU Reform
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2018/9/13 8:40:51

Foreign Ministers of the African Union (AU) member states on Tuesday met at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa to discuss the progress made on the reform of the 55-member union.

During the two-day meeting, the ministers are expected to consider the key reform issues and challenges to agree on the specific outcomes that the ongoing reform process should deliver.

The retreat of the AU Executive Council is expected to prepare for the upcoming summit on the AU reform billed for November 2018 here in Addis Ababa.

Since the launch of the institutional reform process of the Union, significant progress has been made in its implementation, said the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The rationalization of the working methods of the AU assembly of heads of states, improvement in the quality of its deliberations, the strengthening of the interaction between AU and regional economic communities (RECs) towards a better synergy and efficiency in the implementation of continental agenda, are among the achievements, according to the Chairperson of the AU Commission.

In the reform process, AU heads of states adopted a financing proposal for the Union in 2016, and it directs all member states to implement a 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports to finance the African Union in its drive to be self-dependent.

"There is obviously a greater awareness of the imperative of achieving the financial autonomy of our Union," he underlined.

Mahamat further stated that the internal procedures and working methods of the Union are being revised to allow effective implementation of the decisions.

He also noted that restructuring the AU Commission is one of the most fundamental issues that concern the pan-African bloc.

In her opening remarks, the Chair of the AU Executive Council and Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo reiterated that the reform of the Commission is a central element of the overall AU reform process.

"Agenda 2063 is in place and provides our overall vision. Against this vision, we have developed a set of ambitious continental priorities and targets," she said.

"We need a strong and effective AU Commission to drive our continental agenda. We have a key opportunity over the next two days to do some collective thinking on how best we can achieve this," she said.

Stating that the heart of the reform of the AU Commission is about people, systems and processes, Mushikiwabo said, "We must be able to attract and retain the best that Africa has to offer to deliver for this continent."

She underlined the need to have motivated staffs driven by pan-African values, and strong ethics, who are delivering within an accountable and rules-based administrative framework.

"Alongside this, the Commission must be able to avoid duplication and overlap, manage its resources prudently, observe the highest fiduciary standards and ensure value for money while delivering results," she said.

"This is what will give member states the confidence to meet their financial obligations regularly and on time," she noted.

          Somali Government Details IGAD Summit In Addis Ababa      Cache   Translate Page      

IGAD heads of state held their 33rd session in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia on Wednesday to discuss the current situation in the region, mainly the political crisis. Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Ismail Awale, said after the meeting that the IGAD leaders discussed the solution to the crisis in South Sudan. Meanwhile, the …

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          Somali President Arrives In Addis Ababa For IGAD Summit      Cache   Translate Page      

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The plane carrying the President and his entourage departed Adan Adde International Airport on Wednesday morning and left for Addis Ababa for the heads of state summit. The leaders of IGAD member states …

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          Ethiopia: Expatriate. Ethiopía      Cache   Translate Page      
Organization: Ayuda en Acción
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 23 Sep 2018

1. Purpose of the position:

Work with the Ethiopia Ayuda en Acción team to represent the institution in Ethiopia in coordination with the Madrid team, supporting the presence of Ayuda en Acción in development programmes of the Territorial Development Areas (especially in the Arsi area) and the humanitarian programme in accordance with institutional criteria and principles based on the institutional system of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluating and Quality Control. Identify opportunities for partnerships and funding among the actors present in the territory.

Coordinate current and future Ayuda en Acción interventions with Spanish donors, especially with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and decentralised cooperation.

2. Main responsabilities:

  • Identify opportunities for visibility, strategic alliances and regional institutional funding in relation to Ayuda en Acción Ethiopia national programme.

  • Carry out project and programme developments, drafting of follow up and final project reports in the intervention areas, in accordance with the established country strategy.

  • Support Ayuda en Acción Ethiopia providing the necessary support and advice in each case, especially in relation to the closure and justification of ongoing projects.

  • Ensure the participation of Ayuda en Acción in coordination spaces with regional initiatives on rural development and food security.

  • Guide and coordinate the actions carried out by the different teams, ensuring their coherence, coordination, collaboration and learning.

3. Requirements

Knowledge and experience:

• Graduate. Desirable Economics - Agronomy speciality.

• Postgraduate studies in planning and development of projects in Local Development and/or Economic Development and/or Development Cooperation.

• 5 years minimum experience in technical and financial management and planning of rural development and/or food security programmes and management of international cooperation funds. Valuable experience in management of co-financed projects by European and Spanish public administration, preferably AECID.

• Work experience in Africa and knowledge of the Ethiopian context: national legislation related to development actions, political, social, economic and environmental trends in the country and its relationship with the regional environment, as well as specifics related to rural development and value chains.

• Experience and/or knowledge of working with NGOs or communities, the private sector or public institutions that enrich the linkages of the national programme.

• Experience in human resources management and a broad knowledge of participatory techniques, teamwork methodologies and coordination.

• Experience in resource management and quotes preparation and follow-up.

• Experience in understanding and conducting humanitarian aid in complex situations (desirable).

• Knowledge and experience in promoting gender equality.

Skills and competences

• High analytical capacity and strategic planning.

· High capacity for dialogue, communication and interpersonal relations with people from different environments and groups in different contexts, including extreme humanitarian emergency contexts.

• Ability to integrate into a multicultural team, foster personal development and conflict resolution in dynamic and changing contexts.

• High level of interpersonal and communication skills in different contexts.

• Ability to work effectively and take informed decisions with direct supervision.

• Ability to work under pressure and to manage stress in conflict situations.

• Ability to stay in areas with very limited services.

• Identification with the general Ayuda en Acción objectives, including the commitment to the fight against poverty, in favour of equity and gender equality.

• Results oriented and used to managing management indicators.

· Good treatment, proactivity and communication skills.

Languages

Essential: Excellent writing and syntax in Spanish and English. Knowledge of Amharic and/or Oromo is a plus.

Computer skills

High level of computer tools: Advanced Windows, Ms Office and databases.

4. Offer conditions

  • Duration of the contract: 1 year, extendable.

  • Joining: September 2018.

  • National, regional and international mobility.

  • Remuneration in accordance with Ayuda en Acción remuneration policy.

  • Location: Addis Ababa.


How to apply:

If you are interested in this job possition, please send your CV to rrhh@ayudaenaccion.org.


          Kenya: Animated Video on Cross-Border Migrant Child Protection      Cache   Translate Page      
Organization: Save the Children
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Sep 2018

Terms of Reference for Animated Video on Cross-Border Migrant Child Protection Mechanisms and Publication of Guidebook in line with Save the Children Branding Guidelines

  1. Background: Cross Border Coordination Mechanisms in East and Southern Africa

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the global mobility of people. The global regular migrant stock had reached 258 million by late 2017.1 Migrants from poorer countries, which are often harder to capture in official data, are of particular concern from a development and humanitarian perspective: they are often amongst the most vulnerable populations. Because of the overall rise of movement of people, there is also a marked increase of Children on the Move. This is particularly true for East and Southern Africa: even though children make up roughly 15% of the global international migrant stock, this proportion is dramatically larger in East and Southern Africa with 28.2% of recorded migrants being children.2 In some countries this ratio is even higher, with Ethiopia having 47% migrant children.

In many countries in East and Southern Africa clear child protection legislation is in place, but often it is only implicitly and by extension protecting migrant children, failing to recognize their specific risks.

The comprehensive protection of unaccompanied and separated migrant children (USMC) requires the coordination and cooperation of a large range of stakeholders, often from more than one country. Government departments mandated to protect vulnerable children have to interact with immigration and internal affairs departments, departments of education and health, and more particularly across borders, the protection of USMC requires close coordination between governments to ensure that case management is not disrupted or impeded by the national border, ensuring that the children's best interest is the most important guiding principle.

In Southern Africa, over the last 10 years, Save the Children has established bilateral cross-border coordination mechanisms between five governments, growing over the years into a significant improvement in the protection of USMC by harmonising case management, standard operating procedures, and facilitating communication. Save the Children's East and Southern Africa Regional Office's Regional Programming Unit (RPU) continues to work towards expanding the bilateral meetings, particularly in East Africa. In order to communicate this cost effective and successful approach to strengthening the protection of USMC, the RPU is looking to create a short form animated video and a high quality publication.

The video is intended to illustrate the cross-border mechanisms and how in the past 10 years, Save the Children, with support from various donors, has grown a bilateral meeting discussing USMC cases between South Africa and Zimbabwe into a regional mechanism covering most of Southern Africa. The video will make this complex process understandable to a broader audience, trying to generate interest in the approach amongst key stakeholders, partners and donors. Additionally, the video on the regional process will be a tool for country offices to try and increase government commitment, as well as engage neighbouring countries to expand the mechanism to more borders.

The RPU will additionally write a guidebook on establishing cross-border mechanisms for the protection of USMC. This guidebook will draw on the experience from country offices and the extensive project

1 UN DESA, International Migration Report 2017

2 Using UN DESA Migration Stock Data. Includes Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe documentation to develop a practical roadmap to help offer deep insights into the establishment of the meetings. This guide will be written in-house, but it will require graphic design and layout of the text into a publishable and printable PDF that conforms with the Save the Children branding guidelines, which will also nclude the design of key illustrations and visual elements.

  1. Save the Children - Regional Children on the Move Programme in East and Southern Africa The Regional Programming Unit's (RPU) Children on the Move programme seeks to protect children at risk of or undertaking unaccompanied and unsafe migration in East and Southern Africa through improved national and transnational migration management, including case management and access to child protection systems. It currently coordinates these efforts in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  2. Improved transnational cooperation and responsibility-sharing between governments to realise durable solutions for children affected by mixed migration.

  3. Develop an expanded evidence base to guide quality programming on addressing root causes of irregular migration, early unaccompanied economic migration, and preventing unsafe migration in East and Southern Africa.

  4. Improved family tracing and reunification procedures and case management to increase successful reunifications for children crossing borders between Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The programme is also working with four partners in Botswana and Swaziland, integrating them into the broader COM programme that is active in Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, in order to achieve that:

  • Children at risk of unaccompanied and unsafe migration in East and Southern Africa access essential and integrated protection, education and health services in countries of origin, transit and destination.

  • Civil society organizations are empowered to strengthen child protection and other essential services for child on the move, including survivors of sexual violence and exploitation in border towns, in Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

  • Communities, including children, are empowered to transform existing social norms that perpetuate children's vulnerability to violence, incl. unsafe migration, PHP and sexual violence.

The RPU further provides cross-learning platforms and opportunities to exchange best practice and build a community of practice focused on child migration. At country level, programmes are context specific, utilizing evidence of national migration dynamics to try and effectively prevent unsafe migration by addressing push factors (e.g. through income generating projects, skills training of adolescents, positive discipline work to address violence at home and in schools) and strengthening national child protection systems to include migrant children (e.g. including unaccompanied and separated migrant children in alternative care systems, developing child migrant specific case management systems, strengthening FTR systems, etc.).

  1. Objective and Scope of Work

The required work is comprised of two components:

Component 1 - Five Minute Video

A short five-minute video, 2D or 3D animated, illustrating the cross-border coordination mechanism, including establishing of the meetings, the programming approach and the benefits of the cooperation of governments to the protection of USMC to a broad audience, including potential donors, NGOs, and government stakeholders.

The video should have a memorable, high quality artistic style that captures often complex processes in a simple and easy to understand narrative, featuring professional voice-overs.

For reference, please see screenshots from a previous video produced for a different project:

Component 2 - Graphic Design and Layout of Guidebook

Based on a 40-50 page word document, this component requires the design and layout of a booklet in line with the Save the Children branding guidelines, including illustrations/graphs/figures.

  1. Outputs/Deliverables

The project requires two key outputs:

  • Story board/narrative for 5-minute video for review

  • 5-minute 2D/3D animated video provided in a range of encoding qualities (preferably including UHD)

  • Layout and graphic design of 50 page A4 guidebook for PDF publication and print.

  • Roles and Responsibilities

The Consultant:

  • Regular and transparent reporting on progress to RPU, including any delays or challenges as they develop.

  • Development of visual style and script based on a provided narrative.

  • Development of required 2D or 3D assets.

  • Voice-over services.

  • Animation.

  • Graphic design and layout of 40-50-page document.

Save the Children and RPU: (based in Pretoria and Nairobi)

  • Providing a narrative for the video.

  • Assisting in the process of transforming the narrative into a script.

  • Inputting on visual style of animated video.

  • Providing 40-50-page document for graphic layout.

  • Inputting on visual style of Guidebook on Cross-Border Coordination.

  • Timeframe

  • 3 months - from September to November 2018.

  • Competencies

  • Experience in 2D/3D animations.

  • Experience in visualizing political/advocacy processes.

  • Experience in graphic design and layout of documents/booklets.

  • Experience working in the non -profit sector is an advantage.


How to apply:

Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: Esaro.procurement@savethechildren.org


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          CS Juma Representing President Kenyatta at IGAD Session      Cache   Translate Page      
[Capital FM] Addis Ababa -Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma on Wednesday joined colleague ministers in the continent for the 6th Retreat of the Executive Council of the African Union on Reform of the African Union Commission being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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MWILI wa aliyekuwa katibu  Mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa Kofi Atta Annan (80) aliyefariki dunia Agosti 18 katika hospitali ya Bern nchini Uswizi baada ya kuugua kwa muda mfupi utazikwa leo katika mji mkuu wa nchi hiyo.

Baada ya kuagwa kwa siku mbili na kumalizika kwa taratibu za kimila, Kofi atapumzishwa kwenye makaburi ya jeshi nchini humo, Marais wastaafu wa nchi za Ujerumani, Finland na Uswizi watashiriki katika kumpumzisha kiongozi hiyo.

Rais wa nchi hiyo Nana Akufo Addo ameeleza kuwa msiba huo ni wa kitaifa na hii ni kutokana na mchango mkubwa wa kiongozi huyo katika bara la Afrika, Pia Marais wa nchi jirani za Ivory coast, Liberia, Namibia, Ethiopia na Niger wamethibitisha kuhudhuria katika mazishi hayo. 

Kofi alikuwa mwafrika wa kwanza kutoka Kumasi nchini Ghana kuchaguliwa kuwa katibu mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa na alihudumu kwa awamu mbili kuanzia Januari 1997 hadi Desemba 2016.

Kofi alizaliwa  Aprili 8, 1938 huko Kumasi nchini Ghana na alisoma taaluma mbalimbali ikiwe Uchumi aliyosoma katika Chuo cha Macalester na Uhusiano wa Kimataifa katika chuo cha Geneva na alianza kuitumikia UN mwaka 1962 katika shirika la afya duniani  (WHO.) Na ameshinda tuzo mbalimbali ikiwemo ya kulinda amani 2001.

Kofi ameacha mke (bi Nane Maria Annan) na watoto (Kojo, Ama na Nina) ambao walikuwa karibu naye  hadi umauti unamfika.

          African foreign ministers meet over AU reform      Cache   Translate Page      
Foreign Ministers of the African Union (AU) member states on Tuesday met at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa to discuss the progress made on the reform of the 55-member union.
          Various Artists: Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Violins & Synths Of Sudan      Cache   Translate Page      

Ostinato LP 005 (UK 3x LP) - € 33.00

In Sudan, the political and cultural are inseparable.

In 1989, a coup brought a hardline religious government to power. Music was violently condemned. Many musicians and artists were persecuted, tortured, forced to flee into exile — and even murdered, ending one of the most beloved music eras in all of Africa and largely denying Sudan's gifted instrumentalists, singers, and poets, from strutting their creative heritage on the global stage.

What came before in a special era that protected and promoted the arts was one of the richest music scenes anywhere in the world. Although Sudanese styles are endlessly diverse, this compilation celebrates the golden sound of the capital, Khartoum. Each chapter of the cosmopolitan city's tumultuous musical story is covered through 16 tracks: from the hypnotic violin and accordion-driven orchestral music of the 1970s that captured the ears and hearts of Africa and the Arabic-speaking world, to the synthesizer and drum machine music of the 1980s, and the music produced in exile in the 1990s. The deep kicks of tum tum and Nubian rhythms keep the sound infectious.

Sudan of old had music everywhere: roving sound systems and ubiquitous bands and orchestras kept Khartoum's sharply dressed youth on their feet. Live music was integral to cultural life, producing a catalog of concert recordings. In small arenas and large outdoor venues, musical royalty of the day built Khartoum's reputation as ground zero for innovation and technique that inspired a continent.

Musicians in Ethiopia and Somalia frequently point to Sudan's biggest golden era stars as idols. Mention Mohammed Wardi — a legendary Sudanese singer and activist akin to Fela Kuti in stature and impact in his music and politics — and they often look to the heavens. A popular story is of one man from Mali who walked for three months across the Sahel to Sudan because the father of the woman he wanted to marry would only allow it if he got him a signed cassette from Wardi himself. Saied Khalifa is said to be the one of the few singers to make Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie smile.

Such is the stature of Sudanese singers and the reputation of Sudanese music, particularly in the "Sudanic Belt," a cultural zone that stretches from Djibouti all the way west to Mauritania, covering much of the Sahara and the Sahel, lands where Sudanese artists are household names and Sudanese poems are regularly used as lyrics until today to produce the latest hits. Sudanese cassettes often sold more in Cameroon and Nigeria than at home.

But years of anti-music sentiment have made recordings in Sudan difficult to source. Ostinato's team traveled to Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Egypt in search of the timeless cultural artifacts that hold the story of one of Africa's most mesmerizing cultures. That these cassette tape and vinyl recordings were mainly found in Sudan's neighbors is a testament to Sudanese music's widespread appeal.

With our Sudanese partner and co-compiler Tamador Sheikh Eldin Gibreel, a once famous poet and actress in ’70s Khartoum, Ostinato's fifth album, following our Grammy-nominated "Sweet As Broken Dates," revives the enchanting harmonies, haunting melodies, and relentless rhythms of Sudan’s brightest years, fully restored, remastered and packaged luxuriously in a triple LP gatefold and double CD bookcase to match the regal repute of Sudanese music. A 20,000-word liner note booklet gives voice to the singers silenced by an oppressive regime.

Take a sail down the Blue and White Nile as they pass through Khartoum, carrying with them an ancient history and a never-ending stream of poems and songs. It takes two Niles to sing a melody.

Tracklisting:
  1. Emad Youssef: Al Bareedo Ana (The One I Love)
  2. Abdel El Aziz Al Mubarak: Ma Kunta Aarif Yarait (I Wish I Had Known)
  3. Kamal Tarbas: Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb (Forget Those That Divide Us)
  4. Madjzoub Ounsa: Arraid Arraid Ya Ahal (Love, Love Family)
  5. Khojali Osman: Malo Law Safeetna Inta (What If You Resolve What's Between Us?)
  6. Zaidan Ibrahim: Ma Hammak Azabna (You Don’t Care About My Suffering) [Live]
  7. Saied Khalifa: Igd Allooli (The Pearl Necklace)
  8. Taj Makki: Ma Aarfeen Nagool Shino! (We Don't Know What to Say!)
  9. Hanan Bulu Bulu: Alamy Wa Shagiya (My Pain and Suffering) [Live]
  10. Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi: Droob A Shoag (Paths to Love)
  11. Samira Dunia: Galbi La Tahwa Tani (My Heart, Don't Fall in Love Again)
  12. Mohammed Wardi: Al Sourah (The Photo)
  13. Abdullah Abdelkader: Al Zaman Zamanak (It’s Your Time)
  14. Mustafa Modawi & Ibrahim El Hassan: Al Wilaid Al Daif (The Youth Who Came as a Guest)
  15. Ibrahim El Kashif: Elhabeeb Wain? (Where is My Sweetheart?)
  16. Mohammed Wardi: Al Mursal (The Messenger)

          Dubai Opens Door for Ethiopia in Somaliland      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - SomTribune) Crowds line up to welcome Somaliland President Silanyo on his return from Dubai following agreement with DP World The global giant in port operations takes a...
          World leaders arrive for funeral of Kofi Annan      Cache   Translate Page      

Several heads of states from various countries are in the country to participate in the final funeral rites of the late Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan.   President of Namibia, Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of Ethiopia, Dr. Mulatu Teshome, Vice President of Angola, Bornito Sousa Baltazar Diogo, and Thani Hamad Khalifa Hamad Al-Thani, brother of the [...]

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           Comment on Israeli cartoonist sacked for ‘Orwellian’ Netanyahu cartoon by petrel41       Cache   Translate Page      
Thursday, 13 September 2018 Israel’s Nation-State Law condemned by the TUC TUC DELEGATES in Manchester yesterday waved Palestinian flags as they voted unanimously for Emergency Motion 4, ‘Cuts to UNWRA and the Nation-State Law.’ This condemns the Knesset vote on 19th July and also the decision by US President Trump to cut the UN Works and Relief Agency aid budget by $300 million. The motion states: ‘Congress condemns the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) majority decision on 19 July 2018 to adopt the new “nation-state law”. ‘Congress shares the opposition expressed by a wide range of Israeli citizens, including Palestinians, to this law which institutionally discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel. ‘The passing of the law has led to demonstrations in Tel Aviv called by groups asserting that “we are all equal citizens – Arabs and Jews, women and men, Mizrahim, Ethiopians, those of us from the former USSR and members of the LGBTQ community”. ‘Opposition to the law has also been expressed by the distinguished conductor and activist Daniel Barenboim, a group of over 100 writers and artists, members of the Druze community and the Peace Now group. ‘Congress expresses its solidarity with all those seeking to oppose this law and calls on the General Council to make representations to the UK government and to the Israeli authorities. ‘Congress also condemns the 24 August 2018 decision by the Trump Administration to cut $300 million from the aid budget to the United Nations Works & Relief Agency (UNWRA) which is responsible for 5.4 million Palestinian refugees. https://wrp.org.uk/news/14663
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Imeripotiwa kuwa klabu ya Yanga imepokea milioni 150 ambazo ni mgao wao wa kwanza wa milioni 600 kutoka Shirikisho la Soka Afrika (CAF).

Kwa mujibu wa Kaimu Katibu mkuu wa Yanga, Omary Kaya, amethibitisha kupokea fedha hizo ambazo zinalipwa kwa awamu nne na shirikisho la soka barani Afrika (CAF).

Yanga ilizipata fedha hizo baada ya kufanikisha kuindoa Welayta Ditcha ya Ethiopia katika Ligi ya Mabingwa Afrika.

Ushindi huo wa 2-1 dhidi ya Waethiopois umeisaidia Yanga kuvuna milioni hizo za awamu ya kwanza huku zingine zikiwa zinakuja taratibu.

Tayari kikosi hicho hivi sasa kipo jijini Dar es Salaam kikijiandaa na mchezo wa Ligi Kuu Bara dhidi ya Stad=nd United utakaopigwa Jumapili ya wiki hii.
          Africa:African Artists Wow Another Continent Down Under      Cache   Translate Page      
[The Conversation Africa] In recent years, increasing numbers of people have moved from all parts of Africa to Australia. The largest numbers have come from South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sierra Leone.
          Africa:African Artists Wow Another Continent Down Under      Cache   Translate Page      
[The Conversation Africa] In recent years, increasing numbers of people have moved from all parts of Africa to Australia. The largest numbers have come from South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sierra Leone. Reported by allAfrica.com 45 minutes ago.
          Kofi Annan Receives Final Farewell At State Funeral      Cache   Translate Page      
Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is being laid to rest in Ghana. Thousands of Ghanaians and dignitaries from around the world gathered for the state funeral, says CNN. Presidents of Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Niger and Zimbabwe were among the African leaders present. Thursday's ceremony marks the end of three days of mourning declared in Ghana. Annan was the first black man to lead the United Nations.
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          Ethiopia:Scuffles, Confrontations and Standoffs - PM, Police Commissioner Call for Calm      Cache   Translate Page      
[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -Amidst reporters of several scuffles, confrontations and intense standoffs in various places here in the capital Addis Abeba, PM Abiy Ahmed appealed for calm, tolerance and dialogue rather than confrontations. The federal police commission commissioner General Zeynu Jemal on his part called on city dwellers and the youth from Oromia who are arriving in the capital to restrain themselves from taking matters into their own hands. The commissioner general also said the police will begin to step up its works t
          Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Refugees and Asylum-seekers as of 31 August 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen


          Ethiopia: UNHCR Ethiopia Factsheet - August 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018.

So far in 2018, 36,185 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 1,626 in August. They are mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea.

UNHCR is actively participating in the humanitarian response to the IDP situation in Ethiopia and has deployed two Emergency Response Teams to Gedeo and West Guji. The teams are supporting the authorities with site management and the co-ordination of responses to protection needs. UNHCR is also providing emergency kits to the displaced people.

Working with Partners

UNHCR's main government counterpart to ensure the protection of refugees in Ethiopia is the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA). In addition, UNHCR works in close coordination with some 50 humanitarian partners and is part of the Humanitarian Country Team in Ethiopia, where refugee programmes are discussed strategically to ensure that the needs of refugees are adequately presented and addressed across the UN System. UNHCR is also building on a well-established coordination fora, including the inter-sector Refugee Coordination Group, together with national and regional sector working groups. As part of the CRR approach, UNHCR is furthering partnerships with line ministries, regional and local authorities, as well as development partners.


          Can the Free Market End Global Poverty? Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz vs. NYU's William Easterly      Cache   Translate Page      
There has been a staggering reduction in global poverty over the last four decades. In China, sustained rates of economic growth have lifted 800 million people out of extreme poverty. Ethiopia, a country once synonymous with famine, has grown faster than China while nearly halving its poverty rate over the last 15 years. Across the planet, developing countries large and small, from India to Ghana, have seen astonishing successes in alleviating poverty, exceeding even the most optimistic economic forecasts. How did this extraordinary shift happen? Do poor countries need more markets, or more government? Two of the world's best-known development economists, Joseph Stiglitz and William Easterly, met on August 27, 2018, at the SubCulture Theater in Manhattan's East Village to debate these questions. The event was sponsored by the Soho Forum, a monthly debate series partnered with Reason. Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein moderated. Produced by Todd Krainin.
          African foreign ministers meet over AU reform      Cache   Translate Page      

African foreign ministers meet over AU reform

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Foreign Ministers of the African Union (AU) member states on Tuesday met at the headquarters of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa to discuss the progress made on the reform of the 55-member union.

   During the two-day meeting, the ministers are expected to consider the key reform issues and challenges to agree on the specific outcomes that the ongoing reform process should deliver.

   The retreat of the AU Executive Council is expected to prepare for the upcoming summit on the AU reform billed for November 2018 here in Addis Ababa.

   Since the launch of the institutional reform process of the Union, significant progress has been made in its implementation, said the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. 

   The rationalization of the working methods of the AU assembly of heads of states, improvement in the quality of its deliberations, the strengthening of the interaction between AU and regional economic communities (RECs) towards a better synergy and efficiency in the implementation of continental agenda, are among the achievements, according to the Chairperson of the AU Commission.

   In the reform process, AU heads of states adopted a financing proposal for the Union in 2016, and it directs all member states to implement a 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports to finance the African Union in its drive to be self-dependent.

   "There is obviously a greater awareness of the imperative of achieving the financial autonomy of our Union," he underlined.

   Mahamat further stated that the internal procedures and working methods of the Union are being revised to allow effective implementation of the decisions.

   He also noted that restructuring the AU Commission is one of the most fundamental issues that concern the pan-African bloc.

   In her opening remarks, the Chair of the AU Executive Council and Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo reiterated that the reform of the Commission is a central element of the overall AU reform process.

   "Agenda 2063 is in place and provides our overall vision. Against this vision, we have developed a set of ambitious continental priorities and targets," she said.

   "We need a strong and effective AU Commission to drive our continental agenda. We have a key opportunity over the next two days to do some collective thinking on how best we can achieve this," she said.

   Stating that the heart of the reform of the AU Commission is about people, systems and processes, Mushikiwabo said, "We must be able to attract and retain the best that Africa has to offer to deliver for this continent."

   She underlined the need to have motivated staffs driven by pan-African values, and strong ethics, who are delivering within an accountable and rules-based administrative framework.

   "Alongside this, the Commission must be able to avoid duplication and overlap, manage its resources prudently, observe the highest fiduciary standards and ensure value for money while delivering results," she said.

   "This is what will give member states the confidence to meet their financial obligations regularly and on time," she noted.

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          Saudi- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Receives Ambassadors of Belgium and Ethiopia to the Kingdom      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Police Commissioner Denounces & Warns Flag Painting Vandalism in Addis Abeba - ኮሚሽነሩ መንገድና ለልላ የሕዝብ      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Talk With Living Music Legends Tsegaye Eshetu, Aregahegn Worash, Tsehaye & Tewodros Tadesse      Cache   Translate Page      

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          PM Dr. Abiy Denounces Clashes Over Flags in Ethiopia - ሰንደቅ ዓላማን ምክንያት በማድረግ የሃገር ሰላም ለመበጥበጥ የሚደረጉ ጥ      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Direct Sales Agent at Transsion Holdings      Cache   Translate Page      
TRANSSION HOLDINGS, the company formerly known as TECNO TELECOM LIMITED, established in July 2006, is a high-tech company specializing in the R&D, production, sale and service of mobile communication products. After years of development, TRANSSION has become an important part of the mobile phone industry and one of the major mobile phone manufacturers in the world. Currently, it has full ownership of three famous mobile phone brands TECNO, itel and Infinix, and an after-sales service brand Carlcare. The company has set up offices in many countries and regions, such as Dubai, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon and Bengal, and even has built a factory in Ethiopia, which has provided great support for all its brands.Details: Are you desirous of working on a Part time basis as a Direct Sales Agent (Contract) with an International Fin Tech company. Please come for a F2F chat on Friday 13/09/2018 at 10am at ATG House, 2A, Isaac John Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos. Please come prepared with writing materials.
          Peace prospects are much higher in the Horn of Africa. But obstacles remain.      Cache   Translate Page      

By: Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrea’s […]

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          Offline: Activists and Technologists Still Face Grave Threats for Expression      Cache   Translate Page      

A decade ago, before social media was a widespread phenomenon and blogging was still a nascent activity, it was nearly unthinkable outside of a handful of countries—namely China, Tunisia, Syria, and Iran—to detain citizens for their online activity. Ten years later, the practice has become all too common, and remains on the rise in dozens of countries. In 2017, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that more than seventy percent of imprisoned journalists were arrested for online activity, while Reporters Without Borders’ 2018 press freedom barometer cited 143 imprisoned citizen journalists globally, and ten citizen journalists killed. While Tunisia has inched toward democracy, releasing large numbers of political prisoners following the 2011 revolution, China, Syria, and Iran remain major offenders, and are now joined by several countries, including the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

When we first launched Offline in 2015, we featured five cases of imprisoned or threatened bloggers and technologists, and later added several more. We hoped to raise awareness of their plight, and advocate for their freedom, but we knew it would be an uphill struggle. In two cases, our advocacy helped to secure their release: Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega was released from prison earlier this year, and the Zone 9 Bloggers, also from Ethiopia, were acquitted in 2015 following a sustained campaign for their freedom.

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Award-winning Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega on the power of the Internet and journalism. 

Today, the situation in several countries is dire. In Egypt, where a military coup brought the country back toward dictatorship, dozens of individuals have been imprisoned for expressing themselves. Activist Amal Fathy was detained earlier this year after a video she posted to Facebook detailing her experiences with sexual harassment in Cairo went viral, and awaits trial. And Wael Abbas, an award-winning journalist whose experiences with censorship we’ve previously documented, has been detained without trial since May 2018. We also continue to advocate for the release of Alaa Abd El Fattah, the Egyptian activist whose five-year sentence was upheld by an appeals court last year.

Three new Offline cases demonstrate the lengths to which states will go to silence their critics. Eman Al-Nafjan, a professor, blogger, and activist from Saudi Arabia, was arrested in May for her advocacy against the country’s ban on women driving, which was repealed just one month later. Ahmed Mansoor is currently serving a ten-year sentence for “cybercrimes” in his home country of the United Arab Emirates after being targeted several times in the past for his writing and human rights advocacy. And Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, recently began a five-month prison sentence after several years of house arrest and a lengthy trial for content she posted on social media that had been misinterpreted by police.

Advocacy and campaigns on behalf of imprisoned technologists, activists, and bloggers can make a difference. In the coming months, we will share more details and actions that the online community can take to support these individuals, defend their names, and keep them safe.

To learn more about these and other cases, visit Offline.





          ON OSLO ANNIVERSARY, TRUMPS US STRUGGLES WITH ROLE AS MIDEAST PEACE MEDIATOR.      Cache   Translate Page      
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

On Oslo anniversary, Trump’s US struggles with role as Mideast peace mediator-Though it is still touting the upcoming reveal of its peace plan, the administration is further away than ever from its traditional position in the process-By Francesco FONTEMAGGI-TOI-SEPT 12,18

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Twenty-five years ago, then US president Bill Clinton looked on as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn, sealing the Oslo accords.And in 1979, Jimmy Carter hosted the leaders of Israel and Egypt at Camp David — another indelible moment in diplomatic history.US President Donald Trump can only dream of such a scene unfolding on his watch.Under the president, the United States is further away than ever from playing its traditional role as mediator in the long-simmering Middle East peace process.Trump, a foreign policy novice, promised upon taking office to help broker the “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians.He tasked his son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner with leading a small group to make that happen. But that task force was seen by some as too close to Israel, and inexperienced in the world of high-stakes diplomacy.“It is something that I think is frankly, maybe, not as difficult as people have thought over the years,” Trump said in May 2017.But more than a year later, that notion has been brutally squashed.“All my life, I’ve heard that’s the hardest deal to make, and I’m starting to believe that maybe it is,” Trump said last week, though he added he still believed he could make it happen. ‘Peace through strength’? It’s true that since Trump took office, the situation has radically changed.At first, the Palestinians offered the mercurial president the benefit of the doubt. But late last year, they froze all contact with Washington after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.That stance crossed a stark red line for Palestinian leaders, and flew in the face of decades of international consensus that the status of the Holy City should be determined via negotiations.Since the breakdown in US-Palestinian ties, the Trump administration has redoubled efforts to both punish Palestinian leaders and twist their arm so that they return to talks with Israel.US aid has been effectively wiped out, as has its support for the UN agency that assists three million Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA.And on Monday, Washington ordered the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in the US capital — an about-face 25 years after PLO leader Arafat was welcomed at the White House.Trump says he wants to achieve “peace through strength” — but is that viable anymore? US officials “believe that Palestinians can be convinced that they have lost and must take whatever set of arrangements — perhaps some limited form of autonomy with economic sweeteners — that they are offered,” says Michele Dunne, a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.According to Dunne, the Americans appear to be trying to take the thorniest issues — the status of Jerusalem, the right of return to Israel for Palestinians, and Palestinian statehood — off the negotiating table.“Clearly those issues remain highly relevant to Palestinians as well as many other Arabs and Muslims,” Dunne noted, adding: “It seems very unlikely that Palestinians will fold in that way.”-Mystery peace plan-The Palestinian Authority has denied Trump the role of Middle Ease peace mediator that Washington enjoyed for decades.But that is no surprise to Aaron David Miller, a former negotiator for both Republican and Democratic administrations on Middle East issues, who says Washington has never really been an “honest broker.”“Our relationship with Israel has prevented us from being a honest broker,” Miller told AFP.“We can be at certain times what I call an effective broker. We’ve used that relationship at times to reach agreements between Arabs and Israelis,” he said, citing the Camp David and Oslo accords.For now, however, “we have compromised, undermined and abandoned any possibility of being an effective broker,” said Miller, who is the Middle East program director at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank.“I’ve never seen an administration that is so preternaturally supportive of Israel and at the same time so hostile towards the Palestinian piece of this peace equation.”The issue is such a minefield that Kushner’s team has not even found the right time to unveil its long-awaited peace plan — its unveiling has been delayed for months.But the White House insists the plan has not been abandoned.“It’s an extraordinarily ambitious project that the administration has undertaken,” National Security Advisor John Bolton said Monday.“The sensitivity and the appropriateness of the timing of rolling it out are difficult questions.”Miller says barring a real surprise, such as a roadmap to Palestinian statehood with East Jerusalem as its capital, “the most likely outcome is a ‘no’ from the Palestinians.”Such a refusal may even be the White House’s goal, Dunne says, so it can “use the Palestinians’ inevitable rejection as a justification for further changes to the US position on behalf of Israeli claims to the West Bank.”

44,000 Catholic Women Demand Answers From Pope Francis Over Sex Abuse Crisis-[HuffPost]-Carol Kuruvilla-,HuffPost-YAHOONEWS-September 12, 2018

More than 44,000 Catholic women have signed a letter pressing Pope Francis to explain exactly when and how he found out about sexual abuse and misconduct allegations against a high-ranking former cardinal.“Our hearts are broken, our faith tested, by the escalating crisis engulfing our beloved Church,” states the passionately worded letter organized by the Catholic Women’s Forum. “We are angry, betrayed and disillusioned.”“We, your flock, deserve your answers now.”For the past two weeks, Francis’ papacy has been thrown into crisis by claims that U.S. cardinals and Vatican officials covered up for then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Even though the Vatican has known about his allegedly abusive behavior with seminarians since at least 2000, McCarrick received clerical promotions and continued publicly representing the church, The Associated Press reports.The accusations against Francis himself were brought up by the Vatican’s former U.S. ambassador, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. The archbishop, who has long been a critic of the Argentine pontiff, claims Francis rehabilitated McCarrick, lifting canonical sanctions imposed by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.Francis officially removed McCarrick from ministry in June after a church investigation determined that he had sexually abused an altar boy in 1971. McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals the following month.Soon after Vigano’s allegations came to light, Francis told reporters that he would “not say a single word” on the subject and suggested that journalists read Vigano’s claims and make up their own minds.The archbishop’s accusations and Francis’ silence have roiled the U.S. Catholic Church, with some in the hierarchy coming to the pope’s defense while others demand a thorough investigation. On Tuesday, the Vatican said Francis will meet with a delegation of U.S. cardinals and bishops about the issue on Thursday.The thousands of signatures on the letter to Pope Francis are evidence of how deeply this crisis has affected Catholic women, who see themselves as the backbone of the church.The letter from the Catholic Women’s Forum, an international network that seeks to amplify the voices of faithful Catholic women, has continued to gather signatures since it was first published on Aug. 30. Signers include prominent female American Catholic theologians, professors, business executives, writers and speakers. Mary Rice Hasson, the forum’s director, told HuffPost that the group’s web team is working hard to delete duplicate signatures. They are also deleting any signatures from men, who are being asked to sign a separate online letter.The women’s letter has already been sent to the pope twice ― through personal channels and through the apostolic nuncio in Washington, D.C. Hasson said via email that as long as the number of signatures continues to swell, the organization will continue to send it to Francis weekly.Hasson added that she’s not surprised by the surge of signatures, given the “depth of feeling” around this issue. Although the number of abuse cases involving priests dropped sharply after the Catholic Church adopted reforms in 2002, she said the church is still falling short in holding the hierarchy accountable and acknowledging sexual misconduct by bishops and cardinals.“These women love our Church, and they are heartbroken and appalled, not only at the underlying abuse, but also by an ecclesial culture that looked the other way in the face of egregious sexual abuse and misconduct,” Hasson wrote.The letter to the pope specifically states that the women want to know when Francis learned about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct and abuse, and whether Francis released the former cardinal from any restrictions imposed by Benedict. In the letter, the Catholic Women’s Forum also takes the opportunity to remind Francis how important women are to the church. Fifty-four percent of American Catholics are women, according to the Pew Research Center. Catholic women are more likely than men to say they attend Mass at least once a week (43 percent vs. 35 percent) and more likely to say they pray every day (67 percent vs. 49 percent).“We are not second-class Catholics to be brushed off while bishops and cardinals handle matters privately,” the letter states. “We are the hands, the feet, and the heart of the Church. In short, we are the Church, every bit as much as the cardinals and bishops around you.”Hasson said she was heartened by reports that the Vatican is preparing a response to Vigano’s allegations, describing it as simply “the right thing to do.”“Our Church leaders need to realize that we cannot go back to ‘business as usual,’ absent significant efforts to address the situation,” Hasson said.This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Public gatherings banned in Zimbabwe capital over cholera-[AFP]-Reagan MASHAVAVE-YAHOONEWS-September 12, 2018

Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe on Wednesday banned public gatherings in the capital Harare following a cholera outbreak that has claimed at least 21 lives and left hundreds of people ill over the past week.The outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare, has prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city."In light of the declaration of the state of emergency, the police in Harare will not allow any public gatherings," police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said in a statement."The Zimbabwe Republic Police is appealing to members of the public to take heed of the warning and cooperate as this will assist in alleviating the continuous spread of cholera."The ban came ahead of a planned rally by the opposition MDC party on Saturday at which it was due to hold a mock presidential inauguration of party leader Nelson Chamisa, who it claims was denied victory in the July 30 election due to fraud.At least 21 people, including two pupils from the same school, have died over the past week in Harare from cholera and at least 3,000 haven fallen ill from cholera and typhoid, according to the health ministry."We are now at 3,067 cases... The number of deaths has risen to 21," health minister Obadiah Moyo told reporters on Tuesday.One school was closed in Glen View. - Lack of clean water, infrastructure - Chamisa toured a health facility and called on the United Nations to help contain the situation."It's more than just an emergency it is a national disaster," he said.Britain warned people thinking of visiting Harare about the cholera outbreak and urged travellers to learn to recognise symptoms of the disease.Cholera outbreaks have occurred regularly in the city as authorities struggle to provide potable water and sanitation facilities.Informal housing areas without running water have mushroomed and basic infrastructure has collapsed due to years of neglect.Tests on water samples from some wells and boreholes showed the water was contaminated with cholera and typhoid-causing bacteria.Zimbabwe, which was ruled by Robert Mugabe from independence in 1980 until his ousting last year, suffered its worst cholera outbreak in 2008.A total of 4,000 people died and at least 100,000 people fell ill.President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded Mugabe, has pledged to revive the economy and improve public services."To contain the outbreak and mobilise resources we have declared a state of emergency in Harare, and are working closely with our international partners," Mnangagwa said Wednesday on Twitter.Amnesty International castigated the authorities for failing to invest in and manage basic water, sanitation and health care systems even after the 2008 outbreak."It is appalling that in 2018, people are still dying of such a preventable disease," said Jessica Pwiti, director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe said in a statement."No lessons were learned from the 2008 epidemic and the outbreak and deaths we're seeing now is symptomatic of a still broken-down sanitation infrastructure and poor sewer management, worsened by shortages of drugs and medical supplies."She urged the Mnangagwa administration to "learn from its predecessor's mistakes" and act urgently before more lives are lost.UNICEF advised Zimbabweans to prevent the spread of cholera by regular hand-washing, drinking only safe water, washing food, cooking it throughly, and avoiding shaking hands.

MIGRATING BIRDS IN ISRAEL EATS HUMANS FLESH FOR COMING AGAINST ISRAEL-JERUSALEM

EZEKIEL 39:11-12,18
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)

EZEKIEL 39:17-21
17  And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF RUSSIAN/ISLAMIC HORDES AGAINST ISRAEL)
18  Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19  And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20  Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21  And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
22  So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

REVELATION 19:17-18
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;(AGAINST ALL NATIONS ARMIES THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL)
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

EZEKIEL 38:1-7
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Assad used chemical weapons in three attacks this year — UN report-Investigators say chlorine strikes, some of which utilized Iranian artillery, constitute war crimes-By AFP-SEP 12,18

The Syrian government committed war crimes by using chlorine in three attacks against civilians in 2018, UN investigators said in a report released Wednesday.The forces of President Bashar Assad used the banned chemical weapons in attacks on Douma, near Damascus, on January 22 and February 1, as well as in the northern Idlib province on February 4, the report quoted by Reuters said.An unspecified number of civilians were injured in the three attacks, including women and children.“To recapture eastern Ghouta in April, government forces launched numerous indiscriminate attacks in densely populated civilian areas, which included the use of chemical weapons,” it said.“The Commission concludes that, on these two occasions, government forces and or affiliated militias committed the war crimes of using prohibited weapons and launching indiscriminate attacks in civilian-populated areas in eastern Ghouta.”It added that “the munitions documented were built around industrially-produced Iranian artillery rockets known to have been supplied to forces commanded by the government.”In Idlib “Government helicopters dropped at least two barrels carrying chlorine payloads in the Taleel area of Saraqeb.”The report was based on hundreds of interviews with figures on the ground. It brings the number of chemical attacks confirmed to have been committed by Assad’s troops since 2013 to 33. Six more attacks have not been definitively linked to the regime.On Tuesday US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Assad has been well warned against any chemical weapons use in an anticipated assault on Idlib province.The regime has twice been targeted by US air and missile strikes after previous alleged chemical attacks.US officials have in recent days said additional action would follow if Assad were to use the banned weapons in rebel-held Idlib.“In Idlib, we’re watching very closely what the Assad regime, aided and abetted by the Iranians and the Russians are up to,” Mattis told Pentagon reporters.Pointing to a US missile strike on a Syrian air base in April 2017 after Assad’s jets launched an alleged chemical attack in Idlib, Mattis noted that the Syrian leader had suffered massive losses to his air force.“The first time around, he lost 17 percent of his pointy-nosed air force airplanes,” Mattis said, referring to the unusual nose cones on Russian-built jets. “He’s been warned, and so we’ll see if he’s wised up.”A second strike, in April this year, saw British and French militaries assist the US-led mission.Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria’s beleaguered rebels, worn down by a succession of government victories in recent months.Assad has now set his sights on Idlib, and his forces have stepped up bombardment of the densely populated province since the beginning of the month.

PROOF HALF ON EARTH DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD (8 BILLION ON EARTH)

ISAIAH 66:15-16
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire,(NUKES) and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

ISAIAH 26:21
21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:(GOD/ISRAEL HATE AND BRAKING OF HIS COMMANDMENTS) the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.(WW3,1/2 earths population die - 4 BILLION).

ISAIAH 13:6-13 KJV
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:(FROM FRIGHT)
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

REVELATION 6:7-8 (8 BILLION- 2 BILLION = 6 BILLION)
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,(2 BILLION) to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).

REVELATION 9:15,18 (6 BILLION - 2 BILLION = 4 BILLION)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,
18 By these three was the third part of men killed,(2 BILLION) by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMBS)

HALF OF EARTHS POPULATION DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION.(THESE VERSES ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)

LUKE 17:34-37 (8 TOTAL BILLION - 4 BILLION DEAD IN TRIB = 4 BILLION TO JESUS KINGDOM) (HALF DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD JUST LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS)(GOD DOES NOT LIE)(AND NOTICE MOST DIE IN WAR AND DISEASES-NOT COMETS-ASTEROIDS-QUAKES OR TSUNAMIS)
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other shall be left.(half earths population 4 billion die in the 7 yr trib)
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.(Christians have new bodies,this is the people against Jerusalem during the 7 yr treaty)(Christians bodies are not being eaten by the birds).THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES.BECAUSE NOT HALF OF PEOPLE ON EARTH ARE CHRISTIANS.AND THE CONTEXT IN LUKE 17 IS THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION OR 7 YR TREATY PERIOD.WHICH IS JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH.NOT 50% RAPTURED TO HEAVEN.

MATTHEW 24:37-42 (THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-SURE NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
42 Watch therefore:(FOR THE LAST DAYS SIGNS HAPPENING) for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Senior minister threatens Iran with attack if it continues nuclear development-Israel Katz says Islamic Republic had better accede to Trump’s demands or face ‘direct threat from the US and its allies’-By AP and TOI staff-SEP 12,18

If Iran chooses to continue pursuing a nuclear program it will face a “military” response, Intelligence Minister Israel Katz warned Wednesday.Katz was responding to the Iranian nuclear chief’s statement that the Islamic Republic’s program stands ready to build advanced centrifuges and further enrich uranium.Ali Akbar Salehi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Iran wouldn’t be deterred by US President Donald Trump’s sanctions and withdrawal from the global nuclear deal.But Katz said that if Iran presses forward it will face a “direct threat from the United States and its allies.”The US withdrawal from the deal in May has already badly shaken Iran’s economy, crashing its currency, the rial. Katz said Iran could either cave to Trump’s demands or watch its economy collapse.Salehi had said he hoped the atomic deal would survive, but warned the program would be in a stronger position than ever if not.In a veiled threat to Israel, Salehi said the consequences would be “harsh” if there were any new attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear scientists. A string of bombings, blamed on Israel, targeted a number of scientists beginning in 2010, at the height of Western concerns over Iran’s program.Israel never claimed responsibility for the attacks on the scientists, though Israeli officials have boasted in the past about the reach of the country’s intelligence services. “I hope that they will not commit a similar mistake again because the consequences would be, I think, harsh,” Salehi warned.Israel earlier this year removed tens of thousands of documents and other materials from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program archive, stealing them from under the regime’s nose in a Mossad operation in Tehran. The material proved that Iran lied when claiming it was not seeking to build a nuclear weapons arsenal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, and showed that it intends to resume its nuclear weapons program if it can.Salehi also said that Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the 2015 accord “puts him on the loser’s side” of history. He added, “That deal could have paved the way for building the trust and the confidence that we had lost.”The 2015 accord, struck under then-president Barack Obama’s administration, saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.Salehi also spoke about Iran’s efforts to build a new facility at Natanz’s uranium enrichment center that will produce more advanced centrifuges. Those devices enrich uranium by rapidly spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.For now, the nuclear accord limits Iran to using a limited number of an older model, called IR-1s.The new facility will allow Iran to build versions called the IR-2M, IR-4 and IR-6. The IR-2M and the IR-4 can enrich uranium five times faster than an IR-1, while the IR-6 can do it 10 times faster, Salehi said. Western experts have suggested these centrifuges produce three to five times more enriched uranium in a year than the IR-1s.While building the facility doesn’t violate the nuclear deal, mass production of advanced centrifuges would. Salehi, however, said that wasn’t immediately a plan.“This does not mean that we are going to produce these centrifuges now. This is just a preparation,” he said. “In case Iran decides to start producing in mass production such centrifuges, (we) would be ready for that.”Salehi suggested that if the nuclear deal fell apart, Iran would react in stages. He suggested one step may be uranium enrichment going to “20 percent because this is our need.” He also suggested Iran could increase its stockpile of enriched uranium. Any withdrawal ultimately would be approved by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.While the UN repeatedly has verified Iran’s compliance with the deal, Trump campaigned on a promise to tear it up. In May, he withdrew the US in part because he said the deal wasn’t permanent and didn’t address Iran’s ballistic missile program and its influence across the wider Middle East. But Trump meanwhile has tweeted he’d accept talks without preconditions with Tehran.Asked what he personally would tell Trump if he had the chance, Salehi chuckled and said: “I certainly would tell him he has made the wrong move on Iran.”

Putin says North Korea doing a lot to disarm but Washington not responding-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-September 12, 2018

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that North Korea was taking a lot of steps toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula but Washington was not responding and was making endless demands for full disarmament instead.Washington and Pyongyang have been discussing North Korea's nuclear program since their leaders met in Singapore in June, though that summit's outcome was criticized for being short on details about how and whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was willing to give up weapons that threaten the United States.Putin, speaking at an economic forum in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, said Pyongyang had taken positive steps and was now waiting for a response. He said it was counter-productive if one side did a lot and the other did nothing."If North Korea does something toward denuclearization it expects reciprocal steps and not endless demands for full disarmament," said Putin.Putin said it was also important that North Korea received international guarantees about its own security and said Kim Jong Un was welcome to visit Russia at any time that was convenient for him.The White House said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had received a letter from Kim Jong Un asking for a second meeting.(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk, Polina Nikolskaya and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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)

THE FIRST JUDGEMENT OF THE EARTH STARTED WITH WATER-IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THE LAST GENERATION WILL BE HAVING FLOODING
GENESIS 7:6-12
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
GOD PROMISED BY A RAINBOW-THE EARTH WOULD NEVER BE DESTROYED TOTALLY WITH A FLOOD AGAIN.BUT FLOODIING IS A SIGN OF JUDGEMENT.

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

REVELATION 8:7
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Residents told to ‘get out now’ as Florence takes aim at Carolinas-As fleeing cars fill state highways, North Carolina governor warns residents the approaching hurricane ‘is not a storm people need to ride out’-By Sebastien duval and Leila Macor-TOI-SEP 12,18

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, North Carolina (AFP) — Highways clogged with people fleeing North and South Carolina early Wednesday as monstrous Category 4 Hurricane Florence rumbled toward the eastern US as the biggest storm there in decades.While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to brave the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas. Life-threatening storm surges of up to a staggering 13 feet in some places were also forecast.North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that staying put would be a grave mistake and said people in evacuation zones “need to get out now.”“This is not a storm that people need to ride out,” Cooper told reporters. “This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime.”Up to 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been given voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, according to emergency management officials, as the storm churned across the Atlantic Ocean towards the coast.The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.“We are already experiencing heavily impacted traffic on some of the evacuation routes,” said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a still powerful Category 3 hurricane.As of 5:00 am (1100 GMT), Florence was a dangerous Category 4 hurricane packing sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (220 kilometers per hour), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.It was located 575 miles (925 kms) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving at 17 mph (28 kph) in a west-northwest direction.Briefing from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump urged people to heed orders to evacuate, saying “if you are asked to leave, get out.”“This will be a storm that’s going to be far larger than we have seen in perhaps decades,” Trump said.Speaking in the Oval Office alongside Trump, FEMA administrator Brock Long said Florence may be a “very devastating storm.”“The power will be off for weeks,” Long said. “You’re going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas. There will be flooding in inland areas as well.”Byard, the FEMA official, said “this storm is not going to be a glancing blow.”“This storm is going to be a direct hit.”“Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades,” Byard said.The NHC said Florence is expected to be an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas.A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding.The last time the US capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed “Snowzilla” blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.In Charleston, South Carolina, some residents were making preparations to leave Tuesday while others planned to ride out the storm.Streets were quiet with schools and many offices and businesses closed.Michael Kennedy, an engineer at Boeing, said he planned to leave on Tuesday for his parents’ home in Atlanta, Georgia.But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will remain behind at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.“They told me to bring a pillow and blanket,” Whisler said. “I’ll be living there for a few days.”Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.“Been through it!” Belli said, referring to Hurricane Hugo, which caused widespread damage in South Carolina in 1989. “Not worried in the least.”Walking his dog along empty streets, Belli said he’s well stocked with food and water.“I will enjoy the quiet,” he said.South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents. Schools in 26 of the state’s 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday.Cooper, the governor of neighboring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate including from the Eastern Shore, another popular beachfront destination.In neighboring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said his state was readying for potentially “historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds.”On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4, meaning it is capable of causing “catastrophic damage.”By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 20 inches (51 centimeters) — or even 30 inches in places — in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said.Fort AP Hill and Fort Bragg were selected as FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area to assist in the response, the army said.The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state’s response operations.Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in South Carolina.At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.

Monster' Hurricane Florence to pummel U.S. Southeast for days-[Reuters]-By Ernest ScheyderYAHOONEWS-September 13, 2018

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) - Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, howled closer to shore on Tuesday, threatening to unleash deadly pounding surf, days of torrential rain and severe flooding.Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and South Carolina and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall by early Friday, bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters), the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned. Catastrophic floods could follow if the storm stalls inland, it said.Although Florence was still days from arrival, authorities took extraordinary measures to move people out of harm's way. More than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered.The U.S. Coast Guard closed ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Virginia to inbound vessels greater than 500 tons and was requiring vessels of that size to leave if they did not have permission to be in the ports.Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km per hour), the storm ranked as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and was expected to grow stronger and larger over the next few days, the NHC said."This storm is a monster," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. "Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. Don't bet your life on riding out a monster."He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain."To hasten evacuations from coastal South Carolina, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.Kathleen O'Neal, a resident of Ocracoke Island in North Carolina's Barrier Islands, said she, her husband and son would ride out the storm. "A lot of local people are staying," she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane.LONG-TERM POWER OUTAGES POSSIBLE-Maps of Florence's trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina. The last Category 4 hurricane to plow directly into North Carolina was Hazel in 1954, a devastating storm that killed 19 people and destroyed some 15,000 homes.NHC forecasts showed the effects of Florence would be widely felt, with tropical storm-force winds extending nearly 300 miles across three states. A hurricane warning was posted for most of the Carolina coast north to the Virginia border.In addition to wind-driven storm surges of seawater, Florence could dump up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots as it moves inland, forecasters said.Communities in Florence's path could lose electricity for weeks due to downed power lines and flooded equipment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said.Utilities deployed crews and gear in advance, with workers en route to the region from at least 15 states, according to trade group, the Edison Electric Institute.Crews also prepared 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region for the storm. One power station, Duke Energy Corp's Brunswick plant, the closest to the area where landfall is forecast, faced a likely shutdown as a precaution. Shutdowns also were possible at two more plants in the path of predicted hurricane-force winds.The American Red Cross said more than 700 workers were headed to the region while shelters were set up to house those unable to flee. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response."We are sparing no expense. We are totally prepared," Trump said at the White House.Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS-Days before its arrival, Florence was already disrupting commercial operations.Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the South Carolina plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said.Smithfield Foods Inc [SFII.UL] said it would shut down the world's largest hog-slaughtering facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina, on Thursday and Friday due to the hurricane.Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel."I'm scared we'll get 30 inches or more of rain," said Carol Trojniar, 69, a longtime Wilmington resident and retired real estate agent who has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"Trojniar said she and her husband were packing up belongings and plan to stack sandbags around their single-floor home in Wilmington's eerily named Landfall neighborhood near the ocean before checking into a hotel to ride out the storm, with plenty of wine."Where else can we go? If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain," she said.(Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; Additional reporting by Anna Driver in Holden Beach, North Carolina, Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, Liz Hampton in Houston, Susan Heavey in Washington, Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Scott DiSavino and Alden Bentley in New York, Nichola Groom and Alex Dobzinskis in Los Angeles and Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Writing by Nick Zieminski, Bill Trott and Steve Gorman; Editing by Bill Tarrant, Lisa Shumaker and Michael Perry)

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)

Swedish court nixes deportation of Palestinian synagogue attacker-Appellate court says assailant cannot be returned to West Bank because anti-Semitic nature of attack could put him in danger from Israel-By TOI staff    Today-SEP 12,18

A Swedish court of appeals on Wednesday overturned a deportation order against a Palestinian man who firebombed a synagogue, saying he would be in danger from Israel because of his crime if returned to the Palestinian Authority.The ruling by the Court of Appeals for Western Sweden was on a motion filed by one of the three migrants convicted of hurling Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Gothenburg last year in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.In June, the Gothenburg District Court determined that the two Palestinians and one Syrian had “violate[d] an ethnic group because of its beliefs,” and sentenced them to jail terms between  one and two years for the arson attack.The court also ordered one of the Palestinian defendants, who was in Sweden on an asylum seeker visa, to be deported back to the PA after completing his two-year sentence. The other two perpetrators, who reportedly had Swedish residency permits, were not ordered deported by the court.But on Wednesday, the SVT broadcaster reported that the deportation order was overturned on appeal since the perpetrator “could be perceived as a threat to other Jews,” and that Israel “might be interested in the matter.” In his decision, the judge said that Sweden “cannot safeguard the man’s fundamental human rights if he is deported to Palestine.”A few days after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital last December, a dozen people threw multiple burning objects at the synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city.Some 20 Jewish teens participating in a celebration briefly took shelter in a cellar during the attack, but no one was injured, and minor damage to the building was caused.The attack, which was classified as a hate crime, was caught on surveillance cameras, leading to the arrests of the Palestinians and Syrian.There are around 20,000 Jews living in Sweden, according to the Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities.The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention says there have been between 150 and 280 anti-Semitic acts, including threats, insults and violence, each year in the past decade.JTA contributed to this report.

Rockets fired near airport in Tripoli, ISIS claims attack on oil company-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-September 12, 2018

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Rockets were fired late on Tuesday in the direction of the airport in Libya's capital, residents said, forcing flights to be diverted, less than a week after the United Nations brokered a fragile truce between rival armed groups in Tripoli.A spokesman for a faction controlling Matiga airport, the only one functioning in the capital, said there were no casualties or damage. Libyan channels reported that several people had been wounded by the rockets, one of which landed in the Mediterranean sea.Rival groups have been fighting in Tripoli for several days but clashes had been focused on the south of the city. Matiga airport lies in an eastern suburb.A Libyan Airlines flight bound for Tripoli from Alexandria, Egypt, was diverted to Misrata, the airport said on its Facebook page. Misrata lies about 190 km (120 miles) east of Tripoli.A spokesman for Misrata airport said that all flights bound for Tripoli would be diverted to Misrata.Separately, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting attack on the headquarters of Libyan state oil company NOC in Tripoli, the jihadist group's news agency said on Tuesday.The attack on Monday killed two NOC staff and wounded 10, said officials, who had described the three shooters who were also killed as "Africans."It targeted the "economic interests of oppressing governments funding crusaders," a statement carried on the militants' Amaq news agency said.It was the first attack of its kind against the leadership of Libya's state oil industry.Libya has been divided into rival administrations but NOC has continued to function relatively normally across the country, which relies on oil exports for most of its income.Militants loyal to Islamic State have previously carried out attacks in Tripoli and other towns, despite having lost their stronghold in the central city of Sirte late in 2016.In May, Islamic State claimed a deadly attack on the national election commission offices in Tripoli.(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami, Hani Amara and Ulf Laessing; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Chris Reese, Toni Reinhold)

U.N. chief pushes for protection of civilians in Syria's Idlib-[Reuters]-By Michelle Nichols-YAHOONEWS-September 12, 2018

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday appealed to Russia, Iran and Turkey to "spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians" in Syria's Idlib and said it was "absolutely essential" a full-scale battle was avoided."This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict," he told reporters.An estimated 3 million people live in Idlib - the last major stronghold of active opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. The U.N. has described it as a "dumping ground" for people evacuated and displaced from elsewhere in Syria during the seven-year war.Assad has vowed to retake the region, backed by his Russian and Iranian allies. Syrian government and Russian warplanes began air strikes in Idlib last week in a possible prelude to a full-scale offensive. They say they are targeting terrorist groups."I understand that the present situation in Idlib is not sustainable and the presence of terrorist groups cannot be tolerated. But fighting terrorism does not absolve warring parties of their core obligations under international law," said Guterres.Senior officials from Russia, Iran and Turkey met with U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva on Tuesday. The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia met in Tehran on Friday but failed to agree on a ceasefire in Idlib.Russia briefed the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Tuesday on the Tehran meeting, which was held as part of the so-called Astana process."Russia, Iran and Assad are demolishing Idlib and asking us to call it peace. But here's the reality: Astana has failed. It has failed to stop the violence or to promote a political solution," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said.(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Diane Craft and Cynthia Osterman)

          PENCE IM CONFIDENT THE TRUMP HATER MOLE SEWER RAT LIBERAL IS NOT FROM MY STAFF.      Cache   Translate Page      
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

New York subway station buried by 9/11 open again-Commuters cheer as trains roll into the Cortlandt Street stop for the first time since the September 11 terror attacks-By AFP-TOI-SEP 11,18

NEW YORK — Just days before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, trains are once again running through a New York City subway station buried when the Twin Towers fell 17 years ago.People cheered, clapped and held their phones up to record the event as a train rolled to a stop, video footage from the subway station showed.The Cortlandt stop reopened on Saturday on the Number One line in what The New York Times described as “the last major piece in the city’s quest to rebuild what was lost.”The station was under the World Trade Center, whose twin towers collapsed in flames after being struck by airliners commandeered by Al-Qaeda terrorists.World Trade Centre Cortlandt station in Lower Manhattan has reopened for the first time in 17 years. It was devastated by the September 11th attacks. The new design features a sombre mosaic quoting the Declaration of Independence and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights pic.twitter.com/8dmwjppz0q— GTA Transit Helper (@TransitHelper) September 9, 2018-The Metropolitan Transportation Authority began rebuilding the stop in 2015, the Times reported.The 9/11 attacks claimed nearly 3,000 lives in the United States and led to the launch of deadly, long-running wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — countries that remain plagued by violence and instability to this day.The new WTC Cortlandt station on the 1 line is now open to the public. It’s fully accessible, has fewer columns for easier customer flow, and is also air-tempered to keep you cooler on hot days. pic.twitter.com/A5DaiBb06w— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) September 8, 2018-

CBS chief executive Moonves quits over sexual misconduct claims-Network deducting $20 million from disgraced CEO’s severance package for donation to the #MeToo movement-By Jennie Matthew-TOI-SEP 11,18

NEW YORK — US television giant CBS announced Sunday the immediate departure of powerful CEO Leslie Moonves, one of the biggest scalps in the #MeToo era, following a slew of escalating sexual misconduct allegations.Moonves, who transformed the corporation into the most watched television network in the country, was one of the most respected executives in Hollywood until he was first publicly accused.Two articles published by The New Yorker — on July 27 and on the day that his departure was announced — detailed allegations against the 68-year-old television titan from 12 different women.CBS subsequently declared that he would depart as chairman, president and CEO “effective immediately,” and that he and the network would donate $20 million to supporting the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace.“The donation, which will be made immediately, has been deducted from any severance benefits that may be due Moonves,” CBS said.The disgraced CEO will not receive any compensation, pending the results of an investigation into the allegations against him being conducted by two blue-chip law firms, the corporation announced.“Any payments to be made in the future will depend upon the results of the independent investigation and subsequent board evaluation,” CBS announced in a statement.Moonves’s departure had been widely expected, with US media reporting that the terms of his exit had been under negotiation for weeks, and a deal had been anticipated before markets open Monday.-Police report-At least one report had suggested that he could get a golden handshake of $100 million in stock.One of his accusers, Jessica Pallingston, told the Pulitzer-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who broke the allegations against Moonves in The New Yorker, that such a payoff would be “completely disgusting.”CBS announced that chief operating officer Joseph Ianniello will be president and acting CEO, overseeing all operations of the company, while the board searches for a permanent successor.Along with Moonves’s departure, CBS said it had agreet to settle a lawsuit with National Amusements pending in Delaware that would appoint six new independent directors to the board.The deal upheld the control of the Redstone family, whose members control an 80 percent voting stake in CBS, who agreed to drop — for at least two years — a proposed merger with the Viacom group.In July, Farrow’s first bombshell report detailed sexual harassment allegations from six women and complaints from dozens of others about a culture within the company tolerating sexual misconduct.While CBS appointed a team of lawyers to investigate, there was outrage from some advocates that Moonves was kept on the job.On Sunday, The New Yorker published allegations from another six women, who said that Moonves sexually harassed or assaulted them between 1980 and the early 2000s.They included claims that Moonves forced them into perform oral sex, exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them. Some of them also said Moonves retaliated after being rebuffed, damaging their careers.One of the women, television executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, filed a criminal complaint last year with Los Angeles police. The New Yorker said that while police found her allegations “credible” the alleged incidents happened too long ago to prosecute.-Moonves denial-Moonves told the magazine that three of the encounters were consensual.“I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women,” he said.“In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation and my career.”Since joining CBS in 1995, Moonves transformed the corporation into the most watched television network in the country and one of the media industry’s best-performing businesses.He was promoted to president and CEO of CBS Television in 1998, and became chairman in 2003.Moonves worked previously at Warner Bros. Television, where his team developed hit shows such as “Friends” and “ER.”A one-time actor, he is father to four children. His second wife Julie Chen stood by him after the accusations first surfaced.Farrow shared a Pulitzer Prize with The New York Times for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein, which galvanized the #MeToo movement to quash pervasive sexual harassment in showbiz and other industries.Earlier this year, he uncovered allegations of physical assault that forced New York state prosecutor Eric Schneiderman to resign.

Memorial for 9/11 victims to chime an ‘everlasting concert by our heroes’-Dedication comes nearly 17 years after passengers and crew on hijacked Flight 93 fought back against terrorists who then crashed the jetliner into a Pennsylvania field-By MARK SCOLFORO-TOI-SEP 11,18

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The heroism of airline passengers and crew who died when hijackers crashed their plane into a Pennsylvania field was remembered Sunday with the dedication of a concrete-and-steel tower that will ring with wind chimes for every one of them at the spot where they fell to earth.Relatives of the 40 people killed during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, helped ring eight of what will eventually be 40 aluminum chimes at the Flight 93 National Memorial site, and former Gov. Tom Ridge said the Tower of Voices will be “an everlasting concert by our heroes.”The dedication occurred nearly 17 years after passengers on the hijacked flight from New Jersey to California fought back against a band of terrorists who then crashed the jetliner into a rural field. Officials concluded the terrorists were aiming the Boeing 757 toward Washington, to be used as an enormous airborne weapon.It was “the day that lives were lost so that other lives were saved. And heroes were made over the skies of Shanksville,” said Ridge, who served as the first secretary of the Homeland Security Department when it was created after 9/11.The roughly 93-foot (28-meter) structure represents the final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Each chime generates a distinctive sound, and rows of trees that ring the site symbolize sound waves.“Together their voices will ring out into perpetuity, with this beautiful Somerset County, Pennsylvania, wind,” park Superintendent Stephen Clark said.The national park at a the crash site, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of Shanksville, also includes a memorial plaza, dedicated on the 10th anniversary in 2011, and a visitor’s center that opened three years ago.As a cold, driving rain pelted the hills, memorial architect Paul Murdoch spoke of the plan, which uses the wind to activate the chimes. The remaining chimes are expected to be installed in the coming weeks.“These chimes respond to unanswered cries of voices not spoken again, but remembered in the vibrations of a monumental tower” Murdoch said.They range from 5 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 meters) long, weigh as much as 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and are tuned.Nearly 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11 attacks, when terrorists seized control of four planes. They flew two of them into the World Trade Center skyscrapers in New York and the fourth into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.“These guys are the real heroes,” said retired truck driver Stefan Robbins, visiting the memorial from Lexington, Kentucky. “They didn’t sign up — they’re not a cop, they’re not a firefighter.”The Flight 93 passengers learned in mid-flight they had been hijacked and responded heroically, declaring “let’s roll” as they confronted their adversaries inside the plane.Thirteen passengers on the plane made a combined 37 phone calls during the attack, getting information about the other three hijackings and crashes.“When they learned that, it galvanized them as a group,” Clark said. “They said, ‘We’re not going back to any airport. This is a suicide mission.'”As some passengers apparently tried to storm the cabin, the hijacker at the controls then rolled the plane, trying to throw them off balance, before the aircraft became inverted and crashed at 563 mph (906 kph) on the edge of a reclaimed strip mine at 10:30 a.m.The impact ignited about 100 hemlock trees. Hemlocks are used as symbols throughout the memorial’s design, including the tower.A 17-ton (15-metric ton) sandstone marks the impact site, located within a 44-acre (17.8-hectare) fenced-off area of the field where crash debris landed, referred to as the “sacred ground.” Access to that part of the park is limited to family members of the passengers and crew. Four 40-foot (12.2-meter) containers of remaining debris from the crashed airplane were buried there during a private ceremony on June 21.The memorial was funded with $46 million from 110,000 private donors, including $6 million to design and build the Tower of Voices. Volunteers are well on their way to the goal of planting 150,000 seedlings around the 2,200 acre (890 hectare) park. It attracted about 400,000 visitors last year.The dedication comes two days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. President Donald Trump is expected to attend that memorial ceremony Tuesday in Shanksville, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.Shanksville is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh.

Pence: I’m confident no one on my staff wrote incendiary anti-Trump NYT op-ed-‘My people are dedicated to advancing the president’s agenda and supporting everything he is doing for the people of this country,’ says vice-president-By DARLENE SUPERVILLE-TOI-11 September 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — US Vice President Mike Pence says he’s “100 percent confident” that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership.“I know them. I know their character,” Pence said in a taped interview aired Sunday by CBS’ “Face the Nation.”Some pundits had speculated that Pence could be the “senior administration official” who wrote the opinion piece because it included language Pence has been known to use, like the unusual word “lodestar.” The op-ed writer claimed to be part of a “resistance” movement within the Trump administration that was working quietly behind the scenes to thwart the president’s most dangerous impulses.Pence added his staff to the list of more than two dozen high-ranking administration officials who have denied writing the column.“Let me be very clear. I’m 100 percent confident that no one on the vice president’s staff was involved in this anonymous editorial. I know my people,” Pence said on “Face the Nation.” ”They get up every day and are dedicated, just as much as I am, to advancing the president’s agenda and supporting everything … President Trump is doing for the people of this country.”Asked whether he had asked his staff about the op-ed, Pence said, “I don’t have to ask them because I know them. I know their character. I know their dedication and I am absolutely confident that no one on the vice president’s staff had anything to do with this.”He restated that he thinks the essay writer should do the “honorable thing and resign.”Publication of the op-ed followed the release of stunning details from an upcoming book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in which current and former aides referred to Trump as an “idiot” and “liar” and depicted him as prone to rash policy decisions that some aides either work to stall or derail entirely.Both releases are said to have infuriated Trump, who unleashed a string of attacks on Woodward’s credibility and dismissed the celebrated author’s book as a “work of fiction.” Some of the officials featured in the book’s anecdotes about the president, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly, issued statements denying the comments attributed to them by Woodward.Woodward has said he stands by his reporting. The book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is scheduled to be formally released Tuesday, all but ensuring that the debate over Trump’s leadership ability and style will extend into a second straight week.Trump, meanwhile, has denounced the Times opinion piece as “gutless” and its publication as a “disgrace” bordering on treason.Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Trump ally, has said the president would be justified in using lie detectors to ferret out the anonymous writer. The president has yet to say whether he’d go that far, but Pence says he’d be willing to submit to such an examination.“I would agree to take it in a heartbeat and would submit to any review the administration wanted to do,” he said in a taped “Fox News Sunday” interview.Both Pence and Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, pushed back during separate television appearances Sunday on the portrayals of Trump as anything but a thoughtful leader. Both also said they had no idea who wrote the piece; Trump has said he can name up to five people who could have written it.“What I see is a tough leader, a demanding leader, someone who gets all the options on the table,” Pence said on Fox News. “But he makes the decisions, and that’s why we’ve made the progress we’ve made.”Trump has said the Justice Department should investigate and unmask the anonymous author. He cited national security concerns as grounds for what would amount to an extraordinary criminal probe should Attorney General Jeff Sessions decide to pursue one.Neither Pence nor Conway answered directly when asked if Sessions should treat Trump’s comments as an order. The Justice Department is supposed to make investigative decisions free of political pressure from the White House and the president.Appearing on CNN, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, disagreed that the opinion piece amounted to a national security threat and attributed Trump’s musing about a Justice Department investigation “to a president who’s lashing out.”On an unrelated matter, Pence said on CBS that he has not been called for an interview by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s Republican presidential campaign as well as Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.Pence said he’s willing to sit down with Mueller if he is asked and added that he so far has cooperated with all requests for information from the special counsel and will continue to do so.

Liberman: We’ve thwarted terror attacks in recent days meant to disrupt New Year-In Rosh Hashanah toast with IDF soldiers, defense minister says Israelis will be able to celebrate holiday with confidence and security following army’s recent operations-By Jacob Magid-TOI-10 September 2018

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday that the IDF has thwarted several terror attacks in the last few days meant to disrupt Rosh Hashanah celebrations.“In recent days, too, we have arrested suspects and prevented terror attacks,” Liberman said, addressing a company from the Armoured Corps at a toast for the Jewish New Year that starts Sunday evening.“The people of Israel will be able to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with confidence and quiet thanks to IDF soldiers and security forces who will continue to tour and protect us all during the holiday,” he said, without divulging further details.The defense minister thanked the company of Armoured corps soldiers, who are also responsible for guarding the West Bank settlement of Nokdim, where he lives.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered similar praise of the Shin Bet security service at a new year’s toast last week where he claimed that “not a day goes by in which there is no thwarting” of an attack.Netanyahu credited the work of the security agency with helping Israel to avoid much of the violence that has engulfed other countries in the Middle East.“The Shin Bet deters, thwarts, and defeats on a daily and hourly basis those who want us dead,” Netanyahu said at a toast with security chiefs for the upcoming Jewish new year.Israeli security services documented 255 attacks last month, including 11 in Jerusalem, the Shin Bet security service said in its monthly report published earlier this month. The June tally was 220 incidents.Despite the increase, the figures in July were well below those of May, when 365 incidents were documented — the highest number in over two years.Nearly two-thirds of the attacks recorded in July involved firebombs. Incidents involving the hurling of rocks at Israelis and their cars are not included in Shin Bet reports.

Far-right makes major gains in Swedish elections as ruling party scrapes a win-Prime Minister Lofven says ‘moral responsibility’ to combat anti-immigration party with neo-Nazi roots that won nearly 18% of the vote-By PIETRO DECRISTOFARO and JAN M. OLSEN-TOI-SEP 11,18

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Voters handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result Sunday and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the Scandinavian country’s next government uncertain.After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the center-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote — 28.4 percent as the count neared completion — yet looking at holding fewer parliament seats and having its mandate to govern questioned.The potential for an immigration backlash to result in a big boost for the far-right Sweden Democrats inspired fear among many Swedes before the election. It received a little more than one in six votes, or 17.6 percent. Its showing was not as strong as the one-in-five polls had predicted, but good for a third-place finish that had the party’s leader telling supporters, “We won.”Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said he intended to remain in the job. The leader of the Moderates party that came in second, Ulf Kristersson, already had called on Lofven to resign and claimed the right to form Sweden’s next government.Sounding somber and firm, Lofven told his supporters the election presented “a situation that all responsible parties must deal with,” adding that “a party with roots in Nazism” would “never ever offer anything responsible, but hatred.”“We have a moral responsibility. We must gather all good forces. We won’t mourn, we will organize ourselves,” he said.Final election returns were expected later in the week. The preliminary results made it unlikely any party would secure a majority of 175 seats in the 349-seat Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament. It could take weeks or months of coalition talks before the next government is formed.Both the left-leaning bloc led by the Social Democrats and the center-right bloc in which the Moderates is largest of four parties have said they would refuse to consider the Sweden Democrats as a coalition partner.Sweden — home to the Nobel prizes and militarily neutral for the better part of two centuries — has been known for its comparatively open doors to migrants and refugees. Sunday’s general election was the first since the country of 10 million took in a record 163,000 refugees in 2015 as mass migration to Europe rose dramatically.Lofven eventually said Sweden no longer could cope with the influx and immigration laws were tightened.Like other far-right parties in Europe, the Sweden Democrats worked to soften its neo-Nazi image in the lead-up to the election. The party symbol was switched from a flame thrower to a flower. Members known for making pro-Third Reich statements were pushed out.It made its first mark in politics with municipal council seats in 2006, and since then slowly helped revise long-accepted social norms for what Swedes could say openly about foreigners and integration without being considered racist.At the Swedish Democrat’s election eve rally Saturday, party leader Jimmie Akesson criticized Lofven’s government for “prioritizing” the needs of new immigrants the ones of Swedish citizens.Akesson was jubilant as he addressed supporters a day later, declaring the estimated 14 parliament seats the Social Democrats picked up a victory other parties could not ignore in coalition negotiations.“This party has increased and made the biggest gains. Everything is about us,” Akesson said. “I am ready to talk with others”Turnout in the election was reported at 84.4 percent, up from 83 percent in 2014.

China outlaws large underground Protestant church in Beijing-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-By Christian Shepherd-September 11, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing city authorities have banned one of the largest unofficial Protestant churches in the city and confiscated "illegal promotional materials", amid a deepening crackdown on China's "underground" churches.The Zion church had for years operated with relative freedoms, hosting hundreds of worshippers every weekend in an expansive specially renovated hall in north Beijing.But since April, after they rejected requests from authorities to install closed-circuit television cameras in the building, the church has faced growing pressure from the authorities and has been threatened with eviction.On Sunday, the Beijing Chaoyang district civil affairs bureau said that by organizing events without registering, the church was breaking rules forbidding mass gatherings and were now "legally banned" and its "illegal promotional material" had been confiscated, according to images of the notice sent to Reuters late on Sunday and confirmed by churchgoers."I fear that there is no way for us to resolve this issue with the authorities," Zion's Pastor Jin Mingri told Reuters.China's religious affairs and civil affairs bureaux did not immediately respond to requests for comment.China's constitution guarantees religious freedom, but since President Xi Jinping took office six years ago the government has tightened restrictions on religions seen as a challenge to the authority of the ruling Communist Party.Churches across China have faced new waves of harassment and pressure to register since a new set of regulations to govern religious affairs in China came into effect in February and heightened punishments for unofficial churches.In July, more than 30 of Beijing's hundreds of underground Protestant churches took the rare step of releasing a joint statement complaining of "unceasing interference" and the "assault and obstruction" of regular activities of believers since the new regulations came into effect.China's Christian believers are split between those who attend unofficial "house" or "underground" churches and those who attend government-sanctioned places of worship.Churchgoers were also given a notice from the district religious affairs bureau saying that the "great masses of believer must respect the rules and regulations and attend events in legally registered places of religious activity".Zion's attendees were also given pamphlets of officially sanctioned churches that they might attend instead.But for many worshippers and pastors, such as Jin, accepting the oversight and ultimate authority of the Communist Party would be a betrayal of their faith."On this land, the only one we can trust in is God," Jin said.(Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Michael Perry)

MIGRATING BIRDS IN ISRAEL EATS HUMANS FLESH FOR COMING AGAINST ISRAEL-JERUSALEM

EZEKIEL 39:11-12,18
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)

EZEKIEL 39:17-21
17  And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF RUSSIAN/ISLAMIC HORDES AGAINST ISRAEL)
18  Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19  And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20  Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21  And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
22  So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

REVELATION 19:17-18
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;(AGAINST ALL NATIONS ARMIES THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL)
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

EZEKIEL 38:1-7
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Moscow accuses US of using white phosphorous in Syria-Russian general claims weekend bombings targeting area controlled by Islamic State resulted in ‘fierce fires’-By AFP-TOI-SEP 11,18

MOSCOW — Russia on Sunday accused the United States of carrying out bombings using white phosphorous in eastern Syria against military targets in civilian areas, which is banned under international law.“Two American F-15 planes carried out bombings on September 8 (Saturday) targeting the area of Hajin in the Deir Ezzor region using incendiary phosphorous ammunition,” Russian general Vladimir Savtchenko said in a statement.“These strikes resulted in fierce fires. We are clarifying the information concerning possible deaths and injuries,” he added.In Syria, the jihadist Islamic State group still controls a pocket in Deir Ezzor between the Euphrates River and the Iraqi border, and also remains in the vast Syrian desert.An international coalition led by the United States is helping a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS) which for months have been conducting an offensive to oust IS.The Russian army, which has been intervening militarily since 2015 in Syria in support of the forces of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, was accused in March by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights of having used incendiary bombs during the regime’s offensive against the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.Moscow dismissed the allegation as a “shameless lie.”Use of white phosphorous is banned under the Geneva Convention for use against civilians and against legitimate military targets in areas with a major civilian population.

PROOF HALF ON EARTH DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD (8 BILLION ON EARTH)

ISAIAH 66:15-16
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire,(NUKES) and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

ISAIAH 26:21
21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:(GOD/ISRAEL HATE AND BRAKING OF HIS COMMANDMENTS) the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.(WW3,1/2 earths population die - 4 BILLION).

ISAIAH 13:6-13 KJV
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:(FROM FRIGHT)
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

REVELATION 6:7-8 (8 BILLION- 2 BILLION = 6 BILLION)
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,(2 BILLION) to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).

REVELATION 9:15,18 (6 BILLION - 2 BILLION = 4 BILLION)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,
18 By these three was the third part of men killed,(2 BILLION) by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMBS)

HALF OF EARTHS POPULATION DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION.(THESE VERSES ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)

LUKE 17:34-37 (8 TOTAL BILLION - 4 BILLION DEAD IN TRIB = 4 BILLION TO JESUS KINGDOM) (HALF DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD JUST LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS)(GOD DOES NOT LIE)(AND NOTICE MOST DIE IN WAR AND DISEASES-NOT COMETS-ASTEROIDS-QUAKES OR TSUNAMIS)
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other shall be left.(half earths population 4 billion die in the 7 yr trib)
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.(Christians have new bodies,this is the people against Jerusalem during the 7 yr treaty)(Christians bodies are not being eaten by the birds).THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES.BECAUSE NOT HALF OF PEOPLE ON EARTH ARE CHRISTIANS.AND THE CONTEXT IN LUKE 17 IS THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION OR 7 YR TREATY PERIOD.WHICH IS JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH.NOT 50% RAPTURED TO HEAVEN.

MATTHEW 24:37-42 (THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-SURE NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
42 Watch therefore:(FOR THE LAST DAYS SIGNS HAPPENING) for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history-[AFP]-Maxime POPOV, Olga ROTENBERG-YAHOONEWS-September 10, 2018

Moscow (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday will launch the biggest military drills in its history involving 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers, in a move NATO denounced as "exercising large-scale conflict".The week-long deployment alongside Chinese and Mongolian armies dubbed "Vostok-2018" (East-2018) will start in eastern Siberia on September 11.It comes at a time of escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over accusations of Russian interference in western affairs and the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.The Russian army has compared the show of force to the USSR's 1981 war games that saw between 100,000 and 150,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers take part in "Zapad-81" (West-81) -- the largest military exercises of the Soviet era.But defence minister Sergei Shoigu said this time would be even larger, with 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships taking part in the drills."Imagine 36,000 military vehicles moving at the same time: tanks, armoured personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles -- and all of this, of course, in conditions as close to a combat situation as possible," Shoigu said.The Russian army will roll out all of its latest additions for the event: Iskander missiles that can carry nuclear warheads, T-80 and T-90 tanks and its recent Su-34 and Su-35 fighter planes.At sea, the Russian fleet will deploy several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles that have been used in Syria.Russia's previous military exercise in the region, Vostok-2014, was almost half the size, with 155,000 soldiers participating.The country's war games in Eastern Europe last year, Zapad-2017, saw 12,700 troops take part according to Moscow. Ukraine and the Baltic states said the true number was far bigger.- 'Future world war' -President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after hosting an economic forum in Russia's far eastern city Vladivostok where his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is one of the star guests.Russian military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said the games were a "preparation for a future world war"."The army's General Staff believes this will take place after 2020 in the form of either a global war or a series of conflicts with magnitude," he said."The enemy is the United States and its allies."According to Felgenhauer, China's participation -- although modest with only 3,200 men -- will be a key factor at the drills."It's not just about a sign or a message, but about a preparation for a real-life war of great magnitude," he said.This opinion was shared by NATO, which said that Vostok-2018 "demonstrates Russia's focus on exercising large-scale conflict"."It fits into a pattern we have seen over some time -- a more assertive Russia, significantly increasing its defence budget and its military presence," said the alliance's spokesman Dylan White.Russia has denied the drills are a cause for worry."Vostok-2018 is far from NATO's area of responsibility and does not affect the security of its member states," the Russian foreign ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.- Growing number of drills -Relations between Russia and the West declined sharply in 2014 with Moscow's annexation of Crimea and the subsequent conflict in eastern Ukraine.Since then Moscow has increased the number of its large-scale military exercises in the Caucasus, the Baltic and the Arctic.At the same time the Kremlin has accused NATO of expanding westwards and threatening Russian national security.This week, Russia held military exercises in the Mediterranean.More than 25 warships and around 30 planes took part in the drills, as Russia increased its military presence in Syria where it intervened to help the Bashar al-Assad regime in 2015.Around 2,200 Ukrainian, American and other NATO soldiers took part in military exercises in western Ukraine in early September.Last month, the Kremlin's spokesman said Russia's "ability to defend itself in the current international situation which is often aggressive and unfriendly to our country is justified, essential and without alternative".

Iran nuclear chief: New Natanz nuclear facility producing advanced centrifuges-Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran mulling withdrawal from nuclear deal, warns ‘everyone will suffer’ if 2015 accord collapses entirely-By TOI staff-SEPT 11,18

Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told state media on Sunday that a facility to produce advanced centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear plant has been completed.Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told the official IRNA news agency that [supreme leader Ayatollah] “Khamenei ordered us to set up and complete a very advanced hall for the construction of modern centrifuges, and this hall has now been fully equipped and set up,” according to Reuters.Salehi said Khamenei had also instructed to begin development of nuclear-powered ships, and that project would take 10-15 years to complete.Though he said the nuclear-powered ships and new centrifuges would operate within the limits of the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers, Salehi warned that Tehran was considering abandoning the accord in the wake of the US withdrawal earlier this year.Salehi suggested Iran “might… suspend some of the limitations within the nuclear agreement, for example on the volume and level of enrichment.”“And the final scenario can be a complete exit from the nuclear accord, which I hope will never happen, with the help of [the remaining signatories], because everyone would suffer,” he was quoted as saying.Under the 2015 deal — which limits Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief — Tehran is allowed to build and test parts for advanced centrifuges with certain restrictions on quantity.Following the withdrawal of the United States in May, the other parties — Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the EU — have vowed to provide Iran with enough economic benefits to keep the agreement alive.But Tehran is increasingly skeptical that those countries can counter the effects of renewed US sanctions, which have already battered Iran’s economy.Iran has repeatedly said it will resume high-level uranium enrichment if the agreement falls apart.Earlier this month, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran should be ready to “set aside” the agreement if it is no longer in the country’s national interests.The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly stated that Iran is sticking to its commitments.The administration of US President Donald Trump says the deal did not prevent Iran from eventually working towards a nuclear weapon — which Tehran has denied it is seeking.Agencies contributed to this report.

Trump praises North Korea for holding 70th anniversary parade without ICBMs-‘Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong!’ president tweets; many of the tanks bear a slogan: ‘Destroy the US imperialist aggressors’-By Sebastien BERGER-TOI-10 September 2018

PYONGYANG (AFP) — Thousands of North Korean troops followed by artillery and tanks paraded through Pyongyang Sunday as the nuclear-armed country celebrated its 70th birthday, but it refrained from displaying the intercontinental ballistic missiles that have seen it hit with sanctions.The missiles’ conspicuous absence drew praise from US President Donald Trump who called it “a big and very positive statement from North Korea.”“Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong!” Trump tweeted. “There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other! Much better than before I took office.”North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also used the parade to show off his friendship with China, raising the hand of President Xi Jinping’s envoy as they saluted the crowd together afterwards.North Korea has just staged their parade, celebrating 70th anniversary of founding, without the customary display of nuclear missiles. Theme was peace and economic development. “Experts believe that North Korea cut out the nuclear missiles to show President Trump……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2018-its commitment to denuclearize.” @FoxNews This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea. Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong! There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other! Much better than before I took office.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2018-The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as the North is officially known, was proclaimed on September 9, 1948, three years after Moscow and Washington divided the peninsula between them in the closing days of the Second World War.Such set-piece dates are a mainstay of the North’s political calendar, and have for years been opportunities to demonstrate progress in its quest for a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the United States.But too militaristic a display this time might have risked upsetting the recent diplomatic dalliance on the peninsula, after Kim’s Singapore meeting with Trump in June and his third summit with the South’s President Moon Jae-in due in Pyongyang later this month.After a 21-gun salute, dozens of infantry units marched through Kim Il Sung Square, some in night-vision goggles or wielding rocket-propelled grenade launchers, as the current leader — the founder’s grandson — looked on from a rostrum.Li Zhanshu, one of the seven members of the Chinese Communist party’s Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s most powerful body, sat next to him, the two of them occasionally exchanging comments.Armoured personnel carriers, multiple rocket launchers and tanks followed, with biplanes flying overhead in a ’70’ formation.At one point jets trailing red, white and blue smoke — the colours of the North Korean flag — roared above the Juche Tower, the stone monument to Kim Il Sung’s political philosophy.Finally came the missiles, the traditional climax of the parades. But the only ones on show were short-range battlefield devices, the Kumsong-3 anti-ship cruise missile, and the Pongae-5 surface-to-air weapon.There was no sign of the Hwasong-14 and -15 rockets that can reach the mainland United States and changed the strategic balance when they were first tested last year.“It looks like the North Koreans really tried to tone down the military nature of this,” said Chad O’Carroll, managing director of Korea Risk Group.Any display of longer-range missiles would have cast doubt on North Korea’s commitment to denuclearisation, he added.-‘Long live!’-Pyongyang has not publicly stated a willingness to give up the weapons it has spent decades developing at huge political and financial cost, but it has been on a diplomatic charm offensive for months.In April, Kim declared that the North’s nuclear programme had been successfully completed and “socialist economic construction” was the new strategic priority.In a speech Sunday, ceremonial president Kim Yong Nam lauded the country and its army as “the strongest in the world”, but did not mention nuclear weapons.And immediately after the parade thousands of citizens rallied through the square, alongside floats displaying economic themes and calls for Korean reunification — the peninsula has remained split since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.Thousands of accompanying citizens waved bouquets and flags, chanting “Long live” to the leader.-Honured guest-Diplomatic invitations for the anniversary went out around the world, but the only head of state who attended was Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz — although AFP spotted French actor Gerard Depardieu seated in a section below the main tribune.Afterwards Kim and Li saluted the cheering crowd, the North Korean raising his guest’s hand into the air.Beijing is its neighbour’s key diplomatic protector and trade partner, and after years in the deep freeze over the North’s weapons ambitions ties have warmed rapidly this year, with Kim visiting China three times to meet President Xi Jinping.Speculation that Xi might reciprocate for the anniversary did not come to pass — Hu Jintao remains the last Chinese president to visit in 2005 — but O’Carroll said Pyongyang appeared to want to promote its friendship with Beijing.“China is still a very important player and its presence here with such a high level delegation is intended in some way to remind the US of that,” he said.Washington is seeking the “final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea”, while Pyongyang has only publicly affirmed its commitment to working towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, a euphemism open to interpretation on both sides.The process has become bogged down in recent weeks, with the North demanding a formal declaration that the Korean War is over, and the South’s Moon caught between his neighbour and his ally.“Apparently Kim Jong Un thought that now was not time to unnecessarily provoke Trump,” said Kim Yong-hyun, professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul.But some things do not change.Many of the tanks and other vehicles at the parade still bore a slogan on the front: “Destroy the US imperialist aggressors, the sworn enemy of the DPRK people!”

Iran Guard claims missile attack on separatist Kurds in Iraq-Tehran releases footage of strike on Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan base said to have killed 11 and injured 50 in response to resumption of PDKI hit-and-run attacks in Iran-By Amir Vahdat-TOI-10 September 2018

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps on Sunday claimed responsibility for a missile attack targeting an Iraqi base of a Kurdish separatist group.Iranian state television aired footage of surface-to-surface missiles launching Saturday toward the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan base in Iraq, as well as drone footage of the base in the aftermath of the strike, which the separatists say killed at least 11 people and wounded 50.The footage’s release appeared to be a stark warning by the Guard to the separatist group, known by the acronym PDKI, which has resumed hit-and-run attacks in Iran after some two decades of uneasy peace. A Kurdish attack in July killed at least 10 Iranian border guards, likely sparking the Guard’s show of force.“The Iranian armed forces won’t allow terrorists to again threaten the country’s national security,” the Guard said in a statement, warning that its future operations would be even “more crushing.”Video aired by state television showed the short-range missiles being fired from mobile launchers in a field in an undisclosed location. The semi-official Tasnim news agency, believed to be close to the paramilitary Guard, identified the missiles fired as Fateh 110-Bs. Those missiles are believed to have a range of up to 300 kilometers (185 miles), according to the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.Tasnim said the missiles traveled some 220 kilometers (135 miles) to reach the base in Koya, in northern Iraq.The Kurdish satellite news channel Rudaw reported that the secretary-general of the PDKI, Mustafa Mawludi, and his predecessor, Khalid Azizi, were wounded in the strike.The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Sunday issued a statement criticizing Iran’s attack, saying it “rejects the violation of Iraqi sovereignty by bombing any target within Iraqi territory without prior coordination with the Iraqi authorities to spare civilians the effects of such operations.”Iraq and Iran have close political and military ties, and Tehran provided extensive military support in the war against the Islamic State group.Saturday’s attack comes after the PDKI accused Iran on Friday of carrying out “indiscriminate shelling” targeting the border region.Kurds represent about 10 percent of Iran’s population of 80 million people, with many living in the mountainous northwest that borders Iraq and Turkey.A breakaway Kurdish republic backed by the Soviets briefly emerged after World War II and a Kurdish uprising followed in the years after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. A guerrilla campaign by PDKI fighters in Iran continued into the mid-1990s. The PDKI declared a unilateral cease-fire with Iran in 1996 after fighting in northern Iraq between warring Kurdish forces backed by Iraq and Iran.Kurdish resentments have grown recently, buoyed by Kurdish control of areas in northern Iraq. The death of a Kurdish maid at a hotel in the northwestern city of Mahabad in May 2015 sparked unrest by local Kurds as opposition groups alleged Iranian security forces had a hand in it.Since 2016, clashes have erupted between Kurdish fighters and Iranian security forces, including the Guard, leading to casualties on both sides. The PDKI, operating out of northern Iraq, claimed many of those attacks, which prompted Iranian forces to shell Kurdish positions just across the Iraqi border in response.

Army shoots and kills Palestinian trying to sabotage Gaza border fence-IDF says it also arrested three suspects attempting to cross into Israel with a pair of knives; dozens converge on Erez crossing in latest protest-By TOI staff and Agencies-10 September 2018

IDF soldiers on Sunday shot and killed a Palestinian who repeatedly tried to sabotage the Gaza Strip border fence, the army said.“Troops recognised a suspect who approached the security fence and attempted to sabotage it,” an English-language army statement said, adding that they opened fire at the man.He was given medical treatment but “later on, the suspect succumbed to his wounds,” it added.Palestinian security officials said that the dead man was Atef Mohammed Saleh, 32, from Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, which is near the border with Israel.Earlier Sunday, the army said soldiers identified and arrested three Gazans attempting to cross the fence surrounding the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli troops uncovered a pair of knives on the suspects upon their apprehension.The IDF was unable to confirm whether the three suspects were the same ones that Palestinian media reported had been shot and wounded after approaching the northern Gaza border fence near the Erez crossing.The Shihab Palestinian news agency reported that two residents of Beit Hanoun on Gaza’s northeastern edge were shot by IDF troops.Dozens of Palestinians were protesting and attempting to approach the border fence near the Erez border crossing in the north of the enclave.There were no immediate reports of further casualties at the protests.On Saturday, the IDF said it would investigate the events surrounding the recent deaths of two Palestinians at the Gaza border, including that of a 16-year-old who was shot on Friday during protests and who succumbed to his wounds on Saturday.Palestinian media outlets released a video clip which they said showed the incident and appeared to show the teen throwing an object before waving and clapping, with his hands in the air at the time he was shot. (Warning: Graphic content.) He was named as Ahmad Abu Tuyur.“In the violent disturbances along the fence, IDF soldiers responded with riot control measures and acted in accordance with open-fire regulations,” said the military in a statement Saturday. “It is claimed that two people died in the violent disturbances. The events will be reviewed by the relevant command echelons.”The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said Friday that a 17-year-old was also killed and that nearly 400 Gazans were wounded in the violent protests.Around 7,000 Palestinians took part in the weekly clashes.The Israeli military said demonstrators hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and other less-lethal means. Troops fired at Palestinians who attempted to breach the border fence and enter Israel.The army said it struck two Hamas posts in the Strip. One was attacked in response to a grenade thrown towards troops along the border, while another was hit after protesters damaged military infrastructure.Balloons with incendiary devices attached were again flown across the border, after being largely absent in recent weeks. Two fires broke out in Israel as a result of the arson attacks.Friday’s protests were the first since the US announced it was cutting all aid to UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian humanitarian assistance.Recent weeks have seen relatively less violence at the border than at the height of the protests some months ago.Earlier Friday, Israeli aircraft opened fire at a group of Palestinians who were trying to send incendiary balloons over the border in the northern Gaza Strip, the military said. Two people were lightly injured, according to reports in Gaza.There have long been reports of talks on a UN- and Egypt-brokered truce agreement that would end the months-long flareup of hostilities — the most severe since the 2014 war.The surge of violence in Gaza began in March with a series of protests along the border that were dubbed the “March of Return.” The clashes, which Gaza’s Hamas rulers orchestrated, have included rock and Molotov cocktail attacks on troops, as well as attempts to breach the border fence and attack Israeli soldiers.Since the protests began in March, at least 127 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes, according to a tally from The Associated Press. Hamas, which seeks to destroy Israel, has acknowledged that dozens of those killed were its members. During that time, a Gaza sniper killed an Israeli soldier.During the demonstrations, protesters have also launched incendiary kites and balloons into Israel, sparking fires that have destroyed forests, burned crops, and killed livestock. Over 7,000 acres of land have been burned, causing millions of shekels in damages, according to Israeli officials.

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)

THE FIRST JUDGEMENT OF THE EARTH STARTED WITH WATER-IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THE LAST GENERATION WILL BE HAVING FLOODING
GENESIS 7:6-12
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the eart
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Fikir Kebekel - Part 76 (ፍቅር ከበቀል) Kana TV Drama
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The Washington Institute for Near East Policy published in September 2018 a 94-page study titled "Egypt's New Realism: Challenges under Sisi" by Barak Barfi, adjunct fellow at the Institute.

The study details the economic, social, political, and security challenges facing Egyptian President al-Sisi as he begins his second term. Chapter 6 of the study looks at Egypt and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
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The burial ceremony of former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is currently ongoing, and Nigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and Senate President Bukola Saraki are leading the Nigerian delegation.

World leaders past and present, traditional rulers and global royalty who described Kofi Annan as an “extraordinary” person who had a “joy of life”, were led by the late diplomat's widow Nane Maria for his final funeral rites.

The current UN Secretary General, António Guterres, in his speech shared one of the popular icon's saying; Guterres quoted him:

“Always remember you are never too young to lead and you are never too old to learn.” When Annan passed on, Guterres said of him: “He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world. “In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all of us.”

Aside the Nigerian delegation led by Obasanjo and Bukola Saraki, the president of Ivory Coast and the leaders of Liberia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Niger, Zimbabwe, Germany and Mauritius attended the burial ceremony of the late diplomat.
The ceremony was projected onto big screens outside the auditorium for the crowds of mourners that could not fit inside the venue. Many commuters in the capital wore black as a sign of respect.
On Wednesday, Mr Annan’s family and Ghanaian dignitaries were among hundreds to file past his casket amid traditional rites by local chiefs and clan leaders.

Mr Annan, a Ghanaian of Ashanti lineage, was granted a royal title by the Ashanti king in 2002. The elders said the rites, including presenting him with clothing and water, were necessary to clear the path for a peaceful “travel” for their royal. Some mourners, like New York-based community mayor Delois Blakely, had flown long distances to pay their respects.

Here are more photos from the burial ceremony below;




          RELEASE: 45 Cities Pledge to Conserve and Restore Forests, Citing Public Health, Water and Climate Benefits      Cache   Translate Page      

RELEASE: 45 Cities Pledge to Conserve and Restore Forests, Citing Public Health, Water and Climate Benefits

Amman, Auckland, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Oslo, Sacramento and more cities representing over 164 million residents join Cities4Forests initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 12, 2018) – Floods and landslides are wreaking havoc on cities from Bangkok to Bangalore. Urban heat islands are exacerbating sweltering temperatures from Los Angeles to São Paulo. Concerns about drinking water are growing from Bogota to Johannesburg to Jakarta. Rising sea levels threaten Miami and Mumbai alike. Now, a coalition of cities has emerged to protect their residents from these threats by deploying a highly underrated resource: forests.

Today at the Global Climate Action Summit, 45 cities across six continents joined the Cities4Forests initiative, committing to conserve and restore their forests while making residents more aware of the vast benefits of trees. Cities joining include Addis Ababa, Bogotá, Kigali, Kochi, Quito, São Paulo, Toronto and Vienna, with many more across the globe and in the U.S. such as Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

“Cities have invisible footprints on faraway forests that most people aren't aware of. The commodities that we consume - timber, paper, palm oil, beef, soybeans – can be responsible for destroying forests. And the benefits that forests provide to cities are underappreciated too,” said Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at World Resources Institute. “The more we learn about how trees interact with the atmosphere, the more we realize how forests influence the climate on both a local and a global scale. Forests are an important source of climate resilience and stability for people, no matter where we live.”

Trees and forests are immensely valuable to cities and their residents. The Cities4Forests initiative works at three levels: inner, nearby and faraway forests. Trees within cities—the inner forests in parks, boulevards, and yards—help filter air, moderate temperatures and lower energy bills. Trees in the watersheds surrounding cities—nearby forests—buffer against flooding and landslides, lower water treatment costs, offer exercise opportunities and give residents an escape from hectic urban life. Trees in faraway forests, particularly in the tropics, sequester carbon to help combat climate change, generate rain for the world’s farm belts, provide an array of essential products and medicinal ingredients, and host the majority of the world’s land-based biodiversity.

“As the City of Trees, we in Sacramento recognize the important role forests play in promoting clean air and water, and enhancing the quality of life of all residents,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg, of Sacramento. “From their ability to curb climate change to the miles of hiking and biking trails they provide, without forests, our city cannot truly thrive. Cities4Forests will help us, and other cities, share the best ways to prioritize, restore, and protect the trees that make our communities vibrant and healthy.” 

“As Antananarivo is hit by cyclones and tropical storms every year, I fully understand the importance of protecting and restoring trees and forests inside and nearby our city,” said Mayor Lalao Ravalomanana, of Antananarivo, Madagascar. “Green areas can reduce our risks from natural disasters, support climate action strategies and contribute to a more healthy and resilient environment.”

The 45 founding cities of Cities4Forests include cities from every continent except Antarctica, representing 164.9 million residents in their metropolitan areas (see the full list below). Participating cities share a commitment to reduce deforestation, restore forests and help manage forests both inside and outside city limits. Each city joining the Cities4Forests initiative has committed to:

  • Understand. To assess their reliance and impacts on trees and forests.
  • Engage. To raise awareness among residents about the benefits forests provide, communicate what people can do to make a positive impact and collaborate across government agencies to improve the health of trees and forests.
  • Innovate. To harness the power of forests to help achieve climate goals, secure clean and stable water supplies, reduce stormwater runoff, improve public health and provide recreation.
  • Act. To implement new tools, local policies, voluntary programs, investments and public procurement decisions to meet these goals.
  • Progress. To engage at the three Cities4Forest scales (inner, nearby, and faraway forests), participating in at least one level by 2020, two by 2022 and all three by 2025.
  • Share. To share insights, experiences, and innovations to inspire ambition and mobilize action among cities around the world.

“Conserving our forests is a top priority in Mexico City’s climate action plan,” said Tanya Müller García, Mexico City’s Secretary of Environment. “In fact, 59% of the city’s territory is conserved land that provides multiple environmental benefits – absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our water supply, regulating the city’s temperature and creating space for biodiversity. These benefits are fundamental for Mexico City’s sustainability and for our residents’ quality of life. And we recognize that forests outside of the city’s boundaries need to be protected too. Mexico City is the first local government in Latin America to launch a Forest Carbon Bond. Now with our commitment to Cities4Forests, we continue advancing even more ambitious climate goals.”

Cities4Forests is managed by World Resources Institute, Pilot Projects and REVOLVE. Cities joining the program can benefit from their technical assistance to measure tree cover canopy and prioritize where to plant trees for maximum benefit; increased capacity to apply for funding for tree planting; advice on where to look for financing to protect watersheds or restore degraded areas; help writing sustainable procurement guidelines for timber, construction materials and paper products; and much more.

“I am an enthusiastic city dweller in a capital surrounded by deep forests. I know how vital these accessible, yet quiet forests are to the health and well being of the people of Oslo,” said Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, who is supporting the initiative. “Indeed, forests are incredibly valuable to cities and urban citizens for contemplation, exercise, by providing improved air quality and cleaner drinking water. Still, forests further away – particularly in the tropics – are even more important. They support rainfall for food production and food security worldwide and they combat climate change by storing massive amounts of carbon. Halting and reversing tropical deforestation is critical to retain these benefits, and only with cities and their citizens on board can we succeed.”

City officials will also benefit from a peer-to-peer exchange network to learn from other cities and highlight success cases, and a citizen engagement and communications package.

The following cities have signed the Cities4Forests Declaration:

1. Accra, Ghana
2. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
3. Aguascalientes, Mexico
4. Amman, Jordan
5. Antalya, Turkey
6. Antananarivo, Madagascar
7. Auckland, New Zealand
8. Baltimore, USA
9. Belo Horizonte, Brazil 
10. Bogotá, Colombia
11. Campinas, Brazil
12. Culiacán, Mexico
13. Detroit, USA
14. Eugene, USA
15. Greater Manchester, UK
16. Guadalajara, Mexico
17. Haifa, Israel
18. Honolulu, USA
19. Jakarta, Indonesia 
20. Johannesburg, South Africa
21. Kigali, Rwanda
22. King County (WA), USA
23. Kochi, India

24. Lin'an, China
25. Little Rock, USA
26. Los Angeles, USA
27. Mérida, Mexico
28. Mexico City, Mexico 
29. New York City, USA
30. North Little Rock, USA
31. Oakland, USA
32. Oslo, Norway 
33. Philadelphia, USA
34. Portland (OR), USA
35. Quito, Ecuador
36. Raleigh, USA
37. Sacramento, USA
38. Salem (OR), USA
39. Salt Lake City, USA
40. Salvador, Brazil
41. São Paulo, Brazil
42. Seattle, USA
43. Toronto, Canada
44. Vienna, Austria
45. Washington, DC, USA

Cities4Forests is also endorsed by the Brazilian National Front of Mayors and Jalisco State, Mexico

“The FEMSA Foundation is pleased to support Cities4Forests as a platform to scale up green infrastructure strategies in Latin America for sustainable urban development and water security. We envision a pipeline of innovative projects to emerge from the founding cities, blazing a pathway for scale and replication,” said Mariano Montero Zubillaga, Director of the FEMSA Foundation.

More information is available here.

To join the partnership please contact John-Rob Pool.


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“As Addis Ababa’s population increases, we are increasingly aware of the importance of forests in and around our city in achieving our development goals. We are proud to be a city that is fighting to restore, protect, and utilize forests – to the benefit of our citizens, environment, and economy.” – Mayor Takele Uma Benti, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Auckland’s urban forest helps clean the air and stormwater, cools and beautifies urban spaces, and brings nature to Aucklanders’ doorsteps. Auckland and Cities4Forests are united in a common goal: recognising the wide range of measurable benefits forests provide in making our lives healthier, happier and more gratifying.” – John Mauro, Chief Sustainability Officer of Auckland, New Zealand

“Cities4Forests is supporting our program to a greener and healthier 21st century for Bogotá. The forests we want to create in our future "Van der Hammen" reserve in the north of the city will be essential to help us become resilient to the impacts of climate change and supply clean water, while also providing jobs and boosting infrastructure, public health and recreation.” – Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, of Bogotá, Colombia

"The City of Detroit is excited to be a part of Cities4Forests to amplify our work to restore a vital tree canopy in our city to provide the safety, cooling, air quality, and stormwater benefits of trees to more Detroiters. We are actively exploring innovative opportunities to utilize vacant land throughout our city to create a better quality of life for all Detroiters and this opportunity fits right in." – Brad Dick, Group Executive of Infrastructure of Detroit, USA.

Jakarta’s government recognizes that trees and forests in Jakarta provide a multitude of benefits to urban residents, including providing clean air, high quality drinking water and recreation space. Cities4Forests is one of the efforts of the City of Jakarta to implement its 2017-2022 development plan, particularly in relation to the rehabilitation and restoration of the urban environment, the establishment of Jakarta as a Green and Safe City, as well as the improvement of water and air quality.” – Oswar Mungkasa, Deputy Governor for Spatial Planning and Environment of Jakarta, Indonesia

Oslo is surrounded by the forest and the fjord. By joining Cities4Forests, the city of Oslo reaffirms the importance of maintaining and restoring forests and natural landscapes for our local welfare and for the global climate.” – Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, Norway

"Quito is a city that grows together with its nature, where trees and forests are treated as an integral component in planning nature based solutions for sustainable development. We are thrilled to be part of the Cities4Forest initiative as it will be a great support to continue our work in ensuring ecosystem services and connecting rural and urban areas." – Mayor Mauricio Rodas, of Quito, Ecuador

"The city of São Paulo is proud to be part of Cities4Forests and will measure efforts to conserve and enlarge green spaces. Urban forests contribute to the regulation of humidity and temperature, air quality control, health and lifestyle of citizens. Our municipality has 30.4% of the territory covered with Atlantic Forest and to preserve this biome, a treasure in fauna and flora, is one of our management priorities. We are in this challenge together! Containing the environmental imbalance in cities contributes to a better world for all." – Mayor Bruno Covas, of São Paulo, Brazil

“Cities are places of creativity and connection. Cities4Forests will harness this energy, helping cities co-design new ideas that connect citizens to the trees and forests just outside their doors and to the vital global forests that we all depend on.” – Scott Francisco, Founder of Pilot Projects Design Collective

"Cities4Forests addresses the greatest challenge of our times: reconciling our relationship with nature so that future generations can live in a cleaner and healthier world." – Stuart Reigeluth, Founder of REVOLVE


About the World Resources Institute (WRI)

WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and more. Our more than 700 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Learn more at www.wri.org.

About Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects Design Collective is a systems thinking and design consultancy based in Montreal and New York City. We help organizations ‘co-create a better world’ through inventive projects combining culture, infrastructure and the natural environment. Pilot Projects has expertise in architecture, urbanism, participatory design, project assessment and forest ecology, with services ranging from visioning and facilitation to complete project design and implementation. Co-create with us:  www.pilot-projects.org

About REVOLVE

Based in Brussels and Barcelona, REVOLVE is a communication group fostering cultures of sustainability. REVOLVE coordinates publications, curates photo exhibitions, organizes forums, and publishes a quarterly magazine about water (winter), nature (spring), energy (summer) and transport (fall). Recent city-forest REVOLVE activities include publications (e.g., magazine highlighting forest-city linkages), communications campaigns (e.g., photo exhibition on green buildings), and events (21 March forum on city-forest linkages). REVOLVE will lead on citizen engagement and communication packages, including visual identity development, campaign messaging, digital portal management, media relations, photo exhibitions, educational material, impact reporting and other communication tools. Start revolving: www.revolve.media

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