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          Most heavy arms pulled out of planned Syria buffer zone      Cache   Translate Page      

Most heavy arms pulled out of planned Syria buffer zoneJihadists and Turkish-backed rebels in Syria's last major opposition stronghold have withdrawn heavy weapons from nearly all of a planned buffer zone, a monitor said Tuesday, a day ahead of deadline. The pullback is the first major test of a deal brokered by government ally Russia and Turkey last month to avoid what the United Nations warned would be the appalling humanitarian consequences of a major government offensive. Analysts had expected Ankara to have a difficult time enforcing the September 17 deal but by Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the heavy weapons pullout was nearly complete.



          UN Panel on Climate Change Says We're Fucked      Cache   Translate Page      
by Katie Herzog
Welcome to the future.
Welcome to the future. Karl Spencer/Getty Images

Time to take up smoking, everyone! The planet is going to shit so fast, drought will probably get to you before the cancer does.

On Monday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a depressing new report about just how fucked we are when it comes to global climate change. According to the IPCC, on the path we're currently careening down, the planet will increase in temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, a mere 12 years away.

One-and-a-half degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) might not sound significant, but it is, and we're already two-thirds of the way there. A temperature increase of this magnitude will, according to the IPCC lead to an increase in catastrophic storms, floods, wildfires, droughts, and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people, particularly those in already vulnerable areas, like Cape Town, South Africa, which nearly ran out of water this year. While people living in poverty and vulnerable areas are more fucked than we are in Seattle, the U.S. is already seeing the effects of climate change, from hurricanes in North Carolina to wildfires in California and floods in Houston.

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels was the goal of the agreement that resulted from the Paris Climate Accords—which, of course, Donald Trump refused to ratify, one of only three countries on the entire planet to refuse to go along. (The others were Syria and Nicaragua. Even North Korea agreed to comply.) Without drastic action—not now, but yesterday—the Earth will, in all likelihood, reach the 1.5 degree threshold in the next 12 years. And then it will get worse. At 1.5 degrees, an estimated 10 percent of coral reefs will survive ocean acidification; at 2 degrees, only 1 percent will. In other words, we're fucked.

The White House, of course, is too busy throwing campaign rallies and blowing the coal industry to give a shit, but climate change is real, it's here, and it will not get better with Donald Trump in office and the GOP running the show. Remember that 1.5 degrees when it comes time to vote.

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          Moscow, Damascus Discuss Restoration of Syria's Energy Sector - Russian Minister      Cache   Translate Page      
MILAN (Sputnik) - Russian and Syrian officials have discussed on the sidelines of the Russian Energy Week forum the prospects of restoring the energy sector in Syria, including the modernization of four thermal power stations and the reconstruction of the country's gas transportation system, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday.
          Russia Isn't Turning Libya Into the 'New Syria' But It Wouldn't Hurt if It Tried      Cache   Translate Page      
The UK Sun published a scandalous report alleging that Russia is trying to turn Libya into a “new Syria”, but objectively speaking and overlooking the unverified claims made in the piece, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Moscow tried.
          UN Panel on Climate Change Says We're Fucked      Cache   Translate Page      
by Katie Herzog
Welcome to the future.
Welcome to the future. Karl Spencer/Getty Images

Time to take up smoking, everyone! The planet is going to shit so fast, drought will probably get to you before the cancer does.

On Monday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a depressing new report about just how fucked we are when it comes to global climate change. According to the IPCC, on the path we're currently careening down, the planet will increase in temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, a mere 12 years away.

One-and-a-half degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) might not sound significant, but it is, and we're already two-thirds of the way there. A temperature increase of this magnitude will, according to the IPCC lead to an increase in catastrophic storms, floods, wildfires, droughts, and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people, particularly those in already vulnerable areas, like Cape Town, South Africa, which nearly ran out of water this year. While people living in poverty and vulnerable areas are more fucked than we are in Seattle, the U.S. is already seeing the effects of climate change, from hurricanes in North Carolina to wildfires in California and floods in Houston.

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels was the goal of the agreement that resulted from the Paris Climate Accords—which, of course, Donald Trump refused to ratify, one of only three countries on the entire planet to refuse to go along. (The others were Syria and Nicaragua. Even North Korea agreed to comply.) Without drastic action—not now, but yesterday—the Earth will, in all likelihood, reach the 1.5 degree threshold in the next 12 years. And then it will get worse. At 1.5 degrees, an estimated 10 percent of coral reefs will survive ocean acidification; at 2 degrees, only 1 percent will. In other words, we're fucked.

The White House, of course, is too busy throwing campaign rallies and blowing the coal industry to give a shit, but climate change is real, it's here, and it will not get better with Donald Trump in office and the GOP running the show. Remember that 1.5 degrees when it comes time to vote.

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          Who bombed Syria? Was Israel behind the 2018 attack and what has Donald Trump said about ‘animal Assad’?      Cache   Translate Page      
RUSSIA claimed Israel carried out air strikes in Syria hours after an alleged horror chemical attack on civilians. Syria’s state-run news agency said its air defences downed eight missiles targeted at a military base in the early hours of April, 9 2018. Did the US or Israel order the new missile strike in Syria? The Russian military […]
          Ministry addresses leadership challenges in the Middle Eastern Church      Cache   Translate Page      
Lebanon (MNN) – The Church in the Middle East is faced with constant challenges: arrests, attacks, blasphemy accusations, and other forms of religious persecution. Yet, according to Jane* with CryOut, “I think there [are] a lot of churches in the non-Western world that would say one of the biggest challenges they often face is a lack of leadership and that whenever you see a great move of God, you need to be intentional about developing leaders that can be faithful in growing the movement the way God wants to grow it." CryOut focuses their efforts on mobilizing believers in the Near East and around the world to pray for people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. “CryOut is very intentional about the people groups in this region and events that are happening here to enable people to pray for what is actually happening on the ground.”

Leadership Training Courses

Recently, at the end of August, CryOut mobilized their networks to pray for two back-to-back leader development training courses that were held in Jordan and Lebanon. Jane shares the goal of the trainings was to identify key leaders, future leaders, and those who were helping develop leaders. The courses were aimed at how to train and develop these groups of people and how they could better disciple others. There was also a twist. Church leaders selected other leaders or emerging leaders to attend the trainings so they could develop their skills and influence in the Christian community. About 80 to 90 percent of the people in attendance were from Lebanon and Jordan. There were also leaders from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and several other nations. While Lebanon has religious freedom, Jane says there are more pressures on believers who were visiting from the other countries. But persecution is a struggle Jesus warned Christians they would face. “I think that’s one of the reasons why we felt this training was really a blessing.... It was very focused on Scripture, on the realities that Jesus warned us about, on the realities of persecution, [and] on the realities of the importance of still being faithful,” Jane shares.

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“The whole training was basically focused on the way Jesus trained His disciples, what the core principles, concepts, [and] dynamics are from the way Jesus discipled His disciples, and how we can actually duplicate that in our lives and in the people we disciple.” Jane says the trainings were successful and encouraging. People came with a thirst to know more about the Bible and how to better follow the cross and lead others. “The season we’re living in is the reality that people are coming to faith in Jesus.... What was encouraging for us was to give this training to not just pastors of churches, but normal, day-to-day people who are intentional about discipling others and building other leaders.” Partner with CryOut by signing up for their prayer updates and reading their stories on Facebook and Twitter. Also, pray that the Lord will raise up leaders in the Middle East and for ministries in the region.       *name changed for security purposes
          هل هو الهدوء قبل العاصفة في إدلب؟      Cache   Translate Page      

تظهر صورة ملتقطة من طائرة من دون طيار سحب مركبات مدرّعة وأسلحة ثقيلة لقوات المعارضة من إدلب في سوريا، كجزء من إنشاء منطقة منزوعة السلاح بموجب اتفاق سوتشي بين تركيا وروسيا في 8 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول 2018. 

© 2018 بوراك كاراكوغلو/وكالة الأناضول/غيتي إيمجز

 

خيّم هدوء مخيف على محافظة إدلب السورية، الجزء الأكبر المتبقي من البلاد حيث تواجه جماعات مسلحة عديدة الحكومة السورية وحليفتها الروسية. اختفت الطائرات المقاتلة السورية والروسية التي كانت تقصف المنطقة بلا هوادة، وتهدد بتدفق جديد وحاشد للاجئين نحو الحدود التركية المغلقة والمحصّنة بجنود يطلقون النار على مَن يحاول اجتيازها من دون إذن.

رغم أن 3 ملايين مدني نكلت بهم الحرب يتنفسون الصعداء بحذر في إدلب، يهددهم خطر حقيقي إن استؤنف القتال. لن يتخذ أحد خطوات لحمايتهم، نظرا إلى تاريخ النظام السوري الحافل بالهجمات العشوائية، وتلك الموجهة ضد المدنيين في إدلب وغيرها.

بعد أشهر من المناورات الدبلوماسية والعسكرية والضغوط الدولية المستمرة، وقّعت تركيا وروسيا في 17 سبتمبر/أيلول خطة أوقفت هجوما وشيكا للنظام السوري وروسيا ضد الجماعات المسلحة في إدلب.

اتفق الطرفان على إنشاء "منطقة منزوعة السلاح" واسعة النطاق تمتد من 15 إلى 20 كيلومترا وتمر بشكل رئيسي عبر إدلب، وعلى تحديد جميع "الجماعات الإرهابية المتطرفة" هناك. كُلّفت أنقرة بتطهير المنطقة من هذه الجماعات بحلول 15 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول، ونزع جميع الأسلحة الثقيلة من الجماعات الأخرى. رحب النظام السوري في البداية بالصفقة، لكن في 8 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول، تعهّد الرئيس بشار الأسد "بتحرير جميع المناطق التي ما زالت تحت سيطرة الإرهابيين وإعادتها إلى رعاية الدولة السورية".

حتى لو التزمت تركيا بموعدها النهائي، لا تزال هناك أسئلة بارزة. أظهر التاريخ مرارا أن "المناطق الآمنة" نادرا ما تكون آمنة بالنسبة للمدنيين. هل ستجذب المنطقة أعدادا هائلة من المدنيين الهاربين من الهجمات السورية والروسية على المقاتلين الذين ترسلهم تركيا إلى شمال إدلب؟ إذا كان الأمر كذلك، كيف ستعمل مجموعات الإغاثة التي تعاني من ضغوط كبيرة بالأصل ومن ضائقات مالية متزايدة في إدلب؟ إذا شنت الحكومة السورية والجماعات المناهضة للحكومة معركة في المنطقة، هل سيسمحون للمدنيين بالفرار، وللإغاثة بالدخول، أم سيُحاصر المدنيون تحت وابل من القنابل؟ كيف سيتعامل التحالف السوري-الروسي مع المدنيين الذين سيبقون في مناطق في إدلب خارج المنطقة منزوعة السلاح؟

بينما تتصارع الأطراف المتحاربة في سوريا، بما فيها روسيا وتركيا، على النفوذ، عليها الالتزام بحماية المدنيين في جميع أنحاء إدلب وغيرها.


          A Snake Pit at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center - Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Most heavy arms pulled out of planned Syria buffer zone      Cache   Translate Page      
Extremists and Turkish-backed rebels in Syria's last major opposition stronghold have withdrawn heavy weapons from nearly all of a planned buffer zone, a monitor said on Tuesday (Oct 9), a day ahead of deadline.
          Comment on Our Sentiments Exactly by Jonathan      Cache   Translate Page      
You said: <blockquote>Is Jonathan claiming to be an expert on period KJV english, and whether “unicorn” was simply the translators’ intent to reference rhinoceros unicornis following the example of the Vulgate? Notice that Wilson’s argument was not that “unicorn” was specifically a horned horse, but that it was not a mere “wild ox”. So maybe Jonathan should cool his jets about pseudoscience, and stop heckling Wilson.</blockquote> Pastor Wilson never mentioned King James English, he was writing in modern English when he made the reference to a unicorn (within his own sentence, not within a quote). Neither Pastor Wilson nor I referred to the rhinoceros, you added that out of nowhere. And I wasn't critiquing the Bible or claiming it to be wrong, I was critiquing Pastor Wilson. And you were the one who chose to engage with me, so you can't accuse me of not following your agenda properly, it was you who tried to distort my statement about Pastor Wilson's error. Pastor Wilson's argument was clearly not that the passage was referring to a rhinoceros, that's why he used the term "unicorn", never used the term "rhinoceros", mocked the 'feckless translators' who translate it "ox", and followed up with comparisons to Nephilim and a girl with the spirit of a python, demonstrating that it was obvious he was talking about something far more unusual than a mere rhinoceros. This was the exact phrase: <blockquote>Christians who revolt against this massive etiolation do well, in that they are wanting to return to a full-orbed biblical cosmology. The star of Bethlehem was a star, and showed the magi the way to a house. The rhetorical question in Job about taming the unicorn—what feckless translators have called a wild ox—is, when taken this latter way, seen to be a stupid question. ““Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he spend the night at your manger? Can you bind him in the furrow with ropes, or will he harrow the valleys after you?” (Job 39:9–10, ESVOpen in Logos Bible Software (if available)). “Well, yes. That’s how I run my farm.” Who among you, oh sons of men, can tame the ox? Ummm . . . is this a trick question? The sons of God (bene elohim) took beautiful women from among men, and had Nephilim by them. The apostle Paul cast the spirit of a python out of the fortune telling girl at Philippi, thereby indicating that the existence of Apollo was not mere superstition. In short, the ancient scriptural cosmology is not what many Christians assume it to be.</blockquote> You can play your internet word games all you want, but any observer with decent reading comprehension can see that the work of that paragraph is to speak of the unicorn reference as indicating a Biblical cosmology beyond the natural world, not to merely say, "Oh, some translator got it wrong, it's a rhino, a different perfectly natural animal." <blockquote> Since Jonathan was apparently so desperate to get Wilson on something, he didn’t interact very much with the evidence supporting the historical identification as the rhinoceros.</blockquote> Anyone who has ever seen me post on here knows that someone claiming that I didn't interact very much with something is unlikely to be telling the truth. Especially since in the very conversation in question you accused me of "not knowing when to give up" after I explained in detail why anoch (wild ox) was a better translation than rhinocerus. Once again, the particular argument you wish to use shifts like the wind with the conclusion you wish to reach. Neither Pastor Wilson nor I were identifying the passage with a rhinoceros (and if it were a rhinoceros, Pastor Wilson would still be wrong to think it was a unicorn), so your attempts there to divert the conversation were unhelpful to everyone. This is what I had written: <blockquote>The idea that the Hebrew “re’em” refers to the auroch, a huge, powerful species of wild ox that lived in Israel during Old Testament times but is now extinct, is rooted in Johann Ulrich Duerst’s linguistic work of the late 1800s, who found that the word was based on the Akkadian cognate “rimu”, which was show to refer to the auroch via actual depictions found in Assyrian artifacts, which clearly show an ox, not a unicorn or a rhinoceros. Now, is such linguistic work infallible? Of course not. While the idea that “rimu” is the root of “re’em” is highly suggestive, while the frequent depiction of the bulls with one horn as they appeared for the side (due to the profound symmetry of their horns) and their references to “one-horn” in that context is highly suggestive, and while the fact that the depictions in the Bible work quite well for an enormous wild ox, it isn’t something that I’d bet my life or my faith on. As you may have seen, I already clicked “like” on your comments regarding the rhinoceros yesterday. While I think it more likely that the text referred to an animal actually known from Israel, like an auroch or an oryx, you are correct in pointing out that while rhinoceros were never known from any Hebrew-speaking region, their range was not so far away, and the idea that Hebrews knew of rhinoceroses is not ridiculous. Thus, of course, I would not view a good well-rooted argument for “wild ox” or “rhinoceros” as pseudo-science. However, in the English language, “unicorn” does NOT refer to either of those, it clearly refers to a mythical horned horse, and the comments show that many people agree with me in getting the impression that that’s exactly what Pastor Wilson intended it to refer to. To then argue that the text must mean “unicorn” and not “wild ox” by making an argument that shows the inability to distinguish between a domestic ox and a wild ox IS pseudoscience. Pastor Wilson’s entire argument mocking those who translate “wild ox” is based on false assumptions.</blockquote> <blockquote>First off, no, I am not an expert in period KJV, but that’s irrelevant because Pastor Wilson never mentioned the KJV. We’re talking about modern English right now, where I have never in my entire life heard an English speaker in a serious conversation call a rhinoceros a unicorn. And it is obvious that that’s not what Pastor Wilson is intending to do. You ignore that it would make no sense at all for Pastor Wilson to be saying, “dumb translators call it an ox, but it’s actually a rhinoceros, and therefore ancient scriptural cosmology is far more amazing than you think.” Unless you think that a rhinoceros is an especially mythical or spiritual being. His other examples were a star traveling across the sky to lead the magi to a house, the sons of God sleeping with women and producing the Nephilim, and Paul casting a spirit-python out of the fortune telling girl…and you want to add to that, “Plus rhinoceroses actually exist, which most Christians just wouldn’t believe!” I think you’re bright enough to know that Pastor Wilson is obviously saying no such thing, which makes it feel like you’re being malicious in trying to play with words or “plausible deniability” in order to gain not the truth, but the upper hand in an argument. And no, a wild ox is NOT a domesticated ox, no more than a wolf is a collie. Domestication is a process that takes hundreds of years, and as you point out, had been completed thousands of years before this passage was written. The auroch of the Middle East was NOT the same as their domestic cattle, it was its ancestor, and no Middle Eastern man reading that passage would say, “Oh, no, but I have a pasture full of tamed auroch’s right now.” It’s possible the text doesn’t mean auroch – I’ve already given you the evidence that it does, and I already pointed out that you could be right and it could mean rhinoceros too. But it certainly doesn’t mean domesticated cattle in any translation.</blockquote>
          How Rosamund Pike Captured the Fearlessness of Marie Colvin, the War Correspondent Killed in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
In an adaptation from her new book, V.F. writer-at-large Marie Brenner recalls Colvin’s death, in 2012, and the behind-the-scenes operation of director Matthew Heineman’s upcoming film, A Private War.
          About the Jewish Sabbath #2      Cache   Translate Page      

What did the first Christians believe about the Sabbath day? Did the first Gentile Christians see this important issue differently from the Jewish Christians of that era? An unusual group of Christians developed quite early in a town called Antioch in Syria, near the coast. The church came into existence when some Jews from Cyprus fled there after the big persecution described in Acts 8. They spoke to the Greeks about the gospel and the result was one of the most forward-looking churches of those early days. They were the missionary church while the Jerusalem gang were sort of stuck in the mud.

Meanwhile, Christ calls Saul of Tarsus into his service completely apart from the Jerusalem establishment. He didn't even consult them about it. His commission included rather more than what most of the apostles had grappled with up until now. You may remember the story. Saul was struck blind on the road to Damascus. He laid three days fasting and praying, unable to see a thing. The Lord sent a disciple named Ananias to go to him. Ananias, knowing Saul's reputation, was hesitant but the Lord said “Get on down there, he is a chosen vessel unto me to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.”

So the Gentiles were about to surge into the future of the church and soon would outnumber the Jews. Saul (now called Paul) hits the evangelism trail along with Barnabas. Now here is my question: We're wondering about how the first Christians responded to, looked at, believed concerning the Jewish Sabbath day? Was something about to change? Had something already taken place? And what would the Sabbath mean to the new converts coming into the church? Let's begin with the account of when Paul and Barnabas paid a visit to those pioneering Christians in Antioch. We'll find it in Acts, chapter 13.


          How Rosamund Pike Captured the Fearlessness of Marie Colvin, the War Correspondent Killed in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
In an adaptation from her new book, V.F. writer-at-large Marie Brenner recalls Colvin’s death, in 2012, and the behind-the-scenes operation of director Matthew Heineman’s upcoming film, A Private War.
          SARC dispatched the 4th humanitarian convoy to three areas in Yarmouk Basin      Cache   Translate Page      

28 trucks loaded with relief items reached three areas (Tseel, Sheikh Saad and Idwan) in Yarmouk Basin in Daraa on Tuesday, October 09, 2018. The convoy, which is the fourth to the mentioned area, carried 5700 food parcels and 5700 flour bags provided by WFP.

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          18 Trucks loaded with humanitarian aid reached 7 areas in Yarmouk Basin in Daraa      Cache   Translate Page      

On Sunday, October 07, 2018, SARC delivered another humanitarian aid convoy to more areas in Yarmouk Basin (Abdeen, Maarieh, Ein Zaker and ranches around, Al-Shabraq, Saisoun, Jamleh and Nafaa). The convoy (18 trucks) carried 3000 food parcels and 3000 flour bags provided by WFP.

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          10月9日(火)のつぶやき その4      Cache   Translate Page      

ハザールマフィアは世界政府を形成する言い訳として、国連を通じて「二酸化炭素が地球温暖化の原因」という話も使って権力の座に留まろうとしている。だからといって、我々が地球をどう運営していくかを早急に変える必要はないという意味ではない。… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:42

続》トランプは、国連でのスピーチで、「選挙で選ばれてもいなければ説明責任も有していないグローバルの官僚組織なぞに、我々は決して米国の主権を明け渡したりするものか」と、多くの人々を代表して発言した。

ほとんどの日本人は、何者が国連を創設したのかすら知らないし、調べようともしない。

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:45

イスラエルは大イスラエル帝国の建国計画を諦め、パレスチナと二国共存の解決策を受け入れるよう迫られている。米軍はヨルダン、バーレーン、クウェートからパトリオットミサイルを撤退させており、イスラエルでも同じことをするぞと警告している。… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:33

イタリア政府は、ベーシック・インカムに財源を割いて財政赤字を増やしたりと、大衆を支援する動きに出ることで、ハザールマフィアが支配するEUに真っ向から宣戦布告してみせた。
independent.co.uk/news/world/eur…

shanti-phula.net/ja/social/blog…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:22

続》イタリア政府は、ヒラリー・クリントンは悪魔主義ディナーに出席したと書いたジャーナリストのマルチェロ・ロアに、イタリア国営放送局RAIを任せるという手にも出た。
twitter.com/giorgiolaporta…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:25

ディープ・ステート ( #DeepState ) がトランプ暗殺計画のために時間稼ぎをしようと、カバナーの最高裁判事承認を遅らせるべくあらゆる手を尽していたのは今や明白。上院はカバナーに対して虚偽の告発をした連中に法的措置を取る準… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 18:52

続》今やトランプ暗殺に向けての労力が無駄に終わり、ディープ・ステート ( #DeepState ) はキッシンジャーがかつて言及した偽の宇宙人侵略という筋書きのために、ホログラムを使用する可能性が非常に強くなってきた。上空に映像を… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:03

ヒトラーの娘のアンゲラ・メルケルは、既に危うくなりかけている権力基盤に一大打撃をくらった。彼女の長年の同盟相手で党議会のトップであり、メルケルの右腕と称されたフォルカー・カウダーが、ドイツ連邦議会の投票結果によりお払い箱となった。… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:13

続》メルケルの権力支配を脅かしている「右翼のポピュリスト」な政党(AfD)が、多くのユダヤ人の積極的支持層を獲得しているのも興味深い。もうこうなると、「AfDは反ユダヤ的だ」とのミームがすっかり通用しなくなってしまう。
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— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:17

続》アンゲラ・メルケルと仏ロスチャイルドの奴隷少年、エマニュエル・マクロンも支持率が20%以下まで落ち込み、彼の詐欺的な選挙を無効とする軍事クーデターに直面する可能性が非常に現実味を帯びてきている。

— やのっち(。・ɜ・)d (@_yanocchi0519) 2018年10月8日 - 19:19

ロシア外務省がオランダ大使を呼びつけ追及中。ハーグにあるOPCWセンターをロシア軍情報部の4人がハッキングしようとしたと抗議したオランダ。 バイオ化学兵器について捜査する組織がWIFIを使って重大データを保存? 近くに駐車し、ハッ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 21:57

「何も秘密はない。ハッキング・スパイをしたと批判されている専門家たちは、ことし4月ハーグを訪れた。これは規定の訪問だ。彼らは空港に到着し、ホテルにチェックインし我々の大使館に向かったが、この訪問について何も隠すことはない」―ロシア… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 22:07

「米軍ヘリが外国人ISISテロリストを救出搬送している!」―ディルエゾール油田地帯で数多くの報告が寄せられている
fort-russ.com/2018/10/major-…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 22:29

日本会議が沖縄を狙っている! twitter.com/uchinaamayaa/s…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 22:33

豊見城市長選に立候補している2人の宜保さんはどちらも日本会議。候補者3人中2人日本会議とかよ!

#豊見城市長選挙 pic.twitter.com/lKO6eiM5qV

— ウチナーマヤー (@uchinaamayaa) 2018年10月8日 - 20:24

ブラジルでボウソナロが大統領になれば、アマゾンが心配? ルセフが議会クーデターで大統領の座から引きずり落とされ、立候補を表明したルラが投獄され、着々とクーデターが進行しているのに! 
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— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 22:39

Let's see the positive side, #Lula or someone who share his views, will win the elections with 80% of the votes aft… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Enrico Ivanov ☦ (@Russ_Warrior) 2018年10月8日 - 22:41

しかし世界では、金正恩が核実験場跡に査察官が入ることを許可したということがニュースに! 拉致問題がすべて?
presstv.com/Detail/2018/10… twitter.com/nogutiya/statu…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 22:47

#加計学園 報道ステーション
学園職員が証言
「理事長の意向なく部下が勝手にやるわけない。
あの人がトップで 後はみんな兵隊ですから、茶番を何べんするの…」 pic.twitter.com/AUWUtCDwdL

— ⓢⓐⓘⓣⓞ (@kentaro_s1980) 2018年10月8日 - 22:04

イランのアフバズのテロに対して、ISISに報復! 10月1日、イラン革命防衛隊がイランから弾道ミサイルでシリアのアブカマル周辺のISIS司令室を攻撃! ところで5km離れたところに米軍が駐留。戦うこともなく、まるで仲良しの隣人!
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— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 23:01

ソチ合意に基づき、イドリブを取り巻く周囲15~20kmの非武装地帯から重火器が撤収されて行く! twitter.com/smmsyria/statu…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 23:07

イスラエル軍が占領するシリアのゴラン高原で、ドルーズの住民がシリア国旗とアサド大統領の写真を掲げてデモ行進! twitter.com/EnglishFars/st…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 23:11

米軍とクルドSDFが支配するユーフラテス東岸近くに、さらにロシア軍が配備された! イラク国境のアブカマルを絶対に米軍に渡す訳に行かない! twitter.com/EnglishFars/st…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 23:14

400人のISISテロリストがイラクからシリアに入った! ―ハシドPMUが警告 twitter.com/EnglishFars/st…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 23:18

wow... 😶
US diplomats involved in trafficking of human blood and pathogens for secret military program… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— isntboutme (@isntboutme) 2018年10月8日 - 23:17

不払い労働はいけません! twitter.com/yamashiro0645/…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年10月8日 - 23:34

誰かが嘘をついていると疑うなら、信じたふりをするがよい。
そうすると彼は大胆になり、もっとひどい嘘をついて正体を暴露する。

— ショーペンハウアー名言集 (@Schopenhauer0) 2018年10月8日 - 18:25

「原爆炸裂の直後に放たれた放射線は人の細胞の中にある染色体に無数の傷を残しました。傷のつく場所と程度によって、すぐに発症するものもあれば、長い時間をかけて異常が進行するものもあります。」

NHK 終わりなき被爆との闘い ~被爆者と医師の68年~

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2017年2月5日 - 14:16

スイス、ヴォー州ジェノリエ・クリニックのジャック・ベルニエール放射線腫瘍科長は、放射線を浴びた患者の甲状腺腫瘍には染色体異常があり、時が経つと変化すると指摘する。「そのため、今後も目を光らすことが大事だ。染色体異常は長期的なリスクになりえるからだ」

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2018年5月24日 - 18:59

チェルノブイリの被災者
放射性物質の環境漏洩という公害被害。 pic.twitter.com/wc1Ip1zjpR

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2017年2月27日 - 19:21
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Seeds for farmers, sustained humanitarian assistance needed to consolidate food security gains.
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Tarek Khayat, 46, admitted to being a financial officer for the terror group Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, and was ordered to face death by hanging.
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The Turkish state and their allied gangs occupying Afrin have pillaged the city and continue to inflict inhumane attacks against the civilian population. Turkey increases the attacks with each passing day to change the demographic make up of the region. The invading Turkish state has used all the technologies for war at their disposal and carried out barbaric attacks to pillage Afrin, and the inhumane attacks by them and their allied gangs, the abductions, pillaging, rapes and murders targeting the cityÂ’s residents know no bounds. FORCED MIGRATION AND SETTLING GANG FAMILIES IN THE CITY The invading Turkish state has been...
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The UK is attempting to block the return of at least nine Britons held in Syria over links to Isis as it emerged prosecutors may not have the power to bring returning jihadists to justice. They include two members of the socalled “Beatles”, known as...
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October 9, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations that assist specialized populations in the East Region, including homeless and refugee groups, with recent grants to Crisis House and Survivors of Torture International.

A $6,500 grant to Crisis House will help the El Cajon-based organization present Project Homeless Connect-East County (PHC), a one-day event that will provide services to homeless individuals and families. Launched in 2013, the collaborative effort involves more than 35 organizations representing private and public enterprises, religious, civic and government agencies, as well as more than 100 individual volunteers. Free services provided at PHC include haircuts, clothing, identification paperwork, legal help, medical checkups, pastoral counseling, addiction treatment, and housing and employment assistance.

Over the past five years, PHC attendance has increased. Held in April, the 2018 PHC served 213 individuals, including 21 children. Attendance in 2018 was 27 percent higher compared to the previous year. The next PHC is scheduled for April 12, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. Founded in 1970, Crisis House offers comprehensive housing and social services for the region's homeless and low-income populations.

“With the help of the Grossmont Healthcare District, we will have the opportunity to again make health care accessible and provide health-related services to an underserved and high-risk population,” said Mary Case, executive director, Crisis House. “Our goal with PHC is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and make it easy for homeless individuals and families to access necessary services for rebuilding their lives and remaining safe, healthy and self-sufficient.”

According to Case, Crisis House anticipates that next year’s event will deliver services to as many as 225 unsheltered homeless men, women and children. Case also indicated that the organization wants to expand services by making both vision and dental available to those who attend the event.

The GHD board also recently approved a $2,500 sponsorship to the Survivors of Torture International’s eighth annual fundraising “Helping Survivors Heal” luncheon held Thursday, Sept. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley.

The San Diego nonprofit assists adult and child refugees and asylum seekers who have fled from more than 80 countries where political torture and ethnic cleansing are common threats. Founded in 1997, Survivors of Torture offers a free holistic program that includes medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological and other social services, as well as employment, education and legal referrals. Top home countries of origin among clients include Iraq, Iran, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico.

“Our mission is to facilitate the healing of survivors and their families and advocate for the abolition of torture,” said Kathi Anderson, executive director, Survivors of Torture. “We are grateful for the support from the Grossmont Healthcare District since our goal is to cover 100 percent of luncheon costs with sponsorship donations, so proceeds raised at the luncheon will go towards programs and services.”

GHD, formed in 1952 to build Grossmont Hospital, is a public agency that owns the hospital’s buildings and property on behalf of local taxpayers. Since 1991, GHD has leased the hospital’s operations and management to Sharp HealthCare via a public-private partnership. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.


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from Russia Insider: The reconciliation process initiated by the Russians in Syria has saved countless lives of soldiers, civilians and even jihadists. It also preserved SAA fighting strength, brought a lot of Syrian territory back under the control of Damascus. It brought former jihadists back into the fight on the side of the SAA. This process […]

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from Sputnik News: The delivery of Russia’s S-300s to Syria has prompted US media to speculate that the US Air Force may deploy its F-22 stealth fighters to take out the country’s air defenses. Meanwhile, Washington also promised to supply Israel with more F-35s. But will the 5th gen planes be able to evade the […]

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Transcript of Nikki Haley White House Press Conference, Oct. 8, 2018 See resignation letter below  AMBASSADOR HALEY: Well, I want to say — first of all, I want to thank the President for just, you know, allowing us to come out and talk to you this way. It has been an honor of a lifetime. You know, I said I am such a lucky girl to have been able to lead the state that raised me, and to serve a country I love so very much. It has really been a blessing, and I want to thank you for that. But I’m most excited — look at the two years. Look at what has happened in two years with the United States on foreign policy. Now, the United States is respected. Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do. They know that if we say we’re going to do something, we follow it through. And the President proved that — whether it was with the chemical weapons in Syria; whether it’s with NATO — saying that other countries have to pay their share; I mean, whether it’s the trade deals, which has been amazing. They get that the President means business, and they follow through with that. But then if you look at just these two years at the U.N., we cut $1.3 billion in the U.N.’s budget. We’ve made it stronger. We’ve made it more efficient. South Sudan — we got an arms embargo, which was a long time coming. Three …

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Amid a mini-crisis with Russia over Moscow’s blaming Israel for indirect responsibility in Syria’s downing of a Russian intelligence plane in September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov on Tuesday and...
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Syria’s wheat crop this year was the smallest in three decades as war and drought cut production by around 30%, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday. Output of 1.2 million tons in 2018 was the lowest...
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the Turkish security forces arrested at least 90 suspected members of the PKK organization in southeast Turkey, local media said.
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The Syrian army uncovered a large weapons cache in the eastern countryside of the Daraa Governorate this week.
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Kamishna Msaidizi na Msemaji wa Jeshi la Polisi, Barnabas Mwakalukwa akinyanyua juu moja ya bunda la Dola za Kimarekani zilizokamatwa leo kwenye Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), zikisafirisha isivyo halali na raia wa Sudan Kusini Bi. Nada Zaelnoon Ahamed na Bw. Mohamed Belal, raia wa Syria.
Jumla ya Dola za Kimarekani 70,000 sawa na Tsh. milioni 156 za Kitanzania zikiwa zimekamatwa leo kwenye Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), zikisafirishwa na Raia wawili wa Syria Bw. Mohamed Belal na Bi. Nada Zaelnoo Ahamed raia wa Sudan Kusini kwa kutofuata taratibu.
Bi.Nada Zaelnoon Ahamed (38) Raia wa Sudan Kusini (katikati mwenye ushungi) akiwa mbele ya waandishi wa habari kwenye ukumbi wa mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), baada ya kukamatwa na dola 60,000 za Kimarekani na Paundi 3410 za Sudan.

Raia wa Syria, Bw. Mohamed Belal (31) mwenye fulana nyeupe akiwa mbele ya waandishi wa habari kwenye ukumbi wa mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), baada ya kukamatwa na dola 10,000 za Kimarekani, ambazo hakuzitolea taarifa kwa Maafisa wa Forodha wa kiwanjani hapo.
Mkurugenzi wa Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), Bw. Paul Rwegasha (kushoto) akimsikiliza Kamishna Msaidizi wa Polisi, Barnabas Mwakalukwa (aliyesimama) alipokuwa akitoa maelezo kwa waandishi wa habari leo ya kukamatwa kwa Raia wawili wa Sudan Kusini na Syria waliokuwa wakisafirikisha fedha taslim milioni 156 bila kufuata sharia.
Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Viwanja vya Ndege Tanzania (TAA), Bw. Richard Mayongela (wa pili kulia) akisisitiza jambo kwenye mkutano na waandishi wa habari (hawapo pichani) uliofanyika kwenye ukumbi wa Mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la Kiwanja cha ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), wakati walipokamatwa Raia wawili wa Syria na Sudan Kusini wakisafirisha mamilioni ya fedha bila kufuata taratibu.


ABIRIA wawili Raia wa Sudan Kusini na Syria leo wamekamatwa Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA) wakisafirisha fedha taslim dola 70 za Kimarekani sawa na shilingi milioni 156 za Kitanzania na paundi 3410 za Sudan bila kufuata taratibu.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari kwenye ukumbi wa mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la JNIA, Msemaji wa Jeshi la Polisi, Kamishna Msaidizi, Barnabas Mwakalukwa alimtaja Raia wa Sudan Kusini Bi. Nada Zaelnoon Ahamed (38) mwenye hati ya kusafiria namba P01563534 amekamatwa saa 10:00 jioni akiwa eneo la ukaguzi wakati akiingia ndani tayari kusafiri kwa ndege ya Shirika la Ndege la Kenya (KQ 485) akielekea Nairobi.

Hatahivyo, Afande Mwakalukwa amesema abiria huyo mbali na fedha hizo za Kimarekani pia amekamatwa na paundi za Sudan 3410, ambazo zote kwa pamoja alishindwa kutoa taarifa ya fedha alizokutwa nazo kwa mujibu wa sheria ya utakatishaji fedha ya mwaka 2006 iliyofanyiwa marekebisho mwaka 2012.

Pia alimtaja Bw. Mohamed Belal (31), Raia wa Syria mwenye hati ya kusafiria namba 003-16L096876 aliyekuwa akisafiri kwa ndege ya Shirika la ndege la Ethiopia (ET 864) kuelekea Syria kupitia Addis Ababa amekamatwa na dola za kimarekani 10,000 sawa na Tsh. milioni 20 za Kitanzania, ambazo naye alishindwa kuzitolea taarifa. “Watuhumiwa wote wawili wamezuiwa na hawawezi kuendelea na safari zao kwa ajili ya uchunguzi zaidi na hatua za kisheria zilizopo,” amesema Afande Mwakalukwa.

Naye Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Viwanja vya Ndege Tanzania (TAA), Bw. Richard Mayongela amewapongeza maafisa usalama wa JNIA kwa kufanya kazi kwa weledi na uadilifu pamoja na kushirikiana na vyombo vingine vya ulinzi na usalama katika kuhakikisha wasafiri, wadau na maeneo yote ya viwanja vya ndege yanabaki salama na vitendo vya kiuhalifu havina nafasi katika viwanja hivyo. Bw. Mayongela amesema pamoja na watumishi hao kufanya kazi katika wakati mgumu kutokana na baadhi ya abiria kuwa watata kila wanapotaka kutekeleza wajibu wao kwa mujibu wa sheria na kanuni.

Ametoa wito kwa wadau, wasafiri na wafanyakazi wote kushirikiana na maafisa usalama, vyombo vya ulinzi na usalama katika kutoa taarifa stahiki ili vitendo vya kiuhalifu kama hivi visipate nafasi kwenye viwanja vya ndege kwani ndio vinatoa taswira ya nchi. “Viwanja vya ndege visitumike kama uchochoro wa kupitisha nyara za serikali, dawa za kulevyia, fedha haramu au matukio yeyote yanayoashiria uvunjifu wa Amani au uvunjaji wa sheria za nchi,”

Pia aliongeza “Niombe wananchi na vyombo vya usalama kufanya kazi kwa weledi kwa sababu wasipofanyakazi kwa weledi matukio kama haya yangeweza kupata nafasi na kuharibu taswira ya nchi, kwa ujumla mwisho wa siku inaharibika, kwani nia yetu na lengo letu ni zuri ni kuhakikisha hatutumiki kwa namna moja au nyingine kufadhili au kuwezesha shughuli za kiuhalifu zifanyike katika maeneo yetu”.

Amesema na hii ni moja ya ushahidi maafisa usalama wanapata mafunzo na kujengewa uwezo wa kuwa na vifaa vya kisasa kwani vitu mbalimbali vimekuwa vikigundulika kupitia mashine za ukaguzi, na pia kushirikiana na vyombo vya ulinzi na usalama, hivyo ametoa wito watu wasidhubutu tena kujaribu kwa namna yeyote ile akidhani viwanja vya ndege wamelala, kwani ulinzi na usalama unaendelea kuimarika.

Kwa upande wake Meneja wa Forodha wa Kituo cha JNIA, Bw. Njaule Mdendu amesema abiria wote wanaosafiri au kuwasili endapo wanakiasi kikubwa cha fedha za kigeni kuanzia dola 10,000 za Kimarekani sawa na Milioni 10 za Kitanzania anapaswa kutoa taarifa Idara ya Forodha kwa kuwa ni matakwa ya sheria ya mwaka 2006 iliyofanyiwa marekebisho mwaka 2012 na kanuni za mwaka 2016, na asipofanya hivyo ni kosa la jinai

Bw. Mdendu amesema abiria wanapaswa kuchukua fomu maalum akieleza utambulisho wake na kiasi cha fedha anachoingia nacho au kutoka nacho, na fomu atazipata kwenye ofisi zote za forodha za mipakani kwenye viwanja vya ndege, mipaka ya ardhi na majini endapo atakuwa akitumia usafiri wa barabara au majini.

“Hizi fomu pia zipo kwenye tovuti ya Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania na akishajaza anawasilisha ofisi za Forodha na kiasi cha fedha anachosafiri au kuwasili nacho na afisa atazihakiki na akiridhika ataruhusu aendelee na safari yake, na napenda kuwatoa hofu watu kuwa fedha zao hawanyang’anyi baada ya kutoa taarifa na ataondoka nayo, lakini endapo usipotoa taarifa ni kosa na inaadhabu yake kulingana na kiasi cha fedha ulichokutwa nacho, hivyo tuwaombe abiria kutimiza matakwa ya kisheria, kwani watu wamekuwa wakifanya makosa bila kujua sheria,” amesema.

           Comment on Russia says it provided Syria with 24 advanced S-300 launchers along with 300 guided missiles for free by TruthOutJournal       Cache   Translate Page      
A word to the wise young grasshopper Ozy. The debt for murdering Jesus Christ has never been fully paid.... yet. 70 AD is back! Now comes the time for the "complete" cleansing of Satan's spawn. Judgement is at hand.
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In a previous article,Vladimir Putin made it quite clear about the security of Russia and or its personnel will Not be comprised, Israel is learning there Iron behind his words.President Putin cares Not who rules Syria but he will Not countenance another failed state like Libya, for it was the Libyan crisis that brought him back to politics ,When the cuddly Medvedev got screwed,the NATO forces were only supposed to provide a no fly zone,but not to get directly involved in conflict,but as we all know now they did,tilting the balance in favour of jihadis forces over Gaddafi's, this wrong action led to refugees and the very western countries that NATO claims to protect ,being murdered by the affiliates of those jihadis in Libya..All I can say thank God ,the Universe or whoever for Vladimir Putin,because our leaders are nuts,they seem to go along with every crazy US ziocon scheme, I hope with the new leaders in Italy and the AFD in Germany things will change Now..P.S.,We should learn from the Roman and the Venetian, for they knew the Ugly Truth and how to protect themselves..
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Initially I was going to use either my New King James or ESV translation for this read-along, but I recently acquired an Orthodox study bible so I thought it might be interesting to read it.  There are extra books included in the Old Testament accepted by the Orthodox church that I've always wanted to read and what better time than this read-along?  So here we go ........

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The name Pentateuch is used to refer to the first five books of the old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  A Greek word meaning “five scrolls”, it was popularized during the first century, however the Hebrew speaking Jewish people called these five books the Torah or “instruction”.  It is best read as a five-book volume.
Genesis begins with the breaking of the relationship between God and man and continues with the restoration of it through his convenant with Abraham.
The author of Genesis is unknown.  There is no evidence to connect anyone to it, however as the other books of the Torah are connected to Moses and most of biblical literature treats the Torah as a unit, a sensible guess would label Moses as the author, although at least some of the material would have existed before his time.

Presentation of the Torah (1860)
Edouard Moyse
source Wikipedia

Genesis 1-11 (Primeval History)
Chapter 1
……. In the beginning God made heaven and earth.
Chapter 1 takes us from the beginning of creation to the end of the sixth day.
In the beginning, the earth was “invisible and unfinished”. …
  • Day 1:  God made light and divided it from the darkness.
  • Day 2:  God divided the waters from the “firmament” and made Heaven
  • Day 3:  God gathered the waters together and called the waters, “Sea” and the land, “Earth”  The Earth bore grasses and (fruit) trees each according to their seed.
  • Day 4:  God made the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night, dividing light from darkness, as well as signs for seasons, days and years.
  • Day 5:  God made creatures of the sea and birds of the air.
  • Day 6:  God had the Earth bring forth living creatures according to their kind. He made man in His image, giving him dominion over living things, then he created woman.  Everything the plants and trees produce are food for man and the animals.

The Garden of Eden (copy of Jan Brueghel 1661)
Frederik Bouttats the elder
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Chapter 2
  • Day 7:  God rested, and blessed this day, sanctifying it.

There had been no rain and when God made Man; a huge fountain came out of the Earth, watering it and God made man from the dust.
God made a garden (The Garden of Eden) where every beautiful tree grew including the tree of “learning the knowledge of good and evil”.  A river with four heads flowed through the garden, Pishon circling the land of Havilah, Gihon which circles Ethiopia, the Tigris near the Assyrians and the Euphrates.  
God placed man in the garden, commanding him not to eat of the tree of good and evil, then decided,
“It is not good for man to be alone.  I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Although God brought all the animals and birds, as none were comparable to Adam, God put him to sleep, removed a rib and turned it into “woman”.  She was “flesh of his flesh, bone of his bone” and they were one.  
They were naked and unashamed.

Adam and Eve chased out of theTerrestrial Paradise (1841)
Jean-Achille Benouville
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Chapter 3
The serpent tempted the woman, promising she’d be like God if she ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  She complied and convinced Adam to eat as well, but when they heard God, they hid.  Their sin was revealed whereupon Adam blamed the woman and the woman blamed the serpent. As punishment, God declared the serpent would crawl on its belly and would have enmity with man and vice versa, women would have pains at childbirth and be subject to their husbands, and men would toil the earth for survival.  And finally the woman was named: “So Adam called his wife’s name Life, because she was the mother of all living.”  
Because God was concerned that the pair would also eat of the tree of life and live forever, he clothed them and cast them out of the garden, stationing a cherubim with a fiery sword at the door.
Rather than literally die, Adam and Eve’s (Life’s) old paradisical life died to them and they entered a new harsher one.

Cain and Abel (1542-44)
Titian
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Chapter 4
Eve gives birth to a son called Cain and next, a brother, Abel is born.  Abel was a shepherd and Cain a tiller (farmer); both brothers bring sacrifices to God but while God “respected” Abel’s offering, he did not “respect” Cain’s.
“… Did you not sin, even though you brought it rightly, but did not divide it rightly?”
Cain in his anger and jealousy rose up and killed his brother.  When God asked where Abel was, Cain gives the famous response:
“I do not know.  Am I my brother’s keeper?”
However, God knows his sin and curses him from the earth which will no longer give him sustenance but He also forbids anyone to kill Cain who goes to dwell in the land of Nod, opposite Eden.
Cain has a son, Enoch, whom he names the city he builds after, then proceeds a genealogical list of Cain’s family.
Adam and Eve have another son, Seth.
The Building of Noah's Ark (c.1675)
a French master
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Chapter 5
We have a list of the descendents of Adam, beginning with Seth.  Some live 700 or even 900 years, others in the hundreds.  The list ends with Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.


Noah's Ark (1846)
Edward Hicks
Source Wikimedia Commons

Chapter 6
Men began to exist in great numbers on the Earth and the sons of God began to marry the daughters of men (I’m puzzled by the distinction between the two).  God was grieved at men’s wickedness on earth as “every intent of the thoughts within his heart was only evil continually.”  He planned to destroy all he had created but Noah “found grace in the presence of Lord God.”  He commanded Noah to build an ark.
“And behold, I am bringing a flood of water on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life. Whatever is on the earth shall die.  But I will establish My covenant with you: and you shall go into the ark --- you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.  From every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you …”

Noah and his Ark (1819)
Charles Willson Peale
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Chapter 7
Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came. It rained forty days and nights. Water covered the highest mountains and all mankind was blotted out.  The waters stayed for 150 days.


The Deluge (1834)
John Martin
source Wikipedia

Chapter 8
The rains ceased and God sent a wind to help the water subside.  On the seventh month and the seventeenth day the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat.  On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains could be seen.  Noah sent out a raven and a dove but neither could find a resting place. Seven days later, after being sent out, the dove returned with an olive leaf.  The waters had receeded!  Seven days later the dove returned not and Noah left the ark, building an altar to sacrifice to the Lord.  The Lord promised never again to send a flood to destroy man even though man's inclination was to do evil.


Dankgebet nach Verlassen der Arche Noah (1901)
Domenico Morelli
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Chapter 9
God now appears to give Noah a new authority over the animals and says that “every moving thing that lives shall be food for you.” (assuming because of the flood there will not be enough vegetation and man will now have to eat meat to survive?) God makes a covenant with Noah never to destroy the earth again and sets a rainbow in the sky as a sign.  Noah becomes a husbandman and plants a vineyard but becomes drunk and naked.  Ham tells his brothers of his father’s indiscretion but Shem and Japheth cover their father without looking at him.  Noah later curses Ham and blesses his other two sons.  Noah died at 950 years of age.

Noah and his Sons (17th century)
Andrea Sacchi
source Wikimedia Commons

Chapter 10
We receive the geneology of Noah through his three sons, mentioning Nimrod who was a descendent of Ham and became giant-like and built cities.  

The Tower of Babel (1563)
Peter Brueghel the Elder
source Wikimedia Commons

Chapter 11
Mankind has one language and speech and decides to build a city and temple to hold themselves in unity and power, but God descends and confuses their language so they were unintelligible to each other.  He then scattered the people over the earth and the city and tower were called Babel because of it.

Now follows a geneology of Shem to Terah (most people are only living 100-300 years now), the father of Abram.  Terah also had sons named Nahor and Haran, who begot Lot.  Terah led his family out of Ur of the Chaldeans to Canaan and when they reached Haran, they dwelt there.


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          Still No Churches in Saudi Arabia, But Small Steps Toward Religious Freedom       Cache   Translate Page      


US envoy celebrates “unprecedented” progress under the promise of more moderate Muslim rule.


Kate Shellnutt October 05, 2018 8:00 AM



Image: Johnnie Moore / Twitter



Saudi Arabia has made unprecedented strides toward religious tolerance just a year after its young new ruler pledged to bring more moderate Islam to the Sunni kingdom.

After a visit to the capital city of Riyadh last week, US officials reported the country has reformed its religious police—once tasked with enforcing shari’ah law on the streets and in homes—and has instituted new government programs to quash extremism.

“I was surprised by the pace of change in the country. It reminded me of the verse at the end of Book of Job which says, ‘My ears had heard ... but now my eyes have seen,’” said US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioner Johnnie Moore, who has also served as an unofficial liaison between evangelical leaders and the Trump White House.

“It was the first time I have ever thought to myself, Wow, we could actually see religious freedom in Saudi. This is possible.”

Moore represents the highest-profile evangelical leader to meet with the Saudi government since 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans last October to return the restrictive Muslim country to “what we were before: a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.” The USCIRF official formerly worked with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s campaign to aid persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Fewer than 5 percent of the 32 million people living in Saudi Arabia are Christians, according to Pew Research, and the kingdom ranks No. 12 among countries where it is hardest to follow Jesus, according to Open Doors. Likewise the State Department, at USCIRF’s recommendation, has designated Saudi Arabia a “country of particular concern” since 2004 due to its egregious religious freedom violations.

The government still does not sanction churches or any form public worship by non-Muslims, but progress is being made toward allowing private worship and protecting the rights of minority faiths. 


As the conservative Muslim nation instituted new social reforms—including lifting its infamous ban on women driving—bin Salman has recently hosted a string of Christian leaders.

“It should not be lost on us that the Crown Prince has—in the last six months alone—met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Maronite Patriarch, and met with the Coptic Pope in Cairo and that meeting took place in front of wall-sized piece of art honoring Jesus,” Moore told CT.

“There was also a very prominent visit by the recently deceased Cardinal Tauran [a Vatican diplomat] where he signed a joint agreement to promote peaceful coexistence with the General Secretary of the World Muslim League, Dr. al-Issa.”

During their visit, Moore and fellow USCIRF commissioner Nadine Maenza met with leaders across the government, including the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which promotes Islamic moral code.

According to Moore, the commission—once the greatest barrier to private worship—no longer has authority to go into people’s homes or to make arrests. He said Christians in Saudi Arabia have already felt the effects of the reform under bin Salman and support the changes.

Additionally, the USCIRF delegation met with the government ministries tasked with cracking down on religious extremism by establishing educational programs and monitoring teaching in mosques. Under a Muslim constitution, Saudi Arabia continues to have laws against apostasy and conversion, though there a signs they may be becoming less strict in their implementation.

The changes now coming to Saudi Arabia have been anticipated for over a year. “The days of a religious monopoly in Saudi Arabia are over,” Daoud Kuttab, a Christian Palestinian journalist, told CT last fall, noting mixed motivations—social and economic—for the changes. “No more pushing Islam down every citizen’s throat.”

Some of the reforms are obvious already. “I saw women driving, some guardianship rules being rolled back, and women and men increasingly mixing in public venues, including at a Cirque du Soleil concert in Riyadh,” Commissioner Maenza said in a press release.

“The question we continue to assess is whether this opening is extending to other parts of the country and the degree to which these reforms are impacting freedom of religion or belief in a country that still—for instance—officially bans public worship unless it is the state-sanctioned practice of Islam.”

Moore, for one, is hopeful. He wrote to CT days after the trip:


I am optimistic for a Saudi Arabia where Muslims, Christians and others can freely and openly worship, living as neighbors, their children as friends with no fear of one another and, in fact, great joy from knowing one another.

I’m praying for a day when I can travel to Saudi Arabia to proudly and publicly celebrate Christmas or Easter on a peninsula whose Islamic faith and culture owes, by its own admission, a great debt to “people of the book,” which preceded it.

For the first time in my life, and in my advocacy for religious freedom, I believe this could be possible and maybe even sooner than we expect. I am also realistic about the challenges involved, but—so far—I do believe they are sincere in their ambitions to moderate and modernize.

Over the summer, USCIRF commissioners also spoke out on behalf of religious minorities in Pakistan, including Ahmadi Muslims and Christians, pledging to prioritize religious freedom and promote peace in that region as well.





          10/10/2018: WORLD: Syrian jihadists pull heavy weapons from DMZ in Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      

Jihadist factions including Syria’s former al-Qa’ida branch have withdrawn heavy weapons from parts of a planned buffer zone in Idlib province, a day ahead of a deadline. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham “and other less influential jihadist groups have withdrawn...
          Militants pull heavy weapons from Syria buffer zone      Cache   Translate Page      
BEIRUT (AFP) – Militant factions including Syria’s former al-Qaeda branch have withdrawn heavy weapons from parts of a planned buffer zone in Idlib province, a monitor said on Monday, two days ahead of a deadline. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) “and other less influential militant groups have withdrawn their heavy weapons from large areas of the […]
          US Builds New Military Base on Syrian-Iraqi Border      Cache   Translate Page      
Xelil Åžirvan, a commander of a group of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, told Sputnik that a US military base had been detected near the town of Al-Qa'im in northwest Iraq on the border with Syria. "According to our data, the United States has set up a new military base in the strategically important region of Al-Qa'im in Anbar province on the Iraqi-Syrian border. Americans are building up their military presence in the region, which is why Iraqi government forces have sent more military reinforcements to Al-Qa'im to boost border protection," he said. A spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led...
          A US base in Syria is a huge thorn in Russia and Iran’s side — but they can’t do much more than complain about it      Cache   Translate Page      
Members of the 5th Special Forces Group conducting weapons training during counter-ISIS operations at the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria.Moscow, Tehran, and the Syrian government have repeatedly accused the US of training Islamic State fighters at the al-Tanf garrison without offering any credible evidence. And that seems as if it's all they can do to undermine the US.
          la dedans J'ai eu de bonnes exp?riences en fu      Cache   Translate Page      
la dedans J'ai eu de bonnes exp?riences en fumant 50-75mg d'extrait d'harmala (technique acide/base standard pour la Syrian Rue) avant de fumer de la Salvia. Cela augmentait clairement par deux les effets et ?tendit la dur?e de la session pour moi. J'ai ?galement remarqu? que mon corps se relaxait et se laissant encore plus aller dans sa gr?ce avec les effets tranquilisants de la harmala. Un bon m?lange .... vers 1997 [Note de l'auteur en 2002 : En prenant un peu de recul, je d?crirais maintenant cela avec le terme "synerg?tique" plut?t que "boost" ou "renforcement". Alors que les effets paraissaient plus forts qu'avec la salvia seule, transformant et allongeant l'exp?rience, je ne dirais pas que cela a simplement "boost?" les effets.] Normalement, le DMT - qu'on trouve dans dans des plantes comme Mimosa Hostilis, Psychotria Viridis et Phalaris Arundinacea - n'agit pas quand on le mange. La substance est d?compos?e par la MAO (Monoamine Oxidase). Cette enzyme importante agit dans le cerveau et d?truit certains toxiques mauvais pour le corps. Les inhibiteurs de MAO agissent sur l'action de cette enzyme et bloquent la d?composition des substances toxiques, p.e. du DMT. Ainsi, ils rendent effectif le DMT quand on l'avale. La combinaison d'une plante contenant du DMT et d'un inhibiteur de MAO est connue comme l'Ayahuasca. Les champignons hallucinog?nes contiennent du DMT dans des quantit?s tellement petites qu'il n'influence pas le trip. Quand on combine les champignons avec un inhibiteur de MAO, le trip devient plus long et plus intense. Prenez pr?caution avec les inhibiteurs de MAO, parce qu'ils rendent certains aliments normaux tr?s toxiques. Les cons?quences peuvent ?tre tr?s dangereuses: naus?es, maux de t?te, mais aussi des sympt?mes plus graves comme la perte de conscience ou m?me la mort. Selon la tradition des chamans, il faut respecter un minimum d'un jour de je?ne. Nous vous conseillons de suivre cette tradition. La Salvia divinorum est une plante faisant partie des nombreuses esp?ces de sauge (Salvia). Les vraies sauges sont membres de la famille des menthes. Ce qui fait que la Salvia divinorum est dans la famille des menthes. Elle fait une tr?s belle plante de maison (et on peut la faire pousser seulement pour ?a), mais la plupart des gens qui font pousser cette plante sont int?ress? ? ses effets psychoactifs fascinants. Le nom Salvia divinorum signifie 'Sauge des devins?. Dans les conditions id?ales, prise de la bonne fa?on, la Salvia produit un ?tat d>@ivresse divine@ unique. Pendant des centaines d?ann?es, elle a ?t? utilis?e dans des c?r?monies religieuses et curatives par les indiens Mazat?ques, vivant dans la province d?Oaxaca, au Mexique. Pr?sentement (10/7/98) ni la Salvia, ni la substance Salvinorine-A qu?elle contient, sont inventori?es aux ?tats-Unis. Il est l?gal de faire pousser, de vendre et d?acheter des plantes ou des feuilles de Salvia. Les effets de la Salvia sont tr?s diff?rents de ceux d
          Soros Color Revolution In Syria?      Cache   Translate Page      
Ghassan Kadi | As the observers and analysts of events in the Middle East were busy looking at the aftermath of the downing of the IL-20 and the deployment of the S-300 in Syria, a great new danger is now looming.
          По словам израильского генерала, «у Израиля нет выбора, кроме как уничтожать сирийские С-300, без оглядки на столкновение с Россией»      Cache   Translate Page      
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24 сентября 2018

Бывший глава израильской военной разведки генерал-майор Амос Ядлин говорит, что если Россия передаст Сирии систему противовоздушной обороны С-300, у Израиля не останется иного выбора, кроме как уничтожить ее, без оглядки на возможный риск конфронтации с Россией.

Израильский военный аналитик: 

«С путинским С-300 армия Асада может даже «блокировать» самолеты израильских ВВС, когда они вылетают с баз в Израиле».
«Израиль должен проявить беспокойство».


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          IOC: Refugee Team to Take Part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics      Cache   Translate Page      
Refugees will take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday said it would form a refugee team for the second consecutive Summer Games. IOC President Thomas Bach asked members of the Olympic body at its session in Buenos Aires to support the creation of a refugee team, along the lines of the one that competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The members responded with applause. "So you have created the refugee Olympic team, Tokyo 2020," Bach said. The German said the IOC had already identified a pool of more than 50 refugee athletes and it was necessary to keep the world aware of the plight of the tens of millions of refugees around the world. "There is one unfortunate reason for the creation of this team," Bach told a news conference. "This is the fact that the reasons we created the first ever team still persist. We have altogether 68.5 million refugees in this world." "Through sport we want to make a contribution to keep the world aware of this problem and this challenge and that it does not disappear from the conscience of the world, and send another signal of hope to these refugees." There were no details yet on the final size or makeup of the team but Bach said the pool of potential athletes for the team could grow more. "Last time (for Rio) we were under very high time pressure. Now we have two years. We have already taken precaution... and we have a pool of athletes in place. Already now we're supporting 51 or 52 refugee athletes who we have identified," Bach said. "This pool can still grow in the run-up to Tokyo 2020. It is too early to say how many will finally make it." The IOC unveiled its first team of refugees in an effort to raise awareness of the issue and it was one of the feel-good stories of the Rio Olympics. The 10-member team from Syria, Congo, Ethiopia and South Sudan hogged the spotlight after marching as the penultimate team before host nation Brazil in the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic stadium. The athletes took part in athletics, swimming and judo. The IOC has continued supporting these athletes, some of whom attended the IOC session in the Argentine capital. The IOC had said last year it was considering forming such a team again for the Tokyo Games and has continued to support the athletes who took part in Rio. "I am delighted that this tradition is to continue in Tokyo," said United Nations High Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi in a statement. "Giving these exceptional young people the opportunity to compete at the very highest levels is admirable."
          Turkey 'Saber-Rattling' on US-Backed Militia in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey is threatening to eradicate the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria. But such a move would put it on a collision course with the United States, which backs the Syrian Kurdish group as a key ally in the war against Islamic State and curtailing Iran's influence. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's army will sweep the YPG from its border. Ankara claims the militia is linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, (PKK), which is waging a decades-long insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. In an address to parliament last week, Erdogan vowed the destruction of the YPG, and slammed Washington for its armed support of the group. "The United States has sent nearly 19,000 trucks [loaded with arms] to the YPG and PYD [Democratic Union Party] in northern Syria," Erdogan said. "Who will they use these arms against? We demanded to buy weapons from you, and you rejected [that]. However, you are giving those arms to terrorist groups." The YPG, with U.S. military backing, seized control of a broad swath of Syrian territory that runs east of Syria's Euphrates River to the Iraqi frontier. The region borders Turkey, and Ankara claims YPG control of this territory is an intolerable security threat. Turkey's forces have been steadily building up a presence close to strategic YPG towns. Its hardening rhetoric coincides with the U.S. indicating it will remain in Syria after IS is defeated. "We're not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias," White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said at last month's U.N. General Assembly. Former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in Washington and in the region, said he believes the YPG has become key to U.S. objectives in the area. "Now, the U.S.' main struggle in the region is with Iran," Selcen said. "And this particular triangle region to the east of the Euphrates is of high importance when it comes to stopping Iranian presence in the Middle East. I don't see how the U.S. can do anything about the YPG presence east of the Euphrates near the Turkish border." He added that pushing the militia away from the Turkish border also is not viable. "All the towns [under YPG control] are aligned along the Turkish border," he said  "So you cannot ask the YPG to leave those towns, as they will have to go to the desert areas, which is not feasible." Iran and Russia have been quick to exploit the apparent standoff between Turkey and the U.S. Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, "The main danger to Syria's territorial integrity originates from the eastern bank of the Euphrates, where independent and autonomous structures are created under the direct control of the United States." Analysts say Iran and Russia share Turkey's concern over U.S. backing of the YPG. And they suggest a decision by the group's political wing, the PYD, earlier this month to end talks with Damascus likely was influenced by Washington's renewed commitment to remain in Syria. While backing rival sides in the Syrian civil war, Turkey has found common ground with Iran and Russia to resolve the conflict. At the same time, Moscow and Tehran are widely seen to be using that cooperation to try and draw Ankara away from Washington. Turkey already controls a large swath of Syrian territory from previous military operations against the YPG. But analysts suggest the Syrian government, Iran and Russia would likely hesitate to support the Turkish army further extending its control of Syria, even if it meant ousting U.S. forces. Saber rattling Despite Turkey's heightened rhetoric and military presence on the Syria border, there is a suspicion it remains just saber rattling. "There was an increase in forces from the Turkish side near Tel Abyad [a YPG-controlled Syrian town] and what Mr. Erdogan said any military operation could be imminent in the east of the Euphrates," Selcen said. "To me, this was not very probable because it would bring two NATO members — Turkey and the U.S. — face to face in Syria." The threat of military action could be just leverage on the U.S., sharply criticized by Turkey for its slow response to enforcing an agreed road map for the YPG to withdraw from the strategic Syrian city of Manbij. "Manbij remains an open wound in Turkish-U.S. relations," said international relations expert Soli Ozel of Istanbul's Kadir Has University. "The previous U.S. administration promised Ankara YPG forces would leave the city after its capture from Islamic State, a commitment it failed to honor." In a move that could dial down tensions, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced this week that joint patrols by Turkish and U.S. forces would start in Manbij. Erdogan had accused Washington of foot-dragging in honoring a commitment to begin the patrols,seen by Turkey as an essential step toward removing the YPG from Manbij. Despite Turkey's fiery rhetoric, analysts say cooperation with the U.S. is continuing in Syria, and as a senior Western diplomat pointed out, Turkey continues to accommodate U.S. forces' heavy reliance on its critical Incirlik airbase for Syrian operations.
          Sirin Hamsho | #ALD18 @findingada      Cache   Translate Page      
Sirin Hamsho, born in Hama, Syria 1986, is a Syrian engineer and inventor specializing in renewable energy. She received an international patent for a wind turbine system design in 2015, and was recognized by the BBC’s 100 Women and featured in the finale of the programme’s international edit-a-thon in 2016. Hamsho received a bachelor’s degree […]
          Muslims defied the Islamic State to save two ancient Christian manuscripts in Mosul      Cache   Translate Page      

A family, who wants their identity protected, hid for three years two books containing Syriac Orthodox rituals. The head of the family recently entrusted them to a former Christian neighbour, with whom they have been friends for years. For Chaldean priest, many Muslims view Christians as brothers and are ready to risk their lives for a book.


          CIA Democrats Call for Aggression Against Russia, Run Pro-War Campaigns in 2018 Congressional Races      Cache   Translate Page      

The 30 national-security candidates include six actual CIA, FBI or military intelligence agents, six State Department or other civilian national security officials, 11 combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, all but one an officer, and seven other military veterans, including pilots, naval officers and military prosecutors (JAGs).

The range of views expressed by these 30 candidates is quite limited. With only one exception, Jared Golden, running in the First District of Maine, the military-intelligence Democrats do not draw any negative conclusions from their experience in leading, planning or fighting in the wars of the past 25 years, including two wars against Iraq, the invasion of Afghanistan, and other military engagements in the Persian Gulf and North and East Africa.

Golden, who is also the only rank-and-file combat veteran—as opposed to an officer—and the only one who admits to having suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, criticizes congressional rubber-stamping of the wars of the past 20 years. “Over the past decade and a half, America has spent trillions on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and on other conflicts across the globe,” his campaign website declares. “War should be a last resort, and only undertaken when the security interests of America are clearly present, and the risks and costs can be appropriately justified to the American people.”

These sentiments hardly qualify as antiwar, but they sound positively radical compared to the materials posted on the websites of many of the other military-intelligence candidates. In some ways, Golden is the exception that proves the rule. What used to be the standard rhetoric of Democratic Party candidates when running against the administration of George W. Bush has been entirely scrapped in the course of the Obama administration, the first in American history to have been engaged in a major military conflict for every day of its eight years.

All the other national-security candidates accept as a basic premise that the United States must maintain its dominant world position. The most detailed foreign policy doctrine appears on the website of Amy McGrath, who is now favored to win her contest against incumbent Republican incumbent Andy Barr in the Sixth Congressional District of Kentucky.

McGrath follows closely the line of the Obama administration and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, supporting the Iran nuclear deal that Trump tore up, embracing Israel, warning of North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, and declaring it “critical that the US work with our allies and partners in the region to counter China’s advances” in the South China Sea and elsewhere in Asia.

But Russia is clearly the main target of US national-security efforts, in her view. She writes, “Our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has testified that Russia is the greatest threat to American security. Russia poses an existential threat to the United States due to its nuclear weapons and its behavior in the past several years has been disturbing. Russia’s aggression in Georgia, Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria has been alarming. It’s becoming more assertive in the Arctic, likely the most important geostrategic zone of competition in the coming decades. The US should consider providing defensive arms to Ukraine and exerting more pressure on Moscow using economic sanctions.”

She concludes by calling for an investigation modeled on the 9/11 Commission into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Five other national-security candidates focus on specific warnings about the danger of Russia and China, thus aligning themselves with the new national security orientation set in the most recent Pentagon strategy document, which declares that the principal US national security challenge is no longer the “war on terror,” but the prospect of great power conflicts, above all with Russia and China.

Jessica Morse, a former State Department and AID official in Iraq, running in the Fourth District of California, blasts the Trump administration for “giving away global leadership to powers like China and Russia. Our security and our economy will both suffer if those countries are left to re-write the international rules.”

Former FBI agent Christopher Hunter, running in the 12th District of Florida, declares, “Russia is a clear and present danger to the United States. We emerged victorious over the Soviet Union in the Cold War. We must resolve anew to secure an uncompromising victory over Russia and its tyrannical regime.”

Elissa Slotkin, the former CIA agent and Pentagon official running in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, cites her 14 years of experience “working on some of our country’s most critical national security matters, including U.S.-Russia relations, the counter-ISIS campaign, and the U.S. relationship with NATO.” She argues that “the United States must make investments in its military, intelligence, and diplomatic power” in order to maintain “a unique and vital role in the world.”

Max Rose, a combat commander in Afghanistan now running in New York’s 11th Congressional District (Staten Island and Brooklyn), calls for “recognizing Russia as a hostile foreign power and holding the Kremlin accountable for its attempts to undermine the sovereignty and democratic values of other nations.” Rose is still in the military reserves, and took two weeks off from his campaign in August to participate in small-unit drills.

Joseph Kopser, running in the 21st District of Texas, is another anti-Russian firebrand, writing on his website, “As a retired Army Ranger, I know first hand the importance of standing strong with your allies. Given Russia’s march toward a totalitarian state showing aggression around the region, as well as their extensive cyber and information warfare campaign directed at the U.S., England, and others, our Article 5 [NATO] commitment to our European allies and partners is more important than ever.” He concludes, “Since the mid-twentieth century, the United States has been a principal world leader—a standard that should never be changed.”

Four national-security candidates add North Korea and Iran to China and Russia as specific targets of American military and diplomatic attack.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/03/ciad-o03.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 10th, 2018.]
          It Could Be Worse      Cache   Translate Page      
There are places in the world that are worse than the rather sorry state of the United States of America these days. We have fallen far, but we are still no where near the bottom on this planet of ours.

We do not live in Russia where gangsters and oligarchs rule, unprovoked wars are fought, and alcoholism and suicide are so rampant that the life expectancy of men has plummeted.

We do not live in Venezuela which is experiencing an economic melt down.

We do not live in China which has capricious waves of crackdown on unpopular factions and propaganda talk out of Orwell's "1984", and minority populations on the fringes are treated little better than Jews in Nazi Germany.

We do not live in Syria or Yemen which are currently in the midst of active civil wars with international dimensions that transform these wars in proxy wars of a kind not seen since the Cold War.

We do not live in Saudi Arabia which is a vile theocratic monarchy.

We do not live in Afghanistan which is in the midst of a slow burning civil war that has been interrupted only briefly since 1979.

We do not live in North Korea where an emerging monarch arbitrarily executes people, starvation is rampant, and the entire outside world is shut out.

We do not live in Northern Nigeria where underfed herders fight genocidal wars against marginal subsistence farmers and high school girls are kidnapped en masse and turned into sex slaves.

We do not live in Uzbekistan where torture is the tool that is used to keep the masses under the leadership's thumb.

We do not live in Myanmar where soldiers kill and rape and burn down villages of a Muslim minority with abandon.

We do not live in the Philippines were a murderous thug fans indiscriminate violence and disasters routinely take great tolls on people's lives.

We do not live in El Salvador, where gang violence and unchecked criminal activity have reached such epic proportions that people are fleeing the country as refugees.

We do not live in Gaza where there are no resources, an embargo of the outside world, privation, oppression and sporadic military incursions, while local "democratic" leaders are often warlords and terrorists.

We do not live in Botswana where development is woefully behind and more than 15% of the population has AID/HIV.

We do not live in Somalia where warlord managed anarchy is still the rule, war driven famine is common place, and there is no legitimate government which can exercise meaningful control over the nation.

We are close on the heels of Hungary and Poland in backing away from and dismantling democratic institutions, but we aren't quite there yet.

We have a mixed set of economic signals, with falling unemployment but also falling real wages, with a trade war looming, but not yet in full bloom. But, we have not had to weather the economic collapse that struck Greece not so long ago.

We are no longer a shining beacon on a hill. We are no long the best place in the world to live. We have lost our leadership on so many fronts. But, we are far from the worst place in the world to live either.

          How Students Are Like Cats      Cache   Translate Page      

How Students Are Like Cats by Terry Heick Students can be a lot like cats. This occurred to me recently when teaching a group of 8th graders about the wonders of the preposition. Cats are curious, aloof little prima donnas capable of great feats of athleticism and laziness. They have their own internal clocks, their […]

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          Σχόλιο στο Παραδόθηκαν στη Συρία οι ρωσικοί πύραυλοι S-300 από tsimuha      Cache   Translate Page      
According to an anonymous source, in the Syrian Arab Republic, after the incident with the IL-20 REAR (September 17, 2018), upgraded radar stations “Gamma-S1M” and “Sky-UM” were delivered to Hmeimim airbase, which will take over duty in the air defense of the Russian Federation The radar of medium and high altitudes entered the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on state defense orders-2018. They are designed to detect, measure coordinates and tracking at a range of up to 600 km of air targets of various categories – from aircraft to cruise and guided missiles, including small-sized, hypersonic and ballistic. The equipment of the stations allows you to determine the nationality of the object and transmit information to the command center or anti-aircraft complexes. In addition, it is possible to find the sources of interference and determine their location. Calculations of radar stations and automation systems of the air defense connection underwent a training course for working with new models of equipment.
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Regime is so desperate for new recruits that it quietly changed exam rules and has offered amnesty for draft dodgers

After seven long years, Bashar al-Assad has almost clinched victory in Syria. Just one province remains beyond his grasp, but as his Russian and Iranian allies step away from the last stages of the war they leave behind a Syrian army too weak to finish the job on its own.

The regime has said a ceasefire deal in the last opposition stronghold of Idlib is a temporary measure to avoid civilian deaths. But facing the prospect of a major battle without the help of Russian airpower and Iranian-backed ground militias – both appear reluctant to commit to the final battle – the stakes are higher for Syria’s depleted and demoralised army than they have been in years.

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          October 10: 1 Kings 13; Philippians 4; Psalms 95–96; Ezekiel 43       Cache   Translate Page      

With family: 1 Kings 13; Philippians 4

1 Kings 13 (Listen)

A Man of God Confronts Jeroboam

13 And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the LORD to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. And the man cried against the altar by the word of the LORD and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make offerings on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’” And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” And when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him.” And his hand, which he stretched out against him, dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. And the king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” And the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king's hand was restored to him and became as it was before. And the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” And the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your house, I will not go in with you. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place, for so was it commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’” 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel.

The Prophet's Disobedience

11 Now an old prophet lived in Bethel. And his sons1 came and told him all that the man of God had done that day in Bethel. They also told to their father the words that he had spoken to the king. 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him the way that the man of God who came from Judah had gone. 13 And he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him and he mounted it. 14 And he went after the man of God and found him sitting under an oak. And he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am.” 15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.” 16 And he said, “I may not return with you, or go in with you, neither will I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place, 17 for it was said to me by the word of the LORD, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by the way that you came.’” 18 And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied to him. 19 So he went back with him and ate bread in his house and drank water.

20 And as they sat at the table, the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back. 21 And he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD and have not kept the command that the LORD your God commanded you, 22 but have come back and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your body shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’” 23 And after he had eaten bread and drunk, he saddled the donkey for the prophet whom he had brought back. 24 And as he went away a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood beside it; the lion also stood beside the body. 25 And behold, men passed by and saw the body thrown in the road and the lion standing by the body. And they came and told it in the city where the old prophet lived.

26 And when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the word of the LORD; therefore the LORD has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word that the LORD spoke to him.” 27 And he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And they saddled it. 28 And he went and found his body thrown in the road, and the donkey and the lion standing beside the body. The lion had not eaten the body or torn the donkey. 29 And the prophet took up the body of the man of God and laid it on the donkey and brought it back to the city2 to mourn and to bury him. 30 And he laid the body in his own grave. And they mourned over him, saying, “Alas, my brother!” 31 And after he had buried him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave in which the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones. 32 For the saying that he called out by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel and against all the houses of the high places that are in the cities of Samaria shall surely come to pass.”

33 After this thing Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but made priests for the high places again from among all the people. Any who would, he ordained to be priests of the high places. 34 And this thing became sin to the house of Jeroboam, so as to cut it off and to destroy it from the face of the earth.

Footnotes

[1] 13:11 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew son
[2] 13:29 Septuagint; Hebrew he came to the city of the old prophet

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Philippians 4 (Listen)

Therefore, my brothers,1 whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion,2 help these women, who have labored3 side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness4 be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned5 and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

God's Provision

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share6 my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.7 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 8, 21
[2] 4:3 Or loyal Syzygus; Greek true yokefellow
[3] 4:3 Or strived (see 1:27)
[4] 4:5 Or gentleness
[5] 4:9 Or these things— 9which things you have also learned
[6] 4:14 Or have fellowship in
[7] 4:17 Or I seek the profit that accrues to your account

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In private: Psalms 95–96; Ezekiel 43

Psalms 95–96 (Listen)

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

95   Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
  For the LORD is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
  In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
  The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
  Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
  For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
  Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
  when your fathers put me to the test
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10   For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
    and they have not known my ways.”
11   Therefore I swore in my wrath,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

96   Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all the earth!
  Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
  Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the LORD made the heavens.
  Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
    bring an offering, and come into his courts!
  Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;1
    tremble before him, all the earth!
10   Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11   Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12     let the field exult, and everything in it!
  Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13     before the LORD, for he comes,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
  He will judge the world in righteousness,
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Footnotes

[1] 96:9 Or in holy attire

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Ezekiel 43 (Listen)

The Glory of the Lord Fills the Temple

43 Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he1 came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal. And I fell on my face. As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple, and he said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel forever. And the house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoring and by the dead bodies2 of their kings at their high places,3 by setting their threshold by my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them. They have defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed, so I have consumed them in my anger. Now let them put away their whoring and the dead bodies of their kings far from me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.

10 “As for you, son of man, describe to the house of Israel the temple, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and they shall measure the plan. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple, its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, that is, its whole design; and make known to them as well all its statutes and its whole design and all its laws, and write it down in their sight, so that they may observe all its laws and all its statutes and carry them out. 12 This is the law of the temple: the whole territory on the top of the mountain all around shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.

The Altar

13 “These are the measurements of the altar by cubits (the cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth):4 its base shall be one cubit high5 and one cubit broad, with a rim of one span6 around its edge. And this shall be the height of the altar: 14 from the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits, with a breadth of one cubit; and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits, with a breadth of one cubit; 15 and the altar hearth, four cubits; and from the altar hearth projecting upward, four horns. 16 The altar hearth shall be square, twelve cubits long by twelve broad. 17 The ledge also shall be square, fourteen cubits long by fourteen broad, with a rim around it half a cubit broad, and its base one cubit all around. The steps of the altar shall face east.”

18 And he said to me, “Son of man, thus says the Lord GOD: These are the ordinances for the altar: On the day when it is erected for offering burnt offerings upon it and for throwing blood against it, 19 you shall give to the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who draw near to me to minister to me, declares the Lord GOD, a bull from the herd for a sin offering. 20 And you shall take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar and on the four corners of the ledge and upon the rim all around. Thus you shall purify the altar and make atonement for it. 21 You shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and it shall be burned in the appointed place belonging to the temple, outside the sacred area. 22 And on the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering; and the altar shall be purified, as it was purified with the bull. 23 When you have finished purifying it, you shall offer a bull from the herd without blemish and a ram from the flock without blemish. 24 You shall present them before the LORD, and the priests shall sprinkle salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the LORD. 25 For seven days you shall provide daily a male goat for a sin offering; also, a bull from the herd and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be provided. 26 Seven days shall they make atonement for the altar and cleanse it, and so consecrate it.7 27 And when they have completed these days, then from the eighth day onward the priests shall offer on the altar your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, and I will accept you, declares the Lord GOD.”

Footnotes

[1] 43:3 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts when I
[2] 43:7 Or the monuments; also verse 9
[3] 43:7 Or at their deaths
[4] 43:13 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters; a handbreadth was about 3 inches or 7.5 centimeters
[5] 43:13 Or its gutter shall be one cubit deep
[6] 43:13 A span was about 9 inches or 22 centimeters
[7] 43:26 Hebrew fill its hand

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          Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam?      Cache   Translate Page      

Với hơn 100 gian hàng, Triển lãm Quốc tế về An ninh năm 2018 (Home Security Expo – HSE 2018) đã quy tụ trên 50 doanh nghiệp trong và ngoài nước chuyên về công nghệ và thiết bị cho ngành An ninh.

Triển lãm có sự tham gia của các đơn vị sản xuất, phân phối trang thiết bị, vũ khí, dụng cụ tương trợ cho công tác An ninh - Quốc phòng đến từ các nhà nước hàng đầu thế giới như: Israel, Belarus, Nga, Ấn Độ và đặc biệt là Pháp.

Một số cái tên nổi trội của công nghiệp quốc phòng Pháp như MBDA, Safran Electronics & Defense hay Nexter… đã mang tới Việt Nam theo nhiều sản phẩm trội với mục đích lóng đơn hàng xuất khẩu.

Tập đoàn quốc phòng Nexter của Pháp là một trong nhiều nhà thầu quốc phòng lần trước tiên tham dự HSE 2018. nên chi, không có gì sửng sốt khi Nexter mang tới HSE 2018 bộ ba sản phẩm nổi trội nhất của mình là lựu pháo GIAT LG1, pháo tự hành Caesar 6x6 và Caesar 8x8.

Trong năm 2015, báo chí Pháp đã đăng tải thông báo Việt Nam có thể mua tới 108 tổ hợp pháo tự hành bánh lốp Caesar 6x6 để phục vụ kế hoạch hiện đại hóa lục quân. Tuy nhiên, kể từ khi xuất hiện thông tin ban đầu đến nay, có vẻ như thương vụ pháo tự hành CAESAR giữa Việt Nam và Pháp vẫn đang ở dạng tiềm năng chứ chưa được khai triển.

Do đó, khách tham quan HSE 2018 dành sự để ý đặc biệt tới mô hình hệ thống pháo tự hành Caesar - ứng cử viên tiềm năng của Binh chủng "chân đồng, vai sắt, đánh giỏi, bắn trúng" của QĐND Việt Nam.

Việc Nexter mang các hệ thống pháo Caesar tới dự triển lãm HSE năm nay đã cho thấy họ vẫn rất quan hoài tới đối tác tiềm năng Việt Nam. Ngược lại, phía Việt Nam cũng có thời cơ để luận bàn, tìm hiểu tính năng của các sản phẩm trên so với những đối thủ trên thế giới nhằm phục vụ mua sắm, trang bị trong ngày mai.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 1.

Mô hình pháo tự hành Caesar 6x6 và Caesar 8x8 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh; Xuân Thu

Bố trí súng máy 12,7mm trên cabin pháo tự hành – Pháp học tập Việt Nam?

Quá trình sử dụng pháo tự hành CAESAR của Quân đội Ả Rập Xê Út cũng như trong các hoạt động giữ gìn hòa bình của Quân đội Pháp đã đặt ra đề nghị về một phiên bản đặt trên khung gầm 8x8.

Pháo tự hành Caesar 8x8 tại HSE 2018 đặt trên xe tải chuyên dụng loại 8 bánh chủ động, ở triển lãm là xe T-815 do hãng Tatra sản xuất. Động cơ của xe Tatra đến 420 sức ngựa, mạnh hơn loại xe 6x6 vốn có 240 mã lực, cho phép biến thể này mở mang khuôn khổ hành quân cũng như tầm tác chiến hiệu quả.

Tuy nhiên, phía công ty của Pháp cũng đề cập tới khả năng tùy biến, lắp đặt pháo trên các khung gầm khác như MAN, Sisu, Volvo hay cả Kamaz nếu phía Việt Nam có nhu cầu.

Điểm làm nên sự dị biệt lớn nhất của phiên bản Caesar 8x8 được ra mắt lần này, theo ông Jacques Bastogne, là chúng được trang bị buồng lái 4 cửa bọc thép vớ và trên nóc buồng tài xế pháo này còn gắn thêm 1 khẩu súng máy 12,7 mm, và xe còn có thêm bình nhiên liệu phụ.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 2.

Cận cảnh cabin 4 cửa bọc thép hết thảy với súng 12,7mm trên nóc tại HSE 2018. Đây là đặc điểm khác biệt so với cấu hình phiên bản CAESAR 8x8 được trưng bày tại Triển lãm Quốc phòng Eurosatory 2016 chỉ có cabin 2 cửa và không bố trí súng liên thanh trên nóc (ảnh dưới). Ảnh: Xuân Thu.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 3.

Việc bố trí súng máy 12,7 mm trên nóc xe của Nexter khá tương đồng với việc CNQP Việt Nam tích hợp súng máy phòng không 12,7mm lên xe chuyên chở quân sự Ural-4320.

Giải pháp này nhằm giúp kíp vận hành không những đánh địch trên mặt đất mà còn có khả năng tự vệ trước các đòn tập kích đường không của đối phương, nhất là cơ động triển khai thế trận phòng không, đánh tàu bay bay thấp và trực thăng trong cự ly khoảng 1.000-2.000m.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 4.

Pháo tự hành 105mm của CNQP Việt Nam với súng máy 12,7mm trên nóc cabin

Mô hình CAESAR 8x8 được trung bày tại HSE 2018 là phiên bản mới nhất?

Pháo tự hành Caesar 8x8 có uy lực lớn hơn khi có thể mang theo đến 30 quả đạn loại 155mm, so với 18 quả đạn trên Caesar 6x6. Phiên bản nâng cấp của hệ thống pháo CAESAR được trang bị cánh tay máy nạp đạn tự động. Thời gian triển khai và thu hồi pháo mất chưa đầy 1 phút và chỉ cần tới kíp đương đầu 3 người.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 5.

Cận cảnh cánh tay nạp đạn tự động trên mô hình Caesar 8x8 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Nói thêm về sự khác biệt của Caesar 8x8 với phiên bản trước, đại diện phía Pháp cho biết Caesar 8x8 được trang bị hệ thống chỉ huy, kiểm soát hỏa lực vi tính hóa FAST-Hit, radar đo sơ tốc đầu nòng Intertechnique ROB4, hệ thống chỉ huy SAGEM Sigma 30 và hệ thống định vị toàn cầu (GPS) cho phép CAESAR vận hành độc lập mà không cần lực lượng trinh sát viên pháo binh đi kèm.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 6.

Hệ thống chỉ dẫn bắn bằng máy tính, radar, hệ thống định vị vệ tinh toàn cầu (GPS) và hệ thống dẫn đường quán tính của CAESAR được trưng bày tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 7.

Bản thuyết minh về tính năng kỹ - chiến thuật của phiên bản CAESAR 8x8 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Về hỏa lực, CAESAR có thể bắn đạn pháo chống tăng dẫn đường Bonus. Mỗi quả đạn Bonus mang 2 đạn con thông minh có tầm bắn 34 km, tầm bắn tối đa với đạn tăng tầm là 42 km hoặc lên đến 50 km nếu sử dụng đạn phản lực.

Pháo CAESAR còn được trang bị đạn Orge phát triển cho Lục quân Pháp, dùng để tiêu diệt các trọng điểm chỉ huy, trận địa pháo, xe bọc thép hạng nhẹ và khu vực hậu cần của đối phương. Mỗi quả đạn Orge mang 63 đạn con, một loạt bắn 6 đạn Orge sẽ rải 378 đạn, phủ lên khu vực rộng 3 hecta ở khoảng cách 35 km.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 8.

Cận cảnh hai loại đạn dùng cho pháo tự hành CAESAR

Ngoài phiên bản 8x8, Nexter cũng không quên mang theo người anh em CAESAR 6x6 tới HSE 2018. Đây là phiên bản đã từng trải qua thực chiến tại Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria và Mali.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 9.

Mô hình pháo tự hành CAESAR 6x6 tại HSE 2018. Qua quan sát, phiên bản 6x6 vẫn sử dụng cabin không bọc thép, không bố trí súng liên thanh và máy nạp đạn tự động. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 10.

Bản thuyết minh về tính năng kỹ - chiến thuật của phiên bản CAESAR 6x6 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Các nhà nước hiện trang bị pháo CAESAR gồm Pháp (hiện có 77 hệ thống trong biên chế và lên kế hoạch mua thêm 64 hệ thống khác), Ả Rập Xê Út (có 132 hệ thống và dự kiến mua thêm 136), Indonesia (37 hệ thống và dự kiến mua thêm 18), Thái Lan (6 hệ thống). Với phiên bản 8x8, Đan Mạch trở nên khách hàng đầu tiên khi đặt mua 21 hệ thống năm 2016.

Tuy hợp đồng mua pháo tự hành CAESAR giữa Việt Nam và Pháp vẫn chưa có những diễn biến mới nhưng trong những năm gần đây, quan hệ hợp tác quốc phòng giữa Việt Nam và Pháp đã có nhiều bước tiến khăng khăng và phía bạn luôn tỏ ý sẵn sàng cung cấp cho chúng ta những vũ khí đương đại.

nên, không loại trừ khả năng trong ngày mai, Pháo binh Việt Nam sẽ mua sắm và đưa vào biên chế dòng pháo tự hành hiện đại này của Pháp.

lính tráng Đan Mạch bắn pháo tự hành Caesar 8x8


          U.N.'s Nikki Haley to leave in latest Trump shake-up      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump’s turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced Tuesday that she is resigning at the end of the year, raising fresh questions about the Trump team and about the outspoken diplomat’s own political ambitions.

The news blindsided some key U.S. allies and many congressional Republicans involved in foreign policy matters. And it came less than a month before congressional elections, thwarting White House efforts to project an image of stability, with the loss of one of the highest-profile women in the administration at a time when women’s votes are being vigorously pursued.

But Haley, the former South Carolina governor, has often been an unpredictable and independent force in the Trump administration. At times she has offered strikingly different perspectives on world events from her more isolationist-minded boss.

A smiling Haley announced her decision at an Oval Office meeting alongside the president, bringing up her own political prospects even as she underscored her continued support for Trump. Without prompting from reporters, she said she had no plans to run for president “in 2020” and would campaign for Trump.

Haley, who is 46 and not personally wealthy, hinted in her resignation letter to Trump that she is headed to the private sector.

“I have given everything I’ve got these last eight years,” she said, referring to her six years as governor as well as her time at the U.N. “And I do think it’s good to rotate in other people who can put that same energy and power into it.”

Trump was asked why the announcement was made now since Haley is staying until the end of the year.

Instead of answering directly, he recounted how she has had to work on tough issues, such as Iran and North Korea.

White House officials had sought to put a hold on Trump’s record-setting turnover in the run-up to the Nov. 6 elections, with aides being asked months ago to step down or commit to stay through Election Day to avoid adding to a sense of turmoil.

Still, the prospect of post-midterm changes continues to hang over the West Wing, and Haley’s exit was one that has been discussed, according to a senior administration official not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

A number of officials speculated that the timing was meant to preserve the ambassador’s own political future. A post in the Trump administration has proved to be a rickety stepping-stone to either lucrative private sector work or hopes for higher office, and the risk to those ambitions might only increase after the elections if Democrats make significant gains in Congress.

Trump said Haley first discussed leaving with him six months ago. The senior official noted that their conversation coincided with the appointments of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser in an earlier upending of top foreign policy officials. Haley had expressed some frustration that her voice had been diminished as the two men became the aggressive new faces of Trump’s international policy, the official said.

More recently, there was the awkward moment at the U.N., when Trump’s boasting of American economic strength under his leadership brought laughter at a General Assembly session. He insisted later that the delegates were laughing with him, not at him.

The six-month timeline also coincides with a high-profile spat between Haley and the White House in April, when she drew the president’s ire for previewing in a television appearance the administration’s planned imposition of a new round of sanctions on Russia. When the sanctions never materialized, White House officials said the plans had changed without Haley being briefed, and economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggested that she was confused.

“I don’t get confused,” Haley said in a sharply worded response to the West Wing.

Haley was appointed to the U.N. post in November 2016 and last month coordinated Trump’s second trip to the United Nations, including his first time chairing the Security Council.

A rookie to international politics, the former South Carolina governor was an unusual pick for to be U.N. envoy. “It was a blessing to go into the U.N. every day with body armor,” Haley said, saying her job was to defend America on the world stage.

At the U.N., she helped spearhead the administration’s efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-American and anti-Israel actions by the international body, including the U.S. decision to leave the Human Rights Council and to stop funding the U.N. agency for Palestinian Refugees.

Haley also secured three successively tougher Security Council sanction resolutions against North Korea – which the administration has credited with bringing Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table – and an arms embargo against South Sudan. But under Haley’s tenure at the U.N., the U.S. has faced strong opposition from Russia when it comes to addressing the seven-year-old war in Syria, and frustration from European allies over reimposing nuclear sanctions against Iran.

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One he was considering five candidates for Haley’s job and that a successor would be named in two to three weeks – or maybe sooner. Among those under consideration, Trump said, is former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. Trump told reporters that he has heard his daughter Ivanka Trump’s name discussed for the post, but said if he selected her he’d be accused of nepotism.

In a tweet, the presidential senior adviser and eldest daughter praised Haley, saying Trump will “nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador.”

She added: “That replacement will not be me.”

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell’s name has also been floated for the post, but Trump suggested he’d rather keep him in his current post “because he’s doing such a good job.”

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley clashed with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign, denouncing “the siren call of the angriest voices” that disrespected America’s immigrants. Trump tweeted that “The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley.”

Haley has one child in college and another approaching college age, and she has the potential to make much more money in the business world. She reported owing between $500,000 and $1 million on financial disclosures filed as part of her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The debts included a personal mortgage of between $250,001 and $500,000, according to the report with the Office of Government Ethics.

Before she was named by Trump to her U.N. post, Haley was elected the first female governor of South Carolina. She was re-elected in 2014. As governor, she developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who helped lead the effort to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and helped guide the state through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church.


          Re: Accused of Terrorism and Jailed for Three Years, Adam Shafi Is Released Following a Mistrial      Cache   Translate Page      
What's that you say ... the federal govt. is using taxpayers money to prosecute bogus cases of citizens kinda wanting (allegedly) to join a "terrorist organization (al nusra front aka al qaeda in syria)" but also (according to ny times article linked below) using taxpayers money to funnel money/weapons/training to that same "terrorist organization"?
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          Dubes Amerika Serikat untuk PBB Mundur dari Jabatannya      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, New York - Sejumlah laporan menyebut Duta Besar Amerika Serikatuntuk PBB, Nikki Haley, mengundurkan diri dari jabatannya itu.

Situs berita dan informasi Axios, yang mengutip dua orang yang mengetahui langsung informasi tersebut, mengatakan, Selasa 9 Oktober 2018, Presiden Amerika Serikat, Donald Trump, telah menerima pengunduran diri Haley.

VOA Indonesia yang dikutip Rabu (10/10/2018) menyebutkan, kendati demikian belum jelas kapan Haley akan secara resmi meninggalkan jabatannya itu.

CNN dan The New York Times juga melaporkan pengunduran diri Haley tersebut. NBC News melaporkan, Haley mengungkapkan rencana pengunduran diri kepada para stafnya juga pada hari Selasa waktu setempat.

Ia dikabarkan sudah mendiskusikan pengunduran dirinya itu dengan Trump pekan lalu di Gedung Putih.

Haley sebelumnya dikenal sebagai pengecam keras Trump. Ketika ia ditunjuk sebagai utusan Amerika Serikat untuk badan dunia itu setelah keterpilihan Trump pada November 2016, penunjukkannya dipandang banyak pihak sebagai isyarat perdamaian.

 

 

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Haley, seorang pentolan Partai Republik dan juga mantan Gubernur South Carolina, bergabung dengan pemerintahan Trump pada 2017, hanya empat hari setelah Trump mulai menjabat sebagai presiden.

Putri imigran asal India ini mendukung perdagangan bebas dan perdagangan dunia. Ia menjadi sorotan internasional karena berbicara menentang bendera Konfiderasi setelah terjadinya pembantaian tahun 2015 di sebuah gereja masyarakat kulit hitam di Charleston.

Pada masa kampanye kepresidenan Trump, Haley sempat mengecam sikap blak-blakan Trump dan memperingatkan dampaknya bagi diplomasi Amerika. Ia bahkan mengisyaratkan bahwa kecencerungan Trump untuk mengecam para pengeritiknya bisa memicu perang dingin.


          Jihadi ‘Charity’ Raises Money for Terrorists in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

A Jihadi charity organization is reportedly raising money online through various social media applications to help provide foreign fighters in Syria with military hardware, such as drones, according to a terrorist monitoring organization.

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          Nikki Haley makes her departure official as Trump says she made a 'glamorous' UN Ambassador      Cache   Translate Page      

Donald Trump broken with his usual means of deposing of a cabinet member—dropping a note on their desks while they’re out of town and letting them find out by tweet—to have send UN Ambassador Nikki Haley out the door with a White House event. Haley gave a brief speech in which the most notable moments were likely her claim that she would support Trump in his 2020 effort, and her praise for the sadly unsung heroes of the Trump White House: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Haley: Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands.

For his part, Trump repeatedly praised Haley as making the UN Ambassador role “glamourous,” which seems at least half a notch better than Orrin Hatch saying that Christine Blasey Ford was an “attractive” witness. And while Haley claimed that the main reason she wanted to depart was simply to get some time away after eight years in government service, Trump seemed unwilling to let her go.

Trump: You'll be coming back in a different capacity. You can have your pick.

Where other Trump cabinet members have resigned with a stack of Inspector General investigations at their backs, or when Trump forced someone to dream up a reason why they had to resign, on the surface Haley appears to be stepping away from her UN role on her own accord. Perhaps the most striking thing about Haley’s time as UN Ambassador is that both in the US and around the world, Haley is regarded as a “moderate” who “held back the worst impulses” of Trump. That’s amazing … since she’s overseen the withdrawal of the US from the UN Human Rights Commission, ended funding for the UN agency that support Palestinian refugees, supported US withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, ended funding for Syrian stabilization, ended funding for the UN population fund, supported the movement of the US embassy to Jerusalem, supported the end of the Iran nuclear treaty, and cast one of three votes against a resolution condemning Nazism.


          Αποσύρθηκε το μεγαλύτερο μέρος των βαρέων όπλων από τη μελλοντική «αποστρατιωτικοποιημένη ζώνη» στην επαρχία Ιντλίμπ      Cache   Translate Page      

Οι αντάρτες και οι τζιχαντιστές απέσυραν το μεγαλύτερο μέρος των βαρέων όπλων τους από τη μελλοντική «αποστρατιωτικοποιημένη ζώνη» της συριακής επαρχίας Ιντλίμπ (βορειοδυτικά), την παραμονή της καταληκτικής ημερομηνίας που ορίζει η ρωσο-τουρική συμφωνία για αυτό το τελευταίο προπύργιο των εξεγερμένων. Οι τζιχαντιστικές παρατάξεις που κυριαρχούν στο 70% της μελλοντικής «ζώνης αποκλιμάκωσης» συντονίστηκαν με το Εθνικό […]

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          The Calm Before the Storm?      Cache   Translate Page      

All international problems are currently suspended, awaiting the results of the US mid-term elections. The partisans of the old international order are gambling on a change of majority in Congress and a rapid destitution of President Trump. If the man in the White House holds fast, the protagonists of the war against Syria will have to admit defeat and move on to other battle fields. On the other hand, if Donald Trump should lose the elections, the war on Syria will immediately be revived by the United Kingdom. The current situation – extending from the Russian response to the destruction … Continue reading

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          10/10/2018: Gulf / Region: Syria regime grants amnesty to deserters      Cache   Translate Page      
Syrian regime leader Bashar Al Assad has granted general amnesty to army deserters both within Syria and those outside the country. A decree published by state media yesterday says the amnesty doesn’t include “criminals” and those on the run unless...
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The UK is attempting to block the return of at least nine Britons held in Syria over links to Daesh, The Daily Telegraph has learnt, as it emerged prosecutors may not have the power to bring returning extremists to justice. They include two members of...
          Petrol Pump Politics.      Cache   Translate Page      
Unaffordable?  Labour supporters should brace themselves for a National Party-driven social media campaign built around the slogan: “At $2.40 a litre, we can’t afford Jacinda.” Re-cycled though this catch-phrase may be, for Kiwis on low incomes paying far too much for gas it’s likely to have a catchy ring to it. (And anyone on the Labour team thinking about telling these folk to “go electric” should, perhaps, recall the effect on the breadless masses of the thoughtless suggestion that they should consider eating cake!)

“AT A DOLLAR a gallon we can’t afford Rowling.” Given his latest media release (8/10/18)  “Government Pricing Kiwis Out Of Their Cars”, someone’s obviously been schooling up young Simon Bridges on the way Rob Muldoon smashed Labour in 1975.

[Bill Rowling, for all you millennials out there, was the Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand from September 1974 until December 1975, and a gallon (4.5 litres) was the unit of measure at the petrol pump. So, yes, you’re right, the motorists of 1975 paid roughly a tenth of what we pay today to fill up our tanks! – C.T.]

But even back when petrol was only a dollar a gallon, Kiwi motorists were hurting. Ever since the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, during which Egypt and Syria came within an ace of destroying the State of Israel, the price of oil had soared. Saudi Arabia and the other Arab oil-exporters had imposed an embargo on the USA and its allies for resupplying the Israelis with arms and ammunition. The resulting price-hikes delivered a stunning blow to the Western economy. The so-called “Oil Shocks” of 1973-79 marked the end of the Great Post-War Boom. Almost overnight, New Zealanders – along with just about everyone else in the Western World – lost confidence in the future. Even worse, they began casting about for someone to blame.

Hence, the National Party’s propaganda blaming soaring oil prices on Bill Rowling. Of course, anybody who had been following current affairs over the previous two years knew perfectly well that National was peddling what today we would call “fake news”. But, those weren’t the people Muldoon was after. The voters he was seeking to enlist alongside National’s habitual supporters were the disoriented, frustrated and just flat-out angry working-class Kiwis who were struggling to work out what had all-of-a-sudden gone wrong with their world.

Like the former Democratic Party supporters backing Trump in 2016, these bewildered Labour voters found it increasingly difficult to identify with “their” party. Labour was supposed to stand for “the working man” and his values, but now, following the tragic death of that quintessential working-class battler, “Big Norm” Kirk in August 1974, the party was led by a training-college lecturer. What’s more, he and his colleagues were advancing policies which seemed to have more in common with the demands of the long-haired hippies and protesters in the streets than they did with the “ordinary Kiwi joker” and his concerns. Not the least of these being the soaring price of petrol.

Muldoon and his campaign advisers were only too aware of the culture war that was brewing in the Labour Party and they couldn’t wait to exploit it.

Over the course of the 1960s and 70s, Labour’s membership had dwindled. The party branches were peopled predominantly by people who may have been young and radical in the 1930s and 40s but who were now very settled in their ways – and views – which tended towards the socially conservative. Many Labour stalwarts were Roman Catholics, Baptists and Salvation Army members. They bitterly resented the small but active groups of liberals and radicals who had begun drifting into Labour from 1969 onwards. They were seen as middle-class carpet-baggers without the slightest idea of what it meant to be a working-class Kiwi.

These were the people for whom National’s election slogan, “New Zealand the way YOU want it”, was created. The people who had begun to feel neglected, misunderstood and even a little bit despised by the people at the top of the Labour Party – and their intellectual friends. Some of the more prominent of these had banded together in the group called “Citizens for Rowling”. In the ears of a great many Kiwis, that sounded a lot more like “Citizens Against Muldoon”.

It was a huge strategic error on the part of Labour’s hifalutin supporters. Instead of turning people against the pugnacious National leader, it drew them towards him. Just as liberal America’s hatred of Trump only served to entrench his support among aggrieved Americans without college degrees or six-figure salaries, Labour’s near-obsession with Rob Muldoon proved to be one of the key factors in the growth of “Rob’s Mob”. This was the peculiar assemblage of “ordinary blokes and blokesses” for whom Muldoon felt more like a Labour leader than the thoroughly decent but doggedly uninspiring Rowling.

Forty years on, Labour supporters should brace themselves for a National Party-driven social media campaign built around the slogan: “At $2.40 a litre, we can’t afford Jacinda.” Second-hand though it may be, it’s bound to acquire some measure of political purchase. How could it not when, for Kiwis on low incomes, $2.40 a litre for gas is just one more burden for them to bear. (And anyone on the Labour team thinking about telling these folk to “go electric” should, perhaps, recall the effect on the breadless masses of the thoughtless suggestion that they should consider eating cake!)

National’s big problem is that Simon Bridges is not Rob Muldoon. Bridges simply does not possess Muldoon’s ability to inspire both confidence and hope, fear and dread. Nor is Jacinda Ardern even remotely like Bill Rowling. The latter always came across as the person for whom the saying “nice guys finish last” was invented. And although stardust was intermittently available to politicians back in 1975, the historical record makes it very clear that nobody ever got so much as a speck of it to Bill.

About the only thing Bridges has got going for him is that, unlike the 1973-79 oil shocks, the steady rise in the price of petrol over the period 2018-2021 cannot be sheeted home to greedy Arab oil magnates. This time, a large measure of it is Labour’s own work.

This essay was originally posted on The Daily Blogof Tuesday, 9 October 2018.

          Israeli strikes in Syria to continue despite S-300 delivery, Netanyahu says      Cache   Translate Page      
Press TV – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has informed Russian officials that the Tel Aviv will continue to hit targets inside Syria, irrespective of Moscow’s decision to...
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In Lebanon, Johnson & Johnson has partnered with the nongovernmental organization Save the Children to provide refugees displaced by the crisis in Syria with access to early childhood development services.


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LESS than two years after arriving in the UK with no English and little more than a dream, one Syrian refugee is preparing to launch his own business.
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Father Athanasis Toma at the old entrance of St. George Assyrian church in Dora, Iraq. ( AINA)(AINA) -- Father Athanasis Toma, who lives in Los Angeles, returned recently from a trip to Iraq, his country of origin.
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          Comment on Nikki Haley, fierce defender of Israel, resigns as US ambassador to the UN by Barnest      Cache   Translate Page      
My prediction is the zios are going to bomb targets in Syria again, S300s or not.
          Australia Has a Plan to Keep Immigrants Out of Its Largest Cities      Cache   Translate Page      

Immigrants to Australia will soon find themselves excluded from Sydney and Melbourne, the country’s two largest cities. Instead, new arrivals will be confined to rural, low-growth parts of the country—or so the government intends.

The proposal is part of “a decentralization agenda” announced by the country’s population and urban infrastructure minister on Tuesday. “Nearly all of the growth in Australia is into the three population centers of Melbourne, Sydney and Southeast Queensland. And that’s putting enormous pressure on Melbourne and Sydney particularly, and we see that in the congestion on the roads every day,” Alan Tudge told an Australian TV program.

Australia has been widely criticized for its treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, but it settled the secondmost refugees per capita in 2017, after Canada and Norway. Now the government wants to use migration policy to limit population growth in Sydney and Melbourne, each of which counts more than 4.5 million residents and has grown by more than 10 percent over the past five years. Three in four new arrivals in Australia settle in one of the three areas that would be off-limits to new migrants not sponsored by employers or reuniting with family.

These issues—bursting cities, uneven migration patterns—are not unique to Australia. China has sought to restrict domestic migration to Beijing and Shanghai, citing “big city diseases” like pollution, traffic, and competition for schools, apartments and medical services. In Canada, where immigrants have long clustered in just a couple of cities, province-based visas, meant to draw arrivals to lesser populated places like New Brunswick, now account for one in five immigrants.

In the U.S., virtually none of the country’s largest cities would have added population in the last few decades without immigrants. But the impact of new arrivals is felt in rural areas too: the majority of non-metropolitan population growth between 1990 and 2010 came from Hispanic migrants. The connection between immigrants and economic growth is complicated, but various politicians have floated the idea of revitalizing depopulated areas through immigration. Why not let Syrians settle Detroit? Or Fremont, Nebraska?

In the U.S., at least, where unfettered interstate travel is sacred, plans like Australia’s can provoke unease—even when they are framed, as they usually are, as bonus lotteries to offer green cards to those who wouldn’t otherwise have them. Shouldn’t new Americans be entitled to the same rights as everyone else, including the freedom to move? Why wouldn’t immigrants want to move to the same opportunities sought by native-born Americans? Then again, others point out, employer-sponsored visas like HB-1s already essentially constitute place-based immigration.

Some economists argue confining migrants to low-growth areas doesn’t make sense: Immigrants (and natives) should move to fast-growing regions with high-paying jobs, and those places should provide enough housing and transportation to accommodate them. (Even high-cost cities like New York continue to draw newcomers.) Cities, the thinking goes, function best at scale, strengthened by the increasing potential interactions between people and jobs. That’s little consolation for regions with little population growth, some of whom will pay you to move there.

In the same way that the U.S. helps settle refugees but doesn’t restrict their movement, Canada doesn’t actually make regionally-sponsored visa recipients stay put. In Australia, Roman Quaedvlieg, the former head of the country’s border police, argued that enforcing the new provision would be nearly impossible.

The Australian government hasn’t announced yet how to make sure new immigrants don’t do what immigrants have done for centuries the world over: Move to the big city.


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The Syrian government Tuesday announced an amnesty for army deserters and those who avoided military service, a gesture that could draw thousands of refugees who fled violence back to the country.

Syrian President Bashar Assad issued the decree, granting “a general amnesty from all punishment”...


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From Ian:

'UNRWA teaches children to blow themselves up'
In Jerusalem, Mayor Nir Barkat presented a plan to remove all UNRWA operations from the capital and begin providing full municipal services to the residents of Shuafat, where UNRWA operates schools and clinics without Israeli permission.

The Jerusalem move follows a decision by the US to cut aid to UNRWA because it is an organization that perpetuates the refugee problem instead of acting to solve the issue.

Arutz Sheva spoke to Bassam Eid, a human rights activist who has been studying UNRWA's schools and institutions for years, bringing the paralyzed Palestinian Arab voices that have been struggling for years under UNRWA, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

"I have been saying for years that UNRWA has become part of the problem and not part of the solution," said Eid, "For 70 years, UNRWA has been managing the affairs of the Palestinian refugees and has not managed to reduce the problem or resolve the refugee problem within seventy years. "I am interested in continuing to manage the issue of the Palestinian refugees."

"I support Trump's decision to stop UNRWA funds," Bassem Eid said, adding that "65 percent of UNRWA funds go to salaries and the renting of buildings and offices, salaries of $25,000 a month and luxury vehicles. I want to close this organization so that its employees will be unemployed and become refugees themselves."

Eid also criticized the education provided in UNRWA schools. "I worked in several UNRWA schools in the territories and in Jordan, and children aged 9-10 want to be killed and kill Jews and to release their people. "Who taught you that?" I asked. They said that was what they were learning in schools, and I asked teachers at UNRWA schools in Jordan if children were taught to blow themselves up and be killed. They said "of course. How else will they liberate the land from the Israeli occupation? " UNRWA is aware of this, and the international community knows that all UNRWA studies are full of hate and incitement. The international community continues to inject funds because it is against Israel."

Top UNRWA official says he champions both Israel and Palestinian refugees
Just a few years ago, Peter Mulrean was defending Israel in what is arguably one of the most hostile diplomatic environments for the Jewish state.

In 2013, as the US deputy ambassador to the United Nations Humans Rights Council in Geneva, he hailed Jerusalem for its “strong commitment and track record in upholding human rights, political freedoms and civil liberties.”

Today, Mulrean is a senior official at UNRWA, the UN agency dealing with Palestinian refugees, arguably the most hated organization in Israel and one the US government recently called “irredeemably flawed.”

From his office just across from UN headquarters in Manhattan’s Turtle Bay, Mulrean promotes the agency on the world’s largest international stage.

The director of UNRWA’s Representative Office in New York decries the recent budget cuts by the US administration and passionately rejects the often-made argument that the agency perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem and stands in the way of a realistic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Human Rights Council Elections Set to Deliver Another Record-High Number of Rights-Abusing Members
The U.N. holds annual “elections” for its Human Rights Council this week and, once again, none of the five regional groups are offering any competition for the vacant seats. Instead all five are putting up “closed slates” of candidates – a practice seen as one of the main reasons rights-abusing regimes are able to secure seats.

Indeed, the absence of competitive slates makes it possible to predict, three days before the U.N. General Assembly holds the exercise in New York, that next year the 47-member HRC will have 14 members – 29.7 percent – that are graded “not free” by the veteran democracy advocacy group, Freedom House.

That’s a record high for “not free” countries on the 13-year-old council, tied only with the 2018 membership.

Failing unexpected last minute developments, the 2019 HRC membership will comprise 23 “free” countries, 10 “partly free,” and 14 “not free.”

The presence on the U.N.’s top human rights body of regimes with poor human rights records was one of the main reasons cited by the Trump administration for its decision to withdraw over the summer, following what it said were unsuccessful attempts to reform it.



Anti-Zionist Conspiracy Theories Seek the Mainstream
Before Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer lent their academic credentials to a widely discredited 2007 book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, alleging an “Israel Lobby” that controls American foreign policy to the detriment of the U.S., conspiracy theories of this sort dwelt mostly within the fringe domain of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and their ilk.

These type of conspiracy theories evoked the notorious 1903 fraud, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, purporting to document a nefarious Jewish plot for global domination, manipulating economies, and fomenting war. Despite its exposure as an anti-Semitic fabrication some 20 years later, the Protocol’s bogus charges continued to serve as a staple of anti-Semitic, Nazi and ZOG (“Zionist Occupied Government”) propaganda, inciting hatred, pogroms and massacres against Jews. Hitler referred to the Protocols in his early speeches and in his autobiography, Mein Kampf. It became an integral part of his anti-Jewish ideology and Nazi propaganda. Protocols is also embraced by Holocaust deniers, by Hamas, and is a bestseller among enemies of Israel.

Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, professors of international affairs at Harvard University and University of Chicago respectively, attempted to bring new acceptance to ‘Zionist-Control-of-Government’ charges by presenting them as a scholarly study far removed from the anti-Semitic claims of the Protocols. Positioning themselves as righteous truth-tellers, Walt and Mearsheimer hastened to assure readers that the Israel lobby is “certainly not a cabal or conspiracy that ‘controls’ U.S. foreign policy” but rather “a powerful interest group, made up of both Jews and gentiles, whose acknowledged purpose is to press Israel’s case within the United States.”

Undermining this disclaimer, however, was the authors’ disturbingly vague definition of the so-called “Israel lobby” as “a loose coalition of individuals and organizations” with “unmatched” power and “the ability to manipulate the American political system” against the interests and well-being of U.S. citizens. Beyond evoking the old claims of disproportionate and undue Jewish influence, the book’s supporting “evidence” was widely dismissed by academicians, reviewers and politicians across the spectrum, who exposed its shoddy scholarship, use of falsified quotations, distortion of facts, and untrue conclusions.
Miko Peled, playing to the antisemitic crowd that adores him
I recently returned from a short vacation in Israel. Visiting Israel should be a requirement for anyone actively engaged in the fight against antisemitism. It works like receiving an antidote. Nothing places the IHRA definition of antisemitism into perspective better than witnessing first-hand the enormous gulf between the democratic reality on Israel’s streets and the non-existent demon-state that is described in anti-Israel Facebook groups. It leaves with you a lasting clarity over the absurdity of the anti-Israel arguments.

Last week Israeli state TV ran a documentary on BDS (in Hebrew). I had given them access to my archives and was interviewed by them for the show. The team who made the documentary had met with Miko Peled in Israel. It is worth viewing this short segment to see how nasty Peled is in real life:


Most people know Peled’s backstory and I have no interest in repeating what others have written before. I was in the room when he spoke about giving Holocaust denial a platform. What always interests me is the support network. Miko Peled is an angry outcast, that nobody should have heard of. Instead he is given top billing at BDS events internationally. We know anti-Zionist Jews are a fringe group, so the question can be asked – just who is in the audience?

As my research into the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign showed, when Jewish people stand up to claim there is no problem with antisemitism, half of the people in the room applauding are hard-core antisemites themselves (see case study on Jackie Walker event p91-110).

I argue that without this support network of antisemites, these fringe anti-Zionist Jews would not have an audience. By placing greater import on the antisemites than the few useful puppets they hide behind I also suggest that this is a more accurate way of looking at the problem. So when Miko Peled responded to my tweet of the video above, my natural instinct was to look at those people who were applauding him.

*It has to be said, that nobody is responsible for those that like, comment or share things they have written*. But that isn’t the point. I am not interested in individuals. Miko Peled is not responsible if one, two or five antisemites are in the audience, but when that level reaches 50% doesn’t it demand that we ask questions? Given the high levels of antisemitic thought present in his audience why is Miko Peled denying their existence?
Cary Nelson: Jasbir Puar Launches Women’s Studies on a Death Spiral
The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) has now crossed a further line in self-discreditation by honoring Jasbir Puar’s December 2017 book The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability, a publication that discards evidentiary standards and instead bases its accusations against the Jewish state on its author’s personal fantasies. In September 2018 the NWSA awarded The Right to Maimits Alison Piepmeier Book Prize, describing the book as a “major milestone.” It has now officially endorsed an irresponsible and discriminatory research agenda for feminist faculty and students.

My book in manuscript—Israel Denial: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, & the Faculty Campaign Against the Jewish State—devotes its longest chapter (30,000 words) to an analysis of Jasbir Puar’s publications. Most anti-Israel faculty publications focus on debatable propositions. Not Puar. You can debate the claim that Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens, but so long as there is evidence of racism among some Israelis you cannot wholly discredit the accusation. Puar, however, makes arguments that can actually be proven factually right or wrong. They are consistently false.

Take one example: she claims that Israel has been stunting the growth of Palestinian children. Stunting (below normal height) means children are at greater risk for illness, reduced cognitive capacity, and premature death. The WHO, UNICEF, and other groups publish statistical reports on this and other health concerns. So does the Palestinian Authority. There are scores of published academic papers on the subject. All come to the same conclusion: comparing stunting rates across the world proves it is not a major health problem in Gaza or the West Bank. The WHO standard for classifying stunting as a major health concern is 20%. Stunting in the West Bank Gaza runs at 7-10% of children aged 1-5 years. By comparison, Egypt’s rate is 19.8%. Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia include countries with dramatically higher stunting rates: India (38.4%), Ethiopia (38.4%), Zambia (40%), Pakistan (45%), Madagascar (49.2%), Eritrea (50.2%), and Burundi (57.5%). Puar cites none of this research. If Israel is stunting the growth of Palestinian children it is doing a very poor job indeed.

To publish an anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic book without factual proof Puar did not have to find the long lost publisher of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. She simply gave the manuscript to Duke University Press. There it would be judged by people within the echo-chamber of anti-Zionists who don’t care about facts. Their standard for original scholarship is “Tell us something bad about Israel we don’t already know.” Duke obviously did not do any independent fact-checking. It then added the Duke University imprimatur to a book that dishonors the University and should be withdrawn from publication. Instead, The Right to Maimwill probably earn Puar a full professorship at Rutgers. After all, distinguished scholars like Judith Butler have endorsed the book on its jacket. Credulous audiences in universities across the country applaud its arguments when Puar lectures. And now the book has a national award.
In Its Current Form, the Labor Party Threatens the Freedom and Safety of the UK’s Jews
Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the British Labor party in 2015, his indifference to anti-Semitism within his party’s ranks, friendliness with terrorists, and hostility toward Israel and Zionists have caused mounting public concern. Daniel Johnson assesses the state of affairs:

Corbyn’s long record of support for nations and organizations that are implacably opposed to the West is unprecedented. Rightly, the public is anxious about what this might portend, were he ever to occupy Downing Street. . . . Corbyn takes cognizance only of those Jews (a vanishingly small minority) who share his loathing of Israel—not unlike the [turn-of-the-century] anti-Semitic mayor of Vienna, Karl Lueger, who notoriously quipped: “I’ll decide who is a Jew.” . . .

Jeremy Corbyn is a guilty man who protests his innocence while presiding over a purge of any Labor MP who tells the truth. . . . And for what purpose? The Corbyn case is also about politics—electoral politics. In the words of Mehdi Hasan, now the political editor of the Huffington Post and a presenter for Al Jazeera, “anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace. . . . It’s our dirty little secret.” In the five years since Hasan made his confession, anti-Semitism has become the “dirty little secret” of another community: the left wing of the Labor party. And there is a connection: the left is targeting Muslim votes. No wonder Corbyn has greeted all accusations of anti-Semitism . . . with indifference or silence.

Instead of challenging this vile prejudice and demanding that Muslim community leaders address the canker in their midst, the Labor party has quietly acquiesced. It tolerates the Corbyn camp’s toadying to anti-Semitic preachers and demagogues. How different the outcome of the Corbyn case might have been if more Muslims had denounced the Labor leader to demonstrate their revulsion at anti-Semitism. . . .
'Corbyn anti-Semite who wants to return Britain to dark times'
Britain’s Parliament hosted Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon Tuesday.

In his address, the ambassador referred to statements made by opposition leader and Labour Party chairman Jeremy Corbyn, calling him “an anti-Semite who wants to return Britain to darker periods in its history.”

The ambassador added that “in his actions and statements, Corbyn gives oxygen to incidents of racism by embracing his terrorist friends and encouraging the activities of BDS. Israel stands by the Jewish community in England.”

Corbyn and the Labour Party have faced a string of scandals involving anti-Semitism and accusations of bigotry in recent months.

The Daily Mail has published photos of the Labour leader at a cemetery in Tunisia holding a wreath near the graves of some of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists who were responsible for the massacre of the 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Days later, a picture emerged of Corbyn apparently making a salute linked to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

That week, the Times of London published a picture of Corbyn meeting with the leader-in-exile of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, only weeks before its members carried out an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which six people were murdered.
Non-Jews fight UK Labour anti-Semitism from the inside
Steeped in anti-Semitism accusations involving him and his supporters, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has made many Jewish enemies — including inside his own party.

But one of his most effective critics is not Jewish. He is a meteorology student at the University of Reading who describes himself as “just a kid with a laptop.”

Denny Taylor, 20, has used that laptop to keep a running tally of party members who have flouted Labour’s own guidelines against hate speech and report them to the party’s ethics review panel.

Horrified at the revelations about Corbyn’s ties to anti-Semites, Taylor set up Labour Against Anti-Semitism, or LAAS, in 2016 with a few dozen non-Jewish and Jewish volunteers. He was 18 and had voted the previous year for Corbyn.
Denny Taylor founded the group Labour Against Anti-Semitism when he was 18. (Courtesy of Taylor/via JTA)

It was LAAS that last month reported to Labour’s ethics panel on an old recording in which Corbyn declared that Zionists “don’t understand English irony.” The group has flagged 1,200 alleged members who it said have breached the party’s guidelines against hate speech and has a backlog of about 2,000 additional cases of people engaging in what LAAS considers anti-Semitic rhetoric. LAAS has not reported the latter yet, according to its spokesman, Euan Philipps, who also is not Jewish.
Fliers on 4 college campuses blame Jews for Kavanaugh ruckus
Fliers blaming Jews for the sexual assault allegations against newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were posted on two University of California campuses, Berkeley and Davis, as well as at Vassar and Marist colleges, both located in the same city in New York state.

“Every time some Anti-White, Anti-American, Anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it, and it’s Jews behind it,” the fliers discovered Monday read.

The flier shows an image of Kavanaugh surrounded by caricatures of Jewish members of the US Senate with Stars of David drawn on their foreheads, as well as the Jewish billionaire George Soros, who has been accused of funding opposition to Kavanaugh. One of Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and the attorney for two others, Michael Avenatti, also are depicted with the words “Good Goy” written on their foreheads.

The fliers say they are “Brought to you by your local Stormer book club.”

According to the ADL, the Daily Stormer Book Club chapters, or SBCs, are “small crews of young white men who follow and support Andrew Anglin and his neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer.”

Petition Denouncing Upcoming Anti-Zionist Conference at UCLA Passes 2,000 Signatures
A petition urging the University of California, Los Angeles to reconsider hosting an upcoming anti-Zionist conference surpassed 2,000 signatories on Friday, amid a continuing outcry against the event.

The online petition — launched by the campus branch of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) — says the eighth annual National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), which was first announced in August, “is designed to instill hatred towards and intolerance while proliferating lies about Israel.”

The event marks the largest annual gathering of NSJP activists, who help promote the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on North American university campuses — a campaign denounced by major Jewish organizations, and opposed by both UCLA and UC regents.

The conference will seek to remind students “that Zionism … can be destroyed,” according to its organizers, who define Zionism — the movement that supports the Jewish people’s right to national self-determination — as “ethnic cleansing, destruction, mass expulsion, apartheid, and death.”

These objectives have drawn criticism from the UCLA branch of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), as well as the groups Alums for Campus Fairness at UCLA and StandWithUs, all of which oppose the BDS campaign.
New York City's Islamist Grant
On August 21, the New York City Council announced $250,000 in grants made to 14 Muslim community organizations, in collaboration with the New York Immigration Coalition. Alarmingly, three of the grant recipients are linked to Islamic extremism -- the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Worse, it seems that ICNA, in particular, plans to use the money not for civic improvement but for religious proselytizing.

The grant announcement was made at ICNA's headquarters in Jamaica, Queens, after the jumu'ah prayer service. Present were the young speaker of the city council, Corey Johnson, and Councilman Daneek Miller, the sole Muslim member of the council.

Councilman Miller is no stranger to ICNA; his campaign website prominently features a photo of him speaking at the ICNA mosque.

ICNA was established in 1971, ostensibly as a "non-ethnic, non-sectarian" grassroots organization, with the aim of seeking the "establishment of the Islamic system of life as spelled out in the Qur'an."

In fact, it functions as the American arm of the Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami (JI). Indeed, ICNA's international charity, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), works closely with JI in Pakistan. Worse, in 2017 HHRD openly worked with the "political" wing of the murderous terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Amazon Funnelled Cash to Salafist Org Founded by ‘Extremist’ UK-Based Saudi Scholar
Amazon has been funnelling cash to a Salafist ‘charity’ led by an Islamic scholar described as “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by counter-extremists, a British newspaper has claimed.

The Jeff Bezos-led retail giant allowed the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF) founded by Saudi-born Haitham al-Haddad into its Amazon Smile programme, which allows customers to donate a percentage of their purchases to charity, according to a Times investigation.

Al-Haddad has been branded “dangerous” by the Quilliam counter-extremism think tank, and as “misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” by UK Government counter-extremism commissioner Sara Khan.

A series of controversial statements by the Salafist scholar — a graduate in Islamic law from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) — have been compiled by The Times, advancing a range of hardline views.

These include claims that adulterous women should be stoned to death, and that he has, in fact, received “many requests from Western women… begging me to help them to find their way to a Muslim country to be stoned to death” so they could “avoid punishment in the afterlife” — although it is not revealed whether he actually did facilitate any voluntary executions of this kind.

“It is the Islamic punishment. What does the UK government want? Do they want Muslims to change their beliefs?” he demanded.
Bennett protests to University of Michigan over Netanyahu-Hitler comparison
Education Minister Naftali Bennett sent a letter to the University of Michigan’s President Mark Schlissel, urging him to oppose anti-Israel hatred on campus after a lecturer compared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler, claiming both are guilty of genocide.

Bennett also raised a previous case of a University of Michigan professor who would not write a letter of recommendation for a student who wanted to study abroad in Israel, a spokesperson for the minister said in a statement Tuesday.

“The time has come for you as head of the university to make a strong stand against what has clearly become a trend of vitriolic hatred against the Jewish state on your campus,” Bennett wrote to the university president.

During a compulsory lecturer, speaker Emory Douglas, part of the “Penny Stamps Speakers Series Presentation” of the Stamps School of Art & Design, displayed a slide that showed a picture of Netanyahu and Hitler with the words “Guilty Of Genocide” written across their faces.

Below the photo was a definition of genocide as “The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group.”
Pamela Geller: Brown University Celebrates 'Palestinians' on 'Indigenous Peoples’ Day'
Last week, Brown University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs sent out greeting for “Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend,” which has replaced Fall Weekend — Columbus Day weekend — in the uber-politically correct academic environment. Brown’s action is part of the larger effort by the academic left to cast Columbus as a villain and focus on Native Americans as sainted martyrs.

But as if this celebration weren’t politicized enough, Brown made it poisonously so by including the “Palestinians” among the “indigenous people” whose plight was being observed. But what makes this story extra insidious is the fact that the school took this anti-American movement and attempted to turn it into an anti-Israel day as well. The left is so desperate to attack Israel that they twisted their own attack on the U.S. to do so.

“Indigenous Peoples’ Day (IPD),” explained the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, “celebrates the resilience and accomplishments of Indigenous people and acknowledges the contemporary struggles indigenous communities face today. Further, IPD is an intervention against erasure, a principle barrier to the improvement of indigenous sovereignty and health status.”

The struggling indigenous people in question, according to the Diversity Office, included “567 Federally Recognized tribes, 61 State Recognized tribes,” as well as “Hawaiians and the people indigenous to its territories in the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans.” Many of these groups, the announcement went on, “experience profound disparities in health care access and health status compared to the general population, resulting in elevated rates of diabetes, liver disease, and other chronic diseases,” which are “exacerbated by a significant shortage of primary care physicians in Indigenous communities and a long-standing mistrust of the American health care system rooted in a history of genocide and forced assimilation.”
Boycott's new target: Bulldozer companies
Anti-Israel boycott (BDS) organizations recently identified a new target. Following the planned evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar, BDS is looking to boycott the bulldozers used to demolish the illegal structures.

Strategic application of measured violence and international sympathy have protected the Bedouins of Khan al-Ahmar from expulsion, and "stopped bulldozers, produced by international corporations to demolish homes and schools," a BDS statement said.

"The strategic BDS campaign is critical, as the Supreme Court approved demolition of Khan al-Ahmar to make way for illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, including corporations that manufacture and sell the bulldozers involved in the this destruction by Israel: JCB (UK), Caterpillar (USA), Volvo (Sweden), Hyundai (South Korea), Hitachi (Japan) and Liogong (China)."

Another organization involved in the planned boycott is "Who Profits", which tracks companies that are "commercially involved in Israeli and international companies in the continued Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land." The same organization sent boycott warning letters to bulldozer manufacturers. The organization's website also stated that the bulldozers of these companies are used for constructing Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria as another reason for the boycott.

Lev HaOlam organization founder Attorney Nati Rom, who fights the global boycott and BDS organizations, said: "The BDS organization appears to be boycotting itself, and their steps become more and more ridiculous, as they spread their frustration to giant corporations." Lev HaOlam sends thousands of product packages from Judea and Samaria to Israeli supporters all over the world and is in contact with thousands of foreign citizens.
Minister: If US student held at airport renounces BDS views, we might let her in
Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) on Tuesday said a US student of Palestinian descent, who has been held at Ben Gurion Airport for a week and faces deportation for allegedly supporting an Israel boycott, can leave Israel whenever she wants.

Erdan, whose ministry is responsible for countering the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement against Israel, known as BDS, also said that if Lara Alqasem were to renounce her past activities and publicly declare that boycott efforts are not legitimate, he would reconsider her case.

Alqasem, 22, who has Palestinian grandparents, was prevented from entering the country after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport last Tuesday, despite having received a student visa from the Israeli Consulate in Miami to study in a masters program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been held in a airport detention facility ever since.

The Population Immigration and Border Authority has said the decision to stop Alqasem at the airport was due to her “boycott activity,” while Strategic Affairs Ministry officials said she was a member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine, a campus group that calls for boycotting Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians.

“They make a show as if Israel is imprisoning a student,” Erdan, who is also public security minister, told Army Radio on Tuesday morning. “She can go home to her country whenever she wants. This student stood at the head of a branch of an extreme organization, and it is not reasonable that she can come here and enjoy Israel’s academic benefits while she is trying to harm Israeli citizens.”
Government said to use Canary Mission blacklist to bar visitors
Reports by a secretive right-wing website that collects and publishes information about anti-Israel activity of university students and others are being used by Israeli authorities to question or ban people attempting to enter the country, according to a report Thursday.

Documents submitted by the Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry on Thursday show that an American student was barred from entering Israel because of “suspicion of boycott activity” based on four Facebook posts and information on the Canary Mission website, the Haaretz daily reported.

Canary Mission is an anonymous website that aims to name and shame anti-Israel activists on campus.

The site “documents individuals and organizations that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses,” according to its “About us” page.

Critics have accused it of seeking to intimidate pro-Palestinian college students and stifle their activism with the threat of a blacklist.

In August, the Forward newspaper reported that a number of activists believed their Canary Mission profiles were being used by border authorities when they were questioned while trying to enter Israel.
HRC Counterpoint In Chronicle Herald: Ben-Gurion Bashed Unfairly
Leech attacked Ben-Gurion as a Zionist terrorist and a promoter of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Israel territory. He cited Ilan Pappe’s writings to support his own position. It would have been advisable for the Herald to have enlarged on Leech’s background: he’s a left-wing, vehement opponent of Israel and strong advocate of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest, Sanction of Israeli goods and of Israel) — as is Pappe.

Leech is the editor of the on-line publication Palestine Journal which includes verbal attacks on Israel, and on Canada for supporting the latter. Among his articles, Leech has written, “Why Israel Should Not Exist” (2015), “Fighting Colonialism in Palestine and Canada” (2015) and “Canada’s support for Israel is a ‘hate crime’” (2015).

Palestine Journal, under Leech’s editorship, has links listed to several groups that are defined as terrorist groups by the Canadian government, as well as links to armed groups.

One questions why the Herald did not offer disclosure about Leech, why CBU proudly employs him to teach young college students, or why Leech’s use of settler colonialism (a deeply flawed historiographic and sociological paradigm) goes unanswered by Nova Scotia academics.

One is better served on the topic of Ben-Gurion and Israel by such books as Walter Laqueur’s A History of Zionism. Settler colonialism advocates among Canadian historians need to reappraise their stance, for this interpretative approach too readily lends itself to anti-Israeli treatises.


EU Civil Servant Convicted of Antisemitic Assault by Belgian Court Says He Will Appeal
The European Union civil servant found guilty last week of a vicious antisemitic assault in 2015 has said he will appeal the sentence handed down by a Belgian court.

Stefan Grech, a 49-year-old Maltese citizen, was convicted of incitement to hate or violence toward people of Jewish faith, violation of anti-racism laws, and assault aggravated by racial hatred following a violent altercation in a Brussels cafe in July 2015 — during which he violently attacked an Italian colleague, called her a “dirty Jewess,” and shouted that “the Jews are doing to the Palestinians what Hitler did to the Jews.”

On Oct. 2, Grech was given a three-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay his victim 500 euros in compensation by a court in Brussels. But over the weekend, the Times of Malta reported that Grech would appeal the sentence, accusing the Brussels-based Belgian League Against Antisemitism (LBCA) of launching a “witch-hunt” against him.

Prior to sentencing Grech — who holds a previous conviction for possession of child pornography — the court heard that on July 16, 2015, he had been celebrating his 10th anniversary as an employee of the European Commission with friends at L’Italiano cafe in the Belgian capital. After drinking heavily throughout the evening, Grech, who had been clutching a metal plaque commemorating the fascist leader Benito Mussolini, embarked on a tirade in praise of the late Italian dictator.

Confronted by a 50-year-old Italian woman who also works in a senior position at the European Commission, Grech attacked her when she pointed out to him that Mussolini had murdered thousands of Jews. Witnesses said that when she told Grech that she “could be Jewish,” he then struck her across the head with the metal plaque and attempted to strangle her. Throughout the assault, he yelled antisemitic epithets including, “dirty Jewess,” and, “You should have all been killed.”
Time's up - but no sign that the archive is moving
The deadline for the return of the Iraqi-Jewish archive - September 2018 - has come and gone, but there is still no sign of any movement on this issue.

Eylon Aslan-Levy has filed this report for i24 News: he interviews Harold Rhode, the man who found the archive in the flooded basement of the secret police headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.

The US shipped the random collection of documents, books and Torah scrolls - stolen by Saddam's regime - to the US to be restored, but promised to send it back to Iraq.

Rhode believes that to return the archive would be like returning stolen Jewish property to the Nazis. Iraqi-Jewish groups have been campaigning for the archive - which represents their community's history and heritage - to remain in the US. Four US senators have introduced a bill to this effect.


Inside Iron Dome's secret manufacturing plant
"Globes" visits the complex of bunkers where Rafael produces Israel's short range missile interceptors.

The complex of bunkers in which Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is producing the Iron Dome missile interceptors looks just like you would imagine: it is well protected and guarded, the safety procedures in it are rigorous, and access to it is strictly limited to people with authorization. Those entering are received at a locked iron gate opened only by arrangement after being properly identified, even if the person involved is the head of the project himself. There are illuminated signs on the high fences enclosing the secret bunkers reading, "Work with explosives is taking place in this compound."

The condition for entering the bunker in which final assembly of the missile takes place is leaving behind any device capable of broadcasting or creating static electricity. Cameras, telephones, and recording devices are out of bounds. A heavy door opens, showing long white corridor leading to workspace whose purpose is unmistakable: Tamir Iron Dome interceptor missiles that Rafael employees have been manufacturing for the past seven years are piled on a cart in the center of the room.

Only a few people working at Rafael and the Ministry of Defense know just how many of these missiles have been produced to date. They are keeping this number secret; they merely give a wink to the curious, as if to say, "Don't worry; we've got enough."

The well-built Tamir is colored in glittering silver and gold, weighing 90 kilograms with a three-meter length. It has earned great praise with 1,800 interceptions of rockets fired against vulnerable human and property targets in populous areas in southern and northern Israel.

"Every missile leaving here gets a pat and a kiss"
Sonia Orbuch, Who Fought the Nazis as a Teenager, Has Died at 93
As a teenager, Sonia Orbuch joined a group of partisans fighting the Nazis in Eastern Europe. She survived the war and settled in America. At 93, Orbuch died last Sunday at her home in Corte Madera, California.

In 1941 Orbuch was 16 years old and still known by her given name as Sarah Shainwald, when the Nazis occupied her hometown in eastern Poland and began killing Jews in Luboml’s ghetto. Shainwald and her family fled for the forests and after surviving the frozen winter, joined a band of Soviet partisans to fight back against the Nazis. Her fellow resistance fighters changed her name to Sonia because it sounded less Jewish.

The profile of Orbuch on The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF—a group Orbuch helped to found) website describes her actions as a Partisan and her family’s eventual decision to break with the resistance.

Sonia began her new life in the forest encampment that served as a base for missions of sabotage and resistance. Early on, Sonia was assigned to guard duty and providing first-aid on missions to mine enemy train tracks. With little training, Sonia learned the skills of a field-hospital aide, treating the wounds of injured partisans, using whatever makeshift supplies were available. To avoid possible torture and interrogation in the event of capture, Sonia carried two hand grenades: “One for the enemy, and one for myself.”

… In 1944, Sonia and her parents faced the decision of either leaving the partisans or joining the Red Army. They decided to leave the partisans and took refuge in an abandoned house infected with typhus, a condition they were unaware of at the time. The typhus soon claimed Sonia’s mother, leaving only Sonia and her father.


Towards the end of the war, as German forces retreated, Orbuch and her family returned to Luboml and found that of the 8,000 Jews who had lived there before the war, 50 remained.
Childhood friends separated by Holocaust reunite 75 years later
"Estike," Chaya Levy called out as her childhood friend Esther Sheinberg walked in through the door to her apartment and the two met in person for the first time in 75 years.

After greeting one another with warm embraces and kisses, the two sat down to reminisce about what it was like growing up in the Transylvanian village of Beclean, in what is now Romania.

Up until Sunday, neither of the childhood friends could ever have imagined the other had survived the Holocaust.

Both Levy, 91, and Sheinberg, 88, were deported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. At the end of the war, they both made the decision to move to Israel, where they unknowingly lived adjacent to one another in the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak for a short time.

The reunion between the two friends came about by accident when their daughters were introduced through a mutual friend and ended up spending the Sukkot holiday together in Safed. While there, they were surprised to discover that both their mothers had grown up in the same village in what was then Hungary. When the daughters later told their mothers about the other girl who had grown up in Beclean, Levy and Sheinberg immediately recognized the other's name and remembered their childhood friend.
France Awards Top Honours to Nazi Hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld
France’s most famous Nazi hunters, Serge Klarsfeld and his German wife Beate, received top honours in a ceremony led by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

Serge Klarsfeld, 83, received the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award, while the 79-year-old Beate Klarsfeld received the National Order of Merit, having already been decorated with the Legion of Honour in 2014, with the rank of Grand Officer.

The Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia was among those who attended the ceremony at the Elysee Palace limited to family and close friends and associates.

Born September 17, 1935, in the Romanian capital Bucharest, Serge Klarsfeld escaped the Holocaust after his family moved to France but saw his father taken away to die in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp.

He was naturalised in 1950, and 10 years later, while studying at the prestigious Science-Po university in Paris, Klarsfled met Beate Kuenzel, the daughter of a former German soldier, on a metro platform.

The two, who married three years later, decided to bring fugitive Nazis to justice, a mission they pursued for more than half a century.
During visit to Israel, actor Gerard Butler says 'may decide to stay'
Gerard Butler's irresistible smile and hypnotizing blue eyes can almost convince anyone that he really is capable of saving the world, the way the Scottish actor often does in the movies ("Olympus Has Fallen"; "London Has Fallen") and that's precisely what he does in his latest film, "Hunter Killer," which will hit theaters on October 25.

On the occasion of the Israeli premiere of the film, Butler, 48, has arrived in Israel to attend the glamorous event. This is quite unusual, as Hollywood actors seldom attend premieres in Israel, but the film's Israeli producer, Avi Lerner, may have had a hand in convincing the Hollywood star to come this time.

"It is very challenging to bring an artist of this caliber to Israel," Lerner said. "He only came because I'm Israeli. I asked him to come. This is our sixth movie together, and I'm very pleased that he came."

In the film, which Butler also co-produced, Joe Glass, played by Butler, is the captain of an American submarine on a rescue mission. On the way to rescue a submarine in distress, Glass and his crew come across a Russian coup and must rescue the kidnapped Russian president from rebels who are threatening the world order. The film takes place almost entirely in the submarine.

When asked about the political undertones of the film, which are particularly relevant in the current climate, he says, "I am interested in politics, but I didn't come to Israel to talk about politics."
Jewish Actor William Shatner Talks About Facing a ‘Great Deal’ of Antisemitism as a Child
Jewish Canadian actor William Shatner opened up in a recent interview about being the target of antisemites during his childhood.

The 87-year-old, who is best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, told The Sydney Morning Herald that he experienced “a great deal” of antisemitism growing up in Montreal, a city that was mostly Catholic. Shatner said the discrimination that he faced for being Jewish was “very difficult” for him to deal with.

“I’m shaped by a lot of battles from six years old up until now,” he explained before revealing the kind of antisemitism he regularly faced. “Fights, every day, with one or more kids my size or bigger. Somebody recently showed me a high school graduation book. There I was — a nice-looking boy — and my nickname was ‘Toughie’ because I was always fighting and being attacked. Kids would all crowd around, yelling, ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’”

During his time at McGill University in Montreal the antisemitism continued, he told The Sydney Morning Herald. He said, “The university I went to had a quota. How I made it through the quota, I don’t know. There was a limit to the number of Jewish kids who could go to that university, no matter how qualified they were.”


Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old Hebrew 'Jerusalem' inscription
The earliest written inscription of the word Jerusalem written in Hebrew on a 2,000 year old column drum was unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

The limestone column drum that dates back to the Second Temple period, was discovered 10 months ago on an excavation site near the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

The words: “Hanania son of Dudolos from Jerusalem” was etched on the column which was part of a building that stood in a Jewish potters village near the entrance of the Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.

Prior to this discovery, the city's name was written as Yerushalem or Shalem in Hebrew, this inscription was the first time the city was written as Yerushalayim in Hebrew characters.

The word Jerusalem was found on silver coins dating before the time of this column, but they were written in Aramaic.



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Russia imports Iranian teams for S-300s in Syria. Shocked alarm in US, Israel DEBKA Exclusive: The US and Israel were alarmed to learn that Moscow had decided to man the S-300 anti-air missiles sent to Syria with Iranian teams, DEBKAfile's exclusive sources report.

IDF Increases Presence Alongside Gaza Border, After Uptick in Hamas Violence Additional troops and Iron Dome missile-defense systems have been deployed to the Israeli border with Gaza following an uptick in riots along the security fence.

Netanyahu Says Israel Preparing for War With Gaza Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark warning to the Palestinian Authority and to the international community during Sunday's cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

Fatah blames Israel for yesterday's murder of 2 Israelis Fatah claims Israel commits "terror and murder," but yesterday's killing of Israelis was merely an "operation".

University of Michigan Lecture Compares Netanyahu to Hitler A mandatory lecture for University of Michigan art students reportedly featured a former Black Panther leader who compared Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.

Two years after pastor Andrew Brunson was jailed in Turkey, Sen. Lankford demands his release Republican Oklahoma Senator James Lankford once again called for the release of "unjustly" jailed U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson on Sunday, exactly two years after Turkey imprisoned the American in the months following the failed July 2016 coup attempt.

Iran's Idea of "Human Rights": Persecute Christians "The government often uses it [the charge of 'acting against national security'] against converts instead of the charge of apostasy... in an attempt to avoid international scrutiny." - Morning Star News, July 13, 2017.

Europe paves the way for its decline Europe is declining. It's getting richer too slowly - so slowly that it's being left behind by the rest of the world.

If Trump Wants the Ultimate Deal, He Must Not Repeat These Mistakes Israeli-Palestinian peace is elusive because both sides' and the United States' have made a series of damaging but preventable errors.

World War 3 FEARS: Iranian General vows to DESTROY Israel in FURIOUS attack A TOP Iranian General has vowed to destroy Israel, warning "there will soon be no way to escape but the sea", raising fears of a major outbreak of conflict in the volatile Middle East.

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Véronique Loute, de moeder van de Belgische Syriëstrijder Sammy Djedou, is opnieuw verhoord door de Belgische rechter die de aanslagen in Parijs onderzoekt. Ze riskeert een nieuwe aanklacht, melden RTBF en en France Inter op hun website. Haar geld werd mogelijk gebruikt om de aanslagen van 13 november 2015 in de Franse hoofdstad te financieren.
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South Front 08.10.2018 Idlib militants who refuse to lay down arms and continue attacks on government forces have to be arrested or eliminated, Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov told the country’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti on October 6. He stated that Russia and its partners, including the internationally recognized […]
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The Russians are preparing to harvest the spoils from their billions of dollars of investment in Syria. Israeli electronic warfare and American surveillance and might are in their way, although their equipment is also antiquated. They have told the Iranians to leave, and although they had been mainly in the north have now been seen approaching the eastern part of Syria and the Euphrates River, where the oil wealth is. Also some news about political changes in Iran, which seems to be heading for a harder line in its government and will certainly join Russia if warfare does break out.
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          Christie's to Offer a 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian Relief of a Winged Genius from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II - 31 October 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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An Assyrian gypsum relief of a Winged Genius, Reign of Ashurnasirpal II, circa 883-859 BC.; 7 ft 4 in x 6 ft 5 in (223.5 x 195.5 cm). Estimate on request© Christie’s Images Ltd, 2018.

New York – Christie’s announces an important Assyrian relief will highlight the Antiquities sale on 31 October at Christie’s in New York as part of Classic Week (estimate on request). The finest example of Assyrian art to come to the market in decades, the work will be sold on behalf of the Virginia Theological Seminary to underwrite a scholarship fund.

According to G. Max Bernheimer, International Department Head of Antiquities“This Assyrian relief is without question the most exquisite to come to the market in more than a generation, in terms of the style, condition and subject.  The last example, sold by Christie’s London, was the Canford School relief which depicted two figures that were only preserved from the waist up, while here we have a complete figure, perfectly-preserved from head to toe.  The Canford School relief set a world-record in 1994 when it sold for nearly $12 million.  The Virginia Theological Seminary acquired this relief through the American missionary Dr. Henri Byron Haskell (1781-1864) in 1859, who bought it directly from Sir Austen Henry Layard, the excavator of the royal palace at Nimrud. The relief arrived in Alexandria in 1860, making it one of the earliest-known examples of ancient art to reach American soil.”

The imposing large-scale Assyrian gypsum stone relief is over 7 feet tall and once adorned the walls of the massive Northwest Palace commissioned by King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.) at Nimrud in modern-day Iraq. The royal palace was one of the largest in antiquity, reflecting Ashurnasirpal’s status as the most powerful ruler of the largest empire ever seen, spanning much of the “cradle of civilization.”

The relief depicts a Winged Genius, a deity also known as an Apkallu, holding a bucket and a cone-shaped object, signifying fertility and protection for the king. The Apkallu has feathered wings and wears elaborately detailed robes, a horned headdress, an earring, a necklace and armlets, and has two daggers and a whetstone tucked into fabric folds at his waist. The work is in excellent condition and skillfully carved with superb details, nearly all preserved, offering a glimpse into past – showing the human form, costume and jewelry from nearly 3,000 years ago.

One of the earliest-known works of ancient art sent to the United States, the frieze was acquired in Mosul in 1859 by an American missionary named Dr. Henri Byron Haskell from the English archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard, who had unearthed the royal palace at Nimrud. In addition to this relief, which has been housed at the Virginia Theological Seminary since 1860, Haskell also sent five other examples to Bowdoin College in Maine and another which is now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other institutions and approximately 60 museums around the world contain reliefs from Ashurnasirpal’s palace, including the British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. 


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Japan passport holders will find it easier than ever to travel the world, as their travel documents have just moved up in the global Henley Passport Index to take the top spot.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all of the passports in the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Until now Japan had been sharing joint first place with Singapore, which gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan earlier this year bringing its total to 189 countries.

However, earlier this month Japan gained visa-free access to Myanmar bringing its total to 190 - once again taking it to the top spot.


It's still a milestone for both Japan and Singapore, as 2018 is the first year in the index's 13-year history that either of them has had the most powerful passport in the world.
Both are way ahead of the UK and US which share fifth place with Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg - but it's worth noting that the top four spots are shared by 10 countries.

Experts had previously revealed that the UK ranking is unlikely to increase until there is certainty regarding Brexit.
Full Henley Passport Index 2018

    Japan (190 countries)
    Singapore (189 countries)
    Germany, France, South Korea (188 countries)
    Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain (187 countries)
    Norway, UK, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, USA (186 countries)
    Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada (185 countries)
    Australia, Greece, Malta (183 countries)
    New Zealand, Czech Republic (182 countries)
    Iceland (181 countries)
    Hungary, Slovenia, Malyasia (180 countries)
    Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania (179 countries)
    Liechtenstein, Estonia (178 countries)
    Poland (175 countries)
    Monaco, Chile (174 countries)
    Cyprus (173 countries)
    Brazil (171 countries)
    Argentina, Hong Kong (170 countries)
    Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania (169 countries)
    Andorra, San Marino (168 countries)
    Brunei (165 countries)
    Israel, Barbados, UAE (161 countries)
    Mexico (158 countries)
    Bahamas (155 countries)
    Uruguay (154 countries)
    Seychelles (152 countries)
    St Kitts & Nevis (151 countries)
    Antigua (150 countries)
    Costa Rica (149 countries)
    Vatican City, Taiwan (148 countries)
    Trinidad and Tobago (147 countries)
    Mauritius, St Lucia (146 countries)
    St Vincent and the Grenadines (145 countries)
    Macao, Grenada (144 countries)
    Paraguay (143 countries)
    Panama (141 countries)
    Venezulea, Honduras (138 countries)
    Dominica, Guatemala, El Savador (137 countries)
    Peru (135 countries)
    Serbia, Solomon Islands (130 countries)
    Samoa, Vanuatu (129 countries)
    Nicaragua, Ukraine (128 countries)
    Colombia, Tuvalu (127 countries)
    Macedonia (125 countries)
    Marshall Islands, Tonga (124 countries)
    Kiribati, Montenegro (123 countries)
    Micronesia, Moldova (122 countries)
    Russia, Palau Islands (119 countries)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (118 countries)
    Albania (114 countries)
    Georgia (112 countries)
    Turkey (111 countries)
    South Africa (102 countries)
    Belize (101 countries)
    Timor-Leste (98 countries)
    Ecuador, Kuwait (93 countries)
    Fiji (90 countries)
    Guyana (88 countries)
    Maldives (87 countries)
    Nauru (86 countries)
    Qatar (85 countries)
    Jamaica (84 countries)
    Papua New Guinea (83 countries)
    Botswana (82 countries)
    Bahrain (81 countries)
    Suriname (80 countries)
    Bolivia (79 countries)
    Oman (78 countries)
    Belarus, Thailand (77 countries)
    Namibia, Kazakhstan (76 countries)
    Saudi Arabia (75 countries)
    Lesotho, China (74 countries)
    Indonesia (73 countries)
    Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi (71 countries)
    Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia (68 countries)
    Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Dominican Republic (66 countries)
    Cape Verde, Cuba (65 countries)
    Uganda, Zimbabwe (64 countries)
    Ghana, Kyrgyzstan (63 countries)
    Sierra Leone (62 countries)
    Armenia, Benin, Morocco, Mongolia (61 countries)
    India (60 countries)
    Uzbekistan (59 countries)
    Sao Tome, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tajikistan (58 countries)
    Burkina Faso (57 countries)
    Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea (56 countries)
    Mali, Gabon, Bhutan (55 countries)
    Togo, Niger, Cambodia, Rwanda (54 countries)
    Chad, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Turkmenistan (53 countries)
    Comores Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos (52 countries)
    Vietnam (51 countries)
    Algeria, Jordan (50 countries)
    Central African Republic, Angola, Egypt (49 countries)
    Cameroon, Myanmar (48 countries)
    Liberia, Nigeria, Congo (Republic) (47 countries)
    Burundi (46 countries)
    Djibouti (45 countries)
    Kosovo (44 countries)
    Congo (Democratic Republic), Iran (43 countries)
    Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, North Korea (42 countries)
    South Sudan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Libya (41 countries)
    Nepal (40 countries)
    Sudan, Eritrea, Palestinian Territory (39 countries)
    Yemen (37 countries)
    Pakistan (33 countries)
    Somalia, Syria (32 countries)
    Iraq, Afghanistan (30 countries)



          Comment on For Zionists, the ‘two state solution’ has always meant more ethnic cleansing by DaBakr      Cache   Translate Page      
@p You might want to check with Syria about your ideas. Before the so-called colonial Europe wrested the middle east from the colonial ottomans and going all the way back to when the colonial conquering Arabs came out of Arabia and so on. as usual, you made no point. Palestinian was considered a label for Jews in the Palestinian mandate. Jewish papers, police, soccer teams, etc.
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          Comment on Sinn Fein’s incapacity to address the PIRA’s campaign illustrates a broader failure to make post GFA politics work… by Reality Check      Cache   Translate Page      
They weren’t the same but were they not all on the same side? I see the Syrian conflict as the national government and Russia on one side and ISIS and other rebel groups all backed by the US and Saudi on the other The US are not involved directly, but i believe they are covertly part and parcel of the conflict along with the UK to a lesser degree I should add. Each of the individual combatant groups are very different and it was the same here. At the start, the state worked publically with loyalist groups and according to those groups encouraged terror tactics in the early years. Once this was having the opposite effect than expected they distanced themselves from that and worked ever more covertly with the loyalists after the collapse of the 1975 ceasefire. This distancing evolved into a criminalisation policy and by the late 80s the state had moved to present itself as a third party in the conflict it had played a key role in starting In my view this was tactical as I am in no doubt the state was still involved in murders such as Rosemary Nelson. Also, in the late 80s I was working in a factory in Portadown and had a genuinely close friendship with one guy related to someone in the LVF There was genuinely no animosity between us and we got on very well, but he did tell me a lot about what went on and how people were encouraged to join police and army reserves for weapons training before joining loyalist paramilitaries I am in absolutely no doubt that recruitment records in the state forces would prove beyond any doubt the symbiotic relationship between them all. Something that could very quickly determined in the proposed legacy investigations which for the first time ever have the power to access such info, hence the utter determination from state supporters to prevent them happening Discrimination was rife and most protestants had no problem gloating over any success against the IRA or even each time loyal orders got their way with the help of the RUC which also gave the same impression. We will always walk Garvaghy was the call each year until it stopped. All of those groups being on the same side was very much how it was presented from our protestant work colleagues back then. Not all protestants felt the same way, though every single one went to the flag to discuss the garvaghy standoff while Catholics stood on the factory floor on our own discussing it. Surreal Clearly easier to go with the flow than draw attention There very much was a middle ground that kept out of it all and to whom the situation was very much out of control. A good friend of mine had a relationship with a protestant who I also was friendly with and who spent a lot of time in her house and I assure you had the IRA tried to touch a hair on his head it would have been over either of our dead bodies. He was never given a second look ever and remains a close friend with her to this day though I have moved away from the area now. I would be interested as to whether you feel they weren’t on the same side and if not how not?
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          Yildirim: Turkey, Russia, Iran managed to prevent crisis in Syria's Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
Tehran (ISNA) - Turkey, Russia and Iran managed to prevent a crisis in Syria's Idlib, Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim said, Turkish media reported.
          Trump and China look headed for a double-barrelled trade and currency war with neither backing down      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • China hit out at Trump, accusing the US president of "bullying" over his aggressive tactics in the trade conflict between the two nations.
  • It warned, however, that it is ready to "rise up" to an escalated trade war.
  • "This unyielding nation suffered foreign bullying for many times in history, but never succumbed to it even in the most difficult conditions," commerce minister Zhong Shan said.
  • Separately, US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said that his department continues to monitor China's actions with regards to its currency, the renminbi.

China's government has hit back at the Trump administration, accusing the US president of "bullying" over his aggressive tactics in the escalating trade conflict between the two nations, saying it will "rise up" should a full-scale trade war break out.

"China doesn’t want a trade war, but would rise up to it should it break out," Zhong Shan, China's minister for commerce said in a statement.

So far, the Trump administration has placed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, affecting more than 5,000 products. The president, however, has said he is willing to "go to 500"— a colloquial term for placing tariffs on all US imports from China.

What was initially seen as an empty threat is now viewed by many observers as a genuine possibility after the latest round of tariffs were announced in late September, after which Trump doubled down on his threats to tax all Chinese imports. Such threats, Zhong said, will not lead China to back down and offer the US concessions.

"There is a view in the US that so long as the US keeps increasing tariffs, China will back down. They don’t know the history and culture of China," he said.

"This unyielding nation suffered foreign bullying for many times in history, but never succumbed to it even in the most difficult conditions," he continued.

"The US should not underestimate China’s resolve and will."

Zhong's comments came just a few hours after President Trump once again accused China of taking advantage of the US over trade. 

"We can’t have a one-way street," Trump said during a press conference to discuss the resignation of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday afternoon.

"It’s got to be a two-way street. It’s been a one-way street for 25 years. We’ve got to make it a two-way street. We’ve got to benefit also," he told reporters.

Alongside increasing tariffs, communications between the two sides have become more and more strained in recent weeks. China in September called off planned talks between mid-level officials, and this week US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exchanged displeased words with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi during a trip to Beijing.

"Recently, as the US side has been constantly escalating trade friction toward China, it has also adopted a series of actions on the Taiwan issue that harm China's rights and interests, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies," Wang said at a press conference.

"We demand that the US side stop this kind of mistaken action."

Pompeo hit back, saying the US has "great concerns about the actions that China has taken."

A currency war brewing?

Away from the escalating tensions over trade, the US Treasury has shown new concern about China's devaluation of the renminbi, an action it believes Beijing is using to strengthen its hand with regards to trade by making Chinese goods cheaper.

"As we look at trade issues there is no question that we want to make sure China is not doing competitive devaluations," Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview with the Financial Times published Wednesday.

"We are going to absolutely want to make sure that as part of any trade understanding we come to that currency has to be part of that."

Trump has frequently criticized China for his belief that Beijing is artificially weakening the its currency to make Chinese exports more competitive, something he believes China is doing to hurt the US economy.

In August, he claimed that Beijing is a "currency manipulator."

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          Amazon built an AI to hire people, but reportedly had to shut it down because it was discriminating against women      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Amazon tried building an AI tool to help with recruiting but it showed a bias against women, Reuters reports.
  • Engineers found the AI was unfavourable towards female candidates because it had combed through male-dominated resumes to accrue its data.
  • Amazon reportedly abandoned the project at the beginning of 2017.

Amazon worked on building an AI to help with hiring people, but the plans backfired when it discovered the system discriminated against women, Reuters reports.

Citing five sources, Reuters said Amazon set up an engineering team in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2014 to find a way to automate its recruitment.

They created 500 computer models to trawl through past candidates' resumes and pick up on around 50,000 key terms. The system would crawl the web to recommend candidates.

"They literally wanted it to be an engine where I'm going to give you 100 resumes, it will spit out the top five, and we'll hire those," one source told Reuters.

A year later, however, the engineers noticed something troubling about their engine — it didn't like women. This was apparently because the AI combed through predominantly male resumes submitted to Amazon over a 10-year period to accrue data about who to hire.

Consequently, the AI concluded that men were preferable. It downgraded resumes containing the words "women's," and filtered out candidates who'd attended two women's only colleges.

Amazon's engineers tweaked the system to remedy these particular forms of bias, but couldn't be sure the AI wouldn't find new ways to unfairly discriminate against candidates.

Gender bias was not the only problem, Reuters' sources said. The computer programs also spat out candidates who were unqualified for the position.

Remedying algorithmic bias is a thorny issue, because algorithms can pick up on unconscious human bias. In 2016, ProPublica found a risk-assessment software used to forecast which criminals are most likely to reoffend exhibited racial bias against black people. Over-reliance on AI for things like recruitment, credit-scoring, and parole judgements have also created issues in the past.

Amazon reportedly abandoned the AI recruitment project by the beginning of last year after executives lost faith in it. Reuters' sources said that Amazon recruiters looked at recommendations generated by the AI, but never relied solely on its judgement.

Business Insider contacted Amazon for comment. It declined to comment on the project when approached by Reuters, but said it is committed to workplace diversity and equality.

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          Shaun Bailey's 'Manifesto for London' event discussed plans to slash free travel for older Londoners      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Shaun Bailey has been urged by London Conservatives to slash cheap transport for Londoners.
  • Conservative delegates at his "Manifesto for London" event called for the "hopper" bus fare discount to be scrapped and free travel for pensioners to be slashed.
  • Other ideas raised at the meeting included extending the tube to "s***hole" parts of London and a new fleet of self-driving buses.
  • Labour accused the Tories of plotting to make travel more expensive. The Conservatives denied any plans by Bailey to adopt the policies.

LONDON — The Conservatives discussed plans to take free travel away from hundreds of thousands of pensioners and scrap a popular discount on bus travel, at a meeting of London Tories held for their mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey at their party conference in Birmingham this month.

The "Manifesto for London" event was introduced by Bailey, who is standing against Labour's Sadiq Khan in 2020, and chaired by his Conservative colleague on the London Assembly, Andrew Boff.

Delegates discussed plans to remove free travel from millions of Londoners and extend the Tube to "s***hole" parts of London, plus a striking proposal to introduce a fleet of "autonomous" self-driving buses across the capital.

Among the policy ideas discussed at the event arranged by Conservatives on the London Assembly were:

Raising the Freedom Pass age to 75

Freedom passLondoners aged 56 and over currently benefit from free travel on the Tube and buses under the Freedom Pass scheme, funded by London councils. However, delegates at the event suggested that the age after which Londoners can qualify for the pass should be raised to 75, with one delegate describing it as a "bribe" for older people.

"The freedom pass was introduced to basically bribe old people and I think quite a lot of 56-75 could probably afford it anyway," they said. However, other delegates argued that doing so would be hugely unpopular with London voters.

Scrapping the hopper bus fare

sadiq khan hopper busWhen Khan became Mayor of London he introduced a new system by which Londoners are allowed to make unlimited journeys on buses and trams within one hour for the cost of one single fare. However, delegates at the Conservative conference discussed scrapping the so-called "hopper" discount, as "it costs a lot of money." Other Conservative delegates in the room argued against the move, however, suggesting that Khan's policy had proved popular with Londoners.

Extend the Tube to 's***hole' parts of London

shaun baileyAnother policy put forward by London Conservatives at the event was to extend the London Underground to Thamesmead, a deprived and isolated part of southeast London. One delegate proposing the idea said that it should be done because "Thamesmead is a s***hole so it can't get any worse anyway."

However, other delegates in the room disagreed with the policy, with one suggesting that adding another branch to the Jubilee line would cause "chaos" as "there just isn't the capacity to do it."

'Shaun Bailey's Killer Buses'

London busOne of the stranger ideas raised at the policy forum event was for a fleet of "autonomous" self-driving buses to be rolled out across the capital. This, one Conservative delegate argued, would be a natural successor to the so-called "Boris Bike" scheme introduced by former Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson.

"We had the 'Boris Bike' so now we could have the "Shaun Bailey Autonomous Bus," they explained.

They argued that the buses would allow London to remove the influence of transport unions in the capital, because bus drivers would no longer be needed.

However, other delegates in the room worried that the new fleet of autonomous buses could cause a wave of fatalities on London's roads.

"When cyclists and other road users end up dead under the wheels of the automated buses it would be known as 'Shaun Bailey's Killer Buses," the delegate commented.

'Shaun alone will announce his policies'

Labour accused the Conservatives of plotting to make commuting more expensive for Londoners.

"Londoners know from bitter experience that the Tories increase TfL fares and make commuting more expensive whenever they are in power — fares went up by 42 per cent when Boris Johnson was Mayor," Labour MP Andy Slaughter told Business Insider.

"So no one will be surprised that the London Tory Party now want to scrap the unlimited Hopper bus fare and the Freedom Pass. This shows exactly why we need to keep Sadiq Khan as Mayor — he’s frozen TfL fares for four years and introduced the Hopper fare in the first place."

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However, the Conservative party dismissed any suggestion that Bailey would take up the plans.

"This was clearly an open forum for delegates to discuss policy ideas," a Conservative spokesperson told Business Insider.

"They have not been adopted by Shaun, and to suggest otherwise is derisory. Shaun alone will announce his policies in due course over the coming 18 months.

"He will be listening to all Londoners about their concerns and priorities and what we need to do to tackle the issues of crime, housing and transport, where Londoners are being badly let down by Sadiq Khan."

Bailey under pressure to apologise for 'single mum' comments

shaun baileyBailey has come under pressure from the Labour party in recent days to apologise for a string of offensive comments and articles he made in the past. On Sunday Business Insider revealed that Bailey had ;claimed that single mums in inner cities "deliberately become pregnant" in order to secure homes and benefits from the government.

In the comments, unearthed by Business Insider, he added: "They won't be too careful about not becoming parents. In some cases, they will deliberately become pregnant - as they know that if they do, they will get a flat."

He went on: "It is the same with benefits. These people are not stupid. If the state offers them money for doing something, they will do it. It is as simple as that.

Bailey wrote that the state needed to get away from the idea that it is "acceptable" to be a single mother.

Responding to the row over these comments and others in which he suggested that multiculturalism had turned parts of the country into "crime-riddled cesspool[s]," Bailey, who was 38 at the time of making his comments about single mums, told the Evening Standard on Tuesday that he had made the comments as "a young man still figuring out his world."

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          'They've got some explaining to do': The case of a missing Washington Post columnist raises more questions after reports suggests he was murdered by Saudi agents      Cache   Translate Page      

Jamal Khashoggi

  • The case surrounding Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, raised more concerns after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered.
  • Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published write-ups that were critical of the Saudi government. He had been living in the US state of Virginia.
  • A team of 15 Saudis who flew in from Saudi Arabia to visit and leave the consulate on the same day of Khashoggi's disappearance is suspected of playing a role in his disappearance, people familiar with the investigation said in a Washington Post report.
  • US intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance.
  • When asked for video footage on Khashoggi, Saudi officials reportedly told Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee that they "only livestream their tapes."
  • The Saudi government asserted that Khashoggi left the premises shortly after his visit.

The case surrounding the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, raised more concerns in the US after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered during the visit.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, has not been heard from his fiance nor coworkers after his disappearance on October 2. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published critical pieces of the Saudi government and exiled himself to Virginia.

Turkish officials launched an investigation and claim that the evidence already suggests Khashoggi entered but never left the consulate. A team of 15 Saudis who flew in from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, to visit and leave the consulate on the same day of his disappearance is suspected of playing a role, people familiar with the investigation said in a Washington Post report published Tuesday.

US intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance, a person familiar with the situation said in The Post. The Post's source added it was unclear how the Saudi's planned on handling Khashoggi after receiving him or if the US warned him that he was targeted.

The Post's report follows Defense Secretary James Mattis's remarks about Khashoggi's disappearance, in which he suggested the US was keeping track of the developments.

"We're monitoring this very closely, this situation very closely, and we are working closely with [the] State Department," Mattis said.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed concern after reviewing classified reports on the situation.

"It points to the idea that whatever has happened to him, the Saudis — I mean, they've got some explaining to do," Corker said in a Daily Beast report.

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Corker described his talks with Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US, as "not a great conversation," and asked to show him video footage of him leaving the consulate.

"He shared with me that they only livestream their tapes," Corker said, according to CNN correspondent Manu Raju. "I've never heard of an embassy in my life that doesn't tape."

"And so to me it feels very much like some nefarious activity has occurred by them," Corker added, according to The Beast. "But I don't want to rush to judgment."

The Trump administration has been criticized for not taking a firmer stance against Saudi Arabia and its leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has vigorously campaigned to convince other nations of its progressive reforms.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department called on Saudi Arabia to "support a thorough investigation ... and to be transparent about the results."

"We have seen conflicting reports on the safety and whereabouts of prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi," Pompeo said in a statement. "‎As the President has conveyed, the United States is concerned by his disappearance.

But the Saudi government asserted Khashoggi left the premises shortly after his visit and claimed they too were worried for him.

"I would normally prefer not to address such outrageous claims, especially when it concerns the well-being of a missing citizen who dedicated a great portion of his life to serve his country," Khalid bin Salman said in a statement. "It goes without saying that his family in the Kingdom remain gravely concerned about him, and so are we.

"Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom, including myself, and despite our differences, and his choice to go into his so called 'self-exile,' we still maintained regular contact when he was in Washington," Khalid bin Salman added.

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          Podcast: Sen. Joni Ernst on Kavanaugh and US Military Strength      Cache   Translate Page      
On 10.07.18 11:00 PM posted by Rob Bluey On today’s Columbus Day edition of the show, we feature an interview with Sen. Joni Ernst (https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/05/why-iowas-joni-ernst-is-supporting-kavanaugh/?_ga=2.133485966.1870846360.1538746713-131715127.1532288839), R-Iowa, about*the military, Syria, trade, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. She recently spoke (https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/04/rating-of-u-s-military-strength-as-marginal-is-worrisome-sen-joni-ernst-says/) at The Heritage Foundation about the newly released 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength. Also on today’s show: * You’ll also hear from communications expert Dee Dee Bass Wilbon about how conservatives can win the battle of ideas, and her upcoming conference, GrowthComms (https://www.growthcomms.com/).*
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Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Babar Baloch – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 09 octobre 2018 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Selon un nouveau rapport du HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, publié aujourd'hui par le Service du HCR pour la mobilisation des ressources et des relations avec les donateurs, le financement pour l’aide et l’assistance aux personnes déracinées et aux apatrides à travers le monde se réduit. A peine plus de la moitié des besoins sont satisfaits. Les difficultés et les risques s'aggravent pour de nombreux réfugiés et déplacés internes ainsi que pour les communautés d’accueil.

Avec 68,5 millions de personnes déracinées à travers le monde au début de cette année, l’aide financière des gouvernements pour l’assistance et la protection des réfugiés, ou d’autres situations de déplacement, a rarement été sous une telle pression. Sur la base des contributions versées à ce jour, nous prévoyons que le financement pour 2018 ne couvrira que 55 pour cent des 8,2 milliards de dollars dont nous avons besoin. Ce chiffre était de 56,6 pour cent en 2017 et de 58 pour cent en 2016. En un mot, le financement des donateurs accuse un retard croissant, alors que le nombre de personnes déracinées à travers le monde est en augmentation.

Et les conséquences pour les réfugiés et les personnes déplacées en particulier sont bien concrètes. Situation après situation, nous constatons une augmentation de la malnutrition, des installations sanitaires surpeuplées, des logements et des abris de plus en plus délabrés, des enfants dans des salles de classe surpeuplées ou sans école, et des risques croissants en matière de protection en raison de la pénurie de personnel pour traiter les enfants non accompagnés, les victimes ou la violence sexuelle.

Le Burundi, la République démocratique du Congo, le Soudan du Sud, l’Afghanistan, la Somalie et la Syrie sont les six pays où la situation des réfugiés et des personnes déplacées est fortement compromise.

Le HCR exprime sa gratitude aux donateurs pour leur appui essentiel. La nature flexible des dons permet d’atténuer l’impact des crises, et d’allouer les fonds là où les besoins sont critiques.

Situation Burundi

La situation des réfugiés burundais arrive en tête avec un financement estimé seulement à 28 pour cent des 206 millions de dollars nécessaires. L’impact se fait expressément ressentir dans tous les domaines de l’aide en faveur des 400 000 réfugiés dans les pays voisins.

Les réfugiés ne peuvent plus nourrir leurs familles suite aux réductions des rations alimentaires. Les abris sont délabrés dans certains endroits, les centres de santé ont du mal à faire face au nombre de patients, les salles de classe sont surpeuplées et la capacité de fournir des services de soutien aux enfants non accompagnés et aux victimes de violences sexuelles est très limitée.

En Tanzanie, des années après leur arrivée, environ 52 pour cent des 232 716 réfugiés burundais vivent toujours dans des abris d’urgence et presque 18 000 élèves réfugiés suivent des cours en plein air sous les arbres.

Dans le campement de Nakivale, en Ouganda, des milliers de familles réfugiées doivent utiliser des latrines communes, ce qui leur fait courir des risques élevés en matière d’épidémies et du besoin d’intimité. Les femmes et les enfants sont en particulier exposés à des risques élevés en matière de protection. Avec du matériel pédagogique insuffisant et des salles de classe surpeuplées, l’éducation est rudimentaire.

Le manque de fonds a contraint le HCR à mettre fin à son programme d’assistance en espèces dans le camp de Mahama, au Rwanda, qui accueille 19 500 familles. Cela a gravement affecté la capacité des réfugiés à subvenir à leurs besoins essentiels.

Situation République démocratique du Congo

En ce qui concerne la République démocratique du Congo affectée par le conflit, ainsi que les pays accueillant des réfugiés congolais, le HCR n’a reçu jusqu’à présent que 31 pour cent des fonds nécessaires sur les 369 millions de dollars recherchés.

Le financement limité affecte l’accès à l’éducation et aux soins de santé, ainsi que les activités de subsistance, en particulier à destination des jeunes. Dans les pays hôtes qui accueillent près de 800 000 réfugiés, les camps et les installations ont dépassé leur capacité initiale d’accueil mais doivent encore accueillir de nouveaux arrivants réfugiés.

Les normes minimales sont souvent difficiles à respecter en ce qui concerne les distributions alimentaires, les niveaux nutritionnels, la santé et d’autres besoins fondamentaux.

A l’intérieur de la RDC, des fonds d’urgence sont nécessaires pour décongestionner les camps et les sites de déplacés afin d’enrayer la propagation des maladies transmissibles.

Situation Afghanistan

Alors que le conflit dure depuis près de quatre décennies, environ 2,4 millions d’Afghans vivent au Pakistan et en Iran en tant que réfugiés. Par ailleurs, 1,9 million de personnes sont également déplacées en Afghanistan. Les opérations du HCR pour 2018 pour ces trois crises sont financées à hauteur de 32 pour cent par rapport aux besoins, soit 304 millions de dollars.

En Afghanistan, le manque de financement affecte les projets du HCR dans 60 localités. Ces projets comprennent l’aide à 132 700 familles afghanes pour réhabiliter et construire des logements dans le cadre de programmes « cash for work » (travail contre espèces), le soutien au micro-entreprises, la fourniture de panneaux solaires pour les systèmes d’éclairage dans les maisons ou l’allocation d’espaces adaptés aux jeunes et aux femmes.

Au Pakistan, qui accueille 1,4 million de réfugiés afghans, le manque de financement affecte la gratuité de l’enseignement primaire pour 57 000 enfants réfugiés ainsi que les services de santé de base dans 54 villages de réfugiés. Le manque d’accès aux services sociaux, comme la santé et l’éducation, ainsi que la baisse des formations sur les moyens de subsistance pourrait forcer les réfugiés à partir ou à retourner en Afghanistan.

En Iran, le manque de financement signifie que moins de réfugiés vulnérables bénéficient d’une prime subventionnée pour l’affiliation au régime national d’assurance maladie et que les réfugiés les plus vulnérables ne pourraient donc pas se permettre de s’inscrire. La baisse du soutien au système de soins de santé primaires réduirait la disponibilité des services dans les régions reculées. La baisse d’investissement dans le système éducatif limite la scolarisation des enfants afghans.

Situation Soudan

Le conflit en cours dans la plus jeune nation au monde a forcé environ 2,4 millions de personnes à devenir des réfugiés, tandis que deux millions d’autres sont déplacées à l’intérieur du pays. L’appel de fonds du HCR pour un montant de 783 millions de dollars en faveur des réfugiés et des déplacés internes n’est financé qu’à hauteur de 33 pour cent.

Faute de fonds suffisants, l’aide alimentaire pour les réfugiés a été interrompue à de nombreuses reprises. Les taux élevés de malnutrition aiguë globale (MAG) et de malnutrition aiguë sévère (MAS) signalés dans les pays d’asile ont aggravé les tous premiers problèmes en matière de protection auxquels sont confrontés les réfugiés sud-soudanais avant leur fuite, en particulier les femmes, les enfants et les jeunes.

Des rations complètes n’ont été distribuées qu’aux réfugiés au Kenya et en Ouganda et à 75% des réfugiés en République centrafricaine. Environ sept pour cent des réfugiés sud-soudanais vivent dans des abris semi-permanents.

Au Soudan, environ 80 000 réfugiés n’ont toujours pas accès à des latrines dans les 10 camps. Dans certains cas, plus de 70 personnes utilisent la même latrine commune. 57 000 réfugiés vivent dans des installations informelles à Khartoum sans aucune assistance.

En Ouganda, le manque de ressources ne permet pas de disposer de suffisamment de personnel pour assurer la qualité des services de protection de l’enfance et un suivi adéquat des enfants pris en charge. Un travailleur social s’occupe de 150 enfants. Les enfants représentent 63 pour cent de la population réfugiée. L’approvisionnement en eau des réfugiés demeure également inférieur à la norme.

Situation Syrie

Environ 5,6 millions de réfugiés syriens dans la région et 6,2 millions de déplacés à l’intérieur du pays sont directement affectés par le manque de fonds. L’appel de fonds du HCR, d’un montant de 1,968 milliard de dollars pour la crise syrienne, n’est financé qu’à hauteur de 35 pour cent.

Le HCR est confronté à un défi de taille : venir en aide à 1,3 million de réfugiés syriens dans la région et 1,35 million de déplacés internes et de rapatriés en Syrie, avec une aide pour les équipements contre la saison hivernale. L’aide en espèces durant la saison d’hiver est particulièrement importante au Liban et en Jordanie. Elle constitue un moyen efficace et essentiel d’aider les réfugiés pendant l’hiver.

Sans financement supplémentaire, l’aide en espèces cessera en novembre. Cela pourrait avoir un impact dévastateur sur les familles de réfugiés en Jordanie et au Liban, où la majorité des familles vivent sous le seuil de pauvreté. Environ un demi-million de réfugiés ont cruellement besoin d’un financement pour payer leur loyer, subvenir à leurs besoins quotidiens et maintenir leur accès aux services essentiels.

L’inflation des coûts liés aux soins de santé augmente le risque que les familles de réfugiés ne soient même pas en mesure d’obtenir les services médicaux essentiels, comme la vaccination des enfants. Des ressources sont nécessaires pour fournir des soins de santé à 35 000 réfugiés syriens vulnérables dans la région, en particulier en Jordanie et au Liban.

Situation Somalie

Plus d’un million de réfugiés somaliens sont accueillis dans six pays et deux autres millions sont déplacés à l’intérieur du pays. Le HCR recherche 522 millions de dollars pour l’aide aux réfugiés et aux déplacés somaliens. A ce jour, cette opération est financée à hauteur de 37 pour cent.

Après des décennies de conflit, la vie des Somaliens s’est quelque peu améliorée, mais la situation reste fragile et nécessite un soutien continu. L’absence de soutien aux réfugiés et aux communautés d’accueil pourrait entraîner une détérioration des conditions humanitaires, donner l’impression d’un manque de soutien aux communautés d’accueil et précipiter les retours de réfugiés avant que le gouvernement somalien ne soit en capacité de les accueillir et les intégrer.

Vous trouverez toutes les informations sur les situations confontées aux plus importantes pénuries de fonds dans la brochure disponible ici (version anglaise).

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          NEWS ALERT: RAIA WA SYRIA,SUDAN KUSINI WAKAMATWA JNIA WAKISAFIRISHA MAMILIONI YA FEDHA      Cache   Translate Page      
ABIRIA wawili Raia wa Sudan Kusini na Syria leo wamekamatwa Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA) wakisafirisha fedha taslim dola elfu 70 za Kimarekani sawa na shilingi milioni 156 za Kitanzania na paundi 3410 za Sudan bila kufuata taratibu.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari kwenye ukumbi wa mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la JNIA, Msemaji wa Jeshi la Polisi, Kamishna Msaidizi, Barnabas Mwakalukwa alimtaja Raia wa Sudan Kusini Bi. Nada Zaelnoon Ahamed (38) mwenye hati ya kusafiria namba P01563534 amekamatwa saa 10:00 jioni akiwa eneo la ukaguzi wakati akiingia ndani tayari kusafiri kwa ndege ya Shirika la Ndege la Kenya (KQ 485) akielekea Nairobi.

Hata hivyo, Afande Mwakalukwa amesema abiria huyo mbali na fedha hizo za Kimarekani pia amekamatwa na paundi za Sudan 3410, ambazo zote kwa pamoja alishindwa kutoa taarifa ya fedha alizokutwa nazo kwa mujibu wa sheria ya utakatishaji fedha ya mwaka 2006 iliyofanyiwa marekebisho mwaka 2012.

Pia alimtaja Bw. Mohamed Belal (31), Raia wa Syria mwenye hati ya kusafiria namba 003-16L096876 aliyekuwa akisafiri kwa ndege ya Shirika la ndege la Ethiopia (ET 864) kuelekea Syria kupitia Addis Ababa amekamatwa na dola za kimarekani 10,000 sawa na Tsh. milioni 20 za Kitanzania, ambazo naye alishindwa kuzitolea taarifa. “Watuhumiwa wote wawili wamezuiwa na hawawezi kuendelea na safari zao kwa ajili ya uchunguzi zaidi na hatua za kisheria zilizopo,” amesema Afande Mwakalukwa.

Naye Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Viwanja vya Ndege Tanzania (TAA), Bw. Richard Mayongela amewapongeza maafisa usalama wa JNIA kwa kufanya kazi kwa weledi na uadilifu pamoja na kushirikiana na vyombo vingine vya ulinzi na usalama katika kuhakikisha wasafiri, wadau na maeneo yote ya viwanja vya ndege yanabaki salama na vitendo vya kiuhalifu havina nafasi katika viwanja hivyo. Bw. Mayongela amesema pamoja na watumishi hao kufanya kazi katika wakati mgumu kutokana na baadhi ya abiria kuwa watata kila wanapotaka kutekeleza wajibu wao kwa mujibu wa sheria na kanuni.


Kamishna Msaidizi na Msemaji wa Jeshi la Polisi, Barnabas Mwakalukwa akinyanyua juu moja ya bunda la Dola za Kimarekani zilizokamatwa leo kwenye Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), zikisafirisha isivyo halali na raia wa Sudan Kusini Bi. Nada Zaelnoon Ahamed na Bw. Mohamed Belal, raia wa Syria. 
Jumla ya Dola za Kimarekani 70,000 sawa na Tsh. milioni 156 za Kitanzania zikiwa zimekamatwa leo kwenye Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), zikisafirishwa na Raia wawili wa Syria Bw. Mohamed Belal na Bi. Nada Zaelnoo Ahamed raia wa Sudan Kusini kwa kutofuata taratibu. 
Bi.Nada Zaelnoon Ahamed (38) Raia wa Sudan Kusini (katikati mwenye ushungi) akiwa mbele ya waandishi wa habari kwenye ukumbi wa mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), baada ya kukamatwa na dola 60,000 za Kimarekani na Paundi 3410 za Sudan. 

Raia wa Syria, Bw. Mohamed Belal (31) mwenye fulana nyeupe akiwa mbele ya waandishi wa habari kwenye ukumbi wa mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), baada ya kukamatwa na dola 10,000 za Kimarekani, ambazo hakuzitolea taarifa kwa Maafisa wa Forodha wa kiwanjani hapo. 
Mkurugenzi wa Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), Bw. Paul Rwegasha (kushoto) akimsikiliza Kamishna Msaidizi wa Polisi, Barnabas Mwakalukwa (aliyesimama) alipokuwa akitoa maelezo kwa waandishi wa habari leo ya kukamatwa kwa Raia wawili wa Sudan Kusini na Syria waliokuwa wakisafirikisha fedha taslim milioni 156 bila kufuata sharia. 
Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Viwanja vya Ndege Tanzania (TAA), Bw. Richard Mayongela (wa pili kulia) akisisitiza jambo kwenye mkutano na waandishi wa habari (hawapo pichani) uliofanyika kwenye ukumbi wa Mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la Kiwanja cha ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA), wakati walipokamatwa Raia wawili wa Syria na Sudan Kusini wakisafirisha mamilioni ya fedha bila kufuata taratibu.

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A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad BBC Two, 9pm ★★★★I Imagine… Hockney, the Queen and the Royal Peculiar BBC One, 10.45pm ★★★II BASHAR Assad’s father Hafez, the first President Assad of Syria, had a novel approach to international diplomacy. It...
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"Jared [Kushner] is such a hidden genius that no one understands," Nikki Haley claimed.
Donald Trump broken with his usual means of deposing of a cabinet member—dropping a note on their desks while they’re out of town and letting them find out by tweet—to have send UN Ambassador Nikki Haley out the door with a White House event. Haley gave a brief speech in which the most notable moments were likely her claim that she would support Trump in his 2020 effort, and her praise for the sadly unsung heroes of the Trump White House: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Haley: Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands.

For his part, Trump repeatedly praised Haley as making the UN Ambassador role “glamourous,” which seems at least half a notch better than Orrin Hatch saying that Christine Blasey Ford was an “attractive” witness. And while Haley claimed that the main reason she wanted to depart was simply to get some time away after eight years in government service, Trump seemed unwilling to let her go.

Trump: You'll be coming back in a different capacity. You can have your pick.

Where other Trump cabinet members have resigned with a stack of Inspector General investigations at their backs, or when Trump forced someone to dream up a reason why they had to resign, on the surface Haley appears to be stepping away from her UN role on her own accord. Perhaps the most striking thing about Haley’s time as UN Ambassador is that both in the US and around the world, Haley is regarded as a “moderate” who “held back the worst impulses” of Trump. That’s amazing … since she’s overseen the withdrawal of the US from the UN Human Rights Commission, ended funding for the UN agency that support Palestinian refugees, supported US withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, ended funding for Syrian stabilization, ended funding for the UN population fund, supported the movement of the US embassy to Jerusalem, supported the end of the Iran nuclear treaty, and cast one of three votes against a resolution condemning Nazism.

While Trump and Haley appeared chummy at the White House, with Trump offering Haley any role she wanted (and undoubtedly making Lindsey Graham sweat off screen), the timing of the announcement still struck many as odd. Both Trump and Haley were careful to mention that this was an idea that came to her some months ago, but Haley had been recently making changes in her staff and moving her people into new positions at the UN that seem odd for someone about to depart. This, and Haley’s vaunted ambition, have made some suspicious about her sudden need for more time at home.

The likely outcome is that Haley takes a spot with one of many Republican lobbying / bill-writing / “think tanks” and collects a fat salary while maintaining her profile on the right and prepping for a 2024 run. But … the sudden departure does seem odd.

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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: We are going to visit Raqqa now. It was once the capital of ISIS territory in Syria, but it was captured nearly a year ago. NPR's Tom Bowman was in the Syrian city when he spoke to our colleague Steve Inskeep. TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: I'm in the soccer stadium right in downtown Raqqa, and this is a stadium that ISIS used to jail people for executions as well - beheadings. And it's interesting that now this stadium is being rebuilt to be used for an actual soccer stadium now. STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: How is this city different than it was when you were there early in the year shortly after it was captured from ISIS? BOWMAN: Well, Steve, Raqqa seems to be coming back to life step-by-step. There's still a lot of rubble removal being done, but now the streets are pretty clear. Clean water is widely available now. Some electricity is coming back. And what's really interesting is a lot more shops are open. It's kind of bustling in a way.
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Old Testament: Isaiah 37–38

Isaiah 37–38 (Listen)

Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah's Help

37 As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD. And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz. They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.’”

When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’”

The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish. Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush,1 “He has set out to fight against you.” And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’”

Hezekiah's Prayer for Deliverance

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: 16 “O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 17 Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 18 Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire. For they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 20 So now, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the LORD.”

Sennacherib's Fall

21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him:

  “‘She despises you, she scorns you—
    the virgin daughter of Zion;
  she wags her head behind you—
    the daughter of Jerusalem.
23   “‘Whom have you mocked and reviled?
    Against whom have you raised your voice
  and lifted your eyes to the heights?
    Against the Holy One of Israel!
24   By your servants you have mocked the Lord,
    and you have said, With my many chariots
  I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
    to the far recesses of Lebanon,
  to cut down its tallest cedars,
    its choicest cypresses,
  to come to its remotest height,
    its most fruitful forest.
25   I dug wells
    and drank waters,
  to dry up with the sole of my foot
    all the streams of Egypt.
26   “‘Have you not heard
    that I determined it long ago?
  I planned from days of old
    what now I bring to pass,
  that you should make fortified cities
    crash into heaps of ruins,
27   while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
    are dismayed and confounded,
  and have become like plants of the field
    and like tender grass,
  like grass on the housetops,
    blighted2 before it is grown.
28   “‘I know your sitting down
    and your going out and coming in,
    and your raging against me.
29   Because you have raged against me
    and your complacency has come to my ears,
  I will put my hook in your nose
    and my bit in your mouth,
  and I will turn you back on the way
    by which you came.’

30 “And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 31 And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32 For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

33 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. 34 By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the LORD. 35 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”

36 And the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 37 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh. 38 And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword. And after they escaped into the land of Ararat, Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

Hezekiah's Sickness and Recovery

38 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.”3 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, and said, “Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: “Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.4 I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city.

“This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has promised: Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.5

A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, after he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:

10   I said, In the middle6 of my days
    I must depart;
  I am consigned to the gates of Sheol
    for the rest of my years.
11   I said, I shall not see the LORD,
    the LORD in the land of the living;
  I shall look on man no more
    among the inhabitants of the world.
12   My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me
    like a shepherd's tent;
  like a weaver I have rolled up my life;
    he cuts me off from the loom;
  from day to night you bring me to an end;
13     I calmed myself7 until morning;
  like a lion he breaks all my bones;
    from day to night you bring me to an end.
14   Like a swallow or a crane I chirp;
    I moan like a dove.
  My eyes are weary with looking upward.
    O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!
15   What shall I say? For he has spoken to me,
    and he himself has done it.
  I walk slowly all my years
    because of the bitterness of my soul.
16   O Lord, by these things men live,
    and in all these is the life of my spirit.
    Oh restore me to health and make me live!
17   Behold, it was for my welfare
    that I had great bitterness;
  but in love you have delivered my life
    from the pit of destruction,
  for you have cast all my sins
    behind your back.
18   For Sheol does not thank you;
    death does not praise you;
  those who go down to the pit do not hope
    for your faithfulness.
19   The living, the living, he thanks you,
    as I do this day;
  the father makes known to the children
    your faithfulness.
20   The LORD will save me,
    and we will play my music on stringed instruments
  all the days of our lives,
    at the house of the LORD.

21 Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.” 22 Hezekiah also had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?”

Footnotes

[1] 37:9 Probably Nubia
[2] 37:27 Some Hebrew manuscripts and 2 Kings 19:26; most Hebrew manuscripts a field
[3] 38:1 Or live; also verses 9, 21
[4] 38:5 Hebrew to your days
[5] 38:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
[6] 38:10 Or In the quiet
[7] 38:13 Or (with Targum) I cried for help

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Psalm: Psalm 93

Psalm 93 (Listen)

The Lord Reigns

93   The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
    the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
  Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
  Your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting.
  The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
    the floods have lifted up their voice;
    the floods lift up their roaring.
  Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
    mightier than the waves of the sea,
    the LORD on high is mighty!
  Your decrees are very trustworthy;
    holiness befits your house,
    O LORD, forevermore.

(ESV)

New Testament: Acts 17

Acts 17 (Listen)

Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews1 were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Paul and Silas in Berea

10 The brothers2 immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Paul in Athens

16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Paul Addresses the Areopagus

22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,3 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for

  “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;4

as even some of your own poets have said,

  “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’5

29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

Footnotes

[1] 17:5 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13
[2] 17:10 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 14
[3] 17:24 Greek made by hands
[4] 17:28 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
[5] 17:28 From Aratus's poem “Phainomena”

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@lr So explain why, of all Middle Eastern , Turkish, Syrian(how many of them are dead, tortured or imprisoned?) and Russian plus Kurdish and Iranian journalists THIS story is the biggest "development" in ME politics? I am honoured you can not stand my commentary.
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Russia has donated to Syria three battalion sets of S-300PM missile systems of eight launchers each, a military diplomatic source told TASS on Monday. "On October 1, three battalion sets of S-300PM systems of eight launchers each were delivered to Syria," the source said. "These systems were previously deployed at one of the Russian aerospace forces' regiments which now uses the S-400 Triumf systems. The S-300 systems underwent capital repairs at Russian defense enterprises, are in good condition and are capable of performing combat tasks," the source said, adding that the S-300PM systems were handed over to the Syrian side free of charge. According to the source, along with the launchers Russia delivered more than 100 surface-to-air guided missiles for each battalion.
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          THE DOW WAS DOWN 56 POINTS TUESDAY-YESTERDAY      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)

HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BANK RELATED INFORMATION
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UPDATE-OCTOBER 10, 2018-12:00AM

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TSX -00.00 15,854.05 - GOLD $-00.00 $1,324.27 - OIL $-0.00 $64.67

EARTHQUAKES

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

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

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

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

UPDATE-OCTOBER 10, 2018-11:55PM

1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ U.S.41 of 41 earthquakes in map area.

    2.8-40km SSE of King Salmon, Alaska-2018-10-10 03:56:35 (UTC)-176.8 km
    4.5-50km WNW of Morrope, Peru-2018-10-10 03:48:56 (UTC)-37.6 km
    3.1-64km N of Culebra, Puerto Rico-2018-10-10 02:52:18 (UTC)-25.0 km
    2.5-85km NNW of Talkeetna, Alaska-2018-10-10 02:44:04 (UTC)-114.8 km
    4.6-20km NE of Belanting, Indonesia-2018-10-10 02:16:01 (UTC)-10.0 km
    5.4-62km NW of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea-2018-10-10 02:03:00 (UTC)-49.9 km
    4.6-62km E of Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan-2018-10-10 01:48:43 (UTC)-10.0 km
    2.9-159km SSE of Kotzebue, Alaska-2018-10-10 00:01:22 (UTC)-0.0 km

STOCK MARKET AND EARTHQUAKE NEWS
https://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dow-was-up-39-points-monday.html 
https://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dow-was-down-180-points-friday-new.html 
https://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/weekend-quake-results-for-october-06.html 
https://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dow-was-down-200-points-thursday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dow-was-up-54-points-wednesday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dow-was-up-122-points-tuesday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dow-was-up-190-points-monday.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dow-was-up-18-points-friday-new-week.html 
http://israndjer.blogspot.com/2018/09/weekend-quake-results-for-september-29.html 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pompeo says progress made with Kim Jong Un on North Korea trip-US secretary of state declines South Korea leader’s request to publicly disclose information about Pyongyang’s denuclearization-By Matthew Lee-OCT 9,18

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made unspecified progress Sunday toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though there was no immediate indication whether Pompeo had managed to arrange a much-anticipated second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.Trump, tweeting from Washington, cited progress on agreements he made with Kim at their June meeting and said, “I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future.”Arriving in Seoul after several hours in Pyongyang on his fourth visit to North Korea, Pompeo tweeted that he had a “good trip” and that he and Kim “continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore summit.” Trump and Kim held a historic summit there in June that resulted in a vague agreement for the North to denuclearize.The top US diplomat offered no details, and, upon landing in South Korea, he briefed White House national security adviser John Bolton and Trump chief of staff John Kelly on his trip, officials said.Pompeo, on the third stop of a four-leg Asian tour that began in Japan and was to end in China on Monday, then met South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in. Moon, who has met twice with Kim, asked Pompeo to make public as much information as he could about the trip.“I dearly hope that your latest visit, as well as the upcoming US-North Korea summit, which I hope will be happening soon, will make irreversible, decisive progress in terms of the denuclearization as well as the peace process,” Moon said. “Since we have the media present here, I would like to ask you to disclose anything that you can open to the public here.”Pompeo declined that opportunity.“I will certainly tell you in private about our conversation, but we had a good, productive conversation,” Pompeo said. “As President Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today. It was another step forward. So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us.”Moon’s office said in a statement later that Pompeo told Moon that the North Korean leader had agreed a second summit with Trump “should be held as soon as possible,” and that talks on the timing and location would continue.In Pyongyang, Pompeo and Kim met for about three-and-a-half hours, first in a business session and then in a 90-minute luncheon that the North Korean leader hosted at a state guesthouse, according to the pool report from the lone US journalist allowed to accompany Pompeo on his Asia trip.“It’s a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries,” Kim told Pompeo through an interpreter as they sat down for the meal.“Yeah, so we had a great, great visit this morning,” Pompeo replied. “Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards. And we had a very successful morning so thank you and I am looking forward to our time here at lunch as well.”On the North Korean side, Kim was joined at the lunch by his sister, Kim Yo Jong, and his former intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, who has been Pompeo’s chief interlocutor.Aside from Pompeo, the US side included Stephen Biegun, the new US special envoy for North Korea, and Andrew Kim, who heads a Korea working group at the CIA that Pompeo set up while he was running the agency.Pompeo and Kim had exchanged pleasantries and appeared chummy while they walked into the banquet room. “It’s good to see you again,” Pompeo said as they shook hands. Pompeo placed his hand on Kim’s shoulder and they both smiled.“So is everything okay?” Kim asked Pompeo.“Everything is great,” Pompeo replied. “Everything is great. I am very much looking forward to our time together too.”Other members of the two delegations ate their five-course meal, which included delicacies such as foie gras, conch soup, steak, grilled pine mushrooms and chocolate cake, sweet red wine and soju, in a separate room.Pompeo had planned to meet with Kim on Sunday’s trip, but North Korean officials said Kim’s participation in the luncheon had not been expected. Pompeo had not met with Kim on his last visit and Trump had abruptly canceled Pompeo’s plans to travel to North Korea last month, citing a lack of progress in the negotiations-Pompeo earlier held talks in Tokyo with Japan’s prime minister, and pledged that the Trump administration would coordinate and unify its strategy for denuclearization with its allies. Japan has been wary of the initiative, but South Korea has embraced it.Pompeo has repeatedly refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a US position on North Korea’s demand for a declared end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North’s main known nuclear facility.The US and Japan have pushed for the North to compile and turn over a detailed list of its nuclear sites to be dismantled as a next step in the process. The North has rejected that.Since the denuclearization effort got underway with a secret visit to the North by then-CIA chief Pompeo in April, there has been only limited progress, even since the June 12 Trump-Kim summit that many had hoped would jump-start the effort.North Korea so far has suspended nuclear and missile tests, freed three American prisoners and dismantled parts of a missile engine facility and tunnel entrances at a nuclear test site. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.The North has accused Washington of making “unilateral and gangster-like” demands on denuclearization and has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks. US officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North’s denuclearization is fully verified.

Clearing the rubble in Syria’s Palestinian Yarmouk camp-The built-up residential area was once home to 160,000 residents; today, it is a post-apocalyptic vista of bombed-out buildings-By AP and TOI staff-OCT 9,18

DAMASCUS, Syria — In the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk on the edge of Syria’s capital, bulldozers and trucks are clearing tons of rubble from streets gutted by war.The built-up residential area was once home to 160,000 residents, Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war around Israel’s creation as well as middle-class Syrians. Today, it is a post-apocalyptic vista of bombed out buildings coated in gray dust.Syrian rebels seized the district in 2012, and government forces responded with a crippling siege and near-daily shelling, driving most residents out. Fighting broke out among different armed groups, and Islamic State jihadists seized control in 2015, before being driven out in a government offensive earlier this year.The neighborhood was established after 1948 to house thousands of Palestinians who fled or were driven out of what is now Israel.On Saturday, Associated Press reporters saw bulldozers clearing away mounds of rubble beneath the jagged shells of hollowed-out apartment blocks. The streets are covered with piles of steel rebar, cinder blocks and burnt-out cars.Mahmoud Khaled, an engineer supervising the work, says clearing operations on the main roads began three weeks ago and will continue for another month, before work begins on side streets. Only then can the government start to restore electricity, water and other infrastructure. Khaled says around 50,000 cubic meters of rubble have so far been removed.Syrian officials estimate the country will need up to $400 billion to rebuild from the devastating civil war, which is still underway as insurgents control parts of northern Syria. Western countries have refused to pledge reconstruction aid in the absence of a political transition from President Bashar Assad’s rule, something the government adamantly rejects.It is unclear when or if the Palestinians of Yarmouk will ever return.

300 Palestinian security prisoners to be released due to overcrowding-Jailed terrorists along with another 700 criminals to have their sentences shortened as High Court demands more space for prisoners-By TOI staff-OCT 9,18

A total of 300 prisoners serving time for terrorism and other security-related crimes are to be freed to prevent overcrowding within the prison system.Along with the security prisoners, another 700 criminals are expected to be released when new government legislation is expected to come into effect on December 20, which will allow the prison authority to reduce each sentence automatically.The Israel Prisons Sservice was forced to plan the release of the 1,000 prisoners due to a High Court ruling that requires each prisoner to have at least 4.5 square meters of personal space, an increase of 50 percent over the current three square meters.Among the security prisoners expected to be released are the brother of Ahed Tamimi and an accomplice to the June 2017 terror attack that killed Border Police officer Hadas Malka, the Haaretz daily reported.The government, which begins its winter session next week, is expected to pass legislation allowing the prison service to reduce sentences.Whereas currently the prison service can reduce a sentence by a week for each six months served, according to the proposed legislation a six-month sentence will automatically be cut by two weeks. A one-year sentence will be reduced by a month; someone serving 20 years in jail will be entitled to a seven-month reduction.The law is expected to pass on December 20 after it has been approved by by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and the Finance Ministry. In August, the measures were approved by the Knesset’s Interior Committee.With these reductions, the prison service will be able to free a total of 1,000 prisoners.

Hundreds attend funeral of Barkan terror victim Kim Levengrond Yehezkel-‘We will raise our son Kai exactly as you would have wanted. You will always remain my best friend,’ says victim’s husband in eulogy-By TOI staff-OCT 9,18

Hundreds of mourners on Sunday night attended the funeral of Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, one of the victims of a terror attack in the West Bank earlier in the day.Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, was buried in her hometown of Rosh Ha’ayin in central Israel.“I promise I’ll never forget you,” said her husband, Guy. “We will raise our son Kai exactly as you would have wanted. You will always remain my best friend.”Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, 35, were shot dead by a Palestinian terrorist who worked with them at Alon Group, which manufactures waste management systems, at the Barkan Industrial Park near the settlement-city of  Ariel. Levengrond Yehezkel was secretary to the CEO, while Hajbi worked in accounting.“I’m sorry I was not with you. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get there in time,” her father Rafi was quoted by Hebrew media as saying at the funeral. “I promise you that Guy and Kai will receive everything they need. I promise that I will take care of them like I always took care [of you]. You can rest in peace.”“I promised you that I’d always protect you, but today, this morning, I was unable to look after you,” her cousin Sapir said. “Your constant laughter is no more. I always wanted to be like you and to learn from you.”Levengrond Yehezkel was the mother of an 18-month-old child.“In the past few days, her son started to walk, and she was so excited about it,” another family member, who was not named, said at the funeral. “There was nobody happier than her. She was constantly filming him and sending the videos to everyone. Now she is no more. It is impossible to believe it and I can’t grasp that she was murdered.”Communication Minister Ayoub Kara and Likud MK Oren Hazan, both friends of the family, also attended the funeral.“It is a dark day,” said Kara. “I came to represent the government of Israel and to express solidarity with this dear family. I came to tell her husband and her baby who will never again see his mother: I’m sorry. I tried to advance a law to give the death penalty to terrorists but I have not succeeded.”The families of both victims said they would donate their organs.Hajbi’s funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the southern community of Nir Yisrael.Throughout the day, friends and relatives of Levengrond Yehezkel arrived at her parents’ home in Rosh Ha’ayin. Kim and her husband Guy had lived in Barkan, where the attack took place, up until a year ago, when they moved into an apartment in Rosh Ha’ayin to be near Kim’s parents. Despite the relocation, Kim continued to work at Alon Group. She had studied law and was preparing for her bar exam.The suspect, Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alowa, a 23-year-old Palestinian man from the northern West Bank, was employed at Alon Group as an electrician. He arrived at the factory shortly before 8 a.m, armed with a locally produced Carlo-style submachine gun, according to army spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.Inside, he tied up and shot Yehezkel dead at close range, along with Hajbi, as well as wounding a third victim, according to eyewitnesses.He then fled the scene. Israeli security forces have launched a massive manhunt to apprehend him.The IDF, Shin Bet security service and Israel Police, including special forces units, have deployed additional troops throughout the West Bank to locate the gunman and in order to prevent “copycat” incidents — a common phenomenon after high-profile terror attacks.Na’alowa worked at Alon Group factory and had a legal work permit. He was acquainted with his victims, according to an IDF spokesperson.He had been absent from work in the days before the shooting, but was still employed by the factory, a military spokesperson said, refuting earlier media reports that he had been fired.The army said Na’alowa was from the northern West Bank village of Shuweika, near Tulkarem. According to the IDF, the suspect had no history of terrorist activities and was not tied to any terror groups, though several of them applauded his actions.Earlier in the day, he had posted on his Facebook page that he was “waiting for [Allah].”The businesses in the Barkan Industrial Park, located near Ariel, employ some 8,000 people, approximately half of them Israelis and the other half Palestinians.

Canadian scientists sign statement slamming 'unsound' speech on gender issues-[The Canadian Press]-OCT 9,18-YAHOONEWS

Canadian scientists and professors are among hundreds that have signed a statement condemning what they call a "fundamentally unsound" presentation by an Italian physicist on gender issues, and they say they are concerned about prevailing sexism in science.The statement, posted on the website Particles for Justice, was signed by members of the scientific community from around the world. It said that Alessandro Strumia argued in a recent speech to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) that in the field of physics, women are less capable than men."As particle physicists, we are appalled by Strumia’s actions and his stated views on women in high energy physics," read the statement, adding that the signatories believe "the science case presented by Strumia was fundamentally unsound."CERN, which hosted the seminar "High Energy Theory and Gender" from Sept. 26 to 28, wrote in a statement that it suspended Strumia on Monday because his talk risked "overshadowing" the message of the event, which focused on equal opportunities in physics.A spokesman for the organization wrote in an email that Strumia is a "visiting scientist" and his "presentation, with its attacks on individuals, was unacceptable in any professional context."The organization confirmed to The Associated Press that the presentation included the sentence: "Physics invented and built by men, it's not by invitation."Heather Logan, a physics professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, said she signed the statement condemning Strumia's talk because she found his comments "horrifying," and she wants young people entering the field to know his message is "discriminatory" and not welcome."There are truly excellent women in my field," said Logan. "Without their contributions, we would be impoverished as a field."In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Strumia said he doesn't believe men are better than women in physics and he thinks his suspension wasn't warranted."There is a political group that wants women, and other people, to believe that they are victims,'' he said."They suspended me because it's true ... and it's contrary to the political line. And I hope CERN will at some point understand. I hope this is just the first self-preservation instinct."Somebody had to speak,'' said Strumia, who is also a professor at the University of Pisa in Italy.Logan said she is "astounded" that Strumia could be trusted to teach physics and supervise students in science."It's a betrayal," she said. "It's a betrayal to the integrity of the field."Kristine Spekkens, an astronomer who teaches at Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada, said she signed the statement because she believes Strumia's comments were "incorrect and insidious.""He used a platform to communicate a message that is unfounded," said Spekkens, who is also a member of the Canadian Astronomical Society's equity and inclusivity committee.She said his message is also "discouraging" for women in science and those who are just entering the field.Robert Brandenberger, a physics professor at McGill University who was also a signatory, said people of colour continue to be underrepresented in his classes."The history of physics has been dominated by white males," he said."If you're a woman in a mostly male environment of course it's difficult."Spekkens said she hopes that with hundreds signing the statement condemning Strumia's comments, it sends the message that there should be diversity in every industry and field, including science."If the goal of the scientific community is to understand the world and how the universe works, then diversity is a really important aspect of accomplishing that goal," she said.- With files from the Associated Press.Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press.

Hollywood reacts to Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-October 9, 2018

Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carrey and Time's Up are among those reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday.Time's Up, a movement to help victims of workplace sexual harassment created by women in Hollywood after allegations of misconduct against Harvey Weinstein and others, also posted a statement on Twitter following the decision."This chapter in our history book will not be the story of men who believed men, that's old news," the official Time's Up account posted in a series of tweets. "It will be the story of an avalanche of women who spoke truths and seized our power."Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, who rarely gets political on social media, addressed a message to Christine Blasey Ford. Ford testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denied any wrongdoing."You started a movement and we'll see it through," DeGeneres posted on Twitter Saturday. "If they won't listen to our voices, then they'll listen to our vote."Canadian-born actor Jim Carrey referred to Ford's testimony as "Real American heroism."The 50-48 senate vote marked the end of a bitter, high-profile battle between Democrats and Republicans.White House Down actor James Woods, a Republican known for sharing his right-wing views and staunch support of Donald Trump online, returned to Twitter after being locked out of his account by the social media company for refusing to delete a tweet it had flagged.After expressing support for Kavanaugh, he posted: "Now what Republicans must do is support those still marginalized by a history of oppression and neglect."Debate over the nomination triggered a protest Thursday in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Senate building. Comedian Amy Schumer and model-actress Emily Ratajkowski were among those who participated.

Service outage fixed after nearly 3 days, says Vancity-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-October 9, 2018

Vancity says it has fixed issues with its banking system that caused an outage lasting nearly three days during which members were unable to see their account balances or complete online transactions, including paying bills."We have fixed the issues with our banking system and are now beginning to bring the various elements back online," the credit union stated in a release.Although the issues have been fixed, Vancity says it will take more time Saturday to get all its services back online.During the outage, ATMs, debit cards, mobile tap and Vancity credit cards were still working for most members.Wait to bank-Vancity is asking members who have non-urgent banking needs to wait until the credit union posts a message that the system is completely back online before they use the online service.It also says that members may notice that some transanctions they completed since the outage began at midnight Oct. 3, may not appear, but will show up eventually.Tamara Vrooman, the president and CEO of Vancity, said the service outage that hit the credit union was not related to a security breach.Vancity has over 525,000 members in British Columbia.Long weekend extended hours-Vancity extended its branch hours into the weekend to help members work around the outage.Branches are open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT on Oct. 6-8.The member services centre will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on those dates.Cause not found-Vancity has not yet said what caused the problem, but apologized for the outage."To all our members, we again sincerely apologize for the major inconvenience this outage has caused," it said in the release."You have our assurance that we will make it right, and that we will make you whole for any penalties or service charges you've incurred."

          Belg Sammy Djedou in verdenking gesteld voor aanslagen Parijs      Cache   Translate Page      

De Belgische Syriëstrijder Sammy Djedou is in verdenking gesteld in het Belgische luik van het onderzoek naar de aanslagen van 13 november 2015 in Parijs. Dat melden de RTBF en France Inter en het nieuws wordt bevestigd door het federaal parket. Volgens beide zenders werd Djedou’s moeder, Véronique Loute, recent ook verhoord in dat onderzoek, omdat ze haar zoon grote geldsommen zou bezorgd hebben, maar over dat verhoor geeft het federaal parket geen commentaar.


          We speak with Syrian refugees      Cache   Translate Page      
As of April 2018, it is estimated that more than 5.6 million refugees have fled Syria and more than 6 million people are displaced internally. Many of these refugees are well educated, experienced individuals. However, they face unemployment and lack of direction as they settle in a completely foreign … [visit site to read more]
          Events in Denmark highlight Palestinian prisoners and the struggle for liberation      Cache   Translate Page      

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network participated in a series of events in Denmark in early October, organized by the Internationalt Forum and Boykot Israel. Charlotte Kates, Samidoun’s international coordinator, joined Palestinian leftist writer and organizer Khaled Barakat for several speaking events discussing the Palestinian situation today and how international solidarity can help to support the Palestinian liberation struggle. On 4 October, Barakat and Kates presented at an event organized by Internationalt Forum Nordsjælland at the smelters’ union hall in Helsingør. There, Kates focused on the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners inside Israeli jails. After presenting key statistics about the number of prisoners, their conditions of confinement and the colonial system they face, she discussed the importance of international solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. In particular, she noted that Palestinian prisoners represent a real Palestinian leadership – unlike the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing security coordination with Israel – that the occupation desperately seeks to isolate not only from the Palestinian people but from international movements for justice. She also noted several important cases of imprisoned Palestinians, including Ahmad Sa’adat – the jailed General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, first jailed by the PA under British and U.S. guard – Khalida Jarrar and Khader Adnan. Barakat provided a thorough and wide-ranging overview of the Palestinian liberation movement, emphasizing that the struggle of the Palestinian people is an anti-colonial struggle that confronts an array of enemies and repressive forces that are joined together by common interests. He noted that Israel, the United States and Arab reactionary regimes come together to impose the ongoing colonial project in Palestine. He also emphasized the importance of the Palestinian popular classes in the liberation struggle and the role of the Palestinian Authority in serving only the interest of the wealthiest capitalists, while further marginalizing the majority of the Palestinian people. He also focused on the importance of the right of return to the liberation project, especially as the U.S. is currently working to attempt to liquidate this fundamental right. Over half of the Palestinian population are refugees, Barakat noted, and their right to return has been denied them on the basis that their existence is a threat to the ongoing racist domination of Zionism. He encouraged Palestinians and solidarity activists to envision a future for Palestine “beyond Israel,” including the establishment of a democratic Palestine. On Friday, 5 October, Barakat and Kates joined several Internationalt Forum organizers, including Irene Clausen, the author of the new book “PFLP and Palestine,” for a meeting with Christian Juhl, a member of the Danish Parliament representing the Red-Green Alliance. They discussed important issues facing Palestinians today, including the Great March of Return in Gaza and the need for international support to break the siege and support Palestinian refugees’ right to return. Kates discussed several cases of Palestinian political prisoners, including that of Mustapha Awad, a Belgian citizen jailed by the Israeli occupation, and Raja Eghbarieh, a Palestinian leader in occupied Palestine ’48 whose case further exposes the lie of “Israeli democracy.” Barakat also was interviewed by Arbejderen, the daily newspaper of the Communist Party of Denmark, about a range of issues facing the Palestinian people today. “Zionist Israel, the imperialists in the United States and other Western countries, as well as the reactionary Arab regimes, spoken by Saudi Arabian king Bin Salman, have collapsed to break the Palestinian cause. They want the question completely off the table, so the focus is shifting to the fight against Iran,” Barakat said. He also addressed the devastating effects of the Oslo agreement as well as the need for more action to boycott Israel. “Israel is a racist and colonialist state that is doomed to dissolve. I believe that at one point Israel is going to become a burden for imperialism, as we have seen elsewhere in world history, such as in South Africa,” he said. That evening, they presented at the Internationalt Forum’s Solidarity Boutique in Copenhagen. Kates again reviewed the situation of Palestinian political prisoners, noting the inadequacy of statistics in conveying how deeply imprisonment affects the Palestinian society and its political movement. She noted that the Palestinian prisoners represent the Palestinian resistance in all of its forms, also making it politically critical for the solidarity movement to emphasize its support for their freedom struggle. In addition, she also talked about how the Israeli occupation denies Palestinians’ right to education – through the imprisonment of children who lose years in school as well as the attacks on university students and professors. She urged the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, including study abroad programs, in protest of the violation of Palestinians’ right to education. Barakat provided a thorough analysis of the Palestinian political situation, highlighting how the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian capitalist class have hijacked the liberation movement and emphasizing the need to focus on the struggle rooted in the refugee camps and among the popular classes. He noted that the Great Marches of Return in Gaza since 30 March have once again drawn the eyes of the world to Gaza, as Palestinians show immense creativity in their resistance and have resisted the silencing and liquidation of their cause. He also discussed the situation in the Arab world and how it is affecting Palestinians today, especially as Arab reactionary regimes – particularly Saudi Arabia – are key partners of Zionism and imperialism in the attack on the Palestinian people. Without Egypt’s military government that imprisons thousands on political charges, the siege on Gaza would not hold, he noted. In addition, he discussed the imperialist attacks on Syria and Libya, noting that the role of NATO, the EU and the United States was clearly not to support Arab peoples’ rights to self determination and liberation but to further divide, impoverish and subjugate people. On Saturday, 6 October, they joined Boykot Israel – DK, one of the oldest boycott organizations in Europe, having been founded in 2002, for a flyering and public awareness action near Norreport station in the center of Copenhagen. Participants carried a large orange banner reading “Boykot Israel” and distributed over 1,000 flyers to passers-by in the area. In addition, activists marked Israeli dates in nearby supermarkets as products of apartheid. Boykot Israel does these public information events on the first Saturday of every month in Copenhagen.

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          Warcast by War Child – Unheard war stories that will grab you by the throat, literally!      Cache   Translate Page      

War Child, on the International Day of Peace, launched Warcast. It’s a podcast, made in association with a singer-songwriter, Damien Rice and Spotify that brings an unheard, hair-raising war story of little Jasmine from Aleppo, Syria to life! ‘Being There’ is the agency behind this short 3D-audio documentary podcast. The audio and storytelling premise of […]

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          Congressional 'Syria Study Group' To Provide "Options" For Transition To Post-Assad Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Officer: "What are our orders sir?"...

Pentagon: "We will convene a panel of bureaucrats to put together a study no one will read and report back in six months."

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Since entering office President Trump's long term policy on Syria has remained somewhat of a mystery. With at least 2,000 US troops still occupying parts of Syria's east, and with Russia's recent transfer of S-300 anti-missile defense systems to Damascus, the continuing potential for the region to explode into a global war remains high, even as much of the country returns to the government fold. 

But it appears the White House's Syria policy is still uncertain to top advisers and even to Trump himself. Last Friday in a vastly under-reported but hugely import move, Trump authorized the creation of a Congressional 'Syria Study Group' to examine US strategy on Syria.

One of the lead Senators pushing for the panel, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) accurately described in an almost comically ironic quote: it “will bring outside experts together to finally develop a U.S. strategy in Syria.” 

Indeed, too much truth in one soundbite: the senator wants to finally develop a U.S. strategy in Syria... this after pursuing regime change there for years, arming fanatical jihadists, bombing government forces multiple times, and illegally stationing over 2,000 troops in a sovereign UN member state. 

Image via US Air Force

This comes after early this year Trump indicated he wants US troops in Syria to return home “very soon”; however, after a chemical weapons provocation last April he was pressured to change course and signaled an indefinite military presence.  

The Washington Examiner explains the details of this new Congressional study group:

With his signature Friday, President Trump cleared the way for Congress to begin a months-long review of his evolving strategy in Syria.

The creation of a 12-member Syria Study Group was tucked inside an unrelated bill Trump just signed into law, the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. The legislation allows Republicans and Democrats to appoint experts to the panel, which is mandated to hand a final report to Congress in six months.

The Trump administration has in recent months signaled that it's priority in Syria will be curtailing Iranian influence and presence in the region. This after the original justification for the Pentagon's presence — the defeat of the Islamic State — becomes a harder and harder fiction to maintain as the terror group has long been driven underground and is now insignificant. 

In another revealing quote related to fighting Iran in the region, Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, said ahead of Trump's singing the bill into law last week: “While we don't have any direct military tasks that have been given to us in terms of that, we do recognize that our presence on the ground, our development of good partners on the ground does have an impact on Iranian activities.”

Notably the final report will assess the various roles of both Iran, Russia, and other groups like Hezbollah in the conflict, and will provide “options for a gradual political transition to a post-Assad Syria,” according to the legislation.

With such language as "gradual political transition to a post-Assad Syria," this could either mean Washington is finally admitting defeat as Assad is here to stay, or it could also signal that regime change in Syria will be forever on the table and high on the Washington agenda

But with Russia staying the course in Syria, and with Assad now armed with the advanced S-300 anti-aircraft system, the Washington hawks now have very few options. All they can do is pretend that the US didn't just lose the seven-year proxy war, hence the establishment of the 'Syria Study Group' which won't produce a thing for another six months. 


          'Unconscionable' and 'Appalling': Trump Slams Door on Refugees Fleeing US-Backed Wars and Persecution      Cache   Translate Page      
"The U.S. has a direct moral responsibility to open its doors, given that our own nation is an active combatant in many of the conflicts driving the global refugee crisis."

Launching yet another bigotry-driven attack on those fleeing wars and humanitarian crises in which the U.S. is playing an active and deadly role, the Trump administration announced late Monday that it is reducing America's refugee admission limit for 2019 to a record-low 30,000.

Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, called it an "appalling" announcement.

"At a time when the world is facing the largest displacement crisis in recorded history, it is unconscionable that the Trump administration would further dismantle the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program by setting a cap of 30,000 refugee admissions for fiscal year 2019—the lowest resettlement cap in the program's history," Win Without War director Stephen Miles said in a statement slamming the White House's decision.

"What's more," Miles continued, "the U.S. has a direct moral responsibility to open its doors, not slam them shut, given that our own nation is an active combatant in many of the very conflicts and humanitarian crises driving the global refugee crisis."

We are experiencing the largest displacement crisis in recorded history with over 68 million displaced persons and 25 million refugees globally. Today the Trump administration lowered the US refugee cap to 30,000 people per year. Shameful. #RefugeesWelcome https://t.co/6Bf3irUbIS

— Win Without War (@WinWithoutWar) September 18, 2018

Unveiled by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, the new "cap" of 30,000 refugees is 15,000 lower than the 2018 mark, making the new policy a major victory for top White House adviser and virulent racist Stephen Miller.

According to the New York Times, Miller joined forces with President Donald Trump's chief of staff John Kelly to push for an even lower cap of 25,000 refugees, and Pompeo ultimately accepted Miller's xenophobic push for a "deep cut."

"This is the lowest goal in the history of the program, and compounded by this administration's history of creating road block after road block for refugees to arrive, this must be perceived as an all-out attack against our country's ability to resettle refugees both now and in the future," Ryan Mace, grassroots advocacy and refugee specialist at Amnesty International USA, said in a statement.

"Today's announcement demonstrates another undeniable political attack against people who have been forced to flee their homes," Mace concluded. "There is absolutely no excuse for not accepting more refugees in the coming year."

30,000 refugees. For a population of 320,000,000. Pathetic and shameful. https://t.co/UxwdVMp9YN

— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) September 17, 2018

While the administration's official cap represents the highest number of refugees the White House is willing to provide a safe haven from violence and persecution, it is far from a requirement.

Thanks in large part to its inhumanely restrictive border and asylum policies, the Trump administration admitted just 20,918 refugees in 2018, less than half of the White House's 45,000-person cap.

But as the Trump administration has drastically restricted the number of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Vox's Dara Lind noted on Monday that the White House has not significantly curtailed European refugee admissions.

"While refugee arrivals from other parts of the world are down as much as 90 percent from Obama-era levels, resettlements from Europe—specifically, the former Soviet Union—have taken only a modest hit," Lind observes, citing new government data. "In the rest of the world, the Trump administration isn't going to come anywhere close to the 'ceilings' it set for the fiscal year ending September 30."

"The Trump administration already accepted a historically low amount of refugees," noted Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Monday in response to Pompeo's announcement. "These new restrictions are outrageous. I came here at age 16 as an immigrant and today I am a congresswoman. Who could these refugees fleeing violence be if we gave them the chance?"


          10/10/2018: NEWS: Russian S-300 disables Israel in Syria, says Iran politician      Cache   Translate Page      

Iran’s speaker of parliament said on Monday that Israel can no longer take “serious action” against the Syrian regime’s assets after the Russian delivery of S-300 missile defence systems to the Syrian army. Ali Larijani was referring to Moscow’s...
          10/10/2018: NEWS: Assad grants amnesty to deserters, but many inside and outside Syria are wary      Cache   Translate Page      
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad signed a decree granting amnesty to all those who deserted the military, did not respond to conscription notices or follow orders during the country’s civil war. The state-run Sana news agency reported yesterday that...
          10/10/2018: NEWS: Saudi Crown Prince discusses Middle East with US Syria envoy      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Washington’s Syria envoy in Riyadh on Monday. The heir to the throne in the kingdom hosted US Special Representative for Syria Engagement, Ambassador James Jeffrey, in the Saudi capital, the Saudi...
          10/10/2018: ARTS & LIFESTYLE: Syria displays artefacts retrieved from rebel-held areas including Palmyra      Cache   Translate Page      

An exhibition in Syria’s capital is showcasing artefacts that officials say were retrieved from areas formerly held by rebels and from abroad, amid recent gains by the military. Those on display at Damascus Opera House in are just some of the roughly...
          SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 10, 2018: YPG CELLS ATTACK TURKISH-BACKED FORCES IN AFRIN      Cache   Translate Page      

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) carried out a new attack on Turkish-backed forces in the region of Afrin. According to the YPG, 4 members of Turkish-backed groups were killed by the YPG in the village of Mariam.

This was the first YPG attack in Afrin, which become public in October. In September, the Kurdish group carried out about 20 attacks. Most of them took place in the first part of the month.

The decrease of the YPG military activity in the region of Afrin is most likely linked to additional security measures employed by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and their proxies.

On October 9, President Bashar al-Assad issued the legislative decree No. 18 for 2018 granting a general amnesty for military deserters inside and outside the country. This amnesty does not include fugitives from justice unless they turn themselves in within 4 months for those inside the country and 6 months for those outside the country.

This development is another step by the Damascus government aimed at supporting the reconciliation process in the war-torn country. It may also impact positively on the return of the Syrian refugees from the nearby states.


          The Saudi Monarchy May Have Killed a Free Man      Cache   Translate Page      

Doug Bandow

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi moved to the United States after he was pressured to stop criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s new authoritarian order. He explained his decision a year ago in the Washington Post : “I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice. To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Khashoggi, who once advised members of the royal family, appears to have paid the ultimate price for living his principles. On Tuesday he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, seeking to complete paperwork to facilitate his remarriage. He never exited. Alive, anyway.

The Saudi authorities insist that he had left and they also are looking for him. It first appeared likely that he had been kidnapped, a common tactic used by Riyadh against dissident princes and other critics. The Turkish police noted the departure of several diplomatic vehicles from the building, in which he could have been taken, drugged and/or bound. However, Ankara now concludes that Khashoggi was murdered by a special hit squad brought in for that purpose.

Did journalist Jamal Khashoggi fall prey to the tyrannical regime in Saudi Arabia?

Stated an anonymous official: “We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate.” If true, Riyadh has dramatically escalated the war on its critics, many of whom, as Khashoggi related, currently languish in prison. However, having denied that the journalist is either at the consulate or in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the regime could not easily later release him from prison. And death certainly ends his criticism.

The KSA never has run on liberal principles. However, there long was some space for measured criticism, with liberals allowed to advocate reform. Khashoggi called it “a gentleman’s agreement” which resulted in a balance between what could and could not be published. However, that tolerance has disappeared under the reign of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, who with his father has turned a brotherly monarchy into a family dictatorship.

Unfortunately, the crown prince’s long overdue social liberalization has been more than counterbalanced by imposition of political tyranny. Explained Khashoggi: “We started seeing more direct pressure on journalists to only publish pro-government stories. Some people were asked to sign loyalty pledges. Some people were banned from writing or had their columns taken down. Things got worse for the activists, too, or people with critical opinions. The government was sending a message that if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”

On his arrival in the United States Khashoggi wrote of “the fear, intimidation, arrest and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds.” He noted “how breathtakingly fast you can fall out of favor with Saudi Arabia.” Repression is now “business as usual in my country.”

For instance, women activists long risked their freedom to push the government to lift the ban on women driving. In June MbS did so with great fanfare-while silencing and even arresting many of those who had advocated the change. Human Rights Watch referred to “an unrelenting crackdown on the women’s rights movement.” One unnamed activist admitted that “We used to think if we presented ourselves as allies to the government, wanting to work with them, we would be safe. But that changed after the rise of Mohammed bin Salman.”

The repressive wave washed over numerous pundits and clerics. Some were arrested not because they criticized Riyadh, but because they did not vigorously attack Qatar, which MbS sought to turn into a puppet state. In May Human Rights Watch reported that “Saudi Arabia is detaining thousands of people for more than six months, in some cases for over a decade, without referring them to courts for criminal proceedings.” The number of those so detained increased tenfold since May 2014.

Last year the crown prince jailed a couple hundred of the kingdom’s wealthy elite in a brutal financial shakedown, with the added benefit of discouraging opposition to his family’s coup against the old system. Most were freed after turning over a substantial amount of their wealth to MbS, though many remain barred from foreign travel. But even before that power development occurred Khashoggi being overseas offered no security from Riyadh’s reach. The BBC reported on three princes, Sultan bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, Prince Turki bin Bandar, and Prince Saud bin Saif al-Nasr, who had gone into exile and advocated reform, only to be kidnapped and returned to the KSA, where they were jailed (or possibly murdered). This practice has continued, with regime critics recently abducted in Kuwait and Lebanon.

Even the State Department had trouble finding anything nice to say about the repressive royals in its latest human rights report. Explained State: “The most significant human rights issues included unlawful killings, including execution for other than the most serious offenses and without requisite due process; torture; arbitrary arrest and detention, including of lawyers, human rights activists, and anti-government reformists; political prisoners; arbitrary interference with privacy; restrictions on freedom of expression, including on the internet, and criminalization of libel; restrictions on freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, movement, and religion; citizens’ lack of ability and legal means to choose their government through free and fair elections.”

Despite rumors of impending religious liberalization, so far the KSA sits atop the world, alongside North Korea, as a leading persecutor. Even Iran allows churches, temples, and synagogues to operate. But not Saudi Arabia. Even foreigners who gather in homes to worship face arrest. Years of financing fundamentalist Wahhabism around the globe have encouraged intolerance, hostility, and hatred of non-Muslims. Shiites also are a persecuted minority in the KSA, even facing death for protesting their discriminatory status.

With such a dreadful record, the Saudi royals have become a bit, shall we say, touchy about criticism of their behavior. After the Canadian government urged release of women’s rights activists, Riyadh expelled Canada’s ambassador, dropped pending contracts in Canada, and withdrew students from Canadian universities. The KSA also demanded an apology for having pointed out its crimes. The KSA similarly targeted Sweden and Germany for equally modest comments on the repressive royals.

That MbS does not employ violence against his international critics reflects lack of reach, not ambition. His foreign policy is both brutal and reckless. For instance, last year the Saudi government essentially kidnapped visiting Lebanese prime minister Saad Harari, a Sunni long allied with Riyadh, and forced him to announce his resignation. The resulting international furor caused his release, after which he returned to his duties.

Angry with Qatar for providing sanctuary for critics of the KSA, Riyadh (along with the United Arab Emirates) launched a campaign to isolate Doha. The terror-friendly Saudi government, home to fifteen of nineteen 9/11 hijackers and financier of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide, present its action as an attack on terrorism. However, MbS was most irritated with Qatar-funded Al Jazeera, which criticized the Saudi royals. The KSA planned to invade its small neighbor, backing away only under U.S. pressure and Turkish intervention.

In 2015 the Saudis launched an aggressive war against Yemen to restore to power the pliable Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had been ousted in the latest iteration of decades of civil war and internal strife. An expected two-week war stretched into more than three years, with thousands of Yemeni civilians killed by Saudi airstrikes. The Saudis (and Emiratis) underwrote Islamic radicals in the fight against Houthi rebels. Iran took advantage of Riyadh’s bloody overreach to support the opposition, bleeding the KSA.

Saudi Arabia also backed the repressive el-Sisi government and Khalifa monarchy in Egypt and Bahrain, respectively. Riyadh even sent troops to help the latter suppress the Shia majority, which sought democratic freedoms from their Sunni overlords. Moreover, the KSA funded the most radical insurgents in Syria, largely abandoning the fight against the Islamic State in favor of its ill-fated Yemeni campaign. Riyadh has become the most brutal, destabilizing force in the Persian Gulf.

These policies are undermining MbS’s professed commitment to economic reform. Wealthy Saudis have been running for the exits with their cash and foreigners have stopped investing. Last year the KSA received less foreign direct investment than politically and economically unstable Jordan and oil-poor Oman. Instead of forging a reputation as a decisive leader, the crown prince increasingly looks like “an impulsive authoritarian, prone to temper tantrums and flights of irrational decisionmaking,” in the words of John Hannah, senior counselor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

However, President Donald Trump appeared to fall under MbS’s influence after visiting Riyadh last year, where the president received a royal welcome-even awkwardly joining the “sword dance” and peering into the orb, called the “eye of Sauron” by some wits, at the “anti-terrorism” center. The crown prince recently said of Trump: “I love working with him. I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East.”

What is there for the crown prince not to like? The United States has armed him and given him a blank check to run amok in the Mideast. Moreover, the administration’s proposed “Arab NATO” would cement Saudi domination, forcing the three independent Gulf States, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait, into Riyadh’s orbit. And the administration, so vocal about Iran’s human-rights violations, has said nothing about the far more tyrannical regime in Saudi Arabia.

President Trump, who recently expressed his “love” for MbS, cynically sold U.S. policy to Riyadh. The president recently urged Riyadh to purchase even more weapons and push down oil prices, in recompense for America’s campaign against Tehran, the KSA’s only serious regional rival. In this way the administration sold its soul to the Saudi royals.

But now the crown prince looks like a common murderer. Khashoggi’s apparent killing should be a step too far even for Washington. If Iran committed such an act, then the administration would lead an angry global chorus against the Islamist regime. The United States should do the same against Riyadh.

Jamal Khashoggi was both good and brave, committed to a freer Saudi Arabia. That MbS and his confederates would kill such a man tells Americans all they need to know about their nominal ally. The Trump administration should loosen its embrace of a regime so antithetical to America’s most basic values and interests.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is the author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire.
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Ted Galen Carpenter

It’s nearly impossible to read major newspapers, magazines, or online publications in recent months without encountering a plethora of articles contending that the United States is turning inward and “going alone,” “abandoning Washington’s global leadership role” or “retreating from the world.” These trends supposedly herald the arrival of a new “isolationism.” The chief villain in all of these worrisome developments is, of course, Donald Trump. There is just one problem with such arguments; they are vastly overstated bordering on utterly absurd.

President Trump is not embracing his supposed inner isolationist. The policy changes that he has adopted regarding both security and international economic issues do not reflect a desire to decrease Washington’s global hegemonic status. Instead, they point to a more unilateral and militaristic approach, but one that still envisions a hyper-activist U.S. role.

For instance, it’s certainly not evident that the United States is abandoning its security commitments to dozens of allies and clients. Despite the speculation that erupted in response to Trump’s negative comments about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other alliances during the 2016 election campaign (and occasionally since then), the substance of U.S. policy has remained largely unchanged. Indeed, NATO has continued to expand its membership with Trump’s blessing—adding Montenegro and planning to add Macedonia.

If you look at his actions and not his words, you won’t find it.

Indeed, Trump’s principal complaint about NATO has always focused on European free-riding and the lack of burden-sharing, not about rethinking the wisdom of the security commitments to Europe that America undertook in the early days of the Cold War. In that respect, Trump’s emphasis on greater burden-sharing within the Alliance is simply a less diplomatic version of the message that previous generations of U.S. officials have tried sending to the allies.

Moreover, Trump’s insistence at the July NATO summit in Brussels that the European nations increase their military budgets and do more for transatlantic defense echoed the comments of President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in 2014. Hagel warned his European counterparts that they must step up their commitment to the alliance or watch it become irrelevant. Declining European defense budgets, he emphasized, are “not sustainable. Our alliance can endure only as long as we are willing to fight for it, and invest in it.” Rebalancing NATO’s “burden-sharing and capabilities,” Hagel stressed, “is mandatory—not elective.”

Additionally, U.S. military activities along NATO’s eastern flank certainly have not diminished during the Trump administration. Washington has sent forces to participate in a growing number of exercises (war games) along Russia’s western land border—as well as in the Black Sea—to demonstrate the U.S. determination to protect its alliance partners. Trump has even escalated America’s “leadership role” by authorizing the sale of weapons to Ukraine —a very sensitive step that President Obama carefully avoided.

Trump even seems receptive to establishing permanent U.S. military bases in Eastern Europe. During a state visit to Washington in mid-September, Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, promised to provide $2 billion toward construction costs if the United States built a military base in his country. Duda even offered to name the base “Fort Trump.” Trump’s reaction was revealing. Noting that Poland “is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland,” Trump stated that the United States would take Duda’s proposal “very seriously.” American Conservative columnist Daniel Larison notes that while Trump often is accused of wanting to “retreat” from the world, “his willingness to entertain this proposal shows that he doesn’t care about stationing U.S. forces abroad so long as someone else is footing most of the bill.”

U.S. military activism does not seem to have diminished outside the NATO region either. Washington persists in its futile regime-change campaign in Syria, and it continues the shameful policy of assisting Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies pursue their atrocity-ridden war in Yemen. Both of those Obama-era ventures should have been prime candidates for a policy change if Trump had wished to decrease America’s military activism.

There are no such indications in Europe, the Middle East, or anywhere else. The U.S. Navy’s freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea have actually increased in size and frequency under Trump—much to China’s anger . Washington’s diplomatic support for Taiwan also has quietly increased over the past year or so, and National Security Advisor John Bolton is on record suggesting that the United States move some of its troops stationed on Okinawa to Taiwan. The U.S. military presence in Sub-Saharan Africa is increasing, both in overall size and the number of host countries.

Those are all extremely strange actions for an administration supposedly flirting with a retreat from the world to be adopting. So, too, is Trump’s push for increases in America’s already bloated military budget, which now exceeds $700 billion—with even higher spending levels on the horizon.

Accusations of a U.S. retreat from the world on non-military matters have only slightly greater validity. True, Trump has shown little patience for multilateral arrangements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris climate agreement, or the United Nations Human Rights Council that he concluded did not serve America’s national interests. On those issues, the president’s actions demonstrated that his invocation of “America First” was not just rhetoric. However, regarding such matters, as well as the trade disputes with China and North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement partners, the administration’s emphasis is on securing a “better deal” for the United States, not abandoning the entire diplomatic process. One might question the wisdom or effectiveness of that approach, but it is a far cry from so-called isolationism.

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in defense and foreign-policy studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at the National Interest, is the author of ten books, the contributing editor of ten books, and the author of more than seven hundred articles on international affairs.
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@DaBakr "So explain why, of all Middle Eastern , Turkish, Syrian(how many of them are dead, tortured or imprisoned?) and Russian plus Kurdish and Iranian journalists THIS story is the biggest 'development' in ME politics?" Sigh. Once again, you shoot yourself in the foot. It seems the New York Times disagrees with you and considers the story to be of considerable significance. To wit: Breaking news, Oct. 10/18 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/saudi-royal-family-planned-khashoggi-hit-ny-times-181010035444430.html EXCERPT: "Saudi writer was killed and dismembered in Istanbul consulate by hit squad deployed by Saudi leadership, report says." "Top Saudi leaders deployed a 15-man hit squad to lie in wait for dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, The New York Times said in an explosive story. "Among the assassination team was a forensic expert who brought a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi's body after killing him, the Times reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified 'senior official' as saying." "The hit squad finished the murder operation within two hours and departed Turkey for various countries, said the Times' source, citing information from 'top Turkish officials.' "'It is like Pulp Fiction,' the senior Turkish official was quoted as saying, referring to the graphically violent 1994 Hollywood movie by director Quentin Tarantino. "Accusations the Saudi leadership directly ordered the alleged assassination of Khashoggi will put further pressure on the United States and other allies to demand a transparent investigation, with possible serious repercussions to bilateral relations if it does not come to fruition. "Saudi officials have denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder, saying he left the consulate on October 2. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Riyadh prove his departure from the building. "The Turkish government hasn't provided formal evidence that could back up the spate of anonymous allegations that the Saudi writer was killed inside the Istanbul consulate. "Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper with close ties to the government, named and published photos on Tuesday of the alleged 15-member Saudi assassination team accused of travelling to Istanbul on the day Khashoggi disappeared. The suspects are wanted by Turkish authorities for questioning."
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by Elinor Jones

Hi, everyone! I’m sincerely glad you’re taking time to read this biweekly documentation of one woman’s descent into madness. But we’re not dead... so that’s... something? Every day we’re not dead is one more middle finger to all those yahoos in charge. Hey, yahoos! We’re still here! Yes, “here” might be a large pillow fort containing nothing but our weeping earthly beings and a jar of frosting, but that doesn’t matter. We’re here, and we’re gonna give it our best shot.


Sweet, Sweet Fantasy, Baby

Let’s start off with a juicy scenario involving MATH and TAXES! Hubba hubba! Okay, so remember Ja Rule? He voiced the less-good parts of his chart-topping 2001 single featuring Ashanti, “Always on Time.” Mr. Rule has had some trouble with the law in recent years, because you know what wasn’t always on time? His taxes. (Zing!) He was sentenced to 28 months in 2011 for failing to pay $1.1 million to Uncle Sam. In related news, an in-depth piece in the New York Times last week revealed that the overripe pumpkin currently serving as our nation’s president (even though he lost the popular vote by 2,864,974 votes) was sneakily gifted $413 million by his father to fund his tacky ’80s and ’90s business ventures. Here’s some math: If that $413 million was taxed as wages, and we assume a 35 percent tax rate, Trump should have paid around $144 million on it. Following the tax-evasion-to-time-in-jail ratio established by Ja Rule, Trump should serve 306 years in jail for this con alone. Never gonna happen, of course, but isn’t it a nice thought? 306 years. Mmm.


Who’s NOT Kidnapping?

American Ambassador to the European Clurb Scene Lindsay Lohan is in the news again for something real, real bad. Like wayyyyy worse than the clip of her dancing (?) in Greece. (Please Google this if you haven’t already; it is insane. But not as insane as this next part.) LiLo tried to kidnap two Syrian refugee children who were living on the street with their mom. She put the whole bad idea on Instagram, as if it demonstrated something altruistic. It’s super messed up! That said, it’s a little hard to throw stones from here in America, where we currently have 13,000 immigrant children locked up in cages, including children that we forcibly separated from their parents. The New York Times reported recently that the children are being shuffled about in the dead of night and relocated to tent cities near the Mexico border. Here’s some more math for you: The United States government is effectively doing what was merely attempted by the equivalent of 6,500 LiLos.


Bros in Different Area Codes

Brett Kavanaugh never physically touched me, but the twists and turns of his hearings have done some pretty major damage to my life and mental health. I love the phrase “it’s all downhill from here!” because it can be used to mean that things can only get easier, or things are getting much, much worse. In my last column I had a little bit of hope that in the hours between my deadline and our paper hitting the streets, something good would happen. I no longer feel that way. We’re on a downhill-in-a-bad-way trajectory, with no signs of slowing. I’ll bet that by the time you’re holding this sleek alt-biweekly, you’ll be doing so while standing on the burning embers of our republic. In addition to ruining important things, like our cherished democratic institutions and my brain, confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is also ruining stuff I enjoy saying, such as “I like beer” and “we’re loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us.” Now what am I supposed to lead my Thanksgiving toast with?!

And who did those darlings at Saturday Night Live use to portray Kavanaugh? Why, none other than Matt Damon, a man who’d stood by Harvey Weinstein through the 1990s and tried to wash his hands of Weinstein’s crimes with a “I knew I wouldn’t want him married to anyone close to me. But that was the extent of what we knew, you know?” Just because Damon is a square-jawed white guy who can do an impression of another square-jawed white guy doesn’t mean we forgot. In this very same episode, Ariana Grande’s fiancé Pete Davidson joked about hiding her birth control pills so he could impregnate her against her will. Jesus Christ, SNL! What’s the matter with you?! Read the goddamn room! Now, we may be tempted to forgive them, because Awkwafina was the following week’s host and she’s the bee’s knees—but did anyone else notice her Instagram of the show’s host and musical guest roster? How her name was nestled in between two white male hosts (Adam Driver and Seth Meyers) and that the three musical guests for those episodes are also all men? I noticed. I’m not sure how everyone came to rely on SNL for the best, sharpest take on whatever’s happening in American culture (that’s what this column is for!) but they’re doing a bad job.


Grab Your Passport and My Hoof

According to the Oregonian, Alaska Airlines has revised its rules on service and support animals and ALL FLIGHTS WILL NOW INCLUDE MINIATURE HORSES! Hang on, I only skimmed the article, lemme double check that.... Okay, I’m back, and I’ve got an unfortunate clarification: They’ll only allow miniature horses that are trained service animals. However! The article also says that an average of 150 service animals fly Alaska every day. So they’re saying there’s a chance!

Speaking of beloved small things appearing in unlikely places, Mischa “Marissa Cooper” Barton will be on The Hills when it reboots next year! Putting her on the roster along with original players like Heidi, Spencer, Audrina, and Justin Bobby doesn’t make a ton of sense, but it’s a genius move on MTV’s part because I am now guaranteed to watch this show. Is she still wearing those flouncy little skirts and riding Ferris wheels? Am I imagining this as a Marissa Cooper flashback spin-off and not a sad cash-grab by a bunch of has-beens?? I don’t care! Californiiiiaaaaaaaa! Here I coooooooooooooome! Actually, I’m also excited to see what Heidi and Spencer have to say, because if they’re still peddling healing crystals, I am There. For. It. Shiny rocks with special powers seem as logical a tool as any to get us out of this mess. (Except for voting, of course. The voter registration deadline for Oregon is October 16! Do it!)


The Last Word

The days are getting shorter, but they seem so much longer, don’t they? I hope your pillow fort and frosting and Speidi crystals and miniature horses will sustain you for at least another couple of weeks, or until some point when we can say “it’s all downhill from here!” and mean it in the good way. Bye!

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Abiria wawili Raia wa Sudan Kusini na Syria jana wamekamatwa Kiwanja cha Ndege cha Kimataifa cha Julius Nyerere (JNIA) wakisafirisha fedha taslim dola 70,000 za Kimarekani sawa na shilingi milioni 156 za Kitanzania na paundi 3410 za Sudan bila kufuata taratibu.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari kwenye ukumbi wa mikutano wa Jengo la Pili la abiria la JNIA, Msemaji wa Jeshi la Polisi, Kamishna Msaidizi, Barnabas Mwakalukwa alimtaja Raia wa Sudan Kusini Bi. Nada Zaelnoon Ahamed (38) mwenye hati ya kusafiria namba P01563534 amekamatwa saa 10:00 jioni akiwa eneo la ukaguzi wakati akiingia ndani tayari kusafiri kwa ndege ya Shirika la Ndege la Kenya (KQ 485) akielekea Nairobi.
 
Hatahivyo, Afande Mwakalukwa amesema abiria huyo amekamatwa na dola 60,000 za Kimarekani na paundi za Sudan 3410, ambazo zote kwa pamoja alishindwa kutoa taarifa ya fedha alizokutwa nazo kwa mujibu wa sheria ya utakatishaji fedha ya mwaka 2006 iliyofanyiwa marekebisho mwaka 2012.
 
Pia alimtaja Bw. Mohamed Belal (31), Raia wa Syria mwenye hati ya kusafiria namba 003-16L096876 aliyekuwa akisafiri kwa ndege ya Shirika la ndege la Ethiopia (ET 864) kuelekea Syria kupitia Addis Ababa amekamatwa na dola za kimarekani 10,000 sawa na Tsh. milioni 20 za Kitanzania, ambazo naye alishindwa kuzitolea taarifa.
 
“Watuhumiwa wote wawili wamezuiwa na hawawezi kuendelea na safari zao kwa ajili ya uchunguzi zaidi na hatua za kisheria zilizopo,” amesema Afande Mwakalukwa.
 
Naye Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Viwanja vya Ndege Tanzania (TAA), Bw. Richard Mayongela amewapongeza maafisa usalama wa JNIA kwa kufanya kazi kwa weledi na uadilifu pamoja na kushirikiana na vyombo vingine vya ulinzi na usalama katika kuhakikisha wasafiri, wadau na maeneo yote ya viwanja vya ndege yanabaki salama na vitendo vya kiuhalifu havina nafasi katika viwanja hivyo.
 
Bw. Mayongela amesema pamoja na watumishi hao kufanya kazi katika wakati mgumu kutokana na baadhi ya abiria kuwa watata kila wanapotaka kutekeleza wajibu wao kwa mujibu wa sheria na kanuni.
 
Ametoa wito kwa wadau, wasafiri na wafanyakazi wote kushirikiana na maafisa usalama, vyombo vya ulinzi na usalama katika kutoa taarifa stahiki ili vitendo vya kiuhalifu kama hivi visipate nafasi kwenye viwanja vya ndege kwani ndio vinatoa taswira ya nchi.
 

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From now until at least the midterm elections in November, we’ll be featuring essays from powerful cultural voices alongside one simple thing, chosen by the author, that you can do to take action against the paralyzing apoplexy of the daily news. Maybe it’ll be an organization that deserves your donation; maybe it’ll be an issue that deserves greater awareness. Whatever it is, our aim is to remind you, and ourselves, of the big and small things we can do to work toward justice and change.

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Praying for the Awful Grace of God
by Ed Simon

No portrait exists of the seventeenth-century prophetess Anna Trapnell, because she was not of the station for whom people made portraits. Poor daughters of Stepney shipwrights didn’t have paintings made; women whose parents hadn’t baptized them were not fixed in stained glass. But God, or whatever you call Her, doesn’t just visit those in whose likeness icons are made. In 1654, when Trapnell was in her twenties—the exact year of her birth being unknown—she traveled to Bridewell Palace and sat in ecstatic vigil against the increasingly tyrannical theocracy of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. She spent twelve days in a trance, speaking paradox and poetry, prophecy and prayer, predicting the collapse of the government so many had initially welcomed after monarchical absolutism. Attended by non-conformists, dictating to an amanuensis, Trapnell repeated prayers like “The Voice and Spirit have made a league / Against Cromwel and his men, / Never to leave its witness till / It hath broken all of them.” She was apprehended and put on trial for witchcraft, but against all our presumptions of her era she beat the charge. She was simply too popular, too brilliant, too powerful for the state to end her ministry.

It’s strange to consider the political power of prayer, especially against a state that also enshrines its efficacy. Some on the left assume that anyone who talks too much about prayer has an agenda, usually a reactionary one. After all, there are plenty of contemporary Cromwells legislating and dictating their religious beliefs. With men like this—they’re normally men—it’s easy to forget the radical, awesome, subversive power of prayer, even while those we’re resisting claim it as their own too. It’s easy to grow cynical after being perennially offered “thoughts and prayers” in the never-ending wake of American bloodletting, but what if we took prayer seriously? What if we embraced it in all its awful grace? What if we answered the Cromwells of America as a vast legion of Trapnells bursting with prophecy? Then we’d have a real revival. Then we’d have a revolution.

Any system worth resisting is at its core religious, but any effective means of resistance must be religious as well. “Religion” need not mean what we’re normally told it means, a limited definition focusing on beliefs and rituals. All sorts of things are religions: capitalism is a religion; fascism is a worse one, democracy a better one. Religion has to do not only with sanctuaries and scripture, but also with meaning, with how we orient ourselves to things of ultimate significance. The language that facilitates this meaning is sometimes called prayer.

Empty “thoughts and prayers” are really anti-prayers, negative speech acts that mock the actual function of divine language, and part of their nihilistic power is that they engender cynicism. But we must not forget the profound subversiveness in speaking prophecy, in opposing tyrants while genuflecting before the infinite. Sitting Bull, watching the Sioux Ghost Dance across the western prairies, understood that. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyred at Flossenbürg, understood it too. So, of course, did Anna Trapnell. Every Ave Maria repeated by the detained immigrant child, even after their rosaries have been confiscated by an ICE agent; every prostrate Salah performed by the Syrian refugee; every funeral prayer for the black son murdered by the police or the classmate shot in the classroom; all the Serenity Prayers dutifully mouthed by junkies and drunks; every ecstatic hymn of praise uttered by a drag queen—these are acts of opposition against authoritarianism, enacting revolutionary love by their simple existence.

There is a pragmatic and moral utility in the use of prayer by the progressive religious revival our nation is undergoing, as embodied by movements like the Poor Peoples’ Campaign. But prayer’s radicalism goes deeper, finding its full measure not in objective effects, nor in whether it can convince a deity (or your fellow citizens), but in the temporary establishment of your own little republic, your own garden, utopia, paradise. In prayer, we see intimations of a better world. A glimpse of perfection—not in a place, but for a period. A psychic balm for this world, for in that awful grace we remove ourselves from life’s transitoriness. Prayer displaces us from the fallen world of Twitter screeds, newsfeeds, and push notifications. In such true privacy there is an anarchic freedom. “Do not let our spirits be colonized by the depressing fear of our oppressors,” seminarian Lauren Grubaugh prayed at a memorial following the hideous events in Charlottesville. “Transform our minds that do not think of you existing without these heavy chains we have placed on ourselves and on each other.” True prayer has always been about that one thing: the removing of chains.

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Ed Simon is a staff writer at The Millions and a commentator on religion and politics. He is the author of America and Other Fictions and Furnace of this World: 36 Observations About Goodness.


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BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations’ children agency says two children have died in a desert camp for displaced people along the Syria-Jordan border. UNICEF says the children died in the past 48 hours due to lack of medical care. The agency says a 5-day-old boy and a 4-month-old girl died in the squalid Rukban […]
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The United Nations' children agency says two children have died in a desert camp for displaced people along the Syria-Jordan border.
          Review Iraq in Turmoil, Historical Perspectives of Dr. Ali al-Wardi, From the Ottoman Empire to King Feisal      Cache   Translate Page      

Iraq In Turmoil is based upon U.S. Navy Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein’s reading of Dr. Ali al-Wardi’s eight volume Social Glimpses of Iraqi Modern History. The commander believed it was important for the American military to understand the countries and societies they were operating within. That led Aboul-Enein to originally sum up the main points of each of Wardi’s books in the U.S. Army’s journal Armor. Those pieces were then collected together in Iraq in Turmoil, with an introduction by an American officer that starts off each chapter. Although Wardi’s massive 3,000+ pages collection claims to be a history of Iraq, it is actually about the entire region starting with the Ottoman Empire to the beginnings of Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. That meant while Aboul-Enein wanted to educate U.S. forces about Iraq, it is less than half the book.

One is immediately made aware of how vast Wardi’s writing was from the first few chapters. He starts with the Sunni-Shiite split in early Islam, then the Ottoman-Safavid rivalry and wars in the Middle East, the entry of France and England into the region in the 1800s, and then Ottoman attempts at reforms. Iraq is only given scant coverage during these chapters. What is mentioned is the beginnings of Arab nationalist groups within the Ottoman empire, Governor Nazim Pasha who was appointed to Baghdad province in 1909 and began a series of civic works projects such as filling trenches in Baghdad city that had spread disease, and building locks and dams aimed at stopping the annual floods that hit the province. Nazim was an excellent politician and worked with Sunni and Shiite clerics to issue a fatwa against tribal raids which were common. He was an exception however to most of the officials appointed to run the area. These events are only given minority treatment however.

The following chapters are about the impact of World War I and how it created the modern nations of the region. All the major fronts the Ottomans fought in the war are covered including Iraq, which was completely neglected, and mismanaged by the Ottoman officers leading it to be conquered by the British. Wardi spent a huge amount of time covering the 1920 Revolt which was in response to Britain promising Arab independence only to set up a League of Nations Mandate to rule Iraq. Aboul-Enein gets a little mixed up on the origins of the revolt, as he mentions the tribal uprising in Fallujah as the start twice, but then later corrects that by saying that it started in the Mid-Euphrates in southern Iraq. The separate attempt by former members of the Arab Revolt during World War I, that moved from Syria and attacked the British in Tal Afar and Mosul is also included. These chapters are the only ones in Iraq in Turmoil that really focus upon its topic, Iraq.

The concluding chapters again go through the entire region. For instance, in covering the British appointment of King Feisal in Iraq by the British it goes through his role in the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans, his attempt to set up a monarchy in Syria, all the sheriefs of Mecca, which was what his father was, and the rivalries between his father and Ibn Saud, and how the war between the two would lead to the creation of Saudi Arabia. Again, this is another example of how Wardi really wasn’t writing about Iraq, but the Middle East in general.

Commander Aboul-Enein wanted to explain the politics, history and culture of Iraq to American officers during the U.S. occupation, so that they could gain a fuller understanding of the country they were working in. His book largely failed to do that because his source material, Wardi’s Social Glimpses of Iraqi Modern Historywasn’t really about Iraq. Wardi’s books were simply too vast in content to achieve Aboul-Enein’s goal. He would have been better off with some other Iraqi history.


          10/11/2018: World: Amnesty offer for deserters, draft dodgers      Cache   Translate Page      
President Bashar al-Assad yesterday made an unprecedented offer of amnesty for military deserters and draft dodgers in the hope of encouraging Syrians to return home. In a decree issued on official social media feeds, the government said deserters...
          10/10 Links Pt1: UNESCO: Rachel's Tomb and Cave of Patriarchs part of 'Occupied Palestine'; Global News Erroneously Claims Palestinian Terrorist Killed 2 Israeli Soldiers – Not Civilians      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

UNESCO: Rachel's Tomb and Cave of Patriarchs part of 'Occupied Palestine'
The PX Commission of the Executive Board of UNESCO on Wednesday morning adopted resolutions 28 and 29, titled "Occupied Palestine," which state that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are "an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory" and condemning the construction of the security fence and "other measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory."

Both resolutions were sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, and were approved within minutes at the commission’s meeting, which includes the 59 members of UNESCO’s Executive Committee. Israel is not a member of the Executive Committee.

The resolutions also refer to Israel as "occupier" and condemn "Israeli army violations against Palestinian universities and schools," criticize the construction of the security fence, deplore the destruction of Palestinian schools, including in the village Khan al-Ahmar and regret Israel’s excavation projects in east Jerusalem.

UNESCO's assistant director-general for external relations, Nicolas Kassianides, said at the meeting that the resolutions were adopted following close consultations between the member states, and welcoming "the spirit of constructive dialogue that enabled to reach a consensus."

Kassianides further said the adoption of the resolution by consensus "confirms the positive momentum that started last year, especially on this subject which is very sensitive," hailing in particularly efforts by the Palestinians, Jordan and Israel to reach agreement.

Over the years, UNESCO included both items in the final text adopted annually by the agency’s Executive Committee. But when Audrey Azoulay took office last year as head of UNESCO, a compromise was achieved, with the resolutions adopted as an annex, and not inside the body of the text. This was the case today as well.

Belgium acknowledges Pisgat Ze’ev as part of Jerusalem
After sending the Tenzer family a letter stating that the parents of the family live in “Jerusalem”, while their two children live in “Palestinian territories,” the Belgian consulate in Jerusalem has announced the error was due to a technical malfunction in its computers that has since been amended.

"We would like to inform you that due to a technical error in our computer, the addresses of your children Talia and Gilad were incorrectly registered, and since then the error has been corrected," the second letter the consulate sent read.

The family reside in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, which is located over the Green Line in eastern Jerusalem that was captured and annexed by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

The first letter, which was sent to every Belgian citizen as the Western European country approaches its national elections, was intended to explain to all expats their rights and how to cast their vote.

The family said that all letters addressed to the family from the Belgian consulate have always referred to all its members simply as residents of Jerusalem.
Caroline Glick: Russia Raises the Stakes in Syria with S-300 Missiles
Last week, India signed a deal to purchase Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system. How likely is that deal to come to fruition if the U.S. and Israel expose the failings of the S-300? What about Turkey’s agreement to purchase the S-400?

While these key issues remain unknown, there are low-risk moves the U.S. can take in response to Russia’s adoption of a new, far more aggressive posture towards Israel and the U.S. that could serve to deter Russian adventurism and empower any moderate voices in Moscow that may have been sidelined since Sept. 17.

First, the administration could recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The move would empower Israel diplomatically and weaken the diplomatic position of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime they control.

Second, the U.S. can launch a campaign to withdraw international recognition of the Assad regime.

Iran and Russia both base the legality of their operations in Syria on the fact that the Assad regime asked them to intervene in Syria. But the Assad regime only exists because of their support.

In truth, they are foreign aggressors asserting control over Syria and using a local Syrian proxy to legitimize their aggression. A U.S.-led campaign internationally to withdraw recognition of the Assad regime and remove regime representatives from international forums, including the UN, could weaken the Russian-Iranian political position in significant ways.

Third, the administration could ask Congress for a new, updated authorization for the use of force in Syria. Current authorization is based on the Obama administration’s strategy in Syria. The Obama administration’s strategy was to deploy U.S. forces to fight ISIS and take no action against Iranian or Russian forces in the country.



JPost Editorial: Behind the plan
President Donald Trump has the world in suspense. Everywhere in the Middle East, and in capitals around the world, everyone awaits the unveiling, the roll out, of America’s so-called “Deal of the Century.” What is the president’s peace plan, all are wondering? What is he going to throw out there that, we’ve been told, is way different than anything that’s ever come before?

It’s got everyone guessing, and there have been hints and unconfirmed reports along the way about this point or that – this neighborhood’s borders, or that country’s direct involvement, etc. – but nobody is sure what’s in it, and if they do know, they’re not talking.

But even while we don’t know the details, we do have an idea about what the US is thinking – from the man who’s helping to craft that peace plan: Jason Greenblatt.

Two weeks ago, Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations addressed the semi-annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The AHLC – established on October 1, 1993, less than a month after the signing of the Oslo Accords – is a 15-member committee of countries and organizations that serves as the central body bringing together international efforts to finance aid to the Palestinians. If anything in the Trump peace plan will include money, then what Greenblatt had to say to the committee has extreme importance.

“Let’s stop focusing on tired talking points and throwing more money at the same things we have been doing since 1993,” he said. “It is time to realistically evaluate what works and what does not.”
Moscow rejects notion of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status for the Golan Heights, which Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers occupied Syrian territory.

His comments followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call on the international community Monday to recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin appreciates how important the strategic plateau is for Israel.

“The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow. “Changing this status bypassing the Security Council, from my perspective, would be a direct violation of these resolutions.”

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, and formally annexed the territory in 1981. UN Security Council Resolution 497 of that year declared that Israel’s annexation of the “occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.” It passed unanimously.
Israel will continue Syria strikes despite S-300, Netanyahu tells Moscow
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Russia’s vice premier in talks on Tuesday that Israel must continue to hit hostile targets in neighboring Syria, despite Moscow’s decision to equip Damascus with advanced air defense missiles.

Netanyahu said at a press conference that he told Maxim Akimov in talks in Jerusalem that Israel would continue to fight what it says are Iranian attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and channel advanced weaponry to its Lebanese ally, the Hezbollah terror group.

Despite the delivery of the S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian military, Israel was committed as a matter of self-defense to continue its “legitimate activity in Syria against Iran and its proxies, which state their intention to destroy us,” Netanyahu said.

Israeli planes have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets, but there have been no reports of suspected Israeli airstrikes since the accidental Syrian downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air strike in Syria, an incident that raised tensions between Israel and Russia.
Seth Frantzman: Middle East divided on Nikki Haley’s legacy
“Sad news for Israel,” tweeted retired IDF spokesman Peter Lerner. “Nikki Haley’s role in the final destruction of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and her shameful and racist smearing of Palestinian protesters by Israel during the ongoing Grand Return March will always define my opinion of her,” tweeted writer Iyad el-Baghdadi. Across the Middle East, reaction to reports that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is stepping down were as divided as the region.

Predictably, those supportive of the Palestinians and critical of US policy on Iran were critical of Haley, while those who tend to oppose the Iranian regime or sup- port Israel were shocked at her leaving. Haley was a strong voice against Iran’s policies in her speeches. In December 2017 she unveiled the wreckage of an Iranian Qiam ballistic missile at a speech, showcasing Iran’s involvement in Yemen.

Her departure comes as the US is dealing with a Saudi Arabia-Turkey crisis over missing journalist and former Riyadh insider Jamal Khashoggi that may involve a UN investigation or UN condemnation. The US is also seeking to pressure UNRWA, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Council, and has withdrawn from various international bodies and treaties, including a treaty of Amity with Iran and a protocol in the Vienna Convention.

“Rest assured, Iran’s regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint next,” noted human rights activist and commentator Heshmat Alavi. He called her a champion supporting the people of Iran and noted her strong words against the Assad regime and Russia regarding their policies in northwest Syria. The Special Monitoring Mission to Syria, which covers the conflict there, tweeted that they hoped the new UN ambassador “will bring [a] more positive agenda to the international community from Washington.”
Five times Nikki Haley delighted the pro-Israel community
When Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she would be stepping down as UN ambassador by the end of this year, the Israeli and pro-Israel laments poured out swiftly.

Haley didn’t simply defend Israel and its government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as her predecessors had under Democratic and Republican administrations. She led a game change: On her watch, and with the blessing of US President Donald Trump, support for Israel became a “with or against us” proposition. Slam the United States for defending Israel, and count on being slammed back, was the Trump-Haley credo.

A big chunk of Haley’s two years at the world body was about Israel.

“Thank you for your support, which led to a change in Israel’s status in the UN,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, said on Twitter.

Netanyahu offered his gratitude as well in a statement.

“I would like to thank Ambassador @nikkihaley, who led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country,” he said.

Haley’s predecessors had also robustly backed Israel in the body, but there had been hiccups. The latest came in December 2016 when US Ambassador Samantha Power allowed a UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel’s settlement policy in the waning days of the Obama administration, about a month before Trump was inaugurated.

It was a rare instance of a US official semi-endorsing UN criticism of Israel.

Netanyahu and the centrist to right-wing pro-Israel community sees the United Nations as a snake pit, and any concession is seen as a betrayal. That was the message in the American Israel Public Affair Committee’s farewell to Haley packed into a single word: “consistently.”
US Jewish Groups, Israeli Politicians Hail Outgoing UN Ambassador Haley for Defense of Jewish State
Major American Jewish groups and top Israeli politicians issued effusive praise of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley following the announcement of her resignation on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Haley well, saying she “led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called Haley an “ambassador of truth” who defended the Jewish state’s “clear right to protect the security of our citizens.”

Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon said Haley would “always be a true friend of Israel.”

HaBayit HaYehudi leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted to Haley, who will be leaving her post at the end of the year, “Thank you for what you’ve done for Israel. We will not forget.”
Nikki Haley: A Sheriff in Heels on Israel's Behalf
For Israel’s supporters in America, Nikki Haley was a superstar.

She won them over with a memorable speech at the AIPAC convention in 2017, right after US President Donald Trump was elected and she became ambassador to the UN.

“I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re going to kick them every single time,” she said, to enthusiastic applause. “So for anyone that says you can’t get anything done at the UN, they need to know there’s a new sheriff in town.”

Enough said.

She became the new darling of the pro-Israel crowd, and her appearances at AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups often included media reports that she received a “rock-star” ovation.

That’s for good reason. Unapologetically, calmly and intelligently, Haley passionately called out the UN over its anti-Israel bias; eloquently defended Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem; and firmly called the Palestinians out for the folly of many of their policies – such as insulting her and her boss.

Her uncompromising support for Israel at the UN conjured up memories of former US ambassadors to the UN, Daniel Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Many American Jews, pleased with Trump’s policies on Israel but equally unhappy with Trump’s behavior and governing style, have said – some quietly, while others more openly – that they wished Haley were president. Maybe one day she will run for the Oval Office – and maybe quitting now is part of an overall strategy to do just that.


Amb. Danny Danon: Thank you, Nikki Haley, warrior for justice and truth
Over the years, we grew accustomed to seeing the United Nations as an institution of lies and twisted half-truths the likes of which are disseminated by Arab countries and our enemies around the world, but with Nikki Haley's appointment as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., a new era was born.

Haley did not mind the criticism. She was not worried about being in the minority. She stood, head held high, with one goal in mind – to expose the truth. The change led by Haley at the U.N. Security Council, which brought an end to the automatic support for the unilateral moves by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to push forward resolutions condemning Israel and saw her voice her clear support for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is just one example of her energetic activity for the State of Israel.

This was a period of real change, in which the tendency toward lies was replaced with the pursuit of truth, when the terror machines of Iran and Hamas and the lies of the PA were exposed to the world to reveal the true face of our enemies.
Continetti Responds to Haley’s Resignation: There Are People Around the World Who Will Miss Her
Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti said Tuesday that in the wake of Nikki Haley's "shocking" resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "there are people around the world who will miss [her]."

Continetti responded during an appearance on "America's Newsroom" to Haley's resignation announcement.

"It is very shocking. Haley has been one of the most successful U.N. ambassadors in decades. If she follows in that tradition of Jeanne Kirkpatrick, John Bolton, now national security advisor, as someone who stands up for American values as well as American interests, someone who advocates democracy and human rights at the United Nations, [and is] also a stalwart defender of the state of Israel – there are a lot of people around the world who will miss Nikki Haley."

Continetti's appearance preceded the official press conference between Haley and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, where Trump said Haley has been "very special" to him and lauded her accomplishments at the U.N. related to the Hu