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          Pakistan's immediate balance of payment crisis is over: finance minister       Cache   Translate Page      

Finance Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday claimed that Pakistan's "balance of payment crisis is over" and assured that China is committed to providing short-term relief to Pakistan as well — the modalities of which, he said, will be discussed in a new round of discussions in Beijing on Friday.

"The long-term solution to the balance of payment crisis is to increase our exports, and to do that we should have enough income so that we do not need to borrow," Umar, who was a part of the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led delegation that visited China recently, explained during a press conference today. "In this regard, we have received a commitment from the highest level.

Finance Minister Asad Umar claims Pakistan does not have a balance of payment crisis now. —DawnNewsTV
Finance Minister Asad Umar claims Pakistan does not have a balance of payment crisis now. —DawnNewsTV

"Regarding the doubling of our exports, we are not talking long-term. We have [this target] for the ongoing year. We have also discussed short-term reliefs. A decision in principle has been taken, but to discuss its modalities our contingent is going to Beijing on November 9.

"So this curiosity that the people have will also be resolved soon. We had told you about the $12bn financing gap, of which $6bn have come from Saudi Arabia, and the rest has come from China so the immediate balance of payment crisis of Pakistan has ended. I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms. We do not have any balance of payment crisis now. "

A statement released by the finance ministry echoed Umar's remarks, adding that "a senior level delegation comprising of federal secretaries of finance, foreign affairs, planning & development and commerce along with the State Bank of Pakistan's governor will undertake a visit to China during the current week to work out the modalities".

Foreign minister says Pakistan 'out of the woods' after China trip

Foreign minister addresses a presser on China visit. — DawnNewsTV
Foreign minister addresses a presser on China visit. — DawnNewsTV

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, meanwhile, claimed that the trip to China was "productive to the extent that we are out of the woods".

The foreign minister said that the purpose of the visit to China was to "send a message to the international community" and also "move the two countries' strategic relationship towards an economic partnership".

He said that a total of 15 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) were signed in China, of which he highlighted a quartet.

"We decided that our strategic dialogue must be upgraded and its level be raised to the FM level," he said. "It was also decided to transfer our citizens sentenced there and theirs sentenced here so that they can serve their sentences in their own countries.

"Thirdly, the MoU which is important to me is poverty alleviation. China is a country that has taken 700 million people out poverty in the last 30 years. One-third of our population also lives below the poverty line — so the purpose of this MoU was to learn from the Chinese experience."

"The fourth MoU was regarding agricultural cooperation," he said. "We think that through transfer of technology, we can get a lot from China. We can learn how to increase our productivity and our per-acre produce."

Qureshi claimed that the trip also served to rubbish the notion that the Pak-China relationship would suffer under the PTI government.

"The perception that some people here tried to give that the government was not paying attention to our relationship with China," he said. "There is nothing to it. I can say that our relations with China are not just great but could get even better than before.

"This visit helped us in moving our relationship towards an economic partnership. We have always had good strategic relations so our aim [this time] was to figure how to advance the economic footprint."

The foreign minister said he is confident that the discussion with the Chinese counterparts would help Pakistan "double its exports".

He further said that the two sides would try and wrap up the second phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by April 2019.


          In Senate, opposition parties criticise government for not being forceful enough in dealing with TLP       Cache   Translate Page      

The Senate convened on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to debate the law and order situation after the Supreme Court's acquittal of Aasia Bibi in the blasphemy case against her.

Before the debate formally began, Minister of IT Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui filed a motion to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act on behalf of the government, which was approved by the house.

The minister argued that the bill had been authored on the directives of deposed Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and it was therefore proper that the government re-examine it.

Right after, the opposition pushed for a debate on Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan's (TLP) nationwide protests.

"We do not want the state and Constitution to be sullied like this," the PPP's Parliamentary Leader, Senator Sherry Rehman said.

"The entire nation was at a standstill for three days. If we start to examine [what happened], they [the government] will say 'This was also done before; the state entered a similar agreement last year as well," she continued.

"[But] what happened this time is a grave tragedy. We are not here to taunt and challenge the government — enough of that was done on the streets for [those] three days.

"[But] Our army chief was called out by name. The judiciary, the state and the army were dragged [into the mess]: what kind of message is being sent with these actions?" she asked.

"The government was all talk and no action. This was the first time we've heard the state challenged like this. How can this challenge be ignored?"

"We will not politic on this: the PPP has always toed the patriotic line in times like these. [However,] we will demand that the state provide protection to everyone.

"The state ought to protect the judges. Whether they give right decisions or wrong ones, the state should be behind them. Those who are openly rebelling against the law and Constitution should be dealt with. This is a trying time for Pakistan: the government should not try to bypass parliament," she concluded.

The PPP veteran also sought answers from the government over loans secured from foreign governments and foreign policy.

"The parliament was not taken into confidence on [foreign] loans," she regretted.

"We have also promised to mediate the Yemen-Saudi Arabia dispute: on what terms will this mediation be done? We should tackle our own wars first," she said.

Taking over, Senator Raza Rabbani regretted that the country was shut down for three days and Constitutional institutions were attacked.

He said the Senate ought to address a matter of this nature but his demand was ignored, prompting him to register a protest.

"If parliament itself cannot address a challenge to the [supremacy of the] Constitution, who will?" he asked. "It is incumbent upon us to defend the Constitution."

Taking over, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) attacked the judiciary and Supreme Court for a judgement that he described as "the murder of justice".

His party actively organised and participated in protests calling for the death penalty to be administered to Aasia Bibi despite the apex court finding glaring inconsistencies in witnesses' statements and other aspects of the case.

"[Tell us], did America or the west interfere [in the judicial process]? What took the Supreme Court so long to decide the case," he said.

"The chief justice claims to love the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and then lets the person who insulted him go," he said.

His remarks were swiftly expunged by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.

"There can be no debate over the conduct of judges," he said. "All personal remarks against judges and their judgements should be expunged from the day's proceedings," he ruled.

Regretting the line taken by the opposition, Murad Saeed, the minister of state for communication, said: "I had come here expecting some good suggestions to come out of this debate."

"The Constitution accords the right to peaceful protest to every citizen," he noted. "Every party had said we do not want a repeat of Lal Masjid or the Model Town tragedy," he reminded the opposition parties, addressing criticism of the government not having done enough to address the protests.

Conflicting messages?

The strong stance taken by the opposition against the government's settlement with TLP leaders appears to be at odds with its own desire to resolve the matter with talks ahead of the weekend.

On Thursday, former opposition leader and PPP stalwart Khursheed Shah had condemned Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking an adversarial stance by warning protesters to not clash with the state in a televised address a day earlier.

"There was violence in his [PM Khan's] tone. You cannot bring peace with this tone," Shah had said.

He had been backed up by the PML-N's former railways minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique, who had said: "We believe that Imran Khan's body language and tone was aggressive during his address."

Later the same day, Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif had made it clear that the opposition would not stand by the government in case of a crackdown on mobs and urged a resolution to the ongoing crisis with "political shrewdness".

"The supremacy of the Constitution is the foundation of this country. Institutions should not be disrespected. [However,] we will not support the use of force under any situation," Sharif had stated in clear terms.

A day later, while the government sought a joint parliamentary resolution condemning the protests, former PPP prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had reiterated that his party would not support the use of force.

"We want a resolution through dialogue," Ashraf had said.

Meanwhile, the PML-N had refused to discuss how to tackle the issue over a tiff on the adjournment of the National Assembly due to a lack of quorum on that day.

"Given the current situation, if the government proceeds with the policy it has undertaken, it will cause things to worsen," former PML-N defence minister Khawaja Asif had warned while calling for the National Assembly to be reconvened to discuss the matter.


          Saudi Arabia’s human rights record under fire at UN       Cache   Translate Page      

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia insisted at the UN on Monday that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be “fair”, amid a barrage of criticism from countries over the brutal murder.

The half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva comes just over a month after the royal insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The so-called Universal Periodic Review — which all 193 UN countries must undergo approximately every four years — came as a Turkish official charged on Monday that Saudi Arabia had sent experts to Turkey to cover up the journalist’s murder before allowing Turkish police in to search the consulate.

During Monday’s review, Western countries especially voiced outrage at the killing, with many calling for a “credible” and “transparent” investigation, and some, like Iceland and Costa Rica, going further and demanding an international probe.

British Ambassador Julien Braithwaite told the council his country was “gravely concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Saudi Arabia”, pointing to women’s rights, mass arrests of rights defenders and extensive use of the death penalty.

The Saudi delegation meanwhile barely mentioned the case, choosing instead to highlight the “progress made towards the protection and promotion of human rights”, including reforms that among other things have allowed women to drive in the ultra-conservative country.

But the delegation chief and head of the Saudi Human Rights Commis­sion, Bandar Al Aiban, did touch on the case briefly, stressing at the end of the review that “our country is committed to carry out a fair investigation”. “All persons involved in that crime will be prosecuted,” he said, stressing that “the investigation is continuing in line with our domestic laws”.

The review also focused heavily on the use of the death penalty in the country, especially for alleged crimes committed when the perpetrator was under the age of 18. The kingdom has one of the world’s highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

Many countries urged Saudi Arabia to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty or to abolish it altogether, and to explicitly ban its use for juvenile offenders.

Women’s rights were also high on the agenda. While many countries hailed some progress in this area, including the fact that the country now permits women to drive, they warned that much more reform was needed. The country especially faced criticism over its male guardianship system which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives.

Experts sent to cover up Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia sent two experts to Istanbul with the specific aim of covering up evidence after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official said on Monday.

“We believe that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole purpose of covering up evidence of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder before the Turkish police were allowed to search the premises,” a senior Turkish official said, asking not to be named.

The official confirmed a report in the Sabah newspaper saying that chemicals expert Ahmad Abdulaziz Al Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya Al Zahrani were among a team sent from Saudi Arabia purportedly to investigate the murder last month.

The report said they visited the consulate every day from their arrival on Oct 11 until Oct 17. Saudi Arabia only allowed Turkish police to finally search the consulate on Oct 15.

The sons of Khashoggi, Salah and Abdullah, told CNN they wanted Saudi Arabia to return the body so that he could be buried in Madina with the rest of his family.

Yemen clashes rage

Battles raged on Monday near a Yemeni port crucial for humanitarian aid, but Saudi Arabia and its allies said they were committed to de-escalating hostilities with rebels as calls for a ceasefire mount.

The United Nations has appealed for urgent peace talks and warned that an assault on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida would threaten millions of lives.

Rebels and government sources both reported intense fighting in the area on Monday, despite calls by the UN and the United States — which pro­vides military support to the Saudi-led camp — for an end to the war.

A source in the Saudi-led coalition told AFP the clashes were not “offensive operations”, adding that the alliance was “committed to keeping the Hodeida port open”.

The coalition source said the government alliance was “committed to de-escalating hostilities in Yemen and strongly supportive of the UN envoy’s political process”.

“If the Houthis fail to show up for peace talks again, this might lead [us] to restart the offensive operation in Hodeida,” the source said.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018


          Millions in Yemen are starving and UK, US & France are 'behind this' - Oxfam representative to RT      Cache   Translate Page      
© Reuters / Khaled Abdullah FILE PHOTO A man receives food ration from a charity food distribution in Sanaa, Yemen The US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are "supporting this war," an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia's military. "We have 14 million people starving," Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK's regional policy officer for the Middle East, said. "British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war." Stanforth blamed the British government in particular, saying that London should stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting food supplies and even no-strike locations in Yemen. "We've seen attacks on water infrastructure, on hospitals, warehouses of food. This pattern is continuing. Certainly, it's the airstrikes that are killing most civilians," he said. Stanforth says Riyadh's bombing is not sparing humanitarian sites...
          Amid US reinforced Saudi-led bombing, Pompeo pins responsibility for Yemeni starvation on Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Arabia may be maintaining a blockade of Yemen and facing repeated accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilian sites, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says starvation in the country is Iran's fault. Yemen has been in turmoil for years and the Saudi-led coalition was involved over three years ago. The alliance sent its troops and warplanes to put an ousted president back into power, after he fled under pressure from the Houthi rebels, a group that the Saudi sees as a proxy force of its archenemy Iran. As part of its campaign, the Saudi-led troops imposed a blockade of the country, stifling the supply of food, fuel, medicine and other essentials. Activists claimed its warplanes have also bombed civilian infrastructure like water treatment facilities, hospitals and markets. The result is what some observers openly call a man-made humanitarian disaster, with millions of Yemenis estimated by the UN to be on the brink of starvation, and dozens dying each day from...
          UK: 'Millions still in poverty' reports UN poverty rapporteur      Cache   Translate Page      
A special UN advisor on extreme poverty and human rights is touring the UK to assess the impact of austerity on people living in some of the most deprived areas of the country. UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston's primary goal is to identify examples of social inequalities and systematic neglect, which according to the United Nations, is then used to develop "constructive dialogue with governments, international organizations, civil society and other relevant actors." Since 1998, the UN special rapporteur has travelled to examine extreme poverty in places like Ghana, Yemen, Benin, Sudan, the US, Portugal and Saudi Arabia. The UK will now join these ranks thanks to concerns over its austerity measures. In a statement ahead of Alston's tour, the UN said submissions from charities, academics, and public institutions were "by far" the most they've ever received before a country visit.
          MbS lays foundation for nuclear research reactor, one of 7 projects      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the foundation stone for seven strategic projects, including a nuclear research reactor, the Saudi SPA news agency reported on Monday. The crown prince also laid the foundation stone for the aircraft manufacturing plant, the publication said. Riyadh seeks to create its own nuclear power plant with two reactors, which will produce from 2 to 3.2 gigawatts of electricity to satisfy the country's demand for electric power. Saudi Arabia, just like any other newcomer in the nuclear industry, sees research reactors as the first step towards the "big" nuclear power industry. Research reactors, in particular, are needed to carry out nuclear medicine projects, to produce of radioisotopes for industry, as well as to train qualified personnel. In February, Russia's Rosatom has submitted an application to participate in a tender for the construction of two NPP units in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh was initially expected to announce results of the tender for...
          Sanctions fail: Trumps plan may backfire, damaging Saudi Arabia while benefiting Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
This morning was reported: Watch Live: Pompeo Announces Iran Sanctions 'Waivers' Monday 5 November 2018 8:29AM Update (8:40 am ET): The following countries will receive 'temporary' waivers excusing them from US sanctions on Iranian oil exports. - South Korea - Taiwan - Turkey - Greece - Japan - China - India - Italy
          U.S. Sanctions On Iran Could Impact How Trump Responds To Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
The sanctions the U.S. is imposing on Iran could make it less likely the White House will punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, because Saudi oil will be needed to replace Iranian oil being taken off the market.
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UN WATCH Saudi rights record praised by 75 UN delegations, watchdog decries ‘mutual praise society’ Above: Saudi Arabian delegates at today’s UNHRC review in Geneva GENEVA, November 5, 2018 – Saudi Arabia today won widespread praise for its human rights record as the fundamentalist regime was examined in a routine UN review. Sadly, 75 out of 96 country delegations who took the floor at the UN Human Rights Council today expressed praise for the brutal and misogynistic Saudi regime. It was a betrayal of jailed Saudi human rights activists like pro-democracy blogger Raif Badawi, who has been wrongfully imprisoned since June 2012. UN Watch made appeals to Canada, and Read More
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          11/4/2018: Worldwide: ‘Grim irony’ as European aid in Yemen bombed by British-backed airstrikes      Cache   Translate Page      

projects in Yemen funded by the international charity Oxfam have been hit in Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes, it has emerged. A vital cholera treatment centre in Abs, in the Hajjah province, was hit in June in coalition war strikes supported by...
          China gave foreign countries and journalists seminars on how to restrict online speech and unflattering news reports      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • China has been hosting seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to clamp down on online speech and writing positive news about China's economic policies, Freedom House reported.
  • They include courses on President Xi Jinping's views on patriotism and tours of companies that monitor negative public opinion in the country.
  • Many of them catered to countries that are part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project that aims to link 70 countries around the world.
  • Those courses appeared to work on some of the countries, who issued laws clamping down on online speech after attending the seminars.
  • China has a long record of muzzling free speech in the country.
  • It wields a lot of soft power over its economic allies, largely because of its financial investments around the world.

China has been holding seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to restrict online speech and write positive news about it, according to a Freedom House report published this week.

The programs — which appear tailored to specific countries and regions — included courses like "socialist journalism with Chinese characteristics" and a class on "the Chinese Dream," Freedom House said.

Those two slogans were popularized under President Xi Jinping, and lay out his view of patriotism and innovation as long as it does not defy the Chinese Communist Party.

The programs appeared to be marketed to countries involved in China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive infrastructure project launched in 2013 that aims to link China to more than 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

It is one of President Xi Jinping's pet projects, and Beijing has invested between $1 trillion and $8 trillion in those projects since 2013, according to the Center for Strategic and International StudiesMultiple BRI partners have racked up billions of dollars in debt because they couldn't afford to repay China's loans on infrastructure projects.

Read more: Inside 'Belt and Road,' China's mega-project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa

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Here are some of the seminars China hosted over the past year, according to Freedom House.

  • November 2017: A two-week "Seminar on Cyberspace Management for Officials of Countries along the Belt and Road Initiative," where officials toured a company — unnamed in in the report — that monitored, using big data, negative public opinion, and created a "positive energy public-opinion guidance system."
  • May 2018: Prominent journalists and media officials from the Philippines visited China for two weeks to learn about "new media development." What this means exactly is not clear.
  • A similar conference for media staff in Thailand taught attendees about the "Chinese Dream" and how media outlets can report domestic and international affairs, including China's economic development. The date of this conference is not clear.
  • Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates also attended a three-week "Seminar for Senior Media Staff in Arab Countries" at an unspecified date.

Details about what actually happens during those seminars are scant. But pictures published by the Chinese ministry of commerce of a seminar on the "promotion of international cooperation," held last August for 43 officials from BRI countries, showed delegates attending a lecture by Chinese officials and receiving a "graduation certificate" at the end.

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China flexes its soft power

Those seminars appeared to work on the foreign countries.

After Vietnamese officials attended China's seminar on media management in April 2017, it introduced a cybersecurity law that ordered global tech companies — such as Google and Facebook — to store personal data of users in Vietnam in the country.

Uganda and Tanzania also introduced similar laws clamping down on online media dissemination after their officials attended China's seminars over the past year, Freedom House said.

It echoed existing cybersecurity laws in China, which order tech companies to store personal and financial data collected in the country within its borders.

Chinese authorities have previously demanded domestic tech companies to hand over user data and the contents of private conversations.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Public Security announced that law-enforcement officers could obtain and use private conversations on popular messaging app WeChat in legal proceedings.

Read more: Barging into your home, threatening your family, or making you disappear: Here's what China does to people who speak out against them

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Beijing has repeatedly proven the strength of its soft power, much of which stems from its immense economic power around the world.

Taiwan also claims that China uses economic partnerships to pressure countries to cut off diplomatic ties with it. Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of China, while Taipei recognizes itself as an independent nation.

Australia's former foreign minister, Julie Bishop, also revealed earlier this week that Australia did not strike a trade deal with Taiwan because her counterpart Wang Yi simply told her not to. China is Australia's largest trading partner, top export market, and biggest import source.

China also clamps down on online speech and thought within the country. Law-enforcement authorities have muzzled free speech in the past by censoring posts and forcefully disappearing people seen to speak out against the regime.

It also ranks citizens' behavior on a social credit system, which doles out punishments and rewards depending on the individual's score.

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          11/6/2018: World News: ‘His killers will face justice’      Cache   Translate Page      

A SON of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi expressed confidence that Saudi Arabia would identify his father’s killers, and Turkey released new details of its investigation yesterday that it said showed the Saudi government’s attempts to cover up...
          Notorious Antisemite Louis Farrakhan Leads ‘Death to America’ Chant on Solidarity Trip to Iran      Cache   Translate Page      

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaking in Detroit, Mi. in February 2017. Photo: Reuters/Rebecca Cook.

Nation of Islam leader and prominent antisemite Louis Farrakhan chanted “Death to America” and claimed that “America has never been a democracy” on Sunday during a solidarity trip to Iran, ahead of the re-implementation of US sanctions this week.

According to Iran’s semi-official state news agency Mehr, Farrakhan said at a meeting with the Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei that America is conspiring against Iran.

“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” he said.

He also blasted American support for Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch-rival in the region, and added, “Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while God tells us in the Quran to be united.”





          Turkey: Saudi investigators worked to remove evidence      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkey: Saudi investigators worked to remove evidenceANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Members of a team from Saudi Arabia sent to help Turkish authorities investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked instead to remove evidence of the slaying, a senior Turkish official said Monday.



          Canadians ‘weary’ of arms trade with Saudi Arabia, survey says      Cache   Translate Page      

VANCOUVER—In the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, a new survey has found Canadians to be “weary” of exporting military technology to Saudi Arabia.

In an online survey by the Angus Reid Institute, Canadians expressed “total unanimity” about prohibiting the sale of weapons and defence equipment to the Middle Eastern country. Nearly half of respondents agreed that the federal government should scrap a 15-year arms deals worth $15 billion and “be even more vocal in criticizing Saudi Arabia for its human-rights abuses.”

The number of Canadians who say their country should not sell military technology to Saudi Arabia has jumped by 14 per cent since last year to 76 per cent.

Shachi Kurl, executive director of the institute, said the findings reflect Canadians’ concerns about Saudi Arabi, especially with regard to human-rights abuses in the war in Yemen. She said Canadians are also concerned that Canadian-made vehicles may have been used to suppress dissent in Saudi Arabia.

“These are factors that certainly increase a growing sense of unease,” she added.

Kurl said the survey findings “embolden” and “validate” the Canadian government in its public criticism of the Saudi government.

“The murder of Mr. Khashoggi would have galvanized, reminded Canadians of their unease or discomfort with some of these issues,” Kurl said.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to retrieve paperwork that he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée. Turkish officials say a “hit squad” of Saudi agents dispatched from the gulf killed Khashoggi in the consulate and dismembered his body before returning to Saudi soil, according to The Washington Post.

The incident has raised questions about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a target of Khashoggi’s criticism, knew in advance about the alleged state-sanctioned killing.

In October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted at freezing arms export permits to Saudi Arabia and said his government was working with its G7 allies to co-ordinate an appropriate response to Khashoggi’s death.

“We condemn the horrible murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Trudeau told the House of Commons, adding “we are deeply concerned about reports on the participation of Saudi forces.”

Trudeau’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that Canada views the Saudi regime’s explanations about Khashoggi’s death as “not consistent,” “not coherent” and “not credible.”

The survey was conducted between Oct. 24 and Oct. 29 among a representative randomized sample of 1,500 Canadian adults who have signed up to receive surveys as part of the Angus Reid Forum. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

With files from Tonda MacCharles

Jenny Peng is a Vancouver-based reporter covering business. Follow her on Twitter: @JennyPengNow


          Saudi reactor triggers fears of nuclear race with Iran      Cache   Translate Page      

Saudi Arabia has begun work on its first nuclear research reactor, prompting fresh concern Riyadh will soon seek to develop nuclear weapons if Iran restarts its own weapons program amid Washington’s reimposition of sanctions and withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

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Saudi Arabia is building a solar-powered desalination plant using adsoprtion technology, in one of seven strategic projects that include the nation's first nuclear research reactor.
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Saline Water Conversion Corporation of Saudi Arabia has invited firms to resubmit bids on nine desalination plant projects that were brought forward in January 2018, reports MEED.
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          Crown Prince Launches Saudi Arabia's First Nuclear Reactor On Very Day Sanctions Hit Iran      Cache   Translate Page      

In but the latest after an insane month of news featuring the kingdom since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the AP reports Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the ceremonial foundation stone for Saudi Arabia's first nuclear research reactor on Monday. 

The site is the first of 16 planned reactor sites to be built over the next two decades, and is raising fears that it could mark the start of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, especially given the timing as November 5th was the very day severe U.S. sanctions on Iran targeting the energy industry took effect, precisely over the White House accusation that it is not serious about de-nuclearization. 

MbS at the inaugural ceremony on Monday. Image source: SPA

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the reactor is part of seven major projects launched as he visited Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The kingdom is seeking to diversify the way it meets its energy needs, currently driven by oil and gas. The SPA report did not indicate when the research reactor would go online, but did mention it is the start of a 20-year, $80bn project to build 16 nuclear reactors

According to a joint AP/Times of Israel report

Prince Mohammed said in March that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will do so too. In an interview with CBS television, he likened regional rival Iran’s supreme leader to Hitler, saying he “wants to create his own project in the Middle East.”

Riyadh held deep reservations over the 2015 accord aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and hailed US President Donald Trump’s announcement in May that the United States was withdrawing from the deal.

During that CBS/60 Minutes interview MbS said"Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to own a nuclear bomb. But without a doubt, if Iran develops a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

No doubt the symbolism of MbS laying the foundation stone for the kingdom's first nuclear reactor on the very day aggressive sanctions on Iran snapped back will not be lost of Tehran.

Given the timing it appears the Saudis were positively celebrating the sanctions and even provoking Iran. All of this means that the nuclear arms race between Iran and Saudi Arabia is officially on, even as much of the Middle East and the world is spotlighting the crimes  of both. However, it will likely come slowly at first and under the guise of "peaceful" energy development of a "research" nature. 

And guess which Western country is inking deals with the Saudis for nuclear reactors? We don't expect the global outrage over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to ultimately halt such deals, even if they slow for the time being. The AP reports:

Trump reportedly refused a March request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a commitment to halting an emerging deal to sell further nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia, telling the prime minister that if the US did not supply the reactors, then the Russians or Chinese would.

Netanyahu and his team reportedly requested that, if the Americans insist on going ahead with building reactors, Saudi Arabia be prevented from enriching uranium by itself.

Currently, the only Arab Gulf country to have previously launched a nuclear power project is the United Arab Emirates, which is constructing four South Korea-designed reactors.

Meanwhile Iran has long claimed its own nuclear initiatives were purely to pursue energy needs much like the Gulf countries are seeking to diversify away from sole reliance on oil and gas. While the West has always refused to take Tehran's word for it, it will be interesting to see if there's any eventual shift in opinion concerning the Saudis' pursuit of large reactors given the current scrutiny over the kingdom's dismal human rights record in the wake of the Khashoggi affair. 


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          Masa Son finally condemns Khashoggi murder; will maintain business relationship with Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son on Monday signaled that the murder of Saudi Arabian dissident Jamal Khashoggi would not change his company’s business relationship with the Kingdom. Nearly a month after Khashoggi’s murder, Son gave his first public remarks on the journalist’s death during a SoftBank earnings presentation in Tokyo, Recode reported. Son — whose company has heavily invested in real estate companies like WeWork, Katerra and Lemonade —condemned the attack, but said his company has a […]
          Saudi reactor triggers fears of nuclear race with Iran      Cache   Translate Page      

Saudi Arabia has begun work on its first nuclear research reactor, prompting fresh concern Riyadh will soon seek to develop nuclear weapons if Iran restarts its own weapons program amid Washington's reimposition of sanctions and withdrawal from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that Crown ...

          Is The Anti-Iran Front Still Viable?      Cache   Translate Page      

Israel’s current preoccupation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and the Jamal Khashoggi murder in Istanbul, have diverted attention from the nefarious activities carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran throughout the Middle East, and particularly in Syria.  For now, the above developments have put on hold the anti-Iran alliance the Trump administration has been pressing for last month, and has given the Iranian regime a respite.  The downing of the Russian spy plane over Syria by the Assad regime, which was initially blamed on Israel, has impacted somehow on the previous understanding between Israel and Putin’s Russia.  In the meantime, Russia has supplied the Assad regime with the S-300 Missile defense system. Israel has significantly reduced its operations in Syria, which enabled Iran to increase its activities inside Syria, and foment trouble in Gaza.

The recently imposed U.S. sanctions against Iran have had a deleterious impact on the Iranian economy.  It has placed the regime of the Ayatollahs in a defensive mode.  A second wave of U.S. sanctions commenced on November 5th, 2018, targeting Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, as well as transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.  The aim of this set of sanctions is to deprive the Iranian regime of funds to advance their nuclear program, and the development of ballistic missiles.  The Iranian people, in an unprecedented wave of protests that spread throughout Iran’s major cities, and in spite of severe consequences, demanded that the regime invest in Iran, and the Iranian people.  The protesters charged the regime with enabling the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to waste the nation’s oil revenue and the $150 billion it received as a “bonus” from the Obama administration (for agreeing to sign the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on imperial schemes.  They have argued that the money should be invested at home instead of spending it in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.

The Saudi-Qatari rift has also hampered the creation of a unified anti-Iranian bloc.  It has weakened the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).  The Qataris are now allied with Turkey.  Ankara has sent an expeditionary force of 3,000 strong to Doha and in return, received $15 billion from Qatar to cover its swollen debt.  The Saudis have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, and in fact the Doha regime has been a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Hamas in Gaza.  Turkey’s dictator, Erdogan, has been flirting with Russia and Iran, and has openly exhibited his anti-western sentiments.  He has purchased from Russia the S-400 surface-to-air missiles, and helped Iran launder its oil revenue.  In the initial Trump administration calculation, Turkey was meant to be a part of the anti-Iran coalition, along with Israel and the Gulf states.  Instead, Erdogan is currently busy with embarrassing the Saudis over the Khashoggi murder at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

The Islamic Republic is worried that the U.S. might join Israel in its efforts to expel the Iranian extensive presence in Syria.  Iran however, is using this window of opportunity when Israel is limiting its attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, and the U.S. being preoccupied with the mid-term elections, to provide Hezbollah with sophisticated guidance systems that would improve the accuracy of the missiles aimed at Israel.  According to a western intelligence officer, “The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East, testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down.”

For too long, the U.S. refrained from confronting the Iranian regime, out of hope that inaction against the Iranian regime would empower the purported moderates in Tehran.  The previous U.S. administration also held an overriding desire to wash its hands of the Middle East.  This entrenchment however, has only encouraged the Ayatollahs regime inherently maligned behavior, including its periodic testing to the limits of the nuclear deal, continued progress on advanced centrifuges, ballistic missile testing, and regional expansion.  In addition, the Tehran regime supports terrorism and the propagation of virulent anti-American ideology.  Ironically, many of these actions make the regime increasingly unpopular at home, and overextended abroad.

According to the U.S. State Department Executive Summary report titled “An Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities, “The regime’s primary tool to execute this mission since 1979 has been the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is the most powerful conglomerate in Iran, spreading and consolidating its control over much of Iranian life. Its navy regularly threatens freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf while its Aerospace Force directs the country’s ballistic missile program in defiance of Security Council resolutions. Its Ground Forces are deployed abroad to bolster the Assad regime and its Basij paramilitary force is mobilized at home to surveil and harass ordinary Iranians. Finally, its extra-territorial IRGC Quds Force (IRGC-QF) leads the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing support for proxies and terrorist groups.”

The Islamic Republic’s illicit activities include undermining the integrity of the global financial system.  The Iranian regime relies on opaque and fraudulent financing activities to fund its proxies and support its proliferation of ballistic missiles and other weapons.  Last year, the IRGC-Quds Force was exposed for using front companies to move funds, procure restricted materials and technologies, exploit currency exchange networks in neighboring countries, and produce counterfeit currency.

Iran’s repeated and systemic abuse of human rights is in violation of international laws and norms.  It persecutes civil society activists and marginalizes ethnic and religious minorities.  The Ayatollah regime denies due process, and regularly falls short of its own legal standards. Its prisons are notorious for mistreatment and torture, and its use of capital punishment is excessive and extends to minors.  Outside its borders, Iran and its proxies have committed numerous human rights abuses, including targeting innocent civilians in Syria, and arbitrarily detaining Sunnis in Iraq.

Last September in New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, to advance what the administration coined as the “Arab NATO.”  Secretary Pompeo stressed the need to defeat the Islamic State, and other terrorist organizations, as well as ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and “stopping Iran’s malign activity in the region.”  Unfortunately, President Trump’s willingness to remain engaged in the Middle East following the defeat of the Islamic State is questionable.  The burden of compelling Iran to roll back its regional presence, especially in Syria, and interdicting Iran’s military supplies to Hezbollah in Lebanon, falls primarily on Israel’s shoulders.  Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are involved in confronting Iran’s weapons proliferation in Yemen.  U.S. involvement in the anti-Iran alliance is limited to partnering with the Kurds on the ground in Syria and Iraq.  The latter presents a significant obstacle to Iran’s ambitions to dominate both Syria and Iraq.

Without strong military backing from the U.S., Israel might be constrained by Russia from freely operating in Syria against Iran.  The Khashoggi murder, as contemptible as it was, must be put behind us, and allow the Saudis and the UAE to focus on Iran.  The rest of the Sunni Arab states are unlikely to contribute to the anti-Iran alliance, and Turkey’s support in such an alliance is certainly not forthcoming.  The U.S. envisioned anti-Iran coalition can only become a viable reality if the U.S. is ready to actively participate, and commit its military might only when it becomes necessary.


          Kuwait faces flooding as rains lash Middle East      Cache   Translate Page      
Rains hit parts of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran with many cities in Kuwait forced to shut schools due to flooding.
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Is the radical Israeli government helping the Saudis build nuclear weapons? According to a new report in the online news and commentary website “Middle East Monitor,” an Israeli writer is blowing the whistle on a secret deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia to sell detailed information on how to build a nuke.

“This information should shock us,” Ami Dor-on wrote in a whistle-blowing column posted online at the “News One” website, “as we see the world is changing for the worse, following the race for the possession of nuclear weapons that pass right over our heads in the Middle East.”

Dor-on claims that the Saudi push to go nuclear stems from concerns that Iran is building its own arsenal, despite the fact that objective nuclear scientists along with U.S. intelligence agencies contend Iran abandoned its nuclear weapon program back in the early 2000s. Also, the Saudis believe that President Donald Trump’s closeness to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means the U.S. will not move to block the deal.


          Kenya: Kenya: Kakuma New Arrival Registration Trends 2018 (as of 31 October 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
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          Kenya: Kenya: Kakuma and Kalobeyei Population Statistics by Country of Origin, Sex and Age Group (as of 31 October 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
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          Kenya: Kenya: Kakuma Camp Population Statistics by Country of Origin, Sex and Age Group (as of 31 October 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
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          Djibouti: Points de suivi des flux de populations Djibouti - Tableau de Bord - Période 1 - 30 Septembre 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: International Organization for Migration
Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia

L'OIM travaille en collaboration avec le Gouvernement de Djibouti afin de mieux comprendre les dynamiques migratoires dans le pays ainsi que le profil des migrants qui transitent dans le pays. Pour ce faire, l’OIM met en œuvre le suivi des flux de population, activité qui consiste à collecter des données dans les localités par lesquelles transitent les migrants. Les données présentées dans ce rapport mensuel donnent un aperçu des mouvements et des profils de populations en Septembre 2018.

SUIVI DES MOUVEMENTS DE POPULATIONS

Le suivi des mouvements de populations est une composante de la Matrice de Suivi des Déplacements (ou Displacement Tracking Matrix, DTM) de l’OIM. La DTM a été développée afin de suivre les mouvements d’individus et de groupes qui traversent des points de transit. L’objective de la composante “Suivi des mouvements de populations” est de fournir des informations mises à jour de manière régulière sur les flux de populations et sur les profils des populations en mouvement (migrants, personnes déplacées internes, retournées, etc.).

Les informations et analyses proposées par la méthodologie du suivi des mouvements de populations permettent de mieux comprendre les difficultés rencontrées par les migrants tout au long de leur routes migratoire ou de leur déplacement forcé afin de mieux définir les priorités en termes d’assistance.

METHODOLOGIE

Les enquêteurs sont déployés aux postes frontaliers de Guelilléh et Loyada (à Kalankanleh) ainsi que dans les localités (ou quartiers) de PK9, Badaf, Fontehero, Guaherré, Godoria, Assamo, Ar-Oussa, et à Yoboki. Les données sont collectées à travers des activités d’enregistrement de groupes de migrants puis transférées vers la base de données de l'OIM. Au total, 12 enquêteurs suivent quotidiennement les flux des populations au niveau de ces différents points de suivi. L'identification des localités où ont été déployés les enquêteurs a été réalisée en collaboration avec les autorités et partenaires humanitaires.

LIMITES

La couverture spatiale et temporelle des enquêtes menées est partielle et ne permet pas de prendre en compte tous les mouvements migratoires dans le pays. Les données présentées dans ce rapport illustrent avant tout des tendances migratoires. Par ailleurs, les données sur les vulnérabilités sont basées sur les observations directes des enquêteurs et ne doivent être comprises qu’à titre indicatif. Enfin, il est possible que les migrants passant par plusieurs points de suivi soient comptés à plusieurs reprises. Ainsi, le nombre total de migrants observés aux points de suivi des flux ne reflète pas forcement les flux migratoires véritables dans chaque région. Toutes les données inclues dans ce rapport sont basées sur des observations partielles et ne sont pas représentatives de la population entière des migrants. Nous fournissons des garanties sur ce que nous rapportons, mais ce que nous rapportons n’est pas une image complète des mouvements migratoires.


          Как защищают самолеты от пожара в воздухе?      Cache   Translate Page      
Когда появились пассажирские самолеты, в фирмах, занятых авиасообщением, начали решать проблему безопасности полетов. Пожар в воздухе был смертельной ловушкой не только для пилота самолета, но и для пассажиров. Конструкторы начали придумывать и осуществлять противопожарные меры безопасности полетов. Началась Вторая мировая война. Япония воевала с Америкой, Германия — и с Англией, и с Америкой, и с Россией. Война шла не только на земле и в морях, но и в воздухе. Истребители гонялись за бомбардировщиками, те отстреливались от них из своих пулеметов. Часто пули и той, и другой стороны попадали в бензобаки самолетов. Поначалу такие попадания имели эффектное окончание, особенно, когда зажигательная пуля попадала в полупустой бензобак, заполненный парами авиационного бензина. Раздавался громкий «БАХ!», и самолет взрывался в воздухе. 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По результатам работы комиссии было произведено несколько изменений в методике эксплуатации авиалайнеров, а именно: горючую гидравлическую жидкость заменили на негорючую;в самолетной электропроводке низковольтные провода стали объединять в пучки отдельно от высоковольтных проводов;багажные отсеки перед вылетом стали заполнять нейтральным азотом. Казалось, данные меры полностью ликвидировали опасность пожара в грузовом отсеке, при отсутствии кислорода пожар просто не сможет начаться. Это решение вроде бы устранило угрозу пожара в багажных отсеках самолетов. Но человеческое разгильдяйство способно преодолеть все барьеры. McDonnell Douglas DC-9−32Фото: ru.wikipedia.org 11 мая 1996 года снова случился пожар в грузовом отсеке в самолете McDonnell Douglas DC-9−32, взлетевшем из Майами. Как такое могло произойти? Ведь отсек багажа заполнен азотом, там ничто не может гореть — кислорода-то там не было. Расследование показало, что в качестве багажа в самолет загрузили несколько коробок кислородных генераторов. Они были просроченными и считались безопасными. Их везли утилизировать. В отсеке было очень жарко. Во время взлета от тряски и жары один из генераторов кислорода самопроизвольно включился. Он начал выделять кислород и при этом сильно нагрелся. Из-за этого начали включаться и остальные генераторы из той коробки. Коробка загорелась и стала запалом для сильного пожара. Пилотов не проинформировали о дополнительном грузе, а системы аварийного предупреждения о пожаре на DC-9 не было. Самолет взлетел, а пожар в его грузовом отсеке все усиливался, благодаря генераторам кислорода. Пожар добрался до пассажирского салона. Пилоты не успели ни снизиться, ни посадить самолет. Самолет рухнул в болото в 32 км от аэропорта. Экипаж и пассажиры погибли. Горящий самолет — страшное зрелищеКадр из фильма «Экипаж», 2016 г. Комиссия по расследованию указала, что причиной катастрофы стали грубейшие нарушения в перевозке опасных грузов. Когда самопроизвольно включился один из генераторов кислорода, это вызвало цепную реакцию остальных генераторов, лежавших рядом в коробке. Воистину от человеческой глупости и надежды на авось не спасут никакие меры безопасности, особенно, если их регулярно нарушать. Именно поэтому все пилоты всех авиакомпаний так привержены к соблюдению инструкций, в первую очередь по технике безопасности. Инструкции в авиации и пассажирских авиаперевозках создаются в том числе и по результатам выяснения причин предыдущих авиакатастроф, позволяя сделать полеты безопаснее....

Эту статью описывают теги: пожар, самолет, пассажирский самолет, безопасность полета, военная авиация, Вторая Мировая война, авиация, техника безопасности
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admittedly from suspect bloomberg, but good enough for triangulation purpose, at least a point to mull over

and if of veracity whether deliberate or accidental, then should be put on watch & brief

at some juncture there may be congressional hearings on "who lost [ ]?" w/ [ ] to be filled in with either russia and / or china.

it is like the folks in charge never played that which jack is good enough in, "risk"

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Trump’s Trade War Is Making Russia and China Comrades Again

Facing U.S. sanctions and tariffs, Moscow and Beijing are finding lots of common ground.
More stories by Marc ChampionNovember 6, 2018, 5:00 AM GMT+8



Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin toast with vodka during a signing ceremony on May 21, 2014, in Shanghai. Russia and China signed a 30-year contract for supply of gas.
Photographer: Sasha Mordovets/Getty ImagesFu Ying recalls vividly how, as a young woman, she’d get woken by sirens in the middle of the night for drills to practice for a Soviet invasion. It was the time of China’s traumatic Cultural Revolution and, although the farm she’d been sent to was more than 200 miles from the border, the threat seemed imminent—strong enough, it turned out, to throw Maoist China into the arms of its capitalist nemesis, the U.S.

Today’s world could hardly look more different. The U.S.-China realignment that began with President Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing has been reversed in the most consequential geopolitical shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall. China and Russia are now as close as at any time in their 400 years of shared history. The U.S., meanwhile, has targeted both countries with sanctions and China with a trade war.

“There is no sense of threat from Russia. We feel comfortable back-to-back,” says Fu, now chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, over drinks in a hotel bar near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where she’s attending a conference. The two countries have settled the border dispute that produced a brief war in 1969.

She’s less sure about the U.S. In a speech last month, Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. was responding to “Chinese aggression” with military spending and trade tariffs. Beijing, he said, was expanding at the expense of others and trying to drive the U.S. from the western Pacific. That kind of talk won’t be easy to forget, even if Trump and Xi agree to a trade truce at a scheduled meeting at the end of November. “I just hope that if some people in the U.S. insist on dragging us down the hill into Thucydides’ trap, China will be smart enough not to follow,” Fu says, referring to the ancient historian’s observation that rising and established powers tend to end up at war.

Even without bloodshed, this reconfiguration of the nuclear and economic superpowers is significant. Chinese investment and energy purchases make it easier for Russia to resist economic pressure over Ukraine; Russian sales of oil, missile defense systems, and jets are changing U.S. calculations in the Pacific by raising the potential cost of any future showdown with China.

Coordination in the United Nations Security Council allows the two Eurasian powers to frustrate U.S. goals and support each other’s. Nor is the U.S. the only one affected. India, which for decades relied on Russia to help balance China and Pakistan, is deeply concerned that Moscow is falling under Beijing’s sway. Russia already supplies the engines for Chinese-Pakistani fighter jets. “India needs a reconciliation between the West and Russia” to squeeze China’s strategic space, says C. Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Western analysts and leaders for a long time dismissed the Sino-Russian rapprochement and its trappings—such as the NATO-lite Shanghai Cooperation Organization—as a “marriage of convenience,” doomed to fail by geography, history, and a growing disparity in strength. And the economic relationship still lags far behind the political rhetoric.

But complacency has given way to alarm. A recent study by the National Bureau of Asian Research, a Seattle-based think tank, debated whether U.S. policy was at fault for driving Russia and China together and asked if the U.S. should correct course by accommodating one Eurasian giant to isolate the other. Some among the 100-plus participants called for Washington to prepare for the worst-case scenario the realignment implies: a two-front war.

Robert Sutter, the study’s principal investigator, said at an October panel to discuss the findings that he’s had a big change of heart since he wrote in a U.S. government National Intelligence Estimate that the Russia-China relationship was an axis of convenience. “The situation is pretty bleak for the United States,” Sutter said. “And there is no easy way to fix it.”

The bromance between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping is certainly hard to miss. They meet with each other more than with any other world leaders, have awarded each other medals, and even cooked blinis and noodles together for their respective state TV channels. Joint military exercises are routine. This year, China took delivery of Russia’s most advanced S-400 air-defense system and Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft, a level of trust that’s likely to thwart U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s recent attempt to convince Moscow it faces a security threat from the East.

China has become Russia’s biggest single trade partner, even if it remains far behind the European Union as a bloc. Russia displaced Saudi Arabia as China’s top supplier of crude oil in 2015. A new pipeline, Power of Siberia, is due to start delivering as much as 38 billion cubic meters (1.3 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas per year to northern China in December 2019. Chinese entities own 30 percent of Russia’s new Yamal liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic. Russia and China have nonconflicting security concerns—in the Pacific for China and in the former Soviet bloc and Middle East for Russia. At the same time they perceive a common threat (the U.S.) and a shared goal of changing what both see as an American-dominated global order.

Their economies also are complementary: China is the world’s biggest manufacturer, and Russia is among the largest exporters of energy and raw materials. China has a shortage of arable land, and Russia a surfeit. Even their demography offers opportunities. China has a majority of men, whereas Russia has the opposite. “I could see that there are many more men in China, and people started to ask me if I could help them to find women,” says Pavel Stepanets, who started a Beijing-based matchmaking service, Meilishka, six months ago. The company website claims to have 244 “Slav girls looking for a Chinese husband.”

Russian analysts and officials say they aren’t pivoting east as much as they’re diversifying their economic and security relationships. Europe and China “are two independent destinations and two independent routes” for gas and oil, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an October interview. “We do not see any need to redirect volumes.”

What the new eastbound pipelines will do, according to Vasily Kashin, a senior research fellow at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, is to make Russia about 60 percent—down from 90 percent—dependent on European markets. They’ll also make China less vulnerable to a potential U.S. sea blockade should there be conflict over Taiwan. “Every pipeline project is negotiated for a decade and then built for a decade,” Kashin says. “But once it’s completed, you have an irreversible geopolitical change.”

The new geopolitical infrastructure is slowly falling into place. In January, Russia doubled its capacity to pipe crude oil to China, to about 600,000 barrels per day. In addition to the Power of Siberia project, negotiations to build two other natural gas pipelines connecting China to Siberian fields are advancing well, Novak says.

The reconciliation began with the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Even so, U.S. and Western policies since 2014 have done a lot to accelerate the Russian-Chinese rapprochement, according to Angela Stent, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies. Take natural gas. South Stream, a pipeline project to carry 63 billion cubic meters per year from Russia to Austria, was under construction when the European Parliament voted to block it in April 2014, a month after Russia annexed Crimea. One month after that, Russia broke the deadlock in its decade-long negotiation with China to build Power of Siberia, part of a gas purchase deal valued at about $400 billion. “It would behoove the U.S. to consider how much further to go with sanctions on Russia and how far with a China trade war,” Stent says at the same conference near Sochi as Fu.

The courtship hasn’t been easy. There was deep disappointment within Russia when China didn’t immediately flood the country with investment after 2014. Instead, it appeared to take advantage of Moscow’s weak position to get cheaper gas. Nor have the reasons for skepticism about the strength and durability of the partnership disappeared. Chinese nationalists still talk about the 230,000 square miles Russia took in the 19th century under what Beijing considers unequal treaties. And Russia was at first wary of China’s “ Belt and Road” initiative, which seemed to compete with its plans for a Eurasian Economic Union. Putin and Xi have parked both issues (they agreed in 2015 to coordinate their Central Asian strategies), but competition could reemerge.

Even when the two countries were allies, in the 1950s, it was an unhappy—because unequal—partnership. When Mao Zedong came to Moscow in December 1949, Stalin kept the leader of newly communist China waiting 17 days for a second meeting, to make clear who was boss. “I came here to do more than eat and shit,” Mao complained bitterly.

Today the imbalance between the two powers has been reversed. China’s economy is six to eight times the size of Russia’s, depending on how it’s measured. “I don’t think a lot is happening” in terms of Chinese business investment, says Bruno Maçães, a senior fellow at Beijing’s Renmin University, who last year spent six months crisscrossing the region’s borders for a new book, The Dawn of Eurasia. In Southeast Asia, small Chinese businesses are highly visible as well as the big state companies, but not in Russia, Maçães says. More Chinese tourists are coming to Moscow, but it’s nothing like the throngs in Paris or New York. Visiting an island in the Amur River, which the governments have touted as a tourism zone, he found “a world from 40 years ago. To visit, I had to go through eight hours of security interviews.”

Russia’s Foreign Investment Advisory Council—chief executive officers from the 50 biggest foreign companies invested in Russia, who meet annually with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev—still has no member from China, says Alexander Ivlev, Ernst & Young LLP’s managing partner for Russia, who coordinates the event. Still, he rattles off a list of projects Putin and Xi have signed and sees his business’s future increasingly tied to China.

Measuring the true scope of Chinese investment in Russia isn’t easy. According to Russia’s central bank, the total as of December 2017 was only $4.5 billion, a misleading figure. (Cyprus, an offshore conduit for investment from around the world, had invested $175 billion.) In a February search of an Interfax database, Kashin found 5,868 companies with Chinese equity operating in Russia, registered everywhere from Moscow to Vladivostok. That’s a higher number than for German companies (although those tend to be bigger and better established).

It may be that the Chinese are coming but are held back by the same adverse conditions deterring other investors: a sluggish economy, a weak currency, sanctions risk, and tight monetary policies that have dried up credit. That was the experience of Yema Group Co., a trading company in Xinjiang province. It set up operations in Russia in 2012 to break into the market for heavy construction machinery, dominated by more expensive European suppliers. Initially, Yema sold about 500 excavators, trucks, and other pieces a year, says Du Xuemei, a spokeswoman. “We withdrew most of our operations team in 2016, because of an economic downturn and the depreciation of the ruble,” says Du, adding that the company wants to return.

Back in Sochi, Fu draws a series of triangles on a piece of paper to show how the relationship between Russia, China, and the U.S. has changed. “This one is going to be shorter and shorter,” she says, running her pen over the line connecting Russia to China. It’s a friendship that wasn’t caused by the U.S., isn’t aimed at it, and won’t end if the U.S. alters its policies, she says. Then the Chinese legislator marks the ever more distant locations for the triangle’s American apex. “The U.S. can be here, here, or here,” she says. “It’s your choice.”With Peter Martin, Dandan Li, and Annmarie Hordern

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A Saudi diplomat yesterday confirmed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the kingdom is investigating the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, adding that those responsible for his death will be prosecuted. President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia Bandar Al Aiban said: “The prosecution initiated the necessary investigations to unveil all the facts, bring all the murderers to justice, and punish those guilty of killing Khashoggi.”


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A Turkish official says Saudi Arabia sent a two-man "clean-up team" to erase evidence of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing a week after he disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, calling it a sign top Saudi officials knew of the crime.


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A candle lit vigil demanding the return of Jamal Khashoggi

Following his brutal murder and the mystery of his remains, Jamal Khashoggi’s sons have begged for his body to be returned to Saudi Arabia so that they are able to hold a burial for him and lay him to rest.

Per NBC News, Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi issued their appeal on Sunday, stating they have been “unable to grieve and deal with the emotional burden” of their father’s untimely death because they haven’t been able to bury him.

“It’s not a normal situation, it’s not a normal death at all. All what we want right now is to bury him,” Salah Khashoggi said. “I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon.”

So far, Khashoggi’s body has yet to be recovered, with Turkish officials claiming that his remains were dissolved in acid after his murder. Saudi authorities have stated they are officially conducting an investigation into the location of his body.

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Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

With news reports in Turkey on Sunday morning claiming that murdered journalist Jamal Khahsoggi’s body had been transported in suitcases from Istanbul, another major news story developing in the Middle East threatens to undo peace in the region, according to BBC.

Sheikh Ali Salman, who is the most important opposition leader in Bahrain, an Islamic country ruled by a royal family not wholly different from Saudi Arabia, has been imprisoned for life after being accused of spying for Qatar.

Middle Eastern allies Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE cut off economic ties with Qatar last year after claiming that the country was funding terrorist groups in collaboration with Iran. Although Qatar denies the claims vigorously, Bahrain’s public prosecutor said that the country intends to overthrow their constitutional order and “colluded” with Sheikh Ali Salman to reach that end.

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Turkish media have reported that staff at Saudi Arabia 's consulate in Istanbul tried to dismantle security cameras to help cover up the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi .
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From Ian:

PMW: "Settlers" kill Palestinians for pleasure - hate speech in official PA daily
The Palestinian Authority regularly demonizes Jews, Israelis, and those who they call "settlers" and accuse them of believing in precisely the hate ideologies the PA itself espouses to its own people.

While accusing Israelis of participating in a religious war, it is Mahmoud Abbas' advisor who has called Israel "Satan's project" and presented the war with Israel as a religious war to destroy Israel and Jews. The PA Mufti, who is appointed by Abbas, has said extermination of Jews is a religious obligation and Islamic destiny.

In Israel, the isolated cases of Israeli terror against Palestinians are punished and condemned. It is the Palestinian Authority under direct instructions of Mahmoud Abbas that rewards murderers of Israelis with high salaries and calls terrorist murderers "stars in the sky of the Palestinian people."

In this op-ed in the official PA daily, the writer projects the PA's own hate ideologies onto what he refers to as Israeli "settlers." They are demonized as inhuman murderers who kill Palestinians for their own pleasure and at the orders of the Israeli government.

Under the headline "The settlers are sacrificing the Palestinians' blood as a sacrifice to Netanyahu," regular columnist for the official PA daily, Muwaffaq Matar, who is also a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and hosts a TV program on Fatah-run Awdah TV, portrayed Israelis living beyond the Green Line as "mass murderers obsessed with bloodshed" who are "directed" and controlled by the Israeli army and government:

"Criminals, mass murderers, obsessed with bloodshed, wild unbridled foreigners, but also directed - these are the settlers, the colonialists, the pawns of the racist regime in Tel Aviv.
[They are] criminals who are being activated by a remote control with dual controls - one in the hands of the heads of the occupation army, and the second in the hands of the heads of the coalition of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government. Both of them are trying to inflict a heavy toll on the Palestinian citizens by means of groups of people devoid of the elements of human nature, who have no connection to the civilized societies other than [their] human form..."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2018]
Petra Marquardt-Bigman: Don’t Be Fooled: The Left Only Cares About Palestinians If It Can Blame Israel
Anyone with even a passing interest in news from the Middle East will know that all over the region, undemocratic and repressive regimes use their security forces to suppress dissent. The Palestinian authorities in Gaza and the West Bank are no exception, as a recently released Human Rights Watch report documents.

Considering that the report is “the result of a two-year investigation,” it is remarkably meager. According to the summary, HRW exposes the “machineries of repression to crush dissent” by showing that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza “routinely arrest people whose peaceful speech displeases them and torture those in their custody.”
Why Israel Is Right To Expel Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir

While this might give the impression that the report focuses exclusively on the abuse of people arrested for “peaceful speech,” there are also chapters that deal with cases of people accused of criminal charges in Gaza and the West Bank.

But what the report leaves out is perhaps more noteworthy than what it covers. A glimpse of what’s missing is provided on page 51, where one sentence suffices to deal with the most egregious abuses:

“Hamas authorities have also carried out 25 executions since they took control in Gaza in June 2017 [sic! Hamas took control in June 2007], including 6 in 2017, following trials that lacked appropriate due process protections and courts in Gaza have sentenced 117 people to death, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.”

In other words, a report that is touted as “the result of a two-year investigation” relies on another human rights organization to provide a one-sentence summary of executions carried out by Hamas. Presumably, two years were too short for the hard-working people at HRW to check their own records, which indicate that Hamas carried out considerably more than “25 executions” since taking power in 2007.

But the appalling sloppiness displayed by HRW when it comes to keeping track of the murderous record of the Islamist terror group that rules Gaza is a telling sign of how little Palestinian human rights matter to HRW when Israel can’t be blamed.

Dore Gold: The Bedouin Encampment of Khan al-Ahmar Violates the Oslo Accords
Khan al-Ahmar is a cluster of Bedouin structures located in the Judean Desert to the east of Jerusalem. This past year this subject has been heating up. It is located on public land and is situated on the main route connecting Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley. Twenty-eight Bedouin families live there. It is too small to really be called a village, so some label it as a hamlet or even other terms. The structures in Khan al-Ahmar were not erected with any sort of building permit, as required by Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank.

Accordingly, demolition orders were issued in 2009. Though the residents turned to the Israeli Supreme Court, in its ruling the Court stated: "there is no dispute that the entire complex was put up in violation of the zoning laws." In the past the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Jewish families living in illegally constructed dwellings needed to be removed, as was the case in Migron (2012), Amona (2017), and Netiv Ha-Avot (2018).

Some Western commentators have fundamentally misunderstood Israel's decision to dismantle Khan al-Ahmar. A New York Times analysis insisted that Israel sought "to make room for the expansion of Jewish settlements." Of course, anyone familiar with the topography of the West Bank, with the map of the West Bank, knows that the Judean Desert is full of empty territory, so that the argument that the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar was required for settlement expansion really rings hollow.




Security agency chief warns of deceptive calm: We foiled 480 major terror attacks this year
The Shin Bet security agency has thwarted 480 ‎Palestinian terrorist attacks so far in 2018, agency ‎Director Nadav Argaman told the Knesset's Foreign ‎Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.‎

The Shin Bet's efforts were a major factor in the ‎defense establishment's ability to maintain the ‎fragile calm between Israel and the Palestinians, ‎especially in Judea and Samaria, Argaman said.‎

‎"The situation in the Palestinian arena has been ‎‎very unstable this year. In the Gaza Strip, we are ‎somewhere between a potential [military] campaign ‎and efforts to ‎stabilize the humanitarian situation," he told the committee.

‎"In Judea and Samaria the situation is very ‎complex ‎as well. Things on the ground are ‎relatively calm, but this calm is deceptive. The ‎situation is actually highly combustible."‎

Argaman continued, "Hamas is constantly trying to launch terrorist attacks in and from Judea and ‎Samaria.

"We were able to prevent 480 major ‎terrorist attacks, stop 590 lone-wolf terrorists and ‎arrest 219 Hamas cells. This indicates that there is ‎a large, clandestine terrorist infrastructure ‎there."

Hamas leaders in Gaza and Turkey are sparing no ‎effort to mastermind terrorist attacks in Judea and ‎Samaria, and similar efforts are being made from ‎‎Lebanon by the Hezbollah terrorist group, Argaman said.
Israel’s Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges
Hezbollah has threatened Israel’s northern border for decades. Today, however, the nature of this threat has become dire, and the risks of escalation real, as Iran continues supplying Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon with game-changing weapons to devastate the Israeli homeland.

When the next conflict erupts between Israel and Hezbollah, its scale and intensity will bear little resemblance to those of recent memory. Hezbollah today is highly competent, adaptable and lethal. Its forces have gained invaluable battlefield experience in Syria and amassed more weaponry than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries, including at least 120,000 rockets and missiles. This is more than all of Europe’s NATO members combined, and ten times as many as when it last went to war with Israel in 2006.

Especially troubling is Hezbollah’s growing arsenal of powerful long-range precision missiles capable of striking targets throughout Israel. Unlike in recent conflicts, Israel’s missile defenses will be incapable of shielding the nation from such a threat. From the outset of conflict, Hezbollah will be able to sustain a launch rate of more than 3,000 missiles per day – as many as Israel faced in the entire 34-day conflict in 2006.

Despite this quantum leap in its capabilities, Hezbollah is under no illusion about its ability to inflict military defeat on Israel. It will not seek victory in the valleys of Lebanon or the skies over Israel, but in the court of public opinion.

To do so, it will use combat operations to lay the groundwork for an information campaign delegitimizing Israel. Two tactics will be central to Hezbollah’s efforts: first, deliberately attacking Israeli civilian population centers to compel an aggressive response by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF); second, illegally exploiting the presence of Lebanese civilians to shield itself from IDF attack.

Hezbollah will then manipulate the inevitable casualties by relying on widespread misperceptions about the true nature of combat operations and how international law (the law of armed conflict, or LOAC) regulates such operations. It will use the inevitable images of civilian suffering in Lebanon to portray Israel’s lawful operations as immoral and illegal. By weaponizing information and the law, Hezbollah will seek to force Israel to halt its self-defense campaign before the IDF can achieve decisive victory.
Netanyahu says ‘occupation is baloney’ if a country is powerful enough – reports
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told lawmakers in his governing Likud party on Monday that powerful countries can occupy territories and transfer populations without consequence, in an apparent reference to ostensible Arab indifference toward Israel’s control over the West Bank.

“Power is the most important [component] of foreign policy. ‘Occupation’ is baloney. There were huge countries that have occupied and transferred populations and no one talks about them,” Netanyahu was quoted by Army Radio as saying Monday, in the closed-door Likud faction meeting. The remarks were also carried by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily on Tuesday morning.

“Power changes everything and it changes our policies vis-a-vis Arab states, and there are other countries on the way,” he reportedly added, apparently referring to states that have covertly expressed interest in forging diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

The prime minister also appeared to reject the notion that Israeli territorial concessions could bring peace, according to additional comments from the meeting published by Yedioth on Tuesday.

“Contrary to the notion that concessions will bring about agreements with the Arabs, concessions will only bring about slight and short-term changes and nothing more,” Netanyahu said, seemingly referring to ceding territory to the Palestinians. “What we need to do is advance [talks] on shared interests with Israel based on technological power.”

Netanyahu’s reported comments came after he visited Oman last month in the first official meeting between the leaders of the countries since 1996.
Netanyahu: 'Occupation is bull'
Speaking at a Likud party meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the demonstration of strength is the most important thing in Israel's foreign policy.

"'Occupation' is bull. There are countries that have conquered and replaced entire populations and the world keeps silent. Strength is the key, it makes all the difference in our policy towards the Arab world."

Netanyahu stressed that concessions are perceived as weakness in the Middle East . "As opposed to the perception that concessions promote agreements with the Arabs, they would only bring minor and short-term changes—nothing more.

"The right thing to do is to make progress through common interests, which are based on technological strength," the premier explained. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Dutch parliament to hold hearing on PA program rewarding terrorism
Prompted by Israel calls to condemn the Palestinian Authority for rewarding terrorism, the Dutch Parliament will host an event later this week to hear from prominent activists who are spreading awareness about the so-called “pay-to-slay” initiative.

Director of the Israel-based nongovernmental organization Palestinian Media Watch Itamar Marcus and terror-attack survivor Kay Wilson will travel to the Hague to address Dutch politicians about the P.A. giving convicted terrorists and their families huge salaries. Marcus and Wilson were invited by Dutch parliament member Joël Voordewind, who invited Marcus and Wilson, and will be chairing the discussion.

The move was endorsed by Yesh Atid Party minister Elazar Stern.

Stern has called on “the Parliament of the Netherlands to send a clear message that the P.A. must stop financially rewarding the terrorists.”

The Netherlands gives more than $14.8 million annually to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that deals with the Palestinian refugee issue. The United States cut its funding to UNRWA in September.

“It is important to update the Dutch Parliament that the P.A. has ignored all resolutions demanding they stop rewarding terror,” said Marcus. “While in some years the P.A. attempted to deceive the international community and conceal the payments, in its 2018 budget, the P.A. openly allocated 1.2 billion shekels [288,000,000 euros] for payments to terrorist prisoners and families of ‘martyrs.’ ”
Minister: Israel might destroy Syrian S-300s, even if manned by Russians
An Israeli cabinet minister has warned that if the Syrians use their recently supplied advanced Russian air defense missiles to bring down Israeli planes over Israeli territory, the launchers would be targeted — even if that means endangering Russian military specialists at the launch sites.

Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is also co-chair of the Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission, told Russian media Monday that it was a “big mistake” for Moscow to supply its ally Syria with the S-300 missile system, because the advanced missiles, which are considered a significant threat to Israeli air power in the area, “might lead to destabilization of the situation.”

Elkin cautioned that “considering the mess” that the Syrian army was in, the Syrians cannot be trusted to operate the equipment correctly and may end up shooting down an “Israeli military or commercial plane over Israeli territory.”

Israel, he noted, reacts to attacks on its territory and aircraft with “practical actions,” which would “undoubtedly take place” against the launchers should Israeli aircraft be hit in Israeli airspace.

“I greatly hope that there would be no Russian military specialists [at the missile launch sites],” he said, stressing that in the past Israel has taken pains to ensure that Russian military personnel are not hurt through its actions in Syria.
Palestinian attempts stabbing attack near Kfar Adumim
A Palestinian woman tried to stab a border police officer by a gas station near the Kfar Adumim settlement on Tuesday, off Route 1, in the West Bank.

Police received a report about a suspicious looking Palestinian woman, who was in a falafel stand in the gas station’s compound and refused to leave.

When border police arrived, the woman, 37, from the Palestinian city of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, left the area and began walking towards the Allon settlement.

Border police called on her to stop and began to approach her, the police spokesperson said.

Instead of stopping, the woman pulled out a pair of scissor from her bag and ran at them, yelling in Arabic.

One officer shot and moderately wounded her. Border police who later searched her bag found a knife inside it.

The woman was transported to the Hadassah Medical Center at Mt. Scopus.
IDF to partially demolish home of Barkan attacker
The IDF has ordered the partial demolition of the home of the terrorist responsible for the deadly shooting attack in the Barkan industrial zone last month.

On Tuesday, the Head of the IDF’s Central Command, Maj.-Gen. Nadav Padan issued the demolition orders for two stories of the home where Naalwa lived in the West Bank village of Shweika near Tulkarem.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the order was signed after a request was made by the attacker’s family against the demolition order was rejected.

Nevertheless the home will remain partially intact, with the demolition to be limited to basement and ground floor of the building.

In early October 23 year-old Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa shot dead Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Ha’ayin, and Ziv Hagbi, 35, from Rishon Lezion. He also is suspected of shooting a third woman, seriously injuring her.
Israel steps up effort to block PA activities in Jerusalem
Israeli security forces on Sunday searched the offices of the PA’s Jerusalem Affairs Ministry in Dahiyat al-Barid, a West Bank village located north of Jerusalem.

Palestinians said that IDF soldiers and security officers confiscated many documents and computers. Several employees were summoned for questioning at Jerusalem police headquarters.

The raid on the offices of the PA ministry, which also includes the headquarters of the PA “Governorate of Jerusalem,” came in the context of Israel’s efforts to enforce a law that bans the PA from operating inside the country.

Israel says that the Palestinians had been acting in violation of the Law for the Implementation of the Agreement on the Gaza Strip and Jericho Area – Restriction on Activity – 1994, which prevents the PA from carrying out political, governmental or similar activity within the area of the State of Israel, including in east Jerusalem.

In recent months, however, the PA has increased its activities in east Jerusalem, prompting Israeli authorities, to take a number of measures to combat the phenomenon. The measures include, among other things, the arrest of scores of PA-affiliated activists and officials in east Jerusalem and the ban of dozens of events organized by the PA and other Palestinian political groups.
The unsung hero of the fight against Gaza arson terrorism
Yassin Abu Sidra, 24, stands at the top of an 18-meters-high tower on the border of the Gaza Strip, near Kibbutz Be'eri, and scans the area from morning till nightfall looking for fires.

Since the Palestinians began flying incendiary balloons and kites into Israel some seven months ago, this has been his mission.

Abu Sidra, a lookout for Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), is the first to spot the incendiary balloons and kites and helps preventing the fire from spreading by sending firefighting forces to the scene.

This job requires him to constantly be on alert. In recent months, he hasn't had a moment's rest. From the top of the observation tower he can see the Be'eri Forest, the Kissufim Forest, the Shokeda Forest and the farmland of the Israeli communities by the border.

He has already spotted hundreds of incendiary balloons and kites and directed firefighting forces to where they landed.

"There were days of 30-40 fires a day," Abu Sidra says. "The firefighting forces ran from one scene to the next, rushing to get there to prevent the spread of the fire."
Hamas demands tax on Palestinian goods passing through Kerem Shalom: report
Hamas on Tuesday morning was reportedly demanding Palestinian merchants and business owners pay an extra 30 NIS for all goods passing through Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel.

The added tax is causing delays in the movement of goods and fuel, Walla reported.

Palestinians in the blockaded enclave are protesting the tax implemented by Hamas, the Islamist government of the Gaza Strip, the report added.
IsraellyCool: “Iconic” Shirtless Palestinian Rioter Reportedly Injured. The Photos Tell a Different Story
According to some reports, “Triple A” A’ed Abu Amro – otherwise known as shirtless terrorist who George Takei crushed on – has been shot.

Multiple reports from Gaza say that the 20-year-old protester photographed last month with a slingshot and a Palestinian flag was among those injured by Israeli troops in the most recent protests.

A’ed Abu Amro was among those injured by Israeli sniper fire on Monday, according to multiple activists and journalists reporting from the area. Photos show him being carried away on a stretcher.

Abu Amro appears to have been shot in the leg and is recovering at a Gaza hospital.


Except the photos of him on the stretcher seem to tell a different story – perhaps phasers were set to stun


In other words, just like everything else about this “protester” and the cause he represents, it seems to be a lie.
Egypt Considers Banning The Burqa As Part Of Anti-Extremism Campaign
Egypt is discussing a new draft law that would prevent women from wearing a burqa (nikab) in public spaces as part of a government campaign against extremist interpretations of Islam. The burqa, used mainly in Islamic cultures, is the veil that covers a woman’s entire face except for the eyes.

On Saturday, Ghada Ajami, a lawmaker, submitted a bill in the Egyptian parliament calling for a fine of 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($56) for women who defy the proposed ban. The fine would double for repeat offenders.

Ajami stressed to the press that the purpose of the bill is “to support the state’s efforts in fighting terrorism.”

A copy of the draft bill obtained by The Media Line states that the burqa would be prohibited in Egyptian public spaces “at any time and under any circumstances.”

Public spaces would include hospitals, health clinics, schools, cinemas, theaters, public libraries, museums, and government buildings, among others.

Ahmad Sharbini, an Egyptian political analyst, told The Media Line that “Egypt is going through a period of instability because of radical Islamic groups operating within the country,” adding that the burqa creates a security problem as “many male and female terrorists use it to hide their identities or sneak into places.
Egypt nixes Brazilian FM's visit as embassy relocation plans sour ties
Egypt has postponed a visit by Brazil's top diplomat, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Diplomatic sources said decision followed President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's vow to relocate the Brazilian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira had been set to fly to Cairo for a three-day visit from Nov. 8 to 11 that was to have included meetings with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

But Cairo postponed the trip, citing problems with senior officials' agendas, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said onday. Ministry insiders said no new date has been proposed, signaling Egypt's discontent with Bolsonaro's proposal.

Behind the scenes, Egyptian officials said Cairo was deeply displeased with Bolsonaro's promise, which breaks with longstanding Brazilian foreign policy in support of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

The Egyptian Embassy in Brasilia was unavailable for comment.


Saudi Arabia prepares to build first nuclear research reactor
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday laid the foundation stone for the kingdom’s first nuclear research reactor, state media said, as the kingdom seeks to diversify its energy mix.

The reactor was among seven projects launched by the prince during a visit to Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

SPA offered no details on when the research or non-power reactor — typically used for research, development and education purposes — would be built and at what cost.

Saudi Arabia currently draws on oil and natural gas to meet its own fast-growing power demand and desalinate its water.

The world’s top crude exporter harbors plans to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next two decades for $80 billion as it seeks to diversify, despite concerns over nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

Prince Mohammed said in March that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will do so too.
Iran says US will ‘regret’ renewed sanctions, vows Tehran won’t cave to pressure
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to YouTube on Tuesday to dismiss US sanctions and Washington’s demands of change from Tehran as “absurd, unlawful and fundamentally flawed” and maintained the Trump administration would come to “regret this unwise move.”

“The US administration appears to believe that imposing draconian sanctions on Iran will bring about such pain to our nation that it will force us to submit to its will,” Zarif said in a video message, posted in English and Persian.

“We have weathered difficult times in the face of 40 years of American hostility relying solely on our own resources, and today we and our partners across the globe will ensure that our people are least affected by this indiscriminate assault,” he said.

Washington’s decision to scrap the multi-nation nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions — with the last tranche hitting on Monday — was “pushing it further into global isolation,” Zarif claimed.
Did Trump Blink on Iran Sanctions?
When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal in May of this year, he vowed that America would re-impose all the sanctions on Tehran that had been lifted by the pact championed by President Barack Obama.

That promise will be kept on November 5, as a deadline is reached for nations that need to cease importing Iranian goods or face serious financial penalties. It will impose sanctions on more than 700 businesses, government agencies, and individuals in Iran involved in oil, banking, shipping, shipbuilding, and insurance. That will tighten the noose that has been gradually choking the Iranian economy since Trump took office and began the process of dismantling his predecessor’s pact.

But there are two key elements of the announcement made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that are troubling to those who have been applauding the president’s intentions to scrap a deal that enriched and empowered an enemy nation bent on hegemony in the Middle East, and failed to end the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon. Far from being a sweeping ban on trade with Iran, the new sanctions keep open some significant loopholes.

One is that the administration has granted an exemption to eight unidentified countries, allowing them to continue to do business with Iran. One is believed to be India, a major trading partner of Tehran.

Also notably absent from the announcement was any mention of America’s determination to ensure that any nation or entity that conducts business with Iran will be cut off from the US-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication or SWIFT, which facilitates international transactions. If it had been included in the sanctions, that would essentially compel anyone interested in commerce with Iran to choose between money to be made with Iran or being able to do business in the United States, as well as any other entity that has interactions with US banks. That would have imposed a blanket of complete isolation on Iran.

What happened?
US permits activity at 3 Iran nuclear sites, even as sanctions renewed
The United States said Monday it was issuing waivers to allow the continuation of a nuclear deal with Iran, after declaring the agreement a disaster and slapping sweeping sanctions.

Hours after sanctions went into effect that ban most trade with Iran, the State Department said it was exempting projects set up through the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated under former president Barack Obama.

The international activities at Bushehr, Iran’s only nuclear power station, as well as the Fordow enrichment plant and the Arak heavy water reactor will be allowed “to continue under the strictest scrutiny to ensure transparency and maintain constraints on Iran,” the State Department said in a statement.

“This oversight enhances our ability to constrain Iran’s program and keep pressure on the regime while we pursue a new, stronger deal,” it said.

The State Department said the waivers were “temporary,” without specifying a timeframe, and “conditional on the cooperation of the various stakeholders.”

The 2015 agreement promised that world powers would assist Iran in developing civilian nuclear energy — the clerical regime’s stated goal for its atomic program.
EU struggles to find host for new Iran trade mechanism
The European Union has so far failed to find a country to host a special mechanism to trade with Iran and circumvent the newly reimposed U.S. sanctions that went into effect Monday, according to three EU diplomats, who said European governments fear being targeted by U.S. countermeasures.

The EU on Monday reissued its Nov. 2 statement, saying it was still setting up the so-called "special purpose vehicle," or SPV, which is designed to circumvent the sanctions.

The EU, which opposes the sanctions, had hoped to have the SPV ready by the time the sanctions came into force.

However, no EU country has so far volunteered to host the entity, the diplomats said. Several states have been asked by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to consider hosting the SPV headquarters, as the bloc tries to uphold the nuclear accord from which U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in May.

While the European Commission declined to comment on Monday, European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that "the European Union does not approve" of the reimposition of U.S. sanctions, which were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Erdogan: US Iran sanctions are aimed at ‘upsetting global balance’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at new sanctions on Iran imposed by the administration of US President Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at upsetting the global balance and against international law.

Washington on Monday renewed sanctions on the Islamic republic that aim to isolate the country’s banking sector and slash its oil exports. Turkey was one of eight countries exempted from the demand to stop buying Iranian oil.

“We don’t find the (Iran) sanctions appropriate,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

“Because to us, they are aimed at upsetting the global balance,” he added. “They are against international law and diplomacy. We don’t want to live in an imperial world.”

Erdogan’s comments came after his Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that isolating Iran was “dangerous.”
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem: The Iranian Regime Protects Itself
As the new round of sanctions against the Iranian regime goes into effect, regime officials are lying about the targets and consequences. The sanctions exempt humanitarian goods such as medicine and food, but the regime chooses to allow suffering among its people for political and financial purposes.






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Amid furor over the disappearance and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia gave a verbal reminder of its power over oil markets. But using that weapon could hurt the kingdom itself the most.  Reported by Christian Science Monitor 3 hours ago.
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Saudi Arabia’s bourse inched up 0.1 per cent to 7,812 points yesterday, with Riyad Bank rising 1.1 per cent and Arabian Cement increasing 6.5 per cent despite posting a drop in its third-quarter profit. Saudi Vitrified Clay Pipe jumped 8.3 per cent...
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@ Jovi Ramirez: First, you don't get to tell me what I am or am not. I get to do that. Second, you don't understand a thing about Iran. Yes, the Grand Ayatollah determines foreign policy. But he does not hold absolute power. He does not determine domestic policy. As for Israel, yeah it's pretty autocratic. Democracy is either dead or dying (or never was). As for whether I "support" Iran. Again, you've got it wrong. I don't support individual governments generally and certainly don't "support" the current Iranian regime any more than I support the current Israeli regime. I support justice, tolerance, and morality. I support them when I see these values in the actions of people and policies of governments. And when two governments are at war with each other I'll criticize the one which has the worst record or causes the most damage. In this case, Israel. That doesn't mean I'm not critical of Iran. Of course, I do not support its approach to LGBT or women in general. I don't support foreign adventures, except when the other side is causing more damage with its own adventures. <blockquote>a country which is openly calling for the non peaceful solution of the destruction of Israel,</blockquote> A lie disproven here and many other places. A lie you've repeated for the millionth time. But still a lie. As for a country that is a "terrorist state." I'd suggest you look in your zio-mirror. If you can actually see anything, you'll see a zio-warrior for a terrorist state. And as for "warmongers," that would be your pals, those Israeli pols itching to drop their payloads on Tehran. As for "agendas," mine is transparent, as is yours. I can feel a hasbaroid coming on. But who knew they employed your ilk in Spain. That's a new one on me. Read the comment rules and don't violate them. I will be monitoring you.
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Authorities in Saudi Arabia have released the brother of a billionaire prince who was in detention for 11 months, according to social media posts by his immediate family.
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Louis Farrakhan caught chanting 'death to America' in Iran
Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan was caught chanting “Death to America!” in Iran this weekend, according to local Iranian news sources.

He also led a chant of “Death to Israel!”
Farrakhan was visiting Iran ahead of the renewal of U.S. sanctions against the country at midnight on November 5.
Breitbart.com reports: The renewed sanctions are the result of the American withdrawal from the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, which purported to prevent Iran’s development of nuclear weapons but merely delated it.
The Algemeiner, a Jewish community newspaper based in the U.S., reported on Farrakhan’s visit, citing reports in the Iranian media.
The “semi-official state news agency” Mehr reported:
Louis Farrakhan made the remarks in a meeting with the Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei in Tehran on Sunday, during which he also called the United States a big liar.
Farrakhan expressed happiness with his visit to Iran, saying the goal of his visit is to demonstrate real friendship with Iran.
Meanwhile, he said that the Americans have always been plotting against Iran and are seeking to create an internal enemy in Iran.
“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” he asserted.
Mehr also reported that Farrakhan criticized the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia and the U.S.-led war on the Ghadafi regime in Libya in 2011.
The Algemeiner also cited the IRIB news outlet, whose report is available through Google Translate. According to IRIB, Farrakhan delivered remarks to students at the University of Tehran:
Pointing to women’s freedoms in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Muslim Muslim leader said: “In the Islamic Revolution of Iran, men are alongside women and women are free to reach the ultimate level of their talent.”
He said that the United States and Israel are one of the most feared countries in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and if we do not resist them, we will leave nothing but death and destruction for our children.
The Muslim leader of the United States, in the end, stressed: Make a promise of self-striving to strengthen the interest of Muslims.
He then spoke the phrase “Death to America” ​​in Farsi, and a number of students also accompanied him.
Video of Farrakhan’s appearance circulated on social media:
Here is video of @LouisFarrakhan in Iran saying “Death to Israel!” in Farsi with a smile on his face.
The Jerusalem Post also cited Farrakhan as comparing President Donald Trump to Satan during his Iran visit.
In 2005, the Congressional Black Caucus met with Farrakhan — whose racist and antisemitic views have been well known for decades. At that meeting, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) interacted with Farrakhan and posed for a photograph with him. The photograph (above) was deliberately suppressed until 2018 to avoid damaging Obama’s political career.

Last month, Farrakhan posted a video of a recent sermon to Twitter in which he referred to Jews as “termites.” Leaders of the Women’s March, an anti-Trump organization aligned with the Democratic Party, are unapologetic about their ties to Farrakhan.

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Amid worsening ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s previous tensions with the U.S., which only months ago looked intractable, appear to be easing. This upswing reflects Turkey’s comfort with its Western ties and a tactical play against its rival in Riyadh.

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          Some Saudis want to boycott Amazon in response to The Washington Post's coverage of Jamal Khashoggi's murder      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Saudis are calling for a boycott of Amazon and its regional subsidiary, Souq.com, in response to The Washington Post's coverage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
  • Thousands of people on Twitter in Saudi Arabia echoed those calls for a boycott in order to jab Jeff Bezos, who owns The Post and is the founder and biggest shareholder in Amazon.
  • People were apparently angry about The Post's ongoing coverage of Khashoggi's murder, viewing it as an attack on the kingdom.

Saudis are calling for a boycott of Amazon and its regional subsidiary, Souq.com, in response to The Washington Post's coverage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

Thousands of people on Twitter in Saudi Arabia echoed those calls for a boycott in order to jab Jeff Bezos, who owns The Post and is the founder and biggest shareholder in Amazon.

Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last month, was a columnist at The Post.

"Boycott Amazon" was the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Saudi Arabia for several hours Sunday, according to Bloomberg.

Users appeared to be angry at The Post's ongoing coverage of Khashoggi's murder, viewing it as an attack on their kingdom's policies.

Many were notably upset by a recent op-ed from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who blasted Saudi officials for trying to "cover up" Khashoggi's killing.

Read more: Jamal Khashoggi's sons gave an emotional plea for the return of their father's remains in their first interview since his death

The Post's editorial board has repeatedly called for transparency in the investigations surrounding Khashoggi's October death and has published gruesome details about the murder citing information from Turkish officials.

While Saudi Arabia’s description of what happened to the 59-year-old has shifted several times, Turkish authorities said he was strangled shortly after he entered the consulate and his body was dismembered. The Post previously reported that Turkish officials were pursuing a theory that Khashoggi’s remains were dissolved in acid in the consulate or at the nearby consul general’s home.

His remains have not been recovered.

Saudi users shared videos and photos of themselves deleting the Amazon and Souq applications from their phones.

Some also posted about canceling their Amazon or Souq accounts. Influential users referred to Western media coverage of Khashoggi's case as a "media war," Bloomberg reported, while other tweets appeared to be automated or copied and pasted.

Some users mocked the boycott campaign against Amazon, which recently became the second US company to achieve a $1 trillion market cap.

The Post cited an anonymous Turkish official as saying authorities found biological evidence in the consulate garden that supported the theory.

“Khashoggi’s body was not in need of burying,” the official said, according to The Post.

Earlier theories floated that Khashoggi’s body was wrapped up in some kind of fabric and given to a local Turkish coconspirator.

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Masayoshi Son is reaping the rewards with new quarterly profits that far exceeded analyst estimates, but he also is feeling the heat as commentators criticise SoftBank’s close ties to Saudi Arabia.

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TOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son denounced Monday the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but defended the Japanese technology giant's investment fund, which includes Saudi money, as work that needs to be finished.

Speaking at an earnings news conference, Son called the death an attack on "a precious life but also on journalism and the freedom of speech."

Son is partnering with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and about half of his $100 billion Vision Fund, established in 2016, comes from the kingdom. The fund has been investing in various companies, solar projects and artificial intelligence.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, although details are still unclear.

"It is a reality a horrible act has happened. But we cannot just turn our backs on our work," Son said. He said the investment in his fund came from the Saudi "people."

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needed to get married. His Turkish fiancee was waiting for him outside. A critic of the Saudi crown prince, Khashoggi had been living in exile in the United States.

Son said he met with the prince and other Saudi officials during a recent visit and urged a thorough investigation. He said he prince had expressed concern about the killing.

The Japanese tycoon said nothing has been decided about a planned second phase for the Vision Fund, pending the results of the investigation.

"It is too early to say and we need to approach this cautiously," he said.

SoftBank reported July-September profit of 542.6 billion yen ($4.8 billion), up almost five-fold from the previous year, helped by better results at U.S. wireless Sprint and British IoT company ARM.

Quarterly sales rose 7 percent to 2.38 trillion yen ($21.1 billion).

SoftBank's sprawling empire of technology investments encompasses telecommunications, financial-technology, solar energy, ride-booking services and the Pepper companion robot.

It also has stakes in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and in Uber.

Son had not commented earlier on Khashoggi's death. He started his news conference by addressing the killing, appearing more somber than usual.

But after the first few minutes, he switched the subject to the Japan Series win by the company's professional baseball team, the SoftBank Hawks.

"I want to express my gratitude, especially to the fans," he said.

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Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

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Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

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(Arab News-Saudi Arabia) Dr. Ellen R. Wald - Gulf countries who choose to work with Israel could gain an advantage over those who do not. After all, Israel has the Middle East's most dynamic economy, best higher education system and a cultural experience that aligns easily with the rest of the region. As Egypt, Jordan and other groups have benefited from relationships with Israel, Gulf countries could find even more opportunities. In the last seven years the number of Arab students at Israeli universities has grown by 78.5%, according to Israel's Council for Higher Education. Today, 16.1% of students at Israeli universities are Arab. The writer teaches Middle East history and policy at Jacksonville University.
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Election Day is finally here. I'll be so glad to be done with campaign ads ruining watching Jeopardy for me. I'll be glad to stop getting tweets from the RNC begging me for money and the unsolicited phone calls urging us to go out and vote. I'll be glad to have real results rather than guesses based on polling that is based on guesses as to who will turn out to vote. I'll be glad to stop reading all the tea-leaf reading on who turned out for early voting when we don't know how these people are voting, particularly the independents. The news tonight might be good or bad for Republicans, but most likely it will be mixed. But I suspect that there may be some disappointing results in some of these races. I hate the idea that certain really rather repellent candidates such as Keith Ellison, Bob Menendez, or Kyrsten Sinema might win. I would hate to see Mia Love be defeated. I can't stand the way that Andrew Gillum has cried racism any time he's been criticized. And I can't stand the phoniness of Beto O'Rourke. So there are a lot of depressing results that I'm anticipating.

And to pile disappointments upon disappointments, all the experts are predicting that Kentucky will defeat Duke tonight. That's the result I'm most interested in. I don't know if I'm ready for such a depressing evening.


This is extremely creepy.
My dentist, a registered Republican, did not vote in the last midterm elections, in 2014.

But the owner of my local bookstore, a registered Democrat, did vote then. So did my accountant, who is not registered with either party.

I know these details not because the dentist, the bookseller and the accountant volunteered to share their voting histories with me. I found out from VoteWithMe and OutVote, two new political apps that are trying to use peer pressure to get people to vote Tuesday.

The apps are to elections what Zillow is to real estate — services that pull public information from government records, repackage it for consumer viewing and make it available at the touch of a smartphone button. But instead of giving you a peek at house prices, VoteWithMe and OutVote let you snoop on which of your friends voted in past elections and their party affiliations — and then prod them to go to the polls by sending them scripted messages like “You gonna vote?”
Just because something is possible to do technologically doesn't mean it's a good idea. This is a bit reminiscent of China's social credit system in which people are ranked by their behavior, what they purchase, whom their friends are. People are already getting blocked from buying plane ticket for being bad passengers.
The eventual system will punish bad passengers specifically. Potential misdeeds include trying to ride with no ticket, loitering in front of boarding gates, or smoking in no-smoking areas.
The difference is that, in China, it is the government exacting penalties against people for undesired behavior. These apps are allowing people to be the ones to embarrass their neighbors and acquaintances. If anyone tried this with me, I would be so very irritated. It's bad enough that the parties know who has and hasn't voted in recent elections and target us accordingly. I dread seeing a time when other people start taking it upon themselves to butt into other people's political privacy.

The app did expose some liberal hypocrisy.
But what’s really amusing is that the NYT accidentally outed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a non-voter in the 2014 and 2016 elections:
They also reported that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat running for the House, did not vote in the last midterm elections in 2014. Nor did Alyssa Milano, an actress and activist who recently posted a video on Twitter urging her followers to vote.
So Dem Governor Andrew Cuomo disenfranchise her?

A spokesman for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said that she was purged from the New York voter rolls in 2016 and that he was looking into 2014....

Oh, and the Dem-leaning apps were caught collecting info that they didn’t need to actually accomplish the purpose of the app:
By inspecting data that the apps harvested from our contacts, The Times also found that they took more personal data than required to match voters — such as the workplace and email address of Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican.
After queries from The Times, VoteWithMe and OutVote each said they had eliminated some types of data that their apps were harvesting. In subsequent testing last week, The Times found that VoteWithMe no longer collected email addresses, street names and numbers, or company names. But OutVote continued to do so. Mr. Makiya of OutVote said the app had stopped collecting social profile data but needed the email addresses to match voter files.
Busted.


And Democrats are already using the information to threaten remind people about voting.
Democratic candidate Scott Wallace, who is running against incumbent Republican representative Brian Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania's toss-up 1st Congressional District, is distributing door hangers in the area that oddly inform voters that "who you vote for is private, but whether or not you vote is public record" and adding that the campaign "can't wait to see that you voted on November 6!"

The door hangers used by the Wallace campaign were posted to Twitter by Albert Eisenberg, a digital and communications professional in the Philadelphia region. Eisenberg is working with the American Unity PAC, a pro-LGBT conservative committee.


Yes, yes it is creepy.

Tom Rogan explains why socialists will have trouble achieving their dreams. It's too easy for corporations to move out of countries that adopt such policies.
As the growth of technological innovation and the tech sector per se makes it easier for businesses to maintain strong market access regardless of their tax domicile, businesses will have ever increasing means of avoiding high tax domiciles. This is especially problematic for left-wing movements in Western democracies, where government policies are ultimately accountable to electorates in elections. After all, politicians like Corbyn and Bernie Sanders budget for their massive spending by positing on the foundation of imposing much higher corporation taxes. But if they can’t tax businesses without pushing those businesses abroad, they’ll be unable to collect the revenue they need to pay for their other spending priorities, and they’ll invite increasing unemployment. That's a recipe for losing elections.
It's as if people respond to incentives and disincentives. Who could have predicted that?


All the Democrats who have spent the past years cozying up to Louis Farrakhan should have to answer questions about this most recent outrage.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan led chants of “death to America” on Sunday and derided American conceptions of democracy and freedom during a visit to Iran, planned as a show of support for the regime ahead of the re-implementation of U.S. sanctions.

Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who has been embraced by prominent liberal activists and lawmakers, railed against American policymakers for harassing the Iranian people and siding with Saudi Arabia in its proxy war with Iran in Yemen.

“I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” he said during a meeting with the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, according to state-owned news agency Mehr. “Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while God tells us in the Quran to be united.”

During a subsequent speaking appearance at the University of Tehran law school, Farrakhan mocked America’s founding ideals while praising the Islamic conception of women’s rights and Iran’s strict enforcement of female modesty.

“America has never been a democracy and has always leaned towards the wealthy and powerful class,” he said before leading the law students in chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.”

Farrakhan, who recently referred to Jews as “termites,” has been lauded by Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory as the “GOAT” or Greatest of All Time. Linda Sarsour, Mallory’s fellow Women’s March leader, has also praised Farrakhan on multiple occasions and has refused to condemn his anti-Semitism.

Asked about his relationship with Farrakhan, Representative Danny Davis (D., Ill.) said “I don’t regard Louis Farrakhan as an aberration or anything, I regard him as an outstanding human being who commands a following of individuals who are learned and articulate and he plays a big role in the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people.”

Representative Keith Ellison(D., Minn.), who is now running to be Minnesota’s attorney general, has met privately with Farrakhan on multiple occasions. Then-senator Barack Obama’s 2005 meeting with Farrakhan was captured in a recently released photograph.


Karol Markowicz advises people not to join the Women's March unless you're comfortable with anti-Semitism.
Linda Sarsour is one of the leaders. Articles soon sprang up about terrible comments she made: She supported the radical Muslim Brotherhood. She praised Sharia law, which, among other things, includes second-class status for women. She was open about her fandom of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.

In 2012, she tweeted: “When we write the history of Islam in America, the Nation of #Islam is an integral part of that history.”

Perhaps she didn’t know Farrakhan said “Hitler was a very great man” in a 1984 speech or that in 1985 he warned Jews: “And don’t you forget, when it’s God who puts you in the ovens, it’s forever!”

Maybe she was ignorant of his 1996 remark about “fake Jews,” that is, Jews who disapprove of his anti-Semitic comments: “You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the US government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell.”

People change, goes the argument, and comments Sarsour made were several years ago, before she became a high-profile political figure on the left. Perhaps she’s more responsible now.

But in September, Sarsour said American Muslims shouldn’t “humanize” Israelis. There was no overwhelming response from the left to remind her that Israelis are actually human. American Jews who ignore this hatred are fooling themselves. Anti-Semitism is specifically about dehumanizing Jews until their murder makes sense.

In July, she tweeted birthday wishes at a fugitive cop-killer. This is not a woman who has done a lot of introspection and changed her views. Why stand with her?

Then there’s Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory. In a February 2018 speech, Farrakhan said, “Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men. White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”

Mallory attended the speech. She once posted a picture of herself embraced by Farrakhan, referring to him as “the GOAT” (Greatest Of All Time). So when she pointedly refused to condemn Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT comments after being asked, it was no surprise....

Why march with such women? And note: While “Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women” are all specifically mentioned in the “Unity Principles,” Jewish women are not. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attacks account for more than half of all hate crimes in the US. Maybe it’s not a coincidence.

Make no mistake: These aren’t comments made years ago; they’re happening now. Just last May, Mallory praised the “bravery” of Hamas terrorists. Two weeks ago, Farrakhan compared Jews to termites.

Some marchers think they can find common ground with these women. That’s misguided. A conservative marching alongside white nationalist Richard Spencer, because they both happen to agree on, say, economic issues, would rightly be pilloried. This should be no different.
This is so true. Don't provide support for such ugliness.


Jay Cost examines how Congressional elections have come to be about the president whose name is not on the ballot. It's all rather strange given that the Founders thought the Legislative Branch should be the preeminent branch.
What we have then is a series of institutional devices that all cut in the same direction: Congress is free from presidential interference, but the president is not free from congressional interference. So why is it that the president is so influential in congressional elections? Put simply, that is what the people want.

Just as the president is forbidden from interfering with Congress, so also is the Congress prohibited from interfering with public opinion. That is the essence of the First Amendment, which guarantees the rights of conscience, speech, press, assembly, and petition, all building blocks of public opinion. Congress is the most powerful branch of the government, and the people are guaranteed sovereignty over Congress.

Starting with the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the president came to be the dominant figure in American public life. This tendency waxed and waned over the 19th century, but the rise of mass communications and the growth of federal power during the 20th century created the mammoth executive office that now exists. The president draws the attention of the people toward him and away from Congress, the courts, and the states. So even though Congress remains at the center of constitutional government, it is the president who dominates public opinion.

It is in this way that the president can influence Congress so enormously. He does not do so directly, for the constitutional safeguards are basically insurmountable. Rather, he influences Congress through the people, who do have direct control over Congress.

Is this a good way to organize public affairs? I think not. The plain fact is that the president does not have the constitutional power that the people assume that he does. The Framers were far too Whiggish to give the president any kind of authority approaching that of a king. Real change in public policy comes inevitably through Congress, and Congress alone. If we want our government to function better, we should do the work of evaluating members of Congress more carefully, rather than using congressional elections as a proxy vote on our opinion of the president.


Ed Morrissey is also pondering the problem that a narrow Democratic victory in the House would present Democrats.
Ironically, the most paralyzing outcome for progressives may be a narrow Democratic majority in the House, of ten seats or fewer, with Pelosi in charge. They will have won that majority in part by recruiting and appealing to moderates in Trump country, which will make it more difficult to get the progressive agenda passed in the House — and it will go nowhere in a Republican-controlled Senate. Two years of failure, added to fanatical anti-Trump recriminations, will undermine their message in the next cycle, making it tougher to hold that majority especially if Democrats really turn on the progressive jets in the next presidential cycle. It won’t be fun for Republicans, mind you, but it might be a longer-term headache for Democrats to just barely eke out a win in the House.
Of course, the same would be true if the Republicans narrowly keep the House.















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"The U.S. Backs the Mideast's Most Reactionary Nation." It also backs Saudi Arabia.
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Time for the US to bring democracy to Saudi Arabia. 80% of the Saudi population will be happy, the rest of the World will cheer and America will have all the oil. Everyone hates the Saudi's why has no one figured that out? NO FRIENDS! They are complete douche bags, go get em.
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The article states the obvious but does not offer any solution. That MBS' hands have blood on them is a fact. Trump should think what he would do if it were Iran accused of this shameful murder and act on it. He should demand, as a minimum, the removal of MBS. No War support unless that is done. War on Yemen will automatically scale down and eventually end. Saudis will always be under US control, no matter what. I know, I have been there. It is not Saudi Arabia that Trump is afraid of, it is Israel. Israel needs Saudi Arabia and MBS is doing Israel's bidding. Hence Netanyahu bragging that he told Trump to give MBS pass on this murder. Time for talk is long over. It is time for US, President and the Congress to act. Where is Lindsay Graham? All of a sudden there is total silence.
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There are too many cooks in the kitchen, yet the Near East needs a credible leadership. Saudis Arabia is a young state with no significant statehood background; since 16th century, the Near East has always been under “Custody or Protectora” of a major power, be it the Ottoman Empire, British, or American - like Israel, Saudis Arabia is an immature state that recklessly being enabled by the western powers for their own selfish interests, as such, today, the Saudi Government is a mirror image of its Young Prince (MBS) - i.e. a spoiled young brad, overly ambitious beyond his intellectual capacity who needs direct supervision in the running of the state’s affairs. Ironically, so do the United States; because there’s no competent leadership in the Oval Office either; a 72 years old “Playboy President” with his spoiled children, surrendered by a bunch of old advisors from 1970’s who believe in brute military force as opposed to intelligent diplomacy; these guys are leading the U.S into a New Cold War with Russia while crushing any middle eastern nation who dare to defy the U.S. policy in the region. There are simply too many incompetent cooks in the kitchen, yet, the Near East needs a regional leadership; too many new states and too many novice figures at the helms; Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait - all these new states are the product of British and French colonial interference which had led to the broken Near East today and the U.S. follow suit. Perhaps regional powers should be left to assume their own responsibilities - perhaps an alliance between Turkey and Iran could bring some stability to the region, just as it did in Syria. Ironically, President Erdogan’s plan for the “New Ottoman Empire” doesn't seem to be such bad idea after all.
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Four hours ago.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46087058 Saudi Arabia frees Prince Khaled bin Talal after months of detention. A Saudi prince arrested for criticising a crackdown on corruption is reported to have been freed from detention. Relatives of Prince Khaled bin Talal shared pictures on social media, purportedly taken this weekend, showing the prince greeting his family.The prince, who was held for nearly a year, is a nephew of King Salman. Prince Khaled's brother, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was among dozens of princes and other senior figures held in a corruption drive late last year. The latest move comes amid intense pressure on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Red Sea Gateway Terminal, one of three operators located at Saudi Arabia’s leading west-coast gateway to Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP), expects to see volume at its 2.5 million teu capacity facility to rise by 18%.
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Yemeni Forces Kill, Arrest Dozens of Saudi-led Mercenaries in Al-Baydaa: Military Spokesman
November 5, 2018
The Yemeni army and popular committees managed to kill, injure or arrest scores of the Saudi-led mercenaries after carrying out a special operation against their sites in the central province of Al-Baydaa, according to a military spokesman.
General Yehya Saree’a added that the Yemeni army and popular committees destroyed and seized a large number of vehicles for the mercenaries during the operation which claimed major commanders among the Saudi-led forces.
Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.
However, the allied forces of the Yemeni army and popular committees established by Ansarullah revolutionaries have been heroically confronting the aggression with all means, inflicting huge losses upon Saudi-led forces.
The Saudi-led coalition – which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait – has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country’s ports and airports as a part of the aggression.

Yemeni Forces Repel Saudi-led Renewed Offensive on Hodeidah

November 5, 2018
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Yemeni forces managed to repel a wide-scale offensive by the Saudi-led coalition on the port city of Hodeidah, inflicting losses upon the aggression forces on Sunday.
Spokesman of Yemeni armed forces Brigadier General Yehya Sarih said that aggression forces were inflicted heavy losses in the last 24 hours, noting that the number of those killed in the foiled offensive surpassed 200.
Dozens of vehicles were also destroyed by the Yemeni forces, Sarih said, pointing out to the intensified strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.
The Saudi-led warplanes waged more than 65 airstrikes on al-Mandhar, Hodeidah airport, Killo-16 in al-Duraihmi district, Yemeni media reported.
“Committed to Escalation”
On Monday, the Saudi-led coalition claimed it was “committed to de-escalating hostilities” in the Arab impoverished country.
“The coalition is committed to de-escalating hostilities in Yemen and is strongly supportive of the UN envoy’s political process,” a source in the Saudi-led coalition told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The coalition’s remarks come few days after US officials were talking about halting the war on Yemen.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the US had been watching the conflict “for long enough,” and that he believed Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “ready” for talks.
Mattis’ call was later echoed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who urged the coalition to stop airstrikes in Yemen’s populated areas, saying the “time is now for the cessation of hostilities.”
“Escalation Evidence of US Remarks Falseness”
For his part, Head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, on Monday considered the military escalation an attempt to hinder any talks aimed at stopping the war and bringing peace.
“This escalation is evidence of the falseness of US statements demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities, while it is the actual commander in the war ” al-Houthi said in a statement.
He added that when the coalition countries failed to achieve any victory in the western coast, they started to bomb the residential neighborhoods in Hodeidah city committing new massacres against civilians, including women and children.
“It was customary to have a military escalation following any US statement of peace or talk about the humanitarian side,” al-Houthi said.
Source: Agencies
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November 04, 2018Under the Pakistani volcano

While Khan plays on a complex geopolitical chessboard, Chinese aid could be a financial lifeline as Islamabad faces off against deadly religious extremism

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author)
It has been a breathless week, huddled in the shadow of the simmering, bubbling, politico-religious volcano that is Imran Khan’s Pakistan.
And this week’s multi-faceted developments may just signal seismic shifts in Pakistan’s internal and external relations for the foreseeable future.
Before moving on to bloodier matters, let’s start with the “Mr. Khan Goes to China” episode – essential for reviewing all aspects of what is enthusiastically described by both sides as the “all-weather strategic cooperative partnership”.
Xi’s financial lifeline for Khan?
Prime Minister Khan, leading a fresh government elected in July and facing a range colossal challenges, set the tone from the start. He did not mince words.
“Countries go in cycles, they have their high points, they have their low points,” he said. “Unfortunately, our country is going through a low point at the moment with two very big deficits, a fiscal deficit and a current account deficit. And so we, as I’ve said, have come to learn.”
Arguably few teachers beat Chinese President Xi Jinping, praised by Khan as a role model. “China’s phenomenal achievements are worth emulating,” Khan said. “No other country has tackled poverty and corruption the way China has tackled it.”
The lynchpin of the strategic partnership is inevitably the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of the New Silk Road, or Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI). Before his stint as guest of honor of the First China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Khan met a crucial player in Beijing for CPEC financing: Jin Liquan, president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Right from the start, Pakistan’s new Planning Minister Makhdoom Bukhtiar was confident that Islamabad would not need to reschedule around $2.7 billion in Chinese loans due for repayment in 2018. Instead, what’s in the cards is an improved economic package centered on taking CPEC to the next level.
A financially stable Pakistan is absolutely crucial for the success of BRI. A Pakistani audit of projects approved by the previous Nawaz Sharif administration called for streamlining CPEC, not curtailing it. Now, Team Khan does not subscribe to the notion of CPEC as a debt trap.
With Saudi Arabia and China stepping in with cash, Islamabad may avoid becoming further indebted to the IMF and its trademark “strategic adjustments”- widely dreaded across the Global South for producing a toxic mix of austerity and inflation.
Pakistan juggles China, Iran, Saudi, Turkey
Pakistan is all about its prime geopolitical location, the crossroads of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia.
For Beijing, Pakistan as a key BRI node mirrors its new role as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). As Khan has clearly identified, this interconnection can only turbo-charge Pakistan’s geo-economic position – under the institutional framework of SCO. The Xi-Khan partnership may actually center around an economic win-win for Pakistan and the SCO.
Of course, myriad challenges lie ahead.
Take for instance Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Lu Kang having to clarify that “all the cooperation between China and Pakistan has nothing to do with territorial disputes.”
Kang was referring to the hoopla surrounding the fact that a Pakistani company launched a bus service from Lahore to Kashgar via Islamabad; essentially the northern CPEC route via the Karakoram Highway, which skirts Kashmir. China does not want any interference whatsoever in the ultra-volatile Kashmir dossier.
Saudi Arabia is also making some not-too-subtle moves. Islamabad’s official position is that Riyadh’s recent financial offer came with no strings attached. That’s unlikely to be the case; Saudi traditionally casts a long shadow over all matters Pakistani. “No strings” means Islamabad should keep closer to Riyadh, not Tehran.
The House of Saud – paralyzed by the fallout of the bloody Istanbul fiasco – will go no-holds-barred to prevent Islamabad from getting closer to Tehran. (Or Ankara, for that matter). A possibly emergent, long-term, game-changing Turkey-Iran-Pakistan alliance was the talk of the town – at least during the first part of this week of weeks.
That brings us to the crucial visitor Khan received in Islamabad before his trip to China: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Last month, 14 Iranian border guards were kidnapped by the Pakistan-based Jaish al-Adl Salafi-jihadi fanatics. Pakistan security forces have been helpless so far.
Khan and Zarif talked about that – but also talked about Khan’s offer to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia in trying to find a solution for the tragedy in Yemen. The fact is, a Tehran-Islamabad rapprochement is already a work in progress.
That is the sophisticated geo-political game Khan must play. Meanwhile at home, he has to get down and dirty as he gets to grips with violent domestic religious turmoil.
‘Go legal – or else…’
I’ve been in Islamabad since Monday – right on the lip of the volcano, and enjoying the privilege of being part of one of the most extraordinary geopolitical conferences in recent times, something that in the current polarizing dynamic could only happen in Asia, not the West. But that’s another story.
While I was parsing elaborate analyses of this geopolitical chessboard, reality intervened.
Or – perhaps – it was a graphic intimation that Pakistan may just be changing for the better.
Street blockades paralyzed key nodes of the nation because Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman laborer, in jail for nine years, was finally acquitted by the Supreme Court of spurious charges of blasphemy. There are less than 4 million Christians in Pakistan out of a total population of 197 million.
I was with a small group on the motorway to Peshawar, prior to taking a detour to Taxila – Alexander-the-Great land, where I planned further research on ancient Silk Roads – when suddenly we were halted.
A mullah was blaring his hate through a loudspeaker. A couple of his minions blocked all circulation.
Why the police would not dislodge this small group is the matter of all matters in Khan’s arguably new Pakistan. The highway standoff embodies the high-stakes grapple underway between the state and religion.
Back in Islamabad, as he led me around the campus of the National Defense University, Timoor Shah, a bright young man at the Center for Policy Studies, gave me a crash course on the nuances.
What a global audience should understand is this. On one side stand the state, the military and the judiciary. (Accusations continue to be hurled that Khan was privileged in the July elections by the military – the top institution in Pakistan – and an activist judiciary.) On the other side, stand fringe religious nuts and an opportunistic, discredited opposition.
The Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), a minor extremist political party whose only platform is to punish blasphemy, has issued death threats against the three Supreme Court judges. Pakistan could do worse than import a strangle/bone-saw/dissolve-in-acid Saudi execution squad to deal with such groups.
It’s instructive to consider what the director general of the PR arm of the powerful intelligence service, ISI, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had to say: This is a legal matter and the Pakistan Army should not be dragged into it. Ghafoor also stressed, “We are close to winning the war against terrorism and our attention should not be diverted.”
Ghafoor told politico-religious parties protesting against the Supreme Court judgment – quite a few of which were firmly on the lunatic fringe – to go legal or else. Amid this, TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi swears that that the Army has threatened to “destroy” his party.
The military sent a delegation, including ISI officials, to talk to the religious protesters. Ghafoor was careful to stress that the ISI is an intelligence department that reports to the prime minister.
In the end, the government caved in. Despite knowing that Aasia Bibi faces fundamentalist wrath and her only path to safety would be a one-way ticket out, they agreed to put her on something called the “Exit Control List.” Even that did not prevent TLP fanatics from threatening “a war if they sent Aasia Bibi out of the country.”
‘Taliban Godfather’ killed
As if all this were not toxic enough, on Friday evening Maulana Samiul Haq – the fabled “Godfather of the Taliban” – was stabbed to death in his house in Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s twin city.
Haq led the sprawling Darul Uloom Haqqania, a madrassa, or religious school, in Akhora Khattak, near Peshawar, founded in 1988. The madrassa graduated none other than Mullah Omar, as well as other Taliban notables.
Haq embodies a torrent of turbulence in modern Pakistani history – including his stints as senator during the Zia ul Haq and Nawaz Sharif administrations. He also tabled a notorious Sharia bill during Sharif’s last term.
But for me, the story was personal. In a tortuous way, Samiul Haq saved my life – courtesy of a letter of introduction he had signed after I visited his madrassa to follow a Talibanesque indoctrination in progress.
When, along with my photographer Jason Florio, we were arrested by the Taliban at a military base in Ghazni in the summer of 2000, we were only released from waiting six months to be tried as “spies” because of Samiul Haq’s letter.
This obviously pales when compared to the high-profile, principled move by the Pakistani Supreme Court to save Aasia Bibi from a death sentence.
But it could be the first salvo in a Khan-era Pakistani war against religious fundamentalism.

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Above: Saudi delegates at today’s UNHRC review session GENEVA, November 5, 2018 – Saudi Arabia today won widespread praise for its human rights record as the fundamentalist regime was examined in a routine UN review, prompting strong protests from human rights activists. “Sadly, 75 out of 96 country delegations who took the floor at the UN Human Rights Council today expressed praise for the brutal and misogynistic Saudi regime,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, a non-governmental monitoring group. “It’s a betrayal of jailed Saudi human rights activists like pro-democracy blogger Raif Badawi, who has been wrongfully imprisoned since June 2012. Despite our appeals to Canada, and to Germany, Britain, Sweden, France and others, no one spoke up for Raif Badawi.” Despite today’s mandatory review of Saudi Arabia, in a standard exercise that all countries undergo every five years, the 47-nation UNHRC has never produced a single resolution, special session or commission of inquiry to condemn Saudi Arabia’s human rights record — not even for their confessed killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “On the contrary,” said Neuer, “Saudi Arabia is an elected member of the UN Human Rights Council.” In today’s meeting, China praised Saudi Arabia for “its adoption and implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030,” for its “efforts in the area of economic, social development and poverty elimination” and its “judicial reform and fight against corruption.” And in exchange, said Neuer, “tomorrow when China has its own turn to be examined, I predict that Saudi Arabia will take the floor to hail Beijing’s human rights record.” Likewise, in today’s session, Venezuela commended Saudi Arabia “for empowering women.” Pakistan praised Riyadh’s …

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          UN Farce: China Lauds Saudis, Saudis to Laud China Tomorrow, at Mutual Praise Society      Cache   Translate Page      

China lauded Saudi Arabia’s human rights record in a review session at the UN Human Rights Council, one day before Saudi Arabia is expected to return the favor when China is reviewed by the same body. The mandatory reviews are held for each country once every five years. CHINA:  “Mr. President, the Chinese delegation welcomes the President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission and his delegation.” “The Chinese government commends Saudi Arabia for its adoption and implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030, as well as for its efforts in the area of economic, social development, poverty elimination and the promulgation of the Protection Against Abuse Act, and the Child Protection Act, and the National Mechanism to protect persons with disabilities, and its judicial reform and fight against corruption.” “We have two recommendations for Saudi Arabia. First, to continue the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030 to promote sustainable economic and social development so as to lay the full foundation.” “Second, to continue the protection of persons with disabilities through relevant national mechanisms.” For other countries’ statements on Saudi Arabia, click here.

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Above: Saudi delegate addresses today’s UNHRC session GENEVA, Nov. 5, 2018 — Following is a selection of the praise that Saudi Arabia received when its human rights record was reviewed today, as a part of a mandatory review that every country undergoes every five years at the UN Human Rights Council: Venezuela: “We commend Saudi Arabia for empowering women.” Pakistan: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] to empower women and promote gender equality.” United Arab Emirates: “We commend Saudi Arabia for mainstreaming human rights.” State of Palestine: “We believe that Saudi Arabia places great importance on human rights. We welcome its efforts in promoting human rights, protecting development and ensuring accountability.” Yemen: “We commend the support provided [by Saudi Arabia] at all levels to the people of Yemen.” Bahrain: “We hail the positive steps taken[by Saudi Arabia] to protect human rights.” Jordan: “The Saudi government has made human rights one of its main priorities.” Malaysia: “The efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in advancing women’s rights are commendable.” Mauritania: “We applaud progress [by Saudi Arabia] in the fields of women’s rights, children’s rights, and rights of people with disabilities.” Nigeria: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in combating human trafficking and to promote the rights of domestic service workers.” Eritrea: “We commend symbolic steps taken [by Saudi Arabia] to ensure equality.” Gabon: “We commend reforms [by Saudi Arabia] to promote the rights of women and bring about their empowerment.” Senegal: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] made to combat human trafficking.” China: “We commend Saudi Arabia for its adoption and implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030, as well as for its efforts in the …

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Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea. Reported by Reuters 13 minutes ago.
          NETANYAHU SECRETLY MET OMAN FM IN GERMANY.      Cache   Translate Page      
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Netanyahu secretly met Omani FM in Germany — report-Israeli TV says February talks helped pave way for PM’s visit to Muscat; discussion said to have focused on Iran, advancing bilateral ties-By TOI staff-6 November 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with Oman’s foreign minister in February, helping lay the foundations for the premier’s visit to the Gulf sultanate last month, Israeli television reported Friday,According to Channel 10 news, Netanyahu’s meeting with Yusuf bin Alawi was held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, a major gathering of top political and defense leaders from across the world.The meeting was put together by Mossad head Yossi Cohen who played the lead role in the contacts between Israel and Oman, the report said.The report, which cited an unnamed senior Israeli official, said the meeting was the first between Israeli and Omani political figures since the Mossad-led outreach to Oman began in April 2017.The official told the network Netanyahu and bin Alawi discussed Iran and advancing ties between the countries.Like most Arab states, Israel and Oman do not have formal diplomatic relations, though officials from the two countries have previously met.Netanyahu’s surprise visit to Muscat in October to meet with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said was the first of its kind by an Israeli leader in over two decades and highlighted the growing thaw between Israel and Gulf states.The Prime Minister’s Office said after the trip Netanyahu and his wife Sara were invited to the Omani capital by Qaboos “after lengthy contacts between the two countries.”Israel and Oman said in a joint statement the two leaders discussed “ways to advance the peace process in the Middle East as well as several matters of joint interest regarding the achievement of peace and stability in the Middle East.”Though neither country directly mentioned Iran in statements after the meeting, analysts noted Oman could serve as a backdoor channel to Tehran.Though a member of the Saudi-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council, Oman has stayed out of the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia and often acted as a regional mediator. It notably hosted secret talks between US and Iranian officials that helped lead to the 2015 nuclear deal curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, an agreement strongly opposed by Netanyahu.The Channel 10 report said neither Israel nor Oman informed the United States of their warming diplomatic ties. The meeting between Netanyahu and Qaboos was welcomed by the White House, with an envoy for US President Donald Trump saying it was a “helpful step for our peace efforts.”Following the meeting in Oman, bin Alawi urged other Middle East states to accept Israel and said the country would help promote peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.Speaking at the same conference, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa expressed backing for Oman’s efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said peace talks would help normalize diplomatic ties between Israel and the Arab world, according to Reuters.Bin Alawi this week travelled to the West Bank city of Ramallah to update Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on the meeting between Qaboos and Netanyahu.Palestinian officials have largely remained silent on Netanyahu’s trip to Muscat, though top negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Arab world should remain committed to the Arab Peace Initiative.The proposal offers a normalization of diplomatic ties and a formal end to the Israeli-Arab conflict in exchange for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the so-called 1967 lines and a “just” solution to the refugee issue.Israel has previously offered support for some of the initiative’s tenets but balked at others pertaining to refugees and returning the Golan Heights to Syrian control.

Khashoggi killing: Erdogan accuses ‘highest levels’ of Saudi gov’t-Turkish president criticizes authorities in Riyadh for refusing to answer key questions about journalist’s murder-By AFP-NOV 6,18

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi came from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government Friday as he promised no let-up in the hunt for his killers.A month on from Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Erdogan said he did “not believe for a second” that King Salman was to blame.But he pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of responsibility for unleashing a “death squad” against the outspoken Saudi journalist whose death has badly tainted the kingdom’s de facto ruler.And in an editorial for Khashoggi’s former employer, The Washington Post, Erdogan accused authorities in Riyadh of refusing to answer key questions about the murder, despite their arrest of 18 suspects a fortnight ago.Erdogan’s comments came shortly after one of his top lieutenants charged that Khashoggi’s dismembered body was “dissolved” in the consulate as part of an effort to leave no trace of the killing.“Over the course of the past month, Turkey has moved heaven and earth to shed light on all aspects of this case. As a result of our efforts, the world has learned that Khashoggi was killed in cold blood by a death squad, and it has been established that his murder was premeditated,” Erdogan wrote in The Post.“We know that the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia. We also know that those individuals came to carry out their orders: Kill Khashoggi and leave. Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government.”But he said his government would keep asking other questions “the Saudi authorities have refused to answer”, such as the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body and who ordered his assassination.The murder of the royal insider-turned-dissident has provoked widespread outrage and sharp criticism from Washington, usually the staunchest of allies.While President Donald Trump has ruled out halting arms deal with Riyadh as a punishment, his administration has effectively withdrawn support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen in a stark illustration of the cooling of ties.Addressing mourners at a memorial service in Washington on Friday, the murdered journalist’s fiancee called on Trump to back Turkey’s efforts to investigate his death.“I would like to send this message to Mr Trump: I would like him to support Turkey’s legal efforts in trying to bring light to the situation and to discover the whereabouts of his body,” Hatice Cengiz said in a recorded message.Turkey’s chief prosecutor said this week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and also confirmed the body was dismembered.Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, hinted in an article published on Friday that the body may even have been destroyed in acid.“We now see that it wasn’t just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it,” an official in Turkey’s ruling party, he told the Hurriyet newspaper.“According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it.”A Turkish official has previously told The Post that “biological evidence” found in the consulate garden indicated the body was likely disposed of near the murder scene.Saudi authorities have denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the garden, but allowed them to take water samples for analysis, according to local reports.The murder has strained the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, with Trump calling it “one of the worst cover-ups in history”.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose country shares Riyadh’s hostility to Iran, condemned the murder but stressed the need for stability in Saudi Arabia.“It is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable,” Netanyahu told reporters Friday on a visit to Bulgaria.After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl during an interview gone wrong, the Saudi regime admitted he was killed, blaming a “rogue operation”.The crown prince has denounced the murder as “repulsive” and denied any involvement.

Toronto police release remains of Bruce McArthur's alleged victims to families-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-November 6, 2018

Toronto police say some of the men believed to be victims of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur can now be laid to rest.Acting Insp. Hank Idsinga says investigators have released some of the remains of the eight men found buried at and near a Toronto home where McArthur used to work as a landscaper.Idsinga declined to say exactly how many sets of remains have been released, calling the effort a "work in progress" that he hopes concludes "sooner than later."McArthur, 67, stands accused of killing eight men, most of whom had with ties to Toronto's gay community between 2010 and 2017.They are: Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.Investigators spent months recovering and identifying the remains, which were found in planters and a ravine near the home.Police also sifted through past cases and combed other properties as part of their probe, but Idsinga has previously said that there is currently no evidence to suggest any additional alleged victims.

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

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

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

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

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

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

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

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

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

B.C. wildfire action plan focuses on collaboration with First Nations-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-November 6, 2018

After two record-breaking wildfire seasons, the B.C. government released a new plan this week to improve emergency management.A large focus of the action plan is working with First Nation communities, said Doug Donaldson, B.C.'s Minister of Forests. These communities can provide resources in several ways, including their knowledge of burn areas and manpower.The plan commits to creating a new dedicated First Nations coordination operational staff with opportunities for First Nations and emergency managers to discuss strategies, and to provide training and public education resources to better support the needs of First Nation communities.The new action plan includes strategies to anticipate areas most at risk for fire, and to organize multiple resources quickly during the peak of wildfire season."When fires actually broke out in nearby communities we would have the incident management team come in and right away meet with First Nations… to incorporate local knowledge into the fire action plan,"  Donaldson told All Points West host Robyn Burns."In the past, those meetings would take perhaps seven days to get underway."Training communities-Communities in wildfire-affected areas will be trained in prevention and safety practices through the Community Resiliency Investment Program to mitigate risk of damage to homes, according to Donaldson.Prescribed burns are also included in the report and he said they plan to make more progress with this practice than in the past."We're looking at a multi-year prescribed burning project, and that includes assessing the training required both within our own staff… but also increased capacity within communities to be able to do that," he said.Recovery of the land and local economies are outlined in the report with plans for reforestation, expedited cutting permits for salvageable timber, and ensuring the annual allowable cut is proportional to the affected supply.With files from All Points West.

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

Iran’s Khamenei: Trump has ‘disgraced’ US prestige-Lashing out at Washington days before sanctions to be reimposed, supreme leader says America is in decline and will be the ultimate loser against Islamic republic-By Agencies-TOI-NOV 6,18

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that US President Donald Trump has “disgraced” US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from renewing sanctions on the Islamic republic.“This new US president… has disgraced the remnant of America’s prestige and that of liberal democracy. America’s hard power, that is to say their economic and military power, is declining too,” he said on his Persian Twitter account, quoting a speech in Tehran.A defiant Khamenei dismissed the renewed US sanctions — including an oil embargo — that take effect on Monday.“The challenge between the US and Iran has lasted for 40 years so far and the US has made various efforts against us: military, economic and media warfare,” he said.“There’s a key fact here: in this 40-year challenge, the defeated is the US and the victorious is the Islamic republic.”On Friday, the Trump administration restored US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, but carved out exemptions for eight countries that can still import oil from the Islamic Republic without penalty.The sanctions take effect Monday and cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. They are the second batch the administration has re-imposed since Trump withdrew from the landmark accord in May.The 2015 deal, one of former president Barack Obama’s biggest diplomatic achievements, gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, which many believed it was using to develop atomic weapons. Trump repeatedly denounced the agreement as the “worst ever” negotiated by the United States and said it gave Iran too much in return for too little.In a statement issued Friday night, Trump said, “Our objective is to force the regime into a clear choice: either abandon its destructive behavior or continue down the path toward economic disaster.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions are “aimed at fundamentally altering the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He has issued a list of 12 demands that Iran must meet to get the sanctions lifted that include an end to its support for terrorism and military engagement in Syria and a halt to nuclear and ballistic missile development. He said US allies such as Turkey, Italy, India, Japan and South Korea will receive temporary waivers allowing them to continue to import Iranian petroleum products as they move to end such imports entirely.But proponents as well as the other parties to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — have vehemently defended it. The Europeans have mounted a drive to save the agreement without the US, fearing that the new sanctions will drive Iran to pull out and resume all of its nuclear work.Friday’s announcement comes just days before congressional midterm elections in the US, allowing Trump to highlight his decision to withdraw from the deal — a move that was popular among Republicans.Washington says it wants a new deal with Iran, curtailing its regional interventions and missile program — demands which have been flatly rejected by Tehran.

Iran inaugurates production line of local fighter jets ahead of US sanctions-Defense minister says domestically made Kowsar aircraft symbolizes Islamic Republic’s battle against ‘global ‘arrogance’ led by the US-By TOI staff-NOV 6,18

Iran on Saturday inaugurated the production line of its domestically produced fighter jet, a day after the Trump administration announced the reimposition of remaining US sanctions on Tehran to ramp up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic.Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami said the production line highlighted the capabilities of Iranian experts despite “sanctions by enemies,” according to state-run news outlet Press TV.Hatami said inaugurating production of the Kowsar fighter was “the very symbol of fighting the [global] arrogance and standing against the excessive demands of the imperial system, which is being led by the Great Satan, the United States.”Speaking at an industrial complex in the Isfahan province, Hatami added that the “fourth-generation” fighter, with “advanced maneuvering capability” and multi-purpose radar would be service the entire Iranian Air Force “soon.”Hatamui’s announcement comes days before the US sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal were set to be reimposed on the Islamic Republic. The sanctions take effect Monday and cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. They are the second batch the administration has reimposed since Trump withdrew from the international accord in May.Iran promotion of HESA Kowsar upgrade assembly line; extending service life for the F-5E/F Tiger II type aircraft, originally built by Northrop and exported to Iran during the mid 1970's. pic.twitter.com/lMDVJ496MS— Mark Pyruz (@INTELonIRAN) November 3, 2018-The US has sold hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons to Iran’s regional rivals, and says the reimposition of the crippling sanctions is a bid to force Tehran to end its military deployments and support for militias in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and elsewhere in the region.Iran unveiled the Kowsar fighter in August, but analysts quickly noted similarities between the Iranian jet and the American F-5 fighter, made by Northrop-Grumman in the 1950s, and expressed doubts that the plane was actually new.At the time, state TV said the Kowsar had already been through successful testing and showed footage of the plane on the runway, though the broadcast stopped before the plane took off.The F-5 was sold to Iran in the 1960s and first entered operation in the Iranian Imperial Air Force in 1965. In the West, the F-5 line of jets is mostly used for training purposes.Iran has already used the F-5 platform — and, some observers suggest, actual parts from its aging fleet of non-flying F-5s — to develop its newer jets. The Saeqeh, first flown in 2004, was one such plane.In 2013, Iran unveiled its “first,” domestically-made fighter jet, the Qaher F313, but it was quickly derided by numerous experts in the West who said the plane was actually a plastic model, and was unable to fly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

European signatories to Iran nuclear deal condemn new US sanctions-France, UK, Germany and EU ‘deeply regret’ American measures, call accord ‘essential for the security of Europe, the region and the whole world’-By AFP-5 November 2018

PARIS — France, Germany, Britain and the European Union issued a joint condemnation Friday of the US move to place fresh sanctions on the Iranian economy, vowing to protect European companies doing “legitimate” business with Tehran.“We deeply regret the reimposition of sanctions by the United States stemming from their withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” the statement said in reference to the hard-fought 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.Struck between world powers and Tehran after years of fraught negotiations, the deal was aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanctions relief.But US President Donald Trump announced in May that he was walking away from the deal and would reimpose sanctions, leaving the EU scrambling to protect companies that have forged trade links with Iran.Friday’s statement from EU nations defended the deal as “essential for the security of Europe, the region and the whole world.”“Our objective is to protect European economic actors involved in legitimate commercial trade with Iran,” it added.Europe will also seek to “maintain financial channels operational with Iran and to ensure the continuation of Iranian oil and gas exports,” it said.US officials said Friday that Washington was adding 700 individuals and entities to its Iran blacklist and pressuring the global SWIFT banking network to cut off Tehran when expanded sanctions are put in place next week.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions were aimed at getting Tehran to halt its nuclear activities and what the US says is broad support for terrorism in the region.The EU says 12 consecutive reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency show that Iran has stuck to the terms of the deal.

US reimposes all sanctions on Iran lifted under nuclear deal-Pompeo says new measures aimed at forcing Tehran to give up ‘its well-documented outlaw activities,’ grants temporary waivers to 8 countries-By Matthew Lee-TOI-5 November 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the unraveling of what had been one of his predecessor’s signature foreign policy achievements.The sanctions, which will take effect on Monday, cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors and are the second batch the administration has reimposed since Trump withdrew from the landmark accord in May. The rollback ends US participation in the nuclear deal, which now hangs in the balance as Iran no longer enjoys any relief from sanctions imposed by the world’s largest economy.Shortly after the announcement, Trump tweeted a movie poster-like image of himself walking out of what appears to be fog with the phrase “Sanctions are Coming, November 5.”With limited exceptions, the sanctions will hit countries that do not stop importing Iranian oil and foreign firms that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities, including its central bank, a number of private financial institutions, and state-run port and shipping firms, as well as hundreds of individual Iranian officials.pic.twitter.com/nk2vKvHuaL— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions are “aimed at fundamentally altering the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He has issued a list of 12 demands that Iran must meet if it wants the sanctions lifted. Those include ending support for terrorism and military engagement in Syria and a complete halt to its nuclear and ballistic missile development.“Our ultimate aim is to compel Iran to permanently abandon its well-documented outlaw activities and behave as a normal country,” Pompeo told reporters in a conference call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Maximum pressure means maximum pressure.”Pompeo said eight nations will receive temporary waivers allowing them to continue to import Iranian petroleum products for a limited period as they move to end such imports entirely. He said those countries, which other officials said would include US allies such as Turkey, Italy, India, Japan and South Korea, had made efforts to eliminate their imports but could not complete the task by Monday.The waivers, expected to be announced Monday, will be valid for six months, during which time the importing country can buy Iranian oil but must deposit Iran’s revenue in an escrow account. Iran can spend the money but only on a narrow range of humanitarian items. Pompeo said two of the eight countries would wind down imports to zero within weeks.Mnuchin said 700 more Iranian companies and people would be added to the sanctions rolls. Those, he said, would include more than 300 that had not been included under previous sanctions.“We are sending a very clear message with our maximum pressure campaign: that the US intends to aggressively enforce our sanctions,” he said.Iran hawks in Congress and elsewhere were likely to be disappointed in the sanctions as they had been pushing for no oil import waivers as well as the complete disconnection of Iran from the main international financial messaging network known as SWIFT.One group that has been highly critical of the deal welcomed the new sanctions but said there should be no exceptions.“We encourage the Trump administration to fulfill the promise of a maximum pressure campaign — no exceptions — until Iran permanently and verifiably changes its behavior,” United Against a Nuclear Iran said in a statement. “Oil and gas firms, including those from friendly countries like India, South Korea and Japan, should not be granted sanctions waivers. Similarly, financial entities — including SWIFT — must sever ties with Iranian banks and financial institutions.”Mnuchin defended the decision to allow some Iranian banks to remain connected to SWIFT, saying that the Belgium-based firm had been warned that it will face penalties if sanctioned institutions are permitted to use it. And, he said that US regulators would be watching closely Iranian transactions that use SWIFT to ensure any that run afoul of US sanctions would be punished.Pompeo, meanwhile, defended the oil waivers, saying US efforts to cut Iran’s petroleum revenue had already been successful. He noted that since May, when the US began to press countries to stop buying Iranian oil, Iran’s exports had dropped by more than 1 million barrels per day.Pompeo and Mnuchin both said the sanctions will have exceptions for humanitarian purchases.The 2015 nuclear deal, one of former president Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements, gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, which many believed it was using to develop atomic weapons. Trump repeatedly denounced the agreement as the “worst ever” negotiated by the United States and vowed to withdraw from it during the 2016 presidential campaign.Trump and other critics of the deal said it gave Iran too much in return for too little, allowed Iran to gradually resume nuclear activity that could eventually be used for weapons development and did not address any of the country’s other problematic activities.Obama-era officials as well as the other parties to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — have vehemently defended it. The Europeans have mounted a drive to save the agreement from the US withdrawal, fearing that the new sanctions will drive Iran to pull out and resume all of its nuclear work.

New defence for Infowars in copyright case? "Pepe the Toad"-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-November 5, 2018

The internet trolls who turned Pepe the Frog into a hate symbol may be disappointed to hear a new claim about the cartoon character's origins, courtesy of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website .Infowars' attorneys claim in a court filing Thursday that Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie based his character on a "pre-existing, strikingly similar" Argentine cartoon character named "El Sapo Pepe," or "Pepe the Toad."That's a new defence for Infowars against a copyright infringement lawsuit that Furie filed in March over the site's sales of a poster copying the character.Infowars' attorneys argue Furie could be precluded from asserting any copyright interest in his creation if Pepe the Frog is an "unauthorized derivative work" based on Pepe the Toad. Or it could "at least severely the scope of copyright protection in the character," they wrote."You've got to ask yourself if Mr. Furie's work is truly original," Infowars attorney Marc Randazza said during a telephone interview Friday. "I think it's at least worth taking a closer look."Louis Tompros, one of Furie's attorneys, said the California-based cartoonist had never heard of "El Sapo Pepe" before receiving a letter from Infowars's attorneys about it."So, it definitely did not inspire his creation of Pepe,' Tompros wrote in an email Friday.A federal judge set a July 2019 trial date for the lawsuit Furie filed against Infowars in Los Angeles.It was the second such case that Furie has brought as part of a legal campaign to reclaim his creation.Infowars' website is the online platform for right-wing radio host Jones. Furie's lawsuit says he didn't authorize the site to sell a poster that depicts the anthropomorphic frog alongside images of Jones, President Donald Trump, far-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and other right-wing figures.Jones has described the lawsuit as a "publicity stunt" and said he views it as an expression of political speech protected by the First Amendment."My listeners understand this is all frivolous," Jones told The Associated Press in March.Infowars was selling the Pepe-adorned "MAGA" poster for $29.95 and says it was created by "renowned artist and patriot" Jon Allen. Jones said Infowars has sold about 1,000 of the posters but added that it's hardly one of the site's most popular items.Furie's "chill frog-dude" debuted in a 2006 comic book called "Boy's Club" and became a popular canvas for benevolent internet memes. But the user-generated mutations grew increasingly hateful and ubiquitous more than a year before the 2016 presidential election, when Furie's creation become an online mascot for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists.The Anti-Defamation League branded Pepe as a hate symbol in September 2016 and promoted Furie's efforts to reclaim the character.Twitter banned Jones and Infowars from the social media platform earlier this year for abusive behaviour . Jones has been sued by targets of his conspiracy theories, including parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. Jones questioned whether the shooting rampage was a hoax.Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press.

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

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

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

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

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

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

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

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

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

Entering a modal-UN chief warns of famine in Yemen, urges halt to violence-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-November 5, 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that Yemen could face "the worst famine we have seen in decades" and urged the country's warring parties to immediately halt the violence.The UN chief told reporters "the urgency of the humanitarian crisis leaves no room for complacency" and the "building wave of momentum" for peace must be seized.UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned last week that "there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen" that could affect 14 million people — half of the country's population.The conflict began in 2014 when Houthi Shia rebels toppled the internationally recognized government. A Saudi-led coalition allied with the government has been fighting the Houthis since 2015.Guterres said more and more countries are engaged in helping create conditions for the warring parties to understand the need to cease hostilities and engage in serious negotiations.He urged the coalition and the Houthis "to overcome obstacles and resolve differences through dialogue" at UN facilitated talks later this month.Guterres stressed that "violence must stop everywhere — with an immediate halt around critical infrastructure and densely populated areas.""My objective is to appeal to the parties to the conflict to understand that there is an opportunity that must be seized, and to say that the humanitarian situation is so dire that if that doesn't happen" the world will have to deal with a famine in Yemen next year, he said."I must say, I hope the voice of reason will prevail," Guterres said.

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

Khashoggi crisis may tip Middle East power balance towards Turkey-October 2 killing inside Saudi consulate in Istanbul, by a team sent from Riyadh, has already severely tarnished Arab state’s reputation-By Ezzedine SAID-TOI-NOV 5,18

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi could alter the power dynamic in the Middle East by strengthening Turkey’s influence at Saudi Arabia’s expense as they compete for leadership of the Islamic world, analysts say.This certainly appears to be the goal of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the main regional supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates consider a terrorist group.The killing inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team sent from Riyadh on October 2 has already severely tarnished Saudi Arabia’s global reputation.But it is the potential involvement of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the oil-rich Gulf nation’s de facto leader known by his initials MBS, that could permanently damage Riyadh’s influence in the region.After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl, the Saudi regime finally stated he was killed by a “rogue operation” and arrested 18 suspects, some with links to the crown prince.Analysts say Erdogan could use the ensuing crisis to weaken the 33-year-old prince, even potentially leading to the royal family removing him from power — though that seems unlikely.“The killing of Khashoggi has proven to be a golden opportunity for President Erdogan to pressure Saudi Arabia and work towards presenting Turkey as the new leader of the Muslim world,” said Lina Khatib, director of Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.“The Khashoggi crisis is a big geo-political gamble for Turkey and so far it looks like it is playing the game masterfully. But Turkey alone will not be able to push for the removal of MBS. The ball lies in the American court,” she added.For Erdogan, promoting the Muslim Brotherhood — which Saudi Arabia has sought to marginalize in the Arab world and which was ousted from power and brutally repressed in Egypt in 2013 by current President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi — is at the heart of this power struggle.The Turkish leader could also try to extract concessions from Riyadh for its ally Qatar, facing a Saudi blockade backed by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt since 2017.“I think that Erdogan sees this as an opportunity to push back against a triple entente in the Middle East that opposes his policies. That triple entente is composed of MBS, MBZ’s (Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan) UAE and Sissi’s Egypt,” said Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkey Research Program at the Washington Institute.“These three countries, all Arabs, oppose Erdogan’s policies of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Now Erdogan sees a golden opportunity because MBS is vulnerable.”But Sinan Ulgen, president of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy, said “it remains to be seen whether Ankara can continue to leverage this conjuncture and turn it into a permanent advantage raising Turkey’s regional influence to the detriment of Saudi Arabia”.Nicholas Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said the Khashoggi case was the “latest chapter in Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s ongoing contest over which country is better” to lead the Muslim world.“Erdogan clearly seems to believe that he can use the Khashoggi crisis as a way to cut Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and by extension, Saudi Arabia, down to size,” Heras added.By not directly pointing the blame at the crown prince over Khashoggi, Erdogan is seeking to keep him under pressure, according to Karim Bitar of the Paris-based French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs think-tank.“Erdogan knows that he still has ammunition that could weaken MBS in the international arena so basically he is rolling the dice these days trying to figure out how to maximise his profit after this huge Saudi blunder,” he told AFP.While the Muslim Brotherhood is important to Turkey, the West — especially the United States — is wary of the group and wants to focus any pressure on the crown prince towards ending the Yemen war and lifting the blockade on Qatar, the experts said.“I expect the blockade on Doha will likely come to an end in the near future and the Saudis find a way to support the UN’s efforts in Yemen,” said Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations.Bitar noted that the US administration relies on Prince Mohammed’s support for any possible peace plan for the Israel-Palestinian conflict as well as containing Iran, long a Saudi foe.Washington could also push the crown prince towards “a rapprochement with Israel and to maintain a hawkish line towards Iran”, Bitar added.

Emerging Gaza ceasefire to significantly ease blockade — report-Lebanese daily says Egypt prepared to slash 70% of its own border restrictions under 3-year truce deal; Israel will be required to grant work permits and expand fishing zone-By TOI staff-NOV 5,18

An emerging cease-fire agreement aimed at calming months of violence on the Israel-Gaza border will last for three years and see a significant easing of the blockade on the Hamas-controlled territory, Lebanon’s Al-Akbar newspaper reported Saturday.According to the report, the deal being brokered by Egypt stipulates a gradual stop to the ongoing, Hamas-orchestrated violent border protests and maritime flotillas over the next two months. In addition, Hamas will be obligated to punish Gazans caught engaging in violent demonstrating along the border with Israel.In return, Egypt will permanently open its Rafah border crossing and lift 70 percent of its blockade on the Hamas-controlled territory, the report said, citing officials familiar with the emerging agreement.Al-Akbar said the deal would require Israel to grant 5,000 work permits for Gazans, and expand the Strip’s fishing zone from nine to 14 nautical miles.Israel had no immediate comment on the report.In addition, the paper reported the Palestinian Authority would pay 80% of the salaries of Hamas officials in Gaza, and would not object to Qatar bankrolling those wages for at least six months, like it has in the past.Within the framework of the agreement, the report said various economic projects in Gaza would be advanced to create jobs for some 30,000 jobs and alleviate the humanitarian situation in the Strip.The truce is slated to last three years and will be under the supervision of the United Nations and Russia. At later stage after the deal is implemented, Al-Akbar said Egypt would work to advance a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas.The report was released after Friday’s weekly protests along the Gaza border saw a significant decrease in violence.According to the Hamas-run health ministry in the strip, 12 Palestinians were injured from live Israeli fire, and dozens injured from tear gas inhalation. The Associated Press said the figures were the lowest reported since the start of the demonstrations seven months ago.Official Fatah account posts a picture of what it says is a member of the Hamas-run security forces forcibly preventing protesters from approaching the border fence between Gaza and Israel https://t.co/XAgD08xXWL— Adam Rasgon (@adamrasgon1) November 2, 2018-A senior Hamas member said the clashes were scaled down to give diplomatic efforts a chance amid talk of a breakthrough in months of Egyptian-led negotiations.The official Twitter account of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction even posted a picture of what it claimed to be a member of the Hamas-run security forces forcibly preventing protesters from approaching the Gaza border fence during Friday’s protests.Khalil al-Hayya said the terror group was “testing” Egyptian-led efforts to broker a ceasefire to ease an 11-year-old blockade on Gaza, but warned the clashes would resume if the blockade was not lifted.The IDF put turnout Friday at some 7,000 demonstrators with about half of those present approached the border fence, while the rest remained at a distance and did not clash with soldiers. The protest ended earlier than usual.For months, Egypt and UN officials have been engaged in indirect talks between Hamas, the Islamist terror group that runs the Gaza Strip, and Israel.Israel has accused Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, of leading the protests and using them as cover to carry out attacks against troops stationed the border.Last week, seven Palestinians were reported killed in the weekly border protests. The bloodshed was followed by rockets launched at Israel by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which were met with and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes, dashing hopes of what was expected to be a calmer week in Gaza.Since the often violent protests began on March 30, over 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations and clashes along the border, including a number of people who broke through the fence into Israel. Dozens of the fatalities were Hamas members. During that time, one Israeli soldier has been killed by a Palestinian sniper.

Palestinian-American woman detained at airport, to be deported-Immigration authorities say decision to deny Susan Abulhawa entry due to past incident at border crossing and not connected to BDS-By AFP-5 November 2018

A Palestinian-American writer has been detained on arrival at Israel’s main airport and will be deported, Palestinian and Israeli officials said Friday.Susan Abulhawa was refused entry at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday evening, said a spokesman for the Palestinian Literature Festival, which Abulhawa had been set to attend.She appealed the decision in an Israeli court Friday morning but her appeal was rejected, meaning she was likely to be deported in the coming hours, the spokesman added.Abulhawa, author of the novel “Mornings in Jenin,” had been due to appear at panel events in both Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah during the festival, which is co-sponsored by the British Council.Immigration authority spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told AFP the writer was refused entry because of an incident in 2015 when she refused to answer questions by security personnel when attempting to enter though a land crossing from neighboring Jordan.“She was refused entry then and told that the next time she arrived she had to coordinate in advance,” Haddad said in Hebrew.This time “she landed without arranging entry in advance.”Haddad added that Abulhawa’s detention was not related to support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.In March 2017, Israel’s parliament passed a law barring entry to supporters of BDS, which seeks to isolate the Jewish state internationally.Last month an American student spent two weeks in Israeli detention appealing an entry ban over her past involvement in a campus group that supports boycotting Israel.Lara Alqasem was eventually allowed to enter Israel after its Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling upholding the state’s decision to deny her entry.Alqasem’s detention came after a number of other high-profile cases in which travelers to Israel were questioned over their political views and alleged support for BDS, drawing scrutiny to the law barring boycott supporters.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Egyptian delegation tours Gaza clashes as promised calm largely holds-Hamas member says violence reined in to give Egyptian truce efforts a chance, but warns of escalation if blockade not lifted-By TOI staff and Agencies-5 November 2018

An Egyptian security delegation toured the Gaza border protests Friday, and even though thousands of Palestinians turned up, they were the quietest in several months, witnesses said.The visit came amid efforts by Egypt to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers.The delegation briefly attended the demonstrations in northern Gaza, a statement from the head of the organizing committee said. Eyewitnesses said a car carrying the delegation briefly drove to a protest site a few hundred meters from the border, before departing.A senior Hamas member said the clashes were scaled down to give diplomatic efforts a chance amid talk of a breakthrough in months of Egyptian-led negotiations.Khalil al-Hayya said the terror group is “testing” Egyptian-led efforts to broker a ceasefire to ease an 11-year-old blockade on Gaza.Fiercer clashes will resume if the blockade remains in place, al-Hayya warned.Israel and Egypt largely sealed their borders with Gaza after Hamas seized control in 2007 from the Palestinian Authority, citing a need to prevent weapons smuggling.Thousands again gathered at multiple sites near the frontier Friday but largely stayed away from the border fence, AFP correspondents said.Security forces loyal to Hamas prevented protesters from approaching the border too closely, the correspondents said.The Haaretz daily put turnout at some 7,000 demonstrators and quoted the Israel Defense Forces as saying about half of those present approached the border fence, while the rest remained at a distance and did not clash with soldiers.The protest ended earlier than usual.The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said 32 Palestinians were injured during the protests, including seven by Israeli fire, which The Associated Press said was the lowest casualty figures reported since the start of the demonstrations.Armed factions in Gaza on Thursday had agreed to rein in violence along the security fence in light of the latest Egyptian-efforts to reach a ceasefire with Israel.A senior Hamas member told the Ynet news site groups in Gaza agreed to stop protesters from burning tires, throwing firebombs and approaching the border during rallies until Sunday.He said the protesters would also refrain from launching incendiary devices toward Israel over the weekend.Egypt and UN officials have been engaged in indirect talks between Hamas, the Islamist terror group that runs the Gaza Strip, and Israel.Israel has accused Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, of leading the protests and using them as cover to carry out attacks against troops stationed the border-Since often violent protests began on March 30, over 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during protests and clashes along the border, including a number of people who broke through the fence into Israel. Dozens of the fatalities were Hamas members.One Israeli soldier has been killed by a Palestinian sniper.In a statement after a meeting of their leaders in Gaza on Thursday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad said the marches would continue, albeit without violence.Both groups praised Egyptian and UN efforts to broker a deal.A separate statement by Islamic Jihad carried by Israeli media threatened that it would use a “new tactic” along the border, without providing details.A leader of the Iran-backed terror group told Haaretz the Egyptians had agreed to work to curb any Israeli response to the protests over the next three weeks. The unnamed official said the protests could be called off after that period if Israel keeps to its commitment to ease a blockade on the Strip.There was no comment from Egyptian officials.Last week’s clashes, in which seven Palestinians were reported killed, was followed by Islamic Jihad rocket launches at Israel and retaliatory Israeli Air Force raids, dashing hopes of what was expected to be a calmer weekend along the border.

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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

Abbas, Sissi hold rare meet on backdrop of ceasefire, reconciliation efforts-Last publicly known time Palestinian, Egyptian leaders met was 10 months ago; Abbas praises Cairo’s ‘efforts’-By Adam Rasgon-TOI-NOV 4,18

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi met on Saturday in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh, the official PA news agency Wafa reported.The last publicly known time the two leaders held a bilateral meeting was some ten months ago.“The two presidents discussed developments in the Middle East, especially those related to Palestine in light of the dangers the Palestinian issue is facing,” the Wafa report said.Abbas arrived in Egypt on Friday to meet Sissi and attend a conference in Sharm el-Sheikh.The PA president also praised Sissi “for the efforts the Arab Republic of Egypt has exerted” under his leadership, without elaborating.Azzam al-Ahmad, a Palestine Liberation Organization official who attended the meeting between the two leaders, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Egypt has recently made efforts to revive the reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah, meeting with leaders from the two rival parties for separate talks in the past several weeks.In October 2017, Hamas and Fatah signed an Egyptian-brokered deal to advance reconciliation and bring the West Bank and Gaza under one government, but they failed to implement it.Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority from the territory in 2007.Egypt, alongside United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov, has also recently played a key role in attempts to mediate a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.Arabic media reports have said that if achieved, a ceasefire would include at least a partial lifting of Israel’s restrictions on the movement of goods and people into and out of Gaza.Israel holds that its restrictions on movement serve security purposes including preventing the entry of weapons into the Strip.Ramallah-based Palestinian officials have said Fatah-Hamas reconciliation should precede any possible ceasefire. They have also contended that the Palestine Liberation Organization is the sole party with the legitimacy to negotiate a ceasefire with Israel.Egyptian intelligence officials joined Palestinians protesting in the border region between Israel and Gaza on Friday, Deputy Hamas Chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya told the London-based Al-Ghad TV.Friday’s rally was largely peaceful. Hayya said the protests were scaled down to give the ceasefire efforts a chance, according to the Associated Press.The protests, which have included many violent acts, have taken place weekly since March 30. Their organizers have said the protests aim to achieve the return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to lands which are now part of Israel, and pressure the Jewish state to lift its restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave.Hayya suggested efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas had been making progress.“Their success is becoming visible in the horizon,” he told Al-Ghad TV, referring to the efforts to conclude a ceasefire.On Saturday, the Egyptian Intelligence officials left Gaza through the Erez crossing, according to the Hamas-linked Palestinian Information Center.

U.S. allows eight importers to keep buying Iran oil for now-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-By Arshad Mohammed, Lesley Wroughton and Patricia Zengerle-November 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it will temporarily allow eight importers to keep buying Iranian oil when it re-imposes sanctions on Monday to try to force Iran to curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced the decision, did not name the eight, which he referred to as "jurisdictions," a term that might include importers such as Taiwan which the United States does not regard as a country.Having abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to cripple Iran’s oil-dependent economy and force Tehran to quash not only its nuclear ambitions and its ballistic missile program but its support for militant proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.On Twitter, in a message designed to emphasize his "maximum pressure" policy toward Iran, Trump included a photograph of himself modeled on a entertainment industry poster with the headline: "Sanctions are coming November 5."China, India, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Japan have been top importers of Iran’s oil, while Taiwan occasionally buys cargoes of Iranian crude but is not a major buyer.Turkey has been told it will temporarily be allowed to keep buying Iranian oil, its energy minister told reporters, as has Iraq, as long as it does not pay Iran in U.S. dollars, three Iraqi officials said.India and South Korea were also on the list, said a source familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. Under U.S. law, exceptions can be granted for up to 180 days.Oil prices fell on Friday for a weekly loss of over 6 percent, as investors worried about crude oversupply after the U.S. waivers.Brent crude futures fell 6 cents to settle at $72.83 a barrel, while U.S. crude declined 55 cents to end the session at $63.14 per barrel, a 0.86 percent loss.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said Washington had told the Brussels-based SWIFT financial messaging service it was expected to disconnect all Iranian financial institutions that the United States plans to blacklist as of Monday. He declined to name the targeted institutions.Trump set in motion the resumption of sanctions on May 8, when he announced U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers under which Tehran had agreed to curtail its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions."This part of the campaign is aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues it uses to spread death and destruction around the world, Pompeo said.ZERO CRUDE-Pompeo said Washington will issue temporary waivers to the eight Iran oil importers "only because they have demonstrated significant reductions in their crude oil and cooperation on many other fronts."Two would stop imports and the other six would greatly reduce them, Pompeo said.He later said the ultimate goal was to stop all Iranian crude exports."We will ultimately move Iran to zero crude oil. That’ll take us some number of months to do that," Pompeo told Fox News according to the transcript of the interview released by the State Department. "We’ve been able to do that in a way that hasn’t had a huge impact on crude oil prices. That’s a good thing for American consumers."Iran said it was not troubled over the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, which target not only its vital oil and gas sector but also shipping, ship-building and banking industries."America will not be able to carry out any measure against our great and brave nation ... We have the knowledge and the capability to manage the country's economic affairs," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told state TV.However, ordinary Iranians fear an even more painful squeeze, from businesses struggling to buy raw materials to the sick and elderly unable to afford life-saving medicines."I cannot even buy rice to feed my children or pay my rent," said elementary school teacher Pejman Sarafnejad, 43, a father of three in Tehran.The European Union, France, Germany and Britain, parties to the nuclear agreement who are trying to keep it alive, said they regretted Washington's decision to re-impose sanctions. The EU is creating a special mechanism that would circumvent U.S. financial sanctions on Iran.The United States is able to pressure other nations to stop buying Iranian oil under a 2012 law that allows the president to cut off foreign banks, including central banks, from the U.S. financial system unless they significantly reduce purchases.The United States believes global oil supplies will exceed demand next year, making it easier for countries to cut Iranian oil imports to zero, Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, told reporters.(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Patricia Zengerle, Lesley Wroughton; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner and Humeyra Pamak in Washington, Devika Krishna Kumar in New York; Henning Gloystein in Singapore, Aizhu Chen in Beijing, Dmitry Zhdannikov in London; Hyonhee Shin in Seoul, Osamu Tsukimori in Tokyo, Gulsen Solaker in Ankara and Parisa Hafezi in Dubai; Editing by Susan Thomas, Grant McCool and Tomasz Janowski)

Fearing 'angry mob', lawyer of freed Christian woman leaves Pakistan-[Reuters]-By Saad Sayeed and Asif Shahzad-YAHOONEWS-November 4, 2018

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Pakistani lawyer who helped a Christian woman overturn her death sentence for blasphemy said on Saturday he had left the country in fear of his life after her acquittal earlier this week sparked street protests by Islamists.Leaders of the ultra-Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) group blocked main roads in Pakistan's biggest cites for three days, calling for the murder of the Supreme Court judges who acquitted Asia Bibi on Wednesday -- urging their cooks and servants to kill them.Saiful Mulook had kept a low profile during the years he represented Bibi, a mother-of-five who has been on death row since 2010, due to the highly sensitive nature of the case. Two politicians who had tried to help her have been assassinated.Mulook told Reuters in a WhatsApp message he had gone abroad "just to save (my) life from angry mob" and because of fears for the safety of his family."I consulted and everybody is of this opinion (that I should leave)," he said, adding that he would return to the country to continue his work on the case if he was given protection by security forces.The TLP called off the protests late on Friday after striking a deal with the government that would see authorities seek to put Bibi on an 'exit control list' barring her from leaving the country.Bibi's whereabouts are unknown, but Islamists have warned the authorities against taking her out of the country."There will be a war if they send Asia out of country," TLP leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi said after the deal was reached.Earlier in the week one of Rizvi's deputies called for Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and two other judges who ruled in the case to be murdered."Whoever, who has got any access to them, kill them before the evening," TLP co-founder Muhammad Afzal Qadri told supporters.The TLP was founded out of a movement supporting a bodyguard who assassinated Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer after he spoke in Bibi's defence in 2011. Federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was also killed after calling for her release.Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. She always denied having committed blasphemy.The case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where Islamist parties such as the TLP have framed Bibi's release as Pakistan's government caving into Western demands.Bibi's acquittal is being reviewed, though it is extremely rare for a review to overturn a Supreme Court ruling.(Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Helen Popper)

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

UAE minister says Iran’s aggression to blame for renewed US sanctions-Anwar Gargash cites Tehran’s ‘aggressive policies’ as largely responsible for reintroduction of punitive measures that were lifted under 2015 nuclear deal-By TOI staff-TOI-NOV 4,18

The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said Saturday that Iran’s “aggressive policies” were “largely responsible” for the US decision to reimpose sanctions against the Islamic Republic, according to Reuters.The UAE along with Saudi Arabia have adopted a more confrontational approach to Shiite rival Iran in recent years, accusing it of supporting terror groups and fueling turmoil in regional countries.The two Sunni states head a military coalition in Yemen aimed at toppling the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group and returning the internationally recognized government to power.On Friday, the US announced that it will reintroduce sanctions against Tehran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. They are the second batch the administration has reimposed since it withdrew from the international accord in May.The rollback, which will go into effect on Monday, ends US participation in the nuclear deal, which now hangs in the balance as Iran no longer enjoys any relief from sanctions imposed by the world’s largest economy.Shortly after the announcement, US President Donald Trump tweeted a poster-like image of himself in a play on TV show Game of Thrones, with the phrase “Sanctions are Coming, November 5.”pic.twitter.com/nk2vKvHuaL— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018-With limited exceptions, the sanctions will hit countries that do not stop importing Iranian oil and foreign firms that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities, including its central bank, a number of private financial institutions, and state-run port and shipping firms, as well as hundreds of individual Iranian officials.The waivers will be valid for six months, during which time the importing country can buy Iranian oil but must deposit Iran’s revenue in an escrow account. Iran can spend the money but only on a narrow range of humanitarian items. Pompeo said two of the eight countries would wind down imports to zero within weeks.

Florida imam: Palestine must be liberated, even at cost of millions of martyrs-Hasan Sabri says ‘Palestine in its entirety is Islamic land, and there is no difference between what was occupied in 1948 and 1967’-By TOI staff-NOV 4,18

During a recent sermon at the Islamic Center of South Florida, an imam called for the “liberation” of Palestine, even at the cost of tens of millions of Muslim lives.“If a land is occupied or plundered, it should be liberated from the occupiers and plunderers, even if this leads to the martyrdom of tens of millions of Muslims,” said Hasan Sabri in a sermon last month translated Friday by the Middle East Media Research Institute.“This is the ruling, and there is no room for discussion or concessions.”Sabri referred to “Palestine in its entirety” as “Islamic land” and asserted that there is no difference between the land captured by Israel in the 1948 Independence War and the 1967 Six Day War. “All of it is Islamic waqf land that was occupied by force. The responsibility for it lies with the entire Islamic nation, and the [Palestinians] should benefit from this land.”Florida Friday Sermon – Imam Hasan Sabri: Palestine In Its Entirety Should Be Liberated, Even If This Leads to the Martyrdom of Tens of Millions of Muslims pic.twitter.com/tbuJNiOSry— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) November 2, 2018-The Imam also criticized the yet-to-be-released peace plan of US President Donald Trump. “They call it ‘the Deal of the Century.’ Why do they call it a deal?’ Because whoever is involved in this treason is not a man of principles,” Sabri said.“These are peddlers, not men with a cause. All they want are positions and jobs. That is why for them, the cause is nothing but a deal, a matter of give and take. For them, it is nothing but a deal.”

Christians in Egypt bury their dead after jihadist attack-Local Islamic State affiliate claims its gunmen killed 7 Coptic pilgrims in ambush attack near Cairo-By Samy Magdy and Hamza Hendawi-TOI-NOV 4,18

MINYA, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians gathered Saturday for a funeral service south of Cairo to bid farewell to six of seven people killed the previous day when militants ambushed three buses carrying pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery.The service at Prince Tadros church in the city of Minya was held amid tight security and presided over by Minya’s top cleric, Anba Makarios. He and members of the congregation prayed and chanted over a row of six white coffins.Relatives of the victims cried and held each other for support.All but one of those killed were members of the same family, according to a list of the victims’ names released by the church, which said a boy and a girl, ages 15 and 12 respectively, were among the dead. A total of 19 were wounded in the attack, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church.The local Islamic State group affiliate, which spearheads militants fighting security forces in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack south of Cairo. It said the attack was revenge for the imprisonment by Egyptian authorities of “our chaste sisters” but did not elaborate.The IS affiliate claimed that 13 Christians were killed and another 18 wounded, but it was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim or reconcile the discrepancy in the number of dead and wounded given by the group and the church.The attack was likely to cast a dark shadow on one of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s showpieces — the World Youth Forum — which opens Saturday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The forum is drawing thousands of local and foreign youth to discuss a wide range of topics, with Egypt’s 63-year-old leader taking center stage.The Islamic State has repeatedly vowed to go after Egypt’s Christians as punishment for their support of el-Sissi. As defense minister, el-Sissi led the military’s 2013 ouster of an Islamist president, whose one-year rule proved divisive. The group has claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks on Christians dating back to December 2016.El-Sissi, who has made security among his top priorities since taking office in 2014, wrote on his Twitter account that Friday’s attack was designed to harm the “nation’s solid fabric” and pledged to continue fighting terrorism. He later offered his condolences when he spoke by telephone with Pope Tawadros II, spiritual leader of Egypt’s Orthodox Christians and a close el-Sissi ally.In a somber message of his own, Tawadros said in a video clip released by the church that the latest attack would only make the Christians stronger.“I think that this is a terrorist act which is targeting Egypt through playing the card of the Copts,” said Begemy Nassem Nasr, priest of the church of St. Mary in Minya. “We know that … President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is hosting the youth forum and they meant to embarrass him.”Embarrassingly, Friday’s attack is the second to target pilgrims heading to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in as many years, indicating that security measures put in place since then are either inadequate or have become lax. The previous attack in May 2017 left nearly 30 people dead.It was the latest in a string of IS assaults against Christians. Previous ones targeted churches packed with worshippers in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta north of the capital, leaving at least 100 people dead.The attacks led to tighter security around Christian places of worship and Church-linked facilities, where metal detectors and armed police are routinely deployed. They have also underlined the vulnerability of minority Christians in a country where many Muslims have since the 1970s grown religiously conservative and less tolerant of non-Muslims.The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said Friday’s attackers used secondary dirt roads to reach the buses carrying the pilgrims, who were near the monastery at the time of the attack. Only pilgrims have been allowed on the main road leading to the monastery since last year’s attack.Some Christians in Minya said police negligence was partly to blame for the latest attack, arguing that they stopped providing armed escorts for pilgrims’ buses headed to the old monastery.“They should have escorted them. They know it is dangerous to leave them alone on that road,” said Youssef Attya, a 38-year-old health worker from Minya.The Interior Ministry said police were pursuing the attackers, who fled the scene.Egypt’s Christians, who account for some 10 percent of the country’s 100 million people, complain of discrimination in the Muslim majority country. Christian activists say the church’s alliance with el-Sissi has offered the ancient community a measure of protection but failed to end frequent acts of discrimination that boil over into violence against Christians, especially in rural Egypt.In Minya, the scene of Friday’s attack, Christians constitute the highest percentage of the population — about 35 percent — of any Egyptian province. It’s also in Minya where most acts of violence, like attacks on churches and Christian homes and businesses, take place.Christians there accuse the local police of being soft on Muslims who attack them and complain that, in their pursuit of keeping the peace between the two communities, they insist on resolving sectarian disputes through tribal-like reconciliation meetings rather than rule of law.

Clocks 'fall back' on Sunday, offering 1 more hour of sleep-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-November 3, 2018

Twice a year, most Canadians change the time of their clocks by an hour.We "fall back," as we'll do this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m. And a few months later, on March 10, 2019, we'll "spring forward."We know that the time shift helps us make the most of light in the morning and evening, and that it can temporarily upset our sleep schedules.But why do we do it? The idea was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in the 1770s, but wasn't implemented until around 1915. Germany was the first country to use it, then Britain. It was adopted more widely during the First World War, which is when Canada started using daylight time.Reducing energy consumption and making the best use of daylight hours were the main reasons daylight time was used.There have been changes to the dates when clocks would change over the years, most recently in 2007, when legislation in the United States moved the start of daylight time three weeks earlier in the spring and the return to standard time a week later in the fall.The change was aimed at trying to help save energy. Canada followed the move in the U.S. so the time zones would remain aligned. That means clocks now:Fall back the first Sunday in November.Spring forward the second Sunday in March.Only in some parts of Canada-Most of Saskatchewan has not observed daylight time since 1966, staying on central standard time all year round. Some border towns follow the time schemes of their neighbours in Manitoba or Alberta.Areas of Quebec east of 63 degrees west longitude do not change to daylight time and remain on Atlantic time year round. Pockets of Ontario and British Columbia do not use daylight time.Daylight time is observed in most of the United States. Just two states — Arizona and Hawaii — and three territories — American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — do not participate.There have been debates about whether daylight time remains useful. A March 2013 telephone survey of 1,000 adults by Rasmussen Reports in the U.S., for example, suggested 45 per cent of people thought it had no value, and 19 per cent were unsure.A similar survey of Europeans in the summer of 2018 found 84 per cent want to stop changing their clocks twice a year. That prompted the European Commission to announce in August that it would recommend that European Union member states abolish daylight savings.The time change can also affect sleep cycles. "Falling back," is generally thought to be less physically stressful, because people can get an extra hour of sleep, but studies show that's not always the case.Time changes are not always beneficial to traffic and pedestrians. A study by U.S. researchers found there were more pedestrian deaths during the evening rush hour in November than October as drivers and pedestrians adjusted to the earlier darkness.Upcoming time changes (ET)-2019: Spring forward Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. Fall back Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 a.m.2020: Spring forward Sunday, March 8 at 2 a.m. Fall back Sunday Nov. 1 at 2 a.m.2021: Spring forward Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. Fall back Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m.

Federal ministers defend cannabis rollout after Enquête uncovers ties to organized crime-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-November 4, 2018

Federal ministers defended the rollout of legal cannabis Friday after a Radio-Canada investigation revealed that the financial backers of some producers have links to organized crime.The French-language investigative program Enquête found that two individuals connected to illegal drug trafficking, including one with links to the Rizzuto crime family, were able to invest in a major legal cannabis producer.Another individual with ties to the illegal market was able to sell his cannabis business to one of Canada's biggest legal players in exchange for shares in the company."It's not something that happens overnight, but there are laws in place to ensure that we do everything we can to capture individuals that are involved in organized crime," said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.RCMP Supt. Yves Goupil told Enquête that while the police force conducts background checks on those applying to be licensed producers, uncovering everyone who is investing in the venture is a much more costly process.He said the RCMP cannot afford to employ deep surveillance techniques on every producer.Opposition parties said it's a troubling sign that, two weeks into the era of legal cannabis, the black market appears to have infiltrated Canada's legal supply chain."On its face, problems begin to emerge," said Conservative Member of Parliament Gérard Deltell.NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice said it's essential that the government uncover who is financing Canada's legal cannabis producers."They take the patch off their back and put on their jacket and tie and become a legitimate businessmen and continue to profit off drugs," he said.Making the verification process more difficult is the use of trusts, the Enquête report found, which hide the names of beneficiaries from the public."We have robust physical and personnel security screening processes in place for the existing industry designed to guard against infiltration by organized crime," said Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair.He pointed to the fact that all officers and board members of a licensed producer are subject to background checks.Blair said the government has also proposed expanding those checks to board members of any company that controls the corporation doing the actual cannabis production.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor defended the government's cannabis law, calling the current verification system "exhaustive."She reiterated that Health Canada had found no connections to organized crime in the companies approved to produce cannabis."It's a new regime. We will ensure that the right resources are in place," she said.At a news conference in Churchill, Man., Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged there is still work to do be done the cannabis file, but that he is happy with the rollout so far.With files from Radio-Canada.

          Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Featuring Rep. Ro Khanna, (D-CA); Caroline Dorminey, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Scott Paul, Humanitarian Policy Lead, Oxfam America; and Kate Kizer, Policy Director, Win Without War; moderated by John Glaser, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

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After years of quiet U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen, top officials in the Trump administration are finally talking about ending the conflict. But a lasting resolution to the war remains a distant prospect, and the Yemeni people continue to suffer under bombardment and blockade in one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent memory.

What are the facts in Yemen? Why has the United States abetted the Saudi war in Yemen for almost four years? And what is the role of Congress in checking the authority of the executive to get involved in distant conflicts? Please join us for a discussion of these topics.

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24 Oct 2018 - "I very much hope that Congress will act, that we will finally take seriously our congressional duty, end our support for the carnage in Yemen, and send the message that human lives are worth more than profits for arms manufacturers."
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3 Nov 2018 - Puzzling is the furore caused in Washington and many European capitals kept on the boil by mainstream media suggesting that this incident will not go away without costing Saudi Arabia dear. So, what could be the aftermath of the Khashoggi murder on Saudi Arabia? Top of the list of possibilities is regime change.
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ISTANBUL • More than a week after Saudi agents killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia sent an expert team to clean up evidence of the crime, under the guise of helping with the investigation, a senior Turkish official said Monday —...
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A Racial Shakedown in Portland, Oregon

In a 30-second video recorded on Oct. 28, a female pedestrian holding a bicycle helmet is seen making a phone call. She’s complaining about a car blocking a crosswalk on a busy street in Portland, Ore. The phone call ends and the car’s occupants—a young black man and woman—walk up to her and take her to task for reporting them. Some angry words are directed at the bicyclist by the man—“go back to your f—ing neighborhood”—and then the video ends.

If this encounter had unfolded in a normal part of the world, this would be where the story ends: Just another squabble in the battle between drivers and non-drivers over public space. But Portland is not normal. This is a city where antifa mobs are allowed to set up roadblocks and mob elderly drivers, all with the mayor’s apparent acquiescence. 

The latest, above-described victim is a 28-year-old white woman who was captured on video during a phone call with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s non-emergency parking hotline. The car belonged to Rashsaan Muhammad, who was with his partner, Mattie Khan. They parked improperly on a North Portland street while ordering food from a nearby burger restaurant. While filming, Ms. Khan accused the bicyclist of being “another white person calling the police on a black person.” She wasn’t. Portland Police have no record of that phone call taking place.

It is hard to know how the pedestrian, derogatorily christened “Crosswalk Cathy” on social media, could have known the race of the car’s owners. Portland doesn’t offer its residents race-tagged parking permits (yet), and the incident occurred on a busy business street. But that didn’t stop Portland Mercury news editor Alex Zielinski from writing a provocative (and wrong) story with the headline, “Woman calls cops on Portland man’s parking job. She’s white. He’s black.”

The report, video, and misinformation went viral and spawned a series of other stories targeting the woman. “Portland, Ore., couple Rashsaan Muhammad and Mattie Khan were running to grab a quick bite to eat at Big Burger (sic) when they spotted a woman bearing the skin color of an American terrorist standing across the street looking at their parked car,” read one unsubtle story at The Root. “White lady dubbed ‘Crosswalk Cathy’ called cops because she didn’t like how black couple parked,” headlined another on BET. Newsweek was slightly more charitable, saying she had “allegedly” called the cops. They were all wrong.

Last week’s race controversy ignited by Portland Mercury is not the first time the progressive alternative paper has published race-baiting content. Last year, it ran a libelous (and subsequently retracted) column accusing various restaurants of religious and cultural appropriation—and suggesting they were guilty of “culinary white supremacy.” The predictable result of that column was the siccing of a mob on the female owners of Kook’s Burritos, the business featured most prominently in the piece. They deleted their social media accounts, shut down their food cart, and went into hiding.

“Tribal hatreds are a dangerous thing to stoke,” said Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Diversity Delusion. She says most Americans are naïve about the tribal violence that defines much of the historical and modern human experience. “In the worst case, [victim ideologues] are fueling the fires of violent civil strife.”

The genre of “white people doing something to black people” is, by now, a well-established media genre that generates easy clicks. But there is also an unsettling subplot that few seem willing to discuss. The two people of color who star in last week’s viral video both act abominably toward a young woman they’ve just met. In a city where too many bicyclists and pedestrians have been struck and killed in car accidents (2017 was one of the deadliest years with 45 killed), the woman did her role as a good citizen by calling a non-emergency hotline to report the car blocking the crosswalk.

And it was Ms. Khan, not the pedestrian, who instantly racialized the incident, while her male partner called the woman an “idiot” and told her that she doesn’t belong in the neighborhood. Who’s the racist—not to mention segregationist—here?

The couple’s abominable behavior didn’t end after that encounter and the publication of the video on Oct. 29, however. Within hours, Ms. Khan named the bicyclist publicly and posted her photo on social media. Friends and followers of Ms. Khan then continued the doxing, publishing more photos and personal details of the woman. Twitter activist “@Sahluwal,” who only identified himself to me as “Simar,” reposted the video in a tweet watched over 200,000 times. “Twitter, do your thing and identify this woman,” he wrote. Simar told me he was not a witness and did not verify the claim in the video.

Sha Ongelungel, who was recently profiled glowingly as a racial justice activist in The Guardian, published the woman’s employer information on Twitter and encouraged others to call or email them. They obliged and demanded that she be fired. Ms. Ongelungel stopped responding after I inquired if she took any steps to verify the couple’s (false) allegation.

And like the owners of Kook’s Burritos the year before, the victim at the center of the video has deleted her social media presence, taken down her website, and gone into hiding. Her email is no longer listed at her employer’s page. Even some of her family who share the same surname have done the same. This sort of disappearing act now happens regularly in Portland—a new form of excommunication.

While Ms. Khan’s behavior may seem cruel and anti-social, there is a sort of rational logic to it: Progressive Portland is a city where even the most absurd claims of racism are taken seriously and prosecuted hysterically by the media and public.

In May, for instance, a black woman named Lillian Green launched a web campaign against Portland’s Back to Eden Bakery after the vegan shop declined to serve her after closing hours. In the video, she was admirably forthright about her motives for telling the world about this experience: Using the hashtag #LivingWhileBlack, Ms. Green—a doctoral student at Lewis and Clark College—explained that she wants to “blast their ass” on Facebook.

And blasted it was. The owners fired the two women working that evening and offered Ms. Green a job training the remaining employees in “racial inclusivity.” Such incidents send a clear message: Shaming white people, with or without merit, works. People will treat you as a hero. And you will get what you want.

Mattie Khan is now selling clothing merchandise of “Crosswalk Cathy.” She announced the sale on Facebook with a video of Rashsaan Muhammad modeling one of the hoodies at $45 a pop (t-shirts are $25).

In a city whose guilty whites seem ready to roll over on any pretext, no complaint is too absurd to become fodder for race hustling.

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False Hopes and Invisible Enemies

Today, many educated people believe that (1) our lives are controlled by invisible, malevolent forces like "structural racism." (2) An evil class of people is born with special powers ("privilege") that allow them to manipulate these forces for their own benefit

written by Jonny Anomaly

People are pattern-seekers. When we observe patterns in the natural world we often seek a deeper explanation for them. An example of a pattern that has captured the attention of academics is the disparity between men and women in fields like mechanical engineering and pediatrics.

Culture is an obvious explanation for some disparities: if a wave of Irish immigrants to Boston joins fire departments, and Italians start restaurants, then we might expect that the next generation of Bostonians will contain a disproportionate number of Irish firefighters and Italian restaurant owners. Similarly, if low-skilled immigrants tend to work in jobs like construction and agriculture, we might expect to find a lot of low-skilled workers who move from Central America to the United States to work on construction sites and strawberry farms.

Another obvious way to explain divergent outcomes between groups is that some groups – ranging from races and sexes, to religions and political partisans – have been discriminated against or persecuted by others. In other words, members of some groups throughout history were not given the opportunity to show their true talents in some fields.

Historically, ethnic discrimination was the norm, not the exception. In fact, ethnic discrimination was almost certainly adaptive for our ancestors who had to decipher, however crudely, who to trust and who to shun. Discrimination often served the function of increasing trust within a group by preventing members of other groups from enjoying access to valuable social goods that took effort to produce and preserve.

Persistent Performance Gaps

When we want to explain performance gaps, the obvious places to start are culture, bias, and discrimination. But in the mid-to-late twentieth century nearly every Western country abolished discriminatory laws, and many also implemented affirmative action programs. Governments, universities, and private firms made active efforts to recruit traditionally persecuted minorities into schools and jobs to which they previously lacked full access.

Under these conditions, some groups improved their outcomes while others did not. Jews and Asians, in particular, have thrived in every Western country in which they are found, and in many cases, they make more money, commit fewer crimes, and attain higher levels of education than the majority group in the societies to which they have migrated.

Moreover, despite the tedious proclamations of politicians that women have a long way to go in Western countries, we are much closer to parity than many believe. The majority of college graduates are now women, and the pay gap between men and women is almost non-existent when we compare workers in the same occupation at the same level. (According to Harvard economist Claudia Golden, most pay gaps are due to choices made by men and women to work in different occupations based on personal interests: women who have children, for example, understandably prefer more flexible jobs, which often pay less.)

As explicit discrimination decreased, social scientists began proposing alternatives to explain remaining gaps. Two, in particular, became popular in the 1990s: stereotype threat and epigenetics. Stereotype threat (supposedly) occurs when people are asked to perform a task and then informed that, on average, members of their group are not especially good at that task. They then perform worse than they otherwise would have. Epigenetics refers to the fact that gene expression is influenced by extra-genomic factors. Some social scientists proposed that if genes can be expressed differently in different environments, perhaps stressful environments can lead some groups to perform more poorly than others by affecting gene expression.

But stereotype threat has turned out to be a spectacular failure in explaining achievement gaps. And epigenetics is unlikely to explain disparities like why Asians outperform Africans on math exams, and why Africans outperform Asians in sports that involve sprinting.

Unfalsifiable Hypotheses

When the predictions generated by these explanations failed to pan out, many began to turn to invisible forces like “structural racism” and “implicit bias” to explain achievement gaps. One problem with these hypotheses (as they are often employed) is that they are impossible to falsify. In fact, that seems to be the point: if we can’t test the hypothesis that unconscious bias and structural racism explain achievement gaps, they become perfect candidates for an all-purpose explanation that can be held with the force of a religious dogma.

When we see an achievement gap, we can invoke bias without even thinking about alternatives, and dismiss as a “racist” or “sexist” anyone who proposes the hypothesis that biology plays a role in explaining some achievement gaps.

Of course, biases exist, and sometimes they are at odds with our explicit value judgments. In these cases, it’s worth spreading social norms that aim to combat unfair biases. But some biases are useful heuristics, and some stereotypes are rational generalizations, like the belief that we have a greater chance of being violently assaulted by a man than a woman, or that the next international chess champion is more likely to be Jewish than Eritrean. In these cases, it is arguably morally wrong to prevent ourselves from believing what the evidence suggests.

When we hear someone attribute achievement gaps to implicit bias or structural racism, an obvious question to ask is: What would count as evidence against your hypothesis?

Vague Language

Structural racism (or sexism) is such an amorphous term that it is hard to know how to analyze it. We might first look to government institutions and private firms and ask whether they have policies of discrimination. In some countries, government agencies and businesses alike have policies that explicitly discriminate against entire classes of people (for example, in Saudi Arabia a man’s testimony in court has twice the evidentiary value of a woman’s). But in many Western countries like the United States and Australia, discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and sexual orientation is explicitly forbidden by law. Affirmative action programs actually do allow employers to discriminate – but they typically discriminate against rather than in favor of men of Asian or European descent.

Of course, we might think that although laws forbid discrimination, implicit bias leads some people to unconsciously discriminate against potential employees and co-workers. Implicit bias is hard to test, but the best evidence we have so far suggests that even when implicit bias exists it does not affect behavior very much, if at all. Despite the weak evidence for implicit bias as an explanation for achievement gaps, many corporations, and educational institutions have diversity training programs aimed at combating its allegedly pernicious effects.

Similar claims can be made about “misogyny,” which is the new term for “sexism” coined by radical feminists who claim that even if most people don’t consciously discriminate against women, an unconscious hatred of women helps explain why men and women exhibit different characteristics, which lead to different outcomes.

Will those who cite implicit bias, structural racism, or internalized misogyny respond to the evidence against their claims? Or will they instead retreat to untestable claims couched in vague language which allows them to save their hypothesis no matter what scientists find?

Conclusion

Those of us who suspect biology plays a role in explaining some group differences do not deny the existence of bias, which is especially powerful in traditional societies that lack norms of toleration and laws that protect minorities. But we are skeptical that racism or sexism or other pernicious forms of bias can explain all of the gaps that we see. More importantly, our hypothesis is falsifiable. One way to falsify it would be to find that genes which influence physical and mental traits – including abilities and interests – are identically distributed across human groups.

If people want to search for the different causes of achievement gaps by proposing testable scientific hypotheses, we welcome them to the debate. But we are frustrated by the seemingly unfalsifiable nature of the hypotheses that are increasingly put forward to defend the view that all groups are the same, and that all indications of difference are evidence of evil.

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'I'm not meant to be a bloke': Woman who changed gender to become a man called Lee 15 years ago says sex swap was a huge mistake and wants to switch back

Sex changes are very often regretted

A transgender man who had a sex change 15 years ago has branded it the biggest mistake of his life and wishes he was still a woman.

Lee Harries, 60, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was born Debbie Karemer but underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 44.

After years of struggling with his sexual identity, he had his breasts, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, before doctors made a prosthetic penis for him.

But years later he says: 'I'm not meant to be a bloke' and believes he is not transgender.

Mr Harries, who married his partner Alan before he transitioned, has undergone counselling, where experts have told him he has PTSD as a result of being sexually assaulted by his father.

He told the Mirror: 'I wish I could turn back the clock and just have the foresight of what the nightmare the next 15 years would be.

'I'm a woman I'm not meant to be a bloke. I'm trapped. It's a complete mess - where do you even start? I just regret the decision.

'I'm sure a lot of transgender men feel the same too but I'm the only one honest and brave one to come out and say it.'

Mr Harries says he feels 'mutilated' and believes he had the surgery because he thought if he did not have a vagina anymore he could not be raped.

His trauma has also left him with objectum sexuality, which means he is attracted to inanimate objects.

Mr Harries says he has developed sexual attractions to a fishing rod and a radio, before having a 'relationship' with an electric guitar.

The 60-year-old is currently on the waiting list for an NHS operation to reverse his sex change, but feels 'trapped' in his male body.

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The super-rich will regret their vulgar displays

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UK: Public anger is rising against flashy billionaires such as Philip Green and it’s bound to give a boost to Corbyn’s cause

A full month before pantomime season begins, our favourite villain has returned to the stage in a puff of green smoke: Sir Philip of Monaco. Boo! Hiss! Bubbling under recent coverage has been something approaching delight. Many long for Green’s comeuppance. Dislike of the man stretches back long before these bullying accusations, before BHS hit the rocks and before his shoddy treatment of its pensioners. Two words sum up why Green is long-loathed: greed and vulgarity.

It is one thing to be rich, another to parade it as showily as Green has done (while limiting payments to the taxman). Most famously, there were the parties. His 50th birthday bash was a £5 million event that saw Sir Philip dressed as Emperor Nero. His 55th had performances by George Michael and Jennifer Lopez, pushing the bill up to a rumoured £20 million. The 60th was a more modest affair, only £6 million to cover the numerous bottles of Pol Roger and singalong with Stevie Wonder. Green is a cartoon tycoon, perma-tanned and model-draped, possessing the daddy of all yachts in Lionheart. This £115 million, 295-foot monster troubles the Med’s prettiest harbours each summer blaring the message that its owner is, as the old Harry Enfield character used to declare, “considerably richer than you”.

Green is not the only person to splash the cash, of course, but his profile and pugnacity make him a lightning rod for our dislike of flashy braggarts everywhere. He embodies the culture of vulgarity that has grown ever since loadsamoney City traders flashed their wads of notes in the Eighties. It used to be that modesty was lauded and greed was a cardinal sin. Now the reverse seems true. Displays of wealth that would once have seemed unbelievably crass now barely raise an eyebrow.

The property developer Nick Candy boasts in an interview of the fleet of sports cars he and his brother Christian once owned: Rolls-Royce Phantom, Rolls-Royce convertible, Mercedes SLR McLaren, Ferrari F430 Spider and 575M Maranello, two Range Rovers and a Cherokee Jeep.

Tamara Ecclestone (daughter of Bernie, the Formula One boss) stars in a reality show that lingers on the details of her luxuriant life, from her £70 million house to her many butlers. Plutocrats’ offspring display incredible wealth on Instagram: being waited on in Monte Carlo and buried under Tiffany purchases in New York. A craze sweeping Russia and China shows how such tackiness has gone global. The “flaunt your wealth” challenge has Instagrammers posing corpse-like on the ground next to their luxury car or aircraft as though just pitched out of it, surrounded by Gucci bags, Prada sunglasses, piles of banknotes and jewels.

Most notoriously there is the endless race among the super-rich to build bigger and swankier boats. Last week this paper reported on a surge in demand for mega-yachts, with a predicted 40 per cent increase in the number of 100 metre-plus vessels built in the next few years. One industry figure puts this down to one-upmanship: owners needing to trump each other with multiple decks, helicopter pads, submersible vehicles, piano bars and cinemas.

Criticism of such excess is easily shut down as “the politics of envy”. Defenders of the super-rich ask, “Why shouldn’t they enjoy the fruits of their labours? Lighten up! Let the high-rollers roll!” Call it the politics of envy all you like, but the truth is that as life continues to grind hard for many in our country, as wages continue to stagnate, conspicuous consumption seems not only tacky and crass but taunting and cruel.

Green once complained that he was the victim of “envy and jealousy” but such lifestyles are designed to draw attention and inevitably spark envy. For many among the super-rich, their bought delights are not to be privately enjoyed but publicly shared. Part of the pleasure is in people witnessing your extravagance. In an age when social media and celebrity coverage trumpet every movement of the rich and famous, this means decadent, champagne-spraying spending being rubbed in the face of millions who have bugger all. These displays don’t inspire the hospital porter on the night shift or the carer on minimum wage to reach for the stars — they just make them feel inadequate and small, locked out of a Gatsby-like world.

This is why those who wear their wealth gaudily on their sleeve should be careful. The resentment caused is grist to the socialists’ mill. Anger about inequality is growing, not only among the have-nots but among the have-somethings. The more the super-rich seem to float off into a gilded bubble beyond the rest of us, the more voters will wish for them to be brought to heel. If a Corbyn government should come to “eat the rich”, as the hard-left placards say, if Chancellor McDonnell plays Robin Hood with some painfully (and destructively) redistributive policies, the flashy rich may only have themselves to blame.

To be clear: I don’t believe being on the Rich List makes you a bad person — far from it. I have great admiration for those with the entrepreneurial chutzpah to rise high and prosper. But there are ways to handle extreme wealth with class and even grace. In an essay entitled The Gospel of Wealth, the great Gilded Age philanthropist Andrew Carnegie said the duties of the very wealthy were to shun “display or extravagance” and consider themselves “trustees for the poor”.

Many around the world have taken these words as a manifesto. There are the highly generous, like Bill Gates with his Giving Pledge, and there are those who shun extravagance too. Ingvar Kamprad, the late founder of Ikea, flew only in economy class. The Mexican magnate Carlos Slim drives himself to work. Warren Buffett never spends more than $3.17 on breakfast. In Britain there are many rich people who go about their business modestly and take their responsibilities as trustees for the poor seriously. They start schools in deprived areas, fund mentoring and scholarships, pay enormous amounts in tax and don’t deserve to be tarnished by the brush of Green and his flashy ilk.

The awful “flaunt your wealth” challenge brought to my mind a woman who died in AD 79 . On the outskirts of Pompeii archaeologists found her wearing heavy gold armbands, rings and chains, carrying a bag containing more bracelets, rings, necklaces and a thick braid of gold. Weighed down by her gaudy riches as she ran from the erupting Vesuvius, she is a symbol of the adage that you can’t take it with you.

The super-rich should consider not only how they want to be perceived today but remembered tomorrow. Do they wish to be fossilised surrounded by Ferraris, gold bathtubs and Cartier bracelets or remembered, as the Carnegies and the Rockefellers are, for something better? The choice is theirs.

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Nahum Barnea, a leading Israeli commentator, writing in Yedioth Ahronoth in May (in Hebrew), set out, unambiguously, the ‘deal’ behind Trump’s Middle East policy:

In the wake of the US exit from JCPOA [which occurred on 8 May], Trump, Barnea wrote, will threaten a rain of ‘fire and fury’ onto Tehran … whilst Putin is expected to restrain Iran from attacking Israel using Syrian territory, thus leaving Netanyahu free to set new ‘rules of the game’ by which the Israel may attack and destroy Iranian forces anywhere in Syria (and not just in the border area, as earlier agreed) when it wishes, without fear of retaliation.

This represented one level to the Netanyahu strategy: Iranian restraint, plus Russian acquiescence to coordinated Israeli air operations over Syria.

 “There is only one thing that isn’t clear [concerning this deal]”, a senior Israeli Defence official closest to Netanyahu, told Ben Caspit, “that is, who works for whom? Does Netanyahu work for Trump, or is President Trump at the service of Netanyahu ... From the outside … it looks like the two men are perfectly in sync. From the inside, this seems even more so: This kind of cooperation … sometimes makes it seem as if they are actually just one single, large office”.

There has been, from the outset, a second level, too:

This entire ‘inverted pyramid’ of Middle East engineering had, as its single point of departure, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

It was Jared Kushner, the Washington Post reports, who “championed Mohammed as a reformer poised to usher the ultraconservative, oil-rich monarchy into modernity. Kushner privately argued for months, last year, that Mohammed would be key to crafting a Middle East peace plan, and that with the prince’s blessing, much of the Arab world would follow”. It was Kushner, the Post continued, “who pushed his father-in-law to make his first foreign trip as president to Riyadh, against objections from then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - and warnings from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis”.

Well, now MbS has, in one form or another, been implicated in the Khashoggi murder.  Bruce Riedel of Brookings, a longtime Saudi observer and former senior CIA & US defence official, notes, “for the first time in 50 years, the kingdom has become a force for instability” (rather than stability in the region), and suggests that there is an element  of ‘buyer’s remorse’ now evident in parts of Washington.

The ‘seamless office process’ to which the Israeli official referred with Caspit, is known as ‘stovepiping’, which is when a foreign state’s policy advocacy and intelligence are passed straight to a President’s ear – omitting official Washington from the ‘loop’; by-passing any US oversight; and removing the opportunity for officials to advise on its content.  Well, this has now resulted in the Khashoggi strategic blunder.  And this, of course, comes in the wake of earlier strategic ‘mistakes’: the Yemen war, the siege of Qatar, the Hariri abduction, the Ritz-Carlton princely shakedowns.

To remedy this lacuna, an ‘uncle’ (Prince Ahmad bin Abdel Aziz) has been dispatched from exile in the West to Riyadh (with security guarantees from the US and UK intelligences services) to bring order into these unruly affairs, and to institute some checks and balances into the MbS coterie of advisers, so as to prevent further impetuous ‘mistakes’.  It seems too, that the US Congress wants the Yemen war, which Prince Ahmad consistently has opposed (as he opposed MbS elevation as Crown Prince), stopped. (General Mattis has called for a ceasefire within 30 days.) It is a step toward repairing the Kingdom’s image.

MbS remains - for now - as Crown Prince. President Sisi and Prime Minister Netanyahu both have expressed their support for MbS and “as U.S. officials contemplate a more robust response [to the Khashoggi killing], Kushner has emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Saudi alliance in the region”, the Washington Post reports. MbS’ Uncle (who as a son of King Abdel Aziz, under the traditional succession system, would be himself in line for the throne), no doubt hopes to try to undo some of the damage done to the standing of the al-Saud family, and to that of the Kingdom.  Will he succeed?  Will MbS accede now to Ahmad unscrambling the very centralisation of power that made MbS so many enemies, in the first place, to achieve it?  Has the al-Saud family the will, or are they too disconcerted by events?

And might President Erdogan throw more wrenches into this delicate process by further leaking evidence Turkey has, if Washington does not attend sufficiently to his demands.  Erdogan seems ready to pitch for the return of Ottoman leadership for the Sunni world, and likely still holds some high-value cards up his sleeve (such as intercepts of phone calls between the murder cell and Riyadh).  These cards though are devaluing as the news cycle shifts to the US mid-terms.

Time will tell, but it is this nexus of uncertain dynamics to which Bruce Reidel refers, when he talks of ‘instability’ in Saudi ArabiaThe question posed here, though, is how might these events affect Netanyahu’s and MbS’ ‘war’ on Iran?

May 2018 now seems a distant era.  Trump is still the same ‘Trump’, but Putin is not the same Putin. The Russian Defence Establishment has weighed in with their President to express their displeasure at Israeli air strikes on Syria - purportedly targeting Iranian forces in Syria.  The Russian Defence Ministry too, has enveloped Syria in a belt of missiles and electronic disabling systems across the Syrian airspace. Politically, the situation has changed too: Germany and France have joined the Astana Process for Syria. Europe wants Syrian refugees to return home, and that translates into Europe demanding stability in Syria. Some Gulf States too, have tentatively begun normalising with the Syrian state.

The Americans are still in Syria; but a newly invigorated Erdogan (after the release of the US pastor, and with all the Khashoggi cards, produced by Turkish intelligence, in his pocket), intends to crush the Kurdish project in north and eastern Syria, espoused by Israel and the US.  MbS, who was funding this project, on behalf of US and Israel, will cease his involvement (as a part of the demands made by Erdogan over the Khashoggi murder). Washington too wants the Yemen war, which was intended to serve as Iran’s ‘quagmire’, to end forthwith.  And Washington wants the attrition of Qatar to stop, too.

These represent major unravelings of the Netanyahu project for the Middle East, but most significant are two further setbacks:

First, the loss of Netanyahu’s and MbS’ stovepipe to Trump, via Jared Kushner, by-passing all America’s own system of ‘checks and balances’.  The Kushner ‘stovepipe’ neither forewarned Washington of coming ‘mistakes’, nor was Kushner able to prevent them. Both Congress and the Intelligences Services of the US and UK are already elbowing into these affairs.  They are not MbS fans.  It is no secret that Prince Mohamed bin Naif was their man (he is still under ‘palace arrest’).

Trump will still hope to continue his ‘Iran project’ and his Deal of the Century between Israel and the Palestinians (led nominally by Saudi Arabia herding together the Sunni world, behind it).  Trump does not seek war with Iran, but rather is convinced of a popular uprising in Iran that will topple the state. 

And the second setback is that Prince Ahmad’s clear objective must be other than this - instability in, or conflict with, Iran.  His is to restore the family’s standing, and to recoup something of its leadership credentials in the Sunni world, which has been shredded by the war in Yemen – and is now under direct neo-Ottoman challenge from Turkey.  The al-Saud family, one may surmise, will have no appetite to replace one disastrous and costly war (Yemen), with another – an even greater conflict, with its large and powerful neighbor, Iran.  It makes no sense now.  Perhaps this is why we see signs of Israel rushing to hurry Arab state normalisation – even absent any amelioration for the Palestinians.

Nehum Barnea presciently noted in his May article in Yediot Ahoronot:

“Trump could have declared a US withdrawal [from the JCPOA], and made do with that. But under the influence of Netanyahu and of his new team, he chose to go one step further. The economic sanctions on Iran will be much tighter, beyond what they were, before the nuclear agreement was signed. “Hit them in their pockets”, Netanyahu advised Trump: “if you hit them in their pockets, they will choke; and when they choke, they will throw out the ayatollahs””.

This was another bit of ‘stovepiped’ advice passed directly to the US President. 

His officials might have warned him that it was fantasy.  There is no example of sanctions alone having toppled a state; and whilst the US can use its claim of judicial hegemony as an enforcement mechanism, the US has effectively isolated itself in sanctioning Iran: Europe wants no further insecurity. It wants no more refugees heading to Europe. Was it Trump’s tough stance that brought Kim to the table?  Or, perhaps contrarily, might Kim have seen a meeting with Trump simply as the price that he had to pay in order to advance Korean re-unification?  Was Trump warned that Iran would suffer economic pain, but that it would nonetheless persevere, in spite of sanctions? No – well, that’s the problem inherent in listening principally to ‘stovepipes’.


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Michael R. Pompeo
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Washington Foreign Press Center
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November 5, 2018


MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and then hopefully we’ll have time for one or two questions afterwards.

Secretary Pompeo, please.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Hey, Robert. Thank you. Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be here at the Foreign Press Center. It’s great to see you all. In May of this year, after President Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal, the Trump administration announced a new strategy to fundamentally alter the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s leadership. At the center of this effort – and there are multiple lines of effort – but at the center of it is an unprecedented campaign of economic pressure. Our objective is to starve the Iranian regime of the revenue it uses to fund violent and destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East, and indeed around the world.

Our ultimate goal is to convince the regime to abandon its current revolutionary course. Just look at what happened last week. Denmark announced it had uncovered an Iranian regime assassination plot on its own soil. The Iranian regime has a choice. It can either do a 180-degree turn from its outlaw course of action and act like a normal country, or it can see its economy crumble.

We hope a new agreement with Iran is possible, but until Iran makes changes in the 12 ways that I listed in May, we will be relentless in exerting pressure on the regime. As a reflection of that resolve, today we’re reimposing all sanctions that were previously lifted under the nuclear deal. This includes sanctions on energy, banking, shipping, and shipbuilding industries.

Since the Trump administration came into office, we’ve done 19 rounds of sanctions targeting 168 Iranian entities. Today’s sanctions will accelerate the rapid decline of international economic activity in Iran since the implementation of our strategy in May. Since that time, since back in May, over 100 companies have withdrawn from Iran or canceled plans to do business there. It should be noted that if a company evades our sanctions regime and secretly continues sanctionable commerce in the Islamic Republic, the United States will levy severe, swift penalties on it, including potential sanctions. I promise you that doing business with Iran in defiance of our sanctions will ultimately be a much more painful business decision than pulling out of Iran and it – being connected to Iran entirely.

More than 20 importing nations have zeroed out their imports of crude oil already, taking more than one million barrels of crude per day off the market. The regime today, since May, has lost over $2.5 billion in oil revenue. We have decided to issue temporary allotments to a handful of countries responsible to specific circumstances and to ensure a well-supplied oil market. The U.S. will be granting these exemptions to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey. Each of those countries has already demonstrated significant reductions of the purchase of Iranian crude over the past six months, and indeed two of those eight have already completely ended imports of Iranian crude and will not resume as long as the sanctions regime remains in place. We continue negotiations to get all of the nations to zero.

Additionally today, 100 percent of the revenue Iran receives from the sale of oil will be held in foreign accounts. Iran can only use this money for humanitarian trade or bilateral – in bilateral nonsanctioned goods.

Speaking of Iran’s nuclear program, we have decided to grant narrow and temporary waivers that permit the continuation of three nonproliferation projects currently underway. Allowing these activities to continue for the time being will improve ongoing oversight of Iran’s civil nuclear program and make these facilities less susceptible to illicit and illegal nuclear uses. Rest assured Iran will never come close to getting a nuclear weapon on President Trump’s watch.

I will now turn it over to Secretary Mnuchin.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Thank you. Today the United States is executing on the final actions to withdraw on the Obama administration’s fatally flawed Iran deal. This morning, we will fully impose sanctions on the Iranian regime. This is part of a maximum unprecedented economic pressure campaign the United States is waging against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. Today we sanctioned more than 700 individuals, entities, aircraft, and vessels as part of Treasury’s largest ever single day action targeting Iran. Over 300 of those sanctions are new targets. In addition, we are relisting hundreds of individuals and entities that were previously sanctioned, granted sanctions relief under the JCPOA.

These powerful sanctions directly target Iran’s banking, energy, and shipping sectors. The Iranian regime has funneled billions of dollars for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps force through the banking sector. Today’s designation includes 50 Iranian banks and their foreign and domestic subsidiaries in conduction with Iran’s regime support for international terrorism, proliferation of mass destruction, or their means of delivery and human rights abuses.

Our actions include the identification of more than 400 targets, including over 200 persons and vessels in Iran’s shipping and energy sector; Iran Air, the national airline of Iran, and more than 65 aircraft; the placement of nearly 250 persons in associated block properties on the Specially Designated Nationals list; the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Over the last five months, Treasury has implemented some of the most impactful sanctions ever seen. Combined with the previous actions, more than 900 Iran-related targets have been sanctioned under this administration in less than two years, marking the highest-ever level of U.S. economic pressure on Iran. We are making it abundantly clear to the Iranian regime that they will face mounting financial isolation until they fundamentally change their destabilizing behavior.

Iran’s leaders must cease support for terrorism and end destructive regional activities immediately. They must stop ballistic missiles and abandon their nuclear ambitions if they seek a path to sanctions relief. We are watching the Iranian regime with laser focus. If they try to evade our sanctions, we will take action to disrupt their activity time and time again.

The maximum pressure exerted by the United States is only going to mount from here. Companies around the world need to know we will be strictly enforcing our sanctions. Thank you.

MODERATOR: That – we’ll have time for a few questions. Let’s go to Sky News, Cordelia Lynch.

QUESTION: Hello, this is a question for Secretary Pompeo. The President invoked Game of Thrones when he was discussing sanctions. Do you think that was appropriate?

SECRETARY POMPEO: This administration has been consistent from, frankly, President Trump’s campaign to the first day he was inaugurated about our intention. We understand that the Islamic Republic of Iran presents a threat to the United States of America, and we are determined to stop it. And much has been made about this Game of Thrones. Qasem Soleimani responded, and I haven’t seen any of you comment on that. This is a man who has American blood on his hands. He’s killed American soldiers, and that’s not funny. And the actions that the Islamic Republic of Iran are taking are not about little silly things that people get wrapped up here in Washington, D.C., but about very serious matters that impact all of Europe, all the Middle East and the world, and our young men and women who are in harm’s way today.

MODERATOR: Thank you, sir. Next question is going to be Asahi Shimbun, Yuko Lanham. Yuko?

All right. We’re going to move on to EFE, Beatriz Pascual Macias.

QUESTION: Hi, thank you very much. Thank you very much. I was wondering, what could you say to the European countries that were expecting to be in this list of countries that are not going to suffer the sanctions? And what kind of relation have you have with them, what are the conversations regarding this topic? Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: You want to talk about on the financial side, Steven?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Well, I don’t think we’ve ever said that it relates to the European countries, that they’ll be exempt. I think quite the contrary. We’ve said that we expect them to honor the sanctions. Having said that, there are certain transactions that they can continue to do, whether they’re humanitarian transactions or specific trade in the restricted accounts. And again, let me just emphasize, as I said last week, we will make sure that humanitarian transactions are really going for those purposes. So this is not about hurting the people of Iran, but we will not let money be diverted to humanitarian purposes and then put for terrorist activities.

SECRETARY POMPEO: And then just to follow up, with respect to the relationship, we’ve been very candid and clear with all of the European countries. There are more than three, we should note. Many of them are fully supportive of what it is that we are undertaking. They have taken a different approach with respect to the JCPOA, but it is also something that the whole world should know. European businesses have already made their decisions. They’ve decided not to do business with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and so we’re very confident that the sanctions regime that we’re putting in place will be effective.

MODERATOR: Al Jazeera English, James Bays.

QUESTION: James Bays from Al Jazeera English. You talk about the destabilizing behavior of Iran in the region. How does that differ from the behavior of Saudi Arabia?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So let me just go through the list: Underwriting Lebanese Hizballah, that presents a threat to the United States of America and Israel; underwriting the Houthis in Yemen, causing an enormous conflict to take place there in that country; the efforts in Iraq to undermine the Iraqi Government, funding Shia militias that are not in the best interests of the Iraqi people; their efforts in Syria; the list goes on. The difference in behavior between those two countries is remarkable. Since we’ve taken office, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been very supportive of our efforts on counterterrorism. They’ve assisted us. I know Secretary Mnuchin has worked with them on a couple of projects as well. It is completely clear the Islamic Republican of Iran is the destabilizing force in the Middle East today.

Do you want to add to that?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: No, I think it’s well said.

MODERATOR: Last question. Let’s go to TASS, Dmitry Kirsanov.

QUESTION: Thank you. Gentlemen, thanks a lot for coming over to brief us. For Secretary Pompeo. Sir, you mentioned that three waivers have been issued for the civilian nuclear energy project. Could you clarify what those are? And Bushehr nuclear power plant, will it be the one under the waiver? Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. That’s a great question. It’s a pretty complicated area, that nonproliferation issue. There are three. Bushehr is one of the three. But if I may, we will get out a full fact sheet on that here in the next hour or so that you’ll all be able to see. What we’ve authorized is very narrow, very limited, very time limited as well, but important nonetheless that these nonproliferation projects are not things that are taking place without some ability to see what’s going on, and we’ll give you the full details of the scope of those waivers.

MODERATOR: We have time for – this is the last one. Let’s go right to the front, right here, please.

QUESTION: Thank you. Roj Zalla with RUDAW TV in Iraqi Kurdistan. Mr. Secretary, Iran has very powerful hands in Iraq. Are you not concerned that with these sanctions Iran might increase the pressure on some of your allies in Iraq? And in that case, what can you do to reassure those allies?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it’s a very reasonable question. Here’s the facts. Since the United States entered the JCPOA in 2015, Iran has turned up the heat on those very entities to which you’re referring. So we have a history, we have data set, we have a historical basis upon which to say that we know that the JCPOA didn’t impede Iran one bit from putting pressure on Kurdistan, pressure in Baghdad, pressure throughout the region. We are very hopeful that the set of efforts we’re undertaking – we’ve focused here on the financial and economic, but the full range of efforts we’re taking to push back against the Islamic Republic of Iran will have the intended effect of reducing Iran’s capacity to be destabilizing and present risk to the Middle East, to Europe, and the world.

MODERATOR: With that, that concludes this morning’s briefing. Thank you very much to Secretaries Pompeo and Mnuchin.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all

MODERATOR: Thank you, sir. Thank you all

 


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November 5, 2018


Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 5-6 and Manama, Bahrain November 7-8. He will meet with leaders there to discuss cooperation to blunt the Iranian regime’s support for terrorism, countering the financing of terrorism, and deterring terrorist travel.


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SoftBank’s CEO Masayoshi Son on Monday said that his company will not cut ties to Saudi Arabia even as other technology firms rethink their relationships with the country in the fallout of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The...
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When John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal set out to raise money this year for their first venture capital fund, Unusual Ventures, industry peers advised them to go after the easy money — sovereign wealth funds like those managed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which have become major investors in Silicon Valley. “People would say, ‘It’s really easy — they’ll give you as much money as you want,’” Vrionis said. But the pair said they didn’t feel comfortable making investments on behalf of repressive governments. Instead, they sought investments from nonprofit groups, historically black universities and children’s hospitals.
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The CEO of the SoftBank Group of Japan denounced the killing of a prominent dissident in a Saudi consulate in Turkey — but said he would not cut ties with the Saudi Arabian government. The remarks by Masayoshi Son on Monday were his first public comments on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who entered the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and never emerged. Turkey has said Khashoggi was beaten and tortured before being beheaded and dismembered. But Son’s comments also highlight a basic fact: Despite the outrage directed at Saudi Arabia over the killing, big companies are unwilling to cut off the kingdom as a lucrative client.
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By Reverend John Bryson Chane Source The alleged direct ties of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad Bin Salman linking him to the murder and dismemberment of United States resident and Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi has heightened the awareness of President Trump’s willingness to put his self-interests and “deal making” first, before condemning the criminal behavior of the Saudi Government. […]
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          The Unraveling Of The Netanyahu Project For The Middle East      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Alastair Crooke via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Nahum Barnea, a leading Israeli commentator, writing in Yedioth Ahronoth in May (in Hebrew), set out, unambiguously, the ‘deal’ behind Trump’s Middle East policy:

In the wake of the US exit from JCPOA [which occurred on 8 May], Trump, Barnea wrote, will threaten a rain of ‘fire and fury’ onto Tehran … whilst Putin is expected to restrain Iran from attacking Israel using Syrian territory, thus leaving Netanyahu free to set new ‘rules of the game’ by which the Israel may attack and destroy Iranian forces anywhere in Syria (and not just in the border area, as earlier agreed) when it wishes, without fear of retaliation.

This represented one level to the Netanyahu strategy: Iranian restraint, plus Russian acquiescence to coordinated Israeli air operations over Syria.

 “There is only one thing that isn’t clear [concerning this deal]”, a senior Israeli Defence official closest to Netanyahu, told Ben Caspit, “that is, who works for whom? Does Netanyahu work for Trump, or is President Trump at the service of Netanyahu ... From the outside … it looks like the two men are perfectly in sync. From the inside, this seems even more so: This kind of cooperation … sometimes makes it seem as if they are actually just one single, large office”.

There has been, from the outset, a second level, too:

This entire ‘inverted pyramid’ of Middle East engineering had, as its single point of departure, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

It was Jared Kushner, the Washington Post reports, who “championed Mohammed as a reformer poised to usher the ultraconservative, oil-rich monarchy into modernity. Kushner privately argued for months, last year, that Mohammed would be key to crafting a Middle East peace plan, and that with the prince’s blessing, much of the Arab world would follow”. It was Kushner, the Post continued, “who pushed his father-in-law to make his first foreign trip as president to Riyadh, against objections from then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - and warnings from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis”.

Well, now MbS has, in one form or another, been implicated in the Khashoggi murder.  Bruce Riedel of Brookings, a longtime Saudi observer and former senior CIA & US defence official, notes, “for the first time in 50 years, the kingdom has become a force for instability” (rather than stability in the region), and suggests that there is an element  of ‘buyer’s remorse’ now evident in parts of Washington.

The ‘seamless office process’ to which the Israeli official referred with Caspit, is known as ‘stovepiping’, which is when a foreign state’s policy advocacy and intelligence are passed straight to a President’s ear – omitting official Washington from the ‘loop’; by-passing any US oversight; and removing the opportunity for officials to advise on its content.  Well, this has now resulted in the Khashoggi strategic blunder.  And this, of course, comes in the wake of earlier strategic ‘mistakes’: the Yemen war, the siege of Qatar, the Hariri abduction, the Ritz-Carlton princely shakedowns.

To remedy this lacuna, an ‘uncle’ (Prince Ahmad bin Abdel Aziz) has been dispatched from exile in the West to Riyadh (with security guarantees from the US and UK intelligences services) to bring order into these unruly affairs, and to institute some checks and balances into the MbS coterie of advisers, so as to prevent further impetuous ‘mistakes’.  It seems too, that the US Congress wants the Yemen war, which Prince Ahmad consistently has opposed (as he opposed MbS elevation as Crown Prince), stopped. (General Mattis has called for a ceasefire within 30 days.) It is a step toward repairing the Kingdom’s image.

MbS remains - for now - as Crown Prince. President Sisi and Prime Minister Netanyahu both have expressed their support for MbS and “as U.S. officials contemplate a more robust response [to the Khashoggi killing], Kushner has emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Saudi alliance in the region”, the Washington Post reports. MbS’ Uncle (who as a son of King Abdel Aziz, under the traditional succession system, would be himself in line for the throne), no doubt hopes to try to undo some of the damage done to the standing of the al-Saud family, and to that of the Kingdom.  Will he succeed?  Will MbS accede now to Ahmad unscrambling the very centralisation of power that made MbS so many enemies, in the first place, to achieve it?  Has the al-Saud family the will, or are they too disconcerted by events?

And might President Erdogan throw more wrenches into this delicate process by further leaking evidence Turkey has, if Washington does not attend sufficiently to his demands.  Erdogan seems ready to pitch for the return of Ottoman leadership for the Sunni world, and likely still holds some high-value cards up his sleeve (such as intercepts of phone calls between the murder cell and Riyadh).  These cards though are devaluing as the news cycle shifts to the US mid-terms.

Time will tell, but it is this nexus of uncertain dynamics to which Bruce Reidel refers, when he talks of ‘instability’ in Saudi ArabiaThe question posed here, though, is how might these events affect Netanyahu’s and MbS’ ‘war’ on Iran?

May 2018 now seems a distant era.  Trump is still the same ‘Trump’, but Putin is not the same Putin. The Russian Defence Establishment has weighed in with their President to express their displeasure at Israeli air strikes on Syria - purportedly targeting Iranian forces in Syria.  The Russian Defence Ministry too, has enveloped Syria in a belt of missiles and electronic disabling systems across the Syrian airspace. Politically, the situation has changed too: Germany and France have joined the Astana Process for Syria. Europe wants Syrian refugees to return home, and that translates into Europe demanding stability in Syria. Some Gulf States too, have tentatively begun normalising with the Syrian state.

The Americans are still in Syria; but a newly invigorated Erdogan (after the release of the US pastor, and with all the Khashoggi cards, produced by Turkish intelligence, in his pocket), intends to crush the Kurdish project in north and eastern Syria, espoused by Israel and the US.  MbS, who was funding this project, on behalf of US and Israel, will cease his involvement (as a part of the demands made by Erdogan over the Khashoggi murder). Washington too wants the Yemen war, which was intended to serve as Iran’s ‘quagmire’, to end forthwith.  And Washington wants the attrition of Qatar to stop, too.

These represent major unravelings of the Netanyahu project for the Middle East, but most significant are two further setbacks:

First, the loss of Netanyahu’s and MbS’ stovepipe to Trump, via Jared Kushner, by-passing all America’s own system of ‘checks and balances’.  The Kushner ‘stovepipe’ neither forewarned Washington of coming ‘mistakes’, nor was Kushner able to prevent them. Both Congress and the Intelligences Services of the US and UK are already elbowing into these affairs.  They are not MbS fans.  It is no secret that Prince Mohamed bin Naif was their man (he is still under ‘palace arrest’).

Trump will still hope to continue his ‘Iran project’ and his Deal of the Century between Israel and the Palestinians (led nominally by Saudi Arabia herding together the Sunni world, behind it).  Trump does not seek war with Iran, but rather is convinced of a popular uprising in Iran that will topple the state. 

And the second setback is that Prince Ahmad’s clear objective must be other than this - instability in, or conflict with, Iran.  His is to restore the family’s standing, and to recoup something of its leadership credentials in the Sunni world, which has been shredded by the war in Yemen – and is now under direct neo-Ottoman challenge from Turkey.  The al-Saud family, one may surmise, will have no appetite to replace one disastrous and costly war (Yemen), with another – an even greater conflict, with its large and powerful neighbor, Iran.  It makes no sense now.  Perhaps this is why we see signs of Israel rushing to hurry Arab state normalisation – even absent any amelioration for the Palestinians.

Nehum Barnea presciently noted in his May article in Yediot Ahoronot:

“Trump could have declared a US withdrawal [from the JCPOA], and made do with that. But under the influence of Netanyahu and of his new team, he chose to go one step further. The economic sanctions on Iran will be much tighter, beyond what they were, before the nuclear agreement was signed. “Hit them in their pockets”, Netanyahu advised Trump: “if you hit them in their pockets, they will choke; and when they choke, they will throw out the ayatollahs””.

This was another bit of ‘stovepiped’ advice passed directly to the US President. 

His officials might have warned him that it was fantasy.  There is no example of sanctions alone having toppled a state; and whilst the US can use its claim of judicial hegemony as an enforcement mechanism, the US has effectively isolated itself in sanctioning Iran: Europe wants no further insecurity. It wants no more refugees heading to Europe. Was it Trump’s tough stance that brought Kim to the table?  Or, perhaps contrarily, might Kim have seen a meeting with Trump simply as the price that he had to pay in order to advance Korean re-unification?  Was Trump warned that Iran would suffer economic pain, but that it would nonetheless persevere, in spite of sanctions? No – well, that’s the problem inherent in listening principally to ‘stovepipes’.


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That time of year again huh? The USA indulges in various unilateral sanctions of. They vary from the dumb to the squalid. The Cuban embargo is more telling of the internal politics of the USA than it is a reflection on those who are on the receiving end. The countries against whom the USA does not impose sanctions tells the story of the inherent hypocrisy of this issue (Saudi Arabia springs to mind). All this talk of 'democracy' being a pretext for their sanctions and embargoes surely embarrasses the USA. Founded on democratic principles, it's democracy is now on the slide. The embargo against Cuba precedes the current rogue US regime by some considerable decades. It's an absurdity and an anachronism but is becoming a minor sideshow in comparison to some of the bigger stories surrounding the current resident of the White House. As a big fan of the USA, I would hope for a democratic upturn. All I see at the moment are right wing conservatives in league with right wing extremists. I see a withdrawal of the right to vote for ever-increasing numbers of US citizens. I see gerrymandering on an ever increasing scale. It's a dangerous picture.......... Viva Beto O'Rourke !!!!!!
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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will need to raise about $300 billion(228.71 billion pounds) between 2018 and 2021, with Saudi Arabia having the largest financing requirements, according to rating agency S&P.

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          Iran officials mock, warn U.S. over renewed sanctions      Cache   Translate Page      
TEHRAN, Iran – The “largest-ever” U.S. sanctions list targeting Iran drew mockery from Iranian officials on Tuesday for including mothballed Boeing 747s, a bank that closed years earlier and a sunken oil tanker that exploded off China months ago.

However, the new list of sanctions, which also aims to cut Iran’s vital oil industry off from international sales, also included for the first time its state airline and its atomic energy commission, further highlighting the maximalist approach of President Donald Trump’s administration.

Trump pulled America out of the 2015 nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in May. United Nations monitors say Iran still abides by the deal, in which it agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed penalties on more than 700 Iranian and Iranian-linked individuals, entities, aircraft and vessels in the new sanctions. Among those are 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, and more than 200 people and ships.

However, scattered among the list are surprising entries, such as the crude oil tanker Sanchi. That vessel collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China’s east coast in January, killing all 32 sailors aboard.

Another entry was Iran’s Tat Bank, which closed in 2012.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif took to Twitter to mock some of the targets of the sanctions, describing it as a “desperate” psychological ploy.

“The U.S. designated a bank that was closed 6 years ago, and a ship that sank in a widely televised saga,” he wrote, ending the tweet with “(hashtag)USisIsolated.”

But for the first time, the United States targeted Iran Air. It also sanctioned the state carrier’s mothballed fleet of Boeing 747s, which were manufactured in the 1970s.

It also appeared that the U.S., in another first, was directly sanctioning the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the government agency that oversees Iran’s nuclear program. Prior sanctions targeted specific subsidiaries of the organization.

Eshaq Jahangiri, President Hassan Rouhani’s senior vice president, also criticized the sanctions.

“Americans think their list is more effective if it is longer,” Jahangiri said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency. He said he had discussed the list with other officials, with many saying it was “less than what we expected.”

Still, Jahangiri warned that “Americans intend to damage economy of the country” through psychological warfare.

Zarif later issued an online video criticizing America’s “indiscriminate assault” on his country.

“The U.S. administration appears to believe that imposing illegal draconian sanctions on Iran will bring about such pain to our nation that it will force us to submit to its will, no matter how absurd, unlawful or fundamentally flawed its demands are.”

Zarif urged America to re-examine its “catastrophes” in the Mideast, including its support for Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Iran is already in the grip of an economic crisis. Its national currency, the rial, now trades at 150,000 to one U.S. dollar; a year ago, it was about 40,500. The economic chaos sparked mass anti-government protests at the end of last year, resulting in nearly 5,000 reported arrests and at least 25 people being killed.

Sporadic smaller demonstrations still reportedly erupt from time to time.

The new sanctions particularly hurt Iran’s vital oil industry, which provides a crucial source of hard currency. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions already had cost Iran the sale of over 1 million barrels of crude oil a day.

Analysts feared in the run-up to the sanctions that global oil prices could spike on tight supply and increasing demand. However, the Trump administration allowed some of its allies – Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey – as well as rival China to continue to purchase Iranian oil as long as they work to reduce imports to zero. The price of benchmark Brent crude has dropped from over $80 a barrel in recent days.

During a visit to Madrid on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran was “not legitimate” and that the rest of the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by Washington are working to make economic cooperation with Tehran possible.

Lavrov’s remarks were Russia’s first reaction to Washington’s new list of sanctions against Iran. The Russian diplomat said the sanctions go against international law and practices, and that the U.S. “policies of issuing an ultimatum and making unilateral moves are unacceptable these days.”


           Comment on Whatever happened to … by adunsiger       Cache   Translate Page      
So many great question so here, Doug! I never had a party line, but I did have a rotary phone. I still have an old one down in my parent’s basement. No big surprise that with my old cell phone, I do have a landline, and it’s through Bell. My grandpa worked for Bell for years until he retired — he even went to Saudi Arabia to set-up the phone lines there when my step-dad and his siblings were in high school (their family moved there for years) — and I can’t seem to move away from Bell because of this family connection. My parents also still have a modem in their basement, and while they never use it (with wifi now), they still have the second line they got when it first went in. Thanks, as always, for this weekly trip down memory lane. Curious to hear the stories that others share. Aviva
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          King Salman embarks on domestic tour amid Khashoggi crisis       Cache   Translate Page      

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman embarked on an unprecedented domestic tour on Tuesday, an official said, as the country grapples with an international crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The 82-year-old monarch arrived in the central province of Qassim, an official close to his entourage told AFP, as he started what Saudi media said was a tour of “several regions” in the kingdom.

The king was also set to visit the northern region of Hail, in his first such tour since he ascended to the most powerful throne in the Middle East in 2015, the pro-government Sabq newspaper reported.

In Qassim, the king would launch health, education and infrastructure projects as well as check on “the conditions of citizens and get acquainted with their needs”, Saudi Gazette newspaper said.

The tour comes as Saudi Arabia faces growing international outrage over Khashoggi’s murder on Oct 2 in its consulate in Istanbul. It is widely seen as the worst diplomatic crisis facing the kingdom since the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Saudi rulers appear to be shoring up support domestically, including within the royal family, following the crisis.

King Salman last month ordered the resumption of annual bonus payments to all government workers from the beginning of next year. The bonuses had been suspended under austerity measures in 2016 amid low oil prices.

In recent weeks, Saudi nationalists have sought to rally around the prince with adulatory poems and songs on social media as local officials dismiss the Khashoggi crisis as a Western conspiracy.

Published in Dawn, November 7th, 2018


          Pakistan's immediate balance of payments crisis is over: finance minister       Cache   Translate Page      

Finance Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday claimed that Pakistan's "balance of payments crisis is over" and assured that China is committed to providing short-term relief to Pakistan as well — the modalities of which, he said, will be discussed in a new round of discussions in Beijing on Friday.

"The long-term solution to the balance of payments crisis is to increase our exports, and to do that we should have enough income so that we do not need to borrow," Umar, who was a part of the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led delegation that visited China recently, explained during a press conference today. "In this regard, we have received a commitment from the highest level.

Finance Minister Asad Umar claims Pakistan does not have a balance of payment crisis now. —DawnNewsTV
Finance Minister Asad Umar claims Pakistan does not have a balance of payment crisis now. —DawnNewsTV

"Regarding the doubling of our exports, we are not talking long-term. We have [this target] for the ongoing year. We have also discussed short-term reliefs. A decision in principle has been taken, but to discuss its modalities our contingent is going to Beijing on November 9.

"So this curiosity that the people have will also be resolved soon. We had told you about the $12bn financing gap, of which $6bn have come from Saudi Arabia, and the rest has come from China so the immediate balance of payment crisis of Pakistan has ended. I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms. We do not have any balance of payments crisis now. "

A statement released by the finance ministry echoed Umar's remarks, adding that "a senior level delegation comprising of federal secretaries of finance, foreign affairs, planning & development and commerce along with the State Bank of Pakistan's governor will undertake a visit to China during the current week to work out the modalities".

Foreign minister says Pakistan 'out of the woods' after China trip

Foreign minister addresses a presser on China visit. — DawnNewsTV
Foreign minister addresses a presser on China visit. — DawnNewsTV

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, meanwhile, claimed that the trip to China was "productive to the extent that we are out of the woods".

The foreign minister said that the purpose of the visit to China was to "send a message to the international community" and also "move the two countries' strategic relationship towards an economic partnership".

He said that a total of 15 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) were signed in China, of which he highlighted a quartet.

"We decided that our strategic dialogue must be upgraded and its level be raised to the FM level," he said. "It was also decided to transfer our citizens sentenced there and theirs sentenced here so that they can serve their sentences in their own countries.

"Thirdly, the MoU which is important to me is poverty alleviation. China is a country that has taken 700 million people out poverty in the last 30 years. One-third of our population also lives below the poverty line — so the purpose of this MoU was to learn from the Chinese experience."

"The fourth MoU was regarding agricultural cooperation," he said. "We think that through transfer of technology, we can get a lot from China. We can learn how to increase our productivity and our per-acre produce."

Qureshi claimed that the trip also served to rubbish the notion that the Pak-China relationship would suffer under the PTI government.

"The perception that some people here tried to give that the government was not paying attention to our relationship with China," he said. "There is nothing to it. I can say that our relations with China are not just great but could get even better than before.

"This visit helped us in moving our relationship towards an economic partnership. We have always had good strategic relations so our aim [this time] was to figure how to advance the economic footprint."

The foreign minister said he is confident that the discussion with the Chinese counterparts would help Pakistan "double its exports".

He further said that the two sides would try and wrap up the second phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by April 2019.


          Saudis tampered with consulate’s CCTV security cameras after Khashoggi killing: Report      Cache   Translate Page      

RIYADH (Web Desk) Staff at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul tried to dismantle closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) of the premises in an attempt to help cover up the gruesome murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the diplomatic mission last month, a report says. According to a report published by …

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RIYADH (Web Desk) A journalist and writer in Saudi Arabia has reportedly died as a result of torture while in the regime custody as the conservative oil-rich kingdom grapples with an international crisis over the murder of prominent dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization seeking …

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There’s a game I play at the start of each Supreme Court term.

Considering the bitter partisanship and irresoluble polarization gripping the country—and by extension our evermore deeply divided Supreme Court—I try to identify the case that seems most likely to lead to a unanimous decision. It’s a tradition you can attribute to my longing, as singer Bill Monroe or newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh might put it, to “live on the sunny side of the mountain.”

I thought I had identified the case for the Court’s 2018­–19 term. Sudan v. Harrison, set for oral argument on Wednesday, had everything going for it. That is, everything seemed to point toward an unproblematic, unanimous resolution, until Saudi Arabia lured Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and recent resident of Virginia, into its consulate in Istanbul in order to torture and murder him. Now, I wonder whether that grisly tragedy on the west bank of the Bosporus mighty muddy the result in Sudan v. Harrison.

Without that dreadful turn of events, it might have been a straightforward case.

The survivors of the devastating attack on the USS Cole in 2000 recently obtained a $314 million judgment against Sudan on the theory that the North African country had provided material support to the al-Qaida terrorists who attacked the ship while it was refueling in Yemen. Among the damning bits of evidence incriminating Sudan was the fact that the country tolerated Osama Bin Laden’s residence in the country in the years leading up to the bombing of the Cole and the 9/11 attacks shortly thereafter. Sudan unsuccessfully challenged the district court orders securing Sudanese assets for the satisfaction of the judgment. It then sought and was granted certiorari review from the Supreme Court when the 2nd Circuit refused to overturn those orders.

It could have been a straightforward case for the Supreme Court justices, but it wasn’t going to end well for the American sailors. Despite the heart-rending facts, I expected Sudan to walk away with a unanimous Supreme Court victory. That’s because the survivors had been awarded damages on the basis of a default judgment granted to them when Sudan failed to appear in the case following the plaintiffs’ problematic—and now, intensely contested—service of the summons and complaint.

The Cole survivors’ suit against Sudan is what’s known as a Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act case. In such cases, if other statutory means aren’t viable, Section 1608(a)(3) of the act permits service “by sending a copy of the summons and complaint and a notice of suit … by any form of mail requiring a signed receipt, to be addressed and dispatched by the clerk of the court to the head of the ministry of foreign affairs of the foreign state concerned.” The plaintiffs from Cole, relying on this provision, addressed the complaint to the Sudanese foreign minister and directed the delivery of the documents to the Sudanese Embassy in D.C. In its challenge to the district court’s asset-seizure orders, Sudan argued that the delivery of the complaint at the Sudanese Embassy wasn’t compatible with Section 1608(a)(3) and constituted a violation of Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The latter provides that “the premises of the mission shall be inviolable.” The 2nd Circuit disagreed, noting that the plaintiffs had not served the complaint on the embassy, which everyone agrees would be impermissible. Instead, the 2nd Circuit Court reasoned that the plaintiffs had correctly addressed the suit to the Sudanese foreign minister and only sought delivery to him through or via the embassy. Through, not on, the embassy? Surely the Supreme Court would make quick, unspectacular work of this dispute over prepositions on which the essence of a state’s international sovereignty depended.

There were a number of reasons for thinking this would be a slam dunk for Sudan. First, the 2nd Circuit’s decision could be characterized as being in conflict with rulings on Section 1608(a)(3) from the D.C., 5th, and 7th Circuits, even if the plaintiffs can subtly distinguish their case from the others. Second, the 2nd Circuit Court itself seemed to demur in its judgment, acknowledging that the “statutory interpretation question presents a close call,” and that the language of Section 1608(a)(3) “is not completely clear.” Was this a concession to what Sudan and others referred to as the “dubious semantics” of the 2nd Circuit Court’s reasoning? Third, the 2nd Circuit’s shaky reasoning runs headlong into seemingly rock-solid international law doctrine. The inviolability of states’ diplomatic missions is widely treated as a foundation of the international order. It shows the necessary respect for the sovereignty states enjoy and exercise over their diplomatic missions. It facilitates the kind of direct diplomacy that helps to maintain the fragile peace of the state system. Fourth, the United States joined the case, offering vigorous and unqualified support for Sudan’s positions, even though taking that stance pitted the American government against its wounded veterans and aligned it with a designated “state sponsor of terrorism.” Those unseemly circumstances suggest that the U.S. government has more than a casual interest in the legal principles of the case. Indeed, the U.S. government insists in its brief that the Supreme Court should defer to the executive branch’s interpretation of the statutory- and treaty-based rules in the case. Fifth, the Supreme Court could be reassured that, by handing Sudan a victory, it would not be delivering a fatal blow to the sailors’ case. A reversal of the 2nd Circuit’s judgment would lead to a remand to the district court, which could finally consider the merits of the plaintiffs’ Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act claims.

But Khashoggi’s murder changes that calculus, and it could complicate the Harrison case. The central logic of a ruling in favor of Sudan is the need to ensure diplomatic missions’ inviolability, even from the seemingly mundane service of the papers that initiate a lawsuit. That absolutist approach to the inviolability of a diplomatic mission is secured by the Vienna Convention, and in the case of the United States, it is implemented by provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. But should the Supreme Court unquestioningly embrace that rule after Saudi Arabia’s grotesque, and cynical, reliance on the principle of inviolability for the use of its consulate in Istanbul as a black site to torture and kill Khashoggi? Sure, evading service of process is a far cry from impunity to commit murder. But the logic of the asserted privilege of inviolability supports both acts.

In their briefs, Sudan and the United States insist that the inviolability of diplomatic missions secured by Article 22 of the Vienna Convention is so absolute that it must preclude the service of process on an embassy by post. The absolutist view is strongly endorsed by a group of respected international law professors who submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of Sudan. They argue that any form of service of process, whether on or through the embassy, runs the risk of impairing diplomatic functions and impinging upon the dignity of foreign embassies. In their briefs, Sudan, the United States, and others illustrate the unqualified nature of mission inviolability with the claim that the receiving state is prevented from sending fire crews onto embassy grounds in order to put out a fire unless it has consent to battle the flames from the head of the diplomatic mission. Inviolable is inviolable. No exceptions. Not even if it enables Saudi Arabia to murder and dismember a dissident journalist.

Must we—must the Supreme Court—endorse this absolutist interpretation of Article 22? In what might have been a straightforward case, the Khashoggi murder now could persuade one or two of the justices to dissent from the prevailing approach. After all, this “fundamental and longstanding principle of international law” has a history of evolution and adaptation that is not acknowledged by the petitioner and others. Eileen Denza’s frequently cited, definitive commentary on the Vienna Convention relates a more nuanced background, one that involved exceptions to the rule for many centuries. As recently as the early 20th century, commentary and diplomatic practice recognized the need for some departures from the principle of inviolability, especially for the purpose of disrupting or investigating crimes. Denza cites a Dutch deviation from the rule for those purposes in 1966. Even if the negotiations leading to the Vienna Convention in 1961 confirm that the parties sought to codify the absolutist position advanced by Sudan and the United States, a treaty commitment cannot be offered as a justification for the violation of jus cogens norms such as prohibitions on crimes against humanity and on torture.

In any case, an absolute understanding of mission inviolability invokes an archaic assertion of sovereignty that no longer fits our times. Globalization and the burgeoning system of international human rights law, as they strain to expand markets and impose accountability, long ago disposed of absolutist notions of sovereignty. The theory justifying an emerging “responsibility to protect” surely must apply to a sovereign’s diplomatic holdings every bit as much as it applies to the sovereign’s homeland. Within the substantive and procedural boundaries it establishes, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act itself participates in this historic shift away from absolutist notions of sovereign inviolability. The absolutist understanding of mission inviolability also embraces an outdated, romantic vision of diplomacy that imagines trained consuls meeting in person at elegant bars and ferrying secretive information about in diplomatic pouches. The reality couldn’t be more different, as even some diplomatic heavyweights have begun to close their embassies and consulates in the last years. Cost savings have driven that trend. But so has the growing interest in so-called virtual diplomacy. Increasingly, a lot of the work of a foreign mission—Including citizen services and providing information to the government and public in the receiving state—can be accomplished through new technologies. The U.S. Virtual Embassy in Iran is a dramatic example. Some argue that, in our warp-speed world, the delays associated with the old brick-and-mortar version of diplomacy now pose as many risks as advantages.

As the justices debate the limits of mission inviolability in Sudan v. Harrison, I hope some of them will be troubled as much as I am by these lines from the amicus brief Saudi Arabia submitted in support of Sudan’s case: “There is no more fundamental prerequisite for the conduct of relations between states than the inviolability of diplomatic envoys and missions.” Maybe Sudan v. Harrison won’t be the term’s slam-dunk unanimous case after all.


          Kapitra: Tiga Hari Lalu Rizieq Diperiksa di Arab      Cache   Translate Page      
Pengacara Rizieq Shihab, Kapitra Ampera mengkonfirmasi kabar kliennya yang diperiksa otoritas Saudi Arabia.
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Virginia Heffernan discusses the murder of Jamal Khashoggi with Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch. It’s a sobering reminder that the current administration seems to be turning a blind eye to human rights abuses.

Further Reading:

World Leaders Should Reject Saudi Whitewash

Why the U.S. Has to Hold Saudi Arabia to Account for the Disappearance and Alleged Slaying of Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia: Reveal Fate of Jamal Khashoggi

Trump Administration Appears in No Hurry to Judge Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi Killing

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          Explainer - How a Democratic U.S. House could alter foreign policy      Cache   Translate Page      
Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

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Democrats will use their new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

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(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 06, 2018 ) The Middle East & Africa Hair Conditioner market is expected to reach USD 643 million by 2023, witnessing a robust CAGR during the forecast period. Saudi Arabia dominates the Middle East & Africa Hair Conditioner market. About 110 million units of Hair Conditioner...
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If there was ever a time to reconsider your gasmobile, it's now. According to Paul Rauber (via Sierra Club), "The grisly apparent murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul by a hit squad linked to Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman has led many to try to distance themselves from the autocratic kingdom. That will not be easy for U.S. drivers of fossil fuel vehicles, however, because Saudi Arabia is still a major supplier of oil to the United States."
          Millions in Yemen are starving and UK, US & France are ‘behind this’ – Oxfam representative to RT      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview The US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are “supporting this war,” an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia’s military.
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Preview Saudi Arabia may be maintaining a blockade of Yemen and facing repeated accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilian sites, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says starvation in the country is Iran’s fault.
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          'Hope it was quick & not painful': Khashoggi's sons want to bury his remains in Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Two sons of killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi want his body to return to Saudi Arabia for burial. Calling their father "a moderate person" misrepresented in the media, they are still hoping his death was at least "not painful."
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          The Untouchable US-Saudi Relationship      Cache   Translate Page      

In the last few weeks, numerous articles and analyses have been produced relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. However, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States has not been questioned, and the reason for this has not yet been explained. Nixon’s decision in 1971 to withdraw the United States from the gold standard greatly influenced the future direction of humanity. The US dollar rose in importance from the mid-1950s to become the world reserve currency as a result of the need for countries to use the dollar in trade. One of the most consumed commodities in the … Continue reading

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          Body Language Analysis No. 4356: Donald Trump: "When I can, I tell the truth" - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)      Cache   Translate Page      


On Thursday 1 November 2018, Jonathan Karl of ABC News interviewed President Trump. One of Trump's responses went particularly viral. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis of this interview.

JONATHAN KARL (continuing at 3:49): And finally, I remember, you remember - well on the campaign, you made a promise, you said, "I will never lie to you". So, can you tell me now, honestly, have you - kept that promise at all times? Have you always been truthful?

DONALD TRUMP: (over-talking) Well I try, I mean I do try, I think you try too. You say things about me that are not - necessarily correct. I do try and - ah, I always wanna tell the truth - when I can, I tell the truth. I mean sometimes it turns out to be where something happens - it's different or there's a change - but I always like to be truthful. 


Throughout the great majority of this entire exchange with Karl (including further back in this interview [beginning at 2:12] as the President answers questions regarding the ongoing diaspora of Central American people walking north through Mexico), Trump looks down and to HIS right (with both eyes and to a lesser degree, his head and neck).

Eye contact during deception is an intriguing phenomenon. When someone is telling a lie, the percentage of eye contact they have with the other person (or the camera) is biphasic. It almost always either increases (and thus, often takes on the feel of staring) - or it decreases. Moreover, when their eye contact does decrease, the quadrant to which the liar most often looks is THEIR lower right quadrant (exactly what we see here).

Notice too, the verbal language President Trump used. He never said, "Yes", "Always", "I'm always truthful", or "One-hundred percent" - rather Trump said:

• "Well I try"
• "I do try"
• "I always wanna tell the truth"
• "when I can, I tell the truth"
• "I always like to be truthful"

Such hedging, whether in written or verbal form, are profound statement analysis tells indicative of deception.

In addition, Donald Trump immediately proceeds with the premise that Jonathan Karl also lies when he says, "I think you try too. You say things about me that are not - necessarily correct". This is a manipulative method known as Forced Teaming (de Becker). It's as if to say, "We're in this together Jon - you and me" - and - You lie too Jonathan, everybody lies, but we all try not to".


Now flashback to an earlier portion of this interview. Beginning as Trump says (continuing at 2:31), "... you have caravans coming up that, look a lot larger than it's reported, actually, I mean I'm pretty good at - estimating crowd size - and I will tell you - they look a lot bigger than people would think ..."


From 2:31 to 2:39 Trump displays a combination of a Suppressed Smile along with what is known as a Lip Curl. Please watch the above video - as any still image does not capture the dynamic nature of this nonverbal behavior.

In this context, a suppressed smile is what is a nonverbal phenomenon termed as Duping Delight (Ekman) - which is a form of body language 'leaking' - wherein the person displaying it, is taking true joy in THEIR belief that they're successfully deceiving people. It's crucial to emphasize here that you don't have to agree at all with the ethics of their lying or their motive. Moreover, they may not be fooling anyone at all - but THEY believe they are doing so.

A lip curl (note the outward curl of Trump's upper left lip) signals Hubris, Braggadocio, and Bravado. Trump tends to have a slight lisp when he displays his lip curls (both in this example and on other occasions). This is best exemplified as he says the word "size" during 2:37.

Notice too, that during 2:36 - 2:39, Trump's shoulders elevate slightly as he puffs up his chest (and perhaps elevates a bit on his toes). While not a required component of either a lip curl or duping delight, these additional dynamics add to this particular body language sentence - a nonverbal grouping called a cluster. These extra components serve as amplifiers - of both the joy he has in the act of deceiving - as well as his hubris, braggadocio, and bravado.

SUMMARY: During this interview, Donald Trump is looking down to his right the vast majority of the time - the direction of gaze to which most people look during the diminished eye contact of deception. Trump also demonstrates classic nonverbal tells indicating he takes pleasure and hubris in the belief he's successfully perpetrating his lies.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4355: Comparing Donald Trump and the Tree of Life Synagogue to Ronald Reagan and the Challenger Disaster 

Body Language Analysis No. 4353: The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi and Trump's Defense of Saudi Arabia 

Body Language Analysis No. 4351: Donald Trump Stops Anthony Kennedy in His Tracks 

Body Language Analysis No. 4349: Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford - Part III

Body Language Analysis No. 4332: Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and The Kitchen Debate

Body Language Analysis No. 4321: Donald Trump and The Queen

Body Language Analysis No. 4316: Sarah Paulson, The Met Gala, and Madonna

Body Language Analysis No. 4309: The Little Girl in Red, "Tender Age" shelters, and Empathy

Body Language Analysis No. 4282: When Public Displays of Affection are More Frequent than those in Private


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          The Day in Photos – November 4, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Randy Orton is seen in action against Rey Mysterio during the single match of WWE “Crown Jewel” World Cup 2018 tournament at King Saud University stadium in Riyadh, November 2, 2018. (Photo by Faisal al Nasser/Reuters)

Randy Orton is seen in action against Rey Mysterio during the single match of WWE “Crown Jewel” World Cup 2018 tournament at King Saud University stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 2, 2018. (Photo by Faisal al Nasser/Reuters)

          "Paradise Discovered, At Last" PART 3 in Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
This is my Gulf’s Part 3 re my first ever trip to saucy Saudi Arabia in December 1979.

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YBA Kanoo put me into the local hotel (so good prospects there, eh?), and under the care of a very nice Brit guy called Bob. The first thing he did was to offer me half his monthly purchase of the locally produced ‘hooche’ from sugar, which was called ‘saddique’, or ‘friend’, in Arabic, I was told. One needed to dilute each pure half gallon with 100% distilled water and hey presto, one had a full gallon of damned good Vodka-like booze, which went very well with a Bitter Lemon soft drink and a slice of lemon.
A. It took me a short while to discover how the local gay scene operated there and very obvious it was too, once one had learnt the ropes. It transpired that the whole length of the seafront in Al Khobar (about 10/12 miles up from Damman) was the main hunting area. As an Expat, though about mid-40s then even, I needed to either walk up and down or even to just sit down and wait to be approached, in the best of styles of course. Being totally sold on BLACK GUYS ONLY for years already, I was a bit fussy but it would not be long before someone to my liking would appear. Sometimes we drove off in separate cars or I would jump into theirs. One memorable evening I followed two black locals to a house not too far away, followed also by a third Saudi guy in his car. At our destination the other driver was told to get lost by my new randy hosts and we first three went into that empty residence for some sex, one after the other with me as their main dish, and all on the ruddy staircase, would you believe? They then dropped me back at the seafront where I collected my car and I went home very happy.
B (a). One Friday morning (which was their Sunday no-work day, right?), I was driving towards the beach just past Al Khobar, but still in Damman, when I was waved down vigorously by a very black guy on the opposite side of the main road. I drove round to talk with him and it turned out he was a Kenyan aged about 25/26, and soon we were inside his compound where I saw three other Kenyans too. It was going to be good, I thought to myself, but not even I was prepared for what happened in the next 30 odd minutes. To set the ball rolling, the nice first guy led me into an empty but very dusty room off the main interior area, which had a dirty mattress on the floor and little other furniture. We both undressed ourselves and he then proceeded to fuck the hell out me in various positions. He must not have had any sex for ages because he was ravenous and crazy with desire for someone to satisfy himself with, and I was that lucky guy that Friday morning.
(b) As he was leaving he asked me if I wanted his friend to visit me there too (in English of course) and when I nodded a yes, one of his black colleague soon appeared at the door and came into the room. I had remained naked, but coyly hiding my hard-on, and this new guy soon got himself fully undressed too. His style and needs were quite different from the first guy’s because this guy wanted to stand behind me and rub his hard cock up and down my rear like that for a good 5 minutes, all the while simpering loudly and rubbing my cock and balls all the while. Later, he gently got me to bend over in a half standing position, when he changed his quietness a bit and he aggressively stuck his biggish, hard black cock right up my willing rear, soon downloading himself for all he was worth.
(c). As there were no further willing partners wanting a fuck, I dressed up and drove off towards the main road. But I had to turn right and then double back for the beach and just then I saw the first guy waving madly for me to come back. I did as asked and soon I was asked to go back to the room as a third friend had just arrived and he wanted a fuck with me also. How lucky was I to be, I thought? We went into the room for my third fuck on that memorable Friday morning, and it was as different in style and technique as my first two had been. But I was not about to complain, was I??
C. At the beach eventually I was minding my own business (dressed in my swimming pants etc) when, after say 25 minutes maximum, an American sports car rolled up in a cloud of dust and a short black guy, dressed in full local garb, jumped out near to my car. He introduced himself and soon his mates arrived in another car too. Within minutes I agreed to follow them so we could have some sex together and our three cars shot off towards a quiet desert area nearby that they seemed to know. You see, in the Gulf I was discovering there was no messing around being coy and/or beating about the bush; one just went for what one wanted, just as simply as that. I managed to tell the first black guy that I ONLY wanted to play with the two other black guys in the group, and he said ‘no problem’, and that those other two were actually full brothers in fact. (Plz see the attached ‘butch’ photo on my Profile where you can see the three of five wonderful guys I had great sex with that wonderful morning near Al Khobar.) At the chosen quiet area at last, with planes landing overhead at the main local Dharhan airport, a blanket was laid on the sand and the four other guys walked away over the sand dune. I had a quickie with the first short black one. After he’d got his rocks off he went to join the others still out of sight, calling the first of the two brothers to have his turn. Then, after he’d had a good fuck, I had the second brother. We then all jumped into our respective cars and returned in convoy back to the beach. There I took the details of the first black guy and he took my contact telephone number too, as I told him I may be returning to that area in the new year. And that happened too, but on that business trip I was in a YBA Kanoo villa in Damman, but all alone to boot, thank the good Lord.
          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain      Cache   Translate Page      
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

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In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
          Week In Review      Cache   Translate Page      
By Jana S. Farmer Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Supreme Court Reviews Google Class Action Settlement Over Privacy Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments whether it should allow or limit class-action settlements in which class members receive nothing, whereas their lawyers recover millions of dollars. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/us/politics/supreme-court-google-class-action-lawsuit.html?login=email&auth=login-email https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-31/high-court-justices-weigh-limits-on-settlements-in-google-case Dawn Spacecraft Goes Quiet After Over A Decade In Space NASA's Dawn Spacecraft, in orbit around asteroid Ceres, lost its radio signal. Ceres is one of the two largest asteroids in the belt between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn was launched in 2007 and lasted two years longer than originally planned. Dawn is also notable for previously orbiting the asteroid Vesta and then leaving its orbit for Ceres. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dawn-spacecraft-nasa-asteroid-belt-ceres-silent https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/science/nasa-dawn-ceres-vesta-asteroids-end.html A Lawsuit Over a Teapot-Dome-Era Tax Provision Possible In Continuing Fight for the Release of the President's Tax Returns An obscure tax provision dating back to the time of Warren G. Harding's administration may be used to demand the President's tax returns from the Treasury Department. Steven Mnuchin, the Secretary of Treasury, said that his team would analyze any demands for the President's returns and fulfill them if required by law, but some believe that a legal clash over any such request is likely. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-returns.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/us/politics/trump-tax-returns-democrats.html?module=inline Bankers Face Money Laundering Charges Federal prosecutors announced bribery and money laundering charges against a second Goldman Sachs employee following the guilty plea from one former Goldman Sachs banker as part of the investigation into the alleged embezzlement of billions of dollars from a state-run investment fund in Malaysia. The money was used to buy a Picasso painting, diamond necklaces, and Birkin bags, as well as to pay for the Hollywood blockbuster "The Wolf of Wall Street". https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/business/goldman-sachs-malaysia-investment-fund.html Special Counsel Mueller Asks FBI To Investigate Emails Offering Women Money To Fabricate Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Him Two women claim that they were offered compensation to fabricate sexual misconduct stories about Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller's office asked the FBI to investigate the claims. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/us/politics/mueller-fabricated-claims.html https://theweek.com/speedreads/804864/apparent-plot-metoo-robert-mueller-by-protrump-conservatives-seems-clownishly-inept U.S. and Great Britain Step Up Pressure For a Cease Fire In the Yemen War Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his British counterpart, Jeremy Hunt, urged Saudi Arabia to cease hostilities in Yemen as criticism of Saudi Arabia has surged over its recent bombing campaign and the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Previous calls to cease fire have been unsuccessful. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-yemen-cease-fire.html Justice Department Indicts Chinese Intelligence Officers For Stealing Aerospace Secrets In the indictment unveiled last Tuesday, the Justice Department accused two intelligence officers who worked in the Jiangsu Province office of the Ministry of State Security, China's primary intelligence-gathering agency, of working with hackers to steal turbofan technology used in American and European commercial airliners. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/us/politics/justice-department-china-espionage.html Pakistani Court Acquits Death Row Inmate In Blasphemy Case Asia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman, who was on death row for eight years after an accusation of speaking against the Prophet Muhammad, was freed this week. Her arrest and conviction in 2009 rallied international condemnation of a law that has inspired violence and of lack of evidence against her. Her freedom may come at a cost, however, both for her and the three justices of Pakistan's Supreme Court that acquitted her, as protests erupted in several cities. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/world/asia/pakistan-blasphemy-asia-bibi.html Below, for your browsing convenience, are summaries of news reports in categories divided into Entertainment, Art, Sports, and Media Entertainment GLAAD Finds That LGBTQ Representation On Television Has Improved GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) found that the LGBTQ community was better represented on television in 2018. Men and women were equally represented among L.G.B.T.Q. characters on TV. https://www.glaad.org/whereweareontv18 http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-glaad-lgbtq-diversity-tv-report-20181025-story.html French Movie Director Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Abdellatif Kechiche, well known for his film "Blue Is the Warmest Color", was accused by an unnamed actress of sexually abusing her. The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an investigation. https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/blue-is-the-warmest-color-director-accused-of-sexual-assault-abdellatif-kechiche.html https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/blue-is-warmest-color-director-abdellatif-kechcihe-accused-sexual-assault-1156715 Art and Cultural Heritage Cleveland Orchestra's Concertmaster Fired As a Result of Sexual Misconduct Allegations William Preucil, the Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster, was fired when an investigation concluded that he had engaged in "actions ranging from serious sexual misconduct to sexually harassing behavior" with a number of women. He will also be replaced as the violinist on Suzuki Method instructional materials amid the resulting backlash from music teachers and parents of violin students. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/arts/music/metoo-ripples-reach-the-suzuki-violin-world.html The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Swap Directors The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) announced the appointment of Thomas P. Campbell, the former director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York, as its new director and chief executive. He will be replacing Max Hollein, the former FAMSF director who took over Campbell's job at the Met earlier this year. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/campbell-former-met-director-to-lead-fine-arts-museums-of-san-francisco http://www.artnews.com/2018/10/30/former-met-director-thomas-campbell-will-head-fine-arts-museums-san-francisco/ Director of Contemporary Arts Museum In Houston Resigns Contemporary Arts Museum In Houston director Bill Arning resigned last Wednesday after nearly 10 years at the institution's helm, citing lack of progress and need for director rotation. http://www.artnews.com/2018/10/29/bill-arning-resigns-suddenly-director-contemporary-arts-museum-houston/ Former Owner's Family and a German Art Dealer At An Impasse Over Art Stolen By the Nazis The family of Paul Rosenberg, a Paris art dealer, was successful in recovering over 400 works the Nazis looted from him. Some artworks, however, elude recovery efforts due to unfavorable national laws. One example is a pastel portrait by Edgar Degas, "Portrait of Mlle. Gabrielle Diot", created in 1890. The family knows that a German dealer tried to sell it several times, although the present possessor of the artwork is unknown. The intervention of the German officials on the Rosenbergs' behalf to find out the possessor's identity has not been successful. German law experts comment that the country's law is not conducive to recovery of looted artwork; although the law states that a good faith purchaser cannot pass good title to a stolen work, theft claims must be made within 30 years. Furthermore, after 10 years, the law recognizes the possession rights of the current holders unless it can be shown they knew the work had been stolen when it was purchased. Meanwhile, selling the portrait is difficult because it is listed on several international databases of looted art. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/arts/design/nazi-looted-art.html Venice Museums Reopen After The Flood After the worst flood in 10 years, with water rising more than five feet, Venice's museums reopened last week. Piazza San Marco, home to the Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace, was submerged during the flood. Early reports indicated that the cultural institutes suffered no damage. The Architecture Biennale reopened as well, its venues not affected by the flooding. The floods came less than a month after a UNESCO report warned that the city was at a severe risk due to climate change. Venice hopes to prevent future flooding by building underwater barriers that would be raised when tides reach a certain level, but the project is behind schedule by several years. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/venice-floods-museums https://news.artnet.com/art-world/venices-flooding-piazza-san-marco-1382980 Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro May Thwart Rio Museum's Reconstruction Efforts Brazil's Newly-Elected President wants to remove the country's Ministry of Culture, which may have an impact on rebuilding the National Museum. Meanwhile, UNESCO launched an emergency mission to help the Rio Museum assess the damage and rebuild its collection after the devastating fire this summer as the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), the Royal British Columbia Museum, and the embassies of several countries pledge their support. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/brazil-s-donald-trump-may-thwart-efforts-to-rebuild-rio-museum-destroyed-in-fire Sports University of Maryland In Upheaval Following Death of Football Player The University of Maryland's president announced his retirement, the football coach, DJ Durkin, was fired, and the chairman of the university's governing board resigned following the death of a 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair. McNair died from heatstroke after practice in the sweltering heat in May. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/sports/maryland-football-durkin.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/sports/maryland-board-of-regents-resign.html https://www.foxnews.com/sports/maryland-fires-football-coach-dj-durkin-in-sudden-reversal-after-outcry WNBA Players' Union Opts Out of Its Labor Deal The WNBA players' union announced last Thursday that it would opt out of the league's collective bargaining agreement after the 2019 season, seeking higher pay and financial transparency. Players and WNBA have long been at odds over the league's pay scale and allegedly poor working conditions. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/sports/wnba-union-opt-out.html FIFA Acknowledges Hacking, Braces For Possible Scandal From Anticipated Leaks FIFA revealed that its computer systems were hacked again this year and that it may have suffered a data breach. A prior hacking incident led to the publication of a list of failed drug tests by soccer players, among other revelations. The group Football Leaks reportedly originally obtained the documents. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/sports/soccer/fifa-uefa-hack.html Media U.S. Officials Take a Wait and See Approach In the Investigation Into the Killing of Saudi Writer U.S. officials are waiting to see the results of a Saudi investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Virginia resident and Washington Post columnist. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that the administration was "reviewing putting sanctions on the individuals . . . engaged in that murder." https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-appears-in-no-hurry-to-judge-saudi-arabia-for-khashoggi-killing/2018/11/02/86f79544-ddfd-11e8-85df-7a6b4d25cfbb_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0c6f1d419338 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/world/middleeast/with-saudi-prince-holding-on-to-power-us-seen-standing-by-him.html Social Site Gab Did Nothing To Control Hate Speech By the Man Who Became the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Gab, an alternative social media website, welcomed all speech, no matter how offensive. After revelations that Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter who was indicted on 44 counts, aired his hatred on the platform, the company's web hosting provider, Joyent, the domain name provider, GoDaddy, and payment processing platforms Stripe, and PayPal either cancelled Gab's accounts or suspended service. Bowers entered a plea of not guilty to all 44 counts against him and requested a jury trial. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/us/gab-robert-bowers-pittsburgh-synagogue-shootings.html https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/31/-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting-suspect-indicted-on-44-counts-.html https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pennsylvania-shooting/pittsburgh-synagogue-massacre-suspect-enters-not-guilty-plea-idUSKCN1N648W https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/29/technology/hate-on-social-media.html "Not O.K., Google", Say Company's Workers Worldwide As They Protest Its Handling of Harassment About 20% of Google's employees staged walkouts in 50 cities after the New York Times reported that Google paid Android co-founder, Andy Rubin, $90,000,000 as part of the exit package after he was accused of sexual harassment. The protesters demanded change in how Google handles sexual harassment, including ending its use of private arbitration in such cases. http://fortune.com/2018/11/03/google-employees-walkout-demands/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/technology/google-walkout-sexual-harassment.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/technology/google-sexual-harassment-andy-rubin.html?module=inline Following Journalist's Effective Exclusion, Hong Kong's Future As A Civil Rights Haven In Asia Is In Question Hong Kong declined to renew the visa of a journalist for The Financial Times, Victor Mallet, after the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Hong Kong decided in late July to invite a political activist to speak at its event and Beijing demanded that the club cancel the speech. These developments raise questions about the city's future as a haven for rule of law and civil rights in Asia. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/world/asia/hong-kong-journalist-financial-times.html Petra Laszlo, Camerawoman Filmed Kicking Refugees, Was Cleared Hungary's highest court overturned the conviction of Petra Laszlo, who was convicted of disorderly conduct for kicking refugees fleeing the war in Syria. The court acknowledged that Laszlo's conduct was "morally deplorable and against the law," but found that she should have been charged with "disturbance" instead, a regulatory offense usually punished by a fine. The statute of limitations for the lesser charge has expired, however. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/world/europe/woman-kicking-migrants-refugees.html
          "Paradise Discovered, At Last" PART 3 in Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
This is my Gulf’s Part 3 re my first ever trip to saucy Saudi Arabia in December 1979.

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YBA Kanoo put me into the local hotel (so good prospects there, eh?), and under the care of a very nice Brit guy called Bob. The first thing he did was to offer me half his monthly purchase of the locally produced ‘hooche’ from sugar, which was called ‘saddique’, or ‘friend’, in Arabic, I was told. One needed to dilute each pure half gallon with 100% distilled water and hey presto, one had a full gallon of damned good Vodka-like booze, which went very well with a Bitter Lemon soft drink and a slice of lemon.
A. It took me a short while to discover how the local gay scene operated there and very obvious it was too, once one had learnt the ropes. It transpired that the whole length of the seafront in Al Khobar (about 10/12 miles up from Damman) was the main hunting area. As an Expat, though about mid-40s then even, I needed to either walk up and down or even to just sit down and wait to be approached, in the best of styles of course. Being totally sold on BLACK GUYS ONLY for years already, I was a bit fussy but it would not be long before someone to my liking would appear. Sometimes we drove off in separate cars or I would jump into theirs. One memorable evening I followed two black locals to a house not too far away, followed also by a third Saudi guy in his car. At our destination the other driver was told to get lost by my new randy hosts and we first three went into that empty residence for some sex, one after the other with me as their main dish, and all on the ruddy staircase, would you believe? They then dropped me back at the seafront where I collected my car and I went home very happy.
B (a). One Friday morning (which was their Sunday no-work day, right?), I was driving towards the beach just past Al Khobar, but still in Damman, when I was waved down vigorously by a very black guy on the opposite side of the main road. I drove round to talk with him and it turned out he was a Kenyan aged about 25/26, and soon we were inside his compound where I saw three other Kenyans too. It was going to be good, I thought to myself, but not even I was prepared for what happened in the next 30 odd minutes. To set the ball rolling, the nice first guy led me into an empty but very dusty room off the main interior area, which had a dirty mattress on the floor and little other furniture. We both undressed ourselves and he then proceeded to fuck the hell out me in various positions. He must not have had any sex for ages because he was ravenous and crazy with desire for someone to satisfy himself with, and I was that lucky guy that Friday morning.
(b) As he was leaving he asked me if I wanted his friend to visit me there too (in English of course) and when I nodded a yes, one of his black colleague soon appeared at the door and came into the room. I had remained naked, but coyly hiding my hard-on, and this new guy soon got himself fully undressed too. His style and needs were quite different from the first guy’s because this guy wanted to stand behind me and rub his hard cock up and down my rear like that for a good 5 minutes, all the while simpering loudly and rubbing my cock and balls all the while. Later, he gently got me to bend over in a half standing position, when he changed his quietness a bit and he aggressively stuck his biggish, hard black cock right up my willing rear, soon downloading himself for all he was worth.
(c). As there were no further willing partners wanting a fuck, I dressed up and drove off towards the main road. But I had to turn right and then double back for the beach and just then I saw the first guy waving madly for me to come back. I did as asked and soon I was asked to go back to the room as a third friend had just arrived and he wanted a fuck with me also. How lucky was I to be, I thought? We went into the room for my third fuck on that memorable Friday morning, and it was as different in style and technique as my first two had been. But I was not about to complain, was I??
C. At the beach eventually I was minding my own business (dressed in my swimming pants etc) when, after say 25 minutes maximum, an American sports car rolled up in a cloud of dust and a short black guy, dressed in full local garb, jumped out near to my car. He introduced himself and soon his mates arrived in another car too. Within minutes I agreed to follow them so we could have some sex together and our three cars shot off towards a quiet desert area nearby that they seemed to know. You see, in the Gulf I was discovering there was no messing around being coy and/or beating about the bush; one just went for what one wanted, just as simply as that. I managed to tell the first black guy that I ONLY wanted to play with the two other black guys in the group, and he said ‘no problem’, and that those other two were actually full brothers in fact. (Plz see the attached ‘butch’ photo on my Profile where you can see the three of five wonderful guys I had great sex with that wonderful morning near Al Khobar.) At the chosen quiet area at last, with planes landing overhead at the main local Dharhan airport, a blanket was laid on the sand and the four other guys walked away over the sand dune. I had a quickie with the first short black one. After he’d got his rocks off he went to join the others still out of sight, calling the first of the two brothers to have his turn. Then, after he’d had a good fuck, I had the second brother. We then all jumped into our respective cars and returned in convoy back to the beach. There I took the details of the first black guy and he took my contact telephone number too, as I told him I may be returning to that area in the new year. And that happened too, but on that business trip I was in a YBA Kanoo villa in Damman, but all alone to boot, thank the good Lord.
          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain      Cache   Translate Page      
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

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In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
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06 November 2018, News Wires — Qatar’s ruler voiced hope on Tuesday the country’s bitter dispute with Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies would pass, saying it had harmed regional security by weakening a Gulf Arab bloc. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut transport and trade ties with Qatar in June …
          Masa Son finally condemns Khashoggi murder; will maintain business relationship with Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son on Monday signaled that the murder of Saudi Arabian dissident Jamal Khashoggi would not change his company’s business relationship with the Kingdom. Nearly a month after Khashoggi’s murder, Son gave his first public remarks on the journalist’s death during a SoftBank earnings presentation in Tokyo, Recode reported. Son — whose company has heavily invested in real estate companies like WeWork, Katerra and Lemonade —condemned the attack, but said his company has a ... [more]
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          Comment on China Confronts Something Far Worse Than A Recession – Bank of America by Emma Muhleman, CFA, CPA      Cache   Translate Page      
Perhaps ValueWalk should fire BofA or require they impose some stronger diligence and review processes before publishing utter nonsense - you are making what was once a reputable website look like a third-rate blog for retail investors who might have read a clip from the Wall Street Journal or the Economist once or twice, but didn't have the attention or care to read the actual article. For now I'll take it easy on him as I simply don't have time to address the masses of inaccuracies he's made throughout this entire piece. So we'll start with the first obvious misstatement of fact: "Remember, modern-day China grew up and prospered in the western liberal order the administration appears to be bent on dismantling. Prior to the administration, America’s approach to China was grounded in the belief that as China prospered and flourished, as millions more people achieved middle-class status, China would become more like the U.S.—or more liberal and pluralistic." WAKE-UP, SLICK: modern-day China grew up under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, not Xi Jinping or Li Keqiang (the "modern day" KGB). Deng Xiaoping led with a strategy and pursued it well; his motto was to build things better than others and continue to surpass the rest of the world, but to do so quietly. Suppose Monsanto were to (pre-Bayer) have gone and stolen all the R&D and IPR behind competitors Dow & DuPont's genomics and biotech seed traits. How wise would it be if Monsanto went back to the headquarters with the new, stolen technologies and announced to the world it would soon become the preeminent leader in agriculture biotech for decades to follow. Not so wise, is it? That's what Xi Jinping has done, and it has alerted his trading partners and rivals and "friends" alike across the globe, from Australia to Taiwan to Malaysia to Pakistan, the United States, Mexico, Germany and Western Europe and many others. THIS IS THE CHINA THAT PROSPERED IN THE "WESTERN LIBERAL ORDER" - VERY DIFFERENT from the authoritarian regime that currently rules at the expense of its citizens, and occasionally shows up at Davos to spew some "globalization" bull isht before rushing back to Beijing to ensure the capital controls are still on tight - after all, any more money makes its way out and everyone will learn: THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES. Mr. Joe Quinlan, who works as the Head of Market Strategy for BofA's Global Wealth and Investment Management team either is utterly clueless and writes as a parrot after reading a few articles from a select few websites or he does not have you, the investor, in his best interest. Perhaps he seeks to aid the team at BofA on the banking side, after all, in the first half of this year China reported a current account DEFICIT. This is at a time when the nation's foreign exchange reserves are on the brink of violating IMF minimum reserve adequacy requirements according to Article IV. They say, "a bad debt is never a bad debt as long as you're still rolling it over." Unfortunately for China, the first negative current account (reported in the first half of this year) in over two decades or so puts the Communist Party in a perilous position. In spite of a desperate need for U.S. dollars to inject into the banks to cover up the unprecedented ponzi that's been carried out over the last decade, preventing the holes from showing and cracks from breaking, the current account has and will continue to grow deeper into the deficit territory -- that is, until the Communists ratchet back all citizens rights to travel or spend abroad, period. Long story short, Beijing no longer has the ability to hide a banking system that's built on sand (it's literally and I kid you not a complete sham). With recorded liabilities of US$50 trillion, not in RMB, but USD terms, bank liabilities inside China alone equal over 62.5% of total WORLD GDP. We worry about the United States with debts at 105% of its own GDP. Well check this: China's bank liabilities are over 400% of the country's GDP (and it's GDP is inflated to boot). Back to the Author's foolish claims: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), led by dictator and authoritarian Xi Jinping and fellow gangster Li Keqian, are nothing short of terrorist thieves exploiting a country of almost 1.4 billion hardworking citizens. Under Xi and Li, the CCP has implemented a countrywide surveillance system to enable the imposition of social credit scores assigned to each citizen. Do as much as litter and risk being cut-off from the nation's railway systems. The social credit score dictates every facet of a citizen's life, including whether they're granted the right to travel or leave the country; whether they can utilize the nation's banking system (which robs them blind, they just don't know the extent of it yet); whether their children can access the schooling system. If you want freedom in China, the closest you will get it complete censorship and brainwashing, you certainly cannot exercise free speech, but you can stay alive and out of jail - away from the "internment camps" where you are likely to "vanish" in true CCP fashion - but you musn't express any religious leanings (think about the more Tibetans) whatsoever and must always speak highly of and kowtow to the leader, the leader of the world, the Sun, Xi Jinping. Outward expression of religious freedom is strictly condemned and the Communists handle those who dare to show their cultural background are swiftly handled: Xi has made the CCP's position on this clear as day after arresting over 1 million Uighurs and holding them against their will in what Beijing likes to call "Internment" (ahem) Concentration Camps, where they're starved for days and beaten repeatedly, forced to hail Xi Jinping and denounce any other religious power. Most, unfortunately, never make it back from these camps to see the light of day. Since when did it become acceptable to do business with nations that do renditions on state enemies all across Asia, yet one incident in Saudi Arabia makes headline news for days. How is it that all these innocent people can simply be ignored??? Their families fear speaking to the issue, as the Communists have made it clear they too will be killed. allow China to do renditions on state enemies across the Pacific and continue to do any business with the nation. He is completely clueless as to the evolution of the relationship between the United States and China, let alone the relationship between China and Western Europe, in addition to the many emerging nations China has attempted to envelope under the guise of open arms and outreach (seeking to build ports in places known to have significant gold and other critical resources under the ground and others with direct access to major global waterways central to international trade and naval operation/defense) Africa, Pakistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, the list continues), acting as though the goal was to help these nations develop, similar to the way China has (i.e. in a terribly corrupt, utterly reckless way) thus to write an article with so many false statements and other inclinations that reveal just how clueless he isfor that matter Western Europe as well relative to China over the past several decades, and haven't a clue what is going on. First, he quotes:
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Caline Malek
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Thu, 2018-11-08 00:17

DUBAI: The next Steve Jobs could soon emerge in Saudi Arabia as young minds are being nurtured through an initiative aimed at fostering talent across the Kingdom.
Misk Innovation, which launched at GITEX Future Stars in Dubai last month, supports Saudi entrepreneurs to develop technical projects.
“It has been created because of all the inspiring talent that we have back home and the great opportunities,” said Deemah Al-Yahya, executive manager of Misk Innovation.

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Dh1m award Rashid Ali Hashim ,a physical education teacher from the UAE Fawaiya Dhwaiher Al Meghmasi, a maths teacher from Saudi Arabia Dh100,000 for teaching excellence Heba Abdul Aziz Salmeen from Kuwait Amina Nabeel Al Rumaihi from Bahrain Best...
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          Assessing Imran Khan’s Historic Visit to China      Cache   Translate Page      
By Adam Garrie
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has just concluded his five day visit to China which saw him hold meetings with top Chinese officials including President Xi Jinping in Beijing before flying to Shanghai where Xi, Imran and other world leaders opened the first China International Import Expo (CIIE). While Imran’s visit was one characterised by mutual optimism in respect of intensifying the all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan, now that Imran is back in Islamabad, it becomes crucial to assess the specific achievements and/or shortcomings of his historic visit.
Loan or no loan? 
Many expected Pakistan’s Prime Minister to depart from China with a guarantee for a loan that will help Islamabad to plug the substantial current account deficit left by the previous government. In October, Imran secured a $3 billion loan and a further $3 billion deferred payment agreement with Saudi Arabia after meeting with de-facto Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as well as the Saudi King.
Many expected Imran to leave China with a similar agreement although this has not happened. Predictably, Indian media and Pakistani media hostile to the PTI government have classed this as a failure. Yet, no single element of a visit that covered a wide variety of issues can be analysed in a vacuum and as such, it is simplistic to class the substantial visit as a failure simply because China did not offer a Saudi style loan to Pakistan.
China is well aware that in spite of previous IMF loans and loans from partner nations, previous Pakistani governments have not made proper use of such cash injections. The proof of the failure of previous Pakistani governments in this respect lies in the fact that Pakistan is back to square one in terms of requiring further injections of hard cash due to prolonged irresponsible fiscal policies and woefully inadequate tax collecting on the part of previous governments.
Beyond this, black propagandists from throughout the world (including in some quarters of Pakistani mainstream media) have accused China of offering unrealistic loan agreements to partner nations while failing to accept that like in any mature partnership, responsibility is required from both sides. This has naturally made China think twice before offering loans that could potentially garner bad publicity should the party accepting the loan find itself unable to fulfill the terms of the agreement.
By no means is this to say that China thinks that the PTI government is a carbon copy of previous Pakistani governments, but it does imply that in any situation where large loans are offered, China will examine the geopolitical due diligence underlying such agreements before offering any publicly aired concrete proposals.
Beyond this, China’s method of elevating its own people as well as working with partner nations has always been based on a sustainable growth model that prioritises joint infrastructural development, joint job creating initiatives and mutual trading pacts that allow a financially poorer partner to trade its way into solvency rather than borrow its way into temporary rather than sustainable solvency. To put it another way, while some partner nations give an indebted party a fish, China would rather give a world-class fishing poll so that a partner can learn how to fish for its own proverbial meals over the medium and long term future.
The overall tone of the meeting as well as the agreements which were made indicate that this was China’s goal and in this sense the goal has been achieved on a win-win basis.
Trade in national currencies 
Of the fifteen memoranda of understanding (MOUs) signed between China and Pakistan, by far the most far reaching is the agreement to conduct bilateral trade in a combination of Chinese Renminbi and Pakistani Rupees. This effectively ends the domination of the US Dollar in trade between Pakistan and its most vital partner.
This itself will function as a kind of a loan as it will relieve pressure on Pakistan in terms of requiring Dollar reserves in order to buy much needed goods from China while it will also allow Pakistan to simultaneously build up reserves of the increasingly important  Renminbi over the long term.
As the rate-hike heavy policies of the US Federal Reserves combined with the Trump trade wars that have put pressure on currencies in emerging markets are combining to make Dollar based repayments all the more difficult for developing economies, by switching to a bilateral currency agreement in trade with China, Imran Khan’s government has helped to shield Pakistan from the increasingly tumultuous reality that is implicit in respect of dealing in Dollars when one is an emerging market economy.
China to bolster Imran Khan’s housing drive 
One of Imran Khan’s flagship domestic policies is the Naya Pakistan Housing Project. The new government seeks to build modern homes for millions of Pakistanis throughout the nation as part of the drive to reignite the spirit of the Islamic welfare state that national father Muhammad Ali Jinnah envisaged.
China looks set to contribute expertise to the Naya Pakistan Housing Project which will be an invaluable asset in terms of expediting the project as China has a proven track record of rapidly building modern housing infrastructure. By learning form China, Pakistan can see the creation of new local communities that themselves can help to become modern dynamic economic centres for future residents.
CPEC Special Economic Zones 
During the early days of the 1978 Deng Xiaoping reforms, China created a series of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in strategically located areas. These SEZs served as a model for China’s future economic drive for openness as the SEZs allowed for the inflow for foreign capital, technology and services which created jobs in the short term and allowed China to then develop its domestic industrial base that continues to lead the world.
During bilateral meetings between Chinese and Pakistani officials, it was agreed that China will help Pakistan to create its own SEZs along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This can help to transform Pakistan’s long term economic development on a model that helped China to achieve immense success over the last 40 years.
As CPEC carries goods and now people across a highly diverse terrain, strategically placed SMZs can help Pakistan to internationalise CPEC and in so doing, Pakistan can be transformed into a hub of world trade and innovation exchange that will have positive long term economic effects, the likes of which were previously thought impossible.
Free trade 
During his keynote speech before the CIIE, Imran Khan affirmed Pakistan’s commitment to free trade and economic openness. As he quoted Xi Jinping regarding China’s perpetual state of modern economic openness, Imran gave an indication that Pakistan’s own markets will open up to more foreign investment and goods at a time when both can help to revitalise the economy.
As Pakistan is strategically located and as such has been referred to as the “zipper of Asia”, by embracing free trade, Pakistan can geopolitically position itself at the centre of major trading crossroads linking the Pacific to the Afro-Mediterranean region via important maritime belts as well as linking south Asia to central Asia and northern Eurasia via new trading roads.
Free trade can help Pakistan to become a regional economic leader in terms of goods, services and logistics. Such a development will have far reaching positive implications for the domestic economy.
Conclusion 
The key takeaways from Imran’s visit to China include a mutual agreement to trade in national currencies rather than the US currency, an agreement to open Pakistan up to new trade and foreign direct investment, the creation of Special Economic Zones along CPEC and agreements to work jointly on infrastructural development including on Imran’s flagship Naya Pakistan Housing Project.
Of course, China will be in close communication with its Pakistani partners regarding the latter’s discussions with the IMF regarding a loan to plug the current account deficit. While China did not offer a loan upfront, it remains a likely possibility that if the IMF proposed terms of a would-be loan agreement threaten China’s long term connectivity projects in Pakistan, Beijing may ultimately offer a short term fish in to its all-weather friend in addition to the fishing poll that China has already given to Naya Pakistan.

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          Why Is Benjamin Netanyahu Defending Mohammed bin Salman?      Cache   Translate Page      
By Richard Silverstein
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For the past month, while governments and media outlet around the world sounded a drumbeat of shock and dismay over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all that could be heard on the subject from Israel was the sound of crickets. Israeli columnist Ben Caspit said his country’s leadership was avoiding the subject “like the plague”.
It appears no Israeli politician wants to say anything for fear of offending that country’s latest Arab bromantic partner, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bin Salman, according to many analysts, would have had to have ordered the murder of a figure as prominent as Khashoggi.
Then on Friday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally gave his view on the Khashoggi case, saying it had to be “dealt with” but not at the cost of the stability of Saudi Arabia and the fight against Iran.
MBS: the linchpin of Trump deal
MBS, as he’s known, is the key Arab linchpin of the Trump-Netanyahu deal of the century, which is supposed to finally resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. The details of the delayed proposal, which Trump and his Middle East appointees continue to promote, has been widely reported in various media outlets. Leaked parts of the deal, many analysts say, suggest it is highly favourable to Israeli interests and largely disregards Palestinian rights.
Despite the one-sided nature of the plan, MBS has dutifully attempted to sell it to the Palestinian leadership. In a command performance, in which the Saudi crown prince summoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to his royal palace, MBS told a reluctant Abbas that if he didn’t acquiesce, he should resign. The implication was that the Saudis would find another Palestinian leader who would agree to such a deal.
So far, Abbas has resisted this Saudi offer and not lost his head – or his job. Later, King Salman even reasserted the Saudi commitment to a deal which offered Palestinians a state within 1967 borders, which the new Trump plan eschewed.
A peace agreement that is favourable to the Israelis is something that comes along once in a lifetime. So, Netanyahu realises that stepping into the Khashoggi imbroglio is the last thing he wants to do. If there is even a slight chance the Saudi prince can come through, he doesn’t want to upset this apple cart.
Caspit’s Israeli government sources lay out further argument for laying low on this subject.
Gulf gravy train
There are also huge economic interests at stake. As a result of the warming of relations among Israel and the various Gulf states, Israeli military and surveillance firms have signed contracts worth billions. Planes filled with consultants, trainers, weapons and sophisticated surveillance gear make weekly trips between Tel Aviv and Gulf capitals.
Tens of Israelis are posted to these Gulf outposts to install and train their local clients in their use. The salaries they earn are highly lucrative compared to what they might earn in similar jobs at home. For the Israeli military-intelligence industry, this is a goose laying hundreds of golden eggs on a regular basis.
However, perhaps the most crucial mutual interest shared by Netanyahu and MBS is their hatred of Iran.
Palestinians prepare to set fire on an Israeli flag and portraits of Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman during a protest at the border fence with Israel, Gaza city, on 13 April 2018 (AF
Behind the scenes, Israel continues to side with Saudi Arabia. Iranian threat top our agenda, whereas Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs are less important and less interesting [to Israel] right now.” This view was echoed by Netanyahu on Friday, who explicitly stated that Khashoggi’s murder was less important than “blocking Iran”.
The rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia that has gathered speed over the past few years is fuelled by the reginal rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia; and Israel’s hostility to the perceived Iranian encroachment on its territorial spheres of interest in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.
The Erdogan factor
Israel’s proclivity to excuse the mayhem committed at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul is also fuelled by an intense, long-standing enmity toward Turkey’s Erdogan, which dates back to Israel’s slaughter of 10 Turkish citizens on the Mavi Marmara in 2010.
It took years for Israel to negotiate a resolution to this conflict in which it apologised for the deaths and paid families of the victims $20m. Though diplomatic relations were restored, the relationship has never been as close as it had been previously.
Netanyahu also wants to benefit from the rivalry between Turkey, which is ruled by the Islamist AKP Party, and the Saudis. Turkey supported the Muslim Brotherhood after the movement won democratic elections in Egypt. The Saudis despise the Brotherhood as a threat to their form of dynastic rule.
Erdogan is playing this scandal like a violin. He is doing so both to repair the international standing he lost when he crushed a coup and imposed draconian counter-measures which saw tens of thousands of Turks imprisoned and fired from their jobs. He is also drawing out the scandal in order to bring the Saudis down a peg in the regional power hierarchy.
Thus, Israel’s leader wants to do nothing to burnish Erdogan’s reputation in the midst of this contest between the two Sunni states.
An orchestrated campaign
There is also an underlying, unspoken realisation on the part of the Israelis that their Mossad runs its own assassination squads throughout the Middle East and beyond. It has killed not only Arab enemies and foreigners helping them, but it has also killed its own citizens.
Israel cannot afford to denounce any nation for killing its enemies for fear the world will only be reminded that it does the same. Not to mention, that some of these killing operations failed as spectacularly as the one that brought about Khashoggi’s murder.
Finally, though Israel refuses publicly to condemn the murder of the Saudi journalist, privately it’s engaged in an apologia for the Saudis’ murderous behaviour.
Other Middle East leaders have come to the crown prince’s defence. In recent days, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Netanyahu have reached out to the Trump administration to express support for the crown prince, arguing that he is an important strategic partner in the region, said people familiar with the calls.
It appears highly likely that Netanyahu is defending MBS as part of an orchestrated campaign on the Saudi’s behalf. Such a move makes Israel a defender of an act of state-sponsored terror. But this shouldn’t be very surprising considering that Israel is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of the art.

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Following a November 4th, 2017 meeting at a swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi Arabian capital of Ridayh, allegations of coercion, torture and blackmail at the meeting have followed the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. U.S. officials say that Salman turned the high-class hotel into a prison for rival royals, government officials, and some […]

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          Comment on UK Professor Under Probe for Claiming Israel, ‘Zionists in US Gov’ Behind 9/11 by DJ C      Cache   Translate Page      
Israel was just a piece of the pie, present to help grease the skids. They use the Israelis for plausible deniability. Since the U.S. government can't be observed attacking it's own people, they use proxies. In this case, they were Israel and Saudi Arabia. Israel is also used to run just about all of the telecommunications in the United States. That makes it easy for the U.S. government to spy on the American people. All they do is get access to the records collected by the Israel corporations. Israel is a tool of 'The System,' set up by 'The System.' Israel, as we know it today. was deliberately created in 1948 for just these purposes. They are not independent and sovereign. However, they perpetuate the image of being sovereign to fool people into thinking they are a real and legitimate country. They're nothing but a farce and front for.. 'The System.' The owners of Israel could care less about Israelis or even Jews. It's a charade and façade.
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Saudi Arabia Death Penalty(MEE) — Saudi Arabia has insisted that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be “fair”, amid a barrage of criticism at a United Nations meeting on Monday. The half-day public debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva came just over than a month after the Saudi insider-turned-critic was murdered in the Saudi consulate […]
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KING Salman of Saudi Arabia was due to embark on an unusual tour of his country yesterday as the kingdom’s international reputation continued to be battered by the fallout from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The 82-year-old was due to leave the...
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The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ridiculous, ensuing attempts to cover up the crime have triggered a significant amount of international media attention. For the first time in recent history, the Saudi regime has been criticized in mainstream U.S. media – to the regret of many in Israel. The Khashoggi case has underscored […]
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          Christine Douglass-Williams, Jihad Watch: Saudi Arabia the worst country for atheists, followed by nine other Muslim countries      Cache   Translate Page      

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Saudi Arabia the worst country for atheists, followed by nine other Muslim countries


The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) released “its seventh annual Freedom of Thought Report at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.” It listed the 10 best and the 10 worst countries for atheists.
The US ranked among the best, while Muslim countries, and particularly Sharia states, were the worst. No surprise there.
Belgium, the Netherlands, and Taiwan shared the No. 1 spot in the Top 10 best countries for nonreligious people list, followed by France, Japan, Nauru, São Tomé and Príncipe, Norway, the United States, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Saudi Arabia was identified as the worst country for atheists, followed by Iran, Afghanistan, Maldives, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, Malaysia, Sudan, and Brunei.
The IHEU report was in effect, a test of the tolerance of the citizens of various countries worldwide. Let’s keep in mind, meanwhile, that fascists deem freedom of thought and freedom of speech to be threatening to their rule. As we hear tale-bearers in Western societies incessantly tout “diversity,” “multiculturalism,” “tolerance,” and wide-open immigration policies, one wonders if they themselves actually believe what they are saying, since they routinely embrace the worst elements of humanity — those who in fact flatly reject “diversity” and are defiantly intolerant. As a result, Western societies are in grave danger of losing their status as havens of tolerance, pluralism, and freedom, thanks to globalists who think that migrants from the most intolerant nations will magically integrate, give up their faith in the Sharia, and accept Judeo-Christian values as their new norm.
What was the purpose of the study? And what will Western policymakers and so-called human rights activists actually do about it, if anything? The results of this study will likely lead to nowhere. The willfully blind will continue to promote their fanciful utopian worldview and blame truth-tellers for trying to wake people up.
“Top 10 Best, Worst Countries for Atheists Ranked: USA Among Best, Islamic Regimes the Worst,” by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, October 30, 2018:
A secular watchdog group has ranked the best and worst countries for atheists and non-religious people, finding the United States to be among the best, with Islamic regimes making up the worst.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union released on Monday its seventh annual Freedom of Thought Report at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, which for the first time included national rankings.
“This is a world’s first. For the first time our report will show, with authority and accuracy, the discrimination faced by people around the world because of their nonreligious beliefs. This report paints a dark picture, with significant discrimination faced by our nonreligious friends and colleagues around the world,” said Andrew Copson, president of the IHEU.
“At a time of growing nationalism, we continue to see those who are brave enough to criticize and critique conservative religious leaders demonized as ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘subversive,'” he added.
The rankings included considerations such as the approach to religious freedom by governments, as well as educational, societal, and freedom of expression issues.
Belgium, the Netherlands, and Taiwan shared the No. 1 spot in the Top 10 best countries for nonreligious people list, followed by France, Japan, Nauru, São Tomé and Príncipe, Norway, the United States, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Saudi Arabia was identified as the worst country for atheists, followed by Iran, Afghanistan, Maldives, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, Malaysia, Sudan, and Brunei.
“In the worst spot, Saudi Arabia comes into particular criticism for a 2014 law defining the ‘promotion of atheist thought in any form’ as terrorism, and for the prosecution of liberal activists and campaigners generally, including a death sentence handed down in 2017 for an alleged ‘apostate,’ Ahmad Al-Shamri, on the accusation of atheism,” IHEU noted….

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Christine Douglass-Williams is a nine-time international award-winning broadcast journalist and author of the book The Challenge of Modernizing IslamShe is a former Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, appointed by the Harper Conservative government, but terminated by the Trudeau government for her writings against political Islam on Jihad Watch. She was also an advisor to the Conservative Government’s Office of Religious Freedom, shut down by the Trudeau Liberal government.
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Before it’s too late for Western Europe and the United States, which gave birth to the traditions of freedom and equality of rights for all that shine today as lights in the entire world, this must be stopped. Therefore Jihad Watch seeks to bring public attention to:
  • The plight of the dhimmis, an immense but almost completely ignored ongoing scandal that continues in Muslim countries today;
  • The plight of women under Sharia provisions, similar to conditions imposed on dhimmis, in the denial of equal rights and dignity;
  • Slavery in Islamic lands, which continues today, justified by Sharia-‘s dhimmi codes;
  • The integral role of jihad and dhimmitude ideology in global terrorism today;
  • The license that academic and journalistic whitewashes of dhimmitude gives to radical jihadist enemies of human rights for all.
Jihad Watch fights to ensure that deeds done in the darkness for so long will not continue to be done. The light of world attention is anathema to the proponents of jihad and dhimmitude: we have seen in recent years that women sentenced to stoning for adultery, often victims of rape unjustly accused thanks to Sharia laws disallowing rape victims’ testimony, were freed following international outcry. Jihad Watch seeks to provoke similar, continuous and increasing outcry wherever and whenever the Sharia’s institutionalized injustices threaten dhimmis and women.

May the truth prevail.

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Riyadh’s delegation in Geneva faces torrent of condemnation over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Delegations have been grilling Saudi Arabia on its human rights record at the UN in Geneva as it faces a torrent of international condemnation over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Member states have also been criticising abuses of the Saudi-Emirati coalition’s role in the […]

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          "Paradise Discovered, At Last" PART 3 in Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
This is my Gulf’s Part 3 re my first ever trip to saucy Saudi Arabia in December 1979.

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YBA Kanoo put me into the local hotel (so good prospects there, eh?), and under the care of a very nice Brit guy called Bob. The first thing he did was to offer me half his monthly purchase of the locally produced ‘hooche’ from sugar, which was called ‘saddique’, or ‘friend’, in Arabic, I was told. One needed to dilute each pure half gallon with 100% distilled water and hey presto, one had a full gallon of damned good Vodka-like booze, which went very well with a Bitter Lemon soft drink and a slice of lemon.
A. It took me a short while to discover how the local gay scene operated there and very obvious it was too, once one had learnt the ropes. It transpired that the whole length of the seafront in Al Khobar (about 10/12 miles up from Damman) was the main hunting area. As an Expat, though about mid-40s then even, I needed to either walk up and down or even to just sit down and wait to be approached, in the best of styles of course. Being totally sold on BLACK GUYS ONLY for years already, I was a bit fussy but it would not be long before someone to my liking would appear. Sometimes we drove off in separate cars or I would jump into theirs. One memorable evening I followed two black locals to a house not too far away, followed also by a third Saudi guy in his car. At our destination the other driver was told to get lost by my new randy hosts and we first three went into that empty residence for some sex, one after the other with me as their main dish, and all on the ruddy staircase, would you believe? They then dropped me back at the seafront where I collected my car and I went home very happy.
B (a). One Friday morning (which was their Sunday no-work day, right?), I was driving towards the beach just past Al Khobar, but still in Damman, when I was waved down vigorously by a very black guy on the opposite side of the main road. I drove round to talk with him and it turned out he was a Kenyan aged about 25/26, and soon we were inside his compound where I saw three other Kenyans too. It was going to be good, I thought to myself, but not even I was prepared for what happened in the next 30 odd minutes. To set the ball rolling, the nice first guy led me into an empty but very dusty room off the main interior area, which had a dirty mattress on the floor and little other furniture. We both undressed ourselves and he then proceeded to fuck the hell out me in various positions. He must not have had any sex for ages because he was ravenous and crazy with desire for someone to satisfy himself with, and I was that lucky guy that Friday morning.
(b) As he was leaving he asked me if I wanted his friend to visit me there too (in English of course) and when I nodded a yes, one of his black colleague soon appeared at the door and came into the room. I had remained naked, but coyly hiding my hard-on, and this new guy soon got himself fully undressed too. His style and needs were quite different from the first guy’s because this guy wanted to stand behind me and rub his hard cock up and down my rear like that for a good 5 minutes, all the while simpering loudly and rubbing my cock and balls all the while. Later, he gently got me to bend over in a half standing position, when he changed his quietness a bit and he aggressively stuck his biggish, hard black cock right up my willing rear, soon downloading himself for all he was worth.
(c). As there were no further willing partners wanting a fuck, I dressed up and drove off towards the main road. But I had to turn right and then double back for the beach and just then I saw the first guy waving madly for me to come back. I did as asked and soon I was asked to go back to the room as a third friend had just arrived and he wanted a fuck with me also. How lucky was I to be, I thought? We went into the room for my third fuck on that memorable Friday morning, and it was as different in style and technique as my first two had been. But I was not about to complain, was I??
C. At the beach eventually I was minding my own business (dressed in my swimming pants etc) when, after say 25 minutes maximum, an American sports car rolled up in a cloud of dust and a short black guy, dressed in full local garb, jumped out near to my car. He introduced himself and soon his mates arrived in another car too. Within minutes I agreed to follow them so we could have some sex together and our three cars shot off towards a quiet desert area nearby that they seemed to know. You see, in the Gulf I was discovering there was no messing around being coy and/or beating about the bush; one just went for what one wanted, just as simply as that. I managed to tell the first black guy that I ONLY wanted to play with the two other black guys in the group, and he said ‘no problem’, and that those other two were actually full brothers in fact. (Plz see the attached ‘butch’ photo on my Profile where you can see the three of five wonderful guys I had great sex with that wonderful morning near Al Khobar.) At the chosen quiet area at last, with planes landing overhead at the main local Dharhan airport, a blanket was laid on the sand and the four other guys walked away over the sand dune. I had a quickie with the first short black one. After he’d got his rocks off he went to join the others still out of sight, calling the first of the two brothers to have his turn. Then, after he’d had a good fuck, I had the second brother. We then all jumped into our respective cars and returned in convoy back to the beach. There I took the details of the first black guy and he took my contact telephone number too, as I told him I may be returning to that area in the new year. And that happened too, but on that business trip I was in a YBA Kanoo villa in Damman, but all alone to boot, thank the good Lord.
          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain      Cache   Translate Page      
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

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In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
          Bila Tak Dijamin KBRI, HRS Bisa Terkena Hukuman Pancung      Cache   Translate Page      

Oleh: Arloren Antoni

 

Dari bahasa Kedutaan Besar Arab Saudi pada siaran persnya, jelas posisi Habib rizieq Shihab sangat terancam. Dia bukan bebas. Tapi bebas dengan Jaminan dari Kedutaan Besar Indonesia di Saudi Arabia. Agar tidak melarikan diri. Kasusnya bisa saja tetapa dilanjutkan karena kejahatan makar di Saudi adalah sebuah kejahatan serius.

HRS dianggap sebagai bagian dari Ekspatriat disana, bahasa kasarnya adalah TKI di Saudi sana. Mengibarkan bendera HTI disana dianggap kejahatan serius. Itu kejahatan berat. HRS bisa saja dipancung karena pasal pasal makar kepada Keluarga Kerajaan Al-Saud. Setiap kejahatan makar disana tidak ada obatnya. Hukumannya adalah dipancung. Bahkan warganya yang lari keluar negeri seperti Jamal Kashogi diburu oleh Inteligen Saudi dan di mutilasi.

 

 

Dalam kejadian ini saya ingin menyampaikan pesan kepada warga kita yang sering berdalih bahwa bendera Hitam itu adalah bendera Tauhid. Itu keliru. Itu bendera HTI. Dan mereka memang bermaksud makar menggantikan Dasar Negara kita yang damai dengan system bernegara ala mereka yang tidak menghargai Kebhinnekan di Nusantara.

Sudahilah polemik soal bendera HTI. Dan kita sadari bahwa dijaman Rasul tidak ada susunan huruf arab dengan khat seperti itu. Khat dengan penggunaan baris dan titik tidak dikenal di jaman Rasul. Khat seperti itu muncul ratusan tahun setelah Rasulullah wafat. Kalo saya tidak salah, khat dengan menggunakan baris dan titik itu muncul sekitaran abad 15 Masehi. Jadi keliru besar kalo katakan bendera HTI itu adalah bendera Rasul.

Keluarga kerajaan sangat Anti pada siapa saja yang ingin mengusik kekuasaan dinasti keluarga mereka. Mungkin ada miripnya dengan Rejim Soeharto di Indonesia dulu. DInding aja yang dengar anda ngomong melecehkan Soeharto maka besok anda dipastikan ilang tanpa kubur. Seperti itulah ketakutan kami yang merasakan bengisnya Soeharto dijaman dulu.

Jika pelaku makar ada di Saudi maka dia dipastikan di pancung. Jika pelaku di luar negeri maka itu tugas Inteligen Kerajaan memburu pelaku dan tewas dimutilasi sebagaimana kasus Jamal Kashogi.

Maka seluruh anak bangsa Nusantara ini berhati hatilah dengan HTI itu…!!

 

(Sumber: Facebook Arloren A)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 17:30
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          Human rights groups bolster court case challenging UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
The UK has licensed at least £4.7 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing campaign in Yemen began in 2015.
          How Self-Correcting Are We?      Cache   Translate Page      

By David K. Shipler

                A measure of a country’s health is its capacity for self-correction. The same holds true of an institution, even of an individual. The test is what happens when behavior departs from a course that is moral, legal, decent, and humane; when it sacrifices long-term vision for instant gratification; indulges in fear and fantasy; abandons truth; oppresses the weak; and promotes cruelty and corruption. The election tomorrow is a test.
                An open, pluralistic democracy can reform itself, and the United States has a long history of moral violations followed by corrections--or, at least, a degree of regret. The colonies’ and states’ persecution of religious minorities led to the First Amendment’s provision separating church and state. The atrocities against Native Americans led eventually to more honest teaching of history, although not the compensations for stolen land and destroyed cultures that the victims deserved. The scourge of slavery led to its abolition by the Thirteenth Amendment, the Civil War to a stronger (if imperfect) union, the Jim Crow segregationist laws to an uplifting civil rights movement and a wave of anti-discrimination measures by Congress and the courts.
The denial of women’s suffrage was reversed by the Nineteenth Amendment. The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was ruled unconstitutional, albeit too late for the prisoners. The character assassinations by Senator Joseph McCarthy of imagined communists, ruining careers and lives, were ultimately repudiated as repugnant and, in themselves, un-American. The illicit FBI and CIA spying on antiwar and other dissident groups led to a series of federal statutes regulating domestic surveillance, although those laws were watered down after 9/11. And most recently, the society’s broad distaste for homosexuality was revised into broad acceptance, including a Supreme Court decision overturning laws against gay marriage.
These and many other issues demonstrate that progress does not move in a straight line. The correction is never quite complete, and there is backsliding. While blacks in the South were once denied the vote by means of poll taxes and literacy tests, Republicans have now employed other means to the same end, purging registration rolls, for example, moving and reducing polling places in minority areas, and discarding registration forms on the basis of flimsy inconsistencies.
But in the long run, when this democracy damages its own interests and others’ well-being, it experiences something of a gravitational pull toward the more solid ground of social justice. That happened in the civil rights movement when the brutality of the segregationists, unleashing dogs, cops, and thugs to attack nonviolent demonstrators, became ugly enough to mobilize the conscience of the country. What will it take to mobilize the conscience today?
Since Donald Trump began campaigning for the presidency, and continuing into his tenure in the White House, he has led the United States down a steep descent. He has played to the bigotry of his base of rightwing extremists and created a tinderbox of domestic terrorism, as Stephen Tankel warns. He has given license to racism and other forms of hatred. He has stoked the flames of grievance and resentment toward nonwhites, immigrants, and others considered outsiders. He has continued the Republicans’ practices of politicizing the courts, thereby undermining that vital branch of government. And now, by sending troops to the Mexican border as props in the midterm election campaign, he has politicized the military as well.
He has lied steadily, created imagined threats, and dragged the Republican Party along with him into abysmal dishonesty. His attacks on the press, aimed at sowing disbelief in accurate reporting, have helped to set the country adrift from factual reality. He has thereby hung a blank canvas on which he can paint any monstrous fantasy that he wishes—and a large minority of Americans will believe him.
He touts himself as a promise-keeper, but he has broken his nation’s promises internationally, on climate, on nuclear nonproliferation, and on trade—and with tariffs has damaged farmers and small businessmen who supported him. He has insulted allies and praised autocrats, who now cite him to justify their oppression. Trump has thereby converted the United States into a model for dictators, not democrats.
            The President has dislodged his great country from its pinnacle on the international order—diplomatically, militarily, and economically—into a go-it-alone outlier which will have fewer friends when needed. He has planted the seeds of global collapse into an anarchic array of parochial nationalisms.
             Domestically, he is dismantling to an extreme the regulatory mechanisms that have promoted cleaner air, cleaner water, workplace safety, consumer rights, restrictions on harmful chemicals, pharmaceutical oversight, and protections for employees and investors. The radicals in his cabinet have gone far beyond reasonable trims of excessive regulation, and are putting ordinary Americans at risk. His Republican Party has slashed corporate taxes and increased the deficit, pushing up job growth but also injecting what some analysts regard as an unsustainable “sugar high” into the economy and the stock market. He runs the most corrupt government in modern history, self-dealing and using his position to enrich himself and his family. He and the Republicans in Congress continually threaten health benefits under Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid.
             Trump has not created anything significant. His new trade deal with Mexico and Canada contain only marginal improvements over NAFTA, which he campaigned to eliminate. He has no new trade agreement with China, and he cast aside the Trans-Pacific pact that would have strengthened American commerce in the region at Chinese expense.
He has done nothing for Israeli-Palestinian peace except antagonize one of the parties, the Palestinians, by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and thereby eliminating the US as an honest broker. He has given Saudi Arabia a blank check in its merciless war in Yemen, bringing widespread starvation to innocents there. In abandoning the nuclear pact with Iran, he has squandered leverage to negotiate an improvement. He has nothing to show for his vaunted summit with the North Korea leader, Kim jung-un, except a suspension of testing and hostile rhetoric, which is all to the good, except that there is no deal to end their nuclear program.
             And despite Vladimir Putin’s miscalculation in preferring Trump over Clinton in the 2016 election, Trump’s awed admiration for the Russian leader has not translated into real policy. Trump has simply withdrawn from the 1987 INF treaty restricting intermediate-range nuclear missiles without trying to negotiate a new agreement that would stop Russia’s cheating and include China in a set of restraints.
            The one thing that Trump has managed to create is a cult of personality among his followers, to the point of terrifying Republicans who go against him. That has given voters tomorrow little choice of sensible Republicans who would put a check on Trump. Now, only Democrats can do that.
Contrary to some expectations during the 2016 campaign and shortly after his election, Trump has not become a political liability to his party. So he’s made this midterm vote all about him. It will be a referendum of sorts, and therefore a test of whether the country is ready to take a first step in the process of self-correction or will have to continue farther down this path before realizing where it has led.

          Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, November 4th, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      


Sunday... And this time for a change I am right on schedule with getting this rant out at my usual time!

I saw in the local "news" a few days ago where there was supposedly some public outcry about  someone putting a sign up on a door at the local University saying "Its OK To Be White".... Honestly, I read the sign and I absolutely do NOT have a problem with it one iota.... What I have found offensive is this gawd awful "political correctness" bullshit and the fucking retarded "Liberals" out there screaming that to say "Its OK To Be White" is somehow offensive and "racist"..... This is absolute bullshit, for there is no harm in saying that it is ok to be white, much like for years we have seen signs and notes everywhere saying things like "Black lives matter" where those type of statements were deemed ok in our disgusting "politically correct" brainwashed society... The facts are that right now anyone that is white or Caucasian is now deemed automatically to be both "racist" as well as somehow being "privileged...... What I find offensive are the idiots out there that somehow think that to honour being white is being "racist" and those sick bastards can just drop dead as far as I am concerned.... I have no qualms in saying that I am white and proud of it!   The bottom line here is this; The sicko Jew freaks that want to destroy our societies have been wanting the white race destroyed and right now they are working overtime in slurring and attacking anyone who is Caucasian.... They have control of the media and have been using that as their weapon of choice to attack anyone who is white, and it is about time that the white people out there stopped putting up with this nonsense.... I am proud to be white, and am proud of my white heritage as well...Every other Caucasian person out there should be proud to call themselves white as well, and not put up with this garbage that to call yourself white is somehow being 'racist'.  

Now, onto other business... It has now been over a week since that false flag at that Synagogue of Satan in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and of course we have the Jew spew media still out there on a daily basis crying the fraud of "antisemitism" when it comes to this absolute false flag where I can conclude NOBODY has died.... I watched some of the so called "reports" and what I found offensive is the lack of any proof that anyone was actually killed at this incident, and even with the supposed "funerals" for the supposed "victims", I found no evidence of any bodies or any victims..... This one smelled like a rat from the get go and what we have here is another "Sandy Hook" style false flag that was set up and made to go "live" at the appropriate time... And yes, the timing of this "event" was more than perfect as the scum sucking Jewish freaks failed with their laughable "mail bombs" across America, and they needed something to once again galvanize American public opinion to support themselves and their crimes against humanity.... We cannot forget that this false flag also came at the time when their psychotic state of Israel has been killing Palestinians on a daily basis by the dozens as well.....

The really bad thing about this Pittsburgh false flag is that now the Jewish freaks will be pushing for 'hate crime' legislation across America much like they have already here in Jew occupied Canada... They want desperately to incorporate new laws in America that will have any outcry against Jewish criminality and especially the crimes committed by their gloriously sickening Israel to be deemed as "antisemitic" and to see those in violation of these new 'laws' be put into jail!   Yes, the timing of this Pittsburgh false flag was indeed just too perfect, as most Americans will now be seeing the "poor Jews" bullshit on a daily basis to mould their gullible minds into accepting these phoney "hate crime" laws... Take it from me, America, you do not want these bastards to have these laws in place, for they have indeed muzzled and destroyed real free speech up here in Canada..

Yes, another week, and once again the criminal Prime Minister of this once upon a time free nation called Canada, is out there trying to sell to the gullible Canadian people that his new "Carbon tax" scheme will be "good for Canadians".... Most of the political criminals that run this country are out there now trying to sell to their own constituents the laughable idea that this "Carbon Tax" will see most families get more money back than what they are to put out in taxes... I have to laugh and yet to cry at how stupid most Canadians are, for there is NO WAY IN HELL that anyone in this nation will profit from this "carbon tax" fraud (other than the crooked government of course), and most Canadians will indeed be fleeced in their pocket books... Then we have the reports that have finally been coming out showing that good ol' Justin Trudeau wants to 'START' his carbon tax fraud pricing at about $20 per tonne with that amount to balloon to well over $50 per tonne by 2022.... BUT there are other reports that state that this is only the "beginning" as apparently the stupid government of Canada has agreed with the phoney "Paris Accords" and will have that tax further inflated to well over $100 per tonne per person by 2025... Some estimates even put the figure of the fleecing of stupid Canadians to nearly $1000 per tonne! per these outlandish 'agreements'... The facts are that even with a low estimate of a few hundred dollars per tonne, this tax will destroy the average Canadian family and absolutely destroy our entire economy!   Yes, Justin Trudeau is this stupid and as far as I am concerned, he must be stopped and this Carbon tax fraud scrapped immediately...

I see that the criminal Jew dick sucking President of the United States, Donald Drumpf, has now officially 'backed out' of the Iranian nuclear deal, and as of the end of last week has reimposed the "sanctions" against Iran that were supposed to be removed as part of the original deal... What most people do not know is that these "sanctions" were never really removed in the first place, and that the new "sanctions" are calling for the complete embargo of all products coming out of Iran itself, especially its petroleum exports.... This is all part of the diabolical plans that the Jewish freaks have in weakening Iran so that their puppets in both the United States and NATO will eventually attack and attempt to destroy Iran for their glorious state of Israel..... BUT luckily the Iranian leadership has been preparing for this attempt at an oil embargo and has now set up independent trade deals with other nations, including China for their petroleum products... On top of that, the Iranians are now making these deals with currencies OTHER than the US dollar..... Honestly, I want to see this attempt at forcing Iran to its knees fail miserably and for nations to defy the US (and Israel) and continue trade with Iran...

An interesting new development occurred this last week in regards to Syria, and it has to do with Turkey now preparing to launch a major offensive operation in northern Syria centered around the PKK and Kurdish occupied area at Manjib.... The Turks are still aiming to destroy the PKK and eliminate the Kurdish forces in northern Syria and in doing so defy their "NATO ally" the United States that is still strongly supporting the Kurds and has placed a lot of their illegal forces in and around the Manjib area..... One thing that has happened with this new Turkish threat is to see the US claim that they have stopped their "attacks" against their proxy ISIS forces in and around the Euphrates river valley area south of Deir Ez-zor, to move their SDF and Kurdish proxy forces northward to tackle a real Turkish threat..... This is of course a laugher, for the US never intended to ever "win" against their proxy "ISIS" in the first place, as those battles were nothing but propaganda stunts to sell to the gullible American public that the US is in Syria to "fight terrorists", and now they are unprepared and somehow trying desperately to be ready to face a real threat from Turkey itself.....And to top this all off, there are new reports that since the US led SDF forces have been "withdrawing" from the southern Euphrates valley region to move north to Manjib, the US backed proxy "ISIS" forces are now on the 'offensive' and have 'retook' some villages on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river itself.  Yes, this is indeed all a game that the criminals in the US are indeed playing as they definitely want to make sure "ISIS" is alive and well to keep their fraud "war on terror" going...

Meanwhile, I saw a report where the US has once again bombed a village in eastern Syria where apparently there were absolutely NO "ISIS" forces or any "terrorists" operating from... The result is at least another 20 Syrian civilians dead.... THIS is again the proof of the real reason why the US is even in Syrian in the first place, as their bombing attacks on these villages has never been about getting "terrorists" but to attack and destroy innocent civilians as part of a sick and twisted 'ethnic cleansing" campaign to clear the area out for eventual Kurdish takeover of the region.... We have seen this type of attack elsewhere across northern Syria, and especially in and around the city of Raqqa, where thousands of civilians were murdered by the US as part of this 'ethnic cleansing' campaign and I can guarantee it will continue....

Today and tomorrow marks the "mid term" (s)elections in the United States, and someone asked me for my own two cents worth on what I see happening.... Considering how badly the entire US selection process is already broken and so corrupt, there will indeed be massive voter fraud happening over the next few days, and yet most gullible Americans will not do a damn thing to stop it.... The fraud will be so intense simply because the criminal "liberals" that now have destroyed the so called "Democratic" party in America are hell bent on having their sick minions and retards take over the US Congress and possibly the Senate as well to take complete control of the United States and make Donald Drumpf nothing more than a figurehead with no power.... These freaks are indeed out to destroy America, and sadly most Americans are too stupid to stop them... So what do I honestly think of these midterms?  The American people could have stopped the corruption that we are going to see happening now decades ago and are going to do nothing now to stop it from ruining the nation... Therefore, America, you get what you deserve!

I had honestly thought that this "caravan" marching north through Mexico and headed to the United States border had been stopped in its tracks last weekend with the reports that most of the funding by that arch criminal George Soros was halted.. But apparently I was wrong, for the follow up reports showed that the "caravan" was indeed alive and well with many of the worse of these "migrants" being bussed right across Mexico and right up to the border itself.... The US President has ordered the military to stop these illegals from crossing over the border by all means necessary, and I applaud this move.. These illegals have NO rights to ever cross another nation's borders without the proper paperwork and background checks, and as far as I am concerned, the liberal idiots in America that are now against Drumpf's actions in regards to these illegals can all drop dead.   The question becomes as to what the border guards in the US will do if and when these illegal migrants' handlers demand that they try to force their way across the US border, or start attacking the border guards?   It could become very bloody very quickly and we may soon find out if Drumpf is as good as his word....

I saw this last week where apparently that fraud "social media" platform called 'Facebook' had the nerve to get a hold of many of its "users" own medical records!  Honestly, what in the hell is this so called "social network" doing in getting a hold of a person's personal medical data in the first place?  Doing so is not only illegal, but is absolutely an illegal invasion of said person's privacy..... Again, this is only another piece of further proof for what I have said all along that these "social media" platforms such as "Facebook", "Twitter", "Instagram", etc, are not as they seem, but are ALL spy programs being used to obtain their user's most personal information to be eventually used against said user!   I have had a long standing statement that everyone should close these "social media" platforms immediately and never look back, and with the proof that these "platforms" are indeed truly criminal outfits, I stand firm in that statement.... If you have a "social media" platform, close it immediately and cancel any links or subscriptions to these services, for the sake of your privacy!

I did catch those reports last week where apparently the criminal US government has now called on their Saudi "allies" to halt their attacks against civilians in Yemen.... Does the word "hypocrisy" ring a bell here?  Here we have the criminal US government for years now giving the Saudis the weapons to be used to slaughter innocent Yemen civilians and the US even giving the Saudis the logistics to aid in said slaughter, and NOW the US government has the gall to call for the Saudis to stop their attacks?  This is obviously a PR stunt by the US government to appease the general public who are now becoming fully aware of the mass genocide taking place in Yemen as well as the famine caused by the Saudi attacks that could kill millions.... I seriously doubt that the US will ever demand that the Saudis halt their advances, for there are new reports that the Saudis have been moving even more forces into Yemen to try to seize the last UN humanitarian port at Al Hudaydah and thus cut off the last vestiges of food supplies reaching the already starving to death Yemeni people... Therefore, is the US actually working to stop the slaughter in Yemen?  I again doubt it as the evidence shows otherwise....

Well, I guess that is enough of the major events that have been on my devious mind for the last week... Again, I cannot cover everything, for to do so would have this "rant" be ridiculously long... Therefore I once again will touch on a few other issues of the day here in my usual "last minute tidbits"...... I have seen the reports about a possible "regime change" happening in the psychotic nation of Saudi Arabia, and all I can say is that it is about time the Saudi people did something to get rid of the psychotic house of Saud that has brought such ruination to that nation and its people.  Maybe a change would be good to take the nation and its people out of the 'dark ages'..... I hope that readers have had the chance to watch that Al Jazeera documentary, that I have up in my previous article about the reality of the Jewish control over America, entitled "The Lobby, US/Israel".  It is indeed most revealing and backs up everything that I have been saying for decades about how badly these psychos are indeed in control of America and its policies........I absolutely support BDS by the way, and I do hope that everyone does as well.  One way to beat these bastards in that illegal criminal state is indeed to hit them hard economically, and BDS can be successful if people stand firm and refuse to buy anything coming out of that psychotic state!.....As I said before, that murder of that US Reporter, Khashoggi, in Turkey would "fall by the wayside" and out of the public eye by now.  The reality is there was no way that the US government would ever go after the Saudis for that blatant murder, as the US has BILLIONS in military contracts with the house of Saud and indeed money does talk!.........Even more reports now coming out about the poisons in vaccines and how those poisons are detrimental to human health.  And yet I am still troubled when I see the most stupid people imaginable lining up like sheep to allow criminal big Pharma inject them with these dangerous chemicals.   Honestly, are people really this gullible and stupid?...........The US and the criminals out of NATO are running even more of these military "exercises" right next to the Russian border, as a means of provoking the Russian bear.  I for the life of me cannot understand this sick mentality that these bastards are actually contemplating war with the Russian Federation, for the outcome could go nuclear in a heartbeat and in such a nuclear war there are NO winners, only losers!........I saw a report where apparently the newest and "greatest" US nuclear aircraft carrier, the Gerald R Ford, was delivered into service without the elevators installed to bring weapons and ordinance to planes on the flight deck.  I thought "Are you fucking kidding me"?  Here we have a grotesquely overpriced piece of military hardware and the damn thing was delivered without the means to arm its planes?  Yes, this again shows how badly the US military has indeed become inept.......I saw a troubling report where apparently breakfast cereals that are a staple of most homes here in North America are so badly laden with Glyphosate, that this cancer causing chemical is actually in more abundance in these cereals than actual vitamins!  And this begs the question as to when everyone will finally demand that this poisonous chemical be banned everywhere from usage?  That cannot come soon enough, apparently......Almost zero news coming out of NASA these last few weeks since the revelation of an active volcano on Mars when they had claimed for decades that Mars was geologically a dead world.  No surprise here, for NASA has indeed been lying for decades about everything in space, and especially about Mars itself.  But the idea that the world is flat?  Forget that nonsense!....The 100th anniversary of end of the first World War is fast approaching.  I hope that the real truths will finally come forward on how that war was indeed instigated by the Jewish bankers who wanted to see European dynasties destroyed to pave the way for their attempt at their one world government and a "new world order".   Hopefully someday people will learn the bitter truth...... .I see that Arsenal played to a 1-1 tie yesterday against Liverpool in Premier League action.  Yes, the Gunners are coming along and they are playing better than even I had expected.  But a championship this year?  NO way, for the Gunners still have a hard time matching up to the talent of a team like Manchester City, yet......And about the Kardashians?  I honestly could not find anything this last week that was 'earth shattering' by these morons, idiots, misfits, and trollops.  I will give them a pass for this week therefore, and hope that some of their stupidity surfaces again to have a good laugh for next week's rant.  Stay tuned....

More to come

NTS





          Government urged to rein in Canadian Commercial Corporation on arms deals      Cache   Translate Page      
An arms deal with Saudi Arabia is calling into question how weapons contracts are governed in Canada
          The Morning After: S&P Futures Surge On Gridlock, Dollar Slides      Cache   Translate Page      

So much for the consensus midterm election outcome being priced in: one look at global markets this morning shows a sea of green, and confirms that markets clearly like gridlock more than many had expected.

After what was initially a muted reaction from financial investors in the United States and globally, European stock markets turned higher ignoring a mixed Asian Session with S&P futures following, gaining as much as 1% percent.

A quick look at global markets saw Asian equities mixed, Europe solidly in the green, while in FX, the Indonesian rupiah, which soared the most since June 2016, led gains as the dollar weakened for the third day. South Africa’s rand jumped to the strongest in three months. Egyptian shares rose 1.5% and Turkish stocks gained 1.1%.

US politicians will now be looking to the 2020 elections, so "Republicans should now push the Trump Administration to pursue more cautious economic policies, particularly with respect to trade," said Jan Dehn, the head of research at Ashmore Group. With Democrats keen on constraining Trump, there may be a moderation in policies, he added. And finally, “the likelihood of very large stimulus measures has now declined,” Dehn said. “All in all, these factors will weigh on the dollar and support EM currencies.”

Recapping last night's results, Democrats regained a majority in the House of Representatives while Republicans not only clinched control of the Senate but also gained 3 extra seats. And while the results will hamper Trump’s business-friendly agenda and could lead to uncertainty about his administration at a time when investors are already worried that a decade-old bull market may be ending, dimming chances for any major fiscal initiative from the administration that might have pushed yields higher and strengthened the greenback, so far stocks are enjoying a relief rally that the outcome wasn't worse.

Indeed, the results for the GOP were no worse than investors had feared and point to a protracted political gridlock that had largely been expected by investors. That left investors free to buy back into a market that had its worst month in seven years in October.

"Given what futures are pointing to right now, I think it’s probably a sign that on balance Republicans have marginally outperformed," said UBS global wealth management CIO Geoffrey Yu. "The big question from here is do we add risk. Given how weak markets were in October, there is a slightly stronger case for us to outperform in the short-term."

As Reuters notes this morning, gridlock in Washington will all but eliminate the potential for more tax cuts, which Trump has called for and which many on Wall Street would like. The sweeping corporate tax cuts passed by the Republicans last year have supercharged earnings growth. It also means a lower debt deficit on net, lower yields and a lower dollar. And indeed, the greenback tumbled overnight even as risk assets jumped, with the Bloomberg dollar index sliding to a two weeks low after peaking at the start of the month. The BBDXY fell as much as 0.6% following the results of U.S. midterm elections, with the move gaining traction after the London open as short-term names added fresh shorts; the 10-year Treasury yield fell almost 5bps below 3.18%.

The euro rose a third day to set a fresh two-week high against the dollar in early London hours, supported by data showing that German industrial output picked up steam in September, supporting the view that a third-quarter stagnation will prove temporary. Sterling advanced as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to ask the Cabinet to approve a draft Brexit deal potentially within days; option traders are less bearish on the pound, especially in the front end

The Democrats’ victory in the House could also benefit the market, some investors suggested, by tempering Trump’s aims such as on international trade.  Indeed, the Democrats’ ability to prevent Trump from passing new laws may push him to focus more on resolving U.S. disputes with China, although that wasn't obvious to Chinese stocks, with the Shanghai Composite one of the few indexes closing in the red, and near session lows overnight.

Some investors were hopeful that Republicans and Democrats could agree on spending to improve infrastructure, which could boost many companies’ profits and drive more economic expansion.

In any case, investors will be happy just to move on from the elections: "It’s one less thing that’s in front of you that you have to worry about,” said Greenwood Capital CIO Walter Todd.

And with the elections now in the rearview mirror, the biggest macro themes remain the Fed's ongoing interest rate hikes and the trade war after recent warnings from major names including Christine Lagarde and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. Meanwhile, the Italian government is holding a confidence vote on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve is set to decide interest rates on Thursday, and Theresa May is pushing on with efforts to agree a Brexit deal.

“Now that the elections are behind us, earnings and the Fed will be back in focus,” said Mohannad Aama, managing director at Beam Capital Management in New York. “Neither of those factors support expanding multiples for stocks.”

Elsewhere shares of Spanish banks surged after the local Supreme Court ruled they don't have to pay back billions of euros in back taxes. The euro rallied as data showed German industrial output picked up steam in September.

Mortgage applications data is due, as well as earnings from Qualcomm, Prudential and Rockwell Automation, among others

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures up 1% to 2,786.00
  • Gold spot up 0.6% to $1,234.44
  • U.S. Dollar Index down 0.6% to 95.79
  • STOXX Europe 600 up 1.2% to 366.76
  • MXAP up 0.2% to 153.15
  • MXAPJ up 0.5% to 490.65
  • Nikkei down 0.3% to 22,085.80
  • Topix down 0.4% to 1,652.43
  • Hang Seng Index up 0.1% to 26,147.69
  • Shanghai Composite down 0.7% to 2,641.34
  • Sensex up 0.1% to 34,991.91
  • Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.4% to 5,896.87
  • Kospi down 0.5% to 2,078.69
  • German 10Y yield fell 0.7 bps to 0.427%
  • Euro up 0.5% to $1.1486
  • Brent Futures down 0.01% to $72.12/bbl
  • Italian 10Y yield rose 7.0 bps to 3.026%
  • Spanish 10Y yield fell 3.2 bps to 1.552%

Top Overnight News from Bloomberg

  • Republicans won Senate seats from Democrats in states where Trump repeatedly journeyed for raucous, red-meat-filled rallies, including Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota. Trump allies won governors’ mansions in Florida, Iowa and Ohio. Trump’s party lost control of the House of Representatives. Democrats took at least 26 seats held by Republicans and one of the most high- profile races, in Georgia, was too close to call early Wednesday
  • The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives cripples Trump’s conservative agenda and opens the way for unfettered investigations into his scandal-plagued administration, his presidential campaign and his family’s business empire
  • Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson warned of an “Economic Iron Curtain” dividing the world if the U.S. and China fail to resolve strategic differences; former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned the U.S. might struggle to cope with lending risks that have spread beyond banks
  • The People’s Bank of China sold 20 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) of bills in its first issuance in Hong Kong Wednesday, a move that could reduce the offshore yuan’s liquidity and support the Chinese currency
  • CME Group Inc. is moving its European market for short-term financing, the largest in the region, out of London because the exchange operator wants to guarantee continental firms can continue to use it if there is a no-deal Brexit

Asian equity markets traded cautious as all focus centred on the US mid-term election results. A strong start for the Democrats weighed on US equity futures in early trade, although stock futures then recovered after further results and projections trickled in which suggested the unlikelihood of a Blue Tsunami (Democrat-controlled House and Senate) as the Republicans won in key Senate battlegrounds such as Indiana and tightly-contested Texas. As such, there was a non-committal tone in most Asia bourses with ASX 200 (+0.4%) and Shanghai Comp. (-0.7%) choppy, while Nikkei 225 (-0.3%) was initially bolstered by recent favourable currency moves before dipping into the red. Hang Seng (+0.1%) briefly outperformed amid a tech-led surge, before slipping into the red. Finally, price action in 10yr JGBs reflected the non-committal risk tone as participants second-guessed the election results and amid jittery trade in T-notes.

Top Asian News

  • China’s Foreign Reserves Post Third Decline Amid Outflow Signs
  • China’s Car Market May Contract This Year, Official Warns
  • China’s Datang, Huadian Said to Await Final Merger Approval
  • Vietnam’s Growth at Risk as Banks Face Capital Squeeze

European equities are positive across the board as investors digest the consequences of a split Congress, with US equity futures edging higher as some traders see the Democratic House majority as a prospect for trade policies to be reeled in slightly, albeit a lot of powers will still be retained by Trump. It is also worth noting the split Congress may translate to less fiscal stimuli as US tax reforms would face greater obstacles when passing through Congress. Going back to Europe, sectors are largely experiencing broad-based gains, while IT names lag. Spain's IBEX outperforms as banking names (Caixabank +3.8%, Sabadell +2.9%, Santander +2.8%, BBVA +2.4%) benefit from reports the Supreme court ruled that banks are not required to pay mortgage stamp duty, which saves the banks from potentially having to reimburse billions of EUR to borrowers, although source reports noted that the Spanish government is to propose a law change so banks pay mortgage stamp duties, which contradicts the ruling. In terms of individual movers, Adidas (-1.9%) is the laggard in the German benchmark after revenues missed expectations, while Fresenius Medical (+9.0%) and Mediclinic (+5.0%) rose to the top of their respective indices after voters in California rejected a proposal to cap profits on dialysis companies.

Top European News

  • Ukraine May Join Euro-Bond Rush in Bid to Deepen Investor Pool
  • SNB’s Foreign Currency Reserves Rise to Near-Record Level
  • Salvini Says Italian Government ’Absolutely Not at Risk’
  • Why May Closing In on a Brexit Deal Can’t Stem a Business Exodus

In currencies, the DXY saw a relatively marked retreat in the index amidst broad Greenback losses in wake of the US mid-term elections, as currency markets factor in the prospect of policy protraction and a more difficult passage for President Trump’s fiscal agenda through a divided Congress. The DXY has lost grip of the 96.000 handle and also breached pre-NFP lows to test support/underlying bids around 95.700. CHF/EUR/AUD/GBP - Also firmly ahead vs the Usd, with the Franc back above parity and almost testing 0.9950 resistance despite latest SNB assurances that an accommodative and proactive stance is necessary due to fragile FX mo