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          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


          China, Japan, India among those exempt from Iran oil sanctions, says US      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, while vowing to be “relentless” in pressuring Tehran. Pompeo listed eight places that will enjoy temporary waivers from a ban on all oil transactions with Iran: China, Taiwan, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. Earlier in the day, the administration reimposed sanctions on Iran’s energy, banking, shipbuilding and shipping sectors to...
          Get a Farberware air fryer on sale at Walmart for $30 off, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner      Cache   Translate Page      
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The Farberware 3.2-guart digital oil-less fryer is on sale for $39, which $30 off the original $69 price. And while you may not be able to fit a whole turkey in there, it can help you out with lots of fun sides — and maybe even dessert. Read more...

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          Is there really a 'militia caravan' traveling south to protect US border from marching migrants?      Cache   Translate Page      
Most media outlets have published as fact claims that vigilante groups incited by Donald Trump are organizing themselves to confront the migrant caravan, but the story appears to be based on little more than an unverified boast. Variously named as "armed militias" and "far right activists," some "gun-toting" groups have been reported as "forming their own caravan" in scores of media reports over the weekend, from the Huffington Post to The Hill in the US to international outlets such as the UK's the Sun, Turkey's Anadolu, and Russia's Sputnik. The vigilantes are reportedly equipped with military-level tech, and will form units hundreds-strong. They have caused alarm among both local residents - afraid that their land will be invaded- and the army contingent forced to separate sides. Twitter luminaries have circulated dire warnings of bloodshed and calls to curb "domestic terrorism."
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          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
          US offers rewards for info on PKK chiefs wanted by Turkey: official      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States is offering millions of dollars in rewards for information over the whereabouts of three leaders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a top American official said after a visit to Ankara Tuesday.
          ForwardKeys reveals how much Turkey benefits from the China-Turkey Tourism Year 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
ForwardKeys, which predicts future travel patterns by analysing 17 million flight booking transactions a day, shared insights for Chinese global outbound travel at the World Travel Market in London.

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          دانلود نرم افزار Cold Turkey Blocker 3.5.3 – win      Cache   Translate Page      
Cold Turkey Blocker به منظور مسدود کردن دسترسی های غیر مجار به سیستم شخصی شما طراحی شده است که به راحتی قابل تنظیم می باشد.. شما می توانید این نرم افزار را برای جلوگیری از هر چیزی که بدون مجوز به سیستم شخصی شما دسترسی دارد از یک صفحه وب خاص گرفته تا کل اینترنت، تنظیم کنید. شما همچنین می توانید استثنا ها را نیز در این نرم افزار مشخص نمایید. همچنین می توانید برنامه های کاربردی را مسدود کرده یا حتی از آن برای قفل کردن خود کامپیوتر نیز استفاده کنید! شما با استفاده از این نرم افزار می توانید تایمری را برای شروع...
          Your Best Thanksgiving Emails: Subject Line and Design Tips That Will Win Turkey Day      Cache   Translate Page      
‘Tis the season…. for Thanksgiving emails! Soon, everyone and their families will be stuffing (Ha!) their stomachs with every delicious Thanksgiving food in the book. But before, during, and after that day, businesses will be stuffing their customers’ inboxes with many, many emails. Like, a lot of emails. Depending on the number of businesses they […]
          Comment on #MIKidsCan Turkey Day VIP Sweepstakes: Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with the Detroit Lions by Sarah Williams      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Methyl Methacrylate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Market Is Anticipated to Generate Significant Revenues by - 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- MABS is an amorphous thermoplastic polymer, which is a copolymer of methyl methacrylate (MMA), styrene, acrylonitrile, and butadiene. The polymer provides exceptional properties such as high impact strength, resistance to various chemicals, and excellent transparency. Transparency is one of the important features of MABS, as it allows creation of visual effects, such as shine, deep color, and pearlescent effect, in final products. This property also allows for MABS to be printed on. As a result, MABS is used in design-oriented fields and is preferred due to the ease of processing.

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MABS is a specialty polymer belonging to the styrenic polymers family. It offers properties that closely resemble the properties offered by ABS. MABS is a preferred material that is employed in medical applications such as connectors, dialysis housings, filters, and transparent components in ventilators. Demand for methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) is anticipated to increase at a higher pace than that for other polymers in the near future.

Methyl Methacrylate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (MABS) Market: Trends & Segmentation

MABS resembles acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in terms of properties. Therefore, it is used in high-end applications such as medical and pharmaceuticals. MABS retains its specialty nature and is one of the more expensive polymers compared to other commodity polymers. It also exhibits electrical properties that are consistent over a varied series of frequencies. It is highly used in mechanical applications. MABS offers a combination of properties: toughness of polybutadiene rubber along with strength and rigidity of acrylonitrile and styrene polymers.

Impact resistance and toughness offered by methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) are two of its most critical mechanical properties. Furthermore, modifications can be made to methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) to further enhance its toughness and resistance to heat and impact. Impact resistance of methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) is not much affected with temperature fluctuations. This enables its usage in different medical applications. Two types of MABS are available in the market: high impact resistance and medium impact resistance.

Based on end-user industry, the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market can be divided into medical, electrical appliances, packaging, consumer products, and others.

Methyl Methacrylate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (MABS) Market: Region-wise Outlook

In terms of geography, the global methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market can be segregated into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific, followed by Europe, is a major region of the global methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market. The region leads in terms of production as well as consumption.

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In terms of consumption, Western Europe held significant share of the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market in Europe in 2017. Other than Western Europe, major developments in the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market have been observed in Russia and Turkey.

The U.S. accounted for significant share of the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market in North America in 2017. It ranked second (after China) in terms of demand for styrenic polymers in the world in 2017. Mexico is the leading country of the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market in Latin America, led by the presence of manufacturing facilities of some of the leading players in the region.

Methyl Methacrylate Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (MABS) Market: Key Players

Key players operating in the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market include Chi Mei Corporation, BASF SE, INEOS STYROLUTION Group GmbH, Toray Industries Inc. and Denka Company Limited. Manufacturers operating in the methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) market are focusing on product development activities to provide better flow, lower warpage, and greater adhesion of MABS to other substrates. Companies provide methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (MABS) of different grades for various applications in a number of end-user industries.

INEOS STYROLUTION Group GmbH offers MABS under the brand name TERLUX. It is used in medical applications such as IV systems & fluid delivery, mobile & digital health, labware, surgical equipment, and respiratory & drug delivery devices.

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          Les cahiers du CEDREF 22 | 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Transformations of the Gender Regime in Turkey. Mise en ligne en texte intégral en novembre 2018
          Tesco reprises ‘Everyone’s Welcome’ campaign: ‘It worked for us last year’      Cache   Translate Page      

Tesco has brought back its ‘However you do Christmas, everyone’s welcome’ campaign, though it has evolved the creative execution from its first run last year, saying the concept has helped it to re-establish “trust” and “brand love”.   

Last year’s festive push saw Tesco look at moments behind the preparation of the festive turkey celebrated the many ways in which people come together to celebrate Christmas.  

The 2017 campaign, also created by BBH London, was under the spotlight for featuring a group of hijabi Muslim women greeting each other and exchanging festive gifts. It slammed critics by saying the point of the ad was to  “celebrate the many ways our customers come together” and tell people that “however they choose to do Christmas […] Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco.”

And this is the same message it will promote in 2018, with BBH’s managing director Karen Martin saying “celebrating diversity” is at the heart of the idea.

“We're using the same idea [as 2017],” added Alessandra Bellini, Tesco chief customer officer. “We looked at whether to continue or find a different creative, but we felt really strongly that it worked really well for us last year.”

Building on last year’s adverts, the new campaign shows a number of families and friends uniting and embarking on the most established of seasonal get-togethers – and debating our traditional differences. Each point of view is delivered from a different person in a different household, making up one continuous debate.

The ad plays out to a composed version of Fleetwood Mac’s hit, ‘Go Your Own Way’.

It will run throughout November and December before a new range of ads runs between the Christmas and New Year period.

The campaign is supported by print and OOH, shot by photographer Myles New, as well as social, digital, radio and in-store assets with media planning and buying  handled by MediaCom UK.

Bellini said it’s being more tactical with media placements this year on the back of research it conducted into people’s Christmas traditions. For example, it found that 66% of people go for sprouts, while 38% have Yorkshire pudding with their dinner or 8% can’t eat without ketchup.

Through its OOH placements, it will use different variations of the ads to target people in regions where these trends are more prevalent. 


          European 'clearing house' to bypass US sanctions against Iran - The Guardian      Cache   Translate Page      

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European 'clearing house' to bypass US sanctions against Iran
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A special clearing house designed to allow European companies that trade with Iran to bypass newly reimposed US sanctions will be set up in Europe within months, possibly in France or Germany. The clearing house, known as a special purpose vehicle ...
Iran oil exports to plummet in November, then rebound as buyers use waiversReuters
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          Learning New Skills      Cache   Translate Page      

This post is a response to this month’s T-SQL Tuesday #108 prompt by Malathi Mahadevan.  T-SQL Tuesday is a way for the SQL Server community to share ideas about different database and professional topics every month.

This month’s topic asks to share how we learn skills other than SQL Server.


I enjoy learning to do new things; there’s a major sense of accomplishment I feel when I can tell myself, “Wow, I went from knowing almost nothing to being able to have this new skill.”

Over the years I’ve realized I’m pretty consistent in how I go about learning something new, so what follows is my process for learning a new skill.

What I Am Learning

Recently, my non-SQL Server related learning goals have been to learn to use plain old vanilla JavaScript.

In this case I’m not necessarily starting from nothing (I have been writing JavaScript for close to 20 years now…) but previously where it was necessary to use a library like jQuery to get any kind of compatibility and consistency across browsers, the time has finally come where the JavaScript (ECMAScript) standard is mostly implemented correctly in most modern browsers.  No more need for large helper libraries!

And so the appeal here is that if I can ditch the overhead of a large library, my code will be simpler, easier to maintain, and faster to load and execute.

Steps to Learning a New Skill:

1. Commitment

For me, the hardest part to learning a new skill is time management: if I don’t make time for it, it won’t happen on its own.

I think the easiest way to make time to learn a new skill is to incorporate it into a project at work.  By aligning it with your day job, you’re guaranteeing some time to work on it most days.  Yes, critical projects and deadlines do come up where learning has to be set aside temporarily, but if you can find a project that doesn’t have urgent deadlines AND aligns with learning goals, then you’ll be good to go.

For me, learning vanilla JavaScript is a great “at-work” project since I’m already developing a lot of web apps with JavaScript anyway – the main difference is I’ll be using the standard JavaScript functionality instead of working through a library like jQuery.

Now obviously this won’t work in all scenarios: if you want to learn to build drones and you do development work for a chain of grocery stores, you probably can’t figure out a way to align your interest with work (unless of course your company is trying to build out a drone delivery service).

Inthat case, you need to set aside time at home. This essentially comes down to your own discipline and timemanagement.  The key here is that youneed to set up time regularly and set yourself deadlines.  Instead of having the deadline of a workproject to help motivate you to learn, you need to tell yourself “I’mgoing to get this chunk of plastic and copper wiring up in the air by the endof the month” and try to deliver on that goal.

2. Go Cold Turkey

This is the hardest part of kicking any old habit.  Ideally when learning something new, I like to use it exclusively in all scenarios where I can.

This may not always be possible: sometimes there is a deadline you have to meet and trying a new skill that slows you down is not always the best idea.

But even if that’s your scenario, pick at least one project to go completely cold turkey on for learning your new skill.  Going cold turkey on a project will force you to work through the hurdles and actually learn the necessary skills.

Thiscan be challenging.  I have the jQuerysyntax and methods ingrained in my brain from years of use; switching to usingstandard JavaScript is tough because I’m frequently having to look up how to dothings.  But if I picked the rightproject (ie. one without urgent deadlines), then this becomes a fun learningexperience instead of something stressful.

3. Build a Collection of Resources

The internet is awesome: it contains nearly all of the information you could ever want for learning a new skill.  The internet can also be a terrible place for learning a new skills if used incorrectly.

When learning something new, I try to find resources that guide me through a topic.  Whether it’s a book, a website with a structured guide, a video course, or documentation with clear examples, it’s important to find something that will teach you the why as well as the how.  I prefer using something with structure because it helps me learn the fundamentals correctly.

With my JavaScript learning, I have been enjoying the guides and daily newsletter at https://vanillajstoolkit.com/ .  That site also has clear documentation for the most common features.  The “official” documentation (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference) is good to reference too, but can be overwhelming when first starting out.

What I don’t like doing is searching for each question I have on StackOverflow.  Don’t get me wrong, I love StackOverflow, but when learning some brand new skill I don’t think it always provides the best answers.  Sometimes you get good answers, but sometimes you’ll come across answers that, while technically correct, apply to some edge case, old version of a language, etc… that make them less-than-helpful when learning a new skill.

4. Document and Share

As I learn, I document what I learn.  This could be as simple as code snippets that I find myself using all the time, or it could be links to additional helpful resources.

Eventually I like writing up what I’m learning.  Even if no one reads it, summarizing your thoughts and ideas will help clarify and retain them better.  A summarized document or blog post also provides an additional reference for you to use if you need to in the future.

I haven’t been blogging publicly about my JavaScript learning, but I have been taking notes and sharing with individuals who are learning along with me.

5. Rinse and Repeat

That’s it!  On my first pass at learning a new skill I try to finish a small project to get some immediate satisfaction.  I then pick a new project that’s a little bit more ambitious, but still be manageable because I now have some knowledge that I didn’t have before starting my first project.

Baby steps.  A little bit each day (or every other day).  Do it enough times and eventually you find yourself being fully capable of whatever skill you set out to learn.

Thanks for reading. You might also enjoy following me on Twitter.


          Turkey’s Erdogan continues to destabilize the Middle East      Cache   Translate Page      
Erdogan is using the Khashoggi murder to establish himself an alibi. By Yochanan Visser, INN Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is once again trying to stir up tensions in the Middle East in order to advance both his Islamist agenda and his Ottoman imperialistic aspirations. The hot-headed Turkish leader is milking the Khashoggi scandal in order to shift the focus from the disastrous state of affairs in Turkey, where inflation jumped over 25 percent last week after the Turkish Lira lost more than 40 percent of its value against the dollar, and to camouflage his continuing attempts to take over eastern Syria Read More
          Community Thanksgiving Feast: New Look For Old Favorite      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Weekend Fun: Mermaids, Train Festival, Frosty and Rudolph       Cache   Translate Page      

The second weekend of November features visits from Frosty, Rudolph, Harry Potter, and mermaids!  Get a jump on the holidays with Thanksgiving activities like NJ Audubon: Turkey Talk and Alstede's Pie Tasting Experience, plus pre-Christmas excitement at a production of Frosty & Rudolph.

Have sky-high fun at Teterboro's Open Cockpit Weekend and RVCC Planetarium's Skies over Hogwarts, and see some underwater action at Adventure Aquarium's Mermaids. Train enthusiasts won't want to miss the Train Festival at Camden Children's Garden, and it's the last weekend to catch Diggerfest. Crafty kids have plenty of opportunity to create at Ancient Technologies: Making an Amulet Necklace, Art for Families, and Montclair Art Museum's Drop-In Studio.

Find even more options in our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids, and take in the sights of the season at Paterson Great Falls and Tenafly Nature Center. And look to our November GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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          10 Restaurants for a Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey Day the Easy Way      Cache   Translate Page      

Picture your ideal Thanksgiving. Are you imagining a delicious multi-course meal shared with family and friends? Or are you imagining hours of shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning while the TV is blaring football, and you're not spending enough time spent with people you already don't see often enough? This could be a good year to try something new. Go out for Thanksgiving dinner—have your feast and eat it, too, while enjoying conversation with family and friends. And best of all, someone else cleans up afterward.

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          Thanksgiving Day Runs for Long Island Families      Cache   Translate Page      

Before the Thanksgiving festivities begin (not to mention the eating frenzy), why not get the whole family up and moving with a good old-fashioned turkey trot. These runs and walks are held in NassauSuffolk, and the East End around the time of the holiday and many are open to all ages, often featuring a "fun run" just for kids.

Many of these races start bright and early, so even if you’re the one putting the turkey in the oven or have to hit the road by noon to get to grandma’s, you still should be able to fit in a holiday trot. For more seasonal adventures, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and our November GoList.

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           Content design for e-learning in Malaysia: Visual and performing arts       Cache   Translate Page      
Bujang, R. and Hamidon, N.A. (2008) Content design for e-learning in Malaysia: Visual and performing arts. In: International Conference on Innovations in Learning for the Future , 27-29 Mac 2008, Istanbul, Turkey.
          VEGAN ROW: Furious ‘vegan mafia’ accuse farm shop of MURDER over Christmas turkey offer      Cache   Translate Page      


A FARM SHOP has been accused of murder by angry vegans after customers were offered the chance to name and look after their Christmas turkey for two months before the animal is slaughtered.
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Roslan, A.R. (2008) Changing trend on grocery goods shopping: why hypermarket and why grocery shop? In: International Conference On Social Sciences, 21-22 Aug 2008, Izmir, Turkey.
          FTSC Turkey Bowl & Potluck!      Cache   Translate Page      
The FTSC Turkey Bowl Potluck is an opportunity to gather after the tournament to share in some wonderful company and great food. We’re still figuring [...]
          Erdogan took a stand for Khashoggi. Now he should free the critics he imprisoned.      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey has by no means been a haven for free expression or the rights of journalists.
          Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.      Cache   Translate Page      
In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.
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Looks tempting burger. I will give it a try.
          The Dodge Neon is alive!      Cache   Translate Page      

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It's sold in Mexico, built in Turkey and is based on the Fiat Tipo.

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          Pringles brings back its limited-edition Thanksgiving dinner chips      Cache   Translate Page      
Pringles is bringing back its limited-edition Thanksgiving dinner chips that are flavored like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. The chips go on sale online on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
          Pringles sells Thanksgiving-flavored chips for limited time      Cache   Translate Page      

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Those who crave the tastes of Thanksgiving no longer have to wait for the meal to be cooked. Pringles is selling chips that taste like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. The limited-edition chips are not available in stores. The three-pack stackable mini cans go on sale Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. […]
          What Turkey Producers Don't Want You to Know      Cache   Translate Page      
Tylenol, Benadryl, caffeine, statins and Prozac have been found in US turkey feather meal samples
          Event: Retrospective Bruno Taut at Home      Cache   Translate Page      
Event Date: Oct 30, 2018 - Nov 9, 2018; Event City: Istanbul, TR
  • Curator: Mehmet Sinan Tarakcıoğlu
  • Exhibition Team: Elçin Burcu Temel, Taybuğa Aybars Mamalı
  • Translation: Neslihan Çatak, Poster Design: Mirza Vranjakovic
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Exhibiton invites everyone to see Head of Department of Architecture Prof. Bruno Taut back at his home, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, 80 years after his solo exhibition held at the Taut Atelier in June 1938.

“The world is my idea.” Arthur Schopenhauer

Bruno Taut is an important figure in modern architecture. His author-educator-urban planner identities, his architectural approach and the reflections of his approach have been collected.

Bruno Taut met Categorical Imperative of Kant through a gravestone in Königsberg and carried his moral law throughout his life. He lived in a world where racism and brutality rose. But he never lost his humane point of view. He wandered around the globe without losing this perspective. He lived in Germany, Russia, Japan and Turkey in a period when the effects of the changes that occurred before and after the war were deeply felt. He was branded as heimatlos and still considered this way. However, he deserves to be remembered as a citizen of the world.

In Turkey, where Taut hoped to work for a long period, he found the place in accordance with his ideals over at the Academy of Fine Arts Istanbul. For this purpose, he built a second house for himself in Istanbul after Berlin. This house in Ortaköy which sheds light on his travel-filled life and his multi-colored architectural approach was his last home. The effects he created under the umbrella of the Academy of Fine Arts in Turkey, where he only spent two years, reached present day through the young architects and his students.

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BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — No matter what Lamar Patterson does for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe. The ex-Atlanta Hawks player flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage and ran afoul of Australia's quarantine laws. The Bullets recruit was briefly detained after landing in Brisbane on Thursday with his dog, Kobe. The 27-year-old Patterson, who has played seasons in Turkey, Italy and China, cleared customs at the airport. But Kobe was kept in quarantine and was sent home Friday, Australia's agriculture department said.
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Joseph from Joseph's Machines, and his dog Matthew, show us his easy method of preparing a Thanksgiving turkey. (via reddit)
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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...
          FIVE PLACES TO INVEST IN THIS SEASON.      Cache   Translate Page      

Winters are coming; ready to feel cold and witness some pleasurable environment all around you. So you have been tired working the entire year and now are you planning to go out for a vacation this season? Here are some suggestions for the places you can always visit in winters all around the globe which undoubtedly, will give you an immense favors with the cold breezes : 1. Turkey: The land that turns into heaven! Winters in turkey is always a treat. You can enjoy the snowfall, ice skates and the silent calm weather. Its an ideal place to visit in winters because you get a chance to go through the eye catching view of that beautiful country. Skiing is also very fun in winters in Turkey. Plus it’s extremely cold in there; so people who can bare the utmost level of cold weather you are definitely up for it. 2. Costa Rica: Costa Rica has always been admired because of their alluring beaches. There are numerous beach sides and volcanoes to explore. It’s is interesting if you really want to explore something new. Its not very cold in Costa rica but it runs by a moderate climate in winters so you can enjoy their beaches in winters with little breezes on the shore. It’s a great option for the people who don’t like to engage with extremely cold climate. 3. New York city: I love New York. Oh well, its New York fellas. Winters temperatures can drops fast breezing no more mistakes; so this place is an icebox trust me on that. New York is beautifully decorated in the winter season because of the Christmas; so you can enjoy the walk on the streets of new york all night long. One of the amazing factors is shopping we can avail the discounts generously. 4. Thailand Phuket, Thailand the tropical land. This is a cool place with a moderate balanced climate consisting of so many beaches and forestry. As its a tropical land there are heavy rains most of the time and the weather af that is all you ever need to see. This is the time where you can relax at beaches and have drinks. The climate is very moderate approx. 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. It’s best for the people who loves to enjoy the essence of  a peaceful yet wintry atmosphere. 5. Paris: It’s one of the beautiful cities every tourist fall in love with. Flat topped plane and chest nut trees are still holding their leaves, gardens are in full blooms.The streets are covered in a blanket of fluffy white snow. If you are lucky enough to visit this place in this season so enjoy it to the fullest. Grab a cuppa of hot chocolate and have a sip with the most astounding Eiffel tower sight-seeing.

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          Quilled Easy Turkey Craft      Cache   Translate Page      
Quilled Easy Turkey Craft

Check out this fun Quilled Easy Turkey Craft perfect to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving! 

If you’re anything like me you love a good paper-craft. This artistic Quilled Turkey Craft is a project that is simple to make but looks like you spent a lot of time and effort. Older children who love to create will find this Quilled Turkey craft appealing.

List of Supplies:

  1. Quilling paper strips – fall colors
  2. White stationary paper
  3. Craft glue
  4. Slotted quilling tool
  5. Scissors
  6. Turkey Template

Instructions:

Step (1)

Select fall colored quilling strips for this project.

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          A record of duplicity and support for jihadis.      Cache   Translate Page      
This is an excerpt from Elijah Magnier’s excellent article on America’s dishonorable involvement in Syria. Nothing about it has been on the up and up, starting with the CIA Annex in Benghazi and its connection to arming jihadi scum in Syria through Turkey:
During the seven years of war, the US never ever aimed for the stability of Syria nor did it work in harmony with the “interests of the people”. Νo Syrian institution gave the right and freedom to the US to speak on its behalf. US forces are blocking al-Tanf crossing in order to impoverish the Syrian population. The US has protected ISIS in the north-east enclave without destroying the jihadists. Not only that, ISIS attacked, imprisoned and killed dozens of the Kurds acting as US proxies in north-east Syria who allowed ISIS to move in and occupy areas around Hajin. When units of the Syria army looking to combat ISIS moved hundreds of meters east of the Euphrates into an ISIS-controlled area a few months ago, the US destroyed them, thereby supporting ISIS’s ongoing presence in the region.

The US establishment is in denial. It has not come to terms with its defeat in Iraq and Syria. Today, it is moving unilaterally against Iran to implement further sanctions that can certainly harm the Iranian economy. Nevertheless, the Americans will not be able to uproot the Iranian ideology that has taken root in Iraq and Syria precisely because of the failed US foreign policy and regime change strategy that was meant to protect its hegemony and dominance in the Middle East.[1]

Deda Cvetko has a pithy comment on the article playing on its title:
The fig leaf of fighting islamists went down in 1992, when US of A openly sided with mujahedeens and terrorists in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia - and against indigenous Christians.
I never understood our taking the Muslim side in the Balkans. I could never let loose of the fact that Serbians helped many of our downed airmen reach safety in WWII, yet we repaid them with heavy and deliberate bombing of civilian targets in Serbia. Well, that falls under the category of “What have you done for me lately?” I suppose.

If Mr. Magnier is correct, and I think he is, the U.S. failed in Syria and is now flailing around with no decent objective in mind. Not that there was a decent one before. Draw your own conclusions as to whether there is any vitality in a policy aimed at dismemberment of a sovereign state without U.N. authorization and establishing a protectorate for the dregs of humanity in Idlib, with a strong dose of saber rattling and threats directed toward Iran. I’ve been no fan of that country in the past but Trump’s treatment of it is the absolute best way of ensuring that the current dispensation in Iran remains locked in concrete and that the political establishment there is provided irrefutable proof of irrational and eternal U.S. enmity.

Onward, it seems, into more U.S. confusion and killing in Syria.

Notes
[1] "With New U.S. Anti-Iran Policy In Iraq And Syria, The Fig Leaf Of Fighting ISIS Falls." By Elijah Magnier, ZeroHedge, 11/4/18 (emphasis removed).

          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.



          Saudi consulate staff 'tried to rip CCTV out at Istanbul complex to help cover up Khashoggi murder'      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi consulate staff attempted to tear out a security camera inside the building in Istanbul on October 2, the day Jamal Khashoggi walked in and was killed, according to reports in Turkey.
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Those who crave the tastes of Thanksgiving no longer have to wait for the meal to be cooked. Pringles is selling chips that taste like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. The limited-edition chips are not available in stores. The three-pack stackable mini cans go on sale Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. EST...
          Furious vegans accuse farmer of murder after he offered customers the chance to name their turkeys      Cache   Translate Page      
Greendale Farm Shop near Exeter wrote on Facebook that it was offering customers the chance to name their Christmas turkeys. Pictured is its general manager Claire Hibbert.
          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


           Justin Rose: Defends title in Turkey       Cache   Translate Page      
Justin Rose: Rose defeated Haotong Li in a one-hole playoff to win the Turkish Airlines Open after the pair forced extras at 17-under-par. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.
          Butterball, Alexa Team Up To Save You From Thanksgiving Turkey Disaster      Cache   Translate Page      
Cooking a turkey is easier than ever.
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Jazz forward Georges Niang gives back to the community by purchasing 200 turkey certificates for families in need.
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The energy sphere plays an important role in this regard, Huseyin Dirioz recalled
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According to the Russian-Turkish memorandum signed in Sochi on September 17 after talks between Putin and Erdogan, the demilitarized zone in Idlib should have been established by October 15
          Russian envoy, Iranian senior security official hold talks on Syria in Tehran      Cache   Translate Page      
The Russian presidential envoy for Syria has arrived in Iran to deliver a report on the recent quadrilateral summit of Russia, Turkey, France and Germany held in Istanbul
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Turkey Jam, a high level competitive event and a top notch venue
          Saudis sent experts to remove evidence of Khashoggi’s killing, Turkey says      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkey's pro-government newspaper published photographs of two members of a Saudi cleanup team, whom it identified as a chemist and a toxicologist.
          “Hipster Terrorist” Pleads Guilty      Cache   Translate Page      

“He’s been dubbed the ‘hipster terrorist’ for the glamorous social media shots of him posing in snazzy shirts and designer sunglasses, an iced latte in hand and jacket slung casually over a shoulder,” the Chicago Tribune reports. The hipster terrorist is Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab, and last week in Chicago he pleaded guilty to aiding a terrorist organization and lying to U.S. immigration officials.

Though also described as a “California man,” al-Jayab came to the United States in 2012 as a refugee from Syria, Agence France-Presse reported, and later returned there to fight with al Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Islam. Al-Jayab told immigration officials he was going to Turkey to visit his grandmother. When the Islamic fighter returned to the USA he moved to Sacramento, California, took courses at American River College, and worked at a Ramada Inn.

After his arrest in early 2016, the Sacramento Bee reported, “On the surface, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab appears to be a typical young man trying to make it in America.” He was a student, worked at a hotel and judging by photos on Facebook “he evidently likes sleek, fast cars,” and “has a penchant for posing before the Golden Gate Bridge and elsewhere wearing the chic clothing you might see young hipsters wearing at any American shopping mall.” But as federal officials charged, al-Jayab has “another, darker side.”

The Bee cited al-Jayab’s public defender, Benjamin Galloway, that “there is no indication that Mr. Al-Jayab planned any acts of terror in this country.” In similar style, U.S. Attorney, Benjamin Wagner, an appointee of POTUS 44, said al-Jayab represented “a potential safety threat” but “there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country.” This was not the first time Wagner had played down the prospects of terrorism.

In early 2015 a Bee reporter asked him, what is our first line of defense?  Wagner cited a “community resilience exercise” at Sacramento State University with 30 members of the Muslim community along with law enforcement. The Muslim community, Wagner said, wants to be seen as “part of the solution.”

By Wagner’s count, about 150 Americans had tried to join ISIS but “a lot of people who have been recruited didn’t have a long-term, religious involvement. A lot of this seems to be a teenaged fantasy.” Recruiters “have an appeal to angry, disaffected young people, and that really doesn’t have much to do with religion.” The Bee reporter then asked Wager if Californians were in danger from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

“I would say it’s not a very high threat,” Wagner responded. “What I’m more concerned about is some sort of backlash crime here – something gruesome will happen in Syria and someone will take revenge on the local community.” Wagner quoted POTUS 44 that “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” Religion doesn’t cause terrorism, Wagner said, and “with grisly story after grisly story, there’s been a growth in Europe of xenophobic, anti-Islamic political movements.” Someone in his community project said “negative feelings toward Muslims in the U.S. are even worse than they were after 9/11.”

In August, 2018, the FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce arrested Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, an accused ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorist who lied about his background to gain entry to the United States. Ameen had been an al-Qaeda member since 2004 and teamed with ISIS in Iraq.

In 2012, Ameen showed up in Turkey asking for asylum in the United States, claiming that his father had been killed because he had cooperated with U.S. forces.  In June, 2014, Ameen gained approval to come to the United States as a refugee but he returned to Iraq many times. At the time of his arrest Ameen was living in Sacramento, taking college classes, and working an at auto body shop.

In 2005, federal officials broke up an al-Qaeda cell in Lodi, California and charged Hamid Hayat, 22, with traveling to Pakistan for terrorist training. Hayat was born in California but attended a madrassa in Pakistan and never considered himself American. In recorded interviews, Hayat said he was “so pleased” that jihadis had cut “Jewish” Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl “into pieces,” which was a “good job.”

CAIR and the Muslim Legal Fund of America pushed for a new trial in and last January federal judge Deborah Barnes ordered an evidentiary hearing. Hayat’s defenders charged “anti-Muslim bias in American courtrooms” and contended that his 2006 attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi, a former CAIR president in Sacramento, failed to provide adequate defense. The hearing allowed friends and relatives of Hayat to testify in a live video feed from Pakistan.

In March, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hayat’s 2006 conviction. Current U.S Attorney McGregor Scott, who served in that office at the time of Hayat’s conviction, told reporters, “Hamid Hayat remains a terrorist convicted in the open courts of this country,” and described the prosecution as “righteous” and the result “just.”

Meanwhile, “hipster terrorist” Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab will be sentenced on April 26, 2019.


          Mosul and The True Face of Islam      Cache   Translate Page      

I have lived and worked in the Muslim Middle East for the past thirty-five years, and have many dear friends who are Muslims. Most recently, I prayed with a 38-year old Muslim man in the ruins of his house in the old city of Mosul, as he told me his story of surviving the ISIS occupation.

I stumbled upon Azam Nejim Abdallah by accident, while inspecting the devastation wrought upon the magnificent 4th and 5th century churches of West Mosul with an Iraqi police brigadier general and activists from the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, a local group dedicated to protecting Iraqi minorities.

Azam and an older neighbor, Abu Ibrahim Mohsen, were among the hardy few who had returned to the ruins and were attempting to rebuild. Their problem on this particular day was that they had no water, and no electricity. “People just three blocks down the street have water,” they complained to the brigadier general. Why not us?”

To us, the answer was obvious. The fact that Azam and his neighbors were alive was nothing short of miraculous. One neighbor’s house was just a pile of rubble. Bomb squads were still combing through the neighborhood, more than a year after the liberation, for ISIS booby-traps and unexploded ordinance. There was not a single house left standing in the neighborhood. Water? Electricity? Really?

When Azam saw me, he wanted to tell me the story of how his four-year son and father were killed in the final days of the ISIS occupation. He kept pointing to an alleyway, and in the end, I let him take me by the hand to his house a bit further away. He had already started to rebuild the walls, but that wasn’t what he wanted to show me: it was a picture of his four-year old son, Omar, and the jagged hole a coalition bomb had torn through a metal door. “I was crouching, right there,” he pointed. “Omar was crouching here, with my father. They were both killed,” he wept. All I could do as he showed me a photograph of his son was to pray with him.

I am reminded of this story by an encounter with a pastor in an Anglican church in Europe recently, who commented that ISIS and all their barbarity were “such a distortion of true Islam.”

I must have raised an eyebrow, for he went on: “You know, the Koran says to protect the People of the Book.”

“Those are the Meccan verses,” I countered. “In Medina, Mohammad preached violence and conquest.”

“You must read the Koran in its entirety,” he said. “It’s like the Bible: you can’t just take things out of context.”

I was floored by that statement, and not wanting to get into an argument in Church, I left it there. So instead, I am writing this column.

As anyone knows who has actually studied Islam – Islam itself, not the version purveyed by the apologists of the “religion of peace” – Mohammad changed his tune after the hijira or migration from Mecca to Medina.

While in Mecca, he attempted to win over local Christians and Jews, and so preached a doctrine that allowed for a modicum of tolerance, even while relegating the People of the Book to second-class citizen status, or dhimmitude.

But once in Medina, where he built a powerful army, he jettisoned that baggage and verbalized the famous Verse of the Sword proclaimed by ISIS and millions of Muslim warriors over the past fourteen centuries as they slaughtered unbelievers.

He also pronounced the Verses of Abrogation, which explicitly annulled the Mecca verses of relative tolerance. My Anglican friend was either ignorant of the doctrine of Abrogation, or for some reason felt that he, as a Christian, was somehow a better judge of its relative merit than the unanimous verdict of fourteen hundred years of Islamic scholarship, which has always upheld abrogation.

In other words, Islam as a religion explicitly rejects tolerance of others. The Koranic verses proclaiming relative tolerance have been declared null and void by Allah himself, according to Mohammad and 14 centuries of Muslim scholars.

My Anglican friend clearly preferred the illusion of Islam, rather than its harsh and often barbaric reality, the one I had witnessed in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain.

The overwhelming majority of ordinary Muslims I have met have little notion of what the Koran actually says. It is, frankly, an unreadable book. Much of it makes no sense at all. Some contemporary scholars believe this is because it was actually written in Syro-Aramaic, the common language of the time.

So most Muslims believe what their imam tells them to believe, or if they are not practicing, whatever their parents and grandparents have handed down to them. And for the most part, that is a religious code based on what we would call family values, aimed at keeping societies that are 100 percent Muslim from crime and disorder.

Over the centuries, these Muslims have coexisted with Christian and Jewish neighbors because those neighbors brought them prosperity and innovation, something the imams did not. From time to time, roused by Islamic “radicals,” these peaceful Muslims rose up and slaughtered their neighbors. In the most famous of these pogroms, Muslims slaughtered nearly half the Assyrian, Greek, and Armenian Christians in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey during the final years of WWI, just one hundred years ago.

In my experience, there are three broad categories of self-aware Muslims in the world today, all of whom understand the Doctrine of Abrogation.

There are the Reformers, who dare to proclaim that Islam must be better than violence and the sword. These are brave or foolhardy people, most of them men. They have a better chance of surviving in the Shiite world, which has a long tradition of ijtihad – Islamic jurisprudence or interpretation – something that died among the Sunna in the 12th century, if indeed it had ever existed as more than an afterthought.

Then there are the Seducers, the public intellectuals and politicians who proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace and that anyone who says the contrary is committing blasphemy. These are powerful people, who have won much support from wishful thinkers in the West.

The wishful thinkers have so thoroughly bought into their denials of the Doctrine of Abrogation that it has now become illegal in Europe to even write about it, something the United Nations General Assembly has not managed to accomplish, despite the best efforts of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to support Resolution 1618.

Finally, there is the Muslim Brotherhood and its evil Salifist spawn, from al Qaeda and the Taliban to Hamas, ISIS, and beyond. They simply point to the Book, shout out “Koran says,” and eagerly behead Christians or Muslims who refuse to adopt their version of Sharia law, which happens to be drawn from authentic Islamic texts and 1400 years of unanimous Muslim scholarship.

Want to know the true face of Islam? Ask the Christians of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. Or the Christians of Syria. Or the Muslims whose better nature rejected the barbarity of ISIS and who paid for their humanity with their lives.

Or ask Tara Fares, the former Miss Baghdad, who was gunned down last month in Iraq because she was a Christian who dared show her face in an outdoor market.

To my Anglican pastor friend, I say: wishful thinking will only get you dead. If not in this generation, then in the next.


          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.


          Here’s where to dine out for Thanksgiving 2018 in the Tacoma area      Cache   Translate Page      
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Homemade Cornbread Pudding Recipe There are dishes at the table on Thanksgiving that is a must, like, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green bean casserole and in our home, Homemade Cornbread Pudding! Everyone loves it, and there is never any left over! It is very easy to make, and I keep all these ingredients on hand […]

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ANKARA — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey would not abide by the renewed US sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping industries, adding that they were aimed at “unbalancing the world.” The comments came a day after Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran, abandoning a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran over its...
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Fede Alvarez doesn't do things as you expect. His debut feature, <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/evil-dead/"><em>Evil Dead</em></a>, was the rare reboot of a 1980s horror franchise that fans of the original have embraced, then his follow-up, <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/dont-breathe/"><em>Don't Breathe</em></a>, flipped the home-invasion thriller on its head with an unsettling turkey baster. And now he's taken on Lisbeth Salander: his third feature film is <strong><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/the-girl-in-the-spiders-web/"><em>The Girl in the Spider's Web</em></a></strong>, the reboot of the Millennium series that sees Claire Foy taking on the role of the girl with many talents. Fitting of Alvarez, it's a very interesting thriller; a movie that is grounded and cold, yet also high stakes and fast-paced.
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According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) there are currently an estimated 3.9 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory seeking international protection. Most are Syrians (3,567,658* individuals) who are granted temporary protection status, while according to UNHCR 361,693 asylum seekers and refugees from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, The Islamic Republic of Iran and Somalia constitute another significant group of foreign nationals seeking Turkish humanitarian and legal protection. Like the previous reporting period, since June 2018 the number of Syrians residing in camps has decreased by 36,538


          Super Smart and gentle, great on trails, stout built, Buckskin!      Cache   Translate Page      
 2 Bucks Til Payday (AKA Buck) is a Stocky Built, 15.2hh, 11 yr old, Golden Buckskin Gelding!!! He Registered Pleasure Saddle Horse and has a good pedigree! We bought Buck from a local gentleman who had owned him for several years. Buck has been a real family horse, he has been trail ridden, in several states, went on numerous overnight or 3-4 day rides, while riding in many state and national forest, and he has been ridden extensively local too. Buck is easy to catch, clip, bath, tack-up, load, and handle. Buck is gentle and safe for any beginner to ride and is sure to help build anyones confidence levels. He will flatfoot walk slowly on a loose rein or he can move on out if you ask. He has a very smooth and natural runwalking gait and a nice racking gait, with a good canter as well. Buck has had 2 months of professional gaiting, trail and bombproof training. He has been ridden around farm equipment, ATVs, over large noisy tarps and has also had guns shot off of his back. Just like everything we say about our horses, we have the videos to prove it, make sure to take a look at those on our website. No matter where he goes or what he does, Mack is not spooky acting. On the trails he is always great! Buck has been exposed to all kinds of wildlife such as deer or turkey or other animals like cows or dogs and will go anywhere that he is asked too. He has been rode many miles in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and encountered every obstacle possible on the trail. He will go up or down even the steepest slopes, across deep creeks, over downed trees, and over all types of rough terrain while still being sure footed. He has been rode in traffic, and is very traffic safe around cars, semi, log, and dump trucks. He has a great personality and a great attitude about whatever he is asked to do. Everyone needs 2 Bucks!!! Feel free to call me with any questions.

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 Successors Midnight Blue (AKA Blue) is a 15.2hh, 12 yr old, True Blue Roan Gelding!!! He is a registered Tennessee Walking Horse and has a good pedigree. We originally sold Blue 6 years ago to a long time customer and friend of ours down in TN. He bought Blue for his wife to ride and they are both avid trail riders that do a lot of traveling and camping with their horses. For 6 years Blue has never gave them any issue at all! They have had him riding in multiple states and even have had him in the ocean. They brought Blue back and traded him in for a smaller horse which was much needed for Mis. Baker. Blue is easy to catch, clip, bath, tack-up, load, and handle. Blue is safe for a any beginner to ride and is sure to help build your confidence levels. Blue has a very smooth and natural 4-beat gait all the way up to 12mph and a nice lope. He moves out easily and will also walk quietly. Blue has had several months of professional gaiting, trail and bombproof training. He has been ridden around farm equipment, ATVs, over large noisy tarps and has also had guns shot off of his back. Just like everything we say about our horses, we have the videos to prove it. No matter where he goes or what he does, Blue is not spooky acting. On the trails he is always great! Blue has been exposed to all kinds of wildlife such as deer or turkey or other animals like cows or dogs and will go anywhere that he is asked too. He has been rode many miles in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee and encountered every obstacle possible on the trail. He will go up or down even the steepest slopes, across deep creeks, over downed trees, and over all types of rough terrain while still being sure footed. He has been rode in traffic and is safe around cars and trucks. He has a great attitude and an easy going personality. You will always have a successful ride on Blue!!! Feel free to call me with any questions!

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Saudi Arabia bears responsibility to find out what happened to the body of Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's foreign minister said, reiterating Ankara's stance that it was not King Salman who ordered the killing, Anadolu news agency reported.
          "Let’s Have a War with Russia!: I’d Rather Be Ruled by Autistic Hamsters"      Cache   Translate Page      
The current state of the American Army. 
Troops learn the hardships of pregnancy.

"Let’s Have a War with Russia!: 
I’d Rather Be Ruled by Autistic Hamsters"
 by Fred Reed

"The United States seems to be contemplating war with Russia, Iran, China, or all three Washington pushes NATO ever closer to Russia, leaves the nuclear-missile treaty and tries to destroy both countries and China economically. Why the push for war?

Simple. Asia is awakening. China (from which I have just returned) grows economically at a scorching pace–and all power rests on economic power. China is a large country, America a medium-sized one. America’s roughly two hundred million whites do virtually all of the scientific work on which national power depends. China has a billion increasingly educated Han Chinese, a five-to-one advantage. China’s stated aim is to united Eurasia among other places in one vast commercial union. Washington’s pugnacity has pushed China, Ira, and Russia together. The chain of nations, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey all totter between looking east and looking west. If Washington doesn’t stop this growth, the American Empire will be marginalized within decades. This doesn’t threaten the American public. It threatens the Empire and Israel.

What would a war with Russia look like, even assuming that it didn’t go nuclear? A great military thinker–me, actually–once said that military stupidity comes in three levels: normally stupid; really really stupid; and invading Russia. From Chuck XII to Adolf I it has proved a poor career move.

The US military has not won a war since 1945, with the exception of the First Gulf War, which the LAPD could have won. It lost decisively in Vietnam. It got run out of Lebanon with 241 dead Marines as its only accomplishment. After seventeen years it shows no signs of defeating barely armed Afghan peasants. Iraq has been a complete botch, achieving none of its goals, control of the oil, permanent bases, and a puppet government. Just now the military is losing in Syria.

Nothing short of genius can account for losing so consistently given the enormous resources available to American forces. In light of this very low level of military competence, maybe wars are not our best choice of hobby.

What sort of war is envisaged? The United States cannot fight a sizable land war. Iran can. Russia can. The American military means air power and little else.  The Army hasn’t fought a serious war since 1973, the fleet since 1945. In long periods of inaction, things deteriorate because they do not seem important. Crucial supplies cease to exist, spare parts aren’t there, the logistics train quietly becomes inoperable.  Money goes instead to pricey weapons of little practical use.

The Army recruits from a soft millennial population. America is no longer a country of tough rural kids. Social engineering has rotted the ranks. The military has suffered years of feminization, SJW appeasement, affirmative action, lowered physical standards, and LGBTQ insertion. Conscription is politically impossible. The Army cannot defeat Afghans even with the advantages of unlimited air power, artillery, gun ships, medevac, helicopters, and drones, It would last a very short time if it had to fight the Afghans or Iranians, on even terms. Muslims are more virile than today’s Americans and have proven tenacious.

A military that never fights a war that it has to win, that never encounters an enemy that can dangerously hit back, inevitably deteriorates. Militaries come to believe their own propaganda. So, apparently, do  the feral mollycoddles in the White House and New York. The American military’s normal procedure is to overestimate American power, underestimate the enemy, and misunderstand the kind of war it is getting into. Should Washington decide on war with Iran, or Russia (unless by a surprise nuclear strike) there will be the  usual talk of the most powerful, best trained, best equipped etc., and how the Ivans and towelheads will melt away in days, a cakewalk. Bet me.

Militaries have a very poor record of predicting outcomes of wars. This might provoke thought. The American Civil War was expected to be over in an afternoon; this was wrong by 650,000 dead and four years. When Napoleon invaded Russia, he did not expect Russians to occupy Paris. Germany thought that WWI would be a war of movement over in weeks; in fact a ghastly war of attrition lasting four years. When Japan attacked Pearl, it was not intentionally inviting GIs to the geisha houses of Tokyo. When Germany invaded Poland, occupation of Germany by Russia and America was low on its list of expectations. When France re-invaded Vietnam, it did not foresee Dien Bien Phu and utter defeat by les jaunes. When America invaded Vietnam, it did not expect a decade-long losing war. When Russia invaded Afghanistan it did not expect to lose to Afghans in sandals. When America invaded Afghanistan, having seen what had happened to Russia, it did not expect the same result.

We do not know what a war with Iran, or Russia, or China  would look like or what the Iranians might do. An overconfident military and an inexperienced government in Washington will predictably predict a short war and speak of precision weapons and surgical strikes. The Navy will guarantee that it can keep the Straits open, and speak of its advanced technology. The expectation will be that there will be nothing unexpected. The White House will believe that  Iran will lie there and be bombed without response. Russia? The nukes will fall on the European countries from which the attack came. Germany might ponder this carefully.

America could of course destroy much of Iran and kill millions of the defenseless. This is what America now calls “war.” It would be amusing to see what would happen if the Air Force had to fight an enemy that could fight back, but this would mean only Russia or, perhaps, just possibly, barely, to some extent, China. It is a coward’s way of war and, to judge by South Vietnam and Afghanistan, not very effective. Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.

What if Iran did stop petroleum traffic in the Persian Gulf with, say, missiles mounted on pickup trucks. Is this possible? I don’t know. Neither, I suspect, does the Navy–which will insist that it can handle mere pickup trucks with its superb this and that, its best trained, best equipped, the only hyper-power, and so on. But tankers are not going to run even a small risk of going up in flames. How long would the Straits have to be closed with the world screaming for oil before Washington, desperate, its vanity bruised,  full of huge egos, would have to do something stupid to save face?

Further, American leadership is of dangerously low quality. An essentially absentee Congress, the sordidness and criminality of the Clintons, Trump’s utter crassness and shady past, the submission to Israel, the widespread and never punished corruption. In this sorry brew no one seems interested in the well being of the county, only unseemly grasping at benefits for the arms industry, big oil, Wall Street, Tel Aviv, and the Empire. Note that wars generate huge profits for the arms makers and the longer the war can be kept going, neither winning nor losing, the greater the profits. War against Iran would be a magnificent profit center. Since American casualties are extremely low, permanent war has few downsides.

At the top of government we have an unprepossessing bunch that would make Kaiser Wilhelm’s court seem wholesome. Their chief characteristics are pathological aggressiveness and a severe case of Beltway Bubble Syndrome. There is Trump with his weird eruptions. The ever-combative Nikki Haley. Steve Bannon, prophesying and hoping for war with China. Mike Pompeo, threatening Iran, threatening, Venezuela, threatening North Korea. John  Bolton of the codiece mustaches, always counseling a war he won’t fight in, like Trump a drat dodger with something to prove. The life of millions depends on this freak show? I need a drink.”
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Russia, Germany, France and Turkey called for a lasting cease-fire in Idlib.

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          NHỮNG TIẾT LỘ CỦA DONALD TRUMP (Nguyễn Gia Kiểng)       Cache   Translate Page      



5/11/18

Cái nhìn trìu mến của thế giới dành cho nước Mỹ đã nhường chỗ cho cái nhìn ngao ngán đối với một dân tộc có thể bầu một người như Trump lên làm tổng thống. Dù chắc chắn Trump sẽ không được tái cử năm 2020 sự kính trọng của thế giới đối với Mỹ đã mất và không thể phục hồi hoàn toàn, như một ly nước đã đổ xuống đất.

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Ngày mai Mỹ sẽ có cuộc bầu cử chính giữa nhiệm kỳ tổng thống, bầu lại Hạ viện và 1/3 Thượng viện. Theo các cuộc thăm dò dư luận thì Đảng Dân Chủ sẽ giành được một đa số khít khao trong Hạ viện nhưng Đảng Cộng Hòa, hiện đang kiểm soát cả hai viện, vẫn giữ được đa số trong Thượng viện. Nếu như thế, và ngay cả nếu Đảng Dân Chủ được một đa số đáng kể hơn trong Hạ viện, thì có thể coi cuộc bầu cử này là bình thường chứ không phải là một thất bại của Donald Trump. Có điều là lần này phải coi chừng, điều quan trọng và nghiêm trọng nhất có thể chính là điều bình thường.

Donald Trump trong một cuộc vận động bầu cử giữa kỳ 2018 - Ảnh minh họa

Hiện tượng Trump

Cá nhân tôi nghĩ đa số dân chủ trong Hạ viện mới sẽ khá hơn dự đoán bởi vì nhiều người chống Trump sẽ cảm thấy có bổn phận phải đi bầu, Đảng Đân Chủ có thể hơn Đảng Cộng Hòa trên 40 ghế trong Hạ viện, nhưng ngay cả như thế cũng không phải là thất bại cho Donald Trump. Các cuộc bầu cử giữa nhiệm kỳ tại Mỹ từ trước tới nay vẫn thường bất lợi cho đảng cầm quyền và mặt khác kết quả tại các địa phương tùy thuộc ở uy tín của các ứng cử viên hơn là cảm tình mà cử tri dành cho tổng thống trừ khi sự ủng hộ hay phản đối tổng thống quá mạnh. Trump chỉ có thể bi coi là thất bại nếu Đảng Cộng Hòa thảm bại, thí dụ như thua xa tại Hạ viện và mất luôn đa số tại Thượng viện, nhưng điều này rất khó xẩy ra. Trump có một khối cử tri khá lớn ủng hộ ông đến cùng và bằng mọi giá.

Không phải người ta không có lý do lớn nào để phản đối Trump. Trái lại người ta có rất nhiều lý do rất chính đáng và rất nghiêm trọng. Ông là một người dối trá và vô đạo đức, đi chơi gái rồi trả tiền để mua sự im lặng và hoàn toàn không biết xấu hổ. Ông không hề quan tâm tới những giá trị dân chủ và nhân quyền, ông ca tụng Putin và Kim Jong-un, coi Châu Âu là kẻ thù của nước Mỹ, mạt sát và đối xử tàn bạo với những người di dân muốn tới Mỹ để tìm một cuộc sống mới cho họ và cho con cái. Từ chối những người di dân là điều có thể hiểu được, đối xử với họ như Trump là một điều rất khác. Một người có tâm hồn sạch sẽ không thể chấp nhận phong cách đó.

Trump cũng thiếu ngay cả những kiến thức cơ bản phải có của một người lãnh đạo chính trị. Ông rút khỏi thỏa ước COP21 về khí hậu mà Mỹ đã ký với cả thế giới và rút ra với những lời lẽ rất khiếm nhã. Ông đòi phục hồi kỹ nghệ than mà không biết rằng kỹ nghệ này đàng nào cũng không thể phục hồi. Ông bất chấp lẽ phải và dư luận khiêu khích và biến cả khối Ả Rập thành thù địch với Mỹ làm phí uổng không biết bao nhiêu cố gắng ngoại giao, chỉ để lấy lòng Israel. Trump không chỉ nói những câu vô duyên thô lỗ mà còn nói không đúng nơi, thí dụ như huênh hoang khoe rằng trong hai năm ông đã làm được nhiều hơn tất cả mọi tổng thống trong lịch sử nước Mỹ trước diễn đàn Liên Hiệp Quốc, làm cả hội trường phải phì cười. Thật xấu hổ cho nước Mỹ.

Những người ủng hộ Trump không thể phủ nhận ông thiếu kiến thức, đạo đức và văn hóa, những yếu tố đáng lẽ phải đủ để khiến một người phải bị loại bỏ tức khắc và không nể nang khỏi mọi vai trò lãnh đạo chính trị, nhưng họ bất chấp. Họ biện bạch rằng ông đã đạt được những kết quả tốt.

Nhưng kết quả nào ? Kết quả rõ nét nhất là ông đã gây thiệt hại cho cả thế giới, buộc tất cả mọi quốc gia, kể cả Mỹ, phải điều chỉnh lại những tiên liệu về tăng trưởng kinh tế theo chiều hướng sút giảm, đã làm liên minh Châu Âu – Mỹ - Nhật gần như tan rã, đã khiến Mỹ bị cô lập và thù ghét, đã khiến các chế độ bạo ngược tại Nga, Trung Quốc, Venezuela và Việt Nam trở thành bớt ghê tởm. Trái với khẩu hiệu Make America great again của ông, Donald Trump đã làm nước Mỹ cô lập, yếu đi và nhỏ lại.

Khó có thể thuyết phục những người ủng hộ Trump một cách cuồng nhiệt, chiếm quá phân nửa tổng số người bầu cho ông, bởi vì họ không ủng hộ Trump vì những lý do mà họ nêu ra, họ ủng hộ Trump để phản đối một trật tự quốc gia và thế giới làm họ tức giận vì đang gạt họ và những giá trị mà họ trân trọng ra ngoài lề. Cuộc cách mạng 4.0 mà chúng ta đang sống hàng ngày đã khiến quá nhiều người trở thành vô dụng và lạc lõng trong một đất nước mà họ đã góp công xây dựng ra và cảm thấy có quyền đòi lại. Đối với họ không thể lý luận rằng hành động của Trump có lợi hay có hại cho nước Mỹ và thế giới bởi vì nước Mỹ này và thế giới này không còn là của họ nữa.

Trump không phải là hiện tượng riêng của nước Mỹ. Ông chỉ là một trong những biểu tượng của một phong trào dân túy toàn cầu phẫn nộ trước một phong trào toàn cầu hóa không phương hướng. Nó không chỉ đưa Trump lên cầm quyền tại Mỹ mà còn đưa Erdogan lên cầm quyền tài Turkey, Duterte tại Philippines và cách đây vài ngày Bolsonaro tại Brazil. Nó cũng đã đưa nhiều đảng dân túy tới ngưỡng cửa quyền lực tại nhiều nước dân chủ khác. Đặc tính chung của các lãnh tụ dân túy, ngày nay cũng như ngày xưa, là họ đều lợi dụng một sự phẫn nộ có thực và chính đáng để đề nghị một giải pháp giản dị nhưng độc hại cho một thực tế xã hội phức tạp cần được xét lại một cách thận trọng để cải tiến.

Vấn đề trung tâm hiện nay là thế giới dân chủ dần dần lẫn lộn các giá trị và không còn phân biệt được phải trái. Trong chiến tranh lạnh –từ sau thế chiến II đến khi bức tường Berlin sụp đổ- ít ra còn có tranh luận giữa hai phe dân chủ và cộng sản về thế nào là đúng hay sai trong tổ chức xã hội, nhưng từ ba thập niên qua, khi chủ nghĩa cộng sản sụp đổ, cuộc thảo luận này đã chấm dứt. Chủ nghĩa phóng khoáng (liberalism) tự coi là đã toàn thắng không còn gì để thảo luận nữa và chính trị đã xuống cấp. Đồng tiền trở thành cứu cánh thay vì phương tiện. Và những Trump, Erdogan, Duterte, Bolsonaro xuất hiện. Họ không phải là giải pháp mà chỉ là những mối nguy, các giá trị đạo đức và nhân bản cần được phục hồi chứ không thể bị gạt đi. Nhưng họ cũng đồng thời là những tiếng còi báo động.

Những gì đang và sắp diễn ra ?

Thay đổi lớn và nghiêm trọng mà cuộc bầu cử ngày mai tại Mỹ sẽ chính thức xác nhận, trừ khi có một bất ngờ rất lớn, nghĩa là Trump và Đảng Cộng Hòa thua rất nặng, là Mỹ không còn là nước lãnh đạo khối các nước dân chủ nữa. Trump và những người "cuồng Trump" không muốn Mỹ đảm nhiệm vai trò này, hay chỉ chấp nhận đảm nhiệm mà không có trách nhiệm với bất cứ ai, nhưng bây giờ thì chính thế giới cũng không còn chấp nhận để Mỹ đảm nhiệm vai trò này nữa.

Sự kiện cần được lưu ý để hiểu những gì đang và sắp diễn ra là cho tới nay thế giới và nhất là Châu Âu yêu nước Mỹ và người Mỹ, dù đôi khi có chế nhạo để đùa giỡn trên một vài điểm. Đặc biệt là Châu Âu do quan hệ chủng tộc, văn hóa và lịch sử. Châu Âu yêu Mỹ và áp đặt tình yêu này lên thế giới. Người Châu Âu nhìn nước Mỹ như một phần của chính quê hương mình, như một ước mơ và một cơ hội. Họ nhìn người Mỹ như một người anh em năng động và tốt bụng. Người Mỹ là một người Âu đã ra đi và người Âu là một người Mỹ chưa lên đường. Một thanh niên Châu Âu sau khi được đào tạo một cách rất tốn kém tại những trường đại học danh tiếng nhất có thể thoải mái sang lập nghiệp tại Mỹ và trở thành công dân Mỹ mà không hề cảm thấy như vậy là bội bạc với đất nước đã nuôi nấng và đào tạo ra mình. Gia đình và bè bạn cũng tuyệt đối không có cảm giác đó và rất vui vẻ chúc anh ta may mắn. Chính vì liên hệ tình cảm này mà Châu Âu đã góp phần quyết định tạo ra sức mạnh và sự giầu có của nước Mỹ, và ngược lại Mỹ đã hai lần hy sinh xương máu để bảo vệ Châu Âu. Trong trao đổi phải nói là Châu Âu, mặc dù hai cuộc thế chiến và chương trình Marshall, đã đóng góp cho Mỹ hơn hẳn Mỹ cho Châu Âu. Riêng trao đổi chất xám thì chỉ có một chiều từ Châu Âu qua Mỹ. Người ta có thể thấy là phần lớn những phát minh lớn của Mỹ đã do những người di dân từ Châu Âu, hay có cha mẹ là những người di dân từ Châu Âu. Donald Trump không nhìn thấy điều này khi nói Châu Âu là kẻ thù của Mỹ.

Chính quan hệ máu thịt này đã khiến Châu Âu chấp nhận và ủng hộ vai trò lãnh đạo của Mỹ để bảo vệ một trật tự dân chủ, lôi kéo theo Nhật, Canada, Úc và nhiều quốc gia khác. Nhưng ngày nay, với Trump làm tổng thống Mỹ, cái nhìn của Châu Âu và thế giới, về nước Mỹ đã thay đổi. Các cuộc thăm dò dư luận gần đây cho thấy có gần 80% người Châu Âu và một tỷ lệ gần như thế tại các nước dân chủ khác khinh bỉ Trump. Cái nhìn trìu mến đã nhường chỗ cho cái nhìn ngao ngán đối với một dân tộc có thể bầu một người như Trump lên làm tổng thống. Dù chắc chắn Trump sẽ không được tái cử năm 2020 sự kính trọng của thế giới đối với Mỹ đã mất và không thể phục hồi hoàn toàn, như một ly nước đã đổ xuống đất.

Trật tự thế giới sẽ ra sao ? Có còn một trật tự đân chủ nào không hay từ nay các chế độ độc tài bạo ngược sẽ tha hồ chà đạp nhân quyền ? Đó là những câu hỏi lớn, rất lớn.

Thế giới đang bước vào một giai đoạn đầy bất trắc nhất là khi Trung Quốc của Tập Cận Bình vừa đang lộng hành vừa đang tiến sát tới một cuộc khủng hoảng kinh tế rất lớn và có thể có những hành động điên rồ. Trái với ngộ nhận của nhiều người, Trung Quốc không hề khốn đốn vì cuộc "chiến tranh thương mại" mà Trump gây ra. Thuế của Trump trên hàng nhập khẩu cùng lắm chỉ gây thiệt hại tối đa 62 tỷ USD, thực sự có lẽ vào khoảng 40 tỷ, cho Trung Quốc. Không thấm tháp gì so với số tiền gần 1.000 tỷ USD mà Trung Quốc phải trả hàng năm cho tiền lãi của món nợ khổng lồ trên 30.000 tỷ USD, hay khoảng 500 tỷ USD đào thoát khỏi Trung Quốc mỗi năm. Kinh tế Trung Quốc sẽ suy sụp không phải vì Trump mà mặc dù có Trump.

Tuy vậy không nên đổ hết trách nhiệm cho Donald Trump. Ông chỉ là sản phẩm của một tiến trình xuống cấp về tư tưởng và đạo đức chính trị đã bắt đầu từ ba thập niên qua tại Mỹ. Trump chỉ tiết lộ và báo động rằng sự xuống cấp này đã đạt tới mức độ nguy kịch.

Trump và người Việt

Donald Trump đồng thời cũng tiết lộ về tình trạng tâm thần của người Việt. Một thăm dò dư luận cách đây không lâu cho thấy người Việt Nam là một trong một vài dân tộc rất hiếm hoi tại Châu Á ủng hộ Trump, không những thế người Việt Nam còn ủng hộ với một đa số áp đảo. Một cuộc thăm dò khác mới đây tại Mỹ cho thấy là 2/3 người Mỹ gốc Châu Á chống Trump trong khi 2/3 người Mỹ gốc Việt ủng hộ Trump.

Dù ở trong nước hay ngoài nước, người Việt Nam chúng ta quả là không giống ai. Phải chăng đó chính là lý do khiến chúng ta không vươn lên được ?

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He returned to world No. 1 with victory in Turkey, but now Justin Rose has his eye on more major trophies next year.

The Englishman beat China's Haotong Li in a playoff to successfully defend his Turkish Airlines Open title and in the process leapfrogged American Brooks Koepka at the top of the world rankings.

Li led by three shots heading into the final day in Antalya, but Rose fired a final-round 68 to force a sudden-death playoff after the pair tied at 17 under.

It was Li who cracked under the pressure, three-putting from just nine feet to gift Rose the title.

Following the victory -- the first title defense of his 20-year career -- Rose said he now wants to emulate the likes of Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington by winning major titles as he approaches his 40s.

"More majors for sure, that's what I'm interested in," said the 38-year-old Rose. "I'm trying to chase down as many as I can.

"You've seen players like Phil and Padraig have hot spells towards the end of their careers where they have amassed two or three really quickly.

"If I was able to do that on the top of what I've already achieved, it would make things really good, so very much focusing on the majors ... maybe not playing too much and playing as fresh as I can for those."

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Rose's sole major triumph to date is the 2013 US Open when he finished two shots clear of Mickelson and Jason Day at Merion. He lost a playoff to Sergio Garcia at the Masters last year and also finished tied second behind Italian Francesco Molinari at the Open at Carnoustie in July.

But three top-four finishes in September and third at the World Golf Championship event in October suggest more major silverware could be just around the corner.

Rose first became world No.1 on September 10 despite losing a playoff to American Keegan Bradley at the BMW Championship.

He spent two weeks at the head of the rankings and sealed the $10 million FedEx Cup title at the season-ending Tour Championship, which was won by Tiger Woods for his first victory in five years.

However, long-time world No.1 Dustin Johnson's third place at East Lake took him back to the top of the rankings before he in turn was usurped by Koepka, the US Open and US PGA champion this year.

But Rose's victory in Turkey -- the 23rd title of his career -- took him back to golf's summit for the second time.

"It's really nice to be back at world No. 1," said Rose. "That's just something to be proud of. It certainly doesn't make you one under par on the first tee the next time you play, but it's something to be proud of for sure.

"I'm heading home now, which is exciting. I'm sure we will re-toast getting to No. 1, and this time I've got some silverware.

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"Last time it was muted because I was still so mad at not winning the tournament at the BMW, but this time I've got the double-kind-of-winning feeling, so it might be a bit more fun to celebrate it at this time."


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KUALA LUMPUR: Afghanistan, a landlocked country located within south-central Asia, hopes Malaysia can play a bigger role in the redevelopment and peace processes in the conflict-torn country, says the country’s ambassador to Malaysia, Atiqullah Atifmal.

For starters, he said it was imperative for Malaysia to have an embassy in Kabul to strength bilateral relations and also visa facilitation, especially for businessmen and students who were keen to seek opportunities in the South-East Asian nation.

“My president (Ashraf Ghani) is ready to welcome Malaysia's Prime Minister (Tun) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) to Afghanistan anytime. We hope some agreements could be signed between the two countries in higher education, trade and business, political and ministries of foreign affairs cooperation, as well as access to fruits,” he told Bernama in an interview recently.

Atifmal said his embassy was trying to arrange a meeting between the Afghanistan president and Dr Mahathir during an international conference or official visit.

He noted it was important for both leaders to meet and discuss bilateral ties, as well as strengthening people-to-people and parliament-to-parliament relations.

Atifmal also suggested the new Malaysian government appoint a non-resident ambassador to Kabul for the first step to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries, particularly to expand trade and businesses.

“(The) First step is important to convince the leadership in Malaysia that Afghanistan is a peaceful and safe country. We have over 42 embassies and 20 consuls-general, six flights from Dubai and New Delhi per day. This shows embassies functioning there are safe,” he said.

Atifmal said currently, the Afghan people, especially businessmen and students were facing acute issues as Malaysia did not have an embassy in Kabul, adding that they needed to travel to India or Dubai to obtain a visa to Malaysia.

“We currently have 600 Afghan students in Malaysia. If our relations with Malaysia could expand, more students will seek education here because the Afghan people are keen to send their children to study in Malaysia because it is a Muslim-majority country, with common cultures and similarities.

“Besides that, it is also important for us (Afghans) to see how Malaysians of different ideology, ethnicity, race and religion can work together.

“The Afghan people should come and learn how to live together in harmony and friendship,” he added.

On business cooperation, Atifmal said in May last year, the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM) and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the Malaysia-Afghanistan Business Council.

He said the council would be a milestone for the future economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Malaysia, adding that Afghanistan was currently in the process of accessing fresh and dried fruits for the Malaysian market.

The ambassador said although there was no direct access between Kuala Lumpur and Kabul, it was possible for his country to export goods to Malaysia. This follows an agreement inked between Iran, India and Afghanistan on Oct 23, on the transit of goods via Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar.

“There are many possibilities to expand the bilateral relations. We are no longer a landlocked country because we have the Chabahar Port, over which we signed an agreement with Iran and India. Now, many businesses and companies have set up an office for trade,” he added.

Atifmal pointed out that another possibility to engage in trade was through the Lapis Lazuli transport corridor, created in November last year, which was set to connect five countries, namely Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

He said Afghanistan needed manufactured and electronic goods, machinery and halal products, including Islamic banking from Malaysia, while Afghanistan had natural resources where Malaysian companies could come and explore the opportunities.

The ambassador said Afghanistan required expertise in the aggregation system, hotel development and management as well as reconstruction for the development of a new city, for three million Afghans in the future.

“Malaysia has good experience in construction and building, and in Afghanistan, we need the housing system, as millions of people are in dire need of housing. We have a new city for three million Afghans, to be built in the future and in phases with hospitals, roads, schools and hotels. We are in need of investments from foreigners,” he noted.

Atifmal said Afghanistan was blessed with plenty of natural resources and it required experience from Malaysia to go there and help them to develop the industry, adding that the presence of Malaysians in Afghanistan could also help in the peace process in view of its friendly position in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. — Bernama
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey will not honor renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping industries when waivers granted by Washington expire in six months.
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          Get Inspired Radio with Sue London: - Holistic Healing and Foods with guest Dr. Marianna Fisher      Cache   Translate Page      
GuestYou have just finished eating your huge Christmas turkey dinner and all those rich desserts and you feel tired and fat Now is the time to get your eating back on track before the New Year's celebrations. Dr Marianna Fisher will share tips on how to get back to healthy eating.
          Middle East Crisis Deepens As Bahrain’s Opposition Leader Accused Of Being ‘Qatar’s Spy’ Jailed For Life      Cache   Translate Page      

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 envoy calls US sanctions on Iran unwise, dangerous      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Tokyo for talks with Japanese leaders, told reporters that Turkey opposes sanctions because they don't achieve results. President Donald Trump's administration's resumption of sanctions on Iran took effect Monday.
          Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas – why the DA is panicking about the police’s anti-gang unit in Cape Town      Cache   Translate Page      
Panic has set in at the Democratic Alliance’s headquarters. There simply is no other way to describe the desperation with which the DA has responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s launch of the SAPS Anti-Gang Unit in Hanover Park, Cape Town last Friday. Cape Town Councillor JP Smith’s intemperate statement, which simultaneously denounces and claims this crucial initiative, is symptomatic of the state of the Desperate Alliance, as the opposition has become known.
          11/06 Links Pt1: Official Palestinian Authority paper: "Settlers" kill Palestinians for pleasure; Shin Bet Chief: We foiled 480 major terror attacks this year;       Cache   Translate Page      
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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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          Do you know how to defend Israel from the lies? (Daled Amos)      Cache   Translate Page      

If your child came home from college and said she was challenged by a classmate who claimed that Palestine is Arab land stolen by the Jews, could you provide her with a response?

That is the question Douglas Feith asks in the article he recently wrote for Tablet Magazine. Based on a speech he gave to the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research, Feith offers a helping hand to his fellow Jews - who really should not be having such a tough time arguing for the Jewish right to Israel:
The campaign to delegitimate Israel has been scoring successes. The efforts to counter that campaign have often proven inept. That too I find astonishing.

In the arena of argumentation, the Jews are practiced, having continuously honed their debating skills since Abraham questioned God about Sodom. They should be formidable in explaining why Israel is not colonialist and refuting other calumnies. Yet they’re often beaten into retreat by anti-Zionist polemicists. There’s no excuse for it.
He then goes on to outline a response.

What he writes is not new, but still bears repeating --
During the 400 years leading to World War I, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire -- was owned by the Turks, not by the Arabs living in Palestine.
o  There was never a country called Palestine.
o  Palestine was never ruled by its own Arab inhabitants.
o  Therefore, it is not accurate to say that Palestine was a country, or that it was Arab land.
o  And neither the Jews nor the British stole it from the Arabs.
o  The original Zionists who came to live in then-Palestine did not come as colonists, nor with the backing of an imperialist or colonialist power. Jews bought the land on which they settled.

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Rabbi Moses Porush (c.) and Arab Landowner holding deed for a large tract of land
that Rabbi Moses Porush and Rabbi Joseph Levi Hagiz purchased from the Arab.
Credit: Wikipedia. Public Domain

Feith does give context to the situation during WWI that is generally overlooked.

The British invasion of Palestine in World War I was precipitated by the Ottoman Turks, who joined Germany and attacked the Allied forces. When the British war cabinet approved the Balfour Declaration on October 31, 1917, -- it was already more than 3 years into World War I.

And the war was not going well for the Allies.

It was one of those rare occasions when the exaggerated belief in Jewish power and influence actually worked to the benefit of the Jews. The British saw an opportunity to gain support in Russia and the US.

As for Palestine itself,
colonialism didn’t bring Britain to Palestine. Britain didn’t seize Palestine from an unoffending native population. It conquered the land not from the Arabs, but from Turkey, which (as noted) had joined Britain’s enemies in the war. The Arabs in Palestine fought for Turkey against Britain. The land was enemy territory. [emphasis added]
The British view of Palestine, and of the Arabs living there, was taken in the context of the area as a whole. Palestine was just a small part of a huge region the British forces conquered from the Turks -- and even though most Arabs had fought for the Turks, the Allies were ready to set the Arabs on the path to independence and national self-determination. However, the small piece of land that was the "Holy Land" had a unique status, of special interest to Christians and Jews around the world.

And the Arabs already living in Palestine?
The idea that a small segment of the Arab people – the Palestinian Arabs – would someday live in a Jewish-majority country was not thought of as a unique problem. There were similar issues in Europe. After World War I, new nations were created or revived: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary, for example. Inevitably, some people would have to live as a minority in neighboring states. Seven hundred thousand Hungarians would become a minority in Czechoslovakia, almost 400,000 in Yugoslavia and 1.4 million in Romania. Where they were a minority, they would have individual rights, but not collective rights. That is, ethnic Hungarians would not have national rights of self-determination in Romania, but only in Hungary.

The principle applicable to European minorities applied also to the Arabs of Palestine. In any given country, only one people can be the majority, so only one can enjoy national self-determination there. The Arab people would eventually rule themselves in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Arabia. They were going to end up in control of virtually all the land they claimed for themselves. They naturally wanted to be the majority everywhere. But then, the Jews could be the majority nowhere. The victorious Allies did not consider that just.
The British were actually taken by surprise by the accusation that they were being unjust to the Arabs, especially considering the actual history of Palestine, what the British had sacrificed for the liberation of the Middle East from Ottoman control and the fact that the Arabs fought on the side of the enemy.

Feith quotes from a speech Balfour gave in 1922 on the issue:
“Of all the charges made against this country,” he said, that “seems to me the strangest.” It was, he recalled, “through the expenditure largely of British blood, by the exercise of British skill and valour, by the conduct of British generals, by troops brought from all parts of the British Empire . . . that the freeing of the Arab race from Turkish rule has been effected.” He went on, “That we . . . who have just established a King in Mesopotamia, who had before that established an Arab King in the Hejaz, and who have done more than has been done for centuries past to put the Arab race in the position to which they have attained—that we should be charged with being their enemies, with having taken a mean advantage of the course of international negotiations, seems to me not only most unjust to the policy of this country, but almost fantastic in its extravagance.”
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Arthur Balfour. Source: Wikipedia. Public Domain


This is all part of the Zionist history that Feith believes Jews need to know in order to respond to the claim that the British stole Palestine and just gave it away to the Jews.

The problem, of course, is that the "other side" is not arguing from facts, nor are they appealing to logic. Just look around. On social media, people do not make logical arguments and they have no interest in history -- facts just make their eyes glaze over. Meanwhile, on college campuses, Jews are not being engaged in debate, they are being harassed by groups who want to eliminate debate and the free speech of their victims while isolating them.

Yes, we do need to know about our history and our birthright.
But let's not fool ourselves into thinking that Israel is the subject of a debate.

Israel is the target of an attack.
And we are still on the defensive.





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Diplomatic sources are telling a major Brazilian newspaper that Egypt canceled a planned visit by Brazil's foreign minister in retaliation for the president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, saying he intended to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The visit was to start on Wednesday, and the last minute cancellation was given a different excuse by Egypt. A number of Brazilian business leaders were already in Cairo ahead of the visit.

This move by Egypt is worrying Brazilian cattle farmers. Brazil is a major exporter of animal products that can be eaten by religious Muslims, and there is worry that their Arab customers will go to competitors in Turkey and elsewhere.

There have been no threats to Brazilian business interests; the threat is mostly a warning by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. But the Arab League did send a note to the Bazilian government protesting the idea of an embassy move.

Usually, Arab nations do not follow through with economic threats, but they are good at scaring others with the threats themselves that many do not want to take a chance. This will be an interesting test for Bolsonaro.




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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Tokyo for talks with Japanese leaders, told reporters that Turkey opposes sanctions because they don't achieve results. President Donald Trump's administration's resumption of sanctions on Iran took effect Monday.
          Will the war in Russia’s North Caucasus ever end?      Cache   Translate Page      

Over the past 200 years, war and colonisation has defined Russia’s North Caucasus. But in a period of relative calm, significant changes are still underway. RU

Grandparents and grandchildren in a mountain village, Dagestan. Photo by CC-by-NC-2.0: Dagestan Mountains and People Partnership / Flickr. Some rights reserved.On 4 August 2018, tens of thousands of mourners gathered in the Chechen village of Geldagen to bury Yusup Temerkhanov. Thousands more sent their condolences via WhatsApp. Temerkhanov died in a Siberian prison hospital during a 15-year sentence for the murder of Yuri Budanov. A Russian army colonel, Budanov had been convicted in 2003 for the kidnapping and murder of Elza Kungayeva, a Chechen woman, during the Second Chechen War. He was released on parole in 2009 – and shot dead in Moscow two years later.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was present at the funeral, said in his eulogy that Temerkhanov’s guilt hadn’t been proven and that he had been unjustly convicted. But the crowd of people in Geldagen had gathered to honour the memory of the man who had become the embodiment of a nation’s revenge for the rape and murder of a young Chechen woman by a Russian war criminal.

For one part of the Russian Federation, General Alexey Yermolov, the man who conquered the Caucasus in the 19th century, and Colonel Yuri Budanov are the heroes. For the other, it’s Imam Shamil, the man who led the resistance to Russia’s designs on the Caucasus, and Yusup Temerkhanov who are the good guys. In 200 years of Russian conquest in the Caucasus, let alone the 25 years of post-Soviet history, this frontier has always been there.

This is the first part of a series of articles on the unfinished war in the North Caucasus today.

Two centuries of co-existence

Administratively, the North Caucasus (officially, the Northern-Caucasus Federal Okrug – SKFO) consists of six national republics of the Russian Federation, each named after its majority ethnic group, along with Stavropol Krai. It has a combined population of nearly 10 million people representing several dozen ethnicities. The largest of these, according to the 2010 census, are Chechens (1,335,857), Avars (865,348), Circassians (Kabardians and Circassians – 564,226), Dargins (541,552), Ossetins (481,492), Kumyks (466,769), Ingush (418,996) and Lezgins (396,408). Of these, only Chechnya, where ethnic Chechens make up 93.5% of the population and Ingushetia (with 94.1% Ingush) can be considered mono-ethnic. The most mixed region is Dagestan, with members of more than 30 peoples and ethnic groups represented in the population.

The village of Tindi, in Daghestan, in the late 1890s. Photo: Moriz von Déchy (1851-1917). Source: Wiki Commons.The North Caucasus is also home to a quarter of Russia’s Muslims, with a high proportion of Muslims concentrated in the eastern part of the region – in the republics of Dagestan (96% Muslim), Chechnya (97% Muslim) and Ingushetia (99% Muslim). In the western part of the region, thanks to a considerable ethnic Russian minority, as well as Ossetians, many of whom have adopted Christianity, and Christian Armenians and Greeks, there is a lower proportion of ethnic Muslims. In Kabardino-Balkaria they make up 71.5% of the population; in Karachay-Cherkessia 64%; in North Ossetia just 15% and in the Stavropol Krai a mere 4.5% – and the proportion of practising Muslims is correspondingly smaller.

When people talk about the North Caucasus, they also often refer to Krasnodar Krai and Adygea, which are outside the SKFO. In the 19th-20th centuries, these areas were, like Stavropol Krai, almost completely colonised by settlers from other parts of what was first the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union. Out of the original indigenous North Caucasus ethnic groups, only Circassians (officially divided into Adygeans, Circassians, Kabardinians and Shapsugs), Abazins and Nogai remain in those parts of the Russian Federation.

The conquest of the North Caucasus by Russia has been going on for over two centuries, beginning in the 19th century with the Caucasian War of 1817-1864. This period saw the practical disappearance of the Adygean (Circassian) military aristocracy, with hundreds of thousands of Circassians deported to the Ottoman Empire.

In Chechnya and Dagestan, resistance to Russian colonisation was organised by members of the Murid Islamic religious order, the Naqshbandi Tariqa, whose Sheikh, and spiritual leader of the famous Imam Shamil, was the no less famous and respected Muhammad Yaragsky. After the end of the Caucasus War, Russia put down several bloody uprisings.

After the Civil War (1917 -1923), in which Caucasus people fought for both the Reds and the Whites, the Soviets began a systematic extermination of the regional intelligentsia, Islamic clergy and wealthy families as part of the repressions and collectivisation of the 1920s and 1930s. These actions by the Soviet authorities were accompanied by firstly, organised uprisings and later, sporadic action by small partisan groups whose resistance continued right up to the Second World War and was gradually replaced by robbing the local population and state establishments.

Chechens deported from the village of Aukh-Yurt, Dagestan (now Kalinin-Aul) at a railway station in Soviet Central Asia in 1957, after being permitted to make the long journey back to their homeland. CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons. Some rights reserved. The Second World War carried off half the male population of some mountain villages, most of whom were called up and dispatched to the front. In 1944, Chechens, Ingush, Balkars and Karachay, most of them women, children and the elderly, were deported to Central Asia; they were only able to return in 1957. In the second half of the 1940s and the 1950s, it was generally women who restored life to village communities which had almost disappeared. After a preliminary annihilation of the military, intellectual and economic elite and the clergy, the industrialisation of agriculture and an invasion of Russian school teachers was supposed to finally turn traditional mountain villages into collective farms and their residents into ordinary Soviet farm workers.

It seemed as though after two post-war Soviet generations, the plan had worked. But by the end of the 1980s, national movements of the indigenous peoples of the North Caucasian republics started making their presence felt. Local activists, inspired by the end of the ban on free discussion, the partial acknowledgement of Russian and Soviet repressive rule in the region and the exit of some Union Republics from the USSR held meetings and rallies at which they expressed their lack of trust in the Soviet party-economic nomenclature and started discussing self-determination and independence within the USSR, RSFSR or a new mountain republic.

The internal decolonisation of the North Caucasus

The 1970s saw the beginnings of ethnic Russian emigration from Cossack villages in Stavropol Krai, Rostov region, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Checheno-Ingushetia and Ossetia and from Russian villages in the Kizlyar and Tarumovsky districts of Dagestan: young people went off to university in the cities and didn’t return. The settler population of the North Caucasus was rapidly growing old.

The first contested elections brought members of local ethnic elites to power almost everywhere. Without the support of the government, Russians, Ukrainians and members of other groups whose forefathers had either been resettled in the Caucasus five or six generations earlier or who had moved there quite recently at the time of Soviet manufacturing and agricultural industrialisation quickly lost their means of upward social mobility and political status. The more aggressively-minded members of local communities plastered the fences and walls of Grozny and Nalchik with messages such as “Russians go home!”

It was not just Russians, of course, who were leaving north Caucasian cities. Local members of the scientific and technical intelligentsia, Soviet white collar and skilled blue collar workers were also abandoning the region, either to increase their earning power or to permanently settle in Russia’s “inner” regions – Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don or north-west Siberia. But the settler population of the North Caucasus had an almost zero birth-rate (Armenian, Meskhetian Turk and Greek populations were another story, but one I will touch on here).

Buses leaving for Moscow from Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. CC BY 2.0 Un Bolshakov / Flickr. Some rights reserved. In the 1990s, the population balance of the eastern North Caucasus republics changed by several dozen percent, and the population drain in the western part is still continuing, even in Stavropol Krai, where of the peoples living in the region before the Russian conquest only 22,000 members of the Nogai people and two Kabardian villages remain. The central point of ethnic Russian occupation moves 10 kilometres to the north west every year, and settlers from Dagestan, Chechnya, Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria are moving in to replace them.

Soviet and now Russian census figures show that the highest rate of Russification in the North Caucasus took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, before a gradual outflow of settler population groups that turned into a veritable exodus of Russians, Ukrainians and Jews (and in some areas Armenians) in the 1990s and 2000s.

In 1926, 12.5% of the population of Dagestan was Russian and 17.6% was Avar (the largest indigenous population group). By 1959, 20% was Russian and 22.5% Avar, but then the trend changed: in 1979 only 11% of the population was Russian and 25% Avar; in 1989 the figures were respectively 9% and 27.5%; in 2002 they were 4.7% and 29.4% and in 2010, 3.57% Russian and 29.2% Avar.

In Stavropol Krai in 1959, 91.3% of the population was Russian and only 0.05% Dargin (members of this ethnic group had just begun to migrate). In 2010 Russians still made up 80% of the population, and Dargins 1.77% according to official figures (experts put the figure at twice that). In 1979, 20 years after the Chechens returned from deportation, 30% of their republic’s population was Russian and 60% Chechen: the figures for 1989 were respectively 24.8% and 66% and in 2010, according to the last census, 95.8% of the population was Chechen and only 1.92% Russian. Finally, the population of Kabardino-Balkaria in 1959 was 45.3% Kabardian, 8.11% Balkar and 38.7% Russian, whilst in 2010, 57% was Kabardian, 22.5% Russian and 12.6% Balkar.

Russia's southern Caucasus frontier is nevertheless not only not dissolving due to urbanisation, the global market and the power vertical, but is, on the contrary, becoming ever more substantial and profound

At the start of the 1990s, the North Caucasus republics were governed by two types of leader. The first included Djokhar Dudayev in Chechnya and Ruslan Aushev in Ingushetia, both Soviet Army generals who turned to politics on the wave of national movements, a repudiation of the Soviet nomenklatura system and a tendency among participants of national movements towards militarisation.

The second type comprised representatives of ethnic nomenklatura groups who managed to hang on to power. They included Magomedali Magomedov, head of the Presidium of Dagestan’s Supreme Soviet; Valery Kokov, who fulfilled the same function in Kabardino-Balkaria; Aleksandr Galazov, First Secretary of the regional committee of the North Ossetian Communist Party and Vladimir Khubiyev, President of the Karachayev-Cherkessian Republic. Former Soviet officials had to take account of local ethnocentric movements and learn, in the end, how to control them.

In Moscow, meanwhile, a cut-throat battle for power was raging, and in October 1993 it descended into armed conflict in the centre of the capital. And the North Caucasus would have remained on the periphery of the political agenda had it not been for the outbreak of war in Chechnya in 1994. The years that followed saw the North Caucasus become the epicentre of politically motivated armed conflict in Russia: as well as the Chechen Wars of 1994-1996 and 1999-2009, there was the Ossetian-Ingush conflict in North Ossetia’s Prigorod district in 1992 and the attack on Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, in October 2005. In addition, there were almost 20 years of underground armed Islamic activity and a spate of terrorist attacks both inside then region and elsewhere – in Moscow, Volgodonsk, Volgograd and St Petersburg.

The Caucasus frontier: the calm before the storm?

Today, the North Caucasus is relatively quiet. The Caucasus Emirate, a militant Jihadist organisation active between 2007 and 2015, has been defeated; thousands of Islamic dissidents have been killed in special operations or are behind bars and tens of thousands of jihadis have left the country. Several thousand Caucasus residents fought for ISIS at its peak of activity, but it is now moribund, and only concerned with returning the wives and children of dead mujahedeen to their homes.

Chechnya is headed by Ramzan Kadyrov, who calls himself “Putin’s Infantryman”; Dagestan is under external management by Russian Internal Ministry General Vladimir Vasiliyev, who has now turned to politics; and Yuri Kokov, another general and the former head of the Internal Ministry’s anti-extremism directorate, is in charge of Kabardino-Balkaria. Other republics are in the hands of experienced Moscow bureaucrats. The regional FSB, meanwhile looks after the financial side of things, elections and the appointment of heads of areas of financial or political importance.

Objectively speaking, no North Caucasus republic has any human, organisational, intellectual or financial resources that would allow it to successfully implement any national sovereignty project. Russia's southern Caucasus frontier is nevertheless not only not dissolving due to urbanisation, the global market and the power vertical, but is, on the contrary, becoming ever more substantial and profound.

No North Caucasus republic has any human, organisational, intellectual or financial resources that would allow it to successfully implement any national sovereignty project

The Caucasus has a long memory: it doesn’t just remember the Chechen wars of 15 years ago. Every year, on 21 May, thousands of Circassians gather in Nalchik, Cherkessk, Istanbul, Berlin and New York to commemorate the 19th century Caucasian War, and the Kabardino-Balkarian regional authorities don’t openly obstruct this action.

More than 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the North Caucasus has not only not dissolved in Russia’s post-Soviet urban environment, but has, with unexpected help from today’s means of communication, revitalised its religious and ethnic identity. Young Circassians in Moscow or Turkey may not be able to speak their mother tongue, but they can write in Circassian because they “meet up” in Circassian social network groups. Caucasians travel all over the world, but modern means of communication allow them to create and maintain trans-ethnic networks in the form of village societies, religious communities and ethnic groups.
People from the North Caucasus are much less trusting of the Russian judicial system than most other Russians and so often attempt to resolve conflicts among themselves, de facto refusing to recognise the Russian legal system’s monopoly on violence.

The hermetic nature of Caucasus communities leads to the legal side of life in village society being governed by common or Shariat law and implemented collectively. This can mean factional fights using knives or guns. In city, migrant or business networks “professionals” – guerrilla leaders, private army warlords or criminal bosses – are brought in to act as muscle. 

July 2013: the house of the third wife of underground leader Magomed Suleimanov is destroyed by Russian security forces. CС Varvara Pakhomenko/International Crisis Group/Flickr. Some rights reserved. This way of doing things has serious consequences. Russian law enforcement agencies, employers, bureaucrats and even ordinary citizens renting out accommodation in the big cities mistrust and fear people from the North Caucasus, regarding them as alien outsiders. And this mistrust, mutual dislike and fear, stoked from time to time by the Russian media as they both report the real presence of Muslims in the war in Syria and terrorist attacks around the world and at the same time take advantage of the collective reputation of Muslims and Caucasians to inflate any minor offence, is not only not on the wane, but is growing in strength.

This only too perceptible frontier between Russia and the North Caucasus works like a fully-fledged institution that accumulates mutual claims on social, political, religious, legal, economic and quasi-criminal levels on a daily basis. Every time the Russian authorities lose control of the regional elites or FSB, a new armed conflict breaks out from nowhere. The threat of armed violence and terrorist attacks will only disappear when the frontier is either abandoned completely or turned into an official administrative or state border.

And this is all under the control of the “unseen hand of the political market”, where the law enforcement bodies can take on the function of a protection racket (and warlords like Makhachkala’s former mayor Said Amirov maintain security service officers as their private army), or, on the other hand, turn back into a protection racket (when, for example, officers of the Kabardino-Balkaria anti-extremism department try to provide “protection” for a construction company or an illegal distillery).

Acquiring sovereignty is a two-stage process. You first have to create and consolidate sub-elites, on both sides of the frontier, who are looking for political independence and so aspire to a monopoly on protection income. As the experience of the Chechen conflict and the Caucasian Emirate has shown, this income needn’t necessarily come from your own territory: what is important is that governmental or quasi-governmental institutions will allow you to receive it. For the thing to work, your sovereign elites will need their own legal system and means of withdrawing income (money, a tariff policy and fiscal services) in large enough quantities to maintain independence and public safety. There are already societies in the North Caucasus with their own judicial system and social infrastructure, but there are no elites interested in sovereignty: the Russian exchequer pays more and hands out cash more freely.

The second stage is armed conflict. An external conflict turns a protection racket into an army, an internal one into a police force and a terrorist war into a hit squad. The quarter century of post-Soviet Caucasus history is the history of a fight for income aided by internal and external conflicts. An absence of social mobility for the young, radical ethnic and religious ideologies, a conflict of generations, urbanisation – these are all well-known factors that, like dry sticks, burn well in the flames of political struggle.

While rents from land and infrastructure bring in less income than corruption and funding from the state, Russia’s Caucasus frontier will remain a subject for anthropological research. When this relationship changes, it will turn into either a frontline of battle or a state border.

 

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Another trial against Russian “Islamists” results in harsh convictions – this time, 21 of them.

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This article was originally published in Russian by OVD-Info.

In late July, a court in Ufa, capital of Bashkortostan, reached a final ruling in one of the largest cases concerning the Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir in recent years. Alleged and real members of the organisation, which is banned in Russia, have been targeted consistently over the past 15 years: since 2003, there were at least 50 trials concerning Hizb ut-Tahrir – and no less than 300 people have been convicted (mostly in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan) as a result.

On this occasion, some 21 people were sentenced to between five and 24 years imprisonment. According to the investigation, the crimes of these men included reading certain books, as well as holding meetings and discussions about Islam. The defendants were charged under two articles of Russia’s Criminal Code: on terrorist organisations and on attempts to overthrow the constitutional order.

OVD-Info spoke with those present at the trial and specialists on Islamist movements.

The investigation

Rinat Nurlygayanov, 27, received the longest sentence – 24 years imprisonment. Before his arrest, Nurlygayanov repaired household appliances, helped out at his local mosque and arranged charity football matches for residents of Ufa’s poorest districts. His mother Milyausha Nurlygayanova, a public defender, recalled how her son was tortured in February 2015.

“Three of the detainees were tortured on the first day: my son, (Alexander) Kornev, and (Rustem) Latypov. Rinat told me about this when I visited him at the detention centre three and a half years ago. He was beaten by riot police officers in masks, who forced him to testify. They gave him shocks using the ‘army telephone’: it’s a device with wires which are attached to the victim’s fingers. They turn the handle and the electric current increases. Then he was taken back to (FSB investigator) Korepanov, who asked ‘Will you sign?’ Rinat refused, so was taken away and tortured again. He’s the youngest of all (the detainees). They probably thought he was weak, and so would easily give in.”

As Rinat told his mother:

“They tortured me for a whole hour, I screamed loudly. Then they took a break. They picked up a mop, put a condom over the handle and went to the nearby rooms where other detainees were being held. They told everybody that they would be raped with the mop. Then they tortured me again with electric shocks. Music blared loudly from the rooms next door – it seems so that the screams wouldn’t be heard.”

The case against Nurlygayanov and the other 20 men arose as a result of a 2012 extremism investigation into four Ufa residents – Aydar Garifyanov, Yevgeny Kulagin, Rasim Satpayev, and Alexey Khamadeyev – who were charged with setting up a Hizb ut-Tahrir group. In the course of the investigation, Russian law enforcement carried out searches of many homes, and dozens more people became suspects under Article 282.2 of Russia’s Criminal Code (on membership of an extremist organisation), including eight of the suspects who were recently sentenced.

Rinat Nurlygayanov. Source: Human Rights Center Memorial. In September 2014, investigators declared these eight men were wanted by the authorities – a fact the suspects themselves only discovered in February 2015 when they were arrested as part of a group of 23 men. Three of them, Denis Statsenko, Aynur Klysov and Ayrat Ibragimov, escaped detention and are now in hiding. The new accusations, on the same grounds, were filed on a different charge: article 205.5 (participation in a terrorist organisation). Both cases were dealt with by the same department of Bashkortostan FSB. By June 2016, a further eight people were under investigation in two parallel cases. Rinat Mamayev and Rinat Gataullin, who pleaded guilty, were convicted in March 2017 to four years imprisonment.

If Korepanov, the head of the investigation team, is to be believed, on 15 June 2016 at Ufa FSB, the eight defendants agreed to the closure of the case against them under Article 282.2. On the back of the order to terminate the criminal case, investigator Korepanov wrote that the accused had given their assent. The defendants state that they did not give their consent to the termination of the case, neither verbally nor in writing. Furthermore, they state that they only discovered the existence of the order to close the case at trial. At the request of their defence counsel, the entry and exit logs of the detention centre where the men had been kept were checked. According to the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service’s records, the prisoners were not taken to meetings with investigators. It should be noted that closing a criminal investigation without the accused being present is a procedural violation – and that falsifying investigation documents is a criminal offence.

The public defender for Denis Fayzrakhmanov, who asked not to be named, stated that investigator Korepanov was in no hurry to carry out an investigation: while suspects in the case were detained in February 2015, investigators only set to work on 1 August. Literature allegedly seized during searches of the defendants’ homes was handed over to the investigators only in December. The defendants deny keeping any prohibited material at home.

“Korepanov tried to bargain with the accused,” says Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer. “He offered a shorter sentence in exchange for confessions. Defendants in other Hizb-ut-Tahrir cases struck deals, meaning the investigators didn’t have to do anything. Back in 2015, Article 205.5 carried a heavy sentence – from five to ten years – and it was impossible to keep defendants in custody for over a year. Korepanov came to the detention centre and tried to persuade the men to admit guilt, threatening new charges if they refused. And in January 2016, a few weeks before the end of the official investigation, he announced to defendants that Article 278 (violent seizure of power) would be brought against them – an especially serious accusation. As a result, on 29 January, all the accused men’s detentions were extended.”

Linar Vakhitov, director of For the Rights of Muslims, a human rights NGO, was also convicted in the case. Vakhitov declared that officers from the Centre for Countering Extremism tried to persuade him to confess. “If you’re detained, there’ll be a sentence. The question is: for how long?” he was told. Law enforcement officials also mentioned summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS, which were to be held in the summer of 2015 in Ufa. One of the topics for discussion at both events was the global fight against terrorism. Investigators needed, as Vakhitov puts it, “something to show when they reported back to their bosses.”

Missing records

7 April 2017: the final day the defendants had to read the charges and evidence against them. But on that day, they discovered that two volumes (80 and 81) of the case files had gone missing. By this time, most of the accused had only managed to read a third of the case files – though Rinat Nurlygayanov, for example, managed to study 78 volumes. Two offices at the detention centre were crammed with nearly as many lawyers. One of the offices was nearly half-full of case materials. With only 23 seats, many had to study the documents standing.

According to Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer, after the two missing volumes were eventually recovered, they were found to unexpectedly contain the confessions of one of the defendants, Khalil Mustafin. He claims that the files did not contain his confession before they went missing – not least, Mustafin stresses, because he never made such confessions and insists on his innocence. Other defendants who were able to examine these volumes before they went missing make similar statements.

Khalil Mustafin is a martial arts champion. He worked as a domestic appliancetechnician, and received 22 years in prison. “The investigator recovered these volumes the following way,” says Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer. “He allegedly discovered files including transcriptions of Mustafin’s interrogation on his computer. He then printed out the drafts, stamped them, then added his signature and the words ‘verified copy.’” Mustafin’s former lawyer Diana Miyassarova, who was not defending him at the time, also confirms these events. Among the documents were testimonies implicating not only Mustafin, but several other participants of the case. At the beginning of the investigation Miyassarova was appointed Mustafina’s lawyer, but he stopped working with her in 2016.

After the case was handed over to the court system, the defendants immediately requested additional time to familiarise themselves with the evidence against them. The volumes again began to appear in the detention centre once again.

On 21 September 2017, the defendants stated in court that staff at the detention centre had informed them that two more volumes (139 and 180) had been lost. Judge Oleg Semyonov sent a request to the detention centre, which responded that the case materials had been transferred to the investigator. On 28 September, the court declared that volumes containing details of searches of the defendants’ houses had been lost.

Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer believes that the loss of these volumes was far from coincidental:

“We believe that the volumes containing details about the searches were lost because they were carried out with a lot of violations. In Nurlyganov’s case, for example, one of the witnesses of the search was a minor. It was important for the investigator that this volume did not get to court. So, how did they replace the court materials? They summoned FSB operatives to court. They couldn’t remember all the details of the search – what, where, how it was carried out – but they knew the list of seized literature by heart. Meanwhile, the defendants claimed they had no forbidden literature.”
As for the volume containing the investigators’ interrogations, Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer believes that it met much the same fate. Investigators submitted poorly-scanned transcripts of these interrogations to the court, again bearing the words “verified copy”. During questioning at court, many defendants began to declare that they had never given the evidence recorded in the transcripts, and that the signatures were not theirs.

Six or seven witnesses distanced themselves entirely from the interrogation transcripts, rejecting the testimonies they had allegedly given to investigators. According to Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer, it was now impossible to conduct a handwriting examination due to the lack of original documents.

At court

According to a verdict of the Volga district military court, in 2010 a cell of the Islamist party Hizb-ut-Tahrir began to meet in Bashkortostan. Between 2010 and 2013, Nurlygayanov and other defendants joined the group.

In the opinion of the investigation and the court, the primary reason for the organisation’s existence was the “elimination of non-Islamic governments… and the foundation of a worldwide Islamic caliphate.” The contribution of the accused to this goal was to hold clandestine religious and political study sessions, recruiting new adherents and collecting funds. Moreover, the defendants were accused of organising conferences and attending rallies to propagate the teachings of Hizb ut-Tahrir. With the exception of Aramis Fazylov, none of the accused admitted their guilt. Many of them were not acquainted with one another before their detention.

These acts were classified under sections one and two of Article 205.5 of Russia’s Criminal Code (on the organisation of and participation in activities of a terrorist organisation), as well as Article 278 and Article 30 (on attempts to overthrow the constitutional order). However, the court took into account the fact that the article on terrorist organisations (205.5) only appeared in the criminal code in November 2013 – hence none of the defendants could be prosecuted for acts committed before that date. Therefore the court qualified all the defendants’ alleged criminal acts before November 2013 under Article 282.2 (on extremist organisations), but dismissed the charges as the statute of limitations had expired. All actions of the accused since November 2013, in the court’s opinion, could be charged under Article 205.5.

Milyausha Nurlygayanova says that the judge was not interested in allegations of torture. She says that her son and others tried to talk about their torture in the courtroom, but the judge stopped them, answering that such matters should have been addressed to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “Don’t discuss that here,” the judge said, “that’s not within my remit.” The judge refused to field questions to officials or witnesses about the defendants’ torture.

There also an incident of physical violence at court, says Nurlygayanova. One of the guards insulted Farid Mustafayev: “I’ll cut your balls off.” As he had stood up for Farid, Rinat was dragged away to the guards’ quarters along with him. “Then the guard grabbed Rinat by the scruff of the neck, threw him into a cage and gave him several electric shocks. Rinat lost consciousness. They called an ambulance and he was taken to the emergency ward. Doctors recorded his injuries and even gave us documentation, but there were no consequences for anybody,” recalls Rinat’s mother.

According to Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer, judge Semyonov behaved rudely and without any restraint. He berated the defence, telling them to watch their tone, and constantly interrupted the defendants and witnesses. He constantly threatened lawyers that he would lodge a statement about their conduct with Russia’s bar association.

In April, several dozen cadets from the Ministry of the Interior attended one of the court hearings. They arrived late, and entered the courtroom after the session had begun. Usually when a spectator tried to enter a the courtroom late, judge Semyonov would stop them, hector them, and then throw them out. “The courtroom is not a tram you can hop on and off!” he would shout. But Semyonov said nothing to the cadets. The defendants tried to point out this inconsistency, but Semyonov replied that he would only allow them to speak after he had heard a witness’s testimony. Nurlygayanov asked permission to speak. Semyonov glanced at his secretary and asked “Cadets? Do you see any cadets here?” The secretary replied that he could not. Judge Semyonov agreed.

lead Defendants stage an action wearing t-shirts "I'm a Muslim and I'm against terrorism" in court. Image provided via OVD-Info. Regardless of the defendants’ preferences, and the easy availability of lawyers to represent them, the judge appointed several “understudies” as legal counsels. If a lawyer was not present at the courtroom, even with good reason and with prior agreement, one of the “understudies” would stand in for them in court, and the trial would continue. Consequently, situations arose where one understudy would be present for the first half of a witness’s interrogation, and after everybody had returned from lunch, a different understudy would arrive to take his place.

According to Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer, these lawyers did very little for their clients apart from sit in on the court hearings. As for their actual lawyers, here’s how they communicated with their clients during breaks:

“Around the glass in which the defendants were held, the bailiffs set up a barrier of courtroom benches. We called it the ‘buffer zone.’ The guards didn’t let anybody through.” 

“When a break was announced in the trial, the following took place: the 20 people sitting on the floor in the cage would shout to their lawyers two metres away. The lawyers craned their necks over the perimeter of the buffer zone in an attempt to hear something. Some defendants cried out through the holes in the glass, others pressed their ears to the openings. It’s a cacophony; everyone was trying to hold a conversation at once, to pass on information, trying to work out whether it’s worth asking this or that question of a certain witness. This scene takes place before the prosecutor’s gaze, and sometimes even before that of the witnesses.”

“After the break, the defendants declare that they were not given the opportunity to communicate nor exchange documents with their lawyers. The judge asks the chief guardsman: “Were they?” He responds “Yes, they were.” The trial goes on.”

Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer says that the lawyers filed separate complains on the court’s “buffer zone”. When these complaints were discussed at court, a representative of the guards said that they had been unable to allow the lawyers access to their clients for security reasons. Yet in further instances at court, the guards declared that they had allowed such access.

Milyausha Nurlygayanova believes that her son was given the longest sentence because he most actively defended everybody during the trial. In the opinion of the defendants and their legal counsels, the length of sentences depended on behaviour in court, and not on the sum of evidence presented. In the words of Fayzrakhmanov’s lawyer, those who received 22 years’ imprisonment or more were those who most actively defended their innocence.

In Nurlygayanova’s words, the court secretary Serzh Loran said in front of all the lawyers that “after the debate, we will gather together all the appeals filed by each defendant – we’ll give a big sentence to whoever has more than a small pile to their name.”

A brief history of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Russia

Muslims whom law enforcement agencies consider to be members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been targeted in Russia since 2003, when the Supreme Court pronounced the group a terrorist organisation. Criminal cases are launched on charges of membership, not on the basis of committed or planned terrorist acts.

In his analysis of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s activities, Alexander Verkhovsky, head of the Sova Centre for Information and Analysis, notes that there were no grounds for recognising the organisation as a terrorist group. The Russian Supreme Court’s decision to do so made no mention of acts of terrorism committed by Hizb ut-Tahrir members. Verkhovsky also points out that the organisation’s tendency towards anti-Semitism and aggressive rhetoric against Israel could be sufficient grounds to characterise it as extremist, but not necessarily terrorist.

In the winter of 2017, at the request of OVD-Info, journalist Nadezhda Kevorkova and war correspondent Orkhan Dzhemal (who was killed on 31 July in the Central African Republic) shared their thoughts about the nature of Hizb ut-Tahrir. In Kevorkova’s opinion, nonviolent struggle is an integral part of the ideology of this Islamist party:

“Hizb ut-Tahrir is the largest international, utopian Islamist party in the world today – and the most futile in all senses of the word. A member of the party must reject the path to violence and has no right to conceal his or her membership of the party. Of course, this is a real boon for the security services of Russia and Uzbekistan who consider the party a terrorist organisation: if somebody is arrested, they confess their membership and receive a jail term.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, or the “Party of Islamic Liberation,” emerged in the early 1950s in east Jerusalem. The party appeared in the political context of a growing anti-colonial movement and the foundation of the State of Israel, which was perceived in the Arab world as a manifestation of western imperialism. The Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood party formed the core of the organisation.

“Supporters of Hizb-ut-Tahrir believe that the caliphate will arise by itself, when some politician or other eventually recognises the movement’s righteousness and proclaims their country an Islamic Caliphate,” says Kevorkova. “And from there, Islam will spread across the globe.”

Orkhan Dzhemal believes that the decision to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003 was connected with the improvement in relations between the Russian and Uzbek governments:

“The move to equating the party to organisations which carry out armed struggle can be seen as a nod to [Islam] Karimov’s Uzbekistan, as a necessary step for improving relations. During the early 2000s, economic ties quickly developed, especially when it came to the extraction, transit, and sale of hydrocarbons. Right on the heels of this economic growth came cooperation between the security services. At the time, Hizb ut-Tahrir was a real opposition force in Uzbekistan. Members of its Uzbek branch often fled to Russia, with which Uzbekistan had a visa-free regime, in order to escape persecution at home. As a result, Hizb-ut-Tahrir spread across Russia, from the Volga to the Urals and Western Siberia, where it established party cells and proselytised the movement’s teachings.”

“The Supreme Court’s ruling was accompanied by a PR campaign initiated by Uzbekistan. Central to the campaign was the assertion that, in contrast to its own guidelines, Hizb ut-Tahrir had founded a ‘military wing’. The only evidence given for this claim was the fact that several people, none of whom had any prior connection to the party, had participated in terrorist activities in Uzbekistan. Juicy information on the topic from the Uzbek security services soon fell into the hands of Russian media outlets.”

Russia is not the only country where Hizb-ut-Tahrir is an illegal organisation. However, it’s worth considering that the term 'illegal' does not usually spell criminal investigations against an organisation’s members, but simply refusal of official registration. However in Lebanon, where Hizb ut-Tahrir is also prohibited, the organisation holds its international congresses unhindered. Meanwhile the party still holds high-profile events in Turkey, despite being banned.”

 

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A mix of traditional techniques and new technologies allows the Turkmen regime to follow its citizens’ every move.

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Photo: Kremlin Pool / Zuma Press / PA Images. All rights reserved.New documents obtained by openDemocracy can today reveal how Turkmenistan's regime is spying on its citizens abroad, in order to scrutinise who they are in contact with and what they post. The documents, which comprise the period between 2008 and 2014, also reveal the key role Turkmenistan’s Embassy in Turkey has played in spying on Turkmen citizens in that country. 

According to Freedom House, Turkmenistan is one of the world’s least free countries, where the flow of information is severely restricted and tightly controlled. Since 2006, the Central Asian state has been part of Reporters without Borders’ list of “enemies of the internet”. Having an internet connection is punishingly expensive and satellite dishes have been dismantled. Turkmen Telekom, the only internet provider, is run by the government. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, VKontakte have all been blocked, alongside numerous news websites.

In the mind of the authorities, censorship helps to guarantee political stability and the durability of the regime by controlling what information Turkmen citizens have – or, more accurately, don’t have – access to. However, the new documents seen by openDemocracy reveal how the regime is attempting to track its citizens abroad, as well as at home. With Turkmen students present in significant numbers at institutions in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, it is legitimate to wonder whether the Turkmen Embassies in those countries exercise the same degree of control, too, and whether this practice continues to this day.

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The system is simple, if laborious. The education attaché at the embassy requests a complete list of all Turkmen students from Turkish universities, as well as the courses they are enrolled in. This information is entered into Excel files – some of which have been obtained by openDemocracy – along with the students’ date of birth, passport number and permanent address in Turkmenistan.

The data is then passed on to informers, themselves Turkmen students who are lured into collaborating with the government in exchange for financial aid. According to the documents, there is one designated informer per university dormitory who is assigned a list of students to spy on. Informers work independently and do not know the identity of other informers. They fill in their own entries in the Excel files, which are then sent to the embassy and on to Ashgabat, in a constant back-and-forth of information.

According to Kerim, one of the informers reached by openDemocracy, Ashgabat would often show an interest in students’ grades, course attendance and progress in their studies. This is confirmed in some of the entries in the Excel files, where it was noted that a ‘student has received low grades, therefore he should be questioned,’ while another student ‘tries to be good in his studies. He is under my control.’ But something more sinister lies behind this innocent facade, as not performing in one’s studies is interpreted in Ashgabat as engaging in extracurricular activities, which is why one of the informers’ tasks is to gauge students’ political and religious orientations.

lead Turkmen student Omriuzak Omarkulyev. Source: RFE/RL Turkmen Service. A document from the Turkmen Embassy in Ankara classifies Turkmen students according to their links to various “groups”, a code word used throughout the files to mean Islamic religious movements such as the Nur movement, whose disciples follows the teachings of Turkish preacher Said Nursi, and the Gülen movement, which has been banned both in Turkey and Turkmenistan. One entry states that a student “has bad marks and has been given a warning. More recently, he turned away from the movement and is now concentrating on his studies.”

As is often the case, however, spies end up being spied upon. It so happened that, since returning to Turkmenistan after finishing his studies, Kerim has been harassed by the authorities, who accused him of having been part of the Gülen movement, too, and of writing articles for foreign media outlets.

Others have had it worse. In June 2018, RFE/RL ran a story about a Turkmen student in Turkey, Omriuzak Omarkulyev, who was invited to visit Turkmenistan to take part in various events in the country, including addressing parliament, as the authorities were said to have been impressed with his activism at his Turkish university. Omarkulyev is now being held at the notorious Ovadan-Depe prison in the Karakum desert. Less than two weeks later, RFE/RL’s Turkmen service reported that several people living and studying abroad who had returned to Turkmenistan on the authorities’ invitation had also been detained.

What continues abroad begins at home

If the Turkmen government’s arm abroad is long, at home it appears to be ubiquitous, as it has effectively eradicated any form of opposition to the regime and ended all free media. Recently, the hunt is on for anyone commenting, sharing, liking and following Turkmen news sites from abroad such as Prague-based RFE/RL’s Turkmen service Azatlyk, Vienna’s Chronicles of Turkmenistan, and the Dutch-based Alternative Turkmenistan News, which are the only remaining outlets reporting on daily events inside Turkmenistan.

Reports indicate that readers of these news sources have been warned during interrogations that, since these sites remain banned in the country, reading them constitutes a crime. They are being questioned as to why they visit those sites, whether they regularly follow their news and whether they give information to them. Azatlyk disclosed that social media users have received calls directly to their mobile phones by the authorities and, at times, have even received a visit at home.

This comes against the backdrop of a fast-deteriorating economic situation in the country with food shortages and soaring unemployment, which have the government increasingly edgy about any potential source of dissent, including online. Recently, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported that the vice president of Rohde und Schwarz, a German technology company, had met Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. While the official reason for the encounter was trade, activists and Turkmenistan-watchers fear that the government’s real aim is to obtain devices to monitor and block mobile and satellite communications, as well as internet access. Because of this, Human Rights Watch called upon Rohde und Schwarz to disclose its dealings with Turkmenistan in order to guarantee accountability.

Apart from cutting-edge technology, the Turkmen intelligence services still resort to threats and physical violence to extract information – and, sure enough, money 

In the past, Wikileaks revealed that Turkmenistan had acquired various spy technologies, including the FinFisher software. As CorpWatch, a watchdog covering corporate wrongdoing, reported at the time: “FinFisher – a suite of software products manufactured by Gamma International, a UK company – claim that it can track locations of cell phones, break encryption to steal social media passwords, record calls including Skype chats, remotely operate built-in webcams and microphones on computers and even log every keystroke made by a user.”

Apart from cutting-edge technology, the Turkmen intelligence services still resort to threats and physical violence to extract information – and, sure enough, money – from people. In a country with no rule of law to speak of, people are threatened with all sorts of consequences – they may not be able to travel abroad ever again; their children may be kicked out of school; a relative may lose their job – for them to snitch on the internet habits of family, friends, and acquaintances. Useful information includes whether they know someone who uses VPNs to access the internet – and what websites they visit. Students studying at a foreign university and spending their summer breaks at home are also an easy prey, especially if they need to renew their passports.

However, one Ashgabat resident told openDemocracy that people targeted include those whose behaviour or appearance seem to deviate from the norm – especially when it may be interpreted as an outward expression of religiosity. So, for instance, if someone grows a beard or refuses to drink alcohol at wedding parties, often they will be summoned for interrogation shortly after. There, they will subjected to severe physical and psychological pressure, including torture, to make them comply with the intelligence services’ demands: either you report on people who speak against the government, online or otherwise, or you will spend 25 years in prison for terrorism.

In the end, whether at home or abroad, on- or off-line, one thing seems certain: the Turkmen government is out for any and all information about its citizens, and will go to any length to get it.

 

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Fifty-five years ago today, the Beatles played the Royal Variety Performance.  It'd had been a swift rise to the top.  A year before, they had only just recorded their first single, and now here they were, dominating the British charts.  In a few months, they'd conquer America.

But the performance is best remembered for one thing--John Lennon's quip:

For our last number, I'd like to ask your help.  Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands?  And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry?



He'd threatened to say it in a much nastier way, but the Beatles in 1963 wouldn't have done that, not even John.  You can see he knows he's being cheeky, and the audience loves it.

The Beatles were different in that they generally said what they wanted to, and didn't have managers that controlled them that way.  It was refreshing, though sometimes got them in trouble.

You may be thinking of John's statement about the Beatles being bigger than Jesus, but I'm not even referring to that.  That was from an old interview that hadn't caused much of a stir until it was reprinted and played up in America.  On the other hand, Paul was the first to admit he took LSD (though I believe John and George were more enthusiastic about it) and that was a big deal immediately.

When The Beatles got their M.B.E.s (making them members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1965, it was a big deal, and somewhat controversial.  They wouldn't have imagined then being flippant or dismissive about it.  But by 1969, they were so big, or maybe so jaded, the John returned his with a note to the queen:

I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts.

At this point, John was doing a lot of bizarre political stunts, though I have to admit, this one's pretty funny.

I wonder how the rest of the band felt about John.  Not that they could have done anything--he started the band, after all.  I wonder if they ever get tired of him going on like that?  I doubt it had much to do with them breaking up--that was probably going to happen sooner or later anyway.
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Wet in western Europe, dry and warm in the east Wednesday Rain in central and northeast Spain on Tuesday. Fair for the west and also Portugal where there will be good spells of sunshine. Fine too in eastern and southern Spain/ The balearics will be dry with lots of sunshine. Some cloud and rain for Corsica with heavy showers developing in Italy. Greece will have rain in the west but the east is dry. Turkey should be fair with good spells of sunshine. In France there will be cloud, rain and brisk winds in the north and west. Showers and some rain passing through the Low Countries with Germany being dry with plenty of sunshine. Poland will be dry with good spells of sunshine too. Austria and Hungary will enjoy a fine day whilst some rain affects Switzerland. Denmark will be fine with lots of sunshine. Staying dry in the Baltic States and for Finland too with lots of sunshine. Another fair day for Sweden and fair too in most of Norway.

Thursday Heavy rain in western Portugal and northwest Spain on Thursday. Showery rain in eastern parts of Spain but dry with good spells of sunshine in the Balearics. Fair for Italy and dry too with lots of sunshine. Greece will see some showers in the south as will Turkey but northern areas tending to stay dry with sunny spells. Showery rain in the far south of France. Rain in northwest France but for the rest of the country is going to be dry with lots of sunshine. Sunshine and mild weather in the Low Countries. Some patchy rain in western Germany and Switzerland. Central and eastern Germany will be dry with sunny spells and it should be staying dry and very mild in Poland, Austria and Hungary. Denmark will be dry, warm and sunny. Fair in the Baltic States with lots of sunshine here. Staying dry and fine in Finland and Sweden. Cloud and some outbreaks of rain in western parts of Norway but dry in the north and east.


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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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飞出国:从2013年希腊购房移民黄金居留政策实施到2018年9月30日,共有4552个中国家庭获得希腊永居身份,甩第二名俄罗斯及第三名土耳其好几条街。然后往下看就知道中国现在和难民国家有同样需求,值得高兴的是,我们比难民国家人民有钱的多。

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希腊购房移民来源国-飞出国 申请家庭数
中国 China 4552
俄罗斯 Russia 1066
土耳其 Turkey 943
伊拉克 Iraq 341
黎巴嫩 Lebanon 339
埃及 Egypt 281
叙利亚 Syria 224
乌克兰 Ukraine 189
约旦 Jordan 178
伊朗 Iran 142
其他 Other countries 644
截止2018年9月总计-飞出国 8.899

因为中国申请人持续增加,希腊移民申请永居有了长排期,POA - Power of Attorney,也就是《律师授权书》,建议客户登录希腊律师楼直接签署,国内大使馆预约太慢。

移民申请先要预约递交时间,移民局回复基本要4个月左右,中部最快,但也已经排到了2019年初。

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          Update: ‘Stop Eating Meat’ Ad Now up in Jacksonville Following Animal Deaths      Cache   Translate Page      

In response to the deaths of more than 5,500 pigs and 4.1 million chickens and turkeys during Hurricane Florence—all of whom slowly drowned while trapped inside massive sheds—PETA has ...

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          One-way ticket for Armenian "tourists" to Turkey      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Remembering WKRP's 'Turkeys Away'      Cache   Translate Page      
It's the best Thanksgiving special about a misguided turkey delivery ever made.
          Turkey Night Midget Entry List Hits 60!      Cache   Translate Page      
Ventura, California………The initial entry list for the 78th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” has been released with 60 drivers already indicating their intentions to compete in the prestigious race. The November 22 event at Ventura Raceway featuring the USAC P1 National National Midgets and Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets […]
          US offers reward for PKK members on Turkey's most-wanted list      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. on Tuesday offered rewards for information on three high-ranking members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a move that could help Washington repair ties with Ankara.The U.S. will pay up to $5 million for information "leading to the...
          SoftBank CEO decries journalist's death, defends Saudi fund      Cache   Translate Page      

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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SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Son denounced 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. (Daiki Katagiri/Kyodo News via AP)
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          Σ/Σ/ΟΕΑ ΠΡΟΣ ΕΠΙΤΕΛΕΙΑ ΓΕΕΘΑ --ΓΕΣ-- ΓΕΝ-- ΓΕΑ, ΚΥΠ/ΕΥΠ, ΑΡΧΗΓΕΙΟ ΕΛ.ΑΣ., ΑΤΑΔ, ΑΡΧΗΓΕΙΟ ΣΤΟΛΟΥ, ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΕΙΟ 1ης ΣΤΡΑΤΙΑΣ::: ΙΔΕΤΕ ΤΟ ΑΡΘΡΟ ΙΣΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΟΣ PRONEWS 3/11/18 ΜΕ ΘΕΜΑ:::<< ΑΣΧΗΜΑ ΝΕΑ ΓΙΑ ΠΑ--ΠΝ ... >>, ΔΙΑ ΤΟΝ ΝΕΟ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΟ ΑΝΤΙΠΛΟ'Ι'ΚΟ ΠΥΡΑΥΛΟ " ATMACA-- HGK-- 82" ΒΕΛΗΝΕΚΟΥΣ 200+ ΧΛΜ , O OΠΟΙΟΣ ΕΚΜΗΔ      Cache   Translate Page      
Σ/Σ/ΟΕΑ ΠΡΟΣ ΕΠΙΤΕΛΕΙΑ ΓΕΕΘΑ --ΓΕΣ-- ΓΕΝ-- ΓΕΑ, ΚΥΠ/ΕΥΠ, ΑΡΧΗΓΕΙΟ ΕΛ.ΑΣ., ΑΤΑΔ, ΑΡΧΗΓΕΙΟ ΣΤΟΛΟΥ, ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΕΙΟ  1ης  ΣΤΡΑΤΙΑΣ::: ΙΔΕΤΕ ΤΟ ΑΡΘΡΟ ΙΣΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΟΣ PRONEWS 3/11/18  ΜΕ ΘΕΜΑ:::<< ΑΣΧΗΜΑ ΝΕΑ ΓΙΑ ΠΑ--ΠΝ ... >>, ΔΙΑ ΤΟΝ ΝΕΟ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΟ ΑΝΤΙΠΛΟ'Ι'ΚΟ ΠΥΡΑΥΛΟ " ATMACA-- HGK-- 82"  ΒΕΛΗΝΕΚΟΥΣ  200+  ΧΛΜ , O OΠΟΙΟΣ ΕΚΜΗΔΕΝΙΖΕΙ ΤΟ ΠΛΕΟΝΕΚΤΗΜΑ  BΕΛΗΝΕΚΟΥΣ ΤΩΝ 180 ΧΛΜ ΤΩΝ "EXOCET  III" TΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΩΝ ΠΥΡΑΥΛΑΚΑΤΩΝ, ΕΝΑΝΤΙ ΤΩΝ ΣΗΜΕΡΙΝΩΝ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΩΝ "HARPOON" TΩΝ 90 ΕΩΣ 124  ΧΛΜ.__  ΤΟ ΜΕΓΑΛΥΤΕΡΟ ΒΕΛΗΝΕΚΕΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΤΜΑCA ΣΕ ΣΥΝΔΥΑΣΜΟ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΥΤΕΡΟ ΑΡΙΘΜΟ ΠΛΟΙΩΝ ΤΟΥ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΟΥ ΕΝΑΝΤΙ ΤΟΥ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟΥ ΠΟΛΕΜΙΚΟΥ ΝΑΥΤΙΚΟΥ , ΣΗΜΑΙΝΕΙ ΚΥΡΙΑΡΧΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑΣ ΣΤΟ ΑΙΓΑΙΟ-- ΙΟΝΙΟ-- ΚΡΗΤΙΚΟ ΠΕΛΑΓΟΣ, ΚΑΙ ΑΠΩΛΕΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΩΝ ΝΗΣΙΩΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΚΥΡΙΑΡΧΙΑ.__

ΤΑ ΑΝΩΤΕΡΩ ΣΕ ΣΥΝΔΥΑΣΜΟ ΜΕ ΤΑ ΜΑΧΗΤΙΚΑ  Α/ΦΗ  F--35  ΜΕ ΤΑ ΒΛΗΜΑΤΑ  METEOR  TΩΝ  5 ΜΑCH ΤΗΣ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑΣ, ΣΗΜΑΙΝΟΥΝ ΔΙΑΜΕΛΙΣΜΟ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΑΛΥΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟΥ ΚΡΑΤΟΥΣ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΑΞΟΝΑ "ΒΑΣΤΡ".__ΜΟΝΗ ΛΥΣΗ ΕΠΙΒΙΩΣΕΩΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ::: ΠΡΟΛΗΠΤΙΚΗ ΕΠΙΘΕΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ ΔΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΡΟΦΗ ΤΩΝ ΤΡΙΩΝ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΩΝ ΟΠΛΩΝ,  Τ-Ω-Ρ-Α , ΟΣΟ Η ΕΛΛΑΔΑ ΕΧΕΙ ΑΚΟΜΗ ΤΗΝ ΣΥΝΤΡΙΠΤΙΚΗ ΑΕΡΟΠΟΡΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΝΑΥΤΙΚΗ ΥΠΕΡΟΠΛΙΑ ΕΝΑΝΤΙ ΤΗΣ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑΣ.__

ΚΑΡΑΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ, ΣΤΡ/ΓΟΣ ***** ΕΘΝΙΚΗΣ ΑΣΦΑΛΕΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ Ο.Ε.Α.__

Υ.Γ.1::: ΠΕΡΙ ΤΟΥ "ATMACA"::: ΙΔΕ ΙΣΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΑ : "DEFENSE NEWS.COM/.../TURKEY--" , ΘΕΜΑ::: " ΤURKEY ADVANCES INDIGENOUS MISSILE PROGRAMMES -- DEFENSE NEWS", ΚΑΙ ΙΣΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΑ :" ΤURKEYWONK.WORDPRESS.S.COM/.../...", ΤΟ ΘΕΜΑ:" ΤURKEY'S MISSILES/TURKEYWONK:NUCLEAR AND POLITICAL MUSINGS...".__ K.Γ./ΟΕΑ.__>>.__

Υ.Γ.2::: ΤΟ " DEFENSE" ΔΕΝ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΛΑΘΟΣ.__ΕΤΣΙ ΤΟ ΓΡΑΦΟΥΝ ΟΙ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΕΣ ΙΣΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΕΣ.__Κ.Γ.__

Υ.Γ. 3::: ΘΕΣΕΤΕ ΣΤΟ GOOGLE TH ΦΡΑΣΗ:::<< TURKISH HARPOON>> ΚΑΙ ΙΔΕΤΕ ΤΙΣ ΣΥΝΑΦΕΙΣ ΙΣΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΕΣ.__ ΟΜΟΙΩΣ ΤΗ ΦΡΑΣΗ:::<< ΤURKISH RAIL GUN >> MΕ ΕΠΙΤΥΧΕΙΣ ΒΟΛΕΣ ΒΛΗΜΑΤΩΝ  300 ΓΡΑΜΜΑΡΙΩΝ , ΚΑΙ ΜΕΛΛΟΝΤΙΚΕΣ ΒΟΛΕΣ 700  ΓΡΑΜΜ.__ ΕΝΑ ΒΛΗΜΑ ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΜΑΓΝΗΤΙΚΟΥ" RAIL GUN" ANΕΥ ΓΟΜΩΣΕΩΣ, ΥΠΕΡΥΨΗΛΩΝ ΤΑΧΥΤΗΤΩΝ, ΔΙΑΠΕΡΝΑ  ΔΙΑΜΠΕΡΩΣ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΡΕΦΕΙ ΤΣΥΤΟΧΡΟΝΩΣ ΤΡΕΙΣ ΠΡΟΣΚΕΙΜΕΝΕΣ ΦΡΕΓΑΤΕΣ .__

ΜΟΝΟΣ ΤΡΟΠΟΣ ΑΜΥΝΑΣ:::  ΠΑΘΗΤΙΚΗ ΑΜΥΝΑ:::  ΤΑΧΥΤΑΤΗ ΙΔΙΟΚΑΤΑΣΚΕΥΗ ΤΗΣ Ο.Ε.Α. ΜΕ ΥΠΑΡΧΟΝΤΑ ΥΛΙΚΑ ΤΟΥ ΕΜΠΟΡΙΟΥ, ΜΕ ΠΑΡΑΜΟΝΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΟΛΕΜΙΚΟΥ ΠΛΟΙΟΥ  ΜΙΑ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΑ ΣΕ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΝΑΥΠΗΓΕΙΟ, ΔΙΑ ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΑ.ΔΥΟ ΣΚΕΔΑΣΕΩΝ-- ΑΛΛΟΙΩΣΕΩΝ , ΚΑΙ ΕΚΤΡΟΠΗΣ ΓΩΝΙΑΣ ΑΝΑΚΛΑΣΕΩΣ (STEALTH ) ΤΟΥ ΣΗΜΑΤΟΣ ΡΑΝΤΑΡ ΤΩΝ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΩΝ "RAIL  GUNS'".__Κ.Γ. ***** Ο.Ε.Α.__


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          Friends Fans Are Going to Have a Chandler-Level Freak Out Over This Turkey Mug      Cache   Translate Page      

There's one thing I know for sure around the holiday season: Thanksgiving is a time for family, good food, and binge watching Friends episodes. While the iconic NBC series has been off the air for almost 15 years, nostalgic fans can still get their fill by binging each season on Netflix, trying their hand at show trivia, and buying fandom merch in bulk. Case in point? This hilarious Turkey Mug ($22) from Firebox. Yes, the love for the Central Perk crew has gotten so specific, you can sip on your morning coffee from a Monica-inspired mug.


          Pringles brings back its Thanksgiving crisps      Cache   Translate Page      

Pringles Thanksgiving-inspired chips, which come in turkey, stuffing and pumpkin flavors, will be available for a limited time on a first-come, first-serve basis, the company said.

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          Weekly Menu Planning – November 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
A menu idea for the too-few-teeth dilemma - Tamale Pie - seasoned ground beef (or turkey) with a cornbread topping. The skillet version in The Best Skillet Suppers cookbook is about 40 minutes work/bake total, and could be shorter if you have chopped onions already and ground beef/turkey thawed. LOL at the auto-corrects in your post -- ice staking Tues and (perhaps intentional) Thursday's geeking for Mr. Autumn.
          Spatchcocked turkey roasted on bed of stuffing--anyone done this?      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Thanksgiving dinner in a vacation rental house!      Cache   Translate Page      
Never saw one in a rental, so I would suggest a good food thermometer. Cause vacations involving food poisoning are stuff of legends, and not in good ways. A crock pot or 3 might be helpful for keeping things warm and ready to serve and free up oven/stove space. Thinking mashed potatoes, make ahead gravy, even dressing/stuffing to free up precious oven space in crock pots to stay warm at safe temps. And then you could put the picked over turkey in the crock pot with some aromatics and water and wake up to a lovely stock ready for soup for friday lunch (or the stock could go in the containers other food arrived in for the cook's home freezers)
          Freedom on the Net 2018 - Turkey      Cache   Translate Page      
Publisher: Freedom House - Document type: Annual Reports
          Europe Forecast: Warm eastern Europe - Wet in the west, Nov 07 - 10:13      Cache   Translate Page      

Wet in western Europe, dry and warm in the east Wednesday Rain in central and northeast Spain on Tuesday. Fair for the west and also Portugal where there will be good spells of sunshine. Fine too in eastern and southern Spain/ The balearics will be dry with lots of sunshine. Some cloud and rain for Corsica with heavy showers developing in Italy. Greece will have rain in the west but the east is dry. Turkey should be fair with good spells of sunshine. In France there will be cloud, rain and brisk winds in the north and west. Showers and some rain passing through the Low Countries with Germany being dry with plenty of sunshine. Poland will be dry with good spells of sunshine too. Austria and Hungary will enjoy a fine day whilst some rain affects Switzerland. Denmark will be fine with lots of sunshine. Staying dry in the Baltic States and for Finland too with lots of sunshine. Another fair day for Sweden and fair too in most of Norway.

Thursday Heavy rain in western Portugal and northwest Spain on Thursday. Showery rain in eastern parts of Spain but dry with good spells of sunshine in the Balearics. Fair for Italy and dry too with lots of sunshine. Greece will see some showers in the south as will Turkey but northern areas tending to stay dry with sunny spells. Showery rain in the far south of France. Rain in northwest France but for the rest of the country is going to be dry with lots of sunshine. Sunshine and mild weather in the Low Countries. Some patchy rain in western Germany and Switzerland. Central and eastern Germany will be dry with sunny spells and it should be staying dry and very mild in Poland, Austria and Hungary. Denmark will be dry, warm and sunny. Fair in the Baltic States with lots of sunshine here. Staying dry and fine in Finland and Sweden. Cloud and some outbreaks of rain in western parts of Norway but dry in the north and east.


          A modern take on traditional Diwali delights      Cache   Translate Page      

The holidays share common themes no matter where you’re from: twinkling lights, visits from family and friends, and food—lots and lots of food. Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, is no different. For this year’s celebration, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7, and running for three to five days, depending on cultural traditions, chef Chintan Pandya is adding four small dishes at one-year-old Indian restaurant Rahi (https://www.rahinyc.com, 60 Greenwich Ave.). There aren’t particular foods eaten during Diwali, so each dish will have special meaning to the chef, who grew up in Mumbai. “There’s no specific food attached—it’s not like Thanksgiving with a turkey,” Pandya explained. “You have something that you like eating. Sweets are something that need to be here.”

Pandya is whipping up Delhi pakodi chaat, a lentil dumpling with chickpeas and sweet yogurt that’s drizzled with mint chutney; paneer pasanda, his uncle’s signature dish, made with cottage cheese and mint chutney in korma sauce; lamb raan, served with masala onions, gravy and roti; and shrikhand, a yogurt dish made with rose petal jam, pistachios and sweet mathri, which will be the requisite sweet offering. “We are being inspired by traditional dishes, but we’re doing a taste of our own,” Pandya said.

The dishes, offered in addition to the regular menu, will be available through Saturday, Nov. 10.

 


          Live-Stream vom Finale des King’s Celebration Cup ab 13:30 Uhr      Cache   Translate Page      
Neun Spieler haben heute die große Chance, sich beim €220 King’s Celebration Cup den Sieg zu sichern.Vor dem Finale führt der Schweizer Oliver Stadelmann, außer ihm sind mit Max Biebl und Patrick Brück auch noch zwei Deutsche im Rennen.Hier der Stand vor dem Finale:First NameLast NameCountryChipcountTableSeatOliverStadelmannSwitzerland23950000383Max JosefBieblGermany1397500011FanZhangChina12825000389Patrick MaxBrueckGermany955000015RobertCicchelliCanada8900000381Yan JacquesPelletierFrance7550000384Paul Petrus AdrianusBerendeNetherlands740000012IoannisChorianopoulosGreece6100000386HuseyinCavuldakTurkey420000018 Ab 13:30 Uhr könnt ihr […]
          Thanksgiving Turkey Cootie Catcher      Cache   Translate Page      

Last week we shared with you some fabulous 3d Turkey Printables – that work well as table place cards, party hats OR as a simple paper toy at Thanksgiving.. this week.. we have yet another great Paper Toy for Thanksgiving: the Thanksgiving Turkey Cootie Catcher! Oh yes, how we love a bit of basic origami […]

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          Fight Against Last Vestige of ISIS in Syria Stalls      Cache   Translate Page      
(New York Times) Eric Schmitt - An American-backed military offensive has stalled against the Islamic State's last vestige in eastern Syria. Booby traps, land mines and a militant counterstrike during a fierce sandstorm that grounded American planes have knocked the coalition back on its heels. And last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led militia that is fighting the Islamic State with American help, suspended operations after Kurdish positions farther north were shelled by Turkey. The SDF has lost 327 fighters since September, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Islamic State still attracts about 100 new foreign fighters to the region each month, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in October.
          Join Radio One D.C. For Food 4 Families 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Help Radio One feed thousands of our less fortunate neighbors this Thanksgiving by supporting our annual Food 4 Families campaign! Our goal: Distribute more than 4,000 turkey baskets to our partners at local churches and synagogues, fraternal organizations, community centers, social agencies and non-profit agencies. They in turn will distribute the baskets to needy families, […]
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          Comment on The U.S. Backs the Mideast's Most Reactionary Nation, by Eric Margolis      Cache   Translate Page      
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.
          Iraq ends Iran oil trade and increases Qayara field exports to Turkey      Cache   Translate Page      
Iraq ended its trucked crude to Iran nearly a month ago, multiple Iraqi oil officials told S&P Global Platts, likely leading to Washington turning its cheek to ongoing gas and power trade between the two countries.
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Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 26 personnel of the Turkish Land Forces over their alleged links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind July 2016 defeated coup, according to judicial sources. The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara issued arrest warrants for the suspects — all on-duty soldiers — who allegedly communicated
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Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000 fighters had joined the forces and have even started receiving salaries. The WSJ claimed that it was due to losing funding from the US. However, the reason pointed out by local experts is that the US strategy in Syria had lost credit even in the eyes of some of its own proxies. In the period from 2016 to 2018, thousands of former members of militant groups had reconciled with the Damascus government. A notable part of them is now serving in the newly formed units of the Syrian military, for example the Shield of Qalamoun.
On November 3rd, US-led coalition carried out airstrikes on the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the middle Euphrates River Valley, according to the Syrian Baladi News outlet. The attacks resulted in the death of 17 civilians, including women and children. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported the airstrikes on ISIS positions, but didn’t report any casualties. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces suspended its ground operations in the area on October 31st.
On November 3rd, a UN humanitarian aid convoy consisting of dozens of trucks entered the al-Rukban refugee camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border, according to Reuters. This was the first convoy to enter the camp in 9 months. The Russian Reconciliation Center of Opposing Sides announced that a unit of the Russian Military Police and three helicopters of the Russian Aerospace Forces had escorted the convoy. The al-Rukban camp is located within the area occupied by US-led forces.
The Russian military has deployed six RHM-6 chemical reconnaissance vehicles at its observation posts near the Idlib demilitarization zone in Syria, according to Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov who spoke on October 31st. He commented on the possibility of new staged chemical attacks in militant-held areas, with the risk being significantly higher in the province of Aleppo.
On November 3rd, a Syrian Arab Army unit stopped an infiltration attempt of militants from Jaysh al-Izza at the southeastern side of al-Latamia town, towards a military position in the north of Hama city. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the military killed and injured many militants.
Furthermore, shelling by Hayat Tahir al-Sham continues in breach of the deconfliction agreement around Idlib. As reported by TASS, 2 servicemen were killed and 13 were injured in militant shelling on Syrian troops positions in the Latakia governorate and the city of Aleppo.
The YPG announced that on October 30th that it had targeted a military vehicle of the Turkish-backed Sham legion between the villages of Khezawiye and Biye in Afrin, killing 5 of its members.
The US on November 5th reimposed all pre-2015 Iran Nuclear Deal sanctions on Iran, plus additional ones. By this move, the Trump administration seeks to re-shape terms and conditions of the Iran nuclear deal as well as to impact the foreign and internal policy of Iran. This move will also have implications on the Syrian conflict creating further tensions between the US-Israeli bloc and Iranian-led forces in the war-torn country.
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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The blame game is longstanding US policy, blaming other governments for its own wrongdoing – notably its endless high crimes of war and against humanity, along with supporting the scourge of terrorism it pretends to oppose.
The Trump regime’s harshest venom targets Iran, a nation pursuing cooperative relations with all other nations, supporting world peace and stability, involved in combating regional terrorism.
Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and since taking office, Trump consistently lied about Iran – following script written for him by AIPAC as follows:
“Iran — the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism — remains Israel’s and America’s greatest long-term threat in the Middle East.” 
“The United States must confront Iran’s aggression, take firm action to support regional allies, and ensure that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapons capability.”
“Iran is a radical Islamic theocracy that seeks to export its revolutionary ideology abroad by supporting terrorist proxy groups.”
“Iran continues to provide arms, funding and personnel to…Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons against its own citizens.”
“For more than two decades, Iran has flouted its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and sought a nuclear weapons capability to further its hegemonic aims.”
“The Islamic Republic is rapidly advancing toward a nuclear weapons capability in defiance of mandatory UN Security Council resolutions requiring the suspension of its nuclear program.”
All of the above rubbish are bald-faced lies, AIPAC notorious for proliferating them, ignoring Israeli apartheid viciousness, its regional aggression, inventing reasons to vilify Iran. Legitimate ones don’t exist.
Fact: The US is “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism” – NATO, Israel, Turkey, the Saudis, and other regimes its junior partners.
Fact: No Iranian “aggression” exists. The nation hasn’t attack another country in centuries – what the US and its imperial partners do repeatedly.
Fact: Iran abhors nuclear weapons, wants them all eliminated. Its legitimate nuclear program has no military component.
Fact: AIPAC, Israel and US hardliners lied, claiming the Islamic Republic is pursuing development of nuclear weapons.
Fact: Israel is the Middle East’s only nuclear armed and dangerous country, armed as well with banned chemical and biological weapons, used in its wars of aggression – all of the above ignored by AIPAC, supporting Israeli high crimes.
Fact: “(R)adical Islamic theocracy” defines the Saudis and other regional despotic monarchies – not Iran.
Fact: Israel is ruled by Zionist zealots, religious fundamentalists, Islamophobes, and warmongering fascists – the state notorious for its “malign activities.”
Fact: Terrorists supported by the US, other Western countries, the Saudis and Israel use chemical weapons repeatedly against Syrian civilians – incidents wrongfully blamed on Damascus. 
Fact: Not a shred of evidence suggests Syrian forces ever used CWs throughout years of war. Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies.
Fact: IAEA inspections prove Iran fully observes NPT and JCPOA provisions. Washington and Israel flagrantly breached them. The Jewish state refused to sign the NPT treaty – its nuclear weapons program a longtime open secret.
“Iran’s malign activities” include pursuing Middle East peace and stability, combating the scourge of terrorism the US, NATO, Turkey, the Saudis and Israel support.
Trump is a serial liar. Nothing he says is credible. In his UN address last September, he turned truth on its head, claiming “Iran’s leaders sew (sic) chaos, death and disruption. They do not respect their neighbors, borders, or the sovereign rights of nations.” 
“Instead, they plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.” 
He repeated the above Big Lies and others about Iran numerous times, other regime officials doing the same thing.
On Fox News Sunday, Mike Pompeo used its platform to lie about Iran, saying:
Reimposed sanctions aim to deny “the world’s largest state 
sponsor of terrorists the capacity to do things like they did this past 
couple weeks, an attempted assassination campaign in the heart of Europe” – a bald-faced lie.
Pompeo refused to confirm US waivers granted to China, India and other countries to keep buying Iranian oil, along with maintaining normal relations with Iran.
He lied about the effectiveness of (illegal) US sanctions. For nearly 40 years, they achieved no strategic objectives – nor will new ones.
The world community largely opposes US “maximum pressure” on Iran, including EU and other major countries.
On CBS News’ Face the Nation Sunday, Pompeo boasted about “the toughest sanctions ever placed against the Islamic Republic of Iran” – ignoring their flagrant illegality and world community opposition to the Trump regime’s unacceptable anti-Iran agenda.
He lied claiming the Islamic Republic “threatens Israel.” Polar opposite is true.
He shamefully blamed Iran for “prolonging suffering of the Yemeni people,” including starvation threatening millions. The US, NATO, Israel, the Saudis and UAE bear full responsibility for endless genocidal war – not Iran. 
Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo repeatedly lie to the US public and world community about the Islamic Republic and virtually everything else.
They consistently ignore Washington’s responsibility for endless wars of aggression, their mass slaughter and destruction, along with human misery they cause – together with its imperial partners.
Iran is unacceptably vilified for its sovereign independence, refusal to bow to Washington’s will, support for Palestinian rights, along with opposition to Israeli apartheid viciousness and US imperial wars.
Its leadership warrants universal support for being on the right side of these vital issues.

My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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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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[Turkey], Nov 7 (ANI): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday lambasted the United States for imposing economic sanctions on Iran, asserting that they are aimed at unbalancing the world.

"US sanctions on Iran are wrong. For us, they are steps aimed at unbalancing the world. We don't want to live in an imperialist world," Erdogan was quoted by Al-Jazeera as saying.

He added that Turkey imports around 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas from Iran.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also slammed the sanctions on Iran by the US, saying that isolating the oil-rich country is "dangerous" and punishing the people of Iran is "not fair".

"While we were asking (for) an exemption from the US, we have also been very frank with them that cornering Iran is not wise. Isolating Iran is dangerous and punishing the Iranian people is not fair," he said.

"Turkey is against sanctions, we don't believe any results can be achieved through the sanctions. I think instead of sanctions, meaningful dialogue and engagement are much more useful," Cavusoglu was quoted by Al-Jazeera as saying.

On November 5, the Donald Trump administration had imposed the "toughest-ever" sanctions on Iran's banking, energy and shipping industries, in a move aimed at altering the "behaviour" of the country's regime.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo had stated that the sanctions against Iran were an "unprecedented campaign of economic pressure" with the objective to "starve" the Iranian regime of revenue it uses to fund violent actions throughout the Middle East and around the world.

He had warned Iran to "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." (ANI)


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[USA], Nov 7 (ANI): United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has approved sanctions exemption for the development of Iran's Chabahar Port, which is related to Afghanistan's economic development and reconstruction assistance.

In a statement, a US State Department spokesperson told ANI, "After extensive consideration, the Secretary (Pompeo) has provided for an exception from the imposition of certain sanctions under the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (IFCA) with respect to the development of Chabahar Port and the construction of an associated railway and for the shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the Port for Afghanistan's use, as well as Afghanistan's continued imports of Iranian petroleum products.?"

The spokesperson added that the exception is related to the reconstruction assistance and economic development for Afghanistan.

"These activities are vital for the ongoing support of Afghanistan's growth and humanitarian relief," the spokesperson said.

"The President's South Asia strategy underscores our ongoing support of Afghanistan's economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India. We seek to build on our close relationships with both countries as we execute a policy of maximum pressure to change the Iranian regime's destabilising policies in the region and beyond," the spokesperson added.

India considers the Chabahar Port a key strategic asset, giving it access to land-locked Afghanistan while bypassing Pakistan. The sanctions, which came into effect on Monday, had threatened New Delhi's ability to acquire financing for the port's development.

The Chabahar Port complex is expected to pave the way for millions of dollars in trade and is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan. Both India and Iran had signed an agreement worth USD 85 million to develop the strategic port in south-eastern Iran.

On November 5, the Donald Trump administration had imposed the "toughest-ever" sanctions on Iran's banking, energy and shipping industries, in a move aimed at altering the "behaviour" of the country's regime.

The US will also penalise countries for importing oil and foreign companies that do business with certain Iranian entities. However, it granted waivers for oil sanctions to eight countries -- China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. (ANI)


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<div class="bbWrapper"><div class="bbCodeBlock bbCodeBlock--expandable bbCodeBlock--quote"> <div class="bbCodeBlock-title"> <a href="/goto/post?id=86756762" class="bbCodeBlock-sourceJump" data-xf-click="attribution" data-content-selector="#post-86756762">JThree said</a> </div> <div class="bbCodeBlock-content"> <div class="bbCodeBlock-expandContent"> When it comes to Flintheart's backstory, I always thought they would follow Don Rosa's storyline a bit further, when Scrooge met Flinty's father first, than his spoiled son. </div> <div class="bbCodeBlock-expandLink"><a>Click to expand...</a></div> </div> </div>You're confusing Flintheart with Rockerduck (who will be showing up in this season too). It was Rockerduck whose father Scrooge met before also meeting Rockerduck himself as a spoiled brat child. Rosa's backstory for Flintheart had Scrooge meeting him when they were both young adults, with Flinty betraying Scrooge by stealing from him and leaving him for dead in the African wilderness, but Scrooge makes it back to town and publicly humiliates Flinty as revenge before having him locked up for his crime, with Flinty then swearing that he'll one day get even with him. Cleverly, Scrooge never gets Flintheart's name during this whole affair, which adds up with how Scrooge had never heard of Flintheart Glomgold in Barks' story.<br /> <br /> Also, BEFORE Barks wrote the Glomgold story, he had a story that said a character called "the Duke of Baloney", located in Turkey, was the second-richest duck in the world. Man, this show really knows how to utilize obscure lore from the Ducks comics, huh?<br /> <br /> <div class="bbCodeBlock bbCodeBlock--expandable bbCodeBlock--quote"> <div class="bbCodeBlock-content"> <div class="bbCodeBlock-expandContent"> You all might be right that Glomgold will win in the first part of the season finale so Scrooge can save Della. But they aren't going to end the season that way. That's counter to the entire point of Scrooge. Scrooge is gonna win. </div> <div class="bbCodeBlock-expandLink"><a>Click to expand...</a></div> </div> </div>Agreed. It'd make more sense to go into Season 3 with Glomgold in the new, interesting direction of not having his company anymore rather than Scrooge, which over-complicates things and, as you say, goes against the whole nature of Scrooge's character.<br /> <br /> Agreed.</div>
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                                          фраза, не вошедшая в русский перевод книги Роберта Каплана «Месть географии»


     В 1899 году в Китае разгорелось так называемое Боксёрское восстание, на подавление которого были направлены коалиционные силы восьми великих держав — Великобритании, Франции, России, Германии, Италии, Австро-Венгрии, Японии и Соединённых Штатов. У немцев был особый интерес в этом деле — повстанцы убили германского посла. 27 апреля 1900 года в Бремерхафене император Вильгельм II произнёс перед отправлявшимся в Китай экспедиционным корпусом известную речь, в которой был пассаж:

«Встретив врага, уничтожьте его, никого не беря в плен. Пусть любой, кто попадет вам в руки, зависит лишь от вашей милости. Как тысячу лет назад гунны под командованием своего короля Аттилы прославили своё имя, которое и теперь в преданиях звучит устрашающе, так и Германия в Китае должна завоевать себе славу подобным образом. Чтобы больше ни один китаец не посмел даже косо взглянуть на немца».

В оригинале Вильгельм назвал Аттилу именем, под которым он фигурирует в «Песни о Нибелунгах» — Этцель (Hunnen unter ihrem König Etzel). Обратившись к эпосу, государь совершил эпическую ошибку. В Китае немецкие войска ничем особо не прославились и никаких ужасных деяний не совершили — они прибыли на театр военных действий, когда Пекин уже был взят. Однако в 1914 году началась Первая мировая, и немцы обнаружили, что пропагандисты Антанты называют их не иначе как гуннами, а на некоторых плакатах даже изображают монгoлоидами.




      


                                                            Немцы как гунны на плакатах времён Первой мировой войны

В XIX веке, когда расовые теории уже вошли в моду, а рабство ирландцев ещё не было искоренено, можно было увидеть другие изображения, на которых наглядно показывалось, что англо-тевтоны — это высшая раса, а иберо-ирландцы — низшая, родственная африканцам. Однако если уж можно объявить ирландцев негроидами, то почему бы не провозгласить тевтонов монголоидами? У пропаганды свои законы, она руководствуется исключительно политической конъюнктурой и не обязана хоть в какой-то мере основываться на реальности. Помнится, чешские патриоты в том же XIX столетии всерьёз называли австрийское правление варварским, турецким и т. д. В реальности принятый в 1811 году австрийский Гражданский кодекс был настолько современен и прогрессивен, что действовал в Чехословакии до 1950-го, а в самой Австрии продолжает действовать и сегодня, в 2017 году.




                                                            Ирландцы как ближайшие родственники негров на плакате XIX века

Сражаясь друг с другом, европейцы научились на волне военного психоза превращать противника в глазах населения в кого угодно — в африканцев, в азиатов, в варваров, в гуннов, в скифов. Естественно, пользуясь при этом любыми его промахами. Когда Блок, у которого таланта было больше, чем ума, написал «Да, скифы мы, да, азиаты мы», он повторил неудачный экспромт Вильгельма с гуннами; в России разговоры об особом пути и загадочной душе всегда были настолько подражательны, что копировали немецкие оригиналы вместе с явными ошибками.

  Но национальные репутации создаются не за одну военную кампанию и основываются на куда более серьёзных вещах, чем чёрный пиар. Что бы ни говорила пропаганда Союзников относительно подлинных и мнимых германских зверств в двух мировых войнах, по прошествии времени ясно, что в глазах человечества немцы остались теми же, кем и были — исключительно порядочной, трудолюбивой и мужественной нацией, теми, кого барон Монтескьё в своё время без малейшей иронии назвал самыми прекрасными людьми на свете.

  Мне кажется, в нашем богоспасаемом отечестве переоценивают пропаганду как таковую. В краткосрочной перспективе она работает, в долгосрочной — нет. Надолго убедить кого-нибудь в том, что нация Бетховена и Гёте состоит из варваров и гуннов, ничуть не легче, чем приписать нации Питера О’Тула и Шинейд О’Коннор негроидные черты. Какое-то время пропагандистский аппарат может называть белое хоть чёрным, хоть жёлтым, но со временем люди просто перестают обращать внимание на чужие слова и начинают верить своим глазам.

  Тем удивительнее стремление российской пропаганды убедить публику в том, что даже западные интеллектуалы, не говоря уже о населении, якобы пребывают в плену русофобских мифов, ослеплены ненавистью к России и желают совершить с русскими нечто экстремальное, вплоть до геноцида. Я чуть ли не ежедневно встречаю в Рунете странных людей, без конца либо рассказывающих о каких-то нашествиях объединённых сил Запада на Россию, либо ссылающихся на некие антирусские западные тексты.

  В истории зафиксирована только одна войнa России против серьёзной западной коалиции — Крымская, — а во всех остальных крупных конфликтах последних трёх или четырёх столетий Россия сама была членом обширных коалиций, создававшихся то против Франции, то против Германии, то против Турции, так что тут просто не о чем говорить. О текстах пару слов сказать можно, ибо они, в отличие от мифических нашествий, по крайней мере существуют.

   Чаще всего в этой связи называют сочинение маркиза де Кюстина «Россия в 1839 году». Эту книгу предлагают считать чуть ли не официальной доктриной консолидированного Запада в отношении России на все времена. Когда люди вспоминают Астольфа де Кюстина, у меня всегда возникают два вопроса. Во-первых, знают ли они, какое место этот автор занимаeт в ряду других французских литераторов, посетивших и описавших Россию в XIX столетии. Во-вторых, интересовались ли они издательской историей его труда. Вот отзыв Бальзака o «России в 1839 году»:

«Если исключить из этой книги все мысли князя Козловского, чье имя позволительно назвать, ибо его уже нет на этом свете, если вычеркнуть из нее две или три вымышленные истории, которыми автор обязан императору, то останутся лишь колкости относительно установлений, с неизбежностью вытекающих из сурового климата, совершенно ложные рассуждения на политические темы, описания русской роскоши и упакованные в весьма изящную оболочку общие места. Г-жа де Сталь достовернее изобразила Россию на нескольких страницах „Десяти лет в изгнании“, чем г-н де Кюстин во всем своем пространном сочинении» («Письмо о Киеве», 1847 год).

  «Россия в 1839 году» была опубликована в 1843-м и до 1855-го выдержала несколько изданий. Это было время, когда французы искали способ взять реванш за поражения Наполеона, и сочинение де Кюстина рассматривалось ими, как элемент военной пропаганды. Его перевели на несколько языков. Из русских читателей книгу приветствовал Герцен (революционеры имеют обыкновение приветствовать любой текст, критикующий порядки в их отечестве). Наконец, под Севастополем французское честолюбие было удовлетворено… и де Кюстин перестал кого-либо интересовать.

  После Крымской войны ситуация радикально изменилась. В России начались реформы Александра II. Вскоре Теофиль Готье написал «Сокровища русского искусства» (1863) и великолепное «Путешествие в Россию» (1867). Эти книги пользовались успехом. Франция и Россия вновь стали союзницами, антирусская пропаганда вышла из моды. Произведение мaркиза де Кюстина о николаевской эпохе сначала устарело, а потом и вовсе оказалось забыто. Теперь французы писали о русских примерно так (это цитата из романа Жюля Верна «Дунайский лоцман»):

   «Сколько лет ещё суждено Болгарии изнывать под игом угнетателей? И, если он сможет пересечь границу, найдёт ли ту, которую любит? Не захватили ли её турки как заложницу, как жену одного из своих непримиримых противников? Если это так, то что они сделали с Натчей? Увы, следы этой скромной семейной драмы затеряются среди грозных событий, потрясающих балканскую область. Кому какое дело до несчастья двух существ среди общего народного отчаяния? Свирепые орды наводнили полуостров. От дикого топота лошадей дрожит земля, и даже самые бедные деревушки опустошены войной. Против турецкого коллоса поднялись два пигмея — Сербия и Черногория. Сможет ли этот Давид победить Голиафа? Ладко понимал, до какой степени не равны силы, и возлагал надежды на отца всех славян, великого русского царя, который, может быть, соблаговолит протянуть мощную руку на помощь угнетённым сынам».

   Поправьте меня, если я ошибаюсь, но, кажется, между 1855 и 1946 годами «Россия в 1839 году» вообще не издавалась. Упоминания этой книги в литературе носили эпизодический характер (например, Борис Суварин в 1935 году сослался на неё в биографии Сталина; он был первым, кто распознал пропагандистский потенциал де Кюстина в новой эпохе). И только в конце сороковых годов ХХ века, после начала Холодной войны, де Кюстин вновь оказался востребован. Джордж Кеннан, американский политолог и дипломат, автор так называемой «длинной телеграммы», крёстный отец доктрины сдерживания, написал по этому поводу:

   «Даже если допустить, что „La Russie en 1839“ была не очень хорошей книгой о России в 1839 году, мы сталкиваемся с тем тревожным фактом, что это была превосходная, наилучшая из всех книга о России Иосифа Сталина и неплохая книга о России Брежнева и Косыгина».

   Иными словами, говоря о «России в 1839 году», мы говорим о не слишком известной книге, которая была встречена современниками по-разному, но в основном скептически, потом оказалась на сто лет забыта и наконец возвращена в жизнь людьми, рассматривавшими её как сугубо пропагандистский материал. Что самое смешное, в Европе многие вообще не заметили её существования. Боюсь, вы не поверите, если я скажу, когда вышел первый чешский перевод сочинения де Кюстина. Это произошло в 2015 году.

  Если такая книга, как «Россия в 1839 году», считается в РФ, с одной стороны, важным историческим свидетельством, а с другой — изложением архетипичного взгляда Запада на Россию, то это говорит о крайне нездоровом интеллектуальном климате, существующем сегодня в нашем отечестве. И ведь бесконечное потрясание сочинением де Кюстина — это ещё ерунда по сравнению с тем, что устроили некоторые наши сограждане вокруг трилогии Толкиена.

  Мне довелось прочесть на чешском языке роман Кирилла Еськова «Последний кольценосец», в котором история Средиземья переписана… с позиции орка. Насколько я знаю, в таком же духе выдержаны и книги Ника Перумова. Самое лучшее, что я могу сказать об этих прозведениях — там по крайней мере нет мата. Несколько позже некто Михаил Елизаров написал «Оркскую песню», в которой присутствует уже полный набор советофильствующего джентльмена — и мат, и туалетная лексика, и фантазии о сексуальном насилии, и «краснозвёздные назгулы», и «белокаменный Мордор», и «помнишь, брат, как давили эльфийскую мразь». Вот образец реакции его слушaтелей:

   «Римляне писали об окружающих народах, что это дикари, нелюди, зверьё. А пленных римляне отправляли на арены, где их рвали под рёв плебса хищные звери. С этого и началась тотальная пропаганда. Геббельс превзошёл римских учителей. И для Запада мы никогда не были людьми — они всегда считали нас недочеловеками, зверьём. Толкиен рассказал, где живут орки — на Восток от Средиземья. Орки Толкиена — это мы от века. А урукхай — это советские люди, не знающие страха, не ведающие боли, голода и холода. Это — про Красную Армию во Вторую мировую. Страха не ведали, воевали и побеждали голодными, холодными и едва ли не голыми руками — европейцу этого не понять».

  Это подлинный комментарий, месяца два назад оставленный некой дамой на ютьюбе под клипом Елизарова «Оркская песня» (орфография и пунктуация приведены в соответствие с нормами русского языка; в оригинальной версии данного текста было шесть или семь лишних запятых, затруднявших восприятие его смысла). Вообще комментариев там довольно много, и все они выдержаны в подобном духе. Я прожил в СССР двадцать три года и думал, что советские патриоты меня уже ничем не удивят. Но оказалось, для советских людей нет ничего невозможного. Свои чудачества последних ста лет они увенчали тем, что сами себя объявили орками и урукхаями.

  Вообще-то Толкиен написал совершенно прозрачную аллегорию Второй мировой войны, и под каждым из народов Средиземья вывел вполне определённых участников этого глобального столкновения. Англосаксов он сделал эльфами нескольких ветвей, немцев — орками, поляков и югославов объединил в Гондоре, итальянцев отдал под власть Сарумана, евреев-гномов подверг Холокосту в подземельях Мории, а русским предоставил сражаться на отдельном фронте в качестве роханских всадников.

  Это настолько очевидно и подчёркивается в таком количестве деталей (от описания рохиррим как живущих в степи светловолосых бородачей до проведения сражения в Хельмовой пади по сценарию Сталинградской битвы), что любая другая интерпретация просто лишена смысла. Но на свете нет силы, которая смогла бы объяснить слушателям Елизарова, что нормальные люди называют орками не своих ключевых союзников, а противников, и что на голодный желудок да голыми руками ещё никто никогда не выиграл. Кстати, автаркии бывают только в сказках. В реале наши с вами роханские предки сражались против германских орков и урукхаев эльфийским оружием, полученным по ленд-лизу. И тушёнку они ели тоже эльфийскую.




                 Советские и англичане (или, в терминологии Толкиена, рохиррим и эльфы) на британском плакате времён Второй мировой войны

   Чтобы определить, какой же репутацией в мире русские обладают на самом деле, а не в фантазиях советских невротиков, было бы небесполезно сделать обзор русских персонажей в компьютерных играх. Увы, мне это не под силу. Я всю жизнь (точнее, последние лет 20) играю только в одну игру. Когда-то в девяностых я случайно сел за компьютер, на котором была Sid Meier’s Civilization. Да, собственно, так от него и не встал. По природе я консерватор и однолюб, которого почти невозможно заставить изменить вкусы и привычки. Не будь «Цивилизации», я бы сказал, что вообще не играю в компьютерные игры. Во всяком случае, никакая другая игра не увлекла меня больше, чем на 10 минут, как бы хорошо она ни была сделана и кто бы мне её ни рекомендовал. Но «Цивилизация»…

…Помнится, мы играли в русскоязычную версию Civ-1 с чешским другом, владевшим русским в пределах не очень хорошо усвоенной школьной программы («Здравствуй, товаришч, в лете я гульяю в парке»). И он учил все эти «построить амбар», «объявить войну» и «окопаться» специально, чтобы играть. Нам было по тридцать, у нас были семьи, мы владели своими бизнесами, но наступал вечер, и мы, как дети, вытаскивали компьютер на кухню и играли до четырёх утра, выкуривая по пачке сигарет за ночь (надо же, я когда-то курил). От дыма наших сигарет у моей жены погибали цветы, и мой друг объяснял ей, что у них просто заканчивается сезон. Поскольку половину из этих несчастных растений он ей и подарил, у него была возможность изображать специалиста. А она делала вид, что ему верит.

  Civ-2 мы пропустили, перейдя сразу к Civ-3, и всё повторилось (только жена предусмотрительно унесла с кухни цветы). Эта версия была у нас на словацком языке (не помню, где мы её раздобыли). В Civ-4 я играл на английском (а вскоре после её появления бросил курить). Civ-5 обнаружилась под ёлкой на католическое Рождество 2010 года (честная лицензионная чешская версия). «Цивилизация-6» появилась на рынке 21 октября 2016, прямо к моему дню рождения. Все прочитанные мною рецензии на эту игру (русские, чешские и английские) содержали стандартную формулировку: «Прежде, чем идти спать, я решил сделать ещё один ход, а когда посмотрел на часы, выпил кофе и пошёл на работу».



Карта выхода игры «Цивилизация-6» на мировые рынки 21 октября 2016 года. Чёрным цветом показаны страны, жители которых лишены счастливой возможности сыграть в неё. Удивляет чёрная точка на Балканах. Неужели компания 2K Games не признаёт независимость Косова?

   За двадцать пять лет «Цивилизация» прошла не меньший путь развития, чем наша цивилизация — за пять тысячелетий. В ней появились возможности, которые в 90-е никто и представить не мог. Hапример, вы можете одержать над миром не только военную, но и религиозную или культурную победу. Eсли вы хотите, чтобы у вашей цивилизации появилась своя религия, вам придётся создать условия для появления пророка, который станет её основателем. Религии не привязаны к определённым народам. Вы вполне можете создать православие, играя за американцев, или основать синтоизм, будучи шумером.

Но есть два важных исключения из этих правил. Во-первых, если в игре участвуют арабы, у них автоматически появляется пророк, создающий ислам. А конголезцы (единственный чернокожий народ в шестой «Цивлизации»), напротив, не могут породить пророка никогда и ни при каких обстоятельствах. Они принимают исключительно религии, созданные другими. По мнению разработчиков игры, чёрных пророков просто не бывает. Чем более «Цивилизация» проработана и приближена к реальности, тем менее она политкорректна.

На моей памяти в «Цивилизации» появлялись и исчезали из неё шумеры, вавилоняне, ассирийцы, персы, карфагеняне, арабы, турки, испанцы, португальцы, австрийцы, голландцы, датчане, шведы, норвежцы, поляки, кельты, викинги, византийцы, скифы, монголы, японцы, индонезийцы, полинезийцы, эфиопы, зулусы, конголезцы, малийцы, сонгаи, ирокезы, инки, майя, сиу и бразильцы (и это только в основных версиях; в сценариях и модах порой можно встретить кого угодно, от вандалов до корейцев).

Но есть народы, неизменно присутствующие во всех базовых версиях «Цивилизации», от первой до шестой. Это те, без кого всемирная история немыслима. Их одиннадцать: египтяне, индийцы, китайцы, ацтеки, греки, римляне, англичане, французы, немцы, американцы и русские. Этот список не кажется мне идеальным, я составил бы его по-другому. Например, включил бы в состав избранных скорее арабов и испанцев, нежели ацтеков. Однако русские присутствуют даже в списке, в который не попали ни создатели одной из мировых религий, ни первооткрыватели и завоеватели Западного полушария. Без русских этот мир невообразим.

Во всех версиях «Цивилизации» можно строить Чудеса Света. В Civ-6 их тридцать, от Пирамид и Стоунхенджа до Сиднейской Оперы и стадиона Маракана. Два Чуда созданы русскими. Это Эрмитаж и Большой театр. В игре фигурируют великие люди (генералы, адмиралы, инженеры, учёные, торговцы, художники, писатели). Великих землян насчитывается 180. Русских среди них десять — Андрей Рублёв, Борис Орловский, Сергей Горшков, Сергей Королёв, Георгий Жуков, Марина Раскова, Пётр Чайковский, Дмитрий Менделеев, Александр Пушкин и Лев Толстой.

Итого, по версии разработчиков игры «Цивилизация-6», на долю русских приходится шесть с лишним процентов Чудес Света и пять с половиной процентов великих людей за все пять тысяч лет истории человечества. Если учесть, что речь идёт о народе, возникшем не более тысячи лет назад и составляющем менее двух процентов мирового населения, это феноменальный результат.



                                                                   Русские Чудеса Света в Civilization-6: Hermitage и Bolshoi Theatre


         В общем, «русским нечего стыдиться, так как они могут быть только теми, кем они есть, — народом, создавшим империю в жутких условиях континентального ландшафта и климата, и постучавшимся в ворота Леванта и Индии, поставив под угрозу Британскую и Французскую империи».

Это цитата из книги Роберта Каплана «Месть географии», о которой я подробно говорил в предыдущем выпуске. В принципе, она как нельзя лучше подходит, чтобы завершить этот текст. Однако у читателей вызвало интерес моё утверждение о наличии в русском переводе этой книги существенных искажений и даже пробелов. Поэтому я решил перевести и выложить один её фрагмент, то ли не вошедший в перевод М. Котова, то ли выброшенный из него некими цензорами. В книге есть место, которое в общедоступном переводе звучит так:

  «Если посмотреть на демографическую карту, то можно увидеть, что несмотря на то, что Россия занимает 11 часовых поясов, бо?льшая часть населения проживает в ее европейской части. Таким образом, экономическая и политическая реформы сделают из России полноценное европейское государство. Что касается Тихоокеанского региона, то «России стоит подумать о Владивостоке как о столице в XXI в.», — пишет Тренин. Владивосток — многонациональный порт, расположенный относительно недалеко от Пекина, Гонконга, Сеула, Шанхая и Токио в наиболее стремительно экономически развивающемся регионе. Пекин дал 10 млрд долл. займа странам Средней Азии, помог Беларуси преодолеть финансовый кризис, дал 1 млрд долл. в помощь Молдове на другом конце континента и развивает центры влияния на российском Дальнем Востоке. Ответом России могла бы стать привязка к Европе в политическом плане, а в плане экономическом — к странам Восточной Азии. Так Россия решила бы свои проблемы на Кавказе и в Средней Азии — став действительно привлекательной для бывших республик СССР, чье население жаждет тех свобод и стандартов жизни, которыми наслаждаются на западной и восточной окраинах Евразии.

  Россия может похвастаться наибольшими в мире запасами природного газа, вторыми в мире запасами угля. Российская Федерация занимает 8-е место в мире по запасам нефти. Большинство природных ископаемых, однако, находятся в Западной Сибири — между Уралом и Среднесибирским плоскогорьем. Необходимо также упомянуть об огромных резервах рек, озер и гор Восточной Сибири во времена, когда нехватка пресной воды актуальна для многих регионов, особенно для Китая. Ввиду географических особенностей, у России, как я уже отмечал, нет четко очерченных природных границ, разве только в Арктике и Тихоокеанском регионе. Россияне с пониманием относятся к милитаризации общества и «бесконечному поиску безопасности путем выстраивания империи» — то, что нынешние российские руководители благодаря продаже природных ископаемых дали народу. В то же время руководство России не отказывалось полностью от европейского вектора. Как раз наоборот, его внимание к Украине является частью глобального плана по восстановлению сферы влияния на ближнее зарубежье, что свидетельствует о желании приблизить Россию к Европе».

  Бросается в глаза отсутствие логической связи между абзацами. Это неудивительно, ведь между ними отсутствует следующий текст:

«Собственно, сто лет назад у России уже был шанс на подобную судьбу. Если бы в 1917 году, в момент исключительной хрупкости, власть в России не была захвачена большевиками, то вполне возможно, и даже наиболее вероятно, что в течение двадцатого века Россия превратилась бы в чуть более бедную и чуть более коррумпированную и нестабильную версию Франции и Германии. Однако она сохранила бы связь с Европой и не стала бы тем сталинистским монстром, которым стала. В конце концов, старый режим, с его немецким царизмом, с его франкоязычной знатью, с его буржуазным парламентом в европейской столице Санкт-Петербурге был ориентирован на Запад, даже если у крестьянства это было не так. Опять же, в то время как рельефная карта показывает Россию, распростёршуюся по всей Азии, карта населения относит Россию преимущественно к Европе.

  Большевистская революция была тотальным отторжением этой квазизападной ориентации. Точно так же с 2000 года умеренный авторитаризм Владимира Путина, как в качестве президента, так в роли премьер-министра, является отказом от эксперимента с западной демократией и рыночным капитализмом, который в 1990-е годы, после краха коммунизма, принёс хаос и поставил Россию на колени. Путин и президент Дмитрий Медведев в последние годы не переориентировали Россию в сторону Европы и Тихого океана, и, следовательно, не реформировали страну так, чтобы сделать её более привлекательной для бывших подданных. (На самом деле в области торговли, иностранных инвестиций, технологий, инфраструктуры и образования при Путине в России «небо потемнело».) Хотя Путин, строго говоря, не империалист, создающаяся им ныне в России империя строится на изобилии крайне необходимых на европейской периферии и в Китае природных ресурсов, на приносимой ими прибыли и на принуждении. Путин и Медведев не предлагают возвышенных идей, у них нет никакой идеологии, в их пользу играет только география. А этого недостаточно».*

Если два абзаца полностью пропущены, то из двух сохранившихся второй изуродован до неузнаваемости. Роберт Дэвид Каплан не использовал и не мог использовать все эти постсоветские канцеляризмы вроде «россияне с пониманием относятся», «российские руководители дали народу» или «руководство России не отказывалось полностью от европейского вектора». На самом деле он написал в этом абзаце следующее:

   «Россия располагает крупнейшими в мире запасами природного газа, вторыми по величине запасами угля и восьмыми запасами нефти. Большая их часть лежит в Западной Сибири между Уралом и Среднесибирским плоскогорьем. Необходимо также упомянуть об огромных резервах рек, озер и гор Восточной Сибири во времена, когда нехватка пресной воды актуальна для многих регионов, особенно для Китая. В течение первых семи лет пребывания в должности Путин использовал доходы от энергоносителей для увеличения вчетверо военного бюджета, в частности бюджета военно-воздушных сил. С тех пор военный бюджет продолжал расти. Как я уже сказал, из-за географических особенностей Россия не имеет сколько-нибудь отчетливых топографических границ, за исключением Ледовитого и Тихого океанов. Кажется, русские согласны с «глубоко укоренившейся милитаризацией» своего общества и «бесконечным поиском безопасности путем создания империи», которые им дал Путин через свой энергетический халифат. Вместо того, чтобы либерализовать Россию и раскрыть потенциал её мягкой силы на всей территории бывшего Советского Союза и прилегающего к ней евразийского Римленда, Путин предпочёл неоцарский экспансионизм, который богатые природные ресурсы его страны сделают возможным лишь на короткий срок.

Тем не менее даже Путин полностью не отказался от европейского измерения русской географии. Напротив, его концентрация на Украине в рамках более широких усилий по воссозданию сферы влияния в ближнем зарубежье, является доказательством его желания связать Россию с Европой, пусть и на недемократических условиях.»**

Далее у Каплана идут рассуждения об Украине и ссылка на известную идею Бжезинского, суть которой заключается в том, что без Украины Россия останется империей, но азиатской, а с Украиной она будет империей европейской, и тогда эпицентр европейской политики сместится в Польшу и т. д. — мысли Бжезинского о России слишком хорошо известны, чтобы ещё раз их разбирать, а о Польше — слишком восторженны, чтобы воспринимать их всерьёз.

Интересно другое — как чётко у Каплана сформулированы тезисы о европейском характере Российской Империи и о его отвержении большевиками, а также данная современной России рекомендация политически стремиться в Европу, а экономически — в Азию (т. е. проводить политику, едва ли не прямо противоположную той, которую проводят нынешние власти РФ). Ну и, конечно же, вызывает массу вопросов так называемый перевод его книги.

  За последние сто лет русские ничего не потеряли из своей репутации. Но как человек, в силу обстоятельств способный посмотреть на сегодняшнюю Россию и как русский, и как иностранец, я вынужден сказать: в глазах иностранца она выглядит заметно лучше, чем в глазах русского. Поверьте, говорить это мне трудно и неприятно.

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     P.S. Во избежаниe сомнений и разночтений приведу английский оригинал фрагментов книги Каплана «Месть географии», в тексте представленных в моём собственном переводе. Цитаты из английского оригинала книги я взял здесь, цитаты из её русского перевода — здесь.

* — Russia actually had a chance for a similar destiny a century ago. Had power in Russia at a particularly fragile moment in 1917 not been wrested by the Bolsheviks, it is entirely possible, likely even, that Russia would have evolved in the course of the twentieth century into a poorer and slightly more corrupt and unstable version of France and Germany, anchored nevertheless to Europe, rather than becoming the Stalinist monster that it did. After all, the ancien régime, with its heavily German czardom, its French-speaking nobles, and bourgeois parliament in the European capital of St. Petersburg, was oriented westward, even if the peasantry was not so. Again, while the relief map of Russia spreads across Asia, Russia’s population map favors Europe.

The Bolshevik Revolution was a total rejection of this quasi-Western orientation. Likewise, the low-dose authoritarianism of Vladimir Putin since 2000, both as president and later as prime minister, is a rejection of the cold turkey experiment with Western democracy and market capitalism that brought a chaotic Russia to its knees in the 1990s, following the collapse of communism. Putin and Russian president Dimitri Medvedev in recent years have not been quite orienting Russia toward Europe and the Pacific, and consequently have not been reforming Russia in order to make it more of an attractive power to its former subject peoples. (Indeed, in trade, foreign investment, technology, infrastructure, and educational attainment, the “clouds have darkened” for Russia under Putin.) Though Putin is not strictly speaking an imperialist, Russia’s latest empire-in-the-making is being built on the wealth of Russia’s immense natural resources which are desperately needed at the European periphery and in China, with the profits and coercion that go along with that. Putin and Medvedev have had no uplifting ideas to offer, no ideology of any kind, in fact: what they do have in their favor is only geography. And that is not enough.

** — Russia boasts the world’s largest natural gas reserves, the second largest coal reserves, and the eighth largest oil reserves, much of which lie in western Siberia between the Urals and the Central Siberian plateau. This is in addition to vast reserves of hydropower in the mountains, rivers, and lakes of eastern Siberia at a time in history when water shortages are critical for many nations, especially China. Putin has used energy revenues for a quadrupling of the military budget, the air force in particular, during his first seven years in office. And the military budget has gone up ever since. Because of geography—Russia, as I’ve said, has no clear-cut topographical borders save for the Arctic and Pacific oceans—Russians appear to accept “the deep-seated militarization” of their society and the “endless search for security through the creation of a land-based empire,” which Putin through his energy caliphate has given them.43 Rather than liberalize Russia and unleash its soft power potential throughout the former Soviet Union and the adjacent Eurasian rimland, Putin has opted for neo-czarist expansionism, which his country’s abundant natural resources make possible for the short term.

Yet even Putin has not altogether given up on the European dimension of Russian geography. To the contrary, his concentration on Ukraine as part of a larger effort to re-create a sphere of influence in the near-abroad is proof of his desire to anchor Russia in Europe, albeit on nondemocratic terms.



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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.

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Whether or not you’re artistically inclined, there’s a acceptable adventitious that you—like millions of added bodies about the world—have been captivated by Bob Ross’s advisory mural paintings and abatement voice. On what would accept been Ross’s 76th birthday, we’re administration 35 facts about the blessed little legend.

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A constant beastly lover, Ross was consistently rescuing blood-soaked animals and nursing them aback to health. As a kid growing up in Florida, this meant one rather aberrant accession to the family: an alligator, which he attempted to abettor aback to bloom in the Ross ancestors bathtub. Alike in his developed life, Ross was consistently arena host to orphaned and afflicted animals, including an epileptic accumulate that lived in his abandoned Jacuzzi.

Ross’s quiet articulation and affable address were two of his best iconic traits, which makes the actuality that he spent 20 years in the United States Air Force and retired with the rank of adept baker all the added surprising. Basically, he was the guy who told anybody abroad what to do.

Before he lent his adapted articulation to The Joy of Painting, Ross spent a lot of time yelling. “I was the guy who makes you abrade the latrine, the guy who makes you accomplish your bed, the guy who screams at you for actuality backward to work,” Ross already said. “The job requires you to be a mean, boxy person. And I was fed up with it. I promised myself that if I anytime got abroad from it, it wasn’t activity to be that way anymore.”

While stationed in Alaska during his assignment in the Air Force, Ross advantaged his artistic ancillary by painting his now-iconic landscapes assimilate aureate pans, which he awash for $25 apiece. Today, they can aback as abundant as $7500 on eBay.

From 1974 to 1982, German painter Bill Alexander hosted an art apprenticeship appearance on PBS, The Magic of Oil Painting, area he aggregate his “wet-on-wet” oil painting technique. Ross apparent the alternation while alive as a bartender, and became an actual fan of the artist. He concluded up belief beneath Alexander, who became his mentor. In fact, Ross committed the aboriginal adventure of his own PBS show, The Joy of Painting, to Alexander. “Years ago, Bill accomplished me this absurd technique,” Ross told viewers. “And I feel as admitting he gave me a adored gift, and I’d like to allotment that allowance with you.”

In the aboriginal 1980s, as Alexander was advancing to retire, he asked Ross to booty over teaching his painting classes. Ross agreed, and set out to bout the country on his own in a motor home, traveling and teaching bodies Alexander’s “wet-on-wet” technique. He told his wife Jane that he’d try it out for one year, and if he didn’t accomplish abundant money, he would acknowledgment to Alaska.

It was during Ross’s time on the alley that he adopted his iconic hairstyle. Back teaching painting wasn’t an acutely advantageous profession, Ross abstruse to amplitude every penny. One way he did this was to save money on haircuts by accepting his locks permed.

Though Ross reportedly hated the coiled hair, he was a agent first, which is why he kept it. “When we got a band of paints and brushes, we put his account on,” Bob Ross Aggregation co-founder Annette Kowalski told Mental Floss. “The logo is a account of Bob with that hair, so he could never get it cut. He wasn’t consistently blessed about that.”

(You can see what he looked like afterwards his brand perm here.)

Though it was Alexander who got Ross started on his career aisle as an artist, it was Kowalski—one of Ross’s students—who put him on the pop ability map. Kowalski, who is generally accustomed as the woman who “discovered” Ross, took a five-day advisory advance with Ross in 1982, and bound became amorous with his abstracted articulation and absolute messages.

In accession to newfound painting skills, Kowalski larboard the chic with a new client: she became Ross’s manager, allowance him agent the accord for The Joy of Painting television appearance with PBS, and later, a band of Bob Ross art supplies.

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The Joy of Painting ran new seasons on PBS from 1983 to 1994, so alike at accessible broadcasting ante the appearance charge accept fabricated Ross absolutely a bit of loot, right? Not quite. Ross absolutely did the alternation for free; his assets came from Bob Ross Inc.

Ross’s aggregation awash art food and how-to videotapes, accomplished classes, and alike had a affiliation of traveling art advisers who roamed the apple teaching painting. It’s boxy to anticipate of a bigger advertisement for these articles than Ross’s show.

How did Ross acquisition the time to band all of those shows for free? He could almanac a division about as fast as he could paint. Ross could blast out an absolute 13-episode division of The Joy of Painting in aloof over two days, which freed him up to get aback to teaching lessons, which is area he fabricated his absolute money.

In accession to actuality agitated by about 95 percent of all accessible television stations beyond America, extensive admirers in added than 93.5 actor homes, The Joy of Painting was a hit alfresco of the U.S. as well. The appearance was advertisement in dozens of adopted countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, South Korea, and Turkey.

The Joy of Painting was a big hit in Japan, area it aired alert a day. (His voice, however, was dubbed.) On a appointment to the country, Ross was reportedly chock-full by fans.

“We’re like biologic dealers,” Ross already said of the acceptance of his painting technique. “Come into boondocks and get everybody absolutely absorbed to painting. It doesn’t booty abundant to get you addicted.”

Though he was assuredly a pop ability phenomenon, the art apple didn’t absolutely embrace Ross. “People absolutely apperceive who he is,” Kevin Lavin, a “struggling” painter, told The New York Times in 1991. “In his own way, he is as acclaimed as Warhol.”

“It is formulaic and thoughtless,” sculptor Keith Frank said of Ross’s assignment in the aforementioned article. “Art as therapy.”

“I am abashed by art apprenticeship on television,” added Abstract Expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart, who anesthetized abroad the afterward year. “It’s terrible—bad, bad, bad. They are aloof bartering exploiters, non-artists teaching added non-artists.”

The New York Times paid a appointment to Pearl Acrylic Company, an art accumulation abundance in New York City, area an agent acicular to the “happy little corner” area they kept Ross’s products. “We adumbrate them,” he admitted, “so as not to offend.”

Bill Alexander was one of the artists who wasn’t captivated with Ross’s success, alike admitting he had been his protégé. “He betrayed me,” Alexander told The New York Times. “I invented ‘wet on wet.’ I accomplished him and he is artful me—what bothers me is not aloof that he betrayed me, but that he thinks he can do it better.”

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Though allotment of Ross’s address was his communicative tone, none of this allocution of blessed accidents or added blessed little things was ad libbed. “He told me he would lay in bed at night and plan every word,” Kowalski already said. “He knew absolutely what he was doing.”

Though you’d never apperceive it from his painting technique, not all of Ross’s digits were intact. He absent allotment of his larboard basis feel back he was a kid in a woodworking blow while alive with his dad, who was a carpenter.

While copse and wildlife generally helped accompany Ross’s paintings to life, he rarely corrective people. In fact, he admired to accumulate his assignment as people-free as possible.

“I will acquaint you Bob’s better secret,” Kowalski told FiveThirtyEight. “If you notice, his cabins never had chimneys on them. That’s because chimneys represented people, and he didn’t appetite any assurance of a actuality in his paintings.”

The Joy of Painting consistently featured a alternating casting of blessed little animals, with a tiny accumulate alleged Peapod apparently accepting the aggregate of airtime. According to Ross, Peapod admired to sit in his pocket.

Though The Joy of Painting was a admired series, bodies didn’t assume to be watching it to apprentice how to be the abutting Picasso. It was already estimated that alone 10 percent of admirers were absolutely painting forth with Ross.

In 2014, FiveThirtyEight did a statistical breakdown of Ross’s assignment on The Joy of Painting and begin that 91 percent of them included at atomic one tree—by far the best accepted element. (And if he corrective one tree, there was a 93 percent adventitious he’d acrylic a added one—though he referred to any added copse as “friends” on the show.)

On a few occasions, Ross’s son Steve subbed for his dad as a bedfellow host. That aforementioned abstracts set apparent that Steve admired blessed little lakes: 91 percent of Steve’s paintings featured one (as against to Bob’s 34 percent).

Ross attempt 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting and fabricated three near-exact copies of anniversary painting per episode. The aboriginal archetype consistently hid off screen, and Ross referred to it while the cameras formed (none of his on-air paintings were spontaneous). Ross corrective a third archetype back filming finished. This time, an abettor would angle abaft him and breeze photos of anniversary brushstroke; these pictures went into his how-to books.

For all his accepted popularity, there aren’t a lot of interviews with Ross. It has annihilation to do with the artisan actuality publicity-shy—it’s aloof that bodies rarely asked. “I never about-face bottomward requests for interviews,” he already said. “I’m aloof rarely asked.”

For all his hokey-ness, Ross was air-conditioned abundant to be asked to be a bell-ringer for MTV—which he accounted “The acreage of blessed little trees.”

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Though some anticipation it was an April Fools’ joke, Nintendo had affairs to actualize a alternation of video amateur based on The Joy of Painting. Unfortunately, the activity ran into assembly problems appealing aboriginal on, so we’ll never apperceive what ability accept been.

In 2001, Bob Ross Inc. media administrator Joan Kowalski told The New York Times how bodies about seemed ashamed to accept that Ross’s articulation was the absolute band-aid to insomnia. “It’s funny to allocution to these people,” she said. ”Because they anticipate they’re the alone ones who watch to booty a nap. Bob knew about this. Bodies would appear up to him and say, ‘I don’t appetite to aching your feelings, but you’ve been putting me to beddy-bye for 10 years.’ He’d adulation it.”

Even today, Ross has become an ASMR star: On the ASMR cilia on Reddit, “Bob Ross” is listed as a accepted trigger. A video of Ross painting a abundance has a amazing 7.65 actor views, with others consistently before 2 or 3 actor views. Of course, not all of those are ASMR viewers, but a ascent online attendance suggests they absolutely deserve some of the credit.

In a 1991 account with The New York Times, Ross claimed he’d fabricated over 30,000 paintings back he was an 18-year-old stationed in Alaska with the Air Force. Yet he was not one to militarist his own work. So what happened to them? Back Ross died of lymphoma in 1995, best of his paintings either concluded up in the easily of alms or PBS.

“One of the questions that I apprehend over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these paintings we do on television?’ Best of these paintings are donated to PBS stations beyond the country,” he said. “They bargain them off, and they accomplish a blessed blade with ‘em. So if you’d like to accept one, get in blow with your PBS station, account … we accord them to stations all over the country to advice them out with their fundraisers.”

The actuality that Ross didn’t try and about-face a accumulation from his own assignment doesn’t beggarly that you can’t acquisition one for sale. At one point, added than a dozen of his paintings hit the atramentous bazaar back accession blanket 13 advertence paintings from Ross’s van during the show’s added season.

In the aboriginal 1990s, Ross was attractive to annex out from art and had an abstraction for a kids’ appearance alleged Bob’s World, area he planned to go out into attributes and advise kids about wildlife.

The Bob Ross Art Workshop in New Smyrna Beach, Florida is a must-visit destination for Ross die-hards: In accession to alms art classes in Ross’s method, you’ll acquisition a accumulating of the artist’s aboriginal paintings.

Two Inch Brush—named afterwards Ross’s besom of best for the wet-on-wet technique—is an actionable database that organizes all 403 paintings from The Joy of Painting by division and episode.

In August 2017, Funko appear a vinyl baby of the iconic artist/television personality. It depicts Ross dressed in his brand jeans and accepted shirt, captivation a painter’s palette. Sadly, it doesn’t appear with any miniature paintings of “happy little trees.”

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Στη μυθολογία, τη λαογραφία αλλά, κυρίως, στην φαντασία των συνωμοσιογράφων, υπάρχουν πράγματα τριγύρω μας που τα βλέπουμε και τα καταλαβαίνουμε όπως μας τα έχουν διδάξει και προγραμματίσει στον εγκέφαλό μας, όλοι εκείνοι που δεν θέλουν να ξέρουμε πως η πραγματικότητα είναι τελείως διαφορετική.

Απορρίπτουμε, για παράδειγμα την αλλαγή σχήματος της μορφής, η οποία φαίνεται να είναι η ικανότητα ενός όντος ή ενός πλάσματος να μεταμορφώσει ή να μεταμφιέσει τη φυσική του όψη σε κάτι άλλο. Χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα στην Ελληνική Μυθολογία είναι ο Πρωτέας.

Αυτή η «αλλαγή όψης» επιτυγχάνεται συνήθως μέσα από την εγγενή ικανότητα ενός μυθολογικού πλάσματος, μίας κάποιας θείας παρέμβασης ή ακόμα και της χρήσης της μαγείας, γεγονότα που συναντούμε συχνά και στα Ομηρικά Έπη, όπως ο Οδυσσέας μεταμορφώνεται σε γέρο ζητιάνο, χάρη στην βοήθεια της Αθηνάς αλλά και στην Κίρκη που μεταμορφώνει μέρος τους πληρώματός του σε ζώα.

Η Τουρκία είναι μια διηπειρωτική χώρα στην Ευρασία και τη Μέση Ανατολή, που βρίσκεται κυρίως στη Δυτική Ασία.


Εκεί, σύμφωνα με το βίντεο που ακολουθεί, έχουν εντοπιστεί διάφορα χαρακτηριστικά, αλλά και υπόγειοι κόσμοι που συνδέονται με αυτό που στις μέρες μας ονομάζουμε Ερπετοειδή που πολλοί ταυτίζουν με τους Ανουνάκι των Σουμερίων.

Αν και στις αφηγήσεις των Σουμερικών μύθων, δεν φαίνεται να υπάρχει κάποια εμφανής σύνδεση, υπάρχουν αρκετοί ερευνητές που ισχυρίζονται ότι βλέπουν πολλά κοινά σημεία και άρα ταυτίζονται.

Ωστόσο, είναι ευρύτερα αποδεκτό ότι κάποιοι επισκέπτες πέρα από την Γη, γνωστοί ως Ανουνάκι, ήρθαν από τον ουρανό, έφτιαξαν υπόγειους κόσμους μέσα στην Γη και όταν βγήκαν από εκεί μέσα, μοιράστηκαν την ίδια μοίρα με τους προγόνους των πρώτων ανθρώπων, ή ότι τους δημιούργησαν για ίδιον συμφέρον.

Οι εξωγήινοι αυτοί επισκέπτες έχουν αφήσει ένα ανεξίτηλο σημάδι στην κοινωνική και ιστορική μνήμη των ανθρώπων, αλλά ιδιαίτερα σε μια ευρεία περιοχή που κυμαίνεται από την Χαρράν της Μεσοποταμίας έως την Καππαδοκία, στις αρχαίες πόλεις της Έφεσου και την Πέργαμο.

Παρακολουθείστε το βίντεο, στο οποίο υποστηρίζεται με διάφορα στοιχεία που παρουσιάζουν, ότι κάτω από τα εδάφη της Τουρκίας αλλά και στην επιφάνεια, υπάρχουν ενδείξεις ή/και αποδείξεις ότι έζησαν σε υπόγειες βάσεις και άφησαν αρκετά ίχνη της ύπαρξής τους, όπως για παράδειγμα το Derinkuyu που λέγεται ότι χτίστηκε από τα έγκατα της γης και προς τα πάνω, αντίθετα από ότι θα έκαναν οι άνθρωποι.

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Thursday Heavy rain in western Portugal and northwest Spain on Thursday. Showery rain in eastern parts of Spain but dry with good spells of sunshine in the Balearics. Fair for Italy and dry too with lots of sunshine. Greece will see some showers in the south as will Turkey but northern areas tending to stay dry with sunny spells. Showery rain in the far south of France. Rain in northwest France but for the rest of the country is going to be dry with lots of sunshine. Sunshine and mild weather in the Low Countries. Some patchy rain in western Germany and Switzerland. Central and eastern Germany will be dry with sunny spells and it should be staying dry and very mild in Poland, Austria and Hungary. Denmark will be dry, warm and sunny. Fair in the Baltic States with lots of sunshine here. Staying dry and fine in Finland and Sweden. Cloud and some outbreaks of rain in western parts of Norway but dry in the north and east.


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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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Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET The U.S. has officially imposed what the Trump administration calls the "toughest ever" sanctions on Iran, meant to curb Tehran's nuclear and missile programs and contain its growing influence in the Middle East. The sanctions are essentially the same ones lifted by the nuclear deal reached during the Obama administration. However, the U.S. quickly exempted several of the world's largest economies, including China, Japan and India. "The Iranian regime has a choice," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said as he detailed the sanctions on Monday. "It can either do a 180-degree turn from its current course of action and act like a normal country, or it can see its economy crumble." The waivers issued to eight nations — China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey — allow those countries to continue buying Iranian oil without consequences. Pompeo called them "temporary" exemptions that would help "ensure a well-supplied oil market." Several
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Sudan's Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf receives the visiting Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar on 6, Nov 2018 (Photo Anadolu)

November 6, 2018 (KHARTOUM) President Omer al-Bashir on Tuesday has instructed the Ministry of Defence to give priority to military cooperation over all other aspects of the Sudanese-Turkish relations.

Al-Bashir’s instructions came during his meeting with the visiting Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar in the presence of Sudan Army’s Chief of General Staff Kamal Abdel-Marouf.

The Sudanese President pointed to the strong will in both countries to cooperate on all fields particularity military domain.

In press statements following the meeting, Abdel-Marouf said the visit of the Turkish Defence Minister and his meeting with President al-Bashir comes within the framework of the strategic cooperation between the Sudanese and Turkish armies.

He pointed to the visit of Sudan Army’s Chief of Joint Staff to Turkey last May and the visit of the Turkish Army’s Chief of Joint Staff to Khartoum last December.

Abel-Marouf underscored that military cooperation between the two countries is progressing steadily, pointing to historic and eternal relations between Sudan and Turkey.

The meeting discussed among others, the establishment of military training centres in Sudan one of the issues agreed by the two countries, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

Sudan and Turkey to open military training centres in Sudan were also part of the topics discussed at the meeting.

The Turkish-Sudanese relations have reached a high level, especially after President Erdogan visit to Sudan last December.

During Erdogan’s visit to Khartoum, the two sides signed 12 cooperation agreements and agreed to launch a strategic partnership covering agriculture, industry, minerals and health.

They also approved the establishment of a higher political committee headed by the two presidents, saying the committee would annually meet in Khartoum and Ankara alternately.

The two sides agreed to raise trade exchange between the two countries to $1 billion within one year to reach $10 billion in the future.

According to a report issued by the Sudanese Ministry of Investment, the volume of Turkish investments in Sudan amounted to 2 billion dollars from 2000 to 2017.

It further indicates that there are 288 Turkish investment projects in the east African country.

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Press Availability
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington Foreign Press Center
Washington, DC
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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Thursday Heavy rain in western Portugal and northwest Spain on Thursday. Showery rain in eastern parts of Spain but dry with good spells of sunshine in the Balearics. Fair for Italy and dry too with lots of sunshine. Greece will see some showers in the south as will Turkey but northern areas tending to stay dry with sunny spells. Showery rain in the far south of France. Rain in northwest France but for the rest of the country is going to be dry with lots of sunshine. Sunshine and mild weather in the Low Countries. Some patchy rain in western Germany and Switzerland. Central and eastern Germany will be dry with sunny spells and it should be staying dry and very mild in Poland, Austria and Hungary. Denmark will be dry, warm and sunny. Fair in the Baltic States with lots of sunshine here. Staying dry and fine in Finland and Sweden. Cloud and some outbreaks of rain in western parts of Norway but dry in the north and east.


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My father Nick Pappas(Papadopolous) was summoned back to Greece to fight. He fought the Bulgarians and the Turks..I have documents to prove. I have a Certificate of a Commemorative Medal by order of the King of the Greeks..Constatine and signed by Eleftherios Venizelos..This shows his 1st campaign against Turkey 1912-1913 and the 2nd campaign against Bulgaria in 1913 in the battle of Kilkis-Lahanas, Beles Kreonis. It states he was wounded. He was living in NY prior to the wars. Returned and lived in Dover NJ then married to Zoi Siamas and moved to Indianapolis, IN and had 7 children...I have several documents from US which were complete prior to departing for the war..One was from the US Selective Service authorizing his departure. All sons served in the US military..WW2 and Korea. One son a Marine served on active duty in Korea with a UN Greek Battalion. One served with Gen Patton in Europe during WW2.
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I had a hankering for some sausage and potato soup over the weekend and a hot sandwich. Do you like hot sandwiches or prefer cold ones? I like both actually and could eat a sandwich everyday. But, my man eats sandwiches through the week so I try real hard not to fix him sandwiches for a meal. But oh this hot sandwich goes so well with soups.


Simple ingredients so it was easy peasy. I used a large cookie sheet so I used three cans of Crescent rolls, two different kinds of cheese and ham and turkey.


I lined my pan with aluminum foil and lightly sprayed it with Pam. Placed crescent rolls on the pan and just pressed down so all seams  connected good.Nothing fancy as you can see. I just made it work best I could.


Melted some butter in the microwave and I brushed butter on the layer of Crescent rolls. You can use olive oil or whatever you want too.


I placed a slice of ham on top of Crescent rolls, then layered it with two different kinds of cheese in no particular order and then layered the cheese with a slice of turkey. 


Topped it with more Crescent Rolls and pinched all the edges together as best as I could.


I brushed the top layer of Crescent rolls with butter and then sprinkled Italian seasoning on top and just a tad of course sea salt.  At the last minute before baking I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. You can't have enough cheese in my book. 


Bake on 350 for 30 minutes. So, so good! 


These sandwiches are light, fluffy and thin. I felt I could actually taste my meat and cheese instead of having so much bread. Goes great with soups. Give them a try.


And...I didn't need all that bread since I needed one of these! LOL! 

This sweet grand girl stayed with me all weekend and she really wanted that ice cream so Nana had to make it happen you know! 


She kept Nana busy for sure. 


We have done a little bit of everything over the weekend. We went shopping, we colored, we done nails. 


We went walking down the dirt road and yes, it was after we ate the ice cream. Ha!


We had a tea party in the grands play room. Who says you can't have a tea party with Gatorade and Yogurt? That's what she wanted so that's what we had!


There isn't much that we didn't do. We watched a couple of movies together and I am trying to teach her the "fine art" of watching Christmas Hallmark movies! HA!!! Well, she hasn't quite got it yet. We stayed too busy to watch too much of anything. 
Which honestly, that's a good thing. I see so much of television, cell phones and Ipads becoming more of the caregiver these days for the kids.


My friend Pam from http://everydayliving.me


had shared about the Blessing Jar book for kids and how she enjoyed it so much with her granddaughter. I knew immediately I too wanted that sweet book to share with my babies. So, I read the Blessing book to Kyleigh, grabbed a jar and out the door we went. She wanted to go on an adventure so an adventure we went. She picked leaves, flowers, sticks, herbs, you name it and she filled the jar.  There are so many things to be "Thankful" for. Can't wait to share this wonderful book with another one of my grandbabies.


And just so you know.....We have matching necklace and bracelet and as she said, "Nana, me and you are the bestest friends! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Take a walk outside if you can. Go on an adventure and look at all that God has given you to be thankful for. It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest pleasures. 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy








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Cranberry-mushroom, sausage-pecan & other sensational stuffing recipes (1972)

Stuffing recipes from the seventies Stuffing in the seventies is a cinch to prepare. The dry mix may be combined with water and butter or margarine and placed in the turkey just as is. Or you can add your own pet touches — celery, onions, nuts, raisins, other dried fruits, giblets, oysters, chestnuts. Some like […]

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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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One Legacy of Merkel? Angry East German Men Fueling the Far Right (Katrin Bennhold, Nov. 5, 2018, NY Times)

"We have a crisis of masculinity in the East and it is feeding the far right," said Petra Köpping, minister for integration in Saxony.

When Ms. Köpping took office in 2014, she thought her job was to integrate immigrants. But as hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers began arriving in Germany a year later, a middle-aged white man heckled her at a town-hall-style meeting.

"Why don't you integrate us first?" the man had shouted.

That question, which has since become the title of a book written by Ms. Köpping, prompted her to tour her eastern home state and interview dozens of angry men. The disappointed hopes and humiliations of 1989, she found, still fester.

Some three million jobs, most of them in traditionally male industries, were lost over two years. The working-class heroes of Socialism became the working-class losers of capitalism.

East German men were abandoned by their newly united country practically overnight, Ms. Köpping said: "They are the original left-behinds."

And they were quite literally left behind -- by their women.

Long before the #MeToo movement, Communism succeeded in creating a broad class of women who were independent, emancipated, often better educated and working in more adaptable service jobs than eastern men.

After the wall came down, the East lost more than 10 percent of its population. Two-thirds of those who left and did not come back were young women.

It was the most extreme case of female flight in Europe, said Reiner Klingholz, director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, who has studied the phenomenon. Only the Arctic Circle and a few islands off the coast of Turkey suffer comparable male-female imbalances.

In large swaths of rural eastern Germany, men today still outnumber women, and the regions where the women disappeared map almost exactly onto the regions that vote for the Alternative for Germany today.

"There is a gender element to the rise of the far right that is not sufficiently acknowledged and studied," Mr. Klingholz said.

Time to start importing Syrian widows.


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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’.


          Comment on Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs by PS      Cache   Translate Page      
Beth, I'm a long time reader and fan, and there is something I've always wondered about your blog. 1.) Do you actually eat all the meals you make? Like when you post a new recipe or meal prep, did you eat it the day you made it or that week? Or do you give it to someone else in your life and eat something else you are really craving. 2.) Do you ever post recipes with ingredients that you don't like? Like suppose, you don't like lima beans or something, and since you may eat all the meals you make (see (1) :o) ), you don't usually post any recipes with them. Just curious!!
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OMG, I need these right now. They look delicious. Beth, you truly are a genius!
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Several times I have had had such success with this recipe. So much so that this week I am trying it with a small 8lb turkey. Since the recipe is written for a 4-5 lb bird, I will double the lemon, parsley, garlic. I expect it will go well. I could change the herbs to sage, thyme, rosemary, but that would increase both the cost and if-factor. Playing it good and safe.
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Regarding slaughter and children,  I second the notion of a turkey.  My son raised a 4-H bronze breasted turkey-a mean bird.  Always ripped at him with his beak, and at the county fair poultry showing, it was whipping around taking chunks outta my son. Slim Jim met his end with my son during the 4-H turkey harvest.  That turkeys go after things like toes in sandals or jewelry means you best watch kids' eyes when they are in their pen.  Roosters also can go for kid's eyes with their spurs.  I was collecting eggs with a garbage can shield until my dad figured out what was happening.--Never tolerate an aggressive rooster!  However, on another note,  my dad did meat rabbits.  We always each had a pet rabbit, but the others were food.  Just finding the others gone made it so you didn't get attached to the "meat harvested" ones.  We grew to find it the cycle of life.  Agree with Jack, the meat appeared much later than the harvest.  Lastly, the cruelest thing my first-grade teacher did was read Charlotte's Web out loud in the first grade.  This will set your kid up for a melt-down if they see you do a slaughter.  My dad slaughtered a chicken after that book, and I cried a half day in my room.
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          A Savory-Sweet Squash Gratin from Laura Wright of The First Mess      Cache   Translate Page      

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In our “Old Recipe, New Dish” series, we ask a few of our favorite food bloggers, cookbook authors, and culinary up-and-comers to share a go-to holiday recipe that’s close to their hearts—and serve it up in a handcrafted piece of tableware made by an Etsy seller.

No matter what—or how—you celebrate during the holidays, one thing’s practically guaranteed: Everyone’s got a favorite seasonal dish. Mom’s pecan pie with the hand-crimped crust, Dad’s deep-fried turkey, Aunt Jo’s vegetarian lasagna—we all save space in our bellies for that special round of seconds, whatever they may be.

Still, there’s always room for a new addition to your go-to menu, and in the interest of expanding our holiday-table horizons, we’ve tapped a short list of food bloggers, cookbook authors, and veteran entertainers we admire to reveal the family recipes they cherish most—and the handmade plates, platters, or casserole dishes they’ll be serving them on this year.

First up, appropriately, is The First Mess founder Laura Wright, an Ontario-based blogger and cookbook author who’s made it her mission to make plant-based eating pleasurable. We couldn’t think of anyone better to share a delicious and healthy veggie side for the feast-focused season to come. Read on for Laura’s recipe for a maple-rosemary squash bake with caramelized onions and pecans—and come back every day this week to discover another treasured old recipe served up in a beautiful new dish.

About the recipe:

“I’ve been making plant-based gratin-style dishes for so long, and they seem to appeal to just about everyone,” Laura says. “If I find myself in a potluck scenario over the holidays, I love to bring something like this because it ups the vegetable quotient, which is key for staying energized during such a busy season. Plus, the sweet, creamy, and lightly caramelized squash in this version is such a lovely contrast for the toasty, crunchy pecan topping.”

About the dish:

“To me, food usually looks best in a white dish, and I love the dramatic matte black exterior and rim of this one from 1220 Ceramics Studio. It’s the perfect depth and overall size for any baked or roasted side dish, and it’s a highly versatile vessel to have around for all kinds of food preparation or display,” Laura says.

Let’s get cooking:

Maple Rosemary Squash Bake with Caramelized Onions & Pecans

Serves: 6-8

Hands-on time: 30 minutes (you can make the caramelized onions and pecan topping up to three days in advance; just keep in separate containers in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before assembling)

Total baking time: 1 hour

For the squash and onions, you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into half moons
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 large butternut squash (about 2.75 lbs), peeled

For the pecan topping, you will need:

  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°F, and lightly oil a ceramic baking dish that’s at least 10 inches in diameter.

Step 2: Start the caramelized onions: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and lower the heat a bit. Slowly sauté the onions until they are slightly caramelized and completely soft, almost jammy, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3: To the onions, add the balsamic vinegar, tamari, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Stir to incorporate. Remove onions from the heat and evenly scatter them across the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Step 4: Take the squash and cut it down the middle lengthwise. Remove the seeds and place the squash halves onto the cutting board, flat side facing down. Cut the squash into very thin slices crosswise (see photo for thickness). Arrange squash slices in the baking dish on top of the onions, fanning the pieces out to maximize heat exposure.

Step 5: Drizzle the top of the squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover the squash tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Step 6: While the squash is baking, prepare the pecan topping. In a food processor, combine the pecans, rosemary, olive oil, maple syrup, garlic powder, cayenne (if using), salt, and pepper. Pulse the mixture until a crumbly, slightly wet meal forms.

Step 7: Remove the squash from the oven and discard the foil. Sprinkle the pecan topping evenly over the surface. Bake, uncovered, for another 30 minutes, or until the squash is tender and the pecans are nicely browned.

Step 8: Remove from the oven and serve hot.

Product photo courtesy of 1220 Ceramics Studio; all other photographs by Laura Wright

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Valerie Rains is a writer and editor at Etsy.

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Investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS.N) reached an agreement with Turkey’s Jolly Tur to buy a second stake in the company, the Turkish travel agency said on Monday.
          ELECTION DAY! Wonkagenda For Tues., Nov. 6, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      


Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.


Dear Crom, it's Election Day and we've been chugging coffee since 3:00 AM! The New York Times has a good infographic on when polls open and close, as well as some of the most important races to watch. The National Weather Service is warning people in the Midwest and the Southern East Coast to prepare for nasty storms, so plan accordingly! Crappy weather historically depresses voter turnout, so grab your coat and your wellies, carpool with your neighbors and roommates, or just take the damn bus! Get your ass to the polls!

Trump's bolted around the country to scare the piss out of his base of elderly and/or non-college educated white people. In a last ditch effort to grab women voters by the pussy, Trump brought in Ivanka, Kellyanne Conway, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders to talk about being moms and hopefully close his gigantic gender gap. This could be a problem as Trump's been calling "the accuser" of Justice Rapey McPrivilege a goddamn liar, adding that the accusations against Justice Privileges were a "fake" and a "scam." Real classy!

In an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting, Trump acknowledged that he's been a complete asshole, but then he went and did a rally with Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, and Rush Limbaugh to complain about the Mexican Muslim taco truck invasion, and lie through his teeth Democratic candidates.

Here's a nice photo essay about what the last few days of campaigning has looked like across the country.

The Trump administration wants SCOTUS to decide whether or not Trump has to give DACA kids a slice of the American Dream, filing three petitions from three appeals courts that seek rulings on whether or not federal courts have jurisdiction in allowing taco trucks on every corner.

SCOTUS has declined to hear a challenge by the Trump administration to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Rapey McPrivilege had to recuse themselves, leaving only Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch to bitch and moan into the ethernet cables. The decision is a minor win for us proles, but a crucial step towards saving the interwebs from the clutches of Ma Bell.

FCC Chairman and piece of shit Ajit Pai wants telecom companies to stop all those obnoxious spoofed robocalls. In May, Pai took the unusual step of demanding his corporate overlords develop a system to authenticate phone calls, but Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says we could be doing even more by mandating telecoms put a system in place by 2019, like Canada.

A federal judge in North Carolina says the Interior Department doesn't have the authority to lift a ban on killing endangered red wolves just because a couple of rednecks got pissy and started a slaughter lobby. The judge put the US Fish and Wildlife Service on blast by reminding the service of its own statement, "Wildlife are not the property of landowners but belong to the public and are managed by state and federal governments for the public good."

Gabe Sherman gossips that Trump's minions are really worried Robert Mueller has a target on DJTJ. At Hope Hicks's 30th birthday (sans Rob Porter -- GOOD!), numerous Trumps fondly recalled the "the old times," and wondered what the hell happened to Rudy Giuliani. Over on Pennsylvania Ave., Trump's minions are scrambling to figure how to deal with a Democratic House that's ready to start launching investigations on Day One.

US Border Patrol has decided that Election Day is the best day for a crowd control exercise in El Paso, Texas -- the homebase of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke -- right by the polling place in the heavily Hispanic Chihuahuita neighborhood. This must be what Ted Cruz got in exchange for giving Trump a rimjob.

Assuming Democrats can take control of the House, the fight for leadership could come down to the Congressional Black Caucus. Candidates might rail about supporting Nancy Pelosi on the campaign trail, but congressional insiders are bracing for a cloakroom slobberknocker between Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Jim Clyburn.

It's looking like Georgia's gubernatorial race may come down to a runoff between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent tonight, candidates have to spend MOR