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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His remarks were swiftly expunged by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.

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

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

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

Conflicting messages?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experts sent to cover up Khashoggi murder

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

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

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

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

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

Yemen clashes rage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018


          SWIFT says suspending some Iranian banks' access to messaging system      Cache   Translate Page      
The Belgium-based SWIFT financial messaging service said on Monday it is suspending some unspecified Iranian banks’ access to its messaging system in the interest of the stability and integrity of the global financial system. In a brief statement, SWIFT made no mention of U.S. sanctions coming back into effect on some Iranian financial institutions on Monday as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to force Iran to curtail its nuclear, missile and regional activities. The SWIFT statement said suspending the Iranian banks access to the messaging system was a "regrettable" step but was "taken in the interest of the stability and integrity of the wider global financial system." Having abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, 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. SWIFT's
          UPDATE: U.S. targets Iran with fresh round of sanctions; EU seeks to protect its firms      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States on Monday restored sanctions targeting Iran's oil, banking and transportation sectors and threatened more action to stop its "outlaw" policies, steps the Islamic Republic called economic warfare and vowed to defy. The sanctions cover 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries, more than 200 persons and vessels in its shipping sector, and targets Tehran's national airline, Iran Air, and more than 65 of its aircraft. The measures are part of a wider effort by U.S. President Donald Trump to curb Tehran's missile and nuclear programs and diminish the Islamic Republic's influence in the Middle East, notably its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. Trump's moves target Iran's main source of revenue - its oil exports - as well as its financial sector, essentially making the 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries off limits to foreign banks on pain of losing access to the U.S. financial system. The administration said it had toughened the sanctions by roughly 300 new designations
          U.S. allows eight importers to keep buying Iran oil for now      Cache   Translate Page      
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,
          Millions in Yemen are starving and UK, US & France are 'behind this' - Oxfam representative to RT      Cache   Translate Page      
© Reuters / Khaled Abdullah FILE PHOTO A man receives food ration from a charity food distribution in Sanaa, Yemen The US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are "supporting this war," an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia's military. "We have 14 million people starving," Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK's regional policy officer for the Middle East, said. "British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war." Stanforth blamed the British government in particular, saying that London should stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting food supplies and even no-strike locations in Yemen. "We've seen attacks on water infrastructure, on hospitals, warehouses of food. This pattern is continuing. Certainly, it's the airstrikes that are killing most civilians," he said. Stanforth says Riyadh's bombing is not sparing humanitarian sites...
          Amid US reinforced Saudi-led bombing, Pompeo pins responsibility for Yemeni starvation on Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Arabia may be maintaining a blockade of Yemen and facing repeated accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilian sites, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says starvation in the country is Iran's fault. Yemen has been in turmoil for years and the Saudi-led coalition was involved over three years ago. The alliance sent its troops and warplanes to put an ousted president back into power, after he fled under pressure from the Houthi rebels, a group that the Saudi sees as a proxy force of its archenemy Iran. As part of its campaign, the Saudi-led troops imposed a blockade of the country, stifling the supply of food, fuel, medicine and other essentials. Activists claimed its warplanes have also bombed civilian infrastructure like water treatment facilities, hospitals and markets. The result is what some observers openly call a man-made humanitarian disaster, with millions of Yemenis estimated by the UN to be on the brink of starvation, and dozens dying each day from...
          UK: 'Millions still in poverty' reports UN poverty rapporteur      Cache   Translate Page      
A special UN advisor on extreme poverty and human rights is touring the UK to assess the impact of austerity on people living in some of the most deprived areas of the country. UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston's primary goal is to identify examples of social inequalities and systematic neglect, which according to the United Nations, is then used to develop "constructive dialogue with governments, international organizations, civil society and other relevant actors." Since 1998, the UN special rapporteur has travelled to examine extreme poverty in places like Ghana, Yemen, Benin, Sudan, the US, Portugal and Saudi Arabia. The UK will now join these ranks thanks to concerns over its austerity measures. In a statement ahead of Alston's tour, the UN said submissions from charities, academics, and public institutions were "by far" the most they've ever received before a country visit.
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          Where the Trump Presidency Could Go in This Fever-Dream world of Ours in the Wake of Today’s Election      Cache   Translate Page      
A look at the age of Trump from November 2016 to November 2018 -- and beyond

Who could forget that moment?  The blue [red] wave -- long promised but also doubted -- had, however modestly [however massively], hit Washington and [the Democrats had just retaken Congress] [the Republicans had held Congress] [the Democrats had taken the House].  The media, Fox News and the usual right-wing websites aside, hailed the moment. [Fox News and the usual right-wing websites cheered the president on.] Donald Trump’s grip on America had finally been broken [reinforced].  Celebrations were widespread.  Congressional investigations, possibly even impeachment, were only months and a new Congress away [were now a faint memory], and it was then, of course, that the unexpected struck.  It was then that President Trump, citing national security concerns and a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, began the process whose end point we, of course, already know...

Okay, consider that the dystopian me speaking.  We don’t, of course, really know how our story yet ends, not faintly.  While I was writing this piece, I didn’t even know how Tuesday’s vote would turn out, though by the time you read it, you may.  Given the experience of election 2016, it would take a brave [foolish] soul to make a prediction this time around.

I certainly learned a lesson that November.  During the previous months of campaigning that election season, I never wrote a piece at TomDispatch that didn’t leave open the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency.  In the couple of weeks before that fateful November day, however, I got hooked on the polling results and on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website and became convinced that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in.

Of course, I was in good company.  As Michael Wolff would later report in his bestselling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, on election eve, few in the Trump campaign, including the candidate himself, expected to win.  Most of them, again including The Donald, were already trying to parlay what they assumed was an assured loss into their next jobs or activities, including in the candidate’s case a possible “Trump network.”

So when, sometime after midnight, reality finally began to sink in -- fittingly enough, I had a 103-degree fever and was considering heading for an emergency room -- I was as disbelieving as the president-to-be. (He had, Wolff tells us, “assured” his wife, Melania, who was reportedly in tears of anything but joy that night, that he would never win and that she would never find herself in the White House.)  By then, it was for me a fever dream to imagine that bizarre, belligerent, orange-haired salesman-cum-con-artist entering the Oval Office.

Honestly, I shouldn’t have been the least bit surprised.  During election campaign 2016, I grasped much of this.  I wrote of the future president, for instance, as a con artist (particularly in reference to those taxes of his that we couldn’t see) and how Hillary Clinton’s crew hadn’t grasped the obvious: that many Americans would admire him for gaming the system, even if they couldn’t do the same themselves.  As I wrote at the time: “It’s something Donald Trump knows in his bones, even if all those pundits and commentators and pollsters (and for that matter Hillary Clinton’s advisers) don’t: Americans love a con man.”

I also saw that he was daring in ways unimaginable to an American politician -- because, of course, he wasn’t one -- particularly in promoting his slogan, MAGA, whose key word few of the political cognoscenti paid the slightest attention to: “again.”  At that moment, for presidents or politicians who wanted to become just that, it was obligatory to claim that the United States wasn’t just great but the greatest, most exceptional, most indispensable land ever.  (As Hillary Clinton typically put it that election season: “America is indispensable -- and exceptional -- because of our values.”)  Trump’s “again” in Make America Great Again suggested something quite different and so rang a bell in the heartland.  In the process, he became America’s first declinist presidential candidate. Early that October, I wrote this:

“[A] significant part of the white working class, at least, feels as if, whether economically or psychologically, its back is up against the wall and there’s nowhere left to go.  Under such circumstances, many of these voters have evidently decided that they’re ready to send a literal loose cannon into the White House; they’re willing, that is, to take a chance on the roof collapsing, even if it collapses on them. That is the new and unrecognizable role that Donald Trump has filled.  It’s hard to conjure up another example of it in our recent past. The Donald represents, as a friend of mine likes to say, the suicide bomber in us all. And voting for him, among other things, will be an act of nihilism, a mood that fits well with imperial decline.

“Think of him as a message in a bottle washing up on our shore...”

And yet, on that day of decision, I evidently reverted to the boy I had once been, the boy who grew up with a vision of an idealized America that would always do the right thing.  So I was shocked to the core by Donald Trump’s victory.

In that fever dream of a night, when he washed up on all our shores, I had certainly been trumped, but then, so had he, so had we all.  Under the circumstances, I’m sure you’ll understand why I’ve remained hesitant about putting my faith in polls in this election season or giving special significance to reports that the White House staff was glum as hell about the coming midterms and expected the worst. (After all, mightn’t this be that Michael Wolff election night all over again?)

The American Shooting Gallery

Two years after that fateful November night in 2016, we’re still living in a fever dream of some sort, enveloped 24/7 by the universe of President Trump and the “fake news media,” that provides him and the rest of us with a strange, all-encompassing echo chamber.  America, you might say, now has a 103-degree temperature and there isn’t an emergency room in sight.

And it’s unlikely to get better, whatever happens in the midterm elections.  Those who expect that a Democratic victory or a devastating Mueller reportin the weeks to come will be the beginning of the end for the Trump presidency (or, for that matter, that the victory of an ever more extreme Republican Party will simply prove more of the grisly same) might want to reconsider. Perhaps it's worth weighing other grimmer possibilities in the as-yet-unending rise of what’s still called “right-wing populism,” not just locally but globally.  Here in the United States, with hate and venom surging (and, yes indeed, being encouraged by President Trump for his own purposes), a genuinely ugly strain central to this country’s history is being resurrected.  In the process, a burgeoning number of deeply disturbed (and deeply animated) figures from among the most over-armed civilian population on the planet -- Yemen, of all the grim places, comes in a distant second -- are turning this country into a shooting gallery.

Win or lose today, don’t think that the Donald Trump we have is the one we’re fated to have until the day he goes down in flames. He is distinctly a work in progress, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say: in regress.  In that context, let me mention an evolution of a grim sort in my own thinking over the last two years.

For some time now there have been both thinkers and activists who have been convinced that Donald Trump is an American Mussolini, an outright fascist.  (According to his ex-wife, in the early 1990s he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside and, during the 2016 election campaign, he retweeted a Mussolini quote, defending himself for doing so.)  I’ve always disagreed, however.  To my mind, he’s clearly been a man who wants to be idolized and adulated (as happens at any of his rallies) -- wants, that is, to have fans, not (in the fascistic sense) followers; applause and the eternal spotlight, not a social movement.  That, it seems to me, has been an accurate description of the president who entered the Oval Office and occupied it in such a suggestive way these last nearly two years.  But I’ve recently started to wonder.  After all, once upon a time, Donald Trump wasn’t a Republican either.  Let’s face it, he’s a quick learner when it comes to whatever may benefit The Donald.

And keep in mind that he entered an unsettled world already well preparedfor such a presidency by his predecessors in Washington.  If the fascist or, if you prefer, autocratic tendency that lurks in him and in the situation that surrounds him does come out more fully, he will obviously be aided by the ever more imperial presidency that was created in the decades before he left Trump Tower for the White House.

When he entered the Oval Office, he found there a presidency in which -- particularly on the subject of war (the president was, for instance, already America’s global assassin-in-chief) -- his powers increasingly stood outside both Congress and the Constitution. The weapons he’s now bringing to bear, including executive orders and the U.S. military, were already well prepared for him.  The refugees he makes such effective use of, whether from Syria or Central America, came to him, at least in part, thanks to this country’s war and other policies that had already roiled significant parts of the planet.  Before entering the Oval Office, the only aspect of such preparations he had any role in was the increasingly staggering inequalitythat gave a “populist” billionaire president, always ready to put more money in the hands of his .01% pals, a pained but receptive audience in the heartland.

In other words, this world and the fever dream that goes with it were Donald Trump’s oyster before he ever lifted a finger in the White House.  As a result, no election results, no matter whether the Democrats or the Republicans “win,” are likely to bring that temperature down.  In fact, if the Democrats do take the House (or even Congress), Donald Trump is unlikely to become more pliable.  If the Mueller report results in impeachment proceedings in the House, he won’t be humbled.  In the face of any such development, my guess is that his impulse will be to become more autocratic, more imperial, and even possibly more fascistic.  And the same may hold if the Republicans hang onto both houses of Congress.

Waiting for the Red Hats

Even before the vote was in, the evidence was there.  In the lead-up to the election, 5,000-plus U.S. troops (or maybe 15,000?) are headed for the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with what the president has called both an “invasion” and a “national emergency.” ("Fake news!") There, those troops will essentially twiddle their thumbs (since they are legally allowed to do little) simply because the president wanted it so.  There may, in fact, be two soldiers for every desperate refugee, including children and babies, headed toward the U.S. border in that now notorious “caravan” from Honduras.  In other words, on a whim, Donald Trump is already capable of building a wall (of troops) at that border.  The question worth asking is this: In an embattled near-future moment in which a truly Trumpian military figure (think of “him” as the next John Bolton) is in place as secretary of defense and another “national emergency” is declared, where might those troops go next because the president wanted it so?

In the days before the election, the president also threatened to sign an executive order to nullify birthright citizenship -- in the process, threatening to functionally nullify the Constitution (see the 14th Amendment), while bringing back to life the ugliest strains of American racial history just because he wanted it so.  At the moment, he might not even sign that order or, if he does, it might go down big time in Congress and the courts.  But who knows what the future of an executive-order presidency holds, especially with another Supreme Court justice pick or two in place, no matter who controls Congress?

As for those rallies of his: tell me you can’t conceive of a future America in which his adulatory crowds have stopped simply cheering and shouting for him (“Build the wall!” “Lock her up!”) and are now marching for him as well.  Is it really so hard to imagine a future in which there would be a place for a Trump Corps or for “the Red Hats”; for, that is, the kind of social movement that would no longer be confined to the arenas and stadiums of red-state America or even the polling booths of Election Day, one that might indeed be in the streets of this country at the beck and call of a fierce and autocratic billionaire?

In an increasingly unsettled world, an Autocrats, Incorporated moment globally, with an ever more powerful chief executive, and a right wing still on the march, everything that Donald Trump inherited could certainly be intensified further.  And he might be just the man to do it.  In a world in which Congress is no longer fully in his camp, in which legal charges against him, his family, and his cronies only grow, to adapt a title from a Russian novel of the early twentieth century, unquiet could flow The Don -- and in that lies peril for us all.   

Now, excuse me, I’m heading out to vote. 

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of theAmerican Empire Projectand the author of a history of the Cold War,The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of theNation Instituteand runsTomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book isA Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

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          UNICEF Official Calls Yemen A Living Hell For Children      Cache   Translate Page      
In addition to causing shortages of food and clean water, fighting has led to the breakdown of Yemen's medical system. Half of Yemeni children under 5 are chronically malnourished, the U.N. reports.
          Iran on the mark for military reprisals to US sanctions. Israel conducts air, special ops drills      Cache   Translate Page      
DEBKA Tehran faces a choice between “its destructive behavior” or “economic disaster,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sunday, Nov. 4, the day before US sanctions, lifted after the 2015 nuclear deal, were re-imposed on Iran. He said he was confident that Tehran would at the end of the day accept President Donald Trump’s conditions for sanctions relief, i.e. limiting missile production and development, halting terrorism against other countries (he cited Denmark, where an Iranian assassination attempt was foiled ), withdrawing its forces from involvement in Middle East countries, like Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and retire to behind its Read More
           Tooth mortality in smokers and nonsmokers in a selected population in Sana'a, Yemen       Cache   Translate Page      
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          Yemen Civilians Trapped as Saudi-Led Forces Close In on Hodeidah Port      Cache   Translate Page      

Yemen Civilians Trapped as Saudi-Led Forces Close In on Hodeidah Port | Saudi warplanes, ships pound vital aid port

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          11/4/2018: Worldwide: ‘Grim irony’ as European aid in Yemen bombed by British-backed airstrikes      Cache   Translate Page      

projects in Yemen funded by the international charity Oxfam have been hit in Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes, it has emerged. A vital cholera treatment centre in Abs, in the Hajjah province, was hit in June in coalition war strikes supported by...
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Stena Bulks fartyg Stena Imperial har angripits av pirater under en färd genom Röda havet väster om Yemen. .
          Either Way They Vote Americans Remain Suckered Into Being a Worldwide Genocidal Killing Machine      Cache   Translate Page      
Americans being suckered into focusing on voting for one of the two parties of the ruling genocidal Wall St. plutocracy, US CIA controlled media informs of Yemeni children dying from bombs & starvation knowing its captive audience will not turn against the American killing machine. Once USA-EU loses hegemony, the many nations that have seen their children murdered by USA and European empires will sue for justice at a new UN
          Yemen is Another US Dirty War      Cache   Translate Page      
If the US is sincere in wanting peace, which it shows no real desire for, then it will put a stop to the bombing within 24 hours.
          Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil: 'I have witnessed the power of prayer'      Cache   Translate Page      

Bangalore, India, Nov 6, 2018 / 03:24 pm (ACI Prensa).- Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest who was kidnapped in 2016 and held captive for 18 months by terrorists in Yemen, said that his ability to persevere “was thanks to the prayers of everyone” who interceded for him.

“Prayer is the best thing that God has given us and can obtain everything,” he told ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language sister agency. “Surrendered to the Lord's will, during my captivity I prayed to the Lord that they would release me soon, but I also asked him to give me the grace to complete the mission that he had planned for me.”

A Salesian missionary, Uzhunnalil first garnered the world's attention when he was kidnapped March 4, 2016, during an attack on a Missionaries of Charity home in Aden, Yemen, that left 16 people dead, including four Sisters.

His international profile grew when rumors spread that he was to be crucified on Good Friday, which were later discredited. After that, numerous photos and videos were released depicting Uzhunnalil, thin and with an overgrown beard, pleading for help and for his release, saying that his health was deteriorating and he was in need of hospitalization.

The government of Oman and the Holy See had worked for the priest’s release. He was freed Sept. 12, 2017.

In an interview with ACI Prensa the priest recalled the experience he went through in Yemen.

“The churches in Yemen had been attacked and vandalized, but in the days prior to my kidnapping the situation had stabilized somewhat,” he said.

However, on the morning of March 4, 2016, when he was praying in the chapel of the Missionaries of Charity, he heard gunshots outside. He saw jihadists killing four of the sisters.

“I prayed for God's mercy on the sisters who had died and also for those who had killed them,” he said. “They then told me to come outside and asked me if I were a Muslim. I told them no, that I was a Christian. And they put me in the back seat of the car.”

“A little later they opened the door again and threw in something metallic wrapped in some cloth. I knew that it was the tabernacle that the sisters had in the chapel,” he explained.

While Uzhunnalil said his captors did not physically harm him, he did suffer psychological torture.

“They took everything away from me, although they gave me a little water and food,” he recalled.

During that time, they changed his location five or six times, and he said that he never knew the exact location where he was being held.

In the 18 months he was held captive, Uzhunnalil relied upon prayer for perseverance.

“It was thanks to the prayers of everyone who prayed for me that I was able to endure what I was going through. It wasn't because of my personal fortitude but because of the prayers of my brothers and sisters in the faith,” he said.

Uzhunnalil also relied on personal prayer during his captivity.

“Every day, I prayed the Angelus; three or four Rosaries; an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the sisters who died; the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; I meditated on the Way of the Cross; and I celebrated Holy Mass spiritually - I didn't have any bread or wine but I said the prayers from memory,” he said.

“I prayed for my captors and I thanked God for the seed of goodness they could have in their hearts. Thanks be to God, I don't hold any rancor or hatred for them,” he added.

“God knew everything that was happening, because they should have killed me in the beginning, but they didn't. They kept me alive even though I said I was a Christian. Here I am now, free, to bear witness that God is alive, that he has heard our prayers and has answered us. I have witnessed the power of prayer,” he told ACI Prensa.

After his release on September 12, 2017, he met with Pope Francis, a moment that was “tremendously emotional.” 

“During the meeting with Pope Francis, I cried and I thanked him for the prayers he had prayed for me that he had asked to be prayed for me.”

Uzhunnalil encouraged all Christians who are suffering persecution today to be steadfast in prayer and in faith in God.

The priest currently lives in Bangalore, India, since Yemen is still at war. However, he assures that he is ready to go back to the country “if that's God's will.”

This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

 


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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


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(satire) The Saudi crown prince reportedly touted the hundreds of Yemeni lives saved by so much time focused on killing Jamal Khashoggi.


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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.


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          Kenya: Kenya: Kakuma New Arrival Registration Trends 2018 (as of 31 October 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe


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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe


          Kenya: Kenya: Kakuma Camp Population Statistics by Country of Origin, Sex and Age Group (as of 31 October 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe


          Ethiopia: UNHCR Ethiopia: Urban Refugees Factsheet (September 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen

HIGHLIGHTS

  • By the end of September 2018, there were a total of 22,885 refugees in the capital Addis Ababa, mainly from Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and refugees of other nationalities, including those from the Great Lakes region.

  • Of the total population, 868 are children, who either arrived alone (377 children) or were separated from their parents or relatives during flight (491 children).

  • Of the urban refugee population, 18,122 (79%) are Eritrean refugees. Of these, 17,217 are beneficiaries of the Government’s Out-Of-Camp Policy.

  • UNHCR provides reception services at the Urban Refugee Reception Centre, located around what is popularly known as the Hayahulet Mazoriya in Addis Ababa. In addition to registration and documentation services, individual protection and resettlement counselling are available at the center from Monday to Thursday every week, between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

  • UNHCR undertook its yearly participatory assessment with refugees living in Addis Ababa in August 2018.The findings will assist the UN Refugee Agency to better understand the situation of refugees and will inform the planned programmatic and service delivery activities.

  • Coordination of protection programs targeting refugees in Addis Ababa is done through the monthly Urban and Kenya Borena Sub-Working Group meetings, that are held every 1st Wednesday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the UNHCR office in Bole. The forum brings together the government refugee agency (ARRA), UNHCR and all the partners working with refugees in Addis Ababa in order to ensure coordinated response in service delivery and efficient use of resources in line with UNHCR protection priorities.


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Important Current Affairs 11th October 2018
‘Olly’ made Hockey World Cup mascot
Turtle ‘Olly’ has been declared as the official mascot for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup.Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16, 2018.‘Olly’ represents the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.Olly was also the mascot for Asian Athletics Championships held in 2017.
INS & Aircraft reach for IND-INDO CORPAT
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish and an Indian Dornier (naval maritime time patrol aircraft) from Andaman and Nicobar command entered Belawan harbour, IndonesiaINS Kulish and Indian Dornier will attend the 32nd edition of ‘India – Indonesia coordinated patrol’ (IND-INDO CORPAT).IND-INDO CORPAT began on 11 October 2018 and will end on 27 October 2018.
Pravin appointed as Chief Statistician
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Pravin Srivastava as Chief Statistician of India, and Secretary of the Statistics Ministry.Before this, he worked as additional director general in the national accounts division of the Statistics Ministry.Pravin Srivastava is the 1983-batch Indian Statistical Service officer.
‘Bioelectronic medicine’ which repair nerves        
Researchers at Washington University have developed the first bioelectronic medicine.The medicine is an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.The device provides therapy and treatment over a clinically relevant period of time and directly at the site where it’s needed.
Nirmala on a 3-day visit to France
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began a three-day visit to France on 11 October 2018.Ms Sitharaman will hold wide-ranging talks with her French counterpart Florence Parly on ways to deepen strategic cooperation between the two countries.Ms Sitharaman will also take stock of progress in the supply of 36 Rafale jets by Dassault to the Indian Air Force under a Rs. 58,000 crore deal.
Sundar Singh won silver in javelin throw
Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.Gurjar won the silver medal with an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt.
32nd conference of WUWM inaugurated
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Purushottam Rupala inaugurated the 32nd world conference of ‘World Union of Wholesale Markets’ (WUWM).The Conference was held at Gurugram, Haryana on 11 October 2018.The theme of the conference is  ‘The Wholesale Markets in the Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities’.
Sunil Bhaskaran to head AirAsia India
Sunil Bhaskaran has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of low-cost carrier AirAsia India with effect from November 15, 2018.The AirAsia airline is jointly owned by Tata Sons and Air Asia Bhd.Mr Bhaskaran is currently vice-president, Corporate Services at Tata Steel.AirAsia India has a market share of less than 5% and a fleet of 19 aircraft.
RBI board gets two new directors
The government has appointed Sachin Chaturvedi to the central board of the Reserve Bank of India.Revathy Iyer, a former Indian Audit and Accounts Services officer, was also nominated to the RBI board.Both are appointed for a period of four years with effect from September 19, 2018.With these appointments, RBI will now have 18 members on its central board.
International Day of the Girl Child:11 October
International Day of the Girl is observed on 11 October 2018.The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.The theme for 2018 is ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’.October 11, 2012, was the first International Day of the Girl Child.
Sushma Swaraj to attend SCO meeting
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj participated in the 17th Council of Heads of Government (CHG) meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.The meeting was held in Tajikistan on 11 October 2018.This is the second CHG meeting since India became a full member of SCO in June 2017.In 2017, CHG meeting was held in Sochi, Russia.
Online Assurances Monitoring System inagurated
Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel inaugurated the Online Assurances Monitoring System (OAMS).OAMS has been developed by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.This system has made the information regarding assurances given on the floor of the Houses of Parliament paperless and available in digital format.
Cabinet approved the merger of NCVT & NSDA
The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of the regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).The new merged will be named as National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET).NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training.
IWAI launched Ro-Ro service to Majuli Island
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) started Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with the Government of Assam for Majuli Island.IWAI has procured a new vessel ‘MV Bhupen Hazarika’ for the new Ro-Ro service.Majuli is one of the biggest riverine islands in the world located on river Brahmaputra in Assam.
Cabinet approves MoC between India and Finland
The government approved an agreement between India and Finland on cooperation in environment protection in both the countries.The agreement is expected to bring in the latest technologies and best practices suited for bringing about better environment protection.The areas of cooperation also includes air and water pollution prevention and purification, remediation of contaminated soils.
Goa Maritime Symposium – 2018
The Indian Navy will host the ‘Goa Maritime Symposium’ on 16 October 2018.The event is a follow-on to the maiden Goa Maritime Conclave held in 2017.The theme for the one day symposium is “Building Stronger Maritime Partnerships in Indian Ocean Region”.The focus of the symposium is on capacity building among Indian Ocean Region navies to tackle emerging maritime threats,
MoU between India and Lebanon approved
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Lebanon for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.The MoU will promote understanding of best Agricultural practices in the two countries.The MoU will also help in better productivity at farmer fields as well as improved global market.
Tushar Mehta is the new Solicitor General
The Government of India has appointed Tushar Mehta as the Solicitor General of India.At present, Tushar Mehta holds the charge of Additional Solicitor General.He will remain in office till 30th of June, 2020 or till further orders.Solicitor General of India is the second highest ranking law officer of the government.
Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in 10m air pistol      
Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Youth Olympic Games on 10 October 2018.Saurabh also won gold medal in the Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship.This is India’s third gold medal in Buenos Aires and the fourth medal overall for the shooting contingent.
Govt sets ‘minimum river flows’ for the Ganga
The government of India had notified the minimum ‘environmental flows’ for Ganga river.Environmental flows are the acceptable flow regimes that are required to maintain a river in the desired environmental state or predetermined state.The upper stretches of the Ganga would have to maintain 20% of the monthly average flow between November and March.

Important Current Affairs 12th October 2018
Centre approved land pooling policy for Delhi
The government of India has approved a land pooling policy for Delhi.The policy was approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal in September 2018.Under the policy, agencies will develop infrastructures like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres and stadia on part of the pooled land
Over 900 prisoners get special remission
As part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, over 900 prisoners have been released in the first phase of the Government’s scheme for grant of special remission to specific categories of prisoners.The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet on July 18, 2018.The prisoners will be released in three phases- October 2, 2018, April 6, 2019, and October 2, 2019.
Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC began
Silver Jubilee celebrations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) began on 12 October 2018.The Commission will organize a ‘Human Rights Mela’ and ‘Human Rights Street Theatre Festival’.NHRC is an autonomous public body responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights.Retired Justice HL Dattu is the Chairperson of NHRC.
Govt hiked import duty on electronic items
The government has increased basic customs duty on electronic and telecom equipment to 20% from the current 10%.The items that will face customs duty hike include smartwatches, optical transport equipment and voice over internet protocol equipment.The hike will come into effect on 12 October 2018.Restricting imports is a part of the government’s strategy to arrest the rupee’s fall.
World Arthritis Day observed on October 12
World Arthritis Day is observed on the 12th of October every year.The theme of World Arthritis Day 2018 is “It’s in your hands, take action”.World Arthritis Day was launched by the Arthritis Foundation.The objective of the day is to spread awareness about arthritis, and how it affects the lives of those that suffer with it.
India suffered economic loss due to disasters
The report titled ‘Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017’ was released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.According to the report, India suffered a $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years.The greatest economic losses have been experienced by the US at $944.8 billion, followed by China, Japan, India and Puerto Rico.
WB to provide $195 million to Nepal
The World Bank (WB) has announced that it will provide around US$195 million concessional loans to Nepal.The loan amount will be used by Nepal to reform the country’s financial and energy sectors.An agreement to this effect was reached during the ongoing annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) at Bali in Indonesia.
Arun Kumar appointed as Bhilai Steel Plant CEO
Arun Kumar Rath took charge as the new CEO of Bhilai Steel plant on 11 October 2018.He succeeds M Ravi who was removed from the post on October 10 after the fire accident at Bhilai Steel Plant.Rath was earlier the CEO of Durgapur Steel Plant.Anirban Dasgupta, CEO of SAIL’s IISCO Steel Plant at Burnpur, takes additional charge of Durgapur Plant.
Centre for 4th Industrial Revolution launched
The World Economic Forum launched its new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in India.The centre would be based in Maharashtra.It has selected drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain as the first three project areas.The WEF has also entered into partnerships with the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh governments for the new initiative
Amway hires Milind Pant as first global CEO
Direct selling company Amway has announced Milind Pant as its Chief Executive Officer.Mr. Pant will report directly to Amway’s Board of Directors effective January 2, 2019.Amway has been co-led by Van Andel who has served as Amway Chairman since 1995 and Doug DeVos who has served as Amway’s president since 2002.
BoB CEO P.S. Jayakumar gets one-year extension
The government extended the tenure of Bank of Baroda Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer P.S. Jayakumar by one year.Before joining Bank of Baroda, Jayakumar founded VBHC Value Homes Pvt. Ltd along with Jaithirth Rao and worked with Citigroup bank.Jayakumar is a chartered accountant by qualification.
21% Indian children are under-weight: GHI
According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2018, at least one in five Indian children under the age of five are wasted, which means they have extremely low weight for their height, reflecting acute under-nutrition.Overall, India has been ranked at 103 out of 119 countries in the Index.GHI is a peer-reviewed publication released annually by ‘Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.
Punjab govt released 3 apps
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched three mobile apps aimed at checking crop residue burning.The apps also aim to create awareness about the effects of crop residue burning on the environment and human health.The three Android mobile applications have been developed by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC).The three apps are i-Khet Machine, e-PEHaL and e-Prevent.
Sushil Modi released book ‘Lalu Leela’
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi has come out with a nearly 200-page book titled “Lalu Leela”.The book documents “benami” land deals allegedly involving the RJD national president, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members.The preface has been penned by another Union minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead
GD Agarwal who devoted his life to the cause of saving river Ganga, died on 11 October 2018.Agarwal was on a fast-unto-death for the last 111 days.He was a former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.In 2012, he formally renounced the world and adopted the name Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand.
Malaysia abolishes capital punishment
Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty and halt pending executions.Capital punishment in Malaysia is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes.In April 2017, human rights group Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of the death penalty.
Govt package for footwear and leather sector
The Central Government has approved a special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector.The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme – Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore for 2017-20.The scheme aims at development of infrastructure for the leather sector.
Space centre to be set up at Jammu University
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University.The centre will take care of the emerging geospatial and space technology requirements for the development of the region.Apart from this, the disaster management centre will also be set up.
World Bank’s Human Capital Index released
The World Bank released a Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019.The broader theme of the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 is “The Changing Nature of Work”.India is ranked at 115.The report almost reiterated that Indian children are not learning enough in schools.
AIM & IBM India design Internship Programme
NITI Aayog and IBM India announced a first-of-its-kind internship programme for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).The Atal Innovation Mission conducted the Atal Tinkering Marathon in 2017.The students will be equipped with the skills in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain.

Important Current Affairs 13th October 2018
Hurricane Leslie heading to Portugal, Spain
Hurricane Leslie is heading toward Portugal and Spain.The Category 1 storm was about 910 km southwest of Lisbon, Portugal, and about 320 km northwest of Madeira, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.Leslie is moving northeast at 36 mph and it has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.The storm is expected to pass north of Madeira.
Archer Harvinder Singh clinched gold
Archer Harvinder Singh notched up the men’s individual recurve gold, while track-and-field athletes added a silver and a bronze to India’s tally in the Asian Para-Games in Jakarta.Harvinder defeated China’s Zhao Lixue 6-0 in the W2/ST category final to claim the top honours and take India’s gold tally to seven.Monu Ghangas claimed the silver in the men’s discus throw F11 category.
PM Modi to visit Japan for India-Japan Summit
Modi will visit Japan on 28-29 of this month for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit.This will be the fifth Annual Summit meeting between Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their twelfth meeting overall since 2014.Prime Minister’s visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multifaceted cooperation in diverse fields
Saurabh clinched gold in 10-m air pistol
Pistol shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the Gold Medal in the 10-metre air pistol event in the ongoing Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.In Buenos Aires, the 16-year old blew the field away in the final as he finished a massive Seven and a half points ahead of his closest rival.It is India’s 3rd gold in the history of Youth Olympic Games and all 3 have come in this edition in Buenos Aires.
Deepa clinched bronze in Asian Para Games
At the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Rio Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second medal as she clinched a bronze in the women’s F51/52/53 discus throw event.Deepa produced her best effort in her fourth attempt, a 9.67 metre to claim the third spot.Elnaz Darabian of Iran took home the gold and set a new Asian record with her best throw of 10.71 meters.
ICC launched women’s T20I ranking
In the newly launched ICC global Women’s T20I Team Rankings, India is placed fifth while three-time champions Australia topped the 46-team table.The ICC’s move to launch the women’s T20I rankings follows its decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches.An ICC release in Dubai said all women’s T20 matches between members have international status.
5 gold for India on penultimate day
India grabbed 5 gold medals on the penultimate day of the Asian Para Games at Jakarta.K Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event while Kishan Gangolli got the better of Majid Bagheri in the men’s individual event to claim the top spot.In para-badminton, Parul Parmar notched up a victory over Wandee Kamtam to win the gold medal in the women’s singles event.
Cyclone Luban in Oman
Oman has closed schools and ports in the southern part of the country while Yemen’s local authorities prepared health facilities ahead of cyclone Luban.Luban is currently a category one cyclone, which is likely to develop into a Category 2 cyclone within the next 48 hours.\ Luban is travelling northwest, and cloud bands of the cyclone are currently 327 kilometres away from the coast of Oman.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.It is held every year on 13 October.The 2018 theme continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.
India-Azerbaijan signed protocol
The 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation (IA-IGC) was held on 11-12 October 2018 in New Delhi.Both sides agreed to take measures to enhance trade relations and expand business relations.Novruz Mammadov is the PM of Azerbaijan.
Online portal for grant of IEM and IL
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has developed a new online portal for facilitating the filing of online applications for IEM and Industrial Licence (IL) under Arms Act as well as Industries (Development & Regulation)[I(D&R)] Act, 1951 at https://services.dipp.gov.in.This portal will be available for public with effect from 16th October 2018 for filing application.
Word Egg day celebrated
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries organized “World Egg Day” on 12 October.A booklet on poultry entrepreneurs’ success stories was released.International Egg Commission has declared the second Friday of October every year as World Egg Day.This is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of eggs.
13th convention of CIC inaugurated
Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 13th Convention of the Central Information Commission in New Delhi.The Convention will deliberate on three specific subjects – Data privacy and Right to Information, Amendment in the RTI Act and Implementation of the RTI Act.The Central Information Commission set up under the Right to Information Act is the authorised body, established in 2005.
SBI signed MoU with Nepal’s NBI
State Bank of India has signed an MoU with Kathmandu-based National Banking Institute (NBI) for the development of human resources of the latter.Under the MoU, the strategic training unit of SBI will impart education, training and development to facilitate transformation of NBI’s HR department.SBI signed the three-year MoU with NBI to establish a mutually beneficial strategic alliance.
India remains polio-free: UNICEF, WHO
The UNICEF and the WHO reiterated India’s status as a polio-free country.This came after some oral polio vaccine vials were found contaminated with the type-2 polio virus last month.India has a high routine immunisation coverage and so the risk of children getting vaccine-derived polio virus was “minimal”, said the two global organisations in a joint statement.
India’s biggest Zika outbreak in Jaipur
Fifty cases of Zika have been confirmed in Jaipur in India’s biggest outbreak of the disease with 11 pregnant women among them.The mosquito-borne virus puts the unborn child at risk of microcephaly, a birth defect where the baby’s head is smaller than normal.The symptoms include high fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, headache and conjunctivitis.
First IIIC Opened in Bengaluru
The country’s first India-Israel Innovation Centre (IIIC), an entrepreneurial technology hub, was launched in Bengaluru.The IIIC is a significant step towards facilitating penetration of Israeli companies in India.It aims to forge local partnerships and joint ventures between companies from the two countries.It will provide an ecosystem to support entrepreneurship.
NSE signed a pact with Uttarakhand
Leading stock exchange NSE has signed a pact with the Uttarakhand government to provide access to capital to MSMEs.This which will fuel the growth of such entities in the state.The bourse will play an active role in nurturing the SMEs and start-ups by increasing awareness.NSE’s SME Platform has currently 182 companies listed, which together raised over Rs 2,850 crore.
India elected to UNHRC
India has been elected to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council with the highest vote among all candidates.It secured 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019.In the Asia Pacific category, India got 188 votes followed by Fiji with 187 and Bangladesh 178 votes.
Legendary musician Annapurna Devi passed away
Legendary musician Annapurna Devi has passed away in Mumbai. She was 91.Annapurna Devi was an Indian surbahar player of Hindustani classical music and she was the daughter and disciple of Allauddin Khan.She was married to sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

Important Current Affairs 14th October 2018
Important sports News (8-13 Oct 2018)
          Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Over 50k Killed In The War In Yemen Since 2015      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Papa: egoismo, rivalità e vanagloria distruggono la comunità e creano ...      Cache   Translate Page      

“Quando noi leggiamo le notizie delle guerre, pensiamo alle notizie della fame dei bambini nello Yemen, frutto della guerra: è lontano, poveri bambini … ma perché non hanno da mangiare Ma la stessa guerra si fa a casa nostra, nelle nostre istituzioni con questa rivalità: incomincia lì, la guerra! E la pace deve farsi lì: nella famiglia, nella parrocchia, nelle istituzioni, nel posto di lavoro, cercando ...

          Iran, Russia discuss developments in Syria, Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Children at risk as clashes in Hudaydah near hospital      Cache   Translate Page      
Intense fighting near a major hospital in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah has put scores of children at “imminent risk of death”, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, calling on the warring parties to stop hostilities ...
          As Famine Looms in Yemen, Saudi-Led Coalition Redoubles Attacks      Cache   Translate Page      
HUDAYDAH, Yemen — The fight in Yemen has escalated drastically over the past week, exacerbating a dire humanitarian crisis that the United Nations says could spiral into famine — despite, or even because of, a diplomatic push by the United States to get both sides to the peace table. The Saudi-led coalition, which the United […]
          La mutilación genital de las niñas ha descendido bruscamente en África      Cache   Translate Page      

La práctica de la mutilación genital a niñas menores de 14 años ha registrado un gran descenso en la mayoría de las regiones de África en las últimas tres décadas, según un amplio estudio divulgado por la revista científica BMJ Global Health.

La publicación advierte, sin embargo, de que el declive varía por países y subraya que en las dos naciones del oeste de Asia analizadas, Irak y Yemen, la mutilación genital femenina no ha mostrado signos de retroceder.

El trabajo se basa en el análisis de diversas encuestas elaboradas en 29 países de África, más Irak y Yemen, entre 1990 y 2017, que incluyen información referente a 208.195 niñas.

Las tendencias detectadas a partir de esos datos indican que la mutilación de las niñas ha registrado un mayor declive en el este de África, seguido por el norte y el oeste de ese continente.

La prevalencia de esa práctica cayó del 71,4% en 1995 hasta el 8% en 2016 en el este de África, del 58 al 14% entre 1990 y 2015 en el norte de África y del 73,6 al 25,4% en el oeste del continente entre 1996 y 2017.

En Yemen ha crecido esta práctica

En Yemen, en cambio, la práctica afectaba al 1% de las niñas en 1997, pero pasó al 15,9% en 2013, mientras que en Irak, el único punto de datos disponible, de 2011, indica que el 21% de las niñas menores de 14 años sufrió mutilación genital.

El estudio publicado en BMJ Global Health, elaborado por investigadores de la Universidad de Northumbria, en Reino Unido, subraya que las tendencias detectadas en África constatan el éxito de las iniciativas nacionales e internacionales para erradicar estas prácticas.

Aun así, recalcan que todavía quedan "razones significativas para la preocupación".

"Los factores de riesgo todavía están presentes, lo que significa que potencialmente podría darse una tendencia inversa en algunos países", advierte el estudio.


          US Forces Hit Al-Qaeda in Yemen With 2 Unreported Airstrikes in September      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US armed forces carried out two previously unreported air strikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) targets in Yemen in September, Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release on Tuesday, raising its tally of strikes for the month to 36.
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Election Day is finally here. I'll be so glad to be done with campaign ads ruining watching Jeopardy for me. I'll be glad to stop getting tweets from the RNC begging me for money and the unsolicited phone calls urging us to go out and vote. I'll be glad to have real results rather than guesses based on polling that is based on guesses as to who will turn out to vote. I'll be glad to stop reading all the tea-leaf reading on who turned out for early voting when we don't know how these people are voting, particularly the independents. The news tonight might be good or bad for Republicans, but most likely it will be mixed. But I suspect that there may be some disappointing results in some of these races. I hate the idea that certain really rather repellent candidates such as Keith Ellison, Bob Menendez, or Kyrsten Sinema might win. I would hate to see Mia Love be defeated. I can't stand the way that Andrew Gillum has cried racism any time he's been criticized. And I can't stand the phoniness of Beto O'Rourke. So there are a lot of depressing results that I'm anticipating.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Yes, yes it is creepy.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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















          Comment on The U.S. Backs the Mideast's Most Reactionary Nation, by Eric Margolis      Cache   Translate Page      
The article states the obvious but does not offer any solution. That MBS' hands have blood on them is a fact. Trump should think what he would do if it were Iran accused of this shameful murder and act on it. He should demand, as a minimum, the removal of MBS. No War support unless that is done. War on Yemen will automatically scale down and eventually end. Saudis will always be under US control, no matter what. I know, I have been there. It is not Saudi Arabia that Trump is afraid of, it is Israel. Israel needs Saudi Arabia and MBS is doing Israel's bidding. Hence Netanyahu bragging that he told Trump to give MBS pass on this murder. Time for talk is long over. It is time for US, President and the Congress to act. Where is Lindsay Graham? All of a sudden there is total silence.
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#1 ¿Borrell?

Nunca, por Dios

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          #1 Borrell da información falsa al Senado sobre la intervención militar saudí en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

Mentir.

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Hundreds of airstrikes have hit civilian areas in Hodeidah despite calls for ceasefire

Instead of bringing calm to the besieged Yemeni city, calls for a ceasefire in Hodeidah have brought some of the worst violence the vital port has yet faced in the three-year war.

Baseem al-Janani, who lives in the city, said: “The clashes are absolutely crazy right now. I have a headache from the shelling and bombing in the east. People are trapped in their houses for hours at a time because of shrapnel and gunfire. But their houses are not safe either.”

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          Yemeni Forces Kill, Arrest Dozens of Saudi-led Mercenaries in Al-Baydaa: Military Spokesman      Cache   Translate Page      


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

Yemeni Forces Repel Saudi-led Renewed Offensive on Hodeidah

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

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures during a meeting with the directors and deputies of Iran's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance, in Tehran, the Iranian capital, on November 5, 2018. (Photo by IRNA)

Iran will break US sanctions: President Rouhani

Mon Nov 5, 2018 08:19AM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will break the sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran as well as on countries that do business with it, shortly after a round of anti-Iran sanctions by America took effect.
Speaking at a meeting with the directors and deputies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance on Monday, President Rouhani said, “We should break the sanctions very well, and we will do that.”
“With the help of the people, and the unity that exists in our society, we have to make the Americans understand that they must not use the language of force, pressure, and threats to speak to the great Iranian nation. They must be punished once and for all,” the Iranian president said.
The meeting and remarks came shortly after a new round of US sanctions took effect. The new bans target, among other things, Iran’s oil sales and Central Bank. More Iranian individuals have also been targeted by the US Department of the Treasury.
The US measures also include so-called secondary sanctions — punitive measures against third countries doing business with Iran.

Iranians trample on huge prints of US 100-dollar banknote images during a demonstration outside the former US embassy in the capital, Tehran, on November 4, 2018, to mark the anniversary of its takeover in 1979. (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald Trump introduced a first round of “primary” and “secondary” sanctions against Iran and its trade partners in August.
In May, he unilaterally pulled the US out of a multilateral deal with Iran. Two months later, footage reportedly came out in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed he had personally convinced Trump to withdraw from the Iran deal.
Iran struck the deal with originally six world powers and the European Union (EU) back in 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of restrictions mainly on its oil sales.
Despite the US withdrawal, Iran has stayed in the deal but has stressed that the other parties to the agreement have to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout. Europe has been taking a range of measures to meet the Iranian demand for practical guarantees.
President Rouhani said Europe, too, was angry at US policies.
“Today, what the Americans are doing is merely pressure [ordinary] people, and no one else. It’s pressure [that is being put] on [the Iranian] people, other nations, other [foreign] businesses, and other governments,” he said. “Today, we are not the only ones who are angry at US policies; even European businesses and governments are angered by US policies, too.”
The US had since the May 8 withdrawal designated November 4 as the date when it aimed to bring Iran’s oil sales down to “zero.” However, three days ahead of that much-advertised deadline, the US granted waivers to eight major state buyers of Iranian crude.
President Rouhani said US officials had in fact conceded defeat.
“They (the Americans) saw that they couldn’t replace [Iranian oil on the market]; and even assuming they did not concede defeat and did not grant waivers to countries, we would still be able to sell our oil [because] we have adequate capabilities to do that,” the Iranian president said.
‘Europeans want Trump gone’
In his Monday remarks, President Rouhani also said he believed that America had never before seen as lawless an administration as that of Trump’s.
He said all US administrations had violated international law, but “these (current officials) score on top on the lawlessness rankings.”
“I don’t recall a group assuming power at the White House that was racist as these,” the Iranian president said.
“This is not [just] us who wish for the life of this incumbent administration in the US to become shorter and shorter; their (the Americans’) own European allies have told me in [private] meetings that that is one of their wishes,” President Rouhani said.
‘Dialog needs no intermediary, but US must honor promises’
President Rouhani said that when he was in New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in September, “the leaders of four major countries” sought to broker a meeting between him and the US president. He did not name those leaders.
The Iranian chief executive said, however, that there was no need for mediation.
“Honor your obligations first! We will speak then,” Rouhani said, addressing American officials. “We have no problem with talking. If our interlocutor honors its word and promises, what will be wrong with talking?”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York, the US, on September 26, 2018, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. (Photo by AFP)
He noted that the unilateral withdrawal from the Iran deal has isolated the US.
“Just look at how many countries support the US move and how many don’t,” he said. “The fact America insists on something and the entire European Union resists that same thing is nothing simple. That means victory for [our] diplomacy and foreign policy.”
Earlier, President Rouhani’s chief of staff announced that Trump had eight times requested a meeting with the Iranian president while he was in New York but had been rejected all eight times.
‘Iran in economic war with US’ & ‘Iran’s economic problems will end’
President Rouhani also said that the Islamic Republic was engaged in “an economic war” with the US.
“We have to stand and fight, and win,” he said. “God will make us win.”
The Iranian president also said the current economic problems faced by Iran will not continue.
“We will re-launch economic growth. No one should think the trend we have been seeing in the past several months will continue like that. This trend will be stopped.”
Iran’s national currency has lost some of its value against the US dollar over the past months. While the Iranian rial has partially rebounded, it continues to be at a low exchange rate against the US dollar.
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          Under the Pakistani volcano      Cache   Translate Page      

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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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          Saudi Arabia Praised by 75% of UN Delegates in Human Rights Review      Cache   Translate Page      

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

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          Comment on Are We Next Victim of the Yemen-style Blackout? by Paul      Cache   Translate Page      
I heard from SGT Report or X22 Report not sure exactly, that the transformers take 2 years to build and they are the size of a house and there are SIX railway cars in the entire USA to transport them...and they are NOT made in the USA.
          NETANYAHU SECRETLY MET OMAN FM IN GERMANY.      Cache   Translate Page      
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

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

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

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

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

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

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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          Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil: 'I have witnessed the power of prayer'      Cache   Translate Page      

Bangalore, India, Nov 6, 2018 / 03:24 pm (ACI Prensa).- Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest who was kidnapped in 2016 and held captive for 18 months by terrorists in Yemen, said that his ability to persevere “was thanks to the prayers of everyone” who interceded for him.

“Prayer is the best thing that God has given us and can obtain everything,” he told ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language sister agency. “Surrendered to the Lord's will, during my captivity I prayed to the Lord that they would release me soon, but I also asked him to give me the grace to complete the mission that he had planned for me.”

A Salesian missionary, Uzhunnalil first garnered the world's attention when he was kidnapped March 4, 2016, during an attack on a Missionaries of Charity home in Aden, Yemen, that left 16 people dead, including four Sisters.

His international profile grew when rumors spread that he was to be crucified on Good Friday, which were later discredited. After that, numerous photos and videos were released depicting Uzhunnalil, thin and with an overgrown beard, pleading for help and for his release, saying that his health was deteriorating and he was in need of hospitalization.

The government of Oman and the Holy See had worked for the priest’s release. He was freed Sept. 12, 2017.

In an interview with ACI Prensa the priest recalled the experience he went through in Yemen.

“The churches in Yemen had been attacked and vandalized, but in the days prior to my kidnapping the situation had stabilized somewhat,” he said.

However, on the morning of March 4, 2016, when he was praying in the chapel of the Missionaries of Charity, he heard gunshots outside. He saw jihadists killing four of the sisters.

“I prayed for God's mercy on the sisters who had died and also for those who had killed them,” he said. “They then told me to come outside and asked me if I were a Muslim. I told them no, that I was a Christian. And they put me in the back seat of the car.”

“A little later they opened the door again and threw in something metallic wrapped in some cloth. I knew that it was the tabernacle that the sisters had in the chapel,” he explained.

While Uzhunnalil said his captors did not physically harm him, he did suffer psychological torture.

“They took everything away from me, although they gave me a little water and food,” he recalled.

During that time, they changed his location five or six times, and he said that he never knew the exact location where he was being held.

In the 18 months he was held captive, Uzhunnalil relied upon prayer for perseverance.

“It was thanks to the prayers of everyone who prayed for me that I was able to endure what I was going through. It wasn't because of my personal fortitude but because of the prayers of my brothers and sisters in the faith,” he said.

Uzhunnalil also relied on personal prayer during his captivity.

“Every day, I prayed the Angelus; three or four Rosaries; an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the sisters who died; the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; I meditated on the Way of the Cross; and I celebrated Holy Mass spiritually - I didn't have any bread or wine but I said the prayers from memory,” he said.

“I prayed for my captors and I thanked God for the seed of goodness they could have in their hearts. Thanks be to God, I don't hold any rancor or hatred for them,” he added.

“God knew everything that was happening, because they should have killed me in the beginning, but they didn't. They kept me alive even though I said I was a Christian. Here I am now, free, to bear witness that God is alive, that he has heard our prayers and has answered us. I have witnessed the power of prayer,” he told ACI Prensa.

After his release on September 12, 2017, he met with Pope Francis, a moment that was “tremendously emotional.” 

“During the meeting with Pope Francis, I cried and I thanked him for the prayers he had prayed for me that he had asked to be prayed for me.”

Uzhunnalil encouraged all Christians who are suffering persecution today to be steadfast in prayer and in faith in God.

The priest currently lives in Bangalore, India, since Yemen is still at war. However, he assures that he is ready to go back to the country “if that's God's will.”

This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

 


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A Yemeni journalist and activist seeking asylum in Sweden has been asked to move to the Czech Republic to have her case heard there, despite having family resident in Sweden.
          BM: Suudilerin harekâtı hastanedeki 59 çocuğu tehdit ediyor      Cache   Translate Page      
UNICEF, Yemen'in Hudeyde kentinde Suudi Arabistan liderliğindeki koalisyonun düzenlediği harekâtın 59 çocuğun yattığı bir hastaneyi tehdit ettiğini duyurdu.
          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’.


          Vídeo: Murió la niña yemení Amal, símbolo de la hambruna en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

Murió a causa de la hambruna la niña yemení Amal Husein. En sus últimos días, ella se ha convertido en el símbolo del “infierno” en el que viven niños yemeníes.

La foto de la menor, de 7 años, publicada en el diario estadounidense The New York Times ha conmovido al mundo, poniendo en relieve la catastrófica situación que padecen estos pequeños.

El Fondo de Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef) califica Yemen como un “infierno en vida” para el 50 o 60 % de los niños, con casi 1,8 millones de pequeños padeciendo desnutrición aguda.

Según el organismo internacional, cada 10 minutos, muere un niño por enfermedades que se pueden prevenir fácilmente, y unos 30 000 menores pierden la vida cada año por malnutrición.

Más de un millón de mujeres embarazadas o en período de lactancia padecen anemia. Estas madres y sus niños sufren de las terribles circunstancias de su país devastado por la guerra y necesitan ayuda humanitaria urgente.

Yemen, país más pobre del mundo árabe, no siempre ha estado en una buena situación, pero los casi 4 años de agresión de Arabia Saudí en su contra lo ha convertido en la “mayor crisis humanitaria del mundo”, de acuerdo al Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR).

 

          

Fuente: HispanTv


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Rohaní afirma que Irán seguirá exportando petróleo y aduce que EE.UU. ha dado “marcha atrás” al eximir a 8 países de las sanciones al crudo iraní.

“Irán venderá su petróleo y dejará sin efecto las sanciones”, ha enfatizado hoy lunes el presidente de Irán, Hasan Rohani, en una reunión con las autoridades económicas.

El mandatario asegura que la decisión de Washington de exonerar temporalmente a ocho países de las sanciones al crudo iraní, que entran hoy en vigor junto con otras restricciones a las transacciones financieras y al sector portuario, significa, en realidad, que EE.UU. ha dado “marcha atrás” en el tema de las sanciones.

Ha destacado, asimismo, el apoyo que muchos países del mundo, incluso aliados de Estados Unidos, han dado al acuerdo nuclear alcanzado en 2015 entre Teherán y el Grupo 5+1 –compuesto entonces por EE.UU., el Reino Unido, Francia, Rusia y China, más Alemania–, tras la salida unilateral de Washington del pacto, de nombre oficial Plan Integral de Acción Conjunta (PIAC o JCPOA, por sus siglas en inglés).

“Estados Unidos se ha quedado aislado por sus políticas recientes”, explica Rohani, asegurando a la vez que las políticas de la Administración de Estados Unidos violan las normas internacionales.

Rohani ha condenado, además, el asesinato brutal del periodista disidente saudí Jamal Khashoggi y ha arremetido contra la Casa Blanca por apoyar a los saudíes, por apoyar a “un régimen que asesina diariamente yemeníes y asola aun más las ruinas” del país más pobre del mundo árabe.

También ha repudiado el apoyo que brinda EE.UU. a “un régimen genocida”—en referencia al régimen de Israel— que bombardea al reprimido pueblo de Palestina, y asegura que la actual Administración de Estados Unidos tiene puntos de vista racistas.

A modo de colofón, ha elogiado la unidad de la nación persa e insistido en que su país seguirá ayudando los pueblos de la región. Sus declaraciones se producen después de que el secretario de Estado estadounidense, Mike Pompeo, señalara el domingo que las sanciones antiraníes de su país forzarán a Teherán “a alterar su comportamiento” a nivel internacional.

Irán, en respuesta, deja claro que frustrará las sanciones de EE.UU. y venderá su petróleo, y constata que muchos países han ratificado ya su disposición a seguir negociando con Irán pese a los embargos norteamericanos.

 

 

“Sanciones de Trump no harán que Irán se ponga de rodillas”

Las sanciones estadounidenses a Irán tendrán algún impacto negativo sobre el país persa, pero dichas medidas no harán que los iraníes se dobleguen ante Washington.

El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, con sus sanciones busca obligar a Irán a aceptar un nuevo acuerdo que impida al país persa realizar todas las acciones que supuestamente desestabilizan la región, así como frenar sus ambiciones nucleares, de este modo se inicia un artículo periodístico publicado este martes por la cadena británica Sky News. 

Pero la imposición de las medidas restrictivas de lo que los funcionarios norteamericanos lo describen como sus sanciones más duras contra Teherán no logrará cumplir sus objetivos, ha apuntado la autora del informe, Deborah Haynes, citando a varios analistas consultados al respecto.

Estados Unidos ha reimpuesto sanciones a Irán desde que Trump retirara de manera unilateral el pasado mayo a su país del acuerdo nuclear suscrito en 2015 por el país persa y el entonces Grupo 5+1 (EE.UU., Rusia, Francia, el Reino Unido y China, más Alemania) y ratificado por la resolución 2231 del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas (CSNU), so pretexto de limitar el programa defensivo de misiles balísticos desarrollado por Teherán.

En agosto, Washington puso vigente una primera tanda de sanciones antiraníes que afecta a la compra de dólares estadounidenses, el comercio de metales preciosos y la industria automotriz de Teherán, mientras que la segunda tanda de sanciones, reimpuesta ayer lunes por la Casa Blanca, afecta a más de 700 personas, entidades y medios de transporte.

Como las sanciones estadounidenses apuntan a los impulsores clave de la economía iraní: petróleo, transporte y banca, el artículo recoge una primera opinión de Mark Fitzpatrick, un destacado experto en temas nucleares, quien asegura que “obviamente, (dichas medidas) tendrán un impacto muy negativo en la economía (iraní), pero no pondrá a Irán de rodillas”.

“Irán se ha enfrentado a las peores situaciones económicas en el pasado y las ha podido superar”, señala Fitzpatrick, quien encabeza el programa de no proliferación y política nuclear en el Instituto Internacional de Estudios Estratégicos (IISS, por sus siglas en inglés), con sede en Londres (capital británica).

Washington ha acusado a Teherán de utilizar mayores ingresos petroleros y otras fuentes de ingresos para supuestamente “financiar y armar a milicias armadas en la región” así como para continuar probando y desarrollando misiles balísticos, suscribe Haynes como editora de asuntos exteriores de Sky News.

A la vez que añade, que dichas preocupaciones se comparten con aliados como el Reino Unido y Francia, pero estos dos países no creen que Washington tenga razón al retirarse del acuerdo, de nombre oficial Plan Integral de Acción Conjunta (PIAC o JCPOA, por sus siglas en inglés), más cuando Teherán ha cumplido con sus compromisos nucleares tal y como ha confirmado por enésima vez la Agencia Internacional de Energía Atómica (AIEA) a mediados de septiembre.

Desde que el 8 de mayo, EE.UU. abandonara de manera solitaria el pacto, Trump ha intensificado su fulcro para convencer a los demás signatarios del pacto de que acompañen sus políticas, pero estos han mostrado su apoyo al convenio multilateral.

“Esta circunstancia, hará que los impactos de las sanciones tengan un efecto menor de lo deseado por la Casa Blanca”, sentencia la Dra. Beyza Unal, investigadora principal del grupo de expertos de Chatham House, citada en el informe.

Al respecto, Unal opina que una vez materializado el mecanismo financiero (SPV, por sus siglas en inglés) que plantea la Unión Europea (UE) para aliviar las medidas punitivas estadounidenses a las empresas del bloque comunitario con inversiones en Irán, estas sanciones no afectarán a la economía del país persa en la medida que los estadounidenses les hubiera gustado que así fuera.

 

          

Fuente: HispanTv


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          Unicef pide cesar los combates cerca de hospitales en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
La organización sostiene que los combates cerca de los hospitales afectan mayormente a los niños que están recluidos allí y pone sus vidas en peligro.
          Η υπόθεση Κασόγκι και η στρατηγική, τα μέσα και οι στόχοι της Τουρκίας      Cache   Translate Page      

1. Το «μυστήριο» της εξαφάνισης του Κασόγκι

Ο Σαουδάραβας δημοσιογράφος Τζαμάλ Κασόγκι (Jamal Khashoggi), αρθρογράφος στην γνωστή εφημερίδα Washington Post, ξεκίνησε την πορεία του από φιλο-ισλαμιστικές θέσεις, για να καταλήξει σε φιλελεύθερες απόψεις, ασκώντας κριτική σε συγκεκριμένες επιλογές της χώρας του. Η εξαφάνισή του συγκέντρωσε τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας μετά τις καταγγελίες της Τουρκίας για δολοφονία του, μέσα στο προξενείο της Σαουδικής Αραβίας στην Κωνσταντινούπολη. Αρχικά, η Τουρκική εφημερίδα Daily Sabah ανέφερε ότι διαθέτει οπτικοακουστικό υλικό από την πράξη αυτή, χωρίς όμως να το δημοσιοποιήσει, ενώ μέρος του υλικού αυτού ενδεχομένως επιδείχθηκε στην Διευθύντρια της CIA, όταν επισκέφθηκε την Τουρκία προσφατα.

Το υλικό αυτό (εφόσον τελικά υπάρχει) είναι προφανές ότι ελήφθη με παράνομο τρόπο, δηλαδή είτε με την εγκατάσταση εξοπλισμού παρακολούθησης στο Προξενείο είτε με την υποκλοπή των μέσων επικοινωνίας του προξενείου, οπότε δεν αναμένεται ούτε στο μέλλον να δημοσιοποιηθεί. Όπως προκύπτει, μεταξύ άλλων, και από μια σχετικά πρόσφατη Έκθεση του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου για παρεμφερές θέμα, υπάρχουν πολλαπλές δυνατότητες παρακολούθησης εχθρών και φίλων.

Έκτοτε, η Τουρκία καθοδηγεί τις εξελίξεις κατά το συμφέρον της, πιέζοντας την Σαουδική Αραβία να αλλάζει συνεχώς την ερμηνεία των γεγονότων, ώστε να πλησιάζει την δική της εκδοχή.

Για παράδειγμα:

  • η πρόσφατη παραδοχή από την Σαουδαραβική Κυβέρνηση της δολοφονίας του Κασόγκι και η επακόλουθη σύλληψη 18 ατόμων στην Σαουδική Αραβία με την κατηγορία αυτήν, προκάλεσαν το αίτημα της Τουρκίας για παράδοσή τους, προκειμένου να δικαστούν από Τουρκικά δικαστήρια, που κατά την γνώμη μας έχει επικοινωνιακό μόνο χαρακτήρα και δεν στηρίζεται στην διεθνή νομοθεσία.
  • η μη εύρεση του πτώματος (που σύμφωνα με Τούρκο εισαγγελέα οφείλεται στην εξαφάνισή του με χρήση καυστικών χημικών υγρών) αποτέλεσε την αφορμή για την από κοινού έρευνα Τούρκων και Σαουδαράβων των χώρων του προξενείου και της προξενικής οικίας, χωρίς ουσιαστικά ευρήματα. Στην συνέχεια, η δήλωση αξιωματούχων της Σαουδικής Αραβίας ότι μετά την δολοφονία, το πτώμα παραδόθηκε σε μεσάζοντα, προκάλεσε το αίτημα της Τουρκίας να αποκαλυφθεί ο μεσάζων.
  • η απομάκρυνση ορισμένων υψηλόβαθμων αξιωματούχων της Σαουδικής Αραβίας οδήγησε στο αίτημα της Τουρκίας να διευκρινιστεί ποιος έδωσε την εντολή, ενώ μέσα μαζικής ενημέρωσης εκφράζουν υπόνοιες πως ίσως να ήταν ενήμερος ο ίδιος ο Πρίγκιπας – Διάδοχος Μοχάμετ (Mohammed Ben Salman, συνοπτικά MBS).

Η καλά μελετημένη αυτή στρατηγική, που μοιάζει με το παιχνίδι της γάτας με το ποντίκι, μέχρι τώρα έχει αναμφισβήτητο νικητή την Τουρκία, που, στα πλαίσια του ενδιαφέροντος των ξένων μέσων ενημέρωσης για την τύχη του γνωστού δημοσιογράφου, χρησιμοποιεί επιδέξια τα όποια στοιχεία κατέχει η Τουρκική Υπηρεσία Πληροφοριών (MIT), προκειμένου να συντηρεί το θέμα στην επικαιρότητα και να πιέζει πρώην υποστηρικτές της, όπως η Σαουδική Αραβία, οι ΗΠΑ και το Ισραήλ, που πλέον έχουν απομακρυνθεί από την πολιτική της Τουρκίας, για ανταλλάγματα.

Πάντως δεν θα μας παραξένευε αν στο απώτερο μέλλον αποδειχθεί ότι η Τουρκία, κάνοντας χρήση των πληροφοριών που ενδεχομένως αποκτούσε από τις παρακολουθήσεις, «διευκόλυνε» την άφιξη και έμμεσα την δολοφονία του Κασόγκι στην Τουρκία, όπου οι συνθήκες θεωρήθηκαν από τους εκτελεστές πιο ευνοϊκές, συγκριτικά με τον τόπο της μόνιμης κατοικίας του, στις ΗΠΑ.

2. Οι στόχοι της Τουρκίας, βραχυπρόθεσμοι και μη

Ένας βραχυπρόθεσμος στόχος της Τουρκίας, σχετικά με το πώς μπορεί να αξιοποιήσει το προαναφερθέν πλεονέκτημά της φαίνεται να είναι η ενίσχυση της Τουρκικής λίρας από την Σαουδική Αραβία, αφού η ισοτιμία της παραπαίει. Σε αντίθεση όμως με όσους προεξοφλούν την ταπείνωση και υποχώρηση της Τουρκίας στην (κατά τους Τούρκους) οικονομική αντιπαράθεσή της με Δυτικές χώρες, προβάλλοντας επιχειρήματα όπως «την δυσαρέσκεια του κόσμου για την αύξηση των τιμών και τον υψηλό πληθωρισμό» ή «την πιθανή χρεοκοπία των Τουρκικών επιχειρήσεων που έχουν πάρει δάνεια σε ξένο νόμισμα», διατηρούμε επιφυλάξεις, αφού στα Τουρκικά μέσα ενημέρωσης εμφανίζεται μια διαφορετική εικόνα, που θα μπορούσε να έχει κάποια βάση, αφού ενδεικτικά:

  • Οι Τουρκικές εξαγωγές, χάρη στην χαμηλή ισοτιμία της τουρκικής λίρας και τις δυνατότητες της εγχώριας παραγωγής συνεχώς αυξάνουνκαι το έλλειμμα του εμπορικού ισοζυγίου της Τουρκίας αντίστοιχα μειώνεται.
  • Οι επί πολλά χρόνια μεγάλες επενδύσεις Ευρωπαϊκών κυρίως Εταιρειών στην Τουρκία, δυσκολεύουν την λήψη σκληρών μέτρων από την Ε.Ε. κατά της Τουρκίας, για το ουσιαστικά δικτατορικό καθεστώς της.
  • Η Τουρκία αξιοποιεί τις ευκαιρίες που της παρουσιάζονται για να ενισχύσει την οικονομική της θέση, όπως την περίπτωση της Βενεζουέλας, που, κατά πληροφορίες, δέχτηκε να ανταλλάξει τον χρυσό της με Τουρκικά ζυμαρικά (!)
  • Αυξανόμενος αριθμός εμπορικών πράξεων γίνονται σε άλλα νομίσματα (η Τουρκία προχωράει σε συναλλαγές σε ρούβλια, ή ακόμα και σε τοπικά νομίσματα), γεγονός που υπονομεύει την κυριαρχία του δολαρίου και των άλλων διεθνών νομισμάτων.

Συνεκτιμώντας τα ανωτέρω, καθώς και την σχετική χαλάρωση των πιέσεων επί της τουρκικής λίρας το τελευταίο δίμηνο, προκύπτει ότι η όποια οικονομική στήριξη της Σαουδικής Αραβίας θα ήταν μεν σημαντική για την Τουρκία, αλλά όχι απαραίτητη, αφού και χωρίς την ενίσχυση αυτή, πιθανότατα η Τουρκία μπορεί να αντεπεξέλθει, οπότε δεν φαίνεται να είναι αυτός ο βασικός της στόχος.

Ένας μεσοπρόθεσμος στόχος φαίνεται να είναι η αποδυνάμωση της συμμαχίας Σαουδικής Αραβίας-Ισραήλ-ΗΠΑ κατά του άξονα Ρωσίας – Ιράν – Τουρκίας, στα τεκταινόμενα της Μέσης Ανατολής.

Γενικά, ο ρόλος της Σαουδικής Αραβίας είναι στρατηγικής σημασίας για τις ΗΠΑ, για τις μεγάλες πωλήσεις στρατιωτικού εξοπλισμού, αλλά και τις επενδύσεις της στις ΗΠΑ και θεωρητικά η εξομάλυνση του προβλήματος από την Τουρκία, θα μπορούσε να της προσφέρει κάποιο αντισταθμιστικό όφελος στο Συριακό ζήτημα. Η κατάσταση όμως αυτήν την στιγμή είναι ιδιαίτερα πολύπλοκη: η απόφαση της Ρωσίας για αναστολή της επίθεσης στο Ιντλίμπ (υπό την πίεση Ευρωπαίων και Αμερικανών) ήταν, κατά την γνώμη μας, εσφαλμένη, αφού ενίσχυσε τον ρόλο της Τουρκίας στην Συρία, σήμερα και στο μέλλον, υποβάθμισε το ρόλο του Άσαντ, που θεωρητικά πλέον θα πρέπει να αντιπαρατεθεί με την Τουρκία για να αποκτήσει τον πλήρη έλεγχο της χώρας, ενώ επέτρεψε την κλιμάκωση της επίθεσης της Τουρκίας εναντίον των μόνων αξιόπιστων αντιπάλων της, των Κούρδων, μέσω:

Η ιστορία θα καταγράψει την κοντόφθαλμη προσέγγιση των Μεγάλων Δυνάμεων, που εμπλεκόμενες σε αντιπαραθέσεις με σκοπό την εξασθένηση ή έστω την όχληση του «αντιπάλου», χάνουν την επαφή με όσα συμβαίνουν γύρω τους.

Τέλος, ένας πιο μακροπρόθεσμος στόχος, και ο ουσιαστικότερος κατά την γνώμη μας, είναι η εδραίωση της ηγεμονικής θέσης της Τουρκίας στον ισλαμικό κόσμο. Οι περισσότεροι αναλυτές συμφωνούν ότι στόχος της Τουρκίας δεν είναι η ρήξη της με την Σαουδική Αραβία ή η πίεση για αντικατάσταση του Πρίγκιπα – Διαδόχου με άλλο πρόσωπο, από τον ηλικιωμένο και άρρωστο πατέρα του - βασιλιά της Σαουδικής Αραβίας (σενάρια που ούτως ή άλλως δεν φαίνονται πιθανά), αλλά η αποδυνάμωσή του ως πόλου ικανού να αντιπαρατεθεί στην Τουρκία.

Θυμίζουμε ότι η Σαουδική Αραβία (που περιλαμβάνει και τους ιερούς τόπους, Μέκκα και Μεδίνα) ήταν επί πολλά χρόνια υπό την εξουσία των Οθωμανών Τούρκων, ενώ πιο πρόσφατα, χαρακτηριστική ήταν η τύχη της Αραβικής Αλεξανδρέττας, που μετά την παράνομη κατάληψή της από τους Τούρκους, μεταβλήθηκε και η δημογραφική της σύνθεση. Παραδόξως, αυτό δεν φαίνεται να εμπόδισε κάποιες Αραβικές χώρες να χρηματοδοτήσουν τα Τουρκικά σχέδια για την ενίσχυση των ισλαμιστών εναντίον του Άσαντ, καθώς και την υποστήριξη του πολιτικού ισλάμ σε Ευρωπαϊκές και άλλες χώρες, γεγονότα, που, με τον τρόπο που γίνονται, μόνο την Τουρκία ωφελούν.

Ανάλογη πολιτική ακολουθεί η Τουρκία και σήμερα, στην Κύπρο και την Συρία, υπό την ανοχή των Μεγάλων αλλά και των Περιφερειακών Δυνάμεων. Παράλληλα, φαίνεται ότι συγκεκριμένες χώρες, όπως η Ρωσία και το Ιράν στοχοποιούνται, ενώ άλλες όχι. Μήπως δεν είναι αρκετά σαφές ότι στην πλήρη ανάπτυξη των στρατιωτικών δυνατοτήτων της Τουρκίας, αυτές ενδεχομένως να περιλαμβάνουν πυραύλους μεγάλης ακτίνας και (μέσω της εξοικείωσης με την πυρηνική τεχνολογία και της υλοποίησης των σχεδιαζόμενων πυρηνικών Σταθμών) ακόμα και πυρηνικές κεφαλές;

3. Η πολυπράγμων Τουρκική Υπηρεσία Πληροφοριών (ΜΙΤ)

Η δράση της ΜΙΤ δεν περιορίζεται στο εσωτερικό της Τουρκίας, αφού στο εξωτερικό ασκεί δραστηριότητες όπως η κατασκοπία, η προσπάθεια ελέγχου της Τουρκικής Διασποράς και η επέκταση του πολιτικού ισλάμ, συχνά συνδυαστικά με διπλωματικές, επιχειρηματικές, πολιτιστικές και άλλες πρωτοβουλίες της Τουρκικής κυβέρνησης.

Μεταξύ άλλων, αναφέρουμε:

  • Την απαγωγή τον τελευταίο χρόνο τουλάχιστον 80 Τούρκων πολιτών από 18 χώρες, για να δικαστούν στην Τουρκία ως συνεργάτες του Γκιουλέν.
  • Την δολοφονία, το 2013 στο Παρίσι τριών αγωνιστριών του ΡΚΚ (υπόθεση που τελικά έκλεισε με συνοπτικές διαδικασίες) ή την εκτέλεση το 1994 του Κύπριου Θεόφιλου Γεωργιάδη και στην συνέχεια των 3 πληρωμένων Κυπρίων φυσικών αυτουργών, εξ αιτίας των επαφών του με τους Κούρδους ή και της έρευνάς του για τους Έλληνες και Κύπριους αγνοούμενους της Τουρκικής εισβολής.
  • Την προαναφερθείσα παροχή οπλισμού στην Συριακή αντιπολίτευση, περιλαμβανομένων φανατικών ισλαμιστικών ομάδων, αλλά και την μέχρι σήμερα προσπάθεια ένταξής τους στα σχέδια της Τουρκίας για πολύχρονη παραμονή στην περιοχή.

Στην Ελλάδα, θα μπορούσαμε να σταθούμε στα πιο κάτω γεγονότα, που έχουν δει το φως της δημοσιότητας :

  • Τις μεγάλες φωτιές που, όπως παραδέχθηκε ο πρώην Πρωθυπουργός της Τουρκίας Γιλμάζ, Τούρκοι πράκτορες έβαζαν στην Ελλάδα, το 1995-1997.
  • Την επιχείρηση Οτσαλάν, που στέφθηκε με πλήρη επιτυχία για την Τουρκία, αφού όχι απλά συνελήφθη ο ηγέτης του ΡΚΚ, αλλά φάνηκε να συμβάλλει σε αυτό και η Ελληνική Κυβέρνηση.
  • Επιχειρήσεις κατασκοπίας Ελληνικών στρατιωτικών εγκαταστάσεων, που συνήθως γίνονται, για ευνόητους λόγους, από πολίτες ξένων χωρών.
  • Υπόνοιες για την ενδεχόμενη συμμετοχή τους σε γεγονότα, όπως η πυρπόληση της Συναγωγής στα Χανιά, πράξη που είχε αποδοθεί αρχικά σε Έλληνες αντισημίτες, μέχρι που συνελήφθησαν οι ξένοι υπήκοοι που την εκτέλεσαν, η εγκατάσταση μηχανισμού υποκλοπής σημάτων σε σημαντικές στρατιωτικές εγκαταστάσεις, κλπ.

4. Συμπεράσματα για το μέλλον

Τα πρώτα συμπεράσματα αφορούν την πολιτική της Σαουδικής Αραβίας, που θα πρέπει να στραφεί άμεσα σε επιλογές που θα της επιτρέψουν να προωθήσει την θετική της εικόνα, με κυριότερη, την άμεση κατάπαυση των εχθροπραξιών και την λήξη του πολέμου της Υεμένης, γεγονός που από μόνο του είναι σε θέση να αναιρέσει τις εντυπώσεις από την δολοφονία του Κασόγκι και προς την κατεύθυνση αυτή όλοι φαίνονται να πιέζουν. Θυμίζουμε ότι στο παρελθόν, ο Πρίγκιπας - Διάδοχος είχε προχωρήσει σε θετικές πρωτοβουλίες, όπως η αναβάθμιση της θέσης των γυναικών, με την δυνατότητα να οδηγούν αυτοκίνητα ή να συμμετέχουν σε

          Fuerte descenso en la mutilación genital de niñas en África      Cache   Translate Page      

La prevalencia de mutilación genital de niñas de hasta 14 años se ha reducido considerablemente en la mayoría de las regiones africanas. Sin embargo, en países como Yemen e Irak esta práctica sigue realizándose e incluso ha aumentado, según un estudio observacional que abarca casi tres décadas.

etiquetas: mutilación genital, ablación

» noticia original (www.agenciasinc.es)


          Intisar en exil      Cache   Translate Page      
Avec l'album La Voiture d'Intisar moi qui était resté sur un avis positif mais très en retrait à cause d'un graphisme pas du tout à mon goût, c'est LA bonne surprise avec ce nouvel opus des tribulations de notre yéménite préférée mis en scène par le toujours très bon Pedro Riera, mais qui confie cette fois-ci le dessin à un nouvel auteur, Sagar.

Et pour moi ça change tout ! D'une part parce que le trait de Sagar est ce qui manquait à l'album précédent et que sa mise en couleur est tout simplement sublime. On est pleinement immergé dans le quotidien d'Intisar, on ressent l'amour de son pays le Yemen malgré sa condition de femme, mais aussi celle de la Jordanie où elle a du s'exiler.
Et c'est toute la réussite une nouvelle fois de cet album qui derrière le personnage fictif mais très inspiré d'Intisar nous fait comprendre à travers son quotidien tous les enjeux sociétaux et politiques de cette région complexe. Mis sur le devant de la scène internationale ces derniers jours après l'assassinat d'un journaliste dans son consulat, l'Arabie Saoudite qui mène cette guerre au Yemen est placée face à ses responsabilités et ses absurdités macabres. Les Yéménites (qui en ont les moyens) en sont réduits à l’exil, dont une grande partie se fait vers la Jordanie. Intisar est l'une de ces exilés...

J'ai beaucoup apprécié la construction du récit qui derrière moult anecdotes qui pourraient sembler triviales, permettent surtout de comprendre la réalité et le quotidien des femmes au Yemen. Réalité toute en contradictions avec d'un côté la chape de plomb religieuse qui pèse sur elles en société et ce qu'elles font grâce aux réseau sociaux en intimité par exemple. C'est ce plafond de verre que voudrait bien pouvoir briser Intisar pour pouvoir enfin vivre librement. Et c'est paradoxalement ce que va timidement permettre cette guerre tragique : se libérer de l'emprise masculine qui les maintient dans cette condition.
Alors ne voyons pas pour autant cette guerre comme une "bénédiction", mais permet-elle au moins aux femmes de desserrer la bride qu'elles subissent au quotidien.

Un très bon album que je recommande chaudement pour son intelligence et tout autant pour son graphisme chaleureux et expressif qui sied parfaitement à notre chère Intisar et son pays.

Note : (avis posté par PAco)

Lire tous les avis sur Intisar en exil.
          Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Could Upend the Way Governments Look at Crimes Committed on Embassy Grounds      Cache   Translate Page      

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Morocco: The country that suffered from the worst series of massacres. In the 8th century whole communities were wiped out by Idris the First. In 1033, in the city of Fez, 6,000 Jews were murdered by a Muslim mob. The rise of the Almohad dynasty caused waves of mass murders. According to testimony from that time, 100,000 Jews were slaughtered in Fez and about 120,000 in Marrakesh (this testimony should be viewed with caution). In 1465, another massacre took place in Fez, which spread to other cities in Morocco. There were pogroms in Tetuan in 1790 and 1792, in which children were murdered, women were raped and property was looted. Between 1864 and 1880, there were a series of pogroms against the Jews of Marrakesh, in which hundreds were slaughtered. In 1903, there were pogroms in two cities, Taza and Settat, in which over 40 Jews were killed. In 1907, there was a pogrom in Casablanca in which 30 Jews were killed and many women were raped. In 1912, there was another massacre in Fez in which 60 Jews were killed and about 10,000 were left homeless. In 1948, another series of pogroms began against the Jews which led to the slaughter of 42 in the cities of Oujda and Jrada. Algeria: A series of massacres occurred in 1805, 1815 and 1830. The situation of the Jews improved with the start of the French conquest in 1830, but that did nor prevent anti-Jewish outbursts in the 1880s. The situation deteriorated again with the rise of the Vichy government. Even before 1934, the country was permeated by Nazi influences, which led to the slaughter of 25 Jews in the city of Constantine. When it achieved independence in 1962, laws were passed against citizenship for anyone who was not a Muslim and their property was effectively confiscated. Most of the Jews left, usually completely penniless, together with the French ("pieds noirs"). Libya: In 1785, hundreds of Jews were murdered by Burza Pasha. Under Nazi influence, harassment of the Jews intensified. Jewish property in Benghazi was plundered, thousands were sent to camps and about 500 Jews were killed. In 1945, at the end of World War II, a program against the Jews began and the number of murdered reached 140. The New York Times reported the horrible scenes of babies and old people who had been beaten to death. In the riots that broke out in 1948, the Jews were more prepared, so only 14 were killed. Following the Six Day War, riots broke out once again and 17 Jews were slaughtered. Iraq: A massacre occurred in Basra in 1776. The situation of the Jews improved under British rule in 1917, but this improvement ended with Iraq's independence in 1932. German influences increased and reached a peak in 1941 in the pogrom known as Farhud, in which 182 Jews were slaughtered (according to historian Elie Kedourie, 600 people were actually murdered) and thousands of houses were pillaged. Those were the days of Haj Amin al Husseini, who preached violence against the Jews. After the establishment of the State of Israel, the Iraqi parliament acted according to the Arab League bill and in 1950 and froze the assets of Jews. Sanctions were imposed on those who remained in Iraq. The Farhud massacre and the harassment from 1946 to 1949 to all intents and purposes turned the Iraqi Jews into exiles and refugees. The few thousand who remained in Iraq suffered from harsh edicts. In 1967, 14 Iraqis were sentenced to death on trumped up charges of espionage. Among them were 11 Jews. Radio Iraq invited the masses to the hanging festivities. Syria: The first blood libel in a Muslim country occurred in 1840, and led to the kidnapping and torture of dozens of Jewish children, sometimes to the point of death, and a pogrom against the Jews. In 1986, the Syrian Minister of Defense, Mustafa Talas, published a book, "The Matzah of Zion," in which he claims that the Jews did, indeed, use the blood of a Christian monk to bake matzah. Same old anti-Semitism, new edition. Other pogroms occurred in Aleppo in 1850 and in 1875, in Damascus in 1848 and in 1890, in Beirut in 1862 and in 1874, and in Dir al Kamar there was another blood libel which also led to a pogrom in 1847. That year, there was a pogrom against the Jews of Jerusalem, which was the result of that blood libel. In 1945, the Jews of Aleppo suffered severe pogroms. 75 Jews were murdered and the community was destroyed. There was a resurgence of the violence in 1947, which turned most of the Syrian Jews into refugees. Those who remained there lived for many years as hostages. Iran: There was a pogrom against the Jews of Mashhad in 1839. A mob was incited to attack Jews, and slaughtered almost 40. The rest were forced to convert. That is how the Marranos of Mashhad came into being. In 1910, there was a blood libel in Shiraz in which 30 Jews were murdered and all Jewish homes were pillaged. Yemen: There were fluctuations in relations that ranged between tolerance and inferior subsistence, between harassment and pogroms. The Rambam's Letter to Yemen was sent following a letter he received from the leader of the Yemeni Jews, describing edicts of forced conversion issued against the Jews (1173). There were further waves of apostasy edicts which cannot be detailed here for lack of space. One of the worst milestones was the Mawza exile. Three years after Imam Al Mahdi took power in 1676, he drove the Jews into one of the most arid districts of Yemen. According to various accounts, 60 — 75% of the Jews died as a result of the exile. Many and varied edicts were imposed on the Jews, differing only in severity. One of the harshest was the Orphans' Edict, which ordered the forced conversion of orphaned children to Islam. In nearby Aden, which was under British rule, pogroms occurred in 1947 which took the lives of 82 Jews. 106 of the 170 shops that were owned by Jews were completely destroyed. Hundreds of houses and all the community's buildings were burned down. Egypt: As in the other Arab countries, the Jews of Egypt also suffered inferior status for hundreds of years. A significant improvement occurred when Muhammad Ali came to power in 1805. The testimony of French diplomat, Edmond Combes, leaves nothing in doubt: "To the Muslims, no race is more worthy of contempt than the Jewish race." Another diplomat added, "The Muslims do not hate any other religion the way they hate that of the Jews." Following the blood libel in Damascus, similar libels began to spread in Egypt as well and incited mobs to carry out a series of attacks: in Cairo in 1844, 1890, and in 1901-1902; and Alexandria in 1870, 1882 and in 1901-1907. Similar attacks also occurred in Port Said and in Damanhur. Later on, there were riots against the Jews at the end of World War II, in 1945, in which 10 were killed and hundreds were injured. In 1947, the Companies Law was passed, which severely damaged Jewish businesses and led to the confiscation of property. In 1948, following the UN resolution on partition, riots began in Cairo and Alexandria. The dead numbered between 80 and 180. Tens of thousands were forced to leave, many fleeing and abandoning their property. The lot of those who remained did not improve. In 1956, a law was passed in Egypt which effectively denied the Jews citizenship, forcing them to leave the country with no property. This was an act of pure expulsion and mass property confiscation.
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Donald Trump’s intervention in the Yemen war would be welcome if it didn’t seem so cynical and ill-judged

The US proposal, backed by Britain, for a “cessation of hostilities” in Yemen, to be followed by UN-led peace talks, is welcome. But it raises a number of questions. Why has it taken so long for the Trump administration to act, given that the appalling, avoidable toll on Yemeni lives exacted by the Saudi-led, western-backed bombing campaign has been well documented over the past three years?

Could it be that this sudden burst of American diplomatic activity is linked to last month’s murder by Saudi government agents of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi? In point of fact, there seems little doubt the two events are connected. Donald Trump has shown little or no interest in the Yemen war until now, viewing it as but one of many theatres in a wider, strategic contest between the US, Israel and its Gulf Arab allies on the one hand and Iran on the other. Iran’s backing and arming of Yemen’s Houthi rebels was apparently sufficient reason to turn a blind eye to civilian suffering. In any case, Trump has no appetite for the hard slog of peace-making, as Syrians, Palestinians and Koreans know to their cost.

What Trump is interested in is preserving America’s military, intelligence and economic relationships with the Saudis

Related: 'End war on Yemen's children': conflict escalates around Hodeidah hospital

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Carte prepagate ai migranti: paga Soros, Onu e Ue benedicono

Si chiama Humanity Ventures, ed è la partnership siglata nel gennaio 2017 a Davos tra il finanziare George Soros e Mastercard, sulla base della promessa del magnate di stanziare 500 milioni di dollari a favore dei migranti in Europa. Come si legge sul sito di Mastercard, il progetto ha l’obiettivo di “catalizzare e accelerare lo sviluppo economico e sociale delle comunità vulnerabili di tutto il mondo, in particolare i rifugiati e i migranti”.
Dalle parole ai fatti, perché Humanity Ventures ora è realtà. Secondo il sito sloveno Nova24, che cita fonti interne alla polizia croata, ai migranti che attraversano i balcani verrebbero distribuite delle carte prepagate: “I migranti illegali che rispediamo a casa, nel giro di pochi giorni si ripresentano per provare e rientrare in Croazia. Alcuni sono molto poveri, ma la maggior parte di loro sono ben equipaggiati, con scarpe e vestiti nuovi, smartphone sofisticati e di ultima generazione, persino armi. E tutti hanno in dotazione una Mastercard senza nome ma con la dicitura Unhcr e un numero stampigliato. Quello che non ci spieghiamo è da quale conto ritirino i soldi dagli sportelli automatici”.

Soros e Mastercard 

Se al momento non è affatto chiaro il ruolo dell’Unione europa e soprattutto delle Nazioni Unite, ci sono meno dubbi sul coinvolgimento di Mastercard che sul proprio sito ufficiale annunciava l’avvio del progetto in collaborazione con il fondatore della Open Society Foundations: “Nonostante miliardi di dollari dati in assistenza umanitaria e allo sviluppo ogni anno – si legge nella nota ufficiale – milioni di persone rimangono emarginate. Mastercard e George Soros credono che le capacità del settore privato, unitamente a investimenti strategici a lungo termine, possano stimolare lo sviluppo e trasformare la vita per i meno abbienti. “Humanity Ventures è destinato ad essere redditizio in modo da stimolare il coinvolgimento di altri imprenditori”, ha detto Soros. 
In un’altra nota ufficiale datata giugno 2016, il colosso conferma il proprio impegno su questo fronte: “Sfruttando le nostre tecnologie e prodotti come MasterCard Aid Network e Prepaid, Mastercard collabora con i partner per fornire servizi essenziali nei momenti più critici della vita dei rifugiati. Ad oggi, le carte Mastercard Aid e Prepaid sono state impiegate in missioni umanitarie in Africa, Asia ed Europa – in paesi come Turchia, Kenya, Yemen, Nepal, Etiopia, Nigeria, Niger, Filippine e Grecia – e sono disponibili per supportare migliaia di beneficiari”.

Carte prepagate date ai migranti

In un’intervista rilasciata a Forbes lo scorso anno, Tara Nathan, vice-presidente esecutivo di Mastercard, spiegava come la società abbia collaborato con organizzazioni di tutto il mondo nel sostenere i migranti: “Attraverso la creazione di una piattaforma di pagamento offline e l’offerta di carte prepagate, identificazione digitale finanziaria e sistemi di punti vendita per i commercianti locali abbiamo essenzialmente creato una versione digitale del voucher cartaceo” ha osservato Nathan.
La notizia trapelata dalla polizia croata di queste ore viene confermata proprio da quell’intervista, che cita la partnership di Mastercard con Mercy Corps, altra importante organizzazione “filantropica” con sede negli Usa che, spiega la vice-presidente di Mastercard, “ha permesso la distribuzione di carte prepagate ai rifugiati in tutta la Grecia e in Serbia nel “primo programma della regione a sfruttare un sistema di pagamento senza contanti per coloro che cercano sicurezza in Europa. Il modello – osserva Nathan – consente ai rifugiati di acquistare beni in modo più efficiente senza spendere troppo”. 
Tutto questo a che scopo? Come ha spiegato lo stesso Soros, Humanity Ventures è destinata a essere un’impresa redditizia…

Soros collabora con Mastercard per finanziare i migranti

L’affarista miliardario George Soros ha ripetutamente smentito le voci secondo cui starebbe collaborando al finanziamento della carovana dei migranti che, partendo dall’Honduras e dal Guatemala, sta attraversando il Messico e che ha, come meta finale, gli Stati Uniti.
Ma tutto questo è destinato a cambiare, dal momento che il fondatore della “Open Society,” noto per aver finanziato una buona parte dell’opposizione a Brett Kavanaugh, il candidato alla Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti scelto da Trump, si è ora associato con Mastercard per dar soldi (sotto la denominazione di ‘capitali d’investimento’) a migranti, rifugiati e “ad altri che lottano all’interno delle loro comunità, dovunque esse si trovino,” secondo la Reuters. Con questa forma di collaborazione, Soros sta effettivamente fornendo un palese supporto finanziario ai migranti e ai rifugiati che cercano di entrare negli Stati Uniti e in Europa.
L’accordo di collaborazione fra Soros e Mastercard, denominato “ Humanity Ventures” [Iniziative Umanitarie], è il risultato della promessa fatta da Soros, nel mese di settembre, di spendere 500 milioni di dollari per affrontare “le sfide a cui si trovano di fronte migranti e rifugiati.”
In una dichiarazione congiunta, Soros e Mastercard hanno affermato che i programmi di aiuti umanitari dei vari governi non sono stati sufficienti a risolvere i problemi dei rifugiati, facendo capire che questa è una questione a cui può arrivare una soluzione solo dal settore privato.
“I migranti sono spesso costretti a vivere nella disperazione all’interno delle comunità che li ospitano, perché non riescono ad accedere ai servizi finanziari e assistenziali dello stato,” ha affermato Soros.
“Il nostro investimento potenziale in questa impresa sociale, insieme alla capacità di Mastercard di creare prodotti che siano di aiuto alle comunità più vulnerabili, farà vedere come il capitale privato possa giocare un ruolo costruttivo nella risoluzione dei problemi sociali,” ha aggiunto.
Soros intende spendere subito 50 milioni di dollari per fornire soluzioni “modulabili” per i problemi riguardanti la sanità e la scuola. Ha intenzione di “investire” capitali nelle attività commerciali fondate dai migranti.
“Humanity Ventures è fatta per essere remunerativa, in modo da stimolare il coinvolgimento di altri imprenditori,” ha detto Soros.“Speriamo anche di stabilire norme di condotta tali da far sì che questi investimenti non contribuiscano allo sfruttamento delle fragili comunità che intendiamo servire.”
Soros ha detto che preferirebbe che ‘Human Ventures’ fosse redditizia, in modo da attirare ‘altri imprenditori’, però non è chiaro come pensi di ricavare qualcosa che si avvicini ad un ragionevole margine di guadagno facendo prestiti a fondo perduto a migranti e rifugiati.
Tutto questo dopo che Mastercard, nel 2016, aveva ammesso di aver fornito carte di debito prepagate a migranti e a rifugiati in viaggio attraverso l’Europa, un qualcosa che la società aveva fatto con l’esplicita benedizione dell’Unione Europea e dell’Alto Commissariato per i Rifugiati delle Nazioni Unite.
Forse il canale televisivo via cavo MSNBC e tutti gli altri media liberali che affermano che Soros e le sue reti no-profit non forniscono assistenza finanziaria ai migranti che si stanno avvicinando agli Stati Uniti dovrebbero pensarci un attimo, prima di continuare con i loro dinieghi.
Tyler Durden
Fonte: zerohedge.com
Link: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-03/soros-partners-mastercard-hand-out-money-migrants
03.11.2018
Tradotto da Markus per comedonchisciotte.org

Migrante spaccia, subito libero. E il giudice ordina: "La polizia gli ridia i soldi"

Il nigeriano arrestato dopo mesi di indagine. Ma torna subito in libertà. Ira della Municipale e della Lega: "Siamo allibiti"


Ci sono voluti mesi di indagini, mica solo qualche giorno. Però alla fine la polizia municipale di Treviso era riuscita a catturare un richiedente asilo dedito allo spaccio di droga.
Un crimine "infame", come lo ha più volte definito il ministro Salvini. Peccato che lo sforzo degli agenti non sia bastato ad assicurare al pusher la permenenza dietro le sbarre. Anzi.
I fatti risalgono a tre giorni fa, quando i quotidiani locali hanno diffuso la notizia dell'arresto da parte della polizia locale di un 21enne nigeriano richiedente asilo e ospite da due anni nella Caserma Serena di Dosson. La Municipale gli aveva messo gli occhi addosso già a luglio ma solo pochi giorni fa è riuscita a portare a termine l'operazione. Lo hanno visto nel centro storico in bicicletta, lo hanno bloccato e perquisito. Nelle tasche aveva qualcosa come 250 grammi di marijuana e una sorta di libro contabile dove - secondo i vigili - avrebbe tenuto i nominativi di altri stranieri cui forniva le dosi da spacciare. Il resto della droga, però, è stata trovata nella sua stanza alla Caserma Serena dove il migrante viveva ospite a spese dei contribuenti. Qui la polizia e la cinofila hanno scoperto altri 230 grammi di droga: in totale fa quasi mezzo chilo di droga. In camera poi è stato rinvenuta anche una carta prepagata, alcuni cellulari e diverse banconote (250 euro).
Tutto bene quel che finisce bene, direte. O forse no. Perché lo spacciatore nigeriano è stato processato per direttissima e condannato dal giudice a due anni di carcere per detenzione di stupefacenti ai fini dello spaccio. Grazie ai benefici di legge, però, è subito stato rimesso in libertà con tanti saluti agli sforzi della Municipale. Non solo. Perché come se non bastasse, la toga ha anche ordinato alla polizia Locale di ridare all'immigrato i soldi, la carta prepagata e i vari cellulari trovati durante la perquisizione.
Il sindaco si è infuriato: "Chiedo rispetto nei confronti delle forze dell'ordine e dei cittadini che ci chiedono sicurezza - ha detto Mario Conte (Lega) - Presenterò al Ministro dell’Interno Matteo Salvini una relazione dettagliata perché non è possibile buttare all’aria mesi di indagini per la mancanza di certezza della pena. Se viene fermato uno spacciatore con 500 grammi di droga, 250 euro in tasca e cellulari e di fatto risulta nullatenente non è possibile che venga dissequestrato il denaro". E pensare che per la Municipale si tratta di un grossista dello spaccio e non di un piccolo spacciatore. "Siamo allibiti - dichiara il Comandante Maurizio Tondato, come riporta TrevisoToday Dopo mesi di pedinamenti, intercettazioni, ricerche sul campo e tante energie profuse, vediamo un importante grossista della droga del trevigiano che probabilmente non viene punito a dovere, dovendo noi come Polizia Locale restituirgli quanto sequestrato in precedenza perché non è certo fosse provente della sua attività di spaccio, nonostante il ragazzo avesse dichiarato di essere nullatenente".

La Sant’Egidio mette i bastoni tra le ruote ai nostri diplomatici impegnati in Libia

MB – Ricordiamo che a capo della  “cattolica”  Sant’Egidio c’è  Andrea Riccardi, già ministro di Mario Monti per la rovina d’Italia, nonché commendatore della Legion d’Honneur – In fondo, la biografia non autorizzata del personaggio  e della sua organizzazione)
(da La Verità)
La comunità internazionale punta sulla conferenza per la Libia di Palermo per dare stabilità al Paese nordafricano. Tuttavia, il governo italiano, organizzatore dell’ evento del 12 e 13 novembre, deve guardarsi non solo dalle offensive dell’ esecutivo francese di Emmanuel Macron ma anche dal fuoco amico.
In particolare, quello della Comunità di Sant’ Egidio. Il movimento di ispirazione cattolica fondato da Andrea Riccardi, che fu ministro per la Cooperazione internazionale e l’ integrazione durante il governo di Mario Monti, è intervenuto nel Sud della Libia con una conferenza, il 22 e 23 ottobre, che ha riunito rappresentanti delle istituzioni locali e dei consigli di varie tribù tra cui tuareg, tebu e arabi.

CHI E’ ANDREA RICCARDI E PERCHE’ E’ DIVENTATO MINISTRO NEL GOVERNO MONTI?

Ecco la biografia non autorizzata che nel 1998 svelò tutti i retroscena della Comunità di Sant’Egidio
di Sandro Magister
Andrea Riccardi, il fondatore della Comunità di Sant’Egidio, è dal 16 novembre ministro. Non degli affari esteri, come lui stesso aveva sussurrato qua e là di desiderare, ma pur sempre della cooperazione internazionale, un incarico in rima con l’epiteto di “ONU di Trastevere” applicato ad arte alla sua comunità. […] Di lui esistono ricche e radiose biografie. Ma ce n’è anche una non autorizzata, mai oggetto di alcuna smentita, la cui lettura è stata sempre proibita ai seguaci di Sant’Egidio.
Propriamente, più che una biografia di Riccardi, è una storia della sua comunità, che però con lui fa tutt’uno. Quando uscì su “L’Espresso” era il 1998. Ma chi la rilegge oggi, scopre che anche ciò che allora veniva scritto al futuro si è puntualmente adempiuto.
SANT’EGIDIO STORY. IL GRANDE BLUFF
(Da “L’Espresso” del 9 aprile 1998)
Hanno la loro cittadella a Roma Trastevere, in piazza Sant’Egidio, in un ex convento di monache carmelitane con la chiesa. Ma non tengono nessuna targa sul portoncino. Lì a fianco c’è una caffetteria snob, “Pane amore e fantasia”, con l’insegna tipo pellicola da cinema e la foto di Gina Lollobrigida, ma non c’è scritto che è della comunità. Anche la loro messa del sabato sera è da qualche tempo clandestina. La dicono a porte chiuse dentro la vicina basilica di Santa Maria, che raggiungono attraverso un labirinto di locali e cortili interni. Perché ormai sia la basilica, sia quasi tutti gli edifici attigui sono loro dominio, compresi i due palazzi antichi sulla piazza grande. In uno c’è un mercatino di cose vecchie e curiose, “La soffitta”. Anche di questo non c’è scritto che è della comunità.
Sant’Egidio si vede e non si vede. Si sa che servono minestre calde ai barboni e aiutano i vecchi rimasti soli. Si sa che in Mozambico hanno messo d’accordo governo e guerriglieri e che nel Kosovo fanno la spola tra il despota serbo Slobodan Milosevic e gli albanesi maltrattati. La segretaria di Stato americana Madeleine Albright, quando all’inizio di marzo è passata da Roma, ha speso più tempo da loro che dal papa. E uscendo li ha beatificati: “Wonderful people”, meravigliosi. Sono candidati al Nobel per la pace. Hanno un efficientissimo servizio di pubbliche relazioni e tutti ne dicono un gran bene.
TRA OPUS DEI E DALAI LAMA
Ma per il resto sono come la leggendaria Opus Dei. Impenetrabili. Nemmeno in Vaticano sanno bene che cosa fanno quando sono tra loro. Neanche il papa lo sa, nonostante sia loro amico. Se sapesse che quelli di Sant’Egidio hanno praticamente abolito il sacramento della penitenza sostituendolo con i mea culpa pubblici nelle assemblee di gruppo, li redarguirebbe severo. Se conoscesse le loro stranezze in materia di matrimonio e procreazione, sobbalzerebbe sulla cattedra. Se sapesse che nelle loro messe l’omelia la tiene sempre Andrea Riccardi, il fondatore e capo, che prete non è e quindi non dovrebbe predicare (divieto assoluto ribadito di fresco da un’istruzione vaticana), li richiamerebbe subito all’obbedienza.
Questioni interne di Chiesa? Sì e no. Perché quella che oggi è detta “l’Onu di Trastevere” non è un’organizzazione laica tipo “Médecins sans frontières”, ma è nata come comunità cattolica integrale. E tuttora si presenta così: come cittadella di Dio in un mondo invaso dai barbari. È in forza di questa identità e della benedizione papale che Sant’Egidio si offre ´urbi et orbi´ come peacemaker sui fronti di guerra. Oltre che come ponte di dialogo tra le religioni.
Sono stati quelli di Sant’Egidio a organizzare il meeting interreligioso del 1986 ad Assisi, con il papa in preghiera fianco a fianco col Dalai Lama, con metropoliti ortodossi, pastori protestanti, monaci buddisti, rabbini ebrei, muftì musulmani, guru e sciamani d’ogni credo. Da allora, Sant’Egidio replica il modello di Assisi ogni anno: l’ultima volta a Padova e Venezia, altre volte a Roma, Firenze, Milano, Bari, Varsavia, Bruxelles, Malta, Gerusalemme. Con un crescendo di coreografie spettacolari. Con cerimonie ritrasmesse in mondovisione. Con un roteare di ospiti insigni, chiamati dai cinque continenti, spesati, coccolati. Minimo mezzo milione di dollari per meeting, coperti da sovvenzioni governative e private.
Con questi precedenti, Sant’Egidio non avrà rivali per il prossimo Giubileo. Sua sarà la regia dell’Assisi bis, questa volta di nuovo col papa, già annunciata dal Vaticano.
IN PRINCIPIO FU CL
Eppure, nonostante queste credenziali e le sue suggestive liturgie, il profilo cattolico della comunità di Sant’Egidio resta sfuggente. I suoi percorsi tortuosi. La sua data di nascita ufficiale è il 7 febbraio 1968. Ma a quella data non succede proprio niente di nuovo. I futuri membri di Sant’Egidio fanno semplicemente parte di un raggio, di una cellula di Gs nel liceo Virgilio di Roma. Gs è la sigla di Gioventù Studentesca, l’organizzazione fondata da don Luigi Giussani che più tardi, passata la bufera del Sessantotto, prenderà il nome di Comunione e Liberazione. Riccardi vi si era avvicinato negli anni di ginnasio, a Rimini. Dopo di che, tornato a Roma, aveva legato con i ´giessini´ del Virgilio, del Dante, del Mamiani. Tra quei compagni di liceo c’è già il nocciolo duro di Sant’Egidio d’oggi. Ma con loro ci sono anche Rocco Buttiglione e la sua futura moglie Maria Pia Corbò, che rimarranno con don Giussani. Se il gruppone si disfà, tre, quattro anni dopo, è perché se ne va via il prete che l’aveva tenuto assieme, Luigi Iannaccone. È solo a quel punto, inizio 1972, che Riccardi e i suoi si mettono in proprio. Con astio nei confronti dei fratelli separati di Cl, che infatti spariranno per sempre, anche in memoria, dalle storie autorizzate di Sant’Egidio.
MONACI DEL NUOVO MILLENNIO
Manca ancora una sede. E per un poco Riccardi e compagni, tutti di famiglia bene, meditano di traslocare in baracche di periferia. Ma poi per i poveri scelgono solo di lavorare, senza conviverci. Nel settembre del 1973 fissano finalmente il loro quartier generale a Sant’Egidio, a Roma Trastevere. Sparite le ultime monache, l’edificio era rimasto vuoto. È di proprietà del ministero degli Interni, che lo cede a loro in cambio d’un affitto di poche lire. Chiavi in mano compreso il restauro, eseguito prontamente a spese del ministero.
Segue la fase monastica. Con una spruzzata d’orientalismo. In vacanza, quelli di Sant’Egidio vanno in Belgio, a Chevetogne, un monastero che celebra raffinate liturgie bizantine, e se ne innamorano. Di ritorno a Roma, arricchiscono le loro liturgie con tocchi orientali e alla loro vita comune danno un’impronta monastica. Anche per via della giovane età, nessuno di loro è sposato. E allora s’immaginano “celibi per il Regno dei cieli” e “monaci nel deserto della città”. Danno ai loro capi i nomi di priore e priora, con i rispettivi vice. Abitano in piccoli gruppi divisi per sesso. Vestono tutti in modo austero, riconoscibile: gonne ampie e lunghe, maglioni abbondanti e colori castigati le donne; giaccone blu scuro i maschi; borsa di pelle a tracolla per tutti, modello Tolfa. Le giornate sono all’insegna dell'”ora et labora”, dove il “labora” sono il pasto ai poveri, le pulizie ai vecchi, il doposcuola ai monelli di periferia.
LA SCOPERTA DEL SESSO
Ma anche la fase monastica si spegne presto. Nell’estate del 1978, in un ritiro collettivo nelle Marche, nell’eremo di Macereto, un po’ tutti svuotano il sacco. E confessano di condurre tra loro una vita sessuale sin troppo movimentata. Da lì in poi cade il silenzio sul “nuovo monachesimo” e prendono il via i primi matrimoni. Resta l’obbedienza assoluta a quello che era di fatto l’abate indiscusso, Riccardi.
Il quale, intanto, s’è laureato in legge, ma si è subito dopo tuffato, da autodidatta, negli studi di storia, in particolare di storia della Chiesa, fino ad aggiudicarsi rapidamente una cattedra in università. Come per incanto, si danno agli studi di storia anche gli altri membri importanti della comunità, maschi. Ma quello che li distingue è che la storia non vogliono solo studiarla, ma farla. Specie la storia presente della Chiesa. Il 1978 è l’anno dei tre papi: muore Paolo VI e dopo l’interregno di papa Albino Luciani sale al trono Giovanni Paolo II. Nei due preconclavi, specie nel secondo, Sant’Egidio è tutto un via vai di cardinali d’ogni continente, di conciliaboli, di manovre elettorali.
La comunità fa campagna per il cardinale vicario di Roma, Ugo Poletti. Ma il conclave li delude. A vincere è il polacco Karol Wojtyla, per loro uno sconosciuto. Bastano poche settimane per ribaltare la sconfitta. Quelli di Sant’Egidio studiano a puntino la mappa della prima uscita del nuovo papa, alla parrocchia romana della Garbatella. Sul tragitto c’è una scuola materna, con un’aula che dà proprio sulla strada. Per una settimana occupano quell’aula e insegnano ai bambini canti in polacco. Li tengono lì dentro a cantare anche la domenica, col papa che arriva. Finché il papa passa, sente, si ferma, entra, vuol sapere. L’idillio tra Giovanni Paolo II e Sant’Egidio sboccia così. L’innamoramento è l’estate dopo a Castelgandolfo, una sera di luglio, in giardino, con le lucciole. Cantano e ballano con lui. Fann

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The other day, over 20 people died in an airstrike in Yemen’s coastal city of Hodeidah. The bombs, dropped by a Saudi-led coalition, hit a farmers market, where men from neighboring villages sold their goods, hoping to at least break even and bring some food home to their families. In the aftermath of the attack, families gathered […]
          11/7/2018: Gulf / Region: Yemen to boost tax collection      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen’s government ordered tighter tax collection at ports under its control yesterday as it began preparing its 2019 budget. The government had approved just one formal budget since rebels overran the capital Sana’a in 2014, seizing most of the rest...
          How Yemeni Immigrant Activists Are Changing a Whole Community’s Mindset      Cache   Translate Page      

Charles Nigro: In response to Trump’s travel ban, over 1,000 Yemeni stores in New York’s five boroughs temporarily closed for business on Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands gathered, waved U.S. and Yemen flags, prayed, protested, hugged, cried, cheered, passed around a microphone and gave speeches, along with allies who showed up in solidarity.

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           Comment on THE LAST DAYS ARE HISTORY by Rev17 by Rev17       Cache   Translate Page      
Yemenite Jews have a unique religious tradition that marks them out as separate from Ashkenazi, Sephardi and other Jewish groups. It is debatable whether they should be described as "Mizrahi Jews", as most other Mizrahi groups have over the last few centuries undergone a process of total or partial assimilation to Sephardic culture and liturgy. (While the Shami sub-group of Yemenite Jews did adopt a Sephardic-influenced rite, this was for theological reasons and did not reflect a demographic or cultural shift). Although arguably native to Yemen, the ancient Yemenite Jews are normally accepted as being Arab or "Arab Jews" (Arabic: اليهود العرب, Hebrew: יהודים ערבים) and understood to be natives of South Arabia that converted to Judaism. But most Jews today of Yemenite descent do not consider themselves Arab (albeit they do not speak Arabic mostly) and consider themselves to be descendants of alleged Israelite migrants that settled in Yemen. http://ethnipedia.wikia.com/wiki/Yemenite_Jews
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it should be understood the Yemenite Hebrews have been assimilated into Judaism .. the term 'Jew' and 'Judaism' being imposed upon them YEMEN Various traditions trace the earliest settlement of Jews in this region back to the time of Solomon, and the Sanaite Jews have a legend to the effect that their forefathers settled there forty-two years before the destruction of the First Temple. Under the prophet Jeremiah 75,000 Jews, including priests and Levites, are said to have gone to Yemen; and when Ezra commanded the Jews to return to Jerusalem they disobeyed, whereupon he pronounced an everlasting ban upon them. Tradition states, however, that as a punishment for this hasty action Ezra was denied burial in Palestine. As a result of this tradition, which is devoid of historicity, no Jew of Yemen gives the name of Ezra to a child, although all other Biblical appellatives are found there. http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/15077-yemen
          Yemen forces push towards Hodeida as death toll mounts      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemeni pro-government forces said Wednesday they had advanced closer to the rebel-held port city of Hodeida after fierce battles that have killed nearly 200...
          Showdown looms in Yemen port city Hodeida as Saudi-led coalition advances      Cache   Translate Page      
Instead of bringing calm to the besieged Yemeni city, calls for a ceasefire in Hodeida have brought some of the worst violence the vital port has yet faced in the three-year war.Baseem al-Janani, who lives in the city, said: "The clashes are absolutel
          Pakistan ready to play role in settling Yemen conflict if all stakeholders agree: PM Imran      Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, Ambassador of Yemen Mohammed Motahar Alashabi called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. The Yemeni ambassador and PM Imran discussed relations between Pakistan and Yemen along with the peace process in the Middle-East, according to sources. During the meeting, PM Imran said Pakistan wants a peaceful and an acceptable solution to […]

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          Pakistan Başbakanı Khan: "Pakistan Yemen’in barış sürecinde rol alabilir"      Cache   Translate Page      
Pakistan Başbakanı Khan: Pakistan Başbakanı Khan: "Pakistan Yemen’in barış sürecinde rol alabilir"
Pakistan Başbakanı İmran Khan, Suudi Arabistan-Yemen ilişkilerinde uzlaşmacı bir rol oynamak istediğini söyledi.

          Yemeni rebels say they halted Saudi-led forces at port city      Cache   Translate Page      

Yemen’s rebels claim they halted advances of their adversaries, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led Arab coalition, at a key battlefield around a strategic Red Sea port city.
          Identificato il cadavere trovato nel lago: è un ragazzo dello Yemen di 21 anni      Cache   Translate Page      

Identificato il cadavere nel lago – Grazie alla sinergia tra personale specializzato del Nucleo Investigativo...

L'articolo Identificato il cadavere trovato nel lago: è un ragazzo dello Yemen di 21 anni sembra essere il primo su CiaoComo.


          Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah      Cache   Translate Page      
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground forces advancing closer to the city, just three miles from the port itself, according to officials. This further limits the movement of aid into and out of the vital port, which before the Saudi […]
          UN Envoy Angelina Jolie Calls for Ceasefire in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Angelina Jolie Yemen(MEMO) — Angelina Jolie has called on the UN Security Council to expedite the ceasefire in Yemen and reach a lasting settlement of the conflict. The Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement distributed by the international organisation in Geneva on Sunday. Jolie said the Council should work with countries […]
          Civilians Trapped as Saudi Airstrikes and Warships Pound Yemeni City of Hodeidah      Cache   Translate Page      
By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — Saudi airstrikes and warships continue to pound the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Monday, with escalating strikes coinciding with Saudi-backed ground...
          Over 50k Killed In The War In Yemen Since 2015      Cache   Translate Page      
By Joziah Thayer According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the death toll from the war in Yemen is 56,000 deaths and...
          Australian mercenaries on Saudi payroll could face ICC charges for war crimes in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Australian mercenaries on the UAE payroll could face accusations of war crimes in the International Criminal Court for their role in the war in Yemen. The Australian government appears to be unconcerned, FOIA emails reveal. Last November, French law firm ANCILE Avocats and the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) filed a complaint with the ICC accusing the UAE of war crimes in Yemen. It also said the Gulf state was using foreign mercenaries from countries including Australia and Chile to fight. The Australian reports that it was only in July that an advisor to Australia's then-Foreign Minister Julie Bishop began to ask questions about the role Australian citizens are playing in the Yemen war, as revealed in emails released through a Freedom of Information Act request. "Has anyone heard about this ­previously?" the advisor asked in an email with a link to a blog post about the mercenaries. Staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade responded, saying there...
          Suud Askerlerini O Ülke Eğitiyor      Cache   Translate Page      
Suud Askerlerini O Ülke EğitiyorSuud Askerlerini O Ülke Eğitiyor
Suudi Arabistan'ın Yemen'e dayattığı feci savaş ve Riyad ile askeri işbirliği yapan ülkelere yönelik yoğun itirazlara rağmen, Almanya ordusunun Arabistan'lı askerlere eğitim verdiği belirtildi.

          Yemen Direniyor... Direnmeyi Öğretiyor...      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen Direniyor... Direnmeyi Öğretiyor...Yemen Direniyor... Direnmeyi Öğretiyor...
Yemen onca olumsuzluklara rağmen teslim olmuyor direnmeye devam ediyor...

          Trump: Yemen'de Suud Beceriksiz      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump: Yemen'de Suud BeceriksizTrump: Yemen'de Suud Beceriksiz
ABD Başkanı, kendilerinin verdiği bombalarla Suudi Arabistan'ın Yemen'de okul otobüsü vurup 40 çocuğu öldürmesini şöyle değerlendirdi: Silahı nasıl kullanacaklarını bilmiyorlar...

          Yemen: Fighting flares near Hodeidah despite calls for peace      Cache   Translate Page      

Thousands trapped on the southern outskirts of Hodeidah as Saudi-led coalition forces battle Houthi fighters. Thousands of Yemeni civilians are trapped on the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port of Hodeidah as forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition battle Houthi fighters entrenched in the city, aid groups said. The alliance has massed thousands of […]

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          YEMENİCİ ESNAFLA BULUŞUYOR      Cache   Translate Page      
Akçakoca Belediye Başkanı Cüneyt Yemenici, Vergi Dairesi Sokağı esnafı ile düzenlenen kahvaltı organizasyonunda bir araya geldi.
          Yemen: Fighting escalates despite ceasefire call      Cache   Translate Page      
Violence in Yemen's key port city of Hodeidah is the worst seen in months, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator has warned, putting more civilian lives at risk in the war-torn country.
          Human rights groups bolster court case challenging UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
The UK has licensed at least £4.7 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing campaign in Yemen began in 2015.
          How Self-Correcting Are We?      Cache   Translate Page      

By David K. Shipler

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More to come

NTS





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The second package of US sanctions against Iran came into effect on November 5. At the same time, eleven Iranian tankers disappeared from the international tracking system. What else can Iran come up with to circumvent the sanctions?The US sanctions against Iran prohibit purchasing Iranian oil. Washington made an exception for several countries - China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. The sanctions also prohibit the entry of tankers into Iranian ports. The chartering of Iranian ships was also prohibited. The sanctions were imposed on dollar deals between foreign banks and the Central Bank of Iran. To crown it all, Iran was banned from accessing the currency that the country keeps in foreign accounts. On November 6, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, SWIFT, suspended several Iranian banks from accessing to its messaging system in the interests of stability and integrity of the broader global financial system.Vladimir Fitin, the head of the Center for the Near and Middle East, told Pravda.Ru that Iran has a rich experience in the struggle against sanctions. Teheran is used to living under strict economic sanctions. "When the United States decided to exit the Iran deal, the EU expressed its opposition to the sanctions, let alone China, Russia and other key Iranian partners, such as India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.According to Vladimir Fitin, Europe and other countries will set up new companies to circumvent the sanctions. They will be the companies that have no official affiliation with parent companies that are strongly linked to the American market. "Russia can hardly use the Iranian experience, because the West has not imposed sanctions on the Russian oil sector. Russia still insists on the need for the Iranian nuclear deal, as well as on the need to continue cooperation with Iran," the expert told Pravda.Ru. The US Treasury had imposed sanctions on more than 700 Iranian individuals and organizations, including the National Oil Company, 70 financial organizations, 50 Iranian banks, as well as Iran Air airline and 67 of its aircraft. Prior to the introduction of the second package of sanctions, Iran produced 3.5 million barrels of oil per day and exported 2.5-2.6 million barrels with China and India being its largest buyers. According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the goal of the sanctions is to force Tehran to stop supporting Hezbollah, Hamas, insurgents in Yemen and militia in Iraq. The US also wants Iran to withdraw its troops from Syria. Meanwhile, the European Union intends to create an alternative of the SWIFT payment system for Iran to help countries buy oil from Iran bypassing US sanctions. China, for example, has its own payment system, which was put into effect in 2012.The real goal of the sanctions is plain to see: the Americans want to put pressure on the Iranian people, to orchestrate a "color revolution" in the country and topple the "anti-Zionist" regime. However, the Iranians are a consolidated nation, and they have never succumbed to external pressure in 40 years of history of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was noted that eleven Iranian supertankers disappeared from satellite tracking systems after the announcement of the second package of sanctions - the tankers deactivated their satellite transponders.
          Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Finally Brings Media Attention to the Plight of Arab World's Exiled Critics      Cache   Translate Page      
Will it embolden or neuter the Arab world's autocratic regimes?

The gruesome and dramatic killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey has captivated media outlets around the world.

A columnist for the Washington Post, Khashoggi had been living in the United States since 2017 as a Saudi exile.

Some have frowned upon this excessive coverage, wondering why one particular instance of Saudi butchery was making headlines, while the Saudi-backed war in Yemen has been going on for years, has claimed the lives of thousands of children and hasn’t received a fraction of the attention.

But I think the coverage of Khashoggi’s murder is important. As an expert in Arab media, I’ve studied the cyberactivists who work to bring about political and social change in the Arab world.

For the first time, the media is bringing widespread attention to the real dangers faced every day by opponents of Arab regimes living abroad.

This was not the first, nor will it be the last, government-orchestrated crime against Arab journalists and activists who are living in exile. However, before Khashoggi’s death, many of these crimes went unnoticed or underreported.

The Arab Spring fizzles – and many flee

Beginning in 2011, waves of opposition to the regimes in power swept through six Arab countries: Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain.

Known as the Arab Spring, many of these protest movements had a similar set of demands: freedom, dignity and democracy.

Some of these countries were long led by dictators, such as Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years; Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years; and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled Tunisia for 23 years. It was the first time in decades that these countries witnessed popular uprisings that shook the thrones of political leaders and ousted them from power.

Tunisia was able to chart a relatively smooth, peaceful path toward reform and democratization.

But it ended up being the exception.

The rest of the Arab Spring countries had brief dalliances with democracy, only to revert to a system of political oppression and authoritarianism.

Today, Libya is torn by sectarian strife; Yemen is being bombed day and night; Syria is experiencing the worst civil war in modern history; Egypt returned to a military dictatorship far worse than Mubarak’s; and Bahrain’s uprising was suppressed.

Fearing for their lives and safety – and unable to openly organize and express themselves – many of the leading Arab Spring activists and journalists fled their home countries.

Some, such as Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, didn’t make it out and remain imprisoned in their home countries. Others, such as Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, are now living in exile.

Although Saudi Arabia wasn’t officially one of the Arab Spring countries, anti-government protests did crop up across the nation in 2011 and 2012. There was enough concern among the ruling class to further crack down and suppress opposing voices.

The heightened repression and stifling of freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia forced many dissidents and opponents to flee the country and, like their Arab Spring peers, exercise their opposition in the diaspora.

For many years, Jamal Khashoggi worked as a journalist in Saudi Arabia, eventually becoming editor-in-chief of the Saudi Arabian daily al-Watan. But in 2003, authorities removed him from his position after one of his columnists wrote a piece critical of an Islamic scholar. Khashoggi moved to London, bounced around the Middle East, and regularly wrote for the Dubai-based periodical al-Arabiya.

An attack on one, an attack on all

While Khashoggi eventually relocated to the U.S. in 2017, many political bloggers and activists who oppose Arab ruling regimes have moved to Turkey.

Dr. Ayman Nour, for example, was arrested in Egypt in 2005 for daring to run as a presidential candidate against former President Hosni Mubarak. After the military coup in Egypt in 2013, Nour founded al-Sharq, a Turkey-based opposition TV channel, which aims to expose the repression and authoritarianism of the current Egyptian regime.

Ayman Nour has criticized Egypt’s ruling regime from Turkey. AP Photo/Nasser Nouri

Shaken by Khashoggi’s murder, he and a number of prominent Arab and Turkish figures created the group “Jamal Khashoggi Friends Association” to raise international awareness about this hideous crime and the alarming message it sends to other opponents of autocratic regimes.

To activists like Nour, the attack on Khashoggi is an attack on everyone in the Arab opposition movement in the diaspora.

Unfortunately, their safety in their host countries has been far from guaranteed. In recent years, there have been a number of tragic incidents of violence and aggression directed at some of these activists.

Last year, Ahmed Barakat broke into the Istanbul apartment of his cousin, Syrian opposition activist Orouba Barakat, and her daughter, Halla Barakat, a journalist who worked for the Syrian opposition channel Orient News TV, and gruesomely slaughtered both of them. Many suspect that Ahmed Barakat, a former Free Syrian Army fighter, had been directed by the Assad regime to carry out the murders.

In March of this year, Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was plucked from the streets of Abu Dhabi by security forces who returned her to Saudi Arabia, where she remains imprisoned.

After Khashoggi’s murder, I reached out to a Syrian-American journalist living in exile in the United States, but who has contact with people in Turkey. Due to safety concerns, she spoke with me under condition of anonymity.

She noted that “especially after Khashoggi’s murder…the Turkish government [has] adopted tougher security measures.” But his death was only the latest. “Several Syrian opposition figures have been previously targeted and killed in Turkey,” she added.

Saudi opposition weak at home and abroad

Why aren’t the loudest voices opposing Khashoggi’s murder Saudi ones?

The country is, in many ways, a paradox.

On one hand, it has a very large, young, tech-savvy population and is the country with the fourth-largest number of Twitter users in the world.

On the other hand, however, there’s no freedom of the press, and public debate is pretty much nonexistent.

This explains why there has been complete silence inside Saudi Arabia around Khashoggi’s death aside from the ruling regime’s narrative, which has evolved from denial, to evasion, to partial confession.

While there has been a growing movement of Saudi opposition in the diaspora, unlike the Egyptian and Syrian opposition movements, which have been more organized and capable of creating their own associations, Saudi opponents remain few and far between. They are mostly young activists using their social media platforms to voice individual criticisms.

One such activist is Omar Abdulaziz. A friend of Khashoggi’s, the young Saudi dissident lives in Montreal, Canada.

Using his YouTube, Twitter and Instagram accounts, Omar is openly critical of the Saudi regime for its repression, corruption and human rights violations.

 

His vocal opposition hasn’t gone unpunished. In August 2018, the Saudi regime arrested two of his brothers and some of his friends in an act of retaliation. Yet, Omar has insisted that he won’t be silenced, intimidated or blackmailed.

Following Khashoggi’s murder, Omar described the Saudi crown prince as an “illegitimate leader” and a “killer” on Twitter and YouTube.

Because the price of activism – even abroad – can be so high, the public-facing Abdulaziz is an exception. Most Saudi opponents will keep a much lower profile, using pseudonyms or posting anonymously.

What happens next?

Authoritarian Arab regimes have tightened their grip on power and escalated their mechanisms of repression in the years since the Arab Spring uprisings.

Many of these regimes have been enabled by their own people, many of whom are either apathetic or supportive of their repressive policies: They prioritize the promise of stability over the dream of freedom.

They’ve also been emboldened by the current American administration, which practices a brand of realpolitik that prioritizes its economic interests over its values when dealing with autocrats and dictators.

But the death of Arab opponents such as Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t signal the death of Arab opposition.

With the whole world watching, texting, tweeting and chatting, I believe that many of these governments will eventually be condemned in the court of public opinion, both at home and abroad.

If anything positive came out of the tragic murder of Khashoggi, it is that there has finally been extensive global media attention given to an extrajudicial killing in the diaspora.

The Saudi regime might think twice about trying to pull off something similar.

Sahar Khamis, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Maryland

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has called for the urgent establishment of a ceasefire in Yemen and a lasting settlement to the conflict.

Angelina Jolie and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Korea Jung Woo-sung meet at the UN Refugee Agency's office in Seoul
Angelina Jolie and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Korea Jung Woo-sung meet at the UN Refugee Agency's office in Seoul
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She welcomed recent discussion of a halt to hostilities, and called on the United Nations Security Council, working with countries in the region, to find a negotiated end to the conflict and to uphold international laws on the protection of civilians. She appealed for greater understanding of refugee protection laws, and for all countries to play their part in alleviating the human suffering in Yemen.

Jolie is currently visiting South Korea, where several hundred Yemenis are being hosted after fleeing the conflict.

She said: “As an international community we have been shamefully slow to act to end the crisis in Yemen. We have watched the situation deteriorate to the point that Yemen is now on the brink of man-made famine, and facing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in decades. When conflict develops to this extent, many people have no choice but to flee if they are to have any chance of survival. The only way to enable refugees to return home, and to bring down the overall numbers worldwide, is to end conflicts themselves. I hope there can be greater understanding of the human realities causing people to flee, the strict legal criteria and process by which refugee status is determined by UNHCR, working with national authorities, and our shared responsibility to assist refugees until they can return home. Without a global response based on international law and collective responsibility, we risk much greater instability and insecurity over the long term, which would have a negative impact on all countries.”

Angelina Jolie is in South Korea in her role as a Special Envoy for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, advocating for vitally needed support for refugees globally. Her visit to Seoul follows that of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on 23-24 October.

Meeting with South Korean Justice Minister Park Sang-ki, who heads the ministry responsible for domestic refugee policies, Jolie expressed appreciation for South Korea’s efforts to help around 500 Yemenis who arrived in the country’s tourist island of Jeju in May. She acknowledged the importance of the thorough procedures and vetting in place as well as efforts to provide protection until the time when they are able to safely return to their country of origin. She also expressed UNHCR’s wish to work more closely with the Korean authorities on strengthening their asylum system.

Angelina Jolie conveyed UNHCR’s thanks to the people of South Korea for their support to refugees worldwide.

The private sector in South Korea is donating millions, largely from some 230,000 generous individual donors, demonstrating South Koreans’ strong sense of solidarity with refugees and UNHCR. She noted that South Korea, with its own history of overcoming war and displacement and as one of the largest economies in the world, has the potential to play an important leadership role in the region. Jolie also welcomed South Korea’s recent efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In Seoul, the Special Envoy also met South Korean actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Jung Woo-sung. They discussed the recent public concerns in Korea over the arrival of Yemenis in Jeju, as well as their respective missions with UNHCR. Jolie was a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador from 2001-2012 before she was appointed Special Envoy for the organization. Jung became a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Korea in 2015.

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          Yemen war: Battle for vital port of Hudaydah intensifies      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen war: Battle for vital port of Hudaydah intensifies#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 The UN and charities say fierce fighting around the city of Hudaydah is endangering medical facilities. Reported by BBC News 24 minutes ago.
          Sehrai thanks people who participated in Arba’een walk staging silent protest for Kashmir      Cache   Translate Page      

Srinagar: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairperson Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai Wednesday thanked the people of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Nigeria and Kashmiris, who were part of the Arba’een walk and staged a silent protest against the “oppression in Kashmir”. Sehrai in a statement said: “When we study Karbala we observe it was social, political and religious factors that made […]

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          US Syria envoy says US to contest Iran activities in region      Cache   Translate Page      
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. envoy to Syria says Washington will focus on pressuring Iran financially and contesting its activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen where the Persian nation enjoys wide influence.Ambassador James Jeffrey told...
          Millions in Yemen are starving and UK, US & France are ‘behind this’ – Oxfam representative      Cache   Translate Page      
Over 14 million face "imminent famine" exacerbated by Saudi Arabia's military campaign, which has been backed by the U.S., France and Britain in particular
          Yemen, Amal morta di fame insieme ad altri 1,8milioni di bambini      Cache   Translate Page      
Amal è morta di fame in Yemen. La sua foto, pubblicata sul New York Times, ha fatto il giro del mondo. Grazie a questo scatto l'attenzione è finalmente puntata su questa grande piaga dell'umanità. In Yemen è in corso una guerra tra Iran e Arabia Saudita. Oggi il conflitto ha ridotto alla fame 1,8 milioni di bambini e 400mila sono gravemente malati. La guerra in corso dal 2015 ha messo in ginocchio circa 8milioni di yemeniti. Coinvolte anche le potenze occidentali, europee comprese. Leggi l'approfondimento.

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          US Syria envoy says US to contest Iran activities in region      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington will focus on pressuring Iran financially and contesting its activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen where the Persian nation enjoys broad influence, the U.S. envoy to Syria said Wednesday, adding that Tehran should eventually withdraw all Iran-commanded forces from Syria.
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BEIRUT (AP) - The U.S. envoy to Syria says Washington will focus on pressuring Iran financially and contesting its activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen where the Persian nation enjoys wide influence.

Ambassador James Jeffrey told a group of journalists via a telephone conference Wednesday that Iran's 2015 nuclear deal ...

          #18 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#14 el litio es abundante a nivel mundial. Especialmente en la zona del desierto de Atacama. Perú, Chile y Bolivia tienen las mayores reservas, pero es tan inmenso que llega hasta argentina.

En cualquier caso, es 'barato' y no se consume pues el grueso de reciclará.

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          #17 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#16 te equivocaste de tecnología. Las tierras raras se utilizan en muchos motores eléctricos y generadores. Nada semiexclusivo de China se usa en las baterías de litio+cobalto+aluminio o litio+cobalto+manganeso/etc...

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          #16 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#10 enhorabuena, ahora estás vendido a China, que controla todas las materias primas para la producción de baterias

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          #15 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#1 Joer, cuanta gente baneada últimamente en mnm.

Me da que algún admin tiene la mano muy suelta últimamente.

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          #14 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#10 Pues tu lo has dicho!!! Eso si mientras no controlen el litio no problem!!

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          #13 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#8 Solo reventar con un avión sus instalaciones si eso.

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          #12 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#7 Eso no es cierto.

En los 90 Caldera acabó con el monopolio de PDVSA y volvió a abrir espacio para que empresas privadas explotaran yacimientos atrayendo a Exxon, Conoco, Total Statoil, Chevron y mas a la faja del Orinoco. Lo que hizo Chavez despues es obligar a que todas esas concesiones se gestionaran con una empresa mixta donde PVDSA tuviera la mayoría de las acciones y por tanto el control volviera a ser estatal.

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          #11 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

Algunos sin embargo, supieron ver lo que venía con mucha antelación:

crashoil.blogspot.com/2013/10/yemen-en-el-punto-de-mira.html?m=1

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          #10 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#9 ya sabes que a nivel individual siempre puedes comprarte un vehículo eléctrico y hacerte de som energia :-)

Es mi pequeña vendetta anti América-Saudí.

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          Dozens of sick Yemeni children at 'risk of death' as fighting nears only hospital in city of Hodeidah      Cache   Translate Page      
Nearly 60 children being treated for severe malnutrition in al-Thawra hospital could be killed in shelling and bombing attacks as the frontline draws near, the UN warns Reported by Independent 5 minutes ago.
          #9 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#1 La única solución es eliminar del poder a Arabia Saudí que es el cancer financiero y co-creadores del Isis, alqaeda y un largo etc...

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          Yemen: Houthi chief vows to 'not surrender' as rebels lose ground      Cache   Translate Page      
Abdulmalik al-Houthi said he will not surrender as pro-government forces advance towards a key port city. Reported by Al Jazeera 7 minutes ago.
          #8 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#4 No hay pais árabe que pueda controlar a la CIA

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          #7 Misterio resuelto: He aquí por qué los medios de comunicación occidentales de repente 'descubrieron' la guerra en Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

#0 Este artículo es una mierda.

PDVSA no fue nacionalizada por Hugo Chávez, fue creada en 1976 al nacionalizarse la industria del petróleo en Venezuela y desde entonces siempre ha sido del Estado. Y así el resto del artículo.

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          Yemen: Fighting escalates in Hodeidah despite ceasefire call      Cache   Translate Page      
Violence in Yemen's key port city of Hodeidah is the worst seen in months, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator has warned, putting more civilian lives at risk in the war-torn country.
          Bolton: Iran Sanctions Having "Enormous" Economic Consequences; Iran Is In A Depression       Cache   Translate Page      
National security adviser John Bolton told FBN's Maria Bartiromo on Monday that sanctions have had an "enormous" effect on Iran's economy, driving them into a depression. "We've already seen the consequences in Iran,” Bolton told FOX Business Network's Maria Bartiromo. "The rial, the currency, has declined by 70 percent since the sanctions, inflation has quadrupled. The country is in recession.” MARIA BARTIROMO, MORNINGS WITH MARIA HOST: Joining me right now is National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and it is good to see you, Ambassador. Thank you so much for being here. JOHN BOLTON, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR OF THE UNITED STATES: Glad to be here. BARTIROMO: So tell me really the teeth on these sanctions. What is it going to do to Iran practically speaking? BOLTON: Well, I think the sanctions in the aggregate are already having an enormous effect on Iran. You know, when the president announced we were withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May of this year, big businesses that had prospects or even some trade and investment with Iran weren't going to wait for the sanctions actually to take effect. They've pulled out. They've cut back in many ways, and I think we've already seen the consequences in Iran. The rial, the currency's declined about 70 percent since the sanctions, inflation has quadrupled, the country is in recession. You're seeing riots and demonstrations all around the country just provoked by ordinary citizens. So I think this is going to cut into Iran's ability to continue their nuclear program, the financed terrorism, and to engage in military activity around the Middle East, and I think we're already seeing that. BARTIROMO: Now look, obviously it's taken some oil off the market, but the criticism as The Editorial Board and The Journal wrote over the weekend, one complaint is that the administration has exempted eight countries from sanctions on oil exports from Iran. Are they Japan, South Korea, China, and India? BOLTON: Well, I think those are going to be announced today. Look, the president's policy here is maximum pressure, and I think what he means by maximum pressure is maximum pressure. The aim is to drive Iranian oil exports to zero. We're working with other countries to get alternative supplies for countries that are buying and I think that's critical over an extended period of time. But let's be clear, we're going to have sanctions that even go beyond this. We're not simply going to be content with the level of sanctions that existed under Obama in 2015. More are coming and even more important, perhaps, is we are actually going to have very strict, very tight enforcement of the sanctions that do exist. Iran, right now, is in the escape and evasion mode. They're going to try and get around the sanctions, we're determined to prevent that. BARTIROMO: I know you're going to announce later today that country specifically and the exemptions, but why the waivers? Why put some in a category of having these waivers and others not? BOLTON: Yes, look, I think we've said for a long time, zero should mean zero. But some countries that, for the last three or four years, had been able to purchase oil from Iran needs some time to get down to zero. These are not permanent waivers, no way, we're going to do everything we can to squeeze Iran hard. As the British say, to make -- to squeeze them until the Pips (ph) squeak. BARTIROMO: Wow. BOLTON: And we're going to do everything we can. They're choice and the Mullahs (ph) in Tehran either change their behavior dramatically or face economic disaster. BARTIROMO: This weekend I spoke with Prince Al-Waleed of Saudi Arabia, tell us the importance of the relationship with the one stability in the region, we thought, which was Saudi Arabia, as we face off this behavior from Iran. BOLTON: Look, we've had a deep and important relationship with Saudi Arabia since Franklin Roosevelt. It is a cornerstone of our policy in the Middle East and we want to get to the bottom of what happened to Khashoggi, we want the truth, there's no question about it. It's unacceptable behavior but the relationship is foundational for the United States and we're going to try everything we can to see it through. The other oil producing monarchies in the Gulf region are going to depend on that. Israel sees Saudi Arabia as an important and stabilizing factor and in the struggle for what is really causing tension and danger in the region Iran, we want Saudi on our side. BARTIROMO: I want to get back to that in second, but here's an op-ed from Rick Perry, Energy Secretary Perry writes this in "The Wall Street Journal," the op-ed titled "The World Can Live Without Iranian Oil." So, did America's new role as this energy powerhouse factor into this decision? Maybe the U.S. is at such a level in terms of it's own production, we don't need Middle Eastern oil from Iran anyway. BOLTON: Yes. Well, Rick Perry and the Energy department have done a fantastic job since the president pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to talk to other countries, to get their production up, to find oil that's suitable for the refineries in countries that had been purchasing from Iran. We've ramped up our own production in America. I think we can get to a point where nobody responsible needs to buy oil from Iran. BARTIROMO: So, let me get back to Saudi Arabia and the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The sons of Khashoggi did an interview recently and they've asked for their father's remains to be returned to the U.S. As I mentioned, Prince Al-Waleed, yesterday with me on "Sunday Morning Futures" in an exclusive interview, here's what he said about that investigation. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) PRINCE AL-WALEED BIN TATAL, PRINCE IN SAUDI ARABIA: I think some people intelligence that commit -- that follow these orders and sent a group of people to Turkey to engage with Jamal Khashoggi and clear something went wrong over there, whereby he was murdered. It does give some time for the investigation to finish and I ask Saudi (ph) (inaudible) publically through a program to have the investigation made public as soon as possible. So whereby, I believe that the Saudi companies will 100 vindictive and exonerated. (END VIDEO CLIP) BARTIROMO: Investor, I realize the relationship with the Saudis is critical, very important in this neighborhood, if you will, but is it NBS to lead? I mean one year ago we were there in Riyadh, he told me in an interview and to the world, he wants to modernize Saudi Arabia. Two weeks later he imprisons all of these ministers, Prince Al-Waleed included, and then a month ago we learn this horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Is he the guy? BOLTON: Look, we have heard both from the king and the crown prince very strongly in a number of conversations directly with President Trump that they had no involvement with this and that they're both committed to getting to the bottom of it. That's what they've said to us and we take them at their word that they're going to do that. BARTIROMO: What are you going to do in terms of monitoring Iran's behavior and whether or not it warrants further sanctions? BOLTON: No, this is the critical phase we're in now. As I say, escape and evasion by Iran. They're going to try and infiltrate the banking systems of other countries. They're going to try and use front companies and cut-outs to evade the sanctions. They're going to do all kinds of things. This is what I would say to American companies and any foreign company that wants to do business in the United States, and I'd say it particularly to their investors and to their independent directors on their boards of directors, if you see you company engaged in a transaction that has the word Iran anywhere associated to it, it ought to be like a fire bell in the night. Not only will we have the incredibly important civil enforcement from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Justice Department criminal investigators are going to be all over this. They've already got a number of important cases against Iran sanctions violators. I think they're going to put – make this a big priority. There's a lot of risk for any company that comes anywhere close to Iran. BARTIROMO: So you're willing to go as far as sanctioning European companies, European investors if they're doing business with Iran. BOLTON: If they violate our sanctions, but I tell you even though we've heard a lot about how the European government still wish we were in the Iran deal – BARTIROMO: Yes. BOLTON: – European businesses have spoken with their feet. They're out of Iran. That's one of the reasons why the Iranian economy is tanking right now, and we're going to ramp this up. This is going to be a big squeeze. That's what President Trump means when he says maximum pressure. BARTIROMO: Should we expect retaliation from Iran? BOTLON: Well, I think they're going to have to make some very hard decisions. You know, if they change their behavior, the president said he's happy to engage them on the whole range of their behavior – support for terrorism, ballistic missiles, conventional military activity in Yemen and Iraq and Syria. We're prepared to do that. They need to change their behavior or they will face the economic consequences. BARTIROMO: Let me turn to the caravans headed toward the U.S. Mexico has started to receive people from the migrant caravan as U.S. troops are now there, set up barbed wire on the southern border. From a national security perspective, how should we view this caravan and the need to put barbed wire up already? BOLTON: Well look, this caravan that we're talking about and others that are being formed is a very politicized effort to make a point about the United States. You know, there are groups and Latin America groups around the world that talk about a borderless society, that people can come into any country they want any time they want. We should have a philosophical discussion about that. That's not the American view. I personally think there ought to be more immigration into the United States, but controlled and legal immigration that we get to decide. And control the southern borders, not just an immigration issue alone. It's also a national security question. Human trafficking, drug trafficking, the risk of weapons of mass destruction and terrorists coming across the border. I think this is something people are rightly concerned about, and I think President Trump's got the answer for them. BARTIROMO: Ambassador, I want to end where we began and that is on Iran. There was a report on Friday that China is looking to buy oil from the United States as opposed to Iran, and this is going to be the beginning of a new trade deal that the president's going to talk with President Xi about when he sees him at the G20. Truth? BOLTON: I think there's a lot of possibility. I think the American production of oil and gas and the potential for export is enormous. It's a strategic alternative for the Europeans from buying Russian oil and gas. Could be a strategic alternative in the far east as well. You already see Chinese banks that are stopping clearing Iranian financial transactions because they'd rather do business in the United States. The same is true for many other Chinese businesses. The reach of American economic power's enormous, and that's what the president's using here. So how significant would that be in the middle of this fight with China over the theft of intellectual property? And this sounds like this could be a really big deal. BOLTON: Look, the president probably is going to be able to see Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 meeting in Argentina at the end of this month. The president's used the trade weapon here in ways that have never been used before. I think he's caught the Chinese off balance. They say, "woah, an American president who doesn't act like a well-bred doormat when we trample all over WTO rules.” So I think the president's really changed the dynamic with China. We'll see what happens here.
          Desciende el número de mutilaciones genitales de niñas en África       Cache   Translate Page      

La prevalencia de mutilación genital de niñas de hasta 14 años se ha reducido considerablemente en la mayoría de las regiones africanas. Sin embargo, en países como Yemen e Irak esta práctica sigue realizándose e incluso ha aumentado, según un estudio observacional que abarca casi tres décadas.


          Yemeni drama deepens with tens of thousands under siege in Hudaydah port       Cache   Translate Page      

The Saudi coalition is preparing for the final assault against the Houthi. 80% of food and humanitarian aid flows through Hudaydah. The fights are concentrated around the university and could involve the most important hospital in the city. AsiaNews sources: no glimmers of hope for "improvement". Fear of famine for up to 14 million people.


          Au Yemen, les rebelles ne se rendront « jamais », affirme leur chef      Cache   Translate Page      
Au Yemen, les rebelles ne se rendront
Le chef de la rébellion yéménite, Abdel Malik al-Houthi, a promis mercredi que ses hommes se battront jusqu’au bout et ne se rendront « jamais », alors qu’une coalition sous commandement saoudien tente de reprendre la grande ville portuaire de Hodeida (ouest). « Est-ce que l’ennemi pense que pénétrer dans tel ou tel secteur, ou prendre telle ou […]

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Yemen war: Battle for vital port of Hudaydah intensifies
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