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          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,
          U.S. Imposes 'Toughest Ever' Sanctions Against Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. officially imposed sanctions against Iran that are meant to curb Tehran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and contain its growing influence in the Middle East.
          Thermal Batteries Market Competitive Dynamics & Global Outlook 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- Thermal battery is a primary reserve battery used to store and release thermal energy. It is a physical cylindrical structure comprising a stack of electrochemical cells, cathode, anode, pyrotechnic thermal energy source, and electrolyte sealed in a hermetic container. Thermal batteries, also referred as molten salt batteries or liquid sodium batteries, may compose a single series of stack of cells, or two or more parallel stacks of series cells depending upon their application. The metallic salt electrolyte in thermal batteries is solid at room temperature and exhibits excellent ionic conducting properties at molten state. Thermal batteries are primarily used in ammunition, space launching, and guided rocket applications owing to their long storage life and high energy density characteristics.

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Thermal batteries are widely used in military, defense, and aerospace industries due to their high thermal capacity per unit volume, high power density, quick activation rate, uniform internal impedance, and better adaptability to robust environments. Increase in utilization of thermal batteries in military, defense, and aerospace industries owing to their exceptional properties and favorable attributes is anticipated to drive the global thermal batteries market. Advancement in material and chemical properties of thermal batteries in order to make them multifunctional is expected to offer lucrative opportunities to the global thermal batteries market during the forecast period.

Thermal Batteries Market: Key Segments

In terms of type, the global thermal batteries market can be divided into unencapsulated thermal batteries, encapsulated thermal batteries, phase change thermal batteries, and others. Phase change thermal batteries comprise phase change materials that are used to store and release thermal energy at a wide range of temperatures. Encapsulated thermal batteries possess high volumetric heat capacity, enabling electricity generation without inducing a phase change of the battery material.

Based on end-use industry, the thermal batteries market can be segregated into aerospace & aviation, military & defense, automotive & transportation, marine, utility, and others. The military & defense segment accounted for major share of the global thermal batteries market in 2017. Thermal batteries are widely used in artillery and smart ammunitions, bomb kits, guided rockets, tactical missiles, sonobuoys & decoys, and torpedoes owing to the long operating durations and multiple output voltages & polarities. The automotive & transportation segment is anticipated to expand at a rapid pace due to the rise in demand for thermal batteries enabled electric vehicles.

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In terms of geography, the thermal batteries market can be split into North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East & Africa. North America and Europe constituted significant share of the global thermal batteries market in 2017 due to the presence of major aircraft manufacturers in these regions. The U.S., Canada, the U.K., and France are the leading aeronautics and aerospace component manufacturers. Increase in demand for civil and fighter aircraft is projected to propel the demand for thermal batteries market in these countries. Furthermore, rise in demand for electric vehicles is anticipated to boost the demand for thermal batteries market. Asia Pacific and Europe are prominent producers of electric vehicles; therefore, demand for thermal batteries market is estimated to increase significantly in these regions.

Thermal Batteries Market: Key Players

Key players operating in the global thermal batteries market include Advanced Thermal Batteries, Inc., APS-ASB India Pvt Ltd, DfR Solutions, Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG, EaglePicher Technologies, EnergyNest AS., EnerSys, MISSILES & SPACE BATTERIES LTD, SINOEV Technologies, Inc, TUeB?TAK, and Wuhan JOHO Technology Co., Ltd. These players are focusing on expanding their capabilities in research, design, and development of manufacturing technologies of thermal batteries through mergers and collaborations with other stakeholders.

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          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
          BAE to receive $45.9M for Mk 41 Vertical Launch System engineering      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (UPI) Nov 5, 2018
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems Land & Armaments $45.9 million for mechanical design and engineering services for the MK41 Vertical Launch System aboard two classes of vessel for the United States, as well as allied navies. The services to be provided under the contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, include mechanical, cable and missile canister equipment alongsi
          The All in the Family cast's 1975 protest of 'The Family Viewing Hour'      Cache   Translate Page      

Once, the 8-9pm time slot was plagued with violent TV shows like All in the Family. This was before the onset of 24 hour news channels offering a live feed of missile strikes or freeway chases with the Juice. Unjustifiably, the FCC issued a policy demanding prime time television be family friendly! For two years, 1975 and 1976, adult themes were banned from "The Family Viewing Hour."

Courts didn't let this stand for very long. The prime time slot was back under advertiser control by 1977.

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Indeed, many television series suffered from the Family Viewing Hour mandate. All in the Family, which was the runaway top-rated show in the U.S. since 1971, was moved to 9 p.m. on Mondays after five seasons leading the Saturday night lineup. Producer Norman Lear, citing an infringement on creative freedom and on his First Amendment rights, mounted a lawsuit. With the support of varying guilds, including the WGA, he won the case.[1] The show's cast responded by recording a satirical, never-aired rendition of the show's theme song, retitled "These Are the Days".[3]

On November 4, 1976, United States district court Judge Warren J. Ferguson declared the Family Viewing Hour null and void, starting with the fall 1977 season. Ferguson stated while the idea was good in theory, the FCC had overstepped its bounds in having it instituted; the FCC privately lobbied the three major networks to adopt the policy instead of holding public hearings on the matter, and Ferguson ruled on those grounds that the Family Viewing Hour had no binding merit.

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          Why PM Modi’s INS Arihant Message Today Was For Pakistan, Not China      Cache   Translate Page      
Armed with up to a dozen nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, India’s INS Arihant is said to have completed its first nuclear […]
          11/7/2018: IDÉES&DÉBATS: « Kursk » : opération sabordage      Cache   Translate Page      
Le sous-marin K-141 « Koursk » a coulé le 12 août 2000 en mer de Barents. Aucun des 118 membres d’équipage n’a survécu. L’engrenage qui a transformé ce lanceur de missiles russe en cimetière marin restera sans doute enfoui dans les limbes de...
          Show of strength - Financial Chronicle      Cache   Translate Page      
Induction of Arihant has helped India break into the elite nuclear triad club In a time, when a credible nuclear deterrence is the need of the hour, India has done well for itself by completing the nuclear triad – the capability to fire nuclear weapons from land, air and sea – with the first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant. The ‘annihilator of enemies’ Arihant is a feather in the cap for India that seriously pursues a minimum deterrence and no-first-use nuclear policy. India’s capability to launch nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles with up to 3,500 km ranges is a feat in itself and enough to deter enemies from even contemplating any ‘mis-adventurism’. One more nuclear submarine, Aridh­man, will report to the Nuclear Command Authority, under direct charge of the prime minister, later this year. To strengthen India’s defenses further, the third ‘advanced technology vehicle’ will join the forces in two years from now. In seventies, people scoffed at the idea of India acquiring nuclear triad on ...
          Warship INS Arihant can dive to 300 metres, remain under water for months - Zee News : India National      Cache   Translate Page      
INS Arihant, the indigenously-built nuclear-propelled submarine that completed its first deterrence patrol, is capable of firing ballistic missiles and can stay under water for months.
           WORLD EMMANUEL MACRON CALLS FOR ‘TRUE, EUROPEAN ARMY’ TO PROTECT AGAINST U.S., CHINA AND RUSSIA      Cache   Translate Page      

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On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:41


French President Emmanuel Macron reviews French navy personnel as he arrives aboard the French Mistral-class assault ship and helicopter carrier Dixmude to attend a ceremony to present his wishes to the armed forces at the Toulon Naval Base in Toulon, France, on January 19.PHOTO: CLAUDE PARIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES


French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the creation of a “true, European army” to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," Macron told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.

Pointing to recent decisions by President Donald Trump, the 40-year-old French leader warned that European security is at risk.

“When I see President Trump announcing that he's quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s Euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim?” he asked. “Europe and its security.” The French president concluded that Europe needed a unified military in order to “protect” itself.

Macron has previously expressed his view that Europe should jointly coordinate military actions, the BBC reported. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has also backed such a plan, saying in June that it would be part of "the structure of defense cooperation.”

“It is up to us to guarantee European security,” Macron said in an August speech, adding that the continent could no longer rely on the U.S. for protection.

“President Macron's call for a greater European effort in defense derives from two sets of factors,” the BBC’s defense correspondent Jonathan Marcus explained, “his support for the greater European project on the one hand, but also horror at much that the Trump administration is doing on the other, with its overturning of treaties and so on.”


While Macron, who took office in May 2017, just a few months after Trump, initially appeared to have a positive relationship with the American president, they have since sparred publicly over numerous issues such as the Paris climate accords, trade tariffs and the Iran nuclear agreement. Last month, the French president stressed the importance of the Cold War–era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in a direct discussion with Trump, after the White House signaled it would withdraw from the decades-old agreement.



Despite the French president’s warnings and concerns, he will host Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11 in Paris. At the end of October, Trump described the upcoming trip as “very exciting” in a tweet, and said he had just spoken to the French president to discuss the celebration.

However, Trump also described the European Union as a “foe” last summer. When asked about world powers he saw as threats to the U.S., the president mentioned the longtime U.S. allies first, before also pointing to Russia and China.

“Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” he said. “Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe."





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Warships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles make up the basis of these groupings in strategically important areas of the Baltic, Barents, Black and Mediterranean Seas
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          Operation Shakespeare: 2 of 2: The True Story of an Elite International Sting by John Shiffman (Author)      Cache   Translate Page      
AUTHOR. (Photo: Internet Archive Book Images Follow Image from page 88 of "Persia past and present; a book of travel and research, with more than two hundred illustrations and a map" (1906)  Identifier: persiapastpresen01jack Title: Persia past and present; a book of travel and research, with more than two hundred illustrations and a map Year: 1906 (1900s) Authors: Jackson, A. V. Williams (Abraham Valentine Williams), 1862-1937 Subjects: Zoroastrianism Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company London, Macmillan & Co., ltd. Contributing Library: The Library of Congress Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: in turnyielded to the triumphant ascendancy of the Iranian house ofSasan, who restored the Zoroastrian faith as state religion anddreamed of forming a great national power. Their rule lastedover four centuries (a.d. 226-651), but their hope of establish- Text Appearing After Image: --•^V^- Darius III defeated by Alexander in the Battle of Lssus(Pompeian Mosaic in tlie Naples Museum) Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work. 234 views 0 faves 0 comments Taken circa 1906  No known copyright restrictions  Show EXIF) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Operation Shakespeare: 2 of 2: The True Story of an Elite International Sting by John Shiffman (Author) [](https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Shakespeare-Story-Elite-International/dp/1451655169) [https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Shakespeare-Story-Elite-International/dp/1451655169](https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Shakespeare-Story-Elite-International/dp/1451655169) A secret war. A daring sting operation. The great untold national security story of our time: “An impressive and important work…The book has the glamour of a spy novel and the gravity of a meticulously researched exposé” (Christian Science Monitor). On today’s high-tech battlefields, the most lethal weapons are not the big ones, but rather the ones that are small enough to be smuggled inside a pack of chewing gum. Developed and manufactured in the United States at extraordinary cost, these tiny weapons of war—which can guide missiles, see through walls, and trigger anything from a wireless IED to a nuclear weapon—are what currently give the US its military advantage. Unfortunately, they are increasingly being discovered in the hands of our enemies. In Operation Shakespeare, Pulitzer Prize finalist John Shiffman tells the true story of an elaborate sting operation launched by an elite Homeland Security team that was created to stop Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea from stealing US military technology. The sting, codenamed Operation Shakespeare, targets an Iranian arms broker who works on behalf of Tehran. Over the course of three years, the American agents go undercover to outwit not only the Iranian, but US defense contractors and bankers willing to put profit over national security. The chase moves around the world, and as the United States tries to bring the Iranian to justice, his own government plots to assassinate him, fearful of what he might reveal. Tenacious, richly detailed, and boasting unprecedented access to both the Iranian broker and the US agents who caught him, “Operation Shakespeare reads like a spy thriller—but Shiffman’s meticulous reporting leaves no doubt that he is telling nothing less than scary truth” (Daily News, New York)
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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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admittedly from suspect bloomberg, but good enough for triangulation purpose, at least a point to mull over

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The current state of the American Army. 
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"Let’s Have a War with Russia!: 
I’d Rather Be Ruled by Autistic Hamsters"
 by Fred Reed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Egyptian Embassy in Brasilia was unavailable for comment.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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Chechen journalist Abdul Itslayev lived out the Second Chechen War in his native village. Against a backdrop of rocket attacks, murder and robbery, he tried to piece together what, in fact, was happening. RU

Illustration by Polina Zaslavskaya. All rights reserved.

Note from the editors: In August 1999, Russian forces started a brutal air campaign against Chechnya, killing and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Weeks later, after a series of apartment block bombings in Russia, President Putin declared the Chechen President and parliament illegitimate, and ordered a ground invasion.

Abdul Itslayev experienced this conflict in his home village of Goiskoe, located in the Urus-Martan district, south-west of Grozny, the capital. Here we publish an excerpt of his forthcoming memoirs. 

The second war arrived in my native village of Goiskoye on Friday 10 September, 1999.

There were two rounds of aerial bombing, the first at 11.30, the second at 13.30. Their targets: a television relay station and a bridge spanning the Goitinka River. Residential houses were destroyed as well. Flying fragments injured Akho Bakayev and killed old Zelimkhan Ibiyev on the spot.

On a road not for from the bridge, a car carrying my neighbour and teacher Mansur Eskiev and his wife and children was riddled with holes. On the second morning they all set off for Georgia, and from there to Europe.

My own house didn’t escape unscathed. A dozen fragments struck the roof and another flew in through a window and lodged itself in the wall. I’d built my two-room khibara (hut) the year before using materials salvaged from the ruins of my parents’ house, destroyed during the first war. My hut may have resembled a barn more than anything else, but I delighted in it as if it were a palace. Having a roof over your head is any refugee’s dream. And that’s what I was, having spent over two years homeless.

Fifty metres from there, on the site of the destroyed house, stood my mother’s home. Built out of used brick, it boasted a slate roof and a basement – the only one in the whole area. Neighbours would take refuge there during air raids and shelling. My mother lived with my sister and four brothers. We built this house between June and December 1996, coming in to do so from Urus-Martan, where we spent over a year living in the partially constructed house of a friend after our village was destroyed.

The air strikes shredded the power lines. The pumping station ceased to function in the absence of energy. We got water from the river. After it rained, the water was a mixture of sand and clay - and the sediment would fill half a bucket.

No outsiders set foot in the village. This, everyone had decided, was Goiskoye’s fate: to be crushed by war for a second time

Our only connection with the outside world was an old transistor radio. Commenting on the movements of the army in Chechnya, General Manilov, representative of the Russian General Staff, would often mention Goiskoye. The strikes, he said, were being conducted against militant targets, even though there were absolutely nowhere to hide in the places he was talking about. Everything had been obliterated and bombed out back in 1996.

No outsiders set foot in the village. This, everyone had decided, was Goiskoye’s fate: to be crushed by war for a second time. Those who’d stayed put in the settlement numbered some four dozen people.

In early December, the shelling began to intensify. Military forces massed in the immediate vicinity of Urus-Martan.

They had missiles that detonated just above the ground, and they proved to be terrible weapons. Buildings ended up riddled top to bottom with fragments. Remaining in the village was no longer possible. Taking advantage of a window between raids, we relocated to my cousin’s place in neighbouring Alkhazurovo. Eight families holed up in the same house. Under a canopy in the yard was a dugout shelter for children and women.

The war, meanwhile, was following close on our heels. On the approach to Alkharzurovo, aerial strikes destroyed a Moskvich car and a motorbike being used by Salambek Soslambekov and Mumaid Gabzayev to transport some household things. Both Soslambekov and Gabzayev perished; Lom-Ali Ingayev sustained a knee injury.

The first sweeps

That morning, all Alkhazurovo was talking about a column of militants.

Leaving Urus-Martan, they’d retreated to the Argun River gorge via Martan-chu, Goy-chu and Alkhazurovo. There were no Russian planes in the air while the column was on the move. The artillery remained silent the whole night through. We were far from the “big road” and neither heard nor saw the militants. The next morning brought more news: Akhmed Zakayev had stopped here for the night but left in the small hours and said that he’d be relocating to Georgia.

In the evening, a car pulled up by the gates. I came out to the car and saw Adam Gatsayev. Around three years younger than me, he’d once been my student. The period between the two wars saw him working for the village administration. He had news, and a question to ask me:

“Military forces have entered Urus-Martan. Representatives from three villages – Alkhazurovo, Goy-chu and Goiskoye – have been summoned there by Shamanov. Delegations will be travelling over from the first two, but we’ve no one to send. Yunus did promise but he’s old and sick. Come tomorrow he might not even be able to get up – or he might change his mind. Maybe your brother could make the journey with me?”

“That’s no place for my brother to be. If Yunus can’t or won’t go, I’ll go myself.”

After returning from Urus-Martan, Adam waited for me on the outskirts of Alkhazurovo. I squeezed my body, heavy with fatigue, into the Zhiguli. Adam told me what had happened en route:

“People had gathered from all over the district. Shamanov welcomed them in person. All the military men were seriously well oiled and there was a whole sea of vodka waiting to be drunk. And all this in the t mosque the Wahhabists built in the central square. Shamanov made a speech. He said that Goiskoye had given him a massive headache during the first war as well, and that now his intelligence operatives had been taken out there.”

“What operatives? I’ve not heard anything about this…”

“I understand that a Russian reconnaissance group encountered a group of militants who’d retreated from Urus-Martan. They took out an armoured personnel carrier... Shamanov promised to be in Goiskoye tomorrow at noon. The sweep will follow, whereupon the population will be able to return. That’s what Shamanov said.”

Vladimir Shamanov was the general who destroyed Goyskoye. Back in 1996, he’d also summoned village elders for negotiations outside Alkhazurovo and set them conditions that couldn’t be fulfilled. Then he summoned the helicopters. “At least allow the women and children to be evacuated!” they implored him. “No!” he replied.

The column was crawling along. Yards and houses were searched from top to bottom, basements and attics included. Anything that aroused the slightest suspicion was subjected to a microscopic examination

We, Adam and I, decided: Shamanov wouldn’t be coming tomorrow, and the sweep would commence in the morning. We needed to arrive in the village before the soldiers.

On the way to Goiskoye, Adam told me more about the previous day’s meeting. The district now had leaders chosen or appointed by God knows who. We too had just a single card to play: if anyone asked, we’d say we were local officials. The village streets were absolutely deserted. Adam parked the Zhiguli in my mother’s yard. Shana spent five minutes telling us about the events of the previous night– but then armoured vehicles materialised at the far end of the street, along with soldiers inching along fences.

We headed towards them, keeping strictly to the middle of the road. No words, no unnecessary movements. Like tin soldiers. The APCs stopped. Someone dropped to one knee and took aim at us. The butts of automatic rifles were poked into our napes, backs and stomachs:

“Who’re you?”

“Local officials. Tell your commander we’re here.”

Someone spoke into a walkie-talkie behind us. We were nudged onward: “Go! The commander’s at the end of the column.” The column was a good kilometre long. Before we reached the end we were stopped another dozen times, prodded with automatics, showered with profanities and sniffed by Alsatians.

Finally, we came upon a middle-aged military man wearing an astrakhan hat.

“I’m the commander of the internal troop brigade,” he said. “What did you want?”

“This is the first sweep. You ought to warn people, calm them down. We were expecting you at noon.”

“You have half an hour. Tell everyone: don’t lay a finger on my guys and I won’t lay a finger on you. I give you my word.”

Who had stayed put in the village? On what streets? Did they have documents or didn’t they? We were two ordinary guys, just like everyone else, we enjoyed no authority. But there was no doubt about it: people would listen to us.

Illustration by Polina Zaslavskaya. All rights reserved.Half an hour later we were back at the end of column. The colonel addressed us brusquely:

“Come with me. You’ll leave once the sweep is over. Yesterday,” he added, “they finished their inspection of Urus-Martan. 27 residents in the whole town. Would you believe it!”

The column was crawling along. Yards and houses were searched from top to bottom, basements and attics included. Anything that aroused the slightest suspicion was subjected to a microscopic examination. Reports and orders sounded over the walkie-talkie. Trailing two steps behind the officer, we heard someone exclaim in surprise: “Dirt-poor village, this is!”

The colonel glanced over at us: had we made out these words?

“Two years ago all this was just ruins,” said Adam. “At least there’s something here now.”

Another report over the radio:

“We’re here in the southern zone, we’ve just stopped a Moskvich with three people inside and a bloody axe and knives under the seat. We’ve roughed them up a bit…”

I guessed who “they” were:

“They’re from Urus-Martan, butcher’s sons. They’ve holed up at their uncle’s, relocated to Alkhazurovo together with us. Order them not to be beaten.”

“Don’t touch them until I arrive,” ordered the colonel.

All three were stood by the flung-open doors of the Moskvich, muddied, bruised, one of them with blood on his face. Recognising me, they addressed me by name, and I by theirs.

“Let them go on their way,” said the commander.

Illustration by Polina Zaslavskaya. All rights reserved.This was the first and last sweep to have involved next to no bloodshed. All the subsequent ones – and, in the first year of the counter-terrorism operation, they were conducted at least two or three times monthly – featured arrests, beatings, zindans (underground prisons), fingerprinting, widespread looting.

The second sweep followed a different playbook. The village was blocked off to the world before sunrise: no exit, no entry. The two generals in charge of the special op – Yakov Nedobitko and Viktor Medveditskov – stationed themselves on the village’s southern outskirts, near a roadblock. Close by was the filtropunkt (“filtration point”) to which all male residents aged 12 to 65 were being herded. Later, an old quarry in the north-eastern outskirts was transformed into a filtropunkt (and fingerprinting facility) as well.

If the first sweep didn’t fray people’s nerves, all restraints were now cast aside: rudeness, boorishness, high-handedness... Complaints from all sides: “They confiscated this, took away that, stole this, made off with that.”

Even my hut was picked clean. The items taken included old notebooks, a camera, a Dictaphone, a couple of t-shirts, and a honey harvesting tent. The hives themselves weren’t touched.

We now faced our first “official” ransom demand: one ram.

A relative fleeing Chechnya had left a Mercedes in Uvais Kayev’s yard. As for the documentation and keys, he either took them with him or left them in someone’s keeping. Whose? This remained a mystery. Some military men smashed one of the windows, opened the door, combed the interior of the car. The trunk wouldn’t open, not even with the help of a crowbar. So the officer laid down a condition: “Either you cough up a ram or the car gets towed!”

“The old master of the house has no sheep.”

“There’s sheep in the village. He can buy one.”

Long story short: a ram took a ride in the last car involved in the special operation.

Death squads come to Urus-Martan

The “federals” reported the coordinates of the mass grave site in the old quarry. Close by stood the 245th Motorised Rifle Regiment (notorious for its atrocities) and a regiment under the command of Colonel Yuri Budanov. Even before his arrest and trial, Budanov was, how to put it, a familiar face to everyone. Everyone knew about his conflict with Khavazhi Dzhambulatov, the administration chief of the village of Tangi-chu. The colonel fought him and was beaten on more than one occasion.

Flash-forward to a courtroom in Rostov-on-Don in 2003. Budanov glanced at the next witness, Dzhambulatov, and asked, his voice full of anxiety: “How did you get here?”

“You and I are both here on your account…”

But this was still yet to come. Back in the present, people were angry after the bodies of 69 people had been uncovered, near Urus-Martan at the start of 2000. The anger and indignation could lead pretty much anywhere, and so the “federals” refused to honour their promise – to show people another three burial pits.

Most of the corpses in the mass grave had been laid out in a row, face up, and covered with tarpaulin and earth. Bodies in another mass grave discovered north-east of the village of Novye Varandy, on the banks of the Argun, had been “committed to the ground” in identical fashion. This area was within the responsibility zone of regiments stationed outside Tangi-chu. Later, corpses of residents detained in villages on the banks of the Argun were found scattered in Tangi-chu cemetery.

In the evenings, the curfew forced the town’s denizens into their homes. The streets became the domain of forces what were soon dubbed “death squads” by local residents

People returned to Urus-Martan; public transport started working again, as did the market. In the afternoons, the centre was completely full. But the town was buzzing like a hive about to disgorge a swarm of bees. Not a day passed without someone being killed or kidnapped...

In the evenings, the curfew forced the town’s denizens into their homes. The streets became the domain of forces what were soon dubbed “death squads” by local residents. They freely bypassed roadblocks and initially didn’t even cover up the side numbers of armoured personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles or the registration marks of UAZs and Zhigulis.

When the victim count rose into the hundreds, the town authorities were finally able to secure the consent of the military commandant’s office to nightly patrols by (unarmed) local residents. These patrols took control of key intersections and streets, documenting and suppressing any unauthorised movements. The murders and kidnappings stopped. A week later, however, the patrol parties formed by the locals began to come under fire. They ought to have been reinforced, made capable of striking back. The military, however, had decided otherwise – and banned the townspeople from going on patrol…

The death squads once again became the sovereign masters of Urus-Martan after dark. Among their victims were two imams from the congregational mosque (Umar Idrisov and Hasmagomed Umalatov), officials from local government agencies and security services, old people and young people.

The majority of the people who were kidnapped were unaccounted for. Some were found killed, tortured to death. Their remains were most often discovered in orchards outside Urus-Martan which had gone wild in the course of two wars.

There were two kidnappings in Goiskoye. Abducted directly from his house, Movldi Umayev struggled free and fled… only to be struck down by machine-gun fire. Aindi Dudurkayev, too, was dragged from his home at night by unknown individuals. Is he still alive? What fate befell him after his abduction, and where did it befall him? There’s no answer.

Without light or kerosene

A different situation was developing in neighbouring Goy-chu. There was a roadblock manned by Rybinsk OMON personnel on the main road to the north of the village. A motorised rifle regiment was stationed in the south, at the foot of the mountains. Meanwhile, the authorities were also putting the heat on the populace: “Your sympathies are with militants and you’re helping them out.” How exactly they were doing so remained unclear. Forget about a human slipping through the regiment’s lines – a woodland creature hadn’t a hope in hell of doing it.

In late February-early March, however, the bulwark was found to have a breach through which a small group of militants had made their way into the village. The group surrendered, and the military summoned the village residents to a meeting. The generals threatened to wipe the settlement from the face of the earth. But the village’s military commandant – a captain everyone knew (Volodya) – asked the generals not to call in the planes: “I have to live with these people, I have to work with them…”

A day or two later, people started talking about a second group of militants who’d managed to make it through the cordons. The voices of those who’d suddenly discovered a conspiracy between the military and the militants now began to make themselves heard. Quiet at first, these voices grew ever louder; the military had allegedly provided a corridor for the militants, and the latter, a detachment led by Arbi Barayev, advanced through it, proceeding via Goy-chu and Goiskoye. It immediately turned out that this occurred on a day when Goiskoye was subjected to yet another sweep. Having mentally reviewed its entire course, we suddenly discovered that a single empty farmstead had remained “unswept” in the village.

We drove down there and took a look. Footsteps from the gate led not to the house but to a cellar off to the side of it. The floor was thick with dirt left there by dozens of pairs of shoes. Who’d been hanging about here for so long – the “Barayevites” or the “sweepers”?

Illustration by Polina Zaslavskaya. All rights reserved.There was still no light, and kerosene for lamps wasn’t available. Your eyes quickly get tired in the candlelight. You could find yourself some transistor radio batteries at the Urus-Martan market and spend whole nights listening to news broadcasts on various frequencies. It was as though broadcasts out of Chechnya and about Chechnya weren’t about us at all. You sometimes heard something akin to the truth from Radio Svoboda and other foreign “voices”.

As for the reports on the new radio station Chechnya Svobodnaya (Free Chechnya), they were just pure fiction. Listening to them, you’d have thought we Chechens had one foot in a bright future and another in veritable ocean of bliss. According to Chechnya Svobodnaya, it was only yesterday that our children did no studying and had only ever held machine guns in their hands; and as for today, well…

My daughter entered Year 1 in September 1998. In September 1999, she ran home from school in tears as bombs and rockets rained down on us. Her school was housed in a prefabricated panel house allocated for that purpose by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees following the destruction of Goiskoye – and, specifically, the school – in the spring of 1996. Windows covered with polyethylene film. No light (nor would there be for another ten months). No heat (no gas, no wood, no coal). Roadside orchards and strips of forest cut down for firewood. Desks, tables, chairs all ramshackle. Teachers were mostly in Ingushetia, as refugees. Some were already in Europe...

Meanwhile, Russia’s presidential elections were scheduled for 26 March 2000. The bullet-riddled school was to be used as a polling station serving the settlements of Goiskoye and Michurina, with voter lists already being compiled.

How to make all of this out from Moscow, to say nothing of the provinces?

Massacre in Goy-chu

Daybreak brought the sounds of combat from Goy-chu.

The first news came a couple of hours later: something odd was happening, people were leaving their houses…

You could see from the Y-junction, from the roadblock that soldiers had formed a semi-circle around those people who’d managed to escape. According to two women who’d forced their way through the semi-circle, residents were cajoled and threatened back into their homes.

Towards evening, the denizens of Goy-chu had been convinced that the group of militants who had forced their way into the village were now neutralised and the village itself swept clean. No need to worry: federal forces were in control of the situation. The road to the village was completely blocked off. Neither Adam nor myself – nor, indeed, anyone desperate to know if their relatives were still alive – were allowed access to the settlement.

The din of the approaching battle floated in from Goy-chu throughout the night. Now, with the coming of morning, the village was being pounded by aerial and artillery strikes. Columns of military equipment were advancing through Goiskoye on their way to Goy-chu. At the crossroads between Alkhazurovo and Goy-chu, the carnage taking place in the latter was clearly visible: shells and rockets were tearing houses to shreds and sending plumes of smoke and fire into the sky.

Half a kilometre from the intersection, on the outskirts of the village, a vast crowd of men, women and children had amassed in a field. They had been encircled, and no one was allowed to leave the encirclement or to approach it. Here, at the fork in the road, the “operation’s” HQ had been set up in the military-occupied house of Visayev. Communicating through “intermediary” officers, residents of neighbouring settlements attempted to persuade the generals to release women and children from the encirclement. The generals, though, had other ideas…

The slaughter went on for over two weeks. Abating at night, the intensity of the battles would reach a peak by noon

Towards lunchtime, we learned the names of dozens of Goy-chu residents who’d failed to flee the village before the aerial and artillery strikes began. Then, after lunch, information filtered through that there was neither food nor warm clothing within the encirclement. People started putting together food packages in Goiskoye and Alkhazurovo and bread was brought over from Urus-Martan.

In a field next to the roadblock stood a battery of regimental mortars as well as Buratino rocket launchers. They were firing over the heads of the thousands of Goy-chu residents taken hostage by the military. These people’s houses, all their possessions, the village itself – it was being destroyed before their very eyes.

The slaughter went on for over two weeks. Abating at night, the intensity of the battles would reach a peak by noon. Having forced their way into the village from the south via the Goitinka River gorge, the militants reached the northern outskirts almost immediately. They were negotiated with, and then, after a turning point in the situation, methodically finished off – alongside local residents who hadn’t managed to flee the village in time.

Corpses... There were many of them. So many, in fact, that even six months, even a year later they wouldn’t let me sleep. Images of wounds, faces, clothing kept flickering before my eyes… They were brought in, freshly searched, either by military personnel conducting a post-battle sweep or else by the funeral team of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Clothes unbuttoned, pockets turned out, often shoeless...

Each corpse was photographed and filmed. Dress, appearance, approximate age, possessions – all this was recorded. Their official papers rarely turned up, and these records were supposed to help identify them. And so it frequently proved: over half of the individuals committed nameless to the ground went on to acquire names. Some were identified immediately, and relatives would either take away the corpse or bury it here, alongside the others.

It wasn’t only Chechens from settlements near and far who were searching for “their own” among the dead. One day a Russian general arrived:

“My intelligence operatives never left this village. I was informed that the corpses of some non-Muslims with wire-bound hands were brought here yesterday...”

“There were no such corpses here.”

“I’d like my guys to take a look at yesterday’s corpses.”

They left their weapons in the vehicle, inspected a long row of dead bodies in the cemetery – and recognised not a single one. Nor would it have been easy to do so: identifying familiar features on mutilated bodies crushed by rubble or lying for weeks under the open sky isn’t a straightforward matter. Some, the charred ones, were completely unidentifiable. A bloody mess where the face should be. Noses and ears cut off, throats slashed. There wasn’t a single elderly face.

 

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Insurance regulator IRDAI has allowed the distribution of all micro-insurance products through point-of-sales (PoS).It aims to increase insurance penetration in the country.Micro-insurance policies are designed to promote insurance coverage among economically vulnerable sections.A micro-insurance policy is a general or life insurance policy with a sum assured of Rs. 50,000 or less.
Madhya Pradesh to have cow ministry
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the setting up of a ministry for cows.The cow ministry will replace the existing Madhya Pradesh Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board (MPGEPSB).If Madhya Pradesh implements the decision, it will become the second Indian state after Rajasthan to get a cow ministry.
livestock census commenced from Oct. 1
The 20th Livestock Census will be conducted in all States and Union Territories from October 1, 2018.The 20th Livestock Census would, for the first time, capture breed-wise headcount of livestock and poultryThe Census would help in identifying the threatened indigenous breeds.The exercise would also cover fisheries.
Peace Padyatra in in the Red heartland
Around 150 people, from various states affected by the Maoist insurgency, will begin a 186-km long ‘Peace Padyatra’ on 1 Oct.The Peace Padyatra will start from the Shabri Gandhi Ashram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh to the Jagdalpur town of Bastar.The padyatris will walk along the National Highway 30, that passes through the  Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
Good samaritan bill of Karnataka approved
Karnataka has become the first state in the country to give legal protection to good Samaritans.President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation during Emergency Situations) Bill, 2016.The bill aims to provide legal protection to the good samaritans in Karnataka, who help accident victims with emergency medical care.
NITI Aayog and Oracle sign SoI
NITI Aayog and Oracle signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to pilot a real drug supply-chain using blockchain distributed ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) softwareThe SoI was signed in order to fight the growing problem of counterfeit drugs in India.Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma Sciences will partner in this effort.
Yuvraj Wadhwani won Asian Junior Squash title
India’s Yuvraj Wadhwani won Asian Junior Squash Championship title on 30 September, 2018.Yuvraj has become the second Indian to win the Under-13 title after Veer Chotrani, who had won the title in 2014 in Iran.Overall, Indian squash players won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
Int Day of Older Persons observed on 1st Oct
International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1st October every year.The theme for 2018 is ‘Celebrating Older Human Rights champions’.The objective of the International Day for Older Persons is to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
Govt sets up Competition Law Review Committee
The Government has constituted a Competition Law Review Committee to review the Competition Act.The committee will be headed by corporate affairs secretary Injeti Srinivas.The committee will review the competition regulations in India.The Competition Act was passed in 2002 and the Competition Commission of India was set up in 2009.

Important Current Affairs 02nd October 2018
AM Raghunath Nambiar takes over as AOC-in-C
Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar on October 1, 2018, took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command.He is also a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was the Project Test Pilot for the Light Combat Aircraft, ‘Tejas’.He had served as a Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at the IAF’s Eastern Air Command in the past.
Birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri
The nation celebrates the 114th birth anniversary of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on October 2.He was the 2nd Prime Minister of India and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party.Prime Minister visited the Vijay Ghat to pay tributes to the former prime minister.Shastri coined the slogan ‘jai jawan jai kisan’.
PPC launched on 2nd October 2018
The Central government launched its People’s Plan Campaign (PPC) for panchayats from October 2, 2018, with the slogan “Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas”.During the campaign, structured Gram Sabha meetings will be held for preparing Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) for the next financial year 2019-2020.GPDP aims to strengthen the role of elected Panchayat leaders and Women.
Govt releases agri census data for 2015-16
The government of India released agriculture census for 2015-16 on 1 October 2018.The average size of operational holding declined to 1.08 hectares (ha) in 2015-16 compared to 1.15 ha in 2010-11.The percentage share of female operational holders has increased from 12.79% in 2010-11 to 13.87% in 2015-16.Agriculture census is conducted by Ministry of Agriculture for every five years.
HRD min gave ‘Swachhata Ranking Awards 2018’
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the “Swachh Campus rankings” under 8 different categories on 1 October 2018.Haryana’s Maharashi Dayanand University has been ranked the cleanest government university by the HRD Ministry.Among the technical institutions, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore bagged the top rank.
Government took control of IL&FS
The government of India took control of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) on 1 October 2018.The government replaced its board and appointed new board members.Uday Kotak was named as non-executive chairman of the new board.The government moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for replacing the IL&FS Board.
BSE launches commodity derivative contracts
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) became the first stock exchange in India to launch the commodity derivative contracts in gold and silver.Till now, commodity contracts were available only on MCX and NCDEX, the two specialised commodity derivatives exchanges.BSE also waived off transaction charges for the first year in the commodities derivatives segment.
U.S., Canada agree on free trade pact
Canada and the U.S. have agreed on a new free trade pact that will include Mexico.The new trade deal will be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).USMCA replaces the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).The trade pact will come up for review every six years.
ADB and India sign $150 Million Loan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $150 Million Loan.The loan amount will be used to improve road connectivity and efficiency of the International Trade Corridor in West Bengal and North-Eastern Region of India.The project will give a boost to India’s efforts to promote regional connectivity in South Asia.
NALCO CMD conferred with NIPM Ratna award
NALCO CMD Dr Tapan Kumar Chand was conferred with the ‘NIPM Ratna Award’ at the 37th NIPM Annual National Conference (NATCON-2018).He was given the award for his contribution to People Management & Strategic Leadership.National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) is the highest body of HR professionals in India.NIPM organized the NATCON-2018 at Pune.
Int Day of Non-Violence observed on Oct 2
The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October in honor of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.The International Day of Non-Violence is a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
Niwari is 52nd district of MP
The Madhya Pradesh government announced the creation of a new district ‘Niwari’.The new district would include three tehsils of the present Tikamgarh district – Niwari, Orchha, and Prithvipur.The government’s decision came into effect from October 1.The district has been carved out of the Tikamgarh district.
BCCI comes under RTI Act
Central Information Commission brings The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.CIC directed the BCCI to form, online and offline mechanisms to receive applications for information under the RTI Act within 15 days.The BCCI is the national governing body for cricket in India formed in December 1928.
India, Uzbekistan signed 17 agreements
India and Uzbekistan inked 17 agreements on 1 October 2018, including in the areas of defence, space, health and agriculture.They also signed an agreement on cooperation in combating illicit drug trafficking.Two agreements in the sectors of innovation, and health and medical science were also signed.The two countries also entered into a pact on cooperation in the pharma sector.
Nobel prize for medicine
Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan won the 2018 Nobel prize in medicine.They won the prize for the discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.They will receive their prize at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on 10th December.Allison and Honjo also have won the Tang Prize in 2014 for their research.
12 Indian firms in Forbes best companies
12 Indian companies features in a list of the world’s best regarded firms compiled by Forbes.Entertainment giant Walt Disney, with a market cap of USD 165 billion topped the list.US companies dominate the list with 61 of the total 250 firms.The Indian companies are-  Infosys, TCS, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, L&T, Grasim Industries, GIC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Asian Paints, SAIL, ITC and HDFC.
1st Swachhata Mela at AIIMS Delhi
Health Minister J P Nadda inaugurated the First Swachhata Mela organised by All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi.AIIMS Delhi has bagged first position in Kayakalp awards with prize money of Rs. 5 crore in the last two editions of the awards.Kayakalp awards were initiated to recognise the efforts of the hospitals for maintaining cleanliness in their premises.
India’s flag-bearer at Youth Olympic Games
16-year-old shooting star Manu Bhaker is named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games at Buenos Aires.A contingent of 68 members, including 46 athletes, departed for Argentina to take part in games from October 6-18.Bhaker had won gold in 10m air pistol at Guadalajara World Cup as well as Commonwealth Games.
Mushtaque Ahmad- new Hockey India President
Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad was is named as the new President of Hockey India (HI).Ahmad is currently serving as the post of Secretary General.He takes over President Rajinder Singh after being elected unopposed.Hockey India is the governing body having an exclusive mandate to conduct all activities for both men and women hockey in India.
Gita Gopinath appointed IMF Chief Economist
India-born economist, Gita Gopinath has been appointed chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).She will succeed Maurice Obstfeld, who announced his retirement in July.Gita Gopinath is the second Indian economist to be appointed as IMF chief economist after Raghuram Rajan.She currently serves as professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

Important Current Affairs 03rd October 2018
National Khadi Festival 2018 inaugurated
A month-long National Khadi Festival 2018 has been inaugurated on 2 Oct 2018, by Union MSME minister, Shri Giriraj Singh.The fest is being organized by Khadi and Village Industries Commission at Mumbai.Various types of Khadi products of different states would be available at the festival.Around 100 institutions from all over of the country are participating in the exhibition.
Mount Soputan erupts in Indonesia
Indonesia’s Mount Soputan volcano erupts on the tsunami-hit island of Sulawes.The authorities raised the volcano’s status to Level III of the four-level national alert system.It is about 1,000 km from the town of Palu where a 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami.Indonesia is situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where frequent quakes and volcanic activity strikes.
Lilima to receive Ekalabya Puraskar, 2018
Hockey player Lilima Minz from Odisha has been selected for the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar, 2018.The annual award is instituted by the charitable wing of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys (IMFA) comprises of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation.Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted to promote literature, sports, the arts, culture, and other socially meaningful activities.
N. Ravi elected as PTI chairman
N. Ravi, Publisher and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, was unanimously elected Chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI).Mr. Ravi succeeds Viveck Goenka, chairman and managing director of the Express Group.Also, Vijay Kumar Chopra, Chief Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group of newspapers, was elected as Vice-Chairman.
PM Modi received UNEP Champions of the Earth
PM Narendra Modi received the United Nations highest environmental honour, the UNEP Champions of the Earth award at New Delhi.The award is presented by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.The award was announced on 26th Sept, on the sidelines of 73rd UN GA in New York.The annual prize is awarded to leaders from government whose actions had a positive impact on the environment.
SIDBI launched ‘Udyam Abhilasha’ campaign
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), had launched a National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign, Udyam Abhilasha on 2 October 2018.The campaign was launched in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog.The campaign would create and strengthen cadre of more than 800 trainers to provide entrepreneurship training to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
Japan space probe launched new robot
A Japanese probe launched a new observation robot towards an asteroid.The Hayabusa2 probe launched the French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT), towards the Ryugu asteroid’s surface.MASCOT’s launch comes after the Hayabusa2 dropped a pair of MINERVA-II micro-rovers on the Ryugu asteroid.MASCOT can take images at multiple wavelengths and measure magnetic fields.
World Peace monument inaugurated
Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the World Peace Monument at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s World Peace University campus at Loni, Pune.The monument has one of the world’s largest dome of 160 ft. in diameter and 263 ft tall.It is larger in area than the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.The dome is built atop the MIT World Peace Library and the World Peace Prayer Hall
PM inaugurated first assembly of the ISA
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 1st Assembly of the International Solar Alliance on 2 October 2018 in New Delhi.The same event also marked the inauguration of the 2nd IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting, and the 2nd Global RE-Invest (Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet and Expo).The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres, was present on the occasion.
Stamps on International Day of Non-Violence
The UN postal agency issued a new collection of stamps in commemoration of the International Day of Non-violence, marked on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.Stamps feature artistic interpretation of ‘The Knotted Gun’, an iconic global sculpture.The sculpture was created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswrd as a tribute to  Beatles member John Lennon after his murder.
Barham Salih as new president of Iraq
Iraq’s Parliament has elected a veteran Kurdish Politician Barham Salih as the country’s new President.Salih is a former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.He has named Shiite Adel Abdul Mahdi as Prime Minister of the country.The move will pave the way to form a new government, nearly five months after national elections.
New dwarf planet spotted
An extremely distant dwarf planet, named The Goblin, has been discovered by the astronomers.The dwarf planet was officially designated as ‘2015 TG387’.Astronomers first observed the dwarf planet on October 13, 2015, from the Subaru telescope.This is the third dwarf planet found to be orbiting on the frigid fringes of our solar system.
Thangvellu- flag-bearer for Asian Para Games
Rio Paralympic gold medallist Thangvellu Mariyappan is named as flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Paralympic Asian games.India will field its biggest ever contingent of 302 members for the games.3rd Asian Para Games will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from October 6-13.The official mascot of the Games is a Bondol eagle named Momo.
Manipur clinch National Football Championship
Manipur claimed victory in the final of the 24th Senior Women’s National Football Championships, defeating hosts Odisha by 2-1.It was the 19th occasion when a state from the northeast of India won the trophy.Manipur captain Bala Devi scored the first goal in the 45th minute.The final match was held at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as 46th CJI
Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn-in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on 3 October 2018.He was administered the oath by President Ram Nath Kovind.CJI Ranjan Gogoi is the first Chief Justice of India from the north-east and his tenure will end in November 2019.Justice Gogoi started his career as a Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court in February 2001.
Odisha launched own food security scheme
The Odisha government has launched its own food security scheme on 2 October 2018.The scheme will be benefiting 25 lakh people who were left out of the National Food Security Act.The beneficiaries will get 5 kg of rice per person per month at the rate of Rs. 1 per kg.Each poor man will get 5 kg of rice per month as per the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
WHO launched global guidelines on sanitation
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the first global guidelines on sanitation and health.The WHO said that by adopting its new guidelines, countries can significantly reduce diarrhoeal deaths due to unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene.The new guidelines were developed because current sanitation programmes are not achieving anticipated health gains.
Assam government launched pension scheme
Assam government launched pension scheme covering all senior citizens of the state.The name of the pension scheme is ‘Swahid Kushal Konwar Sarbajanin Briddha Pension Achoni’.All senior citizens above 60 years of age are entitled to get the benefit of the scheme through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to their bank accounts.
IBSAMAR-VI kicks off in South Africa
The sixth edition of IBSAMAR is being held at Simons Town, South Africa from 01 – 13 October 2018.IBSAMAR is a joint Multi – National Maritime Exercise between the Indian, Brazilian and South African Navies.The aim of the exercise is to undertake collective training for participating navies and building interoperability.The last edition of IBSAMAR was conducted in Goa.
Ashkin, Mourou, Strickland won Nobel prize
Scientists Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics.They were awarded for their work in the field of lasers used for surgery as well as scientific study.Ashkin invented optical “tweezers” that could grab particles, atoms, viruses and other living cells.Mourou and Strickland separately created the shortest and most powerful laser pulses ever.

Important Current Affairs 04th October 2018
Trials of Astra BVR-AAM Completed Successfully
A series of flight trials of ‘Astra’ Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) was conducted by the Indian Air Force from September 26 to October 3 2018.The test was conducted at Integrated Test Range, Balasore.Defence Research and Development Organisation has developed the missile.The missile is expected to be inducted into Indian Air Force in 2019.
Youngest Indian to score century on Test debut
Prithvi Shaw scored a century in the first Test against West Indies at Rajkot to become the youngest Indian to score a century on debut.Shaw surpassed the record set by Abbas Ali Baig who had sco
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Because Saturday’s clash with Ivy League rival Columbia was the Harvard football team’s final game at Harvard Stadium this season, it was designated Senior Day, the afternoon on which the players from the class of 2019 were honored. (The final home game, against Yale, will be at Fenway Park.) Appropriately enough, one senior had a career day and several others figured heavily in the outcome. Quarterback Tom Stewart, who during his Harvard tenure didn’t get significant playing time until the middle of this season, had quite a first quarter alone, firing three long touchdown passes (including the longest in Crimson football history) and getting Harvard off and winging to a 52-18 victory. The win raised the Crimson to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Ivy League. The Lions dropped to 4-4, 1-4.

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Acknowledging that Columbia was a “banged-up team,” Harvard coach Tim Murphy nevertheless was happy that “this was the first game in a long time that hasn’t gone down to the wire.” He lauded his seniors: “The bottom line is, we’ve had great senior production and tremendous senior leadership all year long.” Of Stewart, Murphy said, “Since the moment I put him in, at halftime of the Cornell game, he has gotten better and better and better. He has great leadership, great poise, and great toughness and has made us a better football team. The ability to get after folks with a vertical passing game that he’s particularly good at has opened up our offense and certainly opened it up again today.” 

And how. On Saturday Stewart completed 15 of 26 passes. He threw for 393 yards—easily surpassing his previous best effort, the 272 yards amassed in the 33-31 win over Holy Cross on October 12. Stewart’s five touchdown tosses put him in a four-way tie for the Crimson single-game record. (If nothing else, those long touchdown plays are a heck of a way to bypass the season-long Harvard red-zone problems.) Just as impressive as the touchdowns was the way Stewart achieved them—in the manner of the old AFL San Diego Chargers of John Hadl-to-Lance Alworth lore. The Stadium has seen some spectacular aerial shows and this one ranks with the best. “It was pretty cool, especially on Senior Day,” said Stewart. “You couldn’t script it any better. I’m on cloud nine now.”

He didn’t waste any time, taking advantage of relatively calm conditions in the first half before the wind kicked up and made throwing long more challenging. A penalty on the opening kickoff return set Harvard back to its eight-yard line. Then—zip! On first down Stewart threw caution to the winds as well as one of the sweetest passes you’ll ever see. Dropping back, he launched a Scud missile some 65 yards in the air that hit streaking junior wideout Jack Cook in stride. In a twinkling Cook, who had beaten Columbia’s Will Allen, was over the goal on that record-breaking, longest Crimson pass play, 92 yards in all. Junior Jake McIntyre booted the extra point. Twenty seconds into the game, it was Harvard 7, Columbia 0.

Later in the first period, Lions kicker Chris Alleyne made a 32-yard field goal. Harvard 7, Columbia 3. Then—bang! On the Crimson’s first play from scrimmage following the kickoff, Stewart took the snap and scanned the field. Sophomore wideout Tyler Adams was open downfield. This time, Stewart put just the correct amount of loft on the ball and dropped it into Adams’s arms—right into the pickle barrel. Adams took it the rest of the way for a 75-yard score. McIntyre kicked. Harvard 14, Columbia 3.

The Lions responded with an 83-yard drive that produced another Alleyne field goal, this one a 29-yarder. Harvard 14, Columbia 6. Then—pow! This time the Crimson quarterback had to wait until third down to produce a big play. Seeing sophomore running back Aaron Shampklin alone near the left sideline after wheeling out of the backfield, Stewart hit him with a toss. Shampklin blazed the remainder of the 74 yards. McIntyre booted. Harvard 21, Columbia 6. Fewer than 12 minutes had been played. 

 

Up until now the scoreboard had been blinking like a pinball machine, but the game soon settled down and the Lions crept back. In the middle of the second quarter, Columbia’s Mike Roussos made a nifty return of a punt by Harvard freshman Jon Sot, taking the ball to the Crimson 35. Four plays later the Lions were in the end zone on a two-yard run by Kyle Castner. But on the extra-point try the snap was bungled. Harvard 21, Columbia 12. 

Would Stewart’s epic first quarter go to waste? As the half approached, another senior, defensive back Wesley Ogsbury, did his best to blunt any Lion momentum, making two interceptions. On the second pick, Ogsbury nearly took it to the house, returning the ball 42 yards to the Columbia 16. (On Monday, Obsbury was named the Ivy League’s defensive player of the week, while Stewart was named the co-offensive player of the week, with Yale freshman quarterback Griffin O’Connor.) 

Thirty-nine seconds remained till halftime. On first down, Stewart danced to his left and whipped the ball into the back of the end zone. Senior wideout Henry Taylor leaped, snagged it, and somehow kept his feet inbounds when he came down. Touchdown! McIntyre kicked. Harvard 28, Columbia 12.

As the third quarter began, the senior connection of Stewart to Taylor again provided a spark, this time with a pair of completions that helped bring the ball to the Lion six-yard-line. On first and goal, Shampklin glided up the middle and into the end zone. McIntyre converted. Harvard 35, Columbia 12. 

This touchdown took some of the pressure off, but more than 25 minutes of play remained. The rest of the third quarter produced a scoreless standstill. (Leading Harvard with eight tackles on the day was defensive back and captain Zach Miller. Yes, a senior.) On the first play of the fourth quarter, the snap sailed over the head of Columbia punter Drew Schmid and out of the end zone for a safety and two-more Crimson points. Harvard 37, Columbia 12. The Lions now would need four scores to gain the lead. They got one of them on a 20-yard pass from Ty Lenhart to Kaleb Pitts, but Lenhart failed on a two-point conversion run. Harvard 37, Columbia 18.

  

Stewart wasn’t through. Instead of producing a quick strike, he led the Crimson on a meticulous, 10-play, 62-yard drive that yielded another senior-connection touchdown pass to Taylor, a 10-yarder. McIntyre kicked the extra point. Harvard 44, Columbia 18. The points were welcome, but so was taking five minutes off the clock. McIntyre then blasted the ensuing kickoff through the uprights.  

The punctuation was provided by yet another senior, running back Charlie Booker III. Booker was All-Ivy in 2017 but injuries have limited his 2018 playing time. After the Crimson defense forced the Lions to surrender the ball at the Columbia 34, sophomore quarterback Jake Smith (doing mop-up duty for Stewart) handed to Booker, who barreled up the middle and accelerated into the end zone. McIntyre’s point after was blocked but tight end Cecil Williams picked up the ball and carried it into the end zone for two points. Harvard 52, Columbia 17. 

Williams is—you guessed it—a senior.

 

Tidbits: Harvard has not lost to Columbia at Harvard Stadium since September 16, 1995, when the Lions won 28-24….Columbia’s punter, sophomore Drew Schmid, is the brother of Zach Schmid ’18, who was Harvard’s punter from 2015 through ’17….Saturday’s victory marked the first time in two seasons that Harvard scored more than 50 points. The most recent previous occurrence came on September 16, 2016, when the Crimson beat Rhode Island 51-21.

 

 

The Real Game, 2018—The Outcome: In the Ivy League’s battle of unbeatens, Princeton outlasted Dartmouth 14-9. In our prediction we got the winner right, but we way overestimated the point total (Princeton 34, Dartmouth 20). So we will refrain from predicting the outcome of Tuesday’s midterm elections. The Tigers’ two remaining games are at Yale and back home against Penn, while the Big Green has it easier, playing at Cornell and in Hanover against Brown. 

   

Weekly Roundup

Princeton 14, Dartmouth 9
Penn 20, Cornell 7
Yale 46, Brown 16

 

Coming up: Next Saturday, for its final road game of the season, Harvard travels to Philadelphia’s Franklin Field to face Penn. Kickoff: 1 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and broadcast on the radio on WRCA 1330 AM, 106.1 FM and 94.5 FM-HD2, and on WHRB FM 95.3. The Quakers are 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Ivy League. The Crimson leads in the overall series 48-38-2, but Penn has won the last three, including a 23-6 victory last year at Harvard Stadium.

 

The score by quarters 

Columbia6606  18
Harvard217717  52

Attendance: 10,447

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Sources Sought Synopsis


 


The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division is issuing this Sources Sought Synopsis as a means of conducting market research to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support this requirement is FOR: CAVE Automated Test Equipment (ATE), Used to test the Cell Control Module (CCM) and Hazard Control Module (HCM) which are used in the Launch Sequencer in Vertical Launching System (VLS).


 


The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement. The applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to this procurement is 334419, Size Standard 750.


 


There is no solicitation at this time. This request for capability information does not constitute a request for proposals; submission of any information in response to this market survey is purely voluntary; the government assumes no financial responsibility for any costs incurred. 


 


If your organization has the potential capacity to perform this contract requirement, please provide the following information:


•1)      organization name, address, email address, website address, telephone number, and size and type of ownership for the organization;


•2)      tailored capability statements addressing the particulars of this effort.


 


The government will evaluate market information to ascertain potential market capacity to:


 1) provide services consistent in scope and scale with those described in this notice and otherwise anticipated;


2) secure and apply the full range of corporate financial, human capital, and technical resources required to successfully perform similar requirements.


 


Based on the responses to this sources sought notice/market research, this requirement may be set-aside for small businesses or procured through full and open competition, and multiple awards may be made. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted or acknowledged, and no feedback or evaluations will be provided to companies regarding their submissions.


 


Submission Instructions: Interested parties who consider themselves qualified to perform the above-listed requirement are invited to submit a response to this Sources Sought Notice by November 9, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


 


All responses under this Sources Sought Notice must be emailed to mary.jones@navy.mil.


 


If you have any questions concerning this opportunity, please contact: Mary Jones, mary.jones@navy.mil .




APPENDIX 1: Purpose and Objectives


 


PCP Quadra Paddle Adapters Part Number 510150128, Receiver Module Part Number 310104317, Signal Contact Part Number 610110177, and Twinaxial Patchcord Part Number 7-402434000-036 are part of the CAVE Automated Test Equipment (ATE).  NSWC PHD had designed and developed the CAVE ATE with these parts and they are currently listed in the CAVE drawings.  Any other parts used besides those would require for the testing and validating of the CAVE ATE.


 


 


•1.      PCP Quadra Paddle Adapters Part Number 510150128, QTY: 50


•2.      Receiver Module part number 310104317, QTY: 10


•3.      Signal Contact Part Number 610110177, QTY: 5000


•4.      Twinaxial Patchcord Receiver, Twinaxial 36", 24 AWG Twinaxial Shielded Twisted Pair, Single Ended. (3 Amps) Part Number 7-402434000-036, QTY: 20


Set-aside code: Total Small Business Place of performance:  4363 MISSILE WAY PORT HUENEME, CA  93043-4307  US Contact: Mary L. Jones, Contract Admin Specialist, Phone 805-228-6128, Fax 805-228-6299, Email mary.jones@navy.mil
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Yemeni Forces Kill, Arrest Dozens of Saudi-led Mercenaries in Al-Baydaa: Military Spokesman
November 5, 2018
The Yemeni army and popular committees managed to kill, injure or arrest scores of the Saudi-led mercenaries after carrying out a special operation against their sites in the central province of Al-Baydaa, according to a military spokesman.
General Yehya Saree’a added that the Yemeni army and popular committees destroyed and seized a large number of vehicles for the mercenaries during the operation which claimed major commanders among the Saudi-led forces.
Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.
However, the allied forces of the Yemeni army and popular committees established by Ansarullah revolutionaries have been heroically confronting the aggression with all means, inflicting huge losses upon Saudi-led forces.
The Saudi-led coalition – which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait – has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country’s ports and airports as a part of the aggression.

Yemeni Forces Repel Saudi-led Renewed Offensive on Hodeidah

November 5, 2018
hodeidah
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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Sputnik – 05.11.2018
Russia has delivered 49 units of its sophisticated S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Syria in wake of the accidental destruction of a Russian Il-20 plane by Syrian air defenses responding to an Israeli attack.
Ksenia Svetlova, who sits on the Israeli parliament’s defense committee has confirmed that Israeli warplanes had not approached Syria’s airspace since Russia supplied it with S-300 missile systems.
“There hasn’t been a single mission since Syria received S-300s. The S-300 has changed the balance of power in the region,” she told reporters.
The statement confirmed the Al-Masdar News report, citing an unnamed military source in Damascus, saying that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) hasn’t attacked Syria since Russia delivered the S-300 air defense system to the Syrian government forces.
The source claimed that the IAF hadn’t violated Syria’s airspace from either the disputed Golan Heights or Lebanon, although it has flown close to the border.
The military insider also denied an anonymous Israeli official’s claim, reported by Reuters, that Tel Aviv had carried out attacks after the downing of the Russian warplane on September 17.
The source further told Al-Masdar that the Russian military was still training the Syrian air defense units to use the S-300s in the provinces of Latakia and Hama.
On October 29, Reuters cited a senior Israeli official as saying that the IDF had attacked Syria, “including after the downing of the Russian plane,” while Israel’s Channel 1 reported that one of the strikes had targeted an alleged Iranian shipment of equipment destined for Hezbollah.
The delivery of 49 units of S-300s was completed in early October after the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it would supply Syria with air defense systems to improve the security of Russian troops stationed there.
The decision was made in the aftermath of the inadvertent destruction of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft by Syrian air defenses repelling an Israeli air strike.
The Russian military has blamed the wreckage on Tel Aviv, emphasizing that an Israeli fighter jet had used the Russian plane as a shield against Syrian air defense systems. Israel has dismissed the accusations, claiming that it had warned Moscow about the upcoming air raid in the area in advance.

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The Pentagon Realised What It Has Done – the Chinese Put the US Army on Its Knees
November 04, 2018
In the system of national defense of the US a gaping vulnerability was found that is very difficult to close. The reaction of the Pentagon is reminiscent of badly hidden panic, and journalists who examined the results of the research of American experts, who thoroughly studied the condition of the American army and defensive industry, admit that there is iron logic in the recent “strange” actions of president Trump — he wants to save America from transforming into a cardboard tiger with paper claws.
The essence of the problem, according to the retelling of the columnist of the Reuters agency Andy Home, who obtained a copy of the September report of the US Department of Defence on the situation concerning key deliveries necessary for the American army, is reduced to one important figure. More than 300 (!) key elements necessary for the normal functioning of the US Armed Forces and defensive industry are under threat: American producers are either on the verge of bankruptcy or were already replaced by suppliers from China or other countries because of the deindustrialisation of national economy and the relocation of production to the countries of Southeast Asia.
Mr. Home gives as a striking and clear example the amusing (of course, if you are not a US military man) fact from the report: it turns out that the last American producer of the synthetic threads necessary for the production of army tents “died” quite recently. This means that in the event that the US will fall under such a “textile embargo”, for some American soldiers they will seriously face the prospect of sleeping in the open-air. It is difficult not to notice that such a prospect looks slightly humiliating for an army that claims to be the most hi-tech on the planet.
The situation could be considered as funny if it didn’t affect such a wide range of requirements of the American army and military-industrial complex. In the declassified part of the research of the American Department of Defence it is mentioned that in the US there are difficulties with future deliveries of the power switches that nearly all American missiles are equipped with. As officials of the Pentagon report, the producer of these switches was closed down, but the highest military ranks learned about it only after it became clear that the power switches ended. And there is nowhere to take new ones from, because the producer disappeared into thin air a whole 2 years ago. One more striking example: the country’s only producer of solid rocket motors for “air-to-air” missiles, as the American officials write, “encountered technical production issues”, the reasons for which couldn’t be found even after government and military experts were involved. Attempts to restart production failed, and the Pentagon was obliged to employ a Norwegian company to ensure uninterrupted deliveries. Obviously, this indicates a certain technical degradation of the entire American system, because only the loss of some key competencies can explain a situation in which production cannot be restored and the problem cannot even be determined.
Whilst becoming acquainted with the complaints of the leadership of the American army it is difficult to rid oneself of the impression that it isn’t a document of the US Department of Defence dated September, 2018 that is in front of your eyes, but a description of the problems of the Russian army from the era of the dashing 90’s. Literally there is no direction in which there would be no serious or very serious problems, and often they even can’t be solved at the expense of the bottomless military budget.
In the section on nuclear weapon problems the Pentagon complains that in the US there isn’t the necessary number of engineers and technicians who would have the corresponding education, training, and US citizenship that are necessary for working with army nuclear objects. The mention of nationality is of importance, because American higher education institutions produce enough engineers, physicists, and representatives of other technical specialties and exact sciences, however a disproportionately large number of these graduates are foreigners, most often from the People’s Republic of China.
Americans can’t find not only the necessary engineers, but also the necessary microelectronics for nuclear weapons. And they complain that they no longer have the right to trust suppliers of electronic components – after all,
“the supply chain is globalised”. In translation from American bureaucratese into colloquial Russian it means: “the microelectronics for our nuclear missiles are made in China, and we don’t know what the Chinese have stuffed in it”.
There are serious difficulties even concerning issues that should be solved very easily in the conditions of hi-tech American economy. For example, the Pentagon complains about a lack of tools for the development of software, as well as the management of data and production, that could be trusted. The situation is exacerbated by “poor cybersecurity practices by many key software vendors”. This, when translated from American bureaucratese into colloquial Russian, means: “concerning cybersecurity, our vendors are so bad that we don’t know what the Chinese and Russian hackers cram into the software that our military use”.
Main conclusion of the report:
“China represents a significant and growing risk to the supply of materials deemed strategic and critical to U.S. national security. <…> Areas of concern to America’s manufacturing and defense industrial base include a growing number of both widely used and specialized metals, alloys and other materials, including rare earths and permanent magnets”.
In general everything is bad, starting with aluminium and ending with cybersecurity, from power switches for missiles to engineers and drill operators, and from computer numerical control machines to synthetic fabric for military tents. The greed of American business, the ideology of globalisation, and the iron belief that history, as Fukuyama predicted, is about to end collectively caused such damage to the defense capability of the US that the geopolitical opponents couldn’t even dream of. It is precisely by understanding this fact that explains Donald Trump’s attempts to carry out the reindustrialisation of America almost by force.
However, there is every reason to believe that, taking into account the present economic difficulties, it’s unlikely that Trump’s administration will be able to fix what its predecessors broke 20 years. And we [Russians – ed] and our Chinese partners need, on the one hand, not to repeat the mistakes of Americans, and on the other hand — to make the most of these mistakes. Judging by what is happening now on the world stage, this is exactly what Moscow and Beijing are doing.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

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

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

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

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

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

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD TERRORISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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’.


          U.S. Renews Sanctions On Iran But Exempts 8 Oil Importers, Including China And Japan      Cache   Translate Page      
Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET The U.S. has officially imposed what the Trump administration calls the "toughest ever" sanctions on Iran, meant to curb Tehran's nuclear and missile programs and contain its growing influence in the Middle East. The sanctions are essentially the same ones lifted by the nuclear deal reached during the Obama administration. However, the U.S. quickly exempted several of the world's largest economies, including China, Japan and India. "The Iranian regime has a choice," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said as he detailed the sanctions on Monday. "It can either do a 180-degree turn from its current course of action and act like a normal country, or it can see its economy crumble." The waivers issued to eight nations — China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey — allow those countries to continue buying Iranian oil without consequences. Pompeo called them "temporary" exemptions that would help "ensure a well-supplied oil market." Several
          Press Releases: Press Availability With Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin      Cache   Translate Page      
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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          Arms control and disarmament to arms decontrol and rearmament      Cache   Translate Page      

Only a few would be persuaded that President Donald Trump is deeply informed about any moderately complex subject. Ballistic missiles is one such. In fact, such a notion becomes firm when one considers his expression of bewilderment when Japan did not shoot down the North Korean “Hwasong-15” missile in flight just as the Saudis had […]

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          Why MIRV technology is key in India-Pak missile race?      Cache   Translate Page      

New Delhi, Nov 7: Both India and Pakistan have been developing a variety of missiles with varying capabilities and range to assert supremacy in the subcontinent. These missiles can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, and are primarily aimed to serve as deterrents. India has achieved its nuclear triad which means that it can fire […]

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          Macron Calls For "Real European Army" - Decries Trump's INF Pullout As Harming EU Security      Cache   Translate Page      

French President Emmanuel Macron had enough to say in a new and lengthy interview with Europe 1 radio to anger officials in both Washington and Moscow. 

While calling for greater independence in European defense he managed to take aim at both Russia and the United States, saying “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the US.” He proposed in the Tuesday interview while at an event commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI that European leaders create a “real European army” not only to better defend the continent against Russia, but also to extricate French and European policy from that of the United States.

“We won’t protect Europeans if we don’t decide to have a real European army,” Macron said. “We must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States,” he asserted.

Macron spoke during week-long World War I centenary commemorations. via AFP

He further framed the idea in terms of combating rising nationalism and populism at home which might threaten the fragile peace on the continent, in an indirect reference to the build-up of tensions behind WWI. He called for a "stronger, protective Europe," and decried an "increasingly fractured" continent that's recently witnessed nationalism on the ascent. 

Amidst discussing the ambitious proposal, which could make NATO further obsolete in the long-run, the French president took a swipe at Trump. Speaking of President Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Macron said:

When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security.

He said, "Russia… is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening," and alarmingly described that “Peace in Europe is precarious.”

The closest thing to a current "EU army" that does exist (if it can be called even that) - the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) - is generally perceived as more of a civil and emergency response joint EU member mechanism that would be ineffectual under the threat of an actual military invasion or major event. 

There's been similar grumblings over the US decision to pull out of the INF in Germany, though Macron was the first head of state openly level the charge that the Trump White House is now putting European security at risk. Germany and France and other European countries have also sought to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, and have sought ways to circumvent US sanctions on Tehran. 

Within the past year Trump has pushed for NATO countries to pull their weight in terms of defense spending. According to 2017 numbers, the U.S. accounted for 51.1% of NATO's combined GDP and 71.7% of its combined defense expenditure, which amounts to more American funds to NATO than Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Canada combined.

Thus the natural and long term by-product of a "real European army" — as Macron is suggesting — would be the slow eroding and demise of US power in the region, something that Putin would also no doubt welcome, so maybe there's actually mutual interests in Paris and Moscow here. 


          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’.


          Missile Defence System Market Is Booming Worldwide | General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Finmeccanica      Cache   Translate Page      
Missile Defence System Market Is Booming Worldwide | General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Finmeccanica HTF MI released a new market study on Global Missile Defence System Market with 100+ market data Tables, Pie Chat, Graphs & Figures spread through Pages and easy to understand detailed analysis. At present, the market is developing its presence.

          Syrian soldiers killed, wounded in latest clashes with militants      Cache   Translate Page      
The majority of the casualties came when the militants fired a barrage of missiles and artillery shells towards the government positions.
          Newport News Gets Columbia-class Sub Award      Cache   Translate Page      
General Dynamics Electric Boat has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division a $197 million contract modification to purchase major components and commodity material and begin advance construction on the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN 826).

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LOCKHEED MARTIN has $350m U.S. Air Force contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) production support, incl. JASSM, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, JASSM-ER, other variants.

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          Worlds End      Cache   Translate Page      

There had been a war waging for 3 years, much of the world was in ruins,  chemical gas missiles had been used that caused violent and unusual behaviour. The tower block of flats where Cindy and her mate Kim lived was considered a safe place, the parents of the two 16 year old girls had … Continue reading Worlds End

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          Operation Shakespeare: 1 of 2: The True Story of an Elite International Sting by John Shiffman (Author)      Cache   Translate Page      
AUTHOR. (Photo:Iranische_Kadetten_österreichisches_Corps.jpg ‎(600 × 392 pixels, file size: 41 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Information from its description page there is shown below. Commons is a freely licensed media file repository. You can help. Description  English: Iranian military students Date 1900 Source http://www.worldisround.com/articles/255726/photo115.html Author Unknown Permission (Reusing this file)  Public domain This work is now in the public domain in Iran, because according to the Law for the Protection of Authors, Composers and Artists Rights (1970) its term of copyright has expired for one of the following reasons: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Operation Shakespeare: 1 of 2: The True Story of an Elite International Sting by John Shiffman (Author) https://www.amazon.com/Operation-Shakespeare-Story-Elite-International/dp/1451655169 A secret war. A daring sting operation. The great untold national security story of our time: “An impressive and important work…The book has the glamour of a spy novel and the gravity of a meticulously researched exposé” (Christian Science Monitor). On today’s high-tech battlefields, the most lethal weapons are not the big ones, but rather the ones that are small enough to be smuggled inside a pack of chewing gum. Developed and manufactured in the United States at extraordinary cost, these tiny weapons of war—which can guide missiles, see through walls, and trigger anything from a wireless IED to a nuclear weapon—are what currently give the US its military advantage. Unfortunately, they are increasingly being discovered in the hands of our enemies. In Operation Shakespeare, Pulitzer Prize finalist John Shiffman tells the true story of an elaborate sting operation launched by an elite Homeland Security team that was created to stop Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea from stealing US military technology. The sting, codenamed Operation Shakespeare, targets an Iranian arms broker who works on behalf of Tehran. Over the course of three years, the American agents go undercover to outwit not only the Iranian, but US defense contractors and bankers willing to put profit over national security. The chase moves around the world, and as the United States tries to bring the Iranian to justice, his own government plots to assassinate him, fearful of what he might reveal. Tenacious, richly detailed, and boasting unprecedented access to both the Iranian broker and the US agents who caught him, “Operation Shakespeare reads like a spy thriller—but Shiffman’s meticulous reporting leaves no doubt that he is telling nothing less than scary truth” (Daily News, New York)
          Pakistan to maintain strategic balance with India, says NCA Adviser       Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) retired Lt Gen Khalid Kidwai on Tuesday said Pakistan would not follow India’s suit in developing a defence system against ballistic missiles because it found little value in such systems, but would continue to seek to redress the imbalances caused by Indian moves.

“Pakistan remains unfazed and as before, we have adequate response options which will disallow any disturbance of the strategic balance or strategic stability. That fundamental policy will prevail,” Gen Kidwai told a conference on ‘Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia’ hosted by the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI).

He was speaking in the context of India-Russia deal for S-400 missile systems. India had been working on the development of a multi-layer ballistic missile defence system for over a decade now. Besides the S-400 deal, India has large-scale cooperation with Israel for BMD development.

“Much hype has been created around this particular technology induction and some have gone to the extent of calling it a game changer for South Asia,” he said, adding that this was wrong.

“The history of our strategic force development clearly indicates that Pakistan has never allowed this (strategic) balance to be disturbed to our disadvantage; we have always found effective solutions to redress induced imbalances from time to time,” Gen Kidwai said.

He said Pakistan had already possessed “cost-effective solutions” to take care of India’s BMD in the shape of MIRV capability and four categories of cruise missiles. He said India’s BMD only had symbolic value and “Pakis­tan’s answer [to it] is available today”.

The NCA adviser said Pakistan had long ago taken “conscious decision” of not developing an anti-ballistic missile system because of reasons that remain valid even today.

He maintained that Pakistan’s response to India’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant too could be found in Full Spectrum Deterrence which implied possession of a full array of strategic, tactical and operational weapons, having appropriate weapons yield, coverage and numbers, and liberty to choose targets.

SVI president Dr Zafar Iqbal Cheema said India was looking for space for fighting a limited war with Pakistan, whereas the latter was trying to deprive the former of that opportunity by coming up with responses like tactical deterrence. “This is our contribution to peace,” he added.

India, he regretted, was pushing the region into an arms race that would have long-lasting consequences.

Published in Dawn, November 7th, 2018


          This Video of a Voting Machine Not Malfunctioning Convinced a Bunch of Ohio Republicans That the Election Was Rigged      Cache   Translate Page      

Plenty of stupid things go minorly viral on social media, but it’s worth contemplating why a 15-second video of a supposedly “rigged” voting machine in Ohio was one of them on Tuesday. The video, which was taken on a cellphone, shows a voter choosing a Republican candidate for governor on a voting machine only to have her paper receipt confirmation say she picked a Democrat. Almost 60,000 people have watched it on Facebook and more than 3,000 on Twitter. The caption reads, “Rigged voter machines in Ohio! Pay attention voters! They’re trying to steal these elections!!!”

The problem, though, is that the video doesn’t show a rigged machine. Rather, according to a press release from the Franklin County Board of Elections, the body in charge of the Ohio polling place, the machine in the video wasn’t rigged at all. Rather, “that particular machine had a paper jam and was taken off line,” according to a statement from Andy Sellars, a spokesperson for the Board of Elections. “The voter in question was moved to another machine and cast their vote with no issues. The time stamp on the paper tape and the electronic poll book confirm the jam, as does the contemporaneous report of the incident by the polling official logged into the issue tracking software,” the statement continues. Facebook deleted the video early Wednesday morning. (Update, Nov. 7, 12:52 a.m. Facebook confirmed in a statement that it took down the video for violating the company’s policy against voter suppression.)

But that hasn’t stopped the video from spreading, as many on social media are taking it as documented evidence of the corruption they believe they too experienced at the polls on Tuesday. One commenter on Facebook wrote, “This just happened to me this morning. When I selected Mike DeWine it automatically defaulted to the democrat for Ohio Governor. I refused to cast my ballot unless they fixed it. It finally let me select correctly and I made sure it printed correctly.” Although the commenter admitted the issue was fixed, she still seemed to have made up her mind, agreeing with the video caption: Democrats have rigged the election. The post has attracted thousands of comments, many of which recount episodes of demanding receipts to ensure their vote was cast correctly.

It’s unlikely that the video discouraged anyone from voting in Ohio. But its spread surely contributes to a troubling effect, in which bogus reports of voting problems—as opposed to some very real ones—erode trust in institutions and the other party. It plays into fears, stoked even by the Oval Office, that our basic democratic systems are rigged. Viral blips like this help to reinforce and harden biases people already harbor. No matter how much platforms like Facebook improve their various defenses against misinformation, tiny little missiles like this keep slipping through.


          Tackling supply chain complexities      Cache   Translate Page      
Supply chain
The September 12 Evolution of Excellence conference was organized as a way of exploring supply chain collaboration in a disruptive retail and e-commerce environment. Here are two highlights.

As in years past, Frain Integration and the Contract Packaging Association once again convened a day-long industry summit that brought together brand owners, suppliers, and contract packagers to discuss challenges and opportunities in an increasingly divergent marketplace.

The opening keynoter was Jeff Kaiden, CEO of a 3PL company called Capacity LLC. A major theme of his remarks is that yes, Consumer Packaged Goods companies should redouble their efforts where selling through e-commerce is concerned. But he urges CPGs to look seriously and creatively at taking a more direct-to-consumer path than the path that many have taken so far, which is simply to reach e-commerce customers through Amazon.

Kaiden is the first to admit that opting for an e-commerce channel other than Amazon, who practically invented e-commerce as we know it today, is not without its challenges. They own the space, and they’re tough. But they’re not invincible. In fact, they currently are faced with significant hurdles of their own due to an ongoing labor shortage and their need for more warehousing space.

Perhaps the biggest drawback of going through Amazon, said Kaiden, is that “Amazon gets the margin, not the CPG. CPGs sell to Amazon at wholesale price. But when they sell direct to consumers, they receive the retail price.”

That’s why he urges CPG companies to take a more direct-to-consumer approach. “CPGs should put up their own Web site where consumers can find their products and then engage with a third-party logistics firm to handle fulfillment,” said Kaiden. “Start with products that are most likely to be financially self-maintaining as e-commerce winners. In other words, think small and expensive.”

In addition to improved margins, benefits to CPGs from a more direct approach to consumers include these:

• More opportunities for sampling, both targeted and untargeted

• It’s easier to speak directly to the consumer and control the brand

• Better control over promotional events and special geographic test marketing

Attendees at the Frain conference were impressed by the portion of Kaiden’s presentation where he showed the level of automation his own 3PL firm, Capacity, has been able to bring to an e-commerce order fulfillment process. “Lighted-batch-cart” picking and “put-to-light” packaging technologies—where clever use of lighting helps pickers and placers visualize where items need to come from and where they need to go—have greatly reduced the amount of time required for Capacity employees to fulfill orders. These automation aids are what enable one person at a Capacity fulfillment center to perform as many as 900 picks/hr.

The all-important task of order transportation—which can be messy, labor intensive, and chaotic at peak seasons like the Christmas holidays—have also been greatly improved. Kaiden showed video of order transportation options that were nothing short of dazzling. The only problem is that they cost far too much for anyone other than Amazon. So Capacity designed and built an order transportation system costing one-tenth of what it would cost to accomplish similar volumes with accumulation conveyor systems. Borrowed more or less from the kind of order transportation systems prevalent in the garment industry, it essentially consists of fabric shelves that hang from a rail. On these shelves cartons or cases of items ready to be shipped are vertically stacked. This makes it easy for supervisors to see how many items are in transportation at any given time and to immediately deploy operators accordingly. Operators can easily push these fabric shelves along the rails from which they’re suspended.

Showing great potential for even more efficiency are collaborative robot applications now being explored by Capacity, chiefly in the area of some remarkable end-of-arm tooling designed by RightHand Robotics. These technologies will address the issue of employee boredom that inevitably rears its ugly head in any order-fulfillment operation. Kaiden also showed video of smart vision technology that obviates the need for bar codes and makes it possible to scan multiple items simultaneously thanks to item recognition algorithms originally developed for Israeli missiles.

Berner Foods case history
Also on the conference program was a presentation by David Eggleston, President of Frain Integration, and Mike Cozad, General Manager of Technical Services at Frain. They described a project at Berner Foods of Dakota, IL, a contract packager of shelf-stable dips, sauces, aerosol cheese, milk-based ready-to-drink coffee, and functional beverages. Cozad was a Berner Foods employee when the project unfolded who since has become a Frain employee.

The problem Berner faced was on a liquid filling line where both cans and bottles in seven different sizes were being filled, each on a separate filling machine, and then fed to a common tray-pack and shrink wrap operation. “Our data collection system showed way too many micro-stops at the drop packer,” says Cozad. “It wasn’t always necessarily the drop packer’s fault. Tray erecting and shrink wrapping of filled trays were both being handled by separate machines, so a problem with any one of the three could have been the cause of a micro-stop. But suffice it to say that because we had so many end-of-line stoppages, we rarely ran the upstream filling machines anywhere near capacity. In fact, our Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) was in the range of 20%.”

When Cozad presented this situation to Frain, he emphasized that, because a brand new line had just been installed at Berner, money to fix the end-of-line tray-packing problem was virtually non-existent. But because Frain specializes in used equipment and is accustomed to various lease or lease-to-buy arrangements, Berner was able to lease a continuous-motion system made by Arpac that performs all three tasks—tray erection, tray loading, tray shrink wrapping—previously handled by three separate pieces of equipment. Also crucial, said Cozad, is that the machine was in Frain’s inventory, so wait time was minimal.

“In my experience, it’s 18 to 24 months before new equipment is in and running,” says Cozad. “Between the flexibility in financing and the speed with which the equipment was installed, Frain was definitely the way to go.”

As for the seven can sizes and the different container counts in trays, the Arpac machine handles them smoothly.

“Whether it’s a 12-, 15-, or 18-count, the machine knows, based on pre-loaded recipes accessed through the HMI, how to handle the containers coming in,” says Cozad. “The filled tray then goes into the film overwrapping station and finally into the shrink tunnel.”

By dramatically reducing the problematic micro-stops at the end of the line, the front-end fillers are able to run far more efficiently. In fact, says Cozad, OEE went from 20% to 57%. Labor costs have also been reduced because the Arpac system is three machines in one and doesn’t need the kind of hands-on fixing required by the three machines it replaced.

One final aspect of the project that Cozad said he found extremely helpful revolved around what he called “Progress FATs.” Cozad explains. “I wanted my mechanics to have an opportunity to come in and see the machine periodically as it was being readied for shipment. That way they’d have a better understanding of how to keep it running smoothly into the future.”

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          In Syria, A School Helps Children Traumatized By War      Cache   Translate Page      
The skinny boy says he's 12, though he looks years younger. He points to a crayon drawing he created this summer, when he arrived at a U.S. government-supported childcare center in Raqqa, Syria. It's mostly colored in black. There's a tank. An aircraft. A crude figure of a man with a wispy beard holding an oversized gun. "This is when ISIS shelled my home," he says. "My sister and niece were killed. Just like that, two missiles." In the picture, there's a red tongue of flame rising from the roof of his home. "When the house was hit, the smoke was red like this," he says. Therapists have known for decades that a primary way young children communicate and comprehend trauma is by drawing pictures. If that's true, these drawings on the wall are one collective scream. There are childish scrawls of beheadings. Corpses. Planes dropping bombs. One small boy gestures to the picture he made. His eyes are pinched by burn scars. This school, along with 10 others like it, is designed to ease the
          Thread: Phantom Leader Deluxe:: Play By Forum:: Cuban Missile Crisis USN with Constructed Pilots?      Cache   Translate Page      

by Heckmac

Anyone interested in a Cooperative game on the forum?

My thoughts:

o Ideally 3 players, each Constructing and Controlling 4 pilots (1 Green, 2 Average, 1 Skilled) using https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/171911/pld-pilot-construc...

o Virtual Playing board and pieces as images and Pilot Logs as a spreadsheet using Google Drive.

o Dice rolls using https://dicelog.com/dice or Geek Dice rolls.

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          Navy opens facility for submarine-launched ballistic missile research      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 06, 2018
The Navy has opened a new Missile Support Facility in Dahlgren, Va., that will focus sub-launched ballistic missiles and the Columbia-class nuclear submarine program. The new facility, which opened last week and was announced by the Navy on Tuesday, will be part of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. It features top of the line labs and equipment for over 300 NSWCDD Stra
          Air Force awards $350M contract for support of JASSM missiles      Cache   Translate Page      
(UPI) Nov 6, 2018
The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $350 million contract for production support of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile low-observable long range cruise missiles and all of its variants. Lockheed Martin will provide lifecycle support related to the JASSM, the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile JASSM-Extended Range variants and any JASSM support concerning upgrades, production and logistics, ac
          China Is No Reason to Abandon the INF      Cache   Translate Page      
Putting U.S. ground-launched intermediate-range missiles in the Pacific would be tactically ineffective and strategically destabilizing.
          (USA-MN-Minneapolis) Sr. Weld Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The position is for a senior Materials / Welding engineer in the Materials and Process group within Weapon Systems Lethality Engineering organization. The candidate shall have experience in joint design, weld layout and engineering drawings call-outs, and will work with other technical disciplines to identify and specify the appropriate materials, weld joints, processes, and finishes for weapon systems hardware design and fabrication.Applies principles of chemistry, physics, and material behavior to develop metallic, non-metallic or composite material and processing specifications, fabrication, joining and assembly processes that meet mechanical and life cycle requirements. Considers the environmental impact of materials during manufacture, processing and application.Develops, analyzes and applies welded material properties and design allowables, processing and quality engineering specifications. Material analyses may include failure analysis of components, systems and subsystems, life predictions, and definition and requirement specifications.Ensures technical outcomes are consistent with established engineering principles and practices and that customer and company technical, system, performance, and quality requirements are met. Other responsibilities include: Reviewing engineering drawings for appropriate materials, finishes and weld symbols. Performing failure analysis and directing laboratory technicians to perform metallurgical tests and analyses. Writing clear reports with conclusions, and recommendations. Researching new materials and processes for weapon systems design and fabrication.-?xml:namespace prefix = "o" /-> Writing weld materials and process specifications. Preparing cost estimates of production hardware involving weld fabrication **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** Required education: Bachelor Degree in Materials, Metallurgical or Welding Engineering with 5 years relevant experience, or Master s degree with 2 years of experience. **Preferred Skills and Education** GMAW, GTAW and Arc welding experience. Ability to communicate effectively across engineering disciplines and locations across the US. Ability to work independently. Excellent customer service skills. **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Sr. Weld Engineer** **BAE1US21206** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-MN-Minneapolis) Senior Materials Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The position is for a Senior Materials Engineer in the Materials and Processing Engineering Group within Weapon Systems Engineering organization. The candidate will work with other technical and engineering disciplines to identify and specify the appropriate materials and associated processes and finishes for weapon systems products and hardware. Required area of technical expertise include extensive understanding of metallurgical engineering including material selection, metal transformation, metallic coating processes and performance, corrosion-related performance, strength analysis, environmental impact of processes and materials, fatigue life, failure analysis, physical testing, environmental testing, fracture toughness, surface modification technologies, heat treating processes, plating processes, metal manufacturing methods, lightweight alloys, polymeric composites, statistical analysis. Job duties and responsibilities include writing and interpreting military and commercial/industry specifications, writing professional technical reports, providing vendor technical assistance, performing technical vendor audits, providing technical training, conducting advanced materials and process research, process trouble shooting, design review, failure analysis, materials and process trade studies, materials and process cost estimation, materials and processes environmental impact determination, materials design control of engineering drawings, operating routine laboratory test equipment, test data reduction and interpretation. Job extends to all branches of DOD with majority of efforts involved with Surface Navy, Submarines, and combat vehicles for the Army. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** BS. Material Science, Metallurgy, or Weld Engineering 5 years of experience in Materials and Process engineering (Masters degree 3 years of experience) **Preferred Skills and Education** General skills include Microsoft Office, report writing, engineering economic analysis, proposal writing, decision making, budgeting skills, team interactions, verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and customer interaction skills. **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Senior Materials Engineer** **BAE1US21233** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-KY-Louisville) Manufacturing Engineering - Machining      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** Provides technical support to manufacturing and related functions. Researches, develops, and improves manufacturing processes, methods, and systems for products, facilities, fixtures, tooling, equipment, and/or materials. Develops and tests work methods and procedures, ensuring performance and quality of materials, products, and machines meet specifications and standards. Ensures technical outcomes are consistent with established engineering principles and practices and that customer and company technical, system, performance, and quality requirements are met. Applies engineering design and/or analytical theory, principles, techniques, and practices to a limited portion of a technical project to include Metals processing, welding, fabrication and/or metal cutting (machining)technology. Develops and writes technical documentation, makes revisions to existing documentation, and provides input to technical papers or presentations. Ability to set up, organize, and populate Manufacturing Engineering production information using Microsoft Access, Excel and Project. Develops and maintains effective relationships with customers to solve technical problems and implement solutions of limited complexity. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** CNC Machining Programming Machine Shop experience Musthave applied knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of a relevant technical field of specialization. Ability to work under direct supervision and follow standard procedures to accomplish assigned tasks. Abilityto communicate effectively by phone, email, in writing, and in person. Abilityto work effectively with others. Abilityto pay attention to details **Preferred Skills and Education** Computerproficiency in CNC programming (specifically Seimens NX) & Microsoft suite Proficiency in tooling and fixturing to support CNC machining Ability to optimize or create and document detailed processes to support complex machining environment. Proven ability to work in a second shift environment with limited support resources **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Manufacturing Engineering - Machining** **BAE1US21209** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Financial Analyst II      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** Provides financial support for highly complex direct programs with government customers. Responsible for preparing weekly cost reports that are delivered to the customer. Works closely with Program Management, Contracts, Subcontracts, Estimating, and other functions. Validates project setup and enters funding as received in CostPoint. Monitors, analyzes, and forecasts direct program costs and revenue. Reports and analyzes variance against budgets and funding. Prepares and submits cost transfers as required. Participates in customer meetings where program costs are discussed. Prepares monthly Contract Status Reports. Assists with forecasts in Annual Operating Plan and Quarterly Business Reviews. Reviews and oversees aspects of month end close. Ensures compliance with internal policies, contractual deliverables, and FAR government regulations. Provides training and supports development for more junior finance staff. Performs other related duties as assigned. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** Bachelor s Degree and 2 years work experience or equivalent experience Strong analytical and critical thinking skills Strong business appropriate communication skills, highly organized and sharp attention to detail Advanced user of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint Experience with government contracting, including Cost-Type and Firm Fixed Price programs Working knowledge of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS),Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) **Preferred Skills and Education** Experience with Deltek CostPoint Experience with Hyperion Planning **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Financial Analyst II** **BAE1US21245** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-KY-Louisville) Manufacturing / Assembly Supervisor      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** Position requires a leader experienced with scheduling and assigning work; setting priorities (based on the work schedule). A "change agent" capable of dissecting a process, map a value stream, champion bargaining unit ideas, eliminate waste and streamline the process for optimum utilization and efficiency. Must have manufacturing assembly experience; assembly line, high volume high output experience a plus. Must have the ability to create recovery schedules/plans, manage expenses/departmental costs; adapt to changes in the schedule/priorities that require manipulation of resources and/or staffing. Must possess a sense of urgency - ability to take an "out of control" situation and manage through analysis, research and implementing the best alternative to a positive measured outcome - have the ability to recognize when a situation can and needs to improve and make the adjustments to ensure continuous improvement. Possess the ability to train, new and existing employees, encourage self-direction and employ lean techniques for continuous improvement. Manage, guide and direct the hourly workforce towards a common set of objectives strictly aligned with the company goals. Maintains a good working relationship with the Union and follows/manages the collective bargaining agreement as well as all established BAE Systems policies and procedures. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** Production Line/Assembly experience Two years supervision experience Supervising in a high volume production environment a plus Lean, Six Sigma, KPI's **Preferred Skills and Education** Bachelors Degree Heavy Manufacturing Assembly line experience ( large products - construction equipment, heavy machinery etc..) Kaizen, Lean Facility Maintenance experience **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Manufacturing / Assembly Supervisor** **BAE1US21205** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-CO-Colorado Springs) Senior Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** BAE Systems is seeking a Senior Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Engineer, for the Combat Mission Systems Support (CMSS) Services . The successful candidate will lead/assigned ILS tasks following the documented processes and procedures. Proactively asks for needed technical or procedural clarifications to enable completion of tasks on schedule. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related field plus 4 year relevant experience (2 years with a Masters). + 4 years' experience in Logistics Engineering for Space or Missile Systems, Advanced Systems Development, Ground Systems or Space Operations. + This position requires an active final Top Secret/SCI clearance upon hire date. The applicant must also be able to maintain their security clearance for the position. + Strong background in Microsoft Office Product Suites: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Visio + Work independently as well as in a team environment + Self-motivated and detail-oriented + Good understanding of discipline process; information and data management + Contributes to the completion of programs and projects; ability to obtain results and make recommendations + Ability to provide high level summary of results and draw conclusions based on interpretation of data **About BAE Systems Intelligence & Security** BAE Systems Intelligence & Security, based in McLean, Virginia, designs and delivers advanced defense, intelligence, and security solutions that support the important missions of our customers. Our pride and dedication shows in everything we dofrom intelligence analysis, cyber operations and IT expertise to systems development, systems integration, and operations and maintenance services. Knowing that our work enables the U.S. military and government to recognize, manage and defeat threats inspires us to push ourselves and our technologies to new levels. That s BAE Systems. That s Inspired Work. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression. To see Inspired Work in action, visit www.baesystems.com and follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/baesystemsintel. **Senior Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Engineer** **BAE1US21234** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-MN-Minneapolis) Structural Dynamics Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** BAS Systems is seeking a structural-dynamics analyst to join our team at our Minneapolis location.The primary responsibilities would be working with one or more munitions and weapons programs under the direction of a senior analyst to provide structural analysis needed to support design and testing.Our primary analysis tool is ABAQUS, and we also use ANSYS, COMSOL, and NASTRAN.The position works within an interdisciplinary design team supporting the iterative and evolving design process.Primary responsibilities include: Working with senior analysts and program engineers to meet program analysis needs-?xml:namespace prefix = "o" /-> Working on the analysis throughout the entire process, from using the appropriate tools and inputs to performing the simulation on internal computing assets and other computations as needed Working with our internal materials group to gather or measure the needed material properties Providing detailed results and recommendations to the senior analyst and program engineers **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 2 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** + Bachelor s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent field plus 2 years of experience, or Master s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent field + Experience performing FEA simulations on complex geometries and load cases + Experience generating detailed reports and analysis of simulation results + Experience using one or more of these analysis tools: ABAQUS, ANSYS, NASTRAN, COMSOL + Familiarity with MATLAB **Preferred Skills and Education** + Experience in structural analysis in defense-related applications + Proficiency using one or more of these analysis tools: ABAQUS, ANSYS, NASTRAN, COMSOL + Working knowledge of fluid-structure interaction phenomena or other multi-physics environments + Experience using MATLAB + Familiarity with Pro/E or Creo + Familiarity with material testing techniques that support structural dynamics analysis **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Structural Dynamics Analyst** **BAE1US21213** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-VA-Radford) Director of Facilities- Chemical Manufacturing      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The BAE Systems Weapon Systems site in Radford, VA is seeking a Director of Facilities. The Director of Facilities oversees and manages all assigned Facilities Engineering and Maintenance group activities including site wide water distribution, steam generation, power distribution and industrial sewer system within the Radford, VA location.Provides direct supervision to the various managers across the site ensuring safety and operational readiness. Additionally, the Director will oversee the capital planning and execution process. Oversight also includes successful project management, review of technical progress, evaluation of results, and actions as required; the Director has latitude for unilateral technical actions and decisions.-?xml:namespace prefix = "o" /-> Has responsibility for maintenance group activities which may include bargaining unit interaction and understanding of negotiated union contracts; Ensures the development and implementation of an annual maintenance plan, preventative and cyclical, to ensure success business success; Develops and manages budgets to include overhead expense, direct funded and capital; Monitors the use and management of various systems including CMMS and stores management system to ensure maximum utilization of capabilities, efficiency, accurate and timely reports. Confirms all systems associated with building infrastructure and manufacturing equipment are in operational readiness at all times; Ensures all site project and maintenance activities adhere to proper safety standards, OSHA regulations, ADA compliance, and environmental goals; Provides leadership and guidance. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 12 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** The ideal candidate must: Possess sound understanding of facilities and maintenance theories and practices in a fast-changing manufacturing environment; Stay abreast of developments in facilities and maintenance technologies and introduce change accordingly; Be able to orchestrate team members with differing points of view and capabilities across the site, both within the organization and externally, in an effort to accomplish tasks that harmonize short-term and long-term goals of the site; Have highly effective management skills in order to provide direct oversight, guidance and vision to the site managers; Possess highly developed communication skills to articulate and exchange complex information, often of a sensitive nature, amongst all levels of the organization upward to leadership; Be capable of indirectly overseeing up to 250 employees (both exempt and non exempt) Understand and convey proper staffing levels as based upon workload and capabilities to support buildings and manufacturing demands; Exercise analytical thinking skills and practice resourcefulness for additional information while evaluating and attempting resolution of a variety of complex situations; Have the ability to use conceptual and innovative thinking in identifying solutions to problems and challenges; Have experience managing budgets of $20M ; Possess the ability to negotiate, as applicable, with collective bargaining agreement members and strategic partners to ensure work is performed as defined; Represent as a team leader directing projects/programs/work flow/training. **Preferred Skills and Education** Masters degree-?xml:namespace prefix = "o" /-> Experience in a chemical processing environment Experience leading a union workforce. **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Director of Facilities- Chemical Manufacturing** **BAE1US21215** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-SC-Aiken) Engineering Technologist II - Weld      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The BAE Systems site in Aiken, South Carolina supporting Combat Vehicles is seeking aWeld Engineering Technologist. + Provides engineering and technical support for welding operations in fabrication/manufacture of products. + Researches and develops concepts, designs, materials, functions, and performance, fabrication test, and modification of products. + Researches and recommends weld equipment, identifying limitations and capabilities. Prepares, conducts, and evaluates weld engineering analysis/documentation, test/examination, performance and procedure qualification in compliance with customer requirements and applicable welding standards and specifications. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** + Extensive practical experience in Gas-Metal-Arc-Welding (GMAW), GMAW-Pulse, and Gas-Tungsten-Arc-Welding (GTAW) applications. + Experience working with American Welding (AWS) D1.1 and D1.2 Standards with ability to qualify for(AWS) D1.1 and D1.2 + Experience supporting development of Procedure Qualification Records (PQRs) and Welder Performance Qualification. Proficient in Microsoft Office Package. **Preferred Skills and Education** + Experience working with DoD standards a plus + Experience interfacing with DCMA/TACOM (customer) Quality and Engineering personnel preferred. + Experience with CREO and Autodesk software a plus **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Engineering Technologist II - Weld** **BAE1US21204** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-KY-Louisville) Manufacturing Engineering - Machining      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** Provides technical support to manufacturing and related functions. Researches, develops, and improves manufacturing processes, methods, and systems for products, facilities, fixtures, tooling, equipment, and/or materials. Develops and tests work methods and procedures, ensuring performance and quality of materials, products, and machines meet specifications and standards. Ensures technical outcomes are consistent with established engineering principles and practices and that customer and company technical, system, performance, and quality requirements are met. Applies engineering design and/or analytical theory, principles, techniques, and practices to a limited portion of a technical project to include Metals processing, welding, fabrication and/or metal cutting (machining)technology. Develops and writes technical documentation, makes revisions to existing documentation, and provides input to technical papers or presentations. Ability to set up, organize, and populate Manufacturing Engineering production information using Microsoft Access, Excel and Project. Develops and maintains effective relationships with customers to solve technical problems and implement solutions of limited complexity **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 2 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** CNC Machining Programming Machine Shop Experience Musthave applied knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of a relevant technical field of specialization. Ability to work under direct supervision and follow standard procedures to accomplish assigned tasks. Abilityto communicate effectively by phone, email, in writing, and in person. Abilityto work effectively with others. Abilityto pay attention to details **Preferred Skills and Education** Computerproficiency in NC programming (specifically Seimens NX) & Microsoft suite Proven ability to optimize and/or create machining processes in fast paced machining environment Proficiency in tooling and fixturing **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Manufacturing Engineering - Machining** **BAE1US21210** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-SC-Aiken) Sr Principle Industrial Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The Industrial Engineering is responsible for supporting manufacturing operations across multiple BAE Systems locations. Tasks consist of time and motion studies, creation and maintenance of labor standards, creation and maintenance of data analysis tools, facility and workstation design for safety, efficiency and ergonomics, and process improvement activities. Location of the position is open to South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 8 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** Bachelors Degree in Engineering **Preferred Skills and Education** 1. Determine the most efficient sequence of operations and workflow. 2. Establish methods for maximum utilization of facilities and personnel. 3. Conduct studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, equipment purchase/lease/maintenance 4. Engages in regular communications with the operations managers, planners, logistics, floor operations and operations team to assess operations performance 5. Design of factory layouts, factory modeling/simulation, and to ensure data aligns with the overall plan and vision for the manufacturing site. 6. Collaborate with various internal departments that include Program Management, Production Engineering, Quality, Supply Chain, Facilities, Purchasing, Finance, and the Operation team to develop a world class manufacturing facility. 7. Develop and deploy a framework of continuous improvement utilizing lean principles by performing value-stream analysis simulations. Reduce waste, rework, and cycle times. 8. Work with engineering and operation teams to identify production bottlenecks. 9. Utilize data to gain buy in from a diverse group of stakeholders. 10. Support other projects as needed by management or as business needs change. 11. Deliver strategic inputs for manufacturing plans, labor targets, productivity improvements, operations strategy and manufacturing readiness valuations. 12. Collaborate with production management and cross-functional teams to identify manufacturing constraints and create strategic plans for improvements as necessary. 13. Provide input to optimize the line balance, generate process improvements, and implement lean manufacturing processes. 14. Must possess excellent verbal and written skills in order to communicate effectively with other teams. 15. Contributes to the development of process improvements or enhancements. 16. Maintains a safe work environment and ensures compliance with safety objectives and policies. 17. Shares responsibility of self-development with immediate supervisor. **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Sr Principle Industrial Engineer** **BAE1US21207** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-PA-York) Maintainability Engineer I      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The BAE Systems site in York, Pennsylvania supporting Combat Vehicles is seeking aMaintainability Engineer I. **Job Summary** Carries out moderately well-defined engineering assignments under the guidance of a more senior level engineer. Assures technical work is done according to defined processes and assures that work products conform to established standards. Performs analysis of design and support system concepts to determine the viability of the design in the customer s logistic structure. Functions as part of the design team in developing the optimum solution that meets all customer requirements. Performs maintainability analysis and modeling; modifies/develops models to support analysis when adequate models are not available. Performs analysis tasks for systems in all phases of the life-cycle. Provides design alternatives to improve maintainability and reduce life-cycle cost. **Primary Duties and Responsibilities** + Assists in identifying and defining Line Replaceable Units/Modules or Shop Replaceable Units for which analysis needs to be performed. + Provides technical inputs for analyses as required to determine the most cost effective alternatives for performing maintenance tasks over the life of the end item or equipment + Applies a wide range of engineering design and/or analytical theory, principles, techniques and practices to technical projects. + Reviews the design concept or preliminary design for impacts to maintainability. Provides input on the design effort to ensure maintenance tasks can be accomplished effectively and efficiently by the end user or maintenance staff. + Performs maintenance task analysis, defining maintenance task steps, equipment, tools, times and personnel requirements. (Experience with relational databases is desired.) + Recommends changes to designs based on the analysis performed and determines where opportunities exist to improve maintainability and reduce the life-cycle cost of the system. + Assists in executing verification and validation efforts to determine whether a system under review will be supportable when fielded. + Develops and writes technical documentation, makes revisions to existing documentation and provides input to technical papers or presentations. + Prepares and presents project technical results, recommendations and solutions to internal customers. + Develops and maintains effective relationships with internal customers to resolve complex technical problems and implement solutions. + Gains and maintains knowledge of relevant engineering disciplines, industry practices, trends and applications. + Maintains a safe work environment and ensures compliance with safety objectives, policies and rules. + Shares responsibility of self-development with immediate supervisor. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree in an engineering or technical discipline or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** + Bachelors degree in a relevant technical discipline. + Entry level knowledge of fundamental engineering concepts, practices, and procedures of a relevant technical field of specialization. + Familiarity with current computer applications and technologies in applicable engineering disciplines and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel). + Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. + Certain positions _may_ require the ability to obtain appropriate Security Clearance. **Preferred Skills and Education** + Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint beneficial. + Experience in a DoD environment a plus. + Manufacturing background a helpful. **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Maintainability Engineer I** **BAE1US21195** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          (USA-PA-York) Manufacturing Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** The Sr Manufacturing Engineer, Weld will provide engineering support for welding and possibly manual drill operations in the manufacture of combat products. Will train and guide operators on the manufacturing processes. The ME will develop concepts, designs, performance, and fabrication, test, and modifications for these products. Recommends weld equipment and perishable tools for manual machine operation. Prepares and conducts weld engineering analysis of materials and procedures, engaged in weld procedure, manual drill processes, and performance qualifications. The individual will need to utilize knowledge of metallurgy, material weldability, manual machine operation, and support of weld machines. Reviews supplier capability and suitability to provide acceptable product and comply with government specifications. Develops or contributes to the creation of welding standards and specifications. Individuals will develops special weld repairs as necessary and order perishable tooling for manual machine operation. **Typical Education & Experience** Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 4 years work experience or equivalent experience **Required Skills and Education** Must have expert knowledge of concepts, practices, drawing standards and procedures of Weld Engineering processes. + Capable of working with current computer applications, CAD programs, and model manipulation. + Possesses an understanding of equipment and technologies relevant to welding, weld engineering, and manual machine operation. + Ability to solve complex technical problems that require a professional level of weld engineering knowledge and manufacturing processes. + Need to work well in a team environment + Will be required to work with customer (both internal and external) **Preferred Skills and Education** Requires familiarity with relevant military and commercial weld standards. + Certification with AWS as a CWI or other relevant certification is a plus. + Moderate knowledge of nondestructive testing scope and capabilities. + Practice of lean/6 sigma concepts as applied to manufacturing is a plus. **About BAE Systems Platforms & Services** BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression **Manufacturing Engineer** **BAE1US21230** EEO Career Site Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities . females . veterans . individuals with disabilities . sexual orientation . gender identity . gender expression
          With FDA Studies, Advocate Might End Agony of Ecstasy Stigma      Cache   Translate Page      
By Matthew Perrone WASHINGTON (AP) — Growing up amid the tumult of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, Rick Doblin says he became convinced that humanity was “crazy” and “inherently destructive.” As a teenager, he came to see the mind-expanding effects of psychedelics — including LSD and psilocybin, or magic mushrooms — as [...]
          Desert Battle      Cache   Translate Page      
This is a shooting game with desert scenery Weapons include rockets and missiles
          New Record: B52s Hit Missile Sites In Raids Above DMZ - source unknown - Newspaper Article - 31 December 1969      Cache   Translate Page      
[ Document - 1071101017; 2 page(s) ] - click title above for full record and link to digitized item.

          軍, 사거리 2배 더 긴 신형 PAC-3 구매한다      Cache   Translate Page      
군 당국이 적의 미사일을 하층 고도에서 요격하는 패트리엇(PAC-3) 유도탄을 미국 정부로부터 대외군사판매(FMS) 방식으로 구매하기로 결정했다.

방위사업청은 7일 정경두 국방부 장관 주재로 제115회 방위사업추진위원회(이하 방추위)를 열고 패트리엇 PAC-3 MSE(Missile Segment Enhancement) 유도탄을 미국 정부에서 도...
          S Korean Military Endorses Plan to Procure US PAC-3 MSE Interceptors - Reports      Cache   Translate Page      
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The South Korean military approved Wednesday a plan to purchase dozens of US Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors in a bid to strengthen the country's defense capabilities, the Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.
          November 6, 2018: “Russian Mercenaries Casualties” Narrative Resurfaces In MSM      Cache   Translate Page      


Russian-linked private military contractors (PMCs) have suffered new casualties in Syria, Syrian pro- and Russian pro-opposition militant media outlets claim.
Initial speculations on this issue appeared on November 3 and November 4 when several outlets claimed that an explosion reportedly hit barracks of the 5th Assault Corps of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Deir Ezzor.
According to one of the versions, the blast allegedly hit “a Russian military HQ” near the Panorama checkpoint near Deir Ezzor city killing at least 5 Russian PMCs as well as killing and injuring multiple SAA troops. However, no photo or video evidence, or at least confirmation from a pro-government source, were provided. The argument used to “confirm” the alleged casualties was that the 5th Assault Corps is widely-known as a Russian-backed military formation, which has been assisted by Russian military advisers.
It should be noted that according to pro-government sources the blast in the area had been caused by a decision to eliminate ISIS-made IEDs removed from the liberated areas.
By November 5, this rumor had evolved and reached Russian media. Novaya Gazeta, a Russian opposition media outlet known for a CNN-style look at the conflict in Syria, claimed that 5 Russian PMCs and 6 SAA servicemen were killed in an explosion somewhere in Deir Ezzor province on November 4. Novaya Gazeta claimed that it had received info from its own “source” in Syria, but failed to provide details of the incident, at least location, and any evidence. The article also used the Russian backing of the 5th Assault Corps as an argument to confirm the alleged casualties among Russian PMCs.
The strange thing is that this rumor faced an uncritical reception in some major Russian media outlets, which just republished it citing Novaya Gazeta.
In fact, the newspaper just repeated rumors circulating in some Arab blogs and pro-militant media claiming that this data had been received from its “source in Syria” to make the article more “solid” in the eyes of the audience.
Unfortunately, over the past few years, it has become a common approach for major Western and Russian media outlets to spread wild speculations and staged lie hiding behind “anonymous sources”.
The aforementioned story is a fresh example how these rumors are being presented as reliable or even confirmed info because they serve somebody’s narrative.
Another well-known story in this field is the speculations about “hundreds” of casualties suffered by Russian PMCs or even Armed Forces as a result of US airstrikes in eastern Syria, which erupted in February 2018. These “hundreds” of killed Russian fighters have never been confirmed and only reliable data exists about some 5 Russian citizens, who died in unclear circumstances in the conflict zone this period.
However, this did not stop the media from repeating the fake story and even top US leadership like President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed it as a fact in their statements.
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          The US Shot Down a Fake Nuclear Missile in Space with Another Missile (Video)      Cache   Translate Page      
The US Shot Down a Fake Nuclear Missile in Space with Another Missile (Video) By Rafi Letzter, Live Science Staff Writer A U.S.-Japanese intercep
          Meet Trump's 'missile man'      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON –– In trade talks with Japan in the 1980s, Robert Lighthizer, then a top negotiator under President Ronald Reagan, earned the nickname “missile man” after he took one of Japan’s written offers, folded it into a paper airplane and flung it at the opposing side.
          Pakistan has cost effective solution to India#39;s latest ballistic missile defence system: Report      Cache   Translate Page      
Pakistan has cost effective solution to India#39;s latest ballistic missile defence system: Report Addressing a conference on #39;Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia#39; hosted by the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) Lt Gen (retd) Khalid Kidwai also said that Pakistan will remain unfazed as it has adequate response options that would disallow any disturbance of the strategic balance or strategic stability.
          Dragonforce      Cache   Translate Page      
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          U.S. Renews Sanctions On Iran But Exempts 8 Oil Importers, Including China And Japan      Cache   Translate Page      
Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET The U.S. has officially imposed what the Trump administration calls the "toughest ever" sanctions on Iran, meant to curb Tehran's nuclear and missile programs and contain its growing influence in the Middle East. The sanctions are essentially the same ones lifted by the nuclear deal reached during the Obama administration. However, the U.S. quickly exempted several of the world's largest economies, including China, Japan and India. "The Iranian regime has a choice," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said as he detailed the sanctions on Monday. "It can either do a 180-degree turn from its current course of action and act like a normal country, or it can see its economy crumble." The waivers issued to eight nations — China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey — allow those countries to continue buying Iranian oil without consequences. Pompeo called them "temporary" exemptions that would help "ensure a well-supplied oil market." Several
          «Высокоскоростной скользящий снаряд» будет принят на вооружение в 2026 году      Cache   Translate Page      
Министерство обороны Японии утвердилось в намерении поставить на вооружение новую ракету под названием «высокоскоростной скользящий снаряд» (high-speed gliding missiles), крылатая боеголовка которого скользит по воздуху, корректируя траекторию полета в процессе…
          Huntington Ingalls Awarded Modification to Purchase Columbia Submarine Advance Construction Materials      Cache   Translate Page      
General Dynamics Electric Boat has awarded a $197M contract modification to Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ Newport News Shipbuilding division for long-lead time materials and advance construction of the Columbia ballistic missile submarine. HII said Tuesday it will use funds to procure components and materials needed for advance construction of SSBN 826, the first vessel within the Columbia […]
          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.

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          Macron Calls For "Real European Army" - Decries Trump's INF Pullout As Harming EU Security      Cache   Translate Page      

French President Emmanuel Macron had enough to say in a new and lengthy interview with Europe 1 radio to anger officials in both Washington and Moscow. 

While calling for greater independence in European defense he managed to take aim at both Russia and the United States, saying “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the US.” He proposed in the Tuesday interview while at an event commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI that European leaders create a “real European army” not only to better defend the continent against Russia, but also to extricate French and European policy from that of the United States.

“We won’t protect Europeans if we don’t decide to have a real European army,” Macron said. “We must have a Europe that can defend itself on its own without relying only on the United States,” he asserted.

Macron spoke during week-long World War I centenary commemorations. via AFP

He further framed the idea in terms of combating rising nationalism and populism at home which might threaten the fragile peace on the continent, in an indirect reference to the build-up of tensions behind WWI. He called for a "stronger, protective Europe," and decried an "increasingly fractured" continent that's recently witnessed nationalism on the ascent. 

Amidst discussing the ambitious proposal, which could make NATO further obsolete in the long-run, the French president took a swipe at Trump. Speaking of President Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Macron said:

When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security.

He said, "Russia… is near our borders and has shown it could be threatening," and alarmingly described that “Peace in Europe is precarious.”

The closest thing to a current "EU army" that does exist (if it can be called even that) - the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) - is generally perceived as more of a civil and emergency response joint EU member mechanism that would be ineffectual under the threat of an actual military invasion or major event. 

There's been similar grumblings over the US decision to pull out of the INF in Germany, though Macron was the first head of state openly level the charge that the Trump White House is now putting European security at risk. Germany and France and other European countries have also sought to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, and have sought ways to circumvent US sanctions on Tehran. 

Within the past year Trump has pushed for NATO countries to pull their weight in terms of defense spending. According to 2017 numbers, the U.S. accounted for 51.1% of NATO's combined GDP and 71.7% of its combined defense expenditure, which amounts to more American funds to NATO than Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Canada combined.

Thus the natural and long term by-product of a "real European army" — as Macron is suggesting — would be the slow eroding and demise of US power in the region, something that Putin would also no doubt welcome, so maybe there's actually mutual interests in Paris and Moscow here. 


          Macronette continues his descent into madness      Cache   Translate Page      
"Macron, who has pushed for a joint EU military force since his arrival in power last year, said Europe needed to reduce its dependence on American might, not least after US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty.

"We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," Macron told Europe 1 radio.

"When I see President Trump announcing that he's quitting a major disarmament treaty which was formed after the 1980s euro-missile crisis that hit Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security," he said.

"We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army," he said in the interview, recorded Monday night in Verdun, northeast France, as Macron tours the former Western Front during week-long World War I centenary commemorations.

Faced with "a Russia which is at our borders and has shown that it can be a threat", Macron argued: "We need a Europe which defends itself better alone, without just depending on the United States, in a more sovereign manner."

The EU launched a joint multi-billion-euro defence fund last year designed to develop Europe's military capacities and make the continent more strategically independent.

France has also spearheaded the creation of a nine-country force designed to be capable of rapidly mounting a joint military operation, an evacuation from a warzone, or providing aid in a natural disaster.

"Peace in Europe is precarious," Macron told Europe 1.

"We have been hit by intrusion attempts in cyber-space and multiple interventions in our democracies," he said in an apparent reference to Russia.

He also warned of "authoritarian powers which are reemerging and rearming within the confines in Europe".

Macron has been warning of rising nationalism as he prepares to host dozens of world leaders, including Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Sunday to mark 100 years since the World War I armistice.

He repeated his warning Tuesday that he was struck by similarities between the world today and the financial crisis and "nationalism playing on people's fears" of the 1930s.

"The peace and prosperity which Europe has enjoyed for 70 years are a golden moment in our history," he said, warning that this was the exception rather than the rule.

"For millennia, it has never lasted so long."

https://www.thelocal.fr/20181106/macron-calls-for-real-european-army-to-defend-against-russia-and-us


          The All in the Family cast's 1975 protest of 'The Family Viewing Hour'      Cache   Translate Page      

Once, the 8-9pm time slot was plagued with violent TV shows like All in the Family. This was before the onset of 24 hour news channels offering a live feed of missile strikes or freeway chases with the Juice. Unjustifiably, the FCC issued a policy demanding prime time television be family friendly! For two years, 1975 and 1976, adult themes were banned from "The Family Viewing Hour."

Courts didn't let this stand for very long. The prime time slot was back under advertiser control by 1977.

Wikipedia:

Indeed, many television series suffered from the Family Viewing Hour mandate. All in the Family, which was the runaway top-rated show in the U.S. since 1971, was moved to 9 p.m. on Mondays after five seasons leading the Saturday night lineup. Producer Norman Lear, citing an infringement on creative freedom and on his First Amendment rights, mounted a lawsuit. With the support of varying guilds, including the WGA, he won the case.[1] The show's cast responded by recording a satirical, never-aired rendition of the show's theme song, retitled "These Are the Days".[3]

On November 4, 1976, United States district court Judge Warren J. Ferguson declared the Family Viewing Hour null and void, starting with the fall 1977 season. Ferguson stated while the idea was good in theory, the FCC had overstepped its bounds in having it instituted; the FCC privately lobbied the three major networks to adopt the policy instead of holding public hearings on the matter, and Ferguson ruled on those grounds that the Family Viewing Hour had no binding merit.

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US vows 'relentless' sanctions as Iran defiantThe United States vowed Monday to be "relentless" in countering Iran as sweeping sanctions took effect, but the Islamic republic defiantly promised to stand up to the "bullying" by Washington. President Donald Trump's administration nonetheless issued eight exemptions from its demand on all countries to stop buying Iran's oil, its largest export, amid widespread global opposition to the unilateral US sanctions. While stopping short of urging regime change, he reiterated his demands for Iran to end policies rooted in the 1979 Islamic revolution including its support for regional proxies such as the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and its development of missiles.



          Russia sets S-300 systems in Syria on combat readiness      Cache   Translate Page      
Russian specialists have finished the work to reequip S-300 anti-aircraft systems in Syria and returned to Russia. "Technical specialists of Russian defense enterprises, who arrived in Syria in early October, following the shipment of S-300PM/PM-2 air defense systems to Syria - the systems are a hybrid that includes elements of both complexes - have completed their re-equipment into S-300PMU-2 export version (Favorite) and returned home the other day," officials with the Defense Ministry of Russia said. All three divisions of S-300 systems that Russia has shipped to Syria are now ready to perform combat missions. One only needs to complete the training of Syrian servicemen, the source said. In early October, Russia shipped three S-300 divisions to Syria. Each division includes eight launchers. Syria has received the systems for free as they were in use in Russia before an upgraded version - S-400 - came to replace them. Officials with the Russian Defense Ministry said that the training of Syrian specialists would take three months. Russia decided to ship S-300 systems to Syria after a Syrian S-200 missile shot down the Russian Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance airplane. Also read: Russia sees Israel as enemy after Ilyushin Il-20 shootdown
          Russia increases number of cruise missiles 30 times      Cache   Translate Page      
The number of cruise missiles in the Russian army has increased 30 times in the past six years. An article posted on the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper of the Russian Armed Forces says that Russia has had a breakthrough in supplying long-range precision weapons, such as Iskander-M tactical missile systems, as well as submarines and surface ships armed with Caliber missiles. As a result, the number of land, sea and air-based carriers has increased by more than 12 times, while the number of high-precision cruise missiles has grown by more than 30 times.In addition, the Russian army has established special units that elaborate plans for the use of high-precision weapons and prepare flight missions for cruise missiles. "As a result, full-fledged groups of carriers of high-precision weapons have been created capable of using missiles to strike targets at a distance of up to 4,000 km," the newspaper said. In the Crimea, a self-sufficient group of forces was established. The group includes a naval base, an army corps, an aviation division and an air defense division. The Black Sea Fleet has state-of-the-art submarines and frigates armed with Caliber cruise missiles. Russia's coastal forces in the Crimea have Bal and Bastion coastal missile systems that guarantee the protection of the Crimea and secure the interests of Russia in the Black Sea region.
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California Earthquakes: Seismologists Search Depths, But Cause May Be in Heavens Last week, two separate geologic faults generated swarms of earthquakes on the west coast of the United States.

Shin Bet chief: Apparent calm in Judea and Samaria is deceiving Head of Shin Bet says 480 attacks thwarted, 500 individual terrorists arrested in past year.

The Middle East "Truce": Why Hamas Cannot Be Trusted These benefits for Hamas are exactly why the proposed truce is dangerous and sends the wrong message to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists.

Russian Special Envoy Arrives in Iran as U.S. Implements Sanctions Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy Alexander Lavrentiev arrived in Tehran, Iran, Monday to express Moscow's rejection of the fresh round of U.S. sanctions.

Israeli Minister Elkin: Syrian S-300s will be attacked if Israeli military or commercial planes hit Israel warned publicly for the first time that its air force would strike Syria's S-300 air defense weapons supplied by Russia and Russian personnel could be in jeopardy.

Iran president warns of 'war situation' as sanctions resume The U.S. re-imposed all sanctions Monday on Iran that once were lifted under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, grinding further down on the Islamic Republic's already-ailing economy in what President Hassan Rouhani described as a "war situation" now facing Tehran.

Minister: Israel might destroy Syrian S-300s, even if manned by Russians Elkin says Syrians can't be trusted to use missile system correctly, may inadvertently hit aircraft over Israeli territory, prompting elimination of launchers.

Egyptian Gaza truce draft offering Hamas "Calm for Cash" is unacceptable to Israel Cairo is going out of its way to push Israel into accepting one of the worst deals it has ever been offered, even if the prize on offer is membership of the Sunni bloc Egypt is building with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Web Company Threatens to Force Christian Pro-Life Website Offline LifeSite, a Christian pro-life news outlet, says its web-hosting company threatened to shut down their site Saturday.

France's Macron pushes for 'true European army' French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that Europeans cannot be protected without a "true, European army", as he marks the centenary of the World War One Armistice.

          In the Last 24 Hours: Army Delivers Crushing Response to Terrorists’ Attacks in Demilitarized Zone in Northern Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
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          U.S. Renews Sanctions On Iran But Exempts 8 Oil Importers, Including China And Japan      Cache   Translate Page      
Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET The U.S. has officially imposed what the Trump administration calls the "toughest ever" sanctions on Iran, meant to curb Tehran's nuclear and missile programs and contain its growing influence in the Middle East. The sanctions are essentially the same ones lifted by the nuclear deal reached during the Obama administration. However, the U.S. quickly exempted several of the world's largest economies, including China, Japan and India. "The Iranian regime has a choice," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said as he detailed the sanctions on Monday. "It can either do a 180-degree turn from its current course of action and act like a normal country, or it can see its economy crumble." The waivers issued to eight nations — China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey — allow those countries to continue buying Iranian oil without consequences. Pompeo called them "temporary" exemptions that would help "ensure a well-supplied oil market." Several
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          MIDAS – DARPA’s digital touch | JASSM production – running hot | ROK & ESP are negotiating a fighter deal      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Focus on air defense: Iran flexes military muscle as US reimposes sanctions      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Comment on Let’s Have a War with Russia!, by Fred Reed      Cache   Translate Page      
There’s only a passing comment or two about the US Navy keeping the Strait of Hormuz open, I gather assuming it can be done by de-mining, fire fighting, wreckage clearing, and 24/7 maintenance of a two-ship-wide safe passage through thousands of mines, burning oil smoke, vessel wreckage, and missile barrages. Foreign tanker operators, their crews, cargo owners, and insurers will go along with this scenario, of course. And if the Iranians and Russians decide a full response is their best defense, what happens when Saudi pipelines and terminals are taken out of action as well, for months on end? Some years ago when at least air strikes on Iran seemed immanent the Heritage Foundation preposterously claimed in a white paper that there’d be almost no economic consequences to a closure. No, of course not, yet considering the almost impossibly bad track record of ME war cost-estimating going back to the ‘73-74 oil crisis, what would the economic implications be from prolonged $300-400/bbl oil?
          Comment on Let’s Have a War with Russia!, by Fred Reed      Cache   Translate Page      
"Much easier to take than the whole country." But it still won't be easy in any sense and most likely will be unattainable. It seems that like many, you have no real idea of what Iran is capable of in the military sense. Iran is not going to sit back and allow itself to be partitioned in the way your post indicates. Fred's facile reference to missiles on the back of a pickup truck, likens the Iranian military to the Taliban or possibly ISIS. This ignorant comparison demonstrates Fred's lack of knowledge of what would most likely happen should the US decide to take out Iran. Iran has a large armoury of modern medium range missiles that would render Israel and all US bases in the ME to be very viable high value targets. The US will not get away unscathed, and its likely losses of men and equipment and/or ships could be unacceptably high. It should also be remembered that Iran has a number of midget submarines, which are almost undetectable in the littoral waters of the Persian Gulf. The Gulf will likely be closed indefinitely. Now as for Israel wanting a war with Iran, is this just more Turkeys voting for an early Christmas?
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          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 7, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 7, 2018

Compiled 7 Nov. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces,” Byington’s Before It’s News articles on a Satanic Cabal CIA & Vatican-sponsored international Pedophile Child Trafficking Ring: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

The below was a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Judy Note - The Bottom Line: (Rumors, please do your own research).

Several sources say the 800#s release would be this week right after midterm elections, Nov. 7-8. Apparently Hong Kong released funds Oct. 31; military and elites had their funds liquid; release codes were at the banks and firm currency rates were on bank screens. Some say to be prepared for Nov. 11 when the economy would implode and there would be a need for emergency supplies as Q returned to bring in the Global Currency Reset (Trump’s announcement of the US return to a asset-backed/gold standard?) Many sources agreed that after the RV and during Nov.’s chaotic time there would be a few weeks of financial turmoil as the world adjusted to the new Quantum Financial System while we exchanged/redeemed our currencies and Zim Bonds. A slow-motion Stock Market collapse that began in Oct. would continue to claim corporate victims as the new Quantum Financial System went online.

A. Predictions:

Release of the 800#s would be through text, email, or posted on:

DC: http://www.dinarchronicles.com/intel.html intel dinarchronicles.blogspot.com
The Big Call, Bruce: Thebigcall.net
TNT: https://twitter.com/the_tnt_team

Week of Nov. 5: On Oct 31st the military and elites were paid (but funds not available) with the expected release to commence beginning the week of Nov 5th. If paid rioters caused chaos the National Broadcast System Alert would be activated and it could lead to Martial Law. GESARA announcement was expected soon.

Nov. 6-7 Yosef: We were still looking for this week. Everything was good; nothing was holding it up; there were things that needed to be finished and they were working on finishing what was needed. http://dinaresgurus.blogspot.com/2018/11/alexander-gaginyosef-looking-for-this.html?m=1

Nov. 11: Q would publically bring in the Global Currency Reset, along with announcing the new Quantum Financial System. According to Pentagon sources, Nov. 11 would launch a purge of the Cabal with unsealing of the over 61,000 indictments, arrests of suspected criminals and their transportation to GITMO. Also on Nov. 11 Iraq would officially put in their new Parliament.

Nov. 12: Tier 5 (general public) would begin exchanges.

Nov. 26: Private transactions to be liquidated on or before Nov. 26.

Jan-Feb. 2019: Military Tribunals.

B. Nov. 6 2018 The Big Call, Bruce: Thebigcall.net: 712-770-4016 pin123456#

1. Today Nov. 5 President Trump and Secretary of the US Treasury Manuchin had a call with China about the timing to release.

2. Tomorrow Wed. Nov. 7 to Thurs. Nov. 8 may be the day for release.

3. Prosperity Packages would go out right after Tier 4 goes.

4. There were solid rates on both front and back bank screens. The Dinar rate matches what is shown on the CBI site.

5. Make sure you get a copy of all paperwork from your exchange. Sign in blue ink so you can tell if it’s original or not.

6. This would be the last hour before redemption.

C. Nov. 6 2018 3:03 pm EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for November 6, 2018 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

1. There is a significant meaning behind the numbers 11/11 in numerology. Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin on 11/11/18. (However, media sources are claiming the meeting will be delayed). War World I ended on Nov. 11, 1918 (11/11/18).

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/us/politics/trump-putin-meeting-delayed.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11:11_(numerology)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I#Aftermath

2. Sources are claiming that War World III which began on Sept. 11, 2001 (9/11/01) will be ending on Nov. 11, 2018 (11/11/18). What better day to end the war against the Cabal 100 years after War World I?

3. The current fiat financial system is proving to be defunct and obsolete more and more each day. Nov. 11 will be the start date of the transition (if sources are correct). The announcement of a new quantum financial system (QFS) may be given on 11/11/18.

This would then cause the stock market to collapse which would then trigger the complete changeover to the QFS.

4. The private currency redemption event (RV) would then begin at this time.

D. Nov. 6 2018 Q Post #2442, Sierra: https://qntmpkts.keybase.pub/

'History is being made.
You are the saviors of mankind.
Nothing will stop what is coming.
Nothing.'
Q


E. Nov. 5 2018 11:19 pm EST X22 Report The Fed (video): (Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1708: Trump Just Boxed the Fed in | The Numbers Add Up

Theresa May is coming up with a secret deal and the people don't know what its all about, the question is why is it secret. Home sales are imploding in California, it starting to look like the entire housing market is about to come down. The manufacturing surveys and the real numbers are distorted, the manipulation of the economy can now be seen. Trump has boxed the Fed in the corner, the Fed is damned if it continues raising rates and damned it it does not. This part of the plan, it is a no win situation for the Fed, they do not have their escape route setup anymore. Countries are moving away from the Fed dollar because they know what's coming.

The Senate has concluded there is no evidence to support the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford. Saudi Arabia is saying they will be vindicated in the murder of Khashogi. The Trump administration is now putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to stop the war. Iran sanctions are in place and waivers have been handed out. Since the S300 missile system was installed in Syria, there have been no airstrikes. Q dropped bread, says look at the numbers, stay divided & stay strong.

F. Nov. 6 2018 8:51 pm EST X22 Report (video): (Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1709: Phase II Coming Up | The Setup is Perfect

The entire plan is going into Phase II, right after the midterm elections everything will change, the push to remove the central bank will go into overdrive and the President will call out the Fed at every decision they make. Job openings tumble, there are still a million more job openings that unemployed workers, if you believe the government stats. The entire housing market is imploding, the cost of owning a home is impossible, with rates moving up and wages going nowhere it is a recipe for disaster.

We are now a couple of years into common core and it is a complete disaster, the American population were tricked into thinking it was going to help the children, but in reality it has hurt our children. On the darkweb there is a database of 62 million voter information for sale. Italy will cut migrant benefits. Saudi Arabia making deals with Russia and China. SA will is making a deal to purchase the S400 missile system from Russia. Iran shuts down oil tanker tracking after sanctions. The Obama Iran deal is not a deal that is good for the people. Q drops more bread, tells the people to vote, stay strong. Q let's us know they placed someone into the spotlight on purpose, all for the greater good. Nobody noticed something very important about the declas, it has been setup to be the perfect plan.

G. Nov. 5 2018 11:11 pm EST Trump’s Regime Change (video): (Video) RT -- Trump's Regime Change List Revealed

Anya Parampil reveals the new propaganda strategy the US is using to delegitimize socialist governments in Latin America; John Bolton’s speech delivered in Miami on Thursday, coining “Troika of Tyranny” as the new “Axis of Evil”; Bolton’s emphasis on U.S. animosity for the democratically elected governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragu; Netfa Freeman, from the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity to the Peoples on why the U.S. targets these three socialist countries and how the recent election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil may enable the Trump administration to target them further.

Updates for the week prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 6, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 5, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 4, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 3, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Nov. 2, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Nov. 1, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Oct. 31, 2018
          Israeli Air Force Shuns Attacks in Syria Since S-300 Delivery – Lawmaker      Cache   Translate Page      
Sputnik – 05.11.2018 Russia has delivered 49 units of its sophisticated S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Syria in wake of the accidental destruction of a Russian Il-20 plane by Syrian air defenses responding to an Israeli attack. Ksenia Svetlova, who sits on the Israeli parliament’s defense committee has confirmed that Israeli warplanes had not […]
          (USA) Air Force Nuclear Weapon Systems Subject Matter Expert      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint, Land, Air, and Space Division (JD) provides timely and objective assessments to the Air Force Nuclear enterprise. The division primarily focuses on the acquisition and requirement processes. JD assessments integrate the technical, operational, programmatic, policy and business aspects across the various elements of defense department requirements development, planning, budgeting, technology assessment, and system acquisition processes. We have a recurring need for members with keen minds who can think analytically and have an engineering or business degree or background. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or other technical field. * 10 years of work experience related to Defense with 3 years of experience related to operation of nuclear weapon systems (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile experience preferred). * Excellent written and verbal communication skills. * Excellent skills preparing products in Microsoft Office applications. * Strong technical competency with operation of AF nuclear weapon systems (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile experience preferred). * Understand the JCIDS, Defense Acquisition System and Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES). * Possess a high degree of initiative and helps set team and client priorities. * Demonstrated self-starter that is resourceful, adaptable, and responsive to solving complex problems with disparate and incomplete information. * Ability and willingness to multi-task and be capable of applying innovative analysis to develop creative solutions for solve client problems. * Must be able to prepare technical briefings with complex ideas in a clear and coherent form and often present them before a senior audience. * TOP SECRET/SCI clearance. **Desired Qualifications:** * Work experience (3 years or more) supporting Headquarters AF, AF Global Strike Command or US Strategic Command. * Familiarity with Headquarters AF staffing processes and task management information systems. * Familiarity with the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) processes related to defining weapon system requirements. * Familiarity with the Defense Acquisition System and Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES). Job Description: Provide on-site subject matter expertise in nuclear operations, requirements and weapons systems. Coordinate their support, activities and priorities with the customer team to meet customer goals and objectives. Research, analyze and make recommendations to the customer. Coordinate across the customer organization and with external organizations. Assess issues and develop resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives. Develop plans and identify technical and business supporting resources required to support the customer. Report the status of activities and tasks, manage schedules and prepare status reports. Regularly produce and brief products. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-391 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* The Pentagon *Clearance Level:* Top Secret/SCI
          (USA-UT-Hill Air Force Base) Principle Logistician/Supply Chain      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint Air, Land and Space Division provides the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center (AFNWC) and the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System Program Office analytical and knowledge based services to fulfill the needs of acquisition, sustainment, and operational planning activities for the current and future ICBM force, to include the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). These activities include but are not limited to strategic planning, systems effectiveness analysis, development of modeling and simulation analysis tools, integrated planning, strategic communications, requirements development, acquisition strategy development, systems engineering, risk assessment and executive corporate process support. Requirements * 12 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management with 6 of those years with progressive responsibility in providing technical leadership in the Air Force or DoD supply organizations. * Applicant must possess an in-scope security clearance of Secret or higher that has closed within the last five (5) years from date of employment. **Preferred Qualifications** * Familiarity with nuclear weapons. * Experience with ICBM supply chain. * Knowledge of Logistics Acquisition requirements. * Understanding of strategic grade radiation hardened parts requirements. * Understanding of supply chain risk management. Job Description: Provides expertise and guidance in solving complex logistical supply chain problems. Assesses program needs and provides recommendations for supply chain management and execution to the GBSD Program Office. Develops and recommends long term supply chain strategy and short term tasks to meet the program’s supply chain goals. Provides statement of work requirements for the program office to drive the contractor to meet program goals and objectives. Determines the appropriate solutions for supply chain problems. Plans for and conducts supply chain business case analyses. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-429 *Job Type:* Project Manager *Location:* Hill Air Force Base, Utah *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA) Senior Acquisition Analyst/Nuclear Portfolio      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint and Air Force Analysis Group provides analytic support to the Air Force (AF), Joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) clients. Our work includes the recapitalization efforts within the nuclear enterprise and the modernization initiatives of the B-2 stealth bomber. Our expertise includes DoD policy, acquisition, systems engineering, financial management, Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Department of Defense Air Force (DoDAF) architecture development, and program protection. We provide quantitative wargaming analysis, deployment schedule optimization, and scenario analysis to support resource allocation decisions, military operations, and joint training assessments. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree. * 12+ years of experience. * DoD acquisition system, Program Management, DoD processes, especially business processes, and PPBES process. * Must project a professional demeanor, have strong writing and oral communication skills, and have the ability to pro-actively work both independently and with personnel from multiple organizations. * Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). * Security Clearance: DoD Top Secret with SCI access. Desired** * Familiarity with DoD nuclear weapon systems and capabilities, such as Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GSBD), Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) and Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) programs. * Experience in community-level working groups, committees, studies and speech and congressional testimony preparation. * 8+ years supporting DoD acquisitions/processes and 4+ years supporting nuclear weapon systems. * Master’s degree. Job Description: Senior level analyst to provide on-site support to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S;) / Information & Integration Portfolio Management (I&I; PM) Office. Particular focus will be serving as an expert acquisition portfolio advisor on the DoD nuclear weapon system enterprise with emphasis on strategic Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GSBD) issues pertaining to DoD, including system acquisitions, warfighting capabilities, policy and programming. The candidate must be a bona fide SME for developing decision-ready material for senior leaders and adeptly employing headquarters and acquisition to support the DASD nuclear systems portfolio management responsibilities. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-317 *Job Type:* Policy Analyst *Location:* The Pentagon *Clearance Level:* Top Secret/SCI
          (USA) Senior Program Analyst, International Affairs      Cache   Translate Page      
The objective of this requirement is to provide advisory and assistance support (A&AS;) to the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, (SAF/IA), with regional and country specific expertise. This support is required for developing Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) and ensuring compliance with existing LOAs for regions or Partner Nations. Requirements 5+ years’ experience required with demonstrated effectiveness and success in the mission areas below: a. USAF LOA development and execution management and/or experience as SAF/IA Country Desk Officer b. Pseudo FMS case programming c Security Cooperation programs d. Building Partner Capacity and Security Force Assistance programs e. Knowledge and understanding of the roles and missions of USAF, program offices, and industry roles in FMS f. Knowledge and understanding of security cooperation, international affairs, security assistance, foreign military sales to include the processes, legislation and stakeholders. g. Knowledge and understanding of SAF/IA’s role in US Government and International security cooperation community h. Demonstrated experience developing and implementing DoD acquisition policies, laws, regulations, and guidance required to implement FMS LOAs i. Understanding of: 1) DODI 1315.20, Military Department Foreign Area Officer Programs 2) CJCSI 3126.01, Language and Regional Expertise Planning 3) AFPD 16-1, International Affairs D. AFI 16-109, International Affairs Specialist Program; and 4) USAF Global Partnership Strategy 5) U.S. Export Control laws, regulations, policies and procedures including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and US Government National Disclosure Policy (NDP) Active Top Secret SCI Security Clearance Desired** * Master’s Degree, an emphasis in an International Affairs curriculum. * Fluency or Proficiency capability in a foreign language. * US DoD staff experience in a military or civilian capacity. * Prior experience with systems/capabilities and Partner Nation language and culture familiarity. * Familiarity with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Security Assistance Management Manual (SAMM). * Prior experience with weapons systems/capabilities in airlift (for example: C-17, C-130), integrated air missile defense (Ex. Early Warning Radar), command and control (Air Operations Center, Air Defense Operations Center), refueling (Ex. KC-46), and pilot/language training (Ex. Defense Language Institute). Job Description: * Provide expertise in programmatic, operational, maintenance, logistics, including infrastructure and facilities, for Partner Nation weapon systems. * Provide expertise in munitions capabilities and employment associated with the Partner Nation weapons systems. * Provide recommendations regarding design interface, product support management, maintenance planning, technical data, training and training devices, supply support, support and test equipment, munitions management, packaging/handling/storage and transportation, computer resources, and manpower and personnel support elements as outlined in the DoD Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element handbook. * Provide pseudo-Foreign Military Sales (FMS) (excluding Afghanistan) program management support to include case development, case execution, case implementation, and case closure. The overall goal of this program is to ensure effective forecasting, planning, development, implementation and assessment of the non-Afghanistan pseudo-FMS portfolio. * Prepare case program review reports which detail the status of FMS cases currently programmed and/or in implementation. The reports detail, by authorization, the status of cost, schedule organizational office of primary responsibility, supported USAF MAJCOM/GCC, countries affected for and any issues affecting case implementation each case. * Prepare, manage and maintain databases for FMS Case Programs, including Status Reports, Letters of Request / Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA), and country capabilities. Develop and maintain case trackers, spreadsheets, cost, schedule and other reports that track program status. * Develop briefings, write background papers, prepare related documentation, and make presentations on SAF/IA programs for and to senior USAF, Partner Nation Government/Ministry of Defense and Air Force and Air Defense personnel. The contractor shall define and refine meeting agendas, assist with both large and small group briefings/discussion, record discussion content, focus decision-making, debrief action items, and track action item completion. * Prepare, review, and coordinate official correspondence, Staff Summary Sheets (SSS), briefings, status reports, and armaments cooperation agreements. Generate and monitor updated task assessments, management information and planning documents. Draft amendments and modifications to ongoing USAF agreements with Partner Nations. Duties include coordinating with senior-level legal, fiscal, weapons systems, disclosure, and political-military offices to validate necessity of potential modifications. * Participate in and support conferences, meetings, logistics/program/financial management reviews in both the US and Partner Nation in conjunction with all currently implemented and prospective Partner Nation programs. This includes conducting face-to-face, telephone, email and fax interactions with foreign government officials, US Government (USG), and US industry personnel to assist in formulating requests for information on potential programs with Partner Nation, tracking program proposals during US coordination, and tracking progress of approved programs. * Analyze existing US military and regional and Partner Nation’s defense capability requirements, identify and assess alternative sustainment and enhancement strategies, assess life cycle interoperability and product support impacts to weapon system. * Provide recommendations, and assist in defining requirements for future programs. * Participate in program analyses, reviews, and reliability determinations with USAF weapons systems and disclosure offices as they pertain to release of information on USAF systems capabilities to Partner Nation. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-390 *Job Type:* Program Analyst *Location:* The Pentagon *Clearance Level:* Top Secret/SCI
          (USA-DC-Washington) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Shipboard Sensors and Weapons Group (NSSWG) focus is to provide engineering, technical and programmatic support to the Program Executive Office integrated Warfare Systems, Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Directorate. Efforts include overarching program management, test and evaluation, systems engineering, operations analysis, systems integration, international, cyber security, IT network and programmatic support for over 25 PEO IWS 2.0 advanced radar, phased array radar, electronic warfare, electro-optic, advanced off-board electronic warfare/decoy programs and Directed Energy Programs. NSSWG staff support a variety of tasks including: support and completion of major technical reviews; producing required acquisition documentation; meeting critical program milestone deadlines; managing program needs and external requirements, and; ensuring the right resources are provided to the right priorities at the right time. Requirements * Bachelor's degree in a technical field. * 6-10 years' experience in a technical field or technical program office. * Demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and autonomously with minimal supervision. * Demonstrated ability to multi-task, provide high quality services and products, while meeting strict deadlines and time constraints. * Knowledgeable in contracts management, technical documentation and performance tracking as prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and all ancillary procurement policies and regulations. * Ability to operate in a highly dynamic environment with a wide variety of programmatic/technical challenges. * Excellent verbal/written communication skills; ability to hold a professional conversation and listen closely. * Proficiency with MS Office suite. * Strong organizational skills with attention to detail. * Energetic, thoughtful, product-oriented, dependable, flexible, open-minded individual with an eagerness to learn and demonstrated strong work ethic. * Demonstrated forward thinking and proactive problem solving skills with the ability to proactively capture tasking from clients. * Travel to Raytheon (MA) as needed. * Active DoD Secret clearance. Job Description: Provide Systems Engineering (SE), Program Management and Acquisition, Engineering Support Services to the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program. Efficiently and effectively manage program requirements and/or documentation as they coordinate all efforts related to establishing viable contract strategies for current and future contract activities. Daily interaction and coordination with Program Functional Leads and Contracting Officer Representative to prioritize efforts and ensure staff coverage at the right time. May serve as liaison officer to ensure fulfillment of obligations by contractors. Assist with Requests for Proposal (RFP); Source Selection; Technical Evaluation, etc. Support the programs' documentation and the planning and execution of a multitude of efforts. Assist the government in negotiating with the contractor to draw up procurement contracts. Write documents and provide advice, guidance, and support on a wide range of acquisition management and administrative issues that may include, but are not limited to, Risk Assessments, Integrated Master Schedules (IMS), Market Research, Program Management Reviews (PMR) charts, Memorandum of Agreements (MOA), Justification and Approval (J&A;), Acquisition Strategy Reports, Performance Work Statements (PWS), Request for Proposals (RFP) Source Selection preparations, and Technical Evaluations. Review Contract Data Requirements List and requests for deviations from contract specifications and delivery schedules. Assist other SF related meetings and tasking as needed. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* NSWD18-274 *Job Type:* Engineer *Location:* Washington, DC *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-AL-Huntsville) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
SOSD/SDG supports critical U.S. government programs providing systems engineering support, systems safety support, financial analysis support as well as security policy, compliance, and assessments. The position to be filled supports the Conventional Prompt Strike Navy Program Office in Huntsville AL, a new and exciting endeavor in conventional hypersonic weapon development in support of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Requirements * Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Science, or other technical degree. * 10-15 years of experience in phases of Systems Engineering, including System Design and Development; System Requirements Definition; and schedule/budget analysis. * Must have Systems Engineering experience with complex weapons systems design contributing to architectural, technical and programmatic decision support. * Must have working knowledge of missile static and dynamic stability and flight dynamics for multi-stage booster systems. * Must effectively explain analysis methodologies and results in everyday language, translate results into usable output products, and display strong presentation skills to help influence decision-makers. * Must be proficient in using MS Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. * Must be eligible for or holding a current DoD Secret security clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Experience with scheduling tools (e.g. Microsoft Project, AMS Realtime Projects). * Looking for a positive, highly motivated team member and self-starter with strong communication and multi-tasking skills to operate in a fast-paced environment. * Analytical skills to conduct research, analyze data and prepare recommendations. * Strong time management skills. * Ideal candidates will have intellectual curiosity about major defense issues and an interest in impacting important decisions. * Effective oral and written communication skills for working within a team environment. * Ability to work independently and make judgment in support of the analysis. * Previous experience working with Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). * Experience with high temperature material science and refractory metals, hypersonics, Missiles Systems Engineer. Job Description: **The Systems Engineer is responsible for providing technical analysis and engineering support in support of Navy CPS program:** * Support technical interchange meetings with systems design agents and contributors. * Provide technical assessments by design agencies and contributors. * Develop white papers and briefs providing recommendations for project architectural, technical and programmatic decision making. * Present findings, research, and recommendations to government clients for decision and action. * Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of SPA business. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* SOSD18-454 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* Huntsville, AL *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-DC-Washington) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Shipboard Sensors and Weapons Group (NSSWG) focus is to provide engineering, technical and programmatic support to the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems, Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Directorate. Efforts include overarching program management, test and evaluation, systems engineering, operations analysis, systems integration, international, cyber security, IT network and programmatic support for over 25 PEO IWS 2.0 advanced radar, phased array radar, electronic warfare, electro-optic, advanced off-board electronic warfare/decoy and directed energy programs. NSSWG staff support a variety of tasks including: support and completion of major technical reviews; producing required acquisition documentation; meeting critical program milestone deadlines; managing program needs and external requirements, and; ensuring the right resources are provided to the right priorities at the right time. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, or other related technical degree. * At least 4 years relevant work experience. * Demonstrated ability to multi-task, provide high quality services and products, while meeting strict deadlines and time constraints. * Ability to operate in a highly dynamic environment with a wide variety of programmatic/technical challenges. * Excellent verbal/written communication skills. * Proficiency with MS Office suite. * Strong organizational skills with attention to detail. * Must be energetic, thoughtful, product-oriented, dependable, flexible, open-minded individual with an eagerness to learn with demonstrated strong work ethic. * Demonstrated forward thinking and proactive problem solving skills. * SECRET Clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Master of Science Degree in an Engineering discipline. * Experience working in an acquisition program office environment, with documentation, protocols, formats, and deadlines. * Above Water Warfare Sensors experience. Job Description: Provide direct support to the Ship Integration leads for the Advanced Radars (Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR)) programs in support of PEO IWS 2.0 Above Water Sensors. Provide support in the execution of planned and emergent tasking, coordination and participation in technical and programmatic documentation and meetings. Responsibilities include analyzing, evaluating and providing recommendations on program and milestone documentation; communicating with the ship platforms and contractors regarding ship integration, installation and test plans; Radar-Ship Integration Working Group (RSWIG) support and communication with external stakeholders providing read ahead materials to external stakeholders, meeting support, and weekly status meetings with external RSIWG stakeholders; Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) management book boss activities, comment adjudication planning and execution, coordination, and review of CDRL content. Responsibilities also include communications and coordination with Program Managers, process modification and program improvements, support to System Engineering (SE) leads in coordinating meetings, and updating milestone documents. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* NSWD18-440 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* Washington, DC *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-VA-Alexandria) Data Science/ Modeling and Simulation Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
Undersea Strategic Systems Analysis Group (USSAG) provides multiple organizations within the Department of Defense with timely and objective assessments and recommendations that integrate technical, operational, programmatic, policy and business analysis. We focus on key clients in the undersea community including Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), and NAVSEA program managers for the COLUMBIA Class SSBNs and in service submarines. We work to provide integrated solutions based on information and communications throughout the chain of command to ensure clear and consistent analysis and recommendations that are aligned to strategic and leadership goals while still being executable by the working level technical communities. Requirements * Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college/university in Engineering, Physical Science, Computer Science, Operations Research, Mathematics, or other STEM field. * 6+ years of experience. * Experience in any of the following programming languages: Python, R, MATLAB, Java, C++. * Knowledge/course work of physics, aerodynamics, control theory, or applied mathematics. * Proficient in using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. * Proven ability to prioritize and execute workload to meet requirements and deadlines. * Experience developing written and visual communications that are clear, concise, and suited to the audience. * Must be comfortable working in a fast paced environment conducting analysis with uncertainties or incomplete data. * Must be capable of working both individually and as part of a team. * Must be capable of breaking down complex issues into simplified problem statements and laying out objective approaches to identify and compare the merits of competing solutions. * TOP SECRET clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Master’s Degree in a field related to modeling and simulation. * Experience with six degree of freedom missile simulations, Monte-Carlo techniques, and configuration management is desirable * Experience with DOD missile system acquisition programs. * Preference for experience working with PyCharm, git, BitBucket, Jira, and Confluence. Job Description: Support the customer in a fast paced environment with simulation-driven assessments and products. Participate on multidisciplinary study teams and perform the following activities: study planning; simulation development, evaluation, verification, validation, and execution; data extraction and analysis. Develop scientific simulations and data processing tools and work with the multidisciplinary team to create integrated analysis reports and recommendations to clients. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* UWSD18-432 *Job Type:* Data Scientist *Location:* Alexandria, VA *Clearance Level:* Top Secret
          (USA) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint Systems Engineering Program (JSEP) provides system and software engineering, operations research, and program support for a multi-year assessment of advanced system capabilities and emerging joint architectures focused on the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) mission. Requirements * Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, or other related technical degree. * 5 years of experience. * Familiarity with mathematical programming languages (i.e., MATLAB or Python). * Effective oral and written communication skills for working within a team environment. * The ability to prepare and present complex ideas (including analytic methodologies and results) in a clear and coherent form before an audience is required. * Ability to exercise independent judgment in technical analysis and to work effectively with minimal supervision. * Capable of demonstrating initiative and critical thinking. * Proficient in using MS Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. * Must have a Top Secret clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Familiarity with commercial or military sensors and networks. * Experience in software testing. * Familiarity with SQL database tools. * Advanced technical degree. Job Description: Provide integral support in the areas of system modeling, system performance testing, and analysis for a joint integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) customer. Play a role in the design of experiments and coordinating the execution of those experiments. There will also be sizable roles in the areas of large-scale data reduction and analysis. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-447 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* The Pentagon *Clearance Level:* Top Secret
          (USA-AL-Huntsville) Program Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
SOSD/SDG supports critical U.S. government programs providing program analysis, systems engineering support, systems safety support, financial analysis support as well as security policy, compliance, and assessments. The position to be filled supports the Conventional Prompt Strike Navy Program Office in Huntsville AL, a new and exciting endeavor in conventional hypersonic weapon development in support of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Requirements * Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Science, or other technical degree. * 7-10 years of experience with DoD weapons systems acquisition or Navy operational experience. * Capable of leading complex projects and working with teams to accomplish tasks. * Must effectively explain analysis methodologies and results in everyday language, translate results into usable output products, and display strong presentation skills to help influence decision-makers. * Must be proficient in using MS Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. * Must be eligible for or holding a current DoD Secret security clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Previous involvement in Systems Engineering processes in support of missile test or production. * Experience with scheduling tools (e.g. Microsoft Project, AMS Realtime Projects). * Looking for a positive, highly motivated team member and self-starter with strong communication and multi-tasking skills to operate in a fast-paced environment. * Analytical skills to conduct research, analyze data and prepare recommendations. * Strong time management skills. * Ideal candidates will have intellectual curiosity about major defense issues and an interest in impacting important decisions. * Effective oral and written communication skills for working within a team environment. * Ability to work independently and make judgment in support of the analysis. Re-Entry Job Description: **The Program Analyst is responsible for providing technical and programmatic analysis in support of Navy CPS program:** * Support technical and programmatic interchange meetings with CPS stakeholders and contributors. * Conduct program analysis and strategic planning for various topics for the CPS program. * Develop white papers and briefs providing recommendations for technical and programmatic decision making. * Present findings, research, and recommendations to government clients for decision and action. * Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of SPA business. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* SOSD18-455 *Job Type:* Program Analyst *Location:* Huntsville, AL *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-DC-Washington) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Shipboard Sensors and Weapons Group (NSSWG) focus is to provide engineering, technical and programmatic support to the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems, Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Directorate. NSSWG staff provide support and completion of major technical reviews; producing required acquisition documentation; meeting critical program milestone deadlines; managing program needs and external requirements, and; ensuring the right resources are provided to the right priorities at the right time. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree. * 6-10 years' experience in a technical field or technical program office. * Demonstrated ability to multi-task, provide high quality services and products, while meeting strict deadlines and time constraints. * Previous experience in contracts management, technical documentation and performance tracking as prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and all ancillary procurement policies and regulations. * Ability to operate in a highly dynamic environment with a wide variety of programmatic/technical challenges. * Excellent verbal/written communication skills * Proficiency with MS Office suite. * Strong organizational skills with attention to detail. * Demonstrated forward thinking and proactive problem solving skills with the ability to proactively capture tasking from clients. * Active DoD Secret Clearance. * Travel to Raytheon (MA) as needed. **Desired** * Project Management Professional (PMP) Certified. * Minimum 1 year practical experience in acquisition and contracting experience. * Familiarity with the DoD Acquisition Process. * Experience working in an acquisition program office environment, with documentation, protocols, formats, and deadlines. * Above Water Warfare Sensor experience. * Experience and familiarity with Microsoft Project. * Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) certification. Job Description: Provide Systems Engineering (SE), Program Management and Acquisition, Engineering Support Services to the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program. Efficiently and effectively manage program requirements and/or documentation as they coordinate all efforts related to establishing viable contract strategies for current and future contract activities. Provide daily interaction and coordination with Program Functional Leads and Contracting Officer Representative to prioritize efforts and ensure staff coverage at the right time. Serve as liaison officer to ensure fulfillment of obligations by contractors. Assist with Requests for Proposal (RFP); Source Selection; Technical Evaluation, etc. Support the programs' documentation and the planning and execution of a multitude of efforts. Assist the government in negotiating with the contractor to draw up procurement contracts. Write documents and provide advice, guidance, and support on a wide range of acquisition management and administrative issues that may include, but are not limited to, Risk Assessments, Integrated Master Schedules (IMS), Market Research, Program Management Reviews (PMR) charts, Memorandum of Agreements (MOA), Justification and Approval, Acquisition Strategy Reports, Performance Work Statements (PWS), Request for Proposals (RFP) Source Selection preparations, and Technical Evaluations. Review Contract Data Requirements List and requests for deviations from contract specifications and delivery schedules. Assist other SF related meetings and tasking as needed. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* NSWD18-273 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* Washington, DC
          (USA) System Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint and Air Force Analysis Group provides analytic support to the Air Force (AF), Joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) clients. Our work includes the recapitalization efforts within the nuclear enterprise and the modernization initiatives of the GBSD System, B-2 stealth bomber, and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications. Our expertise includes DoD policy, acquisition, systems engineering, financial management, Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Department of Defense Air Force (DoDAF) architecture development, and program protection. We provide quantitative wargaming analysis, deployment schedule optimization, and scenario analysis to support resource allocation decisions, military operations, and joint training assessments. SPA provides Subject Matter Expertise to the Headquarters Air Force, DCS for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration (AF/A10) concerning the AF Nuclear Enterprise portfolio of nuclear deterrent weapon systems including Minuteman III, Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft, air delivered nuclear weapons, and related nuclear command and control. Requirements Directly supports Office of the Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E;)) on hypersonics weapons systems and Conventional Prompt Strike in particular. Supports major Department of Defense (DoD) technology priority for national defense. Proactively identifies program objectives, develops recommended plans and approaches and performs required actions to achieve objectives spanning technology, acquisition, requirements definition, programming and budgeting, staffing and coordination. Professionally supports government managers and contractor team members within OUSD(R&E;) and interacts with other OSD and Military Service Headquarters staff offices, acquisition program offices and laboratories developing and fielding hypersonic capabilities, other stakeholder organizations and industry partners. Monitors, assesses and make recommendations on technology maturation activities, prototyping, test and evaluation, capability fielding and deployment, acquisition strategy and planning and program budgeting and execution. Support includes research, analysis and recommendations to OUSD(R&E;) customers, staff package preparation and coordination, and professional representation of OUSD(R&E;) in meetings, teleconferences and conferences as required. **REQUIRED SKILLS:** * TOP SECRET/SCI clearance * Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or other technical field. * 20 years of work experience related to supporting Department of Defense acquisition, research and development, production and deployment and/or military operations. * 8 years of experience related to defense weapon systems acquisition (experience in acquisition of ground, maritime or air launched missile weapon systems preferred). * 3 years of experience related to Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES) processes, including legislative engagement correspondence and briefings. * 3 years of experience related to OSD, Service Headquarters, or Command Headquarters staff (OSD staff experience preferred). * Certified Acquisition Professional (Acquisition Professional Development Program Level II certification in Program Management, Engineering or Science and Technology Management; or equivalent civilian sector equivalent). * Excellent written and verbal communication skills. * Excellent skills preparing products in Microsoft Office applications. * The candidate possesses strong technical competency with defense systems acquisition, PPBES, and executive level staffing. Candidate is familiar with technology maturation and risk reduction (ground, maritime or air launched missile weapon systems desired). The candidate understands the JCIDS, Defense Acquisition System and Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES). * The candidate possess a high degree of initiative and helps set team and client priorities. The candidate will be a demonstrated self-starter that is resourceful, adaptable, and responsive to solving complex problems with disparate and incomplete information. The successful candidate must have demonstrated the ability and willingness to multi-task and be capable of applying innovative analysis to develop creative solutions for solve client problems. The candidate must be able to prepare technical briefings with complex ideas in a clear and coherent form and often present them before a senior audience. **DESIRED:** * Work experience (3 years or more) related to Science and Technology development. * Work experience (3 years or more) related to Test and Evaluation planning and management. * Familiarity with OSD staffing processes and task management information systems. * Familiarity with the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) processes related to defining weapon system requirements. Job Description: The successful candidate provide on-site subject matter expertise in nuclear operations, requirements and weapons systems. Coordinate their support, activities and priorities with the customer team to meet customer goals and objectives. Research, analyze and make recommendations to the customer. Coordinate across the customer organization and with external organizations. Assess issues and develop resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives. Develop plans and identify technical and business supporting resources required to support the customer. Report the status of activities and tasks, manage schedules and prepare status reports. Regularly produce and brief products. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-375 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* The Pentagon *Clearance Level:* Top Secret/SCI
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Strategic Operation Support Division (SOSD) / Strategic Development Group (SDG) support critical U.S. government programs providing Systems Engineering support, Systems Safety support, Financial Analysis support as well as Security Policy, compliance, and assessments. The position is in support of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Requirements * Bachelor’s degree in Engineering * 5+ year’s professional experience with defense programs * Exceptional writing and presentation abilities * Self-motivated with strong work ethic, time management, and interpersonal skills * Active security clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Master’s degree in Engineering. * Experience working with Strategic Systems Programs. * Experience working with DoD engineering and acquisition processes. * Professional Engineer (PE). Job Description: Provide technical and programmatic systems engineering support to the TRIDENT II missile. Support headquarters level planning, development and execution for a variety of activities including systems integration, system accuracy, system reliability, support equipment design, and systems safety. Travel 6-8 times/year will be required. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* SOSD18-397 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* Washington Navy Yard *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-VA-Alexandria) Production Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Strategic Operation Support Division (SOSD) / Strategic Development Group (SDG) supports critical U.S. government programs providing Systems Engineering support, Systems Safety support, Financial Analysis support as well as Security Policy, compliance, and assessments. The position is in support of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Requirements * Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Materials Science, or Logistics. * 8+ year’s professional experience. * Experience with defense production environments and supplier management. * Exceptional writing and presentation abilities. * Self-motivated with strong work ethic, time management, and interpersonal skills. * Active Security clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Master’s degree in Engineering. * Experience working with Strategic Systems Programs. * Experience working with DoD engineering processes. * Professional Engineer (PE). Job Description: Provide technical support to Strategic Systems Programs headquarters for TRIDENT II missile production. Assist in monitoring and assessing ongoing and emergent production program management and technical support issues. Monitor the overall status of the program and production efforts, identify and recommend mitigation strategies for issues that could affect production. This effort includes participating in review boards and includes periodic travel to sub-tier suppliers to work issues real-time. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* SOSD18-398 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* Alexandria, VA *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-UT-Hill Air Force Base) Systems Engineer/Reliability      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint Air, Land and Space Division provides the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center (AFNWC) and the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System Program Office analytical and knowledge based services to fulfill the needs of acquisition, sustainment, and operational planning activities for the current and future ICBM force, to include the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). These activities include but are not limited to strategic planning, systems effectiveness analysis, development of modeling and simulation analysis tools, integrated planning, strategic communications, requirements development, acquisition strategy development, systems engineering, risk assessment and executive corporate process support. Requirements * Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Software, Mathematics, or Physics. * 7 years of directly related experience in Systems Integrations and analysis of military hardware and software systems/processes. **-OR-** * Master's in Engineering, Computer Science, Software, Mathematics, or Physics. * 5 years of directly related experience in Systems Integrations and analysis of military hardware and software systems/processes. * Must have experience in reliability analysis for military weapon systems. * Active security clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Familiarity with ICBM. * Experience with Air Force or DoD methods of calculating reliability for weapon systems. * Knowledge of DoD acquisition. * Experience in system reliability and maintainability. * Experience with Reliasoft Software. Job Description: Provides highly technical expertise and guidance in developing, analyzing and executing a reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) program for the acquisition of GBSD. Provides technical support for all phases of hardware/software design, development, integration, and implementation. Provides the strategy for how the program office will execute it reliability program and assesses/validates contractor provided reliability data/ reports; Determines the appropriate use of technologies in solving engineering problems and must have used reliability software to assess reliability information. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-428 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* Hill Air Force Base, Utah *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-AL-Huntsville) Capture Manager (MDA)      Cache   Translate Page      
Responsible for all aspects of corporate growth for a $100M private equity owned company. Scope includes: marketing, pipeline management, business intelligence, opportunity capture, proposal development, differentiation and win strategies, company strategic plan and Annual Operating Plan, M&A; support. Requirements * Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field and 10+ years of related experience. * Significant experience with Missile Defense Agency (MDA) including relationships with current government staff. * This role requires that the successful candidate have a proven track record of successful capture and proposal development on opportunities with a value of over $50M for single-award contracts and over $100M for multiple award IDIQ contracts. * Detailed knowledge of the Federal contracting process and demonstrated working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). * Ability to use automated tools such as Microsoft Office to present ideas, information, and reports. * Experienced managing and using Shipley process. * Secret or TS/SCI security clearance a plus. **Desired** * A deep understanding of federal government buying habits, to include experience with US government budget, investments and acquisition processes. * An understanding of different contract types to include: IDIQ, BPA, CRADA, OTA, as well as CLIN structures that include FPIF, CPIF, FPAF, CPAF, FFP, FPLOE, T&M;, CPFF, CR and other types. * An understanding of contractor financials in the government market, to include experience with calculating Independent Government Cost Estimates, Price to Win, and/or, parametric cost analyses, experience developing and successfully managing capture and proposal budgets. * A deep understanding of teaming approaches to include experience with subcontracting to include creating teaming agreements, vendor relationships, service level agreements, and contractor teaming arrangements working knowledge of NAICS and PSCs for teammate selection and evaluation. * Experience in program execution either on technical staff or as a program/project or line manager. * Demonstrated leadership skills to include experience managing a large pipeline of business development opportunities, experience developing, organizing, and executing significant capture activities, including building industry teams, assessing win probability, and executing customer, call plans to shape acquisitions, respond and win business with new and existing customers. * Experience gaining internal support, operating independently with limited supervision and feedback, and establishing a solid working relationship with line program staff, management, and business development peers across the company. Job Description: * Lead corporate growth activities, including opportunity identification, business development, capture management, proposal development and pipeline growth * Foster strategic growth through strategic positioning, opportunity pipeline/business development, customer relations, personnel management and professional development to build sales growth performance and improved win rates * Identify large opportunities that leverage company-wide capabilities as well as develop and lead cross-divisional collaborative teams to pursue these opportunities * Lead capture efforts to secure new or re-compete contracts * Develop capture strategy, competitive assessments, teaming, and price-to-win efforts * Develop solutions-based capture plans that will result in winning new business that can be executed at a reasonable profit * Lead and participate in business development planning and review activities, to include periodic pipeline reviews, developing and managing capture budgets, planning resources and schedules for capture and proposal plans, opportunity gate reviews, black hat sessions, win theme and discriminator workshops, and proposal reviews * Lead and integrate assigned cross-functional team and authority to direct team activities for the duration of the pursuit * Conduct after action reviews for business opportunity capture participants to document lessons learned and identify necessary adjustments to capture technique, strategy, and actions * Coordinate and participate in meetings with customers, competitors, clients, and teammates to develop win strategy for specific opportunities * Meet with customers, competitors, clients, and teammates to develop market insight on requirements, acquisition strategy, acquisition timing, and contract vehicle choices * Serve as the lead for call plan development and execution and provide detailed reports for follow-up activities * Create and deliver executive presentations intended for gate/capture approvals * Maintain ongoing interaction with business development and program area * Perform market research to include customer preferences, competitive analysis and incumbent strengths and weaknesses * Write RFI responses and white papers * Proposal writing and leadership of management and technical volumes to include project management plans, basis of effort development, technical volumes, past performance and staffing plans * Interacts routinely with multiple levels of management, infrastructure POCs, staff, and customers, and follow through on tasking * Collaborate with business development personnel, technical staff, and management to support cross enterprise objectives and customer engagement * Brief capture status to senior management at specified milestones in the capture process and when material changes occur Embrace accountability for shaping and winning new business through a balanced focus on customer value, the competitive environment, and the corporation's best interests. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* CD18-251 *Job Type:* Business Developer *Location:* Huntsville, AL *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA) Acquisition Analyst/Nuclear Portfolio      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint and Air Force Analysis Group provides analytic support to the Air Force (AF), Joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) clients. Our work includes the recapitalization efforts within the nuclear enterprise and the modernization initiatives of the B-2 stealth bomber. Our expertise includes DoD policy, acquisition, systems engineering, financial management, Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Department of Defense Air Force (DoDAF) architecture development, and program protection. We provide quantitative wargaming analysis, deployment schedule optimization, and scenario analysis to support resource allocation decisions, military operations, and joint training assessments. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree. * 4+ years of experience. * DoD acquisition system, Program Management, DoD processes, especially business processes, and PPBES process. * Must project a professional demeanor, have strong writing and oral communication skills, and have the ability to pro-actively work both independently and with personnel from multiple organizations. * Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). * Security Clearance: DoD Top Secret with SCI access. ******Preferred Qualifications** * Familiarity with DoD nuclear weapon systems and capabilities, such as Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GSBD), Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) and Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) programs. * Experience in community-level working groups, committees, studies and speech and congressional testimony preparation. * 4+ years supporting DoD acquisitions/processes and 2+ years supporting nuclear weapon systems. * Master’s degree. Job Description: Acquisition analyst to provide on-site support to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S;) / Information & Integration Portfolio Management (I&I; PM) Office. Particular focus will be serving as an expert acquisition portfolio advisor on the DoD nuclear weapon system enterprise with emphasis on strategic Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GSBD) issues pertaining to the DoD, including system acquisitions, warfighting capabilities, policy and programming. Must be capable of developing decision-ready material for senior leaders and have the initiative to navigate headquarters and acquisition processes to support the DASD nuclear systems portfolio management responsibilities. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-405 *Job Type:* Policy Analyst *Location:* The Pentagon *Clearance Level:* Top Secret/SCI
          Systems Interoperability Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
FL-Pensacola/Panama City, MTS is seeking a Systems Interoperability Engineer supporting the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) EBA, Air Dominance Division which consists of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), development, production, and sustainment, both US and Foreign Military Sales, HARM Targeting System (HTS), and AIM-9X (Navy led). Duties to include, but not limited to: Provide technica
          (USA-OK-Lawton) Senior Analyst (Fort Sill, OK)      Cache   Translate Page      
**Senior Analyst (Fort Sill, OK)** **Description** KBRwyle is a global government services organization delivering full life cycle professional and technical services from over 60 U.S. and 40 international locations. Our core capabilities include logistics, engineering, science, cyber, intelligence and security services. Provide full time analytical support to the Army Futures Command (AFC) Air and Missile Defense Cross Functional Team (AMD CFT). The incumbent will support the AMD CFT by providing analysis to assist in developing specialized capability solutions for approval by AFC and Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA). Facilitates requirements development by participating in unique CFT-related capabilities development forums. Establish relationships across the DoD staff, the Army Staff, ASAALT, AFC, and other Army Commands to articulate needed capabilities and recommend potential solutions to fill critical gaps. Provides written analysis and products to support senior leader decision making. Interfaces with and participates in CFT work groups and HQDA work groups to derive materiel solution recommendations for priority development. Synchronizes doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities and policy (DOTMLPF-P) efforts for selected priority capabilities. Coordinates and leads CFT work groups as required. Incumbent will be familiar with DoD and Army strategic documents, the Acquisition Process (to include rapid acquisition process), PPBE, Army modernization strategy, and capability gap assessment. **Qualifications** Bachelor of Science in Business, Engineering or similar function and 10 years of related experience required. Experience in Air and Missile Defense, specifically, TRADOC Capability Manager, is highly desired. Army Staff experience and Fires Center of Excellence experience (specifically TRADOC Capability Manager) highly desired. Must have an active secret level security clearance. Must be a US citizen to support this contract. KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. **Job:** Engineering, Technology, & Science **Primary Location:** US-US-OK-Lawton **Req ID:** 1075166
          Pompeo says North Korea to let inspectors visit weapons sites      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is ready to allow international inspectors to visit its nuclear and missile test sites. Ryan Brooks reports.
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Reuters reports the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday that the US seeks to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Iran has rejected U.S. attempts to hold high-level talks ever since President Donald Trump ended a nuclear deal between Tehran and ...
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The Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $25.5 million contract extension to continue development of its Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept. This program, awarded August 31, builds on a 2017 contract to develop an initial LPLD concept. Lockheed Martin’s LPLD concept consists of a fiber laser system on a high-performing, high-altitude airborne platform. LPLD is designed to engage missiles during their boost phase – the short window after launch – which is the ideal time to destroy the threat, before it can deploy multiple warheads and decoys.
          Cool Papa Stan & the Exocet Missile      Cache   Translate Page      
On a humid November night, when the local conservatives were down to their last shot, a hero emerged.
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          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. &quot;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, &quot;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.
          Newport News gets $197 million Columbia class contract mod      Cache   Translate Page      
Newport News gets $197 million  Columbia class contract mod

NOVEMBER 7, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) reports that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $197 million modification to a previously awarded contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine.

The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components and commodity material and to begin advance construction on Columbia (SSBN 826).

Newport News is a major subcontractor for the construction of the new class of ballistic-missile submarines, which are being designed to replace the Ohio-class submarines.

"This contract modification is critical in engaging the submarine industrial base as we continue our efforts to support starting full construction in Fiscal Year 2021," said Jason Ward, Newport News' vice president for Columbia-class construction.

Construction of the 12-submarine Columbia class is expected to begin in Fiscal Year 2021 with the first delivery to the Navy in 2028.


          Russian State Missile Firm's CEO 'Funnels Business' To Hairstylist Daughter      Cache   Translate Page      
The Russian government says it is looking into a newspaper's allegations of top-level corruption at Tactical Missiles Corporation, the state-controlled weapons manufacturer known as KTRV.
          Voice: Sun-Tzu, Alive and Well in Contemporary China      Cache   Translate Page      
The infamous Art of War, by the legendary military theorist Sun-tzu, dates back nearly 2,500 years, yet its teachings still pervade every realm of Chinese endeavor. Despite dramatic changes brought about by mechanization, air power, nuclear missiles and computerization, Sun-tzu’s precepts remain central to contemporary military doctrine in the People’s Republic of China. Art of …

          Report to Congress on Columbia-class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine Program      Cache   Translate Page      
The following is the Oct. 23, 2018 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Columbia (SSBN-826) Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress. The Columbia (SSBN-826) class program, previously known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP) or SSBN(X) program, is a program to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines […]
          Warships Conduct First East Coast SWATT Advanced Training For Carrier Escorts      Cache   Translate Page      
In a first for East Coast-based carrier strike group escorts, warships from the Abraham Lincoln CSG are participating in a surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT) exercise in a push to standardize similar training throughout the fleet. The exercise, which started over the weekend, included the Norfolk-based surface units: Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG-96), USS […]
          Ukraine Moves in Big Missiles for Planned Invasion      Cache   Translate Page      
Ukraine moves in 6 TOCHKA-U Missile systems 10 MLRS to the front lines of Donbas. It is clear that Poroshenko is planning an invasion of Eastern Ukraine in violation of the Minsk Agreement. There is also talk (laughable) of Ukraine going to try take Crimea, lets see how that pans out. Also a little about Russia unveiling the new S-500, capable of taking out aircraft AND aircraft carriers. Also Andrew Brunson was released by Turkey after 2 years of imprisonment. Mon saves her baby from Softball sized hailstones. S-500: from the defense of Russia to the global missile defense of Eurasia The new Russian S-400 air defense missile systems are on duty and are "crawling out" in Eurasia. They have already become a real headache for Washington, but the main problem of the USA is still to come. The fact is that the S-400 was just the prototype of a new concept, which is fully implemented in the S-500 complex. With its appearance, it will be possible to completely forget that American aviation can solve any "difficulty" of politicians, and American missiles are capable of punishing any apostates. http://novorusmir.ru/archives/47216
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          20,000 APC Members From Akpabio's Home Defect To PDP      Cache   Translate Page      

Twenty thousand members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Essien Udim, the home of Godswil Akpabio, former Governor of the state, on Tuesday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling party has said.

But the occasion was marred by an attack by hired thugs, with Moses Ekpo, Deputy Governor of the state, among party stakeholders and government officials to escape by the skin of their teeth.

The highlight of the reception for the new members, held at the Unity Hall of Essien Udim Local Government Council headquarters, was a massive declaration of support for Governor Udom Emmanuel by former and serving chapter and ward executive council members of the APC.

Prince Ukpong Akpabio, younger brother and former aide of the immediate past Senate Minority Leader, as well as Chief Michael Afangideh, regarded as Akpabio’s political godfather, also declared for Udom.

The Deputy Governor was receiving the APC defectors on behalf of the Governor when thugs suspected to be Akpabio’s supporters stormed the venue and attacked on the participants, including Ekpo.

The thugs, allegedly led by one Adionganye Akpabio, a cousin of Akpabio, and Imo Ibara from Ukana West ward1, arrived in buses and started launching missiles at everyone at the premises.

Speaking with Ukpong Akpabio, the state Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, thanked God for the prompt response of the Police to arrest the situation.

The miscreants succeeded in injuring some people and destroying some vehicles at the venue before escaping via a nearby river at Afaha Ikot Ebak.

A Honda Accord vehicle belonging to the PDP Chapter Chairman in Essien Udim, Hon. Ntiedo Usoro, was damaged, as well as some cars and motorcycles belonging to the APC members who defected to the PDP.

Elder Ufot EBong, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters, said he was astonished by the nature of the attack.

“I have never seen anything like this; they came armed and they made bonfires on the road and attempted to barricade us inside so they can kill us,” he said. “This is very horrible and I am worried about this development.

 


          HII contracted by GenDyn for early work on Columbia-class submarine      Cache   Translate Page      
General Dynamics awarded a $197 million contract to Huntington Ingalls for long-lead-time material and advance construction on the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine.
          Final Day before Election — Learn the Lesson of The Great War      Cache   Translate Page      

Monday November 5, the last day before the most important U.S. midterm election in history, will see Donald Trump speak at three rallies — in Cleveland, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The fake-news press is hysterical that Donald Trump may have overcome the British-instigated McCarthyite witch hunt against him, aimed at provoking a war with Russia and China. This is exemplified by the War Party's leading newspaper, the Washington Post, whose lead op-ed today by Dana Milbank is titled: "We Have No Excuses Now. Our Eyes Are Wide Open." He details what he views as Trump's evil ways, including: "He took Vladimir Putin's word over that of the U.S. intelligence community, accepting Russia's denial that it interfered in our election." He concludes: "Will we take a step, even a small one, back from the ugliness and the race-baiting that has engulfed our country? Or will we affirm that we are really the intolerant and frightened people Donald Trump has made us out to be?"

But the truth is far different than the evil {Washington Post} would have Americans believe. Helga Zepp-LaRouche, looking ahead to the critical meeting to take place between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the sideline of the event honoring the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice, taking place in Paris on Nov. 11, issued a statement: "Sleepwalking — Have we learned how the First World War Came About?" In reporting on her recent trip to Moscow, she notes that her many meetings with representatives of leading institutions gave her a "first-hand impression of what the Russian point of view of the strategic situation looks like. From the various steps taken by the West and NATO — NATO's expansion up to the Russian borders, the build-up of the missile defense system in Romania and Poland which can be transformed into an offensive system within a very short time, the cancellation of the ABM Treaty, and now of the INF Treaty, as well as the different 'narratives' portraying Russia as the enemy image and Putin as a demon — the Russian leadership has very clearly drawn the conclusion that a major war cannot be ruled out."

World War I had no legitimate cause. The British believed in the Halford Mackinder doctrine of "geopolitics," that in order to sustain their power, based on their control of the seas and the global financial system, they needed to prevent any coalition of nations across Eurasia from achieving the power to challenge the Empire. Such development projects as Germany's Berlin-Baghdad Railroad, or Russia's Trans-Siberian Railroad, creating connectivity among the nations of Eurasia, were in themselves intolerable threats to the Empire. Better to blow things up with a "lovely little war," to keep the world divided and weak. That war so destroyed Europe and so punished the loser Germany, that the rise of Hitler and the horror of World War II was the almost inevitable result.

And so, again today, the British Empire and its assets in the U.S. have unleashed hysteria and lies against Russia and China, against the "connectivity" of the New Silk Road. They are clearly willing to blow it up, if necessary to preserve the Empire — mistakenly called "our Western way of life" or the "rule of law." What they fear most is the fact that nearly every nation of Asia, Africa, Ibero-America, and even many European nations, are openly joining with Russia and China in the new paradigm of "win-win" development through the Belt and Road, which could spell the end of the Empire — especially if the upstart President of the United States were allowed to carry out his stated intention to establish friendly relations between the United States and Russia and China. In addition to the sideline meeting with Putin in Paris, Trump plans to hold full summit meetings with both Putin and Xi Jinping at the end of November at the G20 Summit in Argentina, just a few weeks after the midterm election.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche concludes her statement by calling for an end to geopolitics altogether, to replace it "with a new paradigm of the idea of mankind as a whole.... If we have learned anything from the tragedies of the 20th century, then we must now learn to think about mankind in a completely different way." Americans will be tested Tuesday, to reject the "Democratic" War Party, and to join the urgent campaign to build that new paradigm.


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          China Displays New WJ-700 Long-Range Strike UAV      Cache   Translate Page      
The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has displayed a model of the WJ-700, a new long-range UAV designed for reconnaissance and attack missions. The jet powered WJ-700 has an endurance of 20hr and has two hard points under each wing. The example on display was shown with models of the CM-102 anti-radiation missile, […]
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           The Great Game. 17.09.2018       Cache   Translate Page      
Petro Poroshenko breaks the Treaty of friendship with Russia. Secret documents from the Ministry of defense: whose missile hit the Malaysian Boeing? Ukrainian churches are preparing for new bloodshed. Who prays for unity and who benefits from a religious dissent among the Orthodox? Why is the contour of Washington clearly visible behind the decision of Constantinople? Guests of the Studio: Metropolitan Hilarion, Сhairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow.
          Solid Rocket Propulsion Project Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Growing Chinese Nuclear Arsenal: Is China changing its doctrine?      Cache   Translate Page      
A development that deserves serious attention of all but particularly of India is the growing Chinese nuclear weapons and missiles coupled with deterring deployment pattern and indications of changes in the Chinese Nuclear Doctrine of...
          South China Sea: China deploys advanced missiles      Cache   Translate Page      
The developments in the South China Sea are pushing the region towards the distinct possibility of a conflict. With little resistance from the International Community, China continues to alter the strategic environment in the South...
          AN/USD-5 Fairchild SD-5 Osprey US Army 1961      Cache   Translate Page      
Unmanned Airborne Surveillance System, AN/USD-5 {Fairchild SD-5 Osprey Drone, US Army} (1961) In 1958, Fairchild Received A U.S. Army Contract To Develop A Jet-Powered Surveillance Drone Ror The AN/USD-5 Drone Surveillance System. The Drone Itself, Named Osprey, Was Referred To Either As SD-5 Or As AN/USD-5, Although The Latter Was More Properly The Designation Of The Whole System. The Osprey First Flew In May 1960.. The Fairchild SD-5 Osprey was an early high-speed reconnaissance drone developed by Fairchild Aircraft for the United States Army. Intended for use by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to target tactical ballistic missiles, it was cancelled before the first prototype could be completed, and did not see operational service.
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          New Missiles Unveiled at Airshow China 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

An illustrated report reflecting on of some of the new missiles displayed this week at the Airshow China in Zhuhai.

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          US Air Force test-launches missile from California base      Cache   Translate Page      

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has conducted a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Air Force Global Strike Command says in a statement the missile was launched at 11:01 p.m. Tuesday to determine the accuracy and reliability of […]
          US Air Force test-launches missile from California base      Cache   Translate Page      
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has conducted a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.The Air Force Global Strike Command...
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has conducted a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from...
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          Trump allows Iran to continue selling oil to its 8 biggest customers      Cache   Translate Page      

Iran's oil exports have fallen sharply since President Donald Trump said he would re-impose sanctions on Tehran earlier this year, but with waivers in hand, the Islamic republic's major buyers could scale up orders as soon as next month.

The original aim of the sanctions was to cut Iran's oil exports as much as possible, to quash its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and curb its support for militant proxies, particularly in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.


          On the Edge of Nuclear Armageddon: Donald Trump Welcomes in the Age of “Usable” Nuclear Weapons      Cache   Translate Page      

It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into hell. Last week, President Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union. National Security Advisor John Bolton, a Cold Warrior in a post-Cold War world, promptly flaunted that announcement on a trip to Vladimir Putin’s Moscow. To grasp the import of that decision, however, quite another kind of voyage is necessary, a trip down memory lane.

That 1987 pact between Moscow and Washington was no small thing in a world that, during the Cuban Missile Crisis only 25 years earlier, had reached the edge of nuclear Armageddon. The INF Treaty led to the elimination of thousands of nuclear weapons, but its significance went far beyond that. As a start, it closed the books on the nightmare of a Europe caught between the world-ending strategies of the two superpowers, since most of those “intermediate-range” missiles were targeting that very continent. No wonder, last week, a European Union spokesperson, responding to Trump, fervently defended the treaty as a permanent “pillar” of international order.

To take that trip back three decades in time and remember how the INF came about should be an instant reminder of just how President Trump is playing havoc with something essential to human survival.


          Israel Threatens to Strike Russia-Manned S-300s in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Israeli regime threatened to hit the Russia-made S-300 missile defense launchers in Syria, even those manned by the Russian military itself, should the launchers target Tel Aviv’s fighters. Speaking during a press conference for Russian media on Monday, Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin said Moscow’s supply of the S-300 system...
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          The Week In Defense, Nov. 8-15, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Will Australia equip its F-35s with maritime missiles by 2023? UK’s defense budget hole; Czech company to make missile engines, and Elbit to buy IMI.

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