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          March 12: Numbers 8–9; Psalm 67; John 7       Cache   Translate Page      

Old Testament: Numbers 8–9

Numbers 8–9 (Listen)

The Seven Lamps

Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.” And Aaron did so: he set up its lamps in front of the lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses. And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the LORD had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.

Cleansing of the Levites

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the Levites from among the people of Israel and cleanse them. Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification upon them, and let them go with a razor over all their body, and wash their clothes and cleanse themselves. Then let them take a bull from the herd and its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another bull from the herd for a sin offering. And you shall bring the Levites before the tent of meeting and assemble the whole congregation of the people of Israel. 10 When you bring the Levites before the LORD, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites, 11 and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the people of Israel, that they may do the service of the LORD. 12 Then the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and you shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the LORD to make atonement for the Levites. 13 And you shall set the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and shall offer them as a wave offering to the LORD.

14 “Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine. 15 And after that the Levites shall go in to serve at the tent of meeting, when you have cleansed them and offered them as a wave offering. 16 For they are wholly given to me from among the people of Israel. Instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the people of Israel, I have taken them for myself. 17 For all the firstborn among the people of Israel are mine, both of man and of beast. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself, 18 and I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the people of Israel. 19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the people of Israel, to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement for the people of Israel, that there may be no plague among the people of Israel when the people of Israel come near the sanctuary.”

20 Thus did Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the people of Israel to the Levites. According to all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, the people of Israel did to them. 21 And the Levites purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes, and Aaron offered them as a wave offering before the LORD, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22 And after that the Levites went in to do their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron and his sons; as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.

Retirement of the Levites

23 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they1 shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting. 25 And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more. 26 They minister2 to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard, but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties.”

The Passover Celebrated

And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time; according to all its statutes and all its rules you shall keep it.” So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover. And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did. And there were certain men who were unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. And those men said to him, “We are unclean through touching a dead body. Why are we kept from bringing the LORD's offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?” And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you.”

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any one of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to the LORD. 11 In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it. 13 But if anyone who is clean and is not on a journey fails to keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from his people because he did not bring the LORD's offering at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin. 14 And if a stranger sojourns among you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its rule, so shall he do. You shall have one statute, both for the sojourner and for the native.”

The Cloud Covering the Tabernacle

15 On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day3 and the appearance of fire by night. 17 And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. 18 At the command of the LORD the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the LORD they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the LORD they remained in camp; then according to the command of the LORD they set out. 21 And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out. 22 Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, abiding there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out, but when it lifted they set out. 23 At the command of the LORD they camped, and at the command of the LORD they set out. They kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of the LORD by Moses.

Footnotes

[1] 8:24 Hebrew he; also verses 25, 26
[2] 8:26 Hebrew He ministers
[3] 9:16 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew lacks by day

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Psalm: Psalm 67

Psalm 67 (Listen)

Make Your Face Shine upon Us

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

67   May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
  that your way may be known on earth,
    your saving power among all nations.
  Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!
  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
  Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!
  The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, shall bless us.
  God shall bless us;
    let all the ends of the earth fear him!

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New Testament: John 7

John 7 (Listen)

Jesus at the Feast of Booths

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews1 were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. So his brothers2 said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to the feast. I am not3 going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning,4 when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone's will is to do God's5 will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Can This Be the Christ?

25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” 30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. 34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”

Rivers of Living Water

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as6 the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division Among the People

40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people over him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

45 The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” 46 The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 47 The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? 48 Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 51 “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” 52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

[The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11.]7

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53 [[They went each to his own house,

Footnotes

[1] 7:1 Or Judeans; Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time
[2] 7:3 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 10
[3] 7:8 Some manuscripts add yet
[4] 7:15 Or this man knows his letters
[5] 7:17 Greek his
[6] 7:38 Or let him come to me, and let him who believes in me drink. As
[7] 7:53 Some manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11; others add the passage here or after 7:36 or after 21:25 or after Luke 21:38, with variations in the text

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“Syria is ours, not for the house of Al Assad,” protesters chanted as security forces closed off the area to stop residents from other parts of the city joining the demonstration. Dara’a was where peaceful protests against 40 years of autocratic Al...
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undreds of Syrians in the southern city of Dara’a protested on Sunday at the erection of a new statue of President Bashar Al Assad’s late father, nearly eight years after the original was toppled at the outbreak of Syria’s civil war. Demonstrators and...
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          Turkey says done deal on Russia missile ignoring U.S.' warning      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's deal to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems had "nothing to do" with the security of the U.S.

He said in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir that it is very clear why Turkey has bought this air defense system, under what conditions it has bought them and how it will be used, adding that the "issue was not about the S-400s" but about Turkey "taking actions on its own accord," especially in Syria.


          “Nearly all the leaders of the liberal opposition [in Russia] are either fully Jewish or have Jewish background”       Cache   Translate Page      

It’s obvious that there is a strong Jewish influence in the West opposed to Russia, particularly noticeable among the Israel Lobby and the neocons — Victoria Nuland‘s family ties and her role in the Ukrainian revolution come to mind.

There are many reasons for this, certainly including Russia’s alliance with Iran and Syria at a time when Israel and the Israel Lobby are doing all they can to promote war with both. Quite simply, Jewish hostility stems from the fact that Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved to be far more nationalistic than is good for the Jews or for Israel.

An article in The Jerusalem Post, excerpted below, notes the very prominent role of Jews within Russia in opposing Putin — Putin refers to the opposition as a “fifth column” in Russia. But, in addition to foreign policy differences, there are also overtones of festering resentment about the role of Jewish oligarchs under Yeltsin in looting the country. Nemtsov, as noted in the article, was second in command to Yeltsin.


          Little Gandhi [videorecording on DVD]      Cache   Translate Page      
A powerful documentary titled for the nickname given to Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, named so for his initiative of facing down violent government security forces with flowers and bottles of water. Matar was a key organizer of peaceful protests in his hometown of Daraya against one of the most vicious regimes in the 21st century. His brutal torture and death at the age of 26 outraged the international community and erupted into one of the most violent crises in modern history.
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The President's top national security adviser said Sunday that the threat of ISIS still remains and could undergo a resurgence, despite Donald Trump's declaration that US backed forces have retaken "100%" of the territory once claimed by ISIS in Syria.
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Renu Begum, eldest sister of Shamima Begum, 15, holds her sister's photo as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, as the relatives of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have pleaded for them to return home, on February 22, 2015 in London, England

Shamimia Begum’s newborn son has passed away, CNN is reporting. Begum has been at the center of controversy as of late as she begged to return to the United Kingdom after fleeing her home country of London to join ISIS in Syria when she was 15 years old. In response, U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid made the controversial decision to revoke her British citizenship. Now age 19, Begum gave birth to a child named Jarrah in a Syrian refugee camp in February, who ultimately died a few hours after being transferred from al-Hawl camp to the main hospital in al-Hasakah City in northern Syria.

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          David Horowitz Exposes the Left's Dark Agenda      Cache   Translate Page      

This article was originally posted at American Thinker

To order David Horowitz's new book, "Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America," CLICK HERE.

David Horowitz has always been a writer whose work I've appreciated since his compelling political biography, Radical Son, which related the author's break from his communist upbringing after Black Panther associates murdered his bookkeeper friend Betty Van Patter.  But brevity and crisp linkage of multiple intellectual threads were never characteristic of Horowitz's brilliant, often voluminous, exposés of leftist thought and practice.  By contrast, Dark Agenda is a concise, chilling book brimming with evidence that links numerous cultural depredations to one overriding theme:  The left's attack on Christian America's founding in the name of "cultural Marxism." 

"Christian America" is the novel component in Horowitz's analysis, a term that acknowledges the historical fact that America, at its founding, was 98 percent Protestant.  Protestantism, in turn, was intimately linked to the doctrine of "the priesthood of all believers" and to the more broadly Christian idea that all people are created by God.  In view of these beliefs and the fact that Protestant groups were living side by side, it followed that in America there would be no institutional or governmental mediator between the individual and God.  It also meant that each individual's rights were endowed solely by their Creator and that freedom of conscience and speech would be hallmarks of the new republic. 

"Cultural Marxism," by contrast, represents the application of its "oppressor versus oppressed" vision of society to various victim groups:  blacks, "people of color," women, native Americans, homosexuals, transsexuals, and any other group claiming victimhood.  For Marxists what stands between these oppressed groups and a world in which "social justice" and equality is fully realized are the oppressors, those who supposedly establish the laws and mores that keep them in power.  Thus, failure or success isn't the result of individual choices but the inevitable outcome of a system designed to unfairly help one group (white, Christian, males) and harm the others.  Accordingly, what matters politically is destroying the patriarchal Christian system itself with its emphasis on individual moral and economic choices and replacing it with a group-focused system that, in my own words, oppresses the oppressors.  Put quite simply, "Christian doctrines were foundational to the American Republic, which the left despises."

After reading the last two paragraphs, one might think Dark Agenda is highly philosophical and abstract.  This impression couldn't be further from the truth, as these core ideas are given clear expression and development via an array of examples, many of which are doubtless unknown to even the most politically-astute readers.  Who knew, for example, that the $621 million U.S. Capitol Visitor Center that opened in 2008 "is less a monument to the nation's founding and institutions than it is to the antireligious left's vision for America.  When it opened, all references to God and faith had been carefully, deliberately edited out of its photos and historical displays."  For example, the national motto was said to be "E Pluribus Unum" when, in fact, it is "In God We Trust."  Among other historical travesties, a large "image of the Constitution was photoshopped to remove the worlds 'in the Year of our Lord' above the signatures of the signers." Similarly, the "table on which President Lincoln placed his Bible during his second inauguration is on display — just the table, not the Bible."

These examples are picayune compared to the spiteful governmental coercion that's been employed to force The Little Sisters of the Poor, among others, to violate their consciences thanks to Obamacare abortion provisions.  The Supreme Court has been the giant secular lever employed by leftists to fundamentally transform "Christian America" into a state hostile even to a school-girl who joined hands with classmates to give thanks for her food. These politically-motivated  "lawyers," as Horowitz contemptuously labels the high court, began their anti-Christian, anti-Constitutional mission with the expulsion of prayer from public schools in 1962 (Engel v. Vitale).  That assault on the free exercise of religion now extends beyond commencement ceremonies and football fields to a bakery that was  embroiled in legal battles for years for refusing to provide a celebratory cake for a gay ceremony billed as a wedding — a "crime" made possible by Court rulings against the Defense of Marriage Act and in favor of redefining marriage.  

The case of Roe v. Wade (1972), which awakened religious conservatives to the fundamental attack on Christian America, is cogently dissected in Dark Agenda, both from a constitutional perspective as well as through the eyes of Norma McCorvey, the anonymous "Jane Roe" who was intentionally deceived and reduced to a legal prop to secure the Supreme Court's "right to privacy" abortion ruling.  (As Horowitz notes, in Marxist thought it's the grand arc of history and oppressed groups that matter, not mere individuals.)  That ruling officially brought about the cultural civil war that for the anti-Christian left involves not simply a virulent hatred of President Trump but also hatred directed toward his supporters who are regularly vilified as Nazis, sexists, racists, homophobes, and "deplorables" who are rightly denied freedom of speech and conscience.  Trump's Oval Office predecessor did his best to stoke these emotions as Horowitz's litany of anti-Christian comments and actions by President Obama illustrate — from avoiding religious references during a traditional Thanksgiving ceremony to pursuit of a foreign policy that led to the annihilation of the ancient Christian community in Syria.

Among the sidebars accompanying Horowitz's central narrative are insights into the abusive and mendacious character of atheist Madelyn Murray.  For example, in 1960 Murray "set out with her two sons . . . intending to renounce her American citizenship and defect to the Soviet Union." Her repeated attempts at emigration were rebuffed by the Soviets who were probably aware of her emotional instability and violent outbursts.  Murray's revolutionary predecessor, Margaret Sanger, was also a communist sympathizer and racist.  A 1930 article in The New Yorker about Ms. Sanger noted that her monthly newspaper, Woman Rebel, "mixed its birth-control propaganda with a good deal of red-flag-waving, and perorations of the 'Workers of the World, Arise!' variety." The author also observed that she "composed an editorial declaring: 'Even if dynamite were to serve no other purpose than to call forth the spirit of revolutionary solidarity and loyalty, it would prove its great value.'"  

Horowitz ends Dark Agenda with this chilling paragraph reminiscent of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "A nation divided by such fundamental ideas — individual freedom on one side and group identity on the other — cannot long endure, any more than could a nation that was half slave and half free.  The urgency that drew the religious right into politics fifty years ago is now an urgency of the nation itself."  Even individuals well aware of the cultural Civil War that now rages in America would do well do arm themselves with the insights in this book — insights that both explain the ideological roots of the conflict and document a host of grievous wounds that "Christian America" has already suffered.  Horowitz, an honest agnostic, is doing his best to prevent those wounds from becoming mortal.

Richard Kirk is a freelance writer living in Southern California whose book Moral Illiteracy: "Who's to Say?" is available on Kindle.

Photo from U.S. Capitol from Wikimedia Commons


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[size=28]For the presence of five unofficial outlets .. Finance parliamentary intends to host officials in the region 18:39 - 12/03/20190 [/size] Information / special ...  Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed on Tuesday that the Kurdistan region has five outlets border between Iraq, Turkey and Syria informal and did not include Omulhe within the federal budget for 2019, as indicated that they sent a formal letter to the Government of Kurdistan to host region ports officials for ...
          Insurgées      Cache   Translate Page      
Empress sort deux sets d'insurgées en 28mm pour le conflit Syrien. Elles pourront aisément incarner des miliciennes Kurdes.
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Empress releases two sets of female insurgents in 28mm for the Syrian conflict. They can easily be played as Kurdish militiawomen.


          Photo Story – The human impact of WHO’s Refugee Health Programme in Turkey      Cache   Translate Page      
Millions of refugees have fled Syria over the past 8 years of conflict. Today, many are seeking to build new lives elsewhere, including in neighbouring countries such as Turkey – host to the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world. WHO’s Refugee Health Programme in Turkey, established in 2016, aims to support Turkey’s Ministry of Health in ensuring that Syrian refugees have access to culturally sensitive health services with the same standard as those offered to other residents and citizens. These efforts align directly with WHO’s target, outlined in the 13th General Programme of Work, to ensure that 1 billion more people are protected from health emergencies, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. This photo series highlights some of the ways in which the programme has directly impacted the lives of Syrian men, women and children now living in Turkey.

          Swedish “Islamophobia Expert” Turned ISIS Fighter Captured n Syria…      Cache   Translate Page      
Another fanatical convert. Swedish-Norwegian “Islamophobia” expert turned Islamic State jihadist Michael Skråmos has been arrested by Kurdish forces in Syria, with sources claiming Norway wants to prosecute the extremist. The 33-year-old, born in Sweden to Norwegian parents, was captured this week in the village of Baghouz in one of the very few remaining areas under any […]
          Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave      Cache   Translate Page      
Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

          'Tomorrow we'll be in paradise': Islamic State followers speak from besieged enclave      Cache   Translate Page      
Even as it faced imminent defeat in its last populated territory in eastern Syria, Islamic State made a new propaganda film calling on the few remaining residents of its cold, besieged encampment to maintain their prayers and seek refuge in God.

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          Dick Cheney Argues Foreign Policy With Mike Pence At Leaked "Off the Record" GOP Gathering      Cache   Translate Page      

What was supposed to be a relaxed conversation between Vice President Pence and former Vice President Dick Cheney quickly turned into a argument over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy at a private gathering last weekend, according to a report from LMTOnline

The gathering was a closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on March 9 in Sea Island, Georgia. At the meeting, Cheney "respectfully but repeatedly" pressed Pence on concerns like President Trump taking a hard line towards NATO and deciding to withdraw troops from Syria "during the middle of a phone call".

Cheney also said to Pence, "we're getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us," according to a Washington Post transcript.

The comments from the gathering were supposed to be "off the record", but a transcript leaked from a person who was "not authorized to share material" from the event. 

"I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan," the former Vice President continued.



The critique of Pence from former VP Cheney highlights one of the many debates currently ongoing in the GOP party. Many former GOP "hawks", like Cheney have been at odds with Trump's engagement of autocrats like Kim Jong Un and his non-interventionist style in the middle easy. 

Pence reportedly "shrugged off most of Cheney's anxieties" and praised Trump as a "candid and transformational leader."

What was supposed to be a chat at AEI's annual world forum between Pence and Cheney turned into a nearly full blown "academic exercise" with Cheney questioning Pence while the current VP did his best to retort with force. The conversation surprised the conference attendees and caused murmurs in the room throughout the talk. 

After pleasantries were exchanged, Cheney immediately went after Trump, expressing concern about reports that he "supposedly doesn't spend that much time with the intel people, or doesn't agree with them, frequently." He also immediately expressed concern with suspending military activities with South Korea and Trump's handling of North Korea. 

"I don't know, that sounded like a New York State real estate deal to me," Cheney said of Trump's pursuit of a policy to have the Germans, the Japanese, and the South Koreans pay total cost for U.S. deployments there, plus 50 percent on top of that.

"It's a lot more complicated than just, 'Here's the bottom line. Write the check,'" Cheney continued. 

Pence retorted:

"We're going to continue [to] train. We're going to continue to work closely with South Korea. We have a tremendous alliance there. I think there is a tendency by critics of the president and our administration to conflate the demand that our allies live up to their word and their commitments and an erosion in our commitment to the post-World War II order."

The current VP continued, "But we think it's possible to demand that your allies do more to provide for the common defense of all of our nations and, at the same time, reaffirm our strong commitment - whether it be to the trans-Atlantic Alliance or to our allies across the Indo-Pacific."

Cheney again took exception to lack of troop deployments in certain areas and VP Pence finished by assuring the former VP that the Trump administration shared their devotion to defending the country. 

"When the American people elected this president, they elected a president who expressed concern about American deployments around the world," Pence stated. "And they knew this was going to be a president that came and asked the fundamental questions about - you know, where are we deployed and do we really need to be asking men and women in uniform to be deployed in that part of the world? But, you know, it should come as no surprise to anyone: This President is skeptical of foreign deployments, and only wants American forces where they need to be."

Pence concluded: "But you can be confident, as one of my favorite hawks, we're going to continue to stand strong for a strong national defense with President Trump in the White House."


          Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Robert Palladino
Deputy Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019



Index for Today's Briefing
  • SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ABRAMS/VENEZUELA
  • IRAN
  • VENEZUELA
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
  • IRAQ
  • ALGERIA
  • AFGHANISTAN
  • IRAN
  • SOUTH KOREA
  • ETHIOPIA
  • NORTH KOREA
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN/CHINA

    TRANSCRIPT:

    2:42 p.m. EDT

    MR PALLADINO: Good afternoon, everybody.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.

    QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.

    QUESTION: Then you’re going to --

    MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.

    QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.

    MR ABRAMS: Oh.

    QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)

    On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.

    If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.

    You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”

    I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.

    Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.

    MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.

    QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?

    Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?

    MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --

    MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --

    QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?

    MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.

    QUESTION: But?

    MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.

    MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.

    QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?

    MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.

    QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?

    MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.

    QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    MR PALLADINO: Reuters.

    QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.

    MR ABRAMS: Right.

    QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?

    MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.

    On the regime, you know on --

    QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?

    MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.

    QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?

    MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.

    QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.

    QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?

    MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.

    QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?

    MR ABRAMS: We have --

    QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?

    MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?

    MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.

    So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --

    MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.

    QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?

    QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.

    MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?

    MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.

    So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.

    QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?

    MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?

    MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.

    QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?

    MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.

    We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.

    QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.

    QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.

    QUESTION: Like today?

    MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.

    QUESTION: How about Turkey?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.

    QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.

    QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.

    QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Really?

    QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.

    MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.

    MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.

    MR ABRAMS: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?

    MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?

    QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.

    Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.

    In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.

    And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)

    Great. Questions?

    QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?

    And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?

    MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.

    To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: TPS or some other --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --

    QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.

    QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --

    QUESTION: To facilitate.

    MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.

    Michelle.

    QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.

    QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?

    QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?

    MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.

    Carol.

    QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.

    (Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.

    QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?

    MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.

    Please.

    QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --

    MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.

    QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?

    MR PALLADINO: No.

    QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.

    Please. Said, please.

    QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.

    QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --

    MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.

    QUESTION: How – when --

    MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.

    QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?

    MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --

    QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --

    QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Sure.

    QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --

    QUESTION: Okay. Well --

    MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: But did he --

    QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?

    MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.

    QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?

    MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --

    QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.

    QUESTION: That’s all?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.

    QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?

    MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.

    In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.

    And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

    QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?

    MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.

    In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.

    QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.

    Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay.

    QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.

    QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?

    MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: That’s President’s decision. Okay. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?

    MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.

    QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --

    MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.

    QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?

    MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?

    MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.

    Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.

    QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?

    QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?

    MR PALLADINO: When was this?

    QUESTION: Before noon today.

    MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --

    MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.

    QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.

    QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.

    And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.

    MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.

    Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

    Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

    Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.

    And with that, we’ll end.

    QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?

    MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:38 p.m.)


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          Syrian refugee try to take police officer gun's... In Brazil.      Cache   Translate Page      
A suspicious man was stopped by the police for a personal search (wich is normal in brazil if cops find you are up to something) during it he tried to take one of the officers guns and was shot twice in the abdomen. Later on the hospital he was only able to explain that he is in brazil for a few months, coming from syria. His condition is dangerous but stable.
          Strijd tegen IS - Drieduizend jihadi's geven zich over aan Syrische Democratische Krachten      Cache   Translate Page      
Ongeveer drieduizend jihadi's hebben zich de voorbije 24 uur overgegeven aan de Syrische Democratische Strijdkrachten (SDF). Dat zegt een woordvoerder van de SDF. De militaire coalitie van Koerdische milities en Syrisch-Arabische rebellengroepen voert in het oosten van Syrië een ultiem offensief tegen terreurgroep IS.
          Ex-jihadist jailed for murders in Jewish museum in Brussels      Cache   Translate Page      

A French citizen who fought with Islamist factions in Syria has been jailed for killing four people in a Jewish museum in Brussels.

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          'Tomorrow we'll be in paradise': Islamic State followers speak from besieged enclave      Cache   Translate Page      
“Tomorrow, God willing, we will be in paradise and they will be burning in hell,” said an Islamic State member whom the video identified as Abu Abd al-Azeem, whose speech is peppered with Koranic recitations... The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Tuesday the assault to capture the besieged enclave of Baghouz, near the Iraqi border, was as good as over.
          Russian MoD Warns of Possible Outbreaks of Dangerous Diseases in Rukban Camp      Cache   Translate Page      
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - There is a threat of outbreaks of dangerous diseases in Syria's Rukban refugee camp, located in the US-controlled zone in Syria's At-Tanf, since landfill and burial sites are situated close to places where refugees reside and drinking water is handed out, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria said on Tuesday.
          Prison Planet.com » WATCH Jihadi Brides Yell Daesh Slogans Amid Battle for Last Stronghold in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

SputnikMarch 12, 2019 As the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue its offensive on the Syrian city of Baghouz, one of Daesh’s last bastions in the country, more jihadi brides with kids are reportedly being transported to refugee camps. A video allegedly showing Daesh brides still loyal to the self-proclaimed caliphate yelling abusive words and saluting […]

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          Nancy Pelosi: "I'm Not for Impeachment."      Cache   Translate Page      
Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a wide-ranging interview to Joe Heim at the Washington Post yesterday, and there was a lot of good stuff there, but this exchange is obviously very concerning for a whole lot of people, myself included:
There have been increasing calls, including from some of your members, for impeachment of the president.

I'm not for impeachment. This is news. I'm going to give you some news right now because I haven't said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I've been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it.
So, let me start by saying I will give Pelosi a very little bit of wiggle room here, on the possibility that this is a strategic move.

If, for example, House Democrats have already uncovered something actionable in their investigations that they think is a more solid avenue to disempower Donald Trump than impeachment, or if they have something on Trump and need to save impeachment for Mike Pence, then it makes sense to take impeachment off the table for now — and an argument could be made that doing it publicly is part of that strategy.

But if something along those lines doesn't materialize quickly, then this is some bullshit.

And, to be frank, I frustratingly haven't seen any evidence that House Democrats, since reclaiming the majority, have any interest in investigating Pence. Which I find deeply troubling.

So there's a strong chance this is just a straightforward statement in which the Speaker rejects impeachment as a tool, because it's "divisive."

And, yes, it is. Except the country is already divided — into people who support a vile authoritarian bigot whose agenda is undiluted malice and who is subverting our democracy to turn the country into a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kremlin, and people who are resisting this relentless nightmare with everything we've got.

Trust that I understand there is little hope of success without bipartisan support. I understand the risk of pursuing impeachment and losing, when you only get one bite at that apple. I understand that a big swing and a miss could leave Trump even more powerful and convinced of his own unrestrainable domination than he is now.

And if I still believed we had free and fair elections the outcomes of which Trump would respect, or unbiased courts through which we could seek legal remedies, then I would be advocating against impeachment for all of those reasons.

But I don't see whence will come relief anymore. The longer we wait, the longer Trump and the Republican Party has to consolidate their power. And they are exploiting every second for maximum gains.

Meanwhile, people are dying — in the United States, along the southern border, in Syria, in Somalia, in Yemen, and elsewhere around the world — because of the Trump Regime. Pelosi may be right that Trump really isn't worth the potential costs of using every tool in the drawer, but they are.

I have trusted Speaker Pelosi to know what she's doing, and she's come through time and again. I sure hope she knows what she's doing this time, because we can't afford for her to be wrong.
          News Wrap: Venezuelan government blames Guaido, U.S. for power blackout      Cache   Translate Page      
In our news wrap Tuesday, the Islamic State in Syria urged supporters via social media to launch vengeance attacks around the world. Several hundred die-hard fighters are under siege in the eastern part of the country. Plus, the Venezuelan government said it suspects opposition leader Juan Guaido and the United States are behind the power outage that has crippled the country for nearly a week.
          Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave      Cache   Translate Page      

Reuters BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over. A … Continue reading

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          US trains Syrian rebels to take on Islamic State       Cache   Translate Page      
The US military has begun training a small unit of "moderate" Syrian rebels in Jordan to return home and take on the might of the Islamic State, after months of intense vetting.
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(ANTIWAR.COM) — Amid talk of a never-ending exodus of civilians from underground in the Syrian village of Baghouz, the Kurdish SDF is waiting on a final push into the last ISIS-held village. The US, however, is not so patient. On Monday, US warplanes attacked Baghouz, killing at least 50 people. Details on what the intended target was is unclear, but […]
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(ZH) — In a surprising and provocative ultimatum, Syria has notified Israel through United Nations diplomatic channels that it is prepared to go to war if Israel does not leave the Golan Heights. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad reportedly sent the message through the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Christine Lund, this past week, according […]
          A Michigan college student died after falling from a 7th-floor balcony at the Mexican resort where he was spending spring break with his girlfriend      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • A 19-year-old Michigan man died on Friday, after falling from a seventh-floor balcony at the Cancun resort where he was spending spring break with his girlfriend.
  • Ahmed Altaii of Dearborn died just before 10 p.m. local time. His girlfriend told Mexican authorities he had started drinking early in the day.
  • Altaii, who was a student at Henry Ford Community College, will be buried in Iraq, where much of his family still lives.

A Michigan teen died on Friday, after falling from a seventh-floor balcony while vacationing in Mexico for spring break.

Ahmed Altaii, 19, fell from his hotel room balcony at the GR Solaris Cancun Resort just before 10 p.m., according to local officials who spoke to the Yucatan Times.

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          Syriac Again      Cache   Translate Page      
Okay, I goofed. I posted today a draft from November 30, 2005 and there it is.

This gives me a chance to post Tim May's comment with his Syriac text plus vowels, where it can be more easily read.

By comparing the Syriac and Latin versions, and referring to the Omniglot page, I've managed to render the first sentence of Malcuno Zcuro in Unicode. There are probably some errors - I don't really know anything about Syriac spelling, and there are a lot of diacritics that basically look like a dot. Also the editor I was using didn't render the text quite perfectly in some cases, leaving me uncertain as to the correct order. But it should be mostly correct.

ܥܶܡܪܺܝ ܫܶܬ݂ ܐܷܫܢܶܐ ܚܙܶܐ ܗ݇ܘܰܝܠܺܝ ܢܰܩܠܰܐ ܒܶܟܬ݂ܳܘܳܐ ܕܥܰܠ ܗ݇ܘ݂ ܥܳܒܳܐ ܒܬ݂ܽܘܠܳܐ ܕܟܶܬܘܰܐ ܐܷܫܡܶܗ »ܫܰܪ̈ܒܶܐ ܕܰܐܬ݂ܶܢ ܒܪܺܝܫܶܗ-ܕܚܰܕ݇« ܨܽܘܪܬܳܐ ܗܕ݂ܺܝܪܳܬܐ.

Cəmri šeṯ əšne ḥzewayli naqla bkṯowo dcal u cobo-bṯulo dkətwa əšme »Šarbe daṯən briše-dḥa« ṣurto hḏirto.

If you want to see it in a form more closely resembling the original, the Beth Mardutho fonts include several Serto variants. You can see samples on the Syriac page of David McCreedy's Gallery of Unicode Fonts. (Incidentally, Estrangelo Edessa, in Windows, is actually one of the fonts from this package.)
          Hebrew Online Keyboard with Vowels      Cache   Translate Page      
I was back visiting the Lesser Of Two Weevils to pick up a few tips on how she can input and display Hebrew vowels so easily. I found this online keyboard with vowels. How cool is that! I don't want to lose it since I have been looking for one for ever so here it is.

And she has a post which may elucidate the Golem legend. Here is an excerpt from her post on the The Power of the Word. (This also gives me a chance to input and display Hebrew.) The topic of her post is the word דִבְּר diber, 'to speak', from dabar 'word'. The point is that this is a keyboard that takes no time to learn, just click around. Okay, so it is a picker. It works.

Here is Talmida on 'the word'.

In finishing my translation in 2 Kings 14 I ran into an expression that I found very satisfying.

Verse 27 begins,

וְלֹא-דִבֶּר יְהוָה לִמְחוֹת אֶת-שֵׁם יִשְׂרָאֵל
/v'lo-diber adonai limhhot et-shem yisrael.
Word for word, that works out to this: and not - he spoke the Lord to erase name of Israel.This spoke (no pun intended) to me in a very powerful way.

One of the things that I feel drawing me (calling me?) to study Hebrew is that the Hebrew words themselves are important -- not just their meanings, but the words. I'm not quite sure how--and I don't think I'm ready to study Kabbalah just yet--but I sense that there is something just beyond my grasp and that the way to reach it is to master Biblical Hebrew, and when that's done, I will see my way clear to the next step God wants me to take. I've blogged about this a bit before.

This passage resonated so powerfully with me I want to shout it out! The verb diber means, to speak. The noun form, davar, means word, thing, affair. If you look in a modern Hebrew New Testament, the Gospel of John tells us that "in the beginning was davar". There's a reason for that.

The most common English translations have a similar spin on this verse of 2 Kings:

And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel (KJV)
But the LORD had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel (NRSV)
And the Lord did not say that he would blot out the name of Israel (D-R)

But check out the Judaica Press version:
And the Lord did not speak to eradicate the name of Israel (JPCT)


Thanks, Talmida.

I have not forgotten Syriac, or the Delphi tablet, but unfortunately those posts are a little more work since they require images. Sorry.
          Website Etiquette      Cache   Translate Page      
Here is something I have been wondering for some time. Should one try to make a post display well in more than one browser? I have been using Internet Explorer most of the time. I installed Firefox a couple of months ago and have used it whenever I visited a site with too many empty boxes. Fairly frequently actually.

I have had the philosophy so far that I should try to make my own posts display well in IE. This means that I always checked which font displayed all the characters that I wanted to use and then defined the font. This only applies for polytonic Greek and Extended Latin as far as I know. All the complex scripts like Tamil and Syriac seem to display without a problem.

However, when I went to post the transcriptions for Syriac I could not find a font, already bundled in Windows, that had both U+02BF : MODIFIER LETTER LEFT HALF RING and U+1E6D : LATIN SMALL LETTER T WITH DOT BELOW. COMBINING DOT BELOW 0323 does occur in Lucida Sans Unicode but it is significantly out of position.

Therefore, I am unable to properly display the transcription for Syriac in my post unless I recommend that the post be viewed in Firefox, or that the viewer download a special font. Of course, this is what others have been doing all along. I somehow thought that it wouldn't be necessary for this blog.

The question now is whether one should post these characters at all knowing that others might be in a position to view only empty boxes. I will chose not to for now since this is not a specialist blog on Syriac.

I haven't really tried to display a transcription for Tamil either. When it comes to working with transcriptions the computer does not compare to good old pencil and paper.
          Syriac Vowels      Cache   Translate Page      
Last time I posted on Syriac I was asking myself about Syriac vowels. The vowels in the Eastern and Western versions of Syriac are quite different. I had actually assumed that they would be reflected in different fonts. I was surprised when I found out they they are encoded separately. I have no idea if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

It seems to me that it would create two separate encodings for the same word and more difficulties for searching. Someone please tell me this is not so. I also suppose that there was some good reason that this was done. I'll be keeping an eye open for some discussion of this if it ever comes up.

The same effect occurs in Cree. Here are the Eastern Finals in the top row and the Western Finals below. They are also encoded separately.





Thanks to Omniglot for these images. I also see that Omniglot has a Cree text on this page, which represents Cree as I have seen it written. There are no points other than the mid-dot and Western Finals. It is a fast fluent way to write, close to shorthand, as each spoken syllable is represented by a simple stroke on paper and the final vowels are a brief tick. That was how it was originally used.

Well, I digress. This is enough for tonight since neither of these scripts are searcable on the internet yet. I wait to see what happens. Google is an established English way of life now, but for some scripts it is still a very log way off.
          Syriac Keyboards      Cache   Translate Page      
I thought that I would try out the Syriac keyboards tonight. There are two. The first one is not romanized and does not relate to any other keyboard I know.

I tried out the second one. It is called a 'phonetic' keyboard which seems to mean, in this case, a romanized keyboard. It matches the QWERTY keyboard as much as possible.

However, take a good look at these keyboards - these images are close to life size. Now I have to say that I have tried onscreen keyboards from lots of different developers and they are all the same in this respect - they are completely unreadable by anyone over 40 and by many children.

Frankly, it is somewhat reassuring for me to know that I have this onscreen keyboard in the accessibility options, as long as I don't actually intend to use it.

Next step. I opened Wordpad and set it for Estrangelo Edessa font size 26. Then I keyed in the letters across the QWERTY keyboard with this result. Beautiful. It was a keeper.

Nowever, I had one more step to complete. I switched to BabelPad and keyed in the same sequence then I clicked on u ̈ and produced the second image.

In this display the letters are in their 'logical' left to right order. Using right to left is no big deal for me since I have studied Hebrew ... once upon a time ... but if I work in logical order then the cursor goes with me and not against me. That makes it worth considering. The major advantage is that I now have the independent forms not the connected ones.

Now, if only I knew some Syriac to type. I have found the image from yesterday's post and type in the wordlist. (Minus the two words which have letters that are too small for me to decipher.)

ܛܘܪܐ - turā mountain
ܡܕܝܬܐ - mdittā city
ܡܠܟܐ - malkā king
ܡܠܟܬܐ - malktā queen
ܥܡܐ - ʿammā people
ܟܬܒ - ktab to write
ܢܦܠ - npal to fall
ܥܪܩ - ʿraq to flee
ܫܡܥ - šmaʿ to hear

Syriac is absolutely beautiful and keying it in was a dream. Learning more Syriac actually seems possible. I don't have any unusual abilities in the area of visual memory so there are only a few scripts that I am truly comfortable with. I hope that Syriac will become one of those. I was pleasantly surprised by all the books on Syriac available from Amazon. Neat.

I did notice, however, that there were extra symbols, superscripts or diacritics in the text of the Syriac (Jacobite) script version of the Little Prince. I have no idea what they are. Vowels I would guess, but I don't really know.

The only difficulty I had with this post was that there is no SMALL LETTER T WITH DOT BELOW in the Lucida Sans Unicode Font, which is where I found the left half ring. A problem for another day.
          Inside Malcuno Zcuro      Cache   Translate Page      
Wolfgang has kindly sent a view of the inside of Malcuno Zcuro, both in the Syriac script and in the Latin script. The book also has a wordlist at the bottom of each page which makes it even more attractive for language learners. Click on these images to enlarge.

I am reposting Wolfgang's email since he provides this interesting information.

Saint-Exupery's "Le Petit Prince" was translated by the "Circle of Aramaic Students" at Heidelberg University, Germany.

I contacted the professor who initiated the Aramaic translation. He assured me that "zcuro" is the correct translation for "little" as far as the Tur Abdin dialect is concerned. He assumes that the persons who came up with "zeuro" must have consulted a dictionary of the Old Aramaic language.

BTW a copy of "Malkuno Zcuro" (ISBN 3-937467-15-7) can be obtained from the following book company:
http://www.verlag-tintenfass.de/
info@verlag-tintenfass.de

And yes I did consult a dictionary of Old Aramaic. However, I have since looked at a few books that are available at Amazon.com on Syriac. These include a dictionary, grammar and various other books. In one I found an example of Syriac vocabulary transcribed with the left half ring for the 'ayn as had been suggested earlier by Simon. However, in the Little Prince orthography the 'ayn is written with a 'c'.

Books available at Amazon.com on Syriac are A Compendious Syriac Dictionary and an Introduction to Syriac: An Elementary Grammar With Readings from Syriac Literature with this editorial review.

Syriac is the Aramaic dialect of Edessa in Mesopotamia. Today it is the classical tongue of the Nestorians and Chaldeans of Iran and Iraq and the liturgical language of the Jacobites of Eastern Anatolia and the Maronites of Greater Syria.

Syriac is also the language of the Church of St. Thomas on the Malabar Coast of India. Syriac belongs to the Levantine group of the central branch of the West Semitic languages. Syriac literature flourished from the third century on and boasts of writers like Ephraem Syrus, Aphraates, Jacob of Sarug, John of Ephesus, Jacob of Edessa, and Barhebraeus.

After the Arab conquests, Syriac became the language of a tolerated but disenfranchised and diminishing community and began a long, slow decline both as a spoken tongue and as a literary medium in favor of Arabic. Syriac played an important role as the intermediary through which Greek learning passed to the Islamic world. Syriac translations also preserve much Middle Iranian wisdom literature that has been lost in the original.

Tim May has pointed out that Meltho Open Type Syriac fonts are available Beth Mardutho.
Syriac is notable for being one of the scripts on the Xian Stele in China, as well as on the tombstones in Quangzhou. (I have not found and image for this yet.)

(Oddly the Estrangelo Syriac script also appears on the bookplate for the Gleason Moss Collection of H.A. Gleason, Jr., who was my first and well-loved linguistics professor. His father was the botanist H.A. Gleason.)

And finally a nice link here to look at a few related scripts and their transcriptions together in a table. And there is the right half ring and the left half ring. Now I get it.

Actually I intended to end here but really I have to identify the variant of Syriac script which appears in Malkunoc Zcuro. It looks like Jacobite or Serto script from comparison with the Omniglot page. At Amazon dot com I have found a Syriac Bible in the Jacobite script.

Here is a clip from the Syriac Bible: Jacobite Script, Ancient and for comparison a chunk of non-continuous text from Malkuno Zcuro.


Would it be fair to say that Syriac has several diascripts? Hmm.



          Life is cheap in Palestine...      Cache   Translate Page      

by Jane Stillwater 



     In apartheid Israel right now, 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently in the fourth week of a hunger strike, protesting against the brutal (American-blessed) neo-colonialist occupation of their homes in the West Bank.  Many of the hunger strikers are now close to death.  http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/israelis-palestinian-prisoners/

     "What do we care if they die," say their Israeli occupiers.  "They are sub-human anyway.  They are more like animals than people.  That would just mean 1,500 fewer Palestinian dogs to get in our way."  Lebenstraum is important in Israel.  https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170421-that-barbecue-outside-a-hunger-strike-prison-exposes-israeli-settlers-blind-hatred/

      And life is cheap in Yemen too.  The Saudis (with America's blessing) are planning to starve 28 million Yemenis to death.  "What do we care," say the Saudis.  "They have oil.  We want oil.  End of discussion."  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40147-the-us-provided-cover-for-the-saudi-starvation-strategy-in-yemen

     And, just like in Yemen and Palestine, life is cheap in America too.  "Let's send more troops off to Syria," Americans say, also giving their blessing to this illegal "war" for oil.  But Syria is just like Iraq and Afghanistan -- more American troops will be slaughtered there in yet another deceitful neo-colonialist bid for more oil pipelines and more oil.  "Hey, it's not like we don't pay those dogfaces and grunts for their service," say the boys in Washington DC.  How much for an American soldier's life?  Not much.  And the price keeps getting lower and lower.  http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/2016/05/21/shrinking-military-paycheck-2017/84546824/

        Stop Wall Street and War Street from destroying our world.


     Plus here's a sneak preview of my latest book, a thrilling murder mystery entitled "Road Trip to Damascus," hopefully coming out by the end of 2017:  http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-book-by-straitwell-press-coming-out.html

          IS releases defiant video from last scrap in east Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave      Cache   Translate Page      
Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

          (CAN-ON-MARKHAM) Software Developer – IBM Cloud Private Platform      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** Job Description: IBM Cloud is currently looking for experienced Software Developers to join our global development team building the world’s leading platform for private-, hybrid- and multi-cloud. IBM Cloud Private brings cloud-native development, microservices architectures and DevOps practices to enterprises’ own data centers, unlocking tremendous efficiencies and agility. With our products clients enjoy the benefits of cloud while retaining control over their own data and IT security, and while also leveraging their existing IT investments. As a Software Developer on the IBM Cloud Private team, you’ll be responsible for design, development, and testing of key components of IBM Cloud Private’s core platform and multi-cloud capabilities. Using our agile methodology, you and your squad will commit to deliver high-value and high-quality enhancements in rapid, 2-week sprint cycles. You will work with our worldwide team of Architects, Offering Managers, Researchers, Testers, and Support Engineers to understand our clients’ use cases and rapidly deliver solutions that meet their needs. You will have deep technical skills in distributed systems software development, cloud-native technologies, Linux, Docker containers, and Kubernetes. You will be comfortable coding in multiple languages such as Golang, Java, Python, and C++, and have experience with the full development lifecycle including design, development, testing, documentation and support. Responsibilities: + Performs investigation, design, and implementation of stories, tasks, and defect fixes within a sprint cycle as a key member of the development squad. + Develops and maintains automated tests and CI/CD scripts that provides high coverage of all the key positive and negative use cases that customers need to ensure no regression occurs from release to release. + Prepares and presents technology architecture/design and demos at playback meetings to show progress and solicit team direction. + Prepares and writes technical documentation such as content to be included in the product documentation and training materials. + Seeks out opportunities to directly help clients and other IBMers to effectively use our products and learn from their experiences. + Participates in relevant open source communities to expand skills, contribute to key technologies and inform team decisions on trends and opportunities. + Mentors junior developers to speed their learning and contributions. This role will involve working with technology that is covered by Export Regulations sanctions. If you are a Foreign National from any of the following US sanctioned countries (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria) on a work permit, you are not eligible for employment in this position **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** + 5+ years of experience delivering enterprise-class software products + 3+ years of experience as a software developer working on cloud or distributed systems using multiple languages such as Golang, Python, Java, C/C++, Scala. + Deep knowledge of Linux, Networking, Docker, Kubernetes, and related cloud-native development technologies. + Excellent verbal and written communication abilities: must effectively communicate with technical and non-technical teams. + High attention to detail and proven track record in taking ownership, driving results and moving with speed to implement ideas in a fast-paced online environment + Willingness to roll up your sleeves and do whatever is necessary + Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** + Experience working with CI/CD processes, DevOps methodologies and tools such as git, Jenkins, Travis. + Experience with multiple cloud services, including IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud as well as VMware and OpenStack + Master’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          3/12/2019: News | International: FIREFIGHT      Cache   Translate Page      

DOZENS of Islamic State fighters were killed overnight as the final battle for its last enclave raged. The US- backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which is leading the onslaught on the village of Baghuz, today said three of its troops had been killed and...
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Abdul Rahman Bouri, a Special Olympics athlete from Syria, couldn’t hold back his happiness when he saw thousands of his fellow athletes at the closing ceremony of Dubai’s Special Olympics Host Town Programme in Global Village on Sunday. The...
          3/13/2019: Middle East: As Daesh fight nears end, war flares in Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
to how Syria’s nearly eight-yearlong civil war still has the capability to burst once more into major bloodshed. The focus of the US and other countries has been on defeating Daesh, which once held eastern and northern Syria, and Al Assad’s conflict...
          3/13/2019: Middle East: W      Cache   Translate Page      
hile the final battle to retake Daesh’s last pocket of territory rages in eastern Syria, violence is escalating in the country’s northwest, pitting Al Qaida-linked militants against Syrian government forces. The alarming violence in the Idlib region...
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Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019


The United States announced this morning $7 million in assistance over two years for the construction of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Centre for Chemistry and Technology. This assistance, provided by the Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, will be added to the donations of numerous other states to build the state-of-the-art analytical laboratory for the OPCW in The Netherlands.

The OPCW was established to ensure the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty meant to end the scourge of chemical weapons worldwide. The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission has recently investigated chemical weapons use in Syria, and the Technical Secretariat provided assistance to the UK in the aftermath of Russia’s unconscionable use of a nerve agent in Salisbury, UK.

A new laboratory will enable the OPCW to enhance investigatory capabilities; to synthesize safely small quantities of chemical weapons agents for research; and to evaluate and deploy analytical and protective equipment.

The United States encourages States Parties that have yet to contribute to the laboratory to consider supporting this important project.


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          Russia, Syria warn food and water drying up in Rukban refugee camp      Cache   Translate Page      
The Rukban refugee camp emerged on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014
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The ministry recalled that earlier a cemetery with at least 300 graves had been uncovered at the camp site
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Militants opened fire at settlements in Syria's provinces of Latakia, Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo
          The Blood of Adonis      Cache   Translate Page      
Many a time in ancient lore did a mortal fall afoul of the gods, for offences slight or grievous. Often did the Olympians strike back with overwhelming vengeance, so as to discourage insubordination in the future, and preserve the pristine honour of Heaven. But just sometimes, that vengeance rebounded upon its creator, and gods would know the pain of mortals. The story of Adonis is one such example.


The Birth of Adonis
Painting by Marcantonio Franceschini
There was once Cinyras on the throne of Assyria, with his adoring Queen Cenchreis. The family had just one heir, their young daughter, Princess Myrrha. As they watched their daughter grew, the Royal Family and the Assyrians marvelled at her beauty. Some called it Heaven bestowed. Others good fortune. But when the time came when Myrrha came of age, Queen Cenchreis proudly boasted that her daughter's beauty surpassed even that of Venus herself. A glowing compliment for a daughter. A blasphemous offence to a goddess. High on Mount Olympus, the goddess heard her. Never had so terrible a wrath been wrought upon so innocent a crime. Such fury behind the fair face of Heaven's most beloved daughter. The goddess' righteous fury sped down from Olympus as a flash of lightning, delivering forbidden passion into the mind of the Princess. Venus condemned her, rebounding her natural passion upon her own family, and thereafter she would forever have eyes for only her father. Overcome with frenzied passion, disguised by her loyal maids, Myrrha pursued her father with all her energy, employing every trick of deception to fool him of her true identity. Dark was the hour of man when at last she caught her quarry. The following day, when King Cinyras discovered the identity of his seducer, he tore the sword from his scabbard and pursued her, devastated and outraged by her perverse corruption.

Maddened by grief and the affliction that cursed her mind, Myrrha resolved to end her life. She had just prepared the rope from which she would swing when her handmaiden stayed her hand. High on Olympus, Vengeful Venus at last knew pity, and decided to end her suffering. At the goddess' command, the Princess shifted and became a beautiful tree. Ever after mortals would call it the fairest in the grove, the most beautifully scented, the myrrh tree.


The Birth of Venus
Painting by  Nicolas Poussin
Eight months passed, and the world it seemed, lay in peace. Then, on the ninth, the tree burst asunder, revealing a baby boy who would be the envy of all men - Adonis. Pity still afflicted Venus, but when she cast her godly eye over the myrrh tree, all was forgotten when she saw the boy. Knowing immediately that he would grow to become the most handsome man who ever lived, she was at once obsessed with the boy. Fearing for harm that may come to the boy, she bound him in an adamant casket and entrusted it to Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, for there was no safer place than the Underworld, where all the bounty of the Earth ultimately hails. For many a year, young Adonis grew up and grew strong away from the light, but safe.


Adonis in glory
Painting by Benjamin West
Time soon passed, and a boy he was no more. Venus made the journey to reclaim the boy, but found trouble lay ahead. For Persephone fell immediately for Adonis' astonishing beauty, and had no intention of relinquishing her charge. But when Venus saw Adonis, man at last, she was stunned. The goddess of love felt her own power take hold of her, as Cupid's arrow struck her with irresistible force - a thing never to happen before. Profane love indeed, for Adonis was a cursed man. Conceived through incest, a violation of nature, the Fates had spun a finite thread for the fairest of all men. Both goddesses quarrelled intensively over him, until Jupiter the Thunderer, lord of Heaven and Earth, was forced to intercede. The King of the Gods ruled that for Adonis, the year would be divided three ways. Four months he would spend in the Underworld with Persephone, four with Venus, and four were to be given to him to do as he will. Both goddesses bowed at this compromise and eagerly prepared for their turn.



Venus and Adonis
Painting by Francois Lemoyne
Over time, however, it became apparent to which goddess Adonis himself preferred. Having grown up neverknowing the feel of the sun, the touch of grass nor the sound of birds singing, he could not wait to escape the world of Underland. The four precious months of his very own he therefore decided to spend with Venus too. Persephone fumed in Hades, Venus rejoiced on Earth. Many an hour did man and goddess spend together walking the pastures and forests of the Earth. A naturally athletic man, Adonis took to hunting, a noble pastime for men of the age. Soon both men and gods began to envy him. Mortal men longed for his looks and his muscles. Gods resented the affections of a goddess directed at a mortal. Jealous of Venus, Persephone revealed the affair to Mars, god of war and deeply smitten with Venus. Furious, the lord of battles and bloodshed plotted his vengeance on this upstart mortal. But far down on the Earth, Venus and Adonis were oblivious to all others, each perfect in all ways. Venus liked to watch Adonis hunt, but feared for him as his quarries grew mightier and mightier in stature. Eventually, fearing for his safety, she begged him not to hunt the wildest and most dangerous beasts. "Thus cautious Venus school'd her fav'rite boy; but youthful heat all cautions will destroy... his sprightly soul beyond grave counsels flies..."


The Death of Adonis
Painting by Luca Giordano
One hot summer's morning, Adonis awoke bright and early for the day's hunt. As the Sun rose higher in the day, the dogs caught a strange new scent, barking loudly. Adonis, eagerness peaked by the sound, seized his spear and set off on the chase into the scrub. The smell of sweat drew the hounds near, and there the object of his hunt lay. A mighty boar, powerfully built and sharply tusked, stood defiantly in the forest clearing. As soon as Adonis looked upon it, he was overcome with an urge to hunt it, claim it as the trophy of his prizes. No finer a beast had ever he seen, let alone caught. Some magic or other ill was at work that day, as thirst for glory drove the warnings of his beloved far from his mind. With a heart of valour, Adonis lifted his faithful spear, and with the strength of a hunter of prodigious skill, he hurled the metalled barb at the beast. A strange boar this war, for boar it was not. Shadow covered the glade, and in that moment the deception was laid bare. It was no common boar, nor any other beast of game, for there lay the war god himself in disguise. Terror chill gripped Adonis. Too late did he recall the words of Venus, and he turned to run. But one does not attack a god without consequence:


            " The trembling boy by flight his safety sought,
              and now recall'd the lore, which Venus taught;
              but now too late to fly the boar he strove,
              who in the groin his tusks impetuous drove,
              On the discolour'd grass Adonis lay,
              The monster trampling o'er his beauteous prey... "
                   - MARS' REVENGE


The Adonis River
Photograph taken by Adrien Valentine
A piercing scream rent the air apart and echoed through the valleys. To the godly bone it chilled Venus. Knowing all too well the voice, her heart froze. Fear gripped her fair body, an emotion few gods could say they knew, a terrible sensation at all times, yet worse when it is new. Immediately she sped to his side, as quietly Mars triumphantly stole away into the forest. Blood leaked from the tusk wound in the boy's side, and deathly was his pallor. Gentle groans emanated from his lips, tears from the eyes of Venus. The blood of Adonis ran through the nectar of the flowers, and where the droplets fell upon the earth, the anemone burst into life, brimming with colour. The river near where he lay ran red for many ages after, and to this day bears his name. So the curse of Adonis' family came to pass, and the ultimate revenge of Myrrha upon her tormentor. Ever after was Venus broken, though nine months later, she too gave birth, this time to daughter, Beroe. It is after this daughter that the city of Beirut is named...




United Kingdom

Penguin Classics
Metamorphoses: A New Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
(A version which favours ease of understanding than high poetry)

Oxford World's Classics
Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)
(A version which favours ease of understanding than high poetry)

United States

Penguin Classics
Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)
(A version which favours ease of understanding than high poetry)

Oxford World's Classics
Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)
(A version which favours ease of understanding than high poetry)

          Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave      Cache   Translate Page      
Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

          'Tomorrow we'll be in paradise': Islamic State followers speak from besieged enclave      Cache   Translate Page      
Even as it faced imminent defeat in its last populated territory in eastern Syria, Islamic State made a new propaganda film calling on the few remaining residents of its cold, besieged encampment to maintain their prayers and seek refuge in God.

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(MENAFN) Turkey was reported on Tuesday to be currently in talks with Russia on the potential of "joint patrols" in Tal Rifaat, a Syrian city.A security official revealed, as Hurri...
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Protect children of IS jihadis, Nobel winner urges EuropeNobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi on Monday urged European governments to protect the children of their citizens who went to live under the Islamic State group, days after the death of a baby born to a London teenager in a Syrian refugee camp. Britain's conservative government has faced criticism from human rights campaigners and leftwing opponents after the two-week-old son of jihadi bride Shamima Begum perished in a camp in northeastern Syria last week. British Home Secretary Sajid Javid had revoked Begum's British citizenship in February, a move designed to show the government's uncompromising stance on those who joined the extremists.



          Some worthy hate words !      Cache   Translate Page      
I Hate Muslims, all Muslims!
Yes, I do hate them, but wait .. 
Muslims according to My definition here are those people who are following Qur'an literally and applying Islam in their life as Muhammad did , Hating the others who don't believe in Islam, looking down at them and waiting for any possible opportunity to kill them or kick them out from their homes !.



Muslims are those who have a dream of spreading their religion all over the world , Conquering Rome (as Muhammad promised them) , and obligating all people to follow Islam otherwise they slaughter their necks.
Muslims for are not those poor Innocent people who are confused and afraid of being refused or harmed by their conservative communities so they choose to call themselves Muslims while they don't believe in the real Islam or apply it in their life and even try to create a new light versions of it to be able to live in a modern societies, satisfying themselves by using this new versions which they call it "an interpretations". yes i see them as cowards, hypocrites and weird people but i don't hate them , they are just victims and need to get help to be kept a distance from the real Islam , and protect them and also us from a possible danger them may represent if they start reading their holy book , understand it deeply and get closer to the real Islam.
Muslims are those who are slaughtering innocent people in Syria and Iraq , taking the Kurdish yazidi women as sex slaves , Bombing themselves in Markets, metro stations and spreading terror among peaceful people .
Muslims for me are those who is in power in Saudia Arabia and Iran , cutting the heads and hands of those who breaks the islamic sharia, stoning them , imprisoning freedom fighter and lashing them for just expressing themselves freely.

Muslims for me are those who watch the videos of slaughtering the innocent people in Syria and Iraq by the Criminals of IS , and feeling happy and dreaming that they join them one day to practice the Jihad obligation.
Muslims for me are Al-qaeda,IS ,Abu Sayyaf
and their supporters even if they did not hold a sharp knife and cut a head.
I only care about my definition of "Islam" and "Muslims" , since i grew up and raised in a " Real" Muslim Environment and studied the " Real" Islam at Al-Azhar for 17 years , Knew Qur'an by heart and practiced Islamic acts of worship for sometime to avoid being punished since my father threatened me when i was 8 years old to slaughter my neck if i did't pray the daily 5 prayers including the down prayer in Mosque and i believed he is serious and felt afraid of losing my life as a child , so if you have another definition for the terms "Islam" and "Muslims" make sure that i don't recognize it here, and that you are not conditionally included among those who i hate .
But if you consider yourself a muslim ,read those words and felt offended, so you are definitely belong to those who i hate from the depth of my heart, good luck with that , you are a possible terrorist.



          Top Iran General Recognized, Ties with Iraq, Syria Grow      Cache   Translate Page      
As Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was honored at home, Iran built new trade ties with Iraq and Syria to counter U.S. sanctions.
          Persians Conquering Bavel Again?      Cache   Translate Page      
In this month of Adar, we will be celebrating the holiday of Purim, which we first celebrated in the year 3405. That was 2374 years ago. One of the verses with the gematria of 2374 is:

Yirmiya 51:1:
א  כֹּה, אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי מֵעִיר עַל-בָּבֶל, וְאֶל-יֹשְׁבֵי לֵב קָמָי--רוּחַ, מַשְׁחִית.1 Thus saith the LORD: Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in Leb-kamai, a destroying wind.
Rashi and Metzudat David both explain לב קמי to refer to the כשדים (Kasdim, or Chaldeans) as לב קמי is כשדים in At-bash.  They also explain that Paras Umadai are the רוח משחית (destroying wind) that will overtake Bavel.

At this time (2374 years after the Purim story), President Rouhani ימ"ש from Iran is visiting Iraq for a diplomatic visit.  This visit is intended to essentially diplomatically "conquer" it from US control.  And we know that anything Iran touches is a destruction of the world (think of the famous Yalkut Shimoni re: Iran).

The gemara in Sanhedrin 98a-98b relates the following (translation and elucidation by Sefaria):

בשעת פטירתו אמר להן העמיקו לי ארוני
At the time of his death, Rabbi Yosei ben Kisma said to his students: Place my coffin deep in the ground,
שאין כל דקל ודקל שבבבל שאין סוס של פרסיים נקשר בו ואין לך כל ארון וארון שבארץ ישראל שאין סוס מדי אוכל בו תבן
as there is no palm tree that is in Babylonia to which a horse of the Persians will not be tethered when the Persians and Medes go to conquer other lands. And there is no coffin buried in Eretz Yisrael from which a Median horse will not eat straw. During wars, all the coffins will be removed from the ground and used as animal troughs. I do not want my coffin to be used for that purpose.

and Rashi there states (my translation):
שאין כל דקל וכו' - כלומר עתידין פרס ומדי לבא על בבל וללכדה ונתמלאה כל ארץ בבל חיילות פרסיים וסוסיהם ומשם באים לא"י ולוכדים אותה
"as there is no palm tree..." - in other words, in the future, [in the Gog Umagog War,] Persia and Media will come upon Babylonia and conquer it and the entire Land of Babylonia will be filled with Persian armies and their horses. And from there, they come to the Land of Israel and conquer it.

We see that the first step is conquering Bavel on their way to Eretz Yisrael.  They tried to jump the gun and go against Eretz Yisrael first via Syria, but with Hashem's help, the IDF rebuffed those plans for the time being.  May Hashem continue to rebuff their plans so that their second step will never come to fruition, just like He did during the time of the Purim miracle.
          Forskning i Syria: - Krigen har reversert tiår med fremgang for forskning og utdanning      Cache   Translate Page      
Forskning i Syria: - Krigen har reversert tiår med fremgang for forskning og utdanning
- Over halve den syriske befolkningen har blitt drevet på flukt eller er internt fordrevet. Dette har en skadelig og langvarig effekt for utdanningen til barn ...

          Belgium Jewish History Museum Terrorist Sentenced to Life for Killing Four      Cache   Translate Page      

Convicted terrorist Mehdi NemmoucheA French jihadist, who shot dead four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May 2014 in the first terror attack on European soil by a returning foreign fighter from Syria, has been sentenced to life in prison, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday. Mehdi Nemmouche was convicted last week of “terrorist murder” for […]

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          Lindsey Graham to Push US to Recognize Golan Heights as Israeli Territory      Cache   Translate Page      
In 1981 when Israel officially annexed Syria's Golan Heights after occupying it following the Six Day War, the United States under President Ronald Reagan voted unanimously with the UN Security Council to condemn the Israeli theft of around 1,800 square kilometers. On December 15 1981, The New York Times reported: The Reagan Administration said the annexation of the Golan Heights was inconsistent with the Camp David accords. A White House spokesman said the United States had been given no prior warning of the move. (Since that time, the situation has changed dramatically in Israel's favor). Last November, the US voted with Israel against a UN resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan. The resolution was passed by a 181-2 margin with only the US and Israel voting against. The US had abstained on previous resolutions calling for Israel to leave the Golan Heights. The record shows and the late IDF boss Moshe Dayan admitted Israel had engineered numerous provocations in a demilitarized zone on the Golan border of Syria prior to the war. This led to retaliatory strikes on Israeli kibbutzim and moshavim near the border which in turn prompted a response by Israel. In addition to its strategic significance, the Golan Heights has a bounty of fresh water. During the invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon, the Israelis planned to steal water from the Litani River and divert it to Israel. There is, however, a more practical and less ideological reason for annexing the Golan Heights-oil. In early 2013, Israel granted the American corporation Genie Oil and Gas a permit to explore for oil and gas on a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights. Genie Energy is advised by Dick Cheney and its shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. In 2015 it was announced a large oil deposit was discovered in the Golan. It is estimated the reserve contains billions of barrels, enough to satisfy Israel's energy needs for decades. That same year drilling began north of Nahal El Al near Moshav Natur, a former kibbutz on the southern Golan Heights.
          Yan Qiang Long review Syria War chaos of football game confused-diying      Cache   Translate Page      
Yan Qiang Long review Syria War: the Orangemen confused game scene of chaos for the national football fans call source: Yan Qiang tree willow, do not know how many years can survive, but when I come to Xi’an, see Baqiao willow, just antique mood. Willow shore, in either Yangzhou or Changan, the morning breeze and […]
          Change manager Change keeper The country loses the Syria pan who should carry – new network-4000dy      Cache   Translate Page      
Change manager? Change keeper? The country loses the Syria "pan" who should carry? – Washington National goalkeeper Gu Chao due to attack mistakes accused. 6, Xi’an night, the Orangemen lost 0:1 to the weakest team home court rivals Syria team, not only top 12 qualifying prospects dimmed, coach Gao Hongbo also deeply into a crisis […]
          Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news – podcast      Cache   Translate Page      

In 2012, Eliot Higgins began blogging about the news from his front room in Leicester. Seven years later, his investigative website Bellingcat has been responsible for revealing key aspects of some of the world’s biggest stories. And: Jonathan Freedland on the result of Theresa May’s meaningful vote

Eliot Higgins first became known for his investigations into the Syrian civil war, which he published on his blog Brown Moses. Higgins then went on to found Bellingcat, an investigative website that uses open source tools to expose the truth behind global news stories.

Higgins, who is the subject of a new documentary, tells Anushka Asthana how he and his international team of volunteers have gone about investigating some of the biggest stories of recent times, including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine and the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK. He examines the importance of this type of work in an era of fake news and the impact it has had on his professional and personal life.

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          The only Russian aircraft carrier will be sent to Syria to test the MIG 29K fighters.-boee      Cache   Translate Page      
The only Russian aircraft carrier will be sent to Syria war test MIG 29K fighters data figure: Russian navy "Kuznetsov" conventionally powered aircraft carrier original title: the only Russian aircraft carrier will be sent to Syria war test MIG 29K aircraft recently, some Russian media reported that Russia will be held next month to Syria […]
          Russia said the Syrian humanitarian convoy attacked the Syrian air force with the Syrian independenc-2828创业网      Cache   Translate Page      
Syria said Russian humanitarian aid convoy attacked the Russian Air Force has nothing to do with Syria in Moscow in September 20, Xinhua (reporter Luan Hai) the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Kona Schenker J said on the 20 day, 19 in the northern city of Syria, Aleppo west of the southern suburbs of humanitarian aid […]
          Syria representative Turkey soldiers deliver weapons to terrorists-ca1835      Cache   Translate Page      
The representative of Syria stated: Turkey’s military will weapons to terrorists – Beijing, Beijing, August 27, according to Russian media reported on 27, the United Nations Syria representative al Jaafari (Bashar al-Jaafari) statement, Turkey’s military will be terrorist weapons and ammunition to Aleppo province. Jaafari (Bashar al-Jaafari) said at the UN Security Council Secretary General […]
          Cheney confronts Pence over Trump's foreign policy: 'It's a lot more like Obama than Reagan'      Cache   Translate Page      
The man credited for orchestrating the bloody and costly Iraq War criticised the president for his decision to pull troops from Syria
          Foreign Ministry spokesman on the European Parliament high-level meeting with Darai, etc.-bleep      Cache   Translate Page      
Foreign Ministry spokesman on the European Parliament high-level meeting with Darai and Q & A – Beijing Q: it is reported that in September 17th, the US led international coalition air strikes against Syria, the government of Syria killed 62 soldiers killed, more than 100 soldiers were wounded. What is China’s comment on this? A: […]
          Syria blasts Senator Graham over comment on Golan       Cache   Translate Page      

          Russian Syrian Joint Coordination Headquarters March 12, 2019 Report on the Plight of the Syrians in Rukban Camp      Cache   Translate Page      
JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic “On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees” March 12, 2019. Today is the 1,776th day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups. The American side took non-constructive actions, leading to new...
          Iran Upstages the US in Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      
Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is visiting Iraq for three days, leading a large political and business delegation to deepen the relationship between the two countries. Rouhani met with the Iraqi President, Prime Minister, and Speaker of Parliament. The Iranian President visited Karbalaa this afternoon, is spending the night in Najaf...
          Ala: Latest Report on Human Rights Situation in Syria Full of Fallacies      Cache   Translate Page      
12 March، 2019 Geneva, SANA Syria’s Permanent Representative at the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva, Hussam Eddin Ala, said that the discussion of the human rights situation in Syria at the Human rights Council is an attempt to promote geopolitical agendas that have nothing to do with human rights and justice. During...
          Three Mass Graves Seen in Satellite Images at the Wall of al-Rukban Camp in US-occupied al-Tanf      Cache   Translate Page      
12 March، 2019 Moscow, SANA Three mass graves were found in the area adjacent to points that are supposed to be for distributing water to al-Rukban Camp, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Satellite images showed bodies of some 300 people as the number is probably higher as each grave could contain more than one...
          The ICC Intends to Violate the Decision of the Security Council and Try Assad      Cache   Translate Page      
Everyone believed it to be impossible for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to try the Syrians, since China and Russia exercised their vetos against a Western draft resolution to do so. But no! A piece of legal sleight of hand may make it possible to dodge the decision of the Security Council. The Court hopes...
          Mission Network News (Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 4.5 min)      Cache   Translate Page      

Today's Headlines

  • Syrian refugee crisis approaches eight-year mark
  • Reaching the Unreached with the Gospel requires the global Church
  • Are you right for the field?
  • Reaching Italians for Christ

          West's economic sanctions cause Christians to leave Syria, Aleppo priest says (AsiaNews)      Cache   Translate Page      
Economic sanctions against Assad’s government “perpetuate the suffering of the population,” said Father Ibrahim Alsabagh. The measures “limit any chance of a dignified life. It is not acceptable for people to line up four hours in the rain to buy a gas cylinder” or for “newborns, and seniors, to suffer from the cold because they cannot buy heating oil.”
          Hizbollah commander captured by UK special forces resurfaces in southern Syria, Israeli military says      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave      Cache   Translate Page      
Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the…
          After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle      Cache   Translate Page      
QAMISHLI, Syria: Syrian Kurdish authorities that led the fight against Islamic State are prepping for their next battle: a political struggle to win international recognition for their autonomous region and aid to help it recover from the war. Islamic State's territorial defeat in Syria marks a ...
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          Comment on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Huda      Cache   Translate Page      
NYT: "I’m so sorry that the world did so little to stop the destruction of the Syrian people". Me too, Amy. My brother, his wife and son are on a trip to Beirut and they tell me the city is overflowing with Syrian children begging for food. It's remarkable that this seems actually worse. I don't know whether more Syrians have come in, or some of the aid has disappeared. But every time one of these disasters happen (e.g. Iraq and Syria) neighboring countries get also really badly hit (Jordan and Lebanon). Misery spreads. I am really hoping that a civil war does not start in Venezuela. There is nothing worse.
          Laughter Can Bring Attention to Global Refugee Crisis, US Comic says      Cache   Translate Page      
Most people wouldn't consider the global refugee crisis a laughing matter, but American comic actor Ben Stiller says humor can help draw people's attention to it. Humor can help tell the stories of the more than 25 million refugees around the world, said the actor in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday. "I do think you can reach a lot more people that way," said Stiller, who recently returned from a visit with Syrian refugees in his role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR). He has held the role since last year. "I don't want to get people depressed. I want people to see that these are human beings," he said. "Humor's an important part of it." People might shut out the refugee issue because it is overwhelming but humor can capture their attention, Stiller said. "I'm trying to find that," he said. "It's interesting to try to find humorous ways to tell the story." Stiller, 53, an actor, producer and director known for such films as "Zoolander," "Meet the Fockers" and "There's Something About Mary," visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photographs and videos from his trip, posted on Twitter, show him visiting students in an art class and playing soccer with refugee children. "The memories I take back from these trips are of laughing with the kids and families," Stiller said. "We're finding things in common and laughing about things that are funny, and humor is a part of life." Using humor to talk about refugees does pose a challenge, he added. "You don't want to in any way make it seem trivial or make fun of it." But a little humor can help in grim situations like those facing refugees, he said. "People I find have really wonderful resilient attitudes towards their experiences, and the ones who find the humor in it are able to find a way to survive." More than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, when civil war erupted, according to UNHCR. More than a million of them live in neighboring Lebanon, most in poverty. Stiller, a New York native, said he would like to see Americans be less fearful and more welcoming of refugees, more supportive of countries hosting refugees and open to more resettlement in the United States. He also has visited refugees in Jordan and in Guatemala with UNHCR. "I walk away feeling it is important to get the word out about what these people are going through," Stiller said.
          Putin Now Thinks Western Elites Are "Swine"      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Dmitry Orlov via Russia Insider,

An article I published close to five years ago, “Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over”, turned out to be the most popular thing I’ve written so far, having garnered over 200,000 reads over the intervening years. In it I wrote about Putin’s speech at the 2014 Valdai Club conference. In that speech he defined the new rules by which Russia conducts its foreign policy: out in the open, in full public view, as a sovereign nation among other sovereign nations, asserting its national interests and demanding to be treated as an equal. Yet again, Western elites failed to listen to him.

Instead of mutually beneficial cooperation they continued to speak the language of empty accusations and counterproductive yet toothless sanctions.

And so, in last month’s address to Russia’s National Assembly Putin sounded note of complete and utter disdain and contempt for his “Western partners,” as he has usually called them. This time he called them “swine.”

The president’s annual address to the National Assembly is a rather big deal. Russia’s National Assembly is quite unlike that of, say, Venezuela, which really just consists of some obscure nonentity named Juan recording Youtube videos in his apartment. In Russia, the gathering is a who’s-who of Russian politics, including cabinet ministers, Kremlin staffers, the parliament (State Duma), regional governors, business leaders and political experts, along with a huge crowd of journalists. One thing that stood out at this year’s address was the very high level of tension in the hall: the atmosphere seemed charged with electricity.

It quickly became obvious why the upper echelon of Russia’s state bureaucracy was nervous: Putin’s speech was part marching orders part harangue. His plans for the next couple of years are extremely ambitious, as he himself admitted. The plank is set very high, he said, and those who are not up to the challenge have no business going near it. Very hard work lies ahead for almost everyone who was gathered in that hall, and those of them who fail at their tasks are unlikely to be in attendance the next time around because their careers will have ended in disgrace.

The address contained almost no bad news and quite a lot of very good news. Russia’s financial reserves are more than sufficient to cover its entire external debt, both public and private. Non-energy-resource exports are booming to such an extent that Russia no longer needs oil and gas exports to maintain a positive balance of trade. It has become largely immune to Western sanctions. Eurasian integration projects are going extremely well. Russian government’s investments in industry are paying dividends.

The government has amassed vast amounts of capital which it will now spend on domestic programs designed to benefit the people, to help Russians live longer, healthier lives and have more children. “More children—lower taxes” was one of the catchier slogans.

This was what most of the address was about: eradication of remaining poverty; low, subsidized mortgage rates for families with two or more children; pensions indexed to inflation above and beyond the official minimal income levels (corrected and paid out retroactively); high-speed internet for each and every school; universal access to health care through a network of rural clinics; several new world-class oncology clinics; support for tech start-ups; a “social contract” program that helps people start small businesses; another program called “ticket to the future” that allows sixth-graders to choose a career path that includes directed study programs, mentorships and apprenticeships; lots of new infrastructure projects such as the soon-to-be-opened Autobahn between Moscow and St. Petersburg, revamped trash collection and recycling and major air pollution reductions in a dozen major cities; the list goes on and on.

No opposition to these proposals worth mentioning was voiced in any of the commentary that followed on news programs and talk shows; after all, who could possibly be against spending amassed capital on projects that help the population?

Perhaps the most ambitious goal set by Putin was to redo the entire system of Russia’s government regulations, both federal and regional, in every sphere of public life and commerce. Over the next two years every bit of regulation will be examined in order to determine whether it is necessary and whether it responds to contemporary needs and if it isn’t or doesn’t it will be eliminated. This will significantly ease the burden of regulatory compliance, lowering the cost of doing business.

Another goal was to continue growing the already booming agricultural export sector. Last year Russia achieved self-sufficiency in wheat seed stock, but the overall goal is to achieve complete self-sufficiency in food and to become the world’s provider of ecologically clean foodstuffs. (As Putin pointed out, Russia remains the only major agricultural producer in the world that hasn’t been contaminated by American-made GMO poisons.) Yet another goal is to further grow Russia’s tourism industry, which is already booming, by introducing electronic tourist visas that will be much easier to obtain.

Last year’s address surprised the world with its second part, in which Putin unveiled a whole set of new Russian weapons systems that effectively negate every last bit of US military superiority. This year, he added just one new system: a supersonic cruise missile called “Zirkon” with a 1000 km range that flies at Mach 9. But he also provided a progress report on all the others: everything is going according to plan; some new armaments have already been delivered, others are going into mass production, the rest are being tested. He spoke in favor of normalized relations with the EU, but accused the US of “hostility,” adding that Russia does not threaten anyone and is not interested in confrontation.

Putin’s sharpest words were reserved for the US decision to abandon the INF treaty. He said that the US acted in bad faith, accusing Russia of violating the treaty while they themselves violated it, specifically articles 5 and 6, by deploying dual-use launch systems in Romania and Poland which can be used for both air defense and for offensive nuclear weapons which the treaty specifically prohibits. Nuclear-tipped Tomahawk cruise missiles, which the US could deploy in Poland and Romania, would of course pose a risk, but would not provide the US with anything like a first-strike advantage, since these cruise missiles are obsolete to the point where even Syria’s Soviet-era air defenses were able to shoot down most of the ones the US lobbed at them as punishment for the fake chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Speaking of the American dream of a global air defense system, Putin called on the US to “abandon these illusions.” The Americans can think whatever they want, he said, but the question is, “can they do math?” This needs unfolding.

First, the Americans can think whatever they want because... they are Americans. Russians do not allow themselves the luxury of thinking complete and utter nonsense. Those who are not grounded in fact and logic tend to get the Russian term “likbez” thrown in their faces rather promptly. It literally decodes as “liquidation of illiteracy” and is generally used to shut down ignoramuses. But in the US shocking displays of ignorance are quite acceptable. For an example, you need to look no further than the astonishingly idiotic “Green New Deal” being touted by the freshman congresstwit (how’s that for a gender-neutral appellation?) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If she were Russian she’d have been laughed right out of town by now.

“But can they do math?” Apparently not! There is another Russian term—“matchast”—which literally decodes as “material part” but stands for the understanding that can only be achieved through the knowledge of mathematics, the hard sciences and engineering. In Russia, ignoramuses like Ocasio-Cortez, who think that transportation needs can be provided by electric vehicles powered by wind and solar, get shut down by being told to go and study “matchast” while in the US they are allowed to run wild in the halls of congress.

In this case, if Americans could “do math,” they would quickly figure out that there is no conceivable defensive system that would be effective against the new Russian weapons, that there are no conceivable offensive weapons that would prevent Russia from launching an unstoppable retaliatory strike, and that therefore the “new arms race” (which some Americans have been daft enough to announce) is effectively over and Russia has won. See above: Russia is not spending its money on weapons; it is spending it on helping its people. The US can squander arbitrary amounts of money on weapons but this won’t make an iota of difference: an attack on Russia will be the last thing it ever does.

Russia does not plan to be the first to violate the ABM treaty, but if the US deploys intermediate-range nuclear weapons against Russia, then Russia will respond in kind, by targeting not just the territories from which it is threatened but the locations where the decisions to threaten it are taken. Washington, Brussels and other NATO capitals would, clearly, be on that list. This shouldn’t be news; Russia has already announced that in the next war, should there be one, will not be fought on Russian soil. Russia plans to take the fight to the enemy immediately. Of course, there won’t be a war—provided the Americans are sane enough to realize that attacking Russia is functionally equivalent to blowing themselves up with nuclear weapons. Are they sane enough? That is the question that is holding the world hostage.

It is in speaking of them that Putin used the most withering word in his entire address. Speaking of Americans’ dishonesty and bad faith in accusing Russia of violating the ABM treaty while it was they themselves who were violating it, he added: “…and the American satellites oink along with them.” It is rather difficult to come up with an adequate translation for the Russian verb “подхрюкивать”; “oink along with” is as close as I am able to get. The mental image is of a chorus of little pigs accompanying a big swine. The implication is obvious: Putin thinks that the Americans are swine, and that their NATO satellites are swine too.

Therefore, they shouldn’t expect Putin to scatter any pearls before them and, in any case, he’ll be too busy helping Russians live better lives to pay any attention to them.


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          Τουρκική επιχείρηση «γκρίζο Αιγαίο»: Η Άγκυρα θέτει ζήτημα για 18 Ελληνικά νησιά - Ιδού το ύπουλο σχέδιο      Cache   Translate Page      

Πολύ περίεργα δημοσιεύματα έρχονται στο φως της δημοσιότητας από τον Τουρκικό τύπο σήμερα. Ο Τούρκος μεγαλοδημοσιογράφος σύμβουλος του Ερντογάν Orhan UĞUROĞLU, θέτει μέσω του κατευθυνόμενου τύπου ξανά θέμα για την κυριαρχία 18 ελληνικών νησιών στο Αιγαίο, σε μια προσπάθεια να φέρει το θέμα ξανά στην δημοσιότητα.

Φαινομενικά το όλο ζήτημα έχει την μορφή τουρκικής «μαύρης» προπαγάνδας, …η συνέχεια όμως κρύβει πολλές παγίδες …τύπου Ιμίων.

Πρόκειται καταρχήν για την επαναφορά φερόμενου επεισοδίου ( πάντα κατά τον τουρκικό τύπο) μεταξύ του Έλληνα πρωθυπουργού κατά την επίσκεψη του στα Πριγκηπονήσια, και Τούρκου πρώην στρατιωτικού, συμβούλου του Ερντογάν, σε ανεπίσημο ερώτημα του για την κυριαρχία 18 ελληνικών νησιών.


Το γεγονός αυτό οφείλουμε να πούμε ότι δεν επιβεβαιώθηκε από επίσημης ελληνικής πλευράς, αλλά το επαναφέρει ξανά με δόλιο τρόπο ο τουρκικός τύπος,, διότι σίγουρα έχουν λόγους εκεί στο Σαράι του Ερντογάν που γίνεται αυτό.

Σύμφωνα με άρθρο μας, ο πρώην Γενικός Γραμματέας του τουρκικού Υπουργείου Άμυνας Ümit Yalım, είχε εκφράσει την πρόθεσή του να θέσει συγκεκριμένη ερώτηση στον Α.Τσίπρα κατά την επίσκεψη του στην Σχολή της Χάλκης την Τετάρτη (6 Φεβρουαρίου 2018).

Ο Yalım φέρεται να εμποδίστηκε αρχικά να πλησιάσει τον Έλληνα πρωθυπουργό λόγω του κόσμου, αλλά κάποια στιγμή τον συνάντησε στις 16:15 μπροστά από το λιμάνι μπροστά σε ένα πολυάσχολο πλήθος.

«Στην προσωπική μου συνάντηση με τον Πρωθυπουργό Τσίπρα, του είπα, «Κύριε Τσίπρα, έχω μια ερώτηση για σας. Πότε θα εκκενώσετε τα τουρκικά νησιά που έχετε καταλάβει στο Αιγαίο; Ξαναρώτησα. «Πότε θα εκκενώσετε όλα τα κατεχόμενα τουρκικά νησιά του Αιγαίου;».

Το πρόσωπο του Α.Τσίπρα ήταν σκοτεινιασμένο και δίστασε να απαντήσει. Μετά από κάποια σκέψη, ο Τσίπρας απάντησε: «Αυτό δεν είναι βέβαιο». Του είπα, «18 νησιά και μια Βραχονησίδα ανήκουν στην Τουρκία».

«Ο Τσίπρας παρέμεινε σιωπηλός εναντίον αυτών των λέξεων και εγκατέλειψε το νησί, αφού έβγαλε φωτογραφίες με πολίτες ελληνικής καταγωγής που ζούσαν στο νησί», φέρεται να καταλήγει ο ίδιος ο Τούρκος πρώην γγ του τουρκικού ΥΠΑΜ, σύμφωνα πάντα με τα τουρκικά δημοσιεύματα.

Τώρα ο δημοσιογράφος Orhan UĞUROĞLU αναφέρει :

« Ρωτώ. Γιατί 16 χρόνια δεν μπορούμε να λύσουμε την ρίζα του προβλήματος; Σύσσωμη κυβέρνηση και αντιπολίτευση δεν μιλούν για κατάληψη και κατοχή 18 τουρκικών νησιών του Αιγαίου;

Ο Συνταγματάρχης ε.α U.Yalım, δεν ρώτησε το Έλληνα Πρωθυπουργό για τα 18 νησιά τα οποία κατέχουν οι Έλληνες παράνομα ;

Ποια είναι η λύση του προβλήματος , αφού τα νησιά είναι η γη μας δεν αφορά και θέμα εισβολής;

Ο Ντεβλέτ Μπαχτσελί, δεν λέει συνεχώς πηγαίνετε στην γη μας , εννοώντας τα 18 τουρκικά νησιά που ανήκουν στην επικράτεια της Δημοκρατίας της Τουρκίας;

Μόνο η Τανσού Τσιλέρ ήταν γενναία;

«Αυτή η γυναίκα» η Meral Akşener πρόεδρος του καλού κόμματος δεν ζητά την κατάληψη σήμερα και των 18 νησιών;

Πρόκειται για 18 τουρκικά νησιά που καταπατήθηκαν από τους Έλληνες … πρόκειται για 18 νησιά που καταλήφθηκαν από τους Έλληνες, πρόκειται για σοβαρό πρόβλημα επιβίωσης μας. Ας δούμε λοιπόν αν πρόκειται ποτέ αυτό να λυθεί»,καταλήγει ο ίδιος.

Εκτιμήσεις Ελλήνων αμυντικών αναλυτών θεωρούν το όλο θέμα εκτός της φαντασιακής διάστασης που πραγματικά έχει, ως μια πολύ πιθανή σχεδιαζόμενη «παγίδα» της Τουρκίας στην Ελλάδα, σε μελλοντικό χρόνο ,η οποία θα έχει το χαρακτήρα της υπόθεσης των Ιμίων.

Επανέρχονται συνεχώς οι Τούρκοι σε ένα ζήτημα που ίσως προκαλέσει μελλοντικά πάντα, ακόμα και πιθανό επεισόδιο στο Αιγαίο , σύμφωνα και με Αμερικανούς αξιωματούχους.

Πρόσφατα είχαμε χάρτη που διαμελίζει την Ελλάδα σε κεντρικό δρόμο μιας τουρκικής πόλης. Ο χάρτης έχει «κοκκινίσει» τα νησιά του Αιγαίου, τη Θράκη και ολόκληρη την Κύπρο, καθώς και εδάφη της Συρίας και του Βορείου Ιράκ στο πλαίσιο του τουρκικού εθνικού όρκου.


Επίσης σύμφωνα με παλαιότερο άρθρο μας αναφέραμε την Τουρκάλα δημοσιογράφο Uzay Bulut και το γνωστό αμερικανικό γεωπολιτικό ινστιτούτο gatestoneinstitute.org, μιας και ο Ερντογάν φέρεται κατά το ινστιτούτο να έχει πάρει την «μεγάλη» απόφαση κατά της χώρας μας εδώ και πολύ μεγάλο διάστημα .

«Η Τουρκία απειλεί να εισβάλει στην Ελλάδα , ειδικά στο Αιγαίο» , αυτός ήταν ο τίτλος του άρθρου της Τουρκάλας δημοσιογράφου, Uzay Bulut, που δημοσίευσε το αμερικάνικο «Gatestone Institute» πριν πολλούς μήνες μιας και οι αποφάσεις αυτές απαιτούν πολύ χρόνο και σχεδιασμό, όπως η άσκηση «΄Γαλάζια πατρίδα¨που την σχεδίαζαν οι Τούρκοι έξι μήνες.

Η ίδια η δημοσιογράφος αναφέρει ότι επί οθωμανικής αυτοκρατορίας και μέχρι το 1821 όλα αυτά τα νησιά ήταν τουρκικά .
Μετά όμως από την χρονολογία αυτή και σταδιακά όλα τα νησιά , όπως και ο υπόλοιπος κορμός της Ελλάδας, είναι νομικά και ιστορικά ελληνικός» .

Το κόμμα Δικαιοσύνης και Ανάπτυξης (ΑΚΡ), μαζί με ένα μεγάλο μέρος της αντιπολίτευσης, φέρεται, κατά την Τουρκάλα δημοσιογράφο να είναι αποφασισμένο με εμμονή στην εισβολή και κατάκτηση των ελληνικών νησιών με το σκεπτικό ότι είναι στην πραγματικότητα τουρκική επικράτεια.

Δεν γνωρίζουμε ακριβώς σε τι αδιέξοδα έχει οδηγήσει την Τουρκία και τον λαό της , ο νέο-σουλτάνος Ερντογάν και η άφρονα πολιτική του σε εσωτερικό και εξωτερικό, αλλά δικτάτορες αυτού του τύπου όταν φτάνουν….εκεί , κάνουν ιδιαίτερα θεαματικές κινήσεις για να αλλάξουν την ροή των γεγονότων, η οποία ροή στην συγκεκριμένη περίπτωση οδηγεί την χώρα αυτή στην χρεοκοπία και στο εσωτερικό χάος.

Αυτό ας κρατήσουν πολύ καλά , οι πάσης φύσεως Έλληνες αξιωματούχοι.

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Andrew Yang

  • Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
  • He's passionate about providing every American with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, saying that would help the working class adjust to an increasingly automated economy.
  • Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome his low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Andrew Yang is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president on a platform built on giving every American a universal basic income — which he called a "freedom dividend" — of $1,000 a month. His website outlines an unusually robust and specific set of policies on everything from healthcare to marijuana legalization to paying NCAA athletes.

Yang, 44, is an entrepreneur most notable for founding Venture for America, a fellowship program that matches recent college graduates with startups across the country. He's also the author of "The War on Normal People: The Truth about America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income is Our Future."

Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. You can watch a portion of it on "Business Insider Today."

Anthony Fisher: There's a number of high-profile Democratic candidates who are getting immediate, widespread media attention. How do you plan to compete with them?

Andrew Yang: The truth is most Americans are not paying any attention to the 2020 election right now. If they see anything, they just see a graphic with a whole crowd of faces on the TV screen. So people are going to start tuning in in earnest when the debates start, and I'm going to be there. And the great thing is this campaign's growing organically all the time, and we're going to peak when it's most important.

Read more: A Democrat running for president in 2020 is testing a basic income proposal by giving $1,000 per month to a family

Fisher: How do you plan on getting on the debate stage?

Yang: The Democratic National Committee has already announced that criteria to make the debate stage. We're going to meet both of them, and you only need to meet one.

The first criteria is polling at 1% either nationally or in the early states, and we're already polling at 1% nationally, according to Monmouth. And the second criteria is getting 65,000 individual contributors by May 15. We're at about 46,000. We're getting another 1,500 a day and should be past the 65,000-donor threshold in about a month.

So I'm going to be on the debate stage in June and July.

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Fisher: What's the one issue that you'd like to be known for?

Yang: We're in the midst of automating away the most common jobs in our economy. And the reason why Donald Trump's our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, all the swing states. And we're about to do the same thing to millions of retail jobs, call-center jobs, fast-food jobs, truck-driving jobs, and on and on.

So my signature policy proposal's that every American should receive $1,000 a month in a freedom dividend to be able to make adjustments for the future and manage this transition.

Fisher: So that's universal basic income. Why do you think that would be better than, say, a jobs guarantee?

Yang: Well, a universal basic income is much, much easier to administer and much more powerful and effective to getting resources into people's hands.

Let's say tomorrow the federal government said, "We're going to administer a jobs guarantee." Does that mean millions of Americans will wake up and say, "Oh, I know where I'm going: I'm going to go to that job." Of course not. You'd have to set up this massive bureaucracy and infrastructure. What are the jobs? What if someone doesn't like their job? What if someone's not working out? Is this really the way we want Americans to have to be able to feed themselves?

So if you're going to make a move and you're going to make it actually work on a reasonable timeframe, a universal basic income is a much more powerful and effective way to go.

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Fisher: You've proposed several initiatives built around massive cash infusions for journalism, especially local journalism. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: Over 1,200 local newspapers have gone out of business in the past number of years because they relied upon classified ads that now no longer exist in the age of Craigslist. So the local papers die and then democracy does not function as well, because if you have no idea what's happening in your town, how can you vote? Studies have shown that in those situations voters tend to go more towards extremes, and democracy suffers. So if you believe in democracy, then you have to believe in local journalism.

Local journalism does not have any market support right now. We as a country should come together and say, "We need to find a new business model" — let's say a public-private partnership that's operating in conjunction with local organizations, perhaps the local library, perhaps some of the local businesses or the municipal government.

If we think journalism is important — if we think democracy's important — we should come up with a new sustainable runway for these newspapers.

Fisher: You've also proposed the creation of a Federal Communications Commission ombudsman that would punish news outlets for running "fake news." Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: If you look at the threats to our democracy, one of them is rampant misinformation.

It's one thing to make a mistake — we all make mistakes — but it's another thing to purposely try and misinform a segment of the American public to undermine our democracy. And right now, foreign actors are doing that. We know that the Russians have tens of thousands of bots that are just spreading various rumors.

We can't just throw up our hands and say, "Well, I guess that's just the way it's going to be." You need to have some sort of penalty for purposely spreading false information. The British already do this: They already have an ombudsman who comes and says, "This stuff was untrue, and you knew it was untrue," and then there's some sort of penalty associated with that.

Fisher: The FCC inherently has a political tilt. It has five commissioners, and whichever party the president is in, three will be from that party. What would you say to someone concerned about the idea of an FCC ombudsman being subject to political interests and biases?

Yang: You have to gauge various risk-reward scenarios. What's the greater risk at this point: that we just aren't sure what's true, or that there's going to be some government agency that somehow becomes overly politicized to a point where it somehow washes out all objective journalism? I suggest the first one is a much more real concern right now. And at this point with the internet, it'd be very, very hard for any government agency to do more than just nibble at the edges of a particular set of political viewpoints.

Fisher: Even under a Trump administration which regularly disparages legitimate news outlets as fake news? If Trump had an ombudsman available to him, would there be the possibility of abusing that authority?

Yang: I struggle to see it. Let's say that this ombudsman then went and said, "Hey, New York Times, you reported on this," and The New York Times was like, "It's actually true." It's not that there's no process involved — as long as you can present the facts and say, "Our reporting is objective," then it's not like you're just going to be arbitrarily punished. As you said, it's not perfect.

Fisher: There was a BuzzFeed News story earlier this year that seemed to implicate the president in impeachable crimes. Then Robert Mueller's office took the extraordinary step of saying the story is not accurate. If Trump had the power to say that is fake news, again, could an FCC ombudsman for fake news be something that could be abused by a bad actor in office?

Yang: I think that the potential for that sort of abuse is much lower than people imagine. This is not an age where there are three or four TV networks — at this point, there are tens of thousands of news outlets, and it would be virtually impossible for the government to meaningfully suppress journalism.

Fisher: You've proposed sunsetting old laws. Can you talk a little bit about why this issue is important to you?

Yang: America's legal code is filled with laws that are written and then never go away. Some of these laws stopped making sense years ago, but there's just no mechanism to reexamine them and say, "Does this regulation still make sense? Does it still serve a useful public purpose?"

So if laws are important, then they would be renewed. But if a law has outlived its usefulness, then there should be some kind of mechanism for us to examine it and say, "This law shouldn't be on the books anymore because it doesn't make any sense."

Fisher: You're for "Medicare for All," but you've also described the ideal system as one that provides "holistic care." Can you explain what that is?

Yang: We're in the worst of all situations, where we're spending twice as much as other countries on healthcare for the worst results.

As a CEO and business owner, I know our healthcare system makes it harder to hire. It makes it harder to treat people as full-time employees, because you always want to just treat them as contractors. It makes it harder to start a business. It makes it harder for people to switch jobs.

Right now it's this massive impediment on our economy, and it's immoral, the fact that if we get sick or injured we're more stressed out about trying to navigate the system than we are with getting well. We need to move to a single-payer system, particularly because right now 94% of new jobs are temporary gig or contract jobs — they don't have healthcare benefits. So tying healthcare to employment makes less and less sense.

In terms of holistic medicine, there are different approaches to getting well. And it's not that there's any one discipline that has all the answers. So if someone wants to seek care from a practitioner or a discipline that may work for them, they should have the freedom to do so.

Fisher: To touch on foreign policy: We still have a military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as a small presence in Syria. As president, how would you manage the military in these hotspots?

Yang: I think we have to examine each of them, and if we have forces there, we ask, "What are they accomplishing? What is the timeframe? How does it improve upon our ability to achieve certain goals?" And then if you reach a conclusion that we are not actually going to further our goals, then you pull them out to the extent possible.

In the big picture, the US has deluded itself into thinking it could get things done in various parts of the world that have ended up costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives and tens of thousands of civilian lives, sometimes to very unclear benefits. So one of my big ideas is going to try to be more restrained and judicious in our foreign policy.

I think our foreign policy actually reflects how we're doing at home, and we're not doing well at home. If you look at our numbers domestically, our life expectancy is declining for the last three years because of a surge in suicides and drug overdoses — like, the depths of despair, mental-health crises. We're falling apart and disintegrating at home. And so our foreign policy ends up seeming unreliable and erratic to many of our long-standing allies, and those things are very much connected.

To me, the way we become stronger abroad and have a more sustained foreign-policy agenda is if we're more strong and whole at home.

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Fisher: Another foreign-policy hotspot that is becoming an issue for quite a few 2020 candidates is the crisis in Venezuela. As president, would you recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: My goal as president would be to help assist the Venezuelan people in any way we can — any sort of humanitarian intervention that would help ease the suffering.

I do not think it's the US's place to engage in regime change. Our track record on making decisions for other countries is very, very uneven at best. So certainly if there's anything we can do to support on a humanitarian level, I'd be eager to do it, but I don't think we should be choosing other nations' leaders.

Fisher: To be clear, the National Assembly, which is basically the last legitimately democratically elected body in Venezuela, decided that Guaidó is the legitimate leader of the country. And the United States, along with about 50 other countries, have agreed to recognize him as such. As US president, would you recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: Yes, I'd recognize him. I just wouldn't militarily intervene to depose Nicolás Maduro and insert him.

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Fisher: Most Americans aren't familiar with you at this point. What do you want them to know about you as a person?

Yang: I think the main thing is that I'm a parent. I'm running for office because I see what's happening to our country in terms of artificial intelligence's near-term impact on American workers, and I don't want to raise my kids in a country that is falling apart — I want to raise them in a country that I'm still excited about and proud of, that resembles the country I grew up in myself and the country my parents came here to form a better life for myself and my brother.

The big theme of this era is that if we continue to see ourselves as inputs into a machine of capital efficiency, we're going to lose on an epic, historic, catastrophic scale to artificial intelligence, software, robots, and things that can do things much more cheaply and efficiently than any of us can. It's not that a radiologist was somehow bad at school; it's just that artificial intelligence can see shades of gray that human eyes cannot and can reference millions of films.

So we're in a race right now that we cannot win, and our only path forward is to start reshaping our economy around us — make it so that the economy serves us instead of us being inputs into the machine.

If we succeed in this, then we can give rise to a human-centered economy, a trickle-up economy, from people, families, and communities up. It would be an immense catalyst to entrepreneurship and arts and creativity and service and humanities and nurturing and everything else — if we were just to start valuing ourselves intrinsically and declare a dividend for all Americans of $1,000 a month.

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          These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • In 2018, 42 of the world's 50 most violent cities were in Latin America. Four were in the US, with another in Puerto Rico.
  • The region is the world's most violent, excluding war zones, with bloodshed driven by organized crime and exacerbated by chronic instability, poverty, and corruption.

In 2018, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of being home to most of the cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities, released on Tuesday.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America. Fifteen were in Mexico, 14 in Brazil, and six in Venezuela. Two Colombian cities were on the list, as were two Honduran cities, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was also on the list.

Four US cities were listed: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Read last year's list: These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017

The list is limited to cities with more than 300,000 people and doesn't include cities in war zones, such as Syria or Ukraine. The council said that went assessing cities, it sought to include "localities that form a unique urban system, clearly distinguishable from others, independent of the geographic-administrative divisions inside the countries."

Violence in Latin America is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.

Mexico has seen profound increases in deadly violence in recent years, driven in large part by the fragmentation of criminal groups. This year Mexico displaced Brazil as the country with the most cities on the list, despite Brazil having some 80 million more residents. One of Mexico's most popular tourist cities, Los Cabos, topped the list last year but is not on it this year, which the council attributes to one criminal group winning control of the area.

See the 2016 rankings: The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2016

Incomplete data also challenges the council's tabulations, particularly in Venezuela, where the government has in the past not released homicide data, and where other estimates, such as those by newspapers, are incomplete or inconsistent.

Venezuela's "growing inability to count its dead" underscores the very serious crises it faces, the council states.

Here's the top 50:

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50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, New Orleans had a population of 393,292 people and 145 homicides.



29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 37.50 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Chihuahua had a population of 938,713 people and 352 homicides.



48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.61 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Teresina had a population of 861,442 people and 324 homicides.



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Rose quartz is one of the most desirable varieties of quartz. The unique pink-to-rose-red color is caused by iron and titanium impurities in the natural stone. However, the stones I use, unless otherwise stated, (and most on the market) have been dyed to maintain a uniform color. Both naturally colored rose quartz and the dyed forms are photosensitive and will fade in sunlight. Beads of rose quartz have been found in Mesopotamia that date back to 7000 B.C. It is said that the Assyrians and the Romans were the first to use it. In ancient Rome, rose quartz was popular for making seals, which were used in clay or various dyes to show ownership or identify authors. Rose quartz is found in Madagascar, Brazil, India, Germany and several parts of the USA.

The role played by silver in ancient civilizations is similar to that played by gold. Until the eighteenth century silver was considered almost as valuable as gold. Silver jewelry has been found as early as the fourth millennium B.C. Saxony was the main supplier of silver for a long time and as a result, became very rich. The discovery of the America's and subsequent silver mining in the United State and Mexico were responsible for the drop in value. Silver is a precious metal, not a mineral. Today the largest deposits of silver are found in Mexico, Australia and Russia.

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Some believe that silver transmits and intensifies the power of healing stones, so that when they are set in silver they become even more powerful. Turquoise and coral are examples. Like gold, silver symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Those prone to outbursts of anger and rudeness can be pacified by silver.
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the Greek origin of the word jasper, iapis, means “spotted stone.” this form of semi-precious chalcedony, or microcrystalline quartz, has colors of dark red, orange, pink, rust, yellow, tan, brown, green, gray, blue and black. its patterns are much less regular and defined than those of the other chalcedony variety, agate. another difference between the two is that jaspers are generally opaque, while agates tend to be translucent (or at least contain translucent bands). jasper gets its colorful patterns from other minerals present. this gemstone is often named according to its pattern; landscape jaspers are the most popular. jasper was a favorite in the ancient world, and the name jasper can be traced back in Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin. people of the fourth century called it the great “rain-bringer”. jasper is also known as the “supreme nurturer”. jasper is mined in North Africa, Sicily, France, India, Venezuela, Germany, the USA and many more countries.

picture jasper is petrified mud and has streaks of color (browns, tans, blacks, creams) that look like landscapes, anything from desert sand dunes to rocky mountains to a dry riverbed. it is formed by mud rich with quartz that oozed and dripped into pockets of gas formed by molten lava. the heat from the exposure turned the mud almost instantly solid. picture jasper is found in Idaho and Oregon.

the role played by silver in ancient civilizations is similar to that played by gold. until the eighteenth century silver was considered almost as valuable as gold. silver jewelry was produced as early as the fourth millennium B.C. Saxony was for a long time the main supplier of silver and it became very rich as a result. after the discovery of the Americas by the Europeans, so much silver was mined in the United States and Mexico that the price and the value attached to silver fell sharply. today the largest deposits of silver are found in Mexico, Australia and the former Soviet Union. silver is a precious metal, not a mineral.

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and connection to the earth. it gives Virgo physical and psychological strength.

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some believe that silver transmits and intensifies the power of healing stones, so that when they are set in silver they become even more powerful. turquoise and coral are examples. like gold, silver symbolizes wealth and prosperity. those prone to outbursts of anger and rudeness can be pacified by silver.
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          An entrepreneur who's running for president explains how he'd give every American $1,000 a month and solve the 'fake news' problem      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
  • He's passionate about providing every American with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, saying that would help the working class adjust to an increasingly automated economy.
  • Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome his low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Andrew Yang is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president on a platform built on giving every American a universal basic income — which he called a "freedom dividend" — of $1,000 a month. His website outlines an unusually robust and specific set of policies on everything from healthcare to marijuana legalization to paying NCAA athletes.

Yang, 44, is an entrepreneur most notable for founding Venture for America, a fellowship program that matches recent college graduates with startups across the country. He's also the author of "The War on Normal People: The Truth about America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income is Our Future."

Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. You can watch a portion of it on "Business Insider Today."

Anthony Fisher: There's a number of high-profile Democratic candidates who are getting immediate, widespread media attention. How do you plan to compete with them?

Andrew Yang: The truth is most Americans are not paying any attention to the 2020 election right now. If they see anything, they just see a graphic with a whole crowd of faces on the TV screen. So people are going to start tuning in in earnest when the debates start, and I'm going to be there. And the great thing is this campaign's growing organically all the time, and we're going to peak when it's most important.

Read more: A Democrat running for president in 2020 is testing a basic income proposal by giving $1,000 per month to a family

Fisher: How do you plan on getting on the debate stage?

Yang: The Democratic National Committee has already announced that criteria to make the debate stage. We're going to meet both of them, and you only need to meet one.

The first criteria is polling at 1% either nationally or in the early states, and we're already polling at 1% nationally, according to Monmouth. And the second criteria is getting 65,000 individual contributors by May 15. We're at about 46,000. We're getting another 1,500 a day and should be past the 65,000-donor threshold in about a month.

So I'm going to be on the debate stage in June and July.

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Fisher: What's the one issue that you'd like to be known for?

Yang: We're in the midst of automating away the most common jobs in our economy. And the reason why Donald Trump's our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, all the swing states. And we're about to do the same thing to millions of retail jobs, call-center jobs, fast-food jobs, truck-driving jobs, and on and on.

So my signature policy proposal's that every American should receive $1,000 a month in a freedom dividend to be able to make adjustments for the future and manage this transition.

Fisher: So that's universal basic income. Why do you think that would be better than, say, a jobs guarantee?

Yang: Well, a universal basic income is much, much easier to administer and much more powerful and effective to getting resources into people's hands.

Let's say tomorrow the federal government said, "We're going to administer a jobs guarantee." Does that mean millions of Americans will wake up and say, "Oh, I know where I'm going: I'm going to go to that job." Of course not. You'd have to set up this massive bureaucracy and infrastructure. What are the jobs? What if someone doesn't like their job? What if someone's not working out? Is this really the way we want Americans to have to be able to feed themselves?

So if you're going to make a move and you're going to make it actually work on a reasonable timeframe, a universal basic income is a much more powerful and effective way to go.

Read more: Meet the Democratic businessman who wants to beat Trump in 2020 and give every American a basic income: 'Donald Trump gives entrepreneurs a bad name'

Fisher: You've proposed several initiatives built around massive cash infusions for journalism, especially local journalism. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: Over 1,200 local newspapers have gone out of business in the past number of years because they relied upon classified ads that now no longer exist in the age of Craigslist. So the local papers die and then democracy does not function as well, because if you have no idea what's happening in your town, how can you vote? Studies have shown that in those situations voters tend to go more towards extremes, and democracy suffers. So if you believe in democracy, then you have to believe in local journalism.

Local journalism does not have any market support right now. We as a country should come together and say, "We need to find a new business model" — let's say a public-private partnership that's operating in conjunction with local organizations, perhaps the local library, perhaps some of the local businesses or the municipal government.

If we think journalism is important — if we think democracy's important — we should come up with a new sustainable runway for these newspapers.

Fisher: You've also proposed the creation of a Federal Communications Commission ombudsman that would punish news outlets for running "fake news." Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: If you look at the threats to our democracy, one of them is rampant misinformation.

It's one thing to make a mistake — we all make mistakes — but it's another thing to purposely try and misinform a segment of the American public to undermine our democracy. And right now, foreign actors are doing that. We know that the Russians have tens of thousands of bots that are just spreading various rumors.

We can't just throw up our hands and say, "Well, I guess that's just the way it's going to be." You need to have some sort of penalty for purposely spreading false information. The British already do this: They already have an ombudsman who comes and says, "This stuff was untrue, and you knew it was untrue," and then there's some sort of penalty associated with that.

Fisher: The FCC inherently has a political tilt. It has five commissioners, and whichever party the president is in, three will be from that party. What would you say to someone concerned about the idea of an FCC ombudsman being subject to political interests and biases?

Yang: You have to gauge various risk-reward scenarios. What's the greater risk at this point: that we just aren't sure what's true, or that there's going to be some government agency that somehow becomes overly politicized to a point where it somehow washes out all objective journalism? I suggest the first one is a much more real concern right now. And at this point with the internet, it'd be very, very hard for any government agency to do more than just nibble at the edges of a particular set of political viewpoints.

Fisher: Even under a Trump administration which regularly disparages legitimate news outlets as fake news? If Trump had an ombudsman available to him, would there be the possibility of abusing that authority?

Yang: I struggle to see it. Let's say that this ombudsman then went and said, "Hey, New York Times, you reported on this," and The New York Times was like, "It's actually true." It's not that there's no process involved — as long as you can present the facts and say, "Our reporting is objective," then it's not like you're just going to be arbitrarily punished. As you said, it's not perfect.

Fisher: There was a BuzzFeed News story earlier this year that seemed to implicate the president in impeachable crimes. Then Robert Mueller's office took the extraordinary step of saying the story is not accurate. If Trump had the power to say that is fake news, again, could an FCC ombudsman for fake news be something that could be abused by a bad actor in office?

Yang: I think that the potential for that sort of abuse is much lower than people imagine. This is not an age where there are three or four TV networks — at this point, there are tens of thousands of news outlets, and it would be virtually impossible for the government to meaningfully suppress journalism.

Fisher: You've proposed sunsetting old laws. Can you talk a little bit about why this issue is important to you?

Yang: America's legal code is filled with laws that are written and then never go away. Some of these laws stopped making sense years ago, but there's just no mechanism to reexamine them and say, "Does this regulation still make sense? Does it still serve a useful public purpose?"

So if laws are important, then they would be renewed. But if a law has outlived its usefulness, then there should be some kind of mechanism for us to examine it and say, "This law shouldn't be on the books anymore because it doesn't make any sense."

Fisher: You're for "Medicare for All," but you've also described the ideal system as one that provides "holistic care." Can you explain what that is?

Yang: We're in the worst of all situations, where we're spending twice as much as other countries on healthcare for the worst results.

As a CEO and business owner, I know our healthcare system makes it harder to hire. It makes it harder to treat people as full-time employees, because you always want to just treat them as contractors. It makes it harder to start a business. It makes it harder for people to switch jobs.

Right now it's this massive impediment on our economy, and it's immoral, the fact that if we get sick or injured we're more stressed out about trying to navigate the system than we are with getting well. We need to move to a single-payer system, particularly because right now 94% of new jobs are temporary gig or contract jobs — they don't have healthcare benefits. So tying healthcare to employment makes less and less sense.

In terms of holistic medicine, there are different approaches to getting well. And it's not that there's any one discipline that has all the answers. So if someone wants to seek care from a practitioner or a discipline that may work for them, they should have the freedom to do so.

Fisher: To touch on foreign policy: We still have a military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as a small presence in Syria. As president, how would you manage the military in these hotspots?

Yang: I think we have to examine each of them, and if we have forces there, we ask, "What are they accomplishing? What is the timeframe? How does it improve upon our ability to achieve certain goals?" And then if you reach a conclusion that we are not actually going to further our goals, then you pull them out to the extent possible.

In the big picture, the US has deluded itself into thinking it could get things done in various parts of the world that have ended up costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives and tens of thousands of civilian lives, sometimes to very unclear benefits. So one of my big ideas is going to try to be more restrained and judicious in our foreign policy.

I think our foreign policy actually reflects how we're doing at home, and we're not doing well at home. If you look at our numbers domestically, our life expectancy is declining for the last three years because of a surge in suicides and drug overdoses — like, the depths of despair, mental-health crises. We're falling apart and disintegrating at home. And so our foreign policy ends up seeming unreliable and erratic to many of our long-standing allies, and those things are very much connected.

To me, the way we become stronger abroad and have a more sustained foreign-policy agenda is if we're more strong and whole at home.

Read more: Success in America has nothing to do with hard work — and we're in the middle of a 'war on normal people'

Fisher: Another foreign-policy hotspot that is becoming an issue for quite a few 2020 candidates is the crisis in Venezuela. As president, would you recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: My goal as president would be to help assist the Venezuelan people in any way we can — any sort of humanitarian intervention that would help ease the suffering.

I do not think it's the US's place to engage in regime change. Our track record on making decisions for other countries is very, very uneven at best. So certainly if there's anything we can do to support on a humanitarian level, I'd be eager to do it, but I don't think we should be choosing other nations' leaders.

Fisher: To be clear, the National Assembly, which is basically the last legitimately democratically elected body in Venezuela, decided that Guaidó is the legitimate leader of the country. And the United States, along with about 50 other countries, have agreed to recognize him as such. As US president, would you recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: Yes, I'd recognize him. I just wouldn't militarily intervene to depose Nicolás Maduro and insert him.

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Fisher: Most Americans aren't familiar with you at this point. What do you want them to know about you as a person?

Yang: I think the main thing is that I'm a parent. I'm running for office because I see what's happening to our country in terms of artificial intelligence's near-term impact on American workers, and I don't want to raise my kids in a country that is falling apart — I want to raise them in a country that I'm still excited about and proud of, that resembles the country I grew up in myself and the country my parents came here to form a better life for myself and my brother.

The big theme of this era is that if we continue to see ourselves as inputs into a machine of capital efficiency, we're going to lose on an epic, historic, catastrophic scale to artificial intelligence, software, robots, and things that can do things much more cheaply and efficiently than any of us can. It's not that a radiologist was somehow bad at school; it's just that artificial intelligence can see shades of gray that human eyes cannot and can reference millions of films.

So we're in a race right now that we cannot win, and our only path forward is to start reshaping our economy around us — make it so that the economy serves us instead of us being inputs into the machine.

If we succeed in this, then we can give rise to a human-centered economy, a trickle-up economy, from people, families, and communities up. It would be an immense catalyst to entrepreneurship and arts and creativity and service and humanities and nurturing and everything else — if we were just to start valuing ourselves intrinsically and declare a dividend for all Americans of $1,000 a month.

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  • In 2018, 42 of the world's 50 most violent cities were in Latin America. Four were in the US, with another in Puerto Rico.
  • The region is the world's most violent, excluding war zones, with bloodshed driven by organized crime and exacerbated by chronic instability, poverty, and corruption.

In 2018, Latin America retained the ignominious distinction of being home to most of the cities on Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities, released on Tuesday.

Of the 50 cities on the list, 42 are in Latin America. Fifteen were in Mexico, 14 in Brazil, and six in Venezuela. Two Colombian cities were on the list, as were two Honduran cities, and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all had one. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, was also on the list.

Four US cities were listed: St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Read last year's list: These were the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2017

The list is limited to cities with more than 300,000 people and doesn't include cities in war zones, such as Syria or Ukraine. The council said that went assessing cities, it sought to include "localities that form a unique urban system, clearly distinguishable from others, independent of the geographic-administrative divisions inside the countries."

Violence in Latin America is in large part driven by drug trafficking and organized crime. Insecurity is also exacerbated by political instability, poverty, and poor economic conditions. Corruption, abuses by officials, and impunity also facilitate crime.

Mexico has seen profound increases in deadly violence in recent years, driven in large part by the fragmentation of criminal groups. This year Mexico displaced Brazil as the country with the most cities on the list, despite Brazil having some 80 million more residents. One of Mexico's most popular tourist cities, Los Cabos, topped the list last year but is not on it this year, which the council attributes to one criminal group winning control of the area.

See the 2016 rankings: The 50 most violent cities in the world in 2016

Incomplete data also challenges the council's tabulations, particularly in Venezuela, where the government has in the past not released homicide data, and where other estimates, such as those by newspapers, are incomplete or inconsistent.

Venezuela's "growing inability to count its dead" underscores the very serious crises it faces, the council states.

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50. New Orleans, Louisiana, had 36.87 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, New Orleans had a population of 393,292 people and 145 homicides.



29. Chihuahua, Mexico, had 37.50 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Chihuahua had a population of 938,713 people and 352 homicides.



48. Teresina, Brazil, had 37.61 homicides per 100,000 residents.

In 2018, Teresina had a population of 861,442 people and 324 homicides.



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PAPA FRANCISCO DESTITUÍDO, ENQUANTO AS 13 LINHAGENS DE SANGUE E ILLUMINATI GNÓSTICOS NEGOCIAM O FIM DA GUERRA CIVIL OCIDENTAL

O Papa Francisco foi destituído do poder como parte de um acordo negociado entre os Illuminati Gnósticos e as 13 linhagens dominantes, segundo duas fontes, uma da Realeza Europeia e outra do Pentágono. Os dois centros de poder Ocidentais, um baseado na meritocracia, o outro no domínio histórico, concordaram em organizar um jubileu e uma campanha massiva para “salvar o planeta”, dizem as fontes.

Os Illuminati Gnósticos, mais fortes no complexo militar-industrial e as linhagens, que controlam as finanças e a mídia, concordaram em fazer concessões porque têm que apresentar uma frente Ocidental unida para fazer um acordo com a Ásia ressurgente, disseram eles.

Francisco, que pode permanecer como um figurante, foi destituído do poder por causa do fiasco do pedófilo condenado, o cardeal Pell, que dirigia o Banco do Vaticano, disseram as fontes. O Vaticano e o Banco do Vaticano, com seus 6.000 relatos de suborno dos chamados “líderes mundiais”, agora são dirigidos por “uma troica de cardeais”, diz a fonte do Pentágono.

Publicamente, esta mudança fundamental pode ser vista no fato de que dez cardeais foram recentemente removidos. O mais recente foi o cardeal francês Philippe Barbarin, condenado na semana passada por encobrir a pedofilia.


Eis o que o representante das 13 linhagens de sangue tem a dizer sobre a situação: “O caso do Cardeal Pell foi uma admissão e aceitação das Práticas Satânicas às nossas ordens”. Ele acrescentou que os outros cardeais foram removidos como parte de um processo de “desmamá-los” das práticas satânicas. O “Papa Francisco foi destituído, porque era muito conhecido no National Cyber Security Center. Sua vida passada na Argentina voltou para assombrá-lo. Ninguém – ninguém no mundo exterior, pode ocupar cargos se não puder e ser controlado por seu compromisso”, disse a fonte.

Além disso, hoje (11 de Março de 2019) é o oitavo aniversário do ataque e assassinato em massa contra Fukushima, Japão e o acordo está sendo alcançado, em parte, porque as linhagens foram ameaçadas de retaliação por esse ataque, a menos que chegassem a um acordo, dizem fontes da Sociedade Secreta Asiática.

Além disso, fontes da Sociedade Secreta Asiática dizem que o Ocidente precisa terminar a limpeza, antes que um acordo final sobre salvar o planeta possa ser alcançado.

Nesta frente, um ataque sustentado contra o Sionismo, a principal fonte do mal Ocidental é um bom sinal. “As palavras verdadeiras do representante Ilhan Omar sobre a influência Sionista sobre o Congresso dos EUA (não baseado em votos – existem apenas nove milhões de eleitores judeus – mas em suborno, chantagem e mentiras) lançaram o Partido Democrata numa crise que pode levar a sua morte. Fontes da CIA e do Pentágono dizem que Jared Kushner e John Bolton serão demitidos da Casa Branca, em breve, e que o presidente Trump divulgará a verdade do 11 de Setembro, de modo a acabar com a influência Sionista sobre a economia, o governo e a sociedade dos EUA”, descreveu a situação o ex-oficial de operações da CIA, Robert David Steele.


Uma fonte do Pentágono concordou, dizendo que “o Sionismo está morto. Seu lobby foi neutralizado quando a Câmara aprovou uma resolução de 407 a 23, pela não repreensão de Ilhan Omar, mas que enfraqueceu o antissemitismo e a Presidente da Câmara, Nancy Pelosi, demitiu seu chefe de gabinete, Judeu Danny Weiss.

Agora, a Síria advertiu formalmente a Israel para se retirar das colinas de Golan ou enfrentar a guerra.


A Síria fez isso porque tem o apoio da Turquia, Rússia e Irã para forçar Israel a respeitar a lei internacional, enquanto os militares dos EUA deixaram claro que não irão lutar por Israel, segundo o Pentágono e outras fontes.

A família real e fontes do Pentágono confirmaram que o arsenal nuclear de Israel – sua “opção de Sansão”– foi neutralizada e é por isso que esse estado desonesto, agora, pode ser forçado a cessar seu comportamento antissocial messiânico. Se acham que Deus queria que eles matassem mais de 100 milhões de pessoas para que pudessem reconstruir um templo antigo, está muito claro que não entendem Deus.

Enquanto isso, nos EUA, assassinatos seletivos de pessoas importantes vêm ocorrendo num ritmo acelerado, a fim de restaurar a democracia e o estado de direito, disseram fontes da CIA. “O martelo está prestes a cair, pois o procurador-geral Bill Barr reconheceu John Huber antes da retirada de sigilo e das prisões em massa da FISA”, observou uma fonte do Pentágono. A fonte estava se referindo ao fato de que Huber está sendo forçado a, finalmente, tomar medidas contra Hillary Clinton, Obama, etc... por causa do Uranium One, etc.


A indústria farmacêutica, também, está “sob ataque, uma vez que  a Eli Lilly foi forçada a introduzir insulina genérica pela metade do preço, enquanto o diretor da FDA e especialista em Big Farma, Scott Gottlieb foi demitido por pressionar os estados a cancelarem as isenções sobre vacinas”, observam as fontes do Pentágono. Essa medida para tornar as vacinas obrigatórias foi uma desesperada tentativa da máfia khazariana de usar vacinas tóxicas para assassinar uma grande porcentagem da população, numa tentativa de se safar da justiça, observam fontes da CIA.

Uma enorme guerra secreta também está sendo travada pela máfia khazariana para tomar o controle dos recursos da África, numa tentativa desesperada de evitar a falência da United States Corporation, sediada em Washington, DC, dizem fontes do Mossad e da CIA. A África, é quase duas vezes maior do que a Rússia e maior que o Canadá e maior que a China mais os EUA combinados. A última coisa que a máfia khazariana quer é que os africanos recuperem o controle de seus próprios recursos.

O movimento recente mais visível nesta guerra secreta, foi a queda, no domingo, de um Boeing 737 da Etiópia. Fontes do Mossad disseram que a aeronave foi sequestrada remotamente e que seus passageiros, incluindo 19 funcionários da ONU, foram mortos como parte de uma tentativa de interromper uma conferência da ONU que visa acabar com a pobreza e a destruição ambiental na África.



No entanto, o sequestro remoto desta aeronave parece ter sido uma ação realmente estúpida dos khazarianos e que, provavelmente, levará à falência da Boeing Corporation. Isso porque é a segunda vez em quatro meses que uma aeronave Boeing é assumida por controle remoto pela máfia khazariana. A China, a Ethiopian Air (a maior companhia aérea da África) e as Ilhas Cayman estão mantendo no solo todos os Boeing 737, procedimento que outras companhias aéreas e países certamente seguirão, até que os sequestradores de controle remoto sejam retirados do controle da Boeing.


Certamente, não é coincidência que depois que todos os oficiais militares deixaram o regime de Trump, um executivo da Boeing, Patrick Shanahan, fosse nomeado Secretário de Defesa dos EUA. Shanahan não tem poder real sobre os militares norte-americanos, porque eles não mais obedecem ao falido governo corporativo, baseado em Washington, D.C., dizem fontes do Pentágono. Aqui está o que uma fonte de arquivos X tinha a dizer sobre a situação: “Muitas das famílias de lagartos têm ações na Boeing e a Boeing também está ligada à Lockheed Marciana (Martian) [sic]”.

De qualquer forma, a batalha secreta pela África continua em outras frentes, especialmente no controle dos recursos minerais. Sugestões desta guerra podem ser vistas em várias manchetes recentes. O mais bizarro foi a história sobre o bilionário de diamantes, Ehud Lanaido ter morrido “durante uma cirurgia de aumento de pênis”.


De fato, “ele foi levado a uma clínica particular na Avenue des Champs-Elysées, em Paris, tarde da noite, muito depois da clínica estar fechada”, disse uma fonte do Mossad. “Ele era um concorrente direto de Benny Steinmetz que, até poucos meses atrás estava fugindo de vários governos, incluindo Bélgica e África, por bilhões de dólares supostamente devidos em impostos atrasados em compras ilegais e vendas de diamantes brutos e polidos contrabandeados de Angola e Serra Leoa há muitos anos”, continuou a fonte.

“Esses dois negociantes de diamantes, foram os que atingiram o topo entre os maiores do mundo no comércio de diamantes. Um foi removido e um foi colocado de volta em seu pedestal como rei dos negócios. Observe quão perto está a hora da ascensão e queda dos dois titãs”, observou a fonte.

Aqui está a segunda manchete, a qual ele estava se referindo: “Bilionário da mineração acaba com a disputa da Guiné Bitter, depois de meses de negociações secretas”.


Lendo o artigo, pode-se ver que Steinmetz foi ajudado por alguem da máfia sionista khazariana, incluindo George Soros (ou assemelhado), Tony Blair e Nicholas Sarkozy.


Também relacionado a isso foi a notícia de que o magnata indiano de diamantes Nirov Modi será extraditado. Modi supostamente fugiu com mais de 2 bilhões de dólares de bancos indianos. “Disseram que será pego e se tornará o ‘garoto-propaganda’ do sistema legal, para mostrar ao mundo que ninguém pode escapar do longo braço da justiça”, disse a fonte do Mossad. “Não se esqueçam, ele não é um dos garotos de dentro  – linhagem errada e, portanto, descartável neste Game of Thrones com os sionistas khazarianos”, acrescentou.


Outros desenvolvimentos relacionados com a atual tomada de recursos africanos são vistos numa carta ao editor, enviada pelos povos Khoi-San, que advertiram sobre o um falso rei, numa tentativa de roubar suas terras e recursos.

A máfia khazariana também está tentando agarrar recursos similares na América do Sul. Lá, o último movimento foi o uso de armas cibernéticas e energéticas para sabotar a rede de energia da Venezuela.

O resto do mundo concordou em continuar a financiar os militares dos EUA e transformá-los numa força de proteção planetária benevolente. Eles podem começar a ganhar dinheiro juntando todos esses criminosos,  colocando-os na cadeia ou matando-os.


Autor: Benjamin Fulford 
Tradução: Sementes das Estrelas / Candido Pedro Jorge
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

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7. STAKES UNUSUALLY HIGH IN SLEEPY STATE BALLOT

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Ο ισραηλινός πρωθυπουργός Μπέντζαμιν Νετανιάχου απέρριψε σήμερα έκκληση του αρχηγού της αντιπολίτευσης να προσφέρει η χώρα καταφύγιο σε πρόσφυγες από τη Συρία λέγοντας ότι το Ισραήλ είναι πολύ μικρό για να τους δεχτεί.
Ο ηγέτης των Εργατικών Ισαάκ Χέρτσογκ, επικεφαλής του κυριότερου κόμματος της αντιπολίτευσης, της Σιωνιστικής Ένωσης, έκανε έκκληση στους ισραηλινούς ηγέτες να "απορροφήσουν πρόσφυγες από την εμπόλεμη Συρία", έναν γείτονα από τα βόρεια τον οποίο το Ισραήλ θεωρεί εχθρική χώρα.
Σε σχόλιά του στη διάρκεια συνεδρίασης του υπουργικού συμβουλίου, ο Νετανιάχου είπε ότι το Ισραήλ "δεν είναι αδιάφορο απέναντι στην ανθρώπινη τραγωδία" με τους πρόσφυγες από τη Συρία και πρόσθεσε ότι στα ισραηλινά νοσοκομεία νοσηλεύονται τραυματίες από τον εμφύλιο στη Συρία.
"Ωστόσο, το Ισραήλ είναι ένα πολύ μικρό κράτος. Δεν έχει γεωγραφικό ή δημογραφικό βάθος", είπε ο δεξιός πρωθυπουργός αφήνοντας να εννοηθεί ότι η υποδοχή αράβων προσφύγων θα προκαλέσει δημογραφική ανισορροπία σε ένα κυρίως εβραϊκό κράτος, όπου σχεδόν το ένα πέμπτο από τα 8,3 εκατομμύρια κατοίκων είναι άραβες.
Παρότι δεν έχουν υπάρξει διεθνείς εκκλήσεις προς το Ισραήλ να ανοίξει τα σύνορά του στους Σύρους, ο Χέρτσογκ είπε ότι ο Νετανιάχου έχει ηθικό χρέος να δεχτεί πρόσφυγες.
"Ο πρωθυπουργός του εβραϊκού λαού δεν πρέπει να κλείνει την καρδιά του και τις πόρτες όταν άνθρωποι εγκαταλείπουν τις εστίες τους για να σώσουν τη ζωή τους και να γλιτώσουν τις διώξεις, κρατώντας μωρά στα χέρια τους", είπε ο Χέρτσογκ.
Κατά την ίδια συνεδρίαση, ο ισραηλινός πρωθυπουργός είπε ότι η χώρα του θα πρέπει να ενισχύσει περαιτέρω τα σύνορά της απέναντι στους αφρικανούς μετανάστες και τους ισλαμιστές ενόπλους.
Ανακοίνωσε την έναρξη κατασκευής ενός νέου φράχτη 30 χιλιομέτρων κατά μήκος της μεθορίου με την Ιορδανία, η οποία υπέγραψε ειρηνευτική συνθήκη με το Ισραήλ το 1994.
Το Ισραήλ ολοκλήρωσε την κατασκευή ενός φράκτη 230 χιλιομέτρων κατά μήκος των συνόρων με την Αίγυπτο το 2013. Οι δύο χώρες υπέγραψαν συμφωνία ειρήνης το 1979.
 

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"Το πρώτο πράγμα που είδα όταν βγήκα στην ξηρά ήταν το άστρο του Δαβίδ"


Iσραηλινό μέσο μαζικής ενημέρωσης παραδέχεται ότι Εβραίοι από το Ισραήλ και την Αμερική πληρώνονται από την ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση για να διαχειρίζονται σχεδόν όλα τα «κέντρα βοήθειας για πρόσφυγες» στην Ελλάδα,
("greek refugee aid centers are mainly operated by israelis"), ενισχύοντας άμεσα την μαζική εισροή παράνομων μεταναστών στην Ευρώπη. Την ίδια ώρα το Ισραήλ αρνείται να δεχθεί πρόσφυγες, χτίζει τοίχους για να τους κρατήσει έξω και επιτρέπει μόνο Εβραίους που είναι φυλετικά καθαροί μέσω tests DNA να μεταναστεύσουν στο Ισραήλ.

Ένα άρθρο στο Ynet News, το αγγλόφωνο ισραηλινό ειδησεογραφικό ιστότοπο της Yedioth Ahronoth, που είναι η πιο αναγνωρίσιμη εφημερίδα στο Ισραήλ, επιβεβαίωσε ότι "τα ελληνικά κέντρα βοήθειας για πρόσφυγες λειτουργούν κυρίως από Ισραηλινούς" και ότι στο νησί της Λέσβου, υπάρχει "ισραηλινό σχολείο για Σύριους, Ιρανούς, Ιρακινούς και Αφγανούς πρόσφυγες".

Αυτή η επιχείρηση είναι, σύμφωνα με το Ynet, "όλα μέρος ενός κοινού σχεδίου ώστε να επανακαθοριστεί η έννοια του «Tikkun Olam» και ο εβραϊκός εθελοντισμός σε όλον τον κόσμο». (Tikkun Olam είναι μια έννοια που προέρχεται από τον ταλμουδικό ιουδαισμό ότι ο κόσμος χρειάζεται "βελτίωση").


Το άρθρο, το οποίο αποσκοπεί στην προώθηση της ιδέας ότι οι Εβραίοι βοηθώντας τους Σύριους, τους βοηθάνε να πειστούν ότι οι Εβραίοι δεν είναι τόσο κακοί (εξ ου και ο τίτλος του άρθρου "Για τους Σύριους πρόσφυγες στην Ελλάδα, το Ισραήλ δεν είναι πια ο εχθρός"), αποκαλύπτει ότι όταν παράνομοι μετανάστες διέσχιζαν τη θάλασσα από την Τουρκία στη Λέσβο, Εβραίοι εθελοντές ήταν εκεί για να τους τραβήξουν στην ξηρά ("Το πρώτο πράγμα που είδα όταν βγήκα ήταν το άστρο του Δαβίδ", λέει ένας χαρακτηριστικά).


"Στην παραλία περιμένουν μέλη του IsraAID, το οποίο από το 2011 παρέχει ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια σε σημεία κρίσης σε όλο τον κόσμο, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της Λέσβου", ανέφερε το άρθρο. [Το IsraAID είναι το επίσημο γραφείο εξωτερικής βοήθειας της ισραηλινής κυβέρνησης].

Τώρα, συνεχίζει το άρθρο, αυτή η εβραϊκή ιδέα της «εργασίας για την οικοδόμηση ενός καλύτερου κόσμου» υιοθετήθηκε από «μια μεγάλη εβραϊκή οργάνωση σε συνδυασμό με το κράτος του Ισραήλ».


Αυτή η "μεγάλη εβραϊκή οργάνωση" είναι "η Jewish Agency που συνεργάζεται τώρα με την οργάνωση Mosaic United".


Η Jewish Agency for Israel είναι στην πραγματικότητα η μεγαλύτερη εβραϊκή μη κερδοσκοπική οργάνωση στον κόσμο της οποίας η αυτοανακηρυγμένη αποστολή είναι να «εξασφαλίσει ότι κάθε Εβραίος αισθάνεται έναν άθραυστο δεσμό ο ένας με τον άλλον και με το Ισραήλ, ανεξάρτητα από τον τόπο στον οποίο βρίσκονται στον κόσμο». Ο Οργανισμός χρηματοδοτείται άμεσα από την ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση, τις Εβραϊκές Ομοσπονδίες της Βόρειας Αμερικής, την Keren Hayesod-UIA (την οργάνωση με έδρα την Ιερουσαλήμ του σιωνιστικού κινήματος που συγκεντρώνει κεφάλαια) και το Παγκόσμιο Σιωνιστικό Κίνημα (World Zionist Movement).


Από το 1948, η Jewish Agency for Israel έχει φέρει 3 εκατομμύρια Εβραίους στο Ισραήλ και τους προσφέρει μεταβατική κατοικία σε «κέντρα απορρόφησης» σε όλο το εβραϊκό κράτος.


Ο οργανισμός Mosaic United είναι ένας οργανισμός που δηλώνει ότι η αποστολή του είναι να «ενδυναμώνει τους νέους Εβραίους άνδρες και γυναίκες να αναπτύξουν βαθύτερες συνδέσεις με την εβραϊκή τους κληρονομιά και ταυτότητα και να δημιουργήσουν έναν δεσμό με το Ισραήλ με τους δικούς τους όρους και στο δικό τους χρόνο».


Η διευθύνουσα επιτροπή του Mosaic United "αποτελείται από εκπροσώπους τόσο της ισραηλινής κυβέρνησης όσο και του παγκόσμιου εβραϊσμού" και η διεύθυνσή της γίνεται σε συνεργασία με το Ισραηλινό Υπουργείο Υποθέσεων Διασποράς, σύμφωνα με την ιστοσελίδα του οργανισμού.


Με άλλα λόγια, αυτό το πρόγραμμα για την ενίσχυση της μαζικής εισόδου (κατ’ άλλους εισβολής) αλλοδαπών στην Ευρώπη χρηματοδοτείται άμεσα από το Ισραήλ και τους Εβραίους στην Αμερική και αλλού.


Σύμφωνα με το άρθρο του Ynet, η νέα κοινή προσπάθεια μεταξύ του Jewish Agency και του Mosaic United "αναμένεται να αυξήσει δραματικά τον αριθμό των νέων Εβραίων που ασχολούνται με την κοινωνική δραστηριότητα, να επαναπροσδιορίσει τον όρο" Tikkun Olam "μέσω της συνεργασίας με μειονεκτούσες πληθυσμιακές ομάδες. Τα projects θα υλοποιηθούν σε όλο τον κόσμο - από το Πουέρτο Ρίκο και την Ελλάδα έως το Νεπάλ, το Μεξικό, την Ινδία και την Αιθιοπία μέσω οργανισμών όπως το IsraAID, το Project TEN, το Tevel B'Tzedek κ.α.


Ο Ραββίνος Benji Levy, Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος της Mosaic United, δήλωσε στο Ynet News ότι το σχέδιο εγκρίθηκε από την ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση πριν από αρκετά χρόνια, υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Υποθέσεων της Διασποράς. "Η κυβέρνηση θα επενδύσει 66 εκατομμύρια δολάρια, που είναι το ένα τρίτο του προϋπολογισμού", λέει.


Το άρθρο συνεχίζει αναφέροντας ότι ο στόχος των «Σύριων προσφύγων» είναι να «φτάσουν στη βόρεια και τη δυτική Ευρώπη».


Στη συνέχεια, λέει ότι «η κύρια πύλη τους είναι η Ελλάδα, στην οποία προσπαθούν να φτάσουν από τις ακτές της Τουρκίας, ταξιδεύοντας με εύθραυστα σκάφη. Περισσότεροι από ένα εκατομμύριο πρόσφυγες διέσχισαν τη θάλασσα με αυτόν τον τρόπο το 2015 και στις αρχές του 2016 - από την Ελλάδα μέσω των Βαλκανίων και της Ουγγαρίας με προορισμό τις πλούσιες χώρες της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης ".


Ο δημοσιογράφος του Ynet, Liad Osmo, πήγε να επισκεφτεί το «σχολείο για πρόσφυγες» που φτιάχτηκε από Εβραίους στη Λέσβο.


«Συναντάμε στο σχολείο που διευθύνει η IsraAid και εθελοντές από την Hashomer Hatzair, ένα διεθνές σοσιαλιστικό και σιωνιστικό εβραϊκό κίνημα νεολαίας».


Ένας από τους «πρόσφυγες» με το όνομα "Η", χρησιμοποιείται από τους Εβραίους ως δάσκαλος στο σχολείο, όπου διδάσκει στα αραβικά μια τάξη 25 μαθητών ηλικίας 6-9.


«Ήμουν ο παλαιότερος μαθητής στο σχολείο και χρειάζονταν εκπαιδευτική βοήθεια στα αραβικά, οπότε έγινα δάσκαλος», λέει. "Σύντομα θα φύγω για την Αθήνα, τώρα έχω επίσημη εξουσιοδότηση. Θα μου λείψει πολύ το σχολείο και τα παιδιά. "


"Σήμερα, οι Ισραηλινοί είναι το τελευταίο οργανωμένο σώμα που παρέχει ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια στο νησί, παράλληλα με ένα κοινοτικό κέντρο που χρηματοδοτείται από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και τις ελληνικές αρχές.


"Στη Λέσβο, Ισραηλινοί ίδρυσαν το Σχολείο της Ειρήνης, το οποίο έχει τέσσερις τάξεις σε διάφορες γλώσσες: Αραβικά, Ντάρι (μια διάλεκτο της περσικής γλώσσας που είναι κοινή στο Αφγανιστάν), Κουρδικά και Γαλλικά, προς όφελος των προσφύγων από την Γκάνα.


"Τα περισσότερα παιδιά αναμένεται να εγκαταλείψουν την Ελλάδα για άλλες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες όπως η Γερμανία, η Αυστρία και η Σουηδία, οι οποίες έχουν πιο αποτελεσματικά συστήματα απορρόφησης προσφύγων και έτσι μαθαίνουν αγγλικά".


Το άρθρο συνεχίζει με τον ισχυρισμό ότι αυτός ο κυρίαρχος εβραϊκός ρόλος των Εβραίων στην βοήθεια των προσφύγων, εξυπηρετεί στο να τους πείσει ότι οι Εβραίοι δεν είναι τόσο κακοί.


«Πώς μπορώ να συνεχίσω να λέω ότι είσαι εχθρός;» ρωτάει ο H [στο άρθρο].


"Ήξερα για τους Ισραηλινούς μόνο μέσω της τηλεόρασης. Μας έλεγαν ότι το Ισραήλ είναι ο εχθρός, αλλά η πραγματικότητα έχει αποκαλύψει μια διαφορετική αλήθεια ", λέει ο N., σχολικός συντονιστής και πρόσφυγας από το Ιράκ. "Έτσι είναι και στο Κοράνι - είμαστε ξαδέλφια".


"Ο Α., ένας πρόσφυγας από το Ιράν που συνεργάζεται με την IsraAID εδώ και ένα χρόνο, λέει ότι βλέπει το Κέντρο ως «οικογένεια». Ο καθένας προέρχεται από διαφορετικό υπόβαθρο, διαφορετική γνώση και γλώσσα".


"Συναντούμε επίσης τις Debbie και Batya, δύο Εβραίες σχεδιάστριες από τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, οι οποίες ήρθαν ως εθελόντριες για να ανακαινίσουν το κτίριο που χρησιμοποιούν οι πρόσφυγες. Η Deborah δήλωσε ότι οι δύο σκοπεύουν να προετοιμάσουν το σχέδιο και να αφήσουν την εφαρμογή τους στους ίδιους τους πρόσφυγες, αλλά το αποτέλεσμα ήταν πέρα ​​από κάθε φαντασία».


Την ίδια ώρα που συμβαίνουν όλα αυτά τα συγκινητικά, στο Ισραήλ, οι Εβραίοι δεν καλωσορίζουν καθόλου τους "Σύριους πρόσφυγες".

Ο πρωθυπουργός του Ισραήλ Μπέντζαμιν Νετανιάχου ανακοίνωσε το 2016 την πρόθεσή του να «περιβάλει όλο το Ισραήλ με έναν φράκτη» για να προστατεύσει το εβραϊκό κράτος από τα αραβικά «άγρια ​​θηρία» (“wild beasts”). 
Σύμφωνα με μια αναφορά της εφημερίδας Haaretz, ο Netanyahu δήλωσε "… η απάντηση είναι ναι. Θα περικυκλώσουμε όλο το κράτος του Ισραήλ με περιφράξεις και φράγματα; Η απάντηση είναι ναι. Στην περιοχή στην οποία ζούμε, πρέπει να υπερασπιστούμε τον εαυτό μας ενάντια στα άγρια ​​θηρία ».


Η ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση αρνήθηκε να δεχθεί οποιουσδήποτε «πρόσφυγες» από τη Συρία, την Αφρική ή οπουδήποτε αλλού - και δημιουργεί ένα νέο τείχος για να τους κρατήσει έξω.

Μια επίσημη δήλωση του γραφείου του Ισραηλινού πρωθυπουργού Μπέντζαμιν Νετανιάχου έλεγε ότι «το Ισραήλ είναι μια μικρή χώρα, μια πολύ μικρή χώρα, η οποία στερείται δημογραφικού και γεωγραφικού βάθους. Ως εκ τούτου, πρέπει να ελέγξουμε τα σύνορά μας, τόσο από τους παράνομους μετανάστες όσο και από την τρομοκρατία».


Η επίσημη άποψη του Ισραήλ για την απαγόρευση Σύριων «προσφύγων» περιγράφηκε επίσης λεπτομερώς στους LA Times στις 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015 («Μια χώρα που δεν θα δεχθεί Σύριους πρόσφυγες: το Ισραήλ»), όπου ο Νετανιάχου επανέλαβε τον ισχυρισμό του ότι η «έλλειψη δημογραφικού και γεωγραφικού βάθους" απαιτεί τον έλεγχο των συνόρων τόσο κατά των "παράνομων μεταναστών όσο και κατά της τρομοκρατίας".

Στην πραγματικότητα, το Ισραήλ έχει επίσης καταστήσει παράνομη τη μετανάστευση στο Ισραήλ, ανεξάρτητα από τον τόπο προέλευσης, από οποιονδήποτε μη Εβραίο, όπως αυτός ορίζεται φυλετικά από τους νόμους του κράτους.


Το Ισραήλ επίσης χρησιμοποιεί DNA για να ελέγξει τους μετανάστες για να βεβαιωθεί ότι είναι φυλετικά καθαροί Εβραίοι. Αυτή την εβδομάδα, ο επικεφαλής ραβίνος του Ισραήλ David Lau παραδέχτηκε για πρώτη φορά δημοσίως ότι το Αρχιραββινάτο και τα κρατικά ραβινικά δικαστήρια - που ελέγχουν την απονομή της ιθαγένειας και τα οποία επιτρέπεται να παντρεύουν Εβραίους στο Ισραήλ - χρησιμοποιούν τεστ DNA για να καθορίσουν εάν κάποιος είναι Εβραίος.

 
Ένα πρόσφατο άρθρο στην Jerusalem Post ανέφερε ότι ο Lau έκανε το σχόλιο αυτό μετά από τις παρατηρήσεις του αρχηγού του κόμματος Shas, Arye Deri, την Τρίτη το βράδυ, όταν είπε σε μια πολιτική συγκέντρωση ότι το τεστ DNA χρησιμοποιείται για τους σκοπούς του προσδιορισμού του εβραϊκού status.


Η ITIM, μια θρησκευτική ΜΚΟ, αναφέρει ότι έχει δει περίπου 20 υποθέσεις τους τελευταίους μήνες, όπου τα ραβινικά δικαστήρια ζήτησαν έλεγχο DNA για άτομα που επιδιώκουν να αποδείξουν ότι είναι Εβραίοι, κυρίως για να προχωρήσουν σε γάμο.


Είναι παράνομο για τους Εβραίους να παντρεύονται μη Εβραίους στο Ισραήλ και η χώρα αυτή έχει επίσης μια σειρά νόμων που εξασφαλίζουν ότι μόνο Εβραίοι επιτρέπεται να μεταναστεύσουν στη χώρα και να γίνουν πολίτες.


Είναι σαφές ότι οι Εβραίοι κατανοούν πολύ καθαρά ότι η εισαγωγή μεγάλου αριθμού αλλοδαπών θα οδηγήσει στην καταστροφή του κράτους τους και της εβραϊκής εθνικής ταυτότητας και καταβάλουν κάθε δυνατή προσπάθεια για να αποφευχθεί αυτό.


Κανένας λογικός άνθρωπος δεν θα αρνιόταν στους Ισραηλινούς αυτό το δικαίωμα, αλλά αυτό που βλέπουμε εξίσου, είναι Εβραίους να ασχολούνται ενεργά και σωματικά με την εισαγωγή όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερων αλλοδαπών σε λευκά ευρωπαϊκά κράτη - μια πολιτική την οποία απορρίπτουν για τον εαυτό τους και το δικό τους κράτος.
 
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Liputan6.com, Jakarta Kepala Biro Penerangan Masyarakat (Karopenmas) Mabes Polri, Brigjen Dedi Prasetyo mengatakan, jenis bom yang meledak di Sibolga, Sumatera Utara (Sumut) sama dengan yang ditemukan di Lampung.

"Bahan yang didapat sama seperti yang disita petugas dari pelaku R alias P yang berada di Lampung pada Sabtu, 9 Maret kemarin," kata Dedi di Kota Medan, Rabu (13/3/2019).

Diungkapkannya, saat ini petugas kepolisian sedang melakukan evakuasi pascaledakan bom di rumah terduga teroris Husein alias Abu Hamzah, Jalan Cendrawasih, Kecamatan Sibolga Sambas, Kota Sibolga.

"Istri dan anak terduga teroris diduga meninggal dunia dalam peristiwa tersebut," ungkapnya.

Dedi juga membenarkan soal adanya bahan peledak yang diamankan dari lokasi kejadian. Bahan peledak yang diamankan di Sibolga lebih banyak dari yang diamankan di Lampung.

"Jenisnya bom lontong, dan di Lampung tidak sebanyak di Sibolga. Nah, di Sibolga ada yang sudah terakit dan belum terakit," ujarnya.

Dedi menjelaskan, daya ledak bom lontong tersebut tergolong besar. Bom itu dirakit dari potasium, pipa paralon, paku, mur, dan baut. Sasaran para terduga teroris adalah aparat keamanan.

"Tujuan mereka adalah untuk amaliah. Sasarannya adalah aparat keamanan," jelasnya.

Dedi mengungkapkan, dalam penangkapan tersebut petugas mengamankan tiga orang merupakan jaringan Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) yang berafiliasi dengan Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"Kita sudah 20 tahun memerangi mereka. Ini musuh bersama. Tim di lokasi sudah mengevakuasi warga sekitar agar tidak ada korban lagi," ungkapnya.

Sterilisasi Lokasi

Saat ini pihak kepolisian sedang melakukan sterilisasi di lokasi. Labfor dan Inafis akan melakukan olah TKP. Petugas belum berani masuk ke dalam karena masih ada benda-benda yang diduga bom yang bisa membahayakan keselamatan.

Sebelumnya, Tim Densus 88 Anti Teror Mabes Polri mengamankan terduga teroris atas nama Husein. Mereka juga menggeledah sebuah rumah yang berada di Jalan Kutilang, Kelurahan Habil, Kota Sibolga, pada Selasa, 12 Maret 2019.

Diketahui bahwa rumah yang ditempati Husein merupakan milik mertua. Dari dalam rumah itu dikabarkan, petugas mengamankan bahan peledak. 

 

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During her March 9 show, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro suggested to viewers that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) hijab was "indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution." Amid widespread criticism of her hateful remarks, Fox News responded that the network “strongly condemn[s] Jeanine Pirro's comments,” but took no further public action. Pirro herself claimed that her “intention was to ask a question and start a debate" and that “of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution.” But this isn’t the first time Pirro has made hateful and extremist comments about Muslims while appearing on Fox News.

Here are some of Pirro’s prior attacks on Muslims:

Just last month, Pirro suggested that Omar should be grateful to be in the United States because “she is an empowered Muslim woman, while many Muslim women aren't allowed to be educated and they just started driving.” From the February 16 edition of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine
 

JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): And the amazing part is she’s a freshman congresswoman, and I believe she came to the United States as a refugee, and now she’s in our Congress claiming that the Jewish state -- that Israel and Jews are what? Evil?

PIRRO: Have you heard that anyone who is going to move to remove her from Foreign --

QANTA AHMED (CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST): No. And I think this presents a dilemma for the left. Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, just like American Muslims have a liability in this woman, they have a liability in this congresswoman. She is showing the marriage of left-wing politics in the Democrats with Islamism. Bernie Sanders congratulated her and said he stands with his Muslim brothers and sisters. To me, he stands with Islamists, and they do not distinguish between the two. It's very problematic. The Islamism only succeeds by portraying itself as a victim and left-wing politics thrives on victimization, victim ideology. She's no victim, as you said. She came as an asylum seeker. She's moved to one of the highest offices in the land within 23 years. What other country gives a refugee that opportunity?

PIRRO: She is an empowered Muslim woman, while many Muslim women aren't allowed to be educated and they just started driving.

During an unhinged rant in 2015 about “radical Muslim terrorists,” Pirro repeatedly fearmongered about Islam and Muslims. She claimed that “this Islamic cancer metastasizes throughout the world” and argued that Muslims “have conquered us through immigration” and “through interfaith dialogue.” In the same screed, she claimed “there is a reverse crusade in progress” and said that “there will be efforts to limit our First Amendment, our free speech, to comply with Sharia blasphemy laws.” From the January 10, 2015 edition of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine

JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): We need to kill them. We need to kill them. The radical Muslim terrorists hellbent on killing us. You’re in danger, I’m in danger. We’re at war and this is not going to stop. After this week’s brutal terror attacks in France, hopefully everybody now gets it. And there’s only one group that can stop this war: the Muslims themselves. Our job is to arm those Muslims to the teeth, give them everything they need to take out these Islamic fanatics. Let them do the job. Let them have at it. And as they do, we need to simply look the other way. It is time for this to be over, and stop sending American dollars to any Arab country that does not support this mission. Pakistan at the top of the list. Force Arab nations to choose: They’re either with us or they’re against us. And stop with this nuclear negotiation nonsense. They don’t operate the way we do. You can’t negotiate, you can’t mediate, and you can’t bargain. You can’t even reason with these people.

Now I’ve been telling you for a year that they’re coming for us. That there is a reverse crusade in progress -- a Christian genocide. Hundreds of thousands of innocents killed in the Middle East. Seven months ago, I said that we need to bomb ISIS, as it began its steamroll through Iraq -- bomb them, bomb them, and bomb them again -- for which I was roundly criticized. Our country’s response to this threat? The FBI destroys tens of thousands of documents deemed offensive to Islam. The CIA removes the word “Islamic” before “terrorist” in those Benghazi talking points. The Fort Hood massacre, the Oklahoma beheading? Both “workplace violence.” Are we morons?

And as we cower to these Islamic fanatics, our president and former Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton say they will prosecute the man who made the video, free speech be damned. They call murders accompanied by “Allah akbar,” “workplace violence.” This surender is nothing more than a coward's response to the fear of this fanatical terrorism. And this political correctness will be the death of us. They can kill us but we can’t hurt their feelings? I’m surprised the president hasn’t signed a new executive order that simply says, “Don’t offend Muslims.” And make no mistake -- as sure as I’m talking to you, there will be efforts to limit our First Amendment, our free speech, to comply with Sharia blasphemy laws which call for death to those who slander the Prophet Muhammad.

Our government’s response to the terror threat is to have an interfaith dialogue to try to understand and empathize with the enemy. And when they want to shut us up, they call us Islamophobes. Muslim groups like CAIR and the Nation of Islam have been integrated into our society, Muslims invited to worship at our National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. We’re directed by a political correctness that is so bizarre, so disconnected from reality that it does nothing but assist our enemy in our own destruction. They have conquered us through immigration, they have conquered us through interfaith dialogue, and they have conquered us by co-opting our leaders into a position of embarrassment.

As this Islamic cancer metastasizes throughout the world -- Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabab in Somalia, Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, Al Qaeda, ISIS -- and as it goes through Europe, it is headed our way.

"Stop defending Islam, start protecting Americans": After Obama noted violence carried out in the name of religion isn't limited to Islam, Pirro furiously listed off violent attacks by Muslim perpetrators. Pirro cited violent incidents by Muslim perpetrators (while ignoring that right-wing terror was considered the main terrorist threat in the U.S.), asking, “Mr. President, please identify what other violence is being committed against Americans in the name of any other religion -- or is it just a coincidence?”

JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): Mr. President, what’s most interesting is that with the crusaders you so easily identify them as Christians. Why is it so hard for you to identify today’s jihadi terrorists as Muslim? Throw a rock at Christians, no problem, but never speak of Islamic terrorists. Mr. President, aside from the obvious that was then and this is now, the Quran is interpreted by some as demanding jihad, the taxing or killing of nonbelievers, and a worldwide caliphate. And surprise -- today’s terrorists are beheading, imposing that same jizya tax, and in their march to create an even bigger Islamic State. Stop apologizing and stop pussyfooting around with this language dance. We get it -- not all Muslims are terrorists. It was Egypt, a country of 90 percent Muslim that rose up against the jihadists who were also Muslim.

Consider this: The first World Trade center attack in 1993 -- by Muslims. The USS Cole bombers were Muslim. The Fort Hood shooter was Muslim. The shoe bomber was Muslim. The underwear bomber was Muslim. The Boston bombers were Muslim. The September 11 hijackers were Muslim. Mr. President, please identify what other violence is being committed against Americans in the name of any other religion -- or is it just coincidence?

You identify terrible deeds in the name of the Christ. Why not identify terrible deeds in the name of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam? Calling Fort Hood “workplace violence” is a joke. People can’t believe that that’s how you characterize it. But then again, your administration erases words out of reports identifying terrorists as Islamic. Stop defending Islam, start protecting Americans. Stop saying what Islam doesn’t stand for, and start saying what you as our president intend to do about this.

During a 2016 appearance on Fox’s Hannity, Pirro suggested Middle Eastern refugees were violent and couldn’t assimilate. She said this about Middle Eastern refugees: “We've got these guys beating their wives, you've got domestic violence, you've got them hating gays, and we are bringing them to this country. We think they're going to assimilate. They are not.” She also agreed with host Sean Hannity that “this is a clash of cultures.” From the September 20, 2016 edition of Fox News' Hannity

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I honestly think that the issue of not saying "radical Islam," Jay -- and there's such a difference between Hillary and Donald Trump -- the issue of vetting refugees and allowing people that come from cultures that clash -- directly clash with our Constitution, that Americans fundamentally understand that we have to know if they're coming here to become American and assimilate or do they want to proselytize and bring their value system, which is the opposite of ours, with them?

JEANINE PIRRO: It is insane. It's insanity. But when we've got these guys beating their wives, you've got domestic violence, you've got them hating gays, and we are bringing them to this country. We think they're going to assimilate. They are not. And what we've got to do, they've got to move their citizenship --

HANNITY: This is a clash of cultures.

PIRRO: Exactly.

During another appearance on Hannity, Pirro claimed the United States needs to know if refugees or immigrants “believe in Sharia law,” arguing that if they do, “that means it is inconsistent with the Constitution. You do not believe in free speech, you do not believe in women's rights, you do not believe in gay rights.” From the May 24, 2017 edition of Fox News' Hannity

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): How is it that if somebody comes from a country with what I call a clash of cultures -- where they literally believe men should tell women how to dress, and men should tell women if they can go on an airplane and travel or leave the house without a male relative, where gays and lesbians are killed, where Christians and Jews are persecuted -- I'm trying to fully and completely understand why, if you come from that country, we need to know -- do you believe that? Do you want to proselytize us or do you want to join our family?

JEANINE PIRRO: You know, Sean, that is exactly the issue. Do you believe in Sharia law, and if you believe in that, that means it is inconsistent with the Constitution. You do not believe in free speech, you do not believe in women's rights, you do not believe in gay rights. All the things that they would trash you and me for if, God forbid, we didn't believe in those rights, we are willing to allow people that we know are individuals -- actually, we don't know who they are -- to come here, stick to their own rules, and then say, “Gee, if they kill us, well, we have to make sure that nobody commits a crime of hate.” This is hogwash, Sean. And what is happening in the U.K. --

HANNITY: See, you're xenophobic, you're homophobic, you're a racist.

PIRRO: I am not.

HANNITY: Well, that's what the left says.

PIRRO: I am none of those things.

HANNITY: Neither am I.

PIRRO: And I'll tell you why, Sean, and neither are you. The problem is that we expect these people to integrate. And one of the issues is -- and assimilate. One of the issues is they don't want to. And now we've got people in Congress saying because they are de facto segregated from the rest of us that we have to understand that they’re angry with us. We let them in the country.

In 2016, Pirro argued that “we’ve got to start having a conversation about surveillance in mosques” and said she agreed with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich that the United States should “test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.” From the July 15, 2016 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

JEANINE PIRRO: I agree with [Newt Gingrich]. I totally agree with him. We have a president who is an apologist. Look, I'm an amateur and in June of 2014 when I first heard about ISIS, I said bomb them, bomb them, and then bomb them again. I took some heat, but I was right. They were the JV team then. If we had done something, if this president would stop apologizing for what we do, what we are, and stop saying, “You Christians, it's your turn,” as he did at a prayer breakfast, then maybe America would be united in a way where we understand that they're coming. They're here, we're next. I've got to tell you I'm as aggravated as everyone who sat in this chair today. If we've got people standing in the blood of innocent victims when they go for an innocent celebration, then we've got to recognize that we've got a problem at the top of this country.

Our president didn’t want to support [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi. Thirty-five million Egyptians stood up and said, "We don't want the Muslim Brotherhood. We are Muslims, we don't want the Muslim Brotherhood." And this president would prefer to give tanks and airplanes to [former Egyptian President Mohamed] Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, forget that. Right now, they are here, they're going to kill us. Women, children, it doesn't matter. We have got to declare war on them. We've got to start having a conversation about surveillance in mosques. We've got to make sure that in the jails these imams are going in and radicalizing people, they just want to kill us. I mean, how dumb are we? And Newt is right. We're sheep saying, “Why are the wolves killing us?” Or, “Be nice to the wolves, not all wolves are bad.” Baloney!

While guest hosting on Hannity, Pirro asked an imam if “Muslims here in America need to speak out more to try to prevent [terrorist] attacks from happening?” and then cut him off and told another guest that “the Muslim community is not coming forward.” From the December 27, 2016 edition of Fox News' Hannity

JEANINE PIRRO (GUEST HOST): That was President-elect [Donald Trump] during his recent thank you tour vowing to fight radical Islam. After the latest terror attack in Europe and the radical Islamist threat growing around the world, do Muslims here in America need to speak out more to help to try to prevent these attacks from happening?

PIRRO: We have got this Islamic threat. You don't deny that?

IMAM MOHAMMAD ALI ELAHI: Well, judge, before I start --

PIRRO: That's a yes or no. Let’s start with a premise, there is an Islamic threat facing the United States, correct? Yes or no?

ELAHI: Well, let me answer this way. First of all --

PIRRO: No.

ELAHI: I'm going to answer your question. But let me first of all say, I mean, to the Pope Francis prayer for peace in Christmas ceremony --

PIRRO: I'm happy for the Pope.

ELAHI: Peace for Syria, peace for Yemen, peace for Iraq, peace for Holy Land, for Africa. And also peace for America, an America free of racism and hatred and intimidation and violence and crimes, and everything.

PIRRO: What’s your point?

ELAHI: My point is that first of all the expression of “Islamic radical” is kind of hijacking the identity of the Muslims.

PIRRO: OK, all right, you don't like the term. You don't like the term.

ELAHI: It is like somebody --

PIRRO: Can I ask you a question? Who is responsible for the World Trade Center? Who is responsible for San Bernardino? Orlando? Paris? All right, Imam, you know what, you got all your time.

PIRRO: Brigitte, the Muslim community is not coming forward. So Imam, I'm going to give you another chance, I'm going to give you another chance. Otherwise we're going to finish totally with Brigitte. All right, here is the chance. Should the family of the San Bernardino attackers, who saw the weapons, who saw all of the instruments that they used, should they have said something and why didn’t they?

In 2017, Pirro claimed that President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is targeted at “Joe Schmo Muhammad,” who is from a country where “they promised to send in individuals and jihadists to kill us.” From the February 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

JEANINE PIRRO: This is -- and let me make one thing perfectly clear: If you are not a citizen of the United States of America, you do not have the right to come to the United States, period, end of the story. The president has a plenary authority, the power to determine who comes into this country. And all this talk about constitutional rights -- if you are from Somalia, I got a news flash, you do not have constitutional rights in this country. And Congress has agreed with the plenary power authority of the president in terms of national security and immigration with, what is it, 8 U.S.C., what is it, 1182-F. When they said that the president at any time can make a decision to block an alien from coming to this country. So it's not about people with green cards. It's about Joe Schmo Muhammad, who doesn't have any vetting from another country that -- where they promised to send in individuals and jihadists to kill us.


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A ferocious assault continued on ISIL’s final enclave on Wednesday as thousands of fighters and their families poured out of the besieged Syrian town of Baghouz. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the battle was as good as over and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) faced imminent defeat. Smoke billowed […]

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Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria's Reconstruction

Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria's Reconstruction

 

Sirwan Kajjo and Mehdi Jedinia - VOA News

 

Iranian construction companies are to build thousands of residential units in the suburbs of Syria's capital, Damascus, an Iranian state-run news agency has reported.

 

Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) recently quoted a business official with the country's investment association, who announced that Iran would build 200,000 residential units near Damascus.

 

Iraj Rahbar, vice president of Iran's Mass Construction Society, said the massive housing project has come about after the Iranian and Syrian governments signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in January 2019.

 

Tehran has been encouraging prominent Iranian developers to buy property in Damascus, analysts and construction industry sources in Iran said.

 

"This is not the first time that officials encourage developers to invest in Syria," Amir Reza Masoumi, a Tehran-based architect, told VOA.

 

Masoumi, who has knowledge of ongoing discussions, said that instability in Syria has dissuaded many Iranian developers from investing in the war-torn country.

"Even now, details on how to protect the interests of Iranian investors in Syria are still unclear," he said.

 

Since the beginning of Syria's civil war in 2011, Iran has been a major supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in battling Syrian rebels across the country. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terror group, and other Tehran-backed Shiite militias have played a major role in recapturing Syrian cities and towns from rebel forces.

 

Foothold in Syria

 

As the war is waning, Iran wants to keep a strong footing in Syria by urging Iranian construction companies to invest in the war-torn country.

 

"The projected location of these buildings is several parts of Damascus suburbs, where massive destruction has taken place," a Syrian journalist, who requested anonymity because of fears from the Syrian regime, told VOA.

 

"The Syrian regime doesn't make such things public," he added.

 

He said that he has witnessed some Iranian business groups exploring destroyed parts of Damascus, adding that Tehran has already been involved in several other housing projects in Homs and Latakia provinces.

 

Syrian regime troops, supported by allied Iranian forces and Russia, regained full control of eastern Damascus in 2018 after nearly five years of fighting with rebel groups.

 

Iranian officials say that more investments in countries like Syria would help ease some financial pressure on Iran from the international sanctions imposed on the government.

 

"This is a great way of increasing international turnover and benefiting from our capabilities in terms of construction overseas," said Rahbar, of Iran's Mass Construction Society.

 

Experts said Iranian companies would shift their focus to places like Syria since a large number of Iranian investors have been barred from working in the U.A.E. and other Gulf countries, due to inability to transfer money using international banks after recent U.S. sanctions on additional Iranian entities.

 

"There are quite many methods Iranians have learned to subvert sanctions," Masoumi said. "But a big project like this needs a great banking support between both [Syrian and Iranian] governments."

 

During several visits by Syrian officials to Tehran, including a recent one by Assad, large investments and increased financial cooperation between the two allies have been one of the major points of discussion, local news reports said.

 

The Role of Cleric

 

In Damascus, Iran has reportedly relied on a prominent Shiite cleric, Abdullah Nazzam, to arrange its real estate dealings. Using his religious authority in Damascus and ties with the Syrian government, he has persuaded residents to sell their properties to Iranian businessmen.

 

While Iran — a Shiite-majority country — continues to build itself as one of the major players in Syria's future reconstruction, it also wants to carry out a systematic demographic change in many parts of Damascus and elsewhere in Syria, some experts charge.

 

"Iran is exploiting the fact that many Syrians, who are mostly Sunnis, have become extremely poor because of the war, and so it is offering them high prices for their properties that they can't refuse," said Musallam Talas, a professor of economics at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey.

 

Talas told VOA the reason Iran is largely focusing on the housing sector in Syria is the fact that Iranian officials are well aware of how significant rebuilding that sector would be in the future.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the cost of reconstruction in Syria is almost $400 billion. Nearly 65 percent of that amount would go to the housing sector, according to IMF data.

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Baghuz Battle Against IS Remnants 'as Good as Over'

Baghuz Battle Against IS Remnants 'as Good as Over'

 

Jeff Seldin – Voice of America

 

Fires raged to the sound of gunfire and exploding artillery shells overnight in the Islamic State enclave of Baghuz in what U.S.-backed forces hope will be the last night for the terror group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

Syrian Democratic Forces have been closing in on the last shred of IS territory in northeastern Syria, advancing slowly due to the presence of mines and booby traps, encountering what they describe as fierce resistance.

But by midday Tuesday, SDF officials were optimistic the caliphate’s death knell was near.

"The operation is over, or as good as over, but requires a little more time to be completed practically," SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel told al-Hadath TV.

 

Earlier in the day, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said the U.S.-backed forces had advanced against IS in Baghuz on multiple axis, killing 38 IS fighters, even as they fought back, launching two rockets of their own.

Bali said IS positions in Baghuz were also pounded by 20 coalition airstrikes, which destroyed numerous defensive fortifications, weapons depots and several command posts.

Despite the heavy fighting, he said the SDF had suffered minimal casualties, with only three killed and another 10 wounded.

The SDF launched its final assault on the IS enclave late Sunday after pausing operations for nearly a week to allow more than 20,000 civilians, many related to IS fighters, to evacuate Baghuz for displaced persons camps. Hundreds of fighters also surrendered.

 

Officials with both the SDF and the United States were expecting a difficult battle over the collection of tents and wrecked buildings spanning no more than 1.6 square kilometers.

IS has been using a network of tunnels, caves and trenches to hide and launch counter attacks. U.S. and SDF officials described the system as complex, extending possibly for more than two kilometers, and rigged with explosives and booby traps.

 

Sources close to SDF leadership told VOA late Monday that although the battle for Baghuz was entering its final stages, there was concern the tunnel network might be even more extensive than initially thought.

They had also voiced concern about how many IS fighters were left to defend the last shred of the terror group's self-declared caliphate, saying despite all the evacuations, hundreds of fighters, or more, might still be preparing to make a final stand.

A senior U.S. defense official said many of those still in Baghuz had been moving with IS for years, sticking with the terror group battle after battle.

“They want to continue the fight even if there’s not a physical territory to protect,” the official said.

Other U.S. officials have warned that IS used the evacuation of thousands of civilians in order to buy time.

The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, Gen. Joseph Votel, told U.S. lawmakers last week the evacuations were not a surrender but a “calculated decision” and part of a strategy to allow the terror group to complete its transition to a clandestine insurgency.

In an audio recording posted online Sunday, an IS fighter claiming to be in Baghuz called on other followers to find inspiration in the fight and take action.

“My brothers in Europe and in the whole world ... be fierce and hard on the Crusaders,” the fighter said, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group. “Kill them and displace them in revenge for your religion and your dignity.”

In a video, likely recorded in February in Baghuz, another fighter says death would be a “victory” for the last of the IS defenders as they never lost their faith.

 

Despite losing administrative control over almost all the land it once held in Syria and Iraq, U.S. defense officials warn IS still has "tens of thousands" of fighters working either as part of sleeper cells or as part of an active, clandestine insurgency.

A series of reports issued starting last year warned IS could have as many as 30,000 followers and fighters in Syria and Iraq, with officials cautioning they remain "well-positioned" to rebuild a physical caliphate.

 

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Фото: The U.S. Army / Flickr«Мир в Афганистане требует соглашения по четырем вопросам: контртеррористические гарантии [со стороны талибов], вывод войск США и их союзников, межафганский диалог и прекращение огня. Мы согласовали проект договоренности по первым двум», - отметил Халилзад.

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Tweet (Borzou Daragahi):
"Amazing. Remember the young woman who was duped into spraying the half brother of North Korea's ruler with fatal nerve gas by being told it was part of a reality TV show? She's been suddenly released from prison at request of Indonesia."
"Syria Notifies Israel It Will Attack If IDF Doesn't Leave Golan Heights" (Durden).

Is it even legal for the JYT to publish something that is true?  I mean, how does that even work? I can't get my head around it.  "Two Weeks After Daily Stormer Said It, NYT Admits Maduro Burning Aid Trucks is a Hoax" (Anglin) (see also Greenwald on CNN's outright lying, and Johnson on an earlier example of a correction).  The fact that the JYT is debunking an Assholian deep state conspiracy, based on the 'analysis' of Bellingcat (!!!), means that the American IC/MIC is deeply conflicted about how Guido is being run.  Somebody didn't do their homework, and didn't realize that the relationship between the Venezuelan government and the Venezuelan army is such that this kind of regime change stunting won't work in Venezuela.  We've simultaneously reached the point - made even clearer by the recent Warsaw debacle in which even the Eurotrash, the most spineless group of people in human history, wouldn't comply with Pompeo's direct and unambiguous orders - where the Assholian Empire simply can't afford any more failures.  Empires can't be seen as consistently ordering things to happen, and then having them not happen.  Piling on with stunt moves like killing patients in hospital beds by shutting off the electricity just makes the Empire look weaker.

This isn't really a correction.  A correction is when you make a factual mistake, and set the record straight.  What this is a rejigging of the lying, based on a new propaganda need.

Tweet (Mark Ames):
"Trump's Venezuela regime-change plan hasn't even bothered updating this old 1963 CIA plan for Cuba regime-change, which calls for using harsh economic sanctions + electricity sabotage + fomenting military rebellion. US Empire as stagnant as it is cruel "
"Wow, Marco Rubio Is Dumb" (Boddiger). Tweet (bernardo canto)"
"Puerto Rico was out of power for 11 months you psychopath"
This is the Barry that Omar was talking about:  tweet (Nathan J Robinson):
"I find this quote from Obama's deputy immigration policy director really disturbing. We separated families like crazy and Republicans wouldn't give us any credit! We ruined countless lives to show we were tough and nobody praised us! Yeah maybe you shouldn't have done that."
"Nancy Pelosi Says That If America’s Capitol Collapses, We’ll Still Send Billions to Israel" (Anglin):
"Just think of all of these important things that Israel does for us.

It’s too many to even count.

For starters, they’re the only democracy in the Middle East. And one of the most important things for America is that there is a democracy in the Middle East. Just imagine what would happen if there was no democracy in the Middle East?

For another thing, they’re our greatest ally. If we lost our greatest ally, then what?

So really, when Nancy Pelosi talks about how if Washington, DC was destroyed in some kind of a war or other catastrophe, our number one priority would be figuring out how to send money to Israel, she is really just talking about a practical matter.

Also, it is really the fault of Christians that Jews are using the American government to send billions upon billions of dollars to Israel. After all, the real Israeli lobby is all Christians. Even if it is actually all Jews doing it, it is somehow the fault of Christians who watch John Hagee.

The important thing to remember is that there is a way to criticize Israel’s relationship to the United States, but the way to do that is not to say that the Israeli lobby exists. You have to start from a position where you don’t say it exists."
 Tweet (Ann Coutler):
"If Sen. McSally had a sense of humor, she'd name her rapist as Alan Dershowitz."

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Tweets (Tulsi Gabbard). She is literally the only sane choice from either party.

"Bernie Sanders-Style Politics Are Defining 2020 Race, Unnerving Moderates" (Martin/Ember) (((('donors'))) and their employees are terrified, not that a progressive Democrat will lose, but that she or he might win):
"And about the Republican strategy, led by Mr. Trump himself, to pin the “socialism” label on the Democrats in 2020?

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said it was mostly just his party’s elite “donor class” that had anything to fear from a sweeping, progressive agenda.

Well, them and the arbiters of conventional political wisdom, he added.

“What we’ve learned from last two presidential elections is that nobody knows anything,” Mr. Schatz said of the election of former President Barack Obama and Mr. Trump. “The people who write op-eds and stroke their chins and tell us how to win are the people who have been getting it wrong for almost two decades now.”"
"Power Failure and Blackout: An Update on the Situation in Venezuela" (Strether).  "Venezuela Denounces US Participation in Electric Sabotage".  Little Marco knew more about the details than he should have known, and also seemed able to predict that this would happen.  "The Psychosis of the Neocons: Senator Marco Rubio “Makes Fun” of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People" (Nimmo).

Speaking of Albright:  two devils: tweet (William Owen):
"500,000 dead Iraqi children and a coup in Venezuela "
"Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?" (Ciccariello-Maher) (Guido's a big bust, and is now more valuable to the CIA as the short end of a false flag):
"On Monday, Guaidó made a less-than-triumphant return to Venezuela and, despite his violation of a travel ban, the government has opted not to arrest him for now. If anything, Maduro will protect him at all costs: Amid threats on Guaidó’s life, the Lima Group has warned of dire consequences should anything happen to him. If Guaidó were to be killed, however, it would almost certainly be at the hands of a Venezuelan right-wing eager to provoke military intervention (the government has dismantled similar plots in the past)."
"Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al: “Informed Consent” and the Political Contempt for Human Life" (Deutsch).  Bolsonaro, Guido, Trudeau, peas in a pod and the statesmen of our time.  "The hidden key to the SNC-Lavalin scandal" (Garossano).

"Macron Calls for “European Renaissance” in Controversial Alt-Right Pivot" (Durocher).  "Macron publishes platform for European elections calling for EU police state" (Lantier).  "Algeria: The Iceberg That Could Sink Emmanuel Macron" (McConnell). It is useful for people to see what a Khazarocracy looks like:  "Act 17: Police soak Yellow Vest demonstrators with water cannon, fire teargas (VIDEO)".  Tweet (Sarah Abdallah):
"Meet the unarmed protesters who have been mutilated by Putin’s thugs. Oh no wait... These are demonstrators disfigured by Macron’s police in France. Nothing to see here. "
"Rouhani and Imran Khan Discussion Action Against al Qaeda":
"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to take “decisive” action against the al-Qaeda* linked Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group which claimed responsibility for the deadly 13 February terror attack against IRGC forces on a highway in eastern Iran near the Pakistani border.

‘We are awaiting your decisive action against these terrorists,” Rouhani told Khan in a phone call on Saturday, as quoted by Press TV.

The Iranian leader added that Iran was “fully ready to cooperate with the Pakistani Army and government to eradicate these terrorists, whose presence is not in favour of us, you or the region.”

“We should not allow decades of friendship and fraternity between the two countries to be affected by the actions of small terrorist groups, the source of whose financing and arms is known to us both,” Rouhani stressed.

Tehran earlier accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States of facilitating terrorist violence against Iran.

Khan reportedly responded that Pakistani forces had closed in on the terrorists’ hideouts, and that there would soon be “good news” for Iran.

“It is in Pakistan’s own interest not to allow our territory to be used by terrorist groups, and the Pakistani army is prepared to confront the terrorists more decisively with the information provided by Iran,” the Pakistani prime minister said, according to Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency."
"Mueller's Manafort Scam: 4 Years In The Slammer For Helping Ukraine Against Russia!"(McCarthy).  It can't be repeated enough that there is wrongdoing, but it all involves Ukrainians, the people who have set up much of #Russiagate.  The short sentence reflects the fact that what Manafort did is standard, bipartisan, operating procedure in Washington, done by all these political camp followers peddling influence, and the only reason Manafort ended up in a courtroom was the need to find somebody to take the fall for #Russiagate, simply to prove that it exists in some form, so the Democrats could maintain their precious ((('donor'))) model of grifting.  He's a terrible fellow, and indubitably a crook, but also a victim.

"Trump and the Gordian Knot, Year Two" (Armstrong).  It remains unclear if Trump, what with all those circumcised dicks in his mouth, has completely given up on MAGA and decided to take a break from sanity to collect more shekels, or whether the most recent round of nonsensical behavior is just some kind of head fake before he returns to electioneering mode.  Despite everything, he still hasn't crossed any Rubicons.

Yank and Yang and dine:  tweets (Daniel Schulman). Trump consistently invites the local human trafficker/pimp to dine with him and his fancy pals, and the pimp sets up an office to sell seats at the same table.  This strikes as more of a real scandal than the entirety of #Russiagate.

"The Trump-Yang Voter Explained" (Wallace).  "Andrew Yang Rejects Support From White Nationalists" (Wallace).  There are two big elephants in the room - the Anthropocene, and the massive job losses which are going to occur very soon due to various forms of automation.  It is striking that both are completely ignored by most of the political classes, and Yang is the only one even mentioning the massive social effects of the job losses.

"Syria Preparing Its Missiles for the Next Battle with Israel" (Magnier).  It would be hilarious if Israel reached its inevitable ignoble end as a result of some desperation Bibi campaign stunt.

The English language has an expression 'if the shoe fits', and the Khazars, as part of their Jewish pseudoscience of psychoanalysis, have the concept of projection.  "Did pro-Israel lobby funding influence Democrats' responses to Ilhan Omar?" (Perkins).  "The Shameful Attack that Backfired" (Zogby).  Tweet (Roosh):
"PornHub employee appears on Reddit AMA criticizing their forced incest porn trend to say that it is "antisemitic rhetoric." Thing is, no one brought up the Jews. She quickly edited her comment. "
It is not uncommon for the guilty to misinterpret what they hear as an accusation that in fact has not been made.  Omar has in fact been extremely careful throughout in what she says, as devastating as it has turned out to be, because the Khazars and their beshekeled stooges consistently rushed to fill in the blanks.  It is interesting that the things that she didn't say, the words they put in her mouth to make a better story - largely as bait to the Americans who see a visible Muslim - the quintessential elements of 'anti-Semitism', are actually 100% true.  Note from the Mandel tweet that he actually admits everything, but claims it is just self-defense for the poor universal victims buying a little respite from the haters (and a series of wars which have ruined the lives of millions of people).

More 'emperor's new clothes' truth, and gleeful responses to finally hearing it:  "Ilhan Omar Blasts Obama For "Caging Of Kids" Along Border, 'Getting Away With Murder' Overseas" (Durden).

"Meghan McCain Ridiculed After Accusing Jewish Cartoonist Of Anti-Semitic Cartoon Of Her" (Scarce).

"More Power to You Miss Omar" (Margolis) (such a 'nice' people!):
"The prescient and courageous Pat Buchanan said it years ago: the US Congress was ‘Israeli occupied territory.’ His political career was ruined.

So was my mother’s career. She was one of the first American female journalists to cover the Mideast in the early 1950’s. After extensively reporting the unknown fact that there were nearly one million Palestinian refugees driven from the new state of Israel, she was silenced by advertisers pulling ads from the papers she wrote for and, finally, threats to throw acid in my face. Her career was ruined."
"If US sanctions Turkey, can India be far behind?" (Bhadrakumar) (but was it really Melania?):
"The Turks harbour the suspicion that the failed coup in July 2016, which was masterminded by the Turkish Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen living in Pennsylvania in exile for the past two decades, had covert American support.

Last week, incidentally, US First Lady Melania Trump visited a pre-kindergarten class in Oklahoma, which Ankara believes is linked to supporters of Gulen. Turks believe that the White House was taunting Erdogan."
"“Canada’s Dershowitz”, Apologist for Israeli War Crimes, nominated for Peace Prize" (Engler). Cotler.  A total monster, a man so evil that most of us can't even comprehend it.  Blood pours from his fangs, so he is a perfect winner.

Although it is not, of course, in the (((media))), the fish-in-a-barrel murder tactics of the 'nice' people - I just can't get over how consistently 'nice' they are! - continues, week by week:  tweets (Billy):
"My former doctor, a wonderful human being from London, Ontario, Canada, was shot by Israeli security forces. He was there to treat casualties and conduct research on 3D printed tourniquets. He never approached the fence."
"Why is there so little media skepticism about Leaving Neverland and its allegations against Michael Jackson?" (Walsh).  Both alleged 'victims' have separately been completely debunked.  Oprah Winfrey is working overtime to sell this drivel, and she is essentially an employee of David Geffen, with this movie part of the massive Geffen-protection racket of distraction.  Geffen is infamous for being the big 'Hollywood' pedo ringleader, and the strategy - which includes the Atlantic take-down of Singer (also guilty as hell, but a relatively small fish) - has been very successful, with Geffen never mentioned except on the gossip sites.  The same (((people))) are still finding ways to make money off poor Michael.
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"The Trump Challenge: How Many Circumcised Cocks Can You Fit in Your Mouth?" (Anglin):
"Look.
I can handle a little bit of kikesucking. But this is now officially out of control. It has become unreasonable."
"Has Trump Gone Full Neocon??" (Whitney).  Note how Bolton was supposed to be in Canberra but managed to muscle his way to Hanoi:  "Bolton’s Act of Sabotage" (Macilwain).

"Dual Loyalty as Racism" (Mykytyn).  One of these things is was not like the others:  "bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty".  "Transgender Prof: Excluding Men From Women's Sports Is Like Excluding Black Women".  A lot of this is starting to sound like an reductio ad absurdum trick to undermine identity politics.

"Ilhan Omar: Obama’s a ‘pretty face’ who got ‘away with murder’" (Fredericks).  She's fearless, and has reached the point of just taunting them with a never-ending stream of truth bombs.

It was striking, and clarifying, how the Khazars went automatically to their bastion of bullying power, the Holocaust, in their dirty attacks on truth.  You'd think they might have just a smidgen of shame, but they don't:  "Oh, Here We Go Again, or, “The Holocaust”: Bringing White People to Heel Since 1967".  The idea that 'dual loyalty' charges are impossible now because the Nazis might have made similar charges in the 1930s is ridiculous, all the more so when such charges are so obviously true (much more so now with the existence of Israel).  (((Their))) loyalties, and the shameless way (((they))) flaunt them, are actually quite amusing:  "If he fails in his bid to serve as government chief, Farhi plans to return to Israel, he told Ynet News."

"Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela" (Roberts).

Sabotaging the power grid in Venezuela is the kind of useless trouble making that you would expect from punks like Abrams and Bolton.

"Assad's Tehran Visit Signals Iran's Victory in Syria " (Cartalucci):
". . . the world is witnessing a 21st century rendition of the British Empire's withdrawal from around the globe, stubbornly being thrown out of one corner of its realm after the other until relegated as Washington's subordinate. For Washington, there is no other Western power for it to hand the torch of Western imperialism over to. Once it is evicted from around the globe, it will struggle to find a relevant or more constructive role to play in these regions ever again.

By virtue of Washington's shortsightedness and its inability to adapt to the world as it really is versus how Washington desires it to be - Washington has proven itself unfit to lead the "international order" it presumes dominion over.

In a global order predicated on "might makes right," Washington is now faced with the reality of no longer being mightiest, and thus no longer "right.""
"Pentagon Gives Erdogan An Ultimatum: Don't Expect Our F-35s If You Buy Russian S-400s" (Durden).  So the threat is you can't have our pilot-killing joke of a plane leaving you free to buy far superior tech from the Russians?

"On Int’l Women’s Day, Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Assault Women of the Wailing Wall".  It is always going to be amazing that Israel is one of the most profoundly hateful places on the planet but solely through Khazar control of the (((media))) manages to pinkwash itself into some kind of world beacon of intersectional love and understanding.

"Did secret nuclear talks with Donald Trump trigger the killing of Jamal Khashoggi? Security expert's claim gives a chilling explanation for Saudi activist's shocking slaughter" ('Owen Wilson').  These are the real impeachable offenses of Trump and his boss, President Jared.

"Saudi investment fund hires US PR firm to create distance from crown prince" (Pecquet).

"Cover-up in India’s 1984 Golden Temple Massacre? British Involvement Revealed" (Miller).  Might have to wait for Corbyn to get the information.

"Pence Urged Germany To Provoke Russian Navy " (Durden):
"Interestingly, Merkel's stance wasn't based on any principled desire to promoted peace or prevent needless provocations which could potentially spark regional war between Ukraine and Russia and western allies, but out of concern it essentially "wasn't enough"."
"Over 30 New York scholars and activists spied on by former Mossad agents".  The amount of effort put into this kind of thing is amazing, and has completely failed, even backfired.

"Chelsea Manning Jailed For Refusing To Testify About Wikileaks" (Durden). MI6 gloatingBackground.

"Zuckerberg Has 70+ Personal Guards, Spends $10 Million Each Year in Security While He Shills For Open Borders" (Pomidor Quixote).  "Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State" (Agorist).

(((They))) are going after Winstanley now:  tweet:
"Comrades, friends, well wishers: I'm inundated and I can't keep up with all the outraged texts, calls and emails sending solidarity. Please be patient a little while longer: the truth will be revealed soon."
Tweet (Wedaddy):
"🇩🇿 Algeria: based on the massive turnout today, it's no longer a matter of debate; Algeria is in the midst of peaceful homegrown civic uprising against the clan & the Algerian deep state "
Tweet (Savvy and Realistic Democrat):
"Who says Realistic Democrats aren't ambitious? My policy agenda: • (means-tested) • Trope Police, to sniff out hurtful tropes against military aid packages • Rehab programs for ALL imprisoned parents of truant children (means-tested) • "

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"US Envoy Tried to Freeze Made-Up Venezuelan Accounts in Swiss Banks in Prank" (buried the lede) (see also):
"The pranksters also held one more conversation with Abrams in March, according to Russia 24, where the Special Representative told them that the US is not planning military intervention in Venezuela, but would like to “make the Venezuelan military nervous,” regarding possible guarantees ruling out military threats from the US to be “a tactical mistake.” However, according to the phone call, Abrams said that the main sources of leverage against the Venezuelan government are still financial, economic and diplomatic pressure."
"Venezuela: Broad Support for Guaidó Reveals Stark Contempt for International Law" (Quinn).

Tweet (Alan MacLeod):
"This article from an 🇦🇷Argentina is pretty 🔥🔥🔥 It reveals: 1. Guaidó managed to convince Mike Pence half the military would join him 2. Pence somehow believed him 3. 0.1% of the Venezuelan army has joined Guaidó 4. Pence is furious at Guaidó"
I'm not sold on this, as I doubt Pence is listening to Guido, but he may very well be furious at the CIA for their typical horrendous intelligence work.  Of course, this may just be setting up Trump throwing Guido under the bus on the basis that he lied to Pence.

"Pure: Ten Points I Just Can’t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative" (Murray):
"The very first person to discover the Skripals ill on a park bench in Salisbury just happened to be the Chief Nurse of the British Army, who chanced to be walking past them on her way back from a birthday party. How lucky was that? The odds are about the same as the chance of my vacuum cleaner breaking down just before James Dyson knocks at my door to ask for directions. There are very few people indeed in the UK trained to give nursing care to victims of chemical weapon attack, and of all the people who might have walked past, it just happened to be the most senior of them!"
"The MSM just realised the “Integrity Initiative” is a thing" (Knightly) (for more background on the scalliwags involved, see also tweets by Tim Hayward). The (((media))) kept the entire Integrity Initiative scandal under wraps until they needed it for another evidence-less Russian hacking claim!

Greenwald versus MI6.  "Michael Cohen Scooped by Julian Assange" (Garrison).  This whole mess started when Stone, trying to get hired by the Trump campaign, claimed he had privileged access to Assange, and thus Clinton emails. He didn't have such access - his friend Credico may have had it - but Stone's self-advertising has grown into a monster in the hands of the Clintonistas.

The American government is going after Assange again through pressure on Manning (and through the usual American abuse of the IMF):  "With Ecuador’s Cooperation Bought by IMF Loans, Washington Waxes Optimistic on Assange Extradition" (Webb).

 Tweet (WikiLeaks):
"Trump losing the meme war to 2020 upstart already? Internet memers flock to 's campaign centered around AI driven mass job loss and universal basic income (UBI). See "
"Man who witnessed rape by UAE-linked fighters in Yemen found dead":
"Protesters have rallied in Yemen's port city of Aden for a fourth day, angry at the killing of a man who testified against four Emirati-backed fighters accused of raping a seven-year-old boy."
Tweet (Asa Winstanley):
"Dov Hikind was a member of the terrorist group JDL in the 1970s -- Meir Kahane's group which bombed Palestinian, Arab and Soviet civilian targets in the US."
Tweet (Dan Cohen):
".@MeghanMcCain is a Christian Zionist – an ideology that sees Jewish immigration to “Israel” as a precursor to the rapture, in which Jews who don’t accept Jesus burn in hell for eternity. Her teary-eyed display of philo-semitism is actually anti-semitic."
"While she doesn’t have Jewish family, she began to tear up as she described former Sen. Joe Lieberman and his wife Hadassah as her family." Omar's still got it!  I tear up when I think of Lieberman too.

"LILLEY: Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes' cryptic message".  Also some shade cast by the prosecutors who Justin was trying desperately to circumvent.

Tweet (Canada Middle East Progress):
"You were pretty ok with Palestinian Journalists being shot by the IDF in Gaza."
Speaking of Nazis:  "Deputized As Election Monitors, Ukrainian Ultranationalists 'Ready To Punch' Violators". This is strange coming from Radio Free Europe, which would normally be singing hosannas at these CIA assets.

Tweet (Seth Mandel) (the first President to take the shekels, and in return recognized the Khazar land theft against all the advice of his own experts):
"Nothing but respect for MY president"
Rahm went as a volunteer to assist the IDF in its mass murdering, literally the definition of 'dual loyalty' (see also the concentration camp guard, and the Goldman guy at the JTY who runs their Trump-collusion racket)!:  "I’ve Faced the Charge of Dual Loyalty".  Rahm wanted to run again for mayor of Chicago, but couldn't as the people of Chicago despise him too much.

Note that Pelosi's silly omnibus anti-hate resolution offends the first principle of Khazar indoctrination of the silly goyim, which is that there is no other suffering on a moral plane with Khazar suffering.  "Speaking from the House floor on Thursday, Engel said he supports the resolution, but that he wished the resolution would single out just anti-Semitism."

"Shock & horror: Anti-Semitism spreads to China" (The Irish Savant):
". . . a new best-seller called Currency Wars has really set the cat among the pigeons. The book’s author, Song Hongbing, claims that behind world-changing events like the battle of Waterloo, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, President Kennedy’s assassination, and the deep recession in Asia during the 1990s stood an intricate conspiracy aimed at increasing Jews’ wealth and influence. In fact he claims that almost every defining historical moment has been instigated by Jewish bankers, and mainly the Rothschild family, which Song says dominates the global banking system, including the US Federal Reserve System."
"French resist effort to censor criticism of Zionism" (Abunimah).  Resistance to the Khazarocracy is breaking out all over.

Note that they'll put up with just about anything except pissing off Soros:  "The end of Germany’s Orbán affair" (Karnitschnig).

"Trump Move on US Troops In Syria Does Not Bode Well For US-Turkey Relations" (Jay).

"Garamendi resolves to repeal broad military authorization act" (Keys).

"Facing 1000s Of Lawsuits, Oxycontin Maker Purdue Weighs Bankruptcy Filing" (Durden).

"Embassy Staffers Say Jared Kushner Shut Them Out of Saudi Meetings" (Banco).

The standard wide range of opinion in American high-level 'journalism', from blood-pouring-from-the-fangs Zionist, all the way over to blood-pouring-from-the-fangs Zionist.

"North Korea as a Small Great Power" (Korhonen/Mori):
"Addendum: March 1, 2019
The text of the article was finalized in February 2019, about a week before the Hanoi summit of 27-28 February. The fact that President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un ended their meeting without an agreement does not appear to us as a big surprise. There is still a gap in the American perception of North Korea, especially on the point of steadfastly maintaining the full array of international sanctions, which for North Korea are not only an economic issue, but also an issue of prestige and an indication of the existing level of confidence, which they appear to deem to be too low still. However, this gap also seems to be closing little by little. Both leaders treated each other with cordial respect, and the comments from both sides after the summit allowed ample leeway for further negotiations. As Rüdiger Frank suggests, we should view the summit not as a failure, but as a step along the process whereby US-North Korean relations are developing from infancy to maturity ‘US-North Korea Relations: From Infancy to Maturity’, 38North. A sensible historical precedent for this meeting would probably be the 1986 summit between President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykyavik, Iceland. Also at that time the talks collapsed and the leaders parted without an agreement, but both parties then knew much better the essential points of each other’s positions and the array of domestic pressures they were facing, leading a year later to a positive breakthrough in their relations. This is also completely possible in the US-North Korean negotiations."
Tweet (John Clarke):
""This is the greatest success of the ’s hasbara: Say one critical word about and you’re labeled an . And labeled an anti-Semite, your fate is obvious. has to break this cursed cycle.""
Tweet (Ben Kling):
"I know it's cliche to say so, but this hospital charging parents "$39.95" to hold their newborn baby is a REALLY tight microcosm of capitalism."

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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria's Foreign Ministry is blasting U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for his comments in which he vowed to push for U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights calling them "arrogant" and stressing that Israeli occupation will eventually end.

The ministry's statement on Tuesday said that ...

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Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave yesterday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over. The besieged enclave of Baghouz is the...
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Islamic State may be on the brink of defeat in Syria, but its ideology remains a potent recruitment tool. In the American midwest, a region that has proved fertile ground for the terror group and other extremist recruiters, communities and law...
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Inside The Last Syrian Village Under ISIS Control As the Terror Group Makes its Last Stand

An incredibly brave Richard Engel, traveling with a group of Kurdish fighters closing in on ISIS last remaining village in Syria. He approaches a group of ISIS women, the wives of ISIS fighters and their children. The women are being driven off to a detention camp.

But when NBC's Richard Engel gets close, the unrepentant ISIS women ATTACK Engel with water bottles, calling him the infidel.


Little children flash the ISIS symbol at Engel


Lotta credit to Richard Engel for this great reporting.

WATCH HERE: The unrepentant ISIS woman threaten him, saying they will be coming to his land.



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·         ‘Tin vui’ nào cho EVFTA sau Đối thoại nhân quyền EU-VN? (VOA) - Khi đó, toàn bộ trách nhiệm lịch sử sẽ phải quy cho đảng CSVN - một chính đảng mà bằng thói đàn áp nhân quyền bất chấp đã bít luôn cửa vào thị trường châu Âu của hàng trăm ngàn doanh nghiệp Việt Nam.
·         Cố vấn an ninh Mỹ: Không để Trung Quốc biến Biển Đông thành tỉnh mới (RFI) - Trong bài trả lời đài truyền hình Mỹ Fox News hôm 10/03/2019, cố vấn an ninh quốc gia Hoa Kỳ John Bolton đã tuyên bố rằng các hành động của Trung Quốc ở Biển Đông là điều « hoàn toàn không thể chấp nhận được ». Hoa Kỳ, theo ông Bolton, sẽ tiếp tục có những hoạt động nhằm ngăn Bắc Kinh biến Biển Đông thành « một tỉnh mới của Trung Quốc ».
·         An Giang: Gần 1.000 công nhân đình công trở lại làm việc (RFA) - Khoảng 1.000 công nhân công ty TNHH may mặc Lu An có vốn đầu tư Trung Quốc ở khu Công nghiệp Bình Hòa, huyện Châu Thành, tỉnh An Giang, đã trở lại làm việc vào ngày 11/3 sau hai ngày đình công phản đối điều kiện làm việc.
·         Phụ nữ vườn rau Lộc Hưng bị tấn công vào tuần qua (RFA) - Ít nhất hai phụ nữ có nhà bị phá hủy tại vườn Rau Lộc Hưng vào tuần qua bị công an tấn công, sách nhiễu. Mạng báo UCANews đưa tin hôm 11/3/2019.
·         Chuyện Phạm Cao Lâm bị Thái Lan trục xuất về Việt Nam (BBC) - Người nói không liên quan gì đến Trương Duy Nhất nhưng bị trục xuất cho biết ông chỉ làm việc “từ thiện”.
·         VNTB - Vợ ông Châu văn Khảm kêu gọi giúp đỡ (VNTB) - Diên Vỹ lược dịch VNTB - Gia đình ông Khảm cho rằng những lời buộc tội là vô lý và không đúng. Ông Châu Văn Khảm vượt biên tới Úc vào năm 1982. Bốn năm sau đó ông kết hôn và có hai con trai, Daniel, 31 và Dennis, 29 tuổi. Ông Khảm mở một cửa hàng giặt ủi ở Sydney và sau đó là một tiệm bánh và làm việc đến khi nghỉ hưu năm năm trước, và từ đó trở thành người hăng hái ủng hộ dân chủ. Nguyên nhân đã khiến ông Khảm- 69 tuổi, thành viên của Việt Tân - trở lại quê hương là "tìm hiểu thực tế" về hồ sơ nhân quyền của Việt Nam trước khi bị bắt vào ngày 15 tháng 1 năm 2019.
·         Sẽ kiểm tra, giám sát việc thu phí 11 trạm BOT (RFA) - Tổng Cục Đường Bộ Việt Nam cho biết vừa lập kế hoạch kiểm tra, giám sát công tác thu phí của 11 trạm thu phí đường bộ BOT trên cả nước.
·         Tăng giá điện: Chỉ cần độc quyền XHCN là sẽ được hưởng lợi đủ thứ (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Tường Thuỵ - Tại sao ngành điện không chịu học ngành viễn thông về mở cửa thị trường, tạo cạnh tranh để người dân được lợi? Ngành điện mà khâu phân phối và truyền tải vẫn độc quyền do Tập đoàn Điện lực VN (EVN) nắm giữ, với sự 'chống lưng' của Bộ Công thương và Bộ Tài chính. Vị thế đó, giá điện bao năm qua phải ‘cõng’, và từng phải ‘cõng’ luôn những chi phí vô lý như xe sang, biệt thự; lỗ tỷ giá; chi phí hiếu hỉ, nghỉ ...
·         Rọ mõm và nền hành chính quốc gia minh bạch (BoxitVN) - Đặng Đình Mạnh - Trong một quốc gia, bất luận ý thức hệ như thế nào thì nền hành chính công vẫn phải dựa vào kiềng ba chân: Công sở, công vụ và công chức vận hành theo một số nguyên tắc quản trị căn bản. Trong đó, nguyên tắc mà công chúng vẫn thường nghe nhắc đến nhiều nhất trong giai đoạn hiện nay là tính công khai, minh bạch, đúng thẩm quyền và có sự kiểm tra, giám sát.
·         Đẩy cái khó cho dân – Tư duy muôn thuở (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Tuấn Anh - Bộ trưởng Nguyễn Văn Thể: mất bằng lái phải thi lại. Ông Khuất Việt Hùng: không cần chứng minh vi phạm, cứ xử phạt trước rồi người dân nếu thấy sai, có thể kiện ra toà. Hai câu nói của hai người làm giao thông cùng cho thấy một cách nghĩ giống nhau. Tư duy đẩy việc khó cho người dân luôn túc trực trong đầu những người quản lý với thói quen ăn trên ngồi chốc vô cùng tệ hại. Công nghệ thông tin phát triển nhanh, cho phép con ...
·         Có nên bắn hết những kẻ là tác giả đường sắt trên cao Cát Linh – Hà Đông? (BoxitVN) - Nguyen Ngoc Chu - 1. ĐẮT VƯỢT NGOÀI MỌI SỰ TƯỞNG TƯỢNG. Đường sắt trên cao Cát Linh – Hà Đông dài 13,1 km có giá là 891,92 triệu USD. Bình quân 45.184.732 USD/km. Sự đắt đỏ có lẽ không kém sự nâng khống giá trong vụ AVG: từ 500 tỷ lên 8900 tỷ (gần 18 lần). 2. GÁNH NỢ KHỔNG LỒ. Theo công văn Bộ Tài chính gửi cho Bộ GTVT, hàng năm Bộ GTVT phải trả cho Trung Quốc 28,8 triệu USD cho khoản vay ưu đãi từ China EximBank (250 triệu USD), ...
·         Tham nhũng chính sách tại liên Bộ NN&PTNT – Bộ KH&CN (BoxitVN) - Minh Châu
VNTB - Tham nhũng chính sách được chính phủ Việt Nam gọi là “lợi ích nhóm”. Đó là khi những người có quyền lực (chủ yếu là tiền) sử dụng nó để điều chỉnh chính sách theo hướng có lợi cho họ trong tương lai. Tất nhiên, quá trình “điều chỉnh” này đồng thời tước đoạt lợi ích của những người yếu thế hơn. Người giàu giàu hơn và người nghèo nghèo đi. Nước mắm nhỉ. Chiều ngày 8-3, Cục Chế biến và Phát triển thị trường nông sản (Bộ Nông nghiệp ...
·         Ai có thể giúp giữ được nước mắm truyền thống? (RFA) - Các nhà sản xuất nước mắm truyền thống lo ngại trong tương lai không xa, nước mắm truyền thống không còn chỗ đứng trên thị trường.
·         VNTB - Nước mắm truyền thống "lép vế" trước nước chấm công nghiệp?(VNTB) - Nguyễn Hiền VNTB - Nhưng Masan cũng dính không ít tỳ vết đen, một trong số đó là đạo diễn vụ nước tương có 3MCPD và nước mắm có Asen theo hướng “ngậm máu phun người”. Từ việc Chinsu bị phát hiện 3MCPD, nhưng ông Quang đã nhanh chóng tung ra nước tương Tam thái tử và thách thức người dùng phát hiện ra 3MCPD với giá trị giải thưởng lên đến 1 tỷ đồng, đi kèm theo đó là quay ngược tố cáo nước tương các hãng khác nhiễm 3MCPD. Cách thức này đã khiến cho nước tương truyền thống chết, dẫn đến nước tương hóa chất công nghiệp Chinsu chiếm lĩnh thị trường.
·         VNTB- Tiết lộ ‘hiểm nghèo’ – nhìn lại Đại Hội 12 của đảng CSVN (VNTB) - Phạm Chí Dũng Người Việt 10/3/2019 - Một bí mật được chôn giấu. Ba năm sau khi Đại Hội 12 của đảng CSVN với một tiêu chí ngầm “bất kỳ ai, trừ Dũng” kết thúc vào mùa xuân năm 2016, đến tận đầu mùa Xuân năm 2019 mới có một cựu quan chức cấp cao hé lộ một bí mật chôn giấu nơi cung đình: “Chúng ta đã lâm vào hoàn cảnh hiểm nghèo và trả giá đắt…”
·         VNTB - Đảng viên nào dám trái ý ông Nguyễn Phú Trọng sẽ bị khai trừ (VNTB) - Trúc Giang VNTB - “Đăng Facebook, ông Trần Đức Anh Sơn bị Đà Nẵng khai trừ Đảng”. Đó là nội dung của nhiều bản tin trên báo điện tử, đăng tải gần như đồng loạt vào sáng ngày 8-3-2019. Theo Ban Thường vụ Thành uỷ Đà Nẵng, ông Trần Đức Anh Sơn đã viết, đăng tin, bài sai sự thật, không đúng với quan điểm của Đảng, chính sách, pháp luật của Nhà nước trên mạng xã hội Facebook. Hành vi này vi phạm Điều 3, 4, Quy định số 47-QĐ/TW ngày 1-11-2011 của Ban Chấp hành Trung ương (khóa XI) về những điều đảng viên không được làm; vi phạm Quy định 5946-QĐ/TU ngày 13-9-2012 của Ban Thường vụ Thành ủy về trách nhiệm nêu gương của cán bộ, đảng viên, nhất là cán bộ lãnh đạo chủ chốt, người đứng đầu các cấp.
·         Người Việt hải ngoại và nỗ lực bảo tồn văn hóa dân tộc (VOA) - Tại ngoại ô thủ đô Washington của nước Mỹ có một tủ sách Tiếng Việt đã được thành lập gần 20 năm nay. Rất nhiều đầu sách có giá trị của các tác giả cả trong và ngoài nước đã được xuất bản thông qua tủ sách này bất chấp rất những khó khăn về mặt tài chính khi xuất bản sách tiếng Việt ở hải ngoại. Tủ sách là sáng kiến của các bậc nhân sĩ trong vùng với nỗ lực gìn giữ Tiếng Việt và duy trì những sinh hoạt văn học thường xuyên đối với các thế hệ người gốc Việt sinh sống ở đây.
·         Việt Nam dẫn độ công dân bị cho phạm tội từ Cuba về nước (RFA) - Cơ Quan Điều Tra Hình Sự các Tổ chức Sự Nghiệp Cục Điều Tra Hình sự Bộ Quốc Phòng và Văn Phòng Cơ Quan Điều Tra Bộ Công An Việt Nam vào sáng ngày 9 tháng 3 vừa qua cùng với INTERPOL dẫn độ Ông Lê Quang Hiếu Hùng từ Cuba về Việt Nam.
·         Hòa Bình: Nhận tiền để nâng điểm cho 140 bài thi (RFA) - Có đến 140/210 bài thi trắc nghiệm của 56 thí sinh trong kỳ thi tốt nghiệp Trung học Phổ thông 2018 tại Hòa Bình bị tẩy xóa, chỉnh sửa đáp án để nâng điểm.
·         Hải Dương: Người dân phản đối nhà máy rác gây ô nhiễm (RFA) - Nhiều hộ dân tại xã Lương Điền, huyện Cẩm Giàng, tỉnh Hải Dương thời gian qua đã gửi đơn phản đối tới các cơ quan chức năng huyện Cẩm Giàng về dự án xây dựng nhà máy xử lý rác thải để phát điện tại xã Lương Điền vì lý do ô nhiễm.
·         Hà Nội ô nhiễm bụi mịn hàng đầu thế giới (BBC) - Hà Nội vẫn nằm trong top các thành phố ô nhiễm nhất thế giới xét trên nồng độ bụi mịn độc hại trong không khí.
·         Saigon Sam: Từ lênh đênh trên biển đến Middlesbrough, Anh Quốc (BBC) - Thuyền nhân ‘Saigon Sam’ Nguyễn Văn Cảnh gặp lại ân nhân đã vớt mình trên biển gần 40 năm trước.
·         TIN ĐỌC NHANH (RFI) -
·         Thành tỷ phú công nghệ nhờ lá thư đến muộn (BBC) - Doanh nhân Scott Farquhar có tài sản trị giá 7 tỷ đôla, nhưng suýt nữa đã vào học viện quân sự thay vì học ngành máy tính.
·         Mark Zuckerberg: Không đặt máy chủ ở những nước đàn áp nhân quyền, chấp nhận bị chặn(BoxitVN) - Phạm Minh Trung - “Chúng tôi không xây dựng trung tâm dữ liệu ở những quốc gia có truyền thống vi phạm nhân quyền như quyền riêng tư và quyền tự do biểu đạt”, nhà sáng lập Facebook Mark Zuckerberg tuyên bố trong một thông báo đầy bất ngờ ngày 7/3. “Nếu chúng tôi xây dựng trung tâm dữ liệu và lưu dữ liệu nhạy cảm ở những nước ...
·         Châu Âu bắt đầu ý thức được tham vọng của Trung Quốc (RFI) - Trung Quốc tiếp tục được các báo Pháp chú ý nhiều, từ khi nước này trở thành cường quốc kinh tế của thế giới cùng những tham vọng trên trường quốc tế. Châu Âu giờ mới bắt đầu ý thức được về những nguy cơ bành trướng của Trung Quốc. Nhật báo Le Monde hôm nay có bài xã luận mang tiêu đề : « Trung Quốc phô bày tham vọng ».
·         Trung Quốc tạm ngưng bay Boeing 737 MAX 8 sau tai nạn Ethiopia (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, Trung Quốc và Ethiopia đã ra lệnh ngưng hoạt động các máy bay Boeing 737 MAX 8 sau khi một chiếc máy bay thuộc dòng này của hãng Ethiopian Airlines lâm nạn hôm 10/3.
·         Hoa Vi kiện Mỹ: "Con kiến đi kiện củ khoai" ? (RFI) - Tập đoàn công nghệ Trung Quốc Hoa Vi ngày 07/03/2019 đã mở thêm một mặt trận mới trong cuộc chiến chống chính phủ Hoa Kỳ khi đệ đơn kiện luật cấm các cơ quan liên bang sử dụng sản phẩm của tập doàn Trung Quốc. Theo nhiều nhà quan sát, khả năng Hoa Vi thắng kiện rất ít. Trong một bản tin ngày 07/03 vừa qua, hãng tin Anh Reuters đã điểm qua các biện pháp của chính quyền Mỹ đối với Hoa Vi, bản chất của vụ kiện do tập đoàn Trung Quốc khởi động và lý do tại sao Hoa Vi có thể sẽ thất bại.
·         Nhật Bản tưởng niệm nạn nhân thảm họa Fukushima (RFI) - Vào hôm nay, 11/03/2019, toàn thể nước Nhật đã lại giành một phút mặc niệm để tưởng nhớ nạn nhân của ba thảm họa đồng thời xẩy ra cách đây đúng 8 năm : Một trận động đất dữ dội đã làm dấy lên một đợt sóng thần cực lớn, kéo theo một thảm họa hạt nhân khi nhà máy điện nguyên tử Fukushima bị thiên tai phá hỏng. Tính ra đã có khoảng 18.500 người thiệt mạng trong ba thảm họa liên hoàn đó.
·         Sứ quán Bắc Hàn bị xịt sơn trước phiên xử vụ ám sát Kim Jong Nam (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, Đại sứ quán Triều Tiên tại Kuala Lumpur đã xịt sơn vài giờ trước khi diễn ra phiên tòa xét xử vụ ám sát Kim Jong Nam.
·         Vụ Kim Jong-nam: Nghi phạm Indonesia được thả, Đoàn Thị Hương ở lại (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, Thẩm phán tại tòa án Malaysia đã hủy bỏ cáo trạng đối với Siti Aisyah và lập tức được trả tự do cho nghi phạm người Indonesia này tại tòa, trong khi nghi phạm Việt Nam Đoàn Thị Hương cho biết cô “bị sốc.”
·         Bố Đoàn Thị Hương: ‘Mong con được thả, mong nhà nước giúp cháu’ (VOA) - Bố của cô Đoàn Thị Hương nói khi nghe tin Aisyah được trả tự do, ông "cũng muốn con mình được thả” và ông muốn "cấp nhà nước, Bộ Ngoại giao giúp đỡ cháu Đoàn Thị Hương”.
·         LHQ lo ngại Bangladesh có thể di dời người  Rohingya ra đảo (VOA) - Hôm 11/3, một nhà điều tra nhân quyền của LHQ phụ trách Myanmar bày tỏ quan ngại sâu sắc về kế hoạch của Bangladesh di dời 23.000 người tị nạn Rohingya ra một hòn đảo xa xôi ở Vịnh Bengal vào tháng 4 tới.
·         Hàng ngàn người Nga biểu tình chống cô lập về Internet (RFI) - Tại Nga, hôm qua, 10/3/2019, khoảng 15.000 người đã biểu tình chống một dự luật mà theo họ là mối đe dọa cho tự do ngôn luận trên Internet, nhằm cô lập nước Nga khỏi mạng thông tin toàn cầu. Chính quyền thì nói rằng luật này là nhằm tạo lập một mạng Internet độc lập và bảo đảm an ninh mạng.
·         Dù mất đi cứ địa, tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo vẫn là một mối đe dọa (RFI) - Kể từ 18 giờ ngày 10/03/2019, Lực Lượng Dân Chủ Syria bao gồm các chiến binh Kurdistan và Ả Rập, với sự yểm trợ của không lực liên quân quốc tế do Mỹ dẫn đầu, đã mở cuộc tấn công vào làng Baghouz gần biên giới với Irak. Đây là cứ địa cuối cùng của tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo (Daech) tại Syria và Irak. Việc Daech mất đi mảnh đất cuối cùng là điều chắc chắn, nhưng theo giới quan sát, mối đe dọa mà tổ chức khủng bố này đặt ra vẫn tồn tại.
·         Mất điện ở Venezuela: Cướp bóc khi tuyệt vọng gia tăng (BBC) - Người dân thủ đô Caracas chia sẻ với phóng viên BBC về nỗi tuyệt vọng ngày càng tăng của họ.
·         Venezuela vẫn tê liệt vì cúp điện, đối lập đòi hỏi tình trạng khẩn cấp (RFI) - Một lần nữa, chính quyền Venezuela hôm qua 10/03/2019 lại ra lệnh đóng cửa các trường học và cơ quan hành chính, trong bối cảnh toàn quốc vẫn bị tê liệt do cúp điện từ hôm thứ Năm 070/3. Thủ lãnh đối lập Juan Guaido kêu gọi Quốc Hội thông qua « tình trạng khẩn cấp ».
·         Tai nạn máy bay Ethiopia : Điều tra về an toàn của Boeing 737 MAX 8 (RFI) - Hôm nay 11/03/2019 các nhà điều tra đã tìm được cả hai hộp đen của chiếc máy bay Boeing 737 MAX 8 thuộc hãng hàng không Ethiopia bị rơi hôm qua, làm toàn bộ 157 người trên phi cơ thiệt mạng. Các nạn nhân mang 35 quốc tịch khác nhau, trong đó có 22 nhân viên Liên Hiệp Quốc. Đây là thảm họa thứ hai trong vòng bốn tháng qua liên quan đến kiểu máy bay mới nhất và bán chạy nhất của hãng Boeing.
·         Pháp : Tổng thống Macron thăm đồng minh Djibouti (RFI) - Để củng cố vị trí của Pháp trong khu vực Đông Phi, tổng thống Emmanuel Macron công du Djibouti, Ethiopia và Kenya trong bối cảnh thế lực Trung Quốc ngày càng tăng. Khoảng 50 đại công ty Pháp hiện có mặt trong vùng.
·         Tổng thống Iran thăm Irak, đồng minh của Mỹ (RFI) - Ngày 11/03/2019, tổng thống Iran đến Irak. Trong ngày đầu tiên, ông Hassan Rohani sẽ lần lượt gặp tổng thống và thủ tướng Irak trước khi đến hai thánh địa của hệ phái Hồi Giáo Shia, Kerbala và Najab. Tại vùng Trung Đông đang có xung khắc giữa phe thân Mỹ và thân Iran, chính phủ Irak cố giữ thế quân bình với hai đối tác là kẻ thù của nhau. Đó là cơ hội tốt để Teheran luồn lách cấm vận kinh tế của Washington.
·         Gặp những thiếu niên khiếm thị lái máy bay (BBC) - Chương trình của các học viên không quân tại Scotland mang đến cho những bạn trẻ khiếm thị cơ hội lái máy bay.
·         Cách ăn uống và tác động của vi khuẩn đường ruột tới sức khoẻ (BBC) - Trong ruột có cả vi khuẩn có ích lẫn vi khuẩn gây hại. Chúng tác động thế nào tới sức khỏe của chúng ta, và ta có thể làm gì để 'tăng bạn bớt thù'?








          African Film Festival 2019, thru May 10      Cache   Translate Page      
March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by Ishmael Reed, who will be in attendance at the screening. Other special programs include a new restoration of Djibril Diop Mambéty’s second feature film, Hyenas, a loose, biting adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s satire The Visit. Women directors take center stage with new documentaries and narrative films from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, the United Kingdom, and the United States, depicting people who stretch social norms—female car mechanics, male fashion designers, childless women, a reluctant witch, and other dreamers. Two family dramas intimately examine the generation gap, charting a French-African boy’s trip to his ancestral homeland of Burkina Faso and the impact of a young Tunisian man’s departure for Syria on his family. Of related interest: our spring Out of the Vault programs guest curated by The Black Aesthetic.
          Syrian refugee crisis approaches eight-year mark      Cache   Translate Page      
Lebanon (MNN) -- Friday marks the eighth year of the Syrian refugee crisis. What began as pro-democracy protests in March 2011 quickly evolved into a full-scale civil war. Today, there’s no end in sight. More from BBC News here. Why has the crisis dragged on for so long? “Everything in the Middle East is complex, but the Syrian War is really complex,” replies Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema. “For every question that’s asked about the Syrian refugee crisis there’s 20 answers, and every one of the answers is correct.” Is the Syrian refugee crisis a never-ending disaster, or an unprecedented opportunity? Atema chooses the latter. “We don’t have to wait for the war to be over with before we can start changing the face of the Middle East,” he explains.

“This is our opportunity to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, I’ve got to be honest with you, I don’t understand why more people aren’t involved.”

Syrian refugee crisis: a summary

Syrian refugee crisis

(Photo credit Bengin Ahmad via Flickr)

While totals vary, an estimated 11- to 12-million people inside and outside of Syria need humanitarian aid. The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon is deteriorating, and the number of people living on less than US $3.84 a day has risen from 30- to 70-percent. A majority of Syrians – more than 80-percent - live below the global poverty line. Over 85-percent have little or no access to clean water and healthcare. Children and young people make up about half of the Syrian refugee population. Syria – what remains of it, anyway – holds little prospect for those who return. Multiple bombings flattened entire villages. Only half of the country’s health facilities are still functioning. The ongoing war poses a continual threat to safety. “It’s really a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the [Syrian] people are caught in the middle,” says Atema, referring to the conflict.

“I don’t think this thing will end anytime soon. I don’t see any country in the world having the ‘want to’ to help get in there and end [the Syrian war], never mind the funds to rebuild Syria.”

The silver lining

(Photo courtesy of Heart for Lebanon)

The future may look bleak, but the Syrian refugee crisis holds a silver lining. Every physical need gives Heart for Lebanon’s staff an opportunity to begin conversations with refugees. Those conversations turn into friendships, and friendships provide a platform for spiritual discussions. “It’s all about God’s compassion and love, His love for us,” says Atema. “When you show that to the refugees, they ask questions.” Authorities are taking note, too. Recently, at an informal weekly briefing, one United Nations leader said, “Out of all the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in Lebanon that are working with Syrian refugees, Heart for Lebanon is the only one that is consistently caring for the people and is willing to have conversations with them.” See how Heart for Lebanon helps Syrian refugees.

Next steps

Now that you know, what will you do? Prayer is an easy and effective place to start, but don’t stop there. First, pray for an end to conflict in Syria. Our God directs the affairs of men, and He can do what seems impossible. Pray Heart for Lebanon’s team will have strength and endurance as they help Syrian refugees. Pray the Gospel will reach those who need to hear it. Then, ask the Lord where He’d like you to direct His finances. If He leads you to support Heart for Lebanon’s work, you can donate here.

“We have all this information, we have all this data, we have all this proof that this is our opportunity, this is the need. But... God’s got to open the hearts of people to respond to it.”

    Header image courtesy of Heart for Lebanon.
          Have Iraq and Syria been ‘liberated’ from ISIS, as President Trump says?      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump has claimed his administration has defeated ISIS and beaten back the caliphate in various ways. But the reality is more complex.
          New Issue: International Affairs      Cache   Translate Page      
The latest issue of International Affairs (Vol. 95, no. 2, March 2019) is out. Contents include:Mikael Wigell, Hybrid interference as a wedge strategy: a theory of external interference in liberal democracy Trevor McCrisken & Maxwell Downman, ‘Peace through strength’: Europe and NATO deterrence beyond the US Nuclear Posture Review Simon Cottee, The calypso caliphate: how Trinidad became a recruiting ground for ISIS Erika Weinthal & Jeannie Sowers, Targeting infrastructure and livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza Hassan Ahmadian & Payam Mohseni, Iran's Syria strategy: the evolution of deterrence Roland Vogt, Reputations and the fight against tax evasion: EU pressure and Asian financial centres Richard G. Whitman, The UK's European diplomatic strategy for Brexit and beyond Denis M. Tull, Rebuilding Mali's army: the dissonant relationship between Mali and its international partners Andoni Maiza-Larrarte & Gloria…
          Comment by "Svigor" on Whose Interests Are Served by the US Occupation of East Syria: America's or Israel's?, by Mike Whitney      Cache   Translate Page      
In reply to #1 and #3, only in the ethnic sense. Diaspora Jewry runs US. They work closely with Israel, of course, but the power is here, not there. I suppose lots of anti-Zionists can't or won't admit this because they're too worried about accusations of AAAANNNTI-SEEEEMITISMMMMM!!!
          Comment by "OCGOKTAS" on Whose Interests Are Served by the US Occupation of East Syria: America's or Israel's?, by Mike Whitney      Cache   Translate Page      
It is Israel who makes the US policies in Middle East.
          Syria bác tin sân bay quân sự gần Damascus bị Israel không kích      Cache   Translate Page      
Nổ lớn tại căn cứ quân sự Syria, nghi do Israel không kích Vụ nổ tại căn cứ Mezzeh sáng 2/9. Video: Twitter. “Vụ nổ tại căn cứ Mezzeh bắt nguồn từ đám cháy tại một kho đạn gần sân bay, nguyên nhân là sự cố chập điện. Sân bay Mezzeh không hứng chịu cuộc […]
          Thế giới ngày 2/9: Nổ lớn tại căn cứ quân sự Syria, nghi do Israel không kích      Cache   Translate Page      
Hai huấn luyện viên Triều Tiên bị đuổi khỏi Asiad Huấn luyện viên Pak Chol-jun (áo trắng) bị cảnh sát khống chế. Ảnh: AFP. Huấn luyện viên Pak Chol-jun và Pak Il-nam của Triều Tiên hôm qua bị tước quyền tham dự Á vận hội (Asiad) 2018 do hành vi quá khích sau khi nữ […]
          Mỹ có thể đã lên sẵn mục tiêu tấn công ở Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Chiến đấu cơ Mỹ phóng mồi bẫy nhiệt trong một cuộc diễn tập Ảnh: USAF. Quyết định không kích chưa được đưa ra nhưng một quan chức chính quyền Mỹ am hiểu vấn đề cho hay quân đội “có thể phản ứng rất nhanh” nếu Syria tiến hành một cuộc tấn công bằng vũ khí […]
          Nga cáo buộc Mỹ xây căn cứ không quân lớn chưa từng có ở Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Lính Mỹ lắp đặt một đài radar cảnh giới ở đông bắc Syria hôm 28/8. Ảnh: Muraselon. “Quân đội Mỹ đang triển khai nhiều hệ thống khí tài nhằm xây dựng một căn cứ quân sự lớn tại thành phố Al-Shaddadi thuộc tỉnh Al-Hasakah, đông bắc Syria. Nó có thể lớn hơn cả sân bay […]
          Thế giới ngày 31/8: Nga cảnh báo phương Tây ‘đừng đùa với lửa’ ở Syria    &