Monday, March 10, 2014
777 PLANE SERIES AND THE 21 JUDGEMENTS OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD
THE MISSING PLANE MH370 SITUATION AT 1:34AM MON MAR 10,2014
WE MIGHT BE NEAR THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.THIS PLANE WAS A 777 SERIES PLANE.AND THE 777 OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD IS 7 SEAL-7 TRUMPET-7 BOWL JUDGEMENTS FOR A TOTAL OF 21 JUDGEMENT TO HIT THE EARTH DURING THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD OR 7 YEAR PEACE TREATY PERIOD.AND SINCE IT WAS A PLANE GOD IS TELLING US WE ARE FLYING INTO THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND MANY PEOPLE WILL DISAPPEAR FROM THE EARTH IN THE RAPTURE BEFORE THE FLIGHT ON EARTH IS THROWN INTO THE SEA OF JJUDGEMENTS (21)(3=THE TRINITY IN THE BIBLE AND THE 3-7'S MEAN.THE COMPLETE JUDGEMENTS BY THE TRINITY FOR HATING JESUS AND ISRAEL.)
BOEING 777-200 MISSING
Length: 209.1 ft.
Wingspan: 199.9 ft.
Height: 60.8 ft.
Cruising Speed: M 0.84
Range: 7730 st. mi.
Engines: RR Trent 892
First Delivery: March 1999
VN says cannot find object thought to be jet door
By Associated Press - MAR 10,14-Yahoonews
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Vietnamese official says searchers on ships worked throughout the night but could not find a rectangle object spotted Sunday afternoon that was thought to be one of the doors of a missing Boeing 777.Doan Huu Gia, the chief of search and rescue coordination center, said Monday that six planes and seven ships from Vietnam were searching for the object but nothing had been found.Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.The plane lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam, and searchers in a low-flying plane spotted an object that appeared to be one of the plane's doors, the state-run Thanh Nien newspaper said.
OTHER MALAYSIA MISSING PLANE STORIES
RUSSIA BLAMED FOR DEATHS IN THE UKRAINE
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 1:00AM MON MAR 10,14
Khodorkovsky blames Russia for Ukraine deaths-Former oligarch, recently freed by Putin, makes an emotional appeal in Kiev against the Russian leadership-By AFP March 10, 2014, 5:33 am 0-The Times of Israel
KIEV — A top foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who spent a decade behind bars told thousands on Kiev’s main protest square Sunday that the Kremlin colluded with Ukraine’s ousted regime in violence claiming 100 lives.Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky received a rousing reception on Independence Square — the crucible of three months of protests that ousted a pro-Russian regime from power last month — as he walked out on stage dressed in a black parka and his hair still styled in a prison crew cut.“I was told what the authorities did here. They did this with the agreement of the Russian leadership,” Khodorkovsky said in an emotional address delivered under a clear blue sky and televised live by several Ukrainian national television stations.“I wanted to cry. It is terrifying. This is not my leadership,” he said to chants of “Shame!’ from the crowd.The 50-year-old founder of the former Yukos oil empire — its main holdings now in possession of the state — was released from jail in December under an amnesty Putin signed in what was widely seen as an effort to ease criticism of his rights record ahead of February’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Khodorkovsky was once Russia’s richest man and an influential politician with presidential ambitions who openly opposed Putin when the former KGB spy first entered the Kremlin in 2000.His 2003 arrest and subsequent convictions on fraud and embezzlement charges have been widely condemned by Kremlin critics as an effort by Putin to silence his most potent foe.Khodorkovsky left Russia immediately after his release and has vowed not to return until the authorities drop old lawsuits against him worth hundreds of millions of dollars.He was flown from prison directly to Western Europe under a deal mediated by former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and has vowed to stay out of Russian politics.But Khodorkovsky arrived in Kiev late Saturday for a tour of central parts of the city where protesters were slain by police snipers in a week of carnage last month that saw Yanukovych flee to Russia..Russia, Rise Up!’ Khodorkovsky’s voice shook and his lips quivered as he told the receptive crowd he was deeply shocked by the violence that has gripped the ex-Soviet state.“I want you to know — there is a different Russia. There are people who despite the arrests, despite the long years they have spent in prison, go to anti-war demonstration in Moscow,” Khodorkovsky said in reference to the dozens arrested last week near the Kremlin during a protest against Russia’s de facto seisure of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.The crowd soon broke into a cry of “Russia, Rise Up!” while several elderly women dabbed their eyes with handkerchiefs.
Khodorkovsky for many has assumed the image of a political martyr who was willing to give up his entire fortune and a part of his life in order to stand in the way of what he saw as Putin’s attempt to reimpose a police state in Russia in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse.The former oligarch began his three-minute address by hailing a “new democratic Ukraine” and ended it with perhaps the most famous quote from Taras Shevchenko — the Ukrainian poet who is viewed by many as a culturally unifying figure whose 200th birthday was celebrated on Sunday.“Fight and you will triumph. God is on your side,” he read in Ukrainian.
OTHER RUSSIA-UKRAINE NEWS I DONE
NETANYAHU WANT TO SWITCH FROM THE AMERICAN PEACE PLAN TO A EUROPEAN UNION ORIGINAL PEACE PLAN
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant,(7 YR TREATY) he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.(THE WORLD LEADER-WAR MONGER CALLS HIMSELF GOD)
20 And Isaac was forty years old (A BIBLE GENERATION NUMBER=1967 + 40=2007+) when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 And the children (2 NATIONS IN HER-ISRAEL-ARABS) struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;(ISRAEL AND THE ARABS) and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;(ISRAEL STRONGER THAN ARABS) and the elder shall serve the younger.(LITERALLY ISRAEL THE YOUNGER RULES (ISSAC)(JACOB-LATER NAME CHANGED TO ISRAEL) OVER THE OLDER ARABS (ISHMAEL)(ESAU)
24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.(THE OLDER AN ARAB)
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob:(THE YOUNGER-ISRAELI) and Isaac was threescore (60) years old when she bare them.(1967 + 60=2027)(COULD BE THE LAST GENERATION WHEN JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED AMOUNG THE 2 TWINS)(THE 2 TWINS WANT JERUSALEM-THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM TODAY)(AND WHOS IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM TODAY-THE YOUNGER ISSAC-JACOB-ISRAEL)(AND WHO WANTS JERUSALEM DIVIDED-THE OLDER,ESAU-ISHMAEL (THE ARABS)
ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(TAKE OVER 3 WORLD REGIONS)
SINCE THE BIBLE SAYS THE EUROPEAN UNION PRESIDENT GUARENTEES ISRAELS SECURITY FOR THE SEVEN YEARS.AND THIS NEW PEACE PLAN IS A DUTCH-BELGIAN ENCLAVE PLAN.IT WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME AT ALL IF THIS COULD BE THE COVENANT SINCE ITS A EUROPEAN UNION PLAN AND NOT AN AMERICAN PLAN.I HAVE NEVER EVER HEARD OF THIS ENCLAVE AGREEMENT.BUT ITS A EU NATIONS PLAN SO IT COULD WORK.
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL PICTURE
Netanyahu looks to Belgium-Holland border for settlement solution-PM said investigating world’s ‘most complicated’ enclave arrangements as possible precedent for keeping settlers in ‘Palestine’By Times of Israel staff March 9, 2014, 8:29 pm 27
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly asked his cabinet secretary to investigate a highly complicated Dutch-Belgian border arrangement, under which citizens of one country live in enclaves within the other, as a possible precedent to enable Jewish settlers in the West Bank to remain under Israeli rule inside a future Palestinian state.The prime minister has tasked Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit with researching the arrangements that prevail in the Belgian “Baarle-Hertog” and Dutch “Baarle-Nassau” areas — complex border arrangements that originated in a mixture of medieval treaties, land swaps, land sales and other agreements — to see whether they constitute a viable legal precedent for similar arrangements under which Jewish settlers could stay put within a Palestinian state, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported on Sunday night.Taking a precedent from the Belgian-Dutch arrangements, which have been described as the “most complicated” in the world, was one of “many ideas” being contemplated by Netanyahu, the TV report said.According to Channel 2 correspondent Udi Segal, after Netanyahu raised the idea in meetings, the National Security Council has compiled a comprehensive report addressing the practical aspects and legal precedents.There was no immediate confirmation from the Prime Minister’s Office, but the idea appeared to reflect Netanyahu’s thinking as set out in interviews he gave at the weekend.Netanyahu said in a Channel 2 interview broadcast on Saturday, for example, that the Israeli government will not force West Bank settlers to leave their homes, even under a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians. Netanyahu said it was clear that Israel would not be able to extend its sovereignty under a permanent accord to encompass all of the settlements, but was adamant that “there will be no act of evacuation.” The comment marked the first time that he has indicated that he would not countenance a repeat of the 2005 forced evacuation of Gaza’s settlements, overseen by the late prime minister Ariel Sharon, which he opposed at the time.Asked in the Channel 2 interview on Friday how he could hope to reach a deal with the Palestinians within such limitations, and whether he expected settlers to leave their homes voluntarily, Netanyahu said it was not yet clear where the borders of a two-state solution would run, and that he did not “want to go into the details” of how an accommodation regarding the settlers might be achieved.“Of course some of the settlements won’t be part of the deal, everyone understands that,” Netanyahu said. “I will make sure that [number] is as limited as possible, if we get there.” He pledged that no Israeli will be “abandoned.”Those comments marked the closest Netanyahu had come to confirming The Times of Israel’s exclusive report from last month, which quoted a well-placed official in the Prime Minister’s Office as saying that Netanyahu would insist that settlers who find themselves on the far side of a two-state border be given the choice between remaining in place and living under Palestinian rule, or relocating to areas under Israeli sovereign rule.Sunday’s Channel 2 report suggested a possible means of leaving settlers in place, within a Palestinian state, but still under Israeli rule.The Belgian-Dutch arrangements apply between two countries thoroughly friendly to each other, the TV report noted, and might prove more complex still given the potential hostility between settlers and Palestinians, and given that up to 80,000 West Bank Jewish settlers could be affected.Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau involve 24 non-contiguous Belgian areas that are fully or largely surrounded by Dutch sovereign territory. More complex still, some of the Belgian areas have Dutch enclaves inside them. Highlighting the complexity, a Wikipedia entry notes, “The border is so complicated that there are some houses that are divided between the two countries. There was a time when according to Dutch laws restaurants had to close earlier. For some restaurants on the border it meant that the clients simply had to change their tables to the Belgian side.”
Report: Netanyahu Looking Into 'Enclave Peace Plan'-Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly looking into the option of applying a Dutch-Belgian enclave model to the peace agreement with the PA.By Elad Benari-First Publish: 3/10/2014, 1:14 AM-ISRAELNATIONALNEWS
If it works in Belgium and the Netherlands, could it also work in the Middle East? Channel 2 News reported on Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is looking into the option of applying a Dutch-Belgian enclave model to the peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).According to the report, Netanyahu has directed Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit to look into this issue and submit a report on its possible implementation.Netanyahu is basing his idea on the Belgian municipality of Baarle-Hertog, which has some territory made up of exclaves in the Dutch province of North Brabant. The total area of the region is 7.48 square kilometers (2.89 square miles) which gives a population density of 308 inhabitants per km² (798 inhabitants/sq mi).Baarle-Hertog consists of 24 separate parcels of land. There are twenty Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands and three other sections on the Dutch-Belgian border. There are also seven Dutch exclaves within the Belgian exclaves.According to Channel 2 News, Netanyahu wishes to find out whether it is legally and practically possible to reach a similar solution with the PA. Doing so would leave any Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria in enclaves within the Palestinian state. Under the Dutch-Belgian model, Belgian citizens who reside in the Netherlands are also considered local citizens who maintain their rights.The report comes on the heels of an interview with Netanyahu on Friday, in which he said that not all the communities in Judea and Samaria will be part of Israel in a peace agreement, but that he will do his utmost to ensure that as many as possible do remain under Israeli control.“It’s obvious that some of the settlements will not be part of an agreement. Everyone knows that. I will ensure that it’s the smallest number possible, if we get to that point. And I will not abandon any Israeli,” he said.There was no official comment on Sunday’s report from the Prime Minister’s Office, but MK Omer Bar-Lev (Labor) rejected the idea, calling it “crazy”.“The idea of enclaves is a crazy one from a security standpoint,” said Bar-Lev, formerly the commander of the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal unit. “I hope that the Prime Minister is only trying to create a spin and is not seriously thinking about this idea, primarily because it would endanger the security of Israeli citizens who would remain in those theoretical enclaves.”
He continued, "Israel has no reserves of land to give to the Palestinians that would allow it to retain large areas beyond the settlement blocs without giving away land located within the Green Line. The Prime Minister must stop running away from the complicated reality and unequivocally decide on a separation from the Palestinians that will allow Israel to fulfill its national goals.”Netanyahu’s plan is not likely to be accepted by the PA, considering that its Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated several times there will be no official Israeli presence in the future Palestinian state.Netanyahu’s remarks in the interview have been criticized by nationalists. On Sunday, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said that despite what Netanyahu said, all Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria would remain under Israeli sovereignty.Bennett declared that “the whole Land of Israel is a single bloc. There are those who say we can build inside the settlement blocs, and others who say we may not be able to hold onto the towns outside the blocs. I have come to tell you what the Arabs already know – that the Land of Israel is one bloc.”Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) also criticized Netanyahu, saying, "The Likud's position is to build and not to destroy. The Likud will not be a party to expulsions of Israelis from their homes, to conceding lands and to destroying communities. We already handed over territory in the past and in return we got rockets on Israeli cities.”The people of Israel, added Danon, “are no longer disillusioned by the equation of land for peace, because in essence it is land for terror.”
Netanyahu says any peace deal with Palestinians at least a year away-Prime minister says Kerry framework agreement is an 'American document of American positions' while Abbas categorically rejects recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.Reuters-Published:-03.09.14, 13:22 /ynetnews News
Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu said any peace deal with the Palestinians would take at least another year to negotiate should both sides accept US-proposed principles to keep talks going.
In an Israel Radio interview broadcast on Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated that he regarded guidelines that US Secretary of State John Kerry is drafting for a future deal as an "American document of American positions".Such a definition could give Netanyahu leeway to register reservations that could discourage staunch supporters of Jewish settlement in the West Bank where Palestinians want to make their state from bolting his coalition."I think (the Kerry document) ... is a possible path toward moving the talks forward. It will take us at least a year to exhaust these negotiations but I can't say that the Palestinians will accept this document, and I also have not seen it yet," he said.
Netanyahu gave the interview on Thursday in Los Angeles, before flying back to Israel after a US visit that included White House talks with President Barack Obama.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to see Obama on March 17 to discuss the so-called "framework deal" aimed at salvaging the faltering negotiations, which began in July with a target date of April for a final agreement.Abbas has rejected a core Netanyahu demand – recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinians fear such a condition will deny Palestinian refugees, who fled or were forced to flee their homes in Arab-Israeli wars, any right of return.The Palestinian president said on Friday there was "no way" he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state."The nature of Israel is something that should be defined by Israelis, not Palestinians," Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Israeli Army Radio on Sunday.
Erekat said Palestinians expected Israel to complete on March 28 the release of the final batch of 104 Palestinian prisoners it agreed to free as part of peace efforts."And then the negotiations are supposed to continue until April 29," he said, referring to the end of the nine-month negotiating period originally envisaged by Kerry.Reiterating another core Palestinian demand, Erekat said Israel must recognize a Palestinian state along the lines that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in which Israeli forces captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.Israel has said a return to those boundaries would leave it with indefensible borders.But Netanyahu, in an interview broadcast on Friday on Israel's Channel Two television, said his government would give up "some settlements" in the occupied West Bank to help secure a peace agreement.He said, however, that he would limit as much as he could the number of enclaves removed. Palestinians say settlements that dot much of the West Bank landscape would bar them from establishing a contiguous state, a goal of the peace talks.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
40 missiles, 181 mortars, 400K bullets found on arms ship-IDF releases preliminary inventory after troops offload 150 containers from Klos-C; soldiers, sailors inspecting cargo-By Lazar Berman and AFP March 9, 2014, 8:08 pm 13-The Times of Israel
The Israeli military announced Sunday that it had offloaded 40 M-302 missiles,181 122-mm mortars, and 400,000 7.62 caliber bullets from the containers aboard the ship seized several days earlier in the Red Sea.A combined task-force of sailors, combat engineers and ordnance experts has begun inspecting the containers offloaded from the Klos-C, and may uncover more munitions over the next several days.Naval commandos seized the vessel on Wednesday in the Red Sea between Eritrea and Sudan, and it was escorted into Eilat on Saturday by two Israeli warships.On Wednesday, soldiers had carried out a preliminary inspection of the ship and found several dozen advanced Syrian M-302 missiles, with a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and a payload of up to 170 kilograms (375 pounds). The missiles were hidden in shipping containers also carrying sacks of concrete with Iranian markings.The IDF said the Iranian shipment was destined for the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.Israel has hailed the discovery of the shipment as exposing Iranian efforts to support global terrorism.On Sunday, a senior security official in Egypt said the shipment was destined for militants in either the Sinai Peninsula or the Gaza Strip.The official said Sunday that the ship carrying the missiles took the same route used by vessels ferrying potential illegal migrants who arrive in Sinai and then sneak across the border into Israel.He said the missiles have a range of 90 kilometers, and that the ship carrying them was under surveillance while it was off Sudan’s Red Sea coast.Meanwhile Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he wanted EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, in Tehran for talks, to bring up the issue.“I call this to the attention of Catherine Ashton, who is now visiting Tehran,” he said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting. “I would like to ask her if she asked her Iranian hosts about this shipment of weapons for terrorist organizations, and if not, why not.”Netanyahu scheduled a press conference in Eilat on Monday to present and detail the findings.IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz met with soldiers who participated in the raid and hailed their success on Saturday evening. During the meeting, at a naval base in Eilat, Gantz told the soldiers that the struggle against the empowerment of terrorist groups and the effort to keep them from strategic arms hadn’t ended with their return home to Israel.
“Each one of these rockets poses a threat to the safety of the citizens of Israel — each bullet and each rocket that was discovered had an Israeli address,” he said.Iran has flatly denied any involvement with the shipment, which the Israeli army said was carrying missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel.Israel and the US coordinated intelligence and military activities leading up to Israel’s seizure of the Klos-C off the coast of Port Sudan, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and the State Department said Wednesday. After consultations between American and Israeli officials, it was decided that Israel would act against the vessel, Shapiro told Israel Radio, even though the Pentagon had already drafted plans to intercept the ship.Israel’s capture of the Klos-C followed intensive intelligence work, officials said, with the missile shipment tracked for months from Damascus to Iran and from there to Iraq before it was intercepted en route to Gaza.Times of Israel staff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lebanon has right to defend itself against Israel’-Arab League foreign ministers support Lebanese right to ‘liberate’ Israeli-occupied territories and defend against ‘Israeli aggression’-By Times of Israel staff and AP March 10, 2014, 6:14 am 0
Lebanon has the right to defend itself against Israeli aggression and to liberate its territories occupied by Israel, said Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo on Sunday.“Lebanon and the Lebanese have the right to liberate or retrieve the Shebaa Farms, Kfar Shuba Hills and the Lebanese part of the Ghajar village, and to resist any Israeli aggression or occupation with all legitimate and available means,” read a joint statement released by the ministers.The foreign ministers, who are meeting to prepare for the Arab League summit scheduled for later this month in Kuwait, also firmly rejected Israel’s demands that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state, saying such a move would undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees.In a resolution, the foreign ministers called the issue of Palestinian refugees an integral part of a comprehensive and just peace, and blamed Israel for the floundering of peace negotiations.The Arab statement offers strong backing to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said publicly last week he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state despite facing strong international pressure. Abbas did not identify who is pressuring him.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state to show they are serious about peace. It was the latest sign that despite seven months of mediation efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry, wide gaps remain between the two sides.Abbas is due to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington on March 17, as part of US efforts to press both sides. He has said that the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized the state of Israel in 1993 and that this is sufficient.
Netanyahu has already met Obama.
The current round of talks began in late July, but was plagued from the start by disagreement between Abbas and Netanyahu on the ground rules. The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967, and say talks about that state should use the 1967 border as a starting point. That position is backed by the US but rejected by Netanyahu.The seven-page Arab resolution on the Palestinian issue said it rejects “the demand by Israel and some international parties to identify Israel as a Jewish state, which aims to annul the right of return and compensation for Palestinian refugees.”It also called for efforts to convene an international conference to address the Palestinian issue, and a reevaluation of the role of international mediators known as the Quartet, in light of their “failure to make any achievement in realizing just and comprehensive peace.”Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby urged Arab countries during the opening session of the meeting to take a “firm stand” against the Israeli demand, calling it a deviation from an agreed-upon framework for peace talks.Elaraby described the demand as an Israeli attempt to foil the talks, calling for a reevaluation of the negotiation track.“This is a deviation from the international resolutions agreed upon as a basis for the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which requires a firm Arab stand to … reevaluate the negotiation track as a whole, and to strongly express definite Arab rejection of this serious turn,” he told the opening session of the meeting.The issue is to be followed up at the upcoming summit in Kuwait.
Fatah Official: We Have Not Ruled Out Military Options-Senior Fatah official tells Hezbollah television that a violent struggle against Israel isn't out of the question.By Elad Benari-First Publish: 3/10/2014, 6:13 AM-iSRAELNATIONALNEWS
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party is not ruling out a violent struggle against Israel, a senior member of the party recently said.“None of us, especially in Fatah, has ruled out the military options,” declared Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki in an interview which aired on February 26 on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television.The interview was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shLl58ZUVLI
“There is a big difference between addressing the consciences of the enemies, so that they will listen to you and so that you can denounce your rival, and between being unable to restrain the masses, when sacrifices are warranted, and there is hope [for gains] through resistance and confrontation,” said Zaki.“None of us, especially in Fatah, has ruled out the military options. We have not forgotten our principles or our goals – not even at our sixth congress, which was held in Bethlehem [in August 2009], where we adhered to our entire legacy of struggle, so that it can be resorted to at the right time,” he added.This is not the first time that Zaki has issued threats against Israel. Just two months ago, he told Syrian TV that any peace agreement will simply be the "first stage" in eradicating Israel altogether.In response to concern expressed by the interviewer that any deal would be "deficient", insofar as it would "only" require Israel to cede Judea and Samaria, a smiling Zaki urged calm."You can relax. We find ourselves united for the first time. Even the most extreme among us, Hamas, or the fighting forces, want a state within the '67 borders [sic]. Afterward, we [will] have something to say, because the inspiring idea cannot be achieved all at once. [Rather] in stages," he responded.Fatah is often touted as a “moderate peace partner” of Israel, but its leaders have continued to threaten Israel and incite against it, even as talks has continued.On a recent trip to Iran, senior Fatah member Jibril Rajoub pledged to continue “the resistance” against the Jewish state.Months before that, the same Rajoub threatened to use a nuclear weapon against Israel.Throughout the peace process, the PA has continued to glorify terrorists who murdered innocent Israelis.
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be fami
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46 earthquakes - DownloadUpdated: 2014-03-10 00:09:00 UTC-05:00Showing event times using Local System Time (UTC-05:00)46 earthquakes in map area
3.3 83km WNW of Ferndale, California 2014-03-10 00:04:09 UTC-05:00 5.0 km
2.7 36km ENE of Redway, California 2014-03-09 23:17:53 UTC-05:00 33.0 km
3.1 124km SW of Pole Ojea, Puerto Rico 2014-03-09 23:12:51 UTC-05:00 29.0 km
4.6 South of the Fiji Islands 2014-03-09 22:52:06 UTC-05:00 510.2 km
4.8 166km SW of Sarangani, Philippines 2014-03-09 21:50:00 UTC-05:00 309.1 km
4.3 90km E of Ozernovskiy, Russia 2014-03-09 21:27:00 UTC-05:00 83.4 km
5.8 37km SW of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico 2014-03-09 19:38:15 UTC-05:00 10.0 km
4.2 29km SE of Bhag, Pakistan 2014-03-09 18:53:31 UTC-05:00 10.0 km
3.1 132km NNE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 2014-03-09 18:31:39 UTC-05:00 32.0 km
2.5 Quarry Blast 3km S of Princeton, Canada 2014-03-09 18:18:04 UTC-05:00 0.0 km
3.5 110km NNE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 2014-03-09 17:02:40 UTC-05:00 75.0 km
2.9 8km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-03-09 16:40:26 UTC-05:00 5.4 km
3.5 5km S of Volcano, Hawaii 2014-03-09 15:44:07 UTC-05:00 3.2 km
5.6 53km WSW of Tumaco, Colombia 2014-03-09 15:29:54 UTC-05:00 11.8 km
2.5 43km N of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands 2014-03-09 14:46:26 UTC-05:00 31.0 km
2.6 4km N of Hydesville, California 2014-03-09 14:13:45 UTC-05:00 17.3 km
3.1 50km N of Inyokern, California 2014-03-09 13:59:48 UTC-05:00 2.2 km
2.7 64km N of Hatillo, Puerto Rico 2014-03-09 13:58:33 UTC-05:00 48.0 km
4.8 83km SSW of Bengkulu, Indonesia 2014-03-09 12:24:09 UTC-05:00 38.9 km
3.1 5km SSE of Choctaw, Oklahoma 2014-03-09 12:05:54 UTC-05:00 5.0 km
3.0 99km NNW of Talkeetna, Alaska 2014-03-09 12:02:15 UTC-05:00 128.6 km
2.7 69km NE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands 2014-03-09 12:01:02 UTC-05:00 33.0 km
5.1 220km SSE of Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna 2014-03-09 11:12:15 UTC-05:00 333.7 km
3.7 48km WSW of Anchorage, Alaska 2014-03-09 11:11:23 UTC-05:00 64.3 km
4.2 68km SW of Puerto Madero, Mexico 2014-03-09 11:10:30 UTC-05:00 63.7 km
5.1 55km ESE of Myaydo, Burma 2014-03-09 11:03:01 UTC-05:00 38.0 km
5.1 51km WNW of La Ligua, Chile 2014-03-09 10:48:42 UTC-05:00 22.4 km
4.4 54km NNE of Whakatane, New Zealand 2014-03-09 10:15:48 UTC-05:00 159.9 km
4.9 23km E of Nemuro, Japan 2014-03-09 10:13:21 UTC-05:00 93.5 km
4.0 East central Pacific Ocean 2014-03-09 09:52:49 UTC-05:00 11.4 km
4.4 101km W of El Aguilar, Argentina 2014-03-09 08:53:21 UTC-05:00 218.6 km
5.3 61km SSE of Pujiharjo, Indonesia 2014-03-09 08:42:19 UTC-05:00 81.3 km
4.0 16km W of Ashkasham, Afghanistan 2014-03-09 07:46:09 UTC-05:00 176.7 km
3.1 16km ENE of Kalaoa, Hawaii 2014-03-09 07:33:44 UTC-05:00 14.5 km
5.0 122km NNW of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea 2014-03-09 07:16:33 UTC-05:00 234.3 km
3.4 75km ESE of Adak, Alaska 2014-03-09 06:57:51 UTC-05:00 32.7 km
4.8 185km SW of Tawui, Indonesia 2014-03-09 06:49:08 UTC-05:00 27.3 km
4.7 27km NW of Corralillo, Cuba 2014-03-09 06:26:17 UTC-05:00 9.4 km
4.5 191km NE of Ndoi Island, Fiji 2014-03-09 06:03:24 UTC-05:00 574.2 km
2.5 4km ESE of Choctaw, Oklahoma 2014-03-09 05:15:06 UTC-05:00 5.3 km
2.7 41km ESE of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska 2014-03-09 03:48:31 UTC-05:00 71.7 km
2.5 59km NNW of Talkeetna, Alaska 2014-03-09 01:34:56 UTC-05:00 81.1 km
2.5 18km S of Honoka'a, Hawaii 2014-03-09 01:19:44 UTC-05:00 28.0 km
4.7 44km WNW of Tobelo, Indonesia 2014-03-09 01:11:05 UTC-05:00 176.3 km
2.9 48km S of Deltana, Alaska 2014-03-09 01:05:22 UTC-05:00 12.2 km
4.9 102km NW of Binabalian Ricor, Philippines 2014-03-09 00:45:59 UTC-05:00 21.9 km
Sunday, March 09, 2014
TORAH PORTION FROM MAR 9 - 15,2014
TORAH PORTION FROM MAR 9 - 15,2014
MISSING PLANE COULD HAVE BEEN TERROR ATTACKED-2 PEOPLE ON BOARD WITH FRAUDULENT PASSPORTS
OTHER MALAYSIA MISSING PLANE STORIES
THE MISSING PLANE MH370 SITUATION AT 9:34AM SUN MAR 09,2014
HERES OTHER NEWS NINE LEV TAHOR MEMBERS ARE BACK IN CANADA FROM GUATAMALA. AND SOME 14 CHILDREN WERE CEASED FROM 3 FAMALIES AND THE MALAYSIAN FLIGHT IS STILL MISSING AND PRESUMED CRASHED IN THE CHINA SEA.AND REPORTS HAVE IT THAT NOT JUST 2 BUT 4 PEOPLE HAD FRAUDULENT PASSPORTS ON THAT PLANE.AND REPORTS HAVE IT 2 OF THE 4 GOT THEIR TICKETS AT THE SAME TIME.AND WHEN THEY GOT TO CHINA THEY ALSO HAD FLIGHTS TO A EUROPEAN COUNTRY AREA..AND ALSO NOW THEY HAVE EXPANDED THE AREA WERE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THE PLANE.THEY ARE NOW SAYING THE PLANE MAY HAVE TRYED TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK TO VIET NAM BEFORE THEY FELL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.THERE IS STILL NO SIGNALS FROM THE BLACK BOX TO INDICATE WERE THEY ARE IN THE SEA.
THE MISSING PLANE MH370 SITUATION AT 1:11PM SUN MAR 09,2014
VIET NAM MIGHT HAVE FOUND A DOOR AND THE TAIL ON THE WATER OF THE MISSING PLANE.NOW THERE SAYING THE PLANE MIGHT HAVE DISINTIGRATED AND THE DEBRIS MIGHT BE AT MANY DIFFERENT SPOTS.THE BLACK BOX SHOULD STILL HAVE STAYED IN ACTIVE USE EVEN IF THE PLANE DISINTIGRATED.THE REPORT SAID THESE BLACK BOXES CAN GO THREW EXPLOSIONS AND SURVIVE- EVEN THOUGH THERE HAS NOT BEEN NO SIGNAL COMING FROM THE BLACK BOXES WERE THE PLANE WENT DOWN.
Jewish-Ukrainian MP slams Israel’s silence on Crimea
Visiting Jerusalem, Oleksandr Feldman says he expects more security, humanitarian aid for 400,000-strong community-By Raphael Ahren March 9, 2014, 5:15 pm 3-Raphael Ahren is the diplomatic correspondent at The Times of Israel.
Israel is not doing enough in word or deed to help the Jewish residents of Ukraine during the current crisis occurring in their country, a Ukrainian member of parliament and senior member of the local community charged Sunday in Jerusalem.“We did expect a clearer stance on everything that’s going on. There are 400,000 Jewish citizens in Ukraine and we did expect a little bit more of Israel,” said Oleksandr Feldman, a lawmaker in Kiev since 2002. “I’m a bit disappointed by [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Liberman,” he added, referring to a rather toothless statement the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem released Wednesday, reportedly after American pressure.“Israel is following with great concern the events in Ukraine, is anxious for peace for all its citizens, and hopes that the situation will not escalate to a loss of human life. Israel hopes the crisis in Ukraine will be handled through diplomatic means and will be resolved peacefully,” the ministry’s statement read in full.Feldman, a member of the center-right and pro-European Batkivshchyna party, which is led by former prime minister and current presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko, said that no meetings with senior government officials have been arranged for him during his present visit to Israel. During his last trip to Israel, about two months ago, he met with Liberman and Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, he said, and “appealed to the Israeli government to take a clear stance on what’s happening in the Ukraine.”At the time, pro-European demonstrators were taking to the streets across Ukraine, protesting the government’s decision to forgo rapprochement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Moscow. Russian troops had not yet invaded the Crimean peninsula at the time of his last visit.Eduard Dolinsky, director-general of the Kiev-based Ukrainian Jewish Committee, who is accompanying Feldman on his Israel trip, also criticized the government for its bland statement regarding the present standoff between Ukraine and Russia.“As the Jewish community of Ukraine, we are very frustrated by the reaction of the Israeli government on the current crisis,” Dolisnky said at a press conference with Feldman, organized by the Jerusalem Press Club. “It is so soft that I didn’t even understand what they are talking about. This is such diplomatic language, it is simply disappearing in words.” He urged the Israeli government to issue a “clear a statement of support for people who are struggling for their freedom, strong support for a country that is struggling for its sovereignty and independence.”
The skullcap-wearing Feldman, who has served as the Ukrainian Jewish Committee’s president since 2008, said the Israeli government “could do much, much more” to assist Ukrainian Jewry and to fight anti- Semitism. For instance, he said, nine Ukrainian citizens who were injured during the violent protests in Kiev’s Maidan Square had been flown to Israel for medical treatment but had not received any additional financial support.“It is not a lot of money. Israel could afford to make a humanitarian act out of that,” said Feldman, speaking in Russian through an interpreter.“People from all parts of Ukraine asked us, shall we stay [in Ukraine] or shall we [leave, for fear of violence], and all these questions could have been prevented if Israel had taken a clear stance on what’s happening in Ukraine,” said Feldman. “Everything we do in Ukraine we always present as a joint venture with Israel.”Dolinsky said that so far, the Jewish Agency has only provided $5,000 to the Jewish communities of the Crimea region “to help with security.” But a few weeks ago, during the Ukrainian Jewish Committee’s last visit to Israel, it had asked the Israeli government to send to Ukraine a team of Israeli security professionals, which would “inspect the situation, with the community infrastructure — first of all synagogues and Jewish schools — and come up with plan what we can do about security,” he said. “This request has not yet been implemented,” he said.Read more: Jewish Ukrainian MP slams Israel's silence on Crimea | The Times of Israel .
Malaysia Airlines plane crash: terror experts home in on fake passports as debris found-Interpol is investigating suspect passports used to board missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 as Vietnamese authorities say they have spotted possible wreckage-By Malcolm Moore, in Beijing and Harriet Alexander-6:45PM GMT 09 Mar 2014-TELEGRAPH
The FBI, Interpol and China’s Ministry of Public Security are all investigating the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, as fears grew that it had been the victim of a terror attack.As night fell on the second day since the Boeing 777’s disappearance, 35,000ft above the Gulf of Thailand, a huge search and rescue operation had found no trace of the plane or its 239 passengers.Deepening the sense of mystery surrounding the fate of the plane, Malaysia’s air force chief said “the military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back” - while others seized upon a 2012 report that showed a portion of its wing, approximately three feet long, had been damaged and subsequently repaired, following a “minor collision”.It what could be the first potential breakthrough so far, a Vietnamese search-and-rescue plane said it had spotted two pieces of debris around 50 miles south-west of Tho Chu Island.The fragments were believed to be a part of the inner door and a piece of the missing airline's tail, Vietnam's ministry of information and communication said on its website.And one Malaysian official, baffled by the lack of evidence 48 hours after the accident, said it “appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet” - something rubbished by aviation experts who said it was impossible to know whether the plane disintegrated until wreckage was found, and that that could take days.But more ominous questions emerged about who was on board after the Malaysian authorities said as many as four passengers may have used fake or stolen passports.Interpol said it was “examining additional suspect passports” and the FBI was assisting Malaysian investigators in probing the identities of the four.What was initially believed to be a piece of debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane (EPA)-Hishamuddin Hussein, the Malaysian Transport minister, said that while the authorities “do not want to jump the gun”, they have “informed the counter-terrorism units of all relevant countries”.Investigators are also reviewing the close-circuit television footage of the passengers at Kuala Lumpur airport.There is a brisk trade in stolen passports in South East Asia and Interpol currently has 39 million stolen or lost passports recorded in its database - equivalent to the population of Poland.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that went missing
“Any flight of that size in Asia would be carrying a couple of people with false passports,” said Clive Williams, a counter-terrorism expert at Macquarie university in Australia.“When you think about the number of passports that have been stolen or gone missing around the world, it could be related, but it is probably not.”However, others said if it was a coincidence, it was a remarkable one.“What are the chances that one person boards a Malaysia Airlines plane on a stolen Caucasian passport?” asked one aviation expert who asked not to be named. “Maybe it is one in a thousand. Two? One in a million,” he added.Initially, Malaysia Airlines had played down the use of two stolen passports, saying that any passengers headed to Beijing would have had to apply for a Chinese visa.However, the Telegraph confirmed with China Southern, the code-share airline which made the bookings for the men travelling under the names “Luigi Maraldi” and “Christian Kozel”, that both were merely transiting in Beijing and did not require a visa.Two separate ticketing agents at the airline confirmed that the men were booked to fly onwards from Beijing at 11.55am on March 8 to Amsterdam on a KLM flight in economy.The real Luigi Maraldi appeared at a police station in the Thai town of Phuket to clarify that he had lost his passport while renting a motorcycle in the area last year. He said the woman in the shop had told him she had given his passport to another Italian man.Luigi Maraldi, who had his passports stolen in Thailand last year, shows his current passport next to Thai police officers-Hugh Dunleavy, an executive vice president at Malaysia Airlines, said it was not the carrier’s responsibility to validate a passport.“We just need to make sure that if we see a passport, it doesn’t look like it has been forged and it has a legitimate visa. If it all looks legitimate and everything else about the customer is legitimate we will load them on the plane,” he said.Another spokesman for the airline added that all the photographs had matched the passports of the passengers. But the Malaysian authorities have promised to tighten security at Kuala Lumpur after criticism that it had grown lax in recent years.Meanwhile, the fate of flight MH370 remains a mystery. The jet was only eleven years old, had been recently serviced and was flying in clear weather. There is no sign so far of any debris and nor has any terrorist organisation yet claimed responsibility.
Its pilot, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was highly experienced and described by friends as an “aviation tech geek¡” who loved his job so much he even spent his days off tinkering with a flight simulator he had set up at home.“We used to tease him. We would ask him, why are you bringing your work home?” said a pilot who knew Capt Zaharie for 20 years. “He knew everything about the Boeing 777. Something significant would have had to happen for Zaharie and the plane to go missing. It would have to be total electrical failure.”Friends who saw him the day before the flight said he had been in a “jovial” mood, according to the New Straits Times, a Malaysian newspaper.An unnamed American government official told the New York Times that the Pentagon had reviewed its surveillance system that looks for flashes around the world, and saw no evidence of an explosion.And another Boeing 777 pilot, who was flying 30 minutes ahead of MH370 en route to Narita airport in Tokyo, told the New Sunday Times in Malaysia that he had made contact with the plane shortly before it vanished.“We managed to establish contact with MH370 just after 1.30am and asked them if they have transferred into Vietnamese airspace,” said the captain, who asked not to be named.
“There were a lot of interference, static, but I heard mumbling from the other end. If the plane was in trouble, we would have heard the pilot making the Mayday distress call,” he said.
Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet, Interpol examining suspect passports
Agencies-Kuala Lumpur/Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, March 09, 2014-Hindutimes
Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones.The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished from radar early Saturday somewhere at sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, but stressed there was no evidence of terrorism yet.After it emerged that two people boarded the missing flight with stolen European passports, Malaysia's transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he was looking at four suspect passengers in all."At the same time our own intelligence has been activated, and of course, the counter-terrorism units... from all the relevant countries have been informed," Hishammuddin said, refusing also to rule out the possibility that the plane may have been hijacked.A Chinese person whose passport number is among those listed for passengers aboard the flight did not in fact board the plane, state media reported on Sunday.The person, a resident of Fujian province in eastern China, has no departure record and is still in Fujian, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing police. The name listed by Malaysia Airlines for the passenger was different to that of the individual who holds the passport with the number in question, Xinhua said. The owner said the passport had never been lost or stolen, it added.A reporter working for the Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, tweeted that Vietnam forces had spotted a yellow-coloured floating object in the sea 100km from Tho Chu island. Vietnam dispatched a team which was expected to reach the floating object by 7pm Hanoi time (5.30pm IST).International police agency Interpol said at least two passports recorded as lost or stolen in its database were used by passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, and said it was "examining additional suspect passports" on Sunday.Interpol said no checks of its database had been made by any country on an Austrian and an Italian passport between the time that they were stolen and the departure of the flight.The missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers said on Sunday, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane and the 239 people aboard.
More than 36 hours after the last contact with Flight MH370, officials said they were widening the search to cover vast swathes of sea around Malaysia and off Vietnam, and were investigating at least two passengers who may have been using false identity documents.Despite dozens of military and civilians vessels and aircraft criss-crossing waters to the east and west of Malaysia, no wreckage has been found, although oil slicks have been reported in the sea south of Vietnam."What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realised there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turnback," Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told reporters at a news conference.There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing 777-200ER disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing early on Saturday.European officials said it appeared two people on board were using stolen passports and Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said authorities were also checking the identities of two other passengers."All the four names are with me," said Hishamuddin, who is also defence minister. "I have indicated to our intelligence agencies and I have also spoken to international intelligence agencies for assistance."He said help was also being sought from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). However, an attack was only one of the possibilities being investigated.
"We are looking at all possibilities," he said. "We cannot jump the gun. Our focus now is to find the plane."Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of the department of civil aviation, later told reporters only two passengers were being investigated and that authorities were checking CCTV footage of the two as they boarded the aircraft.The search was being extended to the west coast of the Malay peninsula, in addition to a broad expanse of the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, air force chief Rodzali said.Malaysia Airlines said it was "fearing for the worst" and that it had sought assistance from an Atlanta-based disaster recovery management specialist.
Vietnamese naval boats sent from the holiday island of Phu Quoc patrolled stretches of the Gulf of Thailand, scouring the area where an oil slick was spotted by patrol jets just before nightfall on Saturday."Our two rescue boats have approached the two oil spills since 3 a.m. today but we haven't found any sign of the Malaysian plane yet. Other boats are ready to go to support if needed," Admiral Ngo Van Phat told Reuters.Besides the Vietnamese vessels, Malaysia and neighbouring countries have deployed 22 aircraft and 40 ships in the search. China and the United States have sent ships to help, and Washington has also deployed a plane.US officials from Boeing, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration were on the way to Asia to help in investigations, NTSB said in a statement.The airline has said 14 nationalities were among the passengers, including at least 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans.There were no indications of sabotage nor claims of an attack. But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - who, according to their foreign ministries, were not on the plane. Both had apparently had their passports stolen in Thailand during the past two years.
US and European security officials said that there was no proof of foul play and there could be other explanations for the use of stolen passports.A Malaysian official with knowledge of the investigation said the passengers being checked had bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, which was code-sharing the flight with Malaysia Airlines."We've seen the statements about stolen passports, but we cannot validate that," Hugh Dunleavy, director of commercial operations at Malaysia Airlines, told reporters in Beijing."As far as we're aware, every one of the people onboard that aircraft had a visa to go to China. Which means those passports were in the possession of the Chinese embassy before those visas were issued."
The 11-year-old Boeing, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines, took off at 12:40 a.m. (1640 GMT Friday) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport when it went missing without a distress call. Aboard were 227 passengers and 12 crew.It last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu. Flight tracking website flightaware.com showed it flew northeast after takeoff, climbed to 35,000 ft (10,670 metres) and was still climbing when it vanished from tracking records. Boeing said it was monitoring the situation but had no further comment.Paul Hayes, director of safety at Flightglobal Ascend aviation consultancy, said the flight would normally have been at a routine stage, having reached initial cruise altitude."Such a sudden disappearance would suggest either that something is happening so quickly that there is no opportunity to put out a mayday, in which case a deliberate act is one possibility to consider, or that the crew is busy coping with what whatever has taken place," he told Reuters.The disappearance of the plane is a chilling echo of an Air France flight that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board. It vanished for hours and wreckage was found only two days later.John Goglia, a former board member of the NTSB, the US agency that investigates plane crashes, said the lack of a distress call suggested that the plane either experienced an explosive decompression or was destroyed by an explosive device."It had to be quick because there was no communication," Goglia said. He said the false identities of the two passengers was "a big red flag".
If there were passengers on board with stolen passports, it was not clear how they passed through security checks.
Contact information for Malaysia Airlines:
Malaysia: +603 7884 1234
Beijing: +8610 6437 6249
Malaysia: +603 8777 5777
RUSSIAN FORCES TIGHTEN GRIP ON CRIMEA
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 9:45AM SUN MAR 09,14
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 1:00PM SUN MAR 09,14
WITH 40% OF GERMANYS GAS COMING FROM RUSSIA.AND RUSSIA IS GERMANIES 2ND BEST TRADING PARTNER.ANGELA MERKEL FINALLY SAID THIS RUSSIAN TAKE OVER OF CRMEA IS NOT LEGAL.SO NOW FINALLY THE EUROPEAN UNION IS GONNA TAKE THE LEAD IN THE DIPLOMATIC WORK.MERKEL SAYS GERMANY-FRANCE-THE UNITED KINGDOM-UKRAINE AND RUSSIA WILL BE HAVING DIPLOMATIC TALKS ABOUT LETTING MONITORS IN CRIMEA AND RUSSIA STOPPING THE REFERENDUM ON CRIMEA.ALSO RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE OVER TAKEM 11 MILITARY POSTS AT THE CRIMEA BORDER.
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 4:00PM SUN MAR 09,14
WE HAVE GOT EXACTLY ONE WEEK TILL THE CRIMEA OFFICIALLY BECOMES MOTHER RUSSIA TERRITORY.
LIZ WAHL QUITS RT - CALLS PUIN (CUTE THE WAY LIZ SAYS PUTINS NAME)
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk on Thursday (6 March 2014) that “in these difficult moments, NATO stands by Ukraine. NATO stands by the right of every nation to decide its own future. NATO stands by Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and by the fundamental principles of international law”.
Media freedom under siege in Crimea, Ukraine, says OSCE representativeVIENNA, 8 March 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today condemned the continuous closure of television channels and attacks on journalists in Crimea.“Extreme censorship, shutting down media outlets and press hubs and attacks and intimidation of journalists must stop immediately,” Mijatović said. “In times of crisis people must have an unimpeded access to a plurality of sources; otherwise they can be subjected to the worst kind of propaganda.”Over the past few days the terrestrial signals of Ukrainian television stations Inter, Briz, 1+1, 5 channel, 1st National, STB have been cut, including the signal of the independent Chernomorskaya TV, and replaced with Russian channels NTV, 1st channel, Rossiya 24, Rossiya RTR, TNT and Zvezda. The Internet connection of Crimean Tatar ATR channel is down.A number of journalists have been threatened, assaulted, physically attacked and several members of the media have been severely injured while covering the events in Crimea. They include Argumenti nedeli-Krym (Stanislav Yurchenko), Associated Press Television News, BBC, CNN, Inter channel (Olena Mekhanik, Andrii Tsaplienko and two operators), Russkaya Planeta (Pavel Nikulin), STB (Oleksii Simakov, Oleksandr Albinskyi, Vyacheslav Skvorchevskyi, Igor Levenok), 5 channel (Anton Laktionov) and a number of freelancers, including Boryana Katsarova and Dimiter Kenarov. Journalists have also had their equipment confiscated by unidentified assailants.“Those who introduce censorship of the media have no place in a democracy. I reiterate my call to those responsible for law and order in Crimea to stop this destruction of freedom of the media and do their utmost to ensure safety of journalists. The final responsibility lies with them,” Mijatović said.The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments. Learn more at www.osce.org/fom, Twitter: @OSCE_RFoM and on facebook.com/osce.rfom.
Russian forces tighten grip on Crimea despite U.S. warning-By Alissa de Carbonnel MAR 9,14-Yahoonews-Ukraine faces loss of navy as Russian forces in Crimea dig in
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Sunday despite a U.S. warning to Moscow that annexing the southern Ukrainian region would close the door to diplomacy in a tense East-West standoff.Russian forces' seizure of the Black Sea peninsula has been bloodless but tensions are mounting following the decision by pro-Russian groups that have taken over the regional parliament to make Crimea part of Russia.The operation to seize Crimea began within days of Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich's flight from the country last month. Yanukovich was toppled after three months of demonstrations against a decision to spurn a free trade deal with the European Union for closer ties with Russia.In the latest armed action, Russians took over a Ukrainian border post on the western edge of Crimea at around 6 a.m. (0400) GMT, trapping about 30 personnel inside, a border guard spokesman said.The spokesman, Oleh Slobodyan, said Russian forces now controlled 11 border guard posts across Crimea, a former Russian territory that is home to Russia's Black Sea fleet and has an ethnic Russian majority.
In Simferopol, Crimea's main city, pro- and anti-Russian groups held rival rallies.About 300 opponents of Russian-backed plans for Crimea to secede gathered around a monument to national hero Taras Shevchenko, carrying blue and yellow balloons the color of the Ukrainian flag. The crowd sang the national anthem, twice, and an Orthodox Priest led prayers and a hymn.Vladimir Kirichenko, 58, an engineer, opposed Crimea joining Russia. "I don't call this a referendum. It asks two practically identical questions: Are you for the secession of Ukraine or are you for the secession of Ukraine? So why would I go and vote?"
Around 2,000 Russian supporters gathered in Lenin Square, where there is a statue of the Soviet state founder, clapping along to nostalgic Soviet era songs being sung from the stage.Alexander Liganov, 25 and jobless, said: "We have always been Russian, not Ukrainian. We support Putin." President Vladimir Putin declared a week ago that Russia had the right to invade Ukraine to protect Russian citizens, and his parliament has voted to change the law to make it easier to annex territory inhabited by Russian speakers.At a rally in the eastern city of Donetsk, home to many Russian speakers, presidential candidate Vitaly Klitschko, a former boxing champion, said Ukraine should not allowed to split apart amid bloodshed."The main task is to preserve the stability and independence of our country," he said.The worst face-off with Moscow since the Cold War has left the West scrambling for a response, especially since the region's pro-Russia leadership declared Crimea part of Russia last week and announced a March 16 referendum to confirm it.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to Russia's foreign minister for the fourth day in a row, told Sergei Lavrov on Saturday that Russia should exercise restraint."He made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia, would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint," a U.S. official said.President Barack Obama spoke by phone on Saturday to the leaders of France, Britain and Italy and three ex-Soviet Baltic states that have joined NATO. He assured Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which have their own ethnic Russian populations, that the Western military alliance would protect them if necessary.
A spokeswoman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said military monitors from the pan-Europe watchdog had on Saturday been prevented for the third time in as many days from entering Crimea.Shots were fired on Saturday to turn back the mission of more than 40 unarmed observers, who have been invited by Kiev but lack permission from Crimea's pro-Russian authorities to cross the isthmus to the peninsula. No on was hurt.Crimea's pro-Moscow authorities have ordered all remaining Ukrainian troop detachments in the province to disarm and surrender, but at several locations they have refused to yield. Moscow denies that the Russian-speaking troops in Crimea are under its command, an assertion Washington dismisses as "Putin's fiction". Although they wear no insignia, the troops drive vehicles with Russian military plates.A Reuters reporting team filmed a convoy of hundreds of Russian troops in about 50 trucks, accompanied by armored vehicles and ambulances, which pulled into a military base north of Simferopol in broad daylight on Saturday.
The military standoff has remained bloodless, but troops on both sides spoke of increased agitation.
"The situation is changed. Tensions are much higher now. You have to go. You can't film here," said a Russian soldier carrying a heavy machine gun, his face covered except for his eyes, at a Ukrainian navy base in Novoozernoye.A source in Ukraine's defense ministry said it was mobilizing some of its military hardware for a planned exercise, Interfax news agency reported. Ukraine's military, with barely 130,000 troops, would be no match for Russia's. So far Kiev has held back from any action that might provoke a response.
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Saturday Poland had evacuated its consulate in Sevastopol due to "continuing disturbances by Russian forces".The United States has announced sanctions against individuals it accuses of interfering with Ukrainian territorial integrity, although it has yet to publish the list. Washington has threatened wider action to isolate the Russian economy.The European Union is also considering sanctions, but has so far been more cautious. Any action would be much harder to organize for a 28-nation bloc that takes decisions unanimously and many of whose members depend on Russian natural gas.Pro-Moscow Crimea leader Sergei Aksyonov said the referendum on union with Russia - due in a week - would not be stopped. It had been called so quickly to avert "provocation", he said.It is far from clear whether most of the 2 million Crimea residents want to be ruled by Moscow. When last asked in 1991, they voted narrowly for independence along with the rest of Ukraine.Western countries dismiss the planned referendum as illegal and likely to be falsified.(Additional reporting by Natalia Zinets in Kiev, Writing by Timothy Heritage; Editing by Giles Elgood)
OTHER RUSSIA-UKRAINE NEWS I DONE
Saturday, March 08, 2014
RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION TODAY
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 12:01AM SAT MAR 08,14
WHAT HAPPENINGS WILL BE GOING ON TODAY WITH PUTIN AND HIS BUDDY BUDDY OBAMA.
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 7:10AM SAT MAR 08,14
RUSSIA IS ACCUSING THE MONITORS OF BEING TO KIEV BIAS AND WILL NOT LET THE MONITORS GO INTO THE CRIMEA.THESE MONITORS HAVE TRYED 4 TIMES TO GET INTO CRIMEA ALREADY.AND TENSION MOUNTS BETWEEN THE US AND RUSSIA IN THIS UKRAINE SITUATION.
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 12:10PM SAT MAR 08,14
RUSSIAN TROOPS WENT INTO ONE MILITARY BASE IN THE UKRAINE.NO SHOTS WERE FIRED.AND BOTH SIDES NEGOTIATED.THE TATARS ARE BEING WATCHED CLOSLY REPORTS.BACK IN 1994 I GUESS SERBIANS CAME TO CRIMEA IN THE UKRAINE AS RUSSIA PERSECUTED THEM.AND NOW WITH RUSSIA INVADING THE CRIMEA IN THE UKRAINE NOW.THE TATARS ARE AFRAID RUSSIA WILL KILL THEM ALL.AND THE TATARS HOUSES ARE MARKED WITH A LETTER ON THEIR HOUSES SO RUSSIANS KNOW WERE THE TATARS LIVE FOR SURE.
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 1:45PM SAT MAR 08,14
GARY KASPAROV SAID THAT WITH ALL THE RUSSIAN TROOPS IN CRIMEA.AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT PASSING THE LAW SAYING CRIMEA WILL BE PART OF RUSSIA.WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MARCH 16,14 AS THE REFERENDUM DATE.RUSSIA HAS GOTTEN CRIMEA AS THEIRS NOW BECAUSE OF ALL THE 30+,000 TROOPS THEY HAVE IN THE CRIMEA.SO WE CAN SAY ALREADY CRIMEA IS RUSSIAN TERRITORY-EVEN AS WE KNOW THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE WEST WILL NOT RECOGNIZE IT-NO MATTER IF RUSSIA HAS THE REFERENDUM ON MARCH 16TH OR NOT.THE ONLY WAY RUSSIA CAN BE STOPPED IS BY TROOPS IN THE CRIMEA AND BLOWING UP RUSSIAS GAS LINES IN THE UKRAINE.AND THE WEST WON'T DO THAT. OR TO ME THATS WHAT GARY KASPOROV WAS SAYING.I AGREE WUTH GARY.YES CRIMEA IS IN RUSSIAN CONTROL AND THE ONLY WAY TO HURT PUTIN WOULD BE TO BLOW UP UKRAINES GAS LINES SO IT WOULD STOP HIM FROM MAKING MONEY.HOW LONG DID IT TAKE AMERICA TO CAP ALL THE OIL WELLS SADAM HUSEIN BLEW UP IN 1991 AFTER HE WAS DEFEATED.AND ALL THE OIL THAT WAS WAISTED AND NO CASH TO BE MADE THAT WAY.SO I AGREE THATS THE ONLY WAY TO HURT PUTIN.BUT IF THEY DO THAT-THEN ALSO THE EUROPEAN UNION SUFFERS ALSO.BECAUSE THEIR GAS WOULD BE STOPPED.SO I DON'T SEE ANYBODY TOUCHING PUTIN IN CRIMEA NO MATTER HOW MUCH OF A DIPLOMATIC FUSS THEY CLAIM.CRIMEA WILL BE RUSSIAN TERRITORY AND THE REST OF THE UKRAINE WILL BE EUROPEAN UNION PROPERTY UNDER EUROPEAN UNION TROOPS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION I CAN SEE IN THE UKRAINE.
AND THAT MISSING PLANE COULD HAVE BEEN TERRORISM.BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE THAT WERE ON THE PLANE WERE FRAUDS THAT STOLE 2 OTHER PEOPLES PASSPORTS AND GOT ON THE PLANE THAT WAY.SO WE COULD EASILY HAVE A TERRORIST ATTACK WHEN THAT PLANE IS FINALLY DISCOVERED AND LOOKED OVER.WE PRAY FOR ALL THE 239 LIVES LOST IN THAT FALL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH FLIGHT THAT IS STILL MUSSING.
THE FUTURE WORLD WAR 3 SPECIFIC DATE SET BY GOD IN HISTORY
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
REVELATION 9:13-16,1813 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four (DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four (DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 - 2ND WAVE)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed,(2 BILLION) by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
OK LETS SPEAK OF OIL AND THE EUPHRATES RIVER.WE KNOW BY THESE SCRIPTURES THAT WORLD WAR 3 STARTS AT THE EUPHRATES RIVER ON A PRE ORDAINED DAY-HOUR-MONTH-YEAR.SO THERES NO WAY THIS DATE CAN BE ALTERED.GOD SET IT IN STONE.SO GOD SET THIS DATE FOR WORLD WAR 3 TO START PROBABLY JUST AFTER THE FLOOD WHEN HE PROMISED US NEVER AGAIN WOULD THE EARTH AND ITS POPULATION EVER ALL DIE ON EARTH BECAUSE OF WATER AGAIN.BUT HE SAID IT WILL BE BURNED BY FIRE (NUKES I TAKE THAT TO MEAN).BUT THE WORLD NEVER ENDS.BUT GOD TOLD US WAR WILL KILL HALF OF EARTHS POPULATION IN WW3.
AND HERES HOW I BELIEVE IT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE REAL WW3 START DATE COMES TO PASS.I BELIEVE SYRIA WILL BE TOTALY FRIED.THEN ASSAD IF NOT KILLED WILL PULL A SADAM HUSEIN OR HIS GENERAL WILL IF HES KILLED AND BLOW UP ALL THE GAS AND OIL LINES AT THE EUPHRATES RIVER AND IN SYRIA AND THE WEST WILL GET THE BLAME FOR IT.RUSSIA AND CHINA THEN TEAM UP TO TRY TO STOP THE WELLS FROM BEING BLOWN UP.AND SINCE RUSSIA-CHINA WILL BLAME THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE WEST FOR BLOWING THE OIL AND GAS LINES UP - THIS WILL START THE HOUR-DAY-MONTH-YEAR GOD ORDAINED JUST AFTER THE FLOOD AS THE VERY HOUR FOR THE START OF WORLD WAR 3.SO THIS DATE CAN NEVER BE CHANGED.WHICH TELLS ME GOD HAS TO HAVE EVERYTHING IN PROPHECY SET UP TO FIT THIS WORLD WAR 3 DATE.THIS TELLS ME THAT GOD DOES HAVE A DEFINATE TIME TABLE OF HISTORY AND IT CAN NOT BE CHANGED LIKE SOME PEOPLE CLAIM.
Syrian proved reserves were approximately ~2.5 billion barrels as at Jan 1st 2013. The bulk of Syria’s oil and gas fields run in a northeast – southwest band through the centre of the country, running from the city of Homs to the Hassake region in the very northeast corner of the country, bordered by Iraq and Turkey. Fifty percent of pre-war production was from this northeastern region, with the largest producing field in the country, Suwaidiyah, producing just over 100,000 bpd. The oil was transported along a major pipeline running to Homs and then on to the Mediterranean coast and eventual export.There is a suite of smaller fields in the east of the country, trending northwest – southeast just north of the Euphrates river near the Iraqi border, in the Deir al-Zor region.Oil remains critical to the conflict as the government’s military fleet largely runs on diesel or gas oil. Subsequent to imposition of sanctions in 2011, when the EU ceased to purchase exported crude, the Assad regime resorted to bartering what crude production they could still access with countries like Russia, Iran, & Venezuela, swapping the oil for refined diesel.
For Crimean Tatars, the Ukraine-Russia standoff is full of risk
-PRI's The World-Reporter Natalia Antelava-March 06, 2014 · 9:30 AM EST
Crimean Tatars demonstate to keep Crimea part of Ukraine. They're holding yellow and blue balloons, the colors of Ukraine's flag.Like many 15 year olds around the world, Medina spends a lot of time on Facebook. But unlike most teenagers, she logs in to discuss politics.Medina is a Crimean Tatar. Crimean Tatars make up 15 percent of the Crimean peninsula’s ethnically-mixed population. And with the Russian troop presence in Crimea this past week, tensions are running high.“The most popular subject for discussion for me and my friends is definitely the current situation here in Crimea,” Medina says. “We are always exchanging messages, updating each other on the situation. We’re worried.”As the crisis over Crimea continues, everyone is on edge, but especially families like Medina's. Crimean Tatars are Muslims, the indigenous people of the peninsula. In 1944, Stalin deported the entire Tatar population of Crimea to Central Asia.In the family’s living room, Medina's grandparents Zenife and Zavre watch the news. Her grandparents were among the first Crimean Tatars to return to Crimea in 1969. Thousands followed in the 1980s, even though discrimination against the Crimean Tatars continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Now, once again, fear has returned.Zenife says in the past few days, a few of her Tatar neighbors found their houses marked with crosses. She says Crimean Tatars are scared of the dormant ethnic tensions that the Russian troop presence has stirred up.“We have nowhere to go," she says. "Russians have Russia, Ukrainians can go to Ukraine, but Crimea is our only home.”Every day, Zenife has been participating in peaceful protests against the Russian troops. Most of the demonstrators are women and children. They wave blue and yellow balloons, the color of the Ukrainian flag. “Crimea is Ukraine,” the women shout. Across the road, Russian troops in balaclavas stand in front of a Ukrainian military base, blocking the entrance.Long ago, Crimean Tatars had their own state, but now they believe their best chance of survival is with Ukraine.At a Crimean Tatar Television station called ATR, one of the top stories of the day is the visit of an official delegation of Muslims from Russia, who have come to meet with Crimean Tatars.“We can see how actively the new Russia-backed government in Crimea is trying to get Crimean Tatars on their side,” says Linur Yunusov, a journalist at ATR. “They are promising financial packages and government posts. There has been a whole string of delegations from Russia's Muslim regions trying to negotiate with us because the future of this pro-Moscow government depends on whether Crimean Tatars support it or not.”Tatars represent only a small piece of Crimea’s population, but, politically, they matter. Crimea's new pro-Moscow government plans to hold a referendum in May on greater autonomy for the peninsula from Kiev — and they need Tatar votes. On Thursday, they moved that referendum up to March 16.Eskandar Bariiev, a deputy in the Mejlis, the representative body for the Crimean Tatars, says he worries that the Russians will make an offer that the Crimean Tatars will find hard to refuse, a sort of autonomy that that they have always dreamed of.“It will put us in an incredibly difficult position,” he says, but with memories of deportation still alive, he can't imagine Crimean Tatars aligning themselves with Russia.Still, the pressure on the Crimean Tatars is increasing. They worry about what will happen if they continue to refuse to back the new regime.
Ukraine, a developing story-OSCE
Ukraine is one of the 57 participating States of the OSCE. Since the beginning of the protests in November 2013, the OSCE has closely followed the situation in the country. It has engaged with the authorities, civil society, media and all other stakeholders in an effort to calm tensions and encourage solutions to the crisis through a peaceful and inclusive dialogue. The organization is ready to provide expertise and effective support to Ukraine in coming weeks.Military and civilian personnel in Ukraine from OSCE participating States
UPDATE at 16:30, 7 March: As of now, 28 OSCE participating States are participating in the activity, having sent up to two representatives each. There are 52 participants in total, from: Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. One representative from the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre is also participating.
Russia calls for OSCE probe into Kiev sniper deaths
AFP-1 hour ago-mar 8,14-yAHOONEWSAnti-government protesters clash with the police in the center of Ukrainian capital Kiev during the night on January 25, 2014-Moscow (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday called for an OSCE investigation into who was behind the deaths of dozens of people in Kiev last month in attacks by snipers, saying the truth could no longer be "covered up".Lavrov's comments came after Estonia's top diplomat told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a phone call leaked this weak that the then- Ukrainian opposition to president Viktor Yanukovych may have been involved in the attacks."The latest information about the so-called snipers case can no longer be covered up," Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow with his Tajik counterpart."We have proposed that the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) takes up an objective investigation of this and we will ensure there is justice."There have been too many lies, and this lie has been used too long to push European public opinion in the wrong direction, contrary to the objective facts."Western states have blamed Yanukovych's now disbanded elite riot police force for much of the killing that rocked in Kiev in February.However Russia has strongly emphasised the leaked phone call between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Ashton as evidence for its argument that the new post-Yanukovych government in Kiev is made up of dangerous extremists.
Lavrov's call for a full probe indicates that this is an issue Russia will not allow to drop, risking new tensions with the West.In the audio of the February 26 call, whose authenticity was confirmed by Estonia, Paet told Ashton he was informed in Kiev that "they were the same snipers killing people from both sides."Dozens of protesters and around 15 police officers were killed in the attacks.Paet, who had held talks with Ukraine's new leaders on February 25, added: "It's really disturbing that now the new coalition, they don't want to investigate what exactly happened."
CEE, Nordic, Baltic ministers condemn Crimea vote plans, call for EU mission
Reuters-March 7, 2014 6:23 AM-YAHOONEWSNARVA, Estonia (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from central Europe, the Baltics and Nordics condemned on Friday Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and a planned referendum planned by Crimea's government, calling for the EU to send an observation mission to Kiev.The group of countries, many of them sharing land borders with Russia or the Ukraine and living with the memory of Soviet rule, have taken a tough line in the face of Moscow as the crisis has escalated."Nordic and Baltic countries and the Visegrad countries' foreign ministers condemned today ... the attack on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and also condemned the illegal referendum on the joining of Crimea with Russia," the ministers said in joint statement from the meeting.Foreign ministers from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, known as the Visegrad Four, and from the Nordics and Baltics met at the Estonian town of Narva on the Russian border.Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia, and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum in 10 days, escalating of the crisis over the Ukrainian region drawing fierce criticism from U.S. President Barack Obama.Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said the European Union needed to strengthen its defense policy and upgrade crisis management capabilities in the wake of the events on its borders."It is a challenge we did not wish for, but is knocking at our doors," he said.(Reporting by Marcin Goettig and David Mardiste; writing by Niklas Pollard; Editing by Alistair Scrutton)
Russia and the Budapest memorandum
07.03.14 @ 09:52-By Steven Blockmans-euobserverBRUSSELS - The Budapest Memorandum of 5 December 1994 - officially the Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine's Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons - was signed by the Presidents of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the US, and the Prime Minister of the UK to provide national security assurances to Ukraine. Crimea: By militarily invading and annexing the region, Russia has acted in breach of its obligations China and France joined its provisions at a later stage in the form of individual statements.In return for the security assurances by the great powers, Ukraine decided to give up what was then the world’s third largest nuclear weapons stockpile and acceded to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.The memorandum consists of 6 provisions and is not restricted to threats or the use of nuclear weapons.Articles 1 and 2 impose clear-cut obligations on Russia to respect the political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its “existing borders” of 1994, and not to threaten it or use force by any means.
By militarily invading and annexing Crimea, Russia has acted in breach of its obligations under the Budapest memorandum.In spite of what its name suggests, the memorandum qualifies as an international agreement under the terms of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.It thus creates legally binding obligations for the guarantor states and could become the object of inter-state litigation before the International Court of Justice. However, the chances of that happening are slim.Russia has not issued a declaration recognizing as compulsory the jurisdiction of the court. This means that Moscow retains the right to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the court has jurisdiction.Given the circumstances it is unlikely that the Kremlin would accept the Court’s jurisdiction to hear a dispute over the Budapest memorandum filed by Ukraine or any of the other permanent members of the UN Security Council which have signed up to it.In the same vein, Putin’s Russia seems unfazed that it is violating general principles of international law underpinning the current world order, i.e. those contained in the UN Charter (Articles 2.4 and Article 2.7), and the 1975 Helsinki Final Act.Under the terms of the UN Charter, the use of force in another state’s territory is only justified when mandated by the UN Security Council - quod non - or in case of self-defence. Since there was no prior armed attack from the Ukrainian armed forces against Russia, the latter exception cannot be invoked either.The argument first advanced by Moscow to justify its military intervention was that it acted in defence of Russian speakers and passport holders whose human rights and fundamental freedoms were said to be violated by a fascist regime in Kiev which seized power by unconstitutional means.However, in the absence of hard facts presented by Moscow to back up the claim of gross and persistent violations of Russian minority members’ fundamental rights by the new Ukrainian authorities, the brief interruption of a law on regional languages by the Rada does not provide the legal cover to effectively invoke self-defence or the claim of “Responsibility to Protect,” a principle which - ironically - Russia has fanatically sought to prevent from solidifying under international law.A subsidiary argument presented at the UN Security Council by ambassador Vitaly Churkin was that Russia had intervened upon the written invitation of Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed yet “legitimate” President of Ukraine, to establish peace and stability in his homeland.
Moscow keeps repeating that Germany, France and Poland should honour the terms of the February 21 agreement (by which Yanukovich agreed with the opposition leaders of the Maidan movement to restore the Constitution of 2004, to form a national unity government, and hold early Presidential elections) which they signed.However, it strikes one as particularly odd for Russia to promote the application of an agreement which it refused to sign up to when it had the chance.What the Kremlin also seems to forget is that Yanukovych was subsequently abandoned by his own party and impeached by the Ukrainian Parliament. Most damningly in the misguided motivation for Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine is Churkin’s statement that Yanukovych’ letter to President Putin was dated 1 March, whereas Russian troops had already taken up positions around strategic locations on the Crimean peninsula on 28 February.By Russia’s own admission, therefore, it had already violated binding norms of international law.The latter seems emblematic for the “couldn’t care less” attitude of Putin’s Russia.So far, the Kremlin has not bothered to seriously rebut allegations by the US and the EU that it has violated the terms of the Budapest memorandum. More worryingly, the Moscow allows itself to be inconsistent with its own commitments and is reneging its own words.This has all the trappings of a panicking dictatorship, which crushes dissent at home and portrays confidence in winning a great battle with the enemy abroad. How can anybody trust what Putin’s Russia says or commits to in the future? The writer is an analyst at the Brussels-based think tank, the Centre for European Policy Studies
Centre-right leaders give Ukraine hope of EU membership
07.03.14 @ 17:56-By Valentina Pop-EUOBSERVERDublin - EU centre-right leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel and Poland's Donald Tusk, have given the strongest support so far for Ukraine's hopes to join the EU one day.A resolution adopted by the European People’s Party at a congress in Dublin on Friday (7 March) refers to a clause in the EU treaty about which countries can apply to become EU member states.The EPP "stresses that Article 49 of the EU treaty refers to all European states, including Ukraine, which has a European perspective and may apply to become a member of the Union, provided that it adheres to the principles of democracy, respects fundamental freedoms and human and minority rights and ensures the rule of law."The language was made possible by th fact that France, which is opposed to Ukrainian membership, but which currently has a centre-left government, was not at the EPP event.
EU sources told this website that France, at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels last month, did not merely oppose any mention of Ukraine’s membership prospects in the ministers’ conclusions, but wanted to go further, inserting language to make clear that Ukraine will never become an EU member.Poland wanted to give an enlargment promise.And Germany came up with a compromise, with ministers agreeing to say that an association and free trade agreement with the EU is not the "final goal" in EU-Ukraine relations.EU sources also cautioned against reading too much into the EPP statement, however.The contacts noted that the text represents a political group trying to give a political boost to Ukraine’s new government in the face of Russian hostility.But a formal EU statement on Ukrainian accession would have to be made by the EU Council, where the French, or any other EU country’s veto, can apply.Meanwhile, if the EU and Ukraine sign the political chapters of the EU association accord in the next few weeks, as planned, they will be signing a legally binding document, which locks in the nature of bilateral relations for at least 10 or so years and which says nothing on article 49.Earlier at the Dublin congress, Ukraine opposition leaders Yulia Tymoshenko and Vitali Klitschko got standing ovations by the EPP elite.Chancellor Merkel said that "Ukrainian people have the same right for freedom and democracy as we have in the EU."She added: “And the same goes for the people in Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan," referring to the other countries in the EU's "Eastern Partnership” policy on former Soviet Europe.The EPP’s resolution "strongly condemns the invasion of Russian troops on the sovereign territory of Ukraine as a breach of international law and calls on President Putin to stop and withdraw any Russian armed forces" from Ukraine.The centre-right leaders warned that failure to comply will lead to "further isolation of Russia and to further targeted measures."A high-level EU official told EUobserver it is very likely that further snap summits will be called if Russia goes ahead with its “provocations” in Crimea - such as Thursday’s Crimean decree on making the region part of Russia.The high-level source said that only EU leaders, not ministers or officials, can authorise sanctions against Putin's entourage.
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OTHER RUSSIA-UKRAINE NEWS I DONE