Thursday, July 23, 2015
DONALD TRUMP RILES UP THE REPUBLICANS.AND THE HATERS DO NOT LIKE HIS TRUTHS ONE BIT.COSBY-IRAN-MIDEAST NEWS.
EU urges Israel to halt demolition of Bedouin village By Andrew Rettman-JULY 22,15-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, 21. Jul, 09:25-The EU has urged Israel not to destroy a Bedouin village in the West Bank, amid a new French initiative on how to restart peace talks.It said on Monday (20 July) the plan “for forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure in the Susya and Abu Nwar communities” is part of wider settlement expansion which “seriously threaten[s] the two-state solution”.The statement, by foreign ministers, comes after Israeli authorities decided to demolish 37 structures in the South Hebron Hills.The demolitions mostly target private homes, affecting 91 people, 45 of whom are children. Twenty two of the structures were funded by the EU. One of them, a medical clinic, is subsidised by Italy.The plan is being contested by Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli NGO, with a court hearing due in August.But Cogat, the Israeli body which governs the West Bank, has the right under Israeli law to destroy the village at any time.-Quartet expansion-The EU appeal comes amid a French initiative on how to restart Israel-Palestine peace talks.The EU ministers also endorsed “a renewed multilateral approach” to the conflict, a French proposal to broaden the format of the Quartet, the international body handling the Middle East Peace Process [MEPP], which includes the EU, Russia, the UN, and the US.Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, said she wants to involve Arab states.She said Quartet envoys already held talks with Egypt and Jordan and that she will file a feasibility study on the project in September.“At the moment … there seems to be no peace process at all”, she noted on Monday.Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said “the peace process is effectively dead. The situation is bad. Europe should help both parties to take steps to overcome the impasse”.Polish foreign minister Grzegorz Schetyna said there’s a “new tempo” in France.“Maybe the conclusion of the Iran [nuclear] deal will make it easier to find a solution to this situation as well”, he added.-UN resolution-France is also drafting a UN Security Council resolution to stimulate new talks.Fabius, last year, told the French parliament he wants to give Israel and Palestine a two-year deadline to reach an accord and that France will recognise Palestinian statehood if there’s no outcome.Meanwhile, the Susya demolition has little strategic meaning in terms of the viability of a future Palestinian state.But Israel’s intransigence on past EU appeals has eroded diplomatic support.All eight EU members of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, including Germany, earlier this month backed a report criticisng Israel’s conduct in the 2014 Gaza war.EU institutions are also nearing publication of guidelines for retail labels on Israeli settlement exports, in a move likely to prompt consumer boycotts.“The EU and its member states reaffirm their commitment to ensure continued, full, and effective implementation of existing EU legislation and bilateral arrangements applicable to settlement products”, the ministers said on Monday.
Israel threatens EU-funded NGOs By Andrew Rettman-JULY 22,15-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:17-Israel’s deputy foreign minister has told EU countries to stop funding left-wing NGOs which, she says, “blacken” Israel’s name.Tzipi Hotovely issued the warning in a series of meetings with senior EU diplomats in Israel in recent days, according to Israeli media.She told the Arutz Sheva website on Tuesday (21 July): “We are demanding from European states that donate millions of euros to immediately stop the direct funding of delegitimisation organisations, that [act] under the guise of human rights organisations”.Israel's Ynetnews quoted her as saying the EU-funded groups: “Work to blacken its [Israel’s] face around the world, accuse it of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and war crimes; deprive the Jewish people of their right to self-determination, call to prosecute Israel in the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and support the right of return [for Palestinian refugees]".She also threatened to introduce legislation to prohibit foreign assistance for her blacklist of civil society groups, but without giving details.She said EU states have, in recent years, channelled up to €200 million to Israeli-critical groups.-Targets-The NGOs named by Israeli media as Hotovely’s targets include: B’Tselem; Breaking the Silence; the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; Terrestrial Jerusalem; Rabbis for Human Rights, and the Coalition of Women for Peace.The leading EU sponsors are named as: Denmark; Germany; the Netherlands, Sweden; and the UK,Her initiative is being backed by a right-wing group called NGO Monitor.The group, also on Tuesday, published a fact-sheet on EU-funded NGOs which, it says, are “active in promoting the Palestinian narrative” on the demolition of the village of Susya in the West Bank.It also listed Belgium, France, Ireland, and Spain as leading sponsors of the campaign to save the village.Cogat, the Israeli body which governs the occupied West Bank, has been given the right, by Israeli courts, to demolish 37 structures in Susya, 22 of which were built with EU assistance.It plans to do it on grounds the structures don’t have construction permits, which Palestinians find almost impossible to get in the so-called Area C of the West Bank.They also plan to do it, according to Breaking the Silence, due to political “pressure from [Israeli] settlers” in the area “to destroy a symbolic number of structures in order to heed their will”.-New housing-For their part, EU foreign ministers on Monday said the “forced transfer of population” from Susya is part of a settlement expansion process which “seriously threaten[s] the two-state solution”.But according to Israeli daily Haaretz, the EU appeal fell on deaf ears.Haaretz reported on Wednesday that the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank will, on Thursday, approve the construction of 906 new housing units for Jews on Palestinian land.Most of the new units are to be built in: Beit El, north of the de facto Palestinian capital, Ramallah; Ma’ale Adumim, in East Jerusalem; Givat Zeev, north of Jerusalem; and in Beit Arieh, north-east of Jerusalem.Half the new homes in Givat Zeev are to be earmarked for Orthodox Jews.By contrast with Susya’s permit problems, the Israeli authorities also plan to give retroactive permission for illegally-built homes in: Giv’on, near Givat Zeev; Psagot, north of Jerusalem; and Ofarim, near Beit Arieh.
Donald Trump releases phone number of U.S. senator who called him a 'jackass'-CBC – JULY 22,15-YAHOONEWS
Today in Donald Trump news, the 2016 presidential candidate has released a rival's personal cellphone number to everyone with an internet connection.Trump was speaking at a televised campaign event in South Carolina on Tuesday when he turned his attention to the state's senior senator (and fellow Republican presidential hopeful) Lindsey Graham."I got called a jackass by this guy," Trump said, referring to a comment Graham made to CNN earlier in the day in response to Trump's assertion that Senator John McCain is "not a war hero.""Then I said to myself, 'Hey, didn't this guy call me like, four years ago?' Yes," Trump continued. "Lindsey Graham, I didn't even know who he was."The businessman and host of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice explained that Graham had called him looking for a "good reference" on the Fox News program Fox & Friends, on which Trump is a regular guest, and also to solicit campaign donations.Trump said he agreed to mention the "begging" senator's name on television, at which point Graham gave him his contact information."He gave me his number and I found the card," Trump told the crowd, holding up a piece of yellow paper. "I don't know if it's the right number, let's try it ..."After reading out the phone number twice, he encouraged audience members to "give it a shot.""Your local politician, you know?" said Trump. "He won't fix anything, but at least he'll talk to you."And yet, as Graham is surely learning, Trump's message was heard far beyond the few hundred people gathered in South Carolina.Anyone who was watching the speech on television, or as it was streamed live online, or afterwards when it was uploaded to YouTube is now privy to what has been confirmed by Graham's spokesperson as the senator's private cellphone number.Essentially, Graham has been doxxed — a term that refers to the act of publishing someone's personal information online against their wishes, most often used in the context of internet trolls.Many on Twitter have admitted to calling Graham using the number Trump gave out, though aside from one Politico reporter who (presumably) called before the phone lines got tied up, nobody has reported being able to reach the politician directly."I wonder what caused that," Graham told Politico. "When it comes to the Donald, nothing surprises me anymore." CBC News was greeted with a recorded voicemail message upon calling the number, like many other media outlets attempting to confirm its veracity. The recording can be heard here:Graham's campaign manager Christian Ferry sent the following statement to Bloomberg via email in response to Trump's actions."Donald Trump continues to show hourly that he is ill-prepared to be commander in chief. The two people most excited about Donald Trump's candidacy are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Because of Trump's bombastic and ridiculous campaign, we aren't talking about Obama's horrible deal with Iran or Hillary Clinton's plans to continue Obama's failed national security agenda."Graham himself joked about the situation on Twitter approximately three hours after his phone number was leaked, writing "Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?"
Bill Cosby's testimony puts spotlight back on quaaludes, forgotten party drug of the 1970s-The Canadian PressBy John Rogers, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – JULY 22,15-YAHOONEWS
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Before there was Molly there was the quaalude, the most popular party drug of the 1970s.It was also, as we now know, the one Bill Cosby kept on hand to give to young women he wanted to have sex with.In 10-year-old testimony uncovered this week, Cosby said he would offer the drug "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'"He never tried to sneak any of it into someone's drink, he added, as many others did during those years. But when asked whether a woman who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1976 could have resisted him while on quaaludes, he replied, "I don't know."One thing is certain. The drug, outlawed in the United States since 1982, was hugely popular 40 years ago. People routinely swallowed it with their drinks at nightclubs from coast to coast.The 13-year-old girl with whom Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse in 1977 said the Oscar-winning director plied her with champagne and half a quaalude before raping her at Jack Nicholson's house. Polanski fled to France in 1978 to avoid a long prison sentence and continues to live there as a fugitive.Holly Madison, in her recently published memoir, "Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny," writes that Hugh Hefner once offered her a handful of quaaludes."' Usually, I don't approve of drugs, but you know, in the '70s they used to call these pills thigh openers,'" she says he told her. Hefner has declined to discuss Madison's book.At one point during Cosby's testimony for a lawsuit he eventually settled out of court, he said he had seven different prescriptions for quaaludes. He got them by asking his doctor for some, he said. The doctor asked him if he had a "bad back or anything," and Cosby said yes.But Cosby said in the deposition that he wanted them for non-medical reasons. "Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case," he said.Cosby's lawyers wrote in a legal filing in arguments over the release of the testimony on Tuesday that quaaludes "were a highly popular recreational drug in the 1970s, labeled in slang as 'disco biscuits,' and known for their capacity to increase sexual arousal."The lawyers wrote that media reports inaccurately labeled Cosby's testimony about the drug as a "confession of drugging and assaulting women.""There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars, and wealthy socialites in the 1970s willingly using quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex," the lawyers wrote in the filing.The drug, synthesized in the 1950s, was originally intended as an anti-malarial treatment, says James Adams, associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. When doctors discovered what a great painkiller and sleep aid it appeared to be, they prescribed it for that instead.Soon, people discovered that it also released sexual inhibitions, particularly in men, and that when mixed with alcohol it produced a mellow euphoria. It also made it difficult if not impossible for an intoxicated woman to resist a man's advances.As it spread through the hippie culture and then into the bars and private parties of the hipster crowd, bootleg versions known as "ludes" began to flood the streets. Doctors who prescribed it began to be seen as pariahs."Quaalude accounted for less than 2 per cent of our sales but created 98 per cent of our headaches," the chairman of the William H. Rorer pharmaceuticals company told The Associated Press in 1981, three years after the company sold its rights to make the drug. The following year the Food and Drug Administration banned it in the United States.It's still legal with a prescription in Mexico, but until Cosby's testimony it seemed to have become the forgotten party drug among American millennials. Save for those fans of the 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street," whose anti-hero, Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort, was wildly addicted to it."Party drugs go in and out of favour," Adams says. "They come and go in waves. MDMA is another drug from the '60s that used to be really popular and went out of popularity and then came back."These days it's known as Molly.
A FALSE PROPHET COMES FROM THE VATICAN ALSO AT THIS TIME.
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.(COULD THIS BE 70 YEARS AFTER ISRAEL BECAME A NATION IN 1948)(IF SO THIS SATANIC ONE WORLD WHORE CHURCH WILL MINGLE TOGETHER BY 2018)(AND NOW ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY AND ALL RELIGIONS ARE MINGLING AS ONE PEACE-LOVE-JOY-GET ALONG RELIGION LEAD BY THE VATICAN RIGHT NOW 4 YEARS FROM THE 70 YEAR TIME WHEN ISRAEL BECAME A NATION).AND IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;(FALSE VATICAN POPE) and he had two horns like a lamb,(JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD) and he spake as a dragon.(HES SATANICALLY INSPIRED,HES A CHRISTIAN DEFECTOR FROM THE FAITH)
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,(WORLD DICTATOR) and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.(THE WORLD DICTATOR CREATES A FALSE RESURRECTION AND IS CROWNED LEADER OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER).
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,(VATICAN IN POLITICS) and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman (FALSE CHURCH) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,(VATICAN COLOURS)(ANOTHER REASON WE KNOW THE FALSE POPE COMES FROM THE VATICAN) and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.(VATICAN-CATHOLICS ALL AROUND THE WORLD OVER 1 BILLION)
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
THE CONSPIRACY THEORY-END OF THE WORLD CROWD CLAIME THE 500 DAYS OF CHAOS IS A FALSE FLAG EVENT.WHEN ALL THIS 500 DAYS OF CLIMATE CHAOS MEANS THE FRACE SUMMITT ON CLIMATE CHANGE.IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE END OF THE WORLD.OR A FALSE FLAG GOVERNMENT SETUP.
Mayors to 'lead by example' on climate change-Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Brussels are among cities where mayors are pushing for low-emission zones.By Peter Teffer-JULY 22,15-EUOBSERVER
Brussels, Today, 09:28-A group of mayors from Europe and other continents on Tuesday (21 July) called on the world leaders to clinch a “bold climate agreement” at the end of the year in Paris.The climate conference in the French capital “may be the last effective opportunity to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming below 2°C, and aim to stay well below 2°C for safety, yet the current trajectory may well reach a devastating 4°C or higher”, the mayors' declaration said.The conference was held a day after the US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2015 had the hottest first six months in 135 years.The text was signed at a meeting on climate change and human trafficking, held at the Vatican.The declaration, which has not yet been made public, but which was seen by this website, said “cities play a very vital role” in fighting climate change.It called for a “bold climate agreement that confines global warming to a limit safe for humanity, while protecting the poor and the vulnerable from ongoing climate change that gravely endangers their lives”.The mayors said the world should move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy, while taking a stab at those that deny humans have caused climate change.“Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity”, it added.Pope Francis recently took up the fight against climate change as one of his core issues, writing a provocative document in which he called on people to change their lifestyle.The leader of the Catholic church links climate change to poverty, arguing that the world's poor are the most effected by global warming,despite being the least responsible for it.This was also reflected in the mayors' declaration.“The high-income countries should help to finance the costs of climate-change mitigation in low-income countries as the high-income countries have promised to do”, the text says.A Vatican booklet published ahead of the meeting noted that “global warming is one of the causes of poverty and forced migrations, and it favours human trafficking, forced labour, prostitution and organ trafficking”.The list of participants to the Vatican conference included 64 mayors and other local leaders, 11 of them from Italian cities, and another 10 from other European cities, including the mayors of Paris, Stockholm, Madrid, and Berlin's deputy minister for environment.In recent years, many mayors have adopted environmental policies which go further than their national governments.Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Brussels are among cities where mayors are pushing for low-emission zones.“As cities, we can lead the way in demonstrating innovative solutions. We can fight against climate change”, Karin Wanngard, the mayor of Stockholm, said at the Vatican conference.“Climate negotiators must dare to push boundaries and exclude fossil fuels as an option, and to reward solutions for fuels, energy, and building material that are long-term, sustainable and recyclable”, she added.The mayor of Bristol, in the UK, George Ferguson said that to convince citizens to change their behaviour, local politicians should “lead by example”, adding that he has sold his car.“You can't do it simply by lecturing to them, you have to involve them”, said Ferguson.
World mayors at Vatican: Climate change is real, man-made and must be contained-The Canadian PressBy Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – JULY 22,15-YAHOONEWS
VATICAN CITY - Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.The Vatican invited the 60 mayors to a two-day conference to keep up pressure on world leaders ahead of U.N. climate negotiations in Paris later this year. The meeting also aimed to promote Francis' environment encyclical, which denounced what he calls a fossil fuel-based world economy that exploits the poor and destroys the Earth.One by one, the mayors lined up to sign a final declaration stating that "human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity."Francis told the gathering that he had "a lot of hope" that the Paris negotiations would succeed, but also warned the mayors: "You are the conscience of humanity." Experts have long said that cities are key to reducing global warming since urban areas account for nearly three-quarters of human emissions. Mayor after mayor made an individual plea Tuesday for the world to change its ways.Drawing rousing applause, California Gov. Jerry Brown denounced global warming deniers who he said were "bamboozling" the public and politicians with false information to persuade them that the world isn't getting warmer. California has enacted the toughest greenhouse gas emissions standards in North America."We have a very powerful opposition that, at least in my country, spends billions on trying to keep from office people such as yourselves and elect troglodytes and other deniers of the obvious science," said Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new greenhouse gas emissions targets for the Big Apple — committing the city to reducing its emissions 40 per cent by 2030 — and urged other cities to follow suit."The Paris summit is just months away," de Blasio said. "We need to see it as the finish line of a sprint, and take every local action we can in the coming months to maximize the chance that our national governments will act boldly."De Blasio is a founding member of an alliance of world cities that have committed to reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 or sooner.San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced new measures of his own, saying the city that takes its name from the pope's nature-loving namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, would transition its municipal fleet of fire trucks, buses and trucks from petroleum diesel to renewable energy sources by the end of the year.Stockholm Mayor Karin Wanngard said the Paris climate talks in December must take fossil fuels off the table and focus instead on renewable energy sources."Climate negotiators must dare to push boundaries and exclude fossil fuels as an option and reward solutions that are long-term sustainable and renewable," she said.Stockholm is one of the world's leaders in using renewable energy sources, with 75 per cent of the city's public transport network running on renewable energy. Wanngard's goal is to make the Swedish capital fossil fuel-free by 2040.The climax of Tuesday's inaugural session was the afternoon audience with Francis, who has become a hero to the environmental movement and has used his moral authority and enormous popularity to focus world attention on climate change and its effects on the poor.Francis' other main priority has been to raise awareness about human trafficking. The Vatican conference is aimed at showing how both are related: The exploitation of the Earth and its most vulnerable people, with global warming often responsible for creating "environmental refugees" forced to flee homes because of drought or other climate-induced natural disasters.Francis told the gathering that while he had high hopes about the Paris climate negotiations, he also wanted the United Nations to focus more on human trafficking."The United Nations has to deal with this," he said.The Vatican is angling for the U.N.'s new Sustainable Development Goals, to be finalized in September, to make a solid reference to the problems of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Day 2 of the Vatican conference was to deal specifically with the development goals."Addressing both of these phenomenon, climate change and modern slavery, is a herculean task for us as city administrators," said Tony Chammany, the mayor of Kochi, India.Chammany detailed how years of global warming-induced drought in India was pushing impoverished farmers into cities, making them ripe for the "dark dungeons of slavery" and exploitation.The conference got off to a sobering start by hearing from two Mexican women who were victims of modern-day slavery.Ana Laura Peres Jaimes showed the mayors photos of some of the 600 scars she suffered as an indentured servant, forced to iron for hours a day without food, water or even a bathroom. She said she had to urinate in a plastic bag.Karla Jacinto, a 22-year-old mother of two, told how she was forced into prostitution at the age of 12, servicing more than 30 men a day for the next four years until she was rescued."I didn't think I was worth anything. I thought I was just an object that was used and thrown away," she told the hushed audience hall.Mayor William Bell of Birmingham, Alabama, also offered a personal story that brought home the reality of slavery."At the time of my birth, I was born into a society in Birmingham, Alabama, that existed as a close cousin of slavery called segregation," said Bell, who is African-American. "Segregation was designed to exploit individuals and groups based on race and race alone. It was for the economic purpose of cheap labour. It was to control society. It was to control human beings."The conference's final declaration calls modern-day slavery a crime against humanity and commits signatories to developing resettlement and reintegration programs "that avoid involuntary repatriation of trafficked persons." On climate, the conference's final declaration calls for financial incentives to transition economies from using fossil fuels to low-carbon and renewable energies and to shift public financing away from the military to "urgent investments" in sustainable development, with wealthy countries helping poorer ones.And it says political leaders have a "special responsibility" at the Paris talks to approve a "bold climate agreement that confines global warming to a limit safe for humanity, while protecting the poor and the vulnerable from ongoing climate change that gravely endangers their lives."Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfield
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
2 PETER 2:5
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2 PETER 3:7
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you( sudden) terror(ISM), consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
ISAIAH 33:1,18-19 Woe to thee that spoilest,(destroys) and thou wast not spoiled;(destroyed) and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil,(destroy) thou shalt be spoiled;(destroyed) and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Jordan-based uncle who hosted Chattanooga shooter last year in custody, being investigated-The Canadian PressBy Karin Laub And Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press –july 22,15-yahoonews
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A maternal uncle who hosted the Chattanooga shooter in Jordan for a few months last year is a businessman with no links to any militant groups, his attorney says.But a Jordanian official says the uncle is under investigation over the shooter's time with him there.Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali took in his nephew, the now-deceased Mohamad Youssef Abdulazeez, under a mutual agreement with his parents to help him get away from drugs, alcohol and a group of friends they considered to be a bad influence, according to a person close to his family. The person spoke on condition of anonymity, out of concern it would have business repercussions. Abdulazeez helped Haj Ali in his small cellphone business, according to the uncle's lawyer, Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb.Haj Ali has been detained since Friday, a day after Abdulazeez killed four Marines and a sailor in attacks on two military sites in Tennessee, al-Khateeb told The Associated Press on Tuesday.A Jordanian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said Wednesday that authorities are "trying to get as much information as possible" from Haj Ali.Haj Ali is "being investigated regarding his relative and the period he (the relative) stayed in Jordan," the official said. He also said the investigation is being conducted in close co-ordination with U.S. counterparts.The official said other family members were also being questioned but the uncle was the only one in custody.Al-Khateeb said he was barred from seeing his client and family members were also prevented from visiting the detainee. Computers and cellphones were taken from the man's home, but he has not been charged with anything, the attorney said."The uncle is a regular person, he has a company, he is a businessman, he has no relation with any militant group or organization," al-Khateeb said. "He cares about his work and his family, and Muhammad is just his relative, the son of his sister. That's it."The person close to Abdulazeez's family said relatives turned to Jordan after their health insurer refused to approve an in-patient treatment program for Abdulazeez's addictions to drug and alcohol.Jordan is one of the most Westernized countries in the Middle East, with alcohol sold openly. However, the kingdom has also seen the spread of Islamic militant ideas in recent years, especially following the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.Last Thursday, Abdulazeez parked a rented Mustang convertible in front of a Chattanooga recruiting centre and began shooting from the car. He then drove about 7 miles to a Navy-Marine operations centre where he killed four Marines and fatally wounded a sailor before he was shot and killed by police.According to a U.S. official familiar with the probe in the United States, investigators have found writings from Abdulazeez that reference Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who encouraged and inspired attacks on the homeland and was killed in a U.S. drone strike in September 2011. The official was not authorized to discuss by name an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.Investigators have said, however, that they have not found evidence that Abdulazeez was specifically directed by someone to carry out the attacks.The FBI also has found other writings, from late 2013, not long after Abdulazeez was fired from a power plant job because of a failed drug test, the person close to the family said.On a few loose sheets of paper found in the family home, Abdulazeez, clearly depressed, wrote that he was a failure and his life was worthless, the person said.The person said these writings were described to him by the family, and that he hasn't read them himself. The family was not aware of them before authorities found them, the person added.Many who knew Abdulazeez have described a clean-cut high school wrestler who graduated from college with an engineering degree and attended a local mosque."Everything seemed fine. He was normal. He was telling me work was going great," said one of the friends, Ahmed Saleen Islam, 26, who knew Abdulazeez through the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga and saw him at the mosque two or three nights before the attacks.But the person close to the family talked about a darker side.Abdulazeez was first treated by a child psychiatrist for depression when he was 12 or 13 years old.The family does not know if Abdulazeez ever received a specific mental health diagnosis, the person said. He clearly suffered episodes of depression and sometimes went for days without sleep while he was out partying with friends. But that behaviour could have been connected to Abdulazeez's drug abuse, the person said.Abdulazeez also was heavily in debt because he could not hold down a steady job and talked with his family about declaring bankruptcy, the person said.Court records point to a volatile family life. His mother filed for divorce in 2009 and accused her husband of sexually assaulting her and abusing their children. She later agreed to reconcile.Recently, Abdulazeez had begun working the night shift at a manufacturing plant and was taking medication to help with problems sleeping in the daytime, the person said, and he had a prescription for muscle relaxants because of a back problem.Abdulazeez was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence April 20. He told a Chattanooga police officer he was with friends who had been smoking marijuana. The report said Abdulazeez, who had white powder on his nose when he was stopped, told the officer he also had sniffed powdered caffeine.The arrest was "important" because Abdulazeez was deeply embarrassed and seemed to sink further into depression following the episode, the person said. Some close relatives learned of the charge only days before the shooting.The family believes his personal struggles could be at the heart of last week's killings, the person close to them said.Laub reported from Amman, Jordan. Associated Press writers Jay Reeves and Michael Biesecker contributed to this report. Travis Loller contributed from Nashville, Tennessee.
After 5 killed in Tennessee shootings, armed citizens taking on job of guarding recruiters-The Canadian PressBy Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – july 22,15-yahoonews
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gun-toting Americans are showing up at U.S. military recruiting centres around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.The citizens said they're supporting the recruiters, who by military directive are not armed. Only law enforcement or military police can have weapons on federal property, which includes recruiting centres."We're here to serve and protect," Clint Janney said Tuesday, wearing a Taurus 9mm handgun as he stood in a parking lot across from a recruiting centre in Columbus. "What the government won't do, we will do."Similar posts have been set up outside recruitment centres in several other cities, including Madison, Wisconsin; Hiram, Georgia; Phoenix; and several sites in Tennessee, including Murfreesboro.There's no evidence that such centres are in danger, and the government isn't changing how they're staffed, although some governors have temporarily moved National Guard recruiting centres to armouries and several have authorized Guard personnel to carry weapons at state facilities.Janney, 38, who runs his own garage door company, is a member of the Ohio branch of the "3 Per cent Irregulars" militia. He was joined by four other members of the militia. In Ohio and many other U.S. states, it is legal to carry an openly displayed handgun or rifle.The men sat in lawn chairs, occasionally dipping into a cooler for bottles of water, or stood around talking. Some people came by to thank them; others didn't seem aware of their presence.Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said as long as the owner of the plaza didn't ask them to leave, the men were not violating any laws.Employees of a medical supply centre next door to the recruiting centre said they understood the volunteers' intentions but weren't thrilled about their presence. Customers thought professional security guards would be better."They could just go crazy with the shooting. You just don't know their state of mind," said Kimm McLaughlin, 44.On Tuesday, the founder and president of Oath Keepers, a Las Vegas-based Constitution activist group, issued a national call to members to guard centres. Many were already guarding centres in Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, president Stewart Rhodes said.Rhodes said it's "absolutely insane" that recruiters aren't allowed to be armed."They're sitting ducks," Rhodes said Tuesday. "They'd be better off if they were walking down the streets of Baghdad, because at least in Baghdad, they could move. Here, they're stationary."Capt. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps public affairs officer for the recruiting district that includes parts of seven Midwestern states, said he hopes the gun-toting civilians will go home."While we greatly appreciate the support of the American public during this tragedy, we ask that citizens do not stand guard at our recruiting offices," Stenger said in a statement.U.S. Army Recruiting Command spokesman Brian Lepley said, while tragic, deadly incidents have happened only twice in six years at recruiting centres: in Chattanooga last week, and in Little Rock in 2009 in a shooting that killed one solider and injured another."Recruiting stations need to be out in the public; we need to be out where young people are," Lepley said. Most recruiters are Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, well trained in dealing with shooters, he added.A group of veterans and their supporters began guarding a Navy-Marine recruiting station in Madison, Wisconsin."Just civic pride," said David Walters, a 30-year-old Army veteran. "It's good to show that people can still come together."In Hiram, Georgia, five people stood outside a recruiting office Friday with their personal firearms as a show of support. They had a pop-up tent, a few lawn chairs and American flags, Police Chief Todd Vande Zande said."If it makes them feel better as American citizens and they're not doing anything illegal, then I'm all for it," he said.Associated Press writers Kantele Franko in Columbus, Kate Brumback in Atlanta, Todd Richmond in Madison, Wisconsin, and Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix contributed to this report.
The Latest: FBI: Too early to determine if Chattanooga gunman was radicalized-The Canadian PressBy The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – july 22,15-yahoonews
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities:12:30 p.m.The FBI says it is treating the Chattanooga gunman as a "homegrown violent extremist" and that it is too early to determine if he had been radicalized.Ed Reinhold, the FBI's special agent in charge in Knoxville, said during a news conference Wednesday that investigators were still looking into whether Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez had been radicalized.Reinhold says authorities believe Abdulazeez acted alone, without the assistance of anyone else when he attacked two military sites in Tennessee on Thursday.Four Marines and a sailor were killed in the attack.-12:20 p.m.The FBI says two weapons recovered at the scene of a shooting that left five service members dead in Chattanooga did not belong to the gunman.Ed Reinhold, the FBI's special agent in charge in Knoxville, said during a news conference Wednesday that at least one service member opened fire on the gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Abdulazeez had three guns; two other guns recovered at the scene belonged to service members.When asked if anyone was hit by friendly fire, Reinhold said preliminary reports indicated the four Marines and one sailor killed all were hit by bullets from the same gun.Reinhold says one of the service members was killed inside the military building; the other four were killed outside.12:15 p.m.The FBI says a military service member opened fire on the Chattanooga gunman after he crashed through the gates of a military facility there.Ed Reinhold, the FBI's special agent in charge in Knoxville, said during a news conference Wednesday that a service member fired at the shooter after he crashed his rented, silver Mustang convertible through the gates of a joint Marine-Navy facility.Reinhold says the gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, went inside the building and shot a service member. He then made his way through the building and continued shooting. Abdulazeez went out the back, and then shot and killed two more people before Chattanooga police opened fire on him.12:05 p.m.A military official says several troops "ran back into the fight" after getting their colleagues to safety during an attack in Chattanooga that left four Marines and a sailor dead.Maj. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commanding general of the 4th Marine Division, said during a news conference Wednesday in Chattanooga that there were 20 Marines and two Navy corpsman inspecting equipment at a joint Marine-Navy facility when the attack happened on Thursday.Brier says the troops "reacted the way you would expect" during an attack, rapidly going room to room to get others to safety. They had just returned from a training exercise in California.He says once they got to safety, several ran back into the fight. Brier would not provide further details about what happened.The gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, died after a gunfight with police.
Ferguson, Missouri, taps interim police chief who backs changes-Reuters – july 22,15-yahoonews
REUTERS - Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday named a black police commander from Arizona as its new interim chief to lead a police department that was accused by the U.S. Justice Department of widespread racial bias in its policing.Andre Anderson, 50, a commander in the Glendale, Arizona, police department, will be the second person to hold the interim role in the St. Louis suburb since Chief Thomas Jackson resigned in March days after the release of the federal report.Anderson is taking a six-month leave of absence from the Glendale force and will begin working as interim Ferguson police chief on Thursday, Ferguson officials said.He will be leading a predominantly white police force in the majority African-American city where last Aug. 9 white police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, which set off sometimes violent protests.A grand jury declined in November to charge Wilson in Brown's death and Wilson resigned from the department. But anger over Brown's death and other police killings around the United States led to protests in many U.S. cities and started a national dialog on police treatment of minorities.Anderson told a news conference one of his first steps will be to cultivate relationships and develop policing in conjunction with Justice Department recommendations "that we know and hope will reshape our direction here in the city of Ferguson."Anderson said his second priority was in hiring qualified officers with character, respect, cultural awareness and professionalism and that the department reflects the community's demographics.Ferguson's interim city manager, Ed Beasley, who began work a month ago, also came from Glendale.The current interim chief, Al Eickhoff, joined the department in 2014 under Jackson and will resume his duties as assistant police chief, Ferguson officials said.Anderson, a U.S. Army veteran, has served as a vice president in the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He has more than 24 years in law enforcement, including 16 in leadership roles.The police department has a roster of 45 officers but is budgeted for 55, according to Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.Knowles said in a news release that the city and police force have "endured a tremendous amount of distrust" and Anderson can make recommendations to the department that will result in long standing improvements.Ferguson's police chief, city manager and municipal court judge left their jobs after the Justice Department's report detailing biases in the city's policing and courts.Knowles has said that the city manager would be expected to make a decision about a permanent police chief. Ferguson has not yet decided on a permanent city manager.(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Susan Heavey and Bill Trott)
Black supporter of Confederate flag was high-profile but perplexing figure in Mississippi-The Canadian PressBy Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – july 22,15-yahoonews
OXFORD, Miss. - In a town where Confederate soldier statues stand sentinel on the courthouse square and a university campus, Anthony Hervey remained an anomaly — a black man who draped himself in the Confederate battle flag and publicly declared his loyalty to the secessionist Lost Cause and his belief that the Civil War was not fought over slavery.Hervey, 49, died Sunday when the sport utility vehicle he was driving flipped into a ditch beside Mississippi Highway 6 near Oxford. He and another black Confederate supporter were returning home after speaking at an event to support a Confederate monument in Birmingham, Alabama.The passenger, Arlene Barnum of Stuart, Oklahoma, survived and told The Associated Press that Hervey lost control of her vehicle after they were chased by a silver or grey sedan carrying four or five black men.The Mississippi Highway Patrol is interviewing witnesses and reconstructing the crash, said patrol spokesman Johnny Poulos. The local coroner, Rocky Kennedy, said Tuesday that he was waiting for autopsy results.Hervey was well known in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi, where students waved Confederate flags for decades to cheer the Rebels.In Hervey's 2006 book, "Why I Wave the Confederate Flag, Written by a Black Man," he said the Civil War was not fought over slavery and that he was supporting black soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War.Even people who had known Hervey for years say they didn't always understand him.Randal McJunkins, 47, said he and Hervey had known each other since they were Oxford High School students in the 1980s and they had played basketball together in recent years. McJunkins called Hervey by his nickname Tony, and described him as smart and opinionated."He was different, I can say that," McJunkins said. "If you knew him, you knew what to say to him, what not to say to him."McJunkins, who is black, recalled seeing Hervey around Oxford wearing a Confederate uniform and waving a flag. Several years ago, Hervey walked about 25 miles from Oxford to Batesville carrying a large rebel flag."I always wanted to ask him, what was the deal with that," McJunkins said Monday.In 2000 and 2001, Hervey made several appearances around Mississippi, speaking against a proposal to remove the Confederate battle emblem that has been on the state flag since Reconstruction. State voters decided in 2001 to keep the flag design, but now some people are saying the issue should be reconsidered.Barnum said organizers of Saturday's Alabama event had asked her to give Hervey a ride there. She said she didn't know him previously.Barnum and Hervey both spoke at the rally, and Barnum said she burned an NAACP membership card during her speech. A video shows the crowd cheered when Hervey said he doesn't like black people or white people, "but I love me some Southerners."The public display of Confederate symbols has come under fresh scrutiny since the June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The white man charged in the killings had posed with a Confederate battle flag in photos posted online before the attack.At the Alabama rally, Hervey called attempts to remove Confederate symbols and monuments "an assault on working-class people."Hervey also said: "You know what white guilt is? If I can accuse you of something you ain't have nothing to do with, and I do it long enough and I put on 'Twelve Years a Slave' and 'Mississippi Burning,' I program your children. This is where the racism comes in, that white guilt."Barnum said that as she and Hervey were travelling home Sunday, she let Hervey drive. She said he stopped at a convenience store, and she remained in the vehicle as he went in. She said Hervey was wearing a Confederate kepi, or military hat. Barnum said soon after they left the store, a car with four or five young black men pulled up near them."They were angry with Mr. Hervey," Barnum said. "Mr. Hervey sped up and said, 'Hell, no.' ... He really had to gun it on the gas pedal."Barnum said Hervey didn't have time to explain what was happening. "I could have sworn that they knew him because of his reaction to them," she said.She said the car ran Hervey off the highway, and the SUV rolled over. Barnum said she unbuckled herself and told Hervey he should take a pocket knife off her key chain and cut his seatbelt. She said he was breathing but didn't respond.Hervey died at the scene. Funeral arrangements had not been made by Tuesday.Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus .
Iran pushes nuclear deal as U.S. lawmaker aims to stop it-By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nouri and Richard Cowan | Reuters – july 22,15-yahoonews
DUBAI/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Iran's pragmatist government tried on Wednesday to sell its nuclear agreement with world powers to hardliners at home, just as a U.S. Congressional leader promised to do "everything possible" to sink the deal.With both Tehran and Washington facing stiff opposition to the accord, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Saudi Arabia in the hope of reassuring leaders there who fear their arch-rival Iran will make major mischief in the region.Last week's agreement was a big success for both U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. But both have to promote it to influential hardliners in countries that have been enemies for decades.In Washington, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, was deeply sceptical."Members of Congress will ask much tougher questions this afternoon when we meet with the president's team, and because a bad deal threatens the security of the American people, we're going to do everything possible to stop it," Boehner said. Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz were scheduled to hold briefings for lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol. House and Senate debates and votes to approve or reject the nuclear agreement are expected in September.A warm glow following the Vienna agreement - under which Iran accepted curbs on it nuclear programme in return for an easing of sanctions that have crippled its economy - is fading.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were "180 degrees" opposed to Tehran's, in a speech punctuated by chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".The government that negotiated the deal also talked tough on Wednesday in an apparent attempt to blunt attacks from opponents, including in the powerful Republican Guards.Abbas Araqchi, a deputy foreign minister, said Iran would do "anything" to help allies in the Middle East, underlining Tehran's message that the deal will not change its anti-Western foreign policy.Araqchi, Iran's senior nuclear negotiator, also told a news conference that any attempt to re-impose sanctions after they expired in 10 years would breach the deal.He was referring to a resolution endorsing the deal passed by the United Nations Security Council on Monday. This allows all U.N. sanctions to be re-imposed if Iran violates the agreement in the next 10 years.If Iran adheres to the terms of the agreement - signed with the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union - all the provisions and measures of the U.N. resolution would end in 10 years.However, the world powers told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this month that after 10 years they planned to seek a five-year extension of the mechanism allowing sanctions to be re-imposed.-HAVOC IN THE REGION-Tehran's support for regional allies, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Lebanese Shi'ite militia Hezbollah, has alarmed Saudi Arabia, the leading Sunni power in the Middle East.But Carter said before his trip to meet Saudi King Salman that he aimed to discuss American strategy on countering "Iranian aggression" in the region, as well as the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group.So far Riyadh's response to the nuclear deal has been lukewarm public praise, coupled with private condemnation. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former head of the kingdom's intelligence services, cautioned last week that it would allow Iran to "wreak havoc in the region".Carter is expected to present Obama's argument that the deal will make the United States and its allies safer by removing the threat of a nuclear Iran.This is the same message he gave during a trip this week to Israel, which also opposes the agreement.Israel on Wednesday pressed U.S. lawmakers to block the deal, with Ambassador Ron Dermer meeting privately with a group of about 40 House conservatives.Kerry said he would seek to reassure Gulf Arab officials at a meeting in Qatar in the next two weeks that Washington will work with them to resist Iranian influence in the region."We have negotiated a nuclear deal for the simple reason that we believe if you are going to push back against Iran, it's better to push back against an Iran without a nuclear weapon than with one," the pan-Arab newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted Kerry as saying.(Additional reporting by Phil Stewart, William Maclean and Noah Browning; writing by David Stamp; editing by Giles Elgood)
Saudi King Salman to visit United States in the fall: Carter-Reuters – july 22,15-yahoonews
AMMAN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman is expected to visit the United States in the fall, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters after his meeting with the monarch.Carter earlier said to King Salman in front of reporters that President Barack Obama was looking forward to seeing him in September.(This version of the story was corrected to say King Salman expected to visit United States instead of expected to visit Washington.)(Reporting By Phil Stewart; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Toby Chopra)
U.N. envoy sounds alarm over battle at Syria border-Reuters – july 22,15-yahoonews
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy for Syria said government air strikes had caused widespread death and destruction in the city of Zabadani, the focus of an offensive by the army and its Hezbollah allies to retake the area from insurgents.Staffan de Mistura, citing local sources, said the Syrian military had dropped a large number of barrel bombs on Zabadani "causing unprecedented levels of destruction and many deaths among the civilian population".Control of the city, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus and about 10 km from the border with Turkey, is seen as crucial to consolidating President Bashar al-Assad's control over the border zone between Lebanon and Syria.Fierce clashes continued overnight in the Zabadani area, with heavy aerial bombardments in and around the city and reports of casualties on both sides, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Wednesday. It gave no detailed figures.Syrian state television said the army had destroyed a 70 metre-long (77 yards) tunnel used by the insurgents to transport equipment into Zabadani.The Syrian air force has been bombarding areas in and around the city and Sunni insurgents have retaliated by firing rockets and mortar bombs on two villages near Idlib city in the north, the U.N. envoy de Mistura said.An alliance of insurgents known as the "Army of Fatah" (Islamic Conquest) had targeted Al Foua and Kefraya, northern villages where a large number of civilians are trapped, he said."In both cases, civilians are tragically caught in the middle of the fighting," he said.Al Foua and Kefraya are home to Shi'ite populations.Earlier this week the Syrian army backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah advanced deeper into Zabadani, two weeks into a campaign to capture it from insurgents, rebels and the army said.Rebels say although the army had now encircled the insurgents holed up within a five square km radius inside the city centre and cut arms and food supplies from nearby towns, they had so far prevented the army and Hezbollah fighters from storming their defence lines in street fighting."They have advanced a bit but they have not entered inside the centre of city as they had expected they would in just a few days," Abu Ado of the Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al Sham said by phone.Taking Zabadani from the insurgents would be a strategic gain for the Syrian army which is battling on several other fronts with a range of different insurgent groups.Hezbollah's military role inside Syria has been growing steadily since the start of the conflict in 2011. The Syrian government has described the group as its main ally in the fight against the insurgents battling to topple Assad.(Reporting by Sylvia Westall and Suleiman al-Khalidi; Editing by Dominic Evans and Raissa Kasolowsky)
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
B.C. wildfires: Back-breaking battle drags on at Puntzi Lake-CBC – july 22,15-yahoonews
Even as new fronts in British Columbia's intense wildfire season open in the Kelowna and Kamloops areas, hundreds of firefighters continue the dirty, back-breaking job of trying to tame other fires that have been burning for months.A CBC News crew has just returned from the central Chilcotin area, about 700 kilometres north of Vancouver, where it will take an entire summer's effort to put out the Puntzi Lake fire."The risk is it's only the middle of July and we still have eight weeks of hot weather and there are still aspects of this fire where it could threaten communities," said Rob Krause, the fire boss for the operation, as he drove his pick-up past the roadblock and into the fire zone.The flames have already destroyed 18 structures in this wilderness region, approximately two hours west of Williams Lake, including the home of Georgie Ferguson and a hunting and fishing resort owned by Jan and Dan Coates."We estimate it made a 13-kilometre run in a single afternoon," said Krause.As of Tuesday morning, about 67 per cent of the fire was behind fire guards — which can be anything from a lake to a road to a clearing that's been dug to stop the fire — but the leading edge of the Puntzi Lake fire continues to burn eastward.A few days of cool conditions helped crews clear trees and build guards around the trouble spots, but hotter weather has seen a return of aggressive fire behaviour, and the fire has now covered more than 80 square kilometres of land.-Fire-suppression experts-A team of fire suppression experts known as the Chilcotin Ravens have been key to efforts to contain the wildfire.Made up of mostly First Nations people from nearby communities such as Alexis Creek, the Ravens have been pulling 14-hour days ever since the fire flared up earlier this month."We were able to save one house but had to pull out because it was unsafe," recalled Robert Pedersen, one of the members of the team."The fire was going at a Rank 4 or 5 — about 100 feet in the air," said Charlie Alphonse, a 22-year-old who is already in his third season with the Ravens.It's been a gruelling, exhausting effort."We did a 24-hour day, then we did a night shift," said Alphonse, who was digging up still-burning tree roots and hosing them down as he spoke to CBC News.The Ravens are also using heavy equipment to create new roads in the forest to act as fire breaks.With natural sources of water far away, the team trucks in huge tanks of water to swimming-pool like containers that have been placed deep in the forest.Kilometres of hoses and high-pressure pumps then allow team leader Graham Cameron and others to cool down the hot spots."You can never count it out till Mother Nature shuts the door," he said.Let fires burn-While it's not unusual for B.C.'s wildfire teams to spend all summer on the job, this year has been unique, said UBC forestry professor and fire ecology expert Lori Daniels."The drought started early with our low snow packs in February," said Daniels. "We made it to the 'very high to extreme' fire danger at the beginning of July, which is two to three weeks ahead of schedule."Daniels said she and her colleagues are seeing more summers with high-to-extreme fire danger ratings.She has been at the forefront of research into how to minimize the damage each year from fire.She said it's now accepted that the decades-long practice of suppressing fires in most parts of the province was misguided."There's a paradox. By trying to protect our forests from fire, we've actually changed the way fire works in the ecosystem."She said in the absence of low-intensity fires, leaf-litter and needles build up."So now when fires burn, there's more fuel and it becomes more intense and severe."She said since 2012, under a new wildfire response policy, the province lets more fires burn in areas where timber values are low or properties aren't at risk.The so-called "modified response" to fires, she said, means many more fires are being allowed run their natural course.However, Daniels said there is still far too much combustible material where communities and natural areas meet."They [the province] are at less than a million dollars for ecosystem restoration this year. And we've spent $100 million — 100 times that — on reactive management" or fighting fires after they break out, she said.-Timber value a factor-Although smoke continues to rise over much of the charred forest around Puntzi Lake, the main part of the fire is now far from the remaining structures and resorts around the lake. So, in theory, this could have been one fire B.C.'s forest service decided to let burn.But Rob Krause, the fire boss, said the decision has been made to continue with suppression efforts."With this fire, there are too many values at risk. In this area, it's primarily timber value," he said. In fact, he said the estimate is that there is $50 million worth of timber still at risk and, with suppression costs coming in around $5 million, Krause said it makes sense for the Ravens and other crews to keep up their efforts.It's a fight that could last into early October.Firefighters earn roughly $18 an hour, plus overtime. A busy fire season can mean up to $20,000 for a summer of work — decent money, but an arduous slog.The base camp, 25 kilometres away from the Puntzi Lake fire, has a well- stocked kitchen and crews don't pay for their food while they are on duty — but there are few luxuries. They sleep in tents and, in an area as remote as Puntzi Lake, there is no Wi-Fi or even cellphone service. Crews are lucky to get a few minutes of email time at the communications trailer each day.But Krause said spending this much time with people in the bush builds a strong bond, that often keeps crews returning summer after summer."At the end of the day, fires get put out by hard working men and women, with a shovel or a Pulaski [axe] and water.""And that hasn't changed in over 35 years."
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