Monday, August 01, 2016
CHINA-INDIA-MARYLAND HIT BY HEAVY FLOODING.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
THE FIRST JUDGEMENT OF THE EARTH STARTED WITH WATER-IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THE LAST GENERATION WILL BE HAVING FLOODING
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
GOD PROMISED BY A RAINBOW-THE EARTH WOULD NEVER BE DESTROYED TOTALLY WITH A FLOOD AGAIN.BUT FLOODIING IS A SIGN OF JUDGEMENT.
China raises alert level ahead of Typhoon Nida-[Reuters]-July 31, 2016-yahoonews
BEIJING (Reuters) - China issued an "orange alert" for Typhoon Nida on Sunday, predicting the storm would hit the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported.The National Meteorological Center (NMC) raised the threat level to the second-most severe alert on a four-colour scale after issuing a yellow alert earlier in the day.It warned of strong winds and heavy rain along the coast affecting Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan provinces as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.The storm is currently off the coast of the Philippines, and weather reports indicate it will also hit the financial centre of Hong Kong.Typhoon Nida will be the fourth typhoon this year to hit China, where natural disasters have killed 800 people since June -- the largest number of casualties since a similar period in 2011.Nida is expected to pick up speed with winds forecasted to reach 38-45 meters per second by the time it makes landfall, according to the NMC.Earlier this month, Typhoon Nepartak drove at least 420,000 Chinese from their homes and caused more than 7.1 billion yuan ($1.07 billion) in losses in Fujian province alone.(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Helen Popper)
Heavy rains, lightning kill 41 in India, 15 in Bangladesh-[Reuters]-July 31, 2016-yahoonews
MUMBAI/BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in heavy rains in a Mumbai suburb on Sunday, state media reported, and officials said 32 people were killed by lightning a day earlier in Odisha.Authorities had already announced a death toll for Saturday of at least 17 people in heavy rains in Assam.Lightning also killed 15 people in Bangladesh in the past two days, disaster management officials in Dhaka said on Sunday, adding to a death toll of 17 in flooding on Saturday. About 300 people have died from lightning in Bangladesh so far this year.Persistent heavy rains this week have caused widespread disruption across South Asia. At least 68 people died in Nepal by flash floods and landslides.About 50,000 people from southern and eastern India had to be evacuated in recent days as storms pushed water levels to dangerous levels, damaging crops and causing more than 3,000 houses to collapse.Most of the 32 who died in Odisha were farm labourers killed in a series of lightning strikes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called the deaths "saddening", his office cited him as saying on his official Twitter feed.In financial hub Mumbai, at least nine people were killed and 20 people were injured in the building collapse, state broadcaster All India Radio said.Rescue operations were ongoing, the radio station said in a tweet.Flooding, an annual problem during the monsoon season, has been worsened by crumbling civic infrastructure, clogged drains and uncontrolled urban expansion in a country with a fast-growing population of 1.3 billion.(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy and Jatindra Dash; Additional reporting by Ruma Paul in Dhaka; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
Monsoon floods kill at least 52 people in India-[Associated Press]-WASBIR HUSSAIN-July 30, 2016-yahoonews
GAUHATI, India (AP) — Indian authorities on Saturday tried to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rain killed at least 52 people and uprooted tens of thousands of others from their homes in the states of Assam in the remote northeast and Bihar in the east.Twenty-six deaths have been reported in Assam, where incessant downpours have damaged roads and snapped telephone cables in several districts, a government statement said.Home Minister Rajnath Singh flew over the worst-hit areas on Saturday and said the floods were "very serious."Twenty-six deaths also have been reported in Bihar due to drowning and home collapses in 10 districts bordering Nepal.The Bihar state government was running more than 350 relief camps providing food and other necessities to the flood victims. The federal government-run National Disaster Response Force was helping with relief efforts.Vast tracts of Assam's Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, and another wildlife reserve were under water, the state government said in a statement. Forest officials found the remains of six rhinos drowned by floodwaters in Kaziranga, the statement said. Another rhino was killed in another national reserve in the state.The Brahmaputra River and its tributaries were overflowing their banks in 18 of Assam's districts, washing away roads and highways and toppling power pylons. Floodwaters entered homes in at least 14 districts, leading to house collapses.Floods are an annual occurrence in Assam and many parts of India during the June-September monsoon season.
Flash flood kills 1, devastates downtown in Ellicott City, Md.-USA Today Network WUSA 10:34 a.m. EDT July 31, 2016
ELLICOTT CITY, MD — A state of emergency was declared in Ellicott City after major flooding destroyed much of its downtown area — leaving businesses damaged and cars turned over Saturday evening.At least one woman was found dead in the Patapsco River after flood waters ripped through the heart of the city.City officials are evacuating people from flooded areas of Main Street and taking them to a local community center.A flash flood warning was issued Saturday for much of the region; alerting residents of dangerous conditions, but what happened in the historic city wasn't what anyone was expecting.Around 9:30 p.m., fire crews began conducting water rescues throughout the city.MAJOR #FLOODING Ellicott City #Maryland active water rescues people trapped in cars trees down. Photos/fb pic.twitter.com/Hskp3mtBfo— EastCoastAlert (@Eastcoastphotog) July 31, 2016-#ellicottcity flash flood.. A view from inside pic.twitter.com/x1VtuwVb0e-— Framethestory (@Framethestory) July 31, 2016-Old Ellicott city is terrible from the storm pic.twitter.com/YYkQgDFTfS— Ian Jett (@Ian_Jett) July 31, 2016-Residents say the water was able to reach their waists and many of the cars downtown were covered by the water and in some cases swept away. According to officials, there were downed trees, lines and people trapped in cars.Fire officials are asking residents to stay of off Main Street while they continue to assist the displaced people.Crews are moving residents from flooded areas of Main Street to the Roger Carter Community Center.The Bain 50+ Center will open at 12:30AM for those who need temporary shelter after this evening's flooding. #HoCoMD— Allan H. Kittleman (@HoCoGovExec) July 31, 2016-
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.
Deadly California wildfire threatens Big Sur coast-[Yahoo News Photo Staff]-July 31, 2016-yahoonews
A deadly wildfire near California’s Big Sur coast raged mostly unchecked for a ninth day after gutting nearly 60 dwellings and forcing hundreds from homes and campgrounds, but a wind shift late on Saturday was expected to help firefighters quell the blaze.The so-called Soberanes Fire, which erupted on July 22 just south of the oceanside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, has roared through more than 35,000 acres (14,164 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral, grass and timber in and around the Los Padres National Forest.The fire zone grew by several thousand acres on Saturday, even as firefighters hacked away more vegetation to keep containment lines extended around 15 percent of its expanding perimeter, officials said. Steep, rugged terrain, combined with extremely hot, dry weather has hampered the efforts of some 5,300 firefighters battling to suppress the blaze. (Reuters)
Wildfire near Vernon contained after forcing evacuations-[CBC]-July 31, 2016-yahoonews
A Vernon city councillor says the wildfire that forced the evacuation of up to 100 homes is now fully contained. Dalvir Nahal lives in the Adventure Bay area near the city on the west side of Okanagan Lake above Tronson Road and was entertaining guests when they heard fire trucks coming."We walked up the street and then all of a sudden you could see the fire and it was a small fire and then within 20 to 25 minutes it just like blew up, you could see the trees just burning and just high, high fire," she said.Vernon Fire and Rescue Services says its crews worked through the night battling the flames.Captain Trevor Keenan says RCMP officers helped get approximately 60 residents from 100 homes out of the area, which is a new development located next to a forested area.Firefighters responded around 9:30 p.m. PT on Saturday and Keenan says, so far, there does not appear to be any injuries.Meanwhile, Nahal spent the night across the lake at her parent's house, and says there is no paved road up to where the fire is burning."That's undeveloped and it's all forest," she said. "There's a trail and it's all forestry, so that's why I think it just went so fast. There's a lot there for it to burn."The fire follows the B.C. wildfire service's warning of increased risk for fires due to continued hot weather across the province.
HOMOSEXUALS.(SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERS)
13 If a man also lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as with womankind: it is abomination.
2 TIMOTHY 3:3
3 Without natural affection,(HOMOSEXUALS) trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
1 CORINTHIANS 6:9,
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,(HARDENED SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERRS) nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:(HOMOSEXUALITY,AND ALL SEX SINS)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:(LESBIENS)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,(SODOMITES) and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.(AIDS ETC)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
GOD CREATED THEM MALE AND FEMALE IN MARRIAGE
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,(HAVE LOTS OF CHILDREN) and replenish the earth,(HOMOSEXUALS CAN NOT REPLENISH THE EARTH WITH CHILDREN)(BY HAVING SEX WITH EACH OTHER) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Black Lives Matter Vancouver joins Dyke March as other groups also sit out Pride-[CBC]-July 30, 2016-yahoonews
The Vancouver chapter of Black Lives Matter joined the city's annual Dyke March on Saturday after vowing to remain separate from the Vancouver Pride Parade because of the way police will be involved in that event on Sunday."This is supposed to be a community-based, even a political protest so why are certain groups and big organizations being prioritised over community groups?" said Cicely-Belle Blain, co-founder of BLMV.Dyke March organizer Christine Osgoode says the Dyke March was happy to have Black Lives Matter as part of its event."We're definitely a grass roots organization so it does allow us to be more flexible and listen to members of our community and make changes easily," she said.Marchers like Christa Lee Munro agree that the Dyke March is a good place for people who feel disenfranchised with Pride."I'd say this is more of a political event, there's no giant Viagra float like I saw at the Pride parade the other year," she said, while others like Rev. Dr. Vikki Marie added that it's important to recognize BLMV in a meaningful way."People say all lives matter but all lives won't matter until Black Lives Matter," she said.In solidarity with Black Lives Matter Vancouver's protest of the Vancouver Pride Parade for including a police float, queer Muslim group Salaam and queer South Asian group Trikone are also sitting out this year's pride parade.Imtiaz Popat, coordinator of the queer Muslim group Salaam, said his group does not feel safe marching in the parade this year due to racist backlash in the wake of the Orlando shooting and the interruption of the Toronto Pride Parade, so the group is holding its own march on Monday called, the Two-Spirit Queers, Trans, Intersexed and Bisexual People of Colour Pride March.In an open letter posted on its website on July 15, BLMV said it wanted the Vancouver police department to voluntarily withdraw from the parade, saying that officer involvement makes some communities feel unsafe.Alan Jernigan, president of the Vancouver Pride Society, said while BLMV made a reasonable point, the VPD will still have a presence at the parade this year as they are strong allies of the community.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
Israel fires back at US over criticism of settlement building-Foreign Ministry: ‘Baseless’ to claim construction over Green Line undermines two-state deal; real obstacle is Palestinian refusal to recognize Jewish state-By Eric Cortellessa and Times of Israel staff July 29, 2016, 9:29 pm-the times of israel
The Israeli government on Friday fired back at the US State Department over its criticism a day earlier that Israeli construction over the Green Line is “provocative and counterproductive.”In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry rejected the US argument that recently announced plans to build in East Jerusalem were undermining the prospects for a two-state solution, calling that argument “factually baseless.”On Wednesday, Israel announced the approval of 323 tenders for housing units in East Jerusalem, and plans to build 770 units in Gilo. While much of the international community considers Gilo a settlement, Israel considers it a neighborhood of annexed East Jerusalem and argues that it will be part of Israel in any negotiated peace agreement.The international outcry, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emanuel Nachshon on Friday according to Haaretz, “was done with the full knowledge that the neighborhood of Gilo in Jerusalem will be part of Israel in any conceivable agreement reached through negotiations. The argument that building in Gilo undermines the two-state solution is factually baseless and distracts from the real obstacle to peace — the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, under any borders.”On Thursday, the State Department said it was “deeply concerned” about new reports of construction approvals and said building in such sensitive areas runs counter to Israel’s stated goal of achieving a two-state solution.The State Department’s communications director John Kirby released a statement calling into question Israel’s commitment to a peace agreement with the Palestinians.“We strongly oppose settlement activity, which is corrosive to the cause of peace,” it said. “These steps by Israeli authorities are the latest examples of what appears to be a steady acceleration of settlement activity that is systematically undermining the prospects for a two-state solution.”Kirby also expressed concern over what he called Israel’s ongoing practice of demolishing Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The statement noted that the demolitions “reportedly have left dozens of Palestinians homeless, including children.”“More than 650 Palestinian structures have been demolished this year, with more Palestinian structures demolished in the West Bank and East Jerusalem thus far than in all of 2015,” it said.The statement ended by quoting the recent Middle East Quartet report, which cited settlement expansion as an obstacle to achieving a comprehensive accommodation between Israelis and Palestinians, while also blaming Palestinian incitement.“As the recent Quartet Report highlighted, this is part of an ongoing process of land seizures, settlement expansion, legalizations of outposts, and denial of Palestinian development that risk entrenching a one-state reality of perpetual occupation and conflict,” the statement said.“We remain troubled that Israel continues this pattern of provocative and counterproductive action, which raises serious questions about Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful, negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.”
In financial plight, Hamas hands out former settlement lands-The cash-strapped group is hoping giveaway of Gaza plots will help appease civil servants owed millions of dollars in salaries-By Fares Akram July 30, 2016, 12:35 pm-the times of israel
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Earth movers dig into sand dunes on land where once Jewish settlements stood — prime real estate that the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas group hopes will ease its worsening financial crisis.Hamas has begun handing out plots of the land to 40,000 civil servants loyal to the group, to make up for millions of dollars in salaries it owes them for the past two years.The land giveaway is the latest sign that Hamas is struggling financially after almost a decade of uncontested power in the coastal strip.Gazans grumble about lack of jobs, constant electricity shortages and a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt that has confined the territory’s 1.8 million people to the tiny strip. The World Bank says unemployment is 38 percent.Since 2014, Hamas’s main problem has been a dire lack of cash amid Egypt’s clampdown on smuggling tunnels underneath Gaza’s border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Before the tunnels closed, Hamas earned millions of dollars from taxes on smuggled consumer goods, including subsidized Egyptian fuel.Later that same year, Hamas and its rival, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, agreed to form a unity government for both Gaza and the West Bank. PA President Mahmoud Abbas had lost Gaza to a Hamas takeover in 2007, and this was an attempt to heal the split.But the deal stalled, partly because Abbas refused to add the 40,000 employees hired by Hamas since 2007 to the payroll of his Palestinian Authority. In time, Hamas resorted to paying its loyalists 40% of their salaries at 50 day intervals.Since March, after Hamas collected additional taxes, these civil servants have been receiving 45% of their salaries on a monthly basis. The price of cigarettes went up 35% and an additional $30 in taxes was imposed on each ton of fruit entering Gaza from Israel.The land giveaway allows each group of four Hamas employees to share a 500-square-meter plot that they can either build on or sell. Even the sand collected on the land can be sold for about $100 a truckload.About 13,000 civil servants have already signed up for certificates attesting to their ownership of the plots. Bulldozers are working to get three initial projects launched in August.Most of the land once was part of Jewish settlements in southern Gaza, near the towns of Rafah and Khan Younis. The settlements were demolished when Israel pulled settlers and soldiers from the coastal strip in 2005.Earlier this week, earth-moving equipment dug into a high hill near Khan Younis, scooping out sand and loading it into trucks at the site designated for the Al-Isra 2 housing project.Riham Khalil, one of the civil servants, said Hamas owes her NIS 64,000 (about $17,000) in back salaries. Last month, she and three of her colleagues were allocated a 500-square-meter plot in Al-Isra 2.“We had to accept it on a ‘bird in the hand’ basis because there was no cash,” she said. “I wish I could find someone to buy the land and get the money.”Senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil said the land giveaway is a temporary fix, “not yet a strategic one” that would solve the group’s financial problems for good.If Abbas had put Hamas employees on his payroll, he would have likely encountered major problems with donor governments, including the United States, suspicious of money ending up in the pockets of Hamas, which much of the West considers a terrorist group.The Palestinian Authority opposes the land-for-money program.“No one has the authority to issue decisions to privatize government-owned land in the public interest, except for President Abbas,” said PA spokesman Jamal Dajani.He dismissed Hamas’s claims that Abbas has neglected Gaza. The Palestinian Authority still pays the monthly salaries of some 70,000 civil servants in Gaza who are loyal to Abbas and left their posts after the Hamas takeover.The Gulf Arab state of Qatar has bailed out Hamas in the past and recently announced it was giving about $30 million to help pay a full month’s salary to all Hamas employees in Gaza. In October 2014, Qatar sent cash to half of Hamas’s public employees, excluding the security forces.Hamas has been spending some of its new revenue to fund summer camps, where children are exposed to its militant anti-Israeli ideology, or for large communal evening meals known as iftars during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.It is also looking to its patron Turkey to help resolve Gaza’s growing electricity and water shortages. Gazans live with rolling power cuts of 12 to 18 hours a day and the strip’s water is polluted and undrinkable.After an Israeli-Turkish reconciliation deal in early July, Turkey sent an aid ship to Gaza through an Israeli port and a delegation that met separately with Israeli, Palestinian and Hamas officials to explore Gaza’s energy crisis and outline possible solutions.However, Turkey’s efforts are mere band aids for Gaza’s larger woes and could serve to empower Hamas even further, said Mkhaimar Abusada, a political scientist at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University.“They increase Hamas’s determination to cling to its unilateral governing of Gaza,” Abusada said. “Time will tell if these promises are enough to convince the Palestinian citizen to keep silent over his living conditions.”
Israeli cabinet approves bank reform despite stability concerns-[Reuters]-By Steven Scheer-July 31, 2016-yahoonews
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved legislation aimed at loosening the grip of the country's three largest banks on the credit supply market, despite opposition by the IMF and a risk that the reform could flood the economy with excess credit.The draft law, which must be ratified by parliament, "paves the way for the entry of new players in the financial and banking sector to increase competition," the Finance Ministry said.The unanimous cabinet approval was a victory for Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, a political centrist elected last year with a promise of taking on the highly concentrated banking sector. His idea of the new law is to make the cost of credit cheaper for consumers and small and medium-sized business.Banks Hapoalim, Leumi and smaller rival Discount together control about three-quarters of the credit in Israel. The new law will force Hapoalim and Leumi to sell their existing credit card companies, though they will still be allowed issue credit cards.It will also make it easier for new banks to enter the market, affording them government "protection", like more flexible regulations to help them compete with the bigger banks.The reform has been heavily criticized by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which said the government committee that provided recommendations for the bill used old data in its analysis and that the basis of the reform was faulty and could harm the system's stability.The IMF also said there was little international precedent to guide some of the measures, they are likely to have adverse consumer impacts in the near term and they explicitly encourage the growth of the 'shadow banking' industry.Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug said she supported the reform, telling cabinet ministers before the vote that it was needed -- together with the central bank's own measures such as creating a credit database and to spur innovation -- to make a more advanced, efficient and competitive banking sector-But she also warned the government to implement it with caution so as not to undermine the financial sector. Israel weathered the global crisis relatively well, mostly due to the stability of its big banks."More banks and more small banks and more financial brokers that are not banks mean a higher risk of collapse," she said.She also warned that introducing new lenders could lead to a rapid expansion of credit to households.(Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
IDF looks to a ‘one-network’ army to fight future wars-Lessons learned from Second Lebanon War push Israel to increase collaboration between its military branches-By Shoshanna Solomon July 31, 2016, 3:14 pm-the times of israel
As Israel marks a decade since the Second Lebanon War, the army has used the past 10 years to take stock of lessons learned from the conflict.One of the key changes has been to make a technological push to increase collaboration between the Israel Defense Forces’ various military arms so that the air and ground forces, the navy and intelligence corps can join efforts on the battlefield based on real-time information they receive“Today, instead of the army adding budgets for more units or planes or ships, the push it so invest in better connecting the existing forces and increase their effectiveness through collaborative activities,” said Yariv Nir, head of the army’s operations department in the signal (C41) corps, in an interview with The Times of Israel.In 2006, the IDF encountered a significantly tougher enemy in Lebanon’s Hezbollah than it had faced in its skirmishes with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, armed with guns and improvised explosives. Over the course of the 34-day war, 121 Israeli soldiers fell to the Shiite group’s anti-tank missiles, mines, rockets, and machine gun fire.Some 44 Israeli civilians were also killed during the course of the conflict from the near-constant barrage of missiles that rained down on northern cities. In Lebanon, nearly 1,200 people died, though the civilian-to-combatant ratio remains highly contested. Israel says that more than half of those killed were combatants, while Hezbollah claims just 250 fighters died in the war.The conflict began on July 12, 2006, when two Israeli soldiers — Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser — were kidnapped by Hezbollah gunmen near Zar’it along the northern border and smuggled back to Lebanon.-Lack of communication-Investigations into the unfolding of the events revealed that there had been command failures during the war, with soldiers unprepared for the new kind of warfare and terrain they were facing. They also highlighted an acute lack of communication that existed between the various military forces, Nir said.One of the more glaring examples of these communication failures occurred on the first day of the war, following the kidnapping of Regev and Goldwasser. In a 2009 tell-all book, Brig. Gen. (res.) Gal Hirsch, who led the Northern Command’s 91st Division during the conflict, details how crucial intelligence ahead of the kidnapping did not reach him or his soldiers on the ground until weeks later.The army is addressing these issues, Nir said, ensuring relevant training is given to all soldiers at all levels and increasing the level of communication between the branches.For the past three years the Signal (C41) Corps has been implementing a plan called the Network Centric IDF Program (NCIP), which will create a “one-networked army” based on a joint communications platform for all the various arms of the military.“The idea is to create a network on which all the forces operate together – to allow the pilots, the tank commanders, the ships and the soldiers on the ground to speak on one network and be on the same page at the same time,” Nir said.The joint network already works like this: if commanders on the ground identify terrorists in a house, they can pinpoint the location on a laptop screen, and signal in real time to a nearby plane or ship the location of their target.“The aim is to deepen this kind of networked operations,” Nir said.Still today each base and the general staff receive separate inputs from the air force, intelligence, land forces and navy. Each of these arms have their own communications fiber with their own routers and encryption systems.“The aim of the ‘one-network army’ is to have one fiber on which everyone works, one computer for all. Access will be allowed to all those who are eligible,” Nir said. “This will enable greater resources efficiency, but also greater operational efficiency. We have started implementing this process in the past year.”-Making the move down south-The army’s decision to move many of its bases to the Negev, with tens of thousands of soldiers relocating to the wide open spaces down south, was a key catalyzer in making a networked army much more of a reality, Nir said.“We are taking advantage of this move to build new technologies that support this plan. We are setting up a new telecoms infrastructure, developing new virtual and cloud technologies, increasing our data centers. All this will enable us to be a joint force with joined platforms.” The ability to share video, voice and data, will be central to the army’s technological push, he said.Operation Protective Edge, fought against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in 2014, was in effect the first networked war in the world and one in which the IDF operated with some of the new joint-network systems in place, Nir said. “That operation very much strengthened the concept of a one-network army, proving that we are going in the right direction.”In an age of greater digitalization and just one network, the threat of cyber-security attacks is high, Nir said. Securing the network will be a significant challenge in the coming years, and the IDF has to make sure that it maintains the security of its data even as it makes the most of the potential of the joint network.The main challenges ahead, according to Nir, are to learn from past mistakes and make sure the soldiers and forces are trained to meet the tasks they will be facing in the future and to ensure the security and continuity of the network operations, he said.
Hamas asks Saudis to prevent ‘normalization’ visits to Israel-Request follows rare visit to the Jewish state by high-profile delegation from the kingdom-By Dov Lieber July 31, 2016, 5:55 pm-the times of israel
Hamas on Sunday asked the Saudi government to prevent “normalization” visits to Israel, following a recent visit by a Saudi delegation which held talks with Israeli officials and MKs in Jerusalem.Retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki led the delegation of academics and businessmen on an extremely rare visit last week, in a bid to encourage discussion of the Saudi-led peace plan, which would see 57 Arab and Muslim nations normalize ties with Israel after the completion of an agreement with the Palestinians.In a statement on its website, Hamas, an Islamist terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, called on Saudi Arabia to “take measures to prevent these normalizing visits that [Israel] uses to undermine the rights of Palestinians and penetrate into the [Muslim] nation in thought and culture.”The statement also expressed appreciation for what Hamas described as growing anger in Saudi Arabia over the former general’s visit to Jerusalem.Saudi government permission was likely necessary for Eshki and the delegation of Saudi academics and businessmen to make the visit to Israel.While in Jerusalem, Eshki met with Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, and several Knesset members from the opposition.The meetings with Gold and Mordechai reportedly did not take place at official Israeli government facilities but at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.On Wednesday, the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper quoted an unnamed Saudi Foreign Ministry official as saying the rare public engagement “does not reflect the views of the Saudi government.”Saudi Arabia and Israel have no official relations and the kingdom prohibits its citizens from traveling to Israel. It also does not grant visas to Israelis.While Hamas has publicly continued to support Saudi Arabia and expressed hope for friendly relations with the country, the kingdom has continued to keep the Gaza-based group, considered a terror organization by Israel and much of the Western world, at arm’s length.At an anti-Iran rally in Paris earlier this month, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief and diplomat, claimed that Tehran was using Hamas and other proxy terror groups to “create chaos” in the Middle East.AFP contributed to this report.
Golan Druze leader disputes UN statement on ‘hardship of Israeli occupation’-Mayor of Majdal Shams says local residents enjoy a good life, always find ‘attentive ear’ with government-By JTA July 29, 2016, 11:09 pm-the times of israel
A leader of the Druze population of the Golan Heights disputed the assertion of a United Nations committee that accused Israel of imposing economic and social hardships on his community.Dulan abu-Saleh, the mayor of Majdal Shams, the largest Druze town in the Golan, told Makor Rishon that the UN Economic and Social Council’s recent statement on the area was “a total joke,” the daily reported Friday.Unlike other Druze populations in Israel who serve in the Israel Defense Forces, the Golan’s Druze population of some 20,000 has been careful not to align itself publicly with the Jewish state, which annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 after capturing it from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.The eruption in 2011 of a civil war in Syria changed that, causing a sharp increase in the number of Golan Druze who applied for Israeli citizenship, which has been available to them since 1981.Abu-Saleh objected to the inclusion of his native area in the UN panel’s statement earlier this month, which said that “economic and social repercussions of the occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan.”“I don’t understand what they’re talking about, it’s laughable,” abu-Saleh said. Druze in the Golan “don’t serve in the IDF and so far are only receiv[e] from the state.” Referencing the war in Syria, he said: “Why don’t they condemn the horrors in Syria, where dozens of children are killed daily? Golan residents have a good life.”He also said: “Although we weren’t included in some major cabinet decisions on budgets, when we build and make up plans we never felt discrimination. On the contrary, we always found an attentive ear.”Prior to the eruption in 2011 of a civil war in Syria, only 1,700 of the Golan’s Druze claimed Israeli citizenship offered to them. Hundreds have applied since then.Very rarely engaging in hostilities, their communities have opened hundreds of restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts serving Israelis and tourists who visit the Golan’s many nature reserves. But the Druze community leaders always insisted they were Syrian citizens seeking to return to Syria from Israeli occupation.Karim Batkhish, a resident of the town of Masa’ada, is quoted as saying: “The war in Syria is irrelevant to us. Some may say they support [Syrian President Bashar] Assad but it’s a lie to show Syria we’re with them. They’re lying, no one wants to see Syria here.”Separately, the international nonprofit Human Rights Watch, which like the UN has faced accusations of displaying a bias against Israel, was criticized Thursday for saying in a report on child detention that Israeli “military courts do not provide for specialized juvenile justice.”This statement is “completely false,” the watchdog group NGO Monitor said Thursday. “A special Juvenile Military Court was established in 2009, and according to the Israeli Ministry of Justice only ‘judges that have received relevant professional training, similar to the training offered to justices of the Youth Courts in Israel, are qualified to serve as juvenile judges.’“The accusation appears in a report published by HRW Thursday entitled “Extreme Measures: Abuses against Children Detained as National Security Threats.” It also cites a 2013 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child document which claims that, “Israel had ‘fully disregarded’ previous recommendations to comply with international law.”But this allegation is also false, according to NGO Monitor. In February 2015, UNICEF published a report on its ongoing dialogue with the Israeli government, citing “positive developments in the administration of juvenile military justice.”The report “clearly reflects the primacy of HRW’s political agenda over methodological rigor and due diligence,” NGO Monitor wrote.
IDF detains 4 Palestinians after ‘security alert’ in Beersheba-Soldiers bring in suspects for questioning after finding ax in their car in the southern West Bank-By Judah Ari Gross July 31, 2016, 6:20 pm-the times of israel
Israeli security forces detained four Palestinian men suspected of planning a terror attack with an ax south of Hebron in the West Bank on Sunday, an army spokesperson said.Earlier in the day, the Israel Police received advanced intelligence about the threat of a possible attack involving an ax in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba. Dozens of officers were sent into the area to provide additional protection, a police spokesperson said.Following the “security alert,” troops in the West Bank discovered an abandoned vehicle with an ax inside it near the Khirbat Umm al-Khair village in the Hebron Hills, an army spokesperson said.Soldiers searched the area for the car’s owners and found four men who appeared to have fled from the vehicle. They were brought in for questioning, the spokesperson said. בדרום הר חברון כוחות צהל זיהו רכב חשוד סמוך לחירבת אום ח׳יר, יושביו נמלטו וברכב נמצא גרזן. האירוע בבדיקה. pic.twitter.com/U6iRXAnzn2— דסק חדשות און ליין (@yosefbadichi) July 31, 2016-Police released an alert to Beersheba residents on Sunday afternoon, encouraging them to be vigilant of suspicious people and objects, but called it off a short while later.At approximately the same time, a 31-year-old Palestinian man, identified as Rami Awartani, attempted to stab a group of soldiers near the Hawara checkpoint outside of Nablus, before he was shot and killed by the troops, the army said.There was no direct connection between the two events, “according to our understanding,” an army spokesperson said.
As 'caliphate' shrinks, Islamic State looks to global attacks-[By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Tolba]-July 31, 2016-yahoonews
BAGHDAD/CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State, losing territory and on the retreat in Iraq and Syria, has claimed credit for a surge in global attacks this summer, most of them in France and Germany.The wave of attacks followed a call to strike against the West during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in June and July, in an apparent shift in strategy by the jihadist group, which has been hammered by two years of U.S.-led coalition air strikes and ground advances by local forces.Instead of urging supporters to travel to its self-proclaimed caliphate, it encouraged them to act locally using any means available."If the tyrants close the door of migration in your faces, then open the door of jihad in theirs and turn their actions against them," said an audio clip purportedly from spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, referring to Western governments' efforts to keep foreign fighters from travelling to the join the group.Radicalised followers have responded to that call repeatedly in the past two months, in countries part of the international coalition battling Islamic State, including shooting people at a Florida nightclub, running them over with a truck in the French Riviera, and hacking them with an axe on a train near Munich.The perpetrators had varying degrees of connection to the Middle East-based jihadists. Some had tried to travel to Syria and were on the authorities' radar, while others displayed few outward signs of radicalism until their deadly acts."There's a growing understanding that the idea of the caliphate is dying and more and more the leadership is calling on foreign fighters not even to come to Iraq and Syria but to go elsewhere or to commit violence locally," said Max Abrahms, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston who studies extremist groups.Looking ahead, security experts and officials in the Middle East and the West predict the military campaign against the group in Iraq and Syria will ultimately end its goal of establishing a caliphate but in doing so may lead to a sustained increase in militant attacks globally.-'LONE WOLF'-For more than a month, Islamic State supporters on social media have been encouraging would-be "lone wolf" attackers in the West to choose from methods ranging in sophistication from bombing and shooting to stabbing and assault."Pledge your allegiance in secret or in public to (Islamic State leader) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and each one of you will be a soldier of the caliphate, no different from those present in the Islamic State," said one supporter.Claims of credit for recent attacks issued by Islamic State via Amaq news agency, which supports the jihadist group, referenced Adnani's appeal.The attackers "carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of countries that are part of the coalition fighting Islamic State" in Iraq and Syria, said statements following four incidents in Europe this month.In France, a Bastille Day truck attack killed 84 people in Nice and a raid on a church killed an elderly Catholic priest in Normandy; In Germany, an axe attack and a suicide bombing in Bavaria injured about 20 people in total.Most of the assailants, in pre-recorded messages pledging allegiance to Islamic State and taking responsibility for the attacks, echoed Adnani's rhetoric and encouraged others to emulate them."Brothers, go out with a knife, whatever is needed, attack them, kill them en masse," said Abdel Malik Petitjean, one of two men who killed the priest in northern France last week.-"If you are unable to travel to the Levant (Syria), then fight the apostate armies in your country," 17-year-old Muhammad Riyad, the Afghan refugee who carried out the axe attack on a train in Bavaria earlier this month, urged other Muslims in a similar video.-'LIKELY TO GET WORSE'-As Islamic State is weakened militarily, it is trying to commit violence anywhere in the world, said Abrahms, including by claiming credit for acts even when they have only a tenuous link to the group."It's indiscriminate about who can be a soldier of the caliphate ... and it's indiscriminate about which attacks the group will claim as its own," he said.In the last 18 months, the group has been pushed off a quarter of the lands it seized in Iraq and Syria in 2014, research firm IHS said this month; other estimates put losses closer to half.Iraqi authorities have pledged to retake Mosul - the largest city still under the group's control - later this year, but the militants will likely maintain safe havens in remote desert areas and revert to more traditional insurgent techniques.Islamic State's defeat is a longer way off in Syria, and it has established footholds in pockets of lawlessness or instability from Libya to Afghanistan to the Philippines.FBI Director James Comey said this week he expected the eventual defeat of Islamic State could lead to an increase in attacks in the United States and Europe by drawing militants out of Syria in much the same way that al Qaeda came about from fighters who had been radicalised in Afghanistan in the 1980s.Analysts including J.M. Berger, a fellow at George Washington University who researches Islamic State, have supported that prediction."Projecting strength through terrorist attacks is a factor in the recent violence, but down the road, when (Islamic State) supporters have nothing to lose, things are likely to get worse," he said.(Additional reporting by Lin Noueihed, Mostafa Hashem and Omar Fahmy in Cairo; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Pravin Char)
London police chief warns terror attack a case of 'when, not if'-[Reuters]-July 31, 2016-yahoonews
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain cannot be fully protected against terrorism and an attack similar to those seen recently in mainland Europe is a question of "when, not if," London's police chief said on Sunday.The warning by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe reflects Britain's current "severe" threat level for international terrorism and follows a string of attacks in Germany and France, some of which have been linked to Islamic militants.Hogan-Howe acknowledged that people in Britain were becoming increasingly worried they could be next."I feel and understand that fear, and as the police officer in charge of preventing such an attack, know that you want me to reassure you. I am afraid I cannot do that entirely," he said in a blog posted online on Sunday and printed in the Mail on Sunday newspaper."Our threat level has been at "severe" for two years -- it remains there. It means an attack is highly likely -- you could say it is a case of when, not if."Britain's newly-appointed security minister Ben Wallace said he had met owners and operators of the country's biggest shopping centers to discuss their security plans."In light of events in Germany and France, the government is keen to ensure that shopping centers and sports stadiums where there are large crowds are getting the support they require," he told the Sunday Times newspaper.(Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Helen Popper)
CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 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,(WORLDWIDE WAR) 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-2 billion)
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.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
North Korea: The United States has made a 'declaration of war'-[Christian Science Monitor]-Josh Kenworthy-July 29, 2016-yahoonews
North Korea says the United States has effectively declared war after US officials placed its leader Kim Jong Un on a list of sanctioned individuals who have committed human rights abuses.Han Song Ryol, the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s director-general of the US affairs department, added in an interview with the Associated Press that if planned joint US-South Korea war games south of the Demilitarized Zone went ahead next month, it would likely result in a vicious showdown for which the United States would be responsible.The North is already under heavy sanctions for its nuclear program and usually responds to the military exercises with aggressive rhetoric, but Mr. Han said putting its leader on a sanctions list on July 6 crossed a “red line.”Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders? "The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of the DPRK in order to get rid of its unfavorable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK," Han said."The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown," he said. "We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war."A week after the US placed sanctions on Mr. Kim, North Korea responded by cutting off its last remaining formal line of communication with Washington, called the New York Channel, and said that all interactions between the countries would have to be handled under “war law.”The US placed Kim and 10 other individuals on the list after the United Nations Human Rights Commission alleged his connection to human rights abuses, including the North’s use of political prisons and intolerance of any kind of political dissent.While US State Department Officials claim that the sanctions are designed to make North Korean officials reconsider their decisions to commit human rights abuses, Han said the US lacked the moral high ground on both the nuclear and human rights fronts, citing the recent police shootings of blacks and the fact the US was first nation to develop and then use nuclear bombs against humankind.But Katina Adams, a State Department spokeswoman for East Asia and the Pacific, indicated the new sanctions on Kim were intended to press the North "to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further destabilize the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations."However, as next month’s war games approach, which last time included exercises the North sees as practice at invading and carrying out “decapitation strikes” (maneuvers that aim at taking out top leaders), Han ramped up the threatening rhetoric further."Nobody can predict what kind of influence this kind of vicious confrontation between the DPRK and the United States will have upon the situation on the Korean Peninsula," he said."By doing these kinds of vicious and hostile acts toward the DPRK, the U.S. has already declared war against the DPRK. So it is our self-defensive right and justifiable action to respond in a very hard way.""We are all prepared for war, and we are all prepared for peace," he said. "If the United States forces those kinds of large-scale exercises in August, then the situation caused by that will be the responsibility of the United States."This report contains material from the Associated Press.
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