Tuesday, November 22, 2016
AFRICAN (MUSLIM) NATIONS FAIL TO BLOCK UNS FIRST EVER LGBT EXPERT.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places,(DIFFERNT PLACES AT THE SAME TIME) and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Tsunami of 60cm reaches Fukushima coast after earthquake - NHK-[Reuters]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
TOKYO (Reuters) - A tsunami of 60 cm (2 feet) reached Onahama Port in Fukushima, the first tsunami waves to hit the coast after a powerful earthquake struck northern Japan on Tuesday, public broadcaster NHK reported.A tsunami warning of up to 3 metres (10 feet) has been issued.(Reporting by Chris Gallagher and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Lincoln Feast)
Powerful quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee tsunami-[Reuters]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
* Magnitude 7.3 quake strikes near Japan coast early Tuesday-* Japan Meteorological Agency warns of 3 metre tsunami-* Waves of up to 90 cm observed at Fukushima-* Region affected is the same devastated by 2011 quake, tsunami-* Nuclear plants say no immediate signs of damage (Adds detail on tsunami, nuclear power plant checks, injured woman)--TOKYO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami that hit the nation's northern Pacific coast.The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles) and struck at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT) the agency said.A 60 cm (2 foot) tsunami had been observed at Fukushima's Onahama Port and a 90 cm (3 foot) tsunami at Soma soon after, public broadcaster NHK said. The region is the same that was devastated by a tsunami following a massive earthquake in 2011.A tsunami warning of up to 3 metres (10 feet) has been issued.One woman suffered cuts to her head from falling dishes, Kyodo news agency reported, citing fire department officials.Tokyo Electric Power Co, known as Tepco, said on its website that no damage from the quake has been confirmed at any of its power plants, although there have been blackouts in some areas. Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant caused Japan's worst nuclear disaster when it was knocked out by the 2011 tsunami.Tohoku Electric Power Co said there was no damage to its Onagawa nuclear plant, while the Kyodo news agency reported there was no irregularities at the Tokai Daini nuclear plant in Ibaraki Prefecture.Television footage showed ships moving out to sea from Fukushima harbours as tsunami warning signals wailed.Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.The March 11, 2011, quake was magnitude 9, the strongest quake in Japan on record. The massive tsunami it triggered caused world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.An Iwaki city fire dept official said there was smoke or fire at Kureha's research centre in a petrochemical complex in Iwaki city at 6:17 a.m., but it was extinguished at 6:40 a.m. Other details were not clear, he said, adding that no other major damage in the city has been reported at the moment.One hotel in Ofunato, badly hit by the 2011 quake, told guests to stay in the facility, which is on high ground.The U.S. Geological Survey initially put Tuesday's quake at a magnitude of 7.3 but down graded it to 6.9.All nuclear plants on the coast threatened by the tsunami are shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Only two reactors are operating in Japan, both in the southwest of the country. Even when in shutdown nuclear plants need cooling systems operating to keep spent fuel cool.(Writing by William Mallard; Additional reporting by Yuka Obayashi, Chris Gallagher, Jon Herskovitz and Aaron Sheldrick; Editing Richard Balmforth and Lincoln Feast)
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)
16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)
Heavy rains cause $2.7M in crop losses in Puerto Rico-[Associated Press]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Heavy rains in Puerto Rico have set off small landslides, knocked out water service and caused nearly $2.7 million in crop losses.Government officials said Monday that they expect to activate the National Guard as a result of widespread flooding. The heavy rain began Sunday and is expected to continue through Wednesday.Agriculture Secretary Myrna Comas says the U.S. territory's central and northern regions have reported the worst crop losses.The rains also have blocked 13 dams across the island, causing interruption in water service to 5,000 customers.
Tropical Storm Otto forms over Atlantic: NHC-[Reuters]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
(Reuters) - Tropical depression 16 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Otto east of Nicaragua over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), is located about 305 miles (495 km) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.Additional strengthening is forecast for the next 48 hours, and Otto could become a hurricane during the next couple of days, the NHC added.(Reporting by Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru)
Tropical storm Otto forms in Caribbean, aims at Nicaragua, Costa Rica - NHC-[Reuters]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical storm Otto formed in the Caribbean on Monday and could strengthen into a hurricane bound for southeastern Nicaragua and northeastern Costa Rica, the U.S.-based National Hurricane Center said.The almost-stationary storm was about 175 miles (282 km) east-southeast of the island of San Andres, the NHC said, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph)."Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Otto could become a hurricane during the next couple of days." the NHC said.The storm could reach the coast of Nicaragua and Costa Rica by Thursday, the NHC said.(Reporting by Veronica Gomez; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Jonathan Oatis)
Ontario energy minister allegedly 'sought certain benefits' to be MPP: Crown-[The Canadian Press]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
SUDBURY, Ont. — A former MP, who is now Ontario's energy minister, allegedly "sought certain benefits" to run in a provincial byelection, a Crown lawyer prosecuting two Ontario Liberals on Election Act bribery charges said Monday.But while the two Liberals, including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's former deputy chief of staff, face bribery counts under the act, Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault does not."The section makes it an offence to offer, not necessarily to receive (a bribe)," said federal prosecutor Vern Brewer.The charges against Pat Sorbara and Liberal operative Gerry Lougheed stem from allegations the pair offered a would-be candidate a job or appointment to get him to step aside in a 2015 byelection in Sudbury, Ont., for the premier's preferred candidate.That preferred candidate was Thibeault, who was then a New Democrat MP for Sudbury, and he ultimately won that byelection for the provincial Liberals.One of the charges against Sorbara is over an allegation she promised to get Thibeault "an office or employment" to induce him to become a candidate.After Sorbara and Lougheed's first court appearance Monday, Brewer expanded on the allegation as it relates to Thibeault."The allegation in respect to that count relates to our allegation that Mr. Thibeault sought certain benefits, offers or job or employment as part of his conditions to run as (an) MPP," he said.The opposition parties called for Thibeault to step aside after it was revealed that one of Sorbara's charges related to an offer allegedly made to him. Thibeault has refused, since he isn't under investigation and faces no charges.Thibeault has said the premier did not offer him a cabinet position in exchange for running, nor did Sorbara make him any offers. A spokesman said Monday that Thibeault had nothing to add to his previous statements.Sorbara has said she believes the charges against her will not succeed and she is "shocked" by any suggestion she has done something wrong. Sorbara recently took a leave of absence from her job as Wynne's deputy chief of staff to become the Ontario Liberals' CEO and 2018 campaign director, posts she resigned from when the charges were laid.Lawyers for Sorbara and Lougheed appeared on their behalf in Sudbury on Monday for their first court appearance and the case was adjourned to Dec. 14.Ontario has given carriage of the case to the federal prosecution service.Brewer, of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, said outside court that he and the defence lawyers made an application to have the matter heard by a judge instead of a justice of the peace."It's the first prosecution we're aware of under this section and there are significant and complex legal issues," he said.Lougheed's charge and a second charge against Sorbara are over an allegation they offered Andrew Olivier, a previous Sudbury provincial Liberal candidate who intended to run for the party again in the byelection, a job or appointment to get him to step aside for Thibeault.Wynne has said that discussions with Olivier were about trying to keep him in the party fold, and that there was no quid pro quo because she had already decided to appoint Thibeault as the candidate before she, Sorbara and Lougheed spoke with Olivier.Lougheed had also been charged criminally in the Sudbury byelection investigation, with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments, but those charges were stayed earlier this year.Lougheed's lawyer, Michael Lacy, said his client has maintained "he didn't do anything that would attract a culpable finding."— By Allison Jones in Toronto with files from CJMX in Sudbury-The Canadian Press
N.S. wins deal to use coal-fired plants past new federal deadline of 2030-[The Canadian Press]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
HALIFAX — Ottawa and Nova Scotia announced an agreement in principle Monday that would allow the province to use coal-fired electrical plants beyond the new federal deadline to phase them out by 2030.The concession is part of negotiations toward a new equivalency agreement that recognizes the work Nova Scotia has already done on greenhouse gas reductions. The province has already met Canada's target of a 30 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 by 2030.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil also announced during a joint news conference with federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Halifax that his province would also adopt a cap and trade system for industry, with the details to be worked out by 2018.The province opted for cap and trade after McNeil had made it clear that he wanted no part of a proposed carbon tax, saying it would be too expensive for his province's mainly rural economy."They (Ottawa) recognized over successive governments that we had a unique situation here in Nova Scotia," said McNeil. "We are already at the 2030 target today . . . and it doesn't mean we want to stop and we will not stop."McKenna touted the agreement with Nova Scotia as proof the federal government is serious about moving ahead on climate change, but in a way that accommodates the concerns of the provinces and territories."Nova Scotia's multi-pronged approach builds on the province's existing actions and ensures that Nova Scotia will remain a leader in contributing to Canada's international target under the Paris Agreement," McKenna said.Under the current equivalency agreement, the province must reduce greenhouse gases by 25 per cent by 2020, and 55 per cent by 2030.Once it is finalized, the new agreement will allow Nova Scotia to find the reductions that would have been realized through reducing coal in other areas of the electricity sector. That will mean reducing 4.5 megatonnes of CO2 emissions after 2030.The province has previously projected that coal would continue to play some part in its energy mix until 2042, although officials said there was no timetable yet for plant closures under the new agreement.McNeil maintains that allowing Nova Scotia to use coal for a longer period than the 2030 deadline will lower costs for energy consumers."This allows us to transition so there's not a sticker shock on emission reduction in Nova Scotia when it comes to forcing us to build a natural gas generation plant or some other form of generation before we can transition into renewable energy," he said. "The plan in place will have Nova Scotia off coal."Officials said Nova Scotia would create its own cap-and-trade system for polluters outside the electricity sector, but were unable to say what the economic impact of the move would be. They said a cap would be established with emitters.Nova Scotia's dual announcements were welcomed by Stephen Thomas, the energy campaign coordinator for the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, although he said the yet-to-come details will be key in assessing their effectiveness."On the coal side I don't see that there is any announcement of increased ambition, so I'm waiting for those numbers," said Thomas.Coal power in Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia accounts for 10 per cent of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions.McKenna said she would continue to work with the other Atlantic provinces, including New Brunswick, to address their concerns."Look, we are always looking for practical solutions, so in terms of coal there are different solutions for different provinces," she said. "New Brunswick ... Premier (Brian Gallant) is very excited about our announcement today and also very excitement about the investments that we are going to be making in infrastructure."Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press
CRTC renewing most TV provider licences for one year instead of the usual seven-[The Canadian Press]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
TORONTO — Canada's broadcast regulator renewed the licences of most TV service providers for one year, rather than the usual seven-year term, as it keeps a close eye on whether their basic cable offerings are keeping customers' interests and wallets in mind."We have the one-year licence renewal to have a watchful eye on the deployment of this next phase of the Let's Talk TV policy," said Scott Hutton, the CRTC's executive director of broadcasting.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's so-called skinny basic TV policy goes into full effect on Dec. 1.Since March 1, TV service providers have had to offer customers basic cable packages at no more than $25 monthly, and allow them to add on extra channels individually or through pre-packaged bundles of up to 10 channels. Starting in December, companies must offer both individual and small packages of channels to customers.The changes came after the CRTC asked Canadians how their TV services could be improved.As the companies implemented the first phase, the CRTC noted that some employed practices that weren't in line with the spirit of the policy, which in part was intended to give Canadians more choice and more affordable options.The regulator released a set of best practices Monday "to ensure that there's some course correction," Hutton said.The CRTC said companies should give customers information on the soon-to-be available choices, offer online tools that will allow subscribers to add or remove channels easily and provide different options for obtaining a set-top box, among other things.The regulator will evaluate how well the TV service providers adhere to these practices, as well as other compliance issues, when their licences are set to expire next year.If they fail to satisfy the CRTC, Hutton said the regulator has a variety of tools at its disposal to escalate the situation, including imposing further conditions on a company's licence or not renewing it.Companies with licences up for renewal this year that received a one-year approval included Rogers (TSX:TCI.B), Telus (TSX:T), Shaw (TSX:SJR.B), MTS (TSX:MBT), Sasktel and Videotron (TSX:QBR.B).Hutton said additional licences will come up for renewal over the next three years and could receive the same treatment.The CRTC has the discretion to issue licences for periods up to seven years, he said. But the one-year term shouldn't be a surprise to the companies, Hutton said, as the CRTC made it clear ahead of its September hearing regarding the renewals that it planned to take this course of action.Rogers spokesman Andrew Garas said in a statement that the company will be launching its standalone channel selection in the coming days, but did not address the new licence term.Cogeco declined to comment, while Telus, Shaw, MTS, Sasktel and Videotron did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press
Opinion-Right-wing extremism fuelled by a sick society By Goran Buldioski-nov 21,16-euobserver
BUDAPEST, Today, 09:26-Just after the United States voted Donald Trump in as its president elect, I had lunch and a somber conversation with a successful businesswoman friend of mine.She insisted on paying the bill.Signing the credit card slip in a downtown Budapest restaurant, she remarked: “I know you are not a male chauvinist, but today I cannot allow having even the faintest doubt that women matter, or that we cannot pay our bills.”Our waitress grinned her approval, I sat in disbelief.It suddenly struck me that the world’s biggest democracy has just endorsed gender inequality, a form of discrimination that progressives like me had recently considered dying out in the developed world.Having observed European politics for years, I know extreme right candidates—often people like Trump, openly ridicule and demonise the very population's progressives have tried to empower, are here to stay.But what frightens me most is that the mainstream parties and media have endorsed and given platforms to these extremist views in a short-sighted grab for votes and clicks.By failing to embed respect for rights deeper into our societies, progressives have done great damage to the principles that hold up democracies.-Inequality feeds extremism-All of this can be backed up by the numbers, including the climate that has made democracies across the world ripe for rising extremism.In 2015, 10 percent of the richest countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) had incomes that were 10 times higher than the poorest 10 percent.In 1980, the same ratio stood at seven times. Accumulated wealth, including stocks, assets and liquidities, are even more concentrated at the top.This gap is shocking.It is also persistent, growing in both good times and bad, driven by a surge in incomes for high earners and much slower income growth – and even declines during economic downturns – for low earners.It’s true that in the early days of capitalism and before democracy took root, income inequality was even greater than it is today - often it was either enforced by brutal means or deemed to have been prescribed by God.But today people know much more about the elites in their country than they ever did before.In part, because of improving mechanisms for accountability, in part, because of large-scale leaks of confidential documents by organisations like WikiLeaks, we are living in a time of unprecedented transparency about the work of governments around the world.-Unfairness at the heart of populism-If people feel that government exists only to benefit the elites, they rightly recognise that as injustice.When that sense of injustice is coupled with staggering inequality, they revolt.Mainstream parties failed to do something about this simple yet profound phenomenon, thinking instead that they could continue to muddle through.By failing to respond to the needs of significant portions of their populations, they have left people little choice but to turn to extremist groups who tailored their message accordingly.Earlier this year, 200,000 Austrians of Serbian descent voted for radical right candidate Norbert Hofer in the second round Austrian elections, to be repeated in December because of problems with voting envelopes.The main reason for their votes: Hofer promised to protect all Christians, Orthodox and Catholic alike, from the Muslim “invasion.”Only a couple of years ago, the Austrian radical right saw those of Serbian decent as less-than and devoted considerable energy to attacking them.But we live in times of unholy, shifting alliances.A new concept of multi-cultural society is emerging, and the radical right is shaping it, pitting one minority against another.Austrian-Serbs against Austrian-Turks. Pakistani and Indian communities in Britain turning against Polish immigrants in the Brexit campaign.Perhaps this is to be expected from the radical parties.-Politicians look to populism to solve political woes-What we shouldn’t expect is the reaction of mainstream parties in those countries and others, who – rather than promoting policies that affirm their values – immediately adopted the anti-immigrant rhetoric of their opponents.We can see this unfolding in Britain where Theresa May, now the country’s prime minister, said earlier this year that the UK should leave the European Convention on Human Rights.This would be an astonishing regression, and the idea is not new, as it follows one proposed by then Conservative party leader David Cameron prior to the 2010 general election to replace the Human Rights Act with a “British Bill of Rights,” which would be set forth by the UK parliament.The ability to alter what constitutes a "right" would thus ultimately rest with the parliament of the day.It’s easy to see how British citizens might be granted more rights than non-nationals, immigrants, or asylum seekers.These are not remote possibilities: to suit the rhetoric of the Brexit referendum, toughness on terrorists and hate preachers was recast as toughness on dangerous “foreign nationals”.In France, president Francois Hollande proposed stripping citizenship from dual-nationals convicted of terrorism.In the United States, Trump has suggested that the United States do away with birthright citizenship.-Trump makes good TV-The media, lauded as a pillar of any democracy, has also played a role in allowing extremism to take hold.Left to the markets, TV stations have been subject to perverse incentives: the more they broadcast Trump, the more viewers tuned in, bringing higher profits.Driven in part by interest in the 2016 presidential campaign, increased at all cable news channels.The combined revenues of Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC) were projected to increase by 10 percent in 2015, to a total of $4 billion, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of SNL Kagan data.In order words, Trump sells. But at what cost? The traditional media funding model remains in place to the detriment of our democracies.We need to do something about perverse incentives that allowed Trump to dominate the airwaves.In Europe, there are many examples of serious and responsible state or private media.Other countries, took on a more hands-on role. Greece all but prohibited the right-wing party Golden Dawn on any stations that the party didn’t own.The world has shifted in a clear departure from the values underpinning US and European democracies.But now is not the time to bemoan our circumstances.Instead, we must begin anew in the struggle to strengthen those values in our communities and in our daily lives.For mainstream political parties, that will mean listening instead of talking for a change.Today is as good as any day to start.Goran Buldioski directs the Open Society Foundations work in Europe-
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.
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)
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)
Christian heritage found ransacked as monastery retaken from Islamic State-[Reuters]-By Stephen Kalin-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
KHIDIR ILYAS, Iraq (Reuters) - The history pages of Iraq's Christian community lie in charred fragments on the floor of a fourth-century monastery near Mosul which Islamic State militants ransacked during a two-year occupation that ended over the weekend.The jihadists at the Mar Behnam monastery burned a collection of books about Christian theology, scraped off inscriptions written in Syriac - the language used by Jesus - and demolished sculptures of the Virgin Mary and the monastery's patron saint.They removed the site's crosses and tried to erase any mention of Behnam, the son of an Assyrian king who, according to popular legend, built the monastery as penance for killing both his children after they converted to Christianity."Their fundamental goal was to destroy Christian history and civilization in the Nineveh plains," Duraid Elias, commander of the Babylon Brigades, a Christian militia that helped retake the site, told Reuters during a visit on Monday.The Nineveh plains, a sprawling region north and east of Mosul, are a mosaic of ethnic and religious communities with roots dating back to ancient Mesopotamia.The Sunni Muslim hardliners of Islamic State have targeted the adherents and religious sites of those minority groups across the area, which it seized in 2014 during a blitz across Iraq and neighboring Syria.At the time, the group issued an ultimatum to Christians: pay a tax, convert to Islam, or die by the sword. Most fled toward the autonomous Kurdish region, including a few dozen monks who left Mar Behnam with only the clothes on their backs.As a 100,000-strong alliance of Iraqi forces now attempts to oust Islamic State from the city of Mosul, the scale of destruction in nearby Christian areas is gradually being documented.The jihadists had converted Mar Behnam, Iraq's largest monastery, into a headquarters for the Hisba -- morality police, which enforced strict rules against such things as smoking, men shaving their beards and women baring their faces in public, according to Elias.A sitting room had been turned into a medical clinic, and the monks' bedrooms were used to hold transgressors. A remote corner of the complex was filled with dozens of satellite dishes the commander said had been confiscated from residents nearby.Islamic State graffiti covers the monastery's walls, including the group's motto: "Remaining and expanding". Another scrawl includes the date Dec. 24, 2014 - one of two Christmases the jihadists spent in control of the site.Five weeks into Iraq's long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, which itself once had a sizeable Christian population, the city is nearly surrounded, but government forces have established only a small foothold in a few eastern districts.Fighting has laid waste to entire towns and villages, while Islamic State booby-traps, including in and around the monastery, mean it could be months or even years before some residents can return home.-EYE FOR AN EYE-The Baghdad-backed Babylon Brigades are the type of force that Iraq's Western allies have pushed to participate in the Mosul campaign in an attempt to secure local support for the expected rollback of Islamic State.The Christian fighters at Mar Behnam monastery on Monday wore an assortment of military uniforms, carried large wooden crosses in their pickup trucks and flew banners including, incongruously, flags used by Iraq's powerful Shi'ite Muslim militias.Many of the gunmen sported black headbands declaring devotion to Jesus or the Virgin Mary, and one had affixed a religious icon to his bulletproof vest, next to a hand grenade and two single bullets.Elias, the commander, said his unit had fought alongside the Iraqi army to retake the monastery and the village of Khidir Ilyas where it is located. But the regular troops had since departed, leaving his men in apparent control of the area.After showing Reuters around the site as gunfire rang out in the distance, he welcomed six new volunteers into the Babylon Brigades, issuing them with uniforms and weapons in exchange for a simple vow to protect the area.His men, part of a dwindling population of Arab Christians across the Middle East, are driven by a desire to keep their community alive after Islamic State threatened to destroy it for good."We are proving to the world that Christians are not weak. We are stronger than they imagined," said Elias.He told Reuters his forces had so far demolished three or four homes thought to belong to Islamic State fighters in Khidir Ilyas to keep them from ever returning."There are others. We are going one by one: for every Christian house they blew up, we blow up a house next to it," he said from atop the monastery, pointing out one such pair of buildings."This is war. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."(Reporting by Stephen Kalin; editing by Giles Elgood)
Bodies of 9 decapitated men found dumped in southern Mexico-[Associated Press]-JOSE ANTOIO RIVERA-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — The decapitated bodies and heads of nine men have been found dumped on a roadside in the southern state of Guerrero, prosecutors said, bringing the number of bodies found over the weekend in the state to 14.Roberto Alvarez, the state security spokesman, issued a statement Monday saying the nine bodies showed "visible signs of torture.""This event shows that there is a strong a strong battle between rival criminal groups who use extreme violence," Alvarez said, referring to two drug cartels that operate in the area.Some of the bodies had been dumped with their hands and feet bound, while others were hacked up and placed in plastic bags. They were found late Sunday near the town of Tixtla.The area has been the scene of brutal drug cartel slayings, often as part of turf battles between the Ardillos and the Rojos gangsThe grisly discovery came just hours after the dismembered bodies of three other men were found in five plastic bags on a roadside near the town of Teloloapan, in another part of Guerrero state.Alvarez said the three men had been reported kidnapped on Nov. 4 from a town near Teloloapan — an area known for opium poppy production that has been the scene of drug gang conflict.Also Sunday, two other bodies were found near the Pacific coast port city of Acapulco. One belonged to an off-duty member of the navy.It was not the first time that military personnel had been targeted in Acapulco.In late October, two off-duty military men in civilian clothing were abducted from a market, and their bodies were found later in the city.The military has been part of a stepped-up law-enforcement campaign in Acapulco, the once-glamorous resort that has been the scene of lengthy drug gang violence. But it was unclear if the killing of military personnel was part of a reprisal for that crackdown.
Lebanon builds wall near Palestinian refugee camp-[AFP]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Sidon (Lebanon) (AFP) - Lebanon is building a wall near the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp to prevent jihadists from infiltrating, a military source said Monday.The overcrowded and impoverished Ain al-Hilweh camp near the southern coastal city of Sidon has gained notoriety in recent years as a refuge for Muslim extremists and fugitives.It also saw deadly fighting last year between the Jund al-Sham Islamist group and members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement.And in September the army said security forces had arrested a Palestinian refugee suspected of links to the Islamic State group who was in the camp."The construction of the wall began some time ago and the aim is to stop the infiltration of terrorists inside Ain al-Hilweh from nearby orchards," the military source told AFP."It's a security measure" that was taken after the arrest of "fugitive terrorists" who had taken shelter in the camp, he said.Pictures were posted online showing cranes lifting huge concrete blocks on the western side of Ain al-Hilweh then setting them side by side, as well as watchtower.Social media users compared the wall to a controversial separation barrier which Israel has been building in the occupied West Bank since 2002."Soon, the children of Ain al-Hilweh will draw pictures depicting Palestine and freedom on the wall of shame," one person said online.A camp official, Fuad Othman, called the wall a "provocation".Major General Mounir al-Maqdah, the head of the Palestinian security forces in Lebanon, criticised the construction of the wall."The wall, parts of which have been erected, is causing psychological pressure for the Palestinian refugees," said Maqdah."We wouldn't have needed a separation barrier and watchtowers if the Lebanese authorities had, years ago, found a solution to the Palestinian presence in Lebanon," he added.The military source said Lebanon "is not building a prison or a separation wall, but a wall for protection", adding residents would be able to go in and out from the camp, except from the western side.By long-standing convention, the army does not enter Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon but holds positions outside of it, leaving the factions to handle security inside.More than 61,000 Palestinian refugees live in Ain al-Hilweh, including 6,000 who recently fled the war in Syria, according to the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
EU terror bill casts wider net, raising rights issues By Nikolaj Nielsen-nov 21,16-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:25-The EU is pushing ahead with sweeping legislation to fight terrorism that could limit rights and be abused by unscrupulous state authorities.Negotiators from the EU institutions wrapped up their talks, last week, in an effort to reach a formal agreement on the EU's directive to combat terrorism before the end of the year.Details of the final text remain unknown, given back-room nature of EU legislative deliberation, but a leaked document from 11 November provides insight on what to expect.An EU diplomat on Monday (21 November) told this website that there was "no substantial modifications" between the leaked text and the final wording, despite some minor changes.The bill still needs to be voted by member states before the end of the month and the EU parliament's civil liberties committee in December.The proposal aims at criminalising terrorist related offences linked to traveling and training as part of a larger United Nations Security Council requirement. But the directive's broad definition of terrorism puts human right defenders on edge.-Left wing activism-Dr Marloes van Noorloos, assistant professor of criminal law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, says the bill's definition of terrorism could be interpreted to include left-wing protests and animal rights activism."This will include extreme left terrorism, extreme right terrorism, animal rights actions, also groups like that and how will the state make a distinction between leftists activism and extreme left terrorism?," she said."Any glorifying remark you could make about Nelson Mandela or Che Guevara, in principle, it is part of the definition," she noted.Van Noorloos, a member of the Meijers Committee, a Dutch independent experts' group, said the bill also fails to clarify such words as "purpose" when it comes to prohibiting travelling for the "purpose of terrorism"."Countries can define it [purpose] in a different way, so it will give quite a lot of freedom to states who may want to punish their adversaries," she said.People who inadvertently finance terrorism, for instance through a charity drive for Syria where money ends up in the wrong hands, could also be held accountable. An accumulation of such instances may lead to a criminal offence.The bill also makes it criminal to receive terrorism training, which could include "obtaining of knowledge, documentation or practical skills," but excludes those used for academic research.A state may also remove or block online content it deems as "constituting a public provocation to commit a terrorist offence". Such power is likely to trigger broader questions over freedom of speech.-Foreign fighter returns 'exaggerated'-The leaked draft justifies the measures given what it states is the "rapidly" evolving threat terrorism and that of returning foreign fighters.The EU police agency, Europol, estimates more than 5,000 people across the EU have left and joined Islamist fighters in Syria. Many are thought dead.Julian King, EU commissioner in charge of security, described the speculation of returning foreign fighters from Iraq and Syria as "sometimes exaggerated," last week."I want to be clear, it is not a new threat," he told reporters in Brussels on Friday (18 November).With some EU governments like France and Belgium imposing more severe forms of national legislation against the terrorist threat, given the recent spate of attacks, the crackdown could create a 'chilling effect' on other forms of popular resistance.France, for instance, is likely moving ahead with a plan to create a single "mega-database" to fight identify fraud. The government wants to collect the biometric details of all 60 million citizens despite larger concerns of hackers and state intelligence.Last year, the country's highest court backed a law giving the state wide-sweeping surveillance powers concentrated in the hands of the prime minister's office.Belgium had also passed controversial legislation to collect everyone's telecommunications for police access, despite glaring holes in its own work methods.Earlier this month, Belgium media revealed investigators had lost a mobile telephone belonging to Paris bomber Brahim Abdeslam only to have found it months later beneath a stack of papers in a small Brussels police station branch.
Ukraine detains two Russian soldiers near Crimean border-[Reuters]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian security services have detained two Russian soldiers near the border with Crimea, with Ukraine saying the men were deserters from the Ukrainian army detained on Ukrainian-controlled territory and Russia saying they were seized in Crimea.Moscow and Kiev have been locked in conflict since Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and an uprising by pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine.Russia's Defence Ministry said the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) had detained the two soldiers at around 1 p.m. Moscow time on Sunday in Crimea and had taken them to Ukraine, according to Russian news agencies.It demanded the two men's swift return to Russia, naming them as Maxim Odintsov and Alexander Baranov.Ukraine's SBU told Interfax Ukraine that the men had been detained after crossing the border at Chonhar, and had served in the Ukrainian army before deserting to Russia.(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Little to celebrate at EU-Ukraine summit By Andrew Rettman-nov 21,16-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:28-EU leaders have pledged to uphold sanctions on Russia in the run-up to the Ukraine summit this week, but the declaration comes amid multiplying uncertainties over the future of Ukraine ties.The German, French, Italian and Spanish leaders, at a meeting with outgoing US president Barack Obama in Berlin on Friday (18 November) promised to extend the life of economic sanctions on Russia before they expire on 31 January.The formal decision is likely to be taken at an EU summit on 15 December, EU diplomats said, despite on and off grumblings by Russia-friendly states, such as Greece, Hungary, and Italy that the EU should normalise ties with Moscow.Speaking in Berlin on Friday, British leader Theresa May indicated the EU might even blacklist more Russian officials over Russia’s escalating air strikes against civilians in rebel enclaves in the Syrian city of Aleppo.“On Syria, of course looking at Aleppo, we were united in our condemnation of the atrocities that are taking place there … We agreed the need to keep up pressure on Russia, including the possibility of sanctions on those who breach international humanitarian law”, she said.The statements come ahead of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s visit to the EU capital on Thursday (24 November).They also come amid uncertainty over Western solidarity on Russia after US president-elect Donald Trump comes into office on 20 January.Trump, in his campaign speeches, repeated the Russian propaganda line that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is “not going into Ukraine” and said that he would “look into” recognising Russia’s annexation of Crimea.Putin, speaking at a summit in Lima on Sunday, said that Trump had not changed his mind."The president-elect confirmed he is willing to normalise Russian-American relations. I told him the same”, the Russian leader said.Poroshenko’s agenda in Brussels will also include talks on the “reform process and [the] EU-Ukraine association agreement”, on visa-free travel for Ukrainian nationals to the EU, and on “Moldova/Transnistria”, the Ukrainian embassy to the EU has said.-Corruption-The “reform process” centres around measures to rein in corruption in Ukrainian politics.Ukraine, in late October, brought into life a new online system in which officials declare their private assets.That was one of the key EU demands in order to release more financial aid and to move ahead on the visa-waiver.It showed the extent to which even the new generation of post-revolutionary officials have accumulated vast private wealth despite their meagre salaries, however.Prime minister Volodymyr Groysman declared $1.2 million and €460,000 in cash and a collection of luxury watches. Roman Nasirov, the head of the state fiscal service, said he and his wife owned Swiss watches, diamonds, and fur coats as well as $2 million in cash.Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, brought in as governor of the Odessa region in order to fight graft, also resigned two weeks ago while accusing Poroshenko himself of protecting mafia structures.The EU is preparing to release another €600 million in aid on Thursday to invest in transport infrastructure in Ukraine despite the revelations.The summit will have to put a positive spin on the fact that the future of EU-Ukraine ties - the association agreement - remains in doubt as the Netherlands continues to ponder how to handle a referendum, in April, in which people voted to block ratification of the accord.Dutch PM Mark Rutte is in talks with opposition politicians at home, his EU colleagues, and Ukrainian diplomats on a solution that could entail attaching a new declaration to the accord.No one has yet seen Rutte’s draft text, but a Ukrainian source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Dutch leader wants the statement to say that Ukraine is not in line to join the EU, should not engage in military cooperation, and should not receive any extra funds.The referendum was non-binding, but the source said that Rutte’s team has seized on the opportunity to shrink the scope of future cooperation.-Visa talks-The EU visa-free deal also remains in suspension.EU ambassadors last week said that member states had agreed to go ahead, but only once a new EU law is put in place that would allow states to freeze the waiver in the event of mass overstays.The Ukraine summit, which had been due earlier this year, was delayed, in part, to enable Europe to announce the visa-free accord at the Poroshenko meeting, but that is no longer possible due to the EU conditionality.Mykola Tochytskyi, Ukraine’s ambassador to the EU, told the Financial Times newspaper that the summit will be needed to send a good “signal” to the Ukrainian people on future relations.Roman Sohn, a Ukrainian civil society activist and a columnist for the Ukrainska Parvda news website, told EUobserver: “It is certainly too early to celebrate the visa-free regime. The EU is further undermining its trustworthiness as a reliable partner with the Ukrainian people”.With Moldova, last weekend, having also elected a pro-Russia candidate, Igor Dodon, there will also be little good to say on the “Moldova/Transnistria” point on Thursday’s agenda.Moldova had been the front-runner in the EU’s “eastern partnership” policy to build closer ties with former Soviet states.It already has EU visa-free perks, but even that concession, enacted despite widespread corruption allegations, appears to have done little to stop the EU’s allure from fading on its eastern flank.
U.N. says nearly 1 million Syrians besieged; U.S. names, shames commanders-[Reuters]-By Michelle Nichols-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The number of besieged Syrians has more than doubled over the past year to nearly one million, the United Nations aid chief told the Security Council on Monday, as the United States named 13 Syrian military commanders it accused of killing civilians.Some 850,000 of those people are besieged by government forces, the United Nations said, while the rest are trapped by Islamic State militants and other armed groups."There is nothing subtle or complicated about the practice of besiegement. Civilians are being isolated, starved, bombed and denied medical attention and humanitarian assistance in order to force them to submit or flee," U.N. aid chief Stephen O'Brien told the 15-member council during a monthly briefing.O'Brien again urged strong action from the Security Council to back its resolutions calling for an end to attacks on civilians, humanitarian aid access and a lifting of sieges."Without strong backing from each of you, red lines will be crossed again and again; international humanitarian law will be trampled on; war crimes will be committed. And until there is action by you, there will be no accountability," O'Brien said.The council has been divided over how to end the nearly six-year war, with Syrian ally Russia, backed by China, protecting President Bashar al-Assad from council action by vetoing several resolutions, including a bid to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, named 13 Syrian military commanders she said had been involved in killing and injuring civilians since 2011 through air and ground assaults, and detaining and torturing civilians."The United States will not let those who have commanded units involved in these actions hide anonymously behind the facade of the Assad regime," Power told the council."Those behind such attacks must know that we and the international community are watching their actions, documenting their abuses, and one day, they will be held accountable," she said.However, Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov accused Power of being hypocritical by not naming militants for killing civilians, and criticized her for naming the Syrian military commanders."You forgot even about your own golden standard of the presumption of innocence," Safronkov told the Security Council. "This is something that can only be decided by legal proceedings. This is something that is elementary."(Editing by Bernadette Baum)
Woman dragged behind car on cord in Germany badly injured-[Associated Press]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BERLIN (AP) — A woman was seriously injured when she was dragged through the streets of a northern German town behind a car with a cord tied around her neck. Her ex-partner later turned himself in to authorities, prosecutors said Monday.Police in Hameln said they were treating Sunday evening's incident as an attempted killing. The 28-year-old local woman had a cord tied around her neck, which was attached to the car's trailer hitch, they said.The car drove through several streets, dragging the woman behind it. Police say the woman was found lying on a sidewalk with grave injuries.At around the same time, a 38-year-old man from nearby Bad Muender went to a police station and said he was the perpetrator. He was arrested.The man was the victim's ex-partner, Hannover prosecutors' spokesman Thomas Klinge said. However, there was no immediate information on a possible motive.Both the suspect and victim are German citizens of Kurdish origin, police spokesman Jens Petersen said, according to news agency dpa.The victim underwent an emergency operation on Sunday evening and was then flown to a specialist clinic.Police said they couldn't confirm reports on social media that there had also been a shooting. They called for witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone who might have seen how the victim was uncoupled from the car.
African nations fail to block UN's first-ever LGBT expert-[AFP]-November 21, 2016
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - A bid by African countries to delay the appointment of the first-ever UN expert tasked with investigating LGBT rights abuses worldwide was defeated on Monday.A draft resolution demanding talks on the legality of the new expert's mandate had been put forward by the African group of countries in the General Assembly's human rights committee.The measure however was gutted of its key demand when a group of Latin American countries presented an amendment deleting the request to delay the appointment.The amendment was adopted by a vote of 84 to 77, with 17 abstentions.South Africa broke ranks and voted in favor of the amendment, while European countries, the United States, Canada and South American countries also voted to maintain the expert in his post.Somalia and Rwanda abstained. China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia were among the countries that supported the African bid to suspend the appointment.The new amended draft resolution -- without the suspension of the LGBT rights expert -- was adopted by a vote of 94 to 3, with 80 abstentions.The UN Human Rights Council in September appointed international law professor Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people worldwide.That appointment was agreed following a stormy debate that also saw several African states vote against the decision.Muntarbhorn, who began his new mandate this month, has been appointed for three years.He will carry out country visits, raise allegations of LGBT rights violations with governments and work to protect rights defenders.- Challenging the legal basis -At the General Assembly, the African bid was led by Botswana, which argued that sexual orientation and gender identity were not defined under international human rights law."The African group is wondering which international legal instrument defines the concept of sexual orientation and gender identity," said Botswana's UN ambassador Charles Ntwaagae."These notions are not enshrined in any international human rights instrument," he said."The African group is of the view that the mandate of the independent expert lacks the necessary specificity to be carried out fairly."A total of 73 countries -- almost 40 percent of all 193 UN members -- still have laws on their books making homosexuality a crime.In Africa alone, 33 countries have anti-gay laws including Uganda, Nigeria, Sudan and Mauritania.The measure is now expected to go to the General Assembly for a vote, but it is unlikely that the bid to block the LGBT expert will be revived.Nearly 800 human rights organizations and civil society groups had urged UN member-states in a joint letter not to overturn Muntarbhorn's appointment.The outcome of the vote "affirms that the right to be protected from violence and discrimination applies equally to LGBT people," said Boris Dittrich, LGBT rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch."It also respects the integrity of the Human Rights Council, as the UN's top human rights body, to ensure that mechanisms are in place to protect rights not just in theory, but in practice."
Hungary prisoners complete part of new anti-migrant fence-[AFP]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Budapest (AFP) - Hungarian prisoners have finished building the first part of a second anti-migrant fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia, state television reported on Monday.Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the plans for a second fence line in August to reinforce the existing barrier erected last year along the 175-kilometre-long (110-mile-long) border.The risk that the European Union's deal earlier this year with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants might not last means Hungary needs to strengthen its border defences, Orban said.Orban has emerged as the standard-bearer of those opposed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "open-door" policy, in the wake of Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II.Dubbed a "smart fence" by local media due to its high-tech features, construction by prisoners of the three-metre-high (10-feet) and 10.3-kilometre-long (6.4 mile-long) barrier began a month ago.The new fence is equipped with heat and movement sensors, as well as night cameras installed at regular intervals, according to media reports.When fully built it is expected to cut the numbers of troops and police officers required to patrol the border, said the M1 pubic television news channel.The government will decide later on when the rest of the fence line will be built, said the channel.In 2015 over 400,000 migrants trekked through Hungary, a border of the EU's passport-free Schengen zone, toward northern Europe.After the first fence line was completed in September last year, and another one along the Croatian border a month later, the number of migrants entering Hungary slowed to a trickle.
AMERICA (POLITICAL BABYLON)(NUKED BY SNEAK ATTACK FROM RUSSIA)
IN REVELATION 17 & 18 IS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL BABYLONS.IF YOU CAN NOT DECERN BETWEEN THE 2 BABYLONS IN REV 17 & 18.YOU WILL JUST THINK THEIR BOTH THE SAME.BUT NO-THERES A RELIGIOUS BABYLON (THE VATICAN IN REV 17)(AND THE POLITICAL BABYLON IN REV 18 (AMERICA OR NEW YORK TO BE EXACT)
10 It (AMERICA-POLITICAL BABYLON) shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.
JEREMIAH 51:29-32 (CYBER ATTACK 1ST)
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon,(AMERICA-NEW YORK) to make the land of Babylon (AMERICA) a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon (AMERICA) have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon (NEW YORK) that his city is taken at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped,(THE WAR COMPUTERS HACKED OR EMP'D) and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.(DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO)
COMPLETE SILENCE AFTER AN EMP GOES OFF
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
3 For out of the north (RUSSIA) there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,(AMERICA) and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (RUSSIA A SNEAK CYBER,EMP ATTACK,THEN NUKE ATTACK ON AMERICA)
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,(U.S.A) and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,(U.S.A) and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her,(AMERICA) my people,(CHRISTIANS,JEWS) that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her (AMERICA-NEW YORK) even as she rewarded you,(WITH FALSE FLAG TERRORISM) and double unto her double according to her works:(DOUBLE-EMP 1ST,THEN RUSSIA NUKE ATTACKS U.S.A) in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.(PROBABLY A RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACK WILL SET THE WHOLE SITUATION UP AS RUSSIA HACKS THE USA ARMY COMPUTERS.THEN THE EMP,THEN THE NUKE ATTACK)
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
U.S. says Russian deployment of missiles 'destabilizing' to Europe-[Reuters]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia's deployment of its S-400 air missile defense system and ballistic Iskander missile in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad "is destabilizing to European security," the U.S. State Department said on Monday in response to reports citing the head of the defense committee in Russia's upper house of parliament."Russia has made threats to move its Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad for the past decade in response to a variety of developments in Europe, none of which demand such a military response," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters."We call on Russia to refrain from words or deeds that are inconsistent with the goal of promoting security and stability," he added.(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
Russia deploys new missiles to the Baltic Sea region-[Associated Press]-VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has deployed state-of-the art anti-shipping missiles in the nation's westernmost Baltic region, the Interfax news agency reported Monday, a move that comes amid spiraling tensions in Russia-West ties.Interfax said Monday that the military has put Bastion missile-launchers on duty in the Kaliningrad exclave that borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania. The Russian Defense Ministry said over the weekend that the Baltic Fleet was rearming itself with new missile-launchers, but didn't provide specifics.The ministry had no immediate comment on the Interfax report.The Bastion fires supersonic Oniks cruise missiles, which have a range of up to 450 kilometers (280 miles) and can be used against ships as well as ground targets. Last week, it made its combat debut in Syria where the Russian military used it against militants.Separately, Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense affairs committee in the Russian parliament's upper house, told RIA Novosti news agency Monday that Russia would also deploy Iskander tactical ballistic missiles and S-400 air defense missile systems to Kaliningrad in response to the U.S. missile defense plans."We are facing two main tasks — to penetrate air defenses and ensure protection from possible strikes," Ozerov said.The S-400, which Russia has used to protect its air base in Syria, is a sophisticated system that can simultaneously track and strike multiple aerial targets at ranges of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles). Based in the Kaliningrad region, the S-400s will be capable of targeting NATO aircraft and missiles over most of the Baltic region.Iskander has a range of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles) and high precision, allowing it to target facilities in several NATO member nations neighboring Russia with pinpoint accuracy. It can be fitted with a conventional or a nuclear warhead.Last month, the deployment of Iskander missiles to the Kaliningrad region worried Russia's neighbors. The Russian military said the move was part of regular training, but didn't specify whether the missiles were sent there temporarily or deployed on a permanent basis.The Kremlin long has warned that the development of NATO's U.S.-led missile defense system poses a danger to Russia's security and vowed to take countermeasures. Moscow also has complained strongly against the deployment of NATO's military units near Russia's borders."To counter these threats, we will be forced to strengthen our air and missile defenses in the western vector and to deploy additional means to defend the relevant command-and-control infrastructure," Ozerov told RIA Novosti.
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)
Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea-[Associated Press]-HRVOJE HRANJSKI-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BANGKOK (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:___EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest key developments in the South China Sea, home to several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.___VIETNAM UPGRADES ITS ISLAND HOLDING-Satellite imagery suggests Vietnam has extended a runway and constructed new hangars on one of the disputed Spratly islands it controls, apparently enabling it to accommodate surveillance aircraft there.As in the past, Hanoi has not commented on the imagery provided by the Center for Strategic and International Studies . The think tank says the construction is modest in comparison to rival claimant China's massive island-building on seven Spratly features.China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Friday demanded Vietnam stop construction "on China's territory." And in a meeting with Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the two neighbors should solve disputes bilaterally by "shelving differences and engaging in joint development." That's Beijing's oft-repeated formula that both Vietnam and the Philippines appear to be adopting after years of a more confrontational approach to China's territorial ambitions.The runway on Spratly Island, one of five Vietnamese bases in the region, has been extended from less than 2,500 feet — the shortest of any claimant's — to about 3,300 feet, and continued reclamation will likely make it more than 4,000 feet long.The new facilities can easily accommodate the Vietnamese air force's Polish-made PZL M28 "Skytruck" light cargo planes, used for maritime surveillance, and its CASA C-295 twin-turboprop military transport plane, CSIS said. By contrast, China's three largest man-made islands have enough hangar space for 24 fighter jets each.___CHINA FIRST AIRCRAFT CARRIER READY FOR COMBAT-China's first aircraft carrier is ready to engage in combat, marking a milestone for a navy that has invested heavily in its ability to project power far from China's shores.The Liaoning 's political commissar, Senior Capt. Li Dongyou, said in an interview with the Global Times newspaper that his ship is "constantly prepared to fight against enemies," signaling a change from its past status as a platform for testing and training. Purchased as an incomplete hull from Ukraine more than a decade ago, the Liaoning was commissioned in 2013.China hasn't described specifically how it intends to use the Liaoning, but it is seen as helping reinforce China's increasingly assertive claims in the South China Sea in the face of challenges from the U.S. Navy and others.Li said the ship's combat capabilities still lag behind U.S. carriers, but its training and maintenance operations have been praised by senior Pentagon officials who have visited during military exchanges.___US PACIFIC COMMANDER SAYS NO CHANGE IN EXERCISES WITH PHILIPPINES-The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, said he was concerned with China's assertiveness in the South China Sea and the East China Sea as he headed to the Philippines last week to discuss the next round of joint exercises.The drills remained on schedule despite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to cancel them amid signs of animosity toward the U.S. They might be scaled down, however.Harris said U.S. special operations forces are still advising Philippine troops in counterterrorism, U.S. surveillance aircraft have continued rotational deployments at Clark Air Base covering the South China Sea and plans for enhanced defense cooperation, agreed to by the previous Philippine administration, remain on track.Despite tensions in the South China Sea, where the U.S. Navy has carried out its fourth freedom-of-navigation exercise last month by sailing close to a China-occupied island, Harris said that the military-to-military relationship with Beijing "on one level is actually good."He also said that the U.S. Army should be able to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the Western Pacific, where they could place at risk potential adversaries in the South and East China seas."I think it is an important concept, and we ought to be thinking about it as we figure out how to maintain that edge over our adversaries in the region," he said.___OUTSPOKEN CHINESE GENERAL DISCUSSES SOUTH CHINA SEA IN AUSTRALIA-Australia's ABC network has reported that one of China's most outspoken and powerful generals, Wang Jiaocheng, held a series of meetings with defense officials in Canberra last week.ABC said the talks in Australia's capital included China's rapid military expansion in the South China Sea, over which Canberra has repeatedly expressed concern.Earlier this year, Wang was placed in charge of the People's Liberation Army's Southern Theater Command, which looks after the South China Sea region. In February, he warned that China was capable of fighting to defend its sovereignty in the waterway, saying: "No country will be allowed to use any excuse or action to threaten China's sovereignty and safety."A former Australian deputy defense secretary, Peter Jennings, said Australia can expect to come under pressure from President-elect Donald Trump's administration to start its own freedom of navigation missions challenging China's territorial claims in the South China Sea."For over a year now we've been saying that this is a vital Australian national security interest, yet we've declined to send a ship through the region," said Jennings, who heads the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.___Associated Press writers Christopher Bodeen in Beijing and Matthew Pennington in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.___Follow Hrvoje Hranjski at www.twitter.com/hatbangkok
Fighting in northeastern Myanmar puts China's army on alert-[Christian Science Monitor]-Lonnie Shekhtman-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Fighting broke out on the border between Myanmar (also called Burma) and China on Sunday when several armed groups in Muse and Kutkai, towns in northeastern Myanmar’s Shan state, attacked military and police posts there.The Chinese government reported that eight people were killed and 29 wounded in the confrontation overnight on Sunday. The country’s defense ministry, in a statement on its website, urged caution and peace to avoid greater damage, and said it was providing shelter for some people who fled across the Myanmar border to escape the fighting."The Chinese army is on high alert and will take the necessary measures to safeguard the country's sovereignty and safety, as well as protect the lives and property of Chinese citizens living along the border," the Chinese defense ministry said in a statement.Recommended: How much do you know about Myanmar? Take this quiz and find out.The weekend attacks dealt a blow to Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who promised to bring peace to Myanmar’s border regions, which are grappling with decades of fighting between the military and ethnic minorities. Thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict.Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate who leads the liberal National League for Democracy (NLD) party, won a landslide victory for her party in last year’s elections, ending five decades of brutal military rule.The attacks this weekend come while the government deals with fighting in the northwestern Rakhine state that has forced hundreds of Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh.Now, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of the impoverished country’s most powerful militias, joined three smaller groups – the ethnic Chinese Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and its allies, the Ta'ang National Liberation Army, and the Arakan Arm – to take on the government's military. The four groups said in a statement over the weekend that they had joined forces to attack the military over the weekend."The Burma armed forces have been assaulting to destroy all political and military struggles of the ethnic peoples because they have no will to solve Myanmar's political problem by politically peaceful negotiation methods," the groups said in a statement.This report includes material from Reuters.
South Korea's presidents make disgraced exits-[Associated Press]-November 21, 2016-YAHOONEWS
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If there's one thing that South Korean presidents dread more than the looming threat of rival North Korea, it may be this: becoming an ex-president.Nearly all former presidents, or their family members and key aides, have been embroiled in scandals at the close of their terms or after leaving office. There have been corruption allegations, coups — even a suicide and an assassination.Now, South Korean prosecutors say they believe current President Park Geun-hye, facing historic levels of unpopularity as she approaches her last year in office, conspired in the criminal activities of a confidante who allegedly exploited her presidential ties to force businesses to donate money to two foundations she controlled.Here's a look at the troubles faced by South Korean presidents over the years:___SYNGMAN RHEE (1948-1960)-A U.S.-educated Christian leader who campaigned for Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule, Rhee became South Korea's founding president in 1948, with help from Washington.Rhee staged vigorous campaigns to fight communism but later turned authoritarian and, critics say, resorted to corruption and nepotism to cling to power. He won his fourth presidential term in 1960 amid widespread allegations of vote-rigging. Nationwide student demonstrations forced him to flee to Hawaii, where he died in 1965.___PARK CHUNG-HEE (1961-1979)-A former Japanese colonial army lieutenant and primary school teacher, Maj. Gen. Park took power in a coup in 1961, which ended a brief period of civilian rule after Rhee resigned.Park, the father of the current president, was credited with laying the foundation for South Korea's economic growth. But his critics point out that he also arrested and tortured dissidents. He was assassinated by his spy chief during a drinking party in 1979.___CHUN DOO-HWAN (1980-1988)-Maj. Gen. Chun and his military cronies rolled tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power in a coup that ended the interim government of acting President Choi Kyu-hah.Chun had himself elected president in a gymnasium filled with a pro-government electorate. In 1987, massive pro-democracy demonstrations forced him to accept a constitutional revision for direct presidential elections.After his tenure ended, Chun spent two years in exile in a remote Buddhist temple as calls mounted to punish him for corruption and human rights abuses.___ROH TAE-WOO (1988-1993)-Roh, Chun's army buddy and hand-picked successor, won the 1987 election, thanks largely to divided votes among opposition candidates. He presided over the 1988 Seoul Olympics.In 1995, both Chun and Roh were arrested on charges of collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from businessmen while in office. They were also indicted on mutiny and treason charges stemming from Chun's coup and a bloody 1980 crackdown that killed hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the southern city of Gwangju.Chun was sentenced to death and Roh to 22 1/2 years in jail. They were pardoned in December 1997.___KIM YOUNG-SAM (1993-1998)-Kim's election formally ended military rule. He arrested Chun and Roh and launched a widely popular anti-corruption campaign.His mismanagement of the economy, however, helped precipitate the 1997-1998 financial crisis that toppled some of the country's debt-ridden conglomerates and forced the government to accept a $58 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund.He left office amid rock-bottom popularity with his son arrested and jailed for corruption.___KIM DAE-JUNG (1998-2003)-Sentenced to death by a military tribunal under Chun, Kim rose to the presidency and held an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000; he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that year.He left office tainted by corruption scandals involving aides and all three of his sons and dubious cash remittances to North Korea shortly before his historic inter-Korean summit.___ROH MOO-HYUN (2003-2008)-Roh committed suicide in 2009, a year after leaving the presidential Blue House, amid allegations that his family members took $6 million in bribes from a businessman during his presidency.Roh's older brother was sentenced in 2009 to two and a half years in prison for influence-peddling during Roh's presidency. He was later pardoned.Roh was impeached in 2004 on allegations of incompetence and illegal electioneering. But the impeachment triggered a strong public backlash that helped his party win big in parliamentary elections. The Constitutional Court then ruled that his actions did not warrant removal from office.___LEE MYUNG-BAK (2008-2013)-Toward the end of his term, Lee, who campaigned on an anti-corruption platform, watched his only son and an elder brother come under fire for alleged irregularities in funding Lee's retirement home.Another brother was arrested on separate allegations of taking bribes from bankers and served a 14-month prison term.Lee called the corruption scandals involving family and aides "heartbreaking."___This story has been corrected to show that a brother of ex-President Lee Myung-bak served a 14-month prison term, not 14-year.
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