Monday, January 30, 2017



JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)


GENESIS 25:20-26
20  And Isaac was forty years old (A BIBLE GENERATION NUMBER=1967 + 40=2007+) when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
21  And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22  And the children (2 NATIONS IN HER-ISRAEL-ARABS) struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
23  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;(ISRAEL AND THE ARABS) and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;(ISRAEL STRONGER THAN ARABS) and the elder shall serve the younger.(LITERALLY ISRAEL THE YOUNGER RULES (ISSAC)(JACOB-LATER NAME CHANGED TO ISRAEL) OVER THE OLDER ARABS (ISHMAEL)(ESAU)
24  And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25  And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.(THE OLDER AN ARAB)

ZECHARIAH 12:1-5 King James Bible
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

5 As birds flying,(PLANES) so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem;(WITH PLANES) defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.(NUKE OR BOMB ISRAELS ENEMIES)

JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.(WW3 STARTS BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED AND ISRAELIS UPROOTED FROM THEIR GOD GIVIN LAND)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
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, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
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)

PSALMS 137:5-6
5  If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6  If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

ZECHARIAH 14:1-4 King James Bible
1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished;(RAPED) and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

LUKE 1:32-33
32  He (JESUS) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:(IN JERUSALEM)
33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob (ISRAEL) for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.(THATS RULING FOREVER FROM JERUSALEM JESUS DOES)

ISAIAH 9:6-7
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:(JESUS 1ST COMING) and the government shall be upon his shoulder:(JESUS 2ND COMING AS RULING KING FROM JERUSALEM FOREVER AT THE END OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION) and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his (JESUS) government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David,( IN JERUSALEM) and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people(ISRAEL) and upon thy(ISRAELS) holy city,(JERUSALEM) to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.(JESUS ANNOINTED WITH HOLY OIL AS KING OF JERUSALEM FOREVER).
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore (60) and two weeks:(62 WEEKS)+(1 -7 YEAR PERIOD OF FINAL ISRAEL CONTROLLING JERUSALEM FOREVER UNDER JESUS' RULE FOREVER) the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.


EU diplomats blame Israel for Jerusalem volatility-euobserver By Andrew Rettman

BRUSSELS, 27. Jan, 19:21-EU states’ diplomats have once again blamed Israel for violence in East Jerusalem and called for sanctions against settlers.The EU ambassadors to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories set out their views in an internal report, filed in December and seen by EUobserver.Palestinians killed three Israelis last year in “spontaneous” attacks “acting without the apparent direction of political factions or militant groups”, the report noted.It said that Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinians, some of them “in situations where they were no longer posing a threat” in what NGOs called “potential extra-judicial killings”.Some incidents, such as a bus bombing in April which injured 21 people, recalled the Palestinian uprising of 12 years ago.The EU report noted that violence “subsided” from May onward and was lower than in 2015, however. It also said there was “relative calm” at al-Aqsa mosque and Temple Mount, two flashpoint holy sites.Despite the calm, it warned that “root causes of violence remained unchanged” and that there was still a “volatile atmosphere” in the city.It said the “heart of the matter” was the Palestinians’ "loss of hope" in the two-state solution due to settler expansion. It said Palestinian poverty, lack of education, and unemployment made matters worse.The EU said Palestinian families suffered higher levels of drug abuse, domestic violence, and “stress and depression”.Israel’s “expansion of settlements and social exclusion of Palestinians” had “worsened” and had had a “profound negative impact on the city” in 2016, the EU diplomats said.“Tensions are likely to increase even further, not least due to the 50th anniversary of the annexation of East Jerusalem in 2017 and events planned by Israeli authorities in this context,” they added.-Shaping policy-The ambassadors’ report, which was 31 pages long, is sent to Brussels at the end of each year with a view to shaping EU decisions.The report said, as in 2015, that the EU should send the message that “Israel must stop its settlement policy in East Jerusalem (and the rest of the West Bank)”.It said EU countries should impose “immigration regulations”, or visa bans, on “known violent settlers and those calling for violence”.It also said EU countries should ensure “full and effective implementation” of a retail label code that stigmatises products, such as wine or cosmetics, made by settler entities.EU relations chief Federica Mogherini published the retail code last year after long foot-dragging, but diplomatic sources said she has shown little interest in seeing it put into force at national level or in taking further steps.The EU report was filed after the election of Donald Trump in the US.It did not mention his idea of moving the US embassy from Israel’s UN-recognised capital in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, which it won by conquest from Arab forces in 1967.The report said Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem expanded in two waves in 2016, one in July, which saw Israel advance plans for some 2,700 settler homes, and one in November for 700 units.Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced 3,100 more settler homes in the West Bank in January.The EU report said 211,000 Jewish settlers have moved to East Jerusalem since 1967 and that their number is growing by 3 percent a year.-Displacement, poverty-It said they live alongside 316,000 Palestinians, but that 144,000 Palestinians are at “risk of displacement” due to Israeli demolitions and evictions, which “fast accelerated” in 2016.The EU report also said Palestinians make up 37 percent of East Jerusalem’s population, but that Israel spends just 10 percent of municipal funds in their districts.It said more than one in three young Palestinians are out of work and that three out of four of all Palestinians live in "poverty".It said “overcrowded” schools saw high rates of drop-outs among Palestinian boys and that up to 23,500 Palestinian children might not be getting any education.It also criticised Israel for obliging Palestinian schools to teach an “Israeli-edited” curriculum on pain of losing state funds.The Israeli-edited curriculum “omits material related to Palestinian identity, heritage, and history as well as the settlements and occupation", the EU report said.The EU foreign service declined to comment on the leaked paper. Israeli authorities routinely denigrate the EU's annual reports as being too pro-Palestinian.

Israel's Netanyahu says US embassy should be in Jerusalem-[Associated Press]-ARON HELLER-YAHOONEWS-January 29, 2017

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the American embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, injecting himself once again into a charged campaign trail promise of U.S. President Donald Trump.Netanyahu's comments at his weekly Cabinet meeting appeared aimed at countering reports that Israel was concerned about the fallout of such a move, which is vehemently opposed by the Palestinians and has sparked fears of a renewed outbreak of violence. It comes a day after Netanyahu unilaterally endorsed Trump's call to build a wall along the Mexican border, saying the Israeli model along its border with Egypt has proven successful-"I would like to clarify unequivocally that our view has always been, and continues to be, that the United States' embassy should be here in Jerusalem," Netanyahu said. "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it is appropriate that not only the American embassy will be here but that all embassies will move here and I believe that in due course most will come here, to Jerusalem."Currently, nearly all foreign embassies are located in the coastal city of Tel Aviv because their countries have refrained from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital until its status is resolved in future peace talks. Israel has long called for the embassies to be relocated but hasn't pushed hard for it given the widespread international opposition.But Trump's rise has emboldened Israel's nationalists. His campaign platform made no mention of a Palestinian state, a cornerstone of two decades of international diplomacy in the region, and he has signaled that he will be far more tolerant of Israeli settlement construction than his predecessors.Both his designated ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, now a top aide and Mideast envoy, have deep ties to the settler movement. Friedman and Kushner's family foundation have both been generous contributors to the Beit El settlement, and a delegation of settler representatives was invited to Trump's inauguration.The Palestinians want the West Bank and east Jerusalem — areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — for their hoped-for state. Former President Barack Obama, like the rest of the international community, considered the building of settlements an obstacle to peace and frequently criticized their construction. But Trump did not comment when Israel announced a major housing drive last week.At the Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also said his government planned to introduce a bill to legalize dozens of West Bank settlement outposts later this week.There are about 100 outposts across the West Bank that Israel considers illegal but tolerates and often allows to flourish. The bill is being pushed by the pro-settler Jewish Home party, which has threatened to quit Netanyahu's coalition if it doesn't go through.The bill was cited as one of the reasons the Obama administration allowed a United Nations Security Council resolution to pass that challenged the legality of the settlements.U.S. officials said that after previously vetoing anti-Israel resolutions, they felt compelled to abstain because of continued Israeli settlement construction and efforts to retroactively legalize dozens of them in exchange for compensation for the original Palestinian landowners.Also Sunday, Israeli troops killed an 18-year-old Palestinian and wounded five others after they came under attack in a refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.Palestinian police said a group hurled rocks at the Israeli troops, who responded with fire and fatally shot Mohammed Khalefeh. The Israeli military confirmed the account, saying that its forces were attacked with pipe bombs before they responded. Israeli forces routinely carry out arrest raids in the West Bank against wanted Palestinian militants.Since 2015, Palestinian attackers have carried out numerous stabbings, shootings and vehicular assaults that killed 40 Israelis and two visiting Americans. Israeli forces killed 235 Palestinians in the same period, most identified by Israel as attackers.Palestinians and rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force in some of the confrontations.Israel says the violence is fueled by a Palestinian campaign of incitement compounded on social media sites that glorify and encourage attacks. Palestinians say it stems from frustration over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for a state.


LUKE 21:25-26
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)

6th day without power for New Brunswick homes in wake of ice storm-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 29, 2017

NB Power president Gaetan Thomas is calling this week's ice storm "the worst crisis in our history for our customers." He says it's worse than tropical storm Arthur partly because this is happening in the winter.The utility had hoped to have power restored to 80 per cent of its customers on the Acadian Peninsula by Sunday night. But on Sunday morning, Thomas revised that estimate, saying that only 60 per cent will be reconnected by Monday night.Thomas said there are 400 hydro poles to be replaced, double the number previously thought.An ice storm Tuesday and Wednesday downed trees, power lines and hydro poles and cut off electricity to 133,000 households across the province.When Hurricane Arthur occurred in July 2014 there were 195,000 NB Power customers that lost power with simultaneous outages peaking at 140,000.Thousands still without power-More than 31,000 customers in New Brunswick are without power for a sixth day in a row. Most of the remaining outages are on the Acadian Peninsula.More than 20,000 customers in that region woke up Sunday morning still in the dark, some with no heat and lights in their homes and businesses.Further south, in the Miramichi region, more than 4,500 are still without power.  In Kent county, about 3,800 people are without power, and in the Moncton area, about 3,100 people still can't turn on their lights.Crews from NB Power and other utilities in Eastern Canada and Maine are assisting in the effort to restore power.States of emergency were declared in Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaë​l, Le Goulet, Tracadie, Shippagan and Lameque.People are making use of wood stoves and generators to provide heat to their homes. Others are going to warming centres and emergency shelters set up by the Canadian Red Cross, municipalities and volunteers. There were 46 shelters set up across the province, with more than half on the Acadian Peninsula.-No decision yet on military-At a news conference Saturday in Tracadie, at one of the warming centres, Premier Brian Gallant urged residents to make use of the centres to get warm, have something to eat and charge mobile devices.What help the military could provide to assist in the recovery efforts from the ice storm may also be known later today.A reconnaissance team from the Canadian Armed Forces was in the Acadian Peninsula Saturday to determine what kind of support could be offered.  A report was expected by the end of the day on what assistance could be provided.Gallant told media the province had discussions with the federal government about the possibility of bringing the military in to help. A formal request was made Friday by Public Safety Minister Denis Landry.Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said in a statement the federal government remained ready to provide any additional assistance required to ensure the province had the necessary resources to address the impacts of this disaster.​There have been two deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning and seven people are being treated in hospital.People are being reminded of the dangers of using generators or barbecues indoors as it is extremely dangerous.

B.C. earthquake-planning exercise inadequate: federal report-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 29, 2017

A new report gives poor grades to the federal government for its "confused" performance during an exercise last summer to test preparations for a massive earthquake off British Columbia.The internal document faults Ottawa for bad communication and shoddy protocols — including the lack of any plan to respond to a destructive tsunami triggered by a quake."This effort is remarkably inadequate," said disaster-management expert Paul Kovacs, who reviewed the report after CBC News obtained it through an Access to Information request. "Most of the information known about this hazard does not appear to have been used in this exercise.""Pacific Quake '16" was a federal component of an international effort in June 2016 to test how effectively governments could respond to a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the southwestern coast of British Columbia and Portland, Ore.Such powerful earthquakes are rare around the world, the last one of that magnitude hitting the region on Jan. 26, 1700.The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was lead for the exercise, and created the imaginary scenario of a morning quake on June 7, followed by strong aftershocks and a tsunami.Vancouver, Victoria and other centres suffered damage in the mock disaster. And 60 per cent of the province's population lost all communications during the "Cascadia Rising" scenario, as the Americans dubbed it.The British Columbia government also joined in, calling their emergency efforts Coastal Response; the Canadian Forces participated with Exercise Staunch Maple. More than 20,000 people took part on both sides of the border.Ottawa has come under fire in the past for its poor disaster preparedness, notably a critical Senate committee report in 2008; and a report from the auditor general of Canada in 2009 that concluded Public Safety "has not exercised leadership necessary to co-ordinate emergency management activities, including critical infrastructure protection in Canada."-'Confusion' and 'delays'-Stung by the findings, Public Safety created a Federal Emergency Response Plan — but the internal document found that the plan was full of holes."Roles and responsibilities … are not clearly defined," says the after-action report prepared by the Government Operations Centre, an Ottawa-based emergency hot room run by Public Safety Canada.Strategic planning was described as "ad hoc," and the process for accessing federal assistance was "not clear, which resulted in confusion, and created delays in response."There were repeated information logjams, and staff relied heavily on email systems — which almost certainly would be wiped out in an actual catastrophe.The report also noted that Public Safety's plan "does not include activities related to responding to the aftermath of a tsunami," even though the Cascadia Rising scenario specifically included a tsunami hitting southwest Vancouver Island.-Didn't do the job-Kovacs, executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) at the University of Western Ontario, commended Public Safety for undertaking the exercise.But he said it should have been designed as a tougher test, and have included more publicly available research about the specific vulnerabilities of Canada's West Coast to earthquake damage rather than piggybacking on an American scenario."This exercise is not a rigorous evaluation," he said in an interview. "The plan was inadequate — it didn't do the job it was supposed to."Kovacs said research sponsored by insurance companies has projected as much as $75 billion of damage from a major earthquake, a level of destruction not appropriately accounted for in Pacific Quake '16.A spokesman for Public Safety Canada says the exercise has helped officials to bolster emergency planning."The Government of Canada has detailed plans in place to respond to a major earthquake in Canada and works continuously to further improve its readiness," Jean-Philippe Levert said in an email."The Government of Canada is using the lessons learned from the exercise to improve its preparedness."Kovacs, whose non-profit institute is funded by the insurance industry, said the exercise did not include any discussion of prevention, even though disasters can be instructive for building more resilient infrastructure to withstand the next earthquake."There is considerable scope to prevent large losses but the report does not explore issues beyond expressing concern about clarity of responsibility for response.""This sort of exercise should be done at least once a year," he added.Levert said no date has been set for the federal government's next major earthquake exercise.There have been only seven 9.0 magnitude earthquakes worldwide from 1700 to date, including the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami off Japan. Forty-metre waves devastated the coast and roared up to 10 kilometres inland, wrecking a nuclear-power facility. Almost 16,000 people died.Follow @DeanBeeby on Twitter-


7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).


1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.

21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)

Call centre reports more than 800 per cent increase in fentanyl related calls-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 29, 2017

Staff at Vancouver non-profit call centre that offers support to those dealing with addiction say they received a more than 800 per cent increase in fentanyl-related calls in 2016. Bc211 refers people in need of harm reduction resources to government and community social services.Last year, manager Louise Ghoussoub says staff took 318 calls involving fentanyl, a huge jump from 2015 when they received just 33."This is an extremely tough issue for staff," said Ghoussoub. "In relation to where we're situated, our office is just on the edge of the downtown eastside, we are well aware of the number of ambulances that stream past us everyday.""We don't give advice, we're not counsellors," she said. "But we do an assessment of where our callers are at, and then we let them know what their options are."Ghoussoub added the recent cold weather in Vancouver, coupled with the overdose crisis, created a very difficult winter season.Typically, between six and eight staff members operate six help lines that are kept open around the clock 365 days a year, including the Youth Against Violence Line, the Shelter and Street Help Line and VictimLink B.C.Many of the fentanyl related calls are from people wanting to know places where naloxone is available and some staff at the centre have been trained to administer the antidote."In the event that something did happen I would hope our staff could be as best prepared as possible," says Ghoussoub.As the fentanyl crisis continues, bc211 says their priority is updating their database to include all locations where naloxone is available for free, and all overdose prevention sites in the province.

DICK MORRIS-This truly creates a global economic system. From now on, don’t look to Washington for the rule making, look to Brussels.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,(DEMONIC ANGELS IN HIGH PLACES) against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.(SPIRTIUAL DEMONIC PERSONS)
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

5 And the devil, taking him (JESUS) up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

DANIEL 7:23-25
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(TAKE OVER 3 WORLD REGIONS)

DANIEL 12:4,1
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
16 And he causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

REVELATION 17:3,7,9-10,12,18
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.James Paul Warburg appearing before the Senate on 7th February 1950

Like a famous WWII Belgian General,Paul Henry Spock said in 1957:We need no commission, we have already too many. What we need is a man who is great enough to be able to keep all the people in subjection to himself and to lift us out of the economic bog into which we threaten to sink. Send us such a man. Be he a god or a devil, we will accept him.And today, sadly, the world is indeed ready for such a man.

No one will enter the New World Order... unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation.- David Spangler Director of Planetary Initiative United Nations.

Where will you go when pandemonium strikes? Super-rich are buying up underground bunkers and installing panic rooms in luxury apartments to protect against revolutions or natural disasters-Luxurious underground 'doomsday' bunkers are selling out-Experts say numbers of people installing 'safe rooms' are increasing-Chambers form whole underground communities in Germany and the US -Each room is supplied with food and water to last for one year if necessary-By Isabel Hunter For Mailonline-Published: 20:42 GMT, 13 April 2016 | Updated: 23:18 GMT, 13 April 2016

The panicked 0.01 per cent are reportedly buying up underground bunkers carved out of bedrock to escape civil unrest and natural disasters.Bespoke hidden chambers in Germany and the US are being snapped up as the world's wealthiest look to secure a safe spot if crisis strikes, according to their promoters.And while numbers are difficult to ascertain, experts say more and more of the wealthy are installing 'safe rooms' in their apartments - or at least fortifying rooms to hide in should disaster strike.Each two level 'chamber' can be tailored to the owner's design - perhaps to match your bespoke yacht? Each two level 'chamber' can be tailored to the owner's design - perhaps to match your bespoke yacht? The 'survival complex' boasts a swimming pool, cinema, meeting rooms as well as by laws and armed guards The 'survival complex' boasts a swimming pool, cinema, meeting rooms as well as by laws and armed guards-While the underground hideaways are designed to withstand the worst natural disasters - they are luxurious above all else.Customers are encouraged to decorate their 'chamber' like they would their yachts, according to owner Vivos CEO Robert Vicino.Swimming pools, cinemas, bars and meeting rooms are open to the 'elite' community who can survive underground for one year.'People are sensing that a global life-changing event is just ahead... Millions of people believe that we are living in the “end times",' promotional website Vivos declares.Bedrock: The largest facility is in Germany, but a second bunker is also selling out in Indiana, US-Danger: The world's wealthiest are reportedly worried by civil unrest, revolution and crime more than natural disaster-'We are clearly living in dangerous and changing times that the uninformed will never understand until the threats are evident. We cannot predict, but we can prepare,' the company said in a statement to MailOnline.The biggest facility is in Germany - Europa One - and is 'one of the most fortified and massive underground survival shelters on Earth, deep below a limestone mountain' and 'safely secured from the general public, behind sealed and secured walls, gates and blast doors'.Journalist Lynn Parramore visited the facility in Indiana, US - and reported the gigantic bunker was like walking into a hotel, describing it as the 'Ritz Carlton of doomsday shelters'.The cheapest of the bunkers will set you back $35,000, while the most delux costs up to $3 million.The state of the art facilities also include a hospital, and armed guards on duty to keep the 99 per cent from breaking into the hideaway.To avoid a Lord of the Flies scenario, the designers have also implemented a handbook that outlines by laws for the bunkered community.Safe room: The facility is described as more like a 'hotel', and is the extreme option while others have reinforced closets or bathrooms in their homes as a place to hide out should disaster strike.

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH: Pig embryo hosts human cells-Published January 27, 2017 Associated Press-FOXNEWS

NEW YORK –  Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people.The cells made up just a tiny part of each embryo, and the embryos were grown for only a few weeks, researchers reported yesterday.Such human-animal research has raised ethical concerns. The U.S. government suspended taxpayer funding of experiments in 2015. The new work, done in California and Spain, was paid for by private foundations.Any growing of human organs in pigs is “far away,” said Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., an author of the paper in the journal Cell.He said the new research is “just a very early step toward the goal.”Even before that is achieved, he said, putting human cells in animals could pay off for studies of how genetic diseases develop and for screening potential drugs.Animals with cells from different species are called chimeras. Such mixing has been done before with mice and rats. Larger animals like pigs would be needed to make human-sized organs. That could help ease the shortage of human donors for transplants.The Salk team is working on making humanized pancreases, hearts and livers in pigs. The animals would grow those organs in place of their own, and they’d be euthanized before the organ is removed.Most of the organ cells would be human. By injecting pig embryos with stem cells from the person who will get the transplant, the problem of rejection should be minimized, said another Salk researcher, Jun Wu. Daniel Garry of the University of Minnesota, who is working on chimeras but didn’t participate in the new work, called the Cell paper “an exciting initial step for this entire field.”Here’s what the new paper reports:Scientists used human stem cells, which are capable of producing a wide variety of specialized cells. They injected pig embryos made in the lab with three to 10 of those cells apiece, and implanted the embryos into sows. At three to four weeks of development, 186 embryos were removed and examined.Fewer than 1 in every 100,000 embryonic cells was human, which still comes to about a million human cells, Wu said. That contribution is lower than expected, he said, “but we were very happy to see we actually can see the human cells after four weeks of development.”The cells generated the precursors of muscle, heart, pancreas, liver and spinal cord tissue in the embryos. The researchers said they plan to test ways to focus human cells on making specific tissues while avoiding any contribution to the brain, sperm or eggs.That addresses ethical concerns that the approach could accidentally lead to pigs that gain some human qualities in their brains, or make human egg or sperm.The government, meanwhile, has signaled that it may lift the federal funding ban soon. but impose extra oversight of any proposed work.

Transfer of Canadian banking records to U.S. tax agency doubled last year-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 29, 2017

Banking records of more than 315,000 Canadian residents were turned over to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service last year under a controversial information sharing deal, CBC News has learned.That is double the number transferred in the deal's first year.The Canada Revenue Agency transmitted 315,160 banking records to the IRS on Sept. 28, 2016 — a 104 per cent increase over the 154,667 records the agency sent in September 2015.Lisa Damien, spokeswoman for the CRA, attributed the increase to the fact it was the second year for the Canada-U.S. information sharing deal that was sparked by the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)."The exchange in September 2015 was based on accounts identified by financial institutions at the time," she said. "The number of reported accounts was expected to increase in 2016, because the financial institutions have had more time to complete their due diligence and identify other reportable accounts."The transmission of banking records of Canadian residents is the result of an agreement worked out in 2014 between Canada and the U.S. after the American government adopted FATCA. The U.S. tax compliance act requires financial institutions around the world to reveal information about bank accounts in a bid to crack down on tax evasion by U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts.-Dual citizens, long-term visitors affected-The deal requires financial institutions to share the banking records of those considered to be "U.S. persons" for tax purposes — regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens.Among the people who can be considered by the IRS as "U.S. persons" are Canadians born in the U.S., dual citizens or even those who spend more than a certain number of days in the United States each year.Former prime minister Stephen Harper's government argued that given the penalties the U.S. was threatening to impose, it had no choice but to negotiate the information sharing deal. The former government said it was able to exempt some types of accounts from the information transfer.The Canada Revenue Agency triggered controversy after it transferred the first batch of Canadian banking records to the IRS in September 2015 in the midst of the election campaign, without waiting for an assessment by Canada's privacy commissioner or the outcome of a legal challenge to the agreement's constitutionality.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale have dropped calls to scrap the deal, which they had made before the Liberals came to power.-Watchdog wants proactive notification-Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has raised concerns about the information sharing, questioning whether financial institutions are reporting more accounts than necessary. Under the agreement, financial institutions only have to report accounts belonging to those believed to be U.S. persons if they contain more than $50,000.Therrien has also suggested the CRA proactively notify individuals that their financial records had been shared with the IRS. However, the CRA has been reluctant to agree to Therrien's suggestion.NDP revenue critic Pierre-Luc Dusseault said the increase in the number of files transferred was "surprising," and he questioned whether financial institutions are only sharing records of accounts worth more than $50,000."I don't see how there would be 150,000 more accounts reportable to the IRS in one year. It is something I will look into."Dusseault said the CRA should notify every Canadian resident whose banking records are shared with the IRS.Lynne Swanson, of the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty, which is challenging the information sharing agreement in Federal Court, said she has no idea why the number of banking records shared with the IRS doubled."It still seems low in comparison to the number of Canadians that are affected by this," she said. "It is estimated that a million Canadians are affected by this."-Hopes for repeal-Swanson hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump, or Congress — which is now controlled by the Republican Party — will scrap FATCA. The Republican platform pledged to do away with the information collecting legislation."FATCA not only allows 'unreasonable search and seizures' but also threatens the ability of overseas Americans to lead normal lives," the platform reads. "We call for its repeal and for a change to residency-based taxation for U.S. citizens overseas."Swanson's group is also hoping the Federal Court of Canada will intervene, although a date has not yet been set for a hearing."A foreign government is essentially telling the Canadian government how Canadian citizens and Canadian residents should be treated. It is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."Elizabeth Thompson can be reached at


EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10


GENESIS 6:11-13
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.

GENESIS 16:11-12
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)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
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)

JOHN 16:2
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)

Trump's anti-privacy order stirs EU angst By Nikolaj Nielsen-EUOBSERVER

Valletta, Malta, 27. Jan, 15:02-The European Commission wants guarantees that the Privacy Shield data pact with the US won't be dismantled following Donald Trump's decision to strip non-US citizens of protection."I need to be reassured that Privacy Shield can remain", EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova told EUobserver on Friday (27 January) in Malta.Trump signed earlier this week an executive order on public security that eliminated privacy safeguards for foreigners.It noted that "agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens."Trump’s move sparked concerns that Privacy Shield, a recent EU-US data-sharing treaty, would no longer be fit to protect EU nationals’ information in the hands of US firms.Jourova shed doubt on whether Trump's executive order would survive."There are basic principles which set the limits for the national security bodies for the access to the data," she said.Jourova plans on meeting with her US counterparts, including Trump's secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, a 79-year old Wall Street multibillionaire. She also wants to discuss the issue with the new US attorney general, Jeff Sessions."I need to have reconfirmation that there is continuity and we will be very strict assessors of the current decisions because Privacy Shield is not a one-off decision, it is the mechanism where we have several American national authorities involved," said Jourova.An annual report on how the agreement works in practice is set to be published in September.Some 1,500 companies have signed up to the Shield over the past six months, including US technology giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft.The Shield was put in place after the European Court of Justice scrapped a previous accord, called Safe Harbour, amid revelations of mass-scale US snooping in the EU.The European Commission, in an emailed statement, had on Thursday said Trump's executive order would not change much because US Privacy Act never offered much protection in the first place."We are aware of the executive order on public safety. The US Privacy Act has never offered data protection rights to Europeans," a commission spokesperson had said in an email.The commission added on Thursday that a separate data treaty, the so-called EU-US Umbrella Agreement, would also stay in place.Set for launch in early February, the Umbrella accord governs privacy rights of EU nationals in EU-US police cooperation."To finalise this agreement the US Congress adopted a new law last year, the US Judicial Redress Act, which extends the benefits of the US Privacy Act to Europeans and gives them access to US courts," said the spokesperson.Not everyone is convinced that the US will follow through on its commitments.A Dutch liberal MEP, Sophie in‘t Veld, has said the chances of the Umbrella agreement being enacted in full by the US was "almost nil".Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence contractor, who lifted the lid on US snooping in the EU, also said last September that Privacy Shield would not stop US services from poking around in Europeans’ private lives.

PMO says Canadian dual citizens can travel freely to the U.S. despite Trump travel ban-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-Jan 28, 2017, 8:10 PM

Canadian citizens can travel freely to the United States despite U.S. President Donald Trump's sweeping immigration order that bans visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Prime Minister's Office says.The news comes hours after the U.S. State Department told CBC News the 90-day travel ban covers all people who have a nationality or dual nationality with Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen — which would include tens of thousands of Canadians."We have been assured that Canadian citizens travelling on Canadian passport will be dealt with ‎in the usual process," Kate Purchase, spokeswoman for the Prime Minister's Office, said in a statement.Trump's executive order on Friday curbs travel to the U.S. for people coming from the seven Muslim-majority countries. In an email to CBC News earlier on Saturday, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said: "Beginning January 27, 2017, travellers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa.""Those nationals or dual nationals holding valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas will not be permitted to enter the United States during this period."​It's not clear at this point whether the ban affects dual nationals who have citizenship with one of the banned countries and another country outside of Canada.-'We're not terrorists'-Before the PMO issued the statement of assurance to Canadian dual citizens, Leena Yousefi, a family and immigration lawyer in Vancouver, told CBC News she is "deeply saddened and offended" by Trump's order.Yousefi, 34, said her family immigrated to Canada in 1996 and she's only returned to Iran once to visit family and hasn't bothered to update her Iranian passport.She said she often travels to the U.S. and was hoping to start a new law firm there because she often works with Americans looking to immigrate to Canada."We're just completely shocked," she said. "We have family in the United States. We've never had a problem with American people.""I think all the Iranian-Canadian professionals ... need to speak up," she said. "We're not terrorists, at all."-Families separated-Plenty of people in Canada are still affected by the executive order.Mehran Shirazi, a PhD engineering student at Simon Fraser University and a permanent resident in Canada, said he doesn't know when he will be able to see his brother in New York City, who is awaiting a green card for the U.S. Both were born in Iran."We'd hoped to see each other but it's not going to work because he cannot come here because then he cannot come back to the U.S. and I cannot visit him," Shirazi said.Shirazi's parents haven't seen his brother in six years and had planned to visit to New York this spring."Now they cannot do that. They don't know when, if at all, they can see him again," he said.-'I can't believe this is happening'-A Canadian-Iranian woman living in the U.S. who asked not to be named told CBC Toronto earlier on Saturday that she's afraid to come back to Canada, for fear she won't be able to return again to her family."I can't believe this is happening," she said.She said she and her husband were planning a trip to Toronto along with their children during their February school break. Despite the fact that she holds a green card and her children are born in the U.S., the woman says, she fears she would be barred from re-entering the country after their visit to Canada."If we leave the country they'll all be able to come back, including my husband, but I would be denied entry," she said by phone."If I didn't have kids I would just leave and not want to come back. But I have kids and they go to school here. And I can't just say, 'OK, we'll go' and risk it."-Canada's immigration minister born in Somalia-Canada's Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was born in Somalia, one of the countries on Trump's ban list.Camielle Edwards, senior special assistant for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, told CBC News, "We have no concerns about Minister Hussen's ability to travel to the United States."Trump's order makes some exemptions for diplomats.It also suspends entry for Syrian refugees until Trump determines that doing so is "consistent with the national interest," and freezes the country's refugee program for 120 days — though the U.S. may admit refugees on a case-by-case.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter "Canadians will welcome" those escaping persecution, regardless of their faith, and that, "Diversity is our strength."-2011 National Household Survey-According to the 2011 National Household Survey from Statistics Canada, the latest survey available, there were over 35,000 Canadians in 2011 who shared citizenship with the countries banned. - 1,655 with Somalia.- 5,590 with Iraq.- 21,610 with Iran.- 1,505 with Sudan.- 210 with Yemen.- 4,080 with Syria.- 535 with Libya.The survey also showed there were 74,550 people in Canada from those countries who do not have citizenship in Canada:- 5,115 from Somalia.- 19,030 from Iraq.- 36,950 from Iran.- 4,005 from Sudan.- 830 from Yemen.- 5,375 from Syria. - 3,245 from Libya.The survey was compiled before Canada's commitment to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in 2015.A federal judge in New York on Saturday night barred U.S. from deporting travellers with valid visas covered by Trump order, which the American Civil Liberties Union says will affect 100 to 200 people detained at airports. It's unclear how many are Canadian.

ACLU wins legal challenge against immigration ban: ‘Hope Trump enjoys losing’-Hunter Walker-National Correspondent-Yahoo News-January 28, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union announced Saturday evening that a federal court in New York had issued an emergency stay on President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The court’s decision, which will affect people who have been detained in airports, came after the ACLU and other activist groups filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqis who were held at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a result of the order.“I hope Trump enjoys losing. He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing,” ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir told Yahoo News shortly after the decision was announced.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the court ruling.Trump’s executive order, which he signed on Friday afternoon, barred people from Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Somalia from entering the United States for 90 days. It also stopped all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and indefinitely suspended the entry of refugees from Syria. As a result of the order, some people with current visas have already been detained or turned around at airports.The class action lawsuit sought an immediate injunction barring the Trump administration from blocking immigrants based on the executive order. It argued that the order violates a 1965 law that banned discrimination in immigration based on national origin. According to a copy of the court decision from Judge Ann Donnelly, it will stop officials  from removing individuals with approved refugee applications, holders of valid visas and people from the affected countries who have been authorized to enter — pending completion of a hearing on the matter in court. Donnelly also wrote that the lawsuit would have a “strong likelihood of success.”“There is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017 executive order,” Donnelly said.Shakir said the stay will affect those who are “currently detained in airports” and that the ACLU’s lawyers “will continue litigating the rest of the people impacted” by the order.Trump’s order has led to large protests at airports around the country. Critics charge that it amounts to a “Muslim ban,” while Trump and his team have maintained that the order is not designed to target any specific religion and is merely aimed at terror-prone nations.Yahoo News asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer about the order during his briefing on Wednesday. He framed it as a “necessary step” for dealing with people from countries that have “a propensity to do us harm.” During his presidential bid, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the U.S. That proposal subsequently evolved into a vague promise of “extreme vetting.”Trump touted the executive order while speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Saturday. He said the scenes in the airports were evidence of its success.“It’s not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over,” Trump said, according to a White House press pool report.

Opinion-Europe must empower its cities to respond to refugee crisis By Laia Ortiz-EUOBSERVER

BARCELONA, 27. Jan, 15:49-The refugee crisis is one we must address in our cities. I know this from experience: cities like Barcelona have become hubs for thousands of people seeking international protection.Long before Germany opened its borders in September 2015, ahead of the height of the crisis, cities like mine have been calling for a more constructive and humanitarian response.Through Eurocities we have a strong and united voice. Barcelona is among the 139 major European cities calling on the EU institutions for greater solidarity and a more humanitarian response to the crisis.On World Refugee Day last year, we urged EU and national leaders to learn the lessons of the past and uphold European values of solidarity, tolerance and dignity. In October 2016 we launched Solidarity Cities, an initiative enabling cities to work together on refugee reception and integration.We continually call for cities to be formally recognised as points of arrival, transit hubs and destinations for refugees in Europe.As discussions were taking place on the EU-Turkey deal last spring and EU member states along the ‘Balkan road’ were attempting to seal off their borders to refugees, city leaders in Greece and the Balkans issued a stark warning: close the borders and cities will become open prisons.Close them and refugees making their way to northern and western Europe will be stuck in dire and inhumane conditions with no infrastructure in place for their reception and integration.They warned us and they were right. Families waiting for asylum claims to be processed at Europe’s borders are enduring freezing conditions.Many of these are women and children, living in unfathomably harsh winter conditions on the Greek islands, in Serbia and on the Hungarian border.-Europe must settle more refugees-Meanwhile, the EU institutions tell us their deal has helped stem the arrival of migrants by sea from Turkey. Yet the reality is fewer than 9,000 of the 160,000 refugees have so far been relocated.There simply is no excuse for this humanitarian disaster.People are struggling for survival as we watch on. More than 10,000 people are currently seeking international protection in Europe.If we fail to take real and effective measures now, the number of victims will continue to grow.Europe needs to act urgently to ensure refugees’ basic human rights are being respected; we can’t ignore what is stated in every international and European convention.As local politicians, we are under pressure from many of our citizens to deliver a response that is in line with European values of solidarity and responsibility.I am continually overwhelmed by the actions in our local communities; the way civil society, volunteer organisations and local businesses have mobilised to do something about the crisis.They are rightly outraged, and they are acting. We must act too.-Cities must be empowered-This is why the EU and member states need to empower European cities. We have shown we are ready for the challenge, but we need help to continue our good work.As it is, cities cannot directly access EU funding for the reception and integration of refugees.This needs to change: we can’t afford to wait for funding to trickle down through national authorities while refugees are desperately seeking shelter in our cities.We also know from our colleagues across the Eurocities network that many more cities are willing and ready to welcome refugees.Allowing us to set up a city-to-city relocation scheme would be a positive way to take the burden off Greek and Italian cities and distribute refugees to other cities that have the capacity to receive and integrate them.We need less talk and more action.Europe must mobilise the necessary resources to end the Mediterranean Sea crisis once and for all.I know I can speak on behalf of my colleagues around Europe when I say that European city leaders are desperate to help solve this crisis.We need Europe to give us the power to do so.This will be our message to Commissioners Cretu and Avramopoulos at a meeting in Amsterdam on 7 February.Laia Ortiz is Barcelona deputy mayor for social rights and chair of the Eurocities Social Affairs Forum.

Germany seeks to harden EU border checks By Nikolaj Nielsen-EUOBSERVER

VALLETTA, Malta, 27. Jan, 09:29-Germany is seeking more reasons to maintain internal border checks following a three-month extension announced earlier this week.Speaking to reporters in Malta's capital Valletta on Thursday (26 January), Germany's interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said he now wants to use threats to security as an additional basis for any prolongation.Germany had until now based such decisions on article 29 of the Schengen Borders Code to control migration inflows, but the shift towards security marks a new rationale."In Germany, we have an extraordinary security situation in this half of the year, just after the Berlin attack," he said.The Berlin terrorist attack last December had left a dozen dead and over 50 injured after a truck plowed through a Christmas market.The security motive for extending internal border checks now puts Germany on par with France, which had imposed checks based on "foreseeable events and terrorist threats".His French counterpart Bruno Le Roux, made similar comments during a joint-press conference in Malta.Le Roux said France is confronted with both migration flows and security threats, but noted that the "priority is the security of the external borders of Europe."But upcoming elections in France appear to have triggered a hardening stand towards the EU's open border Schengen area.Top French presidential contender, conservative politician Francois Fillon, vowed on Tuesday to "re-establish real controls" along the French borders given the security issues if elected in May.The European Commission announced the three-month extensions for Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Norway on Wednesday. Those checks, first launched last summer, are also in place largely to stem migration.The EU commission is wary of the checks given that they restrict the free movement of people, a key EU principle, along the controlled areas."Schengen is one of the greatest achievements of EU integration, which we must not take for granted," said EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday.Avramopoulos's comments had followed plans to a launch €200 million programme to deal with migration issues in Libya and north Africa.Part of the proposal included getting the UN refugee agency and International Organisation of Migration more involved in Libya in an effort to improve conditions in centres for migrants in the country.De Maiziere, ahead of Thursday's ministerial meeting, told reporters that refugees, in some cases, should be brought to safe places outside of Europe."The people taken up by the smugglers need to be saved and brought to a safe place, but then from this safe place outside Europe we would bring into Europe only those who require protection," he said.The minister did not indicate where those camps would be.

Syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 28, 2017

BEIRUT — Syrian government troops gained control of the main water source for Damascus on Saturday, as the military worked to secure it and remove land mines in a major development that caps weeks of fighting with rebels in the area, according to Syrian state TV and opposition media.Alaa Ibrahim, the local governor, said the evacuation of fighters to northern Syria was delayed for one day because of rain storms and freezing temperatures. Maintenance of the water facility will begin as soon as the military declares the area secure, officials said.The development ends the standoff over Ain el-Fijeh village that restricted the water flow to nearly 5 million residents of the Damascus area for over a month. The fighting had also trapped tens of thousands of civilians in the Barada Valley area, where the water source is located.Syrian state TV showed buses lined up to transport rebel fighters out of the village of Ain el-Fijeh, but Ibrahim said the evacuation will be delayed.The village houses the water source with the same name, which was the major source of water for Damascus.The opposition monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces entered Ain el-Fijeh along with ambulances to transport the injured as part of a deal to end the fighting there. The head of the Observatory, Rami Abdurrahman, said rebel fighters remain in other villages in the valley, including militants with the al-Qaida-linked affiliate in Efra, a village about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the water source.The cease-fire, brokered by Russia and Turkey and in place since Dec. 30, was tested by the fighting in the valley. The fighting was sparked by government claims that rebels poisoned the water source at Ain el-Fijeh — a claim the rebels denied.The deal also requires the evacuation of those rebel fighters who refuse to put down their weapons. The military media said about 1,200 fighters are expected to surrender their weapons, but it is not clear yet the final number of fighters to be evacuated.As part of a goodwill gesture, the fighters raised the official Syrian flag, used by the government, over the facility to signal the deal was in place.On Saturday, maintenance teams were inspecting the water facility at Ain el-Fijeh. Damascus residents have been struggling to deal with the water shortage since late December.Syrian government and allied troops have been closing in on rebel-held areas around the capital in recent months. Similar agreements were reached with rebels in other suburbs of Damascus, who eventually capitulated under intense shelling and tight siege.The issue of the Barada Valley was one of the main focuses of indirect talks between the rebels and the government in the Kazakh capital Astana last week. The talks were sponsored by Russia and Turkey and supported by Iran, and ended with a call to reinforce the cease-fire and put mechanisms in place to monitor violations.Separately, in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, a rebel stronghold that has been beset by infighting since Monday, a new coalition of insurgents was announced Saturday, effectively pitting the extremist al-Qaida-link group against its former ally, the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group. The new merger, named The Levant Liberation Committee, includes al-Qaida-linked affiliate, Fatah al-Sham Front, and four other groups. It comes two days after a similar merger was announced, led by Ahrar al-Sham, and included at least three factions who took part in the talks in Astana. The talks concluded with calls for the rebels to dissociate themselves from al-Qaida's affiliate.The new merger is likely to further inflame the rivalry between the insurgents. Further complicating the already volatile situation, the head of the new group is a defected member of Ahrar al-Sham.Nour el-Din el-Zinki, another rebel group with strong presence in northern Syria, also joined the new committee.___Associated Press writer Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria contributed to this report.By Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press.

Iraq to oppose U.S. travel curbs, keen to work together against Islamic State-[Reuters]-By Maher Chmaytelli, Isabel Coles and Ahmed Rasheed-YAHOONEWS-January 29, 2017

BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq will lobby against new travel limits to the United States by Iraqis, arguing both countries need to uphold their fight against Islamic State (IS), Iraqi parliamentarians said on Sunday.The Iraqi government has so far declined comment on an executive order signed by new U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that suspends the entry of travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days {nL1N1FH1XY].The order stirred angry reactions in Iraq, where more than 5,000 U.S. troops are deployed to help Iraqi and regional Kurdish forces in the war against IS insurgents.Some members of parliament said Iraq should retaliate with similar measures against the United States."Iraq is in the front line of the war on terrorism ... and it is unfair that the Iraqis are treated in this way," parliament's foreign affairs committee said in a statement."We call on the Iraqi government to retaliate for the decision taken by the U.S. administration," it added after a session on Sunday in Baghdad.Baghdad plans to lobby Washington to review the decision, according to two lawmakers who declined to be identified.One of them told Reuters that the government will "explain that Iraq as a sovereign country will be forced to apply similar treatment, and that would affect negatively cooperation, including military cooperation", in the conflict with IS.Popular Mobilization, a coalition of mainly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups armed and trained by Iran to fight Islamic State, urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's government to expel U.S. nationals.Influential Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Sunday American citizens should leave Iraq. "It would be arrogance for you (Americans) to enter Iraq and other countries freely while barring them entrance to your country ... and therefore you should get your nationals out," he said on his website.-CRITICAL U.S. SUPPORT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE-The U.S.-led coalition is providing critical air and ground support to Iraqi forces in the ongoing battle to wrest Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, from Islamic State.Mosul is the last major Iraqi city still under the control of Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that declared a self-styled "caliphate" over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.The government announced on Tuesday that Iraqi forces had recaptured all of Mosul east of the Tigris River that splits the city, and were girding for an onslaught on the jihadists on the western bank.Meanwhile, an Iraqi who worked four years as a translator for U.S. forces in the hope of obtaining a Special Immigration Visa (SIV) felt betrayed by the Trump administration's decision and said he now feared for his life.The man said he was hired by U.S. forces after he tipped them off about a house where insurgents were making car bombs in Mosul. He said that while employed by the Americans, he saved the life of a serviceman after U.S. troops came under militant attack in Mosul."My life is (now) in danger," said the translator, who spoke in eastern Mosul and asked not to be identified or photographed. He told Reuters he used to consider the Americans to be "brothers but I don't trust those guys anymore”.He added that bureaucratic and personal problems delayed his applications to the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa program designed for those employed by the U.S. military and U.S. civilian agencies until their withdrawal from Iraq in 2011."Please, please, please get me out of this country," he said."There are currently fewer than 500 Iraqis in the SIV pipeline," said a State Department official. Overall, "more than 20,000 Iraqis have received immigrations benefits" from this program, he added.Among the Iraqis barred from traveling to the U.S. over the past 48 hours was Fuad Sharef's family, who embarked on the trip after selling their home and quitting their jobs and their school.The parents and their three children were barred on Saturday from boarding a connecting flight in Cairo to New York.Speaking by phone from Cairo airport, Sharef said the family was still in shock for having been detained there, their passports confiscated and being forced to go back to Iraq.(With assistance by Arwa Gaballa and Eric Knecht in Cairo; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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