Wednesday, January 11, 2017
VATICAN DOCTRINE CHIEF-NO NEED TO CORRECT THE POPE ON DIVORCE.
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)
Japan says always gathering information on North Korea's nuclear missiles-Reuters-YAHOONEWSJanuary 9, 2017
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is always gathering and analysing information on North Korea's nuclear missile situation with great interest, its top government spokesman said on Tuesday.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that the government was taking all possible measures for warning and surveillance of North Korea.North Korea declared on Sunday it could test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying a hostile U.S. policy was to blame for its arms development.(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
U.S. sanctions Russia's top investigator, four others for rights abuses-Reuters-YAHOONEWS-January 9, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday blacklisted Alexander Bastrykin, Russia's top investigator and a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and four other Russian officials for human rights abuses.The sanctions, announced by the U.S. Treasury Department, are not tied to U.S. hacking allegations against Russia but to the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky Act for human rights abuses, U.S. officials said.However, the move comes on top of a series of measures taken by the Obama administration in recent weeks to punish Russia for the hacking during the U.S. presidential campaign and for harassment of American diplomats.Bastrykin heads the Russian Investigative Committee, the government body that decides whether to bring criminal charges. Also sanctioned were Gennady Plaksin and Stanislav Gordiyevsky, a state investigator, both tied to Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer who died in 2009 after a year in a Russian jail.The Magnitsky Act bars Russians believed to have been involved in his death or other severe human rights abuses from entering the United States, and freezes their assets there.Also blacklisted were Andrei Lugovoy, a Russian lawmaker, and Dmitry Kovtun, both leading suspects in the murder of Russian spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.Litvinenko fled Russia for Britain, where he was poisoned after drinking green tea laced with a rare but potent radioactive isotope at a London Hotel.The inquiry found Lugovoy and Kovtun carried out the killing as part of an operation directed by the Russian Federal Security Service. Efforts to extradite both suspects to Britain have failed.(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by David Alexander and Jonathan Oatis)
British Columbians pay tax on the carbon tax, and one Vernon city councillor isn't happy about it-CBC-yahoonews-January 8, 2017
A disgruntled city councillor is trying to take the federal government to task for taxing B.C.'s carbon tax.Bob Spiers, a city councilor in Vernon B.C., started a petition urging the federal government to stop charging the Goods and Services Tax on the provincial carbon tax."The feds are putting the carbon tax right across Canada," said Spiers, who lobbied against the carbon tax was first introduced. "It dawned on me ... here's another chance to warn everyone in Canada that there's a heck of a lot of money going back to Ottawa."Spiers is not alone in his outrage — over 300 people signed the petition in the first 24 hours. He needs 500 signatures before the federal government officially responds to it — but he hopes to get more.How a tax gets taxed-Every British Columbian generally pays a five per cent GST tax when purchasing a good and service.According to the provincial government, "any applicable carbon tax and/or motor fuel tax is included in the purchase price for the purposes of calculating GST."So, whenever a consumer pays their heating bill, or fills up their gas tank, they pay a GST that is calculated using the total price of the product plus the carbon tax. Provincial Sales Tax, however, is not included in the the calculation of GST.Spiers says the numbers directly contradict a statement made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau late last year, when he stated that the federally mandated carbon pricing plan would be revenue neutral for the federal government.Last year, British Columbians paid a total of $1.216 billion in carbon tax dollars, generating an extra $63 million to the federal government from GST, according to Spiers' estimates.With files from CBC's Radio West-To listen to the full interview, click on the audio labelled: British Columbians pay tax on the carbon tax, and one small-town politician isn't happy about it
Trudeau plans cabinet facelift, impacting at least six ministers-The Canadian Press-yahoonews-January 9, 2017
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to give his year-old cabinet a facelift on Tuesday, shifting some weak ministers and promoting strong performers as his government braces for Donald Trump's imminent ascension to the U.S. presidency.Sources tell The Canadian Press that the shuffle will involve at least six people.Those expected to be moved include International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is believed likely to replace Stephane Dion at Foreign Affairs.Freeland, a former economics journalist with extensive contacts in the United States, is credited with deftly navigating through some eleventh-hour obstacles that threatened last fall to scupper the Canada-European Union free trade agreement — potentially valuable experience for dealing with the incoming Trump administration.Trump, whose inauguration takes place Jan. 20, has vowed to adopt an unapologetically protectionist, America-first policy on trade, including re-opening or even tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement.Dion's tenure at Foreign Affairs has been a rocky one, marred by controversy over his approval of a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. His prickly demeanour could also be ill-suited to dealing with the unpredictable Trump, who has demonstrated a tendency to easily take offence.Rumours have swirled for months that Dion was to be named ambassador to France but he has denied any interest in the plum post.News of the shuffle leaked out Monday, just as the Prime Minister's Office confirmed that Trudeau's two top aides, Katie Telford and Gerald Butts, have been meeting with some of Trump's senior advisers, building bridges to the incoming administration.Also believed to be in the shuffle mix are Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu, seen as a strong performer, and Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef — widely criticized for her handling of Trudeau's promise to reform Canada's voting system.Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk is also expected to be moved.Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details publicly, expect at least one new face in cabinet: Francois-Philippe Champagne, parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.In his first cabinet of 30 ministers, Trudeau famously appointed an equal number of men and women "because it's 2015." That parity was upset last fall when Hunter Tootoo resigned from cabinet and the Liberal caucus to seek treatment for alcohol addiction following what he later admitted was an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer.The addition of Champagne would restore the gender balance, assuming Dion remains in cabinet in some capacity.This week's modest shuffle may well be a prelude to a larger reset expected midway through Trudeau's first mandate. Insiders expect a major realignment this summer, with a cabinet shuffle followed by a throne speech to kick off the second half of the mandate.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press.
DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS
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)
Toronto mayor says opioid overdoses a 'growing problem' in city-Canadian Press Videos-January 9, 2017
Toronto's mayor says it is "not acceptable" that people continue to die of overdoses due to opioid drugs like fentanyl. John Tory met with health officials Monday on dealing with the issue, which has already killed hundreds in B.C.
FALSE POPE FROM THE VATICAN
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.(COULD THIS BE 70 YEARS AFTER ISRAEL BECAME A NATION IN 1948)(IF SO THIS SATANIC ONE WORLD WHORE CHURCH WILL MINGLE TOGETHER BY 2018)(AND NOW ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY AND ALL RELIGIONS ARE MINGLING AS ONE PEACE-LOVE-JOY-GET ALONG RELIGION LEAD BY THE VATICAN RIGHT NOW 4 YEARS FROM THE 70 YEAR TIME WHEN ISRAEL BECAME A NATION).AND IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;(FALSE VATICAN POPE) and he had two horns like a lamb,(JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD) and he spake as a dragon.(HES SATANICALLY INSPIRED,HES A CHRISTIAN DEFECTOR FROM THE FAITH)
12 And he (FALSE RELIGIOUS LEADER) exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,(WORLD DICTATOR) and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.(THE WORLD DICTATOR CREATES A FALSE RESURRECTION AND IS CROWNED LEADER OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER).
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,(VATICAN IN POLITICS) and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman (FALSE CHURCH) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,(VATICAN COLOURS)(ANOTHER REASON WE KNOW THE FALSE POPE COMES FROM THE VATICAN) and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.(VATICAN-CATHOLICS ALL AROUND THE WORLD OVER 1 BILLION)
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.(BOMB OR NUKE THE VATICAN)
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city,(VATICAN) which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Vatican doctrine chief: No need to correct pope on divorce-The Canadian Press-YAHOONEWS-January 9, 2017
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's doctrine chief says there is no need to correct Pope Francis over his outreach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics because "there is no danger to the faith" in what he has said.Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, head of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was responding to a public request from four conservative cardinals for the pope to clarify his position contained in the controversial document "The Joy of Love."Conservatives have voiced concern that Francis' opening to allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion has sown confusion among the faithful about the church's teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.The four cardinals posed five questions, or "dubia," in a letter to Francis and Mueller last year and made it public after getting no response. Francis hasn't addressed their complaints directly but has endorsed the interpretation of Argentine bishops who, in a set of guidelines, said "The Joy of Love" clearly allows the possibility of access to the sacraments in exceptional cases.In an interview Sunday with Mediaset's TGCom24, Mueller said church doctrine, and the pope's document, is clear."Pope Francis asks us to discern the situation of these people who are living in an irregular situation, that is not according to the doctrine of the church on marriage, and he asks us to help these people to find a path for a new integration in the church according to the conditions of the sacraments, of the Christian message on matrimony," Mueller said.Mueller has ruled out letting these divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, though he agrees that they must be integrated into the life of the church. His comments therefore don't stray from that position, suggesting he is simply taking a more conservative interpretation of the pope's intentionally vague document.Mueller said the four cardinals were free to write the pope seeking clarity, but that it was "damaging" to the church for them to have made their request for clarification public.The four cardinals include two of Mueller's German countrymen, Cardinals Walter Brandmuller and Joachim Meisner, as well as American Cardinal Raymond Burke and the retired archbishop of Bologna, Italy, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra.The Associated Press.
Pope condemns radical Islamist attacks as 'homicidal madness'-By Philip Pullella-Reuters-YAHOONEWS-January 9, 2017
VATICAN CITY, ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned militant Islamist violence as "homicidal madness" on Monday and said leaders should improve social conditions that serve as fertile ground for fundamentalism and radicalisation.Before diplomats from more than 180 countries, he also forcefully restated a call to ban nuclear weapons, saying experiments by North Korea to build long-range missiles risked setting off a new nuclear arms race.Francis, delivering the annual papal "state of the world" address, also spoke of the need to defend European unification and for greater unity in facing climate change.The Argentine-born pontiff, 80, reserved his toughest words of condemnation for the wave of "fundamentalist-inspired terrorism" in 2016, listing attacks by Islamist militants in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States."Sadly, we are conscious that even today, religious experience, rather than fostering openness to others, can be used at times as a pretext for rejection, marginalisation and violence," he said in the Vatican's Sala Regia."We are dealing with a homicidal madness which misuses God's name in order to disseminate death, in a play for domination and power. Hence I appeal to all religious authorities to join in reaffirming unequivocally that one can never kill in God's name," he said.Francis said religiously inspired violence "is the fruit of a profound spiritual poverty, and often is linked to significant social poverty. It can only be fully defeated with the joint contribution of religious and political leaders."He urged government leaders to enact "suitable social policies aimed at combating poverty" and invest in education and culture.Francis restated his call for a total nuclear weapons ban, saying North Korea's threats to test an intercontinental ballistic missile were "particularly disturbing".He said they "could destabilize the entire region and raise troubling questions for the entire international community about the risk of a new nuclear arms race."Francis called for an end to the arms trade, adding that easy access to weapons, "even those of small calibre," aggravates conflicts and fosters insecurity and fear.Building peace also meant respecting the environment, he said, backing the landmark 2015 global deal struck in Paris, and hoping that tackling climate change "will meet with increased cooperation on the part of all".His stand on climate change has put him in direct conflict with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, who said during the campaign that it was a hoax perpetrated by China and threatened to rip up the deal signed by President Barack Obama.Since winning the election, Trump has said he will keep an "open mind" about the deal.(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Tom Heneghan)
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)
Asylum conditions on Greek islands 'untenable' By Nikolaj Nielsen-euobserver
BRUSSELS, 9. Jan, 17:59-Conditions for asylum seekers on Greek islands are "untenable", says the European Commission, amid a heavy snow fall that has left many exposed to the freezing weather.Refugees woke up to snow covered encampments, such as Moria on Lesbos island, without heating over the weekend despite recent assurances from the Greek government that nobody would be left out in the cold.Asked to comment by reporters in Brussels on Monday (9 January), the commission said it was ready to help fund accommodation centres but that the Greek government was responsible for the camps."We can no more dictate policy in Greece than we can in any other member state," said commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud."I have to be quite clear here, the commission is aware that the situation is untenable but we also have to be clear as I was saying that ensuring adequate reception conditions in Greece is a responsibility of Greek authorities,” she added.Lesbos island has borne the brunt of the refugee inflow into Greece.Brawls between Afghan and Syrian detainees, fires, and clashes with Greek far-right protesters are among the struggles faced by those who fled war to get to the islands.The number of migrants on the islands now counts over 15,600 people.Bertaud's comments follow statements made last week by Greek asylum minister Yiannis Mouzalas, who promised that everyone would be kept warm.“There are no refugees or migrants living in the cold anymore. We successfully completed the procedures for overwintering," he said at the time.Greek figures from earlier this month say over 6,000 are stuck on Lesbos, an island designed to accommodate only 3,500, with many sleeping in thin UN refugee agency (UNHCR) tents. Around 1,000 are living in tents.-Dublin returns to Greece-Bertaud's comments also follow internal moves by Germany to start sending back asylum seekers to Greece as part of a broader EU commission plan to resume so-called Dublin returns to the country in mid-March.Germany's interior minister Thomas de Maiziere, in a letter sent last week to his administration and seen by EUobserver, wants them to start working out plans how to dispatch people back to Greece following the EU commission's 15 March deadline.Dublin is an EU asylum law that largely places the burden of processing asylum seeker claims on the country where they first entered.Returns to Greece were banned in 2011 following two judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and another by the European Court of Justice, due in part, to the poor treatment of people by Greek authorities.With many asylum seekers having entered into Greece before heading further north, many EU states are piling on the pressure to start sending them back.Some 180,000 arrived on the Aegean islands from Turkey last year alone despite an EU-Turkey deal that curbed flows, when compared to 2015.-Turkey deal-The Turkey deal was struck shortly after borders were closed along the Western Balkan routes. It means tens of thousands are now stuck on the Greek mainland.Dublin returns to Greece, under the EU commission plan launched last December, will only apply to those who arrive after March and has warranted major concern among human right groups."From our perspective, our partners and members in Greece, the situation in Greece is simply not adequate for returns to be reinstated," Catherine Woollard, who heads the Brussels-based European council on refugees and exiles (Ecre), told this website.The Strasbourg-based human rights watchdog Council of Europe is probing the issue of returns to Greece.Last month it warned against the resumption of Dublin transfers.A lead member of the Council of Europe, Tineke Strik, had described the EU commission's Dublin plan and March deadline as "astonishing."-Suffering-Ecre's Woollard drew similar conclusions."To prematurely reinstate Dublin transfers is not going to ensure compliance with EU law, it is just going to lead to the suffering of people concerned," she said.But the commission argues that the resumption of transfers is partly justified given pledges by EU states to relocate at least 3,000 per month from Greece as of April.Latest figures provided by the EU commission in early December projected some 900 would be relocated for the last month of 2016.
Immigration boosts wealth, does not increase inequality: IMF-By Jan Strupczewski-Reuters-yahoonews-January 9, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Immigration has a generally positive economic impact on receiving countries but the benefits depend on how well the migrants are integrated, the International Monetary Fund's First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton said on Monday.Speaking at a seminar in Brussels, Lipton noted that the politics and economics of migration were at odds with each other because like trade, immigration created winners and losers and required time for societies and businesses to adjust."We have found that immigration has significantly increased GDP per capita in advanced economies because skill levels ... boost labor productivity and because in some places an influx of working-age migrants helps counteract labor shortages arising from demographic developments," Lipton said."Although the top 10 percent benefit most, the gains from migration are shared across all income groups. Moreover, inequality does not increase as a result of the entry of migrants into the workforce," he said."We find no significant negative effects on the middle or lower income groups in receiving countries," he said.Europe is struggling to contain a migration crisis started in 2015 when more than a million people entered the 28-nation EU from the Middle East and Africa seeking safety and better economic prospects.Immigration has triggered a popular backlash in the EU that has boosted far-right and nationalist parties and was one of the main factors in Britain's vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union."People may be placing less value on the economic benefits of migration because they dislike the social and cultural change that they fear inevitably comes with immigration," Lipton said."Second, they may not be perceiving the real benefits that economists have shown to exist. Or third, economists may not have figured everything out. Perhaps there is an element of truth to all three," he said.For the economic benefits of migration to show, the migrants should be well integrated into the labor markets of the countries they enter."This process of integration is critical if countries are to secure maximum economic benefits from migration," Lipton said."We already know that the eastern Europeans ... by and large have integrated rapidly. But policy makers will now need a clearer understanding of the assimilation experience of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa," he said.(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, editing by Robin Emmott).
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