Tuesday, January 31, 2017
WAS THERE ONE OR 2 SHOOTERS AT QUEBECS MOSQUE-I SAY 2-WITNESS IN THE MOSQUE SAID 2 SHOOTERS YELLING ALLU-AK-BAR.WHILE SHOOTING THEIR SEMI-AUTOMATIC AK-47S.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:(HOMOSEXUALITY,AND ALL SEX SINS)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:(LESBIENS)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,(SODOMITES) and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.(AIDS ETC)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
GOD CREATED THEM MALE AND FEMALE IN MARRIAGE
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,(HAVE LOTS OF CHILDREN) and replenish the earth,(HOMOSEXUALS CAN NOT REPLENISH THE EARTH WITH CHILDREN)(BY HAVING SEX WITH EACH OTHER) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I(GOD) will spue (VOMIT) thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Norway's Lutheran Church embraces same-sex marriage-[Reuters]-By Gwladys Fouche-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.Last April the annual conference of the Church - to which nearly three quarters of Norwegians said in 2015 they belonged - backed the principle of same-sex marriages, but did not agree on a wording.Monday's decision involved modifying the marriage text to make it gender-neutral, removing the words "bride" and "groom". The new liturgy will come into effect on Wednesday.In 2015 the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage."I hope that all Churches in the world can be inspired by this new liturgy," said Gard Sandaker-Nilsen, leader of the Open Public Church, a movement within the Lutheran Church that campaigned to change the rules.Norway became the second country in the world after Denmark to allow same-sex registered partnerships in 1993, and it has allowed civil same-sex marriage since 2009.Some 73 percent of Norwegians were members of the Lutheran Church in 2015, according to the national statistics agency. The number has gradually declined in recent decades.(editing by John Stonestreet)
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).
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)
Brazil confirms more yellow fever cases; over 100 infected-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities in Brazil's Sao Paulo state say three more people have died from yellow fever, adding to an outbreak that has seen more than 100 cases.The vast majority of cases are in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, where authorities had confirmed 97 cases as of Friday. Of those, 40 died.The Health Department of Sao Paulo on Monday said it has now confirmed six cases of the disease, four of whom became infected in Minas Gerais. All of the patients died. The state of Espirito Santo has also recorded one case.Much of Brazil is considered at risk for yellow fever, but the country has not seen this large an outbreak since 2000. The World Health Organization has said it expects the mosquito-borne to spread to more states.
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)
Miramichi residents grateful for use of warming centres after ice storm-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 29, 2017
While powers crews worked to restore power Sunday, Miramichi residents were happy they had the warming centres to use while they waited.Nathan Carey lives in the area and made use of the warming centres after he lost power during the ice storm.Carey, his wife and three children have been without power for five days and were hoping they would be among the 85 percent of customers NB Power targeted to be restored in Miramichi Sunday."We're just trying to keep everybody warm and fed. Thank God for the Golden Hawk so we could have showers and stuff like that," he said. Miramichi city councillor Billy Fleiger has been volunteering his time to help out at the warming centre set up at the Golden Hawk Recreation Centre.The city set up two warming centres to assist residents in the region after the ice storm Tuesday and Wednesday downed trees, power lines and hydro poles and cut off electricity to households across the province.-Busy centre-"We're open for all of Northumberland County...it's here for them. Come in and get some hot food, give the kids a chance to rest," said Fleiger. At its busiest, the councillor said there were at least 200 people making use of the centre each day.Carey urged other area residents to go to the warming centres if they were still without power and cold. "They are there to accommodate you...pride be damned - go get some help if you need it."Although his power was restored Saturday, Jason Michaud says after losing all the food in his fridge, he is still depending on the warming centre until he can replenish the supplies."I'm just glad that this place is here that we can come and at least have something to eat and feed the kids."Michaud had just bought groceries before the storm Tuesday and guesses he lost $150 worth of food during the outage.Despite that, Michaud, who is presently unemployed, said he is grateful for the support from his family and community."We'll bounce back from this," he said. "The community is so great to help out here."Fleiger had nothing but praise for the city's volunteer efforts."We've got the greatest volunteers in the world...the people are bringing food, whatever we need, it's amazing."Miramichi mayor Adam Lordon has said in daily updates the warming centres will remain open until they are no longer needed.There are 46 warming centres and emergency shelters open in various locations across the province.
Open-ended shifts for snowplow drivers raise questions-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
The New Brunswick government may be endangering snowplow operators and the public by allowing work shifts that can last up to 24 hours.Time-sheet information for plow drivers during the brutal winter of 2015 has been obtained by CBC News after an appeal to the province's Information and Privacy Commissioner.The data shows 60 individual driver shifts lasted 20 hours or more that winter, when southern New Brunswick saw record snowfalls.The time-sheet records that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure had resisted releasing also show drivers worked double shifts several days in a row.Andy Hardy, president of the CUPE local representing New Brunswick plow drivers, said that over the past several years the province has eliminated spare operators in most districts, leaving only one driver usually available for each piece of equipment."The stress level out there for our operators, it's unreal," Hardy said. "And these operators, they worked constantly."There was a lot of operators. There was a lot of burnout where they never had a chance to get a rest. They worked pretty well 24-7 to keep those roads clean that winter."-Feel duty to keep going-Hardy said drivers have the option of stopping after 16 hours,or a double shift, but with no one to take over, they feel a responsibility to continue working to keep the roads open for the public and emergency vehicles.One Department of Transportation district stands out for long hours.During a late January storm, drivers at the Loch Lomond depot worked almost non-stop.One operator put in 21 hours on Jan. 31 and 20 hours on Feb. 1, followed by two 16-hour shifts on both Feb 2 and Feb. 3. Over the next three days, he worked shifts of 14, 21 and 16 hours.Other operators in the depot logged similar hours. That winter the Loch Lomond depot racked up 31 individual plow-operator shifts of 20 hours or more.In the meantime, drivers at the Woodmans Point depot were also recording long hours, with two working 24-hour shifts on Jan. 28.-Able to nap at depot-In an email statement, Jeff Hull of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure said drivers only work shifts longer than 16 hours in exceptional circumstances.He added that bunks are available at the depot so drivers can catch some sleep if they are tired, and that they are paid during that down time."In extreme weather situations, operators and their supervisors will communicate closely around extended periods of work, with a focus on fatigue awareness," said Hull."What these numbers show is the amount of time the employee stayed at the workplace, which can include meals, bunk time and non-driving related work."Fatigue has been identified as a major issue for snowplow operators across North America.A mammoth 2014 study by Virginia Tech University surveyed 1,000 snowplow drivers in 33 U.S. states.It found 70 percent of drivers reported being fatigued at least part of the time. They also say it has an impact on their performance and on their judgment."They really have to maintain a high level of alertness as they're going down the road, and this can be draining," said Matt Camden, the report's lead author."They will get tired, of course, and it could very easily jeopardize their safety or make them feel unsafe. Even if nothing happens it can make them feel unsafe while operating on the road."Camden said the researchers also saw the need for plow drivers to open up to supervisors if they are tired."One thing we found was that there was a bit of a disconnect between when managers thought the operators were fatigued and when operators were fatigued actually."For the study, four plow trucks were rigged with GPS devices and cameras inside and out.The drivers wore actigraphs around the clock so their sleep could be monitored.A number of safety-related incidents were detailed in the study, all involving the same driver and occurring after nights he had received slept only four and half hours.-Can't stay awake at wheel-Researchers actually watched camera recordings of the operator nodding off while driving his snowplow. Camden said the sample size is too small to be scientific but further study is clearly warranted.Snowplow operators — like police officers, pilots and air traffic controllers — are given priority over others on the waiting list at the Atlantic Sleep Centre at the Saint John Regional Hospital.Dr. Rachel Morehouse, the medical director of the centre, said varying shifts, and the stress associated with the job, put the drivers in a special category. Add in long shifts day after day, as was the case in southern New Brunswick in 2015, and the person will be in difficulty."That person, physically and mentally, is suffering," Morehouse said. "So their mental health, their physical health, their ability to do their job as they would wish to do their job is suffering."Is it safe? "No, it's not safe. Is it safer than not having the roads plowed? Yeah, probably. Is it safer for them? No. Is it safer for us? Maybe. But it's not safe, and it's far from ideal."
Storms preview sea-rise damage to California roads, cities-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — Ocean rise already is worsening the floods and high tides sweeping California this stormy winter, climate experts say, and this month's damage and deaths highlight that even a state known as a global leader in fighting climate change has yet to tackle some of the hardest work of dealing with it.The critical steps yet to come include starting to decide which low-lying cities, airports and highways, along with threatened landmarks like San Francisco's Embarcadero, to hoist above the rising water and which to abandon — and where to start getting the many billions of dollars for those climate rescues."People always tell us we're ahead of the curve" on climate change, said Larry Goldzband, head of a regional San Francisco Bay commission that late last year stepped up regional efforts to identify and prioritize communities and infrastructure at risk from rising sea level. As proud as Californians are of their climate-change efforts, "I always think, 'Man, if we are ahead of the curve, I feel sorry for the rest of the country,'" Goldzband said.A 2009 study by the Pacific Institute, a California-based environment think-tank, estimated $100 billion in property was at risk from ocean rise in California, two-thirds of it in the low-lying San Francisco Bay region. That's far more than the state takes in from income taxes each year.Experts say the real cost of raising, shielding or evacuating vulnerable spots, which include mass-transit systems, power plants and sewage plants, could be far higher."Astronomical. The San Francisco airport? What would it cost to replace that?" asked Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz.Griggs is part of a scientific working group requested by Gov. Jerry Brown to examine whether new evidence on melting and potential ice-sheet collapse in the Antarctic, whose ice holds almost 90 per cent of the Earth's fresh water, means sea-level rise may be even higher than the 3 feet projected for California by the end of the century.The Pacific off California has risen just about 8 inches overall in the past century. For the next three decades or so, the accelerating pace of sea rise primarily will make worse the flooding and erosion from big storms like this month's in California."Probably until mid-century, short-term events ... are going to be more damaging than sea-level rise itself," Griggs said.In January, a series of powerful storms brought more than a foot of rain to parts of the San Francisco Bay, triggered record 34-foot waves off the state's central coast, killed at least five people and prompted the evacuations of thousands around the state.The dead included a cab driver who slid off a wet road and into a swollen estuary off Oakland's airport, which along with San Francisco's bayside airport is one of the big sites expected to be hit more and more often by flooding as the Pacific Ocean rises a foot over the next 30 years.Brown, who declared an emergency in much of the state this month because of flooded towns and highways, crumbled roads and rockslides, has vowed to fight if the fossil-fuel friendly Trump administration goes after California's landmark programs to reduce climate-changing carbon emissions. Brown's administration in 2015 also sought to speed up planning for dealing with sea rise and other climate change.On a sparkling afternoon after three storms brought some of the heaviest rain and surf to California in decades, ecologist Fraser Shilling stood on a highway bridge north of San Francisco, looking over sprawling miles of floodwater and salty bay water swallowing the highway's exit ramp, and drowning salt marshes and fence posts as far as the eye could see.State Route 37 is a busy highway for tens of thousands of commuters and truckers in and out of California's wine country. Shilling, a co-director of the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis, had forecast it wouldn't be seeing this kind of regular high water for at least another 20 years."This is the new normal," says Shilling, who believes sea rise already is changing conditions on the ground more than some state agencies realize. "And all of our infrastructure is not accommodating the new normal."Pumps and bulldozers laboured to clear water from another stretch of the state highway, two weeks after the storms.State and local governments acknowledge that low-lying sites like State Route 37 will be hit by sea-rise worsened floods and tides more and more, before the bay claims them completely.But authorities are stymied by the financial and political difficulties of raising billions to elevate or protect the highway, or reroute it through pricey vineyards inland. As it is now, substantial state funding isn't expected for this particular highway until 2088, long after parts of it are expected to be regularly submerged."Our biggest challenge is how to fund and build it before it goes underwater," said Kate Miller, executive director of the transportation authority for Napa County.California might not really start funding its rescues from sea rise until a major part of the public is inconvenienced, said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo County.Hill's prediction of what would free the funds: If a low-lying stretch of U.S. Highway 101 near San Francisco's old Candlestick Park floods, and much of the Bay Area suddenly could not get to work."That will be the wake-up call, when the rubber hits the road," he said. "When the water hits the tailpipe."Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press.
3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
2 KINGS 23:5
5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
Trump causes 'anxiety' about Paris climate deal By Peter Teffer-JAN 30,17-EUOBSERVER
Brussels, Today, 13:20-Maros Sefcovic, the EU's top energy official, has said US president Donald Trump has caused “anxiety” about the future of the Paris climate agreement, but that it was too soon to despair.“I wouldn't hide that in discussions with our partners, there is a lot of anxiety what would be the future of US policies, how this would affect the implementation of the Paris agreement,” Sefcovic, a vice-president of the European Commission responsible for its “energy union” policy, told journalists in Brussels on Monday (30 January).He noted that the Paris deal on slowing global warming, agreed in December 2015, has been signed and ratified by the United States and said that Trump’s policy on climate was not yet clear.“We still have to wait for the concretisation of what was said in the election campaign. We have seen that the position was already several times modified,” said Sefcovic.There is a scientific consensus that climate change is caused by human activity.Trump, in his election campaign, said that that was a “hoax”, but he also said he would keep an “open mind” on the issue.His communications policy since entering the White House indicates that he could backtrack from US commitments on emissions reductions.The official White House website has published a new page saying that Trump was “committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan”.It said the US should “embrace” fossil fuels “by reviving America’s coal industry”.It also said there was an “estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves” up for grabs on US territory.-Liquefied natural gas-Climate change concerns aside, the EU is interested in US gas exports in order to reduce dependence on Russia.Sefcovic said on Monday that the United States could become the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).The EU has embraced LNG as an alternative to gas in pipelines, and the energy union project, which Sefovic leads, began as a strategy to reduce dependence on Russian supplies.“Every analyst I talk to, [says] they expect that US would become, or has a very strong chance to become, the number one LNG exporter as of 2020,” said Sefcovic.“If there is one issue where nobody has a doubt if it comes to the new American administration: they are very pro-business.“I cannot imagine they would create any problems for those companies which want to export LNG," he said.-Energy politics-He did not foresee any risk that Trump would use energy policy to play politics or discriminate against European companies.The commissioner said that Europe was a “good customer” and that energy suppliers were “fighting for market share in Europe”.“We are big, we import a lot, we pay on time, we are predictable,” he said.LNG can be more easily stored and transported around the world than gaseous gas. Natural gas is a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming, but is less harmful than coal and oil.Sefcovic said he expected LNG to become a global commodity “like oil”, possibly with daily fluctuating prices.That would represent a move away from the long-term contracts and Russian dependency associated with pipeline gas.“We are open for business, but guys, we expect good price, good services, no strings attached,” Sefcovic said, addressing energy companies.-Business case-He repeated what the EU's top civil servant on climate action said last week - that there was a “strong business case” to support clean energy.“The power of argument, the power of leading examples, showing that it works and that it creates a good business opportunity and new jobs; that would be our strongest tools which we would want to use in Europe to convince the new American administration to also be in the leading coalition in terms of fighting climate change,” Sefcovic said.-Trump's man in Brussels-More details about the United States' energy and climate policy should become available later this week.On Wednesday (1 February), Myron Ebell will speak at an event in Brussels, organised by the mildly eurosceptic European-level political party, the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe.Ebell was Trump's pick to lead the transition team for the United States Environmental Protection Agency and a known denier of climate change science.
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)
Merkel leads EU revolt on Trump's Muslim ban By Eszter Zalan-JAN 30,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:30-Several European leaders have rejected US president Donald Trump's anti-Muslim travel ban amid concern over his commitment to transatlantic values.The ban, on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, saw European capitals scramble to determine how it would effect their dual nationality citizens.In a sign of increasingly strained relations with the new US administration, German chancellor Angela Merkel told Trump that his war on terrorism was not a fit reason to renege on the 1951 Geneva Convention, which requires signatories to help people fleeing from conflict.Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said she spoke with Trump by phone for 45 minutes on Saturday."She is convinced that even the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion," Seibert said.German-US relations under Trump already got off to a rough start when he earlier called Merkel's more open refugee policy a "catastrophic mistake".The German and Dutch foreign ministers also issued a joint statement on Sunday saying they were in contact with US authorities to find out what the executive order meant for their citizens."We are determined to protect the rights of our citizens and will take rapid action within the European Union about the steps that are now needed," Germany's Sigmar Gabriel and his Dutch counterpart, Bert Koenders, said.UK prime minister Theresa May's spokesperson on Sunday said that the PM did "not agree" with Trump's order and would stand up to Trump if it negatively affected British citizens.May was criticised over the weekend for her docile approach to Trump after she told press in Turkey that the ban was an internal matter for the US administration.British foreign minister Boris Johnson, who on Sunday said it was "divisive and wrong to stigmatise [people] because of [their] nationality", was also seeking clarification from US officials what the executive order meant for UK citizens.The foreign ministers of Sweden, Denmark and Finland likewise condemned Trump’s blanket ban.-'Pillars of Europe'-Other leaders expressed concern over the US president’s undermining of transatlantic values.Italy's prime minister Paolo Gentilioni said on Sunday in a Twitter post, without mentioning Trump directly, that: "Italy is anchored in its values. Open society, pluralism, no discrimination. They are the pillars of Europe."Italy is one of the main point of entry for migrants and refugees into Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.France's president Francois Hollande said on Saturday that "when he [Trump] adopts protectionist measures, which could destabilise economies not just in Europe but the economies of the main countries of the world, we have to respond".“When he refuses the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we have to respond," he said."The talk we hear coming from the US encourages populism and even extremism," Hollande added.European Parliament liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: "Trump's #MuslimBan goes against the West's values and human rights. We must not be complacent."Euroscpetics welcomed the move, however.Nigel Farage, a British MEP who spearheaded the Brexit campaign, said Trump was fully entitled to order the ban which was designed to fight the jihadist group Isis."Trump must not take advice on how to deal with terrorism from France and Germany," Farage tweeted on Sunday.The Dutch Freedom Party's leader, Geert Wilders, congratulated Trump on the move, tweeting: "Well done @POTUS [Trump] it's the only way to stay safe + free. I would do the same. Hope you'll add more Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia soon."-Russia-Trump has caused astonishment in Europe by predicting that other states will follow the UK out of the EU and by saying that Nato was “obsolete”.He has also indicated that he might give Russia a free hand in Ukraine in return for cooperation on nuclear disarmament and counter-terrorism.Britain’s May, who met Trump in Washington on Friday, said US and EU sanctions on Russia should stay in place until it stopped waging war in line with a ceasefire pact signed in Minsk.“We believe the sanctions should continue until we see that Minsk agreement full implemented and we’ve been continuing to argue that inside the European Union,” she said.She also said Trump had voiced his “unshakeable commitment” to Nato and that he was “100 percent behind” the military alliance.Trump spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday.Their talks “touched upon the main aspects of the Ukrainian crisis” and Trump “stressed the importance of rebuilding mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between the two counties’ business communities”, a Kremlin statement said.
Opinion-Putin-Orban axis assails the EU By Peter Kreko-JAN 30,17-EUOBSERVER
Budapest, Today, 19:01-Russian president Vladimir Putin makes an official visit to Hungary on Thursday (2 February), only two years after his last visit in 2015.Hungary is the only EU member state that enjoys such frequent visits from the Russian leader since the annexation of Crimea.Putin’s last visit took place at one of the deepest points of the crisis in Ukraine. And since 2014 Orban has annual meetings with Putin - his most important diplomatic ally by far.Orban had been reserved about his pro-Putin views when talking to European audiences, but these inhibitions have disappeared since the election of Donald Trump.The Hungarian leader has just called for improving relations and abolishing sanctions towards Russia in Brussels.In preparation for Putin's visit, a statue commemorating the heroic acts of the Soviet soldiers in Hungary, made by a Russian artist, was erected in Hungary.It might seem strange for those who remember the earlier part of Orban's career, when he posed as an anti-communist hero and vocal critic of the Russian president. Ten years ago, Orban said: “Putin’s puppies have been proliferated in Europe and everybody starts to realise that this is a danger.”Now, Hungary's foreign minister Peter Szijjarto called Putin’s visit to Hungary timely, and told Reuters news agency that sanctions against Russia were “useless”.During a recent visit to Moscow, Szijjarto said: “So far, whenever we tried to work on improving our bilateral relationship, we had to face American pressure not to do it and European pressure not to do it.“Now ... there will be no American pressure.”-New attitudes-There are a lot of serious issues that Orban should, and could, raise when he talks to Putin.Such as a Hungarian MEP accused of being a Russian spy, ex-governmental officials with shady Russian links, Russian support for paramilitary extreme-right organisations in Hungary, and the allegations by pro-Kremlin media outlets that the 1956 Hungary anti-Soviet uprising was a “fascist coup” and “CIA plot”, to mention a few.But Orban won’t mention any of these points - he wants to strengthen the ties instead.Hungary’s political and economic dependence on Moscow has already increased dramatically due to business deals like the extension of the Paks nuclear facility, which has been overshadowed by lack of transparency and corruption allegations.-Energy cooperation-After agreeing to building a nuclear power plant with Russian loans in 2014, Putin and Orban now can renew the long-term gas deal between the two countries.This is crucial for Orban, as he hopes cheap gas can help him deliver his next parliamentary victory in 2018, as it helped him in 2014.But the “friendship”, as Orban calls it, is not limited to economic and political levels.Hungary's chief prosecutor Peter Polt has just returned from Russia, where he discussed ways of deepening cooperation with his Russian counterpart.It included exchanging information and practices on how to “defend the public interest” and "fighting corruption".At the same time, Orban is conducting a witch-hunt against NGOs in Hungary, using a Russian blueprint.Other EU countries are friendly towards Russia - Cyprus and Greece and Slovakia for example - but Hungary is the only one that uses Russia as a model in practically every field: ideological, economic and leadership, and all at the same time.-The new age of bilateralism-It is not only Orban’s uninhibited pro-Putin views that are encouraged by the victory of Trump. So is his euroscepticism.Orban recently welcomed the end of the era of multilateral deals after the presidential election in the US, saying the “age of bilateralism” is coming.This might sound strange from the prime minister of an EU member state, but it fits well with his scathing attitude to the EU in other areas, such as his characterisation of the Brexit vote as a rejection of “preaching and paralysis” from Brussels.Trump has also said that Brexit is a "wonderful thing", and his team openly supports forces that want to end the European Union.Steve Bannon, the chief strategist for Trump, promised to help France's National Front in the forthcoming presidential election, and Bannon's right-wing populist media outlet Breitbart plans to expand into France and Germany.Orban is openly promoting the European far-right's key points in his speeches, despite his party belonging to the centre-right EPP in the European Parliament.According to Hungarian media, Orban wanted to meet Heinz-Christian Strache, chairman of the far-right Freedom Party, when he visited Austria in October 2015, but backed down after pressure from EPP.Orban hopes that the current crises will sweep away the old European elite, and a new Europe, characterised by “truth-teller” politicians such as Le Pen, Strache and Geert Wilders (all are his fans) will emerge.One in which he can live out his ambitions to become an official, or non-official, leader of Europe.Orban and far-right politicians echo the same slogan, inspired by Trump: "Make Europe Great Again".-Enemies of the European Union-While the United States is strong enough to survive the Trump presidency, the EU might not be able to withstand the multiple threats it faces.The EPP, which has just secured the European Parliament presidency, has a special responsibility in saving the mainstream.The first step should be defending the EPP itself from threats among its own ranks.While commentators have suggested that the EPP should expel Orban's Fidesz party, it would do much more harm than good. Fidesz would lose all its inhibitions.Instead, the EPP should put more pressure on Fidesz, as they did successfully when it made Orban abandon his idea of reintroducing the death penalty.Instead of defending Orban, the EPP should draw clear lines - otherwise Orban will continue his policies, and the party's political rivals and enemies will be strengthened.Putin’s warm welcome in Hungary, ignoring the EPP line, might be a good opportunity.If the EPP does not act, Orban’s prophecy could come true: “In the years to come, the mainstream will follow precisely the course that Hungary has set forth.”Peter Kreko, Visiting Professor, Indiana University; Senior Associate, Political Capital Institute.
7 troops reported killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
MOSCOW — At least seven Ukrainian troops have been killed in an apparent uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine, government officials said on Monday.An armed conflict between government troops and separatist rebels has killed more than 9,600 since it began in 2014, according to the U.N. Human Rights Office. A January cease-fire had until recently helped to limit the fighting to sporadic shoot-outs.The government's press office for the operation in the east said it recorded an increase in fighting on several fronts on Sunday which left at least five killed and nine troops injured. Two more were killed and five injured Monday morning, north of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the press office said.Kyiv accused the rebels of using tanks and Grad multiple grenade launchers and said they recorded intensified fighting all along the front line — outside the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, in the south of the front-line north of Mariupol and west of Luhansk. The Grad launcher is among heavy- calibre weapons that should have been pulled back from the front line under a 2015 truce between the warring parties.In Donetsk, self-proclaimed separatist authorities reported substantial damage to civilian infrastructure, with several villages and Donetsk neighbourhoods left without electricity and gas supply. The separatist Donetsk News Agency reported one civilian killed and three injured in Makiivka, north-east of Donetsk. The rebels also reported that government forces opened fire on a check-point to the north of Donetsk where thousands of civilians pass through every day between rebel-held and government-controlled territories.Both sides reported that fighting continued on Monday morning.The Associated Press
Trudeau offers solidarity with Canada's Muslim community after mosque attack-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sending his condolences to all Muslims in Canada and urging the country to stand together in the wake of Sunday's deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City.First in French and then in English, a solemn Trudeau delivered a heartfelt statement in the House of Commons today, shortly after Parliament resumed following the Christmas break.Trudeau addressed the Muslim community directly, as he described the hearts of 36 million Canadians as breaking alongside theirs following the tragedy, which claimed six lives at the Centre culturel islamique de Quebec.Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair also offered their condolences and their thanks to Canadian first responders.U.S. President Donald Trump also spoke to Trudeau by phone Monday to offer his condolences to all Canadians in the wake of the deaths.Trump "offered to provide any assistance as needed," A Trudeau spokeswoman said.Later Monday, Trudeau was to travel to Quebec City, accompanied by both Ambrose and Mulcair — a rare show of cross-partisan unity that illustrated the magnitude of the tragedy.Six people between the ages of 35 and 70 were killed in the bloody massacre that took place Sunday at the mosque in Quebec City's Sainte-Foy neighbourhood, a shooting characterized by Trudeau as a terrorist attack.At least 12 other people were taken to hospital, two of whom were in critical condition, said the Centre Hospitalier Universite Laval. Police had two people in custody Sunday night, but by midday Monday were describing one of them as a witness.MPs from all sides of the partisan divide shared their reactions to the shooting Monday as they gathered on Parliament Hill for the first day in the Commons of 2017.Conservative MP Sylvie Boucher, who represents a riding in the Quebec City area, had tears in her eyes as she described her reaction to the attack."We always imagine that it is very far away from us, but it is very close," said Boucher, who described speaking to her daughters before leaving for Ottawa, telling them to share a positive message with their Muslim friends."Tell them the door will always be open."Many MPs were also still reeling from Trump's immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syrian refugees — a measure that has sown anxiety and confusion for Canadians and others around the world.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called for openness at all levels, from economic trade to immigration and refugees."Countries are becoming more inward, they are promoting protectionism, and the other school of thought is really around innovation and being open to ideas, trade and people," he said."I think Canada's vision on this has been very clear. We believe in innovation, we believe in focusing on people, we believe in being open to ideas and to trade and that's what we've been saying since day one and that's what we'll continue to advance."When pressed for his specific thoughts on the immigration ban, Bains would only say Canada is making its values known through its actions."We are trying to lead by example and I think that's what the world expects us to do."New Democrat MP Charlie Angus called on the federal Liberal government to take a stronger stand against Trump."When you have the most powerful political figure of the world acting as a troll in charge, it has an effect," Angus said."The role of Canada, to be clear, is to work with our allies and to push back against the rising extremism that we see from the Trump administration."Omar Alghabra, the parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, said his own story of coming to Canada from Syria should serve as an example of what welcoming others can bring to a country."It shows how together we have built a unique society and how we are prospering together," said Alghabra, whose role as parliamentary secretary is focused on consular affairs."It's when you give individuals the opportunity to live in dignity, that's not only when they lift up themselves, but they lift the community they live within."— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter-The Canadian Press.
Quebec mosque shooting 'lone wolf' attack - Canadian authorities-[Reuters]-By Allison Lampert and Anna Mehler Paperny-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
QUEBEC CITY/TORONTO (Reuters) - Police were investigating a single suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque that killed six people, with a second person who was arrested now considered a witness, authorities said on Monday.The suspect in the attack on Sunday evening prayers was Alexandre Bissonnette, a French-Canadian university student, according to a source familiar with the matter.The man now considered a witness was of Moroccan descent although his nationality was not immediately known, the source said. He was named by media as Mohamed Khadir or Mohammed Belkhadir by media.Police declined to give details of those arrested or possible motives for the shooting at the mosque, the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec.Authorities initially said they had arrested two suspects, but in a Twitter message, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that "following the investigation, the second individual is now considered as a witness."Police said on Monday morning they were confident no other suspects were involved in the attack."They consider this a lone wolf situation," the source said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons in Ottawa: "Make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack," adding a personal message to Canada's one million Muslims:"Know that we value you. You enrich our shared country in immeasurable ways. It is your home. Last night's horrible crime against the Muslim community was an act of terror committed against Canada and against all Canadians. We will grieve with you. We will defend you. We will love you. And we will stand with you."Somber parliamentarians observed a moment of silence. Trudeau will visit Quebec City later on Monday, a spokesman said.The attack was out of character for Quebec City, a city of just over 500,000 which reported just two murders in all of 2015. Mass shootings are rare in Canada, where gun control laws are stricter than in the United States.In addition to the six killed, five people were critically injured and 12 were treated for minor injuries, a spokeswoman for the Quebec City University Hospital said.U.S. President Donald Trump called Trudeau to express his condolences "and offered to provide any assistance as needed," said Trudeau spokesman Cameron Ahmad. He gave no further details about of the call.Over the weekend, Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees, his response to an executive order by Trump on Friday to halt the U.S. refugee program and to temporarily bar citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.Trump's action, which the president said was "not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe," was widely condemned in the United States and abroad as targeting Muslims.-FATHER OF FOUR KILLED-A father of four, the owner of a halal butcher near the mosque, was among those killed, said Pamela Sakinah El-hayet, a friend of one of the people at the mosque.The mosque concierge was killed, as was Ahmed Youness, a 21-year-old student, El-hayet told Reuters. One of El-hayet’s friends, Youness’ roommate, was in the mosque at the time of the shooting. He was unharmed, she said, but in total shock.Ali Assafiri, a student at Université Laval, said he had been running late for the evening prayers at the mosque, near the university in the Quebec City area. When he arrived, the mosque had been transformed by police into a crime scene."Everyone was in shock," Assafiri said by phone. "It was chaos."Université Laval is the oldest French-language university in North America, with 42,500 students.Vigils were planned for Montreal and Quebec City, the provincial capital, as well as in Edmonton. There was an outpouring of support for the mosque on social media.Citizens for Public Justice, a group of Canadian Christians, churches and other religious congregations, expressed their solidarity with the Muslim community of Quebec City."Last night's shooting, targeting people of faith during their worship and prayer, is a deplorable attack on all Canadians and our most deeply-held values," the group's executive director, Joe Gunn, said.While the motive for the shooting was not known, incidents of Islamophobia have increased in Quebec in recent years.The face-covering, or niqab, became a big issue in the 2015 Canadian federal election, especially in Quebec, where the majority of the population supported a ban on it at citizenship ceremonies.Pope Francis offered his condolences to Cardinal Gerald Cyprien LaCroix, Archbishop of Quebec, who was visiting Rome on Monday.(Additional reporting by Kevin Dougherty in Quebec City,; Alastair Sharp and Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Writing by Andrea Hopkins, Frances Kerry, Grant McCool; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Alan Crosby)
Protesters rally against Trump at U.S. consulate in Toronto-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
Hundreds of people protested against the Trump administration's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries outside the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto on Monday."Freedom for refugees, justice for immigrants," members of the crowd chanted during a march to city hall.Speakers urged the crowd to write letters to U.S. President Donald Trump, demanding the repeal of Friday's executive order that bars citizens from Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Libya and Iran from entering the U.S.They also said the U.S. should send its refugees to Canada and that protesters should consider privately sponsoring refugees.-'The time to act is now'-Organizer Dave Meslin said he was pleased with the turnout and the diversity represented at the protest."It's really great. That's what Canada is all about. Not just that we're diverse, but we come together. When one group is under attack, we all stand up to defend them," he told CBC Toronto.In a Facebook post about the event, Meslin said the protest was an opportunity for people to express opposition to Trump's travel ban because it is discriminatory, causing chaos and confusion, and aimed at vulnerable people who need help, not closed doors."Refugees, many of them children, are trapped in airports and being turned back to a dangerous home ... because of their religion, their language, their skin colour," he wrote. "For all those who believe in a compassionate world, the time to act is now."According to Meslin, the protest was intended to be peaceful and to show support for refugees and immigrants.Protesters briefly blocked traffic in front of the consulate at 360 University Ave., then walked to Nathan Phillips Square to continue the rally. After that, protesters walked back to the consulate.The consulate announced on Sunday it was suspending services on Monday due to the protest."Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence," its announcement reads.Const. Craig Brister, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said southbound University Avenue was closed at Dundas Street West due to the protest, it reopened briefly while the protest moved to city hall, and is closed again because the protest returned.In the midst of protesting Trump's travel ban, the demonstrators also held a moment of silence for the six people killed in the Quebec City mosque shooting on Sunday night.
Italy welcomes 41 Syrian refugees, seeks bridges not walls-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
ROME — Italian government and church officials welcomed 41 Syrian refugees at Rome's airport Monday, saying they wanted to show solidarity with those fleeing war at a time when the U.S. is sending refugees away and building a wall to keep migrants out.The children among the Syrians were given balloons as they arrived, and a colorful sign reading "Welcome to Italy" greeted them and their parents in the airport terminal. They were the latest group of refugees to be resettled in Italy via a "humanitarian corridor" agreement between the Italian government and a Catholic-Protestant collaborative project."At a moment in time where they're building walls in other parts of the world, we are making bridges and bringing by air those who have the right to come to arrive in security," said the vice prefect of the interior ministry, Donatella Candura.The airlift was organized by the Sant'Egidio Community and the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy, an ecumenical collaboration that has resettled some 540 people in Italy in the past year as an alternative to the deadly sea crossings most migrants make to try to get to Italy at the hands of smugglers.Aid workers identify refugees in Lebanon and arrange for visas via the Italian embassy. Once in Italy, the churches take charge of finding the refugees housing, schooling and other immediate services to help them integrate into Italian society."We thank Italy for this hospitality, and we hope that all countries in all the world will do what Italy has done saving people who have escaped from Syria, from the war that is going on right now," said Ahmad Alkhaled, one of the refugees who fled his home in Homs.The refugees said many of them planned to return home after peace is restored to their country, and that regardless they didn't represent a security threat as the Trump administration charged."Islam is full of people who are friendly, who are full of friendship. There are no terrorists among us refugees," said M'aha Aleiwer from Homs.Italy's deputy foreign minister, Mario Giro, greeted the Syrians at the airport and denounced as inefficient the Trump administration's immigration restrictions banning travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Syria included.He said walls, as proposed by the Trump administration along the Mexican border, have similarly been shown not to work. What works, Giro said, is the organized acceptance and distribution of refugees, with all security provisions necessary, coupled with economic accords with countries of origin to try to stem the flow of economic migrants."This works. Everything else doesn't," Giro said.Italy has been on the front line of Europe's migration crisis, co-ordinating the EU Mediterranean rescue operation and processing the migrants for asylum. While Italy has demanded the EU do more to help out, the government accepts its obligations to protect those who flee war, he said.At the same time the Syrians were being welcomed with open arms in Rome, police in Milan were announcing the results of a two-year investigation into a land-based trafficking nework for migrants who reach Italy by sea. Thirty-four arrest warrants were issued in Italy, France and Germany against the Egyptian-headed organization that arranged transport for the migrants from Sicily to Milan and beyond.Police showed images of migrants crammed into trucks that were stopped at the Ventimiglia border crossing with France and said they had documented some 60 such trafficking efforts.Chief prosecutor Ilda Boccassini called the phenomenon of human trafficking and exploitation of desperate migrants the "globalization of hatred."Nicole Winfield And Trisha Thomas, The Associated Press.
7 found guilty of robbing German churches to finance jihad-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 30, 2017
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has found seven men guilty of burglarizing churches to financially support Islamic extremists fighting in Syria.Cologne's regional court sentenced the men to between three years and 6 months, and four years and 10 months in prison for the robberies.Judges say that there's sufficient proof the men — aged between 24 and 37 — broke into up to five churches and other buildings between 2013 and 2014.In Monday's ruling, judges said it was unclear whether the funds they generated were actually used to support armed jihad and if so, to what extent.An eighth man was sentenced to two years and 7 months for serious bodily harm.Five defendants are German citizens, two hold German and Tunisian citizenship, and one holds German and Moroccan citizenship.
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